Edward HAZEN Jr. (1660 -1748) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miller line.
Edward Hazen was born on 10 Sep 1660 in Rowley, Mass. His parents were Edward HAZEN Sr. and Hannah GRANT. He married Jane PICKARD on 6 Nov 1684 in Rowley, Mass. Edward died 26 Dec 1748 in Rowley.
Jane Pickard was born 22 Apr 1666 in Rowley, Mass. Her parents were John PICKARD Jr.and Jane CROSBY. Jane died after 1748
Children of Edward and Jane:
|1.||Jane Hazen||11 Oct 1685 Rowley, Mass||Joseph Jewitt
8 Nov 1707/08 Rowley
Pepperell, Middlesex, Mass
|2.||Edward Hazen||17 Jul 1688 Rowley||Sarah Perley
~1709 Boxford, Essex, Mass
|19 Apr 1723 Newbury, Mass.|
|3.||John Hazen||24 Jan 1691/92 Rowley||Sarah Nelson
9 May 1715 Rowley
|24 Feb 1772 Norwich, CT|
|4.||Benjamin Hazen (twin)||17 Feb 1694/95 Rowley||Elizabeth Blanchard
25 Jul 1717 Rowley
2 Apr 1740 Groton, Mass
|18 Sep 1755 Groton, Mass|
|5.||Hepzibah Hazen (twin)||17 Feb 1694/95 Rowley||Nathaniel Perkins
15 Nov 1716 Boxford, Mass
|6.||Samuel Hazen||20 Jul1698 Rowley||Sarah Harriman
1 Oct 1723 Rowley
|20 Sep 1790 Shirley, Mass|
|7.||Israel HAZEN||20 Jul 1701 in Rowley||Hannah CHAPLIN
27 May 1724 Rowley
|2 Jan 1784 Rowley|
|8.||Hannah Hazen||14 Jan 1703/04 Rowley||Joshua Morse
13 Jul 1727 Boxford, Mass
19 Jul 1730 Rowley
“Edward Hasen and his wife Joan” were received into the church in Rowley, 26 July 1691. He removed to Boxford probably after his brother Thomas went to Norwich, CT.
Mr. Sidney Perley (in Dwellings of Boxford, pp. 28, 29) states that on 28 Feb. 1711/12
Thomas Hazen sold his farm to Timothy Perkins of Topsfield; “fifty rods nearly north from the residence of Mr. Francis Marden, in a pleasant clearing are an apple tree and the remains of a well, near which is a slight indentation in the ground which is all that now remains of the cellar over which stood the Perkins house. It was only one story in height . . . . Mr. Perkins conveyed the farm to his son Nathaniel in the spring of 1720.”
Mr. Perley supposes that Edward Hazen lived there from 1712 until his death in 1748, and states that Dr. David Wood, J. P., in 1736 charged Nathaniel Perkins for writing “his Father Hazen’s will” –Nathaniel Perkins had married Edward Hazen’s daughter Hephzibah in 1716.
However, Edward may not have gone to live with the Perkinses until considerably later.
On 15 July 1729, for parental love and affection, Edward Hazen of Boxford (with his wife Jane assenting by mark) conveyed to his son Israel HAZEN about seventeen acres in Rowley, and “one half of ye Dwelling House which I live in, and one half of ye Barn which I improve,” reserving a way across the land for himself and his heirs . [Essex Deeds, 56:268]
This will, probated 26 Dec. 1748 at Ipswich, is on file at Salem:
I Edward Hazzen of Boxford in ye County of Essex In ye Province of Massachtts Bay in New England being in perfect health of body and sound mind and memory Thanks be give to God therefor: yet considering the uncertainty of this life and being grown into years Do make this my last will and testament for the settlement of the estate which God has bestowed on me in manner following: Herby Revoking all other and former wills by me heretofore made:–
Resigning my soul to God that gave it and my body to decent burial at ye Discretion of my executor hereafter named Hoping for a glorious Ressurrection in and through the merits of Jesus Christ and as to my outward estate Dispose of as followeth–
I give and Bequeath to my beloved wife Jane Hazzen the Improvement of house that I now live in with my cellar and so much of my barn as to put hay into and keep one Cow and to house her in in the Winter and liberty to keep a pig at the Door and fire wood brought to the Door sufficient for one fire and I order my executor to carry my wife to publick worship as often as she sees case to goe and also to carry her to visit her relatives as often as may be reasonable If she sees case and also to pay to my wife twenty give pounds a year according to the value of Bills of Credit Old Tenor as they now pass and to pay it that is one quarter at a time quarterly I also give to my wife one of my cows which she chooses: all of above Bequest I order to be performed annually during her natural life. I also order my wife’s Cow to be brought to her Door night and morning for milking All the above Bequest is in Room of her right Dower.
Item, I give to my beloved son John Hazzen a confirmation of what I have already given him and five pounds to be paid by my executor hereafter named within one year after my decease which is in full of his portion.
Item–I give and confirm to my beloved son Benjamin Hazzen what I have already given him and ten pounds–in full of his portion
Item–I give my beloved son Samuel Hazzen a confirmation of what I have already given him and five pounds
Item — I give to my son Israel HAZZEN a confirmation of what I have already given him and five pounds
Item–I give and confirm to my beloved daughter Jewet a confirmation of what I have already given her and five pounds-
Item–I give and confirm to my daughter Hannah Greenleaf a confirmation of what I have already bestowed and five pounds–
Item–I give to my beloved wife the use and improvement of all my household goods (or as many as she needs during her natural life. I order and appoint that all my just debts and mine and my wifes funeral charges be paid and discharged in the first place.
Item–I give to my son-in-lawNathaniel Perkins (whom I make executor) and Hepzibah his wife all my estate both real and personal wither in Boxford Rowley or elsewhere that is not already given in this will to him his heirs and assigns freely to be possessed and enjoyed forever and in confirmation of the premises I the sd Edward Hazzen have hereunto sett my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of May anno 1738.
1. Jane Hazen
Jane’s husband Joseph Jewitt was born 14 Sep 1685 in Ipswich, Mass. His parents were Nehemiah Jewett and Exercise Pierce. We have Jewitts in our family tree, but the connection is pretty far back. Joseph’s grandparents were Nehemiah Jewett and Exercise Pierce. His great grandparents were Joseph Jewett and Mary Mallinson. Finally his 2nd Great grandparents were our ancestors Edward JEWETT Sr. (1579 – 1615) and Mary TAYLOR. Joseph died in 1751 in Pepperell, Middlesex, Mass
Children of Jane and Joseph:
i. Seth Jewett b. 15 Oct 1704 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. 26 Oct 1756 Ft William Henry, Mass; m. 6 Sep 1739 in Bradford to Mehitable Hardy (b. 20 Mar 1718 in Bradford – d. 20 Sep 1759 in Bradford) Mehitable’s parents were Joseph Hardy (1674 – 1747) and Mary Burbank (1675 -1762).
ii. Joseph Jewett b. 9 Oct 1708 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; m. 20 Jan 1732 in Middlesex, Mass to Mary Gage (b. 6 Nov 1707 in Bradford ) Mary’s parents were John Gage (1677 -1759) and Susanna Ross (1674 – 1746).
Joseph and Mary removed from Groton to Tewksbury, Mass.
iii. Eunice Exercise Jewett b. 19 Nov 1710 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass; d. 1743 in Billerica; m1. 4 Apr 1732 in Townsend, Middlesex, Mass. to James Horsley (b. 9 May 1702 in Billerica, Middlesex, Mass. – d. 28 Mar 1745 in Billerica) James’ parents were James Hosley Sr. (1675 – 1728) and Mariah Jewett (1680 – 1753) Exercise and James had six children born between 1732 and 1743.
m2. 30 Jul 1746 Townsend, Middlesex, Mass. to Ephraim Brown (b. 23 Jan 1702 in Billerica, Middlesex, Mass. – d. 20 Sep 1767 in Townsend) Eunice and Ephraim had four more children born between 1747 and 1756.
Of North Town.
iv. Moses Jewett b. 1711 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass; m. 17 Nov 1737 in Bradford, Essex, Mass to Martha Hale (b. 1715 in Essex, Mass)
v. Edward Jewett b. 11 Aug 1714 Ipswich, Essex, Mass; d. 23 Dec 1790 in Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. 1741 Groton, Grafton, New Hampshire to Sarah Farmer ( b. 14 Dec 1723, Billerica – d. 08 Dec 1819, Berlin, Mass.) Sarah’s parents were Oliver Farmer and Abigail Johnson. Edward and Sarah had ten children born between 1741 and 1767
Edward and Sarah lived in Concord (1741), Pepperell (1744), and Berlin.
vi. Nehemiah Jewett b. 28 Feb 1717 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass; bapt at Groton Middlesex, Mass, 3 Mar 1716/17; d. 13 Sep 1758, Pepperell, Mass.; m. 29 Aug 1738 Groton to Lydia Blood ( b. 28 Sep 1720 Groton – d. 13 Sep 1758 in Pepperell, Mass) Lydia’s parents were John Blood (1689 – 1758) and Joanna Nutting (1690 – 1782. Nehemiah and Lydia had eleven children born between 1740 and 1759.
Nehemiah was a soldier in service jn the French and Indian Wars.
Before Pepperell was even Pepperell, a bridge of some kind crossed the Nashua River at what was known in Colonial times as Jo Blood’s fordway (now part of Groton Street). First it was the uncovered Nehemia Jewett’s Bridge, built in 1742. That structure was replaced in 1847 by a 147-foot-long covered bridge. In 1920, a five foot sidewalk was added to the west side of the structure along the concrete footings. The bridge survived (with only minor damage) the Town’s worst flood on March 19, 1936. In 1936, the lower portion of the bridge was reinforced with steel I-beams to accommodate the increase in weight of the newer automobiles and trucks.
July 6, 1958 — Slow decay results in the closing of the covered bridge to traffic 1962-1963 — A new covered bridge, named the Chester H. Waterous Bridge after the legislator who won funding for it, is built for $233,000 at the site
The aging Chester H. Waterous Bridge was closed to vehicles on April 7, 2008 and demolished beginning July 30, 2008. The current bridge officially opened on July 30, 2010.
It’s interesting that Nehemiah’s bridge lasted 95 years to 1847 the second bridge lasted 101 years to 1958, but the 1963 bridge only lasted 45 years to 2008. Did we build better before, or are we more safety conscious now?
vii. Jedediah Jewett b. 5 Sep 1719 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass; d. 12 May 1804, Pepperell, Middlesex, Mass; Burial: Walton Cemetery, Pepperell; m1. 17 Jan 1743/44, Groton to Elizabeth Shattuck (b. 12 Jan 1721/22, Groton – d. 25 Jul 1782, Pepperell); Burial: Walton Cemetery, Pepperell; Elizabeth’s parents were Jonathan Shattuck (1693 – 1771) and Elizabeth Chamberlain (1700 – 1719). Jedediah and Elizabeth had seven children between 1740 and 1760 at Pepperell and Groton.
m2. 01 Oct 1783 to Mary Baldwin
viii. Jane Jewett b. 2 Apr 1722 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass; m. [__?__] Sloan
ix. Benjamin Jewett b. 30 Nov 1724 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass; Some genealogies say Benjamin died 2 Oct 1776 – Ticonderoga, Essex, New York, but I don’t think that’s correct, There was a Benjamin Jewett Jr. from Connecticut at Ticonderoga.; m. 31 Dec 1754 Pepperell, Middlesex, Mass to Sarah Flagg (b. 26 Oct 1726 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. – d. : Hillsborough, New Hampshire) Sarah’s parents were Eleazer Flagg and Hannah Knight. Benjamin and Sarah had seven children born at Pepperell between 1755 and 1767.
Benjamin served in the Revolution, and may have removed late in life to Gilmanton, Belknap, NH.
Jewett, Benjamin, Pepperell. Private, Capt. Asa Lawrence’s company, Col. William Prescott’s regiment.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 25, 1775; service, 3 mos. 8 days.
Jewett, Benjamin.Capt. Abrabam Dodge’s co., Col. Moses Little’s regt.; order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Dec. 21, 1775.
Jewett, Benjamin, Pepperell (also given Ashby).List of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master for Suffolk Co., dated Boston, May 23, 1779; Capt. Child’s co., Col. Wesson’s regt.; also, Drummer, Capt. Child’s (6th) co., Col. James Wesson’s regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Dec. 1, 1778, to Dec. 31, 1779; residence, Ashby; also, list of men raised in Middlesex Co., agreeable to resolve of June 9, 1779, as returned by Joseph Hosmer, Superintendent; engaged for town of Ashby; term, during war; also, Drummer, Colonel’s co., Col. Wesson’s (9th) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; residence, Pepperell.
William Prescott (1726 – 1795) was an American colonel in the Revolutionary War who commanded the rebel forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott is famous for his order to his soldiers, “Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes”, such that the rebel troops may shoot at the enemy at shorter ranges, and therefore more accurately and lethally, and so conserve their limited stocks of ammunition.
In 1774, when Massachusetts towns began forming militia companies, Prescott was made a colonel commanding the Pepperell company. Asa Lawrence and Henry Farwell were elected to lead the two companies of about fifty men each.
The alarm that was raised on the evening of April 18, 1775, that British troops were marching on Concord reached Pepperell about 10 a.m. on April 19. The alarm spread quickly to the surrounding countryside, and by late morning the two Pepperell minuteman companies were marching toward Concord, some fifteen miles away. They arrived too late for the fighting so they hurried toward Cambridge, camping overnight at Lexington. At Cambridge, they joined the hundreds, later thousands, of militiamen who were to bottle up General Gage’s Regulars, until the British had to abandon Boston in March of 1776. A few days after the Lexington and Concord action the troops that stayed were enlisted into a Continental Army under the command of General Artemus Ward. Colonel Prescott’s nine companies became the 10th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Line.
On May 25th Prescott’s company captains, to make sure that there would be no change of command, certified in writing to the “Honorable Congress of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay now sitting in Watertown” that they were “well contented with their officers.”
On May 27th, a mixed force of about 200 men under the command of Colonel John Nixon, which including the two Groton companies, were dispatched to remove livestock from Noddle’s and Hogg Islands, now known as East Boston, but in 1775 it was a swampy area on the north shore of Boston harbor. The British detected the movement and sent the schooner H.M.S. Diana, with a company of Royal Marines, to intercept the colonials. After a brief skirmish, the Marines were forced to return to their ship, which then took the militiamen under fire from its ship’s guns. Shortly thereafter, the H.M.S. Diana ran aground in one of the shallow channels, caught by the ebbing tide. Listing badly, her guns no longer could be brought to bear. The British were forced to abandon ship.
Wading through waist deep water, Captain Asa Lawrence led a boarding party which burned the H.M.S. Diana, but only after removing her twelve cannons and other supplies. Several of our cousins were in Asa Lawrence’s company including Benjamin Jewett, David Hazen and Nathaniel Shattuck.
On June 16th, Colonel Prescott was ordered to take command of the regiments of Colonel Bridge and Frye, and with his men, proceed to Bunker Hill, under cover of darkness, and erect fortifications to preempt a possible breakout of the British by way of the Charlestown peninsula. Because Prescott’s men thought they would be relieved after the breastworks were completed, they took only their entrancing tools, a minimum supply of ammunition, and almost no food or water. They disobeyed their orders by marching past Bunker Hill to Breed’s Hill, where they worked quietly through the night without being detected. But, with the coming of daylight the surprised British opened a heavy barrage from Copp’s Hill in Boston and from four warships anchored in the Charles River, less then a mile away. Prescott’s men continued their digging in spite of this bombardment, suffering several casualties, including Lieutenant Joseph Spaulding of Asa Lawrence’s company, who was decapitated by a cannon ball as he stood next to Colonel William Prescott.
The British lost 226 killed and 828 wounded for a total of 1,054 or nearly fifty percent of the 2,300 British soldiers engaged. Many companies of about forty men each had only three or four men left, and casualties among the officers were well over fifty percent. A month after the battle, General George Washington put the American losses at 115 killed, 305 wounded and 30 missing, for a total of 450, out of the 1,500 who were actually engaged. More men were lost from Groton than from any other town, a total of twelve, including six of Asa’s men who were killed outright and a number of others wounded.
x. Hepsibeth Jewett b. 12 Aug 1727 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass; m. Ezekiel Shattuck (b. 1723) of Pepperill
2. Edward Hazen
Edward’s wife Sarah Perley was born 1683 in Boxford, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Perley and Lydia Peabody (1640 – 1715). After Edward died, Sarah married 20 Dec 1723 Age: 40 Newbury, Essex, Mass. to Samuel Hale. Sarah died 17 Jun 1769 in Bradford, Essex, Mass.
Samuel Hale (b. 06 Jun 1674 in Newbury – d. 13 Dec 1745 in Bradford) His parents were Thomas Hale (1633 – 1688) and Mary Hutchinson (1630 – 1715). He first married Martha Palmer (1677 – 1723 ) and had seven children between 1699 and 1718.
3. John Hazen
John’s wife Sarah Nelson was born 19 Aug 1690 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Philip Nelson (1669 – 1721) and Sarah Varnum (1664 – 1693) Sarah Varnum had first married John Hobson (1657 – 1683) Sarah died 26 May 1773 in Rowley.
John Hazen and his brother Samuel were among the Rowley residents who petitioned the General Court to be set off as the Second Parish, 27 May 1730. In 1838 it was incorporated as Georgetown.
Georgetown was originally settled in 1639 as a part of the town of Rowley by the Reverend Ezekiel Rogers. (See my post) The town at the time stretched from the Atlantic coast to the Merrimack River, south of Newbury and north of Ipswich. Several farmers, finding suitable meadowlands in the western half of the settlement, began settling along the Penn Brook by the middle of the seventeenth century, creating Rowley’s West Parish. Though not directly involved in King Philip’s War, the village nonetheless did become a victim of Indian raids. The village, which became known as New Rowley, grew for many years, with small mills and eventually a shoe company opening up in the town. By 1838, the town was sufficiently large enough for its own incorporation, and was renamed Georgetown. Small industry continued, and today the town is mostly residential in nature, a distant suburb of Boston’s North Shore
By his will, dated 2 Apr. 1748, proved 13 Dec. 1756, John gave to Sarah his wife one third of his real estate, one half of his living stock and all the household goods; to his son Jeremiah Hazzen five pounds; and to his daughter Jane Hazzen all other real estate not before disposed of to Jeremiah, “as also one third that I have given to my wife after her decease I give unto said Jane always with this proviso that it shall not be in power of sd Jane to sell or dispose of any of these lands without sufficient provision be made for the maintenance of my other daughter Sarah Hazzen during her natural life.” Jane Hazzen and Moses Hobson were executors.
Children of John and Sarah:
i. Jeremiah Hazen b. 29 Feb 1716 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 5 Jan 1779, Rowley of smallpox; Burial: Metcalf Rock Pasture Burial Ground, Rowley; m. 13 Oct 1737 in Rowley to Sarah Adams (b. 11 Oct 1714 in Rowley) Sarah’s parents were John Adams and Sarah Pearson. Jeremiah and Sarah had two children: Sarah (b. 1738) and Moses (b. 1743)
ii. Sarah Hazen b. 17 Mar 1719 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 09 Feb 1778, Rowley; unmarried; It’s possible that Sarah was the daughter of John’s cousins John Hazen and Elizabeth Dart or Mercy Bradstreet.
iii. Jane Hazen b. 17 Jun 1723 in Rowley, Mass. It’s possible that Jane was the daughter of John’s cousins John Hazen and Elizabeth Dart or Mercy Bradstreet.
4. Benjamin Hazen
Twin of Hephzibah
Benjamin’s first wife Elizabeth Blanchard was born 25 Jun 1694 in Groton, Mass. Her parents were James Blanchard and Anna Blood. Elizabeth died in Apr 1740 in Groton, Mass
Benjamin’s second wife Elizabeth (Betty) Nutting was born 20 Mar 1718 in Groton, Mass. Her parents were Daniel Nutting (1691 – 1756) and Hannah Green (1695 – 1740). She was young enough to be Benjamin’s daughter as she was born the year after his first marriage. Betty died in 1799 in Groton, Mass.
Benjamin’s will was presented for probate, 20 Oct 1755:
In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Hazen of Groton in the county of Middlesex yeoman being at this time verey weeke and in Languishing feer constanly as to my Body apprehending that I have but a short continuance in this world knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye therefore I do macke this my last will and testement in the following mannar and form first of all I Recommend my precious and Immortal Soul into the hands of God who gave it me: trusting in the merrets of Jesus Christ alone for Salvation and as to such worley estate as it hath pleased God to Bleass me with all in this Life I Dispose of the same in the following mannar and form vizt.–
first my will is and I hereby order all my just debts and funirol charge be well and truly paid oute of my estate by executrix after named–
secondly my will is and I do hereby give and beQueath to Bettey Hazen my dear and Loveing wife all my Husbandry tools and moveable Estate Creturs and everything in dowrs and oute except my Carpendar and turnors tools which I resarve all this except what is excepted I give to my sd wife to Inable her to pay all my just debts funirol charge and Bring up my children withall I allso give to my said wife the Youse and Improvement of all my Reall estate until my Son Benjamin comes to the age of twenty one years further to Inable her to bring up my sd children and then my said wife to have the Youse and Improvement of one third parte of my Reall Estate so long as she Remains my widow.–
3ly I give to my Son Benjamin Hazen his heirs and asigns for ever Resarving the Income and provefit theirof as above untill my said son come to the age of twenty one years and then one third as above to my sd wife so Long as She Remains my widow all my Land and Bilding in Groton provided he pay to his Brothers and sisters the Zeverial sums after mentioned vizt. to my son David three pounds and to my Dafter Bety the sun of three pounds and to my Dafter Mary the sum of three pounds and to my Dafter Eunis the sum of three pounds and to my said Dafter Bety and within one year next after my sd son Benjamin coms to the age of twenty one years and my other sons when they come to the age of twenty one years and my Dafter Eunis at the age of Eighteen years
I also give to my said two sons John and David all my Carpenter and turney tools to be equally Divided between them and this with the three pounds above mentioned three Dafters the sum of three pounds to each and to be paid as above and that to bee their full parts oute of my estate. Imprimos whereas I have given Hepsebath Rolfe my eldest Dafter a grate Deall moore than I have or can give to any of my other Children theirfore I now give to my sd Dafter Rolfe her heirs and assigns for ever the sum of five shillings to be paid by my executrix within one year next after my Decease and this with what I have allready don for her to be her full lparte and portion oute of my estate–
my will is and I do hereby appint BAety my Dear and Loving wife my sol executrix of this my last will and testement and in testemoney theirof I have sett to my hand and seall this Seventeenth Day of September A.D. 1755 and In the 29th year of his majestys Reign signed and sealled published prounced and declaiered by me the sd Benjamin Hazen to be my Last Will and testement In presents of us. Ezekiel Nutting Joseph Bennitt William Lawrance Benjamin Hazen
Children of Benjamin and Elizabeth Blanchard:
i.Elizabeth Hazen b. 5 Feb 1719 in Groton, Mass; d. ~1720, Groton, Mass
ii. Timothy Hazen b. 1 Sep 1720 in Groton, Mass; d. ~1721, Groton, Mass
iii. Eunice Hazen b. 20 Oct 1722 in Groton, Mass.; d. 14 Nov 1728, Groton, Mass
iv. Hephzibah Hazen b. 19 Feb 1725 in Groton, Mass; m. 19 Jan 1737 in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire to Benjamin Rolfe (b. 15 Feb 1714 in Newbury, Mass. – d. 1 Jan 1761 in Concord, New Hampshire) Benjamin’s parents were Daniel Rolfe and Mercy Pattee.
Children of Benjamin and Elizabeth Nutting:
v. Betty Hazen b. 30 Nov 1740 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass.; d. 25 Sep 1758 Groton; m. 30 Mar 1758 in Groton to Jonathan Foster (b. 24 Jun 1719 in Shrewsbury, Worchester, Mass. – d. 31 Mar 1821 in Cortland, Cortland, New York) Jonathan’s parents were Jonathan Foster Sr. (1698 – 1743) and Mary Goulding (1697 – 1731).
Ironically, Betty died at 18 and only was married for six months while Jonathan lived to be 101 and was married four times. He first married 2 Aug 1741 Age: 22 in Shrewsbury to an older woman, Bathsheba Crosby (1698 – 1741) but she died right way. He next married Betty and shortly after she died married 11 Apr 1759 – Groton, Middlesex, Mass to Thankful Harrington ( – 1779) and had seven children between 1759 and 1776. Finally, he married 30 Nov 1779 Age: 60 Mason, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to Mercy Towne (6 Nov 1750 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass – d. 1844 in Hillsboro, Hillsborough, New Hampshire) and had seven more children.
Jonathan enlisted in 1775; Pvt. New Hampshire and Mass.
Served in the Company commanded by Captain Christopher Woodbridge in the Massachusetts line:
fought and was wounded in the Battle of Bunker Hill:
applied for and received a pension in 1818;
widow Mercy applied and received pension in 1831;
‘Revolutionary War Pension File’ #W14742
vi. Mary Hazen b. 28 Apr 1743 in Groton, Middlesesx, Mass.; d 28 Aug 1828 in Groton; Burial: Old Burying Ground, Groton; m. 09 Jan 1772 in Groton to Jacob Patch (b. 05 Apr 1747 in Groton. – d. 29 Dec 1818 in Groton; Burial: Old Burying Ground, Groton) Jacob’s parents were Ebenezer Patch (1719 – 1777) and Sarah (Wright) Patch Chamberlain (1730 – 1793) Mary and Jacob had seven children born between 1772 and 1784.
Mary Hazen was admitted to the Groton church, 16 Oct. 1763
During the American Revolution Jacob is listed as Corporal under the command of Captain Josiah Sartell, and served 15 days marching 70 miles. Also, “Lord’s Day July 3, 1808 notice was given for divine service A.M. that Mr. Jacob Patch and 11 others were requested by the church to read during the intermission at the meeting house on Sabbath, the following season (D. Chaplin, Pastor).”
Jacob’s brother Simon was wounded in the thigh at the Battle of White Plains on Oct. 28, 1776. Jacob in a distance of more than 200-miles brought him home to Groton, MA on a litter (made by fitting the butt end of small trees to the stirrups of a saddle and covered with a sack of hay). Simon died of these wounds on Dec. 31, 1776 at his father’s home in Groton.
Jacob’s death was caused suddenly by the wheels of a loaded wagon going over his body and was found about 15 minutes after the accident by his son Zara.
In Memory of
Mr. Jacob Patch
Who Died Dec. 29,
1818 Age 71
Also Mrs. Mary
Mr. Jacob Patch
Died Aug. 28, 1828 Age 85
Corpral in Capt. Josiah Sawtell’s Company
Minute Men April 19, 1775
Private Captain Thomas Warren’s Company
At White Plains
vii. Benjamin Hazen b. 7 Dec 1745 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass.; d. Jul 1807 in Groton; m1. 20 Nov 1770 in Groton to Lydia Wood (b. 23 Jan 1744/45 in Groton – d. Aug 1820 in Groton) Lydia’s parents were Amos Wood and Hannah Nutting. Benjamin and Lydia had eight children born between 1774 and 1789.
m2. to Margaret Winter (b. 19 Apr 1766 in Ashburnham, Mass – d. bef 1808) Margaret’s parents were Andrew Windrow (Winter) (1722 – 1792) and Mary Henerck (1723 – 1814)
Benjamin was a Private in Capt. Josiah Sartell’s company which marched on the Alarm of 19 Apr. 1775 (Lexington) to headquarters at Cambridge, fourteen days; also Private on a Pay roll, dated 13 Jan. 1776, of Capt. Henry Haskell’s Co., Col. Prescott’s Regt., mileage to and from headquarters, seventy miles; also Fifer, Capt. Zachariah Fitch’s Co., Col. Samuel Brewer’s Regt., service 23 Aug. to 30 Sept 1776.
John Sheple was appointed administrator of the estate of “Benjamin Hazen who last dwelt in Groton within one month last past,” 11 Aug. 1807. In the division of the estate, the children mentioned were Benjamin, Amos, Josiah, Asa, and William; “Edmund” (Edward) and “Elizabeth wife of David (Jonas) Lawrence” had removed to place unknown.
viii. John Hazen b. 31 May 1749 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass; d. 10 Feb 1814 in Tyngsboro, Middlesex, Mass.; m. 19 Oct 1792 in Groton to Hannah Worcester (b. 08 Jan 1775 – d. Jan 1859 in Harvard, Mass) Hannah’s parents were Francis Worcester and Mary Simonds. John and Hannah had twelve children born between 1793 and 1813.
ix. David Hazen b. 29 Oct 1751 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass.; d. 30 Sep 1826 in Groton.; m. Hannah [__?__] (b. 1747 in Groton, – d. Groton). David and Hannah had four children born between 1783 and 1788.
Enlisted as a private, 25 April 1775, in Col. Asa Lawrence’s Co., Col. William Prescott’s Regiment, serving three months, eight days. He was also a Private in Capt. Aaron Jewett’s Co., Col. Samuel Bullard’s Regiment, enlisted 15 Aug. 1777, discharged 29 Nov. 1777; this company marched to Saratoga.Col. William Prescott’s Regiment fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
x. Eunice Hazen b. 30 Apr 1754 in Groton, Middlesex, Mass.; d. 09 Jul 1844 in Groton; m. Dunstable, Mass to Nathaniel Shattuck (b. 1746 in Hollis, NH – d. 05 Apr 1813 in Groton) Nathaniel’s parents were William Shattuck and Experience Spaulding. Eunice and Nathaniel had six children between 1775 and 1796.
Shattuck, Nathaniel, Groton Private, Captain Asa Lawrence’s Company; Col. William Prescott’s Regiment Muster Rolls dated Aug 1 1775; Enlisted as a private, 25 April 1775, Service 3 months, 8 days; Also company returned dated Oct 6 1776 reported absent
(Willow Tree and Urn)
April 5. 1815.
Friends nor physicians could not save,
My mortal body from the grave;
Nor can the grave confine me here,
When Christ shall call me to appear.
m2. 19 Jan 1815 – Groton to Thomas Bennett (b. 21 Aug 1757 in Burlington/Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. – d. 18 Mar 1822 in Groton) Thomas’ parents were James Bennett (1727 – 1809) and Sarah Dodge (1738 – 1810).
5. Hepzibah Hazen
Twin of Benjamin
Hepzibah’s husband Nathaniel Perkins was born 13 Sep 1689 in Topsfield, Mass. He was Hepizbah’s first cousin. His parents were Timothy Perkins and Edna Hazen. His maternal grandparents were Edward HAZEN Sr. and Hannah GRANT. His paternal grandparents were Thomas Perkins and Phebe Gould. His great grandparents were John PERKINS and Judith GATER. Nathaniel died in 1773
Another Nathaniel Perkins was born in the same year (b. 1689 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass – d. 3 May 1771 in Ipswich) His parents were Abraham Perkins (1639 – 1725) and Hannah Beamsley (1643 – 1734) He married Esther (b. 1693 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.)
Nathaniel Perkins was a selectman in 1724 and 1745; Ensign in the militia in 1734, Lieutenant in 1735, and Captain in 1742. His will, dated 31 Oct 1768, proved 6 Oct 1773, call him “gentleman.” He gave “to my son Nathaniel all the lands which I bought of my honored Father in Law Mr. Edward Hazzen and all which I bought of my brothers in law John Hazzen and Israel Hazzen in Boxford and Rowley.” He gave also to his son Jacob, his grandson Daniel Perkins, and to the daughters of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel married his cousin.
Children of Hepzibah and Nathaniel
i. Nathaniel Perkins b. 4 Mar 1716 in Boxford, Essex, Mass; m. 28 Mar 1744 in Lynn, Mass to Bethiah Johnson (b. 25 Feb 1724 in Lynn, Mass,) Bethiah’s parents were David Johnson (1688 – 1763) and Ester Laughton (1689 – 1766).
Nathaniel Perkins of Salem, blacksmith, conveyed for 154 pounds to his son Nathaniel Perkins of Boxford, a tract of 44 acres in Boxford and Rowley, “the buildings on the farme which my honored father Mr. Nathaniel Perkins gave by will to my Brother Jacob and my son Daniel,” and Bethiah Perkins signed her consent by mark. Daniel Perkins of Boxford sold, 7 July 1774, to his brother Nathaniel Perkins of Boxford, for 60 pounds, his interest in the house and barn which fell to him by the will of his grandfather Nathaniel Perkins
ii. Daniel Perkins b. 1 Sep 1717 in Boxford, Essex, Mass; d. bef 1759 in Mass; m. 27 Nov 1740 in Newbury, Mass to Sarah Dole (b. 12 Mar 1720 in Newbury – d. 1792 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.) Sarah’s parents were John Dole (1684 – ) and Esther Burpee (193 – ). After Daniel died, Sarah married 26 Sep 1759 Newbury to Deacon John Ayer (1714 – 1777)
iii. Israel Perkins b. 1 Jul 1719 in Boxford, Essex, Mass; m. 1 Mar 1749 in Boxford to Hephzibah Jewett (b. 06 Oct 1724 in Boxford, Essex, Mass) Hephzibah’s parents were Ezekiell Jewett and Martha Thirston (1699 – )
iv. Mary Perkins b. 23 Feb 1722 in Boxford, Mass; d. 1811 – York, York, Maine; m. 18 May 1736 Gorham, Cumberland, Maine to Nathaniel Freeman (b 1719 in York, York, Maine – d. 1810) Nathaniel’s parents were Nathaniel Freeman (1673 – 1727) and Alice Peniwell
v. Benjamin Perkins b. 26 Jan 1725 in Boxford, Mass. m. Boxford to Rebecca Johnson (b. ~1725 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut)
vi. Hannah Perkins b. 26 Dec 1727 in Boxford, Mass; d. 13 May 1736 – Ipswich, Mass
vii. Hephzibah Perkins b. 14 Jan 1731 in Boxford, Mass
viii. Jacob Perkins b. 19 Jun 1737 in Boxford, Essex, Mass; d. 1 Jan 1778 Boxford, Mass; m. 28 Oct 1759 in Boxford, Mass to Mercy Fowler (b. 26 Oct 1740 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. – d. 12 Jan 1811 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.) Mercy’s parents were John Fowler and Mercy Howe.
ix. Eunice Perkins
6. Samuel Hazen
Samuel’s wife Sarah Harriman was born 19 Mar 1701 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan Harriman and Margaret Elithorpe. Sarah died 1 Aug 1794 in Shirley, Middlesex, Mass.
Samuel Hazen, with his brother John, was among those who petitioned the General Court to be set off as the Second Parish of Rowley, 27 May 1730; this territory is now Georgetown. (See story of Georgetown above with John)
He removed from Rowley to Groton, Mass., in 1736. In 1749 he purchased a farm in what was called “Stow Leg,” a strip of land soon after annexed to Shirley and forming its entire southern boundary. It is said that he lived in a log house at first. This estate was still in the possession of descendants after 1900, together with the fine two-story house built by him for his son Samuel about 1765; also the house opposite, built by his grandson, Thomas Hazen, in 1795.
Samuel built the first grist mill in Shirley with his partner John Longley.
“Beside old hearth-stones“. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1897.
William Longley the father, and William the son, were both millers. In order to distinguish the craftsmen, the good farmers of the locality, who brought their grist to be ground at the mill on the Catacunemaug, called the elder ”Old Will the Miller.” No disrespect was implied; for the rugged yeomen looked upon Old Will as their great benefactor. He had been the first to set up that indispensable institution, a mill, thus relieving them of much of the burden of life.
The Longley and Hazen mill was rude indeed, but in keeping with the dwellings of the farmers, made as they were from rough-hewn logs, and affording but little beyond the bare necessities. The farmers, young and old, delighted in listening to Old Will’s recitals of his father’s experience during the five years of his life in captivity. Waiting for grist was no hardship for them if Old Will, dressed in powdered apparel, was tending the stones. The elder William was a sufferer from rheumatism, and not in a mood for story-telling at all times ; but when he was at his best in describing the life among the Indians, the farmer’s boy was reluctant to leave. In fact, the fathers were known to tarry long after Old Will had taken his toll, and emptied a fresh sack into the hopper.
These stories of savage warfare served a two-fold purpose. They amused the miller’s patrons, and prevented their being impatient while waiting their turn, and also kindled a fire of patriotism in the minds of the farmers, which served them well when the time came for opposing the king.
When Shirley was separated from Groton, Samuel Hazen was chosen one of the five selectmen and a highway surveyor, 1 Mar. 1753. He was selectman also in 1755. Todat, Hazen Road is a located near Shirley Center.
Once part of “The Plantation of Groton,” Shirley was first settled about 1720. It broke away from Groton to be incorporated in 1753. The town was named in honor of William Shirley, governor of Massachusetts (1741–1757). A paper mill was built here around 1790 and in 1812 Shirley established the first of seven cotton mills. In 1793, three years after Samuel diedm the Shakers established a utopian religious community in Shirley. The Shakers advocated pacifism, common property, celibacy and communal living. They are renowned for their plain architecture and furniture.
Children of Samuel and Sarah:
The first five children of Samuel Hazen and Sarah Harriman died of “throat distemper” which was probably the old term used for what we now know to be diphtheria.
i. Edward Hazen b. 26 May 1724, Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 10 Jan 1736/37, Rowley
ii. Margaret Hazen b. 23 Jan 1730 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 24 Dec 1736 Rowley
ii. Sarah Hazen b. 9 Apr 1731 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 20 Dec 1736, Rowley
iii. Benjamin Hazen b. 22 Apr 1734 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 06 Jan 1736/37, Rowley
iv. Eunice Hazen b. 8 Aug 1736 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. Nov 1808, Herkimer Co., NY; m1. 28 Jun 1758 in Harvard, Mass. to Jonathan Farwell (b. 15 May 1730 in Groton, Mass – d. 29 Nov 1761 in Charlestown, Mass.) Jonathan’s parents were Joseph Farwell and Mary Gilson.
m2. 25 May 1763 in Lancaster, Mass. to Nathaniel Willard (b. 03 Apr 1742 in Lancaster – d. Jan 1813 Eatonsville, Canada) Nathaniel’s parents were William Willard (1713 – 1813) and Sarah Gates (1716 – 1813). Eunice and Nathaniel had six children born between 1765 and 1783.
Nathaniel Williard was a minute man in the Revolutionary War. He was only 8 years old when he went with his dad William Willard and helped tip the British tea overboard into the Boston Bay.
Nathaniel was a private Capt. William Greenleaf’s company, Col. Josiah Whitney’s Regiment Enlisted Aug 22 1777 Discharged Aug 26 1777 service 4 days on an alarm at Bennington.
Nathaniel Willard sold land in Lancaster, Mass., in 1769, and in “Stow Leg” in 1775. He removed to Herkimer County, N. Y., in 1794. He was elected Pathmaster in Herkimer, 7 Apr. 1795 and 2 Mar. 1802. John DeLancey sold land in the town of Herkimer in Hassenclever’s Patent to Nathaniel Willard of Herkimer, 29 Sept. 1807
On 27 Jun 1762, Jonathan Farwell’s widow “Unis” was appointed to administer his estate, Samuel Hazen of Stow and Joseph Farwell of Groton being her bondsmen; the inventory amounted to 251/11/3 pounds. Eunice Farwell (now Willard) on 16 Apr. 1764 craved allowance from the estate for “bringing up the two younger children until seven years old.
v. Edward Hazen b. 2 May 1738 in Groton, Mass. ; d. ~1796, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY; m. 10 Jan 1758 – Harvard, Worcester, Mass. to Sarah Willard (b. 02 Sep 1735 in Lancaster, Worcester, Mass. – d. 09 Aug 1785 in Herkimer, Herkimer, New York) Sarah’s parents were William Willard (1713 – 1813) and Sarah Gates (1716 – 1813). Samuel and Sarah had eleven children born between 1758 and 1775.
m2. 8 Sep 1785 Age: 47 Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire to Jemima Bathrick Dodge (b. 18 Mar 1751 in Lunenberg, Worcester, Mass. – d. 9 Mar 1836 in Denmark, Lewis County, New York; buried at Copenhagen) Edward and Jemima had three more children between 1786 and 1793.
Edward died of smallpox [the date 1796 is given in Chandler’s Shirley, p. 446, while a narrative by his grandson, Edward Hazen, states that he died about 1805, aged 75] He lived in Shirley, Mass., until about 1768, when he settled in Swanzey. On 4 Jan. 1770, ‘Edward Hazen of Swanzey in the province of New Hampshire, husbandman,’ bought of John and Hannah Pierce of Shirley, for 178.13.8, pounds, 160 acres in that part of Swanzey taken from Richmond. This land he, while of Swanzey, sold 18 Feb. 1789 to Joseph Trumbull, for 318 pounds; witness, Samuel Hazen. About 1794 he emigrated to Little Falls, N. Y., apparently having sojourned for a time with his sons living in Dummerston, VT.
He was a worker in iron, probably both a blacksmith and iron-founder.
During the Revolution, he was a Private in Capt. Joseph Hammond’s Company which responded to the Lexington Alarm, April 1775; also in Capt. Davis Howlett’s Co., Col. Ashley’s Regt., N. H. Militia, which marched from Keene to reinforce the Continental Army at Ticonderoga 3 to 11 July 1777.
He was also in Capt. Samuel Wright’s Company, which marched from Winchester to join Stark’s command at Bennington and Stillwater; the pay-roll of 23 Feb 1778 reported to the town meeting reads: ‘Edward Hazen, 12 days to Cambridge, 12 days to Otter Creek, and two months by his son: 6.19.2 pounds.’ [Read, History of Swanzey, pp.103, 104, 120; N.H. Rev.Rolls,2:63.][Hazen21404.FTW]
vi. Samuel Hazen b. 24 May 1740 in Groton, Mass.; d. 16 May 1815, Shirley, Mass. m. 20 Nov 1769 in Lunenburg, Mass. to Elizabeth Little (b. 1740 in Lunenburg, Worcester, Mass. – d. 11 Sep 1814 in Shirley, Essex, Mass.) Samuel and Elizabeth had eight children born between 1770 and 1784.
Samuel’s descendant Mr. Thomas L. Hazen reports in “Beside old hearth-stones“. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1897.
“My great-great grandfather Samuel Hazen Jr was at work in these acres [the southerly part of Shirley, not far from the Longley-Hazen Mill] when the alarm of the 19th of April reached him. He immediadately left his plough, ran to the house, took his gun and powder horn [the horn was in possession of Thomas L Hazen in 1897] and said to his wife “Betty, you take care of the children and the cattle! I must go! The family then consisted of five children, the eldest not ten years and the youngest less than two months. He, with the others from Shirley reached Acton about eleven o’clock where they heard of the fight at Concord and of the retreat; but they concluded to march on, and pursued the enemy to Cambridge. Samuel Hazen remained there thirteen days and later joined the army and was made captain of the Shirley company.
SHIRLEY UPLANDS AND INTERVALES
ANNALS OF A BORDER TOWN OF OLD MIDDLESEX, WITH SOME GENEALOGICAL SKETCHES
By ETHEL STANWOOD BOLTON
GEORGE EMERY LITTLEFIELD
About 1800, Captain Samuel Hazen, Jr., moved into the Dehorte house. He had bought in 1777 the Brooks farm, and land from Charles Perrin in 1778, “where John Maddin now lives, ” which is the land formerly owned by Seth Walker. Captain Hazen clapboarded the house, and they say that all the clapboards came from one tree and have never been changed. The one nearest the roof has a bevel on its edge. The roof was raised to its present form of hip-roof and the ornaments to the front door were added. Up and down each corner of the house is a heavy quoin or border, carved from a slab of pine. This house passed in 1815 to Samuel’s son, Thomas, who never lived in it.
The next tavern keepers were James Brooks and Obadiah Sawtell. Which came first no one can now say, but as Brooks was the older we will assume that he did. The Brooks tavern was on no public road, but stood in the corner of the field now owned by Mrs. Grace Winslow on the road from Pound Hill to Ayer. The road was laid out much later. Tradition is very silent about James Brooks and his doings. The tavern was sold in 1777 to Samuel Hazen, Jr., and thereafter ceased to be a tavern, but underwent many vicissitudes. Two cellars were dug for it on the other side of the road, one almost opposite and a second farther east, when the oldest Hazen girl, Sarah, married Asa Longley. The house was shorn of its upper story, and was moved to the eastern cellar-hole, where the young couple started housekeeping. Later another story was added, and so it stands today, owned by Mr. Boutilier.
7. Israel HAZEN (See his page)
8. Hannah Hazen
Hannah’s first husband Joshua Morse was born 30 Mar 1700 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Benjamin Morse and Mercy Bell. Joshua died 4 Aug 1728 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.
Hannah’s second husband Samuel Greenleaf was born 24 Dec 1706 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Tristram Greenleaf and Margaret Piper. His grandparents were Stephen Greenleaf and Elizabeth Coffin. His great grandparents were our ancestors Edmond GREENLEAF and Sarah DOLE.
Children of Hannah and Samuel
i. Mary Greenleaf b. 19 Jul 1731 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.; d. 20 Apr 1764 in Byfield, Essex, Mass; m. 5 Oct 1750 – Newbury, Essex, Mass. to Nathaniel Plummer (b. 9 Jun 1708 in Newbury – d. 1789 in Byfield) Nathaniel’s parents were Joshua Plumer (1668 – 1723) and Elizabeth Dole (1679 – 1735)