David Heath

David HEATH (1706 – 1770)  was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Miller line.

David Heath was born 14 Apr 1706 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. His parents were James HEATH and Mary BRADLEY. He married Ann STAPLES 24 May 1732 in Bradford, Essex, Mass. David died 16 Apr 1770 in Haverhill, Mass.

The name Bradford currently refers to the area on the south side of the Merrimack River in Haverhill, Massachusetts that was once Bradford.

Ann Staples was born 26 Feb 1716 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Samuel STAPLES and Abigail PRINCE.   Ann died 2 Sep 1778 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.

Children of David and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joshua Heat 16 Sep 1733 Haverhill 7 Nov 1737
Haverhill, Mass
2. Abigail Heath 19 Feb 1735 Haverhill, Essex, Mass Ralph Cross
28 Nov 1754
15 Oct 1808 Merrimack, NH
3. Joshua Heath 16 Mar 1738 Haverhill Dorothy (Dolly) Austin
8 Jan 1760 Salem, Rockingham, NH
7 Nov 1770 Haverhill
4. Mary HEATH 16 Jan 1739 Haverhill John BRADLEY
21 Mar 1760 Haverhill, Mass.
bef. 1824 New Brunswick
5. Anne “Nanne” Heath 18 Jul 1742
Joseph Haynes
4 Feb 1762 Second Parish Church, Salem, Rockingham, NH
 bef. 1775
6. David Heath 15 Nov 1744
Died Young?
7. Sarah Heath 12 Jan 1748 Salem, New Hampshire
8. Susannah Heath 20 Mar 1750
Salem, NH
Daniel Merrill
8 Aug 1770
New Hampshire
9. Judith Heath 5 Jan 1754 Salem, NH Peter Merrill
12 Apr 1770
Aft. 1778
10. James Heath 12 Jun 1755 Salem, NH Aft 7 Aug 1832
11. Elizabeth Heath 24 Sep 1756 Salem, NH James Barry
21 Nov 1775
12. Thomas Heath 12 Jun 1761 Salem, NH

David and his family moved with his father from Haverhill, Mass to Salem, New Hampshire about 1744. While a different state, Salem is only about seven miles away from Haverhill.   As early as 1736, Salem was the “North Parish” of Methuen, Massachusetts, or “Methuen District.” In 1741, when the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was re-established, the “North Parish” became part of New Hampshire, and was given the name “Salem,” taken from nearby Salem, Massachusetts. It was incorporated in 1750 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth.


2. Abigail Heath

Abigail’s husband Ralph Cross was baptized 7 Apr 1736 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Thomas Cross (1689 – 1772) and Sarah Boardman (1691 – 1772). Ralph died 30 Oct 1810 Hopkington, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Ralph moved to Bow, Merrimack, NH about 1768. Was the Pound Keeper in 1769. He was also an Inn Keeper, His Inn his where several provincial courts were held. He was listed as a shipwright in Bow, 7 Dec 1772 when his father’s will was proved.

Incorporated in 1727, the town of Bow was one of several formed to ease population pressures on the Seacoast. The town’s name comes from its establishment along a bend, or “bow”, in the Merrimack River. The first census, taken in 1790, reported 568 residents.

Children of Abigail and Ralph:

i. Abigail Cross b. 1 Mar 1756 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. Aft 13 Jul 1837; m. 22 Sep 1772 Bow, New Hampshire to Lt. Hubbard Carter (b. 1753 in Fryeburg, Oxford, Maine – d. 22 Sep 1804 Burial: West Fryeburg Cemetery, Oxford, Maine, Plot: Lot 274) Hubbard’s parents were Ezra Carter and Ruth Eastman.

Hubbard enlisted in Warner, NH. Ballard’s pension states he was Capt. Isaac Frye’s Ensign. Hubbard was promoted from Ensign to Lieutenant of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment on Mar 24 1780, replacing Lt. Dustin. Hubbard served under Col. Joseph Cillcy.

The 1st New Hampshire Regiment was an infantry unit that came into existence on May 22 1775 at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. John Stark was the regiment’s first commander. The unit fought at Chelsea Creek and Bunker Hill in 1775. On Jan 1 1776, while engaged in the Siege of Boston, the unit was renamed the 5th Continental Regiment. In the spring it was sent to Canada where the New Hampshire soldiers fought at Trois-Rivières and later helped defend the area around Lake Champlain. Late in the year, the 5th Continental Regiment was transferred south to George Washington’s main army where it fought at Trenton.

On Jan 1 1777 the unit was renamed the 1st New Hampshire Regiment and it saw action at Princeton before being sent back to the Northern Department. The regiment fought at Saratoga in the fall of 1777. That winter it was transferred to Washington’s army and fought at Monmouth in the summer of 1778. The troops participated in Sullivan’s Expedition in the summer of 1779. The unit stayed with the main army until Aug 1781 when it was left to defend the Hudson Highlands. The regiment rejoined the main army in late 1782 and was renamed the New Hampshire Regiment in early 1783. After first being reduced to a battalion, the unit was disbanded on Jan 1 1784.

1st Connecticut Reenactors

1st Connecticut Reenactors

The First New Hampshire Regiment is a recreation of one of the three regiments of “regulars” from New Hampshire to serve in the Continental Army under Gen. Washington during the American Revolution. The current regiment is composed of a company of Line, or battalion troops, a Fife and Drum Music Company, camp followers, and most recently, a reactivated Artillery Company manning a reproduction 3 lb. field cannon.

Abigail Andrews applied for a Revolutionary War pension and received a Maine Land Grant.

Carter, Hubbard. Me. Ensign. 25 Jun. 1838. 200 acres to widow Abigail (Cross) Andrews. Lovell

m2. Capt. Abraham Andrews (b. 6 Sep 1747 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.) Abraham’s parents were Solomon Andrews (1699 – 1778) and Elizabeth Ingalls (1705 – ) He first married Esther Stearn (1749 – 1799)

ii. Moses Cross b. 14 Jul 1758 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire;

[said to have died young, supposedly not the Moses in Hopkinton NH considering that two of his sisters were married in Hopkinton, I’m curious to know what links the Moses from Methuen to Hopkinton]

iii. Ralph Cross Jr. b. 14 Nov 1760 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire ; d. 30 Nov 1776 as a Rev War Casualty in Greenwich CT after which his father deserted, and was later honorably discharged

iv. Anna Cross b. 14 Dec 1762 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire;m1. 31 Dec 1778 Salem, New Hampshire to William Bradford (b. 1754) ; m2. 3 Feb 1783 John Ash [a soldier from Andover NH]

v. Sarah Cross b. 14 Jul 1765 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; m. 12 Oct 1783 in Warner NH to John Eastman; m2. 18 Aug 1808 New Hampshire to Ezekiel Willey (b. 1750 in Dover NH – d. 1832) Ezekiel’s parents were Ezekiel Willey Sr. (1701 – 1762) and Mary Row (1723 – 1786).

vi. Susannah Cross b. 26 Sep 1767 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; m1. 16 Mar 1786 Hopkinton NH to George McAlpine.

m2. 2 Sep 1796 in Warner NH to Isaac Putney

vii. Hannah Cross b. 25 Sep 1769 in Bow, Merrimack, New Hampshire; d. 2 Jun 1809; m. 5 Jul 1785 Age: 15 to John Ordway (b. 15 Feb 1764 in Goffstown, New Hampshire – d. 1813 in Hopkington, Merrimack, New Hampshire) John’s parents were John Ordway (1734 – 1826) and Mehitable Holmes (1736 – 1820) Hannah and John had eight children born between 1786 and 1804.

viii. Esther Cross b. ~ 1771; m1. 7 Aug 1788 in Warner NH to Keys Bradley
m2. Nathaniel Hutchins in Fryeberg ME]

3. Joshua Heath

Joshua’s wife Dorothy “Dolly” Austin was born 29 May 1740 in Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  Her parents were Abiel (Thomas) Austin (1703 – 1790) and Sarah Moulton (1706 – ).  Dorothy died in 1830.

It is said Dolly’s father Abiel was living in 1790age 80, but he must have been about 5 years older. He and his brother Zebadiah served in Capt. Lovewell’s fight May 1725 at what is now Fryeburg, Maine. He was one of the first settlers and town officers of Salem, NH, living in the section that was set off from Methuen, MA, formerly Haverhill. He lived in that part of Haverhill which became the town of Methuen, MA, being one of the petitioners for the setting off of Methuen, MA, Jan 28, 1750. On Mar 3 1759, he was one of the inhabitants petitioning for the title of lands they claimed in Salem, NH. His cattle mark was registered in 1753 and he was taxed for the minister in 1754.

Children of Joshua and Dolly:

i. John Heath, b. 21 Jun 1760, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; m. 31 Jul 1788 Salem, NH to Joanna Asten. John and Joanna had six children born between 1788 and 1805 in Salem.

ii. Moses Heath, b. 20 Jul 1762, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. 1784 – Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. Deborah Hamlet or Hamblet (b. 4 Dec 1764 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Mass) Deborah’s parents were Reuben Hamblet (1732 – 1778) and Deborah Austin (1737 – ) Moses and Deborah had one child, Nancy. After Moses died, Deborah married 12 Dec 1785 Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire Age: 21 to Asa Putney (b. 1766 – 1833) and had seven more children born between 1786 and 1808.

iii. Abiel Heath, b. 12 Aug 1764, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. 29 Jan 1842 Methuen, Essex, Mass; m. 18 Aug 1785 Salem, NH to Nancy “Betty” Bayley. Abiel and Nancy had at least one child, Jesse (b. ~1787) John Bailey (1720 – 1787) and Elizabeth Corliss (1719 – 1787) had seven children in Salem, NH, but Betty is not listed among them.

iv. Daniel Heath, b. 29 Aug 1767, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. Aft 23 Sep 1850 Stockholm, Saint Lawrence, New York; m. 16 Oct 1791 Salem, NH to Martha Merrill (b. 21 Jul 1770, Salem – d. 19 Sep 1829, Haverhill, Essex , Mass.) Martha’s parents were John Merrill (1723 – 1792) and Deborah Williams. Daniel and Martha had three children born between 1792 and 1803.

Daniel moved to Oswegatchie, Saint Lawrence, New York before the 1810 census when he had a household of three.

In the 1850 census, Daniel was living with his son Jehiel in Stockholm, Saint Lawrence, New York, though this census record shows his birthplace as Vermont.

The town of Oswegatchie was founded in 1802 upon the formation of Saint Lawrence county. After the end of the French and Indian War, the British renamed the former French community of La Gallette as Oswegatchie, the name of the local native tribe. After the end of the Revolution, the community became Ogdensburg, named for Samuel Ogden, who was a member of a group of land speculators and developers who purchased a large tract of land in the region. During the War of 1812 Ogdensburg and much of the town was captured by British forces.

Stockholm was erected from part of the Town of Massena by a legislative act passed Feb 21 1806. It received its name by the surveyors from Stockholm, Sweden. During the War of 1812 some residents left the town and a lesser number returned.

v. David Heath, b. 25 Jun 1770, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

vi. Elizabeth Heath, b. 4 Mar 1772, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

vii. Lydia Heath, b. 20 Jan 1774, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

viii. Joshua Heath, b. 9 Nov 1776, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

ix. Benjamin Heath, b. 2 Jul 1778, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

x. James Heath, b. 10 Sep 1780, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

xi. Sarah “Sally” Heath, b. 22 Sep 1782, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. 1870 in McCameron, Martin, Indiana; m. 14 Mar 1805 Age: 22 Pelham, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to Richard Barker Webster (b. 1 Mar 1782 in Pelham, Hillsborough, New Hampshire – d. 1822 in Wash, Indiana) Richard’s parents were Jonathan Webster (1747 – 1771) and Hannah Barker (1750 – ) Sally and Richard had seven children born between 1806 and 1819.

The pieces fit together, except 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records say this Sarah was born in 1786 or 1787 NH. Perhaps her parents really were Samuel Heath (1756 – 1833) and Sarah Webster (1762 – 1839).

In the 1820 census, Richard B Webster was living in Washington, Indiana with a household of 8 including 6 children.

After Richard died, Sally married 15 Nov 1825 Age: 42 Washington Co., Indiana to Isaac Hammersley (b. 1762 in Northumberland, Pennsylvania – d. 1851 in Martin Co., Indiana). Isaac’s parents were Jacob Hammersley (1735 – ) and Martha Van Brugh (1741 – 1768). Isaac first married 1794 in Northumberland, Penns to Mary Wyrick (1768 – 1825) and had eight children between 1795 and 1825. Sally and Isaac had one more child, Jacob (b. 1828).

In the 1850 census, Isaac and Sarah were living in Mitcheltree, Martin, Indiana

In the 1870 census, Sarah was living in Bogard, Daviess, Indiana with her son Jacob and his family.

4. Mary HEATH (See John BRADLEY‘s page)

5. Anne “Nanne” Heath

Nanne’s husband Lt. Joseph Haynes was born 1 on 25 Mar 1743 in Haverhill, Mass. His parents were Joseph Haynes (1715 – 1801) and Elizabeth Clements (1717 – 1756). After Nanne died, he married second about 1775 to Meriam Remsen Van Beck Joseph and Meriam had at least two children Judson Haynes (1780 – 1843) and William Haynes (1790 – 1840).  Joseph died on 10 Jun 1810 in Stillwater, Ulster, NY.

Joseph was 1st Lieut. in Capt. Timothy Burrows’s Company, Col. Timothy Bedell‘s Regiment, N.H., 1778, 1779, stationed on the frontier and adjoining to Connecticut River. His son Joseph served as his waiter.

Lt. Jospeh Haynes and Lt. Moses Chamberlin were on the payroll of Capt. Timothy Barron’s Company, Col. Bedel’s New Hampshire Regiment, 1778-79

Bedel’s Regiment was first raised as a single company of rangers in Coos, New Hampshire on May 26, 1775 under the command of Timothy Bedel for the protection of northern New Hampshire during the early days of the American Revolutionary War. Between July 1775 and January 1776 eight more companies of rangers were recruited from the frontiermen of northern New Hampshire as the regiment joined the Continental Army and took part in the Siege of Fort St. Jean and the Battle of The Cedars during the Invasion of Canada. Most of the regiment was captured at The Cedars but were exchanged for British soldiers captured during the Canadian campaign eight days later. With the ending of the enlistments of the soldiers the regiment was disbanded on January 1, 1777 at Coos, New Hampshire.

Bedel subsequently recruited a series of ranger regiments for New Hampshire. Part of his command became part of the Green Mountain Boys at the Battle of Quebec.

Bedel served as a 1st Lieutenant in a militia regiment at the Battle of Bennington under general John Stark, became a staff officer for generals Philip Schuyler and Horatio Gates at Saratoga concerning Indian affairs, and was restored to regimental command. On Dec 11, 1779, General George Washington ordered Colonel Bedel to raise another regiment at Coos to help Colonel Moses Hazen (great grandson of our ancestor Edward HAZEN Sr.) and general Jacob Bayley in the construction of a possible invasion route to Canada and to conduct an investigation of misconduct and fraud against the Continental Army Quartermaster at Coos, New Hampshire. After the war, Bedel worked unsuccessfully to have lands in northern New Hampshire and Vermont granted to Abenakis who had sided with the United States during the war.

Children of Nanne and Joseph:

i. Elizabeth Haynes b. 14 May 1766 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. 16 Sep 1811 Hamilton, Ohio; m. 12 Nov 1785 in Haverhill, Mass. to John Haseltine (b. 4 Jan 1756 in Bradford, Mass. – d. 22 Jul 1832 in Eaton, Lorian, Ohio) John’s parents were Robert Haseltine (1730 – 1778) and Sarah Colby (1734 – 1777) Elizabeth and Joseph had fourteen children born between 1786 and 1810.

In 1775, John was in Capt. Timothy Bedle’s company. John’s father-in-law would later serve in Col. Timothy Bedle’s Regiment, see the story above.

John enlisted Dec 23, 1776 at Haverhill and served three years. He was a private in Capt. Amasa Soper’s Company, also, Capt. Christ Marshall’s Company, 10th Massachusetts Regiments.

Raised in Massachusetts and the province of Maine during the winter of 1776/1777, the Tenth Massachusetts Regiment was one of 16 new regiments authorized by Congress in October 1776 to bolster General Washington’s hard-pressed Continental Army.

Known originally by the name of its first commander, Col. Thomas Marshall of Boston, Marshall’s Regiment first distinguished itself during the Saratoga campaign, shivered through the winter at Valley Forge and sweltered in the heat at the Battle of Monmouth.

Re-designated the Tenth Massachusetts in 1779, the regiment spent the balance of the war with the army in the Hudson Highlands, besieging British forces in New York.

John’s company of the regiment, originally commanded by Captain Amasa Soper of Dartmouth, Mass., was eventually designated as the Light Infantry Company and saw considerable detached service, participating in the assault and capture of British positions at Stony Point, NY in 1779, and at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.

ii. John Clark Haynes b. 12 Apr 1769 Stillwater, Grafton, New Hampshire – d. 12 Sep 1854 Pittsburg, Coos, New Hampshire; Burial: Hollow Cemetery, Pittsburg; m. 14 Apr 1794 Age: 25 Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire to Dorothy Jewett (b. 27 Jan 1776 Lisbon – d, 17 Dec 1845 Pittsburg) Dorothy’s parents were John Jewett (1730 – 1801) and his cousin Hannah Jewett (1735 – 1805). John and Dorothy had nine children born between 1794 and 1817.

iii. David Haynes b. 9 Jun 1771 in Lisbon, New Hampshire; d. 26 May 1844 in Van Buren, New York; m. Martha Wilson (b. 18 Oct 1777 in Salem, New York – d. 30 Jan 1852 in Van Buren, New York) Martha’s parents were Joseph Wilson (1755 – 1810) and [__?__]. David and Martha had nine children born between 1799 and 1817.

Thaddeous Haynes  (1808 - 1887)

David and Martha’s son Thaddeous Haynes (1808 – 1887)

iv. Joseph Haynes

v. Child

vi. Child

vii. Child

Children of
8. Susannah Heath

Susannah’s husband Daniel Merrill was born 30 Jul 1749 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Daniel’s brother Peter married Susannah’s sister Judith. Their parents were John Merrill (1723 – 1792) and Deborah Williams (1725 – 1792).

Children of Susannah and Daniel:

i. Daniel Williams Merrill, bapt. 31 Mar 1771 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

ii. John Merrill, bapt. 10 Jan 1773 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

iii. James Merrill, bapt. 3 Oct 1774 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire; d. 7 Sep 1849 Newburyport, Essex,. Mass.; m. 27 Dec 1809 Age: 35 Newburyport to Hannah Coffin (b. 2 Dec 1784 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. – d. 21 Mar 1859 in Newburyport) Hannah’s parents were Tristram Coffin (1733 – 1806) and Anne Davis (1739 – 1823) James and Hannah had five children born between 1810 and 1820.

In the 1850 census, Hannah was living with her children Hannah and John in Newburyport.

iv. Moody Morse Merrill, bapt. 17 Nov 1776 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

v. Nancy “Nanny” Johnson Merrill, bapt. 14 Jun 1778 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

9. Judith Heath

Judith’s husband Peter Merrill was born 17 Jul 1748 in Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  Peter’s brother Daniel married Judith’s sister Susannah. Their parents were John Merrill (1723 – 1792) and Deborah Williams (1725 – 1792). Peter died 23 Sep 1823 – Penobscot, Maine.

Children of Judith and Peter:

i. David Heath Merrill, bapt. 30 Jun 1771 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

ii. Jesse Merrill, bapt. 7 Jun 1772 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

iii. Susanna Merrill, bapt. 17 Jul 1774 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

iv. Mehitable Merrill, bapt. 1 Sep 1776 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

v. Asa Merrill, bapt. 19 Jul 1778 Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire

11. Elizabeth Heath

Elizabeth’s husband James Barry’s origins are not known






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