Lt. James Heath

Lt. James HEATH (1683 – 1744)  was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miller line.

Lt. James Heath was born 25 Mar 1683 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. His parents were Josiah HEATH and Mary DAVIS. He married Mary BRADLEY in 1705 in Haverhill, Mass. After Mary died, he married Dinah Davis about 1730 in Haverhill, Mass. James died in 1744 in Salem, New Hampshire.

Mary Bradley was born 16 Apr 1671 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Daniel BROADLEY and Mary WILLIAMS.   She first married Bartholomew Heath son of John Heath and Sarah Partridge on 23 Jan 1691 in Haverhill, Mass.   Mary was killed by Indians on  3 Sep 1718 in Haverhill, Mass.

Dinah Davis was born on 24 Mar 1707 in Haverhill, Mass. Her parents were Stephen Davis and Mary Tucker. She married her first husband, William Mudgett (Muel is probably a transposition error of Muelt), in 1726 in Haverhill and had two children by him.  Some genealogies say that James married a differnt woman Dinah Muel about 1720, but Dinah is an unusual name and Muel is similar to Mudget.  Dinah died 16 Mar 1768

Bartholomew Heath was James’ cousin.  He was born on 3 Sep 1667 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were John Heath and Sarah Partridge and his grandparents were our ancestors Bartholomew HEATH and Hannah MOYCE. He died on 4 Aug 1704 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts. killed by indians.  The Haverhill chapter of C. F. Jewett’s 1878 “History of Essex County, Massachusetts”

“On the 4th of August, in the same year [1704, the year Mrs. Joseph Bradley was captured], another attack was made by the Indians, but the details of the struggle were never recorded, except that Joseph Page and Bartholomew Heath were killed, and a young lad in company with them narrowly escaped the same fate.”

Children of Mary and Bartholomew Heath:

Name Born Married Departed
a. Elizabeth Heath 20 Nov 1691
Haverhill, Mass
James Ordway
b. Martha Heath May 1694
Haverhill, Mass
Haverhill, Essex, Mass
c. Hannah Heath 9 Mar 1696/1697
Haverhill, Mass
Timothy Colby
4 Jul 1718 in Amesbury, Mass
Isaac Colby
Apr 1757
d. Nehemiah Heath 8 Jun 1699
Haverhill, Mass.
Elizabeth Sargent
18 Dec 1734
Amesbury, Essex, Mass
e. Richard Heath 27 Dec 1701
Haverhill, Mass
Miriam Hoyt
9 Apr 1730
Haverhill, Mass


Children of James and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. David HEATH 14 Apr 1706 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Ann STAPLES
24 May 1732 Bradford, Essex, Mass.
16 Apr 1770 Haverhill, Mass
2. Nathaniel Heath 12 Jan 1708 in Haverhill, Sarah Stevens
10 Dec 1730 Amesbury, Essex, Mass
22 Jan 1786
Hampstead, NH
3. Judith Heath 25 Aug 1709 in Haverhill John Keyser (Kezar)
23 Sep 1730 Haverhill
Oct 1756
Hampstead, NH
4. James Heath 28 Mar 1711 in Haverhill
5. Mary Heath 30 Mar 1713 in Haverhill Died Young

Children of James and Dinah Davis:

Name Born Married Departed
6a. Joshua Heath (Maybe a twin, but probably alias for Elijah) 12 Jan 1731
Haverhill, Mass.
Hannah Dearborn Sep 1778
Chester, New Hampshire
6b. Elijah Heat (Maybe a twin, but probably alias for Elijah) 12 Jan 1731
Haverhill, Mass.
7. Mary Heath 27 Jan 1734
Hamstead, NH
25 May 1748
8. Merriam Heath  7 Apr 1736
Rockingham, NH
John Pell
13 Nov 1754
Haverhill, MA
9. Susanna Heath 27 Jul 1738
Rockingham, NH
Simeon Goodwin
10. Asa Heath 29 Jan 1740
Hampstead, NH
11. Enoch Heath 7 Feb 1744
Hampstead, NH

James and Dinah moved to Hampstead, New Hampshire.

Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire

Once part of Haverhill and Amesbury,Massachusetts settled in 1640, Hampstead, New Hampshire was formed as a result of the 1739 change in boundary lines between Massachusetts and the new province of New Hampshire. It was originally known as “Timberlane Parish” because of the heavy growth of native trees. The town would be incorporated in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, who renamed it after Hampstead, England, the residence of William Pitt, a close friend. Hampstead’s Main Street is lined with antique homes. The town was a popular summer camp location.


a. Elizabeth Heath

Elizabeth’s husband James Ordway was born 12 Oct 1691 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were James Ordway and Tirzah Titcomb. James died 11 Aug 1751 in Amesbury, Mass.

At a meeting in Amesbury of the proprietors of the township No. 1, June 23, 1738, the committee appointed to make some surveys for settlements, &c. reported, that they had laid out sixty-three house lots, containing about five acres each. These lots were laid out in the vicinity of Gen. Aquila Davis’ mills. James Ordway was one of the recipients.

c. Hannah Heath

Hannah’s huband Timothy Colby was born was born on 19 Apr 1698 in Amesbury, Mass. His parents were Thomas Colby and Mary Rowell. Timothy died before 31 May 1756 in Amesbury, Mass.

d. Nehemiah Heath

Nehemiah’s wife Elizabeth Sargent was born 26 Jun 1696 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass, Her parents were Charles Sargent and Hannah Foote. Elizabeth died 2 Jun 1754 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

e. Richard Heath

Richard’s wife Miriam Hoyt was born 31 Oct 1710 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were William Hoyt and Dorothy Colby. Miriam died 1760 in Methuen, Mass.

1. David HEATH (See his page)

2. Nathaniel Heath

Nathaniel’s wife Sarah Stevens was born 21 Feb 1710 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Aaron Stevens and Mary Walter Harris. Sarah died 8 Apr 1791 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Nathaniel was received from the North Parish Church June 3, 1752, and removed to Hampstead about 1735. Resided near “Copp’s Corner,” where he purchased land from Robert Ford, sen. He served as selectman in 1753, and was prominent in town aud church affairs. He died in Hampstead, and was buried in the village cemetery.

Ebenezer Gile, Jonathan Hutchens, Moses Hale, Samuel Worthen, and James Graves had been chosen a committee to ” seat the meeting house ” and the selectmen, Benjamin Emerson, Benjamin Philbrick, and Nathaniel Heath were to seat the committee and their families in the Hampstead Church.

Nathaniel Heath and his relatives would give thanks to the Lord for relief from the dreaded throat distemper in his family

3. Judith Heath

Judith’s husband John Keyser (Kezar) was born 1 Jul 1710 in Haverhill, Mass. His parents were John Keyser and Judith Davis. After Judith died, he married Ruth Terrill. John died 14 May 1771 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass.

6. Joshua (Elijah) Heath

(Maybe a twin, but probably an alias for Elijah.)

Joshua’s wife Hannah Dearborn was born 13 Oct 1731 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Ebenezer Dearborn and Huldah Nason.

All eight of Joshua’s children were under fourteen years old in 1779 when he died. Elijah Heath and wife owned the covenant, in town of Hamstead, New Hampshire, Dec, 1755.

8. Merriam Heath

Merriam’s husband John Pell was born 15 Oct 1728 in Boston, Mass. His parents were William Pell and Susannah [__?__].  John died before Nov 1779

9. Susanna Heat

Susanna’s husband Simeon Goodwin 14 Nov 1742 in Haverhill, Mass. His parents were John Goodwin and Judith Merril. Simeon died 17 Aug 1823.

She was admitted a member of the Hampstead NH church Aug. 6, 1752.

11. Enoch Heath

It was voted to communie with Dea. Benj. Kimball not to officiate any longer as a deacon on accound of an irreg-ularity in his accounts as guardian of Enoch Heath.” {Church records.*)


A memorial of the town of Hampstead, New Hampshire : historic and genealogic sketches. Proceedings of the centennial celebration, July 4th, 1849. Proceedings of the 150th anniversary of the town’s incorporation, July 4th, 1899 (1903)

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