Joseph Lancaster

Joseph LANCASTER (1637 – 1719) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Lancaster was born in 1637 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Henry LANCASTER I and Sarah [__?__]. He married Mary CARTER 1663 in Salisbury, Mass. Joseph died 2 Feb 1719 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

Mary Carter was born in 6 Oct 1641 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Thomas CARTER and Mary DALTON. Mary died 1673 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Children of Joseph and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joseph Lancaster
25 Dec 1665 Salisbury Elizabeth Hoyt
31 Mar 1687 Amesbury
Amesbury, Mass
2. Mary Lancaster 8 Jul 1667 Salisbury, Timothy Merrick
9 May 1696 Newbury
Newbury, Mass
3. Thomas Lancaster 15 Jan 1669 Salisbury, Mercy Green
3 Mar 1696 Hampton, Rockingham, NH
17 Aug 1703
Hampton, Rockingham, NH
4. John Lancaster 24 Jul 1671 Amesbury 6 May 1742
5. William Lancaster
10 Jul 1673 Amesbury Mary Brigham 1716 – Eliot, York, Maine
6. Ann Lancaster 1675 Amesbury, Joshua Remick
21 Dec 1693 Amesbury
Elliot, Maine
7. Samuel Lancaster 1680 Amesbury Hannah Platts
9 Aug 1701 Rowley
19 Sep 1710
Rowley, Mass
8. Henry LANCASTER 1682 Amesbury Sarah BAGLEY
15 Jul 1703 Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
1709 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.
9. Hannah Lancaster 8 Jul 1686 Amesbury 2 Aug 1688

Joseph was born in Salisbury, Mass in 1636.    Salisbury was once territory of the Pentucket tribe of Pennacook Indians. It was settled by the English in 1638 as Merrimac, after the river, and incorporated in 1639 as Salisbury, after Salisbury in Wiltshire, England.

The original roads at the center of the town formed a compact semicircle, which allowed the residents to get quickly to the garrison house in case of attack. Those roads still exist, though the shape today is triangular, being bounded by Elm Street, School Street and Bridge Road. One of the two greatest fears at the time was the Naumkeag tribe of Indians, thus the men of the town took turns standing watch against a surprise attack, especially in the night time. The Naumkeags, however, had been decimated by plague, and the threat was not what it once might have been. The second threat came from wolves, which were plentiful, and which killed the livestock and dug in the graveyard.

The original residents were given one small house lot near the center of town, and one larger planting lot just outside the center for farming. Families also owned large sections of “sweepage lots” near the beach, where apparently they harvested the salt marsh hay. At the time, the area was almost entirely unbroken virgin forest, which had to be cleared for the construction of houses and the planting of fields

Joseph moved across the Powwow River from Salisbury to Amesbury in 1690.


1. Joseph Lancaster

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Hoyt was born 8 Feb 1661 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Hoyt and Mary Barnes.  We descend from all her grandparents.  Her paternal grandparents were John HOYT  and Frances TEWKSBURY. Her maternal grandparents were William BARNES and Rachel LORD. Elizabeth died 1702 in Amesbury, Essex, Mass.

2. Mary Lancaster

Mary’s husband Timothy Merrick was born 28 Sep 1666 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were James Merrick and Margaret [__?__]. Timothy died 15 Mar 1719 in Newbury, Essex, Mass

3. Thomas Lancaster

Thomas’ wife Mercy Green was born 28 Mar 1675 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Abraham Green and Esther Swett. Mercy died Feb 1734 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

5. William Lancaster

William’s wife Mary Brigham was born xx of Marlboro, Mass.

6. Ann Lancaster

Ann’s husband Joshua Remick was born 24 Jul 1672 in Kittery, York, Maine. Her parents were Christian Remick and Hannah Foster. Ann died 3 Apr 1738 in Kittery, York, Maine.

A grandson of Ann and Joshua, Major Timothy Remick, was Continental Officer in the Revolution (1775 – 1781) and original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Timothy was born in the part of Kittery, ME that is today Eliot Neck. He was the youngest child of Isaac Remick and Mary Pettegrew who lived on this land all their lives. The land was part of an original approx 52-acre grant to the immigrant, Christian Remick, about 1650. Isaac Remick was an old soldier of the French and Indian Wars, serving in 1722 in Col. John Wheelwright’s Company of Rangers.

Timothy enlisted May 8, 1775 as a private in Captain Tobias Fernald’s Company, Col. James Scammon’s Regt, also called the 30th Foot Regiment of North America. They marched to Cambridge in May, and went on duty there keeping the British troops in Boston. The Regiment was ordered to Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, but through a misunderstanding, instead went to Lechemere Point on the Mystic River, where they did good work preventing boats from the British Fleet landing troops to cut off the retreat of the Provincials from Bunker Hill. Later in the day, the Regiment covered the retreat of the defenders of Bunker Hill across the Charlestown Neck.

Timothy was promoted to Corporal soon after his enlistment, and served faithfully the year out. On Jan 1, 1776, he enlisted as a Sergeant in the same Company. His Regiment was in Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam‘s Division, stationed in Cambridge. On Mar 5, 1776, it was chosen to make an assault on Boston. They entered Boston, Mar 20 1776, with the main army. The regiment marched on Aug 8, 1776 from Boston for Ticonderoga and Fort George, and were there under the command of Gen. Benedict Arnold. Sergeant Timothy was promoted Lieutenant of his Company, Nov 13, 1776, for meritorious services, thus being a commissioned officer at the age of 21 years.

He remained at Ft. George with his Company until late December 1776, when the regiment was mustered out of service. Lieut. Timothy was transferred to Capt. James Donnel’s Company in the 12th Mass Regt of the line. He marched with the regiment from Boston, Apr 30, 1777, and arrived at Fort Ticonderoga, May 30, where the regiment was under the command of Gen. St. Clair. On Jul 2, 1777, Lieut. Remick’s Company helped to man the American Fleet on Lake George. On Jul 2, the regiment was in an engagementwith the British troops under Gen. Burgoyne, and drove their advance guard back, but later the regiment was forced to fall back with the American Army to Fort Edward and then to Saratoga.

Lieut. Remick was in the battle of Stillwater on Sep 19, and the battle of Saratoga on Oct 7, and witnessed the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne’s army on Oct 17, 1777. On Oct 18, his regiment marched south to join Gen. Washington’s army near Philadelphia, which they did on Nov 22. On Dec 20, 1777, Lieut. Remick went into winter quarters at Valley Forge with his company. Here he remained until Jun 19, 1778, when the regiment with the army crossed the Schuylkill River on their march after the British. The regiment was in the battle of Monmouth, Jun 28, and was in the thick of the fight. The regiment crossed the Hudson River in Jul 14, 1778, and camped at Peekskill. They remained in CT, West Point, and in the vicinity of NY during the remainder of 1778, 1779, and 1780, watching the British Army.

Lieut. Remick was promoted to Captain on Jul 5, 1779. When the regiment was consolidated, Capt. Remick was transferred to the 1st Mass Regt of the line, Jan 1, 1781, and was appointed Major of the 1st Mass Brigade, May 14, 1781. A Brigade Major of the Revolution performed about the same duties as is now done by an Asst. Adjutant General. The brigade remained around NY City until nov 1783, when the American Army was mustered out of service. Maj. Remick had several furloughs and leaves of absence during the War to visit his home in Kittery, and was sick in camp during the winter of 1782 and 1783. He married Mercy Staples of Kittery , Jul 25, 1775. She was born Oct 24, 1757. They had three children, born between 1776 and 1780. All were baptised in the 2nd Church of Kittery, Jul 26, 1785. Timothy’s health was ruined by his army life, and he died of consumption at home in Kittery in Feb 1785 at the early age of 29 years.

A granddaughter of Ann and Joshua, Lydia Worster (14 Oct 1738 in Berwick, Maine – 22 Mar 1820 in Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire) married John Sullivan, a Major General during the Revolutionary War.

General John Sullivan

John Sullivan (1740 – 1795) was the third son of Irish immigrants, a United States general in the Revolutionary War, a delegate in the Continental Congress and a United States federal judge. Sullivan served as a major general in the Continental Army and as Governor (or “President”) of New Hampshire. He commanded the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, a scorched earth campaign against the Iroquois towns that had taken up arms against the American revolutionaries.

7. Samuel Lancaster

Samuel’s wife Hannah Platts was born 5 Feb 1678 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. After Samuel died, she married 17 Oct 1713 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. toThomas Hammond (b. 11 Jul 1656 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. d. 26 Feb 1725 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.) Hannah died 26 Jun 1748 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

8. Henry LANCASTER (See his page)


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