Jabez SNOW (1642 – 1690) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Jabez Snow was born in 1642 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. His parents were Nicholas SNOW and Constance HOPKINS. He married Elizabeth SMITH. in Sep/Oct 1670, about the time of the birth of his first child. Jabez died 27 Dec 1690 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Burial: Cove Burying Ground, Eastham
Elizabeth Smith was born Sep 1648 Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Ralph SMITH and Elizabeth HOBART. Elizabeth died 8 Jan 1732 Barnstable, Mass.
Children of Samuel and Grace:
|1.||Jabez Snow||6 Sep 1670 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass||Elizabeth Treat
|14 Oct 1750 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass|
|2.||Edward Snow||26 Mar 1672 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass||Sarah Freeman
|Will proven 20 Sep 1758 Harwich, Mass.|
|3.||Sarah Snow||16 Feb 1672/73 Eastham, MA.||Henry Young
1694 in Eastham, Mass.
Jonathan Sparrow Jr. (Son of Capt. Jonathan SPARROW)
|28 Nov 1746
|4.||Grace SNOW||1 Feb 1675 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.||Samuel HEDGE
8 Dec 1698 Eastham, Barnstable,, Mass.
|21 Jul 1716 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.|
|5.||Thomas Snow||2 Apr 1677 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.||2 Apr 1697 Eastham|
|6.||Deborah Snow||~ 1679||Stephen Merrick [Myrick]
21 Nov 1706 Harwick, Barnstable, Mass.
|7.||Elizabeth Snow||~ 1683
Harwick, Barnstable, Mass
21 Dec 1704 Harwick, Barnstable, Mass
|30 Feb 1713
Harwick, Barnstable, Mass
29 Aug 1717 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
|9.||Mercy Snow||John Witherell||1696|
Jabez was fined 10 pounds by the Eastham church for having relations with his wife before the contract of marriage. His first son Jabez was born about the time of his marriage.
Jabez served as Eastham surveyor of highways and as a selectman. He was a freeman June 7, 1681, at Eastham.
Jabez Snow was an officer in William Phip‘ s Expedition of 1690. More than half of the 2,000 men who embarked to take Quebec from the French died of disease or accident. The Battle of Quebec was fought in October 1690 between the colonies of New France and Massachusetts Bay. On 23 and 24 October, an exchange of prisoners was negotiated and effected, and the ships set sail for Boston. Although Phips’ own account of the expedition admitted only 30 dead in combat, smallpox and marine accident claimed about 1,000 more. Snow probably returned home by December and died 27 Dec 1690. At the turn of the 18th Century, our ancestors took part in two unsuccessful naval expeditions to Canada. See my post Battle of Quebec 1690 & Quebec Expedition 1711
Soldiers in the expedition to Canada in 1690 and grantees of the Canada townships (1898)
Capt. John Gorham Barnstable. [later Colonel, Son of our ancestor Capt. John GORHAM]
Lieut. Jabez Snow (d. 27 Dec, 1690) . Eastham.
Ensign James Claghorn Barnstable.
Shubael Gorham (1686 – 20 Feb 1746, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia) was Jabez Snow’s Captain, the son of John Gorham and the grandson of our ancestor Capt. John GORHAM.
Shubael was a military officer and had sailed with Colonel John March in 1707 and then again as an ensign in Captain Caleb Williamson’s Barnstable Company with Nicholson when the English took Port Royal in 1710.
His greatest service, however, was his successful effort in obtaining the grants of Nargansett Townships to the heirs of the soldiers who fought in King Philip’s War. Col. Gorham spent much time and money promoting the settlement of Gorhamtown, now Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire. He bought the shares of many who did not desire to emigrate, but his speculations in the wild lands proved unfortunate. Buying such lands is like lottery tickets, a few get prizes. Col Gorham was not one of the lucky ones. He died insolvent in 1746, his own children being his principal creditors.
As you can see in the above petition, Shubael also advocated for veterans of the 1690 Canada Expedition including Jabez Snow.
Originally granted as Gorham’s-town in 1735, and re-granted as Starkstown in 1748, the town was incorporated in 1765 as Dunbarton. The name came from Dunbartonshire in Scotland, hometown to Archibald Stark, a prominent settler.
(Gorham, Maine and Gorham, New Hampshire named for John GORHAM I. are also towns granted to veterans of King Philip’s War.)
Jabez’ estate was inventoried 22 April 1691 by William Walker, Samuel Smith and Daniel Cole. There was no will, and the estate was probated 30 April 1691, with the inventory recorded by Joseph Lothrop
Inventory of Jabez’ estate was taken Apr 20 1691 by widow Elizabeth Snow . Settlement Apr 8 1795 to the heirs viz: widow, eldest son Jabez, second son Edward, third son Thomas and six daughters (unnamed)
1. Jabez Snow
Jabez’ wife Elizabeth Treat was born 24 July 1676. Her parents were Rev. Samuel Treat (1648 – 1716) and Elizabeth Mayo (__ – 1696). Elizabeth died 3 March 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. and is buried at the Bridge Road Cemetery in Eastham.
Elizabeth’s father Samuel was a 1699 graduate of Harvard
HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
Mr JABEZ SNOW
DIED OCTOBER 14
IN THE 82nd YEAR
OF HIS AGE
The inscription information is from a survey done about 1875 by Josiah Paine of Harwich. The inscription format is approximate. The gravestone was not found in the surveys of 1904 and 1976.
In August 2005 two slate pieces were uncovered next to the ninth granite post in the north fence as shown in the left photo. Note the bittersweet roots growing through the slate. In June 2006 the pieces were set in place one behind the other in the area where they were found. Dimensions above ground are 13″ W, 12″ H, 1″ D. The slate is located about 12′ northeast from the headstone of Hannah Snow (d1750) which is at Location 21 on the EHS survey map.
The Jabez Snow gravestone remnants were found in the same general area as the gravestone for Rev Samuel Treat. Elizabeth (Treat) Snow is buried in Bridge Road Cemetery probably because Cove Burying Ground was about full when she died in 1755.
Children of Jabez and Elizabeth
i. Deacon Jabez Snow b. 22 Jul 1696 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 6 Sep 1760 Eastham; m. 27 Oct 1720 in Eastham to Elizabeth Paine (b. 2 Jun 1702 in Eastham – d. 6 Jul 1772 in Eastham). Elizabeth’s parents were John Paine (1661 – 1712) and Bennet Freeman (1671 – 1716). Her maternal grandparents were our ancestors Maj. John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE Jabez and Elizabeth had six children between 1722 and 1740.
Jabez Snow Junr and Elizabeth Paine both of Eastham were Married by mr Samuel Ozburn on ye 27th day of october annodom 1720
Jabez was a prominent man in Eastham and a deacon in the church. He was selectman in 1743 and 1744 and town clerk in 1759 and 1760. His will is dated Jul 31 1760, probrated Marr 17 1761′ Inventory May 9 1761 L254 0s. 4d. Mentions wife Elizabeth and his six children. Son Jabez IV was executor who applied to the General Court Jun 24 1761 and obtained permission to sell the property of the estate which was insolvent and to appropriate the proceeds after paying the widow’s thirds, towards paying his deceased father;s just debts.
ii. Joshua Snow b. 12 Mar 1700 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Oct 1743 Eastham
iii. Elizabeth Snow b. 8 Oct 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 2 Sep 1759 Eastham; m. 6 Aug 1724 in Eastham to Deacon Thomas Knowles (b. 1 Apr 1702 in Eastham – d. 2 Mar 1759 in Eastham) Thomas’ parents were Deacon Edward Knowles (1671 – 1740) and Ann Ridley (1682 – 1710). Elizabeth and Thomas had five children born between 1727 and 1738.
Thomas Knowles died of “measles and fever”. He was an Eastham Town Clerk and church Deacon. In 1741 he sold 120th part of Narragansett Township No. 7 (now Gorham, Maine)
iv. Sylvanus Snow b. 16 Feb 1705 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 23 Mar 1772 Eastham; m1. 1 Feb 1733 in Eastham to Hannah Cole (b. 14 May 1715 in Eastham – d. 3 Aug 1750 in Eastham; Burial: Cove Burying Ground Eastham) Hannah’s parents were Israel Cole (1685 – 1746) and Mary Emery (1677 – 1746). Sylvanus and Hannah had six children born between 1734 and 1750
m2. Apr 1751 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. to Mehitable Walker (b. 4 Apr 1728 in Eastham – d. 21 May 1761 in Eastham) Mehitable’s parents were John Walker (1690 – 1760) and Mercy Brown (1690 – 1754). Silvanus and Mehitable had three children born between 1752 and 1759.
m3. 11 Nov 1761 in Eastham to Deborah Cooke (b. 22 Aug 1710 in Eastham – d. 10 Apr 1786 in Eastham) Deborah’s parents were Richard Cooke (1672 – 1754) and Hannah Smith (1678 – 1751) “Administration of the estate of Deborah Snow, late of Eastham, was granted to Nathaniel Cooke of Harwich on 10 April 1786. On 25 April 1786 appraisers were named to inventory real estate of Silvanus Snow, late of Eastham, that had been left to relict Deborah, her administrator suspecting that property had been embezzled by Mary Doane of Eastham, George Hatch and wife of Wellfleet, and Elisha Rich and wife of Wellfleet.”
1743 (2 yrs) – “Sylvs. Snow”, Selectman of Eastham
27 Feb 1758 – Guardians of the Potnument Indians complained to the General Court that Silvanus Snow charged the Indians for the use of the Billingsgate Point for whaling
1758-1760 (2 yrs) – “Sylvanus Snow”, Representative of Eastham
Administration: Eastham, 7 Apr 1772 to Edward Snow of Eastham. Edward was made guardian of Silvanus and Heman Snow, minor sons of Silvanus, on 5 May 1772, and Barnabas Freeman of Eastham was made guardian of Hannah, minor daughter on 13 Apr 1773.
Settlement of Estate: 11 Aug 1772, names widow Deborah Snow, eldest son Edward Snow of Eastham; sons Collier and Silvanus; daughters Mary Dean (wife of William); Tabitha Holbrook (wife of Isaiah), and Hannah Snow. A subsequent settlement of 10 Oct 1786 mentioned sons Collier and Edward of Penobscot; Mary, widow of William Doane of Eastham; Tabitha, wife of George Hatch of Wellfleet, and Hannah, wife of Elisha Rich of Wellfleet.
Wife Deborah’s administration on 10 Apr 1786.
Inventory: 25 Apr 1786 of Estate of Silvanus Snow, late of Eastham, that had been left to relict Deborah. Her administrator suspected that property had been embezzled by Mary Doane of Eastham, George Hatch and wife of Wellfleet, and Elisha Rich and wife of Wellfleet.
v. Tabitha Snow b. 21 Mar 1707 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 5 Aug 1760 Eastham; m. 7 Oct 1731 in Eastham to John Mayo (b. 14 Oct 1707 in Eastham – d. 11 Feb 1760 in Eastham) John’s parents were James Mayo (1656 – 1708) and Sarah Elkins (1656 – 1708). Tabitha and John had seven children born between 1733 and 1751.
vi. Samuel Snow b. 22 Jan 1709 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 May 1784 Eastham; m. 12 Oct 1732 in Eastham to Elizabeth Freeman (b. 4 Mar 1715 in Eastham – d. 15 Mar 1784 in Eastham) Elizabeth’s parents were Deacon Samuel Freeman (1688 – 1751) and Mary Paine (1693 – 1770). Samuel and Elizabeth had eleven children born between 1833 and 1852.
The will of Samuel Snow of Eastham, dated 17 July 1775 and proved 15 Mar 1784, remembered wife Elizabeth; deceased son Samuel and his children; Samuel, Joshua and Abigail; daughter-in-law Sarah, wife of said deceased son; sons Joseph (executor), Sparrow, Freeman and Barnabas; daus. Abigail, Mercy, Betty, Mary and Phebe. On 5 May 1784, John Doane of Eastham was named guardian of Joshua Snow, Abigail, Freeman and Samuel Snow in the right of their father Samuel Snow, late of Boston, Suffolk Co., and their grandfather Samuel Snow, late of Eastham.
vii. Edward Snow b. 18 May 1711 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Oct 1743 Barnstable, Mass
viii. Phebe Snow b. 1713 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 11 Oct 1743 Eastham; m. John Smith (13 Mar 1713 in Eastham – d. 17 May 1754 in Eastham) John’s parents were John Smith (1670 – 1742) and Sarah Collins (1673 – 1713.). Phebe and John had six children between 1738 and 1749.
2. Edward Snow
Edward’s wife Sarah Freeman was born Sep 1676 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Sarah’s parents were John Freeman (1651 – 1721) and Sarah Merrick (1654 – 1696). Her grandparents were our ancestors John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE. Sarah died 23 Aug 1739 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Oct. 12, 1701, Edward Snow’s wife admitted to Harwich church. Nov. 30, Edward Snow was admitted. He was in the 3d Remove School District in 1725.
Will of Edward Snow, yeoman of Harwich dated Apr 8 1754 … under the decays of old age, mentions sons Jabez and Joseph Snow (executor), seven grandchildren heirs of son Nathaniel dec’d, four grandchildren heirs of daughter Martha Baker, grandson Edward Snow. Witnesses: Nathaniel Merrick, Mehitable Snow (died prior to probate), and John Snow. Proven Sep 20 1758, Inventory taken Sep 29 1758.
Children of Edward and Sarah
i. Thomas Snow b. 1701 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1732 Harwich.
Jul 28 1732 Nathaniel Freeman of Harwich appointed administrator. Inventory taked Aug 1 1732 “property shown to appraisers by father of the deceased.
ii. Jabez Snow b. 1703 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 8 Apr 1754 Harwich; m. 5 Jan 1727 in Harwich to Thankful Baker (b. 1698 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1745). Thankful’s parents were our ancestors Daniel BAKER and Elizabeth CHASE. Thomas and Thankful had five children.
iii. Rebecca Snow b. 1705 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 2 Apr 1723 Harwich
iv. Martha Snow b. 2 Oct 1707 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 8 Apr 1754; m. 7 Nov 1728 in Harwich to Jeremiah Baker (b.8 Feb 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.) Jeremiah’s parents were John Baker (1672 – 1760) and Hannah Jones (1672 – 1726.) Martha and Jeremiah had five children born between 1729 and 1740 in Harwich.
v. Nathaniel Snow b. 8 Jan 1710 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Mar 1749 Harwich; m. 20 Aug 1730 in Harwich to Thankful Gage (b. 27 May 1711 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1776 in Harwich) Thankful’s parents were John Gage (b. 1685) and Jane Tupper (1688 – 1781). Nathaniel and Thankful had eight children born between 1732 and 1746.
vi. Nathan Snow bapt. 27 May 1716 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
vi. Joseph Snow b. 14 Sep 1718 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 30 Apr 1761 Harwich; m. 30 Nov 1738 in Harwich to Mary Sears (b. 9 Aug 1718 in Harwich – d. 7 Jul 1761 in Harwich). Mary’s parents were Samuel Sears (1687 – 1726) and Ruth Merrick (1684 – 1766). Joseph and Mary had eleven children born between 1739 and 1761.
Estate of Joseph Snow, yeoman of Harwich, Mass – May 7 1761 John Snow, gentleman of Harwich appointed administrator. Isaac Foster, blacksmith of Harwich appointed guardian of Silvanius, Desire, Sarah, and Mercy Snow. Inventory taken Jul 7 1761 mentions the widow and what is reserves for Martha Baker’s heirs which is her due. Apr 5 1763 John Snow appointed guardian of Edward Snow. Apr 18 1764 to following children viz: eldest son Joseph, Silvanus (minor), Nathan, Isaac, Edward Snow, Martha Porter, Sarah, Hannah, Mercy, Desire and Mary Snow.
3. Sarah Snow
Sarah’s first husband Henry Young was born 17 Mar 1671/72 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were John Young (b. ~1625 England – 1690) and Abigail Howland (1629 – 1692). His maternal grandparents were Quakers Henry Howland and Mary Newland and his great grandparents were our ancestors Henry HOWLAND Sr. and Margaret AIRES. Henry died 26 Apr 1706 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
Sarah’s second husband Jonathan Sparrow Jr was born 9 Jul 1665 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were our ancestors Capt. Jonathan SPARROW and Rebecca BANGS. He first married in 1688 to Rebecca Merrick (b. 28 Nov 1668 in Eastham – d. before 5 May 1723 in Eastham ) Her parents were William Merrick (1643 – 1732) and Abigail Hopkins (1644 – ). Jonathan and Rebecca had six children between 1690 and 1702. Jonathan died 9 Mar 1639 West Brewster, MA.
There is an inconsistency between Rebecca Merrick’s reported death before 5 May 1723, implying probate on that date and Sarah’s and Jonathan’s reported 1712 marriage. *See discussion below)
Children of Sarah and Henry:
i. Elizabeth Young b. 8 Jan 1688 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1758; m. 1718 to Zephon Ames (b. 1690 in Provincetown, Mass. – d. 1745) Elizabeth and Zephon had at least one child Thomas (b. 1720)
ii. Martha Young b. 28 Jul 1695 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Jan 1764 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 22 Aug 1712 in Eastham to Eleazer Rogers (b. 19 May 1685 in Eastham – d. 1759 in Harwich) Eleazer’s parents were John Rogers (1642 – 1713) and Elizabeth Twining (1649 – 1725). His grandparents were William Twining and Elizabeth Dean and his great grandparents were our ancestors William TWINING and Anne DOANE. Martha and Eleazer had eight children born between 1713 and 1723.
iii. Reliance Young b. 3 Mar 1700 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Jun 1757 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; m. 10 Mar 1720 in Eastham to Elkanah Paine (b. 1 Feb 1693 in Eastham – d. 10 Jun 1774 in Truro) Reliance and Elkanah had six children born between 1721 and 1739 in Truro, just south of the northern tip of Cape Cod. After Reliance died, Elkanah married Hannah [__?__] ( b.. ~ 1720) who out lived him.
iv. Moses Young b. 15 Nov 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 24 Sep 1725 Plymouth, Mass; m int. 6 Mar 1724 to Thankful Hawes (b. Mar 1705 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.) Thankful’s parents were Isaac Hawes (1680 – 1731) and Bethia Howes (1680 -1748) All of her grandparents were our ancestors: Capt John HAWES & Desire GORHAM and Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE.
Intentions filed 6 Mar 1725 to marry Thankful Hawes of Chatham, but apparently he died before marrying.
v. Thomas Young b. 24 Oct 1705 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 11 Feb 1730 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Rebecca Bangs (b. 1709 in Eastham – 9 Jan 1742 in Boston, Mass.) Rebecca’s parents were Edward Bangs (1665 -1746) and Ruth Allen (1670 – 1738). Thomas and Rebecca had at least one child Thomas (b. 1734).
Children of Sarah and Jonathan
vi. Jabez Sparrow b. 1712 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 19 Apr 1738 in Eastham : by Nathaniel Freeman Justice Peace to Mary Young ( b. ~ 1717 in Eastham) Mary’s parents were Jonathan Young ( 1680 – 1755) and Deborah Newcomb (1697 – aft 1755) Jabez and Mary had three children born between 1740 and 1745.
vii. Sarah Sparrow b. ~ 1714 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1784 Eastham; m. 12 Apr 1733 Eastham Enos Knowles (30 Apr 1712 in Eastham – d. ~1784 in Eastham) Enos’ parents were Samuel Knowles (1682 – 1750) and Bethiah Brown (1685 – ). Enos and Sarah had six children between 1736 and 1755.
Enos’ father gave him a farm outside the main settlement, toward South Orleans, Mass. It was the land he had bought from Patience (Paine) Norcott. It was later known as the James Percival place, and included Enos’ Point, later called Likey’s Point.
I can find no further information on Rebecca’s 1723 death or why a “before” qualifier was included, or Sarah and Jonathan’s marriage.
Some genealogies say that Jonathan and Sarah had a daughter Sarah Sparrow (b. ~ 1705 in Eastham. The posted birthdate of 1705 is possible but unlikely, and unreferenced. It’s more likely that Sarah was slightly younger than Enos, b. aft. 1712.
Other genealogies say Enos’ wife Sarah’s parents were Jonathan’s brother Richard Sparrow and Mercy Cobb. However, Richard and Mercy’s daughter Sarah Sparrow (b. 1708 in Eastham – d. 1790 in Eastham) married Edmund Freeman (b. 1703 in Barnstable, Mass. – d. 22 Jul 1782 in Orleans, Barnstable, Mass.) and had at least two children Jonathan (b. 1730) and Edmund Jr. (b. 1731). Edmund, married first, April 22, 1725 to Lois Paine, and second Sep 25, 1729 to Sarah Sparrow.
- It’s a little unusual that Rebecca had six children between ages 22 and 34 and then none after.
- The seventeen years between Henry’s death in 1706 and Rebecca’s death in 1723 is a long time to be a widow and then remarry.
- Divorce was unusual in 18th C Massachusetts and court records plentiful.
- It seems likely that their were two cousins named Sarah Sparrow, one who married Enos Knowles and another who married Edmund Freeman.
- Sarah Sparrow and Sarah Snow share the same first name.
- Jabez was Sarah’s father’s name.
Therefore, my conclusion in that Sarah and Jonathan married shortly after Henry Young’s 26 Apr 1706 death and Rebecca Merrick died WELL before 5 May 1723. If any knows more, please post a reply, thanks.
6. Deborah Snow
Deborah’s date of birth are not known. Estimates range between 1678 and 1690.
Deborah’s husband Stephen Merrick [Myrick] was born 26 Mar 1673 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were William Merrick (1643 – 1732) and Abigail Hopkins (1644 – 1691) Stephen’s sister Rebecca was the first wife of Deborah’s sister Sarah’s second husband, Jonathan Sparrow Jr. Stephen died 11 Mar 1732 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Children of Deborah and Stephen
i. Joshua Merrick b. 17 Apr 1708 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 8 May 1740 in Boston, Mass to Rebecca Savage Joshua and Rebecca had four children born between 1741 and 1745.
ii. Snow Merrick b. 15 Jan 1710 in Barnstable, Mass.;
iii. Deborah Merrick b. 20 Jun 1712 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m1. 17 Nov 1741 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass to Allen Steel (b. – d. 1747 in Boston); m2. 7 May 1745 in Boston, Mass to Isaac King (b. – d. 27 Jul 1748)
iv. Samuel Merrick b. 5 Jan 1715 in Barnstable, Mass.;
v. Oliver Merrick b. 14 Dec 1716 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Therzia Bullard
vi. Thomas Merrick b. 12 Dec 1718 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Feb 1796
Harwich; The dates of death of Thomas’ two wives are not compatible. I’m still trying to figure out the truth.
m1. 8 Oct 1741 in Harwich to Hannah Hopkins (b. 22 Oct 1722 in Harwich – d. bef. 9 May 1771 in Harwich); Hannah’s parents were Joseph Hopkins (1688 – 1771) and Mary Mayo (1694 – 1771) Hannah first married 4 Jan 1742 in Brimfield, Hampden, Mass to Jabez Nichols (1728 -1777) Hannah and Jabez had two children Jabez (b. 1743) and Pern (b. 1745) Thomas and Hannah had three children born between 1742 and 1747.
m2. 2 Aug 1750 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Ruth Godfrey (b. 1719 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 22 Jul 1796 Chatham) Ruth’s parents were Jonathan Godfrey (1682 – 1765) and Mercy Mayo (1685 – 1765) Ruth first married 18 Aug 1739 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass to John Gould (1718 – 1750) and had four children between 1741 and 1746. Thomas and Ruth had one child Lydia (b. 1759)
vii. Simeon Merrick b. Apr 1721 in Barnstable, Mass.;
viii. Jabez Merrick b. Feb 1723 in Barnstable, Mass.;
ix. Jethro Merrick b. Aug 1725 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 Mar 1746 Boston, Mass
7. Elizabeth Snow
Elizabeth’s husband Edward Kendrick was born about 1680 in Yorkshire, England. His parents were Jonathan Kendrick (b. 1659) and [__?__]. After Elizabeth died 30 Feb 1713 Eastham. Edward married 30 Apr 1713 [he didn’t waste time!] to Deborah Tucker (~1682 – 1746) and had two children Susannah (b. 24 Jan 1713/14 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.) and Jonathan b. 1715 who became a doctor Edward died 1743 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Edward was the ancestor of the Kenricks or Kendricks of Barnstable County and Nova Scotia. Tradition holds that he came from the “West of England”, but it is unproven. Some believe he came to the Cape from New Hampshire. By 1704 he was in Harwich, and early in 1705 he was prospecting for land suitable for a farm in the part now South Orleans, between the head of Arey’s Pond (then Potonumocot Saltwater Pond) and the fresh Baker’s Pond (then Poponessett).
He chose 9 acres on the west side of the old line between Eastham and Harwich established in 1682. It adjoined the line and stretched up from John Yates’ land to Baker’s Pond. It was owned by the Indian landholder John Sipson, who lived at Potonumecot within the limits of the old town of Harwich. On 27 Jun it was conveyed to Mr. Kenwrick by Sipson “out of ye love” for “Mr Edward Kindwrick, weaver” and for “other valuable consierations”, with the “liberty” of grazing and cutting timber and firewood on the land “within ye township of Harwich”. It appears to have been his first land purchase.
He built his house on a small parcel of adjoinging land that he bought from John Paine. Edward seems to have been good friends with the Indians for reasons now unknown, and on many occasions purchased upland from them. Among the Indian grantors who sold to him were John Laurence, Jacob Jacob, Stephen Jacob, Amos Quason, Rebecca Quason, Lusty Tom, Amos Larrance, Samuel Quot, Joseph George, Thomas Boreman, and Matthia Quansit. Their deeds refer to Edward as a “dealer”, meaning shopkeeper, or trader.
From Peepen and Joshua Ralph, also Indians, he bought large tracts in Harwich between Muddy Cove River and Round Cove. He had meadow at the Great beach that he bought from Judah Hopkins, meadow in Gregory’s Neck at Matchapoxit, and meadow at Chequeset near Pleasant Bay. When he died he owned 20 acres in Truro that he had bought from Experience Turner.
He was clerk of the proprietors of the Great beach meadow in 1729 and for some years after. The Great beach was included in the Quasons’ deed to the purchasers in 1711. After 1725 he moved to a house he built on the west side of the public road now leading from Orleans to Harwich and Chatham, just southwest of what was the home of John Kenrick, Esq., at South Orleans. He built on a lot that belonged to “Mr. Tom”, the “Indian minister”, who had died and left the land to sons Lusty Tom, Abel Tom and John Tom. The sons sold the land to Edward.
At the time the property was inside the old town of Harwich. It was a large house, 2 stories in front and 1 in back, and he continued in business there as a “dealer”. He had slaves, to help in and out of his house. At his death he had 3 men and 3 women, valued at £98 in the inventory of his personal property. Some of them lived in cabins on his land. On the east side of the main road northeasterly, about 200 rods from Edward’s new house, on the westerly slope of a triangular piece of land that Eastham had set apart for an Indian meeting house, and north of the way leading to the Saltwater Pond, was the Indian burial place which until about 1830 had grave mounds made invisible by the plow. Edward may occasionally have attended worship services at the Indian meeting house, and may have given them financial aid.
Will: 30 Nov 1742
Note: witnessed by John Doane, Maziah Harding, John Whitney; proved 18 Feb 1742/43; names wife Deborah, children Solomon, Thomas, Susanah Wing, and Jonathan; executor son Jonathan; Jonathan inherited the homestead at his mother’s death; 6 slaves went 1 (Phillip) to son Solomon, 1 (Zilpha) to daughter Susanah, and 4 (Cuffee, Barbara, Joseph, and “Luce”) to wife Deborah; grandson Edward Kenwrick, aged 7, son of Thomas, got 25 acres of land in Truro previously bought from Experience Turner.
Children of Elizabeth and Edward:
i. Solomon Kendrick b. 1706 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1790 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada; m. 1735 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. to Elizabeth Atkins (b. 1715 in Chatham – d. 1790 in Sherose Island, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada) Elizabeth’s sister Anna married Solomon’s brother Thomas. Their parents were Samuel Atkins (1679 – 1768) and Emeline “Emblem” Newcomb (1685 – 1768). Their grandparents were our ancestor Andrew NEWCOMB Jr. and his second wife Anna Bayes. She first married 31 Jan 1731 in Eastham to Daniel Eldredge (1702 – 1732). Solomon and Elizabeth had six children born between 1729 and 1751.
Their son John Kendrick (wiki) (c. 1740–1794) was the first ship master who went on a voyage to the Northwest coast of the United States and discovered the Columbia River. Kendrick Bay on Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaskan panhandle and Kendrick Islands, at the mouth of the bay are named for John Kendrick.
[This story is a little much for a 2nd cousin, but it’s a rousing adventure tale and he is our cousin two different ways, so I’m including the long version here: Solomon Kendrick]
ii. Thomas Kendrick b. 1708 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 27 Jan 1734 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. to Marriage to Anna Atkins (b. ~ 1706) Anna’s sister Elizabeth married Thomas’ brother Solomon. Their parents were Samuel Atkins (1679 – 1768) and Emeline “Emblem” Newcomb (1685 – 1768)
8. Rachel Snow
Rachel’s husband Thomas Huckins was born 15 Jan 1688 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Thomas Huckins (1651 – 1714) and Hannah Chipman (1658 – 1696). Three of his grandparents were our ancestors: Thomas HUCKINS & Rose [__?__] and John CHIPMAN & Hope HOWLAND. Thomas first married 30 Nov 1710 in Boxford, Essex, Mass. to Rachael Kenney ( 1 Apr 1685 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. – d. 31 Aug 1711 in Boxford) Thomas and Rachel had one child Elizabeth (b. 1715) Thomas died 3 Mar 1774 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.
Children of Rachel and Thomas
i. Samuel Huckins b. 29 Sep 1718 in Barnstable, MA.
ii. Thomas Huckins b. 30 Nov 1719 in Barnstable, MA.
iii. John Huckins b. 12 May 1721 in Barnstable, MA.
iv. Jabez Huckins (twin)b. 12 Mar 1722/1723 in Barnstable, MA.
v. Snow Huckins (twin) b. 12 Mar 1722/1723 in Barnstable, MA.
vi. Joseph Huckins b. 24 Jun 1726 in Barnstable, MA.
vii. [__?__] Huckins b. 7 Feb 1727/1728 in Barnstable, MA.
viii. James Huckins b. 11 Apr 1730 in Barnstable, MA; d. 25 Jan 1818 in Barnstable; m. 30 Mar 1758 in Barnstable to Lydia Scudder (b. 15 Jul 1735 in Barnstable – d. 1776) James and Lydia had four children born between 1759 and 1768.
ix. Elizabeth Huckins b. 9 Jul 1732 in Barnstable, MA.
9. Mercy Snow
Mercy’s husband John Witherell was born on 25 Jul 1675 in Scituate, MA. He was christened on 3 Oct 1676 in Scituate, MA.
Children of Mercy and John:
i. Elizabeth Wetherell b. ~1707 or ~1715 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 10 Apr 1736 in Eastham to Richard Baker (b. 31 Mar 1712 in Eastham – d. bef. 2 Oct 1760 in Eastham) Richard’s parents were Isaac Baker (b: 1682 – 1747) and Sarah Rich (b: 1678 ). Elizabeth and Richard had six children born between 1738 and 1747.
ii. Jemima Wetherell b. 1710 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Sep 1754 in Eastham; m. 1 Jun 1730 in Eastham to Beriah Higgins (b. 15 Jan 1705/06 in Eastham – d. bef. May 1777 in prob Eastham) Beriah’s parents were Elisha Higgins (1677 – 1750) and Jane Collins (1684 – )Jemima and Beriah had eleven children born between 1731 and 1750.
Beriah wasn’t done yet, after Jemima died, he married 15 Oct 1755 in Eastham to his cousin Abigail Higgins (1738 – 1759) and had two more children Emphraim (b. 1757) and Beriah (b. 1759)
iii. Mercy Wetherell b. ~1712 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 20 Oct 1732 in Eastham to John Clark (b. ~1710)
iv. Rachel Wetherell b. ~ 1714 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1 Nov 1732 in Eastham to John Fry (b. ~ 1712)
v. Grace Wetherell b. 1 Nov 1716 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. an intention of marriage with Ebenezer Smith was recorded in Boston 18 Jun 1744 as forbidden; m. 19 Nov 1747 in Boston to Philip McColeff [Colef].
I wonder what the drama was between Grace and Ebenezer. Was he the Ebenezer Smith, b. 26 Sep 1714, Barnstable or the Ebenezer Smith, b 15 Mar 1712, Cambridge?
vi. Theophilus Wetherell [Witherill] b. 30 Jan 1719/20 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. d. 1758 in prob Truro, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 29 Aug 1751 in Boston to Bethia Homer (b. 18 Mar 1722/23 in Yarmouth) Bethia’s parents were Benjamin Homer (1698 ) and Elizabeth Crowell (1700 – 1778). Theophilus and Bethia had at least one child Joshua (b. 1752)
After Theophilus died, Bethia married (int. 21 Dec 1758) in Boston to Benjamin Cobb (1726 – 1799) An earlier marriage to Giles Hopkins (b: 29 Jan 1721 in Harwich) may have been called off.
Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans June 24 1749 – “Then Entred the intentions of Mr giles hopkens of Eastham and Mrs bethiah homer of yarmouth to prosead in marrig”
vii. William Wetherell [Witherell] b. Mar 1721/22 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. bef. Dec 1801 in Wellfleet; m1. 16 Nov 1752 in Eastham to Mary Brown (b. ~ 1728. – d. 16 Feb 1774 in Wellfleet); Mary’s parents were Samuel Brown (1690 – 1739) and Lydia Fish (~1694 – ). William and Mary had seven children born between 1753 and 1769.; m2. 29 Jun 1775 in Wellfleet] to Ruth [__?__]
viii. Lusanna “Lucy” Wetherell b. 20 Aug 1725 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. m. 18 Jun 1744 in Boston to Gershom Spear (b. 7 Apr 1723 in Hull – d. At Sea) Lucy and Gershom had six children born between 1744 and 1761. After Lucy died, Gershom married widow Susanna Eldredge.
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