Jonathan Hallett

Jonathan HALLETT (1647 – 1717) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jonathan Hallett was born 20 Nov 1647 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Masss. His parents were Andrew HALLETT Jr. and Anne BESSE. He married Abigail DEXTER 30 Jan 1684 in Yarmouth.  Jonathan died 14 Jan 1717 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Jonathan Hallet Gravestone --  Ancient Cemetery  Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 57287429

Jonathan Hallet Gravestone — Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 57287429

The gravestone is carved in the style of Nathaniel Emmes or William Mumford of Boston.

12th 1717

Abigail Dexter was born 12 Jun 1663 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass, Her parents were Thomas DEXTER and Elizabeth VINCENT. Abigail died 12 Sep 1715 in Yarmouth.

Abigail Dexter Gravestone

Abigail Dexter Gravestone — West Barnstable Cemetery — Find A Grave Memorial# 50400183

Children of Jonathan and Abigail:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mehitable HALLETT 1684 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass Edward STURGIS III
25 Nov 1703 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
20 Jan 1744  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
2. Elizabeth Hallett 1689 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massa Col. Paul Crowell
21 Oct 1714 Yarmouth
17 Nov 1723 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
3. Capt. Ebenezer Hallett 1690
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massa
Rebecca Howes (Daughter of Jeremiah HOWES)
14 Aug 1712 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Hannah [__?__]
27 Jun 1728 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Mercy Gray
30 May 1737 Yarmouth
28 Jun 1760 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
4. Lt. Thomas Hallett 1691 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Sarah Hawes (Daughter of Joseph HAWES)
9 Apr 1719 in Yarmouth
Mrs. Hannah Gray
8 Feb 1722 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass
Desire Gorham
19 Aug 1750 Yarmouth
Mary Gorham (daughter of James GORHAM Jr.)
5 Jan 1769 Yarmouth, Mass
10 Apr 1772 Yarmouth, Barnstable Mass
5. Deacon Jonathan Hallett 1693 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Desire Howes
17 Feb 1719 Yarmouth
24 May 1783 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
6. David Hallett 1694 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Mary Annable
19 Aug 1719 Yarmouth
Hyannis, Barnstable, Mass
7. Timothy Hallett 1694
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
Thankful Sturgis
18 Feb 1720 Yarmouth,
Elizabeth Hatch
11 Mar 1725 Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Thankful Jones
23 May 1745 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mas
7 Jul 1760 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
8. Abigail Hallett 15 Nov 1698  Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Hatsuld Freeman (Son of Thomas FREEMAN)
18 Jan 1719 Harwich
9 Dec 1796 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass

The following biography of Jonathan Hallett is a reprint of the Amos Otis Papers originally published in the Barnstable Patriot in 1861; Revised by Charles  F. Swift Largely made from notes made by the author (1888).   This sketch is the least flattering written about any of our ancestors.   I wonder if there was some personal grudge.

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) — Of the early life of Jonathan Hallett little is known. He was not taxed in Yarmouth in 1676, and does not appear to have been a resident. Jan. 30, 1683-4, he married Abigail Dexter, daughter of Ensign Thomas Dexter of Sandwich, and grand-daughter of Mr. Thomas Dexter of Lynn, In 1684 he was constable of Sandwich, and an inhabitant of that town. He was thirty-six when married, and his wife twenty-one years of age.

After the death of his father he removed to Yarmouth, and resided in the west room of his father’s house till 1695, the year after the death of his mother, when he built his new house, afterwards known as the Jeremiah Hallett house. As all the houses built about that time were of the same description, some account thereof may not be uninteresting. The lumber for its construction came from Scituate, the Bangor of those times. It was two stories high, and at first contained only two rooms, exclusive of the attic. It stood where Mr. Joseph Hale’s house now stands, fronted due south, and was about twenty-four feet in front, by eighteen in the rear. The timber was large, and the boarding an inch and a quarter in thickness. The chimney was built within, not outside of the frame. On entering the front door you stepped over the sill, the entry floor being a foot lower than the threshold. In the entry a cu-cular stairway led to the chamber and attic.

Passing into the great room or parlor you had to step over a cross timber. That room was seventeen feet square, and no part of it was ever plastered or finished. The chimney projected into the room, with no finishing boards put up around it. The fireplace was seven feet wide, four feet deep, and five and a half high, with an oven at the south end. The hearth was laid with flat stones, picked up in the fields. The sills, which were large sticks of timber, projected into the room and formed low seats on three sides. The windows were of small diamond shaped glass set in lead. No planed boards, no plastering, paper or paint, was used in that house from the day it was built in 1695, till it was taken down in 1819.

Outwardly the house appeared very comfortable. The upper story, on the east, projected over the lower. This projection was adorned with some rude ornamental work, in the form of acorns, hanging beneath. Subsequently two additions were made. A one story leanto on the rear for a kitchen and pantry, and a leanto or “salt-box” on the west side. The inside of these additions were ruder, if possible, than the original structure. The back stairs were made of a pine log, with scores cut therein. There was no railing, and to go up or down them in the dark, was a feat that few would venture to attempt.

The furniture of the house was as mean as the interior finish. His father’s house was elegantly furnished in comparison.

Jonathan Hallett, after the decease of his father, was the most wealthy man in Yarmouth, and his brother John ranked next to him ; yet with all their riches, neither was contented — neither was happy. I have heard the aged remark that the men of the third generation were, as a class, an ignorant and superstitious race. The ardent piety of the first comers had degenerated into lifeless formalities ; their wise economy into a desire to hoard ; and their simple, unaffected manners, into coarseness — often to rudeness and incivility.

The first Jonathan Hallett was a type of that class of men. Hundreds now living can testify that his house was as cold, as cheerless, and as comfortless as I have described. He had money to let to all who could give good security, and were willing to pay a liberal percentage, yet he had no money to expend in finishing or plastering his rooms, none to make his home pleasant and comfortable. His excuse was, “my father’s house was never plastered.” The seams of his father’s house was “daubed,” and it was warm and comfortable. Jonathan could not afford that small expense, he caulked the seams with “swingling tow” which cost nothing. This was the character of the man, he was greedy of filty lucre ; denied himself the comforts and conveniences of life, lived as meanly and as sparingly as the poorest of the poor, that he might add to his already well filled coffers.

Generally the first settlers had not the means, and those that had were obliged to send out to England for the articles they wanted, and shippers in those days charged enormous profits. Thirty per cent, was a moderate rate. Forty, fifty, and even one hundred per cent, was paid. In Jonathan’s time it was not so. Some manufactures had been established, communication with the mother country as more frequent, there were importers who sold goods at a moderate advance, and the Colonies were well supplied with articles of convenience and comfort. We cannot respect the man who, to save a little more money, will go bare-foot in winter ; who will run the risk of breaking his neck in clambering up a notched log, and who lived all his days in a house that neither the joiner, the plasterer, nor the painter ever entered. There is a golden mean in the path of life which neither the miser nor the spendthrift ever see. The former never perceives the deep gulph that separates prudent management from miserly hoarding and the latter that which divides an honorable, generous hospitality, from wasteful extravagance.

Goodman Andrew Hallett, after providing in his will for the comfortable support of his widow, making liberal bequests to his daughters, and giving to his son Jonathan his little Calves Pasture, as a token of his right of primogeniture, gave all the remainder of his large estate to his two sons, enjoining on them to make a peaceful division thereof by mutual agreement. They quarrelled about the boundaries of the little Calves Pasture, the birthright of Jonathan, and they spent two years and a half in vain attempts to divide peaceably and by mutual concession and agreement, when they put themselves under bonds of £800, each to the other, to abide by the award of Mr. Nathaniel Bacon, of Barnstable, and Col. William Bassett, of Sandwich. Jonathan had the western portion of the farm, John the eastern. The present road to the wharf being the division line on the north side of the County road, That there was some unpleasant feeling between them and their families, is indicated by the fact that Jonathan’s descendants called John’s, “other side Halletts.”

5 Mar 1686/87 – Jonathan, Hallett, for £20 in current money, bought of his brother-in-law, John Dexter, of Sandwich, a negro slave called Harry, aged 29 years. The bill of sale, yet preserved, is drawn up with much formality — signed, sealed and witnessed.

In 1710 he continued to rank as the most wealthy man in Yarmouth, and his brother John next. He was an extensive landholder in Yarmouth and in Barnstable.

28 Mar 1698/99 – He bought of Samuel Bradford, of Duxbury, for twenty pounds in current money, a thousand acre right of land in Windham, Hartford County, Connecticut, “being the fifth lot at the crotch of the river,” and also a houselot of twelve acres abutting on the river, with rights of commonage. It is probable he sold his Windham farm, for none of his family removed to that town.

His will is dated Dec. 5, 1716, and was proved Feb. 14, 1716-17. He names his five sons, Ebenezer, Thomas, Timothy, David and Jonathan, and his daughters Mehitabel Sturgis, Elizabeth Crowell, and Abigail Hallott. His real estate was apprised at £2000, and his personal estate for a large sum.

The men of the third generation had very slender means of acquiring an education, generally their piety had degenerated into lifeless, unmeaning formalities ; they were church members ; but not of the noble, self-sacrificing race by whom the country was settled. Jonathan Hallett loved money better than he loved the church ; he was industrious, and gathered up riches which his children put to a better use than he did. He died Jan. 12, 1716-17, aged 69 years, and his wife died Sept. 2, 1715, aged 52 years. Both are buried in the old burying-ground in Yarmouth, where monuments are erected to their memories.


1. Mehitable HALLETT (See Edward STURGIS III‘s page)

2. Elizabeth Hallett

Elizabeth’s husband Col. Paul Crowell was born 20 Apr 1687 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were John Crowell (1662 – 1728) and  Bethiah Sears (1662 – 1724)  After Elizabeth died, he married 15 Feb 1724/25  to Margery Hall, daughter of Deacon Joseph Hall of Yarmouth. Margery died 25 May 1773; m 3rd Mehitable Snow.  Paul died 11 Oct 1765 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.

Col Paul Crowell Gravestone Detail Find A Grave Memorial# 40875989

Col Paul Crowell Gravestone Detail Find A Grave Memorial# 40875989

Paul Crowell settled in Chatham in 1717 on the farm at Chathamport purchased by his father from William Covell. It borders on Pleasant Bay. The house was later known as the Osborn Nickerson house. Col. Crowell was town treasurer for 7 years and selectman 6 years. He became a Deacon in the church in 1738. Paul Crowell served as First Lieutenant (1738) then Capt of the town militia by 1744, advanced to Major of the County regiment in 1749 and later Colonel and head of the County Militia. (Smith) He supposedly left a large estate divided among his three sons. The homestead was given to his son David.

Elizabeth Hallett Crowell Gravestone -- Chatham Old Burial Ground  --  Find A Grave Memorial# 57388719

Elizabeth Hallett Crowell Gravestone — Chatham Old Burial Ground — Find A Grave Memorial# 57388719

Children of Elizabeth and Paul

i. Abigail Crowell b. 13 Sep 1715 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

ii. Paul Crowell b. 4 Apr 1717 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 Nov 1808 Chatham Old Burial Ground

iii. Jonathan Crowell b. 25 Feb 1718 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d.  17 Feb 1776 Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada

3. Capt. Ebenezer Hallett

Ebenezer’s first wife Rebecca Howes was born 1685 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Jeremiah HOWES  and Sarah PRENCE. Rebecca died 23 Mar 1724/25

Ebenezer’s second wife Hannah Hallett was born 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Hannah died 20 Apr 1729 in Yarmouth.

Ebenezer’s third wife Mercy Gray was born 13 Apr 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Edward Gray  (1656 – 1726) and  Melatiah Lewis ( – 1729).  Mercy died  25 Mar 1775 in Yarmouth.)

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) — Ebenezer Hallett, son of Jonathan, was a farmer and resided in Yarmouth. His dwelling-house, which has been owned by four successive generations of Ebenezer Hallett’s yet remains. It was originally of the same description with his father’s, but by several additions of one room at a time, it is now a large two story mansion house. Though originally of the same description with his father’s, it was better finished and furnished. In his family record I find this entry, “Our house was in danger of burning August 9, 1746.” Perhaps there is no house in the County in which so much wood has been consumed as in this. The Ebenezer Halletts, especially the second, were noted for keeping large fires.

He married Aug. 14, 1712, Rebecca Howes. She died March 23, 1724-5. 2d, his cousin Hannah Hallett, June 27, 1728. She died April 20, 1729. 3d, Mercy Gray, May 30, 1737, who survived him.

In his will dated 10th May, 1760, he gives to his wife Mercy one-half of the moveables in the east end of his dwelling-house, two cows, one steer, one-third part of his sheep and hogs, sundry articles of provision, one-third part of his grain in the ground, the improvement of the east end of his dwelling-house, one-quarter of his barn, and a third part of his real estate, as her right of dower or thirds during her natural life ; twelve loads of pine and twelve loads of oak wood annually, cut “convenient for the chimney,” and a horse to ride to meeting and elsewhere by his son Ebenezer. She survived her husband several years ; but her connection with the family was an unhappy one.

He gives legacies to his daughters Ann Crowell, Sarah Gray, and Rebecca Hallett, to his randchildren Ebenezer, Susannah, John, Temperance, Rebecca, Mercy and Jonathan Whelden, and his son-in-law John Whelden. To Ebenezer Whelden he made an additional bequest of “one-third part in acres of the southern end of the woodlot commonly called the “New Society” where once Sinieon Porridge lived. To his grandson Ebenezer Hallett, he gave one pair of gold sleeve buttons, and his coat with silver buttons ; and to his grandson Edward Hallett one Jack-coat with silver buttons on it. He appoints his son Ebenezer executor, makes him his residuary legatee, and charges him with the payment of his debts and legacies.

Ebenezer Hallet Gravestone -- Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 50148024

Ebenezer Hallet Gravestone — Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 50148024

Rebeckah Howes Hallet Headstone Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port Barnstable County Mass

Children of Ebenezer and Rebecca:

i.Ann Hallett b. 1 Nov 1714 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 24 Aug 1738 Yarmouth to Ebenezer Wheldon. (9 Sep 1708 Yarmouth – d. 14 Mar 1743 Yarmouth) Ann’s sister Susannah married Ebenezer’s brother John. Their parents were our ancestors Jonathan WHELDON and Mercy TAYLOR. Ann’s cousin Mary Mayo married Ebenezer’s and John’s brother Seth Wheldon.  Ann and Ebenezer had one child Ebenezer (b. 1739)

After Ebenezer’s death in 1743, Ann remarried 12 Nov 1752 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass to Joseph Crowell (1696 – 1783) and had four more children born between 1753 and 1761 in Yarmouth. Ann died Oct 1795 in Yarmouth.

ii. Howes Hallett b. 18 Dec 1715 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.;

iii. Elizabeth “Betty” Hallet b. 25 Feb 1717 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.;

iv. Sarah Hallett b. 22 Oct 1718 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.;

v. Ebenezer Hallett b. 9 Dec 1719 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.;

vi. Susanna Hallett b. 25 Jan 1722 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m.. 20 Dec 1739 Yarmouth to John Wheldon (b. 14 Jan 1711 Yarmouth – d. 30 Jun 1797 Yarmouth) Susannah’s sister Ann married John’s brother Ebenenezer. Their parents were our ancestors Jonathan WHELDON and Mercy TAYLOR. Susanna’s cousin Mary Mayo married John’s and Ebenezer’s brother Seth Wheldon.  Susannah died 12 Nov 1751 in Yarmouth.

John remarried 21 Sep 1752 or 23 Sep 1757 in Yarmouth to Lydia Taylor.

vii. Rebecca Hallett b. 19 Jul 1723 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.;

4. Thomas Hallett

Thomas’ first wife Sarah Hawes was born 1 Apr 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Joseph HAWES  and Mary HOWES. Sarah died 31 Jan 1720 in Yarmouth.

Thomas’ second wife Mrs. Hannah  Gray was born 1693 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.  She first married Andrew Gray of Harwich and North Yarmouth, Maine.  Her parents were [__?__]  and Susanna Clark (1674 – 1731).   Hannah died 6 Feb 1749/50 in Yarmouth.

Thomas’ third wife Desire Gorham was born 26 Aug 1710 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Gorham (1680 – 1729) and Anne Brown ( – 1712)  Her grandparents were James GORHAM Sr. and Hannah HUCKINS.  Desire died Dec 1767 in Yarmouth

Thomas’ fourth wife Mary Gorham was born 19 Jul 1719 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were James GORHAM Jr. and Mary JOYCE.  She was born after her father’s death and therefore is not mentioned in his will.  Mary was a “singular woman.”  She was known as “Mrs. Slicker” and her children were known as “Slickers.”  She was no advocate for celibacy and held that it was no breach of etiquette for women to propose marriage/  She first married 25 Jan 1739 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass, to Thomas Hedge (b. 5 May 1719 in Yarmouth – d. 9 Jun 1764) His parents were Thomas Hedge and Hannah Taylor. His grandparents were Elisha HEDGE and Mary STURGIS.  Mary died 2 Jun 1795 in Yarmouth.

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) –Thomas Hallett, styled gentleman, son of Jonathan, born in Yarmouth in 1691, owned and resided in the large, ancient mansion-house now standing on the corner of Hallett St., and Wharf Lane. It was originally built on the same plan with that of his father’s which has been described, but was better finished at first, and has since been kept in good repair. The Halletts’, as a race, are able-bodied men, and average in stature above the common height. Thomas was an exception. He was a short, thick-set man. During the latter part of his life he was of feeble health. ‘ For many years he was afflicted with a sore leg — a disease which usually set at defiance the curative skill of the physicians of his time.

Thomas Hallett, lived in better style than many of his neighbors, and died April 10, 1772, aged 81, leaving a good estate.

He married April 9 , 1719, for his first wife, Sarah, daughter of Dea. Joseph Hawes. She was born April 1, 1696, and died soon after her marriage, leaving no .issue. He married Feb. 8, 1721-2, Hannah, widow of Andrew Gray of Harwich, and North Yarmouth, Maine. She died Feb. 6, 1749-50, and he married for his third wife, Aug. 19, 1750, Desire Gorham. She died Dec. 1767, aged 57. For his fourth wife he married Mary, widow of Thomas Hedge, and a daughter of James Gorham.

In his will dated 21st Feb. 1770, proved May 4, 1772, he gives to his wife Mary Hallett in lieu of thirds, the improvement of all his real estate during her natural life, one-third of his in-door moveables, and his best cow. To his nephew Thomas Hallett, son of his brother Jonathan, a piece of land on the south side of the road on which Thomas’ house stood, containing two acres. To his nephews Jonathan and Jeremiah, sons of his brother Jonathan, £6 or $20 each. To his nephew Ebenezer Hallett, Jr., £6-. To his nephews Jonathan and Abner, sons of his brother David, £4 each. To his nephews Moses, Joshua, and Isaac, sons of hia brother Timothy, deceased, £6. All the rest of his real and personal estate he gave to his adopted son Joshua Gray, son of his second wife Hannah Gray.

Lieut Thomas Hallet Gravestone --  Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 35038609

Lieut Thomas Hallet Gravestone — Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 35038609

Child of Thomas and Sarah

i. Baby Hallett b. 25 Jan 1719 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

5. Jonathan Hallett

Jonathan’s wife Desire Howes 22 May 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Prince Howes (1669 – 1753) and Dorcas Joyce ( – 1757). All four of her grandparents were our ancestors:  Jeremiah HOWES & Sarah PRENCE  and Hosea JOYCE & Elizabeth CHIPMAN. Desire died 3 Apr 1775 in Yarmouth.

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) –Deacon Jonathan Hallett, owned and occupied the house which was his father’s residence, and which I have described. Notwithstanding he lived in a house so meanly furnished, he had the means of living better. He was a man of sound judgment, and exercised a wide and deserved influence among his neighbors and acquaintances. There is a common saying, often repeated, and that has some truth in it — “the shoemaker’s wife and the blacksmith’s horse go unshod.” Deacon Jonathan was a carpenter, though agriculture was his principal employment ; and though he had time to finish off, and put some of his neighbor’s houses in good order, he never found time to keep his own in decent repair.

He and his wife united in full communion with the Barnstable Church Sept. 8, 1728, and continued to be a member till July 1, 1744, when he was dismissed to the West Church in Yarmouth of which he was soon after elected one of its deacons, and continued to be till his death. He was many years one of the Selectmen of the town of Yarmouth, and held other municipal offices. His children were all well educated for the times. His son Jonathan was fitted for Cambridge College, and his father desired him to enter ; but the son preferred rather to be a farmer than a clergyman.

He married Feb. 17, 1719-20, Desire Howes, with whom he lived in the marriage state fifty-five years, till April 3, 1775, when she died aged 78 years. He died May 24, 1783, aged 90 years, and is buried in the ancient burying-ground in Yarmouth, where monuments are erected to his and his wife’s memory.

In his will dated July 17, 1779, he names his sons Jonathan, Thomas and Jeremiah, and daughters Desire Bacon and Mehitable Swift, and his four grandchildren, Elkanah, Isaiah, Mehitabel and Desire Crowell. He gave his dwelling-house to Jeremiah, hence the name by which the old house was known in modern times, and the lot of land on the south of the road on which his son Jonathan’s house stood to Jonathan. This lot was bounded easterly by the land of Col. Enoch Hallett. To Thomas and Jeremiah he gave his orchard on the west of Jonathan’s house.

Deacon Jonathan Hallet

Deacon Jonathan Hallet —  Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 50283030

Children of Jonathan and Desire:

i. Daughter Hallett (twin) b. 7 Nov 1720 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

ii. Daughter (twin) b. 7 Nov 1720 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; still born.

Twin Hallett Gravestone -- Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 50283151

Twin Hallett Gravestone — Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 50283151

iii. Desire Hallett b. 18 Jan 1721/22 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1747 Samuel Bacon

iv. Jonathan Hallett b. 10 Nov 1723 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 6 Feb 1814, aged 90 years; m. Thankful Crowell. By mistake she took rats-bane instead of salts, and died in six hours.

His son Howes Hallett (1747 – 1789) was the skipper of a new fishing vessel, owned principally by a Mr. Evans of Providence, R. I. She was lost in a gale on Nantucket Shoals, and all on board perished, namely : Howes Hallett, master, Josiah Hallett, Daniel Hallett, Edmond Hallett, Levi Hallett, Joseph Hallett, Josiah Miller and Moody Sears.

v. Prince Hallett b. 12 Sep 1725 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Jul 1728

vi. Abigail Hallett b. 25 Aug 1727 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. d. 26 Jun 1728.

vii. Thomas Hallett b. 7 Jul 1729 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Hannah Hablin

viii. Abigail Hallett (twin) 3 Jun 1731 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 23 Jun 1731

ix. Prince Hallett (twin) 3 Jun 1731 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; 23 Jun 1732.

x. Jeremiah Hallett b. 20 Sep 1733 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Nov 1819 aged 86; m. Hannah


xi. Joshua Hallett b. 19 Mar 1736 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 May 1736.

xii. Sarah Hallet b. 28 Jun 1737 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

xiii. Mehitabel Hallett b. 7 May 1740 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

6. David Hallett

David’s wife Mary Annable was born Dec 1701 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Mary’s parents were John Annable (1755) and Experience Taylor (1672 – 1744)

David removed to Hyannis, and settled on the land which was his father’s. His house was one of the first built in that village.

Children of David and Mary

i. Abigail Hallett b. 22 Jun 1720 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 3 Aug 1739 to Prince Howes of Yarmouth

ii. Jonathan Hallett b. 1 Dec 1722 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 5 Aug 1744, Mercy, daughter of Deacon Samuel Bacon

iii. David Hallett b. 12 Dec 1724 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1763; m1. 18 Jul 1753 to Sarah Lewis; m2. 12 Feb 1756 to Sarah Butler

iv. Elizabeth Hallett b. 9 Jan 1726 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

v. Mehitable Hallett b. 21 Apr 1729 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1746/47 to Shubael Baxter of Yarmouth

vi. Remember Hallett b. 12 May 1731 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 4 Jan 1753 to Jabez Marchant of Yarmouth

vii. Sarah Hallett b. 28 May 1733 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1751 to Jabez Parker

viii. Annah Hallett b. 14 May 1737 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1 Nov 1759 to Elisha Kent, of Goodfleld.

ix. Mary Hallett b. 11 May 1739 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 22 Nov 1761 to Timothy Hamblin.

x. Abner Hallet b. 19 May 1741 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Susan [__?__]

7. Timothy Hallett

Timothy’s first wife Thankful Sturgis was born 2 Sep 1701 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were James Sturgis (1668 – 1718) and Rebecca Thacher (1668 – 1734)  Her grandparents were Edward STURGIS II and Temperance GORHAM.  Thankful died 10 Jan 1722 in Yarmouth.

Timothy’s second wife Elizabeth Hatch was born 15 May 1701 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. her parents were Moses Hatch (1662 – 1747) and Elizabeth Thatcher ( 1677 – ) Elizabeth died 21 Oct 1744 in Yarmouth.

Timothy’s third wife Thankful Jones was born 12 Apr 1701 in Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Ralph Jones (1669 – ) and Deborah Coombs (1673 – 1711) She first married 20 Oct 1733 in Barnstable to to John Jones (b. 12 Feb 1703 in Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1738 in Barnstable, Mass.) Thankful died 24 Jan 1771 in Yarmouth.

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) — – Timothy Hallett, son of Jonathan, owned and resided in the dwelling-house now occupied by Mr. Eldridge Lovell of Yarmouth. He was a farmer, and a very respectable man. He married, first, Feb. 18, 1719-20, Thankful Sturgis, who died at the birth of her first child — still born — 10th Jan. 1721, and both were buried in the same grave. Second, to Elizabeth, daughter of Dea. Moses  Hatch of Falmouth.  She died Oct. 23, 1744, aged 44 years, and he married May 23, 1745, Thankful Jones of Barnstable, his third wife.

He died as recorded on his grave stones, Jan. 24, 1771, in, the 69th year of his age. His grandson Benjamin made the following record in his family bible : “My grandfather Timothy Hallett died July 7, 1770, in the 66th year of his age.” “My grandmother Elizabeth Hallett died Oct. 23, 1744, aged 44 years.”

Timothy Hallett Gravestone -- Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port -- Find A Grave Memorial# 50148039

Timothy Hallett Gravestone — Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port — Find A Grave Memorial# 50148039

Child of Timothy and Thankful Sturgis

i. Baby Hallett b. 10 Jan 1722 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Timothy and Elizabeth

ii. Timothy Hallett b. 7 May 1725 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Aug 1747.

iii. Elizabeth Hallett b. 12 Jun 1727 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Jun 1728

iv. Moses Hallett b. 20 Apr 1729 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. “He was an ignorant, self- conceited man.”

v. Benjamin Hallett b. 9 Oct 1730 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 26 Apr 1759 to Bethia Jones of Sandwich. He was pilot of a vessel bound to Halifax, lost at sea, and all on board perished. He left no issue

vi. Elizabeth Hallett b. 16 Nov 1735 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 20 Dec 1735

vii. James Hallett b. 12 Apr 1737 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; died young

viii. Joshua Hallett b. 10 Jan 1739 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Dorcas Eldridge.; d. 19 Aug 1821, aged 84, and his wife April 26, 1813, aged 72 years.

His house, yet remaining in 1888, was the most westerly on the north side of the County road in Yarmouth

ix. Isaac Hallett b. 4 Aug 1742 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; was the youngest child of Timothy. ; m. 1761 to Elizabeth Eldridge; d. 5 Oct 1814, aged 72 years, and his widow March 1, 1831, aged 86 years

He was a deacon of the Yarmouth church, and his family, as well as his brother Joshua’s, were long lived.

8. Abigail Hallett

Abigail’s husband Hatsuld Freeman was born 27 Mar 1691 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were Thomas FREEMAN and  Rebecca SPARROW. Hatsuld died 23 May 1773 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.

I can’t find Hatsuld in any baby name site, but there were Hatsulds in every generations of the Freeman family.  He is called “Hatsul” in Harwich church records.

Abigail Hallett Gravestone -- Old Burying Ground Brewster Barnstable County Massachusetts, USA Plot: Map# 98 -- Findagrave #67675130

Abigail Hallett Gravestone — Old Burying Ground,  Brewster , Plot: Map# 98 — Findagrave #67675130

Children of Abigail and Hatsuld:

Hatsul Freeman’s wife admited 12 May 1723 & baptized at ye  same time, Hatsul Freeman’s son Daved also baptized 12 May 1723;  Abigail baptized 2 Jun 1723

i. David Freeman b. 18 Jul 1720 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Jul 1796 – Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; m. Thankful Blossom of Yarmouth, perhaps late in life.

In Memory of Mr David Freeman who departed this life July 3rd 1796 Aged 76 years,11 months & 15 days

ii. Abigail Freeman b. 26 May 1723 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Apr 1807 – Barre, Worcester, Mass; m. Ebenezer Childs (b. 10 Apr 1723 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass) Ebenezer’s parents were Ebenezer Childs Sr. (1690 – 1756) and Hope Huckins (1689 – 1721). He first married Hannah Crocker (1718 – 1755) and had four children born between 1747 and 1754. Abigail and Ebenezer had four more children born between 1757 and 1763.

iii. Jonathan Freeman b. 1 May 1725 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 27 Jun 1776 Harwich

iv. Sarah Freeman b. 10 Dec 1727 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Dec 1770 – Harwich; m. 15 Nov 1758 – Harwich to John Freeman (b. 29 Jul 1729 Harwich – d. 20 Oct 1813 Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.) John’s parents were Benjamin Freeman (1685 – 1758) and Temperance Dimmock (1689 – 1773) His grandparents were John Freeman and Sarah Merrick and his great grandparents were John FREEMAN and Mercy PRENCE.

John first married 23 Oct 1755 to Thankful Foster (1733 – 1759) Sarah and John had five children born between 1760 and 1770.

v. Betty Freeman b. 11 Mar 1730 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Nov 1823; m. 15 Aug 1754  Harwich to Benjamin Chipman (b. 7 Nov 1726 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 17 Mar 1811) Benjamin’s parents were John Chipman (1697 – 1757) and Hannah Fessenden (1701 – 1746) Betty and Benjamin had eight children born between 1755 and 1774.

Betty was baptized as Betty, not Elizabeth.

vi. Hatsuld Freeman b. 4 Jun 1732 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1732 Harwich

vii. Mary Freeman b. 27 Mar 1735 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 3 May 1757 to Seth Perry

viii. Seth Freeman b. 1737 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Harwich

ix. Jerusha Freeman b. 1739  Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1 Oct 1826 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass; m. 6 May 1764 Harwich to Capt. Reuben Clark (b. 1 Aug 1735 in Harwich – d. 23 Dec 1814 in Brewster) Reuben’s parents were  Scotto Clark (1709 – 1795) and   Thankfull Crosby (1714 – 1802). Jerusha and Reuben had five children born between 1765 and 1775.

Lt. Reuben Clark, Benjamin Berry’s (Harwich) co., Maj. Zenas Winslow’s regt.; service, 7 days, on an alarm at Bedford and Falmouth Sept. 7, 1778. Roll sworn to in Barnstable Co.

“‘Sacred to the memory of Reuben Clark, who departed this life Dec 23 1814 in the 80th year of age. He lived much beloved, and died much lamented. The righteous have hope in death.'”



Genealogical notes of Barnstable families  Being a reprint of the Amos Otis Papers originally published in the Barnstable Patriot in 1861; Revised by Charles  F. Swift Largely made from notes made by the author (1888)

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  2. Tor Hylbom says:

    Andrew Hallett (1607-1683) is my 9th great grandfather. I’ve summarized some research (based on secondary sources) about him here: There is some confusion regarding this man, because there were two Andrew Halletts in the Sandwich / Barnstable area in the early 17th century. There is also some confusion regarding his wife, or, wives, one of whom seems to have been Anne Besse, but most of his children were probably born of his first wife, whose name is not known to us. So far, my research leads to me believe that I am descended from a John Hallett, son of Andrew by his first wife, who married Mary (or Mercy) Howes. I am not aware of a different son named Jonathan who married Abigail Dexter, and i’m curious where this information comes from. We should compare sources. Maybe it has something to do with two different Andrews. Some of my information is from Otis, Amos (revised by C.F. Swift, largely from notes made by the Author). Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, being a reprint of the Amos Otis Papers, originally published in the Barnstable Patriot, 2 vols (Barnstable, Massachusetts: F.B. & F.P. Goss, Publishers and Printers) 1888-1890. It can be downloaded from the “Library” page of my website.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Tor,
      Thanks for your help, I incorporated your info into my Andrew Sr and Andrew Jr. pages.

      Otis’ 1888 GENEALOGICAL NOTES OF BARNSTABLE FAMILIES. had an extraordinary amount of information on the Hallett family. I included most of it for it’s description of 17th Century daily life. Just like when we studied the Pilgrims in 4th grade!

  3. Tor Hylbom says:

    I was just re-reading what I’ve written about Andrew hallett, and he did have two sons by the name of John and Jonathan – both are mentioned in his will. Details are on my website:

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  10. vanbraman says:

    The changes to tombstones over time has been interesting to see. We have a few connections, but not in this family. I may ask you about some of them soon.

    • markeminer says:

      The flying skulls are my favorite – much more deadly than modern day Halloween decorations.

      Since your comment, I added a biography of Jonathan and his family from Amos Otis’ Papers originally published in the Barnstable Patriot in 1861; Revised by Charles F. Swift in 1888. These sketches are the least flattering of any genealogical reports I have seen. I wonder if there was some personal grudge.

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