Andrew Hallett Sr.

Andrew HALLETT Jr. (1584 – 1648) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hallett Coat of Arms

Hallett Coat of Arms

Andrew Hallett Sr was born about 1584 in Symondsbury, Dorset, England. Andrew died 1648 in Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, Massachusetts

Mary Reeves was born about 1595 in England. Mary’s parents were James REEVES and [__?__] Mary died 1660 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

Children of Andrew and Anne:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Andrew HALLETT Jr.? 1615 Symondsbury, Dorset, England. Anne BESSE 1643
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mas
16 Mar 1683   Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
2. John Hallett? 1615
Dorchester, England
Ann Tucker
6 May 1629 Thorncombe, Dorset, England
1 Jul 1656
Scituate, Plymouth, Mass
3. Bathsheba Hallett 1616
Richard Bourne
Barnstable, Yarmouth, Mass
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
4. Samuel Hallett 1625 in Dorchester, England Unmarried 22 Apr 1650 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
5. Josias Hallett 1626
6. Hannah Hallett 1627 in Dorchester, Dorset, England John Hathaway
1 Jul 1656 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mas
1 May 1672 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
7. Joseph Hallett 1630 in Dorchester, Dorset, England Elizabeth Gorham
5 Mar 1667 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
20 Jun 1721
Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass

Andrew Sr & Andrew Jr.

Confusion arises due to the fact that there were at least two men by the name of “Andrew Hallett” residing in Massachusetts around this time. In the records, they are distinguished as “Jr.” and “Sr.”. Both Savage and Pope appear to have jumbled together biographical details for these two men. According to Savage, he settled first at Lynn and removed to Sandwich in 1637 and “soon after to Yarmouth” and after 1645 “went home” but soon came back again. According to Pope, he resided first at Dorchester, where he was a proprietor in 1638, and he removed to Yarmouth about 1639.

  • To summarize we have no direct evidence that the two men were father and son, and some slight indication that they were not, but the relationship is still possible. The available evidence can be harmonized if we assume that they are related (i.e. cousins or uncle/nephew), but not father and son. Further research in English records will be required to resolve this issue.
  • No record has been found of the coming to New England of “Andrew Hallett Sr.”
    The age and parish of origin of the “Andrew Hallett” who appears on the 1635 Mary Gould passenger list mesh exactly with the baptism record of an Andrew Hallett at Symondsbury, Dorsetshire, on 19 May 1607
  • In a Dorsetshire Subsidy Roll for 1641, for the parish of “Stoke and Bawood” [Stoke Abbot], a proxy payment of £5 was made for Andrew Hallet in New England. Given the size of this assessment, this record almost certainly pertains to “Andrew Hallett Sr.”, whose social status, and presumably also economic status, would have been much greater than that of “Andrew Hallett Jr.” at the time each of them left England. Stoke Abbot is only about 7 miles north of Symondsbury, so the Hallett families in these two places are probably closely related.
  • One of the men named “Andrew Hallett” appeared first in Yarmouth as early as 5 March 1638/9 and was always referred to as ‘Mr.’ or ‘Gentleman’[12]. The other “Andrew Hallett” appeared briefly at Sandwich[13] before moving on to Yarmouth. On 1 March 1643/4, by which time both men were residing in Yarmouth, a letter was sent to the General Court by “Mr. Andrew Hellot, Senior, of Yarmouth”[14]. The man with the designations of respect was, therefore, “Senior”, and the man who appeared first at Sandwich was “Junior”.
  • Otis wrote at great length about the landholdings of the two men, and commented directly on lands which had been held by “Andrew Hallett Sr.” and which passed to his presumed sons Samuel, Josias and possibly Joseph. Otis says nothing about any land, which “Andrew Hallett Jr.” might have inherited from “Andrew Hallett Sr.

Hallett Immigrants

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families  — Several of the name of Hallett came early to New England. William, the ancestor of the Long Island family, was born in Dorcetshire, England, in 1616, joined in the settlement of Greenwich, Conn., whence he removed to Long Island, and Dec. 1, 1652, purchased of Jacques Bentyn, one of the Directors of Van Twiller’s Council, 161 acres of land at Hellgate, at a place known as Hallett’s Cove. “In the fall of 1655, the Indians destroyed his house and plantation at Hallett’s Cove, which induced him to take up his residence at Flushing. Here he was appointed Sheriff, in 1656, but the same year was deposed by Gov. Stuyvesant, fined and imprisoned, for entertaining the Rev. Wm. Wickenden from Rhode Island, allowing him to preach at his house, and receiving the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper from his hands. Disgusted at this treatment, Mr. Hallett, on the revolt of Long Island from the Dutch, warmly advocated the claims of Connecticut; and being sent a delegate to the general court of that colony, he was appointed a commissioner or justice of the peace for Flushing.

Afterwards he removed to Hellgate, where he lived to the age of about ninety years. He had two sons, William and Samuel, between whom in 1688 he divided his property at Hellgate Neck. William second, diedin 1729, aged81. He was a justice of the peace and captain of a company of militia. He had ten children, eight of whom married and had families. Samuel, son of William, died Dec. 27, 1724. He was a man of consideration in his time. He had an only son Samuel and several daughters.

Richard Hallett, of Boston, had a daughter Alice, who married 1st, Mordecai Nichols in 1652, and 2d, Thomas Clark, of Plymouth. Richard does not appear to have left any male descendants. A person named Angell Hallett is mentioned in the settlement of Capt. Bozoan Allen’s estate, of Boston, 1652.

There was a George Hallett, Sen’r, of Boston, a freeman in 1690, consequently there was at the same time a George Hallett, Jr. A Widow Lydia Hallett married at Boston 27th Nov. 1661, John Drummond. There was a James Hallett at Windsor, Conn., in 1643, represented as a poor thievish servant.

Andrew Hallett Sr.

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families  — Mr. Andrew Hallett, gentleman, was the ancestor of the Yarmouth and Barnstable families. He came over as early as the year 1637, and was of Plymouth March 1638-9. Respecting his family there is very little on record. His son Andrew was one of the first settlers of Sandwich. Another of his sons (probably Samuel) is named as being of Yarmouth in 1639.

The widow Mary Hallett of Barnstable, was probably his wife. Her daughter Hannah Hallett married John Hadaway July 1656. Josias Hallett was her son, and probably Joseph Hallett, of Barnstable.

This account is unsatisfactory ; but it is the best I have been able to obtain after much research. Mr. Hallett’s children were probably all born in England, and the parish registers in that country would probably furnish the desired information.

He was styled ”gentleman,” a title bestowed upon few in the Colony. It shows that he was a man possessed of a good estate, and a man of some note in his native land. He was among the very first who came to Mattakeset, but did not make it his place of residence till 1641. His son Samuel was of Yarmouth in 1639, and is spoken of as a young man, for whom his father was responsible. (Court Order, vol. 2, page 20.)

5 Mar 1638/39 – The Colony Court ordered the Committee of the town of Yarmouth, consisting of Mr. Anthony Thacher, Mr. Thomas HOWES, Mr. John Crowe, Mr. Nicholas Sympkins, William Palmer, Philip Tabor and Joshua Barnes, to make the first division of the planting lands, to be divided equally “to each man according to his estate and quality, and according to their instructions.” Thacher, Howes and Crowe, had surveyed the lands during the previous winter, and it appears that Andrew HALLETT Sr. was also in Yarmouth, and had “assumed to himself” more land than was thought equitable, and the Colony Court appointed March 5, 1638/39, Joshua Pratt, of Plymouth, and Mr. John VINCENT of Sandwich, to view the lands, “and make report thereof unto the Court, that if these proportions which Mr. Andrew Hellott hath assumed to himself there shall be so p’judiciall to the whole, that then some just and equall order be taken therein, to prevent the evil consequences it may be to the whole plantation.”

No report of the committee is on record, and it would appear from the subsequent action of the Court that Mr. Hallett had not “assumed to himself” a greater proportion of the planting lands than he had a right to claim.

On the 5th of May, 1639, the Court Ordered,

“that the proportion of lands granted to Mr. Andrew Hellott, at Mattacheesett, shal be and remain unto him, and those that are appoynted to set forth the bounds betwixt Mattacheese and Mattacheeset shall lay forth the said proportion unto him in a convenient plase there.” (Coart Orders, vol. 1, page 121).

The two hundred acre lot of Mr. Hallett was laid out, approved by the Court and recorded Sept. 3, 1639. A particular description of this lot is given in the account of the Gorham family, who were afterwards the principal owners. June 17, 1641, a new boundary line was run between Barnstable and Yarmouth. This line divided the Hallett farm into two parts ; the larger in Barnstable contained 150 acres, and the smaller in Yarmouth containing forty-four acres.

Oct. 7, 1639, – “It was ordered by the Court that the seventeen acres of meadow lying at the Stony Cove (Mill Pond) in Yarmouth, shall be laid forth for Mr. Andrew Hellott, on the south west side of the said Cove, and if it want of that proportion, then to be made up on the other side, and ten acres more upon the Stony Cove Neck.”

Mr. Hallett’s name first appears on record in March 1638/39, but he had probably then been in the country several years. He was then a resident in Plymouth, where he had a dwelling-house and seven and one-half acres of land situate on the “new street.” This estate he sold to Thomas Cushman, who conveyed it to Thomas Lettis March 28, 1641-2.

25 Nov 1639 – Mr. Hallett bought for £10 sterling, of Dr. Thomas Starr, of Duxbury, seventeen acres of land in Yarmouth, in two divisions, and twelve acres of meadow “with the frame of a house to be set and made with a chimney, and to be thached, studded and latched, (daubing excepted) by William CHASE, who was agreed with all and paid to the doing thereof by the said Thomas Starr, before the bargain was made with Mr. Hallett.” [Deeds, page 50.] No boundaries are given in the deed. The houselot was at the north west corner of the town of Yarmouth, and adjoined his “great lot” on the west, south by the highway, east by by the lot of Robert Dennis, and north by the mill pond.   It is now owned by Joshua Hallett and others. The other division of the land was in the West Field, and he soon after sold it to Robert Dennis. He was of Plymouth Sept. 1, 1640, and of Yarmouth June 17, 1641, showing that heand his son Andrew became permanent residents of Yarmouth about the same time.

8 Sep 1641 –  Mr. Hallett mortgaged to Mr. William Paddy, to secure a debt of £5, 4s, and to William Hanbury to secure a debt of 29sh, “all that his farm in Barnstable, with all and singular the appertenances thereunto belonging, and all his right, title and interest of and into the same, and every part and parcel thereof.” The mortgage was for one year, and the reason he gives for making it is, “that hee is now going into England, and is not able to pay them,” and therefore freely assigns the property for their security.

After his return from England he resided certainly three years in Yarmouth, and perhaps till his decease in 1647. The mortgaging of his farm for so small a sum indicates that he was not a man of wealth ; but the following generous act proves that he was a man of property, or he would not have given a cow to the poor of Yarmouth. The following is extracted from the Plymouth Colony records, vol. 2, page 70 :

5 Mar 1643/44 – “Whereas information is given to the Court that there is a cowe or a heiffer in calve given or disposed by Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen., of Yarmouth, for the benefitt of the poore of the said towne of Yarmouth, which for the ordering thereof was referred to the Court by the said Mr. Hellot, by his letter under his hand, bearing date the first day of March, 1643 —the Court doth therefore order that the said cowe or heiffer in calve shal be on Mayday next delivered to Thomas Payne, of Yarmouth, who shall have her three years next ensuing, and the milk and the one-half of the increase during that tyme, and after the said three years are expired, the poore of Yarmouth shall have her and the encrease, to be disposed of by the townsmen of Yarmouth from tyme to tyme to other ppr persons dwelling in the said town, as they shall think fitt, and for such town, reserving the benefltt of the said stock for the benefltt of their poore, and not to be allienated to any other use.”

At the March term of the Court in 1642, Mr. William Hanbury recovered in an action of debt on a note for £6 9s, 9d, judgment against Mr. Hallett for the amount of the debt, 2 pence damage, and the cost of the suit. At the July term in 1646, Samuel Harvey, “in action of trespass upon the ease,” £6 5s, debt, 15 shillings damages and costs of suit.

This is the last entry of his name on the records, in connection with any business transaction. May 14, 1648, Mr. Thomas HOWES “laid down seven and one-half acres of meadow at the lower end of Kock (Lone?) Tree furlong late Mr. Hallelt’s.”

7 Jun 1648 – Robert Dennis claimed seven acres of land in the West Field bought of Mr. Hallett. In a deed dated Feb. 20, 1654, the great lot of Mr. Andrew Hallett, deceased, is named.

In Lechford’s Plain Dealing, Andrew is called a schoolmaster. If so, it is surprising that his son Andrew Jr. did not learn to write till some time after he was a married man. However, there were many in those times who could read fluently ; but were unable to write. That was not considered a necessary accomplishment, and it did not necessarily follow that the man who could not write was ignorant ; yet we may safely presume that a teacher of youth would have instructed his own children in the elementary branches of education. His other children were better educated; but, notwithstanding, Andrew was the most respectable and succeeded best in life.

Mr. Hallett, as above stated, was called a gentleman, a word that at that time had a very different meaning attached to it, than it has at the present time. When applied to a man, it meant that he was connected with the gentry or wealthy class — that he was not a mechanic or common laborer, and that he had received a good education. Rank and title were more regarded in those days than at the present time. Of the first settlers in Barnstable, about thirty were entitled to be called “goodman,” four to be called “mister,” and one “gentleman.” What his employment was the records do not inform us. He was engaged in too many lawsuits for a teacher, yet Leehford was probably right. He had not been officially employed in the public service, yet the Colony Court decided that he had rendered some public service and was entitled to a liberal grant, and though objection was made to the amount, yet the Court confirmed it, and the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth acquiesced.

Too few incidents of his life are known to enable us to form a just estimate of his character. That he was a man of some note in the Colony, has already been shown. He speculated in wild lands ; but in doing so he only followed the fashions of the times. Every one traded in land-; from the minister in his pulpit to the cobbler on his bench; He was frequently a party in law suits. They are not always to be avoided ; tor “the over-reaching and the dishonest ought not to be allowed to possess in peace the wealth of others. However, the man of peace, the good citizen and obliging neighbor, very rarely appeals to the law to obtain redress for every offence against his property or his good name. His experience and observation has taught him that it is not the better way. The self-willed, the wayward and the stubborn, as a class, are most frequently engaged in lawsuits. Mr. Hallett did not recover damage in any of his lawsuits, and it may thence be inferred that he was a little stiff-necked, and believed his own to be the better way, a trait of character which many of his descendants, down to the fifth generation, inherited.*

However wayward he may have been, his generous donation to the poor of Yarmouth will ever be remembered, and make us regret that we know so little of the man. If at the present time a man should present a cow to the poor, the act would not be heralded in the newspapers as an act of great benevolence, but in order to form a just estimate of the value of the gift, it must be borne in mind that cattle were then scarce in the Colony, and that a cow was then the equivalent of a good sized farm, or of the wages of a common laborer for a year.

There is no record of his death. In the division of the fences in Barnstable Feb. 28, 1647, Mr. or Mrs. Hallett is named, but not in the subsequent division in 1649. This entry is probably in old style, and would be 1648, new. Not much reliance, however, is to be placed in it. He probably died in 1647, as above stated, but if the entry in the division of fences is reliable, in the spring of 1648.

Of some of the members of the Hallett family I have spoken in a note. John Hallett, who settled in Scituate, was one of the Conihasset planters in 1646. Mr. Deane calls him a brother of Andrew of Sandwich. Mr. Savage copies from Deane, and remarks that his account is “confused.” He has not made it any clearer. Both mix up the families of Andrew, Sen., with that of Andrew, Jr., and hence the confusion.

Similarity in the family names of the Scituate and Yarmouth families probably induced Mr. Deane to call them relatives. They probably were ; but John of Scituate was too old a man to be called a son of Andrew, Sen., without some more certain evidence than has yet been obtained. Richard Curtis married “Lydia,” daughter of John Hallett, in 1649, presuming her to be bis oldest child, 1609 is as late a period as can be assigned for the birth of the father. In some families there are as great or a greater disparity in the ages of the children, but such cases are rare, and in the absence of records it is not safe to make such presumptions.

Mr. Deane had but little exact information respecting the Hallett family. He evidently did not know that there were two Andrews. John, son of Andrew, Jr., he calls a son of John of Scituate, and the wife of Richard Curtis he calls in one place “Ann,” and in another “Lydia.” He informs us that John Hallett was an extensive land holder ; that his house was near the harbor at Scituate, and that Hallett’s Island near the “stepping stones,” still retains his name.

Mary Reeves Hallett

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families  The widow Mary Hallett is described 31st March, 1659, as “now living in Barnstable,” implying that Barnstable had not been her permanent place of residence. Her lands at Goodspeed’s Hill in 1654 are thus described:

“Eleven acres of upland, more or less, bounded northerly by the highway, easterly by James Lewis’ land, southerly by her own land, (called also Josias’) westerly upon John Davis, stretching upon a sett off four rods into the swamp (Lewis’ swamp) across the north end of John Davis’ land.”

In the Goodspeed article. No. CVII, there is a diagram of this land. It is those portions of the Goodspeed and Scudder lots, bounded north by the County road, east by James
Lewis, south by Goodspeed’s outlet, which separates it from Josias Hallett’s land and John Davis’, and west by the Hyannis road, which separated it from John Davis’ houselot ; but did not include Lewis’ Swamp, now the houselot of the heirs of F. W. Crocker, Esq., deceased. These eleven acres are now owned by the heirs of Timothy Reed, Esq., Major S. B. Phinney, Eben.Bacon, Esq., heirs of F. W. Crocker, Esq., deceased, and by the United States, (Custom House lot) .

The three acres of meadow at Blush’s Point, afterwards Josias’, are also described as her property.

There is no record of her death, and her name does not appear after 1659. She probably removed, perhaps with her son Josias to Sandwich. That she was the widow of Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen., there is very little reason to doubt. She is called in the Barnstable records “Mrs. Hallett.” Titles meant something in those days ; her husband, wherever he was, was called Mr. There was only only one man of the name prior to 1654, who was entitled to that distinction, and that man was Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen., the husband of Wid. Mary Hallett.

Investigation of Sources:

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families – In making this investigation I was assisted by the late Judge Nahum Mitchell, author of the history of Bridgewater; and by the late William S. Kussell, Esq., author of Guide to Plymouth, and other historical works ; both good authorities. Since the above was written Mr. Freeman has published his histoiy of Cape Cod. He eays “we have no authentic information in regard to Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen*r., and must rely on the conclusions of others.” [Vol. 2, page 199.

Mr. Hallett is often named in the Plymouth Colony Records, considered “authentic” by Hutchinson, Bancroft, Baylies,  Drake, Palfrey, and many others known to fame. Mr. Freeman “relies on the conclusions of others.” He says that by his wife “Mary, in England he had Bathsheba, Andrew, Samuel, John, Hannah probably born in Barnstable, Josias and Joseph.” Where does he find this account? Not in Deane, Savage, or Winsor. To the latter he refers only to misquote.

Mr. Freeman positively asserts, that Mr. Hallett had the children named. I find no record of his marriage; no record of the births or baptisms of any of his children — no record of his death or of the settlement of his estate ; yet there is no good reason for doubting that the families of the name in Yarmouth and Barnstable are his descendants. The evidence, however, is circumstantial, and does not justify positive statements. In no family has its traditional history been better preserved, or the family papers more carefully kept, some dated in 1654; but it unfortunately happens that the tradition extends only to the second Andrew, and none of the papers of the first have been saved. I shall endeavor carefully to discriminate between that which is certain, and that which is only probable.

Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen., was a householder in Plymouth and in Yarmouth, and probably in Barnstable. In those times men did not build houses to let, they built them to occupy, and in fact the legal meaning of the term householder, was a man who had a family ; it was not applied to a man who owned a house, occupied by a tenant, ‘his view of the matter, I think, makes it probable, if not certain, that the elder Mr. Hallett had a family.

That the widow Mary Hallett, of Barnstable, was the widow of Andrew Hallett, Sen’r., rests on this evidence : in 1654 she was a resident in Barnstable, and probably had been for several years. She and some of her children were the owners of one of, the original allotments of lands, purchased of one of the first settlers, for in the list of the persons who in January, 1644, were proprietors of the common lands, there was no one of that name, Mr. Hallett being then a resident in Yarmouth. He was living July 1646, but his residence at that time is not named; but it was probably Barnstable. He died soon after this date, before the year 1648. His estate was probably legally settled, and a division thereof made among his heirs; but unfortunately no record was made.

Up to July 7, 1646, the records of judicial acts are in the handwriting of Mr. Nathaniel Souther, after which there is a chasm of two years and three months, to Oct. 3, 1648. In the Probate record, there is a similar chasm. During that period there does not appear to have been a permanent Secretary. The court orders during that time are in the handwriting of Gov. Bradford, Antony Thacher and others. The first record made in the court orders by Nathaniel Morton, so many years Secretary of the Colony, is dated “Dec. 7, 1647, probably written up from the minutes of others, for he did not perform all the duties till let. 1648. The Judicial acts and the Probate records were not written up by him, and the papers are now lost. Notwithstanding, the records of Barnstable and some incidental entries on the Colony records, will enable us to arrive at a conclusion which, if not entirely satisfactory, is probable.

In 1647, at the time of Mr. Hallett’s death, Andrew and Samuel were of legal age. Josias and Joseph were minors, if they were able bodied and came over with their parents, because in Aug. 1643, all males able to bear arms were enrolled, and their names not being on the list it is safe to infer that they were not 16 in 1643, or 21 in 1647.

Mr. Hallett left a good estate. Mr. Freeman says : “Winsor gives his estate at £1180,” a misquotation, for if so, he was a very wealthy man, a farm of of fifty acres and its appertenances could, then be bought for £10. In the division of his estate it appears that Andrew, Samuel, and Joseph, had the “Hallett Farm” or great lot of 200 acres, and the widow Mary, Hannah and Josiah, the estate at Goodspeed’s Hill and appertenances. Mr. Andrew Hallett, Sen., was the only man of the name in the Colony, old enough to have been the father of this family, and I think it a legitimate inference, that the Wid. Mary was his wife, and Andrew, Jr., Samuel, Hannah, Josias and Joseph, his children.


1. Andrew HALLETT Jr. (See his page)

2. John Hallett?

John’s wife Ann Tucker was born about 1609 in England.  Ann died in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.

John Hallett, who settled in Scituate, was one of the Conihasset planters in 1646. Mr. Deane calls him a brother of Andrew of Sandwich. Mr. Savage copies from Deane, and remarks that his account is “confused.” He has not made it any clearer. Both mix up the families of Andrew, Sen., with that of Andrew, Jr., and hence the confusion.

Similarity in the family names of the Scituate and Yarmouth families probably induced Mr. Deane to call them relatives. They probably were ; but John of Scituate was too old a man to be called a son of Andrew, Sen., without some more certain evidence than has yet been obtained. Richard Curtis married “Lydia,” daughter of John Hallett, in 1649, presuming her to be bis oldest child, 1609 is as late a period as can be assigned for the birth of the father. In some families there are as great or a greater disparity in the ages of the children, but such cases are rare, and in the absence of records it is not safe to make such presumptions.

3. Bathsheba Hallett

Bathsheba’s husband Richard Bourne was born 1610 in Devon, England. Richard died 18 Sep 1682 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Bathsheba and Richard

i. Job Bourne b. 1639 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Feb 1677 Hingham, Mass; m. Ruhamah Hallett (b. 1644 in Sandwich – d. 13 Sep 1714 Sandwich) Ruhamah was Job’s first cousin. Her parents were Andrew HALLET Jr. and Anna BESSE.

ii. Elisha Bourne b. 1641  Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 21 Dec 1706 Sandwich; m. 26 Oct 1675  Sandwich to Patience Skiffe (b. 25 Mar 1652 Sandwich – d. 25 Oct 1716 Sandwich)

iii. Shearjashub Bourne b. 21 Apr 1643 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Mar 1719 Sandwich; m. 1673 in Sandwich to Bathsheba Skiff (b. 26 Apr 1648 in Sandwich – d. 13 May 1714 in Sandwich)

iv. Ezra Bourne b. 12 May 1648 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Dec 1682 Barnstable, Mass.; m. Abigail Trowbridge

4. Samuel Hallett

Samuel, was sixteen years of age, or upwards, in 1643, consequently was born in England before the year 1627. He came to Yarmouth early, before the removal of his father from Plymouth, as the following record dated June 17, 1641, seems to prove, because Mr. Hallett had no other son to whom it could refer, Andrew being then of age and a resident in Sandwich, and neither Josias nor Joseph, if they had then came over, was over twelve in 1639.

“It is ordered by the Court, that Mr. Andrew Hallett shall pay Massatampaimf one fadome of beads [wampam] within two moones, beside the nett he alleadgeth the sd Massatampaim soold him, for the deare that Mr. Hellot’s sonn bought of him about two years since.”

Mas-sa-tam-paim was the sachem of Nobscusset, or Yarmouth. He sold the lands in the north part of Yarmouth and Dennis to Mr. Bradford, and his release in the handwriting of Anthony Thacher is yet preserved. He lived to be very aged. The first syllable of his name signifies great — the whole perhaps “great sagamon,” but I am not certain. It is sometimes writen “Mas-am-tam-paigue.”

In the division of his father’s estate a part of the “Hallett Farm” situate within the boundaries of the town of Barnstable, and the homestead bought of Dr. Starr in Yarmouth, appears to have been set off to him, and was sold by his administaators, probably to Capt. John Gorham who was the owner in 1652.

He had no family. Neither widow nor children are named in the settlement of his estate. He was drowned at Eastham, and the particulars are thus recorded by Mr. Lothrop on the Barnstable church records : “Thomas Blossom and Samuel Hollet drowned at the Harbour of Noeett atti their first Setting out from thence aboute a fishing voyage April 22, 1650.”

“June 5, 1650, Letters of administration are graunted unto Mr. The. Howes [of Yarmouth] and Samuel Mayo§ [of Barnble] to administer upon the estate of Samuel Hollet, and to pay the debts as fare as the estate will amount unto. by equall proportions.”

The foregoing extracts show that Samuel Hallett came to Yarmouth with the first settlers in the winter of 1638-9, that he remained in that town till the removal of his father in 1641, engaged in the fisheries, and probably had the care of his father’s estate before his brother Andrew removed from Sandwich ; that he died unmarried in 1650, and probably on account of his losses at the time of his shipwreck, he did not leave a sufHcient estate to pay his debts in full.

5. Josiah Hallett

Josias was born after the year 1627. He was a mariner, and is named as living in 1663. From the notices of him in the records, it is inferred that he did not sustain a good character for sobriety. In the division of his father’s estate, the southerly part of the homestead was set off to him, containing eight acres. This land is now owned by Major Sylvanus B. Phinney, and is that part of his homestead which is situate on the south of the swamp. Anciently there was a highway between the swamp and the railroad, called Goodspeed’s Outlet. Josias Hallett’s house was on that road. Dec 14, 1661, he sold this estate and three acres of meadow at Blush’s point to John Haddeway, for £10 sterling. In the deed he is called “sometime of Barnstable.” He had then removed, perhaps to Sandwich. Being a householder it is probable that he had a family, though no children are named on the town or church records. The Jonathan of Sandwich in 1684, was a son of Andrew, not of Josias.

6. Hannah Hallett

Hannah’s husband John Hathaway was born 1617 in England. John died 1697 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Hannah and John:

i. John Hathaway b. 16 Aug 1658 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

ii. Hannah Hathaway b. May 1662 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

iii. Edward Hathaway b. 10 Feb 1664 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

7. Joseph Hallett

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Gorham was born 2 Apr 1648 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass. Elizabeth died 5 Mar 1684 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.

Of this family no record has been preserved. It is evident from the Colony records that he had at least one child. Lois Hallett, who married April 10, 1690, was probably his daughter. She removed to Stonington, Connecticut, in 1715. In 1686 he had a house on the north side of the county road, between the houses of Joseph Benjamin (now Nathan Edson’s) and James Gorham’s (now’ Warren Marston’s) . Whether his house stood on the Hallett Farm or not, I am unable certainly to determine. In the Gorham article I presumed that it stood on the west of the mill road ; but having since obtained some additional information, I am inclined to the opinion that Joseph had the northwest
part of his father’s great lot or farm set off to him in the division of the estate, and that he built his house thereon, not far from the location of the dwelling-house of the heirs of Ansel Hallett, deceased. He was a townsman in 1670, and at the division of the common meadows in 1697 had one acre allotted to him. He is not named in the division of the common lands in 1706, and the presumption is that some time between 1697 and 1706 he removed from Barnstable. If he had died the settlement of his estate would appear on the Probate Records. His lands were afterwards the property of James Gorham.*

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth:

i. Mary Hallett b. 1667 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

ii. Lois Hallett b. 1672 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

iii. Elizabeth Hallett b. 1679 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.


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)

In 1960 and 1961 John G. Hunt published two brief articles on the English origin of this immigrant [TAG 36:123, 37:84].

In 1950 Florence Barclay published her compelling arguments on the chronology of the wives of this immigrant [TAG 26:193-95].

Paul W. Prindle and Burton W. Spear have published lengthy provisional accounts of the ancestry of this immigrant, based on the assumption that “Andrew Hallett Sr.” is the father of “Andrew Hallett Jr.”.

Paul W. Prindle, Ancestors and Descendants of Timothy Crosby, Jr., Vol 2 (Orleans, Massachusetts: self-published) 1957.

Burton W. Spear, Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630, Toledo, Ohio: self-published, 1993, Vol. 19: West Country Ancestries, 1620-1643 ( Part 3) and 1996, Vol. 25: New Ancestral Discoveries (Part 1).

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