Edmund Hawes

Edmund HAWES (1612 -1693)  was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hawes Coat of Arms

The Hawes family were exceptional among our ancestors having a coat of arms at the time of their immigration. Unfortunately, I can’t find a proper image. It’s supposed to have leopards, not griffins

This Version is a little closer

This Version is a little closer

Here's the real thing from a detail of a brass of Edmund's grandparents

Here’s the real thing from a detail of a brass of Edmund’s grandparents William Hawes Ursual Colles in St. Alphege Church, Solihull.
“Sable, a chevron argent, btw. three leopard faces or”
Please let me know if you have a better picture!

I found it!  Hayes of Little Leigh  -- Arms: Sable, a chevron Argent between three leopards' faces Or (Harl 1424)(In Harl 1505 the leopards' faces are Argent)

I found it! Hayes of Little Leigh — Arms: Sable, a chevron Argent between three leopards’ faces Or (Harl 1424)
(In Harl 1505 the leopards’ faces are Argent)

Edmund Hawes  was baptized on 15 Oct 1612 in Solihull, Warwick, England, located 9 miles southeast of Birmingham city center. He was the third and youngest surviving son of Edmond HAWES Sr. and Jane PORTER. He married Lucy PENECOT in England.

St. Alphege Church, Solihull

Edmund was baptized in St. Alphege Church, Solihull

St. Alphege Church is medieval. The previous spire was 59m and collapsed in 1757: the current spire is 57.34m The Church, dedicated to St. Alphege, is a large cruciform structure. The tracery mouldings and corbels in the interior are extremely elegant; there are also some fine specimens of screen work: it consists of nave, chancel, side aisles, and an embattled tower, surmounted by an octagonal spire, and contains a peal of thirteen good bells.

Edmund immigrated to America in 1635 on the James of Southampton

(on or about 5 April 1635, “Edmund Hawes, cutler, late of London,” was included in the passenger list of the James, about to sail from Southampton for New England [Drake’s Founders 56])

Edmund was buried on 10 Jun 1693 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

There are several different ideas about Edmund’s wife:
Lucy Penocot (Penobscot) was born in 1610 in England and died 16 Jul 1689 Yarmouth, Mass. (16 ancestry.com users)

Eleanor Lombard was born in 1617 in England.  Her parents were Bernard Lombard and Elinor [__?__].  Eleanor died 19 Jul 1689 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. (11 users)

Mercy Hopkins was born in 1616 in Bayhorn, Essex, England and died 19 Jun 1689 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass (3 users)

Child of Edmund and Lucy:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Capt. John HAWES bet 1635 and 1640
Duxbury, Mass
7 Oct 1661 Barnstable, Cape Cod Plymouth Colony,
11 Nov 1701
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA after having his leg amputated.

Hawes English Origins

The Hawes family in Solihull goes back 700 years to a  1313 deed in which Robert Hawes agrees with his brother Richard to dig, enclose and maintain two hedges and ditches for the manner of Solihull and in which mention is made of land which Richard had bought of Dame Ela de Odingsells, widow of Sir. William de Odingsells, Lord of the Manor

Sir William de Odingsells was knighted in 1283. Like his father he was an active soldier, He was Sheriff of Shropshire and achieved the high position of Chief Justiciar of Ireland.

He married Ela, daughter of the Earl of Salisbury and great grand-daughter of Henry II.
The extensions which he made to his moated home, set within the medieval park, witnessed to his rank and status. So too did his great scheme to rebuild St Alphege church. First to be built c. 1277 were the fine chancel and the chantry chapels but progress was interrupted by Sir William’s death in 1295. The manor was sold and the rebuilding continued slowly, not reaching its completion until 1535.

Solihull Map

Metropolitan Borough of Solihull

Solihull  is a town in the West Midlands of England with a population of 94,753.  It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located 9 miles  southeast of Birmingham city centre. It is the largest town in, and administrative centre of, the larger Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, which itself has a population of 200,400.

Richard Hammond – Top Gear presenter and radio personality was born in Solihull.

Historically part of Warwickshire, Solihull is one of the most prosperous towns in the English Midlands.  Residents of Solihull and those born in the town are referred to as Silhillians The motto of Solihull is Urbs in Rure (Town in Country)

Solihull’s name is commonly thought to have derived from the position of its parish church, St Alphege, on a ‘soily’ hill. The church was built on a hill of stiff red marl, which turned to sticky mud in wet weather.

Solihull probably came into being about a thousand years ago, as a clearing in the forest to which people would come to trade.  The town is noted for its historic architecture, which includes surviving examples of timber framed Tudor style houses and shops. The historic Solihull School dates from 1560 (although not on its present site). The red sandstone parish church of St. Alphege dates from a similar period and is a large and handsome example of English Gothic church architecture, with a traditional spire 168 feet high, making it visible from a great distance.   It was founded in about 1220 by Hugh de Oddingsell. A chantry chapel was also founded there by Sir William de Oddingsell in 1277 and the upper chapel in St Alphege was built for a chantry.

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Edmund Hawes Bio — Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts by By James William Hawes (1914)

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See Edmund’s father’s page  Edmund HAWES Sr and Edmund’s grandfather’s page  William HAWES for details on these nine generations

Solihull School

Edmund attended the Solihull School. Founded in 1560, it is still a coeducational independent school situated near the centre of Solihull, West Midlands, England.

In 1560 the revenues of the chantry chapels of St Mary and St Katherine were diverted for the endowment of a school for boys. The revenue of the chapel of St Alphege was added to the fund six years later enhancing the capacity of the school. The education remained based in teachings of The Church and the desire to turn out ‘respectable, thoughtful, successful young gentlemen’.

The Charity Estate had been built up from gifts dating back to Richard II’s reign and the School could have been in existence prior to that date, but with no evidence of that being the case its foundation is generally accepted to have been 1560.

Originally, the Foundation provided for the maintenance of the Master of the Free Grammar School in Solihull.   In 1615, the School moved to a house in Park Road, later re-named Malvern House. It remained there until 1882.  In 1882, the School moved to its present 50-acre site.

The Grammar School (now Malvern House) drawn in about 1830 by John Burton, a boarder in the early 19th century

The Grammar School (now Malvern House) drawn in about 1830 by John Burton, a boarder in the early 19th century

It is believed that the site of the School was where Malvern House is currently situated – the corner of New Road and Park Road, just 100 yards from St. Alphege Church and overlooking Malvern Park.  It was to remain there until 1882.  As has been stated elsewhere the records whilst the School was under management of the Feoffees are very sparse.

1615 The School House was either built or rebuilt.   The Parish Bailiff’s accounts show –“XVIIli. XVIIs. IXd. (£22.90) towarde the repaire of the church, and the scholemaster’s wages; and more paid towarde the building of the scolehous XXVli. XIs. Id.” (£25.55).

In the 17th century it became a boarding school and the number of pupils grew. The school became more notable and well thought of due to the involvement of several prominent families. Much of this development came under the Headmastership of Rev. Richard Mashiter who, in 1735, was famously elected ahead of Dr Johnson, the celebrated author, essayist, and lexicographer. Johnson was passed over because the school’s directors thought he was “a very haughty, ill-natured gent., and that he has such a way of distorting his face (which though he can’t help) the gent[s] think it may affect some lads in the pursuit of learning”.

Worshipful Company of Cutlers 

24 Feb 1626/27 – Edmond bound himself to Edmund Warnett, citizen and cutler of London for the term of eight years starting from Feb 2.  He completed his apprenticeship and was sworn free cutler Dec 9 1634.  His grandfather Richard Proter had iron works and the family was thus brought into relations with the Cutlers’ Company.

The Worshipful Company of Cutlers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. It ranks 18th in the order of precedence of the companies.

The trade of knife-making and repairing was formed in the 13th century as a guild; the Cutlers’ Company received its Royal Charter in 1416. The Company, like many other City Livery Companies, no longer has a strong connection with its trade, which for the most part relocated north to Sheffield, where a similar association, the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire was established. The City Livery Company remains primarily as a charitable institution. The Company funds and administers a variety of educational initiatives such as scholarships and awards.

The Cutlers’ Company Arms have been in use since 1476. Its current Elephant and Castle crest was granted in 1622: this features two elephants and three crossed-swords, a helmet and a smaller elephant and castle.  The elephant probably relates to the ivory used in hafting swords, knives and other weapons – an expensive material employed for the best of implements. The elephant and castle crest gave rise to a pub of the same name on the site of an old cutlers’ inn at Newington, south London which in turn gave its name to the well-known area Elephant and Castle.

Worshipful Company of Cutlers

Worshipful Company of Cutlers

In England the cutlery industry became concentrated by the late 16th century in and around Birmingham and Sheffield. However, the Birmingham industry increasingly concentrated on swords, made by “long cutlers”, and on other edged tools, whereas the Sheffield industry concentrated on knives.

At Sheffield the trade of cutler became divided, with allied trades such as razormakerawlbladesmithshearsmith and forkmaker emerging and becoming distinct trades by the 18th century.

Before the mid 19th century when cheap mild steel became available due to new methods of steelmaking, knives (and other edged tools) were made by welding a strip of steel on to the piece of iron that was to be formed into a knife, or sandwiching a strip of steel between two pieces of iron. This was done because steel was then a much more expensive commodity than iron.

Map of Old Yarmouth 1644 – Our Ancestors 13 Thomas Howes, Edmund Hawes, 10 Edward Sturges and 9 William Hedges were pioneers in Yarmouh, Mass on Cape Cod. Unfortunately, I can’t quite make out the numbers on this map. Do you have better eyes?

Edmund Hawes  resided for some years at Duxbury before he came to Yarmouth. In 1645 he was an inhabitant of Yarmouth and a Deputy to the Court. He was appointed in 1672 chairman of the Land Committee, and for many years was one of the board of Selectmen and Assessors. He held the position of Town Clerk, succeeding to Anthony Thacher, at the time of his death. His lands were situated between the lands of the Hallets and the Thachers, at the eastern part of what is now called Hallet street, and the highway running to the easterly side of Dennis Pond was long known as “Hawes’s Lane.” [Today, all I can find in Yarmouth is Hawes Run Road near the mill pond.]  He survived nearly all the first settlers in Yarmouth. His death is recorded with great formality in the old records :

‘* Mr. Edmund Hawes died upon the 9th day of June, and was buried the tenth day of June one thousand six hundred and ninety and three, 1693.”

His age at the time of his death is not given, but he must have been about eighty years old. He was a man of education and good parts, and was a leading character of the town and colony. He had one son, John, who was also a man of influence and high character, and from whom the families in Chatham and other places in the County descended.

REMOVES: Yarmouth 1643.

OCCUPATION: Cutler (in England) (on 14 February 1626[/27?], “Edmond Hawes, son
of Edmond Hawes of Solihull in the County of Warwick, gentleman,” was bound as
an apprentice in the Company of Cutlers [Edmond Hawes Gen 136, citing Company
of Cutlers, “Book of Apprentices’ Bindings, 1575-1626, p. 106”]; on 9 December
1634, “Edmund Hawes, the apprentice of Edmund Warnet sworn free cutler”
[Edmond Hawes Gen 137, citing Company of Cutlers, “Minute Book of the Court of
Assistants, 1602-1667, folio 285a”].

FREEMAN: In Duxbury section of 1639 Plymouth Colony oath of fidelity list
(name crossed out) [PCR 8:182]. Admitted freeman 3 March 1644/45 and then added
to the Yarmouth section of the 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen [PCR 2:80,
8:176]. In Yarmouth section of 1658, 29 May 1670 and 4 June 1689 Plymouth
Colony lists of freemen [PCR 5:276, 8:200, 206].

Deputy for Yarmouth to Plymouth Colony General Court, 28 Oct 1645, 3 Mar 1645/46, 7 Jul 1646, 1 Jun 1647, 7 Jun 1648, 8 Jun 1649, 5 Jun 1651, 7 Jun 1653, 7 Mar 1653/54, 6 Jun 1654, 1 Aug 1654, 8 Jun 1655, 3 Jun 1656, 3 Jun 1657, 1 Jun 1658, 3 Oct 1659, 6 Jun 1660 (absent), 2 Oct 1660, 4 Jun 1661, 7 Jun 1665, 3 Jun 1674, 1 Jun 1675

Plymouth Colony auditor of accounts, 10 Jun 1658, 16 Jun 1664, 9 Jun 1665, 7 Jun 1674

Committee on excise, 2 Jun 1646, 7 Jul 1646, 1 Jun 1647, 7 Jun 1648, 8 Jun 1664, 3 Oct 1665

Commissioner for the Kennebec trade, 5 Mar 1655/56, 6 Oct 1659
Committee on purchase of Indian lands, 14 May 1658
Council of War, 2 Apr 1667, 29 Feb 1675/76
Petit jury, 7 Jun 1642, 6 Jun 1650
Grand jury, 5 Jun 1644
Duxbury constable, 1 Mar 1641/42, 7 Jun 1642
Yarmouth selectman, 6 Mar 1665/56, 5 Jun 1666, 5 Jun 1667, 3 Jun  1668, 7 Jun 1670,
5 Jun 1671, 5 Jun 1672, 3 June 1673, 3 Jun 1674, 1 Jun 1675, 7 Jun 1676, 5 Jun 1677, 3 Jun 1679, 1 Jun 1680, 7 Jun 1681, 6 June 1682, 6 Jun 1683, 2 Jun 1685
Constable, 7 Jun 1659

EDUCATION: Signed his will. His inventory included “a Bible and other books” valued at 10s.

ESTATE: On 2 October 1637, “ten acres of upland are granted to Edmond Hawes, lying cross Greens Harbor Path”. On 10 September 1641, “Edmond Hawes of Duxborrow” sold to “Robert CARVER [our ancestor] of the same, sawyer, … all those his ten acres of upland lying cross Green’s Harbor path” (annotated “This bargain is reversed by consent of both parties in June the 7th 1648”)

On 1 April 1639, “Edmond Howes, for upland & meadow,” was in a list of “such as requested lands this Court”

2 Nov 1640 –  “Edmond Hawes is granted thirty acres next Daniell Cole’s lands, beyond the South River, with meadow land to it, if it be there to be had” [PCR 1:165].

8 Jun 1649 –  “Mr. Edmound Hawes of Yarmouth” sold to “Mr. Thomas Burne [probably our ancestor Thomas BOURNE] of Marshfield a certain parcel of upland being in Marshfeild aforesaid lying on the north side of the South River estimated at about thirty acres”

14 May 1648 – As part of the resolution of land disputes at Yarmouth, “Mr. Hawes shall enjoy 8 acres of upland or thereabouts, in the West Field, which he bought of Goodman Chase,” and “Robert Dennis shall enjoy 12 acres of land which he bought of Peeter Worden, and 10 acres of Mr. Hawes, and 7 acres of Mr. Hallott, and 4 acres there given him by the town”

7 June 1665 – Granted a portion of “a certain tract of land at Mannamoiett” which had been purchased from the Indians

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Chatham, Barnstable, Mass

Chatham, Barnstable, Mass

In 1665, to settle the difficulty at Monomoy, now Chatham between William Nickerson and the Colonial government respecting the illegal purchase of land of the Indian sachem there, Nickerson was allowed one hundred acres of the purchased land, and Major John FREEMAN, with Thomas Hinckley, William Sargeant, Anthony Thacher, Nathaniel Bacon, Edmund HAWES,  Thomas HOWES, Sr,  Thomas FOLLAND, Sr and Lt. Joseph Rogers was allowed a grantee of the remaining portion with the privilege with the above named to purchase adjacent land.

In 1672,  Major Freeman disposed of his right to William Nickerson; and in 1674 Major Freeman and  Capt. Jonathan SPARROW were appointed to lay out Nickerson’s land with instructions, but for some cause the work was not accomplished by the committee until 1692.

Native American tribes who lived in the Chatham before European colonization include the Nauset, specifically the Manomoy or Monomoy people. “Manamoyik” was a Nauset village located near present-day Chatham. Explorer Samuel de Champlain landed here in 1606, contacting (and skirmishing with) the Nauset. English settlers first settled in Chatham in 1665, and the town was incorporated in 1712, naming it after Chatham, Kent, England. Located at the “elbow” of Cape Cod, the community became a shipping, fishing, and whaling center. Chatham’s early prosperity would leave it with a considerable number of 18th century buildings, whose charm helped it develop into a popular summer resort.

1674 –  Mannamoit, after having been for years “within the liberties of Yarmouth,” together with Satucket, was included in the town of Eastham. The court appointed a committee “to do what they can tov/ards settling differences between Mashantampaine and the towns of Yarmouth and Barnstable.” By the burning of the house of the town clerk, Edmund Hawes, the public records up to this date were destroyed.

In King Philip’s War, Councils of War, for each town of the colony, were chosen by the court, Edmund HAWES, John Miller and Jeremiah HOWES constituting the members from Yarmouth.

A “Rate” made the year 1676, “towards the charges of the late war,” signed by Edmund HAWES, Samuel Rider and James Matthews, shows the names of the tax-payers of the town, and their comparative taxable property

In his will, dated 5 May 1692 and proved 20 July 1693,

“Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth” bequeathed to “my grandson Joseph HAWES six acres of my land … and also one-half of my island of sedge or creek thatch land which lies in the Lone Tree Creek …, also one acre of my meadow where his father shall see cause to lay it forth to him”; to “my natural son John HAWES all my uplands & meadows and broken marshes or creek thatch land wheresoever within the township of Yarmouth or elsewhere”; to “my loving daughter Desire Hawes the wife of my said son John Hawes,” moveables; to “my granddaughter Desire Hawes,” moveables; to “my granddaughter Elizabeth Dogged one cow”; to “my granddaughter Mary Bacon one cow”; to “my grandson Jabez Hawes one cow”; to “my grandson John Hawes … one two-year old and one young horse if his brother Edmond don’t come again, but if Edmond his brother do come again I do give said young horse to him”; to “my grandson Ebenezer Hawes … one yearling”; to “my two grandchildren Isaac and Benjamin … to each of them one calf”; to “my grandchild Experience … one sheep”; “the rest of my sheep my will is that my executor do divide them to my great-grandchildren in such proportions as he shall think fit”; to “John Hathaway of Yarmouth thirty shillings which he oweth to me by a bill I have of his hand”; “my well beloved son John Hawes to be sole executor”

A codicil of 31 March 1693 made an adjustment to the bequest to “my grandson Joseph Hawes” The inventory of the estate of “Mr. Edmond Haws of Yarmouth … deceased,” taken 1 August 1693, totalled £130 7s., of which £100 was real estate: “house, lands and meadows,” £100

COMMENTS: Pope states that this immigrant was of “Plymouth, proprietor 2 Oct.
1637” [Pope 221]. The date is that of a grant of land “lying cross Greens Harbor Path” [PCR 1:66]. This piece of land lay on the north side of Duxbury, toward the area that would later become Marshfield. There is no evidence that Edmond Hawes resided in Plymouth, and, although he owned land in Marshfield, there is no evidence that he ever resided there either.

The last record for Edmond Hawes in Duxbury was dated 7 June 1642 [PCR 2:40],
and the first record in Yarmouth was dated 3 March 1644/5 [PCR 2:80].
Interestingly, he does not appear in either town in the 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms. He may have been absent from Plymouth Colony during this period, or he may have been excused because of some disability. A third possibility is that his date of removal from one town to the other occurred very close to the time that the 1643 list was compiled, which may have led to his omission by both towns. With this in mind, we place his migration from Duxbury to Yarmouth in 1643.

On 7 August 1638, “Edmond Hawes, of Duxborrow, yeoman,” posted bond as security for Thomas Boardman of Sandwich [PCR 1:94]. (Some sources have given the name of the wife of Edmond Hawes as Lucy, but this is based on a misreading of the above record, which shows that as the name of the wife of Thomas Boardman.)

On 7 June 1648, “Mr. Edmond Haws presenting a parcel of weights to the Court, to be the standard for the weights of Yarmouth, the Court do allow them so to be” [PCR 2:126].

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Notes for Edmund Hawes


History of old Yarmouth. Comprising the present towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. From the settlement to the division in 1794 with the history of both towns to these times (1884) Author: Swift, Charles Francis

Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: an emigrant to America in 1635, his ancestors, including the allied families of Brome, Colles, Greswold, Porter, Rody, Shirley and Whitfield; and some of his descendants  By James William Hawes  1914   —
A genealogy of this  immigrant and his descendants, with extensive information on the English origin, including the apprenticeship in London, and with full transcripts of many important documents

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Capt John Hawes

Capt. John HAWES (c. 1635 – 1701) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather two ways; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line through his son Joseph and one of 1, 024 in this generation of the Shaw line through his son Ebenezer.

John was born in Duxbury, Mass.   Because he was not treated as a minor (under 21 years of age) on 5 Mar 1660 when he was put on trial in Plymouth, MA court for the murder of his friend Joseph Rogers, he was probably born between 1635 when his father emigrated and 1640.   His parents were Edmund HAWES and  Lucy PENOCOT.  He married Desire GORHAM at  Barnstable, Cape Cod Plymouth Colony, on 7 Oct 1661.  He was appointed ensign of Yarmouth’s military Company and by 1700 was Captain,  He died at Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, on 11 Nov 1701 after having his leg amputated or cut off.  The reason for the amputation is not known.

Desire Gorham was born at Plymouth  on 2 April 1644. She was the daughter of Capt. John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND.  Her brother James GORHAM is also our ancester. She died at Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, on 30 June 1700.  When the intestate estate of her father, Capt. John Gorham, was settled in March 1676/77, Desire was one of the married daughters who had already received 40 pounds but, if there should be an overplus, she and her married sisters were to share it equally with the other children. Desire also shared in the estate of her mother, Desire (Howland) Gorham in March 1683/84. Her husband was one of Desire Gorham’s sons-in-law who agreed that the children of Desire’s deceased sister, Elizabeth, should have their mother’s share. Desire Hawes died 30 Jun 1700.

Children of John and Desire all born in Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA.

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Hawes 5 Oct 1662
Thomas Daggett 22 Jan 1683 Bristol, RI 15 Feb 1733
Edgartown, Mass
2. Mary Hawes 10 Jun 1664
John Bacon
17 Jun 1686 in Barnstable
5 Mar 1726
Barnstable, Mass
3. Edmund  Hawes 2 May 1669
Eliony Lumber 1701
4. John Hawes 14 May 1671
Mary Edmund
14 May 1709 Providence, RI
Mary Mason
26 Nov 1723 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
27 Dec 1723
Providence, Rhode Island
5. Joseph HAWES 16 Jul 1673
at sea, before 1696
Berthia Hall
19 Mar 1730 Harwich, Mass
Sarah Howes
7 Jun 1746 Harwich
At sea,
16 Nov 1752
6. Jabez Hawes 20 May 1675
15 Oct 1701
7. Capt.
Ebenezer HAWES
28 Mar 1679
Sarah NORTON Edgartown, Dukes, MA,
23 Feb 1700
7 Oct 1727 Yarmouth
8. Isaac Hawes 9 Mar 1680
Bethia Howes (daughter of Jeremiah HOWES)
8 Jan 1701 Yarmouth
18 Mar 1731
Chatham, Mass
9. Desire Hawes 28 Feb 1681
Josiah Hatch
24 Feb 1702 Yarmouth
John Cowing
19 Jun 1719 Rochester, Mass
8 Feb 1724
Provincetown, Mass
10. Benjamin Hawes 20 Mar 1682/83 Yarmouth Dorcas Smith
24 Jul 1705 Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass
28 Nov 1722 Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass
11. Experience Hawes 24 Sep 1686
Lt. Ebenezer Sprout
1 Mar 1704 Yarmouth
Francis Miller
22 Nov 1731 in Middleboro, Mass
19 Nov 1758
Middleborough, Mass

Some references spell his last name “Haws.”

John Hawes was a cutler.  One who makes, repairs, or sells knives or other cutting instruments.

As a young man John Hawes was involved in an incident that caused the death of his friend Joseph Rogers of Eastham.  Both had grown up in Roxbury and they had probably known each other for years.  It seems that the two were engaged in a fight, possibly a wresting match, at Eastham, Massachusetts on 25 Dec 1660, in which Joseph Rogers died. A court was convened at Plymouth in the presence of Governor Thomas PRENCE, John Alden, William Bradford and others assistants. John Hawes was duly indicted by this group.  According to testimony the incident occurred when John Hawes had given Joseph Rogers (1638 – 1660) “a most deadly fall.”  Rogers died 48 hours later.  A jury of 12 men was chosen, nearly all from Plymouth or nearby.  John was is not treated as a minor in his trial.   He was acquitted at the trial of 5 Mar 1660/61.  These brought in a verdict wherin they expressed that they found that the said John Hawes was not guilty, and soe according to law hee was cleared in the open Court and released.’

According to Court records,

“John Hawes was found not guilty of “takeing away the life of Joseph Rogers of Eastham by giveing him a most deadly fall, on the 25 of December 1660 . . . whereof he . . . about 48 hours after died”..

Hawes says, ‘That he suffered no discredit on account of the sad affair is shown not only by his subsequent career, but by the fact that seven months after his trial he married a daughter of Capt. John Gorham, of Barnstable.’  on 7 Oct 1661.

On 4 Mar 1661/62 John Hawes was fined 10 shillings for “relating a scandalous report, for which he hath not produced sufficient ground for it.”

In 1668 he was appointed by the General Court of the Colony as receiver of excise for Yarmouth.  In 1669 he was on the grand jury and on 29 May 1670 he was made a freeman of the colony.

He was involved in another fight soon after this because John Gray was fined 3 shillings and 4 pence on 8 Mar 1670/71 for “breaking the King’s peace in striking John Hawes.

On 26 Feb 1672/73 the town of Yarmouth granted him the “broken Marsh” on the west side of the mouth of Lone Tree Creek near land already owned by him and the land of Edmond HAWES and John Miller.  On 23 Feb 1684/85, he was granted 10 acres on the north side of Dennis Pond near Hallett’s land.

In 1676 his tax was 3 pounds, 10 shillings and 6 pence out of the total for the town total of 297 pounds.  In 1677 he was constable of Yarmouth and in 1680 he was one of the surveyors of highways for that town.  On 10 Jul 1677 he was one of the two appointed for Yarmouth “to see the orders about and against the abuse of drink and liquors put in execution.”

It would seem that the beaching of whales was taking place in colonial times.  In 1680 John Hawes was one of four men who were “to look out for and secure for the town all such whales as by God’s providence shall be cast up in their several bounds.”  His territory was the western part of the town.  He was paid 4-5 pounds for each whale payable in blubber or whale oil.

On 31 Oct 1682, he was appointed ensign of the military Company of Yarmouth and about 1700 he was promoted to Captain of the Company. There was not evidence that he ever needed to lead these troops in wartime.

When his father died in 1693, John Hawes, an only child, inherited all of his land and possessions.  At this time and perhaps earlier he occupied his father’s house.  In 1693 he was on a committee to choose a schoolmaster and in 1693 and 1696 he was appointed to settle and survey the boundary line between Yarmouth and Barnstable.   His tax in 1698 was 4 pounds, 9 shillings and 5 pence.  In 1694 the boundaries of about 16 acres or more, most of which he had owned for about 30 years, were fixed by John Thacher, Jeremiah HOWES  and John Miller.  This tract was granted to him by the town shortly after his marriage.

After the merger of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies, John Hawes was chosen a representative in the Legislature at Boston in 1697 and 1698, but he may not have served the second term.

John performed many of the civic duties that his father had done: juryman, constable, receiver of excise, surveyor of highways, and so on. “In 1680 he was one of four men who for four or five pounds a whale (according to circumstances), to be paid in blubber or oil, were ‘to look out for and secure the town all such whales as by God’s providence shall be cast up in their several bounds,’ his territory being the western part of the town.”

He was appointed ensign of Yarmouth’s military Company and by 1700 was Captain. The town records show that he was a member of a committee to choose a schoolmaster in 1693. He was a representative in the Legislature at Boston in 1698.

On 31 Oct 1682, John was appointed an Ensign of the Yarmouth military company. About 1700 he became captain of the company and was called that thereafter. John was the Barnstable town treasurer from 1695 to 1698. He was chosen a representative in the Legislature at Boston in 1697 and 1698. He died in Barnstable 11 Nov 1701, from the effect of having his leg amputated. The record does not indicate whether or not it was because of an accident or disease.

Notes from John Howland of the Mayflower, Vol. 1:

John Hawes was a cutler. He served as a representative to the General Court for two years, starting in 1696 [Charles F. Swift, History of Old Yarmouth (1884), 247]. According to Col. John Gorham’s Wast Book,” Capt. John Hawes of Yarmouth, “having his Leg Cut of Dyed with it.” [Mayflower Descendant, 2:207]

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John Hawes Bio — From Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: 1914

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The will of John Hawes dated 15 Oct and proved 19 Nov 1701 reflected his large family.  He mentions his sons John, Joseph, Ebenezer, Isaac and Benjamin and his daughters Elizabeth Dogget, Mary Bacon, Desire and Experience Hawes.  His sons Joseph and Issaac were executors.  His ‘brothers” Major John Goreham and John Thacher Esqr. were overseers.  The inventory of his estate, after deducting debts, was 574 pounds and 11 pence, including 300 pounds for real estate, 41 pounds for “2 negro girls,” and 5 pounds for an “Indian boy.”  Sons Joseph and Isaac were appointed executors.

Witnesses were John, Peter and Josiah Thacher. The inventory, taken 25 Nov 25, 1701 amounted to L629-8-4.  A typical estate of the time of an independent farmer was about 150 pounds, so John was a comparatively rich man.  Major John GORHAM and John Thacher, Esq., were named overseers of the will.

His son Isaac received his dwelling house and barn along with one acre of land and he was directed to allow his unmarried daughters Desire and Experience freedom to dwell in the eastern most end of the house and have use of the chimney.  His son Ebenezer received 8 acres of land, 4 acres adjacent to John Hallet and Major Thacher.  The other four were to be in the land above the highway.  He also received part of his creek thatch land.  All the rest of his land and meadow was to be equally divided between his sons Joseph and Isaac.  He distributed his guns to sons Ebenezer and Isaac.  His gold ring and cane went to Joseph.  Mary Bacon received a small gold ring. The rest of his movable estate went to sons John and Benjamin and his four daughters.

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1. Elizabeth Hawes

Elizabeth’s husband Thomas Daggett was born 1658 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass. His parents were Thomas Daggett and Hannah Mayhew. Thomas died 25 Aug 1726 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.

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2. Mary Hawes

Mary’s husband John Bacon was born Jun 1661 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel Bacon and Hannah Mayo. After Sarah died 5 Mar 1726, he married 28 Sep 1726 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass to Sarah Doty (b. 9 Jun 1666   Plymouth  – d. 16 Aug 1749 Plymouth) John died 20 Aug 1731 in Barnstable, Mass.

John Bacon was a lawyer.  He became a judge on the Court of Common Pleas and held other offices.

3. Edmund Hawes

Edmund’s wife Eliony Lumber was born in 1670. There is no further information about her, though Lumber is a valid surname found in Somerset

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4. John Hawes

John’s first wife Mary Edmund was born 1687 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. Mary died 26 Nov 1723.

John’s second wife Mary Mason was born 12 Dec 1682 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Noah Mason and Sarah Fitch. After John died, she married 17 Aug 1728 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. to John Dexter (b. 1673 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island – d. 22 Apr 1734 in Providence) Mary died 1754 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Children of John and Mary Edmund

i. Edmund Hawes b. 1702 in Yarmouth, Plymouth, Mass; m1. 8 May 1722 in Providence, Rhode Island to Mary Hawkins (b. 11 Dec 1690 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island – d.  btw. 6 Mar 1733 and 14 Sep 1733)  Mary’s parents were Edward Hawkins and Anne [__?__].  Edmund and Mary had three children born between 1723 and 1727.

m2. 1738 to Susanna Pinckney of North Carolina.   Edmund and Susanna had one child Edmund (b. 1740)

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ii. John Hawes b. ~1704 in Rhode Island; m. 31 Jan 1723 in North Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island to Mary [__?__] John and Mary had three children born between 1725 and 1730

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5. Joseph HAWES (See his page)

6. Jabez Hawes

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7. Capt. Ebenezer HAWES (See his page)

8. Isaac Hawes

Isaac’s wife Bethia Howes was born in 1680 in Yarmouth, Mass. Her parents were our ancestors Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. . After Isaac died, she married after 11 Apr 1741 to John Smith and then 16 Nov 1743 in Harwich, Mass to Rev Joseph Lord of Chatham Bethia died 7 Jul 1748 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.

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Children of Isaac and Bethia:

i.  Bethia Hawes b. Jul 1701 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; m. 1721 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Maziah Harding (b. 1692 in Chatham – d 31 Mar 1760 in Chatham) Maziah’s parents were Joseph Harding (1667 – 1745) and Dinah Hedges (1663 – 1739). Bethia and Maziah had twelve children born between 1723 and 1742.

m2. 26 Dec 1763 in Chatham to Thomas Nickerson (b. 24 Dec 1696 in Chatham – d. d: 1766 in Barnstable) His parents were Thomas Nickerson Sr.. (1670 – 1736) and Mary Bangs (1671 -1745) Thomas first married 16 May 1716 in Chatham to Lydia Covell (1701 – 1750) and had five children born between 1718 and 1729.

ii. Isaac Hawes b. 1703 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. Dec 1785 Warren, Mass; m. 1738 in Chatham to Hannah Tucker (b. Sep 1714 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 2 Feb 1792 in Warren, CT) Hannah’s parents were Samuel Tucker (1683 1765) and Hannah Mayo (1686 – 1765) Isaac and Hannah had six children born between 1740 and 1760.

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iii Thankful Hawes b Mar 1705 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; m. 6 Mar 1724 to Moses Young (b. 15 Nov 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 24 Sep 1725 in Plymouth, Mass) Moses’ parents were Henry Young (1672 – 1706) and Sarah Snow (1673 – 1746)

iv. John Hawes b. 22 Jan 1707 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 3 Feb 1779 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 1735 in Chatham to Abigail Doane (b. 28 Mar 1708 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 22 Jan 1766 in Chatham) Abigail’s parents were Thomas Doane (1674 – 1756) and Patience Mulford (1674 – 1744 )John and Abigail had one child Bethia (b. 1742)

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v. Desire Hawes b. 14 Jan 1709 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1766 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 1747 to David Collins (b. 20 Apr 1715 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d.10 Jul 1766); David’s parents were John Collins (1674 – 1765) and Hannah Doane (1669 – 1765). Desire and David had three children born between 1747 and 1749.

vi. Jeremiah Hawes b 5 Apr 1711 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 8 Jan 1747

vii. Patience Hawes b. 1712 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. Jun 1793; m. [__?__] Hunt and had a son. Her husband died and she married again and moved away.

viii. Hannah Hawes b. 1714 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 May 1763; m1. 21 Feb 1750 to John Slater; m2. 15 Nov 1760 James Ryder; If Hannah married James Ryder she died before May 5, 1763 when he made his will not mentioning a surviving wife.

m3. 8 Mar 1766 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to Nathaniel Merrick (b. 23 Feb 1715 in Harwich – d. 13 Aug 1743) His parents were Benjamin Merrick (1665 – 1749) and Rebecca Doane (1672 – 1722) Nathaniel first married 12 Nov 1741 in Harwich to Thankful Lincoln (1716 – 1754) and had seven children born between 1742 and 1753. Next he married 2 Oct 1755 in Harwich to Elizabeth Snow (1724 – bef. 1766) and had at least one more child Samuel (b. 1761)

ix. Sarah Hawes b. 31 May 1719 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 7 Apr 1788 Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 29 Sep 1743 in Chatham to Cornelius Higgins (b. 21 Jul 1722 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d.14 Oct 1803 in Haddam) Cornelius’ parents were Ebenezer Higgins (1701 – 1778) and Abigail Cole (1705 – 1771). Sarah and Cornelius had nine children born between 1744 and 1763. After Sarah died, Cornelius married 1788 in East Haddam to Mary Smith (1720 – )

9. Desire Hawes

Desire’s first husband Josiah Hatch was born 30 May 1680 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Samuel Hatch and Mary Doty. Josiah died 12 Jan 1715 in Rochester, Plymouth, Mass

Desire’s second husband John Cowing was born 10 Jul 1662 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were John Cowing and Rebecca Mann. He first married 1688 in Scituate, Mass to Deborah Litchfield. John died Dec 1729 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass.

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10. Benjamin Hawes

Benjamin’s wife Dorcas Smith was born 1687 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass. Her parents were Benjamin Smith and Jedidah Mayhew. After Benjamin died in 1722, she married 22 Dec 1724 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Mass to John Worth (b. 19 May 1666 in Nantucket, Mass. d. 11 Feb 1732 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.) Dorcas died 4 Aug 1730 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.

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Children of Benjamin and Dorcas

i. Experience Hawes b. 14 Nov 1706 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass

ii. Jedidah Hawes b. 30 Jul 1709 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass

iii.Benjamin Hawes b. 25 Apr 1712 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass

iv. Samuel Hawes b. 25 Feb 1717/18 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass

v. Shubael Hawes b Aug 1720/21 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. 12 Mar 1722

vi.  Shubael Hawes b 22 Dec 1722 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass after the death of his father

11. Experience Hawes

Experience’s first husband Lt. Ebenezer Sprout was born May 1676 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Robert Sprout and Elizabeth Sampson. Ebenezer died 28 Sep 1726 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass

Experience’s second husband Francis Miller was born 11 Jan 1703 in Middleboro, Mass. His parents were John Miller and Lydia Coombs. Francis died 1747 in Middleboro, Mass.

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Experience Hawes – Headstone Cemetery on The Green – INSCRIPTION: “In Memory of Mrs. Experence Miller Widow of Mr. Francis Miller Formerly Wife of Lieut. Ebenezer Sproat Died Nov 9th In her 74th Year”


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Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: an emigrant to America in 1635, his ancestors, including the allied families of Brome, Colles, Greswold, Porter, Rody, Shirley and Whitfield; and some of his descendants  1914

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Deacon Joseph Hawes

Deacon Joseph HAWES (1673 – 1752) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Deacon Joseph Hawes was born on 16 July 1673 at Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony . His parents were  Capt John HAWES and Desire GORHAM. He married Mary HOWES , before 1696. He married his second wife, Berthia Hall on 21 Mar 1729/30 in Harwick Mass.  He married a third time to Sarah Howes on 7 Jun 1746 in Harwich Mass.  Joseph died at sea, on 16 Nov 1752.

Joseph Hawes – Ancient Cemetery,  Yarmouth Port, Barnstable –
“Here Lyes Buries ye Body of Deacon Joseph Hawes who Departed this Life Novbr ye 16th 1752 in ye 80 Year of this Age” 
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Mary Howes was born about 1672. in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Sometimes called Mercy.  Her parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Mary died 10 Jan 1728/29, possibly at sea, and was buried in Yarmouth, Mass.

That his first wife was Mary Howes, daughter of Jeremiah Howes and grand-daughter of Governor Thomas Prence, appears from a deed (recorded in Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, vol. 2 9, p. 121), dated Sept. 27, 1734, in which he, described as gentleman, with his wife Bethiah and his children, conveys to Cornelius Bennett all the right of his late wife Mary in and to lands and meadow in Bridgewater and Middleborough that had belonged to Gov. Prence.

Mary Howes Hawes – Headstone – Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port, Barnstable
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Berthia Hall was born 1672 in Massachusetts.  Her parents were Gershom Hall (1648 – 1732)and Bethia Bangs. She first married 5 Jan 1690 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass to Kenelm Winslow (b, 9 Aug 1668 in Marshfield, Mass – d. 20 Mar 1729 in Barnstable, Mass).  Berthia and Kenelm had eight children born between 1691 and 1715.  She married on 21 Mar 1729/30 in Harwick Mass. to Joseph HAWES . “Joseph Hews of Yarmoutha and Bethiah Winslow of Harwich.”  Berthia died 8 Sep 1745 in Barnstable, Mass.

Sarah Howes was born 29 Oct 1673 in Yarmouth, Mass.  Her parents were Capt. Thomas Howes.  Her grandparents were our ancestors Thomas HOWES Sr  and Sarah BANGS.  She first married 19 May 1692 in Eastham, Mass to Stephen Hopkins (b. 15 Jul 1670 in Mass – d. 9 Apr 1733 in Brewster, Mass)  Sarah and Stephen had ten children born between 1694 and 1714.   She married 7 Jun 1746 in Harwich Mass. to JOSEPH HOWES.  Sarah died 25 May 1752 in Harwich, Mass.

Children of Joseph and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Sarah Hawes 1 Apr 1696 Yarmouth, Mass Thomas Hallett (Son of Jonathan HALLETT)
9 Apr 1719
31 Jan 1720
2. Elizabeth Hawes 5 Nov 1697 Yarmouth Jonathan Sears
29 Jun 1721
8 Jan 1748/49
Harwich, Mass.
3. Edmund Hawes 13 Jun 1699
Mary Paine
11 Oct 1729 Barnstable
11 May 1762
Barnstable, Mass
4. Thomas HAWES I 16 May 1701
Thankful GORHAM
2 Jul 1730
Barnstable, Mass
10 Jan 1729
5. Joseph Hawes 12 Jan 1702/03
Yarmouth, Mass
Desire Hallett
20 Jul 1732 Yarmouth
16 Feb 1759
6. Mary Hawes 23 Mar 1703/04
David Parker
24 Sep 1732
12 Feb 1737/38
7. Temperance Hawes 31 Dec 1705
Barnstable, Mass
Ebenezer Gorham
(son of James GORHAM Sr. & Thankful’s uncle)
22 Sep  1727
21 Feb 1767 Barnstable
8. David Hawes 10 Oct 1707 Yarmouth Elizabeth Cobb
10 Mar 1736/37 Barnstable
17 Jun 1752
9. Prince Hawes 29 Dec 1709 Yarmouth Ann Hedge
(daughter of our ancestor John HEDGE)
17 Jul 1735
8 Dec 1771 Yarmouth
10. Thankful Hawes 16 Apr 1712 Yarmouth Thomas Annable
19 Oct 1732 Yarmouth
7 Nov 1739
11. Desire Hawes 1714
7 Mar 1715 Yarmouth

1713-1714 Representative in the Legislature
1729-1736 Yarmouth town clerk and treasurer.

5 May 1692 -Joseph  was mentioned in the will of his grandfather Edmund HAWES.

I do give and bequeath to my Grandson Joseph Hawes six acres of of my Land (to be laid forth to him at marriage or full age which shall first happen) so as it may Liy next to Capt. Thachers or John Hallets Land and Abut up on ye highway and also ye one halfe of my Island of Sedg or crick thatch Land which Lyies in ye Lone tree crick the which sd Island being divided in too equal devitions my son John Hawes to have his choice first: And also I do give to ye sd Joseph priviledg to driy thatch upon that meadow at Lone tree; And also I do give to ye sd Joseph one acre of my meadow where his father shall see cause to lay it forth to him; all which sd six acres of Land and half of sd Island priviledg of drying thatch and one acre of meadow I do give to him ye sd Joseph Hawes his heirs and assignes for ever.(Edmund Hawes, page 131, 140)

15 Oct 1701 –   Capt John HAWES left a will,  proved Nov. 19, 1701, in which he mentions his sons John, Joseph, Ebenezer, Isaac and Benjamin, and his daughters Elizabeth Dogget, Mary Bacon, Desire and Experience Hawes. He named his sons Joseph and Isaac as executors.(Edmund Hawes, page 148-149)

1712 – At the division of the common lands he received 28 shares out of a total of 3118 distributed among 150 or 160 individuals or interests.

25 May 1752 – He left a will (9 Barn. Prob. Recs. 34). The inventory of his estate amounted to £373 18s. 4 1/2d., including lands and houses to the value of £284 (Ib. 38).

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1. Sarah Hawes

Sarah’s husband Thomas Hallett was born 1691 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were our ancestors Jonathan HALLETT and Abigail DEXTER.  He was married four times and died 10 Apr 1772 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. at the age of 81

  1. Sarah died 31 Jan 1720 after less than a year of marriage in the birth of their first child.
  2. After Sarah died, he married 8 Feb 1722 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. to Hannah Gray (b. 1693 in Harwich, Mass – d. 6 Feb 1750 in Yarmouth, Mass.)
  3. After Hannah died, he married a third time 19 Aug 1750 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass to Desire Gorham (26 Aug 1710 in Yarmouth, Mass – d. Dec 1767 in Yarmouth) Desire’s parents were John Gorham and Anne Brown and her grandparents were James GORHAM Sr. and Hannah HUCKINS.
  4. After Desire died, he married a fourth and final time 5 Jan 1769 in Yarmouth, Mass to Mary Gorham (b. 19 Jul 1719 in Barnstable, Mass – d. 2 Jun 1795 in Yarmouth). Mary’s parents were James GORHAM Jr. and Mary JOYCE. 

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.

INSCRIPTION: “Here Lyes ye Body of Mrs. Sarah Hallet Wife of Mr. thomas hallet who Died jan ye 31 1719/[20

Child of Thomas and Sarah

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

2. Elizabeth Hawes

Elizabeth’s husband Jonathan Sears was born 3 Sep 1693 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Samuel Sears (1664 – 1742) and  Mercy Mayo (1664 – 1749). Jonathan died 3 Sep 1738 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass

John Sears was appointed administrator of the estate of Jonathan Sears, deceased ; and Daniel Hall, Judah Sears and Ebenezer Paddock, rendered an Inventory Oct. 26, 1738 ; Real Estate, £ 575. Personal Estate, £ 374 18 0.

He “left widow and four children.” His widow Elizabeth was appointed Guardian to Jonathan, Joseph and Sarah, Mar. 12, 1742.

Mar 10 1748 – When Elizabeth died 8 Jan 1748,Joseph Sears of Harwich administered her estate and was appointed guardian of Prince and Sarah.

Jan 28 1757 – The estate of Jonathan Sears was divided by. Daniel Hall, Elisha Bassett, Theo. Crosby and Joseph Howes Jr., who set off to the eldest son Jonathan, deceased; to Joseph, and to Prince ; the widow and other children being then all deceased.

Joseph Howes in his will 1752, names ” Jonathan, Joseph and Prince Sears, sons of my daughter Elizabeth Sears.”

Sears Cemetery – INSCRIPTION: “Here Lyes Buried Ye Bodyof Mrs. Elizabeth Sears Wife of Mr. Jonathan Sears Who Departed this Life Janry 8th AD 1748 in Ye 52d Year of Her Age”

Children of Elizabeth and Jonathan:

i. David Sears b. 2 Sep 1722 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. infancy.

ii. David Sears b. 26 Mar 1724 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. young.

iii. Jonathan Sears b. 9 Sep 1725 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Dec 1752 W Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.; Burial: Sears Cemetery East Dennis; m. 29 Jun 1749 in Harwich to his first cousin Priscilla Sears (b. 31 Dec 1730 in Harwich – d. 12 Apr 1819 in Brewster) Priscilla’s parents were Seth Sears (1703 – ) and Priscilla Ryder (1707 – ). Jonathan and Priscilla had two children Jonathan (b. 1752) and Elizabeth (b. 1752).

Priscilla was admitted in the 2nd Church of Yarmouth on May 19, 1751. After Jonathan died, she married 11 Apr 1754 Yarmouth to Deacon John Sears (1712 – 1791) John Sears had ten children by his first wife Deborah Crowell (1720 – 1753) born between 1739 and 1752 and seven more children by Priscilla born between 1755 and 1772 for a total of seventeen. John was chosen deacon, Feb. 29, 1768, which office he held until his death ; was a prominent man in church, and precinct affairs, for many years chosen moderator, assessor, and on prudential committee.

Jonathan Sears of Harwich, mariner, made his will Mar. 28, 1752, ” being then very sick;” wife Priscilla and brother Joseph, Executor ; mentions his children, but not by name.

Feb 6 1753 – Jonathan’s filed Feb. 6, 1753, amounting to £ 128 12 0.

Nov 23 1757 – John Sears was appointed guardian of Jonathan and Elizabeth

7 Jan 1815 – Widow Priscilla Sears made her will naming daughters Elizabeth Hall (by her first marriage), Bethia Sears, Lucy Hall, and Kezia Sears, and grand-children, sons and daus. of Jonathan Sears, deceased, Jonathan, Asarelah, Abigail and Clarinda; and Lydia Sears, daughter of Rev. Freeman Sears, deceased; and daughters oi Seth Sears, Hephsibeth Gibson, Priscilla and Belinda Soars, Herdphebah (sic) Sears, and sons, Luther and Mark.

iv. Joseph Sears b. May 1728 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 14 Mar 1758 West Brewster, Barnstable, Mass.

Unmarried, though marriage intentions of Joseph Sears and Tabithy Kendrick, were published Jan 19, 1754, but she m. Theo. Hopkins. The will of Joseph Sears of Yarmouth late of Rochester, dated Feb. 5, 1758/59, makes his brother Prince, sole heir and executor— mentions Jonathan and Elizabeth, children of deceased brother Jonathan.

Here lies the Body of
son of Mr JONATHAN &
who Died March ye
14th 1758 in ye 30th
Year of his Age

v. Mary Sears bapt. 12 Jul 1730 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. Young

vi. Sarah Sears b. 28 Jul 1731 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 16 Dec 1749 Harwich

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Sarah Sears Gravestone — Sears Cemetery East Dennis
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vii. Prince Sears b. 1732 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Oct 1732 Harwich

viii. Nathan Sears, b. 25 Sep 1733 Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; bap. Sep. 30; d. young.

ix. Prince Sears b. 13 Apr 1735 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass; d. 25 Feb 1829 in Brewster, Barnstable, Mass; m. 17 Jun 1758 Barnstable to Betsy Hall (16 May 1738 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1 Jul 1818 in Brewster) Betsy’s parents were Joseph Hall (1697 – 1772) and Rebekah Sears (1701 – 1791).  Prince and Betsy had two children Sarah (b. 1758) and Joseph (b. 1764).

12 Jun 1760 – Elizabeth, wife of Prince Sears, was admitted to full communion in the Harwich Church

21 Mar 1786 – Prince Sears was appointed Pound-keeper.

Prince’s will, dated Brewster, 1829, names wife Betsy, son Joseph, and grand-children, Ezra Sears and Rebecca Gray. Joseph was appointed Executor.

Prince Sears Gravestone -- Sears  emetery  East Dennis Barnstable, Plot: #33 Find A Grave Memorial# 39184932

Prince Sears Gravestone — Sears Cemetery East Dennis Barnstable, Plot: #33
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3. Edmund Hawes

Edmund’s wife Mary Paine was born 13 Aug 1700 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. her parents were James Paine (1665 – 1728) and Bethiah Thacher (1671 – 1734). She first married 11 Oct 1723 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Nathaniel Freeman (b. 7 May 1698 in Barnstable, Mass – d. 2 Dec 1727 in Barnstable) and had three children, the youngest Nathaniel was born four months after his father’s death. Mary died 17 Jun 1775 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass

Children of Edmund and Mary:

i. Sarah Hawes b. 26 Mar 1733 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 12 Jun 1754 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass

ii. Mary Hawes b. 11 Aug 1735 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 25 Feb 1754 Barnstable

iii. Edmund Hawes b. 26 Jul 1738 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Jun 1777 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass; m. 19 Jun 1766 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass to Hannah Snow (b. 28 Jul 1740 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.) Hannah’s parents were Jabez Snow (1696 – 1760) and Elizabeth Paine (1702 – )

After Edmund died, Hannah married Truro, Dedham, Mass to John Avery (b. 27 Oct 1743 in Dedham, Mass. – d. 24 Apr 1819. Hannah and John had four children.

4. Thomas HAWES I (See his page)

5. Joseph Hawes

Joseph’s wife Desire Hallett was born 21 Apr 1714 in Yarmouth, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Andrew Hallett (1684 – 1751) and Mehitable Annable (1695 – 1767). Desire died 24 Feb 1798 in Yarmouth, Plymouth, Mass.

Desire had one sibling, Stephen. Her nephew Joseph was lost at sea with Howes Taylor. Her nephew Levi was also lost at sea. Her nephew Stephen married Desire Hall and had Susan and Mercy. He drank to excess, spent the large estate devised to him by his father, and died a town-pauper.

Children of Joseph and Desire:

i. Desire Hawes b. 22 Sep 1735 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 2 Mar 1736 Yarmouth

ii. Hannah Hawes b. 2 May 1737 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

6. Mary Hawes

Mary’s husband David Parker was born 17 Feb 1700 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Daniel Parker (1670 – 1728) and Mary Lombard (1669 – 1744).  After Mary died in 1737, David married Mercy Crosby  1703 –   1785) David died 24 Jun 1788 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.  David and Mercy had four more children born between 1740 and 1747.

Mary Hawes Parker Gravestone

Mary Hawes Parker Gravestone Find A Grave Memorial# 5763129


David Parker Gravestone

David Parker Gravestone — West Barnstable Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial# 5763091

Children of Mary and David:

i. Mary Parker b. 18 Feb 1734 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. ; m. 5 Jun 1755 in Barnstable to James Childs (b. 22 Apr 1725 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass – d. 03 Apr 1772  Barnstable) James’ parents were James Childs Sr. (1694 – 1779) and Elizabeth Crocker (1702 – ). Mary and James had five children born between 1756 and 1767.

ii. Dr. Daniel Parker b. 25 Mar 1735 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d.  Feb 1809 Barnstable ; burial: West Barnstable Cemetery;  m. 22 Jan 1768 Barnstable to Mercy Jenkins (b. 25 May 1737 in Barnstable – d. 24 Sep 1812 in Barnstable) Mercy’s parents were Joseph Jenkins (1703 – 1793) and Mercy Howland (1710 – 1760) Daniel and Mercy had seven children born between 1769 and 1782.

“Dr. Daniel Parker’s house was near the present Barnstable town house.

Sacred to the memory of
Dr Daniel Parker
who died February 18th 1809
in his 75 year

Remember me as you pass by
For as you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Therefore prepare to follow me

iii. Patience Parker b. 3 Mar 1736 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 27 Oct 1737 Barnstable

Children of James and Mercy Crosby:

iv. David Parker b. 31 Aug 1740

v. Ebenezer Parker b. 6 Mar 1741/42

vi. Elisha Parker b. 30 Jan 1743/44

vii. James Parker b 28 Sep 1747–

7. Temperance Hawes

Temperance’s husband Ebenezer Gorham was born 14 Feb 1695/96 Scituate, Mass.   He was Thankful’s youngest uncle and his parents were our ancestors James GORHAM Sr. and Hannah HUCKINS.  Ebenezer died 16 Nov 1776, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Temperance and Ebenezer:

i. Ebenezer Gorham b. 7 Aug 1729 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1772 Lost at Sea; m1. 21 Dec 1752 Barnstable to Mary Thacher (b. 7 Mar 1732 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1764 in Barnstable) Mary’s parents were Lot Thacher ( – 1732) and Rebecca Keen (1709 – 1775)

m2. 6 Dec 1764 in Plymouth to Hope Carver (b. 19 Feb 1739 in Plymouth – d. 7 Jun 1765 in Barnstable) Hope’s parents were Isaac Carver and Mary [__?__]

m3. 16 Jul 1767 in Yarmouth to Hannah Hall Doane (b. 1731 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 3 Oct 1810 in Barnstable) Hannah’s parents were Reuben Doane (1705 – 1737) and Sarah Haugh (1713 – 1756). Ebenezer and Hannah had one child Hannah (b. 1768)

ii. Prince Gorham b 14 Mar 1731 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 Dec 1804 Norwell, Mass; m. 22 Apr 1756 in Barnstable to Abigail Gorham (b 1 Jun 1732 in Barnstable – d. 3 Aug 1765 in Barnstable) Abigail’s parents were John Gorham (1688 – 1769) and Prudence Crocker (1692 – 1779). Prince and Abigail had one child, Sarah, (b. 1762)

m2. 15 Nov 1767 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass to Desire Clapp (b. 13 May 1741 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 20 Aug 1813 in Barnstable) Desire’s parents were Nathaniel Clapp (1709 – 1783) and Desire Bourne (1718 – 1786). Prince and Desire had four children born between 1769 and 1779

iii. Hannah Gorham b. 16 Apr 1733 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 5 Apr 1765 Barnstable; m. 16 May 1754 in Barnstable to her second cousin Thomas Gorham (b. 13 Aug 1723 in Barnstable – d. 3 Sep 1795 in Barnstable) Thomas’ parents were Job Gorham (1692 -1753) and Desire Dimmock (1696 – 1732) His grandparents were John Gorham and Mary Otis and his great grandparents were Capt. John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND. Hannah and Thomas had eight children born between 1754 and 1765. After Hannah died, Thomas married later that year to Mrs. Rebecca Jones of Yarmouth.

During the latter part of his life, he was blind. He was a man of sound judgment and of industrious habits. After he became blind, he performed many kinds of labor which others in his situation would not have attempted. Timothy Swinerton as a boy lived with him. Mr. Gorham, instead of having the boy to lead him, put the boy on his horse and taking the crupper in his hand, walked behind the horse. When walking alone, he kept his cane in constant motion before him.

iv. Mary Gorham b 16 Jun 1735 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 26 Dec 1775 Gorham, Cumberland, Maine

v Sarah Gorham b. 22 May 1737 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

vi Thankful Gorham b 22 Apr 1739 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1802  Barnstable; m. 3 May 1759 in Barnstable to Josiah Davis (b. 19 Feb 1722 in Barnstable – d. 8 Feb 1824 in Gorham, Maine) Josiah’s parents were John Davis (1681 – 1739) and Mehitable Dimmock (1686 – 1775). Thankful and Josiah had nine children born between 1758 and 1780.

After Thankful died, Josiah married 25 Nov 1802 in Gorham, Maine to Martha Hill. He may have married a third time to Thankful Matthews

vii. Temperance Gorham b 20 May 1744 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 26 Nov 1824 Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; m. 7 Feb 1765 in Barnstable to Jonathan Sturgis (b 9 Aug 1743 in Barnstable – d. 11 May 1834 in Gorham, Cumberland, Maine) Jonathan’s parents were Nathaniel Sturgis (1714 – 1770) and Abigail Cobb (1711 – 1772) Temperance and Jonathan had twelve children born betweenn 1766 and 1790.

viii. Silvanus Gorham b.. 17 Jul 1746 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 29 May 1805 Barnstable; m. 19 Mar 1768 in Barnstable to Anna Gorham (b. 17 Jul 1748 in Barnstable – d. 27 Oct 1811 in Barnstable) Silvanius and Anna had thirteen children born between 1769 and 1793

Silvanus Gorham Gravestone  [-- Cobb's Hill Cemetery  Barnstable Find A Grave Memorial# 22084305

Silvanus Gorham Gravestone [– Cobb’s Hill Cemetery Barnstable
Find A Grave Memorial# 22084305

8. David Hawes

David’s wife Elizabeth Cobb was born 18 Apr 1718 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were James Cobb (1673 – 1757) and Elizabeth Hallett (1679 – 1759). Elizabeth died 14 Sep 1768 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of David and Elizabeth:

i. David Hawes b. 20 Sep 1740 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d 14 Dec 1803 Yarmouth; m. 26 Mar 1766 in Yarmouth to Anna Bray ( b. 25 Feb 1746 in Yarmouth – d. 9 Oct 1826 in Yarmouth) Anna’s parents were Thomas Bray and Mercy Crowell (1704 – 1786). David and Anna had seven children born between 1767 and 1789.

ii. Elizabeth Hawes b. 28 Mar 1742 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1805 Waterville, Maine; m. 30 Dec 1762 in Yarmouth to Lemuel C Crowell (b. 16 Mar 1733 in Yarmouth – d. 1787) Lemuel’s parents were Thomas Crowell (1694 – 1762) and Experience Crowell (1694 – ) Elizabeth and Lemuel had eight children born between 1764 and 1786.

Crowell, Lemuel. Private, Capt. Lot Crowell’s co., Col. Nathaniel Freeman’s regt.; service, 6 days, on an alarm at Dartmouth and Falmouth in Sept., 1778.

9. Prince Hawes

Prince’s wife Ann Hedge was born 9 Dec 1716 Yarmouth, Mass.  Her parents were John HEDGE and Thankful LOTHROPAnn died 4 Mar 1782 Yarmouth, Mass.

Prince graduated at Harvard College in 1728. He was one of the selectmen of Yarmouth for 11 years from 1756 and town clerk and treasurer for five years from 1765. He also served as school master for the town.

A glimpse of Prince in his old age is provided by his grandson Deacon Joseph Hawes about 1838 when speaking about the educational facilities of Yarmouth a little before the Revolutionary War “At that time I lived with my aged grandfather, who had a liberal education, but in low circumstances. I could learn more in his corner with my pine candle, in one evening than I could in school in one week.”

INSCRIPTION: “Here lies Buried Mr. Prince Hawes Who decd Decm Ye 8th 1771 Aged___”

Children of Prince and Thankful:

i. Prince Hawes b. 15 Apr 1736 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 14 Dec 1767 Lost at Sea  Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia.; m. 2 Apr 1757 in Yarmouth to Elizabeth Hallett (b. 25 Apr 1734 in Yarmouth – d. 19 Mar 1764 in Yarmouth) Elizabeth’s parents were Joseph Hallett (b. 1690 – ) and Abigail Thacher (1699 – 1768). Prince and Elizabeth had three children born between 1758 and 1763.

m2. 17 Oct 1765 in Yarmouth to Sarah Thacher (b. 17 Aug 1737 in Yarmouth – d. 7 Aug 1773 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass.) Sarah’s parents were Judah Thacher (1693 – 1775) and Sarah Crosby (1702 – ). Prince and Sarah had one more child, Anna (b. 1766) After Prince died, Sarah married 27 Nov 1771 in Yarmouth to Thomas Palmer (1738 – 1775)

ii. Anna Hawes b. 29 Jun 1739 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Apr 1765 Yarmouth

iii. Simeon Hawes b. 22 Mar 1745 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 4 May 1791; m. 1768 to Bethiah Matthews (b. 22 Mar 1749 in Yarmouth – d. Jul 1796 in Yarmouth) Simeon and Bethiah had nine children born between 1769 and 1789.

iv Baby Hawes b. 18 Jul 1746 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 31 Aug 1746 Yarmouth

10. Thankful Hawes

Thankful’s husband Thomas Annable was born 21 Jun 1708 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Samuel Annable (1669 – 1744) and Patience Daggett (1670 – 1760). Thankful and Thomas did not have children.

After Thankful died Thomas married 7 Aug 1740 in Barnstable to Anne Gorham (1717 – 1748) Thomas and Anne had four children born between 1741 and 1747. After Anne died, he married 26 Mar 1748 in Barnstable to Abigail Dimmock (1714 – 1788) and had three more children born between 1747 and 1753. Thomas died 6 Dec 1798 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass Burial: Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Inscription: (From a 19th Century transcription)

“In memory of Mr. Thomas Annable, he died December ye 6th. 1798 in his 91st year.”


Wing Family of America – Joseph Hawes

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World Connect Search – Joseph Hawes 1673

Edmond Hawes and his American descendants: Edmond Hawes (1608-1683) of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and some of his American descendants through thirteen generations Gateway Press, 2000

Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: an emigrant to America in 1635, his ancestors, including the allied families of Brome, Colles, Greswold, Porter, Rody, Shirley and Whitfield; and some of his descendants (Google eBook) 1914


The descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888. With an appendix, containing some notices of other families by the name of Sears (1890) By Samuel Pearce May (1828- )


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Thomas Hawes I

Thomas HAWES (1701 –  1747) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation in the Shaw line.

Thomas Hawes I was born at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, on 16 May 1701. He was the son of Joseph HAWES and Mary HOWES.  He married  Thankful  GORHAM at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1730. Thomas died 28 Jan 1747 – Yarmouth, Mass.

Thankful Gorham was born at Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, on 25 May 1711. She was the daughter of James GORHAM II and Mary JOYCE.  After Thomas died, she married Steven Skifee 27 Jul 1749 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  After Stephen died, she married a third time to Deacon Gershom Davis 25 Mar 1758 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Thankful died at sea, before 8 Dec 1801 and is buried at  Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachutetts  .

Steven Skifee was born 4 Feb 1684/85 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were Steven Skiffee and Lydia Snow.   He first married 15 May 1698 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Sarah Lothrop. Steven died 4 Oct 1758 in Sandwich, Mass.

Steven’s wife Sarah Lothrop was born between 1677 and 1681 in Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Barnabas LOTHROP and Susanna CLARK.  Many sources say Sarah married 1 Sep 1702 in Barnstable, Mass to Elisha Hedge, her brother-in-law John HEDGE‘s  brother and son of Elisha HEDGE and Mary STURGIS .   Sarah died 14 May 1749 in Sandwich, Mass.

Many sources show Sarah, daughter of Barnabas Lathrop marrying either Elisha or Stephen, but these two sets of marriage facts are incompatible. Sarah couldn’t have been married to Stephen and Elisha at the same time.  Sarah’s death and Stephen’s remarriage in 1749 fits.   The 1702 marriage of Elisha Hedge and Mary Sturgis was recorded in Barnstable records and their siblings Thankful LOTHROP and John HEDGE married in 25 Jan 1699/1700.  I haven’t found children from either of these two marriages.

ONE guess is Sarah married Stephen after 1709 when Elisha died, not 1698 as is usually reported.  ANOTHER guess is Stephen married a first cousin also named Sarah Lathrop.  Stephen’s Sarah was born in 1681, not 1678 as is most usually ascribed to Barnabas’ Sarah.  Sarah’s gravestone reads: Buried in Old Burying Ground, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA. Her gravestone reads: “Here lies the body of Mrs. SARAH SKEFF wife to Stephen Skeff, Esq. who departed this life May ye 14th 1749 in the 69th year of her age.”.

Sarah Skeff Headstone –Wife to Stephen Skeff Esq In the 69th year of her age — Old Town Cemetery Sandwich, Barnstable County Mass

Deacon Gershom Davis was born 5 Sep 1702 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were Joseph Davis and  Hannah Cobb. He first married 23 Sep 1731 in Barnstable, Mass to Mary Hinckley (b. 12 Feb 1703 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1750 in Harwich) Gershom died 29 Apr 1790 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Thomas and Thankful:

Name Born Married Departed
1. James Hawes 2 Jul 1732 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass Rebecca Russell
20 Jun 1754 Yarmouth
27 Nov 1789 Yarmouth
2. Thomas HAWES II 22 Feb 1734 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, Desire HAWES
25 Jan 1759 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
Barnstable, Mass
3. Mary Hawes 1 Mar 1736 Yarmouth Thomas Allen
4 May 1758 Sandwich, Mass
4. Hannah Hawes 25 Mar 1738 Yarmouth Ebenezer Hawes (Son of Ebenezer HAWES)
15 Jun 1760 in Yarmouth,
19 Aug 1764 Yarmouth



1. James Hawes

James’ wife Rebeccah Russell was born 29 Aug 1734 in Andover, Mass. Her parents were Peter Russell and Deborah Crosby. Rebecca died 18 Apr 1815 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of James and Rebeccah:

i.Thankful Hawes b. 23 May 1756; m. 1783 to Josiah Matthews (b. 16 Jan 1759 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1790 in West Indies) Josiah’s parents were William Matthews and Abigail Atkins. Thankful and James had three children born between 1786 and 1790.

ii. Martha “Patty” Hawes b. 12 Feb 1759 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 13 Jul 1847 Yarmouth

iii. Luther Hawes b. 15 Aug 1761 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Hannah Hawes b. 29 Apr 1767 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 13 Aug 1850 (Age 86) Yarmouth; m. 3 May 1792 (Age 28) Yarmouth to John Custis (Curtis) (b. 1 Jan 1768 Accomack, Virginia – d. 9 Nov 1810 (Age 42) Yarmouth ) John’s father was Joseph Custis. Hannah and John had six children born between 1795 and 1804.

Hannah’s cousin Hannah Hawes (daughter of Ebenezer Hawes and Hannah Hawes, granddaughter of Ebenezer HAWES and Sarah HEDGE.) married 19 Sep 1805 in Yarmouth to John’s brother Thomas Custis (b. 25 Dec 1779 in Virginia)

v. Mehitable Hawes b. 7 Sep 1767 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass; d. 3 Dec 1825 Yarmouth

vi. Molly Hawes b. 28 Jan 1771; m. 5 Nov 1793 to Gorham Hall (b. 27 Jul 1772 in Yarmouth) Gorham’s parents were John Hall and Thankful Gorham. After Molly died, Gorham married 1807 to Hannah Matthews.

vii. Rebecca Hawes b. 28 Aug 1774 in Yarmouth; m. 22 Jun 1794 to Joshua Howland (b. 21 Jul 1772 in Yarmouth – d. 8 Dec 1813 in Yarmouth) Joshua’s parents were Benjamin Howland and Lydia Baker. Rebecca and Joshua had ten children born between 1795 and 1814.

2. Thomas HAWES II (See his page)

3. Mary Hawes

Mary’s husband Thomas Allen was born unknown. Thomas and Mary’s 1758 marriage was recorded in Barnstable Vital records, but I can find no more information on him.

4. Hannah Hawes

Hannah’s husband Ebenezer Hawes was born 16 Aug 1735 Yarmouth, Mass.  He was Hannah’s second cousin. His parents were Ebenezer HAWES and Sarah HEDGE.  He and Hannah shared great grandparents Capt. Ebenezer HAWES and Sarah NORTON.  Hannah died after only four years of marriage and Ebenezer married again 29 Jan 1770 Age: 34 in Yarmouth to Temperance Taylor (b. 28 Jul 1744 in Yarmouth). Ebenezer and Temporance had seven children born between 1771 and 1784. Ebenezer died 26 Jul 1808 in Yarmouth.


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Thomas Hawes II

Thomas HAWES (1734 – 1799) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas Hawes was born at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, on 22 Feb 1734. His parents were Thomas HAWES and Thankful GORHAM . He married  Desire  HAWES at Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, on 25 Jan 1759. Thomas died in 1799 in Barnstable, Mass.

Desire Hawes was born at sea, on 12 April 1740. She was the daughter of  Ebenezer HAWES II and Sarah HEDGE and was Thomas’ second cousin. It’s possible Desire was living in Vassalboro with her youngest son Solomon in the 1830 census when she would have been about 90 years old. A woman of about the right age was in Solomon’s household. (See below)

Children of Thomas and Desire:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Barnabas Hawes 1759 Married
2. Thomas Hawes 13 Nov 1761 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass Bathsheba Moore
3 Jan 1784
Hallowell, Maine
9 Feb 1834
Vassalboro, Maine
3. Isaac HAWES 14 May 1765
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, on
Tamzin WING
9 Mar 1794
Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA
16 May 1840
Vassalboro, Maine, on His body was interred at Vassalboro, at Riverside Grove Cemetery.
4. Sarah Hawes 31 Dec 1767 Yarmouth, Plymouth, Mass Joshua Shaw
17 Sep 1789
Cummington, Hampshire, Mass.
13 May 1850
Sullivan, Tioga, Pennsylvania,
5. Eli Hawes 13 Oct 1770 Yarmouth Freelove Springer
5 Feb 1798
Augusta, Maine
Martha Hutchinson
3 Aug 1828  Augusta, Maine
1856 – Vassalboro, Maine
6. Solomon Hawes 2 Oct 1773 Yarmouth Frances Mary Homons
4 May 1806
Vassalboro, Maine
Rebecca Simonton
21 Feb 1831 Vassalboro
7. Susannah Hawes 23 Sep 1776 Yarmouth



1. Barnabas Hawes

Child of Barnabas and [__?__]

i. Barnabas Hawes b. 1778; m. 25 Dec 1811 – Vassalboro, Kennebec, ME to Lucy Sturgis. Her parents were our ancestors Edward STURGIS and Mary BASSETT.

2. Thomas Hawes

Thomas’ wife Bathsheba Moore was born 15 Apr 1761 – Oxford, Worcester, Mass. Her parents were Nathan Moore and Sarah Town.
Children of Thomas and Bathsheba:

i. Ebenezer T Hawes b. 1785; m. Betsey Abbott

In the 1860 census, Ebenezer was a widower living in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine with Albert G Hawes (b. 1827), Sarah Hawes (b.1826) and Eliza A Hawes (b. 1824)

ii. Thomas Hawes b. 7 Nov 1787 Maine; d. 27 Dec 1874 – China, Kennebec, Maine; buried North Carmel Cemetery, Penobscot County, Maine, m. Nancy Ann Brown (b. 1790/ 1806 – d. 16 Dec 1852 in China, Kennebec, Maine)

In the 1860 census, Thomas was a widower living with his son Sumner and daughter-in-law Sarah J Freeman in China, Kennebec, Maine

Sumner Hawes, born in Windsor in 1829, is a son of Thomas Hawes, jun., who removed to Windsor from Vassalboro, where his father, Thomas Hawes, of Cape Cod, had settled. Mrs. Sumner Hawes is Sarah J., Reuben Freeman’s daughter, and has [1892] twin sons: Willis C. and Wilson F. Hawes.

iii. Sarah Hawes b. 1789 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; m. 13 Dec 1840 – Augusta, Maine to Joseph Dennison

In the 1870 census, Sarah was living with Wilbur F Chase in Unity, Waldo, Maine

iv. James Hawes b. 1 May 1791 in Vassalboro, Maine; d. 1852 in Troy, Maine; m. 20 Feb 1817 China, Kennebec, Maine to Bethia Trask (b. 19 May 1796 – d. 29 May 1867 – Troy, Maine)

v. Desire Hawes b. 27 Mar 1793; m. William Haskell; In the 1870 census, Desire was living with her son William Haskell in China, Kennebec, Maine.

vi. Ruth Hawes b. 1796; m. Joseph Dennison

vii. Hannah Hawes b. 1799 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine; d. 5 Sep 1854 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine

3. Isaac HAWES  (See his page)
4. Sarah Hawes

Sarah’s husband Joshua Shaw was born 24 Apr 1764, Abington, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Joshua Shaw and Mary Pratt. Joshua died 24 May 1842, Richmond, Tioga, Pennsylvania.

Sarah and Joshua moved to Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1811.

Alternatively, Sarah may have died 19 Nov 1846 in Vassalboro, Maine.

Children of Sarah and Joshua:

i. Rhoda Shaw b. 28 Nov 1790 in Plainfield or Sharon, Norfolk, Mass; d. 1890; m1. David Burley (b. 1782) His parents were Ebenezer Burley and Eunice [__?__]; m2. [__?__] Barnes It’s possible that their daughter Rhoda (b. ~1806) was the one to marry Mr. Barnes.

ii. Sarah “Sally” Shaw b. 25 Jul 1795 in Plainfield, Hampshire, Mass.; d. 1890; m. bef. 1830 to Rev. Nehemiah Hobart Ripley (b. 5 May 1771 in Massachusetts – d. 16 Sep 1847 in Richmond, Tioga, Pennsylvania. His parents were Noah Ripley (1749 – 1834) and Lydia Kent (1752 – 1840). He first married Lucy Ball.

REV. NEHEMIAH HOBART RIPLEY was born in Massachusetts, May 5, 1771, and removed to the vicinity of Albany, New York, whence he came to Tioga county, Pennsylvania, in 1815, and settled in Richmond township, on Corey creek, about a mile and a half east of Mansfield. Here, in 1836, he built a saw-mill, where the Elijah Pincheon Clark mill afterwards stood. Mr. Ripley was credited with being the first minister of the gospel to settle in Richmond township. Before coming to this county he married Lucy Ball, who bore him a family of eleven children. His second wife was Sally Shaw, a daughter of Joshua Shaw. Mr. Ripley was ordained a Baptist minister, and preached for that denomination nearly fifteen years, then became a Universalist, and continued to preach the doctrines of that faith until his death, September 16, 1847.

(Source: History of Tioga County, Pa., Meginess, John F., Chapter 64, pp. 1050-1107.)

iii. Vardis Shaw b. 22 Dec 1798 in Plainsfield, Mass. d. 24 Mar 1863 in Lambs Creek, Pennsylvania; m. 1852 to Eleanor Clark (b. 14 Sep 1802 in Wilbraham, Hampshire, Mass. – d. 2 Apr 1859 in Lambs Creek, Pennsylvania) Her parents were Seth Clark (1753 – 1833) and Eleanor Burr (1761 – 1838). Vardis and Eleanor had seven children born between 1821 and 1836.

In the 1850 census, Vardis was farming in Richmond, Tioga, Pennsylvania.

Another Advardus “Vardis” Shaw was the grandson of our ancestor John BRADLEY. This Vardis’ parents were John Shaw and Mary Bradley. He was born 25 Jul 1792; m. 1814 in Clinton, Kennebec, Maine to Mercy Chase (b. 28 Jul 1796) Advardus is a name unique to the Shaw family.

iv. Polly Shaw b. 29 Nov 1800 in Plainfield, Hampshire, Mass; d. 01 Jan 1880 in Richmond Township, Tioga, Pennsylvania; m. 23 Nov 1820 Tioga, PA to Elisha Cleveland (b. 7 Mar 1785 in Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass. – d. 23 Feb 1858 in Sullivan, Tioga, PA) His parents were Elisha Cleveland (1759 – 1821) and Ada(h) Clark (1759 – 1841). Polly and Elisha had ten children born between 1822 and 1844.

Elisha enlisted in the War of 1812 on 9 Jun 1814 and was discharged 31 Mar 1815. His widow drew a pension;

In the 1850 census, Elisha and Polly were farming in Sullivan, Tioga, Pennsylvania.

v. Rodney Cesar Shaw b. 25 Oct 1804 in Plainfield, Mass.; d. 1866 in Mansfield, Tioga, Pennsylvania; m. 23 Oct 1827 to Mary Ann Seelye (b. 3 Jul 1809 in New York – d. 7 Mar 1896 in Tioga, Pennsylvania,) Her parents were Isaiah Seelye and [__?__]. Rodney and Mary Ann had eleven children born between 1828 and 1851.

In the 1860 census, RC and Mary were farming near Cherry Flatts, Richmond, Tioga, Pennsylvania

vi. Deborah Shaw b. 1806 in Plainfield, Mass.; d. 1900

vii. Daniel Merrill Shaw b. 1808 in Mass.; d. 30 Apr 1884 in Sullivan, Tioga, Pennsylvania; m. 22 Jan 1835 to Jane Freeman Seaman (b. 8 Dec 1811 in Bradford, Pennsylvania – d. 11 Jan 1907) Jane’s parents were Gardner Seaman and Mercy Howe.

In the 1880 census, D M and Jane were farming in Sullivan, Tioga, Pennsylvania.

5. Eli Hawes

Eli’s first wife Freelove Springer was born 17 Nov 1777 in Augusta, Maine. Freelove died 9 Oct 1826 in Vassalboro, Maine

A Freelove Springer was born 16 Aug 1760 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Edward Springer and Freelove Almy. She married 19 Aug 1786 in Hall, Maine to James Lombard and had 8 children between 1787 and 1805. Freelove died 31 Aug 1829 in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine.

James Lombard was born 11 Jun 1761 in Barnstable, Mass. James died 18 May 1850 in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine. Perhaps James date of death is incorrect.

Eli’s second wife Martha Hutchinson was born in 1794 in Maine. She was twenty years younger than Eli.

In the 1860 census, Martha was widowed and living in Vasalboro, Maine.

Children of Eli and Freelove:

i. Elijah Hawes b. 10 Sep 1800 Buckfield, Cumberland, Maine; m. 4 Sep 1822 Hallowell, Kennebec to Sarah Bicknell (b.23 Apr 1796 in Buckfield, Cumberland, Maine) Her parents were Simeon Bicknell and Rebecca Irish

In the 1860 census, Eliiah was a mariner in Hallowell, Kennebec, Maine.

ii. William Augustus Hawes b. 26 Mar 1804 in Vassalboro, Maine; d. 13 Apr 1864; m. Sarah White (b. 1808 Maine – d. 26 May  1891 in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine )  Sarah’s parents were Aron White (1781 – 1863) and Sarah Smart (1774 – 1846).

In the 1850 census, William was a trader in Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, living with Sarah with no children at home.

iii. Charles Springer Hawes b. 27 Mar 1808; m. Louisa A. Gerrish (b. 1820 Maine)

In the 1880 census, Charles and Louisa were farming in Waterford, Camden, New Jersey.

iv. Fanny M. Hawes b. 5 Jan 1812 in Vassalboro, Maine; d. 10 Sep 1841

v. Louisa Ann Hawes b. 8 Jul 1814; m. Thomas Bellus. Wyman (b. 14 Feb 1813 – Kennebec, Maine; d. 24 Sep 1889 – Kents Hill, Kennebec, Maine) His parents were Ezekiel W Wyman (1777 – 1859) and Mary Brann (1780 – 1867).

In the 1860 census, Thomas and Louisa were farming in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine.

vi. George Washington Hawes b. 3 Jul 1817; m. 13 Dec 1845 – Lowell, Mass. to Jane W. Fernald

6. Solomon Hawes

Solomon’s first wife Frances Mary Homons was born

Solomon’s second wife Rebecca Simonton was a plaintiff for breach of promise in Kennebec County Supreme Judicial Court in Oct 1826, five years before her marriage to Solomon.

I found an unsourced record showing Rebecca Simonton marrying 1 Mar 1838 Vassalboro, Kennebec Co., Maine to John Woodman (b. 22 JAN 1813 in Cornville, Somerset Co., Maine) John’s parents were Joshua Woodman (1777 – 1855) and Sarah Fogg (1782 – 1860). John and Rebecca had five children between 1838 and 1853.

In the 1830 census, Solomon was living in Vassalboro, Maine with five people in his household

Himself Male 50 thru 59
1 Boy 10 to 14
1 Girl 10 to 14
1 Woman 40 to 49
1 Woman 80 to 89 (Perhaps his mother Desire)


Wing Family of America – Thomas Hawes

Wing Family of America – Desire Hawes



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Elder William Brewster

Elder William BREWSTER (1567 – 1644)  was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation.

Elder William Brewster on US Capital Dome

When the Mayflower colonists landed at Plymouth, Brewster became the senior elder of the colony, serving as its religious leader and as an adviser to Governor William Bradford.  As the only university educated member of the colony, Brewster took the part of the colony’s religious leader until a pastor, Ralph Smith, arrived in 1629.

Brewster, Mass. was first settled in 1656 as a northeastern parish of the town of Harwich, Massachusetts. The town separated from Harwich as the northern, more wealthy parish of Harwich in 1693, and was officially incorporated as its own town in 1803 when the less wealthy citizens of Harwich were upset that the town’s institutions were all on Brewster’s main street (Route 6A), including the town hall and churches. Brewster was named in honor of Elder William Brewster, the first religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony

William Brewster was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact

William Brewster was probably born 1566/7  in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, although no birth records have been found, and raised in Scrooby in north Nottinghamshire. He was the son of William BREWSTER and Mary SMYTHE (Simkinson).  He had a number of half-siblings. His paternal grandparents were William Brewster and Maud Mann. His maternal grandfather was Thomas Smythe. He married Mary WENTWORTH  in 1591 at England.  He was a Pilgrim colonist leader and preacher who reached what became the Plymouth Colony in the Mayflower in 1620. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Brewster, and his sons, Love Brewster [Isn’t that a great name?] and Wrestling Brewster [Wrestling with Faith?].  Son Jonathan joined the family in November 1621, arriving at Plymouth on the ship Fortune, and daughters Patience [I’m glad our ancestor was Patience instead of Fear ]and Fear arrived in July 1623 aboard the Anne. William Brewster died on 10 Apr 1644 and was likely buried in Plymouth, possibly upon Burial Hill.

An imaginary likeness of William Brewster. There is no known portrait of him from life.

Mary Wentworth was born about 1569 in Scooby, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were Thomas WENTWORTH and Grace GASCOIGNE.  Mary died 17 Apr 1627 at Plymouth, Mass.

Children of William and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Jonathan Brewster (Wiki) Scrooby
12 Aug  1593
Lucretia Oldham
10 Apr 1624
7 Aug 1659
Norwich, New London, CT
buried in Brewster’s Plain, Norwich, CT
2. Patience BREWSTER c. 1600
Gov Thomas PRENCE
5 Aug 1624
In 1634 during the outbreak of “pestilent feaver.”
3. Fear Brewster c. 1605  Scrooby Isaac ALLERTON
c.  1625
as his second wife
In 1634 during the outbreak of “pestilent feaver.”
4. Love Brewster c. 1607 Scrooby Sarah Collier (Daughter of William COLLIER)
15 May 1634
1650 in Duxbury. His name was recorded by a grandson as “Truelove.”
5. William Brewster Buried
20 Jun 1609 at St. Pancras, Leiden
6. Wrestling Brewster c. 1611
Leiden Holland
Unmarried Between 1627 and 1651

Early Life

Scrooby, England is where the Pilgrims were originally from.  It is  a small village, on the River Ryton and near Bawtry, in the northern part of the English county of Nottinghamshire. At the time of the 2001 census it had a population of 329.  Until 1766, it was on the Great North Road so became a stopping-off point for numerous important figures including Queen Elizabeth I and Cardinal Wolsey on their journeys. The latter stayed at the Manor House briefly, after his fall from favour.

Scrooby Manor was in the possession of the Archbishops of York. Brewster’s father, William Sr.,  had been the estate bailiff for the archbishop for thirty-one years from around 1580. With this post went that of postmaster, which was a more important one than it might have been if the village had not been situated on the Great North Road, as Scrooby was then.

The only remaining wing of the original Scrooby Manor House. William Brewster resided here and this is the place where the Pilgrims first met in secret following their separation from the Church of England.

William Jr. studied briefly at Peterhouse, Cambridge before entering the service of William Davison in 1584.   In 1585, Davison went to the Netherlands to negotiate an alliance with the States-General. In 1586, Davison was appointed assistant to Queen Elizabeth’s Secretary of State Francis Walsingham, but in 1587 Davison played a key functional role in the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and was made the scapegoat for this event in British history.


Cambridge was a centre of thought concerning religious reformism, but Brewster’s time in the Netherlands, in connection with Davison’s work, gave him opportunity to hear and see more of reformed religion. While, earlier in the sixteenth century, reformers had hoped to amend the Anglican church, by the end of it, many were looking toward a split.

On Davison’s disgrace, William returned to Scrooby. There, from 1590 to 1607, he held the position of postmaster. As such he was responsible for the provision of stage horses for the mails, having previously, for a short time, assisted his father in that office. By the 1590s, William’s brother, James, was a rather rebellious Anglican priest, vicar of the parish of Sutton cum Lound, in Nottinghamshire. From 1594, it fell to James to appoint curates to Scrooby church so that Brewster, James and leading members of the Scrooby congregation were brought before the ecclesiastical court for their dissent. They were set on a path of separation from the Anglican Church. From about 1602, Scrooby Manor, William’s home, became a meeting place for the dissenting Puritans. In 1606, they formed the Separatist Church of Scrooby.


Restrictions and pressures applied by the authorities convinced the congregation of a need to emigrate to the more sympathetic atmosphere of Holland, but leaving England without permission was illegal at the time, so that departure was a complex matter. On its first attempt, in 1607, the group was arrested at Scotia Creek, but in 1608 Brewster and others were successful in leaving from The Humber (a large tidal estuary on the east coast of Northern England). In 1609, he was selected as ruling elder of the congregation.

Initially, the Pilgrims settled in Amsterdam, and worshiped with the Ancient Church of Francis Johnson and Henry Ainsworth. Offput by the bickering between the two, though (which ultimately resulted in a division of the Church), the Pilgrims left Amsterdam and moved to Leiden, after only a year.

In Leiden, the group managed to make a living. Brewster taught English and later, in 1616-1619, printed and published religious books for sale in England though they were proscribed there, as the partner of one Thomas Brewer. In 1619, the printing type was seized by the authorities under pressure from the English ambassador Sir Dudley Carleton and Brewster’s partner was arrested. Brewster escaped and, with the help of Robert Cushman, obtained a land patent from the London Virginia Company on behalf of himself and his colleagues.

In 1620 William joined the first group of Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower on the voyage to North America. When the colonists landed at Plymouth, Brewster became the senior elder of the colony, serving as its religious leader and as an adviser to Governor William Bradford.

Plimoth Plantation  Recreation of 1627 Village

Plimoth Plantation Recreation of 1627 Village

Our ancestors or their close relatives had almost half the lots in early Plymouth – (George Soule was the grandfather of John TOMSON’s son-in-law, not close enough to get a #)

As the only university educated member of the colony, Brewster took the part of the colony’s religious leader until a pastor, Ralph Smith, arrived in 1629. Thereafter, he continued to preach irregularly until his death in April 1644.

Brewster was granted land amongst the islands of Boston Harbor, and four of the outer islands (Great Brewster, Little Brewster, Middle Brewster and Outer Brewster) now bear his name. Brewster, Massachusetts is also named for him as is the Brewster Chair. In 1632 Brewster received lands in nearby Duxbury, and removed from Plymouth to create a farm in Duxbury.

William Brewster Chair made of: Fraxinus Americana (American white ash).

Pilgrim Hall has had this chair since the early 1830s when it was donated by the Brewster family of Duxbury.

At the time of his death, Elder Brewster had one chair worth 4 shillings, and another worth 1 shilling.  While the inventory does not describe the most expensive chair, the value of 4 shillings is comparable to the value of the two “great wooden chairs” mentioned in William Bradford’s inventory, worth an average of 4 shillings.

Along with the very similar Bradford chair, this chair is one of the earliest chairs made in America. We know the Brewster chair was made here rather than in England because the species of ash is native to America.

Brewster Chest — Pilgrim Hall Museum

It is believed that Elder Brewster brought this chest from Holland to England on the Speedwell and to America on the Mayflower in 1620.

At the time the Pilgrims lived in Holland, pine from Norway was plentiful, as a result of extensive trade between the two countries. A chest was the single most important piece of furniture a colonist could bring. It could be used not only for storage, but also as a table surface, seat, or even bed.

The dark reddish-brown paint is probably original. Iron straps reinforce the chest and it has inside hinges, typical of the era. The six-board form dates from the 16th century.

Brewster, Barnstable, Mass

Brewster, Mass was first settled in 1656 as a northeastern parish of the town of Harwich, Massachusetts. The town separated from Harwich as the northern, more wealthy parish of Harwich in 1693, and was officially incorporated as its own town in 1803 when the less wealthy citizens of Harwich were upset that the town’s institutions were all on Brewster’s main street (Route 6A), including the town hall and churches. Brewster was named in honor of Elder William Brewster, the first religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. The town’s history grew around Stony Brook, where the first water-powered grist and woolen mill in the country was founded in the late 17th century. There were also many rich sea captains in the town, who built many of the mansions and stately homes which now constitute the town’s inns and bed-and-breakfasts

William Brewster Inventory


1. Jonathan Brewster

Jonathan’s wife Lucretia Oldham was born 14 Jan 1600 in Derby, Derbyshire, England.  Her parents were William Oldham and Philippa Sowter. Her brother was Captain John Oldham, whose slaying led to the Pequot Indian war.  Lucretia died 4 Mar 1679 in Preston, New London, CT.

Lucretia Brewster re-enactor and her father-in-law, William, prepare mussels and other food for a 17th-century-style meal. (Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Lucretia Brewster re-enactor and her father-in-law, William, prepare mussels and other food for a 17th-century-style meal.

Brewster did not join his family on the Mayflower in 1620, however. He stayed behind in Leiden instead with his wife, who died soon after, and their infant son, who also died. Brewster would have been 27 at the time. Brewster came to America on the ship Fortune in 1621.

John Oldham was born in Derbyshire, England in 1592, and was baptized at the Church of All Saints in Derby on July 15, 1592. A follower of the Puritans from an early age, he emigrated to Plymouth Colony with his wife, children, and sister Lucretia in July 1623 aboard the Anne.

Oldham is proof that relations among the Pilgrims were not always harmonious. Over half of those who sailed on the Mayflower had come for economic opportunity, rather than religious motivations.  In 1624, Rev. John Lyford came over to America, and was welcomed at first, but soon disgruntled members of the group who wanted to worship as they had in England, gravitated to him. Lyford gave them encouragement and met with them in secret. Oldham was a supporter of Lyford, and the two of them were looked upon by Pilgrim leader William Bradford as trying to destroy the colony.

Oldham and Lyford wrote letters back to England, disparaging the Pilgrim authorities. Bradford intercepted some of these letters and read them, which greatly angered Oldham. Oldham then refused to stand guard, and argued with the Pilgrims’ military advisor, Miles Standish. Standish had a reputation among the Pilgrims as being argumentative and having a hot temper. A short man (he had to cut six inches off his rapier so it wouldn’t drag on the ground when he walked), he was described by Puritan historian William Hubbard as “A little chimney is soon fired.”

Drawing his knife on Standish, Oldham angrily denounced him as a “Rascall! Beggarly rascal!” Lyford and Oldham were put on trial for “plotting against them and disturbing their peace, both in respects of their civil and church state.” As a result, they were banished from Plymouth – an extreme punishment in this wild frontier.

Oldham recovered nicely though. He grew rich in coastal trade and trading with the Indians. He became a representative to the General Court of Massachusetts from 1632 to 1634. He was the overseer of shot and powder for Massachusetts Bay Colony. Oldham’s company granted ten acres in assignment of lands in 1623 presumably for each person in Oldham’s family and for the following:Conant, Roger, Penn, and Christian,

In the aftermath of the expulsion of Lyford and Oldham, others who were disaffected left as well. The colony lost about a quarter of its residents, with some going to live at Oldham’s settlement at Nantasket, and some going to Virginia or back to England.

As a trader, Captain Oldham sailed to Virginia and England, but by 1630 he was back in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

He took up residence on an island in the Charles River and was a member of the church at Watertown. Oldham represented Watertown in the colony’s first General Court or assembly in 1634. He continued in the Indian trade, sailing the coast from Maine toNew Amsterdam.

In 1633 or 1634, Oldham led a group of ten men (which included Captain Robert Seeley), along the Old Connecticut Path to establish Wethersfield, Connecticut, the first English settlement on the Connecticut River.

In July 1636 he was on a voyage to trade with Indians on Block Island. On July 20 he was boarded by hostile Indians, presumed to be Pequots. He and five of his crew were killed, and two young boys with him were captured. The ship’s cargo was looted. A fishing vessel rescued the boys and tried to tow his sloop to port. When adverse winds affected them, they scuttled the ship but brought the two boys home.

The Bay Colony was outraged at this latest incident, and sent John Endicott to Block Island with a force to retaliate, leading to the PEQUOT WAR.

2. Patience BREWSTER (See Gov Thomas PRENCE‘s page)

3. Fear Brewster (See Isaac ALLERTON‘s page)

4. Love Brewster (wiki)

Love’s wife Sarah Collier was baptized 30 APR 1616 in St Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England.  Her parents were William COLLIER and Jane CLARKE.  After Love died, she married Richard Parke 1 Sep 1656 Duxbury, Plymouth, MassSarah died 26 Apr 1691
Plymouth, Mass.

Love’s servant Thomas Granger,  (1625? – September 8, 1642) was the first person hanged in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (the first hanged in any of the colonies of New England being John Billington) [Our family relationship  to Billington isn’t especially close, he was Richard MARTIN’s  daughter-in-law’s grandfather, but the first Englishman to be convicted of murder in what would become the United States is a noteworthy black sheep.]

Granger the first known juvenile to be sentenced to death and executed in the territory of today’s United States.   Graunger, at the age of 16 or 17, was convicted of “buggery with a mare, a cowe, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey”, according to court records of 7 September 1642

Graunger confessed to his crimes in court privately to local magistrates, and upon indictment, publicly to ministers and the jury, being sentenced to “death by hanging until he was dead”. He was hanged on September 8, 1642. Before Graunger’s execution, following the laws set down in Leviticus 20:15 (“And if a man shall lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast”), the animals involved were slaughtered before his face and thrown into a large pit dug for their disposal, no use being made of any part of them  .An account of Graunger’s acts is recorded in Gov. William Bradford‘s diary Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647.

Click here for Love Brewster’s Last Will and Testament


William Brewster in 17th century documents


Wikipedia – William Brewster (pilgrim)

A genealogical profile of William Brewster




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Gov. Thomas Prence

Gov. Thomas  PRENCE (1599 – 1673) was a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and governor of Plymouth (1634, 1638, and 1657 – 1673).  He was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather in two ways, through Mercy and John Freeman and through Sarah and Jeremiah Howes making him  two of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.  In addition, his daughter Elizabeth married the son of our ancestor Arthur Howland.

Gov. Thomas Prence was born in 1599 at Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England a son of  Thomas PRENCE Sr. an English carriage maker, and  Elizabeth TODLERBY.   Thomas emigrated to America in 1621 on the ship Fortune, arriving in Plymouth on 9 Nov 1621, just a few days after the first Thanksgiving.    Prence married four times.  He married Patience BREWSTER on 5 Aug 1624 at Plymouth, (the ninth marriage recorded in the colony).  Their daughter Mercy is our ancestor.   He married a second time to Mary COLLIER on 1 Apr 1635 at Plymouth, Plymouth County. Their daughter Sarah is also our ancestor.  He married a third time to Appia Quicke before 8 Dec 1662 at Plymouth, Mass.  Finally, he married his fourth wife Mary Burr HOWES between Feb 26 1665/66 and Aug 1 1668.  Thomas  died on 29 Mar 1673 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Our ancestors or their close relatives had almost half the lots in early Plymouth – (George Soule was the grandfather of John TOMSON’s son-in-law, not close enough to get a #)

Our ancestors or their close relatives had almost half the lots in early Plymouth – (George Soule was the grandfather of John TOMSON’s son-in-law, not close enough to get a #)

Patience Brewster,  a passenger on the Anne which arrived in Plymouth in 1623. She was born circa 1600 probably in Scrooby a small village, where her father was born, in the northern part of the English county of Nottinghamshire.   Her prents were Elder William BREWSTER , the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower and Mary LOVE.  Patience died before 12 Dec 1634 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, of a “pestilent fever.”

Mary Collier was baptized in 1612 at St Olave, Southwark, an area of south-east London in the London Borough of Southwark.  Her parents were William COLLIER and Jane CLARKE. Mary died 5 Nov 1688 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. in the house of her son-in-law Jeremiah HOWES.

Appia Quicke  was born in 1602 – Kent, England.  Her parents were William Quick (Quicke) and  Elizabeth Hodges. She first married Samuel Freeman on 14 July 1624 at Saint Anne Blackfair, London, England. Appia and Samuel divorced, though the exact date is not known, see discussion below.  She married Gov. Thomas Prence , before 8 Dec 1662 at Plymouth, Mass. Appia died before 1 Aug 1668 at Plymouth, Mass.  I don’t think Thomas Prence’s son-in-law John FREEMAN is closely related to Samuel Freman.

Mary Burr was the widow of our ancestor Thomas HOWES. Her parents and origins are unknown, and though her maiden name of “Burr” is known, her ancestry is largely unproven.Her son Jeremiah married Thomas’ daughter Sarah (see below)  Mary died 9 Dec 1695 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Mass. and is buried at Howes Burial Ground, Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

There are marriages all around in this family with many family ancestors instead of the traditional one. To summarize:

  • Thomas’ first wife Patience Brewster is mother of our ancestor Mercy Prence Freeman
  • Thomas’ second wife Mary Collier is mother of our ancestor Sarah Prence Howes
  • Thomas’s fourth wife Martha Burr Howes is our ancestor through her first marriage to Thomas Howes
  • Thomas’ eldest daughter Rebecca married Edmond Freeman Jr, the son of our ancestor Edmond Freeman
  • Thomas’s daughter Hannah was the second wife of our ancestor Jonathan Sparrow
  • Thomas’s daughter Elizabeth married Arthur Howland, son of our ancestor Arthur Howland

Thomas Prence descendants whose genealogy is documented are eligible for membership in the Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors.  [Tee Hee!]

Children of Thomas and Patience

  Name Born Married Departed
1. Rebecca Prence c. 1625 Plymouth before the Cattle division
22 May 1627
Edmond Freeman Jr.
(son of Edmond FREEMAN)
22 Apr 1646 at Plymouth
18 Jul 1651 Sandwich, Mass.
2. Thomas Prence c. 1627 Plymouth, before the Cattle division May 22 1627   before
13 Mar 1672 at Probably, England; date of father’s will.
3. Hannah Prence c. 1629 Plymouth Nathaniel Mayo
14 Feb 1648/49 at Eastham

Jonathan SPARROW

Jun 1667 at Eastham [Jonathan’s first wife Rebecca BANGS is our ancestor]
23 Nov 1698 Eastham
4. Mercy PRENCE c. 1631 John FREEMAN
(brother of Edmund)
13 Feb 1649/50 at Eastham
28 Sep 1711 Eastham

Children of Gov. Thomas Prence and Mary Collier:

  Name Born Married Departed
5. Jane Prence 1 Nov 1637
Mark Snow (Son of our ancestor Nicholas SNOW)
9 Jan 1659/60
Jun 1712
6. Mary Prence 1639
John Tracy 28 Sep 1711
7. Sarah PRENCE ca. 1643
Duxbury, Mass.
Jeremiah HOWES
Eastham, Mass
31 Mar 1707
Yarmouth, MA
8. Elizabeth Prence ca. 1645
Arthur Howland
(Son of our ancestor Arthur HOWLAND)
9 Dec 1667
9. Judith Prence ca. 1647
Isaac Barker
28 Dec 1665

Thomas Prence (1599 – March 29, 1673) was a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and governor of Plymouth (1634, 1638, and 1657 – 1673).4

Thomas Prence House – 1880’s   Built 1646 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Demolished.

Thomas Prence – House Diagram

Thomas Prence was not part of those religious dissenters who sought religious freedom in America, but he apparently sympathized with them. Perhaps not knowingly, he took two steps that led to his leadership role. He married Patience Brewster, daughter of the community’s religious leader, Elder William Brewster, and in 1627 he became one of eight colony members who assumed the pilgrims’ debt to the London merchants who had backed establishment of the colony.

A chair belonging to Thomas Prence which now resides in the Pilgrim Hall Museum.  Note that the back spindles on the Prence chair are flat for comfort.

He was allowed to join with Bradford, Isaac ALLERTON  and Standish as a member of the Trade Monopoly.

Eastham, Barnstable, Mass

Later, in 1644, he and several other prominent families left Plymouth for better land and founded the community of Eastham, Massachusetts.  Eastham was the site where in 1621 a hunting expedition comprised from the crew of the sailing vessel Mayflower, which had stopped in Provincetown harbor on Cape Cod Bay after a rough crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, which led to the first encounter of the Pilgrims and the local Nauset Indians at First Encounter Beach. The area would not be settled by Europeans, however, until 1644.  Today, Eastham is mostly known as the “Gate” to the Cape Cod National Seashore,

He became governor of Plymouth, for the first time, in 1634; he was elected again in 1638 and served from 1657 to 1673. After the death of Governor Bradford in 1653, he became the leader of the Plymouth Colony serving in that capacity until his death.

1659 – Thomas Prence and Edward BANGS each promised to furnish a man and horse at his own expense for two years. ” As their contribution to the militia

He was distinguished for his religious zeal, and opposed those that he believed to be heretics, particularly the Quakers. He became infamous for the banishment of those who would not conform to his specific church law, including Samuel Gorton, the first governor of Rhode Island. He restructured the local government to secure his position and led the persecution of numerous people for offenses such as smiling in church, harboring non-church members, and tending garden during the Sabbath.

He also procured revenue for the colony’s grammar schools so future generations would be better educated.

George Willison in Saints and Strangers noted that in 1646, Thomas Prence was opposed to religious tolerance and, in 1657, was a leader in Quaker and Baptist persecutions. In Duxbury, the policy of Gov. Prence “met stiff opposition led by Henry and Arthur HOWLAND [our ancestors] and others. Henry Howland was up on the malicious charge of ‘improperlie entertaining’ a neighbor’s wife, and his young son, Zoeth, was put in the stocks for saying that he ‘would not goe to meeting to hear lyes, and that the Divill could preach as good a sermon as the ministers,’ with which many townspeople seemed to agree, choosing to pay a fine rather than attend public worship.”

Imagine Gov. Prence’s feelings when he discovered that “one of his chief enemy’s sons, young Arthur Howland [also our ancestor], was surreptitiously courting his daughter Elizabeth. As the law forbade ‘making motion of marriage’ to a girl without her parents’ consent, the irascible old governor promptly hauled the ‘impudent’ youth into court and fined him five pounds for ‘inveigeling’ his daughter. The young lovers were not discouraged and remained constant, for seven years later Arthur was again in court, was fined and put under bond of 50 pounds ‘to refrain and desist.’ The couple continued to behave ‘disorderlie and unrighteously,’ finally breaking the iron will of the old governor.” They were married and, “in good time the names of their children, Thomas Howland and Prence (Prince) Howland, were inscribed on the baptismal roll of the church.”

Prence gave Metacomet the nickname King Philip and thus indirrectly named King Philip’s War

Governor Prence gave to Wamsutta and Metacomet, the sons of Massasoit, the names Alexander and Philip as a compliment to their warlike character.  While governor, Prence developed an important relationship with the powerful Wampanoag sachem Metacomet. On the death of the governor in 1673, Metacomet, known to the English as King Philip, was left to work with the new governor, Josiah Winslow, who he hated. The Wampanoag-English relationship soon broke down and the bloody King Philip’s War followed in 1675.

1657 –  Arthur Howland Jr., an ardent Quaker, was brought before the court.   Elizabeth Prence, daughter of Gov. Thomas Prence  and Arthur Howland Jr., fell in love. The relationship blossomed and matrimony seemed inevitable. However, it was illegal and punishable by court sanction for couples to marry without parental consent. Thomas Prence urged Elizabeth to break off the relationship, but to no avail. He then used powers available to him as Governor. Arthur Howland, Jr., was brought before the General Court and fined five pounds for

inveigling of Mistris Elizabeth Prence and making motion of marriage to her, and prosecuting the same contrary to her parents likeing, and without theire mind and will…[and] in speciall that hee desist from the use of any meanes to obtaine or retaine her affections as aforesaid.”

2 Jul 1667 – Arthur Howland, Jr., was brought before the General Court again where he “did sollemly and seriously engage before the Court, that he will wholly desist and never apply himself for the future as formerly he hath done, to Mistris Elizabeth Prence in reference unto marriage.” Guess what happened! They were married on December 9, 1667 and in time had a daughter and four sons. Thus a reluctant Thomas Prence acquired a Quaker son-in-law, Quaker grandchildren and innumerable Quaker in-laws of Henry Howland.

5 Jun 1673 – Thomas’ estate was probated. He was buried on 8-Apr-1673 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts  He left a will on 13-Mar-1672/73. The Inventory of Gov. Thomas Prence was taken Totalled £422 10s. 7d. On 23-Apr-1673

Appia Quicke Freeman Prence

Apphia Quick and Samuel Freeman immigrated, arriving 1630. Their son Henry traveled with them

From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1943, vol. 97, p. 393 by Ella F. Elliot, Somerville, Mass.

The fact that Samuel and Apphia (Quicke) Freeman were divorced has, apparently, escaped the attention of historians of this interesting Watertown couple. The proof, conclusive though indirect, was seen by this contributor many years ago while preparing an article on the marriages of Governor Thomas Prence of Plymouth and Eastham, Mass., who became Apphia’s second husband. (Mayflower Descendant, 6: 230-235.) The long cherished hope of finding the direct evidence has not been realized; possibly the records no longer exist.

Among the files of the Supreme Court of Suffolk County, Mass., is the case of Jane (also called Joane) Halsall vs. George Halsall for divorce. (File No. 257.) The papers in this case bear dates in 1655 and 1656; and the case of “Mrs. Freeman sometimes of Watertown” is cited as a precedent.

Up to 1656 only two Freeman couples are known to have lived in Watertown: Samuel and Apphia (Quicke) Freeman and their son Henry and Hannah (Stearns) Freeman, his first wife. The latter couple is readily eliminated. They were married in Watertown 25 Dec. 1650, the town clerk erroneously calling him “Samuel” on the records at a time when his father Samuel had been dead four years and his brother Samuel was but twelve years old. That Hannah was not divorced is clear from the following entry in the Town Records (1:5): “Hannah wife of Henry Freeman was buried June 17, 1656.”

Lacking the trial records, the time of the divorce of Samuel and Apphia cannot be stated; but it can be approximated, rather roughly. Samuel Freeman made a business trip to England, a full account of which appears in the valuable contribution of Mr. Willis Freeman in American Genealogist (vol. 11, pp. 174-9.) That he returned to Watertown by July 1637 may be deduced from the birth record there of “Samuel Freeman son of Samuel and Apphia,” 11 May, 1638. The date of his death is unknown; but it was between 22 July 1640, when as “Samuel Freeman now of Watertown in New England,” he gave a Letter of Attorney to Andrew Walker of London, Eng. (Thomas Lechford’s Note-Book: 155), and 12 Dec. 1646, when “Henry Freeman son of Samuel Freeman late of Watertown deceased,” gave Power of Attorney to John Newgate of Boston to receive a legacy left him by his grandmother Priscilla Freeman of Blackfriars in London. (Boston Records, 32:68.)

From mentions of his name in the Watertown Land Grants, it seems likely that he was alive in 1644, or later.

William Freeman of Portland, Maine, whose grandfather Enoch Freeman, after graduating from Harvard in 1729, removed to Portland, then Falmouth, Maine, in 1741, becoming one of the foremost citizens of the town and county, published a Freeman Genealogy, which, although undated, bears evidence of being written later than 1831. In this he made this statement regarding his early ancestors: “After the death of Samuel Freeman, his widow married Thomas Prince Governor of Plymouth, who carried her and her youngest son, Samuel, then a boy, with him to Eastham. As Mr. Prince began settlement of Eastham in the year 1644, it is probable that about that time he was married to Mrs. Freeman.”

William Willis, in his History of Portland (pp. 1805-6), seems to have accepted this supposition as a fact, stating that Samuel Freeman’s “widow in 1644 married Governor Thomas Prince and settled at Eastham.”

If this surmise of her descendant, which seems very reasonable, could be proved to be a verity, we should then know that the Prence-Freeman marriage took place between 1 July 1644 and the end of that year; for on 1 July 1644, as “Apphia Freeman,” she signed as a witness to the will of Rev. George Phillips of Watertown. (N.E. Hist. & Gen. Reg., 3:78.)

Note: A resume of the Halsall divorce case may be seen in Whitmore’s Colonial Laws, 1890 edition, pp. 99-100.

The late Dr. C.E. Banks, in his “The Winthrop Fleet,” 1930, in his list of passengers, made this brief statement: “Freeman, Apphia, wife of Samuel. Daughter of William Quicke of London. She divorced him and married (2) Gov. Thomas Prence.”

Children of Appia and Samuel

i. Henry Freeman b. 1625 in London, England; d. 12 Nov 1672 Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. m. 25 Dec 1650 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass to Hannah Stearns ( b. 5 Oct 1628 in Stoke-Nayland, Suffolk, England – d. 17 Jun 1656 in Watertown, Mass.)

ii. Apphia Freeman b. abt 1632 in Watertown, Mass. d. 1692

iii. Samuel Freeman b. 11 May 1638 in Watertown, Mass; d. 25 Nov 1712; m. 12 May 1658 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass to Mercy Southworth (b. 11 May 1638 in Druxbury, Mass – d. 25 Nov 1712)

iv. Abigail Freeman b. Abt 1640 in Watertown, Mass.; m1. 1659 to John Niles (1638 – 1683); m2. 11 Jun 1701 to John Banning


1. Rebecca Prence

Rebecca’s husband Edmond Freeman Jr. was born 26 Nov 1620 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England.  His parents were Edmond FREEMAN and Bennet  HODSOLL.  Edmond died before 5 Jan 1703/04.

3. Hannah Prence (See Jonathan SPARROW‘s page)

4. Mercy PRENCE (See John FREEMAN‘s page)

5. Jane Prence

Jane’s husband Mark Snow was born 9 May 1628 in Plymouth. His parents were our ancestors Nicholas SNOW and Constance HOPKINS.  Nicholas arrived on the Ann & Little James in 1623. Constance was a 14 year old Mayflower passenger traveling with her father and stepmother.  Mark first married 18 Jan 1654 Eastham to Anna Cooke and had one daughter Anne Snow (b. 1656), three weeks before Anna’s death.  Mark died 9 Jan 1695.

Constance’s  father   Stephen HOPKINS (wiki), was recruited by the Merchant Adventurers to provide governance for the colony as well as assist with the colony’s ventures. He was a member of a group of passengers known to the Pilgrims as “The Strangers” since they were not part of the Pilgrims’ religious congregation. Hopkins was one of forty-one signatories of the Mayflower Compact and was an assistant to the governor of the colony through 1636.  He was a veteran of a failed colonial venture that may have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Anna Cooke was born in 1636 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.  Anna died 25 Jul 1656 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were  Josiah Cooke (b: ~ 1610 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland) and  Elizabeth Ring  (bapt. 23 Feb 1603 in Ufford, Suffolk, England)  Her maternal grandparents were our ancestors William RING and Mary DURRANT.

Children of Jane and Mark:

ii. Mary Snow b: 30 Nov 1661 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

iii. Nicholas Snow b: 6 Dec 1663 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

iv. Elizabeth Snow b: 9 May 1666 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

v. Thomas Snow b: 6 Aug 1668 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

vi. Sarah Snow b: 10 May 1671 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

vii. Prence Snow b: 22 May 1674 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

viii. Elizabeth Snow b: 20 Jun 1676 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

ix. Hannah Snow b: 16 Sep 1679 in Eastham, Plymouth Colony

6. Mary Prence

Mary’s husband John Tracy was born 1633, Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Stephen Tracy (ch. 1596->1655) and Tryphosa Lee (~1597-<1655) Stephen immigrated in Aug 1623, Plymouth aboard the Ann. Tryphosa immigrated in 1625, Plymouth aboard the Jacob. John died 3 May 1718, Windham, Windham, CT in his 85th year.

7. Sarah PRENCE (See Jeremiah HOWES‘ page)

8. Elizabeth Prence

Elizabeth’s husband Arthur Howland was born ca. 1633 England.  His parents were Arthur HOWLAND and [__?__].  Arthur died 2 APR 1697 in Marshfield, Mass.

9. Judith Prence

Judith’s husband Isaac Barker was born in 1642.  His parents were Robert Barker and Luce [__?__].  Robert’s wife Luce was not dau of John and Anne Williams. Robert’s brother John did marry Anne Williams dau of John Williams.  Isaac died in 1710.

“Isaac was surveyor of Duxbury in 1674, constable in 1687 and a well to do farmer

His father Robert came to America 1632 to Plymouth, MA removed to Marshfield, Plymouth, MA 1643 and then to Duxbury 1653. Robert was first an apprentice of John Thorpe and then of William Palmer. Robert held serval offices in each town he lived in. Robert was a bricklayer in 1640 and bought 40 acres of upland that year, was part owner of the ferry his brother John ran in 1641. Robert bought 100 acres in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA and was a member of the Marshfield military company under Lt. Nathaniel Thomas in 1643. He was a surveyor at Marshfield in 1645 and 1648 and at Duxbury in 1654, 1672, 1677 and 1679. Was Constable at Marshfield, Grand juryman and admitted freeman 6 June 1654. In July 1646 he was licensed to keep an inn in Marshfield to retail wine which he stopped in 1666.



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