Sijmon Floriszen

Sijmon FLORISZEN (c. 1590 – ) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Sijmon Floriszen was born about 1590 in Amsterdam, Holland.   He married Claertje ARENTS  10 Dec 1616 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

Marriage intention of Simon Florisse and Claertjen Arents – 10 December 1616. Source:  Huwelijks Aangifte (Marriage Intentions for all Dutch Reformed Churches in the City of Amsterdam), Film 113188.

Claertje Arents was born about 1595 in Amsterdam, Holland.  After Symon died, she married Jouwe Heijndrix on 8 Nov 1642 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.

Children of Sijmon and Claertje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Floris Simonsen  bapt.
1 Jan 1619
Nieuwkerk (New Church), Amsterdam
2. Lijsbet Sijmons bapt.
18 Jun 1620
Oudekerk (Old Church), Amsterdam
3. Machtelt Sijmons bapt.
1 May 1622
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
Claes Maijer
22 Feb 1642
4. Jannetje SYMONS bapt.
22 Sep 1624
Oudekerk, Amsterdam, Holland
Evert PELS
15 Dec 1641 Amsterdam.
 2 Sep 1683
Kingston, Ulster, NY
5. Arent Sijmonsen bapt.
1 Dec 1626
Nieuwkerk, Amsterdam
Died Young
6. Marij Sijmons bapt.
17 Dec 1628
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
7 Mar 1631 Amsterdam
7. Arent Sijmons bapt.
1 Dec 1626
Oudekerk, Amsterdam
8. Marie Simons Schepmoes bapt.
12 Oct 1632
Nieuwkerk, Amsterdam
Jacob Barents Kool (Son of Barent Jacobsen KOOL)
New Amsterdam, Kingston NY
 Aft 1700
Kingston, Ulster, NY

Many genealogies incorrectly report that Symon Symonse Groot was Jannetje Simon’s father.  This other Symon Symonse Groot (1620-1690) married Rebecca Du Trieux 1649 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.  That Symon died 1699 in Schenectady, Albany, New York.

That couple did not marry until over 20 years after Jannetje was born and Rebecca is a decade younger than Jannetje. This other Symon came to New Netherland about 1645, as boatswain of the ship Prince Maurits (120-2), and purchased a house of Jacob Roy in New Amsterdam. About ten years later he became a resident of Beverwyck where he purchased a house lot and remained until 1663, when he hired a bouwery of 25 or 30 morgens at Schenectady of Gerrit Bancker and Harmen Vedder.    He married Rebecca, daughter of Philip Du Trieux of New Amsterdam, and had six sons and four daughters; of whom Symon, Abraham, Philip, Dirk and Claas were captured by the French and Indians and carried away to Canada in 1690. Symond and Rebecca were away from home in Albany for a baptism.  The year following they were redeemed.

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Sijmon Floriszen’s marriage intentions names him a “boxmaker”.

According to Willem Rabbelier “The word ‘boxmaker’ cannot be found in the Middle-Dutch dictionary, but, he remember from his youth that his parents used to call pants, pantaloons ‘boksem’.   He is originally from the northern part of the Netherlands (Groningen) and it was a dialect word for pants. In his Dutch Extended Dictionary he found the entry: ‘boks’ or ‘boksem’. The Dictionary states that these words were dialect and historically used for ‘sailors’ wide pants’. His wife, who’s from the southern province of Brabant tells him that ‘boks’ as a synonym for ‘broek’ (= pants, pantaloons) was used widely among the dialect-speaking people. So he is quite sure that ‘Boxmaker’ is rather synonymous to ‘Broekenmaker’.” was a “broekenmaker” (a maker of trousers) in Amsterdam.


8. Marritje Sijmons

Marretje seems to have arrived in New Netherlands as an indentured servant to Pieter Pietersen Harder “in the city of New Amstel, on the South River”.

New Amstel, Delaware was originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in 1651, under the leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, on the site of a former aboriginal village, “Tomakonck” (“Place of the Beaver”), to assert their claim to the area based on a prior agreement with the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The Dutch originally named the settlement Fort Casimir, but this was changed to Fort Trinity (Swedish:Trefaldighet) following its seizure by the colony of New Sweden on Trinity Sunday, 1654. The Dutch conquered the entire colony of New Sweden the following year and rechristened the fort Nieuw Amstel (“New Amstel”). This marked the end of the Swedish colony in Delaware as an official entity, but it remained a semi-autonomous unit within the New Netherland colony and the cultural, social, and religious influence of the Swedish settlers remained strong. As the settlement grew, Dutch authorities laid out a grid of streets and established the town common (The “Green”), which continue to this day, In 1664, five years after Marretje  left, the English seized the entire New Netherland colony in the Second Anglo-Dutch War and changed the name of the town to “New Castle.”

Evert PELS, the husband of her sister Jannetje, paid for the remainder of her indenture in 19 February 1659. Marretje married Jacob Barensten Kool, after 1660 in Kingston, New York.

“Power of Attorney from Evert Pels to Jan Jacobsen Source:  Early Church Records, Ulster County, New York, p. 19

Appeared before me, Johannes La Montagne, in the service of the General Chartered West India Company Commissary at Fort Orange, and the village of Beverwyck, Evert Pels, who declared in the presence of the herinafter named witnesses, that he hath constituted and appointed, as hereby does constitute and appoint, the Honorable Captain Jan Jacobsen his attorney, in the principle’s name and in his behalf, to procure the freedom of MARRETJE SYMONS, sister of the Principle’s wife, dwelling in the city of New Amstel, on the South River, with one Pieter Pietersen Harder, in such manner as the attorney may adjudge best; promising to hold good and valid whatever the attorney shall do in this matter, as if he, the principle, were himself present, for which he binds his person and estate, real and personal, submitting the same to all courts and judges.

Done in Fort Orange the 19th of February, anno 1659, in the presence of Johannes Prevost and Jan Pietersen Muller.

Signed EVERT PELS; Witnesses : Johannes Provoost and Jan Pieters; acknowledged before me La Montagne, Commissary at Ft. Orange.”

Marritje’s husband Jacob Barents Kool was born 25 Sep 1639 Kingston, Ulster County, New York. His parents were  Barent Jacobsen KOOL and Marretje Leenderts  DeGRAUW. Jacob died 1719 Kingston, Ulster, New York.

The Kools lived in Wildwyck/Esopus (now Kingston, Ulster, New York) where he worked for Juriaen Westfael, a farmer, and Marritje also worked, probably as a laundress. They moved to New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1667, where Jacob became a porter in the Weigh house and a beer and wine carrier like his father. By 1689, they had returned to Ulster County, where Jacob took an oath of allegiance. Jacob and Marritje had eight children.


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Francis Nichols

Francis NICHOLS (1575 – 1651) was Alex’s 13th Grandfather; one of 16,384 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Francis Nichols Coat of Arms

Francis Nichols was baptized  on 25 May 1575 at Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, England. His parents were John NICHOLS and Joan [_?__]. He married Frances WIMARKE on 24 Jan 1599/1600 at Sedgeberrow England. He settled at Stratford, Connecticut, by 10 Oct 1639, when he was appointed sergeant of the Stratford trainband, and that same year was listed with his three sons (John, Isaac, and Caleb) among the 17 first settlers of Stratford. Francis died before 8 Jan 1650/51. Frances married second 1 Dec 1645 in Southold, Long Island to Anna Wines (b. 1632/1633 in Watertown, Middlesex County, MA

Frances Wimarke (Wilmark, Wymark, Wimark) was baptized 2 Nov 1577 at Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, England Her parents were Robert WIDMARKE of Sedgeberrow and [__?__]. Frances apparently died before the family’s removed to New England, perhaps in 1634.

Anne Wines was born about 1632 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Barnabas Wines and Ann Eddy (bapt. 15 May 1603 in Cranbrook, Kent, England) of Southold, Suffolk County, New York. After Francis died, Anna married second John Elton, 3rd, John Tooker, and 4th, John Youngs Esq., all of Southold. Anne was living on 4 Mar 1693/94.

The name is variously spelled Winds, Wendes, Wines and Wynes, and may have become Winders. Barnabas or Barnaby resided at Watertown Mass, where he was made freeman 6 May 1635. He sold his lands in 1642 and 1644 and removed to Southold, Long Island. He was corporal of a military company at Southold in 1654. In 1662 the Connecticut jurisdiction admitted him as freeman 1662. (Connecticut then claimed Long Island.) He was representative to the General Court at Hartford in 1664.

In July 1670 Barnabus sold his land in Southold to his son Samuel Wines. In 1676, at the time of the Indian Wars, a census was taken; he was rated on L152 for 15 acres of land, 24 cattle, 6 horses, etc. The dates of the deaths of Anna and Barnabas Wines have not been found.

On 30 Apr 1654, John Elton of Southold conveyed cattle to Barnabas Wines for Anna Nichols, daughter of his wife Anna by her former husband Francis Nichols of Stratford, pursuant to an agreement made at marriage. She is mentioned as wife in the will of John Elton dated 19 April 1675, proved 3 June 1675.

On 3 Jun 1686, widow Anna (or Hannah) Elton made a pre-nuptial agreement with widower John Tooker Sr. of Southold. On 31 December 1690, widow Anna (or Hannah) Tooker made a pre-nuptial agreement with widower John Youngs, Esq. of Southold.

In Mar 1693/94, Anna and John Youngs witnessed a deed from Isaac and Sarah Arnold of Southold to Carterett and Mary Gilliam of Southold. Anna is not mentioned in her husband’s will dated 20 Feb 1696/97, proved 28 May 1698, and is presumed to have died before him.

Children of Francis and Frances:

Name Born Married Departed
1 John Nichols bapt.
16 May 1601
Sedgeberrow, England
Sarah [__?__]
Grace [__?__]
1650 in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut,
bef. 19 Jun 1655
Fairfield, CT
2. Jane NICHOLS 3 Nov 1603
Sedgeberrow, England
1621 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England
16 Feb 1666/67 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.
3. Henry Nichols bapt.
19 Nov 1605 Sedgeberrow, England
21 Dec 1606 Sedgeberrow, Worcester, England
4. Anne Nichols bapt.
18 Oct 1606 Sedgeberrow, England
25 Oct 1606 Sedgeberrow, England
5. Margaret Nichols bapt.
4 Jan 1608/09 Sedgeberrow, England
6. Francis Nichols bapt.
25 Aug 1611
Sedgeberrow, England
No further record
7. Joseph Nichols (twin) bapt.
31 Aug 1614
Sedgeberrow, England
2 Sep 1614
8. Jonathan Nichols (twin) bapt.
31 Aug 1614
Sedgeberrow, England
4 Sep 1614
9. Sarah Nichols bapt.
12 Nov 1615
Sedgeberrow, England
Richard Mills
1641 in Wethersfield, Connecticut,
10. Isaac Nichols bapt.
27 Dec 1617
Sedgeberrow, England
Margery [__?__]
25 Feb 1645/46 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT
28 Sep 1694 –
5 Nov 1695
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut
11. Caleb Nichols ca. 1623  Anne Ward 14 Apr 1690, Woodbury, Litchfield, CT

An article in TAG in October 2000 (Vol. 75) provides the correct information on the family of Francis Nichols of Stratford. A search of English records in other areas has provided two Nichols wills made before the registers of Sedgeberrow, Worcester, and the baptism of all but the youngest of Francis’ children by his first wife recorded at Sedgeberrow.

An earlier article in TAG 36 explored other family relationships: “Daniel Whitehead, Mr. William Washbourn and Francis Nicholls lived in Stratford CT in 1647. They were somehow related, for William Washbourn was evidently brother-in-law to Whitehead, while Isaac2 Nichols (Francis1) was styled ‘uncle’ in the will of John Washbourn (William1) ‘As to Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Conn., he may well have been closely related to that Francis Nicholls of Witch, Worcs., whose administration is dated 1625 [Worcs. Wills]. Witch appears to be Wick by Pershore, some five miles west of Bengeworth, for early the town of Wick by Pershore had been called Wyche’ [Ekwall’s Oxford Dict. of English Place Names].” The article in TAG Vol. 75 proves the nature of that relationship — Isaac’s aunt Jane was married to William Washburn.

Francis Nichols was one of the founders of Stratford in 1639. The Connecticut General Court placed him in charge of military affairs, appointing him Sergeant of the Stratford Trainband in October 1639. It was his responsibility “to train the men and exercise them in military discipline.” Three of his sons — John, Isaac and Caleb — were also among the first 17 settlers of Fairfield.

Francis’ inventory was taken at Stratford 8 Jan 1650/51.   Jacobus gives the date as 1655, which Thompson says appears to be a confusion with the inventory of his son John. He left only a small estate at his death.

Nichols, a historic village in southeastern Trumbull on the Gold Coast (Connecticut) of Fairfield County, was named after Francis’ family who maintained a large farm in its center for almost 300 years The Nichols Farms Historic District, which encompasses part of the village, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nichols was originally settled entirely as a part of the coastal settlement of Stratford, settled in 1639 By the early twentieth century, Nichols became an affluent suburb for the nearby cities of BridgeportStratford and Shelton. The construction of the Merritt Parkway through Nichols Center in 1939, and the closing of local factories, turned the village into a bedroom community for lower Fairfield County.

It is not known exactly when English settlers took up land in Nichols, due to the fact that the first volume of Stratford land records were destroyed in 1650. In 1661, the Stratford selectmen voted to allow all inhabitants the liberty of taking up a whole division of land anywhere they could find fit planting ground as long as it was not within two miles of the town meeting house and they were prohibited from making it their dwelling place without consent. Elder Phillip Groves, Captain William Curtiss and Lt. Joseph Judson, early landowners in Nichols, were named to a committee to lay out the land as they saw fit.

Before 1661, people were free to take up planting grounds anywhere within the township. The common land in Nichols Farms was divided and granted to individuals beginning in 1670 as a part of the three-mile or woods division and continued up to 1800.

Alternative Francis Nichols Genealogy

Another version has Francis being born 19 years later in 1694 and marrying Anne Wines in Hartford himself instead of his son Francis Jr. Evidence against this theory includes the will of Jane Nichols Washburn’s son John Washburn which mentions “my uncle Isaac Nichols.” Jane was born in 1603 when Frances supposedly would have been 11 years old. There are also Sedgeberrow Parish Records which support the earlier baptisms.

In this version  Francis NICHOLS was born 1594 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England. He first married about 1610 in London to [__?__].    Francis immigrated to Connecticut with his sons John, Isaac and Caleb. He married again in 1645 to Anne Wines (b 1621 in England – d. 1711 in Suffolk, Long Island, New York) Francis died 16 Jan 1650 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT

FRANCIS NICHOLS was one of the first 17 English settlers of Stratford, Connecticut. The earliest known record in which he is mentioned is a 1639 order of the Connecticut General Court “to assign Sergeant Nicholls for the present time to train the men and exercise them in military discipline.” He was probably a widower when he came to America with his three sons and a daughter. Sgt. Nichols also owned land in Southold, Long Island, New York, where he married in 1645 Anne Wines, daughter of Deacon Barnabas Wines. Francis Nichols died in 1650, probably when in his late 50s, and his personal property inventory was recorded in Stratford in 1655. Francis Nichols’ widow Anne married second John Elton of Southold, third Capt. John Tooker of Setauket, Long Island, and fourth, Col. John Youngs, cousin of her daughter Anna’s husband.

Children of Francis and [__?__]

i. John Nichols b. 1616 England; d. 1695 Stratford, CT; m1. 1636 in Fairfield, CT to Esther [__?__] (b. 1629 in Chelmsford, Essex, England); m2. 1649 in Stratford to Grace [__?__]. No known children

ii. Caleb Nichols (b. 1618 in Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, England – d. 14 Apr 1690 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT) m. 1 Mar 1650 Woodbury, Litchfield, CT to Anne Ward (b. 1628 in England – d. 06 Jun 1718 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT) Caleb and Anne had fourteen children between 1650 and 1675.

iii. Isaac Nichols b. 1620 England; d 1695 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; m. Margaret Washburn (b. 1646 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT – d. 1675 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT) Isaac and Margaret had ten children born between 1652 and 1668 in Stratford, CT.

iv. Daughter Nichols , b. ca. 1622, England

v. Mary Mills Nichols , b. 1627, London , England; m. Richard Mills 1641 in Wethersfield, CT?

vi. Daughter Nichols , b. ca. 1630, England or CT.

Back to Our Francis Nichols

There still exists a large time gap between 1623 (when Caleb was apparently born) and 1639 when Francis Nichols appears in Stratford, CT records. No information has yet been produced which accounts for Francis’ activities during those years.

On 10 Oct 1639 Francis Nichols was appointed sergeant of the Stratford trainband, and that same year was listed with his three sons (John, Isaac, and Caleb) among the 17 first settlers of Stratford.

Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut

Stratford (formerly known as Cupheag Plantation, and prior to that, Pequonnocke) was founded in 1639 by Puritan leader Reverend Adam Blakeman (pronounced Blackman), William Beardsley, and either 16 families—according to legend—or approximately 35 families—suggested by later research—who had recently arrived in Connecticut from England seeking religious freedom.  Some of the Stratford settlers were from families who had first moved from England to the Netherlands to seek religious freedom, like their predecessors on the Mayflower, and decided to come to the New World when their children began to adopt the Dutch culture and language.

Like other Puritan towns founded during this time, early Stratford was a place where church leadership and town leadership were united under the pastor of the church, in this case Reverend Blakeman. The goal of these communities was to create perfect outposts of religious idealism where the wilderness would separate them from the interference of kings, parliaments, or any other secular authority.

Blakeman ruled Stratford until his death in 1665, but as the second generation of Stratford grew up, many of the children rejected what they perceived as the exceptional austerity of the town’s founders.   By the late 17th century, the Connecticut government had assumed political control over Stratford.

Stratford’s original name was Cupheag, but was later changed to honor Stratford-upon-Avon in England.   Settlers from Stratford went on to found other American cities and towns, including Newark, New Jersey, established in 1666 by members of the Stratford founding families who believed the town’s religious purity had been compromised by the changes after Blakeman’s death.

Stratford Settler Map

The first settlement was made at a place now known as Sandy Hollow, an arm of the Sound or creek, which penetrates a short distance from the Housatonic River, the ancient name of which was Potatuck. 3. Thomas (and then his son John) SHERWOOD 4. Elizabeth BEARDSLEY (widow of ?______ ) 5 and 8. Jeremiah JUDSON 6. John MINOR (Son of Thomas MINER) 7. William BENNETT 9. Nathaniel PORTER 10. David MITCHELL, ancestor of the late Prof. MITCHELL of North Carolina. 11. John HURD 12. Thomas SEABROOK, then 12th to John BIRDSEYE, Jr., 13. Thomas FAIRCHILD, Jr. 14. John PEACOCK, and then to his daughters, Miss Phebe BURGESS and Mrs. Deboarh (James) CLARKE. 15. Henry WAKELYN, now written WAKELEE. 16. Thomas UFFOOT. This property is still in the family. 17. Robert COE. Afterwards exchanged with UFFOOT for a place across the street, which UFFOOT had bought, and where the COES have ever since lived. 18. Samuel SHERMAN; then John PICKET. Mr. SHERMAN seems to have afterwards moved to the western part of Stratford (Pequonnock), and the PICKETS were among the first settlers of DURHAM. 19. Philip GROVES, the first and only ruling elder in Stratford Church. 20. Rev. Adam BLAKEMAN, first minister of Stratford. His descendants are written BLAKEMAN AND BLACKMAN. His only daughter, Mary, married Joshua ATWATER of New Haven and Rev. Thomas HIGGINSON, of Salem, Mass. 21. John BARLOW; then John HURD, then UFFOOT, then COE. 22. Mr. BRYAN bought James HARWOOD (original owner) and sold to Rev. Adam BLAKEMAN, who gae it to his son, Joseph B. Through J. HARWOOD, the BLAKEMANS became acquainted with Joshua SCOTTOW, merchant of Boston, whose daughter, Rebecca, Benjamin BLAKEMAN married. 23. Edward HIGBEE. 24. John JENNER; then John WELLS; then Widow Elizabeth CURTIS, who, with her two sons William and John, originated that name in Stratford. 25. Arthur BOSTWICK. 26. Jeremiah JUDSON. His gravestone yet stands in STRATFORD. 27. Joshua JUDSON (brother of Jeremiah; then John HURD. 28. Thomas FAIRCHILD. 29. Richard BOOTH, whose land extended beyond the lots north and ran northerly to the rocks. 30. Isaac NICHOLS, Sr., west side; Silles (?Stiles or Silas?) NICHOLS, and then Caleb, east side. 31. Adam HURD. 32. Francis NICHOLS; then Caleb NICHOLS. 33. Thomas QUENBY; then Joshua ATWATER; then Henry TOMLINSON. 34. William CURTIS; afterwards west end, Thomas CURTIS, who subsequently went, among the first settlers to Wallingford. 35. Adam HURD’s duplicate lot. 36. John BEACH, ancestor of the WALLINGFORD and STRATFORD name. 37. Joseph HAWLEY’S Original lot. 38. John THOMPSON. 38a. Francis JACOCKES. 39. William READ; then by exchange, Joseph HAWLEY. 40. William CROOKER. 41. Joseph JUDSON; in 1640 William JUDSON, the father. The original stone house stood about four rods from the northeast corner. 42. Rev. Zachariah WALKER’s half of parsonage lot. 43. Rev. Israel CHAUNCEY’s half parsonage lot. 44. Hugh GRIFFIN, then John WHEELER. 45. Richard HARVEY; then John BOSTWICK; then Congregational society for parsonages. 46. Francis HALL 47 and 47a. John BLAKEMAN 48. A strip of lowland, given to widow of Abraham KIMBERLY in 1680. 49. Daniel SHERMAN, son of Samuel, Sr., then Ebenezer SHERMAN. 50. Common or highway, now the west half of B. FAIRCHILD’s lot. It was originally the outlet of a short highway (coeval with the town settlement) that passed from Main Street round the low, wet land, now W. A. BOOTH’s lot and led into the old mill road through No. 60, as above said. Of this road the recent burial-ground lane is all that encroachments have left, from Main Street to the burial-place, through its width, resurveyed and confirmed in 1738, is above four rods. 51. Land of Isaac NICHOLS. 52. House-lot of Samuel SHERMAN, Jr. (now the Roswell JUDSON lot.) 53. The eastern section of the street, of which No. 50 was a portion. 54. John BEERS; then Samuel BEERS; then, after 1700, BURTON, PRINDLE, TOMLINSON, McEWEN. 55. Nathaniel FOOTE; then Benjamin LEWIS; then Congregational parish, for Mr. CUTLER; then Rev. Mr. GOLD. 56. Burial place. 57. Daniel TITTERTON, Jr. 58. Timothy WILLCOXSON 59. Jabez HARGER, who went to Derby at its settlement, 1670. 60. John HULL, ancestor of Commodore Isaac; went to Derby, 1670. 61. John PICKETT; went to Durham. 62. Robert LANE; above him was John COOKE, bounded north by Esek Lane or Street. 63. John YOUNG, who died April 1661, and his lot went to John ROSE; afterwards Robert WALKER. 64. Thomas Wells, above whom James BLAKEMAN owned eight acres. 65. John THOMPSON, who lived on No. 38. 66. John WELLS. 66 a. Daniel TITTERTON, Sr. 66 b. John WILLCOXSON, Sr. 67. John PEAT (sometimes spelled PEAKE). 68. Moses WHEELER; then, very soon, Richard HARVEY; then his sons-in-law. 69. Thomas CURTIS, from his father, John (now Chatfield and Gorham lots). 70. William WILLCOXSON, ancestor of all of that name in and of Stratford. 71. William BEARDSLEE, ancestor of all of that name in and of Stratford. 72. John BRINSMEADE. 73. Nicholas KNELL, whose wife was Gov. Francis NEWMAN’s daughter. 74. Robert RISE; then WHEELER; then Richard BENCH; then Rev. Israel CHAUNCEY. 75. First church edifice and burial-ground. 76. Originally UFFOOT’s, who in 1661 sold to Nicholas GRAY, if he maintain his dam wide enough for a passable cartway. 77. Granted in 1671 by town to N. GRAY, if he maintain his dam wide enough for a passable cartway. 78. Jehiel PRESTON, 1662. 79. Site of the second church edifice, from 1670 to 1743. WHITEFIELD preached in it, October 26, 1740. 80. Site of the third church edifice, from 1743 till burned by lightening in 1785. A. Site of the first church edifice and burying-ground. B. Site of the second church edifice, from 1670 to 1743. Whitefield preached in it October 26, 1740. C. Site of third church edifice, from 1743 till burned by lightening in 1785. D. Site of fourth church edifice, from 1786 to 1850. E. Burial-place, opened 1678. F. Site of first Episcopal church edifice in Connecticut, 1723, with its graveyard, which still occupies the spot. G. Site of second Episcopal church edifice, from 1744 to 1858. Site of present Episcopal church edifice, erected in 1858. H. Methodist Episcopal church. I. Richard Booth’s house-lot. J. Joseph BOOTH’s house-lot K. John BOOTH’s house-lot.


1. John Nichols

John Nichols is identified as a son of Francis Nichols in Samuel Orcott’s 1886 “A History of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Vol. 2” at Google Books .

Orcutt indicates John had 2 wives, the first apparently dying before John m. 2nd, Grace who appeared in Stratford, CT, records when Francis Nichols and his sons first appear in 1639 Stratford, CT records. The Sedgeberrow John would have been 38 at that time. If the Sedgeberrow John Nichols had been unmarried by 1638, that would have been unusual.

John lived in Watertown, Middlesex County, MA, in 1636/1637. He bought land at Fairfield before 1653, perhaps after a temporary stay at Wethersfield.

The inventory of John Nichols of Fairfield was presented 19 June 1655; Isaac Nichols was the overseer.

Children of John and [__?__]

i. Esther Nichols

ii. Elizabeth Nichols

iii. Hannah Nichols

Children of John and Grace:

iv. Isaac Nichols, b. c. 1645 Stafford, Fairfield, CT; 20 Dec 1713, Derby, New Haven, CT; m. 15 Aug 1672 Stafford to Hester Clark (b. 1 Mar 1645 in New Haven County, CT – d. 14 Jan 1714 in Stafford) Hester’s parents were John Clark (b. 1612) and Mary [__?__]. Isaac and Esther had five children born between 1673 and 1686

Orcutt’s History of Stratford contains the following:. He was brought up by his uncle, Isaac Nichols, of Stratford, and therefore was called “Cousin Isaac” (not Issaac Junior, as stated in the Derby History,.) He settled in Derby about 1678 and was one of the first two deacons of the first church in that place. He died Dec. 20, 1713.”

v. Sarah Nichols.

vi. John Nichols; d. 1675 in King Phillip’s War

Some have mistakenly said that he married Mercy Holbridge. John died unmarried according to the “History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut”, from Vol 1 by Elizabeth Hubbell, found at It reads, in pertinent part:

“John 2 s of John Nichols 1 of F joined the army in King Philip’s war and died the first year unmarried Savage’s Gen Dic”

The Sanford-Shulsen Family Genealogy says:

“John died in 1676 in King Philip’s war. His inventory was presented 2 May 1676 by brother Isaac Nichols. He had interest in cattle in New London; also his wages due from the Country. A footnote indicates may be possible ancestor of the Nichols family of Westport. 1 2 (emphasis added and citing Savage and Jacobus)

vii. Samuel Nichols b. in 1655/56, Fairfield, Fairfield, CT; d. 1736/37 in Derby, New Haven, CT; m. May 1682 to Mary Bowers ( – d. 9 Dec 1736 in Derby, New Haven, CT) Mary’s parents were John Bowers (b: ~ 1629 in England) and Bridget Thompson (b: in New Haven, New Haven, CT) Died without issue.

Orcutt’s History of Stratford contains the following: “He m. Mary, dau. of Rev. John Bowers of Derby in May 1682 and settled in New Jersey, probably at Newark.” No children listed by Orcutt and the “Hisdtory of Derby.” The will of Samuel Nichols of Derby was dated 3 Sep 1736, proved 7 Feb 1736/37. It mentions cousin John Bowers of Derby, son of Nathaniel Bowers of Newark; cousin Nichols Moss, son of William; cousin Mary, wife of Jonah Tomlinson of Derby.

9. Sarah Nichols,

Both Jacobus and the Patterson genealogy state that a daughter of Francis Nichols married Richard Mills. Torrey gives her name as “?Mary”. The baptismal records at Sedgeberrow indicate Margaret and Sarah as the only logical candidates, and Sarah appears the better age for the marriage

Thompson says only that she is “probably” the heretofore unidentified daughter of Francis Nichols who m., as his 1st wife, Richard Mills of Wethersfield, Stratford, and Stamford, CT.

In 1650 Joseph Hawley bought lands at Stratford from Richard Mills. After 1653 he was at Stamford, and he removed from there in 1663 to Westchester. On 18 June 1663 he was imprisoned in Manhattan because of a dispute between the Dutch authorities at New York and the English authorities at Hartford about juristiction over the town; he was released.

Proof of his marriage is based upon son Samuel referring to his “uncle Caleb Nichols”

10. Isaac Nichols

Isaac’s Bible was discovered in CT with births, baptisms, etc. recorded. We do not yet know if those entries include those of Isaac’s parents and siblings. If so such a listing, if in the Bible, would remove any possible doubt as to Francis’ Sedgeberrow roots.

Isaac was one of the original patentees of Stratford with home lot. Deputy to General Court, May 1662. Mentioned as “Uncle Isaac Nichols” in will of John Washburn, son of William WASHBURN and JANE NICHOLS (Olney, E Our Washburn Heritage p4).

He made the distribution of estate of his eldest brother, John Nichols of Fairfield with Andrew Ward June 9,1655.(Fairfield ct, Old Probate Rec V1:4, 1648-56). Isaac raised Isaac, a minor son of John Nichols his deceased brother, who was apprenticed to Isaac in 1659 after the death of Richard Perry, step father of young Isaac, in 1658 and called “cousin” Isaac thereafter. (Fairfield Land Rec 1659 p191). John Washburn grandson of Jane (Nichols) & William bequeathed the keeping of the “orphant” John Nichols s/o John, to his wife Mary & father in law Richard Butler, Aug 1658. John Washburn s/o John Washburn of Corberry on Long Island, while he was a minor, did receive of his uncle Isaac Nichols of Stratford, Twenty-Two pounds, One shilling and Eight pence in 1676.(Stratford Land Rec V2:512).

His children were born in Stratford (Barbour Collection CT). Isaac died Nov 5 1695 at Stratford Ct. occupation mentioned in will as “Soap Boiler”.

Will dated 28 Sep 1694, Stratford Fairfield Ct, where Margery is listed as “wife Margery”. He gives his lands to his son Benjamin after the decease of his wife, stating that “he had given to all his other children as he was able at their marriages or afterwards”. (Wm Howard Wilcoxin Hist Stratford 1939 p1252). Proved 6 Nov 1695.(Fairfield CT Probate V4:128, 1690-1702). Inventory taken Sept 17,1695 by James Judson, John Willis and Josiah Curtis. It was filed Nov.5,1695.

Probate: NICOLS, Isack, late of Stratford, soap boiler, will dated Sept. 28, 1694, probated Nov. 5, 1695, mentioned his wife Margaret, and children Benjamin, Sarah, Burret, children of son Ephraim, daughters Patience, Temperance, Elizabeth Web, and Margarit, children Isack, a deceased son, and children of Jonathan, a deceased son, and children of daughter Mary Chancey. Executors his wife and son Benjamin, assisted by Isreal Chancy and Richard Blacklach. Witnesses Robert Mekune and Robert Walker, page 128.

Inventory taken Sept. 17, 1695, by James Judson, John Welles and Josiah curtis, and filed Nov. 5, 1695, page 129.

Aug. 15, 1695, Margrit Nichols, a daughter of testator, received her portion. Witnesses Joseph Curtis and Richard Blacklash, page 129.

Isaac was also one of the first settlers, coming from England to Stratford with his father. He was the owner of much real estate, was engaged in a flourishing mercantile business, and was a prominent and substantial citizen of the town. From 1650 to 1680, Jospeh Hawley built vessels at Stratford and also sold foreign cloths, groceries, and other goods, and certain records attest that Isaac Nichols Sr., conducted a like business. He has a homelot of his own next door to his father in Stratford, his house lot running through from Main St. to Elm St., as is now called (1917, Humphrey notes). He was owner of much real estate in Stratford; deputy to the General Court (or Assembly) from Stratford in May 1662 and again in October 1664, and appears to have been a substanial and prominent citizen. (Source: History of Stratford by Wm. Howard Wilcoxson) This is also in History of Stratford by Samuel Orcutt with added note: Isaac was a “soap boiler,” as all men had some trade or definite occupation in those days, but in a broad free and fertile country he and his sons became successful farmers, and the descendants are scattered far and wide in the land of freedom and prosperity.

His will was dated Sep.28,1694 , inventoried Sept.1695 and proved Nov.6,1695; wife Margery; son Benjamin; children of dau. Mary Chauncey; dau. Sarah Burritt; children of son Isaac dec’d; children of son Jonathan dec’d; children of son Ephraim; daus. Patience, Temperance, Elizabeth Webb, Margery. He bequeathed his homestead and lands to Benjamin, after the decease of his wife, stating that he had given to all his other children, as he was able, at their marriage or afterwards. (Jacobus)

It is to Isaac and his Beza Bible (predating the King James version published in 1611) we owe so much, that precious book which he had brought from England with him and which now is kept in the Putney Museum in Stratford. We can be almost certain that his mother would have given it to him as they set out on their precarious journey across the dark seas of the Atlantic, knowing they were leaving home forever. The giver endorsed it “Isaac Nichols, his Book. God give him Grace therein.” The possession of this Bible marks Isaac as a literate man, son of parents who could read, a youngster who would have been in the local village school before leaving England. In this Bible, wife Margery listed the births of her eleven children, ranging in dates from 1647 to 1668. (Gay Nichols Hydrick) Bible dedicated in behalf of the Nichols family in May 2002 in Stratford – 400 yr old book published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart Anno.Dom.1610. It appears that Isaac wrote his own Last Will and Testament on a blank page as well.

FYI: Mr. Thompson, while not a Nichols descendant, has for many years worked with Barbara J. Nichols who authored an April 1993 TAG article proving Sgt. Francis Nichols of Stratford could not be the son of Francis Nicolls and Margaret Bruce (“Francis Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut, Was Not a Brother of Deputy Governor Richard Nicolls of New York.”) Barb and I are descended from The Sergeant’s son John.”

Children of Isaac and Margery:

i. Mary Nichols b. 2 Feb 1648 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 8 Jan 1669 Boston, Suffolk, Mass; m. 8 Jan 1667 in Stratford to Rev. Israel Chauncey ( 1644 in Scituate, Mass. – d. 14 Mar 1703 ) Israel’s parents were  Rev. Charles Chauncey (wiki)  (1592 – 1672) and Catherine Eyre (1604 – 1667). Mary and Israel had four children born between 1668 and 1677.

Israel’s father Charles Chauncey  taught that only baptism by full immersion was valid, which created problems in freezing cold pioneer New England.

Israel's father Charles Chauncy was President of Harvard 1654 – 1672

Israel’s father Charles Chauncy was President of Harvard 1654 – 1672

Charles Chauncy (5 Nov 1592 –  19 Feb 1672) was an Anglo-American clergyman and educator.

He was born at Yardleybury (Ardeley), Hertfordshire, England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he later was a lecturer in Greek. After serving as a pastor in England at Marston St. Lawrence,Northamptonshire (1633–37), he emigrated to America in 1638. He preached at Plymouth until 1641, then at Scituate where, says Mather, “he remained for three years and three times three years, cultivating the vineyard of the Lord.” He was appointed president of Harvard College in 1654. He held that office until his death in 1672.  Besides a number of sermons, Chauncy published The Doctrine of the Sacrament, with the Right Use Thereof (1642); The Plain Doctrine of the Justification of a Sinner in the Sight of God (1659), a collection of 26 sermons; and Antisynodalia Scripta Americana (1662).

During his time at Plymouth and Scituate, Chauncy got into a heated debate with the religious and secular leaders of the Plymouth Colony over the issue of baptism. Chauncy taught that only baptism by full immersion was valid, while the Separatist Elders taught that sprinkling water over the body was just as valid. The sprinkling method of baptism was much preferred in New England due to its cooler and harsher climate.

The religious leaders of the Plymouth Colony held public debates, trying to convince Chauncy to change his views. When Chauncy still did not change his views, the Pilgrim leaders wrote to congregations in Boston and New Haven soliciting their views, and all the congregations wrote back that both forms of baptism were valid. Still, Chauncy did not change his teachings. It was because of this issue that Chauncy left Plymouth for Scituate in 1641. A year after arriving in Scituate, Chauncy had a chance to practice what he preached, when he publicly baptized his twin sons by full immersion. The plan backfired when one of his sons passed out due to being dunked in the water. The mother of the child who was supposed be baptized at the same event refused to let it happen, and according to John Winthrop, got a hold of Chauncy and “near pulled him into the water”. When Chauncy was hired to be President of Harvard, he had to promise the leaders in Boston that he would keep his views on baptism quiet.

His great-grandson was also named Charles Chauncy (1705–1787), minister of the First Church (Congregational) of Boston 1727–1787, an Old-Light opponent of Jonathan Edwards and the New Light ministers of the Great Awakening, and a precursor of Unitarianism.

Israel had the parson’s lot #42 in Stratford (See above).

Rev. Israell Chauncy Gravestone

Rev. Israell Chauncy Gravestone Old Congregational Burying Ground in Stratford Findagrave # 20834781

Inscription on Israel’s gravestone:
who was minister of ye Gospell in this place upwards of 38 years
in ye 59th year of his age

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ii.Sarah Nichols b. 1 Nov 1649 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 4 Mar 1698  CT; m. 8 Jan 1674 in Stratford to Capt.  Stephen Burritt (b. 1641 in Stratford – d. 24 Jan 1697 burial in Old Congregational Burying Ground  Stratford) Stephen’s parents were William Burritt (1600 Wales – 1651 Stratford, CT) and Elizabeth Jones (1600 – 1681). Sarah and Stephen had eight children born between 1675 and 1696. After Stephen died, Sarah married Capt. Joseph More.

Inscription:”Here lieth the body of Capt. Stephen Burritt, who departed this life in the 57th year of his age. January 24, 1697/8.” Note: This is the oldest surviving gravestone of a member of the Burritt family in North America.

Sarah Nichols Burritt Gravestone

Sarah Nichols Burritt Gravestone — Old Durham Cemetery, Durham, Middlesex, CT

Sarah wife of Capt. Stephen Burrit of Stratford, but died ye widow of Capt. Joseph More of Brighamtown [Bridgehampton] on Long Island, in the 82nd year of her age.

iii. Josiah Nichols b. 29 Jan 1652 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT;

The Hawley Record, compiled and published by Elias Sill Hawley, 1890 Genealogical Note #11, page 441 Hannah Hawley, daughter of Capt. Joseph Hawley (1603 – 1690) married Josiah Nichols, son of Isaac, son of Sergt Francis Nichols, one of the first and most prominent families in Stratford, CT. Josiah Nichols died about twelve years after marriage, and his widow, Hannah, married John Wolcott, of Windsor, CT, the Wolcott family being the most prominent of any in that, one of the first towns in the Colony of Connecticut.

Alternatively, Josiah’s cousin Joseph Nichols (b. 25 Dec 1656 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 25 Jun 1691 Booth Hills, Fairfield, CT), son of Josiah’s Uncle Caleb; m. 13 Dec 1678 in Stratford to Hannah Hawley (b. 26 May 1657 in Stratford – d. 3 Jun 1726 in Windsor, Hartford, CT) Hannah’s parents were Capt. Joseph Hawley (1603 – 1690) and Catherine Birdsey ( – 1692)

iv. Isaac Nichols b. 12 Mar 1654 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1690 Stratford; m. Sep 1675 in Milford, New Haven, CT to Mary Baldwin (b. 6 Nov 1653 in Milford, New Haven, CT – d. 1690 in Old Lyme, New London, CT) Mary’s parents were Richard Baldwin (1622 – 1665) and Elizabeth Alsop (1625 – 1688). Isaac and Mary had five children born between 1676 and 1690.

After Isaac died, Mary may have married 22 Oct 1711 in Milford, New Haven, CT to Daniel Comstock (b. 12 May 1656 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island – d. 1725 in Lyme, New London, CT)

v. Jonathan Nichols b. 10 Dec 1655 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1689 Stratford; m. 21 Dec 1681 in Stratford to Hannah Hawkins (b. 1661 in Farmington, Hartford, CT – d. 23 Jul 1698 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT) Hannah’s parents were Anthony Hawkins (1644 – 1674) and Ann Welles (1619 – 1680). Jonathan and Hannah had two children Hannah (b. 1684) and Jonathan (b. 1687).

After Jonathan died, Hannah married 1695 in Stratford to John Judson (b. 10 Dec 1647 in Fairfield, CT – d. 12 Jan 1709 in Woodbury)

vi. Ephraim Nichols b. 16 Dec 1657 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1690 Stratford; m. 17 Oct 1682 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT to Esther Ward (b. 18 Apr 1660 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT – d. 18 Apr 1732 in Fairfield) Esther first married 19 Apr 1678 Stratford to Ebenezer Hawley (b. 17 Sep 1654 in Stratford – d. 3 Oct 1681 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT) and had two children Elizabeth (b. 1679) and William (b. 1680). After Ephraim died, she married 20 Jan 1696 Fairfield, Fairfield, CT to Robert Lord (b. 16 August 1651 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT – d. 1739 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT) Esther and Robert had five children born between 1696 and 1705.

vii. Patience Nichols b. 2 Feb 1660 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; m1.1680 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT to John Hubbell (b. 1652 in Guilford, New Haven, CT – d.  Apr 1690 on an expedition to Schenectady, Albany, New York-Died of Smallpox). John’s brother Samuel married Patience’s sister Temperance. Their were Richard Hubbell (1626 – ) and Elizabeth Meigs (1635 -1664) Patience and John had three children born between 1681 and 1688.

Patience m2. 2 Mar 1691 in Stratford to Samuel Hawley (b. 1647 in Stratford – d. 24 Aug 1734 in Stratford) Samuel’s parents were Joseph Hawley (1603 – 1690) and Catherine Birdsey ( – 1692) Samuel first married 20 May 1673 in Stratford to Mary Thompson (b. 7 Jun 1653 in Farmington, Hartford, CT – d. 1691 in Stratford. Samuel and Mary had seven children born between 1674 and 1687. Samuel and Patience had six more children between 1693 and 1701.

John B. Hubbell served in King Philip’s War; Received colonial grant of 100 acres, as compensation for loss of a finger. Lieutenant on expedition to Albany, Apr 1690 where he lost his life.

1683 granted lot in Derby formerly granted to Josiah Nichols and afterwards to Jonathan Nichols provided he lived there seven years.  Lived in Derby, but returned to Stratford,

Will: inventory 13 Oct 1690; widow Patience; ages of children: Margery 9, Richard 6, Josiah 2. Josiah Nichols and Samuel Hubbell, Sr, appointed to administer the estate, with the widow, who by 23 Sep 1691 had married Samuel Hawley

viii. Temperance Nichols b. 17 May 1662 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1714 Stratford; m. 17 Apr 1688 in Stratford to Samuel Hubbell (b. 6 Nov 1657 in Guilford, New Haven, CT – d. 18 Sep 1713 in Stratford) Samuel’s brother John married Temperance’s sister Patience. Their parents were Richard Hubbell (1626 – ) and Elizabeth Meigs (1635 -1664) Samuel first married Elizabeth Wilson who died 20 Jan 1688. Temperance and Samuel had ten children born between 1689 and 1702.

ix. Benjamin Nichols b. 2 Feb 1666 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1715 Stratford; m. 1700 in Stratford to Abigail [__?__] (b. 1667 – d. 1711)

x. Elizabeth Nichols b. 2 Apr 1668 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 15 Feb 1718 Stratford; m. 9 Jul 1691 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT to Joseph Webb (b. 10 May 1666 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. – d. 12 Sep 1732 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT):

11. Caleb Nichols

Caleb was born about 1623, but apparently baptized at some location other than Sedgeberrow. Thompson’s article says he is the Caleb Nichols who m. Anne Ward and d. at Fairfield Ct.

Caleb’s wife Anne Ware was born about 1620 in England. Her parents were Andrew Ward (1597 – 1660) and Hester Sherman (1606 – 1666). Anne died 6 Jul 1718 in Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Caleb and Ann had 13 children.

In Stratford, he was selected a “Townsman,” and in December 1661 Caleb Nichols and two other Townsmen represented the town of Stratford in the purchase of a large tract of land from the Paugussett Indians. Part of this land later became the site of the large “Nichols Farm” owned by his son Abraham, and today it is the village of Nichols just north of Stratford.

Nichols Farms is a historic area within the town of Trumbull, Connecticut. The Nichols Farms Historic District, which encompasses part of the area, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the area was entirely a part of Stratford (settled in 1639) and was governed by Stratford for eighty six years before a separate village was organized.  Hence, all of Nichols Farms early public records are intermingled with and identified as Stratfordrecords. Nichols was named for the family who maintained a farm in its center. It was first organized as the village of Unity in 1725. The village of Unity (later called North Stratford) continued for seventy two years before the privileges of a town were granted in 1797.

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Clark’s Map of Nichol’s Farms in 1867

The Nichols Farms Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 20 1987,  and included 104 acres , 81 contributing buildings, one contributing site and one contributing object. The buildings listed on the registry are located close to the green with addresses of Center Road, 1681-1944 Huntington Turnpike, 5-34 Priscilla Place and 30-172 Shelton Road. The 81 buildings are mostly private residences situated on two main roads in a village setting and represent all of the periods of Connecticut domestic architecture from the early 18th century to the present.

In 1661, the Stratford selectmen voted to allow all inhabitants the liberty of taking up a whole division of land anywhere they could find fit planting ground as long as it was not within two miles of the town meeting house and they were prohibited from making it their dwelling place without consent. Elder Phillip Groves, Captain William Curtiss and Lt. Joseph Judson, early farmers in Nichols Farms, were named to a committee to lay out the land as they saw fit. The common land in Nichols Farms was divided to individuals beginning in 1670 as a part of the three-mile or woods division and continued up to 1800.

Mischa Hill, located in the geographic center of Nichols Farms, was first called Lt. Joseph Judson’s Farm or Old Farm in the land records and was the first area within Trumbull to be farmed and settled. The first landowners were among the first settlers to arrive at Stratford namely; Richard Booth, Zachariah Bostick, Lt. Paul Brinsmaid, John Curtiss, Benjamin Curtiss, Joseph Curtiss, Captain William Curtiss, Ebenezer Curtiss, Zachariah Curtiss, Joseph Fairchild, Elder Philip Groves, Mr. Joseph Hawley (Captain), Samuel Hawley, Ephraim Hawley, Lt. Joseph Judson, Jeremiah Judson, Isaac Judson, Caleb Nichols, his son Abraham Nichols, Samuel Uffoot and Reverend Zachariah Walker.


Caleb Nichols was involved in the first major conflict between dissident factions in the Stratford church in 1665, siding with a group who favored the “half-way covenant.” The half-way covenant, announced by the fourth Synod in Boston in 1662, would allow children whose parents had not converted to Puritanism to be baptized but not receive communion.

The Stratford Congregational Church, however, held to the original rule that required both parents to convert to Puritanism before their child could be baptized or receive communion.

Caleb’s group split off and formed a new church in 1670, originally called the Second Congregational Church of Stratford.  In 1673, 17 families from the second church moved about 25 miles north and formed the town of Woodbury, but they were forced to return to Stratford two years later for protection during King Philip’s War against the colonists.

By 1676, the Woodbury pioneers began to return with more members, including Caleb Nichols and his family. His youngest child John was baptized there in March 1675/76 . Caleb died there in 1690, age about 66. His will was dated 14 Aug 1690. His widow Anne was nearly 90 when she died in Woodbury in 1718

Children of Caleb and Anne:

i. Esther Nichols b. 18 Feb 1652 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 11 Nov 1682 New London, CT; m. 5 May 1680 in Stratford to John Valentine Prentice (b. 6 May 1628 in Chelmsford, Essex, England – d. 1691 in New London, New London, CT) John’s parents were Valentine Prentice (1599 – 1633) and Alice Bredda (1609 – 1643). Esther and John had one son Valentine (b. 1680)

Another possibility is that Esther was born to an earlier wife of Caleb in 1635 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony. It could be they married 1652 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and had twelve children born between 1652 and 1676 including their oldest son John Prenticde, (b. 06 Aug 1652, New London, New London, CT; d. 21 Mar 1714, New London, New London, CT) m1. Esther Nichols (b. 18 Feb 1653); m2. 23 Nov 1675, New London, New London, CT to Sarah Jones (b. 19 Apr 1654, Boston – d.. 14 Apr 1733, New London, New London CT)

ii. Sarah Nichols b. 1 Dec 1651 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 23 Jul 1718 Stratford; m. 20 Oct 1674 in Stratford to Moses Wheeler (b. 5 Jul 1651 in Stratford – d. 30 Jan 1724 in Stratford) Moses’ parents were Moses Wheeler Sr. ( – 1698) and Miriam Hawley (1620 – 1690). Sarah and Moses had eight children born between 1677 and 1687 in Stratford.

iii. Ann Nichols b. 5 Mar 1653 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1700 Stratford

iv. Joseph Nichols b. 25 Dec 1656 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 25 Jun 1691 Booth Hills, Fairfield, CT; m. 13 Dec 1678 in Stratford to Hannah Hawley (b. 26 May 1657 in Stratford – d. 3 Jun 1726 in Windsor, Hartford, CT) Hannah’s parents were Capt. Joseph Hawley (1603 – 1690) and Catherine Birdsey ( – 1692)

Alternatively, The Hawley Record, compiled and published by Elias Sill Hawley, 1890 Genealogical Note #11, page 441 Hannah Hawley, daughter of Capt. Joseph Hawley (1603 – 1690) married  Joseph’s cousin Josiah Nichols, son of Isaac, son of Sergt Francis Nichols, one of the first and most prominent families in Stratford, CT. Josiah Nichols died about twelve years after marriage, and his widow, Hannah, married John Wolcott, of Windsor, CT, the Wolcott family being the most prominent of any in that, one of the first towns in the Colony of Connecticut.

v. Samuel Nichols b. 29 Mar 1658 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1691 Woodbury, CT; m1. Mary Bowers (b. 1665 in New Haven, New Haven, CT – d. 9 Jun 1736 in Derby, New Haven, CT); or m1. Susan [__?__] ( – d. 1658); m2. 1685 to Susan Fairchild (1660 – )

Samuel and Susan had two children Josiah (b. 1687) and Andrew (b. 1689)

vi. Andrew Nichols b. 28 Nov 1659 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1690 or 1704 Woodbury, Litchfield, CT

vii. Abraham Nichols b. 29 Jan 1662 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1708 Woodbury, Litchfield, CT; m. 3 Dec 1684 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT to Rachel Kellogg (b. Feb 1663 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Ct – d. 1703 in Nichols Farms, Trumbull, CT); Rachel’s parents were Daniel Kellogg (1630 – ) and Bridget Bouton (1642 – 1689). Abraham and Rachel had nine children born between 1685 and 1703. m2. 1708 to Sarah Rogers (b. 5 Oct 1665 in Milford, New Haven, CT -d. 24 Jun 1735 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT)

Abraham Nichols was one of the first residences in Trumbell, Fairfield, CT

Abraham Nichols was  tone of the first residences in Trumbell, Fairfield, CT

It was previously thought that Abraham Nichols made the first permanent settlement within Trumbull, Fairfield, CT around 1690 or 1700, depending on the source, and that others soon followed venturing into the wilderness to establish mills, churches, and schools. Abraham Nichols landholdings were said to total 1,000 acres  with much of it remaining in the Nichols family for over two centuries. The last of the line was Florence Nichols who married George Woods in 1903. Soon after their deaths in 1973 and 1972 respectively, the property was deeded to the Nichols Methodist Church from whom the town of Trumbull purchased it in 1974. This tract was then known as the Woods Estate and is now the home of the Trumbull Historical Society Recent research has determined that Nichols holdings actually were around 285 acres of land of which 55 acres remains as open space today.

According to Walter Nicholls, who wrote the History of the Nichols family in 1909, Abraham did not accompany his father to Woodbury in 1673, but remained in Trumbull to oversee the plantation. However, since Abraham was only eleven at the time (born 1662), it is likely that he did remove to Woodbury with his family and returned to Trumbull between 1696 and 1700.

Walter Nicholls colorful description of the Nichols homestead;

About 1700 Abraham Nicholls erected for himself a homestead upon his lordly domain, and which, according to the description vouchsafed by persons now living, who chanced to view it while yet standing in the early part of the nineteenth century, was an immense gambrel-roofed structure of a rambling style of architecture, situated upon an eminence, affording an unobstructed vista of the surrounding landscape and at the southward, about four miles distant, the shimmering bosom of Long Island Sound.There it stood for decades, without a neighboring habitation within a circuit of several miles; while the sepulchral quietude of its surroundings was rarely broken, even by the echo of a sound adequate to dispel the day dreams, or waken the nocturnal slumbers of its peaceful inhabitants, save that of the casual lowing of kine, the appealing cadence of the whop-poor-will at nightfall, or the grewsome howling of wolves. . . .It is a subject of profound regret on the part of many of the descendents of Abraham Nicholls that neither his will nor the inventory of his estate can be found of record.

According to Stratford land records, Abraham Nichols purchased several old farms and large parcels of land in 1696. Nichols exchanged his land for 22 acres  of Lt. Joseph Judsons old farm which had a barn on it, 54 acres   or half the land owned by Jeremiah Judson, and 19 acres   of land from Benjamin Curtiss.  These transactions are described in the land records as being located at or near the Old farmJudson’s farm’s or Lt. Joseph Judson farm. Furthermore, in 1699, Lt. Ebenezer Curtiss recorded 15 acres   of land from the three-mile division that was bounded west with Lt. Joseph Judson’s farm, now belonging to Abraham Nichols. This deed confirms that Nichols purchased Judson’s old farm, established in 1658, and was not the first to settle the area. 

In 1704, Nichols purchased Reverend Zachariah Walker’s entire farm which was 36 acres  in size. In 1708, Nichols bought 5 acres known as Mischa Hill Meadow from Joseph Fairchild and in 1715 he added 1 acre  from Captain John Hawley. These three large farms when combined with Nichols own division land and other parcels, totaled around 285 acres of land. Some of the old farms, about 54 acres , remain as open space today.

viii. Abigail Nichols b. 6 Feb 1664 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 4 Jan 173 Woodbury, Litchfield, CT; m. 25 Jun 1685 in Stratford to William Seaborn Martin (b. 1653 in New Haven, New Haven, CT -d. 4 Jul 1715 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT) William’s parents were Samuel Martin (1613 – 1683) and Phebe Bisby ( – 1709). Abigail and William had four children born between 1691 and 1704.

ix. Hannah Nichols b. 6 Aug 1666 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 1706

x. Caleb Nichols b. Feb 1668 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT; d. 14 Apr 1706 Woodbury, Fairfield, CT

xi. Phebe Nichols b. 12 Nov 1671 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT; d. 1732 Milford, New Haven, CT; m1. 28 Dec 1697 in Woodbury to Isaac Knell (b. Feb 1655 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT – d. 2 Nov 1708 in Old Congregational Burying Ground, Stratford) Isaac’s parents were Nicholas Knell (1625 – 1675) and Elizabeth Newman (1623 – 1645)

m2.17 Oct 1712 Age: 40 Milford, New Haven, CT to Ensign George Clark (b. 5 Mar 1648 in Milford, New Haven, CT – d. 19 July 1734 in Milford) George first married Deborah Gold (1660 – 1697) Deborah died four days after the birth of a daughter, Silence. The infant died the same day and they were probably buried together.

Deborah’s father Maj Nathan Gold (1623 – 1694) was the richest inhabitant with the most land in Fairfield by 1670. For many years, he served as assistant to the Governor of the Colony of Conn. & deputy to the General Court in Hartford representing Fairfield. He was one of the nineteen petitioners name in the Charter of Connecticut. On behalf of Fairfield he signed a land grant between the Indians and Fairfield for a tract of land between Fairfield and Stratford. He was a member of the Committee on Defense against the Dutch and was a reprsentative to the First Colonial Congress in New York in 1690.

Deborah’s brother Nathan Gold Jr. (1663 – 1723) served the Connecticut Colony in various offices, becoming Deputy Governor and in 1712 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.”

Ensign George Clark Bio

Ensign George Clark Bio

xii. Mary Nichols b. 1673 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT; d. 2 Apr 1733 Derby, New Haven, CT; m. 20 Jan 1691 in Derby, New Haven, CT to Joseph Hull (b. 16 Feb 1669 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT – d. 5 Oct 1744 in Derby) Joseph’s parents were Dr. John Hull (1640 – ) and Mary Beach (1642 -1686). Mary and Joseph had eight children born between 1692 and 1709. After Mary died, John married 17 Nov 1735 in Derby to Hannah Botsford (b. 30 Apr 1674 in Milford, New Haven, CRT -d. 1738 in Derby), widow of John Prindle.

The ancient records of Connecticut show that Joseph served as Ensign, Lieutenant and Captain of the Derby train band, and that for years 1710, 1713 and 1716 he represented said town of Derby in the General Court.

xiii. John Nichols b. 12 Nov 1676 in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT; d. 24 Apr 1727 Woodbury; m. 13 Nov 1705 in Woodbury to Jane Bostwick (b. 13 Apr 1680 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT – d. 1734 in Woodbury) John and Jane had seven children born between 1707 and 1724 in Woodbury, CT.


John Nichols is identified as a son of Francis Nichols in Samuel Orcott’s 1886 History of Stratford. Samuel Orcutt’s 1886 “A History of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Vol. 2” at Google Books

The Nichols Improvement Association, a private trust, established in 1889 to beautify and improve Nichols Farm The green in Nichols Farms, known as Nichols Green or N.I.A. Green.

Hubbell Genealogy  By : Hubbell, Walter Publication: New York, J.H. Hubbell & Co., 1988

History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, 1886 By: Rev. Samuel B. Orcutt Fairfield County Historical Society,

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield  By: Jacobus, Daniel Lines, MA Publication: 1930 

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John Washbourne

John WASHBOURNE (1566 – 1624) was Alex’s 13th Grandfather; one of 16,384 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Washburn Coat of Arms

John Washbourne was baptized on 1 Aug 1566 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England. His parents were John WASHBOURNE and Jone (Jane) WHITEHEAD. He married Martha TIMBRELL on 6 July 1596 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.   John died on 3 August 1624 at the age of 58 in Bengworth, Worcestershire, England.

Martha Timbrell was born circa 1578 at England.  She was the widow of a Mr. Stevens. Martha made her will on 29 Sep 1625 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. Martha departed this life before 9 May 1626 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England when her will was probated.

Children of John and Martha:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Washburn bapt.
2 Jul 1597
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
Margery (Margaret) Moore
23 Nov 1618
Elizabeth Stream
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts
2. Jane Washburn bapt.
2 Dec 1599
Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
Isaacke Averell Not mentioned in her father’s
3 Aug 1624 will
20 Oct 1636 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England
3. William WASHBURNE 9 Nov 1601 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England Jane NICHOLS
1621 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England.
30 Oct 1658 Hempstead, Queens, NY.
4. Joane Washburn bapt.
11 Apr 1604
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England
John Shorthazel
May 1626
Bengeworth Par, Evesham, Worcester, England
5. Daniel Washburn 1605
Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England

John’s father John WASHBURNE was born circa 1520 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. John married Jane Busell on 21 April 1542 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. He and Jane were blessed with 4 children. The family resided at Bengeworth, Worchestershire, England. John’s wife, Jane, died before 4 April 1557 in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England,, leaving him a widower. John married second  Jone WHITEHEAD on 8 May 1561 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.  John’s wife, Jone, died before 23 April 1567 in Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England,, leaving him a widower. John was buried 13 Oct1593 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.

John’s grandfather John WASHBURNE was born circa 1467 at Worchestershire, England. John married Emme [__?__] at England. He and Emme were blessed with 4 children. John settled at Bengeworth, a few miles from Little Washbourne, probably at the time of his father’s death in 1517. John made his will on 27 December 1546.

He bequeathed his soul to Almighty God , and directed that his body be buried in the Churchyard of Bengeworth, after Solemn Mass. He appointed Eme his wife , to be sole Executrx, and named Thomas Shreve of Hampton and his son William Washbourne, to act as Overseers of the Will. Legatees were his sons William and John; the two children of each of these sons; the three children of Robert Martin, “ his son-in law, husband of the testator’s daughter, Alice; the child of Daniel Hyde “Hide” his son-in-law husband of the testators daughter Katherine; and left the remainder of his estate” to his wife “ Eme”.

John was buried 8 Jan 1546/47 at St Peter’s Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England.

John’s will from The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907.

In the name of God Amen the xxvij day of December the yere of or lord mcccccxlvj, & in the xxxviij yere of the Rayne of or Souaygne lord Henry the viij by the grace of God Kynge of Englande fraunce & Ireland Defendor of the faythe and in erthe of the churche of England & also of Irelande the sup’me head. I John Wassheburne husbandman dwellynge in the pishe of bengeworthe wtin the dioces of Worcester beynge sike in body nev’thelesse of good & perfecte mynde & memorie thanks be to God therfore do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr folowing–

first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, & my body to be buryed wtin the eccliasticall sepulture of my pishe church of bengeworthe aforenamed & soche temporall goods as my lord god hathe lente me & to be orderyd & disposed as herafter folowethe to the true execucon wherof I do constitute & make Emme my wiffe my sole Executrixe & Thoms Shreve of Hampton & Willm Wassheburne my sonne supvisors or ov’sears to the same.

Itm I will my body be honestly brought unto the sepulture wth solempne dirige & masse for my soule & all christen soules.

Itm I bequethe unto my pishe churche of bengworthe aforesayde ij strike of whete & ij strike of barley.

Itm I bequethe unto Willm my sone my bigger sestarne a carte brydle & a mattocke.

Itm I bequethe unto John my sone my lesser sestarne, an ewtinge fatte, a carte bridle & a mattocke.

Itm I bequethe unto the ij children of Willm my sone & to the ij children of John my sone evy one of them iis.

Itm I bequethe unto the iij children of Robte Marten my sone in lawe & to the one childe of Danyell Hide myne other sone in lawe evy one of them like wisse iis. The Residue of my goods in this testament not bequethed I give & bequethe unto Emme my wiffe and Executrix above named wt all my howses lands & grownds therto belonging lyinge wtin the towe & filde of bengeworthe aforesayd she to have the sayd howses lands & grownds duryng her naturall liffe & aftr her decesse I will John my sone shall inherite & have unto him & his eyre male for evr all my foresayd howses lands & grownds & he or his eyres to pay unto Willm my sone so longe as the sayde Willm shall lyve out of the sayd grownde yerely vis viijd & the sayde Willm my sone shall pay for the same yerely to Alice Marten my daughter duryng theyer ij lyves to gether ij strike of whete to be delived one strike at Christmas & another at Aster and John my sone shall pay unto Katherine Hide my other daughter yerly duryng her naturall life too strike of whete to be delived in like manr & in case that eyther of my sons aforenamed happen to die my ij daughters Aloise & Katheryn being alive then will I that the longer lyvr of my sayd ij sones shall pay unto my ij daughters the hole some of whete aforenamed or iff bothe my sones decesse then they to have the forsayde whete durynge theyer lifes out of my grounde aforenamed and yf it happen that John my sone have no eyer male then I will that after his decesse Willm my sone & his eyre male yf he have any shall inherite the sayde howses lands & grownds for evr & in case that neyther of my sones John nor Willm have eny eyer male then will I that the eldest daughter of John my sone shall inherite the sayd howses lands and grownds afore specified to pay out of the same to the eldest daughter of Willm my sone duryng her naturall liffe yerly halfe the rent of the same wch is vijs vid and then the forsayde howses lands & grownds to remayne to the eyer gen’all for evr. This is my full testament & last will written the day & yere above specified.

These beyng witnesse Thoms Shreve Thoms Marten Willm Clente & Thoms Trewelove wt other. Pbat’ cora dco Comiss die anno et loco pdict’ qu’ iurat etc. & exhibuit Inventariu ad summa xxvijli viijs viijd

(Source: The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford, 1907.).

In the name of God amen the 1 day of may the yere of or lord 1547 & in the firste yere of the raygne of our souaygn lord Edward the vi by the grace of god Kyng of England france & Ireland defender of the faythe & of the churche of England & also of Ireland on erthe the sup’me hed–I Emme Wasborn dwellynge in the pishe of Bengeworthe wthin the dioc of Worceter beyinge sike in body nevtheles of pfecte mynde & good memorie thanked by god do ordeyne & make this my testament & last will in forme & manr as herafter folowethe–first I bequethe my soule unto Almyghty god, the glorius virgin saynte mary & to the company of all blessed angells & saynts in hevyn, & my body to be buryed wthin the churcheyard of Bengworthe —

Itm I give & bequethe to Danyell Hide my best cowe ij couple of shippe a quarter of whete & another of barley a flaxen shete & ij hurden shets

— Itm I bequethe to Katherine Hide my daughter a redd curtell my best gowne my best cappe my fetherbedde my best kamiccs a bolster a potte a lande of whete at the weathis a baknhogge a coffer that I bought of Thoms Swerdebrake and iij stiks of whight clothe

— Itm I bequethe to John M’tenij coples of shepe & a newe pewter dishe

— Itm I bequethe to William Marten ij cowpulls of shippe & a platter.

Itm I bequethe to Margarete M’ten ij couples of shepe my best hooke of silvr & a platter

— Itm I bequethe to Willm Wasborn my sone a browne cowe to his wiffe my best kertell & ij kercheffes — To Katherine his daughter my best panne a platter & one couple of shepe — To Agnes his daughter a panne & caudern a plater my best beads my second peyer of hoks & one couple of shepe. — I bequethe to the churche of Bengeworth ij striks of barley

— Itm I bequethe to the yonge mens lyght ij striks of barley —

Itm I bequethe to Willm Blaklowe a hurden shete

— Itm I bequeth to Emme Ruttr a hurden shete

— Itm I bequethe to Agnes Ordeweye a hurden shete

— Itm I bequethe to Johane Davis a hurden shete

— Itm I bequethe to Emme Gowgzht a hurden shete

— I gyve & will that the xvjd that is receaved for a certayne hade in the filde ev’y yere shalbe bestowed for my husbands soule & myne wthin the churche of bengeworthe ev’y yere onse to have dirge & masse for ou’soules and all christen soules — The residue of all my other goods and catall above not bequethed I give and put in the disposicon of John Wasborne my sone whom I do ordeyne & make my executore and he to dispose them for the welthe of my soule & all Christen soules as he thinkethe best to be done — To this witnessithe Rich. felps the elder Richard felps the yongr, Robte Ordewey Willm Payge my curate & gostly father wth other.

— Dated the yere monethe & day above wryghtyn– Pbatu etc. cora dco Comissio etc. apud Euishm xv die mens’ Junij anno dm 1547 qui iurat etc. Exhibuit Inventarm etc. ad suma xvijli xvijs xd

Note from Kathy & Larry McCurdy.

It appears to us that the published genealogies of the Washburn families are well done works. We are however concerned with the John Washburns in the generations following Norman and Elizabeth Knivton. We are not aware of clear evidence in the generations that follow. Admittedly, we have not had the privilege of examining all of the documents of the time, but from what we have had available, we are uncertain of the line of descent thru the John Washburns that follow Norman and Elizabeth.

In analyzing the data and information available to us, we are even more concerned about the linkage of John Washburn of Bengeworth to the earlier Washburns of Little Washborne and Wichenford. Dates and life spans are a concern as well as the content of the will of John Washburn written in 1517. Some historians have been able to rationalize and have given explanations as to the inconsistencies, while others have admitted that there is no proof of the linkage of John Washburn of Bengeworth to the John Washburn of Wichenford, mentioned above. We are of the opinion that the John who wrote the will of 1517 had one wife, Elizabeth, and only the children mentioned in his will. It appears that this John died at a rather young age with a relatively young family with 3 children who were minors, and a son of age who probably was just past his age of majority. This may or may not be a correct theory, but there are two many inconsistencies to make a link between the two mentioned Johns. It is of course highly probable that John, whose will was written in 1546, was a member of the Washburns of Little Washborne and Wichenford, but at this time we do not see any proof other than the geographic closeness to assume the actual relationship. We will continue our research and if we find anything new, we will post it here. We welcome any comments or ideas. Thank you for stopping at our site.

Back to John

John Jr. was one of the twelve principal Burgesses mentioned in the Charter granted by King James to Evesham and Bengeworth in the third year of his reign [1605] constituting them a Borough, granting the town two representatives in Parliament. Evesham is a market town s situated on a horse shoe shaped peninsula almost completely surrounded by water in a meander of the River Avon between Stratford-on-Avon and Tewkesbury. The modern town encompasses Bengeworth and Greater and Little Hampton, which were originally independent villages on the opposite bank of the river.

On May 25, 1608 and October 2, 1610, John Washbourne signed the Corporation Minutes. He resigned the Council on August 30, 1614, probably because of his health, and his resignation is recorded in the Corporation Minutes on that date.

Later in life, John lost his eyesight. John made his will on 3 August 1624.

In the name of God amen, the iiid day of August and dni 1624 and in the xxiith year of the reign of Souagne Lord James by the grace of God, King of England, Fraunce, and Ireland defender of the faith of Scotland the Lviith.

I John Washbourne of Bengeworth in the Borough of Evesham in the countie of Worcester being very weak and sicke in bodie but of good and p’fect memory thanks to be to God doe ordain this my last will and testament in manner in forme following. first I bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God nothing doubting but that through His infinite mercy in Jesus Christ he will receive it.

Item unto my son-in-law Isaacke Averell Thirty pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto him in a mann. & form following vidit, that is to say Fifteene pounds within one year next after my decease and the other fifteen three years after my decease.

Itm I give to my daughter Joane Washbourne fifteen pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her one Halfe at her day of marriage & the other within the space of fouer years next ensueing after her day of marriage. Provided that she marry with the consent assent & good lyking of her mother and my brother-in-law John Trimbrel.

Item I give unto my sonne William Washbourne forty pounds the one half to be paid within six months after my decease.

Item I give unto my loving Wife household stuffe to be at her disposing. The residue of my Lands Carrells Cattells moveable & unmoveable I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Washbourne who I make Executor of this my last will and testament & whom I ordain & appoint to pay all the afforesaid bequeaths in the mann. & forme aforesaid.
Memorandum that before the signing hereof the above said John Washbourne did give and bequeath unto Jane the daughter of Isaacke Averall one Heyfer of a year old to be delivered her when she comes to the age of yeares.
In witness of which the said John Washbourne being blind and not able to see his hand has authorized his Brother John Tymbell for him and in his stead to subscribe to the psents with his name or mark the day and years first above written.
Read published and signed with his word [lands] interlined in the seaventeenth before the ensealing and signing hereof.
Before John Balam
John Trymball
Joseph Phelpes.

John departed this life before 11 December 1624 at Bengeworth, Wickenford Parish, Worchestershire, England. The inventory of John’s estate was taken on Wednesday, 11 December 1624.

The inventory indicates that John possessed a very productive holding of land, for he had stored in his house at the time of his death 82 pounds worth of wheat, barley and pulse; 32 pounds worth of cattle, sheep and swine; 39 pounds worth of horses; gears. carts. cows. amd harrows – his father kept 5 horses; 8-10-0 pounds worth of hay. The house was of one story with an attic, the latter used for the lodging rooms, granary, and general store room. the ground floor contained a “hall” or common living room, Kitchen and a “Chamber” or bedroom. The hall was furnished with “one little table board and its “frame”, one little table, forms, benches, and a “Join Chair”, one cupboard, shelves for cheeses, pewter, & brass vessels and other furnishings and implements. These latter according to his wife’s inventory, included eighteen pewter platers, twelve pairs of small pewters, three basins, one awer and six cushions.

The “chamber” or bedroom adjoining the hall was furnished with a bedstead, one feather bed with boulster a[nd pillows, a clothes press, a chest [of drawers] and three coffers. There were three other flock beds in the house, store of sheets of holl and, flax and hemp, napkins and two towels. In the kitchen was one table, three brass pots, and pans, kettles, ironware, posnet-porringer, one cabinet, pails, etc. The attic loft above the kitchen, hall and chamber contained four beds and furnishings, and besides serving as a granary and cheesery, served as storage for articles in occasional use.

For the inventory of the father, John Washbourne’s property in 1593, whichis much more minute than that of the son, we learn that the house had a rear yard with barns, ricks, and a place for the storing of timber and fuel; that the windows of the house, at least of the hall and chamber were glazed, for the glass is entered as a separate item, and that the household possessed numerous conveniences passed over or lumped in the later inventory. The wills and inventories together show that the family was bettering itself with every succeding generation, and was decidingly prosperous. No mention is made of the land and buildings; they passed by custom of the day to the eldest son John. It must have been a strong purpose indeed in the state of things in Worchestershire which made John and William Washbourne forsake “fat esteem” and become a pilgrim of the bleek and savage shore of New England of the Plymouth Colony.

His will was probated 29 feb 1625. His son, John, was his executor.


1. John Washburn

John’s wife Margery (Margaret) Moore was born in 1586 at England.   Her parents were Robert Moore and Ellen Taylor. In 1635, Margery immigrated on the ship “Elizabeth & Ann” Among the passengers listed was Margerie Washborn age 49 years, Phillipp age 11 years and John age 14 years.

John and his family immigrated in 1635. They resided in Duxbury, in the Plymouth Colony between 1631 & 1633.. They later removed to Bridgewater, Mass. After Margery died, he married married Elizabeth Stream.


1625 – John served as Bengeworth Parish Church Warden.

2 Jan  1633 – John Washburn sued Edward Doty for wrongfully taking a hog from him, but the court found Washburn’s case to be faulty and dismissed it.

1633 – John Washburn was assessed for taxes in Duxbury, MA.

1634 – He purchased from Edward Bumpus “The Eagles Nest,” a palisaded homestead with lands beyond Eaglenest Creek.

Mar 1635 – He purchased from Edward Bompasse, “his house & palisado…beyond ye creeke called ye Egls-Nest,” for consideration of “a milch goate, wth one ewe-lambe.”

1635 – London emigration records:

“XII Aprilis, 1635 In the Elizabeth and Ann, Mr. Roger Coop bound for New England pr. cert. from the Mayor of Evesham in Co. Worcester and from the minister of the parish of their conformity — Margery Washborn 49; John Washborne 14, Phillipp Washbourne 11, 2 sonnes.”

5 Mar 1639 – The Court ordered John to survey and repair the “heigh ways” in the colony.

Aug 1643 – John appeared on the list of male persons residing in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, between the ages of sixteen and sixty years, able to perform military duty as shown by the official returns of an actual examination and inspection.

1644 – When the population of Duxbury was estimated at over 400, a movement began to start a new inland settlement in what was to be Bridgewater. John Washburn, Sr., and Jr., Miles Standish, John Alden, William and John Bradford, Love Brewster, Experience Mitchell, Edmond Chandler, William and John Paybody were among 54 purchasers from Massasoit of the town of Bridgewater, a tract of land extending 7 miles on each side from a certain fixed center. The Company paid 7 coats, 1 and 1/2 yards in a coat, 9 hatchets, 8 hoes, 20 knives, 4 moose skins and 10 & 1/2 yards cotton (cloth).

1645 – He served in the expedition against the Narragansets.

1645 – He served on the Grand Jury for Duxbury, MA (nee Mattakeeset, incorporated 6/7/1637). On June 2, 1646 John was admitted freeman at Duxbury, MA.

1649 – He served as Surveyor of Highways.

4 Mar 1650 – He was before the Court for neglecting to mend the highways.

1659 – He served as Constable.

3 Jun 1662 – He was granted land at Saconnet (Little Compton, Rhode Island) by virtue of his being both an ancient freeman and a former servant.  The first European settlers in Little Compton were Englishmen from Duxbury, Massachusetts in the Plymouth Colony who sought to expand their land holdings. After first attempting negotiations with Awashonks, they petitioned the Plymouth Colony, which granted them their charter. In a series of lotteries beginning in 1674 and ending in the early 1680s, they divided the land in Little Compton into lots of standard sizes and began settling there. Among these 32 original proprietors was Colonel Benjamin Church. Church was well known for his role in the late 17th-century conflicts with surrounding Native American tribes.

17 Mar 1671 – His son, John, was called “Jr.” & in May he is called “Sr.” John therefore died between that time in Bridgewater

2. Jane Washburn

Jane’s husband Isaacke Averell

3. William WASHBURNE (See his page)

4. Joane Washburn


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Eusebio Lopez

Eusebio M LOPEZ (1889 – 1972 ) was Socorro’s grandfather.

Eusubio Lopez c. 1968 age 79

Eusebio Lopez c. 1968

Eusebio M. Lopez was born 14 Aug 1889 in San Juan, Batangas.  His parents were Julian LOPEZ (Santos’ brother) and [__?__]. He married his first cousin Soledad LOPEZ in 1924. He was 36 and she was just 19.  Their fathers were brothers.

Eusebio and Soledad were married in this San Juan Batangas Church

He had a very distinguished career, including a delegate to create the 1934 constitution,   Associate Judge of the People’s Court in 1946 judging collaboration cases against high government officials under Japanese occupation and helping to found a college, the Lyceum of the Philippines and Batangas Eastern Academy in the 1950’s.   To his grandchildren, he was known as Lolo Iboy. Eusebio died 15 Mar 1972.

Lopez Family M

Lopez Family Mausoleum – Manila Memorial Park

Soledad Lopez was born 7 Jun 1905 in San Juan Batangas.  Her parents were Santos LOPEZ of Lipa (Julian’s brother) and Maria (Nanay Angge) MERCADO.  Her grandfather Jose MERCADO was first cousin of filipino patriot Jose Rizal.  Soledad died 3 Oct 1995.

Santos Lopez and Soledad Lopez

At the age of 19 years old, she was fetched from her school, Assumption Convent in Herran, Manila and was bethrothed to Eusebio.  She said the reason she married her first cousin was because those allowed to court her had to already have a title, so when Eusebio asked for her hand in marriage,  he was 17 years older and was already a lawyer.  To her grandchildren, Soledad was known as Lola Nene.  She died xx.

Soledad Lopez

Soledad Lopez

Soledad Lopez and her daughter Sonia (Ching) .

Children of Eusebio and Soledad

Name Born Married Departed
1. Eusebio L. (Ben) Lopez Jr. 21 Feb  1927 Norma Dolor
6 Jun 1949
27 Feb 1981
2. Rodolfo (Rudy) LOPEZ 31 Oct 1929 Angelita RANGEL
|26 Mar 1955
Josie [__?__]
3. Sonia (Ching) Lopez 1935
Pedro (Pete) Lansangan Tioseco
21 Jun 1959
4. Raul L. Lopez 17 Nov 1932 Teresita (Tessie) Castro 11 Dec 1992
5. xx (McCoy) Lopez  Estella [__?__]
6. Horacio (Bilog) Lopez 4 Nov 1942 Never Married 16 Aug 2007
7. Santos (Tuknoy) Lopez 27 Apr 1945 Flory Mendoza
Jane [__?__]
Rose Marie [__?__]
3 Jul 2009
8. Soledad (Baby) Lopez Cesar Cinco

Cousin Jose Rizal

Eusebio and his descendants are related to the famous Filipino patriot Jose Rizal through his mother.

José Trivino MERCADO   was his grandfather and Socorro’s 2nd great grandfather.  José was also Jose Rizal’s first cousin.

Gregorio Fernando A. MERCADO   was Socorro’s 3rd great grandfather.  Gregorio was also José Rizal’s uncle.

Juan MERCADO  was Socorro’s 4th great grandfather.  Juan was also José Rizal’s grandfather.  Jose’s father changed his last name from Mercado to Rizal for political reasons.  See his page for the genealogy and short bio of José Rizal.

Francisco MERCADO (1731 – 1801) was Socorro’s 5th great grandfather.

Domingo LAM-CO   was Socorro’s 6th great grandfather and the original immigrant from China.   José Rizal was classified as mestizo de sangley due to his Chinese ancestry, although he also had Japanese and Spanish ancestors.  He is famous for asking to classified as indio prior to his execution.

José Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonso y Realonda (19 Jun 1861 – 30 Dec 1896), was a Filipino polymath, patriot and the most prominent advocate for reform in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is regarded as the foremost Filipino patriot and is listed as one of the national heroes of the Philippines by National Heroes Committee. His execution by the Spanish in 1896, a date marked annually as Rizal Day, a Philippine national holiday, was one of the causes of the Philippine Revolution.

San Juan Batangas

For more on San Juan, click here for The San Juan Batangas Legacy.pdf  by Leon Mayo.

Batangas is a province of the Philippines located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the Calabarzon  region.  Poetically, Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintang.  The dialect of Tagalog spoken in the province closely resembles the Old Tagalog spoken before the arrival of the Spanish. Hence the province has been called the Heartland of the Tagalog Language. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. The province has many beaches and is famous for excellent diving spots.

San Juan, Bantangas,  is 43 kilometers east of Batangas City, also the same distance southwest of Lucena CityQuezon, and 115 kilometers away from Manila. According to the latest census, it has a population of 87,276.

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Ancestral Home

The Lopez ancestral home in the photo still stands proud today, treasuring and enveloping in its walls, furniture and ceiling the family’s history.

It was built by Soledad’s parents,  Lolo Santos Lopez and Lola Maria Mercado. The more than a hundred year old four poster beds of her parents are what the current generation lie s down on when they vacation there usually during Holy Week or summer.  They keep their clothes in a huge ornate hand carved wooden cabinet which has the initials “SL” because it was once used by their great grandfather, Santos Lopez.

More than hundred year old beds..cabinet with SL engraving of great grandfather Santos Lopez

The books on the shelves are the Manresa law books of  Judge Eusebio M Lopez, a delegate of the 1935 Constitution Convention who crafted our 1935 Constitution and a founder of the Lyceum of the Philippines.

Batangas Dining Room – The books on the shelves are the Manresa law books of  Judge Eusebio M Lopez

The wedding gift of plates gilded in 18 karat gold from Senator Claro M Recto (wiki), a classmate of Lolo Iboy at the UP Law School to Lolo Iboy and Lola Nene is in the glass case in the dining room area. (Wikipedia says Recto received a Masters of Laws degree from the University of Santo Tomás.)

Claro Mayo Recto, Jr. (1890 – 1960), was a Filipino politician, jurist, poet and one of the foremost statesmen of his generation. He is remembered mainly for his nationalism, for “the impact of his patriotic convictions on modern political thought”  Complete Filipinization was achieved only with the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935. Claro M. Recto and José P. Laurel were among Quezón’s first appointees to replace the American justices.

A huge photo of Lola Nene in a carnival queen inspired dress that was the fashion during her teen-age years is in the middle of our living room facing the lifesize painting of Lola Leonor by the staircase that is encrusted with faux feathers and glitters.

A huge painting of Lola Leonor Lopez Soco – sister of Lola Soledad greets one and all

Beside Lola Nene’s photo is that of Great Grandfather Lolo Santos framed in thick carved wood also with his “SL” initials.

The 100-year-old ancestral home has a collection of old jars from the late metallic era, around 900- 1200 A.D. and some old frames made of brass. Eusebio Lopez, Sr. had an impressive pre-Spanish collection of letters and stamps, the oldest of which is dated around 1700s.

Jars unearthed in San Juan, Batangas – Pamsy says 16th Century, Tour Guide 900 – 1200  AD

To all of those in the third generation of Lopez this ancestral home holds memories of their fiestas – May 15 , the feast of St. John or San Juan, patron saint of the town.  It was a time when the entire clan fills the house, most of the kids sleeping in mats in the living room and balconies…. Lola Nene would always prepare a feast.. suckling roasted pig, large flaked fish whipped in mayo decorated with red and yellow peppers…bulging metal cauldrons of menudo, chicken adobo in coconut milk, hundreds of embotido meat loaves, steaming hot cauldrons of ginataang pinaltok made of coconut milk, tapioca, slivers of jackfruit and slices of banana and sweet coconut balls.

In the center of the garden would be an enormous gilded “Carrosa” .. the huge cart with cadelabra lights which a generator will support later on….where the image of the patron saint would be placed while in procession because one of Eusebio’s sons, landscape artist Horacio Lopez, was always requested by the town elders and priests to decorate the “Carrosa” with flowers.

At the end of May, the ancestral home is again bursting with activities and all sorts of family relations gathering together . for the annual Santacruzan – a religious procession honoring St. Helene..

Ancestral Lopez  Home and Museum

1934 Constitution

Eusebio signed the 1934 Philippine Constitution.

Eusebio Lopez Signer of the 1934 Constitution

The 1935 Philippine Constitution was written in 1934, approved and adopted by the Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935–1946) and later used by the Third Republic of the Philippines (1946–1972). It was written with an eye to meeting the approval of the United States Government as well, so as to ensure that the U.S. would live up to its promise to grant the Philippines independence and not have a premise to hold onto its “possession” on the grounds that it was too politically immature and hence unready for full, real independence.

Constitutional Convention Memorial – Philippine Senate

The Preamble reads:

“The Filipino people, imploring the aid of Divine Providence, in order to establish a government that shall embody their ideals, conserve and develop the patrimony of the nation, promote the general welfare, and secure to themselves and their posterity the blessings of independence under a regime of justice, liberty, and democracy, do ordain and promulgate this constitution.”

The original 1935 Constitution provided for unicameral National Assembly and the President was elected to a six-year term without re-election. It was amended in 1940 to have a bicameral Congress composed of a Senate and House of Representatives, as well the creation of an independent electoral commission. The Constitution now granted the President a four-year term with a maximum of two consecutive terms in office.

A Constitutional Convention was held in 1971 to rewrite the 1935 Constitution. The convention was stained with manifest bribery and corruption. Possibly the most controversial issue was removing the presidential term limit so that Ferdinand E. Marcos could seek election for a third term, which many felt was the true reason for which the convention was called. In any case, the 1935 Constitution was suspended in 1972 with Marcos’ proclamation of martial law, the rampant corruption of the constitutional process providing him with one of his major premises for doing so.

People’s Court Acquittal of President Laurel

Eusebio was a judge of the People’s Court that acquitted President Laurel, Madrigal, et al. of collaboration.

On Jan 28, 1948, President Roxas granted full amnesty to all  Philippine collaborators, many of whom were on trial or awaiting to be tried, particularly former President Jose P. Laurel (1943–1945). The Amnesty Proclamation did not apply to those collaborators, who were charged with the commission of common crimes, such as murder, rape, and arson. The presidential decision helped heal a wound that threatened to divide the people.

José Paciano Laurel y García (1891 – 1959) was the president of the Republic of the Philippines, a Japanese-sponsored administration during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. The presidency of Laurel remains one of the most controversial in Philippine history. After the war, he would be denounced in some quarters as a war collaborator or even a traitor, although his indictment for treason was superseded by President Roxas’ Amnesty Proclamation. His subsequent electoral success demonstrates public support for him. Before his death, Laurel came to be considered by some as doing his best in interceding, protecting and looking after the best interests of the Filipinos against the harsh wartime Japanese military rule and policies. However, the fact remains that he violated his Oath of Office and headed an illegal government of the Philippines.

When Japan invaded, President Manuel L. Quezon first fled to Bataan and then to the United States to establish a government-in-exile. Laurel’s prewar, close relationship with Japanese officials (a son had been sent to study at the Imperial Military Academy in Tokyo, and Laurel had received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo University), placed him in a good position to interact with the Japanese occupation forces.

In 1925 Laurel was elected to the Philippine Senate. He would serve for one term before losing his re-election bid in 1931 to Claro M. Recto. He retired to private practice, but by 1934, he was again elected to public office, this time as a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention. Hailed as one of the “Seven Wise Men of the Convention”, he would sponsor the provisions on the Bill of Rights. Following the ratification of the 1935 Constitution and the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Laurel was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on February 29, 1936.

Laurel was among the Commonwealth officials instructed by the Japanese Imperial Army to form a provisional government when they invaded and occupied the country. He cooperated with the Japanese, in contrast to the decision of Filipino Chief Justice Abad Santos. Because he was well-known to the Japanese as a critic of US rule, as well as having demonstrated a willingness to serve under the Japanese Military Administration, that he held a series of high posts in 1942–1943. In 1943, he was shot by Philippine guerillas while playing golf at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, but he quickly recovered. Later that year, he was selected, by the National Assembly, under vigorous Japanese influence, to serve as President.

Here’s a story that illustrates Laurel’s ambivalent and precarious position.  In 1944, Laurel issued an executive order organizing the Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) as the sole political organization to back the government. An attempt was made to organize a women’s section of the KALIBAPI, and Laurel hosted several women leaders in Malacañang Palace to plead his case. After he spoke, a university president, speaking in behalf of the group, responded, “Mr. President, sa kabila po kami“. (“Mr. President, we are on the other side.”) Laurel joined the others assembled in hearty laughter and the KALIBAPI women’s section was never formed.

On Oct 20, 1943 the Philippine-Japanese Treaty of Alliance was signed by Claro M. Recto,  [Eusebio’s friend] who was appointed by Laurel as his Foreign Minister, and Japanese Ambassador to Philippines Sozyo Murata. One redeeming feature was that no conscription was envisioned.

Laurel declared the country under martial law in 1944 through Proclamation No. 29, dated September 21. Martial law came into effect  Sep 22, 1944 at 9 am. Proclamation No. 30 was issued the next day, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom.

Japan unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers on Aug 15, 1945.  Since Apr 1945, President Laurel, together with his family and Cabinet member Camilo Osias, Speaker Benigno Aquino, Sr., Gen. Tomas Capinpin, and Ambassador Jorge Vargas, had been in Japan. Evacuated from Baguio shortly after the city fell, they traveled to Aparri and thence, on board Japanese planes, had been taken to Japan. On August 17, 1945, from his refuge in Nara, President Laurel issued an Executive Proclamation which declared the dissolution of the Second Republic of the Philippines.

On Aug 15, 1945, the Japanese forces surrendered to the United States. Gen. Douglas MacArthur ordered Laurel arrested for collaborating with the Japanese. In 1946 he was charged with 132 counts of treason, but was never brought to trial due to the general amnesty granted by President Manuel Roxas in 1948. Laurel ran for president against Elpidio Quirino in 1949 but lost in what was then considered as the dirtiest election in Philippine electoral history.

Laurel was elected to the Senate in 1951, under the Nacionalista Party. He was urged upon to run for President in 1953, but he declined, working instead for the successful election of Ramon Magsaysay. Magsaysay appointed Laurel head of a mission tasked with negotiating trade and other issues with United States officials, the result being known as the Laurel-Langley Agreement.

Laurel considered his election to the Senate as a vindication of his reputation. He declined to run for re-election in 1957. He retired from public life, concentrating on the development of the Lyceum of the Philippines established by his family.

Batangas Eastern Academy

The Batangas Eastern Academy is the pioneer in secondary education in San Juan.  The  school  was founded  by  philanthropist, Mrs. Mercedes  Salud  de Villa, a civic-spirited citizen of  San Juan  with  a group  of prominent  citizens. Mrs. Maria Ramos Sales, Mrs. Sotera Ramos Abania, Mr. Fidel Alday, Atty. Jose Contreras, Atty. Jose Castillo, Judge Eusebio Lopez and then Mayor Miguel Lopez worked with her.


BEA past presidents were Atty. Jose M. Contreras, (June 1940- October 1946, 1954-1956), Atty. Eusebio Lopez, (November 1946- April 1954), Mr. Fidel Alday (May 1956-July 1956), Mrs. Mercedes S.  de Villa (1956-1985), Mr. Jesus S.  de Villa (1985-1991), Mrs. Libertad V. Salud, (July 1991-August 1999), Dr. Mario S. De Villa (September 1999 to May 2001), Atty. Agileo de Villa (2001 to present). School Principals were Mr. Jesus Changco, (1941-1942), Mr. Vicente Salud (1946-1955), Mrs. Libertad V. Salud (1955-2000), Dr. Generosa S. Jaen (February 19, 2001 to May 2007) and  Mrs. Lorelie A. Galit (December 10, 2007-present).

Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU)

Eusebio was a founder of the Lyceum of the Philippines University in 1952.

Seal of Lyceum of the Philippines University – Truth and Courage, For God and Country

The Lyceum of the Philippines University (Filipino: Pamantasang Liseo ng Pilipinas, abbreviated LPU) is an institute of higher education located in Intramuros in the City of Manila. It was founded in 1952 by Dr. José P. Laurel, who became the third and one of the most acclaimed presidents of the Philippines. He named the institution after lykeion, the grove in ancient Athens where Aristotle taught his pupils. LPU is the only university founded by a president of the republic. Its educational vision is founded on principles Dr. José P. Laurel set down. It opened its gates to its first students on July 7, 1952.

The tower of the Lyceum building is a defining feature of Intramuros.

Two of its most prominent features are its entry point, the “Hall of Heroes” which exhibits busts of revered Philippine historical figures sculpted by the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino; and, the famous “Lyceum Tower” which serves as Lyceum’s trademark and stands witness to the university’s history and continuing progress.

Court Cases

G.R. No. L-43430 — January 7, 1936 THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS, plaintiff-appellee,  vs. FILEMON D. MALABANAN, defendant-appellant. Eusebio M. Lopez for appellant. — In July, 1933, appellant was municipal president of the of San Juan, Province of Batangas, and was engaged in raising funds for the construction of a ward in the provincial hospital for tubercular patients. Notwithstanding all his efforts to secure contributions, he was unable to approximate the quota which had been set for his town by the provincial authorities, and he therefore on July 22, and July 29, organized and held cock-fights, neither day being authorized by law for such purposes.

Office of the Solicitor-General Hilado for appellee.

Lopez v. Abelarde, 36 Phil. 563, G.R. No. L-11189, March 29, 1917 – Appeal by bill of exceptions, filed by counsel for the objector Francisco Abelarde from the judgment of April 26, 1915, whereby the Court of First Instance of Occidental Negros, overruling all the oppositions to the application for the registration of a parcel of real estate belonging to Eusebio Lopez, decreed the adjudication and entry of the land that was the subject-matter of the application, together with all the improvements thereon, in behalf of the conjugal partnership formed by Eusebio Lopez and Ana Ledesma.

By a written application of November 18, 1914, counsel for Eusebio Lopez applied to the Court of First Instance of Occidental Negros for the registration, in accordance with law, of a tract of land containing 4,518,937 square meters, situated in the barrio of Columela (Daga) of the municipality of Cadiz Nuevo, Occidental Negros, known as the Bayabas Hacienda, which he purchased from the heirs of Leandro Linares y Victoria at the assessed valuation of P27,000. This hacienda is now occupied by Delfin Mahinay.

G.R. No. L-1243     April 14, 1947 THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, Petitioner, vs. EUSEBIO LOPEZ, Associate Judge of Second Division of People’s Court, BENIGNO S. AQUINO, and ANTONIO DE LAS ALAS, Respondents.  PERFECTO, J.: chanrobles virtual law library.

Solicitor General Lorenzo M. Tañada, as head of the Office of Special Prosecutors, and Prosecutors Juan R. Liwag and Pedro C. Quinto filed, in the name of the People of the Philippines, a petition praying that a writ of prohibition be issued commanding Associate Judge Eusebio M. Lopez, of the Second Division of the People’s Court, “to desist from further proceedings in, or further exercising his jurisdiction in the trial of, and from otherwise taking further cognizance of criminal cases for treason against Benigno S. Aquino (No. 3527) and against Antonio de las Alas (No. 3531), and other treason cases of the same nature actually pending before the Second Division of the People’s Court or in any other division where he may hereafter be assigned, and declaring him disqualified to sit therein,” chanrobles virtual law library.

On Mar 14, 1946, an information for treason was filed in criminal case No. 3534 against Guillermo B. Francisco. The accused entered his plea of not guilty and the case was heard on diverse days in the months of June and July, 1946, before the Second Division of the People’s Court, composed of Associates Judges Salvador Abad Santos and Jose P. Veluz and the respondent judge.chanroblesvirtualawlibrary chanrobles virtual law library.

After the prosecution had rested its case, counsel for the accused moved to dismiss, upon the sole ground that the overt acts charged in the information were not testified to by two witnesses as required by the treason law, article 114 of the Revised Penal Code.chanroblesvirtualawlibrary chanrobles virtual law library.

On Aug 24, 1946, a decision penned by Associate Judge Salvador Abad Santos, dated Aug 15, 1946, and concurred in by Associate Judge Jose P. Veluz, was promulgated, dismissing the case. Associate Judge Lopez reserved his decision.(chan robles virtual law library)

Sep 26, 1946 – Judge Lopez promulgated a separate concurring opinion which, according to the petition, “not satisfied with dismissing the aforementioned case on the ground raised by the accused therein, expressed views and conclusions of facts, not warranted by the evidence or by the issues raised by the parties nor necessary to the decision of the case, justifying the aid and comfort given to the Empire of Japan by the “Filipino leaders” or the so-called political collaborators and holding them in effect to be patriots and therefore not guilty of the crime of treason with which they stand charged.” chanrobles virtual law library.

Upon the allegation that “the respondent judge had shown that he does not possess that unprejudiced, dispassionate, unbiased and impartial state of mind in regard to the cases of the political collaborators now pending trial in the People’s Court, which is a requisite under the statute and which is essential and necessary as a matter of right in the proper administration of justice,” the prosecution filed petitions to disqualify respondent judge from sitting and participating in any manner in the hearing and decision of the criminal cases against Benigno S. Aquino and Antonio de las Alas and other treason cases of the same nature pending before the Second Division of the People’s Court. It is alleged that the petitions were filed under section 7 of Commonwealth Act No. 682, otherwise known as the People’s Court Act, in relation to section 1 Rule 124.chanroblesvirtualawlibrary chanrobles virtual law library

After due hearing and argument, the majority of the Second Division, Judges Abad Santos and Veluz, promulgated a resolution on Nov 8, 1946, granting the motions for the disqualification of Judge Lopez. On the same date Judge Lopez promulgated a resolution denying them.

The petition alleges that in said separate resolution respondent judge “again manifested his bias and prejudice in favor of political collaborators” and reaffirmed with more vigor the views and conclusions he expressed in his concurring opinion in the case of People vs. Guillermo B. Francisco as shown by the following excerpts of Eusebio’s rulings:

. . . that President Quezon gave instructions to the Filipino leaders before his departure for the United States, giving details of those instructions; that the Filipino leaders surrendered to the enemy and accepted services in the two puppet governments because they had to and because they were coerced to do so; . . . that the cooperation the Filipinos gave to the Japanese army was feigned and not real; . . . . (p. 11, Resolution, Annex I.)

The prosecution asserts that under my theory of the law all the political collaborators now facing charges of treason in this court cannot be convicted because I would decide them in accordance with my concurring opinion. I am only one of the fifteen judges in the People’s Court. Even in my division I cannot presume to control the majority. But the prosecution can rest assured that if I could be given the sole power to decide the cases against political collaborators and all the other cases pending before the People’s Court, I would dismiss every single one of them if the charges were limited to acts legal under the law of the occupant and not in contravention of the limitations upon the powers of the enemy established by international law. (P. 24, Resolution, Annex I.)

Additional evidence presented that Eusebio was not impartial

Instead of confining his discussion to the sufficiency of the evidence, which was the only issue raised in the motion for dismissal, Judge Lopez expressed personal ideologies, dislikes, prepossessions, and conclusions of fact, warranted by the evidence or the issue raised by the parties not necessary to the decision of the case, justifying unqualifiedly the aid and comfort given to the Empire of Japan by the “Filipino leaders” or the so-called political collaborators. These are few samples:

It is hard to believe that the Filipino leaders . . . accepted services under those two governments without compulsion or coercion.” (Annex E, p. 2.) chanrobles virtual law library

One thing was uppermost in their minds; the nation must survive . . . (Annex E, p. 4.) chanrobles virtual law library

They must feign cooperation . . .. (Annex E, p. 4.) chanrobles virtual law library

They had the instructions of President Quezon to do so. (Annex E, p. 5.) chanrobles virtual law library

The Philippines paid heavily, perhaps too heavily, for the ill-advised and irresponsible guerrilla activities of her own sons. (Annex E, p. 7.) chanrobles virtual law library

The leaders of the people surrendered and gave aid and comfort to the enemy because they knew that only by giving aid and comfort to the enemy could they hope to make the nation survive. (Annex E, p. 32.) chanrobles virtual law library

Speeches alone, no matter how eloquent in praises of Japan’s magnanimity and grandeur, are not sufficient to support conviction.” (Annex E, p. 36.)

and that,

They were shields to protect the people from the brutality of the enemy. (Annex E, p. 37.)

18 Feb 1947 –  Judge Lopez, in criminal case No. 822, People of the Philippines vs. Segundo Ubaldo, and notwithstanding our resolution in the Anastacio Laurel case, once more dissented orally against the decision of the Second Division of the People’s Court, which found Ubaldo guilty of the crime of treason, for having adhered and given aid to the enemy. The majority of that court found that, Ubaldo, while in command of about one hundred affiliates of the MAKAPILI, had captured seven Filipino civilians and thereafter turned them over to the Japanese Army, with instructions that they be beheaded, on the excuse that they were guerrillas.

28 Mar 1947 – Judge Lopez published his written dissenting opinion in the Ubaldo case, reiterating his previous stand in the Francisco (Annex E, p. 37), Aquino and De las Alas (Annex I, p. 24), and Balingit (Annex A, to Memo for petitioner, last page) cases, and concluding that “the acts committed by the accused were legal under the existing law of the occupant and were not in violation of any of the recognized principles of international law.”

Being among the more prominent Commonwealth officials left after the Commonwealth government went into exile in 1941, Benigno Simeon Aquino, Sr. (1894 – 1947) were among those recruited by the Japanese to form a government. Aquino became the director-general of KALIBAPI and one of the two assistant chairmen of the Preparatory Commission for Philippine Independence. When the Second Philippine Republic was inaugurated, he was elected Speaker of the National Assembly.

In December 1944, as the American forces continued their advance to liberate the Philippines from Japanese forces, the government of the Second Philippine Republic was moved to Baguio which included Aquino before they flew to Japan where together with other officials they were arrested and imprisoned at the Sugamo Prison when the Japanese surrendered. On Aug 25, 1946, Aquino was flown back to the Philippines for his trial on treason charges by the People’s Court, a few weeks later he was released on bail.  On Dec 20, 1947 he died of heart attack at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila while watching a boxing match.

Children – Eusebio and Soledad had 38 grandchildren

Children of Eusebio and Soledad in 1965


Lopez Women 1965

1.Eusebeio L. (Ben) Lopez Jr.

Ben Lopez 1965 (left)

Ben’s wife Norma Cifra Dolor was born 6 Dec 1926 in the Philippines. Her parents were Faustino Dolor (1898-1960) and Nunilon Cifra (1906-1989). Norma died 23 Aug 2002.

Norma’s father Don Faustino was a man known for his kindness and generosity. Together with his brother Leon, he was responsible for the growth of the Dolor’s Pharmacy in 1926. Both brothers were pharmacists who at that time, formulated medicines as these were ordered. The growth of the pharmacy in Lipa led them to distribute medicines to the nearby provinces of Laguna, Quezon and Manila. The original branch of the pharmacy in Manila was located at Calle Rosario (near the Binondo Church) with another branch at the corner of Azcarraga (now CM Recto Avenue) and Avenida Streets. Another branch was to be established along Taft Avenue.

They established their family house in the city of Lipa, very near the cathedral. During the second world war, Faustino and the entire family and other relatives and relatives of relatives numbering around three hundred relocated to the family’s resthouse in Puting Kahoy, Lipa. The property had an abundance of food and other resources. Every night, family gatherings included singing of traditional kundimans amidst a tree with hundreds of fireflies. It was surreal.

After the war, Faustino and his family lived in a big house along Taft Avenue (present-day College of St. Benilde). He became very good friends with Senator Claro Recto and President Jose Laurel. He was also close to Archbishop Rufino Santos. He sponsored a lot of poor students in their studies.

Children of Ben and Norma:

i.Eusebio (Benjie) Lopez III

Eusebio Lopez III (kuya Benjie and Bel, Sep 2007)

ii. Marissa Lopez-Ter Braak (1951-2008) m. Anton Ter Braak

Marissa and Anton had Marc-Christian Lopez ter Braak b. 1981 San Francisco and Natasha Miren Lopez ter Braak b. 1988 Basel, Switzerland

Marissa Lopez-Ter Braak

iii. Maria Belinda Lopez Villavicencio b. 1955; m. Virgil Villavicencio

Maria Belinda Lopez Villavicencio

Maria Belinda Lopez Villavicencio

Bel is a facilitator of the Organizational Change Consultants International, one of the country’s leading consultancy firms. A gifted speaker, Bel is able to lead seminar participants to a careful analysis of their personalities and improve on their relationships. Her gift of humor is infectious; she is congeniality at its best. Bel and Virgil have a son, Gino.

Bel’s husband Virgil is a true blooded La Sallian and a basketball player for the university. He is the assistant manager of Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was the assistant coach of Talk ‘N Text’s championship-winning team in the 2003 All-Filipino Cup. He is also a former head coach of the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP and led the team to consecutive runner-up finishes in 1994 and 1995.

iv. Jose Maria Dolor (Jojo) Lopez

Jojo is a member of the Opus Dei.

Bel Villavicencio, Jose Ma. Lopez, Marissa Lopez-Ter Braak

v. Ma. Gracia Pia Lopez m. [__?__] Arellano

Pia has two children Joshua Arellano and Alyssa Arellano

Alyssa Arellano, Joshua Arellano, Ma. Gracia Pia Lopez

vi. Ma. Soledad Dolor (Besol) Lopez

Besol is the president and director of the Organizational Change Consultants International, a coaching company in Pasig City. She has had extensive experience in human resource training, banking and finance and real estate development. Known for her brains, Besol is a people-oriented person whose mission in life is to bring back the lost pride in the Filipino.

Besol’s son Joma Lopez Lilles was born in 1977.

Ma. Soledad Dolor (Besol) Lopez

2. Rudolfo Lopez

Rudy’s first wife Angelita Rangel was born 2 Feb.  Her parents were Gorgonio Sarimiento RANGEL and Susanna ENRIQUEZ.  Angelita died in 2005.

Rudy’s second wife was Josefina Roman.  Her parents were Pablo Roman and Ysabel [__?__]

Children of Rudy and Angelita

i. Rudolfo Lopez

ii. Susanna (Marisue) Lopez m. Roberto D (Obet) Claveria, II 1982 Children Angel and Damien

I lived in Forbes Park with my brothers and sisters till I was 14yrs old, than we move to the US in Aug. 11, 1972. We lived in Oak Park and Bollingbrook Illinois most of our teenage life with my mom.

I’ve been happily married now for 26ys and have 2 beautiful talented kids name Angel and Damien. Angel is studying to be a nurse and Damien is an 8th grader. Both my kids love to dance and sing. They like to perform and compete in different events. I love my children so much. Angel and Damien are my Pride and Joy. I am very blessed to have a loving family. I don’t mind getting old as long as I am growing old with them. We’ve live here in Houston, Texas now for 25yrs. I’m a homemaker and is enjoying it very much, but believe me. it’s a lot of work.. LOL…

I thank God for all the wonderful Blessings everyday and for the air I breath.. but most of all, I thank God for my FaMily… Amen….

Marisue and family

iii. Rhodora (Duday) Lopez m. Ariel Javier Children Christopher and Justin

Rhodora with her sons Chris and Justin

iv. Socorro (Bols) Lopez    Children Stephanie and Samantha

Socorro, Sam and Robbie

Socorro, Sam and Robbie (Robert Ryan Stricker)

Socorro and grandson Ryder Kingston Strickler

Socorro and grandson Ryder Kingston Strickler

v. Angelito (Lito) Lopez

Leo (Lito) Lopez

vi. Theresa (Tesa) Lopez





Children of Rudolfo and Josie:

vii. Perpetual (Perpy) Lopez m.  Peter Heath

Perpy and Peter Heath

viii.  Raymond Josephus (Christopher) Lopez; m. Cherry [__?__]  with kids Rafael and Amand.

Joseph, Cherry, Dana and Rafa

Joseph, Cherry, Dana and Rafa

ix. Emmanuel (Noel) Lopez; m. Ning Hu [__?__] their daughter is Jin Xien

Noel, Ning and JinXien

Noel, Ning and JinXien

x. Cecile Lopez m. Lester Jonson with no kids

Works at Boehringer Ingelheim Dubai

Cecile and Lester Jonson

3. Sonia (Ching) Lopez

Tita Ching

Tita Ching

Soledad’s husband Pedro (Pete) Lansangan Tioseco was born 18 Dec 1929.   Pete died 6 Jan 2009 in Manila.

Tita Ching

Tita Ching

Children of Soledad and Pete

i. Maria Fatima (Pamsy) Tioseco

Pamsy Tioseco

ii. Geraldo (GBoy) Tioseco m. Jeanette Mangahas son Gerard Joseph Tioseco

G-boy Tioseco

iii. Soledad (Ulla) Tioseco


iv. John Raymond (Brando) Tioseco m. Jo Mangila Raymond and Jo have a son Rich.

Brando Tioseco

v. Anna Lopez (Inkle) Tioseco

Anna Lopez (Inkle) Tioseco

vi. Peter Tioseco m. Stephanie Martinez daughter Alique and son Mikel Angelo Tioseco

Peter Tioseco and family

4. Raul Lopez

Raul Lopez 1960’s

Raul’s wife Teresita (Tessie) Castro was born 3 Oct 1937.  Tessie died 25 Nov 1988.

Children of Raul

i. Pinky Lopez Aragon m. Jimbo Aragon,

Pinky Aragon

Children: Chammy Aragon, Jao Aragon, Kat Aragon, Kookah Aragon, Bowie Aragon, and Kiko Aragon

ii. Ma. Victoria C. (Vicky) Lopez

Ma. Victoria C. Lopez

iii. Lourdes Lopez (Dinty) Gamboa m. 2000 to Paolo A.C. Gamboa

Lourdes (Dinty) Lopez Gamboa

Children: Juan Paolo Gamboa, Sofia Gamboa,

iv.  Maria Timothy (Timmi) Lopez b. 1 Mar 1969; d. 16 Oct 2003

5. McCoy Lopez

McCoy Lopez and Friend 1965

Children of McCoy and Estella

i. Ian Lopez m. Hannah [__?__] Daughters Tara Lopez and Mari Lopez

ii. Jean Lopez m. Joseph [__?__] son Justin

iii. Junie Lopez (son)

iv. Fortune Lopez (daughter)

6. Horacio (Bilog) Lopez

Chief Accountant at Fidelity Savings Bank (FSB) in Manila.

Bilog Lopez is standing on the upper left 1965

6. Santos (Tuknoy) Lopez

Tuknoy’s first wife Flory Mendoza lives in San Francisco. Her parents were Ciriaco Bautista Mendoza (1921-1985) and Fidela de Guzman Mendoza.

Santos and Flory Lopez 1965

Tuknoy’ s wife Rose Marie is Italian American.

Santos was a San Juan Batangas USA Association, Inc. (SJBUSAA) director

Children of Tuknoy and Flory

i. Santos M (Gino) Lopez  m1. Sharon Medlin Child Stephen b. 1989 Oakland. m2.

Jennifer Grinvalsky daughters Gillian and Delia.

Santos (Gino) Lopez

ii. Edward Lopez

Benjie Lopez, Nicole Lopez, Edward Lopez and Gino Lopez

Children of Tuknoy and Jane

iii. Benjie Lopez m. Alana [__?__] daughter Abigale Lopez.

Children of Tuknoy and Rose Marie

iv. Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez

8. Soledad (Baby) Lopez

Baby’s husband  Cesar Cinco xx.

Children of Baby and Cesar:

i. Cesar Lopez Cinco m. Gladys [__?__]  Children Camille Cinco and Clarisse Cinco

Cesar Lopez Cinco

ii. Joan Cinco  Son Enzo Cinco

iii. Paul (Lopez) Cinco

Paul (Lopez) Cinco – Abu Dhabi

iv.Tiny Cinco m. [__?__]  Magato, Child Lorenzo Magdato


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Sir Thomas Reade V

Sir Thomas READE IV (1569- 1650)  was Alex’s 12th Great Grandfather, one of 8,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Sir Knight Thomas Reade IV- Coat of Arms

WARNING: There is a considerable amount of conflicting information about this couple, especially dates of birth and death, yet many have concluded this is the correct lineage for sons Esdras, William, and Thomas. However, there is very little documentary evidence I have seen. Most seem to rely on LDS records, which may be fraught with error. Mary M. Zashin cites “A Record of the Redes of Barton Court, Berkshire,” by Compton Reade, which seems to contain fairly reliable information. This source puts Thomas’s birth at 1606/7, making it impossible for he and Mary Cornwall to be the parents of immigrants William, Esdras and Thomas Reade.

The Reades and Cornwalls were very close families.  To make matters even more confusing Thomas Reades married Mary Cornwells in multiple generations.

Sir Thomas Read was born 1569 Brockett Hall, Berkshire, England. He married Mary CORNWALL. Sir Thomas died 20 Dec 1650 in England.

Mary was born about 1565, Berkshire, England. Her parents were Sir Thomas CORNWALL, Lord of Shropshire (b. ca 1533 in Burford, Shropshire) and Elizabeth WOODRUFF.

Another story is that Sir Knight Thomas Reade was born 1 Jul 1545 in Barton Court, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, England. His parents were Sir Knight Thomas READE II b. 1523, Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England and Mary STONHOUSE, b. 1517, Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England.  He married Mary BROCKETT around 1599.  Sir Thomas died 14 SEP 1625 in LP. Kent, England.

Mary Brockett was born 1576 in Brocket Hall, Hertford, England. her parents were Sir John BROCKETT Knight (1528 – 1598) and Helen LYTTON (1540 – 1582). Mary died 22 Feb 1606 in Brocket Hall, Hertford, England.

Great stories are told of their son Sir John Brockett of Brocket Hall, husband of Helena Lytton and Dame Elizabeth Moore. The great Brocket Hall was situated at the extreme northern corner of Hatfield parish. This Sir John Brocket was a doughty knight, twice Sheriff for the county like his ancestors. He was “entrusted with the training and inspection of the men levied in this part of Hertfordshire at he time of the Armada.” It was “whilst Mary was on the throne, Elizabeth was kept under house arrest at Hatfield House. She used to walk along the banks of the River Lea to visit John Brocket, probably plotting to raise an artillery to overthrow Mary. In 1558 Elizabeth was sitting under an oak tree on the far side of the lake when a horseman galloped from London bringing the news that she was the new Queen. In 1558, in recognition of their friendship, Elizabeth bestowed a knighthood on Sir John Brocket.” Sir John was buried at Hatfield in the year 1598. Sir John by his wife Helena, daughter of Sir Robert Lytton, had daughters Margaret, Anne, Elizabeth, Helen and Mary. All who married well. By Dame Elizabeth, his second wife he had Frances who married Dudley, third Lord North. Having no male issue, the estate of Brocket Hall was passed to descendants of Mary, youngest daughter of John and Helena, who married Thomas Reade.

William Reede was born on 18 Apr 1601  in Brocket Hall, a country house in Hertfordshire,  England, the first of which was built in 1239.   (A fortnight before she became Queen in 1558, Elizabeth I was staying at Broket Hall, as shown by a letter signed by herself.) The present hall dates from the mid 18th century.

Brocket Hall, not the 16th C version, but you get the idea

Children of  Thomas and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Crompton Reade ca. 1581 Mary Cornwall (Daughter of Gilbert Cornwall)
2. Edward Reade c. 1583
3. Col. Thomas Reade c. 1585 1663
4. William READE 18 Apr 1601  in Brocket Hall, Mabel KENDALL in 1625 in Brocket Hall. 31 Oct 1656 in Newcastle, Northumberland, England.
5. Sir John Reade?
1st Baronet Reade, of Brockett Hall, co. Herts 
 1616 Susanna Styles
2 Jan 1640
 Feb 1693/94.

Not many children of knights or baronets immigrated to America in the Great Migration. Were our Reades exceptions?


Descendant of MALCOLM III, DAVID I, WILLIAM The Lion, SSomerled Lord of the Isles, and the Ancient Kings of Scotland?

Descendant of LLEWELYN The great Prince of Wales, BRIAN BORU, Ireland’s greatest king, and King LOUIS VII of France  and ELEANOR of Aquitaine?

Contrasting Stories of Four Generations of Thomas Reades

1st Generation – The first Thomas READE’s parents were William READE and Gertrude PASTON. He married Mildred CECIL.


2nd Generation – Thomas READE (or Read or Rede) was born about 1490. He married Ann HOO. Her parents were Thomas HOO, Esq. of Hoo, County of Hertford and [__?__] NEWMAN. Thomas died in April 1556, St Helen’s, Abington, Berkshire, England.


3rd Generation – Thomas READE was born about 1515. He married Mary STONEHOUSE, of Little Peckham in County of Kent and Radley. Mary was born about 1517, Hertford, England. Her parents were George STONEHOUSE (Wiki) and [__?__]. Thomas Read was a Clerk of the Green Cloth.

Alternatively, it was the next generation’s Thomas that married Mary Stonehouse.

The Clerk of the Green Cloth was a position in the British Royal Household. The clerk acted as secretary of the Board of Green Cloth, and was therefore responsible for organising royal journeys and assisting in the administration of the Royal Household.


4th GenerationSir Thomas READ was born 1 Jul 1545, Berkshire, England. He married Mary BROCKET. Mary’s father was Sir John Brocket (Knight), of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire. Sir Thomas died 25 Sep 1604, Dunsten, England.

Alternatively, it was the next generation Sir Thomas Read who married Mary Brocket.


5th Generation – Sir Thomas READ was born 1569 Brockett Hall, Berkshire, England. He married Mary CORNWALL. Mary was born about 1565, Berkshire, England. Her parents were Sir Thomas CORNWALL, Lord of Shropshire (b. ca 1533 in Burford, Shropshire) and Elizabeth WOODRUFF (1537 – ). Sir Thomas died 20 Dec 1650 in England.

Another idea is that this Thomas was born earlier, about 1549, Brockett Hall, Hertfordshire and died 14 Sep 1625 Kent, England..

This Thomas might have married Mary Brocket.  Alternatively, this Thomas was born in 1675 and married Mary Stonhouse.


Sir Thomas Reade (1575-1650) From Royal Berkshire History

High Sheriff of Berkshire, Oxfordshire & Hertfordshire
Died: December 1650 at Dunstew, Oxfordshire

Sir Thomas Reade was the son of Thomas Reade, the Sheriff of Berkshire, from Barton Court in Abingdon St. Helen, and his wife, Mary the daughter of George Stonhouse of Radley Hall, Clerk of the Green Cloth. He matriculated at Queen’s College, Oxford, with his brothers John and Richard, on 6th July 1593, aged 17, and was a student of the Middle Temple in 1594. He inherited his father’s estates in 1604 and purchased a number of others, to become Lord of the Manors of Beedon, Appleford and Barton Court (Berkshire); of Denford (Northamptonshire); of Dunstew and Ipsden (Oxfordshire); and of Minsden, Hitch and Brocket Hall (Hertfordshire). He also had a house in Oxford called ‘The Castle’.

Thomas served as High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1606, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1615, and of Hertfordshire in 1618. He was knighted at Royston on 21st July 1619. In 1625, a number of gentlemen were called upon to lend money to King Charles I during his independent rule which preceded the Civil War. It was a forced loan productive of widespread discontent. The five Hertfordshire gentlemen most heavily taxed included Sir Thomas Reade who was asked for £30. Eleven years later, Sir Thomas, together with Sir William Lytton and Lord Falkland, refused to pay ship-money to the King for Hertfordshire, and the bailiff did not dare to distrain for fear of being sued.

Despite his resistance to Royal taxes, Sir Thomas had the honour of entertaining King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria at Barton Court on three occasions. This old Abbot‘s palace was a Norman building whose ruins covered five acres. It was held by Sir Thomas on condition that he entertained Royalty whenever they required him to, and it was therefore sometimes styled the ‘King’s House in Abingdon’. This burden discounted largely the actual value of the mansion and estate and, indeed, in the Patent Rolls, Sir Thomas’ father is found contemplating escaping this obligation by aliening his rights. However, this transfer never took place.

The first occasion when the Court exercised its indubitable right of claiming the Reades’ hospitality was early in the reign of Charles I. On 19th August 1629, “the King and Queen came to Oxford from Barton, but making no stay there went on to Woodstock. They left Woodstock on the 27th, and were met at Greenditch by the Mayor and Corporation, who presented the King with a fair gilt bowl and the Queen with a pair of rich gloves. After dinner at Merton College His Majesty conferred the honour of Knighthood upon William Spencer, of Yarnton, Esq., and he then returned to Barton.” The second occasion of a Royal visit to Barton Court is inferred from a reference in the Churchwardens accounts of St. Helen’s, Abingdon, under date 1638: “To the ringers when the King came to Barton 16 shillings; to the ringers upon the King’s return sixteen shillings.” The third occasion occurred on 17th April 1644. Essex, Waller and Robartes were advancing in force from London and the King, fearing for the safety of Queen Henrietta Maria, brought her to Barton, as the first stage on her journey to Exeter and safety abroad. Hence Barton and Sir Thomas witnessed the final farewell of the ill-starred Royal couple. Charles, on a subsequent visit selected Sir Thomas’ third son as a recipient of Royal favour and the father appears to have become attached to the Royal forces at Oxford.

In April 1645, Cromwell, at the head of the New Model, was advancing over the Chilterns, while the Royal cavalry, under the command of the Earl of Northampton, lay at Islip on the opposite side of Oxford. King Charles, evidently desirous that his horse should wheel round and confront Cromwell on the eastern side of Oxford, despatched Sir Thomas Reade, under escort of Lieut. Denton, to Lord Northampton, with whom he was connected through his sister-in-law, Lady Spencer, and who was godfather to his grandson, Compton.

However, Reade and Denton were captured by the enemy during Major Thomas Sheffield’s skirmish with the Earl of Northampton’s Horse. The Parliamentarians were most pleased with the seizure of two letters which were found on Sir Thomas’ person, one from the King, subscribed by Secretary Nicholas, calling them ‘rebels’ and the other from Sir Christopher Hatton to the Earle of Northampton. Sir Thomas was held by a Major Hurry until taken in custody to the Parliamentary committee for Hertfordshire, meeting at St. Albans to examine the whole business and report back to the Committee of Both Kingdoms. The Hertfordshire committee was composed, with others, of the Earl of Salisbury, Sir John Reade, of Brocket Hall (Sir Thomas’ third son), Sir Brocket Spencer (his wife’s nephew) and Sir Rowland Lytton (his wife’s cousin). It may fairly be surmised that the circumstance of Sir Thomas being sent for trial to so amicable a committee was due to the influence of Speaker Lenthall, his near neighbour at Bessilsleigh, whose son later married the widow of one of Sir Thomas’ Stonhouse relatives.

Barton is believed to have been destroyed by the Parliamentary forces from Abingdon around this time, despite the efforts of Sir Thomas’ twenty-year-old grandson, Compton Reade. It would seem that all this was too much for Sir Thomas and he made his peace with the Parliament very soon after his capture. His name does not occur among the delinquents who compounded for their estates and, described as ‘of Dunstew’, he was appointed one of the Parliamentary Committee for Oxfordshire in 1646, probably one of the Sub-Committees for compounding with delinquents. How long that state of affairs lasted is uncertain, for on 12th September 1650, only three months before Sir Thomas’ death, the Council of State Day’s Proceedings state that his name was to be left out because he refused to act on the committee. Sir Thomas Reade presumably died, and was certainly buried, at Dunstew in December 1650. After his death, his wife resided at Brocket Hall.

Reade Baronets

There have been two Baronetcies created for members of the Reade family,  One creation is extant as of 2008.  It doesn’t look as if Sir Compton Reade, 1st Baronet  could have been William READE’s brother as is often reported in genealogies because he was born 25 years later.

The Reade Baronetcy, of Brocket Hall in the County of Hertford, was created in the Baronetage of England on 16 March 1642 for John Reade. The title became extinct on the death of the third Baronet in 1712.

The Reade Baronetcy, of Barton in the County of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), was created in the Baronetage of England on 4 March 1661 for Compton Reade. He was the nephew of the first Baronet of the 1642 creation. The fourth Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Cricklade.

Reade Baronets, of Brocket Hall (1642)

  • Sir John Reade, 1st Baronet (c. 1616-1694)
  • Sir James Reade, 2nd Baronet (1655–1701)
  • Sir John Reade, 3rd Baronet (1691–1712)

Reade Baronets, of Barton (1661)

  • Sir Compton Reade, 1st Baronet (1625–1679)
  • Sir Edward Reade, 2nd Baronet (1659–1691)
  • Sir Winwood Reade, 3rd Baronet (1682–1692)
  • Sir Thomas Reade, 4th Baronet (c. 1684-1752)
  • Sir John Reade, 5th Baronet (1721–1773)
  • Sir John Reade, 6th Baronet (1762–1789)
  • Sir John Chandos Reade, 7th Baronet (1785–1868)
  • Sir Chandos Stanhope Reade, 8th Baronet (1851–1890)
  • Sir George Compton Reade, 9th Baronet (1845–1908)
  • Sir George Reade, 10th Baronet (1869–1923)
  • Sir John Reade, 11th Baronet (1896–1958)
  • Sir Clyde Nixon Reade, 12th Baronet (1906–1982)
  • Sir Kenneth Roy Reade, 13th Baronet (b. 1926)

Peerages – From  A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. This site does not have an interest in finding Americans of noble descent and is a more reliable source than many wishful genealogies.  On the other hand is not designed to track all offspring so there is still room for conjecture.

William READE’s father could be Sir Thomas Reade  was born in 1575. He died circa December 1620. [Note that no wife’s name is listed]

Children of Sir Thomas Reade

  • Frances Reade  She married Sir William Russell, 1st Bt. on 1 Dec 1624. Child of Frances Sir William was Reade and Sir William was  Mary Russell  b 1634.   Mary Russell married, firstly, Wingfield Cromwell, 2nd Earl of Ardglass (wiki) son of Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Ardglass (wiki) and Elizabeth Meverell She married, secondly, Charles Cotton between 1670 and 1675. She died after 12 Sep 1687.Charles Cotton (1630 – 1687) was an English poet and writer, best known for translating the work of Michel de Montaigne from the French, for his contributions to The Compleat Angler, and for the highly influential The Compleat GamesterIn 1656 he married his cousin Isabella Hutchinson, the daughter of Charles Hutchinson, M.P. for Nottingham. She was a half-sister of Col. John Hutchinson; They had one child, Catherine Cotton, who married Sir Kingsmill Lucy, 2nd bt. her mother Isebella (Hutchinson) Cotton, died in 1670. At the request of his wife’s sister, Miss Stanhope Hutchinson, he undertook the translation of Pierre Corneille‘sHorace in 1671. In 1675, he married the dowager Countess of Ardglass; she had a jointure of £1500 a year, but he did not have the power to spend it.The 1674 first edition of The Compleat Gamester is attributed to Cotton (by publishers of later editions, to which additional, post-Cotton material was added in 1709 and 1725, along with some updates to the rules Cotton had described earlier. The book was considered the “standard” English-language reference work on the playing of games – especially gambling games, and including billiards, card games, dice, horse racing and cock fighting, among others – until the publication of Edmond Hoyle‘s Mr. Hoyle’s Games Complete in 1750.
  • Elizabeth Reade  She married Sir Gilbert Cornwall (1598-1671), son of Sir Thomas Cornwall and Anne Lyttelton. [Sir Gilbert and Anne are supposed to be the parents of our our Sir Thomas READE’s wife Mary CORNWALL, but as you can see, they were much to young and a different Mary Cornwall was confused.]  Child of Elizabeth and Sir Gilbert was Thomas Cornwall ( ? – 1686).  Thomas married his first cousin Anne Reade, daughter of Thomas Reade.  Thomas Cornwall was a royalist during the Civil War. He succeeded to the title of 14th Baron of Burford, Shropshire [feudal barony] in 1671. He died in 1686.

    Child of Thomas Cornwall and his first cousin cousin Anne Reade, daughter of Thomas Reade below  —  Thomas Cornwall (1651-1724) He married Katherine Read.    He succeeded to the title of 15th Baron of Burford, Shropshire [feudal barony] in 1686.

  • Thomas Reade b. 22 Feb 1606/07, d. c Dec 1634  He had a daughter Anne who married  Thomas Cornwall (1651-1724) above.

Mary Cornwall’s father is often reported to be Sir. Thomas Cornwall (1573-1638) He was born too late to have a grandchild William READE who was born in 1600. Sir Thomas Cornwall was born in 1573. He was the son of Thomas Cornwall and Katherine Hartley. He married Anne Lyttelton, daughter of Sir Gilbert Lyttelton.    He was invested as a Knight in 1603.  He succeeded to the title of 12th Baron of Burford, Shropshire [feudal barony] in 1615.  He held the office of Sheriff of Shropshire in 1634.  He died in 1638. 

Child of Sir Thomas Cornwall and Anne Lyttelton


Child of Sir Thomas Cornwall and Anne Lyttelton


3. Col. Thomas Reade

Multiple birth dates for Colonel Reade are cited.  I’m using 1585, but 1583, 1596, 1598 and 1600, 1606, 1610 and 1622  are all commonly used.  He married Alsea [__?__].  Thomas came to America with Winthrop’s Great Migraton in 1630. Had town grant of three hundred acres of land in 1637, lying next to that of Governor Endicott. The first settlers had grants of land in proportion to their amount of funds in common stock. There were but four persons in Salem who had as large a sum of grants as Col. Read. He was a man of prominence, and held the rank of colonel in 1643. Was probably an officer of that rank before he came to America. He was colonel in British Army at restoration of Charles II in 1660. Thomas Read died in England in 1663. His son Abraham settled his estate.

Thomas’s descendant, Erik K. Reed, in a letter dated 27 Dec 79 wrote: “Col. Thomas Reed came to Massachusetts in 1630 (NOT a Puritan!), went back for a while to Somersetshire & I think his son was born there & then back to Mass.

5. Sir John Reade, 1st Bt.

Sir John Reade, 1st Bt. was born circa 1616.He married Susanna Style, daughter of Sir Thomas Style, 1st Bt., on 2 January 1640. He died circa February 1693/94.  He was created 1st Baronet Reade, of Brockett Hall, co. Herts [England] on 16 March 1641/42.

Esdras Reed was not a son of Sir Thomas or a brother of William

Esdras Reade was born about 1595 at Sutton, Mallet, Somerset, England. His parents were Esdras Reade and Bathsheba [__?__]. He first married Elizabeth Watson 18 Oct 1621 at St. Michael’s Crooked Lane, London, England.  He next married Sarah Dickinson 22 Feb 1630/31 at: Saint Katherine’s by the Tower, London, England. Esdras died 27 Jul 1680 Boston Mass.

According to Axel H. Reed and other researchers, Esdras came to America on the ship “Defence” which sailed from London in July 1635 and arrived in Boston Oct. 6, 1635.   however, I don’t see his name on the manifest.  The son of Sir Thomas Reade of Brocket Hall, the researchers say, Esdras had a brother William who came over in the same ship bringing his wife and four children. However, there is considerable confusion regarding the dates of the various Reades of Brocket Hall, so it is impossible at this time to conclude that Esdras is indeed the son of Sir Thomas Reade.

According to the story, Esdras had a tract of land in Boston which he sold to his brother William, then he relocated to Salem, Massachusetts, and associated with the Rev. Mr. John Fiske [son of our ancestor John FISKE] and his church. Esdras was a great friend of Rev. Fiske and took a great interest in church affairs, becoming a prominent and leading member of the congregation. In 1656 the group relocated to Chelmsford at the suggestion of Esdras.

Esdras left Chelmsford in 1661 and returned to Boston. He owned considerable real estate on Copp’s Hill in Boston at the time of his death. Esdras’s gravestone is still standing on Copp’s Hill today. The inscription reads, “Here Lyeth Buried Ye Boddy of Esdras Reade Aged 85 Years Dec’d July Ye 27 1680”.


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Ralph Tompkins

Ralph TOMPKINS (1585-1666) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Ralph Tompkins Coat of Arms

Ralph Tompkins (Tomkins) was born 5 Aug 1585 Monington, Herefordshire, England. His parents were John TOMKYNS and Ellen STANIS. He married Katherine FOSTER (or CARDWELL) 6 Nov 1608 – Buckinghamshire, England. Ralph and Katherine Tompkins came to New England in the fall of 1635 on board the ship Truelove. Katherine died shortly after arrival and John married Hannah Abourne in 1635 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass. John died 12 Nov 1666 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass.

Katherine Foster was born in 1577 in Wendover, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. Her parents were Patrick FOSTER (1558 – 1609) and Helen GREENWAY (1566 – 1609) Maybe her father’s name was Peter Foster. Other sources say that her maiden name Katherine Cardwell and was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire about 10 miles away. Maybe she was born between the two market towns. Katherine was eight years older than Ralph. Maybe Cardwell was the name of her first husband.

Katherine was listed on the manifest of the Truelove in 1635 and must have died shortly after arrival. I’m perplexed about how John FOSTER Sr’s wife could have had thirteen children over a thirty year span from about 1647 to 1677. John’s wife is sometimes called Mary Tompkins and other times Martha Tompkins. Mary would have been 56 when John’s youngest son Ebenezer was born in 1677. Martha at 14 or less would have been too young to be John FOSTER Jr’s mother (he was born before 1650) My solution, which I haven’t seen elsewhere, except this chart, is that John Foster Sr. married both Mary and Martha. Some genealogies say that Mary died in 1656 and there is six year gap between Samuel’s birth JAN 1651/52 and Benjamin’s birth 3 Jul 1658. I’m not sure this is the right explanation, but it is the only one I can find that fits the facts,

Hannah Aborne was born 1600 in England. Her parents were Thonmas Aborne and [__?__]. an early settler of Salem, MA. She may have been much younger than her husband and within the child bearing years but this is conjectural. Samuel Aborne calls Hannah his sister in Ralph Tompkins estate papers. Samuel deposed age 52 in 1666. Hannah died 1666 in Salem, Essex, Mass.

According to Foster genealogy, Part 2 By Frederick Clifton Pierce 1898

Thomas Abourne was living in Salem in 1642 at which time he was an old man according to the record. He had been made a freeman May 14, 1634 and by trade was a tanner. Feb 20, 1636 it is recorded in the land grants of Salem that “Thomas Eaborne may have the three acres next to Ensign davenport tenn acre lott laid out without warrant.” In 1642 “ould Thomas Eaborne was “presented for wronging the country by insufficient tanning. His answer was acceptable and he was admonished and is only to pay ye witness 2/3.” It is not proved that he was the father of Katherine, but no reasonable doubt of the fact exists.

Children of John and Katherine Foster:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Tompkins 9 Jan 1608
Edlesborough Bucks, England
Margaret Goodman
27 Aug 1632
Bucks, England
Mary Read
Sep 1673
23 Jun 1684
Salem, Essex, Mass
2. Nathaniel Tompkins 1612
Edlesborough Bucks, England
Unnamed Wife 6 Sep 1684
Salem, Essex, Mass
3. Samuel Tompkins 1613
Edlesborough Bucks, England
Lettice Foster
11 Oct 1639
Plymouth, Mass
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass.
4. Micah Tompkins 1615
Edlesborough Bucks, England
Mary Freeman
12 Dec 1643
4 Dec 1690
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
5. Elizabeth Tompkins 1617
Bucks, England
6. Mary Marie (Mary) Tompkins 1621
Bucks, England
John FOSTER Sr. c. 1656
Salem, Mass.
7. Ralph Tompkins 1623
Bucks, England

Children of Ralph and Katherine Aborne

Name Born Married Departed
8. Martha TOMPKINS c. 1636
Salem, Mass
after 1656
Salem, Mass
16 Nov 1688
Salem, Mass

Ralph at age 50, left England on the Truelove in Sept, 1635 with his wife Katherine (age 58) and children: Samuel (22), Elizabeth (18), and Marie (14). Katherine Fosterr was eight years older than Ralph and may have been a widow. The story that John FOSTER Sr. was her son and came with them to Salem is probably untrue. I don’t think they would have let him marry his half-sister!

It is said that Ralph settled in Dorchester, MA, Bridgewater, MA, Salem, MA, and he returned finally to Bridgewater, MA to be with his son, Samuel. Ralph resided at Dorchester, MA, in 1637, and became a freeman on May 2, 1638.

1639 – He was left a household article in the estate of widow Judith Smead of Dorchester.

1639 – Ralph is identified as the “goodman Tomkins” who is mentioned as a recipient in the widow Smead’s will in Dorchester.. At some point the family moved to Milford, CT Colony; however, it was a marshy area and unhealthy and they moved back to Mass.

3 Apr 1642 – Wife Katherine was admitted to the Church. (probably in Dorchester, MA). Some say that this is proof Katherine Foster lived until then, but this could have been Katherine Eborne as well.

2 Jun 1648 – Ralph Tompkins sold house, lands, and common rights to John Farnham of Dorchester, MA.

Ralph removed to Salem, MA, sometime between Jan. 23, 1642, and June 2, 1648

23 Jan 1642 – The Town of Salem grants to Brother Ralph 10 acres of land “next to Brother King’s lott”.

29 Jan 1648/49 the Salem selectman granted a small piece of meadow lying near Major-General Endecotts land in a corner by a small brook and a great swamp. There are other land evidences recorded in Essex County for Ralph Tompkins.

8 May 1654 -Town of Salem confirms this grant.

1665 – Ralph was called “ould Tompkins”

These details would seem to indicate that Ralph was permanently removed to Salem as early as 1642 or as late as 1648 and remained there until he buried his second wife in Salem, MA, and then removed to Bridgewater, MA, to his son Samuel, where he died in 1666.

1666 – Ralph died in Bridgewater, MA, probably at his son, Samuel’s home and probably a widower for the second time. His property in Salem was inventoried on Nov. 12, 1666. Administration was granted to son John, who had the land, and after the debts were paid, the rest to Mary, the daughter of John Foster. (Mary was also Ralph’s granddaughter by his daughter Martha, by his second wife).

27 Nov 1666 – Administration of Ralph’s estate was granted to John Tompkins who presented an inventory on 12 Nov. 1666. The Court ordered that the five acres of land mentioned in the inventory be given to the said John and after Ralph’s debts were paid the remainder of the estate was to be given to his granddaughter Mary, daughter of John Foster who married Hugh Jones in 1672.

The inventory of Ralph Tompkins estate was taken by Thomas Gardner and John Kitchin. 12 Nov. 1666

Samuel (his mark) Aburne, aged 52 years deposed that the burial of the wife of Ralph Tomkins, late deceased, as soon as the company had departed he went into said Ralph, who was weak and not likely long to survive his wife, to put him in mind of making his will. He also wished to speak with him about the will which his wife made which was to dispose of what was hers before her marriage. Deponent told Tompkins that his sister, Tompkins wife, had bequeathed all her property to Mary Foster because she had been so helpful to her during her long sickness, doing for her what nobody else would do. Tompkins replied that he fully agreed to this but he would like to have the use of it during his life and he would rather increase than diminish it. Before making his will he would first talk with his son Foster, and deponent thought that it was his intention to give what he had to Mary Foster. Also that Tomkins was of this mind when he was removing to Bridgewater, and when, thinking never to see him again, depondent reminded him of Mary Foster.

An (her M Mark) Small aged about 50 years, deposed that Goodwife Tompkins told her that she had willed all to Mary Foster and that the cow was brought up from a calf for said Mary. Edward Grove, aged about 40 years also deposed..

Nathaniel Felton, aged about 50 years, deposed that Tompkins desired to have the bed and other household stuff, but if he removed to Bridgewater to his son Samuel’s………


1. John Tompkins

John’s wife Margaret Goodman was born 1612 in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. Some family trees list Margaret Goodman as the daughter of the Mayflower Pilgrim, John Goodman (1595 – 1621). This is not correct. Several different genealogical asso., including the New England Historic Genealogical Society, state John Goodman had no descendents. Margaret died 18 May 1672 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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John Tompkins married Margaret Goodman 27 Aug 1632 in St Mary the Virign Church Edeslborough, Buck, England

John is not listed as a passenger, when his parents came to the new world on the Truelove in 1635. Either their names were omitted from the passenger list, or John and Margaret Goodman Tompkins must have come on another ship before March 1636.

John first appears (with others) in the records of Salem, MA, on March 20, 1636. They were ..”promised to be received as inhabitants of the town if they “pcure free dismission”. At a town meeting on July 12, 1637, John and others are received as inhabitants. Five acres of land are granted to him. At a town meeting on Dec. 25, 1637, land is distributed and John is given one-half acre of land which would indicate only two in family. On Jan 29, 1637, the town grants to John Tompkins, 5 acres lying by his other 5 acres. On May 18, 1642, John appears on the list of Freemen.

Since there is no record of Ralph in Salem records until May 2, 1638, when he requests a desire to be a freeman of Salem, we can assume that Ralph settled in other towns first, and then joined his son John in Salem, sometime after 1638. In fact, Ralph was granted 10 acres of land on Jan 23, 1642, by the town of Salem. He relocated from Dorchester, MA, sometime in this time frame.

1649 – John Tompkins and Nathaniel Tompkins are listed as inhabitants of Fairfield, Fairfield, Ct.

30 Jun 1653 – John Tompkin’s wife was fined for wearing a silk hood,

1658  Lot #88, 1664 Lot #89, 1675 Lot #61 -The Division of the North Fields was laid out before the Salem town records were begun. Most of the original lots consisted of ten acres each. See the above link for the location of John’s land.

1666 – Son John administratively receives the land in Salem, that was owned by his father, upon Ralph’s death; the rest goes to Mary, daughter of John Foster. Ralph’s Salem, MA, inventory is dated Nov. 12, 1666. Perhaps John Tompkins returned to Salem, MA, at this time.

22 Aug 1663 – The Salem selectmen granted John Tompkins all the land lying at the end of the five acres he purchased of Jefferie Estee next to Robert Cotte 20 John was a freeman in Salem in 1642.

Jun 1672 – At a Salem Quarterly Court Meeting June 1672 John Tomkins Sr. & John Tomkins Jr. among others, certified that the “being nere neighbores vnto Elizabeth Goodel the daughter of Edw. Beachom and having had acquaintance with her from childhood to her marriage Do testify yt according to our best observation and judgment shee hath been ofan honest civill conversation & one yt would not wrong the truth in her speeches.”

1673 – It is thought that he married Mary Reid in Salem, MA,

2 Mar 1679 – At a Commissioners Court at Salem John Tomkins, among others, refused to take the oath as tythingmen and were fined 23

At the time of is death he owned land, a dwelling house, barn, outhouse, orchard and about 17 acres of improved land valued at 100 pounds.

30 June 1681 – An inventory of John’s estate was taken by Edward Batter & Nathaniel Felton Jr. amounting to 141-17-00d. Administration of the estate was granted to Mary, the relict on 28 June 1681. An addition to the inventory of 9f taken by thesame persons mentioned that the estate of the relict before marriage was 125-12-00d.

This record mentions John’s children in the following order: Nathaniel, John, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Deborah and Priscilla Tompkins. The estate papers contain the depositions of Josiah White and Rememberance, his wife – these deponents testified that they heard John Tompkins Sr. say sundry times that it was his will that his son Nathaniel Tompkins being his eldest son should have his then dwelling house with the barne and ground thereunto belonging for he had given his other children something considerable for their portions and this was spoken a short time before the said Tompkins his disease – Sworn 30 Nov. 1681. The widow was to have two thirds of the house and land during her life and son John Jr. 5li; the five childen of Hugh Jones, whose wife Hannah was now deceased were to have 20s each. The remainder of the estate was equally divided among the seven children of the deceased.

One of John and Margaret’s daughters Hannah Tompkins (21 Dec 1641, Salem, Mass – 10 May 1672 Salem) was the first wife of Hugh Jones who later married John FOSTER Sr’s daughter Mary.

Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

TOMPKINS, JOHN, Salem 1637, freem. 18 May 1642, by w. wh. I guess to be named Margaret, had Hannah, bapt. 10 Feb. 1639, b. some mos. bef. and d. soon aft.; Elizabeth 9 May 1639, d. young; Hannah, again, 21 Feb. 1641; Sarah, 1 Jan. 1643; John, 16 Feb. 1645; Elizabeth again, b. 29 Nov. 1646, bapt. 17 Jan. 1647; Mary, bapt. 29 Apr. 1649; and Deborah, 8 June 1651, wh. m. 5 Nov. 1671, Nathaniel Silsbee. His w. Margaret d. 18 July 1672, and in Sept. 1673 he m. Mary Read, and d. 23 June 1681. Hannah m. 26 June 1660, Hugh Jones; Sarah m. 1 Aug. 1663, John Waters; and Mary m. 29 Nov. 1670, John Felton, all of Salem. But this inv. of 30 June 1681, ment. oldest s. Nathaniel, prob. b. in Eng. and Priscilla, prob. the youngest, wh. m. 14 Aug. 1679, Samuel Marsh.

2. Nathaniel Foster

Nathaniel Tomkins appeared at Providence, RI in 1650 with “a younger son” (Nathaniel Tomkins. He had been a merchant at Boston and other New England localities.

Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

NATHANIEL, Newport 1675, tempor. resid. at Boston, a merch. in 1681; may be the same who was of East Chester sev. yrs. bef. but for perman. liv. at N. where by w. Elizabeth he had Nathaniel, b. 31 Dec. 1676, perhaps d. very soon; Mary, 16 Sept. 1677, d. young; Priscilla, 24 May 1679; Samuel, 11 May 1681; and Mary, again, 20 Oct. 1685.

3. Samuel Foster

Samuel’s wife Lettice Foster was born in 1615 in England.

Will dated 1673 – age 63, his land went to Francis Cary brought up and lived with Samuel. will mentions brother John Tompkins, cousins Mary Foster, Elizabeth White, Hannah Doggett.

Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

SAMUEL, Duxbury 1640, had m. 1639, Lettice Foster, prob. sis. of Edward of Scituate, one of the grantees of Bridgewater 1645, was perhaps s. of Ralph. [[vol. 4, p. 312]]

4. Micah Tompkins

Some researchers say Micah was Ralph’s nephew, not his son; the son of Ralph’s brother John.

Micah was 20 years old when his parent immigrated and he did not join them in America until later. He married Mary Freeman 12 Dec 1643 in Bucks, England. Mary was born 1620 in Hardingham, Norfolk, England. Mary died 30 Dec 1702 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.

The first record we have of him was when he removed from Weathersfield, CT, overland to Milford, CT, in 1639. Micah Tompkins was granted along with 44 others the franchise as “free planter” in Milford in 1639. Micah Tompkins is #15 on the list of the location of the homes of the first settlers of Milford, Ct.

Milford Pioneers

Milford lies in New Haven County on Long Island sound and is separated from the township of Stratford on the west by the Housatonic river, and about 10 miles S.W. of New Haven. The town, one of the original six plantations of New Haven Colony, was established in 1639, two years after the Pequot War, by Reverend Peter Prudden (lot 40). First named Wepowage, the Indian name for the river that flowed through the settlement, by indigenous tribes, Milford was purchased 12 Feb 1639 by William Fowler (lot 41), Edmund Tapp (lot 35), Zachariah Whitman (lot 32), Benjamin Fenn (lot 3), and Alexander Bryan (lot 23) from local tribes for “six coats, ten blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives, and a dozen small looking-glasses.”

The Milford men came in two bodies, those of 1639 and those of 1645. Most of them were from the English counties of Essex, Hereford and York. There were fifty-four heads of families or approximately two hundred settlers. Some came from New Haven, others from Wethersfield, following Rev. Peter Prudden who had ministered there between the formation of his own church at New Haven, August 22, 1639, and his ordination as pastor of the Milford church, April 18, 1640, after which Mr. Prudden took up his residence in Milford.

In the fall of 1639 a band of settlers from New Haven went through the woods guided by Indian fighter Thomas Tibbals. Peter Prudden (the Herefordshire minister) led the group.Tradition held that the pioneers of Milford were wholly or in large part discontented settlers from Dorchester and Watertown MA who traveled through the woods to Hartford, to New Haven, to Milford. Supposedly they carried the Dorchester church records with them, and the records were lost on the journey. Most of the settlers had come from London to Boston with John Davenport, Theophilus Eaton, etc. two and one-half years earlier. A year later, they went with the Davenport company to the mouth of the Quinnipiac River. The settlement at Milford was laid out in long, narrow lots, which permitted all settlers to have the same kind of land. The salt hay that grew on the marshy meadow was much prized.

Title to the region was based solely on land purchase from the Indians and not upon any grant from the English Crown. The first purchase included nearly all of the present towns of Orange and Milford, and part of the town of Woodbridge. Deeding the land to its new owners was effected with the old English “twig and turf” ceremony. After the customary signing of the deed by both parties, Ansantawae was handed a piece of turf and a twig. Taking the piece of turf in one hand, and the twig in the other, he thrust the twig into the turf, and handed it to the English. In this way he signified that the Indians relinquished all the land specified in the deed and everything growing upon it The Paugusset Indians sold the Wepawaug land in the hope that they would enlist English protection against the Mohawks, who were continually raiding their territory.

Founding Newark

Micah Tompkins was appointed to a committee to expedite combining the towns of Milford and Branford, NJ, into one township of Newark, in Sussex Co., NJ. He was listed as a proprietor of Newark and on the land distribution list. At the first town meeting in Newark on Feb. 6, 1667, Micah was given a full acre of land because of the remoteness of his land.

Newark, New Jersey, was founded in 1666 by Connecticut Puritans led by Robert Treat from the New Haven Colony. The New Haven colonists had been forced out of power for sheltering the judges who had fled to the New Haven Colony after sentencing Charles I of England to death. In August, 1661, Goffe and Whaley commenced their stay there of two years, being concealed in a shop belonging to Micah Tompkins, on his lot.

The settlers sought to establish a colony with strict church rules similar to the one they had established in Milford, Connecticut. Treat wanted to name the community “Milford.” Another settler Abraham Pierson said the community reflecting the new task at hand should be named “New Ark” or “New Work.” The name was shortened to Newark.

Treat and the party bought the property on the Passaic River from the Hackensack Indians by exchanging gunpowder, one hundred bars of lead, twenty axes, twenty coats, guns, pistols, swords, kettles, blankets, knives, beer, and ten pairs of breeches. The total control of the community by the Church continued until 1733 when Josiah Ogden harvested wheat on a Sunday following a lengthy rainstorm and was disciplined by the Church for Sabbath breaking. He left the church and corresponded with Episcopalian missionaries, who arrived to build a church in 1746 and broke up the Puritan theocracy.

On Sept. 10, 1668, Micah was appointed to a committee to build a place of worship in Newark as soon as possible. He as included in the land division at Newark on Jan 1, 1670 and appointed to draw lotts for absent members. At a town meeting on Dec. 12, 1670, Micah received the Grant of another little piece of land. He was on the list of members of the First Presbyterian Church in Newark on Jan. 9, 1687. In the listing of the home lots of the first settlers of Newark, Micah Tompkins is listed as Dr. Micah Tompkins, so he must have been a doctor.

For a time at Milford Micah Tompkins secreted the Regicides William Goffe and Gen. Edward Whalley, in his shop giving them aid and comfort. His girls didn’t even know that “angels” were in the basement.

Micah made his will on 30 June 1688 at Milford. Mary widow of Micah was alive in 1695.

Micah and Mary Tompkins’ children were: Jonathan and Mary baptized in 1643, Elizabeth in 1645, Seth in 1649, m. Elizabeth Ketchal and Mary Bruen; Rebecca in 1653, Abigail in 1655; Micah in 1659, Mary Rose in 1669. Jonathan m Mary Pennington 12 Apr 1666 at Milford.

Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

MICAH, or MICHAEL, Wethersfield, removed to Milford 1639, and Lambert says he died 1649; but of that I find cause to doubt, for in Trumbull’s Col. Rec. II. 513, may be seen verification in 1661 and 5 by Michael T. of Milford, who must be thought the same person, as only one with this prefix is mentioned for a long course of years. He removed with a great company of friends to New Jersey, 1666, and July 1667 bought large tract from Indians on the Passaic river where now is the city of Newark. See Whitehead, 42, 3. By wife Mary he had at Milford Jonathan, and Mary, both baptized 17 Dec. 1643, soon after he and his wife had joined the church; Elizabeth Feb. 1645; David, 1647, died at 2 yrs. by casual.; Seth, 1649; Rebecca, b. 2 Nov. 1653; Abigail, 1655; Micah, bapt. at New Haven, 27 Nov. 1659.

7. Ralph Tompkins Jr.

Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

RALPH, Dorchester, freeman 2 May 1638, removed about 1647 to Salem, there died probably in 1666, as his inventory is of 12 November of that year.

Sources Nine Generations before Ralph Tompkins back to Robert Tompkins b. 1275 One World Tree for Ralph Tompkins

” Pioneers of Massachusetts”, C. H. Pope, 1900.

“Suffolk County Wills”.

“History of Salem, MA”, Sidney Perley, Vol II, 1926.

Foster genealogy, Part 2 By Frederick Clifton Pierce 1898

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John Chipman

Elder John CHIPMAN (1621 -1708) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Chipman was born 3 Jun 1621 in Briantspuddle, Dorset, England. Briantspuddle is  situated within the Piddle Valley near to the villages of Affpuddle,  Tolpuddle and  Puddletown and approximately eight miles east of the county town of Dorchester. The village takes its name from Brian de Turberville, who was lord of the manor during the reign of Edward III and is in the Purbeck conservation.

Briantspuddle Village in Dorset

John’s parents were Thomas CHIPMAN and [__?__].  He was 17 when he came to New England in May, 1637, in the service of his cousin Mr. Richard Derby, who settled in Plymouth. Some records say in the month of July and aboard the ship ‘Friendship‘. However, no ships roster or other authoritative document has yet come to light confirming this report.   He married Hope HOWLAND 13 Sep 1646 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.  After Hope died, he married Ruth Sargent. They lived in the Bourne house in the Jarvesville neighborhood of Sandwich, where Ruth was well loved.   John died 7 Apr 1708 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

John Chipman Headstone –Old Town Cemetery Sandwich Barnstable County Mass. — HERE LYES BURIED ye BODY OF ELDER JOHN CHIPMAN AGED 88 YEARS DIED APRIL ye 7th 1708

Hope Howland was born 30 Aug 1629 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were John HOWLAND and Elizabeth TILLEY. Hope died 8 Jan 1684 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Hope Howland Chipman Headstone — Lothrop Hill Cemetery Barnstable Barnstable County Mass –The entire back, sides and front edges are covered in a copper jacket –


This is one of the three oldest gravestones on Cape Cod all dated 1683. Here’s a collection of photos. It is unusual to find a very old gravestone with no image in the tympanum and no borders around the inscription area. Typical of early gravestones note the combined letters such as T and E in INTERRED and T and H in THIS. Note the spelling of BETER – it appears as BEER.

Ruth Sargent was born 25 Oct 1642 in Charlestown, Mass., twenty one years after John Chapman.  Her parents were William Sargeant and [__?__].  She first married in 1662 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass to Jonathan Winslow, son of Josiah Winslow (wiki) and Margaret Bourne.  Margaret was the daughter of our ancestor Thomas BOURNE.  She next married  2 July 1677  in Sandwich, Mass. to Rev. Richard Bourne of Sandwich who was also much older than she.   Ruth died  4 Oct  1713, Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass., leaving no issue.

Ruth Sargent Chipman Headstone — Old Town Cemetery Sandwich Barnstable County Mass — HERE LYES BURIED THE BODY OF Mrs RUTH CHIPMAN AGED 71 YEARS DIED OCTOBER Ye 4th 1713Blessed are ye Dead That die in the Lord

Ruth’s second husband Richard was one of the few missionaries to the Indians.  His grandson Melatiah Bourne married John’s youngest daughter Desire Chapman in 1693. Thomas BOURNE may be related, but I’m not sure how. Thomas Bourne was born in 1581 in Matlock, Derbyshire, England and Richard was born in 1610 in Barnstable, Devonshire, England; possibly the son of William Bourne and Ursula Day.   On 2 Jan 1637, seven acres of land were granted to Richard Bourne to belong to his dwelling house. At the same court seven acres of land were granted to John Bourne, in behalf of his father, Mr. Thomas Bourne. [Is Thomas or John a brother to Richard? John apparently moved to Marshfield. There was also a Henry Bourne who resided in Plymouth, Scituate, and Barnstable. Rev. Deane called him a brother of Richard Bourne, but of this I have seen no evidence.]

Missionaries were very rare among the New England Separtists.  You read more about Rev. Bourne here.  It was not until 1670 that Richard Bourne was formally ordained as pastor of the Indian Church in Mashpee.  In Richard Bourne’s return to Major Gookin dated 1 SEP 1674 at Sandwich, he says he is the only Englishman employed in this extensive region. The results of his labors are stated in this abstract of his return:

“Praying Indians that do frequently meet together on the Lord’s Day to worship God.” He names 22 places where meetings were held. The number of men and women that attended these meetings were 309, young men and maids 188. Whole number of praying Indians, 497. Of these 142 could read the Indian language, 72 could write, and 9 could read English.

In 1675, Sachem Massasoit (King Philip) had succeeded in uniting the Western Indians in a league, of which the avowed object was the extermination of the white inhabitants of New England. His emissaries attempted in vain to induce the Christianized Indians to join their league, but they remained faithful.  Richard Bourne, aided by Thomas Tupper of Sandwich, Mr. Thornton of Yarmouth, and Mr. Treat of Eastham had a controlling influence over the numerous bands of Indians then residing in Praying Towns in Barnstable County, in Wareham, Rochester, and Middleboro.  Otis says,

“Richard Bourne by his unremitted labors for seventeen years made friends of a sufficient number of Indians … to turn the scale in Plymouth Colony and give the preponderance to the whites. …Bourne did more by the moral power which he exerted to defend the Old Colony than Bradford did at the head of the army. Laurel wreaths shade the brows of military heroes–their names are enshrined in a bright halo of glory–while the man who has done as good service for his country by moral means, sinks into comparative insignificance, and is too often forgotten.” The Mashpee Indians continued to maintain this congregation for many years.

Because of Richard Bourne’s great missionary work with the Indians, he became a living legend among them. In those days the medicine man among the Algonquin Indians was called the Pow-wow, and the Indian’s Pow-wow became very jealous of Richard’s influence with his people. An Indian folk-tale still being told today tells how Richard Bourne got into an argument with the old Pow-wow.

“Losing his temper, the Powwow chanted a bog rhyme, and mired Bourne’s feet in the mud, taunting him to prove the power of his faith by freeing himself if he could. Bourne made no effort to free himself, and for fifteen days was held fast in the mud, trapped by the Pow-wow’s spell. But Bourne was kept alive by a white dove, which placed strange red berries in his mouth from time to time. At last the Pow-wow yielded and Bourne was free. One of the red berries brought to Bourne by the white dove had meanwhile fallen into the bog and had grown and multiplied. “

Children of John and Hope:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth CHIPMAN 24 Jun 1647 or 1648
Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass
c. 1670
Yarmouth, Mass
Aft Feb 1711/12
2. [Infant] Chipman Sep 1650 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass 9 Sep 1650
Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
3. Hope Chipman 31 Aug 1652
Plymouth, Mass
John Huckins (Son of Thomas HUCKINS)
10 Aug 1670 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
Jonathan Cobb
1 Mar 1682/83 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
Barnstable, Mass.
26 Jul 1728
Middleboro, Plymouth, Mas
4. Lydia Chipman  25 Dec 1654
Barnstable, Mass
John Sargent
19 Mar 1662 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass
2 Mar 1730
Malden, Middlesex, Mass
5. John Chipman 2 Mar 1656
Barnstable, Mass
29 May 1657
Barnstable, Mass
6. Hannah Chipman 14 Jan 1658 Barnstable Thomas Huckins (Son of Thomas HUCKINS)
1 May 1680 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
4 Nov 1696
Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
7. Deacon Samuel Chipman 15 Apr 1661
Barnstable, Mass
Sarah Cobb
27 Dec 1686 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
16 Jun 1723
Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
8. Ruth Chipman 31 Dec 1663
Barnstable, Mass
Eleazer Crocker
7 Apr 1682 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
8 Apr 1698
Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
9. Bethia Chipman 1 Jul 1666
Barnstable, Mass
Shubael Dimmock 1686
12 Nov 1702
10. Mercy Chipman 6 Feb 1668
Barnstable, Mass
Nathan Skiffe
13 Dec 1699
Sandwich, Mass
12 Jun 1724 Chilmark, Dukes, Mass
11. John Chipman 3 Mar 1670 Barnstable, Mass Mary Skiff
1691 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
Elizabeth Handley
1716  Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.
4 Jan 1756 Newport, Rhode Island
12. Desire Chipman 26 Feb 1673 Barnstable, Mass Melatiah Bourne
23 Feb 1693 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
28 Mar 1705
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass

Elder John Chipman was the only son of Mr. Thomas Chipman of Briantspuddle, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England, who had had an estate there.  He had two sisters Hannah and Tamson, who remained in England. His father died before he left England and his mother before 1642.  John served several terms as deputy to the colony court and as one of the selectmen and in other important public capacities.

Thomas Chipman, his father, has inherited a valuable mill property as a yong man which had been administered and then taken over by his distant cousin Christopher Derby. Thomas had later married, but had never received any capital from Derby.  John lived a few years during his youth with his uncle Christopher Derby who was prosperous at the time. He probably made provision for John to attend some sort of school where he learned to read and write. After Thomas’ death, his only son, John, at age seventeen emigrated to Plymouth in 1637 under indenture to Richard Derby, son of Christopher. When he was twenty-one, John Chipman made an effort to establish a claim against Christopher Derby, supported by testimony from Ann Hynd, a domestic from the Derby house, who had also come to Plymouth.

Again in 1657/58 Chipman made a long deposition of his claim against the Derby estate in England, referring to his sisters Hannah and Tamson and other parties in the case. With the long chain of communication, and the absence of supporters in Dorset, plus the disturbed condition at the end of the Cromwell period, nothing seems to have been done and there is no record that Chipman got any part of his father’s property. However, he was a good carpenter to which his many Barnstable buildings attest. , and by public service and hard work earned a highly respected position in the community.

In 1775 Thomas Chipman of Salisbury Conn caused inquiries to be made by Silas Dean or Benjamin Franklin colonial agents in England in regard to the estate and ascertained that it lay as above described and that the rental was £500. He was prevented from prosecuting his claim by the breaking out of the Revolution and its consequences.

The following statement, drawn up by himself, is printed from an ancient copy of the original in the possession of the family of the late Mr. Samuel Chipman of Sandwich.

A Brief Declaration in Behalf of Jno. Chipman of Barnstable.

A Brief Declaration with humble Request (to whom these Presents shall come) for further Inquiry & Advice in ye behalf of John Chipman, now of Barnstable in the Government of New Plimouth in New England In America, being ye only Son & Heir of Mr. Thomas Chipman Late Deceased at Brinspittell 1 about five miles from Dorchester in Dorsetshire in England concerning some certain Tenement or Tenements with a Mill & other Edifice thereunto belonging Lying & ‘being in Whitchurch of Marhwood vale near Burfort alias Breadport, in Dorsetshire aforsd hertofore worth 40 or 50 Pounds pr Annum which were ye Lands of ye sd Thomas Chipman being entailed to him & his Heirs for Ever but hath for Sundry years Detained from ye sd John Chipman the right & only Proper Heir thereunto.

By reason of Some kinde of Sale made of Inconsiderable value by the sd Thomas (In the time of his Single Estate not then minding marriage) unto his kinsman Mr. Christopher Derbe Living Sometime in Sturtle near Burfort aforsd being as the Said John hath been Informed, but for 40 lb And to be maintained Like a man with Diet Apparel &c by the sd Christopher as Long as the sd Thomas Should Live whereat ye Lawyer wc. made the Evidences being troubled at his Weakness in taking Such an Inconsiderable Price tendered him to Lend him money or to give to him ye sd Thomas Seven Hundred Pounds for ye sd Lands.

But yet the matter Issuing as Aforsd The Vote of the Country who. had It nowledge of it was that the sd Thomas had much wrong in it Especially After it pleased God to change his condition, and to give him Children, being turned off by the sd Christopher only with a poor Cottage and Garden Spott instead of his forsd Maintainance to the great wrong of his Children Especially of his Son John Aforsd to whom ye Sd Lands by right of Entailment did belong Insomuch that mr William Derbe who had the sd Lands in his Possession then from his father Christopher Derbe told the sd John Chipman (being then a youth) that his father Christopher had done him wrong, but if ye sd Lands prospered with him that he would then consider the sd John to do for him in way of recompence for the Same when he should be of capacity in years to make use thereof.

The sd John fm-ther declareth that one mr Derbe A Lawyer of Dorchester (he supposes ye father of that mr Derbe now Living in Dorchester) being a friend to the mother of the sd John told her being Acquainted with ye Business and sorry for’ the Injury to her Heir, that if it pleased God he Liv’d to be of Age he would himself upon his own charge make a tryal for the recovery of it, and in case he recovere it Shee Should give him 10 lb Else he would have nothing for his trouble and charge.

Furthermore John Derbe late deceased of Yarmouth in New Plimouth -Government Aforsd hath acknowledged here to the sd John Chipman that his father Christopher had done him much wrong in the forsd Lands but ye sd John Chipman being but in a poor and mean outward condition, hath hitherto been Afraid to stir in it as thinking he should never get it from ye rich and mighty, but being now Stirred up by some friends as Judging it his Duty to make more Effectual Inquiry after it for his own comfort his wife and childrens which God hath been pleased to bestow on him if any thing may be done therein, & in what way it may be attained, whether without his coming over which is mostly Desired if it may bee.

Because of exposing his wife & children to Some Straits in his Absence from them, he hath therefore, Desired these as aforsd Desiring also Some Search may be made for farther Light in ye case into the Records the conveyance of the Said Lands being made as he Judgeth about threescore years Since as Also that Enquiry be made of his Sisters which he supposeth lived about those parts & of whom else it may be thought meet, and Advice sent over as Aforsd, not Else at present But hoping that there be Some Left yet in England alike Spirited with him in 29 Job whom the Ear that heareth of may bless God for Delivering ye poor that crieth and him that hath no helper Bein Eyes to the blind feet to the Lame A father to the Poor Searching out ye causfe which he knoweth not, &c. Barnstable as Aforsd this 8th of Feb. (57.)

John Chipman Desires his Love be presented to his Sisters Hannor and Tamson and to hear particularly from them if Living and doth further request that Enquiry be made of mr Oliver Lawrence of Arpittle who was an intimate friend of his fathers. He desires also Enquiry be made of his Sisters what those parchment writeings concerned in the custody of his mother when he was there.

The sd John Chipman Supposeth his age to be About thirty seven years ; it being next may Twenty & one year Since he come out of England.

The Declaration is dated Feb. 8, 1657, O. S., which is Feb. 18, 1658, N. S. ‘Deduct 21 years, and it gives May, 1637, as the date of his leaving England. The date of his birth by the same rule is 1621.

On the 2d of March, 1641/42, Ann Hinde, the wife of William Hoskins, deposed before Gov. Edward Winslow, relative to a matter in controversy between John Derbey and John Chipman. She stated that she was then about 25 years of age, that she lived with Mr. Christopher Derbey at the time when John Chipman came to New England to serve Mr. Richard Derbey a son of Christopher, and a brother of John, that she afterwards came over to serve the said Richard, and that when she left, old Mr. Derbey requested her “to commend him to his cozen (nephew) Chipman, and tell him if he were a good boy, he would send him over the money that was due to him, when he saw good.” She also testified that she had heard John Derbey affirm that the money had been paid to John Chipman’s mother, who died about three months before her old master sent this message by her to his nephew Chipman. The object of this deposition was to establish the fact that John Derbey did not pay the money to Chipmans’s mother, because she died three months before Mr. Christopher Derbey made the promise to send it.


May 1637 – John came to New England in the service of his cousin Mr. Richard Derby, who settled in Plymouth.

2 Mar 1641/42 –   Ann Hinde, the wife of William Hoskins, aged about 25 years, being examined before Mr. Edward Winslow in a case between John Darby and John Chipman, made oath that she lived in the house of Mr. Darby’s father with John Chipman at the time when ‘the said John Chipman came from Thence to New England to serve Mr. Richard Darbey, his brother.’ That she afterwards came over also to serve the said Richard Darby, ‘when old Mr. Darbey requested this deponant to comend him to his cozen Chipman, and tell him if hee were a good boy hee would send him over the money that was due to him when hee saw good; and further, wheras this deponant heard the said John darrbey affeirme that his money was paid to John Chipmans mother, shee further deposeth that his said mother was dead a quarter of a yeare or therabouts befoe her old master sent this message to his cozen Chipman.’

Aug 1643 – John  was not on the list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms.  Research undertaken within the past few years in Dorset by Joan Brocklebank, indicates that perhaps John returned to Dorset to comply with the law by signing the Protestation Returns of 1641-42. Each male was compelled to reassert his fidelity and loyalty to the King as the only lord of the realm and head of the Church of England. Failure to be proven is, ‘Did John return to seek redress about his inheritance?’ which was due him, his father having died twenty years earlier? In any case, he returned to Plymouth and married Hope Howland in 1646

1649 – He was a freeman in Barnstable. They moved to Barnstable, Mass., having ‘that year, bought the homestead owned by Edward Fitzrandolphe’ Edward FITZ RANDOLPH the deed of which is in the records at Barnstable. The land included eight acres, bounded on the north by the County Road, presently Route 6A, east by the Hyannis Road, extending across the present line of the Railroad (now extinct), south by the commons and on the west by the homestead of George Lewis Sr. The deed also conveyed a garden spot and orchard on the north side of the County road.

He bought of his brother-in-law, Lieut. John Howland, one half of his farm which is now owned by his descendants. The deed is dated Dec. 10, 1672, and for the consideration of £16 Mr. Howland conveys to him one-half of his lands in Barnstable, containing forty-five acres of upland. The deed is in the hand writing of Gov. Thomas Hinckley, is on parchment, and is now in the possession of the family of Mr. Samuel Chipman of Sandwich. The lands sold were bounded, easterly, partly by the land of John Otis and partly by the land of William Crocker, northerly by the marsh, westerly by the other half of the lands not sold. The boundaries are particularly described, and the range between Howland and Chipman ran over a well or spring, giving each a privilege thereto. Mr. Howland names his northern orchard, showing that at that early date he had set out two. Elder Chipman owned lands at West Barnstable before 1672, for in the same deed he makes an exchange of meadow with his brother-in-law.

That he was not careful in regard to his title documents there is evidence. His deed from Fitzrandolphe was not executed till 1669. twenty years after the purchase, and the consideration in his deed from Howland indicates that the purchase was made many years before the date of the deed. Farms no better in the same vicinity were sold about that time for four times £16.

7 Aug 1650 – His 1st wife Hope had joined the Barnstable church

30 Jan 1652/53 – John joined the Barnstable church  This was the church founded in 1639 by the Rev. John LOTHROP.

1656 to 1663 – John was ‘Deputy to the General Court’.

8 Feb 1657/58 –  John [Chipman] accused his uncle, Christopher Derby, of defrauding his father.  John made a declaration that he supposed himself to be about 37 years old and that the following May it would be 21 years since he came from England. He was the only son and heir of Mr. Thomas Chipman, late deceased at Brinspudel, about 5 miles from Dorchester, Dorsetshire, and he had two sisters, Hannah and Tamson. His father had entailed to him and his heirs a tenement or tenements with a mill and other edifices belonging thereto in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset (4 mi. NE of Lyme Regis) of  the Marshwood Vale near Bridport in Dorsetshire, worth £40 or £50 per annum. His father, while single, had sold them, he thinks about 60 years before, to his kinsman Mr. Christopher Derby of sturhill near Bridport for only £40 and the agreement to maintain him during life with diet, apparel, &c. Derby gave him only a poor cottage and garden spot. John Derby, late deceased, of Yarmouth, had acknowledge to him (John Chipman) that his father Christopher had done him (John) much wrong.

Marshwood Vale near Bridport in Dorsetshire, England

Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England. Located near the coast at the western end of Chesil Beach at the confluence of the River Brit and its Asker and Simene tributaries.

Jun 1659 – Elder John Chipman, Isaac Robinson (son of the Leyden pastor), Rev. John Smith of Barnstable, and John Cook of Plymouth, were appointed by the Plymouth Colony Court to attend the meetings of the Quakers “to endeavour to reduce them from the errors of their wayes.” — The result was that Robinson, whose name appears most prominent in these proceedings, recommended the repeal of the severe laws that had been enacted against that sect. Smith and Chipman did not incur the censure of the Court, though there is no reason to doubt that they sympathized with Robinson in his views respecting the impolicy of those laws.

During the introduction and spread of the Quaker faith, he and three assistants were designated to ‘frequent the meetings of the gathering, and to endeavor to seduce the members from the errors of their ways.  They concluded that the sect should not be persecuted, a courageous stand considering the emotion of the time.  They lost their licenses because of befriending the Quakers.

In 1663, ’64, ’65, ’68 and ’69 he was representative from Barnstable to the Colony Court;

5 Jun  1663 – John was one of those taking the Colonial Treasurer’s account.

in 1665, ’66, ’67, and ’68 he was one of the selectmen of Barnstable, who at that time exercised, in addition to other duties, the functions since pertaining to justices of the peace;

In 1667 he was one of the council of war.

1669 – ‘For his public services the court in 1669 granted him one hundred acres of land, between Taunton and Titicut, which was afterwards confirmed to him.’

14 Apr 1670 – John was chosen one of the Ruling Elders of that church and was solemnly invested with with office. He was the last Ruling Elder.

To the dismay of his church in Barnstable, Elder Chipman resigned his prestigious position and removed to Sandwich shortly after Smith settled here. He was immediately accepted as a townsman.  Upon his removal to Sandwich strong, but ineffectual, efforts were made to retain him in Barnstable.  The Church offered to pay him five or six pounds annually if he would resume the office of elder, and the town of Barnstable offered him a 100-acre grant of meadow lands if he would return. Those offers were in vain.

7 Mar  1675/76, the court, considering the estate of Capt. John GORHAM, ordered Mr. Hinckley, Mr. Chipman and Mr. Huckins ‘to take Care that such prte of the said estate which belongeth unto his youngest Children be prserved and Disposed of to them as they Come to be of age.

John later resided in West Barnstable (also called Great Marshes), and about 1680 removed to Sandwich.

The will of John Chipman, dated Nov. 12, 1702, mentions his wife Ruth, his children listed and his ‘grand children, Mary Gale and Jabez Dimock; also his friend the Rev. Mr. Jonathan Russell of Barnstable ‘who was his pastor, the third resident minister of the West Barnstable (John Lothrop’s) church. The amount of hard money and value of chattels listed totaled £92 in his will proved May 17, 1708.  At that time there were also 190 acres of land registered in his name.

The Last Will and Testament of Elder John Chipman of Sandwich in ye County of Barnstable In ye Province of the Massachusetts Bay In New England.

I John Chipman being Sensible of the uncertainty of This present Life and being Desirous to Set Things in Order so as to prevent (as far as in me Lies) all occasions of Contest among my Relations after my Decease; and being at this present Thro the mercy of God In Competent Health and of Disposing mind & memory Do Therefore according to my Duty make This my Last Will & Testament and Do hereby Revoke and Annul all former will and Wills Testament or Testaments which I have heretofore made by word or writing: and this shall be accounted accepted and Stand for my Last Will and Testament as followeth is:

That above all I Will and bequeath my soul to God in Jesus Christ my Lord who Gave it and my body to Decent burial; And as to that Temporal Estate which God has been pleased to bestow upon me my will is as followeth.

Imply That all my Just Debts and Dues to any man in Right or Conscience belonging; and my funeral Expenses shall be first paid out of my Estate & fully Discharged: That is to Say: out of my movable Estate.

Item I Will and bequeath to Ruth my Dear and Loving Wife all whatsoever is Left of Her Estate which I had with her when I married her I also give her on half part of my whole personal Estate which shall be found In Sandwich at my Decease Besides and moreover all the Carts plows and husbandry Implements as also all the Corn and meat flax & wool yarn and Cloth That is in the House at my Decease; and I Do also Give Her Twenty Pounds in money which is Due to her by ye Compact made between us at our Intermarriage: she according to Said Compact upon payment of this Twenty Pounds to Quit Claim to all Right & Title to & Interest In my Housing and Lands at Barnstable: and This Twenty Pounds shall be paid her out of That money of mine in ye Hands of my friend Mr. Jonathan Russell of Barnstable.

It I Will and Bequeath to my Two Sons Samuell and John my Whole Real Estate in Barnstable to them and their Heirs for Ever: that is to Say: That my Son Samuell shall have Two parts Thereof & my son John one part or third thereof. Unless my son Samuell sees Cause to pay his Brother John seventy pounds in Lew of Said Third part. And Samuell So Doing shall Enjoy the said whole he and his heirs for Ever: only my will is that my Said Two sons shall pay proportionally out of ye above said Bequest To my Two Grandchildren Mary Gale & Jabez Dimock five Pound a piece within one year after my Decease.

Item I Will and bequeath to my Son Samuell my Great Table & Chest and Great Iron pot with all my Carpenters Tools & Husbandry Implements, which are now In His possession and occupation in Barnstable.

It I Will and bequeath to my Daughters: Elizabeth, Hope, Lydia, Hannah, Ruth, Mercy, Bethiah, and Desire; the whole of my movable Estate In Sandwich and Barnstable (only Still Excepting the full half thereof before bequeathed to my Wife: and those particulars before Expressed that are Given to my son Samuell to be Equally Divided between my Said Eight Daughters: and In case any of my Said Daughters be Dead before their Receiving of this my bequest my will is that Their part be Given and Distributed Equally to their surviving children.

Item I Do Constitute and Appoint my Loving sons Samuell & John Chipman to be Joint Executors of this my Last will and Testament: and Do Desire my very Good friends Mr. Jonathan Russell and Mr. Rowland Cotton to be my overseers to see that this my Last will and Testament be executed and performed according to the True Intent & meaning here of. In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this Twelfth Day of November Anno Domini one Thousand seven hundred and Two.

The Last Will and Testament of Ruth Chipman (born Sargent 1st hus. Winslow ; 2nd hus. Richard Bourne; 3 hus. Chipman) (Relict of Elder John Chipman Late of Sandwich Deceased) In ye County of Barnstable in ye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay In New England.

I Ruth Chipman being sensable of ye uncertainty of this Trasitory Life and being at this Time Thro ye Goodness of God of Disposing mind and Memory Do make and Constitute this as my Last will and Testiment Hereby Revoking all former wills by me made Either by word or writing ; and Do declare that this shall Stand & be accepted for my Last will. First. I Do Renew the Bequest of my soul and body unto ye Hands of God Relying upon his free Grace and on ye merits and Righteousness of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ for pardon and acceptance : And my Body to Decent Burial In hopes of a Blessed Resurection & Imortality.

Item it is my will that all my Just Debts and funerall Charges shall first be paid out of my Estate.

Item it is my Will that my Brother John Sarjant of Maiden shall Have forty pounds of my Estate att money value as it Now passeth in Common Dealing between man and man to be Eaquilly Divided among his Children (Excepting his son William) part of which Legacy is in his hands already, i.e. Pounds 11 10s.

Item I Give my kinswoman Hanna sergeant one suit of my clothes

Item I Give my kinsman Joseph Bread Ten Pounds and to his Daughters Sarah and Elizabeth five Pounds Each and to the other Children of my sister Bread Twenty Pounds These Leagsys to be paid also att money value as it now passeth.

Item It is my Will that ye Daughter of my sister Felch att Reading shall have Six pounds of my Estate as it Now passeth.

Item I Give to my Kinsman Seath Toby five Pounds In Like value (p. 259)

Item I Give to Debory Ivory Five Pounds In Like value

Item I Give to Bathshebe ye Daughter of Mr. Melatiah Bourne five Pounds at money value as it Now passeth.

Item I give to Mary Bassett of Chillmark ye money Her husband is Indebted to me. and the Sheepe he has of mine in partnership.

Item I give to Jabez Dimok Twenty shillings out of my Estate.

Item I give to Mary Bassett of Sandwich Five Pounds of my Estate as it now passeth in Common Dealing.

Item I Give to my Two kinsmen Bills three pound apeice as it now passeth now in Common Dealing.

Item I Give to my Sister Lydia Sergeant that Brass kittle yt was her Fathers

Item I Give as a Token of my Love to ye Children of Mr. Rowland Cotton Six Pounds.

Item I Give to Deborah Weight my kinswoman Three pounds.

Item ye Remaining part of my Estate if any be I Leave to my Executor Lastly I Do make and Constitute my friend Mr. Rowland Cotton to be Sole Executor to this mv Last Will and Testiment.

Signed with my Seal this Sixth Day of December Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Ten.

Ruth Chipman (Seal)
Signed Sealed & Declared To be her Last Will in presence of
John Chipman
Remember Smith
Meletiah Bourne


On ye Eighth Day of October 1713 Then Lent, Melatiah Bourne, John Chipman, & Remember Jennings Late Remember Smith whose Hands are Hereto Sett as Witnesses Before Barnabas Lothrop Esq’*. Judge of ye probate of Wills and Granting Letters of Administration on ye Estates of Persons Dying Intestate Having Goods Chattels Rights or Credits within ye County of Barnstable aforesd made oath that they Did see Mrs. Ruth Chipman Late of Sandwich in Sd County now Deceased sign and Seal this Instrument & heard her Declare it to be her Last Will and Testiment and yt she was of Disposing mind and memory when she so Did and that they then Sett ye hand as witnesses.

Attest Wm. Bassett Regtr.


1. Elizabeth CHIPMAN (See Hosea JOYCE‘s page)

3. Hope Chipman

Hope’s first husband John Huckins was born 2 Aug 1649 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were our ancestors Thomas HUCKINS and Rose HILLIER. John died 10 Nov 1678 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. , aged 28.

Hope’s second husband Jonathan Cobb was born 10 Apr 1660 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Henry Cobb and Sarah Hinckley. He was twenty-two and Hope thirty at the time of their marriage. Jonathan died 5 Aug 1728 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass.

Jonathan Cobb and his wife Hope resided in Barnstable, in which town all their children were born, until about the year 1703, when they removed with their family to Middleborough. The Barnstable Church records show that Hope, the wife of Jonathan Cobb was dismissed from the Barnstable Church to the church in Middleborough June 3, 1703. He was a Deacon in the Middleborough Church as was then by occupation a farmer. The records of the First Congregational Church in Middleborough show that Deacon Jonathan Cobb died Aug 15, 1728 age 68 years and that his wife Hope died July 26, 1728 aged about 76

Children of Hope and John

i. Elizabeth Huckins b. 1 Oct. 1671

ii. Mary Huckins b. 3 Apr 1673

iii. Experience Huckins b. 4 Jun 1675

iv. Hope Huckins b. 10 May 1677.

Hope and Jonathan had five children born in Barnstable.

3 Jun 1703 – Hope was dismissed from the Church in Barnstable, to the Church in Middleboro. From that town the family removed to Portland, Maine.

4. Lydia Chipman

Lydia’s husband John Sargent was born 8 Dec 1639 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were William Sargent and Sarah Minshall.  He first married Deborah Hillier/Hyllier intentions  19 Mar 1662/63, Deborah was the daughter of Hugh Hillier and Rose Hillier HUCKINS;.   second Mary Bense who died 1670 no issue and finally Lydia Chipman.  John died 9 Sep 1716 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass.

Lydia was the third wife of John Sargent, removed to Maiden, where she died March 2, 1730, aged 76, leaving no issue.

“John Sargent (born in Charlestown) went to Barnstable with his father, and was admitted to inhabit there between 1662 and 1666.  He returned to Malden about 1669, where he was a selectman six years. His military service was in 1676 as a soldier in Major Gilliam’s Company, in garrison at Brookfield, Mass. (See my post Siege of Brookfield)

In May, 1695, the town of Malden made a division of 2,300 acres of common lands.  The distribution was by lot to all freeholders in the town, in proportion to their ratable estates, – an average of about thirty acres to each man.  Among the names are John Sargent, Sr., and John Sargent, Jr.  It was votes by the town – showing confidence in his integrity and fairness – “that John Sargent, sen’r, is the man to draw the lots.”
All his fifteen children are named in his will of May 20, 1708.

John Sargent Headstone — Bell Rock Cemetery Malden Middlesex County Mass

6. Hannah Chipman

Hannah’s husband Thomas Huckins was born 25 Apr 1651 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Thomas HUCKINS and Rose HILLIER. Thomas died 15 Oct 1714 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

7. Deacon Samuel Chipman

Samuel’s wife Sarah Cobb was born 10 Mar 1663 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Ruling Elder Henry Cobb and Sarah Hinckley. Sarah died 8 Jan 1743 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Samuel resided in Barnstable, was often employed in its local affairs and was esteemed by its citizens. He built, on the paternal homestead near the Custom House the “Chipman Tavern” which continued in the line of his posterity until 1830. He became a member of the church Aug. 16, 1691 and, as the records state, was ordained a deacon Sept. 1, 1706. Said to have been a carpenter, he was by record a “yoeman and an innholder.”

Samuel inherited the homestead of his father. He was a carpenter ; but farming was his principal business. He kept a public house, and was a retailer of spirituous liquors, a business not then held to be incompatible with the office of Deacon of the church. He was a man of good business habits, often employed as a town officer, and there were few in town who stood higher than he in public estimation. He was ordained a deacon of the church in Barnstable, Sept. 1, 1706.

Children of Samuel and Sarah:

i. Thomas Chipman b. 17 Nov 1687. He removed to Groton, Conn., where he remained several years, and from that town removed to Salisbury, Conn., where he held high rank in the town and county. He was appointed a judge in 1751 ; but died before he held a court. His son, Samuel, who removed to Tinmouth, Vt., was the father of Chief Justice and Senator Nathaniel Chipman,(1752-1843) (wiki).,  Congressman Daniel Chipman (1765-1850) (wiki) of Vermont and of  Lemuel Chipman  who served in the New York State Assembly and State Senate..

ii. Samuel Chipman b. 6 Aug 1689. He was a deacon of the Barnstable Church, and kept the “Chipman tavern,” noted in former times. He married Dec. 8, 1715, Abiah, (bap’d Abigail) daughter of John Hinckley, Jr., (son of Gov. Thomas Hinckley (wiki) She died July 15, 1736, and he married second,
Mrs. Mary Green of Boston, 1739.

iii. John Chipman b. 16 Feb 1691, graduated at Harvard College, 17xx, and ordained over the second church at Beverly, Dec 28, 1715. He married 12 Feb 1718 to Rebecca, daughter of Dr. Robert Hale.; d. 23 Mar 1775.

His son John, born Oct. 23, 1722, graduated at Harvard College 1738. He was a lawyer and resided at Marblehead. His son Ward Chipman (1754 – 1824) (wiki), a graduate of Harvard College, 1770, was a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, and died president of that province. The Ward Chipman Library at the University of New Brunswick was named in his honour.  He left an only child, the late Chief Justice Ward Chipman, L. L. D.

iv. Abigail Chipman b. 15 Sep 1692, she was baptised Oct. 30, 1692, by the name of Mercy. Probably her name was changed to Abigail after her baptism. She married 14 Mar 1713 to Nathaniel Jackson.

v. Joseph Chipman b. 10 Jan 1694, according to the town record. He was baptized March 4, 1692/93, so that both records cannot be accurate.

vi. Jacob Chipman b. 30 Aug 1695; m1. 25 Oct 1721 to Abigail Fuller ( – 5 Oct 1724); m2. 1725 to  Bethia Thomas.

vii. Seth Chipman , b. 24 Feb 1697. In 1723 he was of Plymouth , and called a cooper. He was afterwards of Kingston, and is the ancestor of most of the name in Maine.

viii. Hannah Chipman , b. 24 Sep 1699; d. 11 Jun 1763; m. 25 Dec  1713 to Barnabas Lothrop (22 Oct 1686 Barnstable – d. 4 May 1756 Barnstable) His parents were John Lathrop (1644 – 1727) and Mary Cole (1653 – 1706).  He first had married 20 Feb 1706 in Barnstable to Bethia Fuller (1687 – 1714)

ix. Sarah Chipman , b. 1 Nov 1701. She died July 1, 1715, aged 14 years and 8 months, and is buried near her grandmother in the ancient burying ground.

x. Barnabas Chipman , b. 24 Mar 1702 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1759 Barnstable; m.  20 Feb 1727/28 to Elizabeth Hamblen (Oct 1705 in Barnstable – d. 6 Mar 1753 in Barnstable)

He was a deacon of the West Church, and was an influential citizen. He has descendants in Vermont, Michigan and Iowa.

8. Ruth Chipman

Ruth’s husband Eleazer Crocker was born 21 Jul 1650 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Deacon William Crocker and Alice Hoyt.  Their children were Benoni, Bethia, Nathan, Daniel, Sarah, Theophilus, Eleazer, Ruth, Abel, and Rebecca. Ruth died 8 Apr 1698, at age 33.  Eleazer married his second wife, Mercy Phinney, 25 Jan 1716/17.  They had a daughter named Mercy. Eleazer died 6 Sep 1723 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Eleazer “was admitted a townsman in 1681.  In 1692 he was one of the committee appointed to draw up a list of the proprietors of the common lands, and determine what was each man’s just right therein.   After the death of Nathaniel Bacon in 1693, he was ‘chosen and empowered by the town to be a land measurer to lay out land.’ ……The lands bequeathed by Deacon William to his son Eleazer, are not clearly defined in the will.  Eleazer owned the lands south of the Dexter farm, on Dexter’s, now called Fish’s Lane, bounded west by the land of Joseph Bodfish, Sen’r, including the land on which the Stone Fort stood.  We can infer from this, that the house named in the will of Dea. William, as then in the occupancy of Eleazer, was the old Stone Fort, consequently it was not the house given to his son John.”

9. Bethia Chipman

Bethiah’s husband Shubael Dimmock was born Feb 1673 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Shubael Dimmock and Joanna Bursley. After Bethiah died early, he married 4 May 1699 to Tabitha Lothropf. Shubael died 16 Dec 1728 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

The Jabez Dimmock and Mary Gale named in the will of Elder Chipman were probably children of Bethia.

In May, 1703, a final separation was effected, and the west-or as then called-north part of Windham was formally erected into the township of Mansfield, comprising twenty-four thousand-acre allotments and forty-one square miles. A part of its original territory is now included in the town of Chaplin. A patent was granted by the General Court to Shubael Dimmock, Joseph Hall, Samuel Storrs, William Hall, Kinelm Winslow, Robert Fenton, Nathaniel BASSETT, John Arnold, John Davis, Benjamin Armstrong, Samuel Storrs, Jun., Joseph Homes, Mary Dunham, Susanna Wade, Peter Crane, Samuel Fuller, Allyn Nichols, Joshua Allen, John Royce, Samuel Linkon, Samuel Bliss, John Gorum, Isaac Chapman and sundry other persons, the proprietors thereof. The inhabitants of Mansfield were still allowed to attend divine service in Windham and pay for the maintenance of the minister “for such time only as they shall be without an orthodox minister of the gospel to preach the word of God unto them.” A patent was also granted to the inhabitants of the “standing-part of the town,” confirming to them “the south or southeast part of the late town of Windham” and the land purchased from Clark and Buckingham. “Joshua’s Tract” was thus equally divided into two townships, though in the division of inhabitants Windham had much the larger share.

10. Mercy Chipman

Mercy’s husband Nathan Skiffe was born 16 May 1658 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were James Skiffe and Mary Reeves. Nathan first married 10 Jul 1678 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass to Hepsibah Codman.  Hepsibah was born 1657 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass. and died 19 Jul 1696 in Chilmark, Dukes, Mass. Nathan died 12 Feb 1726 in Chilmark, Dukes, Mass.

Mercy removed to Chilmark where she died.

11. John Chipman

John’s first wife Mary Skiff was born 13 Nov 1671 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Stephen Skiff and Lydia Snow. Mary died 12 Mar 1711 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

John’s second wife (her third marriage) Elizabeth Handley was born 1680 in Boston, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Handley and [__?__] Young. She first married [__?__] Pope and second married [__?__] Russell. Elizabeth died 29 Jan 1726.

John married about 1725, to (Hannah ?) Hookey of Rhode Island

John was a cordwainer, or shoemaker. He removed early to Sandwich, and from thence to Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, and afterwards to Newport, R. I. During his residence at Martha’s Vineyard he was one of the Justices of the Court, and after his removal to Newport, he was an assistant to the governor. Respecting him I have little information ; but it is just to infer that if a poor mechanic rises to places of honor and trust, he must be a man of some talent and of sound judgement.

His thirteen children were probably all born in Sandwich.

12. Desire Chipman

Desire’s husband Melatiah Bourne was born 12 Jan 1673 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Shearjashub Bourne and Bathsheba Skiffe. After Desire died, he married Abigail [__?__], widow of Thomas Smith. Melatiah died 24 Nov 1742 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Hon. Melatiah Bourne, oldest son of Shearjashub Bourne, Esq., inherited his father’s lands in Falmouth, but he settled in Sandwich. He was a distinguished man, held many responsible offices, and during the last years of his life was Judge of Probate for the County of Barnstable. In his will, dated 24th Sept. 1742, proved Feb. 15th following, he gives to the Sandwich Church £10, old tenor, or 50 shillings lawful money. He names his wife Abigail, her sons Samuel and John Smith, her daughter Rebecca, Mary and Isaac, children of her son Shubael, deceased, and her grandson. Doctor Thomas Smith, to all of whom he gave legacies. He gave his cane to his eldest grandson, Melatiah,
and his clock to his son Silas. Names his son Sy1vanus ; gave to his son John and grandson Joseph, his lands in Falmouth. He gave legacies to his daughter Bathsheba Ruggles and to each of the children she had by her late husband, William Newcomb. He orders his negro man Nero to be manumitted.

Melatiah’s house is yet remaining in Sandwich in 1888 ; it was most substantially built. The clapboards on the walls were shaved from cedar about an inch inthickness, and nailed with wrought nails. At that time they were tight and as good as new.

In September, 2013, The Melatiah Bourne House was on the market for $929,000.  MSL# 21305774

Melatiah Bourne House

138 Main St, Sandwich,  02563 — In the heart of Sandwich Village the Melatiah Bourne House overlooks Town Hall Square. This beautiful historic Saltbox and Post & Beam Barn has Business Limited Zoning. Sure to delight the purist this home retains original details including indian shutters, wide board floors, 5 fireplaces, beautiful paneling, window seats, cluster chimney and bee hive oven. A great home for entertaining with excellent flow, 4 bedrooms, keeping room, dining room, living room, den and much more. Post & Beam Barn built in 1993 ideal for shop and/or home office.

Melatiah Bourne House 2

Melatiah Bourne House 2

Melatiah Bourne House 3

Melatiah Bourne House 3

Melatiah Bourne House 4

Melatiah Bourne House 5

Melatiah Bourne House 5

Melatiah Bourne House 6

Melatiah Bourne House 6

Melatiah Bourne House 7

Melatiah Bourne House 7

Children of Desire and Melatiah:

i. Sylvanus Bourne b. 10 Sep 1694 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

ii. Richard Bourne b. 13 Aug 1695 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

iii. Samuel Bourne b. 7 Feb 1697 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Sarah Bourne b. 7 Feb 1697 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

v. John Bourne b. 10 Mar 1698 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Shearjashub Bourne b. 12 Dec 1699 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

vii. Silas Bourne b. 10 Dec 1701 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Bathsheba Bourne b. 11 Nov 1703 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d.  Mar 1787 Hardwick, Worcester, Mass;  m1. William Newcomb (b. 29 Aug 1702 Sandwich, Barnstable Mass – d. 8 Apr 1736 Sandwich);  His parents were Peter Newcomb and Mercy Smith.  His grandparents were our ancestors Lt. Andrew NEWCOMB Jr. and Sarah YOUNG.  William and  Bathsheba had eight children born between 1723 and 1735.

William graduated at Harvard University in 1722, the first Newcomb in America graduating from college.  He inherited from his father a large estate and kept the same inn which his father had occupied before him.

After William died, Bathsheba married 18 Sep 1735 to Gen. Timothy Ruggles (wiki) (b. 20 Oct 1718 – d. 4 Aug 1795 Wilmot, Nova Scotia)  His parents were Reverend Timothy Ruggles (1685 – 1768) (Harvard College 1707) and Mary White (1688 – 1749).   He was grandson of Capt. Samuel Ruggles of Roxbury and Martha Woodbridge, who was a granddaughter of Governor Thomas Dudley.   Bathsheba and Timothy had eight more children born between 1737 and 1748.

Brig. Gen. Timothy Ruggles

Brig. Gen. Timothy Ruggles

His father wanted him to be a learned man and sent him to Harvard. However, he did not follow his father into the ministry because he did not have the reserved temperament of a clergyman. Instead, he was more inclined towards the adversarial disposition of a lawyer. Consequently he studied law and graduated in 1732. Upon graduation, he opened up a practice in his home town of Rochester where he was also elected as a Representative of the General Court, or Assembly, at the age of 25. From the beginning, he was ambitious and driven towards success. Being over six feet tall, he projected a commanding presence over his much shorter associates.

His practice took him to County Courts in Plymouth and Barnstable. When traveling to Cape Cod, he usually stayed at the Newcomb Tavern in Sandwich. It was the first inn to open in Sandwich and the building still stands as a private home on Grove Street. The tavern was being run by Bathsheba Bourne
Newcomb, a beautiful, dark skinned and wealthy widow with 7 children. There must have been an instant spark of passion between these two fiery personalities because they were married within five months of Bathsheba’s burying her first husband. Neither cared about the opinions of others. Timothy (age 25) and Bathsheba (age 32) were wed in 1736 by her father, Judge Melitiah Bourne, the wealthiest man in Sandwich. The fact that she was beautiful, independently wealthy and from a prominent family; must have played a role in his decision to become the instant head of a large family. He was no stranger to
a house full of children because he was the eldest of 12.

They resided at the inn in Sandwich and immediately began a family of their own. However, Timothy initially kept his official residence in Rochester because of his re-election to the General Court from that town. The unexpected death of lawyer Nathaniel Otis created a need for an attorney in Sandwich and Ruggles filled the void and officially became a Sandwich resident in 1739.

Ruggles hung his lawyer’s shingle outside the inn and maintained the dual role of attorney and inn keeper. In 1821, a family descendent wrote, “He was social, witty, profane, wise about human nature, and quick to drop ceremony and convention when they ceased to be of social value.” Hard manual work was not beneath him and he personally attended both the stable and the bar. Oddly enough, he was a virtual teetotaler who only drank an occasional small beer.

All the while, he continued to expand his law practice and was recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the province of Massachusetts. He served as a representative of the Crown for a fixed fee which often brought him into opposition with James Otis Sr., a Cape Cod neighbor from Barnstable who was representing individuals who had charges brought against them by the authorities. Later in his career, Ruggles would find himself vying against James Otis Jr., a strong advocate for the cause of independence, but that would happen many years later. In the meantime, Ruggles political career continued to move forward and among the many posts he held was that of Excise Collector for Barnstable County. He remained popular among his new townspeople and was elected to 6 terms as Sandwich’s Representative to the Assembly in Boston during the 17 years he lived there.

In 1753, at age 42, he was seeking a grander life style and he moved his wife and their 7 children to Hardwick, a new town outside of Worcester. The relocation had been in the planning stage for some time and Ruggles acted in concert with 6 other Ruggles families who moved to the area where they had acquired a very large tract of land. Timothy was by far the richest and most well known person in the new town. Bathsheba’s children from her first marriage were now older and some were married and they did not make the move to Hardwick. William Newcomb Ruggles now ran the Sandwich tavern.

He served as chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1762 to 1764, and founder and most eminent citizen of the town of Hardwick, Worcester, Mass.  He was Hardwick’s representative to the General Court in Boston from 1754 to 1770. As speaker of the House in 1762, with Hardwicke being very prosperous, Timothy Ruggles used his position to promote a formal act of the court, establishing the first Fair to be held in his home town of Hardwick, to be known as the  Hardwick Faire, now the oldest annual fair in the United States. . This was the equivalent of having the King grant his favor in England.   The 251st program  was held Friday and Saturday Aug 16 and 17 2013. See this pdf for its history.

General Ruggles was president of the Stamp Act Congress of 1765.   After serving as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1763, Timothy Ruggles was selected as a delegate to the first colonial (or Stamp Act) congress of 1765 meeting in New York on October 7, Ruggles was elected its president. After he refused to sanction the addresses sent by that body to Great Britain he was publicly censured by the General Court of Massachusetts.

He became one of the leading Tories of New England. He commanded the Loyal American Association and was a Mandamus Councillor appointed by General Gage in Boston. The Loyal American Association vowed to: – Not submit to rebellious assembly. – Enforce obedience to the King. – Defend each other if imperiled by unlawful assembly. – Repel force with force. – Use retaliation if any member or their property were injured.

In 1775, he left Boston for Nova Scotia with the British troops and accompanied Lord Howe to Staten Island. His estates were confiscated, and in 1779 he received a grant of 10,000 acres  of land in Wilmot, Nova Scotia, where he settled.

The Revolution split the Ruggles family. When he fled to Boston, Bathsheba did not go with him and she never joined her husband in exile. Over the years their relationship had withered and any bond between them was now gone. Perhaps his nearly 7 year war time absence drained the relationship and added further to Bathsheba’s independent spirit. Their 400 acre farm was confiscated by the authorities and she went to live with her son Timothy III until her death. On the other hand the Brigadier had the loyalty of his 3 sons. John and Richard would join Ruggles in Boston and ultimately in Nova Scotia. Timothy III also moved to Nova Scotia after the death of his mother and later became a member of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia. His 4 daughters were married and stayed in Massachusetts.

Ruggles left his daughter, Bathsheba Ruggles, behind enemy lines in Massachusetts. In 1778 she was hanged while pregnant for killing her husband Joshua Spooner,  the first woman to be executed in the United States by Americans rather than the British.

Under public censure for his refusal to sign the Stamp Act protest as Massachusetts representative to the 1765 Stamp Act Congress, Ruggles might have arranged the marriage on Jan 15, 1766, for his daughter to Joshua Spooner, but no documentation has yet turned up to explain why Bathsheba Ruggles married a man she very soon came to hate. See wikipedia for the sordid tale of how she was executed while five months pregnant.

Sources: – Christopher Darby One World Tree

John’s will and inventory are printed in full in 3 Mayflower Descendant, 181-185. His 2d wife’s will appears in the same volume, pp. 185, 186.

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

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John Joyce

John JOYCE (1615 – 1666) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather two times over through his son Hosea and his daughter Dorcas; he was two of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Immigrant Ancestor - Joyce Coat of Arms

Immigrant Ancestor – Joyce Coat of Arms

John Joyce was born around 1615 in Derbyshire, England. His parents and origins are not known, but he may have come from the vicinity of Mickleover, Co. Derbyshire, England. He married Dorothy COCHET. He lived first in Lynn, MA by 1637, then Yarmouth by 1645. John died 21 Dec 1666 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Dorothy Cochet [Cotchet] was born 16 Oct 1608, Mickleover, Derby, England. Her parents were William COCHET and Margery [__?__]. Dorothy died 12 Jan 1679, Yarmouth, MA .

Children of John and Dorothy:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Hosea JOYCE 1642
Sandwich, Mass
Martha [__?__]
Elizabeth CHIPMAN
15 Feb 1712  Yarmouth, MA
2. Dorcas JOYCE 31 Mar 1644, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass Nathaniel BASSETT
Yarmouth, Mass.
12 Jan 1679
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
3. Mary Joyce ca. 1647
Yarmouth, Mass
Joseph Hall
13 Feb 1718 – Mansfield, CT
4. Abigail Joyce 01 Jun 1646, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass Bef. 1666
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

“John Joyce removed from Lynn to Sandwich in 1637 and became a proprietor there 1638, and thence to Yarmouth in 1643 where they settled with their children in the Hockanom area halfway between the town and Nobscusset. He was listed one of fifty “later-comers” to Yarmouth.

“Within four years fifty others from Lynn, Duxbury and Plymouth came, many bringing their familiess, and the ‘three-score,’ as permitted, appear on the proprietors’ records in 1641. The fifty later comers were: . . . John Joyce .

The family name became extinct in 1755 by the death of Jeremiah, his great-grandson. ”

He was said to have been born “probably in the vicinity of Mickle, Derbyshire, England. He married, probably there, Dorothy Cochet. The first record we find of him is among a list of the fifty townsmen of Sandwich who have taken the Oath of Fidelity (Plym. Col. Recs. 8:184). . . . The will (dated 5 Sept. 1657, proved 5 April 1658) of Robert Cochet of Mickle, Countie Derby, Gentleman, gives to ‘my sister Dorothy Joyce, wife of one John Joyce of England, or to their children, in my sister, their mother, be deceased, the summe of five pounds (see ‘Clues from English Archives’ (New York Gen. and Biol. Rec. 41:9]). The authors of the article just cited note that the legatees named in the Cochet will were the John Joyce and wife Dorothy of Yarmouth, and this identification is accepted also by Belle Preston in her excellent ‘Bassett-Preston Ancestors’ (1930) but no one seems to have exploited this clue in England. The fact that Robert Cochet is called ‘gentlemen’ would suggest that English records may be promising. No other John Joyce appears to be of record at the period in New England although a Walter Joyce, with wife and family, were early settlers in Marshfield.

Nine of our ancestral families were first comers in Dennis: 1 . Francis Baker, 2. Daniel, Baker, 3. William Chase, 4. Thomas Folland, 5. Thomas Howes, 6. John Joyce, 7. David O'Kelley, 8. William Twining, 9. Gabriel Weldon. Map courtesy of Lynn Keller and Cape Cod Genealogical Society

Nine of our ancestral families were first comers in Dennis: 1 . Francis Baker, 2. Daniel, Baker, 3. William Chase, 4. Thomas Folland, 5. Thomas Howes, 6. John Joyce, 7. David O’Kelley, 8. William Twining, 9. Gabriel Weldon. Map courtesy of Lynn Keller and Cape Cod Genealogical Society

“John Joyce was on Yarmouth’s list in 1643. He had previously lived in Lynn and Sandwich. His wife was Dorothy Cochet. Charles Swift says he was wealthy and may have based this opinion on the fact that in his will, written in November of 1666, Joyce included a small bequest to the minister Mr. Thornton and to his neighbor, Richard Taylor, ‘because a poore man, in corne or in some beast the sume of 20 shillings, – provided that he vinciate my name and acknowledge the wrong that hee hath done me about a calfe, to be payed him when he had done the same.’

Abigail, one of his children, was taken to Mr. Lothrop in Barnstable for baptism in 1646, but there is no reference to any disagreement with the Yarmouth church. It may be that no new minister had been settled at Yarmouth at that time. The Joyces tended to have more daughters than sons and the name died out in the town with the death of Jeremiah Joyce in 1735.

Time Line
7 Jul 1638 – At Court of Assistants, John Joyce is granted ‘a parcell of land.’in Sandwich No indication of size.
6 Apr 1640 – Division of meadow lists among residents of Sandwich was discussed by the court. There’s a list of those who received land ‘betwixt Moonoonenescusset and Shaume.’ John Joyce received 2 1/2 acres. Parcels reanged from 28 acres to one.
2 Aug 1642 – ‘execution granted to John Joyce against Walter Devell.’
1643 – John Joyce is listed in the List of those able to bear Arms in New Plymouth for “Sandwitch”
1643 – He is listed as one of the Dennis First Comers:Joyce, John H[ockanom] N. side of 28 inside Yarm. Line R51, 60; S72″292
17 Jun 1642 – An action for ‘trespass’ entitled ‘John Joyce vs. Walter Deuell,’ was tried before the General Court of Assistants
2 Jun 1646 – John Joyce constable Yarmouth.
3 Jun 1652 – John Joyce surveyor of Highways, Yarmouth.
1652 -John Joyce was elected a deputy from Yarmouth, MA and served for 1 year along with William Lumpkin
7 Jun 1653 – John Joyce on Grand Inquest.
6 Oct 1659 – John Joyce one of these who ruled on the death of Mary Chase of Yarmouth.

“Mary Chase, the wife of William CHASE. She had a paralytic humor which fell into her backbone, so that she could not stir her body, but as she was lifted, and filled her with great torture, & caused her backbone to go out of joint, & bunch out from the beginning to the end of which infirmity she lay 4 years & a half, & a great part of the time a sad spectacle of misery. But it pleased God to raise her again, & she bore children after it.”
In October 1659 a coroner’s jury “having made search and inquiry, according to our best light and understanding, into the cause of the death of Mary Chase, viz: of our town of Yarmouth, do with joint consent present, the day and year abovesaid, that we can find no other but that she died a natural death through inward sickness, as is evident to all men naturally.”

3 Jun 1662 – John Joyce surveyor of highways, Yarmouth.
7 Jun 1665 – John Joyce sworn Grand Inquest. John Joyce on the jury which heard the case brought against John Williams by his wife Elizabeth ‘for his great abusive and unnatural carriages towards her, both in word and deed, and defaming her in rendering her to be a whore, and by persisting in his refusing to perform marriage duty unto her.’
5 Mar 1666/67 -Letters of administration granted Hosea Joyce to administer estate of John Joyce, deceased.

“John Joyce died at Yarmouth on 21 Dec 1666 (Town Recs.) leaving a will dated 20 Nov 1666 in which he mentions wife Dorothy, his only son Hosea (named sole executor) and daughters Mary and Dorcas. There is also a small bequest to Richard Taylor atte the Rock. The inventory of the estate was dated 12 Month (Feb.) 18, 1667/68, and the will was proved 5 Mar 1666/67 (Plym. Col. Recs. 4:141).”

“[fol. 35] ‘The last Will …of Mr John Joyce of Yarmouth late Deceased exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the fift of march 1666 on the oath of mr Anthony Thacher. I John Joyce…Doe this twentieth Day of November Ammmo: Dom: 1666, make … this my last will.’ Bequests were as follows:
‘Unto Dorothy my wife all my houshold goods and movables within Dores whatsoever for ever and . . . the one halfe moyety of all my Cattle . . . to be Devided after my debts are payed and my funerall Rightes Dischargd’ also ‘one third prte of my house and lands whatsoever During her life;’
‘Unto mine onely son hosea Joyce the other two thirds of my house and of all my lands whatsoever and my wifes third prte after her Decease’ also ‘the other halfe moyety of all my Cattle’ also ‘all the Implements and Plowes harnis as Cart wheels Chaines and the like.’
‘unto my two Daughters Mary and Dorcas twenty shillinges apeece to be payed within one yeare after my Decease.’
‘unto the Reverend Mr Thomas Thornton thirty shillings within the like time;’
I Doe give Richard Tayler att the Rocke because a poor man inCorne or in sume beast the sume of twenty shillings; provided that hee vindecate my name and acknowlidge the wronge that hee hath Done mee about a Calfe; to be payed him when he hath Done the same;’
‘I Doe . . . make my said sonne hosea . . . sole exequitor of this my last will . . . unto whom I alsoe give all my goods and estate whatsoever that I have not mentioned in this my last will’
‘Postscript I John Joyce Doe . . . Make and ordaine mr Anthonty Thacher Mr Edmond hawes and Andrew hallett as overseers of this my last will’
The witnesses were Thomas Thornton and Anthony Thacher.
The inventory was taken ‘the eighteenth day of the 12th month 1666 by ‘Anthony Thacher, Richard Tayler and John Willer, ‘and exhibited to the Court held att Plymouth the fift of march 1666 on the oath of hosea Joyce;’ No real estate is mentioned.”

Dorothy Cochet

Dorothy’s father William Cotchet was born 1576 in Mickleover, Derby, England and died 13 Jun 1635 in Mickle-Over, Derby, England. He married Margery [__?__]on 1607 in Mickle Over Derby, Derbyshire, England.

Dorothy was a sister of Robert Cochet of Mickle Over, co. Derby, gentleman, who d. ca 1658.”

“English Wills: . . .Robert Cochet of Mickle-Over, Derbyshire, gentleman, sister Dorothy Joyce, wife of John Joyce of New England, 1657, proved 1658. Wootton 128.

“I Robert Cochet of Mickle Over in the countie of Derby, gent., being in good health . . . I give and bequeath vnto my sister Dorothy Joyce, wife of one John Joyce of New England, or to their children, if my sister their mother be dead, the summe of five pounds. . .. Dated 5 Sept.., 1657. .. Proved 5 April, 1658, by the executrix.”

“The widow Dorothy Joyce died at Yarmouth 12 Jan. 1678/80, testate, though the will has not come to light: In reference to the will of Mistris Joyce of Yarmouth, deceased, the Court have viewed it and taken notice of the disposall of the Estate, & doe approve thereof and have ordered that said Will shall be recorded — 2 March 1679/80 (Plym. Col. Recs. 6:31).”


1. Hosea JOYCE (See his page)

2. Dorcas Joyce (See Nathaniel BASSETT’s page)

3. Mary Joyce

Mary’s husband Joseph Hall was born 14 Jul 1642. His parents were John Hall and Bethia [__?__].  John died in Jun 1716 – Yarmouth, Massachusetts and is buried in Hall burying ground, Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

Maybe Mary went to live with her niece Mehitable Joyce Storrs in Marshfield, CT after Joseph died.


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

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Hosea Joyce

Hosea JOYCE (c. 1647 – 1712) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hosea Joyce was born about 1647 in Lynn or Sandwich, MA.  His parents were John JOYCE and Dorothy COTCHET.  He married, first, about 1665, Martha [__?__].  He married Elizabeth CHIPMAN .  Hosea died  15 Feb 1712 in Yarmouth, MA

Martha [__?__] died 3 Apr 1670 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents and origins are not known to me at this time.

Elizabeth Chipman was born 24 June 1648, Plymouth, MA. Her parents were Elder John CHIPMAN and Hope HOWLAND. Elizabeth died after February 1711/12.

Children of Hosea and Martha:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Martha Joyce ~1667
John Godfrey
before 10 Mar 1741
2. John Joyce bef. 1670
Yarmouth, Mass
Margaret Miller
5 Feb 1701/02 Yarmouth, MA<
Esther White
7 Nov 1707 Yarmouth, MA
10 Jan 1715
3. Dorcas Joyce 1671
Yarmouth, Mass
Prince Howes (son of Jeremiah HOWES)
8 Aug 1695
14 Nov 1757

Children of Hosea and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
4. Samuel Joyce 1 Jun 1676
Unmarried 29 Jul 1741 Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port
5. Thomas Joyce 3 Jun 1678 Yarmouth Marcy Bacon 19 Mar 1718/19, Barnstable, MA 20 Apr 1743 Suicide
6. Mary JOYCE 19 Sep 1680
29 Sep 1709
 28 Jun 1778.
7. Lydia Joyce c. 1684
Ebenezer Howes
(son of Jeremiah HOWES)
20 Nov 1706 Yarmouth, MA
5 Nov 1755
8. Mehitable Joyce c. 1687
Thomas Storrs
14 Mar 1708 Mansfield, CT
3 Oct 1776
Mansfield, CT
9. Hosea Joyce Yarmouth Aft. his father’s will Feb 1712
10. Dorothy Joyce c. 1690
John Oates
12 Dec 1717 Yarmouth

Genealogical notes of Barnstable families (1888) – He married first Martha, and had John and Dorcas. His wife Martha died April 3, 1670, and he married Elizabeth Chipman before 1676, and had Samuel, June 1, 1676 ; Thomas, June 3, 1678, and Mary, Sept. 19, 1680. The above is all that can now be obtained from the Yarmouth record, which is mutilated and a part of the leaf gone. By his will it is ascertained that he had ten children, two by his first wife Martha, and eight by his second wife Elizabeth Chipman.

1693 – Joseph Howes, John Hawes, John Hallet and John Miller were appointed a committee “to agree with some fit person to teach school.” The school was “to be kept in five squadrons” the boundaries of which are thus defined : ”

1st, beginning at Jonathan Hallet’s, and round the said town to Hosea Joyce’s, Joseph Ryder’s, Samuel Hall’s and Joseph Maker’s, from Sept. to Jan. 3 ;

2nd, beginning at John Godfrey’s and all Nobscusset and Zach. Paddock’s, from Jan. 4 to April 1;

3rd, beginning at widow Boardman’s to Sawquetucket Mill or River, from April 11 to June 19;

4th, Bass Pond squadron, from Thomas Folland’s, Benj, Matthews’, and all the east side of Bass River, from June 20 to July 17 ;

5th, South Sea squadron, beginning at Thomas Bill’s, all the west side of Bass River and South Sea, from Thomas Batter’s, from July 15 to last of August.”


1. Martha Joyce

Martha’s husband John Godfrey was born about 1659 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Richard Godfrey and Jane? Turner. Jane was the daughter of John Turner and Jane [__?__], but her given name is not certain. John died 7 Aug 1735 Yarmouth, Mass

2. John Joyce

John’s first wife Margaret Miller was the daughter of John Miller.

John’s second wife Esther White was born 1685 Yarmouth, MA. Her parents were Jonathan White and Hester Nickerman. After John died, she married John Drake of Yarmouth, and removed to East Greenwich, R. I., about 1726; Esther died 23 Jul 1738 in Yarmouth, Mass.

3. Dorcas Joyce

Dorcas’ husband Prince Howes was born 1669 in Yarmouth, MA. His parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Prince died 2 Oct 1753 in Yarmouth, Mass.

Prince was named for his maternal grandfather, Gov. Thomas PRENCE (Prince). Soon after marrying, Prince built a house in New Boston., Dennis, Barnstable, Mass the first one on that side of the brook and meadow. For 150 years there was a footbridge only over the stream. A 1706 account book of his shows his penmanship to have been very rudimentary. His will mentions daughters Dorcas and Desire

Dorcas Joyce Hawes Headstone — Howes Cemetery Dennis, Barnstable, Mass

Prince Howes Headstone  – Howes Cemetery , Dennis, Barnstable, Mass — Here lyes Buried the body of Mr Prince Howes Who departed this life OCTOeY 9 AD 1753 in ye 84th year of his age

Children of Dorcas and Prince:

i. Desire Howes b. 22 May 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 3 Apr 1775 in Yarmouth.; m. 17 Feb 1719 in Yarmouth to Jonathan Hallett (b. 1693 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 24 May 1783 Yarmouth) Jonathan’s parents were Jonathan HALLETT and Abigail DEXTER.

ii. Mary Howes b. 10 Feb 1698 in Hokonum, Yarmouth, Mass.

iii. Prince Howes b. 1 Feb 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Dorcas Howes b. 11 Mar 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

v. Jeremiah Howes b. 26 Apr 1704 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Thomas Howes b. 27 Jun 1706 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vii. Lot Howes b. 24 Dec 1708 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Ebenezer Howes b. 1710 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

ix. Sarah Howes b. 1711 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

4. Samuel Joyce

Samuel Joyce Headstone Ancient Cemetery Yarmouth Port Barnstable County Mass

5. Thomas Joyce

Thomas’ wife Marcy Bacon was born 30 June 1690, Barnstable, MA. Her parents were Jeremiah Bacon, b. 7 May 1657, Barnstable, MA and Elizabeth Howes, b. about 1667, Yarmouth, MA . Her maternal grandparents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE.   Marcy died 18 April 1759, Yarmouth, MA.

Thomas had one son Jeremiah a cripple, died unmarried in 1755, and five daughters noted for their beauty. He was a man of wealth, became melancholy, and from fear of starvation committed suicide April 20, 1743

Thomas and Mercy Joyce were members of the West Parish Church in Yarmouth and their children were baptized there as Jeremiah, Elizabeth, M[ercy], Mary, Dorcas and Sarah Joyce. Thomas’s brother-in-law and sister, John and Dorothy (Joyce) Oats, were also members.

In his will dated 3 Oct 1737, Thomas Joyce of Yarmou th, yeoman, gave half of his estate, both real and personal, to his beloved wife, Marcy Joyce, for her lifetime, and named her sole executrix. He listed his daughters as Elizabeth, Mercy , Mary, Dorcas and Sarah, and bequeathed 50 pounds to each as they became 18 years of age or were married. He gave his son, Jeremy, the remainder of his estate, real and personal, half at the age of 21 years, the rest when his mother died or remarried . Witnesses were Thomas Smith, John Oats and John Oats, Jr. The will was presented for probate 12 May 1743.

The probate judge ruled that they widow, Mercy Joyce, was incapable of performing the duties of executrix and in her place appointed their son , Jeremiah Joyce, as administrator. The inventory, dated 25 May 1744, was taken by Jonathan Hallett, Ebenezer Taylor and Joseph Hamblen, and amounted to 606 pounds 18 sh, Onl Tenor. When son Jeremiah Joyce of Yarmouth made his will, 22 March 1755, probated 6 May 1755, he named his five sisters as Elizabeth Taylor, Marcy Hallett, Mary Joyce, Dorcas Taylor and Sarah Bray. ”

6. Mary JOYCE (See James GORHAM Jr‘s page)

7. Lydia Joyce

Lydia Joyce Howes Headstone — Howes Cemetery Dennis Barnstable County Mass

Lydia’s husband  Ebenezer Howes was born 1674 Yarmouth.  His parents were Jeremiah HOWES and Sarah PRENCE. Ebenezer died 8 Jan 1726/27  Yarmouth, Mass.

Ebenezer’s first wife Sarah Gorham was born 16 Jan 1677/78 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Gorham and Sarah Sturgis. Her grandparents were our ancestors  Capt. John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND.  Sarah died 9 Sep 1705 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

He held the rank of captain in the militia. He lived and died on the ancestral acres, where Almond T. Howes later lived, or a little back of there. He owned a large property of land, and was prosperous and influential. As the youngest son, he retained his father’s homestead per custom of the day.

8. Mehitable Joyce

Mehitable’s husband Thomas Storrs was born 27 Oct 1686 Barnstable, MA. His parents were  Samuel Storrs (1640 – 1719) and  Esther Egard  (____ – 1730). Thomas died 4 April 1755 Mansfield, CT

Mehetible Joyce Storrs Headstone — Olde Mansfield Center Cemetery Mansfield Tolland County Connecticut — Findagrave # 11591274

9. Hosea Joyce

Hosea, whom his father cut off in his will by giving him his “small gun”

10. Dorothy Joyce

Dorothy’s husband John Oates was born in England. Some say John Otis was born about 1684 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. His parents were Stephen Otis (1652 – 1689) and Mary Pittman (1657 – 1689) John died 1762 in Bristol, Lincoln, Maine. His descendants write their name Otis, and reside principally in Maine.

John and Dorothy (Joyce) Oats were members of the West Parish Church in Yarmouth and their children were baptized there as Jeremiah, Elizabeth, M[ercy], Mary, Dorcas and Sarah Joyce. Thomas’s brother-in-law and sister, Thomas and Mercy Joyce, were also members.

John Oates Bio - The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6

John Oates Bio – The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6

John Oates Bio 2


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

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