Hope Willemze

Hope WILLEMZE (1650 – 1704) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Hope Willemze was born about  1650 in Hempstead, Nassau, NY. His parents were Robert WILLIAMS and Sarah WASHBOURNE. He married Mary [__?__] in 1668 in Oyster Bay, Nassau County, NY.  Hope died 9 Aug 1704 in Cape May, New Jersey.

Mary [__?__] was born about 1638.

Children of Hope and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Robert WILLEMZE 1669 in Tarrytown, Westchester, NY Greesje CERANT (Grace Serant)
19 Feb 1689 Kitchewan NY
1750 Phillipsburgh, Westchester, NY
2. Sarah Williams c. 1700
Oyster Bay, Nassau, NY.
Joseph Clements
20 February 1751 in Westbury, Nassau, NY.

Robert Williams’ will  2 Dec 1680 Written.  23 Apr 1682 Proven Leave to his son Hope Williams, 100 acres of land, which he hath already.

30 Nov 1692 – Hope and his mother signed a deed to Thomas Cook.

1692 – His mother’s will left  To a son Hope “all my horses wherever he can find them.”

Hope and his brother John, stayed on in Lusum until the early 1700’s and then moved to Cold Spring Harbor and Oyster Bay respectively. From their various land transfers it may be assumed that they got along well together. At one time, however, John refused to sell Hope his share in his mother’s orchard.

Hope Washbourn was Hope Williams’s cousin


John Dole was Hope Williams’ nephew, son of Hope’s sister Mary Williams Dole


1. Robert WILLEMZE (See his page)

2. Sarah Williams

Sarah’s husband Joseph Clements was born about 1689 in Westbury, Nassau County, New York. His parents were James Clements and Sarah Hinchman.  Joseph died on 16 SEP 1748 at Westbury, Nassau County, New York.





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Robert Willemze

Robert WILLEMZE (1669 – 1750) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Robert Willemze was born in 1669 in Tarrytown, Westchester, NY. His parents were Hope WILLEMZE and Mary [__?__].  He was the first inhabitant of Croton Point New York. He married Greesje CERANT (Grace Serant) or Haring 19 Feb 1689 in at Kitchawan Point NY (now Croton Point Park). The  marriage was recorded in the Dutch Church in New York City. Banns were first read on 2 Feb 1689. Robert died in 1750 in Philipsburgh, Westchester, NY (now Tarrytown).

Gressje Cerant (Grace Serant) was born in 1667, perhaps in France. She first married John Beselie in 1684.  Gressje died in Tarrytown, NY.

Jean/John Besly/Beselie (c.1645, Rochelle, France – bef. 1689, Croton Point, NY), a fugitive Huguenot from the Isle de Re, two miles off the coast of Rochelle, France, possible, but unproven, son of Jean Besly & Louise Sauton, [Alternatively, it has been postulated that Jean was brother of Oliver Besly of Isle de Re.] With presumed brother or cousin, Etienne (c.1650), he emigrated to New York in 1681.    Our Huguenot ancestor Rene REZEAU from the Miller line also fled the Isle de Re in 1685, eventually, arriving with his family in New York City. Here they joined the French Church, finally, they moved permanetly in Staten Island.

Gressje Cerant’s husband Jean Besley had to sell his home in St Martin, Isle de Re and flee to America.

“Jean Besly marchand demeurant cy devant en la ville de saint Martin en L’isle de Ré, est aussy fugitif du Royanne et a laissé. -Une maison, une piece de terre y joignant situeéan lien des prises en l’Isle de Ré…”

“Jean Besly, merchant living formerly in the city of St. Martin in Isle of Re, is also a fugitive of the crown and at large. -One house, one piece of land there adjoining the seizure on the Isle of Re…”

Jean married c.1670 Grace (Grees) Cerant of/or Heering, presumably of French birth. Because no record of this marriage can be found in the early New York church records, it is likely that they were married before they embarked for America. Upon arrival, they moved north along the Hudson and settled “among the aborigines” near Croton Point, just north of the Croton river.

Children of Gressje and John Beselie:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Jane Beselie Francois Guillaumes
2. Jan Beslie  1684 Annetji “Antie” Hercksen/ Syboutsen c. 1707
3. Francis Beselie 1688 Hilletje Sybout/ Syboutsen/ Hercksen-Cranckheit c.1709  1750

Robert and Grace put off having their children baptized.  Finally on 2 Aug 1698 they had three children baptized in the Sleepy Hollow Church at Tarrytown — Maria, Robert, and Helena.   The godparents were Isaac Sie, Jan Fouse, Frans Giljon and Rosul Giljon.

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow and its burying ground are the setting for Washington Irving’s 1820 Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Children of Robert and Gressje:

Name Born Married Departed
4. Maria Maritje Willemze (Williams) 1690?
2 Aug 1698
Engel Hoff of Cortlandt Manor,
(son of Englebert Huff born in Norway)
c. 1706
Hopewell, Dutchess, NY
Sleepy Hollow, NY
5. Robert WILLEMS 1693?
21 Apr 1697 Philipsburg, Westchester, NY
Maraitje JURKSE
28 Mar 1714 Philipsburg, Westchester, NY
Jannetje van Wert
28 Aug 1723
Sleepy Hollow, NY
1750 Philipsburg
6. Grace Williams 1696
Kitchewan, NY
[__?__] Miller 1751
7. Helena Willemse baptized
2 Aug 1698
Jan Bulyea (Beljee) (son of Louis Boulier born Saintonge, France)
29 Nov 1719
Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown), NY
8. Rachel Williams 24 Nov 1700
Johannis Jurckse (Son of Johannes Paulusen JUROKSEN)
5 Oct 1723, Tarrytown, NY
Hendrick Van Tassel
29 Dec 1750 Philipsburg, Westchester, New York
Anthony Miller
Aft 1751
30 Aug 1761
Dutchess Co. NY
9. John Williams 1700
Kitchewan, NY
Sarah Gerretson
Kitchewan, NY
10. Cornelius Williams 1701
Maria Storm
16 Dec 1722 Phililpsburg, New York
11. Jan Williams 1704

Robert Williams was the earliest settler on the shore north of Tarrytown.  He settled in Kitchewan (Croton) Point where he married in 1689 Grace Cerant  widow of John Beselie. Shortly after he moved down into Philipsburgh and lived on a leasehold a little below the Croton River. Some time between 1711 and 1714 his step-son Francis Beselie settled on a leasehold just north of his.

Croton Point Map

Named for the Indian sachem, Kenoten, which means “wild wind”. Also for the Croton River which presents the finest river delta in the Hudson River on the south side of the Croton Point. The oldest oyster shell middens on the North Atlantic Coast uncovered by archaeologists on Croton Point confirm that the peninsula was inhabited by Native Americans as early as 9,000 years ago.   In the 17th century, Indians of the Kitchawan tribe of the Wappinger Confederacy occupied a large fortified village on the high flat at the neck of Croton Point which they called Navish. This Indian fortress was one of the most ancient and formidable fortresses south of the Hudson Highlands. The marsh separating the Point from Croton Neck was called “Senasqua” by the Indians. A plaque marks the spot where a peace treaty was signed with the Kitchawank.

Croton Point Park

Today Croton Point Park is a 508-acre park situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. This park offers year-round events and activities and has facilities for camping, hiking and swimming.  Croton Point is especially known for bird watching.

Nineteen families are on record as living in Philipsburg  in 1698 – Lourens Matthys Bankers (7), Deliverance Conklin (4), David Davids (3), Barent de Witt (5), Abraham de Revier (3), Wolfert Ecker (5), Jan Ecker 94), John Foseur (4), Francois Guiliamse (6), Jan Harmse (3), John Hyatt (7), Thomas Hyatt (2), David Storm (4), Peter Storm (3), Isaac Sie (5), Peter Sie (2), Jochem Woutersz Van Wert (6), Gerret Van Wert (5) and Robert Williams (5). The number in parentheses are the number of persons in each family as determined from church and other records, totaling 83. A few other families who were definitely here shortly after 1698 may have come before that date. The census of 1698 lists twenty one families living in Yonkers, Lower Yonkers.

The settlement before 1700 would seem to have been confined to the shore of the Hudson except for the See family at Nanegeeken, now Thornwood, and David Storm at East View. The earliest Dutch, Huguenotand Walloon families were located chiefly in the vicinity of Tarrytown and Irvington, with a few to the north of Tarrytown.

Fromm: Dorothy Koenig <dkoenig@library.berkeley.edu>

In my opinion the minister just made a slip when he called Grace “Heering” at the birth of her son John Beesly in 1687.

I could find no record of her first marriage, but her second marriage was recorded in the Dutch Church in New York City. Banns were first read on 2 Feb 1689.

“Robbert Williamszen, young man from Old England, and Grees Cerant, widow of Jan Beesly, both living at Kigtuangs Point”. They were married at the Point on 19 Feb 1689.

Robert and Grace put off having their children baptized! Finally on 2 August 1698 they had three children baptized in the Sleepy Hollow Church at Tarrytown — Maria, Robbert, and Helena. There were 5 baptismal witnesses — Isaac Sie, Jan Fouse, Frans Giljon and his wife Rosul [elsewhere “Resulla”], and Engeltje Davidze.

I think the French surname “Giljon” is *not* an alternate spelling of the French given name “Guillaume”. I think it more likely that it might be the French surname GUION.

Words in modern Dutch that begin with the two letters “Ce…” all appear to be loan words, and the “C” is pronounced like an “s”, e.g. celluair, cellulose, cement, cent, centrale, etc.

At Tarrytown on 21 Apr 1719 Aert Aertse and his wife Maria [Williams?] had their daughter “Grees” [Grace] baptized. The witnesses were Jonas Gersen and Grees Williamse. I imagine that the mother is Grace (Cerant) Williams’ daughter “Maria” who was baptized in the same church in 1698.

Even 40 years later you can see the Beasley/Williams family connection holding. On 18 Sep 1760 in the Tarrytown Church Abraham Beasely and his wife Catrina have their son “Johannis” baptized. The witnesses are Robert Williams, Jr. and Maria Artse, whom I believe to be brother and sister (both baptized on 2 Aug 1698).

There are 5 Beasely/Beesly/Beselie men showing up in the 1700s Tarrytown records — Abraham, Frank, two Johns, and a Sybout. There is no way to know how many claim Grace Cerant as their ancestor from her first marriage.

You may be able to piece together more by studying all the early Tarrytown marriages and baptisms, but I feel it in my bones that a true Haring connection will never turn up :-).

From: “RMH” <info@dutchdoorgenealogy.com>

I note that even when baptizing Grace Cerant Williams’ granddaughter the name written by a Dutch dominie is “Grees” – which I still maintain is the Dutch way of writing the English name Grace. The dominies are quite good about spelling the name Grietje or Grietie, and they carefully distinguish the name Geertje. I feel sure that “Grees” results from a very deliberate
desire to record a different name, one with no Dutch equivalent.

There are some references to Rockland, in particular Haverstraw, that I came across in searching these records. Haverstraw is right across the Hudson from Kigtuang, or Croton, though at that point, Haverstraw Bay, the river is
at its widest, four miles. There are very many Baisleys in north
Rockland/Haverstraw and I wonder if these are descendants of the same family?

The mystery still remains regarding the name Cerant, especially when the first name is Grace.

The name Haring is attached to her because of this baptism from Ted Brassard’s New Amsterdam record for 1687:

16 Mar; John Beesly, Greast Heering; John; Johannes Kip, Lucas Kierstede, Blandina Kierstede

Also see MDC p. 66 where she is called Grees Cerant, widow of Jan Beesly at her marriage to Robbert Willemszen.

Does anyone searching KIP or KIERSTEDE have a clue as to why they would be  sponsors for this child?

“RMH” <info@dutchdoorgenealogy.com>

I would guess this Johannes Kip would be the Johannes-3 (Jacob-2, Hendrick-1 Kip)  who married Catharina Kierstede. Catharina was a sister to Lucas and Blandina. They were all children of Hans Kip and Sara Roeloffs, who was in turn the  daughter of Anneka Jans and her first husband Roelof Jansen. But looking at these and all the other children of Hans and Sara, I do not see any connection to Beesly (Beasley?), Heering, or Cerant. Nor do I see a connection on the Kip side.

Perhaps John and Grace didn’t know anyone and the Kierstede clan volunteered to be witnesses?

Sharilyn Whitaker <sharilyn@northcoast.com>

Jan Beselie and Grace having been socially challenged and the
socially prominent Kierstede/Kips mercifully having come to the rescue is certainly one possibility.

I also found that Samuel Kip married Annetje Herring, (daughter of Elbert Herring b. 1705 bpt. Tappan) and Elizabeth Bogaert, Elbert Herring was son of Pieter Jansen and Grietje Bogaert. Elbert also married Catherine Lent who apparently died in 1731.

14 December 1726 NY DRC
1726 14 Dec; Elbert *Herring; Catharina Lent, tot Haarlem.
4 Oct; Elbert *Hearing, Catharina Lent; Catharina; Elbert
Lieversen & wife Catharina Bogert
(*note spelling of the name)

Samuel Kip’s father Samuel Kip was the brother of Johannes Kip
born about 1655, the one in this baptism, and also brother to Rachel Kip who married the Lucas Kierstede in this baptism.
Blandina Kierstede, was the sister of Lucas.

Ted Brassard’s New Amsterdam record for 1687:
16 March 1687; John Beesly, Greast Heering; John; Johannes
Kip, Lucas Kierstede, Blandina Kierstede

Lucas Kierstede and Blandina Kierstede were siblings of
Catherine Kierstede the wife of Johannes Kip. Goodness, do I have all that straight?

I don’t know what, if anything at all, this has to do with “Greast Heering” but it was the only link I was able to find.


1. Jane Beselie

Jane’s husband Francois Guillaumes was born in 1671 in Flatbush, Long Island, New York. His parents were William Cornelis Guiliamse and Margaret Polemus. He first married Ursula (Resulla) Davids.  Francois died in Ossining, New York

They lived in Newtown, Long Island until they moved to Philipsburgh, Westchester Co. some time before 1697.

2. Jan Beslie

Jan’s wife Annetji “Antie” Hercksen/Syboutsen was baptized 19 Mar 1684. Her parents were Hercx/Herckse Sybouts (b.1644) and Marytje Rycken Van Lent Ecker (b.1649) of the “Poor Bowery”, Newtown, NY.

The membership roles of the Philipsburgh Manor (Sleepy Hollow) RDC (1697-1778) show Antje Sybout, wife of Jan Beesly, a member from Cortland Manor.

Jan and Jannetji Beesly were listed on 16 Jun 1707 as sponsors at the baptism of Greesje Hoff, daughter of Engle & Maria Hoff. Tarrytown RDC, Tarrytown, NY.

3. Francis Beselie

Francis’ wife Hilletje Sybout/Syboutsen/ Hercksen-Cranckheit was born 30 Apr 1693. Her parents were probably Hwecx/Herckse Sybouts and Maritje Ryken/Lent., of “Poor Bowery”, Newtown, NY. Hilletje died before 1750.

Some time between 1711 and 1714 Francis Beselie settled his family on a leasehold in Ossining, just north of that of his mother, Grace, and step-father, Robert Williams.

In the second half of the 18th century, most of the Philipsburgh Beselies were Loyalists. Francis’ son Abraham was a scout for Gen. Burgoyne’s troops in the Hudson Valley. At the time that the British troops were escaping or surrendering in the vicinity of Saratoga, Abraham contracted small pox and died. Several Philipsburgh Beselies moved to Brooklyn.*

On 15 July 1783  Abraham’s wife Catherine fled to New York City and on 24 September 1783 embarked for Annapolis, Nova Scotia, with two of her sons, Francis and William, on The Peggy mastered by Abraham’s brother, James.

Annapolis Nova Scotia the 5th of January 1786
A true statement of the Estate of Catherine Beasley
Late of the Province of New York Taken and Confiscated in
Consequence of the Deceased Husband[s] loyalty and attachment to the British Government &c &c &C

…To the Honorable Commissioners appointed by His Majesty for looking into the losses and Confiscations of Loyal Subjects, &c &c  &c

Catherine Beasley late of Westchester County in the Province of New York but now of Annapolis in the Province of Nova Scotia, Maketh Oath and saith that She resided in the City of New York from 15th of July 1783 till the 24th of September. Then embarked for Nova Scotia…

The Memorial of Catherine Beasley Widow of Abraham Beasley of Westchester County and Province N York, who became a Guide to Some of General Burgoyns Army making their Escape in N York, at various times, by which means your Memorialists Husband, took, the small pox and leaving her; in the greatest want, and destitute of any help, to assist her, and two helpless Children, your Memorialist, having four sons Grown to the state of Manhood, all entered into His Majesties Service, two of whom was taken by the Rebels, and can not hear whether they are living or dead, the other two, since the Peace Came to this place, where your Memorialist took refuge to–as She could not remain Peaceable, upon her own possessions, Most humbly begs that She may be assisted by His Majestys Most Gracious Act &c &c &c

And she will ever Pray
Catherine  X  Beasley (Her Mark)
Annapolis [Nova Scotia]  January 19th 1786

Elizabeth’s claim for assistance was rejected by the Crown. The hardships in Annapolis were more than she could endure. She returned to New York, accompanied by Francis and William, on the vessel “Peggy“, again mastered by James Beselie. They settled in Brooklyn to rebuild their lives, living, it appears from the 1790 census, in the household of her son, William and his wife, no children. The 1800 census shows William (under 45), and suggests his wife and mother (both over 46), a daughter and a son both under ten. The 1810 census indicates the absence of William and his mother, but his widow and two daughters are listed.

4. Maria Maritje Willemze (Williams)

Maria’s husband Engel Hoff was born 1687 in Norway. His father Englebert Huff was  born in Norway.  Engel died 21 Mar 1765 in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York.

They settled in Cortlandt Manor before 1704.  They moved down to Philipsburgh about 1708, probably living on his father-in-law’s leasehold.

Robbert Willemze and Maria Cenniff were godparents to Engel Hoff and Maria’s daughter Maria, baptized 25 Mar 1712 in the Sleepy Hollow DRC.

Robbart Willems and wife Jannitie Van Weert were godparents to Engel Hof and Maritie’s son Abram; baptized 29 Mar 1729 in Sleepy Hollow DRC.

5. Robert WILLEMS (See his page)

6. Grace Williams

Grace might have been the wife of Johannes Jurckse and Henrick Van Tassel rather than her sister Rachel.

7. Helena Willemse

Helena’s husband Jan Bulyea (Beljee) was born 1698 in Long Island, New York.  His father Louis Boulier was born 1662 in Saintonge, France.  His mother Antje Konninck was born 1672 in Der Groede, Holland.   Jan died 1766 in Philipsburg, Westchester, New York.

In 1723 they were living on a leasehold just below his father-in-law’s land.

Robbert Willemse and his wife Janitie Van Weert were godparents to Jan Beljee and Helena’s daughter Rachel; baptized 13 Aug 1726 in the Sleepy Hollow DRC.

  • 1760 Listed on Rent Roll as John Bolyje.
  • Between 1733 and 1736 Deacon at Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • After his marriage he lived about 10 miles up the Hudson River from Tarrytown, at Ossining, NY
  • 1723 Living on a leasehold just below his father-in-law’s land.
  • Occupation: Tenant farmer

8. Rachel Williams

Rachel’s first husband Johannis Jurckse was born 24 Nov 1700 in Haverstraw, New York. His parents were Johannes Paulusen JUROKSEN and Antje Jochems Van Wert.  Johnannis died 1750 in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York.

Rachel’s second husband Hendrick Van Tessel was born 1716 in Philipsburgh, Westchester Co., NY . His parents were Jan Van Tassel and Catharina Springsteen.

9. John Williams

John’s wife Sarah Gerretson was born in 1704 in New York.

John’s son Jan was baptized 27 Apr 1728.

10. Cornelius Williams

Cornelius’ wife Maria Storm was born in Philipsburg, New York.  She was baptized in Sleepy Hollow Reformed Church, on 20 Aug 1700. Maria, daughter of Hendrick & Niessje Storm, witnesses Dirk Storm & wife Maria [grandparents].

Cornelus and his wife were witnesses at the 1753 baptism of their granddaughter Maria, daughter of William Van Tessel & Susanna Willemse.

11. Jan Williams









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Robert Willems

Robert WILLEMS (1693 – 1750) was Alex’s 8th Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Robert (Robbard) Willems was born about 1693 and baptized 21 Apr 1697 in Philipsburg, Westchester, NY (present day Tarrytown). His parents were Robert WILLEMZE and Greesje CERANT. He married Maraitje JURKSE on 28 Mar 1714 in Philipsburg, Westchester, NY. After Maraitje died, he married Jannetje Van Wert on  8 Aug 1723 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY.  Robert died in 1750 in Phillipsburg.

Maraitje Jurkse (Maritie Jurckse) was born in 1693 in Haverstraw, Orange, NY. Her parents were Johannes Paulusen JUROKSEN (Paulis Jurckse) and Jannetje DARETH.  (Her father married Antje Jochems Van Wert in 1697.) Maraitje died before 28 Aug 1723.

Jannetje Van Wert was born 1700 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, New York. Her parents were Gerrit Joachimse Van Weert and Catalyntje Conkling. Jannetje died in Phillipsburg, Westchester, New York.

Children of Robert and Maraitje:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Antie (Anna) Williams 1716
Philipsburg, NY
2. Rachel WILLIAMS 21 Apr 1719 Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY John EVERY
5 Apr 1735 Tarrytown, Westchester, NY
30 Aug 1761 in Dutchess, NY.
3. Willem Williams bapt.
18 Apr 1721
Sleepy Hollow DRC
4. Johannis Williams bapt.
19 Jun 1723
Sleepy Hollow DRC

Children of Robert and Jannetje :

Name Born Married Departed
5. Gerrit Williams bapt.
19 Jun 1725
Sleepy Hollow DRC
6. Jane  (Janetye) Williams bapt.
25 Jun 1634
Sleepy Hollow DRC
Gregory Storm
1 Nov 1755
Sleepy Hollow Reformed Church
1 Nov 1755

These Sleepy Hollow baptisms show Robert’s wife to be Maratie instead of Jannetje .

1731 Aug 21; Robbart Willems, Maratie; Maratie; Godparents Leendert Hof, Maragrietie Hof

1734 Jun 25; Robben Willems, Maritie; Jannitie;Godparents Jan Willems & wife Sara

1737 Apr 23; Jan Beljee, Helena; Robben; Godparents Robben Willems & wife Maritie

1760 Sep 13; Abraham Beasely, Catrina; Johanis; Godparents Robert Williams jr, Maritie Artse

Robert Willemse (1693, bpt 12 Aug 1698 Philipsburgh, NY -?) m.(1) 28 Mar 1714, Tarrytown DRC, Maritie Jurckse (c. 1693 in Haverstraw, NY- bef 1723), daughter of Johannes Paulis Jurckse & Jannetje Dareth, [Children: Jane (1734-?) m. Gregory Storm] m.(2) on 28 Aug 1723 Jannetje van Wert (c.1698 in Philipsburgh, NY -?) at ODC-Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Robbert Willemse and his wife Janitie Van Weert were godparents to Jan Beljee and Helena’s daughter Rachel; baptized 13 Aug 1726 in the Sleepy Hollow DRC.

Robberdt Willemse and Aantie Willemse were godparents to Johannis Jurckse and Rachel Willem’s daughter Lea baptized 11 Oct 1729 in the Sleepy Hollow DRC.


2. Rachel WILLIAMS (See John EVERY‘s page) Rachel’s godparents were Claes Storm & wife Rachel

3. Willem Williams

Willem’s godparents were Jan Beljee & wife Nellitie

4. Johannis Williams

Johannis’ godparents were Joannis Jurcse and Maritie Hoff.

5. Gerrit Williams

Gerrit’s godparents were Gerrit Van Weert and wife Catharina

6. Jane (Janetye) Williams

Jane’s husband Gregory (Gregorus) Storm was baptized 21 Aug 1731 in Cortlandt Manor, Westchester Co., NY. His parents were Jan Storm and Rachel Dereviere (de Revier).  Gregory died in 1807; he was 76.

Resided in Ossining, NY. In 1785 he and his brother Thomas bought from the Commissioners of Forfeitures the larger part of their father’s leasehold

3. Antie (Anna) Williams








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Edward Avery

Edward AVERY (c. 1650 –  ) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Immigrant Ancestor

Edward Avery (Evre)  was born about 1650 in  Cornwall, England.  He came to America around 1662 as a servant  indentured to John Gibbs in Baltimore County, Maryland.  Edward Avery the smith left Eastchester, New York by October of 1668 as the town records gave the Avery home lot to Richard Waring.  He moved to East Hampton New York and worked as a blacksmith.  He married MARY EDGELEY before 1671. Edward died in Eastchester, Westchester, NY.

An Edward Avery married  Mary Edgley in 1626 in London. Could this be coincidence or is the wife Mary Edgeley for our Edward a guess? (Registry of Bishop of London.)  Edward Every of the Hudson Everys was a blacksmith and this man was a dyer of cloth, and this marriage was FAR too early to explain the sons born when they were born.

Edward Avery, St. Peters, Paul’s Wharf, London, dyer, and Mary Edgley, widow of John Edgley, St. Bartholomew-the-less, West Smithfield, London, at Horsney, Middlesex Sep 9 1626.

Mary Edgeley was born in 1655 in East Hampton, Suffolk, New York?

Children of Edward and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Edward Avery c. 1671

Hempstead, Long Island, NY

Hannah [__?__] Eastchester, NY
2. John EVRE c. 1687 at Madnan’s Neck, Long Island, NY.

(Now Great Neck)

Mary [__?__]

1710? in New York.

c. 1751 at Phillipsburg, Westchester Co., NY; (Now Tarrytown.)

Land Office of Annapolis, Maryland: “Lieber XI, fol. 104:

Know all men by these presents that I Charles Jones of Baltimore County, Gent. have assigned and by these presents do assign unto Thomas Godington of London, Merchant, all my right titiels and interest due me upon record for the transportation of John Foster, Richard Leake, Stephen Harper, Thomas Pierce, Edward Avery, Giles Porter.

Witness hand the XII day of Oct. Annoq. Domini M.D.C.L.XII  [12 Oct 1662]

Lieber XII.fol.1513:

This may certify that I Edward Avery do assign all my right of land due me for my servitude in this province to John Gibbs of the County of Baltimore, planter.

Witness of my hand and seal this 31st Day of October 1668 his X mark. Edward Avery

Eastchester, Winchester County, NY

Westchester County, NY

Edward’s brother Christopher Avery may have been born before 1660? in Devon

The Rev. David Avery, in his valuable manuscript history of the Avery family in America, written in 1800, stated that Christopher Avery was a kersey weaver from Devon.

… Christopher  died in 1681 in Groton, CT.  Christopher Avery was the progenitor of the Groton Avery clan. He was a weaver and came from Salisbury England about 1640 and settled in Gloucester, MA He was selectman of that town from 1646 to 1654. In 1658 he removed to Boston and on Aug 8, 1665 he purchased land in New London, CT and died in Groton in 1681.  DNA evidence casts doubt that the Hudson Valley and Connecticut Averys are closely related.


1. Edward Avery

Edward Avery was born about 1671 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York according to some records. Edward Avery the smith left Eastchester, New York by October of 1668 as the town records gave the Avery home lot to Richard Waring. On Mar 17, 1692/93 the town records for Eastchester, New York show one home lot was granted to Edward Avery the “shumaker & tanner.” Through October of 1710 Edward Avery the shumaker & tanner appears in the town record of Eastchester. Does anyone have information that indicates that the second Edward is indeed the son of Edward Avery and Mary Edgley?

2. John EVRE (See his page)



The Groton Avery clan (1912) By Avery, Elroy McKendree, 1844-1935; Avery, Catherine Hitchcock Tilden, 1844-1911


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John Evre

John EVRE (1687 – 1721) was Alex’s 8th Grandfather; one of 512in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Evre was born about 1687 at Madnan’s Neck, Long Island, NY (today Douglaston, a community in  Queens New York City  located on the peninsula abutting Little Neck Bay) His parents were Edward AVERYand Mary EDGELEY. He married Mary [__?__] 1710? in New York. John died about  1751 at Phillipsburg, Westchester Co., NY (now Tarrytown).

Mary [__?__] was born about 1690 in England.

Children of John and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John EVERY (Jan Avery) 15 Aug 1714 Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY Rachel WILLIAMS
5 Apr 1735
Tarrytown, Westchester, NY
Ageltie Yourouks Jewell
30 Aug 1761 Rumbout, Dutchess, NY
Margaret mentioned in his will?
1791, Putnam, NY (Philips Precinct, Dutchess, NY)
2. Richard Every (Rissard Avery) c. 1715
Mamaroneck, Westchester, NY
or c.1713
Newburgh, Orange, NY
Ana Margareta Huff
6 Sep 1735
Bef. 1758, Fishkill, Dutchess, NY



1. John EVERY (See his page)

2. Richard Every

Richard’s wife Ana Margareta Huff was born 09 May 1717 in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York. Her parents were Engel Hoff and Maritie Willemse (1690 – 1732). Her maternal grandparents were Robert WILLEMZE and Greesje CERANT.  Ana died in New York.

Richard and Ana’s son John is sometimes counted as a son of Richard’s brother John EVERY. John was born 26 Mar 1739 Fishkill, Dutchess, NY. He married Sarah Griffin in 1761 in Rumbout (Poughkeepsie), Dutchess, New York. John died 14 Jun 1823 Bloomville or Kortright, Delaware, NY.

John’s wife Sarah Griffin was born 7 Jul 1740 in Dutchess, NY. Her parents were Joshua Griffin b. ca. 1699 and Elizabeth Hopper b. ca. 1700.

John R. Every served in the Revolutionary War.  John and Sarah (who are buried in Riverside Cemetery Bloomville, Delaware County, NY next to daughter Sarah and Gabriel Bishop)

John Every Headstone — Riverside Cemetery Bloomville Delaware, New York

Children of John and Sarah:

Sarah Every b. 21 Aug 1757 Dutchess, NY m. Gabriel Bishop; 19 Feb 1785; d. 1789 Sarah is sometimes counted as a daughter of  Richard’s brother John.

Gabriel Bishop (1758-1811), served as a matross and gunner throughout the Revolution. He lost a thumb in the Burgoyne campaign. He was born in Dutchess county and died in Delaware county.






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John Every

John EVERY (1714 – 1791) was Alex’s 7th Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Every (Jan Evre) was born in 15 Aug 1714 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY. His parents were John EVRE and Mary [__?__].  He  married Rachel WILLIAMS 5 Apr 1735 in the First Reformed Church, in Tarrytown, Westchester, NY. After Rachel died, he married Ageltie Yourouks Jewell on 30 Aug 1761 in Rumbout, Dutchess, NY.  A third wife Margaret is mentioned in his 1789 will.  John died in 1791  in Philips Precinct, Dutchess, NY.

Rachel Williams (Willemese) was born on 21 Apr 1719 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY.  She was baptized in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, NY.  Her parents were Robert WILLEMS and Maritje JERKSE. Her godparents were Claes Storm & wife Rachel.  Rachel died 30 Aug 1761 in Dutchess, NY.

Ageltie Yourouks Jewell was born in 1725. Ageltie died in 1744.

Children of John and Rachel:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Richard Every 5 Jun 1736 Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY Abigail Emery
12 Mar 1760 Rumbout, Dutchess, NY
Ulster, Ulster, NY
2. Mary Every 30 May 1737 Rumbout John Wildey 26 Apr 1823 Dutchess, NY
3 Chauncy Every 30 May 1737 Rumbout 1789
4. Mariah Every ca. 1740 [__?__] Cronk 26 Apr 1823 – Dutchess, New York,
5. Robert Every 1742
Phebe Wildey
8 Feb 1764 Rumbout, NY
7 Dec 1790 Middletown, Delaware, NY
6. Rebecca Every 1748
Richard Wildey
13 Apr 1766 Fishkill, NY
22 Jun 1812 Milan, Dutchess, NY
7. Leah EVERY 22 May 1749 in Rumbout, Dutchess, NY Samuel FOSTER
22 Nov 1764 Fishkill, Dutchess, NY
4 Nov 1809 New Sharon, Franklin, Maine.
8. Margaret Every 4 Aug 1756 Rumbout Jacob Banker (Bancker) Mecklenburg, NC
9. Sarah Every 21 Aug 1757 or 24 Sep 1769 Dutchess, New York Gabriel Bishop
19 Feb 1785
27 Aug 1845 Delhi, Delaware, New York
10. Ann Every 26 Sep 1763 [_?_] Fontine
11. Elizabeth Every? [_?_] North

John was born in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY, present day Tarrytown, NY.  By the mid 18th century, the Philipse family held over 52,000 acres of land in Westchester County and had one of the largest slave-holdings in the colonial north. Although the institution of slavery was legal in all thirteen of England’s north American colonies, rarely did northern slaveholders claim more than two or three individuals. In 1750, twenty-three enslaved men, women, and children lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor.  .

Philipsburg Manor is located in present day Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, NY

Westchester County, NY

John and Rachel were married in Tarrytown which is next to Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County, NY.

Rachel was born in Rombout which has been subdivided today.  The Rombout Patent was granted in 1685 to François Rombout and G. Verplanck and encompassed the area that today would be the towns of Fishkill, East Fishkill, LaGrange, Wappingers, and portions of the town of Poughkeepsie. Catharine Rombout, daughter of François, inherited these vast holdings.  Here is a Google Map of the five locations. It’s about 35 miles upriver from Sleepy Hollow (Phillipsburg) to Fishkill (Rombout.)

John Every built a saw-mill on Kortright brook, though I’m now thinking this refers to this John’s son or nephew.  Kortright Township in Delaware County, NY.  The town of Kortright is in Delaware County New York, about 150 miles from Phillipsburg and halfway between Binghamton and Albany.

Abstract for a will for John Every of Phillips Precinct, Dutchess Co, NY.

John Every
April 3, 1789

Mentions: wife Margaret; daughters: Mary Wiley, Marah Cronk, Rebecca Wiley, Leah Foster, Elizabeth North, Anne Fontine, Margaret Banker; grandchildren: Robert Every and Richard Every. Executors: friends Elias Cornelius and Isaac Bodeau;

Signed by John Every; Witnesses: Allan Blair, Jacob Bancker, Abraham Smith. App December 2, 1791


1. Richard Every

Richard’s wife Abigail Emery was born 1739 in Dutchess County NY. Her parents were Robert Emery and Margaret Rowland. Abigail died 20 Aug 1838 in Woodstock Township, Lenawee, Michigan.  The inscription on her gravestone reads age 99 yrs 9 mo.

Abigail removed from Ulster Co NY and went to Woodstock Township, Lenawee Co MI in 1835 with her two sons Joseph  b. 20 Apr 1776. & Reuben b. 26 Feb 1780. When she removed to Lenawee Co Michigan she was blind. She was sometimes called “Old Blind Abigail”. She said she was the mother of Joseph, John, Reuben, Uriah and George.

Every Columbia Michigan

Five Every cousins arrived in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan in 1835

Children of Richard and Abigail:

i. Isaac Every

ii. Margaret Every b. 1768 Little Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York; d. 14 Aug 1854 Michigan; m. 11 Nov 1790 in Rochester, Ulster, New York to Martyn DuBois (b. 21 Oct 1764 in Kingston, New York – d. 14 Aug 1854 in Ingham, Michigan) Martyn’s parents were Conrad DuBois (1735 – 1810) and Maria Delamater (1740 – 1789). Margaret and Martyn had twelve children born between 1792 and 1810.

Martyn was a descendant of Geoffroi du Bois, a companion of Duke William.

His father Conrad DuBois served in Captain Hasbrouck’s Company Col John Cantines Registment NY troops 1778 Burial: Lansing, Michigan

Revoluntionary Service: serviced as a bugler, the shell which he used as his bugle last known with descendant grand daughter: Julia DuBois – Price of Lansing, Michigan; Private under Col Wessenfel’s Regiment Ulster County NY 1777

Martin Dubois'  Bugle/ Shell

Martin Dubois’ Bugle/ Shell

Came to Michigan: age 19 years, located in Bunkerhill Township, Ingham County, Michigan

Margaret and Martyn died the same day and are buried in the Fitchburg Cemetery, Stockbridge
Ingham County, Michigan

iii. Joseph Every b.18 Apr 1776 Ulster, New York; d. 7 Aug 1855 Columbia, Jackson, Michigan; Burial: Cement City Cemetery, Cement City, Jackson, Michigan Inscription: age 78 yrs 3 mo 18 days

m. Ulster, New York to Margaret Acker (b. 1769 in Olive, Ulster, New York – d. 19 Jul 1837 in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan) Margaret’s parents were George Acker and Maria Asher. Joseph and Margaret had four children born between 1795 and 1810.

iv. Reuben Every b. 25 Dec 1779; d. 4 Nov 1855 Woodstock, Lenawee, Michigan; Burial: Cement City, Jackson, Michigan m. Elizabeth Whitman (b. 1787 – d. 18 May 1855 Woodstock, Lenawee, Michigan) Reuben and Elizabeth had at least four children born between 1805 and 1821.

In the 1850 census, Ruben and Elizabeth were farming in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan.

2. Mary Every

Mary’s husband John Wildey was born about 1738 in Dutchess Co, NY. John’s sister Phebe married Mary’s brother Robert and his brother Richard married her sister Rebecca. Their parents were John Wildey (1698 – 1779) and Patience Tatum (1698 – 1767). John died 13 May 1823

3. Chauncy Every

4. Mariah Every 

Mariah’s husband [__?__] Cronk was born about 1735.

5. Robert Every

Robert’s wife Phebe Wildey  was born 1744 in Dutchess, New York. Phebe’s brother John married Robert’s sister Mary and her brother Richard married his sister Rebecca.. Their parents were John Wildey and Patience Tatum. Phebe died 1 Jan 1831 in Durham, Greene, New York..  Phebe is buried in Stone Bridge Cemetery ,Greene County, New York

Some genealogies state that Robert died in Middletown, Delaware, NY and others state it was Middletown, Orange, NY.  

Phebe, w/o Robert Evory, d. 1 Jan 1831, aged 98y Her stated age is remarkable for that time, unless her family got her age wrong. There exists some circumstantial evidence to indicate that Obadiah Evory (1775 – 1854) may have been a son of Robert & Phoebe Evory. Obadiah Evory & his wife, Alche Vermilyea (1773-1853), are buried in the Evory Family plot in Durham New York’s Stonebridge Cemetery, & just over to their right, stands the gravestove of Phebe Evory. s.” 

Every Columbia Michigan

Five Every cousins arrived in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan in 1835

Children of Robert and Pheobe:

i. Uriah Avery b. 1759 or 1765 Westchester, New York; d. 1841 W Shokan, Ulster, New York; m. 1790 in Somsonville, Olive, New York to Miriam Hill (b. 1771 in Dutchess, New York – d. 1 Apr 1845 in Ulster, New York) Miriam’s parents were Andrew Hill and Catherine Horton. Uriah and Miriam had nine children born between 1794 and 1815.

There were two Revolutionary War veterans named Uriah Every. OUR Uriah Every was a soldier in Dutchess County, 2nd Regiment New York Militia during Revolutionary War)

The OTHER Uriah Avery was a soldier in Parson’s Regiment from Connecticut during Revolutionary War. and according to pension documents at fold3.com, was from Connecticut and served in a unit from that state, but was living in New York state (Chenango County) when he received his pension payments in the 1830s and 1840s. The OTHER Uriah Avery died 26 Aug 1843 in Norwich, N. Y. aged 83 years.

On Uriah’s tombstones it says ” Every ” and all of his ancesters.  Some spell it Avery, but I never heard ” Evory

ii. Obadiah Evory, b. 24 Jul 1775 in Dutchess, New York; d. 16 Feb, 1854 Durham, Greene, NY, aged 78y 6m 22d; m. Aeltje “Alche” Vermilyea (b. 24 Jul 1774 in Harlem, New York, NY – d. 12 Feb 1853, aged 79y 6m 19d) Alche’s parents were Peter Martin Vermilyea (1725 – 1805) and Mary “Polly” Pinckney (1730 – 1823). Obadiah and Alche had ten children born between 1794 and 1814.

In the 1850 census, Obadiah and Alche Avery were living with their youngest son James in Durham, Greene, New York.

6. Rebecca Every

Rebecca’s wife Richard Wildey  was born 11 Jan 1743 in Dutchess, New York. Richard’s brother John married Rebecca’s sister Mary and his sister Phebe married her brother Richard. Their parents were John Wildey and Patience Tatum. Richard died 20 Mar 1812 in Dutchess, New York.

The area that comprises Milan today was the western part of the Little Nine Partners Patent of 1706. Milan was largely a farming and mill town and remains a very rural town today. The early population peaked in 1840 at 1,745 residents and went into decline until 1930 with only 622 residents. It was the opening of the Erie Canal (1825) and then the development of the railroad and the move to river cities and the western migration that caused the decline. Also, Milan’s soil was hilly and rocky and tough to farm. The 1840 population level was reached again in 1980, some 140 years later.

Children of Rebecca and Richard:

i. Mary Wildey b. ~1766 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. Milan

ii. James R Wildey b. 1 May 1768 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 19 Aug 1814 Milan; Burial: Milan Union Cemetery; m. Elizabeth Seaman (b. 18 Jul 1764 – d. 13 Nov 1842 in Milan) Elizabeth’s parents were Maurice Seaman (b. 1739) and Sarah Dingee (b. 1741). James and Elizabeth had nine children born between 1787 and 1803 in Milan, New York

In all documents, James R. signed his name as James R. Wildey.

The name Seaman sometimes appeared as Simmons. The family had some relations in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Elizabeth Wildey was one of the founding Trustees of the Milan Christian Church.

iii. William Wildey b. 11 Jan 1770 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 24 Apr 1850 Milan; m. 1 Jan 1795 Mary Anne [__?__] (b. Born: 1770 – aft. 1850 census)

In the 1850 census, Mary was living with Melissa Wilde in Clinton, Dutchess, New York.

iv. Rachel Wildey b. 1780 Milan, New York; m. [__?__] Parsons

v. Benjamin Wildey b. 29 Apr 1784 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 8 May 1830 (probate) 14 Feb 1831 Milan; m. Zillah [__?__]

vi. Samuel Wildey b. 4 Jan 1785 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 10 Apr 1871 Clinton, Dutchess, New York; m. Eliza “Betsey” Green (b. 14 Mar 1794 – d. 31 Mar 1847 in Milan) Betsey’s parents were Tobias Green and Elizabeth [__?__].

In the 1860 census, Samuel was living near Tivoli, Clinton, Dutchess, New York

vii. Jonas Wildey b. 1787 Milan, Dutchess, New York; m. Sarah [__?__] Jonas and Sarah had three children Ambrose (b. 1812), James (b. 1812) and William (b. 1813)

viii. Joseph Blunt Wildey b. 10 Nov 1788 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 5 Mar 1858 Milan; m. Sarah [__?__] (b. 17 Dec 1797 New York – d. 12 Mar 1877)

In the War of 1812, Joseph was a private in Bedel’s 2nd Regiment of New York Militia.

In the 1850 census, Joseph and Sarah were living in Milan, Dutchess, New York.

ix. John Wildey b. 1800 Milan, Dutchess, New York

x. Betsy Wildey

7. Leah EVERY (See Samuel FOSTER‘s page)

8. Margaret Every

Margaret’s husband Jacob Banker (Bancker) was born 1756 in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York. His parents were xx. Jacob died in Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Children of Margaret and Jacob:

i. John Banker b. 1781; d. ~ 1847 Mecklenburg, North Carolina; m. 7 Jan 1813 in Mecklenburg to Elizabeth Goforth (b. 1783 ) John and Elizabeth had three children born between 1814 and 1825 in Mecklenburg.

ii. Hannah Banker b. 1784 Fishkill, Dutchess, New York; d. 1 May 1880 Lowell, Benton, Arkansas; m. 16 Mar 1808 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina to James Downum (b. 6 Sep 1785 in Goldsboro, Mecklenburg, North Carolina – d. 24 Feb 1854 in Lowell, Arkansas) James parents were Speakman Downum (1762 – 1806) and Esther H Stradley (1767 – 1853). Hannah and James had ten children between 1810 and 1839.

9. Sarah Every

Sarah’s husband Gabriel Bishop was born 20 Aug 1758 Dutchess, New York. Gabriel’s parents were Benjamin Bishop (1701 – 1739) and Mary Garnsey (1693 – 1736) Gabriel died 30 Jul 1811 Kortright, Delaware, New York. Burial Riverside Cemetery, Bloomville, Delaware County New York.

Gabriel Biship was a private in Lt. Col. Ebenezer Sterson;s Regiment of Artillery, New York Line. He served as a Matross and Gunner, 1777 to 1783/ He lost a thumb at Saratoga at the time of Burgoynes’s surrender to General Gates while thumbing a toucch-hole. He served as a Gunner in the 3rd Company, 2nd Regiment of Artillery, Continental Troops. His name appears on the roles from Aug 1777 to Apr 1783. He enlisted as a Matross July 22 1777 to serve three years and was promoted to Gunner Dec 1 1779. He was one of seven brothers who fought in the Revolutionary War.

Matross was a soldier of artillery, who ranked next below a gunner. The duty of a matross was to assist the gunners in loading, firing and sponging the guns. They were provided with firelocks, and marched with the store-wagons, acting as guards. In the American army a matross ranked as a private of artillery. The word is probably derived from French matelot, or from German Matrose, a sailor.

There were three types of cannon utilized during the American Revolutionary War: Guns, Mortars and Howitzers. All three types were considered smoothbore because the inside of the cannon’s barrel was not rifled. Rifling was the cutting of spiral grooves along the length of the barrel’s bore, which imparted a spin to the projectile.

Guns shot at a low trajectory and could be used at either short or long range. Guns were very effective at battering fortifications of construction. They were often employed to destroy the enemy’s cannon because they could be aimed with some accuracy. Guns could fire balls, bombs, canister shot and grape shot.

Mortars shot at a high trajectory, and because of that was used to reach targets behind the fortification’s palisade walls. The mortar’s range was about the same as that of the gun. Because of the very high trajectory, bombs were usually fired from mortars. The advantage of the height that a projectile could be shot from a mortar was that a bomb could be timed to burst overtop a group of soldiers and cause widespread injury as it fell to the ground.

Howitzers shot at a trajectory midway between the gun and the mortar. Projectiles shot from a howitzer could, like that of the mortar, reach behind a fortification’s walls; but the greater advantage of the howitzer over the mortar and gun was that larger size projectiles could be handled by the howitzer. Because of that advantage, howitzers were often used when it was discovered that a fortification’s walls could not so easily be penetrated by the guns.

Children of Sarah and Gabriel:

i. Sarah Bishop b. 6 Dec 1785; d. 27 Aug 1845; m. William Benson(b. 1785 – d. 1850) Sarah and William had seven children born between 1808 and 1826.

ii. Mary Bishop b. 1 Jul 1787; d. 1867; m. Henry Forman (b. 1787 – d. 1868)

iii. Margaret Bishop b. 10 May 1789; d. 1796

iv. Elizabeth Bishop b. 2 Jul 1791

v. Catherine Bishop b. 28 Aug 1793; d. 1872; m. Caleb Upham (b. 1789 – d. 1876)

vi. Jennie Bishop b. 5 Apr 1798

vii. John Bishop b. 16 May 1799; d. 14 Jul 1873; m. 1824 in Delaware, New York to Amelia Munger (b. 27 Nov 1801 – d. 1866)

viii. Pattie Bishop b. 7 May 1803

ix. Joshua Bishop b. 26 Sep 1806

10. Ann Every

Ann’s husband [_?_] Fontine was born

11. Elizabeth Every?

Elizabeth’s husband [_?_] North was born






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William Corser

William COURSER (1609 – 1673) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

William Corser – Coat of Arms


William Corser, of Boston, supposed to have been the first of the name in this country, was born Aug., 1609 in England.  He married Joanna [__?__] before 1638 in Boston, Mass. He came over at the age of twenty-six in the bark “Elizabeth and Ann,” which sailed from London, May, 1635.  In a previous entrie, of date Feb. 17, 1634, the names of a William Courser, aged 24 — perhaps the same with the preceding — and 148 others are registered for transportation to the Barbadoes, in the ship Hopewell, Capt. Wood.

William died before July, 1673.

William was a Cordwainer as was his son John

Children of William and Joanna:

Name Born Married Departed
1 Archelaus Courser? c . 1636
Boston, Mass
Rachel Roper
1661 Dedham, Mass
Dedham, Mass
2. Deliverance Courser 4 Jan 1638
3. Joanna Courser 12 Dec 1639
4. John CORSER 6 Mar 1642 Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. Margaret [__?__] 1713 in Massachusetts.

In Middle-English, the word corser (with its equivalent courser, a variant spelling of the same word) is found in use as a common name, signifying first, a steed or war-horse ; and second, a horse-dealer. The root is found in the Latin word currere, signifying to run, whence a course, and cursor, a runner.

Encyclopedia of Heraldry, or General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland :

” CoRSER (Edinboro’). Argent, three horses’ heads couped sable, bridled of the first. Crest — a Pegasus proper. Motto — Recta Coitrsay Or, in other words — On a white field, three horses’ heads cut off, sable, with bridles of the first-mentioned color. A Pegasus (winged horse of the Muses) proper is one of the natural color, whatever that may be. The motto varies as given by different authorities, but we accept the above as probably correct. It is supposed to be Latin, of the kind known as Low (or Medieval) Latin — the word coursa (equivalent corsa, as in Italian) being derived from the old French or Middle-English coiirs or cors — and signifies, Right Course, or more freely. On the Right Track.

A second description, presumably of arms granted to another rising son of the family, differing slightly from the preceding, but with the same general heraldic device, is also found as follows :

” CORSER. Argent, on a chevron sable, three horses’ heads couped of the first.” Here we have three white horses’ heads displayed on a dark chevron (i. e., figure “representing two rafters of a house meeting at the top “). — Arms answering to this description, we may note, appear to have been adopted by that branch of the family of which the venerable clergyman mentioned below was an honored representative. Crest — same as above. Motto — Recto cursu.

Based on the roll of the Elizabeth and Ann, William was a shoemaker.

William took the freeman’s oath. May 25, 1636, — the day on which Harry (afterwards Sir Harry) Vane was elected Governor of Massachusetts, for whom, as a good churchman, he probably voted, — and the next year purchased a house near the Common, which he afterwards sold to John Chamberlain ; was by trade a cordwainer, and at one of the first meetings of the town was chosen sealer of leather.  He was allowed to be inn holder.


1. Archelaus  Corser

Archelaus’ wife Rachel Roper was born 18 Mar 1639 Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were John Roper (1611-1676) and Alice [__?__].

Archelaus’ name appears  on a “List of those who subscribed to the minister’s house [Lancaster, Mass.] in 1688.  The list was among the papers of Jonathan Wilder found by Joseph Willard.

Archelaus resided for a while at Cambridge, Mass., and subsequently at Lancaster, where his children were born.

Children of Archelaus and Rachel:

i. Rachel Corser, b. Oct 1662.

ii. Simon Corser, b. 3 Aug 1667.

iii. Simom Corser, b. 15 Jun 1669.

iv. Mary Corser, b. 11 May 1670.

No further trace of this family has been discovered.

4. John CORSER (See his page)


Genealogy of the Corser family in America : embracing many of the descendants of the early settlers of the name in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with some reminiscences of their trans-Atlantic cousins (1902)

New England marriages prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey


Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America: with a brief history of … By Henry Whittemore

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John Corser

John CORSER (1642 – 1713) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Corser (Courser) was born 6 Mar 1642 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. His parents were William COURSER and Joanna [__?__] He married Margaret [__?__] before 1668.  John died about 1713 in Massachusetts.

John was a Cordwainer as was his father William

Margaret [__?__] was born in 1640. Margaret died 3 Apr 1713 in Massachusetts.

Children of John and Margaret:

Name Born Married Departed
1. William Corser Apr 1668
2. Mary Corser 27 Aug 1670
3. Samuel Corser 5 Nov 1672
4 Joanna Corser 8 Sep 1674
5. Sarah Corser 13 Apr 1677 Alexander Trotter
30 Nov 1710 – Boston, Suffolk, Mass
6. Jonathan Corser 29 Sep 1679
7. John Corser 29 Aug 1681 Plymouth, Mass Sarah Wakefield
20 May 1703 (Benjamin Wadsworth officiating clergyman)
Sarah Smith (Mrs. Winslow)
2 Oct 1740 or 22 Jun 1742
Boston, Mass
Boston, Mass
8. Fear CORSER 16 Jul 1687
Plymouth, Mass
8 Dec 1709 Plympton, Mass.
2 Dec 1767 Attleborough, Mass.

John was a cordwainer as was his father.   A cordwainer is somebody who makes shoes and other articles from fine soft leather. The word is derived from “cordwain”, or “cordovan”, the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. The term cordwainer was used as early as 1100 in England. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made luxury shoes and boots out of the finest leathers, and a cobbler, who repaired them. This distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, when there was a predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired shoes.

In London, the occupation of cordwainers was historically controlled by the guild of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. There is a Cordwainer ward of the City of London, which is historically where most cordwainers lived and worked.

From the Records of Buxton, Me., it appears that John Corser, as one of the ” Narragansett Grantees,” i. e., soldiers who served in the Narragansett war, drew, Nov. 17, 1735, a lot of land in said town, “on the right of Samuel Hill.” Among others who received grants at the same time were several well-known citizens of Newbury ; as Nathaniel Clark, Col. Joseph Gerrish (on the right of Moses Little, his father-in-law), Joseph Coffin and Christopher Bartlett. From the circumstance last-mentioned, as also from the spelling of the name, it was at first supposed that the above had reference to John Corser, of Newbury. But this is probably a mistake. The Narragansett war occurred in 1675-6. We find in a late volume of the Hist, and Gen. Register, that John Corser (who could have been no other than John of Boston) was one of the soldiers.

The lots were drawn nearly 60 years later, presumably after the death of John through whom, whatever relation Samuel Hill may have sustained to the case, John Jr. as the legal representative of his father, it is natural to suppose, may have become connected with the affair,


5. Sarah Corser

Sarah’s husband  Alexander Trotter was a Boston tailor, who sold for £100, paid by James Bowdoin (founder of Bowdoin College), his ” new, brick-built dwelling-house on Union St., Jan. 15, 1714.” A Sarah Courser is also found on record as marrying, Nov. 13, 1693, Anthony Thoring.

7. John Corser

John’s wife Sarah Wakefield was born 1 Mar 1674 in Boston, Middlesex, Mass.  Her parents were John Wakefield and Deliverance [__?__].  Sarah died 1736 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.

John was a ship-joiner in Boston

John married second Mrs. Sarah Winslow, daughter of Joseph Smith, of Boston, 1742, who survived him several years. Between him and one Erastus Stevens a marriage settlement, of date May 11, 1742, is found, by which all her personal property is settled upon her for life, and her real estate consisting of two messuages, or tenements, at the north end of Boston, is to be to the joint use of herself and her intended husband, John Courser,during their lives, and one moiety of her whole property to the use of his last will.

It would seem that the second wife of John of Boston, Mrs. Sarah Winslow, lived to a great age, being, as is supposed at least 78 years old when she became his consort. A somewhat curious coincidence is the tradition, that John Corser, of Boscawen, “had a daughter,” so writes Bliss Corser, ” married in Sandown [till 1756 a part of Kingston] to a man by the name of Winslow,” and that “she lived to a great age.”

Supposing, however, a marriage of the kind to have taken place — contemporaneously, or nearly so, as must have been the case, with that of John, of Boston — it suggests, at least, a possible family relationship between the venerable bride and the said groom, her namesake ; and if such connection existed, a probable acquaintance, most naturally accounted for by a presumable relationship, between the families of the two Johns.

Several business transactions by John Courser, joiner, on the one part, chiefly conveyances of real estate, are on record between 1713 and 1734. In one, dated May 1, 1713, there is a discharge of certain claims to his sister, Sarah Trotter. As their mother died April 3d of the same year, these are presumably claims upon her estate. It does not appear that any others held similar claims. Shall we infer from this that there were no other surviving children ? that those who had deceased probably left no issue — the fact being thus accounted for of the apparent extinction of the name except in the line of John? (in which  it appears to have become extinct with the succeeding generation).

John died intestate about 1756. His estate, consisting of house and land on Bennett and Love Streets, appraised £240, and negro Peter, appraised £6 i3s 4d., was divided between his three surviving daughters and Timothy Cutler, sole heir of Anna, deceased. Date of warrant for division of property, Aug. 12, 1757 ; Nathaniel Breed  administrator. Mr. Breed purchased the shares of Mary and Timothy Cutler.

From the fact that the sons do not appear as heirs we infer that they had probably deceased, the name thus apparently becoming extinct in the line of John with this (the 4th) generation.

Children of John and Sarah:

i. Deliverance Corser, b. 14 Oct 1704; m. Nathaniel Breed, of Boston, baker

ii. Sarah Corser, b. 25 Jul 1707 ; d. 29 Mar 1771, aged 63 ; m. 20 Nov 1729 to Clement Collins, ( d. 24 Apr 1787)

Their son, Capt. Clement Collins, was the father of the late Mrs. Anna Colesworthy, of Portland, Maine, mother of Mr. D. C. Colesworthy, of Boston, the well known writer, author of the poem (published about 1878), ” School is Out,” and bookseller on Cornhill. ”

iii. John Corser b. 29 Oct 1709.

iv. Mary Corser, b. 1 Oct 1711 ; single in 1757.

v. Anna Corser, b. 15 Apr 1713 ; m. 21 Nov 1734 to Robert Cutler; d. before 1757. Her sole heir was Timothy Cutler.

vi. Jonathan Corser, b. 30 Jun 1716 — after which the name (with the exception of that of a Jonathan Courser, whether the same with the preceding is not known, who m., June 28, 1738, Elizabeth Tyler, and that of Deborah Courser, who m. Nathaniel Breed, Sept. 14, 1741) disappears,

The question arises — What became of William’s posterity in the male line ? Here are three grandsons and two great-grandsons, of whom (with the possible exception of the above-mentioned Jonathan) we have no further account. Did they die young, or leave no children, or remove from the country?



Genealogy of the Corser family in America : embracing many of the descendants of the early settlers of the name in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with some reminiscences of their trans-Atlantic cousins (1902)

New England marriages prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey

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Robert Titus

Robert TITUS (1600 – 1672) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Immigrant Ancestor - Titus Coat of Arms

Immigrant Ancestor – Titus Coat of Arms

Robert Titus was born in 1600 in St. Catherines Parish, near Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire, England  His parents were Silas TITUS and Constatia [__?__]. He married Hannah CARTER 24 Jun 1624 in  Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Robert, Hannah and their two children, John (age 8) and Edmond (age 5), sailed from London on April 3rd, 1635 on board the Hopewell.   Settled at Brookline, MA, moved to Weymouth, Mass, Rehoboth, Mass, then to Huntington, Nassau Co., NY. (near Cold Spring Harbor on the west)  in 1654.  Robert died in 1672 at Huntington, NY.

Hannah (Anne) Carter was born  in 1604 at St. Katherine, London, England. The marriage on 24 June 1624 of Robert Titus and Anne Carter, recorded in the parish register of Watford may refer to the Robert and Hannah Carter of ‘St. Katherines’ who immigrated in the Hopewell. Carter a was very common name in the sixteenth and seventeenth century Watford district and were the English kin of President Carter.  Hannah died 24 Mar 1679 at Huntington, Nassau Co., NY.

Children of Robert and Hannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John TITUS 18 Dec 1627
St. Katherine’s Parish,
near Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England
c. 1650 Rehoboth, Mass.
16 Apr 1689 at Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Edmond Titus 1630
at St. Catherines, Herts, England
Martha Washburn (Daughter of William WASHBURN)
Westbury, NY
7 Feb 1715 Westbury, NY
3. Sgt. Samuel Titus 1635
Elizabeth Bowne
Huntington, East Riding, Yorkshire, Of New York
Elizabeth Rogers
1669 in Huntington, East Riding, Yorkshire, Of New York
after 1681 in L I, Huntington, North Riding of Yorkshire.
4. Susannah Titus 1636
Weymouth, Norfolk, MA
Robert Jones
Huntington, NY
1679 in L I, Huntington, North Riding of Yorkshire.
5. Abiel (Abial)  Titus 17 Mar 1640 Weymouth, Norfolk, MA Mary Scudder
Huntington, NY
Huntington, Long Island, NY
6. Content Titus 28 Mar 1643
Weymouth, Norfolk, MA
Elizabeth Moore
Huntington, NY
17 Jan 1730 Huntington, Suffolk, New York Colony

Robert TITUS , Hanna and sons John and Edmond sailed from London on the “Hopewell” on 4 Apr 1635 – William Bundocke, master. They landed at Boston and were granted land in the present town of Brookline, near Muddy River, adjoining Boston. They remained in Brookline two or three years and then moved to Weymouth, about nine miles to the southeast, where he was a freeman in 1643.

In the spring of 1644 they, in company with some forty families, removed with the minister of the Weymouth parish, Rev. Samuel Newman, to Reboboth, Bristol MA. Robert was one of the founders of the first parish. He was commissioner for the Court of Plymouth in Reboboth 1648-1649 and 1650 and 1654.

He had some trouble with the authorities because he harboured Abney Ordway and his family, they being of “evil fame” (Quakers). He gave notice of his intention to leave the colony and sold his property to Robert Jones of Natasket on 23 May 1654. Robert and Hannah, and probably their children Samuel, Susanna, Abiel and Content, moved to Huntington, Nassau Co. New York, near Cold Spring Harbour, on Long Island in 1654. Their son Edmond, who was a Quaker, had moved to Hempstead on Long Island four years before. Their eldest son John remained in Reboboth.

On April 2, 1653, Richard Holbrook, Robert WILLIAMS and Daniel Whitehead, all of Oyster Bay, bought from Raseokan, Sachem of the Matinecock tribe, a parcel of land that is now known as “the First Purchase.” The Oyster Bay men immediately turned the land over to a group of white men who had already settled within its boundaries. This first purchase was bordered on the west by Cold Spring Harbor, on the east by Northport Harbor, on the south by what is now known as Old Country Road and on the north by Long Island Sound.

Most of the early settlers were English people who came to Huntington by way of Massachusetts and Connecticut. As a result, they felt more of a kinship with New England than with their Dutch neighbors to the west in New Amsterdam. The town in fact voted in 1660 to place itself under the jurisdiction of Connecticut to gain some protection from the Dutch.

When in 1664 the Duke of York became proprietor of the area formerly known as New Netherland, he (in the person of Governor Richard Nicolls) informed Connecticut that by virtue of his royal patent they no longer had any claim to any territory on Long Island. Governor Nicolls summoned representatives of each town on Long Island to meet in Hempstead early in 1665. The representatives were required to bring with them evidence of title to their land and to receive new grants affirming that title. The Hempstead Convention also adopted “The Duke’s Laws” which regulated virtually every area of life. At this time, too, Long Island, Staten Island and Westchester were formed into an entity called “Yorkshire,” which was divided into three parts, or “ridings,” as land was divided in England. What is now Suffolk County, including Huntington, became part of the East Riding. With some modifications, including the abolition of “Yorkshire” and “ridings” this was the form that the government of New York retained until the Revolution. Huntington was incorporated by patent on November 30, 1666.

The passenger list of the Hopewell, which departed London for Massachusetts in April 1635, describes Robert Titus as a husbandman “of St. Katherins” (Hotten 46). The absence of further information implies that St. Katherine’s was a London parish or precinct (see Hotten 50, 70). It is often said online that Robert’s son John, eventual husband of Abigail Carpenter, was baptized at St. Katherine’s, London, on 18 December 1627. There is no basis for this, however: three London churches were dedicated to St. Katherine, and documentation is not found in the records of any of them. The earliest extant baptismal records of St. Katherine Cree are bishops’ transcripts beginning in 1639. A Guildhall Library (London) archivist’s check of the relevant St. Katherine Coleman parish register (containing baptismal records between 1559 and 1659) found no Titus entry for the period searched (1 January 1625/6 to 1 January 1628/9). And from 1584 to 1695, at least, the surname Titus does not appear in the records of St. Katherine by the Tower. His father’s having been a farmer, John was probably baptized in a rural church (see below). It is likely that the Hopewell list’s mention of St. Katherine’s refers not to the Titus’s residence but to the parish or precinct from whose church Robert obtained the minister’s certificate needed for emigration (NEHGR 132:22–23; see Hotten 46, 50, 70).

Robert’s brother, Silas Titus Jr married Catherine Winstanley, daughter of James Winstanley, Esq., of Lancastershire. He entered a commoner of Christ’s Church,  Oxford, in 1637, and became about 1640 a member of one of the Inns of  Court. In the grand rebellion, when parliament raised an army against  the king, he obtained a captain’s commission, but disapproving of the  course pursued by the Independents, abandoned his colors for the royal  standard, and was subsequently of eminent service to the two Charleses.  Col. Silas Titus was a man of wit, and the author of a famous pamphlet  called “Killing no Murder.” It was published anonymously, and created a stir in political circles. King Charles rewarded him for services rendered.  He died in December, 1704, aged 82, and was interred in the chancel of the  parish church of St. James, at Bushey, in Hertfordshire, where his father and other members of the family also lie buried.

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Robert’s parents and brother are interred at Saint James Church, Bushey, Hertfordshire

It is possible (though not proved) that Robert Titus and Hannah Carter, whose 24 June 1624 marriage is recorded in the parish register of Watford, Herefordshire, are the eventual Robert and Hannah Titus of Rehoboth (NEHGR 132:22–23; Hotten 46). The confusing organization of Drake’s and Hotten’s respective transcriptions of 1635 lists of pas-sengers embarking at London have misled some to conclude that the Titus family came from a parish near Stanstead Abbots, Herefordshire (NEGHR 132:22–23).


13 May 1640 – Admitted Freeman in Weymouth, Mass

1644 – Robert Titus and family were among the forty families that accompanied Rev. Samuel Newman to Reboboth.  He was one of the founders of that town.

1644 – Court Commissioner in Rehoboth

1648-49-50 – Representative from Huntington

1654 – Removed to Huntington, Long Island where he spent the rest of his live

Will: Page 265. – Hannah Titus, Hunttington.

Leaves to son Content Titus, house and land, and he is to pay to his brother John £10. To son Edmund a horse, and to son Samuel a cow. “To my son Samuel’s wife my warming pan. To my son Abial’s wife, my smoothing irons. To my son, Content’s wife, my skimmer. To my daughter Susannah, my serge hood.” Dated May 14, 1672. Witness, Richard Williams, Thomas Skidmore. Inventory taken March 24, 1678/79, £52 13s. 6d. Administration granted to son Content, March 1, 1679/80.


1. John TITUS (See his page)

2. Edmond Titus

Edmund’s wife Martha Washburn 18 Dec 1637 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England. Her parentw were William WASHBURN and Jane Whitehead. Martha died 17 Feb 1727 in Westbury, New York.   She had been bedridden for several years prior to her death. Martha was laid to rest in Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Edmund came to the colonies at an early age before reaching his majority and apparently lived with his brothers in Seaconk. When he came of age about 1650, he removed to Long Island.  He settled in Hempstead, Nassau Co., NY by 1658 when he was given 10 acres on a list compiled on Nov. before moving to Westbury, Nassau Co., NY.  The land that he settled on in Westbury remained in the hands of his descendants, all bearing the name of Titus, at least until 1860.

Edmund was living in Hempstead as early as 1658 and took up a 200 acre tract of land on the north of Hempstead Plains where he lived until his death. He is said to have suffered from being a Quaker [he became one early]. His last words, “I have put away all my filthyness and superfluity of Haughtness. I have received the meekness ye engrafted word that is able to save the Soul.”

31 Aug 1698 – An unknown person and his wife, [ROF:Hempstead Town] were listed on the Hempstead Town Census. Enumerated in this household were Edmund Titus, Martha, Peter, Silas, Hannah, Patience. Edmund departed this life the 7th day of the 2nd month 1715 at age 85 years at Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Edmund was laid to rest in Hempstead Town, Nassau County, Long Island, New York.

Martha and Edmund were married in a Quaker wedding ceremony in Westbury, New York.  The Westbury Friends continue to meet today at 550 Post Avenue Westbury, NY 11570 (On the corner of Post Avenue and Jericho Turnpike And 1/4 mile north of Northern State Parkway Exit 32.)

The first worship in 1671 in the homes of Henry Willis & Edmund Titus; first Meetinghouse built in 1702, second built in 1801, burned & rebuilt in 1902.

The Westbury Friends first met in the home of Edmund Titus. Today’s meeting house was built in 1902.

As described in the book, Adam and Anne Mott, Their Ancestors and Descendants,

“A meeting had been established at Westbury, when the place was still called Plainedge, on the 25d of 3d month, 1671. The meeting was to begin on the 25th of 4th month, and so every fifth First day, and was held at Westbury or ‘Plainedge,’ at the house of Edmond Titus. Other meetings were held on the intervening First days at other Friends’ houses in other neighbourhoods at Jericho, Bethpage, &c. After the coming of Henry Willis in 1677, the meetings were sometimes held at his house instead of the house of Edmond Titus in Westbury. In 1697, the Monthly Meeting revised the rule, and it was directed that ‘a meeting shall be held every five weeks, on the First day, to begin at Edmond Titus’, the next First day at Jerusalem, the next at Bethpage, next at Jericho, and next at Hempstead. Traveling ministers, when they reached Westbury, usually stopped at the house of Edmond Titus, and after the coming of Henry Willis they sometimes stopped with him.

References to Westbury/Westbury meeting house in early Friends Minutes:

{Verso of p. 141, refers to p. 142:} This is believed to be the earliest minute extract in America.   Sandwich (Mass.) Monthly Meeting has minutes from 25th of 4th Month {June} 1672.

In a cramped irregular hand. In writing of Henry Onderdonk Jr. “Woodedge i.e. Westbury”

at a mens meet the 23d day of 3d month {May} 1671.  It was agreed that the first dayes meetings be one day at oysterbay and another day at Matinacock: to begin at or about the 11th houre: and the weekly meeting to begin about the first houre in the aftertoone

It <was> allSo ageeded <agreed> ther Shall bee a meetting keept at the wood edege <Westbury> the 25th of the 4th {June} month and Soe ever {every} 5th first day of the weeke

At a Yearely meeting held at the meeting house in Flushing, beginning this 24th day of the 3 month {May} 1701

It wass spoken at this meeting concerning the Quarterly meeting that wass formerly at Henry Willisis [in Westbury]; it wass concluded that the Same meeting Should Contenew [continue] at Same plase Until Friends should See a Service in Removing the Same. It hath beane farther Spaken t[o] at this meeting Concening bulding a Meeting house Ne[ar the] Same plase which thing Is left to [the] next Quarterly meeting

Genealogies of Long Island Families From the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volume II: pages 346-347 – [New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, 1876, page 42]

In 1650, [Edmund] moved to Hempstead & a short time later to old Westbury. “Edmund Titus, one that Received ye truth many years since and lived and dyed in it. In his later days his Eyes grew dim that he could not see and thick of hearing, all which he bore very patiently. In the time of his last sickness his daughter Phebe field standing by him, he said, my Life is in Christ my God, with many more comfortable words. His last words were these: – I have put away all filthiness & superfluity & Hautiness. I have Received with meekness ye engrafted word that is Able to save the soul & soon departed this life in a quiet frame of Spirit senseable to the last ye 7d. 2d. mo., 1715 aged near eighty five years.”

“His wife survived him twelve years and died the 17th of 2d mo., 1727 in ye ninetieth year of her age. Some years before her death she was helpless and kept her bed. Her natural faculties became much impaired; yet she retained a lively sense of the Divine goodness, and many times near her door, feeling the fresh springs of Divine life to well up in her soul, she would exhort her children and others to wait upon God, that they might there by be maid senseable of the workings of Truth in their hearts which was the way through obedience thereunto to find peace with God.”

3. Samuel Titus

Samuel’s first wife Elizabeth Bowne was born 1637 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York. Her parents were Thomas Bowne and [__?__].  Elizabeth died 1668 in Huntington, Suffolk, New York.

Samuel’s second wife Elizabeth Rogers was born about 1640 in Brookline, Norfolk, Mass. Elizabeth died 1712.

4. Susannah Titus

Susannah’s husband Robert Jones was born 1600 in Caversham, Oxfordshire, England. His parents were Joseph Jones and Judith Leavitt. He was much older than Susannah and had married three women before her:

13 Jun 1625 in Reading, Berkshire, England to Elizabeth Soane , 15 Jan 1649 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass. to Elizabeth Alexander,and 1651 in Swansea, Mass. to Anna Bibble.  Robert died 17 Nov 1691 in Hingham, Norfolk, Mass

5. Abiel (Abial) Titus

Abiel’s wife Mary (Rebecca) Scudder was born 1640 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Henry Scudder and Catherine Este.  Her maternal grandparents were Jeffrey ESTEY and Margaret POTTS. Rebecca died 1725 in Newton, Rhode Island.

6. Content Titus

Content’s wife Elizabeth Moore was born 1651 in Huntington, Livingston, New York. Her parents were John Moore and Margaret Howell. Elizabeth died 1730 in Long Island, New York.

He was a very active man in the affairs of church and State. He was a captain in the war against the Indians and became an elder of the Presbyterian Church at the age of 80. He died Jan. 17, 1730, aged 87. His gravestone is in the S. W. corner of the ancient burial place in Newtown.

Content’s estate was probated on 31 Jan 1730

In the name of God, Amen. This 24th day of February, 1727/8. I Content Titus, of Newtown, in Queens County, on Nassau Island, being old and crazy, but of sound mind. I leave to my son Robert, all my real estate in Newtown, he paying out the legacies, and allowing grass and hay for 2 cows for Hannah. And all my wearing apparel, and all my tools for building, turning, and husbandry. Also 3 horses, 4 cows, and a Negro man Jack. I leave to my sons, Silas, John, and Timothy, 5 shillings each. I leave to my daughter Hannah, the use and whole command of my newest house, during her single state, and then to my son Robert. Also 2 Negro girls, and all household furniture, belonging to the Great room, in the new house, and the rest of the movable estate. And she is to have 1/3 of the crop of every sort, and grass and hay for her cows, and if she dies unmarried, then to my daughters, Phebe and Abigail. I leave my daughters Phebe and Abigail, each a Negro girl and boy and 20 pounds, having heretofore dealt out household goods to them. I make my son Robert, and my daughter Hannah, executors. Witness, Moore Woodard, Charles Wright, Samuel Pumroy. Proved January 31, 1729/30.







The Titus family in America : three generations (1881]) By Titus, Anson, 1847-1932


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John Titus

John TITUS (1627 – 1689) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Titus was baptized 18 Dec 1627 at St. Katherine’ s Parish, near Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England, thirty miles from London.  His parents were Robert TITUS and Hannah CARTER.   He emigrated with his parents and younger brother Edmund on the Hopewell, which departed London for Massachusetts in April 1635.  He may have first married Rachel [__?__], but others say no.  He married Abigail CARPENTER about 1650 at Rehoboth, Mass.   John died 16 Apr 1689 at Rehoboth, Mass.

Rachel [__?__] was born 1630 in Rehoboth, Essex, Mass. Rachel died 16 Sep 1658 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Abigail Carpenter was baptized 31 May 1629 in Shalbourne, Wiltshire, England.  Her parents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT.  She was the second eldest of four Carpenter children who accompanied their parents and paternal grandfather to Massachusetts on the Bevis in 1638.  After John died, she married as his second wife,  Jonah PALMER on 9 Nov 1692 in Rehoboth, Mass..  Abigail died 10 Mar 1710 at Rehoboth, , Mass.

Jonah Palmer was born about 1617 in England.  His parents were Walter PALMER and [__?__].  Jonah’s sister, Grace Palmer, married  our progenitor, Thomas MINER. Jonah  married his first wife Elizabeth GRISWOLD on 3 May 1655 in Rehoboth, Mass. and their daughter Hannah is also our ancestor.    Jonah died 22 Jun 1709 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Children of John and Abigail:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Titus 18 Dec 1650 Rehoboth, Mass Lydia Redway
17 Jul 1673,
Sarah Miller (daughter of our ancestor John MILLARD Sr.)
3 Jul 1678
12 Dec 1697 Rehoboth
2. Abigail TITUS 18 Feb 1652 Rehoboth John Fuller
25 Apr 1673

Thomas CUSHMAN Jr.

16 Oct 1679 Rehoboth
31 May 1734 in Attleboro.
3. Silas Titus 18 May 1656
Sarah Battelle (Battle)
23 Oct 1679
Hannah Miller(d) Thurston
(daughter of our ancestor John MILLARD Sr.)
4 Jul 1689
Mehitable Boyden Ormsbee
24 Jan 1716/17
15 Dec 1741
4. Hannah Titus 28 Nov 1658 Rehoboth, 12 Nov 1673
5. Samuel Titus 1 Jun 1661 Rehoboth Elizabeth Johnson
21 Nov 1693
13 Jul 1726
Attleboro, Mass
6. Joseph Titus 17 Mar 1665 Rehoboth Martha Palmer
(daughter of Jonah PALMER)
19 Jan 1687/88
living Rehoboth
16 Jun 1741, aged 76;
7. Mary (Mercy) Titus 17 Mar 1665 Rehoboth Dr. Richard Bowen
9 Jan 1683
27 Jan 1747
8. Experience Titus 29 Oct 1669 Rehoboth Leonard Newson
12 Jun or 18 Jul 1693
14 Sep 1723 (husband’s will)

He was one of the original purchasers of Rehoboth, north Purchase, now Attleboro, and was an active citizen in church and State. He and his son John, Jr., were engaged in the King Philip Indian war [1675], this renowned sachem residing but a few miles distant.

There are multiple William Carpenters who marry multiple Abigails (Searles, Briant, Bennett the most common matrilineal surname variants); all of the Williams were born about 1605 in England, all of whom migrate to New England. The Rehoboth family has no known connection to the William Carpenter, Baptist founder of Providence, Rhode Island, although such a connection, even identity, is often attested to in error.

There are also multiple Abigail Carpenters, most of whom are offspring of the various William Carpenters. Often confused are the Abigail Carpenter, daughter of William Carpenter and Abigail Briant, b in England ca 1629 and chr at Shalbourne Wiltshire on 31 May 1629, and the Abigail Carpenter, one of the triplets born to William Carpenter, Jr, and Abigail [Searles?] his wife on 9 Apr 1643 at Weymouth. The Internet is replete with this confusion. However, to the discerning reader there is a glaring giveaway: the Abigail born 1643 could not physically be having children in 1650 at age seven, so her marriage has to be postdated, making the first four of her eight children born well before the marriage. [Is there any evidence in VR Rehoboth that she, along with her birth sibs Abiah and Abraham, d young? Triplets who survived in colonial times were extremely rare!] We also have the Abigail Carpenter, daughter of Joseph Carpenter and Margaret Sabin, of Swanzey ca 1660, to whom is attributed the Palmer marriage,

Whereas his parents and younger siblings eventually settled at Huntington on Long Island, NY, John remained in New England. He was one of the original settlers of Rehoboth, North Settlement, now known as Attleboro, Mass, where he took an active part in Civil and Religious afairs.

BIRTH: Amos B. Carpenter identifies Abigail as her brother Abiah’s twin, born at Wey-mouth on 9 April 1643 (see Carpenter [1898] 47). This, however, is the result of his mis-interpretation of their father’s will and of Weymouth vital records (TAG 70:200–3).

MARRIAGE: Amos Carpenter asserts (and others repeat) that Abigail married John Titus about 1659, after the death of a first wife Rachel (see Carpenter [1898] 47). There was no such woman, however. Abigail is recorded as the mother of all John2 Titus’s children, the eldest born on 18 Dec 1650 (TAG 70:198–200).

RESIDENCES: Shalbourne; Weymouth, Massachusetts (probably 1638); and Rehoboth (1644).

COMMENTS: The passenger list of the Hopewell, which departed London for Massachusetts in April 1635, describes Robert Titus as a husbandman “of St. Katherins” (Hotten 46). The absence of further information implies that St. Katherine’s was a London parish or precinct (see Hotten 50, 70). It is often said online that Robert’s son John, eventual husband of Abigail Carpenter, was baptized at St. Katherine’s, London, on 18 December 1627. There is no basis for this, however: three London churches were dedicated to St. Katherine, and documentation is not found in the records of any of them. The earliest extant baptismal records of St. Katherine Cree are bishops’ transcripts beginning in 1639. A Guildhall Library (London) archivist’s check of the relevant St. Katherine Coleman parish register (containing baptismal records between 1559 and 1659) found no Titus entry for the period searched (1 January 1625/6 to 1 January 1628/9). And from 1584 to 1695, at least, the surname Titus does not appear in the records of St. Katherine by the Tower. His father’s having been a farmer, John was probably baptized in a rural church (see below). It is likely that the Hopewell list’s mention of St. Katherine’s refers not to the Titus’s residence but to the parish or precinct from whose church Robert obtained the minister’s certificate needed for emigration (NEHGR 132:22–23; see Hotten 46, 50, 70).

It is possible (though not proved) that Robert Titus and Hannah Carter, whose 24 June 1624 marriage is recorded in the parish register of Watford, Herefordshire, are the eventual Robert and Hannah Titus of Rehoboth (NEHGR 132:22–23; Hotten 46). The confusing organization of Drake’s and Hotten’s respective transcriptions of 1635 lists of passengers embarking at London have misled some to conclude that the Titus family came from a parish near Stanstead Abbots, Herefordshire (NEGHR 132:22–23).

Repeating a Titus source, Amos Carpenter asserts that John2 Titus and his namesake son were “engaged” in King Phillip’s War (1675–1676) (see NYGBR 12:94; Carpenter [1898] 47). Actually, both were among many Rehoboth inhabitants who advanced money to the town to defray the expenses of the war, but neither is named as having fought in it (NEHGR 99:93–109)

Will of John Titus senior of Rehoboth, he “being weake of Body”, dated Feb. 21, 1688/89, proved Nov. 20, 1689.

…To wife Abigail the house I now dwell in, with orchard, barns, homelot, salt meadow, and use of my Commons, during life, also my oxen, horse, two cows, six sheep, household goods, cart, small plow and chains for her disposal;

…to eldest son John Titus four acres where he hath built, and several other pieces of land;

…to son Silas six acres of land which his house stands on, with other pieces of land;

…to son Samuel 50 acres where he hath sett up his frame, also other lands;

…to son Joseph ye house he now dwells in (except that his Mother shall have ye free use of ye oven without molestation during her life time), with other lands in connection with which “Cozen Samuell Carpenters Land” is mentioned, said Joseph to provide for his mother;

…to daughter Abigail [Cushman] two sheep; to daughter Mercy [Bowen] a cow; to daughter Experience [not yet m.] seven sheep;

…to grandchildren John Fuller and Abiall Fuller [sons of dau. Abigail by 1st husb. John Fuller] 50 acres of land, being the remainder of my 100 acre lot at Squissett;

…to grandchildren John Titus [eldest s. of s. John], Silas Titus [eldest s. of s. Silas] and Elizabeth Bowen [eldest child of dau. Mercy], each a sheep;

…wife to be sole executrix.

…I “Desire my loving Neighbour John Pecke & my Brother [in-law] William Carpenter to be Overseers.”

…Witnessed by John Peck, Gilbert Brooks and William Carpenter, of whom Gilbert Brooks and William Carpenter made oath to said will, Nov. 5, 1689. [Bristol County PR 1:17].


1. John Titus

John’s first Lydia Redway (also spelled Ridgeway, Redaway) was born 30 May 1652 in Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were James Redway and either an unnamed 1st wife or Mary Whipple. Lydia was buried 25 Nov 1676 at Rehoboth.

John’s second wife Sarah Millerd (Miller, Millard) was born 15 Oct 1655 at Rehoboth, Her parents were  John MILLARD Sr.  and his 2nd wife Elizabeth [__?__]. Eight children of the marriage.  Sarah m. 2) Aug. 16, 1716 at Rehoboth as his third wife, John Garnsey, Sr. , who d. intestate Mar. 31, 1722 at Rehoboth. There were no children of this latter marriage. Sarah was still living in 1729 at Rehoboth as the widow Garnsey.

John served in the King Philip’s War.

Will of John Titus of Rehoboth dated Nov. 1, 1697,

He “being Very sick & weake.”
To my Beloved wife Sarah my new dwelling house and barn, one half of my cellar in the old house, one half of the house lot my house stands on, one half of the homestead that I purchased of John Carpenter, one half of my pasture, one half of my meadow at Rose Meadow and Bushy Meadow and my plain lot, one half of my second division lot, one half of my Neck lot, one half of my meadow at Palmers River which I purchased of Joseph Peck Senr, William Sabin and John Carpenter, one half of a nine acre lot at the farther side of homes Plain, one half of a ten acre lot that is to be laid out in the thousand acre division, one half of my meadow at the forty acres purchased of John Carpenter, one half of a plain lot, £40 estate of commonage in the old bounds of Rehoboth, and one half of my salt meadow. All the above I bequeath unto my wife “Dureing her Widowhood whilst she Bares my Name,” and at her marriage or decease I give it to my eldest son John Titus. I give to my wife at her own dispose my cart and plow, chains, yokes, and other utensils for husbandry, and all my household goods, sheep, cattle, horses and swine (except what I shall particularly dispose of to my children) all debts due to me and corn and provision towards house keeping.

To my eldest son John Titus my old house, excepting that part of the cellar I have given to his mother, and my shop, also the other half part of above lands bequeathed to her, also £40 estate of commonage in the old bounds of Rehoboth, all to be possessed by him when he comes to the age of twenty-one, also I give him a set of tools for a cooper, “a Broad ax and a Burz, a pair of Chisels and an Inch & half and Inch & quarter Borcior a narrow ax & Square a feather bed & beding a Iron pot and two platter and one Cow & Six Sheep I give my sonne John a sett of Hops & Boxes for a pare of wheeles.”

To my son Samuel the dwelling house and house lot that was my father’s, seven acres of land in the second division, the meadow ground of wright’s meadow and the meadow at forty acres which I purchased of Richard Bowen, likewise a bed and bed clothes, a narrow axe and £17 estate of commonage in Rehoboth, to be possessed of said lands when he comes of age.
To my son Robert fifty acres at Stonny Bottom, a share of meadow at the great meadow, a narrow axe, and my half share of undivided lands in the North purchase, to be possessed when he comes of age.

To my son Timothy my land and swamp upon the Mile River at Mr Brown’s Pond, my meadow at Mr Brown’s Pond and £17 estate of Commons in Rehoboth and a narrow axe to be possessed of them when he comes of age.

To my daughter Lidya twenty acres of land that is to be laid out in the two thousand acre division, “a feather Bed which was her mothers and a pott & two platters that was her mothers, Marekt with her maiden Name,”

To “my Daughter” Hannah and Sarah twenty acres of land on the east side of Palmers River to be equally divided between them, and their mother is to pay to each of them a cow when they come to the age of eighteen years.

To “my Daughter” Elizabeth and Abygail each of them a cow when they come to the age of eighteen years to be paid to them by their mother, also seven acres of land at Beveredge hill in the field.

To “my Cozen John ffuller” twenty acres of land lying upon the Mill River by the way that leads to Kenrick Run, also “I give him a sett of Tools for a Cooper & a Broad ax & a Square that was his Grandfather titus,” I hereby engage my wife and my son John to fulfil all my engagements which I am under to “my Mother Abigail Palmr Dureing her Mariage state and likewise if god should order that my mother should be left a widow that they take the Care of her according to my Ingagements.” If my wife should marry again and the house and land which I have given her during her widowhood return to my son John, then she shall be clear of any engagement to my mother, and my son John shall fulfill the same. I do appoint my wife Sarah Titus executrix and my son John Titus executor of this my will. I give to my son Samuel “the Loames & slayes & harness & other Vtensels for a weaver to be possessed by him when he comes of age of Twenty one years. I do Desire & appoint my Loveing friends Brother Samuel Millard and my Brother Leonard Newsum to be my overseers of this my last will to be helpfull to my wife & sonne in the Managment of their Busines.”

Witnessed by Richard Bowen Senr, Richard Bowen, Samuel Carpenter and William Carpenter, of whom the first three all of Rehoboth made oath to above will before John Saffin Esqr, Judge of Probate, Jan. 10, 1697/98, John Cary Registr.

Entered same day by John Cary Registr.

Inventory of above estate taken Dec. 8, 1697 by Jonah Palmer, William Carpenter and Samuel Millerd, and sworn to at Bristol Jan. 10, 1697/98 by Sarah Titus executrix and John Titus executor of above will before John Saffin Esqr. Judge of Probate, John Cary Registr:
Entered same day by John Cary Registr:
Amount, £293 12 06

2. Abigail TITUS (See Thomas CUSHMAN Jr.‘s page)

3. Silas Titus

Silas’s first wife Sarah Battelle (Battle) was born 8 Aug 1654 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Battelle and Mary Fisher. Sarah died 8 Apr 1689 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Silas’ second wife Hannah Miller(d) Thurston 23 Dec 1653 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were John MILLARD Sr. and Elizabeth Baugh. Hannah died 1717 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Silas’ third wife Mehittable Boyden was born about 1683 in Medfield, Mass.  Mehitable  was previously married to Joshua Ormsby, son of our ancestor John ORMSBY Sr.

5. Samuel Titus

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Johnson was born 19 May 1673 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were John Johnson and Mary Amadowne. Elizabeth died 5 Sep 1726 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Samuel Titus Headstone — Newell Burying Ground Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

6. Joseph Titus

Twin of Mercy.  Joseph’s wife Martha Palmer was  born 6 Jul 1666 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Jonah PALMER and Elizabeth GRISWOLD. In 1692 Martha’s father Jonah became her husband’s stepfather.  Martha died 18 Sep 1762 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

7. Mary (Mercy) Titus

Twin of Joseph.  Mercy’s husband Dr. Richard Bowen was born 1659 in New London, New London, Connecticut,  His parents were Thomas Bowen and Elizabeth Brewster.  He was a medical doctor, having been raised by his step-father, Dr. Samuel Fuller”. Richard died 12 Feb 1736 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

lthough educated for the ministry, Dr Samuel Fuller practiced medicine, as did most ministers; perhaps best exemplified by Rev. and Dr. John Clarke of Newport, R.I. In 1663 he negotiated with the town of Rehoboth to settle there as doctor, but never came. His mother [Bridget Fuller] was also also asked to come as mid-wife. He was the first minister at Middleborough and preached there for several years although hew was not ordained until 1694.

8. Experience Titus

Experience’s husband Leonard Newson (Newsum) was born about 1673. Leonard died 1724 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.






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