John Peck

John PECK (1634 – 1667) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Peck – Coat of Arms

John Peck was born in 1634 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.  His parents were Joseph PECK and Rebecca CLARKE.  He married Elizabeth HUNTING on 30 Dec 1658 in Rehoboth, Mass.  John died Dec 1667 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Several sources say that Elizabeth Hunting married Joseph Peck who was born  23 Aug 1623 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.  However, 35 is a little late to marry in those days.  John’s cousin Joseph Peck married Alice Heath 12 Sep 1650.  They also state that John/Joseph died 6 Feb 1708 in Rehoboth, Mass and had many more children.  It seems to me that several families are being mixed up, but I’m not sure exactly how.

Elizabeth Hunting was born in May 1634 in Hoxone, Suffolk, England.  Her parents were John HUNTING and Esther SEABORN.  Elizabeth died 9 Dec 1667 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Peck 27 Nov 1657 18 Dec 1657
2. Ester PECK 7 Jan 1657/58  Rehoboth, Mass Jonathan WILMARTH
29 Dec 1680
Rehoboth, Mass.
3. Anne Peck 6 Oct 1661 Feb 1661/62
4. John Peck 7 Oct 1664
Dec 1666

John moved with his family from Hingham, Massachusetts to Seekonk in 1645. He settled in the southwest part of Seekonk near what is now [1868] known as Luther’s Corners. Seekonk was incorporated in 1812 from the western half of Rehoboth.

Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

When John was 21 years old, he was fined fifty shillings for making continuous sexual advances toward his family’s maid.  March 6, 1654/55 (GC Presentments by the Grand Inquest, PCR 3:75):

wee present John Pecke, of Rehobeth, for laciviouse carriages and vnchast in attempting the chastitie of his fathers maide seruant, to satisby his fleshly, beastly lust, and that many times for some yeares space, without any intent to marry her, but was alwaies resisted by the mayde, as he confesseth. [Fined fifty shillings.]

John was accepted as a freeman in 1658 and drew his proportion in the meadows on the north side of town. He was chosen one of the townsmen in 1680 and a representative to the General Court in 1700.

Seekonk is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, on the Rhode Island border. It was incorporated in 1812 from the western half of Rehoboth. The population was 13,722 at the 2010 census. Until 1862, the town of Seekonk also included what is now the City of East Providence, Rhode Island. The land in the western half of the town was given to Rhode Island by the United States Supreme Court as part of a longstanding boundary dispute with Massachusetts.

His will reads in part, “1st item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ester WILMARTH … all that my lot of land in the easterly side of ye grand division…”


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Sgt. Thomas Wilmarth

Sgt. Thomas WILMARTH (1620 – 1690) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas Wilmarth – Coat of Arms

Thomas Wilmarth was born about 1620 in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England. Alternatively he was baptized in  Saint Mary Magdalene, Taunton, Somerset England.   His parents were James WILMARTH and Elizabeth MORRISEY (Morrison).  He emigrated to America before 1639.  He probably came with Thomas Bliss (Blysse) and his children Jonathan and Elizabeth.  He married Elizabeth BLISS on 8 Jun 1645 in Rehoboth, Mass. After Elizabeth died, he married Rachel Read 27 Jan 1678 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony.   Thomas died 13 May 1694, in Rehoboth.

Many sources say that Thomas died 10 Apr 1690 in Rehoboth, Mass., but Thomas Sr’s will was proved 28 May 1694. He gave property to his wife Rachel, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and sons Thomas’ Jr. widow, Mary; John, and Jonathan. It was Thomas Jr. that died 10 Apr 1690.

Elizabeth Bliss was born 09 Feb 1614/15 or 19 Sep 1615 in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.  Her parents were Thomas BLISS and Dorothy WHEATLY. Elizabeth died Feb 1675/76 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Rachel Read was born about circa 1615 in England. Rachel died 12 Nov 1710 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Children of Thomas and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Wilmarth 4 Feb 1647
Jonathan Fuller
14 Dec 1664
Rehoboth, Mass
4 Oct 1690
Rehoboth, Mass
2. Mary Wilmarth 4 Feb 1647
Joseph Rocket
5 Jan 1680 Rehoboth
Giles Gilbert
28 Oct 1686 Taunton, Mass
Jeremiah Wheaton
12 Jun 1723
3. Daniel Wilmarth 1648
Mary Walker
22 Nov 1676
4. Thomas Wilmarth ca. 1651 Mary Robinson
17 Jun 1674
10 Apr 1690
5. John Wilmarth 1654
Ruth Kendrick
6 Feb 1671
Hannah Tyler
4 Oct 1708, Rehoboth, Mass.
6. Jonathan WILMARTH 1656
Esther PECK
29 Dec 1680
Rehoboth, Mass.
7. Timothy Wilmarth Jan 1659/60 Mary [__?__]
12 Nov 1676
8. Nathaniel Wilmarth 2 Dec 1661
Rachel Read (Reed)
27 Jan 1677/78
Bef. DEC 1747
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Wilmarth can also be spelled Wilmot, Willmarth, Willmire, Wilmart, and Willmouth.)

Father:  James Willmouth   b. 1581, Saint Mary Magdalene, Taunton, Somerset, England; d.  1618, Saint Mary Magdalene,Taunton, Somerset, England.

Mother:  Elizabeth Morrison  b. 1581-1591, St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton, Somerset, England;  d.  6 Jun 1634.

Among the freemen of the town of Rehoboth in 1658 were John Wilmarth and Sgt. Thomas Wilmarth.  Both appear in the contributors to the expenses of King Philip’s War, after which the former seems to drop out of the records.  In a list without date showing grants of land made about 1643, appeas the name of Thomas Willmarth as having the lot originally granted to Isaac Martin, valued at fifty pounds.  In pence to the support of King Philip’s War in 1676 in which Thomas Wilamarth Jr. was also a contributor.

Evidently Thomas first settled in Braintree, Massachusetts, where in 1643, he bought land rights in Rehoboth from Isaac Martin, one of the original purchasers.

In 1645, he acted as a witness to a deed, and it is while living in Braintree, his daughter, Elizabeth, was born two years later.

In about 1657 he moved his family to Rehoboth Massachusetts and purchased land. Some state he was a proprietor in Rehoboth by 1643-1645, but it is certain he was there by 1658, when as “Wilmoth” he had a town grant. Again in 1668, as “Willmot” he shared in a land division there. Wilmarth Bridge Road, running from the turnpike, (Route 44), to Summer Street, and passing through what was once Wilmarth property.

He was active in the affairs of the church. On 14 May 1673, (OR 1658), “Thomas Willmarth” became a Freeman of Plymouth Colony. Thomas Wilmarth had two shares in the land that was destined to become Attleborough; one a grant, and the other a purchase from Joseph CARPENTER.

In Dec 1676, Sergeant Thomas Willmouth was appointed to serve as constable for the remainder of the year.

On 6 Mar 1682/83 he was made an Ensign of the Military Company of Rehoboth. Ensign Thomas Willmouth collected funds for defraying the costs of King Philip’s War. Money advanced £6, 12s 3d on 26 Jan 1676/1677.

“Fullers, Sissons and Scotts” by Carol Clark Johnson – Page 23

Thomas Wilmarth, Ensign, was born circa 1620 in England and came to New England before 1645 in which year he was living in Braintree, Massachusetts. About 1657 he took his family to Rehoboth.

The Wilmarths had substantial land holdings in the Palmer Rver area of Rehoboth, some properties adjacent to Fuller holdings. Rehoboth of today has a street named Wilmarth Bridge Road, running from the turnpike, (Route 44), to Summer Street, and passing through what was once Wilmarth property.

Marriage 1: Elizabeth Bliss(e) (OR Blysse), b. 9 (OR 19) Sep 1615, in Daventry, Belstone Parish, Northamptonshire, Devonshire, England. She died and was buried in Feb. 1676/77.
Married: Between 18 Sep 1640/1644, in Coventry, England (OR)
Married: 1640 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Note: Elizabeth was the elder daughter of Thomas Bliss of Rehoboth and when Thomas Bliss died in May 1649, his will mentioned property for his “son-in-law Thomas Willmore” and his elder daughter Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Willmore.” (Plymouth Colony Wills, Volume . 1, p. 67.)

Thomas left a will, written 10 Dec 1678, at Rehoboth, recorded in Bristol County. Probate Book 1, page 82.
Probate: About 26-28 May 1694. (OR 4 Jun 1694 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Proved: 28 May 1694.
Inventory: 29 May 1694. Inventory. of Estate of Ensign Thomas Willmath of Rehohoboth, dated 26 May 1694, presented by Rachel Willmouth, his widow. Appraisers: William Carpenter and John Butterworth.

May 28, 1694. He named in his will his wife Rachel, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and sons Thomas, John and Jonathan. As his son Heirs: Three sons, two daughters, brother-in-law Sgt. Jonathan Bliss and Sgt. Thomas Read, Uncle of John Perrin. Left five grown children by his first wife. uncle of John Perrin left 5 grown children by first wife who died in an epidemic.

He gave property to his wife Rachel, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and sons Thomas’ Jr. widow, Mary*; John, and Jonathan. He named his “beloued Brethen in Law Sarjant Jonathan Bliss and Sarjant Thomas Reed” as overseers of his will. Rachell was given his dwelling house and orchard, half his home lot, salt meadow, and 1/3 of all livestock and movable goods. Elizabeth and Mary received the other 2/3 of his movables. The remainder of his livestock was to be divided amoung all his children. His three sons were named executors and were given his lands. Witnesses.” Daniel Smith and Joshua Smith.”

*(As Thomas Jr. had died in 1690, his share went to his widow Mary.) “Division of Estate of Thomas Wilmoth, dated 4 Jun 1694, between. Mary Wilmoth, widow of eldest son Thomas Wilmoth, as guardian of their children; George Robinson; Jonathan John Wilmoth. Witnesses.; Thomas Read Jonathan Fuller

“Receipts for legacies from Estate of Ensign Thomas Wilmoth by Rachel Wilmoth, his widow; by Jonathan Fuller in behalf of his wife Elizabeth, eldest daughter; by Mary Gilbert, daughter, paid by John Jonathan Wilmoth, dated. 4 June 1694. Witness: Thomas Read and Thomas Read, Jr.

I assume Thomas Read was John’s brother-in-law through John’s second wife Rachel, but I haven’t seen proof. Ensign Thomas Read was born 20 Nov 1641 in Braintree, Mass. His parents were John Read and Sarah Lessie. He first married Elizabeth Clark about 1663. (Elizabeth Clark was born about 1643 and died early 1675 in Rehoboth.) He second married Hannah/Anna Perrin on 16 Jun 1675 in Rehoboth, Plymouth Bay Colony Thomas died 6 Feb 1695/96, Rehoboth, Plymouth Bay Colony and is buried in Newman Cemetery, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts

Ens. Thomas Read served under Major Bradford in King Philip’s War and his house was a depository for arms. He is buried in the Newman Cemetery at East Providence, R.I. A roughly chiseled field stone reads: “T.R.D./F. 6.1695/6. Beside this stone is a white marble stone erected by descendants which reads” “Thomas Read son of John and Sarah Born in 1641 Died in 1696”. Beside this stone is a roughly chiseled broken field stone set in cement which reads: “Anna ye wife of Ensign Thos. Read dyd ye 28 of Mar 1710 in ye 65 year of her age.” Another roughly cut field stone read: “E.R.A.G. 32 D. F. 1675″, marks the grave of his first wife, Elizabeth Clarke.

17 Dec 1692 – The town council and selectmen of Rehoboth delivered to Ensign Thomas Read 136 pounds of powder and 250 pounds of bullets, to be taken care of by him for the town, and not to be disposed of but by the order of the selectmen of the town.”

Will of Thomas Read, Rehoboth, Tanner, dated 23 Jun 1695. Bequests to Eldest son James; to wife Hannah; to son Thomas under 21 years of age; to son Nathaniel under 21 years of age; to David Peren if he continues to live with them until he comes to the age of 21 years; to daughter Sarah; to daughter Elizabeth; to daughter Mary; to daughter Hannah; to daughter Mehittabell; to daughter Martha; wife to be executrix; sons Thomas and Nathaniel executors. ” I Doe appoint & Constitute My beloved Brothers William Carpenter, Moses Reed * Daniel Read’ to be overseers of will and guardians of sons Thomas and Nathaniel until they come to the age of 21. Witnessed by Moses Read, John Wilmarth and William Carpenter who all appeared before John Saffin Esqr., Judge of Probate of Wills, at a court held at Rehoboth 24 Feb 1695/96 and made oath to the above. Entered 6 Mar. 1695/96.

Inventory of estate of “Insigne Thomas Read’ late of Tehoboth taken 12 Feb. 1695/6 by Capt. Nicholas Peck, Esq., “Deacon” Samuel Peck and Lieut. Preserved Abell; amount £390/14/09. Sworn to 24 Feb. 1695 by Hannah Read widow and executrix. Entered 6 Mar. 1695/6


1. Elizabeth Wilmarth

Elizabeth’s husband Jonathan Fuller was born 15 Jun 1643 in Salem, Essex, Mass. His parents were Robert Fuller and Sarah Bowen. Jonathan died 10 Feb 1708/09 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

Jonathan was a Constable in Rehoboth and a Selectman in Attleboro.

Children of Elizabeth and Jonathan

i. Jonathan Fuller, b. 23 Dec 1665, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass, d. 15 Oct 1716, Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. m.

ii. David Fuller, b. 11 Sep 1667, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. d. 12 Apr 1750, Coventry, Tolland, CT

iii. Daniel Fuller, b. 6 Aug 1669, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 6 Dec 1758, Ashford, CT

iv. Robert Fuller, b. 28 Jun 1671; d. 28 Jul 1671

v. Thomas Fuller, b. 28 Jun 1671, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 23 Oct 1742.   He first married Elizabeth Cobley on 8 Jan 1692/93 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. He next married  about 1703 to Ann Woodcock, the daughter of our ancestors William WOODCOCK and Mary [__?__].  He finally married Mary White on 15 Nov 1722.

vi. Robert Fuller, b. 2 Mar 1672/73, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 30 Dec 1710

vii. James Fuller, b. 1675, Rehoboth; d. Ashford, CT

viii. Nathaniel Fuller, b. 1 Mar 1674/75, Rehoboth, Mass; d. Ashford, CT

ix. Elizabeth Fuller, b. 12 May 1678, Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

x. Sarah Fuller, b. 23 Apr 1680, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

xi. Mary Fuller, b. 1 Oct 1681, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

xii. Noah Fuller, b. 12 Feb 1683/84, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 12 Jan 1714/15, of Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

xiii. Elizabeth Fuller, b. 12 May 1688, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

2. Mary Wilmarth

Mary’s first husband Joseph Rocket was born in 1659 in Medfield, Norfolk, Mass. His parents were Nicolas Rockett (1628 – 1680) and Margaret Holbrook (1635 – 1670). Joseph died 27 Jul 1683 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass.

Mary’s second husband Giles Gilbert was born 1627 in Somerset or Devon, England. His parents were John Gilbert and Winifred Rossiter. Giles died 8 Jan 1718 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Mary’s third husband Jeremiah Wheaton was born in 1698 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

3. Daniel Wilmarth

Daniel’s wife Mary Walker was born about 1650 in Rehoboth, Norfolk, Mass.

4. Thomas Wilmarth

Thomas’ wife Mary Robinson was born 30 May 1652 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were George Robinson and Joanna Ingraham. Mary died 19 May 1694 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

5. John Wilmarth

John’s first wife Ruth Kendrick was born 16 Feb 1650, Rehoboth, Bristo, MA. Her parents were George Leverich Kendrick (1622-1727) and Ruth Bowen (1626-1688). Ruth died 19 Feb 1706, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

John’s second wife Hannah Tyler was born 1692, Mendon, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Tyler (1655-1695) and Hannah [__?__] (1663-) Hannah died 1781, Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Children of John and Ruth

i. Ruth Wilmarth b. 5 Oct 1673, Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. or Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 26 Mar 1706; m. 16 Feb 1697, Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA to Samuel Cooper

ii. Mehitable Wilmarth 19 Jun 1675, Rehoboth,Mass; d. aft 6 Sep 1748; m. Ebenezer Walker, Nov. 19, 1700. Int. Oct. 18, 1700.

iii. Nathaniel Wilmarth b. 29 Dec 1677, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; d. 1747; m1. Joanna Luther 27 Mar 1704 Rehoboth, Bristol Co, MA; Her parents were Samuel Luther and Mary Abell.  Her grandparents were Robert ABELL and Joanna [__?__]. Joanna Luther died 31 May 1705 in Rehoboth, Mass, seven days after the birth of her only daughter Joanna. m2. Mary Perry, 5 Sep 1706 Scituate, Plymouth Co, MA

iv. Dorothy Wilmarth b. 26 Aug 1680, Rehoboth, Mass; d. 17 Sep 1772, Rehoboth, m. Samuel Fuller 16 Dec 1700, Rehoboth, Mass.

v. Sarah Wilmarth b. 21 Dec 1682, Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 27 Mar 1729; m. John Martin Jr., both of Rehoboth, July 17, 1710. Int. June 17, 1710

vi. John Wilmarth b, 11 Dec 1685, Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 4 Jul 1774, Rehoboth,m. Hannah Tyler on Oct 4, 1708. Hannah Hunt 8 Mar 1711, Rehoboth, Mass.

vii. Mercy Wilmarth b. 2 May 1689, Rehoboth, Mass; d. 5 Jun 1755; m. Eleazer Gilbert 13 Nov 1712, Rehoboth, Mass.

viii. Noah Wilmarth b, 5 May 1691, Rehoboth, Mass; d. 17 May 1691, Rehoboth, Mass.

ix. Timothy Wilmarth 4 Nov 1692, Rehoboth, Mass.

6. Jonathan WILMARTH (See his page)

7. Timothy Wilmarth

Timothy’s wife Mary [__?__]’s identity is not known.

8. Nathaniel Wilmarth

Private Soldiers – The History of Rehoboth by Leonard Bliss, page 117, says, “The names of the Rehoboth soldiers who served in Philip’s war have been preserved, and are as follows:” Those engaged in the Narraganset expedition were, John Fitch, Jonathan Wilmarth, Jasiel Perry, Thomas Kendrick, Jonathan Sabin, John Carpenter, John Redeway, John Martin, John Hall, John Miller, Jun., John Ide, Joseph Doggett, Sampson Mason, Jun. “Those who served under Major Bradford were, Preserved Abell, Samuell Perry, Stephen Paine, Jun., Samuel Miller, Silas T. Alin, Samuel Palmer, James Redeway, Enoch Hunt, Samuel Walker, Nicholas Ide, Noah Mason, Samuel Sabin, Thomas Read, Israel Read, George Robinson, Nathaniel Wilmarth.


Encyclopedia of Massachusetts – Google Books

Page 174 in the Dryer book, under the Wilmarth name, states that Thomas Wilmarth and Elizabeth Bliss were probably married in England. The Wilmarth genealogy book also says they were probably born in England.

Page: p. 7, and 890 VR 1-91
Title: H. L. Peter Rounds, C.G., Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, 1687-1745 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Baltimore, MD; 1988)

Page: p. 8
Title: New England Historic Genealogical Society, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
Page: vol. 62, p. 236, “Bristol County Probate Records”

Page: p. 403, VR 1-47
Title: Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, M.D., Editor, Records of Plymouth Colony: Births, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, and Other Records, 1633-1689
Reprinted with “Plymouth Colony Vital Records,” a Supplement from _The Mayflower Descendant_ by George Ernest Bowman (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Title: Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts (Boston, 1900
Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1998)
Personal Collection of James B. Bullock,,Littleton, CO 80120.

Page: p. 94, 687
Title: James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, 1642-1896 (Narragansett Historical Publishing Co.; Providence, RI; 1897.)
Images from Search Research Publishing Corp CD “Early Vital Records of Bristol County, Massachusetts to about 1850”; Wheat Ridge, CO; 1998.

Title: “The Wilmarth Family Descendants of Thomas of Massachusetts.”
Author: Elizabeth Wilmarth and Bessie Wilmarth Gahn
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Jonathan Wilmarth

Jonathan WILMARTH (1656 – 1733) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jonathan Wilmarth was born in 1656 in Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were Thomas WILMARTH and Elizabeth BLISS.  He married Esther PECK on 29 Dec 1680 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Jonathan died in 1733 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Esther Peck was born 7 Jan 1657/58 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Her parents were John PECK and Elizabeth HUNTING. Some sources say Esther died in 1756 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Children of Jonathan and Esther:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Esther Wilmarth 28 Nov 1681 Rehoboth William Dryer
4 Mar 1707/08 Rehoboth
4 Mar 1741
Rehoboth, Mass
2. Rebecca WILMARTH 30 Aug 1683
Jasiel PERRY
29 Dec 1680
17 May 1736
3. Daniel Wilmarth 7 Dec 1685 Rehoboth Died Young
4. Jonathan Wilmarth 5 Aug 1690 Rehoboth Beulah Hemmenway
24 Nov 1714
14 Sep 1756
Attleboro, Mass
5. Margaret Wilmarth 31 Aug 1692 Rehoboth Nathaniel Bosworth
7 Nov 1713
6. Stephen Wilmarth 11 Apr 1695 Rehoboth Deborah Crossman
20 Apr 1728 Attleborough, Mass.
Hannah Read
16 Jan 1741/42 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
27 Apr 1765 Attleborough, Mass.
7. Thomas Wilmarth 22 Feb 1696/97 Rehoboth Lydia Carpenter
6 Feb 1721
8. Nathan Wilmarth 17 Dec 1700 Rehoboth Mary Stacy
29 Nov 1722 Attleborough
Rebecca Perry
24 Jul 1756
Attleboro, Bristol, MA
13 Mar 1764
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
8 Apr 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, MA
9. Nathaniel Wilmarth 15 Apr 1706
Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
Mary Liscomb
Intent 13 Dec 1729

Jonathan appears in the list of those participating in the Narragansett expedition (Great Swamp Fight) at which time the name is spelled for the first time Wilmarth. It was previously written Wilmouth.  For his service, he was named a grantee at  Narragansett Township No. 4 (now Goffstown, NH; the land was found unsuitable, and replacement land was subsequently granted in what is now Greenwich, Massachusetts.)

The Wilmarths had substantial land holdings in the Palmer River area of Rehoboth, some properties adjacent to Fuller holdings. Rehoboth of today has a street named Wilmarth Bridge Road, running from the turnpike, (Route 44), to Summer Street, and passing through what was once Wilmarth property.
View Google Street View looking from Winthrop Street to Wilmarth Bridge Road


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1. Esther Wilmarth

Esther’s husband William Dryer was born 28 Nov 1684 in Taunton, England. His parents were William Dryer and Anna Locke. He immigrated in 1704. William died 18 Dec 1784 in Rehoboth, Mass(came in 1704) D. 100 YRS OLD.

Children of Esther and William

i. Esther Dryer b. 29 Apr 1712; m. Nathan Cobb July 05, 1742.

ii. Elizabeth Dryer , b. 13 May 1714; d. 31 Mar 1715.

iii. Elizabeth Dryer , b. 31 Dec 1717; m.19 Nov 1742 in Voluntown, CT to Benjamin Pierce.

iv. William Dryer Jr., b. 27 Dec 1719; died in d. age 97 years old.; m. Hannah Wilmarth

v. Margaret Dryer , b. 12 May 1722; d. 13 Apr 1806 in N. Rehoboth, Mass. m. 6 Feb 1743/44  in Rehoboth to her first cousin David Perry Sr. b. 16 Aug 1719 in Rehoboth, son of our ancestors Jasiel PERRY and Rebecca Peck WILLMARTH

vi. John Dryer , b. 12 Aug 1725; died in “He was a Lieutenant in the Rev. War.”; married 18  Mar 1748. to Mary Read  d. 7 Aug 1787 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

John Dryer was a minute man in Rehoboth who enlisted after hearing the news from Lexington and Concord. He served until the War was over despite his age of being over 50 years old.

John Dryer SAR Application

2. Rebecca WILMARTH (See Jasiel PERRY‘s page)

4. Jonathan Wilmarth

Jonathan’s wife Beaulah Hemmingway was born 5 Oct 1691 in Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were Joshua Hemingway and  Margaret Kenrick.  Beaulah died 14 Feb 1770 in Attleboro, Mass,

5. Margaret Wilmarth

Margaret’s husband Nathaniel Bosworth was born 1694 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Joseph Bosworth and Esther Smith. Nathaniel died 30 May 1772. Biographies of Nathaniel Bosworth show his wife as Margaret William, but this was later proven to be Margaret Wilmarth.

Nathaniel was a “housewright”.

Oct. 11, 1715,- Nathaniel with his brother Joseph bought 65 acres of land in Rehoboth for £260, of Stephen Hunt; deed signed by Stephen and Damaris his wife.

Feb. 13, 1716, Joseph Bosworth, yeoman, and Nathaniel Bos­worth, “House Carpenter,” mortgaged this land to the “Committee of five Commissioners appointed by the Great and General Court” for “emitting the sum of One Hundred Thousand pounds,” for £130.  This was to be paid in annual installments of £6.10s.  Before the payments were finished Nathaniel on Apr. 14, 1725, sold his share to Joseph, so the latter completed the payments and received the discharged mortgage in 1731.   (Taunton Deeds, 10-549)

Apr. 13, 1725,  Nathaniel’s brother Joseph, in consideration of an agreement made between them relating to the estate of “our Father Joseph Bosworth late of said Rehoboth Deceased,” deeded twelve acres of land “scituate at the south end of the farm whereon I now dwell in the Township of Rehoboth . . . bounded southerly by Ebenezer Peck’s land, Easterly by a highway, northerly by my own Land and westerly by a highway.” On Apr. 14, 1725, the same day that Nathaniel sold his brother his half of the 65 acres, he also sold him the above mentioned twelve acres.  This deed, which was witnessed by Israel and Stephen Peck, is in the possession of Mrs. Carrie Bosworth Reed.

Feb. 12, 1727/28  – Nathaniel sold five acres of swamp land to John Hill of Rehoboth. (Taunton Deeds, Bk. 18, p. 67).  On the Old Proprietary Records of Rehoboth (Bk. 3, p. 62 [76]) is given “The Records of the lands of Joseph and Nathaniel Bozworth, dated, Apr. 3, 1735.

Nov. 7, 1743 – “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth, Mass.” bought 90 acres of land in the “New Milford North Purchase” in New Milford, (then in New Haven Co., now in Litchfield Co.), Conn. of Jonathan Noble of New Milford. (New Milford Deeds 6-436).  In Book 5, page 429 of New Milford records is found the following: ”

Know all men by these presents that I Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth in the County of Bristol in New England Housewright Do hereby con­stitute and appoint Nathaniel Bozworth Blacksmith and William Boz­worth Clothworker Both of New Milford in the County of New Haven and Colony of Connecticut to be my true and sufficient and Lawful attorneys and in my name and in my stead in all causes Rate personal or mixt moued or to be moued for me or against me, to appear plead and pursue to finial judgment & execution and in an especial manner to take care of my Right of Land Lying in New Milford North Purchase to see that there be no tres­pass committed thereon and if there hath any person or persons that Here­tofore hath commited or shall hereafter commit any trespass thereon the same person or persons to persue and proceed against according to law” etc.  “In witness whereof I have Hereunto set my hand and seal the ninth day of June In the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and forty six and in ye nineteenth year of his majusties Reign”

Mar. 14, 1749 –  before a “Freeholders Court” at New Mil­ford, Mr. Edward Cogswell of New Milford complained that the bounds between his land and the land of Nathaniel Bos­worth of Rehoboth, Mass. was “Lost & unknown said Land lying in New Milford North Purchase sd. Land being ye 33d and 34th Lots In number and Requiring the Benefits of the Law In that Case.” Whereupon a committee of three free­holders was appointed to decide upon the bounds and reported that “a heap of stones Lying the East side of Aspotuck River a few rods Eastward from sd. River northwestward from the aforesd Cogswells house . . . made for the Divid­ing bounds.”

Sept. 5, 1751 –  in order to settle the above mentioned bounds, Edward Cogswell gives Quit claim deed to “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth, Mass., to a “Triangular piece of Land in the South Teer of Lotts in New Milford North Purchase 1st Division,” etc.  Sept. 6,. 1751,  Edward Cogswell “in consideration of one Certain Warrantee Deed to me well Executed Dated Even herewith by Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth . . . of ye North part of ye 34th Lott of Land in the South Teer in ye first Division in New Milford North Purchase . . . Do for myself . . Confirm unto ye sd Nathaniel Bozworth . . all that part of the 33d Lott of Land in ye South Teer in ye first Division in sd New Mil­ford North Purchase afore sd that LyesSouth of ye following Lines” etc.  On the same date Nathaniel deeded to Edward Cogswell all the land lying “North” of the above line, thus settling the boundaries of their lands.  Also on the same date “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth, Mass. and Nathaniel Bozworth junr. of New Milford” for £320, “old Tenor” deeds to Edw. Cogswell of Preston, New London County, Conn. land in the New Milford North Purchase.  (New Milford Deeds, Bk. 6, pp. 529, 605, 618)

Sept. 20, 1751,  “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth for the Love, Goodwill and affection which I have and bare to my well beloved son Nathaniel Boz­worth of New Milford,” deeds land in New Milford North Purchase, a part of Lot 34, 1st Division, containing 50 acres; bounds given in which the land of Paul Welch Jun. is mentioned; “And I also Give and Confirm unto him . . . one full Quarter part of the privilege of a Certain place in the aforesRiver [East Aspetuck] for Erecting a Saw Mill where the first small Brook Empties into said River North of the above said Granted Land with Sufficient Land & other Conveniences of Daming or turning the Water for the use of said Mill with a Convenient way to pass & repass from the Highway thereunto.”                                                                                                     (New Milford Deeds 11-682)

On the same date “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth” deeds to son William of New Milford for “ye Love good will & affection which I have and do bear to my well beloved son William Bozworth of New Milford” land in New Milford, a part of the 33rd and 34th lots in the North Purchase in the 1st Division, 50 acres.  The bounds given “Beginning at a stake and a heap of stones by ye East side of ye Highway a Little Northward from Stephen Bozworths Dwelling House” etc. one of the bounds being East Aspetuck river, “there will be contained in ye whole 50 acres Exclusive of the High­way that Runs through yesame always Reserving to myself During my Natural Life one half of ye privilege in sd stream for building a Mill with Convenient ways to pass to sd Mill & my other Land.”                    (New Milford Deeds, 6-627)

Sept. 24, 1751,  “Nathaniel Bozworth of Rehoboth for the Love & Goodwill which I have to my son Stephen Bozworth of New Milford” deeds certain parcels of land in the New Milford North Purchase in the 33rd and 34th lots; in all 20 acres, bounds given; “Excepting and reserving one half privilege of the streams and land sufficient for a saw Mill and Dams if need be with a good cartway to and from said places and my other Lands to the Highway and for digging watercourses and carting gravel And timber to and from said places as aforesaid which it shall be thought most convenient for said Mill or Dams the aforesaid Stephen Bozworth and his heirs to have one fourth part thereof as aforesd.”                                                                                        (New Milford Deeds, 8-106)

Children of Margaret and Nathaniel:

i. Bathsheba Bosworth, b. 03 Apr 1714, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA,; m. Thomas Read

ii. Nathaniel Bosworth, b. 29 Apr 1716, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, m1. Jane Brown, m2.  Rebecca Barnum

iii. William Bosworth, b. 31 Aug 1718, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. Sarah Farrand

iv. Sarah Bosworth, b. 16 Aug 1720, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. Joseph Allen, Jr.

v. Deborah Bosworth, b. 28 Mar 1721, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. William Buck

vi. Huldah Bosworth, b. 23 Jan 1725, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. Benjamin Jacobs

vii. Stephen Bosworth, b. 27 Sep 1722, Rehoboth, Bristol, MA; m. Abigail Wood.

6. Stephen Wilmarth

Stephen’s wife Deborah Crossman was born 11 Feb 1700 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were John Crossman (1654 – 1731) and Joanna Thayer (1665 – 1734)  Many sources state she died in 1800, but there are no details to support the claim she was a Centenarian.  Not only that, but Stephen married Hannah Read 16 Jan 1741/42  in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.  Stephen’s name is often spelled Willmarth (with two ls).

Children of Stephen and Deborah

i. Stephen Wilmarth b.  Aft 1728 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA.

ii. Deborah Wilmarth b. ~ 1730 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA.

iii. Elisha Wilmarth b. 25 Aug 1733 in Attleboro in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m int. 28 Apr 1764 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass to his cousin  Sarah Walker (2 Sep 1735 in Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont; d. New York) Her parents were Daniel Walker and Mary Perry.  Her grandparents were Jasiel PERRY and Rebecca Peck WILLMARTH. Elisha and Sarah had five children born between 1765 and 1775.

iv. Sarah Wilmarth was born AFT 1740 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA.

v. Hephzibah Wilmarth . She married Amos Robinson AFT 11 MAR 1758, son of Nathaniel Robinson and Zilpha Daggett. He was born 7 SEP 1735 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA

7. Thomas Wilmarth

Thomas’ wife Lydia Carpenter (James Carpenter 5, Samuel Carpenter 4, William Carpenter3, William CARPENTER2, William CARPENTER1) was born 30 Apr 1700. Her parents were James Carpenter and Grace Palmer.

Children of Thomas and Lydia:

i.   Lydia Wilmarth bapt. 24 NOV 1722 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, and died 17 OCT 1745 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. She married Ezra Brown 3 APR 1745 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, son of William Brown and Elizabeth [–?–]. He was born 18 AUG 1722 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

ii. Timothy Wilmarth b. 8 NOV 1725 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

iii. James Wilmarth was born 16 OCT 1727 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

iv. Ezra Wilmarth b. 8 APR 1730 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.d.  1814 in brd N. Rehobeth Cem.; m. 25 Oct 1750 to Prudence Morse.

v. Nehemiah Wilmarth b. 18 MAR 1732/3 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.; m. Mary Barstow 28 MAY 1761 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA. She was born ABT 1740.

vi. Valentine Wilmarth b. 20 DEC 1736 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

vii. Nathaniel Wilmarth b. 27 NOV 1741 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA.

8. Nathan Wilmarth

Nathan’s first wife Mary Stacy was born 1701 in Attleborough, Bristol, Mass. Mary died in 1743.

Nathan’s second wife Rebecca Brown (William Brown 5, Samuel Brown4, James Brown3, James Brown2John BROWNE1) was born 17 Apr 1725 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were William Brown  and  Elizabeth [__?__].  Rebecca died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

“Will of Nathan Willmarth of Attl., yeoman, ‘being Sensible that I must Shortly die though at present in Comfortable health,’ dtd. 13 March 1764, prob. 8 Apr. 1766. ‘To my dear wife’ [not named], who is also to get ‘all that She Brought with her.’ Sons: Nathan, Elkanah & John. ‘To Jemima Perry the wife of Ezra I confirm What I have Given her Mother my daughter Esther [prob. dcd.] hopeing her father will make it good to her.’ ‘To Molly my Son Nathans Daughter.’ Son Elkanah to be exec. Witns: Amos Brown, Josiah Carpenter & Daniel Willmarth [19:399/400/1].

Children of Nathan and Mary

i. Nathan Wilmarth b: 3 NOV 1723 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; m. 6 DEC 1748 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA to Mercy Titus b: 8 FEB 1725/26 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA

ii. Esther Wilmarth b: 31 DEC 1724 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; m. 28 May 1741 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. to Robert Titus

iii. Mary Wilmarth b: 2 FEB 1726/27 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; d. not long before 13 MAR 1813 in Calais, Washington, VT; m. intentions 24 NOV 1753 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA to Timothy Redway b: 8 OCT 1733 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA

iv. Elkanah Wilmarth b: 22 JUL 1729 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; d. 7 Dec 1828 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

v. Ichabod Wilmarth b: 7 NOV 1731 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; d. 22 Nov 1731 Attleboro, Mass,

vi. John Wilmarth b: 10 MAY 1733 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA; m.  28 Feb 1761 in Attleboro, Massa to Phebe Briggs b. 8 Apr 1740 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Children of Nathan and Rebecca

vi. Mary Wilmarth b. 28 Sep 1756

vii. Mercy Willmarth b. 5 Nov 1760 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 24 Jun 1783 to Thomas French b. 18 Feb 1749/50 Attleboro  His parents were Thomas FRENCH Jr and Keziah PERRY.

viii. Bebe Wilmarth b.14 Feb 1765

9. Nathaniel Wilmarth

Children of Nathaniel and Mary

i. Molly Wilmarth b: 8 JAN 1730/1 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA

ii. Elizabeth Wilmarth b: 25 OCT 1732 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA

iii. Valentine Wilmarth b: 9 MAR 1734/5 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA


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John Millard Sr

John MILLARD Sr. (1608 -1689) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Millard – Coat of Arms

John Millard Sr. was born 1608 in St. Chad’s, Cheshire, England. His parents were Robert MILLARD and Elizabeth SABIN. He married our ancestor in England, but her name has been lost to time.  He married Elizabeth Baugh in 1653 in Rehoboth, Mass.  John died in 1689 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

St. Chad’s Church

St Chad’s Church, Wybunbury was an Anglican church in the village of Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. The body of the church has been demolished but the tower still stands.

Elizabeth Baugh was born 1612 in St. Chaddis, England.  Her parents were Charles Baugh and Joan [__?__].  Elizabeth died April 18, 1680 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

Evidence regarding the two marriages of John Millard Sr. is inextricably entangled with the data regarding his children.  No records have been found of the identity of his first wife, or the date and place of the marriage.  As a matter of face, the multiplicity of John Millards, father, son and grandson, in the early records of Rehoboth has raised some doubts as to whether the Elizabeth who died in 1680 was really the spouse of John Sr. at all;  John Jr. also had a wife Elizabeth.  (Giddings, p. 248)  Happily this question is now settled.  In a deed of 4 Mar 1679/80,  John MILLER  Sr. of Rehoboth, tanner, conveyed to his son Samuel Miller his house and home lot, salt marsh in the Hundred Acres, likewise fifty pounds of commonage in Rehoboth, the son Samuel to fully possess all “except if my beloved wife Elizabeth doeth outlive me”; then was to have one half the house, orchard and lands during her natural life, and after her death Samuel to have all.  Witnesses:  John MILLER Jr. and the mark of Hannah Miller.  (Plymouth colony Deeds Vol. 4, p. 354; Bowen, Vol. III, p. 163)  This instrument was acknowledged by John Millard Sr. on 12 Apr 1680, just six days before Elizabeth’s burial.

Children of John and [__?__]:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Robert Millard ca. 1632
Southampton, England
Elizabeth Sabin
24 Dec 1662
Rehoboth, Mass
16 Mar 1698
2. John MILLARD ca. 1636
Elizabeth [__?__] 5 Jun 1684 Rehoboth, Mass, of two self inflicted dagger wounds in the neck.

Children of John Millard Sr. and Elizabeth born at Rehoboth:

Name Born Married Departed
3. Hannah Millard  23 Dec 1653 Daniel Thurston
16 Dec 1681
Rehoboth, Mass.
Silas Titus
18 May 1656
(Son of  our ancestor John TITUS )
Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
4. Sarah Millard 15 Oct 1655 John Titus
(Son of  our ancestor John TITUS)
10 Mar 1731/32
Rehoboth, Mass
5 Samuel Millard  5 Oct 1658 Esther Bowen
20 July 1682 Rehoboth, Mass
Esther Jenckes
1 Jun 1700 Rehoboth, Mass
31 Aug 1720 Rehoboth, Mass
6. Joseph Millard Aug 1660  Aft. 1689
7. Benjamin Millard 22 Sep 1662
Rehoboth, Mass
Lydia Reynolds
2 Mar 1693/94
Norwich, CT
16 Dec 1751
Windham, CT


John Millard was a Tanner   Here are a variety of tooled leather scabbards like the ones he would have used

On 30 June 1684, John Miller of Rehoboth, tanner, “for good grounds moving me thereunto and out of love and affection to my son Robert Miller of Rehoboth, Tanner, have many hears since given, granted, allined … and by these presents give, grant, alien and assign forever to said Robert Miller, his heirs and assigns .. as his and their rightful inheritance.  To be holden after ye maner of East Greenwich in ye County of Kent in England”; fifty pounds commonage in Rehoboth, nine acres, “part of it being a part of his homestead”, two divisions of upland, “laid out since this gift, one being in he two thousand acre Division”, ten acres at Chestnut Hill, and eight acres at Wachamokett Neck.  Witnesses: Samuel Miller, William Carpenter.  (Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. 5, Pt. 2 p. 278).

In this and other deeds of the period, the expression, “To be holden after ye maner of East Greenwiche in ye County of Kent in England” was a legal cliche referring to the fact that such lands were grants from the Crown.  The same wording, derived from the fact that a royal residence was located for many years at East Greenwich (now a part of London), occurs in a number of the early colonial charters.  There is no implication that either the grantor or the notary who drew up the deed had any personal acquaintance with East Greenwich.

The evidence that John Millard Jr. was a son of John Sr. is less clear cut than in the case of Robert but circumstantially impressive nevertheless.  The date of the conveyance just quoted from John Miller of Rehoboth to his son Robert is significant in this connection; it was drawn up ten days after the inventory of John Jr.  Presumably John Sr. had given each of these sons his inheritance “many years since”, but no formal deeds of gifts had been recorded.  Perhaps this omission had proved a hindrance in the appraisal of John Jr’s estate; so the father then hastened to confirm his gift to the surviving son by his first wife.

Further indications that John Jr. was in fact a son of John Sr. are found in the following data:  from 1657 until 1684 the two Johns were always designated as Senior and Junior; whereas earlier while the younger John was still a minor and later after John Jr.’s death, the older man was listed simply as John Miller.  In 1680 John Miller Jr. was a witness, with John Sr.’s daughter Hannah Miller, in the deed of inheritance from John Sr. to his son Samuel.  It was not unusual for other heirs to witness such deeds of gifts, as instanced by Samuel’s signature as a witness to the 1684 conveyance from John to his son Robert.

However, with Robert and John Jr. now established as sons of John Millard Sr., another problem arises.  It seems very unlikely that the wife Elizabeth whose son Benjamin was born in 1662 was also the mother of Robert born thirty years earlier.  To avoid this physiological anomaly, to explain more logically the great disparity between the ages of the two older sons and John’s later children, and to account for the very considerable hiatus between John’s known arrival in Rehoboth and the birthdates  of his recorded children, the following hypothesis is formulated:  John Millard, with a wife and family including two small sons, probably came to New England about 1637 at the same time as his kinsman who settled in Boston.  By 1643 John was established in Rehoboth, but he was then probably a widower since he had no children recorded during his early years in the town.  About 1652 he married Elizabeth who died in 1680.  It is true no direct evidence has been found to support this theory; perhaps none can ever be discovered.  But conversely, there is no evidence to discourage, and considerable logic to support, the contention that John Sr. must have had two wives.

During more than four decades John Millard Sr. was a taxpayer and landowner, identified with the community of Rehoboth.  As early as 1643 he was referred to as a proprietor and  named seventeenth in the list of estates.  Thereafter his name appears in succeeding years in connection with land allotments in “the woodland between plain and town” (1644), “the great plain beginning on the westside” (1645), the new meadow (1646), and the meadows on the northside of the town(1658).  In 1648 he was “Servayer for the Hyewayes for Rehoboth” and constable in 1672.  The town assessments of 22 Dec. 1657 list John Miller Sr., together with his two sons, John Jr. and Robert, and the following year both Johns took the Oath of Fidelitie there.  Ten years later the same three Millers were among those who drew lots for the “meadow lands in the North Purchase” (now Attleboro, Mass.)

At a hearing in Suffolk County Probate Court, on 4 Feb. 1669/70, several friends and neighbors of the deceased Thomas Millard testified as to his wishes regarding his estate:  “He would give… his land at Centry Hill … to his kinsman at Seaconk who hath many children”; “he would give his estate to his cousin Millard because he was brought up at his father’s house”; “he intended cousin Miller should have good part of his estate … because ‘I have no other kindred in the country nor certainly do know that any other is alive'”.

The estate referred to in this testimony consisted principally of two lots in Boston.  One of these, described in the inventory as “a small parcel of land lying on the side of Century Hill and fronting the Common”, was in fact almost the whole of the lot upon which the State House now stands, a half acre of which was Millard’s by allotment and an additional acre brought of Zaccheus Bosworth in 1651. (Report of the Boston Record Commissioners, Vol. V. pp. 116-117) Thomas also owned a half-acre lot near the South Meeting House, in connection with which property the Administrators of his estate were sued by Gamaliel Waite.  At a court hearing, on 25 Feb 1671/72, Waite, an abutting property owner, claimed that Millard in replacing the fence around his lot had included land which belonged to Waite’s lot and that the land so appropriated was now included in the inventory of Millard’s estate.  (Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County, Mass., Case #1092).


1. Robert Millard

Robert’s wife Elizabeth Sabin was born about1640 in Titchfield, Hampshire, England. Her parents were William Sabin and Mary Elizabeth Wright. After Robert died, she married 12 Jan 1700/01 to Samuel Hayward (b. 1646; d 29 Jul 1713. Mendon, Mass). He first married Mehitable Thompson. Elizabeth died 7 Feb 1716 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass and was buried at Newman Ch Cem, Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

Like his father Robert Millard was a tanner at Rehoboth. In 1668 he was one of those who received lots in the North Purchase meadow (later Attleboro); and in 1689 he was listed among the Inhabitants and Proprietors of Rehoboth. In addition to the lands he had by propriety, Robert bought lands at Palmer River from Anthony Perry, John Fitch and Joseph Peck and salt marsh in Swansea from Peter Hunt.

His name is included in various Rehoboth tax lists from 1671 to 1678, and on 26 Jan 1676/77, “An account of the charges that several Persons have been at relating to the late War” (King Philip’s War) shows “Rob Miller — b.  5.17.06”. The Massachusetts towns were then required to equip and provision their own militiamen, and the money listed in this account was probably used for this purpose. Besides this financial contribution to the war effort, Robert Millard served at the Turner’s Falls Fight (See my post) under Capt. William Turner.

Although Robert remained throughout his life a resident of Rehoboth, on 19 May 1685 he owned land in New Meadow Neck in Swansea (between Runen’s River and Warren River) and was listed as one of the proprietors of Swansea (between Runen’s River and Warren River) and which is now Barrington and Warren, R.I. including parts of Swansea, Seekonk and East Providence. Similarly the name of Robert Millard was listed on 23 July 1689 among “the several persons that live … (torn) …” in Swansea. New Meadow Neck was part of Swansea from the organization of that town in 1663 until it was set off to Barrington in 1717.

The will of Robert Millard of Rehoboth, Tanner, dated 11 Mar 1698/99, proved 29 March 1699, bequeathed to sons Solomon and Ephraim, dwelling house, barn and lands belonging thereto, upland at Palmer River, and fifty pounds commonage; to son Nathaniel, ten acres on Rocky River; to son Nehemiah, fifty acres “he now lives upon”; to son Robert, fifty acres at the northside of Rehoboth. To each son he gave in addition a piece of salt meadow in New Meadow. He bequeathed further to his grandsons, John and Richard Bragg, fifty acres of the northside to each; to daughter Elizabeth, a cow; to daughters Mary and Experience, ten pounds each; and to wife Elizabeth, all household goods, living space and her maintenance at the expense of the sons Solomon and Ephraim, who were designated executors. Witnesses: Timothy Blake, Thomas Bowen. The inventory, totalling £271.10.00, included besides the real estate listed in the will, Barks Mill and Tann Pitts (this mill was evidently used to grind bark for use in tanning), stock in the Tann Pitts, Raw hides and Barks, ten acres at Chestnut Hill, a 14 acre lot lying by William Doans, and ten pounds worth of smithy tools.

On 17 June 1695, Robert Millerd had deeded to his son Nathaniel Millerd of Rehoboth, Malster, one half acre on the east side of Palmer River, previously purchased of John Fitch. Then on 29 March 1699, Mary Millerd, one of the witnesses to the deed, and on 18 May 1699 Henry West, the other witness, swore that they had seen Robert sign. The record of their testimony provides further confirmation of the date of Robert’s death.

2. John MILLARD Jr. (See his page)

3. Hannah Millard

Hannah’s husband Daniel Thurston was born 6 May 1646 at Dedham, Mass. His parents were John Thurston and Margaret Buck.  He first married 1 Apr 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass to Mary Stedman (b. 27 Apr 1645 in Cambridge, Mass. – d. 21 May 1680 in Medfield, Mass.) Daniel died 23 July 1683 at Rehoboth.

Hannah’s second husband Silas Titus was born 18 May 1656 in Rehoboth.  His parents were our ancestors John TITUS and Abigail CARPENTER.  Two children.  After Hannah died, Silas married again 23 Oct. 1679 to Sarah Battelle of Dedham, who d. 8 Apr 1689.  He married a third time  24 Jan 1716/17 at Rehoboth to Mehitable Ormsbee.   Mehitable  was previously married to Joshua Ormsby, son of our ancestor John ORMSBY Sr. Silas died in 1741.

4. Sarah Millard

Sarah’s husband  John Titus was born 18 Dec 1650 in Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were our ancestors  John TITUS and Abigail CARPENTER.  John Titus first married at Rehoboth, 17 July 1673, Lydia Redwey b. there 30 May 1652, bur. there 25 Nov 1676, dau. of James Redwey. Sarah and John had eight children, born at Rehoboth. John died  2 Dec 1697 in Rehoboth

5. Samuel Millard

Samuel’s first wife Esther Bowen was born 20 Apr 1660 in Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were Richard Bowen Jr. and Esther Sutton. Esther died 12 Apr 1699 in Rehoboth.

Samuel’s second wife Esther Jenckes was born 1664 in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island. Her parents were Joseph Jenckes Jr. and Esther Ballard. Esther died 29 Jul 1721 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Because the will of Joseph Jenckes Jr., dated 21 Oct 1708 does not name any of his daughters, Esther’s marriage has been omitted from The Jenks Family in America, 1952, by William B. Browne (p. 3). Her identity as stated above is based on the Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, 1887, by John O. Austin (p. 113) and the Ballard Genealogy, 1911 by Charles Frederic Farlow (p. 17). In this connection it is interesting to note that Esther (Jenckes) Millard’s only son was named Joseph, perhaps after his grandfather.

During King Philip’s War Samuel Millard served 24 days in Major Bradford’s company of militia, (Bowen, Vol. II, p. 51) On 7 Feb. 1689 in the list of Inhabitants and Proprietors of Rehoboth he was listed as Samuel Millerd Sr. as distinguished from his nephew who was six years younger. He was a tanner and in 1694 was described as owning meadows adjoining the property of John Perrin and Timothy Ide. (Bowen, Vol. 1, pp. 56, 114, 120)

The will of Samuel Millard of Rehoboth, Tannor, dated 29 Sept. 1718, proved 3 Oct. 1720, bequeathed to wife Esther, the east room in his house, she to be cared for by son Samuel; to each daughter, viz. Ester West, Allis Chaffee and Margaret Millard, twenty-five pounds; the rest and remainder of the estate to go to son Samuel, who was to be executor, with his uncles Richard Bowen and John Bowen as overseers. (Bristol Co., Mass. Probates, Vol. 3, p. 687)

6. Joseph Millard

The Joseph Millard listed on 7 Feb. 1689 among the Inhabitants and Proprietors of Rehoboth was certainly this son of John Sr., but there is little data to indicate what became of him after that date. Possibly he was the Joseph Millard who is shown in the published church records of Windham, Conn. as a communicant sometime later than 1700 but earlier than 1726, when his brother Benjamin Millard and wife Lydia were listed as members of this same congregation. However, there are no vital statistics, deeds or probates recorded in Windham for this Joseph Millard. The evidence to date suggests the possibility that both Joseph and Benjamin moved to Connecticut, but Joseph died or was killed there, before he had children of his own; whereupon Benjamin named his only son for his deceased brother.

7.  Benjamin Millard

Benjamin’s wife Lydia Reynolds, was born February 1671.  Her parents were John Reynolds and Sarah Backus.  Lydia died at Windham, 7 Jan. 1756, age 84 years.

Following the Norwich, CT marriage record of this couple, which shows the groom as “Benjamine Miller”, the History and Descendants of John and Sarah (Backus) Reynolds of Saybrook, Lyme and Norwich, Conn., 1928, by Marion H. Reynolds (p. 13) surmises that Lydia’s husband was “possibly a son of George Miler of New London”. But the Windham, Conn. church records consistently show the surname as “Millard”; early town records and deeds concur; and Benjamin’s will shows the spelling “Milard”. With the coincidence of a Benjamin Millard who arrived in Norwich before 1693 as an unattached young man and the disappearance from Rehoboth, Mass. After 1689 of a man of identical name who was then 27 years old, Giddings was led to the reasonable conclusion that Benjamin of Windham was truly the son of John Sr. of Rehoboth. (Giddings, p. 248) The proof of this proposition is still circumstantial, but there is no contrary evidence.

On 7 Feb 1689, Benjamin Millerd was listed among the Inhabitants and Proprietors of Rehoboth, but this is his last appearance in the records of that area. Soon thereafter he moved to Norwich, Conn. and then to Windham, where in 1694 “Benjamin Millard of Bear Hill, Norwich” bought from Thomas Leffingwell a thousand acre allotment at the “Horseshoe”, a bend in the river near the center of the town. In 1698 Benjamin was chosen “hayward for fields at the Crotch of the River”, and in 1700 he was allowed “to set up the trade and employment of tanning” — an occupation which he had perhaps learned from his father and brother Robert in Rehoboth. In a list of 5 March 1718, Benjamin Miller was among the forty-five persons admitted as proprietors of the neighboring town of Ashford, Conn., where Benjamin’s nephew, Nathaniel Millard #8, was later to appear as a large landowner. Both Benjamin and his wife Lydia (called “Lucy” in the Windham history) were listed in 1726 as church members in Windham.

28 Nov 1706 – Benjamin Millard bought 102 acres in the 600 acre lot in Windham.

18 Nov 1736 – He sold 12 acres on the west side of Chestnut Hill “ in the southwest part of my 50 acre lot”.

The will of Benjamin Milard of Windham, Conn., written 15 July 1737 “considering my advanced age”, probated 19 March 1752, bequeathed to wife Lydia, the improvement of the third the whole estate; to daughter Lydia, forty pounds; to the children of daughter Mary deceased, ten pounds; to daughter Elizabeth, twenty pounds in addition to the amount already given (indicating that she was already married); to daughter Sarah, sixty pounds; to daughter Abigail, seventy pounds, she and Sarah to have with my wife one half the improvement of my house until marriage; to son Joseph the residue of the estate, he to be sole executor. Witnesses: John Calkins, Joseph Fowler, Elizabeth Fowler, In a codicil, dated 6 July 1741, Benjamin directed that the two daughters, Sarah and Abigail, were to have all the house, homestead, and lands (leaving the improvement of one-third to their mother), and this bequest was to be instead of the money given them in the will. Witnesses: Joseph Fowler, Elizabeth Fowler, and Martha Genning. Inventory of the estate, dated 24 June 1752, totalled £ 302.04.04. (Windham, Conn. Probate #2731)

5 May 1743 – Benjamin Millard (his mark) of Windham, for kindness and services performed by “my daughter Sarah Miller ever since she arrived at the age of 18 years” and also for fatherly love and affection, gave her one-half his dwelling house and one-half of the 30 acres on which the house stood, reserving a place therein to “myself and wife during our natural lives and the life of the longest liver of us”.

16 Dec 1751 – Sarah Millard of Windham deeded to John Marcy of Woodstock (whom she married the following day) all my land and buildings in Windham, being one-half of the dwelling house that lately belonged to my father Benjamin Millard deceased and one-half at 30 acres of land, reserving the use and improvement of same to my mother Lydia Miller during her life.

5 June 1756 – After his own marriage and his mother’s death, Joseph Millard sold to John Marcy of Woodstock (his sister Sarah’s husband) 25 acres in Windham with a “mantion house”, being the homestead that belonged “to my Honrd Father, Mr. Benjamin Millard late of Windham deceased”. Sarah already owned one half of the homestead by deed of gift, and title to the remaining half had come to Joseph as part of the “residue” of his father’s estate. On 9 June 1756, John Martin and Mary Parker and Stephen Parker, all of Windham, quitclaimed to John Marcy of Woodstock all their rights in 225 to 30 acres in Windham “that belonged to my honored Father Benjamin Millard late of Windham deceased”. This John and Mary, nee Martin, were presumably the mentioned but unnamed “children of daughter Mary deceased” who appear in Benjamin Millard’s will, and the deed should have read “our …grandfather Benjamin Millard”.


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John Millard Jr.

John MILLARD Jr. (1636 – 1684) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Millard was born in 1636 in England. His parents were John MILLARD Sr. and Elizabeh [__?__]. He married Elizabeth [__?__].  John died 5 Jun 1684 in Rehoboth, Mass, of two self inflicted dagger wounds in the neck.

Elizabeth survived her husband.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Millard c. 1655
Killed in Nine Men’s Misery on 26 Mar 1676
2. Mary MILLARD 1657 Samuel PERRY
12 Dec 1676 Rehoboth, Mass
10 Apr 1706 Rehoboth, Mass.
3. Elizabeth Millard Middle of Oct 1659 Samuel Mason
28 Mar 1682
3 Mar 1718
4. Rebecca Millard Middle of November 1661 Nathaniel Daggett
24 Jun 1686
9 Apr 1711
5. Samuel Millard 1 Sept. 1664
Rebecca Belcher
25 Jun 1690 – Milton, Norfolk, Mass
9 Dec 1735 – Milton, Norfolk, Mass

Alternate spellings are Miller and Millerd.

A deed of 7 Dec 1678, by which John MILLER Jr. of Rehoboth, Tayler, conveyed to his daughter Mary “as her share of her wedding portion and unto Samuel PERRY at the day of marriage with my daughter Mary” 16 acres of upland. John Miller Junr acknowledged this deed on 19 May 1680. (Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. 4, Pt. 2, p. 346; Bowen, Vol. III, p. 162)

John Millard  first appears in the Rehoboth town records on 22 Dec 1657, when his tax of four pence was the smallest assessment paid by any resident of the town. The following year he took the oath of Fidelitie along with his father, and on 22 Jun 1658, he was among those who “according to person and estate” were allowed lots in the meadows “that lie on the northside of the town”. Ten years later he received a lot in the North Purchase Meadow (now Attleboro). In the published tax lists of 1671-1674 the name of John Miller Jr. occurs regularly.  He was a tailor, and in 1675 was Constable of Rehoboth. (Bliss, pp. 49, 67; Bowen, Vol. I, pp. 39, 127)

John Millard Worked as a Tailor

In the Records of King Phillip’s War,  John and  his eldest son have been confused almost inextricably. Both were designated “John Miller Jr.” in the town records and militia lists. The fact that neither the son John nor his sister Mary were included in the Rehoboth birth records has led some Millard Historians to attribute all the extant records to the father’s widow.  But later records make it clear that the military service in the Narragansett Expedition belongs to the son while the various sums advanced “to defray the expenses of the war” were supplied by the father. (Bowen, Vol. II, pp. 40, 43)

The date and circumstances of the death of John Millard Jr. are made tragically clear by the report of a Coroner’s Inquest called together the 5th of June 1684 to make search of the dead body of John Miller of Rehoboth:

“…vpon narrow serch, wee find that the said Miller had two wounds into the soft of his body, close by one and other, as wee apprehending, by a dagger, either stabbing himselfe or falling vpon the dagger, and alsoe a wound in his necke, close to his wind pipe, by a cutt with his knife, which wounds in a few hours proued mortall; and alsoe, vpon examining seueral witnesses that were with him when he cutt his necke, and by his owne confession before his death, wee find that the said Miller did absolutly, willfully, and crewelly murder himselfe, noe other pson or psons, as wee apprehend, being accessory thereunto.” (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 6, p. 142)

Historical Note – During the Late Middle Ages, two forms of ‹v› developed, which were both used for its ancestor ‹u› and modern ‹v›. The pointed form ‹v› was written at the beginning of a word, while a rounded form ‹u› was used in the middle or end, regardless of sound. So while valor and excuse appeared as in modern printing, have and upon were printed ‹haue› and ‹vpon›. The first distinction between the letters ‹u› and ‹v› is recorded in a Gothic alphabet from 1386, where ‹v› preceded ‹u›. By the mid-16th century, the ‹v› form was used to represent the consonant and ‹u› the vowel sound, giving us the modern letter ‹u›. The colonials seem to have been a little behind. Capital ‹U› was not accepted as a distinct letter until many years later

No indications remain to tell what precipitated this tragedy. Certainly John’s difficulties were not financial. On 2 Oct 1684, Elizabeth Millard, Relict of John Millard late of Rehoboth deceased, made oath to the truth of the inventory of her husband’s estate, which inventory, taken 20 June 1684 by Peter Hunt and Jonathan Fuller, totaled £113.08.06, including house and home lot, ten acres in the Second Division of Rehoboth, two lots on the Great Plain, meadow and other land, in addition to a whole share of the northside of a hundred pound estate of commonage. Among John’s personal estate were listed cotton wool, sheep wool, yarns, a pair of taylor shears, a goose, thimbles and other items pertaining to his occupation of tailor. (Plymouth Colony Wills, Vol. 4, Pt. 2, p. 75)

The date of John’s burial, shown in the printed Rehoboth Vital Records as 5 June 168-, was construed by Giddings as in the keeping of the Rehoboth Town Clerk, makes that interpretation untenable. The last figure of the burial date was written on a part of the page now broken off; but deaths and burials were recorded in chronological order at the time they occurred, or occasionally afterward; and since John’s burial appears between a death in 1683 and in 1684, it could not have taken place later than this last named year.


1. John Millard

Killed in Nine Men’s Misery (see my post) on 26 March 1676

During King Philip’s War, John’s son John Jr. served 86 ½ days in Narragansett Expedition before he was killed by the Indians in Pierce’s Fight on 26 March 1676. His heirs failed to file a claim in Narragansett Township No. 4, (now Goffstown, NH; the land was found unsuitable, and replacement land was subsequently granted in what is now Greenwich, Mass.) but finally in 1733, more than fifty years after the war, his brother Samuel Miller of Milton received a grant in Narragansett Township No. 5 (now Bedford, Mass.) on account of the services of his brother John in King Philip’s War. (Soldiers in King Philip’s War, 1906, by George N. Bodge, p. 432; Giddings, pp. 248-9; Bowen, Vol. II, pp. 44, 54)  John was probably less than twenty years old at the time of his death, and there is no evidence that he ever had either a wife or children.

John died at Nine Men’s Misery.  On March 26, 1676 during King Philip’s War, Captain Michael Pierce led approximately 60 Plymouth Colony colonial troops and 20 Wampanoag Christian Indians in pursuit of Narragansett Indians who had burned several Rhode Island towns and attacked Plymouth, Mass. as part of King Philip’s War. Pierce’s troops caught up with the Narragansett Indians, Wampanoag, Nashaway, Nipmuck, Podunk but were ambushed in what is now Central Falls, Rhode Island. Pierce’s troops fought the Narragansetts for several hours, but were surrounded by a larger force of Narragansetts. The battle was one of the biggest defeats of colonial troops during King Philip’s War with nearly all killed in the battle, including Captain Pierce and the Christian Indians (“Praying Indians“) (exact numbers vary by account somewhat). The Narragansetts lost only a handful of warriors.

Nine Men’s Misery Nine Men’s Misery is a site in current day Cumberland, Rhode Island where nine colonists were tortured by the Narragansett Indian tribe during King Philip’s War. A stone memorial was constructed in 1676 which is believed to be the oldest veterans memorial in the United States.

Nine of the colonists who were among the dead were first taken prisoner (along with a tenth man who survived). These men were purportedly tortured to death by the Narragansetts at a site in Cumberland, Rhode Island, currently on the Cumberland Monastery and Library property. The nine dead colonists were buried by English soldiers who found the corpses and buried them in 1676. The soldiers created a pile of stones to memorialize the colonists. This pile is believed to be the oldest veterans’ memorial in the United States, and a cairn of stones has continuously marked the site since 1676.

The “Nine Men’s Misery” site was disturbed in 1790 by medical students led by one Dr. Bowen looking for the body of one of the dead colonists, Benjamin Bucklin, who was said to be unusually large with a double row of teeth. They were stopped by outraged locals. The site was desecrated several more times until 1928 when the monks who then owned the cemetery cemented the  stone cairn above the site. The cairn and site can still be visited on the Monastery grounds.

This picture shows the Nine Men’s Misery Original Carin better

Pierce’s Fight was followed by the burning of Providence three days later, and then the capture and execution of Canonchet, the chief sachem of the Narragansetts. The war was winding down even at the time that Pierce’s party was destroyed, and in August, King Philip himself was killed.  Our ancestors John LOW and Benjamin Buckland, son of William BUCKLAND also died in the battle.

The site is located on the grounds of the former Trappist monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, now the Cumberland public library, and is an approximately 15 minute walk behind the main building on a rise in the woods.

Directions:  Follow the road to the right past the main building, you will come to a low white building on your left and at that point should see a break in the chain link fence that is on your right. There is a low metal guardrail in the break, step over and you should be on a walking path. Turn right and not far up the path will divid, take the left path, it will bring you through a field. In the field, it again branches out – take the left again and keep walking out of the field through the trees. From leaving the field to reaching the monument is about the same distance that you walked to get out of the field from the start. Coming down over a small rise, there is a path to the right that brings you to the elevated area that the monument occupies – you can see the monument from the rise when on the path.

2. Mary MILLARD (See Samuel PERRY‘s page)

3. Elizabeth Millard

Elizabeth’s husband Samuel Mason was born 12 Feb 1656/57 in Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were Sampson Mason and Mary Butterworth. After Elizabeth died, he married 4 Nov. 1718 at Providence, R.I. to Lydia Masters. Lydia’s parents were Philip TABER and Lydia MASTERS. Lydia was the widow of Rev. Pardon Tillinghast.. Samuel died 25 Jan 1743/44 in Swansea, Mass. Both Samuel and Elizabeth are buried in Kickimuit Cemetery, Warren, Rhode Island

Samuel Mason lived in Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea; he had four children by his first wife, born at Rehoboth. (History of Swansea. 1917, by O. O. Wright, pp. 180-1; Genealogy of the Sampson Mason Family, 1902, by A. H. Mason, p. 19).

4. Rebecca Millard

Rebecca’s husband Nathaniel Daggett was born Aug 1661 in Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were John Daggett and Anna Sutton. Nathaniel died in 1708.

Eight children, born Rehoboth.

5. Samuel Millard

Samuel’s wife Rebecca Belcher was born 1671 in Milton, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Belcher and Rebecca Gill. Rebecca died 9 Aug 1743 in Milton, Norfolk, Mass


History of Rehoboth, Bristol Co Massachusetts – Leonard Bliss 1836 reprinted 1908

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John Kingsley

John KINGSLEY (1614 – 1679) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Kingsley – Coat of Arms

John Kingsley was born on 7 Sep 1614 in Hampshire, England.  His parents were John KINGSLEY Sr. and Katherine BUTLER.  On 3 Jun 1635, John Kingsley, his brother Stephen, and Captain John Smith sailed on the James from Bristol, England.   Among the one-hundred passengers on board was a minister Richard Mather who sailed in disguise to America in escape from the wrath of King Charles. He wrote a journal giving details of the trip.

Richard Mather from Wikipedia

As they approached New England, they encountered the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, the worst hurricane ever recorded in history. They were forced to ride it out just off the coast of modern-day Hampton, New Hampshire. Their ship was stranded on rocky shore, but later was released by high waves.  According to the ship’s log and the journal of Increase Mather, the following was recorded;

“At this moment,… their lives were given up for lost; but then, in an instant of time, God turned the wind about, which carried them from the rocks of death before their eyes. …her sails rent in sunder, and split in pieces, as if they had been rotten ragges…”

They tried to stand down during the storm just outside the Isles of Shoals, but lost all three anchors, as no canvas or rope would hold.   Their cables were lost and sails were destroyed, but after the storm the sailors made new sails and steered their ship into Boston Harbor and landed in Boston  17 Aug 1635.

John married Elizabeth STOUGHTON about 1636 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass.  After Elizabeth died, he married Alice Thatcher after 1656 in Dorchester, Mass. Finally, he married Mary Johnson on 16 Mar 1674 in Rehoboth, Mass. John died in Briston RI and was buried on 6 Jan 1679 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Bristol County Massachusetts

John Kingsley’s tombstone was discovered near the spot where the Wachusett canoe house was later built on Roger Williams Ave. John’s gravestone was taken up and moved about 1-1/2 miles northeast to the old Newman cemetery, reset in the old part of the cemetery about 23′ south of the Newman monument. The tombstone is located in the Newman Cemetery, corner of Newman Ave and Pawtucket Ave (Route 114) in E. Providence, RI, having been moved there from it’s original location in nearby Rehoboth, MA during road construction. (but not the bodies!)

John Kingsley Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island

Elizabeth Stoughton has no documentation to support her maiden name. A source says this is NOT Elizabeth Daniels, who married John Kingsley of Milton. Nor is is Elizabeth Stoughton, who died as a child.

Alice Thatcher was born Abt. 1608.  She was the widow of Richard Jones,  Alice died 14 Jan 1672/73 in Rehoboth, MA.   Alternatively, her first name was Mary.

Mary Johnson was born 31 Jul 1614 Herne Hill, London, England. Her  parents were John Johnson and Mary Heath. Her grandparents were John JOHNSON Sr. and Hannah THROCKMORTON.  She firs married 1639 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. to Roger Mowry (b. 1612 in England – d. 5 Jan 1666 in Salem, Mass.) Her daughter Mehitable Mowrey married John’s son Eldad.   Mary died 9 Jan 1678 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass within a few days of her husband.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Freedom KINGSLEY c. 1636
Dorchester, Mass.
Reboboth, Mass
26 Jul 1669
Northampton, Mass.
2. Eldad Kingsley ca. 1638
Mehitable Mowrey
9 May 1662
Providence RI
30 Aug 1679
Swansea, Bristol, Mass.
3. Samuel Kingsely 1639
Dorcester, Mass.
9 Dec 1708
Northampton, Mass
4. Enos Kingsley ca 1639/40 Sarah Haynes
15 Jun 1662
Ann Dickerson
30 Jun 1692
9 Dec 1708
Northampton, Mass
5. Edward Kingsley ca. 1642 9 Dec 1708
Believed to have returned to England for Education.
6. Renewed Kingsley 19 Jan 1644
Dorcester, Mass.
Timothy Jones 2 Dec 1677
Ipswich, Mass


Tradition says that as William II of England or William Rufus (the Red King) was one day hunting in the New Forest, he became separated from his companions and attendants, and wandering aimlessly about the forest and glade, became hopelessly lost. But just as night was closing in with its darkness and gloom, he espied a friendly light gleaming from the cabin of one of the yeomen who lived on the confines of the forest.  Hastening thither, he begged shelter for the night, without making his identity known. He was kindly received and hospitably entertained so far as the means at hand in the humble abode would allow.  The man of the house at once slaughtered a young goat from which, with other means at hand, his good wife prepared a savory repast, whose delightful odor reached the nostrils of the hungry King and whose delectable flavors greatly pleased his palate.

The King of course being weary from the arduous sports of the day, the humble couch provided him brought most refreshing slumbers, from which he awoke to partake of another bounteous repast, which the wife had prepared (such as her female descendants have ever since been noted for preparing).

In going abroad by the light of day he discovered that he was in his own meadow or Lea, as it was anciently called in England.

He was so delighted with the hospitality he had received that he bestowed the whole of that portion of his domain known as the King’s Lea upon his host and made him a Baron.  The recipient took the name of the land bestowed upon him, Kyngesleigh (or Kingsley), and the family crest or coat of arms contains the King’s crown surmounted by a goat’s head.

Many of his descendents because of the prejudices ofthe revolutionary period against the word ‘King’, have followedthe spelling Kinsley.

John Kingsley

John Kingsley became a member of the Church at Dorchester on 23 Aug 1636, and Elizabeth Kingesley a little later in 1636.

John Kingsley was one of the seven signers of the church covenant signed in 1636 at Dorchester, Mass.  He and Elizabeth married there, and she was the second church member when her marriage covenant was signed.

John resided at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, between 1635 and 1648.  He was appointed bailiff in 1647, tax collector in 1648, and an elder in the church in 1655.

John Kingsley and Alice Thatcher removed to at Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, between 1662 and 1668.

1645 – John  acquired the first grant of land in Taunton, MA  and relocated there, where he became a shareholder in Great Lots the following year.

1647 – He was appointed bailiff

1648 – Appointed tax collector

c. 1649 – The family moved to Rehoboth, MA. spent about ten  prosperous years in their fertile farm east of Seekonk River. They raised grain and had horses, cattle, sheep, swine and fowls.

1676 – When the King Philip’s War broke out, all the able men went to Boston and joined the war, women and children went to Swansea and Rehoboth when a Rev. Johne Clarke gave them shelter. The Indians burned the towns but John Kingsley’s home was saved by being in a fortified garrison home. Five weeks of isolation left them starving and he wrote a letter to frinds in Connecticott to please send food. About three weeks later food arrived in Boston and Rehoboth.

28 Mar 1676 – Indians burned the town of Rehoboth during King Philip’s War

A party of the Indians, crossing the river, laid the town in ashes, burning forty houses and thirty barns. Only two houses were left standing, the garrison house, which stood on the spot where the house of Phanuel Bishop now stands, and another home on the south end of the common, which was preserved by blak sticks having been arranged around it, so as to give it at a distance the appearance of being strongly guarded. The houses were set on fire, as tradition informs us, early in the evening, and when the sun arose the next morning it beheld only a line of smoking ruins.

John was saved by being in a fortified garrison home. (Mary had probably fled with the other women and children to Newport where Rev. John Clarke provided shelter for them) Five weeks of isolation had left them starving and he wrote a letter to friends in Conn. to please send food. About three weeks later food arrived to them.

At a meeting of the Councill Hartford May 26, 1676, Major Robert Treate, Esq., Dep. Gov.; Captain John Allyn and Mr. John Wadsworth.

Wheras the General Court ordered that there should be 600 bushels of wheat raysed upon the county of Hartford, to be proportioned by the Authority of this county, upon the seuerall plantations, to be improved and baked into bread for the country’s use, which is thus proportioned: upon Hartford, 174 bush.; Windsor, 152; Wethersfeild, 134; Farmington, 74; Midleton, 46; Hadum, 20, which is to be raysed forthwith and brought to Hartford, to be ground into flour and baker pr the baker, all except Windsor proportion, which is to be baked there. The Secret’y to send out warrants to the respectiue townes, accordingly.

May 30, 1676. To all Christian friends, the good people unto whome these present writeings shall come greeting: Whereas    we haue recieved a letter bearing date May 5, ’76, from one John Kingsley, of Seaconck or Rehoboth, whereby we are credibly informed of the great straights, difficulties and wants, not onely of *o’ Christian friends there but of very many of o’ dear friends the Lord’s people in that Colony of New Plimouth and elcewhere, by reason of the prevayleing of the cruell enemie, by burning, killing and destroyeing people and places not a fewe; and being called upon for releife, we haue thought fit to recommend it to your pious consideration to remember the poore and them that are in bonds, as bownd with them; it being a worke that even nature, God and man calls for of us, to extend o’ compassion and charity for the supply of o’ distressed friends necessities, whose lowd cryes of their misery doth answerably call for o’ liberality and mercy, least the Lord should justly turn his hand from them to vs. We desire that you would appoint one in each congregation, to receiue your liberality and to take care for the speedy and effectuall sending the same to Boston and Seaconck, to be distributed to those in necessities. Deacon Walker of Seaconck is recommended to vs as a suitable person to receiue and distribute what shall be sent to Seaconck and the rest may be sent to Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Mather of Boston, to be by them put into some faythfull hands to be distributed amongst the people in necessity in the Massachusetts and Plimouth Colony. Mr. Shepherd, added.


Ser, I sallvte you with al’ that cal on the Lord Jesus, thayer Lord & oweres. I did despach a few lines to New Noriage & so to you & the rest on your river, but fearing it should not come to your hand & those which it concernes, I nowe in my sickness that he Lord hath laid on vs as hee did on Job—I am now in a fever or ague, yet I doe judge I follow Pale (Paul). I can say truely that since ovr wares begun my flesh is so gon with feare, care & grife & now this sickenes, my skin is redey to cleave to my bones. Now being vnknowne to you beloe on the river, I say I am the 1 (one) man & onely left of thse that gathered the Chvrch that is now in Dorchester, yet of lat have lived at Rehoboth or Seconke & hath sufered deepe, with my neighbovres. Now to tel you what wee have & how wee are like to sufer, my hart wil not hould to write & sheetes would (not) contayne. I am not able to beare the sad stories of ovr woeful day, when the Lord mad ovr wolfish heathern to be our lordes, to fier our towne, shout & hollow, to cal to us to come out of our garisones. Some did goe out alife, with sucsese; but had not ovr God restrained them, they were enow to have swallowed vs all vp. They burnt our milles, brake the stones, ye, our grinding stones; & what was hid in the erth they found, corne & fowles, kild catel & tooke the hind quarters & left the rest, yea, all that day the Lord gave lisones (license) they burnt cartes wheles, drive away our catel, shipe, horses, in a word had not the Lord restrayned thay had not left won to have tould of our woful day.  Wee lost but on siley man that day.  Wee are shut vp in our garisones & dare not goe abroad far to our outlandes, without som strength. Som of our souldiers are removed. Nobodey comes to say, how doe ye. Counsel from Bost. & Plimouth was to stay, uneles all had gon that could and left the rest to perish, yet now every rod of ground neare garrison is broaken vp & where house and barne stood now put in beanes & sqvashes; but alase, what wil doe against famin?

Now to leave all ovr danger, fear of sword, famen stares vs in the face. Now to my comfort I heare you have store of corn, ye tho you doe not sow in som years. Now misery cales for mersey but I consave is distress.* The truth is my hart wil not beare to write. Ah, the burden that I beare night & day, to see the blessed and loving God thus angrey, & wee have not a Profet to tel how longe, & to say this or these are New Englandes sinn. For general sin cales vseley (usually) for generall plagve; which is now. Deare brethren, if there be power in your handes, doe not say, goe away & com agayne. It is betur to die by sord than famen. Therefore I beg in my Lourds (Lord’s) name, to send vs som meal; for if wee sent it (to) Road Island there is wone wolf in the way & hee wil have money, which won of 40 hath not it to pay, tho they starve; yea 1-sh (one shilling) for 1 bushel, caring & bringing. There is another, that is the miller & hee takes an 8 part. O New Ingl. When wilt thou leave off opresing. It may be in som of your mindes to say, why doe not he hed men write, but onely this ould pore man. I say onely, I wil lay a mantel on my shoulder & goe pakewardes (backwards). There is but too (two) that knows of my writing, & the won descoriged me, but I know how earnest Pal (Paul) begged prayeres that which hee cales grase might be expekted.

I pray if this com in to the hand of aney that fere God, doe against famin? have a wiling mind may hav a hand to save vs from famen. I doe not beg for money to bild houses, Ah noe, noe. If any wil send meale, pray let deacon Walker distribut it. I knowe no man like minded.

It would be a dishoner to such a people as you, to vse argements to stir you vp to such a worke. I leave this & you all to the good hand of God, throw Jesus Christ, who is the define head of that blessed Covenant of Grace & fovntayn of all good. Bere with my writing, who came of (off) my sicke bed to make an end of these lines.

If aney that here or recede wil tryst mee won harel of indien meal & won of wheat. I do promise to pay, I or mine, when the Lord shall tvrn to his people with peace.

If aney know or here that Enoes Kingsley be alive, at Northampton, lett (him) know that I his father am a live tho no shelter for my grey head, onely with won swine God left when hee sent our enemyes to be our lordes, & blessed be his holy name; hee gave & hee tooke. I prayed seven yeares to be fited to suffer common calamity, so the thing I peared (feared) is com on mee; but alas I am redey to fant in the day of adversetey & show my strength is smal.

(Directed) For this much honored friend, the preacher of the gospel at Hartford, Conn., these, with speed, as consernes maney.

The Indians assaulted Rehoboth, on the 28th of March. They burnt thirty barns and near upon forty dwelling houses, thereby as it were threatening the utter desolation of that poor town.

Robert Beers, slain ye 28th March, 1676. It is said that he was a religious, but eccentric and superstitious man, and that on the approach of the Indians, he refused to go into the garrison house, but sat down in his own house, with the bible in his hand, believing that while he continued reading it, nothing could harm him. He was shot through the window and fell with the bible in his hand—Bliss History of Rehoboth, p. 96.

*This is believe to be the reading of the original; but the meaning is obscure. Probably one or more words necessary to complete the sentence were omitted by the writer.

John and Mary moved to Bristol, RI where the couple died within a day of each other. His grave was moved back to Rehoboth, probably because he stated in his will that he wanted “to be buried by my wife Allice in the North Corner of my houselott.”

In Vol. VI American Ancestry on page 207, we find the following:

“John Kingsley of Dorchester, Mass., born at Hampshire, Eng., emigrated from there to Taunton, Mass., where he was one of the original purchasers.  Removed to Dorchester 1635.  His ancestors spelled the name Kyngesley and bore these arms: Vert, a cross engrailed ermine, crest in ducal coronet gules a goats head argent. Descended from Randuphus de Kyngesleigh of Chester 1120.”

In the history of Dorchester, Mass. By the Committee of the antiquarian and Historical Society (Page 125) we also find the following:

“John Kinsley or Kingsley was here as early as 1635. He was a grantee of land in 1635 and one of the original signers of the covenant in 1636.  He had a share in the great lots in 1646, was a rater in 1648 and freeman in 1651. He had a son named Eldad born in Dorchester in 1638 and a daughter, Renewed, born Jan. 19, 1644. He had a son Enos who went to Northampton and a daughter who married Samuel Jones, son of Richard Jones. John Kingsley married a daughter of William Daniels of Milton and lived there in 1670.”

From the vital statistics of Rehoboth, Mass., where he lived during the later years of his life, we learn that John Kingsley was buried Jan 6, 1678. Also that Alice the wife of John Kingsley was buried Jan 4, 1673.

He was one of the seven original members who organized the Church at Dorchester in 1636 and signed the Covenant. Rev. Richard Mather the grandfather of Cotton Mather was the first pastor under the covenant. Kingsley was the last of the seven to survive.

He was a man of strong religious convictions and was obliged to leave England on account of his religious principles.

(Plym. P.) The will of John Kingsley of Rehoboth, made 2 Nov. 1677, mentions, to be buried by my wife Allice in the North Corner of my house lott; wife Mary to be sole exex. of this my will, and when my wife Mary shall die, then my son Eldad my sole exor.; children Enos and ffreedum five pounds a peece; I look that Eldad and his to be a staffe to us in our old age, forJohn French hath left mee in my old age, when I had most need of him. Witnes: Robert ffuller, Phillip Walker. Proved 5 Mar. 1678-9, when the inventory was exihibited.


1. Freedom KINGSLEY (See John FRENCH Sr.‘s page)

2. Eldad Kingsley

Eldad’s wife Mehitable Mowrey was born 1646 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. Her parents were Roger Mowry and Mary Johnson.Her grandparents were John Johnson and Margaret Scudder and his great grandparents were John JOHNSON Sr. and Hannah THROCKMORTON.  Mary married Eldad’s father in the second marriage for each.  Mehitable died 12 Apr 1730 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

3. Samuel Kingsely

4. Enos Kingsley

Enos’ first wife Sarah Haynes was born 1642 in Springfield, Hampshire, Mass. Her parents were Edmond Haynes and Hannah Lambe/Dewey. Sarah died 7 Dec 1691 – Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

Enos’ second wife Ann Dickerson was born 1636 in Weathersfield, Hartford, CT. Her parents were Deacon Nathaniel Dickinson and Anne Gull. She first married John Clarey. Ann died 16 JUL 1723 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

5. Edward Kingsley

Believed to have returned to England for Education. Some genealogies say Edward Kingsley and Eldad Kingsley were the same person.

6. Renewed Kingsley

Renewed’s husband Timothy Jones was born about 1640 in Dorchester, Mass. His parents were Richard Jones and Alice Elizabeth Thatcher. Timothy died about 1677.


(Edna Hartshorn Deane,Amos Kingsley, A Biography and Genealogy) – Immigration Story

The history of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their ancestors and descendants … By John William Linzee 1918

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John French Sr

John FRENCH Sr. (1622 – 1697) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John French – Coat of Arms

John French Sr was was baptized in St. Edmund’s, Assington, Suffolk, England on 26 May 1622.  His parents were Thomas FRENCH (1584 – 1639) and Susan RIDDLESDALE (1584 – 1658). He immigrated with his parents about 1637. His older brother Thomas came over first with the Winthrop fleet. His sisters Dorcas and Susan immigrated about 1633 to serve as maids to John Winthrop.  He married Freedom KINGSLEY about 1654. John died on 1 Feb 1697 in Northampton, Mass.

John was baptized in St. Edmund’s Church, Suffolk, England

Freedom Kingsley was born about 1636 in Dorchester, Mass.  Her parents were John KINGSLEY and Elizabeth STOUGHTON.  Before she married John, Freedom was a servant of  William Lane (Suff. I :99)

The will of Wm Lane of Dorchester, mentions Thomas Rider my Sonne in Lawe and my daughter Elizabeth his wife, his children; sonne Thomas Linckhorne of Hingham; Sonne George Lane of Hingham; sonne Nathaniell Baker of Hingham; sonne Andrew Lane of Hingham; Mary Long my daughter; ffredome Kingley my faithfull servant; Brethren Joseph ffaraworth & John Wiswall Exors. Made 28 Feb. 1650.

Freedom died on 16 Jul 1689 in Northampton, Mass.

Children of John and Freedom:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John FRENCH Jr. 28 Feb 1654/55 Ipswich, Mass. Hannah PALMER
27 Nov 1676
Rehoboth, Mass
24 Feb 1723/24
Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Deacon Thomas French 25 May 1657
Mary Catlin
18 Oct 1683
Northampton, Mass
Hannah (Edwards) Stebbins
3 Apr 1733
Deerfield, Mass
3. Noe French 27 Feb 1659/60 Died Young
4. Mary French 27 Feb 1659/60 Samuel Stebbins
4 Mar 1677/78
26 Jan 1696 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
5. Samuel French 26 Feb 1661/62 Unmarried 8 Sep 1683
6. Infant Daughter 1 Apr 1664
1 Apr 1664
7. Hannah French 8 Mar 1664/65
Francis Keet 25 JUL 1711 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
8. Jonathan French 30 Jul 1667
Sarah Warner
Hadley, Hampshire, Mass
17 Feb 1714 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
9. Elizabeth French 9 Oct 1673
Samuel Pomeroy
c. 1690
prob. Northampton
2 Jun 1702
Northampton, Hampshire, MA


John French worked as a tailor

The first record of John French in America was in Dorcester, Mass was first recorded in Dorchester on 27 Jan 1642/43 after his arrival in Boston.

He came to Northampton sometime between 1682 and 1690, probably from Ipswich, where he had been a farmer. At least two of his children with Freedom Kingsley were born in Rehoboth.

Savage –

JOHN, Northampton, came a. 1676, from Rehoboth, with w. d. of John Kingsley, and ch. John, Thomas, Samuel, and Jonathan, the first three of wh. took o. of alleg. 8 Feb. 1679; beside three ds. Mary, w. of Samuel Stebbins, m. 4 Mar. 1678, wh. d. bef. her f.; Hannah, w. of Francis Keet; and Elizabeth w. of Samuel Pomeroy. Perhaps he was s. of John of Dorchester; certain. he d. 1 Feb. 1697. Samuel d. prob. unm. 8 Sept. 1683.2

John French of Ipswich was a Denison subscriber in 1648, to pay this tax he must have been of age and therefore born before 1627, which agrees with the Assington record.

Four deeds of John French of Ipswich, Taylor, and Freedom his wife, as well as the similarity of names of children to those of John French of Northampton, indicate the identity of the two families.

John French was entitled to a share in Plumb Island in 1664.

In p’snce of Thomas Wiswall, ffreedome Kingsley. Proved 6 July 1654 by Thomas Wiswall who deposed.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 99)

I John French of Ipswich . . . Tayler … for forty five pounds . . . payd unto me by Thomas Lull of the same Towne weaver . . . sell . . . my now dwelling house and land . . . with barne, out houses, yards, orchyards, Gardens, fences, with all . . . apptenances . . . containing by estimation two acres . . . scituate … in Ipswich . . . Haveing the land of Thomas Mattcalfe toward the south, the land of Joseph Quilter toward the west, John Pindars land toward the north, the streate or way toward the east. To have and to hold . . . and peaceably to possess . . . from the first day of June next coming which will be in the yeare 1678 Thence forward forever . . . the eight of June Anno Dom 1677. John French and a seale

ffreedom French

Recorded June 22th, 1677.

Witnesses, Grace Fitt & a marke

Robert Lord.

John French acknowledged this deed and Freedom his wife did freely resigne her interest of Dowrye in the land and House herein conveyed . . . June 21 :1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 102)

… I John French of Ipswich. . . Taylor for . . . sixteene pounds . . . payd by Robert Lord Jun’ of Ipswich . . . marshall . . . Have granted … a p’cell of Land being part of my planting lott by estimation five acres … on the North syde the River … at the time of the sale of the premisses . . . the sayd John is the true owner . . .

In wittnes whereof I the sayd John French with the consent of Freedome my wife have hereunto set my hand … the 25th of June . . . Anno Dom 1677.

Robert Lord, Senior; Samuel Chapman. Recorded Aug. 16,1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 110)

. . . I John French of Ipswich . . . Tayler . . . for . . . fifteene pounds . . . payd by Edmond Heard of the same Towne . . . Have . . . sold . . . a parcell of Land lyeing . . . within the comon field on the North Syde the River containeing three acres with all . . . the apptenances … 14 day of September . . . Anno Dom 1677. In presence of Daniel Warner sen’; John Potter.

John French acknowledged this writing to be his act & deed & Freedome his wife did freely resigne her thirds or Interest of Dowry Sept. 20: 77. Recorded Octob: 23, 1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 486)

… I John French of Ipswich . . . Taylour and Freedom my wife in consideration of full satisfaction . . . payd by . . . Anthony Potter of the same town . . . planter . . . have sold . . . my parcell of marsh Thatch being my second division in the marsh called the hundreds . . . also three acres more or less of Basterd marsh lyeing in Ipswich in the marsh commonly called Reedy marsh bounded with the Land of Capt. John Appleton toward the west, by a ditch and with land of Ensigne Thomas French toward the Northeast, and with land of Mr Robert Paine in pt and with land of Joseph Quilter in pt, toward the South, being a try angle lott . . . dated the fourteenth day of this Instant June . . . 1677.John French and a seale.

Freedome French and a seale.

In presence of John Denison Sen’; John Brewer Sen’.

Recorded decemb 12: 1682.


1. John FRENCH Jr. (See his page)

2. Thomas French

Thomas’ wife first wife Mary Catlin was born  10 Jul 1666 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.  Her parents were John Catlin and Mary Baldwin.  Mary died 9 Mar 1704 in Deerfield, Franklin, Mass.

No family suffered more than John Catlin’s in the destruction of Deerfield, Massachusetts during the Indian Massacre of 29 February, 1703/4. He was killed trying to protect his home. His sons Joseph and Jonathan were also killed. His married daughters Mary French and Elizabeth Catlin Corse were killed during the subsequent march to Canada. His wife, Mary, “being held with the other prisoners in John Sheldon‘s house, gave a cup of water to a young French officer who was dying. He was perhaps a brother of Hertel de Rouville. May it not have been gratitude for this act that she was left behind when the order came to march? She died of grief a few weeks later.”

Deerfield Memorial

Thomas’ second wife Hannah Atkins was born  xx.   She was the widow of Joseph Edwards, and of Benoni Stebbins, who was also killed at the Deerfield Massacre.  Hannah died in 1737.

Thomas lived for a time in Northampton, where he came with his parents early in his life. Later settled in Deerfield, MA. and was Deacon of the Deerfield Church.  He was blacksmith, town clerk and deacon. He and all his family were taken in the Deerfield raid of 1704. The raiders destroyed 17 of the village’s 41 homes, and looted many of the others. Thomas’ house was not burned, so the town records were saved. He married Mary Catlin married 18 October 1683. She was killed on the trip on 9 March 1703/04. He and their two eldest children were redeemed in 1706. He married again to Hannah Edwards 9 Mar 1704 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass and died in 1733.

Deacon Thomas French Gravestone — Old Deerfield Burying Ground , Deerfield, Franklin County, Mass.

Here lyeth the body
of Deacon Thomas
French who dyed
April ye 5th 1733
Aged 76 Years

Blessed are ye dead
Who dye in the Lord

Children of Thomas and Mary:

i. Mary French (8 Mar 1685 in Deerfield, Mass – 12 Mar 1685 in Deerfield)

ii. Mary French (9 Nov 1686 in Deerfield, MA – 24 Mar 1758 in Bolton, Tolland, CT) Carried to Canada 1704.  Redeemed with father in 1706, at age 19.

iii. Thomas French , Jr. (2 Nov 1689 in Deerfield, MA – 26 Jun 1759 in Deerfield, MA)  Redeemed with father and sister Mary in 1706, probably brought back by Ens. John Sheldon

iv. Freedom French (20 Nov 1692 in Deerfield, Franklin, MA – 6 Oct 1757 in Montréal, Ile de Montréal, Quebec)  Freedom was eleven when she was carried to Canada.  She was  placed in the family of Monsieur Jacques Le Ber, merchant of Montreal, and on Tuesday, the 6th of April, 1706, Madame Le Ber had her baptized anew by Father Meriel, under the name of Marie Françoise, the name of the Virgin added to that of her godmother, being substituted for the Puritanic appellation of Freedom, by which she had been known in Deerfield. She signs her new name, evidently with difficulty, to this register, and never again does she appear as Freedom French.  She was often recorded as a guest at the marriages of her English friends.  Two years after her sister’s marrage, on the 6th of February, 1713 at the age of twenty-one, Marie Françoise French married Jean Daveluy, ten years older than herself, a relative of Jacques Le Roi, her sister’s husband. Daveluy could not write, but here, appended to the marriage register, I find for the last time the autographs of the two sisters written in full, Marie Françoise and Marthe Marguerite French.

v. Marguerite Martha French (12 May 1695 in Deerfield, MA Baptême: 23-02-1707, Montréal –  1 May 1762 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)  Martha was given by her Indian captors to the Sisters of the Congregation at Montreal. On the 23d of January, 1707, she was baptized sous condition, receiving from her god-mother the name of Marguerite in addition to her own. On Tuesday, November 24, 1711, when about  sixteen., she was married by Father Meriel to Jacques Roi, aged twenty-two, of the village of St. Lambert, in the presence of many of their relatives and friends. Jacques Roi cannot write his name, but the bride, Marthe Marguerite French, signs hers in a bold, free hand, which is followed by the dashing autograph of the soldier, Alphonse de Tonty; and Marie Françoise French, now quite an adept in forming the letters of her new name, also signs.  On the third of May, 1733, just one month from the day of her father’s death in Deerfield, Martha Marguerite French, widow of Jacques Roi, signed her second marriage contract, and the following day married Jean Louis Ménard, at St. Laurent, a parish of Montreal.

vi. Abigail French (28 Feb 1698 Deerfield, MA – in Caughnawaga, a village of the Mohawk nation inhabited from 1666 to 1693, now an archaeological site near the village of Fonda, New York.  lived as an Indian, never married.)

vii. John French (1 Feb 1704 Deerfield, Franklin, MA – 29 Feb 1704 Killed in Deerfield Raid)

The Raid on Deerfield occurred during Queen Anne’s War on February 29, 1704, when French and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the English settlement at Deerfield, Massachusetts just before dawn, burning part of the town and killing 56 villagers.

Minor raids against other communities convinced Governor Joseph Dudley to send 20 men to garrison Deerfield in February. These men, minimally trained militia from other nearby communities, had arrived by the 24th, making for somewhat cramped accommodations within the town’s palisade on the night of February 28. In addition to these men, the townspeople mustered about 70 men of fighting age; these forces were all under the command of Captain Jonathan Wells.

The Connecticut River valley had been identified as a potential raiding target by authorities in New France as early as 1702. The forces for the raid had begun gathering near Montreal as early as May 1703, as reported with reasonable accuracy in English intelligence reports. However, two incidents intervened that delayed execution of the raid. The first was a rumor that English warships were on the Saint Lawrence River, drawing a significant Indian force to Quebec for its defense. The second was the detachment of some troops, critically including Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville, who was to lead the raid, for operations in Maine (including a raid against Wells that raised the frontier alarms at Deerfield). Hertel de Rouville did not return to Montreal until the fall.

The force assembled at Chambly, just south of Montreal, numbered about 250, and was composed of a diversity of personnel. There were 48 Frenchmen, some of them Canadien militia and others recruits from the troupes de la marine, including four of Hertel de Rouville’s brothers. The French leadership included a number of men with more than 20 years experience in wilderness warfare. The Indian contingent included 200 Abenakis, Iroquois, Wyandots, and Pocumtucs, some of whom sought revenge for incidents that had taken place years earlier. These were joined by another 30 to forty Pennacooks led by sachem Wattanummon as the party moved south toward Deerfield in January and February 1704, raising the troop size to nearly 300 by the time it reached the Deerfield area in late February.

The expedition’s departure was not a very well kept secret. In January 1704, New York’s Indian agent Pieter Schuyler was warned by the Iroquois of possible action that he forwarded on to Governor Dudley and Connecticut’s Governor Winthrop; further warnings came to them in mid-February, although none were specific about the target.

The raiders left most of their equipment and supplies 25 to 30 miles north of the village before establishing a cold camp about 2 miles from Deerfield on February 28, 1704. From this vantage point they observed the villagers as they prepared for the night. Since the villagers had been alerted to the possibility of a raid, they all took refuge within the palisade, and a guard was posted.

The raiders had noticed that there were snow drifts all the way to the top of the palisade; this greatly simplified their entry into the fortifications just before dawn on February 29. They carefully approached the village, stopping periodically so that the sentry might confuse the noises they made with more natural sounds. A few men climbed over the palisade via the snow drifts and then opened then north gate to admit the rest. Primary sources vary on the degree of alertness of the village guard that night; one account claims he fell asleep, while another claims that he discharged his weapon to raise the alarm when the attack began, but that it was not heard by many people. As the Reverend John Williams later recounted, “with horrid shouting and yelling”, the raiders launched their attack “like a flood upon us.”

The raiders’ attack probably did not go exactly as they had intended. In attacks on Schenectady, New York and Durham, New Hampshire in the 1690s (both of which included Hertel de Rouville’s father), the raiders had simultaneously attacked all of the houses; at Deerfield, this did not happen. Historians Haefeli and Sweeney theorize that the failure to launch a coordinated assault was caused by the wide diversity within the attacking force.

French organizers of the raid drew on a variety of Indian populations, including in the force of about 300 a number of Pocumtucs who had once lived in the Deerfield area. The diversity of personnel involved in the raid meant that it did not achieve full surprise when they entered the palisaded village. The defenders of some fortified houses in the village successfully held off the raiders until arriving reinforcements prompted their retreat. More than 100 captives were taken, and about 40 percent of the village houses were destroyed.

The raiders swept into the village, and began attacking individual houses. Reverend Williams’ house was among the first to be raided; Williams’ life was spared when his gunshot misfired, and he was taken prisoner. Two of his children and a servant were slain; the rest of his family and his other servant were also taken prisoner. Similar scenarios occurred in many of the other houses. The residents of Benoni Stebbins’ house, which was not among the early ones attacked, resisted the raiders’ attacks, which lasted until well after daylight. A second house, near the northwestern corner of the palisade, was also successfully defended. The raiders moved through the village, herding their prisoners to an area just north of the town, rifling houses for items of value, and setting a number of them on fire.

As the morning progressed, some of the raiders began moving north with their prisoners, but paused about a mile north of the town to wait for those that had not yet finished in the village. The men in the Stebbins house kept the battle up for two hours; they were on the verge of surrendering when reinforcements arrived. Early in the raid, young John Sheldon managed to escape over the palisade and began making his way to nearby Hadley to raise the alarm there. The fires from the burning houses had already been spotted, and “thirty men from Hadley and Hatfield” rushed to Deerfield. Their arrival prompted the remaining raiders to flee, some of whom abandoned their weapons and other supplies in a panic.

The sudden departure of the raiders and the arrival of reinforcements raised the spirits of the beleaguered survivors, and about 20 Deerfield men joined the Hadley men in chasing after the fleeing raiders. The English and the raiders skirmished in the meadows just north of the village, where the English reported “killing and wounding many of them”. However, the pursuit was conducted rashly, and the English soon ran into an ambush prepared by those raiders that had left the village earlier. Of the 50 or so men that gave chase, nine were killed and several more were wounded. After the ambush they retreated back to the village, and the raiders headed north with their prisoners.

As the alarm spread to the south, reinforcements continued to arrive in the village. By midnight, 80 men from Northampton and Springfield had arrived, and men from Connecticut swelled the force to 250 by the end of the next day. After debating over what action to take, it was decided that the difficulties of pursuit were not worth the risks. Leaving a strong garrison in the village, most of the militia returned to their homes.

The raiders destroyed 17 of the village’s 41 homes, and looted many of the others. They killed 44 residents of Deerfield: 10 men, 9 women, and 25 children, five garrison soldiers, and seven Hadley men. Of those who died inside the village, 15 died of fire-related causes; most of the rest were killed by edged or blunt weapons. They took 109 villagers captives; this represented 40 per cent of the village population. They also took captive three Frenchmen who had been living among the villagers. The raiders also suffered losses, although reports vary. New France’s Governor-General Philippe de Rigaud Vaudreuil reported the expedition only lost 11 men, and 22 were wounded, including Hertel de Rouville and one of his brothers. John Williams heard from French soldiers during his captivity that more than 40 French and Indian soldiers were lost; Haefeli and Sweeney believe the lower French figures are more credible, especially when compared to casualties incurred in other raids.

Illustration of 1704 Deerfield Raid Published 1900

The raid has been immortalized as a part of the early American frontier story, principally due to the account of one of its captives, the Rev. John Williams. He and his family were forced to make the long overland journey to Canada, and his daughter Eunice was adopted by a Mohawk family; she took up their ways. Williams’ account, The Redeemed Captive, was published in 1707 and was widely popular in the colonies.

She liked to go to Deacon French’s, who lived on what is now the site of the second church parsonage. The Deacon was the blacksmith of the village, and his shop stood a few rods west of his house. Eunice would stand hours watching him, as he beat into shape the plough-shares, that had been bent by [p.132] the stumps in the newly cleared lands. As the sparks flew up from the flaming forge, she thought of the verse in the Bible, “Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward,” and wondered what it meant. Too soon, alas, she learned.

For the 109 English captives, the raid was only the beginning of their troubles. The raiders still had to return to Canada, a 300 miles  journey, in the middle of winter. Many of the captives were ill-prepared for this, and the raiders were themselves short on provisions. The raiders consequently engaged in a brutal yet common practice: captives were slain when it was clear they would be unable to keep up. Only 89 of the captives survived the ordeal; most of those who either died of exposure or were slain en route were women and children. Thomas’ wife Mary Caitin French was killed on the trip on 9 March 1703/04.

Deerfield Raid Map. Mary Caitlin French was killed about halfway through the journey

In the first few days several of the captives escaped. Hertel de Rouville instructed Reverend Williams to inform the others that recaptured escapees would be tortured; there were no further escapes. (The threat was not an empty one — it was known to have happened on other raids.)  The French leader’s troubles were not only with his captives. The Indians had some disagreements amongst themselves concerning the disposition of the captives, which at times threatened to come to blows. A council held on the third day resolved these disagreements sufficiently that the trek could continue.

Illustration by Howard Pyle showing the journey back to Canada

The raid failed to accomplish one of Governor Vaudreuil’s objectives: to instill fear in the English colonists. They instead became angry, and calls went out from the governors of the northern colonies for action against the French colonies. Governor Dudley wrote that “the destruction of Quebeck and Port Royal would put all the Navall stores into Her Majesty’s hands, and forever make an end of an Indian War”, the frontier between Deerfield and Wells was fortified by upwards of 2,000 men,  and the bounty for Indian scalps was more than doubled, from £40 to £100. Dudley also promptly organized a retaliatory raid against Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia). In the summer of 1704, New Englanders under the leadership of Benjamin Church raided Acadian villages at Pentagouet (present-day Castine, Maine), Passamaquoddy Bay (present-day St. Stephen, New Brunswick), Grand Pré, Pisiquid, and Beaubassin (all in present-day Nova Scotia). Church’s instructions included the taking of prisoners to exchange for those taken at Deerfield, and specifically forbade him to attack the fortified capital, Port Royal.

Deerfield and other communities collected funds to ransom the captives, and French authorities and colonists also worked to extricate the captives from their Indian masters. Within a year’s time, most of the captives were in French hands, a product of frontier commerce in humans that was fairly common at the time. The French and Indians also engaged in efforts to convert their captives to Roman Catholicism, with modest success. Some of the younger captives, however, were not ransomed, and were adopted into the tribes. Such was the case with Williams’ daughter Eunice, who was eight years old when captured. She became thoroughly assimilated, and married a Mohawk man when she was 16. Other captives also remained by choice in Canadian and Native communities such as Kahnawake for the rest of their lives.

Two of Thomas’ daughters who stayed in Canada married and had large families. The third daughter assimilated into the Indians at Kahnawake. One great-grandson was Archbishop Octave Plessis, who was the ranking churchman to champion the Catholic viewpoint to the British government in the first decades of the 1800’s. That the Church survived is largely due to his efforts.

Negotiations for the release and exchange of captives began in late 1704, and continued until late 1706. They became entangled in unrelated issues (like the English capture of French privateer Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste), and larger concerns, including the possibility of a wider-ranging treaty of neutrality between the French and English colonies. Mediated in part by Deerfield residents John Sheldon and John Wells, some captives were returned to Boston in August 1706. Governor Dudley, who needed the successful return of the captives for political reason, then released the French captives, including Baptiste; the remaining captives that had chosen to return were back in Boston by November 1706.

Thomas French and his children Mary and Thomas Jr. were brought back to Deerfield in 1706 by Ensign John Sheldon, in his second expedition to Canada for the redemption of the captives. An interesting evidence of the proneness of Deerfield maidens to versifying, exists in a poem said to have been written by Mary French to a younger sister during their captivity, in the fear last the latter might become a Romanist (Catholic).

Soon after his return, Thomas French was made Deacon of the church in Deerfield in place of Deacon David Hoyt, who had died of starvation at Coos on the march to Canada. In 1709, Deacon French married the widow of Benoni Stebbins. He died in 1733 at the age of seventy six, respected and regretted as an honest and usefu1:man and a pillar of the church and state.

John Williams wrote a captivity narrative about his experience, which was published in 1707. The work was widely distributed in the 18th and 19th centuries, and continues to be published today. Williams’ work was one of the reasons this raid, unlike others of the time, was remembered and became an element in the American frontier story. In the 19th century the raid began to be termed a massacre (where previous accounts had used words like “destruction” and “sack”, emphasizing the physical destruction); this terminology was still in use in mid-20th century Deerfield. A portion of the original village of Deerfield has been preserved as a living history museum; among its relics is a door bearing tomahawk marks from the 1704 raid. The raid is commemorated there in leap years.

An 1875 legend recounts the attack as an attempt by the French to regain a bell, supposedly destined for Quebec, but pirated and sold to Deerfield. The legend continues that this was a “historical fact known to almost all school children.” However, the story, which is a common Kahnawake tale, was refuted as early as 1882.

4. Mary French

Mary’s husband Samuel Stebbins was born 21 Jan 1659 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. His parents were John Stebbins and Abigail Bartlett. After the divorce, he married 14 Mar 1692/93 in Rhode Island to Sarah Williams (b. 1660 in Rhode Island – d. 26 Jan 1697). Samuel died 3 Sep 1732 in Coldspring, Hampshire, Mass.

Mary and Samuel Stebbins were divorced 27 Dec 1692 after 15 years of marriage; HDF sources: Stebbins gene., pg. 115; Parsons gene., 1/684

Samuel Stebbins was divorced by his first wife Mary French for infidelity which included his siring of several children by Sarah Williams. The decree was rendered 27 DEC 1692 and Samuel m 12 MAR 1692/3 Sarah Williams in Rhode Island. The subject of the article is apparently the son of Samuel by another extra-marital affair with Ruth Baker who subsequently married Ebenezer Alford.

7. Hannah French

Hannah’s husband Francis Keet was born 1665 in Rehobeth, Essex, Mass. His parents were Francis Keet and [__?__]. Francis died 9 May 1751 in Sunderland, Franklin, Mass.

8. Jonathan French

Jonathan’s wife Sarah Warner was born 28 May 1668 in Hadley, Hampshire, Mass. Her parents were Isaac Warner and Sarah Boltwood. Sarah died in 1724 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Mass

9. Elizabeth French

Elizabeth’s husband Samuel Pomeroy was born 29 May 1669 in Northampton, Mass. His parents were Caleb Pomerory and Hepzibah Baker. After Elizabeth died, he married to Joanna Root (b. 5 Nov 1681 in Northampton, Mass. – d. 20 Jan 1713 in Northampton, Mass.) After Joanna died, he married 1715 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. to Elizabeth Strickland (b. 29 Jan 1685 in Simsbury, Hartford, CT – d. Southampton, Hampshire, Mass.) Samuel died 29 Oct 1748 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass

Samuel was a farmer and schoolteacher.


The history of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their ancestors and descendants … By John William Linzee 1918

The redeemed captive returning to Zion: or, The captivity and deliverance of Rev. John Williams of Deerfield 1704 Google EBook

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