Edward Dillingham

Edward DILLINGHAM (1595 – 1667)  was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; two of 2,048  in this generation of the Shaw line.   He was one of the 10 men assigned to organize the settlement of Sandwich, Plymouth Colony  and he and Deborah Bachiler Wing’s oldest son, John WING are listed as Heads of Families in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony.

Edward Dillingham – Coat of Arms

Edward Dillingham was baptized on 6 Dec 1595 at Cotesbach, Leicester, England.  He lived in Bitteswell, an adjoining parish.  His parents were Rev. Henry DILLINGHAM and Oseth [__?__].   He married Ursula CARTER at Cotesbach, Leicester, England, on 14 Feb 1614/15.  Edward’s younger brother John immigrated in 1630.  Edward with his wife, Ursula, and three of their children came to Boston in 1632, settled in Lynn, and later in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Three daughters of Edward and Ursula remained in England  Edward died between 1 May 1666 when he wrote his will and 5 June 1667 when it was proven in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony.

St. Mary’s Church, Cotesbach, Leicester, England – Henry Dillingham Rector of Cottesbach who was also patron of the living of Bitteswell in 1606. His son Edward was a Gentleman landowner of Bitteswell before emmigrating to Massachusetts in 1632.

Ursula (Drusilla) Carter was born on 20 Jun 1590 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England.  Her parents were John CARTER and Mary ANSCELL.  Ursula died on 6 Feb 1655/56 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA  and was buried on 9 Feb 1655/56 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.

Children of Edward and Ursula:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth DILLINGHAM 2 Apr 1616
Cotesbach, Leicester, England
ca 1645
Sandwich, Plymouth Colony
31 Jan 1692
Yarmouth, Mass
2. Marie Dillingham 2 Dec 1618
3. Oseah Dillingham Feb 1622
Stephen Wing (John’s brother and son of Rev. John WINGE)
Oct 1646
Sandwich, Plymouth Colony
29 Apr 1654
Sandwich, PC
4. Henry DILLINGHAM 13 Oct 1624
Hannah PERRY 
24 Jun 1652
Sandwich, PC
26 Jul 1705
Sandwich, PC
5. Sarah Dillingham 23 Jun 1627
Feb 1628
6. Lt. John Dillingham 1 May 1629
Elizabeth Feake
24 Mar 1651
Sandwich, PC
21 May 1715
Harwich, Mass

3 Apr 1637 – Edward was one  of “10 men of Saugus” to whom Sandwich lands were granted.

This Plaque of The Ten Men from Saugus, who were the Founders of Sandwich, is on the wall of the Selectmans’s office in City Hall, Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. The ten families from Saugus, Mass. (near Lynn, Mass.) just north of Boston were allotted property on Cape Cod  at Sandwich, Mass. in 1637.

Sandwich was first settled in 1637 by a group from Saugus with the permission of the Plymouth Colony. It was named for the seaport of Sandwich, Kent, England. It is the oldest town on Cape Cod. As of the census  of 2000, there were 20,136 people in the town

Historians assert, that religious considerations also led the ten Saugus (Lynn) pioneers to seek this first plantation of the Cape. Whatever their motives, after deliberation they concluded that the Plymouth colony could be no more stringent than the Massachusetts, nor present more obstacles to their aspirations; so they sought and obtained permission from the colony of Plymouth to locate a plantation at Shaume, now Sandwich. The record says: ”April 3, 1637, it is also agreed by the Court that these ten men of Saugus, viz.,Edmund FREEMAN, Henry Feake, Thomas DEXTEREdward DILLINGHAM, William Wood, John Carman, Richard Chadwell, William Almy, Thomas Tupper, and George Knott, shall have liberty to view a place to sit down, and have sufficient lands for three-score families, upon the conditions propounded to them by the governor and Mr. Winslow.”

That year these men except Thomas Dexter, who came subsequently, settled with their families in and near that part of the town now occupied by the village of Sandwich.

Sandwich was the site of an early Quaker settlement. However, the settlement was not well-received, as their beliefs clashed with those of the Puritans who founded the town. Many Quakers left the town, either for further settlements along the Cape, or elsewhere. Early industry revolved around agriculture, with fishing and trading also providing for the town. Later, the town grew a small industrial component along the Scusset River and Old Harbor Creek and its tributary.

He was on the list of those able to bear arms (between the ages of 16 and 61) in 1643, and he took the oath of fidelity in 1644.

Edward Dillingham was a surveyor of highways in 1640, 1641, and 1653. On 27 Sep 1642 he was chosen deputy from Sandwich to the General Court at Plymouth to provide forces on account of the Indians.

On 7 Jan 1650 Edward Dillingham was again on a committee to divide meadow lands, receiving 8 acres as his share. He served on the Grand Jury in 1655 and in 1658 was appointed one of a committee to determine the true boundary of every inhabitant’s land in Sandwich.

Apparently quite independent, he seemed to have come in conflict with the civil and religious authorities. In 1657, he was arrested for “speaking approbriesly to the constables deputie of Sandwich was admonished and cleared.”

He was a legatee of the will of his brother John of Ipswich, Massachusetts, who died in 1634 or 1635 and nearly ten years passed before he and Richard Saltonstall settled all outstanding differences concerning Edward’s one-third share of the estate.

Edward Dillingham House in Sandwich dates back to “1650” –  The Dillingham House is located on Old Main Street, very close to the village of Sandwich and its many attractions, including beaches, museums and the scenic historic village

Ryan Griffin now owns the Dillingham House and operates a four bedroom B & B there.  The house has gone from being the  home of one of the distinguished founders of Sandwich, MA, Edward Dillingham to being a rundown boarding house during the 1930s and 40s and then was vacant for much of the 1970s.  It is now once again restored to a lovely house for guests to Cape Cod.  Throughout all these incarnations, however, it has been generally viewed as being haunted.  Many people think the ghost is Branch Dillingham who committed suicide in 1813.  Others think it is several of his many children, or both. During the 1970s the local police responded many times to alarms from the house, only to find no cause. during their investigations doors that would not budge would suddenly open easily and lights that did not work would be on upon their return to that room.  The police reports noted that over the years activity seemed to increase in October. Ms Griffin has also noticed this pattern. One guest briefly saw a man in Victorian clothing, and her sister claimed that when she woke up she saw a young girl sitting at the end of the bed. Other guests have reported unexplained footsteps when no one is around. The Dillingham House is at 71 Main St., Sandwich MA  508-833-0065. email  info@dillinghamhouse.com

Will of Edward Dillingham:

The last will and testament of Mr. Edward Dillingham,  exhibited to the Court held at Plymouth the first day of June 1667 on the oaths of Stephen Wing and William Griffith.

Know all men that I Edward Dillingham do make this my deed of gift to my two sons Henry Dillingham and John Dillingham in Trust not to be their proper right, but the proper right of the persons hereafter named only they two are to take care of the goods until the owners send for them, only they two have liberty to take so much out of the goods, as shall pay them their charges layed out about the goods, the goods conveyed are three mares and three foals, two-year-old horses, two milch cows, one four years old steer, one three years old steer, one two years old steer, one two years old heifer, three one year old heifers with some other things, which shall be set down in the conclusion hereof.

[It is supposed the persons of Leicestershire, mentioned by the testator, had sent over cattle to receive back their increase in after years. So says Rossiter Cotton.]

The persons, whose proper right these goods are, are:—

Robert Low of Bitswell, son to blind Robert Low;
Thomas Low, commonly called Thomas Low of the Back house;
Thomas Low, called Thomas Low in the lane;
Thomas Shatswell;
William Binsent;

All those are of Biteswell in the county of Leicester:
Ann Porter of Shawell in the same county;
Richard Porter of the same town and county;
Nathaniel Cox of Litterworth; in the same county;
John Wright of Cottesbith in the same county;
Old Cart of Leine in the same county;
Edward Clark of the same town and county; and
Another man, that hath a bond of mine in his hands that lives at or near Earlephilton in the same county;
William Thornton of Neather Elbrook in the same county;

My hope and desire is, that there may be for Robert Low, twenty-two pounds, Thomas Low of the back house eighteen pounds, Thomas Low in the lane six pounds, and for Thomas Shatswell one pound, and for William Binsent two pounds, ten shillings, Ann Porter four pounds, Richard Porter two pounds and ten shillings, Nathaniel Cox one pound, and Jonn Wright one pound and ten shillings, Old Cart four pounds; Edward Clark three pounds, and another man one pound, William Thornton two pounds.

I hope it may hold out these sums, but, if it should fall short, then you must make abatement according to these proportions.

There is before the sealing of this writing much loss in the Cattle, therefore, there must be abatement according to the proportion before mentioned. There is to be added to the things before mentioned, namely; Henry Dillingham, which he oweth me, as also divers small things which I sold to him, which- cometh to four pounds and also John Dillingham which he oweth me and also for divers small things which I sold to him which cometh to five pound and ten shillings, dated the first day of the third month called May in the year one thousand six hundred, sixty and six. EDWARD DILLINGHAM (Seal.) This Will Recorded Book 4th, page 36, of the Colony Records.

From Frederic William Dillingham’s application to Sons of the Revolution:

Edward Dillingham of Bitteswell, Leicestershire, England who settled at Plymouth, 1632, Ipswich 1634, Saugus 1636 and Sandwich 1637 in the colony of Plymouth on or about the 2d day of April 1637. He was born in 1595, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. From other notes of FWD: Edward Dillingham, Deputy of Sandwich 1643 d.1667 Edward Dillingham, Gent, was freeholder of Bitteswell in 1630. Wife Drusilla d.Feb 6, 1656 (another note says wife Ursula d.Feb 9, 1656) Apr 3 1637 ten men including Edward made record of settlement at Sandwich. Number of families from Lynn, Duxbury and Plymouth. Mr Dillingham had 8 acres of meadow in Sandwich. Edward and brother John came in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630. Were first in Boston, then Ipswich. [This is wrong; John came in 1630, Edward in 1632. ED] Another note cites New England Historical and Genealogical Register Dillingham, Edward, Lynn, Witness at Salem Court in 1637, joined in the founding of Sandwich, propr. 3 Apr 1637. Wife Ursula d. Feb 9, 1656. Will, May 1, 1666 probated 5 June 1667 was in the form of a deed of gift to his two sons Henry and John. Property in his hands whose owners, specified, res. in Bitteswell and other places in Lancashire, Eng.

Another note, probably by Dean Dudley, refers to Savage’s Gen Dec New England Edward Dillingham came to Lynn Mass from Bitteswell in the County of Leicester England where he had an estate. [This agrees with my conclusion that Edward Dillingham Gent Freeholder was also Edward Immigrant. See my notes under The Rev Henry Dillingham. ED] The exact date of his arrival is not given but we find him in Lynn in 1636 and in 1637 he removed to Sandwich. He was a Rep to the Gen [unreadable] 1642. Had two sons, Henry and John, the latter born in England in 1630. [Another source gives Henry’s birth as 1627 ED] His will is dated May 1 1666 probated Jun 1 1667 an abstract of which is printed in the New England His + Gen Reg Vol VII p 225.

From a letter from FWD to George Halsey Thompson, Registrar of OFPA …

As to his coming to this country Savage says Edward and John were probably brothers but Richard Saltonstall in a letter to Governor Winthrop 1636 says they were brothers. This in a letter to me from Dean Dudley. Savage further says they were relatives of Richard Saltonstall and Samuel Appleton. Dudley in another letter to me says they were brothers and came in the same ship. You know how badly Winthrop’s papers were scattered and destroyed but there is a fragment which says John Dillingham came in the Abigail, being No. 71 on the list.

I wrote my father’s sister Maria who told me the origin of the family was in three brothers who came from England. One settled in Mass., one in Vermont and the third in Maine. Maine was cut off from Mass in 1820, leaving us no ancient Maine lineage. Edward Dillingham and his brother John appear to have come from Bitteswell in Leicestershire, England. The family were landed gentry there before 1600, as may be seen in Nicholl’s History of that County. Their arms were: arg, ten fleur de lis, 4, 3, 2, 1, ppr. Edward was a legatee of his brother John of Ipswich, who died early, and Sir Richard Saltonstall and Governor Thomas Dudley helped to settle his estate. In 1632, Edward took cattle of Emanuel Downing of London for a third of the increase.

In 1637, Mr Dillingham was living at Saugus (Lynn), and with nine other men was by the Plymouth court, granted liberty to view a place in the old colony to sit down on, and have sufficient land for three score families, on the conditions propounded to them by the Government and Mr Winslow. These nine men were Edmond Freeman, Henry Feake, Thomas Dexter, William Wood, John Carman, Richard Chadwell, William Amey, Thomas Tupper, and George Knott. Most of these men settled at Sandwich, and in a list of Freemen of Sandwich, in 1643, are the names of Dillingham, Feake, Freeman, Knott, Chadwell and Tupper.

Mr Dillingham brought over from Bitteswell a herd of cattle which he took from his neighbors on shares; that is, he was to return the cattle with part of their increase in subsequent years. The fulfillment of this agreement is provided for in his will.

He was elected Deputy of Sandwich in 1643. Mr D. was one of the founders of Sandwich and a much respected citizen. His daughter Osea married Stephen Wing, who was town clerk of Sandwich in 1669. His wife’s name was Drusilla, who died 6 February 1656. Mr D. died in 1667. From ED: Of the list of founders and freemen of Sandwich, the names of Feake, Freeman and Tupper appear among the wives of later generations of Dillinghams. The document above identifies Drusilla as his wife, but as indicated above this is probably a copying error, because he married Ursula Carter in England and she was the mother of his children. No mention of a second marriage is found. The document quoted above was clearly a pamphlet genealogy “Dillingham Family” published in Yarmouthtown, Mass by C. W. Swift, Publisher and Printer in 1912. It is reprinted in the Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy. From Alexander, pg 18a Son of the Rev Henry and Oseth ____, baptized 6 Dec 1595, at Cottesbach, Leicestershire, where his father was rector. He was made executor of the will of his father, who died in 1625, and was nearly all his property, becoming thereby a freeholder in Bitteswell, an adjoining parish. He married at Cottesbach, 14 Feb 1614, Ursula Carter, by whom he had at least seven children. But three of these came with him to America, Oseth, Henry and John. All the others probably died young, although the oldest, Elizabeth, may have married and remained in England. The parentage of Ursula Carter was not found, but in the parish record of Cottesbach, in the list of rectors, immediately preceding the record of death of Rev Henry Dillingham, is given “Edward Carter, 1601”. It may be found that Ursula was his daughter. [DILLIN.GED]”The last will and testament of Mr. Edward Dillingham, exhibited to the Courtheld at Plymouth the first day of June 1667 on the oaths of Stephen Wing and William griffith. Know all men that I Edward Dillingham do make this my deed of gift to my two sons Henry Dillingham and John Dillingham in Trust not to be their proper right, but the proper right of the persons hereafter named only they two are to take care of the goods until the owners send for them, only they two have liberty to take so much out of the goods, as shall pay them their charges layed out about the goods, the good conveyed are three mares and three foals, two-year-old horses, two milch cows, one four years old steer, one three years old steer, one two years old steer, one two years old heifer, three one year old heifers with some other things, which shall be set down in the conclusion hereof. . . . There is to be added to the things befoe mentioned, namely; Henry Dillingham, which he oweth me, as also divers small things which I sold to him, which cometh to four pounds and also John Dillingham which he oweth me and also for divers small things which I sold to him which cometh to five pound and ten shillings, dated the first day of the third month called May in the year one thousand six houndred, sixty and six. EDWARD DILLINGHAM (Sear.)
This Will recorded Book 4th, page 36, of the ColonyRecords.
Attest, Rossiter Collon, Regr.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Stephen ‘Wing and William Griffith


1. Elizabeth DILLINGHAM  (See John WING II‘s page)

3. Oseah Dillingham

Oseah’s husband Stephen Wing was born 1621 at prob. Flushing, Zeeland, Netherlands.  His parents were Rev. John WINGE and Deborah BACHILER.  After Oseah died, he married Sarah Briggs 7 Jan 1654/55 Sandwich, PC.  Stephen died 24 Apr 1710 Sandwich, MA, Interred at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Stephen’s second wife Sarah Briggs was born 1641 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Briggs and Catherine [__?__]. Sarah died 26 Mar 1689 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

When the William & Francis embarked on their voyage on March 9, 1632. Oseah Dillingham would have been about ten years old when she left her homeland. Most historians agree that the only Dillingham children that were on the William and Francis were, Henry Dillingham, who was about seven or eight at the time and John Dillingham, the youngest child, who was about two years of age. It is true that there are holes wide enough to sink a ship in when it comes to the list of passengers on the William & Francis. We probably will never know the full story. However, it doesn’t seem reasonable that the Dillingham’s would bring a seven year old and a two year old and leave an eleven year old girl behind.  Chances are that it was this voyage where she first met Stephen Wing, the man that she would marry.

Because of her father’s reputation, Oseah Dillingham must have enjoyed a prominent position among her peers in the small village of Sandwich, Massachusetts. Therefore it must have been doubly humiliating for Oseah to have to endure the censure of the magistrates because of her pregnancy before her marriage to Stephen Wing.

“Whereas Steven Wing, of Sandwich, [and] Oseah Dillingham, were found to haue had carnall knowledge each of others body before contract of matrimony, which the said Steven Wing, coming into the face of the Court, freely acknowledging, he was, according to order of Court, fined in x li, and so is discharged.” Plymouth Court Records, March 2, 1646/47.

There are no any historical records that have survived that describe the outrage the Edward Dillingham must have experienced when he learned the news that Stephen Wing had taken advantage of his daughter. Chances are that Stephen Wing got a good thrashing in the woods followed by a severe upbraiding by Edward Dillingham and Stephen’s older brothers, John and Daniel Wing.

Stephen Wing resided in Sandwich. It is contended by some that he continued to live with his father even after his marriage. Tradition, however, with considerable confidence and probability, fixes his precise location on a farm not far from Spring Hill, now in the possession of a descendant.

A part of the house which he built in 1644 is said to be still in existence.  From his business as a town official, we conclude that for a while at least he must have lived at the central village of Sandwich. In 1646-7, he was married to Oseah, the daughter of Edward Dillingham, one of the nine associates to whom the town had been granted April 3, 1637. In accordance with the rigid laws of that period, and which were enforced against all, however high their position in society, some objections were made against him and a fine was laid upon him. by the Court at Plymouth, March 2, 1646/47 for the too early birth of his first child after marriage. He appears however to have been an earnest advocate of religion and was a strenuous supporter of religious meetings and of public order. Yet he with many others of that period came in conflict with the exclusiveness and intolerance to which both church and state were then committed. From the first the whole family of his father and his mother’s father were inclined to a greater freedom in worship and life than the customs and laws of the colonies permitted. In this they had the sympathies of what seems to have been for many years a majority of the inhabitants of Sandwich.

The religious difficulties of the town by no means originated as has been supposed, with the advent of the Quakers. Loud complaints were made respecting those who resisted the severe and arbitrary laws of the colony long before any meetings forbidden by law were set up, or the name of Quaker was known And yet the prevalence of such a spirit and sentiment prepared (he people of Sandwich to decline enforcing and even to resist the cruel laws against the Quakers when these people made their appearance, in 1657 when Nicholas Upsall visited Sandwich there was a great commotion Public proclamation was made that for every hour’s entertainment of him “a severe fine was to be exacted.” In spite of such a law, several families at that time nol at allinclined to Quakerism, not only received him to their bouses, but allowed him and others to bold meetings and attended upon them. Stephen, with his brother Daniel, began first with contending for tolerance, and soon their sympathy with suffering was exchanged for conversion to the faith of the sufferers. Severe fives were imposed upon him, imprisonment was threatened if not absolutely inflicted on him, and even the town privileges of a freeman were withdrawn from him and his friends because he declined for a time to take the oath of fidelity which bound him to assist in the execution of such laws. He had been admitted a freeman and enrolled among those “liable to bear arms” in 1643, and had been assigned his proper proportion and boundary of land in 1658. So large, however, was the number of converts to the Friends, and so general the disposition to tolerate them among the people of Sandwich, that the laws against them could not be enforced, and if any punishments were inflicted it had to be done out of town. Stephen and his family became permanently connected with the Society of Friends, and his posterity have in all their generations remained true to his example.

In 1667 he with William Griffith presented to probate the will of his father-in law, Edward Dillingham,and in 1669 he was chosen town clerk. In 1675 the town voted to record his name with many others as having a just right to the privileges of the town. In 1678 he seems to have overcome his scruples about taking the oath of fidelity for his name that year appears among those on the list ofits receivers.

Oa the 9th day of the 4th month 1653-4, his wife Oseah died ;and on the 7th of the 11th month of the same year he married Sarah, the daughter of Johu Briggs, who came to America in 1635, aged 20. She died 3d month, 26, 1689 ; but the period of his own death is uncertain. One account gives it as 2d month, 24, 1710 (OldStyle). The will of one named Stephen Wing is given inthe records, dated Dec 2 1700, and proved July 13, 1710;and it mentions sons Nathanael, Elisha and John, and daughters Sarah Giflbrd and Abigail Wing, and a grandson, Jeremiah Gifford. “Ebenezer Wing and Matthew Wing, sons of the deceased/ were appointed by the judge to be executors of the will. From this date we infer that Stephen continued to live through the first decade of the last century, although he must then have been not less than eighty-eight years of age.

4. Henry DILLINGHAM (See his page)

6. Lt. John Dillingham

 “Lieut John Dillingham was born in England in 1629, probably at Bitteswell, the family seat in Leichestershire. Coming over with his father about 1632, he at length in 1681, became a freeman of Sandwich and took the oeath of fidelity to the Government. About this time he settled at Satucket and became a great land owner. This place, which is in the western part of Brewster, was until the incorporation of Harwich, in 1694, in the Constablerick of jurisdiction of Yarmouth. Before removing from Sandwich, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Feake 21 March, 1650.   He was chosen the Constable of Harwich in 1704. His death occurred 21 May, 1715. His will, dated 15 Nov 1707, mentions John, Jr., and other children. . . . The old homestead of this Dillingham family remained in their possession up to within a quarter of a century ago. In this house all these generations lived and died. The old family Bible contains a record of seven generations. It was the first or second John Dillingham of Satucket that built the house in which the family resided.”

He is called in the records, John, 1st, of Satucket, and later Lieutenant John. He bought land in 1667 in Satucket, then a part of Yarmouth, but later in Harwich on the incorporation of that town in 1694. The estate then purchased has come down through the family to the present time, being now in the westerly part of Brewstar, which was set off from Harwich in 1803. he removed to his new home about 1670 with John WING, his brother-in-law, and became a large landowner.”

“In the office of the clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston is recorded a deed, dated 1 March, 1676/7, in which John WING and Lieut. John Dillingham of Satucket, in the Liberties of Yarmouth, buy, for ten pounds, 4 shillings, of Indians Sampson, Penassamusk his wife (daughter of Nepoyeton, late sachem of Mattachese), and Ralph of Nobscusset and Manatotmusk, his wife, daughter also of said epoyeton, all land held by them in common with Robin, Indian, and wife Sarah, daughter also of said Nepoyeton, from Bound Brook on the west to Saquatucket River on the east from the North sea to the South sea. This deed was not recorded until 21 June, 1697. Another deed, of the same date as the above, shows that Robin and wife Sarah sell their interest in this land to John Wing and John Dillingham for five pounds, five shillings.

In the same office is recorded an agreement between Lieut. John Dillingham, John WING Sr., and Kenelm Winslow, as to ownership of land in Eastham, under date of 5 February, 1694/95. A story handed down in the family is to the effect that the purchase price of the land bought from the Indians was a “black colt”, while another version says “coat”.

1657 – He took the oath of fidelity in Yarmouth .
He served on the Grand Inquest (Jury) at Plymouth in 1653 and again in 1673.

1667 – With his brother Henry, he settled his father’s estate.

7 Jul 1674 –  “Serjeant Dillingham was appointed to be leif-tenant — of the milletary company of Yarmouth”.

1676 – He was taxed in Yarmouth for 6 pounds-17s-9d towards defraying the expenses of King Philip’s War.

1699 – He sold his interest in the fulling mill on Satucket River.

20 Mar 1701 – John Dillingham was constable of Harwich, but this may have been his son.

John was a Quaker, a member of the Sandwich Monthly Meeting, and it was in his home and that of Henry Jones that the first recorded Friends meetings were held, in 1681. John and Elizabeth Dillingham were present at a half yearly meeting at the house of Edward WANTON in Scituate, 18-7 mo-1682. A monthly meeting was held at his house, 1 mo. 1710, and he is frequently mentioned in the minutes of the meetings. He must have given up his military office before actively joining with the Friends, as they were decidedly opposed to military service. At a meeting of 5-2 mo.- 1700, William Allen [Ralph ALLENs grandson], Robert Harper [Edmund PERRY’s son-in-law] and John Dillingham were appointed “to speak with some friends at Yarmouth concerning their going to training,” which was considered “disorderly”.

He is said to have “sealed with an antelope’s head, couped at the neck”, and to have used the fleur-de-lis coat of arms.


John died in Harwich, 27 May, 1715 (gravestone says 21 May), “aged 85″. The old Dillingham burying ground in West Brewster, on the north side of the road to East Dennis, west of the river, is the oldest in that part of the town. The oldest stone is that of John, the settler.

The old house now standing in West Brewster is said to have been built by this John. The date 1660 is burned into one of the rafters. The house was in possession of the family until recent years, when it was sold, but in 1921 it was purchased by Isaac Snow Dillingham, Jr., of Boston, for use as a summer residence. Part of the original estate is still held by descendants.” It is now a B&B (See above)






The best account in print of John Dillingham is in Augustine Caldwell, [Boston 1873], pp. 9-13. Dillingham’s daughter Sarah had married John Caldwell, and the author of this volume saw fit to collect in one place all records he could find about John Dillingham in New England.

The New England historical & genealogical register and antiquarian …, Volume 7 By New England Historic Genealogical 1853 – Edward Dillingham Will

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Elder John Hunting

Elder John HUNTING (1602 – 1689) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather two ways; through his daughter Margaret and through his daughter Elizabeth.  He was two of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Hunting was baptized on 24 Jan 1601/02 in Thrandeston, Suffolk, England.   Alternatively, he was born in 1597 in Hoxne, a village in Suffolk County, England.    His parents were  William HUNTING and Margaret RANDOLFE.  He married Esther SEABORN on 28 Jun 1624  at Wramplingham, Norfolk, England. He is the first of the Hunting family name of whom there is record in America and came to New England in the spring of 1638 with his wife and five children and settled at Dedham, Mass.  He was elected the first ruling elder of the Dedham Church in 1639.  John died 12 Apr 1689 in Dedham, Mass.

Esther Seaborn was born about 1597 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Her parents were William SABURNE and Mary [__?__]. She was the second cousin of the martyr, John Rogers.  Esther died 4 May 1676 in Dedham, Mass.

Children of John and Esther:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Hunting 26 Feb 1626
Hoxne, Suffolk, England
William Jay
Charles Buckner
25 Aug 1684
2. Margaret HUNTING 21 Sep 1628 Hoxne, England Capt. Robert WARE
24 Mar 1644/45
26 Aug 1670 Dedham, Mass.
3. Esther Hunting 26 Dec 1629 Oakley, Suffolk, England Nathaniel Fisher
26 Dec 1649
Timothy Dwight
31 Jul 1690
30 Jan 1689/90 Dedham
4. Elizabeth HUNTING 4 May 1634
Oakley, England
Rehoboth, Mass
9 Dec 1667
Rehoboth, Mass.
5 John Hunting 9 Oct 1636
Oakley, England
Elizabeth Paine
18 APR 1671
19 SEP 1718
6. Samuel Hunting 22 Jul 1640 Dedham Hannah Hackborne
24 Dec 1662
19 Aug 1701
7. Nathaniel Hunting 15 Dec 1643 Dedham 1 Jan 1643/44 Dedham
8 Matthew Hunting 6 Mar 1647/48 Dedham, Mass.

John was one of the founders of the church at Dedham, and its first ruling elder. The first authentic record of him is on the Dedham Register dated 28 Aug 1638 where he ‘entertayned to purchase John Boledge’s lot.’ After this date, by the church records, he takes an active part in religious affairs.   Elder John Hunting left a will on 15 Dec 1684 at Dedham, Massachusetts. He died on 12 April 1689 at Dedham, Massachusetts at age 87.   His estate was inventoried on 11 Jun 1689 at Dedham, Massachusetts.

Previous to coming to this country he was a ‘ruling elder’, and was living in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, England.

According to Robert Brand Hanson’s history, Dedham, Massachusetts 1635-1890, John Hunting had been a wandering evangelist in England.  He spent most of his time in his saddle, visiting the people of like faith, encouraging them in their work and holding meetings wherever a few could be assembled, be it either in house or barn, or under the trees, teaching them of a higher life as he understood it.

After some political-religious skirmishes in the formation of the first church in Dedham and the selection of the first pastor (John Allin), Hunting became the first Ruling Elder of the Dedham church.

13 Mar 1639 – John  was admitted a freeman  in Dedham.  He was one of the founders of the church at Dedham and was its first ruling elder as we see in the following extract of those churches earliest years written by the first Minister John Allin:

Toward the end of the summer (1638) we are having some experience of John Hunting who came to us from England and some of us knowing him before and having very good testimony of him from many others, we agreed to make trial whether he might not be found meet for this work and willing thereto; in both we found encouragement that he also came amongst us into society.

28 Aug 1638 – The first authentic record of him is on the Dedham Register when he “entertayned to purchase John Boledges lot.” From the church records he seems to have taken an active part in religious affairs. He died April 12, 1689. buried at Dedham.

13 Mar 1639 – Admitted a freeman in Dedham

While it was of the utmost importance, “founding a church was more difficult than founding a town. Meetings were held late in 1637 and were open to “all the inhabitants who affected church communion… lovingly to discourse and consult together [on] such questions as might further tend to establish a peaceable and comfortable civil society ad prepare for spiritual communion.” On the fifth day of every week they would meet in a different home and would discuss any issues “as he felt the need, all ‘humbly and with a teachable heart not with any mind of cavilling or contradicting.'”

After they became acquainted with one another, they asked if “they, as a collection of Christian strangers in the wilderness, have any right to assemble with the intention of establishing a church? Their understanding of the Bible lead them to believe that they did, and so they continued to establish a church based on Christian love, but also one that had requirements for membership. In order to achieve a “further union” the determined the church must “convey unto us all the ordinances of Christ’s instituted worship, both because it is the command of God… and because the spiritual condition of every Christian is such as stand in need of all instituted ordinances for the repair of the spirit.”  Only ‘visible saints’ were pure enough to become members. A public confession of faith was required, as was a life of holiness. All others would be required to attend the sermons at the meeting house, but could not join the church, nor receive communion, be baptized or become an officer of the church.

Finally, on November 8, 1638, two years after the incorporation of the town and one year after the first church meetings were held, the covenant was signed and the church was gathered. Guests from other towns were invited for the event as they sought the “advice and counsel of the churches” and the “countenance and encouragement of the magistrates.”A “tender” search for a minister took an additional several months, and finally John Allin was ordained as pastor and John Hunting as Ruling Elder. Both men had been among the 8 found worthy enough to be the first members of the church and to first sign the covenant. As in England, Puritan ministers in the American colonies were usually appointed to the pulpits for life and Allin served for 32 years.

Abstract of Will of Hester Hunting.

Will of Hester Hunting wife of John Hunting of Dedbam dated January 4, 1675 proved Feb. 12, 1684/85.

After payment of debts, ” unto my well beloved son John Hunting the whole & full sume of twenty pounds as his part of that Estate, Legacie or portion that was given to me by my loveing Brother Francis Seaborne in Old England, which Legacy is yet due to me to be paid as by my loveing Brother Francis Seaborn’s will appeares in Old England amounting to the sume of fourty and five pounds,” “to my beloved son Samuel Hunting liveing in Charlstowne, the whole & full sume of ten pounds as his part & portion of the afores d fourty & five pounds” — “to Hannah wife of my son Samuel afores d one pair of new sheets & my best table cloth & to my grandchild Samuel Hunting (oldest son of my son Samuel afores’ 1 ) six napkins.” The fifteen pounds of the said forty-five yet remaining to be disposed of as follows. ” one fourth of s’d fifteen pounds remaining to my loving daughter Mary Bnckner of Boston and also my best tamy coat”

” unto the children of my daughter Ware deceased one fourth of s’d fifteen pounds to be equally divided between them all.” “to my loving daughter Hester Fisher of Dedham one fourth part of s’d fifteen pounds & my best goune.” “to Hester Pecke the daughter of my Son in law John Peck of Rehoboth one fourth part of s’d fifteen pounds & also my hat & my Stuff coat.” “to Mary Wood my maid servant my old red undercoate & my searge unde^coate & my cloth wescoat. And what remains undisposed of all my wearing apparel Linning & wooling I give to Elizabeth Hunting wife of rn} r oldest son John Hunting of Dedham.”

” Furthermore my mind & will is that my dear & wel beloved husband aforesaid should have the full use and improvement of all the premises as long as he doth live excepting what things of my wearing Apparell he do see causs to give away to bee sooner disposed of to the person aforesaid . Legacies in money to be paid within six months after the Decease of my dear husband if it be sent hither from Old England before, otherwise to be delivered presantly after it be sent over whenever it do come after my said Husbands decease, and if the whole sume afores’ 1 of fourty & five pounds cannot be attained then so much thereof as can be attained shall be divided to the persons afores d according to their severall proportions afores d by abateing in each pound what the afores’ 1 Sume shall fall short of fourty &. five pounds.”

The sons John Hunting and Samuel Hunting appointed Executors.
Husband gives his consent to the will and signs.
Thomas Battle.
Thomas Fisher.

JOHN HUNTING AND HIS DESCENDANTS.  By T. D. Huntting, of Brooklyn, N. Y.

Elder John Hunting, one of the early settlers of Dedham, was born in Hoxne, a village in Suffolk County, England, about the year 1597. He was a man of decided opinions, and early in life took a firm stand in religious matters. Upon reaching his majority he took an active part in the questions of the day.  England was then under the rule of Charles I, who was intent upon introducing the Catholic worship into his Kingdom, but there were many who had the force of their convictions, and refused to acknowledge what they did not believe. Among the dissenters of Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, none were more prominent than John Hunting.

He was made Ruling Elder of that district, and we read of his spending most of his time in his saddle, visiting the people of like faith, encouraging them in their work and holding meetings wherever a few could be assembled, be it either in house or barn, or under the trees, teaching them of a higher life as he understood it. Disseminating his ideas upon religion, and exhorting new converts to his belief was his life’s work, and he entered into it in no half hearted way. This manner of religious teaching caused him to be absent from his family a greater part of the time.

In Hester Seaborn, his wife — a cousin of the Martyr John Rogers — he found a willing helpmate. Herself a religious enthusiast, we can well understand how he was encouraged in his labors. We must also consider that her sacrifices must have been many, for, besides the absence of her husband so much of the time, the care of the family fell upon her. Is it to be wondered, that with the promise of a free home where he could worship as he chose, and a prospect of a better field for improving his worldly condition, this hard working christian man, should, at the first opportunity, emigrate with his family to theNew World ?

During the year 1638 a number of vessels arrived at Boston bringing, it is said, about three thousand people in search of homes, among whom were John Hunting, his wife and five children. We have no record of the vessel’s name on which they took passage, therefore have no means of telling who their companions were. It was in the spring of that year when he first settled at Dedham, going there immediately after landing at Boston, and soon made himself felt in the welfare of the church and town.  Admitted a Freeman in 1639, and made Ruling Elder the same year, we see he at once identified himself with the affairs of his new home.

Most of his children were born in England, and land having been apportioned off to him, it is supposed they, like others of that time, were soon contributing to the family’s support. Through John, the eldest son, we find the name has been spread to all parts of America. The daughters all married and their descendants are to be found among the Wares, Fishers, Pecks and Buckners of the present day.

Nathaniel was born Nov. 15, 1675, graduated from Harvard College in 1693, and married Mary Green, a daughter of John and Ruth Green and granddaughter of Percival and Ellen Green, in 1701. He was the second pastor of the Presbytarian Church at East Hampton, which position he filled until failing health compelled him to resign in 1746, and retire to his farm, where he remained until his death Sept. 21, 1753. When he first moved to East Hampton he  began to spell his name with two T’s, and hoped his descendants would follow suit.


1. Mary Hunting

Mary’s first husband William Jay was born about 1630. William died in 1658.

Mary’s second husband Charles Buckner was born 1631 in Suffolk, England. Charles died 25 Aug 1684 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

2. Margaret HUNTING (See Capt. Robert WARE‘s page)

Margaret, the oldest daughter, married, March 24, 1645, Robert Ware or Wares, of whom Miss Emma F. Ware, the compiler of ” The Descendants of Robert Ware,” is a descendant.

3. Esther Hunting

Esther’s first husband Nathaniel Fisher was born 1620 in Syleham, Suffolk, England. His parents were Anthony Fisher and Mary Buckingham. Nathaniel died 23 May 1676 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass

Esther’s second husband Timothy Dwight was born 1629 in Dedham, Essex, England. His parents were John Dwight (1604 – 1661) and Hannah Close (1604 – 1656). He married six times, a record in our family, especially for the 17th Century where your spouse had to expire before you could marry again. Timothy died 31 Jan 1718 in Dedham, Mass.

  1. 11 Nov 1651 in Dedham Age: 22 to Sarah Sibley ( -1652)
  2. 3 May 1653 Dedham Age: 24 to Sarah Powell (1634 – 1664)
  3. 9 Nov 1664 Dedham, Mass Age: 35 to Anna Flynt (1643 – 1686)
  4. 7 Jan 1686 Dedham, Mass Age: 57 to Mary Poole (1637 – 1688)
  5. 31 Jul 1690 Dedham, Mass Age: 61 to Esther Hunting (1629 – 1691)
  6. 1 Feb 1692 Dedham, Mass Age: 63 to Bethiah Moss (1651 – 1718)

4. Elizabeth HUNTING (See John PECK‘s page)

5 John Hunting

John’s wife Elizabeth Paine was born 6 Mar 1648 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were William Payne and Mary Edwards. Elizabeth died 19 Sep 1718 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.

John, the son, born about 1628, married Elizabeth Paine, and had ten children, of whom the third, Nathaniel, moved to East Hampton, N. Y., in 1696.

6. Samuel Hunting

Samuel’s wife Hannah Hackborne was born 5 Jan 1642 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Hackborne and Katharine Deighton. Hannah died in 1686 in Mass.










Ware genealogy : Robert Ware of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1642-1699, and his lineal descendants (1901) By Ware, Emma Forbes, 1838-1898


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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.





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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
Publication: 1953. Page: pp. 11-14.Further Sources:
Vest/Cochran Tree (Owner: marievk1); Ancestry.com.
Borchardt (Owner: baj1445); Ancestry.com.
Schaer family file for export 112302 (Owner: Schaer_Sovine); Ancestry.com.
Kevin Wesley Grubbs (Owner: kdgrubbs); Ancestry.com.
YOUNG (Owner: foskni); Ancestry.com.





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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.
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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.

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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  Archive.org


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