CHAPTER TWO. THE TANNER LINE
1. JOHN1 TANNER was born about 1655; it is not known whether he was born in England or in America, and died , probably in Haddam, Connecticut, after 1714. He married first in Lyme, Connecticut about 1680, RACHEL CHAMPION, who was born in Saybrook, CT about 1660, and died in Lyme about 1682, daughter of Henry Champion; and married second in Haddam, CT about 1688 REBECCA (SPENCER) KENNARD, who was born in Haddam about 1660, and died there after 1710, daughter of Jared and Hannah ( Hills) Spencer and widow of John Kennard. He may have come to this country in the company of William Tanner who appeared first in Rhode Island about 1675 and may have been his brother. There is no evidence for or against this, except proximity in time and place and a similarity in family names (Rev. George Tanner, William Tanner).
John appeared first in Lyme, Connecticut, in a notation in the Lyme Records March 25 1687.for the fourth division of land: "The 5th Lott is John Tanners, Adjoining to the land what he now resides being unsurveyed land" (Lyme Records, p.56). In 1691 he sold five and one half acres to William Ely. The proof of his first marriage is that on 12 June 1705, Henry Champion gave "my beloved son-in-law, John Taner, who was husband of my beloved daughter Rachel " ten acres of upland in Lyme, CT (Lyme LRs). ( In 1710 he sold this piece, near Roaring Brook and Thomas Barnes house, to Benjamin Niles.) This may have been to ensure security for his grandchild John Tanner, Jr. (see below).The proof of his second marriage is in the East Haddam court record 6 December 1693 (County Court of Hartford), wherein a Thomas Shaylor is directed to pay interest to the widow of John Kennard, "now the wife of John Tanner." John and his wife Rebecca probably continued to live East Haddam.
In July 1690, shortly after her marriage to John Tanner, "Rebecca Tanner informs the court that her husband is willing to deliver up the estate that belongs to her children." 10 April 1710, John Tanner and his wife Rebecca make an agreement with her son-in-law John Smith, .making over to Smith her right of dowry in the Estate of her former husband Kennard of Haddam. That is the last that is heard of Rebecca, but John was alive at least until 16 May 1714, when he, as John Tanner of Haddam sold Henry Benit all his rights in the undivided lands of Lyme.
Child of John and Rachel:
i. JOHN2 TANNER, b. Lyme abt. 1681. An article "Births, Marriages and Deaths in Lyme, Conn." (Register 36:39) shows that a man called "John Taner, Jr.,servant to Reynold Marvin of Lyme, died 6 June 1704-5
Child of John and Rebecca:
2 ii. THOMAS TANNER, b. about 1695.
2. THOMAS2 ( John1) TANNER was born, probably in East Haddam, Connecticut about 1695. and died in Cornwall, Connecticut about 1750. He married in East Haddam, 1 January 1717 MARTHA BORDEN. who was born in Lyme, Connecticut and died in Cornwall after 1751, daughter of John, Jr. and Martha (Tillotson) Borden. The proof that this Thomas was the son of John and Rebecca comes from two deeds: the first was on 8 March 1725 (East Haddam Deeds 2:568) in which John Tanner assigned his rights and title to the land John Kennard had bought, showing that he was the son of Rebecca and the second was on 24 October 1732 (EHD 3: 347) in which he sells land that was bought by "my honored father John Tanner", showing he was the son of John. The proof that Martha was the daughter of John Borden comes from a land deed of 28 November 1728 (Lyme LRs , 4:70) in which Thomas Tanner and wife. Martha Tanner sell to John Borden all claim to the land of the widow of the estate "of our honorable Father, John Borden of Lyme."
Thomas and Martha, with her sister and brother-in-law Thomas and Sarah (Borden) Griffis, decided to leave East Haddam for better farm land to the north. They left East Haddam in 1732, spent eight years in Litchfield, Connecticut and finally settled in Cornwall in 1740. Cornwall was a new town which they helped to start:
. "In Northwestern Connecticut, bounded on the West by the canyon of the Housatonic, lies the town of Cornwall. Roughly speaking it consists of three parallel valleys at different levels, with wood ridges between them, rising thus in successive steps to the heights of Goshen. The ridges ,not the valleys, were the first settled. It is a rough, broken country, beautifully picturesque, with many clear streams and striking little peaks.....it stamps itself indelibly upon the memories and affections of those who know it." (E.C. Starr, History of Cornwall)."
Because of the oncoming birth of their daughter Ruth in June of 1640, Thomas and Martha spent the winter of 1640 in Litchfield while the Griffis went on to Cornwall. That winter was a particularly cold one with very deep snows; once while her husband was away from home, Sarah "became entirely out of food, and as her only means of prolonging life, loaded her husband's gun, shot their famishing pig, dressed it as well as she could. and with her large family of children, subsisted on her pork diet until Griffis could get home after a fortnight." (Starr, p. 36.)
Children of Thomas and Martha: born East Haddam, CT (East Haddam VRs):
3 i. WILLIAM3 TANNER, b. 15 March 1719.
ii. MEHITABLE TANNER, b. 21 Dec.1721; d..in Cornwall, 17 July 1749.. She had a daughter, no father named, on 15 July 1749, who lived only three days and was buried with her mother. The child was called Submit .(Poor things! One wonders, was it Submit to a Man or Submit to the Will of God?)
iii. REBECCA TANNER, b. 6 Jan.725; died young.
iv. MARTHA TANNER, b. 28 Dec. 1727; d. Norfolk CT, 1785; m. PIERCE WALTER, son of William and Mary Walter, children: Sarah, John, Mary, and Charles.
v. .ELIZABETH TANNER, b.14 April 1730; m. JOHN WHITE, children: Thomas, Ruana, Diana, Ruth, and Betty.
Children born in Litchfield, (Litchfield VRs).
vi. JOHN TANNER, b. 4 Feb. 1733; m. in Cornwall. 14 Sept. 1758 JEMIMA BISHOP, children: Prudence, Sarah, and Amy.
vii. HANNAH TANNER, b. 30 June 1735; m. MOSES DEAN, son of Reuben and Ann (Carter) Dean, children: Ezra, Benjamin, and Ashbel.
viii. SARAH TANNER, b. 8 Feb.1738; d. young.
ix. RUTH TANNER, b. 9 Sept. 1740; d. Canfield, Ohio 11 May 1812; m. BENJAMIN DEAN , b. Cornwall, 1734, d. 13 August 1815, Canfield ,Ohio. They followed Tryal Tanner to Canfield in 1810, children: Ruth, Daniel, Rachel, James, Martha, William, and Joseph.
Children born in Cornwall, (Cornwall, VRs):
x. CAPT. THOMAS TANNER, b..30 June 1743; died Cooperstown, NY Jan 1818; m. in Cornwall, 30 Oct.1765 ANNA BALDWIN, b. Goshen, CT 1741 and d. 1824 Cooperstown, NY, children: Ira, Thomas, Zera, Isaac, Anna, Sally, William, and Lucy.
3. WILLIAM3 ( Thomas2, John1) TANNER was born in East Haddam, Connecticut 15 May 1719 and died in Cornwall, Connecticut 27 June 1763. He married in Cornwall, 23 March 1749, HANNAH NEWCOMB, who was born about 1728 in Lebanon, Connecticut and died in Canaan, CT 6 August 1806, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Clark) Newcomb. He arrived in Cornwall with his father in 1740 and was given some land of his own.. In 1930 his was the oldest legible tombstone in Cornwall Cemetery. (He should not be confused with the other William Tanner, "Great Tanner" who came from Rhode Island.)
Another settler in Cornwall in 1740 was Joseph Allen, father of Ethan Allen of the Green Mountain Boys. Ethan who was born about 1737 in Litchfield, lived in Cornwall from 1740 until about 1770.. His closest connection to the Tanner family was the time he spent in prison after the fall of Fort Washington in company with Lt. Thomas Tanner.
The Cornwall Town Records show some interesting facts about William. About 1755 he built a bridge across the Housatonic River, between Cornwall and Sharon, CT near Abraham Jackson's farm. In 1757 he petitioned the General Court for relief, and was granted the right to levy toll; then in 1761 he wanted to set up a lottery to raise money to clear the river, but the scheme fell though and he went bankrupt. In 1762, he and Heman Allen (Ethan's brother) bought four and one-half acres of land upon which to build a smelting furnace for iron, but the venture did not succeed.
Children of William and Hannah, all born in Cornwall:
i. CONSIDER4 TANNER, b. abt. 1750; m. in Cornwall, 3 March 1772, RACHEL BENEDICT; daughter of John and Lydia Benedict, children: Hannah, Asenath, William, Benjamin, Frederick, Olive, Ebenezer, Samuel, and Rachel.
4 ii. TRYAL TANNER. b. 20 Dec. 1751.
iii. EPHRAIM TANNER, b. 17 June 1754; m. HULDAH MUNSON of Vt. and settled in Warren, CT, children: Marvin, Cyrus, Lydia, Lucy, Patty, Lucinda, Miranda, and Joseph. Joseph's son Edward was president of Illinois College.
iv. EBENEZER TANNER, b. 20 Jan 1757; m. LYDIA HATCH, children Harriet and Hulda.
v. WILLIAM TANNER, b. 28 Jan1762.
vi. JOSEPH TANNER,no further information.
4. TRYAL4 ( William3. Thomas2, John1) TANNER was born in Corwall, CT 20 December 1751, and died in Canfield, Ohio 22 November 1823. He married first in Cornwall 12 May 1777 HULDAH JACKSON, who was born in Cornwall about 1755, and died in Canfield 29 December 1803, daughter of Ebenezer and Abigail (Tyler) Jackson; he married second in Canfield. 24 January 1805, MARY (POLLY) DOWD. Tryal Tanner's life was divided into very distinct periods; and he was successful in all of them. His father died when he was only eleven, leaving his mother with six sons to care for; he was the second son and was sent to Warren ,Connecticut to live with his aunt and uncle, Lydia and Justus Sackett whose children had grown up. When he reached the age of twenty-one, Tryal returned to Cornwall to farm land inherited from his father, but that didn't last very long because, in his own words ,"on or about 12 April 1775 [he] enlisted as a non-commissioned officer for seven months and marched through Albany in the State of New York to Canada." He was at Montreal and then in the disastrous attempt to storm Quebec under Benedict Arnold and the retreat back to Montreal. By March of 1777 he was appointed second lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut Regiment,. marching into Pennsylvania, then also adjutant, receiving a Captain's pay for the two positions. He served in the Battle of Monmouth and at his own request was discharged as Lieutenant and Adjutant in April 1780, after five years service, very long for that war. (Pension files: Service record, Revolutionary War, S.6189 Conn.)
During this time he had met and married Huldah Jackson, in May of 1777, who was a preacher's daughter from Sharon, the next town to the west, and sister of his army friend Ebenezer Jackson. After his discharge he settled in to become a farmer and innkeeper in Cornwall; he also ran a store and served as a register of deeds. This period of householding, during which they had more children, making a total of nine, lasted about 10 years. Eventually he and William Chidester, a comrade in the battle of Monmouth, yielded to the Call of the West and traded their lands and homes and businesses for untouched acres in the Western Reserve, now Ohio. He was then 51 and apparently undaunted at starting a new life. He had enough money so that he could afford to venture into new territory without risking bankruptcy as his father had. There was nothing impulsive about Tryal.
A History of Canfield, written in 1899 by Truesdale says : The Tanner family for the past 95 years has occupied a prominent and creditable position the history of Canfield and to some extent that of Trumbull County. It tells how the Tanners and Chidesters, each with eight children, made the journey. The Tanners had two wagons, each drawn by a team of oxen with an extra horse to be used to help either team as necessary and an additional horse for the women to ride. The journey (less than 400 miles as the crow flies) took 39 days. Archibald Tanner "a bright lad of sixteen at the time" tells about the trip later. They took the southern route, not the northern one through New York State to Buffalo and thence to Cleveland by boat, but crossed the Hudson at Newburg then on to Easton, Harrisburg and Fort Pitt, and crossed the Ohio at a place called Beaver Town. Archibald said people would ask them "Where are you flitting? " or "flitting far back?" "We plunged deep into the mud, often having to lift out our wagons and drag horses by hand out of the mire," he wrote. When they finally arrived they lived in a drafty log house. That was in 1802. Hannah died, not surprisingly, in 1803, and Tryal married again the next year.
When they first got to Canfield they had to clear land and sow wheat to make hay. Tryal put his three boys (ages sixteen, fourteen and twelve) to work right away; they would lift the small end of a log while their father carried the big butt end. The first summer they cleared four acres and girdled the trees on an additional thirty-five. His fine new frame house was finished in 1806, and he ran for sheriff of Trumbell County in 1807, getting 826 out of 873 votes. A few years before his death in 1833 he joined the Episcopal Church. "Capt. Tanner was in business affairs and social life a plain blunt outspoken man, severe in criticism when he thought it needful, but with all a man with a kind heart."
But his family history makes it appear that his heart was not so kind; it was rigid.. His daughter Peggy, our ancestor, married Benjamin Banning of Vernon, a widower with a little daughter not yet two years old. They had a son who died in infancy, another son, Edmund Prior, and then Peggy died giving birth to a third son Elijah. Benjamin couldn't cope with all the children, so he took his daughter and baby and returned to Connecticut, leaving two year old Edmund Prior with Tryal. As he grew Edmund discovered that he did not like farming at all, but wanted to be a doctor and when he became old enough to insist on this, his grandfather disowned him.
Children of Tryal and Huldah, all born in Cornwall, CT (Cornwall VRs):
i. NANCY5 TANNER, b. 10 Nov. 1777; m. JAMES SKINNER.
5 ii. PEGGY TANNER, b. 17 June 1782.
iii. LAURA TANNER, b. 22 Feb 1784; m. (1) in Canfield, Ohio Jan. 15 1805 MORGAN BANNING; m. (2) GEORGE STETSON. No children.
iv. ARCHIBALD TANNER, b. 3 Fe, 1786;d. Warren Ohio, 1861' m. MARGARETTA MACDOWELL .Archibald was not at all like his father; he was an adventurer, and did not hesitate to take risks. For many years he lived off the Ohio River, running boats of various kinds. He became quite well off, engaged in banking, shipping, and building; he was the first to find a flowing oil well in Pennsylvania. He took out many patents, one a "steam carriage for taking boats over the mountains for the Pennsylvania. canal" and even invented a perpetual motion machine, which, he said " moved half around the circle and then stopped.....Probably the same principle had been tried by thousands before and half as many since." When the bank of which he was vice-president failed, he personally felt obligated to pay those who had invested in it and lost $20,000 doing so. He had a good sense of humor: "I have been engaged in almost every business transaction peculiar to this region-- many of them visionary and unprofitable. When on the water, had always a strong proclivity downwards; have either sunk or had done for me every water craft from the canoe to three steamboats in which I had an interest. Have been equally unfortunate in all kinds of stocks, from turnpikes, bridges, etc, to banks." He helped to finance Edmund Prior Banning throughout his shaky medical training and early career. (Scofield) Towards the end of his life he kept a journal: one wonderful passage describes how he went to Kansas Territory in 1856 "from a desire to learn the facts...I found that anarchy prevailed in the most frightful form...I barely got away by good luck, having seen a narrow escape..once from a pistol shot, and finally had to deposit money and watches with a lady whose husband had been killed and she returning to Ohio.... I predict that Kansas will yet be a free state." He was a Mason. He had two daughters, Sarah and Laura.
v. EDMUND PRIOR TANNER, b. 22 Feb. 1788; d. Canfield 24 Oct 1872; m. Nov. 1809 FANNY CHAPMAN, with whom he lived for sixty-three years. Edmund was very different, a quiet man.. He was loved by everyone; was deeply religious and for many years a deacon in the Congregational. Church, having two causes that he preached:.teetotalism and abolition of slavery. A History of Trumbell County says "the underground railway received from him assistance and encouragement." Children: Mary, Huldah, Jane, Bridget, Julius, Electa, Sylvia and William.
vi. JULIUS TANNER , b. 30 July 1790; died unmarried.
vii. PANTHEA TANNER , b. 10 Jan. 1795; m. JOSEPH BASSETT.
viii. BRIDGET TANNER, b. 15 Aor. 1797; d. 23 Aug 1815 of the prevailing fever. She had been engaged to be married to Comfort Mygatt, who had died of the same fever the year before, and , at the request of Comfort's father, was buried at his side.
5. PEGGY5 ( Tryal4,
William3, Thomas2, John1) TANNER was
born in Cornwall, Connecticut 17 June 1782 and died in Canfield Ohio in 1810
She married in Canfield 20 November 1804 BENJAMIN4
1. GERARD1 (also spelled Jerad) SPENCER was baptized in Stofold, County Bedford 25 April 1614,son of Gerard and Alice (Whitbread) Spencer. and died in Haddam, Connecticut in 1685. His will was proved 3 September 1685. He married first in Lynn, Massachusetts, about 1637, HANNAH (--------) who is thought to be HANNAH HILLS, and second, after 1677, REBECCA POTTER CLARK.
Gerard was one of four Spencer brothers to emigrate to America; the others were William, Thomas and Michael. In Lynn, MA in 1639, he was granted ferry rights for two years. The article in Dawes-Gates on Gerard implies he was a meddlesome tattle-tale, testifying against neighbors for drinking, not believing n infant baptism, selling wine without a license, etc. He was an ensign in the train band. About 1660 he moved to Hartford, CT and from there to Haddam in 1662 when it was first settled; he was made freeman there in 1672, and represented Haddam at the General Court for nine sessions prior to 1683. He was called the patriarch of Haddam and its wealthiest man. His will written 17 September 1683 gives to Rebecca one lot and a third of another; Jack and Edith Spencer, in their article in the Nutmegger observe that Rebecca was treated the most generously all Gerard's daughters.
The Spencer family has done a great of research into its English origins, claiming to descend from Robert De Le Spencer, Steward to William the Conqueror. There are many stories about them, with variations on all. My favorite is this one, an extract from a book written by F.M. Shumway on the family of Harold E. Spencer, published privately in 1984. which I received over the internet:
"Late in the fifteenth century a very humble man named Spencer operated as a small-scale sheep grazer on rented land in Warwickshire. He became so successful in this generally obscure occupation that the government bestowed a knighthood upon him before he died in 1512. His descendants continued in the sheep business with results that dwarfed his success. By 1600 the Spencers of Warwickshire owned 12,978 sheep, and the impression spread that they might possibly have become the richest family in England. Such a feat could not be ignored, even in a country with a relatively flexible social system, so Sir Robert Spencer, then head of the house, was created Baron Spencer of Wormleighton. The new noble made his appearance in the House of Lords and promptly began giving advice on the conduct of the government. A representative of one of the ancient English earldoms arose (the Earl of Arundel) thanked the new baron for his suggestions and reminded him that while the ancestors of the other men present were dying in battle for the glory of the nation, the sheep grazing Spencers of Warwickshire had amounted to absolutely nothing." Lord Spencer is reported to have answered, "When my ancestors were, as you say, keeping sheep, yours, my lord ,were plotting treason."
Children of Gerard and Hannah, all born in Lynn, MA (dates from TAG, 23:165, children from Savage):
i. JOHN2 SPENCER, b. ca. 1636; d. 3 Aug. 1682; m. abt. 1664, REBECCA HOWARD, children: Rebecca, Gerard, Benjamin, Lydia, and Grace.
ii. MEHITABLE SPENCER, b. ca. 1638; d. 1691; m. by 1661 DANIEL CONE, children: Ruth, Hannah, Daniel, Jared, Rebecca, Ebenezer, Nathaniel, Stephen, and Caleb.
iii. HANNAH SPENCER, b. ca. 1640; d. by 1691; m. ca. 1664 DANIEL BRAINARD, children: Daniel, Hannah, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, Hezakiah, and Elijah.
iv. ALICE (Marah?) SPENCER, b. ca. 1642; died by Dec. 1714; m. (1) THOMAS BROOKS, children: Thomas, Mary, and Alice; m. (2) THOMAS SHAYLOR, children:.Thomas, Abel. Timothy, and Ann.
v. SARAH SPENCER, b.ca. 1644; d. After 1707; m. STEPHEN BACKUS, children: Sarah, Stephen, Mary, Ruth, Lydia, and Timothy.
vi. ELIZABETH SPENCER, b. ca, 1646; m. JOSEPH STANNARD.
vii. THOMAS SPENCER, b. ca. 1648; d. 1699.; m. (1) ELIZABETH BATES, children: Jared, Thomas,. Caleb, and Hannah; m. (2) ELIZABETH WALLER.
viii. SAMUEL SPENCER, b. ca. 1650; m. (1) HANNAH (WILLEY) (HUNGERFORD) BLATCHFORD; m. (2) MIRIAM (MOORE) WILLEY.
. ix. TIMOTHY SPENCER, b. ca. 1652; m. SARAH CLARK, children: Timothy, Sarah. Hannah, Deborah, Ruth, and Jonathan.
x. RUTH SPENCER, b. ca. 1654; m. JOSEPH CLARK, children: William, Joseph, Daniel, John, Catharine, and Hannah.
xi. WILLIAM SPENCER, b. ca. 1656; m. MARGARET BATES.
xii. NATHANIEL SPENCER, b. ca. 1658; m. LYDIA SMITH, children: Lydia, Nathaniel, Elizabeth. John, Mary, Daniel, Susanna, Dorothy, and Phineas.
2 xiii. REBECCA SPENCER, b. ca. 1660.
2. REBECCA2 (Jared1) SPENCER was born, probably at Hartford, Connecticut about 1660 and died in East Haddam, CT after 1710. She married first in Haddam CT about 1682, JOHN KENNARD who died there 1688; and she married second about 1689 JOHN TANNER. She had two children, John and Elizabeth with John Kennard , and one child, Thomas, with John Tanner.
1, JOHN1 BORDEN was baptized in Headcorn, Co. Kent, England 22 February 1607, son of Matthew and Joan Borden (Moriarty, p.227), and died in New London, Connecticut in 1684.He married (1) in Headcorn 21 April 1629, ELIZABETH CLAGGET, who died before 1635 and married (2) in England before 1635 JANE (-----). He came to America in 1635 on the Elizabeth and Anne and was listed as from Benenden, county Kent, age 29, with wife Jane 23, Matthew 5 and Elizabeth 3, landing at Watertown (Banks). He appeared briefly in Portsmouth Rhode Island in 1643, and then in 1651 is on list of those who worked on a mill-dam in New London, Connecticut (Weld, Richard and Joan Borden, p.32).
Child of John and Elizabeth:
i. MATTHEW2 BORDEN, b. England 1630. No further information.
Child of John with Elizabeth or Joan:
ii. ELIZABETH BORDEN, b. England about 1633. No further information.
Child of John and Joan:
2 iii. JOHN BORDEN, born America about 1640.
2. JOHN2 (John1) BORDEN was born about 1640, and died in Lyme, Connecticut 1684. He married at New London, 11 Feb. 1662 HANNAH HOUGH, b. New London, CT 31 July 1646 daughter of William and Sarah (Caulkins) Hough. They lived in Lyme, although their children were baptized in New London; he was called John Sr., to distinguish him from his son. Samuel is not found after his baptism. The girls Hannah, Sarah and Joanna are mentioned only in the 1702 division of lands (Lyme Records, p.98).
Children of John and Hannah:.(New London First Congregational Church)
3 i JOHN3 BORDEN, b. abt. 1665.
ii. SAMUEL BORDEN, bap.9 April 1671.
iii. HANNAH BORDEN, bap. 9 April 1671.
iv. WILLIAM BORDEN, twin, bap.20 Sept. 1674..
v. SARAH BORDEN, twin, bap. 20 Sept. 1674.
vi. JOANNA BORDEN b. 11 Jan 1680
3. JOHN3 (John2,1) BORDEN was born about 1665 in Lyme, Connecticut, and died there 11 March 1709. He married in Lyme 13 March 1689 MARY TILLOTSON, sometimes called MARAH who was born about 1683, daughter of John and Jane (Evans) Tillotson. He was called John Junior in the Town records of Lyme. The Vital Records just show that he married a "Marah" or Mary; the proof that she was a Tillotson was obtained in a roundabout way. The Lyme Land Records 24 June 1726 show a Mary Bates giving 26 acres to her well beloved son Samuel Borden (Lyme LRs, 4:11) showing that after the death of John Borden his widow Mary married a Bates.. The records also show that this same land was received by Mary Bates in the distribution of the third part of the fourth division of Lyme land part (about 10 acres) as her head right in the estate of John Tillotson and part (16 acres) as her right in the estate of John Borden (Lyme LRs, 4:6); showing she was the daughter of John Tillotson. The identity of the Bates she married has not yet been found.
Children of John and Mary (Marah):
i. MARAH4 BORDEN, b. 30 Dec. 1690; m (1). in Lyme 15 Oct. 1707 JAMES MOSS, children: James, Mary, and Sarah; m.(2) 13 Nov. 1718, HENRY BENNETT, children: Phebe and Rose.
ii. HANNAH BORDEN, b. 28 Apr. 1695.
iii. SARAH BORDEN, b.17 Apr. 1698; m: in East Haddam 12 Feb 1719 THOMAS GRIFFIS; d. Cornwall, Ct. aft. 1758, children: Sarah, Thomas, John, Isabel, Mary, David, Jonathan, Daniel, and James.
4 iv. MARTHA BORDEN, b.11 Sep. 1700
v. SAMUEL BORDEN, b. 15 Apr. 1704; m. in Lyme Feb. 11 1729 MARY FOX.
4. MARTHA4 ( John3,2,1 ) BORDEN was born in Lyme, Connecticut 11 September 1700; she married in East Haddam June 1717 THOMAS2 TANNER.
1. WILLIAM1 HOUGH, was born in Westchester, county Cheshire, son of Edward Hough, died in New London, Connecticut 10 August 1683. He married, in Gloucester, Massachusetts 28 October 1645 SARAH CAULKINS, born in England, daughter of Hugh Caulkins, selectman and representative in New London. Both William Hough and Hugh Caulkins were thought by Savage to have come with the Reverend Richard Blinman in 1640 who started in Gloucester, and went to New London in 1650. In Glouchester, William was a housewright; he removed to New London about 1652. He was a deacon of the church.
Children of William and Sarah:
2 i. HANNAH HOUGH, b. Gloucester, MA 31 July 1646.
ii. ABIAH HOUGH, b. 16 Sept 1648; m.18 Dec. 1667. WILLIAM DOUGLAS.
iii. SARAH HOUGH, b. 23 March 1651; m. DAVID CARPENTER.
iv. SAMUEL HOUGH, b. New London 9 March 1653; m. (1) SUSANNA WROTHAM; m.(2) MARY BATES.
v. JOHN HOUGH, b. 17 Occt. 1655; m. 27 Jan 1680 SARAH POST.
vi. WILLIAM HOUGH, b. 13 Oct. 1657; m. ANN LOTHROP, daughter of Samuel of Norwich.
vii. JONATHAN, b. 7 Feb 1660.
viii. DEBORAH HOUGH, b. 21 Oct. 1662.
ix. ABIGAIL HOUGH,, b.7 Mar. 1666.
x. ANN HOUGH, b. 29 Aug. 1667.
2. HANNAH2 HOUGH was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts 31 Jul 1646; m. New London, Connecticut 11 February 1662 JOHN BORDEN.
1. JOHN1 TILLOTSON was probably baptized in Hallifax Parish, Pntefract Deanery, Yorkshire, England 29 June 1618 and died in Lyme, Connecticut before 7 June 1670, when his will was probated. (Ragsdale, Tillotson). He came to America from Yorkshire on the James in 1635. He married (1) in Newbury, Massachusetts 4 July 1648 DORCAS COLEMAN, who died 2 January 1654; and married (2) 24 May 1655 JANE EVANS who died 15 Apr. He started out in Rowley, Massachusetts, later moving to Newbury, and finally to Lyme, Connecticut.
Reading somewhere that he was of a "turbulent" nature prompted my curiosity, and subsequent investigation uncovered these court records. He is mentioned in the Records and Files of the Quarterly Court of Essex County, Massachusetts 10 times. Among the entries:
1643. The wife of John Tillton reported for not believing in infant baptism and speaking contemptuously of it.
1650. Mr. Jeames Noyes v. John Tillison. For killing a mare. Verdict for the plantiff, 27 li. and the colt.
John Tillison fined for his many offenses, and bound to good behavior.
1651. John Tillison of Newbery presented on 10:8:1650 for scandalous and reproachful speeches cast upon the elders and others in a public church meeting on the Lord's day.
1651. "John Tillison released of his bond for good behavior, and his fine abated to five pounds to be paid at next court."
1656 he was admonished at the Quarterly Court for "abusing his wife on Sabbath day morning in throwing a bowl of water upon her, she being sick in bed, and chaining her by the leg to the bed post with a plow chain, to keep her within doors." "He was also presented for profaning the Sabbath day by the same words and acts." He was sentenced to the house of correction but released and bound to "good behavior & to liue with his wife & pvyde for her acording to his place as a husband ought to doe."
1659 "John Tilison, upon complaint of Mr. Dummer, fined for false oath, and to pay the fees of the constable of Newberry."
Turbulent indeed !
John and Jane moved with the children to Lyme, where he is listed as one of the "first settlers", in the Lyme Tercentenary Pamphlet. This John Tillotson should not be confused with the John Tillotson who was made Archbishop of Canturbury in 1691.
The information on the children that is given below comes from the beautiful book by Margaret Tillotson Ragsdale.
Children of John and Dorcas, all born Newbury, MA, birth dates approximate:
i. MARY2 TILLOTSON, b. 13 Feb. 1650; d.before her father.
ii. JOHN TILLOTSON, b. 21 Feb. 1651; m. (1) MARY MORRIS; children: Mary, Morris, Joshua, Joseph, Martha, Thomas, and Ebenezer; m.(2) RUTH TERRY.
iii. JAMES TILLOTSON, b. 19 Dec. 1652; d. before his father.
Children of John and Jane, born Newbury, except for Mary:
iv..PHILADELPHIA TILLETSON , b. 28 Sept.1656; m. Lyme WILLIAM THOMPSON, children: Rachel, Jane, Philadelphia, Mary, and Martha.
v. JOSEPH TILLETSON, b. 11 Jan. 1658; d. before his father.
vi JONATHAN TILLOTSON, b.6 July 1659; m. MARY JONES, children: Jonathan, John, David, James, Samuel, Mary, and Temperance.
vii. JACOB TILLOTSON, b. ca. 1660; d. Lyme 22 Nov. 1687.
2 viii. MARY TILLOTSON, b. ca. 1663.
2. MARY2 (John1) TILLOTSON was born in Lyme Connecticut about 1663 She married (1) (as Marah) in Lyme, 13 March 1689 JOHN3 BORDEN. She married (2) (----) Bates.
NOTE: The Town Clerk of Lyme in those days always spelled Mary as "Marah",
which confused things greatly.
Information on the early Newcombs has been taken in part from the revised edition of ANDREW NEWCOMB and his descendants, by Bethuel Merritt Newcomb, published in 1923; little new information, if any, has been found in the last seventy-five years until now. It has now been found that it is very unlikely that Captain Andrew Newcomb of Boston was the father of Lieutenant Andrew Newcomb of the Isles of Shoals and Martha's Vineyard. It is now believed that Captain Andrew Newcomb, mariner, of Boston was the Andrew Newcomb who was married in Tormohan, Devon, England on 13 August 1648 to Suzan Cock (IGI batch CO51741) and that they were the parents of Susannah Newcomb, christened there on 10 May 1649. They both emigrated to Boston, where Andrew married the widow Grace Hicks in 1663, and had a daughter Grace, born 1664. Susanna married Philip Blague and had a child a child Newcomb Blague ( or Blake), Philip, Susanna and her second husband ----Pritchett had all died by 1681, and Andrew with a wife and daughter both named Grace and a grandson Newcomb Blake. Therefore this Andrew cannot be considered the emigrant ancestor of the Newcomb family.
1. LT.ANDREW1 NEWCOMB was born, according to his own testimony, about 1640, and he died at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, between August of 1706 and October of 1708. He was probably the Andrew Nucombe christened 24 November 1639 in Newton Abbott, Devonshire, son of Thomas Nucombe. (IGI batch CO51881.) He married twice; first, probably in or near the Isles of Shoals, about 1663 SARAH (-----), who died about 1674 in Kittery, Maine and second in Edgartown, 1676, ANNA BATES, who was born in Edgartown about 1658, and who died there in 1741, aged 73, daughter of Captain Thomas and Anna (Baker) Bayes.
The first mention of this Andrew is when he attended a meeting at the Isles of Shoals in 1666, a meeting of resident merchants and fishermen for fixing the price of fish. At that time the northernmost islands belonged to Kittery,ME. He was living on, or at least had a house on, Hog Island, now called Appledore until 1673, calling himself "fisherman." In 1771, he was constable of the Isles of Shoals. He bought other property around Kittery; in 1669 a "dwelling house and six acres of land" at Emery's Point, next to Spinney's, about half a mile from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Then on 21 July 1673, he sold the house on Hog Island with the consent of his wife, Sarah, and moved to Kittery. On 7 July 1674, after the death of Sarah, he gave up his Kittery property to pay for a debt, and moved to Edgartown with his children
It should be mentioned here, as it was not mentioned in Bethuel Newcomb's book, that there were other Newcombs in this area. There was a fisherman on Isles of Shoals in 1664, named Simon Newcomb. Libby's Genealogical Dictionary, Isles of Shoals, item 304 p. 39 says: Administration on William Urin's estate granted to four merchants in 1664 was declared illegal and given to seven others, one of whom was Simon Newcomb. Also on page 2 of the Dictionary item 13 is a correction putting a Simon Newcomb in Damaris Cove in 1672. It is probable that this Simon was a brother of our Andrew. Newcomb.
Once in Edgartown, Andrew quickly became an important person there; he was addressed as Mr.; he was on the jury and grandjury, a constable and was elected selectman in 1693. In 1691 he was chosen Lieutenant of the Militia, and designated Commander of Fortifications; he was even suggested for the post of Chief Justice. He appears to have been a merchant of some sort, once paying the sum of three pounds eleven shillings in feathers. He had no trouble with money, his new wife was well off, and in 1680 inherited three- eighths of her fathers extensive estate. He started with ten acres of land in 1677, then bought and sold a great deal of land for the next forty years. He left no will, but had enough property to take care of all his children generously.
It seems impossible that any parents, then or now, would name one son Simeon and another Simon, when the two names are so often interchangeable. I was all set to eliminate Simeon as a son of Andrew when I noticed that Thomas Newcomb's son Simon had not only done the same thing, but mentioned both sons in his will.. So I will content myself with just mentioning that there is a deed in Edgartown, dated 22 January 1702, in which Simon buys some land from his father Andrew, thus establishing that relationship; Peter was a witness to this deed, and in another paper both Andrew and Andrew Junior appear together.. But there is no document that shows a relationship between Andrew and Simeon, Thomas, Grace or Sarah, nor any document connecting any of these with Edgartown.
Andrew and Anna's children are all identified by property deeds.
Children of Andrew and Sarah, born Isles of Shoals or Kittery, ME:
i. SIMEON NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1662; wife unknown, children: Joanna, Simeon, Andrew, Deborah. Rebecca, John, and. Elizabeth..
ii. ANDREW2 NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1664; d. Edgartown, MA 1687. He and his father appear in the same note as Jr. and Sr. He died in an accident at Edgartown in the early part of June 1687.
2 iii. SIMON NEWCOMB, b. ca. 16687. (Date from Tombstone).
iv. THOMAS NEWCOMB, b. ca.1668; m. ELIZABETH COOK, children:Edwards, Thomas, Simon. Deborah, Mary, Josiah, Elizabeth, Ebenezer, and Joseph.
v. SARAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1670; m. (1) Capt. JOSHUA CONANT, children, Kesiah, Caleb,. Sarah, and John; m. (2) WILLIAM ELDRIDGE..
vi. MARY (MERCY) NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1672; m. Capt. THOMAS LUMBERT, children: John, Jedidiah, Thomas, William, Simon, Hannah, and Kesiah.
vii. PETER NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1670; m. in Sandwich, MA, 11 Mar. 1700 MERCY SMITH, children, Mary and William.
Children of Andrew and Anna, born Edgartown; the church records have been lost, so dates are approximate.
viii. ANNA NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1677; m. LT. MATTHEW MAYHEW grandson of Gov.Thomas Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard, children Micajah, Fortunatus, Thomas, Elijah, Anna and Mary.
ix. ELIZABETH NEWCOMB, b. ca 1861, m. CAPT. JOHN ATKINS.No children.
x. JOSEPH NEWCOMB, b.ca. 1683.
xi. EMLEN NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1685, m. 1703, SAMUEL ATKINS, children Eunice, Anna, Elizabeth, Desire, Bethia, Tabitha, and Henry.
xii. TABITHA NEWCOMB, b. ca, 1688, m. PETER RAY, children: Peter and Hannah.
xiii. HANNAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1694; m. THOMAS DUMARY, children: Hannah,.Thomas, Charles, Anna, John, and Elizabeth.
xiv. ZERVIAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1698; m. JOSIAH BEARSE, grandson of Austin (Augustine) Bearse, children: Anna, Josiah, Eunice, Jonathan, Lois, Thomas, Eunice, Joseph, Benjamin, Martha and Mary.
xv. MARY NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1700; d. 19 Sept. 1704; m. in Edgartown. JONATHAN PEASE, children Mary, Anna, and Sarah.
Before leaving these Newcombs, it will be well to issue a warning. There are some people on the internet who watch for descendants of Andrew2 Newcomb, claiming that many Newcombs are of Native American and even Viking descent. Most of this is directed at descendants of Zerviah and Josiah Bearse. Donald Line Jacobus wrote an article in The American Genalogist (15:111) on this subject. "This story bears within itself such improbabilities that a genealogist familiar with the place and period would hardly give it serious consideration." He goes on to dismiss in considerable detail, the story of the Indian connection.
2. SIMON2 (Andrew1) NEWCOMB was born probably in the Isles of Shoals, Maine about 1667,and died in Lebonon, Connecticut 20 January 1745, age 78. He married at Edgartown, Massachsetts about 1688, Deborah (----), born 1664, who died in Lebanon 17 June 1756, age 92, A search of the families resident on Martha's Vineyard at the time (1688) shows no possibility of a Deborah among them. When he was eight years old he moved with his father Andrew to Martha's Vineyard, where he raised his children. Bethuel Newcomb was wrong in thinking that Simon made his first purchase of land in Maine in 1693;that purchase was made earlier by the other Simon, probably his uncle. He did however purchase a great deal of land on Martha's Vineyard, and had more granted to him. In 1711 he made his first purchase off the Island, in Lebanon, Connecticut. and moved there permanently in 1714. In his will he names all his children except Elizabeth who had died, and he names her children.
Children of Simon and Deborah, all born in Edgartown; church records lost:
i. JOHN3 NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1688; m. ALICE LOMBARD. He was a deacon. In 1760 at the age of 72, he moved his wife and children to Nova Scotia, where they helped found the town of Cornwallis. He also helped found the First Presbyterian Church there in 1761.Children: Catherine, Alice, Eddy, Abigail, Abraham, John, Jonathan, and Jacob.
ii .THOMAS NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1691; m. (1) EUNICE MANNING; m. (2) JUDITH WOODWARD, children: Cyrenius, Azaeiah, Keziah, Zaccheus, Adonijah, Thomas, Judith, Simon, and Deborah.
iii. HEZEKIAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1693 m. (1) JERUSHA BRADFORD; m. (2) HANNAH SMITH, children with Jerusha: Silas, Peter, Anne, Hezekiah, Jerusha, Elizabeth, Samuel, Jemima, and James.
iv. OBADIAH NEWCOMB, b. 1695; m. (1) ABIGAIL(--); m (1) MARY POST. Children with Abigail: Eunice, Eleazer, Abigail, Daniel, Elizabeth, Ebenezer, Jemima, and Lydia.
v. DEBORAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1697; m. CAPT. TIMOTHY HATCH, children: Sylvanus, Mary, Jedidah, Jethro, Simon, Timothy, Deborah, Job, Benjamin, and Elizabeth.
vi. SARAH NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1698; m. CAPT. EBENEZER NYE, children: Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Ebenezer, Benjamin, Eunice, Lois, Maalatia, Thankful, Samuel, Silas, and Sarah.
3. vii. BENJAMIN NEW COMB, b. ca. 1700.
viii. ELIZABETH NEWCOMB,b. ca. 1702; m. EBENEZER WRIGHT, children Zervia, Deborah, and Ebenezer.
ix. SIMON NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1705; m.(1) LYDIA BROWN; m. (2) SARAH HIGGINS, children: Simeon, Susannah, William, Simon, and Lydia.
3. BENJAMIN3 (Simon2, Andrew1 ) NEWCOMB was born in Edgartown, Massachusetts about 1700 and died in Waterborough, New Brunswick after 1775. He married in Lebanon, Connecticut about 1727, HANNAH CLARK, who was born in Lebanon 21 February 1711 and died in Waterborough, daughter of. William and Bethia (Williams) Clark. He moved with his father from Edgartown to Lebanon in 1713 and stayed there until 1732, then moved for four years to Willington, Connecticut, finally settling in Kent, Connecticut in 1742. He also bought land in neighboring Sharon. Then like his brother, Deacon John Newcomb, he became fascinated by the land in Nova Scotia, from which the French Acadians had just been expelled, and good established farmland was available, and moved again, with most of his family, becoming one of the original proprietors of Cornwallis in 1761. Later they moved once more to the new province of New Brunswick. Fortunately for our family his three eldest daughters had married men who did not want to leave Connecticut. The famous astronomer. Simon Newcomb, of the US Naval Observatory, was a descendant of this Canadian branch.
Children of Benjamin and Hannah:
4 i. HANNAH4 NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1728.
ii. BENJAMIN NEWCOMB, died young.
iii. SIMON NEWCOMB, bap. 12 Oct. 1729.
iv. LYDIA NEWCOMB, b. 1730, bap. 30 June 1731; d. Warren, CT 16 Nov.1808; m. JUSTUS SACKETT, b. 1730,d. 1815; removed 1750 to Warren, CT, one of the founders of the church. Children: Benjamin, Solomon, Homer, Lodemia, Lydia, Betsy, and Minerva.
v. WILLIAM NEWCOMB, b. 18 June 1733. When 5 years old, went to live with his father's sister, Debora Hatch.; then went with his parents to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. In 1771 he returned to Connecticut with his family. He was a Loyalist, had to return to Canada but came back to CT after the war was over. He married PHEBE PORTER. Children: Sarah, Phebe, Simon, Justus, William. and David.
vi. BETHIA NEWCOMB, b. 20 Feb. 1738; m. (1) DAVID RAYMOND ; m. (2) NATHANIEL GRAY, children Abraham, Mercy, Newcomb, Sarai, James, and Hannah Raymond; and Bethia.
vii. BENJAMIN NEWCOMB, bap. 12 Oct. 1746. m. (1) ELIZABETH LEWIS, children: Lewis, Submit, Lot, Lois, Elizabeth, Lewis, Polly, Rebecca, Lydia, Abraham and Oliver; m.(2) unknown.
viii. OLIVER NEWCOMB, b. ca.1738 m. MARY ANNE MAHEGAN, children: Owen, Oliver, Esther, William, Lydia. William, John. Anne, and Simon.
ix. IRAM NEWCOMB, b. ca. 1740; m. ELIZABETH LEWIS, children: James, Elizabeth, and Martha.
x. DEBORAH NEWCOMB, bap. 23 Mar. 1744; m(1) ISAAC MILLER; m (2) (--) GALLUP.
xi. JEMIMA NEWCOMB, bap. 27 Mar. 1748; m. COLIN BRYMER, children: Euphemia, Jean, Colin, Alcander, Benjamin, Charlotte, Allen, Mary, Jemima, Levena and Allabella.
xii. SUBMIT NEWCOMB, b. 1751; JOHN WOODWORTH, children: Hannah, Ira, Abner, Sarah, Alice, Silas, John, Benjamin, Elias, Elizabeth, James, Andrew, Submit, Solomon, Submit, Rebecca. WOW! (Another Submit.)
4. HANNAH4 (Benjamin3 Simon2, Andrew1) NEWCOMB was born about 1728 and died 6 August 1806 in Canaan, Connecticut. She married in Kent, Connecticut, 23 March 1740, WILLIAM3 TANNER. Note: Betheul Newcomb erred again when he said Hannah married William Turner.
1. LT. WILLIAM1 CLARK, was born in England about 1609 and died in Northampton, Massavchusetts 10 July 1690; he married twice; first in Dorchester about 1636 SARAH (-----), who died in Northampton in 1675; and second in Northampton, 15 November 1676 SARAH (SLYE) COOPER, widow of Thomas Cooper of Springfield, MA. He came to America on the Mary and John in 1634 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts where he was selectman in 1646 and 1647. He removed to Northampton in 1659 with his friend Eliazer Mather to found the church there, was representative 13 times, selectman 20 times, and was one of the associate justices of the court. He built, or assisted in building, the first grist mills and the first saw mill. And for this he was granted the largest home lot that had been given to any settler (at Northampton) up to that time, which covered nearly all the northern half of what is now Smith College property. He was chosen lieutenant, or leader, of the first train band in Northampton, the highest available rank, and served in King Phillip's war. Before his death, he had given all except about eight acres of his nearly two hundred to his sons. (Information from Trumbull, History of Dorchester) His friend Elder John Strong is much better known, but to me, William Clark was the better man.
Children of William and Sarah, all born Dorchester: (dates from Savage)
i. SARAH CLARK, b. 1638; died young.
ii. JONATHAN CLARK, b. 1639, died young.
iii. NATHANIEL CLARK, b. 27 Jan.1642; m. Northampton, 1663 MARY MEEKINS, children Mary and Sarah.
iv. EXPERIENCE CLARK, b. 1643;died young.
v. INCREASE CLARK b. 1646; d. Northampton, 1662.
vi. REBECCA CLARK, b. 1649; m Northampton 1669 HENRY RUST.
vii. JOHN CLARK DEACON, b. 1651; m. (1) Northampton 12 July 1677 REBECCA COOPER who died after the birth of her child Sarah ; m.(2) 20 Mar 1679 MARY STRONG. Children with Mary: John, Nathaniel, Ebenezer, Increase, Mary, Rebecca, Experience, Abigail, Noah, Thankful, and Josiah. Eleven of his children lived to marry and have families..
viii. SAMUEL CLARK, b. 1 Mar 1652; m. Northampton 5 Aug. 1729 ELIZABETH EDWARDS, children who lived to adulthood: Elizabeth, Sarah. Samuel, Joanna, and Miriam.
2 ix. WILLIAM CLARK, b. 15 July 1656.
x. SARAH CLARK, b. 19 March 1659; m. Northampton 23 Dec. 1675 JOHN PARSONS. Children: Sarah, Mary, Samuel. William, Experience, and Joseph. .Samuel and Joseph were killed by Indians in 1708.
2. CAPT. WILLIAM2 (William1) CLARK, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts 15 July 1656 and died in Lebanon, Connecticut 9 May 1725. He married twice; first in Northampton 15 July 1680, HANNAH STRONG, who was born 30 May 1650 and died in Northampton 31 January 1693 ten days after the birth of her fifth son, daughter of John and Abigail (Ford) Strong. He married second, about 1694, MARY SMITH.
William moved to Lebanon, Connecticut about 1700; there he was a deputy to the Connectiut General Assembly for thirteen years, in 1723 serving as speaker of the House, selectman for sixteen years, town clerk for twenty-five years, and Captain of the train band. (Register 79:100).
Children of William and Hannah, all born in Northhampton: (children from Lebanon VRs.)
i. HANNAH3 CLARK, b. 5 May 1681; m. (1) EBRNEZER HUNT; m.(2) THOMAS LOOMIS.
ii. ABIGAIL CLARK, b. 25 Jan. 1683; died young.
3 iii WILLIAM CLARK, b. 15 Feb 1683.
iv. JONATHAN, b. 13 May 1688; m. HANNAH SMALLE1, child: Jonathan.
v. THOMAS CLARK, b. 14 Apr. 1690.
vi. JOSEPH CLARK, b. 169.; m. REBECKAH HUNTINGTON, children: Mary, Abigail, Joseph, Lydia, and Asahel.
vii. BENONI CLARK, b. 1 Feb. 1693, m. HANNAH ROOT, children: Sarah, Zerviah, Eleazer, Hannah, Benoni, Sybel, John, Rhoda, and Thomas.
Children of William and Mary (children from Lebanon VRs)
viii. TIMOTHY CLARK, b. 9 Oct 1695; m. DEBORAH BEARD, children: Timothy, Samuel, Nathan, and Deborah.
ix. GERSHOM CLARK, b. 18 Nov.1697; m. ESTHER STRONG, children: Gershom, Esther, David, and Mary.
3. WILLIAM3 (William2,1) CLARK was born 15 February 1683 in Northampton, Massachusetts and died in Lebanon, Connecticut 28 August 1753. He married in Killingworth, Connecticut 3 January 1710 BETHIA WILLIAMS, who was born in Killington 5 May 1686 and died in Lebanon, 19 October 1758.
William left a will, fortunately naming his daughters by their married names. He left to his wife Bethia one half his farm and half his house, "namely the northeast end and the cellar" for the rest of her life and a third of his personal estate to be taken as she chose, except for his negro man; he left his son William the rest of the farm and house and the negro man. His other son got another house and farm; the girls got about thirty-five pounds each: Hannah Newcomb, Bethia Lyman, Mary Hatch, Jemima Clark. Martha Hatch, Submit Throop with a special provision for Beulah " since God in his holy providence has not given to my daughter Beulah those powers and faculties to conduct herself and manage the affairs of the world as is common, 150 pounds and as much as ineeded for her comfortable support." (Wyndham Probate Records, Vol.4, p388) So he had a slave as recently as 1753.
Children of William and Bethia: (Lebanon VRs):
4 i. HANNAH4 CLARK, b. 21 Feb.1711.
ii. WILLIAM CLARK, b. 28 Oct.1712; m LYDIA LAMB, children: Joseph, William, Submit, Lydia, Nathaniel, Patience, and Elijah.
iii. BETHIA CLARK, b. 27 Sept. 1714; m. JONATHAN LYMAN.
iv. BEULAH CLARK, b. 24 OCT.1716; d. 10 Feb. 1726.
v. PHINEAS CLARK, b. 15 May 1718.
vi. MARY CLARK, b. 9 Aug. 1720, m. CALEB ABEL.
vii. JEMIMA CLARK, b. ca. 1721, m. a JONES.
viii. MARTHA CLARK, b. 2 Feb. 1724, m. a HATCH.
iv. SUBMIT CLARK, b. 19 Mar. 1726, m. SAMUEL THROOP.
x. BEULAH CLARK, b. Dec. 20, 1729.
4. HANNAH4 (William3,2,1 ) CLARK was born in Lebanon Connecticut 21 February 1711 and died in Waterborough, Nova Scotia about 1774. She married in Columbia, Tolland County, Connecticur BENJAMIN4 NEWCOMB.
There has been a very great amount of material written about Elder John Strong of Northampton, Massachusetts, much of it conflicting. I have tried to sift out the facts from the legends as well as I can, and have sought help from the Strong Family Association Whatever the whole truth may be, he was certainly an extremely forceful character.
1. ELDER JOHN1 STRONG was born in England, probably at Taunton in County Somerset,son of Ricard Strong.; and he died Northamoton, Connecticut 19 July 1690. He married twice; first MARGARET DEAN whom he married while still in England and had with her at least one child, John; and second in Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635, ABIGAIL FORD, who was born in England 8 October 1619 and died in Northampton 6 July 1688, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Charde) Ford. He had 15 children who lived to marry and have families; by 1871, his descendants numbered just a little less than three thousand.
His first appearance in America was at Hingham,Massachusetts in 1635, drawing for house lots among the first proprietors there, and was made freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony there in 1637. The next year he was in Taunton, Massachusetts, counted as one of the first proprietors there too, and was made freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1641 ; while at Taunton he was chosen representative four times. Then he showed up at Windsor, where he was made freeman of Connecticut in 1651, and about 1662 was back in Massachusetts an inhabitant of Northampton. He was a tanner, and a very prosperous one.
i. JOHN2 STRONG, b. ca. 1633; m.(1) MARY CLARK; m. (2) ELIZABETH WARRINER; m (3) HANNAH (SMITH) TRUMBULL Children Mary, Hannah, John, Jacob and Josiah. (Register, 5:361)
ii. THOMAS STRONG, b. ca. 1635; m. (1) MARY HEWETT; m. (2) RACHEL HOLTON.
iii. JEDIDIAH STRONG, b. 7 May, 1637; m. JOHN LEE.
iv. JOSIAH. b. ca, 1639; died young.
v. RETURN STRONG, b. ca. 1641; m. (1) SARAH WARHAM; m. (2) MARGARET NEWBERRY.
vi. EBENEZER STRONG, ELDER, b. 1643; m. HANNAH CLAPP.
vii. ABIGAIL b. ca. 1645; m.(1) NATHANIEL CHAUNCEY; m.(2) MEDAD POMEROY born in Windsor:(Register, 5:361)
viii. ELIZABETH, b. 24 Feb. 1647; m JOSEPH PARSONS.
ix. EXPERIENCE, b. 4 Aug. 1650; m. ZERRUBABEL FILER.
x. SAMUEL, b. 5 Aug. 1652, twin; m. (1) ESTHER CLAPP; m. (2) RUTH (SHELDON) WRIGHT.
xi. JOSEPH STRONG, b. 5 Aug. 1652; twin; died young.
xii. MARY STRONG, b. 26 Oct. 1654; m. JOHN CLARK.
xiii. SARAH STRONG, b. 1656; m. (1) JOSEPH BARNARD.
2 xiv. HANNAH STRONG, b. 30 May 1659.
xv. ESTHER STRONG, b. 7 June1661; m. THOMAS BISSELL.
born in Northampton:
xvi. THANKFUL STRONG, b. 25 July 1663; m. JONATHAN BALDWIN.
xvii. JERIJAH, b. 12 Dec.1665; m. THANKFUL STEBBINS.
2. HANNAH2 (John1) STRONG was born in Windsor, Connecticut 30 May, 1659 and died in Northampton, Massachusetts 31` January 1693. She married in Northampton 15 July 1680, WILLIAM2 CLARK.
1. THOMAS1 FORD, was born in England about 1592 and died in Northampton, Massachusetts 9 November 1676. He married (1) in England 1610 JOAN WAY who died 1615; m. (2) ELIZABETH (CHARDE) COOKE widow of Aaron Cooke, who was born about 1598 and who died in Windsor, Connecticut April 1643. He married (3) in Hartford 7 November 1644 the widow ANN SCOTT, widow of Thomas Scott of Hartford (Hartford VRs,Register,13:53)
Thomas and Elizabeth came to America in 1630 from Simsbury, Dorset on the Mary and John with their four daughters children Joana. Abigail, Mary and Hepsibah.. He was sworn in as a freeman the next year in Dorchester, but in 1636 he removed to Windsor where he stayed for many years and where he was representative to the general court from 1638 to 1641 and again in 1644 and 1654 (Register, 147:1993).
The child of Thomas and Joan:
i. MARY FORD, bap. Powerstock, Dorset, England 18 Aug. 1612; m. AARON COOKE, her step- brother.
The children of Thomas and Elizabeth:
ii. JOANA FORD, bap. Bridport, Dorset, England; m. in Dorchester, MA. 1633, ROGER CLAPP. He came with them on the Mary and John.
2 iii. ABIGAIL2 FORD, bap Bridport, Dorset. 8 Oct 1619.
iv. HEPZIBAH FORD, m.(1) RICHARD LYMAN, (2) JOHN MARSH.
The child of Thomas and Ann:
v. ANN FORD.
2. ABIGAIL2 (Thomas1) FORD was baptized in Bridport, Dorset, England 15 May 1625, and died in Northampton Massachusetts, 15 July. She married, in Dorchester in 1635 JOHN1 STRONG
1. AUGUSTINE WILLIAMS remains a mystery as far as his origin goes, and very little else is known about him.. He was born before 1650 at an unknown plave, and died in Killingworth, Connecticut about 1601.He married about 1677 HANNAH NORTON, who was born in Weymouth, Connecticut about 1657, and died in Labanon, Connecticut 18 January 1710, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (? Isaac) Norton. He is first heard about in Westerly. Rhode Island in 1671, when there was a round up of Westerly townsmen to ascertain their loyalty to the king. (He could not be found.) So he must have been 21 in 1671 and therefore born at least by 1650.He was a transient resident of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, according to Bangs' Annals of Edgartown, appearing there as a wirtness in 1679, 1684 and 1687. He may have been a mariner; there is a mention of him in the Diary of Thomas Monor, saying that Augustine is coming by in his boat to take some people to New Haven.
Shortly after the birth of Matthew he removed to Killingworth and soon died. His widow remarried before 1699 Elder John Brown.
Chldren of Augustine and Hannah, (Killingworth VRs):
i. THOMAS2 WILLIAMS, b. 1678; m. EXPERIENCE HAYDEN; children: Nathaniel, Abraham, Daniel, Experience, Sarah, John, and Mary.
ii. HANNAH WILLIAMS, b. 10 Jan. 1680 ; m. JOHN ROSE
iii. DANIEL WILLIAMS, b. 9 Sept. 1683; m. LYDIA ABELL.
2 iv. BETHIA WILLIAMS, b. 5 May 1686
v. MATTHEW , b. 27 Nov. 1688; m. MARY WRIGHT.
2. BETHIA2 (Augustine1) WILLIAMS was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, 5 May 1686, and died in Lebanon, Connecticut 9 October 1758. She married in Killingworth 3 January 1710 WILLIAM2 CLARK.
1. NICHOLAS1 NORTON was born probably in Broadway, Sonmersetshire England about 1610 (he deposed in 1676 aged 66), and died in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1690. He married in Wemouth, Massachusetts 1637 Elizabeth (----), whose maiden name may have been Isaac. He is mentioned in Wemouth in 1637. and was there until he removed to Edgartown in 1659; in 1673 he joined the "Dutch Rebellion" (Bangs).
Children of NIcholas and Elizabeth, most dates and order approximate:
i. ISAAC NORTON, b. 3 May 1641; m. RUTH BAYES.
ii. JACOB NORTON, b. 1 March 1643.
iii. ELIZABETH NORTON, m. JAMES PEASE.
2 iv. HANNAH NORTON, b. ca. 1647.
v. JOSEPH NORTON, b. Mar. 1651 ; m. MARY BAYES
vi SARAH NORTON, m. JOHN STANBRIDGE.
vii. PRISCILLA NORTON, m. JOHN BUTLER.
viii. RUTH NORTON, m. MOSES CLEVELAND.
ix. BENJAMIN NORTON, m. HANMNAH BUTLER
x. ESTHER NORTON; m.(1) SAMUEL HUXFORD; m. (2) JONATHAN DUNHAM.
xi. MARY NORTON, m. THOMAS WOOLEN.
2.. HANNAH2 (Nicholas1) NORTON was born probably in Wemouth, Massachusetts, about 1648 and died in Edgartown.Massachusetts in 1690. She married AUGUSTINE WILLIAMS.
1. HENRY1 JACKSON was born in England in 1606 and died in Fairfield, Connecticut about 1686. He came from London in 1635 in the Elizabeth and Ann, age 29, settling first in Watertown, Massachusetts where he was a lessee of fishing rights.and probably married there, about 1639 ,a woman whose name is not known, but was the mother of his children. They moved to Fairfield by 1648. His will written November 1682, names his children and his daughter by her maried name. The dates are given in Jacobus' Families of Old Fairfield.. In his will he left his wife, among the usual featherbeds, valences, and pots and pans, an axe, "commonly called Dinah's axe." He also wanted his sons to provide "six pounds per annum for a comfortable living, and if she be left alone I will that she have the old negro woman to be with her." He proudly signed his will in crooked block capitals (Fairfield Probate District, #3280).
Children, all except Joseph born in Watertown:
i. JOHN2 JACKSON, b.1640; m. about 1661 ELIZABETH SMITH; d. ca. 1689, children Elizabeth, Moses, Susannaa, John, and Margery.
ii. HANNAH JACKSON, b. ca..1642; m.(1) PHILIP GALPIN; m. (2) STEPHEN SHERWOOD.
2 iii. SAMUEL JACKSON, b.ca. 1645; m. (1) unknown; m. (2) PHOBE (----) LYON CROFERT, twice widowed.
iv. MOSES JACKSON, b. ca. 1647; m.(1) DEBORAH HYATT, children Rebecca and Deborah; m. (2) ESTHER SEELEY, child ROBERT.
v. JOSEPH JACKSON, b. in Fairfield, m. (1) ca. 1670 MARY GOODWIN; children Mary, Sarah, Abigail, Eleanor, and Joseph.
2.. SAMUEL2 (Henry1) JACKSON was born in Watertown, Massachusetta about 1645 and died in Stratfield, Connecticut sometime between 30 August 1712 when he wrote his will, and 15 Dec. 1714 when it was probated. He married twice, first to a woman whose identity remains unknown, who was the mother of all his children except Gabriel. It is not correct, as Jacobus suggested, that he married a daughter of Edward and Jedidah (Skidmore) Higbee. Jacobus himself said he had not yet read the just published biograpgy of Edward HIgbee (Clinton Higby, Edward HIgby and his Descendants), in which it was made clear that Edward had just one daughter by 1660, and that one married Edward Burrows about 1678. (see also" Huntington Town Records" in NKGBRecord, 42:1911.) He married second the twice widowed PHOBE (-----) LYON CROFERT, who survived him too.
Children of Samuel and his first wife: (from Jacobus)
i. SAMUEL3 JACKSON, died young.
ii. NATHANIEL JACKSON, died young.
iii. HANNAH JACKSON, b. 17 Mar 167?; ;bap.6 Apr. 1701; m.(1) NATHANIEL LYON; m. (2) MATTHEW JENNINGS.
iv. JOSHUA JACKSON; m. ELIZABETH SANFORD, child, Joshua.
v. HENRY JACKSON, b. ca. 1679; bap. 6 Apr. 1701 m. MARY WHEELER, children: Jedidah. David, Anne, Deborah, Isaac. Mercy, Eunice, and Sarah.
vi. DEBORAH JACKSON, bap. 5 Apr. 1701; m. ALEXANDER FAIRCHILD, children:John, Alexander, Deborah, Sarah, Abraham, Hannah, Andrew, Ruth, Catherine, Samuel, and Stephen.
vii. DANIEL JACKSON , b. ca. 1683; m. (1) MARY PRESTON, who died 7Aug.1734, at 44 yeazs of age; child Samuel. By 1734 Daniel was in Dover, NY. Additional facts from Sedgwick show that Daniel bought a piece of land at the site of the present Sharon, CT, about 1734. He must have remarried because he had a son, Jehiel, born 1739 at Sharon, the first white child born in that settlement.
vii. RACHEL JACKSON, m. MOSES LYON.
viii. JONATHAN JACKSON, bap. 21 Jauly 1695; m. (1) DEBORAH (----), children: Moses, Samuel, Deborah, Abigail, Eunice, Sarah, Zebulon, Hannah, Nathan, and David.; m. (2) ANN DRAKELEY. Child: Comfort.
ix. ABIGAIL JACKSON, b. ca. 1696; m. CORNELIUS BRONSON.
3 x. EBENEZER JACKSON, bap. 16 Oct 1698.
xi. BETHIA JACKSON, died young.
Child of Samuel and Phoebe:
xii. GABRIEL JACKSON, bapt.9 Jan. 1709; m. MARGARET HALL, children: Samuel, Mehitable, Patience, Francis, Benjamin, and Mehitable.
3..DEACON EBENEZER3( Samiuel2, Henry1) JACKSON, was baptized in Fairfield, Connecticut 16 October 1698 (Fairfield VRs) and died in Sharon, Connecticut in 1766 when the Sharon Probate District names his son Ebenezer administrator of his estate. He married first in Norwalk, Connecticiut about 1716, ESTHER ABBOTT, who was born there about 1686, daughter of John Abbott and his unknown first wife, and died probably in Sharon before 1750. He married second, in Sharon, 10 January 1751, the widow LYDIA (CRIPPEN) QUITTERFIELD, and third, MARY (-----) who survived him.
His father died when Ebenezer was a minor, and he elected to have his brother Henry as his guardian. In common with his brother Jonathan, he was given the "long lot" that had belonged to his grandfather Henry. After his marriage to Esther Abbott they settled at Wilton, CT and raised their children who were all registered in the Wilton VRs except the two youngest, Joseph and Stephen. The existence of these two is known through deeds in which Ebenezer gives them land. About 1740 he moved to the new settlement of Sharon, CT, probably on the advie of his brother Daniel, with six sons, Ebenezer, Joshua, John, Abraham, Joseph, and Stephen, where he was one of the first settlers and was known as Deacon Ebenezer. The boys all married in Sharon. On 10 January 1750, he married the widow Lydia (Crofert) Quitterfield from Colchester, CT, who had come to Sharon with two children Abner and Lydia, after her husband Richard Quitterfield had died. Ebenezer and Lydia had a son Daniel, born 26 October1751,who apparently did not live long for he is not mentioned again.. The next year,1752, Ebenezer's son Stephen married Lydia's daughter with her first husband, also named Lydia Quitterfield. This causes considerable confusion when reading the records (Sharon VRs). Ebenezer must have married a third time because in the settlement of his estate his widow was called MARY. Sedgwick, in his History of the Town of Sharon says "he was early chosen Deacon of the church and was a highly reputable and upright man." By the time of his death he had given nearly all his property to his sons.
Children of Ebenezer and Esther ( birth dates of first six from Wilton VRs):
i. MARY4 JACKSON, b. 3 May 1717 no further information.
4 ii. EBENEZER JACKSON, b. 2 May 1719.
iii. JOSHUA JACKSON, b. 12 Jan 1720; m. EIRENE (IRENE), children: Irene, Joshua, Mary, and Rachel. (Sharon VRs.).
iv. JOHN JACKSON, b. 5 Apr. 1723; m. DELIGHT; children Betsy, Luther. Calvin, Alma, Olive, and John (Sharon VRs), Salla, Joanna, and Hebar (TAG, 10:170).
v. ABRAHAM JACKSON, b. 16 Jan 1726; m. ELEANIR BUMP; children: Eleanor, Abraham, Jedidiah, Asahel, Jethro, Rachel, Chloe, William, Lorraine, Joanna, Pearez, and Zaran.
vi. DANIEL JACKSON, b. 13 Aprul 1728; died young.
vii. JOSEPH JACKSON, b. ca 1730 (Sharon Land Records 5:35); married MARGARET CAMPBELL, children: Mary, and Margaret. (Sharon VRs)
viii. STEPHEN JACKSON, b. ca. 1732 (Sharon Land Records 5:409); m. Lydia Quitterfield .(Sharon VRs).
Child of Ebenezer and Lydia:
ix. DANIEL JACKSON, b. 26 Oct. 1751.
4. EBENEZER4 ( Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Henry1) JACKSON was born in Wilton, Connecticut 3 May 1717 and died 1781 in Cornwall, Connecticut, where his will was proved (Litchfield Probate District, #3113. October 1781). He went with his father to Sharon, CT where he married 2 February 1744 (Sharon VRs) ABIGAIL TYLER who had been born at Branford, CT,and had come north at the age of thirteen with her father Bezaleel Tyler, another first settler. Some of his children are listed in the Sharon VRs: Esther(1745), Abigail (1747), Ebenezer (1750), Hannah (1752) and Elias (1764). In his will he lists his Abigail, sons Ebenezer, Elias, Ephraim,and Charles, and daughters Abigail Squire, Hannah Rogers, Huldah Tanner,and Rebecca.(Litchfield Probate District, # 3113, Ebenezer Jackson, October 1781).
Ebenezer the third was a sergeant in the Revolution; Hannah's husband, Edward Rogers, was a captain and Tryal Tanner, Huldah's husband, was a lieutenant; at one time Ebenezer cleared more than 1000 pounds in three months buying horses and selling them to the army. Ebenezer the third later ran a store in Cornwall with his brother-in-law Edward Rogers until Ebenezer died of small pox in 1800. (E.C.Starr, A Typical New England Town).
Children of Ebenezer and Abigail: (actual birth dates Sharon VRs)
i. ESTHER5 JACKSON, b. Sharon 6 July 1745.
ii. ABIGAIL JACKSON, b. Sharon 20 Sept. 1747 ; m. Sharon 21 Aug. 1766. ICHABOD SQUIRE.
iii. EBENEZER JACKSON, b. Sharon 4 Apr. 1750. He was a sergeant in the revolution, and did a nice piece of profiteering: buying horses and selling them to the army clearing 1000 pounds in three months. He died of small pox, which it was said he caught in New York "whither he rode his horse in one day, taking the hair off from under the saddle." (Starr, p. 194).
iv. HANNAH JACKSON, b. Sharon 7 Jul 1752; m. Cornwall 18 July 1773 CAPT. EDWARD ROGERS.
v. ELIAS JACKSON, b. 22 Feb. 1754.
5 vi. HULDAH JACKSON b. ca. 1755.
vii. EPHRAIM JACKSON.
viii. CHARLES JACKSON.
ix. REBECCA JACKSON, m. 17 Oct. 1793 CALEB ANDREWS.
5. HULDAH4 (Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Henry1) JACKSON. was born in Cornwall (or perhaps Sharon), Connecticut about 1755 and died in Canfield, Ohio 25 December 1803; she married in Cornwall, Tryal Tanner.
1. GEORGE ABBOTT first appeared in this country in Windsor, Connecticut in 1640 and died in Norwalk, Connecticut in February 1690. He married twice: first about 1658 MARY WEED, who was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut about 1639 and died in Norwalk after 1672; and second, about 1677, JOANNA (LINN) WILLIAMS widow of William Williams of Boston who was killed in King Phillips war in 1676.
He was often in trouble in his early years. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut show on May 1640 "George Abbott, servant to ( ) (the blank is in the original) is adjudged to pay fiue pownd fyne for selling a pystol & powder to the Indeans, and to be bound to his good behavior, he is to be disposed of by the Court for further searvice, to his master or some other as they shall judge meete, for his paying the said fine." Later, in Hartford, 29 December 1648, he was ordered to pay thirty shillings for debt and damages to a John Cullick. He was never recorded in trouble in Norwalk, but neither was he ever appointed or elected to a responsible position in the town.
His children, mentioned in his will, were those of his first wife Mary. A codicil added to the will mentions that his daughter Mary has married; and in the disposition papers of his estate, she signs herself Mary Jackson. The name of the Jackson whom Mary married in 1690, has not been discovered; as mentioned above, it was not Henry Jackson the emigrant, nor was it Henry Jackson his grandson, son of Samuel, who married Mary Wheeler in 1704.
An otherwise unidentified Mary Jackson appears in the Records of the First Congregational Church of Bridgeport, CT (New Haven 1895) on December 20, 1697, as transferring from Norwalk. This Mary Jackson married in 1709, John Sturdevant. Her origin remains a mystery, but she could be the daughter of George Abbott.
Children of George and Mary; names from his will, birth dates approximate from Torrey; marriages from Selleck, Norwalk and Torrey.
2 i. JOHN2 ABBOTT; b. ca. 1659.
ii JONATHAN ABBOTT, b. ca. 1661; m. SARAH OLMSTED; children: Jonathan, Mary, Lemuel, Sarah, Deborah, Jane, Eunice, Kesziah, and Mindwell.
iii. DOROTHY ABBOTT,b. ca. 1663; m. DARIUS ROOT.
iv. PRISCILLA ABBOTT, b. ca. 1665.; m. (-----) CLASON.
v. MARY ABBOTT, b. ca. 1667; m 1690 (-----) JACKSON.
vi. GEORGE ABBOTT, b. ca 1669; m. HANNAH HAYES; children: George, Ebenezer, Jemima, Benjamin, Sasmuel, Hannah, Rebecca, Israel, Elizabeth, Dorcas, and Daniel.
vii.DANIEL ABBOTT; b. ca, 1672.
2.. JOHN1 (George1) ABBOTT was born in Norwalk, Connecticut about 1659 and died there in 1720. He married first an unknown wife , perhaps Ruth Betts,who was the mother of his children and second in Norwalk after 1692 RUTH RUSCO, who was born about 1658 and died after 1720, daughter of John Rusco and Rebecca Beebe. John Abbott in his will left his property to his wife Ruth, daughter of John Rusco, and his three children and their spouses, who all signed the disposition paper; in this paper the children refer to the widow Ruth Abbott as their "mother-in-law", which was often used for step-mother in those days.
Children of John and first wife:(VRs Norwalk)
3 i ESTHER3 ABBOTT, b. abt. 1686.
ii. JOHN ABBOTT, b. abt. 1689; m. EUNICE JUDD; children: Eunice, Jerusha, John, Thaddeus, Jesse, and Phebe.
iii. MARY ABBOTT, b. abt. 1691; m. JOSEPH SCRIVENER (SCRIBNER).
3. ESTHER3 (John2, George1) ABBOTT was born in Norwalk, Connecticut about 1686. and died probably in Sharon, Connecticut before 1750. She married in Wilton, Connecticut about 1717 DEACON EBENEZER JACKSON.
1. JONAS1 WEED was born in England about 1610 and died in Stamford, Connecticut about 1676. He came to America in the Winthrop fleet in 1630 to Watertown, Massachusetts in the Flagship Arbella with John Winthrop and Richard Saltonstall He married about 1637, MARY (----), who died in Sramford by March 1690. R.C. Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, notes that Jonas must have been born by 1610, since he was made freeman in May of 1631 and also notes that he signed his will with his name, not his mark, so he must have had some education. He lived first at Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he was one of the six founders of Wethersfield on 20 May 1635, the oldest white settlement in Connecticut, and then he was in the group that founded Stamford in 1640. Charles Weed, in the History of the Weed and Allied Families, says that Jonas was evidently a close friend of Richard Saltonstall and that "they were too liberal to get along in Watertown."
In his will, written in 1672 and probated in 1676, he mentions his wife and his children, sons,married daughters and husbands and single daughters. The daughters were each given five pounds except for Sarah,.who got just five shillings unless "she do return again to the truth." Weed gives a few more details about Sarah; she was twenty-two at the time of her father's death, but did not marry until she was 44, David Waterbury, and then married again in 1706 and yet again in 1711; her full story would be interesting to learn.
Children of Jonas Weed, dates of birth approximate, following Anderson:
2 i. MARY2 WEED,b. ca 1637.
:ii. JOHN WEED, b. ca. 1639; m. JOANNA WESTOTT.
iii. DORCAS WEED, b. ca. 41; m. JAMES WRIGHT.
iv. DANIEL WEED, b. ca. 1643; m. RUTH (----).
v. JONAS WEED, b. ca. 1645; m. BETHIA HOLLY.
vi. ELIZABETH WEED, b. ca.1647; m. JOHN ROCKWELL.
vii. SARAH WEED, b. ca. 1649, m. (1)DAVID WATERBURY; m. (2) BENJAMIN FERRIS; m.(3) NATHANIEL POND.
viii. HANNAH WEED, b. ca. 1651; m. BENJAMIN HOYT.
xi.. SAMUEL WEED, b. ca. 1653; m. MARY (----).
2. MARY2 (JONAS1) WEED was born in Wethersfield Connecticut about 1637 and died in Norwalk, Connecticut after 1672. She married in Norwalk about 1658, GEORGE ABBOTT.
The American origin of this family is not well established. It is generally thought to have begun with Roger Tyler of Boston and New Haven who supposedly had four sons, Peter, Francis, George and Charles. (Jacobus, Founders of Ancient New Haven 8:1121). I have been unable to prove absolutely that these four were sons of Roger.
1. ROGER1 TYLER is assumed to be the first member of this branch of the Tyler family. He was probably born in England about 1600 and he died in New Haven, Connecticut 27 January 1673. The name of his wife was ANN (---) (Jacobus). Savage says he was of Massachusetts in 1650 before going to New Haven; he was owed money by Lt. Joshua Hewes of Boston in 1655, and he was a wirness to the will of Matthew Moulthrop of New Haven in 1668. The inventory of his estate taken in New Haven 7 Dec. 1673 shows his worth as 204 pounds ("Early Probate Records of New Haven," Register, 81:133). His supposed children were the four boys and perhaps two girls, Elizabeth and Jane all of whom lived in Branford with no other known relations.
Children of Robert and Ann:
i. PETER TYLER, m. in Branford 20 Nov. 1671 DEBORAH SWAYNE, childrem: Peter, John. Deborah, Dorcas, Hannah, and Ebenezer.
ii. FRANCIS TYLER, m. in Branford SARAH PAGE.
iii. GEORGE TYL:ER, m. in Branford (1) ca. 1678 HANNAH LUDINGTON; (2) MARY (----).Children: Isaac, Ann, Samuel. Elizabeth, and Hannah.
2 iv. CHARLES TYLER, bef. 1657; m. ca. 1682
v. ELIZABETH TYLER was mentioned in church records.
vi. JANE. TYLER " .
2. CHARLES2 (Roger1) TYLER was definitely an ancestor of Huldah Jackson. He was born about 1657 and died Branford, Connecticut in 1738. He married in Branford about 1682 REBECCA (POTTER) FRISBIE who was born in New Haven Connecticut 26 May 1663 and died in Branford at an unknown time, she was the daughter of Joseph and Phoebe (Ives) Potter and widow of Samuel Frisbie who died in 1681.
On 12 May 1698, the General Court at Hartford empowered Francis and George Tyler to sell a half-acre of Charles' home lot for the payment of his debts and for his further maintenance, because "he has been for a considerable time and still remains a distracted man." This was when his eldest son was about 15. When Charles died in 1738, the administration of his estate was granted to "Bezaleel Tyler, eldest son of the deceased" who said he had been taking care of his father for thirty years and that there was nothing left in the estate (Court of Probate held in Guilford September 19, 1738). So he must have taken over the care of Charles from his uncles when he reached his majority. Nothing has been found about the second son of Charles and Rebecca, except that he was still living in 1738.
Children of Charles and Rebecca, born in Branford:
2 i. BEZALEEL2 TYLER, b. ca. 1683.
ii. BENJAMIN TYLER, b. ca. 1685.
3. BEZALEEL3 (Charles2, Roger1) TYLER was born in Branford Connecticut about 1683 and died in Sharon, Connecticut 29 August 1760 (Sharon VRs). He married at Branford 23 January 1712, ABIGAIL JOHNSON, who was born at Woodstock, Connecticut 11 January 1692, daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah (Hoadley) Johnson (Branford and Woodstock Vrs). Although Bezaleel and Abigail took care of Charles Tyler, Bezaleel's insane father, for about twenty-six years, they managed to raise nine children. After Charles' death, Bezaleel took all his family except his eldest daughter Rebecca, who had married, north to Sharon, Connecticut, a new town where they were on the list of first settlers. Bezaleel was fifty-five years old when he moved, but he had seven sons to help him farm, ranging in age from seven to twenty-three years. That gave Bezallel plenty of help, but Abigail had only her little daughter of the same name, about twelve years old, to help her and in eight years little Abigail got married and left the family.( Branford and Sharon VRs.).
Children of Bezaleel and Abigail, all born in Branford: (from Johnson, Genealogy of Capt. John Johnson and Branford, VRs.)
i. REBECCA4 TYLER, b. 3 April 1713; m. NATHANIEL PALMER.
ii. BEZALEEL TYLER, b. 6 Nov. 1715; m. SARAH (-----).
iii. GIDEON TYLER, b. 10 Oct. 1717; m. DEBORAH FULLER.
iv. TIMPOTHY TYLER, b. 7 Nov. 1719; m. LOIS ( ----).
v. BENJAMIN TYLER, b. 10 Sept. 1721.
vi. CHARLES TYLER, b. 6 Jan. 1724; d. ca. 1738.
4 vii.ABIGAIL TYLER, b. 24 Mar. 1726, twin.
viii. AMOS TYLER, b. 24 Mar. 1726, twin.
ix. NATHANIEL TYLER, b. 13 July 1731; m. MERCY MARVIN.
4. ABIGAIL4 (Bezaleel3, Charles2, Roger1) TYLER was born in Branford, Connecticut 24 March 1726 (Branford VRs) and died in Cornwall, Connecticut after 1781. She married in Sharon, Connecticut 2 February 1744, DEACON EBENEZER JACKSON (Sharon VRs).
1. WILLIAM1 POTTER was born in England about 1608 and died in New Haven, Connecticut June 1662. He was the son of John Potter and Hannah Potter. (After the death of John, Hannah Potter married John Beecher and came to America with him.) He married in England about 1632 FRANCES (-----) and they came here with their 20 week old son (Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, p.143) in 1635 on the Abigail from London. With his brother John he signed the New Haven agreement in 1639, and took the oath of allegiance in 1644. His will was made 19 May 1662. (Information from James Shephard, "The New Haven Potters," Register, 54:20)
Children of William and Frances, all except Joseph baptized in New Haven:
2 i. JOSEPH2 POTTER,b. in England 1635; m. PHEBE (----).
ii. MARY POTTER, bap. 22 Aug. 1641; m. JOSEPH MANSFIELD.
iii. SARAH POTTER, bap. 22 Aug. 1641 (not a twin); m. (1) ROBERT FOOTE; m.(2) AARON BLAKESLEY.
iv .HOPE POTTER, bap. 3 Oct. 1641; m. DANIEL ROBINSON.
v. REBECCA POTTER, bap. 1643; m. THOMAS ADAMS.
vi. NATHANIEL POTTER, bap. 12 Dec.1644; m. 1 April, ELIZABETH HOWES.
2. JOSEPH2 (William1) POTTER was born in England in 1635 and died in New Haven, Connecticut, 17 August 1669. He married in New Haven about 1660, PHOEBE IVES, who was baptized in New Haven 2 October 1642, the daughter of William and Hannah (Dickerman) Ives; after the death of Joseph Potter, Phoebe married John Rose.
Children of Joseph and Phoebe:
i. JOSEPH3 POTTER, b. 8 Oct. 1661.
3 ii. REBECCA POTTER, b. New Haven 26 May 1663.
REBECCA3 (Joseph2, William1) POTTER was born in New Haven, Connecticut 26 May 1663, and died in Branford, Connecticut at an unknown time. In 1775 She married (1)SAMUEL FRISBIE the son of Edward; Samuel died in 1681, without children; she married (2) in Branford about 1682, CHARLES2 TYLER.
1. WILLIAM1 IVES was born in England about 1605 and died in New Haven, Connecticut about 1648. He married in New Haven, 4 June 1639, HANNAH DICKERMAN (New Haven VRs) who was born about 1621. She is thought to be the daughter of Thomas Dickerman and Eleanor Whitington. William arrived in Boston, November 1635 on the Truelove (Coldham) and moved to Quinnipac (now New Haven) about 1638, where he was one of the original settlers. His will was made in New Haven 3 April 1648. It shows he had two sons , John and Joseph and at least two daughters, Phoebe and Martha, all minors at the time of his death; his wife was made executor and responsible for the bringing up of the children. She married a second time William Bassett about six months after the death of William Ives.
Children of William and Hannah, all born in New Haven:
2 i. PHOEBE2 IVES, bap. 2 Oct,1642.
ii. JOHN IVES, bap. 29 Dec, 1644; d. 1682; m.12 Nov. 1668 HANNAH MERRIMAN, children:John, Hannah, Joseph, Nathaniel, and Gideon.
iii. MARTHA IVES, b. ca. 1646; m. AZARIAH BEACH.
iv. JOSEPH IVES, b.ca. 1647; m. MARY YALE.
2. PHOEBE2 (William1) IVES was baptized in New Haven, Connecticut 2 October 1642 and married there, about 1669, JOSEPH POTTER
1. THOMAS1 DICKERMAN was christened at Mears Shelby School, Norwich, Norfolkshire, England, 11 March 1605, and died in Dorchester, Massachusetts 3 February 1658. He married in England about 1620, ELLEN (----). He owned land in Dorchester by 1636. He was a tailor by profession as well as a farmer; he could write his name, his signature has been preserved ( Dickerman, The Descendants of Thomas Dickerman).His known children are Thomas and Abraham, both born in England, and Isaac and John, born in Dorchester. These were all boys; it is thought that Hannah was his eldest child, born in England:
Children of Thomas and Ellen:
2 i. HANNAH2 DICKERMAN, b. England ca. 1621.
ii. THOMAS DICKERMAN , b. England ca, 1623; m. (1) EIZABETH SMITH; m (2) ANNA (----).
iii. ABRAHAM DICKERMAN, b. England ca, 1634; m.MARY COOPER.
iv. ISAAC DICKERMAN, b. Dorchester 1637; died young.
v. JOHN DICKERMAN, bap. Dorchester 1644
2. HANNAH2 DICKERMAN is assumed born about 1621 in England to Thomas and Ellen Dickerman; she married in New Haven, Connecticut, 4 June 1739, William Ives.
1. JOHN1 JOHNSON was born about 1590 in England and died in Roxbury, Massachusetts 30 September 1659. He married first, in Ware, Hertfordshire, 21 September 1613 MARY HEATH, who was baptized there 24 March 1594 and buried there15 May 1629. He marrried second, probably in New England, MARGERY (-----) who died at Roxbury 4 November 1655), and married third about 1656 the widow GRACE (NEGUS) FAWER.
He was constable at Roxbury in 1630 and admitted freeman the next year. He was deputy to the General Court for thirty sessions, throughout 20 years; he was Number nine on the list of the first comers to the Roxbury church, also Surveyor General in charge of issuing arms and ammunition to each soldier and was Clerk of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Savage calls him a man of estate and distinction.
One event brought him into the limelight. To quote from the Governor John Winthrop's History of New England (1645: 2, 16):
John Johnson, the Surveyor General of the ammunition, a very industrious and faithful man in his place, having built a fair house in the midst of the town, with divers barns and outhouses, it fell on fire in the day time (no man knowing by what occasion) and there being in it seventeen barrels of the country's powder and many arms, all was suddenly burnt and blown up, to the value of 4 or 500 pounds, wherein a special providence of God appeared, for he being from home the people came together to help. And many were in the house, no man thinking of the powder, till one of the company put them in mind of it, whereupon they all withdrew, and soon after the powder took fire, and blew up all about it, and shook the houses in Boston and Cambridge, so as men thought it had been an earthquake, and carried great pieces of timber a great way off and some rags and such light things beyond Boston meeting house."
The ancestry of the first wives of both John Johnson and his son Isaac has recently been researched by Douglas Richardson and published in the Register in two articles which and furnish the information included here. John's ten children were all by his first wife; at least four of the ten died before John came to America and five were still living when he died and named in his will of 1659, Mary, Isaac, Elizabeth, Humphrey, and Hannah.
Children of John and Mary, all baptized in England:
i. MARY2 JOHNSON, bap. 31 Jul 1614; m. ROGER MOWRY, a friend of Roger Williams. They moved with him to RI; children: Roger, Jonathan, Bethia, Mary, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, John, Mehitable, and Joseph.
2 ii. ISAAC JOHNSON, bap. 11 Feb 1616.
iii. JOHN JOHNSON, bap.5 April 1618.
iv. ELIZABETH JOHNSON, bap. 22 Aug 1619; m. ROBERT PEPPER.
v. HUMPHREY JOHNSON, bap. 5 Nov. 1620; m. ELLEN CHENEY, children: Mehitable, Martha, Deborah, John, Joseph, Benjamin, and Margaret (Savage).
vi. SARAH JOHNSON, bap 12 Nov, 1624; prob. m HUGH BURT.
vii. HANNAH JOHNSON, bap. 23 Mar.1628; may have m. HUGH BURT.
2. ISAAC2( John1) JOHNSON was baptized in Ware, Hertfordshire, England 11 February 1616 and was killed fighting the Indians Massachusetts 10 December 1667. He married at Roxbury 20 January 1637, ELIZABETH PORTER.
swamp.jpgHe was chosen Captain of the Ancient and Honarable Artillery in 1667, and later named Captain of the Roxbury Company in the Narragansett Expedition in King Phillip's War against the Indians, in which he died "leading his troops to victory" in the Great Swamp Fight. The book by Paul Johnson, Genealogy of John Johnson, contains a woodcut print showing the scene of his death; with the Puritans all dressed in their knickerbockers and pointy hats, a far cry from the camouflage uniforms of today.
Children of Isaac and Elizabeth, all born in Roxbury:
i. ELIZABETH3 JOHNSON, b. 24 Dec.1637.
ii. JOHN JOHNSON, b. 3 Nov.1639.
iii. MARY JOHNSON, b. 24 Apr. 1642.
iv. ISAAC JOHNSON, b. 7 Nov. 1643; m, Roxbury, 26 Dec. 1669 MARY HARRIS, children: Isaac, Daniel, Joseph, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, and Mary.
v. JOSEPH JOHNSON, b. 9. Nov. 1645 died young.
3 vi. NATHANIEL JOHNSON, b. 1 May 1647.
3. NATHANIEL3 (Isaac2, John1) JOHNSON was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts 1 May 1647 and died in Woodstock, Connecticut 14 February 1698. On 29 April 1667 he married MARY SMITH, who was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts 28 February 1642 and died inWoodstock 6 March 1732, daughter of Lawrence and Mary Smith, They lived in Roxbury until 1686, then moved to Woodstock, where they were the first settlers.
Children of Nathaniel and Mary, all born Roxbury:
i. JOHN JOHNSON, b.29 April 1668;m. MARGARET MORRIS; Children: Margaret, Abigail, John, Mary, Isaac, Edward, Anna, and Mehitable.
4 ii. NATHANIEL JOHNSON, b. 19 Mar. 1679.
iii. SMITH JOHNSON, b. 23 Jan. 1672; m. SARAH MILLER. Children Nathaniel, Smith, Sarah, Dorothy, Susanna, Marth, Caleb, Hannah. Esther, Prudence, Peter and David.
iv. MARY JOHNSON, b. 14 Feb. 1674.; m. BENJAMIN MILLER.
v. ISAAC JOHNSON, b. 2 Feb. 1676.
vi. ELIZABETH JOHNSON, b. ca, 1678.
vii. REBECCA JOHNSON,b. 27 June 1680.
viii. HANNAH JOHNSON, b. 13 March 1683.
4. NATHANIEL4( Nathaniel3, Isaac2, John1) JOHNSON was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts 19 March 1679 and died in Branford, Connecticut 8 September 1726. He married in November 1690, HANNAH HOADLEY, who was born in Branford, November 8 1670 and died there 18 January 1725.
Children of Nathaniel and Hannah that lived beyond childhood, all born in Branford:
5 i. ABIGAIL5 JOHNSON, b. ca. 1691.
ii. HANNAH JOHNSON, b. 31 Oct,. 1693.; m. DEACON DANIEL PAGE, children: Prudence, Hannah, Abraham,. Daniel, Martha, Ephraim, and Sarah.
iii. LYDIA JOHNSON, b. 3 Dec,1695.
iv. NATHANIEL JOHNSON, b. ca. 1700; m. ELIZABETH WILFOR, children: Nathaniel, Elizabeth, John, Hannah, Samuel, Isaac, and Wilford.
v. MARY JOHNSON, b. 18 July 1703; m. JONAH BUTLER.
5. ABIGAIL5(Nathaniel4,3,Isaac2, John1) JOHNSON was born in Branford, Connecticut about 1691 and died in Sharon, Connecticut 29 August 1760. On 23 January 1712, she married BEZALEEL TYLER. They had nine children in Branford before moving north to Sharon with the first settlers about 18738, bringing with them seven sons and daughter Abigail. Their eldest daughter Rebecca had married and stayed behind.
MARY HEATH was baptized at Ware, Hertfordshire, England 24 March 1594 and was buried there 15 May 1629. She married at Ware 21 September 1613, JOHN1 JOHNSON and was the mother of his ten children; she herself was the tenth child of William Heath. The year after her death, her husband emigrated to America.
ADRIAN PORTER was baptized at Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire 13 February 1586 and died after March 1624. He married twice: first 28 April 1696, ELIZABETH ALLOTT, born at Ware 1582 and buried there 1517; and second, by March 1618 AGNES (----). His first wife was the mother of his children Edward and Elizabeth who emigrated to America. ( Information from Douglas, Ancestry of Edw. Porter)
ELIZABETH PORTER was baptized at Ware, Hertfordshire, England and died "suddenly" 15 August 1684 at Roxbury Mass. She married, at Roxbury 20 January 1637, CAPTAIN ISAAC2 JOHNSON.
1. JOHN1 SMITH was born in England about 1595 and died in Providence, Rhode Island in 1648. His wife was named DOROTHY. They had one child, Lawrence..
2. LAWRENCE2 (John1) SMITH was baptized in Colne, England 26 December 1610 and died in
Dorchester, Massachusetts 3 October 1665, aged 55. He married in Rochdale, England 17 December 1633 MARY CLEGG, who was born in Rochdale in 1614 and died in Dorchester 11 June 1683 aged 60, daughter of Edmund Clegg. Lawrence was made freeman at Dorchester in 1643.
Lawrence and Mary came to America after 1635, when their son Lawrence, Junior was christened ; nothing more is heard of Junior so he probably died young. He was made freeman at Dorchester in 1643 and bought house and lands there in 1650. His will was probated 31 January 1666. (Register, 13:337)
Children of Lawrence and Mary, all except Lawrence born in Dorchester:
i. LAWRENCE SMITH3, b. Rochdale England, 8 Feb.1635
3 ii. MARY SMITH, b. 28 Oct, 1642.
iii. REBECCA SMITH, bap 22 Dec. 1645; m. JOHN NASH.
iv. ELIZABETH SMITH, bap. 19 Dec 1647, m. NATHANIEL CLAPP.
v. ANNA SMITH, bap. 7 Sept. 1651.
3.. MARY3 (Lawrence2, John1)SMITH was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts 28 February 1642. (Register, 5:333). She married NATHANIEL3 JOHNSON.
1. WILLIAM1 HOADLEY was born in England about 1630; and died in Branford, Connecticut in November or December 1709. He married the three times; (1) about 1659 to a woman whose
name remains unknown but who was the mother of his children and who died before 1686; (2) in Branford about 1686 MARY (BULLARD) FARRINGTON who died in 1703; and (3) in Branford about 1704, RUTH (BOWERS) FRISBIE.
He was one of the representative or deputies for Branford to the general Assembly for nine year and a selectman several times. He was chosen to keep the ordinary in 1683, laying it down in1687.
His will has never been found; it was hotly contested. His inventory was four pages long and contained some interesting items. "Muslin and silk neckcloths, spectacles, cane and wig." "Razor, looking glass, silver seal, spinning wheels, bibles and law book, holland napkins and table cloths" and Mulatto maid worth 25 pounds and Indian boy worth 4 pounds. This information is from the book by Trowbridge on William Hoadley.
Children of William and first wife, all born Branford, most dates approximate:
i. WILLIAM2 HOADLEY, b. ca. 1660; m.(1) ABIGAIL FRISBIE, children Mary, Hannah, and Jemima, (2) ELIZABETH FROST, children Elizabeth.
ii. SAMUEL HOADLEY, b. ca.1662; m. ABIGAIL FARRINGTON.
iii..JOHN HOADLEY, b .ca. 1664, m. MERCY CRANE.
iv. MARY HOADLEY, b. ca. 1666;m. NATHANIEL FINCH.
v. ELIZABETH HOADLEY, b. 15 June 1668.
2 vi. HANNAH HOADLEY,b. 8 Nov. 1670.
vii. ABRAHAM HOADLEY,b. ca. 1672; m. ELIZABETH MALTBY.
2. HANNAH2 (William1) HOADLEY was born in Branford, Connecticut 8 November 1670, and died there 18 January 1725 ; she married in Branford in November 1690 NATHANIEL4 JOHNSON.
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