17. Nicholas3 Wallingford (John2, Nicholas1) was born in Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts 28 October or November 1691.(367) The published Bradford records give 28 October as the town vital records date, and 28th November as a court record date. Nicholas died before 14 April 1719 when his widow remarried.
Rachel died sometime after 28 November 1750. (Date she gave bond as executrix of her husband's will) Rachel's second husband Stephen Hawkins was a mariner from Dover. He was married once before and had a son Stephen by that marriage, who had several children of his own. Stephen and Rachel had a son John Hawkins born 19 March 1720. The book Meredith Annals confuses the issue by stating that Stephen had one son John by Rachel in 1729 who died young, and that he married second a woman named Sarah and had 12 children by her born between 1739 and 1765.(368) The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and N.H. says that the 12 children are children of Stephen Jr. and wife Sarah, and were born between 1739 and 1756.
Peter and Elizabeth Varney supposedly deeded to Stephen Hawkins in 1719 and 1725 which would suggest he was alive until at least that point.(369) The deeds index in the New Hampshire Archives, however, shows no deeds between the Varneys and Stephen. It does, however, have an inquisition into the death by drowning of a Stephen Hawkins of Dover. Several witnesses testified that Stephen had gone into the water in Portsmouth and drowned. The date of this inquisition was the "fifth day of ye Anno Dom 1720".(370) This date could have several meanings. They might have forgotten to include the month, in which case it could be the fifth day of any month in 1720. Or it could literally mean the fifth day of the year, which in 1720 could mean January 5 or March 29. And we have no idea whether he died in 1720 or earlier, in 1719. It does seem probable that we are talking about the same Stephen Hawkins, however.
This is significant because Rachel's third husband Thomas Whitehouse had a daughter Elizabeth born 1 November 1725. If Stephen Hawkins did die in 1719 or 1720 Rachel may be the mother of Elizabeth Whitehouse, but if Stephen were alive in 1725 to purchase land from the Varneys, as the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and N.H. suggests (but N.H. Deeds don't record), Elizabeth Whitehouse would not likely be Rachel's daughter. If these Varney to Hawkins deeds could be found this might be cleared up.
Thomas Whitehouse was the son of Thomas Whitehouse and Elizabeth Dam. He had likely been married once before, with his daughter Elizabeth probably being from the previous wife. Thomas was a weaver, first seen in 1699. He was prosecuted for fencing a highway in 1707, and gave a deed to his brother Edward in 1717.(371)
On 26 December 1739 Thomas Whitehouse of Dover, "bandman", gave 20 acres in Dover near the western corner of Samuel Hayes' land to his "son-in-law" Stephen Hawkins. There was no charge for the land as it was done for "love and good will". The deed was witnessed on 6 March 1739/40 by Abraham Nute and John Pearl.(372)
Thomas wrote his will in Dover on 25 October 1744, saying that he was "Weak in body", but the will wasn't proved until 28 November 1750 so apparently he recovered from whatever was afflicting him at the time. To his wife Rachel, whom he made his executrix, he gave "all my hole Estate wihin Dors and with out as long as she lives a widdow". After her death or remarriage the estate would go "to my well beloved Daughter Elisabeth Whithous". Thomas made his mark and it was witnessed by Thomas Whaits, Moses Meader and Abraham Nute. The widow Rachel, with Abraham Nute and Moses Roberts, yeomen, all of Dover, gave bond in the sum of £500 on 28 November 1750 for the execution of the will. Witnesses were William Parker and Tobias Lear, Jr.(373)
Nothing is known of Rachel after that date. Thomas Starbolt (also Starbord) of Dover was robbed by Nicholas Wallingford. Starbolt claimed on 16 September 1712 that "when I loss my mony (& Suspecting Nicholas Warinford to have stoal it) I went to his Grandfather Capt Tuttles & told him my grounds I had to suspect Warrinford stoal my mony:", amounting to a five pound bill. Tuttle commented that if Nicholas had a five pound bill he believed he probably did steal it so Tuttle and Starbolt went to the home of Joseph Beards and asked his wife whether Nicholas had ever offered a five pound bill to be changed there and she told them that he had. Nicholas appeared in court in Portsmouth on 16 September and pled not guilty. Richard Pinkham and James Mussy each gave £25 bond towards his good behavior. Ebenezer Tuttle, Thomas Pinckum and Ensign Joseph Beard were witnesses in the case which showed that Nicholas stole a total of £8 in bills, including one five pound bill, and one 40 shilling bill and one 30 shilling bill. On 9 February 1713 the court found him guilty and awarded Starbolt £1 10s in court costs. Nicholas Wallingford's signature is upon the verdict. No other penalties are mentioned in the court documents.(374)
The only proven child of Nicholas and Rachel is Margaret, born in 1714. They could have had other children before that date or after it, up to Rachel's second marriage in 1719. Shackford suggests that Ezekiel Wallingford who married Lydia Brown is his son, but there is no evidence for that. Ezekiel is currently placed in the "Unconnected Families" appendix to this genealogy. Another possible child for this family is Lucy Wallingford who married Meturin Ricker, Jr. More research should be done into Rachel's second and third husbands and their families, to see if any mention is made of children from her previous marriage.
Nicholas Wallingford and Rachel had the following child:
84 i. Margaret4 Wallingford was born in Dover, New Hampshire 4 April 1714.(377) Nothing further is known about her.