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Deputy-Governor Stephen Goodyear of New Haven, Reverend John Bishop of Stamford, and the Lake and Watts Families of Boston

Source: Donald Lines Jacobus, “Deputy-Governor Stephen Goodyear of New Haven, Reverend John Bishop of Stamford, and the Lake and Watts Families of Boston,” American Genealogist 16[1940].

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LAKE Family

CAPT. THOMAS LAKE, born about 1615 (stated his age as 43 in testimony dated 28 June 1658), was eldest son of Richard LAKE of Irby, co. Lincoln, England, by his second wife, Anne MORRALY. He was younger half-brother of Sir Edward LAKE (born about 1597, died 1674, married Anne BYBYE), who was created Baronet by Charles I, son of Richard LAKE by his first wife, Anne WARDELL.

Thomas LAKE was an eminent merchant of Boston, Mass., where he became Captain of the Artillery Company. He was a ship owner and in 1654 purchased half of Arrowsic Island in the Kennebec. While attempting to escape from his fort on Arrowsic Island, during King Philip’s War, he was killed on 14 Aug. 1676.

He married, about 1649, MARY GOODYEAR, baptized 22 Jan. 1629/30.

His will, made 27 Jan. 1663/4,* named his sister Lydia GOODYEAR, cousin George ROKESBY, his wife, and children Stephen, Thomas and Anne.

The will of “Mary LAKE Widow and Sole Ex unto Thomas LAKE of Boston in New England MERCHt,” gave “unto my Couzens John WATTS and Richard WATTS each of them ten pounds to buy them mourning…. And unto my Couzen Mary TREWORTHY Twenty pounds.” She gave to her granddaughters Mary and Dorothy COTTON, three turkey work chairs apiece. She gave “unto my beloved Son Thomas LAKE & his Wife, each of them a mourning Ring, as a token of my love.” She willed “unto my Son in Law Mr John COTTON Ten pounds, All which Legacies I will shall be paid them out of the One hundred pounds given me by my sd husband, as by Will reference thereunto being had. And the remainder of sd One hundred pounds I will…. unto my beloved daughter Ann COTTON together wth all that Estate…. which was will’d me by her Brother John LAKE…. Moreover I will…. all other my Estate…. unto my said Daughter COTTON. All which aforresd premisses to be disposed of unto her children…. And in case of Mortality or want of Issue then to descend unto my Son Thomas LAKE.”

Her daughter and son-in-law Mr. John COTTON were named executors, with her friend Mr. John NELSON to aid. Dated 12 July 1708. [Suffolk County Probate, vol. 16, pp. 39 ff.]

Her son John had died in 1690, leaving a will made 24 June 1690. “I John LAKE of Boston…. Mercht…. doe heareby give…. unto my Honrd Mother Mrs. Mary LAKE of Boston widdow…. All my part…. of housing…. whatsoever of right belonging unto me from the Estate of my decd ffather


* Not 1675/6, as in the official record copy. The original will was kindly consulted by Mr. Clarence A. TORREY. The will was made before the birth of the son John, hence does not mention him.

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Captn Tho. LAKE wheresoever the same is or may be found whither in New England or elce where in possession or reversion…. and doe Constitute my sd Honrd Mother the Executx of this my last will & Testamt.” Witnessed by Ralph CARTER, John WATTS, Zacheus MATTOKES, and proved at Boston by Mrs. Mary LAKE, 19 Mar. 1690/1. [Ibid, vol. 8, p. 29.]

The eldest son, Stephen, was sent to England as heir of Sir Edward LAKE, his uncle, and enrolled in Gray’s Inn, London, but died before his uncle. The next son, Thomas, then went to England and succeeded his uncle.

Inscription on gravestone, Copp’s Hill: “Capt. Thomas LAKE, aged 61 yeeres, an eminently faithfull servant of God, and one of a public spirit: was perfidiously slain by ye Indians at Kennibeck, Avgust ye 14, 1676, and here interred the 13 of March following.”

Children, born at Boston, Mass.:

i. STEPHEN, b. 13 Feb. 1649/50; d. in England in 1671.

ii. MARY, b. 27 July 1653; d. 1 Sept. 1653.

iii. THOMAS, b. 9 Feb. 1656/7; succeeded to the baronetcy, and d. 22 May 1711; m. ELIZABETH STORY; had three children, including Sir Bibye, the next Baronet.

iv. MARY, b. 1 May 1659; d. 25 Oct. 1659.

v. EDWARD, b. 28 June 1661; d. 27 Aug. 1661.

vi. EDWARD, b. 15 July 1662; d. 12 Aug. 1662.

vii. ANN, b. 12 Oct. 1663; d. at Brookline, 29 Mar. 1737; m. (1) 17 Aug. 1686, REV. JOHN COTTON; m. (2) REV. INCREASE MATHER.

viii. JOHN, b. 22 Feb. 1665/6; d. 27 June 1690 ae. about 24 (gravestone, Copp’s Hill), unm.; see will above.

ix. NATHANIEL, b. 18 July 1668; d. young.

x. REBECCA, b. 6 July 1670; d. young.

xi. SARAH, b. 14 Sept. 1671; d. young.


Essex Quarterly Court Records, vol. 2, p. 92. Noyes-Libby-Davis: Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, p. 408. Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, vol. 3, p. 45. New Eng. Hist. and Gen. Register, 25-375; 18-131; 3-344. Copp’s Hill Epitaphs, p. 1. Report of Boston Record Commissioners, vol. 9.

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