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Source: Henry Cole Quinby, New England Family History, Volume 2, 1908-9 (New York: published by the author, 1908-09).

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BIDFIELD (BITSFIELD) FAMILY.

Samuel BIDFIELD, father of Elizabeth, was a cooper in Boston, and took the freeman’s oath June 2, 1641. Savage conjectures that since his name is not found in our list of church members, that he was then living at Braintree, but was a constable of Boston in 1652. He had two daughters and died in 1660. By his will of May 12, 1659, he provided for wife, Elizabeth, sister of Samuel PLUMER, who I suppose married his daughter Mary; john; Samuel; Steven; children of his daughter Elizabeth, and William STEVENS of Newbury, deceased, and (continues Savage) at Newbury, I suppose he died. His inventory of September 13, 1660, shows a good estate. (See Drake’s History of Boston, 250, 331; Gen. Register, X., 83.)

William STEVENS of Newbury married May 19, 1645, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel BIDFIELD. William died the 19th day of May, 1653, and made his wife Elizabeth executrix. (v. Coffin’s History of Newbury.) Savage. She afterwards became the wife of William TITCOMB, q.v., and was the mother of William2 TITCOMB, Jr.

Elizabeth BITSFIELD’s will, penned Sept. 23, 1669, gives to William TITCOMB’s children £5 to be equally divided amongst them, “and my daughter Elizabeth TITCOMB, £10.” The children of William and Elizabeth numbered seven.

Will of William STEVENS, late of Newbury, proved by Robt. LONGE and Anthony SOMERBY. [Will of

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William STEVENS of Newbury, yeoman, proved by Robert LONG, aged about 32 years (sworn 27: 4: 1653, by Wm. GERRISH, commissioner), and Anthony SOMERBY (sworn in Salem Court 28: 4: 1653). This will is printed in full in the Antiquarian, Volume V., page 30. Inventory of the estate of said deceased taken June 13, 1653, by Samuel BITSFIELD (signed BIDFIELD), George LITTLE, Anthony SOMERBY, Francis PLUMER and Nicholas NOYES. Amount £166, 14s, 6d. Real estate, £71, personal, £95, 14s, 6d. Meadow near Nich; NOYES neck; house, barn, land, etc., land near the mill; and meadow at the little river. Sworn by Elizabeth STEVENS (signed by X mark) late widow of the deceased, and Samuel BIDFIELD, one of the appraisers, 27: 4*: 1653, before Wm. GERRISH, Commissioner, William STEVENS died May 19, 1653–Files]. VII., Essex Antiquarian, 179.

PLUMER (PLUMMER) FAMILY.

Francis PLUMER, of Newbury, 1635, a linen-weaver, came in 1633, says one tradition, from Woolwich, near London, but another says from Wales. We know not what town he first inhabited, but he became a freeman May 14, 1634. He brought over here his wife, Ruth, who died Aug. 18, 1647, and several children, certainly Samuel and Joseph. (Savage.) Francis came to Massachusetts with a company of emigrants from the west of England, and settled in 1635 at Newbury, of which town he was one of the original grantees. He is the common ancestor of all the PLUMERs in this country whose descent I have been able to trace; and was himself descended from the ancient family of the PLUMERs in England, which from the period of the Baron’s Wars has always maintained

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*June, old style.

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a respectable standing among the gentry of that country. The land in Newbury where Francis originally settled and on which a house said to have been built by him was a few years since standing and perhaps still is, has remained in the family since its first acquisition, and is now held in the eighth generation by a direct descendant of the original proprietor. (Life of Wm. PLUMER, Gov. of N.H., Boston, 1857.)

Samuel2 PLUMER, Newbury, eldest child of Francis, born in England about 1619, was freeman June 2, 1641. By his wife Mary, he had Sam’l, Mary, John, Ephraim, Hannah, Sylvanus (great-grandfather of Gov. PLUMER of N.H.), Ruth, Elizabeth, born Oct. 19, 1662, Deborah, Joshua, Lydia and Bathshua. He kept the ferry over the Merrimack, was representative in 1676, and died in 1702. (Savage.) Elizabeth3 PLUMER married Samuel2 BIDFIELD (p. 203).

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