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The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and his wife Emma Arabella Bosworth

12 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: N. Grier Parke, III, The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and his wife Emma Arabella Bosworth, edited by Donald Lines Jacobus (Woodstock, Vermont: Elm Tree Press, 1960).

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GEORGE1 HUBBARD came to Wethersfield, Conn., 1636, presumably with the settlers from Watertown, Mass.  In 1642 he removed to Milford, and about 1649 to Guilford, where he bought the lands of Jacob SHEAFFE, 22 Sept. 1648, and died in Jan. 1682/3.  He married MARY –––, who died 14 Sept. 1676.a, c

He was admitted to Milford Church, 15 Jan. 1642/3, and was dismissed to Guilford, 6 Oct. 1650; his wife Mary was admitted to Milford Church, 4 Aug. 1644.  Their children, Daniel, Abigail, and Hannah, were baptized together at Milford, 26 May 1644.a

Repeated statements, in the HUBBARD history and elsewhere, tot he effect that his wife Mary was a daughter of John and Ann BISHOP of Guilford, are without foundation in fact.  No record proof exists, and the known ages of children of George HUBBARD and of those of John BISHOP show that they belonged approximately to the same generation, and a study of the dates makes it clear that George HUBBARD and his wife were contemporaries in age of John BISHOP and his wife.  The will of John BISHOP’s widow gave a small legacy to her granddaughter Elizabeth HUBBARD, and these erroneous statements are apparently based on this slender bit of evidence, which proves nothing until this Elizabeth HUBBARD is definitely identified.b

Mr. HUBBARD had a long career in public service.  He was Deputy for Wethersfield to the Connecticut General Court, Mar. and Apr. 1638, Apr., Aug. and Sept. 1639, Apr. 1640, Feb. and Apr. 1641, and Apr. and Aug. 1642; Deputy for Guilford to the New Haven General Court, May 1655, May 1657, May 1658, May 1659, Aug. 1661, and May 1662; Deputy for Guilford to the Connecticut General Court, Oct. 1665 and Oct. 1666; and Commissioner or Magistrate for Guilford, 1665, 1666, 1667, and 1670.e

His will, dated 23 May 1682, gave five shillings to his son John, five pounds and his wearing clothes to his son William, five shillings to his daughter Mary FOWLER, and thirty pounds to his daughter Sarah HARRISON; all in addition to what they had previously received.  To his grandsons John SPINNING, Daniel HUBBARD, Jr., and Ebenezer HUBBARD, he gave certain lands in Guilford.  He gave eighty pounds to his daughter Elizabeth HUBBARD; five shillings to his daughter Hannah MOLYNES in addition to what she already received; and gave his house and homelot, together with the residue of his estate, to his son Daniel, who was to be Executor and pay the other legacies.  A codicil added 30

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Dec. 1682 gave his daughter Elizabeth HUBBARD the use of a room in his house until death or marriage.  His inventory, taken 30 May 1683, totaled £564:08:06.d

Another George HUBBARD, of the same generation as himself, lived at Hartford and Middletown, and has sometimes been confused with him, or erroneously made his father or son.

Children of George and Mary (–––) HUBBARD:c, d

i.  JOHN2, b. [say 1625]; settled in Wethersfield and m. by 1650, MARY –––; removed to Hadley, Mass., and d. abt. 1705.

+    ii.     WILLIAM.

iii.     MARY, d. 13 Apr. 1713; m. Dea. JOHN FOWLER, who served Guilford as Deputy, Sergeant, and Commissioner, and d. 14 Sept. 1676.

iv. SARAH, m. RICHARD HARRISON, Jr., of Guilford, and with him removed in 1666 to Newark, N.J.

v.  DANIEL, b. [say 1640]; d. in 1720; m. 17 Nov. 1664, ELIZABETH JORDAN.

vi. ABIGAIL, m. 14 Oct. 1657, HUMPHREY SPINNING, who removed in 1666 to Elizabeth, N.J.


viii.    ELIZABETH, m. JOHN HORTON.  The Inventory of her estate was taken 13 Mar. 1709/10.  The legatees named were: heirs of John HUBBARD, heirs of William HUBBARD, Daniel HUBBARD, Mary FOWLER, Sarah HARRISON or her heirs, heirs of Abigail SPINNING, and Hannah MULLINE.


WILLIAM2 HUBBARD settled in Greenwich, where he bought land in 1658, and in 1663 also owned land in Stamford.  He lived in Greenwich until late in life, then removed to Fairfield, where he died between 10 Oct. and 7 Nov. 1702.  He probably married CATHERINE, widow of the first John AUSTIN who had died at Stamford, 24 Aug. 1657, since in 1683 he bought land of his “son” John AUSTIN in Greenwich.  In 1684, called “Sr.,” he conveyed to his sons George and William.f

His will, dated 10 Oct. 1702, gave clothing to his sons-in-law, Jacob PATCHEN and Thomas BENNER, a bed to his daughter Mary PATCHIN, lands in Greenwich to his son William HUBBARD, and the residue of his estate equally to his daughters Mary PATCHIN and Sarah BENNET.  As he was called William HUBBART, Sr., of Fairfield, in the will, we may believe that he spent his last days at the home of a married daughter in Fairfield.  The son George, having received lands in Greenwich by deed and having died before William, was not mentioned, though he left children.  the inventory of William’s estate was taken 7 Nov. 1702.g

Children of William and [Catherine (–––)(AUSTIN)] HUBBARD:f

i.  GEORGE3, b. [say 1663]; d. in 1688 (inventory taken 12 Dec. 1688); m. ABIGAIL –––.

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ii. MARY, b. [say 1666]; d. at Wilton, Conn., 25 Mar. 1754; m.(1) by 1689, SAMUEL GRUMAN of Fairfield; m.(2) by 1692, JACOB PATCHEN.

+    iii.    SARAH, b. [say 1668]; m. by 1688, THOMAS BENNETT, JR.

iv. WILLIAM, b. [say 1670]; d. in 1723; m. HANNAH MEAD.

a.  Milford Church Records; Guilford Records, Terrier 1:43.

b.  The American Genealogist, 10:17; 29:127-8.

c.  Guilford Vital Records.

d.  New Haven Probate Records, 1, part 2, p. 96.

e.  Colonial Records of Connecticut, 1:13, 17, 27, 29, 34, 46, 58, 64, 71, 73; 2:18, 24, 32, 63, 140; New Haven Colony Records, 2:141, 214, 232, 297, 418, 451.

f.  Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, 1:299-300; Greenwich Land Records.

g.  Fairfield Probate Records, 5:3.

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DAVID1 PHIPPEN, born in Cornwall, England, probably about 1588-90, died at Boston, Mass., in 1650; married SARAH ––––.  She married second, after 11 July 1654, George HULL of Fairfield, and died there in August, 1659.

David received a grant of five acres in Hingham, Mass., 18 Sept. 1635, when the first lots were drawn, and was made a freeman, 3 Mar. 1635/6.  He removed to Boston about 1641, being admitted and granted a house lot 27

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Sept. of that year.  On 28 Apr. 1645, David was granted liberty of wharfing near the Milne Creek in Boston, and he was chosen Constable, 13 Mar. 1646/7.

He died before 31 Oct. 1650, when his will was proved.  He gave to wife, Sarah, his dwelling house and shop; provided lots for Benjamin, Gamaliel and George; named son-in-law Thomas YEO; son George VICKARY; wife and son Joseph PHIPPEN to be executors; and mentioned land in Hingham.  The Hingham land was sold 24 Oct. 1652 by David’s widow Sarah PHIPPENY with her son Joseph PHIPPENY, both of Boston.

On 9 Apr. 1653, Sarah PHIPPEN, widow, for £15, sold to John HULL of Boston, goldsmith, a house.  She sold again 3 Dec. 1653, with the consent of George VICORS and Rebeckah his wife, who had an interest.  On 11 July 1654 she sold a dwelling house.  Her marriage to George HULL of Fairfield after that date brought some of her children to the neighborhood of Fairfield.

The will of Sarah widow of George HULL in August, 1659, mentioned a house in Boston; four sons, Benjamin, Joseph, Gamaliel and George PHIPPEN; daughters Rebecca VICKERS and Sarah YEO; cousins Jane and Philip PINKNEY.b Her maiden name is unknown, as the tablet of David and Sarah PHIPPEN is missing from the copy of a genealogical chart prepared by her son, Joseph PHIPPEN.c The will of George HULL also mentions his “cousin” Jane PINKNEY.  She may have been a niece of Sarah.  She and her husband, Philip PINKNEY, came to Fairfield, but moved to Eastchester, N.Y.

Children of David and Sarah (–––––) PHIPPEN:

i.  ROBERT2, placed on authority of the PHIPPEN chart, which says he “d. honorably in the king’s service, in 28th year of age.”

ii. JOSEPH, b. probably by 1615; d. at Salem, Mass., in 1687; m. DORCAS WOOD, but his wife appears in records of 1645 to 1653 as Dorothy.  He was a crapenter, of Hingham 1637-1649, then of Boston and Falmouth, finally of Salem.  On 3 June 1663, being of Falmouth “in Casco Bay,” carpenter, and calling himself PHIPPEN al’s Fitzpen, he sold to Benjamin PHIPPEn al’s ffitzpen of Boston, blockmaker, a house in Boston on behalf of himself and his brothers and sisters, with reference to the Estate of their “deceased mother Mrs Sarah HULL wife of mr. George HULL late of ffairefeild in Connecticot.”

iii.     THOMAS, according to the PHIPPEN chart, “was drowned in his 20th year.”

iv. REBECCA, m. GEORGE VICKERY of Hull, Mass.

v.  BENJAMIN, b. probably by 1625; d. at Boston, Mass., abt. 1678; m. (1) WILMOT [probably YEO]; m. (2) ELEANOR ––––.

vi. GAMALIEL, b. probably by 1627; d. at Boston, Mass., abt. 1671-2; m. SARAH PURCHASE, b. abt. 1627-8, d. at Boston, 17 Jan. [abt. 1682-3].

+    vii.    SARAH, b. probably by 1632; m. (1) THOMAS YEO, of Boston, who d. at Fairfield in 1658 (inventory taken 10 Sept. 1658); m. (2) probably late in 1659, NATHAN GOLD, who d. 4 Mar. 1693/4.

viii.    GEORGE, d. at Hull, Mass., 24 Dec. 1704; m. ELIZABETH ––––, who d. at Hull, 20 Aug. 1714.

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ix. JOHN, b. and d. at Boston, July 1637.

x.  JOHN, b. and d. at Boston, July 1640.

a.  The American Genealogist, 17:3-19, where full references are given.

b.  Donald L. Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, 1:307.

c.  The Heraldic Journal (1868), 4:1-20.


Notes and Queries: Leonard

9 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Manning Leonard, “Notes and Queries: Leonard,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 33[1879]:246.

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LEONARD. – The writer is a descendant of Solomon LEONARD, an original proprietor of Bridgewater, Mass., and one of the earliest settlers in that town.  An interest in the genealogy of our family began to be awakened when I found in Judge MITCHELL’s History of Bridgewater, soon after it was published in 1840, that my great-grandfather Joseph (17) was married to Mary PACKARD, 1721, when he was but eight years of age!  Ever since that time, as leisure and opportunity would permit, I have been gathering material, in this country and in Europe, for an authentic genealogy of the “Bridgewater branch of LEONARDs,” and their connection with other branches of the name.  Judge MITCHELL was a noble man, and performed a noble work in compiling and publishing this history.  Although it contains numerous errors, it has been, and will continue to be, of inestimable value to historians and genealogists.  He laid foundations upon which others have built more perfect structures.  He had an interleaved copy of his work in which he noted, to the end of his life, all errors or additions that he discovered, or were brought to his notice.  Cannot that copy be found, and the possessor induced to present it to our library, where it will be accessible to the vast number of persons who would be benefited by the records it contains?

A few months before his decease, I had several pleasant interviews with him, when with his characteristic kindliness and interest, he gave me much information relative to my ancestors, and the corrections he had made since his history was published.

He had learned that Jacob,2 son of Solomon,1 had a wife previous to the one mentioned in his will as “his present wife Susanna,” who had sons, Joseph3 and Josiah.3 The former married Martha, daughter of William ORCUTT, born in 1671, and had:

Ephraim,4 m. Martha, daughter of Humphrey PERKINS of Hampton, N.H., September 16, 1720.

Joseph,4 who m. Mary, daughter of Nathaniel PACKARD of Bridgewater, September 14, 1721; and had a daughter who m. –––– FISHER, said to be of Rehoboth.  Who was she?

Ephraim4 was a merchant in Bridgewater, for many years after his marriage.  Removed to Hopwell, New Jersey, where Eliab BYRAM, who m. his daughter Phebe, settled as a clergyman.  (Mitchell, page 127.)

It has been represented that these families had full records of their ancestors.  If so, they may be discovered among some of their descendants.

In a genealogy of the PERKINS family, published in the REGISTER, vol. xii. page 80 (1858), it is stated that Abigail, youngest sister of Martha PERKINS, m. “Mr. LEONARD, of Bridgewater.”  Who was he?

The most vigilant search has failed to discover who was Jacob’s first wife, where and when she was born and died, and when her children were born.  It has been supposed that the family were in Worcester when the first attempt at settlement was made there, and were driven off by the Indians in 1675.  He was certainly there with his second wife, and two children born at Weymouth, as soon as the second attempt at settlement was undertaken in 1684-5.  They were so harassed by the Indians that they became discouraged, however, and removed to Bridgewater in 1693.  A short time before his death in 1717, he deeded his property in Worcester to his nephew Moses,4 who was a prominent man in W.  The children of the first wife probably lived with and were provided for by her relatives (whoever they were), as they were not mentioned in his will made December 14, 1716, proved December 19, 1717.

A liberal remuneration will be made for such information as will enable me to complete an authentic record of the births, marriages and deaths of the three generations commencing with Solomon; including family names of wives.  In the early records, the names were sometimes written LENNER, LENNERSON and LEONARDSON.  Who was William LEONARD, of Bridgewater, m. Sarah BOLTON, 1709?  Sarah, m. Samuel PERRY, December 14, 1710?  Benjamin, m. Hannah PHILLIPS, August 15, 1715?  And Martha, m. Ebenezer EDDY, of Norton, 1734?


Southbridge, Mass.

Notes and Queries: Peirce

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: J.M. Peirce, “Notes and Queries: Peirce,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 32[1878].

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PEIRCE (ante, p. 238). – Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn, concerning whom inquiry is made in the April number of the REGISTER, seems to me to have been (as Savage, Bond and Sewall also think) the son of John PERS of Watertown, weaver, whom Bond, I believe, first identified with the John PERS, weaver, who came to New England from Norwich in 1637, with his wife Elizabeth and his children John, Barbara (not otherwise known), Elizabeth, and Judith.  [See Mass. Hist. Coll., 4th ser., i, 96.]  If John of Watertown was the same as John of Norwich, other children of his, – certainly Anthony (freeman Sept. 3, 1634) and Ester (m. Joseph MORSE, and had Joseph, b. April 30, 1637), probably Mary (m. –––– COLDAM, probably Clement of Lynn), and Robert, – must have come over earlier than he.  The will of Elizabeth, widow of John of Watertown (March 15, 1666-67) names, among others, “my grandchild Judah SAWEN” (= Judith SAWIN), and my grandchild Judah PEARSE daughter to my son Robt PEARSE.”  Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn (called “weaver” in Middlesex Registry of Deeds, L. 10, F. 282; L. 22, f. 311), had a daughter Judith, and seems to be the only one who can be identified the Robert here named.  One Robert PEIRCE, of Watertown, received land of Ira WATERBURY in 1646.  He must have removed to Woburn a few years later (Sewall says in 1650).  It is perhaps this Robert who was made freeman May 13, 1642, but more likely May 22, 1650, about the time probably of his removal and marriage.

Robert PEIRCE, of Woburn (described in 1658 as about 38 years of age), m. Mary KNIGHT, dau. of John KNIGHT, Sen., of Charlestown, whose will proves this.  [See also Middlesex Registry, L. 10, F. 224.]  The list of his children is, I believe, no where completely given.  He had certainly the following: Judith, b. Sept. 30, 1654, d. May 31, 1689; Mary, b. Jan. 21, 1653-4, m. John WALKER (brother to Samuel, Jr., and Israel) Oct. 14, 1672; Nathaniel, b. Dec. 4, 1655, m. 1st, Dec. 27, 1677, Hannah, dau. to Allen CONVERS, m. 2d, March 23, 1680, Elizabeth FOSTER (probably dau. of Sergt. Thomas PIERCE, m. 1st Thomas WHITTEMORE, 2d Hopestill FOSTER), d. 1692; Elizabeth, b. March 6, 1658 (9?), m. Feb. 24, 1681-2, Samuel, son of John WILSON, Sen.; Jonathan, b. Feb. 2, 1662-3, m. Nov. 19, 1689, Hannah, dau. to John WILSON, Sen., d. June 17, 1694; Benjamin (for whom see below); John (named in Jonathan’s will and Benjamin’s deed of April 25, 1696); Joseph, b. May 1, 1672.  Mary PEIRCE, widow of Robert, d. March 18, 1701, and “old Robert PEIRCE” d. Sept. 10, 1706.  [See the wills of Nathaniel and Jonathan in the Middlesex Probate Office.]

Benjamin PEIRCE, the son of Robert and Mary, not mentioned by Savage, is sometimes called “junior” while living in Woburn, to distinguish him from the Benjamin of Woburn who m. Mary REED, and whom I suppose to have been a son of Sergeant Thomas PIERCE.  Benjamin, the son of Robert, m. Hannah, dau. to Jerahmeel (or Jerathmeel) BOWERS, of Chelmsford, April 3, 1698, and moved to Charlestown about 1700.  He had: Hannah, b. in Woburn, Dec. 28, 1693, d. Woburn, 1700; Jonathan, b. Woburn, March 20, 1695-6; Elizabeth, b. Woburn, March 8, 1697-8, d. single, 1749; Benjamin, b. Woburn, Jan. 8, 1699-1700, d. young; Hannah, b. in Charlestown, March 24, 1701-2, living in 1715, d. before 1747; Josiah and Mary, b. Charlestown, Oct. 10, 1704, both d. young; Mary, b. Charlestown, June 6, 1706, m. Thomas CROSSWELL, son of Caleb and Abigail CROSSWELL, d. March 23, 1730-1; Jerahmeel, b. Charlestown, Nov. 22, 1708, m. May 31, 1733, Rebecca HURD, dau. of Jacob and Eliza HURD, d. 1751; Abigail, b. Charlestown, Jan. (7?), 1710-11, m. July 27, 1732, Edward SHEAFFE, d. before 1771; Sarah, b. Charlestown, Feb. 26, 1713-4, d. in infancy; Benjamin, b. Charlestown, June, 1715, d. young.  Benjamin PEIRCE, of Charlestown, d. in Sept. or Oct., 1715.  His widow m. Dec. 18, 1718, William WILSON, of Concord, who d. in 1741, and she d. at Charlestown in Oct. or Nov., 1746.  [See the wills of Benjamin PEIRCE, Jerahmeel  BOWERS, and William and Hannah WILSON, in Middlesex Probate Office; also Middlesex Registry Deeds, L. 10, F. 224, 514; L. 12, F. 87; L. 13, F. 48; L. 15, F. 110, 345, 594; L. 17, F. 401; L. 19, F. 126; L. 20, F. 28, 69, 81.]

I am indebted to the research of Mr. B.O. PEIRCE for a large proportion of the facts and references above given.

The spelling of this name is generally supposed to have significance in determining relationships.  Certainly a great variety in this regard will be found in printed and written documents from the settlement of New England until now.  But my observation leads me to believe that a high degree of uniformity exists in the spelling, as used by persons bearing the name, in any one family connection.  Thus the descendants of Robert of Woburn, and I believe nearly the whole body of the descendants of John of Watertown, from the beginning to the present day, almost everywhere use

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the spelling PEIRCE; though John himself appears to sign his will PERS or PERSS in an antiquated hand resembling German Schrift.  The spelling PEARSE in the will of his wife Elizabeth is not written by the testator, who signs only by mark.  On the other hand, the descendants of Samuel, of Charlestown, and of Sergeant Thomas, of Woburn, most commonly employ the spelling of PIERCE, which is also, I think, that of the signature of the will of Thomas, Sen., of Charlestown, which may however be PEIRCE or PEERCE.  In the old pronunciation of the name, according to the tradition prevalent in several branches of the family of John, of Watertown, the vowel-sound was the same that we now hear in the words pear, heir and their; and this pronunciation is remembered by living persons as having been sometimes used by old-fashioned people.  This was probably quite independent of the spelling.  The same sound was, according to A.J. Ellis, used in the verb to pierce in the 17th century, and by some in the 18th century.  On the other hand, the verb may be occasionally heard with the pronunciation perce (or purse), which is now the prevalent pronunciation of all forms of the surname in the neighborhood of Boston.

Let me add, that the great number of families of this name among the early settlers of New England makes it exceedingly difficult to trace the different lines.  Savage is guilty of many omissions under this name, and has committed some decided mistakes.  The perplexity in which all printed authorities leave the subject must be my apology for this long note.


Cambridge, Mass.

Notes and Queries: Rossiter

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: C.B. Eustis, “Notes and Queries: Rossiter,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 33[1879]:242.

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ROSSITER. – Can any one inform me what relationship there was between Edward and Hugh ROSSITER, early settlers of Dorchester?  Both had daughters Jane, and this name seems to have been continued to later generations in this family.  Edward’s daughter, then “widow Jane HART,” petitioned the government for aid in 1685, setting forth that she was the youngest surviving child of Edward ROSSITER, and her age was 70 years.  Hugh’s daughter Jane married, before 1643 (“one of the earliest marriages of Taunton”), Thomas GILBERT of Taunton.  This “Jane GILBERT, mother of Thomas GILBERT, Jr., died June 1, 1691, æ. 77 years.”

“Jane (ROSSITER) HART, youngest surviving child of Edward ROSSITER of Dorchester, died æ. 70.”  “It is ordered that John PHILLIPS shall have for Edward HART, Three quarters of an acre of medowe at Squantum necke” (Dorchester Town Records).  See REGISTER, vol. xxi, p. 335.  Was she wife or mother of this Edward HART?  Edward ROSSITER, a grandson of the assistant, in a letter dated March 28, 1682 (REGISTER, vol. xxii, p. 457), speaks of his grandfather as “a pious gentleman of good estate, who left England for the sake of religion.”  He (the grandfather) died Oct. 23, 1630, much lamented, leaving a son who afterwards lived in Combe, in Devonshire, and Dr. Brian ROSSITER who accompanied his father from England, and Mrs. Jane HART above named.  Dr. Bryan ROSSITER had a daughter Joanna (Jane), born 1642, who married at Weathersfield, Conn., Nov. 7, 1660, the Rev. John COTTON, of Plymouth, Mass.

In the history of Guilford, Conn., by Smith, p. 18, we read, “Dr. Brian ROSSITER of Guilford, Conn., is said to have come over originally with five or six brothers to Boston, on the 1st settlement of the country, he was early settler of Windsor – of Guilford and Killingworth – d. at Guilford Sep. 30, 1672–had wife Elizabeth.”

In the Dorchester town records, Feb. 1634 (see REGISTER, vol. xxi, p. 330), “it is graunted, vnto Hugh ROSCITER and Richard ROCKET, to have each of them, 8 acres of land on the west side of the brooke adjoyning to mr. ROSCITERS ground,” &c.

In Baylie’s History of New Plymouth, vol. i., pt. 1, p. 286, mention is made of Hugh ROSSITER as one “of the first and ancient purchasers.”

“Hugh ROSSITER of Taunton 1637 sold out at Taunton before 1675, to Joseph WILLIS, and went to Connecticut.”  In what part of Connecticut did he settle, and had he a daughter Avis?


Cambridge, Mass.

Notes and Queries: Axtell-Pratt

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Joseph W. Porter, “Notes and Queries: Axtell–Pratt,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 30[1876]:239.

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AXTELL–PRATT (ante, p. 111). – William,3 son of Thomas2 PRATT, of Weymouth, who was “slayne by the Indians” April 19, 1676, was born in 1659.  He married Elizabeth BAKER, of Dorchester, Oct. 26, 1680, by whom he had but one child, as far as I can find, Thankful, born 1683.  In a Diary written by him, lately found, and now in possession of his descendant, Hon. J.E. CRANE, of Bridgewater, he states that “in 1690 he moved to Dorchester, in 1695 he went with the Dorchester Colony to Ashley river in South Carolina (to promote religion on the southern plantations), where he arrived Dec. 20th, “and he and Increase SUMNER were kindly entertained by Lady AXTELL; in 1697 he was ordained a Ruling Elder of the Church of Christ,” and “May 12, 1702, my daughter Thankful was married to Daniel AXTELL.”  He soon after returned to Weymouth, and from thence, in 1705, removed to Bridgewater, and soon again removed to Easton.  I believe he was a Presbyterian in his form of religion.  He died in 1713, and was buried in the old burying-ground in Easton, the inscription on his grave-stone being as follows: “HERE-LISE-THE-BODY-OF-ELDER-WILLIAM-PRATT-AGED-54-IN-THE-YEA-1713-IANVARY-THE-13.”

Daniel AXTELL, probably the son of “Lady AXTELL,” came with his father-in-law or about the same time he returned, and settled in that part of Bridgewater which afterward became Abington.  He bought one half of the BRIGGS grant, which was given to the children of Clement BRIGGS, “old comer,” by Plymouth Colony in 1661.  In 1712, Jan. 30, he sold his farm in Abington to Samuel3 PORTER (ancestor of the writer), from Weymouth, and removed to Taunton, that part which afterward became Dighton or Berkeley.


Burlington, Me.

Notes and Queries: Axtell

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: W.S. Appleton, “Notes and Queries: Axtell,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 30[1876]:111.

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AXTELL. – I communicated to the REGISTER for April, 1868, some “Notes on the AXTELL Family of Mass.,” referring only to those of Sudbury and Marlborough.  I have since found persons of the same surname, and all the same male Christian names in Bristol County in the first half of the last century.  At Taunton is the will of Daniel AXTELL, of Dighton, 1735-6, which mentions his wife Thankful, sons Daniel, William, Henry, Samuel, Ebenezer, and Thomas, dau. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas BART, daus. Rebecca, Hannah and Thankful.  The son Daniel, of Berkeley, made his will 1761, mentioning wife Phebe, only son Daniel, daus. Thankful and Elizabeth.

I write this now to ask if any relationship is known to exist between the two families, and shall be glad to receive information from any person connected with either of them or interested in their history. – I am myself descended from the first Thomas of Sudbury, and wish to learn all I can concerning all of the name here. – Is it possible that Daniel AXTELL returned from South Carolina, and settled at Dighton?


Memoir of Benjamin Pierce, Late Governor of New Hampshire

8 June 2009 Leave a comment

Source: “Memoir of Benjamin Pierce, Late Governor of New Hampshire,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7[1853].

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There were so many emigrants to New England in its early settlement, of the name of PIERCE, that it is not generally an easy task to trace any one bearing that name at the present time, to his emigrant ancestor.  One of the most active ship-masters in the days of the Pilgrims was Captain William PIERCE of London.  He brought over a great many emigrants to Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay.  In 1630 he commanded the Lyon of Bristol.  This ship was riding at anchor at Salem when Governor WINTHROP arrived in June of that year.  He resided a while in Boston, and made an Almanack for New England for the year 1639.  He was, according to WINTHROP, killed at Providence, one of the Bahamas, in 1641.  His name was usually spelled PEIRSE.  Captain Michael PEIRSE of Scituate was his brother; he was killed in the memorable Pawtucket fight, Sunday, March 26th, 1676.

Nathaniel PIERCE of Woburn, was in the disastrous fight at the Falls in Connecticut river, on the 19th of May, 1676.  He died before 1739.  General Benjamin PIERCE was of this stock.  “Steven” PIERCE, son of Thomas of Woburn, was among the early settlers of Chelmsford.  He was born at Woburn, on the sixteenth of July, 1651.  Hence there is not much doubt that Thomas PIERCE, of Woburn, was the emigrant ancestor of the subject of this Memoir.  He resided for some time at Charlestown, and was made a freeman of the colony there, in 1635.  He probably was among the first settlers of Woburn, and may have gone there with Captain Edward JOHNSON, the author of the History of New England, usually cited as JOHNSON’s “Wonderworking Providence,” &c.  JOHNSON came from the county of Kent, and this may be a guide to those who desire to learn the English pedigree of his companions and associates.  Thomas PIERCE died at Woburn,

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October 7th, 1666.  Steven PIERCE, son of Steven by his wife Tabitha, was one of the purchasers of Wonalancet’s possessions southwest of the Merrimack, known as Wamesit, on which he afterwards settled.  He had sons, Benjamin and Robert, and perhaps others.  Benjamin had ten children, the seventh of whom bore his own name; and he is the subject of this sketch.  He was born at Chelmsford, December 25th, 1757. […]