Wells Coats of Arms

 

 

Figure 1.  Wells "Family" Arms

Contrary to popular belief, there was no such thing as a “family” coat of arms until recent times.  In medieval times, Arms were established for the purpose of identification on the battlefield.  Arms, when issued, were issued to an individual, never to a family.  Sons carried the arms of their father with an additional detail denoting their station (i.e. first born, heir-apparent, etc.).  Each was unique by necessity.   That is not to say that the arms weren’t displayed by the Lord’s liveries and household, but only to show their alliegance to the Lord.  He alone carried the shield bearing the arms into battle.  Arms, like titles, could be bequeathed to a descendant.   As the knights hung up their shields and armor with the advent of gunpowder, the coat of arms was retained, not just as a individual badge of identification but also as an identification of relationship to an individual family.  Its use was further expanded, or as some say abused,  in the years following the Civil War, as American families searching for their roots, published genealogies with the covers adorned with “family” Coats of Arms. 

Figure 2.  Arms of Nathaniel Wells

The first crest displayed (Figure 1) is claimed by several Wells families including the descendants of Thomas Wells of Ipswich, but according to the College of Arms in London, the authority for English Arms, it was first granted in 1838 to the Rev. Samuel Wells, Rector of Portlemouth in Devon and magistrate for that county. He was the fourth son of the late Rev. Nathaniel Wells, Rector of East Allington in Devon. The right to this Coat of Arms (Figure 2) was granted to all the direct male descendants of the Rev. Nathaniel Wells.

The heraldic description of this coat of arms is: "Or a lion rampant double-queued sable, on a chief gules two annulets interlaced or." The Crest is described as: Out of an embattlement proper a demi-lion double-queued sable holding between the paws two annulets interlaced or. In contemporary terms, this means on a field of gold, a lion attacking, double tailed black, on the red upper third of the field two gold rings interlaced. The crest contains a black half lion with double tails holding between the paws two interlaced gold rings and rising out of a stonework crown in it's natural colors.

The Grant of the Arms in 1838 stated that the family had used Arms "for several generations", but such Arms were not registered for them, so the new Grant was necessary.

Figure 3.  Arms of George Wells

 

This next coat of arms was granted in 1614 to George Wells of Caius College (it is noted as "Keyes" in the grant), Cambridge. He was the son of a Roger Wells and matriculated at Caius College in 1596/7. He became a priest in 1608 and from that date until 1642 was Rector of Beetley in Norfolk. He was buried at Beetley. This grant of arms was made by William Camden, Clarenceus King of Arms and, according to the College of Arms records, the coat of arms was quite specific:  

"Blazoned: Or on a cross between four lions rampant double-tailed sable, a sun radiant or. The crest is a unicorn's head erased azure, the horn, mane and coronet or, between two wings also or".

Figure 4.  Arms of Wells Family Association

In layman's terms, this is a shield with gold background, a black cross with four black lions attacking, one in each quarter each with a double tail. In the center of the cross is a gold sun with rays emerging from it. The crest is a blue (azure) unicorn's head with a gold horn and mane with gold wings on each side and a gold crown upon the head.   Note the similarity of the arms presented.  Both feature the double-tailed lion on a field of gold. 

Figure 5.  Arms of Baron de Welles

There have been many drawings published of a similar coat of arms showing a single lion in the upper left quadrant (Figure 4). This is not supported by any information in the College of Arms (i.e it is not authorized).  It is even reported that Gov. Thomas Wells is said to have given a tankard to his grandson bearing this crest. The rendition of this coat of arms with the single lion has been used for many years by the Welles Family Association, Inc. of Wethersfield, Connecticut having been adopted about 1936. However, they acknowledge that there is little likelihood that the Governor Thomas Welles was of an armorial family

The last arms presented is one of the best known Wells coats of Arms (Figure 5). It has been used (and abused) by so many Wells families that it has become almost the Wells family Coat of Arms. This has shown up in or on the cover of probably more Wells family genealogies than any other. Not only is it the best known, but variations of it have been used on the majority of other coats of arms granted to various Wells families over the centuries (including the 20th).

If you see one of those advertisements for a Coat of Arms for the Wells family that you can buy and hang on your wall this is most likely the one you would receive, although "artistic license" may provide a slightly different rendition than the original, and this rendition cover is probably not exact.

You can also see this coat of arms in the original "Disneyland Castle" in Germany built by Kaiser Ludwig (the "Mad King"). In the castle Neuschwanstein there is a room depicting King Arthur's round table and the walls of the room are adorned with shields which supposedly belonged to the Knights of the Table Round. This room was constructed near the end of the 19th century and really has little basis in authenticity. A replica of The Baron de Welles Shield is among those adorning these walls.

This Coat of Arms was used by the medieval Baron de Welles family.  It’s last male descendant, John de Welles, also known as Sir John de Welles, who had also received the title of Viscount Welles, was summoned as such to parliament on 1 Sep 1487. John was the second and last son of Lionel de Welles by his second wife. John married about 1487, Cecily, 3rd daughter of Edward IV by Elizabeth Wydvill, daughter of Richard Wydvill. She was sister of Elizabeth, the Queen Consort. John became the Tenth and last Lord Welles on the death of his niece Joan.  John died without children and the male line of this family (as documented) expired, taking with it the titles to the Barony of Lord Welles and the rights to the Coat of Arms. The Barony was declared extinct in the 1800's.

 

 

 

The Oath of a Freeman

 

One of the common misconceptions of colonial times was that all took part in the local government.  In fact, only a select few participated in the government.  For example, in 1776, when the  words “all men are created equal” was first printed, only one-fifth of the city of Boston were “freeman” and thus entitled to vote.

 

The word freeman doesn’t refer to slavery or servitude, but rather indicates one who was “free of the corporation”, and thus a stakeholder or proprietor of the colony.  To become a “freeman” the requirements differed slightly from colony to colony,  but three basic requirements were required by all.  They had to be property owners, members in good standing in the church, and take the “Freeman Oath.”  Before a member of the community could vote, or hold any public office, he had to be a freeman. 

 

The first General Court in Massachusetts was held on 19 Oct 1630.  The General Court was basically the equivalent of a “royal” court where the all the business of the colony was handled.  It was attended by all who were freeman, not simply by representatives of each new community of settlers. Under the first charter of the Massachusetts colony, none were regarded as freemen unless they were admitted by the General Court and took the oath of allegiance. The oath was the first official document printed in Massachusetts.  It was printed by Stephen Day of Cambridge, MA in 1639 and was used virtually unchanged until 1665, when the wording was changed to include the King of England

 

In 1637, Deacon Thomas Wells traveled to Boston, MA to take the following oath:

 

I, Thomas Wells, being by the Almighty's most wise disposition become a member of this body, consisting of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Assistants and Commonalty of the Massachusetts in New England, do freely and sincerely acknowledge that I am justly and lawfully subject to the Governor of the same, and do accordingly submit my person and estate to be protected, ordered and governed by the laws and constitution thereof, and do faithfully promise to be from time to time obedient and comformable thereunto, and to the authority of the said Governor, Assistants, and their successors, to all such laws, orders, sentences, decrees as shall be lawfully made and published by them or their successors. And I will always endeavor (as in duty I am bound) to advance the peace and welfare of this body or Commonwealth, to my utmost skill and ability. And I will, to my best power and means, seek to divert and prevent whatsoever may tend to the ruin or damage thereof, or of any the said Governor, Deputy Governor, or Assistants, or any of them, or their successors, but will give speedy notice to them, or some of them, of any sedition, violence or treachery, or other hurt or evil, which I shall know, hear, or vehemently suspect, to be plotted or intended against the said Commonwealth, or said government established. And I will not, at any time suffer or give consent to any council or attempt that shall be offered, given, or attempted for the impeachment of the said Government, or making any change or alteration of the same contrary to the laws, and ordinances thereof; but shall do my utmost endeavor to discover, oppose and hinder all and every such council or attempt. So help me God.

 

 

 


Table of Contents:

 

Wells Coats of Arms. 1

Figure 1.  Wells "Family" Arms. 1

Figure 2.  Arms of Nathaniel Wells. 1

Figure 3.  Arms of George Wells. 2

Figure 4.  Arms of Wells Family Association. 2

Figure 5.  Arms of Baron de Welles. 2

The Oath of a Freeman.. 3

Table of Contents: 5

First Generation.. 8

Last Will and Testament of Thomas Wells. 9

Last Will and Testament of Abigail (Warner) Wells. 12

First Generation Geography.. 14

Map 1.  The Sixth Table of England. 14

Map 2.  Captain John Smith’s Map of New England - 1616. 15

Map 3.  A Map of New England – John Foster – 1677. 16

First Generation Collateral Line.. 18

Second Generation.. 20

Figure 6.  Whipping Post 22

Grave 1.  Rev. Thomas Wells. 25

Grave 2.  Mrs. Mary Wells. 27

Third Generation.. 30

Figure 7.  Warner Mill, Ipswich MA - built by Michael Farley. 37

Grave 3.  Capt. Jonathan Burnham.. 44

Fourth Generation.. 50

Grave 4.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Dennis) Day. 55

Grave 5.  Rachel (Pickman) Ward. 68

Grave 6.  Nathaniel Treadwell 78

Grave 7.  Jabez Treadwell 79

Grave 8.  Sarah (Treadwell) Kinsman. 80

Figure 9.  Col. Bagley's Regiment Reenactment - 1999. 101

Grave 9.  Mary (Wells) Currier. 102

Grave 10.  John Currier. 103

Grave 11.  Lt. Aaron Low.. 112

Grave 12.  Lucy (Burnham) Hardy. 112

Grave 13.  Samuel Hardy. 112

Figure 10.  Nathan Dane 1752-1835. 115

Fifth Generation.. 122

Figure 11.  Kimball Place - Lebanon, NH.. 123

Figure 12.  First Parish  Meeting House  1749-1846. 136

Grave 14.  William Bagley. 164

Figure 13.   Joshua Ward House - Salem, MA.. 172

Grave 15.  Capt. Israel Ober. 175

Grave 16.  Jonathan Ober. 176

Grave 17.  Lucy (Cleveland) Blyth. 179

Grave 18.  Nathaniel and Mary (Hovey) Treadwell 199

Grave 19.   Joshua Wells. 200

Grave 20.  Mary Colby. 235

Grave 21.  Jethro Colby. 237

Grave 22.   Elizabeth (Bartlett) Colby. 237

Grave 23.   Moses Chase. 246

Grave 24.  Elizabeth (Whittier) Chase. 247

Grave 25.   Valentine Bagley. 265

Grave 26.   Charles and Sarah (Burnham) Burnham.. 271

Grave 29.   Nathaniel Burnham.. 288

Grave 34.   Eli Burnham.. 305

Grave 36.   Mary (Burnham) Perkins. 308

Grave 37.   Michael Burnham.. 315

Grave 38.   Abigail Burnham.. 315

Sixth Generation.. 332

Grave 39.  Judtih Archer. 489

Figure 14.   Hart Massey. 496

Grave 40.  Joseph Knight 547

Grave 41.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Smith) Treadwell 554

Grave 42.  Obadiah and Sarah "Sally" (Hoyt) Colby. 610

Grave 43.   Amos Burnham.. 790

Seventh Generation.. 797

Eighth Generation.. 847

Figure 15.  Robert Frost 849

Ninth Generation.. 853

 

 

 

 



First Generation

 

1.  Thomas Wells, Dea., b. 11-Dec-1605 in Colchester, Essex, England,[1] d. 26-Oct-1666 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.1  There are a lot of Wells Genealogies which have recorded as fact several misrepresentations concerning the immigrant, Thomas Wells.  That Thomas Wells was a "gentleman of large property," is most certainly true.  Savage states he was "perhaps a physician" who came over from England on the "Susan & Ellen" with Captain Paine in the year 1635.   His passage can also be verified from several records of passengers for the “Susan & Ellen”,  where he is listed aged 30.  Also is listed Ann Wells, age 20.  There is not, however, any meaningful evidence that Thomas was a physician. The sole "evidence" is that, in his will, he left some "physicke" books to his youngest son, Thomas .  The source of this tradition is thought to be  Felt's "History of Ipswich."  There was, however, a contemporary physician, Dr. Richard Wells, in nearby Salem, Essex Co., MA.

         

          His birth is recorded by several records as 11 Dec 1605 in Colchester, Essex Co., England, with his parents being Thomas Wells and Elizabeth Hunt.  This date of birth was first reported by Wells-Cushing in her genealogy on Thomas Wells. It is believed that she was deceived by another, possibly British,  researcher;  as the parish records for Colchester have been researched several times by subsequent Wells researchers with no such record being found. Further, there is virtually no evidence that Thomas was actually from Colchester. The idea that he was "of Colchester" is based on a misreading of his will where he mentions "relatives in Colchester;" the so-called relatives were actually relatives of his wife, Abigail Warner.  Which brings us to his marriage with Abigail Warner.  Ms. Wells-Cushman records the marriage as 23 Jul 1630 in Colchester, Essex Co., England.  This record, if it exists, is not the record of marriage for Thomas Wells and Abigail, who arrived in Ipswich in 1736 with her father.  There is no evidence that Abigail and Thomas even knew each other in England.  Having said that, it is my turn for speculation.  For in virtually all family traditions, there is a grain of truth, to be sifted through the sieve of reason.

         

          It is my belief, that Thomas was in fact married when he came from England, his wife being Ann, his fellow passenger on the “Susan & Ellen.”  I further believe that Ann was very sickly and died about 1635 or 1636.  In fact, I would go so far to say that we are indebted to this first wife for Thomas' presense in America.  Bear with me as I explain my rationale for this belief.  First, lets look at the known facts concerning Thomas in England.  We know he was well educated which indicates that he came from a well-to-do family.  We also know that he was 30 years old when he left for America.  It is also fairly safe to say that the “physicke” books which he left to Thomas Jr.  accompanied him on the trip as it is doubtful that he acquired them in New England.  But for what purpose?  Certainly, Thomas was no physician as that title would appear on some correspondence somewhere.  No, it is my belief, the books were for his wife, and the trip to America was a last-ditch effort to save her life.  I believe that Thomas was from a well-to-do family in London.  Thomas, educated at one of the London univerisities, as evidenced by his writing on theology, meets and falls in love with Ann, a lass ten years his junior.  But all is not well with the couple, for Ann is seized by fits of coughing and wheezing, and Thomas tries in vain to cure his lovely bride, securing doctors and even purchasing “physicke” books to try and save her himself.  Finally, realizing the only hope was to distance his bride from the noxious air of London, he books passage for himself and Ann in Winthrop's Fleet.  He arrives in Ipswich in 1635, and is assigned an house lot the same year, something normally done for only for married couples, which provides circumstantial evidence that he was married when he arrived in Ipswich.  Shortly after their arrival in Ipswich, Ann dies and Thomas met and married Ann Warner.  It should be noted that this is mere speculation, but is more credible than some of the other family traditions concerning Thomas.

         

          According to Ms. Wells-Cushman, Thomas' first child was a son, Philip, born about 1630.  Supposedly, he remained in England when his parents emigrated to America in 1635 and came to New England in 1656, settling in Connecticut.  Obviously, she never read the part of Thomas' will where he explicitly names his sons: "eldest son Nathaniel," "second son John" and "youngest son Thomas."

         

          Moving past speculation, we know with certainty, he settled in Ipswich,  Essex Co., MA, where he had a house lot granted to him in 1635 on the south side of the river,  and planting lot near "Heartbreak Hill" in 1637.  Thomas took the "Freeman's Oath" at Boston on 7 May 1637 which entitled him to all the rights of the colony.  He wrote a letter to the court 11 Apr. 1654 relating to: "a complaint of Uncus as to an outrage committed by Quinebaug Indians on the Nipmucks".

          Thomas bought 200 acres of land, 15 acres of meadow and a house at Wells, ME from Mr. William Symonds 29 June 1657, but there is no evidence that he ever resided in Wells. He also had an allotment of land on the Little River.  Deacon Thomas later willed this property and other, totaling three hundred and fifty acres to his second son, John.  Incidently, the town of Wells, ME, was named for Wells, England, not for Rev. Thomas as recorded in some genealogies.  The Wells and Warner families are families of consideration among the early settlers of Ipswich.  Deacon Thomas Wells was also a "husbandman and yeoman."  He was called Reverend as well as Deacon.

         

        Last Will and Testament of Thomas Wells

         

          "Know all Men By These PrSents, that I, Thomas Wells, of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, being weake of body, yet of pfect memory... make this my last will and testament in maner follwing...

          Itm. I give and bequeath unto Abigaill my wife eight pounds yearly, to be payd unto her out of my Lands... and this is to be payd yearly in wheat, malt, porke and Indian corne... Also I give unto her to have one of the best roomes in the house, viz: either the hall or the parlour (at her choice)... and to have free liberty to bake, brew and wash etc. in the kitchen, and free liberty to lay her corne, meale, and mault etc in the hall chamber, and free use of garden ground where she liketh best and to have it well fenced in and to have land duly tilled to sow flax seed on... and freedom in both cellars as shee needeth and shall have suficiency of firewood pvided and seasonably layd in... and free liberty to keepe three or four hens and a pigg or hogg in ye ground and yards; and shall have the sixt part of the fruite that shall yearly grow in the orchyard...

          Ite I give unto my said wife the old bay mare (she uses to ride on) and the bridle, pillion seate, and pannell, and two cowes (att her choice) and to have the keepeing of a horse or mare and two cowes for her use both sumer and winter and good houseroome for them in winter... allsoe I give unto her the bible she uses and the booke called the Soule's prparation for Christ and that of Perkings upon the Creed and the bedsted we lye on, and the beding, curtaines and valens thereunto belonging (exsepting the blue rugg) and to have the best green rugg in leiw thereof; and I give unto her the best chest and the inlayd box with TW upon the lidd and to have one halfe of the lynen and lynen cloth and the third of the woolen cloth yt is in the house or in yarne or cloth at the weavers... and one halfe of the pewter that was her own fathers and the pewter pint pott and a brase or iron pott at her choice; and I give unto her the iron skillet and some of the best spoones and a good poringer and a coopell of saucers at hir choice and the best low chaire and hir little chaire and a good cushen and one of the great wheeles and a little spinning wheele and the warming pan...

          Ite My will is that my said wife shall have the free use of my kettle... or milke vessells &c. shee needeth and of any other small things in the house... and to have freedome at the well for water and liberty for hir clothes or anything elce to be spred &c. where she pleaseth...

          Ite Whereas John Wells (my second sonn) hath received of me a deed of gifts of all the lands I had at the town of Wells in the province of Maine being the quantity of thre hundred and fiftye acres (more or less) arrable meddow and pasture together with two cowes and ten pounds fifteene shillings yt I have payd (at his request) unto Stephen Kent of Haverill, in cattle upon a bill due from Francis Littlefield (his father-in-law) with several other things all wch he hath received of me in liew of his portion...

          Ite I give unto my sonn John Wells ten pounds to be payd unto him or his assigns within three years next after my decease five pounds thereof in cattle, neate and in good condition and the other five pounds in wheat, malt and Indian corne in equall p'portion... and I give unto him my cloke, and one of the great pewter candlesticks wth the top thereof and two great saucers and two little saucers more and I give unto Sarah his wife (my daughter-in-law) one five shilling piece of gould...

          Ite. Whereas my two eldest daughters viz: Sarah Massie of Salem and Abigaill Tredwell of this towne hath eache of them had thirtye pounds in leiw of there portions my will is that Sarah Massie or her assignes shall have a good cow or to the value of four pounds ten shillngs in other cattle... and alsoe to have the benefitt of the grase of a little peace of salt marsh ground adjoyneing to the northwest end of Mr. Wades neare unto Hogg Iland and my daughter Sarah to enjoy the use of this until the decease of my brother Massie her father-in-law and then to returne unto my executor. Allsoe I give unto Abigail Tredwell my daughter my six acre lott of salt marsh &c that lyes in Plumb Iland... or a good cow...

          Ite. I give and bequeath unto Thomas Wells my youngest sonn two hundred and fiftie pounds sterl. in leiw of hir portion to be payd unto him... out of my housen and lands where I now I dwell within seven years, foure month and nyne or ten days next after the sayd Thomas Wells my sonn doe come to the full age of one and twenty yeares Viz: one hundred pounds to be payd at or before the twentieth or one and twentieth day of the third month comonly called May next com twelvemonth after the sayd Thomas Wells my sonn doe come to the age of one and twenty years (whose birth day was upon the eleaventh day of the eleaventh mo. Anno Dom: one thousand six hundred forty-six); forty pounds thereof to be paid in cattle... and in horse-kynd viz: in geldings and the horse- kynd not exced the sum of eight pounds... and thirty-six pounds thereof to be payd in wheate and barley malt... and twenty-foure pounds thereof to be payd in Indian corne, pease, porke and sheepe... and the other hundred pounds to be... payde... wth in three yeares next after the...day... of payment of the former hundred pounds... and the remaining fiftye pounds to be... payd... within the prementioned seaven years, foure months and nyne or ten dayes...

          Ite. My will is that if my executor... doe not duly and faithfully pay and discharge this two hundred and fiftye pounds... the sayd Thomas Wells... shall... take possession of the housen and lands where I now dwell... until the whole be discharged...

          Ite. My will is that if the said Thomas... shall dye and decease this life before he come to... full age... yn ye executor of this my last will shall pay unto the rest of my children the full sum of one hundred and forty pounds viz: unto John Wells or his survivers the full sum of forty pounds and the other hundred pounds to be equally porportionned and divided among my other five daughters... Viz: to Sarah Massie of Salem, to Abigail Tredwell of this towne, to Elizabeth Wells, Hannah Wells and Lidia Wells my daughters... the forty pounds to my son John Wells and the twenty pounds apeece to Sarah Massie and to Abigaill Tredwell and Elizabeth Wells (my three eldest daughters) to be payd unto them accordingly as is engaged unto their Bro: Thomas Wells, both for kind and quality... and the other twenty pounds apeece to Hannah Wells and Lidia Wells my own daughters shall be payd unto each of them... in wheat, barly, malt, porke, pease and Indian corne...

          Item. My will is that Thomas Wells my youngest son, shall quietly posses and enjoy for his use the parlour chamber of this house where now I dwell and have free liberty for fire wood until he marry and yt he shall have his diate and washing while he keeps here at the cost of my executor untill he come to the age of 22 years, 4 months and ten days.

          It. I give unto my son Thomas Wells all the bookes I bought for his use and my three phisicke bookes and the booke called the Orthodox Evangelist, the greate sermon booke, and Hyeling's Geogripha, and the little chest and table (he made) that stand in the hall chamber and my white box, and the chist plankes to make him a chist on, and the little iron canlestick, my white rule, my red pensheare, and my penknife and my sword and scabbitt and my firelock muskett wth a square barrell, and the mould, worme and scourer &c. Alsoe I give unto him the little bedstead in the hall chamber, and the little fetherbed therto belonging, and a paire of good sheets, and the red blankett and the blue rugg, and a good pillow and pillow beere. Allsoe I give unto my son Thomas my silver bowle, and one two-and-twenty shilling peece of gould, and I give unto him all my right and interest of the bond that is due unto me from goodman John Andrews of this towne, carpenter save only six pound ten shillings therof to my son Nath. Wells and wch makes the rest that he hath already had yr of twentye pounds, and this I give unto my son Thomas, towards his charges of his goeing to the colledge and for bookes and apparrell &c. or to put him to Mr. Allcocke or the like, and I give the new picktures viz: of the King and Queene and of the Five Sences... Allsoe my stufe clothes and a paire of my best stockings.

          Ite. I give unto Elizabeth Wells, Hanah Wells and Lidia Wells my three youngest daughters each and every of them thirty-five pounds a peece to be payd... within one year next after they marry or when they come to the age of one and twenty years; twenty pounds thereof to be payd in cattle... and in sheepe... and the remaineing fifteene pounds in each and every portion to be payd in wheate, barly, malt, porke and Indian corne, in equall p'portion... allsoe my will is that every of these my daughters shall have each of them a bible and every of them a good chest...

          Ite. I give and bequeath unto Sarah Massie of Salem and to Abigaill Tredwell of this towne and to Elizabeth Wells and Lidia Wells my owne daughters, each and every of them two halfe crowne peeces of English money... and I give unto Hannah Wells my daughter one ten shilling peece of gould... all wch money... I have already given them into the hands and custody of Thomas Wells my youngest son whom I trust and confide in, to give the same as I have bequeathed unto his three younger sisters...

          Ite. I give unto Abigaill my wife the third part of the English money wch shall remaine and be left and not payd unto the legatees yt is deceased in England and kindred of our Uncle Lumpkins; and my will is that my sayd wife shall have the tuission of my daughter Elizabeth Wells and my daughter Lidia Wells untill they marry or come to the age of one and twenty years...

          Item. My will is that Mrs Mary Rogers of Rowley shall have th tuission and education of my daughter Hannah Wells untill she marry or come to the age of one and twenty years, the sayd Mrs Rogers will please to doe me that favour

          Ite. I give unto my cousin Mary Baker (alias Lowe) of Colchester, soe much New England money as equivalent to fiftye shillings Old England money and my will is that my executor doe faithfully endeavor to convey the same unto her it being in reference to an agreement between both my brother Warners and myselfe in answer to a request of our Aunt Lumkin (alias Stone) late deceased, and to take the advice of my Bro: Daniell Warner about the conveighing of the same...

          Ite. I give and bequeath all the rest of my whole estate both moveable and unmoveable, p'sonal and reall, houses and lands, unto Nath: Wells my eldest son pvided he doth fully acept heerin to be my executor... Allwayes p'vided that if the sd Nath: Wells dye and cease this life wth out any issue of male... my will is that then... the sd housen and lands heire in Ipswich bounds shall returne unto the sd Thomas Wells my youngest son... and the sd Thomas my son then to pay unto Lidia, Nath: wife (my daughter in law) the sum of forty pound wth in one yeare and halfe next after the decease of Nath: her husband... And the sd Thomas... shall pay unto the sd Nathaniells children the sum of one hundred and forty pounds the one halfe in cattle... and in horse kind... and the other half... to be payd in wheate, malte, porke, pease and Indian corne... Alsoe my will is... that my son Nathaniells children shall have the sum of eight pounds yearly payd by my son Thomas Wells... towards there bringing up whilest they come to the age of fifteene years...

          Ite. My will is that if the sd Nath... dy and cease this life without isue of male... then the sayd Thomas Wells... shall pay unto my son John Wells his Bro:... the sum of 40£...

          Fynally I desire my liveing and faithfull friends Thomas Bishop, Senr and Mr. Thomas Andrews to be the overseers of this my last will and testament and to be the gardians of my sonn Thomas Wells dureing the time of his mynority and nonage to whom I give as a token of my respect and love ten shillings apeece.

          In wittness wherof and to wch I the above named Thomas Wells Senr have heer unto set my hand and seal dated the 31 of the fifth mo: comonly called July in the eighteenth yeare of the raigne of or Soveraigne Lord, Charles the Second by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty-six.

          Prme Thomas Wells Sen.

    

     He married 23-Jul-1630 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,1,[2] Abigail Warner, b. 2 Jun 1614 in Boxted, Essex, England,1 (daughter of William Warner and Abigail Baker) baptized 2 Jun 1614 in Colchester, Boxtead, Essex, England,2 d. 22-Jul-1671 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.1 

 

Last Will and Testament of Abigail (Warner) Wells

    

     "Be it known to all men by these presents, that I, Abigaill Wells of Ipswich in New England being very weake of body but of good memory... do dispose of my goods in maner as followeth: I haveing bestowed some gifts upon my other daughters wch are marryed. I now give my daughter Hanah Wells my new paragon gowne and my new Holland handkerchief.

     Item. The flax wch is now growing my son Nath: Wells is to have halfe to breake and cleane the other halfe, wch I give to my daughter Elizabeth Burnam.

     It. I give tenn pounds of tow yarne to my daughter Lidia Ropps.

     It. I give to my daughter Hanah Wells one paire of sheetes, one pillow beere, one napkin, one table-cloth, and two shifts; and the rest of my weareing lennen to be devided equally betweene my youngest three daughters.

     It. I give to my daughter Abigaill Tredwell my best new dressing.

     It. I give to my daughter Elizabeth halfe my tow yarne provided she pay for the weaveing of the other halfe which I give to my daughter Hannah and I give my daughter Elizabeth what tow I have in the house.

     It. I give my sonn Thomas Wells ten shillings in such goods as shall be left.

     It. I give to Mary Greley my sons maydservant six shillings; and ye rest of my goods and cattle I desire... should be divided equally betweene my son John Wells and my owne five daughters. Also I desire my eldest son Nathaniell Wells to be the executor of this my last will and testament. And this is my last will this twenty-second of July one thousand six hundred and seaventy-one."

                             Children:

        +  2.       i      Nathaniel Wells b. 1636.

        +  3.       ii     John Wells b. 1637 or 1638.

        +  4.       iii     Sarah Wells b. 1640.

        +  5.       iv    Abigail Wells b. 1641 or 1642.

        +  6.       v     Thomas Wells, Rev. b. 11-Jan-1646/47.

        +  7.       vi    Elizabeth Wells b. 31 Jul 1646.

        +  8.       vii    Hannah Wells b. 1648 or 1649.

        +  9.       viii   Lydia Wells b. 1650/1651.

            10.     ix    Martha Wells, b. 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[3]

 


First Generation Geography

 

Map 1.  The Sixth Table of England.

There are four major locations discussed in the first generation.  London, the presumed home of Thomas Wells and his point of departure from England, is located in the south western corner of England about 60 miles southeast of Colchester, the birthplace of his wife Abigail Warner.  The Sixth Table of England, part of an atlas of maps published in 1635 by Gerard Mercator shows the location of both London and Colchester and is typical of the cartography of the times.   Both London and Colchester have a long history with both dating back to the Roman occupation of Britain.  London, the seat of British power for almost 1300 years, needs no introduction or expansion upon its history.  Colchester, not as well known, was occupied in the 7th century B.C. and was the capital of the British territories of the Roman Empire in the first century B.C.  Upon the evacuation of Britain by the Romans, Saxons settled within the town limits and it fell into relative obsurity as its name is not mentioned again until 917 when it was a matter of contention between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danes during the extensive Viking raids.  In the Doomsday Book, it was an important enough borough  to earn the distinction of being considered a “hundred”, with a court of its own and more importantly, a mint.  The Normans, realizing the importance of Colchester, built the largest castle in Europe on the foundation of the Roman fortifications and if you believe local traditions upon the ruins of King Coel’s castle of nursery rhyme fame.  Colchester received its first royal charter in 1189.  Its economy was based on agriculture in the middle ages and was a strong textile manufacturing region about the time Abigail and her father removed to America.

 

One of the first descriptions of Ipswich, MA was made by the famous Captain John Smith in 1614 - a description which is still appropriate today: "...there are many sands at the entrance of the Harbour... Here are many rising hills, and on their tops and descents are many corn fields and delightful groves... plain marsh ground, fit for pasture, or salt ponds. There is also Okes, Pines, Walnuts, and other wood to make this place an excellent habitation, being a good and safe harbour."  Captain Smith’s map, printed in 1616 was one of the first of the area and was primarily used to promote colonization and was the first map to use the term “New England”.  It should be noted that only three of the place names on this map have survived to this day.  Ipswich, for example, is called South Hampton on Smith’s map and if I have made the translation correctly, Ipswich on Smith’s map corresponds to the present day site of Wells, ME.

Map 2.  Captain John Smith’s Map of New England - 1616

 

Agawam, as the region was called, remained an uncolonized part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until 1633 when Governor John Winthrop sent his son, John, to establish a settlement to be called Ipswich. With his hearty band of twelve men, John sailed up the Ipswich River in his shallop on a cool March day and began his settlement on the banks of the river near the present wharf. Some earlier explorations must have informed the new settlers that the banks of this tidal river would provide an ideal place for a new community to be established. Here they would enjoy the advantages of fresh water, water power, good fishing, and an easy means of transportation.

 

Map 3.  A Map of New England – John Foster – 1677.

In 1635, the ship “Susan & Ellen” arrived with one of the first group of settlers from England.  The country was still wilderness and early maps were somewhat lacking as shown by the 1677 map of New England by John Foster which was drawn to illustrate a History of King Phillip’s War and the first map of New England to be printed in the colonies.  Ipswich, located directly above the compass is labeled, whereas Wells, ME, located directly above the bow of the rightmost ship on the map is simply labeled 51 which corresponds to a notation in William Hubbard’s “Present State of  New England” published 1677 in Boston, MA. 

 

Wells, ME, settled in 1640, was named for the city of Wells in England.  It was founded on the banks of the Wells River which outlets to the Atlantic about halfway from Kittery, ME to Portland, ME.  It was attacked during King Phillips War and Thomas’ son John perished in the attack.


 


First Generation Collateral Line

 

 

Collateral families are those families that supply the blood line, but not necessarily the surname of Wells.  While trying to supply all the collateral lines for each descendant is an impossible task, the main collateral lines which affect the majority of descendants should be discussed.

 

The main collateral family for the  first generation would be the Warner family.  The immigrant ancestor was William Warner.

 

1.  William Warner, b. 10 Mar 1585, Great Horkesley, Essex Co., England.  He married Abigail Baker, m. 1611.  William died 1647 or 1648, Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  William Warner came from England to Ipswich, Mass., in 1637, bringing with him his two sons, John and Daniel, and his daughter Abigail. The name of the ship on which he came is not known, but the date is confirmed in the manuscript left by his great-grandson Daniel. The opening sentances of this remarkable document, which is a nearly complete genealogy of the first five generations of the Daniel Waren branch of the family as follows: 

    

     "Ye posterity of Mr. William Warner, formerly of Ipswich. My Great Grandfather, William Warner, Came out of England in ye year 1637, and Brought over three children; two sons and a daughter. (the daughter, my Grandfathers sister, married with Mr. Wells.)

 

     "The oldest son was John, which went southward, which had six sons, to wit: Sam'll, John, Mark, Daniel, Nathaniel & Oliver (Eleazer).

 

     There is little doubt that the year 1637 was impressed on the memories of the early generations of William Warner family as the time when their progenitor came to America, and that this date was correctly recorded by Daniel. He could have heard it from his grandfather Daniel, Williams son, who also came over in 1637, and who died with Daniel was 19 years old.

 

     William Warner came from Boxstead, Essex County, England. The records of the baptisms of some of his children have been found there.

 

     There is no definite knowledge of William's wife; only the supposition that she was a Baker. Since she did not come to America, it is assumed that she died in England. That may be deemed sufficient reason to explain why the daughter Abigail remained in England in 1635 -- to care for her father while her husband established in America.

     The first account of William in America is the grant of land to him at Ipswich in 1637. This consisted of:

    

     "One house lott one acre more or less, in the Mill street, bounded on the East by another house lott as yet ungranted; on the Northwest by an highway leading from the Mill street to the High street: butting upon the Mill street at Southwest end; at the north eand butting upon swamp. Also a planting lott six acres more or less...Also a farme ninety and seven acres, more or less, meadow and upland...Also a parcell of meadow, lying in the west meadows, being fourteen acres more or less...."

    

     Little is known of William's life in Ipswich. He was called a planter. He was made a freeman on May 2, 1638. There is a record dated Feb. 18, 1638, showing that William Warner and William Bartholomew were appointed to lay out land granted to William Whitred. William Warner and his family were spoken of as "people of consideration." It has been wirten that the peopling of the town of Ipswich was by men of such rank and character as to make it one of the foremost of the early settlements. In 1638 Cotton Mather wrote, "Here was a renowned Church consisting mostly of such illuminated Christians, that their pastors in the exercise of their ministry might think that they had to do not so much with disciples, as judges."

    

     It is supposed that William died about 1648, as the names of his sons appear on the tax list for that year, but his does not. There is no existing gravestone that marks his final resting place. Many of the old stones in the High Street cemetery are no longer decipherable; others have become buried, as is evedenced by the digging up, some years ago, of one bearing the date 1647, the earliest date on any stone in the cemeteery.

                             Children:

            2.       i      Daniel Warner, b. ABT 1611, Boxted, Essex, England, d. BEF 1617.

            3.       ii     John Warner, b. 9 Sep 1612, d. 1613.

        +  4.       iii     Abigail Warner b. 2 Jun 1614.

            5.       iv    John Warner, b. ABT 1615, Boxted, Essex, England.  He married Priscilla Symonds, m. ABT 1639, b. 1624/1625, Birch Great, Essex Co., England, (daughter of Mark Symonds and Joanna ________) d. 1688.  John died 17 May 1692, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA.

            6.       v     Daniel Warner, b. 1617, Boxted, Essex, England.  He married (1) Elizabeth Denne, m. in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, d. 1 Nov 1659.  He married (2) Faith Lord, m. 1 Jul 1660, d. 10 Nov 1679.  He married (3) Eleanor "Ellen" Pell, m. 1 Jun 1686, in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, d. 5 Aug 1689, Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  Daniel died 9 Sep 1688, Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

            7.       vi    Hoyt Warner, b. 1617, Boxted, Essex, England.  He married Priscilla Mark, m. 10 Mar 1655.

            8.       vii    Nathaniel Warner, b. 1618, Boxted, Essex, England.

 

 


Second Generation

 

2.  Nathaniel Wells,[4] (1.Thomas1) b. 1636 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA,[5] d. 15 Dec 1681 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.5  Nathaniel was willed the remainder of his father's estate with the provision that if Nathaniel died without male heir, then the property would revert to his youngest brother Thomas.  Inventory of his estate was dated 18 Mar 1682, it was conducted by his widow.  Not much else has been discovered on this family.  It is presumed that he remained on the family homestead after the death of his father and mother. He married 29-Oct-1661 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,4,5 Lydia Thurlow,4 b. 1 Feb 1640 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA,[6] (daughter of Richard Thurlow and Jane ________) d. 4 Jul 1699 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.6

                             Children:

        +  11.     i      Abigail Wells b. 17 Aug 1662.

            12.     ii     Martha Wells, b. 13 Jan 1664 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[7] d. 12 Feb 1664 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.7

            13.     iii     Sarah Wells, b. 10 Mar 1665 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[8] d. 15 Jan 1670 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.8

        +  14.     iv    Lydia Wells b. 5 Apr 1668.

        +  15.     v     Nathaniel Wells b. 27 Jan 1669.

        +  16.     vi    Sarah Wells b. 24 May 1671.

        +  17.     vii    Thomas Wells b. 19 Jun 1673.

        +  18.     viii   Elizabeth Wells b. 7 Jan 1676.

            19.     ix    Hannah Wells, b. 7 Jan 1676 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[9] d. Apr 1694 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.9

 

3.  John Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 1637 or 1638,[10] d. 11-Apr-1677 in Wells, York Co., ME.  John received 350 acres of land in Wells, ME, as a bequest from his father. He moved to Wells and was killed by Indians in 1677.  John was the progenitor of the "Wilton" Maine Wells line as well as the ancestor of that beloved American poet, Robert Frost.  John signed a Wells petition 30 April 1668 for Massachusetts to resume control of the province.  He was on the grand jury in 1670 and in 1671. He had a ferry license in 1671 and was indebted to John Manning's estate in 1674. In 1675 John received a land grant. He was on the jury in 1676.

         

          The inventory of his estate totaled £352/8/6 however the division of his estate was not performed until 1702. He married ABT 1665,4 Sarah Littlefield, b. 16 Nov 1649 in Wells, York Co., ME,[11] (daughter of Francis Littlefield and Rebecca Rust) baptized 27 Jul 1718 in Wells, York Co., ME,11 d. 27 Apr 1743 in Wells, York Co., ME.11  After the death of John, Sarah married William Sawyer of Wells, ME, and had 5 more children.

    

     Last Will and Testament of Sarah (Littlefield) Wells Sawyer

    

     "To all people to whom these presents shall come- Greeting: Know ye that I Sarah Sayer of Wells... relique of William Sayer late of Wells aforesd deceased... dispose of the temmporal estate... in the manner following viz:...

    

     I give and bequeath unto my son John Wells eight pounds... I will also that a bond of thirteen pounds given by him to me shall be freely surrendered up unto him by my executor...

     I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wells eight pounds to procure a funerall coat after my decease... I will also that a bond of thirteen pounds given from him to me shall be freely surrendered up to him after my decease.

     I give unto my daughter Patience Clark five pounds (besides five pounds I have already given her) to be paid unto her by my executor...

     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Sayer of Newbury two pounds and four pounds apiece to each of her two sons viz: Jonathan Sibley and Saml Sibley...

     I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Sayer thirty pounds...

     I give and bequeath unto my grandson William, son of my son Daniel Sayer decsd thirty pounds...

     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Chesley thirty pounds...

     I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Sampson thirty pounds...

     I give and bequeath unto my great-granddaughter Mary Clark, daughter of my grandson Nathaniel Clark a certain featherbed that has an homespone tick...

     I give and bequeath unto my four daughters my wearing clothes as follows viz: I give to my daughter Patience Clark a black calaminco suit and my black-blew searge pettycoat. I give to my daughter Sarah Sayer my silk crape suit and my red and yellow under pettycoat. I give unto my daughter Hannah Chesley my silk suit. I give to my daughter Ruth Sampson my striped calaminco suit and a striped calaminco gown and a black silk pettycoat...

     I will that four pounds shall be paid... unto the Church of Christ in Wells... to be distributed by them among some of the poor members of sd church.

     I will all my estate... not already disposed of... unto my two grandsons and my two daughters hereafter mentioned viz: Joseph Sayer, William Sayer, Hannah Chesley and Ruth Sampson...

     Finally I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my son Francis Sayer and my grandsons Joseph Sayer and William Sayer to be the sole executors... As witness my hand and seal the twenty-seventh day of April Anno Domini 1734..."

                             Children:

        +  20.     i      Patience Wells b. ABT 1668.

        +  21.     ii     John Wells b. 1670.

        +  22.     iii     Thomas Wells b. 3 Mar 1673.

        +  23.     iv    Sarah Wells b. 13 Sep 1675.

 

4.  Sarah Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 1640,[12] d. ABT 1703.12  Sarah was mentioned several times in her father's will, and was called his eldest daughter.  Thomas acknowledged giving Sarah and her sister Abigail, 30 pound each in lieu of their portion of his estate.  He then gave them each a cow and provided for pasturage for each.  Further in the will, he mentions all his daughters  to receive “each and every of them two halfe crowne peeces of English money.” She married 27 Feb 1657 or 1658 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,4,2 John Massie, b. 1631,[13] (son of Jeffery Massey and Ellen Fox) d. 1 Sep 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.13  John was called by Dr. Bentley, the first male born in Salem, MA; but Felt differs from that judgment, though the cradle in which he was rocked was long admired, and perhaps acknowledged as proof.  On 24  Mar 1663, John Massey and Thomas Rix were appointed fence viewers from "the bridge to the lower end of the Neck" in Salem, MA.   The following year, he and Jeremiah Neal were responsible for viewing the fences in the "South field".

    

     In 1663, John was appointed constable.  The following tale, found in Perley's "A History of Salem, MA" shows the religious intolerance of the time.  "On the day (March 11, 1660) that the general court sentenced William Ledra to death, Edward Wharton was banished and was allowed eleven days to get without the territory of the colony.  He asked for the reason of his sentence and was told for his showing Quaker preachers from town to town.  Wharton queied of the court, 'Have ye not plowed blood-furrows on my back for that already, although you have no law for it?'  But rarely a Quaker stayed banished.  Wharton had been at Oyster River and Georgianna, now York, Me.; and, in 1662, was at Piscataqua having good meetings.  A Congregational minister there circulated a story that Wharton had left his wife and family, although he had never been married.

Figure 6.  Whipping Post

 

     When banished, Wharton went into the northern part of New England, to Saco, and then to Black Point, in Casco Bay.  "The outcasts" there received him kindly and gladly.  He then returned towards Boston, was refused entertainment in several places, and finally stayed with an old couple (Mr. and Mrs. Stephens) in the woods.  The next evening a 'professor' told the woman that the man was a Quaker, and she was liable to a fine of five pounds.  He went to the court at Dover, July 4, 1663.  Maj. William Hathorne was the judge and Elias Stileman, clerk.  The latter had been Wharton's next door neighbor in Salem.  Wharton addressed the court:  'Wo to all oppressors and persecutors, for the indignation of the Lord is against them.  Therefore Friends, wilst you have time, prize the day of his patience, cease to evil, and learn to do well;  ye who spoil the poor and devour the needy; ye who lay traps and snares for the innocent.'  The court ordered his legs be put into the stocks.  He then said to the Marshall:  'Thomas Wiggins, Thomas Wiggins, Thou shouldst not rage so, thou art old and very grey; and thou art an old persecutor, its time for thee to give over, for thou mayst be drawing near thy Grave."  This caused Wharton to be whipped.  Tied to a pair of cart wheels, with a great rope about his middle, drawn by a number of persons, he was whipped and then put into prison where another man's wife was.  After several days, he was placed on the back of a horse without a bridle, and holding on by the pummel of the saddle, his horse was led, as if he was a notorious offender, from town to town, thorough three towns, given ten stripes in each town, as a vagabond Quaker, although he was a house-holder in Salem and about his business.  On returning to Salem, he was tied to the whipping post and given fourteen lashes by John Massey, the constable."

    

          John took the freeman oath on 29 Apr 1668 and served on the jury on 4 May 1668 in the inquest of the death of Edward Yard, whose dismembered body was found floating in the North River, near Bass Point.  On 4 Apr 1671, the following overseers or surveyors of the highway were appointed for the stretch of road between Strongwater Brook and Winter Island:  William Flint, John Neal, Joseph Phippen Sr., and John Massey.   In 1673, it is recorded that John Massey took his turn at the building of the Fort on Winter Island in Salem, MA.In 1680, he administered his father's estate and mentioned that his mother was also dead.  In June of the same year, his name was on the petition for a new meeting house in Salem, as the old one was insufficient for the growing population.

    

          In Mar 1690, John petitioned the town to be authorized to conduct a ferry over the North River.  On 6 Mar 1694, the town impowered the selectman to let out the Beverly ferry to John Massey and Edward Gale for seven years for 6 pounds per annum.  In March 1701, John and Edward ran the North ferry; and John and his son were to have half the use of the Beverly ferry for seven years and Widow Haskins the other half for the same time.

                             Children:

            24.     i      Jeffery Massey, b. 14 May 1664 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[14],[15] baptized 30 Jul 1665 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,14 d. 1715 or 1716 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA.14  Jeffery was a tailor and resided in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA. He married 7 Nov 1700 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA,[16] Martha ________, b. ABT 1656, d. 13 Aug 1718.  Martha was married twice before.  Her first marriage was to Robert Carver, a boatman out of Boston, MA.  After his death, she married Matthew Alger in 1680 and he died of "fleet fever" in 1690.  No children are recorded in the first marriage, two daugters in the second.

        +  25.     ii     John Massey b. 6 Oct 1665.

            26.     iii     Daniel Massey, b. 1665 or 1666 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[17] d. 16 Oct 1702 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.17

            27.     iv    Thomas Massey, b. 5 Dec 1667 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[18] d. 19 Dec 1667.18

        +  28.     v     Sarah Massey b. 25 Jul 1669.

        +  29.     vi    Abigail Massey b. 26 Dec 1671.

            30.     vii    Thomas Massey, b. 22 Mar 1673 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,18 d. 21 Nov 1673.18

        +  31.     viii   Thomas Massey b. 1676 or 1677.

        +  32.     ix    Nathaniel Massey b. ABT 1680.

 

5.  Abigail Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 1641 or 1642 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[19] d. 16 Jun 1677 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.19  Abigail died three days after giving birth to Nathaniel. She married 19 Jun 1661 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,4 Nathaniel Treadwell, b. 13 Mar 1640 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[20] (son of Thomas Treadwell and Mary Taylor) d. 11 Jan 1726 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.20

                             Children:

            33.     i      Abigail Treadwell, b. 2 Feb 1662 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[21]

        +  34.     ii     Mary Treadwell b. 22 Oct 1665.

            35.     iii     Nathaniel Treadwell, b. 15 Jan 1667 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[22],15 d. 6 Jun 1672 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[23]

        +  36.     iv    Hannah Treadwell b. 7 Feb 1669.

            37.     v     Thomas Treadwell, b. 25 May 1672 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[24],15 d. 11 Jul 1672 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[25]

        +  38.     vi    Sarah Treadwell b. 15 Aug 1674.

        +  39.     vii    Nathaniel Treadwell b. 13 Jun 1677.

 

6.  Thomas Wells, Rev., (1.Thomas1) b. 11-Jan-1646/47,4 baptized 11 Jan 1647 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA,[26] d. 10-Jul-1734 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.4  Savage's account of Thomas calls him son of John.   Thomas's father died when Thomas was a mere boy.   However, some provision was made for his education, so that he studied for the ministry at Harvard College.  He never graduated, but the very first honorary degree of A. M. ever conferred by Harvard was to him in 1703.  In 1669 he was in Newbury, MA, where he evidently owned property as he took the freeman oath that year.  He preached at  Kittery, ME and Isle of Shoals before he was called to settle in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA  His life work was here, and during his long pastorate of sixty-two years, he labored faithfully for the good of his people. He married Miss Mary Parker of Newbury, by whom he had seven sons and three daughters."

          "His pastorship extended through many trying times, when his people could hardly raise enough salary to support him. Indian wars, citizens murdered and carried into captivity, unfruitful seasons and many other trials were not uncommon. He was obliged to preach when it was dangerous to travel to church, especially so far as 'Jamaco'. All these troubles prevented the people from raising sufficent crops at times to supply their wants; but, under these trials, he was ever ready to suffer with his people, and more than once voluntarily abated part of his salary. At times vexed with the peculiarities of his church, yet he was ever ready to bear and forbear. The times in which he lived, although not partucularly noted for free speech, were somewhat remarkable for plain language, and in answer to a vote of the town touching his continued services, he commences thus: 'I had a great deal rather you would supply yourselves better', and closes by charging them to never let him hear more from them unless they accept his terms, signing 'Just as you please I am your humble servant'.

         

          For many years he kept the book of births and deaths, and his penmanship was good, plain and bold.  He was not wholly dependant upon his salary for his living, as his good management had enabled him to become quite a land-holder. He lived in his own house nearly the whole of his long ministry. He kept a horse and other stock. In 1694 he had a white horse; in 1708 and 1709 he had a black white-faced mare; in 1710 he had a brown-bay horse; in 1711 a blackish mouse-colored horse, and, in 1712, a brown-bay horse, gristly crooked Blase on his forehead and right eye walled. During the last few years the Rev. Edmund March was his assistant, as age had unfitted him to some extent for the performance of all the required duties."

         

          He was buried beside the 1st Amesbury meeting house where he had preached for so many years. His gravestone, which is of hard slate and is remarkably well-preserved today, may be seen in the oldest part of Union Cemetery in Amesbury, MA, near the boulder with a bronze plaque which marks the location of the first Amesbury meeting house.   His inscription reads:

Grave 1.  Rev. Thomas Wells

          Interred here the BoDY of

          the RevD. Mr. THOMAS WELLS

          first Pastor of the first Chruch

          of CHRIST in Amesbury, who

          Departed this life. July Ye 10th

          1734. in the 87th year of his

          Age, & the 62D of his Miniftry

          having served his Generation by

          the will of GOD, he fell on sleep, and

          (we trust) enjoys a Prophets reward,

          for tho' Isreal should not

          be Gathered; yet would

          the faithfull minifters of

          the Gospell be glorious

          in the Eyes of the Lord

         

          According to the history of Amesbury, 1672:  "After the town of Amesbury voted "not to ad any more to Mr. Hubbard's maintainance, neither in land nor anything else", this preacher, who had been hired the year before, left town. "...in less than two months an invitation was extended to the Rev. Thomas Wells, a young man of good talent. He had preached at Newbury and the Shoals some, and may have occupied Mr. Hubbard's pulpit on some occasion, when his eloquence had captivated the hearts of the people. He was readily obtained, and his salary fixed at forty pounds per year and the use of the land set apart for the ministry. It was offered, but not carried out, to build him a house "fower and forty foot long or there abouts, and twenty foot wide and thirteen foot and a half stood"... Mr. Wells built to suit himself. The Vane lot (now Bartlett's Corner, was obtained of Abner Jones, and here Mr. Wells lived during his long pastorate of sixty years."

         

          In 1680, "Mr. Wells' salary was increased to fifty pounds per year during the remaining time which he may be engaged in work of the ministry." His eight years service was no doubt satisfactory.  In 1686, he was chosen registrar, and the recording of births, marriages and deaths in Amesbury, of which no previous record is found, commenced at this time.

         

          "The town's management of religious matters was very singular, especially in regard to the minister. Mr. Wells was settled according to the customs of the time, which was for life, and yet the town annually voted that they were clear of him and he of them. At the annual meeting it was 'voted that we desire to have a minister among us', just as though Mr. Wells must leave unless engaged anew. The next vote was to send to him to know whether he had a mind to stay and 'continue in the work of the ministry among us'. The next was 'that the town was clear from Mr. Wells and Mr. Wells from the town'. Having established the two points of independence, they went to work and voted 'to pay the minister 50 pounds per year' and 'at the same meeting the town made choice of Mr. Wells' to be their minister. They then voted that 'Mr. Wells shall have his firewood brought home to him for this year ensuing' Thus in their own peculiar way they satisfied themselves and gave Mr. Wells a plentiful supply."

         

          In 1694, he was hired at a salary of twenty pounds to be schoolmaster for the Amesbury area in addition to his responsibilities and salary as the minister of the Amesbury church.

         

          Mr. Wells' experience with the town, in a financial point of view, had not been of the most pleasing kind; wars and scarcity of money had often rendered it difficult to raise his salary and caused some friction between the parties. He now proposes a final settlement up to September 29, 1714, the town giving him leave to build a pew in the east meeting-house and also in the one to be built in the west end of the town (at Jamaco), and he to abate ten pounds of his rate made October 23, 1716:

          "To ye Moderator of ye present meeting of ye inhabitants of ye town of Almsbury, March ye 15th, 1716: to be communicated to ye town that if they please to grant me ye privilge of a pew in ye new meeting house on ye left hand next ye south door seven foot in length and so wide as present vacant space in ye judgement of ye workmen or Mr. Skipper Lunt or both of them, shall admit of for needful passage to ye adjoining vacant space, an an other in ye upper meeting house, granted to be built for place and dimentions at your own pleasure, provided it may not appear to be a ridiculous mockery, both to be built at ye charge of me my heirs or assigns. I will in addition unto ten pounds, already allowed which was left out of rate dat. Sept 14, 1715, allow ten pounds more out of ye present rate dat. Octobr 23, 1716, or ye next, and sign a general aquittance for ye town, a copy whereof may be seen next underwritten, and I expect my former papers given in to ye town and committee to be returned unto me, and this also if voted on ye negative". (The receipt follows....)

                    "Id acquitt, discharge and absolve ye inhabitants of ye town of Amesbury, considered conjunctively as ye town, of all debts, dues and demands whatsoever relating to my yearly salary for my ministerial maintainance from ye beginning of ye world unto ye twenty-ninth day of September, in ye yeare of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and fourteen.

          As witness my hand

          Thomas Wells

          Minister of Amesbury"

                    The town accepted this proposition and harmony was restored. Ever since the settlement of Mr. Wells there had been more or less trouble in regard to his salary. Hard and troublesome times pinched the people so that they could barely live, and, no doubt, failed to pay their minister. But they seldom refused to grant him any favor he asked of them, and were really unwilling to part with him. He married BEF 1670,4,26 Mary Parker or Perkins,4 b. 1754,[27] d. 26 Jan 1727 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.27  The debate rages on as to the identification of Mary.  Many claim that she was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Perkins, and cite the Ipswich records for their marriage date.  While Thomas may have married a Mary Perkins in Ipswich, it is easily proven that this was not a daughter of Jacob Perkins.  Another theory which is plausible is that Thomas married Mary Perkins in 1669 in Ipswich, MA, had two children by her, the wife dying at the birth of the second and Thomas remarrying in 1673 in Amesbury, Mary Parker.  The History of Amesbury calls her “Miss Mary Parker of Newbury” and also refers to her as Mary Perkins.   Her gravestone in Union Cemetery in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA reads:

 

 

Grave 2.  Mrs. Mary Wells

     INTERRED HERE THE BODY

     OF Mrs MARY WELLS

     DECd IANUARY THE 26th

     1727 AGED 75 YEARS

     LATE WIFE OF Mr THOMAS

     WELLS

     DEATH IS NOT DUMB IT BIDS US ALL

     PREPARE BEFORE BY IT WE FALL

     WE KNOW NOT HOW NOR WHERE NOR WHEN

     FIT NOW OR NEUR WE CANNOT THEN.

                             Children:

        +  40.     i      Thomas Wells b. 30-Oct-1670.

            41.     ii     John Wells, b. 2-Feb-1672/73 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[28],[29] d. 2-Apr-1673 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.28

        +  42.     iii     Luke Wells b. 19-Mar-1674.

        +  43.     iv    Titus Wells b. 14-Mar-1675.

            44.     v     ________ Wells, b. ABT 1678 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.28

        +  45.     vi    Mary Wells b. 25 Mar 1678.

        +  46.     vii    Abigail Wells b. 1681 or 1682.

        +  47.     viii   Eliezer Wells b. 10-Jun-1686.

        +  48.     ix    Elizabeth Wells b. 17-Dec-1688.

        +  49.     x     John Wells b. 9-Oct-1692.

 

7.  Elizabeth Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 31 Jul 1646 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[30] d. 9 Jun 1731 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.30  She married 9 Jun 1669 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,4 John Burnham,4 b. 1648 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[31] (son of Thomas Burnham, Lt. and Mary Lawrence) d. 12 Jan 1704 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.31  John Burnham, from whom most of the Burnhams in Essex, and many others descended, settled in Chebacco, first near the head of Whitteredge creek, and afterwards removed to the Falls.  He became in 1689 proprietor of the gristmill there, and other real estate in its vicinity, which has remained with him and his descendants.   "1687. John, son of Thomas Burnham, (having raised the dam two feet higher, which was likely to damage the town very much &c., &c.) has liberty to move his mill on Chebacco river, but he is not to damnifie any former grant."  John's will was dated 31 Dec 1703 in Ipswich, MA.

                             Children:

        +  50.     i      John Burnham b. 8 Apr 1671.

        +  51.     ii     Thomas Burnham b. 20 Sep 1673.

            52.     iii     Jacob Burnham, b. 1 Mar 1675 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[32] d. 8 Feb 1682 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.32

            53.     iv    Joseph Burnham, b. 20 Sep 1678 in Essex, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 6 Oct 1703.[33]

        +  54.     v     Abigail Burnham b. 2 Jun 1680.

        +  55.     vi    Jacob Burnham b. 1 Mar 1682.

        +  56.     vii    Jonathan Burnham, Capt. b. 10 Oct 1685.

        +  57.     viii   David Burnham b. 20 Oct 1688.

            58.     ix    Mary Burnham, b. 30 Jun 1691 in Essex, Essex Co., MA.15  She married 10 Oct 1709 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[34] Samuel Weymouth.

 

8.  Hannah Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 1648 or 1649 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[35] d. 1682.35  Hannah was unmarried at the death of her mother in 1671, as she is called Hannah Wells in her mother's will.  There is a marriage record for "Richard Simonds and Hannah Wells" which is assumed to be Hannah, daughter of Rev. Thomas. She married 16-Aug-1679 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,4,[36] Richard Simonds,4 b. ABT 1649.36  According to Savage, Richard was in Salem, MA in 1678, and died 19 Mar 1682. Administration of his "little property" was given to his wife on 27 Jun 1682.

                             Children:

            59.     i      Richard Simonds, b. 11 Dec 1681 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15

 

9.  Lydia Wells,4 (1.Thomas1) b. 1650/1651 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[37]  She married 25 Mar 1669 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[38] John Ropes, b. 4 Jul 1647 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[39] (son of George Ropes and Mary ________) baptized 4 Jul 1647 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,39 d. 30 Jan 1721 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.39  John's father, George, was the immigrant ancestors from which virtually all Ropes in America are descended.  Originially, George came to America as an indentured servant, he was sent back to England for striking his abusive master.   He later returned to American and settled in Salem, MA.  John was a housewright in Salem, MA.  John took the freeman oath in 1678.  He was charged 2 shilling for the county rate in 1683.

                             Children:

        +  60.     i      Benjamin Ropes b. 22 Mar 1670.

        +  61.     ii     Lydia Ropes b. 26 Dec 1672.

            62.     iii     Mary Ropes, b. 21 Aug 1675 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[40]

        +  63.     iv    John Ropes b. 13 Sep 1678.

        +  64.     v     Abigail Ropes b. 26 Apr 1681.

            65.     vi    Sarah Ropes, b. 23 Feb 1685 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[41]

        +  66.     vii    Samuel Ropes b. 24 Jan 1687.

            67.     viii   Elizabeth Ropes, b. Nov 1689 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[42]  She married 5 Jun 1719 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,42 Daniel Webb, b. 5 Sep 1688 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[43] (son of Daniel Webb and Mary Beckett). Daniel was a mariner and a shipwright.  After Elizabeth's death he married Mary (Mascoll) Beckett, widow of William Beckett of Salem. MA.

        +  68.     ix    Nathaniel Ropes b. 1692.



Third Generation

 

11.  Abigail Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 Aug 1662 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[44]  Abigail died before 1701. She married Edmund Potter, b. 1654 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[45] (son of Anthony Potter and Elizabeth Whipple) d. 2 Apr 1702 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.45  After Abigail's death, Edmund married Joanna Tuttle 20 Nov 1701.  This was Joanna's third marriage.

                             Children:

            69.     i      Elizabeth Potter, b. 14 Apr 1681 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1694.

        +  70.     ii     Edmund Potter b. 14 Jun 1683.

        +  71.     iii     Nathaniel Potter b. ABT 1686.

        +  72.     iv    Elizabeth Potter b. 17 Nov 1694.

 

14.  Lydia Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 5 Apr 1668,[46] d. BEF 30 Aug 1705.  She married 13 Jan 1685 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[47] Richard Kimball, b. 22 Sep 1665 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,47 (son of John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet) d. 26 May 1716 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.47  He was called Corporal on November 23, 1700. He resided in Ipswich, and on June 19, 1697, he received from his father the housing and land where he then lived, besides other property. "On Nov. 2, 1700, 'Insign Baly', Corporal Richard Kimball and John Bointon, were chosen a committee to treat with ye Englishman and Indians if they come concerning the title to our land, i.e. the purchase of the land including the town of Bradford, sd town fr. S. side of Merrimack River to Naumkeag, and Bass River, Containing 8,000 acres." (History of Rowley, Mass.)  According to the Vital Records of Ipswich, he and Lydia (Liddea, in the records) were married on the 13th day of the 11 month of 16[85?].

                             Children:

            73.     i      Lydia Kimball, b. 18 Oct 1690 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[48] d. BEF 1694.[49]

        +  74.     ii     Richard Kimball b. 17 Aug 1691.

        +  75.     iii     Aaron Kimball b. 10 Jan 1692.

        +  76.     iv    Lydia Kimball b. 14 Sep 1694.

        +  77.     v     Mary Kimball b. 10 May 1699.

        +  78.     vi    Nathaniel Kimball b. 11 May 1700.

        +  79.     vii    Martha Kimball b. 1 Feb 1701.

 

15.  Nathaniel Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 27 Jan 1669 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[50] d. 13 Oct 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.50  He married Mary ________, b. 24 May 1671 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[51] d. 19 Aug 1721 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.51

                             Children:

        +  80.     i      Abigail Wells b. 12 Apr 1693.

            81.     ii     Mary Wells, b. 7 May 1697 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[52]  She married 23 Sep 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Thomas Bennett.

        +  82.     iii     Nathaniel Wells b. 24 Apr 1699.

        +  83.     iv    Moses Wells b. 16 Mar 1701.

        +  84.     v     Sarah Wells b. 23 Jan 1703.

        +  85.     vi    Daniel Wells b. 4 May 1709.

 

16.  Sarah Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 24 May 1671 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[53] d. 14 Jan 1701 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.53  She married 27 Jan 1691,[54] John Day, b. 17 Feb 1665 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,54 (son of John Day and Sarah Pingree) d. 28 Feb 1722 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.54  After the death of Sarah, John married (2) Elizabeth Cue and had one daughter, Elizabeth.

                             Children:

        +  86.     i      Sarah Day b. 9 Jan 1692.

        +  87.     ii     Lydia Day b. 27 Oct 1694.

        +  88.     iii     John Day b. 27 Sep 1696.

        +  89.     iv    Nathaniel Day b. 5 Dec 1700.

 

17.  Thomas Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 19 Jun 1673 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[55] d. 10 Nov 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.55  He married 20 May 1698,[56] Elizabeth Mackclaflin, b. 18 May 1670 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,56 (daughter of Robert Mack Claflin and Joanna Warner).

                             Children:

        +  90.     i      John Wells b. 18 Apr 1696.

            91.     ii     Sarah Wells, b. 29 Mar 1698 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[57]  She married 18 Feb 1720,16 Joseph Harrenden.

            92.     iii     Jane Wells, b. 10 Feb 1700 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.57

            93.     iv    Jonathan Wells, b. 30 Jan 1702 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[58]

            94.     v     Lydia Wells, b. 20 Jun 1705 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[59]

        +  95.     vi    David Wells b. 24 Apr 1708.

        +  96.     vii    Thomas Wells b. 1713.

 

18.  Elizabeth Wells, (2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 7 Jan 1676 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[60] d. 13 Jun 1722 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.60  She married 5 May 1698 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 George Hart, b. 11 Jan 1669 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 (son of Thomas Hart and Mary Norton) baptized 10 Mar 1669 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 14 Jan 1753 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  After the death of Elizabeth, George married Martha Ward.

                             Children:

            97.     i      Thomas Hart, b. 1695 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

            98.     ii     George Hart, b. 1697 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

        +  99.     iii     Nathaniel Hart b. 8 Jul 1704.

 

20.  Patience Wells,[61] (3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. ABT 1668 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[62] d. AFT 1725 in Wells, York Co., ME.62  She married 1691/1692 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA,[63] Nathaniel Clarke,61 b. 13 Mar 1665 in Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH,63 (son of Samuel Clark and Ann Leader) d. 26 Mar 1718 in Wells, York Co., ME.63

                             Children:

        +  100.   i      Nathaniel Clarke b. 17 Sep 1692.

        +  101.   ii     Sarah Clark b. 1693.

            102.   iii     Mary Clark, b. 8 Feb 1694 in Wells, York Co., ME.[64]  She married 14 Sep 1739 in Wells, York Co., ME,15 James Thompson.

            103.   iv    Isaac Clark, b. 19 Mar 1696 in Wells, York Co., ME,[65] d. 4 Aug 1736 in Wells, York Co., ME.65,15

        +  104.   v     Eleazer Clarke b. 30 Dec 1699.

        +  105.   vi    James Clark b. 12 Sep 1702.

        +  106.   vii    Samuel Clarke b. 2 Apr 1703.

            107.   viii   Abigail Clarke, b. 7 Sep 1707 in Wells, York Co., ME,[66] baptized 7 Sep 1707 in Wells, York Co., ME,66 d. BEF 1709 in Wells, York Co., ME.66

            108.   ix    Abigail Clark, b. 13 Dec 1709 in Wells, York Co., ME,[67] d. young.

        +  109.   x     Esther Clark b. 1711.

 

21.  John Wells, (3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1670 in Wells, York Co., ME,[68] d. 1748 in Wells, York Co., ME.68  John was of Boston until about 1707 and was likely the Capt. Wells at Black Point with his sloop when Capt. Hunnewell was killed in 1703.  On 20 March 1716 John was one of those at the Wells town meeting voting that "the right and property of all the common and undivided lands within the said township, doth belong to, and forever, in proportion according to their interest in the town, to be disposed of and improved according to the directions of the law in that case made and provided... Mr. John Wells".  John was living in Wells, ME by 1719 and was an Innholder.

      

       John was master of the sloop “Adventure” on 2 June 1698, of the “Union” on 15 June 1708 and of the Endeavor on 5 May 1719, all registered in Boston. At a town meeting in 1723 John Wells and Samuel Stewart were elected to be a committee to collect the delinquent charges due the town from the mill privileges and to sue all who could not be induced otherwise to pay. John and his son John Jr. were listed as inhabitants of Wells in 1726.

      

       In 1731 a road was laid out "between John Wells' and William Symonds', beginning at the Great Swamp, commonly called Gooche's Swamp, and running northwest to Mousam Path" thence "to the head of John Wells' lot".  John Wells of Wells, Husbandman and Mary his wife sold 4 acres of meadow in Wells to John Webber of Wells, Marinor for £35 on 19 Jan. 1732, signed by John and Mary Wells.

      

       Last Will and Testament of John Wells

      

       "In the Name of God, Amen... I John Wells of Wells... yeoman... dipose of the temporal estate... in the following manner viz:...

      

       I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Wells fifty pounds in old tenor bills of the Province...

       I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mary Maddock fifty pounds in old tenor bills...

       I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Maddock fifty pounds, old tenor...

       I give and bequeath unto my grandson Palsgrove Maddock fifty pounds old tenor...

       I give and bequeath unto my graddaughter Mary Pike fifty pounds old tenor...

       I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Sarah Maddock fifty pounds old tenor...

       I give and bequeath unto my beloved son John Wells Junr... all that parcel of land on which he now dwells and the marsh adjoining thereunto excepting four acres of marsh lying next to Joshua Wells marsh; the said land and marsh lying and being in Wells aforesd... as is expressd in a deed given under my hand and seal... unto my said son John Wells dated Anno Domini 1740... within which bounds the said four acres of marsh are included... and since the making thereof conveyed by me to my beloved son-in-law Thomas Goodwin and my beloved daughter Hannah the wife of the said Thomas Goodwin... I do... bequeath... unto my said son John Wells the same one half of my part of the saw-mill standing over the lower falls of Little River... and the one half of the utensils, implemts and appurtenances belonging to my said part of said mill... together with the buildings, fencing, trees, timber, wood, underwood, herbage and everything appertaining to the land where he now dwells and to the marsh adjoining thereunto; and likewise one fourth part of the grist mill it being that which he himself has built over the lower falls at Little River...

       I give and bequeath unto my said beloved son-in-law Thomas Goodwin and my beloved daughter Hannah... fourteen acres of land, upland, interval or fresh meadow ground and salt marsh... lying and being in Wells... as is expressed in a deed to them... dated the twenty-seventh day of January Anno Domini 1743/4... together with the buildings and fencings... with ye trees, timber, wood, underwood, herbage and minerals thereunto belonging: still reserveing the strip of land lying next to Nathl Clarks' land... I likekwise give unto my said daughter Hannah Goodwin one quarter part of the lower saw-mill on Little River lower falls with one quarter part of the said falls and privilege where the said saw mill stands and one quarter part of ye utensils, implements and appurtenances belonging to said mill. I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter Hannah Goodwin one quarter part of the grist mill standing on or over said falls at Little River...

       I give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Goodwin a minor twenty acres of land... being in said Wells... as is expressed in a deed... bearing date the twenty-seventh day of January Anno Domini 1743/4...

       I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Wells a minor... all the land I now dwell upon on the south side of Little River in said Wells...

       I constitute and appoint my said son John Wells and my said daughter Hannah Goodwin sole executors...

       In witness whereof I hav hereunto affixed my hand and seal this tenth day of May Anno Domini 1748..."

      

       The inventory of his estate amounted to £2,000 including one slave valued at £100. He married (1) 28 Feb 1697 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA,68 Mary Peck, b. ABT 1675,68 d. BEF 1725.  He married (2) 20 May 1725,[69] Mary Stover, b. ABT 1704.69

                             Children by Mary Peck:

        +  110.   i      Mary Wells b. 22 Nov 1697.

        +  111.   ii     John Wells b. ABT 1699.

        +  112.   iii     Hannah Wells b. ABT 1701.

 

22.  Thomas Wells,[70] (3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 3 Mar 1673 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,70,[71] d. 26 Aug 1737 in Wells, York Co., ME.71  In 1703, animosity between the Maine settlements and the Native Americans reached the breaking point.  In a incident which would the beginning of open warfare between the colonists and Native Americans, Thomas' cabin was attacked while he was away.  "That morning, [August 10th, 1703] several parties of Indians had stolen out of the dismal woods behind the houses and farms of Wells, and approached different dwellings of the far-extended settlement at about the same time. They entered the cabin of Thomas Wells, where his wife lay in the pains of childbirth, and murdered her and her two small children. At the same time they killed Joseph Sayer, a neighbour of Wells, with all his family."   After the death of wife and children in the Indian raid, Thomas returned to Ipswich for a time, possibly aboard his brother's sloop "Adventere", which was reported to be in Black Point or Scarborough, ME when the Indians ambushed and killed the famous Indian Fighter, Richard Hunnewell along with 19 other settlers on 6 Oct 1703. He married (1) 14 May 1696 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,71 Sarah Brown,70 b. 5 Dec 1676 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[72] (daughter of Francis Brown and Mary Johnson) d. 10 Aug 1703.72  He married (2) 12 Oct 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,71 Lydia Ropes, b. 26 Dec 1672 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[73] (daughter of John Ropes and Lydia Wells).

                             Children by Sarah Brown:

            113.   i      Sarah Wells, b. 9 Mar 1698 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 10 Aug 1703.  Sarah was killed by Indians.

            114.   ii     Joshua Wells, b. 9 Oct 1701,15 d. 10 Aug 1703.15  Joshua was killed by Indians.

            115.   iii     ________ Wells, b. 9 Aug 1703,15 d. 10 Aug 1703.

                             Children by Lydia Ropes:

        +  116.   iv    Nathaniel Wells b. 21 Aug 1705.

        +  117.   v     Joshua Wells b. 17 Mar 1707.

        +  118.   vi    Lydia Wells b. 29 May 1709.

 

23.  Sarah Wells, (3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 13 Sep 1675 in Wells, York Co., ME,[74] d. 1734.  She married (1) 13 Sep 1695 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 Samuel Sibley, b. 10 Mar 1659 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 (son of Richard Sibley and Hannah ________) d. 29 Aug 1708 in Haverhill, Essex Co., MA.16  Samuel Sibley was named in Richard Sibley's will as the oldest son, and he was to receive a double share of the property.    He was killed while throwing water on the burning meeting house during an Indian raid on Haverill, MA. He was from Salem, but was probably with Major Turner's group which drove off the attackers. The inventory of his estate is dated 8 Dec. 1710. She married (2) 1711,[75] marriage intention 20 Nov 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, John Sawyer, b. 15 Mar 1676 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,75 (son of Samuel Sawyer and Mary Emery) d. 11 Feb 1718 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.75

                             Children by Samuel Sibley:

            119.   i      Richard Sibley, b. 13 Sep 1695 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[76] d. young.

        +  120.   ii     Hannah Sibley b. 17 May 1696.

        +  121.   iii     Sarah Sibley b. 27 Mar 1699.

        +  122.   iv    Jonathan Sibley b. 25 Nov 1701.

            123.   v     Samuel Sibley, b. Jul 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,76 d. 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.76

        +  124.   vi    Samuel Sibley b. 5 May 1705.

                             Children by John Sawyer:

            125.   vii    Lydia Sawyer, b. 29 Mar 1712 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[77]  Many researchers have recorded a marriage for Lydia to Dr. James Holgate of Essex, MA.  However, in reviewing the marriage record it states "Mrs. Lydia Sawyer", which seems to prelude Lydia as the second wife of Dr. Holgate.

        +  126.   viii   Eunice Sawyer b. 21 Jan 1714.

        +  127.   ix    Lois Sawyer b. 21 Jul 1718.

 

25.  John Massey, (4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 6 Oct 1665 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[78],15  John took over his father's ferry business in 1701.  It is most probable that John was married as a Salem record records the birth of  a "Mrs. John Massey" as 30 Jul 1665.  Savage claims he married a Sarah Wells, daughter of Thomas, but I believe he is confusing the father with the son.  There is another record on the IGI which records his wife as Sarah Villa.  He was living in 1739, when his nephew was to support him "handsomely" by the terms of his brother Nathaniel's will. He married Sarah ________, b. 30 Jul 1665 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

                             Children:

            128.   i      Ann Massey, b. 11 Oct 1687 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.[79]

 

28.  Sarah Massey, (4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 25 Jul 1669 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[80] d. 20 Nov 1728 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.80  She married 16 Sep 1697 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[81] Miles Ward, b. 11 Mar 1674 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,80 (son of Joshua Ward and Hannah Flint) d. 29 Aug 1764 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[82] buried in Charter St. Cemetery, Salem, Essex Co., MA.82  Miles was a joiner and a chairmaker.  On 27 Dec 1715, Miles Ward was paid by the town of Salem, MA for making a pillory.

                             Children:

        +  129.   i      Joshua Ward b. 15 Aug 1699.

            130.   ii     John Ward, b. 27 Nov 1701 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 4 Sep 1703 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15,38

        +  131.   iii     Miles Ward b. 18 Apr 1704.

        +  132.   iv    John Ward b. 7 Jul 1707.

        +  133.   v     Ebenezer Ward b. 10 Apr 1710.

 

29.  Abigail Massey, (4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 26 Dec 1671 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[83] d. 8 Oct 1738 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.83  She married (1) ABT 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[84] Hilliard Williams, b. 26 Dec 1672 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 (son of Samuel Williams and Mary Verin) d. 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  No children are found recorded for Hilliard and Abigail. She married (2) 8 Nov 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[85] Jonathan Archer, b. ABT 1670 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,85 (son of Samuel Archer and Hannah Osgood) baptized 3 Dec 1668 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,85 d. 16 Jul 1746 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.85  According to Perley's history of Salem, Jonathan was a cordwainer, mariner, yeoman, and a truckman.

                             Children by Jonathan Archer:

            134.   i      Abigail Archer, b. May 1702 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[86] d. 4 Aug 1705 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.86

        +  135.   ii     Jonathan Archer b. 22 Sep 1703.

        +  136.   iii     Samuel Archer b. 2 Sep 1707.

        +  137.   iv    Nathaniel Archer b. 17 Apr 1710.

        +  138.   v     Abigail Archer b. 17 Aug 1711.

 

31.  Thomas Massey, (4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1676 or 1677 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[87] d. AFT 1733.87  He married (1) 3 Jan 1697 or 1698,87 Abigail Williams, b. Apr 1677 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,87,[88] (daughter of Samuel Williams and Mary Verin) baptized Apr 1677 in 1st Church, Salem, Essex Co., MA, d. 1738 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.  One dubious record lists Abigail as the daughter of Samuel Williams and Mary Verin of Salem, MA.  However, this is doubtful as her recorded birth conflicts with another child of Samuel and Mary, and no record can be found showing that Samuel and Mary had a daughter named Abigail. He married (2) Mary Williams, b. 2 Mar 1681 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[89] (daughter of Samuel Williams and Mary Verin).

                             Children by Abigail Williams:

            139.   i      Sarah Massey, b. Nov 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 3 Feb 1771.16  She married (1) 12 Apr 1722 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 Benjamin Archer, b. ABT 1696,15 d. 1724.  The History of Salem by Perley states that he was a mariner and lived in Rowley, MA until he removed to Boxford, MA in 1715.  He returned to Salem in 1721.  He had 5 children by his first wife, Anna Bridges.  It also states that he was the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Neal) Archer which is problematic.  Benjamin and Sarah Neal were married in 1693 and Benjamin was supposedly their second child.  That would place his birth no earlier than 1695 which would make him only 15 at the date of his first marriage.  While possible, it highly unlikely that Benjamin is son of Benjamin and Sarah (Neal) Archer. She married (2) 10 Sep 1725 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 George Dean, b. 7 Aug 1792 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, (son of Thomas Dean and Mary Daniels) d. 1727.  George was the widower of Hannah Ruck.

            140.   ii     John Massey, b. 3 Sep 1702 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1739 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[90]

            141.   iii     Abigail Massey, b. 13 Jul 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. young.

            142.   iv    Elizabeth Massey, b. 15 May 1707 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15

                             Children by Mary Williams:

            143.   v     Samuel Massey, b. 17 Oct 1717 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.38

            144.   vi    Mary Massey, b. 1 May 1720 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.38

        +  145.   vii    Abigail Massey b. 8 Dec 1722.

 

32.  Nathaniel Massey, (4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. ABT 1680,[91] d. 17 Oct 1739.91  Nathaniel was a cooper and resided in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA.  In 1720, Nathaniel Massey served as Clerk of Salem Court. He married 4 Nov 1708 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[92] Rebecca Tompkins, b. 19 Jul 1676 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,92 (daughter of John Tompkins and Rebecca Knight) d. 19 Jan 1735 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.92

                             Children:

            146.   i      Nathaniel Massey, b. 18 Jul 1709 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  He married (1) 3 Apr 1731 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 Elizabeth Hilliard, b. 4 Apr 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[93] (daughter of Joseph Hilliard and Rachel Allen) d. BEF 1740.  He married (2) 23 Nov 1740 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 Rachel Proctor, b. AFT 1708, (daughter of John Proctor and Mary ________). Rachel was the widow of Jonathan Mackmallon.

            147.   ii     Rebecca Massey, b. 14 Oct 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 10 Oct 1739.  She married 20 Dec 1733 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[94] Jonathan Hart, b. 18 Apr 1711 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, (son of Jonathan Hart and Sarah Maule).

        +  148.   iii     John Massey b. 31 Aug 1712.

        +  149.   iv    Daniel Massey b. 28 Jul 1714.

        +  150.   v     Samuel Massey b. 25 Jun 1716.

 

34.  Mary Treadwell, (5.Abigail2, 1.Thomas1) b. 22 Oct 1665 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 6 Jan 1722 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[95]  She married 28 Jan 1683 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[96] Samuel Stone, b. 23 Nov 1657 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,96 (son of Robert Stone and Sarah Shafflin) d. 6 Jan 1723 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.96  Samuel was son of the "Immigrant" Robert Stone.  He was a bricklayer.

                             Children:

            151.   i      Abigail Stone, b. ABT 1680.15  Abigail was "bereaved of her reason" and living in 1724.

            152.   ii     Sarah Stone, b. ABT 1682.15  Sarah was living in Danvers, unmarried, in 1761.

        +  153.   iii     Samuel Stone b. 15 Jan 1684.

        +  154.   iv    Robert Stone b. 7 Jan 1686.

        +  155.   v     Elizabeth Stone b. 1 Feb 1688.

            156.   vi    Esther Stone, baptized 3 Oct 1714 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  Esther was unmarried in 1761.

            157.   vii    Hannah Stone, baptized 3 Oct 1714.15

            158.   viii   Lydia Stone, baptized 3 Oct 1714 in Danvers, Essex Co., MA.

            159.   ix    Mercy Stone, baptized 3 Oct 1714 in Danvers, Essex Co., MA.15  Mercy was unmarried in 1752.

        +  160.   x     Katherine Stone b. 15 Apr 1691.

        +  161.   xi    Mary Stone b. 21 Feb 1692.

 

36.  Hannah Treadwell, (5.Abigail2, 1.Thomas1) b. 7 Feb 1669 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[97] d. 23 Oct 1733 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.97  She married 22 May 1690 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[98] John Adams, b. 11 Mar 1668 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,98 (son of John Adams and Sarah Woodman) d. Mar 1717 or 1718 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.98  At a town meeting on 3 Mar 1697, John,  his father John Adams Sen., and Michael Farley Jr., son of the old miller at the Saltonstall mills, came to the Town with their petition to build a dam and mill.

Figure 7.  Warner Mill, Ipswich MA - built by Michael Farley

 

       “The humble Petition of wee whose names are under written to the honord Gentlemen & Inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich, now assembled March 3, 1696/7. our request and desire is that you would please to grant us leave to make a Dam cross the River against my land in order to the building of a corn-mill and a Fulling-Mill for the use and benefit of the Town, I having a place that is judged very convenient for such a purpose without damage to the Town in any particular person. The which request we dobt not but you will readyly grant the which will oblige us to serve you accordingly to the best of our abilities. And your petitioners shall ever pray.

            John Adams Sen.

            Michael Farley Jr.

            John Adams Jr.”

      

       The Town granted the petition, with the provision that it would not prejudice any former grants and the mills be ready for use in a year and a half. There was a lurking jealousy regarding the mill privilege, we may infer from the fact that on May 6, 1697, it was reported to the Town that the vote of March 3d was unsatisfactory to Lieut. Adams and his associates, and that they would not build on these terms. Whereupon, the objectionable clause was removed, and “The Town doth now grant to said parties all their interest and right in the stream against sd. Adams land and make a Dam, provided they set up said mills in a year and a half.”

           

       Mr. Farley bought an acre and a half of upland, on the north side of the river, opposite the Adams land, from Thomas French, on  3 Jun 1697. The dam was built forthwith, a fulling mill on the north side, and a grist mill on the south bank, and on the 4th of May, 1699, a formal agreement was ratified between the owners. Farley had borne half the cost, and the Adamses the balance. The title of each was confirmed accordingly, “and whereas for ye setting Placing advancement & benefit of sd Mills by Daming & flowing for Rocks and Gravilling sd. Michael purchased one acre and a halfe of land of Thomas French agst part of which sd Dam abutteth on ye north side sd River sd Michael Gives & grants same to bee & remaine for ever as a Mill lot for wayes to & use of sd owners.”

      

       In like fashion the Adams, father and son, set apart a lot of the same size on their side, for common use :   John Adams Sen. conveyed his farm to his son, John Jr., on 7 Apr 1698, but retained his ownership in “ye land the corn mill stands on & highway to go & come from said mill”. He sold his quarter interest in the mills and dam to Mr. Farley, July 26, 1702.  John bequeathed the mill and property to his only son, John in his will.

                             Children:

        +  162.   i      Hannah Adams b. 25 Apr 1691.

        +  163.   ii     Abigail Adams b. ABT 1695.

        +  164.   iii     Sarah Adams b. 2 Apr 1697.

        +  165.   iv    John Adams b. ABT 1700.

        +  166.   v     Mary Adams b. ABT 1704.

        +  167.   vi    Priscilla Adams b. 23 Sep 1712.

 

38.  Sarah Treadwell, (5.Abigail2, 1.Thomas1) b. 15 Aug 1674 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[99] d. 1738.[100]  She married ABT 1694,[101] Joseph Brown, b. 11 Oct 1669 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,101 (son of Joshua Brown and Sarah Sawyer) d. 18 Oct 1732.101  Some genealogists have confused Joseph with a contempory Joseph Brown, son of Francis Brown.  Joseph, son of Francis Brown, married Lydia Emery.

                             Children:

        +  168.   i      Abigail Brown b. 6 Apr 1695.

            169.   ii     Nathan Brown, b. 18 Jun 1694 or 1697 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1700.

        +  170.   iii     Sarah Brown b. 22 Jun 1698.

            171.   iv    Nathaniel Brown, b. 1 Aug 1700 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 30 Nov 1729.[102]

        +  172.   v     Joshua Brown b. 1 Jul 1704.

        +  173.   vi    Simeon Brown b. 16 May 1708.

 

39.  Nathaniel Treadwell, (5.Abigail2, 1.Thomas1) b. 13 Jun 1677,[103] d. 17 Aug 1723.103  He married 1696,[104] Hannah ________, b. ABT 1675.104

                             Children:

        +  174.   i      Jacob Treadwell b. 24 Jan 1698.

        +  175.   ii     Nathaniel Treadwell b. 10 Sep 1700.

        +  176.   iii     Charles Treadwell b. May 1705.

            177.   iv    Nathan Treadwell, b. 7 Oct 1711 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  178.   v     Jabez Treadwell b. 9 Aug 1713.

 

40.  Thomas Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 30-Oct-1670 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,28,[105] d. 18 Oct 1722 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.28,[106]  He married 26 Apr 1703 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA,[107] Mercy Blanchard, b. 14 Apr 1674 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA,107 (daughter of Nathaniel Blanchard and Susanna Bates) d. 25 Oct 1724 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.106  Mercy was admitted to the 1st Church, Braintree, MA on 29 Nov 1698.   Mercy and her daughter Mercy's death dates may be switched as it is unclear from the death records which date belongs to which Mercy Wells.

                             Children:

            179.   i      Mary Wells, b. 2 Feb 1703 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA,107 d. 1772 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.[108]  She married 6 Apr 1749 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA,108 Samuel Thayer, b. 8 Mar 1694 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA,[109] (son of Samuel Thayer and Susannah Scant) d. 1768.  There are some records indicating that Samuel and Mary had up to four children.  However, it seems unlikely that a woman would have her first child at 47 years old and then have three more in her fifties.  More likely, they are children of Samuel's first wife.

            180.   ii     Mercy Wells, b. 12 Feb 1705 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA,107 d. 27 Oct 1724.107

            181.   iii     Sarah Wells, b. ABT 1708 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.107

            182.   iv    Thomas Wells, b. ABT 1710 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.107

            183.   v     John Wells, b. 20 Jun 1713 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA.107

 

42.  Luke Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 19-Mar-1674 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. AFT 1728.28  Luke was taken captive by Indians on 10-Jun-1697 with young Samuel Gill of Salisbury, MA.  He apparently escaped or was ransomed as his marriage intention is recorded in 1710.  (Wells, Elaine Adams, "A Family Record of the Ancestors of Harry Osborn Wells and the Descendants of Harry Osborn Wells and Lena Dell Allen from 1566 to 1997, " prepared for the Wells Family Reunion, 1997, p. 4.  Hoyt, David, "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, MA, p. 351, 810, 1020.) He married 9-Dec-1710 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[110] Dorothy Straw, b. ABT 1684,110 (daughter of William Straw and Mehitable Hoyt) d. 29-Sep-1715 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.110  Dorothy filed marriage intentions on 21-Nov-1706 to Stephen Merrill, but apparently the couple never married.  She was the widow of John Trull.

                             Children:

        +  184.   i      John Wells b. 17-Mar-1710/11.

        +  185.   ii     Obadiah Wells b. 27-Jun-1712.

            186.   iii     William Wells, b. 5 Oct 1713 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.110

 

43.  Titus Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 14-Mar-1675 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. ABT 1729 in Chester, Rockingham Co., NH.28,[111]  On 13 March 1719, Titus Wells, father of Sarah Wells, registered ownership of a horse in the Amesbury, Essex Co., MA, Town Records as follows: "Titus Wells Entered a brown collored Mare with white in her face and on her nose with a slot in ye top of rt eare with a half crop in ye lt eare."  On 19 May 1726, the church of the West Parish of Amesbury was organized and the church covenant was signed by Rev. Paine Wingate, John Foot, Thomas Fowler, Abraham Merrill, Thomas Colby, Titus Wells, Valentine Rowell, Samuel Stevens, Joseph Sargent, Joseph Bartlett, Phillip Rowell, William Moulton, Tappan Ordway, John Blaisdell and Abraham Merrill, Jr.

       The Church Covenant of the West Parish of Amesbury

       "Forasmuch as the Lord hath accepted us sinful wretches into covenant with his Majesty, in Christ we therefore avouch the Lord to be our God, and make firm and sure covenant with his Majesty and one with another (through the grace of Christ) to give up ourselves to him; to submit to his Government, and all his holy ordinances, acknowledging him for our Prophet, Priest and King; to walk before him in all things according to the rule of his Word; shunning all Atheism and Anti-Christianism with all other errors and pollutions in the worshp of God. We do also bind ourselves to walk together with the Church and all the members of it in the mutual love and watchfulness to the building up of each other in the faith and love of our Lord Jesus Christ; to yield obedience to his holy will and to carry on the duties of his worship in public and in private according to Gospel order and institution; hereby craving help at God's hands for performance hereof we do also with ourselves give up our seed unto the Lord to be his people and to submit under the watch and discipline of this Church according to the Rules of Christ." He married ABT 1697 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,111 Joanna Rowell,28 b. 30 Jul 1675 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[112] (daughter of Thomas Rowell and Sarah Barnes).

                             Children:

        +  187.   i      Sarah Wells b. 30 Jul 1698.

        +  188.   ii     Thomas Wells, Capt. b. 4 Mar 1699.

        +  189.   iii     Mary Wells b. 11 Mar 1702.

            190.   iv    Timothy Wells, b. 16 Apr 1704 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[113] d. 13 Jun 1727 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.113  He married 27 Jan 1725,[114] Mary Pillsbury, b. 26 Oct 1702 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,114 (daughter of William Pillsbury Jr. and Mary Keeney).

        +  191.   v     Hannah Wells b. 5 Feb 1705.

        +  192.   vi    Titus Wells b. 5 Feb 1705.

        +  193.   vii    Philemon Wells b. 3 Sep 1708.

        +  194.   viii   Jacob Wells b. 29 Aug 1710.

            195.   ix    Philip Wells, b. 7 Apr 1713 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[115] d. 2 Feb 1714 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.115

        +  196.   x     Elizabeth Wells b. 11 Mar 1716.

            197.   xi    Abigail Wells, b. 18 Dec 1718 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.[116]

 

45.  Mary Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 25 Mar 1678 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28,[117] d. AFT 1728 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.28,117  She married 15-Jul-1702 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 John Martin,28 b. 4 Feb 1674 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[118] (son of Richard Martin and Mary Hoyt) d. 3 Mar 1712 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.  John's grandmother, Susannah (North) Martin, was wrongly tried and executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1672.

                             Children:

        +  198.   i      Elizabeth Martin b. 28 Mar 1703.

            199.   ii     John Martin, b. 24 Feb 1705 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  200.   iii     Jonathan Martin b. 16 Jan 1707.

        +  201.   iv    Mary Martin b. 10 Mar 1710.

 

46.  Abigail Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1681 or 1682 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. AFT 1728 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.28,[119]  She married 6 Feb 1704 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 Samuel Bartlett Jr.,28 b. 28 Mar 1676 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[120] (son of Samuel Bartlett and Elizabeth Titcomb) baptized 30 Apr 1676 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,120 d. 16 May 1753 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,120 buried in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.120

                             Children:

        +  202.   i      Samuel Bartlett b. 16 Nov 1705.

        +  203.   ii     Joshua Bartlett b. 31 Aug 1707.

            204.   iii     Jacob Bartlett, b. 17 Aug 1709 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[121] d. 11 Mar 1783 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,121 buried in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.121  He was a weaver in Newbury, Essex Co., MA. He married 9 Mar 1762 in Andover, Essex Co., MA,15 Eleanor Haggett, b. ABT 1710 in Andover, Essex Co., MA, d. 1806.  Her will, dated Sept 1, 1796, being proved March 7, 1807.  Eleanor and Jacob never had any children.  She gave her property to her "handmaid," Mary Walker, "whome we brought up."

            205.   iv    Elizabeth Bartlett, b. 10 Jun 1711 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[122]

        +  206.   v     David Bartlett b. 7 Mar 1713.

        +  207.   vi    Abigail Bartlett b. 7 Mar 1715.

        +  208.   vii    Jonathan Bartlett b. 31 Jul 1717.

            209.   viii   Timothy Bartlett, b. 17 Jun 1719 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[123]

            210.   ix    Mary Bartlett, b. 20 May 1721 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[124] d. AFT 1753 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[125]

            211.   x     Judith Bartlett, b. 17 Jul 1723 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[126] d. BEF 1753.125

 

47.  Eliezer Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 10-Jun-1686 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. AFT 1728.28  He married 17 Nov 1714 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[127] Deborah Worthen,28 b. 9 Dec 1686 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,127 (daughter of Ezekiel Worthen and Hannah Martin).

                             Children:

        +  212.   i      Moses Wells b. 17 Sep 1716.

        +  213.   ii     Miriam Wells b. 1718.

            214.   iii     Judith Wells, b. 1720 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.[128]

            215.   iv    Hannah Wells, b. 5 Jan 1722 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[129] d. BEF 1729.[130]

        +  216.   v     Aaron Wells b. 30 Dec 1722.

        +  217.   vi    Eleazer Wells b. 9 Apr 1727.

            218.   vii    Hannah Wells, b. 1729 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.130

 

48.  Elizabeth Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17-Dec-1688 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. 31 May 1755 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,28,[131] buried in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.131  She married 12 Oct 1709 in Newburyport, Essex Co., MA,[132] Moses Chase Jr.,28 b. 20 Jan 1688 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,132 (son of Moses Chase and Anne Follansbee) d. 17 Sep 1760 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,132 buried in Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury, Esssex Co., MA,132 baptized 20 Jan 1688 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.132  Moses lived on the east half of his father homestead in what is now West Newbury, Essex Co., MA.  He and his wife were admitted to the Second Church of Newbury in 1715.  They were dismissed to the Fourth Church of Newbury, 23 Nov 1731.

                             Children:

        +  219.   i      Wells Chase, Lt. b. 4 Oct 1710.

        +  220.   ii     Moses Chase b. 1 Jul 1713.

        +  221.   iii     Seth Chase b. 21 Jun 1715.

        +  222.   iv    Humphrey Chase b. 8 Jan 1717.

        +  223.   v     Elizabeth Chase b. 29 Jan 1719.

        +  224.   vi    Eleazor Chase b. 25 Jul 1722.

            225.   vii    Anna Chase, b. 11 Sep 1724 in West Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[133] d. 29 Nov 1726 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.133

        +  226.   viii   Daniel Chase b. 31 Dec 1726.

            227.   ix    Anna Chase, b. 10 Mar 1729 in West Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[134] d. 27 May 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.

            228.   x     Rebecca Chase, b. 21 Jul 1731 in West Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[135] d. 18 May 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.135

            229.   xi    Abigail Chase, b. 7 Dec 1734 in West Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[136] d. 15 May 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.136

 

49.  John Wells, (6.Thomas2, 1.Thomas1) b. 9-Oct-1692 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,28 d. 24-Dec-1776 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.28,[137]  He married 5 Feb 1712 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[138] Dorothy Hoyt,28 b. 20 Jul 1691 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,138 (daughter of William Hoyt and Dorothy Colby) d. 28 Apr 1769 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.138

                             Children:

        +  230.   i      Rhoda Wells b. 24 Feb 1713.

        +  231.   ii     Electa Wells b. 7 Apr 1715.

        +  232.   iii     Elizabeth Wells b. 16 Sep 1716.

        +  233.   iv    Dorothy Wells b. 18 Feb 1717.

            234.   v     Christina Wells, b. 21 Jun 1720 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.[139]  She married 31 Mar 1768,[140] David Merrill, b. 1 May 1708 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,140 (son of David Merrill and Mary Morse) d. 15 Jun 1789 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.140

        +  235.   vi    John Wells b. 24 Jan 1721.

        +  236.   vii    Mary Wells b. 14 Feb 1724.

        +  237.   viii   Thomas Wells b. 3 Sep 1725.

            238.   ix    Timothy Wells, b. ABT 1727 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[141] d. 15 Sep 1751 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.141

            239.   x     David Wells, b. 14 Mar 1729 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[142] d. 12 Sep 1753 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.142

            240.   xi    Rebecca Wells, b. 28 Oct 1731 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,[143] baptized 31 Oct 1731 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,143 d. 2 Oct 1753 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.

 

50.  John Burnham, (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 8 Apr 1671 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1741.[144]  He married 13 Apr 1693,[145] Sarah Choate, b. 1672,145 (daughter of John Choate and Ann Carramas).

                             Children:

        +  241.   i      John Burnham b. 8 Apr 1693.

        +  242.   ii     Jonathan Burnham b. 3 Nov 1695.

            243.   iii     Robert Burnham, b. 1697 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  He married 26 Jan 1724 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Joanna Low, b. 25 Feb 1699 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 (daughter of Jonathan Low and Mary ________).

        +  244.   iv    Joseph Burnham b. ABT 1698.

        +  245.   v     Daniel Burnham b. 1699.

        +  246.   vi    Hannah Burnham b. 1700.

            247.   vii    Thomas Burnham, b. ABT 1702 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. in York, York Co., ME.[146]

        +  248.   viii   Benjamin Burnham b. 1703.

            249.   ix    Sarah Burnham, b. ABT 1707 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

 

51.  Thomas Burnham, (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 20 Sep 1673 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 16 Dec 1748 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[147]  Thomas Burnham settled on land that was his father's and it still remains with his descendants (1869).  His son, Nathan was first lieutenant, fourth company, Third Provincial Regiment of Foot, and was killed in Braddock's defeat.   Tradition has it, that before leaving for the war, he took his sword in his hand to try the metal and it broke.  Turning to his wife, he said 'I shall never come back.'   He went on, but returned to pray with his family before taking final leave.   He was last seen seated on a log repeating verses of Scripture or hymns.--Burnham Genealogy. He married ABT 1691 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[148] Susanna ________, d. 1752.148

                             Children:

        +  250.   i      Thomas Burnham b. ABT 1700.

        +  251.   ii     Jeremiah Burnham b. 1702.

        +  252.   iii     Nathan Burnham b. ABT 1704.

        +  253.   iv    Caleb Burnham b. ABT 1707.

        +  254.   v     Hannah Burnham b. ABT 1709.

        +  255.   vi    Stephen Burnham b. ABT 1711.

 

54.  Abigail Burnham, (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 2 Jun 1680 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, d. 9 Jan 1776.[149]  She married (1) 17 Nov 1699 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA,[150] Ebenezer Whitman, b. 1673 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA,[151],150 (son of Thomas Whitman and Abigail Byam) d. Sep 1713.151  Ebenezer was the second son of Thomas, and is said to have settled in the south of Bridgewater. He served an appenticeship as he is recorded to have gone to Bridgewater in about 1700, "shortly before he became free."  He lived on Wolf-trap Plain, where it has been occupied by five generations, until 1865.  Ebenezer is an ancestor of James "Dan" Danforth Quayle, ex-vice president of the United States. She married (2) 12 Nov 1714, Edmund Hobart, d. AFT 1727 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA.

                             Children by Ebenezer Whitman:

        +  256.   i      Abigail Whitman b. 22 Sep 1702.

        +  257.   ii     Zechariah Whitman b. 21 Nov 1704.

            258.   iii     John Whitman, b. 1707,[152] d. 28 Aug 1727 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA.34

        +  259.   iv    Hannah Whitman b. 30 Sep 1709.

        +  260.   v     Ebenezer Whitman b. 1713.

 

55.  Jacob Burnham, (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1 Mar 1682 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[153] d. 26 Mar 1773 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.153  He married 20 Nov 1704 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[154] Mehitable Perkins, b. 12 Jul 1681 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,154 (daughter of Jacob Perkins and Sarah Wainwright) d. 6 Sep 1769.154

                             Children:

        +  261.   i      Mehitable Burnham b. 1705.

            262.   ii     Wesley Burnham, b. 26 Apr 1706 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 28 Apr 1707 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[155]

        +  263.   iii     Jacob Burnham b. 1708.

        +  264.   iv    Solomon Burnham b. ABT 1709.

        +  265.   v     John Burnham b. 1714.

 

Grave 3.  Capt. Jonathan Burnham

56.  Jonathan Burnham, Capt., (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 10 Oct 1685 in Essex, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 9 Oct 1779.[156]  He married (1) 17 Mar 1709 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,156 Mary Perkins, b. 2 Aug 1685 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,34 (daughter of Jacob Perkins and Sarah Wainwright) d. 1728 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.156  He married (2) 13 May 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,34 Martha Foster, b. 1700 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,34 (daughter of John Foster and Mary Strickland) d. 20 Feb 1790 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.34

                             Children by Mary Perkins:

        +  266.   i      Jonathan Burnham b. 1716.

            267.   ii     Mary Burnham, b. Dec 1718 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 27 Mar 1816.[157]  She married 22 Oct 1741,[158] Job Smith, d. Nov 1787.158

        +  268.   iii     Francis Burnham b. 1721.

        +  269.   iv    Eunice Burnham b. 24 Apr 1726.

            270.   v     Lucy Burnham, b. 17 Sep 1727,15 d. BEF 1734.[159]

                             Children by Martha Foster:

            271.   vi    Martha Burnham, b. 4 Jul 1731 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1731 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15,[160]

            272.   vii    Martha Burnham, b. 11 Mar 1733 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  273.   viii   Lucy Burnham b. 29 Dec 1734.

            274.   ix    Joseph Burnham, b. 2 May 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 6 Dec 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[161]

            275.   x     Elizabeth Burnham, b. 15 May 1741,15 d. BEF 1743.15

            276.   xi    Elizabeth Burnham, b. 21 Aug 1743,15 d. 1767.[162]

            277.   xii    Abigail Burnham, b. 2 Jun 1745,15 d. 31 Mar 1836.[163]  She married 12 Mar 1767,163 Grover Dodge, b. 10 Mar 1744 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 (son of Nehemiah Dodge).

 

57.  David Burnham, (7.Elizabeth2, 1.Thomas1) b. 20 Oct 1688 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 2 Feb 1770.[164]  The following, taken from the Burnham Genealogy, is David's record of his family in his own words:   "July the 2 year 1711 Dauid Burnum & Elisabeth Perckings waas marred--and in june the Thurd ye 1712 my dagter Elisabeth was born and in june the 17 ye 1714 my Sun dauid was born and in the year 1715 upon desember the 28 my Dagter Sarah was born: in augerst the 31 year 1717: my :Dagter Abigaile ws born: and in the year 1719 in october my Sun wesly was born: and in desember the 7 year 1723 my Sun was born:--In the year 1740 j was maried the Second time on Orgerst the 18

       My sun jSaac was born in augerts the 31 year 1741

       My Sun joseph was born in jenvary the 3 year--1743

       My Sun willam was born in ougerst the 10 year 1746". He married (1) 3 Jul 1711 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[165] Elizabeth Perkins, b. 18 Mar 1689 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,165 (daughter of Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Sparks) d. 7 Dec 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.165  He married (2) 18 Aug 1740 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,34 Elizabeth Bartlett, b. 1703,34 d. 16 Oct 1794 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.34

                             Children by Elizabeth Perkins:

        +  278.   i      Elizabeth Burnham b. 3 Jun 1712.

        +  279.   ii     David Burnham b. 17 Jun 1714.

        +  280.   iii     Sarah Burnham b. 28 Dec 1715.

        +  281.   iv    Abigail Burnham b. 31 Aug 1717.

        +  282.   v     Wesley Burnham b. Oct 1719.

                             Children by Elizabeth Bartlett:

        +  283.   vi    Isaac Burnham b. 31 Aug 1741.

        +  284.   vii    Joseph Burnham b. 3 Jan 1743.

        +  285.   viii   William Burnham b. 10 Aug 1746.

 

60.  Benjamin Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 22 Mar 1670 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[166] d. 20 Nov 1717 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.166  Benjamin was a cordwainer until 1716, when he bought the Globe Tavern in Salem.  On 1 Nov 1716. Benjamin purchased the Tavern and the estate from the three ladies who owned it for £320.  Much of the estate, once owned by Gov. Bradstreet, was sold from time to time and thus the premises had been much reduced.  Benjamin continued the Tavern until his death. He married 10 Mar 1694 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[167] Ann Phippen, b. 19 May 1678 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,167 (daughter of David Phippen and Anne Cromwell) baptized 19 May 1678 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,167 d. AFT 1726.167  After the death of Benjamin, Ann married John Green.  Ann continued the running of the Globe Tavern for two years and then it was run by her husband until 1726 when she requested that her son Benjamin become the innkeeper.

                             Children:

            286.   i      Benjamin Ropes, b. 11 Feb 1695 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1 Mar 1695 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

            287.   ii     Hannah Ropes, b. 5 May 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 9 Oct 1703.

        +  288.   iii     Benjamin Ropes b. 24 Jan 1700.

            289.   iv    David Ropes, b. 7 Jan 1702, d. 14 Oct 1703.

            290.   v     David Ropes, b. 4 Sep 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1717.

        +  291.   vi    Thomas Ropes b. 15 Jul 1706.

            292.   vii    George Ropes, b. 15 May 1709 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, d. 19 Jul 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

            293.   viii   Ann Ropes, b. 5 Mar 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1717.

        +  294.   ix    Lydia Ropes b. 24 Oct 1713.

            295.   x     George Ropes, b. 24 Mar 1715 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  George removed to Marblehead in 1739 where he was employed as a cooper.  He was living in 1758. He married 20 Jan 1743, Rebecca Diamond.

 

61.  Lydia Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 26 Dec 1672 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.73  She married (1) Mar 1695 or 1696 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[168] Abraham Gale, b. 18 Nov 1666,168 (son of Bartholomew Gale and Mary Bacon). She married (2) 12 Oct 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,71 Thomas Wells,70 (See marriage to number 22). In 1703, animosity between the Maine settlements and the Native Americans reached the breaking point.  In a incident which would the beginning of open warfare between the colonists and Native Americans, Thomas' cabin was attacked while he was away.  "That morning, [August 10th, 1703] several parties of Indians had stolen out of the dismal woods behind the houses and farms of Wells, and approached different dwellings of the far-extended settlement at about the same time. They entered the cabin of Thomas Wells, where his wife lay in the pains of childbirth, and murdered her and her two small children. At the same time they killed Joseph Sayer, a neighbour of Wells, with all his family."   After the death of wife and children in the Indian raid, Thomas returned to Ipswich for a time, possibly aboard his brother's sloop "Adventere", which was reported to be in Black Point or Scarborough, ME when the Indians ambushed and killed the famous Indian Fighter, Richard Hunnewell along with 19 other settlers on 6 Oct 1703.

                             Children by Abraham Gale:

        +  296.   i      Edmund Gale b. 22 Jun 1696.

            297.   ii     Abraham Gale, b. 6 Sep 1697 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 baptized 29 Mar 1702 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.16

        +  298.   iii     William Gale b. 13 Aug 1699.

 

63.  John Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 13 Sep 1678 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[169] d. 1754.[170]  John was a cordwainer in Salem, MA. He married 6 Jun 1707 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[171] Dorothy Bartlett, b. 13 Aug 1689 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,171 (daughter of John Bartlett and Mary Rust) d. AFT 1733.171

                             Children:

        +  299.   i      John Ropes b. 27 Jul 1709.

            300.   ii     Jonathan Ropes, b. 27 Nov 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 19 Jan 1711 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

        +  301.   iii     Dorothy Ropes b. 17 Dec 1711.

            302.   iv    George Ropes, b. 20 Feb 1713 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. young.

        +  303.   v     Mary Ropes b. 25 Jul 1716.

        +  304.   vi    Jonathan Ropes b. 23 Dec 1718.

            305.   vii    Elizabeth Ropes, b. 12 Jun 1721 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. young.

 

64.  Abigail Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 26 Apr 1681 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[172] d. 16 May 1727 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.172  She married 21 Nov 1706 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[173] Richard Bartlett, b. 13 Feb 1680 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,173 (son of Samuel Bartlett and Elizabeth Titcomb) d. 3 Nov 1753 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.173

                             Children:

            306.   i      Enos Bartlett, b. 7 Feb 1707 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,15 d. May 1776 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[174]  He married 28 Jan 1730 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,174 Mary Ordway, b. 28 Apr 1708 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,174,15 (daughter of James Ordway and Sarah Clark).

        +  307.   ii     Benjamin Bartlett b. 21 Feb 1708.

        +  308.   iii     Abigail Bartlett b. 9 Sep 1710.

            309.   iv    Lydia Bartlett, b. 9 Apr 1712 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 23 Feb 1713 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.15,[175]

            310.   v     Josiah Bartlett, b. 18 Apr 1714 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  311.   vi    Lydia Bartlett b. 2 Jul 1715.

            312.   vii    Sarah Bartlett, b. 28 Sep 1717 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.15  She married 5 Feb 1754 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[176] Sargent Smith, b. 2 Nov 1715 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,176,15 (son of Benjamin Smith and Hannah ________).

            313.   viii   Nathaniel Bartlett, b. 13 Dec 1720 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  314.   ix    Elizabeth Bartlett b. 8 May 1722.

 

66.  Samuel Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 24 Jan 1687 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[177] d. 12 Oct 1761 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.177  Samuel, like many of his brothers, was a cordwainer. He married 12 Jan 1709 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[178] Lydia Neal, b. ABT 1690,178 (daughter of Joseph Neale and Judith Croad).

                             Children:

            315.   i      Lydia Ropes, b. 3 Dec 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 21 Jan 1711.

            316.   ii     Lydia Ropes, b. 23 Dec 1711 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 13 May 1780.  According to the History of Salem, MA, she was deranged.

            317.   iii     Samuel Ropes, b. 1 Sep 1714 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 9 Mar 1781.  Samuel was a cordwainer and merchant.  He had no children. He married (1) 7 Sep 1755,16 Jane Seymore.  He married (2) Mary Barbara.  Mary was the widow of Samuel Stone.

            318.   iv    Sarah Ropes, b. 7 Aug 1717 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  Sarah was living, unmarried, in 1762.

            319.   v     Joseph Ropes, b. 22 Oct 1719 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  History of Salem lists his death as before 1762, "a young man."

        +  320.   vi    Benjamin Ropes b. 1722.

 

68.  Nathaniel Ropes, (9.Lydia2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1692 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[179] baptized 12 Nov 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,179 d. 22 Oct 1752 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.179  Nathaniel was a cordwainer and shopkeeper. He married (1) 5 Sep 1717 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[180] Mary Flint, b. Sep 1694 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,180 (daughter of Thomas Flint and Elizabeth Johnson) baptized Sep 1694 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,180 d. 1721.  He married (2) 8 Oct 1724,38 Abigail Pickman, d. 1775.38

                             Children by Abigail Pickman:

        +  321.   i      Nathaniel Ropes, Hon. b. 20 May 1726.

 



Fourth Generation

 

70.  Edmund Potter, (11.Abigail3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 14 Jun 1683 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 14 Jan 1703 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Mercy Quarles, (daughter of Anthony Quarles) d. 1708.

                             Children:

        +  322.   i      Mercy Potter b. 28 May 1704.

 

71.  Nathaniel Potter, (11.Abigail3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. ABT 1686,15 d. 1754.[181]  Married 23 Sep 1710 in Essex, Essex Co., MA,[182] Hannah Patch, b. 1691,182 (daughter of James Patch and Sarah Balch) d. 1722.182

                             Children:

            323.   i      Mary Potter, b. 1717,[183] baptized 15 Sep 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,183 d. BEF 1754.183

        +  324.   ii     Elizabeth Potter b. 1717.

        +  325.   iii     Susanna Potter b. 18 Oct 1719.

        +  326.   iv    Nathaniel Potter b. 17 Dec 1721.

 

72.  Elizabeth Potter, (11.Abigail3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 Nov 1694 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1716.16  Married 6 Dec 1712 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, Nathaniel Dane, b. 27 Jun 1691 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 (son of John Dane and Abigail Warner) d. 1760.16  Nathaniel's father, John Dane,  was a witchcraft juror in 1692 and was a part of sending many victims to their punishment or death. With other members of that jury, including Henry Herrick II and Andrew Elliott, he later signed the abject apology and recantation for their mistaken act.

       After the death of Elizabeth, Nathaniel married Ann Low, and then later in 1732, Esther Kimball.

                             Children:

            327.   i      Nathaniel Dane, baptized 14 Oct 1714 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

            328.   ii     Elizabeth Dane, baptized 1 Apr 1716 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

 

74.  Richard Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 Aug 1691 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[184] d. 1760 in Windham, Windham Co., CT.184  About 1735, Richard removed to Norwich, New London Co., CT, and later to Windham, Windham Co., CT. Married 11 Feb 1715 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[185] Sarah Burley, b. 6 Oct 1698 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,185 (daughter of Andrew Burley and Mary Conant).

                             Children:

            329.   i      Sarah Kimball, b. 27 Jul 1718 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[186]  Sarah is possibly the Sarah Kimball who married Andrew Fink, son of Mark and Elizbeth Fink of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

            330.   ii     Mary Kimball, b. 18 Sep 1720 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[187] d. BEF 1729.

            331.   iii     Lydia Kimball, b. 1 Apr 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[188]

        +  332.   iv    Richard Kimball b. 8 May 1725.

        +  333.   v     Andrew Kimball b. 10 Dec 1727.

        +  334.   vi    Aaron Kimball b. 28 Feb 1729.

        +  335.   vii    Mary Kimball b. 1729.

            336.   viii   Lucy Kimball, b. 5 Apr 1733 in Norwich, New London Co., CT.[189]

            337.   ix    Hannah Kimball, b. ABT 1735.[190]

        +  338.   x     John Kimball b. 9 Aug 1735.

        +  339.   xi    Pelatiah Kimball b. 5 Jun 1739.

        +  340.   xii    Elizabeth Kimball b. 5 Jun 1744.

 

75.  Aaron Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 10 Jan 1692 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[191] d. 12 Feb 1729 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  Married 5 Feb 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[192] Elizabeth Ayer, b. 28 Jan 1687,192 (daughter of Joseph Ayres and Sarah Caldwell) d. BEF 11 Feb 1735 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

                             Children:

            341.   i      Aaron Kimball, b. 26 Apr 1718 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, d. 19 Nov 1731 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

        +  342.   ii     Richard Kimball b. 14 Mar 1719.

            343.   iii     Elizabeth Kimball, b. 3 Mar 1721 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 23 Aug 1728 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

        +  344.   iv    Sarah Kimball b. 29 Dec 1723.

            345.   v     Lydia Kimball, b. 13 Nov 1726 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  346.   vi    Benjamin Kimball b. 15 Dec 1728.

 

76.  Lydia Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 14 Sep 1694 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,49 d. ABT 1762.49  Married 19 Nov 1716 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[193] Stephen Kinsman, b. ABT 1688 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,193 (son of Thomas Kinsman and Elizabeth Burnham) d. 8 Dec 1756 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.193

                             Children:

        +  347.   i      Stephen Kinsman.

        +  348.   ii     Daniel Kinsman b. 1720.

        +  349.   iii     Jeremiah Kinsman b. 1725.

        +  350.   iv    Lydia Kinsman b. 1729.

 

77.  Mary Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 10 May 1699 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[194]  Married 21 May 1729 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[195] Moses Kimball, b. 6 Jan 1696 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,195 (son of Moses Kimball and Susanna Goodhue) d. 29 Jul 1793 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.195

                             Children:

        +  351.   i      Joseph Kimball b. 28 Feb 1730.

            352.   ii     Ebenezer Kimball, b. 11 Feb 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 10 Jul 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

 

78.  Nathaniel Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 11 May 1700 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[196] d. ABT 1786 in Norwich, New London Co., CT.196  Nathaniel was a farmer and a carpenter.  He resided a time in Ipswich, MA but removed before 1728 to Norwich, CT where he spent the remainder of his life. Married 3 Nov 1722 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[197] Elizabeth Rindge, b. 2 Sep 1701 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 (daughter of Isaac Rindge and Elizabeth Burnham).

                             Children:

        +  353.   i      Nathaniel Kimball b. 10 Mar 1724.

        +  354.   ii     Elizabeth Kimball b. 19 Dec 1728.

        +  355.   iii     Abigail Kimball b. 30 May 1731.

        +  356.   iv    Daniel Kimball b. 2 May 1734.

        +  357.   v     Keziah Kimball b. 15 May 1738.

        +  358.   vi    Tryphena Kimball b. 27 Apr 1740.

            359.   vii    Lydia Kimball, b. 29 Aug 1742 in Norwich, New London Co., CT.15

 

79.  Martha Kimball, (14.Lydia3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1 Feb 1701 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[198] d. 19 Oct 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  Martha died in "childbed". Married 4 Feb 1728 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[199] Edmund Head, b. 1701 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.199

                             Children:

            360.   i      ________ Head, b. 19 Oct 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 19 Oct 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

 

80.  Abigail Wells, (15.Nathaniel3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 12 Apr 1693 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[200]  Marriage intention 15 Jan 1715 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 John Yell, b. 20 Jan 1693 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 (son of John Yell and Joanna Smith).

                             Children:

        +  361.   i      Nathaniel Yell b. 16 Aug 1719.

        +  362.   ii     Pierce Yell b. 2 Sep 1722.

 

82.  Nathaniel Wells, (15.Nathaniel3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 24 Apr 1699 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[201] d. 7 Jun 1790 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[202]  Married 27 Jul 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[203] Sarah Kinsman, b. 23 Jun 1705 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,203 (daughter of Joseph Kinsman and Susannah Dutch) d. 5 Jul 1772 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.203

                             Children:

        +  363.   i      Sarah Wells.

            364.   ii     Mary Wells, b. 16 Jun 1728 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  365.   iii     Elizabeth Wells.

            366.   iv    Susanna Wells, baptized 3 May 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 13 Mar 1755 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Ephraim Smith.[204]

            367.   v     Lucy Wells, b. Jul 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[205] d. 3 Jul 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.205

            368.   vi    Lydia Wells, b. Jul 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 9 Jul 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[206]

        +  369.   vii    Nathaniel Wells b. 26 May 1734.

        +  370.   viii   Lydia Wells b. 15 Feb 1734.

        +  371.   ix    Abigail Wells b. 2 Apr 1737.

        +  372.   x     Hepsibah Wells.

        +  373.   xi    Simeon Wells b. 22 Aug 1742.

            374.   xii    Hannah Wells, baptized 4 Aug 1745 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

            375.   xiii   John Wells, b. 22 May 1748 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

 

83.  Moses Wells, (15.Nathaniel3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 16 Mar 1701 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[207]  Married 20 Nov 1724 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Eunice Kinsman, b. 23 Jun 1705 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, (daughter of Joseph Kinsman and Susannah Dutch).

                             Children:

            376.   i      John Wells, b. 12 Nov 1725 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  377.   ii     Moses Wells b. 21 Dec 1727.

            378.   iii     Bemsley Wells, b. 26 Apr 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 14 Apr 1770.[208]  Married 13 Dec 1759 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[209],15 Ruth ________.209  According to her marriage record, she was married previously to a Mr. Andrews.

            379.   iv    Joseph Wells, b. 18 Jun 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

        +  380.   v     Eunice Wells b. 1 Feb 1735.

        +  381.   vi    Lucy Wells b. 24 Jun 1739.

        +  382.   vii    Aaron Wells b. 10 Apr 1742.

 

84.  Sarah Wells, (15.Nathaniel3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 23 Jan 1703 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[210] d. 10 Sep 1778 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.210  Married 14 Mar 1724 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,[211] Nathaniel Kimball, b. 30 Nov 1699 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,211 (son of Samuel Kimball, Capt. and Elizabeth Fowler).

                             Children:

        +  383.   i      Nathaniel Kimball b. 4 Mar 1725.

        +  384.   ii     Elizabeth Kimball b. 18 Mar 1728.

            385.   iii     Sarah Kimball, b. 29 Jun 1731 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,[212] d. 10 Nov 1736 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.212

            386.   iv    Susan Kimball, b. 28 Dec 1734 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.[213]

        +  387.   v     Lucy Kimball b. 28 Dec 1734.

            388.   vi    Sarah Kimball, b. 15 Jan 1737 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,[214] d. 19 May 1760 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.[215]  Sarah is listed by many genealogies as the wife of Jacob Perkins of Wenham, MA.  However, the marriage record for Jacob on the Wenham records records his wife as Mrs. Sarah Kimball, indicating that Kimball was her married name not her maiden name.

        +  389.   vii    Asa Kimball b. 15 Jan 1738.

            390.   viii   Samuel Kimball, b. 28 May 1743 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,[216] d. 7 Dec 1744 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.216

            391.   ix    Margaret Kimball, b. AFT 1743 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA,[217] d. BEF 1775.217

 

85.  Daniel Wells, (15.Nathaniel3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 4 May 1709 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[218] d. 8 Apr 1790 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[219]  On his marriage intentions, Daniel is listed as David. Married 24 Mar 1729 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,215 Sarah Williams.

                             Children:

            392.   i      Mary Wells, b. 4 Jun 1732 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  It is still not clear whether it is this Mary or her cousin, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Kinsman) Wells which married Gideon Parker, but it an almost certainty that it is one of them.

            393.   ii     Daniel Wells, b. 27 Apr 1735 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 21 May 1735 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

            394.   iii     Sarah Wells, b. 9 May 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

            395.   iv    Margaret Wells, b. 3 Jan 1738 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

            396.   v     Lydia Wells, b. 12 Jun 1743 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

 

86.  Sarah Day, (16.Sarah3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 9 Jan 1692 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1 May 1716.[220]  Married 8 Jan 1712,[221] Jonathan Fellows, b. 28 Sep 1682 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,221 (son of Isaac Fellows and Joanna Boardman) d. 21 Jan 1753 in Kensington, Rockingham Co., NH.  Jonathan was a Deacon of the First Church in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  He was married four times with Sarah being his first.

                             Children:

            397.   i      Isaac Fellows, b. 6 May 1714 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[222] baptized 9 May 1714 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,222 d. 20 May 1717.222

            398.   ii     John Fellows, b. 25 Apr 1716 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[223] d. 18 May 1716.223

 

87.  Lydia Day, (16.Sarah3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 27 Oct 1694 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 16 May 1714 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Daniel Dane, (son of John Dane and Abigail Warner) d. 1730.34

                             Children:

        +  399.   i      Daniel Dane b. 29 Apr 1716.

            400.   ii     John Dane, baptized 18 Oct 1719 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 21 Jul 1793 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA.16  Married 27 Jan 1742 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Abigail Pool, b. 9 Mar 1724 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA,16 (daughter of John Pool and Abigail Ballard) d. 24 Aug 1804 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA.16

        +  401.   iii     May Dane.

            402.   iv    Nathan Dane, baptized 19 May 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1726 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[224]

        +  403.   v     Lydia Dane.

            404.   vi    Nathan Dane, baptized 26 Mar 1726 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 30 May 1751 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Sarah ________.

            405.   vii    Robert Dane, baptized 11 May 1729 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15

 

88.  John Day, (16.Sarah3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 27 Sep 1696 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 5 May 1722 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,15 Eunice Burnham, b. 12 Feb 1703 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[225] (daughter of Nathaniel Burnham and Eunice Kinsman).

                             Children:

            406.   i      John Day, b. 7 Apr 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,224 d. 26 Apr 1723 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.224

            407.   ii     John Day, b. 29 Mar 1724 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,224 d. 13 Apr 1724 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.224

        +  408.   iii     Abner Day b. 1725.

            409.   iv    John Day, b. 17 Sep 1727 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,224 d. 31 Mar 1730 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.224

        +  410.   v     Sarah Day b. 26 Oct 1729.

        +  411.   vi    Benjamin Day b. 18 Nov 1733.

            412.   vii    Nathaniel Day, b. 21 Feb 1740 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.224

 

89.  Nathaniel Day, (16.Sarah3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 5 Dec 1700 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[226] d. 1 Feb 1739 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.226  Married 7 Jun 1728 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,226 Elizabeth Dennis, b. 25 Aug 1704, (daughter of John Dennis and Lydia White) d. 28 Mar 1772, buried in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

 

Grave 4.  Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Dennis) Day

       In Memory of

       Mr Nathaniel Day

       who died Feby 1st;

       A.D. 1740

       in the 40th year

       of his

       age.

       In Memory of Mrs

       Elisabeth Day

       Relict of Mr

       Nathaniel Day

       who died March

       28th A.D. 1772, in

       the 68th year of

       her age.

 

       "Unactive in the damp and gloomy Grave"

       Beneath this stone, to worms a prey, we sleep

       Unconscious of the world, & all her woes.

                             Children:

        +  413.   i      Elizabeth Day b. Feb 1729.

 

90.  John Wells, (17.Thomas3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 18 Apr 1696 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[227]  (1) He married Abigail ________.  (2) Married 20 Nov 1725 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Mary Phillips, b. ABT 1704 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

                             Children by Abigail ________:

            414.   i      John Wells, b. 22 Jul 1717 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. BEF 1726.16

                             Children by Mary Phillips:

            415.   ii     John Wells, b. 9 Oct 1726 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 14 Mar 1727.16

        +  416.   iii     Mary Wells b. 6 Jul 1729.

 

95.  David Wells, (17.Thomas3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 24 Apr 1708 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.[228]  Marriage intention 16 Oct 1731 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Elizabeth Wilcomb, b. 9 Oct 1712 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 (daughter of Richard Wilcomb and Elizabeth Hodgkins).

                             Children:

            417.   i      Sarah Wells, b. 17 May 1741 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. BEF 1744.16

        +  418.   ii     Sarah Wells b. 6 Jan 1744.

            419.   iii     David Wells, b. 4 Jun 1749 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  Married 24 Aug 1775 in Newburyport, Essex Co., MA, Margaret Currier, b. 14 Oct 1755 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA, (daughter of John Currier and Mary Wells).

            420.   iv    Richard Wells, b. 31 Aug 1755 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

 

96.  Thomas Wells, (17.Thomas3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1713,[229] baptized 28 Jun 1713 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.229  Married 12 Mar 1736 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Sarah Start, b. ABT 1715.

                             Children:

            421.   i      John Wells, b. 4 Nov 1739 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

        +  422.   ii     Jonathan Wells b. 20 Dec 1741.

            423.   iii     Hannah Wells, b. 15 Jul 1744 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  Hannah is listed by some genealogies as the wife of John Friend of Wentham, MA.  However, the intentions recorded in Wentham state the bride-to-be as "Mrs. Hannah Wells."

            424.   iv    William Wells, b. 8 Mar 1746 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. BEF 1749.16

            425.   v     William Wells, b. 9 Apr 1749 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  Married 16 Jul 1770 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 Hannah ________.  In her marriage intentions, she is called Mrs. Hannah Mansfield.

            426.   vi    Dudley Wells, b. 29 Sep 1751 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16  Married 29 Sep 1774 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA,16 Rebecca Morgan, b. 14 May 1755 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA,16 (daughter of Josiah Morgan and Hannah Standley).

            427.   vii    Sarah Wells, b. 27 Apr 1755 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

            428.   viii   Elizabeth Wells, b. 22 May 1757 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

 

99.  Nathaniel Hart, (18.Elizabeth3, 2.Nathaniel2, 1.Thomas1) b. 8 Jul 1704 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 1758.  (1) He married Elizabeth Perkins, b. ABT 1705.[230]  (2) Married 20 Sep 1729,230 Abigail Lord, b. ABT 1709,230 d. 17 Aug 1736.[231]  (3) Married 13 Aug 1737 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,230 Sarah Caldwell, b. 3 Sep 1707 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 (daughter of Dillingham Caldwell and Mary Hart) d. 10 Feb 1788.[232]

                             Children by Elizabeth Perkins:

        +  429.   i      Constant Hart b. 14 Jul 1728.

                             Children by Sarah Caldwell:

            430.   ii     Mary Hart, b. 1738 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.16

            431.   iii     Sarah Hart, b. 1740 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 16 Jan 1805.16

 

100.  Nathaniel Clarke, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 Sep 1692 in Wells, York Co., ME,[233] d. BEF    Jul 1784 in Wells, York Co., ME.  Married 15 Jun 1715 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,233 Martha Treadwell, b. 1692 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA,[234] (daughter of Nathaniel Treadwell and Rebecca Titcomb) d. 1740 in Wells, York Co., ME.  Martha died after giving birth to Seth, possibly from complications of the delivery.

                             Children:

        +  432.   i      Lemuel Clark b. 4 May 1716.

        +  433.   ii     Nathaniel Clarke b. 11 Jun 1718.

        +  434.   iii     Mary Clarke b. 6 Mar 1721.

            435.   iv    Benjamin Clark, b. 7 Oct 1723 in Wells, York Co., ME.[235]

            436.   v     Isaac Clark, b. 26 Aug 1725 in Wells, York Co., ME,[236] d. 4 Aug 1736 in Wells, York Co., ME.236

            437.   vi    Sarah Clarke, b. 24 Sep 1727 in Wells, York Co., ME,[237] baptized 1 Oct 1727 in Wells, York Co., ME.237  Married 18 Nov 1749 in Wells, York Co., ME,[238] Daniel Goodwin, b. 25 Dec 1727 in South Berwick, York Co., ME,238,15 (son of Thomas Goodwin and Elizabeth Abbott).

            438.   vii    Patience Clark, b. 10 May 1730 in Wells, York Co., ME,[239] d. 6 Jul 1736 in Wells, York Co., ME.239

            439.   viii   Roxanne Clarke, b. 10 May 1730 in Wells, York Co., ME.[240]

            440.   ix    Susanna Clarke, b. 15 Jun 1732 in Wells, York Co., ME,[241] d. 8 Aug 1736 in Wells, York Co., ME.241

            441.   x     Abigail Clarke, b. 13 Jun 1734 in Wells, York Co., ME,[242] baptized 23 Jun 1734 in Wells, York Co., ME.242  Married 25 Dec 1760 in Wells, York Co., ME,[243] Ephraim Downs, b. ABT 1730 in Arundel, York Co., ME,243 (son of Ebenezer Downs and Sarah Hansom).

        +  442.   xi    Benaiah Clarke b. 1735 or 1736.

        +  443.   xii    Adam Clark b. 28 Mar 1737.

            444.   xiii   Seth Clark, b. 2 Sep 1740 in Wells, York Co., ME.[244]

 

101.  Sarah Clark, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1693 in Wells, York Co., ME.[245]  Married 2 Aug 1715 in York Co., ME,[246] Henry Burton, b. ABT 1690 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA,246 (son of Isaac Burton and Hannah ________) baptized 23 Aug 1702 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA,246 d. Feb 1717.246

                             Children:

        +  445.   i      Rebecca Burton b. ABT 1717.

 

104.  Eleazer Clarke, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 30 Dec 1699 in Wells, York Co., ME,[247] baptized 7 Sep 1707 in Wells, York Co., ME,247 d. BEF 1755 in York Co., ME.247  Married 6 Jul 1727 in Oyster River, Strafford Co., NH,[248] Elizabeth Thompson, b. ABT 1700 in Oyster River, Strafford Co., NH,248 (daughter of John Thompson and Sarah Woodman).

                             Children:

        +  446.   i      Eleazer Clarke b. 13 Nov 1728.

            447.   ii     Joseph Clarke, b. 16 Jun 1730 in Wells, York Co., ME,[249] d. 5 Sep 1730 in Wells, York Co., ME.249

            448.   iii     Joseph Clarke, b. 29 Nov 1731 in Wells, York Co., ME,[250] d. 11 Mar 1740 in Wells, York Co., ME.250

        +  449.   iv    Joshua Clarke b. 12 Aug 1733.

        +  450.   v     Elizabeth Clarke b. 27 Jul 1735.

        +  451.   vi    Jonathan Clarke b. 4 May 1737.

        +  452.   vii    John Clarke b. 7 Mar 1739.

        +  453.   viii   Josiah Clarke b. 26 Oct 1741.

            454.   ix    Timothy Clarke, b. 22 Oct 1743 in Wells, York Co., ME,[251] d. 7 Nov 1743 in Wells, York Co., ME.251

            455.   x     Esther Clarke, b. 11 Nov 1744 in Wells, York Co., ME,[252] baptized 18 Nov 1744 in Wells, York Co., ME,252 d. 5 Dec 1744 in Wells, York Co., ME.252

            456.   xi    Patience Clarke, b. 27 Oct 1746 in Wells, York Co., ME,[253] baptized 6 Nov 1746 in Wells, York Co., ME.253

        +  457.   xii    Hannah Clarke b. 14 Aug 1748.

            458.   xiii   Elizabeth Clarke, b. 27 Feb 1755 in Wells, York Co., ME.[254]

 

105.  James Clark, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 12 Sep 1702 in Wells, York Co., ME,[255] baptized 12 Sep 1702 in Wells, York Co., ME,255 d. Jun 1746 in Biddeford, York Co., ME.[256]  James and Sarah were living in Biddeford, ME in 1741. Married 6 Nov 1728 in Wells, York Co., ME,[257] Sarah Littlefield, b. Sep 1711 in Wells, York Co., ME,257 (daughter of Josiah Littlefield and Elizabeth Hilton) baptized 30 Sep 1711 in Wells, York Co., ME,257 d. AFT 1741 in Biddeford, York Co., ME.257

                             Children:

            459.   i      James Clark, b. ABT 1740 in Biddeford, York Co., ME.[258],240  Married 10 Jun 1765 in Biddeford, York Co., ME,240 Hannah Whittier, b. in Biddeford, York Co., ME.240

            460.   ii     Mary Clark, b. 19 Dec 1742,[259] baptized 19 Dec 1742 in Biddeford, York Co., ME.259

            461.   iii     Joseph Clark, b. 15 Jun 1746 in Biddeford, York Co., ME,[260] baptized 15 Jun 1746 in Biddeford, York Co., ME.260

 

106.  Samuel Clarke, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 2 Apr 1703 in Wells, York Co., ME,61 baptized 7 Sep 1707 in Wells, York Co., ME,61 d. AFT 1768 in Wells, York Co., ME.61  Married 26 Dec 1728 in Wells, York Co., ME,61 Lydia Wells, b. 29 May 1709 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[261] (daughter of Thomas Wells and Lydia Ropes) d. AFT 1768.261

                             Children:

        +  462.   i      Samuel Clarke b. 8 Apr 1730.

        +  463.   ii     Daniel Clarke b. 21 Apr 1733.

            464.   iii     Abraham Clarke, b. 8 Mar 1735 in Wells, York Co., ME,[262] buried in Monmouth, Kennebec Co., ME.240  He married Betty Jones, b. 22 Jul 1739 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA,262,15 (daughter of Elisha Jones and Sarah Hyland).

            465.   iv    Isaac Clarke, b. 13 Feb 1737 in Wells, York Co., ME.[263]

            466.   v     Aaron Clarke, b. 13 Mar 1739 in Wells, York Co., ME,[264] d. AFT 1800 in Wells, York Co., ME.

        +  467.   vi    Eli Clarke b. 16 Jul 1743.

            468.   vii    Mary Clarke, b. 10 Dec 1745 in Wells, York Co., ME.[265]

            469.   viii   Joseph Clarke, b. 19 Aug 1747 in Wells, York Co., ME,[266] d. 2 Sep 1747 in Wells, York Co., ME.266

            470.   ix    Betty Clarke, b. 25 Oct 1748 in Wells, York Co., ME.263

 

109.  Esther Clark, (20.Patience3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 1711 in Wells, York Co., ME,[267] d. AFT 1782.267  Married 5 Jun 1731 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[268] Isaac Southwick, b. 23 Sep 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,268 (son of John Southwick and Hannah Black) d. ABT May 1780.268  Isaac was a husbandman and lived in the Danvers part of Salem.  According to the Salem, MA records, Issac purchased land from Abraham Loge on 5 Apr 1729.   He later sold a portion of it to Jonathan Boyce on 22 Apr 1742, and another portion on 20 May 1767 to Joseph Southwick Jr., tanner.

                             Children:

        +  471.   i      Isaac Southwick b. 1732.

            472.   ii     Nathaniel Southwick, b. 1734 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 baptized 17 May 1738 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1803.16

            473.   iii     Esther Southwick, b. 1736 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 baptized 15 Jun 1740 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[269]  Esther is reported to have married James Torrey in 1772 and had one child.  However, it more probable that it was Esther, daughter of Joseph Southwick of Falmouth, ME that married James Torrey.

            474.   iv    John Southwick, b. 1738 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 baptized 6 May 1744 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[270] d. 1810.16  Married 25 Jul 1766 in Lynn, Essex Co., MA,16 Phebe Jeffery.

        +  475.   v     Susanna Southwick b. 1740.

            476.   vi    Benjamin Southwick, b. 1742 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1784.[271]

 

110.  Mary Wells, (21.John3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 22 Nov 1697 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.[272]  Mary is called Mary in her father's will in 1748, but in 1723, she calls herself Ruth when she resigned her "right of dower" in land her husband traded. Married 29 Jul 1718 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA,[273],15 Henry Maddock, b. 19 Oct 1698 in Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA,273 (son of John Maddocks and Ruth Church) d. AFT 17 Jun 1723 in Wells, York Co., ME.[274]  Henry was mentioned in the will of his great-uncle, Palsgrave Wellington in 1715.  Henry served from 22 Aug to 27 Nov 1722 in Col. John Wheelwright's Co. as "sentinnel in His Majesties Forces" and again in 1723 and 1724.  In 1721 he sold 60 acres of land on the north branch of Little Run to Daniel Low.  Henry Maddocks of Wells, taylor, traded land with Joseph Day of Wells, husbandman on 19 Feb. 1732/3. The lot consisted of 4 acres, 68 rods of meadow in Wells which was part of a grant of 12 acres made to John Wells of Wells, deceased "conveyed to me by my Hond Father John Wells & lies on a Brook which runs through Eleazer Clarks & Samuel Clarks Marsh & empties it self into Mousam River... I Ruth the Wife of the sd Henry Maddocks do hereby resign... my Right of Dower."   The will of John Wells of Wells, 10 May 1748, names his beloved daughter Mary Maddock, grandson John Maddock, grandson Palsgrave Maddock, granddaughter Mary Pike, and granddaughter Sarah. Each received £50.

                             Children:

            477.   i      John Maddocks, baptized 20 Mar 1719,[275] d. young.

            478.   ii     John Maddock, b. 21 May 1725 in Wells, York Co., ME, baptized 15 Jul 1728 in Wells, York Co., ME.[276]  Married 22 Aug 1747 in Wells, York Co., ME, Sarah Kimball.

            479.   iii     Ruth Maddocks, b. 17 Mar 1728 in Wells, York Co., ME, baptized 15 Jul 1728.[277]

            480.   iv    Mary Maddocks, baptized 15 Jul 1728.[278]

        +  481.   v     Palsgrave Maddock b. 7 Mar 1733.

        +  482.   vi    Sarah Maddock b. 1735.

 

111.  John Wells, (21.John3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. ABT 1699 in Wells, York Co., ME,[279] d. 1776 in Wells, York Co., ME.[280],[281]  John was a blacksmith.  His will was dated 31 Mar 1776 and proved 29 Oct 1776. (1) Married 25 May 1725,[282] Mary Young, b. ABT 1700 in York, York Co., ME,282 (daughter of Job Young) d. BEF 1733.282  (2) Married 11 Oct 1733 in Wells, York Co., ME,[283] Deborah Stover, b. 14 Apr 1717, (daughter of Dependence Stover and Mary Young).

                             Children by Mary Young:

            483.   i      Lydia Wells, b. 22 Jan 1727 in York, York Co., ME.282

            484.   ii     Job Wells, b. 17 Jan 1729 in York, York Co., ME.282

                             Children by Deborah Stover:

        +  485.   iii     John Wells b. 7 Oct 1736.

            486.   iv    Samuel Wells, b. 18 Oct 1738,282 d. BEF 1742.282

            487.   v     Susanna Wells, b. 7 Nov 1740.282

        +  488.   vi    Samuel Wells b. 14 Oct 1742.

            489.   vii    Daniel Wells, b. 14 Oct 1745.282

        +  490.   viii   Dependence Wells b. ABT 1747.

            491.   ix    Hannah Wells, b. ABT 1749.282

            492.   x     Mary Wells, b. ABT 1751.282

 

112.  Hannah Wells, (21.John3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. ABT 1701.[284]  Hannah was mentioned in his father's will, which provides the name of her husband and son. Married 12 Apr 1729 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA, Thomas Goodwin, b. 5 Aug 1699 in Berwick, York Co., ME,16 (son of James Goodwin and Sarah Thompson) d. 3 Apr 1769.16  Goodwin in his genealogy states that Thomas was probably the son of Daniel of Kittery although his evidence is lacking. The more recent genealogy by the Goodwin Family Association states that he was the son of James of Berwick. It seems much more likely that he was connected with the Newbury Goodwins as he and Hannah Wells were married there. There is also a question as to the parentage of Samuel & Mary Goodwin of Wells. They are placed as children of Thomas & Hannah as they were the only Goodwins who were living in Wells who could possibly be their parents however the following deed puts this relationship in doubt unless Samuel was born after 1744: "I John Wells of Wells... In Consideration of the Love I bear to Thomas Goodwin Junr A minor my grand Son the only Son of my Belovd Daughter Hannah Goodwin wife of Thomas Goodwin of said Wells, Last maker Have given... Twenty Acres of Land... in Wells... upon the northerly side of Little River... Twenty Seventh Day of Janry Anno Domini 1743/4"

        

            "I John Wells of Wells... in Consideration of the Paternal Love I bear unto my beloved Son in Law Thomas Goodwin of said Wells last Maker & to my beloved Daughtr Hannah Wife of the sd Goodwin Have given... unto them... Fourteen Acres of Land... & Salt Marsh... in Wells... below the High Way about One Rod to the Eastward of the Farm Bridge... to the North West Corner of the Barn lately Erected by the sd Thomas Goodwin near the House he now Dwells in... to the said Line between Nathl. Clarks Land & mine... to the Corner where sd Clarkes Land & mine Joyn with Joshua Wells's Land... leaving the Point of Upland that leads to my Mill on Little River... this Twenty Seventh Day of January Anno Domini 1743/4".

                             Children:

        +  493.   i      Thomas Goodwin b. 1733.

 

116.  Nathaniel Wells, (22.Thomas3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 21 Aug 1705 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,70,[285] d. Jul 1776 in Wells, York Co., ME.70,285  Married 26 May 1736,282 Dorothy Light, b. 1716 in Exeter, Rockingham Co., NH,282 (daughter of John Light and Hannah Lord) d. AFT 23 Jul 1776.282  Dorothy was of Exeter, MA.

                             Children:

        +  494.   i      Dorothy Wells b. 28 Nov 1737.

        +  495.   ii     Nathaniel Wells b. 28 Oct 1740.

        +  496.   iii     Robert S. Wells b. 6 Feb 1743.

            497.   iv    Martha Wells, b. 29 May 1745 in Wells, York Co., ME.[286]

        +  498.   v     John Light Wells b. 29 Nov 1747.

            499.   vi    Ebenezer Wells, b. 13 Nov 1750 in Wells, York Co., ME,[287] d. young.

 

117.  Joshua Wells, (22.Thomas3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 Mar 1707 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.[288]  Joshua was a tanner and a farmer. Married 25 Dec 1729 in Wells, York Co., ME,[289] marriage intention 29 Nov 1729 in Wells, York Co., ME, Meribah Littlefield, b. BEF 1710,289 (daughter of David Littlefield and Mary Hill) baptized 1710 in Wells, York Co., ME,289 d. AFT 1737.289

                             Children:

        +  500.   i      Joseph Wells b. 26 Dec 1730.

        +  501.   ii     Sarah Wells b. 9 Sep 1732.

        +  502.   iii     Lydia Wells b. 26 Apr 1734.

        +  503.   iv    Thomas Wells b. 10 Jan 1735.

            504.   v     Meribah Wells, b. 9 Dec 1737 in Wells, York Co., ME.289,[290]

            505.   vi    Jonathan Wells, b. 23 Apr 1739 in Wells, York Co., ME.289,290  Jonathan drowned while bathing.

            506.   vii    Nathan Wells, b. 19 Jul 1741 in Wells, York Co., ME.289,290

        +  507.   viii   Mary Wells b. 1743.

            508.   ix    Benaiah Wells, b. 1745 in Wells, York Co., ME,289 baptized 12 May 1745 in Wells, York Co., ME.290

            509.   x     William Wells, baptized 3 Mar 1746.290

        +  510.   xi    Elizabeth Wells b. 1748.

 

118.  Lydia Wells, (22.Thomas3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) (See marriage to number 106.)

 

120.  Hannah Sibley, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 17 May 1696 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 8 Nov 1729 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.76  Married 4 Dec 1712 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 Batt Moulton, b. 4 Jul 1688 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 (son of William Moulton and Abigail Webster) d. 1750 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.  After Hannah's death, Batt married Jemina George and had five more children.

                             Children:

            511.   i      Hannah Moulton, b. 23 Mar 1714 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. ABT 1750.16

            512.   ii     Daniel Moulton, b. 21 Nov 1715 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 1770.16

            513.   iii     Abigail Moulton, b. 16 Nov 1717 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. ABT 1755.16

            514.   iv    Sarah Moulton, b. 19 Nov 1719 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. ABT 1758.16

            515.   v     Jonathan Moulton, b. 19 Nov 1720 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. BEF 1722.16

            516.   vi    Jonathan Moulton, b. 17 May 1722 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 5 Sep 1735.16

        +  517.   vii    Lydia Moulton b. 1 Oct 1726.

            518.   viii   Lois Moulton, b. 21 Jul 1728 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. BEF 1732.

 

121.  Sarah Sibley, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 27 Mar 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.76  Married 19 Dec 1719 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 Edward Emery, b. 10 Nov 1694 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 (son of Jonathan Emery and Mary Woodman) d. 1756 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.16  Edward removed to Contoocook, NH in 1733. He was an active, influential citizen, and took a prominent part in all affairs of the plantation.

         During the peace which followed the first outbreak of hostilities with the Indians, Mr. Emery, thinking to obtain his venison near at hand, on the favorite haunts of the deer, erected a house on land at the foot of Corser hill. It stood on the south side of the road, near the brook running to Couch pond. It was, after Thomas Cook's cabin, the first house erected in what is now known as Webster. Mr. Emery was occupying it at the time of the second Indian outbreak, but moved his family to the fort the day before the Indians made their appearance in the vicinity.  It was rifled by the Indians. There is no evidence that Mr. Emery ever reoccupied it.

         He was one of the most influential citizens, and his name frequently appears in the records as one often selected to transact public business. In 1756 he accompanied Ezekiel Flanders to Newfound Lake to hunt beaver, where both were killed by Indians.

                             Children:

        +  519.   i      Sarah Emery b. 5 Nov 1720.

        +  520.   ii     Samuel Emery b. 14 Dec 1722.

        +  521.   iii     William Emery b. 6 Jan 1724.

        +  522.   iv    Mary Emery b. 6 Aug 1727.

            523.   v     Anthony Emery, b. 6 Dec 1730 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 20 Dec 1730 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.16

            524.   vi    David Emery, b. 9 May 1732 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 21 Jan 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.16

            525.   vii    David Emery, b. Aug 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 7 Aug 1737 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.16

            526.   viii   Edward Emery, b. 10 Mar 1739 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.16

 

122.  Jonathan Sibley, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 25 Nov 1701 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,76 d. 18 Dec 1779 in Poplin, NH.[291]  Jonathan received 4 pounds from the estate of his grandfather, John Wells.  Jonathan Sibley was probably taken to Newbury by his mother after she married John Sawyer. He lived Amesbury in 1723 and in Newbury in 1726-1730. Afterward, he settled in Stratham, N.H., where he was a farmer and a maker of chairs and wooden heels. The fill where he lived is called Sibley Hill, and the inhabitants often gathered pond lilies from roots which he planted in a small stream nearby. Many amusing, and some ridiculous, stories were told of him. It was once said that he whipped his beer barrel because it worked on Sunday and his cat because she caught a mouse when he was a prayers. He traded his farm for one at Poplin, N.H., but died shortly thereafter. He was one of the proprietors of Meredith, N.H. His second wife was an ardent Christian and had great influence on her husband as he became childish. She was almost 101 years old at her death and had been a pauper for 27 years.

        

            From The Ancestry, Life and Times of Hon Henry Hastings Sibley, LLD., Archelaus and Pliny, Ferederick and Oliver, Luther and Calvin. “True to their environment, heredity, and genealogy, some curious stories are told by the Sibleys, reflecting no more the color of the times than the individuality of the persons, impossible to be of neutral hue. …The roots of pond lilies, planted by another, in Union, send forth their stalks and bloom to this day. The same love of beauty, however, was not without its sterner side. It is a well-authenticated fact that the very man who planted these lily roots, Jonathan Sibley, fourth son of Samuel and Sarah Sibley of Sutton, "whipped his beer barrel because it workded on Saunday, and his cat becaus she caught a mouse when he was a prayers."  While nothing is recorded as to what punishment was inflicted on those who frequented the pigot or examined the bung, on the first day of the week, it is a breath of comfort, in our modern days of agitation upon the temperance question, to know that the original  Pilgrims and children of the Puritans gave to the "beer barrel," at least, a sound trouncing for its Sunday transgressions, and that even mice were not exempt from accountability to Colonial Laws.” Married 27 Nov 1730,16 Hannah Goodridge, b. in Salem, Essex Co., MA.291  One source records her birth as  1 Feb 1712, but I a skeptical of this date as there are three different Hannah Goodridges who could possibly be the wife of Jonathan.  Further research is needed to determine her actual ancestry and birth.

                             Children:

            527.   i      Abigail Sibley, b. 6 Oct 1731 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH.16

            528.   ii     Hannah Sibley, b. 2 Apr 1734 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH,16 d. 7 Mar 1736.16

            529.   iii     Jonathan Sibley, b. 8 Mar 1736 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH,16 d. 11 Oct 1742.16

            530.   iv    Hannah Sibley, b. 4 Feb 1738 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH,16 d. 27 Sep 1742.16

            531.   v     Daniel Sibley, b. 16 Mar 1740 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH,16 d. 15 Oct 1742.16

        +  532.   vi    Anna Sibley b. 3 May 1742.

            533.   vii    Molly Sibley, b. 2 Jul 1744 in Stratham, Rockingham Co., NH,16 d. 9 Jan 1828.16

        +  534.   viii   Jacob Sibley b. 18 May 1746.

        +  535.   ix    Samuel Sibley b. 23 Feb 1751.

 

124.  Samuel Sibley, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 5 May 1705 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,16 d. 1749 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.16  Samuel Sibley was a butcher and cordwainer. His will, dated 9 May 1749 and proved 17 July 1749, made his brother-in-law, John Ropes, his executor. There was a saying in Salem regarding Samuel Sibley- Sibley's meat, "Like Sibley's beef, never so fat never so lean, see for yourself," which he was accustomed to use in commendation of his provisions. There was also another saying at the time, "Like Sibley's beef, all fat but the bones and they are full of marrow."

         . Married 2 Mar 1727 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA, Meribah Bartlett, b. 29 Nov 1706 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,16 (daughter of Nathaniel Bartlett and Meribah Littlefield).

                             Children:

            536.   i      John Sibley.  John was living in the spring of 1749, he is presumed to have died young.

            537.   ii     Nathaniel Sibley.  Nathaniel was living in the spring of 1749, he is presumed to have died young.

            538.   iii     Samuel Sibley.  Samuel was living in the spring of 1749, he is presumed to have died young.

        +  539.   iv    Sarah Sibley b. 10 Dec 1734.

        +  540.   v     Littlefield Sibley b. 1739.

        +  541.   vi    William Sibley b. ABT 1740.

        +  542.   vii    Susannah Sibley.

        +  543.   viii   Hannah Sibley b. 1741.

            544.   ix    Eunice Sibley, baptized 7 Oct 1744 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[292]

            545.   x     Priscilla Sibley, b. 1744 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[293] baptized 7 Oct 1744 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,293 d. 1749.[294]

            546.   xi    Mary Sibley, b. 1747, baptized 6 Sep 1747 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[295]  She married Elisha Odlin.294

 

126.  Eunice Sawyer, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 21 Jan 1714 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[296] d. 29 Jul 1803 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH.  Several earlier genealogies listed the date of death of Eunice (Sawyer) Woodman as January 2, 1804. The date of her death, in the Bible of her grandson, Rev. Joshua Woodman of Cornville, Maine, is July 29, 1803. Married Mar 1735 or 1736 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[297] Joshua Woodman, b. 8 Jun 1708 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,297 (son of Archelaus Woodman and Hannah Swett) d. 4 Apr 1791 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,297 census 1790 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH, (see note 1). Joshua, known in many family genealogies as "Joshua of Kingston," is listed as a veteran of the Revolutionary War in "Graves of Revolutionary Patriots," Vol 4, by Patricia Law Hatcher. He is also listed in the DAR Patriots Index of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

           

            Shortly after his marriage in 1736, Joshua, who learned the trade of blacksmith early in life while living on his father's farm in Newbury, removed to Kingston in the Province of New Hampshire. By deed dated December 7, 1736, Joshua "of Kingston, Blacksmith," purchased 20 acres, "more or Less," from Samuel Bean. This land was located on the north side of the Powwow River, on "the highway that leadeth to Trickling Falls Mill," now the Powwow River Road (Rte. 107A) between Kingston and East Kingston. It was here, about one and a half miles from the center of town, that Joshua built his homestead and raised his family. This original homestead was destroyed by fire in the mid 1850's while being occupied by Samuel Elihu Woodman, great-grandson of Joshua. This land became the site of the James Bakie Farm.

        

            Joshua's blacksmith shop was situated across the highway from his homestead, on land since reclaimed by nature. In his shop he toiled many long hard hours, aided by his sons and his son's sons. Samuel, 4th son of Joshua, learned the trade and continued to operate the shop long after the death of his father. Kingston, during this time, was to become the leading carriage making community north of Boston.

           

            During his lifetime, Joshua added to his original purchase and eventually owned a farm of considerable size. He also purchased many additional tracts of land, later to be handed down to his children. In 1751 he purchased from Tristram Sanborn, 12 acres in the town of Kingston; in 1763, from Charles Byles, 380 acres in Stevenstown (now Salisbury, New Hampshire); in 1764, from Joseph Marstan, 60 acres in Stevenstown; in 1769, from Benjamin Sanborn, 36 acres in Kingston; in 1770, from Jacob Hook, 40 acres in Sandown, New Hampshire. Several of these deeds were witnessed and signed by Josiah Bartlett, first member of the Continental Congress in 1776 to vote for, and the second to sign, the "Declaration of Independence."

        

            The will of Joshua Woodman, written January 27, 1789, provided amply for his wife Eunice, and left legacies to each of his children. The residue of his estate, which included his homestead and blacksmith shop, was bequeathed to his son, Lieut. Samuel Woodman, who remained at home and continued to operate the shop.

        

            Joshua rached the age of 82 years, his wife Eunice, the age of 88 years, and they left a family of twelve, who reached an average life span of 83 years. Their grandchildren number 116; 80 of the Woodman name. Writing about the family of Joshua, in his genealogy of 1856, Jabez H. Woodman stated: "it affords the most remarkable specimen of an OCTOGENARIAN FAMILY that has ever come under our immediate inspection. - Can another instance of the kind that shall equal this, be shown from an authentic record -- ?".

                             Children:

        +  547.   i      Joshua Woodman b. 14 Dec 1736.

        +  548.   ii     Eunice Woodman b. 18 May 1738.

        +  549.   iii     John Woodman b. 24 Apr 1740.

            550.   iv    Moses Woodman, b. 1742 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,[298] d. 23 Sep 1742 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH.298

        +  551.   v     Moses Woodman b. 25 Mar 1743.

        +  552.   vi    Samuel Woodman b. 19 Nov 1744.

        +  553.   vii    Jonathan Woodman b. 25 Jul 1746.

        +  554.   viii   David Woodman b. 4 Dec 1747.

        +  555.   ix    Joseph Woodman b. 27 Mar 1749.

        +  556.   x     Hannah Woodman b. 8 Oct 1750.

        +  557.   xi    Sarah Woodman b. 28 Jun 1752.

        +  558.   xii    Mary Woodman b. 30 Mar 1755.

            559.   xiii   Elizabeth Woodman, b. 1756, baptized 4 Dec 1756 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,298 d. 1 Sep 1758 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH.298

            560.   xiv   Dolly Woodman, b. 1758,298 d. 24 Aug 1758 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH.298

        +  561.   xv   Benjamin Woodman b. 18 Oct 1759.

 

127.  Lois Sawyer, (23.Sarah3, 3.John2, 1.Thomas1) b. 21 Jul 1718 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[299] d. 1799.299  Married in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,[300] William Calef, b. 17 Jul 1706 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA,300 (son of John Calef and Deborah King) d. 5 Mar 1784 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,300 buried in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH.300

                             Children:

            562.   i      William Calef, b. 26 Oct 1737 in Newbury, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 16 Nov 1759 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH,[301] Ann Rowell, b. 28 May 1738 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA,301 (daughter of William Rowell and Elizabeth Challis).

        +  563.   ii     Lois Calef b. 4 Jan 1739.

            564.   iii     Samuel Calef, b. 7 Feb 1741 in Kingston, Plymouth Co., MA.15

        +  565.   iv    Joseph Calef b. 12 Dec 1742.

        +  566.   v     Lydia Calef b. 30 Jul 1745.

        +  567.   vi    Sarah Calef b. 15 Sep 1749.

            568.   vii    Mary Calef, b. 20 Apr 1752 in Kingston, Plymouth Co., MA,15 d. BEF 1758.

            569.   viii   Hannah Calef, b. 29 Sep 1754 in Kingston, Plymouth Co., MA.15

        +  570.   ix    Mary Calef b. 22 Sep 1758.

        +  571.   x     Dorothy Calef b. 20 Jun 1762.

 

129.  Joshua Ward, (28.Sarah3, 4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 15 Aug 1699 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 29 Dec 1779 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[302]  Deacon Joshua Ward was a tanner and resided in Salem, MA. (1) Married 27 Sep 1722 in Marblehead, Essex Co., MA,15 marriage intention 17 Sep 1722 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 Sarah Trevett, b. 1701, (daughter of Richard Trevet and Martha Jackson) baptized 22 Feb 1701 in Marblehead, Essex Co., MA,[303] d. BEF 1745.  (2) Married 21 Jan 1745 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, Lydia Burrill, b. ABT 1710, d. 25 Apr 1772.  Lydia was the widow of John Hawkes of Marblehead, MA. (3) He married Ruth Riggs, b. 16 Feb 1712 in Gloucester, Essex Co., MA, (daughter of John Riggs and Ruth Wheeler) d. 5 Jun 1787 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.[304]  Ruth was the widow of Adam Wellman and Dea. Ezekiel Woodward III.

                             Children by Sarah Trevett:

            572.   i      Joshua Ward, b. 13 Mar 1723 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1746 at sea.38  Married 2 May 1743 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA,16 Susanna Showers.  After the death of Joshua, Susanna married Capt. William Masury.

            573.   ii     Daniel Ward, b. 25 Oct 1725 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 1746 at sea.38

        +  574.   iii     John Ward b. 21 Jun 1729.

            575.   iv    Sarah Ward, b. 16 Aug 1733 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. 18 Jul 1737 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.38

            576.   v     Martha Ward, b. 29 May 1735 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,38 d. 27 Nov 1736 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.38

            577.   vi    Martha Ward, b. 14 Jun 1737 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,38 baptized 19 Jun 1737 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.15  Married 21 Nov 1754 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,38 William Webster.

        +  578.   vii    Richard Ward b. 5 Apr 1741.

                             Children by Lydia Burrill:

            579.   viii   Burrill Ward, b. 29 Aug 1747 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,38 baptized 30 Aug 1747,15 d. 28 Feb 1748 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.38

 

131.  Miles Ward, (28.Sarah3, 4.Sarah2, 1.Thomas1) b. 18 Apr 1704 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 d. Jun 1792,16 census 1790 in Salem, Essex Co., MA, (see note 2). Miles was a prosperous fish dealer and general merchant from Salem, Massachusetts. He began his working career in the 1720s as a joiner and in the 1730s he expanded his activities to trading and by 1740 he was involved in the shipping business. All of his vessels combined fishing with the coasting trade to Maryland and Virginia, and overseas voyages to Europe and the West Indies.

         Three account books of Miles' are owned by the Essex Institute.  These account books, 1745-1754, 1753-1764, and 1765-1777, show the history of fishing vessels and the relationships between merchant and individual fishermen over an extended period. (1) Married 3 Jan 1727 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,15 Elizabeth Webb, b. 27 Dec 1709 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[305] (daughter of John Webb and Elizabeth Phippen) d. 13 Apr 1737.82  (2) Married 10 Oct 1737 in Salem, Essex Co., MA,[306] Hannah Derby, b. 1705 in Southold, Suffolk Co., NY,82 (daughter of Samuel Derby and Hannah Young) d. 28 Oct 1796 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.306