Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.
192 Samuel FITCH9, 5G Grandfather. Born on 4 Mar 1673/4. Died on 4 Apr 1742.
Stearns9 reports the following details of Samuel Fitch's life: "In addition to the estate of his father, he received from his maternal grandfather, Job Lane, one-fourth of the Winthrop farm, upon which he settled at the time of his marriage. (See Hazen's Billerica, and Brown's Bedford.) This farm was in Billerica, and in the incorporation of Bedford, 1729, it was included in the new town. His children were born in Billerica, but those who remained upon the paternal acres were residents of Bedford. He was a soldier in the Indian War, 1706; and many of his sons and grandsons were soldiers in the French and Indian War or in the Revolution. He was town clerk and selectman, and through life an intelligent and useful citizen."
He married Elizabeth WALKER9, 5G Grandmother, on 20 Mar 1695.
195 Mary SIMONDS28,4, 5G Grandmother. Born on 15 Dec 1684 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Died bef 12 Mar 1759.
196 William LAKIN37, 5G Grandfather. Born on 6 May 1655 in Reading, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 18 Mar 1735.
According to Manning19 this William Lakin is often confused with his first cousin William, the son of Ensign John Lakin (d. 21 Mar 1697). Shattuck's Memorials23 makes this mistake. Manning provides the following documentation to clarify the matter: "5. WILLIAM4 LAKIN (William3, William2, William1) was born 6 May 1655. For two generations he has been widely called the son of John3, not of William3; hence the evidence will be given in detail. First, William and John, brothers, each had a son William, one of whom died in 1672, 'aged about nine years,' while the other, the subject of this sketch, lived to old age. Secondly, in deed vol. 18, p. 279, in 1697, John called his son Joseph his 'eldest' son, proving that his child William was then deceased, but the subject of this sketch lived until 1735. Thirdly, in the settlement of the estate of William, in 1718, his 'eldest' son is given as William. Fourthly, in 1688 William Lakin and William Lakin, Jr., signed a note which was the cause of a lawsuit in 1711[original footnote: "Inferior Court, Green v. Lakin."], at which time the older signer was dead. A clause in the note is: 'And William Lakin, Jr., do bind myself with my father' to pay the debt, and then follow the signatures of both men. Fifthly, in 1723 'William Lakin, Sr.,' the subject of this sketch, sells land by deed vol. 32, p. 501, 'being part of the 20 acre right which belonged to his father, William Lakin, deceased,' and in deed vol. 34, p. 25, he calls Abraham and Jonathan Lakin his 'brothers.' He always lived in Groton. As early as 1730 he was blind.[original footnote: "Court of Sessions."] He married at Chelmsford, 4 Jan. 1685, ELIZABETH ROBERTSON (also spelled Robyson and Robinson), daughter of James and Elizabeth (Farnsworth), born at Groton 3 Oct. 1668. She was living 1 May 1753.[original footnote: "Inferior Court for 1753, Lakin v. Lakin."] William died 18 Mar. 1735. In his later years he conveyed various lots of his extensive land holdings to certain of his children, the homestead being deeded to Thomas 12 Apr. 1733. On the same day, the latter gave a bond [original footnote: "Ibid. for 1752, Lakin v. Lakin."] to maintain his parents while they survived, and himself to live in the same house." Manning continues with an account of William and Elizabeth (Robertson) Lakin's children.
He married Elizabeth ROBERTSON19, 5G Grandmother, on 4 Jan 1685/6 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.37
197 Elizabeth ROBERTSON19, 5G Grandmother. Born on 3 Oct 1668 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died aft 1 May 1753.
Elizabeth Robertson's surname is also spelled Robyson and Robinson.
198 Nathaniel PARKER23,38, 5G Grandfather. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 6 Jul 1716.
According to Shattuck's Memorials23: "(5.) NATHANIEL PARKER, s. of Joseph, (4) d. in Groton, July 6, 1716. He owned a large real estate in the vicinity of Babatasset Falls, appraised at �305, which was divided among the heirs in 1731. His brother Benjamin was administrator and guardian of his children, (Probate Records.) His widow LYDIA _____, m. 2, Feb. 10, 1718, Capt. Josiah Sawtell of Lancaster." A list of the six children of Nathaniel and Lydia follows.
203 Mary RICHARDS4, 5G Grandmother. Born on 15 May 1680 in Lexington, Massachusetts. Died in Lexington, Massachusetts, on 16 May 1765.
204 Ephraim SAWTELL38,10, 5G Grandfather. Born abt 1685 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died on 8 Oct 1768. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts.33
According to Kellogg and Threlfall38, "9. EPHRAIM3 SAWTELL (Obadiah2, Richard1) was born about 1685; died 8 Oct 1768 in his 83rd year, per gravestone at Groton (V.R.). By deed of 8 Jan. 1711/12, Obadiah Satle gave land to 'my dear and well beloved son Ephraim Satle, weaver,' thus providing proof of Ephraim's parentage. Wife Hanna concurred in the conveyance (Middlesex County Deeds, 17: 214). On 10 April 1713 at Concord (V.R.), Ephraim married ABIGAIL FARNSWORTH, daughter of John. She was born 17 Oct. 1687 at Groton, and died there 4 Dec. 1753 (V.R.). He married, secondly, 15 March 1755 at Groton (V.R.), HANNAH (FARWELL) GILSON, widow of Eleazer and daughter of Joseph. She died testate on 15 March 1762, ae. 60-10-9, per gravestone (ibid.). He married, thirdly, 30 Sept. 1762, MRS. HANNAH PARKER (Middlesex County Probate, Nos. 19957, 19959). In his will, Ephraim mentions daughters Eunis Farnsworth, Sarah Farwell (deceased), Hannah Lawrence, sons Uriah, Amos and John. Ephraim was called captain and was an early settler at Townsend, Mass., organized in 1732. He was moderator at several meetings of the proprietors. His house and land were on the north side of Harbor Pond, and he is described as 'strictly puritanical in his views and acts.' (Ithamar B. Sawtelle, History of the Town of Townsend, 1878, p. 61)."
Skeate gives Ephraim's place of death as Townsend; Kellogg and Threlfall do not specify place of death, but give place of burial as Groton.
Full data on Ephraim's children still to be entered from Kellogg & Threlfall part II.
He married Abigail FARNSWORTH38,10, 5G Grandmother, on 10 Apr 1713 in Concord, Massachusetts.
205 Abigail FARNSWORTH38,10, 5G Grandmother. Born on 17 Oct 1687 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died on 4 Dec 1753. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts.33
206 Jonas FLETCHER10,41, 5G Grandfather. Born on 25 Dec 1694 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Died in Dec 1777. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts (Old Burying Ground).33
Skeate identifies the wife of Jonas Fletcher as Ruth Fletcher. The marriage date she gives for the couple (28 May 1751) cannot be correct if Elizabeth is their child. Email correspondents identify only one Jonas, who was the son of Joshua, and who m Elizabeth and had dau Elizabeth b 21 Oct 1723 at Chelmsford (although this is a bit off for the estimated birthdate of daughter Elizabeth); they have nothing on a Ruth. I am inclined to believe that Skeate is in error with respect to Ruth; I am following Jonas as the son of Joshua. More work is needed here.
211 Zerviah FROST4, 5G Grandmother. Born on 20 Mar 1719 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on 8 Apr 1807.
212 Robert/Robard HENRY11, 5G Grandfather. Born in Ireland/Scotland. Died in Leicester, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, in 1748.11 Immigrated bef 1728.
"The Henry family of Worcester county is descended from several Scotch emigrants who came with the early Scotch-Irish immigrants to Middlesex and Worcester counties. We find Robert Henry in Leicester as early as 1728, when he bought a farm there; he married (intentions, March 7, 1730–31) Charity Tomson and they had: 1. Robert married (intentions January 12, 1765) Susannah Young, born in Worcester, October 9, 1741, daughter of William and Mary Young, and sister of Robert Young, who owned the farm at Leicester on which they lived; Washburn says that Robert Henry, Jr., removed to Charlestown, New Hampshire; he was living in Leicester in 1782; he had seven children. 2. Captain William, born 1735, died December 27, 1813, at Barre, aged seventy-eight years; married, April 17, 1760, Margaret Wilson. 3. Adam, married, July 3, 1766, Mary Willson, of Barre." (Vol. 4, p 171 in: Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County (Ellery Bicknell Crane, ed.), New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907.)
"ROBERT1 HENRY was perhaps one of the signers of the Shute petition and came with the Scotch-Irish colonists in 1718. Some of them settled in Leicester, where the first record of Robert is found. He bought land there, in 1728, adjoining Daniel Denny. Intention of marriage to Charity Ash Thomson was published Mar. 7, 1730/1, but the marriage was recorded in Sudbury, Apr. 24, 1731.... In one branch of the family a tradition is recorded that Robert was born in Scotland and came to America after a short sojourn in Ireland; that he intended to settle in Virginia, where he had brothers living, but by some misunderstanding, was landed in Massachusetts, and settled in Leicester. He died in Leicester, in 1748, and Charity died in Rutland in 1809. Their children were all born in Leicester."11
He married Charity Ash THOMSON11, 5G Grandmother, on 24 Apr 1731 in Sudbury, Massachusetts.11,42
213 Charity Ash THOMSON11, 5G Grandmother. Born in Ireland. Died in Rutland, Massachusetts, in 1809.11 Immigrated bef 1731.
"She had come from Londonderry, Ireland, passage pre-paid, to marry Robert Henry, but the captain of the ship wrongfully claimed that her passage money had not been paid, and put her out to service. In some manner Robert learned of it, rescued his promised bride, and had the captain duly punished."11
"It is said that Robert Henry, the grandfather of Mr. D. [William Duncan], sent to Londonderry, in Ireland, by one Capt. Ramsey, for Miss Charity Ash Thompson, who was his destined bride. The captain, on arriving at Boston, although he had received his passage money, sold the young woman to service, pretending he had received no pay. After a time, the news reached the ears of Mr. Henry, the expected wife was found, and the perfidious commander did not escape punishment." (Eaton, Francis Brown. 1852. History of Candia [New Hampshire]: Once Known as Charmingfare. Manchester, N.H.: Press of the Granite Farmer. Pg. 66.)
214 William YOUNG11,21, 5G Grandfather. Born in 1714 in Taughboyne, Donegal, Ireland. Died in Worcester, Massachusetts, on 7 Jul 1795.43 Immigrated on 4 Aug 1718 to Boston.
"William Young, (1714-1795), was president of the Committee of Correspondence of Worcester county, 1774, and, 1776, he was elected magistrate with power to restore order and maintain law. He was born in Ireland and died in Worcester." (DAR Lineage Book #17970, ancestry of Helen Eliza Nye Rupp, including her descent from William Young)
This is William Young the noted gravestone carver: "the Thistle-Carver of Tatnuck." See Forbes for an extensive discussion of his life and work.43 More than 200 Worcester County gravestones carved by William Young are included in the Farber Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com/farber/
If the immigration date of 4 Aug 1718 is correct, he arrived on either the Robert or the William from Coleraine on the north coast of Ireland. Both ships were carrying immigrants primarily from the Bann River region. For background on the Scots-Irish Presbyterian immigration of 1718 see http://www.1718migration.org.uk
He married Jean (Jane) FOSTER11,21, 5G Grandmother, in 1735 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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