Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.
384 Samuel FITCH9, 6G Grandfather. Born on 6 Mar 1644/5. Died in 1684.
Samuel Fitch "was a farmer in Reading. A facsimile of his signature is found in the REGISTER, Vol. ii., page 234."9 According to Eaton's Reading,51 in 1666 the town of Reading ordered "'that the "Great Swamp," and all other Swamps that are wett and fitt to make meadow, shall be (divided) quantity and quality considered, to every man, according to each man's proportion.' Names of the inhabitants that drew land in the 'Division of the Great Swamp,' with their minister rates in the preceeding year" included Samuel Fitch. Further,51 in 1677 the town of Reading "ordered and agreed 'that all the privileges of land, timber, and commons shall belong unto the present houses, now erected, and to no other, that shall be erected hereafter.' There was at this time, already erected, fifty-nine houses" one of which was owned by Samuel Fitch.
Eaton also reports51 that "It appears that the towne of Reading purchased of the Indians the territory of Reading some years prior to this date , for the sum of about ten pounds; but it had not been paid for. This year an assessment was laid to pay the money; and...a 'coppie of A Rate made to be payd in money, to be payd to the Indians for the purches of the town's land'" included Samuel Fitch, assessed at 10d. In 1692, according to Eaton51, "there was another general Division of lands, on the Easterly and Westerly sides of the town. The list of the names of the Drawers..., with their respective minister taxes, for the purpose of showing who were residents of the town at this date, and their relative pecuniary reputation," included Samuel Fitch, assessed at 16s. 7d.
Only one of Samual Fitch's children, his first child Samuel, survived beyond infancy, and this son was orphaned when he was about 10. "In his will [Samuel Fitch] commits his only surviving child, Samuel, to the care of Robert Avery, who married a sister of his first wife."9
He married Sarah LANE9, 6G Grandmother, on 23 Apr 1673.
386 Joseph WALKER52, 6G Grandfather. Born on 10 Oct 1645 in Reading, Massachusetts. Died in Billerica, Massachusetts, in Jul 1729.
Notes taken by RJO in Amherst from J.B.R. Walker (1861: 404) identify the children of Joseph and Sarah (Wyman) Walker as: Joseph b1670, Joseph b1673, Sarah b1675, Elizabeth b1677/8 (m. Samuel Fitch), and Hannah b1679. This differs almost completely from the children included here from the Wyman website, and requires further investigation.
He married Sarah WYMAN53,52, 6G Grandmother, on 15 Dec 1669 in Billerica, Massachusetts.
387 Sarah WYMAN53,52, 6G Grandmother. Born on 15 Apr 1650 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Died in Billerica, Massachusetts, on 26 Jan 1728/9.
388 George GRIMES54,28, 6G Grandfather. Born abt 1640. Died in Lexington, Massachusetts, on 28 Jul 1716.4 Of Lexington, Massachusetts. Of Billerica, Massachusetts. Of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Immigrated in 1673 from Nevis.
Wyman's Charlestown54 provides the following information (with square brackets in the original): "GRIMES George 1. Billerica &c.; ae. 35, 1684; m. Elizabeth Blanchard  15 (2) 1675, who was living 1710. Arrived from Nevis, a. 16 mo. prior to Aug. 26, 1674; living at Goodman Tufts, Mystic side. Had money from his sister living at Mr. Howard's in Chas. -- counterfeit money passed by Joseph Blanchard (per Court record). Issue. -- William, and perhaps Ruth, who m. James Tufts."
"He served in King Philip's War, in Capt. Samuel Moseley's company in 1675, and is also credited with service under the same captain, 29 Feb. 1675-76."28
Some sources identify two William Grimes as sons of George and Elizabeth Grimes. The second William, b. 28 Jun 1679, seems to be a copying error for Elizabeth, born on that date; it is cited in the Billerica VR as an "M.C." record, meaning it is found only in the derivative Middlesex County transcript, and not in the original town records.28
He married Elizabeth BLANCHARD54,28, 6G Grandmother, on 15 Apr 1675.
There is some question as to whether this Elizabeth is the daughter of George Blanchard (as Wyman reports), or whether she was the daughter of a John Blanchard. This requires further investigation. (See Hills Family Genealogical & Historican Association, 12th Annual Report, Boston, 1906, p. 9.)
390 Joseph SIMONDS4, 6G Grandfather. Born on 18 Oct 1652 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Died in Lexington, Massachusetts, on 12 Aug 1733.
391 Mary TIDD4, 6G Grandmother. Born on 13 Nov 1656 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 4 Jan 1732.
392 Lieut. William LAKIN37, 6G Grandfather. Born abt 10 Jun 1623 in England. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 22 Feb 1700/1. Immigrated abt 1644.
Lieut. William Lakin and his brother Ens. John Lakin, both original proprietors of Groton, Massachusetts, emigrated to New England with their mother Mary and stepfather William Martin about 1644. Richardson in 199537 published a comprehensive study of their English origins which supersedes all earlier work on that subject, much of which was confused, and Manning in 190919 reported on William and John's descendants.
According to Richardson, this William Lakin "was born in England about 10 June 1623. He died at Groton, Massachusetts, on 22 February 1700/1 (VR, 2: 238). By the terms of his father's will, he was to receive his inheritance at the age of 23. He apparently reached this age on or about 10 June 1646, at which time he gave a receipt for �20 to his stepfather, William Martin, this being payment for a legacy owed to him from his late father, William Lakin Sr., estate. A 1623 birth date for William is supported by a deposition given by him in 1694, at which time he was reportedly 70 years old (or born about 1624) (NEHGR 63 : 319)."37
According to Butler's History of Groton18 the brothers Lieut. William and Ens. John Lakin "each had a twenty acre right, as original proprietors of Groton. William's house lot was on both sides of the road leading to Hawtree-meadow, (probably Chicopee row, or somewhere in that direction,) and John's was at Nod. John also had ninety acres at the 'sledges,' [Butler's footnote: "This word seems to signify strips of meadow, or parcels of low lands, abounding in iron ore."] afterwards the homestead of David Green. From these two militia officers, it is believed, sprung all the families of Lakins in this and the neighboring towns."
He married Lydia BROWN55, 6G Grandmother, by 1649 in Reading, Massachusetts.55
395 Elizabeth FARNSWORTH19,33, 6G Grandmother. Born abt 1647. Died on 22 Dec 1729.
396 Joseph PARKER23,33, 6G Grandfather. Born on 30 Mar 1653 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Died abt 1725.
According to Shattuck's Memorials23: "(4.) JOSEPH PARKER, probably the only surviving s. of Joseph, b. March 30, 1653, (stated above,) was first an inhabitant of Dunstable, where he succeeded his father as constable in 1683, but was subsequently considered as of Groton, where he d. about 1725, leaving a large estate. He m. 1, ELIZABETH _____. He m. 2, Nov. 19, 1684, HANNAH BLOOD. The names of 3 of his children by his first, and 4 by his second wife (who survived him and administered on his estate,) have been ascertained" and are listed by Shattuck. Green's Epitaphs33 reports substantially the same information.
But on what basis does Shattuck identify Hannah as Hannah Blood? Who were her parents? Butler lists her only as Hannah _____ (and provides a somewhat different listing of Joseph Parker's children from Shattuck). Some data to be entered from Torrey, who has no clearer information on Joseph Parker's wives.
398 James NUTTING56, 6G Grandfather. Born on 30 Jun 1653 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1732.
The Nutting Genealogy56 reports that James Nutting was born at "Woburn, 1653. At Chelmsford and Groton with his parents until the attack. At Concord during the dispersion, but returned to Groton, and later removed to his lands west of the River, in what became Pepperell. m (at Groton, or perhaps recorded during the dispersion) Lydia _____."
He married Lydia LONGLEY57, 6G Grandmother, on 15 May 1672 in ? Groton, Massachusetts.57
400 Samuel DAVIS29, 6G Grandfather. Born abt 1640. Died aft 1714. Buried in Concord, Massachusetts. on 21 Mar 1689/90. Of Concord, Massachusetts. Occupation: husbandman, yeoman.
Horace Davis writing in 188129 reports that Samuel Davis "settled in that part of Concord which afterward became Bedford, and his homestead is owned by his descendants to-day. He is my lineal ancestor, and I visited his farm on the back road from Concord to Bedford, about three miles from Concord, on the edge of the river meadow. A well is there which he is said to have dug. Mr. Benjamin J. Davis, the owner of the property, kindly loaned me some ancient deeds, dating from 1694 to 1712, and containing signatures of Samuel Davis and some of his family. From these I learned that he was still living March 15, 1714, and had already settled upon his sons most of his land during his own lifetime. His name sometimes appears on the Concord records, but he took little part in public affairs. In his deeds he styles himself husbandman and yeoman. The date of his death and place of burial are unknown."
There is confusion in the literature over which of Samuel Davis' daughters, Mercy or Mary, married John Stearns on 26 Apr 1699. Here I follow Horace Davis, who says daughter Mercy died as an infant, and Mary married John Stearns.29 Other sources48 say John Stearns married a Mercy Davis, but give the same birthdate for Mercy as is given here for Mary.
He married Mary MEDDOWES29, 6G Grandmother, on 11 Jan 1665/6 in Lynn, Massachusetts.29
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