889 Hannah VERIN, 7G Grandmother. Born in 1655 in Beverly, Massachusetts. Died on 7 Mar 1738/9.
890 Edward DODGE13, 7G Grandfather. Died on 13 Feb 1727. Will dated on 17 Feb 1714/5. Will proved on 20 Mar 1727.
According to the Dodge Genealogy,13 Edward Dodge "died 13th February, 1727; married Mary, daughter of William Haskell of Gloucester, 30th April, 1673. She died _____, 1737. Edward and Joseph2 were joint executors of the estate of their father, Richard, and appear to have lived on the best of terms with each other and their other relatives, in the quiet possession of the farms which they inherited jointly, and divided amicably.
"Edward's will was dated 17th February, 1714-15; filed 20th March, 1727; mentions wife Mary, sons Edward, Mark and Jonathan, daughters of Mary Woodbury, Edith Wood, Ruth Balch, Ellenor and Hannah. Edward and Mark were made executors, and were to take care of their mother, Mary. Edward, like his father and many of his relatives, was often chosen to town offices such as constable and collector of taxes, grand juryman, trial juryman, surveyor of highways, one of the selectmen, and member of various committees charges with some special duty. The diligence of Hon. John I. Baker has brought to light twenty-four such instances now on record. That he was of a kindly disposition was shown by his living many years with only a verbal agreement with his brother Joseph about the division of their real estate, and that only six years after reducing that agreement to writing he conveyed his house and buildings and about two-thirds of his land to his own sons, Edward and Mark, to be held jointly until they chose to divide it." A list of their children follows.
He married Mary HASKELL13, 7G Grandmother, on 30 Apr 1673.
896 Nathaniel WOODS8,32, 7G Grandfather. Born on 27 Mar 1668 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 20 Jun 1738. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts (Old Burying Ground).33
Skeate8 gives Nathaniel Woods' birthdate as 25 Mar 1667, but Green33 gives 27 Mar 1668. H. E. Woods32 gives 25 March 1667/8. Green transcribes Nathaniel's gravestone as follows: "HERE LIED BURIED | YE BODY OF | MR NATHANAEL | WOODS WHO | DECD JUNE YE | 20TH ANNO 1738 | IN YE 71ST YEAR | OF HIS AGE".
The assignment of Nathaniel Woods' children to his first two wives is not clearly established. Skeate84 writes: "There is considerable confusion about 'Eleanor', called in Woods Fam. Gen. by Henry Wood[s] as mother of first 10 chi, though Butler in Hist. of Groton and Whitney Gen. say Alice was first wife. One way to explain this would be if Eleanor Whitney, Alice's sister, were first wife of Nathaniel Woods. Whitney Gen. says Eleanor Whitney married Samuel Shepard. Since it is unknown what the origin was for this information, this is a problem not easily solved. There are no rec. of either marriage."
H. E. Woods' provides this account: "4. NATHANIEL2 WOODS (Samuel1), born at Groton 25 Mar. 1667-8, died there 20 June 1738.
"He married four times: first ELEANOR _____; secondly ALICE _____, born about 1673-4, died 10 Jan. 1717-18 in her 45th year; thirdly, 3 July 1721, SARAH BROWN, born at Sudbury, Mass., 20 May 1680, died at Groton 3 Mar. 1724-5, daughter of Jabez and Deborah (Haines) of Sudbury and Stow, Mass.; and fourthly, 14 Sept. 1725, MRS. MARY (BLANCHARD) DERBYSHIRE, who survived him, daughter of John of Dunstable, and widow of John of Groton." In the list of children that follow, the first ten (Nathaniel through Rueben; Woods omits Alice) are assigned to Nathaniel Woods' first wife, Eleanor; the last two (Phebe and Jonathan; Woods omits Mary) are assigned to wife Alice.
He married Alice WHITNEY8, 7G Grandmother, abt 1691.
897 Alice WHITNEY8, 7G Grandmother. Born abt 1672 in Groton, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 10 Jan 1717/8. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts (Old Burying Ground).33
The parentage of Alice (Whitney) Woods given here is based on Skeate.8 I have not yet found her parentage given in other sources.
Green33 transcribes Alice Woods' gravestone as follows: "[Death's Head.] | Here Lyes ye Body | of Mrs Alice Woods | Wife to Mr Nathaniel | Woods; Who Decd | Janry ye 10,th 1717/8, in ye | 45th year of Her Age". According to Green it is the sixth-oldest stone in Groton's Old Burying Ground.
898 John STEVENS, 7G Grandfather. Born abt 1668.
The parents of this John Stevens are established on the basis of http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~radbud/gedpages/fam00771.htm. Apparently there were two marriages of brothers and sisters between the Stevens and Snow families: in the first John Stevens married Sarah Snow, and in the other Sarah Stevens married John Snow.
He married Sarah SNOW, 7G Grandmother, on 17 Jan 1692/3.
906 John SHATTUCK23, 7G Grandfather. Born on 4 Jun 1666 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 8 May 1709.
Shattuck's Memorials23 provides the following information on the life of John Shattuck: "10. JOHN SHATTUCK, son of John, (p. 71,) was b. in Watertown, June 4, 1666, and was killed by the Indians, in Groton, May 8, 1709, ae. 42 y. 11 m. 4 d. He was a farmer, and occupied the homestead, which had before belonged to his father-in-law, [p. 78] James Blood, and which, after his death, was set off to the widow, as her portion of the real estate, and by her sold to Mr. Shattuck. It was situated on the 'Nod Road,' so called, which runs north-easterly from the Stony-Ford-Way at Hollingsworth's paper-mills. The Shattucks and Bloods owned large tracts of land on both sides of Nashua River, in the vicinity of these mills. At the time of Mr. Shattuck's death he was one of the selectmen of Groton -- an evidence of the respectibility of his social standing.
"Few persons, now-a-days, can have an accurate conception of the toil, suffering, and danger endured by the early settlers of our frontier New England towns. The workmen as they went forth to their labors were not sure of returning again in safety to their homes, or, if they did, that they should find the loved ones they left there alive. The tomahawk, scalping-knife, and other deadly weapons, were in the hands of foes whose approach was often invisible, and when they were least expected. Groton, a town in Middlesex County, about forty miles northwesterly from Boston -- which has ever been the residence of some of our family or their connections -- was particularly unfortunate in this respect. It was first settled in 1660, but on the 13th March, 1676, was burnt by the Indians; and such of its inhabitants as escaped death or captivity were compelled to abandon their estates, and seek protection in Concord, Watertown, and other older and more secure towns nearer Boston. In 1678, after the cessation of hostilities, Groton was resettled, and the Indian neighbors remained peaceable for several years. But about 1690 they again began to be troublesome, and for the subsequent fifteen or twenty years continued their depredations, by occasionally murdering the inhabitants, burning their houses, destroying their crops, or killing their cattle. In 1691, as a means of protection and safety, eight houses, in different parts of the town, were fortified and established as garrisons.* [original footnote: "*The author of this work communicated to Caleb Butler, Esq. an account of these garrisons and a considerable amount of other information, published in his History of Groton."] Into these houses the neighboring inhabitants gathered at night; and they were guarded by armed men as soldiers, ever wakeful as sentinels to warn the inmates of any approach of danger. One of these houses, situated in what is now the fifth School District, (the precise locality is not known) was occupied by Mr. Shattuck and his relatives and neighbors; [p. 79] and they seem to have experienced with most crushing force the calamities of the times.
"Sept. 13, 1692 [the text here reads Oct. 13, but this is corrected on p. 385 to Sept. 13], James Blood, father-in-law of Mr. Shattuck, was the first victim. 'He was killed,' says the record, 'by the French and Indian enemy.'
"July 27, 1694, William Longley, -- an uncle of Mrs. Shattuck, -- his wife and several of his children, were killed, and three others of the family were carried into captivity. At the same time James Parker, Jr., a distant relative, and his wife and children, were killed or captured.
"Enoch Lawrence, the step-father of Mr. Shattuck, in an engagement with the Indians, was wounded in the hand, and disabled for life. In consequence of which, in 1702, a pension of �3 per annum was granted him by the Province.
"About 1706, three of the children of Thomas Tarbell -- John, Zachariah, and Sarah, cousins of Mrs. Shattuck, -- were stolen and carried to Canada, where they lived, it is said, the remainder of their lives. Their father, in his will, executed in 1715, makes them the residuary legatees of his estate, 'upon their return from captivity.'
"The period of 1690 to 1710, might well be called the Reign of Terror, and the Dark Age of New England. The inhabitants of Groton became so much wearied out and impoverished, that they petitioned the government several times for relief. In one of these petitions, dated in 1703, the people say: 'we spend so much time in watching and warding that we can do little else; and truly we have lived almost two years more like soldiers than otherwise.' In another, dated July 9, 1707, the selectmen name several families that had been obliged to leave the town, and others 'that are considering of going,' being 'unable to subsist any longer,' on account of the Indian troubles. Among the latter were the three brothers, -- John, William, and Samuel Shattuck, -- and twenty others of their connections and neighbors, some of whom did actually remove, either for a temporary period or permanently. John Shattuck, however, remained. But on the 8th of May, 1709, two years afterwards, he and his eldest son, then in his 19th year, were both murdered by the Indians. Tradition says that this massacre occurred while they were crossing the Nashua River, in the vicinity of the Stony-Ford-[p. 80]Way, near Hollingsworth's mills, on the return of Mr. Shattuck from his lands on the west side of the river.
"The deaths by accident and violence in two successive generations in this branch of the family, prematurely removing two worthy and respectable men, fathers and protecting guardians of their children, were great calamities, and materially affected their condition, their fortunes, and their history. And these calamities were magnified by the times, and under the circumstances existing when they occurred. If these fathers had lived to the ordinary age of their kindred, how much could they have done for their families!
"Mr. Shattuck m. MARY BLOOD, b. Sept. 1, 1672, dau. of James Blood and Elizabeth Longley, and granddau. of Richard Blood and Wm. Longley. [A long footnote on the Longley family appears here.] She remained a widow 47 years, and d. March 4, [p. 81] 1756, ae. 83 y. 6 m. 3 d. Her husband joined the church in 1707, and she in 1721. He died leaving her, as his own father had left his own mother, at a dark and perilous period, to rear and provide for a large family of young Children, the youngest not then three months old. To her heroic virtues, and to her excellence as a woman and a mother, her posterity owe a large debt of gratitude."
He married Mary BLOOD47, 7G Grandmother, abt 1690.47
907 Mary BLOOD47, 7G Grandmother. Born on 1 Sep 1672. Died on 4 Mar 1756.
Shattuck's Memorials23 reports that Mary (Blood) Shattuck "remained a widow 47 years, and d. March 4, [p. 81] 1756, ae. 83 y. 6 m. 3 d. Her husband joined the church in 1707, and she in 1721. He died leaving her, as his own father had left his own mother, at a dark and perilous period, to rear and provide for a large family of young Children, the youngest not then three months old. To her heroic virtues, and to her excellence as a woman and a mother, her posterity owe a large debt of gratitude."
912 William SHATTUCK23, 7G Grandfather. Born on 11 Sep 1670 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1744.
William Shattuck was the third child and second son of John Shattuck, who was drowned at the age of 28 when crossing on the Charlestown to Boston Ferry when William was still a child. According to Lemuel Shattuck's Memorials23, William's "residence was a little southerly of the house built by his grandson Job Shattuck, near Wattle's Pond. The following facts concerning him are derived from authentic and positive evidence, partly from the records of Watertown and Groton, and partly from papers on file, but not recorded, in the Middlesex Probate Office. He lived in Groton with his mother and step-father, Enoch Lawrence, from 1678 until about the time of his marriage in 1688, when he returned to Watertown, where he resided the principal part of the subsequent fourteen years. In 1691 he was impressed into the public military service of the Colony; and on the 4th Dec., 1691, the selectmen of Watertown
"'Agreed that Mr. William Shattuck should take care to provide for the reliefe of the wife and two children of his cosen [nephew] William Shattuck, during the time of his beeing out in the country service from the 18th November, 1691, till he coms home, or the town taks furder order; and that the sd William shall be paid for his pains the one part out of the county assessments, as by order of the General Court is allowable, and the other part out of the town rate.'
"This was undoubtedly the William Shattuck, the subject of this notice; and his two children then born, were William and Hannah hereafter mentioned. After his return from the military [p. 82] campaign, as a consideration for his services, the selectmen voted to give him a lot of land for a dwelling-house, near 'Patch Meadow;' and to allow him to cut timber owned by the town, to build it. He probably availed himself of this grant, in part at least; for we find the following entry upon the Watertown records, Nov 16, 1702. At a public town meeting --
"'Voted that if William Shattuck, junior, doth deliver the house & lands & fences to Manings Sawin, Town Treasurer, that he did hold of the town, within eight days next coming, then the sd Town Treasurer is to deliver the sd four pounds, that he acquired of John Green, to the sd William Shattuck, as a gratuity from the town to help him in his removing to Groton.'
"In 1702 he bought lands in and removed to Groton. In 1707 he was one of those already mentioned in our notice of his brother John, (p. 79,) who 'were considering of removing' from Groton on account of the Indian troubles; and his wife Hannah, and probably her children, did actually return to Watertown in 1707, and resided a short time in the family of John Barnard, Jr. They were afterwards, however, permanent inhabitants of Groton. On the 21st Sept., 1716, William Shattuck deeded to his son 'in consideration of the paternal love and affection I bear to my son William Shattuck, junior,' -- 'that he may be settled for the support of his family, and that he and his heirs may be forever debarred of making any further claim or demand of any farther portion out of my estate that I shall die seized of, either personal or real, except what I may hereafter give him,' &c. This deed is signed by Wm. Shattuck, the father, and Anna or Hannah Shattuck, the mother. (Midd. Deeds, Vol. XXXVIII., pp. 33, 34.) His son John Shattuck administered on his estate; and in the petition for his appointment the widow Deliverance Shattuck calls him 'her son-in-law,' step-son, or son of her husband by a former wife. William is called 'the eldest son of the diseased,' and the others, children and heirs. The inventory of his property was presented June 1, 1744; and Wm. Shattuck's portion of the real estate which he had received from his father was apprised as land 'in his hands.' The remainder was divided by commissioners appointed for the purpose in 1747; and the different heirs, and the portions assigned to each, are described in the deed of partition on the files of the court. '1. To Deliverance, the widow of the diseased,' &c. '2. To John Shattuck, one of the diseased [p. 83] sons.' &c. '3. To Daniel Shattuck, another of the diseased sons,' &c. '4. To Hannah Blood, eldest daughter of the diseased, wife to Nathaniel Blood,' &c. '5. To Ruth Nutting, youngest daughter of the diseased, wife to Ebenezer Nutting,' &c.
"William Shattuck m. 1, in Watertown, March 19, 1688, HANNAH UNDERWOOD. He is described in the record as then of Groton, she of Watertown. There was no other William Shattuck then in Groton, or Watertown, excepting his uncle (p. 74.) This wife was the mother of his children, and died about 1717.
"He m. 2, in Groton, March 24, 1719, DELIVERANCE PEASE, who survived him. His wives were members of the church, and his children were baptized. These facts, and others hereafter to be stated, unquestionably prove a genealogical succession and descent from the first William Shattuck of Watertown to the recent families of the name in Groton. Each consecutive link in the chain is unbroken, and without irregularity."
He married Hannah UNDERWOOD23, 7G Grandmother, on 19 Mar 1687/8 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
913 Hannah UNDERWOOD23, 7G Grandmother. Died abt 1717.
According to Shattuck's Memorials23, "William Shattuck m. 1, in Watertown, March 19, 1688, HANNAH UNDERWOOD. He is described in the record as then of Groton, she of Watertown. There was no other William Shattuck then in Groton, or Watertown, excepting his uncle (p. 74.) This wife was the mother of his children, and died about 1717."
There were several Underwood families in early Watertown and some of them had children named Hannah, but Bond's Watertown40 does not link this Hannah Underwood to any other Underwood family.
916 Ebenezer HARTWELL46, 7G Grandfather. Born on 6 Apr 1665. Died on 1 Jan 1723/4.
According the the Hartwell Genealogy,46 "Ebenezer inherited much land from his father, and by deed of date June 3, 1698, his father-in-law conveyed to them the south half of the house and lot in Concord Village where John S. Keyes lived about 1885, and a tract of land just across the line in Carlisle, to which he probably removed. He and Samuel Jones were appointed a committee to plant 30 trees for shade on the sheep common, penalty for cutting any of them to ten shillings. From records he appeared to be a man of superior business acumen, as we find he made a point of putting down in writing, with witnesses, different tracts of land that he owned and where they were located. He was a field driver (hayward) in the north quarter in 1696-7, fence viewer in 1700, and a field driver in 1702 and 1708. He died intestate, and his estate valued at �520-5-4, was partitioned by agreement amoung [sic] his heirs."
Note that the Hartwell Genealogy gives Ebenezer's birthdate as "Apr. 6, 1665-6" on vol. 1, p. 2, which is confused (double dates only have meaning from Jan-Mar), but gives his birthdate as 5 Apr 1665 on another page where Ebenezer is listed among his father's children.
He married Sarah SMEDLEY4, 7G Grandmother, on 27 Mar 1690.
917 Sarah SMEDLEY4, 7G Grandmother. Born on 12 Dec 1670. Died on 13 Nov 1715.
918 Lieut. John HOLDEN33, 7G Grandfather. Born in 1684. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 27 Dec 1753. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts (Old Burying Ground).
According to Shattuck's Memorials23, Sarah Holden was "the eldest of ten children of John Holden, who d. Dec. 27, 1753, probably a descendant of Justinian Holden, (p. 87.)"
Green's Epitaphs33 describes the matching gravestones of John and Sarah (Davis) Holden, and notes that John was the "son of STEPHEN and HANNAH HOLDEN; his wife was the daughter of JOHN and MEHITABLE DAVIS, born September 22, 1694. JOHN HOLDEN was taken by the Indians in the year 1698, and held prisoner during one year and ten months."
There is some confusion whether John Holden was also married to Sarah Morse, and whether she might have been the mother of daughter Sarah Holden. This requires further investigation.
He married Sarah DAVIS23,33, 7G Grandmother, on 26 Nov 1715.23
919 Sarah DAVIS23,33, 7G Grandmother. Born on 22 Sep 1694. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 21 Dec 1753. Buried in Groton, Massachusetts (Old Burying Ground).
920 James BLOOD47, 7G Grandfather. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 13 Sep 1692.
According to Shattuck's Memorials23, "(3.) JAMES BLOOD, s. of Richard, above mentioned, settled upon the paternal estate, where he was killed by Indians, Sept. 13, 1692, as already [p. 370] stated, (p. 79.) He m. 1, Sept. 7, 1669, Elizabeth Longley, (p. 80,) who d. about 1677, having had 3 children. He m. 2, in Watertown, Dec. 20, 1686, Abigail Kemp of Groton. His estate, valued at �148. 3s. 8d., was divided in 1694 between the widow, his 2 daughters Mary and Elizabeth, by his first wife, and Jonathan Kemp, uncle and guardian to his 3 children by his second wife. (Prob. Rec., Vol. VIII., pp. 70, 243, 244.) His children were: --
"1. Richard, b. May 29, 1670, d. July 8, 1670; 2. Mary, b. Sept. 1, 1672, m. John Shattuck, (p. 80;) 3. Elizabeth, b. April 27, 1675, m. Samuel Shattuck, (p. 83;) 4. Hannah, d. Jan. 6, 1676; 5. James, b. Aug. 12, 1687; 6. John, b. March 16, 1689, both described below, family (4) and (5);) 7. Martha, b. Oct. 20, 1692, after her father's death."
Note that James and Elizabeth (Longley) Blood's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, married two Shattuck brothers, Samuel and John.
He married Abigail KEMP47, 7G Grandmother, on 20 Dec 1686 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
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