3624 William SHATTUCK23, 9G Grandfather. Born in 1621 or 1622. Will dated on 3 Aug 1672. Died in Watertown, Massachusetts, on 14 Aug 1672. Immigrated ? .
William Shattuck was born in England, but his exact place of birth is not known. According to Lemuel Shattuck's Memorials23, which provides several pages of detail about his life, William may have been the son of the widow Damaris Shattuck known from Salem in 1641, or the brother of a Samuel Shattuck known from Boston, but these relationships have not been established. [Many websites are now reporting that William's parents were Samuel and Damaris (Sibley) Shattuck of Dorchester, Dorsetshire, and that Damaris was born Feb 1594/5 in St. Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire. What is the source of this information?] Lemuel Shattuck's complete entry on William is reproduced here:
"1. WILLIAM SHATTUCK was the most remote ancestor with whom we have been enabled to connect ourselves, in our history, upon satisfactory evidence; and we began with his, in our classification, as the first, or earliest known generation. From him, as their common progenitor, have descended nearly all, if not every one, of those who now bear his name in America. He was born in England in 1621 or 2, and died in Watertown, Massachusetts, August 14, 1672, aged 50 years. His exact origin and early history are involved in obscurity. Neither the place of his birth, nor the year in which he came to this country, nor the names of his parents, are certainly known. There is no doubt, however, that his immediate ancestors and connections were residents of England; and they were probably among those already mentioned in our introductory observations, either of Lancastershire, Somersetshire, or Berkshire, but we are unable to specify the particular persons or locality. He must have emigrated when in or near his minority. It has been conjectured that his father might have died on his passage or soon after his arrival; and also that he might have been the son of widow Damaris Shattuck, who was admitted to the church in Salem, in 1641, and a brother of Samuel Shattuck, noticed in the Appendix to these Memorials; and their ages, the prevalence of similar names in their respective families, and other circumstances, give some probability to these conjectures. But of such a connection, if indeed one existed, we have as yet obtained no conclusive proof. If not a brother he was probably a near relative of Samuel Shattuck.
"Massachusetts was first colonized by the English Puritan emigrants, in Boston and its vicinity, in 1630. Watertown was settled in the same year, -- ten years later than the founding of Plymouth. This town is in Middlesex County, from four to seven miles westerly of Boston, and has Cambridge, easterly, intervening between the two places. It originally included the present town of Waltham, incorporated separately in 1737. It is thus one of the most ancient, and it was early one of the most important, towns in the Province. The General Court and the Provincial Congress held several sessions in this town. Mr. Shattuck's name appears in an old list of the proprietors of Watertown, made about 1642, twelve years after its first settlement, although he was then only twenty years of age. The first lot of land granted to him is described upon the records as follows: --
"'1. An Homstall of one acre, by estimation, bounded souwest with Commonland, ye east wth John Clough and ye west wth William Perry in his possession.
"'2. Three acres of upland, by estimation, bounded the north wth Joseph Morse, the south wth William Perry, the east wth John Clough & ye west wth Commonland in his possession.'
"To this estate he made large additions by subsequent grants and purchases. Among other parcels of land the records state that on the 4th July, 1654, he bought of his neighbor John Clough, his house, garden, and thirty acres of land, situated on Common Hill, near his own estate, bounded east by William Payne and E. Goffe, west by the Highway, north by Joseph Morse and 'south by the highway to the pond;' probably lying in the corner easterly and northerly of the intersection of the two roads, now called Common street and Washington street. Also twenty-five acres of upland; three acres of swamp land; and one third part of twleve acres of meadow land. He also bought a farm at Stony Brook, near the present bounds of Weston, and four acres of meadow in Pond Meadow, which he bequeathed at his death, in equal shares, to his sons, Philip and William. He also bought a dwelling-house and a large farm of Edward Sanderson; but a question having arisen as to his title to some parts of it, the town voted, December 27, 1664, that 'William Shattuck shall enjoy the land he bought of Sanders, [p. 59] provided he pay to Sanders twenty bushels of good merchantable Indian corn to spend in his house.'
"We have found it difficult to ascertain the exact place where Mr. Shattuck resided. It was, however, undoubtedly on Common Hill, near 'King's Common' so called -- the Common land reserved and owned by the town. This locality was northerly of the celebrated residence of J. P. Cushing, Esq.; southerly of the Wellington Hill Station on the Fitchburg Railroad; and easterly of Common street, leading from that station southerly to Watertown village. Permission was frequently given by the town to make bricks 'at the clay pitts near William Shattucks.' This bed of clay was then considered a rarity; and it was reserved by the town as a public place for brick making. It was on the hill northerly and near Washington street, then an ancient highway leading from Common street to Fresh Pond, and in the vicinity westerly of the residences of Mr. Chenery and Mr. Stone, as laid down on Shield's Map of Boston and Vicinity, published in 1852. And Mr. Shattuck's dwelling-house was on the hill, somewhere on the north side of the highway. The Watertown records, in describing a piece of common land sold by the town, in 1743, to Ebenezer Chenery, 'lying above the clay pits,' say the bounds run 'on a line to a rock at said Chenery's fence, above or west of a spring (commonly called Shattuck's Spring.)' The residences on this hill command a fine view of Fresh Pond, near by, and of Boston and its vicinity in the distance; and are among the most delightful in Watertown. Successors bearing the name of Shattuck occupied the estate for about one hundred years, but for the last hundred years it has been in the possession of others.
"Mr. Shattuck is sometimes denominated a weaver; an humble but honorable handicraft of considerable importance in his day, when all articles of clothing were the product of household manufacture. And it is not improbable the he combined his mechanical with other occupations, and wrought in his loom as well as on his farm; for at his death he actually bequeathed his 'loom and its appurtenances' to his son William. Agriculture seems, however, to have been his principal employment, as it has been that of the larger part of his posterity. His example of uniting the labors of the farmer and mechanic in one person has been followed by many of his descendants. He resided in Watertown [p. 60] about thirty years; and by his sagacity, industry and economy, though dying in the full vigor of manhood, he acquired, for the times in which he lived, a large property, the inventory of which amounted at his death to �434 19s. 11 1/2 d. sterling, of which �200 was in real estate, and �234 19s. 11 1/2 d. in personal estate, including �103 17s. 7 1/2 d. in money. He appears, so far as can be ascertained from contemporary records, to have sustained the character of a sagacious, energetic, and successful business man; of an honest, upright, and worthy citizen; and of a good and peaceable neighbor. He held a respectable social position among his fellow townsmen; and his family and the families to whom they were allied by marriage were highly respected, and among the most wealthy and influential in Watertown.
"He was interred in the ancient burying-ground situated on the old road leading from Cambridge to Watertown, a short distance westerly of Mount Auburn. A simple but substantial marble tablet, resting in a granite base, has recently been erected near the northwesterly corner of this ground, at the turn of the road to Brighton, bearing the following inscription: --
'To perpetuate the memory of
who died in Watertown,
Aug. 14, 1672, aged 50;
The progenitor of
the families that have borne his name
And of his son,
who was drowned
in Charlestown Ferry,
Sept. 14, 1685, aged 28.
This simple memorial
was erected in 1853, by
who holds in grateful veneration
the character of
the Puritan Fathers of
"William Shattuck was married about 1642, when he was twenty years of age. The christian name of his wife was SUSANNA; but neither her surname, nor her parentage, nor the exact place of her birth or marriage, has been ascertained. [p. 61] She remained a widow about fifteen months after his death, and married, Nov. 18, 1673, Mr. Richard Norcross, who survived her. She died in Watertown, Dec. 11, 1686, fourteen years after the death of her first husband. [A footnote on the ancestors and descendants of Richard Norcross appears here.]
"In his will Mr. Shattuck mentions 'his ten younger children,' as if he had others, but it does not appear that he had more than that number. The births of the second, third and tenth only are entered upon the Watertown records. The remainder are ascertained from other authentic evidence. [A list of the children appears here.]
"A petition, dated June 19, 1683, purporting to be from Philip Shattuck, is on the court files of Middlesex County, in which it is said, -- 'Our two youngest brothers, Benjamin and Samuel, were left to the care and government of our honored mother, unto whom our honored father did bequeath the most considerable part of his estate; but after our mother did marry againe, she thought it would be beneficial for our youngest brothers to have trades; and she accordingly put them out, -- Benjamin to my brother William, and Samuel to myself. But before Benjamin came of age, God was pleased to visit him with a long and lingering sickness, of which he died, being in his 20th year; and by reason of the long time of his sickness, the charges of the doctor, his attendance, and the funeral charges, were considerable.' And he prays that they may be paid out of the estate that was bequeathed to him, which was probably done.
"[p. 62] The will of Wm. Shattuck, executed while he was on a sick bed, is dated August 3d, eleven days before his death, and was proved in court August 29th, fifteen days afterwards. This will and the inventory of his estate were deposited in the office of the Middlesex Probate Court, and still exist in its files. Copies were entered upon its records, (Vol. IV., pp. 24 and 26.) These documents will undoubtedly interest the family, and faithful copies are given below. [A transcript of the will appears here.]
"[p. 63] From the following document it seems that the appraisers of his estate did not understand orthography quite as well, or were not quite as careful in the use of it, as the writers of his will and other documents relating to the settlement of his estate. We prefer, however, to give it as written, with the exception of punctuation, which has been added. No description of ours could give a better idea of the domestic arrangements, the household economy, and the interior life, of our ancestor, than is afforded by a careful examination of this inventory. It will aid us in paying an imaginary visit to his 'parler,' his 'ceichen,' his 'shope,' his 'dairy,' and his farm generally, to ascertain their extent and the various implements in use in his daily life. [A transcript of the estate inventory appears here.]
"[p. 64] Some questions rose as to the proper interpretation of the will of Mr. Shattuck, after the marriage of his widow; and the fol-[p. 65]lowing bond or order, dated April 8, 1674, was passed by the court at Cambridge, and entered upon its records. This document is given in connection with another, relating to the final settlement of the dowry, to illustrate the manner in which these matters were managed at that early day. It does not appear to be the result of a law suit that had been commenced, but a mutual agreement to avoid any occasion of one. [A transcript of the document appears here.]
"[p. 66] It will be perceived that neither the heirs of John Shattuck, nor Rebecca (Shattuck) Church, were represented in this last agreement. It is probable that the latter were dead at the date of its execution, but the former were living in Groton. Why they were omitted does not appear. Perhaps their portion of the estate bequeathed to their father, might have been paid to their mother, at another time, either before or after their removal to Groton."
He married Susanna HAYDEN?23, 9G Grandmother, abt 1642.
3625 Susanna HAYDEN?23, 9G Grandmother. Died in Watertown, Massachusetts, on 11 Dec 1686.
According to Shattuck's Memorials23, "William Shattuck was married about 1642, when he was twenty years of age. The christian name of his wife was SUSANNA; but neither her surname, nor her parentage, nor the exact date or place of her birth or marriage, has been ascertained. [p. 61] She remained a widow about fifteen months after his death, and married, Nov. 18, 1673, Mr. Richard Norcross, who survived her. She died in Watertown, Dec. 11, 1686, fourteen years after the death of her first husband."
3626 John WHITNEY55, 9G Grandfather. was baptized on 14 Sep 1621 in Islesworth, Middlesex, England. Died in Watertown, Massachusetts, on 12 Oct 1692. Immigrated in 1635 "Elizabeth & Anne" from London.
According to Lemuel Shattuck23, John Whitney was admitted a freeman on 26 May 1647 at age 23, and was a selectman in Watertown from 1673-6 and 1678-9. The birthdates of John Whitney's children given here are those of Smith55; they differ slightly from the dates given by Shattuck, probably because of errors of interpretation.
John Whitney attended the Merchant Taylors' School on Suffolk Lane in London before coming to New England with his family. The Merchant Taylors' School afforded "him the finest education available to the son of a yeoman intended for business. The younger John Whitney appears in the Merchant Taylors' School Register from 11 December 1631 until 1634 (Merchant Taylors' School Register, 132)."55 The Merchant Taylors' School is still (1999) in existence, and its website (http://schoolsite.edex.net.uk/223/) includes information about the history of the school.
He married Ruth REYNOLDS55, 9G Grandmother, abt 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
3627 Ruth REYNOLDS55, 9G Grandmother. Born in say 1620s. Died aft 27 May 1695. Immigrated ? 1634.
According to Banks,110 Ruth Reynolds along with her parents and siblings were members of the Winthrop Fleet, but Banks does not cite a source for this claim and no independent confirmation has apparently come to light. The Reynolds family is not included among the early immigrants listed by Anderson,68 who takes note of Banks' general unreliability.
3664 William HARTWELL46, 9G Grandfather. Born in 1613 in England. Died on 12 Mar 1690. Immigrated in by 1636.
According to the Hartwell Genealogy46, "Among those who soon followed the pioneers of Concord was WILLIAM HARTWELL who, like many early comers, was attracted by the shelter of the bold sand ridge on the north and the great meadow on the south, stretching eastward, but could find no place for the sole of his foot until he had gone about a mile eastward along the Bay road, then a simple Indian trail, and found vacant land just east of the property once owned by Ephriam [sic] W. Bull, the originator of the Concord grape.
"The name of William Hartwell, the immigrant, does not appear in any list of passengers to America so far found. He was born in 1613, and Savage says in Kent, England, basing his opinion on the fact that Capt. Simon Willard and several of his party, of whom it is by no means certain that William was one, were citizens of Kent at the time of their departure from England.
"He probably reached Concord in 1636, and was allotted a tract of nine acres of land, probably the fifth allotment from Meriam's corner, nearly a mile east of the Public Square. It is not known whether or not he remained on his original allotment until his death. The Lincoln branch of the family believed that he spent his last years in what is now Lincoln, on the Hartwell farm, and the clause of his will giving his present dwelling to his younger son, Samuel, and the statement that this son lived nearest him, lends color to the opinion.
"Savage credits him with two wives, Susan and Jazan. The name Jazan is unique, and it is possible that, in the faded and cramped writing of the time, the name of Susan appears under this guise. At any rate, there is no record of Susan other than the above. The family name of Jazan is not known, but there is an interesting speculation in the Snow-Estes Ancestry, by Nora E. Snow. William Hartwell, in his will, called Francis, son of Frances Fletcher, 'cousin', which often meant nephew. So it is thought that William may have married Robert Fletcher's sister; Robert Fletcher may have married a sister of William's; or the wives of the two men may have been sisters. According to Cutter's 'Northern New York', Jazan was born in 1608, she died Aug. 5, 1695.
"William was made a freeman of the colony on May 18, 1642, an honor conferred only by the General Court on those who by the correctness of their lives, industry and good management, had secured an adequate competency. On Oct. 5, 1853 [sic: obviously an error for 1653], a petition went to the General Court for the incorporation of Chelmsford, and William was one of the signers. On Oct. 18, 1659, with four other men, he petitioned the General Court for assistance in maintaining bridges across the Concord river. With Timothy Wheeler he was road overseer in the west quarter in 1663-64. An address to the throne by citizens of Concord, expressing their loyalty, dates 3-8-64, bears his signature. In 1666 he was a larger land holder, with 157 acres of land 'be they more or less' in twenty separately described tracts. In 1672 he was one of a committee of nine citizens appointed to frame rules for the guidance of the selectmen of the town. He was appointed corporal of the 2d troop of horse for Middlesex County in 1671, and in 1673 was appointed quartermaster vice Henry Woodis. [RJO's note: is this really likely at his age?]
"William died Mar. 12, 1690, 'in the 77th year of his age', having made a will (see appendix A) a short time previously in which he mentions his daughters, Sarah and Mary, and his sons John and Samuel. His children were all born in Concord. The youngest of whom anything is known, Martha, appears to have died before him. Savage names other children: William, probably born in 1638; Jonathan and Nathaniel by the second wife, Jessie (?) (these are also mentioned by Shattuck in his history of Concord, published in 1855 [is that the correct date?]). If there were such children, they must have died young. The graves of William and Jazan are not marked, but they were probably buried in the Hill Cemetery in Concord village."
Ancestral File pages identify the parents of this William Hartwell as Francis Hartwell and Mary who married 19 Nov 1616 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The ancestry before Francis and Mary on the Ancestral File pages is the same as given here.
3665 Susan (Jazan) _____46, 9G Grandmother. Died on 5 Aug 1695.111 Immigrated ? .
Susan and Jazan may be the same person, or they may be two different wives of William Hartwell.
3668 John SMEDLEY69, 9G Grandfather. was baptized on 20 Apr 1613 in Wilne, Derbyshire, England. Died aft 1680. Immigrated by 1639. in 1644.
According to Savage,31 John Smedley of Concord was made "freem. 1644, had John, and perhaps other ch. was rep. 1667 and 70, and senior selectman 1680."
Shattuck's Concord58 reports the following about the Smeadly family: "Two brothers came to Concord before 1639. Baptiste d. Aug. 16, 1675; his son Samuel m. Hannah Wheeler 1667, and was killed at Brookfield, Aug. 2, 1675. Mary, and James, who m. Mary Barrett 1671, were also his children. John S., brother to Baptiste, had a son born 1646, who m. Sarah _____, and d. Oct. 1675. This name has long since been extinct."
Torrey57 lists a marriage between a John Smedley and an Ann _____ (d. 1697), with their first children being born in 1646. That is perhaps this couple.
John Smedley was one of the petitioners from Concord in 1645 who asked the General Court for a reduction in taxes on account of "the povertie and meannesse of the place we live in not answering the labour bestowed on it" and the departure of many of the residents to Connecticut with Rev. John Jones "so that maney houses in the Towne stand voyde of Inhabitants, and more are likely to be."58
Map to be enetered from Wheeler's Concord showing location of his house near the North Bridge.
3671 Sarah MERRIAM4,69, 9G Grandmother. Died in Concord, Massachusetts, on 1 Feb 1676. Immigrated ? .
3672 Richard HOLDEN103,59, 9G Grandfather. Born abt 1609 in England. Died abt 1692. Of Lindsey, Suffolk, England. Immigrated in Apr 1634 "Francis" from Ipswich to Boston.77 Of Watertown, Massachsuetts, in 1634. Of Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1649. Of Groton, Massachusetts, in 1662. Occupation: husbandman.
Anderson's sketch of Richard Holden's life supersedes all previous work. He notes that secondary sources often give Richard Holden's date of death as 1 March 1695/6, "but no record has been found to confirm this."59
According to the Holden genealogy103, "1 RICHARD HOLDEN, son of William Holden of Lindsey, county Suffolk, England, was born in the year 1609, if we accept the passenger list at the time of his migration, which nearly agrees with his age as given at other times and with what has been discovered concerning his father's family. He died 1 March 1695-6, at Groton, intestate. He married, perhaps as early as 1640, more likely in 1641, MARTHA FOSDICK, born in 1620, in England, died 6 Dec., 1681, at Watertown, daughter of Stephen Fosdick of Charlestown.
"As told in the preceeding chapter Richard Holden was one of the early settlers of Groton, and although driven away at the time of the Indian war returned there after the death of his wife. He lived with his son Stephen, who had the homestead, the location and descent of which is described on page 84.
"There is no record extant of the birth of the children given below, except of those recorded as born at Watertown or Woburn. A list of the children surviving in 1679 is obtained from Middlesex Deeds, 7: 154, 297; two deeds in which the children of Richard and Martha Holden are named. The order of birth is therefore a matter of deduction."
Bond's Watertown40 provides a few additional details (square brackets in the original): "RICHARD HOLDEN, aged 25 yrs., embarked for America, at Ipswich, England, Ap., 1634, in the Francis. Wife MARTHA d. in Wat., Dec. 6, 1681, and he died in Groton, Mar. 1, 1696, 'aged, infirm, and a widower.' [See Mid. Deeds, Vol. VII., p. 154, &c.; also, Butler, 407, and Barry, 291.]"
G. A. Davis101 provides substantially the same information: "RICHARD (1) HOLDEN was born in England about 1609. He came to New England in the spring of 1634, and settled in Watertown, Mass.
"About 1640 he married MARTHA, daughter of STEPHEN FOSDICK, of Charlestown, Mass. He lived in Watertown, Woburn, Cambridge, then Groton, where he was an original proprietor. Later he returned to Watertown, where on December 6, 1681, his wife MARTHA died. He then returned to Groton, Mass., where he spent his remaining years with his son Stephen. He died in Groton on March 1, 1696, 'aged, infirm, and a widower.'"
He married Martha FOSDICK103,59, 9G Grandmother, by 1642.59
3673 Martha FOSDICK103,59, 9G Grandmother. Born in 1620 in England. Died in Watertown, Massachusetts, on 6 Dec 1681. Immigrated ? 1635.
3674 Nathaniel LAWRENCE40, 9G Grandfather. Born on 15 Oct 1639. on 15 May 1672. Died in Charlestown Farms, Massachusetts, on 14 Apr 1724.
According to Bond's Watertown40 (with square brackets in the original), "Dea. NATHANIEL LAWRENCE, of Groton, m., in Sud., Mar. 13, 1660-1, SARAH MORSE, b. Sept. 16, 1643, dr. of John and Hannah (Phillips) Morse, of Dedham. [See Memorial of Morse, p. 40.] She d. in Groton, in 1684, and he m. (2d) HANNAH (Anna) _____. She d. after 1701, for Nathaniel L., and wife Hannah, of Groton, signed a deed Jan. 14, 1701. He was adm. freeman, May 15, 1672; was early chosen a deacon; was a Rep. of Groton, and much employed in town business. In advanced life he moved to Charlestown Farms, where he d. Ap. 14, 1724, aged 85. His Will, dated Aug. 4, 1718, proved May 8, 1724, mentions son Nathaniel, to whom he gave land in Groton; son John; drs. Hannah Houlden, and Mary Wheeler; son Samuel Page; dr. Elizabeth Harris; dr. Deborah, and grandson Lawrence. Inventory, �714 18s. 6d." A list of his children follows.
Green's Epitaphs33 repeats substantially the same information: Nathaniel "is represented in this neighborhood at the present time by numerous descendants. He held various offices in the church and town, and was one of the first representatives to the General Court, under the charter of William and Mary, in the year 1693. He married, first, March 13, 1660-1, Sarah, daughter of John and Hannah Morse, of Dedham, and lived for a while at Sudbury, before coming to Groton. His wife died August 29, 1683, and he married, secondly, Hannah _____. In advanced life he removed to that part of Cam-[p. 244]bridge now Lexington, where one of his sons was living, and here he died March 12, 1746, leaving a large family."
Note that brothers Nathaniel and Peleg Lawrence married sisters Sarah and Elizabeth Morse.
He married Hannah (Anna) TARBELL40, 9G Grandmother, on 9 Nov 1687.
3675 Hannah (Anna) TARBELL40, 9G Grandmother. Born in 1677.74
The marriage date of 9 Nov 1687 comes from http://www.smokykin.com/ged/f001/f73/b0017335.htm. Bond does not give her surname as Tarbell, but other sources do. Birth and marriage dates here cannot both be correct. Data to be entered from Torrey. This couple requires further study.
3676 Samuel DAVIS102, 9G Grandfather. Born abt 1630 in England. Will dated on 20 Dec 1699. Died in Groton, Massachusetts, on 28 Dec 1699. Immigrated ? .
An original proprietor of Groton, Massachusetts.
Michael Roman's web site provides much additonal information on the Davis families to be entered.
He married Mary WATERS102,40, 9G Grandmother, in 1656 in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
3677 Mary WATERS102,40, 9G Grandmother. Born on 27 Jan 1637/8 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Buried on 13 Oct 1713 in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
The identification of this Mary Waters as the wife of Samuel Davis of Groton is a point of confusion. See Anderson 2011.7: 250-257 (GM 1634-1635 T-Y) for a detailed discussion. It may be that Samuel Davis and Mary Waters, each correctly identified as individuals, were not married and not the parents of Samuel's children listed here.
This Richard Blood is conjectured by Richardson37 to have been the father of the Blood immigrants to Massachusetts, but the relationship is not firmly established. See under his wife's entry for details.
Douglas Richardson37 conjectures that Thomas Lakin, the earliest known ancestor of the Lakin family of Massachusetts, had a daughter who married Richard Blood, and that this couple may have been the parents of the four Bloods (Robert, John, Richard, and James) who emigrated to Massachusetts in the 1640s. "Concrete proof of this dau.'s existence is lacking. However, there evidently was a close kinship between the Blood and Lakin families. In his will transcribed below, William Lakin requested that if his children died young, their inheritance should revert to the children of Richard Blood, Sr., then minors. This reversion clause strongly suggests that William Lakin and Richard Blood were brothers-in-law. This could either mean Richard Blood was married to Lakin's sister, or vice versa.
"No children for Richard Blood were found in the available Bishops' Transcripts for Ruddington. The Transcripts revealed only that a Richard Blood served as churchwarden at Ruddington in 1636 (FHL film #503, 813).
"Richard Blood and his wife were quite likely parents of Robert, John, Richard and James Blood, who immigrated to New England in the 1640s. Of these immigrants, Robert Blood originated from Ruddington, co. Nottingham, as did the Lakin family. This fact is established by a deed executed by Robert Blood in New England in 1649, whereby Blood sold to William Crafts of Lynn, Mass., his interest in the moiety of one tenement and in half an oxgang at Ruddington, co. Nottingham (Essex Co., Mass., Deeds 1: 24).
"Equally significant, in the 1650s and 1660s the immigrants, Robert and Richard Blood, along with William Martin [2d husband of Mary, widow of William Lakin, No. 2 below], and William and John Lakin [Nos. 3 and 4 below], settled together at Groton, Mass. This pattern of settlement is typical of New World immigrants who, being related by blood in old England, came to New England and settled in the same towns. While such common settlement does not prove kinship between the Bloods and Lakins, taken together with the reversion clause of William Lakin's will, it provides strong evidence that the Bloods and Lakins were kin to each other in England. A discussion of the origin of the Blood immigrants is planned for a later article."37
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