New England Genealogy Notes

Research notes on ancestors and relatives from early New England, including Boston Irish and Massachusetts Bay Puritan families.

Thirteenth Generation (Continued)

7871 Mary DRAPER33,69, 10G Grandmother.

7874 John BARKER69, 10G Grandfather.  was baptized on 30 Apr 1563 in Nayland, Suffolk, England. Buried on 10 Mar 1616/7 in Nayland, Suffolk, England.

According to Threlfall's GMC5069, John Barker "was baptized 20 April 1563 at Nayland, 'son of John Barker'. On 29 June 1585 at Stoke Nayland, he married Margaret Walter who was baptized 8 September 1564 at Nayland, the daughter of Richard and Margaret Walter. On 10 March 1616/17 at Nayland, John Barker, 'householder', was buried. Margaret remarried to _____ Munnings of Colne Engaine, Essex, who was living in 1640." The marriage date for John Barker and Margaret Walter given by Threlfall on p. 439 is 29 June 1585 as quoted above, but on p. 442 and 444 Threlfall gives the date as 28 June 1585. Similarly, the burial date for John Barker is given on p. 439 as 10 March 1616/17 (quoted above), but this date is given as 19 June 1617 on p. 444.

He married Margaret WALTER69, 10G Grandmother, on 29 Jun 1585 in Stoke Nayland, Suffolk, England.

They had the following children:
i. John69 (bp. 1586-)
ii. Margaret69 (bp. 1588-)
iii. _____?69 (~1590-)
iv. John69 (bp. 1591-)
v. Thomas69 (bp. 1593-)
vi. Richard69 (bp. 1595-)
vii. Samuel69 (bp. 1598-)
3937 viii. Mary (~1600-1677)
ix. Anne69 (1602-)
x. _____?69 (~1604-)
xi. John69 (bp. 1606-)

7875 Margaret WALTER69, 10G Grandmother.  was baptized on 8 Sep 1564 in Nayland, Suffolk, England.

7876 James BEERS, 10G Grandfather.

He married Hester _____, 10G Grandmother.

They had one child:
3938 i. Richard (-1675)

7877 Hester _____, 10G Grandmother.

7878 John FIRMIN68, 10G Grandfather. Born abt 1588. Died by 10 May 1642. Immigrated in 1630.

John Firmin receives a comprehensive treatment in Anderson,68 although Anderson admits that it is possible that the John Firmin of Watertown is not the same as the John Firmin known in Nayland. John Firmin's daughter Elizabeth is probably the Elizabeth who married Richard Beers, but this is not absolutely established either. See Anderson for more details.

He married _____ _____68, 10G Grandmother, by 1615.

They had the following children:
3939 i. Elizabeth (1615-1706)
ii. John68 (Twin) (bp. 1618-)
iii. Judith68 (Twin) (bp. 1618-)

7879 _____ _____68, 10G Grandmother. Buried on 24 Feb 1617/8 in Nayland, Suffolk, England.

7882 Richard WILLARD. (Same as ahnentafel number 1602.)

7883 Margery HUMPHRIE. (Same as ahnentafel number 1603.)

7886 Stephen EGGLESTON. (Same as ahnentafel number 1594.)

7887 Elizabeth Jane BENNETT. (Same as ahnentafel number 1595.)

7936 Isaac CUMMINGS115,15, 10G Grandfather.  Born on 5 Apr 1601 in Easthorpe, Essex, England.122 Will dated on 8 May 1677. Died in Topsfield, Massachusetts, in May 1677. Immigrated in 1635.

The most authoritative account of the family of Isaac Cummings' of Mistley, Essex, England, and Essex County, Massachusetts, is now that of Plummer115, which supersedes all previous work. The information given here about Isaac's children is taken from that source. Mooar in his Descendants of Isaac Cummings15 gives details about Isaac Cummings' property and offices, along with a transcript of his will.

See also the website of the Isaac Cummings Family Association122 which proposes as a result of recent research that John Comyn and Amy Green of Copford (10 miles from Mistley) were the parents of Isaac Cummings.

He married Anne _____, 10G Grandmother, in by 1628 in England.

They had the following children:
i. Isaack115 (Died as Infant) (bp. 1629-)
3968 ii. John (bp. 1630-1700)
iii. Isaack115,15 (bp. 1633-1721)
iv. Anne115,15 (bp. 1635-1689)
v. Elizabeth115,15 (~1637-1679)

7937 Anne _____, 10G Grandmother. Immigrated ? .

7938 Ens. Thomas HOWLETT68, 10G Grandfather. Born abt 1606. Immigrated in 1630. Will dated on 4 Nov 1677 at Ipswich, Massachusetts. Died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, on 22 Dec 1677.69

The immigrant Thomas Howlett has been comprehensively studied by a number of researchers; Anderson's GMB68 summarizes what is known. Howlett arrived in Massachusetts Bay in 1630, and late in that year he became the 51st member of the Boston church. He was made a freeman 4 March 1633/4. According to Anderson,68 he was "Apparently trained as a surveyor, for he was in great demand in laying out lands and determining [p. 1025] boundaries between towns." His name frequently appears in colony documents, especially relating to surveying and military service. With his wife Alice he removed to Ipswich in 1633, being among the first settlers of that town. Anderson reports68 that by 13 March 1638/9 he is being referred to as sergeant, and "On 14 May 1645 'Thomas Howlet is confirmed ensign at Ipswich, according to their choice' [MBCR 2:100, 3:27]." He also served as deacon in the Ipswich church.

He married Alice FRENCH68,69, 10G Grandmother, by abt 1637.

They had the following children:
i. Thomas68 (~1637-)
3969 ii. Sarah (~1639-1700)
iii. John68 (~1643-)
iv. Mary68 (~1645-)
v. Samuel68 (~1646-)
vi. William68 (~1650-)
vii. Nathaniel68 (-1658)

7939 Alice FRENCH68,69, 10G Grandmother.  Born in 1610. was baptized on 9 Apr 1610 in St. Edmunds, Assington, Suffolk, England. Immigrated in 1632. Died in Ipswich/Topsfield, Massachusetts, on 26 Jun 1666.

7942 Capt. Richard BRACKETT68,69, 10G Grandfather.  was baptized on 16 Sep 1610 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England (St. Gregory's Church). Immigrated in 1632 & 1634. Will dated on 29 Jan 1689 at Braintree, Massachusetts. Died in Braintree, Massachusetts, on 3 Mar 1689/90. Buried in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts.

The immigrant Richard Brackett was an active citizen of early Boston and early Braintree, and has been extensively studied by Threlfall and others. Anderson has summarized what is known, but there a number of unexplained discrepancies between the dates given by Threlfall and the dates given by Anderson. In general I have followed the dates given by Anderson.

Richard Brackett was admitted to the church at Boston as member #144, shortly before 11 Nov 1632 according to Anderson.68 Threlfall69 identifies Brackett as a member of the Winthrop Fleet and claims that "he was in Massachusetts as early as 27 August 1630, when he was among the organizers of the First Church of Boston, being 144th on the list of members," but Anderson dates his immigration from 1632. He returned to England in 1633 for his marriage, and then sailed again for New England in 1634 with his new wife. According to Anderson,68 he was made a freeman 25 May 1636, and became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1639 (23 Nov 1636 according to Threlfall, which would seem to be impossible as the AHAC was not established until 1637; see Anderson p. xli and Whitman below). Brackett held a number of military offices, serving as Boston jailkeeper from 1637-40, and later as the military commander in Braintree. He removed to Braintree in 1641, where he was a deacon in the church and held a number of civil offices as well, including selectman and clerk of writs.

Citing the work of Threlfall and others, Anderson notes68 that "Through his mother and his wife, Richard Brackett became a member of, and the first immigrant from, the largest kinship network as yet uncovered among the participants in the Great Migration....Taking into account all these persons and their children, then, there were more than forty future immigrants to New England who were related to Richard Brackett by blood or marriage before their departure from England."

Anderson, citing NEHGR 127:17, gives the date of Richard's marriage to Alice Blower as 6 January 1633/4; Threlfall gives 16 January 1633/4. Threlfall and Anderson provide many more details about Richard Brackett's property holdings in New England and about the many public offices he held. Threlfall reports69 that "he is buried in the old North precinct of Braintree, now the city of Quincy. His grave is marked by a [p. 69] stone cut about 150 years after his death. However, the inscription seems to be a duplicate of what had been on the original stone.

"Here lyeth buried/ye body of/Captain Richard Brackett/Deacon/Aged 80 years/Deceased March 5/1690

"The town record says he died 3 March. [Threlfall reproduces a somethat muddy photograph of the gravestone here.]

"A silver cup inscribed B/R&A and used in the Unitarian Church in Braintree (which in early days was Congregational) at communion service, is the gift of Richard Brackett and his wife, Alice, to the church."

Threlfall also prints a transcription of Richard Brackett's will , dated 29 January 1689.

Whitman's AHAC95 records Richard Brackett's admission to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1639 and sketches his life thus: "CAPT. RICHARD BRACKETT, Boston, freeman 1636. He was dismissed from Boston Church to Braintree, 1642, and ordained Deacon, July 21st, 1642. He was the third Captain of the militia in Braintree, and Town Clerk for many years. He died March 3d, 1691, aged 80." [Whitman 103]

He married Alice BLOWER68,69, 10G Grandmother, on 6 Jan 1633/4 in London, England (St. Katherine by the Tower).

They had the following children:
3971 i. Hannah (bp. 1635-1706)
ii. Peter68,69 (Twin) (bp. 1637-)
iii. John68,69 (Twin) (bp. 1637-1687)
iv. Rachel68,69 (bp. 1639-)
v. Mary68,69 (1641-1671)
vi. James68,69 (~1646-1718)
vii. Josiah68,69 (1652-<1689)
viii. Sarah (~1655-)

7943 Alice BLOWER68,69, 10G Grandmother.  was baptized on 30 Jun 1615 in St. Gregory, Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Died in Braintree, Massachusetts, on 3 Nov 1690. Immigrated in 1634.

According to Anderson,68 Alice Blower was the daughter of Thomas Blower and Alice Frost, and "she was admitted to Boston church 8 November 1635 [BChR 19], and was recommended to Braintree church on 5 December 1641, along with her husband [BChR 35]."

7944 Henry ADAMS. (Same as ahnentafel number 4040.)

7945 Edith SQUIRE. (Same as ahnentafel number 4041.)

7970 Aaron COOKE, 10G Grandfather.  Born in 1585. Died in Bridport, Dorset, England, on 28 Dec 1615.

He married Elizabeth CHARD, 10G Grandmother, on 25 Sep 1610 in Bridport, Dorset, England.

They had one child:
3985 i. Elizabeth (1611-1663)

7971 Elizabeth CHARD, 10G Grandmother.  Born in 1586 in Bridport, Dorset, England. Died in Windsor, Connecticut, on 16 Apr 1643. Immigrated ? .

7972 Samuel MORSE82, 10G Grandfather.  was baptized on 12 Jun 1576 in Boxted, Essex, England (correct?). Died in Medfield, Massachusetts, on 5 Dec 1654. Immigrated in 1635 "Increase" from London.

Data from Savage to be entered.


Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper are ancestors to U.S. Presidents Bush, Coolidge (through son Joseph), and Taft,78 and to poet Emily Dickinson.94

He married Elizabeth JASPER82, 10G Grandmother.

They had one child:
3986 i. Joseph (1615-1654)

7973 Elizabeth JASPER82, 10G Grandmother.  was baptized on 30 Jan 1579 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England. Died in Medfield, Massachusetts, on 20 Jun 1655. Immigrated in 1635 "Increase" from London.

7980 William KNOPP. (Same as ahnentafel number 1618.)

7981 Judith TUE. (Same as ahnentafel number 1619.)

7982 John WARREN. (Same as ahnentafel number 3390.)

7983 Margaret _____. (Same as ahnentafel number 3391.)

7984 Simon TUTTLE62, 10G Grandfather.  Born abt 1560 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England. Buried on 15 Jun 1630 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England. Will proved at Northampton, England.

Simon Tuttle (or Symon Tootill) died in England in 1630, and his widow Isabel and his children emigrated to New England in 1635. Simon's father-in-law John Wells "mentioned Isabel in his will in 1618. Symon was mentioned in his father's will in 1589 and in that of his father-in-law in 1618. The will of John Wells also named all four of his Tuttle grandsons. Symon was supervisor of the will of Matthew Harris of Woodford, 05 Nov 1600. His own will was proved at Northampton. His widow accompanied her sons on the Planter in 1635, but no record of her has been seen in this country, and probably she did not long survive."62

He married Isabel WELLS62, 10G Grandmother.

They had the following children:
i. Richard62 (~1593-1640)
3992 ii. John (bp. 1596-1656)
iii. Thomas62 (-<1627)
iv. Simon62
v. William62 (1607-1673)

7985 Isabel WELLS62, 10G Grandmother.  Born abt 1565. Immigrated in 1635 "Planter".

7986 Walter ANTROBUS100, 10G Grandfather.  Buried on 5 Apr 1614 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

He married Joan ARNOLD100, 10G Grandmother, on 8 Feb 1586/7 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

They had the following children:
i. William100 (bp. 1587-)
ii. Walter100 (bp. 1589-)
iii. Robert100 (bp. 1591-)
3993 iv. Joan (bp. 1592->1659)
v. Elizabeth100 (bp. 1598-)
vi. Henry100 (Died as Child) (bp. 1600-)

7987 Joan ARNOLD100, 10G Grandmother.  Born abt 1567. Died 1635 or later. Immigrated in 1635 "Planter".

Joan (Arnold) Antrobus has been comprehensively treated by Anderson et al. "On 2 April 1635, 'Joan Antrobuss,' aged 65, was enrolled at London, with a certificate of conformity 'from the minister of St Albans, Hertfordshire,' as a passenger for New England on the Planter.... No record of Joan Antrobus has been found in New England. She may have chosen at the last minute not to make the trip, or she may have died [p. 69] aboard ship. If she did make the passage to New England, she probably resided in Ipswich with her daughter and son-in-law."100

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