History of the early settlement of Bridgewater
in Plymouth County, Massachusetts
including an extensive family register.
Printed for the author by Kidder & Wright 1840
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
John Whitman was one of the first settlers at Weymouth ; made free 1638 ; a very respectable man ; was the first Deacon ; the first military officer (an ensign) appointed in that town ; one of the three persons appointed by the Governor "to end small controversies" there : he died there 1692, ae. a. 90. He was ancestor of most of the name in this country. His wife was probably Mary, her family name not known-: his children mentioned in his will 1685, proved 1692, then living, were 4 ss., Thomas, John, Abiah, Zechariah, and 5 Ds., all m. viz :
Mary, w. of John Pratt.
Elizabeth, w. of Josiah Green.
Hannah, w. of Stephen French.
Judge Whitman of Portland has given a very full and interesting memoir of the ancestor and his descendants, published at Portland 1832; but as it is within the scope and purpose of this publication to give some account of all the early settlers of this town, we shall notice those branches that became inhabitants here, referring all who are solicitous to know more of this numerous and respectable family, to the Judge's Memoir.
1. Thomas (the eldest s. and only one of the children of John Whitman of Weymouth, who came to Bridgewater) was born in Eng. a. 1629, came to this country with his mother, (after his father,) a. 1641, and m. Abigail, D. of Nicholas Byram, 1656, and came with his father-in-law Byram, or soon after, and settled in E. B. a. 1662 : he had John (at Wey:) 1658, Ebenezer, Nicholas, Susanna, Mary, Naomi, Hannah : his will 1711, proved 1712 : be died ae. a. 83.
Susanna m. Benjamin Willis.
Mary m. Seth Leach.
Naomi m. William Snow 1686.
It is not ascertained whom Hannah m.
2. John (s. of Thomas 1.) m. Hannah (Pratt probably) 1686 ; had no children : d. 1727, ae. a. 70 : was executor of his father's will ; gave his own estate by will principally to David, s. of his brother Nicholas ; mentions his sisters, Mary Leach and Susanna Willis, and heirs of his sister Naomi Snow ; but says nothing of Hannah, who probably was not then living, and had d. without issue.
3. Ebenezer (s. of Thomas 1.) m. Abigail Burnam 1699, and settled in S. B., and had Abigail 1702, Zechariah 1704, John 1707*, Hannah 1709, Ebenezer 1713 : his estate settled by his wid. 1713, and she m. Edmund Hobart of Hingham 1714, who came. and resided with her : she was appointed guardian to her children. One of the Ds. m. a Soule, and the other a Little and afterwards a Perkins.
4. Nicholas (s. of Thomas 1.) m. Sarah Vining of Weymouth 1700, and had Thomas 1702, John 1704, Josiah 1706*, David 1709, Jonathan 1710, Seth 1713. His w. d.,. and he m. Mary, D. of Francis Cary 1715, and had Eleazar 1716, Benjamin 1719*. His wife d. and he m. Mary, D. of William Conant, 1719, and had Mary 1720*, William 1722*, Josiah 1724, Sarah 1726, Abigail 1728*, Nicholas 1731. Susanna 1734*, Ebenezer 1736. He was killed, 1746, by his cart-wheel running over him, ae. 70 ; she d. 1770, ae. 77.
Sarah m. Eleazar Alden, and d. ae. 94.
5. Zechariah (s. of Ebenezer 3.) m. Eleanor Bennet of Mid'o., and lived in S. B., and had Samuel 1734, Abiah 1735*, Zechariah 1738, Eleanor 1739, Benjamin 1741, d. 1762 ; Abigail 1743, Ruth 1746, Jonah 1749, Ebenezer and Sarah 1752 he d. 1773, ae. 69 ; she d. 1777.
Eleanor m. Nathaniel Chamberlin Jr. 1767, and was living 1832, ae. 93.
Ruth m. Gideon Washburn Jr. 1765, and then Dea. Ripley of Plympton.
6. Ebenezer (s. of Ebenezer 3.) and his w. Rebeckah lived in S. B., and had Ebenezer 1741*, Noah 1743, Hannah 1745, Lydia 1748 : she d. 177S ; he 1804, ae. 91.
Hannah m. Ebenezer Dean of Plympton 1769.
Lydia m. Daniel Dean of Norton 1770.
7. Dea. Thomas (s. of Nicholas 4 ) m. Jemima, D. of Isaac Alden, 1727, and had Simeon 1728, Peter 1730, Benjamin 1732, Jemima 1734, Nathan 1736, Amos 1738, William 1740, Isaac 1742*. His w. d., and he m. Rebecca, wid. of Dea. Seth Allen, 1767 : she was a Rickard of Plympton. He owned the mills where the E. B. manufacturing works stand, which were called after him Whitman's Mills : he d. 1788 of a cancer, ae. 86 ; she 1791, ae. 82.
Jemima m. David Keith 1754.
8. John (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Elizabeth Rickard of Plympton 1726, and she d. 1727, and he m. Elizabeth, D. of James Cary, 1729, and had Samuel 1730, Elizabeth 1732, d. 1765 ; John, March 17th, 1735, O. S.; James 1739, d. 1747. She died 1742, and he m. Hannah, wid. of Isaac Snow and D. of Joseph Shaw, 1743, and had Daniel 1744, Ezra 1747 : his wife d. 1762, ae. 58, and he m. Hannah, widow of Joseph Mitchell of Kingston : she .was a Hearsy of Abington : she d. 1788, ae..85 ; he 1792, ae. 88.
9. David (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Susanna, D. of Nathaniel Hayward, 1738, and had John 1739*, Isaiah 1741*. Isaiah, while in college at New Haven or Princeton, was drowned : the father d. 1789, ae. 80 ; she 1795, ae. 87.
10. Jonathan (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Elizabeth Harvey 1747, and had Jonathan 1751, Elizabeth 1752. His w. d., and he m. Bethiah, D. of Dea. Joseph Edson, 1753: he died 1778, ae. 68 ; she 1805, ae. 91.
Elizabeth m. Rev. George Briggs of Norton 1791 : he was settled as a Baptist Preacher in Stoughton Corner.
Jonathan m. Ruth Churchill a. 1776, and d. 1777, ae. 29, and had a D. Leah born, after his death, 1778, who m. Silvester Briggs 1797.
11. Seth (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Ruth, D. of Stephen Reed of Abington, 1741, and had Stephen 1745, Sarah 1751, Seth 1754, Enos 1756, Ruth 1759*, Hannah 1762*: he d. 1778, ae. 65 ; she d. before 1767.
Sarah m. Pelatiah Gilbert of Brookfield 1777.
Enos d. at Valley Forge in the Revolutionary war 1778.
12. Dea. Eleazar (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Abigail, D. of Daniel Alden 1742, and had Mary 1743*, Eliab 1745*, Abigail* and Hannah* 1747. Jephthah 1748*, Mary 1751, Joshua 1753, Eleazar 1755, Ephraim 1757, Asa 1761*, Abigail 1763. He removed to Abington, and there d. over 90 years of age.
13. Josiah (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Elizabeth, D. of Ezekiel Smith of Hingham, 1747 : her mother was Dinah May of Roxbury, whose mother was Mary Duncan from Scotland : he had his father's dwelling-house, and part of the homestead, and had Levi 1748, Lemuel 1750, Abigail 1751, Josiah 1753 ; he d. 1754, ae. 29 ; she 1778, ae. 53.
Abigail m. Dea. John Whitman, his 2d wife, 1773.
Lemuel settled in Kinderhook, N. Y., and had Simeon, Josiah, William, Levi, John, Betsy, Mary, Joanna, Sarah, and d. ae. 71.
14. Nicholas (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Mary House of Hanover a. 1759, and had Isaiah 1760, Elijah 1702, Mary 1705, Eunice 1769 : he d. 1803, ae. 72.
Mary m. Thomas Chamberlin 1785.
Eunice m. Reuben Tomson of Halifax 1791.
15. Ebenezer (s. of Nicholas 4.) m. Abigail, D. of John Freelove, 1760, and had Abigail 1763, Ebenezer 1765, Jepthah 1767. He d. 1786, ae. 50 : she within 2 mos. after, ae. 45.
Abigail not m.
Ebenezer m. Lydia, D. of Dea. John Whitman, 1788, and had James 1791.
Jephthah m. Betty Tinkham of Mid'o. 1789, and had Ebenezer 1791, Isaac 1792, Jephthah 1796, Sally 1797, and he and Ebenezer both removed to Windsor, Mass.
16. Samuel (s. of Zechariah 5.) m. Susanna, D. of Capt. Solomon Leonard, 1761, and had Lucinda, Silvia, Susanna, Freelove, Chloe : he was lost at sea ; she d. 1778.
Lucinda m. Joseph Tilson of Halifax 1794.
Silvia m. David Conant 1783, afterwards Azariah Hayward 1798.
Susanna m. Oliver Allen 1790.
Chloe not m.
Freelove was drowned.
17. Zechariah (s. of Zechariah 5.) lived in S. B., m. Abigail Kilborn of Connecticut, and had Kilborn 1765, Benjamin 1768, Cyrus 1773*, Angelina 1777, Cassandra.
Angelina m. Curtis Barnes of Hingham 1803.
Cassandra m. Rev. Gaius Conant 1802.
Judge Kilborn gra. H. U. 1785, settled in the ministry at Pembroke, afterwards Counsellor at Law, and C. Justice of the C. C. P.; m. Betsy, D. of Dr. Isaac Winslow of Marshfield, and had:
Isaac Winslow, gra. H. U. 1808, an Attorney in Nantucket, and there d., Charles Kilborn, Eliza Winslow,
John Winslow, gra. H. U. 1827, and lived at S. Boston.
Sarah Ann, Caroline, Maria Warren.
James Hawley, Frances Gay, William Henry ;
Eliza W. m. Samuel K. Williams Esq. of Boston ;
Sarah A. m. Benjamin Randall Esq. of Bath, Member of Congress ;
James H. an Attorney, m. a D, of Alden Briggs Esq., and lives on the paternal estate at Pembroke.
Benjamin Esq. gra. B. U. 1788, settled as an Attorney first in Pembroke, then in Hanover, and finally in Boston, where he was Representative, and Chief Justice of the Police Court many years. He m. Hannah Gardner, and had Zechariah Gardner, Abigail Kilborn*, Abigail Kilborn, Hannah Eddy, Benjamin, Mary Angelina*, Henry M. Lisle, Caleb Strong, George Henry, and Mary Ann.
Zechariah G. gra. H. U. 1807, and was an Attorney, and Clerk and historian of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company ; he m. Maria, D. of Maj. John Bray of Boston, and had 2 other wives, and d. 1840, leaving a family.
Abigail K. m. Benjamin Thompson of Boston.
Hannah E. m. John H. Pierson.
Benjaniin graduated Brown University 1815, and is an Attorney.
Henry M. L. died in B. U. 1820.
Caleb Strong is a Physician, and gra. M. D. at H. U. 1831.
George II. (first named John Winslow) gra. H. U. 1827, is an Attorney and Clerk of the A. and H. Art. Co.
Mary Ann m. Dr. Stebbins of South Boston.
Benjamin, the father, m. Mrs. Nancy Blake, widow of Joseph Blake Esq., for his 2d wife : she was a Black of Quincy.
18. Dr. Jonah or Jonas (s. of Zechariah 5.) gra. Y. 1772, settled as a Physician in Barnstable, and had a family.
One s. John gra. H. U. 1805, was an Attorney and d. young.
Another Josiah had a medical degree H. U. 1806, and was appointed a Professor in one of the Western Colleges.
19. Ebenezer (s. of Zechariah 5.) m. Ruth Delano, and went to Oakham, and had a family there. He d., she m. John Hooper.
20. Noah (s. of Ebenezer 6.) m. Freelove Manchester: she d. 1772, and he m. Sarah, D. of Seth Hayward, 1774, and had Lydia and Freelove. His wife d. 177S, and he m. Zilphah, D. of Daniel Washburn, 1779, and had Ebenezer, Noah, Daniel, Sarah and Betsy : he died ae. 82.
Lydia m. Zenas Washburn 1799.
Freelove m. Davis Hayward 1804.
Sarah m. a Brown of Jay, Me.
Betsy m. James Keith Jr. 1815.
Ebenezer m. Sarah, D. of James Keith, and had Piam Cushing 1809, Nabby 1512, Noah 1814, Betsy 1816, and went to Tamworth, Vt.
Dr. Noah gr. B. U. 1806, m. Mary, D. of Dr. Daniel Perkins, 1812, and settled in W. B.
Daniel m. Celia, D. of Arthur Harris 1815, and d. leaving children.
21. Capt. Simeon (s. of Dea. Thomas 7.) m. Martha, D. of Isaac Snow,1750, and had Isaac 1750, Simeon 1753, Thomas 1755, Joseph 1757, Martha 1760, Silvia 1765, Huldah 1769. His w. d. 1781, ae. 53, and he m. Sarah, wid. of Seth Byram, 1783 : she was a Vinal of Scituate : he d. 1811, ae. 83.
Simeon went to Roxbury, and died 1830 a bachelor, ae. 77.
Martha m. Thos. Phillips 1783.
Silvia d. single 1708.
Huldah m. Turner Phillips 1787.
22. Peter (s. of Dea. Thomas 7.) m. Susanna, D. of Joseph Keith, 1752, and had Susanna 1753*, Molly 1754*, Molly 1756*, Jemima 1758, Molly 1759*, Susanna 1761. His w. d., and he m. Sarah Wright of Marshfield 1775, and had Dolly 1776, Nancy 1778, Sally 1779, Asa 1782, Christiana 1785 : he d. 1801, ae. 71; she 1831, ae. 84.
Jemima, late in life, m. a Smith of Duxbury, and had no children.
Susanna m. Ezra Kingman Esq. 1782.
Dolly m. Dea. Jacob Bearce of Pembroke, his 2d w.
Christiana m. Geo. W. Barton of Bath, Me., 1809 ; the other Ds. not m.
Asa m. Deborah, D. of George Howard, 18O4, and had Asa 1804*, Deborah Howard 1806, Mary Ann 1809*, and went to Walpole. His w. d. 1812, and he m. again.
23. Benjamin (s. of Dea. Thomas 7.) m. Mary, D. of Charles Latham, 1757, and had Olive, Molly 1766, Priscilla 1768, Benjamin 1771, Jane 1775*: be died 1532, ae. 71 ; she 1831, ae. 94.
Olive m. Daniel Orcutt 1784, and Josiah Johnson Jr. 1793.
Molly m. Luther Hatch 1793.
Priscilla d. single 1815.
Benjamin m. Lucy Leonard of Mid'o. 1796, and went to Marlow, Vt.
24. Nathan (s. of Dea. Thos. 7.) m. Betty, only child of Dea. Seth Allen, 1761, and had Seth Allen 1762, Rebecca 1764, Nathan 1766, Celia 1765, Eliab 1776*, Asa 1772*, Betty 1777*. They both died 1784: he ae 48 ; she 45.
Rebeckah m. David Howard 1791.
Celia m. Timothy Allen 1788, and d. 1789, ae. 21.
25. Amos (s. of Dea. Thomas 7.) m. Anna, D. of Eleazar Washburn, 1763, and had Philibert (Phile) 1766, Zenas 1767, Amos 1768, Barza 1770, Anna Washburn 1772, Oliver 1774*, Jennet 1777*, Nabby 1779, Jennet 1762, Susanna 1784, Betsy 1786 : he died 1791, ae. 48; she 1797, ae. 54.
Philibert m. Seth Allen Whitman 1787.
Zenas m. Sally, D. of Isaac Allen, 1791, and went to Minot, Me.
Amos went to Ireland as a Carpenter with Mr. Coxe to build a bridge there, and on his return was missing in a sudden and mysterious manner at Philadelphia, and has never been heard of since : he was of age, but not m.
Barza went to sea, and was lost or died before he was of age.
Anna W. m. Timothy Bailey 1796.
Nabby m. Stephen Latham.
Jennet m. James Loring 1809, and lived in N. B.
The other two m. at the eastward, where they all settled except Philibert and Jennet.
26. William (s. of Dea. Thomas 7 .) m. Mary Studley 1761, and had Polly 1762, William 1763, Lucy 1767, Oakes , Chloe 1773, Luther 1777.
Polly m. Capt. James Allen 1778.
William was one of the last three years' men in the revolutionary war, went to Cumberland, R. I., and afterwards to Pomfret, Conn., was m. and had a family.
Lucy m. Israel Bailey 1789.
Oakes m. Susanna, D. of Joshua Barrel. 1790, and had Royal, Melvill, Luther, Olive ; and he, Capt. Allen, and Bailey, went to Maine.
Chloe m. Dea. Jacob Bearce of Hanson, and d. there 1839, ae. 65, whither the parents also removed, and where they d.
Luther, first named, was drowned in the mill-pond 1782.
27. Samuel (s. of John 8.) m. Elizabeth, D. of Ebenezer Bonney of Pembroke, 1757, and had James 1760*, David 1762, Samuel 1764, Abel 1766, of Frankfort, Me., and two others who d. before 1770, and Beza 1773. His wife d. 1776, ae. 37, and he m. wid. Sarah Waterman of Halifax 1776, and had Sarah 1778, Mehitabel 1779, Freeman 1780*, Freedom 1782.
David went to Lyme, N. H.
Samuel m. Hannah, D. of John Egerton, 1787, went to Williamsburgh, and had a s. Shepard, and a D. He was killed by the falling of a tree, and she m. again, and removed to the banks of the Susquehanna.
Samuel, the father, and his family, went to Cummington, where be became a baptist, and was plunged at the age of 94, and d. 1825, ae. 95.
28. Dea. John (s. of John 8.) m. Lydia, D. of David Snow, 1764, and had Lydia 1765, Elizabeth 1767, James 1769. His w. d. 1771, and he m. Abigail, D. of Josiah Whitman, 1773, and had Catharine 1775, d. 1793 ; Bathsheba 1777, Josiah 1779, Alfred 1781, Obadiah 1783, Nathaniel 1785, Hosea 1783, John 1790, Abigail 1793, d. 1818; Barnard 1796, Jason 1799 : his w. d. 1813, ae. 62. The father is now (April 1840) living, in his 106th year.
Lydia m. Ebenezer Whitman Jr. 1788.
Elizabeth m. Benjamin Strobridge of Mid'o.1789.
James removed to Belchertown, and there m. Catharine Smith, and has a family, and has been Representative of the town.
Bathsheba, not m.; well known as a popular and useful instructor, and as having done much towards the education of her brothers.
Josiah settled at Wellfleet : a Magistrate and Representative there ; returned to E. Bridge-water ; m., but has no children.
Alfred lives with his father.
Obadiah went to N. Gloucester, Me., m. Col. Parsons' D., and has a family.
Nathaniel gra. H. U. 1809, and settled in the ministry at Billerica, Feb. 2, 1804, and was dis. 1835, m. a Holman, D. of Gen. Holman of Bolton, and is installed at Wilton, N. H.
Hosea m. a Hodges of Mansfield, and is concerned in manufacturing business at Waltham.
John m. a Bicknell, and lived in Belchertown, and d., and left no children.
Barnard was educated at H. U., entered 1718, but not a graduate, m. a Crosby, settled in the ministry at Waltham, was much known, and distinguished in his profession, .and d. 1834, greatly lamented, leaving a son Crosby..
Jason gra. H. U. 1825, preached at Saco, and was afterwards an Agent of the Unitarian Society in Boston, and is settled in the ministry in Portland, and m. a sister of Gov. Fairfield.
29. Daniel (s. of John 8.) m. a Doten of Plymouth, and had John, Mary, Daniel : he died 1777, ae. 33.
John lives with his cousin James at Belchertown, a bachelor.
Mary m. a Symmes in Plymouth.
Daniel m. and went to Cummington, and thence to the State of N. Y.
30. Ezra (s. of John S.) m. Rhoda, D. of David Snow 1768, and had Ezra 1769, Hannah Snow 1771, David Snow 1774, Calvin 1777*, Rhoda 1779. His wife d. 1796, ae. 53, and he m. Thankful Freelove 1796 : he died 1814, ae. 67 ; she 1823, ae. 71.
Ezra m. Eunice, D.of Sam'! Allen, 1795, and had Rhoda Snow at Wellfleet 1797, Eunice at W. 1799, Luther at Pembroke 1802, Clarissa 1804, Emily 1807, Melinda 1809, Ezra 1812, and then moved to Winthrop, Me.
Hannah S. m. Josiah Keen 1792, and afterwards Constant Hayward 1808.
David S. m. Ruth Stetson of Pembroke, and went to Me.
31. Stephen (s. of Seth 11.) m. Mary, D. of Hon. Hugh Orr, 1767, and had Bethuel 1768*, Robert 1770*, Matilda 1772, Stephen Reed 1774, Independence 1776, Mary 1778: he d. 1778, ae. 33 ; she d. 1778, ae. 28.
Matilda m. Capt. Seth Byram 1791.
Stephen R. went to N. H.
Independence went to Albany and Troy, and d. there a bachelor.
Mary not m.
32. Seth (s. of Seth 11.) m. Eunice, D. of Capt. Jonathan Bass 1781, and had Seth, who now lives in Pembroke, and m. Joanna, D. of Capt. Thomas Turner. Seth, the father, d: 1783, ae. 29 ; his wid. m. Peter Salmon of Pembroke, and had several children, and became a wid. again, and d. 1834.
33. Joshua (s. of Dea. Eleazer 12.) m. a Tirrell of Abington, and had Joshua, and d. 1775, ae. 22, and his wid. m. a Gorham, of Turner, Me., where Joshua now lives.
34. Dea. Eleazar (s. of Dea. Eleazar 12.) m. Mary, D. of Woodbridge Brown of Abington, 1778, and lives on the paternal estate in E. B., and had Eleazar, Daniel, Asa, Hannah, Mary, Dorothy, died 1816, ae. 29: his wife died 1832, ae. 79.
Eleazar m. Nabby, D. of Joshua Pratt, 1812.
Daniel gra. B. U. 1809, and m. Sarah Porter of Abington 1792, she died 1831.
Asa m. Rachel, D. of Thomas Chamberlin, 1820, and died ae. 26.
Hannah m. Moses Noyes, who gra. B. U., and lives in Providence, a preceptor and instructor.
Mary m. Eliab Noyes of Abington 1803.
35. Ephraim (s. of Dea. Eleazar 12.) m. a D. of Sam'l Brown of Abington, and lived on the paternal estate in Abington, and died 1838, and had one son, Hon. Jared, (gra. B. U., an Attorney, County Commissioner, and Senator, m. Abigail, D. of Maj. James Barren, 1813, and afterwards wid. Susan Hayden, D. of Aaron Hobart Esq.) and two Ds.
One, Sarah, m. Nathan Gurney Esq.;
and the other, Clarissa, m. Isaac Alden Esq. 1811.
36. Rev. Levi (s. of Josiah 13.) gra. H. U. 1779, and settled at Wellfleet ; m. Sarah, D. of Capt. Ichabod Thomas of Pembroke, and had Levi 1789, Sarah 1790, Charles 1791, Josiah 1793, Ruth 1794, Eliza S. 1797, Hope 1799. He m. a Drew for his 2d wife, and in his old age lived in Kingston, and d. 1838, ae. 90.
Levi gra. H. U. 1843, and is counsellor at law; Norway, Me.; m. a wid. Farrar, and has a s. Francis Henry.
Sarah m. Gov. Parris of Me.
Charles is an attorney at Waterford, Me.
Josiah, a merchant in Portland, m. a McLellan.
37. Josiah (s. of Josiah 13.) m. Sarah, D. of Caleb Sturtevant of H. 1774 (her mother was Patience Cushman of Halifax), and had Ezekiel 1776, Betsy 1778. He d. 1778, ae. 25 ; his wid. m. Jacob Mitchell, 1783 (and was mother of Josiah Whitman Mitchell, a counsellor at law in Freeport, Me.): she d. 1789, ae. 35.
Hon. Ezekiel gra. B. U. 1795, m. Hannah, D. of Cushing Mitchell, 1799, and lived first in New Gloucester, and then in Portland, Me., and is a counsellor at law and Chief Justice of C. C. Pleas in Me.: he has Harrison, Lucia, and Julia.
Betsy m. a. Hawes at Wellfleet, and is now a. wid. in Me.
Lucia, D. of Ezekiel, m. Silvanus L. Mitchell Esq. 1820.
Julia m. Wm. Willis Esq. Portland.
38. Isaiah (s. of Nicholas 14.) m. Chloe, D. of Mark Phillips, 1784, and had Sally, Isaiah, Chloe, Mary, Naomi, and went to Windsor, Ms., where he was a deacon, and d. April 7, 1527, ae. 66.
39. Elijah (s. of Nicholas 14.) m. Mercy Randall 1784, and had Zilphah, Eunice, Polly, Elijah, Alden, Lucy, Clarissa,
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3. Lemuel (s. of Lemuel 1.) m. Jenny Leach 1799, and had Orin 1799, Melvin 1802, Josephus 1804, Royal 1807, Oliver K. 1509, Asa F. 1812, Emery S. 1815.
4. Isaac (s. of George 2.) and his wife Susanna had Lurania 1781, Ruth 1783, Aberdeen 1785, Lydia 1787. (1st w. d. 1790, 2d w. Joanna.) Susanna 1792, Isaac 1794, Olive 1796, Anna 1800.
Lurania m. Zephaniah Fobes 1810.
Ruth m. David Keith 3d, 1806.
Aberdeen m. Abigail Hooper 1809.
Lydia m. George Wilbor 1820.
Anna m. Martin Snow 1821.
5. Gideon (s. of George 2.) and his w. Huldah had Gardener 1786, Deborah 1789, Seth 1799.
6. Baruck (s. of Geo. 2.) m. Lois Leach 1799, and had Baruck 1801, Deborah 1805, Kila 1807, Gideon 1811, Seabury 1816.
Mary m. Ebenezer Leach 1741.
Joseph m. Susanna Harris 1741.
Chloe m. Salmon Keith 1779.
Zephaniah of Raynham m. Chloe Leach 1796.
Stephen Jr. of Raynham m. Sally Hooper 1809.
Charles of Easton m. Lydia Pratt 1813.
Keziah of Easton m. Daniel Hayward 2d 1815.
George Wilbor m. Lydia, D. of Isaac Wilbor, 1820.
Seth Wilbor and his w. Rachel had Jemima 1802, and Seth 1804.
Thomas Williams of Taunton and his wife Mary had Maria 1680, Jonathan 1683, Sarah 1685, Macey 1687*, Hannah 1639, Bethiah 1692, Mehitabel 1695, Damaris 1698, He died, and his wid. Mary m. Rev. James Keith 1707. Some of these Ds. probably came with her to Bridgewater.
Hannah m. Joseph Snell 1712.
Damaris m. Daniel Howard Esq. of N. B.
Mehitabel m. Benjamin Webb, perhaps of Eastham, 1720.
2. Josiah Williams of Taunton m. Martha, D. of Ephraim Howard, 1714, and settled in W. B., and had Rebecca 1715, Mary 1718, George 1721*, Seth 1722, Josiah 1725, Martha 1728, Susanna 1730, Macey 1736 : he d. 1770, she 1746.
Rebecca m. Daniel Littlefield 1732.
Mary m. Josiah Kingman 1737, and Ephraim Cary 1784, and d. 1803, ae. 85.
Seth m. Susanna, D. of William Fobes perhaps, 1750, and went to Easton, and his wid. had Seth and Asa bap. by Mr. Perkins 1759.
Martha m. Jonathan Packard 1752.
Susanna m. Josiah Keith Jr. 1758.
Macey went to Easton.
3. Josiah (s. of Josiah 2.) m. Hannah, D. of Ephraim Fobes, 1751, and had Martha 1751, George 1753, Macey 1755*, Josiah 1757*, Josiah 1759, Perez 1761, Bathsheba 1763, Hannah 1765, Susanna 1767*, Calvin 1770*, Amelia 1772 : he a. 1794, she 1807.
Martha m. Joseph Ames Jr. 1770.
Bathsheba m. Dr. Daniel Perkins 1783.
4. George (s. of Josiah 3.) m. Ann, D. of Ephraim Howard, 1774, and had George 1775 : she d. 1775.
5. Josiah (s. of Josiah 3.) m. Hannah, D. of Jonathan Kingman, 1785, and had Orra 1785, Susanna Packard 1787, Anna 1789. He d., and she m. Capt. Ephraim Snell 1792, and Caleb Snell 1808.
Orra m. Earl Thayer 1812.
Susanna P. m. Israel Tolman 1813.
Anna m. Jesse Edson 1811.
6. Perez (s. of Josiah 3.) m. Huldah, D. of Jonathan Kingman, 1788, and had Perez 1789, d. 1806 ; Josiah 1791. His w. d., and he m. wid. Polly Pierce 1798, and had Samuel Pierce 1799, Huldah Kingrnan 1801, Lavinia 18O4, Hannah Fobes 1807, Mary Lathrop 1812, d. 1814: he d. 1819.
Josiah m. Silvia, D. of Simeon Keith, 1814, and died 1822.
Huldah K. m. Joseph Kingman 1821.
7. George (s. of George 4.) m. Eunice Kingman of Easton 1797, and had Anna H. 1798, Nahum 1800, Mary 1801, Calvin 1803, Charles 1805, Patty 1807 : he died 1809, she 1811.
Anna H. m. Albert Copeland 1819.
Richard Williams was a town officer in Bridgewater 1665.
Mehitabel m. Benjamin Mehuren 1749.
Bathsheba of Taunton m. Judge Benjamin Willis 1742.
Anna m. Joseph Snell about 1742.
Daniel Williams (of Easton perhaps) had a D. Joanna bap. by Mr. Perkins, W. B.,1745.
Daniel Jr. m. Rhoda, D. of Maj. Daniel Lathrop 1763.
Silas m. Susanna Richards 1760.
Josiah of Easton perhaps m. Sarah Ames 1761.
Rhoda m. Noah Powers 1787.
Marlborough of Easton m. Lusanna, D. of Maj. Thomas Mitchell, 1782.
Nathan of Raynham m. Abthiah Harvey 1781.
Edward of Easton m. Sarah, D. of Josiah Lathrop, 1772.
Sarah of Raynham perhaps m. John Benson 1765.
Calvin m. Betsy Copeland 1799.
Abiah of Raynham m. Wm. Bassett 1800.
Hannah of Raynham m. Joseph Bassett 3d, 1816.
Calvin m. Abigail Bryant 1799.
Edmund of Woodstock, Conn., m. Mary Harvey 1781.
Abigail m. Peter Hayward 1732.
Dea. John Willis was at Duxbury very early : he and his wife Elizabeth are recorded as there in 1637 : he was an original Proprietor, and one of the first settlers of Bridgewater : the first Deacon here : sustained many town offices, both at Duxbury and here : represented Bridgewater at the old Colony Court 25 years : sold his estate in Duxbury to William Paybody 1657 : was appointed to solemnize marriages and administer oaths to witnesses and others : his wife Elizabeth was wid. of William Palmer Jr.; her maiden name Hodgkins : his will dated 1692, proved 1693 : his children therein mentioned were John, Nath'l, Joseph, Comfort, Benjamin,
Hannah, wife of Nath'l Hayward ;
Elizabeth, who m. a Harvey ;
and Sarah, wife of John Ames.
Nathaniel, Executor. He gave to Joseph " land at Farfield as we go to Taunton ;" " to Comfort, 15 acres at the Indian Field ;" " to John, land his house stands on ;" " to Nathaniel, the home-stead ;" and mentions the pond that divides between me and Benjamin :" also " the Wolf Trap Gutter."
He had four brothers, Nathaniel, Lawrence, Jonathan, and Francis, which we thus ascertain : Elkanah was appointed to settle his father Nathaniel's estate 1686, his uncle John to assist him. Elkanah also settled his uncle Lawrence Willis' estate in Boston 1703, and in 1704 he sold land in Boston, which he described as the estate of his uncle Francis Willis deceased. On the 8th day of January, 1656, the year Bridgewater was incorporated, the following record, and almost the first in the book of records, appears, viz :
" Be it known unto all men by these presents, that we, Nathaniel Willis and Lawrence Willis, inhabitants of the town of Bridgewater, do bind ourselves to free the said town of Bridgewater from any charge or damage that may come upon the said town by the keeping of our brother Jonathan Willis."
The following also appears on the Court Records : " Jonathan Willis, who is at Duxbury for cure, shall not be maintained by Duxbury, but by Sandwich, whence he came." Thus we are assured these five were brothers.
There was a Richard Willis, servant of John Barnes, transferred by consent to Thomas Prince 1634, m. Amy Glasse 1639, was at Duxbury 1638, and at Plymouth 1640.
Richard, his s. probably, m. Patience Bonum at Plymouth 1670, was dead 1678, leaving a D. Ruhamah, and no further notice of them appears.
Henry Willis offered himself as a soldier to go with Mr. Prince and Lieut. Holmes to assist Mass. and Conn. against the Pequot Indians 1637, and we have no further account of him.
Jeremiah Willis was at Duxbury 1638, a youth, and was required by the Court to procure himself a master :
there was a Jeremiah Willis, a land holder, at. Narraganset 1661:
there was also a Thomas Willis at Lynn, a Representative there 1634, and afterwards a Proprietor of Sandwich 1637.
Whether any of these were of the same family we are not able to ascertain : they were contemporaneous, and might be brothers, or otherwise related to them.
Lawrence Willis was among, the first settlers in Bridgewater, but not an original Proprietor. He was in Sandwich 1643, and was a soldier against the Indians, m. Mary, D. of Thomas Makepeace of Boston, 1656 ; and finally removed to Boston, and his estate was settled there 1703: he probably had no children, as Elkanah, his nephew, settled his estate. We have no notice of any descendants of these five brothers excepting of John and Nathaniel, and of these most are descended from John.
2. John (s. of John 1.) m. Experience, D. of Nicholas Byram, and had John, Samuel, Experience, and Mary : he d. a. 1712, the date of his will.
Experience m. William Hudson.
Mary m. Israel Randall 1701.
3. Nathaniel (s. of John 1.) and his wife Lydia had Nathaniel, Jonathan, John, Ebenezer, Sarah, and Mary : he d. 1716: his estate divided among his heirs 1729.
Sarah m. John Hayward 1707.
Mary (whether the above or not uncertain) m. William Gilmore 1731.
4. Joseph (s. of John 1.) was at Scituate 1689, and admitted a freeman same year : he had a s. Joseph, who is mentioned in his grandfather's will, and is there called the eldest son of my son Joseph," so that there were other ss., and perhaps daughters. Joseph was on a committee for running lines in B. 1667.
Joseph Willis is mentioned as a Proprietor of Taunton 1668, 1673, and 1684, and Joseph Willis of Taunton m. a D. of Thomas Lincoln. Perhaps he finally settled in Easton, which was then a part of Taunton. There are no descendants of his in B., nor any further notice of him on B. records. Sometimes the father and sometimes the son is intended probably in the above notices.
5. Comfort (s. of John 1.) lived near the bridge called Comfort's bridge : his ss. were Samuel, Joshua, Isaac, and he had probably other children. He was a Trooper in Philip's war, and left a manuscript, giving an account of one of the skirmishes of that period, which is now unfortunately lost.
Mercy Willis w. Samuel Hall of Taunton 1718.
6. Benja. (s. of John 1.) m. Susanna, D. of Thomas Whitman, made a nuncupative will 1696, declared in presence of Comfort Willis, John Ames Jr., and Nathaniel Ames : no children mentioned, but he had 2 ss. Thomas 1694, and Benjamin 1696 ; and two Ds.: one,
Susanna probably, m. Gen. David Cobb's grand-father of Taunton, and
the other, Elizabeth, m. Capt. Nathaniel Woodward 1708.
He might have had other children : he died ae. 39, and his wife settled his estate in 1697 : she d. ae. 98.
John Ames Jr. was guardian to Benjamin 1714.
7. John (s. of John 2.) m. Mary, D. of Elihu Brett Esq., and had Mary 1699, John 1701, Margaret 1704, Experience, Martha, Mehitabel : his estate settled among his heirs 1733.
Mary m. Joseph Packard 1723.
Margaret m. Nathaniel Harvey 1733.
Experience m. John Randall of E. 1732.
Martha m. James Pratt of E. 1733.
Mehitabel m. James Stacy of E. 1743.
8. Samuel (s. of John 2.) m. Margaret, D. of Elihu Brett Esq., 1706, and had Margaret, Solomon, Anna, Zerviah, all bap. 1736: he d. about 1769, ae. 80.
Margaret m. John Whitman of E. 1745.
Solomon, a bachelor.
Anna m. Terah Whitman of E. 1746.
Zerviah m. Abishai Willis 1741.
9. Nathaniel (s. of Nathaniel 3.) m. Ruth Porter of Abington, and had Ruth 1708, Nathaniel 1709, Azariah 1712. No certain account of this family. Ruth Willis (the mother probably) made her will 1739, and gave her estate to her niece Esther Porter, D. of her brother Nicholas Porter of Abington.
10. Jonathan is. of Nathaniel 3.) m. Abigail Stoughton 1713, and had Jonathan 1714, Abigail 1716, Lydia 1718, Stoughton 1720, Keturah 1722, Sarah 1724, Betty 1726, Hannah 1728 : his estate settled 1741.
Abigail m. John Keith 1734.
Lydia m. Joseph Rickard of Plympton 1737, and went to Killingsley, Conn.
No account of John (s. of Nathaniel 3.)
11. Ebenezer (s. of Nathaniel 3.) m. a Hinds, and had Keziah, Jonathan, Ebenezer, Beriah. His estate was settled by Stoughton Willis 1741 : the children all minors : he lived in Titicut or near to it.
Keziah m. Daniel Willis 1756.
Ebenezer Willis sold a great Lot," and part of " Howel's Saw Mill" to Nath'! Hooper 1731.
12. Judge Samuel (s. of Comfort 5.) removed to Dartmouth, and was Judge of the C. C. P. for the county of Bristol : he had Eliakiin 1714, Jireh, Samuel, Ebenezer, Benjamm.
Eiiakim gra. H. U. 1735, and settled in the ministry at Malden Oct. 25, 1752 : he first had a call at Hull 1750 : he d. March 14, 180I, ae. 8 .
Jireh Willis an Ensign under Gen. Winslow at Annapolis Royal 1755.
Benjamin Willis went to Hardwick and had a D. Zerviah who m. John Keith of E. B.
13. Joshua (s. of Comfort 5.) m. Experience Barbour 1707, and had Joshua, Abishai, Joab 1715, Silas, and other children probably : he d. 1759.
Joshua Willis and Joshua Willis Jr. both town officers 1739.
14. Dea. Isaac (s. of Comfort 5.) and his wife Mary had Seth 1729*, Isaac 1731. His w. died, and he m. Hannah Pratt 1732, and had Mary 1733, Hannah 1735, Ruth 1738, Abraham 1740*.
Hannah m. William Fobes Jr.
Ruth m. Edmund Alger 1761.
Mary never m.
15. Thomas (s. of Benjamin 6.) m. Mary, D. of Sam'l Kinsley, 1716, and had Susanna 1718, Thomas 1721, Jonah 1723*, Mary 1725, Rhoda 1727, Betty 1731, Zephaniah .1733, Nathan 1738.
Susanna m. Ephraim Fobes a. 1738.
Mary m. Maj. Isaac. Johnson a. 1744.
Rhoda m. Maj. Daniel Lathrop 1744.
Betty m. James Howard 1749.
16. Benjamin (s. of Benjamin 6.) m. Mary Leonard 1719, and had Benjamin.
17. John Esq. (s. of John 7.) m. Patience, D. of Sam'l Hayward, 1724, and had Susanna 1727, Daniel 1732 : he died 1776.
Susanna m. David Johnson Jr. 1743, and d. 1750.
18. Nathaniel (s. of Nathaniel 9.): no knowledge of him, unless the following :
Ruth Willis of Sudbury, wid. of Roger Willis : Ebenezer Hill, David Hill, and Nathaniel Willis, yeoman, all of Bridgewater ; Daniel Fisher of Taunton, Thomas Hill of Attleboro' ; sold land in Dorchester, in 1734, to a Robbins, originally granted to the right of John Hill sen'r of Dorchester, deceased."
Ruth was D., all the rest grand children of the deceased. Nathaniel C. Willis a witness. Nor do we find any notice of Azariah and Ruth (s. and D. of Nath'l 9.)-[See Nath'l 46 : the above " yeoman" may have been Nath'l 46.]
19. Capt. Jonathan (s. of Jonathan 10.) m. Judith, D. of Jopeph Packard, 1752, and had Azariah 1753. He m. Susanna, D. of James Allen, 1764, a 2d wife, and went to Oakham.
Azariah Willis of Oakham m. Abigail, D. of Samuel Willis probably, 1785.
20. Dr. Stoughton (s. of Jonathan 10.) m. Hannah Harlow of Mid'o., and had Jonathan 1742, Azariah 1744*, Stoughton 1746, Hannah 1748, Abigail 1750 (after her father's death).
Stoughton m; Mary Monk of Stoughton 1764, and he and Jonathan both removed to Stoughton.
Hannah m. Reuben Snow 1768.
Abigail m. Jesse Allen 1768.
The wid. m. John Snow 1756.
21. Jonathan (s. of Ebenezer 11.) went to Brookfield perhaps, and d. there.
22. Ebenezer (s. of Ebenezer 11.) m. Mary Jackson 1753, moved to Mid'o., and thence to Hardwick, was Deacon there, and had Ebenezer, John, Joseph, Seth, and Mary. Mary m. Dea. Noah Edson 1787.
23. Beriah (s. of Ebenezer 11.) m. Abigail, D. of Samuel Hayward Jr. 1759, and had Hannah 1760. He is said to have been a preacher.
Perhaps Hannah m. Mason Hall of Raynham 1789.
Beriah Willis was a soldier with Gen. Winslow at Annapolis Royal 1755.
24. Samuel (s. of Judge Samuel 12.) m. Susanna, D. of John Snell 1747, and had Nathan 1750, Susanna 1754, Lydia 1756, Eliakim 1754, Samuel 1760*, Zebulun 1762, Silence 1765: he d. 1778 ; she a. 1783.
Nathan m. Elizabeth Spear 1779, and had Samuel 1781, and moved away.
Lydia m. Daniel Lathrop Jr. 1775.
Eliakim went to Nantucket.
Silence m. Enoch Monk 1784.
25. Joshua (s. of Joshua 13.) m. Hannah Woodward 1734, and had James who lived in Mid'o., and had James, Joshua, and Martha.
James Jr. lived in E. B., and m. Sarah Jackson 1786, and went to Minot, Me.
Martha m. a Cox.
Perhaps Joshua, the father, had other children. He lived in S. B. where Ziba Hayward lived and died.
26. Abishai (s. of Joshua 13.) m. Zerviah (D. of Sam'l Willis 8.) 1741, and had Samuel 1748, Abishai 1752, Solomon 1755, Eliab 1758*, Zerviah 1763.
Samuel m. Bethiah, D. of Isaac Lathrop, 1767, and had a son Oliver 1769.
Abishai, Solomon, and Zerviah went to Belchertown.
Oliver m. Ann Wales about 1790, and had Otis 1769, and a D. who m. a Paine in Boston.
27. Joab (s. of Joshua 13.) m. Martha, D. of John Bolton Jr. 1745, and had John 1745, Joab 1747, Martha 1749, Hezekiah 1751, Timothy 1753*, Caleb 1755, Ruth 1757, Joshua 1760, Ezra, and Jacob.
John m. Abihail, D. of John Conant, 1774, and had John 1777, Asa 1779.
Martha and Ruth appear to have been at Winchester, whither most of the family removed.
Joab m. Alice Rickard 1772, and went to Pomfret, and to N. Y. State.
Wid. Martha Willis died 1802, ae. 77.
Ezra d. here a bachelor.
Jacob m. a Morse and went to Me.
28. Silas (s. of Joshua 13.) m. Sarah, D. of Josiah Hayward, and had Sarah 1746, Silas 1748, Adam 1750, Edmund 1753, Olive 1756, Hannah 1758, Betty 1761, Abraham 17.64. This family all removed from town.
29. Isaac (s. of Dea. Isaac 14.) m. Rebecca, D. of Thomas Hayward, 1759, and had Isaac 1760*, Isaac 1762, Thomas 1765*.
30. Thomas (s. of Thomas 15.) m. Susanna, D. of Thomas Ames, 1741, and had Lemuel 1742, Jedediah 1744, Thomas 1746, Susanna 1754; Asa 1756*, Mary 1758. This family went to Easton probably.
Lemuel m. an Ames in E., and had 2 ss. and several Ds.
Capt. Jedediah m. Susanna, D. of Capt. Josiah Snell, 1775, and had Lucy 1777, Martin 1796, and others perhaps at Easton.
Thomas m. a Huet, and then a Dean, and had 2 ss. in Boston, and others.
31. Zephaniah (s. of Thomas 15.) m. Bethiah, D. of Thomas Hayward, 1754, and had Zephaniah 1757, who gra. H. U. 1778, and settled in the ministry at Kingston, and is still living : m. Hannah, D. of Gen. John Thomas, and has a family.
32. Nathan (s. of Thomas 15.) m. Martha, D.. of Ephraim Howard, 1757, and had Martha 1758, Nathan 1760*, Nathan 1763, Betty 1765, Molly 1767, Chloe 1771, Vashti 1773, Abigail 1775, Elijah 1777, Lucy 1779. He m. Sarah White of Marshfield 1792, a 2d wife, and removed to Oakham.
Martha m. Jonathan Howard 1774.
Betty m. Luther Hayward 1785.
Molly m. Gideon Howard Esq. 1788.
Chloe m. Silas Packard Esq. 1789.
Vashti m. Martin Howard 1793.
Abigail m. Increase Matthews and d. at Muskingum.
Lucy m. Cyrus Alger Esq. of Boston 1804.
33. Judge Benjamin (s. of Benjamin 16.) gra. H. U. 1740, C. Justice C. C. P. Plym. Co., m. Bathsheba Williams of Taunton 1742, and had a child 1743*: he then m. wid. Sarah Bradford, sister of Dea. Ephraim Spooner of Plymouth, 1761, and had Mary 1762, Benjamin 1765, Sarah 1763: he died July 13, 1807, ae. 87.
Sarah m. Capt. Simeon Pratt 1791.
34. Daniel (s. of John Esq. 17.) m. Keziah (D. of Ebenezer Willis 11.) 1756, and had Daniel and John 1755, Jonah 1764, Ebenezer 1767: he d. 1814 ; she 1816.
35. Zebulun (s. of Samuel 24.) m. Susanna Bartlett of Carver 1793, and had Wendell 1794, Irene 1796, Susanna 1799, Hannah 1802, Bartlett 1804*, Salome 1807, Mary*, d. 1813.
Wendell went to Sandwich, and then to New York.
Irene m. Daniel Hartwell Jr. 1817, and died 1818.
Susanna m. Charles Dunbar 1817.
Salome m. James O. Stetson.
Hannah m. a son of Eli Hudson of Randolph.
36. Isaac (s. of Isaac 29.) m. Huldab, D. of Capt. John Ames, 1786, and had Ruel 1786, Rebecca 1789, and removed to Me., and d., and his wid. m. again.
37. Gen. Nathan (s. of Nathan 32.) m. Sophia, D. of Col. Benjamin Tupper of Chesterfield, 1787, and had Sophia 1789.* His w. d. 1809, and he m. wid. Lucy Dogget, D. of Noah Fearing Esq. of Mid'o. 1790, and had Sophia Tupper 1791, Noah Fearing 1793, Maria 1795*, Charles 1797, Lucy Fearing 1799, Nathan 1802, William Henry 1804, Maria Antoinette 1806, Elijah 1808, George 1810, Caroline 1812*, Frederick Augustus 1815. He removed to Rochester, and then to Pittsfield : he was Representative, Senator, and Counsellor.
George m. Louisa, D. of Silas Packard Jr., and lives in Boston.
38. Elijah Esq. (s. of Nathan 32.) removed to Rochester, m. Sarah, D. of Rev. Jonathan Moore, 1807, and had Susan 1809, Abby 1812, Eliza 1815, Sarah 1818, Elijah 1818*.
Susan m. Nathan Willis.
Abby m. a Barstow.
Eliza and Sarah m. two men by the name of Munroe.
39. Benjamin (s. of Benjamin 33.) m. Sarah, D. of Dr. Eleazar Carver 1801, and had Benjamm. He d., and his widow m. Seth Washburn Esq. 1812.
Benjamin gra. B. U. 1825, and is an Attorney, and has gone South.
40. Daniel (s. of Daniel 34.) m. Zilphah, D. of Sam'! Edson, 1778, and had Keziah 1779, Zilphah 1750*, d. I800 ; Susanna 1752, Betsy 1784, Nancy 1757, Polly 1790, Roxana 1792, Daniel E. 1794, Cyrus 1797, Galen 1800 : his w. d. 1821, ae. 61.
Keziah m. James Willis of E. 1799.
Susanna m. John Pool 1801.
Nancy m. Galen Orcutt 1809.
Polly m. Cyrus Lathrop 1811.
Betsy m. Benjamin Palmer 1805, and Isaac Alden 1814.
Daniel went to Hanson.
41. John (s. of Daniel 34.) m. Sarah, D. of Joseph Rickard, 1779, and had Sarah 1782*, d. 1800. His w. d. 1783, and he m. Huldah, wid. of Silvanus Ames and D. of Maj. Isaac Johnson, 1784, and had John 1786, Polly 1787*, Martin 1759: he d. 1835.
John gra. B. U. 1807, and has kept school and lives on the farm with his father : he m. Cynthia Danville in Providence and has had 16 children, many of whom are not living.
42. Jonah (s. of Daniel 34.) m. Abigail, D. of Jonathan Hayward, 1788, and had Abigail 1790, Jonah 1792, Polly Hayward 1795, Lyman 1796. His w. d. 1799, and he m. Hannah, another D. of Jona. Hayward 1800, and had Clement 1801, Henry Williams 1803, died in N. Y.; Nathan 1806, Emeline Frances 1808, Augustus 1811, Benjamin 1815. His 2d wife d. 1816,.and he m. Freelove, widow of William Fobes (she was a French) 1816.
Abigail m. Jacob Hayward 1816, and Alfred Whitman 1833.
Jonah m. Abigail A. Foster of Kingston 1817, where he lives.
Polly H. m. Leonard Hill 1817.
Lyman lives in Stoughton.
Clement is in Boston.
Benjamin in Boston.
Augustus is with Lyman.
Nathan went to Taunton, is now in S. B.
43. Ebenezer (s. of Daniel 34.) m. Joanna Atwood 1785, and was drowned in a well at Taunton in a fit : he had Ebenezer, George, Huldah, Olive, and Joanna.
Ebenezer lived in Mid'o.
George m. a D. of John Drew of Taunton, and left two sons, George and William.
Huldah m. Benja. Warren of Mid'o.,
and Olive m. Dr. Vaughn of Mid'o.
Joanna not m.
Ebenezer Willis d. in Mid'o. 1840, ae. 49.
44. Mr. Nathaniel Willis (brother of Dea. John 1.) was like-wise an original Proprietor, and among the first settlers in Bridgewater. He was a respectable man, and designated on the early records as Mr. Nathaniel Willis, which was as high a title as was given in that day : he is said to have been the first schoolmaster here. He d. before his brother John, and his estate was settled 1686 : his w. survived, but her name is not given : he had Elkanah and Bethiah. There was a Mary b. at Sandwich 1648, probably his D. : he lived there a short time. Bethiah d. 1716.
45. Elkanah (s. of Nathaniel 44.) and his w. Mercy had Nathaniel 1678, Judith 1662 :.she d. 1709 ; he 1711.
46. Nathaniel (s. of Elkanah 45.) m. Hannah, D. of John Titus of Rehoboth 1712, and had Ephraim 1713, Elkanah 1719: he d. 1747 ; she 1753.—[See Nathaniel, No. 18]
47. Ephraim (s. of Nathaniel 46.) and his w. Ann settled in N. B., and had Ann 1750*. His w. d. 1751, and he m. Elizabeth Gernsey or Ganza 1755, and had Ephraim 1759, John 1761, Ann, Betsy : he d. 1790, ae. 76.
Ann m. Moses Pike 1793.
Betsy m. Jarvis Pike 1790, both of Attleboro'.
48. Elkanah (s. of Nathaniel 46.) m. Mary Sables of Stoughton 1744: he had also a w. Sarah, perhaps 2d w., and had Sarah 1749*, Samuel 1751, Nathaniel 1753, Sarah 1755. No further account of this family.
49. Ephraim (s. of Ephraim 47.), a Baptist preacher, m. Eunice, D. of Hezekiah Egerton 1779, and had Polly 1781, Stillman 1785. He m. a 2d wife Frances Lemote of E. 1787, and had Ephraim, James N., Milton, David, Frances, Sarah.
Polly m. Jacob Dunbar Jr. 1802.
Stillman m. Huldah, D. of Jona. Snow Esq. 1849.
Frances m. Thos. Willis Jr. of E. 1812.
Sarah m. a Hunt.
Ephraim lives in Easton.
Jaynes N. m. Rosanda Foster of Abington 1815.
Wid. Frances m. William Hunt 1817.
50. John (s. of Ephraim 47.) m. Mary, D. of Hezekiah Egerton 1781, and had Isaac, John, Abigail, Eunice, Nancy, Sally, Elizabeth.
Isaac m. a Hubbard.
John m. Lavinia, wid. or D. of Alfred Howard, 1813.
Abigail m. Samuel Whiting 1805.
Eunice m. Ruel Lincoln 1804.
Nancy m. Ruel Dunbar 1805.
Sally m. Oliver Dunbar 1807.
Elizabeth m. Richard Beresford 1817.
Abraham Pierce d. 1673, and it appears that one of his Ds., Rebecca, m. a Willis.
Seth Willis m. Silence, wid. of Benja. Smith and D. of Josiah Keith, and went to Chesterfield : she was b. a. 1720.
Jeremiah, John, Solomon, and Jonathan Willis were at Stoughton a. 1760.
Sarah m. Robert Hoar of Mid'o. 1744.
Mary m. Lewis Daily 1782.
Timothy m. Lavinia Pratt 1786.
Jedediah of Easton m. Adah Hayward 1802.
Daniel m. Judith B. Pratt 1815.
Thomas. Willis of T. m. Bethiah, D. of Elisha Hayward, 1743 : she was dis. from W. B. Ch. to T. Ch. 1745.
The following from Boston Records, viz :
John Willis and Sarah : he d. 1735.
Stephen Willis and Ann : he d. 1729: had Stephen, Mary, Martha, and Grace ; a brother William, and friend Jonathan Willis.
Stephen Jr.'s widow Martha : he had Jonathan and Mary : his will 1748 ; his brothers Jonathan and Benjamin ex'ors : a D. Phebe Willis, alias Potter, by a former wife Dorothy.
Benjamin and Ann : he d.1746.
Nicholas Willis 1648.
Michael Willis and Mildred his wife : his will 1669; hers 1680:2 ss. Experience and Michael, and a gr. s. Michael ; several Ds. viz : Abigail Bill, Lydia Nowell, Joanna Ellis, and a Pollard.
Elizabeth, wid. of Michael, a shipwright, 1712.
Edward Wyllys, merchant, and Ruth his widow : inventory taken 1669.
WILMARTH or WILMOUTH
David and Susanna Witmarth had Molly 1757, Jotham 1759.
Josiah Winslow (from Freetown) m. Sarah, D. of John Hayward Jr. 1721, lived awhile in E. B., and afterwards exchanged farms with Joseph Keith, and went up to W. B., near to Easton line.
Sarah Winslow m. Edward Wentworth of St. 1746.
Anthony Winslow (s. of Gilbert of Marshfield) born 1707, m. Deborah, D. of William Barker Esq., 1728, and settled the estate of his son-in-law Nathaniel Clift, deceased, 1762. Clift's children were Anthony Winslow, Nathaniel, and Deborah. He had also a son-in-law James Thomas of Marshfield, who was in the army with Gen. Winslow at Annapolis Royal 1755, where he d., leaving James, Winslow, Priscilla, and Deborah. Mr. Winslow came and settled in E. B. before 1770, and brought all these grand children with him, together with his D. the wid. Priscilla Thomas : his D. Deborah Clift was probably then d. Winslow's w. d. 1773, ae. 63 ; he 1789, ae. 83.
His father Gilbert Winslow was son of Nathaniel, who was son of Kenelm, who was brother of Gov. Edward Winslow, and was in Plymouth before 1633.
Nath'l Winslow removed to Damarascotta 1729, testified at York Court 1742, then 63 years old, and of course born 1679.
John Winslow m. Emeline, D. of Edward Mitchell, a. 1522, and his brother Kenelm Winslow m. Orra, D. of Benja. Pope Esq. about the same time.4
Susanna, D. of John Winslow, m. Robert Latham 1649 : her mother was the famous Mary Chilton (D. of James and Susanna Chilton who came over in the May Flower 1620, and both died the first winter) who is said to have been the first English lady who set foot on the N. England shore.
Francis Wood lived in S. B., and m. Sarah, widow of John Hooper and D. perhaps of John Harden, 1710, and had John 1710, Mary 1712, Jonathan 1715, Anna 1717.
2. John (s. of Francis 1.) and his w. Priscilla had Anna 1734*, Mary 1735, William 1737*, Priscilla 1738, John 1740, Sarah 1742, Patience 1745, Abigail 1747, Francis 1750, Silas 1752, Joseph 1756.
Mary m. Eleazar Snow 1757.
Sarah perhaps m. John Freelove 1774.
John. Wood Jr. of Easton m. Rachel Barrow 1766.
3. Jonathan (s. of Francis 1.) and his wife Betty had Betty 1738, Jonathan 1740, Francis 1742, Sarah 1744, Huldah 1749, Salome 1752, Eunice 1754.
Betty m. Ephraim Allen 1758.
Huldah m. Eleazar Washburn 1769.
4. Capt. Simeon Wood (from Mid'o.) m. Rachel, and had Lydia 1753*, Barzillai 1754. She died, and he m. Sarah Weston probably, and had a D. Susanna. His wife d. 1771, and he m. Mary, wid. of Isaac Keith of Easton 1774 (she was a Randall) and had Sarah 1775. His w. died, and he m. Lydia, D. of Jeremiah Washburn, 1778, and had Rufus 1779, Mary 1781, Simeon 1784, Lydia 1786, Philander 1789, Lewis 1791 : he died 1802.
Susanna m. Seth Mitchell.
Simeon m. Keziah, D. of Jesse Dunbar 1809, settled in Boston, and died 1822.
Mary m. Spencer Leonard 1805.
Sarah m. Isaac Hooper 1799.–.Lydia m. Cyrus Benson 1806.
Philander m. Martha, D. of Jonah Benson 1813.
5. Rufus (s. of Capt. Simeon 4.) m. Susanna, D. of James. Hooper 1799, and had Rachel ,1800, Willard 1802, Eunice H. 1804, Winslow 1806*, Rufus 1812.
Rachel m. Oliver Allen Jr. 1819.
6. Capt. Jonathan (s. of Jonathan 3 perhaps) m. Keziah, D. of James Keith 1764.
James m. Achsah Phinney 1764.
Jona. Wood m. Ann Edson (wid. of Elijah, and D. of Samuel Packard.) 1771.
Jonathan Wood m. Persis Robbins, and Barnabas Wood m. Hannah Robbins, Ds. of Jeduthun Robbins before 1726.
Mary, D. of Elnathan, m. Thomas Conant 1745.
Judah m. Hannah Porter 1757.
Ziba m. Abigail, D. of William Shaw, 1796.
William m. Amie Mears 1753.
Rebecca of Halifax m. John Harris of E. B. 1811.
Olive m. Amasa Nash of Weymouth 1813.
Patience m. Eliab Keith 1813.
Eliza m. Eli Blanchard Jr. 1817.
George W. m. Lydia Tucker 1821.
Greenough m. Nancy A. V., D. of Calvin Washburn Jr.
Sarah Atwood m. Samuel Derby 1764.
George Wood lived in E. B. 1775, and his child d. there the same year.
Capt. Nathaniel Woodward (from Taunton probably) m. Elizabeth, D. of Benjamin Willis, 1708, and settled in S. B., near the Bridge ever since called "Woodward's Bridge," and had Susanna 1709, Sarah 1712 : he died 1741, ae. 71.
Susanna m. Charles Latham a. 1724.
There was a Hannah Woodward who m. Joshua Willis 1734.
Nathaniel Woodworth, s. of John, born at Taunton 1679. It may be that the name of Woodworth and Woodward were originally the same, like Southworth and Southard.
James Carkis Woodwiss m. Hannah Washburn 1770, and had Sarah 1770, John 1772, Mary 1773. Sarah d. 1816.
WORMAL, WERMAL, or WORMELL
John Wormell m. Mary Bryant 1729, and had Joseph 1732, Benjamin 1735, John 1735. He removed to Halifax and there d., and his estate was settled 1754, and his wid. m. Robert Henry.
Sarah Wormal m. Nehemiah Allen 1707. This family came from Duxbury to Bridgewater probably, and was originally from Scituate, where James Wermal took the oath of fidelity 1638.
John Young (a Scotchman, born in the Shire of Renfrew) came to this country quite young : was cousin to the Hon. Hugh Orr, with whom he served an apprenticeship, and m. Eunice, D. of Capt. Jonathan Bass 1752, and settled in E. B., and had Robert 1754, Agnes 1756, Samuel 1760, Bethuel 1763*, Jennet 1765, Thomas 1768, John 1771, Eunice 1775. His wife d. 1780, ae. 43, and he m. Leah Bonney of Pembroke : he d. 1795, ae. 68 ; she 1800, ae. 63.
Agnes d. 1777.
Samuel d. 1777.
John died 1792.
Jennet m. John Phillips 1784, and died 1823.
Eunice m. John Harris 1795, and d. 1811.
2. Robert (s. of John I.) m. Mary, D. of Capt. David Kingman, 1775, and had Samuel 1777, Agnes 1779*, Parnel 1781, Robert 1782*, Molly 1784*, a son 1787*, Betsy 1790, Welcome 1792 : his wife d. 1831, ae. 77.
Samuel was Purser on board the Boston Frigate, Capt. Little, and was killed at the capture of the Burceau 1800.
Parsley d. 18OO.
Mr. Robert Young died 1839, ae. 85.
3. Capt. Thomas (s. of John 1.) m. Bethiah Cushing, D. of the Rev. Samuel Baldwin of Hanover 1791, and had John 1792, Hannah Cushing 1794, Fanny 1798, William Cushing and Bushrod Washington 1809, Lucy 1832. He removed to Belfast, Me., then to Weymouth; then to Roxbury, and finally to Dorchester, where he died.
John d. of a consumption.
The widow lived in Charlestown with her family, and d. 1837.
4. Welcome Esq. (s. of Robert 2.) gra. B. U. 1814, and is a Counsellor at Law ; m. Jennet Orr, D. of Dea. Wm. Harris, 1816, and had Mary. His w. d. 1821, ae. 31, and he m. Rolinda, D. of Josiah Sturtevant of Halifax, and has several other children.