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Narrative of the Captivity of Nehemiah How

A Narrative of the captivity of Nehemiah How, who was taken by the Indians at the Great Meadow Fort above Fort Dummer, where he was an inhabitant, October 11th, 1745. Giving an account of what he met with in his traveling to Canada, and while he was in prison there. Together with an account of Mr. How’s death at Canada. Exceedingly valuable for the many items of exact intelligence therein recorded, relative to so many of the present inhabitants of New England, through those friends who endured the hardships of captivity in the mountain deserts and the damps of loathsome prisons. Had the author lived to have returned, and published his narrative himself, he doubtless would have made it far more valuable, but he was cut off while a prisoner, by the prison fever, in the fifty-fifth year of his age, after a captivity of one year, seven months, and fifteen days. He died May 25th, 1747, in the hospital at Quebec, after a sickness of about ten days. He was a husband and father, and greatly beloved by all who knew him.

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Queen Anne’s War – Indian Wars

War was declared against France by Queen Anne, of England, in May, 1702, and, of course, the contest was renewed in America. Villebon, the governor of Canada, immediately began to encroach upon the northern frontier of the British colonies, and to instigate the Indians to commence their destructive ravages. Dudley, the governor of Massachusetts, visited Casco, Maine, in June, 1703, and held a conference with a number of Indian chiefs, and concluded a treaty which the Indians promised to observe as long as the sun and moon should continue. Not withstanding these protestations, they made an attack a few...

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King William’s War – Indian Wars

The war commonly called by the colonists, “King William’s War,” commenced in 1688 and ended in 1697. The object of the French was the expulsion of the English from the northern and middle provinces. The English directed their efforts against Canada. The French secured the services of the greater part of the Indians, and the united forces spread death and desolation in all directions.

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The Descendants of Thomas White of Marblehead

Thomas White is the first generation. His descendants who bear the family name stand in numerical order from himself to NO. 79. Small figures at the end of a name, thus, “THOMAS2″ indicate the generation to which the individual belongs. Figures in parentheses placed before a name, forming the subject of a distinct notice, thus, (2) THOMAS,” denote time numerical order in which he stands, and will be found by turning back to that number. Names in the family group, printed in large capitals, thus, “2. THOMAS2” i.e., number 2, Thomas, second generation, will be understood as subjects of future treatment, and may be found forward, under that generation, with the same number enclosed in parentheses before the name. This manuscript is currently undergoing a transformation. Give us a couple of days and it’ll be completely back. In the mean time you can read the digital book here: Descendants of Thomas White of Marblehead List of Article’s for The Descendants of Thomas White Michael and Joanna White Michael and Ruth (Rhoades) White There’s additional information still to come. Haskell Descendants The Haskell Family Will Of Roger Haskell, Of Beverly Mark Haskell Burial Expense of Mark Haskell Mark Haskell, Second Generation Mark Haskell, Third Generation Mark Haskell Fourth Generation Mark Haskell Fifth Generation Sixth Generation of Mark Haskell William Haskell Notice Of William Haskell Coombs Descendants Henry Coombs of Marblehead...

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First and Second Churches in Marblehead Massachusetts

The first church in Marblehead was built in 1649. “From the earliest records of this town, it appears that as early as 1648, when ‘the Planta­tion,’ as it was called, contained forty-four families, there was preaching among them by Mr. Walton.” “Mr. Walton continued to officiate as a public teacher, though without ordination, about twenty years, till he was removed by death, in August or September, 1668, but a few weeks before the commencement of Mr. Cleever’s labors.’’ May 24, 1684. The brethren at Marblehead, finding a great incon­veniency in going to Salem, with the unanimous concurrence of the con­gregation, applied themselves to Mr. Samuel Cleever, who had been the minister among them for fifteen years and a half past, that he would take the office of a pastor, and themselves might be congregated into a particular society, for the enjoyment of all the ordinances in this place orderly, as in other towns and places in the country.’’ ‘The church was gathered Aug. 13, 1684, having fifty-four members. [Charity Pitman was one of the number.] SAMUEL CLEEVER, who had preached in Marblehead sixteen years, was ordained Aug. 13, 1684. Mr. Cleever was born at New haven, Conn., Sept. 22, 16:19, graduated at Harvard College in 1659, and died in the ministry at Marblehead, May 29, 1724, in the 85th year of his age, and of his ministry the fiftieth....

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Biography of Thomas Fuller

In 1638 THOMAS FULLER came from England to America upon a tour of observation, intending, after he should have gratified his curiosity by a survey of the wilderness world, to return. While in Massachusetts, he listened to the preaching of Rev. Thomas Shepard, of Cambridge, who was then in the midst of a splendid career of religious effort and eloquence, the echo of which, after the lapse of two centuries, has scarcely died away. Through his influence Thomas Fuller was led to take such an interest in the religion of the Puritan school, that the land of liturgies and religious formulas, which he had left behind, became less attractive to him than the ” forest aisles ” of America, where God might be freely worshiped. He has himself left on record a metrical statement of the change in his views which induced him to resolve to make his home in Massachusetts. These verses were collected by the Rev. Daniel Fuller of Gloucester from aged persons, who declare that the author was urged, but in vain, to publish them. Now, after the lapse of two centuries, we will favor the world with a few of them, which will serve as a sample: – “In thirty-eight I set my foot On this New England shore; My thoughts were then to stay one year, And here remain no more. But, by the...

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Biography of Timothy Fuller, Sr.

TIMOTHY FULLER, the sixth child and third son of Jacob Fuller, was born at Middleton, on the 18th of May, 1739. He entered Harvard University at the age of nineteen, and graduated in 1760. His name over that date is still (1859) seen on the corner-stone of one of the college buildings. He applied himself to theology, and in March, 1767, received from the church and town of Princeton, Mass., a nearly unanimous invitation to become their pastor, having previously supplied their pulpit for two years. Here he was ordained the first minister of Princeton, 9th September, 1767. In 1770 he married Sarah Williams, daughter of Rev. Abraham Williams of Sandwich, Mass. He was successful as a preacher, and his people were united in him till the war of the revolution broke out. He declared at the time, and ever afterwards, that he was friendly to the principles of the revolution, and anxiously desired that his country should be liberated from its dependence on the British crown; but he was naturally a very cautious man, and believed this result would be certain to come, if the country reserved itself for action till its strength was somewhat matured, and its resources in a better state of preparation. Resistance at the time he believed premature, and thought that we were hazarding all by too precipitate action. Such views, however, were by...

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Genealogy of Richard Bishop

Richard Bishop, of Salem was a husbandman. He married, first, before 1635, Dulzebella ____, who was born about 1607. She died in Salem 23 (24): 6: 1658; and he married, second, Mary Gould 22: 5: 1660. His wife Mary was born about 1611. He died in Salem 30: 10: 1674; and his widow Mary married Thomas Robbins March 11, 1674-5. Children: Mary Bishop, b. about 1635; m., first, probably, John Barnet (or Barbant) 18: 4: 1661; and, second, John Darling of Salem, fisherman, before 1680. She was living in 1686. Edward Bishop, baptized in Salem 23: 2: 1648. He was a husbandman, and lived in Salem Village until 1703, when he removed to Rehoboth, where subsequently lived, being an “innholder alias yeoman” there in 1705-6, he married Sarah Wild of Topsfield before 1685. Children, born in Salem?: Edward Bishop, born in Salem. He was a yeoman, and lived in Salem until 1711, when he removed to Ipswich, and from thence to Newbury in 1727. He married Susannah before 1706; and she was his wife in 1742. Children: Josiah Bishop, lived in Ipswich until 1727, when he removed to Newbury. Husbandman. He married Sarah Adams Feb. 7, 1716-7, at Ipswich-Hamlet; and she was his wife in 1740. She probably married, secondly, ? Fowler before 1767. Children: Bethiah Bishop, bapt. in Ipswich Dec. 15, 1717; m., first, Jonathan Moors, jr., of...

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Genealogy of Jonathan Biles

Jonathan Biles, born about 1646, lived in Beverly, being a house-carpenter by trade, but a yeoman as well. He was sworn a freeman 26: 9: 1678. He married, first, Elizabeth Patch Nov. 15, 1674, and she was his wife in 1696. He mar­ried, second, Margaret Cleaves May 3, 1716. He conveyed his house and some land to his son Nicholas Biles in 1719. He was living in 1727. Children, born in Beverly: Richard Biles, b. Nov. 8, 1675. Richard Biles, baptized in Beverly April 21, 1678. He was first a mariner, then weaver and husbandman, and lived in Gloucester until 1727, when he returned to Beverly. He married Mary Davis (published Jan. 22, 1695-6); and she was his wife in 1727. He died in 1771, his will dated April 2, 1762, being proved April 2, 1771. Children, born in Gloucester: Capt. Charles Biles, born in Gloucester Dec. 20, 1700. He was a mariner and yeoman; and lived in Gloucester. He married Hannah Eveleth Jan. 17, 1727; and died in 1782, his will dated Jan. 30, 1781, being proved April 1, 1782. She survived him, and died, his widow, in 1785, her will, dated Sept. 10, 1782, being proved June 7, 1785. He had a Negro servant named Robbin. Children, born in Gloucester: Hannah Biles, b. April 13 , 1728; m. Job Stanwood Sept. 14, 1749. Abigail Biles, b. Aug....

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Will Of Lionell Chute

The will of Lionell Chute of Ipswich, dated 4: 7 mo: 1644, was proved in court at Ipswich 7: 9 mo: 1645. The original instrument has not been found, and the following copy is from the record in Ipswich deeds, book i, leaf 15. The fourth day of the eleventh month Anno Dm 1644 I Lionell Chute of the Towne of Ipfwch in New England Schoolmafter doe make & ordayne this my laft will & Teftament (revoking all form wills by me made.) Item I give vntd Rofe my wife for terme of her naturall life, all this my dwelling howfe with the Barne &all the edifices: (the two chambers over the howfe & entry only excepted which I will that James my fonne fhall have to his only vfe for the Terme of one yeare next after my deceafe with free ingreffe, egreffe, & regreffe & wth the yards, gardens, the home-lott & planting lott purchaffed of Mr. Bartlemew with the Comonage and appurtenances therevnto belonging. And after my wives deceafe; I give the faid howfe, barne, lotts & premiffes with all thappurtenances vnto James Chute my fonne & to his heires. Item I give vnto my faid fonne James Chute & to his heires for ever all & fingular my other lands, lotts, meadow grounds marifhes, with all & finguler their appurtnances & pfitts whatfoever ymdiatly after...

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Will of Richard Woodman

The nuncupative will of Richard Woodman of Lynn was sworn to in Salem quarterly court 30: 10: 1647. The following is a copy of the original on file in the office of the clerk of courts at Salem, volume I, leaf 89. The will of Richard Woodman of the Towne of Lynn defeced [deceased] as foloweth [follows] Being fpoken [spoken] to by Nicholas (Potter) to make his will Paid that he would make his will and being asked by John Gillow too whome [whom] he would giue [give] his goods faid [said] that he would giue [give] fower [four] pounds to the Elders of lynn fortie [forty] fhilings [shillings] a yeere [year], and all the reft [rest] of his goods he would giue [give] to Jofeph Redknap Richard more and (to) his mafter [master] John Gillow, equally to either of them alike and yet Jofeph Redknap he did make his executor. [execator] Witneffes [Witness] to this will John Gillow & Richard Moore witness that Jofeph Redknap is the executor John Gillow Source: The Essex Antiquarian May...

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Will of John Lowell

The following is a copy of the will of John Lowell of Newbury transcribed from the ancient copy on file in the probate office in Boston. It was proved 27: 8: 1647. The Laft [last] will & Teftament [Testament] of John Lowle Late of Newberry deceafed [deceased] made this nine & twentieth of the fowrth [forth] mounth 1647. That I John Lowle of Newberry beeing in Pfect [perfect] vnderstanding [understanding] knowing my ffrailty [frailty] doe [do] declare this to bee [be] my last will & Tefament [testament]; ftedfaftly [faithfully] beleiveing that when I goe [go] hence I shall reft [rest] in Glory through my Savior the Lord Jesus Cht [Christ]. As for the Eftate [faith] the Lord hath given me heare [here] I thus difpofe of it : I give unto my wife Elizabeth Lowle one halfe [half] of my estate whether it Consifts [comes] in Goods within or without Land Howses [houses] Cattell [cattle] Household stuffe [stuff] meddowes [meadows] land brocken [broken] or vnbrokne [unbroken] or what elfe [else] Alfoe my said wife to Chufe Twenty pownds [pounds] out of the refidewe of that eftate [estate] which Came by her mother fformerly [formerly] or latter, The reft [rest] of my eftate [estate] to be devided [divided] equally betweene [between] my Sonn [sons] John Lowle, Mary Lowle, Peter Lowle, James Lowle, Joseph Lowle, Beniamine Lowle, & Elizabeth Lowle. Alfo...

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Beverly Massachusetts Inscriptions, Ancient Burying Ground

In Memory of Mrs Mercy Thorndike, the confort of Capt. Israel Thorndike who departed this Life October 20th 1783 Æ 27. An amiable difpofition–a benevolent heart Undiffembled affections–and focial virtues adorned her life. She’s gone! the’s paft the gloomy thades of night Safe landed in the eternal realms of light. ALSO of Israel Thorndike son of Capt. Israel and Mrs Mercy Thorndike who departed this Life Novr 2d 1782 Æ. 2 Years. Here lies ye Body of Capt John Thorndick who Departed this Life March ye 24th 1760 In ye 86th Year of his Age. In Memory of Mrs John Thorndike who departed this Life July: l0th 1769: In the 69th year of his age. In Memory of Nancy Thorndike, daughr of Mr. Henry & Mrs. Eliza Thorndike who died Decr 4th 1790. aged 11 mons and 26 days. In Memory of Mr. Nichlos Thorndike who departed this Life Febr 17th 1788: In the 55th year of his age. Behold & fee as you pass by, As you are now fo once was I; As I am now you soon must be, Prepare for death & follow me. In Memory of Capt. Osmond Thorndike who departed this life May 28th 1796 Aged 35 years. Sweet foul we leave thee to thy refit Enjoy thy Fefus & thy God; Till we from bands of clay releaft Spring out & climb...

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The History of Miscellaneous Salem House Lots

Henry West Lot Col. John Hathorne conveyed this lot to Henry West of Salem May 19, 1699. 1Essex Registry of Deeds, hook 13, leaf 166. Mr. West died possessed of the lot in 1703, having devised it to his son Samuel West in his will, which, though well and strong, he made, “considering the many sudden deaths that are of late,” Feb. 3, 1700-1. The son Samuel built the house that subsequently occupied the site. John Higginson Lot Col. John Hathorne conveyed this lot to John Higginson, 3d, May 18, 1699. 2Essex Registry of Deeds, book 13, leaf 199. Mr. Higginson erected a house upon this lot, probably after 1700, and died possessed of it. Nathaniel Hathorne Lot This was a part of Colonel Hathorne’s field, and was conveyed by him, for ninety pounds, to his son Nathaniel Hathorne, a mariner, May 19, 1699. 3Essex Registry of Deeds, book 15, leaf 2. Mr. Hathorne conveyed the western part of the lot to Joseph Flint Sept. 28, 1702; 4Essex Registry of Deeds, book 16, leaf 45. and the middle section to Mr. Flint June 26, 1704. 5Essex Registry of Deeds, book 15, leaf 233. Mr. Hathorne removed to Gosport, Southton county, Great Britain, and died there before 1712. His widow, Sarah, married, secondly, Nathaniel Satell of Gosport, mariner, and she conveyed, as executrix, the remaining part of the lot to...

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Estate of George Corwin House

Estate of George Corwin House, and Estate of George Corwin and Jonathan Corwin Lots. These three lots contained four acres, and were a pasture belonging to Rev. Hugh Peter, the pastor of the First church in Salem, and subsequently a regicide, early in the settlement, probably having been granted to him by the town. After his return to England, he conveyed this pasture, by his attorney, Charles Gott of Wenham, to Capt. George Corwin of Salem, merchant, July 1, 1659. 1Essex Registry of Deeds, book 1, leaf 60. Captain Corwin died Jan. 3, 1684-5, aged seventy-four. This pasture was divided between his son Jonathan and the heirs of his son John, who had died July 25, 1683, the former taking the western end of the pasture to the division line shown on the map, which he owned until his decease June 9, 1718. Jonathan was the judge who lived in the “witch house,” having succeeded his father there, and who sat upon the bench during the witchcraft trials. The heirs of John had the portion east of the division line. He was the older son, and probably at the time of his marriage, about 1660, his father erected for him the ancient house that stood where the Washington House is now located on Washington street. Apparently the title to the house and land remained in the father until his...

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