The Adams Family of Chelmsford.
There were as many as twenty men of the name of ADAMS in the first generation of New England people. It is a very common name in Old England as well as in this country. The name being originally simply an abbreviation, an equivalent, for Adam’s son, this may account for its wide prevalence. The original emigrants to this country bearing this name do not seem to have been related.
- Henry Adams came from England to this country in 1634, and settled in Braintree, about eight miles from Boston. There is strong reason to believe that he came from Braintree in Essex, Eng. It is known that his family originated in Wales, about six hundred years ago. The original name was tip Adam, equivalent to Adam’s son, exchanged for ADAMS about 1450. Henry Adams settled in that part of Braintree, Mass., which is now Quincy, incorporated as a town Feb. 22, 1792. He had eight sons, Henry, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan, Peter, John, Joseph, Edward.
- Samuel Adams, the third son, born in England, 1617, settled in Chelmsford, 1654, where he died, Jan. 24, 1688-9. His brother Thomas also settled in Chelmsford. These two brothers built mills at Pawtucket Falls, where is now the city of Lowell. Previously to this, the people carried their, grain to Boston to be ground by a wind-mill. He had fourteen children.
- Joseph Adams, a son of his, passed his life in Chelmsford.
- Benjamin Adams, a son of the last named, also lived in Chelmsford. He was father of William Adams, husband of Elizabeth Richardson in the text.
The Belknap Family.
The Belknap family, it is believed, was originally German. Early in the history of our country, it is said, there came from Liverpool, Eng., four brothers of this name, all of whom settled in Massachusetts; one in Boston, one in Salem, one in Haverhill, and one died soon after his arrival. Some of their descendants were among the early settlers of New Hampshire.
Joseph Belknap some time after settled in Brimfield, Mass., a town incorporated July 14, 1731, then called the district of Holland. His wife was Miss Morris, aunt of Robert Morris. His children were John, William, Daniel, Hannah, and Mary. Many of the descendants of this family settled in the State of New York.
William Belknap, the second son, had for his second wife Anna Burke. They had six daughters and one son, Morris Burke.
Morris Burke Belknap, the only son, was the father of William Burke Belknap in the text. He was one of a colony who settled in Marietta, Ohio; whence he returned and settled in Worcester, Mass., in 1810 or 1811; thence he removed to Pittsburgh, Pa., 1816; thence he removed. to Tennessee, and erected large iron furnaces and mills in Nashville. He removed to Smithland, Ky., at the mouth of Cumberland River, with the view of doing the same thing there, when he died, July 26, 1827.
There was a Joseph Belknap in Boston, June, 1657, and a Nathaniel Belknap in 1731, but whether of this family is not known.
The Bill Family of Boston and Chelsea.
- John and Dorothy Bill came from England about 1635 and settled in Boston. He died December, 1638.
- James Bill, their son, born in England, 1615; came with them. He lived at Pulling Point, Chelsea; died Feb. 1, 1687-8; was buried on Copps Hill, Boston.
- Jonathan Bill, his son, born in Boston, 1654; lived at the North End, Boston, and at Pulling Point; died April, 1729; buried in Chelsea.
- Jonathan Bill, born in Boston, 1680, and died at Pulling Point, 1731.
- Charles Bill, born at Pulling Point, March 22, 1710-11.
- Benjamin Bill, born at Chelsea, Nov. 17, 1741; lived in Chelsea; died about 1772.
- Benjamin Bill, born at Chelsea, Jan. 10, 1762; died July 22, 1790.
- Benjamin Bill, born at Chelsea, March 5, 1790; married, May 20, 1814, Elizabeth Cutter, of Sudbury, as hi the text.
The Carter Family.
- Rev. Thomas Carter, born in Hertfordshire, Eng., 1610; married Mary Dalton; came to this country, 1635; ordained first minister of Woburn, Nov. 22, 1042; died Sept. 5, 1684. His wife died March 28, 1687.
- Samuel Carter, their son, born Aug. 8, 1640; graduated Harvard College, 1660; married Eunice Brooks, 1672; died at Groton, 1693.
- Samuel Carter, their son, born Jan. 7, 1678; married Dorothy Wilder, of Lancaster; died 1738.
- Samuel Carter, their son, born 1703; married Jeunima Houghton, Feb. 14. 1725.
- Jonathan Carter, their son, married Damaris Whitcomb, of Lancaster; lived in Leominster; parents of Damaris Carter in the text.
The Carter Family of Woburn.
- Rev. Thomas Carter, born in England, about 1610; educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, England; came to this country, while yet a student in divinity, in the ship Planter, Capt. Trarice, from London, at the age of twenty-five; spent about six years in Dedham and Watertown; was ordained in Woburn, after a year’s probation, Nov. 22, 1642; died there, Sept. 5, 1684, after a ministry of forty-two years. By his wife, Mary Dalton, who died March 28, 1687, he had eight children: Samuel, Judith, Theophilus, Mary, Abigail, Deborah, Timothy, Thomas. Theophilus and Deborah died young, before their father. Samuel graduated, Harvard College, 1660. The others were married and had families.
- Thomas Carter, the youngest son of Rev. Thomas Carter, was born June 8, 1655; married, 1682, Margery or Margaret Whitmore, of Cambridge. Their descendants are still numerous in Wilmington and in the part of Burlington adjacent, called “Carter Row.”
- Ebenezer Carter, born Sept. 24, 1695, was their fourth son; his wife was Lydia Butters, of Woburn, married, April 15, 1719.
- Jonathan Carter, born in Wilmington, Aug. 1, 1757, mentioned in the text, the writer supposes to be the grandson of the couple last named.
The Convers Family of Woburn.
- Edward Convers, born in England, 1590; came in the fleet with Winthrop, 1630; settled first in Charlestown; was selectman there, 1635 to 1640: his name stands as the first of the seven commissioners for the settlement of Woburn, 1641; was one of the most popular and useful citizens of that town; one of the deacons of the church there from 1642 till his death; lived near the mill once called by his name in South Woburn, now Winchester; died Aug. 10. 1663, aged 73.
- James Convers, senior, his son, born in England, 1620; came to this country with his father in 1630; accompanied him to Woburn, 1641; was familiarly known as Lieut. Convers; was a useful and honored citizen of Woburn; died there, May 10, 1715, aged 95 years.
- James Convers, junior, his son, born in Woburn, Nov. 16, 1645; not only discharged various civil trusts, including that of town clerk, and representative to the General Court, of which body he was speaker three years, but was especially distinguished for his gallant defence of Storer’s garrison in Wells, with only fifteen men against three hundred French and Indians, June 10, 1692. He is the justly celebrated Major Convers. He died July 8, 1706, aged 61.
- Josiah Convers, his son, born in Woburn, Sept. 12, 1684; married Hannah Sawyer, of Woburn, Dec. 30, 1706; had eight children.
- Josiah Convers, their son, born March 2, 1710; married Sarah Evans, of Reading, about 1732. They were the parents of Sarah Convers, wife of Bartholomew Richardson in the text.
Elizabeth Cutter, born Oct. 14, 1794, was a daughter of Joseph5 and Prudence (Thompson) Cutter, of Sudbury. Joseph5 was a son of Nathaniel Cutter,4 born 1731, of Sudbury, who was a son of Nathaniel,3 born in Charlestown, 1691, who was a son of Nathaniel,2 born 1663, and grandson of Richard Cutter,1 ancestor of all the Cutters in New England.
The Dearborn Family.
- Godfrey Dearborn was the progenitor of the Dearborn Family in the United States so far as is known. He is said to have been a native of Exeter, in England. He came from England after 1634 and previous to 1639. His name does not occur in a list of the freemen of Massachusetts. It appears that he settled in Exeter, N. H. He was one of the thirty-five who, with Rev. John Wheelwright, signed the compact at Exeter in 1639. He lived in Stratham, then a part of Exeter; was selectman of Exeter, 1648; afterwards removed to Hampton.
- Thomas Dearborn, his son, was born in England in 1634; came with his father and lived in Hampton, N. H. He was a deacon; died April 14, 1710.
- Ebenezer Dearborn, his son, was born in Hampton, Oct. 3, 1689; his wife was Abigail Sanborn, born Oct. 1, 1686, daughter of Joseph Sanborn. The charter of Chester, N. H., is dated May 8, 1722. He is one of the grantees named in the charter, but was living in Hampton, 1729. He shortly after removed to Chester; was selectman, deacon, captain, etc., and died March 15, 1772.
- Benjamin Dearborn, his third son, was born in Hampton, Aug. 13, 1713; married -- Colcod, of Kingston, N. H. He sold his property in Hampton, November, 1767, and removed to Plymouth, N. H.
- Capt. Samuel Dearborn, his son, was born in Hampton, 1745; removed with his father to Plymouth, N. H.; was the father of Polly Dearborn in the text. The genealogy of the Dearborn family may be found in Chase’s History of Chester and in the N. E. Geneal. Register, vol. ii. p. 81, et seq.
The Jennison Family.
- Robert Jennison came from England, probably in the fleet with Winthrop, with m. brother William; settled in Watertown, as early, certainly, as 1636; twice married; died July 4, 1690.
- Samuel Jennison, his son, born 1645; married Judith Macomber; passed his life in Watertown; died Oct. 15, 1701.
- William Jennison, his son, born in Watertown, April 17, 1676; married Elizabeth Golding, of Sudbury; lived in Sudbury and in Worcester; died Sept.19, 1744; father of Abigail, who married Col. David Baldwin.
The Johnson Family of Woburn.
- Capt. Eward Johnson, “the father of Woburn,” and author of the “Wonder-Working Providence;” from Dent, Eng., 1630; died.April 23, 1672; wife, Susanna; children, Edward, George, Williams, Matthew, John, Susanna, Martha.
- Major William Johnson, born in England, about 1630; died May 22, 1704; wife, Esther Wiswall, of Newton; eminent as a citizen, a surveyor, and a magistrate; wise, capable, public-spirited, energetic.
- Deacon (also captain) Edward Johnson, born March 19, 1658; wife, Sarah Walker; lived in that part of Woburn which is now Burlington; many years one of the selectmen; representative in 1700; deacon from 1720 till his death. He was father of Abigail Johnson in the text, also of Esther, the mother of that brave commander, Seth Wyman. Ichabod Johnson was his youngest son by first wife; a promising young man; was killed at the beginning of the Pigwacket fight. The shock occasioned the father’s death, Aug. 7, 1725, aged 68.
The Kendall Family, of Woburn.
- Francis Kendall came from England, and is supposed to be the ancestor of all bearing that name in New England. In what year he came over, we are not informed; we find. him in Charlestown, as one of thirty-two men who were intending to make a settlement in Woburn, 1641. He was taxed among the earliest inhabitants of Woburn, 1615. His wife was Mary ______. They had nine children, of whom four were sons. The descendants of these children are very numerous, and so far as I know highly respected.
- Thomas Kendall was the second son, born in Woburn, Jan. 10, 1618-9. His wife was Ruth, married 1673. They also had nine children. The second son was:
- Samuel Kendall, born in Woburn, Oct. 29, 1632. By his wife Elizabeth he was the father of Jerusha Kendall, named in the text as the wife of Reuben Richardson. She was the youngest of fifteen children, and was born in Woburn, as already stated, Feb. 13, 1734-5. He was a carpenter by trade, and extensively known as Lieutenant Samuel Kendall. He was a very active, enterprising, public-spirited man, often employed in town business. He was selectman, 1746, 1717, 1748; an original proprietor of Townsend, and active in the settlement of Athol. To that place he and his family removed about 1750, and while there suffered much from floods, and from the depredations of Indians. All but one of his fifteen children lived to mature years. Nine of them took up their abode in Sterling, Leominster, or Athol. [Sewall’s History of Woburn.]
Lawrence, of Boston
- John Lawrence1 came from England to this country, probably in 1635, and settled in Watertown. By his wife Elizabeth he had twelve children, all born in that town. In the autumn of 1662 he removed to Groton.
- Nathaniel Lawrence,2 born in Watertown, Oct. 15, 1639. He was a deacon in Groton. He was much in town business; died in Charlestown Farms, Lexington, April 14, 1724, aged 85.
- John Lawrence,3 born in Groton, July 29, 1667; died in Lexington, March 12, 1746. He married Hannah Tarbell, in Groton, Nov. 9, 1637; moved to Cambridge Farms, Lexington, 1698. She died Dec. 19, 1732, aged 63. He died March 12, 1746-7, aged 79. Their youngest child was:
- Amos Lawrence,4 born Feb. 19, 1715-16. He lived in Groton; was a lieutenant; married Abigail Abbot, born in Lexington, Jan. 26, 1721. She died Jan. 6, 1784. He died June 20, 1785. Their third son was:
- Samuel Lawrence,5 born in Groton, April 24, 1754. He was father of Amos,6 born in Groton, April 22, 1786, Abbot,6 born in Groton, Dec. 16, 1792. Amos died Dec. 31, 1852.
Asahel Marvin, the last named, married Azubah Sill, daughter of Capt. Micah Sill, a Revolutionary officer, who was descended from Capt. Sill, of Cambridge, Mass., who came there, 1635, and was a noted Indian fighter.
- Reynold Marvin came from England, and settled in Hartford, Ct., 1636.
- Reynold Marvin.
- Reynold Marvin.
- Elisha Marvin.
- Timothy Marvin.
- Asahel Marvin.
Mr. Marvin, on the father’s side, is a descendant of Rev. Richard Mather, of Dorchester.
The Maynard Family.
- John Maynard,1 born in England about 1600; came to this country, and settled in Sudbury, in 1638. He was prominent in town affairs, and died Dec. 10, 1672. Had John, Zachary, Elizabeth, Lydia, Hannah, Mary.
- John Maynard,2 born in England; came to this country with his father at eight years of age; was one of the petitioners for the new town of Marlborough, 1660; died there, Dec. 22, 1711. Children, John, Simon, David, Zechariah, Joseph, and five daughters.
- David Maynard,3 born Dec. 21, 1660; an influential man in Westborough, which was taken from Marlborough, 1717; married Hannah Wait; died Oct. 2, 1787. had David Jonathan, Jesse. Jotham, etc.
- Jotham Maynard,4 born in what was then Marlborough, May 29, 1714; died in Bolton, Dec 18, 1773. Had Jotham, Antipas, Barnabas, Abiel, Abner, David, Israel, and three more.
- Jotham Maynard,5 born in Marlborough, March 14, 1741; lived in Berlin; died 1788. One of his sons was
- Antipas Maynard,6 born in Bolton April 27, 1776; married Sally Rice, August, 1797; resided in Sullivan, Gilsum, and Keene, all in New Hampshire; died in Keene, Nov. 15, 1833. His widow died Oct. 22, 1861, at the house of her son-in-law, John D. Richardson, in Boston.
The Partridge Family, of Duxbury.
- George Partridge came from England; yeoman in Duxbury, 1636; married Sarah Tracy, November, 1638.
- John Partridge, their son, born Nov. 29, 1657; married Hannah Seabury, Dec. 24, 1684.
- George Partridge, their son, born Aug. 17, 1690; was a man of note; inherited the paternal estate; his wife was Hannah (Foster) Bradford, widow of William Bradford.
- Hannah Partridge, their daughter, married, 1758, Bartholomew Richardson, as in the text. [Winsor’s History of Duxbury.]
The Prescott Family.
- Joan Prescott was from Lancashire, Eng.; married, in England, Mary Platts, of Yorkshire; several of their children were born there. He came to New England about 1610; settled in Lancaster, of which he was one of the founders. His third son, seventh child, was:
- Jonas Prescott, born in Lancaster, Mass., June, 1648; lived in Groton. His third son, twelfth child, was:
- Benjamin Prescott, born in Groton, Jan. 4, 1695-6; married, June 11, 1718, Abigail Oliver, daughter of Hon. Thomas Oliver, a Cambridge; died Aug. 3, 1738, aged 43. He was a lieutenant colonel in a Middlesex regiment, and justice of the superior court. He was father of Hon. Oliver Prescott, in the text; grandfather of Judge William Prescott, of Boston, and great-grandfather of William H. Prescott, the historian.
The Tidd Family, of Woburn.
- John Tidd embarked May. 12, 1637, at Yarmouth, in the Isle of Wight, England, then aged nineteen, for America; was of Charlestown that year; united with others in the settlement of Woburn, 1642; was taxed there September, 1645; married, first, Margaret, who died 1651; second, Alice ______. He died April 24, 1657.
- John Tidd, son of John and Margaret; married, April, 1650, Rebecca Wood; had seven children, of whom one was;
- John Tidd, b. Feb. 26, 1654-5; married Elizabeth Fifield, June 12, 1678. He lived till Aug. 3, 1743, and his death is recorded as that of “Old Mr. John Tidd.”
- Ebenezer Tidd, born in Woburn, Aug. 31, 1693; was a son of John and Elizabeth (Fifield) Tidd. He married Martha Wyman, and had by her:
- Samuel Tidd, b. Aug. 20, 1716, whose wife was Phebe Sawyer. They were the parents of:
- Sarah Tidd, born Nov. 8, 1743, wife of Edward Richardson,6 as in the text. All of Woburn,
The WILDER FAMILY.
- Martha Wilder, a widow, came from England with her two sons, Edward and Thomas, about 1638. It is believed that she was from Shiplake, a village on the Thames, in Oxfordshire. She had a grant of land in Hingham in 1638, and died there, April 20, 1652. Edward is the ancestor of a numerous family in Hingham and elsewhere.
- Thomas Wilder, the other son, lived in Charlestown from 1640 till his removal to Lancaster, July, 1659; married Anna ______; died Oct. 23, 1667.
- Nathaniel Wilder, a son of Thomas, was killed by Indians at Lancaster, July, 1704.
- Ephraim Wilder, son of Nathaniel, born 1675, was wounded in a fight with Indians at Lancaster, 1707; died there, 1769, aged 94.
- Ephraim Wilder, born 1702, son of Ephrahn; died March, 1770.
- Capt. Ephraim Wilder, born July 8, 1733; married, April 3, 1755, Lucretia Locke, born Nov. 5, 1733, eldest daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Richardson) Locke, of Woburn and Lancaster. Rebecca was daughter of Capt. James and Elizabeth (Arnold) Richardson, of ’Woburn. Samuel Locke kept a public house in Lancaster many years, which was much resorted to. Lucretia was a sister of Rev. Samuel Locke, D. D., president of Harvard College from 1770 to 1773, nearly four years. Ephraim Wilder lived in that part of Lancaster incorporated, 1781, as the town of Sterling, of which town he was representative some years; died Jan. 29, 1805, aged 72.
- Samuel Locke Wilder, horn March 14, 1778; married Anna Sherwin, as above, May 20, 1797. She was born Dec. 31, 1778; died Feb. 5, 1851, aged 72. He and his brother, Col. Josiah Wilder, born 1770, removed from Sterling to Rindge in 1794. Samuel represented Rindge in the Legislature of New Hampshire thirteen years, and held other important offices. He and his brother were merchants in Rindge. He died April 7, 1863, aged 85.
The Wyman Family.
- Francis Wyman, settled in Woburn, Mass., 1641.
- William Wyman, his second son.
- Edward Wyman, his sixth son. He removed to Pelham.
- William Wyman, his second son; was horn in Pelham, then a part of Dracut, Aug. 12, 1736. His wife was Phebe Gage.
- Joshua Wyman, was born in Pelham, Nov. 4, 1777; husband of Miriam Richardson in the text.