David Linnel



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David Linnel   see FAMILY TREE (Brooke)

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Born: 1627 London, England


Was able to bear arms in 1643.  
Married: 09 Mar 1652-53


Died: 1689 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA   His will is dated Nov 14, 1688, and was proved March 9th following.


Robert Linnel


Hannah Garnet Shelley


1. Samuel Linnel

2. Elisha Linnel

3. Hannah Linnel

4. Mary Linnel

5. Abigail Linnel

6. Experience Linnel

7. Jonathan Linnel

8. John Linnel

9 Susannah Linnel

According to "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families" by Amos Otis, 1888
"The Pilgrim fathers enacted, 'That if any shall make any motion of marriage to any man's daughter, or maybe servant, not haveing first obtayned leave and consent of the parents or master so to doe, shall be punished either by fine or corporall punishment or both at the discretions of the bench.' Under this law David and Hannah were censured by the church, and condemned by the magistrate to suffer its penalties.
David Linnel and Hannah Shelley were 'children of the Barnstable Church.' In consequence of some miscarriages between them, the particulars whereof are stated in the church records, they were cut off from the privileges of that relation May 30, 1652, and for the same offence, by order of the Court at Plymouth, both were 'punished with scourges here in Barnstable June 8, 1652.'
Mr. Robert Linnel was aged and had taken a second wife that 'knew not David,' and cared little for his well-being. Robert Shelley was an easy, good-natured man, and cared little how the world moved. He was however an honest man, a good neighbor, and a sincere Christian. His wife Judith Garnet was, before her marriage, a Boston woman - a member of the church there, proud, tenacious of her own opinions, and had very little control over her tongue, which ran like a whip-saw, cutting everything it came in contact with.
In 1648 some of the sisters of the church held a private meeting. Mrs. Judith was not called - she took umbrage, and vented her spite in slandering the members of the church. She said, 'Mrs. Dimmock was proud, and went about telling lies;' that Mrs. Wells had done the same, that Mr. Lothrop and Elder Cobb 'did talk of her' on a day when they went to visit Mr. Huckins, who was then sick at Mrs. Well's house. She continued to affirm these things 'as confidently as if she had a spirit of Revelation.' Mr. Lothrop in his record adds, 'Wee had long patience towards her, and used all courteous intreatyes and persuations; but the longer wee waited, the worse she was.'
She was excommunicated June 4, 1649. Hannah was then only twelve years of age. David, with an aged father and no mother,  and Hannah, with a mother who had been excommunicated,  must have courted during the next years and by 1652 agreed to marry without the consent of their parents.  David and Hannah were summoned to appear at a meeting of the church. They attended May 30, 1652,,, and there in the presence of the whole congregation confessed their fault. 'They were both, by the sentence and joint consent of the church, pronounced to be cutt off from that relation which they hadd formerlye to the church by virtue of their parents convenaunt.' On June 3, 1652, the Court condemn 'both of them to be publicly whipt at Barnstable, where they live,' and the sentence was executed at Barnstable five days afterwards, that is on the 8th day of June, 1652.
David Linnel inherited, as already stated, the homestead of his father. That portion of it that adjoined the public highway he does not appear to have owned in 1686. He may have owned the north part of it, and the description of it in his will favors that presumption, and there he built his two story single house, with a lean-to. He was not a prominent man, and little is known of him. He delayed joining the church till July 1, 1688, the year before his death. His wife did not join. His will is dated Nov. 14, 1688, and was proved March 9th following. To his sons Samuel and Elisha, and his daughters Hannah Davis, Mary, Experience, Susanna and Abigail, he gives one shilling each. To his sons Jonathan and John his dwelling-house and housing and all his lands, both upland and marsh, the upland to be divided lengthwise, and his son Jonathan to have his house to pay his brother John one-half as much as said house shall be judged to be worth by indifferent men; and both upland and marsh to be equally divided for quantity and quality 'between them, and to be unto them, and their heirs forever.' He gave to his loving wife Hannah the improvement of one-third of his lands and the lean-to room of his house during her widowhood, and appoints her sole executrix. His personal estate was appraised at 28 pounds, 6, 6.
The will of Wid. Hannah Linnel is dated Feb. 2, 1708-9, and was proved on the 5th of April following. She names her daughters Abigail Linnel, Mary Sergeant, wife of John. Experience, wife of Jabez Davis, Susanna, wife of Eben. Phinney, and her granddaughter Hannah Davis, daughter of Dollar. She signs with her mark, and appoints John Phinney, Jr., her executor.


Chase Jackson Brooke (Chuck) is descended from Mary Linnel and Susan White Brooke is descended from John Linnel making Chuck and Susan ninth cousins.