Ancestry of Joseph Noyes of Newbury, Massachusetts



All Saints Church- Laxfield, Suffolk- 14th century

The surname Noyes is rare and probably originated in East Anglia. Land held by Walter Noyse is mentioned in a fine dated 10 May 1209 concerning land in 'Scroteby', Norfolk. William and Simon Noysse are listed in the Ville of Laxfield, in Hoxne Hundred, Suffolk, in 1327. There are six Noyse wills in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk before 1600: Robert Noyse, of Fressingfield, dated 1463; Agnes his widow, of Fressingfield, 1464; William, of Ubbeston, from 1469; Robert, of Wingfield, 1471; William, of Laxfield, 1510; and Robert, of Laxfield, in 1510.

There is a grant by the prior of Bricett to Nicholas Noys and his wife Olive, of land in Great Bricett dated 2 Apr. 1364.(6) And another similar grant to Nicholas and Olive from the Prior dated 14 July 1370.(7)

On 20 Feb. 1415 John Sancroft of Fresyngfeld granted to William Garneys, Esq., William Ede, John Crispe, Alan Noyse of Laxfeld and Richard Neve of Fresyngfeld, all lands and tenements which were John Sancroft's father's in Fresyngfeld and Stratbrook [Sradbroke] to hold of the chief lords of fees for accustomed services. The feoffment was witnessed by Thomas Dowe, and John Neve of Stratbrok, William Seman, John Malveys and Semeine Gotbald of Fresyngfelde. Dated at Fresyngfeld, 20 Feb., 2 Henry V [1415]. (1) On 15 May 1425 John Sancroft of Fresyngfeld granted to John Pisehale, esq., William Goode, esq., Robert Goode, esq., John Date Jun. of Fresyngfeld and Alan Noyes of Laxfeld all the lands and tenements formerly of John Sancroft, father to the said John Sancroft, in Fresyngfeld and Stradbrook. Witnesses were Thomas Dowe, John Neve of Stradbrook, William Gyle, William Seman, William Dalanghoo, John Date sen., and William Aldhouse of Fresyngfeld. Dated at Fresyngfeld the Tuesday before the Feast of the Ascension, 3 Henry VI [1425].(8) On 13 Sept. 1432 Stephen Sancroft of Fresyngfeld granted to William Ede, Roger Smyth and Alan Noyse of Laxfield and William Dade of Fresyngfeld, all the lands and tenements which he lately had of John Sancroft in Fresyngfeld and Stradbook, to hold of the chief lords of fees for accustomed services. Witnessed by John Dade, Roger Godbald, Nicholas Herui, John Frygge, and William Aldous. Dated at Fresyngfeld, Saturday after the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 11 Henry VI [13 Sept. 1432] (2) There is also a letter of attorney dated 9 Apr. 1432 by William Goode, Esq. appointing Robert Goode, Esq., John Date, Jr. of Fresyngfeld and Alan Noyse of Laxfeld as attorneys to deliver to John Sancroft of Fresyngfeld seisin of all the lands and tenements in Fresyngfeld and Stradebrok which William Goode lately had jointly with Robert, John and Alan as well as John Pysehale, now deceased, by feoffement of John Sancroft.(3) On 14 June 1434 William Ede, Roger Smith and Alan Noyse of Laxfeld and William Dade of Fresyngfeld released to John Sancroft, son of John Sancroft of Fresyngfeld, all their lands and tenements in Fresyngfeld and Stradbrook which they lately had by feoffment of Stephen Sancroft of Fresyngfeld to hold of the chief lords of fess for accustomed services. Witnessed by John Dade, Roger Godbald, William Aldhows, Robert de la Grene, and Thomas Worlych. Dated at Fresyngfeld on the Saturday after the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 11 Henry VI [14 June 1434]. (4) Another feoffment is found dated 4 Mar. 1437 from John Sancroft of Fresyngfeld to John Russchey of Fresyngfeld, Roger Smyth of Laxfeld, John Bown of Fresyngfeld, Robert Noyse of Fresynfeld and William Aldows of Fresyngfeld of all his lands and tenements in Fresyngfeld and Stradbrook. Witnessed by Roger Godbald, Robert Godbald, John Cone, Thomas Worlych and John de Wolnawe.(5)


  • 2I. ROBERT- b.c.1390


    (1) Suffolk Record Office- Ipswich- HD 1538/230/21
    (2) Ibid- HD 1538/230/31
    (3) Ibid- HD 1538/230/30
    (4) Ibid- HD 1538/230/32
    (5) Ibid- HD 1538/230/33
    (6) Cambridge University, King's College Archive Centre- GBR/244
    (7) Ibid- GBR/245
    (8) Suffolk Record Office- Ipswich- HD 1538/230/24

    2I. ROBERT (ALAN 1)


    The parishes of Laxfield, Fressingfield, Wingfield, and Ubbeston lie next to one another and are in the north-central part of the county. The major landholder in the region at the time was the de la Pole family who were first Earls, and then Dukes of Suffolk. This property came into the family by the marriage of Katherine, heiress of Sir John de Wingfield, to Michael de la Pole, the first Earl of Suffolk. The manor of Ramridge, Hampshire, was also acquired through this Wingfield marriage. It seems likely that the Duke sent one of his Suffolk men to oversee his distant Hampshire manor thus founding the Noyes family in that county. Ramridge was the location of one of the greatest fairs in England which was held partly on the le la Pole lands.

    Michael held Ramridge at his death in 1391. The Wingfield estates passed to his eldest son, Michael, who became the second Earl (he died in Sept. 1415), however, Ramridge was given to the male heirs of his younger brother, Sir Thomas de la Pole. On Thomas's death in 1420 it passed to his son Thomas, who died seised of 'Ramrugge' on 27 July 1430. Because he died without male issue, Ramridge passed to his cousin, William de la Pole, the son of the second Earl, who became the first Duke of Suffolk. Ramridge was then reunited with the rest of the Wingate estates in 1430. The first of the Noyes family in Hampshire probably arrived as servants of the first Duke of Suffolk at his manor of Ramridge about 1430-32. The court rolls of the manor of Ramridge record that Robert Noys was farming the manor and rendering its accounts, in 1432-33. He was back in Fressingfield in 1437 before the family permanently relocated to Hampshire.

    The Duke and his wife, Alice Chaucer, granddaughter and heir of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, were granted license to found God's House, or the Ewelme Hospital in 1437, but it was not endowed with the manor of Ramridge until 1442. It was during this short period between 1430 and 1442 that the Noyse family from Laxfield or Wingate, Suffolk, probably ended up on the distant manor of Ramridge, as the Hospital would have had no Suffolk interests to draw a Noyes from that county to Hampshire. Besides, we see from the manorial records that Robert was farming there by 1433.

    St. Michael's Church- Weyhill, Hampshire


  • 3I. JOHN- b.c.1415, d.c.1485


    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)

    3I. JOHN (ALAN 1, ROBERT 2)


    John Noyse was the farmer of Ramrugge on 26 November 1476, 28 November 1477, 1478, 1482/3, and 1484. He likely died in the next few years, as Robert Noyes was farmer of Ramrugge in 1493 and 1497.


  • 4I. ROBERT- b.c.1440


    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)



    It is not certain whether either John who farmed the manor of Ramridge from 1475 until 1484 or Robert who was at Ramridge from 1493 until 1497 was the father of these children, however, given their proposed ages I suspect that they are the children of Robert and Robert is the son of John.

    As only names and dates have been gleaned from the manorial records, no specific relationships are known with certainty until we reach Thomas Noyes who was born about 1488.


  • I. Thomas- b.c. 1465 probably Weyhill or Ramridge, Hampshire, m. Agnes ____, d. before 1515. Thomas appears in the court rolls of Andover 24 August 1490, 20 September 1490 and 11 July 1491. He is the earliest recorded Noyes to be found in the vicinity of Kimpton, which is about four miles northeast of Cholderton. The abstract under date 21 May 1 Henry VIII [1509] states, "To this court came Thomas Noyse and took of the lord a cottage called the Saynte with lands and one acre of meadow ... to hold to the said Thomas and Agnes his wife and the longer liver of them - to pay heriot on death. And give as fine 20s. Same paid 19 Henry VIII (1503/4)." The entry for 27 September 4 Henry VIII [1512] reads, "presented that Thomas No[y]se farmer of this lordship and his predecessors, time out of mind, had amongst other things a parcel of land called the "Stallys" and "Bothis" lying on the King's way leading E&W as appears by metes and bounds." On 16 September 9 Henry VIII [1517] the Master of Ewelme granted Thomas Noyse the lease of the capital messuage of his manor of Ramrugge with the lands thereto belonging excepting the advowson of Wee [Weyhill] Church, for a period of 50 years at a rent of 8 6s 8d. Another lease, dated 21 June 10 Henry VIII [1518] granted the same, at the same rate, for a period of 40 years. Thomas Noyse was farmer of the manor on 6 October 20 Henry VIII [1528] when he made agreements with his tenants. The later Thomas was probably the son of Thomas b.c.1465. He probably died fairly young, leaving one son, Thomas, as his heir, but it is difficult to know which references relate to him and which to his son Thomas. It is likely that he was the Thomas Noyes who is stated to be "mentioned in the court rolls of Andover" on 24 August and 20 September 1490 and 11 July 1491. He may also be the Thomas Noyes who, with his wife Agnes, held the cottage called "the Saynte" with lands and one acre of meadow for the term of their lives on 21 May Henry VIII [1509]. It is almost certain that Thomas was dead by 1515, as it is clear the Thomas mentioned in the entail of Littleton about 1515 was his son Thomas. Assuming Thomas was an adult by 1515, he would possibly also be the Thomas Noyes who was "farmer of this lordship [Ramridge]" in 1512. This being the case, the son Thomas was born probably about 1488, or shortly thereafter.
  • 5II. ROBERT- b.c.1467 Littleton, Kimpton, Hampshire, m. JOAN MONDEY, d. before 4 Apr 1524 in Littleton, Kimpton
  • III. William- b.c. 1480 Weyhill or Ramridge, Hampshire, d.c. 1530 Urchfont, Wiltshire. William probably died after 1528 when his son William began occupying land belonging to the Rectory of Urchfont. William was mentioned in the Court Rolls of Urchfont in 1498 and was farming the manor of Urchfont in 1510/11, and was named as a juror there on 15 April 1512. In 1513, he held the manor and rectory of Urchfont of the Abbess of St. Mary, Winchester, and still occupied the demesne lands and rectory in 1518. He was first in a view of frankpledge at "Erchfont" 11 April 8 Henry VIII [1517], was mentioned also in 1519 and 1520, and was listed at "Ercheffounte" in the subsidy of 14 & 15 Henry VIII [1523-24]. Robert Noyes, gentleman, has kept and pastured in Inlandes 5 horses, as if belonging to the Rectory of Erchfount; George Mortimer, occupier of the demesne lands of the manor belonging to site of manor or capital messuage, has pastured and kept 21 horses as in right of said demesne; and whereas William Noyes who had held and occupied as well the said demesne land as the land of the Rectory for 30 years in I Elizabeth, and before him William Noyes his father, grandfather of said Robert Noyes, occupied the same for many years, and Robert Noyes himself for 28 years past, and put only 21 horses on the said common pasture, the Inlands, one of them oppresses the pasture with foresaid horses; and at the next court the truth thereof is to be presented.(1)


    (1) Add Roll 19,736 View of Frankpledge and Court at Erchfount 12 April, 31 Elizabeth

    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)


    b.c.1467 Littleton, Kimpton, Hampshire
    d. before 4 Apr 1524 in Littleton, Kimpton

    Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Kimpton, Hampshire

    In 1516, Robert Noyes leased the manor of Littleton from the Abbot of Saint Peter's Monastery, Gloucester. (1) After his death, his widow made a new lease. The complicated suit brought by Nicholas St. John in the Court of Requests, over possession of two-ninths of this manor, resulted in the recording of depositions concerning four generations of Robert's family. (2) Robert Noyes left a will, naming his son William as his executor, but this document does not survive. (3) Joan signed her will on 15 Oct 1532 an abstract from the original Latin is below:

    "Joan Noyes of Littleton in the parish of Kimpton, Winton diocese, written 15 October 1532; to be buried outside the door of the church of Blessed Mary of Kimpton next to husband Robert Noyes; to the mother church of Winchester, 12d; to the light of the Holy Cross in the church of Kimpton 2 ewes; to the daughters of Robert Noyes her son 280 sheep; to John Noyes, son of Robert Noyes, 100 sheep and a vessel called a mazer with two silver spoons; to Cecily, daughter of the same Robert, 1 silver spoon; to John Noyes the second best bed with appurtenances; to every daughter of Robert her son, a cow; to John Noyes, their brother, another cow and 6 horses; to every godson and goddaughter 4d; to Anne Noyes, daughter of the said Robert, her best prayer book; to Joan Noyes, Anne's sister, the second best prayer books and the second best silver girdle; to the said Anne her best silver girdle; to the church of Fyfield 3 ewes; to the church of Cholderton a quarter of corn; I affirm I have surrendered to the Abbott of St. Peter's Gloucester title to the farm of the manor of Lytleton held by indenture from the Abbott and Convent by myself and Robert Noyes, William, John, Nicholas Noyes my sons, and Thomas Noys, kinsman, with the intention that the said William, John and Nicholas, my sons, be altogether freed, and thereupon I took from the Abbott and Convent to myself, Robert, my son, Emma his wife and other of their sons and daughters, new leases which I confirm; to Sir Henry Brassart, rector of Fyfield 12d; to Sir John Arthur, vicar of Howsborne Priors 6s 8d; to the curate of Kimpton at the time of my death 12d; supervisors to be William Mondey her brother, and Robert Bosell, and to each of them 6s 8d; residue to Robert Noyes, executor. Witnesses, Sir John Arthur, Sir Arthur Nicholasson, curate of Kimpton, Sir Bernard Darbey, chaplin, William Walter, notary public of London Diocese." (4)

    Robert and Joan are buried outside the door of the church of Blessed Mary of Kimpton.


  • I. Robert- b.c.1490
  • II. William- b.c.1492, d. before 1546. Ancestor of the Shipton branch of the Noyes family.
  • III. John- b.c.1494, will 1 May-21 June 1538 Shipton Bellinger
  • 6IV. NICHOLAS- b.c.1496 Littleton, Kimpton, Hampshire, d.c.1575 Cholderton, Wiltshire


    (1) C1/861/87-91
    (2) Court of Requests, REQ2/14/71
    (3) Lists and Indexes, No. 50, "List of Early Chancery Proceedings", vol.7 (London, 1926), p.186
    (4) Consistory Court of Winchester

    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)


    b.c.1496 Littleton, Kimpton, Hampshire
    d.c.1575 Cholderton, Wiltshire

    Nicholas was listed at Cholderton in the subsidy rolls of 14 & 15 Henry VIII [1523-4], 10 Jan. 16 Henry VIII [1525], 8 Oct. 32 Henry VIII [1540], 12 Oct. 35 Henry VIII [1543], and 2 Elizabeth I [1559/60]. (1). In 1523/4 he was taxed 21 shillings on goods valued at 21. In 1527 in the Hundred of Ambrysbury "In the parishe of Chalderton [which at that time contained only 57 persons] first Nicholas Nowyse hath whett for the allowance for thye feyndyng of his houssold xvj quarters and to sell vj quarters .... in barley, besydes to sow xxx quarters and for the feynding of his houssold xx quarters and to sell xiiij quarters." (2).

    He is on the list of taxpayers for the benevolence of 1545 for Cholderton and was probably the Nicholas Noyes who was named overseer and witnessed the will of Cicilia Noyes of Shipton, widow, in 1546. (3).

    Upon the dissolution of the monastaries the manor of Littleton passed from the Abbot of St. Peter's, Gloucester, to the Bishop of Gloucester, who soon released it to the King. The king granted the property to Sir John St. John, Esquire, who apparently entered into the manor of Littleton by force after the elder Robert Noyes' death. In 1552, Nicholas St. John claimed that he had purchased two ninth parts of a lease of the manor of Littleton, a property originally leased in 1516 by Nicholas Noyes' parents. The claimants came to blows when St. John and his servants came to mow the pasture and were met by the servants of Nicholas Noyes' brother. (4)

    In an undated Chancery Proceeding between 1558 and 1579, son Robert Noyes stated that his father had owned a barn and some land in Cholderton and that Nicholas entered into the premises and for divers years solely and alone did enjoy the same until about four years since being a very old man did set and assign the premises amongst divers [other] things to be occupied by the defendant [Robert] and that Nicholas' son Thomas Noyes, yeoman, sold his portion of the interest in the property to Robert Noyes. (5)

    Nicholas' son Robert had land in Cholderton that was described in the Patent Roll of 1581/2 as "now or lately in the occupation of Nicholas Noyes or his assignes."


  • I. Thomas- b.c.1517, d. before 1579
  • 7II. ROBERT- b.c.1518, m. JOAN ATTRIDGE (bur. 1618 Urchfont, Wiltshire), d. after 17 Nov. 1599 Cholderton, Wiltshire
  • III. Albon- b.c.1521


    (1) Subsidy Rolls, E179/197/156; E179/197/184; E179/197/241; E179/197/275
    (2) Wiltshire Notes & Queries, 2 (1896-1898): 68-69
    (3) "Two Sixteenth Century Taxation Lists", G.D. Ramsay, ed. (Devizes, 1954) p.2. Consistory Court of Wincester, Unlisted Wills and Administrations, U. 129
    (4) REQ2/14/71) ("The Victoria History of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight", William Page, ed. (London, 1911), p.374; for the St. Johns, see S.T. Bindoff, "The History of Parliment[:] The House of Commons 1509-1558, vol. 3" (London, 1982), pp. 254-255, and "Wiltshire Visitation Pedigrees 1623" (London, 1954), p.168
    (5) Chancery Proceedings Series II, C3/151/91

    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)


    m. JOAN ATTRIDGE (bur. 1618 Urchfont, Wiltshire)
    d. after 17 Nov. 1599 Cholderton, Wiltshire

    Robert was often in court, particularly regarding the manor of Littleton.

    Robert Noyes was listed in the subsidies of 10 September 13 Elizabeth I [1571] and 42 Elizabeth I [1599/1600] (1).

    Robert's 1598 deposition suggests that he was nearly fifty years old when his first known child was born. In his will dated 2 Feb. 1590/1 Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce gave a small legacy to "every of the sonnes of Robert Noyes of Chowlderton," implying there were at least two boys and perhaps more. Richard was the son of William Noyes of Urchfont who purchased the prebend of Urchfont in 1540 from the Earl of Hertford. William was probably Robert's cousin, his will is dated 1557.


  • 8I. WILLIAM- b. 1568, m.c.1595 ANNE PARKER (b.c.1575, bur. 7 Mar. 1657 Cholderton), inv. 30 Apr. 1622 Cholderton, Wilts
  • II. Robert- b.c.1570, bur. 20 Jan. 1659 Cholderton
  • III. Richard- b.c.1572, m. Sarah ______, will 25 Aug.-29 Oct. 1639 Cholderton. Will witnessed by Nathan Noyes and his wife Mary Noyes, proved 29 Oct. 1639, in which he names "my beloved Kinsmen Nathan Noyes and Ephraim Noyes." (Archdeaconry Court of Sarum, original will


    (1) Chancery Proceedings, Series II- C3/151/91

    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    The English Ancestry of Peter Noyes- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 152, pp.260-4 (July 1998)
    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, pp.43-4


    m.c.1595 ANNE PARKER (b.c.1575, bur. 7 Mar. 1657 Cholderton, Wiltshire)
    d. 1616 Cholderton
    inv. 30 Apr. 1622 Cholderton

    William matriculated at University College, Oxford 15 Nov. 1588 and was admitted to the BA degree 31 May 1592. He was made rector of Cholderton in 1602.

    The old church at Cholderton was 40' by 16'. The slab of the communion table was a foot below the level of the ground. The east wall was green because of the damp and the lighting was so bad that a skylight had to be cut into the roof. The square pews almost filled the nave. Harriet Mozely wrote:

    "On Sundays they were almost empty while the old and infirm, the deaf and the half blind and helpless are sitting here and there under the gallery, in the darkness. The stouter labourers and all the lads, of an age to think themselves men, frequent the gallery. The children are in the passage, or they are in the chancel, sitting maybe on what should be a kneeling board for communicants."

    This old church was torn down and the foundation stone for the new St. Nicholas was laid in 1814. (7)

    Rev. Cotton Mather, pastor of the North Church in Boston, provides an insight into the William Noyes' while describing the early education of Ann's nephew, Rev. Thomas Parker: "This Mr. Thomas Parker was the only son of his father, who was very desirous to have him a scholar, committed him unto perhaps a godly, but a very severe master [Rev. William Noyes]. Under this hard master, though he was well nigh discouraged by the dulness which he apprehended in his own capacity, yet the consideration of his father's desire made him, with an early piety, to join his prayers unto his pains, that he might have his education prospered; and God so prospered him, that he arrived unto a desirable degree of knowledge, both in tongues and in arts." (2).

    One has to wonder if Rev. William was such a severe master because of the unpleasant church building he had to work out of!

    The inventory of his estate was made 30 Apr. 1622 and his widow Anne was made administratrix. She took administration with a bond, dated 28 May 1622 and co-signed in a well-educated hand by Cuthbert Parker, yeoman, of Whitchbury, Hampshire, both used heraldic seals.

    The inventory of "all the goods & cattles of Wm Noise clarck l[ate of] of West Choldrington in the County of Wiltsh[ire] taken and prized by John Bacheler & Richard Noyse the 30th of Aprill 1622" included:

    Imprimis his wearing app[ar]ell & money in his purse s
    Item in the Chamber ov[er] the hall 2 bedsteds i chest i flasket one little binery bord i bedpan 2 old coffers i forme & other old household implents viiis iiij
    Item linnen iijs
    Item 2 old flock beds 2 flock pillowes a fether bolster 3 little fether pillowes 3 blankets & 2 cov[er]leds, one pound and halfe of fethers xxs
    Item in the chamber ov[er] the buttry 2 old bedsteads a peece of a presse and a few other household implements ijs Item in the buttry 1 old combe, i old barrell 3 little tables 2 old formes 1 little hiver 1 old powdring tub search i seeve, i peck, i peele i torne i pewter platter 2 sawcers one old pottinger 1 chamber pott one little brasen candlestick 1 little old pot 2 little skillets & other old household implem[en]ts vjs
    Item in the kitchen one little bord, 2 old formes 1 frying pan, 1 greeiron 1 brech one tramell 1 pothanger one cradle 1 chaire 1 driping pan and a fewe other household implem[en]ts iijs iiijd
    Item in the backside one capon and 4 hens one old rack and 2 or three old troughs iijs
    Item 2 bushels of wheate and a little bacon viijs

    The total was a modest 3/2 s/8 d. We may assume that he had disposed of his library and other valuables before his death. (4)

    "In the name of God, amen. I Anne Noyes of Cholderton, in the County Wilts, widdow, the eighteenth day of March in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred fiftie & five being in perfect health amd memorie... I give and bequeath to James Noyes and Nicholas Noyes my two sonnes now in New England twelve pence a piece and to such children as they have liveing twelve pence a piece.

    Item I give and bequeath to my sonne in law Thomas Kent of Upper Wallop twelve pence Item I give and bequeath to his wife five shillings and to their children twelve pence a piece Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Read of East Cholderton in the County of Southton Gent all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels moveable and immoveable utensils and implements of household stuffe whatsoever And lastly I make and ordayne the sd Robert Read Gent full whole and sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament In witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale the day and yeere above written

    Anne Noyes her marke sealed and delivered in presence of us John Tisdale T. Tisdale."(1)

    It is odd that Ann named only the youngest Noyes children in her will, while the oldest child, Ephraim, named only his brother John and the children of deceased brother Nathan. Widows had much more latitude in choosing legatees than their husbands did, yet it is unusual that Ann bothered to make token bequests to children in New England while ignoring children living nearby. This division of interests suggests that Ann may have been mother of the youngest children and that William had an earlier wife who was mother of the older boys. Despite Walter Goodwin Davis' willingness to accept multiple wives for Rev. William(5) , no other evidence supports this interpretation, and Ann was of a suitable age to have been mother to all the known children. My guess is that the other children had been provided for and she therefore chose to make bequests to the younger members of the family only.

    In the "Register" for Oct. 1888 is a letter received by Edward Deering Noyes from the Rector of Cholderton, Rev. Edwin P. Barrow in which is the following extract from the Registry Book: "Mr. William Noyes Rector of Choldington about 30 years departed this life anno 1616. Mr. Nathan Noyes succeeded his father in the Rectorie of Choldrington and departed this life in ye year 1651." Among the burials extracted from the register is "Mrs. Anne Noyes, widow & Relict of Mr. William Noyes sometime Rector of Choldrington, March 7, 1657, age 82. The present parish register was begun only in 1651.(3)

    Anne's sister or sister-in-law was Dorothy was the wife of Rev. Robert Parker, MA and mother of Rev. Thomas Parker. Dorothy's mother, Frances Brydges was the daughter of Sir Richard Brydges, Kt. and grand daughter of Sir William Spencer, Kt. (1483 -1558) of Wormleighton & Althorp, Northamptonshire, England. His descendants of the Spencer family include the Earls Spencer and Winston Churchill.

    Rev. Cotton Mather, pastor of the North Church in Boston, wrote to Rev. Nicholas Noyes of Salem requesting more information on Rev. Thomas Parker of Newbury. Rev. Noyes was a grandson of Rev. William of Cholderton, by Rev. James Noyes. Rev. Nicholas replied to Rev. Mather with the following information: "Mr. James Noyes was born, 1608, at Cholderton in Wiltshire, of godly and worthy parents. His father [Rev. William] was minister of that same town, a very learned man, the school master of Mr. Thomas Parker. His mother was sister to the learned Mr. Robert Parker, and he [James] had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas Parker." This contemporary reference by a grandson would seem to support the contention that the mother of James and Nicholas was indeed Anne Parker as opposed to Ann Stephens as claimed by some. Walter Goodwin Davis states: "His [William Noyes] certain wife was Anne Parker whom he married before 1608."(6)


  • I. Ephraim- b. 1596, m. 5 Nov. 1633 Orcheston St. Mary, Wilts, Parnell Brewer, bur. 28 Oct. 1659, will 5 Oct. 1659-24 July 1660
  • II. Nathan- bpt. 15 May 1597 Cholderton, m.c.1620, Mary Parker, d. 6 Sept. 1651 Cholderton, bur. Salisbury, will 28 Aug.-18 Nov. 1651. Nathan graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford and succeeded his father as rector of Cholderton.
  • III. James- bpt. 22 Oct. 1608 Cholderton, m. Mar. 1633/4 Cholderton, Sarah Brown of Southampton (d. 13 Sept. 1691 Newbury), d. 22 Oct. 1656 Newbury, MA. James attended Brasenose College, Oxford, but did not graduate. He preached in Medford, MA before moving to Newbury.
  • 9IV. NICHOLAS- b. 1615, m.c.1640 MARY CUTTING, d. 23 Nov. 1701 Newbury, MA
  • V. Mowit- m. 23 Sept. 1631 Over Wallop, Hampshire, Thomas Kent of Upper Wallop, bur. 6 Oct. 1671
  • VI. John- m. 3 Feb. 1640/1 Faccombe, Hampshire, d. 1659 Newton, Wilts
  • VII. ______- m. Robert Read
  • VIII. Sarah-
  • IX. Anne- bpt. 16 Dec. 1617 Cholderton


    (1) PCC- quoted by Noyes, p.45
    (2) Magnalia Christi Americana (Hartford, 1855), 1:480-488
    (3) NEHGR- Vol. 42 (Oct. 1888), p. 403
    (4) Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, pp. 108-120 (Apr. 1995)
    (5) The Ancestry of Abel Lunt- Walter Goodwin Davis, Portland, 1963- pp.71-78
    (6) Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis- Vol. III, p 54
    (7) The History of St. Nicholas' Church, Cholderton- Brigadier Michael Clarke, MBE at the Cholderton village web site at:

    Noyes Pedigree- James Noyes, NEHGR- Vol. 53, p. 35 (Jan. 1899)
    Descendants of Reverend William Noyes- Laverne Noyes, Frances Giffen, Chicago, 1900
    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, pp.43-4


    b.c. 1615 Cholderton, Wilts
    m.c.1640 MARY CUTTING (b.c.1622, d. 23 Nov. 1701 Newbury)
    d. 23 Nov. 1701 Newbury, MA

    Nicholas came to New England with his brother James and his wife Sarah as well as with their cousin Thomas Parker, George Brown and Richard Brown. On 24 & 26 March 1633/4 they took the oath of supremacy and allegiance before sailing on the "Mary and John" out of London with Robert Sayres, master reaching Nantasket (Hull) in May 1634. They moved to Agwam (Ipswich) where they stayed during the following winter. They all remained in Ipswich until the following spring when they applied to the General Court for liberty to settle on the Quascacunquen in an area known as Wessacucon. On 6 May 1635 the following orders were passed by the General Court:

    "Wessacucon is allowed by the court to be a plantation & it is refered to Mr. Humfry, Mr. Endicott, Capt. Turner and Capt. Trask or any three of them, to sett out the bounds of Ipswich & Wessacucon or so much thereof as they can & the name of the said plantation in changed & hereafter to be called Neweberry."(8)

    Most of the passengers who came in the "Mary & John" were induced to move to Newbury early in the year 1635. Tradition asserts that they came by water from Ipswich and landed on the north shore of the Quascacunquen (now the Parker) river, about two or three hundred rods below the bridge that connects the "Lower Green" with the "Great Neck" and the town of Rowley. A monument marks the spot where the settlers disembarked in May or June, 1635. Tradition states that young Nicholas was the first person to leap ashore when their boat anchored in the Quascacumquen (now the Parker) River. (8) They joined 23 families who formed a cattle-breeding company and were among the first settlers at Newbury. Their first minister was a cousin, Thomas Parker.

    Rev. Nicholas Noyes, in his account of his uncle, Rev. James Noyes, told of the coming of Mr. Parker, Mr. Noyes and his younger brother Nicholas Noyes, a single man:

    Mr. James Noyes was born, 1608, in Choulderton, Wiltshire, of godly and worthy parents. His father was a minister of the same town, a very learned man, the school-master of Mr. Thomas Parker. His mother was sister to the learned Mr. Robert Parker, and he had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas Parker. He was called by him from Brazen-Nose College in Oxford, to help him in teaching the Free School at Newberry; where they taught school together till the time they came to New England. He was converted in his youth by the ministry of Dr. Twiss and Mr. Thomas Parker, and was admired for his piety and his virtue in his younger years. The reason of his coming to New England was, because he could not comply with the ceremonies of the Church of England. He was married in England to Mrs. Sarah Brown, the eldest daughter o Mr. Joseph Brown, of Southampton, not long before he came to New England, which was in the year 1634. In the same ship [in 1634] came Mr. Thomas Parker, and a younger brother of his, Mr. Nicholas Noyes, who was then a single man; between which there was more than ordinary endearment of affection, which was never shaken or broken but by death. Mr. Parker and Mr. James Noyes, and others that came over with them, fasted and prayed together many times before they undertook this voyage; and on the sea Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes preached or expounded, one in the forenoon, the other in the afternoon, every day during the voyage, unless some extrordinary thing intervened, and were abundant in prayer.

    When they arrived, Mr. Parker was at first called to preach at Ipswich, and Mr. Noyes at Medford, at which place they continued nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be minister at Watertown; but Mr. Parker and others of his bretheren and acquaintance, settling at Newberry, and gathering the tenth of the churches in the colony, and calling Mr. Noyes to be the teacher of it, he preferred that place; being loath to be separated from Mr. Parker, and bretheren that had so often fasted and prayed together, both in England and on the Atlantic sea. So he became the teacher of that church, and continued painful and successful in that station something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church. Notwithstanding his principles, as to discipline, were something differing from many of his bretheren, there was such condescension on both parts, that peace and order was not interrupted. (33)

    Nicholas took the Freeman's Oath as "Nicholas Noise" in Cambridge on May 17, 1637 when he and eight others walked 40 miles from Newbury to Cambridge to vote for Gov. Winthrop. (9) Being admitted a freeman implied that he had already been admitted to the Newbury church prior to this.

    On 21 Apr. 1638 Nicholas was one of five men fined 2s. 6d. apiece for being absent from the Newbury town meeting after due warning. The meeting was called to order at eight o'clock in the morning. Two of the men (not Nicholas) had their fines remitted, having sufficient excuses.

    It must have been very soon after this in 1638 that Nicholas sailed back to England, perhaps to settle family affairs and to report on conditions in Massachusetts Bay. He returned to New England on the Jonathan which sailed from London soon after 12 Apr. 1639 and "came to Anchor in Boston Harbor." Also on the Jonathan were Anthony Somerby of Newbury and Mr. Peter Noyes of Sudbury, who, having come over on the Confidence in 1638 at age 47, found New England to his liking, and had returned home to Penton, near Andover, Hampshire to get his family. Peter was undoubtedly one of Nicholas' relatives. (10)

    Nicholas was a freeholder and a deputy "for the managing of those things that concern the ordering of the New Town" on 7 Dec. 1642 when the proposal was made to built a new settlement nearer the Merrimac River.

    He was on the Ipswich and Salisbury grand juries on 29 Sept. 1646 and on 24 April 1649. (11) And on the Jury to End Small Causes on 28 Sept. 1647, 26 Sept. 1648, and 25 Mar. 1651. (12) He was also the overseer of the will of John Soule 18 May 1648. (2)

    On 19 Mar. 1648/9, "John Spenser of Newbery" sold to "Nicholas Noice of Nubery ... thirty acres of land lying in Newbury at the west end of his farm on the other side of the street called by the name of Merrimack Street". (20) On 16 Apr. 1651, "Nicholas Noyes of Newbury ..., yeoman," sold to "George Little of the same town and county, tailor, all that parcel of land, containing sixteen acres ... in Newbury"; acknowledged 11 Apr. 1664 by "Nicholas Noyes ... and Mary Noyse his wife". (21) On 4 Jan. 1653/4: "Henry Shorte of Newbury ..., yeoman, & Sarah my wife" sold to "Nicholas Noyes of the aforesaid town & county, yeoman also, all that parcel of land formerly purchased of Nicholas Holt, containing forty acres ... in Newbury". (22)

    In 1650 Nicholas and four other men were before the court for stating that "the elders would transgress for a morsel of bread." He didn't loose any credibility in the community for this transgression as on 30 Sept. 1651, at Ipswich he was sworn in as clerk of the Newbury market.(13) In 1652 many were brought before the court for not following the Sumptuary Laws of 1651: "Nicholas Noyes' wife, Hugh March's wife, and William Chandler's wife were each presented for wearing a silk hood and scarf; but were discharged on proof that their husbands were worth 200 each. John Hutchins' wife was also discharged upon testifying that she was brought up above the ordinary rank." (30)

    The town voted on 29 Nov. 1652 that a school house be built and that 20 a year be appropriated for the schoolmaster. Mr. Woodman, Richard Kent, jun., Lieut. Pike and Nicholas Noyes were named the committee to "manage the business" of building a schoolhouse. (14)

    On 3 May 1654 he was on the Massachusetts Bay committee to enquire about the petitioners in support of Lt. Robert Pike. (15) On 6 May 1657 Nicholas was on the committee to settle the bounds between Salisbury and Hampton. (16)

    On 26 Apr. 1655, "Nicholas Noyes of Newbury ... & Mary my wife" sold to "John Allen of the abovesaid town & county all that parcel of land which was lately William Mitchell's, which the said William Mitchell purchased of Jno. Knight Senior & John Knight Junior and of John Davis, except the garden plot & the house & that which the house standeth upon & is for the yard, the which land & house being mortgaged unto Anthony Somerby lately by William Mitchell in his lifetime & since his death his wife not being in a capacity to redeem, the said Nicholas Noyes, with the consent of the widow of the said William Mitchell, deceased, have redeamed it the said house and land, and now also with the consent of the said Mary, the relict of the said William Mitchell deceased, & with the consent also of the abovenamed Anthony Somerby to whom the said land and house was mortgaged, he and said Anthony Somerby yielding hereby up all his right & title and interest in the said house & land". Signed by Nicholas Noyes, Mary Noyes, Mary Savory and Anthony Somerby. (23)

    Thomas Noyes of Sudbury, son of Peter Noyes, had apparently settled in Newbury, but returned to live in Sudbury before 1656 when he appointed his friend Mr. Nicholas Noyes, gentleman, and Robert Long, both of Newbury, his attorneys to rent his house and lands.

    Nicholas was appointed "commissioner to end small causes" in 1652, 28 Mar. 1654, 25 Mar. 1656, 31 Mar. 1657, 30 Mar. 1658, 29 Mar. 1659, 25 Mar. 1662, 28 June 1664, 27 Mar. 1666, and in 1668, 30 Mar. 1669, 16 Mar. 1669/70, 31 Mar. 1674, 27 Mar. 1677, 29 Nov. 1681, and in 1683. (17) He also served as a Selectman 28 Jan. 1660 and 15 June 1681.(18) His most important service, however, was as deputy to the General Court in 1660 and in 1678 when on 19 Sept. he was chosen by the town "to serve at the next session of the Court until it be ended," a special session having been called for 2 Oct. at which the oath of allegiance to King Charles II was submitted and signed by the deputies. He also served at the General court on 28 May 1679, 19 May 1680, and from 4 Jan 1680 to 1684. (1)

    On 13 Oct. 1659 "John Woolcott of Newbury ..., carpenter, and Mary my wife" sold to "Nicholas Noyes of the said town and county all that six acres of upland and marsh ... lately purchased of Benjamin Swett, granted by the town to Thomas Brown". (24) On 14 Mar. 1660/1 "John Bond of Newbury ... & Esther my wife" sold to "Nicholas Noyes of the abovesaid town & county all that parcel of meadow and upland containing by estimation about nineteen acres". (25)

    On 1 Apr. 1673 "Nicholas Noyes and Mary my wife" for a payment of four pounds a year deeded to "our son Cutting Noyse all the right that we have in that farm lying and being on the east side of the way going to Merrimak [illegible] was formerly Stephen Dummer's ... likewise I Nicholas Noyes do reserve four acres of meadow ... which is in exchange for Cutting Noyes to have four acres of salt marsh in Holt's neck, likewise it is agreed upon by Nicholas Noyes and Mary his wife that if the four pounds a year be not paid according to agreement, that then five acres of the plowland and ten acres of the meadow on the south side of the farm the said Nicholas Noyes or Mary his wife may rent out". (26)

    On 30 Sept. 1679 "Nicholas Noyes" was one of ten Newbury men who "were discharged from ordinary training, each paying one bushel of Indian corn yearly", probably due to his age.(19)

    On 6 Apr. 1682 "Henry Jaquish of Newbury ..., carpenter, ... with the consent of Anne my wife" sold to "Nicholas Noyes of the abovesaid town ..., yeoman, ... a parcel of salt marsh lying and being in the Great Marshes in Newbury containing by estimation four acres". And also on 6 April "Henry Jaquish of Newbury ..., carpenter, ... with the consent of Anne my wife" sold to "Nicholas Noyes of the abovesaid town ..., yeoman, ... a parcel of salt marsh lying and being in the Great Marshes in Newbury containing by estimation four acres". (27)

    In the long and bitter controversy between Rev. Parker and Edward Woodman, Nicholas was one of Parker's chief supporters. He was chosen deacon of the First Parish of Newbury on 20 Mar. 1683/4.

    On 22 July 1685 Nicholas signed a letter concerning Rev. Will Hubbard.(3) On 12 Apr. 1693 he was appointed one of a committee to interview Mr. John Clarke to be the minister.(4)

    On 5 July 1692, "Nicholas Noyes Senior of Newbury" sold to "Ensign Joseph Knight of Newbury aforesaid all my right, title & interest in a piece of arable land containing three acres ... in the township of Newbury aforesaid in a common field there known by the name of the Common Great Field". (28)

    On 9 April 1696, "Nicholas Noyes of Newbury" sold to "Samuel Smith of Haverhill ... a certain messuage or tenement lying in Haverhill aforesaid containing about twelve acres of land ... also three acres of meadow lying in said Haverhill ... commonly known by the name of Duck Meadow". (29)

    On 19 April 1698, "Nicholas Noyes Senior of Newbury" deeded to "my loving and dutiful grandson Nicholas Noyes of Newbury aforesaid, the eldest son of my eldest son John Noyes late of Newbury deceased, ... about eighteen acres of upland lying in the township of Newbury ... by name of Deacon Noyes His Neck adjoining unto a parcel of upland which I formerly gave to my son John Noyes deceased ..., also I give to my said grandson Nicholas Noyes Junior eight acres of meadow ... lying in said neck adjoining unto the meadow which I gave to my said son John Noyes aforesaid and was inventoried as his estate". (5) On 1 Apr. 1673 there was recorded an agreement between Nicholas, his wife Mary, and their son Cutting.(6)

    Sometime before his death his son Nicholas, the minister at Salem, wrote of him as "through the mercy of God yet living, and hath of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren above one hundred."

    In the Name of God and by His Assistance I, Nicholas Noyes, of Newbery, in ye County of Essex in ye Province of ye Massachusets Bay in New England do humbly Comitt my soul body and Spirit both in life and death unto ye everlasting armes of God Alsufficient my Heavenly Father and unto Jesus Christ my alone Savior & Redeemer thro ye power & presence of his eternall Spiritt my body to ye earth whence itt Originall was taken in hopes of a happy and glorious Resurrection on ye Great day of ye man Christ Jesus to him be glory both now and Ever Amen. And for my Worldly goods I do dispose as is hereafter expressed.

    Impr. To ye children of my Son John Noyes (late of Newbery Dec'ed) I give that meadow & upland wch they now posses in my neck of land (excepting only twenty acres of upland next to Henry Shorts Mills wch I do reserve to be otherwise disposed of for fifety pounds wch he oweth me) always reserving liberty for my heirs for ever to pass & repass thro any of ye aforesd lands at Sumer or Winter on ye place or places where we ware wont to pass & repass and further wth upland & meadow is contained in this my gift more than was Inventorized in my said Son John his inventory I do give to my grandson Nicholas Noyes the son of my said son John Noyes over and above his portion I do also reserve to my Self all those points of upland wch run into ye said meadow and are now on my side of ye deviding fence betwene my self and my said sons childrens land.

    Item, To my son Mr. Nicholas Noyes of Salem I give five shillings in money besides what I have formerly done for him wch is in full of his portion to be paid by my executor.

    Item To my son Cutting Noyes I give five shillings in money besides wt I have done formerly for him to be paid by my executors in full of his Portion.

    Item. To my son Timothy Noyes I give all that houseing and land that he now posseseth also one acre of plowland out of ye land that I myself now posses to be laid out by ye side of ye said Plow land that he now posseseth also about Two acres of Plow land and Swamp be itt more or less wch layeth betwene ye land that Moses Little late of Newbery did posses and ye land of Joseph Knight & my owne land and ye land of Lt. Tristram Coffin, also all that my long point of meadow or salt marsh in my neck of land as itt is bounded by ye Mill River on three sides, and ye other side by a line running streight from Henry Shorts Mill dam to ye turne of ye River yt makes ye said point of marsh, also ye one halfe of that marsh wch I formerly bought of Henry Jaques lying in ye great marshes in Newbery also ye one halfe of that twenty acres of upland on my Neck before reserved in this my Will. Also one Quarter part of all my devisions of land already laid out in ye upper Woods in Newbery to me; as also one Quarter parts of all my rights in ye undevided lands of Newbery all wch to enjoy to him and his heirs forever. Also I give unto him all my weareing apparrell I also confirm to him all yt piece of Meadow wch he bought of Peter Cheny lyeing on ye South Side of ye Mill River in Newbery.

    Item To ye children of my son Thomas Noyes dec'ed I give ten pounds to be paid by my executor in good Currant pay as itt passeth from man to man (not as money) to be paid to ye children when they come of age or sooner as my executor shall see cause.

    Item. To my daughter Mary ye wife of John French of Salisbury besides what I have formerly given her I give her fiveteen pounds in good currant pay as itt passeth from man to man (not as money) to be paid by my executor wth in four years after my death wch is for full of her portion.

    Item. To my daughter Hannah ye wife of John Atkinson Sen'r. of Newbery I give five shillings money besides what I have formerly to her to be paid by my Executor wch is in full of her portion.

    Item. To my daughter Sarah ye wife of Matthew Pettengall of Newbery besides what I have formerly given her I do now give her fifeteen pounds in good marchentable pay not as money price but as it passeth from man to man to be paid by my executor wth in four years after my death wch is in full of her portion.

    Item To my daughter Rachel the wife of James Jackman of Newbery I give fifeteen pounds besides what I formerly gave her to be paid by my Executor wth in four years after my death in good marchentable pay not in or as money but as it passeth from man to man wch is in full of her portion.

    Item. To my daughter Abigall Noyes I give all ye linen that I shall have in the house at my decease as Table Linnen & Sheets as also ye best bed wth all ye furniture, also ye parlour dureing her naturall life as also seller room for her convenciency (the house room here mentioned she shall not have itt if she marry also I give her fifety Shillings per Annum dureing her naturall life to be paid to her by my Executor ten shillings of itt in money or in flax or Wool at money price annually and the ye other forty shillings in provision pay at money prices annually my Executor to keep ye said Parlour in good repair at his owne charge. Also I give to her ye fruits of ten Apple trees yearly if she do not marry to be at her owne choyce out of my old orchard. I also give my said daughter one of my brass kettles at her owne choyce & one iron pott & three platters and my tankard all wch is in full of her portion.

    Item. I do hereby make my son James Noyes my true and lawful heir and do accordingly give and bequeath unto him and to his heirs & assignes forever all my houseing & lands wth all my goods & chattles (not perticularly mentioned in this my last Will and Textamt & otherwise disposed of) together wth all debts due to me by Bill Bond Book or otherwise, as also whatever may be mine and may appear due to me in time to come requireing him to pay all my honest debts & in speciall four pounds in money to his brother Mr. Nicholas Noyes of Salem on the accott. of Maj. Thomas Noyes of Newbery Esqr. as also Twenty shillings to ye First Church in Newbery, my funerall charges to be by him discharged.

    Lastly. I do appoint my son James Noyes to be ye executor of this my last Will Will and Testament hereby revoaking all former wills of mine. Whereas I have in this my last Will confered certaine lands on ye children of my son John Noyes itt is to be understood that Mary ye Widow of my said son John shall enjoy her thirds of said houseing & lands dureing her naturall life. In Witness whereof I, ye said Nicholas Noyes have hereto as my last Will & Testament sett to my hand & Seal this fourth day of July Anno Dom one thousand & seaven hundred.

    Nicholas Noyes & a Seal.
    Signed, sealed & Declared by Mr. Nicholas Noyes to be his last Will & Testamt in presence of us.

    Henry Short Junr.
    Jonathan Emory.
    Joseph Knight
    John Short.
    Henry Short.
    proved Dec. 29, 1701.

    The inventory of the "estate of Mr. Nicholas Noyes late of Newbery who deceased November 23rd 1701," totalled 1531 4s., of which 1160 was real estate: "36 acres of land with houses, outhouses, gardens & orchard thereupon," 500; "eighty acres of meadow & sixty acres of upland," 500; "the outlands namely a freehold lot of about 30 acres and a rate lot of about seventy acres," 140; and "rights in the commons & undivided lands of Newbery," 20. Taken by Thomas Noyes, Joseph Woodbridge and Henry Short. (31)

    Nicholas bore the arms "Azure, three cross-crosslets in bend Argent", however, where these arms originated is unknown.

    From the diary of Samuel Sewall: "Mr. Nicholas Noyes of Newbury, aged about 86 years, died on the Lords-Day 9r 23.1701". (32)

    Issue- all born in Newbury

  • I. Mary- b. 15 Oct. 1641, m. John French, d. 5 Sept. 1721 Salisbury
  • II. Hannah- b. 13 Oct. 1643, m.1. 1663, Peter Cheney,. 1700 John Atkinson
  • 10III. JOHN- b. 20 Jan. 1645, m. 1668 MARY POOR
  • IV. Nicholas- b. 22 Dec. 1647, d. 13 Dec. 1717 Salem, MA. Nicholas graduated from Harvard in 1667 and was the minister at Haddam, CT before becoming the seventh minister at Salem. He was the officiating clergyman at the hanging of the witches at Salem in 1692 and later in life repented his part in the witchcraft hysteria.
  • V. Cutting- b. 23 Sept. 1649, m. 1673 Elizabeth Knight, will 16 July 1730, d. 25 Oct. 1734 Newbury
  • VI. Sarah- b. 13 Sept. 1651, d. 21 Feb. 1652/3
  • VII. Sarah- b. 22 Aug. 1653, m. 1674 Matthew Pettingill, d. after 20 July 1714 Newbury
  • VIII. Timothy- b. 23 June 1655, m. 1680 Mary Knight, d. 21 Aug. 1718 Newbury
  • IX. James- b. 16 May 1657, m. 1684 Hannah Knight
  • X. Abigail- b. 11 Apr. 1659, m. 1707 Simeon French, d. 27 Jan. 1746/7 Salisbury
  • XI. Rachel- b. 20 Mar. 1661, m. 1682 James Jackman, 24 May 1720 Newbury
  • XII. Thomas- b. 20 June 1663, m. 1685 Sarah Knight, admin. 30 Dec. 1695 Haverhill
  • XIII. Rebecca- bpt. 18 May 1665, d.s.p. 1 Dec. 1683 Newbury


    (1) Mass. Archives- Vol. 10, pp.301-2
    (2) Ibid- Vol. 15b, p.146
    (3) Ibid- Vol. 11, p.39a
    (4) Ibid- p.75
    (5) Essex Co. Deeds- Vol. 15, p.41
    (6) Ibid- Vol. 27, p.8
    (7) Essex Co. Probate- Vol. 307, pp.233-6
    (8) History of Newbury, Mass.- 1635-1902- John J. Currier, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1902- p. 312; Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian- Sarah Anna Emery, William H. Huse & Co., Newburyport, 1879- pp. 112-15
    (9) Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686- Vol. 1, p. 373
    (10) Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts- George F. Dow, Salem, 1911- Vol. 1, p. 268; NEHGR- Vol. 32, pp. 407-11
    (11) Essex Quarterly Courts- Vol. 1, pp. 103, 164
    (12) Ibid- pp.124, 146, 210
    (13) Ibid- p. 233
    (14) Ibid- Vol. 2, p. 70
    (15) Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686- Vol. 3, p.345; Vol. 4, pt. 1, p. 194
    (16) Ibid- Vol. 3, p. 432; Vol. 4, pt. 1 p. 292
    (17) Essex Quarterly Courts- Vol. 1, pp. 262, 336, 420; Vol. 2, pp. 11, 69, 151, 371; Vol. 3, pp. 172, 355; Vol. 4, pp. 12, 13, 119, 225; Vol. 5, p. 290; Vol. 6, p. 249; Vol. 8, p. 232; Vol. 9, p. 167
    (18) Ibid- Vol. 4, p. 139; Vol. 8, p. 148
    (19) Ibid- Vol 7, pp. 263-4
    (20) Ipswich Land Records- Vol. 1, p. 95
    (21) Ibid- Vol. 4, pp. 186-87
    (22) Ibid- Vol. 5, p. 421
    (23) Ibid- Vol. 1, pp. 195-6
    (24) Ibid- Vol. 2, p. 69
    (25) Ibid- p. 26
    (26) Essex County Registry of Deeds- Vol. 33, pp. 8-9
    (27) Ibid- Vol. 14, p. 217
    (28) Ibid- Vol. 22, p. 146
    (29) Ibid- Vol. 25, pp. 103-4
    (30) Essex Quarterly Courts- Vol. 1, p. 303
    (31) Essex County Probate Court- Vol. 307, pp. 233-6
    (32) The Diary of Samuel Sewall 1674-1729- M. Halsey Thomas, New York, 1973- Vol. 1, p. 458
    (33) Magnalia Christi Americana- Cotton Mather, Hartford, 1855- Vol. I, pp. 484-5

    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, p.46-7


    b. 20 Jan. 1645/6 Newbury, MA
    m. 23 Nov. 1668 Newbury, MARY POOR (b. 1651, d. after 1716)
    inv. 28 Sept. 1694

    John received 20/ in the will of Samuel Robinson of Boston, merchant on 13 Jan. 1661/2.(1)

    John first shows up in town records when he testified in court on 27 Apr 1669 in a case that involved John Woolcott and Peter Tappan on one hand and Nathaniel Cheny on the other. He took the freeman's oath on 9 Jan 1674 with his brother Cutting. John was a house carpenter and from the "Descendants of Nicholas Noyes" we find that John purchased 11acres for a home in the "Farms District" from Edmund Moores Jr. after the former owner, John Hull, died in 1670. "The house, a substantial ediface, was built in a style unusual for a farmhouse in those early days. The front hall is maniscotted, and a handsome staircase with the elaborately curved balusters, these fashonable for the first class mansions, leads to the second story. The kitchen fireplace has been reconstructed, but when it was built it was huge even for the period; an ox could have roasted whole in its capacious recess. The homestead was descended from John of the second generation, to his son and grandson Daniel, to Maj. Samuel, to Samuel his son, to Luther and his nephew Silas M. the present occupant [in 1904]." (2) John built one half of the house that is still standing, the other half was built by a later generation.

    In 1678 John Noyes, John Hale and Francis Tharley fixed the bridge over the Newbury River. John was a juror on 27 Sep 1681. He was listed in the 1688 Newbury tax roll as owning two lots of 5 and 13 acres.

    He died in 1691 at the age of 45 and is mentioned in his father's will as deceased. His widow Mary and son Nicholas settled his estate. The account was made on 28 Sep 1694. An inventory of his estate on 22 Sep 1693 was made by Tristraim Coffin, Abraham Adams and Joseph Pike. He had a house and a barn on a 12 acre homestead. He had 20 acres of meadow and 30 acres of upland. Animals included 2 oxen, 7 cows, 25 sheep and a horse. He had 2 feather beds, a chest, a table and chairs. Kitchen items included iron pots, a frying pan, tubs, barrels, wooden ware, napkins and table cloths. Tools included carpenter's tools, husbandry tools, a spinning wheel, a loom and an iron. Other items found in the inventory included clothes, books, arms, pewter and brass ware. Personal estate was valued at 309, real estate 246.

    Issue- all children born in Newbury

  • I. Nicholas- b. 18 May 1671, int. 17 July 1695 Newbury, Sarah Lunt, d. 8 Nov. 1719 Abington, MA
  • 11II. DANIEL- b. 23 Oct. 1673, m. 1702 JUDITH (7) KNIGHT, d. 15 Mar. 1716 Newbury
  • III. Mary- b. 10 Dec. 1675, m. 1700 John Noyes
  • IV. John- b. 19 Feb. 1677, m. 25 Jan. 1703 Mary Thurlow, d. 15 June 1719 Newbury
  • V. Martha- b. 15 Dec. 1680, m. 29 Dec. 1702 Joseph Lunt, d. 26 June 1706
  • VI. Nathaniel- b. 28 Oct. 1681, m. 1704 Priscilla Merrill, d. 2 July 1770 Newbury
  • VII. Elizabeth- b. 15 Nov. 1684, m. 1707 John Adams, d. 1720
  • VIII. Moses- b. 22 May 1688, d. 6 Aug. 1714
  • IX. Samuel- b. 5 Feb. 1691, m. 1714 Hannah Poor, d. 6 Nov. 1729 Abington, MA


    (1) Mass. Archives- Vol. 15b, p. 84d
    (2) Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, p. 53
    A Genealogical Account of the Noyes Family- Jacob Noyes, C.G. Easterbrook, Abington, 1861- p. 4
    Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian- Sarah Anna Emery, William H. Huse & Co., Newburyport, 1879- p. 113
    Four Generations of English Ancestry for the Noyes Families of New England- Paul Reed, Dean Smith, NEHGR- Vol. 149, p. 120 (Apr. 1995)
    "Noyes Pedigree"- James Atkins Noyes- NEHGR- Vol. 53, p. 37 (Jan. 1899)
    Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian- Sarah Anna Emery, William H. Huse & Co., Newburyport, 1879- p. 114

    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, pp.52-3


    b. 23 Oct. 1673 Newbury, MA
    m. 29 Dec. 1702 JUDITH (7) KNIGHT (b. 23 Oct. 1678 Newbury)
    d. 15 Mar. 1716 Newbury, bur. Old Hill Burying Ground, Newburyport

    "Permision to pass the Castle granted to Ships & other Vessels... September... 27th... For the Brig Larke Daniel Noyes Mastr bound for Newfoundland..."(1)

    "Certificate made out for Ships Pursuant to a Treaty lately made wth Algiers by Rl Admiral Byings... April 9th 1704 Briganteen Hannibal of the Port of Boston Danl Noyes mastr burthen ab 80t... Nov. 30th 1708 Briganteen Union of Boston, Daniel Noyes mar burthen about... 65 tuns."(2)

    "September 25th, 1701 Andrew Faneuil of Boston... Mercht That the Briganteen Larke of the Port of Boston aforesd whereof Daniel Noyes is at present Master, being a Square Sternd Vessel of the burthen of abt thirty Tuns was built at Boston aforesd in the year 1693. And that William Clarke of sd Boston Mercht together with him the Said Andrew Faneuil are at present Owners thereoff."(3)

    "March 10th 1704 Daniel Noyes of Boston... mariner That the Briganteen Hanover of the Port of Boston... whereof he... is at present Master, being a Square sternd Vessell of the burthen of about eighty Tons was built at Boston... in the present year 1704. And that Andrew Belcher, Esq. Daniel Oliver and Nathaniel Oliver all of Boston merchants, together with him... are at present owners thereof..."(4)

    "3rd Septr 1708 Daniel Noyes of Boston... That the Brign Union of Port of Boston... whereof the said Daniel Noyes is at present Master, being a square stern'd Vessell of burthen about Sixty Tuns, was built at Boston... in this present year 1708. And that Richard Miles and Company English Merchants residing in Madera with him the sd Daniel Noyes are at present Owners thereof..."(5)

    In his will Daniel gave his estate to his wife Judith until his son Daniel became of age. She was also to care for his mother Mary Noyes. His estate was valued at £ 509 including a slave valued at £ 40.

    The following inscription is on Daniel's tombstone:

    "Here lyes the body of Mr. Daniel Noyes, who died in March ye 15th, 1716, aged 42 years, 4 months, and 16 days.

    As you are, so was I,
    God did call, and I did dy.
    Now children all, whose name is Noyes,
    Make Jesus Christ your only choice."

    Issue- all children born in Newbury

  • I. Daniel- b. 16 Oct. 1703, m. 1728 Abigail Toppan, d. 16 Apr. 1765 Newbury
  • 12II. JOSEPH- b. 6 Aug. 1705, m. 10 Nov. 1726 ELIZABETH WOODMAN, d. 15 Sept. 1781
  • III. Joshua- b. 27 Jan. 1706/7, m. 7 Apr. 1730 Sarah Hale, d. 22 Jan. 1808 Newbury
  • IV. John- b. 9 May 1709, d. 13 Aug. 1759
  • V. Mary- b. 8 Apr. 1711, d. Aug. 1794
  • VI. Deborah- b. 22 May 1713, m. Jacob Knight
  • VII. Judith- b. 7 Jan. 1715, m. 1748 Benjamin Poor


    (1) Mass. Archives- Vol. 7, p.74
    (2) Ibid- pp.81, 83
    (3) Ibid- p.191
    (4) Ibid- p.258
    (5) Ibid- p.337

    Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian- Sarah Anna Emery, William H. Huse & Co., Newburyport, 1879- pp. 114-5

    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, pp.53-4


    b. 6 Aug. 1705 Newbury, MA
    m. 10 Nov. 1726 Newbury, ELIZABETH WOODMAN (b. 7 Sept. 1706 Newbury, d. 2 Sept. 1764 Newbury) d. of Jonathan & Abigail (Atkinson) Woodman
    d. 13 Sept. 1781
    inv. 1 Oct. 1781 Newbury (1)


  • I. Elizabeth- b. 12 Sept. 1727, m. 1745 Benjamin Jackman
  • 13II. SUSANNAH- b. 12 July 1729, m. 16 Nov. 1752 STEPHEN (8) KNIGHT (b. 22 Dec. 1729 Newbury, d. after 1800 Fryeburg, ME)
  • III. Abigail- b. 12 May 1736, m. 1750 ______ Dummer
  • IV. Daniel- b. 29 Jan. 1738, m. 1763 Sarah Boardman, d. 21 Mar. 1815 Ipswich, MA
  • V. Judith- b. 18 Oct. 1739, d. 14 Sept. 1816
  • VI. Joseph- b. 14 July 1741, m. 1768 Bethia Dodge. Joseph moved to Rowley, MA.
  • VII. Lemuel- b. 29 Aug. 1743, m. 1782 Sarah Brown. Lemuel was a sergeant in the Revolutionary War.
  • VIII. John- b. 15 Nov. 1749, m. 1771 Diana Cochrane, d. 17 Aug. 1819 Ipswich, MA


    (1) Essex Co. Probate- Vol. 355, p.25

    Descendants of Nicholas Noyes- Col. Henry E. Noyes, Boston 1904, pp.61,71-2

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