Falk Relations: James Family
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- John James♦ (bur. 30 Mar. 1612, Boston, Lincolnshire)
- Thomas James♦ (bap. 5 Oct. 1595, Boston, Lincolnshire, d. Feb. 1683, Needham Market, Suffolkshire), 1m. 20 Apr. 1620 at Fishtoft, Lincolnshire to Olive Ingoldsby (bap. 24 June 1602, Fishtoft, Lincolnshire, d. by 22 Apr. 1627, Moulton, Lincolnshire), 2m. by 1632 to Elizabeth ---
- Thomas James♦ (ch. by 1m., bap. 13 Feb. 1621, Moulton, Lincolnshire, d. 16 June 1696, East Hampton NY), 1m. c. 1646 at Fairfield CT to Ruth Jones (bap. 23 Oct. 1628, d. 1668, East Hampton NY), 2m. 2 Sep. 1669 to Catherine Blux
- Sarah James (b. c. 1648, Southampton NY, d. after 2 Sep. 1702, Southampton NY), m. 15 Dec. 1664 at Southampton NY to Peregrine Stanborough (b. 1640, Southampton NY, d. 15 Jan. 1702, Southampton NY)
- Ruth James (b. 2 Mar. 1650, d. c. 1704), m. to Thomas Harris (b. c. 1655, d. by 1697, Killingworth CT)
- Mary James (b. c. 1653, d. 14 Feb. 1718), m. to John Stratton (b. c. 1645, d. 19 Feb. 1736)
- Hannah James (b. c. 1656, East Hampton NY, d. c. 1706, East Hampton NY), m. c. 1677 to James Dymond (b. c. 1646, d. 13 Dec. 1721, East Hampton NY)
- Nathaniel James (b. c. 1660, d. c. 1689), m. to Ann Wakeman
- John James (ch. by 1m., bap. 7 Feb. 1623, Moulton, Lincolnshire, d. 10 June 1630, Moulton, Lincolnshire)
- Peter James (ch. by 1m., bap. 26 Feb. 1625, Moulton, Lincolnshire, d. 2 Mar. 1625, Moulton, Lincolnshire)
- Abraham James (ch. by 1m., bap. 10 June 1627, Moulton, Lincolnshire)
- John James (ch. by 2m., b. 18 Jan. 1633, Charlestown MA)
- Nathaniel James (ch. by 2m., b. 1 Aug. 1641, New Haven CT)
- John James (--1612)
- Thomas James (1595-1683), m. 1620 to Olive Ingoldsby (1602-c1627)
- Thomas James (1621-1696), m. c1646 to Ruth Jones (1628-1668)
- Sarah James (1648-c1702), m. 1664 to Peregrine Stanborough (1640-1702)
- John Stanborough (1665-1725), m. by 1690 to Martha --- (1667-1729)
- Abigail Stanborough (c1700-1789), m. 1717 to Obadiah Rhodes (1693-1781)
- Abigail Rhodes (1719--), m. 1737 to Joseph Button (1702-1750)
- Mary Button (1750-1826), m. by 1782 to Abraham Jackson (1751-1833)
- Jerusha Steele Jackson (1790-1863), m. 1812 to Benjamin Felch (1790-1864)
- Mary Jane Felch (1820-1898), m. 1837 to Horatio Higgins (1812-1890)
- Harvey Alva Higgins (1864-1928), m. 1889 to Lillian Belle Agee (1868-1947)
- Elsie Laura Higgins (1895-1959), m. 1915 to George Washington Falk (1895-1969)
John James (--1612)
- Jebb, George, A Guide to the Church of S. Botolph, with Notes on the History and Antiquities of Boston and Skirbeck, 1903. On p. 127, "The church [of Skirbeck] suffered terribly at the Reformation. The chancel, two bays of the nave clearstory, and two corresponding bays of each of the aisles were pulled down, and the last two bays of the nave covered with a low roof, and made into a quasi-chancel cut off by a brick wall supported on a timber baulk, so as to make a sort of chancel arch. The openings from these two eastern bays of the nave into the spaces where the chancel and the aisles had formerly been, were walled up and a square window inserted into the chancel arch; at the same time the western window was to a large extent bricked up, and a western gallery erected; a nearly flat roof was put over the rest of the nave. These changes were made when John James, who resigned the post of Mayor's chaplain at Boston in 1597, was curate in charge, and are recorded by a stone carved 'R.P. 1598. I.I.' (supposed to stand for 'Restauratam posuit 1598 Johannes James'), in the exterior of the wall then built to block the old chancel arch. One good thing which John James probably did, was to provide an oaken pulpit and font cover, in the same style as, but inferior to, the pulpit at Boston Church." On p. 136, "1607, June 11th. John James, S.T.B., was presented by the Mayor and burgesses of Boston on the death of the last rector. 1612, May 1st. Thomas Wooll, M.A., previously Vicar of Boston, presented by the same patrons on the death of the last rector."
- Thompson, Pishey, The History and Antiquities of Boston, 1856. On p. 474, "Mr. John James, who was Mayor's chaplain (Boston) in 1595, was, at the date of this resolution , incumbent of Skirbeck. Mr. James died in 1612"
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, 1936. On p. 116, "Thomas James, A.M., bapt. Boston, Lincolnshire, England, Oct. 5, 1595, son of Rev. John James, B.D., Rector of Shirbeck, Lincolnshire ..."
Thomas James (1595-1683): 1m. Olive Ingoldsby (1602-c1627), 2m. Elizabeth ---
- Richardson, Douglas, Plantaganet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd edition, 2011. On p. 419, "Olive Ingoldsby, baptized at Fishtoft, Lincolnshire 24 June 1602. She married at Fishtoft, Lincolnshire 20 April 1620 (as his 1st wife) [Rev.] Thomas James, minister, son of [Rev.] John James, of Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, by his wife, Alice. He was baptized at Boston, Lincolnshire 5 Oct. 1595. They had two sons, [Rev.] Thomas [of East Hampton, New York], and John. He matriculated at Cambridge university, pensioner from Emmanuel, 1611. He obtained a B.A. degree, 1614-5, and a M.A. degree, 1618. He was ordained deacon 16 March 1616/17, priest 17 March 1616/17. His wife, Olive, apparently died before 22 April 1627 (date of her father's will). He married (2nd) before 1632 Elizabeth ---. They had two sons, John and Nathaniel. [Rev.] Thomas and his family immigrated to New England in 1632, where they resided successively at Charlestown, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, and New Haven, Connecticut. He served as a missionary to Virginia in 1642-3. He returned permanently to England in 1649. He became a minister at Needham Market, Suffolk in 1650, and was ejected in 1662 following the Restoration. [Rev.] Thomas James, of Needham Market, Suffolk, left a will dated 5 Feb. 1682/3, proved 13 Feb. 1683/4."
- Thompson, Pishey, The History and Antiquities of Boston, 1856. On p. 432-433, "Rev. Thomas James was the first minister of Charleston, in Massachusetts, and a native of Lincolnshire; he arrived in New England in 1632, and returned to England about 1650. He was afterwards minister of Needham in Suffolk, but was ejected for noncomformity in 1662; he died 1678, aged eighty-six."
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, 7th edition, 1992. On p. 171, "Line 203 ... 41. Olive Ingoldsby, bapt. 1602; m. Rev. Thomas James, A.M., bapt. Boston, co. Lincoln, England, 5 Oct. 1595, A.B., Emanuel Coll., Cambridge, 1614/5, A.M. 1618; ord. Charlestown, Mass., 2 Nov. 1632-1636; sett. New Haven, Conn., 1636-1642; d. Needham-Market, England, Feb. 1682/3, ae. 90 years."
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, 1936. On p. 116, "Thomas James, A.M., bapt. Boston, Lincolnshire, England, Oct. 5, 1595, son of Rev. John James, B.D., Rector of Shirbeck, Lincolnshire; Emmanuel Coll., Camb., 1614/5, A.B.; A.M., 1618; Ord. by the Bishop of Peterborough, Mar. 17, 1616/7; minister in Lincolnshire, Eng.; came to N.E., 1631; Ord. Charlestown, Nov. 2, 1632, as the first minister; sett. Charlestown, 1632-1636; sett. New Haven, Ct., 1636-1642; missionary to Va., 1642-1643; returned to England, ca. 1643; sett. Needham Market, Suffolk, Eng., 1643-1662; 'hired by the town, 1650;' ejected, ca. 1661; Presb.; preacher at West Creeting, 1680; non-conformist preacher till his death at Needham Market; d. Needham Market, Feb. 1682/3, a. 90. (Will made Feb. 5; proved Feb. 13)."
- Whittemore, Henry, Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, 1898. In 2:284, "Thomas James, Charlestown, bred at Emanuel College, Cambridge, where he had his degree, 1614 and 1618; had preached in Co. Lincoln, where prob. he was born; came in the William and Francis, 1632, with wife Eliz., and prob. son Thomas; freeman 1632; had John, bapt. 1633. After few years he went to new Haven, where, in 1639, a lot was granted him; made a freeman of that colony 1640; he had Nathaniel, bapt. 1641; thence, 1642, sailed to Virginia, in company with Knowles and Tomson, but came back next year, and before 1648 went home; never returned."
Thomas James (1621-1696): 1m. Ruth Jones (1628-1668), 2m. Catherine Blux
- Ackerly, Orville B., "Early Easthampton Wills", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 55:200-208, 1901. On p. 208, "Thomas James (Rev.) (p. 123), will of June 5, 1696, eldest dau. Sarah, wife of Peregrine Stanborough; dau. Mary, wife of John Stretton; dau. Hannah, wife of James Dyment; dau. Ruth, wife of Thomas Harris; gr. ch. Mary Stanborough and Mary Stretton; dau. in law Anne, now wife of Mr. Abraham Howell of Southampton, formerly wife of testator's son Nathaniel; eldest gr. son John M. Stanborough; dau. in law Mary, wife of John Mulford; dau. in law Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Osborn; sons in law Stanborough, Stretton, Dyment and Harris, ex'rs; sons in law Mulford and Osborn overseers; proved June 23, 1696. Recorded in Liber A of Deeds in the Office of the County Clerk of Suffolk."
- Hedges, Henry P., A History of the Town of East-Hampton, N.Y., 1897. On p. 6, "Thomas James and his father came to Charlestown, in Massachusetts, in 1632; they afterwards went to New-Haven, Connecticut, and Thomas James removed from thence to East-Hampton as early as 1651; and became their first Minister of the Gospel." On p. 8, "The following are the names of those who lived upon the East side of the street ... Thomas James". On p. 12, "The salary of Mr. James, the first minister, was £50 per annum, and afterwards £60; besides many very valuable privileges, and an exemption from taxation." On p. 55, "When the venerable James, after a long service rested from his labors his loving people engraved on his tombstone no narrow epithet, but this: 'He was Minister of the Gospel and Pastyre of the Church of Christ.' The colony was happy in the choice of their Pastor. Minister James understood the Indian language, sometimes instructed the Indians and preached to them, and acted as an interpreter (Southampton Records, Vol. I, p. 160, Vol. III, p. 110.) He was learned, resolute, just, sincere, fearless, active, a powerful personality." On p. 61-64, "July 29, 1686, ten persons complained to the Governor [Dongan] that the town will lay out no land to them, and he by order in council then directed Josiah Hobart, High Sheriff of the County, to lay out to each thirty acres. The written protest against this laying out, dated October 6, 1686, was deemed a libel, and an information to that effect filed by the Attorney General. Warrants issued for the arrest of [11 people]. October 17th, 1686, Thomas James preached from the text Job 24,2: 'Some remove the land mark.' Nov. 18th, 1686, Sheriff Hobart attested under oath to the text and, teaching of the sermon. The same day an order in council was entered that a warrant issue against Minister James on the ground that the sermon was seditious. A like information against him was filed. A warrant for his arrest issued Nov. 18th, 1686. He was arrested, and some three weeks thereafter petitioned the Governor for his release, reciting this as 'the first tyme (for almost forty years of my being a minister of the Gospel; that I have been called to account by any authority I have lived under.' (See Documentary History of new York, pp. 351 to 360, Vol. III) ... It seems plain that the whole proceedings were designed to force people to pay as they did pay the extortionate charge of two hundred pounds for the patent ... Although the town had been constrained to pay an extortionate price for a Patent from Dongan, the stern spirits that panted for freedom still hoped and still fought on with unabated ardor for an assembly of representatives of the people. Neither Thomas James of Samuel Mulford (mighty names!) would tamely surrender the rights of a free born people to arbitrary power." On page 68, "June 16th, 1696, Minister James died. He had been partially disabled so as to require an assistant in the ministry for some years. For nearly half a century he had been an able and devout minister to his people, intelligent in the understanding of their rights as free-born Englishmen, fearless in their defence. Only with his last breath went out his watchful regard as their minister. In attestation of his conscious discharge of duty, his intrepid soul prompted the desire to be so buried as to rise facing his people on the resurrection morn." On p. 104, "Efforts were, at a very early day, made to introduce civilization and Christianity among this tribe, but apparently with little success. The Rev. Thomas James was employed by 'The Society for propagating the Gospel in New England,' about the year 1660. He commenced the study of the Indian language, and made efforts to spread the knowledge of the Gospel among the Montauk Indians. Little is known however either of the length or success of his exertions." On p. 133, "When in 1669 Thomas Chatfield and Robert Dayton neglected to pay their dues to Mr. James 'for the work of the ministry,' although among the most reputable settlers, a warrant of attachment was issued to enforce payment by seizure of their goods."
- Jacobus, Donald Lines, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, 1930. In 1:327-329, "James, (Rev.) Thomas, s. of Rev. Thomas. In 1653 was mentioned the house in Fairfield which was once his. He witnessed the will of Thomas Dunn (probated 1660) by which Dunn gave his property to Rev. John Jones. Is it not likely then that he was the husband of Ruth James named in the will 1665 of her father Rev. John Jones? Ruth was b. abt. 1628, and her husband may have lived in Fairfield a year or so subsequent to their marriage. ... Thomas, son of Rev. Thomas of Charlestown, came with his father to New Haven in 1639, and remained here some years after his father left. He was ordained in Easthampton, L.I., in 1651, and remained there as minister, dying 14 June 1696. Made freeman in 1645, we may suppose him b. abt. 1624, hence of fitting age to marry Ruth Jones, b. abt. 1628, dau. of another minister. ... This man had left New Haven by Jan. 1648/9, when he was one of the absentee lot owners to whom the Secretary was ordered to write with regard to keeping up fences. He sold land in Oct. 1649, and the last mention of him in New Haven was in 1655 when Thomas Johnson entered for record land which he had bought from Thomas James through his agent Mr. Wakeman. ..."
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, 7th edition, 1992. On p. 171, "Line 203 ... 42. Rev. Thomas James, b. England, 1620/22; d. East Hampton, L.I., N.Y., 1696; first minister at Southampton, 1650-1696; m. Ruth Jones, b. ca. 1628, d. ca. 1668."
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England, 1936. On p. 116, "Thomas James, b. England, 1620, son of Rev. Thomas and Elizabeth James; sett. East Hampton, Ct., 1650-1696; d. East Hampton, Ct., 1696."