A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of new england, showing three generations of those who came before may, 1692, on the basis of farmer's register

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WILLIAM, Guilford, sign. the planta. covenant of 1 June 1639, was an Assist. of N. H. col. 1643 to 57, dep.-gov. 1658, Gov. 1661 to 63; on the union with Conn. bec. an Assist. to 1669, then dep-gov. to 1676, when, on d. of Gov. Winthrop, he was chos. to that office, and so by ann. elect. till his d. at Hartford, 16 Apr. 1683. He was oft. a Commissr. of the Unit. Col. of N. E. from 1655 to 79. Of three ws. I presume the first w. Ann, wh. d. 1 Sept. 1668, or rather was bur. that day, was mo. of all the ch.: John, b. a. 1639; Andrew; William; Abigail; Caleb, 24 Aug. 1651, d. at 21 yrs.; Graciana, 22 Dec. 1653; Peregrine, 12 Jan. 1658, d. young; Joshua, d. 22 Feb. 1660, prob. very young; and Ann, 15 Mar. 1662. Abigail m. 26 Oct. 1671, Rev. John Woodbridge of Killingworth, and Ann m. 9 or 19 Nov. 1683, John Trowbridge, and, next, 1696, Ebenezer Collins; and Graciana liv. long, infirm in body and mind. His sec. w. Sarah m. 7 Apr. 1670, had been wid. of Henry Rotherford, d. 10 Feb. 1674. Mary, the third w. wid. of Rev. Nicholas Street, wh. outliv. him but a few mos.; had been w. of Gov. Francis Newman. WILLIAM, Guilford, youngest surv. s. of the preced. freem. 1671, rep. 1677, d. 1 June 1687, leav. wid. Mary, wh. m. Stephen Bradley, and d. Mary, 11 Jan. 1672, wh. m. 1 Aug. 1691, James Hooker.
LEETH, JOHN, Boston, by w. Hannah had Martha, b. 31 Aug. 1654. It may be the same as Leathe.
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LEFFINGWELL, sometimes in old rec. read LEPPINGWELL, or LAPPlNGWELL, MICHAEL, Woburn, had Hannah, b. 4 Jan. 1643, d. in few wks.; Hannah, again, 6 Jan. 1646; Sarah, 10 Mar. 1647; Thomas, 13 Jan. 1649; Ruth, 2 Jan. 1650; Michael, 8 June 1651, d. in a wk.; Rachel, 4 Mar. 1653; Abigail, 24 May 1655; Esther, 16 May 1657; and Tabitha, 8 May 1660; and he d. 22 Mar. 1687. Geneal. Reg. VII. 284, gives from Boston copy of rec. diff'er. dates. THOMAS, Saybrook 1637, prob. on the E. side of the riv. had Rachel, b. 17 Mar. 1648; Thomas, 27 Aug. 1649; Jonathan, 6 Dec. 1650; Joseph, 24 Dec. 1652; Mary, 10 Dec. 1654; and Nathaniel, 11 Dec. 1656; was one of the purch. of the tract from the Ind. 1659, now includ. Norwich and sev. other towns, and with the first sett. of N. its rep. 1662, and many foll. yrs. was an active partisan, when he was lieut. in Philip's war. THOMAS, Woburn, s. of Michael, m. 11 May 1675, Sarah Knight, wh. d. 16 Aug. 1691, and he m. 15 Jan. foll. Hannah Duntlin. There was a fam. of this name at Bristol 1689; but bapt. name of the h. is not found.
LEGAT, or LEGGETT, JOHN, Hampton 1640, Exeter 1642, clk. of the writs, kept sch. in ea.; at H. in 1649; m. 1644, Ann, Thomas Wilson's wid.
LEGAREE, FRANCIS, Boston 1690, a Huguenot goldsmith, with two s.
LEGGE, JOHN, Salem 1631, serv. of John Humfrey, came in the fleet with Winthrop liv. at Marblehead, was freem. 6 May 1635, d. 1674. His will of 16 Nov. 1672, ment. w. Elizabeth s. Samuel, John, and Daniel, the last being youngest, and two ch. of ea. of the other s. JOHN, Marblehead, s. of the preced. freem. 1680, had Samuel, wh. was a mariner of Boston in 1671; and John of M. 1691.
LEGROVE, MATTHEW, a soldier, wh. d. in Philip?s war, oft. call. Groe, Grove, or Groves, wh. see. NICHOLAS, Salem 1668, by w. Hannah had Susanna, b. 8 May 1673, wh. m. 16 July 1694, Benjamin Patch.
LEIGH, JOHN, a soldier in Moseley's comp. Dec. 1675, of wh. I see no more. JOSEPH, Ipswich 1651. Perhaps it is the same as the name of like sound, Lee. THOMAS, Roxbury, neph. of capt. Thomas Brattle, d. 20 July 1694, aged 30. A fam. of this name was at Bristol, in 1689, but he bapt. name of the h. is unkn. to me.
LEIGHTON. See Laighton.
LEISTER, or LISTER, EDWARD, a youth from London, in the employm. of Stephen Hopkins, came in the Mayflower, 1620. But we kn. no more of him, exc. his punishm. for fighting a duel with ano. youth from London, and Bradford, wh. calls him Litster, 4 Mass. Hist. Coll. III. 455, says, he went to Virg. and there d.
LELAND, EBENEZER, Sherborn, s. of Henry, by w. Deborah had Deborah, b. 16 Aug. 1679; Ebenezer, 14 Jan. 1681; Timothy, 22 Feb. 1684 ; James, 22 Sept. 1687; Susanna, 1690 ; Patience, 1695 ; Martha, 8 Sept. 1699; Isaac, 19 Apr. 1702; Sibella, 1708; and Amariah, 11 Dec. 1710; but by a sec. w. Patience Sabin, were the last five. His third w. was Mary Hunt. In Oct. 1742 admin. of his est. was giv. to his s. Timothy. ELEAZER, Sherborn, younger br. of the preced. had w. Sarah, m. 13 July perhaps of the yr. 1690, but no ch. and d. 5 Dec. [[vol. 3, p. 77]] 1703, tho. he made his will, in wh. no name is found but that of the w. 16 Oct. 1691. HENRY, Dorchester 1603, s. of the first Hopestill, rem. to Medfield, had by w. Margaret Badcock, or Babcock, sis. of Robert (wh. in fam. tradit. he is vainly reckon. to have brot. perhaps with her first born, from Eng. 1652), Hopestill, bapt. at D. May 1653, d. soon; Hopestill, again, 15 Nov. 1655; Experience, 16 May 1656; Ebenezer, 2 or 25 Jan. 1658; and Eleazer, 16 June 1660; with w. Margaret are nam. the four ch. in his will of 27 Mar. pro. 8 June 1680. He was of that pt. of M. wh. bec. Sherborn. Experience m. it is said, 1672, John Colburn of Dedham.
HOPESTILL, Weymouth, in very recent time ascertain. to be the ancest. of all the numer. tribe, deriv. thro. only s. Henry, wh. was bef. thot. the progenit. of our side of the water. Perhaps he had sev. ds. beside Experience, wh. m. the first Thomas Holbrook, in Eng. He d. at Medfield, 1655, aged 75. Morse exults in his honor, as "one of the most ancient, if not the most ancient," that ever came to our country, yet presumes the time of his com. was 1624, when he, of course, could not be over 43 yrs. old. Even if he puts his arr, a dozen yrs. too early, as to me seems prob. he borders on presumpt. in clos. with assert. "no monum. inscript. in N. E. but his will date back to 1580." Surely one dozen, if not two, of the first score of yrs. comers to N. E. includ. Elder Brewster and Gov. Dudley, must have been b. as early as this venerab. head of the Lelands. HOPESTILL, Sherborn, eldest s. of Henry, had two ds. Abigail Hill, m. 5 Nov. 1678, d. 5 Oct. 1689, and Patience Holbrook; and ch. Henry, b. 22 Feb. 1680; Hopestill, 4 Aug. 1681; Abigail, 17 Feb. 1684; John, 11 Oct. 1687; William, 11 Feb. 1692; Eleazer, 8 Apr. 1695; Joseph, 9 May 1698; Isaac, 2 June 1701; Joshua, 5 May 1705; and Margaret, 25 Dec. 1708. In his will, of 18 Aug. 1729, the day bef. he d. pro. 13 Oct. foll. he names w. Patience, and all the ch. exc. John, and Eleazer. His wid. d. 5 Oct. 1740.
LELLOCK, JOSEPH, Boston, found in the sec. copy of rec. to have, by w. Joanna, b. to him s. Martin, 22 Nov. 1658. As this seem. to me almost an impossib. name, occurr. in no other place of county, town, or ch. rec. I spent a good time in vain attempt to find it or any such from; wh. the pervers. might have orig. but on the older copy could not discern it, nor do I believe it was ever in the true lost rec. This instance justifies my caution to all interest. in similar inquiries, and to courts of law, not to accept certif. copies, but to call for orig. rec.
LEMON, LEAMOND, or LEMOND, sometimes LEMAN, JOSEPEH, Charlestown, came in youth from Eng. where he was b. a 1662, m. 12 June 1690, Mary Bradley, had Joseph, bapt. 26 June 1692, wh. was f. of Joseph, H. C. 1735. ROBERT, Salem 1637, by w. Mary had there [[vol. 3, p. 78]] bapt. Grace, and Mary, 7 Apr. 1639; Martha, 22 Mar. 1640; John, 27 Mar. 1642; Elizabeth 17 Dec. 1643, wh. d. at 19 yrs.; John, 12 Oct. 1645; and Hannah, 7 July 1650, wh. m. 28 June 1668, Samuel Beadle; was freem. 27 Dec. 1642, when the name is rec. Leoman or Looman. His will of 2 Aug. 1665, pro. 25 June 1667, nam. w. ds. Sarah, Hannah, Mary, Martha, wh. m. 23 July 1662, Bartholomew Gale; and ment. Thomas, Richard, and Mary Sallows, as his creditors. His d. Sarah m. 9 May 1667, Charles Knight. His wid. m. 19 Nov. 1674, Philip Cromwell. SAMUEL, Groton, m. Mary, d. of William Longley, had Samuel, b. 29 Apr. 1667. He was driv. I presume, to live at Charlestown, and there was impress. into Moseley's comp. in Dec. 1675, or volunteer. to have his revenge.
LENOX, RALPH, New Haven, had John, b. 1655; but some doubt is felt a. this name.
LENTHALL, ROBERT, Weymouth 1637, not pleas the governm. of our col. he was forbid. to be ord. went to Newport next yr. where his name is spell. Lintell, when adm. a freem. 1640, kept a sch. but was glad to go home 1642. See Lechford; Callender, 62; Winthrop I. 287.
LENTON, LAWRENCE, Ipswich 1673. Felt.
LEONARD, ABEL, Springfield 1678, s. of John, m. 4 Mar. 1687, Mary Remington, had Mary, b. 16 Dec. 1687; and Sarah, 8 Oct. 1689, both d. young; and he d. 10 Mar. 1690, and his wid. m. Samuel Bedurtha. BENJAMIN, Springfield, freem. 1690, br. of the preced. was there 1678. He m. 9 Feb. 1680, Sarah Scott, had John, b. 12 July 1681; Benjamin 3 Oct. 1683, d. young; Nathaniel, 6 Oct. 1685; Ebenezer, 26 Jan. 1687; Margaret, 1689; Sarah, 23 Mar. 1691; Martha, 23 Oct. 1695; Kezia, 25 Nov. 1697; Abel, 27 Aug. 1700; Benjamin, again, 17 Aug. 1702; and Rachel, Jan. 1706. He a. 21 Dec. 1724; and his wid. d. 2 Dec. 1751. BENJAMIN, Taunton, s. of the first James, m. 15 Jan. 1679, Sarah Thrasher, perhaps d. of Christopher, had Sarah, b. 21 May 1680; Benjamin, 25 Jan. 1684; Hannah, 8 Nov. 1685, d. young; Jerusha, 25 Jan. 1689; Hannah, 8 Dec. 1691; Joseph, 22 Jan. 1693; and Henry, 8 Nov. 1695. ELKANAH, Middleborough, s. of Thomas, d. 29 Dec. 1714, leav. s. Elkanah, a man of distinct.
GEORGE, Taunton, s. of Thomas, highly disting. as the gr. propr. m. 4 July 1695, Ann Tisdale, had George, b. 4 Mar. 1698; Nathaniel, 9 Mar. 1700, H. C. 1719; Abigail, 16 Dec. 1703; and Ephraim, 16 Jan. 1706, wh. was f. of the famous Daniel, H. C. 1760, antagonist of John Adams in the question of allegiance, Ch. J. of Bermuda, d. at London 27 June 1829; and d. 5 Sept. 1716. HENRY, Lynn, had w. Mary in 1650, it is said, and ch. perhaps one or more b. in Eng. Samuel, Nathaniel, and Thomas, but certain. at L. Henry, b. 14 June 1656, d. next yr.; Sarah, 26 June 1663; Mary, 13 Jan. 1666, d. next yr.; was aged 37 in 1655, freem. 1668, of Rowley, perhaps, 1674, when certain. his three a engag. there in iron works; rem. it is thot. to N. J. where the iron works (in wh. he had been engag. at Lynn, Braintree, and Taunton at sev. times, tho. chief at [[vol. 3, p. 79]] L.) now under the governm. of Carteret, promis. better. ISAAC, Bridgewater, s. of Solomon, by w. Deliverance had Hannah, b. 1680, and prob. Isaac, Deliverance, Joseph, and others, as Mitchell thinks.
JACOB, Weymouth, br. of the preced. had Abigail, b. 1680; and Susanna, 1683; rem. to Bridgewater, and had Experience; Mary; Sarah, 1699; Solomon; and Jacob, 1702, d. young. In his will, 1716, ment. w. Susanna JAMES, Providence 1645, Taunton 1652, from Pontypool, Monmouthsh. s. of Thomas, wh. came not, with his br. Henry inspect. iron works, at Lynn and Braintree; had Thomas, b. a. 1641; James, a. 1643 ; Abigail; Rebecca ; Joseph, a. 1665 ; Benjamin ; Hannah, wh. d. 25 Feb. 1675; and Uriah, 10 July 1662; beside John, wh. d. says fam. tradit. a. 20 yrs. old; the first two, perhaps in Eng. He had sec. w. Margaret, wh. bore him no ch. d. bef. 1691, and his wid. d. a. 1701. Baylies, Hist. of Plymouth, II. 268; III. 120. His d. Hannah m. 24 Jan. 1678, Isaac Deane. JAMES, Taunton, s. of the preced. by first w. Hannah, wh. d. 25 Feb. 1674, had Eunice, b. 25 Nov. 1668; Prudence, 24 Jam 1670; Hannah, 2 Oct. 1671; and James, 1 Feb. 1673, d. within 2 yrs. He m. next, 25 Oct. 1675, Lydia, d. of Anthony Gulliver of Milton, wh. d. 24 July 1705, had James, again, 11 May 1677; Lydia, 10 Mar. 1679; Stephen, 14 Dec. 1680; Abigail, 30 Jan. 1683; Nathaniel, 18 Mar. 1685; Seth, 3 Apr. 1686; Sarah, 6 Sept. 1688; Mehitable, 24 Oct. 1691; and Elizabeth 19 Apr. 1694. He m. third w. Rebecca, and had Ebenezer, 28 Aug. 1708, wh. d. young. He was a capt. and d. 1 Nov. 1726, in 84th yr. and his wid. d. 3 Apr. 1738, in 76th yr.
JOHN, Springfield 1639, m. 4 Sept. 1640, Sarah Heald, had John, b. 1641, d. young; Joseph, 1 Jan. 1643, d. soon; Joseph, again, 20 Mar. 1644; Sarah, 13 Oct. 1645; Mary, 14 July 1647; Martha, 15 Feb. 1649; Lydia, 1 Aug. 1650; John, again, 10 July 1652, d. young; Benjamin, 5 July 1654; Abel, 22 May 1656; Josiah, 2 Jan. 1658; Hannah, 19 Dec. 1659; Rebecca, 26 Mar. 1661; Deborah, 15 Oct. 1663; and Rachel, 8 Nov. 1685; and he was k. by the Ind. early in 1676; and his wid. m. 21 Feb. 1677, Benjamin Parsons; and, again, in 1690, the Worshipful Peter Tilton; and she d. at S. 23 Nor. 1711, 71 yrs. aft. first m.; but it is not kn. that she had any more ch. than those fifteen she bore to L. Eight ds. and four s. were m. Sarah m. John Keep; Mary m. 10 Nov. 1665, Samuel Bliss; Martha m. 8 June 1670, Benjamin Wait; Lydia m. 18 Mar. 1675, John Dumbleton; Hannah m. 24 Apr. 1676, Daniel Denton; Rebecca m. 1 Dec. 1681, Thomas Miller; and Rachel m. 17 Mar. 1685, Thomas Hancox. JOHN, Bridgewater, s. of Solomon, by w. Sarah had John, Enoch, Moses, Josiah, Joseph, and Sarah; and d. 1699. JOHN, Taunton, s. of Thomas, m. Mary, d. of Philip King, had Thomas. JOSEPH, Taunton, s. of the first James, m. [[vol. 3, p. 80]] 15 Dec. 1679, Mary Black of Milton, had Mary, b. 2 Oct. 1680; Experience, 18 Mar. 1682; Joseph, 28 Jan. 1684; Mehitable, 22 Aug. 1685; Edward, 2 Nov. 1688; William, 26 Mar. 1690; and Silence; and he d. 18 Oct. 1692, in his 38th yr.
JOSEPH, Springfield, eldest s. of John, had five or six ws. and ch. perhaps not by all; Mary, b. Feb. 1674, d. at two yrs.; Samuel, 16 May 1677; John, 12 Sept. 1679, d. next mo.; Joseph, 1 Jan. 1681; and his first w. Mary d. the same mo. By sec. w. Elizabeth d. of John Lyman, m. 29 Mar. 1683, wh. d. 6 July 1689, he had Mercy, 6 Nov. 1683, d. in few days; Ebenezer, 15 Mar. 1685, d. young; Mehitable, 5 Sept. 1686, d. young; and Elizabeth 14 Jan. 1689; and by third w. Rebecca Dumbleton, m. 1 Mar. 1693, had Ebenezer, 16 Jan. 1694; was freem. 1690, and d. 1716. JOSIAH, Springfield, youngest br. of the preced. was in the Falls fight, 1676, m. 19 Dec. 1678, Sarah Dumbleton, d. of John, had Josiah, b. 21 Oct. 1680; Sarah, 16 Sept. 1682; Abel, 1685; and Mary, 12 Mar. 1687, and d. 13 Feb. 1689, and his wid. m. Thomas Root.
PHILIP, Marshfield, br. of the first Henry and James, was s. of Thomas of Pontypool, in Wales, had w. Lydia, wh. d. 13 Nov. 1707, and only d. Phebe, wh. m. 6 Nov. 1694, Samuel Hill of Duxbury, whither he rem. and d. 5 July 1708. RICE, Rehoboth 1644, had Rachel, b. 26 Jan. 1674; Sarah, 16 Mar. 1676; and his w. Sarah was bur. 16 Mar. foll. SAMUEL, Bridgewater, s. of Solomon, sett. the est. of his f. 1686, wh. says Mitchell, was the first in Plymouth; tho. I do not kn. what he means by the phrase. He rem. to Worcester. SAMUEL, Taunton, s. of Thomas, m. 17 Apr. 1701, Catharine, d. of Thomas Deane, had four s. wh. were all deac. and five ds. d. 13 Apr. 1745. SOLOMON, Duxbury 1637, rem. to Bridgewater 1645, had Solomon, Samuel, John, Jacob, Mary, and Isaac. He d. 1686, leav. wid. Mary. His d. Mary m. 24 Dec. 1673, John Pollard. THOMAS, Taunton, eldest s. of the first James, b. prob. in Eng. m. at Plymouth, 21 Aug. 1662, Mary Watson, prob. d. of George, had Mary, b. 2 Aug. 1663; Thomas, 22 Jan. 1666; John, 18 May 1668; George, 18 Apr. 1671; Samuel, 1 Feb. 1674; Elkanah, 15 May 1677; James, 17 Dec. 1679, d. young; Seth, 28 Apr. 1682, d. at six mos.; Phebe, 3 Mar. 1684, d. next yr.; and Elizabeth 15 July 1686; and he d. 24 Nov. 1713, in 72d yr. His wid. Mary d. 1 Dec. 1723, in 81st yr. THOMAS, Taunton, s. of the preced. had w. Joanna, but I kn. no more. URIAH, Taunton, youngest s. of the first James, m. 1 June 1685, Elizabeth d. of Thomas Caswell, had Uriah, b. 10 Apr. 1686; William; James; Seth; Jonathan; and Margaret. Eight of this name had, in 1834, been gr. at Harr. eight at Yale, and fourteen at other N. E. coll.
LEONARDS, THOMAS, freem. of Conn. 1658; but his resid. is unkn.
LEONARDSON, JACOB, Newtown L. I. 1655. Thompson.
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LESTER, ANDREW, Gloucester, an early sett. freem. 1643, then call. Lister, by w. Barbara had Daniel, b. 15 Apr. 1642; Andrew, 26 Dec. 1644; Mary, 26 Dec. 1647; and Ann, 24 Mar. 1651; rem. that yr. to New London, where his w. d. 2 Feb. 1654. By sec. w. Ann he had Timothy, b. 4 July 1662; Joseph, 15 June 1664; beside Benjamin, whose date is not giv. He d. aft. 14 Oct. 1669, when the two elder s. were propos. for freem. Ann m. 3 May 1670, Nathaniel Millet of Gloucester.
LETHERLAND, or LITHERLAND, WILLIAM Boston, might rather be insert. here than Lytherland, where Farmer first plac. the name. Still hav. resolv. not to differ from his work without manifest reason, there it may still be seen.
LETHERMORE, JOHN, freem. of Mass. 6 May 1635, whose resid. is uncert. perhaps at Watertown; but Bond names him not.
LETTIS, or LETTICE, THOMAS, Plymouth 1638, may be that passeng. in the Elizabeth, 1635, from London, aged 23, in the custom-ho. rec. call. Lettyne. His will, of 1678, pro. 25 Oct. 1681, names w. Ann, wh. d. 3 July 1687, in 80th yr. He had Thomas, wh. d. 3 Nov. 1650, and prob. no other s. Of his ds. Ann m. Samuel Jenney; Elizabeth m. 18 Oct. 1655, William Shurtleff; and on 18 Nov. 1669, Jacob Cook, and, third, on 1 Jan. 1689, Hugh Cole; and Dorothy m. 12 Dec. 1665, Edward Gray; and, next, Nathaniel Clarke. WALTER, at Newport, in Jan. 1649, was stab. by capt. George Wright, as in a letter of Roger Williams is told, 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. IX. 280.
LEVENS, or LEAVENS, ANDREW, Hadley, s. of John, was on serv. in Philip's war from Roxbury, but stopp. tho. we kn. not that he had ever any fam.in H. 1678. JOHN, Roxbury, freem. 4 Mar. 1634, came, 1632, with w. Elizabeth in the William and Francis, leav. London 9 Mar. Rev. Thomas Weld being the attraction prob. of him and some other Roxbury people in that sh. His w. d. aft. very long illness, says the ch. rec. or was bur. 10 Oct. 1638; and he m. 5 July 1639, Rachel Wright, "a godly maid," had John, b. 27 Apr. 1640; James, 16, bapt. 24 Apr. 1642; Peter, and Andrew, 11, bapt. 16 Sept. 1644, the ch. rec. adds "twin ch. of John L. in the 63d yr. of his age, a double blessing"; but Peter d. in Jan. foll.; beside Rachel, bapt. in Aug. 1646; and next yr. 15 Nov. he d. of palsy. JOHN, Roxbury, 6. of the preced. a carpent. m. 7 June 1665, Hannah Woods, had Hannah, b. 17 Oct. 1666, and his w. d. a wk. aft. aged 28. I presume he rem. to Stratford, there m. 23 Nov. 1674 Elizabeth Preston, had Peter, 15 Nov. 1677; and James, 14 Oct. 1679, b. there, but caus. the rec. to be made at R. whither he came back, and had John, 10. Dec. 1681; Joseph, 15 Nov. 1683; Rachel, 10 or 15 Dec. 1685; and Benjamin, 15 Apr. 1692.
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LEVER, or LEVAR, RICHARD, a soldier, from the E. under capt. Turner, at Hadley 1676.
LEVERETT, HUDSON, Boston, s. of Gov. John, m. 1661, Sarah, d. of Bezaleel Payton, had John, b. 25 Aug. 1662, H. C. 1680; Bezaleel, 1 Sept. 1664, d. young; Sarah, 6 June 1667, d. young; all bapt. 8 May 1670, in right of the mo.; and Thomas,.bapt. 7 June 1674; was of ar. co. 1658, but never adm. a freem. His w. d. 7 June 1679, and in a yr. or two he had w. Elizabeth wh. outliv. him, but had no ch. and d. at Roxbury 16 Dec. 1714. He d. in summer of 1694; and Hutch. I. 323, in note indicates his character. But his first w. undoubted. was a woman of great worth, form. the heart and mind of her admira. eldest ch. the eighth presid. of H. C. (in wh. off. he d. 3 May 1724), wh. had been active in civ. life, as speaker of the Ho. and one of the Judges of the Sup. Ct., aft. long preparat. as student in divinity, and a teacher in the coll. For him, and his able classm. Rev. William Brattle. the degr. of B. D. was introd. 1692 for the first and last time, in conjunct. with the first S.T.D. then bestow. on Increase Mather, the head of the Inst. Great was the reput. of the Coll. dur. his presid. care; but he expend. his private fortune for its good; and from an inadequate salary irregul. paid, left his childr. in poverty. Cotton M. wh. ought to have been chos. (as he confident. deem. the will of heaven), instead of L. yet express. gratitude for his attent. to his s. the gr. of 1723; but in a letter to Hollis, soon aft. the Presid. d. next yr. stigmatiz. him, as "an infamous drone."
For the effect of the preposterous falsehood on the London friend of the Coll. see Hollis's note in the invalua. Hist. of the Univ. I. 343; and we kn. that the number of students, was more than double in the last seven or ten yrs. of the rule of Leverett to what the same period of Increase Mather exhibits. Allowance should be made, however, for such failing in Cotton Mather's expression of his pious malignity, bec. the next Presid. of Harv. aft. I. Mather, and the six yrs. of Willard's substitu. was this same Leverett, wh. stood two yrs. younger in the Coll. Catal. than the ambitious and ambiguous author of the Magnalia. Tenderness was shown by Rev. Dr. Colman, the correspond. of Hollis, wh. preach. a fun. sermon two days aft. the d. of M. for he kind. kept back the knowl. of the posthum attack on his friend L. Indeed the charge was so absurd, and the reputa. of its inventor for studied looseness of language, had so long been establish. that Colman would, on such an occasion, have been thot. blameworthy for point. out the darkness of the ingratitude, and the equally loathsome and ludicrous cowardice of the calumny.
JOHN, Boston, s. of Thomas, the rul. Elder, b. in Eng. (no doubt, at Boston) 1616, brot. prob. 1633, by his f. at the same time with Cotton, Gov. Haynes, and other men of emin. [[vol. 3, p. 83]] arr. 4 Sept. join. to the ch. 14 July 1639 under the spiritual teacher, wh. he had always heard from his b.; freem. 13 May foll. m. Hannah, eldest d. of Ralph Hudson, had Hudson, bef. ment. b. 2, bapt. 10 May 1640; John, bapt. 4 July 1641, four days old (but the town rec. differs much), d. young; Hannah, b. 16, bapt. 23 Apr. 1643, d. young, but aft. Sept. 1651, nam. then in the will of her gr.mo. Hudson; and his w. d. perhaps the same yr. He m. next, Sarah, perhaps d. but perhaps sis. of Major Robert Sedgwick, wh. long outliv. him, d. 2 Jan. 1700, had John, b. 17, bapt. 22 Mar. 1646, d. young; Sarah, 12, bapt. 16 July 1648, d. soon; Sarah, again, 2, bapt. 19 Aug. 1649, d. soon; Elizabeth 26 Apr. bapt. 4 May 1651; Ann, 23, bapt. 28 Nov. 1652; Sarah, again, bapt. 20 Aug. 1654, d. soon; Mary, 12 Feb. bapt. 16 Mar. 1656; Hannah, again, b. prob. in Eng. dur. his agency; Rebecca, 5, bapt. 11 Dec. 1664; John, 20 Aug. 1668, d. young; Sarah, again, 30 June, bapt. 3 July 1670, d. young; and Sarah, again, being the fifth of this name, 15, bapt. 22 June 1673. No man in our country ever fill. more import. offices, nor with happier repute. He was rep. 1651, and some yrs. again, speaker in 1663 and 4, maj.-gen. 1663, as success. to Denison, Assist. 1665 to 71, dep.-gov. 1671 to 3, and, on the d. of Bellingham, Gov. 1673 to his own d. 16 Mar. 1679, aged 62. He had been sent agent for the Col. late in 1655 to Eng. whither his w. foll. him in June 1657, and there he cont. for the first yr. aft. the restor. of Charles Il. reach. Boston on 19 July 1661. In Aug. 1676, the king knighted him by a special grant, and he had sense enough to keep the letter secret for his descend. His will, made the day bef. he d. wh. was by the afflict. disease of stone, gave all his est. to w. but names as deserv. provis. three unm. ds., neph. Isaac Addington, the s. of his sis. Ann, and her three ds. Ann Moseley, Rebecca Davenport, and Sarah Townsend; desires his gr.s. John to be brot. up to learning, as was most felicitous. accompl. and on the d. of his w. the prop. to go to s. Hudson 1/4, and 3/4 to six ds. Of these Elizabeth m. June 1668, Elisha Cooke; Ann m. John Hubbard; Mary m. Paul Dudley, s. of Gov. Thomas, and next, Penn Townsend, wh. had been h. of her cous. Sarah Addington; Hannah m. 12 ,Sept. 1689, Thomas Davis, but she may first have been w. of an Allen; Rebecca m. 3 Nov. 1691, James Lloyd; and Sarah, the youngest, m. 17 Apr. 1718, Nathaniel Byfield as his sec. w. His wid. Sarah d. 2 Nov. 1704, in her 75th yr. C. Mather wrote an Elegy; but this was bef. her gr.s. was chos. Presid. of H. C.
THOMAS, Boston, came in the Griffin, arr. from London 4 Sept. 1633, hav. in July preced. resign. his place as one of the aldermen of the borough of Boston, Co. Lincoln, with w. Ann, ds. Jane and Ann, and prob. s. John; was soon made rul. Elder, and selectman, in ea. place contin. till his d. wh. occur. 3 Apr. 1650. On the day preced. [[vol. 3, p. 84]] by verbal will he gave all his est. to his w. wh. d. 16 Oct. 1656, made her will the day preced. from the silence of wh. we judge Jane was d. Ann m. Isaac Addington. But he had thirteen ch. as by the Registry of the borough, certif. copy of wh. was sent to Gov. L. by a friend, as follows: John, bapt. 16 Aug. 1612; Jane, 9 Aug. 1613; Jane, again, 6 Dec. 1614; John, again, 7 July 1616; Thomas, 30 July, 1618; Ann, 8 Jan. 1619; James, 28 June 1621; Sarah, 26 Sept. 1622; Mary, 5 Feb. 1623; Jabez, 6 Sept. 1627; Israel, 25 Sept. 1628; Elisba, 3 July 1630; and Nathaniel, 12 Apr. 1632; and we may believe that all but the 3d, 4th, and 6th d. young. A perfect Memoir of his fam. is cont in Geneal. Reg. IV. 121; and a Pedigree in the same work XII. 289, that is quite deficient in accurate dates. Four of this name at Harv. and five at other N. E. coll. had been gr. in 1834.

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