Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England

William DODGE [scrapbook] 1-2380 was christened 2, 3, 4 on 19 Sep 1640 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 5 on 24 Mar 1720 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 6, 7, 8 (MRIN:1041) Mary CONANT-1147 about 1663 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
LARKIN, Joanna Hale

WILLIAM, bp. Salem 19 September 1640 [SChR 18]; m. (1) by 1663 Mary (Conant) Balch, daughter of ROGER CONANT and widow of John Balch, son of JOHN BALCH (eldest child b. Salem 20 March 1663/4; William Dodge's wife was executrix of the estate of John Balch in September 1665 [EQC 3:273]); m. (2) Charlestown 26 May 1685 Joanna (Hale) Larkin [ChVR 127 (also recorded Beverly)], daughter of ROBERT HALE and widow of John Larkin [Wyman 452, 599]; m. (3) Marblehead 27 October 1698 Mary Creatty (recorded Beverly).

by Donald R. Dodge *

In the approximate year of our Lord 1604, John and Margery Dodge of Middle Chinnock, County of Somerset, England, had born to them William, their first of three sons. John Dodge and his sons William, Richard, and Michael were linearly descended from that Saxon race of warriors who served as steel clad barons in wars waged for the Norman kings of England.

On April 25, 1629, Mr. William Dodge joined a company of Puritan planters and craftsmen and journeyed to America on the Lion's Whelp, a small ship of 120 tons displacement. The Lion's Whelp and her sister ships the Talbot and the George carried their goods and passengers to Naumkaeg, the Indian name for the North American territory settled by England's Massachusetts Bay Company at Salem.

William Dodge, aged 25 years, or thereabouts, was described as well over usual stature, with a well formed athletic physique, with the dark hair, eyes, and complexion typical of the ancient Britons. Reverend John White of the Massachusetts Bay Company called Mr. William Dodge a " skillful and painful husbandman" in reference to his skills as a farmer. He recommended that Governor Endicott give William the charge of a team of horses to facilitate his work efforts in the expanding Puritan settlements in the Salem area The records indicate that William returned to England on October 15, 1635 to be present at his father's deathbed. William was one of three witnesses to John Dodge's will which gave him a sum of 40 pounds and a team of oxen. This inheritance was described as supplemental to whatever gifts his father had given him before he first emigrated to the New World in 1629.

William returned to Salem, presumably with his inherited money and farm animals to resume his life as an English Planter. As a freeman of the Salem settlement, William was given two lots of land comprised of 80 acres and 20 acres each, on September 3, 1637. In May, 1641, William purchased 200 more acres of good, farmable land from John Palfrey. The land was located in an area of Salem near the headwaters of the Bass River. This land area later became part of the new town of Beverly where William made his permanent residence in 1645.

William Dodge's 280+ acres of land made his land holdings the largest of the early 17th century Planters according to the recorded land deeds of the Salem/ Beverly area. Records show that on December 3, 1641 he gave 40 acres of his land to his brother Richard Dodge who had emigrated to Salem in 1638, nine years after his older brother William.

William Dodge was a well respected farmer and citizen of the Salem/Beverly community. The area's historical texts and records show over 35 instances where Farmer William was appointed or elected to public services for his community. He held such offices as selectman, grand juryman, and surveyor of roads and properties. He is noted as one of the founders of the First Church in Beverly in 1667. He was a neighbor and close friend of the Reverend John Hale.

William Dodge was a family man. According to historical records, he married Mary Conant, the widow of John Balch of Beverly, in his later life. However, the maiden name of the wife and mother of his four children is not recorded. His children, in order of birth were;

* John Dodge Baptized December 25, 1636

* William Dodge Baptized September 19, 1640

* Hannah Dodge Baptized July 24, 1642

* Josiah Dodge ( Baptismal date not recorded)

Farmer William Dodge Sr. died in his 80's at some time between the years 1685 and 1692. He deeded most of his property to his second son Captain William Dodge. No mention is made in Farmer William's will , or in other records, of his bequests to his eldest son Captain John Dodge, who outlived his father by more than 30 years. It is recorded that Captain John Dodge and his two brothers fought in the Puritan community's wars with the Naragansett indians. Farmer Dodge's youngest son Josiah was killed in battle at Bloody Brook, South Deerfield, along with the sons of Benjamin Balch and Humphrey Woodberry.

Farmer William Dodge's surviving sons John and William lived long and prospered in their Puritan community of Beverly. Captain John owned and operated a successful grist mill at the head waters of the Bass River while Captain William continued as a prosperous farmer on his father's original family homestead in Beverly. Both Farmer William's sons served, at different times, as Beverly's representative to the General Court. Today, the descendants of Farmer William and his two sons still reside in the New England area and, indeed, the whole breadth of the United States. Farmer William and his brother Richard have a posterity of which they would be proud: a posterity in keeping with the traditions of their race.

* The author, Donald R. Dodge is a 12th generation lineal descendant of English Planter William Dodge of Beverly, Mass. through his son Captain John Dodge. Donald currently resides in Munhall, Pennsylvania with his wife Ruby Elizabeth (Phillips) Dodge, his children, and grandchildren. Donald Dodge's family genealogy is accurately presented in the DODGE FAMILY GENEALOGY, 1898-1998 by Robert Livingston Dodge


*Vol 1, History of Salem by Sidney Perley
* Salem in the Seventeenth Century by James D. Phillips
* The Old Planters of Beverly in Massachusetts and The Thousand Acre Grant by Gertrude Lapham
* Beverly in 1700 by Sidney Perley
* Ancesters Descendants of John Dodge 1816-1898, Vol 2 by Marilyn and Phillip Slinger

++ The author acknowledges the work of Mr. Stephen P. Hall of the BEVERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Mr. Hall collected and supplied the historical texts which provided the source material for this article.

Mary CONANT [Parents] 1-1147 was born 2, 3 about 1632 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1705/1706 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 4, 5, 6 (MRIN:1041) William DODGE-2380 about 1663 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:

MARY, b. Salem say 1632; m. (1) say 1652 John Balch, son of JOHN BALCH (his estate showed a large debt to Lot Conant of Marblehead and was appraised by Roger Conant [EPR 1:365]); m. (2) by 1663 William Dodge, son of WILLIAM DODGE ("my son William Dodge" named in Roger Conant's will; called "Mary Balch, widow of John Balch, now wife of William Dodge" on 4 June 1679 [EQC 7:390]).

Stephen ALDOUS [Parents]-1274 was christened on 6 Nov 1662 in Eye, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Stephen married (MRIN:1042) Elizabeth VINCENT-1148 on 18 Oct 1694.

Elizabeth VINCENT-1148. Elizabeth married (MRIN:1042) Stephen ALDOUS-1274 on 18 Oct 1694.

Exercise CONANT [Parents] [scrapbook]-1150 was born on 24 Dec 1637 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened 1 on 24 Dec 1637 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 28 Apr 1722 in Windham, Connecticut, United States. Exercise married (MRIN:1043) Sarah ANDREWS-2382 on 28 Apr 1663 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Exercise CONANT born: 1637; chr. 24 Dec 1638 1st Church Salem; married: 28 Apr 1663 Sarah ANDREWS in Beverly MA; died: 28 Apr 1722 in Windham CT; Son of Roger CONANT and Sarah HORTON

1. Sarah b. 1668 (Salem MA) m. John MOULTON - 2. Abiah m. Josiah WALLIS - 3. Jane m. William MOULTON - 4. Elizabeth m. Richard HENDEE - 5. Josiah m. Joanna DIMMICK - 6. Caleb b. 29 Apr 1682 in Salem MA m. 1714 Hannah CRANE in Windham CT d. 1727 in Windham CT

Exercise was granted Freeman status in 1663 in Beverly MA. He purchased his house in Windham CT in 1694 and was admitted as an inhabitant of that town in Nov 1694. He was one of the pioneers of the Lebanon CT settlement. In 1701, he sold his holdings in Windham and returned to the Boston area where he remained until 1718. He returned to Windham where he died.

I love these tidbits about Exercise sent to me by my "cyber cousin" Betty I. Ralph:

Here are a few misc. items from "History and Genealogy of Conant Family in England and America" published 1857, written by Frederick Odell Conant that I found interesting ..from Boston Record Commissioner's Reports "June 30, 1701, Exercise Conant his Petition for a License to Sell all Sorts of Strong drink out of door by Retaile is approved by the Select men" Sep 15, 1702 "Ordered that Exercise Conant shall be joyned with the watch he to take his turn with the eight watch men to watch one night in eight in each of their Sted and to be allowed out of their pay twelve pense p' night for each night sch he Shall watch in their Sted" June 24, 1706 "At a meeting of the Select men, Mr. Exercise Connunt is nominated and appointed to Inform against and prosecute all persons who shall thereafter Transgress the Town order relating to Regulateing of buryalls, and the Select men will take care that he shall be allowed a competent recompence for his Service therein. Ordered that the Several bell ringers within this Town at their Tolling of Bells for funeralls, Shall Turn up an Hour glass at the beginning of the Second bell for funeralls on week dayes, and at the beginning of the first bell for funeralls on Lords dayes and by their Information to assist Mr. Exercise Connunt or whom else the Select men Shall appoint of what they shall know relating to the breach of the Town order regulating buryalls"

"Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers in the 17th Century Conflicts" edited by Carole Doreski lists Lt. Exercise Conant serving from Beverly in 1690 (at the time of King Williams' War) so that must be why he was known as Lt. Conant."

Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Conn, Biographies - 1903; LDS Ancestral File; Research of Betty I. Ralph

Sarah ANDREWS-2382. Sarah married (MRIN:1043) Exercise CONANT-1150 on 28 Apr 1663 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Robert WALTON [Parents]-2005 was born in 1579. Robert married (MRIN:1044) Margaret FITZWILLIAMS-1166.

Margaret FITZWILLIAMS-1166 was born in 1578 in England, United Kingdom. Margaret married (MRIN:1044) Robert WALTON-2005.

They had the following children.

  M i Rev. William WALTON-1152 was born in 1601. He died on 6 Nov 1668.

Benjamin MOUNTJOY-2384 was born in 1658 in of Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Benjamin married (MRIN:1045) Martha WALTON-1155 on 20 Apr 1692 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Martha WALTON [Parents]-1155 was born on 26 Apr 1632 in Seaton, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Martha married (MRIN:1045) Benjamin MOUNTJOY-2384 on 20 Apr 1692 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
MUNJOY, Walter

Walter MUNJOY-2385. Walter married (MRIN:1046) Martha WALTON-1155.

Martha WALTON [Parents]-1155 was born on 26 Apr 1632 in Seaton, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom. Martha married (MRIN:1046) Walter MUNJOY-2385.

Other marriages:
MOUNTJOY, Benjamin

Samuel WALTON [Parents]-1159 was born on 5 Jun 1639 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 Mar 1717/1718 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married (MRIN:1047) Sarah MAVERICK-2386 in 1674 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah MAVERICK-2386 was born 1 on 20 Dec 1640 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married (MRIN:1047) Samuel WALTON-1159 in 1674 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Josiah WALTON [Parents]-1160 was born on 20 Jan 1641 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 on 23 Jun 1673 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Josiah married (MRIN:1048) Elizabeth-2387.

Josiah's will was probated 2 on 27 Nov 1673 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Was brought in from sea after his wound from the lighting on June 23, 1673. Lists the following relations: Nathaniel Walton (brother), Martha Munjoy (sister), Samuel Walton (brother), Elizabeth Conant (sister), Mary Bartlett (sister), Elizabeth Walton (widow).
Source: Film #0876181 Essex Co. Probates 1638-1673, Originals


"We whose names are underwritten being present with Josiah Walthom when he was brought in first from Sea after his wound by the lightning,.on June 23, 1673, affirme & declare that upon the Companys motion to ye Sd Josiah Waltorn that he would setle his estate He ye 5d Josiah Waltom being of perfect memory and apprehensive of his dissolution, did declare that his Will was that his Brother Nathaniell Waltorn, and his sister Martha Munjoy should have his grey horse for their owne betwixt them, and his other estate he gave it to his Mother Waltom, for her use, & benefit during her naturall life, and after her decease to he disposed off by her, and divided among his brothers Nathaniell & Samuell Walthorn and his three sisters, Martha Mnnjoy, Elizabeth Conant and Mary Bartlett to enjoy an equall part, all alike, saving that his sister Munjoy should have the better part, and that ye land should not no out of ye name of ye Walthoms."
Samuell Cheever, Moses Mavericke, James Dennes. Proved 27: 9: 1673 by ~[oses Maverick and James Dennis,
and Eliza Walton, the widow, was appointed administratrix.

Elizabeth-2387. Elizabeth married (MRIN:1048) Josiah WALTON-1160.

Robert BARTLETT-2388. Robert married (MRIN:1049) Mary WALTON-1161.

Mary WALTON [Parents]-1161 was born on 14 Mar 1644 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 3 Jul 1676. Mary married (MRIN:1049) Robert BARTLETT-2388.

THOMPSON Tomson-2389. THOMPSON Tomson married (MRIN:1050) Elizabeth MANSFIELD-1164 in 1677.

Elizabeth MANSFIELD [Parents]-1164 was born about 1618 in England, United Kingdom. Elizabeth married (MRIN:1050) THOMPSON Tomson-2389 in 1677.

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