Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Samuel ALDOUS [Parents] was christened on 8 Apr 1705 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died on 28 Feb 1771 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 3 Mar 1771 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Samuel married Mary HUGGINS on 19 May 1740 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
ALDOUS, Elizabeth

From records in the posession of Tim Farr.

Samuel Aldous, blacksmith, for his entire life called the parish of Fressingfield his home; it had been the parish of his forefathers for hundreds of years.  His first wife, who became his bride in 1731, was also an Aldous, by name Elizabeth.  Two and a half years after their marriage Samuel's father, William Aldous, died, and left his property, which was in the hamlet of Wittingham, Fressingfield parish, to Samuel.  Samuel named the same property in his will many years later, so undoubtedly he, with his family, lived in Wittingham hamlet. Samuel and Elizabeth had three children before her death in March of 1738, when their youngest baby was just three months old.

After two years as a widower, thirty-five year old Samuel married seventeen year old Mary Huggins, a maiden from the nearby parish of Laxfield.  She became the mother of eleven children, thus making a total of fourteen for Samuel, three girls and eleven boys. Three of the boys died as infants.

It is difficult for us to truly understand the day to day life of our ancestors of generations ago, but some items do turn up which give us a glimpse into their world.  One of these is penned into the back of volume five of the registers of the parish of Fressingfield, and called "A True Terrier of the Glebe Lands, Messuages, Tenements, Portions of Tythes and other rights belonging to the Vicarage and Parish-Church of Fressingfield in the County of Suffolk and Diocese of Norwich . . . according to the old Evidences and knowledge of the antient Inhabitants this 17 Day of July in the year of our Lord 1740 . . ." Samuel Aldous and his family were parishioners at that time. We will here only quote parts of the document, but will include the full "Portions of Tythes," as that section tells us quite a bit about parish, life, and thus of the life of the Samuel Aldous family.

The document starts off with several descriptions of pieces of land; we will quote a couple:  FIRST.  One peice or parcel of Pasture containing by estimation one Rood late Parcel of a certain close of about three acres called little Crouch-Hill with one house thereupon built wherein the Vicar doth inhabit with a Stable, Orchard & Garden thereunto belonging.  ALLSO.  There is given and settled upon ye Church by his Grace the late ABp Sancroft certain Fee-Farm Rents, pay able out of some Estates in this and the neighbouring Par ish of Mendham, amounting to the yearly value of £52:17s.: 10.5d. out of which the Vicar is to pay £10 yearly to the Schoolmaster and £6 yearly to the Parish Clerk.  And the Remainder is for the augmentation of the Vicarage.   Then we come to:  ALLSO CUSTOMS for small Tythes payable to the Vicar as followeth, as they are deliverd in to the Bishops office at Norwich -  First.  Diverse Parishioners inhabiting within the Ham lets of Chepenhall and Whittingham do pay several cheeses yearly in lieu of all Tythe Milk, according to antient custom of the said Hamlets or money for the same cheeses.  Allso the rest of the Parishoners dwelling in the same Town do pay yearly for every Milch-Cow one penny in full satisfaction and discharge of all Tythe Milk.  Allso the Parishoners of the said Town and Hamlets do pay yearly for every Acre of Meadow ground being mowed as well hardland as Bottom two pence in full satisfaction and discharge of all Tythe-Hay growing thereon.  Allso Every Householder within the said Parish doth pay yearly one Hearth-Hen or money for the same according to the antient custom in full Discharge of all Tythe-wood.  Allso two  pence yearly for one Orchard in full satis faction for all Tythe-Fruit yearly growing within the same.  Allso one  half-penny for every yearly Fyearling] and ye same for every sucking Foal.  Allso One penny for every Gast [barren' cow fatted the same for every Gast Beast fatted two years old & up wards.  Allso one penny for every Colt unwrought after taking from sucking.  Allso five shillings for every marriage and publishing the Banns.  Allso Sixpence for churching Women after Child Birth.  Allso two pence yearly for every communicant. Allso two pence for the Burial of every Person not being a Communicant.  Allso four pence for the Burial of every Person being  a Communicant. Allso all outsitters occupying Lands within the said Town do yearly pay, Tythes (except Tithe Corn) and herbage  for the same in kind or according to value. Allso Tythes are payable in kind or accordin to value  to the Vicar for grazing and fatting of Cattle, for Wool,  Jobs, Hemp, Flax, Tarnips and all other things tytheable throughout the whole Parish not before excepted. Following this is: An Account of Houses Lands and Tenements belonging to the Parish Church of Fressingfield, the Rent whereof is yearly received by the Feoffees and Church-Wardens and expended about the repairs or ornaments of it and other charges belonging to their office. We will not copy the descriptions of the properties here, but will go on to another listing: In money the sum of L2O given by Mr John Shepheard late Vicar, the Interest whereof is ordered by his will to be  laid out yearly for four Bibles to he given to any four  Boys of the Parish who shall in the aptest manner rehearse  the Creeds and the Church Catechism in the Church of Fees  singfield every good-Fryday.

 Samuel Aldous must have been well liked and respected in his community, an indication of this being that his wife's grandfather, Henry Bezant, appointed Samuel executor of his will in 1763, him in preference to sons, sons in law, grandsons, etc.

 Samuel lived until 1771, and in that year died on the twenty eighth of February.  His will, prepared two years before his death, is so informal and delightful, and the spelling so different, that we will give it here in full.  Toward the end he talks directly to his sons Henry and Francis, his executors.  From the will we get an in sight into Samuel's personality and the way he talked.  He also con veys a feeling of love and trust.  The will looks as though written by his own hand, and interestingly he spells his name "Samuel Aldous" in the will, but signs it "Samul Aldus." The will:

 "In the name of god amen, I Samuel Aldous of Fressingfild in the County of Suffolk Blaxsmith Benon wak in Body But Parfet mind and memory thenks Be to god Dou make this my Last will and testament first and principally I Recommend my Soul to allmighty God hoping for parden of all my Sins through the meritts of my Blessed Redemer and my Body to the Earth to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Exutors herein after named.  Imprimis and I give and Beqqath un to my Son Henery Aldous all my Copyholds lands and tenements Weiren I nou Dwell withe the gardne and orchards and Comons and the part in the Brod Rood to him and his Ayers and my Will is that he should have all my Blaxsmith Worken touls and all my Stok of Iron and Coles and all my Stok with out Doors of Catel and all the Rest of my housel gouds and my Will is that he shall pay all my Dets and all my fenerl Charges and my Will is that he shall pay unto my Beloved Wif Mary Aldous four pounds a yet and yerely the fell Tarm of har natral Lif and my Will is that She shall have the Bed in the parler and farnetuer that Be Long to Et and housel gouds to faresnesh arom (furnish a room)  With all and the Dweling in the parler as Long as she Dou Lik and half my housel Lenen and if my Son Henery Aldous Dou not pay my Bloved Wif She shal have foll pour to seas the hous and Land war I nou Dwell and pay har self and my will is that Henry Aldous shal part my Waren aparel amonst his oun Brothers okley [equal ly] and my Will is that he shall pay all my Leges [Legacies] farst Imprimise I give to my Son Francis Aldous the Sum of tharty pounds of good and Lawful rqony of Grat Briten to be paid withan twelv month after my Deas also I give to my Dafter Hany Aldous tharty pounds to be paid at the same time also I give to my Dafter Elizebeth Aldous tharty pounds to be paid at three times and the mony that she have had shal be set of and the farst pay she shal have is five pounds Six Months aftr my Desas and the seken pay to har six month aftr that and five pounds wen my Son Henry Lik to pay that and my will is that all those that have had any mony shal Be set of and I give to my Son Samuel Aldous tharty pounds of good and Lawful mony of Grat Brten also I give to my Son John Aldous tharty pounds and I also give to my- Son Willem Aldows tharty pounds and thes three Sons to Be paid fore yer after my Dasas or wen he Lik I also give to my Son Robard Aldous tharty pounds of good and Lawful mony of Grat Briten and my Will is that henery Aldous shall pay for his yoner Brother five pounds for Edycasen or any tread he Lik and tharty pounds of good and Lawful mony of Grat Briten to Be paid to my Son James Aldous wen he Be twenty four yers old and to your Brother Robard wen you think most propr to pay him and my will is that if you Lend or pay any mony for any of yours Brothers you shal have foll pour to pay your self out of that Legses I Dou appoint francis Aldous and Henery Aldous my Exeuters of this my Last Will and tastment In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and Sal this twenty Eight Day of febuarv in the yEr of our Lord on thousen Seven Hundred and sixty nine  Samul Aldus"

Eleven years after Samuel's death his son Henry made a will.  He was a blacksmith, living at Fressingfield, and still unmarried at the age of thirty-nine.  In part he requested that "Mary Aldous my beloved Mother" should receive four pounds yearly from his real estate "(which shall be lett at a propper Rent)" for the remainder of her life, and that the rent should also pay "my Mothers Annuities Taxes Repairs &c . . ." His "Goods Chattles Cattle and Personal Estate (except as is hereinafter excepted)" were to be sold.  He gave "unto Henry Aldous my Brother Samuels Son the Sum of Five Pounds and my Silver Watch, Chain &c. . . " and divided the residue "between my five Brothers (viz.) Samuel Aldous Carpenter, John Aldous Blacksmith, William Aldous Farm er, Robt Aldous Hickler, and James Aldous Blacksmith." He further instructed his executors "as soon after my Mothers decease as conven iently may be to make Sale of all and singular my Houses Lands Shops Hereditments and premisses . . . and the Moneys . . . shall be equally divided . . . amongst such of my Brothers as shall be then Living." He also wanted "to be buried at Fressingfield near my Father and to have two Grave Stone Set down one at my Head and one at my Feet Also my desire is that there shall be two Stones set down likewise for my Mother after her decease." Henry died soon after making his will.

Widow Mary lived until 1784.  The parish register lists her bur ial date as 7 February, but her tombstone says she died 28 February. Probably the parish register is correct.

Many years went by, and son William never married.  He became an old man, and in 1823 wrote a will.  He stipulated that "John Aldous Junr of Thorndon Husbandman and Robert Aldous of Tunstall Grocer and Draper my Nephews" be his executors.  They were to "make sale" of "All that my farm and premises, the houses outhouses and buildings lands medows pastures and grounds yards gardens orchards common rights and appurtenances thereto belonging, in Fressingfield, all in my occupa tion." They were to also sell "all my farming live and dead stock corn hay summerlands much houshold furniture backhouse and dairy uten sils implements and utensils in husbandry plate linen china and glass and effects of what nature or kind soever." The money arising from the sales was "to be equally divided between the children of the late Samuel Aldous of Ubbeston my late brother the children of John Aldous

my brother the children of the late Robert Aldous my brother and the children of James Aldous my brother." Included in the shares was to be "the child or children of the late Henry Aidous son of Robert Aldous my deceased brother." William lived for three and a half years after writing his will.

Mary HUGGINS [Parents] was christened on 3 Feb 1722/1723 in of Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died on 24 Feb 1784 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Mary married Samuel ALDOUS on 19 May 1740 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Samuel ALDOUS was born in 1741. He died on 29 Dec 1819.
  M ii
Henry ALDOUS was born on 18 Jan 1743/1744 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 18 Jan 1743/1744 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 13 Dec 1782.
  M iii John ALDOUS was born on 5 Jan 1746/1747. He died on 7 Jul 1824.
  F iv
Lydia ALDOUS was born in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 9 May 1746 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

DEATH: (young)
  M v William ALDOUS was born on 1 Jun 1748. He was buried on 21 Feb 1827.
  M vi
Jemmy ALDOUS was born in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 15 Jan 1750/1751 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 19 Sep 1752.
  M vii Robert ALDOUS was born on 6 Apr 1750. He was buried on 14 Apr 1819.
  M viii
Richard ALDOUS was born on 28 Aug 1752 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 28 Aug 1752 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 13 May 1753.
  M ix James ALDOUS was born on 11 Jun 1755. He was buried on 1 Jul 1831.
  M x
Stephen ALDOUS was born on 1 Nov 1756 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 1 Nov 1758 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

DEATH: (young)
  M xi
Thomas ALDOUS was born on 3 Dec 1756 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 3 Dec 1756 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 2 Jan 1759.

Samuel ALDOUS [Parents] was born in 1741 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 20 Jul 1741 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died on 29 Dec 1819. He was buried on 29 Dec 1819 in Ubbeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Samuel married Margaret KEMP on 20 Apr 1767 in Ubbeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Rather than a history of Samuel Aldous and his wife Margaret, this is a brief outline of the steps involved in proving that he is our ancestor.

In the 1851 census of Fenstanton, Lincolnshire, England it is re­corded that James Aldous, a carpenter (and father of Robert Fredrick Aldous who came to 1'.merica and Utah), was born in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, in the year 1777. Our cousin, Melvin T. Aldous, visited the parish of Laxfield and examined the registers there, finding the christening of James, the son of Samuel and Margaret. As further proof of this connection, in 1810 James married a second wife, and on the marriage certificate (received from Somerset House, London) he lists his father as Samuel Aldous, a carpenter.

Searches were made in the neighboring villages to Laxfield, and more children were found for Samuel and Margaret. Dozens of parishes have been searched for their marriage, but it has not been found.

At this point it was desired to find the birth and parentage of Samuel Aldous. Several nearby parishes were searched, and a few Samuels were found that would fit to be the husband of Margaret. Only one of these could be the correct one, however, and the problem was to prove which one that was. Neither Samuel's nor Margaret's burial appeared at Cratfield or Laxfield, which added to the problem.

Eventually all Aldous wills for Suffolk for a wide period were read and abstracted. This was a most tedious undertaking, but paid off by giving us the necessary clues to establish which Samuel was the right one. A William Aldous died in 1827 in Fressingfield and left money to “the children of the late Samuel Aldous of Ubbeston my late brother,” and also mentioned brothers John, James, and Robert. The Samuel born in Fressingfield with brothers William, John, James, and Robert, was one of those already on the list for possibly being the one we were looking for, and Ubbeston adjoins the two parishes of Lax- field and Cratfield, where our Samuel's children were born.

Search was made at Ubbeston, and our problem was solved: the en­try found reads, “Samuel Aldous (carpenter) a married man of Ubbeston, buried 29th Dec. 1819 age 78.” The name was right; the occupation was right; the place was right; and the age was right. The regrettable note is that Margaret's burial still has not been found. From the wording of Samuel's burial entry we can quite safely assume that she was still living, unless he had a second wife. Perhaps after his death she moved to another village where one of her children was living, and died there.

Margaret KEMP [Parents] was christened on 13 Sep 1742 in Chediston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Margaret married Samuel ALDOUS on 20 Apr 1767 in Ubbeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i
Henry ALDOUS was christened on 11 Mar 1770 in Cratfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 6 May 1795.
  F ii
Margaret ALDOUS was born in Cratfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 5 Jan 1772 in Cratfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii
John ALDOUS was christened on 17 Mar 1775 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iv
William ALDOUS was christened on 17 Mar 1775 in Laxfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 26 Dec 1777.
  F v
Sarah ALDOUS was born in Cratfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 16 Apr 1780 in Cratfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M vi Charles ALDOUS was christened on 31 Mar 1782.
  M vii James ALDOUS was born on 22 Jun 1777. He died on 14 Jun 1862.

Daniel KING [Parents] was born 1 on 19 Sep 1675 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Daniel married Elizabeth.

Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Daniel KING.


John KING [Parents] was born 1 on 8 Jul 1677 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1721. John married Rebecca.

Rebecca. Rebecca married John KING.

Other marriages:
KING, John


Ichabod KING [Parents] was born 1 on 24 Apr 1681 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 24 Apr 1681 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1753. Ichabod married 2 Hannah WITHKELL on 8 May 1701 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
GUIBS, Judith

Middleborough Births Marriages and Deaths
[p.4] Hannah King the wife of Ichabod King deceased March the first 1716/15 [p.3] Ichabod King of middleboro & Judith Guibs of plimouth were married. august: 22. 1716 by me peter Thacher

Hannah WITHKELL died 1 on 1 Mar 1715/1716 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2 Ichabod KING on 8 May 1701 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Middleborough Births Marriages and Deaths
[p.4] Hannah King the wife of Ichabod King deceased March the first 1716/15


Ichabod KING [Parents] was born 1 on 24 Apr 1681 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 24 Apr 1681 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1753. Ichabod married 2 Judith GUIBS on 22 Aug 1716 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WITHKELL, Hannah

Middleborough Births Marriages and Deaths
[p.4] Hannah King the wife of Ichabod King deceased March the first 1716/15 [p.3] Ichabod King of middleboro & Judith Guibs of plimouth were married. august: 22. 1716 by me peter Thacher

Judith GUIBS. Judith married 1 Ichabod KING on 22 Aug 1716 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.


George KING [Parents] was born 1 on 27 Aug 1682 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 27 Aug 1682 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Jun 1754 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. George married 2 Deborah BRIGGS on 12 Jul 1710 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Scituate, Mass., Vital Records
[p.20] George King and Deborah Briggs both of this Town, were Joyned together in marriage July the l2th 1710 by me Nathaniell Fells

Deborah BRIGGS. Deborah married 1 George KING on 12 Jul 1710 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.


STETSON. STETSON married Anne KING on 29 Jan 1712/1713.

Anne KING [Parents] was born 1 in May 1684 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Anne married STETSON on 29 Jan 1712/1713.


Thomas CUTLER [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 7 Nov 1578 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 7 Nov 1578 in St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died on 3 Jul 1640 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married Anne DOUNDY in 1600 in England, United Kingdom.

Anne DOUNDY [Parents] was born in 1582/1583 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died on 19 Aug 1613 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Anne married Thomas CUTLER in 1600 in England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i John CUTLER was born in 1600. He died on 24 Feb 1637.
  M ii
Robte CUTLER was christened on 17 Nov 1605 in St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii James CUTLER Sr was born on 21 May 1605. He died on 17 May 1694.
  F iv
Alice CUTLER was born about 1607 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M v
Thomas CUTLER was born about 1608 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  F vi
Elizabeth CUTLER was born about 1609 in Sproughton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

James CUTLER Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 21 May 1605 in Sprowston, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. He died 1, 2 on 17 May 1694 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. James married 3, 4 Anna GROUT after 1630 in England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
KING, Mary
PAGE, Phoebe

According to the source listed below, James had three wives; Anna, Mary King and Phebe Page. He had children with each wife. The AF has all the children linked to one wife.
Source: "A Genealogy of The Cutler Family of Lexington, Massachusetts James and some of his Descendants 1634-1964" National Genealogical Society.  FHL #929.273 C973b

202        NEHGS NEXUS Vol. XV, No. 6
COLUMNS GREAT MIGRATION DIARY
by, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, F.A.S.C.

Just WHEN I THOUGHT it was safe to ignore the A-C sketches, RCA brings back the last three "C"s for Some detail work. James Cutler, Richard Cutting and William Cutting are all old friends: I met them all in the Same place, as a matter of fact, as James and Richard were featured in the first volume of The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton. (William just falls off the face of the earth, so he is fairly easy to handle.) Richard Cutting is a curious person. RCA wants some comment about why he waited until he was seventy before he joined the church, became a freeman, and served as a Watertown selectman. Fortunately, the minister quoted from Corinthians in his sermon, Unfortunately, the Corinthians quotation does not make any sense in this context. After a few minutes, it occurs to me that it needn't be l Corinthians. lt must be ll Corinthians, which describes a man who comes to an understanding of God before he becomes a member of the church. That leaves James Cutler, who really ought to be a snap but isn't. Everybody has worked on James Cutler: Mary Walton Ferris and J. Gardner Bartlett, to name but two. The problem is, they all come to the same conclusions. It should be safe to agree with them, but it turns out not to be.

I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT Cutler had too many daughters named Mary but the more I look at it, the more suspicious the whole farmily group looks. Jarnes Cutler had three wives and, by conventional wisdom, twelve children. The trick is to reconcile his will with what is known about the family from other records. After three days of working on a vague hunch - and looking at vital and probate records, deeds, town histories, compiled genealogies, and court records-it still does not add up. Finally, I decide to chuck everything and start from scratch. I hunker down with James's will and Torrey's New England Marriages Before 1700 and suddenly things start to happen. Cutler wrote his will in 1684 when he was 78 years old. He took care of his three eldest sons first, then said "the rest of my children, including with them the two children of my wife formerly the widow of Thomas King," were to have the rest of the estate divided between them. I list the people who got shares of the estate: John Coller, Richard Parks' wife, the wife of John Parmenter, Sarah Waite, Mary Johnson, Hannah Winter, Johanna Russell, Jemima [Cutler], and Thomas, John, and Samuel Cutler. Since they all got equal shares, I assume that all these people were children and not grandchildren representing deceased children. Given that, we can look for the two children of the second wife, Mary King. Clearly they were daughters, as none of the sons was named King. Torrey's index says that John Coller married first Hannah and second Mary Cutler. I tangled with John Coller's family in the Kempton book, and could never understand why the earlier genealogists picked Mary as John's wife when I could never find any evidence of another wife than Hannah. Sigh. I leave this blank, reserving room for John Coller's wife but not naming her.

Richard Parks' wife is another problem. There is little evidence of who she might be, although there is a deed in which she was called Mary. There is a birth record in Watertown for Mary Cutler in 1643. I go back to Mary Walton Ferris's analysis. Strangely enough, she did not connect Richard Parks' wife to the Cutler family. I assumed earlier that she believed that Richard's wife was one of the King girls. This is not right, either, and the Torrey entry reflects the confusion. Since there were three Richard Parkes alive at the time in question, someone chose the wrong Richard to connect to the Cutler and King families, asserting that a much too young Richard married a Sarah "King not Cutler."

I KNOW THE WIFE of John Parmenter was Elizabeth Cutler because they got into a little trouble before marriage, and James Cutler had to post bond for her. Sarah Waite was the wife of Thomas, She deposed in 1678 and died in 1743/44, so her age works out to make her a Cutler daughter of James's marriage to Mary King. Mary Johnson (another Mary!) was called Mary King when she married John Johnson. One King daughter down. Unless both King daughters were named Mary, the wife of Richard Parks must be Mary Cutler. This means Mary Cutler was not John Coller's wife. Hannah Winter. There is a birth record in Watertown for Hannah Cutler, She was the first daughter of james and first wife. It would be easy to match them up but I am suspicious now. If John Coller was not married to Mary Cutler, then his known wife Hannah could be Hannah King or Hannah Cutler. How to choose? I set the problem aside for the moment.

NEHGS NEXUS, Vol. XV, No.6 p. 203

Johanna Russell was born in 1661, based on an exact age at death, and was therefore necessarily a daughter of James' third wife, Phebe Page. Jemima was unmarried in 1684, but married soon after and had children. To be of childbearing age when Jemima Snow had her last recorded child, she must be the youngest of the Cutler daughters and a child of James and Phebe.

WHERE DOES THIS ALL LEAVE US? Clearly the King daughters were born before James married the widow King, so only the oldest girls could possibly provide the identity of the second King daughter. The only daughter old enough and mysterious enough is Hannah. The final clue lies in the phrasing of the will. When speaking of each of his daughters, James Cutler said "to my daughter," but in the case of Mary Johnson and Hannah Winter, merely said "I have already given to," never actually calling them his daughters. The order in which the daughters were named in the will also appears to proceed from eldest to youngest, given what else is known about them. This interpretation would mean that Hannah Cutler was the wife of John Coller; that Hannah King was the posthumous daughter of Thomas King and became the wife of John Winter; that Mary Cutler did not marry John Coller but was the wife of Richard Parks;  and that Sarah Parks, wife of one of the other Richard Parkses, was neither a King nor a Cutler. PHEW! All of the pieces were there, they just needed some shulffling. This means five new Torrey entries and lots of new ancestry for many Cutler and King descendants. (Of course, it does not begin to address the curious situation of the woman James Cutler called "my daughter Phebe," who was undoubtedly not a Cutler at all, but rather a daughter of the notorious Phebe Page by a previous liaison; see The Great Migration, second series.) Just one final problem. It seems that the last time I struggled with the identity of John Coller's wife I agreed with the previous genealogists who married him to Hannah___and then Mary Cutler. I did not just privately agree with them: I did so in print in The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton, complete with color frontispiece, autographs, photographs of gravestones, and transcriptions of documents. How to tell the author of this hook, one Dean Crawford Smith, that his editor is fallible? Oh, well, maybe he reads "Great Migration Diary" in NEXUS....

Melinde Lutz Sanborn, F.A.S.G., joined NEXUS as a Consulting Editor with the September-October issue, and "Great Migration Diary" will appear henceforth in each issue of the magazine. Ms. Sanborn is co-author - with Robert Charles Anderson, C.G., F.A.S.G., and George Freeman Sanborn Jr., F.A.S.G. - of The Great Migration, second series.

Anna GROUT was buried 1 on 30 Sep 1644 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Anna married 2, 3 James CUTLER Sr after 1630 in England, United Kingdom.

Source: "A Genealogy of The Cutler Family of Lexington, Massachusetts James and some of his Descendants 1634-1964" National Genealogical Society. FHL #929.273 C973b

They had the following children.

  M i James CUTLER was born on 6 Nov 1635.
  F ii Hannah CUTLER was born on 26 Jul 1638.
  F iii
Elizabeth CUTLER was born on 28 Jan 1639 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She was buried on 30 Dec 1644 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  F iv Mary CUTLER was born on 29 Mar 1644.

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