Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Jonathan FARR 2nd [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 4 Feb 1724/1725 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 4, 5 about 25 Feb 1791 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Jonathan married Rebecca "Robena" about 1778 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

He was counted in a census 7 in 1790 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. His will was probated 8, 9 in 1792 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
WELLS, Mary
WINSLOW, Marey

Jonathan Farr was styled the second in 1776. There were four adult Jonathan Farr's in the area at the time so they styled them 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th to avoid confusion on the tax records etc. and it had nothing to do with generation.

I found the original Estate files of Jonathan Farr 2nd on Ancestry.com dated 1972. His estate was administered by Jonathan Farr 3rd who would be his first cousin once removed. Jonathan Farr 3rd was noted on several pages of the estate files as "Jonathan Farr 3d now 2d". This proves that the numbers had nothing to do with generation. On the eighth page of the papers it mentions "Cash paid the deceaseds widow for the support and maintenance of one child under 7 years old from Feby 25th 1791 to March 20th 1793". This would lead one to believe that Jonathan Farr 2nd died abt Feb. 25, 1791. The child under 7 would be Charlotte Farr daughter of Rebecca/Robena the third wife of Jonathan Farr 2nd.

Jonathan sold his homestead Apr 27th, 1768 to Isaac Thomas. It was bounded on the East by the Ware River South by the land of Thomas Farr and west by the highway.

Marriage from the "Chesterfield, N.H. History" it only mentions of his wives that "there were 3 of them". Married Mary Wells 5 Jun 1751 (from Vital Records of Hardwick  974.43/H3, v2b) and had William and Jonathan in Hardwick.  Jonathan's Great Grandson, Marshall H. Farr, went to Hamilton, Ontario and built railroads. Marshall's son, Herbert Marshall Farr, went from Hamilton to Hespeler, Ontario to start a factory making alpacca. Later he moved the factory to Holyoke, MA., he employed over 1,000 people. He married Annie Hespeler, daughter of Jacob Hespeler of Hespeler, Ontario. (from "The Farr Genealogy" by Rev. Charlese N. Sinnett)

Book Area US/CAN 973 C4 of Supp. 1 "The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America" Jonathan Farr: he signed the association test.

FHL film #0563308 "Stow, Massachusetts, 1683-1933" p.70:
FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR

DURING the French and Indian War, from 1755 to 1763, the town furnished soldiers for the army at Fort William Henry, Crown Point, Canada and Nova Scotia. Sometimes when the soldiers were leaving for the seat of war, services were held by the resident minister. Thus, on the 23rd of June 1755, Rev. Mr. Gardner preached at the desire of Capt. William Pierce, being the day he began his march with his company for Albany, in the expedition against Crown Point. Samuel Preston was a captain in the army in 1756. In Capt. Pierce's company, Michael Law was sergeant, John Law was corporal, Jonathan Farr was drummer, Nathan Whitney; Solomon Taylor, Josiah Wetherbee Jonathan Pierce of Stow, were privates. Ephraim Powers was sergeant in Capt. Preston's company, and Ezekiel Davis in another company. May 22, 1758, Ensign Jabez Brown and others of Stow, whose names are not known, started to join the army destined for Canada. In April, 1760; others started for Crown Point.

The following Stow soldiers went to Canada in 1760: Joshua Brown, Jonathan Far, Phineas Fuller, Amos Gates, Simon Gates; Abra Gates, Paul Graves, and Solomon Savcas, a servant of Mary Hapgood. None of the men were killed in the army during the war, but the following died while in service from diseases contracted in camp: January 4, 1756, Capt. Ephraim Brown, a few after his return from the army; July 23, 1758, Ebenezer Gates died at Lake George May 24; 1760, Abel Ray died at Shrewsbury, on his march to the army; November 1760, Isaac Taylor died at Crown Point; November 28, 1761, Stephen Houghton while returning from Crown Point. Robert Lawrence held a garrison a short time; was promoted Captain; was mortally wounded in an attack on the fort in 1690, by the French and Indians. Captain Thomas Lawrence, commander of a company, enlisted in the French War in 1758, from Pepperell and vicinity.

Jonathan Farr was a Revolutionary War Soldier also from New Hampshire. In Vol. XV of New Hampshire Rev. Rolls, reference is made to the service of Private Jonathan Farr who served under Capt. Kimball Carllon and Col. Moses Nichols, enlisted or marched from Chesterfield, N. H. in July 1777.

The following shows all four adult Jonathan Farr's in Chesterfield  at the same time: "On April 12, 1776, the Committee of Safety of the State of NH, required that all males above 21 years of age to sign a DECLARATION, which read as follows: "We, the Subscribers, do hereby Solemnly engage and promise that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with Arms, oppose the Hostile proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the United American Colonies." The Selectmen of Chesterfield in 1776, namely Ephraim Baldwin, Michael Cresey and Samuel Hildreth went about obtaining signatures. On June 12, 1776 the selectmen made their return, "In obedience to the within Declaration that we Rec'd from your Honors, we proceeded According to your Directions and the persons Names underwriten are those that Refuse to sign the Declaration on your paper: Capt. Jona. Hildreth. Eseek Earl. Lieut. Ephraim Whitney. Ebenezer Harvey. Ephraim Whitney. Joseph Prentice. Elisha Walton. Sam'l Davis Converse. Eleazer Pomeroy. Silas Bennett. Ebenezer Cooper Sal. Keing [Sam'l King]. Ebenezer Fletcher Jr.----------------------- this was signed by the Selectmen of Chesterfield, Eph. Baldwin, Moses Smith Jr., Michael Cresey, Ephraim Hubbard and Samuel Hildreth. NAMES OF THOSE WHO SIGNED THE DECLARATION: Abraham Wood, John Pratt, Simon Davis, Nathaniel Bingham, Isaac Davis, Abel Ray, John Snow, Samuel Farr, Oliver Cobleigh, Nehemiah Merrill, Jonathan Farwell, Samuel Farr Jr., Oliver Farwell, John Haskell, Silas Thompson, Ezekiel Powers, William Farwell, Silas Wood,Jonathan Davis, Obadiah Merrill, Warren Snow, William Henry, Ebenezer Streeter, Daniel Farr, William Thomas, Amasa Colburn, Daniel Baldwin, Thomas Harris, William Simonds, Douglas Robbins, Amos Smith, Ullainell Merrill, Josh Smith [prob. Jos. Smith], Sherebiah Fay, Zur Evans, Jonathan Farr (4th), William Farr Jr.,Jonathan Farr (3d), Ithamar Chamberlain, Thomas Farr, Caleb Johnson, Benjamin Judson, Amos Streeter, Moses Smith, Abner Johnson, Josiah Streeter, Kimball Carlton, Michael Woodcock, Theodore Bingham, Jonathan Cobleigh, John Pierce, Jonas Stearns, Benjamin Colburn, Samuel Fairbanks, Ephraim Farr, Jonathan Farr (2d), Isaac Farr, Josiah Lamb, Thomas Darby, Samuel Walker, Joseph Metcalf, Archibald Robertson, Martin Warner, Andrew Colburn, David Stooder Jr.[David Stoddard Jr.] Lawrence Walton, Phineas Brown, Samuel Peacock, John Sanderson, John Peacock, William Fisher, Ephraim Baldwin ,Jonathan Hildreth Jr., Michael Cressey, James Wheeler Jr., Samuel Hildreth, Josiah Hastings, Moses Smith Jr., Andrew Hastings, William Aires, Noah Emmons, David Stone, Jonathan Cressey, John Grandy, Ephraim Wheeler, John Grandy Jr., John Cobleigh, Increase Lamb, Joseph Higgins, Abner Albee, James McElroy, Ebenezer Taft, Joseph Wheeler, John Richardson, James Wheeler, David Kinnison, Zenas Fairbanks, Joel Whitney, Nathan Bishop, David Farr, Isaac Hildreth, James Mansfield, Israel Johnson, Amos Hubbard, James Robertson, Jonathan Farr (1st), Elisha Rockwood, Patrick McMichael, Dan Cobleigh, Abijah Kingsbury, Aaron Farr, Ebenezer Gail, Peter Wheeler, Sylvanus Battey, Moses Ellis, Ebenezer Faver, Ephraim Hubbard, Abijah Stearns, Amos Davis, Matthew Gray, John White, William Hildreth, Nathan Metcalf, James Reed, John Bishop, John Ellis, Jonathan Cobleigh, Oliver Hubbard, Nathan Thomas, Michael Metcalf, Abel Emmons, Charles Johnson, William Robertson, Benjamin Smith, Edward Hildreth, Samuel Fletcher, James Davis, Abraham Farr, and Enoch Streeter.(One hundred and thirty-nine persons signed the declaration and thirteen refused to sign). The declaration was known as the"Association Test," and according to the returns that were made, was signed by eight thousand one hundred and ninety-nine persons in the colony of New Hampshire, while only seven hundred and seventy-three persons refused to sign."

Rebecca "Robena" was born about 1750 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Robena married Jonathan FARR 2nd about 1778 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Mention of Jonathan's third wife is found in "The Farr Genealogy" by the Rev. Charles N. Sinnett. Sinnett says that the name of the wife could not be found, however the names of the children were found. The Vital Statistics at the State House in Concord N.H. state that the parents of Sabra, Susy and Charlotte are Jonathan Farr 2nd & Robena.

They had the following children.

  F i
Susy FARR was born 1, 2 on 21 Jul 1779 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.
  F ii Sabrina "Sabra" FARR was born on 1 Feb 1782. She died on 18 Jan 1868.
  F iii Charlotte FARR was born on 7 Feb 1789.

Amos DAVIS Jr. was born 1 on 20 Nov 1758 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Amos married 2 Mary FARR "Molly" on 2 May 1784 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Mary "Molly" FARR [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 18 Oct 1760 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Molly married 3 Amos DAVIS Jr. on 2 May 1784 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.


William ALDOUS [Parents] was born about 1522 in of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 4 Dec 1583 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. William married Margaret NOYES on 10 Jul 1567 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

From records in the posession of Tim Farr.

William Aldous and Margaret Noyes were married 10 July 1567 at the parish church in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England.  They subsequently resided in Fressing-field, where they had various properties, some or all of which had been left to William by his father, Robert Aldous, who had died in 1560.  Included in William's inheritance was the family dwelling, with adjoining lands, called Bourneys; a por-tion of the home was reserved for his mother to use during her life.  After the father died, and before William was wed, he and his two other unmarried brothers had shared a section of the house designated by their father.  William also re-ceived a close, or enclosed field, called Bardenes; and the major portion of a farm, which had had buildings upon it, called Cotwyns.  Specific items he inherit-ed were his father's horse mill, with the stones and other appurtenances to it, four milk cows, and a bay mare.
William's mother lived until 1576, and during that time William undoubtedly kept the faith his father had in him in providing her with various items.  After she died William and Yorgaret were able to add to their use the part of the house that had been hers.  By that time they had become parents to four daughters. Three years later they were blessed with a son, which they named Stephen. When the lad was not yet five years old his father passed away.  William left no will, but evidently his property passed to his son, for Stephen later transmitted it by will to his own son.  William died in December of 1583.
In 1596 William's brother John prepared his will, and in it named William's son-in-law William Brame. It seems certain that Margaret is the "Margarett Aldous widow" who was buried at Fressingfield 5 June 1605.

Margaret NOYES. Margaret married William ALDOUS on 10 Jul 1567 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i
Frances ALDOUS was christened on 19 Jun 1568 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii Anne ALDOUS was christened on 4 Feb 1569/1570.
  F iii Johane ALDOUS was christened on 28 Feb 1571/1572.
  F iv
Elizabeth ALDOUS was christened on 14 Mar 1573/1574 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M v Stephen ALDOUS was christened on 8 Mar 1578/1579. He was buried on 2 Jan 1627/1628.

Moses FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 on 18 May 1762 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He died 4 on 14 Jul 1829 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Moses married 5 Sabrina HASTINGS "Sabria" on 22 Mar 1785 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Moses was counted in a census 6 in 1790 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He was counted in a census 7 in 1800 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Moses and his father Jonathan signed the 'Amos Colburn Petition' for a land grant in Vermont for having served in the war. The pettion was filed June 21, 1781. There is no record of legislative action thereon.

Sabrina "Sabria" HASTINGS [scrapbook] 1 was born 2 on 30 Jan 1767 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 7 Jul 1857 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Sabria married 4 Moses FARR on 22 Mar 1785 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

They had the following children.

  F i Achsah FARR was born on 2 Jul 1785. She died on 21 Nov 1834.
  M ii Ora FARR was born on 25 Jul 1786. He died on 30 Jun 1828.
  F iii Mary FARR was born on 20 Feb 1788.
  F iv Roxanna FARR was born on 21 Aug 1789. She died on 4 Jul 1825.
  M v Dr. Jason FARR was born in 1794. He died on 11 Oct 1825.
  F vi Sally FARR was born in 1796. She died on 13 May 1828.
  F vii Polly FARR was born in 1799. She died on 8 May 1840.
  F viii
Sabrina FARR 1 was born 2 in 1809 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. She died 3 on 10 Dec 1829.

Jotham BRIGHAM was born on 17 Nov 1760 in of Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died on 4 Oct 1848. Jotham married 1 Mercy FARR on 15 Nov 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Mercy FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 23 Oct 1764 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened 1, 2 on 1 Jan 1764/1765 in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 16 Dec 1839 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. Mercy married 4 Jotham BRIGHAM on 15 Nov 1787 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

Baptism date found in "The Farr Genealogy" and in Chesterfield N.H. History. Also listed in marriage record as "Marcy".


Edmond FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 30 Aug 1683 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 1 Jun 1766 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Edmond married 3 Kezia PRESBURY in 1706 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Edmund FREEMAN born: 30 Aug 1683 in Sandwich, MA; married: bef. 1708 Keziah PRESBURY(b. 1688 d. 20 Apr 1764 in Mansfield CT) in Sandwich MA; died: 1 Jun 1766 in Mansfield CT; Son of Edmond FREEMAN and Sarah

Apparently Edmund and Keziah migrated with their large family from Barnstable Co MA on Cape Cod to Wyndham Co CT in what is now Mansfield, possibly having inherited the land from Edmund's father. The home that they established was in the South Parish of that town.

Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records

[ISAAC FREEMAN TO BROTHER EDMUND FREEMAN]

"I, Isaac ffreeman of yarmouth In the County of Bamstable . . . Marener" for £200 "Currant money to me in hand paid & Lawfully secured to be paid before the signing hereof by my Honoured Mother Sarah ffreeman of Eastham for & In behalf of my Brother Edmond ffreeman of Eastham ... Labourer" have sold to him "all & singuler my several parcels of upland & medow or sedg ground as hereafter express, that is to say all my severall lots of Land lying situate in sd Town of Eastham ajoyning to the homstead or Houselot of my Deceased ffather

Freeman Notes       43

Edmond ffreeman both on the eastwardly & westwardly side the way that goes down to my house lot that was the house lot of my sd Deceased ffather which sd lands on each side sd way Contain by estimation thirty acres more or less & ware severall lots laid out in the Division of Lands in sd Eastham & are buted & bounded as by the Records thereof may appear only excepting & always reserving for my self my heirs & assigns forever free liberty of a watering place in that swamp or watering place on the easterly side the way that goes down to my Dwelling house neer the gate which sd Granted lands & lots are bounded seperate from the lands of my house lot begining on the easterly side the way by the gate neer my Dwelling house thence easterly along by the southerly side my garden spot & so easterly on a straight line by the fence to weset Cove & on the westerly side side sd way that goes down to my Dwelling house is bounded from my other lands of my house lot begining at a walnut tree by sd gate on the westerly side sd way from thence it runs by the fence to the pond cald the mill pond laving that neck of upland on the southerly side the mouth of sd mill pond to my sd house lot otherways comprehending all my sd lots there on each side the way that goes down to my sd house lot whome to sd Dividing bounds. Together with all that my seventh part of a small parcel of Land at weset Together with my two lots of sedge ground lying on the sedge flats in sd Eastham Cald Town flats on the midle flat which ware the two lots of sedg ground of my sd Deceased ffathers: Together as they are buted & bounded in the Records of Division of sd sedge ground as also all that my half part of a parcel of Land that my sd Deceased ifather in equal partnership bought with my uncle Nathaniel ffreeman Esqr of James Maker lying in the Town of Harwich neer the head of Namskekit & is bounded as by the Deed of Conveyance from sd Maker may appear"

The deed was dated 13 September, 1721, and acknowledged the same day, before Joseph Doane, Justice of the Peace. It was witnessed by Joseph Doane and Thomas Mayo; was recorded 10 June, 1724, in Barnstable County Deeds, Book 12, folios 94 and 95, by John Thacher, Register, and was not re-recorded after the fire.

Source: Printed from Mayflower Descendant Legacy CD-ROM  All rights reserved. Copyright © 1996 - 1998 by Search & ReSearch Publishing Corp. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Birth Source: FHL Number 775836 " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"

Kezia PRESBURY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 in 1686/1687 in Massachusetts, United States. She died 2, 3 on 20 Apr 1764 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Kezia married 4 Edmond FREEMAN in 1706 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

The following is a research report by Andrew Pierce:

Robert S. Wakefield's Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Family of Richard Warren(1999) offers the most up-to-date analysis of Keziah(Presbury?) Freeman, who was born in 1687/88(according to age on death record?), was named as a granddaughter of Stephen Skiffe of Sandwich in his will, dated 1701 (Wakefield's sketch does not say whether a surname is given for her in the will). She married Edmond Freeman at Sandwich in 1706; a codicil to Stephen Skiffe's will in 1708 noted that Keziah 'was given her things upon marriage.'

It is apparent from the analysis that Keziah was not a daughter of Stephen Presbury, either by his wife Deborah Skiffe(daughter of Stephen)or by a theoretical first wife. Assuming that the age on his tombstone is correct(d.1730 at 58), he was born ca.1672, and was not necessarily the same Stephen Presbury who witnessed a deed at Kittery, Maine in 1686. We know that he married Deborah Skiffe by 1694, when their daughter Mary was born. They had seven daughters and one son, all of whom(or whose issue)are mentioned in Stephen Presbury's will, and they do not include Keziah.

Banks' only reason for giving Stephen Presbury of the Vineyard a birth date of 'ca.1666' is the 1686 Maine deed, and I maintain there is no evidence that the two Stephens were identical. I have found old Yankee New England gravestone dates to be largely accurate, and there is no reason to believe that Stephen Presbury was not born ca.1672 and married a woman four years older. Banks' statement that he was 'probably older than his wife' is, in this context, entirely without foundation.

My eight-year research into the Native American history of Martha's Vineyard(to be published by GPC in about two years) noticed several flimsy conjectures, and some outright mistakes, made by Banks in sketching both white and Native families, and these have also been noticed by other Vineyard historians & genealogists such as Katherine (Kay) Mayhew of the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.

Unless there is something I missed, I do not think there is any evidence at all that Keziah WAS a Presbury. This is only stated, without any corroborating evidence, in the 1875 Freeman Genealogy, in which many other conjectures seem to be made based upon hearsay. There is no marriage for Edmund & Keziah in any VRs, and the marriage date of ca.1706 is apparently only based on the birth date of their eldest child, 1708 in Sandwich.

All we know for certain(and even that is not ironclad, looking at Wakefield's sketch) is that Keziah(last name uncertain), born ca.1688, was a granddaughter of Stephen & Lydia (Snow) Skiffe of Sandwich. She may have been born out of wedlock to one of their daughters(so further records of those daughters might be searched down), and not necessarily by Deborah, or by any of the daughters known to exist, either; a daughter or even a son might have died before Stephen Skiffe made his will in 1701, leaving Keziah.

Scanning the long list of Edmond & Keziah's children, I notice they named eldest daughter Lydia, a son Stephen, a son Skeffe, and a daughter Deborah, all names found in the Skiffe family. There are no children named Keturah, Dorcas, Drusilla or Content, all unusual names found among Stephen & Deborah (Skiffe) Presburys' children. It would seem that if Keziah had belonged to the Presburys and been raised by them on the Vineyard, she would have given some of her fourteen children the names of these putative half-sisters. This is obviously not hard evidence either way, but should be considered circumstantial. My opinion is that Keziah was born and raised in Sandwich, never left there and was possibly not even Deborah's daughter, and certainly not Stephen Presbury's.

The above is an example of connections based on flimsy or non-existent evidence, which compounds itself through numerous repetitions in the IGI, published genealogies, etc. The good news is that since Keziah was almost certainly a granddaughter of Stephen & Lydia(Snow)Skiffe, she would have a proven Mayflower descent through Lydia.

Sincerely,
Andrew Pierce


Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.118 Returning to the search and a wise use of the card catalog, reveals the names and families of thirty-one progenitors of Elijah Freeman on a dozen different lines. On each line there is a printed genealogy. Also printed vital records of the various towns where these families live give elusive connections not found by the family genealogists. By judicious use of these last records Kezia Presbury, paternal grandmother of Elijah Freeman, is traced back to her 2nd great-grandfather, Richard Warren, who came in 1620 as one of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, the 5th great, grandfather of Olive Hovey Freeman Farr!

From:       "Marilyn Roth"
To:          "Tim Farr"
Date:        10/3/00 11:18AM
Subject:
Re: Stephen Skiff

Dear Tim, Welcome to the group of frustrated descendants of Keziah! The will information is from the will itself of Stephen Skiff I have a Xerox of it from Barnstable County. The pages are 137-139, but they did not send the book number. I could Xerox the Xerox if you want to pay for copies and postage, but I can assure you that there is no surname for Keziah.

I also have a Xerox of the will of Stephen Presbury, 6 Apr. 1730, 1 July 1730, Edgartown, Dukes Co., MA, 2:56-57. To granddaughter Moriah PRESBURY, only surviving child of son John, decd. To wf. Deborah. Remainder to my seven daughters or their heirs: heirs of dau. Mary, deed.; daus. Katurah; Dorcus; Abigail; Drusilla; and youngest daughters Content and Sarah. [The will is comparatively easy to read, and it is definitely Katurah, not Keziah. It also says "my seven daughters."]

I have contacted lots of people about this. R. A. Lovell, the Sandwich genealogist, thinks that Kezia was dau/o Stephen PRESBURY but not of Deborah. However, that does not make sense at all considering the two wills.

I contacted the Mayflower Society. The latest answer said that "Keziah who married Edmund Freeman is undoubtedly the granddaughter of Stephen Skiff,' but they do not accept the lineage.

Bob Henderson, 62 Summer Ave., Reading, MA 01867, answered my query in Nexus in 1991. He agrees that Keziah had to have been born Ca. 1688-90, which is before the marriage of Stephen PRESBURY and Deborah SKIFF. He asks why Stephen SKIFF was providing such a generous gift to granddaughter Keziah if her father were living and she had seven sisters. [A cow was worth more than a house to most people at that time.]

Have you analyzed the named of Keziah's children? She had Lydia (for Lydia SNOW), Stephen (Stephen SKIFF), Deborah (Deborah SKIFF); Abigail (for Abigail WARREN).

My conclusion is that Keziah must have been an illegitimate daughter of Deborah SKIFF, and she had probably been living with and caring for her grandparents. The only other alternative that makes sense is that Deborah had a prior marriage, but I haven't found any evidence of that.

Do you have any additional thoughts on the matter? Have you done any
research on the wife of the preceding Edmund FREEMAN, Sarah __

Sincerely, Marilyn Roth

They had the following children.

  M i
Edmund FREEMAN was born 1 on 14 Mar 1708 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 27 May 1709.



Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"
Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records
  F ii Lydia FREEMAN was born on 8 Apr 1710. She died on 21 Nov 1730.
  M iii Edmund FREEMAN Sr was born on 30 Sep 1711. He died on 11 Feb 1800.
  M iv Prince FREEMAN was born on 13 May 1713. He died on 25 Jun 1781.
  M v Stephen FREEMAN was born on 14 Aug 1714. He died on 16 May 1776.
  M vi Silvanus FREEMAN was born on 7 Sep 1716. He died on 29 Mar 1776.
  M vii Nathaniel FREEMAN was born on 31 Mar 1718.
  F viii Kezia FREEMAN was born on 7 Jul 1719.
  F ix Sarah FREEMAN was born on 18 Jan 1720. She died on 7 May 1791.
  F x Deborah FREEMAN was born on 17 Apr 1722.
  M xi Skeffe FREEMAN was born on 28 Dec 1723. He died on 2 May 1809.
  M xii
Thomas FREEMAN was born on 17 Aug 1725 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 on 21 May 1726 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.



Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"
Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records
  F xiii Abigail FREEMAN was born on 20 Feb 1726. She died on 22 Feb 1782.
  F xiv
Margaret FREEMAN was born 1 on 21 Aug 1729 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 10 Sep 1729 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.



Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records

Prince FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 13 May 1713 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 25 Jun 1781 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Prince married 2 Ruth HALL on 6 Dec 1739 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Prince's will was probated 3 on 24 Sep 1783 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
STETSON, Elizabeth
JOHNSON, Rebackah

Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"
3rd wife Rebackah Johnson daugter of William Johnson of Mansfield.

Source for marriages and children: Original Vital records of Mansfield, Tolland, CT. page 221
Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records

Ruth HALL was born 1, 2 on 28 Jul 1722 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. She died on 19 May 1740 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Ruth married 3 Prince FREEMAN on 6 Dec 1739 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Daughter of Thootluius Hall. Source: Original vital records of Mansfield CT.


Prince FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 13 May 1713 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 25 Jun 1781 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. Prince married 2 Elizabeth STETSON on 19 Sep 1742 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Prince's will was probated 3 on 24 Sep 1783 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Other marriages:
HALL, Ruth
JOHNSON, Rebackah

Birth Source: FHL Number 775836+ " Civil Records for Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts"
3rd wife Rebackah Johnson daugter of William Johnson of Mansfield.

Source for marriages and children: Original Vital records of Mansfield, Tolland, CT. page 221
Sources: Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut- Biographies - 1903; Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts by Frederick Freeman; Sandwich MA Vital Records; Mansfield CT vital records

Elizabeth STETSON was born 1 on 18 Jan 1721 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. She died on 10 Mar 1744/1745 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Elizabeth married 2 Prince FREEMAN on 19 Sep 1742 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

daughter of deacon Samuel Stetson of Mansfield CT. Source: Original vital records of Mansfield CT.


William JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 28 Mar 1686 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 29 Feb 1752 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. William married Hannah DAVIS about 1 Jan 1718 in of Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Other marriages:
DOLE, Sarah

Death source: Original vital records of Mansfield CT.
Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 28.
Marriage year missing on film #859998.
Is mentioned in the will of Joseph Davis as the husband of Hannah on FHL US/CAN film #0521779 Page 157

Hannah DAVIS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 1 Dec 1694 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married William JOHNSON about 1 Jan 1718 in of Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

The following is a research report from Andrew Pierce: I searched down the best sources given in Torrey's New England Marriages to 1700 for the marriage of William Johnson to Hannah Davis, although references had to be followed up for their parents, not for them.History of Billerica, Massachusetts(1883)shows that Joseph Davis, from Reading MA, married Rebecca Patten in Billerica in 1691; their second daughter Hannah was born in 1694 but it is not stated who she married. Joseph Davis died in 1747 and his Middlesex County probate file(#6045)should certainly be checked, unless you already have this as your source. Middlesex County deeds might also be checked for William & Hannah Johnson deeding out land in her right.

Newhall Ancestry (1899)states that William Johnson(born 1686 in Woburn)married firstly in 1708, Sarah Dole, secondly, after his first wife died in 1710, Hannah -------. Obviously, the marriage had to occur between 1710 and 1718, when their first child was born in Woburn, and obviously it occurred in or near Woburn, not Mansfield CT since the couple did not remove there until the 1730s, after all their children were born in Woburn and registered in the VRs there. There is no record of William's marriage to Hannah in any Massachusetts vital records, and the actual date might never be known. If you do need confirmation that she was a Davis, however, I can check the above probate and land records at the Middlesex County registry, to which I travel about twice a week.

Is mentioned in the will of Joseph Davis as his daughter Hannah Johnson wife of William Johnson on FHL US/CAN film #0521779 Page 157

They had the following children.

  M i William JOHNSON was born on 27 Mar 1718.
  F ii
Hannah JOHNSON was born 1, 2 on 31 Mar 1719 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 71
  M iii Joseph JOHNSON was born on 28 Apr 1720. He died on 31 May 1787.
  M iv
Enoch JOHNSON was born 1 on 16 Sep 1721 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 74
  F v Rebackah JOHNSON was born on 8 Apr 1723. She died after 1783.
  M vi Hezekiah JOHNSON was born on 12 May 1724. He died on 22 Dec 1806.
  M vii
Azariah JOHNSON was born 1 on 18 Nov 1726 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 82
  F viii
Esther JOHNSON was born 1 on 30 Dec 1727 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 84
  M ix Experience JOHNSON was born on 19 Jul 1729. He died on 3 Mar 1755.
  F x Mary JOHNSON was born on 21 Dec 1730.
  F xi
Ruth JOHNSON was born 1 on 6 May 1732 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Birth source: FHL film #859998 births p. 91

Azariah FREEMAN [Parents] was born 1 on 28 Sep 1746 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. He died 2 on 4 Aug 1828 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Azariah married 3 Anna WOOD on 31 Mar 1768 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Anna WOOD was born 1 on 1 Apr 1747 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. Anna married 2 Azariah FREEMAN on 31 Mar 1768 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

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