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


William GREEN 1, 2, 3 was born on 16 Oct 1591 in Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5 on 7 Jan 1653/1654 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 6, 7 Hannah CARTER on 1 Mar 1642 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

William had a will 8 on 6 Jan 1653/1654 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. His will was probated 9 on 4 Apr 1654 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

WILLIAM  GREENE came to New England on an unknown vessel at an unknown date, but by or before 1640, for in ‘that year, he was recorded as an inhabitant of Charlestown.  In May, 1640, that town had asked the General Court³ for additional land '' accommodate such useful men as might settle here, and form ‘a village for the improvement of such remote lands as are already laid out. " Consequently, grants. were made  in May, 1640, and again in October on condition of their being built upon within two years.  A committee of Charlestown men was appointed in September to explore the territory and suggest a plan for the town, and during the winter a number of trips were made toward that end. We are told  that "The committee was obliged to spend nights without shelter ‘whilst Frain and snow did bedew their rocky beds." During one exploratory expedition some of the company had sheltered themselves "under the body of a large tree, which lay at a distance from the ground, no sooner was the last of them come from under it, at break of day, than to their amazement it fell; and they were obliged to dig out their provisions, their united strength being insufficient to move it."  Some of the men who had been intending removal to this prospective settlement became discouraged "the way being so plain backward that divers never went forward again."

But even before the survey was completed, some thirty-one men, mostly residents of Charlestown, met on December 18, 1640, at the home of Thomas¹ Graves and agreed upon and signed a series of "Town Orders" which were to apply to the new village or settlement and one of these signers* was WILLIAM  GREENE. Their preamble was similar to the earlier part of the "General Laws and Liberties", including such phrases  as "The free fruition of such liberties and privileges as humanity, civility and christianity calls for as due to every man.. ." and "... the tranquility and stability of Christian Commonwealths. . . ." But the practical gist of the matter was that each signer agreed²º to pay six pence per acre for tracts then laid out, twelve pence per acre for land surveyed later; agreed that all who did not build within fifteen months must give up their lots and none were to sell without permission of the group. All orchards and garden plots were to be well enclosed; and "‘no manner of person  should entertain ‘inmates either married or other , more than three days without the consent of ‘four of the Selectmen  under a penalty of six pence for each day's offence; and, finally none were to cut young oak timber ‘under eight inches square  under penalty of five shillings for

*Other men who signed these orders  were FRANCIS  KENDALL, JOHN Turn, JOHUA CARTER (THOMASI), Edward  Converse (who called John¹ Parker "kinsman") and James¹ Parker, later of Groton of whom the last two named were brothers of Our JACOB¹  PARKER.³

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each offense. Small things, some may think, to follow so high sounding.a preamble. But let them not be despised; for such are the fibres of our national tree."³
In June, 1641, the General Court extended substantial help to this new group by granting two years immunity³  from public rates (colony taxes) to Charlestown Village  which is the name the settlement bore until September 8, 1642, whenil it was incorporated and given the name of Woburn.  After this it was, in a civil way, co-equal with its parent town. But even when it was surveyed, built and~ incorporated it "was still but half founded", for, as Edward Johnson said, it would be "as unnatural for a right New England man to live without an able ministry, as for a smith to work his iron without a fire."  However, these villagers were not hasty, for they continued their membership in the Charlestown church for a couple of years and WILLIAM  GREENE even acquired membership at Charlestown¼ as late as November 9, 1643. But "after much agitation" (deliberation] and, we are told,19   after the erection of a meeting house and parsonage, they had invited the neighboring churches to meet and help them organize a church³,19  on August 14, 1642, a month prior to the incorporation of the town. Three months later, in November, 1642, their minister, the Rev. Thomas Carter was ordained. In view of the trouble which came to Malden Church (see Call, pp. 134-7) as a result of their. lay ordination of their own pastor in 1649, it is interesting to note that in Woburn just seven years earlier, a lay ordination had occurred,19  as there had earlier still at Salem in 1629, at Charlestown in 1630, at Boston and at Newtowne in 1633. In other, words, up to 1642 it had been approved Congregational usage.19  And here at Woburn we are told" that the situation had been discussed in advance as differing opinions were arising, and the Woburn church was firm in maintaining the right of lay ordination, "fearing the tendency to ‘a dependency of churches and so a presbytery  and they would not allow it.³"  So, though at least one of the magistrates as well as ministers and elders from neighboring churches were present, two of the Woburn members laid their hands upon the candidate's head and said, "We Ordain thee Thomas Carter to be Pastor unto this Church of Christ."19 Then they asked a visiting elder to lead in prayer.19 So it was accomplished "without the [official] presence or permission of hierarchy, Protestant or Catholic."³,18 But evidence is seen in this case of the odd situation of a government made up of church members which in turn attempted to exert civil limitations upon the church. The increasing tendency of civil powers to dominate the church is further seen in the fact that Gov. Winthrop was displeased with this ceremony of ordination, for he ‘held that Woburn had no "members fit to Solemnize such an ordinance" and that it was performed "not so well and orderly as it aught"."18 This becomes especially significant in view of the greatly increased disapproval accorded the Malden church a few years later (see Call, pp. 134-7) because they performed the lay ordination 18 of Rev. Marmaduke Matthews.
Capt. Edward Johnson, a contemporary neighbor and personal friend of WILLIAM  GREENE, in his "Wonderworking Providence of New England" tells at length19 and intimately of the conditions under which our GREENE, CARTER, SNOW and KENDALL ancestors lived. The people of the seacoast settlements spoke of Woburn as a "remote  land". It was a "watery swamp" difficult to travel through and covered with "an unknown woods". Johnson wrote that "Every one who could lift a hoe to strike it into the earth aided in raising the first crop; but they had to

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stand stoutly to their labors and tear up the roots and bushes  which abounded, the first year bearing them, in useful vegetables, a very thin crop" so thin indeed "that they were forced to cut their bread very thin for a long season", though fish which abounded in the streams helped greatly.15,19  In February, 1640, the first bridge was laid over the Aberjona River* and was for years called "Could Bridge" probably because of its being built during severe weather.15

There was a considerable delay in establishing the boundaries between Charles-town and Woburn, which were under discussion at least by 1643 and onward. In March, 1646, Woburn decided "to send to the selectman of Charlestown the following admirable letter, a model of directness of purpose and of Christian courtesy:

"Much Respected and Aintient ffreinds:
Wee are Bould to interupt your present presious Implyments [employments] with Request for Issue [decision] of those things which sartaine of our Beloued Brethren amoung you were chosen unto, now out humble Request is that they may End it forth with, if other wise they cannot so doe our further Request is that sume others unintrested in the things may put a ffreindly Isue to the same, our last Request is that if nether of these will doe then in a brotherly and ffreindly way to petistion to the generall court that wee may not bequeth mattor of diferanc to our posteryty, thus with hope of a presant answer in writting to our soe Resanabl Request Wee Remain yours to be commanded in all sarius of loue in Christ our Lord."19

In March, 1649, the matter of boundaries was still pending and "four of the selectmen of Woburn were chosen to speak with their ‘brethern of Charlestown  about ‘settling the bounds' ", which finally in January, 1651, was accomplished after at least eight years delay.³  In this connection, mention was made of an outlying tract, now Wilmington (see map, p.255) lying between present day Reading and Billerica, which was called the "Land of Nod". It is believed³  that its remoteness from the existing church was the cause of its receiving that odd name, in memory of Cain when he went "from the presence of the Lord."

In the successive divisions of common lands, tracts were frequently named from peculiarities of their terrain,15 as Waterfield, Rockfield, Linefield, etc. As has been shown, Charlestown Village became Woburn, and its outlying "Waterfield" became Winchester, among whose original owners were Seth Sweetsir, second husband of our ELIZABETH (___) HAYWARD, THOMAS  CALL, and Daniel  Shepardson (DANIEL ).15

At an unknown date, but by 1643, WILLIAM  GREENE married, probably at Charlestown, HANNAH CARTER (see Carter, p. 145). She had become a member of Charlestown Church4 on September 2, 1639, and WILLIAM  was admitted to that organization, 1,4 on November 9, 1643, and was made a freeman on May29, 1644. His father-in-law THOMAS  CARTER, senior, of Charlestown had received a grant of one lot in what became Woburn, and had purchased an adjacent equal amount ___ the whole tract totaling one hundred and thirty-five acres. On March 30, 1647, CARTER acknowledged a deed of gift which transferred one half of this tract to WILLIAM  GREENE and he presently deeded the other half to his son Capt. JOHN CARTER, the latter transfer being unfortunately reported as bearing dates of

*A stream running through the center of Winchester and on into the Mystic River. The Indians of this section were called Aberginny men, 9 a common derivation no doubt.

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April 6, 1648, May 3, 1648, and January 20, 1649-50. The land of .WILLIAM  GREENE lay to the northwest of, and adjoining that of his brother-in-law CARTER.1,11,14 After the death of THOMAS CARTER in 1652, (his will having made bequests to his widow, his children and to four of his grandsons)  his widow MARY and her sons Samuel  and Joseph asked the advice of the General Court11,17 concerning the handling of these legacies to the grandsons. On September io, 1653, the Court approved of their suggested plan of turning over the £10 bequests to the parents of each of these four minor Iegatees, plus the acre of ground for each (or the proportionate price for which it sold) __the respective parents binding themselves to meet certain rights of the widow MARY as well as to safely keep the gifts for their children.17

Within three or four months of this action, WILLIAM  GREENE was attacked by his final illness and he, calling himself of Woburn, "being sick of Boddy, yet in good & perfect memory" made his will"16 on January 6, 1653-4, the day before his death.5,6 The will specified that his wife HANNAH should have one third of all his movable goods, also one third of the house and land during her life, and made her his executrix to dispose of the remainder of the estate to their children as they became twenty-one or married. It required, however, that if HANNAH should marry again the named overseers, the testator's brother-in-law, JOHN  CARTER, and his friend, Capt. Edward  Johnson should have the power "to disspose of my Children & there portions according to there discression." It gave to John , the eldest son, a double share and referred also to the £10 bequest which the grand _ father, THOMAS  CARTER, had made to John  Greene. The testator divided his remaining estate equally among his other children "as well sons as daughters".  The named overseers were also witnesses to the document and helped to take the inventory of the estate on January 28, 1653-4. On April 4, 1654, Ens. JOHN  CARTER made a deposition when he proved the will."  From this time on JOHN  CARTER and his brothers, Thomas , Samuel  and Joseph  maintained a careful oversight, trusteeship and probably legal guardianship over these five nieces and nephews." Their mother HANNAH was married again,  to a Thomas Brown of Charlestown who was born about 1628 (aged thirty in 1658) and she died¹ presumably at Charlestown in 1658; MARY  GREENE and her brothers and sister very likely lived subsequently with their Carter relatives. On April 4, 1671, when they were all grown, JOHN CARTER distributed¹¹ "their inheritance among them and John  Greene acknowledged receipt from his "much respected uncle JOHN CARTER, Senior, of Woburn" of all the estate willed him by his ‘father and also of a part of the estate due to his brother Ebenezer , which he agreed to pass on. Thomas Kndwlton of Ipswich. receipted for the share due to his wife, Hannah  Greene, daughter of WILLIAM , and JOHN  SNOW of Woburn gave a receipt "as of the full of" his wife s portion from "her father WILLIAM GREENE".¹¹,27

A most eloquent item" is recorded as of a Woburn family, and though it is of a ; much later date it is too rare to omit. It evidently pertains to the habit of arranging for food and shelter for the aged and indigent and shows that Woburn was debtor , to,Daniel Reed, jr.

"to boarding Sally priest nine weeks at z sihillings] per week ending ye 5th of March"
totaling eighteen shillings. Then is added,

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"to her bringing the itch into my family I leave to your generosity, but money should not hire me to have it."

And the town responded by paying him the eighteen shilling account and also "allowed for the Itch £1-0-0".15

Some writers8 erroneously claim that JOHN  SNOW married a Hannah Greene, carelessly giving our MARY  her mother's name."Hannah  Greene (WILLIAM ) is by some compilations" confused with Hannah  (Thomas  of Maiden) and is made to marry Joseph  Richardson (Richardson Memorial, J. A. Vinton, 1876, pp. 186-7, Vinton Memorial, p. 381, 395). The fact that Thomas Knowlton receipted for her share¹¹ of her father's estate is conclusive.

REFERENCES
1. Genealogies and Estates of Charlcstown, Mass., T. B. Wyman, 1879, pp. 137, 186-7, 438, 441.
2. Vinton Memorial, J. A. Vinton, 1858, p. 394.
3. History of Charlestown, Mass., R. Frothingham, 1845, pp.105-11.
4. History of the First Church, Charlestown, Mass., W. I. Budington, 1845, pp. 247-8.
5. Vital Records of Woburn, Mass., I, 110, 243; II, 83; III, 116.
6 .History of Woburn, Mass., S. Sewall, 1868, pp. 74-5, 114, 598, 615-6. 619,634,640-1.
7. Genealogy of the RICHARD SNOW Family, G. W. Snow, Long Beach, Calif., Mss. deposited at Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill., p. 11.
8. History of Lexington, Mass., C. Hudson, 1913, II, 143, 251-2.
9. Savage II 307; New England Register III, 190; Records of Massachusetts Bay Colony, II, 293.
10. New England Register, III, 190.
11. Woburn Historic Sites and Old Houses, W. R. Cutter, 1892, pp. 28, 36-7, 39.
12. Vital Records of Ipswich, Mass., II, 265; Savage II, 42-3
13. Felch Family, W. F. Felch, I881, p. 9.
14. Boston Record Commissioners  Report, III, 95, 111-2.
15. 250th Anniversary of Winchester, Mass., 1890, pp. 6-13; The Winchester Record, Winchester Historical and Genealogical Society, II, frontispiece, pp. 5, 12, 15,196.
16. New England Register XVI, 74.
17. Records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, III, 329; IV, 176, 404; History of Middlesex County, Mass., D. H. Hurd, 1890, I, 349, 379.
18. Budington's History of Charlestown Church, pp. 15, 21, 197-8; Frothingham's Charlestown, pp. 67-8, 110, 123-30; History of Malden, Mass., D. P. Corey, 1899, pp. 126-64
19. Wonder-Working Providence E. Johnson with Introduction by W. F. Poole, 1867, lixxii-viii, xci-vi.
20. Winchester Record, I, 261-2.
21. Sewall's Woburn, pp. 61, 126-8; Cantabrigiensis; Parkhurst Genealogy, G. H. Parkhurst, 1897, pp. 10-1.
22. Search of Middlesex Co. Records by Miss E. L. Moffatt, Allston, Mass., Court Records I, 196, 210.
23. Planters of the Commonwealth, C. E. Banks, 1930, p.141
24. New England Register, XIV, 358; LXI, 65.
25. Hurd's Middlesex Co., Mass., 1, 349,379,383.
26. "Some Ancestral Lines . . ." R. M.Tingley, 1935, p. 191; Vital Records of Norwich, Conn., I, 31.
27. The Snow-Estes Ancestry, N. E. Snow, comp. by M. M. Jillson, 1939, I, 5, 54-7, 339-40.

Hannah CARTER [Parents] was born about 1625. She died 1 on 20 Sep 1657 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2, 3 William GREEN on 1 Mar 1642 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
BROWNE, Thomas

They had the following children.

  F i Mary GREEN was born on 20 Jan 1644. She died about 1712.
  F ii Hannah GREEN was born on 7 Feb 1646/1647. She died on 24 Oct 1708.
  M iii John GREEN was born on 11 Oct 1649.
  M iv William GREEN was born on 22 Oct 1651. He died on 1 Dec 1717.
  M v
Ebenezer GREEN was born 1 in 1653 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 24 Nov 1675.

John SNOW [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 13 May 1668 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 21 Mar 1735 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in Mar 1735. John married 3, 4 Sarah STEVENS on 13 Feb 1693 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah STEVENS. Sarah married 1, 2 John SNOW on 13 Feb 1693 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Timothy SNOW [Parents] was born 1 on 16 Feb 1674/1675 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2, 3 on 4 Mar 1748 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Timothy married 4, 5, 6 Lydia PIERCE on 16 Jan 1706 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

DEATH: "Here Lyes Buried y Body of M'r Timothy Snow Who Departed this Life March 11'th 1747 in y 74'th Year of His Age."
Timothy Snow, born Feb. 16, 1(574-75 ; son of John Snow; grandson (?) of Richard Snow, the earliest of the name in Woburn, married Lydia Peirce (epitaph 197). ( Vide Sewall's Woburn, 641.)

Lydia PIERCE died 1, 2 on 27 Apr 1764 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Lydia married 3, 4, 5 Timothy SNOW on 16 Jan 1706 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

DEATH: " Here lies y Body of M'rs Lydia Snow widow to M'r Timothy Snow Who departed this Life April y 27'th 1764 Aged 81 Years."
Lydia (Peirce) Snow, widow of Timothy Snow (epitaph 132), married Jan. 16, 1705-6; daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Bacon) Peirce, born May 25, 1683 ; and grand-daughter of Sergt. Thomas Peirce, of Woburn, 1643, died Nov. 6, 1683


John CUTLER [Parents] was born 1 on 14 Apr 1675 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married 2, 3 Hannah SNOW on 6 Feb 1700/1701 in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah SNOW [Parents] was born 1 on 6 Jun 1677 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2, 3 John CUTLER on 6 Feb 1700/1701 in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Samuel MINOT. Samuel married Mary SNOW on 29 Oct 1707 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Mary SNOW [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 4 Aug 1680 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1711. Mary married Samuel MINOT on 29 Oct 1707 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.


Thomas BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 in 1603 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 18 Dec 1653 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 3, 4 Mercy about 1641 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas had a will 5 on 7 Dec 1653 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. His will was probated 6 on 3 Oct 1654 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

THOMAS BRIGHAM

ORIGIN:  Unknown
MIGRATION: 1635 on Susan & Ellen
FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP. Admission to Cambridge church prior to 18 April 1637 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 18 April 1637 [MBCR 1:373].
EDUCATION: He made his mark to his will and to town documents [CaBOP 154]. His inventory included "a parcel of old (books] with one Bible and a great bible" valued at £1 [MPR 1:10-17].
OFFICES: Cambridge selectman, 1640, 1647 [CaTh 41, 43, 701. Constable, October 1639, 8 November 1642 [CaTR 36, 46].
ESTATE: In the Cambridge land inventory on 1 May 1635, Thomas Brigham held one house with three and a half acres of land [CaBOP 64, 100]. In 1645 Thomas Brigham held one acre on the west side of Menotime [CaBOP 127]. In 1645, Thomas Brigham received the first numbered lot at Menotime containing ten acres (CaTR 67]. In 1646, Thomas Brigham received 8 acres in the ox pasture (CaTR 65]. On 11 October 1647, Thomas Brigham was charged 3d. per head, for a total of 7s. 8d., being abated one-third part of what he owed [CaTh 63]. On 17 May 1648, Thomas Brigham purchased ten acres of land in Fresh Pond meadow from William Hamlett (CaBOt  134]. In 1648, Thomas Brigham received seventy two [CaBOP  138]. On 9 June 1652, Thomas Brigham received 180 acres in the Shawshine division [CaTR 98].

In his will, dated 7 October 1653 and proved 3 October 1654, Thomas Brigham of Cambridge, "weak in body," bequeathed to "my wife" one-third part of the estate; to "my eldest son Thomas" one-third part of the remainder; residue to be equaIly divided between my other four children John, Hannah & Samuel"; "my wife" to have use of the whole estate during her widowhood for the bringing up of the children, should she remarry, their bringing up to be at the discretion of the overseers; "my loving brethren Thomas Danforth, John Cooper, Thomas Fox, John Hastings & William Towne" overseers [MPR Case #2702].

An inventory of the estate of Thomas Brigham, taken 10 February 1653/4, was untotalled; the real estate amounted to £208 10s.: "the dwelling house & barn with 4 acres of land adjoining," £70; "the lot bought of goodman Doggett in Watertown," £40; "the upland & meadow in the hither end of Watertown," £60; "10 acres upon Rocky meadow," £15; "9 acres salt marsh,  £13 10s.; and "a small farm at Charlestown line, "
£10 [MPR 1:10-17]. Two servants, "Daniell Mikenna, a scotchman," and "Anne Ketch 6 years to serve" were also valued in the estate, as were "a pair of horseman pistols" valued at £1 10s. [MPR Case #2702].

On 21 March 1656, twenty acres of land in Watertown which had been the property of Thomas Brigham late of Cambridge, were sold by Edmund Rice and Mercy Brighamn, now his wife [MLR 7:447; see also MLR 10:654, 656].
ASSOCIATIONS: Thomas Brigham was first cousin of Constance (Brigham) Crosby, widow of Robert Crosby, who came to New England about 1640, and of Anne (Brigham) Crosby, wife of SIMON CROSBY, who came to New England in 1635 (Brigham Gen 2:26].
COMMENTS: On 18 April 1635, "Tho[mas] Briggham," aged 32, was enrolled at London as a passenger for New England on the Susan & Ellen [Hotten 62].

On 8 June 1646, Thomas Brighamn was found delinquent in a breach of the order about ringing his hogs. He was cited for "his wife's rescuing of 7 two hogs from the impounder" who should have driven them to the pound, and several other occasions, and was fined 4s. (CaTh 53-54]. On 8 February 1648/9, Thomas Brigham was granted liberty to fell timber on the common to repair his house and fences [CaTh 79]. In February 1652/3, with Richard Jackson, Thomas Brigham sought the counsel of an arbitrator in the matter of a fence on a neck of land, in difference against Mr. Joseph Cooke, Edward Goffe and Thomas Danforth [CaTR 156].

Regarding the tradition that Thomas's wife, Mercy, was Mercy Hurd, Winifred Lovering Holman remarked that the "names of Hurd and Hunt -could be easily confused and without further evidence I do not accept that her maiden name was Hurd" [Stevens-Miller Anc 2:109-31, especially 115]. We concur.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1907 W.I. Tyler Brigham and Emma E. Brigham compiled The History of the Brigham Family: A Record of Several Thousand Descendants of Thomas Brigham The Emigrant, 1603-1653 [New York 1907] (cited above as Brigham Gen 1), a comprehensive account of the family. In 1927 Emma Elisabeth Brigham compiled The History of the Brigham Family, Second Volume [Rutland, Vermont, 1927], which included "The English Origin of Thomas Brigham the Emigrant, 1603-1635" by J. Gardner Bartlett (cited above as Brigham Gen 2).

Mercy 1 was born about 1615 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 22 Dec 1695 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mercy married 3, 4 Thomas BRIGHAM about 1641 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
RICE, Edmund
HUNT, William

The Hurd line given here may be incorrect according to "The Great Migration" by Robert Charles Anderson. However Thomas Brigham's wife was Mercy____, and she did marry Edmund Rice.

The Great Migration 1634-1635, Vol. 1 A-B, pp. 402-404 by Robert Charles Anderson:
Regarding the tradition that Thomas's wife, Mercy, was Mercy Hurd, Winifred Lovering Holman remarked that the "names of Hurd and Hunt could be easily confused and without further evidence I do not accept that her maiden name was Hurd" [Stevens-Miller Anc 2:109-31, especially 115]. We concur.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary BRIGHAM was born about 1649. She died on 2 Aug 1676.
  M ii Thomas BRIGHAM was born on 9 Mar 1641. He died on 25 Nov 1716/1717.
  M iii John BRIGHAM was born on 9 Mar 1644/1645. He died on 16 Sep 1728.
  F iv Hannah BRIGHAM was born on 9 Mar 1650. She died on 8 Dec 1719.
  M v Samuel BRIGHAM was born on 12 Jan 1652/1653. He died on 24 Jul 1713.

Thomas BRIGHAM [Parents] was born on 9 Mar 1641 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 on 25 Nov 1716/1717 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 2 Susanna SHATTUCK on 30 Jul 1695 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
RICE, Mary


Source: "The History of the Brigham Family" 2nd Vol. by Emma Elisabeth Brigham

Susanna SHATTUCK. Susanna married 1 Thomas BRIGHAM on 30 Jul 1695 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 17 Jun 1671 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 16 Feb 1746/1747 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Nathan married Elizabeth HOWE.

Other marriages:
EATON, Mehitable Gould
MAYNARD, Elizabeth

Elizabeth HOWE. Elizabeth married Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM.

Other marriages:
BRIGHAM, Samuel


Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 17 Jun 1671 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 16 Feb 1746/1747 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Nathan married Mehitable Gould EATON.

Other marriages:
HOWE, Elizabeth
MAYNARD, Elizabeth

Mehitable Gould EATON. Mehitable married Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM.


Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM [Parents] was born 1 on 17 Jun 1671 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 16 Feb 1746/1747 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Nathan married Elizabeth MAYNARD.

Other marriages:
HOWE, Elizabeth
EATON, Mehitable Gould

Elizabeth MAYNARD. Elizabeth married Capt. Nathan BRIGHAM.

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