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

Joshua DAVIS [Parents]-657 was born 1 on 29 Jan 1673 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Joshua married (MRIN:651) Rebecca PIERCE-2077 on 24 May 1697 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Rebecca PIERCE-2077. Rebecca married (MRIN:651) Joshua DAVIS-657 on 24 May 1697 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas ALDOUS [Parents]-2649 was christened on 27 Nov 1679 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 20 Feb 1735/1736. Thomas married (MRIN:652) Ann GODDARD-659 on 16 Dec 1702.

Ann GODDARD-659. Ann married (MRIN:652) Thomas ALDOUS-2649 on 16 Dec 1702.

Thomas DAVIS [Parents]-660 was born 1 on 31 Jan 1675 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 2 (MRIN:653) Hannah HARTSHORNE-2078 on 27 Dec 1698 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah HARTSHORNE-2078. Hannah married 1 (MRIN:653) Thomas DAVIS-660 on 27 Dec 1698 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas PATTEN [Parents] [scrapbook]-661 was born 1, 2 in Oct 1636 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3, 4 on 16 Jan 1690 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 5, 6 (MRIN:654) Sarah KENDALL-2079 on 20 May 1686 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
PAINE, Rebecca

Sarah KENDALL-2079. Sarah married 1, 2 (MRIN:654) Thomas PATTEN-661 on 20 May 1686 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Surname may be Dunton

They had the following children.

  F i
Mehetabel PATTEN-669 was born 1 on 28 Feb 1687 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M ii
Kendall PATTEN-670 was born 1 on 20 Apr 1689 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

William PATTEN [scrapbook] 1, 2-974 was born 3 in 1606 in Hardington, Mandeville, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5 on 10 Dec 1668 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 6 (MRIN:655) Mary-975 in BY 1632 in England, United Kingdom.

William's will was probated 7 on 2 Apr 1669 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


(512) 1. WILLIAM PATTEN. The origin and location of the ancestry of William Patten has always been an open question. There are traditions regarding the family in England, but, in his case, there is no evidence in support of them. It is reported that a family of Pattens was in the north of England and went from there to Scotland in the fifteenth century, and about a century later some of their descendants went to the north of Ireland. Such a theory may be correct regarding the Pattens who came to this country in the eighteenth century, as they are stated to have come from Scotland and from Ireland.

A survey of Great Britain at the time of the settlement of New England shows but a few places where the name of Patten occurs to any very great extent. One of these was Lancaster County. In the parish of Warrington, sixteen miles east from Liverpool, there was a family of Pattens, and it was from this neighborhood that many settlers came to Dorchester and its vicinity. It is also from this region that the William Patten went who was Bishop of Winchester and founder of Magdalen College. The latter is a man who is claimed by most of the Pattens in this country as their ancestor, but we have so far failed to find any proof which could connect them with him. The earliest will to be found in this region is that of Thomas Patten, of Warrington, in 1579. After this we find no other wills until 1653, when one Thomas Patten, of Warrington, made his will and in it expressed gratitude to his brother William for various kind favors and appointed him as his executor. This could hardly have been our William, for as he had already been in this country at least eighteen years, it is not probable that he would at that time have been appointed an executor of a will in England.

Another locality where there were many Pattens was the county of Somerset, and it is to this family that we are inclined to think our William belonged. Nothing has been found to show by what vessel he came here, and if this point could be established a clue would perhaps be furnished to his residence before coming to this country.

We find also traditions in the family, not only in one branch but in many, that three brothers came to this country and settled in different places. This is a tradition that can be found to exist in a large number of New England families. This fact, as far as this family is concerned, is not supported by any evidence. Besides William Patten there seems to have been but one other of that name mentioned in the records of that time. This was Nathaniel Patten, who settled in Dorchester. Nathaniel Patten came from Crewkerne [crucis urna, the place of the cross], in the county of Somerset, England, and while he may possibly have been related in some way to our William, there is no evidence that he was a brother. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary. There is evidence existing to show clearly how and when he came to this country. In the notebook of Thomas Lechford, an attorney of that time, there is a legal document in which Nathaniel s former residence is stated and particulars as to his coming over as one of the charterers of the ship Charles of Bristol, on which he sailed on 18 June, 1640.

In the notebook, referred to is a notice of an account for which he brought suit against the undertakers of the ships Charles of Bristol and the Hopewell of London. The last items in the bill were as follows:

Itm           for a bag of hoppes spoyled by the raine because some of the undertakers gave orders it should not be received aboard
Itm           for a nimming sheet and rugg lent unto the Steward Robert Ring for the undertakers use
Itm           fora cabbin bought in the ship because Ihad not convenience in the ship according to agreement for myselfe & family
Itm           for a womans pillion lost in the ship Hopewell
Itm           costs & charges att B ristoll from the 24th of May till thel8th of June for myselfe & family because att the said 24th day we should have bin gone
Itm           they undertooke to victuall the said ship Charlesfor 16 weeks & to carry but 150 passingers to my remembrance, and they the passingers were debarred of our beere & water before landing & i/we had bin put to a long voyage we must needs have suffered much more than we did, wch I leave to the consideration of the Cort.

He settled in Dorchester and was a prominent citizen there and was interested in considerable real estate. In Suffolk Registiy of Deeds, under date of 21 July, 1671, we find that Nathaniel Patten, of Dorchester, in the county of Suffolk, appointed his "trusty and welbeloved kinsman Thomas Patten of Bristoll nowe resident in Boston" his true and lawful attorney to act in all business matters for him. This Thomas Patten probably did not remain here permanently, as there is no further evidence of him after the settlement of the estate of Nathaniel. Nathaniel Patten died 31 January, 1661. He left no surviving children that there is any record of. He left no will, but his wife Justine made a will dated 2 January, 1673. In this, she mentions different relatives to whom she left property, but no children. An agreement was entered into 14 December, 1674, between Benjamin Bale of Dorchester, and Thomas Patten, attorney for his father John Patten of Severalls in the parish of Crewkern, within the realm of England, referring to the settlement of the estate of Nathaniel Patten of Dorchester. This agreement refers to Benjamin Bale as being Nathaniel Patten s sister s son, and provided that all his estate outside of what the court had set aside for the widow should be divided into two equal parts; one part to be given to Benjamin Bale and the other part to Thomas Patten, attorney for John Patten, for the use of said John Patten and any other person concerned with him. By this agreement a division of the real estate was also made, one part being set off to Benjamin Bale in consideration of his delivering to Thomas Patten, sometime the next summer, one load of fresh hay. The other part was set off to Thomas Patten in consideration of his paying to Benjamin Bale fifty-nine pounds.

In England we find the will of Thomas Patten of Crewkern, in Somerset County, and he was clearly the father of Nathaniel. In this will, which was dated 27 March, 1629, mention is made of his nephews Robert and Thomas Patten; also his sons John, Thomas and Nathaniel; his daughters Sarah, Joane and Elizabeth, and his brother John; but the name of William nowhere appears in this family, thus showing that William and this Nathaniel were not brothers.

In Somersetshire we find the will of one Thomas Petten of Hardington Manfylde [Mandeville], Somerset, which we give here: In the Name of God Amen. The ninth daie of November in the second year of the Raigne of our Soveraigne lord Charles by the grace of god King of England, Scotland, Fraunce and Ireland defender of the faith, Anrw Domini One thousand sixe hundred twentie sixe I Thomas Petten of Hardington Man fyZde in the Co untie of Somset, carpenter, being verie sick of my body, but pfect of remembraunce thankes bee given to god therefore doe make my last will & testamt as followeth ffirst I give and bequeath my soule unto the allmightie god whoe gave it and is my maker and Redeemer of all mankind and my bodie to bee buried in the church yard of Hardington Man fyld. Item I give and bequeath unto four said (aforesaid) sonne William Petten one white calfe, one spitt, one Pyckeaxe, one co/er, my best wearing clot heres, my bedd, a Coverled and one paire of dowlish sheets. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jone Petten a debt of neere eleaven pounds of lawful money a/England and the bill obligatory/or the same debt wch debt is in the hands of one WIlliam Joye ofLie and one little cow theme, one co/er and my old cloke. Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Andrewe Petten All my carpenters working tooles; alsoe I the said Thomas Petten doe ordaine and make my two daughters Margaret Petten and Anne Petten to bee my whole executors joyntly and equallie and shall have all the Residue a/my goods and chattells whatsoever wch is not giver nor bequeathed upon this my last will and Testament. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written.
Signed sealed and published in the presents of us John Marsh, John Apley, John Marsh the younger.
Proved at London 10 May, 1627.

Here we find a William Patten mentioned who may have been our pioneer. The county of Somerset was essentially farming country, and what would be more natural than that one coming from such a country should be selected by the inhabitants of Cambridge as a proper person and one well fitted to take the care of their town cattle. Unfortunately for us, the parish registers for that vicinity in England are not in existence for that period. The Hardington Mandeville registers only go back to the year 1687.

Another question that has been raised is whether there is any coat of arms of the family. We have found, in several branches, what has been held to be a Patten coat of arms, and while we have seen two or three of these,we have found no two of them exactly alike, and probably others, of which we have heard but not seen, have the same dissimilarity. Not every family in England was entitled to bear arms, and we are inclined to the opinion that the Somersetshire Pattens, being a farming class, were not of those who had this right, and consequently there is no true coat of arms for this branch of the family.

The first mention of William Patten to be found in this country is in the Cambridge Town Records under the date of 13 March, 1635/36, when the following vote was passed: Agreed Wth William Patten to kepe 100 Cattell on the otherside the Riuer for the space of seauen Mount hes to begine when the Towne shall appoint him and to haue Twenty pounds the one halfe paid him In Monny when he hath kept halfe his tyme and the other halfe In Come when he hath done keeping at the price wch the Comon Rate of Come goeth when he is to be paid and he is to have a man to help him the first 14 days he payinge him for one weeke the Towne for the other alsoe he is to lodg ther exsept once a weeke and to haue a man to keepe them everj other Sct both day and hee to paye Xs a beast/or every beast he shall loese and to keepe noe Cattell of anny man exsept the Townsmen give leaue vpon the for/etuer of 5s a head for every head he shall soe keepe.

In 1638 there appears the following record: Agreed Wth William Patten to keep three score cowes more or lesse vnder 4 score att the direction a/the Townsmen/or all this sumr vntill they take them in att lOs a weeke the one hal/e to bepd in the first weeke in July eithr in monie or good come & thothr halfe when he leaveth a/keeping them in monie & those that Refuse to paye in monie shall paye in come att the price that it is att when it is merchantable he is to pay 3d/or eur cowe he lea veth out a night & Xs a cowe for eurie one that is lost through his Defaulte he is to take noe oth cattell without the townsmens consent he is to dryve them out by six a/the clock in the morning & bring them home by sunn hal/e an houre high att night at the latest & to bring them into the towne eure Evening he is to keepe them but eurie third Sabt & thoth to be prvided for as in former tyme & whoe eur shall bring in anie strange cattell shall synde a helpe for 2 or 3 dayes & the owners to bring them into the common eure morning by the tyme appoynted & his owne cow to be kept free as long as he keepeth them & he is to pay 6d damage for eurie morning that he is not gone out by the tyme appoynted.

In 1646 we find that Brother Patten was fined thrice one shilling for one hog without keeper. On the twentieth day of the third month in 1649, we find that Andrew Stevenson and William Patten were appointed to execute the town order concerning hogs, and to levy on all such as shall be found breaking that order the just penalty of the same therein prescribed. In the same year liberty was granted some of the townsmen, among them William Patten, for the present hay time to mow the common meadow at Shawshine, "prvided they intrench uppon noe prpriety."

On two or three different occasions we find him appointed as one of the surveyors of fences, his district being that about the Menotomy Fields. He was also appointed surveyor of highways on one or two occasions.

The Common, as it was called, was well-timbered, for we find that when anyone wished for lumber he went to the selectmen for permission to get it from the Common. In 1660, at a meeting of the selectmen, several people, among them William Patten, were granted liberty to take timber to repair their fences and for "reparaccon of their houses. In 1663 he was granted liberty to take timber from the Common for a cart, and at another time for a cow-house and half a hundred "rayles7 In November, 1665, he was granted liberty to fell timber to build a lean-to and an end to his barn, and in 1668 to "repayre his old house at towne." He did not always ask for permission, for in 1662 we find that he was fined twenty shillings for felling trees on the Common contrary to town orders. Fines levied by the selectmen were sometimes abated, for in 1663 we find that a fine imposed upon William Patten was abated five shillings. In 1642 we find William Patten enrolled as a member of the honorable Artillery Company of Boston.

William Patten lived on what is now Massachusetts Avenue, opposite the Common. We find in the proprietors  records that William Patten had: One house and garden. about halfe an Acre upon the Cow Common, John Means East, Cow Common South, Thomas Blogget west pine swampe North. In the new Lotts next Manotomie two Acres of planteing grounde Persivall Greene East, Willam Manning west Richard Champnies South, Gregory Stone North. In 1645, forty-seven lots on the west side of Menotomy River were granted to the several inhabitants of the town. In this distribution William Patten had "three acr more or lesse, Richard Francis East Daniell Kempster West, Charlestowne lyne north Comon south." A reference to the accompanying plan will give an idea of the location of his place. In 1901 the city of Cambridge published its early town records and with them a plan of the place in 1635 which had been compiled from the best sources obtainable. By the courtesy of the city clerk we are able to reproduce that plan here.

An agreement was made by the church 9 June, 1652, as to the division of Shawshine. In this William Patten was assigned lot 87, containing ninety acres. Although by the generosity of the church all the inhabitants received allotments of the Shawshine lands, comparatively few established a residence there. Although the name William Patten appears often in the matters of land distribution in the settlement of Billerica, it is doubtful if he ever took up his residence there, but remained in Cambridge until his death. As early as 1655, there were so many householders there that they were incorporated as a distinct town named Billerica. The town records, 29 January, 1654155, show that in answer to a letter sent them by their neighbors of Shawshine, alias Billerica, wherein they desire that the whole tract may be disengaged from this place and be one entire body by itself, a committee of five was appointed, who drew up an agreement for a separation, and this was consented to by William Patten and others present, the inhabitants of Shawshme. This agreement, or "Great Deed," as it is called, has been carefully preserved by the town ofBillerica, and bound between two covers which bear the title, "The Great Deed from the Cambridge Proprietors to the Billerica Proprietors, 1654." The body of the deed reads as follows:

To ALL PEOPLE to whome these prsents shall come Greeting KNOW YE that wee whose names are Subscribed FOR Sundry good consideracions us the reunto moving and for valluable consideracions to us respectively paid well & truly the recite whereof wee do by these prsents respectively acknowledge and therewth to be fully sattesfied & payd and thereof and of every part & parcell the reof do fully clearely and absolutely acquitt exonerate & discharge the Inhabitants of Billerica their heyres successors Ex ors administratoLtrs and Assignees forever by their prsent have given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed and con firmd unto & by these prsents do fully clearly and absolutely give grant bargain & sell alien enfeofe & con firme unto the Inhabitants of Billerica aforesaid their heyres assignes & such others as shall from time to time be by them admitted as free denizens of the said place & to the enjoyment of the priviledges thereof all our respective rights & interest therein unto any part of parcell of the said land now called by the said name of Billerica als Shawshine with all the.priviledges & appurtenances to the same appert eyning or in any wise belonging (only excepting & reserving our Joynt & respective interest that any of us have in the farme wherein John Parker now dwelleth comonly called by the name of the Churches farme (i.e.) the church at Cambridge with free liberty on all the comons of the said place for the Inhabitants on the said farme from time to time for the herbage timber & firewood as any other of the Inhabitants and a joint interest therein together with ye said towne & inhabitants thereof)
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said bargained prmises with all the priviledges & appurtenances (except before excepted) unto them the said Inhabitants their heyres assigns & successours for ever to their & their only propper use & behooffe. AND we whose names are subscri bed for us our heyres exorrs & administrators do respectively covenant promise grant to and with the Inhabitants of the said place their heyres assignes & law full associates & successors that they the said Inhabitants their heyres assignes successours & law full associates shall or may at all times & from time to time for ever hereafter lawfully & peaceably have hold occupy possess & Injoy the said bargaines & assigned prmises & every part & parcell the re of with all and singular priviledges & appurtenances thereof without the law full claims let hindrance contradiccon or denial of us or any of us whose names are subscribed our heyres executors administrators or assignes or any of them or of any other person or persons whatsoever claiming by from or under us or any of us provided always this instrument is to be understood of every mans engagement to be only for & in the behealfe of himself his owne heires executors & adm strators &c and no further or other. IN WITNESS whereof we have put our hands & seales this 25th day of March Anno Dom 1654.

This is the foundation upon which the town of Billerica was started, and to this document the name of William Patten with others was signed. We here reproduce the document, so that his descendants may see his name as he wrote it. The name may be seen in the fifth column, about halfway down.

He married before coming to this country a woman named Mary, who died 20 September, 1673.

William Patten died 10 December, 1668. He left no will, but on 2 April, 1669, his wife filed with the court the following inventory of his property:

His wearing Apparell:
1 Gray Coate
1 Strayte bodyed Coate
I Shagg d Coate 13s
2 pr Breeches
old cloaks, Jackett, & wescote
S/woes & stockins
Shirts, bands, cuffs & handkerchiefs
2 hatts

In ye Hall:
2 Tables & a forme
5 old chayres
1 cubbard & cubbard cloath
1 small chest
1 Tub & old payle
2 Sives, great bowle, trenchers, ladle
earthen ware
Iron Pott & kettle
Pewter, & a brass candlesticke
brass ware
A spitt
A smoothing Iron
And Iron, fire shovell, tongs, liakes, gridiron,
bellows, sheers, peel
Stone Jug
Hand Saw, Trowell, Scales, weights,
2 axes, beetle rings
4 old cushins
4 pr sheets
2 Table cloaths & 4 napkins
4 Pillow beers
1 file

In ye Parlor, Parlor charnb. Hall chamb. & cellar:
1 chest
1 old warmeing Pan
1 old wheele for spinning
1 old Tub
1 old trundle bedstead, thin flocke bed,
pillows, blanket
1 beame knife, with &Paring Knife
1 bedstead & furniture
2 spinning wheels
Sword & muskett
4 bush 1/2 barley
15 bush. Ry
1 halfe bush
1 Croscutt Saw
2 ft wood
3 bush pease
in cheese
Pillion & old coverled
Old Iron & Sithes
Coopers ware & 2 glass bottles

In ye yard & barnes:
5 Cowes
1payre oxen
21 yearlings
22 yearlings
1 old mare
1 horse
1 sucking calfe
cart rope & horse harness
forkes, rakes, flailes
Iron frow
Old Butt
25 bush Indian
1 old sacke
1 dung forke shovell & spade
4 sheep & a lamb
Plough, cart, yoakes, chaynes, cart ladders,
old hoops and boxes
old hows & grindstone & mattocks
House, barne, & 10 acres of land, where of 75
5 acres is sowne with Ry
4 acres plow land in west field
3 acres of swamp land
Iron wedges
House & yard at Towne

Mary 1-975 was born 2 in 1609 in Hardington, Mandeville, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 on 20 Sep 1673 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 4 (MRIN:655) William PATTEN-974 in BY 1632 in England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary PATTEN-897 was born in BET 1632 AND 1634. She died in 1674.
  M ii Thomas PATTEN-661 was born in Oct 1636. He died on 16 Jan 1690.
  F iii
Sarah PATTEN-978 was born 1 on 27 Jan 1638 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: year given as 16___
  M iv
Nathaniel PATTEN-980 was born in 1639 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 1 in Jan 1639/1640 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  M v
William PATTEN-981 was born about 1641 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 Mar 1645. He was buried 1 on 22 Mar 1645/1646 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
  F vi
Sarah PATTEN-982 was born 1 on 27 Nov 1641 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

BIRTH: Year given as 16___
  M vii Nathaniel PATTEN-983 was born on 28 Jul 1643. He died on 12 Jun 1725.
  F viii Sarah PATTEN-984 was born on 26 Jan 1645. She died on 24 Sep 1677.

Thomas PAINE 1-985 was born in 1616 in of Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 2 (MRIN:656) Rebecca WARE-986 on 17 Oct 1640 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Thomas's will was probated 3 on 23 Sep 1686 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Rebecca WARE-986 was born in 1620 in of Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Rebecca married 1 (MRIN:656) Thomas PAINE-985 on 17 Oct 1640 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

From Maybeth's chart

They had the following children.

  F i Rebecca PAINE-662 was born on 19 Oct 1642. She died on 19 May 1684.

Thomas PATTEN [Parents]-664 was born 1, 2 on 22 Mar 1665 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 3 on 10 Oct 1747. Thomas married (MRIN:657) Miriam STEARNS-3616.

Miriam STEARNS-3616. Miriam married (MRIN:657) Thomas PATTEN-664.

William PATTEN [Parents]-666 was born 1 on 12 May 1671 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 5 Oct 1730 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married (MRIN:658) Mary ROGERS-3615.

Mary ROGERS-3615. Mary married (MRIN:658) William PATTEN-666.

James WRIGHT-9228 was born on 10 Mar 1677 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. James married (MRIN:659) Elizabeth PATTEN-668 on 17 Mar 1702 in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Elizabeth PATTEN [Parents]-668 was born 1 on 8 May 1680 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died in 1734 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married (MRIN:659) James WRIGHT-9228 on 17 Mar 1702 in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Daniel HOVEY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2-987 was born 3 on 9 Aug 1618 in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5 on 24 Apr 1692 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Daniel married 6, 7 (MRIN:660) Abigale ANDREWS-988 in BY 1642 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Daniel, planter, Ipswich. propr. 1636. He m. Abigall, dau. of Robert Andrews about 1642 Ch. Daniel, John, Thomas, James, Joseph, Nathaniel, Abigail, Priscilla. Letter to Essex Pro. Court. vol. 2, page 244. dated Sept 27, 1683, names wife and 6 sons and 1 dau., her children. All the sons, except James, then living. [Reg. XXXVI, 195.]

Daniel, Sen. d. May 29, 1692. Will dated 15 March. 1691-2, aged "seventy thre gointo seventy fower," beq. to sons Daniel, John, Thomas, Joseph and Nathaniel: gr. ch. Daniel, son of dec. son James; daus. Pricilla, wife of John Aires, and Abigail, wife of Thomas Hodgkins. The son-In-law John Ayres deposed In 1693, ae. about 44 years.
Source:"The Pioneers of Massachusetts" by Charles Henry Pope FHL book area US/CAN 974.4 D3p 1991

(Unless otherwise noted, the following material is a direct quotation from the Hovey Book of 1914, JSMB US/CAN Book 929.273 H824h 1988 or FHL US/CAN Film 1017417 Item 8)

Daniel Hovey, the ancestor of the American Hoveys(1), was born at Waltham Abbey, in Essex county, England, Aug. 9, 1618, being the son of Richard Hovey, a glover (one who makes gloves), of that place. He was apparently a man of education, and the fact that the curate of his parish church was friendly to and interested in him while he was in his teens and far away in a strange land, indicates that there were elements in his character which drew and held attention to him. He was one of the early settlers of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1635, at the age of seventeen. Feb. 5, 1637, the town granted to him six acres of land on Muddy creek; and also "Granted to Daniell Hovey, an house lott, 1 acre of ground on the South syde of the Town River, having a house lott, granted to William Holdred on the West, and a house lott, granted to Thomas Sherman on the East. Also six acres of planting ground, lying on Sagamore Hill, having a planting lott, formerly granted Henry Wilkinson on the West, and a planting lott granted to William Holdred on the East: to enjoy the sayde Landes, to him, his heirs, or assigns forever. Entered this 27th day of March 1639."(2) The freemen of the town granted to William Holdred a house lot of half-an-acre adjoining Daniel Hovey's on the southwest, being on the south side of the river, and bounded by the house lot of Roger Preston on the southwest; also six acres of planting ground on Sagamore hill adjoining Daniel Hovey's planting lot west, and the planting lot of Roger Preston on the east; the grants being entered April 9, 1639; and both of these lots were conveyed by Mr. Holdred to "Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, planter," and, also, one dwelling house built on the house lot and all the fencing belonging to both lots. Entered April 10, 1639.

Feb. 10, 1644, the town of Ipswich ordered that Mr. Hovey be paid three shillings for killing three foxes.

In 1648, he subscribed three shillings three times a year to Maj. Daniel Denison, "so long as he shall be their leader, to encourage him in his military helpfulness," the whole annual sum being twenty-four pounds and seven shillings, and the largest subscription ten shillings.

Mr. Hovey was somewhat prominent, and held several town offices in Ipswich, being chosen one of the selectmen Feb. 14, 1659; a surveyor of highways in 1648-9 and 1649-50; and a constable in 1658. In 1656, he was one of a committee to set up a saw mill on Chebacco river. The selectmen ordered, 12: 12: 1650, that Symon Tomson and Daniell Hovey shall view a certain parcel of land.(3) In 1649, he was a juror at Ipswich court.

In the county court which sat at Ipswich 29: 1: 1642, Mr. Hovey was plaintiff in three civil actions. One was against James Pitney and James Howe, in which he recovered judgment for nine bushels of corn; one against Jo: Lee, which was not tried; and the other was against George Varnham and Jo: North, which was continued.

Daniel Hovey was granted a highway to go to his lot in, by the town of Ipswich, March 4, 1650.3

22: 12: 1652, the town gave him liberty to set his fence down to the river at his ground which he bought of William Knowlton, making a stile at each end.3

At a town meeting held Feb. 14, 1659, Daniel Hovey was granted liberty to build a warf against his ground that he bought of William Knowlton, and , also, such building as may tend to the improvement thereof.3

Mr. Hovey was living on his farm in Topsfield in 1663 and 1664. Jan 15, 1663, he was chosen one of two persons to lay out some land.(4)

Mr. Hovey was complained of for speaking falsely to the prejudice of General Denison, and was fined twenty shillings in Ipswich court Sept. 24, 1667. The records show that in some case, in which evidently General Denison acted as magistrate, Mr. Hovey said that Major Denison did not write his determination nor state his sentence in public, and what was done occurred after he was gone, and that John Gould whispered in the major's ear as he was going away.(5) Magistrates did not allow themselves to be criticized in those days.

In May, 1660, a colony went from Ipswich to Quaboag(6), a place subsequently named Brookfield; and Daniel Hovey joined it in 1668. His sons James and Thomas went with him. The lots of land laid out to the father and sons adjoined, and were situated easterly of the little brook, on the north side of the road. Daniel Hovey was living in Quaboag in May, 1672, and settled in Hadley before the massacre at Quabog in 1675.

While in Hadley, he lived on a farm of Mr. Henry Clerke; and Mr. John Russell, Jr., and Mr. Peter Tilton, Sr., executors of the will of Mr. Clerke of Hadley, deceased, brought an action against Mr. Hovey, at the court in Springfield Sept. 26, 1676, for withholding rent due to said plaintiffs "for a ffarm or Land of ye sayd Mr. Henry Clerkes which ye sayd Hovey hath Occupyed as a tenement."(7) The jury found a verdict for the plaintiffs, and awarded them fourteen pounds damages, due in 1767.(8) At the succeeding term of court held at Springfield the same year, Mr. Hovey brought suit against Mr. John Russell, Jr., being an "Action of unjust molestation in a Suite at ye last Corte at Springfield & for uncharitable Charges to ye defamation or Slandour of the sd Dannll Hovey & his Wife & Charging ye sd Danll to be a man of a Scandolous life in an Open Afsembly & therefore was denyed Church Comunion & this threatened to be made Out to his Church and ye belonged too & all ye Churches thereaboute." The jury found a verdict for Mr. Hovey.(9) Whether these proceedings and the unhappy contentions that must have been engendered by them had aught to do with his departure from Hadley or not the writer does not know; but Mr. Hovey returned to Ipswich in 1678.

While living in Hadley, he suffered much at the hands of the Indians, and was also a sharer in providing defense for the town. Three years after his return to Ipswich, he sent to the colonial council a petition, an exact copy of which, copied from the original instrument on file in the Massachusetts archives, at the state house in Boston is as follows:(10)

"To the Honoured Council now sitting in Boston; the humble petition of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich,
"Wheras your humble petitioner was an inhabitant of Hadly in the time of the late Indian warrs, and there expended (beside my lofses) much of my Estate in the Countreys service against the common enemy; and since that time was removed thence by Providence to Ipswich, where I have remained now these three yeers last past; and by reason of the remote distance fro Hadly and want of intelligence thence I mifsed the opportunity of sending in my last accots together with my neighbours there, to the last Sefsions of the Genll Court; which caused me much labour and long travell thither from Ipswich; yet at the last I have gained a certificate of those my Expences from the Committee of Militia in Hadley, being the last of mine Expences there on the Countreys service; amounting to 11lb 13s 08d; as by the said Certificate doth fully appear; now my humble request and petition is, that yor Honors would be pleased to grant me an Order to the Constables of Ipswich that I may receive the said Sums there; where my setled residence is, and have no commerce or dealing at Hadley; that so I may discount my present Rates, and may have the residue for the relief of my family, which hath been much straitned by my lofses and expences there in time of the warrs, and by rates both then and since. The Lord direct your counfells and afsist yor endeavors in all weighty transactions now in hand, that we may rejoice and blefs God under yor good dovernmt continued over us. so prayeth
Yor humble petitioner,

The order thereon was as follows: --

"28 ffebruary
It is ordered that the Trefurer pay vnto Daniel Hovey of Ipswich the Sume of Eleven pou[n]ds out of there Country Rate in full of all his Accounts in Controversy

P councill EDW RAWSON Secrery
Councils act to pay Dani Hovey 11th 1681."(11)

The selectmen of Ipswich granted to him six pine trees, presumably for timber, at two times, three on Jan. 2, 1678, and three Dec. 15, 1679.(12)

Daniel Hovey married Abigail, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Franklin?) Andrews of Ipswich, about 1641(13) Mr. Andrews died in 1643, having given to Mr. Hovey a legacy of ten pounds. In the settlement of the estate of Mrs. Hovey's brother Thomas Andrews, a prominent schoolmaster, Mr. Hovey certified to the county court as follows: --(14)
"September 27, '83'
Thefe may inform this Honored Cort. & may it pleafe your Honors, to take notis touching the relations of this worthy gentilman Mr Thomas Andrews, my truly louing dear & wel. Beloved Brother &c. I did more then forty years ago, match wth his Loving & welbeloved fifter Abigal Andrews, by home the lord bleft me with six sons. & an dafter, five of which sons ar yet liuing so that by thes it may apear that we ar suerly related to this desesed gentlman, but in brief he hath six nefews & two neses. as. folows their is the son and dafter of his brother as namly John. Andrews & sara Connant his sister both which are Considerably deters vnto his estate as also Mrs Elisibeth Glouer wo is married to Mr John Glouer formerly liuing at Bofton now at fwanfy wch alfo is deter to the estate ther is myfelf alfo deter to ye estate five shilins vpon the prifin of fom things he lent me for my prefent vs & faue me order to vfe & dep them til he Caled for them, there is Daniel & John Hovey two of his nefews deter to the estate for fcolin their Children about four pounds. their is also Thomas, Joseph & nathaniel Hovey. thre of his nefews wch never had the value of on shiling of the estate of their unkls that I know of. I humbly draw your favor to ouerlook my weaknes in indevrin to lay this narative befor your Honors. yt when their fhal aper a visibl eftat of my Loving Brothers youe mav haue fo much as thef few lines may aford as touching the fetling of his estat upon his relations that we quietly & peasably wth ye lords blesing may haue the benifit of the vf of ye his estate wch he left vndisposed of now the good lord of heven to influens your heads & hearts by ye lit of his holy spirit as that a Gevin sentans may prosed frome you as god may haue honor yourselus joy in the day of Crift & no persons or person may have cause of complaint but that we may flef god for his mersy to se justis & judgt fil runnin in our strets. so prays your humble petitioner.


The real estate transactions to which Mr. Hovey was a party besides those that were grants from the town in the earlier days are as follows: He owned, with others, twenty-five acres of marsh, which was divided Jan. 30, 1658.(16) He bought seventy acres of upland and meadow in Topsfield, bounded north and northeast by the pond, east by a part of the Ipswich commons, south by upland and meadow of Robert Andrews and west by common land and meadow, June 12, 1660.(17) When he was living at Quabog, he conveyed a piece of marsh and "my farm in Topsfield wch my son John now liveth in, to him he surrendering to me his land in Ipswich," and paying forty pounds and allowing to the grantor thirty shillings a year during the latter's life; and also "my division of land at wheall brooke," June 13, 1671.(18) While Mr. Hovey was still at "Quabaugh," he conveyed one-half of an acre of land in Ipswich, lying on the south side of the river, together with the frame of a house standing on the adjoining land of his son Daniel and some shingles at Topsfield, May 8, 1672.(19) When Mr. Hovey lived at Hadley he sold twenty-four rods of land in Ipswich, being part of that lot called Knowlton's lot, on the south side of the river, May 1, 1677.(20) After Mr. Hovey's return to Ipswich, he sold one and one-half acres of plowing land lying on the south side of the river in Ipswich, Feb. 11, 1688-9.(21) He also conveyed six acres and seventy-one square rods of pasture land in Ipswich April 23, 1689.(22) He also conveyed one and one-half acres of plowing land in Ipswich, lying on the south side of the river, next to the lot last above described, Oct. 12, 1689.(23)

Mrs. Hovey died between 1676 and 1683. He died in Ipswich April 24, 1692. His will was proved Oct. 31, 1692.

The following is a copy of the original document on file in the probate office at Salem: --

"I Daniell Hovey fenier of Ipsfidg Confidrin the changes of man doe defier by the help of the Lord to fetel my conserns as may be for the glory of god and the good of my family my fole I desir to resign and Comit unto the hand of my Lovin ffather in Jesus Christ ho is the Lord my Ritosnis my body to be desently buried in erth in hop of a glorious and blesed reserectio by christ amen
"Itt The ftat which god and his grace hath giuen me I haue dispofd of af folows to my Eldest fonf Daniell and John houey and my daftor Airs I haue giuen them thire proptions of yt Estat I had to our mutuall content ye one at Ipsig ye other in topsfill Now in their poseson Abigals paid by my son John to my son Airs:
"Itt To my son Thomas and James his son Daniell I give all that my Iland caled houeys Iland which with the thatchbanks and Low marsh belongin to me on the other sid the rek which I a Lowed quarter master Perkins to improue holdin my posesion till I had ocasion for fam also all yt house and Land in Ipsig yt I shall not dispos of befor deth
"Itt I giue to my son Joseph and Nathanil Houey one hundred rods of ground a pice Joseph bounded Next to mr Emersons Land from ye hiway to yt Land Daniell Ringes Nathanil one hundred rod of my Land Next to my fon Daniell with ye dweling hous Barn part of ye orchard to but on Danil Ring: half planting Lot a bout three acres wt a way to it or ye bridg I made to go to it three acrs at plum Iland alfo: which Lands I Leaue in ye hands of my Executor and overfears: yt if left after my deth To be disposed of af folows: the Children of Joseph Hovey: to haue an equall proporshon of what if Left after my Deth: as to yr father Legaci: the children of my son Nathaniell to haue an Equall proporshon: amount ym only Nathaniell Houey ye son of Nathaniell Houey to haue a duble pro porshon: if he Liue to ye eage of one and twenty if no ye to be diuided among ye other Children of yt family:
"Itt my mouables to my son Nathaniell those sheep he hath of mine to his children: my cart and plow Irons chains great tramill great bras cittell Iron Cettell Little Iron pot: my poutter poringer and drincking Cup with one chamber pot: and my wife wearing aparell to Nathaniell children: the other to Joseph his brothers children all my wearing cloths my great bras pot and putter pot and my great bible an books as foloweth: come to christ and wellcom Cotten one ye Counant mader: 7 : farmons to Nathaniel children to Daniell gran child those sheep with wt his master and books also Christan warfer Caleun one Job tenn deuins ye golden septer with what other Books undesposd by me and mine and shuch towls for his trade as are sutable of mine: to Abigel Hodgkins wife of Thomas Hodgkins ye brase pan and putter falfeller, my part of ye meare and colt to gran child Daniell and Iuory
"Itt my entreft of brockfeld and swampfeld I giue to my fon Joseph and Nathaniell children
"Itt I make my fon Thomas Executor and would haue his Nephu in cafe he Liues to eage if capable to Joyne in ye fame wt him and he to pay out of his part to his brother James and fister prafila and John Aires tenn pounds a pice within thre after his poseson and in Cafe of his part: my bed bolfter and pillow wt my gren Rug a paier of blanckits. wt ye bedsted to Daniell gran child, I would haue my son John of topsfeld to tack in to his poseshon with his Books:
"Itt I doe apoynt my Louing fons Daniell Houey; and John Hovey to be oversers: of this my Last will; and fe: to discharg my ffunerall Chargis which I alow four pounds Estat: and to take any: inventary of my estate: and discharge all my dets and make probet of my will: and to se his Nephuse haue their equall proporshon: Joseph and [torn] children how haue lately desesed: for which I a Low my our fears three pounds apice for their ceare and truble: This is my will: as witnes my hand and seal



aged fevnty three & goin to
fevnty fower this on &
twentieth day of march on
thoufand fix hundrend
ninty on or two (SEAL)"

The following is a copy of the inventory of the estate of Daniel Hovey: --

"An Inventory of the Estate of Daniell Houey sener Deseased The twenty forth of April (1692)

forth of April (1692)
                                                                                   £   s   d

Itam. The homsted wt about three eacres Tilidg Land 50 00 00
Itam one eacer of Low ground wt a bout 3 eacers Tilidg 24 00 00
Itm in Nolton Lot a bout one eacor wt house and wharf 35 00 00
Itam: Iland of upland and faltmarfh Containing about 18 eacers yt if caled Houey's Iland 80 00 00
Itam 3 eacors marsh at plum IlfLand by ye knobs 3 10 00
ffether beed a bolster and pillow a gren Rodg and 2 blanckits 7 00 00
Itam Seuerall books yt weare ualued at 5 00 00
Itam in sheep 20s half a mare half 2 yeareling Colt 3 10 00
Itam to Lining 34s and wolling cloth much worne wt seurall other old things 3 15 00
Itam to wolling cloathing one camblit fut 2 peare of fhufe 3 16 00
Itam house hold goods namly poutter and brasse 4 10 6
Itam husbandery tolef cart Iorns and plow Iorns whip saw 2 10 00
Itam armes and amanihon 00 14 00
                                                                                    248 01 00
Itam one brafe pot 001 00 00
may the 21; 1692 Leftenant Burnam and Philemon dane  we are ye priferes of ye a boufe Named preticulers(24)
1. (Although this is the claim made in The Hovey Book of 1914, this is not quite true. In an electronic mail from a Lonnie James Hovey, received by the compiler on Mar. 27, 1998, he relates that he is the first progeny of the sixth generation of the Hoveys in a family line that originated from one Frederick William Hovey who was born in Sept. 1821 in Prussia and emigrated to the U.S. to Northwestern Ohio by the 1860's. No one has been successful in finding where in Prussia Frederick originated but the spelling was firm. They, however, pronounce the name "Ho-vee" instead of "Hu-vee.")
2. Town records.
3. Ipswich town records.
4. Topsfield town records.
5. Court records and files.
6. Also, Quabog and Quabaugh.
7. Records in probate office at Northampton, Mass., vol. I, page 177.
8. Records in probate office at Northampton, Mass., vol I, page 189.
9. Records in probate office at Northampton, Mass., vol I, page 190.
10. Massachusetts Archives, Vol. LXX, document 58.
11. English spelling and grammar was not standardized until the 19th century, making it difficult to understand documents from this period. See Appendix 1 for a modern rendition of this.
12. Town records.
13. See Appendix 7 for Notes on Abigail's Ancestry.
14. Court files, clerk of courts office, Salem, vol. XL, leaf 63.
15. See Appendix 2 for a modern rendition of this entry.
16. Ipswich Deeds, book 1, page 245.
17. Ipswich Deeds, book 1, page 239.
18. Ipswich Deeds, book 4, page 114.
19. Ipswich Deeds, book 3, page 227.
20. Ipswich Deeds, book 4, page 99.
21. Ipswich Deeds, book 5, page 333.
22. Ipswich Deeds, book 5, page 306.
23. Ipswich Deeds, book 5, page 334.
24. See Appendix 3 for Modern Rendition.

Abigale ANDREWS [Parents] 1-988 was born 2 in 1623 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 24 Jun 1665 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Abigale married 4, 5 (MRIN:660) Daniel HOVEY-987 in BY 1642 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Daniel HOVEY-989 was born in 1642. He died on 29 May 1695.
  M ii John HOVEY-990 was born in 1644. He died on 29 May 1718.
  M iii Thomas HOVEY-991 was born in 1648. He died on 4 Mar 1739.
  M iv James HOVEY-671 was born in 1650. He died on 2 Aug 1675.
  M v Joseph HOVEY-992 was born in 1653. He died in May 1690.
  F vi Abigail HOVEY-993 was born about 1655.
  M vii Nathaniel HOVEY-994 was born on 20 Mar 1657. He died on 24 Mar 1692.
  F viii
Priscilla HOVEY 1-995 was born about 1659 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Mentioned in father's will.

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