Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Stephen ALDOUS [Parents] was christened on 8 Mar 1578/1579 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 2 Jan 1627/1628 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Stephen married Margaret ALDOUS about 1602 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
HARRISON, Margaret

From records in the posession of Tim Farr.

  Stephen Aldous and his second cousin, Margaret Aldous, fell in love and were married in about 1602.  Both had been born in the parish of Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, he in 1579 and she three years earlier.  They lived at a farm called Bourneys, which had been in Stephen's family for several generations.  Stephen had been only four years of age, the youngest child in his family, when his father died, and as he grew up he shared the home with his mother and four sisters.

  About twenty years after marriage Stephen prepared his last will and testament, written in extreme detail.  Since the house and grounds at Bourneys came to him and Margaret furnished and in use the premises probably did not change much in that twenty years. From the information in the will we can, in imagination, walk into the rooms of the house in which Stephen and Mrgaret lived, rooms where their two daughters and three sons were born and played; rooms where companionship was enjoyed, tears were shed; where there was talk (both pleasant and otherwise), laughter, and music.

  The nicest room in the house, the main room, was called the hall. In it was a "long Table," flanked by "two long Formes [seats or benches]." Against one wall was a "great Cubberd." There were several chairs, including a "back chayre [probably a small chair with a back on it]"; "great chaires Fwhich may have been a type of couch]"; and "one litle buffet stoole." Two "carpet cushions" are also mentioned. There was a "Round foult [folding or folded] Table," and a table on which stood the "virginalls." The latter was the forerunner of the piano, small and rectangular, with no legs, having one wire to a note. Though it was one instrument, it was often referred to in the plural. The keys were "played" or tapped as are piano keys.  Among the accessories in the room were Stephen's "birding peece [fowling gun]," "a laver [basin] of Brasse," a "great Bible," a "second Bible," and "one litle glass keeps."

  The "parlour" was apparently the master bedroom, for in it was the "best Bedstead" with "the Featherbed bouistr blanckets, and coveriett, therupon, and all things therunto belonging." There was also "one Trundle bedstead wth a Featherbed therupon.11 Additionally, the room contained a "wicker chayre," a "Table wth a longe Forme therto belongings," a "great hutche," one "trunck," a coffer, a "hatt keepe," and the family's "third Bible."

   The "parlour chamber," the room above the parlor (we learn from Stephen's grandfather's will), accommodated a "posted bedstead with the featherbed, boulster, blancket, and Covrlett therupon, and all things therunto belonging," in addition to a "long Table wth a forme therto belonging," "one buffett stoole," "One Truncke," and a "great Boxe."

   In the "hall chamber," over the hall, was another "posted bed stead" with its "Feathrbed boulster blanckets & coverlett" and "oth er things therto belonging," and another "Trundle bedstead wth a  flocke [tufted] bedbouister, blancket and Covrlett." This room had  a third bedstead ''marked with theis letters M:A: wth a Feather bed  boulster, and covering therupon," and, like other rooms, a "long Table & forme." Here, also, stood a "great hutchell and two coffers.  Both of the coffers are called "great," meaning large, and one is  specified as "where my lyning [linen] lye." For each of the beds in  the house mention was made of two pairs of sheets, a pillow, and a  "pillowbeere [pillowcase]." In this room, the hall chamber  ' with  the coffer for the household linen, was the "best Table cloath wth  6 Table napkyns," as well as a "second board cloathell and six "Table  napkyns."

   The fifth room in the house was the "butterye," or pantry.  The only furniture Stephen listed as being in it was the "plate cub berd." Specific cookware consisted of a "biggest brasse pott," a  "biggest brasse pott saving one For second biggest pot]." and a  "biggest kettle saving one." Dishes and utensils included "2 of my biggest pewter plattrs,,, five additional pewter platters (plates to  us?), some pewter "salts [individual salt containers]," a "best  pewtr pott, " and "two pewter saucers." There were also silver  spoons, some engraved with the letters "S.A." and some with "M.A."

   After the rooms of the house Stephen mentioned the "Browene,"  and in it the "great boulting hutche." The "Browernell was named in  the will of Stephen's grandfather Robert, on the same property called Bourneys, and in Robert's will the Browerne was said to have a "sol let" over it.  A bolting hutch would have been used to sift and sep arate the various sizes of grain particles into flour and meal, so perhaps we can imagine that the Browerne was a granary, with the cellar, or storage area, above it.

   Another important building on the Aldous farm was the "Back house or Dairy." From contents Stephen names in it we get the idea  that probably the family prepared cheese and other dairy products  for sale to fellow villagefolk. There was a "great Cheespresse,"  and also a "litle cheesepresse." There were "Cheese Boards," a  "great Caldiron," a "great kettle," a "great Milketubb," a "second  milk Tub," a "biggest keener [broad shallow tub]," a "litle keeler," a "biggest skillett," thirteen I'mylk bowleg", and "all the  shelves, planks and close Boards in the said Backehowse or dairy"  with everything "therto belonging."

   In the will Stephen did not reveal the extent of his livestock  or of his outdoor implements, but did mention "milche kene [milk  cows]" and "sheepe," as well as a "Carte wth the harnis belonging,"  a "plough and plough irons therto belonging," a "plough Trayce," and "one paire of Cart Trayce."

   He gives detailed descriptions of his lands.  The messuage Bourneys, also called Peaslye, adjoined the common called Hushawe Greene, and on that common the property had grazing rights for "Sixe great Beasts [cattle,etc.] at whitsontide [or starting the seventh Sunday after Easter] & five at michallmas [season starting at the feast of St. Michael, the archangel, 29 September] accordinge to the quantitye customer" "Two closes of pasture, usuaflie occupied wth  the said Messuage," were situated "betwene the lands of Thomas Al dous called the Home close, on the pte of the Easte And the lands of  the same Thomas called Parke bridge meadowe on the pte of the west." Towards the north and east were lands of Sir Thomas Baker, knight, and of the said Thomas Aldous.  On the south was "Cheapenhall mead owe."

   Another messuage (house with outbuildings and yard), called "Cotwaynes or Babilons" had with it twenty acres of land.  It had right of commonage "upon the said common called Hushawe Greene, for  4 great beasts, or other smale beasts accordinge to the quantitye custome."

   Stephen also held "messuage lands, and meadowes, aswell Free hold as coppiehold, or customary lying and being in Wittingham hamb lett of Fresingfield."

   With background, now, of house and properties, let us return to happenings in the Aldous family.  As has been stated, Stephen and Margaret became the parents of five children, first two daughters  and then three sons.  When the youngest of the sons was but two  years old Margaret passed away.  We can suppose that she likely died  at childbirth.

   For three years Stephen lived as a widower, and then, in Octo ber of 1617, married another Margaret, a widow whose first husband  had been a Harrison.  In June of 1619, less that two years later,  she died also, and again Stephen was a widower.

   The date of Stephen's will, which he signed on each of its ten pages with "Steaphan Alldous," was 16 June 1622.  It looks as though the original will was written before his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married.  Then, after she was wed, and received most of her share of the estate, parts of the will were interlined and new things writ ten. Among the things scratched out was the instruction that part  of his assets be used "towards the Education and bringing upp of my  Three Sonnes and two daughters." Added was, "I give unto Eliz: Aldous my daughtr ij [two] carpet cushions, one of mv great chaires in  the hall & wth the overplus if any be upo condicon that Rich: Aldous  hir husband delivr into the hands of my executor all my goods &  houshold stuffe in his custoditie And also pay the rent agreed up on. "

   Stephen's eldest son, "Stephen Aldous Jun," when he reached the age of twenty-four, was to receive Bourneys, except for the "Back house or dayrie belonging to the said messuage." Son William was to have, also at age twenty-four, Cotwaynes, and "my Backhowse, or day rie before excepted, upon condicon yt he shall wth the leave and li cence of the Lord of the mannor of whom the said prmisss bene and  are holden, Remove and take awaye the said backhouse or dairy from  the place where it now standeth, and set it, and place it upon the  said Tenemt Cotwaynes." John, at age twenty-four, was to inherit  the messuage lands and meadows in Wittingham hamlet.  The furniture  and accessories in the house, Browerne, and dairy, were divided up.  Son Stephen was to have "the horse myll & furnitur upo condico that  he suffer his brothers to grind there." At specified times John was to receive twenty pounds "of lawful Englishe money" and daughter Mary "Five pounds of lawfull English money." After the specific legacies Stephen requested that "all the rest of my pewter, brasse, and lynninge not by me given . . . The rest and surplus (if any be) of all my goods, chattells, moveables, houshold stuff, utensills, plate, jewells, readye money, debts . . . [and] funerall expencs . . . shalbe equally devided betweixt my said three sonnes and two daughters."

   Stephen had faith in God, the preamble of his will being similar to others written in his time: "I Stephen Aldous of Fresingfield in the County of Suff yeoman, being both in good health and pfect Remembraunce, (thanks be unto Allmightie God) yet knoweing that there is nothing to man in this world more certaine than death, thend of all Fleshe, yet nothing more uncertain to the knowledge of man, then the tyme when god hath appointed it, Doe make, ordaine and declare this my last Will and Testamt. . . I comend my sould into the hands of Allmighty god, my Maker, hoping assuridlie, through the only meritts of Jesus Christe, my Saviour, to be made ptaker of life everlastinge,. . . my body to the Earth wherof it was made to be buried in such Christianlike and seamely sorte as shall by my welbeloved sonnes Stephen Aldous Jun and William Aldous . . . be thought fitt and Expedient."

   These two sons were appointed executors.  Stephen nominated "James Aldous my brothr in law Supravisor of this my last will & testament giving him xxs [twenty shillings] for his paymt hoping he will have a zealous care, and a love to procure peace and quietnes betwene my foresayd children."

   Stephen Aldous lived for several years after his original will was written.  He was buried 2 January 1627/8 in the Fressingfield churchyard.

Margaret ALDOUS [Parents] was christened on 15 Feb 1575 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried on 10 Oct 1614 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Margaret married Stephen ALDOUS about 1602 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth ALDOUS was christened on 5 May 1603.
  F ii
Mary ALDOUS was christened on 20 Jan 1604/1605 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii Stephen ALDOUS was born in 1607. He was buried on 24 Apr 1637.
  M iv William ALDOUS was christened on 21 Jun 1610. He was buried on 2 Dec 1678.
  M v
John ALDOUS was christened on 16 Aug 1612 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 11 Apr 1628.

William PADDY [scrapbook] 1 was born about 1600 in England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 24 Aug 1658 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. William married 3, 4, 5 Alice FREEMAN on 24 Nov 1639 in England, United Kingdom.

William's will was probated 6 on 9 Sep 1658 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

"William Paddy came to Plymouth Colony on the James in 1635; was made a freeman at Plymouth Colony in 1636; became a Deacon in the Plymouth Church; was a deputy of the first General Court held in Plymouth in 1639; and was some time teasurer of the Colony; a prosperous merchant; a man of large estate, of great usefulness, influence and piety." From "Freeman Genealogy in Three Parts", by Fredrick Freeman, 1875; thanks to Kathleen McCan.

Alice FREEMAN [Parents] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 4 Apr 1619 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She died 4, 5 on 24 Apr 1651 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Alice married 6, 7, 8 William PADDY on 24 Nov 1639 in England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
WENSLEY, Samuel

She came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Abigail" at the age of 17, with her father, his 2nd wife Elizabeth, & her younger siblings. They settled in Lynn, but moved to Sandwich in Plymouth Colony by 1637. On 24 Nov 1639, she married skinner William Paddy (c 1600-1658), who had come to Plymouth Colony in 1635 in the "James."


Samuel WENSLEY was born about 1614 in England, United Kingdom. He died in 1636 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Samuel married Alice FREEMAN in 1635 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Alice FREEMAN [Parents] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 4 Apr 1619 in Pulborough, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She died 4, 5 on 24 Apr 1651 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Alice married Samuel WENSLEY in 1635 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Other marriages:
PADDY, William

She came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Abigail" at the age of 17, with her father, his 2nd wife Elizabeth, & her younger siblings. They settled in Lynn, but moved to Sandwich in Plymouth Colony by 1637. On 24 Nov 1639, she married skinner William Paddy (c 1600-1658), who had come to Plymouth Colony in 1635 in the "James."


John BROWN was born in of Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married Anna FISKE.

Other marriages:
BARSHAM, Sarah

Anna FISKE [Parents] was born on 15 Jan 1646. Anna married John BROWN.

ANNA FFISKE, born Jan 15, 1646, married Capt. John Brown of Reading, resided in Reading and had a daughter Ann, born 1678. She died on May 30, 1681.


Rev. John FISKE [Parents] was christened on 20 Mar 1607 in St James, South Elmham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1676 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. John married Anne GIPPES in 1635.

REV. JOHN FFISKE B.A. -  Baptised at St. James, South Elmham on 20 March, 1607, married Anne Gippes of Frenze, Norfolk in 1635, she died in Chelmsford, MA in 1671. He married secondly at Chelmsford, MA Mrs Elizabeth Hincksman, widow of Edmund. Educated at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1628/9 and undertook to preach the Gospel. The pressures of the Conformity act and the persecution he received in its name however eventually forced him out of his ministry and he instead turned his attention to the study of medicine. After a rigorous examination he received a license for public practice. He joined a ship bound for New England with his wife and one or two children, 3 younger brothers and sisters and elderly mother in 1637, seeing it as a chance to quietly follow his original calling. He had to board in disguise in order to avoid the fury of his religious persecutors. His mother died soon after they set sail. Once past Lands End he undertook to give the other passengers 2 sermons each day, along with other discourses and exercises. Another passenger remarked that he did not know when the Lord's day was, he thought that every day was the Sabbath for they did nothing but pray and preach all the week long. They arrived in New England in 1637, with his only infant dying shortly after landfall. They were well stocked with servants and all manner of tools for animal husbandry and carpentry, and enough provisions to survive for 3 years in the wilderness. Much of these provisions he gave to the new country, which he found in the throes of a war against the Pequot Indians. His first employment was as a teacher in Cambridge, MA, and later in Salem, where he was particularly well renowned. He was admitted as a freeman in Nov 1637.

In 1641 he moved to Wenham, MA, where he resided for 12 years and was the first minister there, having established a church in 1644. He was also the infant town's physician, and continued as both until 1656. In that year he and many of his congregation moved to the town of Chelmsford, MA where he once again practised as both minister and physician. He died in Chelmsford in 1676 at the advanced age of seventy five. His will was dated June 18, 1674.  His offspring were:

JOHN FFISKE, born and baptised at Frendshall, died in infancy.
NATHANIEL FFISKE, born in England but died as an infant shortly after arriving in America.
JOHN FFISKE, born Aug 29, baptised at Salem on Sept 2, 1638. Married Lydia Fletcher in 1666, died without issue in 1700 leaving his estate to his brother Moses of Braintree.
SARAH FFISKE, born and baptised in July 1640, married John Farwell, of Concord.
REV. MOSES FFISKE, born in Wenham on April 12, 1642, married Sarah Symmes of Charlestown and Woburn in 1692. Married secondly Mrs Ann (Shepard) Quincy, widow of Daniel Quincy of Boston and daughter of Rev. Thomas Shepard of Charlestown. He died on Aug 10, 1708.
ANNA FFISKE, born Jan 15, 1646, married Capt. John Brown of Reading, resided in Reading and had a daughter Ann, born 1678. She died on May 30, 1681.
ELEAZAR FFISKE, born and baptised in Feb 1647, died in 1649.

Anne GIPPES was born in of Frenze, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. She died in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Anne married Rev. John FISKE in 1635.

They had the following children.

  M i
John FISKE was born in 1627 in Frenze Hall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. He died about 1630.
  M ii
Nathaniel FISKE was born in 1630 in Frenze Hall, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. He died in New England, United Kingdom.

NATHANIEL FFISKE, born in England but died as an infant shortly after arriving in America.
  M iii John FISKE was born on 29 Aug 1638.
  F iv Sarah FISKE was born on 26 Jul 1640.
  M v Moses FISKE was born on 12 Apr 1642.
  F vi Anna FISKE was born on 15 Jan 1646.
  M vii
Eleazar FISKE was born in Feb 1647. He died in 1649.

Moses FISKE [Parents] was born on 12 Apr 1642 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Moses married Ann SHEPARD.

Other marriages:
SYMMES, Sarah

REV. MOSES FFISKE, born in Wenham on April 12, 1642, married Sarah Symmes of Charlestown and Woburn in 1692. Married secondly Mrs Ann (Shepard) Quincy, widow of Daniel Quincy of Boston and daughter of Rev. Thomas Shepard of Charlestown. He died on Aug 10, 1708.

Ann SHEPARD. Ann married Moses FISKE.

Married secondly Mrs Ann (Shepard) Quincy, widow of Daniel Quincy of Boston and daughter of Rev. Thomas Shepard of Charlestown. He died on Aug 10, 1708.


John ELLIS 1. John married 2 Elizabeth FREEMAN on 20 Aug 1645 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

IMMIGRANT, BEF 1643

LIEUTENANT IN THE MILITIA OF PLYMOUTH COLONY

LIEUTENANT IN THE MILITARY COMPANY OF SANDWICH, MA

John Ellis was probably born in England between 1620 and 1627. He died sometime before 23 Mar 1676/77 and may have been a casualty of King Philip's War. His parentage is in dispute. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about John.

"Ellis was ordered, by the town meeting, on February 28, 1675 to make provision for a garrison at Town Neck for people during King Philips War. He may have perished, with his son, John, by a previous marriage, and Thomas Toby in February 1676/1677 in conflict with the Native Americans... His wife Elizabeth received a grant of land made to Veterans of King Philips War... At any rate Lt. John Ellis was dead before 23 March 1676-7, when his widow presented to the probate court the inventory of his estate." - Harry C. Hadaway Jr.
Source: Find A Grave memorial #42960891

Elizabeth FREEMAN [Parents] was christened 1, 2 on 11 Apr 1624 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She died 3 on 24 Jun 1692 in Rochester, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 4 John ELLIS on 20 Aug 1645 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.


Moses FISKE [Parents] was born on 12 Apr 1642 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Moses married Sarah SYMMES in 1692.

Other marriages:
SHEPARD, Ann

REV. MOSES FFISKE, born in Wenham on April 12, 1642, married Sarah Symmes of Charlestown and Woburn in 1692. Married secondly Mrs Ann (Shepard) Quincy, widow of Daniel Quincy of Boston and daughter of Rev. Thomas Shepard of Charlestown. He died on Aug 10, 1708.

Sarah SYMMES. Sarah married Moses FISKE in 1692.


Major John FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] was christened 1 on 28 Jan 1626/1627 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 28 Oct 1719 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. John married 3, 4 Mercy PRENCE on 13 Feb 1649 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

The will will and codicil are found in the Barnstable County Probate Records, Vol. III, pages 527-530, and the agreement of his heirs on pages 597-599 of the same vol.
Source: The Mayflower Descendants

Plymouth Colony Vital Records
[p.9] John ffreeman Married to Mercy Prence febrewary the 14th

PLYMOUTH COLONY VITAL RECORDS
[p.31] The Register of Eastham of their beirths marriages & burialls as they Came to my hand
John ffreeman and Mercy Prence married the 13th of february 1649

THE
MAYFLOWER DESCENDANT
Vol.32.   APRIL, 1934.    No. 2.

AUTOGRAPHS OF MAJOR JOHN FREEMAN, ASSISTANT AND HIS WIFE MERCY (PRENCE) FREEMAN

BY STANLEY WEBSTER SMITH

THROUGH the courtesy of Mr. Charles E. Valentine, the owner' of the original document, we have been allowed the privilege of reproducing, in the illustration facing this page, a deed of division, dated 18 January, 1681, between Captain Jonathan Sparrow and his eldest son, John Sparrow, both of Eastham, Mass.

This document is of especial interest because the two witnesses were "John Freeman Asist" and "Marsy Freeman Seni", the latter signing by a mark.",

The terms "Asist" and "Senr" prove that these two witnesses were Major John Freeman, of Eastham, who was one of the Governor's Assistants, and his wife Mercy (Prence) Freeman, the only Mercy Freeman who could be called "senior" at that date.

Mercy Freeman was the daughter of Governor Thomas Prence by his first wife, Patience2 Brewster, daughter of Elder William1 Brewster, the Mayflower Passenger.

The will of Richard Sparrow of Eastham, father of Captain : Jonathan Sparrow, and grandfather of John Sparrow, was dated 19 November, 1660, and was probated 5 March, 1660/1. An exhaustive abstract of the will was printed in our twelfth volume, pages 57 and 58.

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

Mercy PRENCE [scrapbook] was born about 1628 in of Billinghurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. She died 1, 2 on 28 Sep 1711 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Mercy married 3, 4 Major John FREEMAN on 13 Feb 1649 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Father was Govenor Thomas Prence by his first wife Patience Brewster the daughter of Elder William Brewster (the Mayflower passenger). Gravestone says age 80 yrs.
Source: The Mayflower Descendant


John FISKE [Parents] was born on 29 Aug 1638 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 2 Sep 1638 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. John married 1, 2 Lydia FLETCHER on 27 Mar 1666 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

JOHN FFISKE, born Aug 29, baptised at Salem on Sept 2, 1638. Married Lydia Fletcher in 1666, died without issue in 1700 leaving his estate to his brother Moses of Braintree.

Lydia FLETCHER. Lydia married 1, 2 John FISKE on 27 Mar 1666 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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