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


Stephen SKIFF [Parents] was born 1 on 4 Feb 1685 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 4 Oct 1756 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Stephen married 3 Sarah LOTHROP about 1701 in Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.

Sandwich Vital Records p. 507

Sarah LOTHROP 1 was born 2 about 1681. She died 3 on 14 May 1749 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 4 Stephen SKIFF about 1701 in Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.


Capt. Edward JOHNSON [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was christened 2, 3 on 16 Sep 1598 in Saint George, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He died 4, 5, 6 on 23 Apr 1672 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Edward married 7, 8, 9 Susan MUNTTER about 1618 in Kent, England, United Kingdom.

Edward worked 10 as joiner.

CAPTAIN EDWARD JOHNSON, OF WOBURN, MASS.,
AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS.
By Hon. EDWARD FRANCIS JOHNSON, LL.B., of Woburn.


1. Capt. Edward  Johnson. author of the celebrated history of New Enaland, called the "Wonderworking Providence,"** was baptized in Canterbury, County Kent. England, Sept. 10 or 17, 1598, and died in Woburn, Apr. 23, 1672. His father was William Johnson.t
He was a man of mutch influence in the colony at large, held many offices, and no citizen of Woburn of his time was better known. At the first meeting of the commissioners for the settlement of the new town, He presented a plot or plan of the territory to be included within its limits, and was chosens the first recorder or town clerk,he was also active in founding the first church, and commanded the first military company of Woburn. He was the author of some unique lines at the beginning of the first volume of the Woburn town records. His verse-making, when corn-pared with the work of other writers of his time in this country, was no better, or no worse, than theirs. No fuller account of the origin and settlement of a town of equal age in New England has been given than that by him of Woburn in his "Wonderworking Providence."

He came to Charlestown with the first immigrants, and soon returned to England; and on his second voyage to New England, about 1636 or 1637, brought the members of his family, consisting of a wife, seven children, and three servants. He was famous as a surveyor and an early explorer of the forest territory of New England. and the eminent antiquary, John Farmer, in an article about him, published on June 16, 1819, in the " Columbian Centinel," and reproduced in Farmer and Moore's New Hampshire Collections, in 1822, says, "The fathers of New England are among the first entitled to our grateful recollections. To them belongs the honor of first exploring our country, and preparing it for the abodes of civilized life." Capt. Edward Johnson was appointed, in 1665, by the General Court, to make a map of the Colony, in conjunction with William Stevens. In 1672, after his death, the General Court passed an order regarding a chronicle of the early history of the Colony, which reads substantially as follows: "The Court considering how many ways the providence of God hath mercifully appeared in behalf of his people in these parts, since their coming into this wilderness; and us of this colony in particular, do judge it our duty to endeavor that a register or chronicle be made of tile several passages of God s providence, protecting of and saving from many eminent dangers, as well in transportation, as in our abode here, making provision beyond what could, in reason, have been expected, and preventing our fears many a time; that so our posterity and the generation that shall survive, taking a view of the kindness of God to their fathers, it may remain as an obligation upon them to serve the Lord their God with all their hearts and souls." The Court., therefore, appointed a committee "to make diligent inquiry in the several parts of this jurisdiction concerning anything of moment that has passed, and in particular of what has been collected by Mr. John Winthrop, Sen., Mr. Thomas Dudley. Mr. John Wilson, Sen., Capt. Edward Johnson, or any other; that so, matter being prepared, some meet person may be appointed by this court to put the same into form; that so, after perusal of the same, it may be put to press."* His will, dated the 15th of the 3d month, 1671, names wife Susan; eldest son Edward; sons George, William, Matthew, and John sons-in-law, James Prentice and .John Amee; daughters and daughters-in-law (they were not mentioned by name); the wife of son Edward (her name not given); grandchildren, Edward, son of his son Edward, son Matthew s eldest son (not mentioned by name), George, son of his son George, William and Edward, sons of his son William, John, son of his son .John, William, son of his son John, James Prentice. son of James Prentice, and John Amee, son of John Amee, Katherine, daughter of his son Edward, Katherine, daughter of his son George, Hester (or Esther), daughter of his son William, Rebecca, daughter of his son Matthew, Bethiah, daughter of his son John, Susan, daughter of his son-in-law James Prentice, Hannah, another daughter of James Prentice, and the eldest daughter (not mentioned by name) of his son-in-law John Amee. Tile inventory, returned May 11, 1672, gives as the amount, £706. 05. 06; homestead, £159; debts, £9. 10. 00; rents supposed to be due in England, £132; houses and lands in England, £800.

The will of his wife Susan, or Susanna, dated Dcc. 14, 1639, probated March 2, 1690-1, mentions her son John, her husband Capt. Edward .Johnson, and states that her son John, with whom she dwelt, had taken care of her since her husband was deceased, and was entitled to all, because site judged it was his due. She died March 7, 1689-90.


**Wonderworking Providence of Sion's Savior in New England." first printed in London, 1653 (imprint, 1654); modern edition by W. F. Poole, Andover, Muss, 1867. There have been varous critical estimates of this work. For a list of references and a brief account, see Cutter s ‘ Bibliography of Woburn," 1892.. For an explnuation of the connection of Sir Ferdinando Gorges with this work, See preface of Hon. James Phinney Baxter to his monograph on Gorges (Boston, 189(3), vol. ii., pp. 175, 185.

t There is no doubt of this fact, but whether the persons assigned by various writers are his sons, other than Capt. Edward,  seems problematical. The records of Canterbury, England, contain the names of many persons by the name of Johnson other than those apparently connected with the family of this Wiiliam Johnson, and in the absence of better evidence than any yet found it does not seem wise to make any further statements at this time.

*Compare W. R. Cutter, in Hurd's hist, of Middx. County, vol. i, p. 339, etc.; "Winchester Press," April 26, 1901, and many other authorities.

Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 59, January 1905, New England Historic Genealogical Society & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, March 10,2001

Susan MUNTTER [Parents] was born 1 in 1597 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. She was christened on 5 Oct 1597 in Dover, St Mary's, Kent, England, United Kingdom. She died 2, 3 on 7 Mar 1689 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Susan married 4, 5, 6 Capt. Edward JOHNSON 7 about 1618 in Kent, England, United Kingdom.

Susan had a will 8 on 14 Dec 1689 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Extracted from Christening records

They had the following children.

  M i Edward JOHNSON was christened on 18 Feb 1620. He died on 15 Sep 1692.
  M ii
William JOHNSON was born 1, 2 about 1622/1623 in Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 3, 4, 5 on 26 Jan 1622/1623 in St Mary Magdalene, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii George JOHNSON was christened on 3 Apr 1625. He died in 1681.
  F iv Susanna JOHNSON was christened on 1 Apr 1627.
  M v William JOHNSON was christened on 22 Mar 1629. He died on 22 May 1704.
  F vi Martha JOHNSON was christened on 1 May 1631.
  M vii Matthew JOHNSON was christened on 30 Mar 1633. He died on 19 Jul 1696.
  M viii John JOHNSON was christened on 10 May 1635. He died in 1720.

Thomas WISWALL [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was christened 2 on 20 Sep 1601 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 6 Dec 1683 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 4 Elizabeth BERBAGE 5 in 1632 in Great Packington, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
FARMER, Isabell

Probably arrived with his son Enoch, August 16, 1635 on the ship "James" with the Rev. Richard Mather and his company.
Source: "The Wiswald Genealogy" by Joseph M. Wiswald 1961

THOMAS WISWELL (Ralph, John probably) was baptized 20 September 1601 at Warrington, Lancashire. He and his twin brother Jolm both came to New England and settled in Dorchester as early as 1635. He was early made a freeman, was a proprietor of Dorchester and, with his wife Elizabeth, was a member of the church about 1636. He was a selectman of Dorchester in 1644, '45, and '52. On 5 June 1664 he was dismissed from the Dorchester church for the beginning of a new church at Cambridge Village (now Newton) and was chosen as ruling elder there. On 25 September 1657, he deeded his houses and lands in Dorchester to his son Enoch, who was about to marry. Thomas Wiswell married first, it is said, Elizabeth Burbage of Great Packington, Warwickshire. She was the mother of all his children and died between 1665 and 1669. Secondly, he married Isabell (Muston) Farmer, sister of the Reverend Thomas Muston of Wykin and afterwards of Brinldow in England. She was the widow of John Farmer of Anseley, Warwickshire. Thomas Wiswell was excused from military training on 6 October 1663, but had to pay 5 shillings per year to the military company. He was 62. He died on 6 December 1683, aged 82, and she died on 21 May 1686 at her son's home in Billerica.

This is an Inventory of the Estate of Elder Thomas Wiswall of Cambridge Village who decead. 6 December 1683 Apprized by us the subscribers.

His wearing cloaths both linnen & woollen 006 07 00
In the lower Lodging Room
A featherbed, a feather bolster, 2 feather pillows a straw bed 005 00 00
& Rug, a blankett & bedstead with curtains altogether
4 pr of old sheets, 4 pillowbeers 001 15 00
2 Table cloaths, 11 napkins, 4 Towells 001 00 00
a Table, a form, 6 joynd stools, a little Table 001 05 00
A great chair, 2 small chairs, 6 cushions 000 08 00
A chest, 2 Thinks, a warming pan 000 15 00
A small cupboard, 4 bibles, 4 Psalm books, 6 other small 001 08 00
books
2 old brushes a little looking glass 000 02 00
2 old hogsheads, a tub, 2 trays, 2 milk bowls 2 small bear
barrells 000 08 00
An old bridle & saddle, a pannell 000 10  00
A churns, 2 sacks, a grid Iron 000 05 00
A dwelling house & barn with a small orchard to It & about
two hundred & seven acres of upland & meadow wX of yr is 220 00 00
about six acres of ye land yE is broak up
Abt a yeer & half service in a man servant 008 00 00
A pcceii of stone fence abt ye aforesd land 007 00 00
The Irons to the pump 000 05 00
Apprised the 14. Decemb 1683 by us
Thomas Prentice
James Trowbridge
William Bond

Decemb' 18. 83
Sworne in Court of Noah Wiswall & Ebenezar Wiswall Adams

Jonathan Remmington Clericus

Ref.: Wiswall Genealogy; V.R.; Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts; Savage; N.E.H.G.S. - 126:298

Elizabeth BERBAGE 1 was born in 1604 in England, United Kingdom. She died in 1665/1666 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 2 Thomas WISWALL in 1632 in Great Packington, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Enoch WISWALL was born about 1633. He died on 28 Nov 1706.
  F ii Esther WISWALL was born in 1635. She died on 27 Dec 1707.
  M iii Ichabod WISWALL Reverend was born on 3 Jun 1637. He died on 23 Jul 1700.
  M iv Noah WISWALL was born on 30 Dec 1638. He died on 6 Jul 1690.
  F v Mary WISWALL was born in 1640. She died on 25 May 1727.
  M vi Ebenezer WISWALL was born on 8 Mar 1641. He died on 20 Jun 1691.
  F vii Sarah WISWALL was christened on 19 Mar 1642. She died in 1666.
  F viii
Elizabeth WISWALL was born on 15 Apr 1649 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened 1 on 15 Apr 1649 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Source: "The Wiswald Genealogy" by Joseph M. Wiswald 1961
  M ix
Benjamin WISWALL was christened 1 on 15 Apr 1649.
  M x
Thomas WISWALL was born about 1650 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened 1 on 9 Jun 1650. He died before 1667.

Source: "The Wiswald Genealogy" by Joseph M. Wiswald 1961
  M xi
Henry WISWALL Twin was christened 1 on 9 Jun 1650 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Edward JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2, 3 on 19 Mar 1658 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 19 Mar 1658 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 May 1704 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Edward married 4, 5 Sarah WALKER on 12 Jan 1687 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
GARDNER, Esther
GARDNER, Abigail

Sarah WALKER. Sarah married 1, 2 Edward JOHNSON on 12 Jan 1687 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: Edward Johnson and Sarah Walker, both of Woburn, by John Brown, Esq., of Reading, J. P., Jan. 12, 1687.


Edward JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2, 3 on 19 Mar 1658 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 19 Mar 1658 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 May 1704 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Edward married 4 Abigail GARDNER in Apr 1704 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
WALKER, Sarah
GARDNER, Esther

Abigail GARDNER [Parents] was born 1 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Abigail married 2 Edward JOHNSON in Apr 1704 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
THOMPSON, James


Ebenezer JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1 on 29 Mar 1660 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 17 Mar 1737. Ebenezer married 2 Sarah WINN on 13 Apr 1691 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah WINN. Sarah married 1 Ebenezer JOHNSON on 13 Apr 1691 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

They had the following children.

  M i Joseph JOHNSON was born on 9 Feb 1702.

Lieut. Seth WYMAN was born 1 on 3 Aug 1663 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 26 Oct 1715 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Seth married 3, 4 Ester JOHNSON on 17 Dec 1685 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Ester JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 13 Apr 1662 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 31 Mar 1742 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Ester married 4, 5 Lieut. Seth WYMAN on 17 Dec 1685 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

given name may be Hester


Benjamin JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1 on 15 Oct 1666 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 22 Apr 1733 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Benjamin married 2 Sarah WALKER on 22 Nov 1699 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah WALKER. Sarah married 1 Benjamin JOHNSON on 22 Nov 1699 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Josiah JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 15 Jan 1669 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Dec 1739 in Massachusetts, United States. Josiah married Martha WHITMORE on 24 Jan 1706 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
FIFIELD, Deborah

Martha WHITMORE was born in 1686 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died 1 on 25 Aug 1716 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Martha married Josiah JOHNSON on 24 Jan 1706 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

DEATH: " Here lyes the Body of M'rs Martha Johnson Wife to M'r. Josiah Johnson, who Departed This Life the 25 Day of August 1716, in the 30'h
Year of Her Age. " Blessed are the Ded That Die in the Lord." Martha (Whitmore) Johnson, first wife of Josiah Johnson, the son of Major William and Esther (Wiswell) Johnson (Vide Sewall's Woburn, 168, etc.) " Josiah Johnson of Woburn and Martha Whittmore of Med- ford" married Jan. 24, 1705-6. (Woburn Records.)


Josiah JOHNSON [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 15 Jan 1669 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 16 Dec 1739 in Massachusetts, United States. Josiah married Deborah FIFIELD.

Other marriages:
WHITMORE, Martha

Deborah FIFIELD. Deborah married Josiah JOHNSON.

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