A Genealogical Dictionary of  The First Settlers of New England,
Before 1692

Volume #1, Pgs 155 - 166
Belcher - Benjamin

By James Savage

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BELCHER, ANDREW, Sudbury 1639, ar. co. 1642, m. 1 Oct. 1639, Elizabeth d. of Nicholas Danforth of Cambridge, and B. rem. thither, was a taverner, had Elizabeth b. 17 Aug. 1640; Jemima, 5 Apr. 1642; Martha, 26 July 1644; Andrew, 1 Jan. 1647; and Ann, 1 Jan. 1649; and he d. 26 June 1680, his w. surv. Elizabeth m. 31 Mar. 1668, Pyam Blowers; Jemima m. 5 Dec. 1660, Capt. Joseph Sill; and Martha m. 13 July 1664, Jonathan Remington, and d. 16 July 1711. But the m. of Samuel Ballard, 1 May 1678, with Hannah Belcher, as his sec. w. is found on rec. and who she was, [[vol. 1, p. 156]] unless the youngest d. is difficult to find. Ann and Hannah are often, confound. ANDREW, Cambridge, s. of the preced. had traffic at Hartford, there m. 1 July 1670, Sarah, d. of Jonathan Gilbert, had Andrew, b. 12 Mar. 1672, at H. but most of his other ch. as Deborah, wh. d. young shortly bef. her mo. and ano. Deborah wh. d. few weeks after her mo. wh. d. 26 Jan. 1689, Mary, b. 7 Mar. 1680; Ann, 30 Mar. 1684; and Martha, 29 Mar. 1686, were all b. at Charlestown; but Elizabeth 12 Jan. 1678; and Jonathan, 8 Jan. 1682, at Cambridge, H. C. 1699. He was freem. 1677, one of the import. Comtee. of Safety at the insurrect. against Andross, rem. to Boston a. 1702, when he was chos. a Counsel. to his d. 31 Oct. 1717. Ano. d. was Sarah Foye at Charlestown, and she outliv. her f. Mary m. George Vaughn of Portsmouth, and d. 3 Feb. 1700. He was a prosper. merch. and the ds. m. other great connex. Elizabeth to Daniel Oliver; Martha to Stoddard; and Ann to Oliver Noyes. Jonathan, his s. was made the royal Gov. of his native prov. 1730 to 41, and d. in the chair of Gov. of N. J. 31 Aug. 1757, his wid. long, surv. and his s. Andrew, H. C. 1724, and Jonathan, H. C. 1728, enjoy. reputa. old age. See Eliot's Biog,. Dict. 

EDWARD, Boston 1630, came, prob. in the fleet with Winthrop was made freem. with prefix of respect, 18 May 1631, and in his latter days prob. for sec. w. m. wid. Wormwood. His No. on the list of ch. mem. is 60, but there his name is in the old copy Edmund. EDWARD, Boston, s. of the preced. m. 8 Jan. 1656, Mary Wormwood, d.-in-law (says the rec.) of Mr. Edward B. sen. had Satisfaction, b. 23 Feb. 1657; and John, 1658; and Mary, 4 Apr. 1659. GREGORY, Braintree, came to Boston 1634, was freem. 13 May 1640, bef. wh. he had assist. in found. of the ch. at Br. had Samuel, b. 24 Aug. 1637; Mary. 8 July 1639; Joseph, 25 Dec. 1641; Gregory, and two other s. earlier or later, and d. 21 June 1659. His wid. Catharine, in her will of 1680, names three s. Josiah, Moses, John, and d. Elizabeth Gilbert, whose h. I cannot guess, if she were m. nor her f. if not; beside Mary Marsh, prob. w. of Alexander, m. 19 Dec. 1655. GREGORY, Braintree, mariner, s. of the preced. had Joseph. JEREMY, Ipswich, came in the Susan and Ellen, 1635, aged 22, freem. 13 Mar 1639, by first w. had Samuel, H. C. 1659; Jeremy; Mary; and John; perhaps more, if she liv. to 1652. But on 30 Sept. of this yr. he made contr. of m. with Mary Lockwood, wh. perhaps was d. of Edmund, by her had Judith, b. 19 Aug. 1658; Mary, 12 July 1660; David, 1662; and Richard, 10 Sept. 1665; and d. Mar. 1693. A wid. B. prob. his, d. Oct. 1700. Mary, d. of the first w. m. 23 June 1662, Joseph Russell. 

JEREMY, Boston, 1672, perhaps s. of the preced. d. 6 Jan. or Feb. 1722, aged 81 and 1/2 yrs. JOHN, Braintree, by w. Sarah had Sarah, b. 27 June 1656; John, wh. d. 9 Feb. 1659; and John, again, 11 Mar. 1659. Perhaps he was s. of Gregory the first. Joseph, Milton, prob. s. of the first Gregory, by w. Rebecca had (beside Ann and Patience) [[vol. 1, p. 157]] John, b. 1 Apr. 1667; Joseph, 14 May 1668, H. C. 1690, min. of Dedham, wh. d. 27 Apr. 1723; Rebecca, 12 Nov. 1671; Gill, 22 Sept. 1678; and perhaps eldest s. deac. Gregory, wh. d. at Braintree 4 Nov. 1727, aged 63. JOSIAH, Boston, s. of Gregory the first, m. 3 Mar. 1655, Ranis, d. of Edward Rainsford, had Josiah, b. 23 Dec. 1665; John, 9 Oct. 1657, d. soon; John, again, 23 Dec. 1659, d. soon; John, again, 1 Sept. 1661; Elizabeth 10 July 1663; Joseph, 14 Oct. 1665; Rebecca, 21 Dec. 1667; Edward 14 Feb. 1670; Dorothy, 28 Oct. 1673; Abigail, 10 Mar. 1675; Ruth, 21 Dec. 1678; and Benjamin, 20 Mar. 1681. He was one of the found. of third, or O. S. ch. and d. 3 Apr. 1683, aged 52. MOSES, Braintree, freem. 1671, was prob. br. of the preced. RICHARD, Ipswich, youngest s. of the first Jeremy, m. 20 Mar. 1689, Mary Simpson, prob. d. of Thomas of Salisbury, had Jane, b. 26 Mar. 1690; David, 19 Dec. 1691; Ruth, 22 Dec. 1693; and Thomas, 29 May 1696. Two other ch. by that w. he had, and five more by sec. w. m. 11 Oct. 1705, by name of Ruth Knight. SAMUEL, Braintree, eldest s. of Gregory the first, m. at Dorchester, 15 Dec. 1663, Mary, d. of Roger Billings, had Moses. SAMUEL, Newbury, s. of the first Jeremy, as is thot. preach. some yrs. at Isle of Shoals, was ord. 10 Nov. 1698 at N. but went to his native Ipswich, there d. 10 Mar. 1715 in 76th yr. and his wid. d. 14 Nov. 1723. Readily is it confess. that of the two Samuels much doubt has exist. wh. m. the d. of Billings, or wh. was the min. Of this name seven had been gr. at Harv. in its first ninety yrs. and only one in its last hundred and thirty.

BELCONGER, JOHN, Newbury, m. 12 Apr. 1666, Sarah Kelly, d. of John, had Mary, b. 7 Dec. 1666.

BELDEN, or BELDING, DANIEL, Hatfield, s. of William, m. 10 Nov. 1670, Elizabeth d. of the sec. Nathaniel Foote, had William, b. 1671; Richard, 1672; Elizabeth 8 Oct. 1673; Nathaniel, 26 June 1675; Mary, 17 Nov. 1677; Daniel, 1 Sept. 1680; Sarah, 15 Mar. 1682; Esther, 29 Sept. 1683; Abigail, 1686, d. soon; Samuel, 10 Apr. 1687; rem. to Deerfield, and had John, 24 June 1689, d. soon; Abigail, again, 18 Aug. 1690; John, again, 28 Feb. 1693; and Thankful, 21 Dec. 1695. His w. with s. Daniel, and the youngest two ch. were k. by the Ind. 16 Sept. 1696, when Samuel, and Abigail, two others of the ch. were wound. and hims. with two more, Elizabeth and Esther, were taken off to Canada, whence he came back 1698, and m. 17 Feb. 1699, Hepzibah, wid. of Thomas Welles, of Hatfield, whose three ds. had been, 6 June 1693, knock. on the head by the Ind. of wh. one recov. This w. d. of William Buell, at the onslaught upon Deerfield, 29 Feb. 1704, was taken by the Ind. and carr. a short distance on the way to Canada, when her strength fail. and she was k. For third w. he took Sarah wid. of Philip Mattoon, d. of John Hawkes of Hadley, and d. 14 Aug. 1732. His wid. d. 17 Dec. 1751, near 75 yrs. from her first m. and in her 95 yr. HENRY, Woburn 1641. 

JOHN, [[vol. 1, p. 158]] Wethersfield 1657, s. of Richard, by w. Lydia, m. 24 Apr. 1657, had John, b. 12 June 1658; Jonathan, 21 June 1660; Joseph, 23 Apr. 1663; Samuel, 3 Jan. 1666; Sarah, 31 Mar. 1668; Daniel, 12 Oct. 1670; rem. 1672 to Norwalk, there had Ebenezer 8 Jan. 1673; Lydia, 1675; and Margaret, 29 Mar. 1677; and he d. that yr. aged 46. RICHARD, Wethersfield 1640, had Samuel, and prob. John, both b. in Eng. SAMUEL, Wethersfield, s. of the preced. b. in Eng. by w. Mary had Mary, b. 10 July 1655; Samuel, 6 Apr. 1657; Stephen, 28 Dec. 1658; adm. freem. of Conn. 1657, rem. to Hatfield, and had Sarah, 1661; Ann, 1665; Ebenezer, 1667; and John, 1669. Perhaps he was of Norwalk 1672. His w. was k. with one of the ch. by the Ind. 19 Sept. 1677; and he m. 25 June 1678, Mary, wid. of Thomas Wells of Hadley, wh. d. 1690. Next he m. 1691, Mary, wid. of John Allis; and for fourth w. in 1705, had Sarah, wid. of John Wells, and d. 1713. SAMUEL, Hatfield, s. of the preced. m. Mary, wid. of Dr. Thomas Hastings, for sec. or third w. WILLIAM, Wethersfield 1646, by w. Thomasine, had Samuel, b. 20 July 1647; Daniel, 20 Nov. 1648; John, 9 Jan. 1650; Susanna, 5 Nov. 1651; Mary, 2 Feb. 1653; and Nathaniel, 13 Nov. 1654. Gr. of this name were not seen by Farmer at any N. E. coll. in 1828, exc. Yale, where they count. sixteen.

BELKNAP, ABRAHAM, Lynn 1637, rem. to Salem, where Mr. Felt notes his d. 1643. It was early in Sept. of that yr. is inv. was tak. 16 Feb. foll. sign. by Mary B. prob. his wid. Lewis, 89, gives him s. Abraham, and Jeremy. But good reason may easily be found for giv. him other ch. certain. Joseph, and Samuel, besides, prob. Hannah, wh. m. 6 Dec. 1663, the sec. Christopher Osgood. ABRAHAM, Haverhill, s. of the preced. took o. of alleg. 28 Nov. 1677; but no more is heard of him; nor any thing of his supposed br. Jeremy. JOSEPH, Salem, a youth, s. of Abraham the first, b. prob. in Eng. rem. to Boston, ar. co. 1658, freem. 1665, was one of the found. of the third or Old South Ch. 1668, whence he took dism. to Hatfield, there liv. in good esteem from 1682 to 96, then came back to Boston, and d. 14 Nov. 1712, aged 82. By w. Ruth he had Joseph, b. 26 Jan. 1659; Mary, 25 Sept. 1660; Nathaniel, 13 Aug. 1663; Elizabeth 1 July 1665; and by sec. w. had a d. Ruth, 27 Nov. 1668; wh. d. soon; and by third w. Hannah, d. of Thomas Meakins, of Hatfield, wh. d. 26 Dec. 1688, had Thomas, 29 June 1670; John, 1 June 1672; Hannah 8 June 1673; Ruth, 17 Mar. 1677; Abigail, 27 June 1679; and Abraham, 26 Apr. 1682; beside Samuel, wh. with the eldest s. Joseph was made excor. by the will of 29 Nov. 1710, pro. 5 Dec. 1712. Of these dates of b. three or four are tak. from a careful paper in Geneal. Reg. XIII. 15, tho. the writer inadvert, refers for rec. of the will. the the wrong departm. of our Country offices, and most curious. fail to discov. the earliest ancest. on our side of the ocean. Mary m. a Grafton; Elizabeth m. a Patterson, and liv. in Eng. and Ruth m. her cous. John Meakins. 

JOSEPH, Boston, eldest s. of the preced. leather breeches maker, m. Deborah, d. of Jeremiah Fitch of the same, wh. d. 20 Apr. 1687, had Mary, b. 24 Nov. 1684, d. soon; Joseph, 18 Nov. 1685; and Jeremy, 1 Jan. 1687. He next m. 1 Apr. 1690, Abigail, d. of Thomas Buttolph the sec. and had Thomas, 24 Jan. 1691, d. young; Abigail, 29 Feb. 1692; Mary, 15 Oct. 1694; Nicholas, 15 Oct. 1695; Buttolph, 29 Dec. 1697; Nathaniel, 18 Dec. 1699; Ruth, 2 Mar. 1702, d. soon; Elizabeth 13 Apr. 1708; Lydia, 17 Jan. 1710; and Abraham; and d. 30 Mar. [[vol. 1, p. 159]] 1716. His wid. d. 9 June 1734. Jeremy, wh. foll. the trade of his f. had Joseph, whose s. Jeremy, b. 4 June 1744, H. C. 1762, was the amiab. and learn. histo. of New Hampsh. author of the Foresters, and of the high. valua. vols. of Amer. Biogr. SAMUEL, Salem, joiner, s. of Abraham the first, b. in Eng. by w. Sarah had Mary, b. 17 Aug. 1653, d. young; Mary, again, 14 Oct. 1656; Abraham, 4 June 1660; and Samuel, 1 May 1662; was of Malden 1671, but rem. to Haverhill, there took o. of fidel. 28 Nov. 1677, had Joseph, 25 Mar. 1672; and Patience, 17 Sept. 1675; and perhaps Ebenezer. His w. d. 18 Apr. 1689. THOMAS, Woburn, glover, s. of Joseph the first, m. 6 Mar. 1694, Jane Cheney, perhaps d. of Thomas of Roxbury, had Thomas; Jane, b. 4 Nov. 1639; Benjamin, 3 May 1702; Hannah, 18 May 1704; ano. d. 1709; and perhaps Joseph, beside Samuel, b. 24 May 1707; but dates of b. are not kn. for all. He d. 15 Oct. 1755. Perhaps Abraham B., Esqr. of Johnston, R. I. wh. d. 1520, in his 92d yr. was a descend. of the first of the name here.

BELL, ABRAHAM, New Haven 1639, rem. a. 1647 to Charlestown, d. early in 1663. It was on 31 Dec. 1662, that he, with ano. man, was wreck. near home, and both drown. Very oft. this surname is confus. with Beal, but, perhaps, only for Abraham. See Beal. Admin. of his est. £154. 1. 1. was giv. to his w. Catharine, wh. d. 29 Aug. 1692, aged 68. I see no ch. but Isaac, bapt. at C. 12 Oct. 1662. FRANCIS, Stamford, then call. Rippowams, 1641, had been early at Wethersfield, was a lieut. 1666, but not freem. of Conn. Col. bef. 1676, tho. he was adm. of that of N. H. 1641. His w. Rebecca d. 1684, and he d. 8 Jan. 1690. From his will of 24 May preced. we gain something as to his fam. Jonathan is the only s. nam. d. Mary Hoyt, and four s. of his d. Rebecca, w. of Jonathan Tuttle, the mo. hav. d. 2 May 1676. JAMES, New Haven, took o. of fidel. 1644; perhaps was br. of Abraham, and may have rem. to Taunton, where one of this name had Jane, b. 4 Apr. 1658; John, 15 Aug. 1660; James, 10 July 1663; Nathaniel, 7 Jan. 1665; Sarah, 15 Sept. 1666; Elizabeth 15 Nov. 1668; Mary, 7 July 1669, if the rec. be trustworthy; Joseph, 27 June 1670; and Esther, 15 Aug. 1672. JOHN, Sandwich 1643, Yarmouth 1657, d. prob. bef. 1676, tho. his est. was not sett. until 27 Sept. 1700. He left Elizabeth wh. m. Samuel Berry; and Mary, wh. m. a Nickerson. JONATHAN, Stamford, only s. of Francis, m. Mary Crane, perhaps d. of Jasper, had Jonathan, b. 1663; Hannah, 1665; Rebecca, 1667; and his w. d. 26 Oct. 1671. Next yr. he m. Susanna, d. of Rev. Abraham Pierson of Newark, N. J. and had Abigail, 1673, d. young; Abraham, 1675; Mercy, 1678; John, 1681; a d. 1683, whose name is hard to be decyph. James, 1684; Susanna, 1686; and Mary, 1689. He was a rep. 1670, and d. 11 Mar. 1699, in his will of 21 Nov. preced. nam. the w. Susanna, and seven of his ch., omit. Rebecca, Abigail, the illegib. d. and James, prob. all dec. PHILIP, Boston 1668. 

ROBERT, [[vol. 1, p. 160]] Hartford, a tailor, had John, 6 yrs. old; Robert, 4; and Mary, 1 and 3/4 at his d. 29 July 1684. SHADRACH, Portsmouth, prob. or other New Hampsh. settl. by w. Rachel had Shadrach, b. 3 July 1685; Elizabeth 19 Mar. 1687; Mesheck, 29 Jan. 1690 ; Benjamin, 5 Aug. 1 1695; and Thomas, 12 May 1699. THOMAS, Roxbury, freem. 23 May 1636, had Sarah, b. 4 Oct. 1640; John, bapt. 9 Apr. 1643, d. in few wks. and Mary, 28 Sept. 1645; went home bef. 1654 with his fam. and d. 1672. By his will of 29 Jan. in that yr. he gave good est. to the gr. sch. at R. and his name is held in high esteem for his benevo. THOMAS, Boston 1637, was of ar. co. 1643, by w. Ann had John, b. 24 Aug. 1638, d. soon; John, again, 4 Mar. 1640, d. soon; Tabitha, 21 Mar. bapt. 4 Apr. 1641, d. at 13 yrs.; Thomas, 3, bapt. 7 Aug. 1642; Hopestill, bapt. 21 July, but the careless copy of town rec. says b. 2 Aug. 1644; Moremercy, 14, bapt. 17 Jan. 1647; Deborah, 29 Nov. bapt. 1 Dec. 1650; and Joseph, bapt. 9 Oct. wh. town rec. says b. 1 Nov. 1653, d. soon; but the last two were in right of his w. Deborah. He was the pub. executioner in 1649, and d. 7 June 1655. His wid. m. 7 May foll. William Mullins. Thomas, Stonington 1667-79, perhaps earlier. One THOMAS B. of Salem in the 50th yr. of his age gave testimo. a. the Lynn iron works, in 1681. He m. 10 Dec. 1680, Rebecca, d. of Samuel Ebborne, had Thomas, b. 26 Aug. 1681; and George, 10 June 1684.Of this name Dart. counts eight as her gr. of wh. the first, Samuel, of Chester, the gov. was gr.s. of John, early an inhab. of Londonderry, and so may well be thought of that noble col. of Scotch-Irish, wh. hardly more than half so many as the sad gleanings of the fields of Dunbar and Worcester, transplant. hither seventy years earlier, prob. outnumber by fifty-fold, if not a hundred, the political exiles' progeny.

BELLAMY, JOHN, New Haven 1614, merch. from London, had w. but no ch. here bef his embarka. Jan. 1646, with Capt. Lamberton, on that sad voyage to London, from N. H. wherein so many of the flower of the Col. were lost. Against that tradit. nothing can be alleg. unless it be discredit. so far as B. is implicat. in it, by non-appear. of his name on any rec. at N. H. MATTHEW, New Haven, was sch. master at Stamford 1658, but Cothren thinks he was first at Fairfield, bot. and sold ld. at S. up to 1670, but m. at N. M. 1671, Bethia, d. of Timothy Ford, had Matthew, b. a. 1672; Bethia, 3 Aug,. 1673, d. soon; Elizabeth Nov. 1674, d. soon; and Mary, 1675, wh. m. 28 Jan. 1703, Elijah How; exercis. his skill at Guilford and Killingworth, and in 1675 had gr. of ld. at Saybrook, bot. ho. there next yr. wh. he sold in 1677. His w. d. in 1687, and perhaps he, too, was d. or absent in parts unkn. for he had not been ment. several yrs. bef. 1689 when his childr. were put under gaurdiansh. MATTHEW, Wallingford S. prob. of the preced. tho. by tradit. declar. to be s. and posthum. of a suppositit. John, and had two ws. and ten or eleven ch. Part of this may be true, as that his first w. was Sarah, sis. [[vol. 1, p. 161]] of Richard Wood of W. and her fifth ch. was Joseph, b. 20 Feb. 1719, of Y. C. 1735, a very disting. theolog. among the systemat. rulers of opin.


BELLFLOWER, BENJAMIN, Reading, a quaker, wh. after sent. of banish. for his opin. renounc. it, as in Hutch. I. 201, 2, is told. He had m. 3 Feb. 1659, w. Abigail, and d. 24 Feb. 1661, and next mo. inv. of small amt. was render. at Salem. HENRY, Reading, 1656, had Hannah, b. 17 Jan. 1657; and Deliverance, 2 May 1662.

BELLAMONT, RICHARD, the Earl of, Gov. of Mass. appoint. by the crown, as success. to Sir William Phips, was the only peer ever thus deput. came to Mass. from New York, 26 May 1699, and went back; next yr.

BELLINGHAM, RICHARD, Boston, had been recorder of old Boston from 1625 to 1633, when he partook largely of the desire to migr. and with w. and s. Samuel came, tho. in what ship is not found, in 1634, and was chos. a selectman in Aug. after join. the ch. with his w. on 3 of that mo. and bef. long a rep. made in 1635, dept. gov. and twelve times after, some yrs. was treasr. of the Col. and gov. in 1641, and sev. times after, in all ten yrs. of wh. from 1665 to 72 inclus. beside being always an Assist. maj. gen. in 1664, and d. 7 Dec. 1672, the last surv. of the patentees in the Chart. aged above 80 yrs. says the Cambridge Almanac of next yr. He rem. to Ipswich, and after to Rowley, hav. est. and near friends at each place; but liv. not long at either. For sec. w. he m. 1641, Penelope, the young sis. of Herbert Pelham, Esq. wh. had embark. 15 May 1635, aged 16, in the Susan and Ellen. Beside the impropr. of this match, in point of age, it was unduly solemniz. as in Winthrop Hist. is told. By her he had Hannah, bapt. 14 Aug. 1642; John, H. C. 1661, wh. next yr. was agent for his f. at Rowley in care of ld. that had been his uncle William's; James, b. 3, bapt. 10 May 1646; and Grace, wh. d. 3 Sept. 1654; and these are all of wh. we find notice. His wid. liv. near 30 yrs. d. 28 May 1702. For her and s. Samuel he provid. in his will, that was however so perversely drawn, as to be set aside by the Gen. Ct. Of his weakness as ch. magistr. other strange instances are relat. by the early hist. of N. E. but the most to be regrett. was his enmity, at a later day, to the foundat. of the O. S. or 3d ch. of Boston, that ceas. only with his life. Gov. Coddington of R. I. wh. had been, in their day of small things, much assoc. with B. in both Bostons, almost exults at his completion of the measure of his iniquity in distraction, closing his "Demonstration of True Love"in this emphatic style: "The hand of the Lord cuts him off, not giving him repentance to life, that other sons of Belial of his persecuting, spirit might be warned, not to put the evil day far from them." Without sympathy in the triumph of Gov. C. it is grateful to me to remark, that the unbrok. reign of dismal bigotry from 1649 to 1672 inclus. under Dudley, Endicot, and Bellingham, hard, harder, hardest, betw. the mild wisdom of Winthrop and the tolerant dignity [[vol. 1, p. 162]] of Leverett, came to its end with that last of the triumvirs of Mass. 

SAMUEL, Boston, s. of the preced. was of the earliest class of H. C. 1642, and at Rowley next yr. but soon went to Europe, stud. at Leyden, and there took his degr. of M. D. liv. most of his days in or near London; had only ch. Elizabeth and her by first w. In Apr. 1695 he m. at L. wid. Elizabeth Savage, wh. is unkn. to me; and he sent her over to manage his affairs in this country. In Boston she made her will, Nov. 1697 in wh. she bestow. munificently to the coll. to ministers, and friends here, but gave back chief est. to her h. She sail. for Eng. 8 Nov. and was lost by shipwreck on the coast of Ireland 3 Feb. foll. The orig,. indentures to convey est. that he had sett. on his w. made at London Sept. 1698, and others of July 1700, in wh. he and his d. unite to convey to Ch. Just. Sewall, as purchaser, the beautiful Boston est. were long in my possess. and were giv. to a better custodian. WILLIAM, Rowley, br. of Richard, freem. 12 Oct. 1640, d. 1650, left prob. no fam. for his will, pro. 24 Sept. in that yr. gave his est. to neph. Samuel.

BELLINGTON, JOSEPH, Block Isl. 1684.

BELLOWS, BENJAMIN, Lancaster, youngest ch. of John, b. prob. 1678 or 9 at Marlborough, after the ret. of the exiles from a safer residence at Concord, m. 1704, Dorcas, wid. of Henry Willard of Lancaster, had Mary, b. 1707; Judith, 1708; Joanna, 1710; and Benjamin, 26 May 1712. The name of his youngest s. is perpet. in the Bellows Falls of Conn. riv. where he found. the beautif. town of Walpole. JOHN, Concord 1645, had come in the Hopewell, Capt. Bundock, from London, Apr. 1635, aged 12, m. 9 May 1655, Mary Wood of Marlborough, perhaps d. of his fellow-passeng. John W. had Mary, b. 22 Apr. 1656; Samuel, 22 Jan. 1658, d. young; Abigail, 6 May 1661; Daniel; and Benjamin. He rem. to M. Such was the statement in Farmer, as orig. print. with slight addit. from rec. by me; and in F.'s interleav. copy no correction or enlargement is found. Yet the variance of acco. in Ward and Barry is so material, that tho. the two may be only one authority, it must be giv. They say, the ch. were Isaac, b. 13 Sept. 1663, wh. d. a. 1746; John, 13 May 1666; Thomas, 7 Sept. 1668; Eliezur, 13 Apr. 1671; Daniel, 15 Mar. 1673, d. young; and Nathaniel, 3 Apr. 1676, b. at Concord, no doubt caused by the exposure of M. in Philip's war. The f. d. 10 Jan. 1684, as erron. is said, for his will was pro. bef. that date, and Ward tells, that his wid. Mary d. 1707. Barry adds, that Eliezur by w. Esther had Thomas, b. 30 Sept. 1693; and that the descend. of John have been num. in Malborough and Southborough. John's will, made 19 June 1683, pro. 2 Oct. foll. names w. five s. and two ds. omit. the s. Benjamin, wh. had been adopt. by a rich man; so that we may be sure the enumerat. of Farmer was defect. Abigail m. 19 Apr. 1682, Isaac Lawrence. MATURIN, Providence 1645. ROBERT, Boston 1654.

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BELVILLE, CHRISTIAN, Charlestown, a Frenchman, m. 9 June 1656, by Gov. Endicott, "to the Lady Frances Hopkins." Who this lady was, I would gladly kn. but the rec. tells no more. The h. in 1658 was taxab. for small est.

BEMIS, EPHRAIM, Watertown, s. of Joseph, by w. Elizabeth had Elizabeth and Sarah, by ch. rec. shown to be bapt. 1687; by town rec. Rebecca, b. 16 Jan. 1685; and Abigail, 10 Jan. 1687; but Bond thinks he may have had others, and possib. rem. to Windham; but was liv. Nov. 1712 to take share of est. of his f. JAMES, New London 1647, had gr. of ld. 1649 was constable 1664, and d. next yr. leav. wid. Sarah, and d. Rebecca. The wid. m. 1673, Edward Griswold of Killingworth. Rebecca m. 1 Apr. 1672, Tobias Minter of Newfoundland; and 17 June 1674 m. John Dymond of Fairfield; and 2 Aug. 1682 m. Benedict Satterlee of K. JOHN, Watertown, br. of Ephraim, m. Mary, d. of Robert Harrington, had Beriah, b. 23 June 1681; Susanna, 24 Dec. 1682; Joseph, 17 Nov. 1684; John, 6 Oct. 1686; Mary, 24 Sept. 1688; Samuel, 1690; Lydia; Hannah, 9 Oct. 1694; Isaac, 1696; Jonathan, 30 Apr. 1699, prob. d. soon; Jonathan, again, 17 Nov. 1701; Abraham, 26 Nov. 1703; Susanna, and Hannah, tw. 3 Dec. 1705; and his w. d. 8 Sept. 1716. He m. 1 Jan. foll. as Bond says in two places, tho. in later passages he twice says 27 Feb. Sarah, wid. of Jonathan Phillips, d. of Nathaniel Holland; and next m. 30 May. 1726, Judith, wid. of James Barnard, eldest d. of Samuel Jennison, as the same indefatig. author instructs us; but by neither had ch. His resid. was in that part, wh. bec. Waltham. JOSEPH, Watertown 1640, by w. Sarah had Sarah, b. 15 Jan. 1643; Mary, 16 Sept. 1644; Joseph; Ephraim, 1647, both d. young; Martha, 24 Mar. 1649; Joseph, again, 12 Dec. 1651; Rebecca, 17 Apr. 1654; Ephraim, again, 25 Aug. 1656; and John, Aug. 1659. He was often selectman, and d. 7 Aug. 1684, wh. is the date of his will. His wid. liv. prob. to 1712. Sarah m. 2 Oct. 1694, John Bigelow, as his sec. w. but d. prob. bef. div. of her f.'s est. in 1712; Mary m. 16 Feb. 1684, Samuel Whitney; and Rebecca m. 11 Apr. 1684, John White, wh. was k. in few weeks by a bull, and she next m. 1 Apr. 1686, Thomas Harrington. Of this name six had in 1835 been gr. at Harv. and one at Dart. Rev. Stephen, wh. d. Nov. 1828 at Harvard, Mass.

BENDALL, EDWARD, Boston 1630, came prob. in the fleet with Winthrop freem. 14 May 1634, ar. co. 1638, by w. Ann, wh. d. 25 Dec. 1637, had Freegrace, bapt. 5 July 1635; and by w. Mary, from Roxbury, had Reform, b. 18 Oct. bapt. 24 Nov. 1639; Hopedfor, 29, bapt. 31 Oct. 1641; Moremercy, bapt. 25 Sept. 1642, a. two days old; Mary, b. May 1644, prob. d. soon; and Restore, 13, bapt. 30 Dec. 1649. He was one of uncom. enterprise, project. and used a diving bell to rem. [[vol. 1, p. 164]] from the chan. the wreck of a ship bef. the dock, call. Bendall's, being the chief place of trade. He d. 1682. Freegrace, Boston, eldest s. of the preced. ar. co. 1667, was clk. of the Sup. Ct. 1670, m. Mary, d. of Francis Lyell, and with her was drowned, 6 June 1676, returning, from Noddle's Island to town, by the overset. of his boat in a sudden squall. I have not learn. the names of any of the eight ch. that he left, of wh. the town rec. says, five were "too small to shift for themselves."

BENDISH, THOMAS, Mass. perhaps only trans. visitor, yet of ar. co. 1671.

BENEDICT, DANIEL, Norwalk, s. perhaps youngest, of Thomas, was a soldier in Philip's war, m. Mary Marvin, perhaps d. of Matthew of the same, had Mary, Daniel, Mercy, and Hannah; and he rem. a. 1690, to Danbury. JAMES, Norwalk, br. of the preced. m. 10 May 1676, Sarah, a. of the first John Gregory, had Sarah, b. 16 June 1677; Rebecca; Phebe; James; John; Thomas; and Elizabeth He prob. rem. to Danbury. JOHN, Norwalk, br. of the preced. m. 11 Nov. 1670, Phebe, d. of the first John Gregory, had Sarah; Phebe, b. 21 Sept. 1673; John, 3 Mar. 1676; Jonathan; Benjamin; Joseph; James, 15 Jan. 1686; Mary, or Mercy; and Thomas. He succeed. his f. as deac. SAMUEL, Norwalk, br. of the preced. m. 7 July 1678, Rebecca, prob. d. of Francis Andrews of Fairfield, had Thomas, b. 27 Mar. 1679; and Abraham, 21 June 1681; but by former w. whose name is not seen, had Joanna, b. 22 Oct. 1673; and Samuel, 5 Mar. 1675; beside Rebecca, Esther, and Nathaniel, prob. all by the sec. w. With others he purch. a. 1685, that planta. wh. bec. Danbury. THOMAS, Southold, L. I. bef. 1650, had come a. 1639 to Mass. at the age of 22, and soon after m. Mary Bridgham, a fellow-passeng. He was the only s. it is said, of William of Nottinghamsh. had Thomas, John, Samuel, James, Daniel, Betty, Mary, Sarah, and Rebecca, all b. at S. and after liv. short time at Huntington, and Jamaica, he rem. a. 1665 to Norwalk, there was deac. selectman, town clk. and rep. in 1670. Date of his d. is not seen in Hall. Betty m. John Slawson of Stamford; Mary m. 11 Nov. 1670, John Olmstead of N.; Sarah m. 19 Dec. 1679, James Beebe of Stratford; and Rebecca m. Dr. Samuel Wood. THOMAS, Norwalk, eldest s. of the preced. m. at Jamaica, L. I. Mary Messenger, had Mary, b. 4 Dec. 1666; Thomas, 5 Dec. 1670; Hannah, 8 Jan. 1676; Esther, 5 Oct. 1679; Abigail, 1682; and Elizabeth whose date Hall does not tell. He was deac. and d. 1690. See Hazard, Hist. Coll. II. 151. Very extended lines of descend. have spread from Conn. Of this name the gr. at Yale in 1849 were fourteen.

BENGILLEY, JOHN, Ipswich, freem. 1678, if the spell. in Col. Rec. V. 539, as print. by the careful reading of Mr. Pulsifer, be not a mistake, as I think it is, for Pengilley, wh. see, as giv. by Paige, in Geneal. Reg. III. 245.

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BENHAM, JOHN, Dorchester, prob. came in the Mary and John, 1630, freem. 18 May 1631, had req. that privilege 19 Oct. bef. by first w. had Joseph, and John; rem. 1640 to New Haven, and m. at Boston, as sec. w. 16 Nov. 1659, or, as the rec. says, 1660 (perhaps erron.), Margery, wid. of Thomas Alcock of Dedham, wh. d. in few weeks after reach. New Haven, and he d. 1661. JOHN, New Haven, s. prob. elder of the preced. b. perhaps in Eng,. as he was adm. to take the o. of fidel. 1654, m. 8 Mar. 1669, Mercy, d. of George Smith of the same, had John, perhaps, as both John, and John jr. were proprs. at New Haven 1685, yet the latter (unless s. of the sec. John by an earlier w.) may have been s. of his br. Joseph. His first w. was wid. Sarah Wilson, m. 8 Feb. 1655, wh. d. 30 May 1667, by wh. he had John, b. 4 Nov. 1655, d. in few days; Sarah, 15 Sept. foll.; Mary, 10 Apr. 1660; Hannah, 8 Jan. 1662; and John, again, 15 Sept. 1664. By sec. w. he had Joseph, 9 June 1670. JOSEPH, New Haven, prob. s. of the first John, sw. fidel. 1654, m. at Boston, 15 Jan. 1657, Winifred King, whose f. is not kn. was one of the first sett. at Wallingford 1670. He had Mary, b. 18 Sept. 1657; Joseph, 25 May 1659; Joanna, 25 July 1662; and five more, wh. d. young.

BENJAMIN, ABEL, Charlestown, youngest ch. of the first John, m. 6 Nov. 1671, Amity Myrick, perhaps d. of John, had John, Mary, and Abigail, this last b. 26 Aug. 1680. All these are ment. in his will of 5 July 1710, and gr.s. John; beside his br. Joshua. ABEL, Watertown, s. of the sec. John of the same, by w. Abigail had Abel, b. 1695, d. young; Jonathan, 18 Feb. 1697; Abigail, 7 Sept. 1699; Caleb, 28 Jan. 1702; Ann, 21 Jan. 1704; Abel, again, 31 Mar. 1706; Rebecca, 11 Jan. 1708; Elizabeth Jan. 1711, d. soon; Elizabeth again, 3 July 1712, and Mary, 8 Aug. 1714; and he d. 4 Mar. 1720. CALEB, Wethersfield or Hartford, br. of the first Abel, d. 8 May 1684; leav. Mary, Abraham, Sarah, John, Martha, Caleb, and ano. by one report, perhaps from the pro. office; but from earlier rec. we find, that his ch. were seven, Mary, b. 15 Sept. 1671; Abigail, 27 Apr. 1673; Sarah, 17 Feb. 1675; John, 5 Nov. 1677; Samuel, 14 Feb. 1680; Martha, 19 Jan. 1681; and Caleb, 1683. His w. to wh. admin. was giv. 4 Sept. 1684, was Mary, d. of Samuel Hale of Wethersfield, and she, I presume, was mo. of these ch. DANIEL, Watertown, s. of the sec. John of the same sw. fidel. Dec. 1677, m. 25 Mar. 1687, Elizabeth d. of Jonathan Brown of W. had Daniel, b. 15 Jan. 1688, d. soon; Daniel, again, 27 Dec. foll.; John, bapt. 23 Nov. 1690, d. young; Jonathan; Samuel, 30 Jan. 1696; Elizabeth 22 Mar. 1698; Lydia, 8 Sept. 1699; Patience, 17 Oct. 1701; Mary, 21 Sept. 1705; and John, again, 4 Aug. 1709; and d. 13 Sept. 1719. His wid. d. 8 Aug. 1740.

 JOHN, Watertown, came in the Lion, 16 Sept. 1632, to Boston, and was made freem. 6 Nov. foll. and 20 May next yr. was appoint. constable by the Gen. Ct. a propr. in Cambridge, rem. a. 1637, to W. and d. advanced in yrs. (or at least old eno. to be excus. from milit. train. eleven yrs. bef:) 14 June 1645, leav. wid. Abigail, and ch. of wh. most were b. in Eng. and the exact order may be uncert. but John was eldest s. b. a. 1620; Abigail, eldest d. while the next ch. Samuel was b. [[vol. 1, p. 166]] 1628; Mary, the next, d. 10 Apr. 1646, had made a will, certain. after m. of her sis. Abigail, prob. few days bef. her d. yet it was set aside, as of one under age; prob. b. on our side of the water were Joseph; Joshua, a. 1642; Caleb; and Abel. His will is abstr. in Geneal. Reg. III. 177, and the wid. d. 20 May 1687, aged 87. Abigail m. a. 1641, Joshua Stubbs of W. JOHN, Watertown, eldest s. of the preced. prob. came with his f. by w. Lydia, d. of William Allen, as Bond thinks, had John, b. 10 Sept. 1651; Lydia, 3 Apr. 1653; Abigail, 14 July 1655; Mary, 2 Aug. 1658; Daniel, 12 Sept. 1660; Ann, 4 Aug. 1662; Sarah, 1663; and Abel, 20 May 1668. He was freem. 1668, and d. 22 Dec. 1706, aged 86; and his wid. d. 1709. Lydia m. Thomas Batt of Boston; and Sarah m. 30 Mar. 1687, William Hagar. JOHN, Watertown, eldest s. of the preced. by w. Mehitable had John, b. 15 Apr. 1699; and, perhaps bef. him, Lydia, for she was bapt. 10 Sept. of that same yr. as Bond, p. 27, tells; but I see reason to think he was of Boston and had by the same w. John, b. 4 Sept. 1679; and Sarah, 8 May 1686; and prob. rem. to W. and he d. 18 Nov. 1708. JOSEPH, Barnstable, s. of the first John, m. 10 June 1661, Jemima, d. of Thomas Lambert, or Lombard, sold est. at Cambridge 30 Oct. 1686, that came to him, his deed says, from f. John dec. and by this means we kn. of his descent. He liv. some yrs. at Yarmouth, where from the imperfect rec. we find sev. ch. but not all, nor in all cases the dates of those nam. Abigail; Joseph; Hannah, Feb. 1668; Mary, Apr. 1670; Mercy, 12 Mar. 1674; and Elizabeth 14 Jan. 1680; He rem. to New London, d. 1704, leav. wid. Sarah, and ch. Joseph, aged 30; John, 22; "Abigail, Jemima, Sarah, Kezia, Mary, and Mercy, all a. 20," says the admirab. accurate and precise pro. docum. JOSHUA, Charlestown, br. of the preced. d. 6 May 1684, aged 42, leav. wid. Thankful, but no issue. RICHARD, Watertown, perhaps br. of the first John, as he came so early as 1632, in the same ship, by w. Ann had Ann, b. 1 Sept. 1643, rem. to Southold, L. I. 1663, or earlier, and was adm. freem. of Conn. 1664. SAMUEL, Watertown, s. of the first John, b. in Eng. by w. Mary had Mary, b. 12 May 1660, beside Samuel, John, and Abigail, all earlier, but next yr. rem. to Hartford, made his will 18 Sept. 1669, "a little bef. he d." Some imperf. accos. of Samuel, and John, his s. are furnished by Hinman.

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