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

Volume #1, Pgs 166 - 177
Benmore - Biggs

By James Savage

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BENMORE, CHARLES, Boston, by w. Elizabeth had Lydia, b. 27 Feb. 1677; Stephen, 25 May 1678; and Martha, 4 Aug. 1686. PHILIP, Dover, m. 28 Sept. 1669, Rebecca, wid. of Thomas Nock, to wh. in his will of 20 May 1676, pro. 27 June foll. he had giv. all his est.

BENNETT, AMBROSE, Boston, m. 15 Apr. 1653, Mary Simons, had John, b. 19 Feb. 1654; Ambrose, 21 Mar. 1656; and perhaps he rem. ANTHONY, Gloucester, rem. aft. 1671 from Beverly, by w. Abigail wh. d. 26 Oct. 1733. [[vol. 1, p. 167]] had Anthony, b. 12 NOV. 1679. John 1686; and Peter; and d. 12 Jan. 1691. Babson says, all the s. had fams. but gives no details. ARTHUR, Dover 1665, m. a d. of John Goddard; but no more is heard. DAVID, Rowley 1678, a physician, by first w. Mary had David, and Sarah; by sec. w. Rebecca, wh. d. 26 Mar. 1712, d. of Capt. Roger Spencer, and sis. of the w. of Sir William Phips, had Spencer, b. 6 June, bapt. 9 Aug. 1685; and youngest s. William; and d. 4 Feb. 1719, it is said, in 103d yr. of his age, prob. very much exagger. This Spencer B. adopt. by his uncle (the famous adventurer, and wealthy Gov. of Mass.) took the name of Phips, the uncle hav. no ch. was gr. at Harv. 1703, rais. to be of the counc. lieut. gov. 1733, and d. at Cambridge, 4 Apr. 1757. He was f. of David, H. C. 1741, wh. at the revo. grateful. adher. to the crown, and d. in Eng. 7 July 1811, aged 87. EDMUND, or EDWARD, Weymouth, freem. 25 May 1636, rem. to Rehoboth 1643, perhaps was that Edward of Providence 1676, wh. resid. there thro. Philip's war. ELISHA, Boston 1675, mariner, s. of Samuel. FRANCIS, Boston 1650, by w. Alice had Mary, b. 15 Sept. of that yr. wh. prob. d. young; James, 14 Feb. 1652; and Elizabeth 20 Dec. 1654, d. in few weeks; and he was drown. at Noddle's isl. 4 Dec. of next yr. His wid. m. 8 Aug. 1656, Ralph Hutchinson, wh. took James and Elizabeth with their mo. to Northampton. GEORGE, Boston, drown. 27 Mar. 1652, by w. Audry had one ch. in his lifetime, and prob. a posthum. one. GEORGE, Lancaster, was k. by the Ind. as Harrington tells, 22 Aug. 1675. HENRY, Salem, 1630, on the Marblehead side, was of Ipswich, 1665, as in 2 Mass. Hist. Coll. VIII. 107, appears. HENRY, Lyme, m. 27 Jan. 1673, Sarah Champion, eldest d. of Henry, had Caleb, b. 11 Oct. 1675; Rose, 15 Nov. 1677; John, 26 Dec. 1680; Love, 19 Mar. 1685; Dorothy, 19 May 1688; and Henry, 29 July 1691; and d. 1726. ISAAC, perhaps of Stratford, m. 1683, Elizabeth d. prob. of Daniel of Wethersfield, or perhaps of Robert S. JAMES, Concord, freem. 13 Mar. 1639, by w. Hannah, eldest d. of the first Thomas Wheeler of C. had Hannah, b. 1 June 1640; Thomas, 16 Oct. 1642; rem. with his f.-in-law to Fairfield, 1644, there had two more ch. and perhaps others, for in 1670 James of Farmington, prob. his s. was 18 yrs. old, and there were three fams. of this name in that town. JAMES, Northampton, s. of Francis, m. 1675, Mary Broughton, d. prob. of the first John, had Mary that yr. and the 19 May next he was k. by the Ind. in the Falls fight. His wid. m. the same yr. Benoni Stebbins; and Mary m. John Field, and d. 1697. 

JAMES, Charlestown, perhaps s. of John of the same, m. 4 Feb. 1681, Elizabeth d. perhaps, of Thomas Tarbell the first of Watertown.JOHN, Marblehead or Salem 1633, may have been short time at Windsor, 1647, but seems perman. resid. at S. 1648, yet in 1660 at New London. There he liv. not long, for inv. of his wid. was produc. in June 1663. JOHN, Charlestown, d. prob. May 1674, at least his inv. is of 23d of that mo. He was drown. 15 Apr. preced. then aged 42, had Josiah, James, and perhaps others. JOHN, Stonington, had John, b. 24 Feb. 1659, d. in four yrs. William, 1660; John, again, 1666; Joseph, 1681; and others not kn. and d. 22 Sept. 1691. JOHN, Beverly, s. of Peter of Bristol, Eng. came hither from Virginia 1668, m. 1671, Deborah Grover, d. I think, youngest of Edmund, rem. to Middleborough 1692, was one of the found. of the first ch. there, [[vol. 1, p. 168]] 26 Dec. 1694, and its deac. He d. 21 Mar. 1718, in his 76th yr. and his w. d. the next day in her 70th yr. Of ch. no name is found, but of John, wh. it is said, left issue. JOHN, a soldier of that comp. under Lothrop, call. the flower of Essex, k. at Bloody Brook, 18 Sept. 1675, by the Ind. JOHN, Boston, 1675, mariner, s. of Samuel, but when he was b. or d. or where his f. resid. is unkn. JOHN, Charlestown, m. 3 Jan. 168, Ruth Bradshaw, d. of Humphrey of Cambridge.JOHN, Stonington, s. of John of the same, m. 1687, Elizabeth Parke, had John, and Samuel. JOSEPH, Newport, by w. Margaret had Joseph, b. 1 Oct. 1674, and no more could I learn of him at N. Perhaps he was s. of Robert of the same. PETER, Boston, s. of Richard of the same, had w. Mary, d. of Edward Porter, had posthum. d. Susanna, wh. m. John Love; but both Peter and w. were d. while his f. was liv. Richard, Salem 1636, prob. rem. soon to Boston, where in Jan. 1642, he was rec. by w. Sybil wh. d. 13 Sept. 1653, had Peter, b. 18 Jan. 1649; Susanna, 2 Feb. 1651, wh. m. Jonas Clark, and Richard, 3 Sept. 1653, wh. d. bef. six mos. was surveyor of roads that yr. was the same constable, 1665, beaten by Sir Robert Carr, one of the royal comissnrs. as pleasant. is told in Hutch. I. 254, and Snow's Hist. of Boston, 137, 147, with fuller details in Drake, 373-5. His will has codic. of 6 July 1677, and was pro. 8 Sept. foll. so we have near. the date of his d. His sec. w. Margery, m. 11 July 1655, as wid. Gurgefield, or Goochfield, either an unusual name. ROBERT, Newport, among the freem. in 1655, by w. Rebecca had Robert, b. Mar. 1650; and perhaps others. SAMUEL, Lynn, a carpenter, came in the James, from London, 1635 aged 24, ar. co. 1639, at Rumney marsh, now Chelsea, own. large farm, had, as Lewis, 63, tells, Samuel, Elisha, and John; and I almost venture to add a d. Lydia, wh. d. at L. 2 Sept. 1661. SAMUEL, Providence, bef. and after 1645, sw. alleg. to the k. May 1666. THOMAS, Fairfield 1664, may have been f. of Isaac, and Thomas, and freem. 1669. THOMAS, Stratford, perhaps s. of the preced. m. 1692, May Booth, d. perhaps of Ephraim. THOMAS, Charlestown, m. 9 Dec. 1686, Elizabeth Gillingham, perhaps d. of William; liv. not long, for his wid. it is said, bec. fourth w. of Benjamin Lawrence. WILLIAM, Plymouth 1631-3, was of Salem 1637, there m. Mar. 1674, Elizabeth Smith, had Grace, b. Feb. 1677, wh. d. soon; and d. 1683 in the 80th yr. of his age. WILLIAM, Salem, m. Mar. 1675, wid. Elizabeth Smith, had Grace, b. Feb. 1677, d. soon. Elder than him, prob. was that WILLIAM, Manchester, wh. d. 20 Nov. 1682, leav. w. Jane, ch. Moses, Aaron, Mary, beside gr.ch. John, Aaron, and Abigail Croe, whose f. is not of my acquaint. See Essex Inst. III. 231. WILLIAM, Stonington, s. of John, m. 1678, Susanna Bright, had William, and Henry. Of this name, including those with single t, Farmer makes the gr. in 1834, six at Yale, and three at Harv.

BENNING, RALPH, Boston, by w. Ann had Ralph, b. 24 June 1661; d. 14 Nov. 1663, and his wid. m. 8 June foll. Henry Dering.

BENSON, JOHN, Hingham, came from Southampton, 1638, in the Confidence, aged 30, with w. Mary, and ch. John, and Mary, under four yrs. old, had grant of ld. at H. that yr. says Lincoln, 47. He was of Caversham in Oxfordsh. but both the names of place and person were strangely misspelt in Geneal. Reg. II. 109. JOHN, Rochester, by w. Elizabeth had Mary, b. 10 Mar. 1689; Sarah, 15 July 1690; Ebenezer, 16 Mar. 1693; John, 10 June 1696. d. soon; Joseph, and Benjamin, tw. 16 Mar 1697; Bennett, 10 Sept. 1698; Martha, 5 Mar. 1703; Joshua, [[vol. 1, p. 169]] and Caleb, tw. 29 Jan. 1705; and Samuel, 22 Mar. 1707. JOSEPH, Hull, perhaps s. of the preced. freem. 1678, had, in Dec. 1675, been soldier of Johnson's comp. for the bloody Narragansett fight.

BENT, JOHN, Sudbury, came in the Confidence, 1638, aged 35, from Southampton, a husbandman of Penton in the same co. with w. Martha, and ch. Robert, William, Peter, John, and Ann, all, by custom ho. rec. under 12 yrs. old; went home the same yr. to bring more of his fam. and came again next yr. in the Jonathan, had gr. of ld. 1639, was freem. 13 May 1640, had Joseph, b. 16 May 1641; Martha; and perhaps others. His mo. Agnes, sis. Agnes Blanchard, and her inf. ch. d. on the voyage in the Jonathan. He was one of the proprs. of Marlborough; but d. at S. 27 Sept. 1672. His wid. d. 15 May 1679. His d. Ann (I think call. Agnes at a later day) m. Edward Rice; and Martha m. 1663, Samuel Howe. His will, made a few days bef. he d. made w. Martha, and eldest s. Peter excors. and gives to other s. Joseph, and John, d. Agnes Rice, and her s. John, d. Martha, and her h. Samuel, his s. John Howe, beside two gr.ch. Peter, s. of Peter B. and Hannah, d. of John B. JOHN, Marlborough, s. of the preced. b. in Eng. m. 1 July 1658, Hannah, d. of John Stone, had Hannah, b. 6 May 1661; and prob. by sec. w. Martha, d. of Matthew Rice, had John, 29 Nov. 1689; and David; and d. Sept. 1717. His est. was in Framingham. JOSEPH, Marlborough, youngest br. of the preced. by w. Elizabeth had Experience; Elizabeth b. 1673; and Joseph, 1675; and was k. that yr. by accid. shot of pistol in the hd. of Peter s. of his eldest br. Peter. JOSIAH, Marshfield, m. 30 June 1666, Elizabeth Bourne, perhaps d. of John of the same. PETER, Sudbury, eldest s. of the first John liv. at d. of his f. by w. Elizabeth had Peter, b. 15 Oct. 1603; Elizabeth Patience; Agnes, 1661; Martha; John, 1663; Hopestill, 1672; and Zaccheus; beside John, again, 1676, b. at Cambridge, whither the fam. prob. rem. for safety from the Ind. But Barry, 182, presumes this John to be s. of Peter's s. Peter. Cambridge rec. shows John, s. of Peter and Elizabeth d. 20 Apr. 1676. The f. d. says Barry, prob. in Eng. a. 1678. ROBERT, Newbury, d. 30 Jan. 1648.

BENTLEY, JOHN, Charlestown, perhaps s. of William, d. 20 Nov. 1690. RICHARD, Charlestown, in 1690 had w. Margaret and ch. Richard, b. 5 Jan. 1688, bapt. 29 June 1690; John, and Mary, tw. 20, bapt. 21 Sept. 1690, both d. soon; Sarah, bapt. 27 Mar. 1692, d. soon; John, again, 9, bapt. 15 Sept. 1695; Joseph, 29 Dec. 1696, bapt. 3 Jan. foll.; Anthony, bapt. 5 Mar. 1699; and Margaret, bapt. 19 Jan. 1701; but at his d. 1709, only three s. and d. Margaret partake his est. Margaret m. a Callum. WILLIAM, a passeng. to Boston, 1635, aged 47, in the Truelove, with John, 17, and Alice, 15, perhaps his ch. but where he pitch. his tent, is unkn. to me, as also is anything a. Mary, a passeng. the same yr. in the Defence, aged 20. Bentley is a parish in the deanery of Doncaster, and s. part of Yorksh.

BENTON, ANDREW, Milford, 1639, rem. a. 1660 to Hartford, d. 1683, tho. Lambert says 1681, leav. by first w. these ch. Andrew, Samuel, Joseph, Mary, and Dorothy; and by sec. w. Ann, d. of John Cole of H. wh. d. 1686, these, [[vol. 1, p. 170]] Ebenezer, Lydia, and Hannah, wh. m. Edward Scofield of Haddam. DANIEL, Guilford 1669, s. of Edward of the same, d. 1672, leav. wid. EBENEZER, Guilford, s. of Andrew, m. Abigail, d. of John Graves. EDWARD, Guilford 1650, was of Hartford 1659, and again of G. 1669. His will of 7 Mar. 1676, ment ch. Zaccheus, a cripple, Edward, Hannah Akerly, perhaps w. of Thomas, Mary, wh. m. 6 Dec. 1666. Samuel Thorpe, Sarah Wright, Tabitha, wh. m. 27 Nov. 1684, Simon Simpson, Daniel, wh. was d. and had made Andrew resid. Legatee. EDWARD, Wethersfield a. 1660, perhaps s. of the preced. d. 19 Feb. 1698, aged 60, by Mary left Samuel, Edward, Rebecca, Mary, Ellen, and Dorothy, all of full age, exc. Edward; but his youngest ch. Daniel, b. Mar. 1682, d. at four mos. JOSEPH, Milford, s. of Andrew, m. 10 Feb. 1698, Sarah, d. of Bevil Waters of Hartford. This surname is found in New Hampsh.

BERESFORD, HENRY, is the name of a soldier under Capt. Turner, in Philip's war 1676, had a ch. at Charlestown next yr.

BERKLEY, RICHARD, New Haven, 1651, may be easy mistake for Beckley.

BERNARD. See the copious name of Barnard.

BERNON, GABRIEL, Newport, a Huguenot, s. of Andre, b. at Rochelle, in France, 6 Apr. 1644, escap. soon after, or, as one rep. has it, shortly bef. the revocat. of the Edict of Nantes, tho. for his relig. he suffer. two yrs. imprisonm. if tradit. be correct, and came to Boston, resid. some yrs. here, and after 1691; but in 1718 was one of the chief support. of the Ch. of Eng. at Kingstown; and in his 92nd yr. at Providence d. 1 Feb. 1736. By first w. Esther, d. of Francois Leroy of Rochelle, had ten ch. (of wh. he brot. eight), and by sec. w. wh. was Mary Harris, four more. See Knowles, 431. His only s. d. in early life; but the progeny of sev. ds. are kn. in our day; and one of them, Mary, m. Gabriel Tourtellot, a fellow-passeng. from France.

BERRY, AMBROSE, Saco 1636, d. and was bur. 3 May 1661, leav. wid. Ann; m. 1653, as Ann Bully. ANTHONY, Yarmouth 1643, was after of Gloucester, there, I think, m. Elizabeth d. prob. of Henry Travers, for, in 1665, after d. of Richard Window, wh. had m. the wid. of Travers, she claim. as his d.-in-law. CHRISTOPHER, Salem 1640, and Felt knows no more of him. EDMUND, Sandwich 1643. EDWARD, Salem, a weaver, had Edward, b. in Eng. and m. a. 1668, Elizabeth wid. of Roger Haskell, was of Marblehead 1679. EDWARD, Salem, s. of the preced. brot. by his f. whose trade he foll. from Devonsh. JOHN, Boston 1644, may have liv. at Portsmouth 1665. JOHN, Ipswich, m. 17 Jan. 1671, Hannah Hodges, perhaps d. of Andrew. She d. 29 May 1676, and he m. 24 Jan. foll. Mary Chapman, d. of Edward. JOHN, Yarmouth, s. of Richard, had Judah, Ebenezer, Elizabeth Experience, and Mary. 

RICHARD, Barnstable, or Yarmouth, 1643, may have rem. to Boston, there in 1647, liv. with Thomas Hawkins, but went back to Y. and had John, b. 29 Mar. 1652; one, 11 July 1654; Elizabeth 5 Mar. 1656; one, 12 May 1659; one, 23 Aug. 1662; one, 16 Oct. 1663; one, 5 Oct. 1668; one, 1 June 1670; one, 31 Oct. 1673; and one, 16 Dec. 1677. Of the eight, whose names are not [[vol. 1, p. 171]] seen, Joseph, wh.d. 7 Sept. 1651, and Nathaniel, wh. d. 7 Feb. 1694, were two, but their dates of b. are not ascertain. by the rec. Elizabeth m. 28 Nov. 1677, Josiah Jones. SAMUEL, Yarmouth, br. of John, of the same, m. Elizabeth d. of John Bell, had one d. b. 19 Jan. 1683; Elizabeth 21 Dec. 1685, perhaps, as the last fig. is lost; Patience, 22 June 1687; John, 9 July 1689; Samuel, Nov. 1691; and Desire, 29 June 1694. THOMAS, Boston 1668-73, a mariner, by w. Grace, wh. d. 17 May 1695, aged a. 58 yrs. says her gr.stone, had Thomas, b. 1663. THOMAS, Boston, the gr. of E. C. 1685, wh. was d. bef. 1698 by Mather's catal. and in the succeeding, one hundred and sixty yrs. remains with no nearer approx. to exact date, may have been s. of the preced. He had m. 28 Dec. 1686, Margaret, d. of John Rogers, Presid. of H. C. had rem. to Ipswich, there had Elizabeth b. 20 Sept. 1693; and Thomas, 1695, H. C. 1712. His wid. m. 25 Nov. 1697, Presid. Leverett. WILLIAM, Portsmouth 1631, one of the peop. sent by Mason, for his planta. But in 1635 had rem. to Newbury, there was adm. freem. 18 May 1642, and d. 1654. His d. Elizabeth m. a. 1652, John Locke, and his wid. Jane, m. Nathaniel Drake. WILLIAM, Newcastle, perhaps s. perhaps gr.s. of the preced. by w. Judah, had Elizabeth b. 15 Oct. 1686; Nathaniel, 13 Feb. 1689; Stephen, 18 Jan. 1691; William, 18 Nov. 1693; Jeremiah, 8 Mar. 1695; Frederic, 15 Jan. 1699; Abigail 15 Mar. 1700; and Jane, 26 Jan. 1702.

BESBEDGE, BESBITCH, or BEESBEECH, ELISHA, Scituate, by Deane presum. to be s. of Thomas, b. in Eng. came prob. with him, had Hopestill, b. 1645; John, 1647; Mary, 1648; Elisha, 1654; Hannah, 1656; all bapt. at sec. ch. in S. and Deane also gives him Martha, wh. m. 1677, Jonathan Turner. He rem. to Duxbury, and d. 12 Nov. 1695. Mary m. 15 Jan. 1678, Jacob Beals; and Hannah m. 1687, Thomas Brooks. His s. Elisha, acc. Winsor, d. 1715; but no more is told of him. HOPESTILL, Scituate, eldest s. of Elisha, had w. Sarah, wh. after his d. m. 27 Feb. 1696, Joseph Lincoln of Hingham; but whether he had ch. or no, I see not. JOHN, Duxbury, br. of Hopestill, m. 13 Sept. 1687, Joanna, d. of William Brooks, had Martha, b. 13 Oct. 1688; John, 15 Sept. 1690; Elija, 29 Jan. 1692; Mary, 28 Mar. 1693; Moses, 20 Oct. 1695; and Elisha. 

THOMAS, Scituate, came in the Hercules 1635, with six ch. and three serv. emb. at Sandwich, Co. Kent, was deac. of the first ch. of S. that he join. 30 Apr. 1637, but rem. to Duxbury, prob. for the relig. quarrels at S. was rep. for D. 1643. He was, by Deane, suppos. to d. early, but he had rem. again, and d. at Sudbury, 9 Mar. 1674. His will, of 20 Nov. 1672, pro. 7 Apr. 1674, is copious in geneal. inform. tho. begin. with order. for bur. his body at E. end of the ch. gives gr.s. Thomas, eldest s. of d. Mary, w. of William Brown of Sudbury, all the ho. and lds. in the parishes of Hedcorn, and Frittenden, [[vol. 1, p. 172]] Co. Kent, in O. E. names gr.-gr.childr. Mary, Thankful, and Patience, ds. of said Thomas Brown, also other ch. of his d. Mary, seven in num. viz. William, Edmund, Hopestill, Susanna, Elizabeth Sarah, beside the eldest Mary, w. of Benjamin Rice of S. and her s. Ebenezer, his gr.-gr.ch. also d. Alice, w. of John Bourne of Marshfield, m. 18 July 1645, and her s. Thomas, the oldest ch. and Sarah, the youngest, and the other sis. without more exact designat. also Experience, s. of Joseph and Elizabeth Bent; made William and Edmund, s. of his d. Mary, excors. and Capt. Hopestill Foster of Dorchester, overseer. His d. Alice d. May 1686. In rec. of O. E. this name is very common. Besbeech, but in N. E. is become Bisby or Bisbee.

BESSEY, ANTHONY, Lynn, came in the James 1635, from London, aged 26, rem. 1637 to Sandwich, was many yrs. active in holy serv. to the Ind. See 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. IV. 184. His will of 10 Feb. 1657, names w. Jane, ch. Ann, Mary, Elizabeth Nehemiah, and David; this last was b. 23 May 1649. His d. Ann m. sec. Andrew Hallet as sec. w. The inv. of his est. was taken 21 May 1657. His wid. m. next. yr. George Barlow, and in her last will, 6 Aug. 1693, pro. 5 Oct. foll. names all the same ch. exc. Mary and David (wh. in that long interval may have d.) call. Ann Hallet, and Elizabeth Bodfish; but she adds to the list of ch. s. John, and d. Rebecca Hunter with ds. of said Rebecca, Alice, and Rebecca. Now this w. of Hunter was m. 17 Feb. 1671, and she was therefore b. bef. the m. of Barlow with her mo.

BEST, JOHN, Salem, a tailor, came in the Hercules 1635, from Sandwich, was of the parish of St. George, city of Canterbury. JOHN, Salem, a currier, prob. s. of the preced. m. 10 Oct. 1670, Susanna Duren, had John, b. 5 Sept. 1671 or 2; and Susanna, 28 Jan. 1674. John sen. and John jr. were witnes. in the said witch cr. trial of Ann Pudeater, wh. was hang. ROBERT, Sudbury, whose name is writ. Beast, by Barry, 184; in his will names not w. or ch. but only cous. William Hunt, and his five ch. Samuel, Nehemiah, Isaac, Elizabeth and Hannah.

BESWICK, GEORGE, Wethersfield, d. 1672.

BETSCOMBE, or BETSHAM, RICHARD, Hingham 1635, freem. 9 Mar. 1637, had Ann, bapt. Aug. 1639. His w. d. 6 June, 1644.

BETTS, JOHN, Cambridge 1640, prob. came 1634, aged 40, in the Francis from Ipswich, when the custom ho. officer spell. his name Beetes. See Boston News Letter of 1826, I. 266. In 1642 he had sh. in "the farms," now Lexington, and d. 21 Feb. 1663, leav. I presume, no ch. Of his est. only £67. 4. 8. by inv. the wid. Elizabeth had admin. and she d. 2 Jan. 1664, in her will of 10 Dec. preced. givn ho. to John Bridge, and legacies to more than 50. Bridge, wh. d. above a yr. later, in his will speaks of his sis. Betts. This man seems to me the same as he wh. made propos. to our Gov. and Comp. in London, July, 1629, of divers things for the good and advancement of the planta. and the benefit of the comp. See Col. Rec. I. 48, or Young's Chron. of Mass. 84. JOHN, Wethersfield, bef. 1648 had John, wh. d. at Huntington, L. I. 1697, a d. Abigail, and perhaps others, by w. Abigail, from wh. he obtain. a divorce in 1672. Prob. he was s. of a wid. Mary at Hartford 1640, and sev. yrs. after. JOHN, Charlestown 1678, had w. Mary, wh. d. 5 Feb. 1679; and sec. w. 17 June foll. Elizabeth had Mary, b.8 Mar. 1680; Richard, 21 Oct. 1681; and Margaret, 5 Jan. 1683;and he d. 22 May 1684. His wid. m. John Fosdick and d. 27 Sept. 1717, aged 60.

[[vol. 1, p. 173]] RICHARD, Ipswich 1648, said to have come from Hemel Hempstead, Co. Herts, rem. to Newtown, L. I. 1656, there was in high esteem many yrs. and a. 18 Nov. 1713, at the age of 100, to render wh. great number of yrs. doubtful, the stupidity of tradit. adds, that he dug his own gr. By w. Joanna, Riker says, he had Richard; Thomas; Joanna, wh. m. John Scudder; Mary, wh. m. Joseph Swazey; Martha, wh. m. Philip Ketchum; Elizabeth wh. was first w. of Joseph Sackett; and Sarah, wh. m. Edward Hunt. RICHARD, Newtown, L. I. s. of the preced. d. 4 Nov. 1711, leav. Richard, Robert, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth Joanna, Abigail, and Mary, beside wid. Sarah, wh. may have been mo. of all these ch. ROBERT, Watertown 1636, but Bond can tell no more. ROGER, Milford, 1658, had then gr. of ld. but had been of New Haven 1644, where he took o. of fidel. and of Branford 1646, and d. 31 Aug. 1608. By w. Ann, he had Samuel, Peter, and Mercy all carr. from Branford to New Haven for bapt. 1 June 1651, of wh. Peter d. in tw. yrs. beside Hannah, prob. eldest of all; Roger, b. 20 Feb. 1602; and Mary. The wid. m. John Cabell of Fairfield, and d. 1683, giv. all her prop. to s. Samuel, with order to pay legacies to the other ch. without nam. them. ROGER~ New Haven 1680, s. of the preced. SAMUEL, Branford, br. of the preced. was a propr. 1679. SAMUEL, Norwalk, s. of Thomas of the same, m. 16 Dec. 1692, Judith, d. of John Reynolds, had Mary, b. 10 Sept. 1693; Samuel, 28 Oct. 1695; Stephen, 1 Aug. 1698; Nathan, 5 Nov. 1700; Hepzibah, 29 Oct. 1703; and Judith, 25 Aug. 1714. THOMAS, Guilford 1650, Milford 1658, Norwalk 1664, in Hall's valua. Hist. of N. p. 62, is favor. with larger num. of ch. in 1672, than any other person, of wh. eight were b. bef. he rem. to N. viz. Thomas; John, b. 30 June 1650; Hannah, 12 Nov. 1652; Stephen, 10 May 1655, d. young; David, 4 Oct. 1657; these at G. Samuel, 4 Apr. 1660, at M. and James, Mary, and Sarah, b. at N. He d. 1688, aged 72, in his will of 10 May in that yr. nam. the five s. wh. in 1694 were all proprs. As no ment. of Hannah is seen, tho. she had m. 13 Nov. 1672, she may have d. Mary is call. w. of John Raymond; and Sarah was unm. THOMAS, Newtown, L. I. s. of Richard the first, m. a. 1683, Mercy, d. of Daniel Whitehead, d. 1709, and his wid. m. 1711 Joseph Sackett, as third w. He left Richard; Thomas, b. 14 Aug. 1 689; Daniel; Mercy; Abigail; Joanna; Mary; Elizabeth and Deborah. WILLIAM, Dorchester, turner, had, I think, been at Barnstable, but first at Scituate, there had join. the ch. of Lothrop, 25 Oct. 1635, and m. Feb. 1639, Alice, a maiden of the Bay, and rem. with his min. to B. there had Hannah, bapt. 26 Jan. 1640; Samuel, 12 Feb. 1643; and s. Hope, 16 Mar. 1645. In the list of those able to bear arms 1643, Geneal. Reg. IV. 258, it appears Beetes.

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BETTY, JAMES, Salem, by w. Sarah had Mary, b. 9 Nov. 1661.

BEVANS, or BEVENS, ARTHUR, Glastonbury, a. 15 Dec. 1697, leav. wid. Mary, and twelve ch. b. 1676-1696, of wh. no particul. are designat. BENJAMIN, Farmington, had Benjamin, and John, there bapt. 1 Dec. 1689. ROWLAND, Boston, bef. 1660, sold his est. to Daniel Stone.

BEWETT, BUET, or BUITT, GEORGE, Sandwich 1643. HUGH, banish. from Mass. for heresy, 1640, under pain of d. and to be hanged, if he come back. See Col. Rec. I. 312, and Winthrop II. 19. This was in Dec. and he went forthwith to Providence, where he fill. many yrs. offices of import. by frequent elections. Staples in his Ann. of P. is the evidence of all his good desert; but the name disappears with him, and no w. or ch. is told of. See Arnold's Hist. of R. 1. Vol. 1.

BEXTER, GREGORY, is the false official copy, print. in Geneal. Reg. V. 334, and truly means Baxter. I wish no worse perversions perplex. some of our rec.

BIBBLE, JOHN, Boston 1637, Malden 1644, d. July 1653. His wid. Sibell m. Jan. 1659, Miles Nutt, and next, 30 Oct. 1674, John Doolittle. Ann, prob. his d. was a favorer, 1651, of Matthews, and, I think, bec. w. of Robert Jones of Hull, where the f. d. See Geneal. Reg. IX. 306.

BICKNELL, JOHN, Wymouth, by w. Mary had Naomi, b. 21 June 1637; Ruth, 26 Oct. 1660; Joanna, 2 Mar. 1663; Experience, 20 Oct. 1665; Zachary, 7 Feb. 1668; Thomas, 27 Aug. 1670; Elizabeth 29 Apr. 1673; and Mary, 15 Mar. 1678; beside one, 10 Apr. 1682, whose name appears not on the rec. was rep. 1677. John, Weymouth, perhaps s. of the preced. by w. Sarah had John, b. 24 Nov. 1688; Zechariah, 28 Oct. 1691; Benjamin, 8 June 1694; Joseph, 28 Feb. 1699; and prob. other ch. RICHARD, Pemaquid, freem. 1674, but in the list he is call. Bucknell. ZACHARY, Weymouth, prob. br. of the first John, unless it be likely that he was f. and d. bef. Mar. 1637, when William Read bot. his ho. ZECHARIAH, Weymouth, s. of John the first, by w. Hannah had Zechariah, b. 9 Jan. 1695.

BICKNOR, or BICKNER, JOHN, Charlestown, perhaps s. of William, d. 4 Jan. 1679, aged a. 30 yrs. JOSEPH, Charlestown, s. of Thomas, serv. in Capt. William Turner's comp. in Philip's war. SAMUEL, Charlestown 1678, perhaps br. of the preced. He m. 2 Dec. 1669, Hannah Bell. THOMAS, Charlestown, perhaps br. of William, had Joseph, b. 8 Dec. 1655. WILLIAM, Charlestown 1658, d. 16 Aug. 1659, leav. wid. Martha, by wh. he had Benjamin, b. 14 Sept. 1656; and Martha, 28 Dec. 1658. Elder ch. were Samuel, aged 13; John, 11; Sarah, 10; ano. d. 8.Often this name is seen Bicknell, or Bignall, or even, I think, Buckner.

BIDDLE, JOHN, Hartford 1639, d. 1687, leav. John, Joseph, Samuel, and Daniel, beside ds. Sarah House, Hannah Waddams, b. 2 Oct. 1644, and Mary Meekins, prob. w. of John of H. JOHN, Hartford, s. of the preced. m. 7 Nov. 1678, Sarah, d. of Thomas Wells, perhaps sec. w. d. 3 July 1692, leav. John, b. 1 Sept. 1679; Hannah, 31 Aug. 1680; Sarah, 19 Aug. 1681; Thomas, 27 Dec 1682; Jonathan, 5 Mar. 1684; David, 1687; [[vol. 1, p. 175]] and James, 1691. JOSEPH, Marshfield, m. 28 Oct. 1636, wid. Rachel Deane (wh. had come over the yr. bef. in the Planter, aged 31), and d. 1672, leav. no ch. but giv. est. to his w. to her d. Martha (wh. m. 28 Dec. 1674, James Clement, and next James Powell), and to his serv. Jacob Bumpus, beside Rev. Mr. Arnold, as in his will of 17 Apr. 1671. SAMUEL, Hartford, S. of the first John, m. Elizabeth d. of Thomas Stow, wh. d. early, and for sec. w. took, I think, Sarah, d. of Daniel Harris. This name, sometimes spel. Biddell, or Beadle, may be the same as Bedell, and easi. become Bidwell, so that Hon. Barnabas Bidwell, M. C. from Mass. s. of Rev. Adonijah, was thot. to be of this fam.

BIDFIELD, BEDFIELD, or BETTFIELD, SAMUEL, Boston, cooper, freem. 2 June 1641, and my conject. is, since his name is not found in our list of ch. mem. that he was liv. then at Braintree, but was a constable of Boston 1652, had two ds. and d. 1660. By his will, of 12 May 1659, he provid. for w. Elizabeth s. Samuel Plummer, wh. had, I suppose, m. his a. Mary, and John and Samuel Stevens, ch. of his d. Elizabeth and William S. of Newbury dec. and at N. I suppose he liv. aft. 1652, and d. His inv. of 13 Sept. 1660, shows good est. See Drake's Hist. of Boston, 250 and 331, with Geneal. Reg. X. 83.

BIDGOOD, or BETGOOD, Boston, merch. from Romsey in Hants, came in the Confidence from Southampton, 1638, was of Ipswich 1642.

BIGELOW, BAGULEY, or BIGLOW, DANIEL, Sudbury, of that pt. wh. bec. Framingham, s. of the first John, m. Abial, d. of Thomas Pratt of Watertown, had Abigail, b. 28 Oct. 1689; Daniel, 24 Nov. 1691; Abiel, 20 Jan. 1693; Susanna, 4 May 1696; Ephraim, 12 May 1698; and Lydia, 2 Jan. 1702. JAMES, Watertown, youngest br. of the preced. m. 25 Mar. 1687, Patience, d. of Jonathan Brown, had James, bapt. 6 May 1688. His w. d. soon; and he m. 3 July 1693, Elizabeth Child, youngest d. of John of the same, had John, 15 Nov. 1694; Patience, 30 Sept. 1695; and Abraham, 12 Nov. 1699. This sec. w. d. 20 Apr. 1697, and he m. next 15 June 1708, Joanna Erickson of Boston, and d. 20 Jan. 1728. His wid. m. within a yr. Adam Smith. 

JOHN, Watertown 1636, blacksmith, found by Mr. Somerby to be s. of Randle of Wrentham in Co. Suffk. and bapt. 16 Feb. 1617, of course by the hand of Rev. John Philip, the rector, who came to our country two yrs. after B. and liv. some time at Dedham, but on the overthrow of the Bishops' domination in Eng. went back to his. old living. He m. 30 Oct. 1642, Mary, d. of John Warren, wh., Bond says, was the earliest m. on town rec. Had John, b. 27 Oct. foll.; Jonathan, 11 Dec. 1646; Mary, 14 or 18 Mar. 1649; Daniel, 1 Dec. 1650; Samuel, 28 Oct. 1653; Joshua, 5 Nov. 1655; Elizabeth 15 or 18 June 1657; Sarah, 29 Sept. 1659; James; Martha, 1 Apr. 1662; Abigail, 4 Feb. 1664; Hannah, Mar. 1666, d. very soon, as [[vol. 1, p. 176]] did, also, a s. without name in Dec. 1667. His w. d. 19 Oct. 1691, and he m. 2 Oct. 1694, Sarah, d. of Joseph Bemis of W. and d. 14 July 1703. His will of 4 Jan. of that yr. was pro. 28 July foll. His inv. shows good est. JOHN, Hartford 1668, s. of the preced. m. Rebecca, d. as Bond says, of Jonathan Butler, but ano. friend had taught me, that it was George Butler, and d. without issue, 1722; giv. his est. to Jonathan, s. of Samuel Butler. By one rept. his w. was Mary. JONATHAN, Hartford, br. of the preced. m. a. 1671, Rebecca, d. of serj. John Shepard, by her had Jonathan, b. 1673; Rebecca; John; Mary, wh. by Goodwin was erron. call. d. of the sec. w. Sarah; and Violet; whose dates are not kn. but all these liv. to m. For sec. w. he took Mary, a. of Samuel Olcott, and by her had Samuel, bapt. 13 Mar. 1687, d. soon; Abigail, 2 Nov. 1690; Daniel, 26 Mar. 1693; and Samuel, again, 31 Mar. 1695; beside an inf. bur. 5 Mar. 1697, two days bef. its mo. He m. third w. Mary Benton, but had no ch. by her, wh. after his d. m. 19 Mar. 1713, deac. John Shepard, and d. 23 Dec. 1752. JOSHUA, Watertown, youngest s. of John the first, m. 20 Oct. 1676, Elizabeth d. of Thomas Flagg, had Joshua, b. 25 Nov. 1677; Jonathan, 22 Mar. 1680; John, 20 Dec. 1681; Benjamin, 20 Jan. 1684; Mercy, 1686; Elizabeth 3 Aug. 1687; David, 30 Apr. 1694; Joseph, 29 Dec. 1695; Daniel, bapt. 29 Aug. 1697; Ebenezer, b. 4 Sept. 1698; Gershom, Sept. 1701; and Eliezer, 14 Mar. 1705. His w. d. 1729. In Philip's war he was wound. but liv. to be near 90, d. 21 Feb. 1745 at Westminster, whither, with his youngest s. he rem. only three yrs. bef. The late Hon. Timothy, H. C. 1786, was gr.s. of Daniel, s. of this Joshua, so that the error of Bond, 841, is plain, tho. not uncommon, in suppress. a generat. SAMUEL, Watertown, br. of the preced. m. 3 June 1674, Mary, d. of Thomas Flagg (of wh. ch. two others m. other ch. of the first John Bigelow), had John, b. 9 May 1675; Mary, 12 Sept. 1677; Samuel, 18 Sept. 1679; Sarah, 1 Oct. 1681; Thomas, 24 Oct. 1683; Martha, 4 Apr. 1686; Abigail, 7 May 1687; Isaac, 19 Mar. 1690; and Deliverance, 22 Sept. 1695. He was adm. freem. 1690; his w. d. 1720; and he d. a. 1731. The Rev. Jacob, H. C. 1766, was s. of Jacob, gr.s. of Thomas, and gr.gr.s. of this Samuel. Many variat. in spell. of this fam. name will be found in early rec. but the gr. at Harv. in 1834, either with two or three syllab. amount to eighteen, two at Yale, one at Dart. and five at other N. E. coll.

BIGGS, or BIGG, JOHN, Boston 1630, came prob. with Winthrop and is among the first hundred mem. of our ch. freem. 4 Mar. 1634; rem. next yr. to Ipswich, yet came back; soon, and was one of the favorers of Wheelwright, disarm. Nov. 1637. His first w. Mary d. 10 Jan. 1650. Prob. he was some yrs. of Dorchester, next at Exeter, but was of ar. co. [[vol. 1, p. 177]] 1641, and d. June 1666. For sec. w. he had Mary, d. of John Dassett, wh. outliv. him, and ano. h. Capt. John Minot, wh. d. Aug. 1669, and she d. a. 1676. One Rachell B. a wid. came in the Elizabeth, 1635, from London, liv. at Dorchester, wh. in her will of 17 Nov. 1646, calls her s. aged, names Hopestill Foster her neph. and he, I judge, was a fellow passeng. and to him she gives her prop. In the rec. at the custom ho. a curious error may be seen, as print. by me in 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. VIII. 261, careful. tak. at her Majesty's Remembrancer Office, formerly in Westminster Hall, since rem. to Carlton Ride, giv. her age 6. THOMAS, Exeter 1652-7, may have been s. of the preced. TIMOTHY, Boston 1665. WILLIAM, Middletown, d. 1681, leav. six ch., William, aged 15; Mary, 14; Thomas, 9; Elizabeth 8; Sarah, 6; and John, 4. He had been, on acco. of his age, in Oct. 1676, excus. from poll tax.

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