First Settlers to New England


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A List of Names Found Among the First Settlers of New England.
Volume I, April 1847

Those names which are starred are not contained in Farmer's Genealogical Register, and concerning those which are not starred, additional facts are related. The article is prepared entirely from unpublished manuscripts, by Mr. S. G. Drake.

Adams, Samuel, Chelmsford, authorized to solemnize marriages there, 1664.
Allen, Bozoun, Boston, constable. 1680.
Allin, Onesiphorus,* Ipswich, 1679.
Allyme, Thomas,* Barnstable, 1644, a witness to a sale of land by the Indian Seacunk.
Andrews, Thomas,* and Thomas Jr.,* Dorchester, 1664.
Angier, Andrew, first inhabitant at Dunston, Me. - Arthur, born about 1625.
Annable, Anthony, Barnstable, 1644.
Archaed, Samuel,* church member, Salem, 1640.
Ardell, Richard* Boston, merchant, 1686.
Atwood, John,* ensign, Boston, juror, 1686.
Avery, William* and Jonathan* members of the church, Dedham, 1677.
Baxter, Daniel, Salem, 1638. Carried the charter of R. Island from Boston to Newport, 1663. [Farmer's MS.]
Bentley, William,* came to New England in the ship Arabella, Richard Sprague master; sailed from Gravesend, May 27,1671.
Bezbeane, John, * Woburn, 1677.
Berry, Richard,* Medford, 1636.
Blake, Francis* Dorchester, 1664. - William,* - James, a. 24 in 1677.
Blowers, John, a. 36 in 1663, a lessee of an island in Boston harbor for seven years.
Bott, Isaac,* Boston, 1675.
Bradley, William,* Dorchester, 1664.
Broughton, Thomas, Boston, 1655, petitions general court against imposing duties on importations.
Bull, William, Charlestown, 1638, heard Squaw Sachem say then, that she had given all her lands to Mr. Gibbons; was 43 years of age in 1662.
Capen, Barnard, witnesses the Indian deed of Dorchester, 1671; Samuel,* also a witness to the same.
Carpenter, William, Hingham, 1641, witnessed, and seems to have drawn the deed of a tract of land there from the Indians "to John Tower the elder." His autograph, and the instrument to which it is attached, are a most elegant specimen of the chirography of that age.
Cheever, Ezekiel, married the widow of Capt. Lothrop, who was killed in Sudbury fight, before May 19, 1680.
Child, Richard,* Watertown, juror. 1680.
Church, Garrett, Watertown, 1636, aged 51 in 1662. - Richard, Plymouth, 1631 ; went there from Wessaguscussett.
Clarke, Jonas, constable of Cambridge, 1680. - Theodore* York, 1663.
Clay, Nathaniel,* Dorchester, 1664.
Cobb, Henry, Barnstable, 1644.
Cook, George, Colonel, &c, Cambridge, Ms., in which place and vicinity he had large possessions; returned to England in or about the beginning of the Civil War, in which he took a part, went into Ireland, where he was killed in 1652. He was twice married, and left by one of his wives, two daughters: 1. Mary, m. to "her mother's younger brother," Mr. Samuel Annesley, 1681. In 1669 she resided at Martins in the Fields, London; in 1691 she resided with her husband in the city of Westminster. 2. Elizabeth, m. 1st, Rev. John Quick, of St. Giles. Cripple Gate, London, and perhaps, 2ndly, Joseph Cawthorne.
Crispe, Benjamin, "Misticke als Meadforde," 1636.
Curwin, George, Salem, 1682, aged 70 ; went there near 44 years before.
Cushin, Jeremiah* Boston, juror, 1680.
Davis, Lawrence,* York, 1663.
Dinsdale, William, aged 47 in 1663. Hired an island of John Leverett, in Boston harbor, for seven years.
Doggett, John, Hingham, 1662, where he witnessed an Indian deed.
Durgie, William,* came to Ipswich, Nov. 9, 1663, and was then 33 years old. Had been in the W. Indies, and came here from thence. Wife, Martha. Perhaps this name is that since written Durgin.
Edgecombe, Miles* a. 25, 1676. Was at "Black Point the day and time when nine of Winterharbor men were fighting with the Indians upon the sands opposite to the said place."
Eedy, John,* Plymouth, left there to reside in Massachusetts, before Feb., 1632.
Euers, Mathias * Dorchester, 1664.
Everett, John, Chelmsford, 1604, where he is authorized to unite people in marriage.
Foote, Pasco, Salem church. 1640.
Foster, James,* Dorchester, constable, 1680.
Fox. Thomas, Ms., about 52 in 1659, wife, Elinor.
Foxwell, Richard, Dunston, Me , 1654.
Franklin, Benjamin, Boston, before 1678, wife, Katherine.
Friend, John, Salem, church member, 1640.
Goddard, Giles,* Boston, 1679, had wife and servants.
Gray, John,* buys Nantasket of the Indians, 1622.
Greenleafe, Enoch* Boston, saddler, 1693.
Greenough, Robert,* Rowley, 1701.
Green, John, Cambridge, juror, 1680. Nathaniel, 1675.
Harrod, Thomas,* Boston, juror, 1680.
Hews, Jeremiah,* Dorchester, 1664. - Eleazer,* Dorchester.
Hauxworth, Thomas,* Salisbury. Had a daughter married to Onesiphorus Page. His widow was living there, 1667.
Hayden, Samuel,* Dorchester or vicinity, 1666.
Hills, Joseph, Medford, a. 60 in 1662. Capt. James,* [Hill] grand juror, Boston, 1686
Hoar, William* Boston, baker, 1679.
Hodman, John, Dorchester, 1679, born 1659.
Hood, Jeremiah * Massachusetts, 1676.
Hopin, Steven,* born 1626, Dorchester, in Capt. Roger Clapp's employ, 1642. Witness to Indian deed of Dorchester, (8:4: 1649.)
Houghton, Ralph, Lancaster, 1676, where he was constable, collector of taxes, treasurer, &c. There were at the same place in 1703, Henry, Jonas, Robert, John, Sen , John, Jr., Joseph and Jacob.
Howard, Jacob,* Dorchester, 1664.
Hudson, William, lived at "Wading River" in 1670, "where King Philip and Squamaug (brother of Josias deceased) met to settle the bounds between them, which had for some time been in dispute.
Johnson, Edward, a. 60 in 1660, at which time he gives evidence about land in Charlestown. Francis, Marblehead, 1660, nephew of Mr. Christopher Coulson, a merchant adventurer of London.
Joyliffe, John, Boston, will dated 1699-1700. Had a brother, Dr. George Joyliffe, in England ; sisters, Dorothy Cane, in England, Martha Cook, in England, Rebecca Wolcott, Margaret Drake, and Mary Biss, "sometime wife of James Biss of Shepton Mallet, in the county of Somerset," Eng.
Key, Joshua,* probably married a daughter of Capt. Thomas Lothrop, who was killed by the Indians in 1675. as his children received a legacy out of Lothrop's estate.
King, Thomas, was an inhabitant of Exeter, 1675.
Knight, Walter, aged 66 in 1653, at which time he was at Boston. The same person was at Nantasket in 1622. John, Charlestown, juror in the witch trials, 1680.
Latham, Cary, was born in 1612; Boston, 1663.
Lawrence, Thomas, Hingham, 1661.
Loephelin, Peter,* Frenchman, Boston. 1679.
Leach, Richard, Salem, a. 60 in 1678, leased a farm of Gov. Endecott, 1657.
Long, Robert, Marblehead, a. 70 in 1660.
Lothrop, Capt. Thomas: his widow married Joseph Grafton, before May 19, 1680. After her decease, the property left her by Lothrop was ordered by court to the wife of Ezekiel Chever, and her issue, heirs of Capt. Lothrop. It is also ordered Mrs. Grafton to pay to the children of Joshua Key, £20.
Lyon, Peter, Dorchester, 1664.
Marriner, Andrew * Boston, 1693, leather dresser.
Mather, Timothy, Dorchester, 1667.
Mayhew, Thomas, hired a farm in Medford, 1636.
Mellen, John * Charlestown, where he died before 1695.
Middlecott, Mr. [Richard?] Boston, juror at trials for witchcraft, 1680.
Mokall, James,* b. 1660, Massachusetts, 1680.
Morse, William, Newbury; wife, Elizabeth, accused of practicing witchcraft, finally acquitted at Boston, 1680.
Mose, John, Watertown, 1680, constable.
Mott, Nathaniel, a. 19, or there about, in 1681.
Naramore, Thomas,* Dorchester, 1664. Persons of this name are in N. Hampshire at this time
Neighbor, James * Massachusetts, 1662.
Odiorne, John and Phill., Portsmouth, N. H., 1657, subscribed toward the support of public worship.
Page, Onesiphorus,* Salisbury, 1667, married daughter of Thomas Hauxworth [Hawksworth].
Parsons, Mark,* Sagadahock, 1665.
Pateshall, Robert* Boston, 1655, petitions General Court against duties on importations.
Peaslee, Joseph, went to Haverhill be-fore 1653.
Philips, John,* Massachusetts, 1630, styled servant, went to Plymouth, 1631.
Pole, William* Dorchester, 1649. The name is since written Pool.
Pray, Ephraim * born 1661, Dorchester, 1680.
Rainsford, Samuel,* Boston, killed with Capt. Turner, at Pawtucket, in Philip's war, leaving no relative in the country.
Rice, Henry, Charlestown. juror, 1662.
Richard, Gyles * Sen., Massachusetts, 1666.
Robbins, Richard, juror at trials for witchcraft, 1680.
Root, Thomas, Lynn, 1674, where he attempted to gather a church.
Ryall, Joseph,* Charlestown, constable, 1680.
Saunders, Martin* born 1630, Boston, 1679.
Seale, Ephraim,* Lieutenant, Boston, juror, 1686.
Seares, John,* Boston, Lieutenant, 1652.
Sewall, Henry, was residing at Manchester, Lancaster co., Eng, in 1623, only son of Henry Sewall, who came to N. England with his family, and settled in Newbury.
Sherburne, George, b. 1602, Portsmouth, 1650, m. Rebecca, dau. Ambrose Gibbins, and had children, Samuel, Elizabeth, m. Tobias Lear, Mary, Henry, John, Ambrose, Sarah, and Rebecca. [Farmer's MS.]
Sibly, John, church member, Salem, 1640.
Smith, John,* Barnstable, 1644.
Sprague, Samuel,* Charlestown, 1695.
Stileman, Elias, Boston, constable, 1673.
Stone, John * Watertown, juror, 1680.
Studson, Robert,* one of the commissioners for settling the bounds between Plymouth and Massachusetts, 1664.
Sumner, William,* Dorchester, 1670.
Swain, John ,* Salisbury, b. 1633, Nantucket, 1703. A Lieutenant Swain had been under Major Appleton against the Indians at Narraganset, in 1675. He was afterwards a captain.
Tayler, John* Shipcot, [Sheepscot,] 1665.
Thayer, Richard, Massachusetts, went to England, and returned in 1679.
Tinkham, Ephraim, Massachusetts, 1666, at which time he was a witness to the sale of lands to Richard Thayer of Braintree, by the Indian chief Josias. He attests to it in 1678.
Tower, John, Hingham, buys a large tract of land of several Indians in that place; deed dated June 17, 1641. In an endorsement on said deed, (made by Ri: Bellingham, 19: 1: 1662-3,) John Tower is called senior. But in the Tower Genealogical Tree there are assigned as the children of John Tower of Hingham, (1637) only Ambrose, Benjamin, Jonathan, Hannah, and Jeremiah.
Travis, Daniel,* "chiefe gunner in y e town of Boston, to salute shipps and look after y e artillery," at £5 per an-num, 1680.
Wait, John, Charlestown, juror, 1662, [spelt Wayte,] Boston, juror at the trials for witchcraft, 1680. Richard, Boston, a. 82 in 1678. He was marshal. Richard, Springfield, 1680, wounded by Indians, Oct. 5, 1675.
Wales, John,* and John, Jr.,* Dorchester, 1677.
Walker, Robert, Boston, aged 72 in 1679. He came from Manchester, Eng., where he was living in 1623.
Way, Richard, Lieutenant, Boston, juror, 1680. Henry, Dorchester, 1664.
Webb, Thomas, came to N. England in 1671, in the ship Arabella, Capt. Richard Sprague, which sailed from Gravesend May 27.
Whittingham, Richard * Charlestown, 1693 ; had been in England in 1691.
Willey, Edward* Boston. juror, 1686.
Williams, William, *Boston, 1675, wife, Johanna; was pressed to go against the Indians in Philip's war, and was killed at Medfield, leaving "four small children."
Willis, Lawrence* Barnstable, 1644.
Winsor, Joshua,* Boston, constable, 1686.
Wiswall, John, Dorchester, witnesses a new deed of the town, (8:4: 1649,) made "because ye old deed was something, decayed with ill keeping."


Source: The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Published Quarterly Under The Direction Of The New England Historic, Genealogical Society, Rev. William Cogswell, D. D., Editor. Volume I., Boston, Samuel G. Drake, Publisher, 1847, Coolidge & Wiley, Printers, 12 Water Street, Boston.


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