Rockport Baptisms, 1755 ~ 1765

By Wellington Pool

The following are all the baptisms recorded in the Sandy Bay, or Fifth Parish, of Gloucester, now the principal part of Rockport.

The notes were added to the original record probably a century ago by an aged resident of Sandy Bay.

The church was organized February 13, 1755. The first pastor, Rev. Ebenezer Cleaveland, was born in Canterbury, Conn., about 1725; began to preach in Sandy Bay in 1752, in the log school house; and was ordained over the church in December, 1755. He was absent as chaplain in the French war from 1758 to 1760, being stationed near Lake Champlain, and in the Revolution during the winter of 1775-'76, being stationed at Dorchester Heights, in Rhode Island, and other places. Returning to his parish, he found very few of his male supporters, some had fallen in battle, others had died in prison ships, many had been lost at sea, and more were serving in the army or on naval vessels or privateers. His people could not support him; and he became for a while superintendent of the Dartmouth college land at Landaff, New Hampshire, preaching there and in neighboring towns. He returned to Sandy Bay in 1785, and preached for several years for what his people could afford to pay him. Subsequently he removed to Amesbury, where he preached until about 1797, when he returned to Sandy Bay, remaining there until his decease, July 4, 1805, at the age of eighty.

1755

Martha, daughter of John and Abigail Row, December 21.
Mary, daughter of John and Mary Dressor, December 28.

1756

Naby, daughter of Ephraim and Abigail Shelden, January 8.
Anne, daughter of Ebenezer and Margeret Grover, March 7.
Betty, daughter of Nehemiah and Betty Grover, March 7.
Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary Goss, March 21.
Sarah and Joseph, children of Joseph, jr., and Annis Thursten, March 28.
Mary, daughter of Lemuel and Mary Collins, March 28.
Patience, daughter of Stephen and Judith Pool, April 4.
Wilm Tarr, son of Jonathan and Anne Andrews, May 2.
Moses, son of Joshua, jr., and Sarah Norwood, June 20.
Lois, daughter of Francis and Lois Pool, June 27.
Moses, son of Moses and Susannah Wheler, August 22.
Nathaniel, son of John and Hannah Gott, August 29.
Lucy, daughter of James and Lucy Tarr, August 29.
John, son of John and Betty Tarr, September 19.
Ebenezer, son of Henry and Elizabeth Clark, October. 17.
Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Butler, November 21.
Anne, daughter of Daniel and Anne Thurston, December 12.
Job, son of Benjamin, jr., and Mary Tarr, December 26.

1757

Samuel, son of Samuel, jr., and Anne Davis, February 20.
Ellis, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer and Abigail Cleaveland, March 13.
Susannah, daughter of John and Martha Hobson, March 20.
Sarah, daughter of Joshua and Eunis Tarr, April 10.
Molly, daughter of John and Rachel Blachford, Tune 19.
Tammy, daughter of Thos and Sarah Finson, August 21.
Rachael, daughter of Eliezer and Sarah Lurvey, October. 9.
Thomas, son of Thos and Margeret Oaks, October. 16.
Benjamin, son of Joseph, jr., and Annis Thursten, November 27.
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Mary Preston, November 27.
Isaac, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Jacobs, December 25.

1758

Steaven, son of Steaven and Judith Pool, January 1.
John, son of John and Mary Dressor, January 1.
Mary, daughter of Nehemiah and Betty Grover, January 15.
Nathaniel, son of John and Hannah Gott, January 22.
Stephen, son of Joshua, jr., and Sarah Norwood, February 26.
John, son of Samuel and Patience Wonson, March 19.
Aaron, son of Thos and Sarah Dressor, and
Thomas, son of Thos. and Dorcas Robins,* April 16.
Joseph, son of John and Betty Tarr, by Rev. B. Bradstreet.
Judith, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Clark, by Rev. John White.
Moses, son of Francis and Lois Pool, November 12.†
Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary Dressor, December 3.

1759

William, son of Ephraim and Abigail Sheldon, January 7.
Rachael, daughter of Eliezer and Sarah Lurvy, January 14.
(* Same name as Robards, †Died young.)

Ebenezer, son of John and Hannah Gott, January 21.
Betty, daughter of Thos. and Mary Goss, March 11
James, son of James and Lucy Tarr, March 25.
Edmund, son of Stephen and Judith Pool, May 20.
Susannah, daughter of Richard and Mary Clark, May 20.
Jabez, son of Benjamin, jr., and Mary Tarr, August 19.
Mary, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer and Abigail Cleaveland, August 26.
Daniel, son of Widow-Elizabeth Butler, August 26.
Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Mehetable Tarr, August 26.
John, son of John and Rachael Blachford, September 2.
William Davis, son of Joseph, jr., and Annis Thursten, September 16.
John, son of John, jr., and Sarah Row, September 30.
Hannah, daughter of James and Hannah Cooper, September 30.
David, son of Francis and Lois Pool, November 11.

1760

Abigail, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Williams, January 13.
Ebenezer, son of Joshua and Eunis Tarr, March 23.
Elinor, Jemima, William, Nathan, Ebenezer, John and Miriam, children of Nathan and Miriam Forster, March 30.
Samuel, son of Jacob and Lois Tarr,* March 30.
Jerusha, daughter of Thos. and Sarah Finson, April 27.
Dorcas, daughter of Thos. and Dorcas Robins, May 25.
Anne, daughter of Lt. John and Abigail Row, June 15.
Elizabeth, daughter of John Tarr, August 3, by Rev. Benj. Bradstreet.
Anne, daughter of Jonathan and Anne Andrews, September 14, by Rev. John Cleaveland.
Annis, daughter of Joseph Thurston, jr., September 14, by Rev. John Cleaveland.
Eliezer, son of Nehemiah and Betty Grover, October. 5, by Rev. Samll Chandler.
Ruth, daughter of Willm and Ruth Boynton, October. 5, by Rev. Samll Chandler.
Dorcas, daughter of Thor., jr., and Dorcas Dressor, October. 5, by Rev. Samll Chandler.
William, son of Ebenezer and Margret Grover, October. 26, by Rev. John Rogers.
James Edward, son of one Crookshanks, August 7, at Fort Edward.
Sarah, daughter of Sergt. Philip (of ye 17 Regt.) and Sarah Scholey, October. 1, at Crown Point.
William, 2nd,** son of James and Lucy Tarr, December 28.
John, son of Moses and Susannah Dressor, December 28.
(* They had a son David, who died young, ** He lost in the ship Tempest of Glour 1782.)

1761

Belty†, daughter of Stephen and Judith Pool, January 11.
Molly,§ daughter of Daniel and Anne Thusten, January 11.
John, son of John and Eunis Thursten, March 1.
William, son of Ralph and Martha Hacock, March 1.
Anne, daughter of Oliver and Deborah Steavens, March 8.
Molly, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Gamage, March 29.
Mary, daughter of Joshua, jr., and Sarah Norwood, April 12.
Deborah, daughter of Mark and Deborah Pool, April 19.
William, son of John, jr., and Sarah Row, June 7.
Abraham, son of Abraham and Mehitable Tarr, June 21.
Oliver, son of Samuel and Patience Wonson, June 28.
William, son of John and Rachel Blachford, August 2.
Anne, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Clark, August 9.
Job, son of Jams and Sarah? Parsons, August 30.
Edmon, son of John and Abigail Rowe, September 20.
Samll, son of Saml and Ruth Tarr,‡ September 27.
Jerusha, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Clark, September 27.
William, son of Joseph and Annis Thuston, October. 4.
Daniel, son of Daniel and Hannah Williams, October. 25.
Izzebelle, daughter of Ephraim and Abigail Sheldon, October. 25.
Anne, daughter of Benjamin, jr., and Mary Tarr, December 13.
(† Died young, § Married William Cook, ?Second wife, ‡ She was Ruth Gammage.)

1762

Daniel, son of Thomas and Margret Oaks, January 10.*
Wm Pts Amharst, son of Rev. Ebenezer and Abigail Cleaveland, January 17.
Martha, daughter of Jonathan and Martha Plats, January 17.
Esther, daughter of Francis and Lois Pool, January 31.
Esther, daughter of Joshua and Eunis Tarr, March 7.
Anne, daughter of Thomas and Dorcas Robins, March 7.
Peter, son of Eliezer and Sarah Lurvey, March 21.
Zabud, son of Nathan and Miriam Forster, March 21.
Sarah, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Gamage, March 21.
William, son of William and Ruth Boyonton, May 30.
Josiah, son of Zachriah and Anne Herrick, June 27.
Mehetibel, daughter of Jacob and Lois Tarr, June 27.
Caleb, son of Caleb and Elizabeth Norwood, July 11.
Mary, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Wheler, July 13.†
Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Lucretia Denison, August 1.†
John, son of Thor and Dorcas Dressor, August 8.
Oliver, son of Oliver and Deborah Steavens, August 8.
Judith, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah Butman, August 15. †
Martha, daughter of Jams and Lucy Tarr, August 22.
David Thomson, son of Thor and Patiance Chard, at Squam, August 29.
Mary, daughter of Andrew and Judith Woodbury, at P. Cove, August 29.
Moses, son of Steaven and Judith Pool, September 5.
Sarah, daughter of John and Eliner Hale, September 26. †
Joshua, son of Thomas and Sarah Webster, September 26. †
Susanna, daughter of Benoni and Keziah Harriden, September 26. †
Deborah, daughter of John and Betty Tarr, October. 3.*
Oliver, son of Hezekiah and Martha Lane, October. 17.*
Mary, daughter of Daniel and Mary Lane, October. 24. †
Lydia, daughter of Andrew and Lydia Harriden, October. 24. †
Deborah, daughter of Saml and Mary Butman, October. 24. †
Ambros, son of John and Eunis Thusten, November 21.*
Rebekah, daughter of Steaven and Judith Sanford, November 28.
Member, a Negro child belonging to Thos. Phips, November 28.
(*Lost in the ship Tempest, †Squam.)

1763

Patty, daughter of Ralph and Martha Hacock, January 16.
William, son of Thos and Mary Goss, February 20.
Nehemiah, son of Nehemiah and Bettie Grover, March 6.§
Daniel, son of Daniel and Hannah Gott, March 13.?
Joseph, son of Samuel and Patience Wonson, March 25.
Mary, daughter of William and Mary Whitridge, March 27. †
Jean, daughter of Timothy and Mary Harriden, March 27. †
Mary Saunders, daughter of Abraham and Mehetibel Tarr, April 4.
John, son of James and Elizabeth Day, May 8.†
Francis, son of Steaven and Hannah Serjant, May 8.†
Rachel, daughter of Jonathan and Lydia Sarjant, May 22. †
Moses, son of Benjamin and Mary Tarr,‡ May 29.*
Moses, son of Jams and Sarah Parsons, May 29.*
Sarah, daughter of John, jr., and Sarah Row, June 19.*
Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Mary Lane, June 19.*
Peter, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Griffin, June 26.?
Sarah, daughter of Lemuel and Marcy Tucker, June 26.?
Elizabeth, daughter of Job and Ruth Tucker, June 26.?
Amey, daughter of Abner and Amey Denison, June 26.?
(* Sandy Bay, †Squam, §Died young, ?P. Cove, ‡Lost in ship Tempest, Capt. P. Somes, 1781 or 82.)

1763

Joshua, son of Mark and Deborah Pool,† July 3.?
Judith, daughter of Jonathan and Anne§ Andrews, July 3.?
Eunis, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Marchent, July 24.?
Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel and Judith Clark, August __.
Daniel, son of Daniel and Mary Lane, August 21.?
Susannah, daughter of Joseph and Rachel Haris, August 21.?
Benjamin, son of Daniel and Anne Thusten, August 28.*
Daniel, son of Nehemiah and Ruth Stanwood, ? September 18.
Hannah, daughter of John and Ruth Robinson, ? September 18.
Jemima, daughter of William and Sarah Davis, ? September 18.
Jonathan, son of Thos. and Sarah Dressor,* September 18.
Joshua, son of Benjamin and Hannah Lane, October. 2.?
Steaven, son of Caleb and Elizabeth Norwood, October. 9.*
Abraham, son of Jonathan and Sarah Robinson. October. 16, ? by Rev. Mr. Jewett of Rowley.
Steaven, son of Steaven and Patieance Gott, October. 23.*
Rachel, daughter of John and Rachel Blachford, October. 23.*
Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Harriden, October. 30. ?
Robert, son of Caleb and Eunice Harriden, October. 30. ?
Sarah, daughter of John and Sarah Atkins, October. 30. ?
Henry, son of Henry and Mercy Tarr, December 4.*
(* Sandy Bay, † Lost in the ship Tempest about 1781 or 82, § Daughter of Thomas Harris, jr., ? Squam.)

1764

Isaac, son of Lt. John and Abigail Row,‡ January 1.
Nathan, son of Francis and Lois Pool, January 1.
Nehemiah Grover, son of William and Ruth Boyonton†, January 1.
Susannah, daughter of John and Susannah Woodberry, January 8.?
Nathaniel Treadwell, son of Samll and Mary Fellows, February 5.?
(* Sandy Bay, † Lost in the ship Tempest about 1781 or 82, ? Squam, ‡ Born December 31 died aged ninety)

1764

Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Pantiance Knights, February 12.
William, son of Isaac and Lucrecia Denison, March 4. †
Robert, son of Thos and Margaret Oaks, and
Joseph Clow, son of Abraham and Mehetabel Tarr, March 11, Cape.
Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Judith Griffin, March 18. †
Thankfull, daughter of Ephraim and Abigail Shelden, March 2 5.§
Annis, daughter of Joseph and Annis Thusten, April 8.§
Nathaniel, son of Benjamin and Sarah Wheler, April 22.§*
Mary, Anne, and Sarah, daughters of John and Rachel Proctor, May 13.§*
Esther, daughter of Thos. and Dorcas Robins, July 1.§*
James Robinson, son of John Dennis, July 8.†
Andrew Hasket, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Gott, July 8.†
John Vos, son of Ebenr _____ Pastor and Abigail Cleaveland, July 15.§
Solomon, son of James and Lucy Tarr, July 15.§
Oliver, son of Saml and Ruth Tarr, July 2 9.§
Dolly, daughter of John and Rachel Proctor, August 5. §*
Anne, daughter of Henry and Anne Davis, August 12.§
Thomas, son of Jesse and Martha Savel, August 19.§
Oliver, son of Oliver and Deborah Steavens, August 26.§
Bettie, daughter of Samll and Mary Butman, August 26.§
Elizabeth, daughter of William and Lydia Thomas, September 2.†
Ebenr, son of Steaven and Judith Pool, September 9. §?
Jonathan, son of Joshua and Eunis Tarr,
Hannah, daughter of Jonathan and Martha Plats, September 16.§
A son of Dick and Philis (Negroes), September 16.§
Hannah, daughter of John and Betty Tarr, October. 14.
(* Pigeon Cove. † Squam, § Sandy Bay, ?One day old.)

Aaron, son of Caleb Lane, October 28. †
Susannah, daughter of Daniel and Susan Griffin, October 28.†
Sarah, daughter of Thos and Dorcas Dressor, December 9.*
Sarah, daughter of Jams and Sarah Davis,* December 16.?
Gideon, son of Gideon and Mary Lane, December 16.?
David, son of Jacob and Lois Tarr, December 23.* ‡
(† Squam, * Sandy Bay, ? Belong to Squam, ‡ Died young or moved away)

1765

Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Griffin, January 24.†
Deborah, daughter of Steaven and Elizabeth Richardson, February 10. Sojorner.
Solomon, son of Solomon and Abigail Lane, February 24.†
Eunis, daughter of John and Eunis Thursten, March 3.*
Elizabeth, daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Norwood, March 3.*
William, son of Thomas and Mary Goss, April 7.*
Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Clark, May 12.*
Mary, daughter of John and Sarah Row, May 19.*
Samuel, son of John and Rachel Blachford, May 26.*
Lucy, daughter of Capt. Francis and Anna Norwood, May 26.*
Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Corney, June 16.*
Job, son of Ebenr and Mary Lane, June 23.*
William, son of John Pierce, June 23.*
Esther, daughter of Mark and Deborah Pool, August 11.*
Epse, son of Benjamin and Mary Tarr, September 1.*§
Mary, John and Adam, children of John and Anne Boyd, September 1.*§
Andrew, son of James and Sarah Parsons, September 8.*
Ambros, son of Ambros and Deborah Griffin, September 15.*
Joanna, daughter of David and Jessie Dennison, September 15.*
(* Sandy Bay, † Squam, § Adam Boyd settled in Essex, and left sons,)

1765

Abraham, son of Dea. Caleb and Sarah Pool, October. 13.*
Edmund, son of William and Ruth Boynton, October. 13.*
William, son of Benjamin and Patience Knights, October. 13.*
Martha, daughter of Hezekiah and Martha Lane, October. 13.*
Martha, daughter of William and Martha Thusten, October. 20.*
Nathaniel, son of Henry and Mercy Tarr, November 3.*
Esther, daughter of Daniel and Anne Thusten, November 3.*
Anne, daughter of Jabez and Mary Row, November 24.*
Thos, son of Thos and Margaret Oaks, December 1.*
Amori, daughter of Caleb Lane, December 8.§
Ephraim, son of Ephraim and Abigail Shelden, December 22.*
(* Sandy Bay, § Squam.)

1755 ~ 1765 | 1766 ~ 1776 | 1777 ~ 1787 | 1788 ~ 1808

Rev. Eben Cleaveland Records

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Source: Essex Antiquarian, Volume II, Number 12, December 1898

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