Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. I am not an expert and I consider most of my research as a work in progress. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Joseph Atkins 1669-1726 and Martha Pease of Eastham, Mass.

Joseph Atkins was born at Eastham, Mass., on 4 May 1669, the son of Henry Atkins and his second wife Bethia (Linnell).

Joseph is my seventh great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family.
Map of Cape Cod

About 1709 Joseph married Martha Pease, the daughter of James Pease and Elizabeth Norton of Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Some early genealogies don’t have Joseph’s wife identified, but she is shown to be Martha through her father’s 1711 will (Edgartown Prob. Recs. 85).

Joseph and Martha had eight children:

Joseph born 9 December 1710
Martha born 9 November 1711
Anna born 12 December 1713
Paul born 11 August 1716
James born 25 December 1718
John born 18 January 1720/21
Uriah born 7 September 1722
Hannah born 4 April 1726

I descend from their daughter Anna who married Paul Sears. I wrote about that couple here.
Doane homestead
Example of an early Eastham home (this belonged to Oliver Doane)

Joseph died at Eastham on 25 March 1726. Martha’s death date is unknown.

As you can see, I haven’t found a tremendous about of records concerning Joseph and Martha. If anyone knows of anything I missed or spots an error, please let me know.

Sources Not Listed Above:

Charles Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard, Vol III, 1911

Josiah Paine, Early Settlers of Eastham, Book 2, Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, No. 32, 916

David Hamblin, First Settlers of Eastham, MA, NEHGR, January 1852

Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700


  1. Courtney HamiltonApril 17, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    How interesting! I'm researching my family genealogy and happened upon this site. I may be related to this family through Martha Pease's daughter, Martha Atkins, who married Joseph Hamilton. I'm trying to trace this very same Joseph Hamilton's family and find the link to mine... it's there in the family tree, but I have no evidence he's linked to us (yet). Thank you for your information on Martha Pease... I'm going to use it to fill in even more gaps on the tree. :)

    1. Thanks for your note, Courtney. I hope you find the information to link you to that couple. Chris

  2. Hi Courtney & Chris,

    Courtney, I am also researching Joseph & Martha (Atkins) Hamilton. I'd love to compare notes. We have some very interesting DNA work on multiple descendants of this Cape Cod Hamilton family that I'd like to share with you. I have been working through Tolland, CT records of their children also. Please drop me a note if you would at: ghamiltons {at sign} yahoo.com. Thanks! Glen Hamilton.

    1. Courtney HamiltonApril 20, 2016 at 5:55 PM

      Hi, Glen! I'm sorry it took me so long to see this, but YES! I'm definitely interested in what research you have. I'll email you now!