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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ancestors from Various Bristol County Towns: Dartmouth, Taunton/Raynham, Swansea, Freetown, and Rehoboth

This post is part of an ongoing project of organizing my direct ancestors by the towns in New England where they lived. I love learning about the towns in which they lived and will list my favorite resources. Please add a comment about your family from these towns and your favorite resources as well. Much of the genealogical information is a work in progress! I have blogged about many of the ancestors listed, but some I don't know enough about yet to write a sketch of their lives.

Some Bristol County, Mass. towns where my ancestors lived. 


Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Mass.

Thomas Pope, b. ca 1612 in England, m. 1st Anne Fallowell, 2nd Sarah Jenny (daughter of John 1 Jenny of Plymouth), of Plymouth and then Dartmouth, d. Dartmouth in 1683. Descend through Thomas and Sarah’s son Seth Pope b. Plymouth 1649, m. Deborah Perry about 1675 (Deborah was born 1654 at Sandwich, the dau of Ezra Perry and Elizabeth Burgess), d. Dartmouth 1727 and buried in Acushnet. He was a large landholder in Sandwich where he purchased property for his sons, owned a wharf and warehouse in New Bedford. I then descend through their son Seth Pope born 1689 in Dartmouth, lived at Sandwich, died there 1744, m. Hannah Bourne 1710 at Sandwich (she was born 1689 at Sandwich the daughter of Elizabeth Bourne and Patience Skiffe. I then descend through son John Pope who was born Sandwich 1716, m Mercy Swift (dau of Josiah Swift and Experience Nye) died Sandwich 1762. Then through their daughter Abigail Pope who was born 1747 at Sandwich, married William Nye in Sandwich 1766.
 
Freetown, Bristol Co., Mass.

William Davis b. Freetown 1688, m. Keziah Cudworth in 1712 at Freetown (I haven’t found details on her yet), he died 1757. I descend through their dau Keziah who married Ignatious Perkins.
Luke Perkins b. about 1640 prob in Hampton NH, m. Hannah Long in 1663 probably at Charlestown in 1663 (she was b. 1637 at Charlestown daughter of Richard Long), d. Charlestown 1710. I descend through their son Luke b. 1667 at Charlestown, m. Martha Conant 1688 at Salem (she was born 1664 at Beverly, dau of Lot Conant and Elizabeth Walton), lived for a time in Ipswich, Marblehead, Beverly, Wenham, died 1748 at Plympton. I then descend through their son Luke Perkins who was born 1695 at Beverly or Wenham, m. Ruth Cushman in 1717 (she was b. 1700 at Plymouth, dau of Robert Cushman and Persis Lewis), they lived in Wrentham at one point, no death records found. I then descend through Ignatious Perkins, b. Plympton 1720, m. Keziah Davis in 1743 (she was born 1725 Freetown dau of Wm Davis and Keziah Cudworth), no death record yet found.  Some children were born at Freetown and later moved to Wrentham, eventually back to Freetown. I then descend through Ruth Perkins b. 1752 at Wrentham, m. Jesse Pierce 1772 in Middleborough, d. bef Jan 1799 probably in Plymouth.
Thomas Simmons, born 1600 in England, m. Elizabeth Nash (born England 1609, died 1680 at Scituate), died Boston 1682. Also lived at Scituate. I descend through their son John who was b. Scituate about 1640, m. Martha Shephard about 1668 (she was b ca 1648), died Freetown 1711. I descend through their son Abraham who was born 1679 at Freetown, m. Ann Lee in 1707, d. Freetown in 1749. Then through Mary Simmons who was born Freetown 1723, m. Richard Pierce 1745 at Freetown.  


Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Mass.
John Sutton b. 1594 Great Snoring, Norfolk, England, m. Julian Adocke 1620 at Eaton, Norwich, Norfolk (Julian was born 1599 Attelborough, Norfolk dau of John Adcocke and Elizabeth Eldred). Migrated on the Diligent in 1638. Lived at Hingham and then Rehoboth.  Died 1672 at Rehoboth.  I descend through their son John who was born 1621 at Great Snoring, m. Elizabeth Howes 1662 at Scituate (she was born Scituate 1636 dau of Samuel Howes and Ann Hammond). I then descend through Mary Sutton born 1666 at Scituate who married Benjamin Booth about 1690 and died after March 1709 prob at Middleborough.

Swansea, Bristol Co., Mass.
Samuel Eddy, baptized 15 May 1608, Cranbrook, Kent, England, son of Rev. William Eddy and Mary Fosten. Migrated 1630, first at Plymouth, then Swansea by 1651. Married Elizabeth ___ by 1637. He died Swansea 1689. Then descend through their son Obadiah b. about 1645, married Bennet Ellis (it is believed she is dau of John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman, b. 1649). Obadiah lived Swansea, Plymouth and Middleborough. I then descend through their daughter Hazadiah born Plymouth 1672, m. Samuel Sampson 1695 in Duxbury, died before Dec 1726

Taunton (in an area now Raynham), Bristol Co., Mass.
Samuel Wilbore, b. about 1595, probably Braintree, Essex, England, son of Nicholas Wilbore and Elizabeth Thickines. He married 1st Ann Smith 1620 at Sible Hedingham, Essex (Ann was born 1592 Sible Hedingham, the daughter of Richard Smith) and 2nd Elizabeth ___ Lechford.  He first settled at Boston by 1633 and then was an original settler of Portsmouth, RI, signing the Portsmouth Compact in 1638. He owned shares in the Taunton Iron Works (in area that is now Raynham) and lived there as well in 1648, eventually returning to Boston.  He was originally banished from Boston for being a follower of Ann Hutchinson. I descend through Samuel and Ann’s son Samuel, b. 1622 Sible Hedingham, Essex, m. Hannah Porter about 1650 probably at Boston (Hannah was born about 1630, dau of John Porter who also lived in Portsmouth). Samuel died Taunton in 1697. I descend through their daughter Rebecca born ___ at Portsmouth, RI, m. William Browning in 1687, died 1728, probably in Kingstown, RI. 
Image result for taunton iron works plaque
source: Waymarking.com




 Favorite Resources for Researching These Towns:


The Great Migration Begins by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995
Americanancestors.org databases
Soldiers of King Philips War, George M. Bodge, 1896


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