Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and love that this blog helps with that. I consider much of my research as a work in progress, so please let me know if you have conflicting information. 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 male 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, and John Howland.
Female Mayflower ancestors: Mary Norris Allerton, Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Mrs. James Chilton, Sarah Eaton, and Joan Hurst Tilley.
Child Mayflower ancestors: Giles Hopkins, (possibly) Constance Hopkins, Mary Allerton, Francis Billington, Love Brewster, Mary Chilton, Samuel Eaton, and Elizabeth Tilley.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jeremiah Kelley (about 1664 to 1728) and Sarah (Chase?) of West Dennis, Mass.

Jeremiah Kelley (spelled in many ways including O’Killey, Oceley and O’Killia) was born circa 1664 in Yarmouth (in an area that is now West Dennis), Mass., one of the seven children of David O’Killia and Jane Powell. I wrote about David and Jane here.

Jeremiah’s wife is not known with certainty, only that her first name was Sarah. Genealogist R. Dudley Kelley states her maiden name is unknown. Genealogist Burt Derick gives her name as Sarah Chase, daughter of John Chase and Elizabeth Baker, as does an article by Mrs. Earl Chase.

Jeremiah was very influential in Yarmouth (now Dennis) and was a large land-holder, owning almost all of the current day village of West Dennis between Bass and West Pond Rivers. He was involved in farming, fishing and building windmills.  
Bass River, West Dennis, MA

Jeremiah and Sarah were Quakers. “Jeremiah Cille” first appears in the Sandwich Monthly Meeting Minutes 3d 4mo 1709 as the Yarmouth representative. He is next mentioned 6d 8mo 1709 when at "this meeting frends give acount what they are willing to give tord Boston meeting hous," and he gave two shillings (Sandwich Monthly Meeting Minutes of the Society of Friends, Men's Friends Minutes 1672-1754, RI Historical Society in Providence.)

Jeremiah and Sarah had nine children:
Sarah who married Oliver Carpenter and Robert Hall
Jeremiah who married Charity Pease
Joseph who married Tabitha Baker
John who married Hannah Eldredge
Eleazer who married Sarah Browning and Phebe Baker
Seth who married Mehitable Wing
Amos who married Abigail ____
Hannah who married Elnathan Eldredge
Deliverance who married Silas Baker

The first eight children were recorded at Yarmouth as Ocelley (Yarmouth VR 1:8). Deliverance’s birth isn’t recorded in Yarmouth, but she is named in her father’s will.

I descend from Eleazer and his first wife Sarah Browning.

He was granted land 11 Feb 1691/2: "There is given and granted to Jeremyah OKilly his heirs and assignes forever 28 acres of land be it more or less where now his house is, the bounds first beginning on the west side of his fence the sd fence standing upon his owne land and the range extends fr the pond neere nor north east to a pine tree with an old mark and thence to a red oak marked (25 pole from sd pond) thence by a sett of neere east south east 80 poles to two pine trees marke thence by a sett of neere south west 60 poles to a pine tree marked thence turning about a poynt more westward to the affore sd pond which is about 40 rods to a pine marked by the pond the sd pond being the south west bounds..." (Yarmouth Grants)

In the first division of Yarmouth lands Jeremiah OKilley bargained with the committee for lands abutting his present property; in return he remitted his choices in the division. He was also allotted one day's pay for helping lay out the division. In June 1712: "laid out to Jeremiah Killy apeace of Land below his house in ye neck: Set from a stake by his fence E. & by S. 18 road to ye pond. & from Sd stake sets S. & by W. 124 rod by marked trees to stake by Zachariah Riders marsh a little distence from ye pertision fence then set is Bounded by ye marsh to ye nerrow upland Betweene ye marsh & fence & so to ye pond & by ye pond to ye stake on ye Bank in ye first mention line Leaving ye way by his house to go on ye E. side of his corner stake; reserving all Necessery ways for people to go to ye marsh for there hay for which he Remiteth his whole Right in this first Divition." (Yarmouth MA Proprietors Records, 1710-1787, Yarmouth Town Clerk's office)

At the second division of lands, held June 1713, Jeremiah once again remitted his allotment: "Laid out to Jeremiah Killey a piece of Land Bounded on ye w. side by his own Land & at ye S. End by ye pond & swamp & set Eastly by his oun Marsh & Part of burgeses marsh to a tree marked IO. & IC: Set thence N. half Eastly about 74 rod as trees are marked: to a pine tree marked on 4 sides: Standing on ye south marked set thence westward about 26 rod to his own corner Bounds: Reserving to Burges 2 rod in Bredth along by his meddow for his conveance to his meddow for which peice of Land he Remits his whole Right in this Second Division to witt 20 shares". (Town of Yarmouth, second division of lands in the Proprietors Book)

In the third division of lands at Yarmouth July 1714, he chose: "Lot No. 124...Begineth at ye N.W Corner of ye 123d Lott a tree No: 123: 124: Set thence S: in ye Range of ye 123d Lot 388 Rod to ye No tree by ye pond & thence into the Sea. Sets from Sd No tree of ye 123 Lot. Nere ye Sea W: about 39 Rod to tree No 124 Sets South from Sd tree to ye Sea: & Sets N. from Sd tree about 380 Rod as trees are marked to a white Oak tree No 124: 125: by a Little Swamp thence on ye same Range to ye Rang of a piece of Land laid to John Chase thence Easterly in ye same Range of Sd piece of Land laid out to Chase about 38 Rod to ye first mentioned stake allowing all Needfull ways through this Lott." (Town of Yarmouth, third division, Proprietors Book.)

During the spring of 1721, a committee of Yarmouth proprietors was chosen to report on the effects of erosion in this area and on 10 May 1721 they reported: "that they had been Down to ye above Sd beach & viewd it & there was a certin parsel of beach falt & sedge ground to Eastward of Yarmouth of ye bass River finding that ye meddows of Divers persons are in danger of being bound with sand. To prevent ye same...it was Needfull that something be Done in order to prevent the sand and do think it adviseable that ye same shoud be either sold to them that appear to buy ye same or be hired out to som person that will keep it with in fence & whereas a great part of it Lyes fronting to Jeremiah Okilys & some other with in him we do think it adviseable or proper they should have the Refusall of sd beach or flat." Committee: Joseph Hall, John Hallet and Shubal Baxter. Proprietor Clerk, Samuel Sturgis. (Proprietors Record)

A road layout, recorded 15 April 1723, gives a general location of some of Jeremiah's property: "a public road was laid out from the Harwich town line westerly, past John Gages house, over the brook, along John Chases field to John Baker's; past Isaac Chase, and then along ye old way till it cometh to ye new way, newly cleared by Jeremiah Okilley, and so along in said new way bounded on ye East side by the West end of the Long Lots, 2 rods wide all along from the Harwich line; then ye new way leaveth, along by Jeremiah okilley's barn and house, and so along as ye old way goeth, by Richard Taylor's fence, thence by Wm Baker's, thence to the corner of Thomas Follon's fence, into ye County Road. (Yarmouth Town Clerk's Book)

Jeremiah died in Yarmouth (now West Dennis) on 30 August 1728. It is possible he is buried in an unmarked grave at the old Quaker Burial Ground in Dennis.
Granite marker at the Quaker Burial Ground, Dennis Source: Findagrave.com

Some of the very view gravestones at the Quaker Burial Ground in Dennis

The will of Jeremiah Ockilley of Yarmouth, County of Barnstable, dated 8 Nov 1727 (Barnstable Probate Records, Vol 4, pg. 466-7):

"All my debts to be paid by my four sons Joseph, John, Eleaser & Seth. To son, Joseph Ockilley: upland at South Sea in Yarmouth he now lives upon with the housing and fencing being the Easterly side of my land there, and is divided by a fence beginning at the salt meadow and so to a pond as fence stands then to bottom end of said pond to a stake, then straight through a little swamp to stake by the highway. To son, Eleaser Ockilly: the other part of my upland at South Sea he now lives on, with housing and fencing, being the Westerly side of tract. To sons, Joseph, John, & Eleaser Ockilley: salt meadow at Crookey Neck, containing that part of my right there which is bounded - beginning at John Gage's meadow on the South side, and leaving the Herring River on the East side, along River from Gage's meadow to a fence that runs across my meadow and a certain Island of upland (     ) to the said River on the West side of the tract, and said to mark (    ) pounds on the Northerly end of their right of meadow. To son, Seth Ockilley: all my homestead which I now live upon with housing fencing and orchard, and all my other lands that I do not give to anyone else, and a parcel of salt meadow lying by my well, being the northerly part of my meadow in Crookey Neck, Joseph, John and Eleaser allowing convenient and necessary cartways without cost for said Seth to cart from his meadow; also I give unto my son Seth all my moveable estate except what shall be hereafter expressed. To son, Amos Ockelley: meadow in Crooky Neck beginning at a pine tree by upland and stake by River being the most Westerly bounds of Joseph, John & Eleasers meadow in Crooky Neck, thence West to the end of my meadow together with all my lands in Crooky Neck; Amos to pay to my two grand daughters Elisabeth and Jerusha Ockilley daughters of my son Jeremiah Ockelley deceased the sum of 10 pounds apiece if they live to eighteen years. To my four sons, Joseph, John, Eleazer, & Seth Ockilley all my salt meadow and Stage flats at South Sea equally, with that Small Island of upland and meadow I bought of Wheelden. To my three daughters, Sarah Carpenter, Hannah Eldridge & Deliverance Baker my three beds and all my pots, iron and pewter vessels. Executores: Eleazer OKilley & Seth OKilley." Nathaniel Sherman, Judah Wing and Elisha Wing were witnesses. The will was proved 23 Oct 1728 (Barnst. Co. Prob. 4:466-68).

The inventory, taken by Peter Thatcher, Richard Taylor and Josiah Miller on 27 Nov 1728 totaled 1,447 pounds, 5 shillings, 10 pence, a large amount of money for that time. (See Barnst. Co. Prob. 4:469.)

Sarah is not named in Jeremiah’s will and is thought to have died in 1727.

Sources Not Included Above:
R. Dudley Kelley, Descendants of David Okillea of Yarmouth, NEHGR, April and July 1997

Eunice Kelley Randall, Kelley Genealogy, 1962

Mrs. Earl Chase, The Kelley Family, CCGS Bulletin, Summer 2004 (reprinted from October 1975)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lloyd Johnson 1875-1953 and Elizabeth Pearson 1876-1910, England to Haverhill, Mass

Last week I headed out to Haverhill, Mass., to do some poking around regarding my great-grandparents Lloyd and Elizabeth (Pearson) Johnson, who lived there. They were the parents of my maternal grandfather, Frederick Johnson.

Lloyd interests me because I wonder why he left England and what he was looking to find in America. He already had a good job as an electrical engineer in England. He first went to Tennessee and then later to Haverhill, Mass., where he worked as an insurance agent and a hatter, lowly jobs compared to what he had been doing in Britain. He then went to Boston, then Malden. He died in 1953, at age 78, in Medford. My grandmother said he told stories of business trips to Africa, so perhaps he liked adventure or was always looking for something new.

I wrote about Lloyd and Elizabeth in another blog entry here.

I had been to the Linwood Cemetery before looking for Elizabeth’s grave, but could not find it. I have a map and the grave location, but it’s a large cemetery and none of the roads or burial areas are marked, so it’s a bit confusing to navigate. I finally found Elizabeth’s grave yesterday. It’s a small stone, but in good condition. I’m so used to seeing family plots at the cemeteries I visit, so I found it sad to see hers standing alone. Her husband left Haverhill and remarried and only her son Hector remained in Haverhill. He is also buried at Linwood with his wife Eva, but I gave up trying to find their stone.

Her gravestone is inscribed:
Elizabeth Johnson
Feb. 1910
Aged 34 yrs.

Note: According to her birth record she was actually 33. The obituary states she was 35.

I also went to the Haverhill Public Library to check out their local collection and to look at newspaper microfilm for her obituary, which I was very happy to find, although it didn’t give any new information.

Haverhill Evening Gazette
Thurs Feb 17, 1910
page 11
Johnson, in this city, Feb. 16, Elizabeth Johnson, wife of Lloyd Johnson, aged 35 years, 3 months, 14 days, funeral from Trinity Church Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, relatives and friends invited. Friends may view the remains at her late home, No. 2 Boston Street, after 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

I looked at the library’s collection of Haverhill City Directories to learn more about Lloyd’s time there.

He is first mentioned in the 1904 Haverhill City Directory: Lloyd Johnson, electrician, rms 11 Beacon

1905 Haverhill Directory: Lloyd Johnson ins agent 91 Merrimack rm 47, h 2 Boston (note: h=house)
Under Businesses in 1905 Directory: John Hancock Mutual Life Ins. Co., 91 Merrimack, Rm 47 (Note: I drove down Merrimack Street; it seems like what would be no. 91 is now a large parking garage)
Under Street Directory in 1905:
2 Lewis F. Brown Mill Oper
2 Lloyd Johnson ins agent
1 Charles Moore shoe maker
1 John W. Flanders fore

This is the first time I have seen mention he worked as an insurance agent.

1906 Haverhill City Directory:
Lloyd Johnson, ins agt h 2 Boston

1907 Haverhill Directory: Lloyd Johnson, hat fin h 2 Boston
Same people living on Boston as the year prior

Hat manfrs in the directory:
Emmons Bros Co. (ladies) railroad Ave, Bradford
Thom, WB & Co., 270 River, also shops in Boston and New York

1909 Haverhill Directory:
Lloyd Johnson, hat fin h 2 Boston
Boston Rd WH
1 Jesse J. Jedrey hatter
1. Robert T. Regan
2 Lloyd Johnson hat fin
3 Lewis F. Brown hat fin

1910 Directory: Lloyd Johnson, hat finisher h 2 Boston

1911 Directory: Lloyd Johnson removed to Boston

It was interesting to see he left town soon after Elizabeth's death as the family seemed to have a strong connection with the city. Lloyd's son Hector married a Haverhill girl and they raised their family there.

I also drove by the house where they lived at 2 Boston Street, assuming the house numbers have not changed.

2 Boston St., Haverhill

Monday, June 4, 2012

Luke Perkins ca 1640-1710 and Hannah Long 1637-1715

Luke Perkins was born ca 1640, probably in Hampton, New Hampshire, the son of Abraham and Mary (maiden name unknown) Perkins.

An indenture dated 4th mo. 3d day 1654, states that Luke Perkins, aged about 'fortene' with the consent of his parents puts himself apprentice to Samuel Carter, shoemaker, both of Charlestown.

Luke married Hannah Long on 9 March 1662/63, likely in Charlestown, Mass. She was born 3 March 1636/7 at Charlestown, the daughter of Robert Long by his second wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name is not known. Hannah had married first Henry Cookery.

Hannah was admitted to the First Church at Charlestown on 29 March 1668.
Copy of an oil painting of the First Church, Charlestown


John who died young
Luke who died young
Luke who married Martha Conant
Elizabeth who married Nicholas Lobdell
Hannah who married Richard Way

I descend from Luke. I wrote about that couple here..

Luke served in Capt. Thomas Prentice's Company, listed on a treasurer's report dated 24 April 1676, under the command of Lt. Edward Oakes. He was paid 19 shillings, 8 pence.

The Middlesex Troop arrived at Swansey (Swansea), at Miles' garrison, and was fired upon by Indians. Mr. Church was also with them. Several were wounded, so they withdrew. Next day they were fortified by Capt. Mosely's volunteers, and they charged across a bridge and drove the Indians from the "Neck." On June 30 they rode to Rehoboth. The next day the troop was divided, with one division serving under Lt Edward Oakes. It seems both troops rode back by the same route. Prentice's men came upon Indians burning a house, but could not get at them, because of a delay caused by having to tear down fences that were in the way, giving the Indians time to retreat to a swamp. Lt Oakes' forces discovered them and chased them over a plain, killing two of Philip's top men, also losing one of their own men, John Druse. Capt. Prentice's men spent the next few days searching the swamps, but then went with the army to Narraganset. After they returned to Swansey and learned that Philip was hiding in Pocasset Swamp, the majority of Massachusetts troops were sent to Boston. Capt. Prentice and his troop were ordered to scout towards Mendon, where the Indians had lately made an assault upon the people, killing several. The troopers met Capt. Johnson's company at Mendon. On 3 Dec 1675, Capt. Prentice was appointed to command a troop of horse in the Narraganset campaign, seeing much action, including battle at Bull's garrison and scouting raids.

It appears Lt Oakes was at Lancaster after its destruction Feb 10, 1675/76, and after that was scouting between Marlborough and Medfield, at was quartered at the latter with his troop during the attack 21 Feb. He also submitted a small bill for billeting his troop at Billerica, no date.
Depiction of a Native American attack during King Philip's War

Luke Perkins died at Charlestown on 20 March 1709/10. His son, Luke Perkins of Ipswich, was appointed administrator of the estate on 12 March 1712/13. Inventory: House 62 pounds, personal property 17 pounds. In the account of administration, widow Hannah was named, also son Luke, grandchild Elisabeth daughter of Jeremiah Wright, and Sarah daughter of William Emery.

Hannah died at Charlestown 16 November 1715.

Luke Perkins of Plympton, as administrator of the estates of his father and mother, sold the old homestead in Charlestown the year his mother died.

I have read that Luke and Hannah may be buried at Copp’s Hill Burial Ground in Boston, without surviving headstones.
Copps Hill Burial Ground
Photograph of Copp's Hill source: cityofboston.gov

Sources Not Listed Above:
Joseph W. Porter, An Account of Part of the Family of Abraham Perkins of Hampton NH, who lived in Plymouth County, Mass., NEHGR, Vol. 50, 1896

Asa W. Brown, Perkins Family of Hampton, NH, NEHGR, 1858, Volume 12

George Madison Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War, A Critical Accounting of That War with a Concise History of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620-1677, 1896

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, 1995