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Saturday, September 20, 2014

THE NUTTS IN MY FAMILY TREE PT3

Before I move on, I'd thought I'd share my line of descent from Miles Nutt.
As you can see from the RM6 Relationship Chart below it through six
generation of women before Amos Hastings Barker, then another two
women before my father Floyd E West Jr.


  


Friday, September 19, 2014

THE NUTTS IN MY FAMILY TREE PT2

 I have done a number of transcriptions now and usually am able to read most
of the documents I've worked on in the past. Having been taught three different
styles of penmanship in different school systems growing up helps. But occasionally
I do run into something where I can tell right off the bat I'm going to have trouble.
It's usually something to do with what I think of as the writer's "hand", the little
out of the ordinary manner of their writing. In this case there are two different
documents in the will of Miles Nutt: the first is dated 4 Jan 1658:


It has some parts I am still puzzling over. There is mention of his wife Sibsa and
her daughter Anna, but no mention of a daughter Sarah, at least that I could make
out from it. I noticed Anna is referred to as "her daughter", not "our daughter" so
I think Sibsa was a widow when she married Miles.

The second version of the will is dated 1Feb 1660 and the handwriting is different
and easier to read.




Sibsa is mentioned again but Anna is not. But about halfway down the page there it
is, mention of "my daughter Sarah {?} now wife of John Wayman"!




So now I knew that Miles had made two wills, written two years apart, but they
they weren't filed until 1674. Using his name and the probable death year of 1674
I Googled him, and found this:

NUTT. Myles was made freeman, 1637; was a proprietor of Watertown 1636-7, and in
1642. In Woburn, he was taxed in the first town rate on record, levied 22 Dec. 1646;
and order also was given about the same time for enlarging his house lot. He was Selectman in Woburn, in 1647, and during seven of the nine years immediately succeeding. In 1644, November 5th, his daughter Sarah, whom he had brought with 

him from England, was married to Lieut. John Wyman; and after Mr. Wyman's death, May 1684, she was md. to Thomas Fuller 25 Aug. of the same year. Mr. Nutt died 
at Malden, 2 July, 1671, aged about 73 years. [Bond's Watertown: Woburn Town Records, Vol. I., p. 97. Records of Marriages, etc., etc., in Woburn.

-History of Woburn by Samuel Sewall  Wiggen &  Lunt Publishing Co. Boston 1868 pp627-628

So from the wills I was able to learn (so far) that besides his daughter Sara, Miles Nutt had a wife named Sibsa and a stepdaughter named Anna. He made out two wills over a decade before his death, which makes me think he'd been seriously ill on both occasions. Sometime between the first and second wills something happened to cause him to remove Anna's name from the second will. And why was Sarah mentioned only in the second will?  I still have to work on transcribing both documents completely.

I learned from the History of Woburn that Miles and Sarah had come from England together apparently after his first wife had died, and that Sarah remarried after her husband John Wyman's death. I'd pushed that branch of the tree back a generation. dding a father, a stepmother and stepsister, and a second husband to what I already knew about Sarah Nutt.

I LOVE Probate files!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

THE NUTTS IN MY FAMILY TREE PT1

When I read Randy Seaver's blogpost about the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1648-1871, being up over at the AmericanAncestors.org website
the first thing I did was go to my RootsMagic6 database and run a "Who Was Where
List" from the Reports menu. I made it for anyone who had lived, died, or was
married in Middlesex County from 1600 to 1800. I didn't know exactly when all of
my ancestors came there but I felt using 1600 (30 years or so before the probable date)
would do for the start point and by 1800 my Dad's ancestral lines had moved up to
Maine and New Hampshire. One of my hopes using the Probate Files website was not
just to find records for names on the list but to find those that would help push some of
my lines a generation or two further back. One of those I was looking to that with was
the family of Sarah Nutt.

Sarah Nutt is my 8x great grandmother from my paternal grandmother Cora Bertha
Barker's side of the family. I knew she was born in England but she married John Wyman
in Woburn, Middlesex, Ma. in 1644 so it was possible her parents had brought her over
to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. I decided to run a search on the Middlesex County
Probate Records for anyone named Nutt living there from 1600-1700.





And this is what the result was:



Well, just one file, for a Miles Nutt, filed in 1674. Could this be Sarah Nutt's father?
I opened the file and then looked at the three images...










A will! Fantastic! I did the genealogist's Happy Dance (silently, in my
head, so as not to wake my neighbors. I've been doing a lot of those silent
Happy Dances because of these Middlesex County Probate Files).
Then I took a closer look, and realized I had a problem,


To be continued.

Monday, September 15, 2014

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS#37: JAMES DAVIS

Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 9x great grandfather
James Davis, father of Samuel Davis in my previous post in this series.

Again, from William Richard Cutter:
James Davis, immigrant ancestor, was born in England about 1583-88, and was among the early settlers of Haverhill, Massachusetts, whence about 1640 he removed to Haverhill, where he was one of the first board of selectmen in 1646. He was probably a brother of Thomas Davis, lawyer, born about 1602, who came from Marlborough, England, in the ship "James", April, 1635, and settled in Newbury; was admitted a freeman June 2, 1641; removed to Haverhill where he was a proprietor and town officer; his wife Christian died April 7, 1668, and he died July 27, 1683, having no descendants of the male line, as far as we know. James Davis was excused from training by the county court at Hampton (New Hampshire) in 1650, on account of his age. His sons James Jr. and John were also proprietors of Haverhill. His wife Cicely died there May 28, 1673, and he died, aged about ninety-six years, we are informed, Januuary 29, 1676. His will was dated March 17 1675 with codicil of July 22, 1675, and proved 1680, naming sons John, Ephraim, Samuel and James; daughter Sarah Page; grandchildren, James, son of John; Stephen and Ephraim Davis, sons of Ephraim; James Guild or Gile, son of Samuel. Children: 1. James Jr., the eldest, married, December 1, 1648, Elizabeth Eaton. 2. John, born about 1623, married, December, 1646, Jane Peaslee. 3. Judith, married, September 1, 1647, Samuel Gile (Guild). 4. Ephraim, died September 25, 1679; married, December 31, 1659, Mary Johnson, who married again November 1, 1682, Edward Clarke. 5. Samuel, mentioned below. 6. Sarah, married, June 18, 1683, John Page -p2166

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 4(Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company,
1910 Boston (Mass.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS#36: SAMUEL DAVIS

Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 8x great grandfather
Samuel Davis.

I have a double descendancy  from William Barnes of Salisbury and Amesbury, Ma. One
line is through his oldest daughter Mary who married John Hoyt; the other is through
his third daughter Deborah who married Samuel Davis. Two generations later the two
lines came together. So I'll discuss the Davis' first and then the Hoyts.

The following is once again from one of William Richard Cutter's collections of
genealogical biographies:

Samuel, son of James Davis, was born about 1640. He married, December 17 (Haverhill record) or December 19 (Salisbury record), 1663, Deborah Barnes. He was in Haverhill as early as 1672; took the oath of allegiance and fidelity at Amesbury, December, 1677. He died September 10, 1696, at Haverhill. His will dated at Amesbury, September 7, 1696, was proved September 29, following. His widow Deborah died January 14, 1718-19, at Haverhill. Children: 1. Samuel, born January 26, 1666-67, received land in Amesbury by will of his father. 2. Deborah, born about 1668, died September 25, 1669. 3. Rachel, born August 3, 1670. 4. Joseph, born May 3, 1673, mentioned below. 5. William, born February 20, 1674-75, married, December 31, 1700, Mary Kelly: inherited land from father at Haverhill. 6. Rebecca, married, January 5, 1696-97, Abiel Kelly. 7. Ephraim, born November 8, 1679, inherited land at Haverhill.8. Sarah, born November 8, 1679 (twin). 9. Amos, born June 15, 1683, died April 25, 1686. I0. Mary, born May 16, 1685. p2166
Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 4(Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company,
1910 Boston (Mass.)

Rebecca Davis and Abiel Kelly are my 7x great grandparents. Their child Richard
would marry his cousin Susannah Hoyt.

Friday, September 12, 2014

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS#35: WILLIAM BARNES

Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 9x great grandfather
William Barnes.

I have two different Barnes families in my ancestry. One is from John Barnes of
Plymouth Plantation. who I've blogged about previously. The other is from William
Barnes of Salisbury and Amesbury, Ma., north of Boston in Essex County. I found
this information in the Appendix of a Hoyt family genealogy:

William Barnes * was one of the original settlers of Salisbury, Mass. At the first division of land, he received a house lot and a planting lot of four acres. In Jan., 1640-41, he received the "Rockie Island" in the meadow, and other grants. On the list of freemen contained in the Mass. Records, under date of June 2, 1641, we find the name of William Barnes, in connection with two or three other Salisbury names. He was one of those who removed to the west side of the Powow River, and settled that part of the town afterwards called Amesbury. On the Amesbury records he is frequently mentioned as constable, moderator, &c. His name also occurs several times on the Old Norfolk records, as juror, one of the "comission" to end small causes" in Amesbury, &c. His grants of land in the new town correspond very nearly in number and amount with those of (1) John1 Hoyt. His trade was that of a house carpenter. Wife Rachel died Feb. 9, 1685-6. He died March 14, 1697-8. Will dated April 7, 1696, proved Sep. 28, 1698. His homestead was bequeathed to his daughter, Rebecca Morrill.


Children of William and Rachel Barnes.
I. Mary, b.____ ; m. (3) John9 Hoyt, June 23, 1659. By her father's will she received his "great farm or lott." [See (18) Mary3 Hoyt.]


II. William, b.______ ; d. June 11, 1648.
 

III. Hannah, b. Jan. 25, 1643-4; m. John Prowse. She d. May 27, 1688.
 

IV. Deborah, b. April 1, 1646; m. Samuel Davis, Dec. 19, 1663; lived in Amesbury.
 

V. Jonathan, b. April 1, 1648; probably died young. He is not mentioned in his father's will. 

VI. Rachel, b. April 30, 1649; m. Thomas Sargent, March 2, 1667-8; lived in Amesbury.
 

VII. Sarah, b___ ; m. 1st, Thomas Rowell, Sep. 8, 1670, and 2d, John Harvee; lived in Amesbury.
 

VIII. Rebecca, b.___ ; m. Moses Morrell, and lived in Amesbury. They had a son William Barnes Morrell, an early instance of a middle name. He was probably so named because there was no descendant in the male line to bear the name of Barnes

*In the Hist. Geneal. Register, July, 1s50, p. 2s1, is found the name of Wm. Barnes, aged 22, among the "Passengers for Virginia," August, 1635, " in the Globe of London Jeremy Blaekman Mr." We also find the names of Wm. Browne and Richard Wells on the same list.p123-124

A genealogical history of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight families  By David Webster Hoyt Providence Press Co.  Boston, Ma. 1871 .S

William seems to have led a more sedate life than John Barnes who'd been somewhat of
a problem to the authorities at Plymouth.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS#34: THOMAS SAFFORD

Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 9x great grandfather
Thomas Safford. There is a connection between him and the subject of my last
post, Thomas Low, as their children Joseph Safford and Sarah Low married each
other.

William Richard Cutter doesn't have much information on Thomas Safford:

Thomas Safford, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, before 1641. He was on the list of proprietors of the town, April 6, 1641, and was admitted a freeman, December 19, 1648. He bought a farm at Ipswich, thirty-two acres, February 8, 1648. He was a subscriber to Denison's allowance in 1640, and had a share and a half in Plum Island. He died in February, 1666-67. His will was dated February 20, 1666-67, and approved March 26. 1667. He gave his farm to his son Joseph on condition of care of father and mother and paying certain amounts to daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail. He married Elizabeth, who died March 4, 1667, at Ipswich.

Children: Joseph, born 1631-32; John, mentioned below; Elizabeth; Mary; Abigail. One daughter married Kilum
.- pp1523-1524

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 (Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908 - Boston (Mass.)

Another mystery to look into: what was Denison's allowance? Googling it only brought up
mention of it in other genealogical biographies, many of them using the same reference to
it used by Cutter in his Thomas Safford entry,

But I also found Thomas' will, which I will add to the others in my database.

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS#33: THOMAS LOW

Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. This post my subject is my 9x great grandfather
Thomas Low(Lowe)

Once again I turned to GoogleBooks and William Richard Cutter:
Thomas Low (1), of Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, now Essex, Massachusetts, was born
in England, and is believed to have been a son of Captain John Low, master of the ship "Ambrose," and viceadmiral of the fleet that brought over Governor Winthrop's colony in 1630. The cane and bible which are said to have been the property of Captain John have been handed down in the families of the Essex Lows, and are still owned by 

one of them. The Bible was "Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, Printer 
to the Queenes most excellent Majestie, dwelling in Pater Noster Rowe at the 
signe of the Tigreshead Anno 1579." Thomas Low was in Ipswich as early as 1641, 
and according to his own deposition was born in 1605. He was a malster, and died September 8, 1677, when his son John succeeded to the business and continued it 
until 1696. Thomas Low married Susannah, who died in Charlestown. August 19, 
1684, aged about eighty-six years. Their children: Margaret, born in England, 
married, April 8, 1657, General Davidson: Thomas, born 1632; Sarah, born 1637, married Joseph Safford; John, born probably in Ipswich, married Sarah Thorndike. p1008

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2 (Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company,
1908 Boston (Mass.)

Interesting. While some of my ancestors had "ordinaries" and probably made their own
beer, this is the first one I know of whose primary occupation was brewing beer. Also, I
hadn't known about the possible connection to John Low until I read this.

I am descended from Thomas Low through his daughter Sarah and her husband Joseph
Safford.