Mary Corliss1

F, b. 25 February 1687, d. May 1708
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Mary Corliss was born on 25 February 1687 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 She witnessed the education of Mary Whittaker and John Corliss on 3 May 1708 at Essex County, Massachusetts; All seven children of John Corliss and Mary Wiflord mentioned in an account she rendered to the court, signed "Mary Whitaker, adm's on the estate of her late husband, John Corliss."
"Account of administering estate of John Corliss, Haverhill, Essex --
Mary Corlis, alias Witaker, admintr of Estate of her former husband, John Corlis late of Haverhill Decd, her account of administering of Estate Exhibited Before ye Honable John Higginson Esq Judge of probate of wills in said County May ye 3 1708.
To ye widow Mar Corliss 33 13 3
To John Corliss 2 shares
To Mary
To Hannah
To Timothy
To Jonathan
To Mehitable.1,2 Mary Corliss died in May 1708 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 21.3

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 234/373.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.

Thomas Corliss1

M, b. 2 March 1689/90, d. 3 September 1781
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Thomas Corliss was born on 2 March 1689/90 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He married Rebecca George on 4 December 1718 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.3 Thomas Corliss died on 3 September 1781 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 91.2

Family

Rebecca George b. 1699, d. 1777

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Kuhfeld Family Tree.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, gGreen2008.

Hannah Corliss1

F, b. September 1691, d. 8 September 1764
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Hannah Corliss was also known as Hannah Whitaker.2 She was born in September 1691 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts; NEHGS has between 1691 and 1692.1,3 She witnessed the education of Mary Whittaker and John Corliss on 3 May 1708 at Essex County, Massachusetts; All seven children of John Corliss and Mary Wiflord mentioned in an account she rendered to the court, signed "Mary Whitaker, adm's on the estate of her late husband, John Corliss."
"Account of administering estate of John Corliss, Haverhill, Essex --
Mary Corlis, alias Witaker, admintr of Estate of her former husband, John Corlis late of Haverhill Decd, her account of administering of Estate Exhibited Before ye Honable John Higginson Esq Judge of probate of wills in said County May ye 3 1708.
To ye widow Mar Corliss 33 13 3
To John Corliss 2 shares
To Mary
To Hannah
To Timothy
To Jonathan
To Mehitable.1,4 As of 31 August 1709,her married name was Hinds.5 Hannah Corliss married John Hinds on 31 August 1709 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.5 She witnessed John Hinds's death at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1747.5 She married Oliver Heyword at Broookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on 8 June 1749.6,7 As of 18 June 1749,her married name was Heyword.6 Hannah Corliss died on 8 September 1764 at Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts; MA Gazette Brookfield, Sept 24 1764 i- "On the 8th inst, died after a few days illness, Mrs. Ana Hayward, in the 74th year of her age, the wife of Oliver Heyward, Esq. She has left by a former husband 13 children, 82 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, in all 112. She was very useful as a midwife and in her last sickness had the most unshaken trust in the Mercy of God, through the redeemer. In her youth, when the savages invaded Haverhill, she saved two children of the Rev Mr. Rolf's by hiding them in the cellar after the Indians had enter'd the House while they were glutting their rage on the parents; the two Indians followed her into the cellar, yet such was her presence of mind and dexterity that she conceal'd the children andherself that they escaped their notice; and they were the only members of the family at home to survive the bloody carnage."3,2

Family 1

John Hinds b. 19 Jan 1683, d. 10 Oct 1747

Family 2

Oliver Heyword b. 17 Mar 1687, d. 24 Sep 1764

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S137] New England Historical and Genealogical Register, online http://books.google.com, Volume 13, page 212 "Death of Mrs. Anna (Whitaker) Heyward.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, gGreen2008.
  4. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 234/373.
  5. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Rankin/Green/Whitworth/Kinzer Family.
  6. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Frye Larger 1999.
  7. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 for Oliver Hayward Esq.

Timothy Corliss1

M, b. 13 December 1693, d. 1783
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Timothy Corliss was born on 13 December 1693 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He witnessed the education of Mary Whittaker and John Corliss on 3 May 1708 at Essex County, Massachusetts; All seven children of John Corliss and Mary Wiflord mentioned in an account she rendered to the court, signed "Mary Whitaker, adm's on the estate of her late husband, John Corliss."
"Account of administering estate of John Corliss, Haverhill, Essex --
Mary Corlis, alias Witaker, admintr of Estate of her former husband, John Corlis late of Haverhill Decd, her account of administering of Estate Exhibited Before ye Honable John Higginson Esq Judge of probate of wills in said County May ye 3 1708.
To ye widow Mar Corliss 33 13 3
To John Corliss 2 shares
To Mary
To Hannah
To Timothy
To Jonathan
To Mehitable.1,2 Timothy Corliss died in 1783 at Weare, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.3

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 234/373.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.

Jonathan Corliss1

M, b. 16 July 1695, d. 22 March 1787
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Jonathan Corliss was born on 16 July 1695 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He witnessed the education of Mary Whittaker and John Corliss on 3 May 1708 at Essex County, Massachusetts; All seven children of John Corliss and Mary Wiflord mentioned in an account she rendered to the court, signed "Mary Whitaker, adm's on the estate of her late husband, John Corliss."
"Account of administering estate of John Corliss, Haverhill, Essex --
Mary Corlis, alias Witaker, admintr of Estate of her former husband, John Corlis late of Haverhill Decd, her account of administering of Estate Exhibited Before ye Honable John Higginson Esq Judge of probate of wills in said County May ye 3 1708.
To ye widow Mar Corliss 33 13 3
To John Corliss 2 shares
To Mary
To Hannah
To Timothy
To Jonathan
To Mehitable.1,2 Jonathan Corliss married Elizabeth Moore on 15 March 1717 at Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts.3 Jonathan Corliss died on 22 March 1787 at Salem, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, at age 91; "He first settled in Haverhill, MA, on land given him by his father, but soon after sold out and moved to Salem, NH where he purchased about three hundred acres of land, and begun farming in the wilderness. He remained there, as far as is known, as long as he lived." - Corliss family 236/373
"He was an honest, upright man in all of his dealings and was for many years a prominent member of the Congregationalist church. At the advanced age of 91, at his own request, he was taken down into the water in a chair, and baptised by Rev. Mr. Fletcher, "in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," and came out "rejoicing that he had strength to obey that command of Christ, 'Repent and be baptized.4,5'

Family

Elizabeth Moore b. 29 Apr 1700, d. 2 Aug 1786

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 234/373.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Dawn Gilmore.
  4. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.
  5. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 236/373.

Mehitable Corliss1

F, b. 5 May 1698, d. January 1742
FatherJohn Corliss1 b. 4 Mar 1648, d. 17 Feb 1698
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Mehitable Corliss was born on 5 May 1698 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 She witnessed the education of Mary Whittaker and John Corliss on 3 May 1708 at Essex County, Massachusetts; All seven children of John Corliss and Mary Wiflord mentioned in an account she rendered to the court, signed "Mary Whitaker, adm's on the estate of her late husband, John Corliss."
"Account of administering estate of John Corliss, Haverhill, Essex --
Mary Corlis, alias Witaker, admintr of Estate of her former husband, John Corlis late of Haverhill Decd, her account of administering of Estate Exhibited Before ye Honable John Higginson Esq Judge of probate of wills in said County May ye 3 1708.
To ye widow Mar Corliss 33 13 3
To John Corliss 2 shares
To Mary
To Hannah
To Timothy
To Jonathan
To Mehitable.1,2 Mehitable Corliss died in January 1742 at Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, at age 43.3

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S1277] Augustus W Corliss, Corliss Family 1875, 234/373.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.

Rachel Whittacker1

F, b. 4 November 1703, d. 1796
FatherWilliam Whittaker2 b. 21 Dec 1658, d. 1723
MotherMary Wilford2 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Rachel Whittacker was also known as Rachel Whitacker.2 She was born on 4 November 1703 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2 As of 27 March 1733,her married name was Peck.1 She married Henry Peck on 27 March 1733 at Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.1 Rachel Whittacker died in 1796 at Royalston, Worcester County, Massachusetts.1

Family

Henry Peck b. 7 Dec 1709, d. 1790

Citations

  1. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.
  2. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.

Susannah Whittacker1

F, b. 13 January 1705/6, d. 6 January 1785
FatherWilliam Whittaker2 b. 21 Dec 1658, d. 1723
MotherMary Wilford2 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Susannah Whittacker was also known as Susannah Whitacker.2 She was born on 13 January 1705/6 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2 She died on 6 January 1785 at Massachusetts at age 78.1

Citations

  1. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.
  2. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.

Hannah Whitacker1

F, b. 20 February 1707/8, d. 2 August 1764
FatherWilliam Whittaker1 b. 21 Dec 1658, d. 1723
MotherMary Wilford1 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Hannah Whitacker was born on 20 February 1707/8 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 She died on 2 August 1764 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, at age 56.2

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.

Abraham Whittacker1

M, b. 17 April 1711, d. between 1712 and 1801
FatherWilliam Whittaker2 b. 21 Dec 1658, d. 1723
MotherMary Wilford2 b. 18 Nov 1667, d. 17 Dec 1711
     Abraham Whittacker was also known as Abraham Whitacker.2 He was born on 17 April 1711 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2 He died between 1712 and 1801 at Essex County, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.
  2. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.

Sarah Emerson1,2

F, b. 23 April 1665, d. 20 August 1702
     Sarah Emerson was born on 23 April 1665 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 She married William Whittaker at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, on 15 January 1684.1,2 As of 15 January 1684,her married name was Whittaker.1,2 Sarah died on 20 August 1702 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 37.2

Family

William Whittaker b. 21 Dec 1658, d. 1723
Children

Citations

  1. [S565] NEHGS Website, online www.nehgs.org, from NEHG Register Vl. 19 (1865), p. 58.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Houston Family Tree.

Thomas Dow1

M, b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
     Here beginneth the chronicles of a family of Dow, absolutely unrelated to the preceding, of unknown origin, possibly of different nationality, surely poor, much poorer than their average neighbor, actually suffering from lack of suitable food, illiterate (altho ability to read and write was not general in the colonies). On the new soil this family developed wonderfully, --- one member in the second generation rising decidedly above the average in ability and prosperity. The fourth generation included very substantial men. The family progressed until its influence on the nation as a whole has been second to few. It has been distinctly a warrior race, sharing in the earliest fighting for preservation against the Indians, then for colonial defense, for independence, and in the Civil war. It is remarkable that among the home towns of this family, ---Salem, Methuen and Plaistow, not one adult male Dow of good health remained at home during the Revolution.

In the list of original grantees of Newbury, Mass, 1639 occurs the name of Thomas Dow. The origin of Newbury is strangely absent from the records. Nothing is known of the vessel which carried them; none of them appear on other lists or in other places. There is a vague tradition that Thomas Dow came in 1637, but this seems error arising from the fact that Henry Dow came in 1637. The best presumption is that the founders of Newbury came together and in 1639, probably from some English seaport. All else is speculation without evidence. At all events he was in Newbury in 1639 with wife Phebe and at least one child. His house was in what is now called Newburyport, on the southerly side of Greenleaf's Lane (now State St) leading to Watt's Cellar. He next appears as being admitted a freeman by the General Court June 22, 1642. This does not imply any previous condition of non-freedom, indenture or lack of property qualifications. The term "freeman" was established in the first charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony applied to such persons as took an oath of allegiance and were admitted by formal vote of the General Court. It lasted until the second charter changed the colony into a province. A freeholder was one who by grant, purchase or inheritance was entitled to a share of the "Commons," or undivided lands. The freeman alone could vote in the nomination of magistrates and deputies to the General Court. A freeholder need not be a freeman or vice versa. He might he neither, yet be qualified to vote in all town affairs. All inhabitants could vote on any question involving raising money. Thomas Dow was a freeholder from his arrival by reason of the original grant of his Newbury homestead; be continued a freeholder when he sold this and bought land in Haverhill.

There is probably no immigrant to America for whose antecedents more vigorous search has been made by professional and amateur genealogists. Yet, not the slightest trace has ever been discovered. At one time Richard Sylvester Dow bcdebejc undertook the task, hoping make the needed discoveries in time for a forthcoming history of Essex County. He himself could give no time to the work and employed professional aid. After sending an expedition to England and collecting a mass of data (all wholly irrelevant), and after spending several thousand dollars, his only reward was in proving that Thomas was none of the numerous of the name whom it was suspected that he might be. His professionals got together considerable material on the Dows here, but their work is often so misleading as to be rather worse than useless, no part of it usable without independent proof. The antecedents of Henry Dow, immigrant of 1637, being known, the searchers began by assuming that the two were brothers or near relatives. This gave them a pleasant outing in Norfolk Co with salary and expenses paid. They even failed to hit upon the item in Runham parish register showing that Henry Dow had a brother Thomas 14 years too old to fit the Newbury and that this Thomas had a family and died on his inherited property in Runham. Moreover, they ignored the obvious fact that, while Henry Dow had more than average education, Thomas Dow could not read; that for five years Henry and Thomas lived in adjoining towns and for ten years thereafter they were but 15 miles apart, without the slightest evidence that one knew of the existence of the other.

The investigators next turned to Wiltshire, because one Francis Dow had come from there and returned there; but he had an only child, Peter. This made no difference; they searched for some kinsman Thomas, disregarding as before that our Thomas could not read and Francis was of the landed gentry and mayor of a city. To Stratford they next went, because a Thomas Dow of Stratford had a wife Phoebe. They did not hurry to weigh the patent evidence. Simon Fenn, clothier of Dedham, Essex, bequeathed money Jan 16, 1609, to his dau Phoebe, wife of Thomas Dowe of Stratford. Jan 10, 1615, Phoebe got another legacy from a kinswoman, being then called Phoebe Dow, wid. This Thomas Dow is about 40 years too old to fit and some curious searcher has since located all his family in Stratford. The investigators were then compelled to turn to a general search, published probate records being the most accessible field. They prepared lists of wills, over 200 of them, from every county in England, of Dow, Doue, Dove or any other similar spelling. Results wholly negative. They scanned every legatee, in hope that they might find from some parish rec that such had a son Thomas. They found of about right age a Robert Dowe of London, Bridget Dowe, wid of Thomas, legatees of their sister, Ann Colston, wid of Bristol 1620. They canvassed William Dowe and Mary, his wife, of 1620, she the dau of John Cossie of Baudsey, Suffolk. James Deowe is a new spelling; he was an appraiser May 1620 in Beamister, Dorset. Robert Dowe was a legatee in Exeter 1620. T homas Dow, witness to a will in Newburye, Berks, 1620, raised their hopes from coincidence in name of place, altho presumptive age forbade. The number of Dow in Ireland can be imagined from the circumstance that 12 Thomas Dows were buried in Dublin in a single year. In Scotland during the 50 years preceding 1639 the number of recorded Thomas Dows could not be confined to a page.

One can only turn to evidence drawn from Thomas and Phebe themselves. There is nothing in the religion of either to afford a clue, for there was but one church in Haverhill, and Newbury. Thomas Dow was as religious as his neighbors, but this proves nothing except that he was a Puritan in Massachusetts. Could he be a Scotchman? The Scotch Dow were never an independent family; many of them were in Clan Buchanan, but there were some in almost every clan, indicating that the name was assumed by individuals without any concert whatever. The investigators did not look up any Scotch records; hunting would be like seeking a needle in a haystack. There was a Thomas Dow of Berriehell of Tullibagles, Methven Parish, near Perth, who made a will Aug 19, 1609, but he had no son Thomas; and there were a score of Thomas Dow within a few miles. There was no Scotch migration to America for many years after this, but this does not preclude the possibility of some individual getting from Scotland to England and joining a party to America. Moreover, any Scotchman joining a party of emigrants would be a marked man, living socially more or less apart.

An idea that our Thomas Dow of Newbury possessed a distinctive plaid or tartan is based wholly. on a misunderstanding. Over 20 years ago a lady of Dow descent while visiting Edinburg was shown a Dow plaid and bought a quantity, distributing samples to such Dows as she knew or subsequently met. Some one who knew of the interest taken in the identity of Thomas Dow suggested that this might be his plaid and so the story grew. There are now some who assert positively that this plaid was worn by Thomas Dow of Newbury. This is absolutely untrue. It is well known that the canny Scotch manufacturers keep lines of plaid labelled to suit any name ever known in Scotland. There are plenty of retailers who will supply a plaid for any name and will swear the Schmidts or O'Flahertys have worn it for a thousand years. The patterns are generally chosen with some care, so this particular plaid is a variant of the Buchanan. A few years ago experts looked at it once again. None admitted knowing it. Only a few were bold enough to call it a fake. One said plainly that it was a fabrication, not a true tartan, and was designed recently as resembling and varying from the Buchanan.

Whatever presumptive evidence there may be (and there may not be any) comes from the will of Thomas or the attached words of Phebe his wife. Here and there a phrase faintly suggests the language or national canniness. Phebe's name was either Latly or Latty. The exact wording in the will seems to be "I, Phoebe Latly wife of Thomas." A photographic copy proves that latly begins with a small l. It also shows the cross bar of the t prolonged, as tho the writer began to write latty when his ink failed. The Author believes her name was Latty, because that is a name, while Latly is not. Perhaps this couple came from that part of the Highlands where Thrums might be, perhaps truth is stranger than fiction, perhaps Sir James Barrie is unwittingly a better genealogist than we, and Rob Dow, literary sawyer of Thrums and Aaron Latta, weaver of Thrums, are the true kin of this Newbury and Haverhill couple. This entails an unwelcome suggestion, as there was at the time no Scotch migration. Thomas, gillie, might have married Phebe, dairy maid, and had a son John; not liking his outlook, might have crossed the border and joined a Puritan party to America. In those days a runaway gillie was hauled back as ignominiously as a negro in 1850. If there was a runaway of this kind, it would be likely that the man would take a new name for concealment; if so, Dow was a common and general name, not attributable to any one clan or locality. The Author does not entertain this theory; merely cannot dismiss it until the truth comes out. Some day the marriage rec or birth of their son may be discovered, but if so, it will be by chance.

The American career of Thomas was neither obscure nor conspicuous. He was poorer than most of his neighbors, for his whole estate was appraised at less than 96 pounds. He lived 14 years in Newbury, during which time (as we shall see under bc) his children had not sufficient nourishment. The rec shows that his Newbury house was conveyed to John Bartlett May 29, 1660 (book 3, p 177, Ipswich series). Thomas was dead by this time so that the date must be of a belated recording Norfolk rec 1, p 122, shows: Richard Ormsby of Haverhill to Thomas Dow of Newbury, house and house lot cont 4 a more or less, with all appurtenances and 5 accommodations for two and fifty pounds, tenn shilling to be paid as appears by a bill of sale which the aforesaid Thomas Dow has given me under his hand. Dated 10 November 1653

Rec 18 May 1662
Richard Littlehale
John Clement wit

Here is a house and 9 acres of land for less than $260. Haverhill real estate was cheap, probably far cheaper than Newbury, it being a new town, on the frontier, a bulwark of the region of which Boston was the well protected center, soon to be the scene of the greatest amount of Indian fighting where no one was safe and every one walked with gun in hand. Thomas did none of the fighting; he died May 31, 1654, "ae about 39." This must be nearly correct. It is also definitely stated that he was the first white adult to die in Haverhill. Not that Haverhill was an unusually healthy place, nor its inhabitants gifted with longevity. It was a new town; some one had to go first, and Thomas Dow happened to be the one, living there scarcely over 6 months.

His will is nuncupative, made two days before his death:

"The last will and testament of Thomas Dowe as it was delevered or expressed by him on the 29th day of May being in ye yeare 1654. I, Thomas Dow, although weake in body yet of perfect memory i doe desire to submit my will, to God's will and to dispose of my estate to my wife and children as followeth, leaving my wife to be the sole executor at present of all my vesable and personall estate. First I do give unto my loving wiffe Pheby my tow oxen that are now hers and mine and three young beastes beinge now one yeaxe and upwards ould and on cow and two swine and all my houseold goods to be at her disposinge for ever. Also my will is that my oldest son John Dowe at the age of twenty and one yeare ould shall ingioy as his inheritance al the land and housinge that I have bought in Haverhill and to pay in to his other brothers thomas and Stephen and to his 2 sisters mary and martha as I shall apoynt the house and land being thought to be worth three score pounds; my second son Thomas shal reseave at his age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds at his age and 5 pounds when he is 22 yeares and for my son Steven he shall reseave at his age of 21: or 5 pounds at 21 and 5 pounds at 22; as to my will is that John my son shal pay to his sister Mary and. his, sister Martha at theyre age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds apeace at 21 and 5 pounds apece at ther age of 22; as there brothers reseave theres.

Also I Pheby latly wife to Thomas Dow doe joyne my consent to this will of my husband in each perticular and for my son John Dow I doe fully and freely resigne up al my wright in the house and land when my son shall come to the age of 21 yeares ould. wittness my hand Prouided he shall pay to his brothers and sisters as his fathers will is.

in witness hearof

The marke of

John Eaton (P) Phebya (F) Dowe
Theo: Shatswell

This will was testified upon oath by ye witnesses in ye court held at Salisbury the (8) th off ye (2d) Mo: 1656. John Eaton's mark resembles a P and that of Phehe an F, both showing unfamiliarity with the exact shape of the letters. Nevertheless, an effort was made to claim that this mark indicated her name was Fenn. The actual writing was done by Shatswell, of whom it may be said that he frequently spells a word twice the same way. It is quite clear that the first two paragraphs were composed by him and written down in advance as sure to meet the requirements. One can imagine the unction with which he put in the word vesable; it had a good sound, looked erudite, almost a legal term, and would add dignity to any will. The rest, which does not parse, was surely put down word by word as spoken laboredly by the dying Thomas. The last paragraph may have been dictated by Thomas, his wife assenting by a nod from time to time but the final "prouided" is surely her own. A distinguished genealogist of Dow descent still claims that the mark of Phebe proves that her maiden name began with F and he reads: "I, Pheby, lately wife of Thomas." Now, Shatswell is just as liable to spell a name with a small as a capital letter, and it is inconceivable that Phoebe, just called "my loving wiffe," and sitting beside her husband, who lived two days longer, could call herself lately a wife.

Hers was not a vast dowry, the cattle and household goods worth less than 10 pounds. It is a pleasure to record that for seven years she had a home with her son John and that John made all the payments required in the will. After that, she married John Eaton, witness to the will. He was a cooper of Salisbury, who came to Haverhill 1646, was selectman 1648, thrice married, with 7 children, 6 surviving to become step children of Phebe Dow. They returned to Salisbury, where he d Oct 29, 1668, she Nov 3, 1672.2 Thomas Dow was born on 16 January 1600/1 at Runham, Yarmouth, County Norfolk, England.1 He was born in 1615 at England; died May 31, 1654, "ae about 39." Perhaps born in Scotland?3 He married Phebe Latty in 1636 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 Thomas Dow lived in 1639 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.3 He was made freeman on 22 June 1642 at Massachusetts.3 He left a will on 29 May 1654 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts; "The last will and testament of Thomas Dowe as it was delevered or expressed by him on the 29th day of May being in ye yeare 1654. I, Thomas Dow, although weake in body yet of perfect memory i doe desire to submit my will, to God's will and to dispose of my estate to my wife and children as followeth, leaving my wife to be the sole executor at present of all my vesable and personall estate. First I do give unto my loving wiffe Pheby my tow oxen that are now hers and mine and three young beastes beinge now one yeaxe and upwards ould and on cow and two swine and all my houseold goods to be at her disposinge for ever. Also my will is that my oldest son John Dowe at the age of twenty and one yeare ould shall ingioy as his inheritance al the land and housinge that I have bought in Haverhill and to pay in to his other brothers thomas and Stephen and to his 2 sisters mary and martha as I shall apoynt the house and land being thought to be worth three score pounds; my second son Thomas shal reseave at his age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds at his age and 5 pounds when he is 22 yeares and for my son Steven he shall reseave at his age of 21: or 5 pounds at 21 and 5 pounds at 22; as to my will is that John my son shal pay to his sister Mary and. his, sister Martha at theyre age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds apeace at 21 and 5 pounds apece at ther age of 22; as there brothers reseave theres.

Also I Pheby latly wife to Thomas Dow doe joyne my consent to this will of my husband in each perticular and for my son John Dow I doe fully and freely resigne up al my wright in the house and land when my son shall come to the age of 21 yeares ould. wittness my hand Prouided he shall pay to his brothers and sisters as his fathers will is.

in witness hearof

The marke of

John Eaton (P) Phebya (F) Dowe
Theo: Shatswell

This will was testified upon oath by ye witnesses in ye court held at Salisbury the (8) th off ye (2d) Mo: 1656. John Eaton's mark resembles a P and that of Phehe an F, both showing unfamiliarity with the exact shape of the letters. Nevertheless, an effort was made to claim that this mark indicated her name was Fenn.3
He died on 31 May 1654 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts; "he was the first white adult to die in Haverhill."4 BOOK OF DOW FIRST GENERATION Thomas Dow + [b] [RN 825] to Newbury 1639
BOOK TWO
DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS DOW [RN 825]
OF NEWBURY IN 1639 [Pages 545-550]
Here beginneth the chronicles of a family of Dow, absolutely unrelated to the preceding, of unknown origin, possibly of different nationality, surely poor, much poorer than their average neighbor, actually suffering from lack of suitable food, illiterate (altho ability to read and write was not general in the colonies). On the new soil this family developed wonderfully, --- one member in the second generation rising decidedly above the average in ability and prosperity. The fourth generation included very substantial men. The family progressed until its influence on the nation as a whole has been second to few. It has been distinctly a warrior race, sharing in the earliest fighting for preservation against the Indians, then for colonial defense, for independence, and in the Civil war. It is remarkable that among the home towns of this family, ---Salem, Methuen and Plaistow, not one adult male Dow of good health remained at home during the Revolution.

In the list of original grantees of Newbury, Mass, 1639 occurs the name of Thomas Dow. The origin of Newbury is strangely absent from the records. Nothing is known of the vessel which carried them; none of them appear on other lists or in other places. There is a vague tradition that Thomas Dow came in 1637, but this seems error arising from the fact that Henry Dow came in 1637. The best presumption is that the founders of Newbury came together and in 1639, probably from some English seaport. All else is speculation without evidence. At all events he was in Newbury in 1639 with wife Phebe and at least one child. His house was in what is now called Newburyport, on the southerly side of Greenleaf's Lane (now State St) leading to Watt's Cellar. He next appears as being admitted a freeman by the General Court June 22, 1642. This does not imply any previous condition of non-freedom, indenture or lack of property qualifications. The term "freeman" was established in the first charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony applied to such persons as took an oath of allegiance and were admitted by formal vote of the General Court. It lasted until the second charter changed the colony into a province. A freeholder was one who by grant, purchase or inheritance was entitled to a share of the "Commons," or undivided lands. The freeman alone could vote in the nomination of magistrates and deputies to the General Court. A freeholder need not be a freeman or vice versa. He might he neither, yet be qualified to vote in all town affairs. All inhabitants could vote on any question involving raising money. Thomas Dow was a freeholder from his arrival by reason of the original grant of his Newbury homestead; be continued a freeholder when he sold this and bought land in Haverhill.

There is probably no immigrant to America for whose antecedents more vigorous search has been made by professional and amateur genealogists. Yet, not the slightest trace has ever been discovered. At one time Richard Sylvester Dow bcdebejc undertook the task, hoping make the needed discoveries in time for a forthcoming history of Essex County. He himself could give no time to the work and employed professional aid. After sending an expedition to England and collecting a mass of data (all wholly irrelevant), and after spending several thousand dollars, his only reward was in proving that Thomas was none of the numerous of the name whom it was suspected that he might be. His professionals got together considerable material on the Dows here, but their work is often so misleading as to be rather worse than useless, no part of it usable without independent proof. The antecedents of Henry Dow, immigrant of 1637, being known, the searchers began by assuming that the two were brothers or near relatives. This gave them a pleasant outing in Norfolk Co with salary and expenses paid. They even failed to hit upon the item in Runham parish register showing that Henry Dow had a brother Thomas 14 years too old to fit the Newbury and that this Thomas had a family and died on his inherited property in Runham. Moreover, they ignored the obvious fact that, while Henry Dow had more than average education, Thomas Dow could not read; that for five years Henry and Thomas lived in adjoining towns and for ten years thereafter they were but 15 miles apart, without the slightest evidence that one knew of the existence of the other.

The investigators next turned to Wiltshire, because one Francis Dow had come from there and returned there; but he had an only child, Peter. This made no difference; they searched for some kinsman Thomas, disregarding as before that our Thomas could not read and Francis was of the landed gentry and mayor of a city. To Stratford they next went, because a Thomas Dow of Stratford had a wife Phoebe. They did not hurry to weigh the patent evidence. Simon Fenn, clothier of Dedham, Essex, bequeathed money Jan 16, 1609, to his dau Phoebe, wife of Thomas Dowe of Stratford. Jan 10, 1615, Phoebe got another legacy from a kinswoman, being then called Phoebe Dow, wid. This Thomas Dow is about 40 years too old to fit and some curious searcher has since located all his family in Stratford. The investigators were then compelled to turn to a general search, published probate records being the most accessible field. They prepared lists of wills, over 200 of them, from every county in England, of Dow, Doue, Dove or any other similar spelling. Results wholly negative. They scanned every legatee, in hope that they might find from some parish rec that such had a son Thomas. They found of about right age a Robert Dowe of London, Bridget Dowe, wid of Thomas, legatees of their sister, Ann Colston, wid of Bristol 1620. They canvassed William Dowe and Mary, his wife, of 1620, she the dau of John Cossie of Baudsey, Suffolk. James Deowe is a new spelling; he was an appraiser May 1620 in Beamister, Dorset. Robert Dowe was a legatee in Exeter 1620. T homas Dow, witness to a will in Newburye, Berks, 1620, raised their hopes from coincidence in name of place, altho presumptive age forbade. The number of Dow in Ireland can be imagined from the circumstance that 12 Thomas Dows were buried in Dublin in a single year. In Scotland during the 50 years preceding 1639 the number of recorded Thomas Dows could not be confined to a page.

One can only turn to evidence drawn from Thomas and Phebe themselves. There is nothing in the religion of either to afford a clue, for there was but one church in Haverhill, and Newbury. Thomas Dow was as religious as his neighbors, but this proves nothing except that he was a Puritan in Massachusetts. Could he be a Scotchman? The Scotch Dow were never an independent family; many of them were in Clan Buchanan, but there were some in almost every clan, indicating that the name was assumed by individuals without any concert whatever. The investigators did not look up any Scotch records; hunting would be like seeking a needle in a haystack. There was a Thomas Dow of Berriehell of Tullibagles, Methven Parish, near Perth, who made a will Aug 19, 1609, but he had no son Thomas; and there were a score of Thomas Dow within a few miles. There was no Scotch migration to America for many years after this, but this does not preclude the possibility of some individual getting from Scotland to England and joining a party to America. Moreover, any Scotchman joining a party of emigrants would be a marked man, living socially more or less apart.

An idea that our Thomas Dow of Newbury possessed a distinctive plaid or tartan is based wholly. on a misunderstanding. Over 20 years ago a lady of Dow descent while visiting Edinburg was shown a Dow plaid and bought a quantity, distributing samples to such Dows as she knew or subsequently met. Some one who knew of the interest taken in the identity of Thomas Dow suggested that this might be his plaid and so the story grew. There are now some who assert positively that this plaid was worn by Thomas Dow of Newbury. This is absolutely untrue. It is well known that the canny Scotch manufacturers keep lines of plaid labelled to suit any name ever known in Scotland. There are plenty of retailers who will supply a plaid for any name and will swear the Schmidts or O'Flahertys have worn it for a thousand years. The patterns are generally chosen with some care, so this particular plaid is a variant of the Buchanan. A few years ago experts looked at it once again. None admitted knowing it. Only a few were bold enough to call it a fake. One said plainly that it was a fabrication, not a true tartan, and was designed recently as resembling and varying from the Buchanan.

Whatever presumptive evidence there may be (and there may not be any) comes from the will of Thomas or the attached words of Phebe his wife. Here and there a phrase faintly suggests the language or national canniness. Phebe's name was either Latly or Latty. The exact wording in the will seems to be "I, Phoebe Latly wife of Thomas." A photographic copy proves that latly begins with a small l. It also shows the cross bar of the t prolonged, as tho the writer began to write latty when his ink failed. The Author believes her name was Latty, because that is a name, while Latly is not. Perhaps this couple came from that part of the Highlands where Thrums might be, perhaps truth is stranger than fiction, perhaps Sir James Barrie is unwittingly a better genealogist than we, and Rob Dow, literary sawyer of Thrums and Aaron Latta, weaver of Thrums, are the true kin of this Newbury and Haverhill couple. This entails an unwelcome suggestion, as there was at the time no Scotch migration. Thomas, gillie, might have married Phebe, dairy maid, and had a son John; not liking his outlook, might have crossed the border and joined a Puritan party to America. In those days a runaway gillie was hauled back as ignominiously as a negro in 1850. If there was a runaway of this kind, it would be likely that the man would take a new name for concealment; if so, Dow was a common and general name, not attributable to any one clan or locality. The Author does not entertain this theory; merely cannot dismiss it until the truth comes out. Some day the marriage rec or birth of their son may be discovered, but if so, it will be by chance.

The American career of Thomas was neither obscure nor conspicuous. He was poorer than most of his neighbors, for his whole estate was appraised at less than 96 pounds. He lived 14 years in Newbury, during which time (as we shall see under bc) his children had not sufficient nourishment. The rec shows that his Newbury house was conveyed to John Bartlett May 29, 1660 (book 3, p 177, Ipswich series). Thomas was dead by this time so that the date must be of a belated recording Norfolk rec 1, p 122, shows: Richard Ormsby of Haverhill to Thomas Dow of Newbury, house and house lot cont 4 a more or less, with all appurtenances and 5 accommodations for two and fifty pounds, tenn shilling to be paid as appears by a bill of sale which the aforesaid Thomas Dow has given me under his hand. Dated 10 November 1653

Rec 18 May 1662
Richard Littlehale
John Clement wit

Here is a house and 9 acres of land for less than $260. Haverhill real estate was cheap, probably far cheaper than Newbury, it being a new town, on the frontier, a bulwark of the region of which Boston was the well protected center, soon to be the scene of the greatest amount of Indian fighting where no one was safe and every one walked with gun in hand. Thomas did none of the fighting; he died May 31, 1654, "ae about 39." This must be nearly correct. It is also definitely stated that he was the first white adult to die in Haverhill. Not that Haverhill was an unusually healthy place, nor its inhabitants gifted with longevity. It was a new town; some one had to go first, and Thomas Dow happened to be the one, living there scarcely over 6 months.

His will is nuncupative, made two days before his death:

"The last will and testament of Thomas Dowe as it was delevered or expressed by him on the 29th day of May being in ye yeare 1654. I, Thomas Dow, although weake in body yet of perfect memory i doe desire to submit my will, to God's will and to dispose of my estate to my wife and children as followeth, leaving my wife to be the sole executor at present of all my vesable and personall estate. First I do give unto my loving wiffe Pheby my tow oxen that are now hers and mine and three young beastes beinge now one yeaxe and upwards ould and on cow and two swine and all my houseold goods to be at her disposinge for ever. Also my will is that my oldest son John Dowe at the age of twenty and one yeare ould shall ingioy as his inheritance al the land and housinge that I have bought in Haverhill and to pay in to his other brothers thomas and Stephen and to his 2 sisters mary and martha as I shall apoynt the house and land being thought to be worth three score pounds; my second son Thomas shal reseave at his age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds at his age and 5 pounds when he is 22 yeares and for my son Steven he shall reseave at his age of 21: or 5 pounds at 21 and 5 pounds at 22; as to my will is that John my son shal pay to his sister Mary and. his, sister Martha at theyre age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds apeace at 21 and 5 pounds apece at ther age of 22; as there brothers reseave theres.

Also I Pheby latly wife to Thomas Dow doe joyne my consent to this will of my husband in each perticular and for my son John Dow I doe fully and freely resigne up al my wright in the house and land when my son shall come to the age of 21 yeares ould. wittness my hand Prouided he shall pay to his brothers and sisters as his fathers will is.

in witness hearof

The marke of

John Eaton (P) Phebya (F) Dowe
Theo: Shatswell

This will was testified upon oath by ye witnesses in ye court held at Salisbury the (8) th off ye (2d) Mo: 1656. John Eaton's mark resembles a P and that of Phehe an F, both showing unfamiliarity with the exact shape of the letters. Nevertheless, an effort was made to claim that this mark indicated her name was Fenn. The actual writing was done by Shatswell, of whom it may be said that he frequently spells a word twice the same way. It is quite clear that the first two paragraphs were composed by him and written down in advance as sure to meet the requirements. One can imagine the unction with which he put in the word vesable; it had a good sound, looked erudite, almost a legal term, and would add dignity to any will. The rest, which does not parse, was surely put down word by word as spoken laboredly by the dying Thomas. The last paragraph may have been dictated by Thomas, his wife assenting by a nod from time to time but the final "prouided" is surely her own. A distinguished genealogist of Dow descent still claims that the mark of Phebe proves that her maiden name began with F and he reads: "I, Pheby, lately wife of Thomas." Now, Shatswell is just as liable to spell a name with a small as a capital letter, and it is inconceivable that Phoebe, just called "my loving wiffe," and sitting beside her husband, who lived two days longer, could call herself lately a wife.

Hers was not a vast dowry, the cattle and household goods worth less than 10 pounds. It is a pleasure to record that for seven years she had a home with her son John and that John made all the payments required in the will. After that, she married John Eaton, witness to the will. He was a cooper of Salisbury, who came to Haverhill 1646, was selectman 1648, thrice married, with 7 children, 6 surviving to become step children of Phebe Dow. They returned to Salisbury, where he d Oct 29, 1668, she Nov 3, 1672.

All the children d Haverhill; younger b Newbury;

a John, a minor in 1654, hence b later than 1633, presumably in Europe; not improbably 1638
b Thomas [RN 829], probably b 1640 in Newbury
c Stephen b Newbury Mch 29, 1642
d Mary b Apr 16,16044 e Martha b June 1, 1648

John Dow ba d Nov 26, 1672, cooper of Haverhill; freeman 1666; on muster roll of Ensign Moses Higgins, assigned to sixth garrison. The sons of Thomas Dow were not strong, possibly early privations worked against them. John prospered moderately, for he made all payments charged to him in his father's will, kept his own land and was able to buy the allotment made in the fifth division to one Coffin. He and his brother Thomas appear as signers of the petition for the pardon of Maj. Robert Pike, a high minded man always in trouble with the authorities for denouncing the witchcraft persecution and supporting the right of free speech by lay preachers in the absence of regular preachers. He m Oct 23, 1665, Mary Page b May 3, 1646, 4th child of John and Mary (Marsh) of Hingham, later of Haverhill. The improbability of relationship of John Page and Robert Page of Hampton is discussed under abc. Hist Windham states that John Dow ba was the ancestor of the Atkinson Dow family, --- a lapsus calami, for that family is fully accounted for coming from John Dow bcfi. John's children:

a Mary b and d Haverhill Apr 1668
b Josepb b Sept 20,1669; d Mch 16,1688-9, unm
c John b Nov 6,16772; not mentioned in Hoyt's Old Families

John d intestate. Apr 3, 1673, wid Mary Dow swore to the inventory of his estate (174 pounds 1 shilling 0 pence). July 14, 1673, she m 2nd Samuel Shepard. Joseph Dow bab chose her brother Onesiphorus Page as his guardian in 1686. Apparently Joseph was entitled to some overlooked property, for seven years after his death, May 4, 1696, Samuel Shepard and Mary, his wife, formally refused to administer Joseph's estate. After considerable delay it was administered by his cousin Samuel Dow bcb and the property divided among his surviving uncles and aunts (Essex Co Prob, vol 305, p 128). This argues that John Dow bac was not living and had no heirs, for such would be heirs-at-law. The matter needs more search, for there is a Haverhill line still unconnected, whose most frequently recurring name is John.

Mary (Page) Dow had 7 children by Samuel Shepard, of whom the youngest m Samuel Dow adk.3





Family

Phebe Latty b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672
Children

Citations

  1. [S570] Daniel OReilly, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 544 of 1012.
  3. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  4. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 548 of 1012.

Phebe Latty1

F, b. circa 1616, d. 3 November 1672
     Phebe Latty was born circa 1616 at England; 1612 in DFXOR. More likely 1616 if Thomas was born 1615.2 She married Thomas Dow in 1636 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2 As of 1636,her married name was Dow.2 As of 1654, Phebe Latty was also known as Phebe Fenn.1 Phebe Latty was also known as Phebe Latly.2 She witnessed an unknown person 's death at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, on 31 May 1654. "he was the first white adult to die in Haverhill".3 BOOK OF DOW FIRST GENERATION Thomas Dow + [b] [RN 825] to Newbury 1639
BOOK TWO
DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS DOW [RN 825]
OF NEWBURY IN 1639 [Pages 545-550]
Here beginneth the chronicles of a family of Dow, absolutely unrelated to the preceding, of unknown origin, possibly of different nationality, surely poor, much poorer than their average neighbor, actually suffering from lack of suitable food, illiterate (altho ability to read and write was not general in the colonies). On the new soil this family developed wonderfully, --- one member in the second generation rising decidedly above the average in ability and prosperity. The fourth generation included very substantial men. The family progressed until its influence on the nation as a whole has been second to few. It has been distinctly a warrior race, sharing in the earliest fighting for preservation against the Indians, then for colonial defense, for independence, and in the Civil war. It is remarkable that among the home towns of this family, ---Salem, Methuen and Plaistow, not one adult male Dow of good health remained at home during the Revolution.

In the list of original grantees of Newbury, Mass, 1639 occurs the name of Thomas Dow. The origin of Newbury is strangely absent from the records. Nothing is known of the vessel which carried them; none of them appear on other lists or in other places. There is a vague tradition that Thomas Dow came in 1637, but this seems error arising from the fact that Henry Dow came in 1637. The best presumption is that the founders of Newbury came together and in 1639, probably from some English seaport. All else is speculation without evidence. At all events he was in Newbury in 1639 with wife Phebe and at least one child. His house was in what is now called Newburyport, on the southerly side of Greenleaf's Lane (now State St) leading to Watt's Cellar. He next appears as being admitted a freeman by the General Court June 22, 1642. This does not imply any previous condition of non-freedom, indenture or lack of property qualifications. The term "freeman" was established in the first charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony applied to such persons as took an oath of allegiance and were admitted by formal vote of the General Court. It lasted until the second charter changed the colony into a province. A freeholder was one who by grant, purchase or inheritance was entitled to a share of the "Commons," or undivided lands. The freeman alone could vote in the nomination of magistrates and deputies to the General Court. A freeholder need not be a freeman or vice versa. He might he neither, yet be qualified to vote in all town affairs. All inhabitants could vote on any question involving raising money. Thomas Dow was a freeholder from his arrival by reason of the original grant of his Newbury homestead; be continued a freeholder when he sold this and bought land in Haverhill.

There is probably no immigrant to America for whose antecedents more vigorous search has been made by professional and amateur genealogists. Yet, not the slightest trace has ever been discovered. At one time Richard Sylvester Dow bcdebejc undertook the task, hoping make the needed discoveries in time for a forthcoming history of Essex County. He himself could give no time to the work and employed professional aid. After sending an expedition to England and collecting a mass of data (all wholly irrelevant), and after spending several thousand dollars, his only reward was in proving that Thomas was none of the numerous of the name whom it was suspected that he might be. His professionals got together considerable material on the Dows here, but their work is often so misleading as to be rather worse than useless, no part of it usable without independent proof. The antecedents of Henry Dow, immigrant of 1637, being known, the searchers began by assuming that the two were brothers or near relatives. This gave them a pleasant outing in Norfolk Co with salary and expenses paid. They even failed to hit upon the item in Runham parish register showing that Henry Dow had a brother Thomas 14 years too old to fit the Newbury and that this Thomas had a family and died on his inherited property in Runham. Moreover, they ignored the obvious fact that, while Henry Dow had more than average education, Thomas Dow could not read; that for five years Henry and Thomas lived in adjoining towns and for ten years thereafter they were but 15 miles apart, without the slightest evidence that one knew of the existence of the other.

The investigators next turned to Wiltshire, because one Francis Dow had come from there and returned there; but he had an only child, Peter. This made no difference; they searched for some kinsman Thomas, disregarding as before that our Thomas could not read and Francis was of the landed gentry and mayor of a city. To Stratford they next went, because a Thomas Dow of Stratford had a wife Phoebe. They did not hurry to weigh the patent evidence. Simon Fenn, clothier of Dedham, Essex, bequeathed money Jan 16, 1609, to his dau Phoebe, wife of Thomas Dowe of Stratford. Jan 10, 1615, Phoebe got another legacy from a kinswoman, being then called Phoebe Dow, wid. This Thomas Dow is about 40 years too old to fit and some curious searcher has since located all his family in Stratford. The investigators were then compelled to turn to a general search, published probate records being the most accessible field. They prepared lists of wills, over 200 of them, from every county in England, of Dow, Doue, Dove or any other similar spelling. Results wholly negative. They scanned every legatee, in hope that they might find from some parish rec that such had a son Thomas. They found of about right age a Robert Dowe of London, Bridget Dowe, wid of Thomas, legatees of their sister, Ann Colston, wid of Bristol 1620. They canvassed William Dowe and Mary, his wife, of 1620, she the dau of John Cossie of Baudsey, Suffolk. James Deowe is a new spelling; he was an appraiser May 1620 in Beamister, Dorset. Robert Dowe was a legatee in Exeter 1620. T homas Dow, witness to a will in Newburye, Berks, 1620, raised their hopes from coincidence in name of place, altho presumptive age forbade. The number of Dow in Ireland can be imagined from the circumstance that 12 Thomas Dows were buried in Dublin in a single year. In Scotland during the 50 years preceding 1639 the number of recorded Thomas Dows could not be confined to a page.

One can only turn to evidence drawn from Thomas and Phebe themselves. There is nothing in the religion of either to afford a clue, for there was but one church in Haverhill, and Newbury. Thomas Dow was as religious as his neighbors, but this proves nothing except that he was a Puritan in Massachusetts. Could he be a Scotchman? The Scotch Dow were never an independent family; many of them were in Clan Buchanan, but there were some in almost every clan, indicating that the name was assumed by individuals without any concert whatever. The investigators did not look up any Scotch records; hunting would be like seeking a needle in a haystack. There was a Thomas Dow of Berriehell of Tullibagles, Methven Parish, near Perth, who made a will Aug 19, 1609, but he had no son Thomas; and there were a score of Thomas Dow within a few miles. There was no Scotch migration to America for many years after this, but this does not preclude the possibility of some individual getting from Scotland to England and joining a party to America. Moreover, any Scotchman joining a party of emigrants would be a marked man, living socially more or less apart.

An idea that our Thomas Dow of Newbury possessed a distinctive plaid or tartan is based wholly. on a misunderstanding. Over 20 years ago a lady of Dow descent while visiting Edinburg was shown a Dow plaid and bought a quantity, distributing samples to such Dows as she knew or subsequently met. Some one who knew of the interest taken in the identity of Thomas Dow suggested that this might be his plaid and so the story grew. There are now some who assert positively that this plaid was worn by Thomas Dow of Newbury. This is absolutely untrue. It is well known that the canny Scotch manufacturers keep lines of plaid labelled to suit any name ever known in Scotland. There are plenty of retailers who will supply a plaid for any name and will swear the Schmidts or O'Flahertys have worn it for a thousand years. The patterns are generally chosen with some care, so this particular plaid is a variant of the Buchanan. A few years ago experts looked at it once again. None admitted knowing it. Only a few were bold enough to call it a fake. One said plainly that it was a fabrication, not a true tartan, and was designed recently as resembling and varying from the Buchanan.

Whatever presumptive evidence there may be (and there may not be any) comes from the will of Thomas or the attached words of Phebe his wife. Here and there a phrase faintly suggests the language or national canniness. Phebe's name was either Latly or Latty. The exact wording in the will seems to be "I, Phoebe Latly wife of Thomas." A photographic copy proves that latly begins with a small l. It also shows the cross bar of the t prolonged, as tho the writer began to write latty when his ink failed. The Author believes her name was Latty, because that is a name, while Latly is not. Perhaps this couple came from that part of the Highlands where Thrums might be, perhaps truth is stranger than fiction, perhaps Sir James Barrie is unwittingly a better genealogist than we, and Rob Dow, literary sawyer of Thrums and Aaron Latta, weaver of Thrums, are the true kin of this Newbury and Haverhill couple. This entails an unwelcome suggestion, as there was at the time no Scotch migration. Thomas, gillie, might have married Phebe, dairy maid, and had a son John; not liking his outlook, might have crossed the border and joined a Puritan party to America. In those days a runaway gillie was hauled back as ignominiously as a negro in 1850. If there was a runaway of this kind, it would be likely that the man would take a new name for concealment; if so, Dow was a common and general name, not attributable to any one clan or locality. The Author does not entertain this theory; merely cannot dismiss it until the truth comes out. Some day the marriage rec or birth of their son may be discovered, but if so, it will be by chance.

The American career of Thomas was neither obscure nor conspicuous. He was poorer than most of his neighbors, for his whole estate was appraised at less than 96 pounds. He lived 14 years in Newbury, during which time (as we shall see under bc) his children had not sufficient nourishment. The rec shows that his Newbury house was conveyed to John Bartlett May 29, 1660 (book 3, p 177, Ipswich series). Thomas was dead by this time so that the date must be of a belated recording Norfolk rec 1, p 122, shows: Richard Ormsby of Haverhill to Thomas Dow of Newbury, house and house lot cont 4 a more or less, with all appurtenances and 5 accommodations for two and fifty pounds, tenn shilling to be paid as appears by a bill of sale which the aforesaid Thomas Dow has given me under his hand. Dated 10 November 1653

Rec 18 May 1662
Richard Littlehale
John Clement wit

Here is a house and 9 acres of land for less than $260. Haverhill real estate was cheap, probably far cheaper than Newbury, it being a new town, on the frontier, a bulwark of the region of which Boston was the well protected center, soon to be the scene of the greatest amount of Indian fighting where no one was safe and every one walked with gun in hand. Thomas did none of the fighting; he died May 31, 1654, "ae about 39." This must be nearly correct. It is also definitely stated that he was the first white adult to die in Haverhill. Not that Haverhill was an unusually healthy place, nor its inhabitants gifted with longevity. It was a new town; some one had to go first, and Thomas Dow happened to be the one, living there scarcely over 6 months.

His will is nuncupative, made two days before his death:

"The last will and testament of Thomas Dowe as it was delevered or expressed by him on the 29th day of May being in ye yeare 1654. I, Thomas Dow, although weake in body yet of perfect memory i doe desire to submit my will, to God's will and to dispose of my estate to my wife and children as followeth, leaving my wife to be the sole executor at present of all my vesable and personall estate. First I do give unto my loving wiffe Pheby my tow oxen that are now hers and mine and three young beastes beinge now one yeaxe and upwards ould and on cow and two swine and all my houseold goods to be at her disposinge for ever. Also my will is that my oldest son John Dowe at the age of twenty and one yeare ould shall ingioy as his inheritance al the land and housinge that I have bought in Haverhill and to pay in to his other brothers thomas and Stephen and to his 2 sisters mary and martha as I shall apoynt the house and land being thought to be worth three score pounds; my second son Thomas shal reseave at his age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds at his age and 5 pounds when he is 22 yeares and for my son Steven he shall reseave at his age of 21: or 5 pounds at 21 and 5 pounds at 22; as to my will is that John my son shal pay to his sister Mary and. his, sister Martha at theyre age of 21 ten pounds or 5 pounds apeace at 21 and 5 pounds apece at ther age of 22; as there brothers reseave theres.

Also I Pheby latly wife to Thomas Dow doe joyne my consent to this will of my husband in each perticular and for my son John Dow I doe fully and freely resigne up al my wright in the house and land when my son shall come to the age of 21 yeares ould. wittness my hand Prouided he shall pay to his brothers and sisters as his fathers will is.

in witness hearof

The marke of

John Eaton (P) Phebya (F) Dowe
Theo: Shatswell

This will was testified upon oath by ye witnesses in ye court held at Salisbury the (8) th off ye (2d) Mo: 1656. John Eaton's mark resembles a P and that of Phehe an F, both showing unfamiliarity with the exact shape of the letters. Nevertheless, an effort was made to claim that this mark indicated her name was Fenn. The actual writing was done by Shatswell, of whom it may be said that he frequently spells a word twice the same way. It is quite clear that the first two paragraphs were composed by him and written down in advance as sure to meet the requirements. One can imagine the unction with which he put in the word vesable; it had a good sound, looked erudite, almost a legal term, and would add dignity to any will. The rest, which does not parse, was surely put down word by word as spoken laboredly by the dying Thomas. The last paragraph may have been dictated by Thomas, his wife assenting by a nod from time to time but the final "prouided" is surely her own. A distinguished genealogist of Dow descent still claims that the mark of Phebe proves that her maiden name began with F and he reads: "I, Pheby, lately wife of Thomas." Now, Shatswell is just as liable to spell a name with a small as a capital letter, and it is inconceivable that Phoebe, just called "my loving wiffe," and sitting beside her husband, who lived two days longer, could call herself lately a wife.

Hers was not a vast dowry, the cattle and household goods worth less than 10 pounds. It is a pleasure to record that for seven years she had a home with her son John and that John made all the payments required in the will. After that, she married John Eaton, witness to the will. He was a cooper of Salisbury, who came to Haverhill 1646, was selectman 1648, thrice married, with 7 children, 6 surviving to become step children of Phebe Dow. They returned to Salisbury, where he d Oct 29, 1668, she Nov 3, 1672.

All the children d Haverhill; younger b Newbury;

a John, a minor in 1654, hence b later than 1633, presumably in Europe; not improbably 1638
b Thomas [RN 829], probably b 1640 in Newbury
c Stephen b Newbury Mch 29, 1642
d Mary b Apr 16,16044 e Martha b June 1, 1648

John Dow ba d Nov 26, 1672, cooper of Haverhill; freeman 1666; on muster roll of Ensign Moses Higgins, assigned to sixth garrison. The sons of Thomas Dow were not strong, possibly early privations worked against them. John prospered moderately, for he made all payments charged to him in his father's will, kept his own land and was able to buy the allotment made in the fifth division to one Coffin. He and his brother Thomas appear as signers of the petition for the pardon of Maj. Robert Pike, a high minded man always in trouble with the authorities for denouncing the witchcraft persecution and supporting the right of free speech by lay preachers in the absence of regular preachers. He m Oct 23, 1665, Mary Page b May 3, 1646, 4th child of John and Mary (Marsh) of Hingham, later of Haverhill. The improbability of relationship of John Page and Robert Page of Hampton is discussed under abc. Hist Windham states that John Dow ba was the ancestor of the Atkinson Dow family, --- a lapsus calami, for that family is fully accounted for coming from John Dow bcfi. John's children:

a Mary b and d Haverhill Apr 1668
b Josepb b Sept 20,1669; d Mch 16,1688-9, unm
c John b Nov 6,16772; not mentioned in Hoyt's Old Families

John d intestate. Apr 3, 1673, wid Mary Dow swore to the inventory of his estate (174 pounds 1 shilling 0 pence). July 14, 1673, she m 2nd Samuel Shepard. Joseph Dow bab chose her brother Onesiphorus Page as his guardian in 1686. Apparently Joseph was entitled to some overlooked property, for seven years after his death, May 4, 1696, Samuel Shepard and Mary, his wife, formally refused to administer Joseph's estate. After considerable delay it was administered by his cousin Samuel Dow bcb and the property divided among his surviving uncles and aunts (Essex Co Prob, vol 305, p 128). This argues that John Dow bac was not living and had no heirs, for such would be heirs-at-law. The matter needs more search, for there is a Haverhill line still unconnected, whose most frequently recurring name is John.

Mary (Page) Dow had 7 children by Samuel Shepard, of whom the youngest m Samuel Dow adk.1





As of circa 1661,her married name was Eaton.1 She married John Eaton at Essex County, Massachusetts, circa 1661.4 Phebe Latty died on 3 November 1672 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Family 1

Thomas Dow b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
Children

Family 2

John Eaton b. c 1610, d. 29 Oct 1668

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S570] Daniel OReilly, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  3. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 548 of 1012.
  4. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, 549 of 1012.

John Eaton1

M, b. circa 1610, d. 29 October 1668
     John Eaton was born circa 1610 at England.1 He married Phebe Latty at Essex County, Massachusetts, circa 1661.2 John Eaton died on 29 October 1668 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1

Family

Phebe Latty b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, 549 of 1012.

John Dow1

M, b. circa 1638, d. 26 November 1672
FatherThomas Dow1 b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
MotherPhebe Latty1 b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672
     John Dow was born circa 1638 at England.1 He married Mary Page on 23 October 1665 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 John Dow died on 26 November 1672 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1

Family

Mary Page b. 3 May 1646, d. 2 Feb 1717/18
Children

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.

Mary Page1

F, b. 3 May 1646, d. 2 February 1717/18
     Mary Page was born on 3 May 1646 at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; 4th child of John and Mary (Marsh) of Hingham, later of Haverhill.1 As of 23 October 1665,her married name was Dow.1 She married John Dow, son of Thomas Dow and Phebe Latty, on 23 October 1665 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 As of 14 July 1673,her married name was Shepherd.1 Mary Page married Samuel Shepherd on 14 July 1673 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 Mary Page died on 2 February 1717/18 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 71.1,2

Family 1

John Dow b. c 1638, d. 26 Nov 1672
Children

Family 2

Samuel Shepherd b. 1645, d. 13 Jun 1707

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Rond Heaney Family Tree.

Mary Dow1

F, b. April 1668, d. April 1668
FatherJohn Dow1 b. c 1638, d. 26 Nov 1672
MotherMary Page1 b. 3 May 1646, d. 2 Feb 1717/18
     Mary Dow died in April 1668 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 She was born in April 1668 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.

Joseph Dow1

M, b. 20 September 1669, d. 16 March 1688/89
FatherJohn Dow1 b. c 1638, d. 26 Nov 1672
MotherMary Page1 b. 3 May 1646, d. 2 Feb 1717/18
     Joseph Dow was born on 20 September 1669 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He died on 16 March 1688/89 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 19.1

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.

Samuel Shepherd1

M, b. 1645, d. 13 June 1707
     Samuel Shepherd was born in 1645 at Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts.1,2 He married Mary Page on 14 July 1673 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 Samuel Shepherd died on 13 June 1707 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Family

Mary Page b. 3 May 1646, d. 2 Feb 1717/18

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Rond Heaney Family Tree.

Thomas Dow1

M, b. circa 1640, d. 21 June 1676
FatherThomas Dow1 b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
MotherPhebe Latty1 b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672
     Thomas Dow was born circa 1640 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He married Dorcas Kimball on 17 December 1668 at Essex County, Massachusetts.2 Thomas Dow died on 21 June 1676 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Family

Dorcas Kimball b. 1649, d. 1684
Children

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, 550 of 1012.

Stephen Dow1

M, b. 29 March 1642, d. 3 July 1717
FatherThomas Dow1 b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
MotherPhebe Latty1 b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672
     Stephen Dow was born on 29 March 1642 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts; "lived and died in Haverhill."2 "When he was 15, in 1657, an interesting lawsuit throws more light than all other records on the status of this family. He was bound out to Thomas Davis and wife who agreed to teach him the stone mason's trade, to read and write. The testimony of his mother showed that this was a verbal agreement and that finding a home for Stephen was a great relief to herself and her husband. A neighbor, she testified, had previously promised to take the boy but was dissuaded by his wife, who pointed out that the boy was weak, undersized and sickly, sure to become a burden. Kemp, the defendent to the suit, was charged with taking the boy away from Davis and attempted to justify his action by alleging that the boy was not properaly treated. The neighbors all agreed that the boy was unpromising, was unable to take off or put on his own clothes, and gave little promise of growing to manhood. The boy's own testimony is ingenuous and illuminative. He had run away a number of times but for no definite reason, except possibly once to see his mother, and always intended to come back. He admitted that his master and mistress were good and kind, but he did 'acknoledge that it was a good while before he could eat his master's food viz. meat and milk or drink beer, saying he did not know it was good, because he was not jused to eat such victuall, but to eat bread and water porridge and to drink water.' While the food of the Haverhill pioneers was simple in the extreme, even bean porridge not be frely used, an exclusive diet of bread and water was not the usual fare. It is not unlikely that the death of Thomas Dow at 39 was due to this undernourishment, coupled with hard work and other privation. The symptoms of little Stephen, unable to put on his own clothes, indicate conclusively an undernourished, rickety condition, and surely the future Indian fighter owed his life to the victuals, viz: Meate, milek and beer furnished by master and goodwife Davis, who seem to be worthy people. The jury took this view and tghere was no further complaint of Kemp's intervention or Stephen's runaways.2 He married Ann Story on 13 September 1663 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.3 Stephen Dow died on 3 July 1717 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 75.3

Family

Ann Story b. s 1645, d. 3 Feb 1715

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 586 of 1012.
  3. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 587 of 1012.

Martha Dow1

F, b. 1 June 1648, d. 1707
FatherThomas Dow1 b. 1615, d. 31 May 1654
MotherPhebe Latty1 b. c 1616, d. 3 Nov 1672
     Martha Dow was born on 1 June 1648 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 As of 27 June 1672,her married name was Heath.3 She married Joseph Heath on 27 June 1672 at Essex County, Massachusetts.3 She witnessed an unknown person 's death at Essex County, Massachusetts, on 1 December 1672. "ambushed and killed by Indians on the Andover Road, Dec 1 1672.".3 As of 2 December 1673,her married name was Page.3 Martha Dow married Joseph Page on 2 December 1673 at Essex County, Massachusetts.3 She witnessed an unknown person 's death at Essex County, Massachusetts, on 5 February 1683. "he died a natural death Feb 5 1683".3 As of 19 March 1688,her married name was Parker.3 Martha Dow married Joseph Parker on 19 March 1688 at Essex County, Massachusetts.3 She witnessed an unknown person 's death at Essex County, Massachusetts, on 3 August 1690. "He lived in East Parish, Haverhill, and was killed by Indians while in his hay field Aug 3 1690. Thus Martha Dow was wid thrice before she was 43.".3 Martha Dow died in 1707 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Family 1

Joseph Heath b. s 1645, d. 1 Dec 1672

Family 2

Joseph Page b. 1647, d. 5 Feb 1683

Family 3

Joseph Parker b. s 1645, d. 3 Aug 1690

Citations

  1. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Paxton_Bunker_Tuttle.
  3. [S571] Robert Piercy Dow, 1926; uploaded 2000; downloaded May 2004, p 746 of 1012.

Henry Dow1

M, b. 1577
     Henry Dow was born in 1577 at Runham, Yarmouth, County Norfolk, England.1 He married Elizabeth March circa 1597 at England.1

Family

Elizabeth March b. 15 Jan 1572

Citations

  1. [S572] Jeremiah Burnham, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.

Elizabeth March1

F, b. 15 January 1572
     Elizabeth March was born on 15 January 1572 at Runham, Yarmouth, County Norfolk, England.1 She married Henry Dow circa 1597 at England.1 As of circa 1597,her married name was Dow.1

Family

Henry Dow b. 1577

Citations

  1. [S572] Jeremiah Burnham, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.

John Clark1

M, b. 30 March 1680, d. 3 June 1750
FatherMatthew Clark1 b. c 1655, d. 1715
MotherMary Dow1 b. 26 Apr 1644, d. bt 1715 - 1720
     John Clark was born on 30 March 1680 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He married Mary Runlett in 1703 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2 He witnessed Mary Runlett's death at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, say 1709.2 John Clark married Anne Smith in 1710 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2 John Clark died on 3 June 1750 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, at age 70.2

Family 1

Mary Runlett b. s 1683, d. s 1709

Family 2

Anne Smith b. 1690, d. 22 Jan 1775

Citations

  1. [S573] Donna Sears Chernick, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Allen Family Tree July 2007.

Dorcas Clark1

F, b. 25 January 1681, d. between 1703 and 1771
FatherMatthew Clark1 b. c 1655, d. 1715
MotherMary Dow1 b. 26 Apr 1644, d. bt 1715 - 1720
     Dorcas Clark was also known as Dorcas Clarke.2 She was born on 25 January 1681 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts; Clarke, Dorcas, d Matthew and Mary, Jan 25 1681.1,2 As of 1702,her married name was Mudgett.3 She married husband Mudgett in 1702 at Rockingham County, New Hampshire.3 Dorcas Clark died between 1703 and 1771 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.3

Family

husband Mudgett b. s 1680, d. bt 1703 - 1770

Citations

  1. [S573] Donna Sears Chernick, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S1264] Rays Place, online www.rays-place.com, Vital Records of Haverhill MA.
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Allen Family Tree July 2007.

Matthew Clark1

M, b. 20 February 1682/83, d. 22 February 1682/83
FatherMatthew Clark1 b. c 1655, d. 1715
MotherMary Dow1 b. 26 Apr 1644, d. bt 1715 - 1720
     Matthew Clark was born on 20 February 1682/83 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He died on 22 February 1682/83 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Citations

  1. [S573] Donna Sears Chernick, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Allen Family Tree July 2007.

Sarah Clark1

F, b. 4 April 1685, d. 8 August 1739
FatherMatthew Clark1 b. c 1655, d. 1715
MotherMary Dow1 b. 26 Apr 1644, d. bt 1715 - 1720
     Sarah Clark was born on 4 April 1685 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 As of 1706,her married name was Mudgett.2 She married husband Mudgett in 1706 at Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2 Sarah Clark died on 8 August 1739 at Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, at age 54.2

Family

husband Mudgett b. s 1680, d. bt 1707 - 1770

Citations

  1. [S573] Donna Sears Chernick, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Allen Family Tree July 2007.

Ebenezer Clark1

M, b. 25 July 1688, d. between 1689 and 1778
FatherMatthew Clark1 b. c 1655, d. 1715
MotherMary Dow1 b. 26 Apr 1644, d. bt 1715 - 1720
     Ebenezer Clark was born on 25 July 1688 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.1 He died between 1689 and 1778 at Rockingham County, New Hampshire.2

Citations

  1. [S573] Donna Sears Chernick, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.
  2. [S47] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, The Allen Family Tree July 2007.

Elder Francis Moore1

M, b. circa 1600
     Elder Francis Moore was born circa 1600.1 He married Katherine ? circa 1625.1

Family

Katherine ? b. c 1600
Child

Citations

  1. [S575] Richard Thompson, May 2004; uploaded May 2004.