chr.19 May 1607 Symondsbury, Dorset, England
d.bef 19 May 1684 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Facts and Events
There was an Andrew Hallett Sr. and Andrew Hallett Jr. in New England in the 1600s. Great Migration reasons that the 1635 immigrant was Andrew Hallett Jr., as follows:
One of the men named Andrew Hallett appeared first in Yarmouth as early as 5 March 1638/9, and was always referred to as "Mr." or "Gentleman" [PCR 1:117, 121, 130, 135, 162, 2:20, 58, 70, 7:12, 33, 42]. The other Andrew Hallett appeared briefly at Sandwich [PCR 1:149, 8:184], before moving on to Yarmouth. On 1 March 1643/4, by which time both men were residing in Yarmouth, a letter was sent to the General Court by "Mr. Andrew Hellot, Senior, of Yarmouth" [PCR 2:70]. The man with the designations of respect was, therefore, "Senior," and the man who appeared first at Sandwich was "Junior."
On 17 June 1641, the General Court "ordered ... that Mr. Andrew Hellott shall pay Massatumpaine one fathom of beads within two moons, besides the net he adjudgeth the said Massatumpaine sold him, for the deer that Mr. Hellott's son bought of him about two years since" [PCR 2:20]. Simple subtraction tells us that thirty-two years elapsed between the birth of the 1635 immigrant Andrew Hallett and the transaction with an Indian conducted by a son of Andrew Hallett Senior. This chronology does not permit the identification of the latter with the former.
Andrew Hallett Junior sold his land at Sandwich in 1640 [Otis 1:483-84]. Since he must have been at least twenty-one to engage in this sale, he was too old to be the son of a man born in 1607. At this point, then, we can say that the immigrant of 1635, who was born in 1607, was the man known in New England as Andrew Hallett Junior.
We move on to the next question, was Andrew Senior the father of Andrew Junior? From the baptismal record of the immigrant we know that his father was named Andrew. We observe first that there is no record in New England which states this relation. On the other hand, the two men both resided from an early date in the same town, and they held adjacent parcels of land. Otis wrote at great length about the landholdings of the two men, and commented directly on lands which had been held by Andrew Hallett Senior and which passed to his presumed sons Samuel, Josias and possibly Joseph [Otis 1:480-81]. Otis says nothing about any land which Andrew Hallett Junior might have inherited from Andrew Hallett Senior.
In 1961 John G. Hunt took note of an interesting record which bears on this problem. In a Dorsetshire Subsidy Roll for 1641, for the parish of "Stoke and Bawood" [Stoke Abbot], a proxy payment of 5lb. was made "for Andrew Hallet in New England" [TAG 37:84-85]. Given the size of this assessment, this record almost certainly pertains to Andrew Hallett Senior, whose social status, and presumably also economic status, would have been much greater than that of Andrew Hallett Junior at the time each of them left England. Stoke Abbot and Symondsbury are very close to one another, so the Hallett families in these two places are probably closely related.
To summarize we have no direct evidence that the two men were father and son, and some slight indication that they were not, but the relationship is still possible. Further research in English records will be required to resolve this issue.
On 20 March 163[4/]5, "Andrewe Hallett," aged 28, servant of Richard Wade, was enrolled at Weymouth, Dorsetshire, as a passenger for New England on the Marygould [Hotten 286; GMN 7:9]
He was admitted to Yarmouth church prior to 1 June 1646 [NEHGR 9:283]. He had minor offices in the 1650s to 1670s in Plymouth and Yarmouth.
In his will, dated 14 March 1681/2 and proved 4 June 1684, "Andrew Hallett of Yarmouth" bequeathed to "my loving wife one-third part of all my whole estate of moveables ..., also my will is that my said wife shall have and enjoy the eastern end of my said house I now live in during her natural life, and the thirds of all the profits or improvements of all my lands, both upland and meadow, during her natural life"; to "my son Jonathan Hallett ... Little Calves Pasture so-called," moveables and "twenty pounds of my estate"; "my son Jonathan Hallett and my son John Hallett shall equally make a division of all my lands and meadows," with extensive provisions in case one or both should die without issue; to "my daughter Ruhamah Bourn I do confirm to her what she hath already, and do will to her the just sum of twenty pounds more of my estate"; to "my grandchildren as Timothy Bourne," 5lb.; to "Hanah Bourne," 5lb.; to "Elezer Bourne," 5lb.; to "Hezekiah Bourne," 5lb.; to "my daughter Abigall Alldin I do confirm to her what I have already given to her and do will unto her ... twenty pounds in money that I lent unto her husband Jonathan Alldin"; "my daughter Abigall Alldin shall have six pounds paid more to her"; to "my daughter Abigall's children I give twenty pounds, that is five pounds to each of them"; to "my daughter Mehettabell," 60lb. "with what she hath had already of my estate"; to "my grandchild John Bourne," 5lb.; "my loving wife Ann, and my son Jonathan Hallett and John Hallett" to be joint executors [PCPR 4:2:134-35].
The inventory of the estate of "Andrew Hallett of Yarmouth," taken 19 May 1684, totalled 1180lb. 13s. 9d., of which 909lb. was real estate: "in housing, lands and meadows," 909lb. [PCPR 4:2:135].