ELTWEED, Dorchester, by Dr. Harris Mark. as of 1630, and if so, came prob. in the Mary and John, freem. 4 Mar. 1633, rem. a. 1636 or 7 to Windsor, carr. Mary wh. d. 1640; John, wh. d. 1647; and Eldad, all b. prob. at D. of wh. the two former d. at W.; had at W. Medad, bapt. 19 Aug. 1638; Caleb, 6 Mary, 1642; Mary, again, 21 Apr. 1644, d. under 15 yrs.; Joshua, 22 Nov. 1646; and Joseph, 20 June 1652. His w. d. 1655, and he m. Lydia, wid. of Thomas Parsons, rem. 1672 to live with his s. Medad at Northampton, there d. in Mar. 1673. His s. Eldad d. unm. 1662, hav. been adm. freem. of conn. 1658, and betroth. to Susanna, only ch. of Henry Cunliffe. Whence the ancest. came is uncert. Tradit. long assert. the birthright of Devonsh. but a less gen. tradit. offers the claim to a hamlet far distant in the N. within two miles of Burnley, Co. Lancaster, and some claim is put forth in favor of Wales. the Christian name is variously distort. Some make this s. to have the same name as his f. or rather call the f. Eldad. Others write it Eldred, wh. might easily be mistak. in the old engrossing hand. Edward sometimes is proposed, and Eltweed more commonly appears than any other, but to me it seems the double e. was meant for oo.