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Richard Dummer (c.1589 – 14 December 1679) was an early settler in New England who has been described as "one of the fathers of Massachusetts".
He made his fortune as a trader, operating out of the port of Southampton, England. He was a Puritan, which at times was contrary to the Established Church and the monarch. He emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, becoming a founding father there, setting up a stock company, acquiring estates, and establishing a milling business. His eldest son was slain by Indians. Another of his sons was the first American-born silversmith. His grandson William was Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and instrumental in bringing to an end the Indian Wars, and bequeathed his estates to trustees for the establishment of what became the Governor Dummer Academy, the first school of its kind in the province.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Richard Dummer entry, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 590.
ORIGIN: Hampshire MIGRATION: 1632 on the Whale FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury REMOVES: Newbury 1635
BIRTH: About 1598 (aged 40 in 1638 [ Hotten 299]), son of John Dummer of Swathling
DEATH: Newbury 14 December 1679, in his 88th year [sic].
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1632 Jane Mason, daughter of Rev. Thomas Mason of Odiham, Hampshire [Aspinwall 333].
[Anderson appears to have gotten confused about the father. Certainly, the identification of the father as John differs from Chester (whom the text indicates is the source he is relying on). Chester, on p. 35:267, says Richard is "second son of Thomas Pyldrym alias Dummer". But it may simply be a misstatement, since the text on p. 592 seems to argue against this very position, saying "'Thomas Plldrim alias Dommer' had four sons: John, Richard, Stephen and Thomas. Richard was the immigrant of 1632...", then identifies the Thomas who came with Richard in 1638 as "Thomas was nephew of Richard (son of Richard's brother John)". So Thomas was a son of John and grandson of Thomas Pildrim alias Dommer, while Richard was the son of Thomas Pildrim alias Dommer.]
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Richard Dummer, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
- ↑ Chester, Joseph Lemuel. "The Family of Dummer", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 35:267.
Bishopstoke parish register for period of his alleged birth is lost. Passenger list of "Bevis" in 1638 [second trip to New England] gives his age as 40.
- ↑ Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1911), 586.
Dumer, Richard, sr., Dec. 14, 1679 [in his 88th y. GR2]