Transcript:Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v1p73

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him so highly, when he remarks, that by some "the manner of his d. was
noted as a judgmt." Of what sin this judgmt. was thus noted, we may
hardly venture to guess, tho. when mortals direct the bolts of eternal justice,
their aim is commonly unanimous. Strange, it seems to me, is the
indefiniteness of our knowl. of so promin. a man; for even the name of
his w. is not seen. Yet ten or eleven ch. are kn. at least by name, and
one or more there may have been of unkn. names; one or more b. in
Eng. one or more of unkn. sex, if we are compel. to guess by their
names; and one or more d. bef. the f. Of s. the oldest was Jonathan;
of ds. Catharine (sometimes call. Elizabeth), but wh. of the two, both b. in Eng.
was elder, is uncert. Other ch. were Rest, bapt. 26 May 1639; Increase,
2 Jan. 1642; Thankful, 28 Apr. 1644; Hope, 30 Aug. 1646, H. C. 1665,
bef. ment.; Mary, wh. must not be the same as Margaret, whose dates of
b. or bapt. are equally undiscov.; Watching, bapt. 24 Aug. 1651; Patience,
2 Apr. 1654; and Consider. Great persev. was need. to learn,
that Catharine m. 1650, Timothy Mather; Margaret m. 30 Dec. 1659,
James Trowbridge, and d. 17 June 1672; Rest m. 15 Mar. 1661, Obadiah
Swift; Thankful m. 2 Apr. 1665, Thomas Bird jr.; Mary m. 9 Apr.
1667, Joseph Weeks; and Patience m. Isaac Humphrey. JAMES, Dorchester;
perhaps br. of the preced. rem. to Lancaster, where he had James,
b. 13 May 1654; and Joshua, 13 May 1656; and soon after ret. to D.
and liv. 1678 at Milton, but at last rem. to Sherburn, and d. 1707, aged
86, unless deduct. be made for a common dispos. to exagger. If conject.
be indulg. that he was s. of Humphrey (wh. seems to me improb.) very
large subtract. will be need. JONATHAN, Dorchester, eldest s. of Humphrey,
a mariner, had admin. of est. of the f. and trouble eno. with the interest
by his f. with Gookin, Hudson, and others taken in the Narraganset
lds. and there he had to plant, I believe, a s. Increase, unless this
were his br. But wh. was his w. or what fam. he had, is unlin. JOSHUA,
Lancaster, s. of James, m. Mary Gulliver of Milton, had sev. ch. of wh.
I kn. only, that the sixth and youngest s. Peter was f. of Joshua, H. C.
1762, wh. was f. of Hon. Charles H. of Amherst, N. H. gr. at H. C. 1794.
WATCHING, Dorchester, s. of Humphrey, m. 23 Jan. 1678, Elizabeth d. of
Samuel Rigby, had two ch. whose names are not told; rem. to Bristol,
there in Feb. 1689 count. four ch. WILLIAM, Boston, came from
Barbados, in the ship Nathaniel, emb. 4 Oct. 1671. Of this name, in
1834, five had been gr. at Harv. and two at Dart.

    ATKINS, ABRAHAM, may have been of Boston, or some neighb. town,
as he is of ar. co. 1642. HENRY, Yarmouth 1641, rem. to Plymouth, by
w. Elizabeth m. 9 July 1647, had Mary, b. 13 Mar. 1649, wh. d. at 2 yrs.
Samuel, 24 Feb. 1652, wh. d. young; Isaac, 15 June 1654, d. young;
rem. to Eastham, there had Isaac, again, 14 June 1657; and his w. d. 14
Mar. 1662. He m. 25 Mar. 1664, Bethia Linnell, had Desire, 7 May

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