Transcript:Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v2p120


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Jan. 1658, Henry Crab; and Elizabeth m. 10 Aug. 1660, John Henchman. His will, in
Geneal. Reg. XII. 345, 6, made 20 Jan. 1661, names w. Martha Extrix. and
leaves good est.

    EMRY or EMERY. See Ambry.

    ENDICOTT, GILBERT, Reading, said to have been b. 1658, at
Dorchester; but I kn. no more. See Geneal. Reg. I. 335. � � JOHN, perhaps
from Dorchester, Eng. by some thot. his place of b. a. 1589, came in the
Abigail, from Weymouth, a small port on the channel, a. 9 ms. from D. with
w. and a comp. of prob. 20 or 30 others, includ. women and ch. to Salem,
Sept. 1628. He was one of the six orig. purch. of the Mass. Bay from the
Plymouth Counc. 19 Mar. preced. and the only one wh. came over for more
than two yrs. In the Royal Chart. of 4 Mar. foll. he is nam. an Assist. one
of the eighteen, after Saltonstall, Johnson, Humphrey, and others, bef.
Nowell, Vassall, Pynchon, and others, and by his assoc. at London, in Gen.
Court on 30 Apr. after his coming, made the head, superint. or gov. of the
first sett. at Salem, call. by them London's planta. includ. those wh.
preced. or accomp. him, by delegat. of authority (tho. it was never
consummat. by needful qualificat.) to him and twelve counsel. to be chos.
partly by the comp. in London, partly by these deput. and two by the
older planters here, for all necessary rule of the country, while the
chief governm. contin. in the gov. dep. gov. and eighteen assist. req. by
the Chart. chos. by the General Court in Eng. on the last Wednesday of
Easter term. Under this power of attorney, or delegat. of authority,
these persons were empower. and indeed requir. to choose a secr. and
admin. to him and all other officers an oath at the time of his and their
elect. "wh. said oaths are to be admin. in a publ. ct. and not elsewhere."
Nothing of the sort was ever done, no such ct. ever held by him; nor was
any secr. ever chos. at Salem, nor dept. nor couns. ever induct. there
bef. 1630, any more than an archbp. an admiral, or field marshal. By the
instr. to him from his constit. the gov. and comp. in London, he, with
seven couns. was authoriz. to do certain things; but two of those seven,
John and Samuel Brown, he had sent home, bef. these instr. reach. him. He
was, therefore, disabled, by his own act, from fill. up the Council,
choos. dep. gov. or secr. and other officers. Of course he was, in the
lang. of the law, REMITTED to his authority under the patent from
Plymouth Comp. to Sir Henry Roswell and the other five. This was, I think,
all the power he ever used, and certain. it was all he need. Yet Cotton
Mather in Magn. I. 18, styles him dep. gov. in Aug. 1629; and a respect.
descend. has even gone to the length of mak. the title "First Gov. of the
Col. of Mass. Bay." To me this seems, in both authors, wrong. On p. 57 of
the Hist. of Boston, wh. affords copious proof of sedulous