Person:William Chard (1)

William Chard
b.Est 1630
  • HWilliam ChardEst 1630 -
  • WGrace _____ - 1655/56
m. Est 1650
m. 27 Nov 1656
  1. Thomas Chard1657 -
  2. Unknown Chard1659 -
  3. Caleb Chard1660 -
  4. Mary Chard1663 -
  5. Samuel Chard1665 -
  6. Joanna Chard1667 -
  7. Patience Chard1671 - 1735
  8. Hugh Chard1675 -
Facts and Events
Name William Chard
Gender Male
Birth[5] Est 1630
Marriage Est 1650 to Grace _____
Marriage 27 Nov 1656 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Elizabeth Pratt
  1.   William1 Chard, in Chamberlain, George Walter. History of Weymouth, Massachusetts. (Weymouth, Massachusetts: Weymouth Historical Society, under direction of the town, 1923)

    link William1 Chard m/1 Grace who died Weymouth 22 Jan 1655/6 m/2 22 Nov 1656 Elizabeth Pratt daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Pratt: Ch:..lists children

  2.   Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury. Descendants of Edward Small of New England: and the Allied Families with Tracings of English (Revised Edition). (Cambridge, Mass.: The Riverside Press, 1934)

    link William1 Chard m/1 Grace who died Weymouth 22 Jan 1655/6 m/2 22 Nov 1656 Elizabeth Pratt daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Pratt.

    On Nov. 26, 1651, William Chard was granted lot number fifteen, in the "great lots on the East side of Fresh Pond, next to Mrs. Richard's mill." In the first division of the grant of 1663, he received "Acres 6, Lot 12," and in the second division, "Acres 18, Lot 53,"* on the west side of the town near the Braintree line. He was the schoolmaster of Weymouth almost continuously from April 10, 1667, to 1696; he also was chosen the first Town Clerk, and continued in that office many years. As the " Town Scrivener" he wrote many wills, as well as conveyances of land and public documents. On June 24, 1689, in a town-meeting, he was reelected Clerk; and, at the same time, was appointed "to Ring the Bell & Sweep the Meeting house," his services to begin July 6, 1689. The pay for the latter was to be "forty shillings a year in money, or three pounds in town pay." William Chard removed about 1696 to Abington, where he probably died. Elizabeth Chard d. Feb. 26, 1726, in Weymouth

    Children of William and Elizabeth (Pratt) Chard:

    1. Thomas, b. Sept. 27, 1657
    2. Child, b. March 22, 1659
    3. Caleb b. Oct. 19, 1660
    4. Mary, b. April 8, 1663
    5. Samuel, b. Oct. 1, 1665
    6. Joanna b. Aug. 17, 1667
    7. Patience b. April 20, 1671
    8. Hugh, b. Jan. 4, 1674

  3.   Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Suffolk deeds. (Boston, Massachusetts: Rockwell and Churchill, city printers, 1880-1906)

    link It would appear from this deed that his first wife Grave was a widow of Thomas Smith of Charlestown with whom she had a son Thomas Smith before her marriage to William Chard. This may be a clue to the identity of Thomas Smith butcher of Charlestown who died 1690 and married Sarah Boylston. See Charlestown 105, 874; Watertown 91, 702; Vinton Mem. 308; Sv. 1:226, 4:155; TAG 21:168, 169

  4.   The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,

    link Reviews Elizabeth Pratt's bp and marriage.

  5. Birth year estimated as about 25 years prior to marriage, and slightly older than his wife (and rounded to 1630, since it is an estimate).