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Ancestors of John Richard Battell

Generation No. 10

       512. Thomas Battelle, born 1620 in Hoseley, Suffolk, England (or, Yorkshire); died February 28, 1705/06 in Dedham, Mass.(or Feb 8). He was the son of 1024. Richard Battell. He married 513. Mary Fisher September 05, 1648 (Source: Genealogical Dict. of New England, Savage, 1860).
       513. Mary Fisher, born March 23, 1623/24 in Wignotte, Suffolk, England; died August 07, 1691 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.. She was the daughter of 1026. Joshua Fisher, Sr. and 1027. Unknown.

Notes for Thomas Battelle:
Savage, in his Dictionary... seems to make Thomas [Battelle] of Dedham the common ancestor in this country, but does not tell whence he came, or when, - only that he was of Dedham in 1642. History of the Town of Milford, Mass. by Adin Ballou, 1882\\

"Thomas Battele, the aged, deceased Febrvary 8th, 17__" Dedham Records 1635-1845, deaths, page 29 (Milw. Pub. Lib.), copied by JRB. This listing was with others dated 1705 & 1705-6\\

Thomas Battelle came to Massachusetts Bay Colony from England prior to 1640 and later settled in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. His name appears in the early Dedham records as follows, "Thomas Battaly and Mary Fisher was married the 5 of 7 mo., 1648." Battelle, by Lillian Battelle Hammett\\
The Battelle after whom Battelle Memorial Institute was named is descended from Thomas Battelle.

"BATTELLE, or BATTLE, JOHN, Dedham, eldest s. of Thomas, m. 18 Nov. 1678, Hannah Holbrook, had Hannah, b. 26 July 1680; Mary, 12 Mar. 1684; John, 17 Apr. 1689; Ebenezer, 2 Jan. 1692; and d. 30 Sept. 1713; JONATHAN, Dedham, br. of the precede. m. 15 Apr. 1690, Mary Onion, perhaps d. of Robert, had Martha, b. 13 Mar. foll.; Jonathan, 3 Jan 1693; Sarah, 20 Oct. 1698; and Abigail, 11 Dec. 1699... THOMAS, Dedham 1642, m. 5 Sept. 1648, Mary, d. of Joshua Fisher, had Mary, b. 6 bapt. 12 May 1650; John, 1, bapt. 3 July 1653; Sarah, b. 1654; Jonathan, 24 July 1658; and Martha, 19 Aug. bapt 9 Sept. 1660, d. at 14 yrs. He was freem. 1654, in 1664 liv. at Sudbury, but of D. again in 1674. His w.d. 7 Aug. 1691, and he d. 8 Feb 1706, call. "the aged." In the will of their gr.f. Fisher, of wh. Battle was an overseer, most of the ch. are ment. Mary m. 20 Mar. 1677, John Bryant; and Sarah m. 23 Oct. 1679, Silas Titus. Very improb. seems to me the recent tradit. that he came to N.E. from France; and Cothren enlarges the extrav. of it by transfer of the circumst. imagine. to his s. John. In the will of John Luson, a neighb. of Battelle, John and Mary B. were kind. rememb. but he gave the larger part of his prop. (having no near relative this side of Eng.) to their f. spelt by the testator, Battely." Genealogical Dictionary of New England," by James Savage, 1860, pages 140-141,(Milwaukee Pub. Library), copied by JRB\\

Of the Battles family in Virginia, "The Battles former residence was in Yorkshire, England, where, disgusted by the passage of some ecclesiastical edicts, they fled to Ireland as an asylum and stayed there two years, only to be driven thence by the same edicts." They fled to Virginia "in the years 1653 and 1654. What their form of belief was is purely guesswork. As Cromwell was then in Power, they could not have been fleeing Anglicanism. That they came to Virginia rather than New England would indicate that they were not Puritans." Their "descendants in North Carolina less than a century later were Baptists... possibly they were Baptists before they left England."
"Most of them are said to have been in good circumstances in England.
"The name in England was spelled in almost as many ways as Shakespeare; Bataille, Battaile, Battayll, Battelle, Battell, Batelle, Battile, Battel, Battle, Batle, Battles, Batles."
"As uncertain as the origin of the name is the race of the family. The longer spelling would indicate French - Norman or Huguenot." The "story of religious dissatisfaction in the 17th century might point to Huguenot origin, although Huguenots were usually well-treated in England. The use of the papal cross crosslet in the Battayll or Battaille crest might indicate Church devotion long before the days of the Huguenots..."
"So far as is known to the compilers of this book, no connection has been traced between the Battle family and any that spells its name differently. Yet the fact that the earliest Virginia Battles spelled their name also Battell and Batell makes a connection not improbable." "The Battle Book, A Genealogy of the Battle Family in America," by Herbert Bemerton Battle, Ph.D., pages 1 & 2, (The Paragon Press, Mont., Ala. 1930, 768 pages)\\

"THOMAS BATTELLE, of Dedham, Mass., 1642, freeman, 1654; married 1648 Mary, daughter of John Fisher, and had Mary 1650, John 1653, Sarah 1654, Jonathan 1658, Martha 1660.
"References: -- Leland Magazine 178; Cotthren's Woodbury, Conn., 1471; Savage's Gen. Dic. vol. I, 140; Orcutt's His. Torrington, Conn., 649; Amer. Ancestry, vol. VIII, 217." "Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America," page 31 (Milw. Public Lib), copied by JRB\\

"Thomas (1) Battell (spelled by him Battelle) emigrated from England to Massachusetts; settled at Dedham, where he married Mary Fisher, dau. of Joshua Fisher, Sept. 5th, 1648, and died Feb. 28, 1706.
"John (2), son of Thomas (1), b. July 1st, 1652, married Hannah Holbrook, Nov. 18th, 1678, died Sept. 20th, 1712.
"John (3), son of John (2), born April 17th, 1689, married Abigail Draper, Jan. 9th, 1710, died Feb. 14th, 1730." History of Woodbury, Conn. 1659 - 1879," by Wm. Cothern, vol. 2, pages 1471-72. The listing continues with John (4) through William (5) and his children.\\

"1. Thomas [1] Battelle, the emigrant, m. Sept. 5, 1648, Mary, dau. Joshua and Mary Fisher, d. August 6, 1691. He died Feb. 8, 1705. The name Battelle seems to have been of Norman origin; it is found in England as early as the 12th century and has two coats of arms. Thomas Battelle's property as assessed seems to have been above the average. Mr. Battelle settled in Dedham about the time of his marriage, where he was admitted a freeman in 1654. He was prominent in the early history of the town, being for may years a school master and for a time town clerk. He was for five years one of the selectmen of Dedham, and one of the first settlers west of Strawberry hill. He acquired the farm of Lieut. Andrew Dewin on the Clay brook road in 1669, where the outline of the cellar is still visible, near the picnic grounds of the late Benjamin N. Sawin. This was the original Battelle homestead and was the home of his son, Jonathan, in 1726, at which time he deeded it to his son, Nathaniel. Thomas Battelle had grants which are very definite in locating his land. 'Granted to Thomas Battle half an acre of upland and meadow bottom as it lieth near the Great Brook, near Natick, bounded by his own land southeast, the way to the brook, and by the brook in all other parts.' In taking steps to lay out a road from Noanet's brook westward to an 'Elbowe of ye river' in 1692, Thomas Battells's 'old field' is spoken of, which shows that he had cultivated land in the vicinity. Children:
"(2) John, b. July 1, 1652.
"Sarah, b. Aug. 8, 1654, m. Oct. 25, 1679, Silas Titus.
"(3) Jonathan, b. July 24, 1658.
"Martha, b. Aug. 9, 1660, d. Dec. 28, 1674
"Mary, b. May 6, 1650, m. Mar. 20, 1677, John Briant, Scituate.
"Daniel, b. July 1, 1687, d. Feb. 10, 1717-8. [note by JRB: Daniel most likely not a son of Thomas - note his year of birth]

"2. John [2] (Thomas [1]), b. July 1, 1652, m. Nov. 18, 1678, Hannah, dau. Thomas and Experience (Leland) Holbrook [note by JRB: Hannah may have been the daughter of another of Thomas Holbrook's wives]. He d. Sept. 30, 1713. Mr. Battelle lived on the place best known as the Farrington farm on Main street, which he received from his father. He is believed to have moved to Dedham about 1712, having given his farm to his son, John, Jr. Children:
"Hannah, b. July 26, 1680.
"Mary*, b. Mar. 12, 1683-4, m. July 9, 1712, Eleazer Allen
"(4) John, b. Oct. 20, 1687
"(5) Ebeneezer, b. Jan 2, 1690. (* Some genealogists have thought that Eleazer Allen, married Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Onion) Battelle; both were of marriageable age, but no documentary evidence has been found that is proof in either case.)

"4. John [3] (John [2], Thomas [1]), b. Oct. 20, 1687, m. Jan. 19, 1710-11, Abigail, dau. John and Mary (Mason) Draper, b. December, 1686. He died Feb. 14, 1729-30. Children:
"Abigail, b. July 12, 1713, m. Thomas Morse
"[8] John, b. Apr. 30, 1718
"Mary, b. Dec. 14, 1721, m. Sept. 14, 1742, Matthew Hastings
"James, b. Sept. 19, 1728, m. Oct. 12, 1749, Anna Mills, Needham, settled in Tyringham, where he died, 1813.

"8. John [4] (John [3], John [2], Thomas [1]), b. Apr. 30, 1718, m. Apr. 26, 1739, Mehitable, dau. of William Sherman of Connecticut, d. Feb 5, 1807. He inherited his father's farm on Main street. Mrs. Battelle's brother, Roger Sherman, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

"9. Ebenezer [4] (Ebenezer [3], John [2], Thomas [1]), b. Jan 10, 1729-30, m. May 23, 1751, Prudence, dau. Ebenezer and Dorothy (Child) Draper, b. Apr. 13, 1734.... Mr. Battelle took an active part in the affairs which led up to the Revolution. He was one of the Committee of three to erect the Pillar of Liberty on the Dedham church green, and was associated with Dr. Ames and the Rev. Mr. Haven in procuring the wooden bust of William Pitt, which surmounted the ''Pillar of Liberty.' He sold his farm on Strawberry hill in 1772... Ebeneezer, Jr., graduated from Harvard and for some years was a bookseller in Boston, being the founder of the present firm of Little, Brown & Company, the oldest publishing house in the United States. "The Genealogical History of Dover, Mass.," by Frank Smith, 1917, pages 32-36. There is more information in this book on other descendants of Thomas.\\

The Battell ancestry from Thomas back to Humphrey Battaile is found on pages 144 - 145, "Colonial Families of America."

"Crest -- Equine; erased, regardant; head, light brown; mane, dark brown; teeth, black; and around the points, brown, bordered with black.
"Crest-wreath -- A torse with crimson and gold alternating
"Shield -- Ermine, with bordure crimson, charged with stars of gold

"THOMAS BATTELLE, the founder of this branch of the family in America, son of Richard Battell, was of Dedham, Massachusetts. In his numerous signatures which remain in the public records of Dedham he always spells his name 'Thomas Battelle'. It was probably pronounced by him 'Battaly,' as his pastor records his name with that spelling in every instance, and it is also thus spelled in other records.
"The first record in which the name of Thomas Battelle appears in Dedham, is that of his marriage recorded thus: 'Thomas Battaly and Mary Fisher was married, 5th of 7 mo. 1648.' In the same year, November 4th, there was granted to him by Henry Brooke, one of the original proprietors of the town, four acres of land adjoining the house lot of Reverend John Allen, the pastor.
"By the indications of the records, Thomas Battelle enjoyed his share of the appointments of the town. He was a Selectman in 1677 and for four other years, and was Town Clerk from 1687. The latter office preserves the personal memorial of a distinct and practical handwriting. His property, as indicated by the assessment for taxes, seem to have been above the average of that of his fellow townsmen; as his sons came forward and age settled upon him, a division of his property is manifest. In 1691, the year of his wife's death, his assessment is nearly a third less than that of his son John. In 1698, his assessment, on a small rate, is 1 6s. John's 4 3s. Johnathan's 3 4s. In 1705, only the names of the two sons appear. The final record appears two years later: 'Thomas Battelle the ages, deceased February 8, 1706.'
"Died, February 8, 1706.
"Married, in Dedham, Massachusetts, September 5, 1648, Mary Fisher." "Colonial Families of America," edited by Ruth Lawrence, pub. by National Americana Society, New York, page 145\\

"Battelle," by Lillian Battelle Hammett, from the Sutro Branch, California State Library, repeats much of the information found in "Colonial Families of America." The pages I have follow:
The Battelle family in America was founded by Thomas Battelle who came from England prior to 1640.
The name of Battelle is of Norman origin with a varied assortment of forms, for example: Battell, Battel, Battaile, Battayll, also Battle. In colonial records it is found as Battell, Batelle, Batle, Batile, and Batles. It was probably pronounced "Battaly" by Thomas Battelle as his pastor records his name with that spelling in every instance, and it is also spelled in that manner elsewhere.
It is supposed that all families of the name of Battelle with the various spellings in the northern and western sections of the United States are descendants of Thomas Battelle. The family of Battle, in North Carolina, to which the descendents of Judge William H. Battle belong, probably descend from Thomas Battelle although the tradition in the North Carolina family is that its ancestor came directly from England to Virginia.
It is thought that this line of descent might be through Jonathan, a son of Thomas, a branch of the family not traced here.
"Colonial Families of America" gives the following record of the family in England.
Crest - Equine; reased, regardant; head, light brown; mane, dark brown; teeth, black; and around the points, brown, bordered with black.* (* The armorial registers of England accredit the family with two coats of arms - one as above, the other: Gules, a griffin segriant, argent armed azure, within a bordure engrailed, or - Crest Out of an antique crown or a dexter arm proper, in the hand a cross.)
Crest-wreath - A torse with crimson and gold alternating.
Shield - Ermine, with bordure crimson, charged with stars of gold.

The Family in England

I. Humphrey Battaile, came to England with William the Conqueror. He took part in the
Battle of Hastings in 1066, and as a reward he received a grant of
land in Sussex. His son,
II. Richard Battaile, received the honor of Knighthood.
He left a son,
III..Robert Battaile, who married Elizabeth Howe, daughter of Edmond Howe. Their son,
IV. Richard Bataile, was granted land in Becontree King Henry II. Becontree is described as being situated the southwest corner of Essex, a short distance from London, Stap1eford Paris, south of the London River. It is chronicled that Richard Battaile, who appears to have been the first member the family to change the spelling of the family name to Battell, held two fees in Becontree in 1165. His son,
V. Emeric Battell, held a Knight's Fee at Porle, in Essex in the estate of Hugh de Montford
in 1211. He also held "in capite" sixty-eight acres of arable land in Bradewell and died in 1252. His son,
VI. Sir Edmond Battell, died l291, married and left issue,
1. Anne Battell, died in 1298; married Peter Taleworthe.
2. Sir Jeffrey Battell, of whom below.
VII. Sir Jeffrey Battell, died in 1333 His son,
VIII. Thomas Battell, married Elizabeth Enfield, daughter of Richard Enfield. Their son,
IX. Johannes Battell, lived at Ongar Park, County Essex and married a daughter of Thomas Rochford; their son,
X. Gelfridus Battell, married Christina Torrell. Their son,
XI. Edward Battell, married Johanna Basnigborne. Their son,
XII Robert Battell, married Elizabeth Edmond. Their son,
XIII. William Battell; married and left a son,
XIV. John Battell, who married and left a son,
XV. Richard Battell, who married and left a son,
XVI. Thomas Battell, founder of the family in America here traced, the first of the family to
spell the family name with the last "e."

Thomas Battelle came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England prior to 1640 and later settled in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. His name appears in the early Dedham records as follows, "Thomas Battaly and Mary Fisher was married the 5 of 7 mo., 1648." The records also show that on November 4th of that year one of the original proprietors of the town by the name of Henry Brooke granted him four acres of land adjoining the house lot of Rev. John Allen, the pastor of the town. He also possessed a house-lot used as his residence in another part of the town.
A portion of this land grant in the western part of the original township, formerly known as the Springfield precinct but now a part of the town of Dover, has remained in the family being handed down from generation to generation.
The records indicate that Thomas Battelle enjoyed a liberal share of the appointments of the town. In 1677 and for four later years he was a Selectman, and for several years the Town Clerk. His handwriting on the records appears as distinct and practical.
He seems to have prospered, as by the assessment for taxes he appears above the average of his townspeople - eleventh in a list of over a hundred. As his sons grew up he divided his property among them. In 1698 his assessment is listed as 1 6s, John's at 4 3s, Jonathan's 3 4s; and in 1705 only the names of his two sons appear on the list. His death is recorded as follows, "Thomas Battelle, the aged, deceased February 8, 1706."
Mary Fisher, the wife of Thomas Battelle, was the daughter or Joshua Fisher, who was the son of "Fisher of Syleham" (England)*, also a colonist of Massachusetts who first settled in Dedham but afterwards moved to Medfield. He made Thomas Battelle executor of his will. (* Chandler Manuscript, British Museum, quoted in the Genealogical Register)
The church record shows, "Mary, the wife of Thomas Battaly, was admitted to the church, 2 of 11 mo., 1648." Her husband was admitted five years later.
John Battelle, grandson of Thomas, married Mehitable Sherman who was a sister of Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the drafting committee as well as the committee which drafted the articles of the Constitution.
Ebenezer Battelle, great-grandson of Thomas was a captain of a company during the Lexington alarm and his son Ebenezer served under him as a volunteer. This son who became generally known as Colonel Ebenezer Battelle through his later military activities, graduated from Harvard College in 1775.
The younger Ebenezer took an active part in the Revolution after the death of his father, aptain Ebenezer, in 1776. He became a major of the First Suffolk regiment of the Massachusetts infantry and subsequently was appointed Colonel of Militia by the Governor of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston which was founded in 1637 and still survives. His parents hoped that he would enter the ministry but his military activities prevented him from qualifying.
In 1781 in partnership with Isaiah Thomas he established a bookstore in Boston (the second of its kind in this country) to which was added a circulating library. This concern which he conducted for six years was the foundation of the present well known publishing house of Little, Brown and Company.
Upon the formation of the Ohio Company Col. Ebenezer Battelle became an associate and was appointed one of its agents. With Col. John May and others he left Boston for the lands of the company April 6, 1788 (the day before the arrival of the arrival of the first settlers at Marietta, going by sea to Baltimore. From that place the journey to his destination, with a heavily loaded wagon, over almost impassable roads, consumed some six weeks. Arriving in Marietta the end of May, he soon began the erection of a dwelling facing Campus Martius. The house was completed during the summer, and in it the first Court of Quarter Sessions convened on the 9th of September. In October Colonel Battelle returned to Baltimore where his wife and children were awaiting him, and brought them to the Ohio home.
Colonel Battelle was one of the enterprising company of men (composed almost entirely of old officers of the Continental lines), who in the winter of 1788-9 formed an association for the settlement at Belpre twelve miles below Marietta. The next spring he cleared a piece of land at that place and built a stout blockhouse, which became the residence of the family. It occupied the northwest corner in the plan of Farmers' Castle, and in the lower room Colonel Battelle held religious services every Sabbath.
A life-sized portrait of Anna Durant Battelle, wife of Col. Ebenezer Battelle, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1810 hangs in the Boston Museum.
Ebenezer Battelle, son of Col. Ebenezer Battelle, went with his father to Marietta, Ohio, in May 1788 when he was only ten years old. He later married Mary Greene, the great-great- granddaughter of Thomas Greene who built the "Stone Castle" in 'Warwick, Rhode Island. During King Philip's War every house in Warwick was burned with the exception of the "Stone Castle" where Thomas Greene and his wife and six children with some of their friends and neighbors remained in safety and this house became the garrison house during the war . Mary Greene was a descendent of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island colony, and a cousin of General Nathaniel Greene, the Revolutionary hero.
Cornelius Durant Battelle, son of Ebenezer and Mary Greene Battelle, was born in 1807 in Belpre, Ohio, and was taken by his parents to Newport, Ohio, in a canoe when a baby. He became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and served for fifty-four years.

In the genealogical record that follows an attempt has been made to include as many of the descendents of Thomas Battelle as possible, tracing the line down through his first son, John.
In the preparation of this booklet I am indebted to the many relatives who cooperated and furnished helpful information. If errors or omissions occur, and I am confident they do, I ask your indulgence. I suggest that the "Description of the Method Used" which appears on the following page be read before attempting to use this record.
Lillian Battelle Hammett

The number before the name is a serial number.
The number following the name in parentheses indicates the generation.
Each name as it appears in this record is given a serial number which, as explained above, is shown in front of or before the name.
Thomas Battelle whose descendents we have attempted to record is taken as the first generation, his children the second generation, their children the third, and so on.
Example: Page 1. "l0. Ebenezer (3), born January 22, 1691." The number "10" before the name me rely indicates that his is the tent h name to appear in this record. The "(3)" following his name indicates that he is of the third generation of Thomas Battelle.
To find the record of the marriage of "10. Ebenezer (3)" it is necessary to turn the page until his serial number appears again thus "10." In this case the name appears on page 3, and as his children's names follow they in turn are given serial numbers which can be followed through in a like manner. A serial number with a line under it thus - 10. indicates the marriage record of a person previously listed under the same number.
In this way members of the family who have married appear twice in the record - first they are listed among the children of their parents; and second, they are given individual entries which include data concerning their marriage and children.

1. THOMAS BATTELLE (1), (died February 8, 1706); married Mary Fisher, September 5, 1648; (died August 7, 1691) Their children were:
2. Mary (2), born May 6, 1650; married John Bryant, March 20, 1677;
3. John (2), born July 1, 1652; [John Sr. JRB]
4. Sarah (2), born 1654; married Silas Titus (Supposed afterward of Newton, Long Island), Oct. 1679;
5. Jonathan (2), born July 24, 1658;
6. Martha (2), born August 19, 1660; (died December 20,1674)
3. JOHN BATTELLE (2), born July 1, 1652; (died September 20, 1712); married Hannah Holbrooke, November 18, 1678. [John Sr. JRB]
Their children were:
7. Hannah (3), born July 26, 1680; (died September 12, 1682);
8. Mary (3), born March 12, 1683; married Eleazer Allen, of Medfield, July 9,1712;
9. John (3), born April 17, 1689; [John Jr. -- JRB]
10. Ebenezer (3), born January 22, 1691.
5. JONATHAN BATTELLE (2), born July 24, 1658; married Mary Onion, April 15,1600.
Their children were:
11. Martha (3), born March 13, 1691; married Ralph Day, June 20, 1716;
12. Jonathan (3), born January __, 1694 [? - JRB]; married Elizabeth Barber, had four sons and four daughters;
13. Mary (3), born 1694; (died 1719)
14. Sarah (3), born October 30, 1698; (died August 21,1720);
15. Abigail (3), born Decernber 11, 1699; married John Wienne;
16. Nathaniel (3), born 1701; married Tabitha _____; had three daughters and one son, Nathaniel who graduated at Harvard College.
9. JOHN BATTELLE (3), born April 17, 1689; married Abigail Draper, January 9, 1710 [John Jr. - JRB]
Their children were:
17. Abigail (4), born July 12, 1713;
18. John (4), born April 20, 1718;
19. Mary (4) born December 14, 1721; married Matthew Hastings, September 14, 1742;
20. James (4), born September 19, 1728; married Anna Mills of Needham, October 12, 1749; had three sons; (died at Tyringham, Mass., in 1813 or 1814). [James Sr. -- JRB. Also a correction, 4 sons and 4 daughters]
from photocopy of original by JRB, Jan. 1997\

"John Luson, of Dedham. 15:12:1660. Age and ye infirmities thereof increaseing dayly vpon mee, doe make this my last will. I did promise Thomas Battely, of Dedham, my kinsman, 60, whereof I have already payde him thirty; I now give order, ye other thirty be payde him, within one yeare after my decease. I give unto said Thomas, and his heyres, my new dwelling house, with my Barne, and all other my buildings thervnto belonging, and all my orchyard, gardens, fences, & c.; also all my p'cell of land commonly called the Field, on ye Backeside lyeing betwixt my house and orchard aforesaid, and ye Brooke next ye Rockes; all which houses and lands are given vpon Condition that ye said Thomas, his heyres or Assignes, pay 24, vnto Thomas, Robert, and Susan, ye Children of Robert Luson, in Old England, late deceased, which sumw I give them as a Legaty to be equally devided Amongst them, within 2 yeares after ye decease of Martha my wife. I giue vnto Mary Battely, my kinswoman, dau. of ye said Thomas, 5. to be payable to hir, or hir Assignes, at ye time shee shall Attayne ye age of 15 yeeres; unto John Battely, sonne of Thomas, 40s, when [he] come to ye age of 15; both to be payde in Current Country paymt. If John or Mary depart this life before ye age before said, ye surviueing partie shall inherit ye Legacie given to the deceased.... The rest of my estate giuen to my wife, I giue to Thomas Battely and his heires, foreu_; ye said Thomas Battely to be my executor, and my very Loueing Friend, Ensigne Daniel Fisher, to be overseer. John X Luson. ...Thomas Battely deposed, 25 May 1661" signed by an X, I assume. copied from "Abstracts of Early Wills," July 1856, page 267-8, apparently from "N.E. Historical & Genealogical Register," vol. 10\

Notes for Mary Fisher:
"MARY, daughter of Joshua Fisher of Medfield, was born in England; came with her father to New England in 1640; m. at Dedham, Sept. 5, 1648, Thomas Battelle, of Dedham. He d. at Dedham, Feb. 8, 1706, called 'the aged.' He first appears in Dedham in 1642. She d. there Aug. 7, 1691. He was made a freeman in 1654. Their children were:
"Mary Battelle, b. May 6, 1650; m. Thomas Bryant, March 20, 1677.
"John Battelle, b. July 1, 1653; d. Sept. 30, 1713; m. Nov. 18, 1678, Hannah, dau. of Thomas Holbrook, of Sherborn.
"Sarah Battelle, b. Aug. 8, 165_; m. Oct. 23, 1679, Silas Titus of Rehoboth.
"Jonathan Battelle, b. July 24, 1658; m. April 15, 1690, Mary, dau. of Robert and Sarah Onion, of Dedham.
"Martha Battelle, b. Aug. 9, 1660; d. Dec. 28, 1674." Fisher Genealogy, by Philip Fisher, 1898, Massachusetts Publishing Co., Everett, Mass., pages 16 & 17\\

       Children of Thomas Battelle and Mary Fisher are:

  256 i.   John Battelle, Sr., born July 01, 1652 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachussetts; died September 20, 1712 in Dedham, Massachussetts (or 9/30/1713); married Hannah Holbrook September 18, 1678 in Dedham, Massachussetts.

  ii.   Mary Battelle, born May 06, 1650; married John Bryant, Jr. March 20, 1676/77 (Source: Colonial Families of the United States, by MacKenzie, vol. V, page 95).

  Notes for Mary Battelle:
"John [Bryant], b. 17th August, 1644, in Sciuate, Plymouth Colony; d. there 26th January, 1707-1708... m. 20th March 1676-1677, Mary Battle, b. 1650, dau. of Thomas and Mary (FISHER) BATTLE of Dedham, Massachusetts." "Colonial Families of the United States," vol. V., page 95, by MacKenzie\\
Notes for John Bryant, Jr.:
       [Issue of the marriage of John Bryant Sr. and Mary Lewis] 1. John, b. 17th August, 1644, in Scituate, Plymouth Colony; d. there 26th January, 1707-1708; was Freeman, 1670; Surveyor of Highways, 1678; his title to Lieutenant appears in the town records of Scituate, and in the probate records of Plymouth, but record of active military service is not ascertained; will probated at Plymouth, 12th February, 1707-1708; all of his children are mentioned; m. 20th march, 1676-1677, Bary Battle, b. 1650, dau. of THomas and Mary (Fisher) Battle of Dedham, massachusetts. Colonial Families of the United States by MacKenzie, vol. V, page 94ff\\

  iii.   Sarah Battelle, born June 08, 1654 in Norfolk, Dedham (Source: LDS Library, Sacramento, Calif, in 1976 by Kathy Shore); died April 08, 1689; married Silas Titus August 23, 1679 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass..

  Notes for Silas Titus:
The ancestry of Silas Titus is given in "The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record", vol. XI, 1880, pub. for the society, Mott. Memorial Hall #64, Madison Ave. NYC, The Titus Family in America, April 1881, pages 92FF., by the Rev. Anson Titus, Jr., Weymouth, Mass. JRB has photocopies of several of the pages of the book.

  iv.   Martha Battelle, born August 19, 1660; died December 20, 1674.

  v.   Jonathan Battelle, born July 24, 1658 in Dedham, Massachussetts (Source: Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, pg. 31 (Milw. Pub. Library)); married Mary Onion April 15, 1690.

  Notes for Jonathan Battelle:
"Abigail, the daughter of Jonathan and Mary Battle, was born December the 11th, 1709." Dedham Records, births, page 36. (Milw. Pub. Lib.), copied by JRB\\

"Sarah, the daughter of Jonathan & Mary Battele, was born October 20, 1698." Dedham Records 1635-1845, births, page 29. (Milw. Pub. Lib.), copied by JRB\\

"Battelle...Jonathan [son of Thomas] b. July 24, 1658, m. Apr. 15, 1690, Mary Onion. He lived on the homestead on Clay Brook road, which he sold to his son, Nathaniel, in 1726-7. Children:
"Martha, b. Mar. 13, 1691, m. June 20, 1716, Ralph Day.
"(6) Jonathan, b. Jan. 3, 1692-3.
"Mary, b. July 4, 1694, d. Sept. 9, 1719(?)
"Sarah, b. Oct. 20, 1698, d. Aug. 1, 1720.
"Abigail, b. Dec. 11, 1709.
"(7) Nathaniel, b. 1701." Dover Genealogies, page 34, in the book "The Genealogical History of Dover, Mass." by Frank Smith, 1917, published by the Historical and Natural History Society, Dover, Mass.\\

"BATTELLE, or BATTLE, JOHN, Dedham, eldest s. of Thomas, m. 18 Nov. 1678, Hannah Holbrook, had Hannah, b. 26 July 1680; Mary, 12 Mar. 1684; John, 17 Apr. 1689; Ebenezer, 2 Jan. 1692; and d. 30 Sept. 1713; JONATHAN, Dedham, br. of the preceed. m. 15 Apr. 1690, Mary Onion, perhaps d. of Robert, had Martha, b. 13 Mar. foll.; Jonathan, 3 Jan 1693; Sarah, 20 Oct. 1698; and Abigail, 11 Dec. 1699." "Genealogical Dictionary of New England," by James Savage, 1860\\

"Jonathan Battelle, b. July 24, 1658; m. April 15, 1690, Mary, dau. of Robert and Sarah Onion, of Dedham. Fisher Genealogy, by Philip Fisher, 1898, Massachusetts Publishing Co., Everett, Mass., pages 16 & 17\\
Notes for Mary Onion:
"Jonathan Battelle, b. July 24, 1658; m. April 15, 1690, Mary, dau. of Robert and Sarah Onion, of Dedham. Fisher Genealogy, by Philip Fisher, 1898, Massachusetts Publishing Co., Everett, Mass., pages 16 & 17\\

"You have a reference to an individual named "ONION". My boyfriend is a
descendant of a Robert Onion and a Sarah Metcalf of Dedham Mass. Robert
Onion came over on a ship called the Blessing in 1635 at the age of 26. I
have to get Jims book to look up what is listed for the children of Robert
Onion and Sarah Metcalf." (e-mail from Heidi Lahey ( 3/17/97]

       514. Thomas Holbrook, born Abt. 1627 in Weymouth, Mass (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856); died April 11, 1705 in Sherborn, Mass. (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856). He was the son of 1028. John Holbrook and 1029. Unknown. He married 515. Hannah Shepard March 28, 1656 in Medfd (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856).
       515. Hannah Shepard, died August 28, 1668.

Notes for Thomas Holbrook:
       Thomas lived in Dorchester 1645-52, and Sherborn, 1652-1705

The Holbrooks seem to be "the descendants of a common father, whose name was probably John, and he the brother and companion of Thomas. No date of their embarkation or arrival is presumed to exist. The name first occurs at Weymouth, in 1640, and under circumstances showing that they could not then have been new comers. The settlement of Weymouth was attempted in 1622; and in 1624 a colony of substantial settlers arrived from Weymouth in Dorsetshire, and gave name to the place, and in 1635 another company with a minister, and no doubt from the same place. With one of the latter companies probably came Tho. and John Holbrook, and more likely with the former. If so, Tho. must then have had one or two children; and if with the latter, they might have had an embarrassing number. They were probably from Weymouth, 8 miles from Dorchester, from whence came the planters of our Dorchester; and not remote from these towns was a place, 'a small farm,' long afterward and perhaps still 'Holbrook.'
"Thomas Holbrooke, and no doubt John, settled in that part of Weymouth called Old Spain. It was chosen, for its harbor and peninsular form, for confining their cattle. As early as 1643 the stock of the planters had so increased as to render a removal necessary. Seekonk Prairie had been discovered, and it was resolved that as many as chose might remove, and that if a majority were in favor of removing, Mr. Newman their minister should attend them. Thomas and John Holbrook appeared in the affirmative, and in order 'that the land of Rehoboth might be divided according to person and estate,' each of them gave in their property at precisely 186. This indicates that they were partners. Were they Thomas and John, sen's, or jun's? [seniors or juniors]. The former might be presumed if there was not so much evidence that the Holbrooks of the second generation began life in good circumstances, showing that their fathers for their day must have been rich. Home lots at Rehoboth were assigned them 31, (4), 1644. But as John, jun's wife died, leaving one or two children, Jan 24, 1643-4, pr. after they had pledged themselves to remove and given in their property; and as Thomas, jun., was then young and unmarried, they had reasons, which Thomas and John, sen's, might not have had, for altering their purposes and forfeiting these lots, as they did 10 (11), 1644, by not taking possession. The records of Weym. chh. perished in 1644... and while subsequent records refer to Thomas, sen., as one of the principal inhabitants, they make no mention of his brother John. Still circumstances, not easily resisted, point to a brother probably of that name, as an early inhabitant of W., and the father of a numerous family, who might have died before 1644. I have, therefore, in these sheets, arranged the New England Holbrooks as the descendants of two brothers, Thomas Holbrooke [and] John Holbrooke." History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, pgs. 107-8\\

"John Holbrook (1) is presumed to have been early of Weymouth, and the brother of Tho., of W. (see p. 108), and the father of the following children, whom numerous circumstances indicate to have been brothers. If he was not one of the two, he had either deceased prior to the declining of a Tho. and John Holbrook to remove to Rehoboth, in 1644, or removed with his sons to Dorchester, now Milton, or perhaps to the N. part of Stoughton, where the necessity for a removal would have been answered in a wide range for their cattle, and in wet prairies for hay.
"2. I. Tho. (2), b. pr. ab. 1627. at Wey., d. Ap. 11, 1705, r. Dorch., 1645-'52, and Sherborn, 1652-1705.
"II. Richard, who with Wm. Daniel, of Dorch., took the freeman's oath, May 10, 1648, pr. removed to Huntington, Long Island (farmer)...
"III. Margaret (2), who m., as his ed w., in 1656, Nicholas Rocket, of Medfield, neighbor to Tho. Holbrook (2), then of Bogistow, afterwards of Sherborn, was pr. the sis. of Tho. (2), or his sister-in-law, the wid. of his late brother Nathaniel (2).
"IV. John (2), a tanner, was of Roxb., 1667, and of Dorchr., 1671, d. at Roxb., Dec. 25, 1678, m. Elizabeth ___, ...
"V. Daniel (2), 'Brother of John of Roxb.,' d. 1673, m. Miriam ___, r. Ded., Roxb., Dorchr.
"VI.? Samuel (2), senr. of W., m. Mary ___, named a dau. Hopestill, as if in affectionate remembrance of a deceased dau. of his supposed brother Tho. (2), of Sherborn, who was unm. in 1696. ...
"VII. Nathaniel, pr., who pr. died without issue, for whom Tho. (2), at Sherborn, named his eldest son.
"Thomas Holbrook (2), in company with George Allen and Anthony Fisher, of Dorchester, was admitted to the freeman's oath, May, 1645, implying that he was already a member of the Chh. and of age. In 1648 he purchased of Elizabeth, wid. of Col Israel Stoughton, 30 acres of land in Dorch. This was the first real estate in D. discovered to have been owned by one of the name. On 8, (3 mo.) 1652, he with Nicholas Wood and Andrew Pitcher, of D. (now Milton) purchased of Richard Parker, of Bos., to whom it had been granted by the Gen. Court, in 1649, 535 acres in the woods, on the W. side of Charles R., now in the S.E. part of Sherborn, including the lower meadows of Sewall's Br. This they so divided as to give him building sites where Dexter Amsden resides, and at Death's Bridge. He built his first house at the latter place, where the trace is still to be seen, and where he raised an extensive orchard, with the produce of which he practiced such hospitality as secured his buildings from the torch of the enemy while those of his nearest neighbor on the other side of the stream were laid in ashes. In 1657 he petitioned for the high rocky point E. of Parker's grant, now called the Neck, and the Gen. Court granted him 50 acres, he purchasing 43 acres more of the government, including the entire tract between their first purchase and the R. In 1662 and '74 he signed petitions for the incorporation of S., and became one of the proprietors of this extensive township. In 1666, he had created a new dwelling house where Dexter Amsden resides, and that year deeded 80 acres of his first purchase of Parker, to his brother-in-law, Henry Leland, who had already occupied it 12 years. In 1682 he owned 300 acres of the early grants, and with the nine other owners extinguished the Indian claims. In 1682 and '84, he drew 112 acres of the common lands of S., and in 1686 he out of the 40 freeholders, was rated the 4th in amount to satisfy the Indian claims to these lands. He served as selectman in 1690, and was one of the six brethren to constitute the Chh. [church - JRB] in S., at its formation, in 1685. He. d. Apl. 11, 1705.
"Tho. Holbrook (2), senr., of Sherborn, made his will May, 1704, giving his homestead to his son, Eleazer; and all his neck of land in S., except a piece of meadow, to his son, Tho. To his son Nathaniel... To his son, John, he gave... To his dau., Experience McIntosh, ... To his dau., Hannah Battle, 10, and five acres of his first dividend land, near C's. To Patience Leland, ...and to Susanna Morse, wife of Daniel M., ... To his grandchildren, Edmund, Margaret, and Elizabeth Morse, children of his dau., Bethia Morse,... Will probated Apl. 23, 1705. He m. 1st, Experience ? Leland, dau. of Hopestill L., by w. Experience, ? of Weymouth, and sis. of Henry L., of S.; and 2d, Hannah Shepard, 28 (3), 1656, at Medfld., and pr. fr. Weym., who d. Aug. 28, 1668; and 3d, Margaret Bouker, fr. Weym.,dau. of a Sweede, Jan. 26, 1668-9, who d. Apl. 9, 1690; and 4th, Mary Rogers, of Weym., Oct. 31, 1693. His partiality to the females of W., indicates that he had been reared among them. He had
"I. Experience (3), m. Wm. McIntosh, r. Dedham; II. Abigail (3), baptized at Dorchester, May 22, 1648, pr. d. yg.; III. Hannah (3), m. John Battle, of Dedham, in 1678; IV. Nathaniel (3), Mar. 6, 1658, d. Nov. 6, 1676, killed by a tree
"V. Tho.(3), Sep. 2, 1659; d. 1717-18, m. Mary Bouker; 2d, Mary ____, both fr. Weym.
"VI. Eleazar (3), Dec. 20, 1660, d. Feb. 28, 1725-6, m. Sarah Pond, fr. Dedham; VII. Patience (3), Jan 27, 1669-70, d. Oct. 5, 1740, m. Hopestill Leland; VIII. Hopestill (3), a dau, 2 (5), 1671, d. yg. This was a female name in the race of John (1).
"IX. John (3), d. Feb 28, 1740, m. ab. 1694, Silence Wood, b. Feb. 1675-6; X. Bethia (3), d. prior to May, 1704, m. Samuel Morse, b. Aug. 10, 1676; XI. Susanna (3), d. 1717, m. 1696, Daniel Morse, who was b. Jly. 10, 1672.
"XII. Nathaniel (3), 2d, June 20, 1677, d. Oct. 14, 1716, m. for his last wife, Elizabeth Sheffield, Jan. 18, 1714-15." History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, pgs. 140, 141. The book goes on to give decendants of these children.\\

       Children of Thomas Holbrook and Experience Leland are:

  i.   Abigail Holbrook, born Abt. 1648.

  Notes for Abigail Holbrook:
"Probably died young." History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, pg 141\\

  ii.   Experience Holbrook, born Abt. 1655; married William McIntosh.
       Children of Thomas Holbrook and Hannah Shepard are:

  257 i.   Hannah Holbrook, born Abt. 1657 in Dedham (or Weymouth), Massachussetts; married John Battelle, Sr. September 18, 1678 in Dedham, Massachussetts.

  ii.   Nathaniel Holbrook, born March 06, 1657/58; died November 06, 1676 in killed by a tree.

  iii.   Thomas Holbrook, born September 02, 1659 (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856); died 1747-1748 (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856); married Mary Bouker.

  iv.   Eleazer Holbrook, born December 20, 1660; died February 28, 1725/26; married Sarah Pond.
       Children of Thomas Holbrook and Margaret Bouker are:

  i.   Patience Holbrook, born January 27, 1669/70; died October 05, 1740 (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, p. 162); married Hopestill Leland, Sr. Aft. October 05, 1689.

  Notes for Hopestill Leland, Sr.:
"Hopestill, Dea., occupied the homestead which his father purchased of Tho. Holbrook... m. Abigail Hill, Nov. 5, 1678, who d. Oct. 5, 1689; and 2d, Patience Holbrook, his cousin, who d. Oct. 5, 1740. He d. Aug. 19, 1729..." History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass. 1856. There is more information in this book on Hopestill & his descendants. Note: Patience was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Bouker) Holbrook. Hopestill Sr. was the son of Henry, brother of Thomas's first wife, Experience Layland (Leland)-- JRB\\

  ii.   Hopestill Holbrook, born May 02, 1671.

  iii.   John Holbrook, died February 28, 1739/40; married Silence Wood Abt. 1694.

  iv.   Bethia Holbrook, died Bef. May 1704; married Samuel Morse.

  v.   Susanna Holbrook, died 1717; married Daniel Morse 1696.

  vi.   Nathaniel Holbrook, born June 20, 1677 (Source: History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston, by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, p. 141); died October 14, 1716; married (1) Mary Morse; married (2) Elizabeth Sheffield January 18, 1714/15.

  Notes for Nathaniel Holbrook:
Nathaniel's 2nd marriage was June 20, 1677. Married for his last wife, Elizabeth Sheffield, Jan. 18, 1744-45." History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, pg. 141\\

"Nathaniel, 1st Mary Morse.... and 2d, Elizabeth Sheffield; but by the later had no issue. He drew land in Doug., 1715, and d. intestate, 1716... Administration was granted, Nov. 20, 1716, to his wid., Elizabeth, who m. 2d, Geo. Blanchard, of Killingly, Ct., from whence she and her husband 11 years after, petitioned for allowance, and gave in an account of her administration, 'so far as she had proceeded.' Nathaniel was pr. a cordwainer, and settled on the lot bequeathed him, S.W. of the Meetinghouse common;" History of the Towns of Sherborn & Holliston," by Rev. Abner Morse, Boston, Mass., 1856, pg. 142\\

       516. James Draper, born 1618 in Heptonstall, England (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died July 1694 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892). He was the son of 1032. Thomas Draper. He married 517. Miriam Stansfield.
       517. Miriam Stansfield, born November 27, 1625 in Heptonstall, England (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died January 1696/97 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892). She was the daughter of 1034. Gideon Stansfield and 1035. Grace Eastwood.

Notes for James Draper:
The reasons for the migration of the earlier Drapers to America were principally religious ones. Those who have come later have done so in the hope that in this freer land of ours, their chances in life were better, which has proven to be the case.
The earlier religious and political exiles have in some instances left their mark and a posterity; others have dropped entirely from sight; all have been accounted for as far as possible. But one especially rises up through the misty tangle of over two centuries to be a lesson and a beacon for the guidance, not alone of his own posterity, but of all who bear the name he did - James Draper - called variously, the "First," the "Emigrant," and best, truest of all, "The Puritan," for that he was persecuted for "Righteousness' Sake" in the old home.
It was during the reign of King James I. that the excitement under the laws relating to the uniformity of religion arose. The Puritans, to avoid the persecutions which these laws would inflict upon them and to enjoy in peace the mode of worship they deemed most consonant to the Scriptures, emigrated in large numbers to Holland and the New World, settling in Plymouth and Massachussetts Bay, in 1620.
The spirit of individual independence and the love of personal liberty and freedom of conscience which was aroused by the great religious excitement, had a deep influence on James as it had upon his father, Thomas Draper, and his brothers. What we learn of him hereafter very largely goes to prove this; be this as it may, he caught the feeling which was carrying so many to the rugged shores of the Western World, and with others from this same neighborhood, who cherished sentiments adverse to the claims of the Established Church, and the Prerogatives of Royalty concerning it, he, with his wife, Miriam, emigrated to this country but a few years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The exact date cannot be ascertained, but from careful research and calculation, the author believes it to have been in the year 1647-8.
The first public Record of James is in 1654, as one of the proprietors of the newly laid out Town of Lancaster. But he had not lived there, but in Roxbury where, shortly after his arrival, he built what, for those early days, was considered a very substantial house. A picture of this building is inserted in this History, and the house stood until destroyed by fire some 20 years ago. Near its site stands a slightly more modern one, which was built by his son and is, to this day, occupied by one of his descendants. James gave largely of his means and time to build the Church and sustain it; and he was foremost in its councils and those of the Town. In the old cemetery at Roxbury he and his wife lie buried together, and one slab marks their common grave.
The authenticity of connection between the Drapers of Heptonstall, England, and of James Draper and his descendants of Roxbury, Mass., is very clear. Not alone by the English Records, but by the following affidavits made many years ago, and amply proven to the entire satisfaction of Dr. Abijah Draper, his son, Dr. Abijah Weld Draper, and the celebrated Historian, Dr. Lyman Copeland Draper:
"John Draper, of Dedham, aged eighty-two years or thereabouts, under oath declares that he hath often heard his father and mother say, that the deponent's grandfather's name was Thomas Draper, who lived in Heptonstall Brige or Bridge, in Yorkshire, and was a clothier by trade, and had sons, Thomas, John, William, and James - the deponent's father. The three former died in England, never came to this country, and two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also died there. The deponent's mother's surname was Stansfield, dau. Of Gideon Stansfield, alias Standfast, of the same place in Yorkshire, near the said Bridge, blacksmith by trade, who only had one son, that had not the use of speech, and the deponent's said mother, Meriam, and Abigail, who came together into this country, and who left their said father, Gideon, in Yorkshire, and who had estate there, but the deponent knows not what became thereof." New England, Provonce of Massachusetts Bay, Suffolk, SS. Roxbury, Mass., 25th April, 1742. "Then John Draper made solemn oath to the truth of the above declaration by him subscribed, before Wm. Dudley, Justice of the Peace for said Province." (The above is a copy of a paper in the possession of William Draper, Roxbury, May, 1808, copied by Dr. Abijah Draper, and the copy in possession of Dr. Abijah Weld Draper - 1854 - and already transcribed from the original by Dr. Lyman Copeland Draper. The time of his (James Draper's) coming to this country is not ascertained, but that he was married here, as it would seem from the above deposition that Meriam and Abigail "came together to this country." The earliest record yet found of his name in Roxbury records of Births, etc., "1668, patience, daughter of James Draper (born or baptized), Aug. 11th.")
"I, Thomas Baker, of Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Province of Mass. Bay, in New England, yeoman, in the 78th year of my age, do testify and declare, that about 70 years ago, I well knew one James Draper, who then followed the business of a weaver, but I have heard he was a cordwainer; and he was then an old man, I believe between 60 and 70 years of age, and then lived in said town of Roxbury. I also well knew said James Draper's wife, and they often declared, and I always understood, that they came from Yorkshire, in Old England; and I also knew the sons of said James Draper, which he had by his 2d wife, who I always understood came from England after he, the said James, came to this country; and the names of their sons were James, John, Moses, Daniel and Jonathan; and I was well acquainted with them, and I knew that the same James was the eldest son of the first mentioned James Draper, who is long since dead. And I do further declare, that the last mentioned James (by his wife, whose maiden name was Abigail Whiting) had five sons, to wit: Nathl., William, James, Gideon and Ebenezer; but William died young, and I was not well acquainted with him, but I was well acquainted with the others - and that the same Nathanl. lived and died in said Roxbury and was the same James's oldest (son) and goes on to substantiate to the 2d Nath." (Signed) Thos. Baker. The above was sworn to the 12th of February, 1754, before Saml. Watts and Ebenezer Pierpont. Justices of the Peace & Quorum.
The author of this book, however, had the advantage not only of the English records but of some American ones not reached by the three doctors, and is able to furnish the proofs in these pages that James the Puritan had but one wife - Miriam. Also that Miriam and her sister, Abigail, did come together from England; but the former was already the wife of James Draper, as the Heptonstall Parish Records amply denote. Her sister, Abigail, however, married in this country, Samuel May, of Boston, May 7, 1654. She was then 16 years old and must have been a child when she came to America with her sister. The Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E.; M.E., New York, 1892\\

DESCENDANTS OF JAMES THE "PURITAN." Although James Draper is found in history as one of the original proprietors of the Town of Lancaster, there is no evidence that he ever lived there. His first residence was in Roxbury, and there Sarah, Susanna and James, his first American children, were born. He then moved into the next Town of Dedham, for we find that his sons John, Moses and Daniel were born there, and the following official data from the records of that town confirms this view. He probably then returned to his first home in Roxbury where his youngest children, Patience and Jonathan, were born, and where he and his wife are buried. He was made a Freeman of Roxbury in 1690. All of Roxbury is now contained within the corporate limits of the City of Boston, yet it is still the country, and not yet built up to any extent, leaving the old landmarks untouched. James was also for a short time in Charlestown, Mass., for we find him notified in 1676, and that he sold to Jonathan Carey part of an orchard there in 1672. Deed recorded 1684. The Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E.; M.E., New York, 1892\\

Notes for Miriam Stansfield:
The Family of Stansfield, or Stansfeld of Stansfeld, as anciently written, trace their descent from Wyon Maryon, the descent of a noble line in Brittany and a companion-in-arms of William the Conqueror, who obtained from his Royal Master a grant of the extensive Township of Stansfeld in the county of York, England, and assuming therefrom his surname, was founder of this Family. His descendants have remained in this county ever since, enjoying high respectability. The ancient residence, Stansfeld Hall is still to be seen in the once beautiful valley of the Todmore. Like the Drapers, branches have scattered over the British Isles and America. The Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E.; M.E., New York, 1892\\

       Children of James Draper and Miriam Stansfield are:

  258 i.   John Draper, born April 24, 1656 in Dedham, Mass.; died April 05, 1749 in Dedham, Mass.; married (1) Abigail Mason September 03, 1686; married (2) Judith Rogers June 12, 1711; married (3) Elizabeth Wright November 26, 1730.

  ii.   Miriam Draper, born February 07, 1646/47 in Heptonstall, England (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died in England, in infancy (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).

  iii.   Susanna Draper, born Abt. 1650 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); married John Bacon 1668 in Charlestown, Mass..

  iv.   Sarah Draper, born 1652 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); married James Hadlock May 19, 1669 (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).

  v.   James Draper, born 1654 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died April 30, 1698 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); married Abigail Whiting February 18, 1680/81.

  Notes for James Draper:
[James] was a soldier in the King Philip War during the year 1675. James had received from his father part of his farm at Roxbury. This he subsequently sold to John Aldis. He then bought the estate below Baker Street, where he, and after his death, his widow, kept an ordinary. The location of this ordinary is fixed, beyond a peradventure, by James' granddau. Jemima Turner. Her father, Ebenezer, when she was quite a girls, took her, behind him on a pillion and carried her down to visit the old house where he was born. (She related this and other subjects to Dr. A. W. Draper, who made careful note of them). It was from here that the sons James and Ebenezer went to Green Lodge, Dedham. The Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E.; M.E., New York, 1892\\

James and Abigail are buried in the First Parish Cemetery at Dedham, Mass. The Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E.; M.E., New York, 1892\\

  vi.   Moses Draper, born September 26, 1663 in Dedham, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died August 14, 1693 in Boston, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).

  vii.   Daniel Draper, born May 30, 1665 in Dedham, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died in Dedham, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).

  viii.   Patience Draper, born August 17, 1668 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); married Ebenezer Cass March 13, 1688/89 (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).

  ix.   Jonathan Draper, born March 10, 1669/70 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892); died February 28, 1746/47 in Roxbury, Mass. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892).
       518. John Mason. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892) He married 519. Mary Unknown.
       519. Mary Unknown. (Source: Drapers in America, by Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, C.E., M.E., New York, 1892)

       Child of John Mason and Mary Unknown is:

  259 i.   Abigail Mason, born November 06, 1659 in Dedham, Mass.; died January 23 in 1704 - 1710; married John Draper September 03, 1686.
       576. Thomas Trist, born Abt. 1611 in of Cornworthy & Dittisham; died 1702. He was the son of 1152. John Trist and 1153. Elizabeth Edgecombe. He married 577. Agnes Luscombe.
       577. Agnes Luscombe.

       Child of Thomas Trist and Agnes Luscombe is:

  288 i.   Ambrose Trist, born 1672 in of Cornworthy & Dittisham; died 1750; married Miriam Unknown.
       968. Caleb Jones, Sr., born Abt. 1669 in Lebanon, Conn. (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997); died Bef. January 16, 1711/12 in Hebron, Conn. (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997). He was the son of 1936. Samuel Jones and 1937. Mary Bushnell. He married 969. Rachel Clark May 23, 1705 in Farmington, Conn. (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997).
       969. Rachel Clark, born Abt. 1685 in Farmington, Hartford, Conn. (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997); died Aft. 1731 in Enfield, Hartford, Conn. (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997). She was the daughter of 1938. John Clark and 1939. Rebecca Marvin.

       Child of Caleb Jones and Rachel Clark is:

  484 i.   Sylvanus Jones, born February 28, 1707/08 in Hebron, Conn.; died 1791 in Norwich, New London, Conn.; married Keziah Cleveland April 09, 1730 in Norwich, Conn.
       970. Isaac Cleveland, died August 10, 1714 (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997). He married 971. Elizabeth Curtis July 17, 1699 in Norwich, Conn (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997).
       971. Elizabeth Curtis.

       Children of Isaac Cleveland and Elizabeth Curtis are:

  485 i.   Keziah Cleveland, born October 24, 1709 in Norwich, Conn; died 1787 in Norwich, Conn; married Sylvanus Jones April 09, 1730 in Norwich, Conn.

  ii.   Curtis Cleveland, born January 23, 1700/01 in Norwich, Conn (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997).

  iii.   Ann Cleveland, born June 04, 1703 in Norwich, Conn (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997).

  iv.   Miriam Cleveland, born 1705 in Norwich, Conn (Source: Janet Carr, Dec. 1997).
       984. George Lillie, died Unknown. He was the son of 1968. George Lilly and 1969. Hannah Smith.

       Child of George Lillie is:

  492 i.   Elisha Lillie, died Unknown.

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