Notes for Aquila Chase: Came to America in 1635 then moved to Newbury in 1646.
Aquila Chase appears first at Hampton, NH A company under the leadership of Rev. Stephen Bachiler is supposed to have commenced the settlement on Oct 14, 1638. (Dow's History of Hampton, 10-11). Early in the year 1639 a new band of settler came with Mr. Timithy Dalton, who became associate pastor of the Hampton church. The town was incorporated by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony May 22 1639. It is probable that Aquila and Thomas Chase came with the second company as it appears that emigration was greatly diminished by the year 1640. Various traditions are extant about the date and manner of their arrival in this country, but they are only traditions with little likelihood of ever being anything else, due to the lack of preservation, or later loss, of the shipping lists of that period. The first town meeting of Hamton,of which there is a record, was held Oct 31 1639, and Dec 24 of the same year land was allotted to fifteen grantees, the first grants being small house lots. In June 1640 other persons became grantee, among them being Aquila Chase and Thomas Chase. The Hampton records show that in 1640 there was granted to Aquila Chase six acres for a house lot. In 1644 an additional grant was recorded of six acres of "upland meadow and swamp," which he sold to his "brother Thomas" on his removal to Newbury. The home lot of Aquila Chase was a part of what has long been known as the Perkins homestead, Here undoubtedly, he erected a log house which he occupied until the summer in 1646. The homestead was located south of Meeting House Green, near the marshes on the road to the ancient Tide Mill. Aquila Chase before he removed to Newbury was seen gathering pease on the first day of the week and at the Quarterly Court held at Ipwich, Sept 29 1646, he and his wife, and David Wheeler, his brother-in-law, all "of Hampton," were presented for gathering pease on the Sabbath.(Records and Files of the Quarterly Court of Essex County, I:110) At the next session of the Court held at Ipswich, march 30 1646/47, they were presented again for the same offense and the constable reported that the summons had been sent to Hampton and that the parties were not there but "were gone to Newbury." (Ibid, I:113). On March 28 1657.48, they were admonished and their fines were remitted. (Ibid , 139) The removal must have been soon after the pea-picking episode as he was not to be found in Hampton when the Court summons of Sept 29 1646 reached there. A deposition presented at the Quarterly Court held in Ipswich Sept 25 1666, mentions "Acciquilla Chas, aged about forty-eight years," which would make 1618 the year of his birth. (Ibid, 3:347). Aquila Chase lived in Newbury until his death Dec 27 1670. The place of his burial is unknown but it was probably in the grave yard at Oldtown as the yard at Sawyer's hill was not in use unit thirty years later.
More About Aquila Chase: Burial: Unknown, Oldtown, Bristol, MA.
More About Aquila Chase and Ann Wheeler: Marriage: 1645, Newbury, Essex, MA.
Children of Aquila Chase and Ann Wheeler are:
Sarah Chase, b. 1645, Hampton, NH., d. 1726, Newbury, Mass..
+Anna Chase, b. July 06, 1647, Newbury, Mass., d. date unknown, Newbury, Essex, MA.
+Priscilla Chase, b. March 14, 1648/49, Newbury, Mass., d. Aft. 1689, Newbury, Mass..
+Mary Chase, b. February 03, 1650/51, Newbury, Mass., d. Aft. January 15, 1724/25, probably Haverhill, Essex, MA.
Aquila Chase, b. September 26, 1652, Newbury, Mass., d. July 29, 1720, Newbury, Mass..
+Thomas Chase, b. July 25, 1654, Newbury, Mass., d. February 25, 1732/33, Newbury, Mass..
+John Chase, b. November 02, 1655, Newbury, Mass., d. February 26, 1739/40, Newbury, Mass..