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Ancestors of William Pollock

Generation No. 9


      384. Jeremiah Meacham, born March 06, 1613/14 in Bristol, Somersetshire, England; died November 11, 1696 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. He was the son of 768. Ambrose Meacham and 769. Ursula Perrie. He married 385. Margaret Prisse? Abt. 1640 in Massachusetts.

      385. Margaret Prisse?, born Abt. 1615 in Somersetshire, England; died 1679 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.

Notes for Jeremiah Meacham:
Jeremiah is believed to have been born in Somersetshire, England in 1613 or 1614. He died November 11, 1696 at Salem, Massachusetts. (New York Gen. and biog. Mag. Vol. 65)
      Although the first official record of Jeremiah occurs in 1650, the seemingly authentic tradition exists that he left England between the years 1630 and 1642 with the great fleet of Governors Wentworth and Dudley, under an assumed name, and with two companions of the Hawkins family.
      Jeremiah was a weaver by trade through his lifetime, and may have been the "Weaver" who is listed among the passengers of the fleet, particularly as the said "Weaver" has no subsequent record and is not mentioned in any of the published genealogies of the Weaver Families of Massachusetts or New York.
     
THE FAMILY TRADITION     

      The tradition is clearly traceable as has been told by Rebecca Hawkins Meacham, wife of Jeremiah Meacham (b. 1698) who was the son of John Meacham, who was the son of Jeremiah Meacham (b. 1644), who was the son of Jeremiah Meacham the emigrant.
      Rebecca Hawkins Meacham told her son, Captain William Meacham, who was killed at the battle of Bunkerhill in 1776. Captain Meacham told his wife, Sarah Cook Meacham, (later married Everest), who in turn, after many years repeated it from memory and with some errors, to her son William, who ultimately incorporated it in a letter to one of the sons of John Meacham a younger brother of his father, as follows:

Port Henry, New York, Nov 2, 1857
      "The Meacham Family came from the West of England sometime about the year 1630. Governor Wentworth, Governor Dudley, Sir Richard Saltonstall, succeeded each other in the government of the Colony settled at a place called by the Indians "Naumkeag", now Salem, Massachusetts. Two families of Meacham came out with one of these Governors, some one of the years between 1630-1642, with many other families and settled at Naumkeag (Salem), Massachusetts.
      Whether these young men were married at the time I know not. A family of Hawkins came out from England, County of Somerset, at the same time as the Meachams all from near the City of Bristol on the borders of Wales.
     
Children of Jeremiah Meacham and Margaret Prisse? are:
  i.   Isaac Meacham, born Abt. 1642; died April 29, 1715; married Deborah Browning December 28, 1669.
  192 ii.   Jeremiah Meacham, born January 03, 1643/44 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died April 14, 1743 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut; married (1) Mary Trask March 11, 1671/72; married (2) Deborah Broune Browne May 25, 1693 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
  iii.   John Meacham, born 1645 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
  iv.   Sarah Meacham, born 1647 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; married Joseph Boyce February 04, 1166/67.
  v.   Hannah Meacham, born 1649 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died Aft. 1707; married (1) John Priest; married (2) William Gill February 16, 1666/67.
  vi.   Bethia Meacham, born Abt. 1650 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died Aft. 1731; married (1) John Darling; married (2) George Hacker September 01, 1672.
  vii.   Rebecca Meacham, born 1655 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died Aft. July 1702; married John McCarter January 27, 1674/75.
  viii.   Rhoda Meacham, born Abt. 1661 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; died Bef. April 1694; married Samuel West Abt. 1683.


      388. Robert Pease, born 1630 in Great Baddow, Essex, England; died Aft. 1717. He was the son of 776. Robert Pease and 777. Lydia West. He married 389. Sarah.

      389. Sarah, died Aft. 1704.

Notes for Robert Pease:
At the age of 4 (1634) Robert traveled to Salem on the "Francis" with his father and his uncle John. Following the death of his father in 1644, the 14 year old lived with his mother for a year, and at the age of 15 was apprenticed to Thomas Root of Salem for a term of five years. When his term expired in 1650 he remained in Salem. Records of 1652 and 1655 show he was an inhabitant of that town. In 1656 he appears in Edgertown, Massachusetts where his uncle had taken up residence in 1644. He evidently returned to Salem before 1660, where he appears in 1667 with the birth of the first of his children. he was with the Salem Company during King Phillips War of 1665-6. Both he and his wife suffered imprisonment in 1692 when they were suspected of witchcraft. His wife was living in 1704 and he was living in 1713 when he was dismissed from the church in Salem to aid in forming the first church at what is now Peabody, Massachusetts

ROBERT PEASE [#478], b. prob. Great Baddow, Essex, England. abt. 1629, d. aft. 1713, m. SARAH ___, d. aft. 1704.

Robert was a minor when his father died in 1644. By order of the court, he was to remain with his mother for a year after which he could apply for permission to learn a trade.[1/12] Robert was bound out by the court on December 31, 1645 "upon motion and consent of both parties, to Thomas Root, to learn the trade of a weaver of woolen and linen". He was sometimes made keeper of the town herd and must have been engaged as a herdsman during his apprenticeship for in 1704 he testified that he had been a "keeper of several lots of creatures, as neat cattle, goats, &c., on the lands belonging to the inhabitants of Salem above 60 years agone". In 1655 he "was employed to keep one hundred cows, being a part of the town drove, and to have help so that he may attend worship every third Sabbath".[2/2:16]

At some time in his early adult life, Robert lived on Martha's Vineyard. As an inducement to keep him there, several of the citizens agreed to furnish him annually with one hundred pounds of fish, part of the agreement stating: "If the said Robert Pease leave the island he will leave the fish resigning up again to the owners. Also the said Robert Pease doth engage to weave cloth of the town for such pay as the town can raise among themselves except wampum".[2/2:16]

It is not known how long Robert remained at Martha's Vineyard. No mention is made of him at Salem after 1655 until 1667, except in the records of the birth of his children. Some of them may have been born at Edgartown as the record of the first five children were made at one time on the Salem books. Robert was with a Salem company in 1676 in King Phillip's War.[2/2:17]

Robert was living in 1713 when he was dismissed from the Salem church to aid in forming the first church in what is now Peabody, Massachusetts. No further record can be found of him.[1/12]

Sarah Pease was caught up in 1692 in the hysteria we know as The Salem Witch Trials. She was accused and imprisoned but never tried, having been released after the hysteria died down. On May 23, 1692 "Lt. Mathaniell Ingersall and Thomas Rayment both of Salem Village yeoman Complained on behalfe of theire Majest's, against Benjamin procter the son of John Proctoer of Salem Farmes, and Mary Derich the wife of Michall Derich and daughter of William Basset of Lyn and [ ] pease the wife of Robert pease of Salem weaver for Sundry acts of Witchcraft by them Committed on the bodys of mary Warren Abigaile Williams and Eliz Hubbard &c of Salem Village, whereby great hurt is donne them therefore Craves Justice".[3/655] On the same day a warrant for arrest was issued. "To the Marshall of Essex or dept or Constables in Salem. You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend and forthwith bring before us Benjamin procter the son of John Procter of Salem farmes and Mary Derich the wife of mic'l Derich of Salem farmes husbandman, and Sarah pease the wife of Robert Pease of Salem Weaver who all stand charged of having Committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary Warren Abigail Williams and Eliz. Hubbert of Salem Village whereby great hurt is donne them In order to theire examination Relating the abovesaid premises and hereof you are not to faile Dated Salem May the 23'd. 1692". Singed by John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin.[3/655-6] George Herrick, Marshall of Essex, appointed John Putnam to be his deputy to serve this warrant.[3/656] A separate arrest warrant was made out the same day for Sarah Pease for acts of witchcraft against Mary Warren. "I heave aprehended the parson mensioned within this warrant and heave broghte hir", signed by Peter Osgood Constable in Salem May the 23: 1692.[3/639]

Sarah was accused several other times: "the testomeny of John derech Eaged about sixten years testefieth and sayeth that gils Cory also Came to me and afflicted me this 5 of September as wel be fore as after he al so Came a bout the 20 of oges and told me that he wanted som platers for he was gowen to afeast he told me that he had a good mind to ask my dame but he sayd that she wouled not let him have them so he took the platers and cared them a way being gown a bout half a oure with them then he brot them a gaine gowen a way and sayd no thing.

"also Sary pese afliceth me at several times she Came to me af the fast day last at Salem She pinched me then and i have not sene har sencs".[3/245]

"John Doritch aged 16 years or thereabouts Testifieth and Saith. That John Small and his wife Anne both deceased and formerly of the Towne of Salem doth both appear to this Deponent and told him that they would tare him to peices if he did not goe and Declare to Mr. Harthorne that George Jacobs senior: Did kill them: and likewise that Mary Warrens mother did appeare to this Deponent this day with a white man and told him that goodwife Parker and Oliver did kill her: and Likewise Core Procter and his wife: Sarah Procter Joseph Procter and John Procter did all afflict this deponent and do continually every day sense he hath began to be afflicted: and would have him this deponent to sett his hand to a Booke but this deponent told them he would not: Likewise Phillip English and his wife Mary doth appear to this deponent and afflict him and all the aboves'd persons Thretten to tare this Deponent in peices if he doth not Signe to a Booke: Likewise Goodwife Pease and Hobs and her daughter Abigail doth Afflict him and thretten the same: and Likewise a woman appeares to this Deponent who lives at Boston at the Uper end of the Towne whose name is Mary: she goes in black clothes hath: but one Eye: with a Crooked Neck and she saith there is none in Boston like her, she did afflict this deponent but saith she will not any more, nor tell him her name".[3/482-3]




REF: [1] The Pease Family History - Phillip J. Rice, 1982
[2] A Genealogical and Historical Record of the Descendants
of John Pease, Senr., Last of Enfield, Conn. - Rev. David Pease,
1869
[3] The Salem Witchcraft Papers

  Notes for Sarah:
On Monday, May 23, 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts Sarah was accused of "sundry acts of witchcraft committed on the bodys of Mary Warren, Abigaile Williams and Eliz Hubbard." She was accused along with Benjamin Proctor and Mary Derich. A warrant for her arrest was issued and she was arrested that day. The following day was set aside for examinations and the proceedings were recorded by Nathaniel Cary of Charlestown. He and Mrs. Cary had come to observe and to face Mrs. Cary's accuser, Abigail Williams. He writes of the prisoners, one of whom surely was Sarah Pease.
     
"The prisoners were called in one by one, and as they came in were cried out of, etc. The prisoner was placed about 7 or 8 foot from the Justices, and the accusers between the Justices and them; with an Officer appointed to hold each hand, least they should therewith afflict them, and the prisoners eyes must be constantly on the Justices; for if they look'd on the afflicted, they would either fall into their fits, or cry out of being hurt by them; after examination of the prisoners, who it was afflicted these girls, ect., they were put upon saying the Lords Prayer, as a tryal of their guilt; after the afflicted seem'd to be out of their fits, they would look steadfastly on some one person, and frequently not speak; and then would speak again; then the Justices said to the accusers, 'which of you will go and touch the prisoner at the bar?' then the most courageous would adventure, but before they made three steps would ordinarily fall down as in a fit; the Justices ordered that they should be taken up and carried to the prisoner, that she might touch them; and as soon as they were touched by the accused, the Justices would say, they are well, before I could discern any alteration..."

Sufficient evidence must have been found against Sarah because she was sent to Salem Jail on May 25th, 1692. Although testimony was brought against her again on August 5th, Sarah escaped the condemnation of the judges, who sentenced 15 people to the gallows in September. By the late fall of that year the tide of hysteria had abated, and sympathy was turning from the victims to the accused. Sarah survived the winter and was released in May of 1693, after suffering a year in jail.

     
Children of Robert Pease and Sarah are:
  i.   Bertha Pease, born April 11, 1660.
  ii.   Elizabeth Pease, born June 20, 1662.
  iii.   Deliverence Pease, born October 16, 1664.
  iv.   Mary Pease
  194 v.   Robert Pease, born March 25, 1669; married Hannah Warriner December 24, 1691 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.
  vi.   Issac Pease
  vii.   Bethia Pease
  viii.   Nathaniel Pease


      390. Joseph Warriner, born February 06, 1644/45 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died August 21, 1697 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut. He married 391. Mary Montague November 25, 1668 in Massachusetts.

      391. Mary Montague, born Abt. 1642 in Wells, York, ME; died July 22, 1689 in Massachusetts. She was the daughter of 782. Richard Montague and 783. Abigail Downing.
     
Child of Joseph Warriner and Mary Montague is:
  195 i.   Hannah Warriner, born September 10, 1674 in Hadley or Northfield, Massachusetts; died December 30, 1774 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut; married Robert Pease December 24, 1691 in Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.


      396. Thomas Brown, born 1628 in Of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died August 28, 1693 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. He was the son of 792. Nicholas BROWN and 793. Elizabeth LEIDS (LIDE). He married 397. Mary Newhall Abt. 1653.

      397. Mary Newhall, born 1637 in Of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of 794. Thomas Newhall and 795. Mary Jane Pendleton.
     
Children of Thomas Brown and Mary Newhall are:
  i.   Thomas Brown, born January 01, 1653/54 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died December 27, 1723; married Hannah Collins February 08, 1676/77.
  ii.   Mary Brown, born February 10, 1655/56 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died May 18, 1662.
  iii.   Sarah Brown, born September 20, 1657 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died September 01, 1658.
  iv.   Joseph Brown, born January 16, 1658/59 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Sarah Jones December 22, 1680.
  v.   Sarah Brown, born October 13, 1660 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died April 11, 1662.
  vi.   Jonathan Brown, born April 12, 1662 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died September 12, 1666.
  vii.   John Brown, born Abt. 1664 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Elizabeth Miner October 1692.
  viii.   Mary Brown, born August 28, 1666 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Thomas Norwood August 24, 1685.
  ix.   Jonathan Brown, born January 24, 1667/68 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died Abt. 1693.
  198 x.   Eleazer Brown Sr, born August 04, 1670 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died November 30, 1734 in North Stonington, New London, Connecticut; married Ann (Mary) Pendleton October 18, 1693 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
  xi.   Daniel Brown, born April 24, 1673 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.
  xii.   Anne Brown, born January 04, 1674/75 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died January 07, 1674/75.
  xiii.   Grace Brown, born January 04, 1674/75 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died January 07, 1674/75.
  xiv.   Daniel Brown, born February 01, 1675/76 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Mary Salter June 08, 1710.


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