Notes for Henry Kingsbury: From The Genealogy of the Descendants of Henry Kingsbury of Ipswich and Haverhill, Mass, pp. 85-88:
Henry Kingsbury was at Ipswich in 1638, according to Felt's History. The Hammatt papers do not give his residence so early, but state that he was a commoner in Ipswich in 1641. He subscribed 2 shillings to the "Major Denison Fund," December 19, 1648. The same year, 1648, Feb. 8, he sold his farm in Ipswich, 32 acres, for five pounds to Thomas Safford, but this does not mean that he left Ipswich then, for the same year, be bought of Daniel Ladd, of Haverhill, "house and land on High St. in Ipswich," and twelve years later, Aug. 30, 1660, Henry Kingsbury and Susan his wife, of Ipswich, sold to Robert Lord their House and Land on High Street for two oxen in hand -- five pounds to be paid Robert Paine and 40 shillings to Edmund Bridges. The same year Henry Kingsbury, Rowley, late of Ipswich, and Susan his wife, sold six acres to Reinold Foster. Henry Kingsbury was one of the inhabitants of Ipswich who signed a petition, May 17, 1658, stating that they have all taken the oath of fidelity, but are not freemen. They claim the right to vote in town affairs, which had been questioned in town meeting. Mass. Archives, 112, fol. 104. In 1661-2-3 he was overseer "for Pentucket side," for fences and highways in Rowley. His farm was on the Merrimack in that part of Rowley afterwards Bradford. March 3, 1667/68 "it was voted and granted that Henry Kingsbury shall have ten acres of land which is to be laid out unto him, adjoining to Mr. Ward's farm, to the west of Hawke's meadow path, not prejudicing any other man." Haverhill Records. In 1669 he gave a deposition in court, and stated that he was 54 years old, therefore born in 1615. This shows that he could not have been a son of the elder Henry and Margaret Alabaster, who were married in 1621, although the elder Henry may have had a previous wife. A Henry Kingsbury was married to Jane Waryn Dec. 5, 1613, at Stoke by Neyland, County Suffolk, and it is quite possible that they were the parents of Henry of Ipswich and Haverhill, and it may be the same Henry who later married Margaret Alabaster, and came to new England. Still, there is no evidence to show that the younger Henry was a son of the elder. As Ipswich was settled under the leadership of the younger John Winthrop, the fact that Henry Kingsbury was an early settler there would seem to indicate that the connection between the Winthrops and the Kingsburys, before spoken of, lasted for another generation in this country. It may also be remarked that at Haverhill, where Henry Kingsbury finally settled, the Saltonstalls owned much land, and they married with a family from the same Suffolk neighborhood, the Gurdons of Assington. The Rev. John Ward, the first minister of Haverhill, was born in Haverhill in Suffolk, and his first service in the ministry was at Hadleigh, in Suffolk, only a few miles from Boxford and Assington.
There was some relationship between Henry Kingsbury and John Gage, who was a neighbor of Kingsbury at Ipswich and afterwards at Rowley, as the following depositions show:
The deposition of Henry Kingsbury aged about 54, who sayeth upon his oath that before Indian harvest in the yeare 65 hee sawe a company of Sr. Gages his hoggs in a pceil of Indian corne of Mr. Bratlstreetes about 12 or 14 which his man Alexd was then driveing out & that a hogg of the sd Gages yt was newly cutt (!) did often keepe in the sd corne alone and furthr sayeth not. This was in a feild called the plaine about 3 myles from the Towne of Andover. Henry Kingsbury
taken upon oath 25th 1669. before me Simon Bradstreete.
The Testimony of Alexander Sessions aged twenty-foure: I doe testify that I went downe to my Mr. Bradstreets playne after much of y dammag was done, and before it was priz'd, or the fence viewed to mend the sd fence and working there til about noone & then having occasion to goe after some young Cattle of my masters, coming back to the corne-feild, the doggs that were with mee runnd into ye Corne and fell upon a parcel of hoggs that were ....ye feild and I catched one to obserue what r Earemark was, & it was Slit of ye neare Eare half way downe, or thereabout, I spake to Mr. Faulker of it & he said it was his hog, and he owned the marke to be his Earemark & Sayd moreover that ye doggs had bit ye hog. this damage was done in the yeare sisty six.
taken upon oath the 27th I. 69, before me Simon Bradstreet.
The sd. deponent further witnesseth that in ye yeere sixty fiue he saw a parcel of Swine by ye river side, & making hastw downe to ym & making a noyse he Saw two or three Skip out of the feild; & Goodman Kinsboroughs some sayd there were his unkle Gage's hoggs, and Daniel Gave vpon his descriptio sayd he thought they were theirs. further the deponent testifys that in ye yeere Sixty six he judged the fence sufficient against orderly Catle when he left it att the Spring. taken upon the same oath ye same day. S. Bradstreet.
Essex Co. Court Papers, Vol. XIV, pp. 46, 47. [cited in New England Historic Genealogical Register, LIV, 260].
Savage states that John Gave came from County Suffolk in the fleet with Winthrop. He, too, went with the younger Winthrop to Ipswich, and then removed about 1662 to that part of Rowley afterwards Bradford, and was again a neighbor of Kingsbury. [IPSWICH RECORDS. (Deposited in the Registry of Deeds at Salem). Vo. 2, page 217 (399). The Bounds of the lands of John Carlton, sold to Corporal John Gage as it was laid out by John Ted and Ezekiel Northend, who was appointed to do it by the Honored Court at Ipswich, houlden the 29th of September last in the year 1663.
Gage deposed in 1662 that he was aged about 58, therefore a somewhat older man than Kingsbury. His first wife was Amee, who died in June, 1658. Either she was Kingsbury's sister, or Kingsbury married Gage's sister. Gage died Mach 24, 1627. His will mentions wife Sarah, five sons and one grandson. Henry Kingsbury was one of the appraisers of John Gage's estate, March 20, 1673, and also of Jonathan Gage's estate, March 15, 1675/5.
Susanna, wife of Henry Kingsbury, died in Haverhill, Feb. 21, 1678/9. He died in Haverhill October 1, 1687.
The inventory was taken Oct. 10, 1687, by Josiah Gage and Jonathan Haynes, amounting to 40 pounds, 19s, 6d. Returned by Joseph Kingsbury, who was appointed administrator. Essex Co. Probate Records.
The Kingsbery, Joseph Kingsbery, James Kingsbery and Sam Kingsbery, took the oath of allegiance in Haverhill, November 28, 1677.
This is the Henry of Ipswich that the book was written about. It is believed that he arrived in Boston about 1634 and sailed up to Ipswich shortly after his arrival. We do know that he was in Ipswich in 1638, according to Felts History. He subscribed to the Major Denison fund 19 Dec. 1648. On 8 Feb. 1648 he sold his farm of 32 acres to Thomas Safford for 5#, but he did not leave Ipswich because the same year he bought "house and land at #52 High Street in Ipswich" from Daniel Ladd of Haverhill for 10#. Twelve years later, 30 Aug. 1660 Henry and Susan sold the property to Robert Lord for two oxen and 5#. On 17 May 1658 Henry signed a petition stating their oath of fidelity, but that he was not a freeman. In 1661-63 he was overseer for Pentucket side for fences and highways in Rowley. "His farm was on the Merrimack in that part of Rowley afterwards Bradford." In 1669 he gave a deposition in court and gave his age as 54 ( thus born in 1615). Henry apparently was also close to the Winthrop family and also a neighbor and possible relative to John Gage. It would seem that either John Gage's wife, Amce who died in June 1658, was a sister to Henry, or Henry married a sister of John Gage. John Gage died 26 March 1673 and Henry was one of the appraisers of the estate, and also for that of Jonathan Gage's estate 15 March 1674/5. Henry arrived in Boston, MA and most likely sailed up to Ipswich shortly thereafter. We know that he was definitely in Ipswich by 1638.
More About Henry Kingsbury: Burial: Abt. October 06, 1687, Haverhill, Essex, MA.3096 Emigration: Abt. 1635, Boxford, Suffolk, England.3097 Residence 1: Abt. 1660, Rowley, Essex, MA.3098 Residence 2: Abt. 1667, Haverhill, Essex, MA.3098
More About Henry Kingsbury and Susanna Gage: Marriage: Abt. 1640, Ipswich, Essex, MA.3099