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Descendants of John Choate

Generation No. 1

       1. John1 Choate (RobertA) was born Abt. 1624 in Groton, Boxford, Colchester, England, and died 4 Dec 1695. He married Anne --- 1660.

Notes for John Choate:
       John Choate, son of Robert and Sarah Choate, was bapt. 6 June 1624, in Groton, Boxford, Colchester, England. Both of John's parents died in 1638 and are buried in the cemetery at the church in Groton. After his parents deaths, John removed to Kent to live with relatives, until he was of a suitable age to embark to America. As a young man of nineteen years, he came to this country in 1643 from Sudbury in the county of Suffolk, England, as an apprentise to Mr. Thomas Low. He came to this country with one of his brothers, but the brother returned to England, the following year.
       On arrival, he, soon found employment in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts and was considered one of the towns first settlers. In 1648, at the age of 24 years, his name appears in a list of one hundred and sixty-one persons who subscribed to a fund to pay Major Daniel Denison for giving military instruction. Hence he was called "a subscriber to the Denison allowance." Mr. Choate married in 1660, his wife being born in 1637 and died on 16 Feb. 1727. They settled upon a small farm which he had purchased, and which he paid for, as the record runs: "In cattle, not over eight years old: In grain English and Indian and partly in West India goods.". This farm stood near the border line between Ipswich and Chebacco, located at the head of the creek. Mr. Choate's house stood a few rods northeast of the residence recently occupied by Mr. John Low. For many years it was well known as "The Choate Place," and was inherited successively by his son, Joseph Choate, and his grand-son, Daniel Choate. But in later years the old house was torn down, and the farm became merged in others adjacent to it, so that to-day the spot on which John Choate's house once stood is pointed out with some difficulty, even by the inhabitants of the neighborhood, for nothing remains to mark approximately the location except a well on the opposite side of the road.
       As the years went on he added by purchase to his landed possessions, until he had become the proprietor of two or three farms adjacent to his own. As early as 1667, he commenced buying the shares of common lands which had been allotted to the proprietors of the town. These were located on an island, almost two miles away, in full view from where Mr. Choate lived. The island embraced about three hundred acres, constituting a swell of land, the form of which bore some resemblance to the back of a large hog lying asleep on the surrounding waters. These sea-girt land was wild, covered with trees and bushes. This island, either from its shape, or because it was used as a common pasture for swine, or for some unknown reason, since as early as 1637 had been called "Hog Island". Mr. Choate, as opportunity offered, bought, one by one, these shares of the common lands until, in 1690, he was almost the sole owner of the island. The earliest deed of conveyance , now extant, was given in 1678, when he was almost the sole owner of the island and purchased the very spot on which stands the present Choate house , the birth place of the late Hon. Rufus Choate of Boston. Thus this early settler of Chebacco, by his industry, made his mark as a thrifty farmer, and as his sons came to manhood he was able to give to each a farm, excepting the youngest Benjamin, for whom he provided the means of a college education. Benjamin graduated from Harvard College in 1703 and went on to become a preacher at Kingston, leaving there before 1725. Mr. Choate for more than half a century lived among his neighbors a worthy example of industry and thrift. What part he took in public affairs we know but little. It is recorded that he became a freeman, by oath in 1667, held the rank of sergeant in the militia and that he was a voter by virue of his membership in the Congregational Church.
       From certain entries on the records, various depositions and law papers, he appears to have had more or less to do with the courts of his day, sometimes being himself arraigned for trial and sometimes being called to testify as a witness, as for example, when charged with the theft of Mr. Hubbard's apples, or to bear witness, as in the case of "Rachell Clentons," who was charged with being a witch.

1. "The Choates in America - John Choate and his Descendents - 1624-1896", by E. O. Jameson; Published by Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston - 1896.
2. "Antiquarian Papers", Issue: May 1883, pg.2
3. "History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton" by Joseph B.Felt, published in 1991 by Heritage Books, Inc. Reprinted from original, first published in Mass. in 1834.

       Children of John Choate and Anne --- are:

  2 i.   John2 Choate, born 15 Jun 1661; died 17 Jul 1733. He married (1) Elizabeth Graves 7 Jul 1684. He married (2) Elizabeth Giddings 19 May 1690. He married (3) Mrs. Sarah Perkins 27 Jul 1723. He married (4) Mrs. Prudence Marshall 17 Jun 1729.

  3 ii.   Margaret Choate, born Abt. 1662; died 28 Feb 1692. She married Abraham Fitts.

  Notes for Margaret Choate:
She was born sometime about 1662 or 1663.

  4 iii.   Samuel Choate, born Abt. 1664 in Chebacco, Ipswich, Massachusetts; died 1713. He married Mary Williams 23 Nov 1688.

  Notes for Samuel Choate:
       The Probate Records at Salem are voluminous in Choate data, from which comes the following extract:
       "Adm. on estate of Samuel Choate, yeoman of Ipswich, intestate, granted 30 Mar. 1713 to widow Mary," There is mention of young children, as follows: "Eldest son Samuel, Sarah, Mary, Stephen, William, Elizabeth, Margaret and John. Inventory taken 26 July 1713. Total r.e. 200 pounds consisting of house, yard, well and garden, 1 acre orchard and 27 acres land. Pers. Est. 56 to 131 pounds." The estate was settled on the oldest son, Samuel, who was to pay his brothers and sisters their representative shares. The son, Stephen, received his share, 8 pounds, 13 shillings, 5 pence, 24 July 1722. The same amount with interest was paid 9 April 1722 to Mary (Choate) Story, wife of Solomon Story; also the same amount to "John Story for his wife Sarah, formerly Sarah Choate." 21 Nov. 1724, William Choate gave receipt for 8 pounds, 13 shillings and 6 pnce as his share. 22 Oct. 1726, Stephen Choate gave receipt for a similair amount and interest as his share. On 6 Dec. 1737, Stephen Choate quitclaim to any interest in estate in consideration of 7 pounds paid by his brother Samuel. Stephen was then of Dorchester and a "husbandman."
       In Essex Probate Records, Pelatiah Fitch receiipts in full "in behalf of my wife who was formerly Elizabeth Choate," to her brother Samuel. William Choate may have been dead at the time of the settlement of his father's estate, as there exists no receipt for his share of the estate. He was alive on 15 Oct. 1716, when Samuel gave bond to pay William and the others.
       Samuel's wife, Mary Williams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on 20 Dec. 1669; the daughter of Stephen Williams and Sarah Wise. Her father, Stephen, was born in Roxbury on 8 Nov. 1640, the son of Robert Williams of Norwich, England, and Elizabeth Stratton. Stephen died on 15 Feb. 1720. Robert and Elizabeth Williams came from England and settled in Roxbury in 1638. Her mother, Sarah, the daughter of Joseph Wise and Mary Thompson; was born 26 Dec. 1647. Mrs. Choate, was the cousin of the Rev. John Williams, who settled in Deerfireld, Mass. in 1686 and became the first minister there. On 29 Feb. 1704, when Deerfield was burned; Rev. Williams,his wife and five children were captured by the savages. Mrs. Williams was cruely tomahawked and Rev. John was carried into captivity and not released until 1711.
1. "The Choates in America - John Choate and his Descendents - 1624-1896", by E. O. Jameson, Published by Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, Boston - 1896.
2. "American Quarterly Register", Vol. 10, pg. 268.
3. "New England Historical and Genealogical Rerister", Vol. 36, pg. 277-8.
4. "The Hammett Papers", pg. 52-53.

  5 iv.   Mary Choate, born 16 Aug 1666; died Bef. 1691.

+ 6 v.   Thomas Choate, born 1671 in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Massachusetts; died 31 Mar 1745 in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Massachusetts.

  7 vi.   Sarah Choate, born Abt. 1675; died Jun 1746. She married (1) John Burnham 13 Apr 1693. She married (2) Isaac Webster Aft. Oct 1716.

  8 vii.   Joseph Choate, born 1678. He married Rebecca --- 1702.

  9 viii.   Benjamin Choate, born 1680; died 26 Nov 1753. He married Abigail Burnham 12 Jun 1707.

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