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Full text of "First-publication of the Hildreth family association : genealogical and historical data relating to Richard Hildreth (1605-1693), freeman 1643, Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., Thomas Hildreth (died 1657), of Long Island Southampton, N.Y."

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FIRST PUBLICATION 

OF THE 

HILDRETH 
FAMILY ASSOCIATION 




JOHN LEWIS Hir.DRETH, A. B., M. D., LL. D. 

president of 
The Hti.dreth Family Association 



FIRST PUBLICATION 



HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL DATA 

RELATING TO 

RICHARD HILDRETH (1605-1693), FREEMAN 1643 

Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass. 

THOMAS HILDRETH (died 1657), OF LONG ISLAND 

Southampton, N. Y. 



INCLUDING 

PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

SEVENTH REUNION 

March 27, 1915 



COLLATED AND EDITED 
BY JOHN LYMAN PORTER 



PUBLISHED BY 

THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

1915 



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FOREWORD 

WE do not hesitate to admit for ancestor research a 
charm which fascinates the mind and engages the 
heart. It interests us in village legends, family tra- 
ditions, and in the memories of old people often wonderfully 
vivid and accurate. It introduces us to our forefathers, hands 
us a chair at their fireside, and makes us familiar in their house- 
holds. And soon we begin to love our stern old ancestors. We 
study them, their opinions, their hatred of tyranny, those old 
fellows who " called no man master." We who have " Hil- 
dreth " ancestors have learned of their persistent determination 
for justice, and of their unyielding courage and honesty. And 
so we seek to know more of them. 

The Hildreth Family Association has in its possession a mass 
of genealogical and historical data regarding the Hildreths of 
America. The largest single collection is that by Mr. Henry 
Orin Hildreth of Cambridge, Mass., made previous to 1893, con- 
sisting of correspondence, individual family records, notes, mem- 
oranda, copies of records, etc., but before Mr. Hildreth could 
arrange it in manuscript form suitable for publication he was 
taken suddenly ill and died. That was twenty-two years ago. 

Since then numerous valuable contributions have been made to 
our Association. A few, such as Arthur Hildreth's Early Hil^ 
dreths of New England and Brig.-General Philip Reade's First 
Generation of the Name of Hildreth in Middlesex County in 
Massachusetts, tell of the Hildreths of the early colonial period; 
several tell of the local branches such as those of Westford, Dra- 
cut and Lowell, Mass., Lewiston, Me., Wheeling, W. Va., etc.; 
many cover individual family histories as far back as known; 
and two or three contributions relate to the Long Island (N. Y.) 
Hildreths; besides which there are hundreds of letters containing 
more or less detached data. 

Dr. John Lewis Hildreth, president of our Association since 
1893, has contributed a manuscript copy of the Origin and Gene- 
alogy of the American Hildreths written by Richard Hildreth, 
the historian, in 1856. And other loyal members have contrib- 

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4 FOREWORD 

uted to the Association numerous books, pamphlets and manu- 
scripts relating to the Hildreths. 

To arrange the earlier genealogical and historical data and to 
combine it with the later for preservation in printed form is most 
desirable, and this, our First Publication, is preliminary to such 
work. The articles herein are by members who have gathered 
their material a little at a time and by long-continued search; 
and the references and authorities are given for the benefit of 
readers who may wish to pursue further any particular point. 
There must be, of necessity, occasional errors in dates and 
names ; but it is well known to searchers for genealogical mate- 
rial that dates found on town records frequently differ from 
those contained in family Bibles or given on gravestones, and 
even varying dates for the same event have been furnished by 
different members of the same family. So it is in the spelling 
of names; different members of the same family occasionally 
have used different spellings of their own name. It is earnestly 
requested that every reader who can do so will promptly furnish 
us with corrections where we seem to be in error and to give 
authorities for such corrections in order to make them more 
valuable. 

In our next or second publication, which will be uniform in 
style to this, we plan to tell of the second generation of Hildreths 
in America. We shall have in it special articles on Hildreth 
families who were early settlers in the several sections of our 
country, telling of those who settled in Maine, New Hampshire, 
Vermont, Connecticut, New York State, Ohio, Indiana, West 
Virginia, and other sections, including more about the Early 
Hildreths of Long Island. 

We also expect to have in our next or second publication some 
contributions relating to the Hildreths of Barnard Castle and 
of Yorkshire, England. 

We believe we shall be able to give in our next or second pub- 
lication the reproduction of a genuine Hildreth seal and we hope 
our investigations will result in the discovery of an ancient crest 
or coat-of-arms. 

In our next or second publication we will give a partial list of 
Colonial Hildreths through whom their descendants, who wish 
to, may claim lines of royal ancestry running back through 
English and Saxon kings to the year A. D. i, and through the 
House of Bourbon (France) to the year A. D. 418, and through 
other interesting lines. 



FOREWORD 5 

And we would like to give a very complete list of lines through 
which many of our members who wish to may qualify for mem- 
bership in such societies as the Mayflower, Colonial Dames, 
Colonial Wars, etc., but in our efforts to do this we must rely 
on our members furnishing us with dates, names, birthplaces, 
marriages, etc., of their own ancestors. If each of our members 
would supply us with what they know we would soon have a 
complete whole. Our Family is now scattered from ocean to 
ocean. Many records are already gone; the old family Bible 
has often been carried off by the daughters and thus lost to the 
family name; and soon, all too soon, our older members will 
be passing away and much valuable history we now can get will 
then have gone into oblivion. And so we ask you to collect for 
our Family the dates of births, marriages and deaths of the Hil- 
dreths you know, and of other Hildreths as far back as you can 
learn of them. Find out where they lived, whom they married, 
the names of their children and where they moved to. If you 
will do just this it will be a wonderful help to us. 

The Hildreth Family Association. 

Boston, 191 5. 



CONTENTS OF FIRST PUBLICATION 

PAGE 

Foreword ........ 3 

Proceedings of the Seventh Reunion of The Hil- 

DRETH Family Association . . . . -13 

Including Revised Articles of Association and By-Laws. 

Historical Sketch of The Hildreth Family Associa- 
tion (1893-1915) . . . . . .20 

By John Lewis Hildreth, A. B., M. D., LL. D. 

Origin of the " Hildreths " and Variations of the 

Name ........ 26 

By Miss Carrie A. Hildreth. 

The Parish Registers of Gainford, County of Dur- 
ham, England ....... 30 

By John Lyman Porter. 

Coat-of-Arms(?) — Description of Richard Hil- 

dreth's Seal ....... 35 

By John Lyman Porter. 

Surnames of Families Who Intermarried with the 

Hildreths ........ 37 

Compiled by John Lyman Porter. 

Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War by 

THE Name of Hildreth . . . . -41 

Compiled by Brig.-General Philip Reade, U. S. Army, 
Retired. 

Chart — Thomas Hildreth of Long Island (Died 

1657), First Three Generations . . .42 

Arranged by John Lyman Porter. 

Thomas Hildreth, of Long Island (Died 1657) . . 43 

By John Lyman Porter. 

The Two Wives of Richard Hildreth (Freeman, 

1643) 47 

By Mrs. Cornelia S. Hildreth. 

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8 CONTENTS OF FIRST PUBLICATION 

PAGE 

The " Old Style " Legal Year, and the Graves of 

Richard Hildreth and His Wife Elizabeth . 49 

By John Lyman Porter. 
Chronological History of Richard Hildreth (1605- 

1693) ; Freeman, 1643 • • • • • 5^ 

Compiled by John Lyman Porter. 
Chart — Richard Hildreth (1605-1693), First Three 

Generations ....... 70 

Arranged by John Lyman Porter. 
Memoranda — Blank Pages for Notes and Corrections . 71 



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS 

John Lewis Hildreth, A. B., M. D., LL. D. Frontispiece 

President of The Hildreth Family Association. 

facing page 
Henry Orin Hildreth . . . . . .20 

Founder of The Hildreth Family Association. 

Gravestone of Elizabeth Hildreth . . . -So 

Wife of Richard Hildreth of Cambridge and Chelms- 
ford, Mass. 

The Richard Hildreth Memorial . . . .52 

Erected to Preserve the Original Headstone. 



OFFICERS 

OF 

THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

FOR THE YEARS 1915-1916 

President 
JOHN LEWIS HILDRETH, A. B., M, D., LL. D., Winchester, Mass. 

Senior Vice-President 
HENRY giddings HILDRETH .... Aubumdale, Mass. 



Vice-Presidents 

prof. philo c. hildreth . 
david merrill hildreth 
dr. eugene a. hildreth . 
j. homer hildreth . 
charles w. robinson 
eugene westel hildreth 
mrs. rowena hildreth palmer 
mrs, cornelia s. hildreth . 



Fairfield, Iowa 

Washington, D. C. 

Wheeling, W. Va. 

New York, N. Y. 

. Stow, Mass. 

Melrose, Mass. 

Lowell, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 



Corresponding Secretary 
JOHN LYMAN PORTER .... Cambridge, Mass. 

Recording Secretary 
EDWARD c. HILDRETH .... Cambridge, Mass. 

Treasurer 

HENRY GIDDINGS HILDRETH . . Aubumdalc, MaSS. 



Historian 

miss CARRIE A. HILDRETH . 



Worcester, Mass. 



Executive Committee 



HORACE EDWIN HILDRETH . 
ALFRED HITCHCOCK HILDRETH . 
HERBERT V. HILDRETH . 
ALLEN B. M. HILDRETH . 
MRS. ROWENA HILDRETH PALMER 
JOHN LEWIS HILDRETH, CX ofUcio 
EDWARD C. HILDRETH, CX ofUcio . 
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. Boston, Mass. 

. Boston, Mass. 

. Boston, Mass. 
Cambridge, Mass. 

. Lowell, Mass. 
Winchester, Mass. 
Cambridee, Mass. 



FIRST PUBLICATION 

OF THE 

HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH REUNION 

INCLUDING 

REVISED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND BY-LAWS 

Boston, Mass., March 27, 191 5. 

AT a duly called meeting and dinner of The Hildreth 
Family Association held this day at the " Colonial 
House," No. 301 Newbury Street, there being present 
some over sixty members, the following business was transacted, 
to wit : 

The meeting was called to order at 12 145 P. M. by the presi- 
dent, Dr. John L. Hildreth of Winchester, Mass. The members 
then took seats at the tables and grace was asked by Mr. Charles 
W. Robinson of Stow, Mass. Following the dinner : 

The Secretary read the records of the last meeting, which was 
held at Chelmsford, Mass., June 8, 19 12, and same were ap- 
proved. 

The Treasurer reported that the Association had neither cash 
assets nor liabilities excepting the expenses pertaining to this 
meeting. His report was accepted and approved. 

The Historian reported her record of deaths of members and 
same was accepted and placed on file. 

The question of amending the Articles of Association was then 
brought up. The Secretary made a statement that because of 
the great amount of work falling upon the office of the Secre- 
tary-Treasurer as heretofore provided in the Articles of Associ- 
ation it seemed advisable to divide that work and have three 
separate officers for it, namely: a Corresponding Secretary, a 
Recording Secretary and a Treasurer. It was also suggested 
that the influence of the Association might be broadened and 

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14 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

greater results be obtained by increasing the number of Vice- 
Presidents to nine (9) one of whom should be termed Vice- 
President Senior. Another suggestion was made that the regu- 
lar meetings of the Association be biennial instead of triennial, 
and that other meetings could be called by the Executive Com- 
mittee. And to carry on research work regarding the origin 
and genealogy of the Hildreths that was begun some sixty years 
ago by Richard Hildreth, the historian, and to prepare for pub- 
lishing the results as well as to assist our members to more val- 
uable data concerning their Hildreth ancestors it was proposed 
that the ordinary Dues of One Dollar ($1.00) be payable an- 
nually instead of once in three years as heretofore. A tentative 
set of By-Laws embodying substantially these recommendations 
had been prepared by a committee and were submitted for dis- 
cussion. These By-Laws were read, article by article, and all 
changes suggested were actively discussed by the members and 
separately voted upon by the raising of hands. The approved 
changes and amendments were written in as authorized and the 
Revised Articles of Association and By-Laws were then by unan- 
imous vote adopted as a whole, reading as follows : 

REVISED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND BY-LAWS 
AS ADOPTED MARCH 27, 191 5 

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION 

This Association is formed for the purpose of organizing into a 
friendly union and for the common good all persons in America who 
have a Hildreth ancestor or who are united by marriage to those 
who have a Hildreth ancestor, having in mind the descendants of 
the two Puritan forefathers who bore the name of Hildreth — one 
by the name of Richard Hildreth who appeared in Cam- 
bridge, Mass., in 1643 as Freeman in the Massachusetts Bay Col- 
ony and who died in Chelmsford, Mass., in 1693, the other by the 
name of Thomas Hildreth who appeared also in 1643 ^s one of 
the first settlers of Southampton (Long Island), N. Y., and who 
died there in 1657. 

BY - LAWS 

article I. 

Name 

This Association shall be called "The Hildreth Family Associa- 
tion." 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH REUNION 15 

ARTICLE II. 

Purpose 

Its purpose shall be to collect and preserve information respect- 
ing the Hildreths in America and their ancestors and particularly 
respecting Richard Hildreth buried in Chelmsford, Mass., in 1693, 
and Thomas Hildreth buried in Southampton (L. I.), N. Y., in 
1657, and by meetings to form a more intimate acquaintance with 
one another and to promote good-fellowship. 

ARTICLE III. 

Membership 

The members of this Association shall be those who state they 
bave a Hildreth ancestor or who are united by marriage to those 
who have a Hildreth ancestor. 

ARTICLE IV. 

Officers 

The officers shall be President, nine Vice-Presidents (one of 
whom shall be called Senior), a Treasurer, a Recording Secretary, 
a Corresponding Secretary, a Historian, and an Executive Com- 
mittee of seven (two of whom shall be the President and Recording 
Secretary). All other committees shall be appointed by the Execu- 
tive Committee. 

ARTICLE V. 

Election of Officers 

The officers of the Association shall be elected by the majority 
voting at any regular meeting and shall hold office until their suc- 
cessors are elected. Vacancies may be filled by appointment by the 
Executive Committee. 

ARTICLE VI. 

Duties of Officers 

The duties of the President shall be to preside at all meetings 
of the Association and of the Executive Committee and to discharge 
the duties which usually pertain to his office. 

The duties of the Senior Vice-President shall be, in the absence 
of the President, to preside at all meetings of the Association and 
of the Executive Committee and discharge the duties of the Presi- 
dent. 

The duties of the Treasurer shall be to receive and hold all mon- 
ies of the Association and to disburse same only on orders signed 
by the President and one other member of the Executive Committee 
and to render an account of same at all regular business meetings of 
the Association and Executive Committee. No debts shall be con- 
tracted by the Association beyond the amount of available means 
within its control. 



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The duties of the Recording Secretary shall be to notify the mem- 
bers of all meetings and keep a record of same, and also to act as 
secretary for the Executive Committee. 

The duties of the Corresponding Secretary shall be to keep a list 
of members of the Association, assist members who are seeking 
information regarding their Hildreth ancestors, do genealogical re- 
search work for the Association regarding the Hildreths in Amer- 
ica, keep records of such work and of all correspondence, and to 
make reports at all regular meetings of the Association. 

The duties of the Historian shall be to inform the Association 
from time to time of such facts, worthy of note or mention, relative 
to the members of the Association, and to keep so far as possible a 
register of births, marriages and deaths of the Hildreths whether 
members or not and at the Association's next meeting report the 
same. 

The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to arrange for 
the meetings of the Association and in the interim to have the man- 
agement of the Association's affairs not delegated to other officers 
or committees and to attend to any business pertaining to the Asso- 
ciation's welfare. 

ARTICLE VII. 

Meetings 

The regular meetings of the Association shall be held once in two 
years in Boston, Mass., in the month of April, at such hour and place 
as the Executive Committee may determine. 

Other meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive 
Committee. 

ARTICLE VIII. 

Dues and Assessments 

Members shall not be required to pay dues of any kind except an 
assessment for ordinary expenses which shall not exceed One Dol- 
lar ($i.oo) per capita for one year. Such assessment shall be 
termed Annual Dues, and the payment of same by any member of 
a family shall include his or her immediate family, provided their 
names are given at the time the payment is made. The member 
making the payment shall be called an Active Member, and the 
other members shall be called Associate Members. 



ARTICLE IX. 

Amendments 

These Articles of Association and By-Laws may be altered or 
amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the number 
present and voting. 

It was then voted that the Association proceed to elect officers 
in accordance with the new By-Laws. The Nominating Com- 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH REUNION 17 

mittee, consisting of three members, Messrs. W. Clifton Jones, 
Henry G. Hildreth and Mrs. Rowena H. Palmer, appointed by 
the President, was asked to retire and prepare its nominations 
for the offices to be filled as required by the new By-Laws. 

While the Nominating Committee was out the president. Dr. 
John L. Hildreth, gave an interesting review of the history of 
our Association, beginning with the Preliminary Conference held 
twenty-two years ago at the Parker House, Boston, to which 
twenty-five representatives of the families of Hildreth in New 
England had been invited and at which fifteen of those repre- 
sentatives were present. He told of the important genealogical 
notes and data contributed to the Association by Mr. Henry O. 
Hildreth of Cambridge, Mass., and the great blow the Associa- 
tion received by his sudden death, March 12, 1893, only six days 
after that first meeting at the Parker House. Dr. Hildreth then 
referred to the erection and dedication in 1909, at Chelmsford, 
Mass., of a substantial granite memorial preserving in it for all 
time the old slate gravestone of the first Richard Hildreth in this 
country. He told of the several contributions made to the Hil- 
dreth genealogy beginning with the letter of 1856 to Mr, D. M. 
Hildreth of New Orleans by Richard Hildreth, the historian. 
He emphasized how we now had three most important things to 
discover, ( i ) the English birthplace of our Hildreth ancestors, 
(2) the date or dates our Hildreth ancestors emigrated to this 
country, and (3) the family names of their wives. These three 
things he believed could be found with the united help of our 
members. At the conclusion of Dr. Hildreth's remarks it was 
recommended that they be prepared for publication at an early 
date. 

The Nominating Committee, having returned, then submitted 
its nominations for the offices specified. Its report was unani- 
mously adopted and the Secretary was authorized to cast one 
vote — which he did — for the election and the Chair announced 
the officers as reported by the Nominating Committee to be duly 
elected to serve for two years in accordance with the new By- 
Laws, as follows : 

PRESIDENT 
John Lewis Hildreth, A. B., M. D., LL. D., Winchester, Mass. 

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT 
Henry G. Hildreth, Auburndale, Mass. 



i8 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

VICE-PRESIDENTS 

Prof. Philo C. Hildreth, Fairfield, Iowa. 
David M. Hildreth, Washington, D. C. 
Dr. Eugene A. Hildreth, Wheeling, W. Va. 
J. Homer Hildreth, New York City. 
Charles W. Robinson, Stow, Mass. 
Eugene W. Hildreth, Melrose, Mass. 
Mrs. Rowena H. Palmer, Lowell, Mass. 
Mrs. Cornelia S. Hildreth, Boston, Mass. 

TREASURER 
Henry G. Hildreth, Auburndale, Mass, 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY 
John Lyman Porter, Cambridge, Mass. 

RECORDING SECRETARY 
Edward C. Hildreth, Cambridge, Mass. 

HISTORIAN 
Miss Carrie A. Hildreth, Worcester, Mass. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Horace Edwin Hildreth, Boston (and Cambridge) 
Alfred H. Hildreth, Boston (and Winchester) 
Herbert V. Hildreth, Boston (and Westford) 
Allen B. M. Hildreth, Cambridge, Mass. 
Mrs. Rowena H. Palmer, Lowell, Mass. 
Dr. John Lewis Hildreth, President, ex officio 
Edward C. Hildreth, Recording Sec'y, ex oMcio 

Following the election of officers were read three papers of 
especial interest to the members of The Hildreth Family Asso- 
ciation, namely: 

1st Paper, " Richard Hildreth, Freeml\n, 1643," ^Y Miss 
Carrie A. Hildreth of Worcester, Mass., in which Miss Hildreth 
reviewed her research work in this country and in England for 
data and information regarding the Richard Hildreth who was 
made Freeman in 1643 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, living 
in Cambridge, Mass., until 1654-5 when he removed to Chelms- 
ford, Mass., where he died in 1693. 

2nd Paper, " Thomas Hildreth of Long Island, 1643- 
1657," by John Lyman Porter of Cambridge, Mass., in which 
Mr. Porter told of the Thomas Hildreth who appeared as one 



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of the first settlers of Southampton, L. I., in 1643 (the same 
year in which Richard Hildreth of Cambridge was made Free- 
man). This Thomas Hildreth died in Southampton, L. I., in 
1657, leaving a widow and four small children. 

Srd Paper, "Wives of Richard Hildreth," by Mrs. Cornelia 
S. Hildreth of Boston, Mass., in which Mrs. Hildreth gave ex- 
tracts from the records of Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., 
regarding Sarah the first wife, and Elizabeth the second wife of 
Richard Hildreth, Freeman 1643. She had found records of the 
deaths of both wives and the place of burial of Elizabeth the 
second wife, but as yet she had been unable to find the place of 
burial of Sarah the first wife. 

Following the reading of these papers was held a general dis- 
cussion on them and a recommendation was made that search 
be continued for the discovery of the relationship between Rich- 
ard and Thomas Hildreth, the place from which and the time 
when they emigrated to this country, and the family names of 
their wives. 

A unanimous vote of thanks was given by the members to Mr. 
Eugene W. Hildreth, the retiring Secretary-Treasurer, for his 
efficient, faithful and untiring work during the eight years of 
his service. 

It was then moved and carried to adjourn after declaring this 
to have been one of the most enjoyable meetings and reunions 
of the Family. 

Edward C. Hildreth, 
Recording Secretary. 



HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE HILDRETH FAMILY 
ASSOCIATION (1893-1915) 

By John Lewis Hildreth, A. B., M. D., LL. D. 

THE first gathering of the Hildreth Family was at the 
Parker House, Boston, March 6, 1893, and fourteen 
years later The Hildreth Family Association was form- 
ally organized at a large meeting held at " The Brunswick " in 
Boston on Saturday, March 16, 1907, at which time Articles of 
Association were drawn up and adopted. Between the times of 
these two meetings were held family reunions at Chelmsford, 
Mass., where in 1693 was buried Richard Hildreth — the com- 
mon ancestor of nearly all of the New England Hildreths, and 
perhaps a brother or a close relative of the Thomas Hildreth 
who was buried in Southampton (L. I.), N. Y., in 1657. 

This first meeting, the one at the Parker House in Boston 
twenty-two years ago, was called by Mr. Henry O. Hildreth of 
Cambridge, Mass., and he acted as Chairman. It was a Prelim- 
inary Conference to which twenty-five representatives of the 
family of Hildreth in New England had been invited, and at 
which fifteen were present, namely: 



Sylvanus B. Phinney 
C. M. Hildreth . . 
Samuel E. Hildreth 
Stanley B. Hildreth 
Amelia P. Hildreth 
Harriet Hildreth Porter 
Mrs. Geo. A. Macintosh 
Maria Gilbert Bradley 
Henry G. Hildreth . 
H. W. Robinson 
William H. Hildreth 
Ella F. Hildreth . 
Mrs. J. L. Hildreth 
Arthur Hildreth 
Henry O. Hildreth . 



Barnstable, Mass. 

, Lebanon, N. H. 

Worcester, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Worcester, Mass. 

. . . . Corinth, Vt. 

Lowell, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

. Auburndale, Mass. 

Brockton, Mass. 

Newton Upper Falls, Mass. 

Lowell, Mass. 

. Cambridge, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

, Cambridge, Mass. 



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HKXRY OUIX HILDRETH 

Died March 12, 1&9:. 

foundkr of 

The Hii.okktii Family Association' 



The largest single collection of Ilildieth genealogical data in onr possession was made hy 
Mr. Ilenrv Orin Ilildrctli, 



HISTORICAL SKETCH 21 

Previous to this meeting, Mr. Hildreth had called upon me 
several times, as he had upon other Hildreths, to enlist our inter- 
est and support for bringing about a permanent organization of 
the Hildreth families. Of his several visits to me there is one 
of which I have a very vivid recollection. I was just recovering 
from a severe illness and was obliged to receive him in bed. I 
remember how earnest he was when he told me what he wanted 
to do and how he hoped to have in the near future what he called 
" a full fledged organization of the Hildreth families." He also 
said that later he wanted to see a book published containing the 
sayings and doings of the Hildreths together with their genealo- 
gies. 

Mr. Hildreth was taken sick the next day after this meeting 
and six days later, March 12, 1893, came the news of his death. 

As I think what a terrible shock it was to all of us when we 
heard of his sudden death, and how it seemed impossible to 
carry out his plans without him, I wonder now we had any cour- 
age to go forward with the work he had but just begun and for 
which his last act in life was the first attempt to unite the scat- 
tered branches of the Hildreth family into one great union. 

To Mr. Henry O. Hildreth is due the honor of having been 
the principal mover in getting the Hildreths together. He was, 
as we all know, no ordinary man. He had high ideals of citizen- 
ship, was distinctly literary in his tastes and a gentleman of the 
highest order. He is easily placed with our Richard Hildreth 
of Cambridge of 1643 and with Richard Hildreth the historian. 
And right here let me quote a few words from a memorial of 
him prepared for the Dedham Historical Society of Massachu- 
setts, viz. : 

" The memory of a man, who, in a spirit of self-forgetfulness and 
with a singleness of purpose as to exclude any idea of personal ad- 
vantage to himself, for thirty-five years and more, has devoted a 
large fraction of his time to promote the best social interests of the 
community in which he lived, and to advance the personal interests 
of others, deserves to be perpetuated by more than a simple recital 
of the official positions which he held and the dates of his birth and 
death. All this may be truly said of the late Henry Orin Hildreth ; 
and it gives the writer a peculiar satisfaction to have the opportunity 
offered him to pay a tribute due to the memory of an old friend and 
associate, whose modesty was so retiring and whose life was so 
unobtrusive, that the world could not know his true worth." 

This memorial closes with this beautiful sentence: 



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" In private life he was sincere, loyal to his friends, sensitive in 
matters of principle and without reproach." 

Now let me briefly review what has been done since the first 
meeting of the Hildreths up to the present time, a period of 
twenty-two years, to carry out the purpose of the Hildreth 
Family Association. 

1st. The First Reunion was held June i6, 1894, at Chelms- 
ford, Mass. At this meeting Mr. Arthur Hildreth, son of Rich- 
ard Hildreth, the historian, read a very comprehensive paper on 
" The Early Hildreths of New England," which was afterwards 
published under that title and is now found in our public libra- 
ries. 

2nd. The Second Reunion was held also at Chelmsford, June 
16, 1904. At this meeting Mrs. Rowena Hildreth Palmer of 
Lowell, Mass., read a paper on " The Dracut Hildreths and the 
Characteristics of the Hildreths in General." 

3rd. The Third Reunion was held at The Brunswick, Boston, 
March 16, 1907, when the Association was formally organized 
and Articles of Association adopted as I have previously stated. 
How well these Articles of Association have served us now for 
more than eight years is a proof of Ex-Mayor Palmer's ability 
as an organizer and his loyalty to the Hildreth families. Only 
once, on June 12, 1909, have they been amended. This was when 
Article III was changed so as to include " all Hildreths in 
America." At this meeting after the business part was over 
Dr. John Hildreth McCollom read a paper on '' Richard Hildreth 
the Historian." This paper has not yet been published but we 
are now making plans to publish this with several others that have 
been read at our reunions. 

4th. The Fourth Reunion was held in Chelmsford, June 12, 
1909. At this meeting the old slate gravestone of our earliest 
Richard, which had been enclosed in a block of granite and 
placed over his grave as a memorial to him in the old Chelmsford 
burial ground, was dedicated with appropriate exercises. This 
memorial, substantial and dignified in its design, was secured 
through the patient and persistent efforts of Mr. Charles W. 
Robinson, of Stow% Mass., one of our charter members and with 
us here to-day. We are all proud of it. At this meeting short 
addresses were made by the President and by Mr. Robinson, and 
a more lengthy one by General Philip Reade on the First Gener- 
ation of the Name of Hildreth in Middlesex County in Massa- 



HISTORICAL SKETCH 23 

chusetts. General Reade's address has been published under that 
title and is also found in the public libraries and Historical Soci- 
eties. It contains many valuable references regarding the Hil- 
dreths and has two excellent illustrations of the Richard Hildreth 
Memorial in the Chelmsford burial ground. 

5th. The Fifth Reunion was held in Maiden, Mass. The day 
was fearfully cold and rainy. Tables were set for fifty but only 
fourteen were present at the dinner. The papers which had been 
prepared by Miss Carrie A. Hildreth of Worcester, Mass., and 
by Mrs. Cornelia S. Hildreth of Boston, to be read at that meet- 
ing, were omitted. 

6th. The Sixth Reunion was held at Chelmsford, June 8, 
191 2, at which some forty were present. A paper prepared by 
Mrs. A. M. Hildreth of Hallowell, Me., on " Paul Hildreth and 
His Descendants the First Settlers of Lewiston, Maine," was 
read by the Secretary. This was followed by a paper on " The 
Two Wives of Richard Hildreth " by Mrs. Cornelia S. Hildreth 
of Boston. Miss Carrie Hildreth of Worcester, Mass., also told 
what she found, while visiting England, from her researches 
there for the birthplace of our earliest Richard Hildreth. 

I have briefly outlined what our Hildreth Family Association 
has already done in order to show that we have accomplished 
some very creditable work in trying to live up to the purposes 
for which we were organized. Also to show that we have laid 
a good foundation on which we can now all work together and 
more rapidly collect the genealogical and historical data con- 
cerning the Hildreths of America. There are still three very 
difficult problems to solve, as you will realize when you have 
heard the papers that are to be read this afternoon, but they are 
problems which, with your united help, I believe can be solved. 
They are: (i) Where in England were our Hildreth ancestors 
born, and what is the exact date of Richard Hildreth's birth? 
(I use the word " exact " because the record on his gravestone 
in Chelmsford, Mass., has been questioned.) (2) What were 
the family names of their wives, when and where were they 
born, and where was Sarah, the first wife of Richard Hildreth, 
buried? (3) What relationship, if any, to Richard Hildreth 
was Thomas Hildreth who appeared in 1643 in Southampton 
(L. I.), N. Y., as one of the first settlers there, the same year 
that Richard Hildreth was made Freeman in Cambridge. Mass. ? 

Even if these three problems cannot be solved at once, still 
some real valuable genealogical work can be done by each one 



24 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

of us. It is to furnish our Corresponding Secretary with our 
individual genealogy so far as we are able to. The names and 
dates that you can furnish, when combined with the names and 
dates that are already in the possession of our Association, will 
enable him to prepare for most of us our complete genealogical 
line back to our old colonial ancestor. And these genealogical 
lines are not only interesting to you but will be of great assist- 
ance in preparing the Hildreth books for publication. 

Of the books and pamphlets already published containing im- 
portant historical and genealogical data regarding our Hildreth 
ancestors there are four which I will mention and which will 
be worth while for you to read if you have not already done so. 
(i) The oldest of them is a letter written in 1856 by Richard 
Hildreth the historian to Mr. D. M. Hildreth, then a resident of 
New Orleans and proprietor there of the St. Charles Hotel. It 
was an answer to an inquiry made by Mr. Hildreth of New 
Orleans asking Richard Hildreth the historian regarding his 
ancestors. This letter contains a great deal of information about 
the Hildreths of America and some accounts of those in Eng- 
land. A manuscript copy of this letter is now among the papers 
of our Association and may be consulted by our members at any 
time. (2) Is a book published in 1891 entitled " The Life and 
Times of Azro B. F. Hildreth." This, of course, is largely a 
personal narrative but Chapters I to VII inclusive have consid- 
erable valuable and interesting data not only of Mr. Azro Hil- 
dreth's immediate family but also of his Hildreth ancestors, their 
near relatives and their descendants. A copy of this is also 
among the papers and books of our Association for reference 
and consultation. Mr. Azro B. F. Hildreth was a Director of 
our Association and one of our charter members, and a lively 
one too, when he visited us June 16, 1894, as many of us very 
pleasantly remember. He was at that time 78 years old. His 
interest in the Hildreths and their Association never faltered in 
the least till the day of his death. (3) The third is the very 
interesting book containing Mr. Arthur Hildreth's address, 
which I have already mentioned, made at the Hildreth Reunion 
at Chelmsford, June 16, 1894, entitled "The Early Hildreths 
in New England." A copy of this book our Association also 
has among its papers. (4) The fourth is a pamphlet compiled 
by General Philip Reade after a great deal of time and labor 
spent in consulting old records. Its title is " The First Genera- 
tion of the Name of Hildreth in Middlesex County, Massachu- 



HISTORICAL SKETCH 25 

setts, from 1643 ^^ 1693." General Reade gave in this compila- 
tion the names of the many authorities he consulted for the 
benefit of the readers who desire to investigate further. 

In closing this brief historical sketch of the Hildreth Family- 
Association and its work already done and telling what it hopes 
and expects to do in the future, the thought comes to me and 
I feel sure it has come to many others, of the very many pleasant 
gatherings we have had, and of the pleasant acquaintances we 
have made and of the good friendships we have formed, all 
because of these occasional meetings. And during the twenty- 
two years in which I have had the honor to be your president I 
have often thought, and as I have looked over these gatherings 
and have noticed the individual faces of our members, I have 
said to myself : " You Hildreths are a good, wholesome-looking 
people, and you carry the evidence of a large supply of common 
sense in your honest faces, and I am glad it came my lot to be 
one of you." 

Winchester, Mass., 19 15. 



ORIGIN OF THE " HILDRETHS " AND VARIATIONS 
OF THE NAME 

By Miss Carrie A. Hildreth 

IT is not easy to trace the family name back through its many 
variations to its source, but it undoubtedly dates back to 
early Saxon times in England, and there is a possibility that 
we may have had remote ancestors in Switzerland. The name 
Heildreich is not uncommon there to-day, and there is some rea- 
son for believing that refugees fleeing from persecution for their 
faith in that country centuries ago, may have found an asylum 
in Northern England, and settled there as agriculturists. How- 
ever that may be, the ancestors of the twentieth century Hil- 
dreths may be found for many generations in the northern part 
of England. 

The term " Hild " is a prefix to hundreds of words, mostly 
names of people and places, and goes almost as far back as his- 
tory. In the Saxon Chronicle, Hildrine, a British warrior, led 
a band of Celts, Scots, and Danes against the Saxons and was 
defeated. The name is found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, 
where tradition is that Hildreth means " Chief of the Council," 
but the generally accepted Saxon translation is " Quick in 
Battle." 

A few years ago the writer attempted to investigate in Eng- 
land, to determine, if possible, the ancestral home of the family, 
but extended research revealed little of definite value. 

The library of the British Museum contains much genealogical 
material, and copies of all parish registers that have been pub- 
lished in the British Isles may be found there, as well as hun- 
dreds of other volumes of interest to students of genealogy. 
After many hours of careful search, under the guidance of an 
expeit in such matters, the writer was forced to the conclusion 
that either the early Hildreths were not people of great achieve- 
ment, or else they were a singularly modest family, as little 
mention of them could be found. After a long search, the name 
was discovered in the records of the Surtees Society of York- 
shire. There, beginning with Johannes Hyldreyth, in 1482, a 

26 



ORIGIN OF THE " HILDRETHS " 27 

list contained the names, Ildreth, Hyldryth, Hildred, Hildrik, 
Ricardus Hildreth, and numerous others, ending with Francis 
Hildreth, in 1768. 

Further search brought to Hght a list of Hildreth wills filed at 
the Probate Office at York. Twelve Hildreths were men- 
tioned, beginning with Rauf Hildreth, 1521, and ending with 
Henry Hildreth, 1658. This list contained the names of two 
Richards, one of Bridlington, in 1533, and one of Upper Silton, 
in 1626. All these people lived in Yorkshire, from which region 
our ancestor Richard undoubtedly came. 

After noting nearly a score of different spellings of the name, 
it naturally led to a hunt for the origin and meaning of the earli- 
est form. The Familiae Minorum Gentium gave two brief state- 
ments, all that could be found. In 926, a man named Aldred 
was expelled from the royal town by the Saxon king Athelstan, 
and probably Hildred and Eldred, mentioned in the records of 
that year, were the sons of this Aldred. 

The next mention of the name occurs in 1131, when a Hildred 
was Sheriff of Cumberland. 

Although the name is so evidently of English origin, it is 
almost unknown in London. There is record of a marriage 
license granted to Richard Hildreth in 1682, then, in 1775, Sarah 
Hildreth, of Sheffield, married a clergyman connected with St. 
Paul's, but this was more than a century after our ancestors had 
come to America. Search in the London directories for the past 
three years has revealed few persons of the name living in the 
city, and those mentioned either were inaccessible to the writer, 
or could give no helpful information. The directories of York 
and Durham each mentioned one Hildreth — the Supt. of Police 
in Durham, and a shopkeeper in York, but letters to these people 
failed to bring any reply, and the prospect of finding what we 
sought seemed most discouraging, when light suddenly dawned 
upon us from a most unexpected source. 

A cousin bearing the family name met at a business meet- 
ing in New York an Englishman who greeted him with the 
statement that he bore a familiar name, as Hildreth had been 
the name of many of his early associates in his boyhood in 
England. A few weeks later, a business trip brought this 
gentleman to Worcester, and the writer was privileged to 
meet him and gain some helpful suggestions as to the where- 
abouts of the recent Hildreths in England. The birthplace 
and early home of this man were in the village of Pierce- 



28 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

bridge, a chapelry of Gainford parish, and in this village, and 
also in the neighboring towns of Darlington, Barnard Castle, 
and Over Silton, he had known several families by the name 
of Hildreth, all of whom he believed to be related, and to be 
traced more or less directly to the earlier generation in Gain- 
ford. He had traveled extensively in England, and said he 
felt convinced that all branches of the family in England 
could be traced to this region, which Hes in the Tee valley, 
on the border of North Yorkshire and South Durham, a most 
beautiful district, immortalized by Sir Walter Scott in his 
well-known poem, " Rokeby." 

Unfortunately the Gainford branch of the family has dis- 
appeared. The older members have died and the younger 
people have scattered to more enterprising communities. (The 
Supt. of Police at Durham is one of the sons.) 

The Hildreth family in this region at one time was very 
prosperous, and in the seventeenth century, the branch at 
Over Silton were extensive land-owners and of important 
social standing. 

My informant also said that an Index to the Parish Regis- 
ter at Gainford had been published about twenty years ago 
by a vicar of the parish church, and that a copy could be found 
in the British Museum. This was welcome news, and a sub- 
sequent visit to the Museum gave me an opportunity to con- 
sult the record. A large number of Hildreths were men- 
tioned, — enough to indicate that we were in the vicinity which 
must yield us valuable information, even though we might not 
find the actual record for which we sought. Births were 
mentioned of a Richard and a Thomas, apparently brothers, 
but the date of Richard's does not correspond exactly with 
that of our Richard's on the Chelmsford tombstone. It is 
indicated as uncertain (possibly blurred in the record), and 
there is no record of the burial of either Richard or Thomas 
in Gainford though that is not conclusive proof that they were 
not buried there as the burial record is defective for three 
years. 

Realizing the careless way which English records were kept 
in small towns three hundred years ago, and that the events 
were often recorded years after they occurred by members of 
the family who were willing to pay the required registration 
fee, also that records become faded and blurred by time, it 
seems to the writer quite possible that these were brothers and 



ORIGIN OF THE " HILDRETHS " 29 

may have been the Richard and Thomas who came to New 
England, or if not, that they were related to the ones who did, 
and that we have probably found the birthplace of our revered 
ancestors. Until some more definite information is unearthed 
we must remain somewhat uncertain but always hopeful that 
sometime we may find exactly the proof we seek. 

Worcester, Mass., 19 15. 



THE PARISH REGISTERS OF GAINFORD 
COUNTY OF DURHAM, ENGLAND 

By John Lyman Porter 

BECAUSE of the several references made to the Parish 
Registers of Gainford, England, and to the numerous 
HiLDRETHS whose baptisms, marriages and burials 
are recorded in them, a few excerpts from an Index to these 
Registers are given here. The first page of the Register reads 
as follows : 



A Register booke conteininge the 

Names of all the personnes baptized Married 

and Buried at the Parishe Churche of 

Gaineforde since the beginninge of the reigne 

of our Soueraigne Ladie Elizabethe by 

the grace of God Queene of England 

ffraunce and Ireland Defender 

of the ffaithe etc viz : ex decimo 

Septimo die Nouembris A° DHi 

1558: Deinceps 



The parish of Gainford consists of the townships of Gain- 
ford (including the districts of Alwent and Selaby), Pierce- 
bridge, Bolam, Morton Tinmouth, Summerhouse, Headlam, 
Langton, and part of Cleatlam, all in the county and diocese of 
Durham. 

The earliest register, now kept with the others in an iron 
safe in the vestry, is a book of 155 parchment leaves bound in 

30 



THE PARISH REGISTERS OF GAINFORD 31 

calf, measuring 11^ inches x 754 inches, and i^ inches 
thick. (Note: On Dec. 11, 1579, " Gain ford lacked a register 
book." — Siirtees Society.) 

It appears to be a copy down to about the year 1600, and 
on the first page is 

" Collect, et exam., Jo. Cradocke, vicariu Ibm. 1594." 
The entries are all in English, with the exception of a few in 
Latin in 1601 and 1602, and on the whole are in a good state 
of preservation. The volume was bound in 1795, and the 
writing slightly cut into in some places. The baptisms, mar- 
riages, and burials, are arranged separately, to wit: 

(i) Baptisms, 1560-1784, omitting 1564-8. Two leaves 
are lost, making a gap from 20th August to 12th January, 
1605-6, and another from 14th May, 1775, to ist January, 
1778. 

(2) Marriages, 1 569-1 761, with some later entries omit- 
ting 1570 and 1744, and in this there is recorded under the 
dates of 1622 and 1633 " Noe weddings." And in 1653 the 
entries were begun again in a different part of the book. 

(3) Burials, 1569- 1784, omitting 1570 and part of 1744. 
** Some entries, particularly in the Baptisms, from about 1636 
to 1662, have been inked over without much attention to the 
original writing. This was done by Richard Wilson, curate 
1785-98, as appears from a note by him in the Register at 
Whorlton. He was afterward curate at Whorlton, where he 
interested himself in the preservation of the old Register and 
made a quantity of curious genealogical notes in a later one." 
— Surtees Society, iv. 45. 

In May, 1889, Mr. W. H. D. Longstafife wrote "... 
that Mr. John Church Backhouse, of Blackwell Holme, lent 
him a curious sort of collateral register of Gainford, extend- 
ing from 1574 to 1598 . . . and used up to 1614, at least, for 
ordinary parochial transactions. Mr. Edmund Backhouse, of 
Darlington, has most kindly made inquiries about this book 
but, unfortunately at present, without success." (Gainford, 
1890.) 

The following are the Hildreth names as they appear in the 
Index : 

BAPTISMS — GAINFORD REGISTER— 1560- 1784 

Hildreth, Florence, 7 Aug., 1575. 
Hildreth, Agnes, 25 Dec., 1577. 



32 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

HiLDRETH, John, 25 Dec, 1579. 

Hildreth(e), Margret, 28 Jan., 1581-2, 

HiLDRETH^ Thomas, 13 March, 1585-6. 

HiLDRETH, Meriall, 26 Dec, 1588. 

HiLDRETH, John, 4 Sept., 1591. 

HiLDRETH (Hyl-e), PhilHp, 5 May, 1594. 

HiLDRETH (Hyl-), Richard, 13 Feb., 1596-7. 

HiLDRETH, Marie, 6 May, 1599. 

HiLDRETH, Thomas, s. John, 5 May, 161 1. 

HiLDRETH, John, s. John, 7 Feb., 1612-3. 

HiLDRETH (e), Marie, d. John, 20 April, 1617. 

HiLDRETH, WilHam, s. Phillip, 30 Aug., 1617. 

HiLDRETH, Nicholas, s. John, 22 Nov., 1618. 

HiLDRETH, John, s. Phillip, 5 Dec, 1619. 

HiLDRETH, Ann, d. John, 20 May, 162 1. 

HiLDRETH, Ann, d. Phillip, 28 July, 1622. 

HiLDRETH (Hyl-), Thomas, illeg. s. Thos., 17 Nov., 1633. 

HiLDRETH (-dred). Faith, d. Thos., 22 Dec, 1637. 

HiLDRETH, Mary, d. Thos., 8 Dec, 1639. 

HiLDRETH, Raphe, s. Thos., 6 Nov., 1642. 

HiLDRETH, John, s. Thos., 18 Feb., 1643-4. 

HiLDRETH, Mark, s. Thos., 30 April, 1648. 

HiLDRETH, Ann, d. Thos., 18 Feb., 1650-1. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, Peircebridge, 23 Nov., 1679. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth, d. John, Peircebridge, 16 Oct., 1681. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth, d. John, Peircebridge, 29 Oct., 1682. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, Peircebridge, 14 Aug., 1684. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Mary, d. John, jun., Peircebridge, 18 Oct., 1685. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, sen., Peircebridge, 15 Nov., 1685. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Thomas, s. John, jun., Peircebridge, 22 April, 

1688. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, sen., Peircebridge, 2 June, 1688. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Nicholas, s. John, Peircebridge, 3 June, 1688. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Gcorge, s. John, Peircebridge, 24 June, 1690. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, sen., Peircebridge, 4 April, 1693. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, Peircebridge, 17 March, 1693-4. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), William, s. John, Peircebridge, 17 March, 

1693-4. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, sen., Persebridge, 14 Sept., 1697, 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. Nich. & Sarah, PerselDridge, 17 Oct., 

1714. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), William, s. Nich. & Sarah, Persebridge, 21 Feb., 

1716-7. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Mark, s. Mark, Pearcebridge, i Dec, 1730. 
HiLDRETH, George, s. Wm. & Anne, Piercebridge, 6 Feb., 1732-3. 
HiLDRETH, Mary, d. Mark & Dorothy, Piercebridge, 24 Feb., 1733-4- 
HiLDRETH, Margaret, d. Wm. & Anne, Piercebridge, i Jan., 1734-5. 
HiLDRETH, Anne, d. Wm. & Anne, Piercebridge, 20 Feb., 1736-7. 
HiLDRETH, Thomas, s. Wm. & Anne, Piercebridge, 9 Dec, 1739. 
HiLDRETH, Hannah, d. Wm. & Anne, Piercebrigg, 30 July, 1742. 



THE PARISH REGISTERS OF GAINFORD 33 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Thomas, s. Wm., Piercebridge, 3 July, 1749. 
HiLDRETH, George, s. Thos., Morton, 3 Jan., 1773. 
HiLDRETH, John, s. Thos., Morton, 4 April, 1779. 
HiLDRETH, Charles, s. John, Morton, 2 June, 1782. 

MARRIAGES — GAINFORD REGISTER— 1569 - 1761 

HiLDRETH (e), Florence — Peter Wawbancke, 1594. 

HiLDRETH, Anne — Edward Shut, 1601. 

HiLDRETH, Margret — Nicholas Tyndell, 1606. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth — Guy Tincler, 1672. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Marke — Margaret Spencer, i May, 1679. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth — Joseph Goundrey, 1708-9. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Mark — Margaret Wastel, both Pearcebridge, 

19 May, 1725. 
HiLDRETH, Mark — Dorothy Haykins, Pearcebridge, i Dec, 1729. 
HiLDRETH, William — Anne Hog, Pearcebridge, 2 May, 1730. 
HiLDRETH, Dorothy — George Bird, 1743. 

BURIALS — GAINFORD REGISTER — 1569 - 1784 

HiLDRETH (e), Jenet, 26 Sept., 1573. 
HiLDRETH (e), William, 22 Nov., 1580. 

HiLDRETH (Hy-), , w. Wm. 24 Dec, 1585. 

HiLDRETH, Thomas, 25 June, 1589. 
HiLDRETH, John, 2 Sept., 1608. 
HiLDRETH, Mary, 28 Nov., 1617. 
HiLDRETH, Thomas, illeg., 19 Nov., 1633. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Faith, w. John, i Dec, 1637. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, jun., 4 Jan., 1640-1. 
HiLDRETH, Raphe, s. Thos., 3 March, 1642-3. 
HiLDRETH, John, s. Thos., Pearsbrigge, 23 Feb., 1643-4. 
HiLDRETH (blank), s. Thos., Pearsbridge, 8 Sept., 1644. 
HiLDRETH, Thomas, 17 April, 1650. 

HiLDRETH, , young child of Nicholas, 27 Feb., 1654-5. 

HiLDRETH, John, 25 April, 1659. 

HiLDRETH (-dred), Mr. Richard, Persebridge, 25 Aug., 1663. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Nicholas, Piercebridge, 12 Sept., 1670. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Margaret, widow, Peircebridge, 17 Sept., 1680. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Mary, w. Thos., Piercebridge, 3 July, 1683. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Thomas, Peircebridge, 11 Dec, 1683. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, Peircebridge, 15 Aug., 1684. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, Peircebridge, 19 Feb., 1684-5. 
HiLDRETH (-DRED), Anne, spinster, Peircebridge, 27 Feb., 1684-5. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, Persebridge, 4 June, 1688. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, Peircebridge, 14 June, 1690. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth, d. John, Persebridge, 31 March, 1706. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Margaret, w. John, Persebridge, 2 June, 1706, 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Thomas, s. John, sen., Persbridge, 13 Jan., 
1707-8. 



34 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

HiLDRETH (-dred), John, Persbridge, i6 April, 1710. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, s. John, Persbridge, 24 Sept., 1714. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Elizabeth, widow, Persbridge, 10 May, 17 16. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Sarah, w. Nicholas, Persbridge, 6 Jan., 1718-19. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Nicholas, Persbridge, 10 Feb., 1719-20. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Anne, d. John, Pearcebridge, 10 Feb., 1721-2. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), Margct, w. Mark, Pearcebridge, 31 Aug., 1724. 
HiLDRETH (-dred), John, Pearcebridge, 30 Nov., 1725. 
HiLDRETH, Margaret, Pearcebridge, 29 Oct., 1729. 
HiLDRETH, Mark, Piercebridge, 20 Jan., 1734-5. 
HiLDRETH (Hill-), , child of Wm., Pearcebridge, 29 Sept., 

1745- 

HiLDRETH, , child of Wm., Pearcebridge, 21 Jan., 1746-7. 

HiLDRETH, William, Pearcebridge, 30 May, 1762. 
HiLDRETH, George, Langton, 23 Jan., 1767. 

HiLDRETH, , child of Thos., Morton, 2 Aug., 1775. 

HiLDRETH, Hannah, widow, Langton, 17 Jan., 1777. 

HiLDRETH, , child of Thos., Morton, 8 Jan., 1778. 

HiLDRETH, Mary, Piercebridge, 26 Jan., 1778. 
HiLDRETH, Ann, Piercebridge, i June, 1784. 



1279747 

COAT-OF-ARMS (?) — DESCRIPTION OF RICHARD 
HILDRETH'S SEAL 

By John Lyman Porter 

NO reliable authority, so far as the compiler knows, 
has stated that the Hildreth family in England had 
a coat-of-arms. And one of our noted members, 
Brig.-Gen. Philip Reade, U. S. Army, retired, who has made 
considerable search along this line, has written : " no es- 
cutcheon known to a Heraldic college," known to him, " could 
be claimed by any descendant of the Massachusetts Hildreths." 
But in describing the seal on Richard Hildreth's will (1686) 
Gen. Reade gives us the following interesting data : 

" The seal is of red wax, stamped by embossed designs, not un- 
derstood by the writer. In outline they resemble a coin impression, 
or, perhaps, achievement per saltire, — being divided by a diagonal 
dexter and a diagonal sinister crossing each other at the center of 
the seal. The achievements outline an arquebuse, or matchlock, or 
flintlock ; a crescent, dexter side, base ; an urn on dexter side. On 
sinister side, a heart crossed by a line. The points are obscured by 
a protecting cover of thin silk." 

{Reade's First Generation . . . of Hildreth . . . in Mass., p. 22.) 

This old Richard Hildreth seal (1686) may or may not 
prove to be a clue to anything armorial, but it certainly is in- 
teresting. Achievements per saltire are found in the numerous 
bishops' arms, — two keys in saltire in those of the Lord Arch- 
bishop of York (the most ancient of Archbishoprics, founded 
A. D. 180) ; two swords in saltire in those of the Lord Bishop 
of London. In the old MacGregor arms is found a sword 
crossing another figure. A human heart is a well known 
charge in the arms of the famous house of Douglas. The 
crescent is frequently introduced to distinguish the different 
members or branches of the same family; for instance, in the 
Douglas-Scott-Montagu arms (1606) appear both heart and 
crescent. 

As the Hildreths undoubtedly are of early Saxon origin, and 
35 



36 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

flourished in northern England in the i6th and 17th centuries, 
we may sooner or later find records in that section showing 
an earlier seal than that on old Richard Hildreth's will of 
1686. A seal frequently displayed the shield of one's arms 
and is admittedly at the head of the earliest existing authori- 
ties in English heraldry. Because of their legal importance 
seals were preserved, their presence being required soon after 
the Norman Conquest (1066) on every species of legal 
document. 

Without doubt we shall be able to determine whether or not 
the " Hildreths " have an ancient seal, crest, or coat-of-arms, 
after we have established to a certainty the earliest spelling or 
variation of their name. To assist those of our members who 
have opportunity and inclination for this search we would first 
suggest looking up the following names : 

HiLDRiNE, British warrior, defeated by Saxons (Saxon Chronicles). 

Aldred, bishop of Leicester, A. D. 839. 

Aldric, St., Saxon bishop of Mans, France, 800-856. 

Aldred, expelled by Saxon king Athelstan from royal town, 926. 

HiLDRED, supposed to be son of above expelled Aldred, mentioned 

927. 
Eldred, supposed to be son of above expelled Aldred, mentioned 927. 
Ealdred, bishop of Chester le Street, 857 ; d. 968. 
Ealdred, bishop of Cornwall, ( ?) 990. 
Alread, or Ealred, archbishop of York, 1061 ; d. 1069. 
HiLDRED, sheriff of Cumberland, 1131. 
Hyldreyth, Iljdreth^ Hyldryth, Hildred, Hildrek, Hildreth, 

1482-1768 
Hildreth, Rauf, and others. (Wills, York Probate Office), 1521- 

1658. 

References: Saxon Chronicles; Familiae Minorum Gentium; 
Records of Surtees Society, Yorkshire ; Stubb's Registrum Sacrum 
Anglicanum; LeNeve's Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae; Rose's Gen- 
eral Biographical Dictionary; Phillips' Dictionary of Biographical 
Reference; Didot's Nouvelle Biographic Universelle; Chalmers' 
General Biographical Dictionary; Michaud's Biographic Universelle. 



SURNAMES OF FAMILIES WHO INTERMARRIED 
WITH THE HILDRETHS 

Compiled by John Lyman Porter 



ACCORDING to our present data Richard Hildreth of 
Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass. (1605-1693), 
had 76 grandchildren, of whom only 18 were boys 
bearing the name of Hildreth ; and Thomas Hildreth of South- 
ampton, N. Y. (died 1657), had only 11 grandsons bearing the 
name of Hildreth. This explains why there are now so many 
descendants of these two old Hildreth forefathers bearinsf 
other names than that of Hildreth 
list of their surnames: 



The following is a partial 



Abbot 

Abraham 

Adams 

Ainsworth 

Albee 

Aldrich 

Allison 

Ames 

Amsden 

Anderson 

Andrews 

Angier 

Ansart 

Ansort 

Archibald 

Annstrong 

Atherton 

Avery 

Ayer 

Ayres 

Babson 

Eachman 

Eachus 

Bailey 

Baird 

Baldwin 



Baley 

Ball 

Baly 

Banker 

Bard 

Earford 

Barker 

Barnes 

Barrett 

Barron 

Barrow 

Barry 

Bartholf 

Bartlett 

Bassett 

Bates 

Baxter 

Bayley 

Bell 

Bennett 

Berry 

Bickford 

Bicknell 

Bigelow 

Billings 

Bingham 

Bishop 



Bixby 
Blaisdell 
Blakeley 
Blanchard 
Blodgett 
Bodwell 
Bohannon 
Booth 
Boswick 
Bourne 
Bowden 
Bowen 
Bowker 
Bowler 
Boyce 
Boydent 
Brackett 
Bradford 
Bradish 
Bradley 
Brady 
Breed 
Briggs 
Brigham 
Britton 
Bromley 
Brooks 
37 



Brown 

Browne 

Bryam 

Bryham 

Buchanan 

Buell 

Burgess 

Burke 

Burnett 

Burnham 

Burt 

Butler 

Butterfield 

Byam 

Caffrey 

Cain 

Caldwell 

Canstors 

Capen 

Carbet 

Carey 

Carlisle 

Carpenter 

Carr 

Carson 

Carter 



Carver 

Caswell 

Chadbourne 

Chaffin 

Chamberlain 

Champney 

Chandler 

Charles 

Cheever 

Chesby 

Chichester 

Child 

Childs 

Church 

Clark 

Clarke 

Clay 

Clemens 

Clement 

Cleveland 

Clogston 

Coburn 

Coffin 

Colburn 

Collum 

Comings 

Conant 



38 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



Constantine 


Eddy 


Gerry 


Hayes 


Jewett 


Converse 


Edmands 


Gibson 


Haynes 


Johnson 


Cook 


Edwards 


Gilbert 


Hayward 


.ones 


Cooley 


Eliot 


Glover 


Hazeltine 


, osleyn 


Coombs 


Ellenwood 


Goddard 


Hazelton 




Corey 


Ellinwood 


Gokin 


Heald 


Kallicut 


Corinth 


Elliot 


Goodhue 


Heard 


Keeley 


Cotterell 


Elwell 


Goodnow 


Hemmenway Keep 


Cox 


Emerson 


Goodrich 


Herrick 


Kelley 


Craggin 


Emery 


Gore 


Heywood 


Kelsea 


Cragin 


Enthrop 


Goulding 


Hibbard 


Kemp 


Cressy 


Estabrook 


Grace 


Higgins 


Kendrick 


Crossberry 


Evans 


Gragg 


Hilborn 


Kennedy 


Culver 




Grater 


Hildreth 


Kent 


Cumber 


Fabens 


Graves 


Hill 


Keyes 


Cumings 


Fairbanks 


Gray 


Hills 


Keyser 


Cummings 


Farmer 


Green 


Hilts 


Kidder 


Cushman 


Farr 


Greene 


Hinds 


Kimball 


Cutler 


Farrington 


Greenlaw 


Hitchcock 


Kinsman 




Fassett 


Griffin 


Hodgman 


Knight 


Daly 


Farwell 


Griffiths 


Holden 


Knowlton 


Dana 


Fay 


Grogg 


Holland 




Darling 


Felt 




Holman 


Lackey 


Davidson 


Field 


Hackett 


Holmes 


Ladd 


Davis 


Fifield 


Hadden 


Hopper 


Lakin 


Day 


Fisk 


Hadley 


Hopkins 


Lambert 


De Camp 


Fiske 


Hagar 


Hosley 


Laphender 


De Cordova 


Fitzgerald 


Hale 


How 


Large 


Dennison 


Flagg 


Halev 


Howard 


Larrabee 


Denton 


Fletcher 


Half 


Howe 


Lathrop 


Detamore 


Florida 


Hallock 


Howell 


Lawrence 


Dexter 


Fogg 


Halsey 


Hoyt 


Learned 


Dillon 


Follansbee 


Hamlin 


Hubbard 


Leavitt 


Dodge 


Ford 


Hanchett 


Hulin 


Leighton 


Dolaff 


Fosdick 


Handerson 


Hunnewell 


Lincoln 


Dooling 


Fossman 


Handy 


Hunt 


List 


Doolittle 


Foster 


Hannaford 


Huntington 


Litchfield 


Dore 


Francis 


Hanson 


Hurtley 


Lloyd 


Douglas 


Frederick 


Hardy 


Hutchins 


Locke 


Drury 


Freeland 


Harrington 


Hutchinson 


Lombard 


Dunn 


Freeman 


Harris 


Hyde 


Loud 


Dun Stan 


French 


Hart 




Lovejoy 


Dunton 


Frink 


Hartwell 


Ingalls 


Lowd 


Dustin 


Frost 


Harvey 


Ingals 


Ludlow 


Dutton 


Fuller 


Harwood 






Dwelley 




Haskell 


Jaquith 


Mack 




Gale 


Hastings 


Jennings 


Malone 


Eager 


Gardner 


Havens 


Jenny 


Manning 


Early 


Gates 


Hawkins 


Jepson 


Mansfield 


Eaton 


Gay 


Hayden 


Jessup 


Marble 



FAMILIES INTERMARRIED 



39 



Marsh 


Odell 


Marstin 


Osborne 


Marstins 


Osgood 


Martin 




Mason 




Maxwell 


Pain 


Maynard 


Palmer 


Means 


Palton 


Meire 


Parish 


Mellen 


Parker 


Merriam 


Parlin 


Messerve 


Parmenter 


Metcalf 


Parry 


Miller 


Patch 


Miner 


Patten 


Minis 


Patterson 


Minot 


Patton 


Moore 


Pearson 


Morgan 


Penon 


Morris 


Perkins 


Morrison 


Perrin 


Morse 


Pettee 


Moxon 


Phillips 


Munro 


Phinney 


Murdock 


Phipps 


Murray 


Pierce 


McCaul 


Pierson 


McClure 


Pike 


McCollom 


Pillsby 


McColum 


Pinkham 


McConnell 


Piper 


Mcintosh 


Pippen 


Mclver 


Pitts 


McLeod 


Pittsby 


McMechen 


Piatt 


McMechim 


Pollard 




Porter 


Negus 


Potter 


Nesmith 


Powers 


Newcomb 


Pratt 


Newman 


Prescott 


Nicholson 


Pressey 


Nickerson 


Prichard 


Nickless 


Prime 


Noble 


Proctor 


Noyes 


Prouty 


Nurse 


Pulsipher 


Nute 


Putnam 


Nutting 




Nye 


Quesnal 



Ramsdale 

Randall 

Rawley 

Raymond 

Raynor 

Reade 

Redman 

Reed 

Rice 

Richardson 

Riley 

Ripley 

Robbe 

Robbins 

Robinson 

Roby 

Rockwood 

Rogers 

RolHns 

Root 

Rose 

Ross 

Royce 

Rugg 

Rumrill 

Rusk 

Russell 

Rust 

Ryder 

Safiford 

Sanderson 

Sanford 

Santun 

Sargent 

Saunders 

Sawtell 

Sawyer 

Say re 

Scales 

Scott 

Scribner 

Searle 

Searles 

Sentor 

Shank 

Shattuck 

Shaw 

Shepard 

Shephard 



Sherwin 

Shorey 

Shurtleff 

Simkins 

Simonds 

Simpson 

Skuse 

Smith 

Snow 

Somes 

Spafford 

Spalter 

Spaulding 

Spear 

Spencer 

Spofford 

Squire 

St. Clair 

Stafford 

Stanlocke 

Stearns 

Steel 

Steele 

Stephenson 

Sterling 

Stevens 

Stewart 

Stone 

Story 

Stover 

Stratton 

Streeter 

Strong 

Studley 

Stump 

Sturgis 

Sutton 

Swallow 

Swan 

Swearengen 

Sweat 

Sweet 

Sweetser 

Sweetzer 

Swett 

Taft 
Tagger 
Tapley 
Tarbell 



Tayler 

Taylor 

Templeton 

Tenney 

Thayer 

Thomas 

Thomielly 

Thompson 

Tibbetts 

Tobin 

Todd 

Topping 

Trask 

Treadwell 

Trow 

Tucke 

Tucker 

Turner 

Tuttle 

Tyler 

Upham 

Valentine 

Vanerman 

Varnum 

Vaughn 

Verder 

Wadsworth 

Walker 

Wallace 

Wallingford 

Ward 

Warren 

Wason 

Wasserman 

Watson 

Watts 

Way 

Weatherbee 

Weatherhead 

Webb 

Webber 

Webster 

Welch 

Wellington 

Wells 

Wentworth 

Westgate 



40 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



Wheeler 


Whittemore 


WiUis 


Woodward 


Yeaton 


Whitcomb 


Whitton 


Wilmot 


Woodworth 


Young 


White 


Wilber 


Wilson 


Woolley 




Whiting 


Wilder 


Winship 


Worcester 


Zane 


Whitman 


Wilkins 


Winslow 


Worthen 


Zehring 


Whitney 


Willard 


Wood 


Wright 




Whittacus 


Williams 


Woods 


Wyman 





SOLDIERS AND SAILORS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY 
WAR BY THE NAME OF HILDRETH 

Compiled by Brig. Gen. Philip Reade, Retired 

THIS compilation is made up from " Massachusetts 
Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War " — 
as shown by the Archives in the office of the Secre- 
tary of State, Vol. VII, pages 855 to 861. The given names 
only are given by me. The surname in each case is Hildreth, 
Hildderick, Hildrith, Hildrick, Hilderick, Hildich, Hildrek, 
Hildre, Hildrich, Hildith, Huldreth. These forms include 
Zachariah, William, Sampson, Peters, Olivers, Micah, Jonathan, 
Josiah, John, Jeremiah, James, Israel, Hesekiah, Hosea, 
Ephraim, Elijah, Ebenezer, Abijah, Amaziah, Abel and others. 
In other words, these are some of the names of Hildreths 
who smelt powder on land and sea during the Revolutionary 
War. Sincerely, 

Philip Reade. 



Abel, 1776-77 Cambridge 

Abijah, 1775-77 Townsend 

Amaziah, 1775-78 Westford 

Amaziah, 1778-79 

Abijah, 1775-78 Townsend 

Abel, 1777 Ashby 

Ebenezer, 1777-78 Acton 

Elijah, 1775 Dracut 

Elijah, 1775 Westford 

Elijah, 1776 

Elijah, 1776 

Elijah, 1778 

Ephraim, 1780-81 Westford 

Hesekiah, 1776 

Hesekiah, 1776-77 Westford 

Hesekiah, 1782 Sloop " Win- 

throp " 
Hosea, 1775 Westford 
Hesekiah, 1776 Westford 
Israel, 1779 

James, 1775-77 Townsend 
Jeremiah, 1776-77 Westford 
John, 1775 Westford 
John, 1775 

Jonathan, 1777 Ashby 
Jonathan, 1775 Townsend 
Jonathan, 1775-80 Westford 
Jonathan, 1776 



Josiah, lyjS-yy Dracut 

Jonathan, 1775 Westford 

Josiah, 1775 Dracut 

Jonathan, 1775-79 Ashby- West- 
ford 

Micah, 1775-76 Dracut 

Oliver, 1775-78 Townsend- West- 
ford 

Oliver, 1775 Townsend 

Peter, 1778 Westford 

Peter, 1778 Westford "Stature 
6 feet " 

Sampson, 1775 Ashby 

William, 1775 Dracut 

William, 1776 Dracut 

William, 1775 Westford 

William, 1776 Declined Major's 
rank in 7th Middlesex Co. 
Regt. 22 March 1776. 

William, 1777-79 Ensign, then 
Lieut. 

William, 1775 Dracut 

Zachariah, 1777-80 Fitchburg 

Zachariah, 1777 Suffolk Co. 

Zachariah, 1776 Lieut 6 Middle- 
sex 

Zachariah, 1776 Cambridge 

Zachariah, 



41 



CHART — THOMAS HILDRETH 

Arranged by John Lyman Porter 

First Three Generations Of Hildreths On Long 
Island, N. Y. 

Naming 

THOMAS HILDRETH, OF SOUTHAMPTON, N. Y, 

(Who died in 1657 at Southampton) 

HIS WIFE HANNAH, FOUR CHILDREN, AND ELEVEN GRAND- 
CHILDREN 

One of the Early Settlers. Property Owner. First mentioned 
Oct. 26, 1643, on the Southampton (L. L) Town Records. Believed 
to have been born in or near the Parish of Gainford, county of Dur- 
ham, England. Died in 1657 at Southampton (L. L), N. Y., leaving 
a widow Hannah and four children. Jonas Bower married the 
widow. 

FOUR (4) CHILDREN, Viz: ELEVEN (ii) GRANDCHILDREN, Viz: 



JOSEPH 

m. Sept. II, 1678, Ch: < 

Hannah Jessup. 



Joseph, b. July 2y, 1679. 
Benjamin, b. Sept. 22, 1681. 
Nathan, b. March 17, 1684-5. 

Ephraim, b. , 1689. 

Daniel, b. , . 

Jonathan, b. , . 

(?) Joseph, b. , . 

John, b. , 1702 (?). 

LIsaac, b. , . 

HANNAH 

m. Did she grow up and marry, or did she die young? 

JAMES ( James, b. — — — . 

b. , . Ch: ] He married Deborah 

m. , . ( and raised a family. 

PETER (Peter, b. , . 

b. , . Ch: \ He also married and had 

m. , . ( a family. 



(Note: A glance at the above chart shows how very many im- 
portant dates and names are missing concerning the first three gen- 
erations of the Hildreths of Long Island, N. Y. Even the few de- 
tails we do give are not yet satisfactorily proven. It is hoped that 
eventually a more complete chart of the first three generations can 
be prepared of this loyal old family.) 

42 



THOMAS HILDRETH, OF LONG ISLAND 
(DIED 1657) 

By John Lyman Porter 

IN 1643 ^ certain ThomiAS Hildreth was having a 
" controversee " with one of the settlers in the town of 
Southampton, L. I. — the same year that Richard 
Hildreth of Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., was made 
Freeman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. About 14 years 
later (in 1657) this Thomas Hildreth died at Southampton, 
leaving a widow Hannah and four small children : Joseph, 
Hannah, James, and Peter. It is thought that he was a com- 
paratively young man when he died, because his widow mar- 
ried again and his children did not marry until some twenty 
or more years after his death — Joseph marrying in 1678. 
This son Joseph married and had a family of eight or nine 
boys; the son James married but had only one boy; and the 
son Peter married and also had only one boy. Thomas 
Hildreth, therefore, had but ten or eleven grandsons bearing 
the name of Hildreth. How many granddaughters there were 
we have not yet ascertained. The names of seven of his grand- 
sons and one great-grandson appear on the muster rolls of 171 5 
of companies raised to " resist " all " Enemies, pirates & 
Rebells, both at Sea & Land," according to the colonial records 
of New York State compiled by the state historian. One 
grandson went in a party with Peter Stuyvesant (perhaps a 
grandson of the famous Peter Stuyvesant) in an expedition in 
1704 against a French privateer off the coast. A later descend- 
ant (Dr. Shadrach Hildreth) was a surgeon in the American 
Army of the Revolution, served under General Washington, and 
died in service. 

In 1776, when the British gained control of Long Island, the 
people of the Island were obliged to take the Oath of Allegiance 
to the Crown, or flee. Evidently the Hildreths preferred to flee, 
many of them escaping to Connecticut. In a book entitled The 
Refugees of 1776 from Long Island to Connecticut, by 

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44 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

Frederick G. Mather, considerable space is given to the Hildreth 
Family and 43 Hildreths are mentioned. 

In the First Book of Records of Southampton, Long 
Island, is a copy of an agreement dated March 10, 1639, stating 
that " Daniell How " agrees to " furnish a vessell to be ready at 
the Towne of Lynne " to transport persons to Long Island to 
form a plantation at Southampton, agreeing to transport " a 
person and a tunne of goods free." Thompson's History of 
Long Island says that Southampton was founded in 1640 by 
some forty families from Lynn, Mass., and gives the name of 
Thomas Hildreth in a list of the early settlers. 

The earliest town records of Southampton, L. I., show that 
Thomas Hildreth was a property holder there and also a holder 
of somewhat independent views of right and justice. On 
October 26, 1643, his " controversee " with Richard Smith, who 
was afterwards the famous patentee of Smithtown, was settled 
at a final hearing and the following entry was made on the Town 
Records : 

" Y^ is ordered that Thomas Hyldreth shall satisfy unto Mr. Smith 
to the value of 3 pounds 12 shillings 4 pence to be payd unto him in 
English Wheate after the rate of 4 shillings by the bushel, betwixt 
this and the first of March, and that this order shall be a finall ende 
of all controversee whatsoever betwixt them." 

Evidently Thomas was not so successful in his " controversee " 
with Mr. Smith of Southampton as Richard was in his little 
difficulty with Parson Fisk of Chelmsford. It cost Thomas 18 
or 20 bushels of " English Wheate " to end his troubles while 
Richard got off by simply saying he was " sorry " although he 
didn't make it quite clear just what he was sorry for. 

When the land was apportioned to the settlers at Southampton 
that of Thomas Hildreth was in the " 3d ward " with the land 
of ten other persons whose names were mentioned. On March 6, 
1645, referring to divisions of land, the Records say: 

"... and what is left as overplus of Thomas Hyldreth's 8-acre 
lotte shall lye in length next to Mr. Gosners and John Moores 8 



The date of Thomas Hildreth's arrival at Southampton we 
have not yet found, nor is it yet clear where he came from. 
If he sailed from Lynn he may have come there from Salem, or 
from Charlestown or from Boston. Perhaps he was one of the 



THOMAS HILDRETH, OF LONG ISLAND 45 

party from Lynn who, in 1640, tried to settle near the western 
end of Long Island under one of Farrett's grants and was driven 
away by the Dutch soldiers. Lynn was settled mostly by people 
from Salem and Charlestown where many ships from England 
made port with their passengers, but we have found no Passenger 
List of that period (1630-40) giving the name of Hildreth or 
anything like it. Nevertheless, thousands of immigrants came to 
New England during those years whose names are not found 
on any Passenger List. Persons desiring to leave England were 
obliged to pay a subsidy to the Crown and also take an Oath 
of Allegiance and Superiority. Persons who left England not 
paying this subsidy and taking the Oath must have left secretly 
and it is doubtful if a list of them was ever made. If records 
were made of the names of the passengers arriving at the ports 
of Salem or Charlestown or at any other port in New England, 
such records would undoubtedly have been removed or destroyed 
by the British when they evacuated Boston, as most of the ship- 
ping ports and all of the ports of entry here were then under 
the control of England. 

Thomas Hildreth of Long Island, and Richard Hildreth of 
Cambridge and Chelmsford undoubtedly emigrated from the 
northern part of England from either the county of Durham, 
Northumberland or Yorkshire, as most of the early immigrants 
to New England originally came from that quarter. In the parish 
of Gainford, county of Durham, was kept a Register of baptisms, 
marriages and burials. Among the Baptisms are found the 
names of 52 Hildreths, beginning August 7, 1575, and ending 
June 2, 1782. Among them is a Thomas Hildreth, son of 
John, bapt. 5 May, 161 1. This year, 161 1, could have easily been 
the year in which Thomas Hildreth of Long Island was born, 
making him 46 years old at the time of his death, and we might 
easily have believed him to be the same Thomas until we saw 
in the Gainford parish records the baptisms of Thomas' children 
from the year 1633 up to the year 1650. There is another and 
an older Thomas Hildreth (baptized in 1585-6) in the Gainford 
parish, but this earlier Thomas would have been a rather old 
man to be the father of the Joseph Hildreth of Southampton who 
was born about 1657 according to the Southampton records. 
And so we cannot yet say we have found the birthplace of our 
Thomas although we think we are in its vicinity. 

Thomas Hildreth of Long Island and Richard Hildreth of 
Cambridge and Chelmsford may have been brothers and they 



46 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

may have come from the county of Durham, England, but the 
Gainford Parish Register has no record of a Richard Hildreth 
being baptized in the year 1605 (the year of Richard's birth 
according to his gravestone in Chelmsford). Still that is not con- 
clusive that Richard was not born in the Gainford parish because 
it is now known that two leaves from that Register are lost mak- 
ing a gap from the 20th of August to the 12th of January, 1605-6 
— the very year in which he was born as indicated by his grave- 
stone. Mr. Longstafife, author of the History of Darlington, 
Eng., stated in 1889 that he had seen a " curious sort of a 
collateral register of Gainford used up to 16 14, at least, for 
ordinary parochial transactions." Inquiries have been made to 
find this " curious sort " of a book but so far without success. 
Perhaps when it is found we may have more definite information 
whether our Richard and Thomas Hildreth were from that 
parish or not. 

It seems reasonable to think that Thomas Hildreth of Long 
Island was a younger man and more adventurous than was 
Richard of Cambridge and Chelmsford from the fact that he 
went off to Long Island, taking greater risks there than he would 
have taken had he stayed in New England. And from data we 
now have it seems reasonable to conclude that he and Richard 
came to New England together. We have just begun active 
search for more facts regarding Thomas and, with the help of his 
descendants, and of the Long Island historians, we hope to make 
some important discoveries regarding him and his family, 

Cambridge, Mass., 1915. 



THE TWO WIVES OE RICHARD HILDRETH 
(FREEMAN, 1643) 

By Mrs. Cornelia S. Hildreth 

WHEN our president asked for an article on what we 
know of the wives of Richard Hildreth of Cam- 
bridge and Chelmsford, Mass., it occurred to me that 
ive could tell a great deal more of what we do not know about 
them, there being so few places where any mention is made of 
them at all. 

In our early Colonial days the women, unless they were the 
wives of men in high position, lived very quiet and uneventful 
lives. They were occupied with their housekeeping, rearing large 
families, spinning and weaving, and with the many cares and 
duties incident to the wives and mothers of those times, often 
guarding the home from the attacks of Indians when the good- 
man happened to be away. There were no Daughters of the 
Revolution then, no Women's Clubs, no Whist Parties, no 
Parent's Associations, no Church Sociables, to bring women into 
notice. When the goodwife died she was buried with a simple 
service, and on her gravestone, if she outlived him, she was often 
termed her husband's " relict." But for all that, her quiet life 
had its influence and the stalwart men of the Colonies paid 
tribute to the lives of their wives and mothers. 

Richard Hildreth of Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., had 
two wives. On the Cambridge Town Records is found this entry : 
"Sarah, wife of Richard Hildreth, died 15 : 4: 1644." And 
about two years later, also on the Cambridge Town Records, is 
found this entry : " Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and 
Elizabeth Hildreth, born 21: 7: 1646." But of Richard's 
marriage to this Elizabeth, his second wife, no record has yet 
been found. 

Sarah, Richard's first wife, bore him two children who were 
probably born in England. Their names were Jane and James. 
Of the location of the grave of Sarah, Richard's first wife, no 
mention or trace has yet been found. 

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48 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

Elizabeth, Richard's second wife, was born in 1625 accord- 
ing to her gravestone in the old Bell Rock Cemetery, Maiden, 
Mass., which states " Here lyes ye body of Elizabeth wife to 
Richard Hildreth aged 68 years died august 3, 1693." She 
was, therefore, about 20 years old when she married Richard, 
and he about 40 years old. Her family name and the place of 
her birth are not mentioned on any records which I have seen. 
No doubt she also was born in England but evidently she was 
married here and possibly in Cambridge. The records show that 
she bore Richard nine children. 

Between the years 1654 and 1656 Richard Hildreth and his 
wife Elizabeth moved from Cambridge to Chelmsford, Mass., 
where he was buried in 1693. ^^ his will, made in 1686-7 in 
Chelmsford, he provided for his wife as follows : " And for my 
beloved wife Elizabeth I have obliged my son Ephraim for her 
maintenance in all respects so long as she remaineth with him." 
She died August 3, 1693, ^'^d her body was buried in the Bell 
Rock Cemetery, Maiden, Mass. It is an unsolved question why, 
after living so many years in Chelmsford, she should be buried in 
Maiden. Possibly she was staying there with her own relatives 
and was buried beside those of her own family, but I have found 
no evidence on this point nor have I found any connection be- 
tween her and any Maiden family. 

Boston, 1915. 



THE " OLD STYLE " LEGAL YEAR 

AND 

THE GRAVES OF RICHARD HILDRETH AND HIS 

WIFE ELIZABETH 

By John Lyman Porter 

(Note: Referring to the change of the style of the year, etc., see 
Acts and Laws of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, A. D. 1751, 
entitled " An Act for Regulating the Cornmencement of the Year 
and for Correcting the Calendar now in Use.") 

THE Old Style legal year of the early colonial period 
began with March 25 and ended with March 24. 
March was called the first month of the year although in 
the eye of the law the first day of the year was not until March 
25th or Lady Day. The days from the ist to the 24th of March 
inclusive are generally considered by our writers as belonging to 
the subsequent year. Thus : March i, 1693, is frequently written 
as March i, 1693-4. Accordingly the months and days of the 
calendar for the legal year 1693 were in the following order: 

LEGAL CALENDAR FOR 1693 

March 2 5 to 3 1 . ( The year beginning with March 25.) 

April I to 30. 

May I to 31. 

June I to 30. 

July I to 31. 

Aug. I to 31. Elizabeth Hildreth died August 3d. 

Sept. I to 30. 

Oct. I to 31. 

Nov, I to 30. 

Dec. I to 31. 

Jan. I to 31. 

Feb. I to 28. Richard Hildreth died February 23d. 

March i to 24. 

Beginning with the year 1752 the present, or New Style, cal- 
endar came into use with January i as the first month and day 

49 



50 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

of the year, the legal year of 1751 having lost the months of 
January and February and the first twenty- four days of ]\Iarch ; 
and to bring the calendar into conformity with the Gregorian 
calendar eleven day were dropped in September, 1752, — 
September 3 being called September 14. 

The year 1693 ^s taken to illustrate the Old Style legal calen- 
dar because in that year both Richard Hildreth and his wife 
Elizabeth died ; — the town records and the gravestones stating 
that she died in August and he in February. It seems possible, 
therefore, that her death may have occurred some six months 
earlier than that of her husband instead of some six months 
later, as many of us have supposed. 

This would confirm the use of the word " wife " in the in- 
scription on Elizabeth Hildreth's gravestone in the old Bell Rock 
Cemetery in Maiden, Mass., which states that she was " zvife 
to Richard Hildreth." (Note: Had she been his widow she 
would probably have been called " relict of.") Her stone states, 
too, that she died August 3, 1693, which corresponds with the 
date of her death as given -on the Chelmsford records. And the 
stone also states that she was 68 years old at the time of her 
death, which is confirmed by her sworn testimony as to her age 
in 1680. (See "Chronological History of Richard Hildreth" 
in this publication.) All this evidence removes any lingering 
doubt that the grave of Elizabeth Hildreth in the Bell Rock 
Cemetery, Maiden, Mass., is that of the wife of our Richard 
Hildreth of Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass. But why she 
was buried in Maiden we do not yet know. Maiden and Woburn 
were originally a part of Charlestown. She had children and 
grandchildren living in Woburn and she may have been visiting 
them at that time. Many of her old neighbors in Chelmsford 
came from Woburn and Charlestown and perhaps her own 
people lived there. Bell Rock Cemetery was then quite an old 
"burying ground, in which many interments had been made, and 
she may have expressed a wish to be buried in it; whereas the 
burying ground at Chelmsford, where her husband was buried, 
must have been a very new one, as we have read that Richard 
Hildreth's was the third interment there. 

That Richard Hildreth should be buried in Chelmsford is not 
strange. He was one of the founders and settlers of the town, 
was one of its largest property owners and one of its most 
active citizens for more than thirty years, and there still lived 
in it at the time of his death many of his children and grand- 




GRAVESTONE OF ELIZABETH HILDRETH 

WIFE OF 

RICHARD HILDRETH OF CAMBRIDGE AND 

CHELMSFORD 

In the old Bell Rock Cemetery, Maiden, Mass., can be seen the above gravestone 
bearing the following inscription: 

HERE LYES YE BODY 

OF ELIZABETH 

WIFE TO RICHARD 

HILDRETH AGED 

68 YEARS DIED 

AUGUST 3 

1693 

And about six feet back of it is a little footstone on which are the letters: E. H. 



Although these stones have been standing there for more than two centuries they show 
but little wear and they look as if they could withstand the elements for still another 
century. 



THE "OLD STYLE" LEGAL YEAR 



51 



children. In his old age he may have become homesick for the 
old associations and he probably wanted to live and die among 
them notwithstanding some six years previous to his death he 
had conveyed all his property in Chelmsford (including his home 
place) to his son Ephraim Hildreth of Stow, Mass., presumably 
for his and his wife's support during the remainder of their days. 
(See copy of his deed and of his will in his " Chronological His- 
tory " in this Publication.) We find at the time of his death that 
he had a few household goods, two cows, an axe, some books, 
candlesticks, and other things, and we like to think of him in 
his declining years as a proud, somewhat independent, yet kindly 
old man, well physically and clear in intellect. 

Cambridge, Mass., 19 15. 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF RICHARD HILDRETH 

(1605 - 1693) ; FREEMAN, 1643 

Compiled by John Lyman Porter 

(Note: Dates in our early colonial history are sometimes con- 
fusing. For instance, we find that previous to 175 1 an ancestor 
could be dead in January and alive in July of the same year. This 
is because the " Old Style " legal year began March 25th. March 
was called the first month, April was the second month, and so on, 
making February the twelfth or last month. The following dates 
are believed to be all Old Style except that the name of the month 
is given instead of its number.) 

i6oj(f) — . Born, according to many authorities, in 

northern England and in or near the parish of Gainford, in 
county of Durham. The year of his birth is established by 
the inscription on his slate gravestone in the old burying 
ground at Chelmsford, Mass., which states : " Richard 
HiLDRETH, Aged 88 years. Died February 23, 1693." He 
was twice married and is known to have had two children 
by his first wife and nine by his second. Wanted: Place 
and full date of his birth. 

. Married (ist) Sarah , probably 

in England. Wanted: Her surname, date and place of her 
birth and date and place of her marriage to Richard Hil- 
dreth. 

1628(f) . Birth of Jane, his daughter, probably in Eng- 
land. She married Robert Proctor, of Concord, Mass., 
Dec. 31, 1645, ^"<i by him had 12 children. She died April 
28, 1697. (Chelmsford Records.) Wanted: Date and 
place of her birth. 

l6ji(f), . Birth of James, his son, probably in England 

The year of James' birth is satisfactorily established by his 
recorded testimony in a lawsuit held in Cambridge, Mass., 
Aug. 27, 1 65 1, stating he was then 20 years old and the 
52 




The original slate gravestone of Richard Hildreth (1605-1693) has been preserved by 
setting it in a memorial of solid granite erected over his grave in Chelmsford, Mass. 
On the back of this memorial is engraved 

Erected by 

HILDRETH FAMILY 

ASSOCIATION 

June 12, 1909. 

Appropriate exercises were held at the unveiling. 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 53 

son of Richard Hildreth. James married Margaret Ward 
June I, 1659 (Chelmsford Records), and by her had 11 
children; was made Freeman May 3, 1665 (Mass. Rec- 
ords, Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 582) ; died April 14, 1695 
(Chelmsford Records). Wanted: Place and full date of 
James' birth. 

. Richard Hildreth, and probably his wife 

Sarah and perhaps their two children Jane and James, emi- 
grated to New England, Wanted: Dates of their emigra- 
tion and arrival, and in what boat or boats. 

164s, May 10. Richard Hildreth admitted Freeman to Mass. 
Bay Colony. (Mass. Records, Vol. 2, p. 293.) This is 
the first direct notice we have of him although he may have 
arrived in New England some 5 to 10 years earlier. From 
this time his name frequently occurs in town and church 
affairs in Cambridge, Mass., and after 1656 in Chelmsford, 
Mass. Wanted: Earlier notices of or allusions to him. 

1644, -^^^^^ ^5- Sarah, his wife, died in Cambridge, Mass. 
(Cambridge Records, Vol. i, p. 489.) Wanted: Location 
of her grave. 

1645(f) • Married (2nd) Elizabeth , 

and continued to reside in Cambridge, Mass. The year of 
her birth is established as 1625 by the inscription on her 
gravestone in Bell Rock Cemetery, Maiden, Mass., which 
states : " Here Lyes ye Body of Elizabeth wife to Richard 
Hildreth Aged 68 years Died August 3, 1693." Wanted: 
Her surname, and date and place of her birth and date and 
place of her marriage to Richard Hildreth. 

1645, Nov. 12. Richard Hildreth chosen one of the five 
Townsmen of Cambridge, Mass. The records reading as 
follows : " At a towne meting according to An order ma — 
ye 3d of ye 9th mo 1634: there was then chosen these 
severall officers as foUoweth : 

r Herbert pelham Esqr 

, I Roger Shaw 

rj. i Edward Oakes 

Townsmen \ r^., -r, , 
I Tho. Beale 

[ Richard Hildreth 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 51.) 



54 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

1646, Sept. 21. Birth of Elizabeth, his daughter, in Cam- 
bridge, Mass. (Camb. Records, Vol. i, p. 491.) She 
married John Stevens, of Boston and Chelmsford, Dec. 15, 
1664 (Chelmsford Records, p. 762), and by him had three 
children. She died Jan. 19, 1717 (widow), (Chelmsford 
Records). 

1646, Nov. 4. Richard Hildreth appointed Collector of Fines 
for Cambridge. The records reading as follows : " 4 
(9) mo 1646. Ordered by ye Townsmen that Richard 
Hildreth and Thomas Danforth gather up the fines for this 
present year." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 56.) 

1646, Nov. 5. Richard Hildreth and four others sign an order 
to pay Tho. Longhorne for beating the drum in Cambridge. 
The records reading as follows: "5 (9) 1646. It is 
ordered by ye Townsmen that there shall be fifty shillings 
payde unto Tho. longhorne for his service to ye Towne in 
beating ye drum this two years past." 

Herbert Pelham 
Richard Hildreth 
Edward Oakes 
Thomas Beale 
Tho. Danforth 
(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 56.) 

164"/, May 8. Bro. Hildreth is appointed to keep the Cam- 
bridge cow common (now vicinity of Massachusetts Avenue, 
Linnaean and Garden Sts.) clear of cattle. The records 
reading as follows: " 8d (3 m) 47. Bro. Hildreth is ap- 
poynted for to see that the Cow Comon be kept Clear of 
any steeres or any dry Beastes & what ever shalbe found 
Contrary to the former towne orders the owner of the same 
shall pay 3 d pr heade except the townsmen uppon Just 
Complaint shall finde Just Cause for to remitt It." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 61.) 

164/', May — . Richard Hildreth, of Cambridge, Mass., signs 
as witness to an agreement between Mr. Henry Dunster and 
Edward Goffe vs. Nicholas Withe, G. Richard Wilson and 
Daniel Hudson, masons. 

(Paige's Hist, of Cambridge, p. 372.) 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 55 

1641, Oct. II. Bro. Hildreth's name with 17 others appear 
on the Cambridge Town Records in a Hst of persons from 
whom assessments or fines are to be collected, viz. : 
" of Bro. Hildreth £0 o^ M " 
(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 63.) 

1648, April p. Richard Hildreth was voted a farm in Shaw- 
shine {now Billerica). The vote, in part, being- as follows: 
to "Tho. Oakes & Richard Hildreth Each of them a 
farme, for there Incouragement, if they see it make for 
their suport, & desire it. provided allwaies, uppon this 
Condition if they or any of them shall depart the towne 
then there land to fall into townes hands againe, & then they 
shall have no Power to sell, alinate, or give to any other 
there right therein if they depart from this place, onely the 
towne shall pay them for it shall then be found better 
by there Improvement of It being valued by indifferent 
men." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 75.) 

1648, Aug. 8. Birth of Sarah, his daughter, in Cambridge, 
Mass. (Camb. Records, Vol. i, p. 493). She married David 
Stone, Dec. 31, 1674 (Camb. Records, Vol. i, p. 521), and 
by him had two children. Wanted: Date and place of her 
death, and age and parentage of David Stone, her husband. 

1648-g, March 12. Richard Hildreth is appointed to execute 
the Town and Court orders concerning fences for Menottime 
Fields {now Arlington) . The Records reading as follows: 
" I2th (i) 1648-9 Edward Winship and Richard Hildreth 
appointed to execute Towne & Court orders concerning 
fences for Menottime feilds." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 80.) 

164Q, May 2g. Goodman Hilderike, of Cambridge, called 
neighbor Hilderike, appointed Fence Viewer of Menotomy 
fields. 
(Wyman's Genealogies & Ests. of Charlestown. p. 499.) 

1650(f) . Birth of Mary, his daughter, probably in 

Cambridge, Mass. She married Jacob Warren in 1667 
" when she was 17 " (see Early Hildreths of N. E., p. 46). 



56 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

By him she had 5 children. She died 1 689-90 ( ?) 

(Chelmsford Records), and her husband married again 
i69o(?). Wanted: Date and place of her birth, and date 
and place of her death, and the age, birthplace and parentage 
of Jacob Warren, her husband. 

1650, Nov. II. Richard Hildreth is chosen Surveyor of 
Highways. The records reading as follows : " Severall offi- 
cers Chosen for the yeare ensueing." 

r Richard Robbins 
for Surveyours of high waies < Rj ; Hildreth 

lTho:ffox 
At this meeting he was also appointed to listen to complaints 
of persons on the other side of the water. The records 
reading, viz. : 

" Edw. winship & Richard Hildreth appointed to view 

the complaintes of severall on the other side of the 

water and make returns to the townsmen." 

He was also appointed to settle a boundary question relating 

to some meadow land owned by Wm. Clemance. The order 

reading as follows: 

" Edw : winship & Richard Hildreth to bound Wm. 
Clemance meadow which he bought of Tho. Danforth 
nere alcocks meadow." 
Also to listen to a land complaint of Wm. Clemance, Sr. 
The order reading as follows : 

" Edw: winship & Richard Hildreth to view the Com- 
plaint of Wm. Clema — Senr for want of land." 
(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 87.) 

1650, Jan. 7j. Richard Hildreth was appointed to execute 
the General Court orders regarding fences about the Men- 
ottime Fields {now Arlington). The Records reading 
as follows: "13 (11) 1650 Edw: Winship and Richard 
Hildre — are appointed by the Townsmen to looke over the 
fences about Menottime ffield." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p 90.) 

1650-51, Mar. 10. The size of Richard Hildreth's farm 
granted him in Shawshine (nozu Billerica) was fixed at 200 
acres. The records reading as follows: " 10 (i) 1650-165 1 
The Townsmen doe determine that the Quantity of Richard 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 57 

Hildreths ffarme granted him by the Tovvne at Shawshine 
shalbe two hundred acres adjoining to other farmes allready 
determined." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 91.) 

1631, Apr. 14. Richard Hildreth and three others are ap- 
pointed to look after the Cow Common (now vicinity of 
Massachusetts Avenue, Linnaean and Garden Sts.) with 
authority to impound stray cattle, etc. The records reading 
as follows: " 14 (2) 1651. The Townsmen doe order that 
Mr. Boman, Richard Hassell, Ric: Hildreth and william 
Hamlet looke to the cow comon, that no cattle trespasse 
uppon the Same to the damage of the Cow heard, and in case 
they do or any of the inhabitants shall find any cattel soe 
trespassing they may impound the same either in the towne 
pound or there own yards provided they give owners notice 
and request of the owners of such cattle 3 ^ a head." 
(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 92.) 

j6ji, Aug. 27. Hildreth v. Sam'l Eldred. Case of trespass 
done by hogs. Plaintiff living in Minottime Fields {nozv 
Arlington) in Charlestown complains that his corn was des- 
troyed by defendant's hogs, etc. Aug. 27, 1651, James 
Hildreth, aged 20 years, testified to driving out the swine 
about 30 or 40 at a time. The Jury found for plaintiff, 
45 bushels merchantable corn damaged; value: i pound, 
18 shillings, 10 pence. (Sept. 7, 165 1.) 

(E. Camb. County Court Records. Vol. i, p. 12.) 

1652, Nov. 8. Richard Hildreth was chosen Surveyor of 
Highways. The records reading as follows : "8th (9) mo 
1652. At a genrall meeting of the Inhabitants the Town do 
choose 

Ri : Hildreth ] 

Ri : Robbins, and > ^or Surveyors of highways 
Thomas Danforth J 
(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 99.) 

1653, May 10. Richard Hildreth and 28 others petition the 
General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for a large 
tract of land " on the river Merrimack at a necke of lande 
next to Concord river, near to Pawtucket," it being " a very 



58 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

comfortable place to accomodate a company of God's people 
upon; that may with God's blessing and assistance live com- 
fortably and do good in that place for church and common- 
wealth." (The land was granted — is now partly Chelms- 
ford, Westford and Lowell.) 

(Allen's Hist, of Chelmsford, pub. 1820.) 

J(55J, Nov. J. Ri : Hildreth was a member of Jury at Charles- 
town on a case of bond forfeiture, John Ridgeway v. Jon. 
Phillips. 

(Mx. County Court Records, Vol. i, p. 47.) 

165s, Feb. ij. Richard Hildreth and Thomas Fox are au- 
thorized to enforce orders regarding illegal cutting of the 
Cambridge town woodlot. The records read as follows: 
" 13th 12 1653. Whereas many Complaintes are made to 
the Townsmen of the unreasonable stroy that is yet made by 
many persons of the wood and timber wch lieth in Comon 
in this Towne, not with standing all orders that have 
formerly bin made for the preservation thereof. It is there- 
fore ordered by the Townsmen that no man shall cutt of the 
boughes of any tree, nor fell any tree uppon the Comon for 
firewood, (excepting only such as are dead and fare) ; uppon 
poenalty of five shillings forfeiture for everie tree so felled 
or stowed contrary to this order." 

"Richard Hildreth and Tho : ffax are desired to see this 

order executed and are to have one fourth part of the 

fines for their Labour." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 102.) 

^^53~54> March jj. Richard Hildreth is appointed Fence 
Viewer. The records read as follows : " Att a meting of the 
Select men the 13th of the ist mo. 1653, Richard Hildreth 
and Tho. Hall are appoynted to view the ffences about 
Winnottime ffield." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 104.) 

1654, Sept. J. Richard Hildreth and his wife Elizabeth 
give testimony in case E. Evans v. Richard Ffrench for 
abuse of Elizabeth Hildreth's maid Jane Evans. French 
found guilty and heavily fined. 
(County Court Records at E. Camb. Vol. i, pp. 62-64.) 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 59 

1654, Oct. 26. Richard Hildreth chosen to serve on Jury at 
Charlestown in famous case of Gov. Ri. Bellingham, Esq., 
et al. V. Robt. Jordan. 

(M'x Co. Records, Vol. i, p. 67.) 

i6j4-5, March 12. Sergt. Hildreth appointed Fence Viewer. 
The records reading as follows : " At a meeting of the Select 
men the 12 (ist) 1654-5 Ensigne Winship and Sergt. 
Hildreth are appointed to view the ffences about Winottime 
ffield." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 108.) 

1655, Feb. 10. Richard Hildreth appointed Fence Viewer. 
The records reading as follows: " loth 12 mo 55. Richard 
Hildreth and Ensig. Winship are appointed to view the 
fences about Winittime field." 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 109.) 

16^-, . Richard Hildreth and his Avife Elizabeth 

move from Cambridge to Chelmsford, Mass. (Hurd's M'x. 
Co. Perham, p. 239.) Wanted: Correct date of their re- 
moval to Chelmsford. 

i655(?), . Birth of Ephraim, his son, in Cambridge or 

Chelmsford, Mass. Ephraim married (ist) Dorothy 
Barnes, of Stow, June 11, 1685, "when he was some 30 
years of age" (Early Hildreths of N. E., p. 51), and by 
her had one child which died young. He married (2nd) 
Anna Moore, of Sudbury, Oct. 8, 1686 (Stowe Records, 
p. 595), and by her had 11 or 12 children. He died April 
5, 1731 (Stow Records). Wanted: Date and place of his 
birthj and correct number and names of his children by his 
second wife Anna. 

1656, . Richard Hildreth, Selectman, Chelmsford, 

Mass. 

(Chelmsford Records.) 

1656, April 2y. Sergt. Hildreth of Cambridge received at the 
sacrament of the Lord's Supper in church at Chelmsford, 
Mass. The church records read as follows : " 2y. 2. ( 1656) 
Serg. Hildrick of ye Ch of Cambridge received into ye 
sacrament of ye Supper as a member of ye church." 

(Rev. Fiske's Chelmsford Church Records.) 



6o THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

i6^6(?), . Birth of Abigail, his daughter, probably in 

Chelmsford, Mass. She married Moses Parker of Chelms- 
ford ( ?) June 19, 1684 (Chelmsford Records), and by him 
had seven children. Wanted: Date and place of her birth, 
and the date and place of her death, also birth and parentage 
of Moses Parker, her husband. 

1657, Oct. — . Richard Hildreth, Grand Juror. 

( County Court Records. Vol. i.) 

1658, April 16. Birth of Joseph, his son, in Chelmsford, Mass. 
Joseph married Abigail Wilson, of Woburn, Dec. 25, 1683, 
(Chelmsford Records), and by her had 10 children. He 
died Jan. 28, 1706. 

1658, May J/. Sergeant Richard Hildreth is given permis- 
sion to trade with the Indians. 

1659, Feb. 8. Birth of Persis, his daughter, in Chelmsford, 
Mass. She married Samuel Cleveland May 23, 1682, 
(Chelmsford Records), and by him had six children. 
Wanted: Date and place of her death. 

1660, April so. Richard Hildreth owns land in Chelmsford, 
Mass. (See town grants to Robert Proctor.) 

1661(f), Feb. I. Birth of Thomas, his son, in Chelmsford, 
Mass. (Chelmsford Records of B. M. & D.) Thomas died 
May 28, 1662. (Chelmsford Records.) Wanted: Further 
verification of date of Thomas' birth. 

1661, April 2. Richard Hildreth appointed Commissioner, a 
sort of a judge, to hear small cases, at Chelmsford. He 
takes oath to faithfully discharge the trust and power com- 
mitted to him. 

(M'x County Court Records, Vol. i, p. 227.) 

1661(f), July 20. Birth of Isaac, his son, in Chelmsford, 
Mass. (Chelmsford Records.) Isaac married Elizabeth 
Wilson, of Woburn, July 24, 1685 (or Nov. 12), 
(Chelmsford Records) and by her had five children. Isaac 
died (funeral) Nov. 24, 1742 (Chelmsford Records). 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 6i 

Wanted: Further verification of the dates of Isaac's birth, 
marriage and death. 

1616-2, . Richard Hildreth appointed Surveyor of 

Highways. 

(Chelmsford Town Records.) 

1662, . Sergeant Richard Hiudreth, Serg't Thomas 

Adams, and William Fletcher named as Commissioners for 
Chelmsford. 

(County Court Records.) 

1662, April 2. Richard Hildreth took the oath of Commis- 
sioner for Chelmsford for the year ensuing. 

(M'x County Court Records, Vol. i, p. 252.) 

1662-^, . Richard Hildreth's yard mentioned in the 

route for a new highway between Chelmsford and Groton. 

(Chelmsford Records.) 

166^, . Richard Hildreth, of Chelmsford, petitions 

for a grant of land because he has " a wife and many small 
children, and being a husbandman, am greatly disadvantaged 
partly by the hand of God depriving " him some few years 
since of the use of his right hand, whereby he was " wholly 
disabled to labor." 

166^, Sept. 20. Richard Hildreth received into fellowship 
of the Chelmsford church. The church records read as 
follows: "20, 7 (1663), Rich Hildrick having been Tryed, 
propounded, presented his Ltrs of Dismsn from Cambridge 
after a manifestation of God's work upon his soule, with 
sever'l experiences of God's going along with him since 
joined in church fellowship at Camb both there and thence 
. . . was reed into ye cov'nt & fellowship of this Church." 
(Rev. Fiske's Chelmsford Church Records.) 

166^-64, March j. Richard Hildreth had received, prior to 
this date, no less than eight (8) separate lots of land 
granted him by the Great and General Court of Massachu- 
setts Bay Colony. 

(Reade's Origin & Gen. of Lowell Hildreths.) 



62 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

1664, May 18. Richard Heildrich of Chelmsford was granted 
one hundred fifty (150) acres of upland and meadow land 
" wherever it may be conveniently found, not prjudijciall 
to any plantation." 

(Records Mass. Bay Colony, Vol. IV, Part 2, p. 106.) 

1664, . Richard Hildreth named as Commissioner for 

Chelmsford. 

(Chelmsford Records.) 

1664, . Richard Hildreth appointed Viewer of Fences. 

(Chelmsford Town Records.) 

1664, . Richard Hildreth chosen to Grand Jury by 

Chelmsford. 

(Chelmsford Town Records.) 

1666-7, . Richard Hildreth appointed Surveyor of 

Highways. 

(Chelmsford Town Records.) 

1667, . Richard Hildreth appointed Viewer of Fences. 

(Chelmsford Town Records.) 

1667 or 1668, . In a sketch of Stow, Mass., in Drake's 

History of Middlesex County, page 350, occurs the 
following : 

" In 1666, a lot of 500 acres was ' layed out unto the 
Worshipful Major Eleazer Lusher ' for services ren- 
dered the government." 

" A year or two later another lot of 500 acres was 
assigned to Capt. Daniel Gooken & also one of 150 
acres to Richard Heldridge. Probably none of these 
men ever resided upon their farms." 

i66g, Oct. 12. Richard Heildreth's grant of 150 acres of 
land is allowed by the General Court as laid out by David 
Fiske, surveyor, bounded " with Concord lyne on the South 
east, Capt. Daniel Gookins farme northerly, & the Avildemess 
elsewhere surrounding, according to a plot returned & on 
file with the records of this Court." 

(Records Mass. Bay, Vol. IV, Part 2, p. 44i-) 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 63 

i6jo, June 4. Richard Hildreth of Chelmsford warned to 
appear to answer for " reproachful speech of the minister 
of that place," etc. 

(County Court Records.) 

i6yo, June 20. Thomas Hinchman testifies that " Richard 
Hildreth of Chelmsford ... at a publick town meeting 
. . . made a very large speech to ye wholl towne then 
present to ye purpose to stirr ym up to the calling of another 
minister, arguing ye necessity of ye same & amongst many 
other things spoken he used these expressions; our pastor 
had lived 14 or 15 years in this place & there had bin little 
or no fruit of his ministry, . . ." 

(County Court Records, Cambridge.) 

iSyo, June 22. Abraham Parker testifies that he was " present 
& heard Richard Hildreth in a publick towne meeting at 
Chelmsford upon the ist day of March last make a long 
speech to the towne to exhort to the getting of another min- 
ister, in which speech he had this passage : that Master Fisk 
had been there these 13 or 14 years & had done no good, 
or very little; and there were two sermons preached by 
another that did much affect & cause severall weeping eyes ; 
and other passages of like nature . . . And as to the paper 
he carryed about to get hands for another minister, . . . 
he conf est to me that hee and John Barrett did carry about 
such a paper . . . But he never brought it to me . . ." 
(County Court Records, Cambridge.) 

1612, J^^h ^7- Richard Hildreth, at a church meeting in 
Chelmsford at the house of Rev. Fiske concerning a contro- 
versy between Richard Hildreth and Robert Proctor, stated 
he was " sorry for it — hoped it would be a warning for 
him, etc." 
(Rev. Fiske's Chelmsford Church Records 1673, 27: 5.) 

167s, Jan. 18. Richard Hildreth " had his dismission & 3 
of his children, Joseph, Persis, & Isaac, granted him to ye 
Church of Cambridge, according to his desire, he declaring 
his purpose of settling there, and living and dying there." 
(Rev. Fiske's Chelmsford Church Records 1673, 18: 11.) 



64 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

1674, May nth. Richard Hildreth is fined in Cambridge one 
shilling for felling a green walnut tree upon the Rockes 
{now Arlington). 

(Camb. Town Records. Ptd. 1901. Vol. i, p. 219.) 

1(5/7, P^^- 5- Richard Hildreth owned land in Chelmsford. 
(See town grant to Jacob Warren.) 

i6y8, March 26. Richard Hildreth of Chelmsford and 9 
other men petition the court to remit fines etc., laid on 
Thomas Barrett. 

(County Court Proceedings.) 

1680, April 2. Elizabeth Hildreth, aged 55, testifies in case 
of Elizabeth Proctor v. Thomas Marrables that she was the 
midwife during Elizabeth Proctor's confinement. Testi- 
mony was taken in Billerica before Jonathan Danforth. 

(Note: The above record confirms the age of Elizabeth Hil- 
dreth as given on her tombstone in the Bell Rock Cemetery, Mai- 
den, Mass., and also as recorded in Chelmsford.) 

1686, Feb. 28. " The Record of The Accomodation of Upland and 
Meadow granted by the Town of Chelmsford to Richard Hil- 
dreth with the Bounds and Butments of the Same : 

" His Upland. (First) North by the Highway to the Town ; 
South by the meadow belonging to the Sd Richard Hildreth; 
and partly Southeast by the land of Robert Proctor; West by 
the land of James Hildreth ; East by the Town Common. 
(Secondly) Seven acres more or less Lying by the North cor- 
ner of the Pond ; bounded South by the Town Common ; East 
by the land of Robert Proctor; West by the land of James 
Hildreth. (Thirdly) Eighteen acres more or less, Bounded 
South by the pond ; and West by the land of Robert Proctor ; 
North by the Highway near the Great Swamp ; East by the 
Town Common. 

" His Meadow. (First) one acre and half by his Home Lott 
more or less, bounded East by the land of Robert Proctor; 
South by the Common; North by his Home Lott; West by 
the land of James Hildreth. (Secondly) Seven Acres more or 
less, Lying at Hither Tadnack: bounded Southeast by the 
meadow of James Hildreth ; and all other points by the Town 
Common. (Thirdly) Fourteen acres more or less: Lying in 
two parcels being towards the Further Tadnack, bounded on 
all points by the Town Common. (Fourthly) Five acres and 
half more or less lying in further Tadnack. Bounded South 
by the meadow of Robert Proctor; East and West by the 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 65 

Town Common. (Fifthly) an Addition of Upland granted by 
the Town of Chelmsford to Richard Hildreth with Bounds and 
Butments of the same : To Say : Thirty-two Acres more or 
less Lying of one parcell through which there is Laid a High- 
way ; bounded East and North by the Land of Robert Proctor ; 
on all other points by the Town Common ; North by the Pond ; 
West by a brook running in to the Pond." 

" By the Selectmen's order. Jacob Parker, Qerk. The 
above is a true transcript taken out of the old book : the 28th 
the 12 month, 1686, by Samuel Adams, Clerk." 

1686-'/, Feb. I. Richard Hildreth and his wife Elizabeth 
of Chelmsford deed without restrictions to their son 
Ephraim Hildreth, of Stow, Mass., nine (9) parcels of real 
estate including their home place of 20 acres where they then 
lived with house, barn, orchards, etc. 

(Camb. Registry of Deeds, Vol. 10, pp. 39-40.) 

The deed reads as follows : 

" To All People to Whom These Presents Come, or 
May Concerne. Know ye, that I, Richard Hildereth and 
EHzabeth Hildereth, my present wife, of ye Towne of Chelms- 
ford, in ye County of Middlesex in ye Massachusetts Colonic in 
New England, upon good Consideration and for good causes 
moving us thereuntO', especially for that He is our Natural & 
well beloved sonne & desiring his welfare. Have given to our 
Sonne Ephraim Hildereth of the Towne of Stow in ye afore- 
said County of Middlesex, and by these presents doe fully, 
freely & absolutely, give grant, alien, enfeoffe & confirme unto 
him our said sonne Ephraim Hildereth, several parcels of Land 
& meadow ground situate lying and being within the limits and 
bounds of ye afore^. Towne of Chelmsford & is now laid out, 
the butts & bounds thereof are recorded to me Richard Hil- 
dereth in the Towne book of Chelmsford the several parcels 
are as follows. 

" The Houselot on wch I now dwell, as it is butted & bounded 
& lyeth for twenty acres, be ye same more or lesse, w*** the 
House & Barne & Orchards, fences thereon. 

" Secondly. Seven acres lying at ye Northend of ye great 
pond, ye most part broken up & Improved, be ye same more or 
lesse. 

" Thirdly. Eighteen acres, be ye same more or lesse & is 
bounded South by ye said great pond. 

" Fourthly, Seventeen acres, be ye same more or lesse, boimded 
North by ye said great pond ; East by Gershom Proctors ; and 
one acre and a halfe of Meadow ground lying in or Joyning to 
the aforesd. Houselot. Seven acres of Meadow be ye same 
more or lesse lying in heather Tadnack: Nine acres of 



66 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

Meadow lying on the South of Brushy meadow, be ye same 
more or lesse ; Five acres & a halfe in further Tadnack, be ye 
same more or lesse. 

" To Have & to Hold ye above granted premises as they are 
laid & butted & bounded in several parcels, be ye same more or 
lesse, as they are recorded in ye Towne-book w^^ all privilidges, 
rights, & appurtenances to ye same appertaining or in any wise 
belonging unto him ye said Ephraim Hildereth, his Heirs & 
Assigns, to his & their only proper use & behopfes as a free & 
full estate of Inheritance from ye day of ye date hereof & so 
forever. 

" And ye above named Rich'^. Hildereth & Elizabeth Hildereth 
for our Heirs, Executors, Administrators doe Cove"*. ; promise 
& grant to & with ye above named Ephraim Hildereth, his 
Heirs Executors, Administrators & Assigns by these presents, 
that ye above granted premises are free & cleere & shall by us 
our Heirs & Assigns freed & cleered from time to time & at all 
times from all former bargaines sales, leases. Mortgages, Wills, 
Entails, Legacies Joyntures, Dowers, whatsoever, had, made or 
obtained. And that we ye s'^ Rich^. Hildereth & Elizabeth Hilder- 
eth, have good right, full power & Lawful authority to grant, 
convey & confirme ye above granted premise unto him our s**. 
Sonne Ephraim Hildereth, his Heirs & Assigns forever, and that 
ye said Ephraim Hildereth, his Heirs & Assigns shall & may 
from time to time & at all times forever hereafter peacefully & 
quietly have, hold use, occupy & possesse & enjoy ye above 
granted premises, be ye same more or lesse, with all rights, 
privelidges & appurtenances thereto^ appertaining or in any wise 
belonging without ye least denyall, disturbance or Contradic- 
tion of us ye said Rich'i. Hildereth & Elizabeth Hildereth, our 
Heirs, Executors, Administrators, & Assigns, from them or any 
one of them, or any other person or persons whatsoever Law- 
fully claiming or having any right or title or Interest therein 
or in any part or parcel thereof, by, from or under in or by any 
other Law full wayes or means whatsoever. 

" In witness hereof we ye above signed Rich'd Hildereth & 
Elizabeth Hildereth have hereunto put our hands & Seals this 
first day of February in ye year of our Lord Christ, one thou- 
sand six hundred eighty & six seven." 

Rich'd Hildreth, his mark & Scale 
Elizabeth Hildreth, her mark & Scale 

Signed, Sealed & Delivered 
in presence of us — 

Tho. Hinchman 
Tho. Clarke 
j no. butterick 

Richard & Elizabeth Hildereth personally appearing before 
me one of his Majety's Council in Newengland, Chelmsford, 



CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY 67 

April 6, 1687 freely acknowledged this Instrument to be their 
act & Deed. 

Jonathan Tyng. 

A true copy of the original Recorded and attested this 21st 
day of April 1687. 

By Lawr. Hammond, Recorder. 

(Note: In colonial times the word " Natural " was used to dis- 
tinguish one's own child from a step-child, child-in-law, or adopted 
child ; it often occurs in the records to the misleading of careless 
and censorious readers.) 

I 
1686-/, Feb. II. Richard Hildreth, of Chelmsford, Mass., 
makes his will, reading as follows: (See M'x County, 
Mass., Probate Records. Vol. 8, pp. 186-8, No. 8004.) 

" Know ye that I Richard Hildreth of ye towne of Chelms- 
ford in ye County of Middlesex in ye Massachusetts Colony of 
New England, being aged, sick and weakly in body, tho' sounde 
in mind. Judgment and understanding, taking into Considera- 
tion my own mortality, do herein make known my minde and 
will in the disposall of myself, and Estate that Remaineth to be 
my own to Dispose. 

" First, I bequesth my precious and Immortall Soul unto 
Christ yt hath Redeemed it, and my body to ye Grave till 
Christ shall raise it. 

" And for my beloved wife Elizabeth I have obliged my nat- 
urall son Ephraim Hildreth for her maintenance in all respects 
so long as she remaineth with him. 

" And to my Sonnes and Daughters, children God hath 
given me, I have discharged my duty in some measure in all 
respects so that they are disposed in marriage, and I have been 
doing for them all as I could : But because my hand is cut off, 
and because of Impotency and Infirmity, I have been constrained 
to make use of what I had for ye Reliefe of my Selfe and my 
wife so that I have neither House nor Lands to bequeath them, 
But after my decease, my Creditors being paid and Debts dis- 
charged. Whatsoever shall be found to be my Estate, I will that 
it be equally Divided to all my Children that each one may have 
a Token of their ffathers Love after his Death, they or theirs. 

" And after my Decease my son Ephraim shall pay, or cause 
to be paid, to my eldest son James Hildreth out of his own 
Estate, the sum of Twenty Shillings, or one Pound, as a full 
free portion more than ye rest of the children. 

" I have betrusted my Son Ephraim with the use of my Es- 
tate whilest I live and after my death to execute this my last 
Will and Testament. 



68 THE HILDRETH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 

" In Witness hereof, I, ye said Richard Hildreth, have sett to 
my hand and seal This eleventh day of February in the year of 
our Lord 1686-7." 

his ( ) 

Richard X Hildreth ( seal ) 

mark ( ) 

Signed and sealed in presence of 
us as witnesses to this will 

Thomas Hinchman 

Thos. Clark Exad per Samll Phipps Regtr 

Jno. Butterfield 

i6pj, Aug. J. Elizabeth Hildreth, his wife, died. (Chelms- 
ford Records.) She was buried in the old Bell Rock Ceme- 
tery, Maiden, Mass. Her gravestone is inscribed : " Here 
Lyes ye body of Elizabeth wife to Richard Hildreth 
Aged 68 Years Died August 3, 1693." Wanted: The 
reason why she was buried in Maiden. Were her own people 
buried there? If so, who were they? 

169^, Feb. 2^. Richard Hildreth died. (Chelmsford Records.) 
He was buried in the old cemetery at Chelmsford, Mass. 
His slate gravestone is inscribed : " Richard Hildreth, 
Aged 88 years. Died February 23, 1693." 

The inventory of Richard Hildreth's estate was filed by 
Ephraim Hildreth, Exr. Appraisers were Sam'l Foster, Sr., 
and Eliazer Brown. Total valuation: 17 pounds, 3 shillings, 6 
pence. The inventory included : 



2 Cows 


I Wicker Basket 


I Calf 


I Skil— 


I Feather Bed 


I Old Gun Barrel 


I Straw Bed 


(Value 10 shillings) 


I Feather Bolster 


I Wainscott Chest 


2 Pillows 


I Cupboard 


2 Old Bolsters 


I Chest 


I Coat and i Hat 


I Old Bedstead 


I pr. Breeches 


I Table Chair 


2 Pewter Platters 


2 Chairs 


I Candlestick 


I Little Horn 


I Iron Mortar and Pestle 


I Dough Tray 





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, HISTORY 


2 


Cleavers 


I Old Chest 


I 


Flesh Hook 


2 Trays 


I 


Axe 


I Old Pail 


2 


Pease Hooks 


I Jar and Cheese Tongs 


I 


Frammell 


4 Books 


I 


Churn 


I Dry Cask 


I 


Iron Gridiron 





69 



CHART — RICHARD HILDRETH 

Arranged by John Lyman Porter 

First Three Generations of Hildreths in New England 
Naming 

RICHARD HILDRETH (1605-1693), AND HIS TWO WIVES (SARAH 
AND ELIZABETH), 

of Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., 

HIS ELEVEN ( II ) CHILDREN, DATES OF BIRTH AND DATES OF 
MARRIAGES 

and whom they married, 
and 

HIS SEVENTY-SIX (76) GRANDCHILDREN. 



CHILDREN 



GRANDCHILDREN 



By his I St wife — SARAH 



JANE 

b. , 1628 (?) in England (?) 

m. Dec. 31, 1645, in Concord, Mass., 
Robert Proctor, of Concord. 

JAMES 

b. , 1 631 (?) in England (?) 

m. June i, 1659, in Dorchester, 
Margaret Ward, (Chelmsford records). 



I Sarah, Gershom, Mary, Peter, 

Ch: I Elizabeth, James, Dorothy, Lydia, 

(John, Samuel, Israel, Thomas. 

( Margaret, Sarah, James, Elizabeth, 
Ch: J Mary, Thomas, Hannah, Abigail, 
( Richard, Ephraim, Dorothy. 



By his 2nd wife — ELIZABETH 



ELIZABETH 

b. Sept. 21, 1646, Cambridge, Mass. 

m. Dec. 15, 1664, Chelmsford, Ch: 

John Stevens, of Boston and Chelmsford. 



Elizabeth, John, Elizabeth, 
Richard, Joseph. 



Ch : Sarah, Elizabeth. 



SARAH 

b. Aug. 8, 1648, in Cambridge, Mass. 
m. Dec. 31, 1674, Chelmsford, 
David Stone, of Cambridge (?). 

MARY 

b. , 1650 (?) Cambridge (?) 

m. June 21, 1667, in Chelmsford, 
Jacob Warren. 

EPHRAIM ( 

b. , 165s (?) Cambridge (?) Ch: JEphraim — died in infancy. 

m. (i) June 11, 1685, (Stow records) ( 

Dorothy Barnes, d. June 17, 1686, 
(2) Oct. 8, 1686, (Stow records) 

Anna Moore, of Sudbury, Mass. Ch 



Ch: 



Joseph, Jacob, Elizabeth, 
' Ephraim, Sarah. 



Ephraim, Joseph, Richard, James, 
Ebenezer, James, Jonathan, Anna, 
Thomas, Jacob, David. 



ABIGAIL 

b. — , 1656 (?) Chelmsford (?) 

m. June 19, 1684, in Chelmsford, Ch: 

Moses Parker. 

JOSEPH 

b. April 16, 1658, in Chelmsford, 

m. Dec. 25, 1683, in Chelmsford, Ch: 

Abigail Wilson, of Woburn. 

PERSIS 

b. Feb. 8, 1659, in Chelmsford, 
m. May 23, 1682, in Chelmsford. 
Samuel Cleveland, (his 2d wife). 

THOMAS 

b. Feb. I, 1661 (?) in Chelmsford, 
d. in infancy. 

ISAAC 

b. July 20, 1 66 1, in Chelmsford, 
m. July 24 or Nov. 12, 1685, 
Elizabeth Wilson, of Woburn. 



Ch: 



Ch: 



I Abigail, Moses, Aaron, Elizabeth, 
' Joseph, Benjamin, Mary. 



Hannah, Joseph, Richard, Abigail, 
Abigail, Elizabeth, Joseph, John, 
Ephraim, Elizabeth, Benjamin (d. 1706). 



Persis, Samuel, Ephraim, Joseph, 
Elizabeth, Mary. 



Elizabeth, Persis, Joanna, 
Isaac, Sarah. 



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NOTES AND MEMORANDA 

(The following blank pages are for the reader to make note of 
any errors found in this publication and to record any new informa- 
tion or data he may discover regarding the Hildreths and their 
origin.) 



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