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THE TITUS FAMILY IN AMERICA.
BY THE REV. ANSON TITUS, JR., WEYMOUTH, MASS.
ROBERT TITUS, the first of the name in America, was born in
England in 1600, probably St. Catherine's parish, near Stansted Ab-
bots, Hertfordshire, some thirty miles north of London. There is a
probability that Robert was of the same family of Col. Silas Titus who
played quite a part in the politics of his time. The father of Col. Silas
was also Silas, and Silas senior had three sons, Silas, Stephen, and one
other son, whom the record does not mention, but whom we suppose was
Robert, who at the time was in America. Silas, Senr.,* married Constancia
, who d. October 22, 1667. He d. Nov. 24, 1637. Their children
were : Robert (?), b. 1600, removed to America in 1635 ; Silas, b. 1622 ;
Stephen, d. March 30, 1671.
SILAS TITUS, Jr., m. Catherine Winstanley, daughter of James Win-
stanley, Esq., of Lancastershire. He entered a commoner of Christ's Church,
Oxford, in 1637, and became about 1640 a- member of one of the Inns oif
Court. In the grand rebellion, when parliament raised an army against
the king, he obtained a captain's commission, but disapproving of the
course pursued by the Independents, abandoned his colors for the royal
standard, and was subsequently of eminent service to the two Charleses.
Col. Silas Titus was a man of wit, and the author of a famous pamphlet
called "Killing no Murder." It was published anonymously, and created
a stir in political circles. King Charles rewarded him for services rendered.
He d. in December, 1704, aged 82, and was interred in the chancel of the
parish church of St. James, at Bushey, in Hertfordshire, where his father
and other members of the family also lie buried. f
i. ROBERT TITUS embarked from London April 3, 1635. The following
is the entry in the passenger list, preserved in the Public Record Office,
London. " Theis under written names are to be transported to New Eng-
land, imbarqued in ye" Hopewell, Mr. Wm. Bundick. The p'ties have
brought certificate from the Minister & justices of Peace that they are no
Subsedy men, they have taken the oath of Alleg. & Supremacie,
ROBERT TITUS, Husbandman of St. Katherin's, (aged) 35
HANNAH TITUS, uxor 3 1
Jo. TITUS 8
EDMOND TITUS 5 "
They arrived at Boston in a few weeks following, and soon were granted
land in the present town of Brookline, near Muddy River, adjoining Boston.
Here the family remained two or three years, when they removed to the
town of Weymouth, some nine miles to the southeast. Their land is
described in the records of the town of Weymouth, and was located in the
present village of North Weymouth, and is not far from the unfortunate
* Chauncey's Historical Antiquities of Hertforshire, Vol. II., p. 462.
t Gough's Camden's Brittania, Vol. II., p. 163 ; Clutterbuck's Hist, of Hertfordshire, Vol. II., p. 344 ;
Granger's Biographical Hist, of England, Vol. II., pp. 165, 311 ; Bnrke's Die. of Landed Gentry, p. 1616,
note ; Clarke's Handbook of Heraldry, pp. 159, 172 ; Hume and Macaulay mention Col. Silas in that era of
English history; Book of family Crests (Washburn's, London ), plate 63, fig. 4 ; Journals of House of Com-
mons, Vol. VIII., p. 215 ; Harleian Miss. Vol. IV., p. 290, etc.
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settlement which Capt. Weston made in Sept, 1622. In the spring of 1644
Robert, in company with some forty families, removed with the minister of
the Weymouth parish, Rev. Samuel Newman, to the town of Rehoboth,
just east of Providence, R. I. He was one of the founders of the first parish.
While a resident of Rehoboth he was often entrusted by the freemen with
offices of confidence. He was Commissioner for the Court of Plymouth
from Rehoboth the years 1648-9, and 1650 and 1654. He had some
trouble with the authorities because he harbored Abney Ordway and
family, they being of " evil fame," which, the author supposes, means they
were Quakers. He soon after gave notice of his intention to leave the
colony. He sold his property to Robert Jones, of Nantasket, 23d 3d mo.,
1654, and we fix this as about the date of his migration to Long Island.
According to Thompson, his sons Samuel, Abie), and Content, were free-
holders in Huntington in 1666. John, the oldest son, remained in Reho-
both, north Purchase, now Attleboro, and Edmond came to Hempstead
as early as 1650. The will of Hannah Titus, widow of Robert, was
made May 14, 1672. Letters of administration were granted her son Con-
tent by Governor Andros, and an inventory made of the estate which
amounted to ^52 135. 6d, March 24, 1678-9. The following is a literal
copy of her will, made at Huntington, L. L, where her home was. The
original is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, at Al-
bany, N. Y. :
" May i4th 1672. The last Will and testament of Hanna Titus, being
in prefit memory, I bequeth my sowl to God that gave it, and my body to
the earth, and for my Estate I despose of it as followeth : Imprimis I give
to my sonn Content my house and all my land ; and out of the forsaid
house and Lands I give to rny sonn John term poundes, which my son
Content is to pay him. And also I give to my son John my mare, and
to my son Edmond I give a horse, and to my son Samuel a browne cow,
and a yearlen stear, and I give to my son Samuel's wife my warming pan,
and to my son Abialle's wife my smothing yron and to my son Contente's
wife my Skimar, and for what remnantes of sarg and cloth I have, my will
is, that it be equally divided among all my children, and to my dafter Su-
sana I give my sarg hoode, and for all the rest of rny estate within the
house and without it, I give to my sun Abiall and. Content to be equally
divided between them two, and to this my will I set my hand in the pres-
ence of RICHARD WILLIAMES the H niarke of
THOMAS SKIDMORE Hana Titus.
Richard Williames being one of the witnesses to this will have given
his oath to the truth of it before me Jonas Wood
this 28 of May '79.
Thomas Skidmore being a witness to y e w th in written will doth declare
in y e presence of God to y e truth of it before me
Isaac Platt, Constable
In the absence of y e Justice.
Huntington, December y e 17 th 1679."
CHILDREN OF ROBERT TITUS AND WIFE HANNAH.
2. i. JOHN, b. in Eng., 1627 ; d. April 16, 1689.
3. ii. EDMOND, b. in Eng., 1630 ; d. 17 day 2d mo., 1727.
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4. iii. SAMUEL.
iv. SUSANNA, mentioned in her mother's will.
5. v. ABIEL, b. in Weymouth, Mar. 17, 1640-1 ; d. , 1736-7.
6. vi. CONTENT, b. in Weymouth, Mar. 28, 1643 ; d. Jan. 17, 1730.
2. JOHN 2 TITUS (Robert '), b. in England, 1627; m. Abigal 3 Carpenter
(William 1 ). He d. April 16, 1689. His widow m., 2d, Jonah Palmer,
Sen., Nov. 9, 1692, 'and d. wid. Mar. 5, 1710. He was one of the original
purchasers of Rehoboth, north Purchase, now Attleboro, and was an ac-
tive citizen in church and State. He and his son John, Jr., were engaged
in the King Philip Indian war , this renowned chieftain residing but
a few miles distant. Children :
7. i. JOHN, Jr., b. Dec. 18, 1650 ; d. Dec. 2, 1697.
ii. ABIGAL, b. Feb. 18, 1652 ; m. John Fuller, Apr. 25, 1673.
8. iii. SILAS, b. May 18, 1656.
iv. HANNAH, b. Nov. 28. 1658; d. Nov. 12, 1673.
9. v. SAMUEL, b. June i, 1661 ; d. July 13, 1726.
10. vi. JOSEPH, ) twins, born j Mary, m. Richard
vii. MARY, or MERCY, j Mar. 17, 1665 ; ( Bo wen, Jan. 9, 1683.
viii. EXPERIENCE, b. Oct. 9, 1669; m. Leonard Nowsom, June
3. EDMOND TITUS 2 (Robert 1 ), b. in England in 1630. He resided
with his parents until 1650, when, according to Thompson, he came to
Hempstead, where he resided a short time, thence to Old Westbury. The
land at Old Westbury is still in the possession of the family. Edmond
Titus early became a Quaker or Friend, for which he suffered many things
at the hands of the authorities.
From the records of the Quarterly Meeting we extract the following :
" Edmond Titus, one that Received ye truth many years since and lived
and dyed in it. In his latter days his Eyes grew dim that he could not see
and thick of hearing, all which he bore very patiently. In the time of his
last sickness his daughter Phebe field standing by him, he said, my Life is in
Christ my God," with many more comfortable words. His Last words
were these : I have put away all filthiness & superfluity & Hautiness.
I have Received with meekness ye engrafted word that is Able to save the
soul & soon departed this life in a quiet frame of Spirit sensible to the last
ye 7 d. 2d mo., 1715 aged near 85 years." [N. Y. GENEALOGICAL AND BIO-
GRAPHICAL RECORD, 1876, p. 42.] " His wife survived him twelve years and
died the i7th of 2d mo. 1727 in ye ninetieth year of her age. Some years
before her death she was helpless and kept her bed. Her natural faculties
became much impaired ; yet she retained a lively sense of the Divine
goodness, and many times near her door, feeling the fresh springs of Di-
vine life to well up in her soul, she would exhort her children and others
to wait upon God, that they might thereby be made sensible of the work-
ings of Truth in their hearts which was the way through obedience there-
unto to find peace with God."
Edmond Titus m. Martha, dan. of Wm. and Jane Washburne, Hemp-
stead, who d. 2d mo., 1727, aged about 90. The following were their
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IT. i. SAMUEL, b. 6th mo., 1658.
ii. PHEBE, b. ist mo., 1660; m., ist, Sam'l Scudder, 2d,
iii. MARTHA, b. ist mo., 1663, m. Benj. Seaman,
iv. MARY, b. 5th mo., 1665, in. William Willis.
v. HANNAH, b. 9th mo., 1667, m. Benj. Smith,
vi. JANE, b. 2d mo., 1670, m. James Denton.
12. vii. JOHN, b. 29th of 2d mo., 1672.
13. viii. PETER, b. 6th mo., 1674.
14. ix. SILAS, b. 3d of 8th mo., 1676.
x. PATIENCE, b. 4th of i2th mo., 1678, m. Nicholas Haight.
xi. TEMPERANCE, b. ist of 3d mo., 1681 ; d. 15111 of nth
4. SAMUEL,' (Robert ') supposed to have been born in Brooldine (near
Boston), or Weymouth ; removed with his parents to Huntington, L. I.
He was called "Sargent." He married and had a family of daughters, as
i. HANNAH, b. April 14, 1669; m. (?)John Buffet, 1696.
ii. REBECKA, b. Oct. 28, 1675.
iii. PATIENCE, b. April 27, 1677.
iv. EXPERIENCE, b. April 27, 1680.
5. ABIEL, S (Robert 1 ) b. in Weymouth, Mass., March 17, 1940-1. A
land holder in Huntington, L. I., 1666 ; m. , Scuder ; d. 1736-7, aged 96.
i. MARY, b. March 12. 1673-4.
ii. REBECA, b. Oct. 21, 1676.
15. iii. ABIEL, b. March 15, 1678-9.
16. iv. HENRY, b. March 6, 1681-2.
17. v. JOHN, b. April 9, 1684.
6. CONTENT TITUS 2 (Robert z ), b. in Weymouth, Mass., March 28,
1643. Aland holder in Huntington, 1666; in Newtown in 1672. He
m. Elizabeth , a dau. of Rev. John Moore. He was a very active man
in the affairs of church and State. He was a captain in the war against the
Indians and became an elder of the Presbyterian Church at the age of
80. He died Jan. 17, 1730, aged 87. His gravestone is in the S. W. cor-
ner of the ancient burial place in Newtown.
i. ROBERT, said to have gone to Delaware.
1 8. ii. SILAS, d. Nov. 2, 1748.
19. iii. JOHN.
iv. TIMOTHY, settled in Hopewell, N. J.
v. HANNAH, d. unmar.
vi. PHEBE, m. Jonathan Hunt.
vii. ABIGAIL, m. George Furniss or Ferris.
7. JOHN 3 (John, 2 Robert *), b. in Rehoboth, Dec. 18, 1650; m. ist,
Lydia Redway, July 17, 1673, who d. Nov. 25, 1676. He m. 2d, Sarah
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Miller, July 3, 1677. "Widow" Sarah Thus d. March 10, 1752. John
Titus d. Dec. 2, 1797. Children :
i. LYDIA, b. Dec. 6, 1674 (by first wife) ; unmar. in 1715.
ii. JOHN, b. March 12, 1678 ; d. April 16, 1758.
iii. SAMUEL, b. July 29, 1680.
iv. HANNAH, b. Nov. 10, 1682 ; m. Nath. Willis.
v. ROBERT, b. Feb. 23, 1684.
vi. SARAH, b. Feb. 21, 1687-8; m. John Gauzy.
vii. ELIZABETH, b. May 5, 1691 ; m. John Gauzy, Jr.
viii. TIMOTHY, b. Dec. 16, 1692.
ix. ABIGAIL, b. April 25, 1695 ; d. April 15, 1715.
8. SILAS TITUS 3 (John, 2 Robert 1 ), b. in Rehoboth, May 18, 1656 ; m.
ist, Sarah Battelle of Dedhatn, Oct. 23, 1679, wno d- April 8, 1689 ; in.
2d, Hannah Thurston, July 4, 1689; prob. m. 3d, Mehitable Ortusbee,
Jan. 24, 1716-7. He d. , 1741. Children:
i. MARY, b. March 30, 1681-2.
ii. SILAS, b. Aug. 12, 1683 (perhaps '79).
iii. ABIGAIL, b. March 13, 1685-6; unmar.
iv. MARTHA, b. April i, 1690 ; d. umnar. Sept. 18, 1762.
BY SECOND WIFE.
v. PAUL, b. May 14, 1680 ; " enlisted in expedition against Can-
ada," as per will made June 30, 1746. Probated July 9,
1747, Providence, R. I. " He d. Jan. 4, 1746-7, at Old-
town, Martha's Vinyard."
vi. ESTHER, b. Oct. 17, 1692 ; m. John Hill.
9. SAMUEL TITUS 3 (John 2 , Robert 1 ), b. in Rehoboth, June i, 1661 ;
in. Elizabeth, dau. of John Jonson, Nov. 27, 1693, who died Sept. 5-15,
1726. Children :
i. ELIZABETH, b. June 13, 1695 ; m. Joseph Streeter.
ii. ABIGAIL, b. Dec. 16, 1697 ; d. April 15, 1715.
iii. SAMUEL, b. Jan. 29, 1699-1700.
iv. JOHN, b. June 20, 1^03.
10. JOSEPH TITUS 3 (John 2 , Robert 1 ), b. in Rehoboth, March 17, 1665 ;
a twin of Mary ; m. Martha Palmar, Jan. 19, 1687-8, dau. of Jonah. Chil-
i. JOSEPH, b. Nov. 12, 1688.
ii. JONAH, b. Jan. 19, 1690.
iii. BENJAMIN, b. Sept. 4, 169 .
iv. NOAH, b. April 22, 1696; d. June 8, 1/^22. /
v. MARTHA, b. Dec. 20, 1698; d. Feb. 12, 1737.
vi. MERCY, b. Sept. 5, 1701.
vii. LYDIA, b. Sept. 16, 1703 ; m. Sept. 20, 1727, Zacariah Field,
viii. ABIJAH (or Abigal), b. Nov. 23, 1706.
ix. PHEBE, b. May 9, 1709 ; m. Nov. 15, 1755, John Mathews.
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11. SAMUEL TITUS 3 (Kdmond, 2 Robert x ), b. at Westbury, 1658 ; m.
ist, Elizabeth, clau. of Thomas Powell; m. 2(1, Elizabeth, vvid. of John
Prior of Mantinecock, and dan. of John Bowne of Flushing. She d. Oct.
14, 1721. He d. Jan. i, 1732-3, aged about 75 years. Children, by ist
PHEBE, b. 8, 8th mo., 1693.
TEMPERANCE, b. 6, ist mo., 1695-6; d. 15, 2cl mo., 1704.
MARTHA, b. 23, i2th mo., 1698-9.
iv. SAMUEL, b. 23, 9th mo., 1702 ; d. 19, 2d mo., 1750.
12. JOHN TiTUS 3 (Edmond, 2 Robert 1 ), b. at Westbury 29, 2d mo, 1672 ;
m. ist, Sarah, dau. of Henry Willis, who d. i, ist mo, 1729-30, aged 58,
m., 2d, Mary Smith, wid. of John, 7, ist mo, 1732. Lived in the north
part of Westbury. He d. 4, ist mo., 1751. Children by ist wife :
i. MARY, b. 13, 4th mo., 1696, m. Henry Pearsall.
ii. JOHN, b. 28, 5th mo., 1698.
iii. PHILADELPHIA, b. 29, 9th mo., 1700 ; m. Thomas Seaman.
iv. JACOB, b. i, 5th mo., 1703.
v. WILLIAM, b. 23, 7th mo., 1705.
vi. SARAH, b. 7, ist mo., 1708 ; m. Edmond Titus.
vii. PHEBE, b, 6, 5th mo., 1710; m. John Ridgeway.
viii. RICHARD, (by 2d wife) b. ; (not 21 when will was
made in 1747.)
13. PETER TITUS 3 (Edmond, 3 Robert *), b. at Westbury, 6 mo., 1674 ; m.
Martha, dau. of John Jackson, of Jerusalem. She d. 10, i2mo., 1753,
(N. S.) He d. 23, loth mo., 1753, ( N - $) Children :
i. JAMES, b. ; m. Jane Seaman.
ii. JOHN, b. ; m. Amy Barker, dau. of Samuel.
iii. RICHARD, b. ; m. Mary Peters.
iv. ELIZABETH, b. ; m. Henry Townsend.
v. PETER, b. ; m. Mary Scudder.
vi. ROBERT, b. ; d. unmar., 1756.
14. SILAS TITUS 3 (Edmond, 2 Robert 1 ), b. at Westbury, 3, 8th mo., 1676 ;
m. Sarah Haight, of Flushing, 8, loth mo., 1704, (a sister of Nickolas
who m. Patience Titus, dau. of Edmond). His will was probated June 8,
1750. He mentions wife Sarah and children, except David, who died
previous to the making of the will in 1747. Children :
i. EDMOND, b. i, 8th mo., 1705 ; m. Sarah Titus,
ii. TEMPERANCE, b. 14, loth mo., 1707.
iii. SILAS, b. 14, 9th mo., 1709.
iv. SARAH, b. 6, 8mo., 1711; m. Win. Walmsley, of Pennsyl-
vania, for an account of this family see History of By-
berry and Moreland, Pa., p. 339, et seq.
v. HANNAH, b. 29, 9th mo., 1713 ; d. 9th mo., 1714.
vi. PHEBE, b. 27, 7th mo., 1717; m. Benj. Hicks and d. 2,
2d mo., 1800.
vii. DAVID, b. 20, 4th mo., 1719.
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viii. WILLIAM, b. 14, 8th mo., 1722.
ix. MARY, b. 8, 3 mo., 1725; m. Thomas Walton of Pennsyl-
15. ARIEL 3 (Abiel 3 Robert 1 ), b. in Huntington, March 15, 1678-9;
m. Irena - . She or a former wife, prob. dau. of Samuel Smith, Hun-
tington. His will was made Jan. 3, 1759, an< ^ probated May 4, 1759.
ii. ARIEL, (oldest son in 1725.)
iv. - , prob. Timothy (not mentioned in will).
v. RUTH, m. Gould.
vi. ANN, m. Ketchum.
16. HENRY TITUS 3 (Abiel, 3 Robert x ), b. Huntington, March 6, 1681-2 ;
m. Rachael Pugsley. His will was made Nov. 23, 1725. Probated Jan.
17. JOHN TITUS 3 (Abiel, 2 Robert 1 ), b. in Huntington, April 9, 1684 ;
m. ist Sarah Platt, m. 2d widow, Martha (Oldfield) Hiiggins, Feb. 21,
1742-3, John Titus ; d. June 4, 1754. His wife surviving m. Samuel Brush,
and being left a widow again, m. her fourth husband John Wood. She d.
Aug. 24, 1798, aged 84. Her last husband, John Wood, d. June i, 1801,
aged 90. Children by ist wife (Platt). He was a master of vessels and
i. JOHN, b. , 1721 ; m. wid. - Hughes, who afterwards
m. - Johnson. He d. Jan. 22, 1751, aged 30, leaving
two sons John and Jonas
ii. HENRY, b. - 1723 ; m. Jane Wood, d. 1754, leaving son
Henrv and dau. Sarah. His will says " wife now quick
iii. JONATHAN, b -- ; bapt, Oct. 30, 1726 ; m. ist, Martha
Ketchum, 2d, Sarah Brush.
v. ZERULON, m., Feb. 27, 1760, Pnebe Weeks, lived at Cold
vii. RERECCA, m. Feb. 20, 1749-50, Richard Conklin.
CHILDREN RY SECOND WIFE.
ix. ISRAEL, b. Feb. 16, 1744; d. Aug. 15, 1811.
x. JOSEPH, b. Feb. 6, 1747; d. May 10, 1829.
xi. JOHN twins, born J^" d " J"" e v 21 ' ' 8 3>, at N rt1 ^
x,i. ABiE L Utar.6 i 7 Sa; Salem, N. Y.; Abiel m. Ruth
) ' ( Woods, Mar. 8, 1776.
18. SILAS TITUS 3 (Content, 2 Robert 1 ), b. in Newton; m. 1715, Sarah,
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dau. of Edward Hunt, Silas Titus was prominent in State affairs and was
an elder of the Presbyterian Church. He d. Nov. 2, 1748.
i. EPHRAIM, m., removed to Hopewell, N. J., where his pos-
ii. EDWARD, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Benj. Cornish. He d. in
1780, he lived at Glendale.
SARAH, m. ist, Francis Cornish, 2d, John Leverich.
SUSAN, m. Nowel Furman.
19. JOHN Trrus 3 (Content, 8 Robert 1 ), b. in Newtown ; m. Rebecca
-, removed to Hopewell, N. J.
iii. SAMUEL, m. Rebecca.
viii. MARY, m. Josiah Hart.
ix. REBECCA, m. Thomas Black well.
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