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Audubon, Iowa. 




Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1894, by 

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington. 



"It has been asserted that ' he who careth not whence he came, car- 
€th little whither he goeth.' " * * * " Inditference as to the origin 
of their family is really felt by few; for the pride of ancestry seems to 
be innate in nearlj- every one; those only affect to despise it who are 
ignorant of their descent, and can lay claim to no hereditary insignia 
■of honor — practically expressing the sentiment of Montaigne: ' If we 
cannot attain to greatness ourselves, let us have our revenge by rail- 
ing at it in others.' " 

"Gibbon in his autobiography, very justly remarks: 'A lively 
<iesire of knowing and recording our ancestors, so generally prevails, 
that it must depend on the influence of some coinmon principle in the 
minds of men. We seem to have lived in the persons of our fore- 
fathers; it is the labor and reward of vanity, to extend the temi of this 
ideal longevity. The satirist may laugh, the philosopher may iDreach; 
but Reason herself will I'espect the prejudices and the habits which have 
been consecrated by the experience of mankind. Few there are who 
can seriously despise in others an advantage of Avhich they are secretly 
ambitious to j^artake. The knowledge of our own family from a 
remote period will always be esteemed as an abstract pre-eminence, 
since it can ne^er be promiscuously enjoyed. If we read of some illus- 
trious line, so ancient that it has no beginning, so worthy that it ought 
to have no end, we sympatliize in its various fortunes; nor can we 
blame the generous enthusiasm, or the harmless vanity, of those who 
are allied to the honours of its name.' " 

" Throughout the struggle with the Royalists, Oliver Cromwell and 
his adherents affected to ridicule that dignity which a long and unbroken 
line of ancestry undoubtedly confers; but no sooner was the Protector 
firmly established in his position, than he assumed almost every 
tingly function. * * * it appears that an expense of nearly 1,600 1. 
Avas incurred for the banners, standards, pennons, badges, etc., dis- 
played at his funeral. So too, at tlie period of the gi-eat Revolution in 
JFrance, all distinctions of rank and title were abrogated — even tliat of 
* Jklonsieur; ' but in a short time a new noblesse arose — not constructed 


out of the old aristocratic party, but as Madam de Stael observes, of 
the partisans of equality. And this process of spontaneous creation of 
superior rank has always existed, and must continue to exist, amongst 
all people, and in all ages, as long as the power which wealth or ability 
naturally exercises, is acknowledged." [Cussan's Handbook of Her- 

The desire to perpetuate the history of the race is as old as civiliza- 
tion, and is an instinct implanted in the human mind. Genealogy 
may be said to be the insignia of civilization. Moses, the Jewish 
writer, ruler, statesman and law giver; the great landmark in civiliza- 
tion, wisely recorded the pedigrees of his people; the idea is ennobling. 
A proper regard for ancestors, and desire to perijetuate their memories 
and good acts, tends to the elevation of mankind. It is a line of 
demarkation between barbarism and enlightenment. 

Various methods have been devised, for preserving such records; 
from the earliest periods of known history the monument has been 
erected in memory of the dead; the arts of the sculi)tor and the painter, 
and the pen of the historian and the poet, have vied to record and 
transmit the achievements of mankind. 

The people fi'om whom we descend in Europe; in Germany, France, 
the British Islands and elsewhere, have compiled volumes of records in 
recording the lives and acts of our ancestors in ages jjast; not in the 
systematic form of the histories and biographies of to-day, but in the 
jecords of government and business affairs. The thirst for more par- 
ticulars, concerning our individual progenitors is never fully satisfied. 

To the Christian Church of those countries we are indebted for 
much of their pai'ticular records, which have been preserved, and may 
still be found; three principal events in their lives; births, marriages 
and deaths, were subjects of ecclesiastical jurisdiction, belonging to the 
duties of the Church, rather than to the State department of govern- 
ment. Chui'ch and State in those days were united, married, so to 

These laws, rules and regulations of society were brought from the 
mother countries to this country by the first settlers, and were gener- 
ally retained and observed here until after the Revolution. That per- 
iod seems to have marked a change in our public affairs to a large 
degree; as following it occurred the divorce of Church from State in this 
country; materially changing and affecting our legislation and customs 
touching the laws of marriage, estates, descent and kindred subjects; 
duties which before were performed by the Church, as matters of law, 
were taken cognizance of by the civil magistrates, officei's and the 
courts of law. It is safe to say that the present American system of 
preserving the genealogies or pedigrees of the people, by our public rec- 


ords, is far from perfect; not so fjcood as it could be, and as it should be 
made. Subsequent to the Revolution, our people were hostile to the 
mother country; the name of anything " British " was repugnant; 
there was a spirit of Americanizing everything in this country; and 
perhaps our institutions, derived from English sources, may have, 
to some extent, unwisely suffered by the attempts at reform. 

This period also marks large emigrations from the old colonies to 
the new territories in the west; families frequently were literally dis- 
membered, broken up, and the members lost to each other; the people 
of today in the west, descendants of the old Puritan stock, from the 
higliest to the lowest stations in society, have vague traditions that 
their ancestors came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, etc.; 
but very few can tell even the name or nativity of their ancestors 
beyond their grandfathers, which is as far back as most can go. A 
noted individual recently remarked, that he did not know so much 
about his pedigree, as he did that of his horses. This is a remarkable 
condition of society, and is not much improvement in this intellectual 
age in which we live, of schools, colleges, etc., over the custom of our 
ancestors hundreds of years ago, and not nearly equal to the records of 
the old Jews in this respect. 

This may be accounted for when we reflect that our people in many 
instances have been too ix)or in new settlements to give proper atten- 
to the subject of family history; the struggle was first to secure homes 
and the necessary comforts of life, government, schools, churches, 
manufactories, commerce, transportation, roads, etc. 

It is encoux'aging however to note of later years that considerable 
attention has been devoted to the study and compilation of the history 
and genealogies of the early settlers of America, especially of that por- 
tion within the limits of the United iStates. 

One of the great sources from which data for this purpose is derived, 
is found in the fact that, England kept accurate records at their custom 
houses during the first settlement of this country, of all people who 
departed from their ports, Avith their rank or station in society; to 
enable the govermiient to claim and exercise dominion over the new 
countries, where their subjects settled. A fierce rivalry existed at that 
period, for power and dominion in the new continent, especially 
between England, France and Spain. An American of today who can 
trace his lineage to one of the early settlers of that period, may with 
hope of success consult the records of departures from England, which 
' have been compiled in various forms, to find the name of the ship and 
date of passage, in which his ancestor emigrated to America, — for we 
are all foreigners. When this is found it may be the source of discover- 
ing the residence in England of the progenitor, as well as of other facts 
concerning the family history. 


Many attempts, with greater or less degrees of success, have been 
made to collect and compile the history of the Hamlins in America, 
and some have sought their history in England; to name even, all 
who have devoted attention to the subject would require more space 
than I shall attempt to devote. 

Two individuals in particular, require more than a passing notice. 
The late David Hamblen, a Boston merchant, was perhaps the first ta 
make an extended research for the family history, commencing about 
1845, and continuing until his death in 1855; he collected and compiled 
a manuscriijt of many families, down to his time, promiscuously 
arranged; some of his work was published in the New England Gen. 
Hist. Register, Boston. It is said that he undertook this labor, hoping^ 
to assist in recovering a large estate in abeyance in England, Avhich 
belonged to the Hamlins in this country. His manuscripts were 
kindly placed in possession of the writer for use in this work by his 
son, David Hamblen, Jr., Esq., of Boston. 

The late Amos Otis, genealogist of the early Barnstable, Mass., fam- 
ilies, conqjiled a record of the early generations of the descendants of 
James Hamblen, of Barnstable, who settled there in 1639. 

Great credit is due to these gentlemen for their labors, which have 
been of invaluable assistance in collecting and compiling this work. 

The labors of the writer have been to collect, and systematically 
arrange by generations, chronologically, as nearly as convenient, the 
descendants of the several individuals bearing the family name of 
Hamlin, (with its various spellings,) who settled in the territory now 
embraced in the United States, during the period of its early settle- 

From its nature such a work can never be finished. It is ever con- 
tinuing; but the present work has reached such proportions as warrants 
its publication, to insure its preservation and to place it before those 
interested in the subject. 

Aside from the sources mentioned, the data for this work has been 
secured by years of laborious, patient correspondence by letter to all 
parts of this, and to other countries. Histories, biographies, genealogies, 
public records of the United States, of the several states, of counties, 
cities and towns; monuments, gravestones, private records and writ- 
ings, family bibles, old wills, deeds and other documents, traditions 
and every source of information which thought and study could devise, 
have been consulted and forced to yield their evidence to this object. 
The amount of labor required to collect and compile a work of this 
character and extent is simply stupendous. It nmst not be" supposed 
for a moment that the records contained in this work were discovered in 
their present form, especially the earlier records; but the facts consti- 


tuting the sketch of an individual or family have been, in many 
instances, secured or ascertained from widely different sources, a frag- 
ment liere and another there; many of the articles have been repeat- 
edly re-written, as new facts were discovered. 

While the work is believed to be generally correct; no one is more 
sensible of the fact than the author, that a work collected and compiled 
as this has been, must contain many unavoidable errors, especially as 
to dates, etc. It will be a favor, if errors of any kind are pointed out, 
that they may be corrected in future. 

It is a special subject of regret, that the records of many families 
have not been supplied for this work, and that there are still so many 
indifferent to the importance of making a complete record, as far as it 
can be done; it is earnestly hoped that before the whole work passes 
through the press, that the missing family records, as far as possible, 
will be placed in jjossession of the author, that they may occupy their 
proper places in the history. 

This record has not been prepared so much for the information of 
the public, as for the use of the members of tliis numerous and widely 
separated family, and to furnish proof of the relationship existing 
between them. We have endeavored to describe our kinsmen as we 
have found them, in their every day lives, rather than distort their 
true character by presenting them in the guise of fulsom? praise. Tiiat 
personal sketches have been too meagre in many instances, is due to 
the sole fact tlfat the writer has been absolutely unable tp obtain facts 
upon which to base them. Many of the kinsmen have been over mod- 
est in declining to supply this information. 

During the i^rogress of this work many delightful acquaintances 
have been formed; with few exception, the reciuests for records and 
sketches have unifonnly met with kind land courteous treatment, 
where responses have been received; the kinsmen everywhere have 
our kindest wishes, for which we again thank one and all for favors 
received; space forbids us to mention each individually. This nu nbar 
will bring the descendants of James Hamblen, of Barnstable, down to 
about the period of the Revolution, or to the fifth generation. Tae 
introductory chapter should not fail to interest every Hanliu in A n?r- 
ica of English descent, witliout regard to which braneli of the family 
he may descend. 

BeUeving that this work, if completed, will be the means of reviviug 
the acquaintance between remote branches of a great family, and of 
presenting to the present generation and to those unborn, correct 
information concerning their ancestors; their characters, customs, reli- 
gion, politics, etc., I submit for their respectful consideration this first 
number, or jjart of the historj-, believing it to contain all that has been 


claimed for it, trusting that it may be received in the friendly spirit in 
which it is given. My greatest desire is to see the work creditably 
completed. Whether the publication shall be continued, must rest 
entirely upon the patronage with which the present number is 
received. If it shall prove satisfactory, a second number, embracing 
the fifth and sixth generations of the descendants of James Hamblen, 
of Barnstable, can be issued in the near future. 

With kind regards to all, I am very truly. 

Audubon, Iowa, December, 1894. 


This is one of the great representative families of tlie United States; 
as well as of England, for the last eight hundred years; they are-said to 
be numerous in France; and descendants of French and English origin 
are found in Canada. 

Their origin, far back in the past, is obscure; but evidences point to 
German ancestry. 

One of the earliest records of the name is found in " The Roll of 
Battel Abbey." 


Lower, in his work on English Surnames, says: * * "I cannot 
better introduce it to the reader than by citing the Rev. Mark Noble's 
curious and valuable ' Dissertation on the Various Changes in the Fam- 
ilies of England Since the Conquest,' prefixed to his History of the 
College of Arms: " 

"'Those who had fought under the ducal banners (at Hastings) 
took every possible means to have their names well known and remem- 
bered by future ages, not only because they and their desceudants 
would by it be enabled to plead for favours from the reigning family, 
and an assuring to themselves the estates they had gained, but also 
from the pride inherent in human nature as founders of families in a 
country they had won by their prowess. For these reasons the name 
of every person of any consideration was written upon a Roll, and 
hung up in the Abbey of Battel.' " * 

" 'As the persons there mentioned were the patriarchs of most of 
the English gentry for many ages, and of many of our chief nobility at 
the present day, it will not be improper to examine into the authen- 
ticity of this roll of names; for different authors have given some a 

* " William ordered the erection of a monastry on tlie very spot where he liad gained 
that decisived victory which gave him the crown of England, from which circumstance 
it was called Battel Abbey." 


greater and some a less number. As to the orthography, it is of little 
consequence; the spelling of names was not at that time, nor for many 
ages afterwards fixed; every one writing them as he pleased.' " 

" 'Grafton, in his Chronicle, has given very many names, which he 
received from Clarenceux, king at arms, and out of John Harding's 
Chronicles, with others. Holinshed mentions upwards of six hundred; 
Stow, in his Chronicle, only four hundred and seven; Thomas Scriven, 
Esq., still fewer. Fuller, in his Church History, has copied them, but 
does not mention who Mr. Scriven was, nor from whence that gentleman 
took them. Foxe, in his Acts and Monuments, has also given in a list 
of the names of William's officers and great men; but these. Fuller 
thinks, were not collected by Foxe. This catalogue of names is valu- 
able, however, because the initials of the Christian names are given. 
The great difference made in these collections naturally leads us to sus- 
pect that many omissions are made in some, and that numbers of 
names have been put in others to please individuals. 8ir William Dug- 
dale openly accuses the monks of Battel of flattery, from having inserted 
the names of persons whose ancestors were never at the Conquest. 
Guilliam Tayleur, a Norman historian, who could not have had any 
communication with the monks of Battel, has also published the mus- 
ter-roll, which was called over after the battle of Hastings.' " * 

"'In the foregoing enumeration of the copies of this famous Roll, 
the writer does not mention Leland's copy, nor that of Dugdale. It is 
remarkable that although many, perhaps the majority of the names 
occur in all the copies, others occur in one or two only; and the differ- 
ence between the copies is such as to render all attempts at collation 
useless. As my object is to give names said to have been introduced 
into tliis country by the Norman Conquest, rather than a critical 
inquiry into the authenticity of the several lists, I shall lay before the 
reader three of the lattpr, namely, those of Leland, Holinshed and 
Foxe, adding en passant, such notes and observations as may seem 
useful in illustration of the subject.' " 

" ' The original Roll, compiled by the monks of Battel, was hung up 
in their monastery, beneath the following Latin verses: ' " 

" ' Dicitur a bello, Bellum locus hie, quia bello 
Angligenar victi, sunt hie in morte relicti; 
Martyris in Christi festo cecidere Calixti; 
Sexagenus erat sextus millesimus annus 
Cum pereunt Angli stella monstrante Cometa.' " 

* " ' The day after tlie battell, vary early ia the moraiiig, OJo, Bishop of Baieux. 
suag masse for those that were departed. The duke, after that, desirous to know the 
estate of liis battell, and what people lie had tliereiu lost and were slaine, he caused to 
come unto him a clerk, that had written their names when they had embarked at S. Va- 
leries, and commanded him to call them all by their names, who called them that had 
bin at the batell, and pass3d the seas with Duke William.' (John Foxe, Acts and Mon.) " 


Td est 
" ' This place is called Battel, because the 
English, slain in war, were here left dead. 
They fell on the day of the feast of Christ's martyr, Calixtus. 
It was the year one thousand and sixty-six 
When the English perished, a great comet being visible at the 
time(?) ' " 

" 'A metrical English version of these verses was fomierly inscribed 
on a tablet in the parish church of Battel: ' " 

" ' This place of war is battle called, because in battle here. 
Quite conquered and overthrown, the English nation were; 
This slaughter happened to them upon St. Celict's day. 
The year whereof (1066) this number doth array.' " 

"Of the histoiy of the Roll subsequently to the dissolution of the 
monastery, nothing certain is known. Three months after the surren- 
der of the abbey, the site and lands were given by Henry VIII, to Sir 
Anthony Brown, ancestor of the Viscounts Montague. The family 
sold the mansion, with its appurtenances, to Sir Thomas Webster, 
Bart., (whose descendants still possess it), and resided afterwards at 
their other seat, C'owdray House near Midhurst, and thither this 
famous document was probably carried. Cowdray was destroyed by 
fire in 1793, when the Roll is presumed to have perished, witli everj^- 
thing else of value which tliat lordly edifice contained." 


" The preference ought unquestionably to be conceded to this copy. 
John Leland saw and transcribed the original; and in tlie notes to his 
transcript he notices some particular points marked upon the Roll, 
which he also transfers to his copy. There seems to be an attempt to 
arrange the names in such a manner as to make the last syllable of the 
second pair rhyme with that of the first, and also to produce allitera- 
tion in the pairs, e. g. 

' Ferers et Foleville. 
Briaunson et Baskeville.' 

' Aumarille et Deyncourt, Camoys et Cameville, 

Bertrem et Buttencourt, Haiitein et Hanville, 

Baird et Biford, AVarenne' et Wauncy, 

Bardolfet Basset, Chauunt et Chauncy, 

Deyville et Darcy, Loveyne et Lascy, 

Pygot et Percy, (iraunson et Tracy,' 

1 Some families bearing this name ar:; uuquestionably of English oriKin ; from tho 
first persons bearing the name having resided near a rabbit-VVARBEX. 



' Gurney et Greilly, 
Tregos et Trylly, 
Marney et Maundeville, 
Vipont et Umfreville, 
Mauley et Meueville, 
Biirnel et Buttevillain, 
Malebuche et Malemayn, 
Morteyne et Mortimer, 
Comeyn et Columber, 
St. Cloyis et St. Clere,3 
Otinel et St. Thonier, 

Gorgeise et Gower, 
Bruys et Dispenser, 
Lymesey et Latymer, 
Boys et Boteler, 
Fenes et Filebert, 
Fitz Roger et Fitz Robert, 
Martiiie et Muse, 
St. Ligiere et Ouyncy, 
Criclietot et Crevecuer, 
Morley et Moundeville, 
Baillol et Boundeville, 
Estraunge et Estoteville, 
Mowbray et Morville, 
Viez et Viuouu, 
Audele et Aungeloun, 
Vausteneys et Wauille, 
Braund et Baybof, 
Fitz-Alayne et Gilebof, 
Maunys et Maulos, 
Poweret Panel alias Paignel, 
Tuchet et Trusselle, 
Peche et Peverelle, 
Daubenay et Deverelle, 

Mohaud et Mooun. 
Bigot, 1 et Brown, 2 
Soucheville Coudrey et Colleville, 

Ferers et Foleville, 
Briaunson et Baskeville, 
Neners et Nereville, 
Chaumberlayne et Chauniberoun, 

Fitz-Walter et Werdoun, 
Argenteyn et Avenele, 
Ros et Ridel, 
Hasting'i et HauUey, 
Merkenfell et Mourreis, 
Fitz-Phillip et Filiot, 
Takel et Talbot, 
Lenias et Levecot, 
Tourbeville et Tiptot, 
Saunzauer et Saundford, 
Mountagne et Mountford, 
Forneux et Furnivaus, 
Vatence et Vaux, 
Clerevals et Clarel, 
Dodingle et Darel, 
Mantelet et Maudiet, 
Chapes et Chaudut, 
Cauntelow et C'oubray, 
Sainct Tesc et Saunay, 
Forecourt et Feniers, 
Vesay et Verders, 
Brabason et Bevers, 
C'hallouns et Chaleys, 
Maihermer et Muschet, 

o <■' 
Baus et Bluet,' 

1 Accordiug to Camden the name of Bigod was a sobriquet given to the Normans 
for their profanity, ' because at every otlier word they would swear, by God.' (Remains, 
p. 106,) and hence our word, bigot. 

2 This name occurs in most copies of the roll, but it would s^om to be an interpola- 
tion, unless, indeed, it be an Englisli spelling of the French Bkun. 

3 Some of the Normans ' affecting religion took the name of some Saint.' (Noble, 
pp. 6, 7.) 

4 Sic cum duobus punctis. 

5 The name would seem to be of the local kind, and was probably borrowed from 
Hastings in Sussex. This, however, is no argument against the Norman origin of this 
celebrated family, as some Norman grandees took the uames of the Seignories given 
them by the Conquoror. 

6 Sic cum puncto sub posteriore parte literse. m. 



* Sainct Aniande et Adryelle, 
Ryvers et Ryvel, 
Loveday et Lovel, 
Deny as et Druel, 
Mountburgh et Mounsorel, 
Maleville et Malet, 
Newniarch et Newbet, 
Corby et Corbet, 
Mounfey et Mountflchet, 
Gaunt et Garre, 
Maleberge et INIarre, 
Geneville et Gifard, 
Sonieray et Howarde, 
Perot et Pykard, 
Choiindoys et Chaward, 
De la Hay et Hounsard, 
Mussegros et Musard, 
Maingun et Mountravers 
Crescy et Courtney, 
St. Leo et Lascey, 
Bavent et Bassey, 
Lascel et Lovein, 
Thays et Tony, 
Hurel et Husee, 
Longville et Longespe 
De Wake et De la War, 
De la Marche et De la Mare, 
Constable et Tally, 

Poynee et Paveley, 
Tuk et Taney, 
Mallop et Marny, 
Paifrer et Plukenet, 
Bretoune et Blundet, 
INIyriet et Morley, 
Tyriet et Turley, 
Fryville et Fressell, 

Beke et Biroune, 
Saunz Peur et Fitz Simoun, 
Gaugyi et Gobande, 
Rugetius et Fitz-Bohant, 
Peverel et Fitz-Payne, 


Fitz-Robert et Fitz Aleyne, 

• • • 2 

Souley et 8oules, 

Bruys et Burgh, 

Neville et Newburgh, 

Fitz-William et Wateville,3 

De la Launde et Del Isle, 

Sorel et 8oniery, 

St. John et St. lory, 

Wavile et Warley, 

De la Pole et Pinkeney, 

Mortivous et Mounthensey, 

Mancovenount et Mounj)inson, 

Pikard et Pinkado^A'n, 
Gray et Graunson, 
Diseny et Dabernoun, 
Maoun et Mainard, 
Banestre et Bekard, 
Bealuni et Beauchanip, 

• i 

Loverak et Longechaiup, 
Baudin et Bray, 
Saluayn et Bay, 
Ry et Rokel, 
Fitz- Rafe et Rosel, 
Fitz-Bryan et Bracey, 
Place et Placey, 
Daniary ot Deveroys, 
Vavasor et Worroys,6 
Perpounte et Fitz-Peris,' 

1 Gage. 

2 Sic cum tribus pnnctis. 

3 The termination ville (equivalent to our own ton) was the prevelent one among' 
the Normans. Noble gives the following general rule for ascertaining the district to 
which any particular name in the Roll sliould be assigned: 'The Norman names end 
chiefly in yille ; those of Anjon in lere ; those of Guienne and the bank of the Garonne 
in AC ; and those of Picardy in COCR.' 

4 Sic cum puncto sub posteriore. 1. 

5 Sic cum puncto sub posteriore parte literee. m. 

6 The names that contain the letters w and k are thought to be Flemish— those let- 
not to be found in Norman-French. 



' De la River et Rivell, 
Destranges, et Delatoun, 
Ferrers et Pavillouii, 
Vallonis et Vernoun, 
Gryinward et Gernoun, 
Herey et Heroun, 
Verdour et Veroun, 
Dalseny et Dautre, 
Mengle et Maufe, 
Galofer et Gubioun, 
Burdet et Baroun, 
Davarenge et Duylly, 
Soverenge et Snylly, 
Kyniarays et Kyriel, 
Lisours et Longvale, 
Glauneourt et Clianiont, 
Bawdewn et Beaumont, 
Graundyn et Gerdouii, 
Blundel et Burdoun, 
Fitz-Rauf 2 et Filiol, 
Fitz-Thonias et Tybot, 
Onatule et Cheyni, 
Maulicerer et Mouncey, 
Querru et Coigners, 
Mauclerk et Maners, 
Warde et Werlay, 
Nusetys et Merlay, 
Baray et Breteville, 
Tolimer et Treville, 
Blounte et Boseville, 
Liffard et Oseville, 
Benny et Boyville, 
Courson et Courtville, 
Fitz-Morice et St. More, 
Broth et Barbedor, 
Fitz-Hugh et Fitz-Henry, 
Surdevale et Sengryn, 
Bascel et Bevery, 
Durant et Doreny, 
Disart et Dorynell, 
Male-Kake et Mauncel, 
Burneville et Bretville, 

Sesce et Solers, 
Navimere et Fitz-Nele, 
Wayloys et Levele, 
Caunipeneys en Chaunceus, 
Malebys et Monceus. 
Thorney et Thornille, 
Wace et Wy ville, 
Velroys et Wacely, 
Pugoys et Paiteny, 
Fitz Aviz et Esturnay, 
Watangay et Fitz-Warin, 
Fitz-Raynold et Roselin, 
Baret et Bourt, 
Heryce et Harecourt, 
Venables et Venour, 
Haywardi et Henour, 
Dulce et De la Laund, 
De la Valet et Veylaund, 
De la Plaunee et Puterel, 
Loring et Loterel, 
Fitz-Marmaduk et Montrivel, 
Tinel et Travile, 
Byngard et Bernevale, 
La-Muile et Lownay, 
Daniont et Damay, 

Bonet et Barry, 
Avonel et St. Amary, 
Jardyn et Jay, 
Fourys et Tay, 
Ainieris et Avereris, 
Vilain et Valeris, 
Fitz-Eustace et Eustacy, 
Mauches et Massey, 
Brian et Bidin, 
Movet et St. Martine, 
Vernoun et Waterville, 
Wermely et Wamerville, 

Broy et Broniville, 

• • * 
Bleyn et Briecovu't,' 

1 This is evidently an English name. 

2 Verstegan is of opinion that the prefix Fitz originated in Flanders. It is remark- 
able that it does not occur in the ancient chronicles of that country. (Noble.) 

3 Sic cum duobus punctis. 

4 Sic cum duobus punctis. 



' HAMELINE et Hareville, 
De la Hiise et Howel, 
Fingez et Coruyele, 
Chart res et Chenil, 
Belew et Bertine, 
Mrugysir et Mauveysin, 
Angers et Angewyue, 
Tolet et Tisoun, 
Fernibaiid et Frisoun, 

St. Barbe et Sageville.' " 

Tarteray et ("hercourt, 
Oysel et Oliforrt, 
Maulovel et Maureward, 
Kanoes et Keveters, 
Loif et Lymers, 
Rysers et Reynevile, 
Busard et Belevile, 
Rivers et Ripers, 
Perechay et Perers, 
Fichent et Trivent, 

In Halinshed's copy of the Battel Abbey Roll, which is in English, 
appears the name of HAMELIN. 

A companion record is found in France in the roll in the church in 
Dives, a copy of which is found in "The Driver Family," page 497: 


Of the Companions of William in the Conquest of England, in 1066 by 
M. Leopold Delisle, Metnber of the French /Society of Archaeology, 
as found in Burke? s " Vicissitudes of Families," Vol. Ill, p. 423. 

Dives, a small town close to the sea-coast, in the Department of 
Calvados, in Normandy. This town of Dives is of high note in French 
and English history, for it was nigh to it, at the mouth of the Dive, 
that \Yi]liam the Conqueror and his companions in arms met for the 
subjugation of England. Dives, in the eleventh century, was one of 
the chief ports of the Duchy of Normandy. A fete was here given, in 
August, 1862, to affix in the old church there a new and carefully com- 
piled list of the companions of William the Conqueror, in his con- 
quest of England, in 1066, — a comijanion record to that of Battle 
Abbey, with this difference: the latter being the roll of those who 
actually fought at Hastings,, while the one at Dives is that of those 
who actually fought at Hastings, while the one at Dives is that of 
those who assemljled for the expedition, and were otherwise engaged in 
furthering the Conquest. This Roll was erected by the French Society 
of Archaeology in August, 1862, with permission of Mgr. Didiot, Bishop 
of Bayeux, M. de Caumont being Director of the Society, M. the Abbe 
Renier, Vicar of Dives, and M. le Comte Foucher de (.'ariel, Member of 
the Conseil-General for the Canton." 

1 Sic cum duobus punctis. 



' Aehard d'lvri. 
Aroiil d'lvri. 
Aitard de Vaux. 
Alani Le Roux. 
Aniauri de Dreiix. 
Anquetil de Cherbourg. 
" de Grai. 
de Ros. 
Anscoul de Picquigne. 
Ansfroi de Cornieilles. 
" de Vaubadon. 
Ansger de Montaign. 
" de iSenarpont. 
Ausgot de Ros. 
Arnoul d'Ardre. 
" de Perci. 
" de Hesdin. 
Aubert Greslet. 
Aubri de Couci. 

" de Ver. 
Auvrai Le Breton. 
Auvrai d'Espagne. 
' ' Merteberge. 
" de Tanie. 

Baudouin de C'-olombieres. 
" Le Flaniand. 
" de Meules. 
Berenger GifFard. 
" de Toeni. 
Bernard d'Alencon. 

" du Neuftnarche. 
' ' Pancevolt. 
" de Saint-Owen. 
Bertran de Verdu. 
Beuselin de Dive. 
Bigot de Loges. 
David d'Argentan. 
Dren de la Beuvriere. 

" de Montaigu. 
Durand Malet. 

Engenouf de L' Aigle. 
Enguerrand de Raimbeaucourt. 
Erneis de Buron. 
Etienne de Fontenai. 

Eude Conite de Champagne. 
Eude, eveque de Bayeux. 
" Cul-de-Loup. 
" le Flaniand. 
" de Fourneaux.. 
" Le Seneehal. 
Eustace, Comte de Boulogne. 
Foucher de Paris. 
Fouque de Lisors. 
Gautier d'Appeville. 

" Le Bourguignon. 

" de Caen. 

" de Claville.. 

" de Douai. 

" de Grancourt. 

" Hachet. 

' ' Heuse. 

" d'Incourt. 

" de Laci. 

" de Mucedent. 

" d'Oniontville. 

" de Risbou. 

" de Saint- Valeri. 

" Tirel. 

" de Vernon. 
Geoffroi Alselin. 

" Bainard. 

" du Bee. 

" de Canibrai. 

" de la Guierche. 

" Le Marechal. 

" de Mandeville. 

" Martel. 

" Maurouard. 

" de Montbrai. 

" Comte du Perche. 

" de Pierrepont. 

" de Ros. 

" de Runneville. 

" Talbot. 

" de Tournai. 

" de Trelli. 
Gerbourd Le Flaniand. 
Gilbert Le Blond. 

" de Blossville. 

" de BretteviUe. 
de Budi.' 



'Gilbert de t olleville. 
" de Gand. 
" Gibard. 

" Maminot. 
" Tison. 
" de Venables. 
" de Wissant. 
Gonfroi de Cioches. 

" Maudit. 
Goscelin de Cornieilles. 
" de Douai. 
" de La Riviere. 
Goubert d'Aufai. 

" de Beauvais. 
Guernon de Peis. 
Gui de Craon. 
" de Rainibeaucourt. 
" de Rainecourt. 
Gviillaunie Alis. 

" d'Ausleville. 
" L' Archer. 
" d'Ar<iues. 
" de A II dr leu. 
" de L'Aune. 
" Basset. 
" Relet. 
" de Beaufou. 
" Bertram. 
" de Biville. 
" Le Blond. 
" Bonvalet. 
" du Bose. 
" du Bosc-Roard. 
" de Boiirneville. 
" de Bral. 
" de Briouse. 
" de Bursigni. 
" de Cahaignes. 
" de Cailli. 
" de Cairon. 
" de Cardon. 
" de Carnet. 
" de Castilloii. 
" de Ceauce. 
" La Chevre. 
" de Colleville. 
" de Corbon. 

Guillaunie de Paunierai. 

" Le Despensier. 

" de Durville. 

" d'Eeouis. 

" P]spec. 

" d'Eu. 

" Comte d'Evreux, 

" de Falaise. 

" de Fecamp. 

" Folet. 

" de la Foret. 

" de Ffnigeres. 

" Froissart. 

" (ioulaffre. 

" de Letre. 

" de Loucelles. 

" Lou vet. 

" de Malleville. 

" de la Mare. 

" Maubenc. 

" Mauduit. 

" de Moion. 

" de ilonceaux. 

" de Noyers. 

" tils d'Osberne. 

" Pantoul. 

" de Partheuai. 

" Peche. 

" de Perci. 

" Pevrel. 

" de Picquigni. 

" Poignant. 

" de Poillei. 

" Le Poitevin. 

" de Pont-de-L'Arche. 

" Quesnel. 

" de Reviers. 

" de Sept-Meules. 

" Taillebois. 

" de Toeni. 

" de Vatteville. 

" de Vauville. 

" de Ver. 

" de Vesli. 

" Warenne. 
Guimond de Blangi. 

" de Tessel.' 



' Guineboud de Balon. 
Guinemar Le Flamand. 
Hamon Le Senechal. 
Hardouiii d'Ecalles. 
Hascouf Musard. 
Henri de Beaumont. 

" de Ferrieres. 
Herman de Dreux. 
Herve Le Berruier. 

" d'Espagne. 

" d'Helion. 
Honfroi d'Ansleville. 

" de Biville. 

" de Bohon. 

" de Carteret. 

" de Culai. 

*' de L'lle. 

" dii Tillieul. 

' ' Vis-de-Loup. 
Huard de Vernon. 
Hubert de Mont Canisi. 

" de Port. 
Hugue L'Ane. 

" d'Avranches. 

" de Beauchamp. 

" de Bernieres. 

" du Bois Hebert. 

" de Bolbec. 

' ' Bourdet. 

" de Brebeuf. 

" de Corbon. 

" de Dol. 

" le Flamand. 

" de Gournai. 

" de Grantemesnil. 

" de Guideville. 

" de Hodenc. 

" de Hotot. 

" d'lvrU 

" de Laci. 

" de Maci. 

" Maminot. 

" de Manneville. 

*' de La Mare. 

" Mautravers. 

" de Mobec. 

" de Montfort. 

Hugue de Montgommeri. 
" Musard. 
" de Port. 
" de Rennes. 
" de Saint-Quentin. 
" Silvestre. 
" de Vesli. 
" de Viville. 
Ilbert de Laci. 

" de Toeni. 
Ive Taillebois, 
" de Vesei. 
Josce Le Flamand. 
Juhel de Toen. 

Mathieu de Mortagne. 
Manger de Carteret. 
Mauri n de Caen, 
Mill Crespin. 
Neel d'Aubigni. 
" de Berville. 
" Fossard. 
" de Gournai. 
" de Munneville. 
Normand d'Adreci. 
Osberne d'Arques. 
" du Breuil. 
" d'Eu. 

' ' Pastforeire. 
" du Quesnai. 
" du Saussai. 
' ' de Wanci. 

Osmont de Vaubadon. 
Ours d'Abbetot. 

" de Bercheres. 

Pierre de Valognes. 
Rahier d'Avre. 
Raoul d'Aunou. 
' ' Baignard. 
" de Bans. 
" de Bapaumes. 
" Basset. 
" de Beaufou. 
" de Bernai.' 



Raoiil Bloiiet. 

" Botin. 

" de La Bruiere. 

" de Chartres. 

" de Coloiiibieres. 

" de Conteville. 

" de Courbepine. 

" Le Estourmi. 

*' de Fougeres. 

' ' Franian. 

" de Gael. 

" de Hauville. 

" de L'lle. 

" de Languetot. 

" de Liniesi. 

" de Marci. 

" de Morteuier. 

" de Noron. 

" d'Ouilli. 

" Paiiiel. 

" Pinel. 

" Pipin. 

" de La Pomiiieraie. 

" du Quesnai. 

" de Saiiit-Sanson. 

" du Saussai. 

" de Savigui. 

" Taillebois. 

" du Theil. 

" de Toeni. 

" de Tourlaville. 

" de Touineville. 

" Traiichard. 

" fills d'Uuspac. 

" Vis-de-loup. 
Eenaud de Bailleul. 

" Croc. 

" de Pierrepont. 

" de Sainte-Helene. 

" de Torteval. 
Renier de Briniou. 
Renouf de Colonibelles. 

" Flambard. 

" Pevrel. 

" de Saint Waleri. 

" de Vaubadon. 
Richard Basset. 

Richard de Beauiuais. 

" de Bienfaite. 

" de Bondeville. 

" de Courci. 

" d'Eiigagne. 

" L'Estournii. 

" Fresle. 

" de Meri. 

" de Neuville. 

" Poignant. 

" de Riviers. 

" de Sacquenville. 

" de Saint Clair. 

" de Sourdeval. 

" Talbot. 

" de Vatteville. 

" de Vernon. 
Richer d'Andeli. 
Robert d'Arnientieres, 

" d'Auberville. 

" d'Auniale. 

" de Barbes. 

" Le Bastard. 

" de Beaumont. 

" Le Blond. 

" Blouet. 

" Bourdet. 

" de Brix. 

" de Buci. 

" de Chandos. 

" Corbet. 

" de Courcon. 

" Cruel. 

*' Le Despensier. 

" Conite d'Eu. 

" Fronientin. 

" tils de Geroud. 

" de Glanville. 

" Guernon. 

" de Hareourt. 

" de Lorz. 

" Malet. 

'* Comte de Meulan. 

" de Montbrai. 

" de Montfort. 

" Conite de Mortain. 

" des Moutiers. 

" Murdac' 



'Robert d'Cuilli, 

" de Pierrepont. 

" de Pontchardon. 

" de Rhuddlan. 

" de Ilonienel. 

" de Baint-Leger. 

" de Thaon. 

" de Toeni. 

" de Vatte villa. 

" des Vaux. 

" de Veei. 

" de Vesli. 

" de Villon. 

Roger d'Abernon. 

" Arundel. 

" d'Auberville. 

" de Beaumont. 

" Bigot, 

" Boissel. 

" de Bosc-Noruiand. 

" de Bosc Roard. 

" de Breteuil. 
de Bulli. 

" de Carteret. 

" de Chandos. 

" Corbet. 

" de Courcelles. 

" d'Evreux. 

" d'lvri. 

" de Laoi. 

" de I^isieux. 

" de Menley. 

" de INIontgoninieri. 

" de Moyaux, 

" de Mussegros. 

" de Oistreham. 

" d'Orbec. 

" Picot. 

" de Pistres. 

" Le Poitevin. 

" de Rarnes. 

" de Saint-Germain. 

" de Sommeri. 

Ruand I'Adoube. 
Seri d'Auberville. 

Serlon de Burci. 

Serlon de Ros. 
Sigar de Cioches. 
Simon de Senlis. 
Thierri Pointel. 
Tiliel de Herion. 

" de Gienteville. 

" de Papelion. 
Turstin de Gueron. 

" Mantel. 

" de Sainte-Helene. 

" fils de Rou. 

" Tinel. 
Vauquelin de Rosai. 

D'Auvrecher d'Angerville. 

De Bailleul. 

De Bri(iueville. 



De Clincbamps. 

De Courey. 

De Vicorate. 

De Tournebut. 

De Tilly. 




De C'anonville. 

De Cussy. 

De Fribois. 



De Mathan. 

De Montficiuet. 


Du Merle. 

De Touchet. 

De Venois. 

De Saint-Germain. 

De Saint-Marie. 

D'Aignaux.' " 


Another early record of the name is to be found in the " Donisduy 
Book "of England. This great work was ordered to be compiled by 
William the Conqueror, and was completed about 108G. It consisted of 
the surveys of the lands of England, which he had conquered from the 
Saxons; and their distribution to his followers. It was written in Nor- 
man French. Translations of this work are to be found in some of the 
large libraries of this country. 

In a History of the Suburbs of Exeter, England, published in Lon- 
don in 1892, by Charles Worthy, Esquire, is found a chapter on the 
Hamlyn Family, containing many references to ancient family records 
and other matters of great interest, which is here produced at length: 


"Certain lands in Holcombe Burnell were purchased with money 
given for that purpose by Roger Hamlyn, John Bliss, Roger Bliss and 
Ann Lambshead and Fidelis Stoyle, between the years 1628 and 1073; 
the said lands to be ' for the use of the parish for ever.' At one time 
the rent of these lands seems to have been devoted to the repair of the 
church, but the Connnissioners were of oi)inion that they should be 
ai^plied for the benefit of the poor. 

A branch of the Hamlyn family were long resident in this parish, 
and also in the neighboring ones of St. Tliomas and St. Leonard; in 
the latter, they were settled at Larkbeare from a very early date. 

James Hamlin, of Alphington, died in 1625, and, three years 
later, Roger Hamlyn as shown above, was a benefactor to the poor of 
his parish. They were cadets of the ancient house of Hamlyn, the 
history of which is coeval with all that is actually authentic in the 
history of this couuty, and tlie earliest documentary evidence in exist- 
ence bears record to the high social position of the Hamlyns, not only 
in Devonshire, but in many other English counties as well, altliougli it 
is possible, and very probable, that the only connection between the 
Hamlyns of the west and those of other parts of England consisted in 
identity of name. 

This, like many other English surnames, was evidently derived 
from their habitation in a watered valley; ' ham' and 'lynna,' l>eing 
both Saxon terms expressive of the home by the pool or water; and 
thus we get the Gennan 'Hamelin,' or the town on the river Haniel. 

It has been thought that the earliest record of ' Hamelin ' in this 
county occurs in a Saxt)n deed, quoted by Risdon; but, from the 
occun-ence in it of such names as ' Veteripont ' and ' Launcels,' this 
deed was evidently executed after the Norman Conquest, and there 
can be no doubt as to the identity of the particular ' Hamelin ' who 
witnessed it, as I shall be able presently to show. 

The name of ' Hamelin ' occurs in several copies of tlie ' Battel 
Abbey Roll,' and so does that of 'Baylon'or 'Balun;' and it is 


well known that the Conqueror's army was made up of Continental 
adventurers, and was by no means restricted to his Norman subjects. 
Amongst his followers were many Germans, and it would seem certain, 
therefore, that the Hamelins themselves were of the latter race and 
were nourished ujion the banks of the river Hamel, and were subse- 
quently known as 'The Hamlins,' just as we should speak now of 
'The Scotch' and ' The Irish,' in reference to the constituent parts 
of a modern army. 

The town of Hamlin, in Lower Saxony, is seated at the confluence 
of the Hamel and Weser, and is twenty-two miles distant from Han- 
over; and it is only thus that the numerous Hamlins or Haralyns, who 
settled in England and became simultaneously possessed of land imnae- 
diately after the Conquest, in this and other counties, can be supposed 
to have originated. 

We find them settled at very earl.y dates in Leicestershire, War- 
wickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Rutland; 
and that they founded families, henceforth known as ' Hamlyn,' and 
transmitted to them their lands and houses, through long succeeding 
ages, is abundantly evident from our public records; an enormous mass 
of Avhich have been carefully examined for the purpose of this short 
history of the Hamlyn family. Thus in 1-74, William Hamlin was 
appointed to the custody of Leicestershire and Warwick. John Ham- 
lyn was paymaster and leader of the levies in Shropshire and at Staf- 
ford, in 1314. Soon after GeofFry Hamlin had a commission to protect 
the Price of Wales (The Black Prince), in Gascony. 

The two most important Hamlyns of the Eleventh century, were 
the two whose names are mentioned in the Battel Abbey Roll, who 
were quite possibly brothers, were known respectively as ' Hame- 
line,' and ' Hameline de Balun.' The latter, known usually as 'The 
Sire de Bayloun,' had doubtless been a man of some importance in the 
diocese of Mons, where the French town of Ballan is situated, and liad 
most probably migrated there from Gernuiny at some period anterior to 
the Conquest. King William gave him the territory of Ober-Went, in 
Monmouthshire, and he built tlie Castle of Bergavenny by his royal 
master's orders. He lived until the latter end of the reign of William 
Rufus, but died cliildless. He left the whole of his property to his 
nephew Brian, son of his sister lAicy, whose two sons were leapers. 
Therefore this Brian settled his lands upon his cousin, 'Walter of 
Glouster,' then Higli Constable of England. 

The son of the latter was created Earl of Hereford, but his male line 
failed, and one of his tliree daughters became the wife of Sir William 
Braose. Their descendant, Eva Braose, married William de Cantilupe, 
who had then succeeded the other 'Hamelin,' mentioned in the Bat- 
tel Abl)ey Roll, in the I^ordslii]) of Broadliempston, which was a ratlier 
singular coincidence. 

Audit is now time to return to tliis ' other Hamelin,' for with his 
namesake elsewhere we have reallv nothing whatever to do, altliough 


it has seemed to me necessary to refer to them, in order to account for 
the frequent recurrence of the name in Ancient records. 

'HameUn,' of Devonshire and Cornwall, called in Domesday, 
'Hamelinus,' was the ancestor of our Devonshire Hamlyns. He 
most probably came to Cornwall in the immediate train of Robert, 
Earl of Mortaigne, the half-brother of William I. This Robert was 
created Earl of Cornwall, and it was in Cornwall that by far the 
greater portion of Hamelin's property was situated. 

In that county, either under the king or under the earl, he held 
twenty-two important manors in 1086. Some of his posterity remained 
in Cornwall, whilst others settled in Devonshire. Of the former it will 
be enough to say that, like their Devonshire kinsmen, they always 
occui^ied good social positions, as shown by patent and subsidy rolls, 
parliamentary writs and similar undeniable evidences. Thus, Hame- 
Un was Reeve of Launceston in 1207. Albert and Richard Hamlyn 
both occur more than a hundred years later in Cornish records. 

But I must still confine myself to Devonshire. In this county, 
* Hamelinus ' is shown by ' Domesday ' to have held his land 
entirely under the Earl of Mortaigne, and it consisted of Manors of 
Broadhempston and of Alwington, which latter is the property referred 
to in the ' Saxon deed,' I have cited above. 

The entry in the Exchequer copy of the Survey proves that ' Hame- 
linus' held Broadhempston— ' Haniistone,' as it was then called, 
'under the Earl,' and that it was taxed for two hides of land, which 
could be worked by ten ploughs, and that he himself farmed for two 

He had on this property three serfs, ten villeins or small farmers, 
nine cottagers. The manor consisted of four acres of meadow, ten of 
pasture and twelve of wood. In the reign of Edward the ConfessoT, 
when Ordulf the Saxon owned it, it was worth forty shillings per an- 
num; it had increased in value, under Norman rule to sixty shillings. 

Upon the Manor of Alwington, Hamelin had ten serfs, fifteen villeins 
and fifteen cottagers. This latter estate, however, soon passed to the 
Coffins, whose representatives, in the female line, are still settled at 

But although the Hamlyns (I shall henceforth adopt the modern 
spelling of their name) soon disappeared from both their original settle- 
ments in this county, yet they simultaneously acquired other possessions 
in the immediate neighborhood- and that this was effected by exchange 
of land is certain, from the fact that, in their fresh acquisitions, they 
continued to hold under the same lord paramount. 

Thus, the Hamlyns of Widecombe who maybe considered the heads 
of the family, obtained their first property in that parish by barter with 
Richard, the son of Turold, who held the Widecombe Manor of Nats- 
worthy under the Earl, as did Erchenbold, the Manor of Bratton, near 
Alwington, which, at about the same period (1187-12()n) also i)assed to 


The descendants of the first Hamlyn of Widecombe and Bratton 
were very numerous, and spread consequently into numerous 
branches. One of the most miportant of these settled in the hundred 
of Wonford, and the fifth in descent from 'Hamelinus,' of Domesday 
was Richard Hamlyn, of Wonford, who flourished between the years 
1166-1216. He Avas the father of ' Handyn of Wonford ' who resided 
at Larkbeare, as shown by the 'Fines,' 3d Henry III, and also of 
Hamlyn, surnamed the 'Harper,' of Hill, in the parish of Holne. 
Hamlyn of Larkbeare was the ancestor of the Hamlyns of Exeter, St 
Thomas and Alphington. Those of Exeter, in the course of years pros- 
pered in mercantile pursuits, and gave mayors to that city, and filled 
other municipal oflices, and from them is descended the present 
'Squire' of Paschoe, in Colebrook, and of Lee Wood, in the parish of 

It is shown by the subsidy rolls of 14th Henry VIII, that Henry 
Hamlyn of Exeter, Thomas Hamlyn of Totues, and Richard Hamlyn 
of Widecombe, all held lands at that time of over 40 per annum rental. 

Hamlyn, surnamed the ' Harper,' is shown to have been the son of 
Richard Hamlyn, of Wonford, by the Fine rolls; and Hill, the estate 
, upon which he was settled, remained in the hands of his descendants 
until a few years ago, when it was sold by the father of Mrs. William 
Hamlyn, of Buckfastleigh, the present owner of Littlecombe. He was 
the grandfather of Sir William ' Hamlyn de Deandon,' called by Pole 
the son of ' William (Hamlyn) de Deandon,' who was certainly his 
heir, and also of Walter Hamlyn, of Widecombe, who, with Alice his 
wife, is mentioned in a legal agreement of the 32d Henry III. 

Sir William Hamlyn de Deandon, an estate in Widecombe, which 
. had been jmrchased of the Pomeroys, was also the owner of Bratton. 
He was one of the knights ai)pointed to make a return of the great 
assize for Devon, 84th Henry III. He had no male issue, but his 
brother, William Hamlyn, already mentioned, carried on the line, 
and was the father of William Hamlyn, of Dunstone (Assize Rolls, 
34th Edward I); of John Hamlyn, of Chittleford (Coinage Rolls, 31st 
EdAvard I); of Hugh Hamlyn and Roger Hamlyn, both of Corndon, all 
estates in Widecombe Parish; and of Robert Hamlyn, M. P., for Tot- 
nes in 1311. Sir William Hamlyn of Deandon had another brother, 
who was aiicestor of the Hennock branch of the family. 

I should here remark that Hamlyn of Larkbeare, brother of Ham- 
lyn the 'Harper,' of Holne, was the father of Sir John Hamlyn, 
whose son. Sir Osbert Hamlyn, Knight, of Larkbeare, married Matil- 
da, (laughter and co-heir of Sir V\ illiam I'ipaid, of Llaktdon Pipard, in 
Widecombe Parish, and who was attainted for high treason in 1370. 

William Hamlyn, of Dunstone, failed to answer the plea of Jefi'ry 
Pomeioy in 130o, whose ancestor, William de Pomeroy, had held Dun- 
stone at the period of the Domesday survey. 

He left a son, John Hamlyn, also of Dunstone, Avhose descendant, 
also called John of Dunstone, is mentioned in the coinage Rolls of 1412, 


and was the grandfather of John Hanilyn, mentioned in the same 
Rolls of 1442. His son, Robert, of Dunstone, 6th Henry VII, was the 
father of Richard Hamlyn, of Dunstone, who succeeded to his inherits 
ance in 1506 and died in 1522. 

He had four sons, Robert, Richard, Thomas and John. Of these 
Richard Hanilyn was the ancestor of those of his name, lf)ng settled at 
Bouthcombe, in Widecome. Thomas was of 8pitchwick, in Wide- 
combe and of Littlecombe, in Holne. He was buried at ^Videcombe in 
in 1574 and from him descended the Hamlyns of Higher Ash, Lower 
Ash, and Lake. To him I shall have to refer again. 

Robert Hamlyn was eldest son and and heir of Richard. He recov- 
ered Dunstone in 1522, 14th Henry VIII, on his father's death and is 
shown by the inquisition, taken after his own death, 3d and 4th Philip 
and Marj^, to have owned Chittleford, Scobetor, Venton and Dunstone, 
in Widecombe; Dawnton, in Buckfastleigh, as well as land in Doddis- 
combleigh. He died on the 6th of April, 1556. 

His third son, Ricliard, settled at Dawnton, in Buckfastleigh. His 
grandson, Walter Hamlyn, of Buckfastleigh, was the direct ancestor of 
"Walter Hamlyn, of Wooder, in Widecomlte, whose will, proved 1760, 
is sealed with the ancient arms of the Hamlyn family. 

Robert Hanilyn, of Chittleford, eldest son and heir of Robert, was 
ancestor of William, posthumous son of William Hamlyn, of Dunstone, 
who died in 1786. He sold that ancient family property, and died 
in 1782. 

His uncle, Hugh Hamlyn, was settled on the Manor of Blackslade. 
The second son of Hugh, John Hamlyn, born at Widecombe, 173S, sold 
his property in that parish, and removed to Brent. His son, Joseph 
Hanilyn, purchased land in Buckfastleigh, and died in 1866. 

He founded the woolen manufactory there, afterwards carried on by 
his sons, Joseph, John and William, and which has since developed 
into the great tirni known as Hamlyn Brothers, the affairs of which 
are now conducted by James, Joseph and William Hamlyn. 

These gentlemen, with their brothers, John, Thomas and Hugh, are 
the sons of the aforsaid William Hamlyn, by his marriage with Mary, 
daughter of his kinsman, James Hamlyn, of 8huttaford, Hill and Lit- 
tlecombe, in the parish of Holne, and the direct descendant of Tliomas 
Hamlyn, son of Richard wbo died in 1522, and brother of Robert Ham- 
lyn, of Dunstone. 

It will be seen that from the period of the Norman CoiKpiest to the 
present time, the main branch of the Hamlyn family have always been 
large landowners in this district, and that it is moreover in a great 
degree due to their energy, that the woolen trade, the old staple indus- 
try of the county, and especially of the city of Exeter, and which was 
originally introduced and fostered by the Cistercian monks, still flour- 
ished in the valley of the Dart. 

Of their ancient property at Widecombe, Lower Ash yet belongs to 
the family, although it has xery recently passed to an heir female. 


Littlecombe is still the property of Mrs. William Haralyn, the elder, as 
I have remarked already. 

Sir John Hamlyn, of Larkbeare, father of Sir Osbert, was at- Bour- 
oughbridge in 1322, and his arms are duly recorded upon the roll of the 
Knights present at that historic contest: ' Gules, a lion rampant, 
ermine, crowned, or.' 

This short sketch of the Hamlyns would be incomplete without 
some reference to the branch of the family which long flourished in 
much repute in Woolfardisworthy. They seem to have descended 
from John, fourth son of Ricliard Hamlyn, of Widecombe, and brother 
to Robert and Thomas, paternal and maternal ancestors of the present 
family of Buckfastleigh. 

The first Hamlyn of this parish, William Hamlyn, was of Mersh- 
well, and his arms as previously blazoned, were on two shields in 
painted glass in one of the windows at Mershwell, with the date 1540. 
William Hamlyn was born in 1540, and buried at Woolfardisworthy 
in 1597. By his wife, Agnes Yeo, of Stratton, he had a son, Williain, 
whose son William, of Mershwell, was baptized at Woolfardisworthy, 
on the 21st day of October, 1579. His son, William Hamlyn, married 
Gertrude Cary, and was buried in 1708. He had issue by her fourteen 
children, and at his death his son Zachary Hamlyn, of whom there 
was a fine painting by Highmore, engraved by Ardell, succeeded to 

He was admitted a member of Lincoln Inn, but never married. Be- 
fore his death he had realized a large fortune, and he purchased the 
Clovelly Estate of the Cary family in 1729. This, witli other property, 
he settled by will in 1758, on liis grand-nephew, James Hammett, eld- 
est son of his nephew, Richard Hammett, whose mother had been his 
sister, Thomazin Hamlyn. The picture of Zachary Haralyn was de- 
stroyed by fire at Clovelly House in 1789. He recorded his pedigree at 
Herald's -College but did not carry it further back than the William 
• Hamlyn I have mentioned as buried at Woolfardisworthy in 1597. 

Richard Hanmiett's eldest son, James Hammett, upon whom the 
property was settled, took the name of Hamlyn by act of Parliament, 
in 1760, and was created a Baronet in 1795. He died in 1811. He mar- 
ried Arabella, daughter and heir of Tlioraas Williams, of London, and 
had issue, Jaines, wlio in 1798 assumed the additional surname of Will- 
iams. He was succeeded in 1829 by his son, James Hamlyn- Williams, 
as third Baronet, who married Lady Mary, fourth daughter of Hugh, 
first Earl Fortesqvie. 

The^' had no male issue, and the eldest daughter, Susan Hester, suc- 
ceeded to the Clovelly i^roperty. She married Lieut. Col. Fane, who 
took the additional name of Hamlyn, and had one son, Neville Batson 
Hamlyn-Fane, born 1858, and three daughters. 

As might naturally be expected, there are frequent mention of the 
Hamlyns in old parochial and municipal records, apart from the 
public documents, which I have already said have been thoroughly 


examined for the purposes of this history. I may add that William 
Hamlyn was M. P. for Totnes as far back as 1260; and that the ancient 
family of Monk, anciently Le Moyne, of Potheridge, quartered the 
Hamlyn arms in right of marriage of their ancestor, Adam Le Moyne, 
with the daughter and heir of Hamlyn, of Cockington. Adam 
Le Moyne was the great grandson, of Hugh Le Moyne, of Poth- 
eridge, tetii}). Henry I. The great grandson of Adam, also called 
Hugh, lived 3d Edward I, and was the direct ancestor of General 
Monk, born at Potheridge on the 6th of December, 1608, and subse- 
quently Duke af Albemarle. 

The pedigree of Hamlyne, of Widecombe and Buckfastleigh, from 
the Richard Hamlyn who died, 1522, appears in Colonel Vivian's edi- 
tion of the Herald's Visitations of Devon." 

The foregoing records are proof that the familj' have been continu- 
ous in England, from the time of William the Conqueror to the pres- 
ent time; other records and information corroborate it. 

Mr. H. G. Somerby, London, about 1849, made some researches in 
England for the late David Hamblen, of Boston, which will be found 
instructive and interesting. 

From Nichol's History of Leicestershire: 

" In the year 1240 Ralph Hamelin had some ploughlands at Wy- 
mondham which paid 32d to the Sheriff aid. 

By an undated French deed (about 1285) Robert Paynell confirms to 
John Hamelin of Wyndham, and his heirs a virgate and half of land. 

In 1286 Hugh Hamelin was rector of the church at Wyndham; 
died 1316. 

In 1290 William Hamelin held lands in Saxelby (Saxeby?) Wynd- 
ham and Thorpe. 

In 1297 John Hamelin held half a Knigbt's fee and the tenth part of 
one other Knight's fee in Wymondham, of Edmund, Earl of Lancas- 
ter, the King's brother, deceased, by homage and suit of coin-t; also, 
that Sir William de Hamelin held half a Kniglit's fee in Wyuiondham 
aforesaid, of the said earl, by homage and suit of court. 

In 1303, John de Hamelin and John de Tateshall held the thii'd part 
of one Knight's fee, with the appurtenances in Somerby, Bury, Dal- 
by, Parva and Boston St. Lazarus, of Robert de Tateshall, deceased, 
and it was worth 60s. 

Feb. 12, 1303, King Edward I granted to John Hamelin and his 
heirs a weekly market on tuesdays, and a yearly fair on the eve and 
day of St, Peter and St. Paul, to be held at the manor of Wymondham, 
in the county of Leicester. 

In 4th Edward I William Hamelin was sheriff' of the Counties of 
Leicester and Lincoln. 





A Chantry was founded in 182S, in St. Peter's chai)el, at Querden 
by Sir John Hanielin, who endowed it with lands at Wyinondhani. 

In 1309 Sir Jolm Hainelin of Wyiuondiiain impleaded^ Roger de 
Derle and otliers of Stapleford, for hreakinu; down a wall at Wyniond- 



ham, which Sir John Hanielin declared was built upon his own free- 
hold; but was asserted by Roger de Derle to be upon the waste ground 
of Thomas, Earl of Leicester, to whom Derle was the steward. 

In 1297 John de Hamlin and Nicholas de Grendale held the tenth 
part of a Knight's fee in Saxby, by homage and 12d a year rent." 


Mr. Somerby wrote: " The south cross of the church at Wymond- 
ham was the appropriate burial place of the Hamelins. At the south 
end of the cross aisle, was the tomb of an old Knight, in a coat of mail 
and cross legged, for one of the Hamelins, but the tomb which is in the 
fomi of a M'edge, broader at the shoulders than at the feet, had in 1768 
neither escutcheon of arras nor inscription. This cross legged figure of 
Sir John Hamelin, which had long lain neglected on the floor, has, on 
a late repair of the church, by the laudable attention of the Earl of 
Harborough, been effectually preserved; and is now fixed upright 
against one of the walls, secure from further injury. 

I found at the prerogation office in London, wills of Edward and 
John Hamblyn. 

That of Edward proved May, 1620. His wife was Anne; — his sons: 
John, married Elizabeth; William, and Edward, called an undutiful 
son; and daughters, Agnes and Mary. He is styled Yeoman, of Read- 
ing, County Berks. 

Roger Hanilyn, Yeoman, of Alphington, Co. Devon, will proved 

September 1628. His wife was E . He mentions no children of his 

own. He names his brother John's sons: Daniel, Francis and Thomas, 
not of age; also his brother Thomas' sons: Roger and John, and 
daughters Mary and Alice, not of age; his brother Daniel's son, Daniel. 
His brother Daniel was one of the Executors." 

Mr. Somerby also states: " I aceidentaly met with an old engrav- 
ing of "Wymondham Church, and of Sir John Hamelin's effigy, which 
I purchased and will send to you at some convenient opportunity." 
(See illustrations pp. 28, 29.) 

Extract from a will deposited at Norwich in Norfolk, England: 

Thomas Hamblyn of Hinderby, Yeoman. Will proved in Sept., 
1687. To be buried in churchyard at Hinderby; wife Margaret, execu- 
trix. Mentions daughters Alise and Elizabeth, wife of William 
Deakes, and Thomas, son of John Symonds, and John, son of John 

From the Register Salisbury Cathedral, Eng.: 


Hamlin Richard & Elizabeth Beake, Jan 14, 1611. 
" Mark & Sybil Thompson, Jan 6, 1614. 


From Register of Winterbouriie, England: 


Hamlin John, son of Thomas, Dec 26, 1579. 
" Gregory " " " Feb 17, 1581. 


Hamlin, Joan, daughter of Thomas Feb 9, 1579. 

John Hamelyn was rector of the Church of Barnham Broom, in 
Norfolk, 1493. 

Miscellaneous extracts from the parish register of St. Lawrence in 
Heading, Berkshire: 


Hamlin Peter, son of John, Aug 16, 1607. 
Hamblen Sarah dau " " Dec 2, 1608. 
Hamlyn Hannah " " " May 23, 1610. 
Hamlyn Cicely " " Michael, Mar 12, 1616. 
Hamblen Michael son " " July 12, 1620. 

" " " " Henry, AugV, 1617. 

" Susannah dau " Edward, Oct 15, 1620. 
" John son " Michael, Mar 27, 1623. 
Hamlin Michael " " " Dec 23, 1625. 

" James* " " James, Oct 31, 1630. 
" George " " Michael, Dec 1, 1631. 
Hamblin Joan dau " John, May 23, 1632. 
" Sarah* " " James, Sep 6, 1632. 
Hamlin Ehzabeth " " Henry, March 22, 1633. 
" John son " Michael, May 28, 1634. 

" ]\fery* dau " James, July 27, 1634. 

" Edward son " John, Oct 6, 1634. 

" William " " William, Jany 15, 1636. 

James* " " James, April 10, 1636. 


Hamlin Henry & Maiy Wagstafl", July 29, 1616. 


Hamlin Michael April 13, 1615. 

" Edward " 15, 1620. 

" John March 28, 1823. 

" Michael Feb 20, 1625. 

" John March 27, 1627. 

" Michael Oct 23, 1628. 

" James* " 24, 1633. 

* The writer supposes these were the children of James Hamlin, the settler in Barn- 
stable, Mass., 1639. 


In a letter written in 1871 by Mr. Thomas Hamlin, Barister, residing 
at Redhill House, Warington, near Bristol, England, among other 
things he says : " The family of Hamlin were Normans, and came over 
with William the Conqueror, and their names are recorded in the Battle 
Abbey Roll. 

They settled down in Monmouth-shire, 8omerset-shire and Devon- 
sliire. Some years ago I had the curiosity to examine the family pedi- 
gree at the Herald's office in London; it was very long and brought 
down to the last generation in the person of Mr. Hamlin, a Barrister. 
I had an introduction to one of the Chiefs of the Herald's x)tfice, who 
said the out-of-pocket cost for copying the pedigree would be £5. 

I hardly know who is entitled to the Baronetcy at present; it is in 
abeyance. The Cloodly j^roperty is a splendid estate, near Ilfracomb, 
in Devonshire. 

" Subjoined are extracts from English works. 

From Prince's Worthies of Devon (1810): From the issue of Sir 
William Carey's third marriage sprung the Clovelly Family — which is 
the residence of Sir James Hainlyn, Baronet; whose great grandfather, 
William Hamlyn, of Mershwell, married Gertrude, daughter of Thomas 
Cary, M. A. 

In Lieut. Peterson's Roads, 1808, Sir James Hamlin, Baronet, of 
Clovelly Court, is noticed. 

From Coxe's Mounmouthshire: Soon after the Conquest, Hame- 
line, son of Deu-de-Baladun or Balure, a "great Norman Chiftain, sub- 
dued Overwent and built a fortress at Abergavenny, dying without 
issue in 1090. He left the castle to his Nephew, Brien-de-in-Wallingford 
or de-1'Isle. 

In the history and antiquities of Somerset, by the Revd John Culli- 
son, F. A. S. (1791), among the gentlemen and Sheriffs of this county is: 
John Hamlyn 1373. 

Names of the Lords and Squires and gentlemen within the county 
of Somerset, resident in the time of Henry VII: Alexander Hamlyn. 

The following is an extract from Burke's Landed Gentry of Great 
Britain: Hamlyn of Leawood and Paschoe. Hamlyn-Calmady Pollex- 
fen. Esquire of Leawood and Paschoe, County Devon, b. 18 Jany 1775 — 
m. 27 June 1805, Fanny Bedford, only dau . of Richard Cross, Esq. of Dur- 
yards, near Exeter, and has issue: I. Shilston Calmady, m. 25 March 
1841, Sarah Carter, of Neston, Co. Chester. I. Francis Elizabeth II. 
Ellen Mary. 

Mr. Hamlyn is a magistrate and deputy Lieutenant for Devon and 


This family which has resided in Exeter so early as the middle of 
•the 15th Century, settled at Paschoe in 1611. The heiress of an elder 
branch named Harris. 


The kite Cliristopher Hamlyn, Esq., of Paschoe, son of Robert Pas- 
choe Hamlyn, Esq., by Gertrude Mills, his wife — ni. 1st Elizabeth 
INIary, dau. (by Ellizabetli, his wife, dau. and eventual heiress of John 
Pollexfen, Esq.,) of Vincent Cahuady, Esq., and sister and co-heiress 
(witli lier sister, Pollexfen, who ni. Admiral, Charles Holmes Everett, 
who took tlie name of Calmady, and was fatlier of the present Charles 
Begges Calmady, Esq., of Langdon-Hall; see Calniady) of her brother 
Francis Calmady, Esq., of Langdon-Hall; Co. Devon, and by her had 
an only son and heir, tlie present Calmady Pollexfen Hamlyn, Esq., of 
Pasclioe and Leawood. 

Mr. Hamlyn I'lidly m. Frances Marsliall, but had no furtlier issiie." 

Jenkin's History of Exeter, England, gives a list of the mayors and 
bailiffs of that city from an early period; they seem to have been chosen 
annually; the bailiffs, four in number, equivalent to aldermen, were 
assistants to the mayor. The Hamlyns named by Jenkins as sharing in 
the citj' government are as follows: 

1444, Nicholas Hamlyn, 4th Bailiff. 



14^58, John 


14(51, " 


1468, " 


1485, Nicholas 

4 Bailiff-. 


1 " 



1511, Henry 

4th Bailiff. 

1524, " 


1526, " 


1538, " 


In 1882 Prof. Charles E. Hamlin, late of Harvard College, fonnerly 
professor of natural sciences in Waterville College, now Colby Univer- 
sity, visited Exeter, England, and there found many of the name of 
Hamlin. Also, an old family, then represented by Shilston Calmady 
Hamlyn, Esquire, one of the largest landed proprietors in West Devon- 

Respecting the name, many theories have been advanced as to its 

In a treatise of Charles Waring Bardsley, M. A., London, 1875, on 
English surnames, it is stated that the name, Hamlyn, is derived from 
Homo, or Hamon, but no authority is given for the statement. 

The work of Mark Anthony Lower, London, 1843, on English sur- 
names, offers much interesting information on the subject, of a general 
character, from which we extract: 

" It is not sufficient for a person of inquisitive mind that he bears 
such and such a surname because his father and grandfather bore it; he 


will naturally feel desirous of knowing why and when their ancestors 
acquired it." * * * 

"The ancient Britons generally used one name only; sometimes, 
but very rarely they added another." * * * 

" No precise date can be assigned to the introduction of hereditary 
surnames into England." * * * 

" Surnames were taken up in a gradual manner by the great, during 
the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries. By the middle of the 
twelfth, however, it appears they were necessary appendages to fami- 
lies of rank, to distinguish them from meaner extraction. 

" Surnames can scarcely be said to be permanently settled before the 
era of the Reformation. The keeping of parish registers was 
probably more instrumental than anything else in settling them; for 
if a person was entered under one surname at baptism, it is not 
likely that he would be married under another, and buried under 
a third. 

" We have already seen that some second names were borrowed from 
places in ancient times. These, however, were not hereditary, like 
those of modern date. The latter originated, in all probability, in Nor- 
mandy and the contiguous parts of France, about the close of the tenth 
century, or tlie commencemeut of the eleventh. Possessors of land, in 
the first instance, borrowed them from their own estates, a practice in 
which the Normans were soon imitated by the English, particularly 
after the Conquest. Chiefly of this kind are the names occurring in 
that far-famed document, the GREAT ROLL, of Battel Abbey, — a list 
of the principal commanders and companions in arms of William the 
Conqueror. Camden remarks, that there is not a single village in Nor- 
mandy that has not surnamed some family in England. 

" Many persons who bear names of French origin jump, without any 
evidence of the fact from historical records, to the conclusion that they 
must needs be descended from some stalwart Norman, who hacked his 
way to eminence and fortune through the serried ranks of the Saxons 
at Hastings. Such ambitious individuals ought to be reminded that, 
in the eight centuries that have elapsed since the Conquest, there have 
been numerous settlements of the French in our nation (England). 

" Sirname. — Nomen patris additum proprio. Surname. — Nomen sup- 
ra nomen additum. Sirname differed originally from Surname. Sur- 
name, the name one has over and above the Christian name. They 
were at first written, not in a direct line after the Christian name, but 
above it, between the lines, hence called in Latin, Supranomia, and in 
French, Sur-noms. From the last the English term is immediately de- 
rived. A surname is, therefore, a name superadded to the first or 
Christian name, to indicate the family to which the individual bearing 
it belongs. Hence, although every sirname is a surname, every sur- 
name is not a sirname, a distinction now scarcely recognized; but the 
words are used indiscriminately. 


Mr. Lower states that the name Hamlin, is derived from the .Sire- 
name, Hanmieline, now obsolete, but found in Doomsday Book, and 
other ancient English records. 

In his book is given a list of surnames, derived from Christian 
names, in which occurs the name Hamlin, as derived from Ham- 
meline. I3:!j5848 

Camden, (one of the earliest writers on English names — UVIS) 
says: "About the year of our Lord lUOO, surnames began to be taken 
up in France, and in England about the time of the Conquest."— 106fi. 

Cussans in his Handbook of Heraldry, says: "Of the many Noble.s 
who accompanied the Conqueror to England, but few, if any, were dis- 
tinguished by surnames; they were described simply l)y their Chris- 
tian names, followed by the locality from whence they came. * * * 
Even the Conqueror's sons, William and Henry, were distinguished by 
such names as Rufus and Beauclerc. Hereditary surnames were not 
generally adopted in England, even amongst the Xobility, until the 
fourteenth century; yet long anterior to that period, we find Nobles 
designated by the name of the Charge which they bore uijon their 
shields, which names and bearings have descended to their posterity." 

On the theory that the name is of German origin, it has been suggest- 
ed that it is derived from Haem, home; and lien, body; or homebody, 
the explanation being, that when all but one of the male members of the 
family were absent in war, the one at home was called Haemlien, or 
homebody. One of the coat of arms of the family is in harmony with 
this idea; the three bulls suggesting husbandry, or home pursuits; and 
the crest, a hand plucking a rose, suggesting a peaceful or home pursuit. 
But this could not have been appropriately applied to Hameline, the 
follower of William; who was a soldier; the lion rampant, or the crossed 
swords, would have been more appropriate insignias. 

Upon similar ■ theories, a variety of derivations of the name 
could be constructed from its syllables. Ham was an old English and 
Saxon word, and, like hame, hama and hamma, has similar meaning; 
a house or dwelling, a home, a home close or little meadow, a piece of 
land; it also had a meaning kindred to hamel and hamlet, a collection 
of houses, a village or town. Lin, and its antecedents linn, linne and 
llyn; meaning a jjool, pond or lake, and hlynna, a Saxon word, a 
brook or torrent, — defined as a pool or collection of water, particularly 
above or below a fall of water; a waterfall or cataract. From these we 
could have, a home, house, dwelling, village, hamlet, etc., by the pool, 
lake, river, brook, cataract, waterfall, etc. Hence the derivation sug- 
gested by Mr. Worthy, "The home by the pool." 

Ham is the name of a small town and fortress situated on the river 
of the same name in the department of Somme, in France, of ancient 
origin. Coins were struck here in the reign of Charles the Bold, 840-877. 

As stated by Mr. Worthy, Hameln, at the junction of the river of 
the same name with the river W^eser, is in Hanover. It is an ancient 
town and a former fortress. 



Hamburg, Germany, founded by Charlemagne, 804, may have a 
similar meaning. 

Hamme is also the name of a town in the Netherlands; as is Hamm, 
the name of a town of Prussia. 

It is an established fact that the name of the follower of Williana 
was variously written Hameline, Hamelin and Hamelinus. 

It is a further fact that it was a custom in p]ngland following the Con- 
quest, for individuals to assume the names of the city, town or pro- 
vince from wlience they came, in France or elsewhere, and in return to 
confer the same or similar ones on their new homes in England. 

From these premises it is not improbable to infer that the founder of 
the name in P^ngland, may have taken it from his home in France or 
Germany. But these are speculations, not conclusive proof of the 
facts; they are at best presumptions. 



Several coats of arms of the family have l)een found, viz.: 

In the roll of Arms, of Edward III, 1337. Monsier Hamlyn: Port 

Gules, une lion d'or gonte sable. 

Another is that of the Hamlyns of Exeter, England: 

Arms: Sable, two swords crossed in saltier, hilted and pommel e<J„ 

the points upward, or; Quarterings; Calmady and Pollexfen; CaJl- 



mady quartering, 1st and 4th, argent, a lion ranii)ant, gules; PoUex- 
fen, 2d and 3d azure, a chevron between three pears, or. Motto: Caute 
sed Strenue. Crest: A grittin i)assant guardant. 8eats: Paschoe, 
Colebrook, Leawood, Bridestowe; County Devon. 

Another; Arms of the family Hainelin: Argent, three Bulls passant 
sable. Crest: A hand plucking a Rose from a bush of the proper col- 
ors. (See illustration p. 36.) 

Burke, in his Encj-elopsedia of Heraldry, gives the following Coats 
of Arms: 

Hamlin — Arms: Gules, a lion rampant, ermine, crowned with an 
antique crown, or. Crest: seven arrows, points upward, proper. 

Hamlin — (Hamlinston; Reg. Ulster's oflfice. ) Arms: A chevron be- 
tween three Spaniels sejant, gules. 

Hamlin — (County Leicester.) Arms: (lules, a lion rampant, ermine, 
ducally crowned, or. 

Hamline — (Impalement f. ent. of Roland St. Lawrence, Alderman 
of Drogheda, d. .July 9, 1633. Married Alson, dau. of Alderman Thom- 
as Hamline, same place. ) Arms: A chevron between three lions sejant, 

Hamlyn— (Paschoe and Leawood, County Devon.) Arms: Sable, 
two swords, in saltier, the points upward, hilted and ponnneled, or; 
Quarterings: Calmady and Pollexfen. Crest: A griffin guardant. 
Motto: Caute sed Strenue. 

Hamlyn—(CloveUy— Court, County Devon, Bart, i Arms: Or, a 
falcon, sable, billed, gules; between three roses, leaved, vert. Crest: 
A swan, argent; collared, gules; wings endorsed; beaked and legged, 
or; holding in the beak a birdbolt, saV)le. 

Other Crests.— Hamlyn, Crest: A demi swan, wings expanded, 


Hamlyn, Crest: A swan close; in its mouth a baton. 

The greater number of Hamlins found in America descend from 
James Hamblen, who settled in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1639. 

The writer has found no one of the name in this country earlier than 
him. His descendants are numerous, and extended early to other 
parts of the country, and are now found in most, if not all the states 
and territories, in Canada, and other foreign countries. This family 
spells the name variously, thus: Hamlin, Hamlen, Hamline, Hamb- 
lin and Hamblen. 

The descendants of Captain, or Honorable Giles Hamlin, who set- 
tled in Middletown, Conn., 1650-4, though not so numerous as those of 
James Hamblen, of Barnstable, are found similarly distributed. 

There are traditions and frequent statements to be found in various 
local histories, biographies, genealogies, etc., that James Hamblen, the 
settler in Barnstable, and Hon. Giles Hamlin, of Middletown, were re- 
lated. These statements are far from being uniform. After diligent 
research, the writer has been unable to ascertain any conclusive evi- 
dence of the fact of any relationship between these two men. The best 
evidence, aside from mere assertion, is found in the statement of the 
Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President, who wrote in a letter in 1890 
as follows: 

" I think the early Hamlins at Cape Cod in Mass., and at Middle- 
town, Conn., were related, but have no correct idea how. My eldest 
brother Elijah, from investigation, was satisfied that the descendants 
of James and Giles Hamlin, were connected. T have not the data of 
his investigation. 

Besides, an aged aunt of mine told me some twenty years ago, that 
when she was a young girl, her father, my grandfather, Eleazer Ham- 
lin, was in the habit of visiting with his wife, the Hamlins in Middle- 
town as his relatives, but just what the relation was she could not tell. 
* * * So I am satisfied that the Hamlins of Cape Cod and Middle- 
town wen' of the s.niue stock." 

While it is not improbable that these men may have been relatives, 
in view of other ascertained facts, the statement of the Vice President, 
wiJch is undoubtedly true, admits of a different and probably more cor- 
rect conclusion. Hannibal Hamlin was deeply interested in the study 
of his ancestry, and owing to his eminent position was frequently 
applied to for information concerning the subject, which was cheer- 
fully given to every one; but the fact is, that he was in error as to his 
own ancestors, a question about which different genealogists, best ad- 
vised on the subject, differed. The writer has labored under the same 
■difficulty, with more evidence perhaps than was examined by any 
other person, and was compelled to change hit opinion several times, 
as new evidence was produced. In the first place it is possible and 
probable that in the communication of facts, which occurred seventy 
years before, there may have been some inaccuracy of statement, 
although made with the best intention. Capt. Eleazer Hamlin, the 


grandfather of the Vice President, was an olticer in the Revolutionary 
army in which several of his sons also served, his son Africa being an 
officer and a member of the Society of Cincinnati. Some of the Barnsta- 
ble Hamlins, their relatives, had settled in Sharon, Conn., in Berkshire 
county, Mass., and in Eastern New York, as early as 1740, and in other 
places in Connecticut. Many of these Hamlins are known to have 
been Revolutionary soldiers, among whom were Capt. Nathaniel, also 
Cornelius, Thomas, Asa and David, of Sharon; .lohn Hamlin, of Cum- 
mington, Mass.; Ebenezer Hamlin and his son Mark, of Burlington, 
Connecticut; Seth Hamlin and Jabez Hamlin, of Alford, Massachu- 
setts, and many otliers. Some of these are said to have been on the 
staft' of Gen. Washington; and Africa Hamlin kept a voluminous 
diary of everything he knew or heard about Washington. ^ 

It is very probable that Capt. Eleazer and his sons made the ac- 
quaintance of their own relatives, who had served in the army with 
them. It is true also, that many of the descendands of Capt. Giles 
Hamlin served in the old French wars, and in the Revolution, some of 
whom were prominent officers, whose acquaintance, it is more than 
probable, was made by Capt. Eleazer, during his service. Now, the 
conclusion is, that his daughter may have inferred that those visited 
by her father in Connecticut, were all relatixes from the circum- 
stances here related. It is fair to state that the Vice President was not 
advised of all the facts here related. y ' 

Hon. Elijah L. Hamlin, an elder brotlur ol the Vice President, 
appears to have given some critical investigation of his ancestors, and 
was interested in the subject. In a memoranda prepared by in 
1867, occurs these statements concerning his grandfather: " Lydia, 
his daughter, who died only two years ago, could give no knowl- 
edge of her father's origin; only, that when they lived at Har- 
vard, two aunts, Richards and Holmes, frequently came from the west 
on horseback to visit their brother ^Capt. th-azer). Asia (his son) 
who is still living, knows nothing about it." Elijah also expresses the 
opinion that his grandfather may have come from Connecticut, but 
also states that he supposes he originated in the vicinity of Cape Cod. 
Showing very conclusively that the ancestry of his grandfather was 
not then established to his satisfaction. 

From personal letters receiv. d by myself from the Vice-President in 
the year 1888, it is apparent that he was then in doubt as to his ances- 
tors, supposing correctly that he descended from James of Barnstable, 
but in error, as I have since ascertained as to the line of descent. My 
conclusions will be found in the Genealogy. 

Discovering these various statements of relationship between .James 
Hamblen and Giles Hamlin, and believing the evidence upon which 
they are founded, to be'erroneous, I have felt it my duty to point them 
out, that they may not be accepted as settled. I do not say they were 
not related; only that I do not know, and have seen no conclusive evi- 
dence of the fact. It would afford me pleasure to know that they were 
relatives and to discover proof of it. 


Another grave error has arrested luy attention; the statement that 
James Hamblen was of Huguenot descent. Nothing in the record of liis 
life or pedigree, has come to my notice, to M^arrant such statement; 
but the reverse is true. The Edict of Nantes was promulgated by 
Htvri Quxttre, then King of France in 1598, under which the Protest- 
ants were granted religious tolerance. This continued until the 
Eevncc(tio7i of the Edict of Nantes, by Louis XIV, in 1685. James 
Hamblen came from London, and liad then been in Barnstable nearly 
fifty years, and had grandchildren there. While not conclusively 
proven, it is probable that his eldest child was born in England in 
1630, and that his ancestors had resided there a century, at least. 

Several individuals of the name have been discovered in New Jersey, 
Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, prior to the Revolu- 
tion, with numerous descendants. It is desired that the relationship, 
if any, existing between tliese families, may be discerned and their 
genealogies better established, before publication of those branches of 
the family. 

Several others of the name have been discovered, who settled in the 
United States, coming from England at later periods. 

In 1871, a gentleman, an attache of the General Hospita' at Quebec, 
Canada, named J. R. L. Hamelin, wrote, in French, wliich translated, 
reads: "The first Hamelin who came to Canada was called J^ouis. He 
is found mentioned for the first time at the date of 1650 by M. L'Abbe 
Tanguay. He came from France. * * * The Seigniory of Gran- 
dines in the Bos — was granted him the 25th of April, 1711, and his 
descendants until about 1800, at which time it was sold. That was the 
branch of the Hamelins from which I am descended. A Hamelin, also 
named Louis,- son of tlie first, was married the 24th of February, 1718, 
to Catherine Neporn, at Detroit." 

Some members of this family probably settled in the United States, 
as the name is frequently found all over the United States. It is prob- 
able that some of the name, Hamelin, came direct from France. 

It is a singular fact that out of many requests to people of the 
nam«' Hamelin, sent to individuals in different places, not one reply has 
been received, except that above mentioned. 

A common error obtains, that there is no relationship between those 
whose names are spelled dift'erently. Like many other old English 
names the orthography has been corrupted, and there are various 
terminations to be found, tlius: HanUin, Hamlen, Hamelin, Hamline, 
Hameline, Handing, Handyn, Hamblin, Hamblen, Hamblyn, etc. 
As found spelled in Norman-French in the Doomsday Book it was 
Hamelinus; in Leland's copy of the Roll of Battel Abbey, Hameline; 
in Hollinshed's copy, Hamelin. Later the name in England at an 
early period, was spelled Hamlyn, which is still retained; but many, 
at the present time there, spell it Hamlin, Hamblin, Hamblen and per- 
haps in other ways. The 6 is evidently an interloper, and a corruption 
of the name; and many families liave, in comparatively recent years. 


dropped it. Prof. Charles E. Hamlin, 'ate of Hai-\-ard College, whose 
family dropped the 6 from the name, was of the opinion that Hamlin 
was the most consonant with the general pronunciation of the name, 
and its proper Anglicized form. Antiquarians give little heed to the 
mere spelling of the name, as found in records or as practiced by- 
living individuals, as evidence of relationship; it is common to tind 
known relatives who spell the name differently. Two-hundred years 
ago and prior, there was no standard for English orthography, people 
spelled anyway and everyway to suit the fancy. Many were then un- 
able to read or write, and trusted such matters to puljlic officials and 
scriveners. One clerk would spell in liis peculiar manner, while the 
clerk in another place spelled differently. Long continuance in the 
same place by the same family, tended to the adoption of a given form 
of name; while the separation of relatives, exhibited frequently, a 
marked difference. In such ways the forms of names multiplied. It 
is remarkable that the oontinued fonn of names has been so well pre- 


The Genealogy will be found arranged by generations, by families, 
in chronological order, as nearly as practicable. The name of the head 
of a family is given in full. The Christian name only, of the children 
of a family are given, to avoid repetitions of the surname. The names 
of individuals are all consecutively numbered, and some names appear 
twice; first as a child, second as iJie head of a family; in such cases, 
when the name appears a second time, as the head of a family, the 
number first given is repeated in brackets. To find the line of descent, 
take any name and trace the ancestors backward by the numbers giv- 
en. Following the name of a head of a family, the line of ancestors is 
given in italics, with the number of each generation expressed, by fig- 
ures, thus: H. F. ANDREWS,« (Jfartha,"! Ichabod,^ Gershom,^ Ger- 
shom,^ Ebenezer,'^ John^' JamesA) The abbreviations used will be 
readily understood, thus: b., born; m. , married; d., died, etc. 



1. JAMES HAMBLEN,! so far as lias been ascertained, was the first 
of the name who settled in America. He came from London and set- 
tled in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in the Spring of 1639. Of his earlier 
life very little has been learned; records exist, however, from which 
some traces of him are supposed to have been discovered. 

The late David Hamblen, Esq., of Boston, the first to investigate hia 
history about 1849, caused research to be made in England for the pedi- 
gree, which without citing the place where the record was found, he 
gives as follows: 


of Cornwall, liv- 
ing 1570. 

-Amor, daughter of 
Robert Knowle, 
of Sarum. 

Son and heir 
County Devon. 

^ * daughter of 
Robert Ashley. 


London 1623. 


From which it is understood that he was brother of Thomas, gentle- 
man, of London, living in 1623; sons of Giles, of Devonshire; son of 
John, of Cornwall, England, who was living in lo70. 


The records of the baptisms and burials of some of his children are 
supposed to have been found in the parish register of St. Lawrence, in 
Reading, Berkshire, England; extracts from which are taken: 


Hamlin James, son of James, Oct. 81, 1630. 

Hamblin Sarah, dau " " Sept 6, 1632. 

Hamlin Mary, " " " .luly 27, 1634. 

" James, son " " April 10, 1636. 


Hamlin James, Oct. 24, 1638. 

From these records it is apparent that the eldest child, .James, died 
in England before the birth of the second James. It will be subse- 
quently noticed that it was the custom of the family to baptize the 
children on the day of birth, if possible; so that the dates of baptisms 
are supposed to be about the dates of births. Mr. Otis, the genealogist 
of the first settlers of Barnstable, says: that the baptism of his children, 
James and Hannah do not appear on the records of Barnstable, that it 
is probable they were born in England and that neither they nor their 
mother came over so early as the father, a common occurrence in those 
early times; the record of the birth or baptism of Hannah has not been 
found in England; jjerhaps owing to the troubles to be related, no public 
record of it was made there. It will be observed that their tirst child 
born in America, was Bartholomew, born April 2U, 1642. Hannah may 
liave been born about 16oS. 

An approximate idea of the time when the members of the family 
left England may be ascertained from these dates. Mr. Otis does not 
appear to have any knowledge of the English records referred to, and 
does not mention the childi-en, Sarah and Mary; as they had another 
Sarah born in Barnstable in 1647 it is supposed the Sarah born 1682 had 
died before they came to America. An account of Mary will be given 
in its proper order later. 

While no express record of the fact has been discovered, it is not im- 
proble that James Hamblen may have been obliged to leave his family 
and fly from England on account of religious persecution; he was a 
Puritan and a member of Mr. Lothrop's church o/Yer the latter 
came to Barnstable. 

An account of the troubles of the congregation of Mr. Lothrop in 
England will be of interest, and may in future lead to information con- 
cerning our ancestor. 

Rev. John Lothrop was pastor of an Independent or C'ongregational- 
ist Society, at South walk, London. April 29, 1682, forty-five members 
of this church were apprehended for unlawful meeting, eighteen of whom 
escaped. Some were confined in the Clink, New Prison, and the Gate 
House, for about two years, and then released on bail; except Mr. Loth- 
rop, for whom no favor could at first be obtained. There is some question 
as to the terms of his release, but the fact remains that these peojile caused 
the English government no little trouble; religion was regulated by law 


at that period; and this society were non-conformists. That tliey be- 
lieved thej' were riglit does not alter the fact. Tlie exact date of tlieir 
release is not given, but on Sept. 18, l(iS4 tlie (JrifHn and another ship 
arrived in Boston witli passengers, among whom were INIr. Tjotlu'op 
and tliirty of his followers. It is not supposed Hamblen was with them. 
Soon after Mr. Lothrop and most, if not all those who came with him, 
went to Scituate, Massachusetts, where there was a small settlement of 
his old friends, whom he had known in England, and who invited him 
to become their pastor. There were nine of these families then at Scit- 
uate who had previously come from England, settling tirst at Ply- 
mouth; and Mr. Lothrop gives a list of "The Houses in ye plantation 
of Scituate att my C'omeing liitlier, onely these wch was aboute the end 
of Sept. 1G34, — all wch small plaine jDaliizadoe Houses." The name of 
James Hamblen is not in the list, nor does it appear there down to the 
date of removal of Mr. Lothrop and his church to Barnstable hereafter 
related, i 

/. Otis states: " Mr. Lothrop found nine families at Scituate, friends that ho had 
known in England. They had, Sept. 3ti, 16:U, built nine ' Pallizado houses,' as tempor- 
ary residences. * * * From the time Mr. Lothrop came, to October, a per- 
iod of two years, thori wsre thirty-one houses built, and in 16:37, nine, making the whole 
number of dwelling houses fifty six. * * * To Mr. Lothrop's list of the houses, I add 
the dates, if known, when the builders came over and the dates of their joining his 
church. The serial numbers indicate the order in which the houses were built ; the 
date next following each name, the time when the party came over; and the last, the 
time when he joined Mr. Lothrop's church. * * * xhe following abbreviations are 
used: K. signifies Kent, or county of Kent; L. London; S. Scituate; B. Barnstable; Gd. 
Goodman; an interrogation point means doubtful." 

'"The houses in ye plantation of Scituate att my Comeing hither, onely these, wch 
was aboute the ende of Sept. 1634,— all wch small plaine pallizadoe Houses. 

1. Mr. Hatherleys, 162:3 & 16:32, L., Jan 11. 16:34-5, S. 

2. Mr. Cudworthes, a 16:32, L. Jan IS, 16:34-5, B. S. 

Sold (15:36) to Gd. Ensigne, S. 

3. Mr. Gillsons, a 16:32, K. ? Jan 8, 16:34-5, S. 

4. Gd. Anniballs, 1623, — Jan 8, 1634-5, B. 

5. Gd. Rowlyes, 1632, K. ? Jan 8, 16:34-5, B. 

See No. 2:3. (No record of Sale.) 

6. Gd. Turners, 1628, K. ? Jan 8, 1634-5, S. 

Sold (16:36) to Gd. Jackson, a 16:34, K. ? Feb 25, 1637-8, B. 

7. Gd. Cobbs (see :32). 16:32. K. Jan 8. 1634-5, B. 

Sold 1st, Gd. Rowlye ; 2d, Wid. Vinal. 

8. Gd. Hewes, 1632, Wales, S. 

Sold (16:36) Gd. Cooper, a 16.32, K. 1 B. 

9. Edward Foster, 16:32, L. ? Jan 8, 16:34-5, S. 

" Since my coming to Octo. 16:36." 

10. My House, Sept. 18, 16:34, L. Jan 8, 16:34-5, B. 

11. Gd. Foxwells, (see .50) 16:30, —Jan 8, 1634-5, B. 

Sold (16:36) to Henry Bourne, a 16:34, Jan 25, 1634-5, B. 

12. Samuel House, Sept 18, 1634, L., Jan 8, 16:34-5, B. & S. 

13. Gd. Chittenden's, 16:35, K. Feb 12. 16:36-7, S. 

14. Gd. Lumber's, (see 27), 1630, L. ? .\p 19, 16:35, B. 

Sold (1636) Gd. Winter, a 15:31, L. Apr 9, 1634, S. 

15. My Sonns, son-in-law Saml Fuller, 1620. 

Leyden Nov 7, 1636, B. 

16. Gd. Haites, 16:35, K. Ap. 19, 16.35, S. 

Sold (16:36) to Mr. Bower. 

17. Gd. Hatches, 16:35, K. S. 

18. Gd. Lewice, Senior, a 1634, B. Sold to Gd Dorkins V a 16.34. 

Probably Thomas Dimick, B. 


Returning to the settlement of Barnstable: The date of the 
first grant is not given, but was in the latter part of 1637 or beginning 
of 1638; soon after Mr. Callicvit and some associates came to Mattekese 
(Barnstable), surveyed certain lands, and appropriated some to their 

19. Goody Hinckley, 1635. K. B. 

20. Mr. Tilden, a 1628, K. S. 

21. * * * The Smiths, Gd. Hoit's brother, S. 

22. Gd. Lewice, Junior, a IBS.'), K. S. 

23. Gd. Rowleyes new house, on his lot, See No 5. 

24. Mr. Vassels, 16:», L. Nov. 28, 1&36, S. 

25. Gd. Stockbridge, ye wheeler, 1635, L. S. 

26. Gd. Stedmans, 1635, LTJuly 17, 1636, S. 

27. Gd. Lumber's, uppon his lot, 1630. See No 14. 

28. Meeting House. See above. 

29. Isaac Robinson's. 1629, Leyden Nov 7, 1636, B. 

Sold (1637) to Gd. Twisden. 

30. Mr. Cudworth's house, on his lott, L. ? See No. 2. 

31. Brother Turners, on his lott, 1628. See No 6. 

32. Brother Cobb's, on his lott, 1632. See No. 7. 

33. Gd. Hewes. on hi4 lott, \6U. See No. 8. 
■34. Gd. Lewice, on his lott, 1632. See No. 18. 

Sold to Gd. WiUiams. 1632, K. ? S. 

35. Gd. Lewice, Junior, his new house, 1635. See No 18. 

36. Gd Kenrick's, a 16:?4, K. Ap. 9, 1637, S. 

37. Mr. Besbetch, 1635, K. Ap. 30, 1637, S. 

38. The young master, Edward Fitsrandolphs, a 1634, K. ? May 14, 1637, B. 

Sold to Gd. Syllice, a 1634, K. ? Dec 24, 1637, S. 

39. Robert Shelleyes, 1632, K. ? May 14. 1637, B. 

40. John Hanmers, S. Sold to Gid. H . 

41. Henry Ewells, 1635, K. Ap. 3, 1636, B. 

Sold to Gd. Merritt, 1628, S. 

42. Mr. Hatches new house. 

43. George Suttens. 

44. Brother Crocker, Jr., a 1634, L. Dec 25, 1636, B. 

45. John Emmersons, a 1634, L. ? S. 

46. Gd. Holmes, S. 

47. John Hamners, on the cliflfe. 

48. Gd. Bird, 1628, S. 1637. 

49. Isaac Robinson's new house, 1629, Leyden. See No 29. 

50. Gd. FoxweU's on his lot, 1630. See No 11. 

51. My house on the lott, erected Sept. 27. See No. 10. 

52. Thomas Lapham's, K. ? Apr 24, 1636, S. 

53. Gd. Edenton's, S. 

54. Gd. Hylands, K. S. 

55. Gd. Rawlings, 1630, S. 

56. WiUiam Parkers, S. 
47. Gd. Lewice, Senior.' 

To these I add church members : 

Robert Linnell, 16:?8, L. Sept. 16, 1638, B. 

William Betts, Oct. 25, 1635, B. 

Thomas Lothrop, Sept. 8, 1624, May 14, 1637, B. 

Christopher Winter, Dec. 24, 1637, S. 

Thomas King, L. 1635, Feb 25, 1637-8, S. 

Thomas Boiden, Ipswitch, 1634, May 17, 1635, S. 

Whole number that joined Mr. Lothrop's church in Scituate, 63 
Of these 26 were females, 26 

Males, or heads of families, 37 

Removed to Barnstable in 1639, 20 

Leaving, 17 " 

From this evidence it very conclusively appears that James Hamblen did not come to 
Barnstable with Mr. Lothrop's church. 


particular use, but he never became an inhabitant of the town; and 
failing to comply with the terms of the grant, it was forfeited, except 
as to vested riglits. Some who came witli him remained and became 
permanent residents; their names unfortunately are omitted. April 1, 
1639, the court ordered that only such persons as were then at Matte- 
kese should remain, and malie use of some land; but should not divide 
any, either to themselves or others; nor receive into the plantation any 
other persons excepting those to whom the original grant was made, 
without special license and approval of the government. In the spring 
of 1639, Rev. Joseph Hull and several families from Weymouth and 
Hingham, decided to move to Barnstable, with the company to be or- 
ganized by Mr. Callicut, of Dorchester; Mr. Hull came to Barnstable 
in May, 1639. Elder Thomas Dimmock was there in the preceding 
March. Elder Thomas Dimmock and Rev. Joseph Hull, are the par- 
ties named in the grant made in 1689 of the lands in the town of Barn- 
stable, as a committee for themselves and associates. It was incorpo- 
rated June -4, 1639,- Old Style. They were the founders of the town and 
Mr. Hull being the minister, on him devolved the greater responsibil- 
ity. At that time the woodman's ax had seldom resounded through the 
forests; the country, except a few fields which hadj been cleared by 
the Indians, was a vast wilderness; the old conmion field, which still 
retains its name, had only a few scattering trees, and the new com- 
mon field, which extended from the old, to the bounds of Yarmouth, 
•contained little forest. In 1639 the Indian population jirobably did not 
exceed five hundred, a quiet, inoffensive race, with whom our ances- 
tors lived in peace. 

Mr. Lothrop and his church came Oct. 21, 1639, New Style. The 
town had been incorporated, many houses built and a civilized com- 
munity were dwelling among the Indians. Mr. Hull and the other 
settlers welcomed them to their homes, assigned them lands and assist- 
ed them in putting up their first rude cabins. It turned out that Mr. 
Lothrop's church constituted a majority of the people, who preferred 
their own pastor, with whom they had suftered persecution in Eng- 
land. Mr. Dimmock and others of the first settlers jjreferred to sit un- 
der his preaching, rather than Mr. Hull, in consequence of which the 
latter left the town. The dwellings are thus described: "The walls 
were made of poles filled between with stones and clay, the roof 
thatched, the chimney to the mantle of rough stone, and above of cob 
work, the windows of oiled paj^er and the floors of hand sawed 

2. Barnstable was incorporated .June 14, 1639, N. S., (or June i. OldStyle). Thirteen 
families had then settled in the town, namely : Rev. Joseph Hull, his son Tristriam, and 
his son-in-law John Bursley, making one family ; Thomas Shaw, Austin Bearse, Henry 
•Coggin, James Hamblin, William TiUy, Thomas Allyn, Lawrence Litchfield, Thomas 
Huckins, John Smith, Roger Goodspeed, John Scudder and Nathaniel Bacon. Mr. John 
Mayo and his son Samuel were early inhabitants, Mr. Mayo having a house when Mr. 
Ijothrop came. Smith, Bacon, Bursley, T. Hull and S. Mayo were not householders June 
1639. If to the above be added Abram Blush, Dolar Davis, Thomas Hatch and John Hall, 
■who came in afterwards, it completes the list of townsmen as recorded Jan. 1643-4. — 
£Otis Papers.] 


planks." Mr. Lothrop called such structures "booths," and says: 
"They were open and cold, and in winter a high piled fire was con- 
stantly to be kept burning. All the houses in the village were alike — 
there was no opening for pride to claim a supremacy." Mr. Otis says 
there had thirteen settled in the toAvn when it was incorporated June 
4, 1630, among whom was James Hamblen. 

In a list of the inhabitants of Barnstable made on January 5, 164.3-4, 
the sixteenth name is "James Hamblin, London, of B(arnstable) 
spring of l(i3U."3 These accounts show conclusively that he settled in 
Barnstable independently from Mr. Lothrop and his church. There is 
no proof that he was or was not a member of Mr. Lothrop's church in 
London, or that he suflfered any i^ersecution; but the facts that he was 
a puritan; the unrecorded birth and baptism of his daughter Hannah; 
that he came from London without his family; and united with the 
church in Barnstable, whose members had suffered persecution; leads 

3. On the 5th day of January, 1643-4, Thomas Hinkley, Heni-y Cobb, Isaac Robinson 
and Thomas Lothrop drew up a list of those who were then inhabitants of Barnstable, 
and I infor from til e order annexed to the same that the forty-iive named were hovise- 
holders. * * * 

1. Anthony Annable, from Scitnatr. 1640. 

2. Abraham Blush, Duxbury, IMO. 

3. Thomas Shaw, Hingham, IG39. 

4. John Crocker Scituate, 1639. 
.-). Dolar Davis, Duxbury, 1641-2. 

6. Heiirv Ewcll. Scituate, 1639. 

7. William Bctts, Scituate, 1639. 
William Pcarse, of Yarmouth, 1643. 

8. Rob-rt Shelley. Scituate, 1689. 

9. Thomas Hatcli, Yarmouth, 1642. 

10. John Cooper, Scituate, 19:H9. 

11. Austin Bearse. came over 163S, of B. 1639. 

12. WiUiam Crocker, Scituate, 1639. 

13. Henry Bourne, Scituate, 16S9. 

14. Henry Cogsin. Boston, spring 1639. 

15. Lawrence Litchfield, of B. spring 1639. 

16. JAMES HAMBLIX, London, of B. spring 1639. 

17. James Cuchvorth, Scituate, 1640. 

18. Thomas Hinckley, Scituate, 1639. 

19. Samuel Hincklev, Scitiuite, Hth July 1640. 
William Tilly, sprin^r 16;!9, removed to Boston 1643. 

20. Isaac Robinson, Scituate, 1639. 

21. Samuel Jackson, Scituate, 1639. 

22. Thomas Allyn. spring 1639. 

Mr. Joseph HuU, Weymouth, May, 1639. 

23. Mr. John Bursley, Weymouth, May 1639. 

24. Mr. John Mayo, came over 1638, of Barnstable 1639. 

25. John Casley, Scituate, spring of 1639. 

26. William Caseley, Scituate, of B. spring of 1639. 

27. Robert Linnett, Scituate, 1639. 

28. Thomas Lothrop, Scituate, 1639. 

29. Thomas Lumbard, Scituate, 1639. 

30. Mr. John Lothrop, Scituate, Oct 20, 1639. 

31. John Hall, Charleston, 1641. 

32. Henry Rowley, Scituate, 1639. 

33. Isaac Wells, Scituate, 1639. 

34. John Smith, of Barnstable, 1639. 
3.5. George Lewis, Scituate, 1639. 

.36. Edward Fitzrandolph, Scituate, 1639. 

37. Bernard Lumbard. Scituate, 1639. 

.38. Roger Gootlspeed, Barnstable, 1639. 

39. Henry Cobb, Scituate, October 21, 1639. 

40. Thomas Huckins, Boston. 1639. 

41. John Scudder, Boston, 1639. 

• 42. Samuel Mayo, of Barnstable, 1639. 

43. Nathaniel Bacon, of Barnstable, 16.39. 

■ 44. Richard Foxwell, from Scituate, 1639. 

45. Thomas Dimmock, Hingham, 1639.— [Otis Papers.] 


to the inquiry whether he might not have been a member of that 
ehiirch in London, whieli sutt'ered persecution as rehited. 

His liouse lot, containing eiglit acres, was at Coggin's Pond, and 
was one of tliose presumably laid out under the authority of Mr. Calli- 
cut. It was bounded northerly by the lot of Gov. Hinckley; easterly 
by the Commons, (now the ancient graveyard); southerly by the Com- 
mons; and westerly by the highway, which at that time, after crossing 
the hill on the west, turned to the north on the borders of the 
pond, to Gov. Hinckley's old house, which stood near the pond; and 
thence turned easterly, joining the present road at the head of Calve's 
Pasture Lane. In 1680 the present road was laid out through Ham- 
blen's lot, and leaving a triangular shaped portion of it on the north of 
the road; afterwards, in 1(598, the location of the road having been 
changed, the Hamblens were allowed to enclose that part of the old 
road situated between their land and the pond, adjoining Gov. Hinck- 
ley's. The westerly portion of the road which was discontinued, op- 
posite the south end of tlie pond, was reserved as a watering-place, and 
is so occuiiied to this day. 

His other lands were six shares, and six acres of upland in 
the Calve's Pasture; twenty acres of ujiland, and the meadow on the 
north, bofunded easterly by the land of Henry Bourne, and westerly by 
the land of Dea. John Cooj^er; his great lot of tifty acres was bounded 
southwesterlj- by the Great Indian Pond; southerly by the lot of Thom- 
as Lothrop; and northerly by the Indian Pond lots, on which his 
son John built a house. The Hamblens were among the first settlers 
in that part of town; and that region of country is now known as 
"Hamblin's Plains." In 1686 his house was described as standing on 
his twenty-acre lot, on the north side of the highway, between the 
houses of Mr. Russell, (known in modern times as Brick John Hinck- 
ley's,) and Dea. John Cooper, owned by William Hinckley and 

Mr. Otis further says: "Mr. AUyn's house lots, Nos. 1 to 6, and 
with the lots numbered 7 to 12, constituted the central portion of tlie 
village as originally laid out; on the west, probably in the order 
named, were the lots of Gov. Hinckley, Samuel Hinckley, Gen. Cud- 
worth, James Hamblen, etc. The record of the laying out of the lands 
of Barnstable in 1680 is lost. The entries made of the lands of Mr. Al- 
lyn, furnish the best information we have on the subject. The house 
lots contained from six to twelve acres, and were all laid out on the 
north side of the highway, west of Rendezvous Lane. In 1654 Mr. M- 
lyn owned six of the original house lots." In 1S!(4 Mr. (xustavus 
Hinckley, who resides in Barnstable, said: " While the precise spot of 
the location of the house of James Hamlin, Senior, cannot be identi- 
fied, yet is reduced to very narrow limits, in the recorded bounds of our 
country road, laid out in 16.S6; and the house of Dea. .John Cooper is 
still standing in good condition; and the exact location of Mr. Russell's 
house is well known, it having been taken down in recent time." 


The name of Mr. Hamblen appears frequently in the records of 
Plymouth Colony. The first mention is " March 1, 1741-2. James 
Hamblen was propounded for Freeman." 

" At the Genrall Court of our Soumlgne Lord, Charles, by the Grace 
of God, King of England, Scotland, Franc, Ireland, Defender of the 
Fayth &c, holden at Plym aforcsd the VI.Jth of March, in the XVIJth 
yeare of his Mats now Raigne &c. 

Before Willm Bradford, gent. Gou. (and other members of the court 
named) James Hamlen (was appointed) Constable for Barnstable." 

List of Freemen in Barnstable in 164S, taken from Plymouth Colony 
Records, Vol. 8, 176-7. Those marked I have been erased on the orig- 
inal record. 

X Mr. Joseph Hull I William Caseley 

" Lothrojie Mr. Robte Linnett 
" Thomas Dommock " John Mayo 

Anthony Annable Samuel Hinckley 

X .lames Cudworth X Edvvard Fitzrandle 

Isaack Robinson Georg Lewes 

Henry Rowley Samuel .Jackson 

.lohn Cooper JAMES HAMLENE 

Henry Cobb Thomas Hinckley 

Bernard Lumliert Nathaniel Bacon 

Henry Bourne Dolar Davis. 

March lo, 10 17, James Hamblen served on inquest on the body of a 
child, Simeon Davis. 

June 3, 1657, James Hamblen was sick and could not serve on the 
Oraud Enquest. 

Tlie name of James Hamblen appears in the list of Freemen of Barn- 
stable in 16oS. 

June 7, 1670, James Hamblen served on Grand Enquest; same day 
he was member of a trial jury. 

May 29, 1670, James Hamblen, Juni, and James Hamblen, Seni, in 
list of Freemen. 

March 6, 1671, James Hamblen served on a jury. 

June 3, 1679, James Hamblen served on a j ury in the case between 
'Capt. .John Williams and Edward .Jenkins. 

July 7, 16S1, James Hamblen served on juries. 

July 6, 16S2, James Hamblen summoned to serve on a jury, and 

In the list of Freemen of Barnstable for 16'S9, among others appear 
the names of .James Hamblen, James Hamblen, Jr., John Hamblen, 
Eleazar Hamblen. 

Mr. Lothrop taught that Baptism was an ordinance of primary im- 
portance, and published a work on the subject, urging that the parent, 
being a member of the church, who unnecessarily delayed the per- 


formanee of this service, thereby periled tlie salvation of the child. 
The practice in Mr. Lothrop's churcli was to baptize children on the 
Sabbath next following their birth. Instances are given of children 
born on Sabbath morning, and carried two miles the same day at an 
inclement season of the year to be baptized. 

It would seem that James Hamblen conformed to this custom. It 
will be observed that his three youngest children were baptized on the 
day of birth. Mr. Otis says: " He was never dignified witii the title of 
*Mr.' and was, all his life, called 'Goodman.' " Speaking of this cus- 
tom, he says: " In the Plymouth Colony, the Governor, deputy gov- 
ernor, the magistrates and assistants, the ministers of the gospel, elders 
of the church, school masters, officers in the militia, men of great 
wealth or connected with the gentry or nobility alone, were entitled to 
be called, Mister, and their wives, Mistress; this rule was rigidly en- 
forced in earlier colonial times; and in all lists of names, it was almost 
the invariable custom, to commence with those who stood highest in 
rank, and follow that order to the end.'' 

"Goodman Hamblen was not much in public life. He was an hon- 
est man, a good neighbor and a sincere Christian; he was industrious 
and i^rudent in his habits and brought up his children to walk in his 
footsteps. His descendants have, witl> few exceptions, inherited the 
good qualities of the ancestor." 

The correct spelling of his name is a (piestion of doubt. As a matter 
of fact jjeople in those times were not particular, and the same individ- 
ual did not spell his own name uniformly, in many instances; there 
was no standard of English orthography then. In the foregoing pedi- 
.gree the name is spelled Hamelyn and Hamelin, in the recoi'd of bap- 
tisms, Hamblin and Hamlin; in the colonial records, Handene, Harn- 
len and Hamblen. His pastor. Rev. Mr. Lothrop wrote the name uni- 
formly, Hamling. Rev. Mr. Russell, a successor of Mr. Lothrop, wrote 
it Hamblin. His sons and descendants for the first four generations, 
generally wrote it Hamblen; but assigned to his will, it is spelled 
Hainlt'n. The descendants spell the name variously: Hamlin, Hani- 
len, Hamline, Hamblin and Hamblen. 

There is a tradition that four brothers, who were his descendants, 
agreed, upon their separation, each to spell the termination of the name 
differently. The time and place where this occurred, or the individuals 
are not known; but in matters of this kind traditions are not of much 
value until established by positive evidence. ' 

David Hamblen was of the opinion that .James Haml)len and Ids 
wife Anne, were both born in London. 

He died in Barnstable in IWH). His personal estate was appraise<l at 
£19.17.3. He was probaldy over eighty years old, and had probably dis- 
tributed some of his personal estate before his death, as indicated in 
the will. 




The last Will and Testament of James Hamlin Senr. of Barnstable. 

I being weake in body but throu ye mercy of God of good and dis~ 
posing mind and memory, and calling to mind ye uncertainty of this 
transitory life, and being willing to sett things in order as there may 
be peace and good agreement between my children after my decease, I 
do make and delare this my last will and testament in manner and 
forme hereafter mentioned viz: — 

Imprimis: I will and bequeath my soul to (xod who gave it 
through Jesus Christ, my deare and only Saviour and Redeemer and 
my body to decent burial as to my Executrix hereafter named shall 
seeme meete and convenient, and as for my outward estate which God 
hath been pleased to lend me, my will is that all my debts which are ini 
right or conscience due to any person shall be first duly satisfied and 
contented. And then my will is that Anne, my loving wife shall have 
and enjoj' all the rest of my estate in whatsoever it be during her natu- 
ral life for her supporte and livelyhood, and my will is that after her 
decease in as much as my son .James hath had ten pounds already of 
me, and my son Bartholemew five pounds, and my daughter Hannah„ 
five pounds (according to ye desire of my mother) so my will is that ye- 
rest of my children shall have each of them five pounds apeace made 
up to them out of my estate, viz: to my son John five pounds my lit- 
tle feather bed bolster and rugg belonging to it, to be in part or whole 
thereof as it shall be appraised; and to my daughter Sarah five pounds, 
in ye great fether bed I lye on with ye bolster and rugg belonging 
thereunto as it shall be appraised; And to my son Eliazer four pounds, 
and five shillings out of iny estate which with ye fifteen shillings he 
owes me on account makes up five pounds to him, And to my son Is- 
rael three pounds and eighteen shillings to make up ye bed and 
coverlett he hath five pounds to him. 

Item. INIy will is that my daughter Sarah shall, have two of my 
platters which shee shall chuse. And my will is that Israel shall! 
have one of my pewter platters as my sons and daughter already 
njarried have had each of them one. And my will is that whatsoever 
of my estate shall remaine after my foresd legacies shall be paid shalll 
after my wifes decease be equally divided amongst all my children un- 
less my wife shall see cause to will any part or parts unto any of my sdl 
children as shee shall see fit to those that are most dutyful unto her, 
unto whose liberty my will is it shall be left. 


As also to nominate an executor to take place after her decease to see 
this my last will performed, And here in case shee make any will to 
dispose of ye overplus as aforesd. 

Item. It is my will that Anne my wife be sole Executrix of this 
my last will and testament so long as shee lives. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 23 of 
January Anno Dom' 1683. 

In presence of 


Gove, Hinckley and Jonathan Russell witnesses to this will, made 
oath in Court October ye 22tli. 1690, that they saw ye above sd James 
Hamlin deceased signe seal and declare this to be his last will and tes- 
tament as attest. 


The name of his wife, except as given in his will, has not been 

Children: — 

2. James, probably born in P^ngland, baptized October 21, 1(530, died 

October 24, 1633. 

3. Sarah, probably born in England, baptized September 6, 1632, 

probably died in England. 

4. Mary, probably born in England, baptized July 27, 1634. 
o. James, probably born in England, baptized April 10, 1636. 

6. Hannah, probably born in England. 

7. Bartholemew, born April 11, 1642, Barnstable, baptized April 24, 


8. John, born June 26, 1644, Barnstable, baptized June 30, 1644. 

9. Sarah, born November 7, 1647, Barnstable, baptized same day. 

10. Eleazar, born March 17, 1(549, Barnstable, baptized same day. 

11. Israel, born June 25, 1652, Barnstable, baptized same day. 


[4] MARY HAMBLEN,2 (Jantes^ ) baptized in St. Lawrence, Read- 
ing, Berltshire, England, July 27, 1634. 
About this member of the family there is much uncertainty; as has 
been stated James Hamblen probably had such a daughter, no further 
trace of whom has been discovered, unless she was one of those men- 
tioned in this sketch. Mr. Otis does not appear to have any knowlege 
of this child, nor of the St. Lawrence records of baptisms, but gives the 
marriages of two in Barnstable named Mary Hamblen,— one for 
whose ancestry he does not attempt to account. One married Benja- 
min Hatch, -5 Jan. 17, 1678, his first wife, who died before 1682; and 

4 The progenitor of Benjamin Hatch, who married Mary Hamblen, was Thom- 
as, who was in Barnstable as early as 1641. Very little is known of him, and he died in 
1661. He had a wife named Grace, and Otis says: " She must have been a second wife, 
for if Jonathan and Lydia had been her children, she would not have allowed them in 
youth to have been aliens from their father's house." His children were probably born 
in England — .Jonathan born about 1624 and Lydia about 1626; and there may have been 
others. He was probably not a young man as stated by Mr. Savage Jonathan, son of 
Thomas, at the age of fourteen, was bound as an apprentice to Lieut. Richard Daven- 
port, of Salem; his father, mother and sister had removed to Yarmouth, leaving him 
among strangers ; after remaining two years, he deserted and came to Boston ; Septem- 
ber 2, 1640, lie was arrested as a fugitive from service, and sentenced to be severely 
whipped and committed as a slave to Lieut. Davenport ; but he escaped to his father's 
house in Yarmouth ; March 1, 1642 he was taken as a vagabond, to be whipped and sent 
from constable to constable, to Lieut. Davenport, at Salem. This sentence was recon- 
sidered by the court, as it had no authority over a party residing in another jurisdic- 
tion, and he was appointed to dwell with Mr. Stephen Hopkins. In 1645 he was one of 
the quota of Barnstable to go on an expedition against the Narraganset Indians. 
His parents appears to have taken no interest in his welfare. This can be accounted 
for on the theory that Grace was a second wife of his father. The boy was exposed to 
temptation on every hand; he had no friends upon whom to rely ; a bondservant, a 
slave, which his proud spirit could not brook ; he resisted and escaped from servitude, 
and for which he was punished. We cannot but admire his bold and manly resistance 
of the intolerant spirit of the age, and of the law, which banished hiin from his father's 
house, and deprived him of his liberty. He married Sarah, daughter of Henry Rowley, 
and resided several years in West Barnstable, and removed to South Sea, Barn- 
.stable. In 1661 he removed to Falmouth, but returned again to Barnstable later. 
He was admitted a freeman of Barnstable June 24, 1690. Time had tempered the fire of 
his impetuosity, and he had become a sober, religious man. He died December, 1710. 
His will is dated September I.t, 1705, proved January 4, 1710-11. He had eleven children 
from 1617 to 1669. among whom was Benjamin, the fifth child; there are discrepancies 


had Abigail born August 4, 1079, and Mary born March o, KiSl. Hatch 
was tM'enty-three years old at the time of this marriage. An- 
other Mary married John Davis,-'' Jr., February 22, 1()!)2, liis second 
wife, who died November, 1()98; and had Shobal, born July 1(J, 1094; 
James, born March 24, 1()9(), and Ebenezer, born May 13, 1G97. Davis 
was forty-two years old at the time of this marriage. Tlie records so 
far disclose the names of but two named Mary Hamblen in Barnstable, 
eligible to these marriages: Mary, 2 daughter of .James,i and Mary,3 
daughter of James,- born July 24, 1664. Mr. Otis states, that the latter 
max'ried Hatch as above stated; if true she was then less than sixteen 
years of age. It seems hardly probable that Mr. Hatch, a youth of 
twenty-three years, married the elder Mary, a lady forty-four years of 
age, or that she was the mother of children after that age. On the 
other hand it seems improbable that the elder Mary married Mr. Davis 
and became the mother of children at the age of fifty -eight years. 
There may have been others in Barnstable, at these periods, named 
Mary Mamblen. It is more probable that Mr. Davis, at the age of for- 
ty-two years married Mary, daughter of Janies,^ at the age of thirty- 
eight years as his second wife. It is worthy of notice that James Hani- 
bleni does not mention a daughter Mary in his will, dated January 23, 
1683, and that there were other Hamlins and Hamblens residing at 
Boston about this period. The facts are stated as found and left for 

between the Barnstable and Falmouth records, respecting the ag 's of the cliildren. 
According to the former Benjamin was born September 7, IGS'i; the lattr-r tjivcs the date 
June 6, 1656. He was a farmer; married three times, first to Mary Hamblen, as stated; 
she died early, and he married second, March 16, 16S2, Elizabeth E Idy; third, Experi- 
ence, widow of Jabez Davis, daughter of David Liunell, February l-i, 1711-12. He re- 
moved 'to MaasfieH, Connecticut, in 1729, and disd there, or at Tolland b^foro th;; year 
1736.— [Otis Papers.] 

5 The progenitor of .John Davis, Jr., who married Mary Hamlen as his second wife, 
was Dolar Davis, who appears in Barnstable as early as 1643: probably a native of Ben- 
nefield, Northamptonshire, England ; married as early as 1618, Margery, daughter of 
Richard Willard, of Horsemondon, County Kent, England, and came over in lff?4 in 
company with his brother-in-law, Major Simon Willard, a man of note, and slopped 
first at Cambridge, where he was one of the first settlers in lOi.i, but removed in 16:?6. 
He was one of the proprietors of land in Concord. In 1638 he was in Diixbury, 
and had lands granted to him at North Hill, April 6. 1640. In May. 1641 he was 
called, "of Scituate." In .August, 1643. he and his sons wore included among- 
those able to bear arms in Barnstable. He probably cam" to Barnstable in 16:{9 with 
the first settlers, but did not make it a permanent residence until 1642 or 3. He was a 
carpenter, a master builder. In 165.5 he removed to Concord, Mass. Married second, 
Joanna, daughter of Rev. .Joseph Hull, widow of John Bursley. He died in 1673, will 
dated September 12, 1672, His eldest son, John, was born i-i England. Married by Mr. 
Prince, at Eastham, March 15 164S, Hannah, daughter of Robert Liunell, of Barnstable. 
He was a house carpenter, and resided in Barnstable; died 170!; will dated May 10, 1701. 
proved April 9, 1703; twelve children, the eldest, .John, born in Barnstable January l.V 
1649-.50. He was a carpenter and resided in Barnstable; married first, February 2, 1tn4, 
Ruth Goodspeed; second, Mary Hamblen, as stated in the text; third, Hannah, widow 
of Nathaniel Bacon. He removed to Falm<mth in 1710. and died 172!t, naming in his will 
ten sons and two daughters.— [Otis Papers.] 


£5] JAMES HAMBLEN, 2 [JamesA ) It is supposed that he was bom 
in England and baptized in the parish of St. Lawrence, Read- 
ing, Berkshire, England, April 10, 1686; that he came over with 
his mother prior to 1()42, and resided at Barnstable, first, at his 
"Coggin's Pond lot, until 1702; when he removed to Hamblin's 
Plains, West Barnstable; where his son Ebenezer occupied the 
old homestead, which he afterwards sold to Col. John Gorham. 
Mr. Gustavus Hinckley, of Barnstable, writes in 1894, that the site 
t)f his house on his father's Coggin's Pond lot is well known; it having 
been owned and occupied by three generations of Gorham; a modern 
house was built about forty years ago over the old cellar. Mr. Otis says, 
that he lived all his life in Barnstable; but David Hamblen says, he died 
in Tisbury, May 8, 171S. He was a farmer, an exemplary member of 
the church and a good citizen. He married Mary Dunham, November 
20, 1()62. She was born 1642. Otis says, she was probably the daughter 
of Dea. .John, of Plymouth; but Prof. Charles E. Hamlin, who gave 
considerable attention to this branch of the family, and from which he 
descended, says: she was daughter of John, of Martha's Vinyard. Per- 
haps Otis and Prof. Hamlin referred to the same individual. Mr. 
Hinckley says, her grave is about sixty rods distant from the site of the 
house, on their Coggin's Pond lot, and the slate headstone bears the in- 
scription: "Mary, wife of James Hamlin, died April ye lOth 1715, in ye 
78d year of her age." 

James Hamblen is expressly named in his father's will, dated .Janu- 
ary 13, 16.S8. David Hamblen states that his children, Mary, Eleazar 
and Experience,, are expressly referred to in his will, as being then de- 
ceased in 1717; and infers that his children Elisha; John and Benjamin 
were also dead, from the fact that neither of them, nor any child of 
theirs is mentioned in the will. 

His name frequently appears in the Colonial records: May 29, 1670, 
James Hamblen, Juni., in list of Freemen. June o, 1671, James Ham- 
blen, Juni., app. to inspect the Ordinaries (Taverns) in Barnstable. 
June 6, 16*^2, James Hamblen, Junir., Member of Grand Enquest. 

Children, born in Barnstable: — 
12. Mary, born .July 24, l(i64. 
18. Elizabeth, born February 14, 1665-6. 

14. Eleazar, born April 12, 1668. 

15. Experience, born April 12, 1668. 

16. James, born August 26, 16()9. 

17. Jonathan, born March 6,1 j70-l. 

18. A son, born March 28, 1672; died April 7, 1672. 

19. Ebenezer, born July 29, 1674. 

20. Elisha, born March 5, 1676-7; died December 20, 1677. 

21. Hope, born March 13, 1679-80. 

22. Job, born January 15, 1681. 
28. John, born January 12, 1683. 

24. Benjamin, baptized March 16; 1684-5. 

25. Elkanah, baptized 1685. 



[7] BARTHOLOMEW HAMBLEN,2 {James,^ ) born in Barnstable, 
April 24, 1642; married January 20, 1673, Susannah Dunham, per- 
haps a sister of Mary, wife of his brother James. He resided on 
his father's twenty-acre lot, adjoining Dea. Cooper's and Mr. Rus- 
sell's home lots; was a farmer, a worthy and a respectable num. 
His name and that of his brother, Eleazer, appear as soldiers in the 
company ofCapt. John Gorham, in King Phillip's, or the Narragan- 
sett War, 1675; and they ai"e both expressly named in the list of gran- 
tees in the Narragansett grants of land in Maine,^ years after their 
death, supposed to have been claimed by their heirs. This sanguinary 
Indian battle, the hardships and casualties of which have few paral- 
lels, was fought December 10, 1675, Old Style; the place was in South 
Kington, R. I., on an island of about five acres in a swamp called Pat- 
tyswamscott, where the Indians had a fortified town. The white 
forces actually mustered 1,127 men, composed of six companies from 
Massachusetts Bay, two from Plymouth and five from Connecticut 
Colonies. The previous day had been extremely cold; the snow fell 



Mary Dovenour. 
Jacob Hinckly. 
John Carillon. 
Geo. Lewis. 
John Hathaway. 
Joseph Higgins. 
Samuel Bryant. 
Richard Ellingham. 
Samuel Childs. 
Samuel Barmau. 
Samuel Linnell. 
Dr. Matthew Fuller. 
Samuel Fuller. 
Thos. Fuller. 
Increase Clap. 
Joseph Taylor. 
John Doncan. 
Baetholemew Hamblin. 
Kleazer Hamblin. 
Thomas Huckins. 

John Phinney. 
Joseph Boarce. 
Samuel Hinckley. 
Samuel Allyn. 
Samuel Davis. 
Jolm Lewis' heirs. 
Caleb Lombard. 
Jos -pli Gorham. 
Josiah Davis. 
Ebenezer (loodspeed. 
Ebenezer Clap. 
Lot ("onant. 
Jedediah Lombard. 
Samuel Cops. 
Joseph Blush (or Blish). 
John Howland, 
John Clark. 
Shubael Gorham, Jr. 
Joseph Crocker. 
John Goodspeed. 


Samuel Barker (or Baker). 
Richard Taylor. 
William Gray. 
William Chase. 
Capt. John Gorham. 
Thomas Baxter. 
John Thatcher. 
John Hallett. 
John Matthews. 
Thomas Thorton. 
WDliam Gray. 

Jonathan Smith. 
Samuel .lones. 
Richard Taylor. 
Thomas Felton. 
John Gage. 
William Fallen. 
William Gage. 
Annariias Wing. 
John Crowell. 
John Chase. 
Henry Golds. 



fast and deep; the soldiers had marched the preceding night through 
tangled, pathless woods, wading through snow until nearly noon; four 
hundred of the men were so badly frozen as to be completely unfit for 
duty. The Indians had formed a wooden fortress, the entrance to 
which was narrow and reached by crossing on a fallen tree. The fight 
lasted six hours; six of the captains of the companies were killed; of 
the company of Capt. Gorham, thirty were killed and forty-one wounded; 
but "the victory was complete, and the power of the Narragansetts for- 
ever broken. It is estimated that 700 Indian warriors were slain, be- 
sides 300 that afterwards died of wounds; not more than 300 escaped; 
the town was burned and the aged men and women and children 
were killed, perished in the flames, or starved from cold and hunger. 
After the battle the army waded through the snow eighteen miles be- 
fore their wounds could be dressed, or refreshments obtained. A grant 
of lands was made by the General Court of Massachusetts May 27, 
1685, for the benefit of the soldiers in this war, which does not appear 

Samuel Hall. 
James Maker. 
James Clagliorn. 
Joseph Hall. 
Samuel Hedge. 
Nathauiel Hall. 
Joseph Whilden. 
Samuel Thomas. 
William Baker. 

Richard Lake. 
Jabez Gorham. 
Henry Gage. 
Yelverton Crowell. 
John Pug&ley. 
Daniel Baker. 
Jonathan White. 
Samuel Baker. 

Timothy Cole. 
Jeremiah Smith. 
Jonathan Green. 
Joseph and Samuel Doane. 
Thomas Paine. 
Jedediah Higgins. 
Eliakim Higgins, 
Joseph Downings. 
Benjamin Downings. 
John Freem&n. 
Jonathan Sparrow. 

Jonathan Morrey. 
Samuel Toby, for his vincle. 
Nathaniel Wing. 
Jehosaphat Eldridge. 


William Ring. 
Thomas Savery. 


John Knowles. 
Samuel Atkins. 
John Doane. 
Thomas Mulford. 
Daniel Doane. 
John Walker. 
John Myrick. 
Nathaniel Williams.. 
Josiah Cook. 
Joseph Harding. 
George Brown. 

Samuel Gibbs. 
John Lewis. 
James Atkins. 

Peter Tinkmain. 

Robert Barker. 
Robert Sanford. 
Thomas Bonney. 

Stephen Sampson. 
Thomas Hunt. 
Thomas Standish. 

TISBURY, Jonathan Lombard. 
ABINGTON, William Harrage. 
sciTUATE, Timothy White, 

—[Pierce's History of Gorham, Maine.]! 


to have been located; similar grants and legislation on the sul)Ject were 
made December 14,17:^7; June 15, 17:i8; June 9,1782; Ajiril 2(i, 1788; 
February 2, 1786, and July o, 1780. The final result was that sevenr 
townships of land were granted to the surviving soldiers of King Phil- 
lip's war, and to the heirs of those deceased, 120 proi)rietors to each 
town, 840 proprietors in all. These towns were called Narragansett 
grants, numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, -5, (5, 7; Gorhamtown being number 7, iU' 
which several of the Hamblen families afterwards settled, now being 
the town of Gorham, Maine. Some of the conditions in these grants 
were, that the proprietors should reserve a portion of tlie land for the 
support of schools and the minister, and settle sixty families, and a 
learned orthodox minister in each town, within seven years from Jan- 
uary 1, 1784. The minister's tax in Maine, resulting from this legisla- 
tion, caused no little disturbance, and the questions were unsettled un- 
til the divorce of church and state, after the admission of Maine into 
the Union in 1820. It does not appear that Bartholomew or Eleazar 
Hamblen or their descendants ever settled in Gorham, nor that any of 
the Hamblens Avho did settle there, did so as proprietors. Their shares 
were probably sold, as there seems to have been quite a trade in that 
class of property in the early days of the town. ("ol. Shubael (Jorham, 
a grandson of Capt. John, was a heavy dealer in Gorham property, 
from which he suffered financial embarrassment. Bartholomew wa* 
expressly mentioned in the will of his father, dated January 28, l(i83> 
He died in Barnstable April 24, 17U4, and the following documents re- 
late to the settlement of his estate: 

BOOK 2, PAGE 1(36. (SEALE) 

Barnabas Lothrop Esqr. Commissionated by the Governor and 
Councill for the granting of Probate of Wills and Letters of Adminis- 
tration within the County of Barnstable In the Province of Massachu- 
setts Bay in New England. To Susannah Hamblen widow and relict 
of Bartholomew Hamlin late of Barnestable in the County of Barne- 
stable in the Province of aforesd now deceased. Trusting in your fidel- 
ity, discression and faithfulness I do by these presents comitt unto you 
full power to administer on all and singular the goods, chattels, right* 
and credits of the sd Bartholomew Hamblen your deceased husband 
who died intestate and well and faithfully to disp )se of the same ac- 
cording to law and to render a plaine and true account of your sd ad- 
ministration upon oath when lawfully called tbereunto. And I do by 
these presents ordain constitute and appoint you Administratrix of all 
and singular the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the sd Bartholo- 
mew Hamblin. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and scale of sd 

Dated at Barnestable this 81tli day of May in the third year of our 
Majties Reign Annoque Domini 1704. ^^^^^^^^^^ LOTHROP. 


BOOK 2, PAGE 167. 

Articles of Agreement had made and concluded on by and between 
Susanna Hamblin widow and relict of Bartholomew Hamblin late of 
the Town and County of Barnestable in New England now deceased 
and Administratrix to the estate of the sd deceased on the one party, 
and Mercy Hamblen, Patience Hamblen, Susanna Hamblen and Ex- 
perience Hamblen al children of the sd deceased of the other party of 
about and concerning the settlement and division of the sd estate or so 
much thereof as may or doth belong to them the said foure children 
and daughters of the sd desd which is as followeth that is to say that 
the sd Susanna Hamblen Administratrix aforesd doth covenant and 
promis to pay or cause to be paid unto them ye sd Mercy Hamblen 
Patience Hamblen, Susanna Hamblin & Experience, her daughters 
their heirs, executors administrators or assigns the full sum of fifteen 
pounds apiece to each of them and to be paid in some convenient time 
as soon as shee the sd Susanna Hamblin Administratrix aforesd can 
conveniently pay the same for and in consideration of sd sum of fifteen 
pounds a piece to be well and truly paid as aforesd they the sd Mer- 
cy Hamblin, Patience Hamblin, Susanna Hamblen and Experience 
Hamblen for themselves ye heirs executors and Administrators do by 
these presents quitt claim unto her the sd Susanna Hamblin their 
mother and Administratrix aforesd of and in all the estate both real 
and personal yt belonged to and left by the sd Bartholomew Hamblen 
their deceased father. 

In testimony whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto 
sett their hands and seals this one and thirtyeth daj^ of May Anno 
Domini one thousand seven hundred and foure. 
In presence of 



On the same Sltli day of May then the above named Susanna Ham- 
blen tlie mother of Mercy Hamblen, Patience Hamblen, Susanna 
Hamblen & Experience Hamblen the daughters all personally ap- 
peared before Barnabas Lothrop Esqr. Judge of Probate &c. for this 
County of Barnestable & acknowledged the above written instrumf. to 
he their act and deed. 


BOOK 2, PAGE 168. 
June the •'ith, 1704, then the estate of Bartholomew Hamblen late of 
the Town of Barnestable who died intestate settled by Barnabas Loth- 
rop Esqr. Judge of Probate &c for the County of Barnestable as follow- 


eth: first that Susanna Hamblen widow and relict of the deceased have 
after debts and funerall charges be paid, the one-third part of all the 
personall estate to be att her own disposing forever. And that she 
have the use and improvement of the one-third part of tlie real estate 
during her natural life. And secondly, that Samuel Hamblen the 
eldest son have the lands at the ponds and the meadow at Bearse's Isl- 
and and broad sound bank and ten shares of Comons he paying out 
fifty pounds to the sd Susanna his mother now Administratrix to sd 
estate. In order to enable her the better to pay out to the rest of the 
children what is hereby ordered to them as they shall come of age or as 
she is to pay the same and then the rest and remaining part of all the 
estate both real and personall to be equally divided to and amongst all 
the rest of the children that is to say to Mercy Hamblen, Patience 
Hamblin, Susanna Hamblen Experience Hamblin, .John Hamblin, 
Ebenezer Hamblin, Mary Hamblin, Betliyah Hamblin, Relyance Ham- 
blin each of them to have an equall part thereof and that the third part 
of the real estate sett out to the widow for her dower during life shall 
be alike divided in equall proportion to and amongst them the sd Mer- 
cy Hamblen, Patience Hamblen, Susanna Plamblin, Experience Ham- 
blin, John Hamblin, Ebenezer Hamblin, Mary Hamblin, Bethyah 
Hamblin and Reliance Hamblin children of the sd deceased, only ex- 
cepting which any of the sd children have or shall as they come of age 
otherwise agree with the sd Susanna their mother. 


BOOK 2, PAGP: 170. 

A true Invintory of the Lands, Goods, Chattels and estate of Bar- 
tholomew Hamblen of Barnestable deceased as it was j^rized by Job 
Crocker, Thos. Sturges and John Hinckley', Junr, the 2S of May, 1704. 

£ s. d. 
Imprimis, his homestead with the meadow at the end of it 
and an Islond of sedge upon the flatts against brode sound 
point with his thirty-seven shares and halfe of comons to 

it all 14.-).0U_0U 

It. In land at the pond and meadow att Bearses Island 

and brode sound banks with 10 shares of Comons to it - 80_00.00 
It. His purse and apparell . . - _ _ (Kijiioo 
It. in jiillows and feathers belonging to a bead - - 01.14.0U 
It. in pillion and pillion cloth & spinning wheel and cover- 
lid - . - - 01.01.00 

It. in Indian corn 02.00.00 

It. in a razor wooden dishes, a caske trays piggin & earthen 

ware --------- (lO.Oo.OG 

It. in iron kittle and iron pot - . . . 00.10.00 

It. in a hoe heating iron baskett and seed corn - - 00.04.00 

It. inearth dish bottles and jug - - - - 00.01.02 


It. in books ._.-... 00_04_00 

It. in a neb and yoak and sliovel _ . . . 00_01_00 

It. in heifers ____.. 06.00.00 

It. in cows and calves _ - . . . 06.14.00 

It. in young cattle .___._ 02.12.00 

It. in liorse kind in the woods and at home _ _ . 05.10.00 

It. in pillow biers and lining .... 01.18.00 

It. in bed bedstead and furniture curtaines and valienes _ 06.03.00 

It. in bed bedsted and furniture .... 02.10.00 

It. in two tnindle beds with their furniture ... 03.00.00 

It. in table lining ....... 00.13.06 

It. in yarn flex and midlings ..... 01.01.06 

It. in baskets and lumber ..... 00.09.02 

It. in looms and tackling belong to it . . . . 02.00.80 

It. in corn and beans . . . _ 01.00.06 

It. in corn upon the ground ..... 00.17.00 

It. in cart plow and yoak . . . . . 02.08.00 

It. in tools and other impliments . _ _ . 00.19.00 

It. in chains and axes ..... 00.16.00 

It. in books ...... 00.14.06 

It. in cotton yearn and blankets sythes and sneath . 00.18.00 
It. in horse gears, cart rope and sadle and sheard sheep & 

combs ..... 04.18.00 

It. in swine flex and broke _ . . . _ 02.01.00 

It. in brass bel mettle ..... 01.04.00 

It. in pewter, tinn and candlesticks . . . 02.08.06 
It. in earthen plates and platters knitting needles knives 

scissors and all so small ware ..... 00.12.00 

It. in earthern and stone juggs earthen pans and pots . 00.06.03 

It. in wooden dishes earthen pots box iron and pans . 00.09.03 
It. in pales and morters, iron pott and kittle needing trough 

barrils and sives . . . . . . 02.03.00 

It. in trenches and spoons basket corn and bags bole and 

tray ........ 00.14.00 

It. in ci.airs tables and spinning wheels . . . 02.02.06 
It. in stone jugs little bottles and boxes thred pins and 

small chest and box . . 00.18.10 
It. in chests and box guns sword and pistol powder bullets 

horn and cartouch box ..... 03.15.00 

It. in pot hangers lire slice and tongs and frying pan . 00.16.06 

It, in a ladder and 20SE) tobaco . . . 01.14.00 

More one yearling sheep come to knowledge since this Invin- 

tory was taken. 

It. in debts due the the estate ..... 03.14.06 

more due the estate ..... 00.07.06 

It. in debts due from the estate .... 16.14.02 


Susanna Hamblen widow and relict of Bartholomew Hamblen late 
of Barnestable now deceased appeared before Barnabas Lothroj) Escjr. 
Judge of Probate &c. for this County of Barnstable and made oath that 
the above written is a true Invintory of the estate of the sd liartholo- 
niew Hamblin her deceased husband so far as she knows and if any- 
thing that is materiall shall yet further come to her knowledge she will 
bring it to this Inventory. 

Attest: WM. BASSETT, Regtr. 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

26. Samuel, born December 25, 1G74. 

27. Merej', born June 1, 1677. 

28. Patience, born April 15, 1680. 

29. Susannah, born March 16, 1682. 

30. Experience, born February 13, 1684. 

31. John, born June 19, 16.S6; died April 26, 1705. 

32. Ebenezer, born March 23, 1689. 

33. Mary, born May 23, 1691. 

34. Bethia, born November 26, 1693. 

35. Reliance, born November 30, 1696. 

[8] JOHN HAMBLEN, 2 {James,^ ) born in Barnstable June 26, 1644, 
baptized June 30, l(i44. 

Married August, 1667, Sarah, daughter of Austin or Augustine 
Bearse,7 born in Barnstable March 28, 1646. He resided at Hamblin's 
Plains, and was a farmer. It appears that he had a large landed es- 
tate, and owned three houses or tenements; that at the Indian Pond he 
did not occupy himself; but his dwelling was further north on the 
plain. He is expressly named in the will of his father, dated January 
23, 1683. The will of his son, .lohn, who died unmarried in 1734, fur- 
nishes many particulars respecting this family. 

His wife was an early member of the church; he did not join until 
late in life. He survived his wife, and died in 17ls. His personal es- 
tate was appraised at £l68.0.s. 

7 Austin, or Augustine Bearse, father of Sarali, who married Joliii Ham bleu ; pro- 
genitor of tlie Barnstable family of that name; came from Southampton. EuKland. in 
ship. Confidence, of London, April 21, \&\.<\ and was then twenty years of a^'e. He came 
to Barnstable with the first company in l&O; was admitted a freeman May :», 165:?; be- 
came a member of Mr. Lothrop's church .Vpril 29, 164:i. The record of this marriage has 
not been found : was living in 1686, but died before 1697. Otis says : " He was one of the 
very few against whom no complaint was ever made; a fact which speaks well for his 
character as a man and citizen; a farmer; lived on the products of his land ; and 
brought up his large family to be like himself, useful members of society. Goodman 
Bearce did what he he honestly bjlieved to be his duty." Eleven children.— [Otis 



In the name of God Amen. I John Hambhn Senr of the Town and 
County of Barnstable in New England being aged and infirm of body 
and sensible of the frailty of this life and the certainty of death, and 
yet being of sound memory and disposing mind (blessed be God) am 
willing to sett my house in order before I go hence and be no more 
here, do therefore make this my last Will and Testament in manner & 
form following viz: 

First, I give my sovd to Almighty God that gave it me and my 
body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such Chris- 
tian & decent manner as to my Executor hereafter named shall be 
thought best believing ye resurection of the dead and in the mercy of 
God thro ye Lord Jesus Christ my glorious Redeemer and that I shall 
stand before him at the last day ; And as to that portion of the good 
things that (ilod in his free bounty hatli graciously lent unto me my 
will and meaning is that it shall be disposed as followeth; that is after 
all my just debts and funeral charges be paid. — 

Imprs. — I give and bequeatli to my son John the one half of my 
tenement att the Indian Pond with my dwelling house and half the 
barn: That is to say, half the land as followeth viz: all the neck (only 
reserving some wood tliere for Benjamin as hereafter expressed) and 
the land adjoining to the neck to a tree marked by the corner 
of the Pond next to Joseph Hamblin; from thence setts west 36 
degrees north to a stake in tlie field a little to the northwest of ye barn 
and from sd stake setts easterly straight to the southeast corner of ye 
new lott to the northard of the lane or way that goeth tlirough it leav- 
ing the way to be south of sd line and from the old lott is bounded by 
sd way or lane to a stake in ye hollow or valey and from said stake 
along sd valey to the guile and so to ye Pond, only reserving free 
egress and regress for Benjamin to the barn and about ye barn, so long 
as it shall stand there, and also the southermost part of ye new lot to the 
north of ye sd way as it is now found in; only reserving a convenient 
way over the S. W. corner of the 'ast mentioned i^iece for Benjamin to 
goe to the land within; to have and to hold the premises to liim the sd 
John his heirs and assigns forever. 

Item. I give and bequeatli unto my son Benjamin tlie other half 
of my tenement at the Ponds and the one half of the barn and neces- 
sary ways with free egress and regress to and about the barn as except- 
ed and reserved in what I have given to John to him his lieirs and 
assigns forever. Also I give to my said son Benjamin the wood that is 
now growing on about five acres of land in the neck not given to John 
it being in two pieces, the one being at ye N. W. corner of the sd neck 
beginning at a white oak marked on four sides, Thence setts W. N. W. 
about BO rods by marked trees to the Pond; and also S. B. W. by 
marked trees about 29 rods to a white oalv pole marked at the S. E. cor- 
ner, Thenc*' setts againe W. N. W. to the pond, and then bounded by 


it. The other jiiece lyes in the narrow of tlie Neck, runneth across it 
south thirty degrees east and is about 14 rods wide and is bounded out 
by marked trees including a swamp in it. The wood of the tirst piece 
to be taken otr in six years next coming after the date hereof; and off 
the last in twelve and he shall cut all clean as he goeth that the land 
may be more profitable to his brother. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons John and Benjamin 
all my upland and marsh at Scorton and lott of marsh lying by Spring 
Creek adjoing to Dea. Chipmans marsh and also my jaart in the dock 
by Spring Creek and my marsh and upland lying by it with privilege 
of a way up to the highway; onely reserving liberty for my son Ebene- 
zer to bring dry hay into sd dock and land it there and cart it up sd 
way. I also give to my sd two sons all my wood lott in the timber 
land and my half planting lott at Skonkenut to hold all sd severall 
pieces and parcells of marsh and upland with privilege of dock and 
way to them their heirs and assigns forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Ebenezer all my tenement 
where I now dwell at Coopers Pond and my part of the wood lott lying 
below sd tenement and my half planting lot lying by the Round 
Pond and all ye marsh which I bought with sd tenement with half a 
lott more of the late Coman marsh lying near the mouth of Spring 
Creek and ye privilege in ye dock above mentioned to him his heirs 
and assigns forever. And I give to my sd son four pounds and ten 
shillings in cart, yoake and chains and cart-wheels and ploughs ye 
which he hath in his custody. 

Item. I give to my son John my bed on which I lodge with all ye 
furniture belonging to it. 

Item. I give to my three sons aforementioned, to them and their 
heirs forever: all my right or part in the Comon or undivided land in 
Barnstable to be equally divided among them. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rogers forty shillings. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter King forty shillings. 

Item. I give and my will is that all the remaining part of my 
estate shall be equally divided among my children viz: my nine 
daughter three sons and my daughter-in-law Thankful the wife of Eben- 
ezer. That is all my estate i^debts and legacyes being paid as above 
sd) In the hands of my sons or elsewhere a list or scadul of wh is 
in my sons hands is hereto attixed. 

And I do appoint ordain and constitute my son John Hambliii my 
sole Executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof 
I the sd John Hamblin have hereunto sett my hand and seal this tiiird 
day of .lanuary in ye first day of his nuTJti'^* reign- Aimo Domini 1714: 


J L 



Signed sealed and declared to be my last Will and Testament in 
presence of 


Children, born in Barnstable: 

36. Melatiah, born July 1, 1B68, living unmarried in 1784. 

37. Priscilla, born April 30, 1670. 

38. Sarah, born July 1, 167L 

39. Martha, born February 16, 1672-3. 

40. Experience, born April 16, 1674. 

41. Hannah, born February Ki, 1675-6. 

42. Esther, born March 17, l(i77, married her cousin Jonathan (17). 

43. Thankful, born October 16, l()7i). 

44. John, born March 10, 1680-1. 

45. Ebenezer, born May 12, 1683. 

46. Abigail, born April 24, 1685, married her cousin Elkanah (25). 

47. Benjamin, born February 11, 1686. 

[10] ELEAZAR HAMBLEN, 2 (Jnmes,^ ) born in Barnestable, 
March 17, 1649-50; baptized the same day; married October 16, 
1675, Mehitable, daughter of Jolm and Mary (Ewer) Jenkins,* 
born in Barnstable March 2, 16")4-5. She was an early member 
of the church, and he joined in 1686. Otis supposes that he 
resided at Hamblin's Plains; but says he knew but little of his 
history. He was a soldier in Capt. Gorham's company (see 
sketch of his brother Bartholomew); named in the will of his 
father, dated January 23, 1683. 

The following documents relate to the probate of his estate: 

VOL. 2, PAGE 74. 

Barnabas Lothrop Esqr. connnissionated by ye Crouvenour and 
councill for ye granting of Probate of Wills and Letters of Administra- 
tion within ye County of Barnstable within ye Province of ye Massa- 
chusetts Bay in New England. To Lydia Hamlin vid. Relict of Elia- 
zer Hamlin late of Yarmouth, deceased, intestate, Trusting in your 
care and fidelity I do by these presents, comitt unto you full power to 

8 John Jenkins was in Barnstable as early as 1652 ; his previous history is uncer- 
tain, as two of the name came over early, and settled in Plymouth, one in 163r) ; he mar- 
ried the widow of a young man— John Ewer— who died early in 1652. Whether this was 
the first marriage of John Jenkins, the record affords no evidence ; his seven children, of 
whom Thomas was the sixth, are recorded as born in West Barnstable. Probably he first 
resided on the Ewer farm ; tradition says she resided in Barnstable, but of this there is 
no actual proof. Thomas Jenkins resided at West Barnstable, and died in his eightieth 
year ; his will is dated November 9, 17:57, was signed by mark ; proved February 15, 
1745-6; in which ho names his wife, Mercy, probably a second wife ; his estate was ap- 
praised at .£.?,8t9. 16.10, including a negro at £100.— [Otis Papers.] 


administer all and singular ye goods chattels rights and credits of ye sd 
deceased and Avell and faithfully to dispose of ye same according to law 
also to aske gather levy recover and receive all and whatsoever credits 
of ye sd deceased which to him while he lived and at ye time of his 
death did appertaine. And to pay all debts in which ye deceased stood 
bound so far as his goods, chattels, rights and credits can extend ac- 
cording to ye value thereof. And to make a true and perfect In- 
vintory of all and singular ye good, chattels rights and credits of ye sd 
deceased and to exhibit ye same into ye Registers office of ye aforesd 
county fourth with. And to render a plaine and true account of your 
sd administration upon oath when lawfully called thereunto. And I 
do by these presents ordaine, constitute and appoint j'ou Administra- 
trix of all and singular ye goods, chattels, rights and credits aforesd. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and ye seal of 
ye sd otftce. Dated at Barnestable the twentieth day of May, Kills. 

VOL. 2, PAGE 78. 

An Inventory of ye estate of Eliazer Hamlin late of Yarmouth, de- 
ceased as followeth : 

Imprimis. To a sett of curtains _ . . _ 01 0U()(» 

Itm. To beding ..-_--. OK.OO (K) 

To wearing clothes . _ . . . 0H_02.00 

To sheets and other linnin . _ . - 02_05_00 

To pcAvter and other things . _ . 02 O.s.06 

To wool and flax and other things . . . 01_04_00 

To Iron work and other things . _ - 02, 11.00 

To Iron potts and wheels . _ . . 01 0.H.00 

To a saddle and other things _ . . 01.04-00 

To oxen and cows __..-- 16_10_00 

To a horse and a plow . . . . 02 _ 00.00 

To swine ....... 01.06.00 

To three acres of meadow _ . . . 09.00.00 
To boxes for cart wheels .... - 00.a5.00 

The estate indebted nere ten pound. 

Praised by JOHN CROWELL, SEN". 

Lydia Hamlin vid. relict of Eliazer Hamlin late of Yarmouth de- 
ceased, made oath to ye truth of this Inventorie before Barnabas Loth- 
rop Esqr. Judge of Probate and granting Administration in ye County 
of Barnstable and is recorded in page 73; of ye second Book of Wills 
and Invintories mav ve 20th 1098. 

Attest: .lOSEPH LOTHROP, Reg'^-i. 

Children, bom in Barnstable: 

48. Isaac, born August 20, 1676. 

49. Joseph, born November 20, 1680. 

.50. Mehitable, born March 28, 1682; m. John Sanderson, Nov. 8, 1714. 


51. Elisha, born July 80, 1685; probably died young. 

52. Ichabod, born May 80, 1687; probably died young. 

53. Shobal, born September 16, 1690. 

£11] ISRAEL HAMBLEN, 2 (James,^ ) born in Barnstable, June 25, 
1652; baptized same day; married first, Abigail, who diedf 
about tlie year 1700; second, Jemima. The records do not give 
their surnames. 
He lived in a solitary spot, and farming could not have been his 
principal occupation; and is called "Mr." on the record, which shows 
that he was a man of some prominence. The site of his lion:ie was in a 
small cleared space in the forest, now covered by trees, in the east jjar- 
ish, on Dimmock's Lane, by tlie side of Israel's Pond, — named after 
his son, — about a mile and a lialf south of the county road; his nearest 
neighbor was more than half a mile distant. His occupation is not 
known. It has been suggested that as lie did not come to the distinc- 
tion of being called " Mr." from any civil employment or office; that 
he may liave been employed as Master or Captain of some of the num- 
erous fishing and whaling vessels employed on the coast in summers, 
and in trading voyages to the West Indies, in winter. His first wife 
was perhaps a daughter of Josliua Lombard. He is named in the will 
of his father, .lanuary 28, 1688. 

Inventory of his estate: 

BOOK 8, PAGE 651. 

Barnstable, July 2 day, 1729. A true invintory of the estate of Isra- 
eli Hamblen deceased taken by John Crocker, Thomas Huckins and 
William Basett. 

To apparel _-----. 05„1406 

To a bed and bedstead and furniture . . . 1106.00 

To 8 bags and wool ....__ 00. 14 _ 00 

To eaight pounds of yarn . _ . . _ 11.0400' 

To midlings and too yarn _ _ , . . (10 12.00 

To tramels and tongs and a spade .... (1014.00 

To a warming pan and a fring pan .... (10. 18.00 

To won iron ceatel ._-... 0100.00 

To a littel ceatel and scilet . . . . . 00.12.00' 

To two whels and a reel _ . , . . 00 12.00 

To a toob and runlet ...... 00.03.00 

To earthenware and a (piart pot .... 00.1000 

To a puter plattT and bacen poringers spoans . . . 00.18.00 

To trays and trenchers tow sefs .... 0008 06 

To a atbell and four cliears . . - . . 00 1600 

To a chist and cobord and trunk .... 01 OO.OD 

To a bibel and other boks . . , . _ o;)_0 ).(,(» 

To a bedsted and baskets and chist . . _ . 00_07.()(,« 


To three cows and two call's ..... 1(> 10.00 

To barels and pals and old things .... 00.0o_06 

•t-K 14.00 
Allowed to ye widdow one cow she now milks . . (5.10.00 

John Crocker, Thomas Huckins, William Bassett, Barnstable ss, 
July 3. this inventory exhibited and since sworn to by Abigail Ham- 
blin now Barlow Administratrix to the estat of her late husband Israel 
Hamblen deceail that the above invintory is true so far as she knows & 
if anything meterel shall come to light hereafter she will bring it to 
this invintory 

Coram N. BOWEN J. Pt. 


Children, born in Barnstable, by tirst wife: 

54. A child, born and died 1B87. 

55. Thankful, born August 24, 1689; married her cousin Ebenezer (4o). 

56. Prudence, born October, 1692; married Joseph Gates, of Preston. 

57. Israel, born March 15, 1694. 

58. Joseph, born September 12, 1697. 

59. Jemima, born August 15, 1699. 

By second wife: 

60. Jacob, born May 28, 1702. 

61: Anne, born April 10, 1706; married Mr. Tilson, 1750. 


[12] MARY HAMBLI:N,3 (James;^ James,^ ) born in Barnstable, 
July 24, 1664. Otis saj's: she married June 17, 1678, Benjamin, 
son of Jonathan and Sarah (Rawley) Hatch, of Barnstable; and 
had Abigail, born August 4, 1679, and Mary, born March 3, 
1681; and that she died early. He married second, March 16, 
1682, Elizabeth Eddy. She was admitted to the Barnstable 
church July 14, 1710, and was dismissed to the church in Fal- 
mouth the following October, and died soon after. He married 
third, February 13, 1711-12, Experience, widow of Jabez Davis, 
of Barnstable. Mr. Hatch was a farmer and removed to Mans- 
field, Connecticut, in 1729, and died either there or in Tolland 
prior to 1736. To say the least, this record is doubtful. See 
Mary,2 (4). 

[13] ELIZABETH HAMBLEN,3 {Siste)- of Mary,) born in Barn- 
stable February 14, 1665-6; married July 31, 1689, John, son of 
John and Hannah Scudder,9 of Barnstable; the date of his 
birth is not known; both died at Chatham, she January, 1743; 
he " very aged." 


62. John, born May 23, 1690. 

63. Experience, born April 28, 1692. 

64. James, baptized January 13, 1695. 

65. Ebenezer, baptized April 26, 1696. 

66. Reliance, born December 10, 1700. 

67. Hannah, born June 7, 1706. 

9 John Scudder, ancestor of this family, was born in England, 1619, and came from 
London in 1635 and located in Charlestown where he was admitted a freeman 1639. The 
next year he moved to Barnstable, where he was again admitted freeman 1654, and re- 
sided there until his death in 1689 ; his widow, Hannah, survived him. His sister, Eliza- 
beth, removed from Boston to Barnstable in 1644, and married the same year, Samuel, 
son of Rev. John Lothrop ; his house was near that of the late Joshua Thayer. Child- 
ren: Elizabeth and Sarah, baptized May 10, 1646; Mary, buried December 3, 1649 ; Han- 
nah, baptized October 5, 1651 ; John, no date. The Scudder family has been one of the 
most distinguished in Barnstable.— [Otis Papers.] 


[14] ELEAZAR HAMBLEN,:' ( /^;-o//>er o/" 3/ro-*/,) born in Barn- 
stable, April V2, ]6()S; removed to Harwich, and married Lydia, 
daughter of Paul and Deborah (Willardi Sears, '<^ born in Yar- 
mouth," October 24, 1066; he died in 169S, and his widow admin- 
istered on his estate, and afterwards married September 30, 1706, 
Thomas Snow. 
Mr. Otis gives his date of birth as above, and but one child, Elisha. 
David Hamblen calls him Eleazar of Eastham, born February 13, 1665, 
and says that he mentions in his will four children, as given below. 
The discrepancy in the date of his birth evidently occurred in making 
up the record or his father's children, in which there were twins, thus: 
Elizabeth, born February 13, 166o. 
Experience, born April 12, 1668. 

David Hamblen calls Elizabeth and Eleazar twins. While Mr. Otis 
calls Eleazar and Experience the twins. 


()S. Benjamin, born 1692. 

(59. Lydia, born 1694. 

70. Mary, born 1696; married Shedrack Logan about 1725. 

71. Elisha, born January 26, 1697-8. 

[15] EXPERIENCE HAMBLEN,^ (S'ister of Mfoi/.) born in Barn- 
stable, April 12, 1668; married August 24, 1687, Thomas, son of 
John and Mary (^Ewer) Jenkins.^' 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

72. Thankful, born May 19. 1691; married Isaac Taylor. 

73. Experience, born March 28, 1693; married John Pope October 3, 1717. 

74. Mercy, born January 5, 1695-6; married John AVhite Dec. 23, 1718. 

75. Ebenezer, born Decembers, 1697. 

76. Samuel, born January 7, 1699-1700. 

77. .Josiah, born April 16, 1702. 

78. Hope, born .July 5, 1704; married White. 

79. Sarah, born December 1, 170(); married Lemuel Nye, 17:'7. 

lO Richard Sares (Sears), his parentage, place and date of birth are unknown ; liis 
name is in the tax list of Plymouth Colony, March 25, 16:W; soon after he went to Mar- 
blehead and was taxed in Salem January 1, 1637-8; in 1639 he went to Yarmouth where 
he built a house near the sea shore ; at a later date he built another, still in existence ; 
in 164;i his name appears on the tax list of Yarmouth : made freeman June 7, 16W; was 
chosen representative to the General Court of Plymouth June 3, 1662. The author of the 
Sears Genealogy supposes he may have been a native of the island of Guernsey or Jer- 
sey. He died in Yarmouth; buried August 26, 1676; will dated 10, 3 mo., 166., in which 
he mentions his widow Dorothy, and children Paul, Silas and Deborah. ( apt. Pau , 
born 1637-8, married Deborah Willard, and had fourteen children, of whom the eighth 
was Lydia (?) who married Eleazer Hamblen.— (Sears Genealogy.] 

IT See Note 8. 


[16] JAMES HAMLIN, =5 {Brother of Mary,) born in Barnstable, 
August 26, 1669; married October 8, 1690, Ruth Lewes.^^ He 
united with the West Church March 10,1727-8; liis wife June 

3, 1729. 

Tlie following inscriptions are found upon tlie gravestones of liis 
cliildren : 

"Here lyes ye body of Benjamin Hamlin, wlio deceased Jan'y ye 
23d 1732 3 in ye 31st year of his age." 

" Here lyes ye body of David Hamlen, who dec'i Novbr ye 4th 1732, 
in ye 25th year of his age." 

" Here lyes ye body of Job Hamlen, who dec • Septr ye 28th 1732 in 
ye 22d year of his age." 

" Here lyes ye body of Hannah Hamilen, who died Novbr ye 7th 
173o, in ye 26th year of her age." 

It appears from the church records that she was admitted to the 
West Church and baptized November 25, 1735, being then confined to 
her bed with consumption. Hence there is a mistake in the record of 
her baptism or death. 


In the Name of God, Amen. I, James Hamlin of Barnstable in the 
County of Barnstable, Yeoman being grown into years and under bod- 
ily infirmities but of sound memory (Blessed be Clod for it) and know- 
ing that it is appointed for all men once to dye & being minded to set 
my house in order before my death, do this 18tli day of August Anno 
Domini 1743 make and publish this my last will and testament in man- 
ner following that is to say. 

Imprimis. I commend my soul unto the hands of Almiglity God 
and my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried at 

12 George Lewes, ancestor of the Lewis family of Barnstable, came from East 
Greenwich, County Kent, England; a clothier; he probably resided for a time in Lon- 
don, where he was a member of Mr. Lothrop's Church in 1632; married about 1626, 
Sarah, sister of Edward Jenkins, who was a resident of Scituate. Lewes probably did 
not come over until after the church in London was broken up, and the imprisonment 
of Mr. Lothrop in 1632; but was in Plymouth the following year; and a member of the 
church there in 1633-4. He was one of those dismissed from the church in Plymouth in 
1634, " in case they join in a body at Scituate ; " and became a member at Scituate Sept. 
30 163.5 ; he moved to Barnstable in 1639. Otis says : " He was an honest Goodiran. and 
got his living by his labor ; a sincere Christian, and his constant purpose seems to have 
been to live in peace with all men ; to avoid suits at law ; to yield rather than contend 
with his neighbor ; he was not a shrewd business man, and not perhaps so careful a man- 
ager as many ; he did not hold ' that the chief end of man is to gather up riches,' but 
to do good ; to train up his children in the way they should go, to be useful citizens, 
honest and industrious men. His son, James, was a man of more energy of character, 
of more business tact, and became a distinguished man ; Thomas was in some respect 
like him ; the other sons were like the father, good, honest men ; quiet and respec- 
table citizens; and their descendents to this day inherit the same good qualities." He 
died in Barnstable in 1662-3. 8 children.— [Otis Papers.] 


the discretion of my Executors hereafter tunned in hopes of a joyful 
Resurrection and as for tluit worldly estate wherewitli it has pleased 
God to bless me I dispose thereof as followeth : 

Item. My will is that my just debts and funeral charges be first 
paid out of my personal estate by my Executors to this will. 

Item. I give and beciueath all the rest of my estate both real and 
personal to by loving wife Ruth and to my daughter Mary to use and 
improve as long as they or either of them life unless my said wife 
should marry again then she is to have only lier dower in the real estate 
(& except my wearing apparel of all sorts and my cain.) 

Item. My mind and will is that after the decease or widowhood of 
my said wife and the death of my said daughter Mary that all my per- 
sonal estate except wearing apparel and cain as abovesd be equally di- 
vided between my two daughters namely Ruth C'rocker and Deliverance 
Childs or to their several heirs (viz the heirs of one the one moiety and 
the heirs of the other the other moiety. ) 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son James Hamblin all my real 
estate both upland and meadows or of any kind whatsoever or where- 
soever yt I have or ought to have to hold to him his heirs and assigns 
forever. Together with my Mearing apparel and cane above mentioned 
reserving the use of the said real estate to my wife and daughter Mary 
as above said. 

Last. I nominate and appoint my said loving wife Ruth and my 
friend James Otis Esq to be my executors to this my last will and tes- 
tament hereby revoking all former will and wills by me heretofore 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
and year first above written. 

Signed, Sealed, pronounced and 
declared by the said James 
Hamlin to be his last will and 
testament in presence of 


Children, born in Barnstable: 

80. Mary, born ,Iune 24, 1691; united witli Churcii December 21, 1718. 

81. Ruth, born January 24, 16H2-8. 

82. .lames, born July 17, 1(!9(). 

88. Benjamin, born November 8, 1702. 

84. David, born June, 1708. 

85. Hannah, born June 17, 170i). 

86. Job, born June 2), 1711. 

87. Deliverance, married Joseph Childs of Barnstable, April 28. 1724. 


[17] JONATHAN HAMI.EN,:^ {Brother of Mary,) born in Barn- 
stabk' Mareli 6, 1670-1; married by Rev. Mr. Russell, March 6, 
1705, his cousin Esther, daughter of John Hamblen,- (8). 

The following inscriptions are on their gravestones: 

" Here lies ye body of Mr. Jonathan Hamblen, w ho deci' June ye 
22d 1748, in ye 74th year of his age." 

" Here lies the body of Mrs. Esther Hamlin wife of Mr. .Jonathan 
Hamlen dyed Sepbr ye 1st in ye 69 year of her age, 1746." 


In the name of God, Amen. 

Jonathan Hamlen being of sound mind and memory and in niind- 
full of my mortality that I may put my house in order before my De- 
parture out of this world do make this my last will and testament here- 
by willing and making all former wills and testaments by me made 
void. I give and bequeath my soul to (Jod my faithful creator to be by 
him redeemed and saved and my boddy to the earth to be decently 
buried in hope of a blessed Resurrection through the merits of Jesus 
Christ my Redeemer and all my del)ts and funeral charges being paid 
by my Executor hereafter named I dispose of my worldly goods and 
real estate as followeth. 

Imprimis, Item. I give & bequeath my loving wife Easter for her 
dower the use and improvement of all my real estate and movable after 
debts & legacy paid during her widowhood and in case she see cause to 
mary again my will is my said wife shall have her choice of my beds 
with what belongs to it and ten pounds in money as it then passes. 

It. I give to my two sons towit. Jonathan and Josiah all the re- 
mainder of my Real and personal estate, that shall be left after my 
debts and funeral charges is paid and my wifes widowhood to them 
and their heirs and assigns on condition they pay to my other children 
the respective sums hereafter mentioned to wit. 

Item. To my son Solomon five pounds as money that pass at pay- 

Item. To ]iiy son Jabez twenty pounds. In like manner. 

Item. To my daughter Content five pounds in like manner. 

Item. To my daughter Priscilla three pounds in like manner. 

Item. To my daughter Sarah five pounds in like manner, and in 
case either of my children should dye before the time of payment then 
to those that shall legally represent them or their children lawfully be- 
gotten. Lastly I do appoint my loving wife to be my sole Executrix 
of this my Last Will and being sensible that my movable estate wont 
pay my funeral charge and just debts my will is that she my wife sell off 
my real estate of such as can be best spaired to pay said debts and fun- 
eral charge and give conveyance accordingly pursuant to Law. 


In testimony to this my Last Will, I, Jonathan Hamlin have here- 
unto set my hand and seal this 11 tl' day of June, Annocjue Domini one 
thousand seven hundred and forty two. 

Signed sealed & declared to 
be my will in presence of 




Children, born in Barnstable: 

88. Solomon, born December 5, 1705. 

89. Content, born December 12, 1707. 

90. Pricilla, born July 13, 1709. 

91. Zaccheus, born June 17, 1711. 

92. Jabez, baptized July 13, 1718. 

93. Jonathan, baptized July 13, 1718. 

94. Sarah, baptized July 13, 1718. 

95. Josiah, born October 15, 1720. 

[19] DEACON, EBENEZER HAMBLEN,3 {Brother of Mary,) was 
born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, July 29, 1(574; married Sar- 
ah Lewis, '3 April 4, 1698. Mr. David Hamblen says, he prob- 
ably married second, at Rochester, Massachusetts, September 20, 
1729, Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Arnold, of that place. 
He was a prominent man, and oc(rupied the homestead of his father 
at Hamblin's Plains, West Barnstable, which he sold to Col. Gorham. 
The date when he removed from Barnstable is unknoAvn, and he may 
have resided afterwards at Rochester, Massachusetts. He removed to 
Sharon, Connecticut, where he died in 1755. The date of his settlement 
in Sharon is unknown, but it is traditional that he was one of the pro- 
prietors as early as 1730. His descendants are numerous, embracing 
many eminent ixien. 

Children, bom in Barnstable: 

96. Ebenezer, born March IS, l(i9S-9; baptized September 7, 1701. 

97. Marcy, born September 10, 1700; baptized September 7, 1701. 

98. Hopestill, born July 23, 1702; baptized July 30, 1702. 

99. Cornelius, June 13, 1705; baptized June 17, 1705. 

100. Thomas, born May 6, 1710. 

101. Isaac, born January 1, 1714; died isoo. 

102. Lewis, January 31, 1718. 

[21] HOPE HAMBLEN ,3 {Sister of Mary,) born in Barnstable, 
March 13, 1679-80. Married May U, 1712, William Case of Tis- 
bury, Massachusetts. 

13 See Note 12. 


[24] BENJAMIN HAMBLEN,3 (/^ro^/ier o/ J/ary,) born in Barn- 
stable, baptized Marcli 16, 1684-5. Otis was of opinion that lie 
removed to Eastham and engaged in the whale fishery, and 
married Anne Mayo. I am of opinion that he has confounded 
this man with his nephew, Benjamin,* son of E]eazer,3 of 
whom he seemed to have had no linowledge. David Hamblen 
late of Boston, who spent many years in research for liistory of 
the family, supposed that he descended from Benjamin,* and 
that Benjamin^ died unmarried, prior to 1717, from the fact 
that neither he, nor any descendant of his was mentioned in 
the will of his father, James,^ dated 1717. I concur in the con- 
clusion of David Hamblen. 

[25] ELKANAH HAMBLEN,^ {Brother of Mary,) born in Barn- 
stable, date not given, baptized 1685. Married April 14, 1711, 
his cousin Abigail, daughter of John Hamblen, 2 (8); she died 
May 29, 1733; and he married second, August 11, 1734, Marga- 
ret Bates, of Plymouth. He died 1764. 


In the Name of God, Amen. I Elkanah Hamblen of Barnstable, in 
ye County of Barnstable, Yeo being advanced in years tho by God's 
goodness of sound and disposing mind and memory do this 26th day of 
March 1754 make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament Knowing 
that it is appointed for man once to die, and first I commit my soul to 
God in Jesus Christ & my body I comit to the earth and touching the 
worldly estate wherewith God hath blessed me I give, demise & dis- 
pose of the same in the following manner and form & first my will is 
that my just debts & funeral charges shall be paid out of my personal 
estate by my executors. 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret in lieu 
of her dower the use and improvement of a fire, room, cellar & chamber 
in my dwelling house the profit of a cow six sheep and of a swine pas- 
tured four loads of wood at the door per annum a sixth of the produce 
of lands tille<l a sixth part of the fruit of the orchard a privilege of be- 
ing carried to meeting and of having her grain carried to mill & the 
meal brought honxe. These articles to be done & performed by my son 
Reuben Hamblen for his mother during her widowhood yearly & every 
year in consideration of what is hereafter given & it is to be understood 
said Reuben is to find and keep said cow & sheep for his mother's pro- 
fit and of all the land hereafter given him to render a sixth of the pro- 
duce to his moti^er of what is planted or sown also I give my said wife 
one half of my personal estate not hereafter particularly disposed off. 

Item. I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son Silvanus Ham- 
blen deceased to their heirs and assigns forever, one lot of land at the 
Long Pond & four pounds lawful money to be paid by my son Reuben 
in two years after my decease. 


Item. I give and bequeath to my son Reuben Hamblen his heirs 
and assigns forever all and singular my real estate saving said lot at 
the Long Pond & saving ye improvement to his mother as above re- 
served said real estate being my house, barn, homestead, meadow, 
woodland and whatever else is denominated real estate further I give 
my sd son half my apparel all my live stock moneys, credits, husbandry 
utensils to him his heirs on condition he or they pay my debts & per- 
form ye articles above enjoyned tt pay the legacies hereafter and here- 
tofore mentioned. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Hamblen his heirs 
three pounds six shillings and eight pence and half my apparel said 
money to be paid by my son Reuben in twelve months after my 

Item. I give and bequeath to my nephew Seth Fish five shillings. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Tabitha Saunderson 
half of my indoors personal estate not particularly already disposed off 
and five shillings in twelve months to be paid by my son Reuben I 
likewise constitute make and appoint my two sons Reuben and .lohn 
Hamblen Executors of this my last will and testament revoking former 
wills & testaments & confirming this to be my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day 
and date above. Signed sealed pronounced published and declared by 
the said Elkanah Hamblen to be his last will and testament. 


In the presence of the subscribers, 

Children, born in Barnstable, by first wife: 
1(«. Sylvanus, born July 20, 1712. 

104. Reuben, born March l;s, 1714. 

lOo. Abigail, born October 7, l71o; died young. 

106. John, born November 2, 1717. 

107. Rachell, born Seiitember 7, 1720; died 1722. 

105. Patience, born .lune 12, 1721; married Seth Fish, of Sandwich. 
lOit. Taltitha, born April 14, 1728; married John Sanderson. 

[2(1] SAMUEL HAMBLEN, :? {Bdriholoviev:^ Jnniea,^ ) born in 
Barnstable, MassacI usetts, December 25, 1074. He is supposed 
to have died unmarried, from the fact that he does not mentiou 
any wife or child in his will; but does mention his sisters Beth- 
iah and Relyance. 


In the Name of (iod. Amen, I Samuel Hamblen of Barnstable, in the 
County of Banistalile, yeojiian, being advanced in years and calling to 
mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all moa 


to dye and being by God's goodness of sound and disposing mind and 
memory do this sixtli day of August Anno Domini 1759 make and ordain 
this my last will and testament and principally and first of all I com- 
mit my soul unto the hands of God in and through Jesus Christ hoping 
through him for acceptance witli God, and my body I comit to the 
earth in decent Christian burial att the discretion of my executrix here- 
after named and touching the worldly estate that (rod hath blessed me 
with I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. 
First. My will is that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid out 
of my personal estate by my executrix hereafter named. 

Item. My will is and by these presents I give and bequeath all and 
singular my real estate and what remains of my personal estate (if any 
there be) after my debts and funeral charges are first paid, equally to 
my two.sisters Bethiah & Relyance, and to either of them that shall or 
may survive me the whole thereof to them or either of them their heirs 
and assigns forever. 

Furthermore I appoint my said two sisters Bethiah and Relyance 
executrix to this my will revoking all other former wills and bequests 
by me heretofore made or done ratifying this to be my Last Will and 
Testament. In witness whereof I the said Samuel Hamblen have here- 
unto set my hand & seal the day and date abovesaid. 

Signed, sealed, pronounced published and declared by the said Sam- 
uel Hamblen to be his Last Will & Testament in presence of the sub- 





[27] MERCY HAMBLEN,;^ (Sister of Samuel,) born in Barnstable, 
June 1, 1H77; married November 10, 1709, Edward Milton. She 
is mentioned in the settlement of her father's estate 1704; joined 
church August 17, 1707. 

[28] PATIENC;E HAMBLEN,^ (Sister of Samuel,) born in Barn- 
stable April 15, 1080; is mentioned in the settlement of his 
father's estate 1704. 

[29] SUSANNAH HAMBLEN,:' (Sister of Samuel,) born in Barn- 
stable March 10, 1082; mentioned in settlement of her father's 
estate 1704; unmarried July 13, 1718, when she joined church. 

[30] EXPERIP:NCE HAMBLEN,:5 (Sister of Samuel,) born in 
Barnstable February 13, 1084; mentioned in settlement of her 
father's estate 1704; admitted to church May 5, 1728; married 
September 13, 1732, Isaac Lewis, '-s born in Barnstable. She 
died July 24, 1749. He died January 25, 1701, aged 70. 

24 See Note 12. Isaac Lewis descended from George Lewes, ancestor of the Lewis 
family of Barnstable, whose son. Edward, probably born in England, married May 9, 


[82] EBEXEZER HAMHLEN.a {Brother of Samuel,) born in Barn- 
stable March 28, 1(380; married October 25, 1722, Thankful 
Childs,»-'5 born in Barnstable August 18, 1702. She was adjnit- 
ted to the West Church in 1720, and afterwards dismissed to 
Middleboro. It is suggested that he may Iiave removed there, 
but it appears that one of his children, Hopestill, was born in 
Rochester, Massachusetts, indicating that he resided there in 
1720. He is named as legatee and executor in the will of his 
sister Bethia, dated .January Ki, 1709, sliowing that lie was then 
living, but does not give his place of residence. 

110. Elizabeth, born October 1, 1728. 

111. Hopestill, born April 22, 1720, Rochester. 

[34] BETHIA HAMBLEN,' {^Sister of S'imuel,) born in Barnstable 
November 20, 1098, is named in the will of her brother Samuel, 
dated August 0, 1759, as legatee. From her own will dated .Jan- 
uary 10, 1709, it appears that she was unmarried. 


In the name of God, Amen, I Bethiah Hamblen of Barnstable in 
the county of Barnstable, spinster, being advanced in years and calling 
to mind the mortality of my body and being of sound and disposing 
mind and memory do this sixteenth day of January A D 1709 make 
and ordain this my la^^st Will and Testament, and first of all I commit 
my soul to God in .lesus Christ my body I conmiit to the earth to Ije 
buried in decent Christian burial att the discretion of my executors 
hereafter named and as touching such worldly estate with which it 

pleased to bless me in this life I dispose of the same in the 

following waj' and manner that is to say, firstly my will is that all my 
just debts and funeral charges be first paid out of ray personal estate b^"^ 
my executor hereafter named. 

Item. My will is and by these presents I give and bequeath all and 
singular my real estate and what remains of my personal estate after 
my debts and funeral charges are paid to my brother Ebenezer Ham- 
blen to him his heirs and assigns forever, and Lastly my will is and I 
do by these presents constitute make and ordain the said Ebenezer 

1661, Hannah, daughter of Elder Henry Cobb, of Barnstable; and died Marcli 29, 1703; 
he resided in Barnstable ; had seven children, the youngest of whom, laaac, was the hus- 
band of Experience Hamblen. — ^Otis Papers.] 

75 Mr. Otis says that it is recorded in Mr. Lotlirop's Church Record that : " Rich- 
ard Childe and Mary Linnett marryed the 15th day of October, 1649, by Mr. Collier, at 
my Brother Linnett's house." The record of his family has not been discovered, but it 
appears that his son, Samuel was killed at Rehobeth battle, March 25, 1675. It is sup- 
posed that Dea. Richard Child, ancestor of tlio Barnstable family, was another son. He 
married first Elizabeth, daughter of John Crocker, of Barnstable, 1678, and they had ten 
children, and resided in Barnstable. The name on the record is written Childe, Child, 
Chiles and Childs.— [Otis Papers.] 


Hamblen Executor of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby 
wholly revoke and utterly disallow all other and former Wills and Tes- 
taments and Executors by me named, ratifying & confirming this and 
no other to be my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and 
year above written. 

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the said Bethia Ham- 
blen to be her last Will and Testament. 

her mark 

& seal 

In presence of us, 


[35] RELIANCE HAMBLEN,3 {Sister of Samuel,) born in Barn- 
stable November 80, lB!)(i; was unmarried when she joined 
church, November 25, 1727; is named in the will of her brother 
Samuel, dated August 6, 1759, as legatee. 

[37] PRISCILLA HAMBLEN,:^ {John,'^ James,^ ) born in Barn- 
stable, Ajiril 30, 1()7(). Married April 22. 169(), .Jolm Rogers of 
Eastham. In the will of her brother John, dated April 10, 
1734, he says: " I give to the children of my sister Prissilla de- 
ceased, ten pounds." Otis says, she left two children surviv- 
ing her. 

[88] SARAH HAMBLEN,:^ {Sister of PrisciUa,) born in Barnsta- 
ble, July 1, 1671. Otis says, she was married and left three 
children surviving her. In the will of her brother .lohn, 1734, 
he says: " I give to the children of my sister Sarah ten 

[89] MARTHA HAMBLEN,:! {Sister of Prisrillfi,) born in Barnsta- 
ble, February 1(5, 1672-3. Married December 30, 1696, Sanmel 
Doane, of Eastham. In the will of her brother, John, 1734, he 
says: " I give to my sister Martha ten pounds." Otis says she 
then had four children. 

[40] EXPERIENCE HAMBLEN,:^ {Sister of PrisciUrt,) born in 
Barnstable April l(i, 1674; married February 20, 1695, Jabez 
Lewes;'^^ he was born in Barnstable, .June 10, 1670; in 1702 he 
removed to West Yarmouth; some of his children were l)aptized 
in the cliurch in Barnstable, of which his wife continued to be 
a member all her long life. 

Id See Nutc 12. .T;ibez Lewis (Ipsci'iuIihI trom (irporge, ancestor of tlie Lewis fam- 
ily of Banistiible. His son GeorRe, born in England; married December 1, 1(354, Mary, 
daufrhterof Harnard Lumbard an<l resided in Barnstable wliere he died March 20. 1709-10, 
aged about "iO; liad twelve chihlren, thi^ seventh of whom was Jab.z. who married Ex- 
perience Hamblen.— rOtis Papers.] 


111 hiy will dated January 19, 17.S7-S, proved 17;i8, he names his vvi% 
Experience, eldest son John, sons Elnathan and Antipas, and daughter 
Eleanor Robbins. Jabez, of Harwich, died April H, 1782, and for that 
reason probably Avas not mentioned. Jabez, the elder, was not a promi- 
nent man, though on the Probate record she is called "Mr.", a mark of 
distinction in those days. He died in 17::{8, and she July 2ti, Mdd. Her 
brother John in his will says she had live children living in 1734. Tha 
Lewis family of Yarmouth are her descendants. 


112. John, l)orn in Barnstable August 27, l()9tj. 

113. Jabez; died April B, 1732. 

114. Eleanor, married Robbins. 

llo. Elnathan, born in Yarmouth August 27, 1702. 
IK). Antipas, bom in Yarmouth February 3, 17U4-5. 
117. Naomi, born in Yarmouth July 1, 170.S; married March S, 1731-2,. 
.Ie:-se Lewes.^7 Xo. children. 

[41] HANNAH HAMBLEN,- {S iste?- oj Priscilla,) born in Barn- 
stable February 16, 1675-6; marrried September 7, 1714, John 
King, of Harwich, probably his third or fourth wife. In the 
will of her brother John, 1734, he says, " I give to my sister 
Hannah twelve pounds." Otis says, that she then had six_ 

[44] JOHN HAMBLP:N,y {Brolher of PrisciUa,) born in Barnstable 
March 10, 1680-1. He was a wealthy man for his time and local- 
ity and left a large estate in lands, and had much due him on 
mortgages. He resided in the dwelling which was his father's 
at Hamblin's Plains, given equally to his brother Benjamin and 
himself. He died unmarried in 1734, and his will gives much 
information about his relatives. 


Barnstable, April 10, 1734. In the name of God Amen. I, Johrr 
Hamblen of Barnstable in the County of Barnstable, in New England 
being sickly ct having been a long time under intirmity of body and 
sensible of the uncertainty of life and that its appointed for man once 
to dye & yet being sound in memory & of disposing mind l)lessed be 
God for it, do make this my last will and testament in manner and 
form following. 

First of all I commit my soul to God that gave it me and my body 
to ye earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in such decent niau- 
uer as my executors hereafter named shall think fit, believing in the 
Resurrection of ye dead an in ye mercy of (iod thr" ye I^ord Jesus 
Christ the Redeemer of poor sinners and as for ye portion of good that 
God of his free bounty hath given me. My mind and will is that it 
shall be disposed of as followeth. After my just debts and funeral 
charges are first paid. 

17 Jesse Lewis, 4 son of Thomas, 3 Edward,- George.' 


It. I give to my three deaf cousiiiis (children of my brother Ehen- 
ezer viz: Nathan, Samuel & Darcas Hamblen) my neck of land at a 
place called ye Indian pond & ye land adjoining to it as followeth viz: 
all my neck so far as ye fence on ye Southward side of ye neck or orch- 
ard and then beginning at sd fence two rods from the pond & thence 
running sotli a straight line to the westerniost end of ye barn as also 
away out to ye highway. Also my part of corn lot, in partnership with 
Job Haniblin, as also all my meadow lying below that belonging to ye 
heirs of my brother Benjamin deceased by ye Spring Creek as also one 
half of my right at ye dock to land & dry & carry away hay to each of 
them in etiual proportions and their heirs forever. 

It. I give to my cousin John Hamblyn son of Elkanah Ham- 
blyn all the rest of my land lying below the barn or lane that leads to 
ye barn on ye Southeast of ye abovesd line and all my land as it is now 
fenced lying to ye northward of ye abovsd way or lane that leads to the 
barn and my half lott viz wood lot lying in the timber land & my quar- 
ter of a lott of marsh lying at the slougli & my piece of marsh lying on 
the northward side of Spring Creek & one half of my right at the dock 
to him ye sd John Hamblin his heirs and assigns forever and my will 
is that he pay out in legacies as followeth viz: — to his brother Silvanus 
Hamblyn five pounds and to his brother Kuben Hamblin five pounds 
<& to each of his sisters viz: Abigail, Patience & Tabitha five pounds 

It. I give to my loving cousin Benjamin son of my brother Benja- 
min Hamblin deceased all my piece of land lying a litle to the south- 
east of his dwelling house he paying to his three sisters five pounds 
apiece, viz to Rebecca Crocker, Hannah Crosby & Hope Hamblin each 
five pounds also all my land lying att Skonkonet not disposed of, also 
-all my land & meadow lying at Scoton to him his heirs and assigns 

It. I give to my sister Melatiah Ten pounds. 

It. I give to the children of my sister Prissilla deceased ten pounds. 

It. I give to the children of my sister Sarah ten pounds. 

It. I give to my sister Martha ten pounds. 

It. I give to my sister Hannah twelve pounds. 

It. I give to my sister Experience fifteen pounds. 

It. I give to my sister Ester fiveteen pounds. 

It. I give to my cousin (Tcrshom, Thankful, Ebenezer, Timothy & 
Elizabeth Hamblin, eliildren of my brother Ebenezer to each of them 
five pounds apeace. 

It. I give to Mr. Jonathan Russell three pounds. 

It. I give to ye west church in Barnstable four pounds. 

It. I give all my remaining part of my estate to the children of my 
brother Ebenezer & to the children of my brother Benjamin Hamblin 
deceased to be equally divided between them. 


It. I appoint lay loving brother Ebeuezer Haiublin »N: my loving 

friend Deacon John Crocker to be executors to this my last will & tes- 

itament. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal. 

.10 HN HAMLEN (S) 
Signed, sealed ct d'l. 

in presence of 

jonathan russel 
ebenezp:r childs 

mark of 

mark of 

rhoda X phinney. 

Barnestable ss. The foregoing will being presented for probate by 
ye executors therein named Rhoda Finney, Ebenezer Childs & Pa- 
tience Jenkins witnesses to the will made oath that they saw Joun 
Hamlin the subscriber to this instrument signe and seale and heard 
him publish and declare the same to be his last will & testament & that 
he was of sound disposing mind & memory according to these depnn- 
ants best discerning & that they set to theii- hands as witnesses tliereof 
in ye presence of ye testator. Dated the 3 day of July 17.S4. 

Coram N. BOWEN, Jud. Probate. 

[45] EBP:N.EZER B.AMB'LY.'S,3 (/irother of P/'/Scilfn.) born in 
Barnstable May lii, 1(588; he resided on the estate which was 
his father's, at Great or Nine Mile Pond, called in earlj' times. 
Cooper's Pond; married, May 11, 1710, his cousin, Thankful,:* 
daughter of Israel Hamblen- (11), by Rev. Mr. Russell; she 
joined the church October, 1713, and was a member of the East 
Chureh at the time of her death; he died in 1736, she Jaimary 
15, 1768. 


In the name of God, Amen the 2-5th day of October, 173.5: I Ebene- 
zer Hamblin of the Town and County of Barnstable in New England 
being sick & weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, therefore 
calling unto mind the mortality of my body, & knowintr that it is ap- 
pointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will 
•and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and 
recommend my soul unto ye hands of God that gave it, & my body I rec- 
ommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the dis- 
cretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at ye general resurrection 
I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of ( Jod & as touch- 
ing such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in 
this life after my just debts and funeral charges are paid, I give and 
•dispose of ye same in the following manner & forni.- 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to Thankfull my beloved wife ye 
use of one third part of all my Real Estate except that piece of land I 
•bought of .Joseph Childs. together with one third of my husbandry 


tackling during lier widowliood & also one third of all the rest of my 
Personal Estate within and without (except my husbandry tackling; 
and armor) to be at her own dispose; also I give my sd wife all the rest 
of my Real Estate (except that bought of Childs above sd.) in manner 
following, viz: the one half thereof for the Tirme of five years after the- 
date hereof & the other half until my son Daniel shall arrive at the age- 
of fourteen years, ye use of sd land is for the bringing up my childreni 
the half to be improved by my wife five years is Ebenezers.- 

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Gershom his heirs and as- 
signs all that my peace of upland bought of Joseph Childs & also that 
piece of meddow at Broad Sound I bought of Thomas Phinney with ye' 
privilege of landing and drying hay on ye marsh I bought of Nathan- 
iel Ewer not exceeding one third; Also I give my sd son as above sdi 
the one half of my lot of land which I bought of Nathaniel Ewer. 

Item. I give & bequeath to my son Ebenezer his heirs & assigns, 
(reserving the improvement as abovesd) all that lands on which my 
dwelling house now stands together with my sd house barn & out- 
housing thereon viz: all my land to ye westward of ye fence that leads, 
from my cowjard down to ye cranberrj" hole & then by the cranberry 
hole down to pond, and also that piece of land on which my barn 
stands from ye southwest corner of my cowyard ranging easterly over- 
the top of a gravelly hill to the fence and then setts northerly as saidi 
fence stands to ye north end. 

Item. I give and bequeath to mj' son Timothy his heirs and as- 
signs all the rest of my homestead which I have not given to my soni 

Itm. I give & bequeath to my two sons Ebenezer & Timothy all ye- 
rest of ray Real Estate both upland & meadow (except my right in ye 
dock) which I have not disposed of before, to be equally between them re- 
serving the improvement to my wife of what I have given to them as 
abovesd. My will is that my two sons Ebenezer & Timothy pay out to' 
the rest of my children the sum of Two hundred & eighty pounds as I 
shall hereafter order in one year after they shall respectively come into> 
ye improviment of their lands. I give and bequeath to my two sons; 
Ebenezer & Timothy all my husbandry tacklen & armor equally be- 
tween them. 

Itm. I give and bequeath to my son Nathan Fifty pounds to be 
paid to him by my son Ebenezer. I also give to my son Samuel Fifty 
pound to be paid by my sd son Ebenezer. I also give & bequeath to my 
daughter Elizabeth forty pounds to be paid by my son Ebenezer. I al- 
so give and bequeath to my daughter Porkas forty pounds to be paid 
by my two sons Ebenezer and Timothy equally between them. 

Itm. I give & bequeath to my son Daniel One hundred pounds toi 
be paid by my son Timothy. 

Itm. T give to my daughter Tliankful Bangs the sum of ninety- 
pounds with what she hath already had to be paid out of my personal, 
estate. I give also to my two sons Nathan and Samuel equally be- 


tween them all my right iii my dock in partnership with James Ham- 
blyn & others, my will also is that my sd wife have the use and im- 
provement of ye other two thirds of my personal estate untill my son 
Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years, my will further is that my 
three sons (iershom, Nathan and Samuel have all the remaining 
part of mj' personal estate equally between them after the use of it as 

My will is that my two sons Timothy & Daniel are put out to learn 
some trade & ordain ThankfuU my beloved wife Executrix & my son 
(iershom Executor, to this my last Will and Testament & I do herel)y 
utterly di«alow and revoke all and every other and former wills and 
testaments by me made, ratifying and confirming this & no other to be 
my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
and year above written. 

The mark of EBENEZER XX (SEAL) 

Signed, sealed pronounced & declared by the sd Ebenezer Hamblen 
to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us 


Barnstable ss. The Executors within named exhibiting the fore- 
going will for Probate, John Baker & John Crocker witnesses to ye 
will made oath that they saw Ebenezer Hamblen sign seal pronounce 
<fe declare the foregoing to be his last Will & Testament & that he was 
of sound & disposing mind and memory when he so did in their best 
descerning and that they togeather with Ann Hamblen signed as wit- 
neses at the same time. In presents of the Testator. 

Coram M. BOURN 

Judge of Probate. 

Dated ye seventh day of July 1736 on ye same 7th day of July 17?t 

this Will approved. 

Per M. BOURN, Jud: Probt: 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

118. Isaac, born February, 1711, died April, 1711. 

119. Gershom, born July 19, 1713. 

120. Thankful, born August (i, 1715. 

121. Nathan, born June 29, 1717. 

122. Ebenezer, born November 26, 1719. 

123. A daughter, born September 20, 1720; died same day. 

124. Samuel, born January 7, 1722. 

125. Dorkas, born June o, 1727. 

126. Timothy, born September 3, 1728. 

127. Elizabeth, born November 20, 1730. 

128. Daniel, born April 2, 1735. 


[47] BENJAMIN HAMBLEN,3 {Brother of Pruscilla.) born in 
Barnstable, February 11, 1H8H-7. Married May 29, 1709, Hope, 
daughter of Thomas and Hannah iC'hipman)is Huekins,'^ 
born in Barnstable September 21, 1()89. He settled in West 
Barnstable in a two story house with a lean-to; both joined the 
church July 19, 1714. He died in 1718, and his widow married, 
1719, Ebenezer Child. His estate was settled April 6, 1724, 
where all his children are named, and Joseph Hamblen ap- 
pointed their Guardian. His personal estate was appraised at 
£230.16.9, not an inconsiderable sum for a young man in those 
early days. 
Children, born in Barnstable: 

129, Rebecca, born May 17, 1711. 

180. Hannah, baptized July, 1714. 

131. Benjamin, November 18, 1716. 

132. Hope, baptized August 31, 1718. 

IS Elder John Chipman. probably ancestor of all of the name in the United States, 
was the only son of Mr. Thomas Chipman, and was born near Dorchester, England, 
about 1621 ; his father died early and he resided with liis uncle, Mr. Christopher Derby ; 
in May, 1637, ho came to New England with Mr. Richard Derby, son of Christopher, as a 
servant, and resided some years in Plymouth where he was probably apprenticed, and 
learned the carpenter's trade ; it appears in his will that he was such. In 1646 he mar- 
ried Hope, daughter of Mr. John Howland, In 1649 he was in Barnstable. His connec- 
tion with the church there was most happy ; his wife joined August 7, 1650, and he July 
30, 1652-3. Heniy Cobb and John Chipman were chosen and ordained to be ruling elders 
of this church, and were solemnly invested with oflBce upon ye 14tli day of April, .\nno 
Doin. 1670. His will is dated at Sandwich November 12, 1702, proved May 17, 1708. His 
wife Ruth died in Barnstable January 8, 1683, and he married second. Widow Ruth 
Bourne, who died in 1713 He died in Sandwich April 7, 1708. Eleven cliildren, the fifth 
of whom was Hannah, who married Thomas Huckins.— [Otis Papers.] 

lO Thomas Huckins, ancestor of the Barnstable family of that name ; was bom 
1617 ; but little is known of his early history ; he came over before he was 21 years of ag& 
and was a resident of Boston and vicinity. There is some evidence that he was at Dor- 
chester. His lot at Barnstable was one of those laid out by Mr. Callicut, to whom the 
lands were first granted, and Callicut was a Dorchester man. Huckins was one of the 
twenty-three original members of the .\ncient and Honorable Artillery Company, char- 
tered in 1638, and bore its standard in 1639. To have been the ensign of that company 
was a mark of honor. The organization is still in existence in Boston. At that time 
aristocratic notions had far more influence than at present, it was rare indeed that a 
young man of twenty-two years was elected to an office of honor, except he belonged to 
an influential family in the old country. His name is written Hutchius, Huckins, Hucb- 
ens and Huggins, the latter being the pronunciation in early times. Among the wealthy 
and influential promoters in England of the settlement of Massachusetts was Mr. Thomi- 
as Hutchins, an assistant of the Governor, while the administration of the affairs of the 
company were conducted in England. His name appears in all the records prior to leSO', 
but ceases after the removal. He did not come over. It is probable that those of the namie 
who did come, belonged to or were connected witli his family. Thomas Huckins was an 
exemplary member of Mr. Lothrop's church. .\s a business man he perhaps had no super- 
ior in the Colony. He had a wharf near his house where he discharged and received 
freights ; was one of the partners that hired the Cape Cod Fisheries. In 167.5 he was ap- 
pointed Commissary General of the Colony, and had the management in procuring and 
forwarding supplies for the soldiers engaged in the Indian War. He held numerous town 
and Colonial offices, and was a man in whom the people placed the utmost confidence 
for integrity and ability. Hope Huckins, wife of Benjamin Hamblin, was daughter af 
Thomas, 2 Thomas.' — [Otis Papers.] 


[4H] ISAAC HAMBLEN, :< {lUenzar:^ Jnmes,i) born in Barnatable 
AugU!>t 20, 1()76; married .September 14, 1(198, Elizabeth How- 
land ;-f^ he died in 1710, and hiy widow married Timothy Can- 
non November 9, 1711; his brother Joseph was guardian of his 
children, and the tinal settlement and distribution was made 
February 20, 1787-8. 


Know all men by these Presents, that we, Eleazer Hamblen, late of 
Barnstable now of Harwich, yeoman, .loseph Hamblen of Yarmouth, 
blacksmith, and Elizabeth Hamlin of Barnstable, seamstress, all in the 
County of Barnstable tlie three children of James-' Hamblin late of 
Barnstable aforesd deceased in consideration of fifty-two pounds shil- 
ings and six pence to each of us in hand payed by our uncel Joseph 
Hamblen our garden the recete whereof we acknoledg to be in full and 
ourselves therewith fully sattisfied and contented and payd our respec- 
tive part and portion of our late father's estat both real and personal 
and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof we do for ourselfs our 
ares exutors & administrators freely and full acquit exonerate and dis- 
charge him the sd Joseph Hamblin our sd gardien his heirs executors 
and administrate forever by these presents. 

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hand seal this 20 day 

of February in the first year of his Magestys reign Annotiue Domini 






Signed, sealed and 

Delivered in presence 




S. BOURN Reg'r 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

188, F]leazer, born August 22, lti99. 

184. Isaac, baptized July 20, 1701; died young. 

185. Joseph, born June -I, 1702. 

186. Elizabeth, born October, 1705. 

20 John Howland, ancestor of the family of that name in Barnstable, rame orer in 
the Mayflower as a servant of Gov. Carver. His name is thirteenth in the Covenant 
made at Cape Cod, November 11, 1620. Married Elizabeth, daughter of John Tilley, also 
a Pilgrim, who died the first winter as did his wife, Howland was a representative and 
assistant to the Governor in 1633-4-5. A prominent man. 

21 I believe this was a clerical error in the original record and that tin ^e were th» 
children of Isaac, = son of Eleazer,^ who had a brother Joseph. James Haniblcn-" had 
no brother Joseph, nor children corresponding with those named above.— _ Author.! 


[49] JOSEPH HAMBLEN,:^ {Brother of Isaac,) born in Barnstable, 
November 20, 1080. Married first by Rev. Mr. Russell, May 27, 
n04, Mercy Howland.22 Married second, September 5, 1751, 
widow Hopestill Davis, daughter of Joshua Lombard. She 
was born 1B86, and died October, 1756. 
He resided in Barnstable, was a prominent man of good business 
capacity. The following inscription is upon his grave stone: 

" In memory of Mr. Joseph Hamlen, Angst ye 27th 176S, in ye 8Bth 
year of his age." 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

137. Alice, born February 4, 1705. 

138. Seth, born March 4, 1708. 

139. Sarah, born April 4, 1711. 

140. Joseph, born March 10, 1715. 

141. Southward, born May 21, 1721. 

[53] SHUBAEL HAMBLEN,3 ( Broiher of Isaac) born in Barnstable 
September 1(5, 1690. Married, March 25, 1719, Eleanor Wilson, 
(David Hamblen calls her Winslow) of Harwich. In his will 
dated October 5, 1758, he calls Shobal his only son, and names 
his wife and children, Jerush, Shobal, Eleanor, Mehitable and 
Eleanor. It is supposed that his children, Joshua and Lydia 
were then dead. 


In the Name of God, Amen. I Shoball Hamblen, of Barnstable in 
the said county. Yeoman, being advanced in years but of sound mind 
and disposing memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body 
and being minded to set my house in order before I die do this 5th day 
of October 1758 make and ordain this my last will and testament that 
is to say I commit my soul to God in Jesus Christ and my body to the 
earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discression of 
my Executor hereafter named. 

And touching such worldly estate that God hath blessed me with I 
give and demise and dispose ol the same in the following manner and 

Imprimis: I order my just debts and funeral charges to be first 
paid by my executor herein named out of the estate that I herein give 
him. Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Eleaner, in lieu 
of her dower and power of thirds of my estate during her widowhood 
the use and improvement of one-third of my real estate and also the 
hiiprovement of one thii'd of my personal estate within doers except 
my wealing apparel armory, looms and tackling thereto belonging, pro- 
visions and money I also give her the use and improvement of one 
cow so long as she remains my widow. Also I give her a competency 

22 See Note 20. 


of provisions to bring about the year whenever I leave it and my mind 
is that in tlie division of said third ofmyindore moveables that she 
dont t ke my best fether bed four pair of sheets and four cover ids with 
the other necessary furniture to sd be_d and my best chest of draws and 
that she my sd wife improve said indoers moveables during her natural 
life. Item. I give and bequeath to my two daugliters nani<^ly Jerusha 
Hamblen and Mehitable Childs and to their heirs and assigns forever 
equally to be divided to them and their heirs and the one half the fif- 
tj' fifth lot of the late Comon marsh lying at Sandy Neck in Barn- 
stable aforesaid and the whole lot is bounded westerly by the fiftieth 
lot northerly up against the head of Wells Creek partly and partly 
against the marsh lately Samuel Wing's Marsh, easterly by a range of 
stakes one near the Thach or Bank marked 51 and southerly by a range 
of stakes on northwest passage Islands or however the same is bounded. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Eleanor two thirds of 
my indoers moveables including the best feather bed four pairs of 
sheets four coverlids and the other necessary furnitures to sd beds & 
my best chest of draws excepting out of this devise my apparel armory 
looms and their tackling provisions of all sorts and moneys and credits. 
I also give to the said Eleanor the sum of nine pounds lawful money to 
be paid her in the following manner by my son Shobal viz. three 
pounds By the year reconing the first payment to be made in one year 
after my decease. I also give to the said Eleanor the use and improve- 
ment of the great room and chamber over it, and the use of the entry 
way to the chamber, and priveledge of sitting things in the cellar to be 
improved so long as she lives unmarried and no longer and my mind is 
that my wife take her thirds of the house in that part so she and Elea- 
nor may improve together as long ms my wife remains my widow and 
Eleanor lives unmarried as aforesaid. I also give to the said Eleanor the 
liberty to cart her firewood of from my land so long as she lives unmar- 
ried as afoi-e to cut both oak and pine as usual and at the lands lie handy 
and at a distance in proportion. Furthermore I give to the said Klleanor 
the other third of my indore moveables that I have giveu her mother the 
improvement off during her natural life after her mother leaves it. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my only son Shoba! and to his heirs 
and assigns forever all and singular my real estate of every sort yt 
have not heretofore disposed of with all my live stock moneys credits 
apparel looms & their tackling husbandry tools and utensils of all sorts 
horse tackling and corn on the ground of all sorts also the cow that his 
mother has the use of w'hen she is done with it in condition of which 
gift I hereby enjoin him his heirs &c to pay my just debts and funeral 
charges and in case what provisions I have made in this will be not 
sufficient to support his mother that he take care yt she be suitably 
and comfitably supported with all necessary s both in sickness and in 
health during her being my widow. I also enjoin him to keep the 
buildings in repair without any charge to his mother and sister Eleanor 
so long as they improve them agreeable to my will as aforesd, and also 
to pay to sd Eleanor the said sum of nine pouads in manner as before 
expressed to be paid. 


Lastly I nominate and appoint my son Sliobal Hamblen sole execu- 
tor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other and 
former wills and testaments by me made ratifying and confirming this 
and this only to be my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand 
and seal the 5th day of October, 1758. Signed sealed pronounced and 
declared by the said Shobal Hamblen to be his Last Will and Testament. 

In presence of 




Children, born in Barnstable: 

142. Jerusha, born May 4, 1722. Married John Hamblen^. 

143. Shubael, born September 20, 1724. 

144. Eleanor, born October 18, 1726; died young. 

145. Joshua, born August 21, 1728. 

146. Mehitable, born December 4, 1780. 

147. Eleanor, born April 15, 1733. 

148. Lydia, born November 15, 1735. 

[57] ISRAEL HAMBLEN, 3 Tsrael;^ James,^) born in Barnstable 
March 15, 1694. Married first, March 29, 1721, Dorcas Godfrey, 
of Yarmouth; married second, June 17, 1738-5), Bathsheba Ba- 
ker. His name appears on the Yarmouth records. David 
Hamblen says he died 1814. 
Children, born in Yarmouth, by first wife: 

149. Israel, born February 13, 172.0; probably died young. 
By second wife: 

150. Thankful, born December 29, 1739. 

151. Israel, born June 4, 1741. 

[5.S] JOSEPH HAMBLEN ,3 {Broker of Israel,) born in Barnstable, 
Massachusetts, September 12, 1697. Married April 8, 1717, Abi- 
gail, -S daughter of Jabez Davis, born April 6, 1698. 

152. Lois, baptized Barnstable, May 26, 1723. 

[fiO] JACOB HAMBLEN,3 {Half-broiher of Israel,) born in Barn- 
stable, May 28, 1702. Married August 18, 1731, probably at 
that place, his cousin Content Hamblen^ (88). 
They were among the early settlers of Gorham, Maine. Otis says: 
" He and his wife were dismissed from the East Church (Barnstable) 
to the church in Gorham, Maine, October, 28, 1750, to which town they 
had previously moved." Pierce's History of Gorham furnishes ac- 
counts of the early settlement of that town; and the late Col. Hugh. 

03 Abigail Davis,'* daughter of Jabez,'' John,'' Dolar.i See Note 4. 


McLellan, about 1872, publit'hcd in the Foiiland Tnmscripl a series of 
articles giving a very full history of the Hamblens who first settled there. 

Jacob Hamblen was the first of the name at ( torham, several of his 
relatives settled there later, cotemporaneous with the Phinneys, Mo 
Lellans, Hosiers, Cloutmans and others, in the early settlement of Nar- 
ragansett No. 7, or Uorhamtown, as then called. His name disappears 
from the records of Barnstable about 1738, and it was said he removed 
to the " Eastern Country; " his name is not on the Barnstable tax bill 
for 1737; he could not have moved directly to (iorham for there was no 
settlement there in 1733; it is supposed that he remained in Falmouth 
(now Portland), or some other adjoining town a few years, for the first 
we find him as a propj-ietor and resident of Gorham was about the year 
1743. The number of his first right, or lot in Gorham, has not been 
ascertained; but his final settlement was on lots Nos. 16 and 25; these 
were not obtained by his right as a proprietor of the town, but w^ere 
purchased at a tax sale, July 2, 1752, for the sum of five pounds, 
eighteen shillings; being three shillings, four pence less than the tax» 
The purchase of these lots would indicate him to be the owner of at 
least four hundred acres of land. The first actual white settler in Gor- 
ham was Cajit. John Phinney, in May, 1736, who came also from Barn- 
stable, to Falmouth in 1732. The fact that both came from the same 
place about the same time, and finally settled together in that wild 
country-, warrants the inference, that they kept close company. He 
was in Gorham certainly as early as 1743, his children literally had the 
Indian children for playmates. 

The privations and hardships of the early settlers of Gorham seem 
almost incredible; at that period the neighboring towns along the 
coast had been settled, for a century. This was the commencement of 
settlement further inland; and the settlers were greatly harassed by 
the Indians, as they encroach upon their lands and settlements, until 
the French power passed away, by Conquest of Quebec by Wolfe in 
1759, which closed the Indian depredations in that portion of Maine. 

The wars between Frai.ce and England had always drawn into con- 
flict the colonies of these nations in America; hence the inhabitants of 
Maine were in constant state of warlike preparation, and frecjuently 
engaged in military expeditions against the French and Indians. 

It is said that from 1703 to 1713 Maine lost one-third of all its popu- 
lation; in 1724 the Norridgewocks were broken up; in 1725 the com- 
pany of Capt. Lovell killed and dispirsed the Pequawkets at Fryebury; 
the whole population of Maine in 1736 was estimated at only 7,000. In 
1735-6-7, the scarlet fever, or throat distemper raged through the col- 
ony, causing the death of over 500 persons, in some towns it was pe- 
culiarly fatal. In Scarborough no one recovered who was attacked. 
In the new towns the inhabitants suflfered greatly for want of food, 
clothing and comfortable habitations, while danger from Indian attacks 
were constant and pressing. 

It required men like the Puritans to undertake and carry through 
these new- settlements among savage beasts and men. At this period 


the towns of Maine were obliged to erect and maintain garrisons as 
places of refuge against Indian attacks, constructed of hewn timbers, 
with palisadoesof large posts set deep in the earth, closely together, out- 
side of the fort or blockhouse, ten or twelve feet high. Watch boxes 
were built on top of the walls, the whole bullet proof. That in Gor- 
hani was on the 30 acre lot, No. 2, near the old burying ground, on what 
is still called " Fort Hill," the most elevated land in the town. It had 
two six pounder swivels placed at diagonal corners, for the purpose of 
defence and to alarm the neighboring towns of the approach of danger. 
In 174.5 the fifth Indian war broke out; at this time several families 
moved into the fort, viz: Capt. John Phinuey, JACOB HAMBLEN, 
Daniel Mosier, Hugh McLellan, Clement Harvey, John Reed, Edward 
Cloutman, Jeremiah Hodgdon, Eliphalet Watson and Mr. Bryant. 

These distresses disheartened some of the settlers, who abandoned 
their homes and removed to Falmouth, or returned to Massachusetts; 
those who left were: William Bote, James Irish, John Eayr (Ayer), 
Caleb Cromwell, Ebenezer Hall, William Cotton, Benjamin Skillings 
and Benjamin Stevens. Nearly all returned to Gorham after the war. 
For nearly seven years the settlers were confined to the fort, as a 
place of residence, where they suffered great privation and hardship; 
they had not only the Indians, and at times nearly famine to contend 
with, but a dreadful disease broke out, said to have been caused by 
want of proper food, called putrid sore throat or l)lrick tongue, from 
which many of the children died; and every dweller in the fort was 
afllicted with it. 

At one time, although there were eleven soldiers furnished by the 
government of Massachusetts — Maine then being a province of Massa- 
chusetts — there were not enough well men to stand guard, and the 
women had to lend their aid in performing guard duty. 

Upon the return of spring in 174:(i, Bryant, Reed, Cloutman and Mc 
Lellan neglected to come into the fort as directed, and were attacked 
■by Indians: Bryant and his four children were killed: his wife, with 
Heed and Cloutman were captured and taken to Canada. -'* 

i?^ On April 19, 1746, O. S., a party of ten Indian warriors entered Gorliam unknown 
to tlie inhabitants. Some of the Indians had previously resided there and knew the 
people and where they lived. .A.11 the families except Bryant, Cloutmau and McLellan 
had removed to the Fort, who remained on their lands hoping to get their plowing and 
sowing done that they :night raise some crops. Capt. Phinney was urgent to have all in 
the garrison, feeling certain the Indians would be upon them as soon as the ground was 
"bared of snow. As the spring opened he e:,treated the settlers to make no delay about 
moving into the fort, the forwardness of the season increased his anxiety. Hugh Mc- 
Lellan's family liad been alarmed the previous night by the unusual action of tlieir dog, 
barricaded their dwelling and stood at arms all night, but seeing no Indians concluded 
tlie following morning that their alarm was without cause, and decided to finish their 
■work that day and remove to the garrison. They yoked tlieir oxen and Mr. McLellan 
and his son William went to the field, charging the wife to be watchful, to keep the dog 
at home and on any alarm to blow the horn. Before they left the house a neighbor, Mr. 
John Reed, came to borrow a chain ; to him they made known their apprehension ; he 
had seen nothing unusual and did not think the Indians in the vicinity, and returned 
liome; but on his return at the brook was set upon by two Indians secreted in the 


Most of the early settlers of Gorhani were from Cape Cod;-''* nearly 
every town of which furnished one or more settlers; who partook large- 
ly of the characters of their ancestors, a hardy, entei-prisii:g, virtuous; 
race, of indomitable courage, unbending firmness, uncompromising in- 

bushes ; he was unarmed, was overpowered, taken captive and bound. Mr. Bryant 

and his son went to the held to repair the fence, the Indians came upon them, they triedl 
to escape to the fort, the Indians shot and broke Mr. Bryant's arm, he reached! 
the brook hard pressed by the savages ; seeing Mr. Daniel Mosier with a gun, called 
to him to fire on the Indians, but Mosier, being at a distance and not fully appre- 
hending the condition, delayed, when immediately an Indian sprung upon Bryant 
and dispatched him with a tomahawk before Mosier was fully aware of what was tak- 
ing place, or could otf er assistance. The place where Mr. Bryant was killed is on the- 
low ground south of where Nathaniel Hamlin resided in 1<S62. Mosier escaped to the- 
fort and gave the alarm. The Indians proceeded to the house of Bryant where they 
murdered and scalped four of their children, dashing out the brains of an infant against 
the stone fire place. The agonized and frantic mother, feeble and powerless, had to- 
witness the destruction of all that was dear to her heart; to leave herhusband dead, and 
the mangled.bodies of her children ; and with feelings of anguish, impossible to describe, 
go captive with her destroyers through pathless forests, tangled swamps and over rugged 
mountains to a people whose language she could not understand ; the enemies of her 
people and of herself. Mrs. McLellan, hearing the gun fired at Bryant's, directed her 
daughter, Abigail, about twelve years old, to go to Bryant's place and learn the cause p 
but the child was afraid and secreted herself ; when the mother discovered her and again- 
ordered her to go. The distance being short, she soon arrived at the house and entered ; 
the sight nearly paralyzed her. On the floor lay the four children in their blood ; all 
except the babe feU under the ruthless tomahawk. The eldest daughter was still alive, 
she called Abigail by name, and asked for water, but Abigail, horror stricken, fled in ter- 
ror and on reaching home fell prostrated. Her mother laid her on a bed and immediate- 
ly blew the horn. McLellan hearing it hastily ran home, leaving the oxen in the yoke. 
Abigail, recovering, related what she had seen at Bryant's house. They prepared to 
resist an attack, not knowing the extent of the Indians' success, or the safety of the fort. 
Edward Cloutman, had gone to finish sowing his grain, was discovered by the Indians- 
who were desirous of capturing him. He was a powerful man, in the prime of life, 
unarmed ; there wefe eight Indians in the party. As soon as his back was turned toward 
them the savages ran toward him ; he saw them and ran toward Bryant's house ; coming: 
to a fence he tried to leap it but became entangled in the brush and fell Ijack. when two 
of the Indians sprang toward him. Cloutman knocked them down, as well as the third 
one ; two more came up with guns leveled at his heart, when he surrendered. He was at 
man over six feet tall and weighed 220 pounds. By his neighbors he was called the giant. 
After arriving in Canada he wrote a letter to his wife which she received the following- 
September, relating the particulars of his capture. He informed her that the Indians: 
took him and Reed and Mrs. Bryant, she being feeble, he carried her on his back across; 
all the streams, and many miles besides when the traveling was bad. They followed the- 
Saco river and passed through the notch of the White Mountains to Canada. Clontmaa 
and Reed were confined and compelled to work on the French fortifications. Mrs. Bry- 
ant was sold for a domestic in a French family. About November Cloutman and anoth- 
er captive, named Dunbar, escaped on a stormy night, but were never afterwards seerk 
alive. It is supposed they drowned in attempting to swim a bay of Lake Champlain, as 
the next spring the skeletons of two men were found on the shore of the lake witli their 
clothes tied to the back of their heads, and in one garment was found a pocket compass 
identified as one liad by Cloutman. After the peace was made an Indian came to Gor- 
ham where he told that he was one of the party who captured ('loutnian, ami the name- 
of his captors. He said : "Strongman, Cloutman. He beat two Indians so they diedl 
before they got to Canada." During the war Colonel Edmund Phinney, then a yonnjf 
man, was fired upon and wounded by Indians in Gorham. A young man named Barthol- 
omew Thorn was captured and carried to Canada and sold to a French gentleman. .\fte»- 
seven years he escaped and returned to Gorham. He was a noted hunter and trapper, 
well known to the Indians. There is- a tradition that he had once shot and killed an 
25 See Note 6. 


tegrity; sober, indumtrious, frugal and temperate in all things; they 
were distinguished for enduring fortitude, and open handed hospi 
tality; but not eminent for literary attainments or sciences; not defi- 
cient in talents, but had not leisure or opportunity for the cultivation 
of letters, or the study of books, had they possessed them; they were 
incessantly occupied in devising ways to obtain sustenance and cloth- 
ing, and in providing means for defence against their foes; exhausted 
with labors and worn with cares, they could not be expected to attend 
to the elegancies of older and wealthier communities. 

At this day they might be called intolerant in their religious views 
and practices, but in this were lilie others of that age. 

They were zealous for what they considered the truth; astern and 
severe morality prevailed among them; they felt that religion, virtue, 
and knovvlege were essential to good government and the permanent 
welfare of the connnunity, and spared no pains to support the gospel, 
inculcate morality in the minds of their children, and provide means 
for their education. At the first Proprietors' Meeting, one of their first 
votes was to provide for preaching and religious instruction. The 
wives and daughters of the first settlers shared in the toils of their hus- 
bands and fathers; to labor in the fields and forests, carry burdens, go 
to mill, gatlier the harvest and assist in the defense of their homes. 

The ardor and patriotism of the people of Gorham, during the per- 
iod of the War for Independence, is forcibly portrayed in Pierce's His- 
tory of (Torham.^e 

Indian wlio accused him of robbing the traps of the latter. It is said that during the 
Indian War five Indians were kiUed near the brook where Nathaniel Hamlin resided in 
1862, three of whom fell by the gun of William McLellen. At one time when the men 
were absent from the fort at work an alarm was started by the barking of a dog, the 
women hastily closed the gates and Mrs. McLellen ascended to the watch tower where 
she discovered an Indian behind a bush. She got a loaded musket and watched at the 
port-hole. The Indian arose in full view and she fired at him. The men, hearing the 
gun, ran to the fort to learn the cause. When told they examined the spot where the 
Indian had stood and founil a pool of blood and a trail following into the woods. Proba- 
bly his companions bore the wounded Indian away. Mrs. McLellen lived to a great 
age and always asserted that she killed or severely wounded the savage.— [Colonel Hugh 
McLellan in Pierce's History of Gorham.] 

26 " Preamble and resolves of the Freemen of Gorham, adopted in meeting Jan. 7, 
1773 : We find it is esteemed an argument of terror to a set of the basest of men who are 
attemi)tiug to enslave us, and who desire to wallow in luxury upon the expense of our 
earnings, that this country was purchased by the blood of our renowned forefathers, 
who, flying from the unrelenting rage of civil and religious tyranny in their native land, 
settled themselves in this desolate, howling wilderness. But the people of this town of 
Gorham have an argument still nearer at hand ; not only may we say that we enjoy an 
inheritance purchased by the blood of our forefathers, but this town was settled at the 
expense of our oivfi blood. We have those among us whose blood, streaming from their 
own wounds, watered the soil from which we earn our bread ! Ozir ears have heard the 
infernal yell of the savage, uativ? murderers ! Our eyes have seen our young child- 
ren weltering in tlioir gore in our own houses, and our dearest friends carried into cap- 
tivity by men more savage than the savage beasts themselves ! Many of us have been 
used to earn our daily bread with our weapons in our hands ! We cannot be supposed 
to be fully acquainted with the mysteries of Court policy, but we look upon ourselves 
able to judge so far concerning our rights as men, as Christians, and as subjects of the 


In preparation of this sketch of Jacob Hamblen, copious extracts are 
taken from Pierce's lii story of (xorhani, and the sketches of Col. Mc 
Lellan, concerning the first settlers of (lorhani, as the Hainblens were 
numerous there, as well as their descendants in other places in Maine 

British Government, as to declare that we apprehend those rights as settled of the good 
people of Boston, do belong to us ; and that we look with horror and indignation on 
their violation. We only add that our old Captain (John Phinney) is still living, who 
for many years has been our chief officer to rally the inhabitants of this town from the 
plough and sickle, to defend their wives, their children and all that was dear to tliem, 
from the savages. Many of us have been inured to the fatigue and danger of flying to 
garrison. Many of our watch boxes are still in being, the timber of our Fort is still to 
be seen ; some of our women have been used to handle the cartridge or load the musket, 
and the swords we sharpened and brightened for our enemies are not yet grown rusty ; 
Therefore : 

Resolved, That the people of the town of Gorham are as loyal as any of his Majes- 
ty's subjects in Great Britain or the Plantations, and hold themselves always in readi- 
ness to assist his Majesty with their lives and fortunes in defense of the rights and priv- 
eliges of his subjects. 

Resolved, We apprehend that the grievances of which we justly complain, are 
owing to the corruptions of the late Ministry, in not suffering the repeated petitions and 
remonstrances from this Province to reach the Royal ear. 

Resolved, It is clearly the opinion of the town that it is better to risk our lives and 
fortunes in the defense of our rights, civil and religious, than to die by piece meals in 

Resolved, It is clearly the opinion of this town that the Parlament of Great Brit- 
am has no more right to take money from us, without our consent, than they have to 
take money without consent from the inhabitants of France or Spain. 

Resolved, That the foregoing Resolves and Proceedings be registered in the Town 
Clerk's office, as a standing memorial of the value that the inhabitants of this town put 
upon their rights and privileges. 

At a town meeting, January 25, 1774, the following spirited proceedings were had: 

1. Resolved, That our small possessions, dearly purchased by the hand of labor 
and the industry of ourselves and our dear ancestors, with the loss of many lives, by a 
barbarous and cruel enemy, aie by the laws of God, nature and the British Constitution, 
our own, exclusive of any other claim under heaven. 

2. Resolved, That aU and every part and parcel of the profits arising therefrom 
are also our own, and that none can of right take away any part or share thereof, with- 
out our free consent. 

3. Resolved, That for any Legislative body of men under the British Constitution 
to take or grant liberty, to take any part of our property or profits, without our consent, 
is state robbery, and ought to bo opposed. 

4. Resolved, That the British Parlament laying a tax on .\mericans for the pur- 
pose of raising a revenue, is a violation of the laws of religion and sound policy, incon- 
sistent with the principles of freedom, that has distinguished the British Empire from 
its earliest ages. 

.5. Resolved, That the appropriating this Revenue in support of a set of the vilest 
of the human race, in rioting and luxury on our spoils is an unprecedented step of .id- 
ministration and appears to us most odious. 

6. Resolved, That the Tea .\ct, in favor of the East India Company to export the 
same to .\merica, is a deep laid scheme to betray the unwary and careless into the snare 
laid to catch and enslave them, and requires the joint vigilance, fortitude and courage 
of the thoughtful and the brave to oppose in every constitutional way. 

7. Resolved, That petitioning the throne carries a very gloomy prospect, so long 
as his Majesty is under the same influence that he has been for many years past. 

8. Resolved, That other methods besides petitioning are now become necessary 
for the obtaining and securing our just rights and privileges. 

9. Resolved, That the measures taken by Ithe town of Boston in their several 
meetings to consult, debate and advise with regard to the tea arrived there, merits the 


and elsewhere, who have frequently intermarried with the decsend- 
ants of other early Gorham families, mentioned by these learned writers. 

Mr. Hamblen was a good business man, and a useful citizen, one in 
whom his fellow settlers had confidence. His name is prominent on 
the old proprietor's records; he was always at their meetings: ofti n on 
important committees, for surveying lands, running lines, fixing boun- 
daries, making roads, supplying ministers and the general business of 
the proprietary or town. 

His homestead consisted of the two thirty-acre lots, Nos. IG and 25. 
By the old plan of the thir(y-acre lots, they were bounded northerly by 
Hamblen Street and easterly by King Street (now Higli and School 
Streets) extending southerly from the corner now oceiii)ie(i by Ridlon 

esteem and regard of all who esteem their rights worth preserving, and will transmit 
their memory to unborn ages with Honor. 

10. Resolved, That the unfeigned thanks of the town of Gorham wait on the Com- 
mittee of Correspondence of the metropolis, and all the good People that shew their zeal 
for Liberty in their late Town meetings, and may our indignation fall on all who are en- 
emies to our happy Constitution ! 

11. Resolved, That we of this town have such a high relish for Liberty, that we, all 
with one heart, stand ready sword in hand, with the Italians in the Roman Republick, 
to defend and maintain our rights against all attempts to enslave us, and join ourbroth- 
eren, opposing force to force, if drove to the last extremity, which God forbid." 

.\fter these high-toned resolutions were passed, the aged Capt. Phinney made a mo- 
tion, which was voted : " That if any person of Gorham shall hereafter contemn, despise 
or ^reproach the former or the present Resolves, or endeavor to prevent the force or effect 
of the same among this people, he shall be deemed, held and adjudged an enemy to his 
Country, unworthy the company or regard of all those who are the professed sons of 
freedom, and shall bo treated as infamous." 

It was voted that the following be accepted as a preface to the foregoing Resolves: 

" When we contemplate the days of old, the years of ancient times, when the candle 
of the Lord shown around our Tabernacle, and the Benign rays from the the throne 
beamed through the whole of our American atmosphere, which placed a smile upon ev- 
ery face and joy in every heart, and each individual sitting under his own vine and fig 
tree, having none to annoy or make him afraid, enjoying the fruits of his own industry. 
In this golden age mutual Love subsisted between the mother States and her Colonies. 
The mother extended her powerful arm to Skreen and Protect her Children from insult 
and ruin, from their and her natural enemies, who would have attacked them on their 
watry frontier; in return, the children have ever been obedient to the requisition of their 
mother in raising men and money to the enlargement of the British Empire to an amaz- 
ing extent, and this without complaint or even a single murmur, although they thereby 
endangered their own bankruptcy. But how are circumstances changed ! ' temporal 
mores ! ' the mother lost to her first love ! her maternal affection degenerated into a 
cold indifferency if not a fixed hatred of her children, as is too evident by the repetition 
of one revenue act upon another, and appointing Egyptian task-masters, if not worse, or 
cruelly to extort from us our property, without so much as to say, by your leave, that 
they may wallow in luxury on our spoils, against every principal of justice, Human or 
Divine. .\nd the tools of the Administration, among ourselves, have used every measure 
in their power to weaken our hands and subject us easily to be dragooned in chains and 
slavery, not by dint of argument, but by the mere force of the power placed in their 
liands by the Mother County. These things bearing heavy on our minds, and not alto- 
gether sunk below all human feelings, We, ?/«,« voce, come to these resolves : " 

Then followed a letter to the Committee of Correspondence of Boston, in which they 
close : 

" We hope and trust that the inhabitants of this town will not be induced to part 
with their priveleges/or a little paltry herb drink."— [Pierce's History of Gorham.] 


& Card's store to the line of the railroad, and westerly to Harding's 
Hill. His dwelling house was on No. 16, where the store of II. G. 
Harding stood in 1872. Here he kept a " House of Entertainment'^ 
from 1757 to the time of his death. The meetings of the old proprietors 
were often held at his house. A Mr. Elwell kept a tavern in the same 
house in 1775. A part of this old tavern house was moved, and with 
some additions, used by Major Simeon Farnham as a dwelling house, 
where he lived before he built the brick house (now burned), recently 
known as the Gorham House. The old house of late years has been 
known as the Gammon House, and stood near where Mr. Stephen 
Hinkley's house stood in 1872. 

A short time before his death, Mr. Hamblen emancipated his ne- 
gro man servant, " Ceasor," in consideration of his having faithfully 
served him, and in further consideration of five shillings paid by the 
said Ceasor. The discharge was signed, sealed and delivered in pres- 
ence of Austin Alden and Stephen Phinney, May 2d, 1774, and record- 
ed by Enoch Freeman, October 18, same year. 

In the year 177U he made a present to the town of the burial ground 
at Gorham Village, which has since become the quiet resting place of so 
many of the worthy old proprietors. Near the northwesterly corner of 
this lot stands a time worn and broken monument of slate stone, bear- 
ing the following inscription: 

In memory of 


who died June 3d 


Aged 72 years. 

Mrs. Hamblin, in her day was a famous comber of wool for the pur- 
pose of making worsted; few of the present generation have ever seen 
this operation of combing wool on the old fashioned ketchel or flax 
comb, laying the fibers all one way, straight and smooth and winding 
it into balls, to spin it on the small flax wheel, into very fine thread. 
In an old account book we find Mrs. Hamblen has credit for combing 
worsted, five shillings, and for one hundred cabbage plants, two shil- 
lings. At that time there were no factories, and imported cloth was 
rare and expensive; every household was expected to manufacture its 
own clothing, and the lady who came to the possession of a worsted 
gown, colored with dye made from the bark of trees, or roots of the for- 
est, and manufactured by her own hand had a treasure of wliich she 
was deservedly proud, and was thought quite well dressed. 

In those days matters of neglect and dereliction of religious duties 
were subject to penalties of the civil law, and we fear sometimes, con- 
science had but little to do in those matters. But in speaking of 
Mrs. Content Hamblen, from what we have heard, we are in- 
clined to believe her conscientious. She made it strictly the rule of 
her house, for herself and every member of her fannly, to attend 
all the meetings on the Sabbath day, or keep close within doors. 


Fast and Feast days were rigidly observed according to law, and the 
ordinances of the church. 

No person within her house was allowed to eat a morsel of food on 
fast day between early morning and evening, if she could prevent it; 
even the cattle within her barn had to come under the rule; they were 
ted the night before, and allowed no more till the day had passed, and 
consequently were allowed an abundance of food on Thanksgiving day. 
Whether she was one of those who believed that all dumb ani- 
aials would be found on their knees at twelve o'clock on Christmas 
Kve in thanksgiving for the birth of the Saviour, we cannot say; but 
nevertheless it was once the current belief, and some there be at this 
time who are unwilling to give it up. 

Mrs. Content Hamblen, widow of Jacob, married Mr. James Miller, 
from Cape Elizabeth March 1, 17S0. In an old record kept by Rev. Ca- 
leb Jewett, we find that he died May 16, 1787; she lived with her hus- 
band, Miller, in a house which stood in the Alexander McLellan gar- 
den, directly back of the Ridlon & Card store. Here she lived alone for 
several years; and was held as a fortune teller, as she was often visited 
by the young to learn their future destiny. 

Of her decease there is no record, but we conclude that she died 
about the year 1790, certainly before 1800. 

No complete record of their children has been discovered, and per- 
iiaps some may have died during the sickness, in the Indian war above 


153. Joseph, born May 10, 173-, perhaps in Barnstable. 

154. Daniel. 


[65] EBENEZER SCUDDER,i (Elizfibeth;^ Jnmes;^ James,^) was 
baptized April 26, 1696 

He had descendante named Eleazar Scudder and Joi^iah Scudder. 

David Scudder, who descended from Eleazer, was born January "), 
176", he was an eminent citizen, and many years Clerk of Courts for 
Barnstable county. Married Desire (iage, and had a son Charles, born 
June 5, 1789, who settled in Boston, and died January 21, 1861, after a 
long life of usefulness and distinction as a merchant. 

Frederick Scudder, a younger brother of Charles, was for several 
years County Treasurer and Recorder of Deeds for Barnstable county. 

Hon. Zeno Scudder descended from Josiah above, son of Ebenezer, 
and wife Rose Delap,-^ born in Osterville, Barnstable in 1807. In early 
life he followed the sea, and afterwards engaged in mei-cantile pursuits; 
before he attained his majority he was induced from paralysis to prose- 
cute the study of medicine; but finding his infirmity an impediment to 
the practice of his profession, he applied himself to the study of law. 
He took a course at the Cambridge Law School and was admitted to 
the bar in 1886, opened a law otfiee in Falmouth, but shortly changed 
his location to Barnstable, where he soon acquired a lucrative practice, 
and was regarded as an accurate, learned and diligent lawyer. He was 
elected to the State Senate from Barnstable in 1846, and twice re-elect- 
ed; in his third term he was chosen President of the Senate, the duties 
of which ottice he performed with dignity and ability. He was elected 
member of 32d Congress of the United States, and on August 12, 18.')2, 
delivered a speech on the subject of American Fisheries, evincing great 

27 James Delap, ancestor of the family of that name in Barnstable, was a native 
of Ireland. Mr. Otis gives an account of his passage to America : " Charles Clinton, an 
Irishman, chartered the ship. George & Ann, Capt. Rymer to transport his friends and 
neighbors to America, the whole number of men, women and children were lU. He was 
unfortunate in the selection of a ship. Rymer was a cold blooded villain. The ship 
sailed from Dublin for Philadelphia May 20, 1729, poorly supplied with stores, the voy- 
age was protracted by the infamy of the master to 125 days. The passengers consisted 
of families who had converted their estates, except such articles as they could take 
-with them, into gold, to purchase land in Philadelphia and build a town where they 
could enjoy the civil and religious liberties denied in their native land. They selected 
the mild season for their passage, and expected to arrive in Philadelphia in July, in time 
to select their place of residence and put up dwellings before winter; and did not dream 


research on the subject. He was re-elected to the 33d Congress, but a 
fall, fracturing a limb, caused him to resign his seat. He was never mar- 
ried. His younger brother, Henry A. Scudder, was born at the same 
place; graduated at Yale College in 1842, studied law at Cambridge, 

that half their number would tind a watery grave before reaching America. Several be- 
sides Mr. Clinton had considerable sums of gold, which was known to the Captain and 
excited his cupidity ; he prolonged the voyage and kept his ship at sea, until his pro- 
visions were exhausted, that the passengers might die of famine and disease, and then 
seize and appropriate their property ; such is charged was his diabolical plan. The 
ship had not been long at sea until the passengers began to mistrust the evil designs of 
the Captain. He was tyrannical in the exercise of his authority ; his officers and men were 
in constant fear of him ; the ship was making slow progress ; the passengers had been 
put on short allowance ; some had died of disease, engendered by the small quan- 
tity and bad quality of the provisions served out; starvation and death seemed 
inevitable, if no change could be eflected; and the passengers, after consultation,, 
resolved to assume command if a change could not be made. There were 
two on board having some knowledge of navigation, who were appointed to 
watch, night and day, the movements of Captain Rymer; and they discovered! 
one night, though the wind was fair, that the ship was sailing in an opposite direc- 
tion from her true course. They inquired of the helmsman, why lie steered so; and 
were told it was by the Captain's orders This fact was communicated to other passen- 
gers; several had then died of starvation and many were so weak and emaciated by 
want of food and nourishment they could scarcely stand. They resolved to make an 
effort to compel the Captain to keep his sliip oq the true course ; one of the passengers 
had a brace of pistols; these were loaded and put in the hands of two men, and all who 
had sufficient strength followed to the quarter deck. They charged the Captain with 
treachery, &c. He said that the voyage had been prolonged by head winds, and not by 
any fault of himself. He made fair promises, only to break them ; he obstinately kept 
bis vessel at sea, though his passengers were daily perishing for want of food. He liad 
wit enough to perceive that if he made for Philadelphia he would be arrested, and hi& 
only safety was to keep his ship at sea, avoid speaking any vessel, and persist in his 
diabolical purpose. Capt. Lothrop, in his passage from Boston to Martha's Vinyard, 
espied the vessel and boarded her, and took them into a place now called Orleans. 
Less than half those who embarked at Dublin, from 114 to 190, were then living. Among 
the passengers of this ill fated ship, were the father and mother of James Delap, and 
his sisters, Rose, Jean and Sarah. They were from Cavan, Ireland. Of the Delap fam- 
ily, the father and sisters had been buried in the ocean ; the mother was living whert 
Capt. Lothrop came onboard — emaciated and very weak ; when food was distributed 
she took a biscuit, and in attemi)ting to swallow, a piece lodged in her tliroat, and be- 
fore relief could be afforded, expired. Her body was taken ashore and buried. James,, 
when taken from the boat, was so weak he could not stand, and crawled to the shore. 
Capt. Rymer was arrested, sent to England in irons, tried and condemned, and was. 
hung and quartered in Dublin. James Delap came to Barnstable, and Nov. 5, 1729, 
chose John Bacon, Jr.. his guardian, and was apprenticed to learn the blacksmith trade. 
June 22, 1738, he was married by Rev. Mr. Green to Mary daughter of Benjamin O'Kelley, 
of Yarmoutli. She was born April 8, 1720, and at the time of her marriage had been resid- 
ing in tlie family of Dea. Isaac Hamblen, of Yarmouth. In the summers he sailed in th& 
Barnstable and Boston packet, at first with Capt. Solomon Otis, afterwards as Master, 
in winter he worked in the blacksmith shop. He removed to Granville, Nova Scotia, irk 
177.'), where he died of apoplexy in 17.H9. aged 74 years. He had ten children, all of whom 
except Thomas, married and had children. 
Their children, born in Barnstable : 

1. Rose, born February 2.5, 1739; married Ebeiiezer Scudder.. 

2. Abigail, born November 6, 1741 ; married John Coleman. 

3. Catherine, born September 3, 1743; married Amos Otis, grandfather of the author of 

the .4mos Otis Papers, and had two children, Amos and Solomon. 

4. Thomas, bom .April 14. 174.5. He was master of a sliip in the King's service, and on 

December 6, 1771, while on a voyage from Philadelphia to Halifax during a storm.. 


was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1844, and entered upon practice 
of the profession in Boston, where his abilities were soon recognized. 
He was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature of 1861-2-3; was a 
member of the National Convention, which nominated Abraham Lin- 
coln for re-election, and sujiported him with ardor. 

In 18(j9 he was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court of Massa- 
chusetts, in which position he acquired a high reputation, which bid 
fair to lead to early advancement in the .Judiciary. But ill health in 
1872 compelled his resignation, and a prolonged absence in Europe fol- 
lowed. In 1S82 the office of Judge of Probate and Insolvency was ten- 
dered him and declined lor the same reasons. 

He married Nancy B., daughter of Charles B. Tobey, of Nantucket. 

The children of Josiah Scudder were: 

1. Josiah, born December 3, ISOO; died December 29. 1877; a merchant. 

2. Freeman, born ^Slarch 16, 1805; died December 3, 1852; a merchant. 

3. Hon. Zeno, born 1807; a lawyer. 

4. Persis, born August 14, 1810; married Josejih W. Crocker; died 

April 24, 1844. 

5. Edwin, born September 23, 181o; died May 25, 1872; a merchant. 

6. Hon. Henry A., born November 25, 1819; a lawyer. 

[68] BENJAMIN HAMBLEN,* {Eleazer;^ Jrfmea;^ JamesA ) The 
late David Hamblen, of Boston, says, that Eleazer' resided in 
Eastham; that his son, Benjamin, was born there in 1692, and 
was mentioned in his father's will, which the writer has never 
seen. David Hamblen supposed this man was his ancestor; 
and that it was him and not his uncle Benjamin,:' who mar- 
ried, October 25, 1716, Anne, daughter of Samuel Mayo, ^s of 

was cast ashore on Great Point, Nantucket, where himself and Mr. Amos Otis, and 
others perished after they landed. It is said none would have been lost, if they 
bad remained on board the ship. 

5. Mary, born November 3, 1747. 

6. Sarah, born April 11, 1750; married Capt. James Farnsworth. 

7. Jane or Jean, bom August 13,1752; married Jonas Farnsworth, a cousin of Capt. 

James, who married her sister Sarah. Their oldest daughter. Nancy, born at 
Machias, Maine, in 1773, was the mother of Amos Otis, the author. The vessel on 
which she took passage from Nova Scotia to Boston, was captured by a British 
war ship and taken to Halifax. She afterwards took passage in another ship 
which was captured, and she was finally landed at Newburyport. When captured 
several shots were fired and at the suggestion of the Captain she and lior infant 
child laid down on the cabin floor, below the water line, a place of comparative 

8. Hannah, born July 14, 1755 : married Samuel Street, a Captain in the British Navy. 

9. Temperance, born in 1757. One of her sons was for many years a membet of the 

Queen's Council. 
10. James, born March, 1759.— [Otis Papers.] 

28 Rev, John Mayo, the ancestor of that family in Cape Cod, was born in England, 
and graduated from an English university; he came over about 1638, and was in Barn- 
stable in 16:», where he was ordained as teaching elder with Mr. Lotlirop ; was made 
freeman 1640 ; in 1646 he removed to Eastham, ar.d subsequently took charge of the 
church in that town until 1655, when he was settled over the second, or North Church ia 


Eastham. She is supposed to be a great grand daughter of Governor 
Prince. The Boston News Letter of August 25, 1737, notices the death 
of a Benjamin Hambhn, wlioni we suppose to be tliis man: " We hear 
that some time in the beginning of .July, Captain Atherton Hough, 
master of a wlialiug vessel being in the Streights, killed a large wliale 
and brought her to the vessel's side as usual to cut laer up; and as the 
hands were lioisting the blubber into the liold, the runner of the block 
gave way, and fell with great force, on tlie head of a man, who stood 
underneath — Benjamin Hamblin, of Eastliam — and instantly killed 
him." Otis does not seem to have known of this man, but mistakes his 
Uncle Benjamin for him, and also omits the names of the children, 
Joshua, Isaac, Mary and Elizabeth. 

Cliildren, supposed to liave been bor;n in Eastliam: 

155. Cornelius, born 1719. 

156. Benjamin, 

157. Joshua. 

158. Lydia; married, August 30, 1741, John Wolcott, of Hingliam. 

159. Isaac, born 1728. 

160. Mary; married, 1742, Joseph Richards, of Pembroke. 

161. Eleazer, born 1732. 

162. Elizabeth; married, 1750, William Holmes, of Pembroke. 

[71] ELISHA HAMBLEN, 4 («?-o//?er q/ Benjamin,) born January 
26, 1697-8, probably in Eastham. Married, January 25, 1721, 
Elizabetii Mayo, ^9 of Eastham. 


163. Elijah, born March 22, 1722-3. 

164. Elisha. 
Probably otliers. 

[75] EBENEZER JENKINS,^ (Experience;^ James;^ Jnme.%i ) born 
in Barnstable December 5, 1697. Married first, November 9, 
1721, Judith White; she died Ajn-il 25, 1729, leaving an only 
child, Thomas. Married second, .luly 25, 1732, Elizabeth Tup- 
per, who survived him. He resided at West Barnstable in a 
part of his father's house, on the estate owned about 1861 by 
Chipinan W. Whelden. He died in .June 1750; will dated June 

Boston ; in 167:i, in consequencp of age and infirmities he went to Barnstable, and at 
that place, Eastham and Yarmouth passed the remainder of his life with his children, 
dying at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth, who married Joseph Howes, in Yar- 
moutli, May, 1676. His wife was named Tamosin, and died in Yarmouth, 16JS2. His 
children were born in England: Hannah, married 1640, Natlianiel Bacon; Samuel, John. 
Nathaniel and Elizabeth. The son of Nathaniel married Hannah, daughter of Gov. 
Thomas Prince, and had Thomas, born December 7. 1651 ; Nathaniel, November 16, 1652; 
Samuel, October 12, 1655; Hannali, October 17, 16.57; Theophilus, December 17, 1659; 
Bathsheba, 1662.— f Otis Papers.] 

?0 See Note 28. 


10, 1750; proved July o, following:. His estate was appi'aised at ^3o7.1!t.4, 
in lawful money. 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

165. Thomas, born March 8, 1725-(i; married, April 23, 1 752, Thankful 

Wing, of Harwich. 

166. Nathan, born October 21, 1784. 

167. Ebenezer, born July 6, 1736. 
16.S. Mai'tha, born November 4, 1737. 

169. p:iizabeth, born May 9, 1740. 

[76] 8AMUEL JENKINS,^ {Brolher of Ebenezer,) born in Barnsta- 
ble January 7, 1699-1700; married, November 9, 1721, Mary, 
daughter of Ensign John and Mary (Goodspeed) Hinckley, 3 o 
of Barnstable; no record of the date of her birth. He first re- 
sided at Skonkonet, Barnstable, on the estate given him by his 
father, owned about 1861 by Lemuel Lumbard; he afterwards 
purchased the farm from Ichabod Hinckley, his wife's half 
brother, owned about 1861 by Dea. Braley Jenkins. 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

170. Experience, born Deceinber 4, 1722. 

171. Mary, born September 7, 1725; died June 7, 1727. 

172. Samuel, born October 20, 1727. 

173. Nathaniel, born December 6, 1728. 

174. Simeon, born Septeinber 8, 1733. 

175. Lot, born March 13, 1737-8. 

[77] JOSIAH JENKINS,! {Brother of Ebenezer.) born in Barnsta- 
ble April 16, 1701'. ^Married Mary Ellis, of Middleboro, and re- 
sided at AVest Barnstable. His will is dated December 2H, 1749, 
and proved the following February. 

30 Samuel Hinckley was the ancestor of this family. In March, 1635. he with 
others from Tenterden, Kent, England, making a company of 102, sailed in the Hercules, 
from Sandwich for New England ; he brought with him his wife, Sarah, and four chil- 
dren. ,^oon after his arrival in Boston he went to Scituate, and built a house, which 
Mr. Lothrop calls No. 19; three of his fellow passengers also built houses there in 16:», 
viz : William Hatch No. 17 ; John Lewis No. 1^ ; and Nathaniel Tilden No. 20. The street 
on which they built was called Kent Street. In 1640 he sold in Scituate and removed 
to Barnstable. His first wife died August IS, 16.j6, and he married second, December 1.5, 
16.i7, Bridget, widow of Robert Bodfish, of Sandwich. He died October M, 1662. He was 
probably a member of Mr. Lothrop's church, but from the fact that he was twice indict- 
ed for " entertaining strangers " (Quakers). It would appear that he belonged to the 
liberal and not to the intolerant party of the church. His children, by first wife, were : 
Thomas: Susannah, married .John Smith; Sarah, married Elder Henry Cobb; Mary; 
Elizabeth, married Elisba Parker; Samuel, died young; three infants, died young. 
His youngest child. Ensign John Hinckley, born in Barnstable May 24, 1644, resided at 
West Barnstable, was a prominent man in business atlairs: married, July, 166.H, 
Bethia Lothrop. who diefl July 10, 1697, and he married second, November 24, 1697, Mary 
Goodspeed. Children by first wife : Sarah, Samuel, Betliia, Hannah, .Jonathan, Icha 
bod, Gershom. By second wife: Mary, who married Samuel Jenkins ; Abigail and Mer- 
cy. He died December 7, 1709.— [Otis Papers.] 


The principal part of liis estate he gave to liis brothers, Ebenezer 
and Samuel, and 'egacies to his sisters. Thankful Taylor, Mercy 
White, Hope White, Sarah Nye, and his cousin, Nathan Jenkins. He 
had a splendid wardrobe, and appears to have been a fashionable man. 

No children. 

[81] RUTH HAMBLEN,! (James:^ James:^ James,^ ) born in Barn- 
stable January 25, 1692-3. Married, November 25, 1723, Sam- 
uel, son of Samuel and Sarah (Parker) Crocker ;•'*' born in 
Barnstable, December 12, 1697. 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

176. Noah, born September 12, 1724. 

177. Sarah, born January 5, 1726. 

178. Hannah, born May 16, 1729; married, January 29, 1758, Abel 

Gushing, of Hingham. 

179. Anna, born May 8, 1731; married, Dec. 15, 1747, Jabez Bursley. 

180. Joanna, born June 4, 1735; died August 7, 1785. 

181. Joanna. 

[82] JAMES HAMBLEN, + {Brother of Ruth,) born in Barnstable 
July 17, 16h»6; and married Mary C . 

His children were: 

182. Silas, born April 15, 1722. 

183. Caleb, born February 8, 1723-4. 

184. Deborah, January 19, 1726-7. Not married. 

185. Benjamin, born January 1, 1730; died, Lee, Massachusetts, 1798. 

186. David, born January 11, 1732; died at sea, 1750. 

187. Hannah, born August 30, 1735. Not married. 

188. Job, born 1736. 

189. Mary; married Joseph Hatch, of Falmouth. 

31 John and William Crocker, brothers, were among the early settlers of Barn- 
s table. William came with Mr. Lotlirop October 31, 16;?9, and John the following 
spring. The latter left no family, except his widow. Dea. William Crocker joined Mr. 
Lothrop's church in Seituate December 25, 1636 ; was one of the leading men ; married 
first, Alice, who was the mother of his children, and living in 1683; married second. Pa- 
tience, widow of Robert Parker, and daughter of Elder Henry Cobb. He died in the 
fall of 1692, aged about eighty years, will dated September 6, 1692, proved October 19, 
1692. He descended from an old English family ; an old distich records that, " Cros- 
ker. Crews and Copplestone, when the Conqueror came, were at home." The family 
seat was in Devon. It is claimed that John and William Crocker came over in 16:34, and 
stopped a short time in Roxbury, before going to Seituate. Children of William : John, 
Elizabeth, Samuel, Job, Joshua, Eloazer and Joseph. Dea. Job Crocker, « son of Wil- 
liam, born March 9, 1644-5 ; married first, November, 1668, Mary, daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Walley ; born in London, August 18. 1644, and died 1676 ; he married second, July 19, 1680. 
Hannah, daughter of Richard Taylor, of Yarmouth ; he died March. 1718-9; his children: 
Samuel, Thomas, Mary, John, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah, Job, David. Thankful. Sam- 
uel Crocker." son of Dea. Job,* born May 15, 1671. Married, December 10, 1696, Sarah, 
daughter of Robert Parker. She died 1718; he married second, April 12,1719, Judith 
Loavit ; by his first wife, he had thirteen children, the first of whom, Samuel, married 
Ruth Hamblen, as stated.— [Otis Papers.] 


[88] SOLOMON HAMBLEN* {Jonathan, "^ James;^ James,^ ) born in 
Barnstable, Massachusetts, December o, 1705; married, October, 
1735, Rebecca Taylor, of Yarmouth. 

190. Hannah, born .July 31, 1737. 

[90] PRI8CILLA HAMBLEN,4 (xS'/s/er q/'xS'o/omon,) born in Barn- 
stable July 13, 1709; married June 5, 1740, Captain Simeon, son 
of Joseph and Mary (Claghorn) Davis, s^ born in Barnstable, 
January 19, 1683, his second wife. He was a prominent man, 
a militia officer. She died April, 1751. 

191. Mary, born February 28, 1741-2. 

192. Content, born March 23, 1743-4. 

193. Priscilla, born February 17, 1745-6. 

194. Joseph, baptized July 17, 1748. 

[91] ZACCHEUS HAMBLEN,* {Brother of Solomon,) born in 
Barnstable, June 17, 1711; married, July 29, 1736, Mary Lom- 
bard. 33 He was lost at sea. 



















Married Jacob Howes. 
Married Hallett. 

[92] JABEZ HAM'B'L¥JSl,i {Brother of Solomon.) born in Barnsta- 
ble, baptized July 13, 1718; resided in Barnstable. 
Children, probably born in Barnstable. 

204. Timothy, born 1738. 

205. James, born 1741. 
Perhaps others, 

[93] JONATHAN HAMBLEN,* {Brother of Solomon,) born in 
Barnstable, Massachusetts; baptized July 13, 1718; married, 
December 12, 1744, Thankful Bumpas.^^ 

32 Son of John Davis,' Dolar.i See Note .5, 

33 Thomas and Bernard Lombard came from Tenterdon, Kent, England, to Dor- 
chester, 1630. thence to Scituate, and wore in Barnstable 16:!9. The name is spoiled var- 
iously: Lombard, Lumbard, Lambard, Lambert, Lumbert and Lumber.— [Otis Papers. 1 

34 Kdward Bompasse came over in the Fortune, arrived at Plymouth November 
20, 1621. The name is probably of French origin, similar to the English name Good- 


Children, probably born in Barnstable: 

206. Thankful, born April 18, 1747; married, February 28, 1781, James 

West, of Barnstable. 

207. Jonathan, born March 22, 1749. 

208. Tabitha, born January 14, 1751. 

209. Content, born May 6, 1753; died February 22, 1776. 

[94] SARAH HAMBLEN, 1 (Sister of Solomon,) born in Barnstable, 
and baptized July 13, 1718. It is supposed she married, April 8,^ 
1736, David Smith, but there were two named Sarah Hamblen 
married in Barnstable in 1736. (See Sarah, + Joseph, 3 Eleazer,2 
James. 1) 

[95] (.'APTAIN JOSIAH YIXU^IA'S,^ {Brother of Solomon.) hoYVk 
in Barnstable, October 15, 1720. Married November 27, 1746, 
Deborah Parker, born 1720. This notice of him appears in 
Freeman's History of Cape Cod: " It was voted that a commit- 
tee for every town be appointed to desire the military oflficers, 
that they will no longer hold commissions under the present 
Captain General, who is appointed to reduce us to obedience, 
&c. * * * Among those who resigned early were * * * 
Captain Josiah Hamblen." 
Both died in Barnstable; he March 1, 1789, she November 10, 1786. 


In the name of God, Amen, the twenty sixth day of September one 
thousand seven hundred & eighty seven. I, .Josiah Hamblen of Barn- 
stable in the county of Barnstable being advanced in years but of 
sound & disposing mind & memory, calling to mind the mortality of 
my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make 
& ordain this my last Will & Testament, first of all I give & recom- 
mend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I com- 
mit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors 
hereafter named, and as to my worldly estate I give, devise and dis- 
jwse of the same as followeth. 

Imprimis. I give, devise & befjueath to my son Isaac Hamblen and 
to his heirs & assigns forever my dwelling house in which my said son 
now dwells. I also give to my said son Isaac the whole of my armour 
with the appurtenances and my silver watch. 

Item. I give, devise and bequeath to my son David Hamblen and 
to his heirs and assigns forever, my dwelling house in which I now 
dwell. I also give to my said son David one bed & furniture and my desk. 

Item. I give to my daughter Ruth Bearse, one quarter part of my 
indoor household furniture not before given away. 

Item. I give to my daughter Deborah Merchant one other quarter part 
of indoor household furniture in like manner as to my daughter Ruth. 

speed. The Barnstable family are supposed to descend from Thomas, youngest son of 
the Pilgrim, who is supposed to be the father of Thankful, who married .Jonathan 
Hamblen.— [Otis Papers.] 


Item. I give to luy daughter ilercy Hamblen the remaining half of 
my indoor household furniture and a privilege to live in my now dwel- 
ling house so long as she shall live single & unmarried and firewood 
sufficient for her own use during her single state. I also give to my 
said daughter Mercy one cow. 

Item. I give, devise and bequeath to my two sons Isaac Hamblen 
& David Hamblen and to their heirs and assigns forever all the re- 
mainder of my estate both real & personal of every sort and kind not 
before given away to be equally divided between them, they paying all 
my just debts funeral charge and the charge of settling my estate. 

Lastly, I do hereby appoint my two sons Isaac Hamblen and David 
Hamblin my executors to this my last will & testament and I do hereby 
revoke and disanul all other wills be me heretofore made ratifying & 
confirming this & this only to be my last will & testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & 
year first above written. 


Signed sealed published and 

declared by the said Josiah 

Hamblin to be his last Will 

& Testament in presence of 

us witnesses. 


JABEZ hinckle:y. 


Children, probably born in Barnstable: 

210. Isaac, Born October 4, 1750. 

211. David. 

212. Ruth. Married Levi Bearce. 

213. Deborah. Married H. Nish Merchant. 

214. Mercy, born 1754, died August 4, 17.S9. 

[96] EBENEZER HAMBLIN,4 {Ebenezer;^ Jrnnes,^ James,^) born 
in Barnstable, March is, l()9S-9. 
We have but little account of his wife and children. One Ebenezer 
whose wife was named Prudence had children, John and Israel, bap- 
tized in Barnstable, Septembers, 1721. His father and some of his 
brothf rs we have seen removed to Sharon, Connecticut, about 1740, 
and some of the children of his brothers Thonjas and Isaac, are known 
to have settled in Berkshire county, Massachusetts. The earliest re- 
cord of the family in Alford is in the Shamenon purchase in 175«, 
when certain Stockbridge Indians conveyed their lands to certain per- 
sons, among whom were Ebenezer and Jolin Hamlin, 35 who we sup- 
pose were Ebenezer,^ above, and perhaps his son John. Ebenezer 

35 Copy of Deed— Know all men by those presents that we John Poph-ne-hon- 
muknook, Peter Poph-fun-nan-peet, .Johoiakim Yoakin, Gaac We-naum-poet, (Indians) ; 
all of Stockbridge in consideratit)n of £20 to us in hand paid have given grant- 
ed and conveyed and do hereby give grant and convey to the persons hereafter men- 
tioned a certain tract of land lying and situated in the County of Hampshire ; bounded 


Hainlin resided at Alford Village where the site of his house is still 
known, in the fork of the road, a little south of the Union Meeting- 
house. A road beginning at his house leading to West Stockbridge 
Center, was laid out in 1763. A more recent house erected by the Ham- 
lins over a century ago on the same site was taken down September, 
1893, by Frank Kline, who purchased it of its owner, John H. Tuttle, 
and set up the frame for a dwelling two lots south of its old location. 

April 20, 1762, Ebenezer Hamlin sold to Phineas Nash sixty-two 
acres of the Shamenou purchase; and on the same day sold to Jacob 
Newcomb for 80 pounds, one half of lot 23, beginning at the west end 
of the lot and extending eastward to the middle of Long Pond. 

September 18, 1762, John Hamlin sold to Obidiah Scott sixty-three 
acres north of the Green River and west of Sheffield. 

November 5, 1763, Ebenezer Hamlin sold to John two and one-half 
acres of land at the west end of lot 23. 

June 27, 1763, Ebenezer Hamlin, Jr., sold to Noah and Anthony 
Haskins 150 acres of land in the Shamenon purchase northeast of 
John Hamlin's land, and on April 25, 1765, Ebenezer Hamlin, Jr., of 
Farmington, Connecticut, sold to Philip Case, the westerly part of lot 
23, beginning at the middle of Long Pond to the west end of the lot; 
also a house and barn on said lot. The name of Ebenezer Hamlin, Sr., 
and Ebenezer Hamlin, Jr., appear frequently in the Alford records. 
Ebenezer,* was son of Dea. Ebenezer, and could have been called 
Junior; but we inclined to the theory that he had a son Ebenezer,'* who 
removed to Farmington, Connecticut. 


215. John, baptized September 3, 1721, Barnstable. 

216. Israel, baptized September 3, 1721, Barnstable. 

217. Ebenezer. 
Probably others. 

as follows: East on Sheffield, South oa Indiaa la ad, where Joha Van Guilder and An- 
drew Kamer now live ; West on land lately to Robert Noble and others called Noble- 
towu, and to extend north as far as the northwest corner of said Nobletown ; to run 
east over to the Stockbridge west line. And we John, Peter and the rest do by this 
instrument hereby sell and convey said land to Ebenezer Baldwin, Aaron Loomis, Josiah 
Phelps, Jr., Benjamin Tremain, Samuel Colver, Samuel Welch, David Winchell, Samuel 
Younglove, Mary Shaw, William Webb, Noah Blandin, Timothy Hopkins, Jonathan 
Welch, Robert Jaynes, Samuel Winchell, Jonathan Willard, William Jaynes, Gideon 
Chubb, Ebenezer Smith, Aaron Sheldon, Philip Smith, Israel Taylor, Andrew Van Guil- 
der, Joseph Van Guilder, Jacob Van Guilder, Hezekiah Winchell, Timothy Woodbridge, 
Stephen Kelsey, Ebenezer Hamlin, John Hamlin, Ebenezer Warner, Eliat-ha Rew, Elna- 
than Bronson, Robert Watson, Anthony Haskins, Micha Haskins, Abel Kelsey, Stephen 
Kelsey, Jr., Jonah Fortin, Simon Cook. — Given under our hands and seal at Stockbridge 
this Twenty Ninth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred 
and Fifty Six. 

Received and recorded in the Proprietors Records of the Shamenon purchase. 

Note— This land was partially in the present towns of Egremont and Alford. The 
land of the last mentioned thirteen persons is now in Alford. At a meeting of the Pro- 
prietors September 13, 1757. John Hamlin, Elnathan Bronson and Daniel Kelsey were 
appointed a committee to prosecute any person found trespassing on said land. John 
Hamlin and Elnathan Bronson were appointed a committee to pay the Indians and take 
security for the proprietors. 


[97] MARCY HAMLIN, 4 {Brother of Ebenezer,) born in Barnstable, 
Massachusetts, September 10, 1700; baptized September 7, 1701. 
Married, April 18, 1728, Experience Johnson, of Rochester, 

218. William, born August 2(5, 1729. 

219. Thomas, born November l;^, 1738. 
Probably others. 

[98] HOPESTILL HAMLIN,^ (Sisfer of Ebenezer,) born in Barn- 
stable, Massachusetts, July 28, 1702; baptized July 80, 1702. 
Married first, November 27, 1729, Jonathan Hunter, at Rochester, 
Massachusetts; second, John Pardee, of Sharon, Connecticut. 

[99] CORNELIUS HAMLIN,^ {Blather of Ebenezer,) born in Barn- 
stable, Massachusetts, June 13, 1701. Married, 1780, at Col- 
chester, Connecticut, Mary Mudge. He afterwards resided in 
Sharon, Connecticut. 

220. Cornelius, born 1731, Colchester. 

221. Cornelius, born September 2"), 1738, Sharon. 

222. Mary, born Februaiy 25, 173o; m., March 13, 1750, Richard Treat. 
228. Ruth, born December 2, 1786; m., March 18, 175.5, Timothy Treat. 
224. Abigail, born October 8, 1738. 

[100] THOMAS HAMLIN,4 {Brother of E/miezer,) born in Barn- 
stable May 6, 1710. Married first, December 10, 1734, Ruth 
Gibbs, ofAgawam; second, May 21,1755, Mary Crowell, of 
Albany, New York. 
The date of his removal from Barnstable, and the places of his resid- 
ence are not well known. The fact that he married a wife of Aga- 
wani, and another of Albany, shows that he did not remain always in 
the same place. It is known that his father sold his farm at Hamblin's 
Plains to Col. Gorham, and that he afterwards married a second wife 
in Rochester, Mass-achusetts, in I72i), that his brother Isaac was in 
Wareham in 1H40, in Sharon, Connecticut in 1742 and that his father 
died in Sharon in 1755. John, son of Thomas, died in Sharon, in 1750. 
It is supposed that Dea. Ebenezer Hamblen, :^ and his sons Tliomas and 
Isaac were in Sharon about 17. 0, perhaps earlier, where they all resid- 
ed, and it is believed, died there. The places of birth of his children 
is not positively known, but it is probable that he left Barnstable be- 
fore his marriage, and resided in some other place, where liis elder chil- 
dren were born, prior to settling in Sharon. The dates of deatlis of 
himself and w ives have not been ascertained. One R'cord indicates' 
that his daughter, Zilpha, may have married a Mr. Swift, l)Ul it is not 
positive. Mrs. Hazen, living in 1S94, says, that her grandfatlier, Jabez 
Hamlin,'' had a sister who married Dr. Hulburt, of Alford, Massachu- 


setts. It is known that Dr. John Hulbiirt was the first physician in 
Alford, and tliat his wife was named Marcia Hamlin. From these 
facts we suppose tliat the fiftli child of Tliomas Hamlin was named 
Marcia, not Mary. The fact that his youngest daughter was named 
Polly — equivalent of Mary, corroborates this theory. 

One record gives the name of his tenth child as James, not Jonah. 

Children, by first wife: ^ , ^_ 

225. Jabez, born July 17, 1735. ^-D Ixci^cJ'-i^ f-^-^fV' 

226. Amasa, born July 21, 1787. 

227. Nathaniel, born January 7, 1789. 

228. Zilpha, born July 22, 1741; died February 20, 1750. 

229. Marcia or Mary, born July 17, 1743. 

230. Ruth, born July 3, 1745. 

231. Thomas, born July 24, 1747, Sharon. 

232. John, born June 25, 1749; died February 13, 1750, Sharon, Conn. 

233. Asa, born January 14, 1754. 
Children, by second wife: 

234. Jonah, 36 born October 12, 1757. Called James in one record. 

235. Lewis, born July 31, 1759. 

236. Polly. 

[101] ISAAC HAMLIN,! {Brother of Ebenezer,) born in Barnstable, 
July 1, 1714. Married Mary Gibbs, born in Plymouth, Janu- 
ary 12, 1718, publislied to be married, September 24, 1737. 
It is not known when he removed from Barnstable, but his eldest 
child was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, and the others in Sharon 
Connecticut; and he died in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1805, which 
gives some knowledge of his several places of residence. 

237. Seth, born September 9, 1740. 

238. Isaac, born January 10, 1742. 

239. Perez, born February 3, 1748. 

240. John, born March 21, 1750. 

241. Jehial, October 2, 1751. 

242. Jesse, born December 17, 1753. 

243. (Jyreneus, born August 5, 1755. 

244. Mercy, born September 8, 1757; m. Raphael Porter, Paris, N. Y. 

245. Asa, born September 23, 1759. 

36 There were many cases of discipline at Sharon, and the church was convened 
to settle many curious questions. For example, on February 16, 1781, the " C^^ was 
legally convened to vote whether y® four shillings which Jonah Hamlen, who paid four 
shillings in order to procure an evidence in a case depending in y^ C'^", was in our 
opinion fully compensated by y^ use of an horse which he had of John Everett. Voted 
in the affirmative." But this decision gave trouble. Mary Hamlen (her relationship to 
Jonah does not appear), being called to account for non-attendance on ordinances, gave 
as a reason her dissatisfaction with this matter of the four shillings ; and the church 
does not seem to have had sufficient confidence in its own award to prosecute her fur- 
ther. People seem to have stayed away from church a century ago for quite as trivial 
reasons as avail to-day, — conscience, again, no doubt. 


1102] LEWIS KAMhK^,i (Brother of menezer,) born in P.arnsta- 
ble, January 31, 171S-lfl; married April 12, 1739, Experi- 
ence (170), daughter of Samuel and Mary (Hincl<ley) Jenkins, 
born in Barnstable December 4, 1722. 
From the dates and places of births of their children we have a good 
idea of their several places of residence. Aroused in the night by the 
:great earthquake of November, 1755, he arose and went about in his 
night clothes, and contracted a severe cold, and died from quick con- 
sumption at Barnstable, December, 17i5. About 1763 his widow and 
younger children transferred their residence to Wellfleet, where her 
sons, Nathaniel, Lewis and Perez, were for some years boat builders. 
She died in Wellfleet, November 24, 1794. 

246. Sarah, born January 3, 174J, Barnstable; probably died young. 

247. Nathaniel, born November 20, 1741, Lebanon, Connecticut. 

248. Lewis, born December 19, 1743, Lebanon, Connecticut. 

249. Sarah, born December 17, 17 to, Barnstable. 

250. Alary, born December 16, 1747, Barnstable; probably died young. 

251. Philemon, born April 2, 1751, Barnstable; probably died young. 

252. Mercy, born March 25, 1753, Barnstable; probably died young. 

253. Perez, born September 26, 1755, Barnstable. 

[103] SYLVANUS IlA^lBI.K^,i (E/h(nah;Krames,2 James.^) born 
in Barnstable, July 20, 1712; married April 24, 1741, Dorcas 
Fish, of Falmouth. 
Children : 

254. Sylvanus, baptized October 11, 1741. 
265. Simeon, baptized June 17, 1744. 

256. Patience, baptized October 25, 1745. 

257. Barnabas, baptized April 26, 1747. 

258. Rachael, baptized June 2, 1751. 

[104] REUBEN HAMBLEN, i (Brother of Sylvanus,) born in Barn- 
.stable March 13, 1714; married May 20, 1739, his cousin Hope 
Hamblen (131). Both died in Barnstable; he 1754, she 1762. 
The following inscription is upon the gravestone of their eld- 
est child: " Elkahah Hamblen, son of Mr. Reuben Hambleu, 
died April ye 19th 1750 in ye tenth year of his age." 


In the Name of God, Amen, I Reuben Hamblen, of Barnstable in 
the County of Barnstable, Yeoman, being weak of body and apprehen- 
sion of death approaching I think it good to sett my in order. I 
do this 22d day of April make and ordain this my last will and testa- 
ment and first I give and betiueath my soul to God that gave it hoping 
to find mercy with God through Jesus Christ and as to the worldly 
^ood things that God hath graciously bestowed upon me my \\ill ia 


that they shall be disposed off in the following manner. First my will 
is that all my just debts and my funeral charges be paid by my Execu- 
tors hereafter named out of my personal estate. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Hope all my real and 
personal estate excepting was in possession and improvement of my 
father to be improved by my wife during the time she shall remain my 
widow and if she marry then to have only two thirds of the household 
stuff and utensils within doers and but one third of the silver 

Item. I give to my son Benjamin all my estate real and personal 
that is in my father's possession or improvement of every kind whatso- 
ever he paying the Legacies that will become due and payable within 
about a year after my father's death. And also to pay to my daughter 
Abigail eight pounds in lawful money within three years after he shall 
come into the possession of the estate given to him which is in my 
father's possession and also to pay to my daughter Hannah eight 
pounds lawful money within seven years after he shall come into pos- 
session of said estate he to hold the estate as above to him his heirs and 
assigns forever. 

Item. I give to my two sons Samuel and Thomas all my real estate 
which is given to my wife to improve until marriage or death, they to 
possess it after her and to hold it to them their heirs and assigns for- 
ever, and also I give them the said Samuel and Thomas all the per- 
sonal estate that my wife shall leave when she shall (juit the real estate, 
That is to say the out doers jjersonal estate. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail eight pounds 
lawful money to be paid to her by my son Benjamin as is expressed 

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah eight pounds 
lawful money to be paid her by my son Benjamin as is expressed 

Item. I give to my two daughters Abigail and Hannah four silver 
spoons and also one 1 bird of the indoor household stuff in case my wife 
shall marry and leave it. 

Item. I appoint constitute and ordain my beloved wife Hope and 
my true and faithful friend Thomas Crocker my Executors to this my 
last will and testament revoking all other walls and confirming this. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set to my hand and seal this 
twenty second day of April Annoque Domini 1754. 

Signed sealed ijronounced and declared by the said Reuben Ham- 
blen to be my last will and testament. 

In presence of 




In the Name of God, Amen. I Hope Hamblen, of Barnstable ia 
the County of Barnstable, widow, being sensible of my own mortality- 
being by goodness of sound and disposing mind and memory do this 
10th day of June A D 1762 make and ordain this my last will and testa- 
ment and first of all [ commit my soul to God in Jesus Christ my body 
I commit to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the 
discretion of my executor hereafter named and as touching such world- 
ly estate with which it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I dis- 
pose of the same in the following way and manner that is to say firstly 
my will is that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my 
out doors moveables by my Executor hereafter nanaed. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Hamblen the great 
coat that was my late husband's. 

Item. I give my two other sons Elemuel Hamblen and Thomas 
Hamblen all my out doors moveables after the debts and funeral 
charges are paid as above ordered, and also a gun and a coat to be 
equally divided between them. 

Item. I give to my daughter Abigail Hamblen all my flax wool 
and yarn. 

Item. I give to my said daughter Abigail Hamblen and my daugh- 
ter Hannah Hamblen all the rest of my estate of what kind soever, to 
be equally divided between them and 

Lastly my will is and I do by these presents constitute make and 
ordain Mr. Benjamin Crocker of Barnstable aforesd Executor of this 
my Last will and testament, and I do hereby wholly revoke and utter- 
ly disallow all other and former wills and testament and executors by 
me named, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last 
will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
and year above mentioned. Signed sealed pronounced published and. 
declared by the said Hope Hamblen to be her last will and testament 
in presence of 



Children, born in Barnstable: 

259. Elkanah, born June 1, 1740; died April 19, 1750. 

260. Benjamin, born May 7, 1742; unmarrried; went to England. 

261. Abigail, born February 2.3, 1743; m., December 11, 1765, Lemuel 

How land, of Sandwich. 

262. Lenuiel, born April 4, 1746. 

263. Thomas, born September 26, 1748. 

264. Hannah, born August 4, 1758. 


[106] JOHN HAMBLEN, 1 {Brother of Sylonnus,) born in Barnsta- 
ble, November 2, 1717; married, January 23, 1740, Jerusha 
Hamblen, 1 (1-12). He is mentioned in the will of liis uncle 
John Hamblen, 3 (44), dated April 10, 1734. 

Children : 

265. John, born June 16, 1743. 

266. Lydia, born October 21, 1746. 

267. Tabitha, baptized December 15, 1750. 

268. Reuben, baptized October, 1756. 

[113] JABEZ LEWES,4 {Ej-perlence,^ John? James\) born in Barn- 
stable about l(i9S; married, February 27, 1723-4, Sarah Lincoln, 
of Harwich; he joined tlie chuich in Harwich, January 23, 
1727; died April 6, 17.32. 

Childi'en, born in Harwich: 

269. Thomas, born December 22, 1724. 

270. Sarah, born March 4, 1727-8. 

271. Jabez, baptized June 23, 1730. 

[115] ELNATHAN LEWES,* {Brother of Jahez,) born in Yar- 
mouth, August 27, 1702; married October 16, 1735, Priscilla, 
daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Cobb) Bearse,3 7 born in 
Barnstable June 5, 1713; he resided at West Yarmouth; died 
June 19, 1782. 


272. Benjamin, born September 19, 1737. 

273. Mary, born July 30, 1739. 

274. Thankful, born April 16, 1741. 

275. Priscilla, born April 16, 1742. 

276. David, born July 16, 1744. 

277. Elnathan, born June 3, 1746. 

278. Antipas, born December 25, 1751. 

279. Naomi, born February 27, 1754. 

280. John, born July 23, 1756. 

[116] ANTIPAS LEWES,4 (^ro^Aer of Jabez,) born in Yarmouth 
February 3, 1704-5; married, October 15, 1730, Martha, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Sarah (Cobb) Bearse,3s born in Barnsta- 
ble November 9, 1702. He resided at West Yarmouth; will 
dated April 17, 1740; proved June 11, 1746. 

37 Benjamin Be;irs3,* Joseph," Austin,' bora in Barnstable, .June 21,1682; mar- 
ried first, February 4, 1701-2, Sarah, daughter of Samuel Cobb; she died January 14, 1742. 
Married second, 1747, Anna Nickerson, of Chatham ; he died May 15, 1748 ; 13 children, of 
whom Priscilla was the seventh ; he resided in Hyannis and was engaged in the fisheries. 

38 She was sister of Priscilla, win married Elnathan Lewi? (n5">. 



281. Timothy, born September (i, 17ol. 

282. Martha, born June 1, 173:^. 

283. Naomi, born August 6, 1734. 

284. Sarah, born June 24, 173fi. 

285. Elizabeth, born June 28, 1739. 

286. Ruth, born April 24, 1741. 

287. Jabez, born July 8, 17 13. 

288. Sarali, born August 25, 1746. 

[119] GERSHOM HAMBI.EN,* {menezer,3 John,^ Jnmes,i) born in 
Barnstable July 19, 1713; married, by Rev. Mr. Green, August 
9, 1739, to Hannali Almony. 

Mr. Otis says, that he had not met this name before, which was not 
a Barnstable name. David Hamblen says she came from Eastham. 
McLellan, the Gorham genealogist, suggests that the name was Al- 
mory, and that her grandson, Almery Hamlin, was probably named in 
honor of her maiden name. There has been a tradition, no small 
source of family pride, tliat Gershom Hamblen served under General 
Wolfe, and was killed at Quebec in 1759; but the date of his death, 
although not accurately known, forbids. The probate of his estate, 
which was insolvent, shows conclusively that he died prior to March 
19, 1757. From these facts it is not improbable that he served and lost 
his life in some of those expeditions against the French colonies under 
the Earl of Loudon, 1756-7. 

He is named in the will of his uncle, John Hamblen, April 10, 1734, 
and was bequeatlied in the will of his father, October 25, 1735: " All 
that my peace of upland bought of Joseph Cliilds, & also, that piece of 
meddow at Broad Sound 1 bought of Thomas Phinney, with ye privi- 
lege of landing and drying hay on ye marsh I bought of Nathaniel 
Ewer, not exceeding one third: Also, I give to my said son as abovesd 
the one half of my lot of land which I bought of Nathaniel Ewer," &c. 

In the will of his brother Nathan, July 29,1768, is this item: "I 
give and bequeath to the heirs of my brother, Gershom Hamblen, de- 
ceased, one sixth part of my real estate, in like manner, equally to be 
divided amongst them," &c. 

Albert M. Hamlin, Es(i., of Gorham, Maine, says, that the widow 
and children of Gershom went from Barnstable to Gorham in 1763, and 
in a sail boat, sailed up the Presumscot river. He also states that Ger- 
shom was a fisherman. He may have been both a fisherman and a 
shoemaker. The following is a copy of the Probate of his estate: 

"Estate of Gershom Hamblen late of Barnstable, deceased, Cord- 
wainer (shoemaker). 

Vol. Page. 
7 — 453 Administration granted to Sackville "West of Barnstable, 
March 19, A. D. 1757. 


9 — 319 Inventory of Estate returned April 5, 1757, by Thomas- 
Huckins, Robert Davis and Edward Bacon. 

Value of Real Estate £16, 13, 4 
" " Personal " £21, 0, 4 
9 — 320 List of debts filed. 

9 — 321 Account of Sackville West, Physician, accepted and al- 
lowed, showing a balance of £19, 8, 2, to be divided 
among creditors. 
9 — 322 Order passed July 4, 175.S, to pay creditors, to pay 13s in 
the pound of the debts to them respectively owing." 
About the year 1763, Mrs. Hamblen, then a widow, moved with her 
family to Gorhani, jNIaine. Mr. McLellan says: " It is said they made 
their first settlement near the foot of Fort Hill, on the road leading ta 
West (xorham, on the thirty-acre lot No. 32, west of what is now (1872) 
the Motley farm. She was a woman of strong mind and great energy, 
and by her counsel and example endeavored to bring up her children 
to be good citizens and honest people; and by the record we are able to- 
show that her care and attention of them were not lost. Her name on 
the Barnstable records is Hannah Almony, the surname should prob- 
ably be AlmorA'i the family in naming the children seem to have some- 
Avhat changed the spelling to Almery." 

In the old burying ground at Gorham village, there is a monu- 
ment with this inscription: 

Here lies the body 

wife of 

of Barnstable 

Who died April 14th 1797. 

Aged 77 years. 

Children, born in Barnstable: 

289. Martha, born May 11, 1740. 

290. Timothy, born January 23, 1742-3, 

291. Gershom, born September 16, 1745. 

292. George, born February 3, 1750. 

293. Hannah, born March 22, 1753. 

[120] THANKFUL HAMBLEN,* (Sister of Gershom.) born in Barn- 
stable August 6, 1715. Married, September 18, 1735, Joseph 
Bangs, of Harwich, Massachusetts. She is named in the will 
of her brother Nathan, dated July 29, 1768, as legatee; from 
which it was supposed she was then living. She was also> 
named in the will other uncle John, April 10, 1734, and in the 
will of her father, October 23, 1735. 

[121] NATHAN HAMBLEN, * (Brof/ier of Gershom,) born in Barn- 
stable June 29, 1717. He was a deaf mute. 


In the will of tiis uncle John, April 10, 1784, is tliis item: " I give to 
my three deaf cousins (children of nay brother Ebenezer, viz: Natlian, 
Samuel and Dorcas Hamblen)" &c. See John Hamblen, :' (44). He is 
also named in tlie will of his father, October 25, 173i. Married, Marcli 
12, 1740, Elizabeth Frick; was a farmer and resided in Barnstable. 
They probably had no children, as none are named in his will, dated 
July 2J), 1768, in which, with nmch particularity, he names his various 
relatives, to whom he distributes a valuable estate. 


In the Name of God, Amen, this twenty ninth day of July in the 
year of our Lord 1768, I Nathan Hamblen of Barnstable in the County 
of Barnstable, Yeoman, being weak in body and apprehending myself 
to be drawing near the close of life, do make and ordain this my Last 
Will and Testament that is to say: principally & first of all I give and 
<5ommend my soul into the hands of that mercyful God that gave it 
and mj' body to the earth in decent Christian burial at the discretion 
of my Executor hereafter named; and as to the worldly estate that it 
hath pleased God to bless me with all I give and dispose thereof in the 
manner following that is to say: 

Imprimis: My will is that my just debts funeral charges & the 
-charge of settling my estate be paid by my executor out of my personal 
■estate and the remaining part thereof I give and bequeath to my lov- 
ing wife Elizabeth forever. I also give to my said wife, the use and 
improvement of all my real estate during the term of her natural life, 
and after her decease my will is that my real estate be disposed of in the 
manner following, viz: I give and bequeath to my brother Ebenezer 
Hamblen all my field (as it is now enclosed) that lyeth to the north- 
Avest part of his homestead and adjoyning thereunto after my said 
■wives decease to him his heirs and assigns forever. 

Item. I give in like manner to my brother Samuel Hamblen his 
heirs and assigns one sixth part of the remainder of my real estate con- 
sisting of clear land, woodland, salt meadow and buildings. 

Item. I give in like manner to my brother Daniel Hamblen, his 
heirs and assigns one sixth part of my real estate. 

Item. I give to my sister Thankful Bangs her heirs and assigns in 
like manner one sixth part of my real estate. 

Item. I give in like manner to my sister Elizabeth Claghorn her 
heirs and assigns one sixth part of my real estate. 

Item. I give to the heirs of my brother Gershom Hamblen, 
<ieceased, one sixth part of my real estate in like manner e(iually to be 
divided among them to them their heirs and assigns forever. I also 
give in like manner the remaining sixth part of my real estate to the 
children of my sister Dorcas Laseley, deceased to them their heirs and 
assigns forever. 

Lastly. I do hen by appoint my brother. Deacon Ebenezer Ham- 
iblen sole executor to this my last Will and Testament declaring this & 
iio other to be my last will and testament. 


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
& year above written. 

Signed sealed and according to the capacity of the Testator pub- 
lished & declared to be his last will and testament in presence of us 

his mark 
& seal. 


[122] DEA. EBENEZER HAMBLEN,4 {Brother of Gershom,) born 

in Barnstable November 2(), 1719. Married December 8, 1755, 

Joanna Hamblen. 

He joined the East church when seventeen years of age, in which 

he was chosen deacon July 3, 17(>5. He is named in the will of his 

uncle John,. April 10, 1734, and in that of his father, October 25, 1735. In 

the will of his brother Nathan, July 29, 1768, he is named as a legatee, 

and as executor. 

The ancestry of his wife is not known. Her grave is in the Metho- 
dist burying ground in Barnstable and the slate gravestone bears this 
inscription : 

In Memory of Mrs. 
Jonana Wife of Decon 
Ebenezer Hamblen 
She died May ye yth 
1790 Aged 71 years. 

In the same burying ground is the slate gravestone of tlieir son with 
this inscription: 

Here lies ye Body of 

Ebenezer Hamlen 

Son of Mr Ebenezer 

& Mrs Joanna Hamlen 

Died July 18 1765 

Aged 4 years 7 
months & 9 days. 

He was dismissed from the church in Barnstable to Freeport, De- 
cember 14, 1794, where it is supposed he died. 
Children, probably born in Barnstable: 

294. Joanna, baptized April 17, 1757; m., Jan. 20, 1772, James Bacon. 

295. Ebenezer, baptized December 14, 17(50; died July 18, 1765. 

[124] SAMUEL HAMBLEN,* {Brother of Gershom,) born in Barn- 
stable January 7, 1722. 
He was a deaf mute. This item occurs in the will of his uncle John, 
April 10, 1734: " I give to my three deaf cousins (children of my brother 


Ebenezer, viz: Nathan Hanuiel and Dorcas Hamblen)" &c. He is also 
named in the will of his father, October 25, ITo^, and in the will of his 
brother Nathan, July li9, 1768. Otis says, "A Samuel Hamblen, Jr., 
perhaps deaf and dumb Samuel, married .loanna Bumpas, Nov. 16, 
1749, and had Rebecca Sept. 13, 1750, and that he died early. Another 
Samuel married Temperance Lewes Dec. lo, 1750, she joined the East 
church Apr. 4, 1756, and had Elijah baptized Nov. 2H, 1756, Temper- 
ance April 18, 1762, and Seth, March 10, 1765." &c. McLellan, writing 
of Sanauel and Prince Hamblen, says: "The family claim to be cousins 
of Timothy, George and Gershom. It is known that their father was a 
deaf mute, named Samuel, none seem to remember the name of his 
wife, but there is a family tradition that they had a maternal ancestor 
named Lewis. It is probable that he came to Gorham about the year 
1768. Mrs. Hamblen died soon after the family came to Gorham, and 
it is said she was buried on the old Prentiss lot, n<ar the place where 
the blacksmith shop of Mr. Albert Lombard stood in 1872. As there 
was no monument erected to mark the place, all marks of hers, and 
other graves of a number of early settlers, are entirely obliterated by 
the plow and sjiade. Mr. Hamblen was alive in 1775, for in that year 
we find Samuel, and Samuel Jr., but do not find him after that, which 
is probably near the time of his death." 

Mr. David Hamblen gives the record of his children, substantially 
as we have them. There were two named Samuel Hamblen, in Barn- 
stable; Samuel, son of Bartholomew, born 1674, who appears to have 
died unmarried, and Samuel, son of Ebenezer. It is not improbable 
that the latter was married twice and that his first wife, .Joanna, died 
soon after the birth of the child, Rebecca. The evidence points in that 
direction. "The first settlement of Samuel Hamblen and his son 
Samuel, for they lived together, was on the thirty acre lot, one range 
westerly from South street, on the right hand side of the AVeeks road, 
so called. This lot was common land, and not numbered, and has 
since been owned by Mr. Nathaniel Gould, but in 1872 by Mr. Atkin- 
son. The old house stood at the head of the brook, which we used to 
know in our younger days, as the first, or Samuel Hamblen brook; and 
where is the man or boy that has been raised at Gorham Village, that 
does not know where to find the first, second or third brook, always fam- 
ous for little speckled trout? Here IMr. Hamblen and and his wife died." 

Children, by first wife, born in Barnstable: 
29(). Rebecca, born September 13, 1750. 

By second wife: 

297. Tabitha; married, 1771, Samuel Crockett, of Gorham. 

298. Samuel, baptized April 11, 1753. 

299. Ebenezer. 

300. Elijah, baptized November 28, 1756; died in Revolutionary army. 

301. Prince, born March 4, 1758. 

302. Nathan; died at sea, in Revolution; umnarried. 

303. Temperance, baptized April is, 1762; married, April 5, HiUi, Rich- 

ai'd Dresser, Saco. 


304. Seth L., born January 1, 176'). 

305. Sarah; married, 1787, .loshua Crockett, of Norwan. 

[125] DORKAS HAMBLEN, i (Sisfer of Gersfiom,) born in Barnsta- 
ble June 5, 1727. A deaf mute. She is named in the will of 
her uncle John, Aj^ri" 10, 1734; and in that of her father, October 
25, 173"^ In the will of her brother Nathan, July 29, 1768, is 
this iteiu: " I also give in like manner the remaining sixth 
part of my real estate to the children of my sister Dorcas Case- 
ley, deceased," &c. Married, May 17, 1749, John Caseley. 
There is evidently a mistake in the record, either as to the 
marriage, or births of the children; possibly she was a second 
wife, and he had other children. 
Children, born in Barnstable. 

306. John, born Febiuary 14, 1740. 

307. Ebenezer, born August 12, 1744. 

308. Mary, born May 28, 1749, 

309. Seth, born February 21, 1751. 

310. Isaac, born July 10, 1753. 

311. Dorcas, born .July 8, 1755. 

312. Eunice, born September 19, 1759. 

[126] TIMOTHY HAMBLEN, i {B) other of Gershom,) born in Barn- 
stable September 3, 1728, He is mentioned in the will of his 
uncle John Hamblen,3 dated April 10, 1734; and in the will of 
bis father, dated October 25, 1735. In the will of his brother 
Nathan, dated July 29, 1768, at Barnstable, he is not men- 
tioned, but Nathan names his brothers Ebenezer, Samuel and 
Daniel, and sisters Thankful and Elizabeth, and the heirs of 
his brother Gershom and sister Dorcas. From these fticts it is 
presumed he was then dead, without issue. 


[127] ELIZABETH HAMBLEN,^ (S/'sfer of Gershom) born in Barn- 
stable November 20, 1730. Married Ebenezer Claghorn, 39 his 
second wife. She is named in the will of her uncle John, 
April 10, 1734; in that of her father October 25, 1735; and in 
that other brother Nathan, July 29, 1768. 
Children, liorn in Barnstable: 

313. Joseph, born OctoVer 9, 1765. 

314. Sarah, born July 27, 1764. 

315. Jane, born October 1, 17*)5. 

39 James Claghorn was in Barnstable 1654, removed to Yarmouth, 1662; married, 
.January 6, 1654:, Abigail, daughter of Bernard Lombard; six children born in Barnsta- 
ble ; tbe youngest, Shubal, married Jane, daughter of John Lovell ; he died before 1729 ; 
ten children, born in Barnstable ; the youngest, Ebenezer, born July 30, 1712, married 
first, October 30, 1734, Sarah Lumbort, who died; and he married second, Elizabeth 
Hamblen as stated. 


[128] DANIEL HAMBLEN,^ (Brofhcr of Gershom,) born in Barn- 
stable April 2, 1735. 

In the will of his fatlier are these items: "I give and bequeath to 
my beloved wife Thanliful, &c. * * * also, I give niy sd wife all 
the rest of my real estate (except that bouglit of Cliilds above sd) in 
manner following viz: the one half thereof for the Tirme of five years 
after the date hereof & the other half until my son, DANIEL, shall 
arrive to the age of fourteen years, ye use of said land is for the bring- 
ing up my children," &c. 

" I give and betiueath to my son Daniel One hundred pounds to be 
paid by my son Timothy." 

" My will is that my two sons Timothy & Daniiel are put out to 
learn some trade." 

He is mentioned in the will of his brother Nathan, July 29, 1768, 
thus: " I give in like manner to my brother Daniel Hamblen his heirs 
and assigns forever one sixth part of my real estate." 

Married, November 3, 1757, Deliverance, ^o daughter of .loseph 
Childs, of Falmouth. 

Child, born in Barnstable: 

316. Abigail, born July 2, 1761. 

[129] REBECCA HAMBLEN,^ {Benjamin;'' John,- James,') born in 
Barnstable, May 17, 1711; married, October 20, I7S0, Thomas 
Crocker,^/ born in Barnstable, August 26, 17J4, his second 
wife. She is mentioned in the will of her uncle John, dated 
April 10, 1734; he resided in the east part of the west parish, 
Barnstable. She died May 9, 1756; he December 5, \~LQ, 

317. Elizabeth, born December 5, 17;tI; married George Conant in 1757 

and died September 17, 1759. 

318. Sarah, born I^ebruary 26, 1733-4. 

319. Rebecca, born November 30, 1735; married, October 25, 1757, 

Lemuel Nye, of Sandwich. 

320. Hope, born March, 173S. 

321. Thomas, born January 23, 1740. 

322. Esther, born August 28, 1743. 

323. Barnabas, born October 26, 1746; m., March 24, 1765, Ann Smith. 

324. Huckins, born March 15, 1748. 

325. Mary, born August 31, 1753; died unmarried. 

[131] BENJAMIN HAMBLEN,4 {Brother of Reheccn,) born in 
Barnstable, baptized November 18, 1716; married, first, April 

AO Deliverance Childs was daughter of .Joseph,^ Richard, ^ Richard.* See Note 15. 

41 See Note :U. Thomas Crocker,* Thomas,* .Job,« William ;• married first 1727, 
Mehitable, dauglitcr of Jos-ph Dimmock, who died March i:i, 1728-29; second, Rebecca 
Hamblen as above stated. 


29, 1740, Mehitable Blackwell, of Sanford; second. May 31, 176P>, Mehit- 
able Childs.^- He lived at the northern end of Haniblin's Pond; in 
March, 1771, when the ice was breaking np, he shot a wild goose in the 
pond, and went to get it in a " dug out " canoe, was capsized and lost 
his life in the chilly water; his widow aftei'wards resided with her son, 
Lewis; his children, Nathaniel, Ichabod, Samuel, Mary, Lewis and 
Benjamin are mentioned in the settlement of his estate, March -1, 1774. 

Children, born in Barnstable, by first wife: 

326. Mary, born July l(i, 1741; probably died before 1774. 

327. Benjamin, born February 25, 1742-3; probably died young. 

328. Nathaniel, born February 21, 1744. 

329. Jane, born March 23, 174H; probably died before 1774. 
320. Ichabod, born June 2H, 1749. 

331. Samuel, born March 30, 1760. 

By second wife: 

332. Mary, born April 12, 17()7; probably died young. 

333. Lewis, born December 24, 1768. 

334. Benjamin, born September 30, 1770. 

[133] ELEAZER HAMBLEN,-t {Isaac;^ Eleaznrt J((me.s,^) born in 
Barnstable, August 22, 1699. Married first, 1718, Sarah, 
daugliter of Silas and Sarah (Crosby) Sears.'SS born in Yar- 
mouth April 3, 1697; he removed to Harwich and is called 
yeoman, afterwards a trader; married second, December 10, 
1724, Alice Phinney, -*■* of Barnstable. 

C'hildr, n, by first wife: 

335. Barnabas, born March 30, 1719. 

336. Sarah, born March 16, 1720-1. 

337. Eleazer, born May 24, 1723. 

By second wife: 

338. Reuben. 

339. Eleazar. 

330. David. 
341. Hannah. 

42 See Note 15. 

43 See Note 10. Silas Sears,' father of Sarah, born in Yarmouth, 1661, married 
1692, Sarah, daughter of Rev. Thomas and Sarah Rowley. He was a son of Lieut. Silas 
Sears, 2 Richard.' [Sears Genealogy.] 

44 John Vhinney ancestor of this family, was first in Plymouth, where his son 
John was born 1638, and his wife, Christiana, died 1649; married second 1650, Abigail, 
widow of Henry Coggin, a wealthy merchant and adventurer, among the first settlers of 
the town ; she died 16.53 ; and he married third, 1654, Elizabeth Bayly. He was constable 
in Barnstable. Children: John, Jonathan, Robert, Hannah, Elizabeth, Josiah, Jere- 
miah, Joshua. His great grandson, Capt. John Phinney, was founder of the town of 
Gorham, Maine. See Jacob Hamblen' (60). The name was variously written: Phinney, 
Finney, Fennye, &c. [Otis Papers, &c.] 


[135] DEACON JOSEPH HAMBLEN,^ {Brother of FJeaztn;) bom 
in Barnstable June 4, 1702. Married, Marcli 3, 172()-7, Eliza- 
beth Mathews, born in Yarnioutli. He was a blacksmith and 
resided about a mile east of the Congregational church in Yar- 
mouth; he died in Yarmouth, January 19, 1777. 
Children, born in Yarmouth: 

342. Hannah, born March 3, 1728-9; m., Dec. 1, 1747, Lott Crowell. 

343. Phebe, born April 11, 1731; m., Jan. 31, 1752, Moses Hallett. 

344. Sarah, born June 11, 1733; m., Nov. 21, 1754, Thomas Hallett. 

345. Isaac, born JNIarch 14, 1735. 

34(5. Elizabeth, born Feb. 4, 1737-S; m., June 3, 1763, Josiah Thatcher. 

347. Rebecca, born April 14, 1740; m., May 9, 1765, David Gorham. 

348. Josei^h, born June 15, 1742. 

[136] ELIZABETH HAMBLEN,^ {Sister of Elerizar,) born in Barn- 
stable October, 1705. Married, February 20, 1727-8, Deacon 
Barnabas Chipman,'45 born in Barnstable March 24, 1702; an 
influential citizen and deacon of the West church. They 
have descendants in Vermont, Michigan, Iowa and elsewhere. 

349. Barnabas, born December 28, 1728. 

350. Joseph, born December 22, 1731. 

351. Elizabeth, born May 12, 1734; married, Nov. 23, 1758, Nathaniel 

Hinckley, 2d. 

352. Thomas, boru March 5, 1735-6. 

353. Hannah, born February 20, 1737-8. 

[137] ALICE HAMBLEN,4 {Joseph;^ Eleazer,'^ James,^) born in 
Barnstable February 4, 170'). Married tirst, 1728, John, son of 
Isaac and Anne (Taylor) Howland,-*© of West Barnstable, 
born February 2, 1696; he died in 1747, and she married second^ 
May 22, 1748, Samuel Hinckley. 
Children, born in Barnstable: 

354. Desire, born June 13, 1732. 

355. Susannah, born Dec. 22, 1734; m., Nov. 21, 17"9, Ignatius Smith. 

356. David, born Aug. 8, 1737; m., Dec. 15, 1763, Mary Coleman. 

357. Jonathan, twin with David; removed to Harwich where he died 

in 1812. 

358. Deborah, born October 25, 1739; m., Nov., 1763, Richard Spar- 

row, of Eastham. 

45 See Note 18. Dea. Samuel Chipman,^ was tbe son of Elder John, born in 
Barnstable, April 15, 1661; married December 27, 1686, Sarah, daughter of Elder Henry 
Cobb ; inherited his father's homestead, was a carpenter; but farminK was his princi- 
pal business ; kept public house, and retailed liquors, a business not then held incom- 
patible with the office of deacon of the church ; was a good business man, and a town 
officer; ordained deacon of the church of Barnstable Sept. 1,1706. He died 1725, his 
widow January 8, 1742-:?, ten children, of whom Dea. Barnabas was the youngest. [Otis 

46 See Note 20. 


[138] LIEUTENANT SETH HAMBLEN,* {Brother oj Alice,) born 

in Barnstable March 4, 1708. Married, October 9, 1735, Sarah, 

daughter of Josepli and Hannah (Childs) Bkish,'*^ born in 

Barnstable, October 1, 1707. 

He resided in Barnstable, but it lias not been ascertained how he 

obtained his military title, perhaps in the militia or in some of the 

French wars. He was named as executor in the will of his brother 

Southward, December 25, 1765. These inscriptions are upon the grave 

stones of himself and wife in the burying ground at Barnstable: 

" Here lies buried Lieut. Seth Hamblen who deed May ye 16th 1771, 
in ye 64th year of his age." 

"In memory of Mrs. Sarah, widow of Lieut Seth Hamblen. She 
died Novr ye 6th 1773, in ye 67th year of age." 


In the name of God, Amen, this fourth day of May 1770 I Seth 
Hamblen of the town and county of Barnstable gentleman, being of 
sound mind and memory do make this my last will & testament in 
manner and foini following. Fii-st I bequeath my soul unto God and 
my body I conmiit to the earth to be decently buried in hopes of a joy- 
ful resurrection. As to my worldly estate I dispose thereof as followeth 
that is to say I do first appoint my debts and fun( ral expenses to be 
paid out of my estate by my Executor hereafter mentioned. 

Item. I give to my loving wife Sarah Hamblen my best bed & fur- 
niture and one-third part of my personal estate forever for her own use 
and disposal and also one third part of my real estate for her own im- 
provement during her life. 

Item. I give to my daughter, Mercy Crocker four pounds money to 
her or her heirs forever to be paid by my Executor one year after my 

Item. I give to my daughter Sarah Weeks four pounds money to 
her or her heirs forever to be paid by my Executor one year after my 

Item. I give to my daughter Abigail Howland four pounds money 
to her or her heirs forever to be paid by my executor one year after my 

■47 Abraham Blusli, ancestor of this family, was early in Duxbury, 1637; In 
Barnstable 1641, probably one of the first settlers; was a planter and large landholder; 
married first, Anne (perhaps Pratt), she was buried May 19, 1651 or May 26, 1653; married 
second, Hannah, widow of John Barker, of Marsfield, daughter of John Williams, of 
Scituate. She was buried March 16, 1658, or February 16,1657-8; married third, Alice, 
widow of John Derby, of Yarmouth. He died Septemper 7, 1683. The name is written 
Blush and Blish ; three children. His son Joseph, born April 1, 1648, married September 
13, 1675, Hannah, daughter of Richard and Mehitable (Dimmock) Child. This Richard 
Child was born 1631, and resided in Watertown, a different man from Richard of Barn- 
stable, lie married March 30, 1662. His wife was a daughter of Elder Thomas Dimmock, 
of Barnstable, born April 18, 1642, they were the parents of Hannah Child, who married 
Lt. Seth Hamblen.— [Otis Papers.] 


Item. I give to my daughter Alice Blossom four pounds money to 
her or her heirs forever to be paid by my executors one year after my 

Item. I give to my son Seth Hamblen all my estate both real and 
personal to him his heirs and assigns forever except what I have given 
to my wife and children as above expressed he the said Seth to pay all 
the debts and legacies out of what is becjueathed to him and my will is 
that if the personal estate is not sufficient to pay the debts and legacies 
that my executor sell such part of the real estate as he shall think best 
to pay them. Lastly I do apj^oint my son Seth Hamblen to be my sole 
executor to this ray last will and Testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
and year above written. 

Signed sealed and delivered 
in presence of 




Children, born in Barnstable: 
359. Mercy, born Nov. 15, 1787; m. Thomas Crocker, Jr. 
3fi0. Sarah, born Aug. 15, 1739; ra., Dec. 7, 1758, Barzilla Weeks. 

361. Abigail, born Aug. 14, 1741.48 

362. Seth, born Aug. 20, 1744. 

393. Alice, born Aug. 12, 1747; m., Feb. 1, 1770, Joseph Blossom. 

[139] SARAH HAMBLEN, 1 {Sister of Alice.) born in Barnstable, 
April 4, 1711. Married, October 7, 1786, Ephraim, son of 
Thomas and Experience (Huckins49) Lewis,50 born April 8, 
1710. She died June IB, 1764. 
Children, born in Barnstable: 

364. Thankful, born June 5, 1789; m., April 30, 1752, Shubael Davis. 

365. Rebecca, born October 18, 1741. 

366. Jacob, born January 4, 1743-4. 

367. Esther, baptized April 8, 1748. 

[140] JOSEPH HAMBLEN,^ {Brother of Alice,) born in Barnstable 
March 10,1715. Married, December 8, 1738, Hannah Lovell, 
born in Barnstable, 1716. 

48 Otis says she married .John Smith January 18, 1764, but David Hamblen says 
he married Lemuel Howland, of Sandwich, December 11, 1765. 

49 See Note 19. Experience Huckins was daughter of John,- Thomas.' John,* 
born in Barnstable, August 2,1649: married August ID, 1670, Hope, daughter of Elder 
John Chipman. He died November 10, 1678, four children. Experience, tliir<l child, bora 
June 4, 167."». married September 2.~<, 1699, Thomas Lewis; she died December 2:{, 17:S5. 

50 See Note 12. Thomas Lewes, son of Edward,' fTeorge,^ born in Barnstable 
March, 1669, married September 28, 1699, Experience Huckins ; he died February 9 1754, 
five children, the youngest, Ephraim, married Sarah Hamblen. 


He died August 8, 1767; she March 14, 1806. 

Child, born in Barnstable: 
368. Micah, born November 11, 1741. 

[141] SOUTHWARD HAMBLEN, ^ {Brother of Alice,) born in 
Barnstable May 21, 1721. Married first, December 13, 1744, 
Martha Howland.-'Ji She died September 20, 1756, and he 
married, second, May 12, 1757, Tabitha Atkins. These inscrip- 
tions are upon the gravestones of liimself and wife in the 
burying ground in Barnstable: 
"In memory of Mrs. Martha Hamlen wife of Mr. South worth 

Hamlen who deed Sept ye 20th 175(i, in ye 41st year of her age." 

"Here lies buried Mr. Soutli worth Hamblen who decJ Janry 13th 

1766, aged 45 years." 


In the Name of God, Amen. I Southward Hamblen, of Barnstable 
in the County of Barnstable, Carpenter, being of sound and disposing 
mind and memory, do this 25th day of December A. D. 1765 make and 
ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following 
viz. First my will is that my wife Tabitha should have as much of my 
estate as the law directs. 2d I give to my two sons Eleazer and South- 
ward all my real estate reserving my wives improvement as above 
specified to them their heirs and assigns forever. 3d. I give to my 
two daughters Bethiah & Tabitha all my indoor moveables. 4tL It is 
my will that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid by my 
Executor hereafter named, and Lastly my will is and I do by these 
presents make and ordain my brother Seth Hamblen Execvitor of this 
my last will and testament, in witness Avhereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and seal the day & year above written. Signed sealed pro- 
nounced & declared by said Southward Hamblen to be his last will & 

his mark 

& seal 
In presence of 


Children, born in Barnstable: 

369. Bethia, born July 3, 1758. 

370. Eleazer, born March 25, 1760. 

371. Southward, born April 12, 1762. 

372. Tabitha. 

51 See Note 20. There is a discrepancy in the speUing of his name as found on the 
gravestone, and in his will ; both evidently refer to the same person. 


[148] 8HUBAEL HAMBLEN,^ (6'fiiibnel,-i Eleazer;^ Jrimes^) born 
in Barnstable, SeiDteniber 20, 1724. 

Married first, March 7, 1751, Martha,52 daughter of Benjamin Lom- 
bard; second, Sarah Crocker; *»3 and third, November 27, 176(), Ruth 
Cannon.54 By his first wife he came into possession of the dwelling 
house and farm of Capt. Jonathan Lombard, on the east side of Dim- 
mock's Lane. He filled up the well and removed the house, a high 
single one, with a lean-to, to a high hill on the farm, that he might 
have " a clear air and good prospect;" and all his life, he and his chil- 
dren after him lugged their water half a mile up hill from Lombard's 
Pond. The children, except the first Susannali, were mentioned in 
the will of their father, .July 16, 1778, says David Hamblen. 

Children, born in Barnstable, by first wife. 

378. Joshua, born July 2, 1752, O. S. 

374. Susannah, born April 15, 1754, N. S.; died young. 
575. Timothy, born February 2, 1756. 
-376. Sarah, born February 10, 1759. 

By second wife: 

577. Martha, born May 31, 1762; married John Green. 

37N. Susannah, born February 15, 1765; married Paul Ewer. 

379. Shubael, born July IS, 1766. 

By third wife: 

380. Ruth, Fjorn November 21, 1768; married Allen Goodspeed, 

381. Mercy, born April 16, 1771; married Alden Gifford. 

382. Hope, born November 11, 1773. 

£146] MEHITABLE HAMBLEN,! (^Sister of Shubael,) born in 
Barnstable December 4, 1730. Married, 1752, Benjamin, son 
of Joseph Childs,3S of Barnstable, born August 25, 1728; he 
died before June 10, 1758, when his three children were bap- 
tized at the West church. 


383. Lewes, born August 29, 1752. 

384. Hannah, born September 6, 1754. 

385. Mehitable, born December 27, 1756. 

52 See Note 33. 

53 She may have been Sarah Crocker.* (31S). See Note 31. 

54 Perhaps she was daughter of Ebenezer Cannon,' Timothy. = The earliest rec- 
ord of the name in Barnstable is April 12, 1691, where Joanna Cannon joined the Church. 
Her children were baptized the following Sabbath, viz : John, Phillip, Timothy, Nathan, 
Elizabeth. Timothy = married November 9, 1711, Elizabeth, widow of Isaac Hamblen 
(48). His son Ebenezer' married first, ITSf), Mercy Blossom ; second, July 7, 1753, Pa- 
tience Goodspeed. Six children by his first wife and four by last wife, Euth Cannon, 
second child, was born in Barnstable January 18, 17.58-9. 

55 See Note 15. 


[147] ELEANOR HAMBLEN,* (S/ste?- of Jenisha,) born in Barn- 
stable April lo, 1783. Married between November 28, 1769 and 
September 7, 1771, Moses, son of Timothy and Elizabetli 
(Hatch) Hallett,5e born in Yarmouth April 20, 1729; his sec- 
ond wife. She died September 7, 1771. See Phoebe Ham- 
blen, (S43). No children. 

[151] ISRAEL HAMBLEN,! [Israel,^ Israeli James^ ) born in Yar- 
mouth, Massachusetts, June 4, 1741; married Elizabeth . 

He died April 16, 1810. She died aged 95. 

386. Israel, born February 1, 1764. 

387. Eleazer, died; no children. 

388. Barney, unmarried. 

389. Phebe, married John Wanser. 

390. Elizabeth, married John Carle. 

391. Mercy. 

392. Bertha. 

393. Thankful, married Dwite More. 

394. Meriby, married William Kimball. 

56 Mr. Andrew Hallett, Gentleman, ancestor of the family in Barnstable and 
Yarmouth, was one of the first who came to Mattakeset. but did not make it his place of 
abode until 1641 ; he came over as early as 1637 ; was in Plymouth in 1638-9. He appears 
to have reviriited England about 1641-2 and returned ; he speculated in lands, and had 
several lawsuits; it is claimed, not with certainty, that he was a school teacher; 
although not wealthy he gave a cow to the poor of Yarmouth at a time when it was of the 
value of a good farm. The title of " Gentleman " was conferred on but few in the colony, 
and the word then had a diffei-ent signification from its present one ; it meant that one 
to whom it applied was connected with the gentry or wealthy class, that he was not a 
mechanic or common laborer, and that he was well educated, etc. The records afford 
but little information about his employment, or true character. He probably died 
about 1647, leaving a wife Mary, and five children, born in England. His son Andrew, " 
married Ann, daughter of Anthony Besse, of Lynn and Sandwich, in her four- 
teenth year; he settled in Sandwich but removed to Yarmouth in 1640, where he resided 
until his death, 1684; his wife died 1694. Goodman Hallett was "an husbandman," 
and by honest industry, skillful management and economy, accumulated a large estate. 
In 1676, his tax was equal to one- twentieth of the entire assessment of the town ; his estate 
was appraised at £1.180, 13, 09, a large amount at that period; six children. Jonathan 
Hallett,^ the fourth child, born November 20, 1647, married Abigail, daughter of 
Ensign Thomas Dexter. In 1684 he resided in Sandwich, but removed to Yarmouth and 
occupied a room in his father's house until 1695 ; after the death of his father he was 
the most wealthy man in Yarmouth ; will dated December 5, 1716 ; proved February 14, 
1717; real estate £2,000, and a large personal estate; eight children. His son David,* 
married August 19, 1719, Mary, daughter of John Annable, of West Barnstable, and 
resided at Hyaunis ; ten children, of whom Mary, born May 11, 1739, married Timothy 
Hamblin. Thomas Hallett,* son of Jonathan,' resided at Yarmouth, married tirst, 
February 18, 1719-20, Thankful Sturgis, who died January 10, 1721 ; second, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Moses Hatch, of Falmouth, who died October 23, 1744; third, May 23, 1745, 
Thankful Jones, of Barnstable; he died January 24, 1771, aged 69; six children. His 
son Moses, ^ born April 20, 1729, resided in Yarmouth ; married four wives, two of whom 
were, Phcebe and Eleanor Hamblen : he died December 14, 1809 : seven children. [Otis 


[158] JOSEPH HAMBLEN,4 {Jacoh;^ Israel,^ James,^ ) born May 
10, 173-, perhaps in Barnstable. Married April 15, 1755, 
Hannah Whitney. •'> 7 

Mr. McLellan wrote in 1872, that Mr. Hamblen lived on the one hun- 
dred acre lot. No. 40, below (irorham village, through which the road 
to Gray then passed. His house was on the high land across the brook, 
on the north side of the lot, near Queen street, near the route usually 
traveled by the early settlers tiirough the woods, in going from the Fort 
to Falmouth (Portland). The Hamblen brook at that time was a larger 
stream than now, crossed by a foot log. It is said that one of the set- 
tlers was once crossing this log with a gun on his shoulder, and was 
fired upon by an Indian in ambush; he was not hit, but knowing his 
danger, fell as if shot, when the Indian came running to secure his 
scalp. That Indian never returned to his tribe. He died in Gorham, 
June 17, 1763, and his widow married a Mr. ("obb; she died in Gorham, 
April 17, 171)7. 

Children, probably born in Gorham: 
.395. Jacob, born August 1, 175(). 

396. Esther, born June 30, 175S. 

397. Josejih, born June 10, 1763. 

398. Sarah, born December 17, 1764. 

[154] DANIEL HAMBT.:EN,i (Brother of Joseph.) There is no rec- 
ord of his birth. Perliaps he was born after his parents re- 
moved from Barnstable; married, 1761, Dilla Pettingill. 
Mr. McLellan states, that prior to 1779, he resided in Gorham, on the 
thirty acre lot No. 16, either in the house of his father, or one near it; 
that probably his house stood just back of where the store of R. G. 
Harding stood in 1872, and that part of it was used in building the old 
tavern house by C'tiry McLellan, which, with some addition, consti- 
tuted the Harding store. At his father's decease, his mother had a 
right in the estate by will or dower, and when Daniel exchanged farms 
with Gary McLellan, April 5, 177:», he reserved her right in the two 

S7 The Wliitneys were numerous in Gorham at and prior to the period of the Rev- 
olution. Mr. Pierce, in his history of the town, states that they came from York, Maine. 
Amos and Nathan Whitney were prominent and influential citizens in Gorham before 
the incorporation of tho town, 1764; of which Amos was the first town clerk, and one of 
the first selectmen. They were mucli employed in the religious affairs of the town, and 
were on important committees in tlie Revolutionary days ; they were sagacious and of 
unquestioned integrity. Eleven officers and men named Whitney were in the Revolu- 
tionary army from Gorham, four of whom were in Capt. Hart Williams' company in 1775. 
Paul Whitney was killed in that war. Isaac, Shephen, Zebulon and Daniel Whitney 
were Revolutionary pensioners Amos Whitney married Sarah Payne and had children, 
Elias, Jotham and Ruth. David Whitney married Hannah Brown and had children, 
Susannah, Jess?, Joshua, Daniel, Hannah, Tliomas and Nathan, born between 1755 and 
1769. Abel had 10 children, Owen 9, Asa 11, Daniel 10, Uriel 6, Timothy 5, Stephen 2, 
Micah 4, and Phiueas 4 children. Zobulon Whitney married Joanna Stone and had 
children, Abigail, Happy, Mattie, Rufus, Eli, Eunice. Hannah, Tabitha and Almira, be- 
tween 1775 and 1791. Eli Whitney was born August 16, 17S6.— [Pierce's History of 


lots and buildings during her life, and also reserved the land occupied 
as a burying ground, one acre, beginning at the southeast corner of the 
orchard, and running southerly twenty rods, eight rods wide. He ex- 
changed farms with Cary McLellan because he tliought the land of the 
latter easier to cultivate; and more productive than the land of his 
father's old farm at the village; and for many years thought he had 
made the best of the trade; and boasted that one bushel of corn cost 
Cary more than two did liim. At that period few men there had any 
means of a livelihood, except from their crops. He resided many years 
on the one hundred acre lot No. 1, which he had from McLellan; he 
died suddenly, supposed to have been heart disease, in Samuel Ed- 
ward's wood lot, while felling a tree in 1805. His widow survived him, 
living with their daughter, Rebecca Frost, and died February 9, 1812, 
aged seventy-three years. 

('hildren, probably born in Gorliam: 

399. Ruth, born January 24, 176H. 

400. Rebecca, born March 13, I7(i5. 

401. Abigail, born 1767. 

402. Hannah, born March 22, 1770. 

403. Dilla, born .Tune 20, 177(i. 

404. Betsv. 


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