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Antipas Boyes (Boies)

Death: Died
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Husband of Hannah Boies
Father of Antipas Boyce

Occupation: Merchant of Boston
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About Antipas Boyes of Boston

Noyes Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1988.

Boyce (Boies). 1. Atipas, Boston merchant, headed the Kennebec purchase from the Plymouth Colony; m. 24 Jan 1660 Hannah Hill (Valentine), who soon d. Will, July-Aug. 1669, names only ch: Atipas, b 8 Feb 1661, who d.s.p. in in 1706, as by adv. in Boston News Letter 3 Aug. 1719, when Capt. Nathaniel Hill claimed to be his bro.-in-law's heir. See Boyce, Maine Wills, 628, N.E. Reg. 19.308, 41.92.

owning Maine

Even prior to 1675, the trade at Cushnoc had diminished, prompting the Plymouth Colony to sell the no-longer-profitable patent. In 1661, four Boston men purchased the Kennebec patent: John Winslow, Antipas Boyes, Edward Tyng, and Thomas Brattle. Their brief attempt at trade failed - the dwindling fur supply and a change in the relationship with the natives were the main reasons - and the post was closed. The area was of little interest until the mid-eighteenth century.

In the 1750's, as settlements on southern and coastal lands presented the possibility for expansion and economic gain, interest in the old patent renewed. The descendant of the four purchasers of the right to the Kennebec patent claimed the land and began to settle the area. The group incorporated and called themselves the Proprietors of the Kennebec Purchase from the Late Colony of New Plymouth (known as the Plymouth Company or the Kennebec Proprietors). The proprietors held rights because of inheritance, purchase, trade, gift or division of the land rights purchased in 1661 by Winslow, Boyes, Tyng, and Brattle.

In 1753, two women were identified as heirs (out of 32) to the forgotten Kennebec land: Sarah Smith, through Thomas Brattle's estate, and Mary Bayard (rights passed to her children), connected through John Winslow. Between 1661 and 1753, numerous women are noted in the complex succession of sellers, conveyors, purchasers, and inheritors of claims to the Kennebec lands. No woman, however, was listed in the first land grants that happened between 1762 and 1764. Cushnoc Trading Post - 1628

"Province Of The Massachusetts Bay. To the Honourable Spencer Phips Esqr., Lieutenant Governour and Commander in Chief in and over sd Province To the Honble his Majesty's Council for the same & the Honourable House of Representatives. Humbly Shew the Proprietors of that Tract of Land lying on Both sides of Kennebeck River which was granted to the late Colony of New Plymouth in their Charter & afterwards by that Colony granted to Antipas Boys & others Together with sundry of the Principal Settlers & Residents within the Limits of said Tract. ... Kennebec Purchase Petitioners, 1752


  1. John Hill of Dover in 1649 : and some of his descendants [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Lapham, William Berry,. John Hill of Dover in 1649 : and some of his descendants. Augusta Me.: Maine Farmer Job Print., 1889. Page 5.
  2. SAVAGES "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol I" BOYES, BOYS, BOYCE, or BOIES, ANTIPAS, Boston 1659, merch. whose d. Hannah he had m. 24 Jan. 1660, had Antipas, and d. July or Aug. 1669. His will 3 July of that yr. was pro. 18 Aug. and after giv. est. to s. he says, if uncle Richard Rose wishes, he may bring him up and rec. the prop. The s. went, I think. to Eng.
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Antipas Boyes of Boston's Timeline

January 24, 1660
Age 20
February 8, 1661
Age 21
October 27, 1661
- November 6, 1661
Age 21
Kennebec , Maine

Kennebec County occupies the most valuable section of Kennebec River. The surface, though hilly, is not mountainous. It contains a large number of ponds, and many fine water-powers. The territory is nearly that of the Kennebec Patent, but it somewhat overpasses the limits of that patent as finally settled. The indefinite description of those limits caused much litigation, but was finally settled in 1757, by reference to five emineiit lawyers. By their decision, the southern boundary of the patant placed at the northern line of the town of Woolwich, in the present county of Sagadahoc, and the northern boundary at what is now the southern line of Cornville, in Somerset County. Briefly stated, the patent, as settled, covered territory 30 miles wide (15 miles wide on each side of the Kennebec River), and extended from Merry-meeting Bay to the falls below Norridgewock, and contained 1,500,000 acres. The tract was valuable in the early period of the country on account of the trade with the natives, and its fisheries. In 1640, the proprietors of the patent ceded it to the whole body of freemen of Plymouth Colony. Between 1648 and 1653, the colony obtained from the Indian sagamores (leeds of the land extending from Cushnoc (now Augusta), to the northern limit of the grant, built one or two small forts on the river, and sent magistrates into the region to protect their rights. Their monopoly was often intruded upon, and caused them so much annoyance that in 1661 they sold their entire right in the patent for £400 sterling to four men, Antipas Boies, Edward Tyng, Thomas Brattle and John Winslow.

Source: History of Kennebec County, Maine From A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine By Geo. J. Varney Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill, Boston 1886


August 1669
Age 29