Zachary Fitch (1590 - 1662) MP

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Nicknames: "Zachariah", "Zacharie"
Place of Burial: Reading, Massachuttes
Birthplace: St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Deacon, Founder of Reading and Lynn MA, Glover; Puritin Deacon Church of Reading, MA.
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About Zachary Fitch

Zachariah Fitch, the emigrant ancestor of one branch of the Fitch Families of New England, came to Lynn, MA about 1636. In some records, this man's name and his sons' are spelled "Fitts" and often "Fitz." He is said to have lived in Salem, MA for a short time. It is known that he lived in Lynn a few years. In 1638, he was the owner of 40 acres of land there. About 1640-44 he settled in the South Parish of Reading, now Wakefield, MA where he lived until his death on a fine hill farm still known as Fitch's Hill.

The boundary lines of Lynn and other early towns were not clearly defined. Zachary Fitch with others received grants of land from Lynn which fell within the town of reading when that town was organized. He was admitted freeman in 1638. He was an original member of the church of Reading and a Deacon from 1645 until he died, and a selectman, 1649, 1651, 1661. In the records of Reading he is frequently named, and in the colonial papers of his time the good character of the man is fully confirmed. He wrote the name Zachrie, and his contemporaries frequently wrote it Zachary and Zachery, but the names of his son and of many of his descendants has taken the full form of Zachariah.

The name of his wife was Mary, but a record of the marriage has not been found. It is certain that he was married about the time he emigrated to America and so far as known, the marriage could have been consummated in England or immediately after his arrival in America. He died in Reading June 9, 1662. Mary, his widow, died in Reading on December 25, 1698. Zachary's will is dated May 3, 1662 and was proved June 17, 1662. It is known that his sons Jeremiah and Thomas were merchants in Boston, and as this is the only mention we have of John, it is presumed from the character of the bequest that he had removed from Reading, and possibly was engaged in business.

Zachariah's will:

I Zacrie Fitch Being weake in body but whole in minde and perfit in memory comitting my soule to God and my body to the earth As my last will and testiment do thus disspose of all my worldly Estate as Followeth

First I dew give unto my deare and loving wife mary Fitch dureing hir naturall Life the best on halfe of all my housing within and without and all my orchard and my no homlote both undisposed of with all my housould goodes and two oxen and three cowes with all my Impullemens For Husbandry to hir disposeing duering her life aforesaid with eight akers of medow in the hundered aker medow and nine akers more of medow in the medow called bermedow on the hether side of my medow there Item I give to my sonn Joseph Fith aftr my wifes deses Eighteene poule wide of my lott nex to John Weson with on halfe of my thirty aker lot with Eight akers of medow in Reedimedow and five akers of medow in hundered akers with the on halfe of my medow in the towne medow

Item I give unto Samuele Fitch my sonn my lot at bere hill with all my lot in the First divsident with five akers of medow In the hundred akers and Five akers more in Rock medow with Three akers more next to godman palferyes medow

Item I do give unto Bennimen Fitc my son the on halfe of my therti aker lot with Eight akers of medow in bere medow with halfe my medow in the towne medow Item I do give unto John Fitch my Sonn Thirty pound to be paide him Ten pounds within on yeare after my desese and the Rest of it within to yeare after my wives deses

Item I do give unto Jerimiah Fitch my sonn twenty pounds To be paide within on yeare after my deces ten pound f it And ten pound within on yere after my wives deces Item I dow give to Thomas Fitch my sonn twentie pounds to be so to Also I do make Genjemine Fitch my sonn my hole and sole Exesecutor of this my last will and testament to pay All theese legases and then to take unto him halfe selfe after my wives Deces all the rest of my Estate Both houses lands and goodes Also I do herby Bind him whosoeve marieth with my wife to put in good securiti befor he enter on hir estate to leve Att hir decese all hir estate as good as good [sic] as he finds it. And I desier and impower my to Sonnes Jeremiah and Tho Fitch to see thas my will fullfilled and do give unto them For their paines twenti shilings apeece all Further lands And medow due unto me I do give Ecoly unto my three sonns Joseph Benjamen and Sammeul Fitch For witnes to his will Nicholas Browne of Redding and John his sonn

[verso] Uppon Better And Further Consideration I Zachery Fittc doe give unto My wife Mary Fittc: two heiffier calves the one A yearling caffe and the other a this years calfe and Further I doe give unto My wife Mary and to my Sonne Samuell Fittc a yearling colte beetweene them

Further more whearas I have sayd one the Otherside of this paper that I have given to My wife Eighte Ackere of Meddow in he hundered Ackers And to My sonn Joseph And samuell Fittc five Ackers a peece After my wifes desease: butt now my minde and will is that after my wives decease my sonn Benjamin shall have two Akers of it and My Sonn Joseph and my Sonne Samuell shall have Eight Ackers a peece Further more my mind and will is that my Sonne Joseph and my sonn Benjamin shall (with the helpe of my sonne Samuell of his owne hand) build my sonne Samuell a house, uppon his Lott by Beare hill twenty fower foote Longe and Eighteen foot wide and twelve foot heigh in the stod and Cover itt and calbboard or board itt: and fence in the Lott att Bear hill with a good suffitient fens of five Rayles and Breake it al up att Leaste soe Mutch of it as is Capabell of Breaking up: By that Time that my Sonne Samuell comes to the Age of twenty two yeares

Further more my mind and will is that my sonn John wesson shall have twelve pence payd hime within a year after my deasceas.

further more I doe give unto my Daughter Sarah wesson five pounds In case her husband John wesson dey and soe Leave her a widdow

further more My will is that if either of my sonnes dies without heires of their Bodies Lawfully Begotten: that then their portion shall Equally be devided amongste the Reste of my sonnes that shall be living.

Datted this 3d of Maye 1662

-------------------- DEACON ZACHARIAH / ZACHARY FITCH. Born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Zachariah / Zachary died on 9 Jun 1662 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. Occupation: Deacon. Bef 1622 Zachariah / Zachary married Mary ?. Mary died on 25 Dec 1698 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. They had the following children:

2 i. Thomas (-1678)

3 ii. Jeremiah (-1692)

4 iii. Benjamin (-1712)

5 iv. SARAH (<1638-1698)

6 v. Joseph (1634-1694)

vi. John.

7 vii. Samuel (1644-1684)

viii. Zachariah. Born on 20 Jun 1647 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA.

Zacharie Fitch

   * Born: Abt 1590, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England 561
   * Christened: 25 Jan 1590 or 25 Jan 1591, St. Albans Abbey, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England 561
   * Marriage: Marie before 8 Apr 1621 in St. Albans Abbey, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England 647
   * Died: 9 Jun 1662, Reading, Massachusetts about age 72 101

Events in his life were:

• Emigration, Abt 1633, England to Lynn, Massachusetts. 134

• Dates & Events. 101

Zachary Fitch, the emigrant ancestor, of one branch of the Fitch Families of New England, came to Lynn about 1633. It is understood that he lived in Lynn a few years, and settled about 1640 in the South Parish of Reading, now Wakefield, where he lived until his death.

He was admitted freeman in 1638. He was an original member of the Church of Reading, and a Decon from 1645 until his death. He was a selectman, 1649, 1651, 1661 In the records of Reading he is frequently named, and in the colonial papers of his time the good character of the man is fully confirmed.

A facsimile of his autograph is found in the NEHGR, Vol xxxiii, page 61, and other autographs are found in original papers. He wrote the name Zachrie, and his contemporaries frequently wrote it Zachary and Zachery, but the name of his son and many of his descendnets has taken the full form of Zachariah.

• Background Information. 561

The published Parish Registers of St. Albans Abbey show that Zachary Fitch of Reading once lived here. The registers begin in 1558. They show a William Fitch who had a son, Hugh, baptized 14 Mar 1563/64. Hugh Fitch married, 13 Sep 1585, Anne Smith who was baptized 25 Sep 1567, the daughter of John and Joane (Roise) Smith. High was buried 14 Apr 1620. The children of Hugh and Anne Fitch were: Mary, baptized 12 Feb 1586/87; John, baptized 13 Oct 1588; Jeremie, baptized 25 Jan 1589/90; Zacherie, baptized 16 Jan 1591/92; Anne, baptized 6 Jan 1593/94, died 26 Apr 1698.

Zacherie Fitch likey the emigrant to new England, had by wife Mary the children recorded in St. Albans: John, baptized 8 Apr 1621; Jeremie, baptized5 May 1622; Mary, baptized 7 Sep 1623; Zacherie, baptized 25 Jun 1626; Thomas, baptized 26 Oct 1628; a child baptized 21 Dec 1630; Sarah, baptized 20 Jun 1632/37; Robert, baptized 4 Mar 1634/35, who was perhaps the infant who was buried 18 Feb 1636/37.

The family then disappear from te St. Albans registers, and it probable that they came to New England in 1637, as Zacherie the father was admitted freeman 7 Sept 1638, this being the first record of him in the Americas.

On a bond signed about 1620 by Zacherie Fitch of St. Albans, his occupation is given as glover.

~The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Oct. 1903 pgs. 415-416

• Dates & Events.

The magistrates of Ipswhich had order to give

• Children. 647

Known children of Deacon Zachary Fitch and his wife Marie:

• Thomas, m. Martha Fisk

• Jermiah, m. Esther______

• Benjamin, m. Elizabeth Skerry

• Sarah, m. John Weston

• Joseph, b. 1634; m. Hannah Sweetser

• John

• Samuel, b. 6 Mar 1644/45; m. Sarah Lane

• Zachariah, d. 20 Jun 1647

~History of the Fitch family A.D. 1400-1930, pg. 225

Zacharie married Mary. (Mary was born in 1602 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England and died in Reading, Massachusetts.)

DEACON ZACHARIAH / ZACHARY FITCH. Born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Zachariah / Zachary died on 9 Jun 1662 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. Occupation: Deacon. Bef 1622 Zachariah / Zachary married Mary ?. Mary died on 25 Dec 1698 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. They had the following children:

2 i. Thomas (-1678)

3 ii. Jeremiah (-1692)

4 iii. Benjamin (-1712)

5 iv. SARAH (<1638-1698)

6 v. Joseph (1634-1694)

vi. John.

7 vii. Samuel (1644-1684)

viii. Zachariah. Born on 20 Jun 1647 in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA.

Second Generation

2. Thomas FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Thomas died in 1678. Occupation: Cordwainer, Constable, Sealer of Leather. Ca 1654 Thomas married Martha FISK. They had the following children:

i. Martha (1656-)

ii. Mary (1657-1703)

iii. Elizabeth (Died Young) (1659-)

iv. Sarah (1661-)

v. Elizabeth (1664-)

vi. Thomas (1668-1736)

3. Jeremiah FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Jeremiah died on 3 May 1692. Occupation: Glover. Jeremiah first married Esther ?. Esther died on 14 Sep 1656. They had one child:

i. Mary (1652-)

Jeremiah second married Martha ?

On 25 Feb 1657/1658 Jeremiah third married Sarah CHUBBUCK, in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA. Born in 1638. They had the following children:

i. Jeremiah (Died Young) (1658-)

ii. Zachariah (Died Young) (1660-1661)

iii. Deborah (1662-1662)

iv. Sarah (1663-)

v. Deborah (1665-1687)

vi. Abigail (1666-)

vii. Jeremiah (1667-)

viii. Rebecca (1668-)

ix. Esther (1670-)

x. Eleanor (1676-)

4. Benjamin FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Benjamin died on 12 Mar 1712/1713. Occupation: Farmer, Deacon, Selectman. On 27 Feb 1665/1666 Benjamin first married Elizabeth SKERRY. Elizabeth died on 17 Aug 1697. They had the following children:

i. Zachariah (1666-1684)

ii. Bridget (1669-1723)

iii. Elizabeth (1671-1696)

iv. Mary (1678-)

Benjamin second married Mary ?.

5. SARAH FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Born bef 1638 in Lynn, Essex Co., MA. Sarah died on 25 Dec 1698; she was 60. On 18 Feb 1653/1654 when Sarah was 15, she married John WESSON, in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. Born in 1630/1631 in Buckinghamshire, England. John died in Reading, Middlesex Co., MA, in 1723; he was 93. Religion: Puritan - Joined Salem Church 1648. They had the following children:

i. John (Died Young) (1655-1655)

ii. Sarah (1656-1685)

iii. Mary (Died Young) (1659-1659)

iv. John (1661-1719)

v. Elizabeth (1662-)

vi. Samuel (1665-)

vii. STEPHEN (1667-1753)

viii. Thomas (1670-1745)

6. Joseph FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Born in 1634 in Prb Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. Joseph died in Prb Reading, Middlesex Co., MA, in 1694; he was 60. Occupation: Farmer. On 2 Jul 1661 when Joseph was 27, he married Hannah SWEETSER. Born in 1639. Hannah died on 5 Nov 1673; she was 34. They had the following children:

i. Hannah (Died Young) (1661-1662)

ii. Joseph (1662-1695)

iii. Hannah (1664-)

iv. Benjamin (1667-1739)

7. Samuel FITCH (Zachariah / Zachary1). Born on 6 Mar 1644/1645 in Of Reading, Middlesex Co., MA. Samuel died in 1684; he was 39. Occupation: Farmer. On 23 Apr 1673 when Samuel was 29, he first married Sarah LANE. Sarah died on 2 Oct 1679. They had the following children:

i. Samuel (1673-1742)

ii. Zachariah (1674-1674)

iii. Job (Died Young) (1676-1676)

iv. Sarah (Died Young) (1677-1679)

v. Sarah (Died Young) (1679-1680)

On 26 Jul 1681 when Samuel was 37, he second married Rebecca MERRIAM.

My Direct Line

   * Deacon Zachariah / Zachary FITCH ( - 9 Jun 1662) & Mary ? ( - 25 Dec 1698)
   * Sarah FITCH (bef 1638 - 25 Dec 1698) & John WESSON (1630/1631 - 1723)
   * Stephen WESSON (8 Dec 1667 - 30 Apr 1753) & Sarah TOWNSEND (14 Sep 1672 - 1 Mar 1739/1740)
   * Isaac WESSON Sr. (14 Sep 1699 - ) & Elizabeth PRATT (22 Sep 1704 - )
   * Isaac WESSON (15 Mar 1733/1734 - Apr 1779) & Lucy DEAN (22 Nov 1738 - Apr 1805)
   * Sarah (Sally) WESSON (17 Oct 1760 - 4 Feb 1845) & John MATTHEWS (1752 - 26 Jun 1822)
   * Thomas MATTHEWS (24 Apr 1799 - 30 Jan 1868) & Mercy Cady CURTIS (13 Nov 1800 - 21 Feb 1889)
   * Emma Eliza MATTHEWS (12 Jan 1843 - 25 Aug 1909) & Richard DELANEY (12 Dec 1836 - 15 Aug 1899)
   * William Edgar DELANEY (17 Jun 1864 - 10 Oct 1956) & Edith Lusetta WAITE (10 Jul 1875 - 26 May 1967)
   * Laura May DELANEY (5 May 1895 - 28 Jan 1984) & George Alvin BEHLING (13 Oct 1893 - 26 Nov 1948)
   * James (Jim) Barton BEHLING (Living) & Dorothy Chloe WILLIAMS (3 Apr 1915 - 22 Dec 1990)
   * Susanne (Sam) Lucretia BEHLING (Living) 

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Deacon Zachary Fitch's Timeline

1590
January 25, 1590
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
1590
Bocking, Essex, England
1590
Bocking, Essex, England
1592
January 17, 1592
Age 1
Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
1611
August 16, 1611
Age 21
1616
1616
Age 25
Bocking, Essex, England
1620
June 7, 1620
Age 30
Church of St Albans, St Alban's, Hertfordshire, England
1621
May 5, 1621
Age 31
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
1623
September 7, 1623
Age 33
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
1626
June 25, 1626
Age 36
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England