Hopestill Tyler (1645 - 1734)

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Birthplace: Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Preston City, New London, Connecticut, USA
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Hopestill Tyler

HOPESTILL2 TYLER (JOB1), born about 1646, probably in Roxbury or Andover, Mass.; died in Preston, Conn., January 20, 1734, " in ye 89th year of his age " according to the rather rude stone which marks his grave in the old burying ground in Preston; married in Mendon, January 20, 1668, Mary Lovett, born in Mendon, March 7, 1652-53; said to have

died in 1732; daughter of Daniel Lovett, of Braintree and Mendon. Hopestill went to Andover with his father, who apprenticed him in 1658 to a blacksmith of Andover, Thomas Chandler; the boy was to be taught the blacksmith trade " so far as he was capable to learn " for a period of 9£ years; was to be taught to read the Bible and write so as to keep a book for his trade, and to be allowed " convenient meat and drinke, washing, lodging and clothes." Something occurred to sicken the father of this bargain and he took arbitrary steps to get possession of his son, which lead to a long legal battle, rather disastrous and humiliating to Job. When the family moved to Roxbury, Hopestill went also, and later went to Mendon. In 1671 he shared in the land division of Mendon; the next year he drew " Lot 30 " in a swamp land division; in 1673 he was " surveyor of highways." In 1675 when the inhabitants fled from the Indian raid he went to his old home in Roxbury, for his child Martha (" Mathew " in records and will) was baptized there, and the next year his son John was born there. By 1681 he is at Andover, as children are recorded there. His name is on the church list there of 1686. He was the first Tyler citizen in the newly settled part of Andover, in the south part of the town, and in 1687, by permission, he " set up a shop in ye streete near his house." This was on the Boston road near the inn of Joseph Parker, who buys of Hopestill in 1710. He also owned the " Devil's Den," as well as the great frog- ponds. He was again made freeman in 1691; also chosen tythingman. In 1692 the terrible scourge of witchcraft touched his home; his wife was accused and imprisoned, but was finally released.

His daughters Hannah, Martha and Joanna were likewise accused, and their father and their uncle, John Bridges, gave a bond for surety in the sum of £100 for the appearance of Martha and Joanna. In Nevin's " Witchcraft in 1692," in Appendix A appears the name of " Hope Tyler " in the list of the accused, but the author found no details of any proceedings in such cause. In all there were eleven of the Tyler name and blood who were accused and taken out of their homes. They were all acquitted. Whether the witchcraft episodes had anything to do with it or not, there is nothing to show, but after a few years Hopestill moved to Preston, Conn. In 1697 he sold his land and house at Andover, and in Connecticut, for generations, his descendants grew rapidly in numbers and prestige. He is one of twelve men who organized the first church in Preston, November 16, 1698. It is believed that he went to Preston the preceding summer. He built his house in the forest, about a mile from the hamlet, and the primitive stone-fireplace was standing a few years ago, strong and massive, where an 8-foot log could be rolled in. The old well exists, and the same old rocks, doubtless, for it is a rocky region, and Hopestill must have gained his competence more by blacksmith work than by farming. The old andirons, which were probably his handiwork, more than two hundred years ago, are heavy, with a ring in the top, fashioned wholly of iron, burned and rusty; this hearth, preserved so long, is the earliest one that can be indubitably proved to be connected with the descendants of Job Tyler of Andover. The fireplace is boarded up and never used. The house, for the most part, is said to have been burned a great many years ago. The chimney bears a date, 1768, and it is said to be nearly a reproduction of its protoype. The deed of this farm of one hundred and ten acres was given by Robert Gear to Hopestill under date of June 28, 1715. He was something of a landlord; became a purchaser of " Common lands " and he continued to own lands in Massachusetts for some years. While yet in Andover, he had granted to his brother Samuel come from his " father Tyler." And it also seems, that he had early made purchase in Preston; for we find deed to " Hope " from Samuel Mason, January 10, 1689. In 1703, he deeded land in Groton, Conn., to his son Daniel, whereupon is situated a place long known as " Tyler Hill." In 1706, he deeds a piece to his son James; and in 1713, another to son Hopestill, Jr. He seems to have retained interests in Massachusetts, after his departure; for we find, at Salem, two deeds from him in the years 1710 and 1713. June 20, 1704, he had a deed in Connecticut from Thomas Averill; June 28, 1715, another from his son-in-law, Robert Geer. The inventory of his estate amounted to over £842. He possessed a " Close-bodied coat," which with " beaver hat " and " muff " must have made him both comfortable and stylish for his day. He also had an " orange cloak." His life, in an unusual degree, seems to have been removed from the realm of the commonplace, he having, for various reasons, lived in four towns, and having passed through the horrors of Indian raids and the terrors of the witchcraft delusion, which attacked those nearest and dearest to him. His will, dated May 15, 1728, was recorded in New London, Conn., August 9, 1734 (See Wills, Book VI, Folios 155-156). Of the children whose birthplaces are known, the second and those after the fifth were born in Andover.

WILL OF HOPESTILL TYLER, SR.

In the name of God, Amen, May the fifteenth, 1728. I Hopestill Tyler, of Preston, being aged and of parfet mind and memory, thanks be given to god for the same, caling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that It Is appointed 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 Into the hands of God that gave It and my body i recommend to the earth to be buried In decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executtors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection i shall reseaive the same again by the mighty power of god and as touching Such wordly estate wharewith It hath pleased god to bless me In this Life I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis:—I give and bequeath to my Loving wife mary [she had died meanwhile, 1732] of my estate as the Law dierets. " Then to my dafter mary furnnum I give fifty shillings besides what she has allready had. Then I give to my dafter hanna busel her children teen pound besides what she has already had. I give unto my dafter mathew teen pound besides what shee has allready had. I give unto my dafter abigel three score pound besides what she allready has had. I give unto my Son Daniel teen pound besides what he allready has had. I give unto my Son James five pound besides what he allready has had. I give unto my granson moses tiler In Boston fifty Shillings besides what hee allreadye has had. Then I give unto my Son Hopstill all my Land In the township of preston with all my housing and Shope tols. I allsoe constitut make and ordain my Sole exsexaters my Son James and my Son Hopestill and my dafter Abigel my will Is that my dafter abigel shall have a room In the hous to live in as long as she lives unmarried.

his Hopestill X Tyler.

mark Witnesses:

Thomas Stanton,

Jabez Fitch,

Anna Stanton."

Recorded in the 6th book of wills for New London district, Folio 155-156 Aug. 9th, 1734.

Rich. Christopher Clerk.

Preston Jan. 30, 1733-4 then the within named Thomas Stanton, Jabez Fitch and Anna Stanton did all parsonally appear and made oath that thay did se ye within named Hopestill Tyler sign and seal ye within written instrument and that thay herd him then publish and declare ye same to be his Will and Testament and that he was then in his perfect mind and memory and that thay did then all thereunto sign as witnesses in ye presence of ye sd Hopestill Tyler dec'd—before me John Cooke. Justice of Peace.

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Wearing apparel

The building & part of the homestead

mentioned in the will l £600. 0. 0.

A fifty acre loot of land lying in the

Northeast Corner of Preston £50.

The black smith Shoop & tools, &c.

I yoke of oxen £18. 0. 0.

1 8 year old heifer

1 4 year old heifer

1 8 year old steer

1 yearling heifer

1 calfe

1 horse five years old

1 maire nine years old

1 maire seven years old

1 maire two years old

14 sheep

17 goats

Money in Daniel tiler's hands

Money in Jacob Parkes' hands

Money in Hopestill Tiler's hands

Money in Moses Tiler's hands

Money in Job Tiler's hands

&c . . .

Total £842. 7. 3.

Children :

28+ Mary Tyler, born in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 81, 1669. 29+ Martha (Mathew) Tyler, born April 9, 1676. 80+ John Tyler, born in Roxbury, Mass., Feb. 19, 1677. 81+ Daniel Tyler. 82+ Hannah Tyler. 83 Joanna Tyler, born Nov. 21, 1681; died s. p. before

1728 ; was accused of witchcraft. 34+ James Tyler, born Dec. 28, 1683. 35+ Hopestill Tyler, born Oct. 16 (or 26), 1685. 36 Mehitable Tyler, born June 4 (or Jan.), 1687; died

young.

Loading...Loading...this Life I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis:—I give and bequeath to my Loving wife mary [she had died meanwhile, 1732] of my estate as the Law dierets. " Then to my dafter mary furnnum I give fifty shillings besides what she has allready had. Then I give to my dafter hanna busel her children teen pound besides what she has already had. I give unto my dafter mathew teen pound besides what shee has allready had. I give unto my dafter abigel three score pound besides what she allready has had. I give unto my Son Daniel teen pound besides what he allready has had. I give unto my Son James five pound besides what he allready has had. I give unto my granson moses tiler In Boston fifty Shillings besides what hee allreadye has had. Then I give unto my Son Hopstill all my Land In the township of preston with all my housing and Shope tols. I allsoe constitut make and ordain my Sole exsexaters my Son James and my Son Hopestill and my dafter Abigel my will Is that my dafter abigel shall have a room In the hous to live in as long as she lives unmarried.

his Hopestill X Tyler.

mark Witnesses:

Thomas Stanton,

Jabez Fitch,

Anna Stanton."

Recorded in the 6th book of wills for New London district, Folio 155-156 Aug. 9th, 1734.

Rich. Christopher Clerk.

Preston Jan. 30, 1733-4 then the within named Thomas Stanton, Jabez Fitch and Anna Stanton did all parsonally appear and made oath that thay did se ye within named Hopestill Tyler sign and seal ye within written instrument and that thay herd him then publish and declare ye same to be his Will and Testament and that he was then in his perfect mind and memory and that thay did then all thereunto sign as witnesses in ye presence of ye sd Hopestill Tyler dec'd—before me John Cooke. Justice of Peace.

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Loading...Loading...37 Abigail Tyler, twin to Mehitable; died March 13, 1771;

married Daniel Fitch. Her father names her in his will: " My dafter abigel three score pound besides what she allready has had." She joined the Preston church Sept. 3, 1721, when she was unmarried. The old grave-stone in the Preston burying ground is " In memory of Mrs. Abigail ye wife of Mr. Daniel Fitch & daughter of Mr. Hopestill Tyler."

6 HANNAH2 TYLER (JOB1), married, January 20, 1668. Lieut. James Lovett, born July 8, 1648, son of Daniel Lovett.

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Hopestill Tyler's Timeline

1645
1645
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1668
September 31, 1668
Age 23
Mendon, Worcester, MA, USA
1671
1671
Age 26
Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1675
1675
Age 30
Roxbury, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1676
April 9, 1676
Age 31
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1677
February 19, 1677
Age 32
Boston, MA, USA
1680
1680
Age 35
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
1681
November 21, 1681
Age 36
1685
October 16, 1685
Age 40
1687
1687
Age 42