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Humphrey Wise

Also Known As: "Sir Humphrey Wise", "Humphrey Wyeth", "Humphrey Wise Jr.", "Humphrey Wiise Wyeth"
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Benjamin Wise and Emme Wyeth
Husband of Susanna Tidd
Father of Mary Perkins; Susanna Perkins; Edmund Wise; Abigail Wise; Amy Wise and 5 others
Half brother of Humphrey Wyeth, II

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About Humphrey Wise

Found this warning about him: I am trying to find information on Sir Humphrey Wise. I have no information on him except he was supposed to be the son of Benjamin Wise and was married to Susan Pakeman, born 1596 in Suffolk, England. I now find a Humphrey Wise, born 1591, married to Susannah Tidd, she from Hillmorton, Warwickshire. This Humprhey is shown by many references to be my ancestor as they list his daugther as Alice who married Moses Cox. Can anyone help me out. Thanks By the way, this Humphrey is supposedly the son of John Wise.

There is a false pedigree and connection to Humphrey Wise, but it's been so   many years I cannot remember the specifics, and it's buried deep somewhere in  many filing cabinets. 

Be very wary of this line. I recall that it was shown on one chart in a genealogy. My suggestions would be: (1) Work back generation by generation from the immigrant. (2) Pay very close attention to the chronology, as it seems to my recollection that the line as they proposed became chronologically impossible.

Humphrey Wise, the immigrant to Massachusetts, about whom you enquired, was notknighted. There was a good article detailing his English origin and ancestry published about three or four years ago in NEHGR or TAG. DR


According to some private sources I viewed online, Richard Milhouse Nixon, descends from the Wise family. Good grief. Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1635-1681 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2002. Original data: George Francis Dow, ed. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. Vol. I-II. Salem, MA, USA: Essex Institute, 1916-1920. - he shows up on p.11.

This database contains probate records (legal records associated with the dividing up of a deceased person's property) from Essex County, Massachusetts for the years 1635-81. In 1628, a "Greate and Generall Court" was organized in the colony of Massachusetts. This court met four times every year and held all the judicial powers of the colony. In 1635, quarterly courts were established and kept in several of the larger towns of the colony. Salem and Ipswich, which are today part of the county of Essex, where two of those towns chosen to hold this type of court. Quarterly courts were given power over probate matters, even though for some time probate business was still taken to the Great and General Court. In 1643, the colony of Massachusetts was divided into counties. The towns of Amesbury, Haverhill, and Salisbury, which today are all part of Essex County, were then included in Norfolk County. They remained part of Norfolk County until 1679, when the county boundaries changed. In 1692, probate courts were organized in each county. These county courts remain in existence today. Records found in this database come from the following original sources: Records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (shurtleff), Boston 1854 Vol. 6 Massachusetts Archives Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County and Old Norfolk County Old Norfolk County Deeds Ipswich Deeds Ipswich Town Records Suffolk County Probate Records Records and Docket of the Probate Court of Essex County Wills are printed in their entirety excluding the preamble, which does not state any material fact. This sort of omission is noted by an ellipsis. Names are spelled exactly as they were found in original sources. Each volume has an index of the estates and the years in which they were probated. The probate process transfers the legal responsibility for payment of taxes, care and custody of dependent family members, liquidation of debts, and transfer of property title to heirs from the deceased to an executor/executrix (where there is a will), to an administrator/administratix (if the person dies intestate - without a will), or to a guardian/conservator if there are heirs under the age of twenty-one years or in cases where a person has become incompetent through disease or disability. Probate records can provide an intimate glimpse into the lifestyle of an ancestor and specific facts about the family. From wills, you can discover how often the men on your pedigree entrusted their assets to a wife, whether all sons inherited equally, how the daughters fared in comparison, whether a man distributed his property to his children before his death, and who was instructed to care for the widow and younger children or for incapacitated or handicapped family members. Servants were sometimes released by will and slaves freed. Also revealed in a will is biographical information: title, occupation, religious affiliation, age, place of residence, place of property ownership, associates of the family, and relationship to prominent families in the area. The probate inventory gives other insights into your family's life and how your family compared to others in the community. If items are listed room by room and the rooms labeled, you know who slept where. A man was often judged by the kind of bed he slept in, so inventories usually listed bed and bedding in considerable detail: bed curtains imply a canopied bed to keep out cold drafts. Featherbeds, sheets, coverlets, blankets, and spreads may also be listed separately. A comparison of inventories from one generation of the family to another will show improvements in living conditions - from fireplace cooking to stoves, from enclosed bedsteads to heated bedrooms, from wooden platters to china. Glass in windows, unless bequeathed as heirlooms to a family member, could be sold separately from a house, so panes may be listed in the inventory as well. An inventory is also useful for distinguishing between persons of the same name by matching inventory contents, such as horses, cattle, and pigs, with tax rolls and agricultural census entries. You can also prove the relationship between a man and his children with property, real or personal, listed in inventories and wills from one generation to the next. Taken from Chapter 7: Research in Court Records, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Arlene H. Eakle; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Name: Humphrey Wise Year: 1620-1650 Place: Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 275 Primary Immigrant: Wise, Humphrey Annotation: Comprehensive listing of early immigrants, in various arrangements to assist the researcher. Pages 1-189 contain passenger lists; pages 193-295 are indexes. Source Bibliography: BANKS, CHARLES EDWARD. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Edited, indexed and published by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell. Philadelphia: Bertram Press, 1937. 295p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1957. Repr. 1987. pp 15, 181.


Birth 1591 Of Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Gender Male Died 1638 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Person ID I6813 Lythgoe-Donaldson Last Modified 05 Oct 1999


Family Susan\Susanna TIDD, b. Abt 1592/1611, d. Abt 1678 Children

  • 1. Abigail WISE, b. Bef 1620
  • 2. Mary Wyeth, b. Abt 1618, d. 29 May 1706
  • 3. Susanna WISE, b. Abt 1614, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England , d. 1699, New Castle, DE
  • 4. Benjamin WISE, b. Abt 1616
  • 5. Joseph WISE, b. Abt 1618
  • 6. Edmund WISE, b. Abt 1620
  • 7. Emma WISE, b. Aft 1620
  • 8. Sarah WISE, b. Abt 1622
  • 9. Ann WISE, b. Abt 1624
  • 10. Alice WISE, b. 1628, d. 20 Oct 1657, Lost at sea

Family ID F3385 Group Sheet


Notes BIOGRAPHY: Source: Hopkinson and Allied Families, 1965.

BIOGRAPHY: The name Wise has had many variations of spelling, Wyeth, Withe, Wyth, Wisse, Wyse, etc.

BIOGRAPHY: Humphrey Wise, the immigrant, was living in Ipswich, Massachusetts i 1635, although we do not know just when he came to America. He had a one acre house lot on the south side of the river, and apparently owned other property. His wife's name was Susanna (Susan), but her surname is not known. Humphrey lived in New England fo a short time as he died in 1638; subsequently little information is available about him. He did not leave a will.

BIOGRAPHY: After Humphrey's death Susanna married secondly in 1639, Samuel Greenfield of Salem, who was later accused by the court of having taken into his possession without legal order, the property which had belonged to Humphrey. On Jan. 13, 1639, the General Court of Boston ordered the Court at Ipswich "to examine and settle all things belonging to the estate of Humfrey Wisse, including all the land sold and unsold." The Ipswich Court on Jan. 26, 1639, asked for an inventory of the estate which amounted to about 140 lbs. Mr. Greenfield must have been able to convince the court of his honesty, as it approved the sale of the house and land and such other sales as had already been made, and appointed him as administrator o the estate. He gave bond to handle the money and to bring up the five minor children until the boys were 21 and the girls 18 years of age, at which time each was to receive a cretain portion of the estate.

BIOGRAPHY: The court further agreed that with the consent of Samuel Greenfield and Susan, his wife, that Benjamin the oldest boy, should be apprenticed to his brother-in-law, Abraham Perkins, for seven years from Sept. 29, 1638. Since the apprenticeship was dated back it is probable that Benjamin had been living with his sister, Mary, since that date.

BIOGRAPHY: Humphrey and Susanna had eight children, all or most of whom must have been born in England. We do not have their birthdates or order of their births, except that the last five named were minors at the time of their father's death. The three oldest were apparently married and had received their share of the estate before Humphrey's death.


  • The Probate records of Essex County, Massachusetts by Dow, George Francis, 1868-1936; Massachusetts. Probate Court (Essex County)
    • Estate of Humfry Wise of Ipswich.
  • The General Court held at Boston, 13 : 1 : 1638-9, ordered the court at Ipswich to examine and settle all things belonging to the estate of Humfrey Wisse, including the land, sold and unsold. Mass. Bay Colony Records, vol. 1, page 254.
  • Humfry Wise of Ipswich, died intestate, and Samuel Greenfeild late of Salem married his widow and took into his possession the lands and goods of the said Humfry, without legal order. The Court held at Ipswich 26 : 1 : 1639, caused them to deliver an inventory of the estate which amounted to about 140li. Wise left a wife and five children, Beniamyn, Joseph, Em., Sarah and Ann, besides some that were married and had received their portions. Samuel Greenfeild was appointed administrator, and with his consent the Court sold the house, and house lot of an acre & a planting lot of six acres with the appurtenances to William ffellowes for 20li., also the farm of about 120 acres to Thomas Emerson for four score pounds, and such other sales of cattle & goods that the said Samuel had made the Court allowed. The money was given to Samuel Greenfeild, he giving bond for 120 li., to bring up the five children, until the sons were twenty one years, and the daughters eighteen, at which time each to receive a certain portion of the estate. If any die before such time the said portions to be equally devided among the survivors. George Gittings and Richard Lumpkyn were chosen overseers for the children. As there was yet 30li., being part of the money for which the farm was sold, remaining in the hands of Thomas Emerson, at his request and with the consent of Samuel, it was ordered that it should remain in his hands until 1: 3: 1640, then he to pay the money to the overseers and to give such recompence to Samuel Greenfeild as he shall think equal. It was further agreed that with the consent of Samuel Greenfield and Susan his wife that Benjamin Wise, eldest son of Humfry Wise, should be with Abraham Perkins of Hampton as an apprentice to him for seven years from Sept. 29 last past. Ipswich Deeds, Vol. 1, leaf 1.


  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents (1900)
    • WISE, WISSE, (sometimes incorrectly writen Wife and Wiffe,) see Wyeth,
  • .... etc
  • Humphrey, husbandman, Ipswich, propr. 1635; d. in 1638. Ipswich Court considered his estate 20 March, 1639. The widow Susan had m. Samuel Greenfield, formerly of Salem; the Court allowed them to admin., to sell the house, lands and goods; G. gave bonds to bring up the five children, Benjamin, Joseph, Em, Sarah and Ann, and pay them their portions at age. Benj. was apprenticed to Abraham Perkins for 7 years.


  • Humphrey Wise
  • M, #587, b. 1591, d. 26 March 1639
  • Father John Wise b. 1565
  • Humphrey Wise was born in 1591 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He married Susanna Tidd circa 1611. Humphrey Wise died on 26 March 1639 at Ipswich, Essex, MA.
  • Family Susanna Tidd b. 1592, d. c 1678
  • Children
    • Susanna Wise+ b. c 1614, d. 17 Jul 1699
    • Sarah Wise+ b. c 1625, d. 13 Jan 1707
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  • Humphrey Wythe
  • Birth: 1591, England
  • Death: 1638 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Humphrey Wythe was born by about 1591 (based on date of marriage). He & his wife came from Woolverstone, Suffolk to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 (based on landholding at Ipswich in 1635).
  • He married at Nacton, Suffolk, 8 April 1616 Susan Pakeman, bp. Nacton 8 March 1597, daughter of Christopher Pakeman.
  • Humphrey Wythe and his family resided in the late 1620s and early 1630s in Woolverstone, Suffolk, where the minister was TIMOTHY DALTON {1637, Dedham}.
  • Humphrey died by 4 March 1638/9 & his widow married (2) by 1639 STEPHEN GREENFIELD {1637, Salem}.
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Susan Pakeman Wythe
  • Children:
    • Margaret Wythe (1616 - 1626)*
    • Emma Wythe (1624 - 1625)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 60381842
  • From:


(1698) Isaac Perkins &. (1699) Susanna Wise Isaac b 01612 d 1685 m Susanna, daughter of (3398) Humphrey Wise' and (3399) Susan 1. Rebecca Perkins (849)



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Humphrey Wise's Timeline

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Age 23
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
March 26, 1616
Age 25
Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
Age 27
Rugby, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 30
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
December 15, 1626
Age 35
Warwickshire, England
Age 35
Age 38
of Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 39
Wolverton, Suffolk, England