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James Cutler

Birthplace: Sproughton, Suffolk, UK
Death: Died in Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Cambridge Farms,Lexington,Middlesex,Massachusetts
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Son of Thomas Cutler
Husband of Anna Cutler; Mary Cutler and Phoebe Cutler
Father of James Cutler; Hannah Winter; Elizabeth Cutler; Mary Coller; Elizabeth Parmenter and 11 others
Half brother of Robert Cutler; Thomas Cutler; Elizabeth Cutler; (No Name); Alice Cutler and 4 others

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About James Cutler

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James Cutler ca 1608 - , Watertown, Massachusetts

Arrived to America in 1634. Shortly after arriving, in 1634, at the age of 28, he married Anne Cakebread who had been so "tantalized and tormented for her Puritanism" in England that she and her sister had come alone and unattended to the Puritan Colonies. Her sister married Ensign Grout.

On November 6, 1635 his first child was born, and in that same year he had passed all necessary probation, been received as an inhabitant of Watertown, and had a home lot assigned him. This consisted of eight acres in the north part of town on the road to Belmont and was bounded by Common Street on the west, Pond Road on the north by Ellis Barron on the south, and Thomas Boylston on the east. In the first "great dividend." July 25, 1636, he was assigned 25 acres on Waltham Plain and 3 acres next to the river. In 1642 in the fourth division, he was assigned 82 acres from the farmlands and four other lots. After about ten years of marriage, during which time she bore four children, Anne died and was buried at Watertown on September 30, 1644. Later that winter daughter Elizabeth died. Neighbor Thomas King and one of his daughters also died, leaving a widow Mary and two small daughters. On March 9, 1645 James and Widow Mary King were married. In 1648 James built the first house in Cambridge Farms, a remote area about eight miles to the northwest of Watertown. It was on a beautiful farm with an extensive view on what today is Wood Street in Lexington, Massachusetts (the name having been changed from Cambridge Farms to Lexington in about 1710). While he maintained some contact with Watertown, being chosen town surveyor in 1651-2, he probably moved permanently to Cambridge Farms about 1651. The population of the Colonies had grown to about 51,700 by this time, and it is very possible that he was able to sell out favorably and generate capital by the move. James second wife Mary died about 1662, and he then married Phoebe Page, daughter of Thomas Page of Watertown, she being "past her prime." The rest of their days were spent uneventfully. James died on July 17, 1694, aged 88 years. His will had been made ten years earlier, in 1684 (and in the meantime his son James, Jr. had died in 1685). The will left lands to James, Jr. Thomas and Samuel. To the rest of the children he gave equal portions of the rest of his estate, taking into consideration the value of specified gifts of land, goods and money previously given. He must have given his children generous endowments prior to this time, but his estate still amounted to slightly over £108. He was known as a diligent honest persevering man of very kindly and generous instincts." The children of James and Anne Cutler: 1. JAMES BORN AT WATERTOWN NOVEMBER 6, 1635. SEE FOLLOWING. 2. Hannah born July 26, 1638, married about 1660 John Winter Jr, had nine children, and died between 1685 and 1689. 3. Elizabeth born January 28, 1639, buried December 30, 1644. 4. Mary born March 29, 1644, married John Coller, Jr.

The children of James and Mary Cutler (second wife): 5. Elizabeth born July 22, 1646, married about 1667 John Parmenter 3rd. 6. Thomas, born about 1648, married about 1673 Abagail ---- and died at Lexington, July 13, 1722. 7. Sarah, born about 1653, married by 1673, Thomas Waite, and died at Weston in 1743. 8. Joanna born about 1660, married June 19, 1680 Philip Russell, and died November 26, 1703. 9. Jemima, born about 1661, married on September 22, 1697 Zerubbabel Snow had nine children, and died March l5, 1744.

The children of James and Phoebe Cutler (third wife): 10. John, born March 19, 1663, married on January 1, 1693, Mary Stearns, and died September 21, 1714. 11. Samuel, born November 8, 1664. 12. Phoebe, no records available.

Excerpt from History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, from the Grant of Dorchester Canada to ... By Ezra Scollay Stearns

“ James Cutler, the immigrant ancestor of one branch of the Cutler Families of this country, was born in England 1806, and probably was married to his wife Anna before he left England. He was in Watertown in 1635, where he was admitted an inhabitant and a lot of land was assigned to him. About 1650 he sold his land in Watertown and removed to Cambridge Farms and at a point which is now Bedford. His wife Anna died Sept. 30, 1644; he married (2nd) March 9, 1645, Mary King, widow of Thomas King of Watertown. She died Dec 7, 1654, and he married (3rd) Phebe Page, daughter of John and Phebe Page. He died May 17, 1794, aged 88 years. Thomas Cutler, the sixth of the twelve children of the emigrant ancestor and the eldest son of the second wife, was born abt 1648. He was styled a lieutenant and was a constable, assessor, and selectmen of Lexington. He died July 13, 1722. By wife Abigail he had seven children and among them was Jonathon Cutler, born 1688. He married August17, 1710, Abigail Bigelow, born May 7, 1687, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Flagg) Bigelow of Watertown. He removed to Connecticut, residing in Colchester and Killingly now Thompson. He married (2nd) Abigail Dewing of Bellingham and it appears that he was a resident of Bellingham a short time about 1727. “

-------------------- 1. James Cutler, born in England in 1606, settled as early as 1634 in {1}Watertown, Mass., where the first record of the family name in New England is to be found, and was one of the original grantees of land in the northerly part of the town, on the road to Belmont. He married Anna _____, tradition says a sister of {2}Capt. John Grout's wife, both of whom were so opposed and tantalized in England for their Puritanism, that they resolved to seek their fortunes in New England, and came unattended by parents or near friends. There is no authentic record by which to fix the year of James Cutler's arrival here. His first child, James, was born "ye 6th day 9th month 1635." He had that year passed all necessary probation, had been received an inhabitant of Watertown, and had a house-lot assigned him. It contained eight acres, bounded east by Thomas Boylston, west and north by a highway, i. e., by Common street and Pond road, south by Ellias Barron.

{1}Watertown, situated six miles west of Boston, was settled in July, 1630, by Sir Richard Saltonstall, with a large number of emigrants, and Rev. George Phillips as their paster, who sailed from the Isle of Wight, April 8, of that year, in the ships Arbella, Jewell, Ambrose and Talbot, arriving in Salem J line 12, 13, 18, and July 2, respectively. Soon after their arrival, June 17, a party, including Gov. John Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltonstall, started out to explore the country about the bay, for the purpose of selecting a place for settlement. Having chosen the peninsular of Charlestown, they returned to Salem, and, as soon as preparations could be made for their accommodation, the passengers of the Hcet proceeded to Charlestown. That their stay here was brief is evident from the fact that a church was organized in Watertown, July 30, when forty men, with Sir Richard at the head, signed the covenant.

{2}Capt. John Grout m., first, Mary , and, second, Sarah, widow of Thomas Cakebread; he removed to Sudbury, where he d., 1697.

In the first "great divide" (that is, general division of land), July 25, 1636, he was assigned twenty-five acres, and three acres in the further plain (now Waltham), next to the river. In 1642, from the farm lands, he had assigned him eighty-two acres in the fourth division, and four other lots. October 2, 1645, he was one of the petitioners "in relation to Nashaway plantation, now Weston." December 13, 1649, James Cutler and Nathaniel Bowman, for £70, bought of Edward Goffe 200 acres in Cambridge Farms, adjoining Rock Meadow, and near to or adjoining Waltham, "payable in instalments of £10 annually, in money, cattle, hogs, wheat, pease, rice Indian corn or barlie, at the dwelling house of Edward Goffe, in Cambridge," and payment secured by mortgage. March 4, 1651, Cutler sold his share (100 acres) to Bowman for £39. About this time, he settled at Cambridge Farms (now Lexington), on what is now known as Wood street, near the place where William Hartwell resides, not far from the Concord (now Bedford) line. A part of the farm has been in the family until recently, when it was sold by the heirs of Leonard Cutler. He is supposed to have built one of the first houses at the Farms; vestiges of the cellar still remain. The house was located some thirty rods from the present highway, on an elevation commanding an extensive view. {4}James Cutler buried his first wife, Anna, September 30, 1644, and married, second, March 9, 1645, Mary, widow of {5}Thomas King. She died December 7, 1654, and he married his third wife, Phoebe, daughter of John Page, about 1662.

{4}James Cutler and others signed a petition to the General Court, in October. 1682, to be set oil'as a distinct parish, having no ministry without going from five to ten miles. The people of Cambridge zealously opposed the separation and the passage of the petition was not granted. The oldest paper upon the records at Lexington is a subscription list, in 1691, for the purpose, of erecting a meeting-house in the precinct. It was signed by forty one persons, among whom were Thomas Cutler, £2; James Cutler, £1; John Cutler, 12s.; and a lax bill for salary for the minister, from May 1, 1692, to May 1, 1693 : John Cutler, 10s. 6d.; Thomas Cutler, 18s. od.

{5}Thomas King, aged 15, embarked at Ipswich, April, 1634, with John Barnard's family; he m. Mary, and d. at Watertown, December 3, 1644.

Mr. Cutler was too remote from Watertown, and especially from Cambridge, to have admitted of his serving in town affairs in either place. He made his will November 24,1684, at Cambridge Farms, being then seventy-eight, and died May 17, 1694, aged eighty-eight years. In his will, he bequeathed to his son James Cutler a parcel of land on the north side of the brook and meadow, adjoining land which he had formerly sold him, and ten acres of meadow in the "great meadow,'" and a small parcel of meadow of the upper end of his home meadow as his portion of his estate. To his son Thomas Cutler, twenty acres of upland and meadow, in addition to fifteen acres of meadow previously given him; to his son Samuel Cutler, twenty acres of land, more or less, as may appear by deed under his hand and seal; to the rest of his children, including the two children of his former wife, widow of Thomas King, and to his sons Thomas and John, equal portions of the balance of his estate, notice being made that he had given to John Collar, (the husband of his daughter Mary), twenty acres of upland, and to Richard Parks, (husband of his step-daughter Sarah King), £6 5s.; to his daughter, the wife of John Parmenter, £7 and a cow; to his daughter Sarah Waite, a mare and cow; to Mary Johnson, £5; to Hannah Winter, £5; to his daughter Joanna Russell a featherbed and bolster and coverlid and an iron pot, and to his daughter Jemima, his feather bed and bolster and all that belongs to it; that these things be accounted a part of his estate; that his sons Thomas Cutler, John Cutler and Samuel Cutler have his house and lands not formerly disposed of, paying to the rest of his children their several parts, according to his will, in three annual payments; and that Thomas and John should be his executors. His will was proved August 20, 1694. Such is the brief, unvarnished record of the James "Cuttler,"' who came to New England 250 years ago. There is no direct testimony as to his character, bis social standing, or his intelligence. That he was honest and persevering, however, is evident by bis acquisition of lauds and payment for the same. His early investment with full citizenship shows he had established a fair reputation among his fellow-townsmen; while the provisions of his will, whereby sons-in-law and step-children share in his estate, manifest a large and liberal spirit. Are we not justified in finding here a worthy progenitor of our family? The births of his first five children are recorded at Watertown as follows:

John Page, with wife Phoebe, came from Dedham, Eng., in 1630; he d. at Watertown, December 18, 1676.

i. "James,2 ye son of James and Anna Cuttler, b. ye 6th day 9th mo. 1635;" d. at Cambridge Farms (now Lexington) July 31, 1685.

ii. "Hannah, ye dau. of James and Anna Cuttler, his wife, b. ye 26th day 5th mo. 1638;" m. John Winter, Jr., who d. at Camb. Farms, Jan. 18, 1690. His will, dated Dec. 12, 1689, makes no mention of his wife, who probably d. before him, but speaks of sons John,3 Thomas,3 and Samuel,3 and daus. Sarah,3 Hannah,3 and Mary.3 Joseph3 Winter d. at Camb. Farms Dec. 10, 1689, and his is the first death mentioned in the Lexington records.

iii. "Elizabeth, b. ye 28th day 11th mo. 1640; d. Oct. 30, 1644."

iv. " Mary, b. ye 29"1 day 3rd mo. 1644;" m. John Collar, as his second wife; removed to Sudbury, probably.

v. " Elizabeth, b. y* 20th day 5th mo. 1646;" m. John Parmenter, 3d, of Sudbury. Had: 1. Sarah3 Parmenter, b. Aug. 20, 1668; m. Edmund Bowker in 1688. 2. Mary3 Parmenter, b. Oct. 15,1670; m. Bennett. 3. Elizabeth3 Parmenter, b. Dec. 9, 1642; m. Garfield. 4. John3 Parmenter, Jr., b. April 9, 1678; m. (1) Martha , who d.; and his intention of marriage with Mehitable, widow of Daniel Livermore of Weston, was published Dec. 27, 1728. He had: Samuel,4 Submit,4 Jonathan,4 Silence,4 Martha,4 Deliverance,4 Joshua,4 Caleb,4 Nathaniel4 and John.4 5. Joseph3 Parmenter, b. Aug. 24,1685; m. Lydia Rice in 1717. Had: John,4 Lydia,4 Elizabeth,4 Peter,4 Jason,4 Rebecca4 and Thankful.4

vi. Thomas, b. about 1648; d. at Lexington, July 13, 1722.

vii. Sarah, b. 1653; m., in 1673, Thomas Waight of Camb. Farms, b. in 1641. They settled at Weston, Mass., where he d., Jan. 3, 1722; she d. Jan. 17, 1744, aged 91. They joined the church by letter from Watertown, Feb. 2,1690. Had: T. Richard3 Waight, b. Jan. 29, 1674-5; d. Oct. 5, 1690. 2. Phcebe3 Waight, b. July 6, 1676. 3. Thomas3 Waight, b. March 7, 1677-8. 4. John3 Waight, b. Feb. 16, 1680-1; d. Aug. 24, 1691. 5. Joseph5 Waight, b. Feb. 4, 1682-3; d. in Worcester, Oct. 5, i758, aged 71. He had by wife Sarah: 1. Priscilla4 Waight, b. April 14, 1707; m. Charles Adams. 2. John4 Waight. 3. Rebecca4 Waight, who m. Curtis. 6. Sarah3 Waight, b. Jan. 13, 1687-8; m., Aug. 14, 1712, Ebenezer Allen (his second wife). 7. Mary3 Waight, b. Jan. 20, 1689-90. 8. Richard3 Waight, b. June 25, 1691. 9. Abigail3 Waight, b. Dec. 3, 1697; m., Sept. 18, 1718, Solomon Temple of Concord, Mass.

viii. Joanna, b. abt. 1660; m., April 19, 1680, Philip, son of William Russell; she d. Nov. 26, 1703. Ch.: 1. James3 Russell, b. abt. 1681. 2. Joanna3 Russell, b. Dec. 20, 1683; m. Wm. Munroe. 3. William3 Russell, b. July 23, 1686. 4. Philip3 Russell, b. Sept. 18, 1688. 5. Samuel3 Russell, b. Jan. 12, 1690-1. 6. Jemima3 Russell, b. 1692; m. William Locke. 7. Thomas3 Russell, bapt. July 3, 1698. 8. Abigail3 Russell, b. Sept. 11, 1700; m. David Sprague of Charlestown.

4. ix. John, b. May 19, 1663; d. Sept. 21, 1714.

x. Samuel, b. Nov. 18, 1664; his death was commemorated by his brother John.

xi. Jemima, who m., Sept. 22, 1697, Zerubabel Snow.

xii. Phoebe, who was unm. in 1684.

Source: From A Cutler memorial and genealogical history: containing the names of a large proportion of the Cutlers in the United States and Canada, and a record of many individual members of the family, with an account also of other families allied to the Cutlers by marriage, pages , published by Press of E. A. Hall & Co., 1889, 665 pages. Downloaded May 2011 from

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James Cutler's Timeline

May 21, 1605
Sproughton, Suffolk, UK
Age 5
Ashby La Zouch, Blackfordby, Leicester, England
Age 5
Ashby La Zouch, Blackfordby, Leicester, England
November 6, 1635
Age 30
Watertown, Middlesex, MA
Age 29
May 26, 1638
Age 33
Cambridge Farms, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
November 28, 1640
Age 35
March 9, 1644
Age 38
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
March 29, 1644
Age 38
Watertown, MA, USA
March 9, 1645
Age 39
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA