Obadiah Eddy (1645 - 1727) MP

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Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA
Occupation: Shoemaker, shoemaker
Managed by: Margaret Eddy
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About Obadiah Eddy

Obadiah Eddy was born in 1645 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts and on 6 Nov 1727 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Parents: Samuel Eddy (1608-1687) and Elizabeth Savory (1608-1689). All of Obadiah’s siblings were born in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Married:

  1. Bennett Ellis between 1668 and 1672, also in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Bennett was 24 years old; she was 21 and had been born 27 Feb 1648. She was the daughter of John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman. Bennett had been born in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Bennett’s father was also English-born, but it is not known when he came to Massachusetts or where his wife, Bennett’s mother, was born. Bennett died 21 Jan 1702 in Bristol County, Massachusetts, at the age of 53.
  2. He may have married Sally Ellis (a sister of Bennett’s?) after Bennett died in 1702.
   

Bennett and Obadiah had a dozen children, all of them born in Massachusetts, but in several different cities. They were:

  1. •John b. 22 Mar 1699 in (probably) Plymouth, Massachusetts
  2. •Hazadiah b. 18 Apr 1672 in (probably) Plymouth, Massachusetts
  3. •Benjamin b. 1673 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts [see below]
  4. •Samuel b. 1674 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  5. •Zachariah b. ABT 1677 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
  6. •Bennet b. ABT 1678 in Middleborough, Massachusetts
  7. •Joel b. ABT 1678 in Halifax, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  8. •Jabez b. 1679 in Carver, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  9. •Mercy b. ABT 1680 in Carver, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  10. •Hannah b. 1681 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  11. •Elizabeth b. 1683 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  12. •Mary b. ABT 1684 in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  

Notes

One can speculate as to why they moved to numerous towns: one idea being that Obadiah’s occupation was not a farmer or a merchant but rather something that took him from town to town. A salesman, perhaps. However, the primary occupations at that time were farming, fishing, and lumbering. If Obadiah worked other men’s land, he would have possibly moved from place to place.

They did, however, remain in Plymouth County throughout most of their lives with only a few years in Hampshire County, the farthest they got from Plymouth. Plymouth County is located on the east side of the state, a part of the “boot” peninsula extending south of the main part of the state (darkened area in the map above). Bennett was born in Barnstable County, an adjacent county, and died in Bristol County, another adjacent county.

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Obadiah Eddy's Timeline

1645
1645
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA
1663
1663
Age 18
Middleboro, Plymouth, MA, USA
1668
1668
Age 23
Bristol Co.,MA
1669
March 22, 1669
Age 24
Middleboro, Plymouth, Ma
1673
July 5, 1673
Age 28
Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1675
1675
Age 30
Middleborough, Plymouth, MA, USA
1676
1676
Age 31
Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1677
1677
Age 32
Carner, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1677
Age 32
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1678
1678
Age 33
Plymouth, Massachusetts