Rebecca Elizabeth Palmer (Short) (1607 - 1671) MP

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Birthplace: Parham, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
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About Rebecca Elizabeth Palmer (Short)

William PALMER Born: Oct 1590 Place: Parham, Somerset, , England Christened: 9 Oct 1590 Place: Also Of, London, Somerset, England Died: 10 Nov 1661 Place: Stonington, New London, Ct -Or- Charlestown, Suffolk, Ma Buried: Mar 1637/1638 Place: Wequetequock, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Married: 1606/1608 Place: , Somerset, England

Father: William PALMER (AFN:84V8-ML) Family Mother: Elizabeth VERNEY (AFN:84V7-MG)

Wife's Name Ann Elizabeth Mrs PALMER (AFN:9CPV-71) Pedigree Born: 1589 Place: , London, Middlesex, England Died: 1628 Place: Of, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Married: 1606/1608 Place: , Somerset, England

Children 1. Sex Name M Jonas Or Jonah PALMER (AFN:GG6B-VW) Pedigree Born: 1618 Place: Of, London, Middlesex, England

Died:  	22 Jun 1709 		Place:  	Of, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts 	

2. Sex Name M Jonas PALMER (AFN:LVZQ-NV) Pedigree Born: 1617 Place: Of, Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass

3. Sex Name F Elizabeth PALMER (AFN:7TW1-L0) Pedigree Born: 1619 Place: Of, Charleston, Suffolk, Ma Christened: Place: Or, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Died: Aft 26 1677 Oct Place: , , Conn

4. Sex Name M Gershom PALMER (AFN:FVN3-5K) Pedigree Born: 1612 Place: Of, Charleston, Suffolk, Ma Died: 27 Mar 1697 Place:

5. Sex Name M Jonas (Jonah) Jonah PALMER (AFN:K7X4-0H) Pedigree Born: Bef 1 1632 Jun Place: Of Rehoboth, Bristol, Ma Died: 22 Jun 1709 Place: , Rehoboth, Bristol, Ma

6. Sex Name

M John PALMER (AFN:9CPV-9C) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	1615 		Place:  	Of, Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass 	
 	  	Christened:  			Place:  	Or, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts 	
 	  	Died:  	24 Aug 1677 		Place:  	, Charlestown, Suffolk, Ma 	

7. Sex Name

M William PALMER (AFN:JRTF-92) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	9 May 1612 		Place:  	Of, Charleston, Suffolk, Ma 	
 	  	Christened:  			Place:  	Or, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts 	
 	  	Died:  	27 Mar 1697 		Place:  	., Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut 	

8. Sex Name

F Grace PALMER (AFN:597T-JP) Pedigree

 	  	Born:  	9 May 1612 		Place:  	Engl, Or Charleston, England, Ma 	
 	  	Christened:  	9 May 1612 		Place:  	Or, Charleston, Suffolk, Massachusetts 	
 	  	Died:  	12 Oct 1690 		Place:  	., Stonington, New London, Connecticut 	
 	  	Buried:  	1690 		Place:  	Wequetequock Cem, Stonington, New London, Ct 

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Walter was married for a second time to Rebecca Short of Roxbury on June 1, 1633. They were married in Roxbury Church, of which she was a member and Rev. John Eliot its Minister. She was one of the first members of his church upon her arrival in America in 1632. Roxbury was generally settled by the people from Essex and Hertfordshire under the leadership of the Rev. John Eliot who had been the Vicar of Nazeing. Reverend Eliot's records of the Roxbury First Church state: "Rebeckah Short, a maide srvant, she came in the yeare 1632 and was married to Walter Palmer a Godly man of Charlestown Church." Rebecca was to give birth to seven additional children giving Walter a total of twelve.

Source:

1. Walter Palmer Socitey.

2. "Walter Palmer" by Doris Palmer Buys, p. 20.

3. History of Stonington CT, by Wheeler, page 506.

     Rebecca came to this country in 1632

Walter Palmer, by Doris Palmer Buys, page 20.

    "On 1 June 1633 Walter, his daughter Grace, and his future wife, Rebecca Short, joined Charlestown First Church, Rebecca transferring from the Roxbury Church. She may have been one of the young people whose parents died on the voyage to America and who were put in the care of some family here -- 'bound out' until they were of age. Unlike the Southern states, New England would accept no women of uncertain origin, and the fact that Rebecca was immediately admitted a member of the Roxbury Church and became the wife of an important man shows that she was not an ordinary maid servent."
    Page 47,
    Rebecca Short (daughter of Thomas Short. (according to research manuscripts of Dr. Byron Smith Palmer) a member of the Roxbury Church. The Rev.
John Eliot was Minister of the Church where they were married. (the handwritten manuscripts of Dr. Palmer have no reference.)

DIARY OF THOMAS MINOR, by Thomas Minor, page 104.

    Died 15 Jul 1671. 

More About REBECCA SHORT:

Burial: Wequetequock Burying Ground, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut

Marriage Notes for WALTER PALMER and REBECCA SHORT:

Married in Roxbury Church, Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk County, MA by Rev. John Eliot.

More About WALTER PALMER and REBECCA SHORT:

Marriage: June 01, 1633, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

 Children of WALTER PALMER and REBECCA SHORT are:
            vi.   HANNAH2 PALMER, b. Bef. June 15, 1634; d. Aft. August 25, 1681, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; m. (1) THOMAS HEWITT, April 26, 1659, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; b. 1630, England; d. 1662, at sea; m. (2) ROGER STERRY, December 27, 1671, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; b. 1630, England; d. December 27, 1671, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; m. (3) JOHN FISH, August 25, 1681, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; b. England; d. Abt. 1687.
Notes for HANNAH PALMER:

HISTORY OF STONINGTON CT, by Wheeler, page 418 & 419.

    Pending the session of the General Court of Connecticut in 1670, a hearing was had for the consideration of a petition of Mrs Hannah Hewitt, the widow of Thomas Hewitt, for liberty to marry again, setting fortha that she had not heard from her late husband for the space of eight years, and better, and her neighbors also testifying that the said Hewitt had so long been absent and that they had not heard of him, or the vessel or company he went with since their departure. "The court having considered the premises, declare that the said Hannah Hewitt is at liberty to marry again if she see cause."
    So on the 27th day of December 1671, she was united in marriage with Roger Sterry. He d. before 1680; she m. 3d. John Fish Aug. 25, 1681, she being his 3d wife.

WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN & REHOBOTH, MASS. & STONINGTON, CONN., Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly researched by Doris Palmer Buys, page 77.

    She was bapt. 15 Jun 1634 in First Church in Charlestown, MA (The First Record-Book  of The First church in Charlestown" page 202 records the baptism of "Hanna Palmer the daughter of Gualter Palmer and of Rebeckah his wife" as reprinted in and issue of NEHGR, Volume 25, page 147, in April of 1871) The first daughter and first four sons of this couple were born during the years they resided together in Charlestown, MA, from June 1633 until 1643.
    Hannah removed with her parents to Rehoboth, MA, in 1643 and thereafter to Stonington CT, in 1653. She married (1st) Thomas Hewitt on 26 Apr 1659 in Stonington; he was lost at sea and on 27 Dec 1671 Hannah married Roger Sterry who died before 1680; she married 3rd John Fish on 25 Aug 1681 as his 3rd wife.

REFERENCES: Genealogy: PG/p.25---Dr. BSP/p. 7-PF/p.16---STER./pp. 4,5 HIST. STON. pp.418, 419.

    Hannah was evidently born early in May or in early June of 1634, based on the fact that she was baptised in the First Church of Charlestown on 4th month 15th day 1634 which according to the time meant 15 Jun 1634. Whe went with her parents to "Antient" Rehoboth and Stonington, where she married her first husband Thomas Hewitt. He established a West India Trade and in the year 1662 started out on a voyage and was never heard from again.
    His widow, Hannah, petitioned the General Court of Connecticut for liberty to re-marry, and this was granted on 27 Dec 1671, and she married her second husband Roger Sterry. There is no record of his death other than that he died previous to 1680, and that she then married for her third husband John Fish on 25 Aug 1681 and in turn was his third wife. There is an interesting ante-nuptial contract among the Stonington records, made at the time of his final marriage to Hannah Palmer. He was at the time the schoolmaster at Stonington and acted temporarily as town clerk. He was a land surveyor, and himself owned considerable grants of land. Both John Fish and his son Samuel, were among the volunteers who joined the esxpedition against King Philip in 1675, and were present at the Great Swamp fight. At his death his son Samuel was his principal heir. Hannah probably resided her entire life in Stonington.

DESCENDANTS OF CAPTAIN THOMAS HEWITT OF STONINGTON, CONN.. Compiled by Virginia Hewitt Watterson, 1996. Found in the Joseph Smith Library, Salt Lake City, Ut. Page 1.

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More About HANNAH PALMER:

Christening: June 15, 1634, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts


Notes for ROGER STERRY:

DESCENDANTS OF CAPTAIN THOMAS HEWITT OF STONINGTON, CONN.. Compiled by Virginia Hewitt Watterson, 1996. Found in the Joseph Smith Library, Salt Lake City, Ut. Page 1.

WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN & REHOBOTH, MASS. & STONINGTON, CONN., Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly researched by Doris Palmer Buys, page 77.

    Following the lapse of eight years, his widow petitioned the General Court of Connecticut in 1670 for permission to marry again and her petition was granted. On 27 Dec 1671 Hannah and roger Sterry were merried and had two children before he died previous to 1680.
More About ROGER STERRY and HANNAH PALMER:

Marriage: December 27, 1671, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut


Notes for JOHN FISH:

WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN & REHOBOTH, MASS. & STONINGTON, CONN., Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly researched by Doris Palmer Buys, page 77.

    Hannah married 25 Aug 1681 John Fish as his 3rd wife and continued to reside the remainder of her life in Stonington. She was about the age of forty-seven when she married for the 3rd time and had no children by John Fish. His surviving children were by his first wife.
    John Fish was a land surveyor and laid out some of the public grants in Stonington; his brother-in-law, Gershom Palmer, was associated with him in such work in 1680 and 1681. (Wheeler page 371) When and where Hannah died has not been ascertained.
More About JOHN FISH and HANNAH PALMER:

Marriage: August 25, 1681, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut


           vii.   ELIHU PALMER, b. Bef. January 25, 1635/36; d. September 05, 1666, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut.
More About ELIHU PALMER:

Christening: January 25, 1635/36, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts


          viii.   NEHEMIAH PALMER, b. November 27, 1637, Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk Co, MA; d. February 17, 1716/17, Stonington, New London Co., CT; m. HANNAH LORD STANTON, November 20, 1662, Stonington, New London Co., CT; b. 1644, Hartford, Hartford County, CT; d. October 17, 1727, Stonington, New London Co., CT.

            ix.   MOSES PALMER, b. April 06, 1640, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. July 06, 1701, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut; m. DOROTHY GILBERT, 1672; b. 1650, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut.

More About MOSES PALMER and DOROTHY GILBERT:

Marriage: 1672


            x.   BENJAMIN PALMER, b. May 30, 1642, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 10, 1716, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. 

Notes for BENJAMIN PALMER:

THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, Vol. XII, 1859, page 28.

More About BENJAMIN PALMER:

Burial: Wequetequock Burying Ground, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut

Christening: June 06, 1642, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts


            xi.   GERSHOM PALMER, b. Bef. June 16, 1644, Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; d. September 27, 1718, Stonington, New London Co., CT; m. ANN DENISON, November 28, 1667, Stonington, New London Co., CT; b. Bef. May 20, 1649; d. November 17, 1706, Stonington, New London Co., CT.
Notes for GERSHOM PALMER:

HISTORY OF STONINGTON CT, by Wheeler, page 509.

WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN AND REHOBOTH, MA & STONINGTON CT, a 400-Year (1585-1985) Family History, Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly Researched by Doris Palmer Buys, pages 103-4.

    Following the path of his parents, brothers and sisters, Gershom was devoutly religious and he and his wife, Ann, were admitted 19 Aug 1677 to the First Congregational Church at Stonington (known as "The Road Church") according to the church records.
    In 1675 Gershom Palmer, then aged theiry-one years, particiated in King Philip's War and served as a lieutenant of a Stonington company. The Pyron Plamer typescript manuscripts, page 997, "His name appears as a soldier in that war on the records of the town of Voluntown, which town was given by the General Court of Conn. to the soldiers of that war."
    The comprehensive account of that conflict was written by George Madison Bodge, A.B. in his book entitled "Soldiers in King Philip's War" reprinted in 1976 by Genealogical Publishing Co., of Baltimore, Maryland. In a chapter headed "The Narraganset Townships, Grantees and Claimants" page 406, is recorded on 10th December 1675 a proclamation was made to the soldiers, in the name of the Governor of the Mass. Colony that "if they took the fort and drove the enemy out of the Narraganset country, . . . they should have a gratuity of land, besides their wages."
    On 4 June 1685 (ten years later) a petition was presented to the General Court in session at Boston for the grant of land which had been promised byt many years passed before this was accomplished.
    On 5 June 1684 Gershom received from his brothers Nehemiah, Moses and Benjamin, 500 acres of land in Stonington as part of their father's estate. (Town Records, Vol. 1, page 129).

ELDRED AND ASSOCIATED FAMILIES, Researched by: Catherine Matson & Clarice McNiven, Compiled by: Carol & Susan Matson, pp. 102.

    Gershom Palmer on 5 Jun 1684 received from his brothers, Nehemiah, Moses and Benjamin 500 acres of land in Stonington, CT as a part of their partent's estate. Also on 3 May 1693 was laid out to Lt. Gershom 50 acres, then 100 acres, and then another 50 acres. On 23 Dec 1708, he have his sons George and Walter all his farm, they to allow him, for the rest of his natural life, one-third of the produce of the land, to dwell in the east end of the new dwelling house, and they were to fulfill the agreement he made his new wife, Elizabeth, before their marriage. This agreement was drawn up 1 Nov 1707, but on 16 Jun 1718 he made another deed, in which he states that he had, before marriage, agreed to give his wife 20 pounds before his own deceased and that he had ordered his sons to pay this, but since he had been boarding his wife's 2 daughters for some time he had caused different arrangements to be made. Ann (Borodell) Denison's mother, Mrs. Ann Denison, was of a fine old family and from her, young Ann inherited such stately and gracious manners that she was commonly called "Lady Ann."

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More About GERSHOM PALMER:

Burial: September 30, 1718, Wequetequock Burying Ground, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut

Notes for ANN DENISON:

DENISON GENEALOGY, by Denison, Peck & Jacobus, page 1, 2.

THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, Vol. XII, 1859, page 27.

WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN AND REHOBOTH, MA & STONINGTON CT, a 400-Year (1585-1985) Family History, Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly Researched by Doris Palmer Buys. pages 106.

    Most published records give the year as 1694 as the year of the deathof Gershom's first wife, Ann, merely adding that he thereafter married the widow Mrs. Elizabeth (Peck) Mason. The Wheeler Chronology of families, page 461, in Stonington gives 30 Mar 1705 as the date of death of Elizabeth's husband, Jamor Samuel Mason and the year 1699 as the birthdate of her last child by him.
    Manasseh Minor's Diary records for 20 March 1704/5 'mr John masan departed." and also records for 17 November 1706 "Deaken pallmors wife dyed;" and on 18 November "She was buryed."
    page 109.
    The January 1859 publication for the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (the Register) had an article by J. D. Champlin, Jr., of Stonington entitled "Ancient Burial-Ground at Stonington" in which he set forth the inscriptions taken from some of the very early markers in the Wequetequock Burial Yard, pages 23 to 29. In addition to those of Thomas Miner and his wife, Grace Palmer Miner, those included some of particular interet to those descended from Deacon Gershom Palmer although his was not included:
    "A rough unhewn stone, about fourteen inches wide and six feet long, and nearly imbedded in the turf, is supposed to mark the resting palce of Ann, wife of Gershom Palmer, it is inscribed simply -- Ann Palmer 

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Came from England in 1631 as a maid.

source of information compiled by Shirley J Palmer.

-ship records & will of mass. Bay Colony who came to america shortly after Plymouth Colony

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Came to America in 1632 as an indentured servant. -------------------- ..Rebecca SHORT & Walter PALMER were married in Roxbury Church, of which she was a member and Rev. John Eliot its Minister. She was one of the first members of his church upon her arrival in America in 1632. Roxbury was generally settled by the people from Essex and Hertfordshire under the leadership of the Rev. John Eliot who had been the Vicar of Nazeing. Reverend Eliot's records of the Roxbury First Church state: "Rebeckah Short, a maide srvant, she came in the yeare 1632 and was married to Walter Palmer a Godly man of Charlestown Church." Rebecca was to give birth to seven additional children giving Walter a total of twelve.

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