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Robert Harrington

Birthplace: Southwold, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Arlington St C, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Harington, of Watertown and Ann Harrington
Husband of Sarah Harrington; Susannah Harrington and Sarah Harrington
Father of Susanna Cutting / Beers / Cloyes; John Harrington; Robert Herrendeen Harrington; George Harrington; Daniel Harrington and 8 others
Brother of Rebecca Watson

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About Robert Harrington

buried in Arlington St. Cemetery, Watertown.

Note: Robert Harrington's name is the last on the list of proprietors,made out 1642-44. He then owned a homestall, "given him byThomas Hastings." This gift renders it probable that he was a kinsman of Dea. Hastings. He was admitted a Freeman on May 27,1663, and he married Oct. 1, 1649, Susanna George, b. 1632, whod. July 6, 1694, and he died May 17, 1707. In his Will, datedJan. 1, 1704-5 (the day before the 3d marriage of his daughter Susanna), he mentions his sons John, Daniel, Benjamin, Samuel,Thomas, Edward (his youngest son, to whom he gave his homestead), and daughters Susanna Beers, Mary Bemis, Sarah Winship; Joseph, son of my son Joseph, deceased, and dr.-in-lawJoanna Ward, late wife of his son, Joseph. His inventory mentions 16 lots of land, amounting to 642.5 acres, and appraised at 717 pounds. Dec. 24, 1684 he bought of Jeremiah Dummer, a goldsmith, of Boston, and Anna, his wife, for 90pounds, the West or SW half (250 acres) of the Oldham Farm,where some of his descendants have continued to reside until the present time. Sept. 28, 1685 he gave to his son Joseph, 55 acresof land, which he bought of Simon Cooledge, Jan. 29, 1680 whichhe (S.C.) had bought of Simon Stone, and which he (S.S.) had bought of the widow and heirs of Rev. Henry Green, to whom ithad been granted by the town. It is very probable that all ofthe families of the nam e of Harrington in New England are descended from Robert, of Watertown. The are very numerous andwidely dispersed.

From: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worchester Countyvol1

The ship "Elizabeth" which sailed from England, April 10, 1634,had as one of its passengers Robert Harrington, born in England,1616. He settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was givena "homestall" by Deacon Thomas Hastings, probably a relative.Harrington's name appears last on the list of proprietors ofWatertown, made 1642 to 1644, at which time he owned the abovenamed "homestall." October 1, 1648, he married Susan, (orSusanna) George, daughter of John George, of Watertown. She wasat that time an orphan, the widow of Henry Goldstone being herguardian. She died July 6, 1694. He was admitted freeman May 27,1663, and died May 11, 1707, aged ninety-one years. His will,dated January 1, 1704, mentions sons--John, Daniel, Benjamin,Samuel, Thomas and Edward. To Edward he gave the homestead. Hiswill also mentions daughters, Susanna Beers, Mary Bemis, SarahWinship; his grandson, Joseph, son of Joseph, deceased, anddaughter-in-law, Joanna Ward, late wife of his deceased sonJoseph. His inventory mentions sixteen lots of land amounting tosix hundred and forty-seven and one-half acres, appraised atseven hundred and seventeen pounds. The estate included houseand mill, valued at one hundred and twenty pounds. The childrenof Robert and Susan (George) Harrington were: Susanna, bornAugust 18, 1649, married, February 9, 1671, John Cutting; John,August 24, 1651, died August 24, 1741; Robert, August 31, 1653,died young; George, November 24, 1655, was in Captain SamuelWadsworth's company and was killed by Indians at Lancaster,February, 1675; Daniel, November 1, 1657, died April 19, 1728;Joseph, December 28, 1659; Benjamin, January 26, 1661, died1724; Mary, January 12, 1663, married John Bemis; Thomas, April20, 1665, died March 29, 1712; Samuel, December 18, 1666;Edward, March, 1668; Sarah, March 10, 1670, married JosephWinship, Jr., November 24, 1687, and died November 28, 1710;David, June 1, 1673, died March 11, 1675.

B: 1 Oct 1616

Southwald, Suffolk, England

D: 17 May 1707

Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts

M: 10 Oct 1648

Watertown, MA

His name is last on the list of proprietors of Watertown, MA made 1642-1644. He then owned a homestall, "given him by Thomas Hastings." This gift makes it probable that he was a relative of Deacon Hastings.

He took the Oath of Fidelity in 1652.

Robert was admitted as a freeman on 5/27/1663 [List of Freemen of Massachusetts, Vol. IV. p. 416].

He was selectman for 15 years, from 1679-1700.

On 12/24/1684, he purchased from Jeremiah Dummer, a goldsmith from Boston, and Anna his wife for the sum of £90 the west or southwest half (250 acres) of the Oldham Farm on which descendants of his have continued to live until the present time. On 9/28/1685, he gave to his son Joseph 55 acres of land which he bought of Simon Cooledge 1/29/1679/80.

In his will, he mentions sons John, Daniel, Benjamin, Samuel, Thomas, Edward (his "youngest son" to whom he left his homestead) and daughters Susanna Beers, Mary Bemis, Sarah Winship, Joseph son of my son Joseph deceased and daughter-in-law Joanna Ward, wife of his late son Joseph.

His inventory mentions 16 lots of land amounting to 642½ acres, appraised at £717.

It is possible that all families of the Harrington name in New England descend from Robert [Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Vol. I, p. 272].

Part of the Puritan Great Migration

Arrived in the Massachusetts Colony 4/10/1634 on the ship "ELIZABETH"

Watertown marriages: Robert Herington & Susan George Maryed the first of October 1649 (Harris and Savage says Oct. 1, 1648, see also record below) _____________________________

From Early generations of the family of Robert Harrington of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1634, and some of his descendants, Frederick Lewis Weis, 1958:

ROBERT HARRINGTON, born probably in England about 1616, died at Watertown, Massachusetts, 17 May 1707, aged 91 years, having come to New England in the ship "Elizabeth," 10 April 1634. He married at Watertown, 1 October 1647, Susan George, born about 1632, died at Watertown, 6 July 1694, the daughter of John George of that town.

He took the oath of fidelity, 1652, and was admitted a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 27 May 1663, at which time he was undoubtedly a member of the First Church in Watertown, He was a proprietor of Watertown as early as 1642, and owned a homestall, "given him by Deacon Thomas Hastings" a kinsman or a generous patron. He was a member of Captain Hugh Mason's Watertown Train Band, 1652, the captain having been commissioned 5 May 1652; and Mr. Harrington served as Selectman of Watertown, fifteen years, between 1679 and 1700. (Society of Colonial Wars, Index of Ancestors, 1922, p. 221). Evidently he was a man of ability and highly respected by his fellow townsmen to be chosen so often for this important and responsible office. He was a mill owner and miller, and his house and mill were valued at £120, as shown by the original inventory of his estate.

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Robert Harrington's Timeline

October 1, 1616
Southwold, Suffolk, England
October 1, 1616
Southwold, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk, England
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk, England
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk Co., England, England
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk, England
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk Co., England, England
October 1, 1616
Southwald, Suffolk, England
August 18, 1649
Age 32
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States