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Robert Moulton, Il

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Moulton and Alice Moulton
Husband of Abigail Moulton
Father of Abigail Bellflower; Robert Moulton, III; Hannah Flint; Samuel Moulton; John Moulton and 3 others
Brother of Dorothy Towsley

Occupation: Shipbuilder, Rector of church in Salem, Mass
Managed by: Gary Daniels
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About Robert Moulton, Il

Robert Moulton ll

  • Birth: Abt 1616
  • Immigration: 1629 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Married: Aft 20 Jan 1640/1641 to Abigail Goade
  • Death? abt Sep 1665. Will written 5 Sep 1665 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; 3 Oct 1665 Inventory Taken; 28 Nov 1665 Will proved.
  • from Robert Moulton, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

ROBERT, b. say 1616 (asks for a farm in 1637 [ STR 1:64]); m. by 1641 Abigail Goad (on about 20 January 1640/1 Lucy Downing, writing from Salem, to Margaret Winthrop, reported that "my maid Abigail is sudd enly to be married to Robert Moulton of this town" [ WP 4:306]; "my maid Abigail" is identified in a letter of the same date from Emmanuel Downing to John Winthrop as "my niece Nab Goade" [ WP 4:306]), daughter of John and Abigail (Downing) Goad [ TAG 74:305].


"The last will and testament of Robert moulton senir of Salem: I Robett Moulton of Salem senir beinge by gods hande on my sick bedd but of pfect memorie doe dispose of my estate as folioweth : vidz : I doe ordaine my wife my whole exeeurx of this my last will and testament and I giue and bequeath to my son Robert fiue pounds at my decease and to my daughr Abigaile fiue pounds sterlinge also my son Samuell to inioy all my lands within Readinge bounds buttinge on IpsMach riuer by estimation sixscore akers more or less; also I giue to my daughtr Hannah twentie pownds in neate Cattle to be pd at her day of marriage also I giue vnto my two yonger sons John and Joseph my now dwellinge house with all the lande and meadow with all othr apurtenances there vnto belonginge after the decease of my wife they payinge as a legasie to my two youngr daughr meriam and mary to each of them twentie pounds to be pd within one yeare after they com to posess it and in case either of my sons John or Joseph should die before theire mother then my will is that my son Samuell shall inioy the pt of my house and lande giuen to the ptie deceased and this I leaue as my last will and testament witnis my hande the 5th of Septembr 1665." -- Robert Moulton senior Witness: Henry Bartholomew, George Gardner, Samuell Gardner.

Proved in Salem court 28:9:1665 by Lt. George Garnder and Samuell Gardner Inventory taken 3:8:1665, by Samuell Gardner and Job Swinerton, jr., being by the widow:... (1)


  1. Estate of Robert Moulton, Sr. of Salem, in Massachusetts, Probate Court (Essex County). The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1916, 1917, 1920), v 2, p 20, Secondary quality
  2.   The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 27: 29, 1873.
  3.   Pierce, Frederick Clifton. Batchelder, Batcheller genealogy: descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler of England, a leading non- conformist, who settled the town of New Hampton, New Hampshire, and Joseph, Henry, Joshua and John Batcheller of Essex Co., Massachusetts. (Chicago, Ill. : : Press of W.B. Conkey Company, , 1898), Page 353, 1898.


-------------------- Robert Moulton died between 20 Feb 1654/5, when he signed his will, and 15 May 1655, when inventory was taken on his estate. He married Alice Unknown.

MacAllen suggests that, based on his connections, Robert may have been from Great Yarmouth or the area around it.

Robert Moulton was a master shipwright. He was hired by the Massachusetts Bay Company to take charge of the shipwrights who sailed with the Higgonshon fleet of 1629. "In a letter dated Gravesend, 17 April 1629, Gov. Craddock described Robert Moulton: 'We have sent six shipwrights of whom Robert Molton is chief...'"

He came to New England in 1629. He lived first in Salem, moved to Charlestown in 1630 and moved back to Salem in 1636.

He is on the 18 May 1631 list of those who took the oath of freemen. "Alice Molton" joined the church at Charlestown on 27 Dec 1632. Robert Moulton was deputy to the General Court from Charlestown on 14 May 1634 and 6 May 1635. He was the constable in Charlestown in 1634. He was Selectman on 10 Feb 1634/5. He was a lot layer and assessor on 9 Jan 1633/4. He was deputy from Salem on 18 Apr 1637. He was a Selectman in Salem in 1636 and 1637. He was auditor in 1637 and tythingman on 7 Jul 1644. He was on the committee to supervise the building of the seafort on 14 May 1634.

Robert Moulton was foreman of the jury at the 27 (10) 1636 and 3 (8) 1637 meetings of the Court at Salem; he was a member of the jury at the 25 (4) 1539, 24 (7) 1639, 29 (7) 1640 and 29 (4) 1641 meetings of the Court at Salem; on 6 (5) 1647 he was on the trial jury.

Robert Moulton was one of five Salem men disarmed for supporting Wheelwright and Hutchinson on 20 Nov 1637.

He was attorney for John Grant when John sued Isaac Allerton at the 3 (8) 1637 meeting of the Court at Salem. He was fined along with several others for keeping his cattle in the common corn field in Dec 1642.

Robert Moulton of Salem signed his will on 20 Feb 1654/5. He mentions his son Robert, his grandson Robert and his daughter Dorothy Edwards. He also left 20 shillings to Goodwife Buffum and 10 shillings to Joshua Buffum. The inventory was taken on 15 (3) 1655 and his estate amounted to 113£ 8 s. It included his farm; eight cows, five young cattle, two yearlings and seven lambs; seven books; shipwright's tools.

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Robert Moulton, Il's Timeline

February 1640
Age 24
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
May 22, 1642
Age 26
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
June 13, 1644
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
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Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 34
Salem, Massachesetts
April 25, 1654
Age 38
Salem, Massachesetts
January 20, 1655
Age 39
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 3, 1656
Age 40
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
June 15, 1661
Age 45
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts