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Edmund Bridges

Birthplace: Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Bridges, Sr. and Alice Bridges
Husband of Sarah Bridges and Sarah Towne Cloyce, Salem Witch Trials
Father of Mary Andrews; Benjamin Bridges; Caleb Bridges, Sr.; Edmund Bridges; Elizabeth Edmunds and 4 others
Brother of Hachaliah Bridges; Faith Black; Mehitable Bridges; John Bridges; Bethiah Peabody and 3 others
Half brother of Mary Dodge and Hannah Bridges

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About Sgt. Edmund Bridges

From the American Family History Page of Sarah Cloyes:

Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts

by Ellery Bicknell Crane

Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907

(II) Edmund Bridges, son of Edmund Bridges (l), was born in 1637 and died in 1682.

He settled in Topsfield. Massachusetts, removed thence to Salem in 1668. He was a farmer.

He married (first). January 11, 1660, Sarah Towne, daughter of William Towne.

She married (second) Peter Cloyes, Sr., and during the witchcraft delusion came near being hanged for a witch.

The children of Edmund and Sarah Bridges were:

Edmund, born October. 4, 1660, at Topsfield;

Benjamin, born January 2, 1664-5, settled at Framingham, Massachusetts;

Mary, born April, 1662, at Topsfield;

Hannah, born at Salem, June 9, 1669;

Caleb, born June 3, 1677, of whom later.


From Clyde Senger's research on the family of Edmund Bridges, the elder (first son was Sargent Edmund Bridges):

.... Edmund (or Edward 3, 22) BRIDGES, born ca 1612 (1,2,3,7,8,11,20,22) London England (9); died 13 Jan 1684-5 (1,3,5,6,7,8,11,16,22), at Ipswich (11,16i), Topsfield (13) or "probably in Lynn" (9),

will dated 6 (3,5,8) or 13 (2) Jan 1684-5 (2,3,5,8) (5 has 1694, an obvious error), Ipswich MA (5,7), proved 31 (5,8) or 3 (8 an obvious error) March 1685 (5,8);

came to America from London on the ship "James" (1,2,3,6,7,8,22), John May, master (3,8) in 13 (3) July (3,6,8,22) 1635 (1,2,3,6,7,8,11,19,20,22),

settled first in Lynn (1,2,7,8,11,19,20,22) where he was the first shoemaker (19). He was a blacksmith (3,7,22) and was made freeman 7 Sept 1639 (1,2,6,7,8,22).

Was in Saugus in 1636 (8).

Had removed to Rowley (22) by 1641 (7) or joined Rev. Ezekiel (8) Roger's (3,8) company there in 1639 (3,8) where he had a house (3,8) and blacksmith (8) on an acre and half lot (3,8) in 1643 (3).

Was in Ipswich by 1644 (3,8) or 1652 (7). Was apparently living in Ipswich as a subscriber to Denison's compensation, 1648 (5), commoner 1664 (5), in 1667 (7) and 1669 (7);

in Topsfield in 1660 (8), 1669 (7) and afterwards in Ipswich again (7) where he was a voter in town affairs 1679 (5).

He had three wives (7).

He married first

.... Alice ___ (1,2,3,6,7,11,22), born ca 1612 (13), of Salem (13), alive in 1641 (7) or apparently died before 1641 (2) or soon after arrival (8). Perhaps Alice's or Elizabeth's surname was MILLINTON (23).

He married second

.... Elizabeth (1,2,3,5,6,7,11) perhaps Elizabeth MANWARING (9,13) (an error according to 12).. She died 31 (3,5,7,8,16) Dec 1664 (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11,16), Ipswich (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11,16). An Edmond BRIDGES married 17 Sept 1639 Hackney, St. Johns London England Elizabeth MANWARING (24) and presumably had a child in London 12 Aug 1640 (24). This Edmond apparently is different from the one in New England but seems to be the source of the surname MANWARING.

He married third in Ipswich (3,16), 6 Apr 1665 (1,3,5,6,8,11,16

.... Mary (LANGTON) (12) or (LANCTON) (1,8) LITTLEHALE (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11,16), dau of Roger and Joan (___) LANGTON of Ipswich (12), prob (1,2,6) widow of Richard (1,2,3,5,6,8,11,12) of Haverhill (3,8), Ipswich (9) and Newbury (9) whom she married 15 Nov 1647 (9) and had 12 children (9). Her son John LITTLEHALE (8,11) was killed by indians at Bloody Brook 16 Sept 1675 (8) while serving under Captain John Lothrop (8), administration granted 25 Nov 1675 (5,8). She survived Edmund and died 24 Oct. 1691 (3,7,8,16,22), Ipswich (3,16i).

.. Children by 1st wife (1) (order of listing of children differs in various authors)

..*.i. Edmund BRIDGES (1,2,6,7,11),born ca 1637 (1,6,7,11)

...?. Edward BRIDGES (22) (for Edmund?)

..*.?. John BRIDGES (1,2,3,5,7,11), born 1644 (15) or 1650 (13 very unlikely, see his marriage date)

.. Children perhaps by 2nd wife (1,2)

....ii. Hackliah BRIDGES (1,2,6,7,11), born ca 1639 (25) who lived in Ipswich (7), and was lost at sea (1,2,7,17) ca 1671 (1,2,11), with letters of administration on his estate granted 8 Feb 1671-2 (6,7,17).

.....iii Mehitable BRIDGES or Mehetable BRIDGES or Mahatabell BRIDGES (1,2,3,6,7,11,22), born 26 March (1,3,6,7,11,16,22) 1641 (1,2,6,7,11,16,22) or 1640 (3), Rowley (1,2,3,7,16r), married

.......... Francis NURSE (9) (Jr.)

....?. Faith BRIDGES (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11,22), married

.......... Daniel (3,4,?6,7,?11) BLACK (1,2,3,4,6,7,11), born Scotland (4), between 1660 and 1664 (7), after courtship without her parents consent (4,Essex Ct. R., Sept., 1660 (3)). Was in Boxford 1684 (7) but does not appear to have owned land there (4). Did own a small tract in Topsfield in 1663 (4) but was considered poor and son Daniel was ordered by the court to help in 1688 (4). Daniel died 5 Dec 168? (4). At least 4 children between 1667 and 1674,

.......... Daniel BLACK

.......... Mehitable BLACK

.......... John BLACK

.......... Edmund BLACK

.......... perhaps a fifth, James BLACK who married about 1700 (4).

..*.?. Obadiah BRIDGES (1,2,6,7,11), born ca 1646 (1,2,6,7,11) .

....?. Bethiah BRIDGES (3,5,6,7) or Bethia BRIDGES (1,2,11), married 26 Oct (1,3,6,7,11,16) 1668 (3,6,7,11,16) or 1669 (1), Boxford and Topsfield (16),

.......... Joseph PEABODY (1,3,6,7,11,16) of Boxford (1,3,7), and was still his wife in 1684. Joseph, son of Francis PEABODY and Lydia (27), born ca 1644 Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH (27), died ca 1721 (27). He married second 4 Jan 1715

.......... Mary WHEELER (27), children (PEABODY) born Boxford, Essex Co., MA (27), Joseph born 16 Apr 1671; Johnathan born ca 1673, married Alice PEARL; Sarah, born 4 Sept 1676; Samuel, born 8 Apr 1678; Bethiah, born 3 Apr 1681; Lydia, born 4 Feb 1683; Alice, born 4 Jan 1685 (27)

...*.?. Josiah BRIDGES (1,2,3,5,6,7,11), born ca 1650 (3) or 1643 (25).

... Child possibly by 3rd wife (1,2)

....?. Mary BRIDGES (3,5,6,7,11,16), born 1654 (25) or 14 Apr 1667 (3,5,16), Ipswich (3,16), married

.......... John DODGE III of Beverly (7), 5 Dec 1666 (25) or before 1684 (7). Ipswich record is unclear as it does not give mothers name. Thus, she could be from Edmund Jr.


1. Savage, James. 1860-62 re 1977. Genealogical Dictionary of the First.Settlers of New England. 4 Vol. Gen. Publ. Co.

..... ..... (Bridges v 1, p 249, Littlehale, p 100, Towne, v 4, p 316).

2. Whittemore, Henry. Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America. (p 59, lists the following not otherwise cited in this list: Temple's Hist. of North Brookfield, Mass., 537; Draper's Hist. of Spencer, Mass., 179; Barry's Hist. of Framingham, Mass.,..... ..... 193; Demingsville M. E. Centen., 103; Eaton's Hist. of Thomaston, Me., 157; Powers' Hist. of Sangamon County, Ill., 138; Rockford Gen., 129; Stickney Gen., 451; N. E. Hist. and Gen. Reg. XXXVIII, 63).

3. Blodgette, George and Amos E. Jewett. 1933. Early settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts. ( p 42) (mentions Essex Probate, 304:123).

4. Perley, Sidney. 1880. The History of Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts; from the Earliest Settlement Known to the Present Time: a Period of Two Hundred And Thirty Years. Boxford, MA. (p 27-28 Robert Stiles, p 49-50 Daniel Black, p 70 Josiah).

5. Hammatt Abraham. 1881. Early inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts. (p 36-37 on my copy but another source gives p 40-41).

6. Pedigree of Bridges. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8:252. 1854.

7. Bridges genealogy. The Essex Antiquarian 12(1): 26-28.

8. Easterbrook, Miss Ruth. 1960. Bridges Genealogy including Britton..... DeNike: The Genealogy of Samuel Willard Bridges 1874-1943 and Caroline (Kate) Britton Bridges 1873-1958. Geo. H. Ellis Co., Boston.

9. Bridges (genealogy) Mrs. Don Shurts, 53 Lincoln Road, Tiffen. OH 44883 (listed only when no other source available).

10. Notes in Bernice Denterlein letter of 10 March 1980. 501 Anita St., Sp. 164, Chula VistaCA 92011; (listed only where no other source available).

11. Sheldon, George. 1895. History of Deerfield Massachusetts...... ..... Greenfield, MA., Press of E. A. Hall and Co. (vol 2 genealogies p 88).

12. Letter of 16 April 1982 from Paulyne Shurts, 53 Lincoln Rd, Tiffen, OH 44883.

13. Family Group Sheet on Edmund Bridges, Sr. from LDS library, Salt Lake City submitted by Dorothy S. Marcy. (only cited if sole source)

..... ..... Lists: Am 180 vol 14 p 117; Ess. Ant. vol 12 p 26; Early Settlers of Rowley p 42; N. E. Reg. vol 8 p 252; Am vol 13; Rowley Vit Rec p 32.

14. Family Group Sheet on Edmund Bridges, Jr. from LDS library, Salt Lake City submitted by Mrs. Arden D. Hale. (only cited if sole source)

..... ..... Lists: Gen. Dict. of First Settlers of N. E. vol 4-317; Enc. of Biog. 60.

15. Family Group Sheet on John Bridges, from LDS library, Salt Lake City submitted by Jessie M. Weller Glaspey. (only cited if sole source).

..... ..... Lists: 947 B2ne vol 8 p 252; Ess. Ant. vol 12 p 26, Me 20 vol 3 p 1604

16. Vital records of Massachusetts to 1849, a. Andover ( born p 78-80, m p 63- 4, died p 398); b. Boxford ( born p 16, m p 119); f. Framingham ( born p 31, m p 245, died p 414); i. Ipswich ( born p 45, m p 56, died 496); r. Roley ( born p 32-33, m p 255, died p 446); s. Salem ( born p 113, m p 134-5); t. Topsfield ( born p 21); w. Wenham (d p 187).

17. The probate records of Essex County. (Hackaliah Bridges, Vol 2, p 253).

18. The probate records of Essex County. (Obadiah Bridges, Vol 3, p 186-7).

19. Guren, Pamela. 1979. Lost Lynn: the shoe Industry and its Architecture, 1750-1910. in Essex Institute Historical Collection Vol 115 (4): 205.

20. Banks, Charles Edward. 1975. The planters of the commonwealth. Gen. Publ. Co. Baltimore..

21. Perley, Sidney. 1928. The history of Salem Massachusetts..

22. Pope, Charles Henry. 1977. The pioneers of Massachusetts. Gen. Publ. Co., Baltimore.

23. Torrey. New England marriages prior to 1700. (Bridges p 96-7) (not cited unless no other source).

24. LDS Church microfiche IGI England, London, CO153 BRIDGES.

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:

"Edmund's father, also Edmund, was living in Topsfield in 1660. He came to Massachusetts in 1635 and is said to have lived in Lynn, Rowley, and Ipswich, to which he returned some years before his death. The name Edmund Bridges appears frequently in the Essex County Court Records, and it is not possible always to distinguish father from son. They both acted as witnesses as juryman and as "attorneys"....Edmund Bridges, Jr., was evidently considered familiar with legal procedure and skilled in the trade. He along with John and Nathaniel Putnam, with whom we will shortly become familiar, all appear over and over again as witnesses and attorneys in the county court records. This did not necessarily mean that they were notoriously litigious, but that they were asked to represent others in court."

(Currents of Malice - Persis W. McMillen)


1661 - 1670: "Sarah's husband was a very busy man, for in addition to his legal activities, he had still another trade. He was a blacksmith... His blacksmith shop was a center of town activity, as was neighboring John Gould's "ordinary"."

(Currents of Malice - Persis W. McMillen)

1670 - 1682: "Edmund Bridges and a certain William Becket owned part of a wharf on the Salem waterfront. Edmund also procured a license to sell alcholic beverages." (Currents of Malice - Persis W. McMillen)


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Sgt. Edmund Bridges's Timeline

October 4, 1637
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 11, 1659
Age 21
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 11, 1660
Age 22
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 4, 1661
Age 24
Age 23
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:

1661; Commoner of Topsfield. Settled near father-in-law (William) Towne. (History of Topsfield)

Age 24
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
March 1664
Age 26
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:

The Essex County Court records are full of a bewildering number of references to Edmund Bridges ... In March, 1664, an individual called John Millington was sentenced to be whipped, or to pay a fine of 10 pounds, "for his great misdemeanor" and also to be bound for 20 pounds.

A person, whose name is deliberately left out, deposed that in January her brother, Edmund Bridges, asked her to go to Salem with him, but she did not go and Edmund and his wife left without her. Whilst they were gone, John Millington offered "uncleaness to her, and she told him that she would not yield to him for all of Topsfield". Although Millington later prayed that she, the one to whom he had offered "uncleaness" would forgive him, Sarah Bridges acted as a witness in the resulting court case. She referred to her sister.

It is not at all clear who this sister was...The reference may have been to Faith, one of Edmund Bridge's sisters. Faith and her husband Daniel Black, were involved in domestic troubles, and at one point had been ordered to sit in the stocks for an hour. Danile was ordered to live peaceably with his wife, and to refrain from threatening her, while she, for her part, was to be orderly, not gad abroad or be in the company of other men. If either party disobeyed these rules, they were to be whipped.
(Currents of Malice - Persis W. McMillen)

Age 26
Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)

From S.J. Walker's research on Edmund Bridges:
Paid minister's rate at Topsfield. (History of Topsfield)

January 2, 1665
Age 27
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 14, 1667
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States