William Chamberlain, of Hull

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About William Chamberlain

280. William2 Chamberlain (Henry1);198 born 1626;198 died 22 Oct 1678 at Hull, MA.198,199He " II. Willian Chamberlain, son of Henry and Jane Chamberlain, was born probably about 1620, and died at Hull, October 22, 1678. He bought, November 9, 1647, a house and lot of Francis Smith in Boston on January 4, 1648, he assigned this lot back to Smith, and removed to Hull before August 27, 1654. He lived on the east side of Quaker Lane, in the ancient village of Hull. In 1657 the proprietors of Hull granted and confirmed unto him eleven lots of land in Hull. He was a selectman about 1658, and townsman in 1669. It is interesting to note the fact that the Proctor family is connected with the lines allied to the Chamberlain family. John Proctor was born in 1632, in England; was executed on a charge of witchcraft in Salem, in 1692. This case was one of the most pathetic of all these tragic witch trials. He wrote a beautiful letter to five ministers in a vain effort to secure reasonable treatment, and his neighbors certified as to his high character. His wife Elizabeth was also arrested, but her execution was delayed owing to her approaching motherhood, and she as later released. Her bearing at her trial was noble and kindly, and she behaved with great resignation and virtue. William Chamberlain married (first), about 1651, a wife who died at Hull about 1660. He married (second), about 1661, a wife who was the mother of his four youngest children.

Children by first wife, probably all born in Hull:

  • 1. William, born April 9, 1652; lived in Hull.
  • 2. John, baptized at Hingham, August 27, 1654.
  • 3. Job, born about 1656, removed to Dorchester
  • 4. Nathaniel, of whom further.
  • 5. Freedom, born about 1660, died before April 14, 1685, on board of Mr. Condrey's ship, which had then arrived in Boston. His estate was divided among his brothers and half-brothers and sisters.

Children by second wife, all born in Hull:

  • 6. Benjamin, baptized at Hingham, May 18, 1662.
  • 7. Joseph, born about 1665.
  • 8. Mary, born about 1672, died at Newport, Rhode Island, October 3, 1707. She married, about 1691, Nathaniel Sheffield, a native of Braintree, Massachusetts, who removed to Newport, Rhode Island. He was deputy from Newport for 1699, 1701, 1702, 1709, 1710, 1711, 1713, and 1718; captain, 1702; general treasurer, 1705 to 1708; inspector of the transcription of the laws of the colony in 1699; and major of Groat, alias Foot, Island from 1710 to 1716. He married (second) Catharine Gould Clarke, and died at Newport, November 12, 1729.
  • 9. Sarah, born about 1616; alive at Newport in 1693, and there styled a spinster.
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William Chamberlain, of Hull's Timeline

1620
1620
Wymondham, Norfolk, England
1652
April 9, 1652
Age 32
Hull, United States
1656
1656
Age 36
Hull, Plymouth Colony
1660
1660
Age 40
1661
1661
Age 41
Rehoboth,Bristol,Mass
1661
Age 41
Higham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1665
1665
Age 45
Hull, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1665
Age 45
Hull, Plymouth Colony , Maine
1672
1672
Age 52
Hull, Plymouth Colony , Maine
1676
1676
Age 56
Hull, Plymouth Colony , Maine