William Chase, Sr. (1607 - 1659) MP

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Birthplace: Chesham, Hundrick Parish, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Occupation: Freeman (1634) & Yarmouth Constable (1639), Carpenter, came to MA 1630 w/wife & son Wm, Immigrant
Managed by: Byron Leonard Spice
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About William Chase, Sr.

William Chase

  • Birth: Jan 4 1607 - Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Parents: Aquila Chase, Sr, Martha Jellman
  • Married: Mary Townley
  • Death: May 4 1659 - Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Immigrant Chase ancestor­

Children

  1. William b abt 1627 married 1) Elizabeth Holder 2) Abigail Hale
  2. Mary b abt 1637 married Peleg Slade
  3. Benjamin b 28 April 1639 married Philippa Shearman

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Notes

Several references say that William Chase brought two brothers (or male relatives), Aquilla and Thomas Chase, with him on his voyage to the Plymouth Colony. Aquilla and Thomas appear in North America at about the same time as William, but are not listed as passengers in any of the ship passenger records (only the "head" of the household was normally listed-wives, children, siblings, and servants were often left off the passenger lists). Numerous sources tell the story of the three Chase brothers, who traveled to the New World including the 1895, Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, union and Morrow, Ohio, which says that Hannah Chase (from William's branch of the Chase family) was of English extraction and descended from one of three brothers, who simultaneously emigrated to the New World (p. 239). The 1908, History of Delaware County Ohio (p. 634-5) in describing Rev. Ira Chase, says, "?his progenitors were of English origin and came from the nobility of England. The early history of this Chase family in America goes back to the year 1630, when three brothers, William, Thomas, and Aquilla came with the Winthrop fleet. In 1639, two of the brothers, Thomas and Aquilla, became the first settlers of Hampton, New Hampshire." Page 604 of the same reference tells of the ancestry of Cornelia Ann Chase. It says that her paternal grandparents came from England and were of noble birth. She was descended from Aquilla Chase and one of the lines to the noted Chase-Townley estate in England. Cornelia Chase was married to James R. Lytle, the author of this history book.

From Genealogical and Personal Memoirs for families from Boston & eastern Mass, pg 1906:

The Chase family cane in the Winthrop Fleet of 1630. The "flagship" of the Winthrop Fleet was the Arbella and she carried John Winthrop, and others. The Arbella set out for the New World from Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wright on April 8, 1630. Included among the passengers on this first fleet were William Chase, his wife, and young son, who became members of the Plymouth Colony. Mary was sick almost paralyzed, for a several years after her arrival, but afterward recovered and bore additional children. The Chase family was thought to have come from the Parish of Wivenhoe, Essex, England (Anderson). Chase's he son, William, was described as "a child of ill qualities, & a sore affliction to his parents" (Roxbury Church Records. pp. 73-74.). However, what child would not be disagreeable after such a journey. Mary also was sick, "Mary Chase, the wife of William Chase. She had a paralitik humor wch fell into her backbone, so yt she could not stir her body, but as she was lifted, and filled her wth great torture, & caused her back bone to goe out of joynt, & bunch out from the begining to the end of wch infirmity she lay 4 years & a halfe, and a great pt of the time a sad spectakle of misery: But it pleasd God to raise her againe, & she bore children after it." (Ib, p. 75.)

In 1630, the Chase family settled first in Roxbury, Mass. Chase became a Founder of the "First Church of Roxbury". The Rev. John Eliot, known as the Apostle to the Indians, was pastor. On October 19, 1630, Chase applied for freemanship and was admitted a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 14 May 1634. (REGISTER, vol. 3, pp. 90, 92.) Chase was a carpenter (cabinetmaker), cooper, whaler, and angler. He became one of Rev. Stephen Bachiler's company who planed to settle at Mattacheese (Yarmouth), Mass, in 1618, but due to a rough winter all the congregation, but the Chase family returned to their homes.

In 1639, the Chase's had settled in Yarmouth on Cape Cod, where the General Court of the Plymouth Colony appointed him constable for the town of Yarmouth, 5 Mar. 1638/9. He took the oath of office 4 June 1639. (Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 1, pp. 116, 125.) William and he and his son, William Chase, Jr., were among the Yarmouth men able to bear Arms (August 1643). (Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 8, p. 194.) Chase seemed to have quite a bit of trouble with his neighbors. On 7 Mar. 1647/8 the Plymouth Colony Court authorized Capt. Myles Standish to go to Yarmouth and put an end to the differences in that town, which involved Chase, and Captain Standish was able and settled the troubles, 13 May 1648. The first two record books for the town of Yarmouth were burned, but wills and other sources can document the names of his children.

William Chase was named, 19 Oct. 1630, among those "who desire to be made freeman;" and he was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 14 May 1634. (REGISTER, vol. 3, pp. 90, 92.) In 1639 he moved to Yarmouth on Cape Cod, was appointed constable for the town of Yarmouth by the General Court of the Plymouth Colony, 5 Mar. 1638/9, and took the oath of office 4 June 1639. (Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 1, pp. 116, 125.)

His life at Yarmouth was not a peaceful one. Trouble with Marmaduke Mathewes brought him before the Court almost immediately, on 1 September 1640 he was censured for his "miscarriages" against Mr. Mathewes and disturbance of the proceedings of the church, Court, and "contrey," and he gave the General Court bond for œ20 for his appearance at the next Court, 2 Mar. 1640/1. (Ib., vol. 1, pp. 135, 162, vol. 2, p. 9.) In 1641 he was again in Court on account of a disagreement with Nicholas Sympkins concerning a fence. (Ib., vol. 2, p. 20.)

A carpenter by trade, he made an agreement in 1639 to build a house for Dr. Thomas Starr, which was sold to Andrew Hallet. (Swift's History of Yarmouth, p. 29.) On 8 June 1642 he mortgaged to Stephen Hopkins, as security for a debt of œ5, "his house and lands in Yarmouth containing Eight acrees of upland and six acres more lying at the Stony cove with all & singular the apprtences thervnto belonging." (Plymouth Colony Deeds, vol. 1, p. 83.) In August 1643 he and his son, William Chase, Jr., were among the Yarmouth men "able to beare Armes from XVI Yeares old to 60 Yeares." (Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 8, p. 194.)

In his will, dated 4 May 1659 and witnessed by Richard Hoar and Mary Dennis, "William Chase of Yarmouth the elder; being aged," made the following bequests and provisions: To "my son Benjamine ... one heifer Calfe and two steer Calves of a yeare old and upwards." To "my son William whoe hath had of mee alreddy a good portion; the sume of five shillings ... if hee Demand it. All the rest of my goods, Cattles and Chattles I give ... unto Mary my wife together with this my Dwelling house the land and all appurtenances thereunto belonging; as alsoe halfe of my lott of land att the Basse pond which I bought of William Palmer a middle line made and that halfe next to Darbeyes I give unto her ... alsoe my orchyard and land I bought of goodman White ... all unto her use and Disposing During her natural life; if shee continew a widdow; and when shee Dies to Dispose a third pte of that estate God shall leave her as shee shall thinke goode; the other two ptes to our son Benjamines use; but if it shall please God that shee shall marry ... shee shall have a third pte of that estate and the other two ptes to bee to our son Benjamine aforsaid. I Doe make my wife Mary aforsaid sole executrix ... and Doe appoint my Naighbors Robert Dennis and Richard Tayler overseers of this my last will." [The mark of William Chase.] (Plymouth Colony Probate Records.)

The witnesses to this will deposed before Gov. Thomas Prence of the Plymouth Colony 13 May 1659. The inventory of the personal estate of the deceased, taken 14 Sept. 1659, is as follows: An Inventory of the goods and chattles of Willa Chase late of Yarmouth deceased taken and prised by us Robert Dennis, Richard Taylor and Edmond Hawes the 14th of September 1659.

Father: Aquila Chase b: 14 AUG 1580 in Chesam, Buckinghamshire, England

Mother: Martha Jelliman b: 10 NOV 1588 in Chesam, Buckinghamshire, England

Marriage 1 Mary Townley b: ABT 1602 in Norfolk, England

Children:

  • William Chase b: ABT 1622 in Chesam, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Mary Chase b: 15 MAY 1637 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Benjamin Chase b: 1639

Sources:

  • Quaker and Pilgrim Records­wills, deeds, church records; Chase Genealogy of a Portion of the Descendants of William Chase, Who Came to America in 1630 and Died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659. (1886)1886; Loftin, Amy Chase, More Descendants of William Chase of Yarmouth, 1968 (Self Published); Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895; Roger Thompson, in Mobility and Migration, East Anglian Founders of New England, 1629 ­ 1640, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 1994; Ancestors of Fay E. Maugans and Leta Love Maugans, By Fay and Leta Love Maugans, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore 1976

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CHASE/2000-04/0956281910 list alternate parentage

http://cu.imt.net/~jccc/fam00174.htm also has alternate parentage

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Born 4 Jan 1606 or 1607.

From Genealogical and Personal Memoirs for families from Boston & eastern Mass, pg 1906:

William Chase, immigrant ancestor, came from England with Winthrop in 1630. Thomas and Aquila Chase, who settled at Hampton, NH in 1639 were brothers and perhaps cousins of William, the first comer. The record of Rev. John Eliot, the Indian Apostle of "such as adjoined themselves to this church," the first church of Roxbury, has this entry: "William Chase, he came with the first company bringing with him his wife Mary and his son William." The maiden name of his wife is not known. The son William was about seven years old at the time of the migration. The father applied for admission as a freeman October 19, 1630. He was a town officer at Roxbury. He served against the Narragansetts in 1645. He removed to Yarmouth, MA in 1638 and died there. His will was dated May 4, 1659 and states that he was aged. It was proved May 13, 1659. He bequeathed to his wife, Mary, and two sons, Benjamin and William. His daughter Mary was buried at Barnstable, October 28, 1652. The early records of the town of Yarmouth were destroyed by fire, so it is impossible to give the dates and birth of all his children.

Wikipedia under John Winthrop notes that he came to New England in 1630 on the Arbella & 11 other vessels, arriving on June 12, bringing about 300 passengers.

Also found that the group left England on April 10, 1630 after several false starts. Original group was to be 1000 passengers. It was the beginning of what became known as the Great Migration (1630–1642), during which thousands of English families immigrated to Massachusetts. (Mass. Moments).

Occupation: carpenter

English origin - Wivenhoe, Essex

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He died between the 4th and 13th of May, 1659

in 1639 he served 6 months as constable of Yarmouth

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Birth: 04 Jan 1607 in Hundrick Parish, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England Death: 04 May 1659 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England On 6 June 1654 the grand jury presented "Will[i]am Chase, Seni[or], of Yarmouth, for driving one pair of oxen in the yoke upon the Lord's day, in time of exercise, about five miles" [ PCR 3:52]. 11

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I William Chase, b ca 1595, in England, with his wife, Mary and son, William, came to America in the ship with Governor Winthrop and his colony in 1630, settling first in Roxbury. He soon became a member of the church of which the Rev. John Eliot, the Apostle to the Indians, was pastor. Was admitted a freeman May 14 1634. In 1637 he became one of those who made a new settlement at Yarmouth, where he resided for the rest of life, dying in May, 1659. His widow died the following October.

Issue: William, born ca 1622, in England; Mary, born in May 1637, in Roxbury; and Mary (2) born in 1639 in Yarmouth; Benjamin b 1639 Roxbury MA, d 1730 Freetown MA.

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William Chase was born in England about 1595 and came here in the fleet that brought Governor Winthrop and his colony. He brought his wife and son William.

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WILLIAM CHASE, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1595, died May 4-13, 1659. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he became a member of the First Church. The record of Rev. John Eliot, the Indian Apostle, and pastor of this church, has the following entry: "William Chase, he came with the first company in 1630; he brought one child, his son. He later had a daughter which they named Mary, born about the middle of the 3rd month i637, after which date he removed to Scituate, but went with a company who made a new plantation at Yarmouth." William Chase came in the ship which brought Governor Winthrop over, and in 1634 he was made freeman at Boston. In 1639 he was constable at Yarmouth, Massachusetts. His will was dated May 4, 1659, and proved May 13, 1659, and the court ordered Robert Dennis to divide the estate as he ordered. Benjamin, his son, received two parts of three, and William, eldest son, received the third part. In October, 1659, his widow Mary was found dead, and a coroners' inquest decided that she died a natural death. In 1645 William Chase served against the Narragansett Indians. In 1643 his name as well as that of his son was on the list of males able to bear arms, between the ages of sixteen and sixty. In 1645 he was a drummer in Myles Standish's company that went to the banks opposite Providence. Children: William, born in England; Mary, May, 1637, died October 28, 1652, and Benjamin born in Yarmouth, MA, in 1640.

Source: New England Families by William R. Cutter Vol. II, Page 1012

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  • Genealogy of a portion of the descendants of William Chase : who came to America in 1630, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659 (1886)
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogyofporti00inchas
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofporti00inchas#page/n10/mode/1up
    • INTRODUCTION.
  • The Chase families in the United States are nearly all descended from the following namely :
  • William Chase, who came to America in 1630, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659.
  • Thomas Chase, who settled at Hampton, N. H., 1639, and died there about 1652.
  • Aquila Chase, (brother of Thomas,) who settled at Hampton, N. H., 1639. He removed to Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1646 and died there, December 27, 1670.
  • The object of the present work is to give a brief account of some of the descendants of William Chase, and especially of the Rhode Island branches of the family.
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofporti00inchas#page/n12/mode/1up
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  • 1. WILLIAM CHASE was born in England, about the year 1595, and came to America in 1630, in the fleet which brought Governor Winthrop and his colony. He soon after became a member of the first church in Roxbury, Mass.,* of which the Rev. John Eliot ("the Apostle to the Indians,") was pastor. On the records of the church is the following :
  • "William Chase, he came with the first company, bringing with him his wife Mary and his son William."
  • * * * It is further stated that his wife was an invalid for several years, but finally regained her health and bore other children.
  • October 19, 1630, he applied for admission as a freeman, and on May 14, 1634, he took the freeman's oath. About 1638, he left Roxbury, and joined a company who made a new settlement at Yarmouth, Mass. At that place, in 1639, he was appointed constable, and continued to reside there until his death, which occurred between May 4 and 13, 1659. His widow was found dead in October of the same year, and a coroner's inquest being held, it was decided that she died a natural death.
  • Children.
    • 2. i WILLIAM,2 b. about 1622, in England, m. ......
    • ii MARY, 2 b. May, 1637, in Roxbury, died unmarried, 1652.
    • 3. iii BENJAMIN,2 b. 1639, in Yarmouth, m. Philippa Sherman.
  • 2. WILLIAM CHASE,2 (William1) born about 1622, in England, married ........ He resided at Yarmouth, Mass. The early records of that town having been destroyed by fire many years ago, it is impossible to give the dates of birth of his children
  • He died February 27, 1685.

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Pedigree Resource File name: William Chase. gender:Male birth:1597 Wivenhoe, Essex, England death:4 May 1659

Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA AFN: 3WQ0-DX3 Parents father:Benjamin Chase (AFN: 3WQ0-

HV6 ) mother:Helen Harvie (AFN: 3WQ0-JWK ) Marriages (1) spouse:Mary Townley (AFN: 3WQ0

-GK5 ) marriage:1620-1627 England children (3)child 1:William Chase (AFN: 3WQ0-NHR ) gender:Male birth:15 Jun 1621 Rogate Parish, Sussex, England death:27 Feb 1685 Yarmouth, MA,

USA, child 2:Mary Chase (AFN: 3WQ4-6P5 ) gender:Female birth:15 May 1637 Yarmouth,

Barnstable, MA, USA death:28 Oct 1652 Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA, child 3:Benjamin Chase

(AFN: 3WPF-23V ) gender:Male birth:28 Apr 1639 Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA, USA death: 25 July 1731 Freetown, Bristol Co., MA, USA Submission submitter:ppike2728832 submission date: 09 Jan 2001 submission id: MM9T-9W5 Notes: Was made a freeman of the Massachutsetts Colony on 14 May 1634 (Register , vol 3, pp. 90, 92.) In 1639 he moved to Yarmouth on Cape Cod and was appointed as a Constable for the town of Yarmouth 5 Mar 1839. A carpenter by trade.<p> Source Citation"Pedigree Resource File," database, Family Search (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9STG-BVT : accessed 18 May 2012), entry for William Chase.

Pedigree Resource File name:Mary Townley gender:Female birth:5 Mar 1603 Norfolk, England death:6 Oct 1659 Yarmouth,

Barnstable, MA, USA AFN: 3WQ0-GK5 Marriages (1) spouse:William Chase (AFN: 3WQ0-DX3 ) marriage:1620-1627 England children (3) Submission submitter:ppike2728832 submission date: 09 Jan 2001 submission id:MM9T-9W5 Source Citation"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9STG-B2S : accessed 18 May 2012), entry for Mary Townley.

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William Chase, Sr.'s Timeline

1607
January 4, 1607
Chesham, Hundrick Parish, Buckinghamshire, England
1621
June 15, 1621
Age 14
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
1630
1630
Age 22
Roxbury
1630
Age 22
Came to Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA
1630
Age 22
Roxbury
1637
May 15, 1637
Age 30
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1638
1638
Age 30
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony, (Present USA)
1638
Age 30
Yarmouth, Barnstable County, MA
1639
April 28, 1639
Age 32
Yarmouth, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1639
Age 31
Constable