About William Hailston (Hailstone)
William Hailstone an original proprietor was made a freeman in I644. He is not namedin connection with any public ofiice. He probably quietly pursued his vocation of tailor although he must have been somewhat neglectful of his duty in that regard toward one at least of his apprentices since Jonathan Briggs complained to the court in June 1654 that his master William Hailstone had not performed his covenants to him in that he did not learn him the trade of a tailor and the court ordered that Hailstone should pay his servant fifteen pounds in good and current pay with all convenient speed. Mr Hailstone took exceptions to this order and asked for a review of case which occasioned considerable controversy between him and Mr James VValker a prominent man in town about that time who appears to have acted as Mr Briggs's attorney and it led to some church action which was designed to heal a breach between two good men who ought to have been good friends. Mr Savage is our authority for saying that Mr Hailstone bought an estate in Boston in 1646 which he sold the next year. Also that his daughter Margaret married October 14 1659 Samuel Fletcher of Chelmsford.
-------------------- Immigration: About 1637 was a resident of Taunton, MA