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Early Families of Salem, Massachuetts

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  • Habbakuk Gardner (1673 - 1733)
    62. Habakkuk, b. 25 Feb., 1673;* d. Feb 3, 1732-3; m. Mar. 22, 1697, Ruth Gedney,* daughter of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Turner) Gedney.§ Married Ruth Gedney. CHILDREN: Ruth; Mary; Jose...
  • Lieut. Thomas Gardner (1645 - 1695)
    12 Lieut. Thomas Gardner, the oldest son of Lieut. Thomas and Hannah Gardner, was baptized at the First Church in Salem " 25: 3: 1645." In a deposition dated 10, 10, 1661, he gave his age as about 17. ...
  • Thomas Gardner, of Salem (c.1614 - 1682)
    Thomas Gardner born say 1614, of Dorchester, Dorset, England died before 29:9:1682 (29 Nov 1682) Salem, Essex, Massachusetts (per Moriarity) Parents: Thomas Gardner (d 1674) & his unknown 1st w...
  • Hannah Babbidge (1641 - 1707)
    Hannah Jewett Birth: 15 APR 1641 in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts 10 11 Death: AFT 1707 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts 10 1 4 Father: Joseph Jewett Mother: Mary Mallinson Marri...
  • Edward Bishop, "the Sawyer" (c.1630 - c.1705)
    Edward Bishop was a prosperous sawyer whose family lived in Beverly, Massachusetts. Four men named Edward Bishop lived in Salem at the time of the witchcraft trials of 1692. Most of the early genealogi...

Salem, located at the mouth of the Naumkeag river at the site of an ancient Native American village and trading center, was first settled by Europeans in 1626, when a company of fishermen from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant arrived. Conant's leadership had provided the stability to survive the first two years, but he was immediately replaced by John Endecott, one of the new arrivals, by order of the Massachusetts Bay Company. These "New Planters" and the "Old Planters" agreed to cooperate, in large part due to the diplomacy of Conant and Endicott. In recognition of this peaceful transition to the new government, the name of the settlement was changed to Salem, a hellenized form of the word for "peace" in Arabic سلام (salaam) and Hebrew שלום (shalom). Samuel Skelton was the first pastor of the First Church of Salem, which is the original Puritan church in North America.

Salem included much of the North Shore, including Marblehead. Most of the accused in the Salem witch trials lived in nearby "Salem Village", now known as Danvers, although a few lived on the outskirts of Salem. Salem Village also included Peabody and parts of present-day Beverly. Middleton, Topsfield, Wenham and Manchester-by-the-Sea were once parts of Salem.

William Hathorne was a prosperous businessman in early Salem and became one of its leading citizens of the early colonial period. He led troops to victory in King Philip's War, served as a magistrate on the highest court, and was chosen as the first speaker of the House of Deputies. He was a zealous advocate of the personal rights of freemen against royal emissaries and agents.

1630 (Signified A Desire To Take The Oath)

 

18 May 1631

6 March 1631-2

  • Black,John

3 July 1632

 

4 March 1632-3

 

5 November 1633

  • Holgrave, John
  • Weston, Francis

14 May 1634

  • Barney, Jacob
  • Brackenbury, Richard
  • Dent, Francis
  • Dixy, William
  • Eborne, Thomas
  • Goldthwaite, Thomas
  • Gyles, Edward
  • Hale, Thomas
  • Hathorne, William
  • Lowthrop, Jeffry
  • Massy, Jeffry
  • Norton, George
  • Raymond, Richard
  • Williams, George
  • Wolfe, Peter
  • Wray, Daniel
 

3 September 1634

  • Davenport, Richard
  • Fogg, Ralph
  • Hardy, John
  • Maverick, Moses
  • Sibley, John
 

4 March 1634-5

      

6 May 1635

  • Blackleach, John
  • Cotty, Robert
  • Legg, John
 

2 September 1635

  • Adams, Richard
  • Bishop, Townsend
  • Scruggs, Thomas
  • Verrin, Philip
 

3 March 1635-6

  • Batter, Edmond
  • Peter, Hugh
 

17 April 1637

  • Browning, Thomas
  • Dodge, William
  • Porter, Nathaniel
 

17 May 1637

  • Bartholomew, Henry
  • Bounde, William
  • Gardner, Thomas
  • Grafton, Joseph
  • Marshall, Edmond
  • Olney, Thomas
  • Pope, Joseph
  • Skerry, Francis
 

2 November 1637

  • Fiske, John
 

March 1637-8

  • Bachiler, Joseph
  • Flint, Thomas
  • Gedney, John
  • Haynes, James
  • Moulton, James
  • Skerry, Henry
  • Spooner, Thomas
  • Symonds, John
 

2 May 1638

  • Tomkins, Ralph
 

15 March 1638-9

  • Burcham, Edward
 

22 May 1639

  • Alderman, John
  • Felton, Benjamin
  • Garford, Jarvas
  • Laskin, Hugh
  • Osborne, William
 

6 September 1639

  • Lord, William
  • Southwick, Lawrence
  • Swinerton, Job
 

13:3:1640

  • John Bachilor
  • Robert Elwell
  • John Fairfield
  • Mark Formais
  • Edward Norrice
  • Thomas Ruck
  • James Standige
  • William Stevens
  • Thomas Watson
 

2:4MO:1641

  • John Baker
  • William Browne
  • Samuel Corning
  • Thomas Davenish
  • Philemon Dickenson
  • Robert Fuller
  • Thomas Gardner
  • William Geares
  • John Jackson
  • Austen Kilham
  • Francis Lawes
  • John Marston
  • Richard Pattingell
  • Thomas Payne
  • Jonathan or Sgt. John Porter
  • Esdras Reade
  • John Robinson
  • Philip Veren
  • Miles Ward
  • Daniel Weld
  • William Woodberry
 

18:3:1642

  • Thomas Antrum
  • Richard Bishop
  • Joseph Boyce
  • John Bulfinch
  • Robert Button
  • George Byam
  • Ananias Conkling
  • John Cooke
  • Phineas Fiske
  • William Fiske
  • Allen Kenniston
  • John Neale
  • Thomas Putnam
  • George Right
  • Michael Shaflin
  • Elias Stileman
  • John Tomkins
  • Benjamin Vermaes
  • Thomas Wheeler
       
27:10:1642
  • George Gardner
  • Robert Gutch
  • Robert Leoman
  • Thomas More
  • Richard Prence
  • Walter Price
  • William Robinson
  • Thomas Tresler
 

28:12:1642

 

10:3MO:1643

  • William Vincen
 

29:3:1644

  • John Black
  • Allen Convers
  • Joseph Phippen
 

__:3MO:1645

  • Thomas Barnes
 

26:3:1647

  • Richard Curtice
 

1 July 1657

  • Henry Rennolds
 

27 May 1663

  • John Croade
  • John Stratton
 

3 May 1665

 

29 April 1668

  • Samuel Archer
  • John Dodge, sr. (of Bass River)
  • William Dounton
  • Ephraim Herrick
  • John Ingersoll
  • John Massey
  • John Pease
  • Nathaniel Stone
  • Harry West
  • Thomas West
  • Peter Woodbury
 

19 May 1669

  • Bartholomew Gidney
  • John Gidney
  • Joseph Grafton
  • John Pickering
 

31 May 1671

  • John Corwin
  • Joseph Gardner
  • Eliazer Gidney
  • John Marston
  • John Maskol
 

7 May 1673

  • Charles Nicholate
 

12 May 1675

  • Samuel Gardner
 

23 May 1677

  • John Hathorne
  • John Higginson, jr.
  • Henry Keny, jr.
  • Manasses Marston
  • John Price
 

May 1678

  • Peter Cloyce
  • Isaac Foot
  • Timothy Lindall
 

19 May 1680

  • Robert Fuller
  • John Grafton
  • Zacke Marsh
  • Joseph Phippen
  • Thomas Putnam, jr.
  • William Stacy
  • Resolved White
 

11 May 1681

  • Ezekiel Cheever
  • Benjamin Gerrish
  • John Leech

24 May 1682

  • Anthony Buxton
  • John Foster
  • Peter Prescott

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Freemen 1630-1682