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Aaron Way, Sr.

Also Known As: "Wey"
Birthplace: Arlington, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: September 26, 1695 (82)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, New England
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry ‘the Puritan’ Way and Elizabeth Way
Husband of Joanna Way
Father of Aaron Way; William Way, Sr.; Susannah Way; Joanna Chamberlain; John Way / May and 4 others
Brother of Henry Way, Jr.
Half brother of Hannah Hannah Wilkins; James Way; Samuel Way; Lieut. Richard Way; Elizabeth Way and 7 others

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About Aaron Way, Sr.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Way-485 (Last modified 2 May 2017 | Last edit: 15 Apr 2017)


'Aaron Way

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Born 2 September 1613 - Allington, Bridport, Dorset, England

Deceased 26 September 1695 - Salem, Essex Co., MA , age at death: 82 years old

Spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Married (MAR 1646/47), Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA,

to Joanna Sumner, born about 1630 -

Oxfordshire, Bicester, England, Deceased in 1695 age at death:

possibly 65 years old

(Parents : William Sumner & Mary Swift 1606-1676) with

William Way /1652-1715..1725  

married about 1672 to Persis Witt ca 1655-ca 1725 with

Moses Way /1672-1737 married 14 May 1694 to Sarah Mansfield 1676- with :
Parmenas Way ca 1710-
William Way 1672..1673-1728..1729
Samuel Way 1673..1674-1739..1740
Persis Way ca 1682-/1715
Mary Way 1690-
Waitstill Way married about 1708, Dorchester, Dorchester Co., SC, 

to Thomas Osgood 1680- with :

John Osgood, Rev. 1710-1773
Susannah Osgood ca 1712-
Joanna Osgood ca 1714-
Sarah Osgood ca 1716-1763
Joannah Way 1676- married to Michael Bacon †1723 with :
Joseph Bacon
Henry Way 1680-ca 1746
Abigail Way 1692- relationship with ? ?



Birth, death: Dowling Family Tree - Tim Dowling - rootsweb, 2001-2015 - - electronic - I49629

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Family Tree owner : Tim DOWLING (tdowling)


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None of Henry's sons married Joane Sumner, daughter of William; she married Aaron Way, not of this family.

History of the Town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. (2017). Google Books. Retrieved 11 March 2017,

from page 91

Henry Way arrived from Bristol in company with Roger Williams, February 8, 1631,

in the Lyon, Capt. Pierce. He lost a son overboard on the passage.

Was named with the first recorded grantees of land in Dorchester, 1633.

His three sons bom in England, George, Richard and Aaron, lived in Dorchester.

By the church record it appears he lived where "Capt. Breck's cyder mills" afterwards stood.

He died in 1667, aged 84 years. His wife Elizabeth died 23 (4) 1665, aged 84.

"A" List

Our "A" List of those who were CERTAIN or HIGHLY PROBABLE passengers aboard the ship the Mary and John 1630. However, we have attempted to compile a new list of possible passengers and then rate them as follows:

WAY, HENRY a. 47 Bridport, Dorset

  • Elizabeth Batchelar, second wife a. 43 Bridport, Dorset
  • Henry Way Jr., son 19 Bridport, Dorset
  • Aaron Way, son 16 Bridport, Dorset
  • George Way, son a. 15 Bridport, Dorset
  • Hanna Way, daughter 15 Bridport, Dorset
  • Susanna Way, daughter 9 Bridport, Dorset
  • Richard Way, son 5 Bridport, Dorset



'Aaron Way (1613 - 1695)

'Aaron Way

Born 2 Sep 1613 in Bridport,Parish of Allington,Dorset County,England


Son of Henry Way and Elizabeth (Bachiler) Way

Brother of William Way [half], Elizabeth Way, Henry Way Jr., George Way,

James Way, Hannah (Way) Wilkins, Samuel Way, Susannah (Way) Pelton,

Richard Way, Edward Way and Martha Way

Husband of Joane (Sumner) Way — married [date unknown] [location unknown]


Father of William Way and Joanna (Way) Fox

Died 26 Sep 1695 in Salem,Essex,Massachusetts,New England

Profile manager: Charles Sykes [send private message]

Way-485 created 24 Sep 2013 | Last modified 2 May 2017 | Last edit: 15 Apr 2017

12:29: David Begin edited the Father Status Indicator and Mother Status Indicator for Aaron Way.

[Thank David for this]

Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Puritans, in America |

17th Century American Immigration | Mary and John sailed March 20 1630.

Aaron Way migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

Aaron married Joanna Sumner and they had 9 children.

Joanna was born about 1630 in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England by some sources;

in Dorchester, Massachusetts by other sources, the daughter of William Sumner and Mary West.

Aaron and Joanna both came with their parents from England to Massachusetts,

Aaron in 1630 and Joanna as early as 1637.

Aaron was about 17 years older than Joanna.

Some time after they were married they moved with their family to Salem Village, Massachusetts.

They were in Salem Village at the time the teen-age girls were 'witching',

but managed to keep their heads.

Sons of Aaron and Joanna,

William and his brother Aaron, Jr., are on record as being opposed to the belief in witches

Aaron and Joanna's son, Aaron Way, is known for his resistance to the Salem Witch trials. He was put in the stocks for speaking out.

Aaron died in 1695, and at this time some of his family decided to go to South Carolina, including his wife, Joanna. The injustice of witchcraft at Salem Village may not have been the only reason that his relatives wanted to leave there, but this seems to have been a contributing factor. They received their letters from the church after the termination of the witchcraft proceedings. The church records under the date of October 11, 1696 report the dismissal of William and his family;

"The dimission of our Breathern and Sisters, William Way and Persis his wife, together with their children to ye Church of Christ lately gathered in Dorchester in New England, and now planted in South Carolina, whereof the Reverend Mr. Joseph Lord is pastor, was consented to by a full and unanimouse vote at ye motion and disire of ye Brethern and Sisters: and accordingly letters Dismissive were written, 17 instant."

The family decided to leave the Bay Colony and migrated to South Carolina after receiving a land grant from the governor. The Way family arrived in South Carolina around 1700, and the family is still resides in South Carolina.

Other members of the family founded the town of Midway, in Georgia, there is a large burial ground and a museum that records the activities of the Way family.

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Aaron Way, Sr.'s Timeline

September 2, 1613
Arlington, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England
September 2, 1613
St Mary's Church, Bridport, Dorset, England
September 2, 1613
St Mart's Church, Bridport, Dorset, England
September 2, 1613
St Mart's Church, Bridport, Dorset, England
March 1647
Age 33
Suffolk, Massachusetts
October 6, 1650
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
November 30, 1652
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 1, 1660
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
March 5, 1662
Rumney Marsh, ?, Mass