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Anne Myles (Humphrey)

Also Known As: "Palmes"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Fordingham, Dorchester, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 17, 1693 (68)
Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Maj. Gen. John Humphrey and Elizabeth Humphrey
Wife of William Palmes and Rev. John Myles
Mother of Jonathan Palmes; Ann Lange; Elizabeth Edwards; Susannah Avery and Hannah Mason (Myles)
Half sister of Thomas Humphrey

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Immediate Family

About Anne Myles

Anne Humphrey

  • Baptized: Dec 17 1625 - Fordingham, Dorset, England
  • Death: Dec 17 1693 - Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
  • Parents: John Humphrey, Esq., Elizabeth Pelham
  • Husbands: William Palmes, John Myles
  • Children: Susannah (Palmes) Avery, Elizabeth (Palmes) Griffin, Ann (Palmes) Lange, Jonathan Palmes, Hannah (Myles) Mason


From Hylbom Family Ancestry Project

Anne [Humphrey] married [2nd to] John Myles, who emigrated from Wales to Massachusetts in about 1662.  Anne was born in England and presumably came to Massachusetts with her father in the 1630s.  Whether Anne returned to England with her father in the 1640s and subsequently returned to Massachusetts with John Myles in the 1600s, or whether she may have remained in Massachusetts and met and married John Myles there, is not known with certainty.  However, the available evidence suggests that she did not return to England and that Anne Humphrey and John Myles must have met and married in New England.

Regarding Anne, daughter of John Humphrey, Lewis states that “she married William Palmer of Ardfinan, Ireland, and afterward, the Rev. John Miles, of Swanzcy” and that he had in his possession a deed signed by her, and sealed with the arms of the house of Lincoln (due to her connection to her step-mother, her father’s third wife, Lady Susan Clinton, otherwise Fiennes).  The date of her second marriage to John Myles is not known, but presumably it was after 1662 when John Myles emigrated from Wales to Massachusetts and before about 1668, based on the birth date of their daughter Hannah Myles (1669).

From Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families:

Anne Humphrey, daughter of John Humphrey by his wife Elizabeth Pelham, married (1st) William Palmes, Gent. of Ardfinan co. Tipperary, Ireland. They had one son, Johnathan, and three daughters, Susannah, (wife of Samuel Avery), Elizabeth (wife of Griffin Edwards), and Anne (wife of Nicholas Lange).

From History of Swansea

From 1675 to 1680 Myles was at Boston establishing a Baptist Church; but after the rebuilt Swansea had for three years called to him. he returned to it, and there in 1683 died. His wife Anne outlived him; his son John (a Harvard scholar) was Swansea's first town-clerk; and curious to relate, Samuel, the preacher's son or grandson, became the second Episcopal rector of King's Chapel, Boston. The descendants of this stock (who often spelled the name Miles) are to be found in many honorable positions."

(Note. It has come to light (1914), that Anne Myles, the second wife of John Myles, was the daughter of John Humphrey, the early Massachusetts Magistrate, and that her (SIC: step) mother, Mrs. John Humphrey, was Lady Susan Clinton, daughter of Thomas Clinton, third Earl of Lincoln, and a sister of Theophiius Clinton, fourth Earl of Lincoln. This I have from the Commissioner of Public Records of Massachusetts, Henry E. Woods. Ed.)


Anne (Humphrey Palmes) Miles is a descendant of Magna Carta surety baron William de Mowbray through her mother Elizabeth Pelham.

1848 Meeting House of the First Baptist Church (21 Baptist Street, Swansea, Massachusetts) – This is the fifth building occupied by the congregation. The adjacent cemetery dates to 1731


9. Humphrey line, p. 406. In the discussion of Anne Humphrey and her husband William Palmes, it's noted that "[t]hey had one daughter, Susannah (wife of Samuel Avery)." I think the common wisdom is that only Susannah has living descendants, but William and Anne Palmes actually had four children:

  • Jonathan Palmes
  • Elizabeth Palmes, m. Griffin Edwards
  • Susannah Palmes, m. Samuel Avery
  • Anne Palmes, m. Nicholas Lang

Sources are:

  • a. _NEHGR_, 31:307-08 (contemporary statement that Anne Palmes brought a son and three daughters with her when she returned to New England from Ireland; also that "Mrs." Susannah Palmes married Samuel Avery, and that "Mrs." Anne Palmes married Nicholas Lang [both marriages at Swansea, Mass.]).
  • b. _NEHGR_, 99:240.
  • c. _Records and Files of the Essex County [Mass.] Quarterly Courts_, 8:137-38; 174 (mentions Jonathan Palmes and his sister Elizabeth, wife of Griffin Edwards, controversy over land at Lynn, Mass., presumably part of the estate of John Humphrey).
  • d. Savage, _Genealogical Dictionary_ (entry for Griffin Edwards mentions that he "calls, in a deed, Ann, w. of Rev. John Myles, who was sole heir of John Humphrey, his mo.-in-law").

The extracted IGI for Swansea, Mass., shows these marriages--

  • Samuel Avevy [sic] to Susannah Palmer [sic], 25 Oct. 1686
  • Nicholas Lang to Anne Palmer [sic], 10 Jan. 1687

If you do a search in the Ancestral File for Nicholas Lang + Ann, a family group at Bedford, Westchester, New York, pops up. Nicholas Lang, b. ca. 1668, died 1728, married ca. 1692 to Ann Palmes and had [at least] two daughters: Sarah Lang, married to Aaron Furman, and Susannah Lang, married to Othniel Sands.

_Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of NewYork_, vol. 3 (1730-1744), p. 29, has a will dated 15 July 1728, and proved 20 April 1731, that matches this quite closely. Nicholas Lange, "being by Divine Favour in tolerable health," divided his estate in six parts, five of them to his five children, "Elizabeth Forman, William [Lange], Ann Hutton, Susannah Sands, and Sarah Forman."

This Nicholas Lang has living descendants. I find that the use of the names Ann and Susannah offers *some* onomastic support for the assertion that this is the same Nicholas Lang who married a granddaughter of Mr. John Humphrey of Lynn.

  • THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 114
  • The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years (Google eBook) Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall Genealogical Publishing Com, 1999 - Reference - 214 pages. Page 99. "18. Anne Humphrey, only surviving child of Elizabeth [Pelham] No. 17, bp Fordingham 17 Dec 1625, m. (1) William Palmes; m. (2) Rev. John Miles of Swansea."
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Google eBook) Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1985 - Reference - 1009 pages. Page 507.
    • "MYLES, John ( - 1683) & Anne/Anna [Humphrey] [Palmes / [Palmer?] ( - 1693); w William; (see below); in Wales? b 1646; Salem / Swansea.
    • MYLES, John & 2/wf Anne [Humphrey] [Palmer] ( - 1695) (see above); b 15 Jan 1680; Swansea
  • Humphreys, F: The Humphreys Family in America, page 90.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing
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Anne Myles's Timeline

December 17, 1625
Dorchester, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
December 17, 1625
Dorchester, Dorset, England
Age 24
Age 33
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts
August 14, 1665
Age 39
Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
January 5, 1673
Age 47
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
December 17, 1693
Age 68
Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States