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Anthony Stoddard

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: March 16, 1686 (68-76)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Stoddard and Alice Stoddard
Husband of Mary Stoddard; Barbara Weld-Stoddard (Clapp); Christian Stoddard and Mary Stoddard
Father of Benjamin Stoddard; Rev. Soloman Stoddard; Samson Stoddard; Grace Stoddard; Samuel Stoddard and 13 others

Occupation: Linen Draper
Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Anthony Stoddard

Son of Anthony Stoddard & Alice Martin . Married 1) Mary Downing 2) Barbara Clapp 3) Christian Eyre 4) Mary Symmes

  • Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the ..., Volume 1 edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams
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  • (IX) Anthony (3), son of William (2) Stoddard, was the immigrant ancestor, and came to Boston about 1639. He was admitted a freeman in 1640 and was a leading citizen. He was deputy to the general court in 1650-59-60, and during twenty successive years from 1665 to 1684. He died March 16, 1686-87. He married (first) Mary Downing, daughter of Hon. Emanuel and Lucy Downing, and sister of Sir George, afterward Lord George Downing. He married (second) Barbara, widow of Captain Joseph Weld, of Roxbury. She died April 15, 1654, and he married (third) about 1655, Christian ___. Children of first wife: 1. Solomon, born October 4, 1643; mentioned below. 2. Samson, December 3, 1645, died November 4, 1698. 3. Simeon, 1650, died October 15, 1730. Children of second wife: 4. Sarah, October 21, 1652. 5. Stephen, January 6, 1654. *Children
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  • of third wife: 6. Anthony, June 16, 1656. 7. Christian, March 22, 1657; married Nathaniel Pierce. 8. Lydia, May 27, 1660; married Captain Samuel Turell. 9. Joseph, December 1, 1661. 10. John, April 22, 1663. 11. Ebenezer, July 1, 1664. 12. Dorothy, November 23, 1665. 13. Mary, March 25, 1668. 14. Jane (twin), July 29, 1669. 15 Grace (twin), July 29, 1669.
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  • Anthony Stoddard married Mary Downing, daughter of Emanuel Downing and Anne Ware, circa 1639.1
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  • 1.[S5430] Ryan Englund, "re: Downing Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 3 July 2011. Hereinafter cited as "re: Downing Family."
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  • The coat-of-arms of the Ancient Family of Stoddard of London: Sa. — Estoilles and bordure Gu. Crest: Out a ducal coronet a demi-horse salient arm. Motto: "Festina Lente" — "Be in haste but not in a hurry. In the office of Heraldry, England, the origin of the Stoddard family is thus given:
  • "William Stoddard came from Normandy to England, A. D. 1066, with William the Conqueror, who was his cousin. Of his descendants we find record of Rukard Stoddard, of Nottingham, Kent, near Eltham, about seven miles from London Bridge, where was located the family estate of about four hundred acres, which was in possession of the family in 1490, how much before is not known, and continued until the death of Nicholas Stoddard, a bachelor, in 1765. From him the line is: Thomas Stoddard of Royston; John Stoddard of Gundon; William Stoddard of Royston; John Stoddard of Royston; Anthony Stoddard of London; Gideon Stoddard of London; Anthony Stoddard of London; William Stoddard of London. Anthony Stoddard, of London, emigrated to Boston Bay Colony, Massachusetts, about 1639. The name is derived from the office of standard bearer, and was anciently written 'De La Standard.'"
  • (I) The American ancestor was Anthony, son of William Stoddard. He emigrated from England and came to Boston about 1639. He was made a freeman in 1640, was deputy in 1650-59-60, and for twenty years successively from 1665 to 1684. He married (first) Mary, daughter of Emanuel Downing, of Salem, who was admitted to the church there November 4, 1638, and sister of Sir George, afterward Lord Downing. Children: Solomon, Samson and Simeon. He married (second) Barbara, widow of Captain Joseph Weld, of Roxbury, by whom he had Sarah and Stephen. He married (third) Christian ————. Children: Anthony, of whom further; Christian Lydia, Joseph, John, Ebenezer, Dorothy; Mary Jane and Grace, twins born July 29, 1669. Anthony Stoddard, the founder, died March 16, 1686-7.
  • [This information is from Vol. II, pp. 736-739 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]
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  • Genealogical gleanings in England (1901) Vol. 1
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  • The English genealogical works which attempt to give the ancestry of Sir George Downing, baronet, give it erroneously. The error seems first to have been promulgated by Anthony a Wood in his Athenae Oxoniensis, published 1691-2, where, in an account of Dr. Calybute Downing, the Puritan writer, son of Calybute Downing of Shennington, Gloucestershire, Sir George is called his son. The error has been copied into several Baronetages. Dr. Downing's ancestry has been carried back through his grandfather, Arthur, of Lexham in Norfolk, to his great-grand-father Geoffrey Downing of Norwich, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Wingfield. There are no indications of a relationship between this family and that of George Downing of Ipswich, Suffolk, who, as Mr. Waters shows, was father of Emanuel, the father of Sir George. Savage names Mary, wife of Anthony Stoddard ; James ; Anne, wife of Capt. Joseph Gardner and afterwards of Gov. Simon Bradstreet ; John ; and Dorcas, as other children of Emanuel Downing ; and there was probably also a son Joshua (Mass. Hist. Coll. 4th S. vi. 79). Emanuel Downing announces his intention to leave New England in the fall of 1654 with Gen. Sedgwick (Ibid. p. 84). He was living as late as Sept. 6, 1658, in Edinburgh (Ibid. p. 86). His wife was living in England, June 27, 1662 (Ibid. p. 544). The place and date of death of neither are known. Interesting letters from Emanuel Downing and other members of his family, are printed in the volume of the Mass. Hist. Coll. cited.
  • Henry Downing, father of Col. Adam Downing, distinguished as an officer in William lll.'s army in Ireland, may have been, as represented by Burke (Ext. and Dorm. Baronetage, ed. 1844, p. 163 ; Landed Gentry, ed. 1853, i. 453), a son of Dr. Calybute. We find no evidence that Sir George had a brother Henry.
  • It is not probable that Wood obtained his information from the family, for the deed of which Mr. Waters gives an abstract proves that Charles Downing, son of Sir George, knew that his grandfather's name was Emanuel so late as 1700, eight years after the publication of Wood's Athenae. The following letter, copied for us by G. D. Scull, Esq., of Oxford, England, from the original, shows that Wood, while engaged on his work, applied to the Rev. Increase Mather for information about the Downings, but with little success : ......
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  • Genealogical and personal history of northern Pennsylvania (Volume 3).
  • (I) Anthony Stoddard, ancestor of the Stoddard family, came to Boston in the year 1629, nine years after the landing of the Pilgrims, 1620, and on the same ship with Matthew Grant, ancestor of our famous president
  • and general. He was admitted a freeman in 1640, and was a representative in 1650-59-60, and from 1665 to 1684. He was the first judge of the superior court in Boston, holding the position for twenty years. He is said to have been a radical nonconformist, and became prominent in the affairs of the early puritan administration ; but, observes Mr. C. B. Stoddard, "I am very glad to say that I have never been able to discover that any Stoddard was ever concerned in any of the cruel persecutions that resulted from the puritanical character and extreme religious intolerance of the nonconformists of that period". Anthony Stoddard early took an active interest in the establishment of Harvard College, some of his sons graduating from that school. He married (first) Mary Downing, of Salem, sister of Sir George Downing, whose family name was given to the famous "Wall Street" of London, Downing street. He married (second) Barbara, widow of Captain Joseph Weld, of Roxbury, died April 15, 1654. He married (third) in 1655 a woman, whose first name was Christian, but whose maiden surname is unknown. Children by first marriage : 1. Solomon, a Harvard graduate, and its first librarian, acting as such for seven or eight years ; later a dissenting minister, stationed at Northampton, Massachusetts, and missionary at the Bermudas, making some important contributions in published sermons and books to the volcanic theological controversies of his time. 2. Samson. 3. Simeon, mentioned below. Children by second marriage : Sarah and Stephen. Children by third marriage : Anthony, Christian, Lydia, Joseph, John, Ebenezer, Dorothy, Mary, Jane, Grace. Anthony Stoddard died March 16, 1686.
  • (II) Simeon, third son of Anthony and Mary (Downing) Stoddard, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, and baptized May 25, 1651, dying October 25, 1730. He was a freeman in 1670, member of the Artillery Company in 1675, also member of the Provincial Council, and much honored while living. He married (first) Mary Downing, who died August 13, 1708; (second) Elizabeth Shrimpton, relict of Colonel Samuel Shrimpton: (third) May 12, 171 5, Mehetable, daughter of James Minot, and widow of the Hon. Peter Seargeant. Children : Anthony, mentioned below; David, Jonathan, William.
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  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents (1900)
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  • Anthony, linen draper, Boston, adm. chh. 28 (7) 1639, frm. May 13, 1640. Deputy 1650; town officer. He m. 1, Mary, whom the Stoddard Genealogy states to have been the dau. of Mr. Emanuel Downing; (she may be the person, "kinswoman to Gov. John Winthrop, who was adm. chh. Boston (9) 1633.) He m. 2, about 24 (6) 1647, (date of marriage contract,) Barbara, dau. of Nicholas Clap of Venn Ottery, Eng., widow of Joseph Weld of Rox.; she was recd, to chh. of Bo. from that of Rox. 25 (10) 1647; she d. 15 (2) 1655, and he m. Christian — . Ch. Benjamin bapt. 23 (6) 1640, ae. about 11 days, Solomon bapt. 1 (8) 1643, ae. about 4 days, Samson b. 3 (10) 1645, Grace bapt. 16 (5) 1648, ae. about 2 days, Samuel bapt. 20 (11) 1649, ae. about 6 days, Simeon bapt. 25 (3) 1651, Sarah b. Oct. 21, 1652, Stephen bapt. 8 (11) 1653, Anthony b. June 16, 1656, Christian b. March 22, 1658, Lydia b. March 27, 1660, Joseph b. and d. Dec. 1661, John b. April 22, 1663, Ebenezer b. July 1, 1664, Dorothy b. Nov. 24, 1665, Mary b. March 25, 1668, Jane b. July 29, 1669.
  • He d. March 16, 1686-7. [S.] Will dated 29 Dec. 1684, prob. 19 May, 1687, beq. to wife what is due according to contract before marriage; to dau. Grace; rest to other eight children, Solomon, Samson, Anthony, Christion, Lydia, Dorothy, Mary and Jane.
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  • Joseph, Roxbury, captain, householder, propr., town officer, deputy. Wife Elizabeth d. Oct. 1638. He m. April 30, 1639, Barbara, dau. of Nicholas Clap of Venn Ottery, Eng. Ch. Edmund b. July 14, 1636, Sarah bapt. Dec. 21 1640, Daniel b. Sept. 18, 1642, Joseph bapt. 9 (12) 1644, d. 7 (10) 1645, Marah b. Aug. 2, 1646.
  • He was bur. Oct. 7, 1646. See accounts in A. Will dated at Ipsqich, 2 (4) 1646, prob. 10 (8) 1646, beq. to wife Barbara and her children Daniel, Sarah and Mara: to his ch. by first wife, John, Thomas, Edmund, Mary and Hannah; to dau. Dennison; to the college at Cambridge; annuity to Mr. Cuddington; to the poor of the church; referes to Mr. Hooker. [Reb. VII, 33.] Mary m. Daniel Harris; Sarah m. John Franck; Marah m. Comfort Starr. Mortg. discharged 4 July, 1666. The widow m. 2. Anthony Stoddard.
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Parents: Anthony STODDARD & Alice MARTIN

Birth: 1600

Of, Midlothian, , Scotland

Death: 16 Mar 1686

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

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Parents: Emanuel DOWNING & Ann WARE

Birth: 1618

London, London, , England

Death: 16 Jun 1647

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage — Nov 1639 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA


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M 23 Aug 1640

Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA 26 Aug 1640

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA


M 26 Sep 1643

Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA 11 Feb 1729

Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA


M 3 Dec 1645

Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA 4 Nov 1698

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

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Marriage Nov 1639 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA



Birth: 1600

Of, Midlothian, , Scotland

Death: 16 Mar 1686

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA





Of, Midlothian, , Scotland



Age: 39

Marriage to Mary DOWNING

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA


16 Mar

Age: 86


Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA


Anthony STODDARD 1572 – 1637

Alice MARTIN 1582 – 1604

Spouse & Children

Mary DOWNING 1618 – 1647

     Benjamin STODDARD 
     1640 – 1640 
     Solomon STODDARD 
     1643 – 1729 
     Samson STODDARD 
     1645 – 1698 Family tree: Western Michigan Genealogical Society

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Notes for Anthony Stoddard:

In 1641 among members of the Skinner Guild in London, in a Lay Subsidy Roll, are the names of "Anthony Stoddard in New England" and "William Stoddard in Ludgate." Charles E. Banks derives him from the parish of St. Michael le Quern in London; on 26 Aug 1639 the Boston records show "there is leave granted to Mr. Anthony Stoddard, lynning drap. to become a Townsman." He was granted a lot of 100 acres, at Mount Woollaston, 27 Jan 1639/40; he was one of four chosen to trade with the Indians, 10 Jan 1641/2. He was Constable as early as 1641; in 1644 he was granted liberty "to open his shop-window-board two foot into the street." He was selectman, 1647-51; Town Recorder, 1651 and Commissioner, 1652, 1657-9, 1661, 1667, 1669-81; in 1682 he was chosen again for the last office but declined. He was made a freeman of Mass. Bay, 13 May 1640; It seems that as Constable of Boston he object to serving the Governor's warrant against Francis Hutchinson, son of the noted Anne, and spoke his mind too plainly, in consequence of which, on 7 Sep 1641, "Anthony Stoader confessing his fault in his unfiting speach to the Govenr in affronting of him, is fined 13 1/2l." This contretemps perhaps kept him for a time in disfavor with the ruling caste, but 9 years later, in May 1650 he was made one of a committee of 4 to audit the colony account, and in Oct 1651 was one of the Commissioners appointed to try minor cases (up to £10) in Boston, an office to which he was frequently re-appointed. He was one of the three appointed in May 1660 to the office of Surveyor General of Arms. He served Boston as Deputy longer than any other citizen has done. His first wife's death was noted by Rev. John Eliot of Roxbury in telling of an epidemic of influenze in 1647 in which Mrs. Winthrop, the Governor's wife died. "Also a lusty strong woman of Boston Mrs Stodder; fondly eate greene peaches, wch set her to so vyolent a vomiting as yt it burst her intrals, as is thought, & so she dyed." Sewall's Diary, calls him at death "the ancientest shop-keeper in town" his will, dated 29 Dec 1684, proved 19 May 1687;

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Anthony Stoddard, Linen-Draper, was allowed to become a citizen, or townsman, of Boston, 26th august 1639. He was admitted to the Freeman's oath on May 13 May 1640.

Source: The History of New England, 1630-1649, Vol. II.

"Anthony STODDARD of Boston was the founder of an illustrious family. He married four times and had many children. His first wife was Mary, daughter of Emanuel DOWNING of Salem, niece of Governor WINTHROP, and sister of Sir. George DOWNING. His second wife was Barbara, widow of Captain Joseph WELD of Roxbury, and a daughter of Nicholas CLAP. His third wife's first name was Christian: her last name is unknown. His fourth wife was Mary, widow of Major Thomas SAVAGE, and a daughter of the Rev. Zechariah SYMMES. Anthony was a man of great influence. He was a well known merchant, a Recorder of Boston, and for twenty-three years he served as Representative in the General Court. He died March 16, 1687. Many of his descendants graduated from Harvard and from Yale. his son Solomon, Harvard, 1662, was the first Librarian of Harvard College, and was later famous as a preacher at Northampton. Solomon was a grandfather of Jonathan EDWARDS [1703-1758, American philosopher, mystic, and Puritan theologian]. Arron BURR, Vice-President of the United States was one of his descendants. Many distinguished ministers and scholars have been produced by this family."

Anthony was pastor in Woodbury for 60 years, as well town lawyer, doctor and clerk of court. In his latter role he produced a large volume of records and documents available for viewing at Woodbury Town Hall.

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Anthony Stoddard's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
August 23, 1640
Age 26
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
September 27, 1643
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 3, 1645
Age 31
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
July 14, 1648
Age 34
Boston, MA, USA
January 14, 1649
Age 35
Boston, MA, USA
May 25, 1651
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 21, 1652
Age 38
Boston, MA, USA