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Edward Tyng, Esq.

Also Known As: "II"
Birthplace: Dunstable, Central Bedfordshire, England
Death: December 27, 1681 (66-75)
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Tyngsborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Tyng, I and Unknown Mrs Tyng 1577
Husband of Mary Tyng
Father of Hannah Gookin; Mary Tyng; Col. Jonathan Tyng; Deliverance Searle; Rebecca Tyng and 5 others
Brother of Capt. William Tyng

Occupation: prosperous merchant, Judge, Mayor of Boston, Colonel, Merchant, Brewer, Developer, Farmer, etc.
Managed by: Carol Ann Selis
Last Updated:

About Col. Edward Tyng


  • Here lyeth the body of
  • Mr. Edward Tyng
  • Esqir aged 71 yeares
  • Died December
  • 27 day 1681


"I should not be doing justice to this town, and discharging my duty on this occasion in accordance with your best sentiments, did I fail to remind you of some, a few at least, of those men of mark whose names are intimately connected with your history. In all my recital of the important events in your earlier annals you must have noticed the prominence and importance attached to the name of Tyng . The founder of the family here was Hon. Edward Tyng , who died Dec. 28, 1681 , aged eighty-one years. Col. Tyng was born in Dunstable, England , in 1600 , settled in Boston as a merchant in 1639, was representative in 1661 and 1662, assistant from 1668 to 1681, and colonel of the Suffolk regiment. He left six children, two sons and four daughters. His sons were prominent in their day, and his daughters will be remembered as among the foremost women of their time; Hannah having married Rev. Thomas Weld, a leading clergyman of this town and of the colony; Eunice being the wife of President Willard, of Harvard College; and Rebecca having married Gov. Dudley .


"Col. Tyng had the strength, energy, and courage of a leading and successful colonist, had enterprise enough to leave the Old World for the opportunities of the New, sagacity enough to become a distinguished and prosperous merchant, and strength of character sufficient to found a family. He became possessed of lands in this town by early grants, and having acquired a fortune by commercial enterprise in his manhood, he had the wisdom to retire to the country, to enjoy there the evening of his day. He gave the name to a town in his own honor, and in that town his ashes repose.

"Hon. Jonathan Tyng , the son of Col. Edward Tyng , was born Dec. 15, 1642 , and died Jan. 19, 1724 , aged eighty-one. It is said of him, "He was one of the original proprietors of the town, and the earliest permanent settler, having remained here alone during Philip's War, when every other person had deserted the settlement, for fear of the Indians." He was a man of great energy and decision of character, and of probity and honor. He was one of the council of Sir Edward Andros, a royal commissioner under James Il , a representative of this town and one of its selectmen. It was he, to whom the garrisons of the town were intrusted during the Indian wars. Two of his sons, John and Eleazer , were graduates of Harvard College, and his daughter Mary followed the example of many of the attractive and accomplished young women of that day, and married the parish minister, Rev. Nathaniel Holden . Col. Tyng married Sarah , daughter of Hezekiah Usher , who died in 1714 .

"Rev. Thomas Weld , the first minister of the town, died June 9, 1702 , aged fifty years. He was born in Roxbury , and was a grandson of Rev. Thomas Weld , the first minister of that town, who came from England in 1632 . Mr. Weld , the subject of this notice, graduated at Harvard in 1671, and studied divinity with Rev. Samuel Danforth , and settled in Dunstable in 1678 . He married for his first wife Elizabeth , daughter of Rev. John Wilson, of Medfield ; and for his second wife Hannah Savage, daughter of Hon. Edward Tyng . He was a man of great piety, and exerted an elevating influence on the community during his long ministry. He was a good representative of that class of men who in those days were educated at Harvard , stood by the church, and encouraged the schools, and who did so much to give New England that character of intelligence and integrity which she has not yet lost, and which has been carried by her sons into every corner of our land.


Edward TYNG (b.1610, in Dunstable, Eng; d.1681) m. Mary SEARS (b. Dunstable, Eng.; d.1685); son Jonathan. [2:10]

                     Generation One

1. ___ Tyng.

    Known children of ___ Tyng include:
                i. Capt. William Tyng; b. circa 1605; m. Elizabeth
                   Coytemore; 2nd wife; d. 18 Jan 1652/53 at
                   Braintree, MA.
                   He was Treasurer between 1640 and 1644 at
    2.         ii. Col. Edward Tyng, b. 1610 at Dunstable, England;
                   m. Mary Sears.
                     Generation Two

2. Col. Edward Tyng (___1); b. 1610 at Dunstable, England; m. Mary

Sears, daughter of Francis Sears, circa 1636; d. 27 Dec 1681 at

Dunstable, MA; d. 28 Dec 1681 at Dunstable, MA.

    He immigrated circa 1630 to America; 1st time. He immigrated in

1635 to New England; 2nd time. He immigrated on 3 Jul 1638 to Boston,

MA; ship 'New Supply' alias 'Nicholas' chartered by his brother

William. He was a hymn writer. He was a brewer. He was a member of His

Majesty's Council. He and Mary Sears resided at Boston, MA. He was a

judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He was a constable in 1642. He was

a member Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1642. He left a

will on 25 Aug 1677; proved 19 Jan 1682.

    Mary Sears was born at Dunstable, England. She was buried on 4

Jul 1685.

    Known children of Col. Edward Tyng and Mary Sears all b. at

Boston, MA, were as follows:

    3.          i. Hannah Tyng, b. 7 Mar 1639/40; m. Capt. Habijah
                   Savage; m. Gen. Daniel Gookin.
               ii. Mary Tyng; b. 17 Apr 1641; baptized 2 May 1641; m.
                   Gov. Daniel Searle; d. 1724 at Barbadoes.
              iii. Col. Jonathan Tyng; b. 15 Dec 1642; baptized 18
                   Dec 1642; m. Sarah Usher, daughter of Hezekiah
                   Usher and Frances; m. Sarah Gibbons, daughter of
                   Williams Gibbons, 30 May 1706 at Boston, MA;
                   m. Judith Rayner, daughter of Rev. John Rayner and
                   Frances Clark, either 1722 or 1723; d. 19 Jan
                   1723/24 at Woburn, MA, at age 81.
               iv. Deliverance Tyng; b. 6 Jun 1645; baptized 13 Jul
                v. Rebecca Tyng; baptized 23 Mar 1646/47; d. 16 Jan
    4.         vi. Col. Edward Tyng, b. 26 Mar 1649; m. Elizabeth
              vii. Rebecca Tyng; b. 13 Jul 1651; m. Gov. Joseph
                   Dudley, son of Gov. Thomas Dudley and Katherine
                   Deighton, 1669; m. Gov. Joseph Dudley, son of Gov.
                   Thomas Dudley and Katherine Deighton, by 1670;
                   d. 21 Sep 1722 at Roxbury, MA, at age 71.
             viii. William Tyng; b. 3 Mar 1653; probably d. young.
               ix. Eunice Tyng; b. 8 Mar 1655; m. Rev. Samuel
                   Willard, son of Maj. Simon Willard, 1679; 2nd
                   wife; d. 14 Jan 1720 at age 64.
                   She and Rev. Samuel Willard had 14 children.
                x. Joseph Tyng; b. 12 Jul 1657; d. 30 Jul 1658 at
                   age 1.


Historical sketches of Dunstable, Mass. Bi-centennialoration of Hon. George B. Loring. September 17, 1873 by Loring, George Bailey,1817-1891 p 17+

Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston,1630-1822 (Thwing Collection) p 17794-17797

Robert I Ward, "English Clues: Tyng, Coley, Cooley andSearbrock" in The American Genealogist (1974) 50:92-93

NEHGR 67:204, 3:39, 8:19

Gov. John Winthrop Papers, Vol. 5:143, 4:148

Probate 1681 Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate RecordsCase #1212

Tingley, Raymon Meyers, Some Ances tral Lines; Being aRecord of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford: Solon Tingley and His Wife, MarthaPamelia Meyers, Collected by Their Son, Raymon Meyers Tingley (Rutland, Vt.:Tuttle, 1935) 69

Brown, Fannie Wilder, Some of the Ancestors of Oliver HazardPerry (Boston, 1911) 18

Willard, Joseph, et al., Willard Genealogy, Sequel toWillard Memoir (Boston: Willard Family Association, 1915) 2:15

Gookin, Frederick William, Daniel Gookin, 1612– 1687, Asst.and Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; His Life and Letters andSome Account of His Ancestry (Chicago: privately printed, 1912) 181

Frost, Josephine C., Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop andHis Wife Alice Woodward Babcock ([New York?], 1927) 503

Cooch, Mary Evarts, Ancestry and Descen- dants of NancyAllyn (Foote) Webb, Rev. Edward Webb, and Joseph Wilkins Cooch (Wilmington,Del.: Star Publishing, 1919) 82

Stearns, Ezra S., Early Generations of the Founders of OldDunstable: Thirty Families (Boston: George E. Littlefield, 1911) p 82

Wyman, Thomas Bellows, The Genealogies and Estates ofCharlestown, 2 vols. (Boston: D. Clapp and Son, 1879) p 946

The Genealogical Magazine, vol. 1 (Salem Mass.: SalemPress,) 1:134

Tracy (1936): Tracy, Sherman Weld, The Tracy Genealogy;Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623; Also,Ancestral Sketches and Chart (Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle, 1936) p 193

Boston Town Records,” in Second Report of the RecordCommissioners of the City of Boston; containing the Boston Records, 1634-1660,and the Book of Possessions, 2nd ed. (Boston 1881) Vol 1 (There are a greatnumber of deeds listed in his name in this book).

Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bayin New England , 1628–1686, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., 5 volumes in 6 (Boston1853–1854) 1:378

Oliver Ayer Roberts, History of... the Ancient and HonorableArtillery Company of Massachusetts, 1637-1888 , 4 volumes (Boston 1895-1901)1:123

Essex Institute Historical Collections 28:149

Camrbidge Cameos p 82 footnotes

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Col. Edward Tyng's Timeline

Dunstable, Central Bedfordshire, England
March 7, 1640
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
April 17, 1641
December 15, 1642
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 6, 1645
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 23, 1646
March 26, 1649
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
May 13, 1651
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
March 3, 1653