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David Linnell

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: November 14, 1688 (61)
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Dominion of New England
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Linnell and Jemimah Linnell
Husband of Hannah Linnell
Father of Samuel Linnell; Elisha Linnell; Mary Sargent; Hannah Davis; Abigail Jones and 4 others
Brother of Sarah Ewer; Hannah Davis; Mary Childs; Abigail Lombard; Samuel Linnell and 1 other

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About David Linnell

David was able to bear arms in 1643 (21) and was chosen "hayward of the General field" in 1679. (22)

Rachel L. Wynn, The Descendants of Robert Linnell (1985), 1 .

Genealogical Research in England (NEH&GR, 1912 & 1913), 66:357 & 67:260-261; Charles E. Banks, Howes Note (NEH&GR, 1915), 69:284.

Frederick Freeman, History of Cape Cod: Annals of Barnstable (1852-1862), 2:246.

NEH&GR, 4:258.

The children of David and Hannah Linnell [MRIN-1502] were all born in Barnstable:

David was 25/26 years old when he married Hannah, a lass of 16 years. Otis notes that "our ancestors encouraged early marriages. He who married at eighteen was admitted to all the privileges, and required to perform all the duties of a citizen; while, he that remained single, had to tarry till he was twenty-four to be enrolled as a townsman" (Otis, Gen.Notes Vol.2, p.154) While David had been listed as able to bear arms for ten years, he had waited to marry for some time. The romance between David and Hannah had blossomed; it had received the public censure of public whipping and exclusion from the church rolls and privileges; yet they had moved on into marriage.

Hannah was the daughter of Robert and Judith (Garnet) Shelley. Otis describes Robert as "an easy, good-natured man, who cared little how the world moved. He was, however, an honest man, a good neighbor, and a sincere Christian. His wife Judith Garnet was before her marriage a Boston woman-- a member of the church there, proud, tenacious of her own opinions, and had little control over her tongue, which ran like a whip-saw, cutting everything it came in contact with" (Otis, Gen.Notes, Vol.2, p.156). Judith's tongue got her into problems with the women of the community, and an excommunication by the church on June 4,1649 for speaking ill of other women. It was in this environment that Hannah grew up and out of which she married David. Clearly, she was the independent daughter of an independent mother.

Little mention is made of David's mature life. He was chosen "hayward of the General field" in 1679 but seems to have held no other function for the general good of the community. It seems probable that his estate was very small at the time of his death.

David's will is dated 17 Nov. 1688 and was proved 6 March 1689. To his sons Samuel and Elisha, and to his daughters Hannah Davis, Experience, Susanna, Abigail and Mary, he gave one shilling. The land was to be divided in thirds among Jonathan, John, and David's wife Hannah. She was to have the lower room in "my now dwelling house during her widowhood and all the Rest of my Estate in what kind so ever it be to be at her own dispose. She to be sole executrix." Jonathan was to have the house and to pay his brother John half of its worth. It is probable that Hannah continued to live in Barnstable until her death in 1708 but that Jonathan had already moved to Eastham as early as 1687. How early John moved to Hyannis Port is not known but his marriage to Ruth Davis in 1695 may indicate the time of establishing residence there.

Hannah's will, dated 2 Feb.1708/09, probated 5 Apr.1709, mentions as beneficiaries Abigail Linnel; Mary Sergeant [Sargent], wife of John; Experience, wife of Jabez Davis; Susanna, wife of Eben. Phinney; and her grandaughter Hannah Davis; daughter of Dolar. She signed with a mark and appointed John Phinney, Jr. as executor.

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David Linnell's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
December 15, 1655
Age 28
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
June 1, 1658
Age 31
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
December 15, 1660
Age 33
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
December 15, 1660
Age 33
Barnstable, Plymouth Colony
Age 37
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 37
Barnstable, Plymouth Colony, Colonial America
September 9, 1669
Age 42
Barnstable, Plymouth Colony
Age 44
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony