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Emanuel Hilliard

Also Known As: "Emmanuel"
Birthplace: Seen as, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: October 20, 1657 (34-42)
at sea, near, Hampton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America (Drowning)
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Hilliard, of Hingham and Elizabeth Hilliard
Husband of Elizabeth Merry
Father of Timothy Hilliard; John Hilliard; Benjamin Hilliard and Elizabeth Parkhurst
Brother of Edward Hilliard and Anna Canterbury

Occupation: seaman, fisherman
Managed by: Private User
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About Emmanuel Hilliard, of Hampton

Not a proven son of Anthony Hilliard, of Hingham & Elizabeth Hilliard although Anthony & Emmanuel seem to share a death date.

Emanuel "Emmanuel" Hilliard

  • Birth: about 1618 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Died 20 Oct 1657 at about age 39 in At Sea
  • Parents: uncertain
  • Husband of Elizabeth (Parkhurst) Merry — married before 1650



Emanuel Hilliard of Hampton, New Hampshire married Elizabeth Parkhurst, the daughter of George Parkhurst and Phebe Leete of Ipswich, England, where Elizabeth was baptized 18 May 1628.[1]

Emanuel Hilliard "...was drowned 20 Oct, 1657,”[2] lost at sea, on passage from Hampton, New Hampshire to Boston.[3]

Emanuel Hilliard received 10 Oct 1657, from Rev. Timothy Dalton, a deed of gift "unto my loving Kinsman, Eman : Hilliard, of e towne aforesaid, Seaman, 100 acres of meadow & y upland, being part of my farme," etc. Ten days later (20 Oct 1657), Mr. Hilliard was lost at sea. His wife was Elizabeth [Parkhurst, niece of Ruth Dalton], who married, second, Joseph Merry.[4]

The Wreck of Rivermouth

From History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire:[5]

“In the autumn of 1657, an event occurred, which brought mourning and sorrow into several families in the town and cast a gloom over the whole community. A vessel sailed from our river, October 20, bound to Boston, having on board four men, two women and two children—eight persons in all—belonging to Hampton. From some cause not now known, the vessel, soon after leaving the harbor, either foundered, or was capsized, and all on board perished. The persons lost were these : Robert Reed, Serg. William Swaine, Emanuel Hilliard, John Philbrick, his wife Ann, and their daughter Sarah, Alice, the wife of Moses Cox, and John Cox their son, and as is supposed, their only child.”

The entry is thus made on the town records : "The sad hand of God upon eight psons goeing in a vessell by sea from Hampton to boston, who were all swallowed up in the ocean soon after they were out of the Harbour."


Emmanuel Hilliard, Hampton

Widow Elizabeth, son Benjamin & Timothy, daughter Elizabeth [6]

“Inventory of the estate of Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, appraised Nov. 19, 1657, by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow; affirmed by the widow, Elizabeth Hilliard, amount £177.13.6.”

Children of Emanuel Hilliard and Elizabeth Parkhurst

Emanuel and Phebe had four children:[3][4]

  1. John, born, 2 Mar 1650/1, in Hampton, Rockingham, NH (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 544). Died, 7 Aug 1651, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 557).
  2. Benjamin, born 2 Nov 1652, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 544). Died, 13 Jun 1677 Benjamin was killed by "ye barbrous heathen", i.e., Indians.
  3. Elizabeth, born 22 Jan 1654/5, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 546). Died, 1746, in Edgartown, Ma. She married (8 children see Martha's Vineyard Hist. Vol. III, pp. 302-3) John Mayhew, son of Thomas Mayhew , Jr. and Jane Paine, 1672, in Tisbury (Martha's Vineyard Hist. Vol. II, Annals of West Tisbury p.75).
  4. Timothy, born circa 1656, in Hampton. Died, 17 Aug 1723. He married Apphia Philbrick, 3 Dec 1674, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 76).

Seaman, fisherman, Hampton, bought land and house 18 (3) 1649. Sold a house, stage, flakes, shallop, cables, etc at Isles of Shoals 24 June 1653. Wife Elizabeth: children Timothy; John b and d 1651; Benjamin b 2 (9) 1652; Elizabeth b 22 (11) 1654. He recd a gift of land Oct 10, 1657 from his kinsman Rev. Timothy Dalton. He was lost in a vessel which sailed from Hampton for Boston Oct 20, 1657. Admin of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth 13 (2) 1658. She m. 2, Joseph Merrie, who contracted 13 (10) 1659 to pay to her children Timothy, Benjamin and Elizabeth their respective portions in due time.

Emanual drowned along with seven other people on a vessel that left Hampton River bound for Boston. He was probably a seaman or fisherman, and also a farmer, as he had been deeded a farm shortly before he died. The farm had been given to him by Rev. Timothy Dalton (the husband of Elizabeth's Aunt Ruth).

Why are these the same date?

From History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts ... 2:331-32, digital images, < Hathitrust >

Anthony [Hilliard], had a grant of land in Hing., 1639. In 1663, a person of this surname was in Concord, N.H. This was ab. the time that the names of Otis and others from Hing. first appears among the early settlers of Concord and its vic. In a letter in Lincoln's "History of Hingham," p. 175, is is stated that "Emanuel or Anthony, Hilliard, was lost with seven other person in a boat going out of Hingham, 20 October 1657." Possibly the Anthony referred to may have been the Anthony who was early of Hingham."

Hillyard Hilliard

Occupation seaman, fisherman

Death 20 Oct 1657 (age 38-39) at sea


'Finding Our Past

(See also Emanuel HILLIARD's parents: Emanuel HILLYARD (1600- ) and Orange ADAMS (c. 1600- ) Elizabeth PARKHURST's parents: George * PARKHURST (1589-1675) and Phebe * LEETE (1585-1645) Elizabeth PARKHURST's siblings: Phebe PARKHURST (1612-1700), Mary PARKHURST (1614-1687), Samuel PARKHURST (1617- ), Deborah * PARKHURST (1619-1675), Deborah PARKHURST (1619-1667), John PARKHURST (1623- ) and Abigail PARKHURST (1625-1676)

'Family of Emanuel HILLIARD and Elizabeth PARKHURST

Husband: Emanuel HILLIARD (1618-1657)

Wife: Elizabeth PARKHURST (1628-1657)

Children: Timothy HILLIARD (1645-1723)

John HILLIARD (1651- )

Benjamin HILLIARD (1652- )

Elizabeth HILLIARD (1653- )

Marriage 10 Apr 1640 Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Husband: Emanuel HILLIARD

Name: Emanuel HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Father: Emanuel HILLYARD (1600- )

Mother: Orange ADAMS (c. 1600- )

Birth 1618 Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Occupation seaman, fisherman

Death 20 Oct 1657 (age 38-39) at sea

Wife: Elizabeth PARKHURST

Name: Elizabeth PARKHURST

Sex: Female

Father: George * PARKHURST (1589-1675)

Mother: Phebe * LEETE (1585-1645)

Birth 18 May 1628 England

Death 4 Apr 1657 (age 28) Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Child 1: Timothy HILLIARD

Name: Timothy HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Spouse: Apphia PHILBRICK (1654- )

Birth 1645 Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Death 17 Aug 1723 (age 77-78)

Child 2: John HILLIARD


Sex: Male

Birth 2 Mar 1651

Child 3: Benjamin HILLIARD

Name: Benjamin HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Birth 2 Nov 1652

Child 4: Elizabeth HILLIARD

Name: Elizabeth HILLIARD

Sex: Female

Birth 22 Jan 1653

Note on Husband: Emanuel HILLIARD

[Inventory of the estate of Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, appraised Nov. 19, 1657, by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow; affirmed by the widow, Elizabeth Hilliard; amount, £177.13.6.] [Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 74.]

[Francis Page of Hampton acknowledges the receipt from Joseph Merry of Hampton of £53.6.8, in behalf of Benjamin Hilliard and Elizabeth Hilliard, children of Emmanuel Hilliard, it being their share of their father's estate; dated June 23, 1669; witness, Nathaniel Batcheller.]

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.]

[Timothy Hilliard acknowledges the receipt from his father-in-law, Joseph Merry, of £53.6.4, it being his share in the estate of his father, Emmanuel Hilliard, dated Oct. 13, 1669; witnesses, Samuel Dalton and Jeremy Jewett.]

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.]


  1. Emanuel Hilliard (1618) “Lost in Boat going out with 6 others 20 Oct, 1657.” (The Genealogical Dictionary of Settlers of New England Before 1692 showing three generations of those who came before May 1692 on the basis of Farmer’s Register, James Savage, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1695)
  2. GEORGE-1 PARKHURST SELECTED DESCENDANTS 15 MAY 1997 Prepared by: Peter George Parkhurst
  3. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dearbornboutwell/... (dead link)
  4. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hilliard-354
    1. Banks, Charles. The History of Martha's Vineyard (G.H. Dean, Boston, 1911) Vol. 2: Town Annals. Page 58 See also: EBook : The Merry Family
    2. Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard.
    3. Parkhurst, Peter George. Parkhurst Selected Descendants. 1997.
    4. Dow, Joseph, 1807-1889; Dow, Lucy Ellen, ed. History of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from its settlement in 1638 to the autumn of 1892. L.E. Dow. Salem, Mass. 1893. pg. 746
    5. Dow, Joseph, 1807-1889. [from old catalog]; Dow, Lucy Ellen, [from old catalog] ed. History of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire. From its settlement in 1638, to the autumn of 1892. Printed by the Salem press. Salem, Mass. 1893. pg. 57
    6. Documents Relating to Towns in New Hampshire (Rumford Printing Company, 1907) Vol. 31, Page 35-6: Emmanuel Hilliard, widow Elizabeth, son Benjamin & Timothy, daughter Elizabeth.
    7. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.) Vol. 27, Page 365
    8. New Hampshire Probate Records, 1635-1717, Vol. 1, New Hampshire State Papers Series (1907) (Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH, 1907) Vol. 31.
    9. Page 32: Administration on the estate of Samuel Parker granted to Emmanuel Hilliard June 25, 1656.
  5. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/9CCC-24W
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Emmanuel Hilliard, of Hampton's Timeline

December 13, 1618
Seen as, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
March 3, 1645
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
March 2, 1651
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
November 2, 1652
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
January 22, 1654
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
October 20, 1657
Age 38
at sea, near, Hampton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
June 10, 1933
Age 38
September 19, 1933
Age 38