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Henry Sillsbee

Also Known As: "Silsbee"
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Death: December 16, 1700 (87)
Lynn, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Silsby and Mary Randes
Husband of Dorothy Sillsbee and Grace Sillsbee
Father of Mary Silsbee; John Silsbee; Henry Silsbee; Sarah Collins, of Lynn; Jonathan Silsbee and 4 others
Brother of Mathew Silsbee; John Silsbee; Joanna Clements; Robert Silsbee; Mary Silsbee and 5 others
Half brother of Anne Wright

Managed by: Sam Willsea
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About Henry Sillsbee


Son of Henry Silsbee aka Sillesbye Silsby 1577 – 1645 and Mary Randes 1581 – 1632. Birth

  • 1613 22 May
  • London, England

Marriage to Dorothy (Sillsbee MNU) 1622 – 1676

  • 1643 — Age: 30
  • Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Children: Henry, Nathaniel, Mary John, Jonathan, Samuel, Ephraim, Hannah and Sarah.

Source Genealogy of the SALEM MARSH FAMILY. She is his first wife and mother of his children. Exact marriage date is unknown.

MARY Silsby Silsbee 1643 – 1695

John Silsbee 1646 – 1687

Henry Silsbee 1648 – 1648

Jonathan Silsby 1650 – 1714

Nathaniel Silsbee 1651 – 1717


Sarah Silsby 1658 – 1931

Hannah Silsby 1659 – 1682

Samuel Silsbee 1659 – 1687

Marriage to Grace Eaton

  • 1680 18 Nov — Age: 67
  • Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2nd wife not the mother of his children.


  • 1700 16 Dec — Age: 87
  • Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
   Will dated Lynn, March. 17, 1698, proved in court Dec. 16, 1700. His exact death date is not known but is between these two dates. He leaves most of his vast real estate to Jonathan and Ephraim. He names Jonathan's wife as Bethiah Marsh. 


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Section on the Silsby Family from:

The genealogy of John Marsh of Salem and his descendants, 1633-1888 (1888) Author: Marsh, Lucius B. (Lucius Bolles), 1818-1901; Marsh, Dwight W. (Dwight Whitney), 1823-1896, comp Sorry for the poor OCR quality.

THIRD GENERATION. As we have up record of marriage of eight of the eleven children of 1 John Marsh, oar list now narrows to the families of the children of 3 Zachary and 8 Bethiah (who each married a Sillsbee) and to the children of 9 Samuer. This makes it desirable that we give here some account of the Sillsbees. Henry Silsbee (now spelt Silsby) was born in London, England, probably in 1608. He came to Salem probably with Mr. Samuel Sharp in 1629, (and was known as Mr. Sharp's " man," that is, he was probably his confidential business man.) " 25th day of the 5 month, 1639, Henry Sillsby, Mr. Sharp's man, is received an inhabitant within this jurisdiction and their is granted to him half an acre of land near the Cat Cone for a howseplatt," this is the first appearance of the name in Salem records. On the ]!)th Oct., 1651, Henry Silsby of Ipswich, buys of Obediah Flud of Boston and Thomas Coates of Linn, the now dwelling house of Thomas Coates in Linn, once in the occupation of Joseph Flud ; with six THE SILSBEES. 21 acres of ground next the little river east and west upon Town Com- mon, south by Edward Jerson and North by Robert Rand." The little river is " Stacy's" Brook, which crosses the Eastern Railroad a short distance southwest of the Swampscott station. 16th March, 1670-1, Henry Silsbee made further purchases of land of the select- men of the town. In this deed he is termed " Shooe-maker." Henry Silsby, b. in London, England, probably in 1608, died in Lynn in 1700, He m. (1) Dorothy, (2) Grace Eaton, Nov. 18, 1680. Children : Henry, b. Nathaniel, b. abt. 1651, d. abt. 1717, m, 1st Deborah Tompkins, 5 da}', 9 mo., 1671, and 2 Elizabeth Pickering before 1697. (14) Mary, b. in. 3 Zachary Marsh 15 d. 6 mo., 1664. John, b. prob. June 26, 1646, m. Bethia Pitman, Feb. 15, 1673. (28) Jonathan, b. m. 8 Bethiah Marsh 1 d. 11 m. 1673. He the brother of Mary who m. Zachery. Samuel, b. died Oct., 1687, m. Mary Biscoe, July 4, 1676. Ephraim Silsby, b. d. March, 1729, m. Rachel Bassett, Jan. 23, 1693. Hannah, b. d. Jan. 8, 1682, ra. Thomas Laughton, Jr., Dec. 2, 1680. Sarah, b. m. Joseph Collins, Feb. 25, 1682. Henry Silsby's will gives nearly half his property to Jonathan who m. Bethiah Marsh; it is dated Lynn, March. 17, 1698, proved in court Dec. 16, 1700, and reads : ' ' Jonathan my son to have the lower part of the house lot, first that is to say, from the brook, and so upwards through the whole breadth of said lot, until it comes to the land I have given to my son Ephraim. I also give to him my son Jonathan four acres of upland lying next ye land, and Benj. Farr's Hill, he and Jonathan used to improve; also his house, also one full and just half of the lower field so called; also one-half of my piece of fresh meadow, laying near Collings field, and two acres of Salt Marsh laying in the Towns Marsh, — I give to my grandson John Marsh five pounds " " " Henry Collings fifty shelling " " " John Laughton " " " " granddaughter Mary Silsby fifty shelling All my movable estate to my two sons Jonathan and Ephraim Silsby, in equil halves, all to be divided equally, except only 15 pounds which I have given my son Jonathan, my will is that it shall be paid by my son Ephraim. The other portions of the estate not here mentioned, were given in the will to his son Ephraim. Jonathan and Ephraim to be executors. 22 SALEM MARSH FAMILY. , 8 Jan. 1692, voted that Henry Silsbee should sit in the deacon's seat, " History of Lynn, page 292." 42 = 29. SARAH SILSBY, dan. 28 Jonathan and Bethiah (Marsh) Sillsbee, b. Dec. 5, 1674, m. Sept. 9, 1707, number 42. 42. Joseph Lilly. 43 — 31. JONATHAN SILSBY, son 28 Jonathan and Bethiah b. March 16, 1678, m. 1709, number 43. 43. Elizabeth Collins. They removed to Windham Co., Conn., as appears below. 44 = 33. ELIZABETH SILSBY, dau. 28 Jonathan and Bethiah, b. Aug. 2, 1685, m. Feb. 10, 1720, number 44. 44. John Cavis. 45 = 34. HANNAH SILSBY, dau. 28 Jonathan and Bethiah, b. Oct. 3, 1687, d. abt. 1759, ra. March 15, 1710, number 45. 45. Samuel Abbe. JOHN MARSH^. 23 In 1698 the will of bis father HeniT bequeaths to 28 Jonathan the lot of 4 acres " he had been improving." This was probably the lot which Henry bought in 1660 of John Hathorne, which was the dwelling-place of Jonathan and his family, which he sold Dec. 25, 17U8, to Ephraim Stacey, situated on the north on the county road leading to Marblehead. On the 13 Dec. 1708 Jonathan Silsby husbandman, and wife Bethiah sell to Henry Collins, Jr., land " near my new dwelling house, bounded east by Benj. Farr." These sales of the family houses, and lands, receive an explanation in the statement of (31) Jonathan, Ji-., which may be found in our court records in 1709, that he and his father, and George Lilly, are about removing out of the province. In Larned's "Windham County, Conn., pp. 274-9, I find a Jonathan Silsby, (prob. 31) active in the formation in Oct., 1731 of Scotland Parish and in 1740 assigned to a front seat in the new Meeting House. In Weaver's, Windham," p. 17, the marriage of a Hannah is recorded ; on p. 67, Chloe, a daughter of John Silsby, m. Sept. 27, 1774, Deacon Baker who died Sept. 29, 1778, aged forty. Emigration from this part of Connecticut to Brimfield, Mass., carried thither many of our local surnames, and there is but little doubt that the name of Silsby in those parts may be thus accounted for. CHILDREN OF 3 ZACHARY AND 14 MARY (sILLSBEE) MARSH. 46 = 15. JOHN MARSHs (ZACH; JOHN) b. Danvers (Salem), Nov. 26,1665, m. prob. 1684-6, number 46. 46. Alice The name of Alice and this marriage are known

Name Henry Silsbee Born about 1613 Duston, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location Gender Male Baptism 22 May 1613 Duston, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location Died 16 December 1700 Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location Person ID I88418 Schirado Last Modified 19 August 2005

Father Henry Silsbee Mother Mary Randes Family ID F64872 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart

Family/Spouse 1 Dorothy [Silsbee], d. 27 September 1676, Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location Children + 1. Mary Silsbee, b. say 1642, d. 1695, Salem, MA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 53 years)

	2. Henry Silsbee,   b. say 1644,   d. after March 1698  (Age ~ 54 years)
	3. John Silsbee,   b. 26 June 1646,   d. about June 1676  (Age 29 years)

+ 4. Sarah Silsbee, b. say 1648, d. 25 February 1682, Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 34 years)

	5. Jonathan Silsbee,   b. say 1650,   d. 3 December 1714, Windham, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
	6. Nathaniel Silsbee,   b. about 1651, Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1717, Salem, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
	7. Ephraim Silsbee,   b. about 1657, Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1728  (Age ~ 71 years)

+ 8. Samuel Silsbee, b. about 1659, d. 18 October 1687 (Age ~ 28 years)

	9. Hannah Silsbee,   b. about 1663,   d. 8 January 1682  (Age ~ 19 years)

Family ID F58342 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart

Family/Spouse 2 Grace [Eaton] Married 18 November 1680 Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location Family ID F58341 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart

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Henry Sillsbee's Timeline

May 20, 1613
All Saints Ch., Northampton, Northampton, England
May 22, 1613
Northamptonshire, England
Age 26
Salem, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 26, 1646
Age 33
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 34
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 35
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
September 6, 1650
Age 37
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 37
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 38
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 39
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony