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Henry Somerby

Also Known As: "Henrye Somerby", "Henrye Summerbye"
Birthplace: Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 02, 1652
Newbury, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Somerby and Margaret Somerby
Husband of Judith Coffin
Father of Sarah Hale; Elizabeth Hale; John Somerby, (died young) and Daniel Somerby
Brother of John Somerby; Anthony Somerby; Elizabeth Greene; Maria Somerby; Richard Somerby and 2 others

Occupation: Merchant Tailor
Immigration Year: 1639 on the “Jonathan” to Boston
Managed by: Noah Tutak
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About Henry Somerby

Henry Somerby, merchant tailor, was baptized March 17, 1611/12 in England, the son of Richard and Margaret Somerby; and died October 02, 1652 in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

He immigrated in 1639 to Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.


He married Judith Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Moore. The four known children of Judith Greenleaf and Henry Somerby all born in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, were as follows:

  • i. Sarah Somerby, born 10 February 1644/45; married John Hale.
  • ii. Elizabeth Somerby, born 1 November 1646; married Nathaniel Clarke; married John Hale.
  • iii. John Somerby was born on 24 December 1648.He died on 14 December 1650 at age 1 year, 11 months and 20 days.
  • iv. Daniel Somerby was born on 18 November 1650.He died on 19 December 1675 at age 25 . The cause of death was wounds fighting Indians. He was mortally wounded in a battle with Indians. The descendents of Henry Somerby in the male line became extinct.


From Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family. By James Edward Greenleaf. Page 74. GoogleBooks

1. Judith Greenleaf, daughter of Edmund, b. Sept. 2, 1625, was married first to Henry Somerby, a merchant tailor of Newbury, by whom she had four children. Mr. Somerby was descended from Henry Somerby, of Little Bytham, County Lincoln, England, who d. in 1609, leaving two daughters and one son Richard, who inherited his father's estate. Richard died March, 1639, leaving two sons, Anthony and Henry, who in that year, 1639, sailed from England in ship "Jonathan," landed at Boston, thence went to Newbury, where they purchased dwellings, and soon after erected some more commodious.

Of the children of Judith Greenleaf and Henry Somerby, -

  • Elizabeth, born November, 1646, married Nathaniel Clarke, of Newbury. Their son Henry Clarke married, Nov. 7, 1695, first Elizabeth, born Jan. 12, 1679 [daughter of Stephen Greenleaf, born Aug. 15, 1652, and Elizabeth (Gerrish) son of Stephen Greenleaf, Sr., and Elizabeth (Coffin)], and second Mary Pierce. ...

Mr. Somerby died in 1652, and on March 2d, the next year, Mrs. Somerby married Tristram Coffin, Jr., who had been an apprentice to her first husband. By this marriage she had ten children, who are the ancestors of the Coffins in New England. Mrs. Coffin died in Newbury, Dec. 15, 1705. Tristram Coffin, Jr., was born in 1632, lived in Newbury, and was a merchant tailor. Further reference to the Coffin family will be found in the personal history of Stephen Greenleaf.


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Henry Somerby's Timeline

March 17, 1612
Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom)
March 17, 1612
Little Bytham, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
February 10, 1645
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
November 1, 1646
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
December 24, 1648
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
November 18, 1650
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
October 2, 1652
Age 40
Newbury, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 2, 1652
Age 40