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Hugh Alley

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Alley and Jane Alley
Husband of Mary Alley
Father of Mary Lindsey (Alley); John Alley; Martha Mills; Sarah Lindsey; Hugh Alley and 4 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About Hugh Alley


Born about 1608 (aged 27 on 30 June 1635; deposed 1662 "aged about 53"). Came from Stepney, Middlesex to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Abigail," & settled in Lynn. Died in Lynn. 25 January 1673[/4]. MARRIAGE: By 1641 Mary _____. She survived to administer his estate on 1 July 1674. On 30 June 1635, "Hugh Alley," aged 27, servant of HENRY COLLINS, was enrolled at London, with a certificate of conformity from the minister at Stepney, Middlesex, as a passenger for New England on the "Abigail." Hugh Alley did not receive land in the 1638 Lynn land division, indicating that he may then still have been in service to Henry Collins.

"Hugh Alley — was a farmer, and lived at the south end of Market street. . . . Hugh came over in 1635, at the age of 27, and had sons, John, born 30 Nov. 1646; Hugh, b. 15 May, 1653; Solomon, b. 2 Aug. 1656; Jacob, b. 5 Sept. 1663 — and daughters, Mary, b. 6 Jan. 1642; Martha, b. 31 July, 1649; Sarah, b. 15 April, 1651; Hannah, b. 1 June 1661. He died, 25 Jan. 1674. His son Solomon, at the age of nineteen, was killed at Bloody Brook, 1675, having been one of the "flower of Essex," under Lathrop."

Hugh Immigrated to America in 1635 at the age of 27 per the Passange and Immigration Lists index, 1500s-1900s

Hugh Alley

Born: circa 1608 in Stepney, Middlesex, England

Died: 25d:11m(January):1672/3; age 65

Married: 1641/1642, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts

Spouse: Mary Graves (1615 - 1674)

Children (all born in Lynn, Essex co., Massachusetts) :

  • Mary Alley, b. 06 Jan. 1642; d. 2 Jan. 1681. marr. 6 Jun 1667, John LINDSEY
  • John Alley, b. 30 Nov. 1646, marr. Aug. 1670, Lynn, MA, Joanna FURNELL
  • Martha Alley, b. 31 July 1649, Mass. married 1 Apr. 1671, Lynn, Mass., James MILLS
  • Sara Alley, b. 15 Apr. 1651; d. 25 Nov. 1731, Lynn, Mass, marr. Aug. 1668, Lynn, Mass., Eleazer LINDSEY
  • Hugh Alley, b. 15 Oct. 1653, Lynn, Essex co., Mass. marr. 9 Dec. 1681, Lynn, MA, Rebecca HOOD
  • Solomon Alley, b. 2 Aug. 1656, Lynn, Essex co., Mass.; died in at the battle of Bloody Brook on 18 Sept. 1675; he was 19, as one of the "flower of Essex" who died with Thomas Lathrop.
  • Hannah Alley, b. 1 Jun. 1661, Lynn, Essex co., Mass.; d. 30 Oct. 1674, Lynn, Mass
  • Jacob Alley, b. 5 Aug 1663, Lynn, Essex co., Mass.



Hugh was born circa 1608 in Stepney, Middlesex, England[1] and died as "Ally, Hugh, Sr." in Lynn, Essex co., MA on 25d:11m(January):1672/3; he was 65[2]. His birth date is estimated from the fact that he was aged 27 when he emigrated in 1635[4,5] and was aged "about 53" when he was deposed in 1662[6,7] during the dispute over John Humphrey's farm[7,8].


Hugh emigrated on the Abigail, Robert [Coldham says Richard] Hackwell, master, from London to New England in 1635 aged 27 and was listed as a servant of Henry Collins & his family. From the passenger lists collected between 4 May and 10 July[4,14,15]. This means he came over with the Floods, the Collins and other Lynn settler families. He had a certificate of conformity from the minister at Stepney[9].


Once freed, he stayed in Lynn, Essex co., MA and lived on the corner of Market & Front Streets.


Hugh was first a servant of Henry Collins & his family. After gaining his freedom, he became a farmer.


As for his education level, he made his mark on his will, but this might have been due to infirmity. His estate included books[3], a rare commodity and expense for someone who did not read. Thus, it is assumed that Hugh could read and write.


On 26 June 1655, Hugh Alley sued "Mr. Jon. Beckes & Company, undertakers of the ironworks at Lynn, and Mr. Gifford, their late agent," for debt[9,10].

On 31 March 1657, Hugh Alley was presented for being drunk: &...James Axey, commissioner of Lin, and Bray Wilkins, constable of Lin, testified that Hugh Alley of Lin was taken by said Wilkins about a fortnight before and brough before the commissioners of Lin for being drunk at John Hathorn's and said Alley acknowledged his offence before said Axey...& and on 1 July 1657, he was fined 10s. for being drunk[9,11]. This is indeed the same offense -- he was presented in March and fined in June. The proprietor in question is the same John Hathorn who was the subject of a petition to the court signed by William Bassett and 12 others for his habit of serving overly-strong liquor. A later relative of this John Hathorne served as one of the judges at the Salem Witch Hysteria Trials in 1692. Interestingly, the Bassett family and others who ran afoul of this Lynn John Hathorne found themselves particularly brought before the bar in 1692.

In June 1662, Alley testified in a land dispute between John Humphries & Moses Maverick, et. al. Hugh is sometimes said to be a defendant in this case. Please note that he was only a deponent. The full account from the Quarterly Court Records are as follows: &...Trespass. For possessing, feeding and otherwise occupying a farm near Marblehead, containing seven or eight hundred acres, formerly in possessin of John Humphries. Verdict for defendant...Writ: Mr. Joseph Humphries, etc. v. Mr. Moses Maverice, Willm. Charles, Jno. Peach and Jno. Bartoll; tresspass, etc.; dated 19:1:1661-2; signed by Hillyard Veren, for the court, and addressed to the constable of Marblehead. Edmond Batter, Joseph Humphrey, Moses Maverick, John Peach & William (his mark - all others signed their names) Charles agreed, on May 23, 1661-2, to withdraw the action and were bound to try it at next Salem court, unless it be settled before. Bill of charges of Mr. Joseph Humphries and Mr. Batter, 1li. 5s.

Copy of Boston court record, dated 6:7:1642, Mrs. Lydia Bancks v. Mr. John Humphrey, for damages, 100li. 6s. 13d. Also Mrs. Bancks v. Abra. Oatley, confesed a judgement of 20li. and damages. Copy taken from the book of recothat Mr. Nowell kept, by Edward Rawson, recorder.

Daniell Salmon, aged about fifty years, testified that the land in controversy was enjoyed by Mr. Humprey's father from his first coming over. Sworn in court.

Hugh Alley, aged fifty-three years, deposed that John Humfrey, Esq., deceased, possessed the Plains farm 'As we goe to marble head Adjoyning to Mr. peters his farme & yt ye sd Humfrey kept seruants At his house one ye sd Land & this Deponent sayth Alsoe yt he earned seueral pounds for worke done there one ye plaines farme wch was payd him. Allsoe by ye sd Humfrey & when ye sd Humfrey went for England Left his son in Law otly Att ye house.' Sworn in court.

Nathaniell Pickman, aged forty-seven years, deposed that about twenty-three years ago Mr. John Frende built a frame of a house at the Plains for Mr. John Humphrie, Esq., and did other work at his house in Salem, and for payment for such work done, Mr. Adam Oatly sold to Mr. Frende the house and ground of Mr. Humphrie. For the remaining five or seven poinds, which the work did not cover, Mr. Frende was ordered by Mr. Oatly to pay to John Deacon of Lin. Mr. Oatly acted for Mr. Humphrie, when the latter was in New England, about finishing the said house at the Plaines, and deponent worked there several times, and received pay from Mr. Oatly. Sworn in court.

John Deacon, aged sixty years, deposed that Mr. Adam Oatly told deponent about twenty years ago, that he had sold a piece of land and a house to one John Freind of Salem for twelve pounds. When Mr. Humphries went to England he owed deponent seven pounds, etc. Sworn in court...& ESTATE Hugh's will was written on 2d:11m(January):1672/3, and was proved in Salem court on 1d:5m(July):1673, inventoried on 7d:12m(February):1673/4 and attested to on 1d:5m(July):1674.

The Will of Hugh Alley

"This 2 day of the 11 month 1673 This is the last will of hugh ally Sener I giue to my son John Ally a yew shep and a lamb at mickelmas next his wife and children for to haue the yuse of them tele the children com to age and then the children to haue the yew shep and the lamb and the incres of these shep, I giue to my grandchild John linsy at michalmase next a ewe shep and the first yewe lamb that this yewe brings his brouther Elizer linsy shall haue and the first yew lamb that Elezers ewe sheep brings that sameull linsy shall haue and the increse of these shep to be cepte for them tell they be at age and then they to haue them all for thear on yuse at there desposing I giue to my grandchildren Eleazar linsy childrin at mickelmas next a yewe and a lamb and the children for to haue the incres of them when they com at age I giue to martha milles and hure child martha mills a yewe shepe and a yewe lamb at micklmas next and they for to haue the incres of thes shep and for the Rest I leue to my wife for to dispose of my estate at hure death to my children as she sese most nede as witnis my hand this present month 1673."

Hugh (his A mark) Ally. Witness: William Basett, Ellenn (her V mark) Lambert, John Aley.

Proved in Salem court 1d:5m(July):1674 by William Bassett and Ellenor Lambert and Mary Alley, the widow, was appointed administratrix.

Inventory taken 7d:12m(February):1673/4, by William Bassett and John Lewis:

One house and one Acker of land and a half, 10li.; one mare and one hors, 4li. 10s.; 3 swin, 2li.; 2 cowes, 6li. ; 12 shepe, 6li.; fodr, 2li.; 2 beds and beding, 6li.; gots, 1li.; bockes, 5s.; tras and bouls, 10s.; puter and Earthen ware, 10s.; Iorn and brase, 1li. 12s.; cobard and 1 chest and 2 tronks chears and stols, 1li. 10s.; Inglish and Ingin corn, 2li.; axses and houws and old Iron, 1li., 10s.; whelles and tubs and palles, 2li., 10s.; meate, 10s.; linen yearen, 12s.; sadell and bouts and shoues, 1li.; wearing clothes in linin and wolenen, 2li., 10s.; glases, 4s.;

debts due to the estate, 5li., 4s., 4d.; total, 60li. 17s. 4d. Attested 1d: 5m(July):1674 by Mary Alley

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 22, leaves 12, 13.[12,13]


1. Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635., (New England Historic Genealogical Society), [GreatMig1634-1635], I:40,41.

2. Lynn, Essex co., MA Vital Records, [LynnVR], 2:414 [Ct. R.].

3. [GreatMig1634-1635], I:40.

4. Hotten, John Camden, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality., (London 1874; rpt. Baltimore 1974), [Hotten], 97.

5. Coldham, Peter Wilson, The Complete Book Of Emigrants, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing co., Inc., 1987), [Coldham], 143.

6. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, 9 volumes, (Salem 1911-1975), [EQC], 2:294-5.

7. Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts, [SJC], Case #448.

8. [EQC], 2:394-5.

9. [GreatMig1634-1635], I:41.

10. [EQC], 1:394.

11. Ibid. 2:36,50.

12. [GreatMig1634-1635], I:40-41.

13. The Probate Records of Essex County, [EssexProb or EPR], 2:407-8; 301:53-54.

14. [GreatMig1634-1635], I:40.

15. [Coldham], 142,143.

16. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

17. Pope, Charles Henry, The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660, (Boston: C.H. Pope, 1908), [PopesPioneersofMEandNH], 16.

18. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR], 6:206; 59:221.

19. Lewis, Alonzo, & James Newhall, History of Lynn, Essex County, Mass., including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscot, and Nahant, 16219-[1893], (Lynn: George C. Herbert, [1890]), [Lynn Hist.], 184.

20. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), [EssexAnt], 3:49.

21. Savage, James A., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860-1862., (Boston 1860-1862; rpt Baltimore 1955), [Savage], 1:39.

22. The Genealogical Magazine, (Salem, Mass.: Salem Press, 1890+), [GenMag or Putnam's Mag.], 4:1.

23. [GenMag or Putnam's Mag.], 1:283.

24. Cross, Roselle Theodore, My Children's Ancestors; data Concerning about Four Hundred New England Ancestors of the Children of Roselle Theodore Cross and His Wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross, (Twinsburg, Ohio: The Champlin Press, 1913), [CrossAnc], 47.

25. Ibid. 41.

26. [Savage].

27. [Lynn Hist.], 120.

28. [LynnVR], I:22 [Ct. R.].

29. Ibid. II:527.

30. Ibid. II:233.

31. The Annual Report of the Lindsay Family Association of America, 1-10, &@40;[Boston, 1904-1914]), [Lindsay], 210.

32. [LynnVR], I:21 [Ct. R.].

33. Ibid. I:24 [Ct. R.].

34. Ibid. II:530 [P.R. 5].

35. Waters, Henry F., The Newhall Family, (Salem: Essex Institute, 1882; repr., Rutland, VT: Tuttle Antiquarian Books), [Newhall(1882)], 27.

36. [Lindsay], 211.

37. [EssexAnt], 3:49; 7:120.

38. Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+, (Salem, Mass., 1859+), [EIHC], 18:27; 29:153.

39. [GenMag or Putnam's Mag.], 6:183.

40. [LynnVR].

41. Page, Lucius R., List of Freemen of MA, 1630-1691., [Page-Freemen], III:10-12.

42. [LynnVR], I:20 [Ct. R.].

43. [Lynn Hist.], 14,184.

44. Bosson, Jennie (Hood), John Hood of Lynn, Mass., (Salem: Essex Institute, 1909), [Hood], 3.

45. Flagg, Ernest, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, (Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1926), [FlaggAnc], 252.

46. [EIHC], 18:257; 45:51.

47. Snow, Nora Emma, The Snow-Estes Ancestry, 2 vols., (Hillburn, N.Y.: privately printed, 1939), [Snow-Estes], 2:86.

48. Bodge, George Madison, Soldiers in King Philip's War, (1896), [Bodge], 137-8.

49. [LynnVR], I:20 [Ct. R.].

50. Ibid. I:25 [Ct. R.].

This family began their American ALLEY biography in Lynn Massachusetts the city of soles whose bells our own Longfellow heard from Na hant The Honorable John B Alley member of congress from Massachusetts was of this line I The person to whom is credited the honor of progenitorship is Hugh Alley who was born in 1608 and came over in the ship Abigail in 1635 from London at the age of twenty seven He landed at Boston resided in Lynn and owned land in Nahant He died November 25 1673 his wife Mary survived him one year They were the parents of Mary John Martha Sarah Hugh Solomon Hannah and Jacob

Hugh Alley was born in 1608 at England.1 He married Mary Graves circa 1640 at Lynn, Essex, MA.1,2 Hugh Alley died on 25 January 1674 at Lynn, Essex, MA.1


Mary Graves b. c 1612, d. a 1674

Children Mary Alley+1 b. 6 Jan 1642, d. 2 Jun 1681

Thomas Alley+2 b. c 1650, d. 4 May 1699


1) [S11597], Submitted by lpaterno66.

2) [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 14, 3rd Supplement, p. 6.

Father Hugh Alley2 b. 1608, d. 25 Jan 1674

Mother Mary Graves2 b. c 1612, d. a 1674

Thomas Alley was born circa 1650 at Lynn, Essex, MA.1,2 He married Sarah Silver, daughter of Thomas Silver and Katherine Crosby, on 9 February 1670 at Newbury, Essex, MA.1,3 Thomas Alley died on 4 May 1699 at Rowley, Essex, MA.1

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Hugh Alley's Timeline

June 6, 1641
Age 33
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 30, 1646
Age 38
July 31, 1649
Age 41
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 42
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 15, 1651
Age 43
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 15, 1653
Age 45
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 2, 1656
Age 48
June 1, 1661
Age 53
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony