Hugh Chaplin, of Rowley

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Hugh Chaplin

Birthplace: Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Death: before March 22, 1653
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Chaplin and Elizabeth Chaplin
Husband of Elizabeth Jackson
Father of John Chaplin; Joseph Chaplin; Thomas Chaplin and Jonathon Chaplin

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About Hugh Chaplin, of Rowley


Hugh Chaplin was born 22 May 1603 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.  His parents were Ebenezer CHAPLIN and [__?__].      He emigrated  with his wife Elizabeth. in the summer of 1638, towards the end of the Great Migration with  Rev. Ezekiel ROGERS and his followers on the ship “John of London” from Hull England.

Hugh and his [2nd wife?] Elizabeth  had four children, all born in Rowley:

  • 1. John, born August 25, 1643, buried September 5, 1660.
  • 2. Joseph, of whom further.
  • 3. Thomas, born September 2, 1648, buried June 21, 1660.
  • 4. Jonathan, born December 10, 1651, buried November 24, 1659.

Hugh Chaplin was a respected citizen of Rowley, served the term of 1648 as juror in Rowley; served on the trial jury and was Overseer, 3, January 1650 and again 19, December 1641. Hugh had four boys, all born in Rowley. Three of his sons were minors at the time of his death. The lots that were Hugh’s in later divisions, were given to his heir and only living son Joseph, in his father’s right. Hugh Chaplin only lived fifteen years after settling in Rowley, he died testate, making his will a week before his death.

Hugh had a grant of an acre and a half of land for a house lot in Rowley, Massachusetts, on what is now Bradford street, and there he built his house, which [as of 1922] it stood and was in good  good repair. He was made freeman in 1642, and according to the history of Rowley he was a surveyor of land, and was included in the list of men of that ancient plantation of whom it is written that they all were “godly men of good estate.” Hugh Chaplin died in Rowky, and was buried there 22 1 mo. 1653. His will, written with his own hand, is on file in the Court of Probate in Salem, and gives evidence that he was a man of educational attainments. 

Hugh did not sign his will, but it was witnessed by Joseph Jewett and John PICKARD, who proved the will in Ipswich Court, 31, Mar 1657. The will had not been proven by the widow within the twenty month allowed for the action, so she was sentenced to forfeit one hundred pounds to the court. On 6 Apr 1657, Elizabeth Jackson petitioned the court for an abatement of the fine of £100 for neglecting to present her former husband Hugh Chaplin’s will to be probated and on 29 Sep 1657, the count moderated the fine of Nicholas JACKSON for not proving the will of his wife’s former husband.

Will of Hugh Chaplin

This 15 day of the firste month 1654. The laste will and Testemente of Hew Chaplin of Rowlay in the Countie of Esexs being sick in bodie yet perfite in memorie I commite my soule to God thorowgh Jesus Christe. And for my outword estaite as followeth. Imprimis for my whole estate is at the dessposeng of my beloyed wife Elesabeth Chaplin Duringe the time she dus contenew a widow provided she dowe nothing in dessposing of my estaite without the consente of Thomas Maghell Maxiemillian Jewite Thomas Doconson Hew Smith John Pickard. But if my wife marrie then my estaite to be dessposed of by thes fine men afore mensoned as after followeth if my estaite be fourscore pounds they my wife shall haue Thirtie pounds And the riste of my estaite to be devided equalie amongst all my Children Onely my Elldeste sonne John Chaplin shall have thre pound more than anie one of my children. And my will is that my wife haue thirtie poundes oute of fourscore poundes and this preposion to be cepte whether my estaite be more of lesse.

From Find A Grave Memorial

Hugh Chaplin, the Puritan immigrant, was the son of Ebenezer Chaplin of Bradford, England. He was born May 22, 1603. He married Elizabeth before he came to the new world. They sailed on the ship, John of London from Hull England, with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, in the summer of 1638 and landed in Salem Harbor, spending the winter there. They were granted 1 1/2 acres of land for a house lot in the new settlement of "Mr. Ezechi Roger's Plantation Shalbee Called Rowley, Mass." "To Hugh Chaplin, one lotte containginge an acre; and halfe, bounded on the south side by John Dresser's house lott, part of it lyinge on the west side, and part of it on the ease side of the street." He also recieved 1 1/2 gates (the amount and ox could till) for a planting lot, use of the common lands for their stock, salt marsh, meadow and uplands, outside of the village. Salt marsh hay was used for insulation, roofing, livestock feed and bedding, it was difficult to burn.

It is thought that Hugh built a primitive shelter on his house lot, and later bought John Dressers dwelling and moved his family there. Joseph, his son built the house that is still standing on his father's original land.

Hugh and Elizabeth had 4 sons; John, Joseph, Thomas and Jonathan. Three of them died within a year of each other and did not reach adulthood. Hugh was buried Jan. 22, 1653 All four boys are mentioned in his will.

Elizabeth neglected to file the will and inventory within the 20 month period to the court, so she was fined. It was presented to the Ipswich Court and proved March 31, 1657 with witnesses Joseph Jewett and John Pickard.

There isn't a record of Hugh's interment in the Rowley Cemetery. It was the only parish cemetery at the time of his death. According to the Rowley Town Clerk, it is likely he is here, since, early memorials were made of wood. When these deteriorated, if family members were still in the area, they sometimes replaced them with a stone memorial. His burial date is listed 22: 1 m: 1653. in the Vital Records for Rowley.

Nicholas Jackson was born in 29 Aug 1613 in Hunsley, East Riding Yorkshire, England. Hunsley was a hamlet three miles N.W. of Rowley. Alternatively, he was born in Huntley, Gloucester, England. His parents were Nicholas JACKSON and Prudence MARCHE. In “The Original Lists of Person of Quality; 1600-1700” there is a Nicholas Jackson, age 22 on the Assurance emigrating from London to America, July 24, 1635. He married Sarah RILEY in 1 May 1646. After Sarah died, he married Elizabeth, widow of Hugh CHAPLIN. Nicholas died 13 Feb 1697 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. ~ • from

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Hugh Chaplin, of Rowley's Timeline

May 22, 1603
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
May 22, 1603
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
June 26, 1643
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
July 2, 1648
October 10, 1651
January 15, 1653
Age 49
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts