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Hugh March

Also Known As: "Marsh"
Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: England
Death: December 12, 1693 (71-79)
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Judith March; Dorcas March and Sarah March
Father of George March; Judith Thurlow; Capt. Hugh March; John March and James March

Occupation: Servant, Lumberman, Carpenter, keeper of an ordinary, Tavern keeper
Managed by: Dianne Thomson
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About Hugh March

Hugh March is considered progenitor of a large part of the March family in the United States; he was an early settler of Newbury, Essex, Mass. Tradition says that he came from Newbury, England. He sailed from Southampton, England April 24, 1638 in the "Confidence."

[SAVAGE 3:151]:

MARCH, HUGH, Newbury, brother prob. of the first George, came in the "Confidence", 1638, from Southampton, aged 20, as servant of Stephen Kent; a carpenter, by w. Judith, who d. 14 Dec. 1675, had George, b. 1646; Judith, 3 Jan. 1653; Hugh, 3 Nov. 1656; John, 10 June 1658; and James, 11 Jan. 1664. He m. 29 May 1676, Dorcas Blackleach, who d. 22 Nov. 1683; and he m. third w. 3 Dec. 1685, Sarah Healy; and d. 12 Dec. 1693, aged 73; and his wid d. 25 Oct. 1699.

By occupation, he was a house carpenter. From 1670 to 1680, he kept a tavern, having been licensed by the court to "keep an ordinary."

In Banks' 'Topigraphical Dictionary, etc.', E.R. Brownell, Philadelphia, 1937, it is said that March came from West Tytherley, co. Hants. The name George March, so transcribed by some reader of the 'Confidence's' passenger list, turns out, according to Col. Banks, to be George Church.


When Hugh March came to Essex County, the county was still in it's infancy. There were just two "towns" in the northern portion of the county. The towns were Ipswech on the north back of the Ipswich River, and "old" Newbury on the north bank of the Parker River.

When his indenture was over, Hugh March moved to an area of York County named Kittery-Old Eliot, a providence of Maine.

For a year or so, Hugh worked as a lumberman. He was "employed at ye felling of timbers and ye cutting of Mastes and sparres" for the ship building interests at nearby Portsmouth, then known as "Strawberrie Banke." One account relates that he worked for the "interests of the Shapleigh's" and another that he worked for the interests of the "Treworthies". It's believed he worked in and around the Sturgeon Creek area of Kittery.

Sometime around 1651, Hugh married Judith Knight as his first wife. Judith was the daughter of John Knight, a tailor from Romsey, Hampshire, England. The had come to New England aboard the ship James in 1635 and settled at "old" Newbury. Judith was the mother to all five of Hugh's children.

In December of 1667, a group of Essex County citizens got together and made plans to "settle" at the "new" towns of Woodbridge and Pascataway in New Jersey. Among the citizens was Hugh March and his oldest son, George, both noted as "of Newbury".

Hugh March was held in high esteem by the citizenry and officials of "old" Newbury and Essex county. He was often called upon by the General Court to act as their "checker" of Weights and Measures. He served as a "Legal Representative" (a Lawyer) for the Essex County Quarterly Court, and was to successfully plead the cases of two people he had been appointed to represent. He was the Selectman of "old" Newbury in 1669. It is quite possible that he served in that same capacity in other years as well.

Of all his children, Hugh March was perhaps "the closest" to his first born, George. When he took over the operations of the Tavern, he gave the "old farm and dwelling house" to George. In later years, George was to "erect a fence" around the graves of his parents "within the Sawyers Hill Burying Ground".

Hugh Jr. March had his "house and Lotte" and his "Blacksmiths Shopp" close to the BLUE ANCHOR TAVERN. He was always on "friendly terms" with his father.

Hugh March died in Newbury Massachusetts on December 12th, 1693


  1. Vital Records of Newbury, Mass.
  2. March Family, vol. 7 by William D. Mountain 1993
  3. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey


• not on the first settler's list

Sailed on April 24, 1638 from Southampton, England on the ship "Confidence". Was a carpenter and tavern owner.

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Hugh March's Timeline

June 14, 1651
Age 33
Newberry, Essex, Massachusetts
January 3, 1652
Age 34
Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 3, 1656
Age 38
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
June 10, 1658
Age 40
Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts
January 11, 1664
Age 46
Newbury, MA, USA
December 12, 1693
Age 75
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts