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James Hamlin

Also Known As: "Hamblin", "Hamblen"
Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Westminster, Middlesex, England
Death: October 22, 1690 (84)
Barnstable, Barnstable County, New Plymouth Colony
Place of Burial: Barnstable, Barnstable Co, Ma
Immediate Family:

Son of Giles Hamblin, Sr. and Susan Hamblin (Ashley)
Husband of Anne and Ann Hamblin
Father of John Hamlin; Johnathan J Hamlin; Mary Hamlin; James Hamlin, Jr.; Hannah Hamlin and 7 others
Brother of Capt. Giles Hamlin and Thomas Hamlin

Occupation: (First Hamlin to come to USA (1639)
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About James Hamlin

Last name alternate spellings: Hamlin, Hamblen, Hamlen

Also known as James Sr, James I or James Founder

JAMES Hamblin - m. ANNE ______ will 23 Jan. 1683/4 Barnstable, MA

James arrived in New England in the spring of 1639 from London and was granted a lot in Barnstable of 8 acres, bounded on the north and west by Coggin's or Cooper's Pond and lying on the county road to the east which was laid out in 1686. The remainder of his lot was south of the road. The lot was described in the records for 1667: "Eight acres of upland be it more or less, butting westerly upon ye Highway against ye pond. Easterly by ye commons, bounded northerly by Thomas Hinckly and woutherly by ye commons also three shares in Calves pasture bounded westerly by Gdd (Goodman) Bearse, easterly by John Phinney: two shares more bounded westerly by John Phinney, easterly by Gdd Bearse: one share more bounded westerly by ye lands of Henry Coggin deceased easterly by John Phinney: six acres of upland more or less, in ye sd Calves pasture bounded easterly by John Phinney, westerly partly by John Phinney and partly by ye beach: twenty acres of upland, more or less, bounded easterly by Henry Bourn, westerly by John Cooper, southerly by the commons, northerly by ye marsh; also all ye marsh butting against ye said upland, bounded easterly by Henry Bourn, westerly by John Cooper, northerly to ye great creek by Jewell's Island; one acre of marsh meadow, more or less, bounded easterly by John Crocker westerloy by Thomas Hinckley; forty acres of upland butting against ye Great Indian pond running northeast into ye woods, bounded southerly by Thomas Lothrop's and northerly by ye commons."(1)

James was first mentioned in the Plymouth Colony records: "March 1, 1641/2, James Hamblen was propounded for Freeman" He was listed on all of the lists of freemen for Barnstable.

"At a Generall Court of our Soveraigne Lord, Charles, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France, Ireland, Defender of the Fayth, etc., holden at Plym afores the VIJ th of March, in the XVIJth yeare of his Mats now Raigne, etc.

Before William Bradford, gent., Gov... James Hamlen (was appointed) Constable for Barnstable".(2)

On 15 Mar. 1657 James served on the inquest on the body of a child, Simeon Davis. On 3 June of that year he was sick and could not serve on the Grand Inquest. He again served on the Grand Inquest on 7 June 1670 the same day he was a member of a trial jury. He was a member of the jury in 1671, 1679, 1681 and 1682. He was listed as one of the proprietors of Falmouth 29 Nov. 1661. In 1683 he consented to a way across his land in the Calves Pasture to the beach and creek.(3)

"The last Will and Testament of James Hamlin senr. of Barnstable.

I being weake in body but throu ye mercy of God of godd and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind ye uncertainty of this transitory life, and being willing to sett things in order as there may be peace and good agreement between my children after my decease, I do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and forme hereafter mentioned viz:-

Imprimis: I will and bequeath my soul to God who gave it through Jesus Christ my deare and only Saviour and Redeemer and my body to decent burial as to my Executrix hereafter named shall seeme meete and convenient; and as for my outward estate which God hath been pleased to lend me, my will is that all my debts which are in right or conscience due to any person shall be first duly satisfied and contented. And then my will is that Anne, my loving wife shall have and enjoy all the rest of my estate in whatsoever it be during her natural life for her supporte and livelyhood, and my will is that after her decease in as much as my son James hath had ten pounds already of me and my son Bartholomew five pounds and my daughter Hannah five pounds (according to ye desire of my mother) so my will is that ye rest of my children shall have each of them five pounds, apeace made up to them out of my estate, viz: to my son John five pounds my little feather bed bolster and rugg belonging to it, to be in part or whole thereof as it shall be appraised; and to my daughter Sarah five pounds in ye great fether bed I lye on with ye bolster and rugg belonging thereunto as it shall be appraised; And to my son Eliazer four pounds and five shillings out of my estate which with ye fifteen shillings he owes me on account makes up five pounds to him, And to my son Israel three pounds and eighteen shillings to make up ye be bed and coverlett he hath five pounds to him.

Item. My will is that my daughter Sarah shall have two of my platters which shee shall chuse. And my will is that Israel shall have one of my pewter platters as my sons and daughter already married have had each of them ones. And my will is that whatsoever of my estate shall remaine after my foresd legacies shall be paid, shall after my wife's decease be equally divided amongst all of my sd children as shee shall see fit to those that are most dutyful unto her, unto whose liberty my will is it shall be left.

As also to nominate an executor to take place after her decease to see this my last will performed, And here in case shee make any will to dispose of ye overplus as aforesd.

Item. It is my will that Anne my wife be sole Executrix of this my last will and testament so long as shee lives. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 23 of January Anno Dom' 1683

James Hamlin

In presence of Thos. Hinckley, Gov. Jonathan Russell

Gove Hinckley and Jonathan Russell, witnesses to this will made oath in court October ye 22nd 1690, that they saw ye above sd James Hamlin, deceased, signe seal and declare this to be his last will and testament as attest.

Josiah Lothrop, Clerk"(4)

The appraisal of his estate amounted to £119/17/3.


  • I. James- bpt. 31 Oct. 1630 , bur. 24 Oct. 1633 St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire
  • II. Sarah- bpt. 6 Sept. 1632 St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire, d.s.p.
  • III. Mary- bpt. 27 July 1634 St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire, m. 17 Jan. 1678 Benjamin Hatch
  • IV. James- bpt. 10 Apr. 1636 St. Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire, m. 20 Nov. 1662 Barnstable, Mary Dunham (d. 19 Apr. 1715 Barnstable), will 13 Sept. 1717 Barnstable, d. 3 May 1718 Tisbury, bur. West Tisbury Village Cemetery
  • V. Hannah-
  • VI. Bartholomew- b. 20 Apr. 1642 Barnstable, MA, m. 20 Jan. 1673 Susannah Dunham, d. 24 Apr. 1704 Barnstable
  • 2VII. JOHN- b. 26 June 1644 Barnstable, m. Aug. 1667 SARAH BEARSE (b. 28 Mar. 1646 Barnstable), will 1 Jan. 1714/5
  • VIII. _______- bur. 2 Dec. 1646
  • IX. Sarah- b. 7 Nov. 1647 Barnstable
  • X. Eleazar- b. 17 Mar. 1649 Barnstable, m.1. 16 Oct. 1675 Mehitable Jenkins (b. 2 Mar. 1654/5 Barnstable), 2. Lydia ______, Adm./inv. 20 May 1698 Yarmouth
  • XI. Israel- b. 25 June 1652 Barnstable, m.1. Abigail Lombard, 2. Jemima ______, inv. 2 July 1729 Barnstable


(1) The Jacob Vernon Hamblin Family- Vera Leib Miller, Seal Beach, CA, Boyd Done Skyline Printing, Tucson, 1975- pp.23-4

Born probably in London, England about 1607.

He appears at Barnstable Massachusetts Bay Colony June 4 1639 wiht three English born children.

He had eleven children in all.

James Hamblin. Born: 1606 in London, London, England. Died: 22 Oct 1690 at Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Father: Giles Hamblin. Mother: Something Ashley.

Spouse: Ann Scott. Married: 19 Apr 1632 at St. Paul, Devon, England.

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James Hamlin's Timeline

April 22, 1606
Westminster, Middlesex, England
October 31, 1630
Age 24
England, United Kingdom
July 27, 1634
Age 28
Age 29
Reading, Berkshire, England
Age 33
April 11, 1642
Age 35
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, United States
June 26, 1644
Age 38
Barnstable, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
June 30, 1644
Age 38
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 37