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Jonathan Batchelder

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Batchelder and Mary Batchelder
Husband of Ruth Batchelder
Father of Ruth Kimbell; Abigail Porter; Lydia Porter, * and Jonathan Batchelder
Brother of Ebenezer Batchelder; John Batchelder, III; Josiah Batchelder; Mary Batchelder and Elizabeth Mascoll
Half brother of Elizabeth Meacham and Anne (10) Cue

Managed by: Thomas Maynard Batchelder
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About Jonathan Batchelder

From the Bachelor Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce:


  • b. Salem. Mass., March 29, 1678;
  • m. about 1711, Ruth Rayment (or Raymond as written now).
    • She was a relative of Capt. William Rayment (Raymond), who commanded the company from Beverly in the expedition to Canada under Sir William Phips. He was a useful and respected citizen. Was representative to the General Court. He resided in Salem and was often on the jury that tried the celebrated witchcraft cases. He soon after recanted magnanimously for their damnable verdicts.

Henry Herrick and Jonathan Batchelor vs. Sarah Good. The depofition of Henry Herrick aged about 21 one years this deponent testifieth and faith that in last March was two yeare Sarah Good came to his fathers houfe and defired to lodge there and his father forbid it and fhe went away Grumbling and my father bid us follow her and fee that fhee went away clear, left fhe fhould lie in ye barn ; and by fmoking of her pipe fhould fire ye barn and fd deponent " ith Jonathan Batchelor feeing her make a ftop near ye barn, bid her be gone or her would fet her further of. to which fhe replied that then it fhould Coft his father Zachariah Herick one or two of ye left Cowes which he had And Jonathan Batchelor aged 14 year teftifieth ye fame above written and doth further teftirie that about a week after two of his grandfathers Matter Catle were removed from their places and other younger Catle put in room and fince that feveral of their Catle have bene fet loofe in a ftrange manner Jurat in Curia.

In the name of God, Amen, I Jonathan Batchelder of Salem In ye County of Efsex, and Province of the Massachusetts Bay, In New England Yeoman Do make and ordain this my last will ana testament, I resign my Immortal Soul into ye hand of God who gave it. and my Body I Committ to ye earth to be Decently buried, at ye discretion of my Exectr. In hope of aRefurrectiontoablefsed Immortallity at ye last Day, through ye meritt & Intercefsion of my Dear Lord & Saviour Jefus Christ and concerning my temporal estate my will is that all my Just Debts and Funeral charges be first paid by my Exectr. my Son Jonathan allowing out of his part toward ye payment of sd. Debts as I shall Herein afterward Appoint.

Item. I give to Ruth mv beloved wife ye use and Improvement of ye best room in my house, and ye privilege of Washing & baking & doing any other work Middle room and Convenient room in ye Cellar for her use and liberty of pafsing into ye Cellar & repafsing as Shee shall see Cause. Likewise ye use and improvement of such room in my barn as slice shall have occasion of, together with liberty of lCgrefs and Regrets thereto and therefrom, and Liberty of making her own Cyder at the Cyder mill and ye improvement of ye Little Garden before ye door as it is now fenced.

Item. 1 give to Ruth my beloved wife The use and improvement of the one third part of all my land Excepting Such land only as I shall herein Reserve for ye payment of my Land, and Such as I shall herein give to my Daughter Ruth, and likewise ye liberty of cutting her own firewood on any Part of my wood Land and of bringing it to her door, until such time as her third shall be sett off to her. And note that my will is that my sd. wife Ruth Shall have ye use & improvement of all ye above mentioned particular both of hoofing and land. During ye whole Term that shee shall Continue to be my Widow, but at her decease or Second marriage all to Return to my Son Jonathan his heirs, & Assigns forever, and my will is that upon Condition that my sd. wife shall be married again, then my son Jonathan shall pay unto her upon her marriage the sum of twenty pounds.

Item. I give to my wife Ruth all my household goods of every sort and one Cow and two sheep, to be her own Dispofal forever.

Item. I gave to my beloved daughter Lydia Porter & to her heirs & Assigns Sixty pound to bee paid by my Son Jonathan, that is to say twenty pound thereof, within two years, next after my Wife's decease and ye other forty pound within four years next after my wife's decease.

Item. I give to my beloved Daughter Ruth, ye use and Improvement of ye best chamber in my Houfe. Together with Liberty of Ingress and Regress as she shall have occasion an likewise liberty of baking & roasting in the middle room, and such room in ye Cellar as occafion shall serve. The use and improvement of sd. particulars to Remain to her During ye whole time of her continuing a Single woman, and likewise Such privilege of barn room and of making Cyder at ye mill as Shee shall need, for ye same term of time, and my will is that at her Decease or marriage all ye above mentioned particulars given to her shall return to my Son Jonathan, his heirs and Assigns he paying ye value thereof to her upon condition of her marriage.

Item. I give to my Daughter Ruth and to her heirs, & Assigns forever all my part of that land which I bought in partnership with my brother Josiah Batcheldor of Malachy Corning, Shee paying ye Annual Thereof to the town of Salem.

Item. I give to my daughter Ruth, and to her heirs & Assigns forever One Halfe Acre of Land be it more or lefs upon Conditions Following, namely, That if shee shall be Cause to Alienate it, then my Son Jonathan to have ye offer of buying it and upon conditions that he shall refuse it then my Son In Law Wm. Porter to have ye next offer of purchasing it and upon Condition that sd. Ruth shall neither leave at her decease, nor sell sd. land to sd. Wm. Porter, Then it shall return to my Son Jonathan his heirs, & Assigns forever. Said Halfe Acre of Land Being butted and bounded Easterly by my Lane which leads over to the Leafe Land that line being five poles & three quarters. Northerly upon ye high way, as ye stone wall standeth, Westerly by own Land the breadth their being poles & three tenths leaving twenty Feet in breadth between sd. Land and ye Little Garden and Southerly By my own Land.

Item. I give to sd. Ruth One Cow, to be paid unto her by my Son Jonathan within four years next after his mothers Decease.

Item. I give to my Exectr. namely,) to Ruth my wife & to my Son in-law- William Porter, to enable them to pay my Just Debts that piece of Land and Marfh which I bought of Capt. John Leach Hereby fully impowering & Authorizing them to Alienate & Sell the same for that End, and for ye same (namely) to pay my Debts, I leave with my Exectr. my bedmg, houfe, and four sheep.

Item. I give to my beloved Son Jonathan Batchelder all my Estate both Real and personal which is not herein already Disposed of Including my Lease Land, as well as other land, and my wearing Cloths namely to him ye sd. Jonathan his heirs and Assigns forever Excepting only my Second Iron Chain which I do Hereby give to my Son-in Law William Porter, and I Do hereby appoint my Son Jonathan, to pay all my Just Debts that shall remain after my Exectr. shall have made Payment thereof. So far as that provifion shall extend which I have herein made for their payment of them and Finally I do hereby Constitute and ordain my trusty and well beloved wife Ruth and my Son-in Law Wm. Porter Joynt Exectr. of this my last will and Testament In Witness of all which I do hereunto Sett my Hand and Seal this twenty Second Day of March, One thousand Seven hundred & thirty nine forty.

his mark - Jona. + Batchelder & Seal

Signed, Sealed. & Delivered by ye sd. Jonathan Batchelder to be his last Will & Testament. In presence of

  • Josiah Batchelder
  • Jno. Leech
  • Joshua Batchelder

Essex. Ipswich May 19. t-40 Before ye Hon. Thos. Berry Esq. Judge of Probate Wills &c. In sd County of Essex John Leech. Joshua Batchelder personally appeared & made oath that they were present & saw Jona. Batchelder late of Salem, Dec, Sign, Seal, and heard him publifh & Declare ye within written Instrument to be his last Will & Testament and when we so did he was of a sound and disposing mind & memory to ye best of their Discerning and they together with Josiah Batchelder Sett to their hands at ye same Time in his presence as Witnesses.

Sworn Att. Dan. Appleton Reg.

He d. April, 1740;

res. Salem, Mass.

88. i. JONATHAN,

  • b. in 1720;
  • m. Hepsibah Conant

89. ii. LYDIA,

  • b. about 1713;
  • m. in Salem, July 5, 1733. William Porter, of S.
    • He was son of William Porter, bap. June at, 1713. He was executor of will of Jonathan Batchelder, Sen., of Salem, March 22, 1740. "William Porter, Jr., yeoman, and Lydia his wife, of Salem, in the county of Essex, April 2S, 1747. relinquished to Jona. Batchelder all right and title to the estate of their father, which her brother then occupied, was of Beverly, March 31, 1757, administrator of his brother Benjamin's estate, and was living there in the part nearest to Salem, in 1759, probably soon after removed to Woburn and married Lydia Batchelder.
    • Ch. :
      • 1. Ebenezer, bap. Dec. 26, 1742, 2d church, Beverly.
      • 2. Asa, bap. July 3, 1740, 2d church Beverly; probably m. in Wenham, April 14, 1768, Mary

Batchelder, of Salem.

  • **3. Lydia, bap. Dec. 21, 1742, 2d church Beverly.
    • *4. Anna, bap. Jan. 12. 1746, 2d church Beverly.
      • 5. Elisabeth, bap. June 11, 174 7 , Salem Village.
      • 6. William, bap. April 21, 1751 , Salem Village.
      • 7. Jonathan, bap. Oct. 14, 1753, 2d church Beverly.
      • 8. Asahel. Porter Genealogy.

90 ii. RUTH,

  • b. Dec. 27, 1703;
  • m. Nov. 18, 1747, Benjamin Kimball, of Wenham.
    • He was b. there Jan. 30, 1701, was son of Daniel (Samuel, Richard, Richard), and
    • d. Dec. 29, 1776.
    • His first wile was Elizabeth Hovey, whom he m. Dec. 27. 1727. She was b. 1704; d. Feb. 13, 1737:
    • m. 2d, Feb. 9, 1738, Phebe Frye; d. Jan. 20, 1742;
    • his third wife was Ruth, and he m. 4th. Nov., 1744. Hannah Ciott, of Salem, Mass.
    • He had nine children by Ruth, two, viz.:
      • 1. Samuel, b. Aug. 13, 1749; m. Mary : res. Wenham; he d. Jan. 17, 1831; four ch., all girls.
      • 2. Phebe, b. Aug. 27, 1751 ; m. Sept. 19, 1772, Josiah Ober, Jr. on to Nov., 1747.

Ruth Batchelder executes a deed in favor of her brother Jonathan of a piece of land in Salem "given my by my father's last will & testament." In 1753 the same Ruth, then married to Benj. Kimball, makes over jointly with her husband all right, title & interest in the house, barn and cyder-mill wh. was our honoured father's. Mr. Jonathan Batchelder's, of Salem, Dec. * * * wh. was given to the abovesaid Ruth by her father's last will and testament.

Listed as Jonathan Bacheller in the Salem MA birth records.

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Jonathan Batchelder's Timeline

March 29, 1678
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 27, 1703
Age 25
Salem Or Beverly, Essex, MA
Age 31
Beverly, Essex, MA
Age 34
Salem, Essex, MA
Age 41
Salem, Essex, MA
April 1740
Age 62
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts