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Michael Emerson

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Howsham, Cadney, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Mass
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Emerson, of Lincolnshire and Margaret Emerson
Husband of Hannah Emerson
Father of Hannah Dustin, Indian Fighter; John Emerson; Mary Emerson; John Emerson; Thomas Emerson, Sr., and 10 others
Brother of Alexander EMERSON; Anna EMERSON; John EMERSON; Isabel Emerson; Susan Emerson and 6 others

Occupation: He was called a cordwainer in various deeds and doubtless followed this trade some of the time., Cordwainer, Sheriff
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About Michael Emerson

Family records of branches of the Hanaford, Thompson, Huckins, Prescott p 301 (pub 1914)

"Michael Emerson, the emigrant, baptised in 1627, was son of Thomas and Margaret (Frol), of Howsham, in the Parish of Cadney, Lincolnshire, England. He settled at Haverhill, Mass., in 1656; there married, April 1, 1657, Hannah, daughter of John and Mary (Satchwell) Webster. Their issue were fifteen children, among them Hannah, who married Thomas Dustin, and is known in history as the woman who killed the Indians at Contoocook, N. H."



Ancestry and Genealogy of Thomas Grover. by Joel P. Grover 1959

Michael Emerson, b. abt 1625, England; came to America abt 1650, and settled in Haverhill, Mass., early in 1657. He M. - 1 April 1657, at Haverhill, Mass., Hannah Webster, (b. abt 1635, nr. Newberry, Mass.; d- after 1709, at Haverhill, Mass.; da. of John and Mary (Satchwell) Webster, of Newberry).

Michael was a 'cordwainer', or shoemaker, and lived his days out, at Haverhill. His first child, Hannah, married Thomas Duston, and was the heroic woman of the "Dustin Massacre" at Haverhill, 15 March 1697, being taken prisoner by the Indians and dragged off towards Canada, then making her escape just 45 days later, coming back to the frontier settlements with ten Indian scalps as proof of the deed, and collected bounty moneys for these scalps. (-ref. - "History of Haverhill, Mass.")

Hannah, b. 23 Dec. 1657, Haverhill, Mass.; 

1 MICHAEL1 EMERSON (Thomas), of Rowley and Haverhill, "cordwinder"; bp. 1627, in Cadney, Co. Lincoln, England; m. Apr. 1, 1657[Hv], (17) HANNAH2 WEBSTER. "Mihill" Emerson was a witness in the Ipswich Quarterly Court in a Rowley case, Sept., 1651. His name, spelled both "Myghill" and "Michael," appears again in that court in July, 1657.(*) He received land in Hv. in the "fourth division," Feb., 1661; and his name appears in the Old Norfolk Co. deeds as owning land in Hv. in 1659 and 1667, buying and selling real estate, 1672-3 and later. In 1675 he was chosen "to view and seal all leather," probably the first one to hold that office in that town; and he continued to hold it till 1702. Will, July 18, 1709; not proved; ment. wife Hannah. Both were living in 1715, when he was 88 y. old; but he was dead in 1719.(+)

Michael Emerson married April 1, 1657, Hannah, daughter of John and Mary (Satchwell) Webster. Her father was an early settler at Ipswich and a valuable citizen; after his death Mrs. Webster married second, John Emery. She had three brothers, Satchwells, who came to the same plantation and proved worthy men.

Mrs. Hannah (Webster) Emerson had no holiday life; what with the cares of a large family, the waywardness of one child, another daughter's dreadful experiences, and the inevitable difficulties of pioneer life, she had heavy burdens; but she bore all well and left a name for worthy living. She survived her husband, but the time of her death is not known to us


  • 3 I HANNAH2, b. Dec. 23, 1657[Hv]; m. Dec. 3, 1677[Hv], THOMAS2 DUSTON (Thomas1). She was the heroine of the Indian massacre in 1696-7 [E??. Inst. Hist. Coll. vol. 46, p. 350].
  • 4 II JOHN2, b. July 30, d. Aug. 15, 1659[Hv].
  • 5 III MARY?? b. Oct. 5, 1660[Hv]; m. Aug. 28, 1683[Nb], HUGH MATHEWS, of Nb. He was dead in 1730, but wid. Mary was living in 1734, when she declined to administer his estate, because she was too aged to go to Ipswich, and there was nothing to administer. She was not mentioned in the will of her father, 1709, which did mention "son-in-law Matthews" and his children: John, Joanna, and Mary. Chil., all but Mary from the Nb. records: A dau., d. Aug. 22, 1684; a dau., b. July 18, d. Aug. 2, 1685; John, b. Feb. 26, 1687-8; Judith, b. Apr., 1689; Joana, b. Apr. 19, 1690; Hugh, b. May 15, 1691, prob. d. young: Mary, b. (???); Hugh, b. May 19, 1696. Judith and the second Hugh may have been dead in 1709.
  • 6 IV JOHN2, b. Mch. 18, 1661-2[Hv]; m. 1st, Judith Cheney; 2d, Nov. 2, 1710, Hannah Poor; res. Nb.; d. Mch. 6, 1745[Nb]??; 7 chil.
  • 7 V SAMUEL??, b. Feb. 2, 1663-4[Hv]; m. Dec. 14, 1687, (31) JUDITH3 DAVIS; res. Hv. and Dover. She was a captive among the Indians 5 yrs. between 1693 and '99. 7 chil., one of whom, Hannah3, m. JOB4 * CLEMENT (12 Job??, of Dover?).
  • 8 VI ELIZABETH2, b. Jan. 26, 1665[Hv], probably 1665-6. She was never married, but had children. [Chase's Hv. pp. 122, 145.]
  • 9 VII ABIGAIL2, b. Dec. 17, d. Dec. 31, 1667[Hv].
  • 10 VIII JONATHAN2, b. Mch. 9, 1669-70[Hv]; m. June 15, 1699, Hannah Day; res. Hv. 12 chil.
  • 11 IX ABIGAIL2, b. Nov. 20, 1671[Hv]; m. Nov. 30, 1693[Hv], Samuel Smith. Births of several chil. on Hv. records.
  • 12 X JUDITH2, b. July 2, d. Sept. 8, 1673[Hv].
  • 13 XI JUDITH2, b. Sept. 29, 1674[Hv]; d. Nov. 7, 1677[Hv].
  • 14 XII JOSHUA2, b. Mch. 2, d. Mch. 26, 1676[Hv].
  • 15 XIII RUTH2, b. May 8, d. Aug. 28, 1677[Hv].
  • 16 XIV JOSHUA2, b. Nov. 17, 1678[Hv]; m. July 2, 1706[Hv], Mary Clark; res. Hv. and Mth. 10 chil.
  • 17 XV SUSANNA2, b. Apr. 30, d. May 8, 1680[Hv].

MIchael and Hannah Webster Emerson


1719 I Michael Emerson the immigrant ancestor was born in England about 1630 probably in Lincolnshire as indicated in the will of Michael Emerson cited above

He came to Haverhill Massachusetts in 1656 or 1661 and had a meadow lot granted to him He was called a cordwainer in various deeds and doubtless followed this trade some of the time In 1665 he was chosen to view and seal all leather in town That was the first election of a sealer of leather in Haverhill and for many years he was reelected at each annual meeting His farm was on the present site of the railroad station on the east side of Little River 

Michael Emerson of Haverhill cordwainer deeded to his sons Jonathan and Joshua of Haverhill his homestead including land bought of Thomas Davis and Peter Green bounded upon ye highway that goeth yet west Bridge and rangeth from ye little river upon ye highway on ye north side of old way yt went downe to ye Bridge abd sie from thence as ye fence standeth to a black oake tree next to ye highway that goeth between this said land formerly Robert Robert Swan's (?)>

In the same deed dated May 1699 and executed October 18 1714 he conveyed to the same sons other parcels therein described.

Michael Emerson shortly before death by deed of gift dated June 3 1715 acknowledged November 14 1715 gave forty four acres and the residue of his estate to his grandson Michael or Micah and in case of death before Michael whom he says was then but six years old reached his majority the property was to be divided among the surviving children of Joshua brothers and sister of this youthful grantee This deed was more like a will than the usual deed and was perhaps an attempt to adopt the English custom of entailing the estate

His sons Jonathan and Joshua divided the property that he deed to them jointly 

The will of Michael Emerson was dated July 18 1709 and is on file at the Salem registry but no record shows that it was allowed

The deed mentioned seems to have disposed of his property

The will mentions

  • his eldest son John
  • his youngest sons Jonathan and Joshua
  • son Samuel
  • daughters Hannah Dustin and Abigail Smith
  • son in law Mathews Jr and his children John, Johanna and Mary Mathews

He married April 1 1657 Hannah Webster daughter of John Webster of Ipswich and Newbury


  • Hannah born December 23 1657 married Thomas Dustin was the famous Hannah Dustin who killed the Indians who had captured her
  • John born July 30 1659
  • Mary October 5 1660
  • John March 18 1661 62
  • Samuel February 2 1663
  • Elizabeth January 26 1665
  • Abigail December 17 1667
  • Jonathan March 9 1669 70 mentioned below
  • Abigail November 20 1671
  • Judith July 2 1673 September 29 1674
  • Joshua March 2 1675 76 died young
  • Ruth May 8 November 17 1678
  • Susanna April 1680

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1 William Richard Cutter - Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915


1 Michael Emerson m Hannah Webster April 1 1657 a dan of John of Ipswich and bro to Stephen one of the first settlers of H page 170) and had

  • Hannah b Dec 23 1657 who m Thomas Dustm and was the noted heroine who is to have a monument erected by the Dustin Monument Association a fund of over one thousand dollars already been collected for that object John dy Mary b 1660 4
  • John b 1662 is the Lt John recorded the Newbury records the same person who m and had John b 1690 Daniel 1693 Benj 1696 Samuel 1699 Jona 1702
  • Samuel b 1663
  • Eliz th 1665
  • Abigail dy 8
  • Jona 1670
  • Abigail 1671 10
  • Judith dy
  • Judith dy J
  • Joshua dy
  • Ruth dy J
  • Joshua b Nov 17 1678
  • Susanna 1680 dy

Historical and Genealogical Researches and Recorder of Passing Events of Marrimack Valley, Volume 1 Alfred Poor, 1858 - Groveland (Mass.)

  • Michael Emerson
  • Birth: Apr. 6, 1627 Cadney, Lincolnshire, England
  • Death: Jul. 16, 1709 Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Emerson (1584 - 1666)
  • Elizabeth Brewster Emerson (1584 - 1638)
  • Spouse:
  • Hannah Webster Emerson (1635 - 1707)*
  • Children:
    • Hannah Webster Emerson Dustin (1657 - 1738)*
  • Siblings:
  • Robert Emerson (1612 - 1694)*
  • Joseph Emerson (1620 - 1680)*
  • Elizabeth Emerson Fuller Perrin (1623 - 1666)*
  • John Emerson (1625 - 1700)**
  • Michael Emerson (1627 - 1709)
  • Nathaniel Emerson (1629 - 1712)*
  • *Calculated relationship
  • **Half-sibling
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 53190401
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53190401


  • EMERSON, Michael
  • b. 6 APR 1627 Cadney, Lincs. England
  • d. 18 JUL 1709 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 11 APR 1657 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse: WEBSTER, Hannah
  • b. 23 DEC 1635 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • d. 3 FEB 1706/7 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: WEBSTER, John
  • Mother: SHATSWELL, Mary
  • Children:
    • EMERSON, Hannah
    • EMERSON, John b. 30 JUL 1659 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 15 AUG 1659 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Mary
    • EMERSON, John
    • EMERSON, Samuel
    • EMERSON, Elizabeth b. 26 JAN 1664/5 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 8 JUN 1693 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Abigail b. 17 DEC 1667 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 31 DEC 1667 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Jonathan
    • EMERSON, Abigail
    • EMERSON, Judith b. 2 JUL 1673 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 7 NOV 1677 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Joshua b. 2 MAR 1674/5 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 26 MAR 1676 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Ruth b. 8 MAY 1677 Haverhill, Essex, Mass. d. 28 AUG 1677 Haverhill, Essex, Mass.
    • EMERSON, Joshua
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_1c6.htm#58


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