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Peter Cloyes

Also Known As: "Cloyse"
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Farmingham, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Cloyes and Abigail Cloyse
Husband of Susanna Cutting / Beers / Cloyes; Hannah Anne Clayes and Sarah (Towne) Cloyce, Salem Witch Trials
Father of (No Name); Hannah Cloyes; Sarah Cunnabell (Clayes); Hannah Baston; James Cloyes and 1 other
Brother of Hannah Cloyse; Thomas Cloyse and Nathaniel Cloyes
Half brother of Thomas Cloyes; Nathaniel Clayes; Abigail Williams; John Clayes; Sarah Housing and 1 other

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Peter Cloyes

  • CLOYES, Peter
  • b. 27 MAY 1640 Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.
  • d. 18 JUL 1708 Wells, York, ME.
  • Parents:
  • Father: CLOYES, John
  • Mother: Abigail,
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1665
  • Spouse: LITTLEFIELD, Hannah
  • b. AUG 1633 Titchfield, England
  • d. 1699 Wells, York, ME.
  • Parents:
  • Father: LITTLEFIELD, Edmund
  • Mother: AUSTIN, Ann
  • Children:
    • CLOYES, Peter
    • CLOYES, Hannah
    • CLOYES, Mary
    • CLOYES, Sarah
    • CLOYES, Abigail
    • CLOYES, James
  • From:
  • ____________________

Zeller report the Clayes family from England ABT 1620 on Roots Surname List. Moved to Wells, Maine in 1663. Removed to Salem Village (now Danvers) in 1678. Moved to Frammingham, MA in 1693.

One of the original members of the church in Salem Village; organized 19-Nov-1689, joined 12-Jan-1690.

Bought land on the west side of Webbhannett River near falls from Francis (the younger) Littlefield on February 6, 1673/4.

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Peter Cloyes - Married first Hannah (Littlefield) Cloyes — married 1663 (to 1680) in Wells, York Co., ME Second married Sarah Towne — married 1681 [location unknown] Third married Susanna (Harrington) Cloyes — married January 2, 1703 (to May 1704) in Watertown, Massachusetts

He served as Captain in King Phillip's War and in the Indian war; was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery. (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

1663; At Wells, York Co., Maine (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; Encyclopedia of New England Families)

November 7, 1664: Witness to deed of sale between Thomas and Annas Littlefield and Francis Littlefield Sr. at Wells, ME. (York County Records)

1666; Grand juror. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1668; Grand juror. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

February 6, 1673; " Know all men by these Presents, that I Fran: Littlefield of Wells Junior in New England, In Consideration of a valewable sume offiveteen pounds to mee in hand payd before the Insealeing & delivery hereof, the reciept, wrof, I doe acknowledg my selfe there with to beefully contented & satisfyd, by my brother in law Peter Cloyce living & resident in the same Town, have & hereby doe sell give grant Assign Enfeoff& Confirme unto ye said Peter Cloyse his heyres executors Administrators & Assignes, a Certain Tract & Prcell of upland liing & being on the westernmost side of that River Called by the name of Webhannet River, at the Falls w'ron the sayd Fran: Littlefield hath built a Saw Mill neare untohis dwelling house, weh formerly was the Interest of his father Edmund Littlefield deceased, the ful breadth of upland Contayning thyrty foure pools & an halfe, from a Marked Red oake Tree at & neare unto a bridge next unto a Lott of Fran: Littlefield Senior, on the Eastermost side thereof and from thence a Twart the sayd Land, w'ron now Peter Cloyse liveth & hath built an house, unto the bounds of that Land formerly Edm'd Littlefieldsdeceased: & now in the possession of the aforesd Fran: Litlefield Juno'r, going down toward the sea, South Eastwardly, to the fence a small distancebelow the high way & soe to runne backe into the Woods soe fare in distance & lenght upon the same Lyne as the Lotts of ye Town doe extend (exceptingthe Hill on the Southerly side of the River, to runne against w'r the Mill standeth, reserving one poole & an halfe upwards for an high way for his owne proper usse/ In w'ch bounds that small Prcell of March lying on the West side of Webhannet River is Included, & a Convenient highway for Town &Countrey, Reserved towards Newgewanacke/ To have & to hould the sd Tract of Land as thus bounded, with all the profetts priviledges Imunitys & appurtenences w'rsoever, there unto belonging, with every part & Prcell thereof as above expressed, unto the said Peter Cloyse his heyre executors administrators & assignes for his & there soole porper usse & benefit for ever: And I the sayd Fran:Littlefield doe Covenant & pormise to & with Peter Cloyce that hee the sayd Francis hath full & Lawfull right & every part there, of is free from all former & other Bargains sayls gyfts Claimes titles Incumbrances w'soever, & shall warrant & defend the same, & evry Prcell & part thereof against all Prson or Prsons whatsoever/ In witness w'of unto all & every of the Premises above written, I have here unto all & every of the Premisses above written, I have here unto afixed my hand & seale this sixth day of Febru: 1673: Anno Dom: 1673 Signed sealed & Delivered/Fran: Littlefield his seal In the Presence of/Fran: Littlefield Juno'r acknowledged Edw: Rishworth/this Deede, & delivered Roger Playstead it as his Act this 2nd of April 1674 before mee Richard Walden Commissio'r Meribah Littlefield, the wife of Fran: Littlefield Junio'r, owned this Instrument to bee her free Act & Deede this 6: of Aprill: 74: before mee Edw: Rishworth Assotiate/ A true Coppy of this Instrument transcribed out of the originall, & there with Compared, this 18th day of Aprill:1674:p" (York County Records)

1676; During Philips War, his family retired to York. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1677; To Salem, MA from York, ME. Lived a little ways southeasterly from the Putnamville railroad station, in Danvers, MA. (History of Salem, VolIII - Sidney Perley)

August 5, 1677; Children born before this date all baptised at Salem's 1st Church. All except Sarah. (Salem Vital Records)

December 12, 1677; Mother in law's will written with inventory on March 7, 1678. Daughter Hannah Cloyse to get her bed and "bowlster". Hannah Cloyse to receive all "lining and woolen new and old" to be divided equally with 2 sisters. Her "son" (son in law) Peter Cloyse to receive "2 acres of marsh bee it more or less at lyeth on the s w side of Mr. Wheelwrights necke of land" . (Maine Wills)

November 19, 1678; One of the founding members of the First Church at Salem. "Peter Clois a member of the church of York by a ___ at York was himself admitted to the Lords Supper ____ virtue of the Communion of Churches." Hannah later received to membership as well. (The Records of the First Church in Salem; The Devil Discovered; Salem Witchcraft - Upham)

1679; At Salem Village (Danvers), he and Hannah sold their land at Wells to William Frost. Farm at Salem at the east end of town. (The Cloyes Family; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire.)

November 19, 1687; Members of the Church of Christ at Salem Village at the first embodying. (New England Families Genealogical & Memorial - William P. Cutter.)

1689; Representative to General Court. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson)

November 10, 1689; Church members of Salem Village desired to have their dismission from Salem Town church. Petition signed by Peter Cloyes. The church consented. (The Records of the First Church in Salem)

November 19, 1689; Signer of the "Covenant agreed upon, and consented unto by the Church of Christ at Salem Village, at the first Embodying..." (Danvers Church Records)

July 21, 1691; Burroughs et al. to Massachusetts Governor and Council. "...a letter seeking assistance that described Wells as 'the front of all the Estern part of the Contrey Remoatly Scituated; for Strength weak; and the Enemie beating upon us.' When the Wabanakis attacked Wells the previous month, the men reported they had killed or taken 'upward of an hundred head of cattell beside Sheep and horeses,' and their corn was 'in great hazard' of being lost. To prevent further losses of men and resources, the leaders of Wells asked the authorities in Boston to adopt a policy that 'the Inhabitants of this province may not Quit theire places with out liberty first obtayned from Leguel Authority.' Two months later (September 28, 1691), Burroughs and the others reported that the Indians 'still distress us, by holding us off from our improvements, Keeping us in close Garrison.' The 'heathen,' they wrote, were 'a sore scourge to us.' The last letter Burroughs addressed to Boston, on January 27, 1691/2, described the destruction of York two days earlier. Writing of their 'low condition, & eminent danger,' the leaders of Wells observed that 'the course of God's most sweet & rich promises, & gracious providences may justly be interrupted by the sins of his People.' They prayed, 'The Lord set his eyes upon us for good, & build us, not pull us downe, & plant us, & not pluck us up.' " "Among the other signatories were sons of the Rev. John Wheelwright, and men of the Littlefield and Cloyce families." (In the Devil's Snare - Mary Beth Norton)

1692; Selectman at Salem. (The Devil Discovered - Robinson)

March 19, 1692; Signed petition at Rebecca Towne Nurse's home stating he had spoken to Rebecca Nurse with others and found her very ill in bed for over a week. (Salem Witchcraft - Upham)

May 1692; May have taken in one or more of the children of George Jacobs when he escaped arrest on a charge of witchcraft. He was a neighbor of Peter's and as Jacob's wife was also accused and taken to jail, there was no one left to take care of the children ages 15, 13, 11, and 2 1/2. (The Salem Witch Trials - Marilynne K. Roach)

August 4, 1692; Sunday. "Brother Peter Cloyse & Samuel Nurse & his wife & John Tarbell & his wife "having absented themself from Communion, and very rarely, except Brother Nurse", attending Public Worship, Brother Nathaniel Putnam and the two Deacons, with the Pastor, are this day ("after some discourse") appointed a Committee "to discourse with the said absenters about it." (Danvers Church Records)

August 31, 1692; "Brother Tarbell proves sick unmeet for discourse. Brother Cloyse hard to be found at home being often with his wife in Prison in Ipswich for Witchcraft & Brother Nurse & sometimes his wife attends our publick meeting, & he the Sacrament.

October 6, 1695; had been at Boston with Sarah "these many months", when he was dismissed from church at Salem Village, to Marlborough. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

October 10, 1695; "Having received approval for Peter and Sarah Cloyse's transfer from the 'major part' of the Salem Village church members the previous Sunday, Rev. Samuel Parris wrote the required letter of dismission to the Marlborough church. He left it for Cloyse at John Tarbell's house, only to have Cloyse appear at his door again on Thursday. 'Brother Cloyse brought me back the letter...saying it was a letter of recommendation and not of dismission that he desired.' " (The Salem Witch Trials - Marilynne K. Roach) 1698; First meeting house framed at Framingham, not complete until 1701. (Encyclopedia of New England Families)

About 1699; To Sudbury (later Fram.) Salem End Colony, Mass. after wife released from prison. Signed petition for incorporation of Framingham. (History of Framingham; The Cloyes Family; Salem Witchcraft Vol 2 - Upham)

Cloyes house in Framingham

1700; Road laid from site of meeting house to Salem End past site of minister's house to s side of John Town's door over new bridge at StoneyBrook and over the plain to the corner of Benjamin Nurse's land, then over a little spruce swamp on s side and up to Peter Cloyes Senior's house (later Barton House) and to James Cloyes', then John Nurse's, with a branch from John Travis' to Caleb Bridge's and on to common. (settled about 1 mile w of common of at Salem End) (History of Framingham; Encyclopedia of New England Families)

August 1700; Present at 1st town meeting at Framingham, elected Selectman.(Encyclopedia of New England Families)

1701; dismissed from Marlborough church to Framingham. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

March 3, 1701; Grand juror. Involved in planning and building the 1st meetinghouse in Framingham, Massachusetts. Elected town treasurer.(History of Framingham)

March 13, 1701; Chosen to assist in building the preacher's house and assist in choice of preacher with step son Benjamin Bridges and and nephew John Town. (Framingham Town Records)

March 31, 1701; One of a number elected to "gather ten pounds by way of rate" for finishing of the meeting house; to employ a carpenter and see that the money was spent to the best advantage. (Encyclopedia of New England Families; History of Framingham)

May 13, 1701; To go to three ordained ministers for their opinion of Mr. John Swift as a minister for their church. Rev. John Swift, preacher chosen by May 20, 1701. (Encyclopedia of New England Families; History of Framingham)

May 22, 1701; To give call to new minister, Mr. Swift. Mr Swift's record shows Peter as one of 18 first members of the church. (History of Framingham; Encyclopedia of New England Families)

January 13, 1702; Chosen to seat meeting house. (History of Framingham)

"To his Excellency the Governor, and Councill, and Representatives now in Generall Court Assembled; at Boston; The Petition of severall of the Inhabitants of Andover, Salem village & Topsfield, humbly sheweth: That whereas in the year 1692 some of your Petitioners and the near Relations of others of them, viz: Rebecca Nurse, Mary Estey, Abigail Faulkner, Mary Parker, of Andover John Proctor & Elizabeth his wife; Elizabeth How, Samuel Wardwell & Sarah his Wife: were accused of Witchcraft by certain possessed persons and thereupon were apprehended and imprisoned, and at a Court held at Salem were condemned upon the Evidence of the aforesaid possessed persons; and sentences of Death hath been executed on them (except Abigail Faulkner, Elizabeth Proctor & Sarah Wardwell) of whose innocency those that knew them are well satisfyed. And whereas the invalidity of the aforesaid Evidence and the great wrong which (through Erros & mistakes in those tryalls) was then done, hath since plainly appear'd which we doubt not but this Honored Court is sensible of; Your Petitoners being dissatisfyed and grieved, that (besides what the aforesaid condemned persons have suffered in their persons and Estates) their Names are Exposed to Infamy and reproach, while their Tryall & condemnation stands upon Publick Record; We therefore humbly Pray this Honored Court, that something may be Publickly done to take off Infamy from their surviving Relations, nor their Posterity may suffer reproach upon that account. And yo'r Petition'rs shall ever pray &c. Dated March 2d 1702/3 Francis Faulkner Abigail Faulkner Sarah Wardwel John Parker Joseph Parker Nathaniel Dane Francis Dane Mary How Abigail How Isaac Estey Samuel Nurse Phebe Robinson Samuel Wardwell John Tarbel John Nurse Peter Cloys sen'r Isaac Estey Jun'r Sarah Gill Rebecca Preston Thorndike Proctor Benjamin Proctor In the House of Representatives March 18th 1702/3. Read & sent up. (Mass Archives Vol.135 No. 110)

May 15, 1708; Wrote will, signed with an X. Could read but not write. (Middlesex Co. Probate Records; History of Framingham) "In the name of God Amen, I Peter Clayes senior of Framingham in the County of Middlesex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being very weak of body but of sound and disposing memory: due in these presents make my last Will and Testament in manner and Form following. Imprimis: I will and bequeath my soul to God that gave it Hoping in the Merits of Jesus Christ to obtain absolution from all guilt and free justification and acceptance and my Body I will and bequeath to the earth from which it was taken to be ______ buried at the descretion of my Executors Hereafter named. And as to the _____ and estate which God hath given and made me possessed of I do will and _____ of as followeth. First I will and bequeath unto my well beloved and tender wife Susanna the annual sum of ____Thirty Pounds which said thirty pounds remain in the Possession of ____ of Watertown Housewright and the Payment of the said principle and _____ interest is secured to me the said Peter Clayes my heirs and assigns by a Deed of _____ of Housing and Lands therein conveyed in the year one thousand seven and six of her majesties reign. Item I will and bequeath unto my said wife Susanna all the provisions that shall be in my House at my decease of what specie so ever. Item I will unto my said wife Susanna twenty busheles of Indian corn of that which shall be growing or standing in my fields at my decease. Item I will and bequeath unto my said wife Susanna the improvement of one third of ____ lands and the continual income and profitt thereof and suitable and ___ in my Dwelling During the time she shall remain wife ____ Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Mary Trumball four Pounds to be paid unto Her in or as Money that is to say if in other species paied to be at money price also I will unto Her my said Daughter Mary a feather bed with all the furniture thereunto Belonging which saidBed was my said Daughter's Mothers Bed to witt Hannah Cloyes. Item my will further is that my Executor thereafter named shall During the present circumstance of my said daughter Mary Trumball find unto my said daughter Mary Trumball convenient shop room for the occupation or trade of a weaver in my old House and also convenient House Room to Dwell and Lodge in and also I give unto her Mary Trumball one _____ Item I will and Bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Hannah Eliot five Pounds to be paid unto Her in money or if in other specie at Money Price. Item I will unto my daughter Hepzibah Herrington four pounds to be paid unto her in money or in other specie at money price and also I will unto her a standing cupboard which was her Mother Sarah Clayes. Item I will to my well beloved Grand Daughter Abigail Waters forty shillings to be paid unto her when she shall be of age and to be paid in money or goods att money price. ____ unto my well beloved Grand Children Born of my well beloved Daughter _____ Six Pounds to bbe Equally Divided betwixt them and to be paid unto th____ shall come of age and to be paid in money or goods at money price. ____ Will and bequeath unto my Daughter Alice Bridges a flock Bed and a Large ____ which was her Mothers to witt Sarah Clayes's. ____ ill Bequeath Resign and Give up unto my Well Beloved son James Clayes ____ and Interest in and to fifty Acres of upland swampland and Meadows wh__ Joseph Buckminster I am in the Actual Possession of and By Deed fromthe ____ (by and with my Consent) is Conveyed unto my above said James Clay___ which said fifty Acres I do Hereby Will and Bequeath unto my above said son James Clayes a ____ ounded to him the said James Clayes in the Deed above said to be his and his Heirs forever. Item My will further in that My Will Beloved son Peter Clayce shall Possess and Enjoy ____ the Term of my leas Eight acres of my home Lands now under improvement as is now bounded our unto him and further I Do will unto him my said son Peter C_____ all and singular the buildings which are upon thesaid Eight Acres of land. Wife Susanna Her third part therein as is above Expressed. My will further is that my son James Clayes above mentioned shall Have Possess and Enjoy During the term of My Lease abovesaid the Residue of my Home Lands and Enjoy Part thereof which are in my Possession and under my Present Improvement Reserving unto my son Peter abovesaid His eight acres therein and all my Buildings - upon as is above Expressed and further reserving unto my said wife Susanna - third part therein as is above Expressed and above is willed unto Her. Will further is that all that my peice or percell of Land Lying in that which is only Called the WillowPlain shall be Equally Divided Between my said two sones _____ Clayes and James Clayes and that they shall Possess each of them equal ____ thereof During the Term of my Lease abovesaid. ____ill further is that my Peice or percell of Meadow Lying in that which is ____ on ____ Mellins Meadow shall be Divided Between my two sones Peter Clayes and ____es Clayes as followeth: that is to say that my son Peter Clayes shall H___ Possess ___ of the said Meadow two acres and an HalfDuring the P_____ aforesaid and that his two acres and an half shall be all that end of ____ said ____ which Bounds upon Benjamin Bridges Item my will further is that my other son abovesaid James Clayes shall Possess and Enjoy the Residue or what Remains of the Said Persell of Meadows over and above the said Two acres and an Half above exempted During the Term of my lease abovesaid. Item My will further is that my Peice or Percell of Land Lying on the North side of Stony Brook containing thirty and two acres shall be Divided Between my said sones as followeth: that is to say that my said son Peter Clayes possess so much and such a part thereof as shall make him equal as to number of acres and quality of the Land (that is to say of my Home Lands) with my son James Clayes Aforesaid: be it noted that the number of and quality of the fifty acres of my Home Lands and other Lands which by Deed is conveyed unto my said son James Clayes as is above Expressed is not that which I have Respect unto as to Number and quality: Butt that part of my Home Lands which is Devided and will said Between my said two sonesPeter Clayes and James Clayes as is above Expressed. Item My will further is that the Re______ of the said thirty and two Acres of Land which ______ ______ my son Peter is made Equal with my son James as is above Expressed: shall my said sones Peter Clayes and James Clayes to Possess dur ____ _____ term of my lease aforesaid Item My will further is that all my moveable Estate which shall Remain after my funerall expenses and the payment of my Lawful Debts and the payment of these Legacies above Expressed which shall immediately upon or after my Decease become Due: to be equally Divided Between my abovesaidsones Peter Clayes and James Clayes (Peter Cloyes and James Cloyes) and I Do in and By these Presents make and constitute my well beloved sonesabovesaid to be sole Executors of this my last will and Testament: Hereby Renouncing all former wills and Declaring this to be my Last will and Testament and to stand and Remain in full Power for Confirmation whereof I have Hereunto affixed my Hand and Seall this fifteenth Day of July one Thousand seven Hundred and Eight in the sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Ann over England ______ Witnesses _____abod S. Hemenway

       Peter Clayes   mark 
       Joshua Hemenway

Selectman Framingham, Massachusetts - 1700, 1703, 1708. (History of Framingham, Massachusetts)

Children according to Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire and other sources; 1st marriage - Sarah, Hannah, Peter, Mary, Abigail, James 2nd marriage - Alice, Benoni, Hepzibah

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Peter Cloyes's Timeline

May 27, 1640
Yorkshire, England
Age 24
Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 25
Wells, York, Maine
Age 37
June 24, 1682
Age 42
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)