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Ralph Hutchinson

Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 24, 1703 (68-69)
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Hutchinson and Alice Hutchinson
Husband of Alice Hutchinson
Father of John Hutchinson; Mercy Pettengill; Judah Hutchinson, Sr.; Samuel Hutchinson; Moses Hutchinson and 4 others
Brother of Rebecca Hadlock; Alice Hutchinson; Elizabeth Putnam; Mary Watson; Abigail Ashby and 3 others

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About Ralph Hutchinson

Freeman: Only church members could be freemen, and since Ralph was

admitted freeman in 1661, the same year the church was organized, we

should assume that he was indeed a member of the church, even though his name is not found in church records. (Northampton History).

"Warning Out in New England 1656-1817" by Josiah Henry

Brown,...entertaining persons without consent of the town, of which these

are illustrative:-pg 24.

(March 26, 1657) George Burrill, Cooper, is fined ten shillings for

entertaining Jon Gilbert into his family, with out consent of the

Towne....Ralph Hutchinson is fined ten shillings for entertaining Jon

Gilbert into his family, without the Townes mens consent....John Hart is

fined ten shillings for entertaining Jon Gilbert into his family, without

the Townes men consent.

On April 27, 1657, there are the following records, showing the manner in

which security was given for persons admitted into the town:- Richard Way

is admitted into town, provided that Aaron Way do become bound in the sum

of twenty pounds sterling, to free the town from any charges that may

acrew to the town by the said Rich. or his family.

Richard Smith is admitted into town being Commended to the town by Mr.

Jon Willson senr., provided that Henry Blaque and John Pearse, become

bound to the town in the sum of twenty pounds sterling.

We, William Blague and John Pease, doe hereby bind ourselves, our heirs,

executors, &., jointly and severally in the full sum of twenty pounds

sterling, unto the select men of Boston and their successors, to secure

the town from all charges from tyme to tyme from the said Rich Smith and

his family; and hereunto put our hand.

On June 29, 1657, there is the following entry, which I think, is the

first which regard to support by the town.

It is ordered that Ensign Jon Web shall supply Richard Sanford with such

necessary support as the little infant Mary Langham or the nurse thereof

either have or shall expend, until the Town take further Order.

It appears that on December 29, 1657, Richard Seward was admitted and

inhabitant, Nat Fryer being bound in a bond of twenty pounds to secure

the town from charges.

At the time of admission as an inhabitant upon the security given by some

person to save the town harmless from any charges that might afterwards

arise seems to have become general, and the bond of security was

ordinarily twenty pounds.


Source: Savage, Dict of First Settlers of NE Vol 2, p. 511. Ralph,

Boston, m. 8 Aug 1656, Alice, wid. of Francis Bennett, had John, rem. to

Northampton, there had Mehitable, b. 1662, d. soon; Judah, 1664,; Samuel,

1666; and Moses, 1671.

Ralph Hutchinson had left the comparative safety of the town when the

Indians massacre, which drove Thomas Dow, into the Militia, devastated

the country to the West. Attacks occurred all around Northampton; there,

on 30 September 1675, two white men murdered by Indians, when they moved

away a short distance from the house where they had spent the night,

presumably having replenished the ever-necessary wood for fuel. They

were scalped and robed of their arms; although solders were in the town

at the time, they arrived at the scene too late to save the Englishmen or

catch up with the Indians who silently melted into the forest.

Ralph Hutchinson was among the pioneers in Northampton, although he did

not come with the original settlers reaching the area in 1654;

descriptions of early migration are lost but there remains old

references to "cart ways" the settlers sometimes used ox carts, or came

on horseback, or via an alterative route on the Connecticut River.

Meadows lay on either side of its banks, sweeping up to dense forests on

rising ground, the whole topped by two mountains. Indians in those woods

watched the arrival of the aggressive white men with apprehension;

shortly their growing resentment of displacement among things, -would be

fanned into hatred by the empire-hungry French and culminate in the

French and Indian War. (06)

Hutchinson and two others who reportedly reached Northampton in 1659 were

each granted a home lot of eight acres on the west side of the river,

lots larger than usual grant which may explain why, by a special vote,

they were required to pay twenty Shillings to the "Townsmen at demand

there of" on condition that they build cabins and remain on the property

for four year's before they would be given title. Later, the amount was

reduced to ten shillings and the condition of four years repealed. These

lots were away from the little settlement, on the far side of the river

and so not easily accessible. The three men must have been very anxious

to settle in Northampton, to pay for the land which the earlier arrivals

had obtained without paying as much hard cash.

Ralph was a carpenter by trade, the only one so identified in the town's

tax rolls for 1659-1660. He was made freeman in 1661.

In 1667, James Bennet foolishly became embroiled in misbehavior which

today would be characterized as delinquency; such teenage behavior is

nothing new and as deplored then as it is now.

In court held in Springfield on 24 September 1667, James Bennet, Godfrey

Nims and Bononi Stebbins were arraigned "answer for deverse crimes &

misdemeanors." They were accused by Robert Bartlett of breaking into his

house "two Sabbath Dayes when all the family were at the Public

Meeting". The first time Nims and Stebbins "took away out of diverse

places of the house 24 shillings in silver and 7 in wampum with the

intention to run away to the French; all which is by them confessed, with

wickedness of theirs hath also been accompany with frequent lying to

excuse ^ justify themselves, especially on Nims his part who it seems

hath been a ringleader in their village, for all which the said 3 lads

shall be well whipped on their naked bodyes". Nums and Stebbins were

also ordered to pay Bartlett "the sum...being accounted treble according

to law", and anyone who had received money from the boys, was to return

it to Bartlett.

"But they being made to the court an earnest petition & request by Ralph

Hutchinson father-in-law to ye said James Bennet & diverse other consider

able persons the said Bennets Corporal punishment might be released by

reason of his mothers weakness, who is in feared may suffer much in

inconvenience thereby, that punishment was remitted upon his

father-in-law his engaging to this Co'te to pay five pounds to ye county

as a fyne.."

It sounds from this as though James was generally considered a good boy

and those who knew him rose to plead in his behalf. In 1668, an Indian

named Wuequelatt was arrested for having taken money from these boys to

help them run away to the French. For his part in the affair, he was

whipped with 20 lashes."

At the time of the court hearing, James Bennet was 15 years old, and

Benoni Stebbins, but twelve. At least one 19th century historian claimed

that Godfrey Nims who moved later to Deerfield, "was an honored and

respected citizen" there.

During these years, was with the French and Indian made life turbulent

but it went on. Ralph's sons married; John and Samuel took as brides the

Root sisters. Mary Bennet married John Field in Northampton on 9

November 1656.

Ralph died 24 October 1703 in Northampton, intestate, but papers on his

estate remained in the court house; they mention "Alice wife of Ralph

Hutchinson of Northampton", and his sons John, Samuel and Moses. (10).



1. "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers in New England

Showing Three Generations of those Who Came Before May 1692", by James

Savage, published 1860-1862, 4 Vol; Vol. 1, p. 167.

2. Early Boston Records, published as "Report of the Record

Commissioners, 1885, Vol. 9, p. 31; 32; 33; 43; 46; 52; for Francis death.

3. N>E> Register, Vol. 9, 1855, p. 142, "Abstracts of Early Wills".

4. Early Boston Records, Vol. 9 p. 57.

5. "Records of First Church, Dorchester, Mass. 1656-1754", published 1891.

6. Source material for the history of Ralph Hutchinson and early

Northampton from records of the town and in the County Court house;

histories of City and county, especially "History of Northampton", by

James H. Trumbull, 2 vols., published 1895.

7. Northampton Vital Records from the Town Books, Book 1, p. 102.

8. p. 17

9. p. 107.

10. p. 141

11. Hampshire Co. Court House Probate Records, Box 76, No. 42.

12. Northampton VR, Book 1, p. 14.

13, p. 37.

14. p. 39.

15. p. 150.

16. p. 108.

17. Estate papers for John Clary senior mentioned daughter-in-law Ann

Clary, Enos Kingsley who married "widow Clary". Northampton Town Book;

registered the marriage of Enos to Sara Haines 15 June 1662, (p. 99);

Sarah died 7 December 1691 (p. 140); there seems to be no record of Enos'

marriage to Ann Clary, nor the death of John Clary Jr. in Northampton,

Box 33, No. 31.

18. Northampton VR, Book 1, p. 40.

19. p. 42.

20. p. 104.

21. p. 146.

22. Hampshire Co. Probate Court, Box 84, No. 37.

23. Hampshire Co. Probate Court, Box 76, No. 412.

24. p. 145.


26. Early records for Northampton land are kept in the Registry of Deeds

Office in Springfield, Book F. p. 50, 51.

27 Book D, p. 474.


Source: American Marriages Records before 1600: Clements.



Ralph Hutchinson (b. Abt. 1630, d. October 24, 1703)

Ralph Hutchinson was born Abt. 1630 in Nottinghamshire ?, England, and died October 24, 1703 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA. He married Alice Walcott on August 08, 1656 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, daughter of William Walcott and Alice Ingersoll.

More About Ralph Hutchinson and Alice Walcott: Marriage: August 08, 1656, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.

Children of Ralph Hutchinson and Alice Walcott are: +John Hutchinson, b. 1658, Boston, Suffolk Co, MA, d. December 21, 1719, Lebanon, CT. Mercy Hutchinson, b. February 1659/60, d. date unknown. Mehitable Hutchinson, b. May 21, 1662, d. date unknown. Judah Hutchinson, b. April 15, 1664, d. date unknown. Samuel Hutchinson, b. July 21, 1666, d. date unknown. Eleazer Hutchinson, b. May 31, 1668, d. date unknown. Moses Hutchinson, b. September 08, 1671, d. date unknown.

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Ralph Hutchinson's Timeline

Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 4, 1660
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
May 21, 1662
May 21, 1662
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
April 15, 1664
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
July 21, 1666
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts colonies
July 21, 1666
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
May 31, 1668
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA