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Rev. William Hubbard

Birthplace: of Tendring, Essex, England
Death: September 14, 1704 (77-86)
Ipswich, Essex Couty, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hubbard, of Essex & Ipswich and Judith Hubbard
Husband of Margaret Hubbard and Mary Hubbard
Father of Margaret Pynchon; John Hubbard; Nathaniel Hubbard and William Hubbard
Brother of Mary Knight; John Hubbard; Nathaniel Hubbard; Reverend Richard Hubbard and Margaret Rogers
Half brother of Martha Eyre

Occupation: Clergyman and Historical Writer
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About Rev. William Hubbard

William Hubbard was an American clergyman and historian, born in Ipswich, England. As a child, he was taken by his parents to New England, where he later graduated from Harvard (1642), was ordained and became assistant minister and afterward pastor of the Congregational church at Ipswich, Massachusetts, a post which he resigned just a year before his death. He wrote, at the order of the Colonial government which paid him 50 pounds for it, a History of New England, mainly compilation, which barely escaped destruction by fire when Gov. Thomas Hutchinson's house was mobbed in 1765. The Massachusetts Historical Society printed it in 1815. He wrote also A Narrative of Troubles with the Indians (Boston, 1677), which for years was popular in New England and was even reprinted at the beginning of the nineteenth century at Worcester, Massachusetts (1801) and Roxbury, Massachusetts (1805). It is full of errors, but illustrates what was regarded by the writer's contemporaries as an elegant prose style. Minor works are a volume of sermons (1684) and a short pamphlet, Testimony of the Order of the Gospel in Churches (1701).


  • Rev William Hubbard
  • Birth: Jul., 1621 Essex, England
  • Death: Sep. 14, 1704 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • William was born to William Hubbard Sr. and Judith Knapp in Essex, England. He came with his family to Massachusetts at the age of 13, on July 18, 1635.
  • He was among the first class to graduate from Harvard College in 1642. William was a historian, and wrote numerous titles concerning the history of the colony, the most notable being the "History of New England".
  • He was pastor of the Congregational Church at Ipswich from 1656 to 1703, a post which he resigned but a year before his death. "His house was about one hundred rods from the late Dr. Dana 's meeting-house, near the bank of the river, commonly called Turkey Shore."
  • At the age of 25, Rev. William Hubbard was married to Margaret Rogers, in 1646. Margaret was the daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers and Margaret Crane. William and wife Margaret had three children.
    • 1. Margaret, b. 1647; d. 1716; m. John Pynchon on Apr. 25 1674.
    • 2. John, b. 1648; d. 1710; m. Ann Leverett in 1671.
    • 3. Nathaniel, b. 1659; d. 1718 in Boston.
  • William and Margaret also became guardians to the five chidren of his nephew, William Whittingham after his early death in 1672, at age 27. William Whittingham's wife Mary Lawrence had died the previous year after the birth of their last child. The Whittingham children included Martha Whittingham Rogers, and Elizabeth, who married Col. Samuel Appleton, and Mary, who married Gurdon Saltonstall, the Governor of the colony of Connecticut.
  • After Margaret's death in 1690, William married again at the age of 73. His second wife was Mary Giddings, the widow of Samuel Peirce. According to what was written in Ipswich, ("Massachusetts Bay Colony History", Vol. 1, page 412), this was not considered a very good decision on his part... "The widow Mary Peirce became the second wife of the Rev. William Hubbard, greatly to the affront of the good people of the church and parish. His first wife was Margaret, only daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, and when, in his seventy-third year, he married the widow Peirce, it was esteemed unwise, "for though she was a serious, worthy woman, she was rather in the lower scenes of life and not sufficiently fitted, as they thought for the station."
  • Mr. Hubbard "certainly was for many years the most eminent minister in the County of Essex, equal to any in the Province for learning and candor, and superior to all his contemporaries as a writer."
  • "Though Mr. Hubbard had a large patrimony, yet he expended this as well as his salary in the support of his family, and in discharging the duties of hospitality and other beneficence. As an intelligent and judicious adviser, he was called on many councils, and had a prominent part in them. " (ref. "The History of Ipswich, Essex, and Hamilton Massachusetts")
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  • Parents:
  • William Hubbard (1585 - 1670)
  • Spouses:
  • Margaret Rogers Hubbard (1628 - 1690)
  • Mary Giddings Hubbard (1658 - 1711)
  • Children:
    • Margaret Hubbard Pynchon (1647 - 1716)*
  • Siblings:
  • Martha Hubbard Whittingham Eyre (____ - 1687)*
  • William Hubbard (1621 - 1704)
  • Margaret Hubbard Scott Rogers (1636 - ____)*
  • Burial: Highland Cemetery, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot: Grave stone has not been found.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 147677830
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  • HUBBARD, William
  • b. ABT 1623
  • d. 14 SEP 1704 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: HUBBARD, William
  • Mother: Judith,
  • Family:
  • Spouse: ROGERS, Margaret
  • d. 1691
  • Children:
    • HUBBARD, Margaret
    • HUBBARD, John
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1694
  • Spouse: Mary,
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 28
  • Hubbard, William by Gordon Goodwin
  • HUBBARD, WILLIAM (1621?–1704), historian of New England, born in 1621 or 1622, was the eldest son of William Hubbard, husbandman, of Tendring, Essex, by his wife, Judith, daughter of John and Martha (Blosse) Knapp of Ipswich, Suffolk (Visitation of Suffolk, ed. Metcalf, 1882, p. 149). He accompanied his father to New England in July 1635, and graduated at Harvard in 1642 (Savage, Genealogical Dict. ii. 486-7). On 17 Nov. 1658 he was ordained, and became first assistant, and subsequently pastor, of the congregational church in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which post he held until 6 May 1703. During the absence of Increase Mather in England in 1688 he was appointed by Sir Edmund Andros to act as president of Harvard. He died at Ipswich, Massachusetts, on 14 Sept. 1704, aged 83. He married first Mary (not Margaret), only daughter of the Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich, Massachusetts, by whom he had two sons and a daughter. His second marriage, in 1694, to Mary, widow of Samuel Pearce, who survived him without issue, gave offence to his congregation on account of her supposed social inferiority. During John Dunton's stay in Ipswich he was entertained by Hubbard, of whose learning and virtues he has left an eccentric account (Life and Errors, ii. 134). A manuscript copy of his 'History of New England,' for which the state of Massachusetts promised, but probably did not pay him, 50l., is believed to have been rescued from the flames by Dr. Andrew Eliot in the attack on Governor Thomas Hutchinson's house by the mob in August 1765, and presented by Eliot's son John to the Massachusetts Historical Society, by whom it was wretchedly printed in 1815. Another edition appeared in 1848, forming vols. v-vi. of the second series of the society's 'Historical Collections;' a few copies were also struck off separately.
  • Hubbard was also author of: 1. 'The Happiness of a People in the wisdome of their rulers directing, and in the obedience of their brethren attending, unto what Israel ought to do: recommended in a Sermon [on 1 Cor. xii. 32] … preached at Boston,' 4to, Boston, 1676. 2. 'A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New England, from … 1607 to … 1677.… To which is added a Discourse about the Warre with the Pequods in … 1637. (A Postscript, &c.) [With a Map of New-England, being the first that ever was here cut],' 2 pts., 4to, Boston, 1677; another edition, under the title of 'The Present State of New England,' &c., 2 pts., 4to, London, 1677. The American editions in 8vo and 12mo are worthless. A beautifully printed edition, with a life of the author and notes by Samuel G. Drake, was issued as Nos. iii. and iv. of W. E. Woodward's 'Historical Series,' 4to, Roxbury, Mass., 1865. During 1682 Hubbard delivered a 'Fast Sermon' and a 'Funeral Discourse' on the death of General Daniel Denison. These, it is said, were also printed.
  • [H. F. Waters's Genealogical Gleanings in England, vol. i. pt. ii. p. 228; Sibley's Harvard Graduates, i. 54-62; Drake's life referred to.]
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  • Nathaniel Rogers (1598–1655) was an English clergyman and early New England pastor. According to the Dictionary of National Biography article on Rogers (published 1897), his descendants in America were at that time more numerous than those of any other early English emigrant family.
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  • By his wife Margaret (d. 23 January 1656), daughter of Robert Crane of Coggeshall, Essex, whom he married in 1626, Rogers had issue:
    • Mary, baptised at Coggeshall on 8 February 1628, married to William Hubbard;
    • John baptised at Coggeshall, Essex, on 23 January 1630, who became President of Harvard ;
    • and four sons (Nathaniel, Samuel, Timothy, and Ezekiel) born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The youngest was left heir by his uncle Ezekiel Rogers.
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Wrote: Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians of New England

b. 1621 Tendring Hundred, Essex

  • arrived Boston 10/3/1638 with family
  • Ordained 5/23/1639
  • Grad. Harvard 1642
  • minister at Wenham 1643
  • Was assisted at Ipswich by brother in law, John Rogers who was not ordained and who practiced medicine among the parishioners without Medical training. This John rogers became president of Harvard 1681-1684



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Rev. William Hubbard's Timeline

Essex, England
October 15, 1647
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Ipswich, MA, United States
- 1704
Age 34
Ipswich, United States
September 14, 1704
Age 82
Ipswich, Essex Couty, Province of Massachusetts
- 1642
Harvard AB 1st class (1st class of graduates at Harvard)