Robert Emerson, of Rowley

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Robert Emerson

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Death: June 25, 1694 (82)
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Emerson, Sr. and Elizabeth Emerson
Husband of Ann Emerson; Elizabeth Emerson and Frances Emerson
Father of Lydia Marsh; Elizabeth Emerson; Thomas Emerson; Joseph Emerson and Ephraim Emerson
Brother of Benjamin Emerson; James Emerson; Rev Joseph Emerson; Elizabeth Perrin; Rev. John Emerson and 7 others

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About Robert Emerson, of Rowley

Robert Emerson, of Rowley, Massachusetts, is believed by good authorities to have been the eldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Brewster) Emerson, who was baptized May 24, 1612, at Bishop's-Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. He was probably a resident of Bishop's-Stortford in 1642. He was in Rowley, Massachusetts, as early as 1655, and took the oath of fidelity there in 1671, and removed to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he was made freeman April 9, 1678. He subscribed to the oath of fidelity in 1671, and in 1672 received from the town compensation for the care of an orphan child. Before 1675 he had a house there. He died June 25, 1694.

  1. He married, October 22, 1635, Elizabeth Grave, of Bishop's-Stortford, England, and she was buried there June 22, 1636.
  2. His second wife was named Frances,
  3. and he married (third) November 4, 1658, Ann Grant, of Rowley, who was drowned July 28.. 1718.

His children were: Elizabeth, born in England, 1637, Thomas, Joseph, Ephraim, Stephen, Benjamin and Lydia. The elder son was killed by the Indians, with his wife and children, March 15, 1697.


  1. Emerson, Benjamin Kendall, and George Augustus Gordon. The Ipswich Emersons, A.D. 1636-1900: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, with Some Account of his English Ancestry. (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1900), 20.


(f/g) Robert Emerson Birth: 1612 Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire, England Death: Jun. 25, 1694 Haverhill Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Robert was baptized 24 May 1612 at Bishops-Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

He is believed to be the eldest son of Thomas Emerson and Elizabeth Brewster, who were both born in 1584 and married on 1 Jul 1611.

Robert married three times.

1. He married Elizabeth Grave 22 Oct 1635 of Bishops-Stortford, England and she was buried there 22 Jun 1636.

2. He next married Frances (?). Details are unknown.

3. He married Ann Grant of Rowley, Massachusetts 4 Nov 1658.

He was in Rowley, Massachusetts as early as 1655.

On 3 Mar 1655 he received an allotment of land from the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts. His brother, Michael Emerson was granted land at the same time.

He married Ann GRANT on 4 January 1658 at Rowley, Massachusetts.

He joined his brother Michael in 1661 in the purchase of a large farm in Haverhill from Robert SWAN.

On 29 April 1668 he became a Freeman of the colony, indicating that he was also then a member of the church.

On 17 MAY 1669 he bought an acre and a half of meadow of Obadiah Ayer.

He tool the Oath of Fidelity in 1671 and in 1672 received compensation for the care of an orphan child.

He was a selectman in 1671, 1676, 1678, and 1687.

On 29 Oct 1673 he bought one acre of meadow from Elizabeth Linfurth. He also bought 20 acres of land by the Fishing river from John Williams on 12 Jun 1674.

He was elected as the Haverhill town constable in 1679.

He bought 3 acres of meadow on 28 JAN 1679 from Peter Ayer.

On 22 FEB 1686-7 he "openly moved for to know by whom the bridge over the Fishing river at his house is to be made. In answer to it the selectmen are ordered to take effectual care about the matter proposed."

He made his will on 3 Jun 1694 and he died the same month on 25 Jun 1694 at Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Robert's will seems to have been penned by one of the witnesses, Joseph Johnson.

It was proved in court 23 Jul 1694.

The inventory, taken on 5 Jul 1694, mentions that Robert Emerson died 25 Jun 1694. It was presented by Anna Emerson and Thomas Emerson as executors on 23 Jul 1694. Both of them died before completing the settlement of the estate, and Joseph Emerson was appointed administrator.

Family links:

 Thomas Emerson (1584 - 1666)
 Elizabeth Brewster Emerson (1584 - 1638) 
 Ann Grant Emerson (1637 - 1718)
 Stephen Emerson (1674 - 1758)

Burial: Pentucket Cemetery Haverhill Essex County Massachusetts, USA Created by: Michael Duffy Record added: Jan 17, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 103732586 tcd

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Robert Emerson, of Rowley's Timeline

May 24, 1612
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
May 24, 1612
May 24, 1612
May 24, 1612
May 24, 1612
November 8, 1629
Age 17
Lincolnshire, England
Age 23
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 26
Bishops Stortford,Hertford,England
Age 28
Bishops Stortford,Hertford,England