Robert (The Weaver) Pease

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Robert Pease, III

Birthplace: Great Baddow, Essex, England
Death: after 1713
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Pease
Father of Bethiah Pease; Elizabeth Venney; Deliverance Crispe Pease; Robert Pease, Jr.; Isaac Pease and 4 others

Occupation: Weaver
Managed by: Darcia Dianne Gallt
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About Robert (The Weaver) Pease

ROBERT5 PEASE (ROBERT PEASE (ROBERT4 1), ROBERT3 PEASE, JOHN2, JOHN1)2,3 was born Abt. 1628 in England.

Robert PEASE was christened in Apr 1630 in Great Baddow, Essex, England 2 and died after 1717. He was a son of Robert Pease & his 1st wife Lydia.

He married SARAH. Sarah died after 1704.

Children of ROBERT PEASE and SARAH are:

  • i. Bertha PEASE, born on 11 Apr 1660 in Salem, Essex, MA 2 and died in Nov 1667 in Salem, Essex, MA 2 at age 7.
  • ii. ELIZABETH PEASE, b. 20 Aug 1662; m. THOMAS VENNEY, 28 Oct 1703.
  • iii. DELIVERANCE PEASE, b. 06 Dec 1664.
  • iv. MARY PEASE, b. 12 Feb 1667; m. ALEXANDER REYNOLDS, 06 Jul 1686, Massachusetts. Notes for MARY PEASE: --Mary born 12 Feb 1667? or 8 Oct 1658 either daughter of John and Mary Goodell Pease or daughter of Robert and Sarah --married either Alexander Renalds or Alexander Reynolds?
  • 12. v. ROBERT PEASE, b. 25 Mar 1669.
  • 13. vi. ISAAC PEASE, b. 30 Nov 1671, Salem, Massachusetts; d. 1745.
  • vii. DELIVERANCE PEASE, b. 06 Dec 1673.
  • viii. BETHIA PEASE, b. 18 Jun 1675.
  • 14. ix. NATHANIEL PEASE, b. 28 Feb 1678, Salem, Massachusetts; d. 1737.


Bereft of a father at an early age, Robert Pease was bound out by the court, 31 December 1645, "upon motion and consent of both parties, to Thomas Root, to learn the trade of a weaver of woolen and linen." He was sometimes made keeper of the town herd, and he must have been employed as herdsman during his apprenticeship, or prior to it, for in 1704 he testified in court that he had been a "keeper of several lots of creatures, as neat cattle, goats, &c., on the land belonging tot he inhabitants of Salem above 60 years agone." In 1655 he "was employed to keep one hundred cows, being a part of the town drove, and to have help so that he may attend every third Sabbath." During an early period of his manhood, he lived at Martha's Vineyard. As an inducement to keep him there, several of the citizens agreed to furnish him annually with one hundred pounds of fish. The agreement contains the following clause:

"If the said Robert Pease leave the island he will leave the fish resigning up again to the owners. Also the said Robert Pease doth engage to weave cloth of the town for such pay as the town can raise among themselves except wampun."

It is not known how long he remained at Martha's Vineyard. No mention is made of him at Salem after 1655 until 1667 except in the records of the birth of his children. Some of them may have been born at Edgartown, as the record of his first five children was made at one time on the Salem books. He was with a Salem company in the French and Indian war in 1676. The given name of his wife was Sarah. Both suffered imprisonment in 1692 because [they were] suspected of witchcraft. His wife was living in 1704 and he in 1713, at which latter date he was dismissed from the First Church at Salem to aid in forming the First Church at the Middle Precinct, afterwards South Danvers, but now Peabody.

Pease, Austin Spencer, THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE PEASE FAMILIES IN AMERICA, (Springfield, MA: Samuel Bowles & Co., Printers, 1869), 16-7.


History of Salem, MA: Vol 1 (1626-1637)

This source claims 8 children. Bethiah, Elizabeth, Deliverance, Mary, Robert, Isaac, Bethiah and Nathaniel.

"Descendants of John Pease" Gives another Deliverance born 6 Dec 1673 Bethia born 18 June 1675

He has the distinction of being the ancestor of the Salem branch of the Salem Peases.

Great Baddow Parish Register: Robert the sonne of Robert Pease and his wife Bap. April 1630

At the age of 4 (1634) he traveled to Salem on the 'Francis' with his father Robert and his uncle John.

Following the death of his father in 1644, the 14 year old Robert lived with his mother for a year, and at the age of 15 was apprenticed to Thomas Root of Salem for a term of five years. When his term expired in 1650 he remained in Salem, records of 1652 and 1655 show he was an inhabitant of that town. In 1656 he appears in Edgertown, MA where his uncle had taken up residence in 1644. He evidently returned to Salem before 1660 (Banks), where he appears in 1667 with the birth of the first of his five children.

He was with the Salem Company during King Philips War of 1675-6.

Both he and his wife suffered imprisonment in 1692 when they were suspected of witchcraft. His wife was living in 1704 and he was living in 1713 when he was dismissed from the church in Salem to aid in forming the first church at what is now Peabody, MA. No further record has been found of them.

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Robert (The Weaver) Pease's Timeline

Great Baddow, Essex, England, United Kingdom
April 1630
Great Baddow, Essex, England
April 1630
Great Baddow, Essex, England
April 1630
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 1630
April 1630
Of Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
April 1630
March 30, 1654
Age 23
Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
June 2, 1660
Age 30
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts