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William Barstow

Also Known As: "William Barstowe", "William Beeresto", "John /BARSTOW/"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Barstow, II and Isabell M Barstow
Husband of Hannah Prince (Hubbard)
Father of Joseph Barstow; Mary Silvester; Patience Baker (Barstow); Sarah Church; Rebecca Barstow and 8 others
Brother of George Barstow; Susan Barstow and Michael or Miles Barstow

Occupation: Shipwright
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About William Barstow

WILLIAM5 BARSTOW (MATTHEW4, MATHEW3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born 1612 in Parish Shelf, Near Halifax, Co.York, Yorkshire, England, and died 01 Jan 1669 in Scituate, MA, USA. He married HANNAH (ANNA) HUBBARD 08 Jun 1638 in Dedham, MA, USA.


" William, Dedham, next br. of Michael the first, came with his younger br. George, in the Trulove, 1635, aged 23 from London, where their names at the custom ho. were writ. Beresto, by w. Ann had Joseph, b. 6 Jun 1639, bapt. 25 Apr 1641, his mo. join. the ch. that mo.; Mary, 28 Dec 1641, bapt. next Sunday; Patience, 3 Dec 1643, bapt. 9 Jun foll. He rem. to Scituate, there had, prob. Sarah; and ano. d. whose name is not seen; certain. Deborah, Aug 1650; William, Sep 1652; and Martha, 1655; and he d. 1 Jan 1669. His wid. m. John Prince of Hull. Patience m. Moses Simmons, 1662, as Bond, 678, tells; Mary m. 14 May 1656, William Ingram of Boston; Sarah m. a. 1665, Nathaniel Church; Deborah m. 9 Nov 1670, Philip Shattuck; and Martha m. 9 Dec 1674, Samuel Prince, s. of the h. of her mo. Worthington calls him Wilkin, wh. is more strange than his spell, Bearstowe." from Genealogical Dictonary of New England Settlers, Volume 1, Page 129.

William was 23 when he came on the Truelove with his brother George in Sept 20, 1635. He was a shipbuilder by trade. Built his house in 1649. He built the first bridge over North River at Stoney Bridge in 1657. He kept a tavern, was a Selectman, Highway Surveyor and in 1666 a commissioner to perambulate the patent line.

-IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS, by Frederick Adams Virkus, page 10.

-THE WILLIAM BARSTOW FAMILY, by Arthur Hitchcock Radash, pages 1, 2, 3 & 4. RANDALL AND ALLIED FAMILIES, by Frank Alfred Randall, page 297.

-MARRIAGES BEFORE 1699, page 32,

-BARSTOW, William and Ann HUBBARD, 8 May 1638, Dedham MA

BARSTOW-BESTOR GENEALOGY, by Arthur Hitchcock Radasch, page 1.

William Barstow, age 23, and George Barstow, aged 21, brothers Micheal and John, came to America on the ship "Truelove", which sailed from England, Sept. 20, 1635, John Gibbs, master. Their names were written "Beeresto" on the ship's list (Reg. 14:323). The ages established 1612 as the year of William's birth, and 1614 as the year of George's birth. Two sisters of this family also came to America. One sister, Elizabeth, married William Randall in Scituate, MA, in 1640, and the other sister, Susan, married William Perry of Marshfield.

William Barstow settled in Dedham in 1636, and about 1644 removed to Scituate. He was a shipwright, and started his shipbuilding business in Scituate. The early generations of his descendats settled around Scituate and Hanover, MA, where most of them were shipwrights or iron workers. Thus, they engaged in building ships, or in making iron for ships. Some of them became mariners and took to the sea. In fact, many became shipmasters and sailed their ships to all parts of the world.

William Barstow, a son of Thomas Barstow (the latter being a brother of Michael Barstow, a prominent merchant of York, whose portrait still hangs in Naburn Hall), when he was twenty-three years of age, came in September, 1635, in the ship 'Truelove' to America. He was one of the proprietors and signers for the incorporation of the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1636, and appeared before the General Court in June of that year. He married at Dedham, Massachusetts, May 8, 1638, Ann Hubbard, who was admitted to the church, July 16, 1641. William Barstow removed to Scituate, Massachusetts, and became the first settler of that part of the town which is now called Hanover. In 1664 he contracted to build a bridge and keep it in repairs in that town. He was a man of high respectability and a most worthy and enterprising citizen; a man of note and an extensive landholder. He died in Scituate in 1668. His children were: Joseph, born April 6, 1639; Mary, born October 28, 1641; Patience, born October 3, 1643; Deborah, baptized August 18, 1650; William, see below; and Martha, baptized April 22, 1655.

from: A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies ...By John Stetson Barry

William, the fourth bro., was in Dedham in 1636, and signed the Pet'n. for the incorp'n. of that town under the name of Contentment.' The 16 d. 12 mo. 1642, grants of " upland ground fit for improvement with the plough," were made to him, and to his bro. George. He was a freem. in Scit. 1649, and the first settler, of whom we have record, on the present territory of H. He was prob. m. to his w. Anne, after he came to N. Eng., but we have found no record of this marriage, and cannot, therefore, give her maiden name in full. Mr. B. was a noted man in his day, as will be seen from what we have already said of him. He was also an extensive landholder, a man of high respectability, and a worthy and enterprising citizen. He d. in Scit. in 1668, ae. 56, leaving no will, and his wid. Anne, admin. on his Est.4 In the will of Michael, his bro., mention is made of " 8 ch. of his bro. Wm."

We have succeeded in learning the names and dates of birth of but 5 of these. There seem to have been but 2 sons ; the rest were probably daughters. Their names were, 1. Joseph, b. in Dedham, 6 d. 4 mo., 1639. 2. Patience, b. in Dcdham, 3 d. 10 mo., 1643, m. Moses Simmons, of Scit., 1662. 3. Deborah b. in Scit in Aug. 1650. 4. Wm. b. in Scit., in Sep. 1652. 5. Martha b. in Scit, 1655, m. Sam'I., eldest son of Sara'l. Prince, 1674, who d. bef. 1686. (N. E. Gen. Reg. 1851 p. 379.)

NOTE. — It would appear, from die will of Michael, of Wain., that the w. of Mr. B. m. a Prince.

Died crossing Charles River at night on ice.

John, Cambridge, usually writ Baistoe, was youngest br. of George the firs, by w. Hannah had Michael, b. 1653; John; and Jeremiah; was drown, 13 Feb 1658, aged 33, by fall. thro. ice of Charles riv.travel. from Dedham in the night.

John died when he fell through the ice and drowned near Mr. Parker's farm coming from Dedham in the night, aged 33

From "A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies ..."

By John Stetson Barry

John, although not expressly called so, was, we have no doubt,

bro. of George and Michael, and resided in Camb., where he died in

1657, the Inv. of his Est. being entered the 20 d. 12 mo. 1657, 3 and

consisting chiefly of farming utensils. In this Inv., mention is made

of a widow, who appeared before the governor, Feb. 25, 1657-8

and testified to that being a true Inv. of the Est. of her hush. &c

As no will exists, we find no ch. named ; but if he be the one

alluded to in the will of Michael, above, he had 3 sons, Michael,

John, and Jeremiah ; — and if this Michael be the one who testified

in the case of a complaint vs. Susanna Woodward et. al. 1671, 3, 6,4

where he is called Michael, jr., and said to be ae. ab. 17, he was

b. ab. 1654. We find that John, the father, instituted a suit vs.

1 Middlesex Court Files, pasaim. * Mid. Prob. Rcc. 4. 168.

Ann Hibbins, Relict and Exec, of Wm.Hibbins, desc'd., in 1656, 3,

29,' which was but about a year before his decease. The name of

hi? w5d. we have not learned. Michael, the son, m. Rebecca

Thaire or Thayer, Jan. 12, 1676, and d. Dec. 2, 1698, leaving

an only da. Hannah.' He owned " a homestall containing 6 acres

of upland and meadow, with a mantion house, and barn, orchards

and cyder mill, &c."

The history of the other sons, — John and Jeremiah, — is involved

in a little obscurity. There was a JvJm Barstow in Scit. in 1678i

who is called by Dcane a son of Wm., formerly of Dedham, and

who, he says, was prob. b. in Dedham. There was also a Jeremiah

in Scit., who was " killed by the Indians in 1676," and whose wid.

Lydia m. Richard Standlake, 1677. This Jeremiah is also called

by Deane a son of Wm. of Dedham. But as there is no actual

record of the birth of such sons to Wm., we think there is room to

doubt the correctness of Deane's suggestion. It is certain that John

of Camb., had sons Jno. and Jere., but not certain that Wm. had

such. We think it most probable, therefore, that John and Jeremiah

settled in Scituate, and were sons of John, who d. at Camb., and

not of Wm. of Dedham.

Of their history, and descendants, we shall speak hereafter.

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William Barstow's Timeline

Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 23
October 28, 1638
Age 26
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 6, 1639
Age 27
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
October 28, 1641
Age 29
Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 3, 1643
Age 31
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 33
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, USA
Age 35
Probably Scituate, Plymouth Colony