William Chamberlain, of Hull

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William Chamberlain

Birthplace: England
Death: October 22, 1678 (50-59)
Hull, Suffolk County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America (smallpox)
Place of Burial: Hull, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry 'the Blacksmith' Chamberlain and Jane/Joan Chamberlain
Husband of 1st wife of William Chamberlain and 2nd wife of William Chamberlain
Father of William Chamberlain, Jr.; Job Chamberlain; John Chamberlain; Nathaniel Chamberlain, Sr.; Freedom Chamberlain and 4 others
Brother of Susanna Eccles; Henry Chamberlain, of Hull; John Chamberlain; Faith Huet and Ursula Cole

Occupation: Cordwainer, Shepherd
Managed by: Constance Winslow Chase
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About William Chamberlain, of Hull

William2 Chamberlain (Henry1) b. About 1623, England. Married (1) —?—, about 1651, probably Hingham, MA (widowed); (2) —?—, about 1661, probably Hull, MA. (The names of both his wives remain unknown.) Died 22 Oct 1678, Hull, MA. +


" II. Willian Chamberlain, son of Henry and Jane Chamberlain, was born probably about 1620, and died at Hull, October 22, 1678. He bought, November 9, 1647, a house and lot of Francis Smith in Boston on January 4, 1648, he assigned this lot back to Smith, and removed to Hull before August 27, 1654. He lived on the east side of Quaker Lane, in the ancient village of Hull. In 1657 the proprietors of Hull granted and confirmed unto him eleven lots of land in Hull. He was a selectman about 1658, and townsman in 1669. It is interesting to note the fact that the Proctor family is connected with the lines allied to the Chamberlain family. John Proctor was born in 1632, in England; was executed on a charge of witchcraft in Salem, in 1692. This case was one of the most pathetic of all these tragic witch trials. He wrote a beautiful letter to five ministers in a vain effort to secure reasonable treatment, and his neighbors certified as to his high character. His wife Elizabeth was also arrested, but her execution was delayed owing to her approaching motherhood, and she as later released. Her bearing at her trial was noble and kindly, and she behaved with great resignation and virtue. William Chamberlain married (first), about 1651, a wife who died at Hull about 1660. He married (second), about 1661, a wife who was the mother of his four youngest children.

Children by first wife, probably all born in Hull:

  • 1. William, born April 9, 1652; lived in Hull.
  • 2. John, baptized at Hingham, August 27, 1654.
  • 3. Job, born about 1656, removed to Dorchester
  • 4. Nathaniel, of whom further.
  • 5. Freedom, born about 1660, died before April 14, 1685, on board of Mr. Condrey's ship, which had then arrived in Boston. His estate was divided among his brothers and half-brothers and sisters.

Children by second wife, all born in Hull:

  • 6. Benjamin, baptized at Hingham, May 18, 1662.
  • 7. Joseph, born about 1665.
  • 8. Mary, born about 1672, died at Newport, Rhode Island, October 3, 1707. She married, about 1691, Nathaniel Sheffield, a native of Braintree, Massachusetts, who removed to Newport, Rhode Island. He was deputy from Newport for 1699, 1701, 1702, 1709, 1710, 1711, 1713, and 1718; captain, 1702; general treasurer, 1705 to 1708; inspector of the transcription of the laws of the colony in 1699; and major of Groat, alias Foot, Island from 1710 to 1716. He married (second) Catharine Gould Clarke, and died at Newport, November 12, 1729.
  • 9. Sarah, born about 1616; alive at Newport in 1693, and there styled a spinster.

Take due notice

Sarah Jones, the daughter of Thomas Jones has sometimes been identified as either William's first or second wife.[citation needed] Sarah Jones was married to William's brother Henry. This error was common enough that the entry for William in Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 to call out the mistake: "Chamberlain, William/Henry ( -1678) & ?1wf, 2nd______; (NOT Sarah JONES, Henry Chamberlin)"[1]


His birth year and birth location have never been identified, even after intensive investigation within the past few years by David Lawrence Chamberlain, an officer in the World Chamberlain Genealogical Society (WCGA). It is fair to identify his birth year as "abt 1623", but the location noted as Wymondham, Norfolk, cannot be proven and is most likely false.



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William Chamberlain, of Hull's Timeline

April 9, 1652
Hull, United States
Hull, Plymouth Colony
Hull, Suffolk County , Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 4, 1665
Hull, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Hull, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Hull, Suffolk County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Hull, Suffolk County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America