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William Hayward, Sr.

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: May 10, 1659 (43)
Braintree, Suffolk County (Present Nofolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony (Drowned while operating his ferry )
Place of Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of John William Hayward and Hannah Hayward
Husband of Margery Hayward
Father of Jonathan Hayward; Mary Deering; Huldah Thayer; Robert Hayward; Sarah Dye and 1 other
Brother of John Hayward and Thomas Hayward

Occupation: Mariner, boatman, ferry keeper
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About William Hayward, Sr.

William Hayward

  • Birth: 1595 in London, Middlesex, England
  • Christening: 29 Mar 1615 St. Giles, London, Middlesex, England
  • Death: 10 May 1659 in , Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • Cause of death was drowning.
  • Father: John (William) Hayward b: ABT 1585 in , London, Middlesex, England
  • Mother: Mrs-John (William) Hayward b: 1589 in of, London, Middlesex, England
  • Wife: Margery Knight
  • Emigration: Came to Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 on the "Ann and Elizabeth".

Biographical notes

He was a mariner, boatman, and seaman who married Margery Knight on Oct 10,1633 in Stepney, Co.Middlesex, England. He first settled in Weymouth MA in 1643, and he bought land in Braintree MA 19 Mar 1647/8. He drowned on May 10,1659, while at his daily work: operating the ferry between Braintree and Weymouth.


William Hayward was first of Charlcstown, Massachusetts, in 1637. He was of age when the colony was settled and a proprietor in the year mentioned. He removed to Braintrce. whence perhaps the tradition that the first comers settled in Dcdham, which is a neighboring town. One John Hayward 'who lived in Dcdham died without having sons to perpetuate his name. William was deputy to the general court in 1641 from Braintrce. He signed his own name William Haywood, as witness to a deed of William Everill in 1654. He was drowned May 10, 1659, when probably about fortyfive years of age, and when most of his children were minors. Administration was granted June 14, 1659, to his widow Margery for herself and children. She died July 18, 1676. The administration of her estate was granted August r, 1676, to her son Jonathan.

The names of their children as far as known were: Samuel, first of the name to locate in Mendon where his brother-in-law, Ferdinando Thayer, located. (He bought a house lot April 6, 1672, and later acquired five hundred to one thousand acres. His descendants in Mendon and Milford, formerly part of Mendon, have been very numerous. Ballon believes that he came from Swansea as well as his brother William and Jonathan, whom Ballon thinks a younger brother, but who was son of William.) William, see forward. Jonathan, married, May 6, 1663, Sarah Thayer, of Braintree; he settled in Braintrce and had a large family there: he may have owned land also at Mendon; he may even have lived there for some time, but his permanent home was in Braintrce. Huldah, married. February 14, 1652, Fcrdinando Thayer, the progenitor of the Thayers of Mendon and all Worcester county. Perhaps other branches of the Hayward family are from this family.


There is another tradition also to the effect that the founders of this family in America were, when children, induced to go aboard ship just before sailing and were brought to this country and bound out to a farmer to pay their passage. In all likelihood, however, the name and family is English although it may have originated in England with the conquest of the Danes. The name is spelled Hawared, Haywood, Heywood, Heyward, Haiward and in fact as many ways as human ingenuity can devise, and there is no more difficult name to trace through the maze of bad spelling and numerous individuals of the same name in the same towns.

635, 4, 27. Intentions were recorded to sail in ship Ann and Elizabeth from England to Barbados-of William Hayward, aged 18, John Haieward, aged 22, Margerie Barran, aged 19, and Margery Harding, aged 20. He came early to Braintree, and was drowned at that place.

1659, 6, 14. Administration on his estate granted to his widow Margery. Inventory, 195, 5s. 6d. Dwelling house, garden and orchard, .35. Other lands, 52. 4 oxen, 18. 4 cows and 2 heifers, 5, 10s. Indian corn growing, 16. Wearing apparel, 4, 18s. Books, 7s. I pair stockings, 4s. Feather bed, 7, 16s. Flock bed, 3, 12s. 2 chairs, 3 brass caldrons, I brass pot, pewter, I silver spoon, warming pan, glass, earthen ware, etc.

1676, 8. Administration granted on estate of his widow Margery, to eldest son Jonathan. Inventory, 133.


  1. Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 2 (Google eBook). Ellery Bicknell Crane. Lewis Pub., 1907 - Worcester County (Mass.). Page 128
  2. Ancestral File #: 4JG8-BH




  1. Margery Knight b: 1618 Married: 10 Oct 1633 in London, Middlesex, England.


  1. Jonathan Hayward c: 19 Nov 1634 in Stepney, London, Middlesex, England
  2. Huldah Hayward b: 7 Oct 1636 in Stepney, London, Middlesex, England c: 14 Oct 1636 in StDunstans Stpny, London, Middlesex, England
  3. Hannah Hayward b: ABT 1637 in of, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  4. Sarah Hayward b: ABT 1639 in of, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  5. Samuel Hayward b: 4 Jan 1642 in , Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  6. John Hayward b: ABT 1645 in of, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  7. William Hayward b: 1647 in , Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  8. Robert Hayward b: ABT 1652
  9. Mary Hayward b: ABT 1682 in , Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts


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William Hayward, Sr.'s Timeline

May 3, 1612
St. Mary,London,Somerset,England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St.Giles, London, London, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England
March 29, 1615
St Giles, London, Middlesex, England