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Founders of Watertown, Massachusetts

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  • Rev. George Phillips, of Watertown (c.1593 - 1644)
    George Phillips , b. South Raynham, Norfolk, England abt. 1593, matriculated Cambridge 1613, AM degree from Cambridge 1617, arrived on the Arbella with Gov. Winthrop 2 June 1630, settled in Watertown, ...
  • Thomas Rogers, of Watertown (1586 - 1639)
    Thomas Rogers Birth: 1588, England Death: Nov., 1638 Watertown Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Thomas Rogers was born about 1588 (aged "50 years old" at death). By 1617 he married Grace...
  • Thomas Smith, Sr., of Watertown (1605 - 1693)
    Warning! The parents of Thomas Smith of Watertown are unknown. Please see Robert Charles Anderson FASG, "John Smith of Watertown, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist (1985) Vol 61 p 18 He is not...
  • John Bland alias Smith (c.1572 - 1668)
    John Smith, alias Bland, had ONLY two daughters - Isabel & Anabel. He did live in Martha's Vineyard and wrote his will 2 Nov 1663, naming his wife Joanna and the two daughters who were "all the childre...
  • Sir Richard Saltonstall, Knight (c.1586 - 1661)
    Sir Richard Saltonstall (Halifax, England 4 April 1586 - October 1661) was the son of Samuel Saltonstall and Anne Ramsden Family He married Grace Kaye, daughter of Robert Kaye, Esq., Justice of the...

Founders of Watertown


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  • Watertown, Massachusetts, City. County: Middlesex. State: Massachusetts Country: United States. Coordinates: 42°22′15″N 71°11′00″W. Settled: 1630. Incorporated: 1630

History

Watertown, first known as Saltonstall Plantation, was one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay settlements. It was begun early in 1630 by a group of settlers led by Sir Richard Saltonstall and the Rev. George Phillips and officially incorporated that same year. The alternate spelling "Waterton" is seen in some early documents.

From Historical sketch of Watertown:

THIS is an ancient town, it being settled the same year as Boston, in 1630. The first Englishmen who are known to have visited the place were Mr. Wareham and some of his people, who afterwards settled Dorchester; for an account of which the reader is referred to the history of that town in this work. The place in Watertown where they remained a few days is stated yet to bear the name of Dorchester Fields. Shortly after their removal, a permanent establishment was effected by another company. A party of the adventurous emigrants who came in Winthrop's fleet, with Sir Richard Saltonstall and Rev. George Phillips at their head, selected a place on the banks of Charles river for their plantation. On the 7th of Sept., 1630, (O. S.) the court of assistants, at Charlestown, "ordered that Trimountain be called Boston, Mattapan, Dorchester, and the town on Charles river, Watertown."

There are no means of ascertaining with precision the number of the first inhabitants, but it appears by the town records that in 1636 there were 108 townsmen. Probably the original number in 1630 was considerably less than this.


Taken from: Historical Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of Every town in Massachusetts with Geographical Descriptions. By John Warner Barber. Worcester Published by Warren Lazell. 1848


Watertown Founders' Monument

From Watertown: Founders’ Monument

"At the end of July in the same year, 1630, Sir Richard Saltonstall led a second and permanent settling party of 115 households to Watertown. Several theories compete as to why he gave it the name. Valerie still thinks he made a mistake. Maybe she’d prefer “Pigs-go-suck.” At least seven of our ancestral families came with Saltonstall.


"Near Watertown Square on the north bank of the Charles stands today a handsome Founders’ Monument, featuring a life-size statue of Saltonstall. Neither the Square nor the Monument apparently marks the location of Sir Richard’s Landing. Which, as it turns out, is credited to two different places, nearby.

On the Founders’ Monument, we find some particularly inspirational words attributed to Sir Richard Saltonstall inscribed on the pedestal at his statue’s feet. They reveal a familiarity with Scripture, both in language and intent, consistent with his social position and educational attainment.


SIR RICHARD SALTONSTALL TO MR. WILSON AND MR. COTTON.

  • “I HOPE YOU DO NOT ASSUME TO
  • YOURSELVES INFALLIBILITIE OF
  • JUDGEMENT WHEN THE MOST LEARNED
  • OF THE APOSTLES CONFESSETH
  • THAT HE KNEW BUT IN PARTE AND SAW
  • BUT DARKELY AS THROUGH A GLASS”
  • “THAT THE LORD WOULD GIVE YOU
  • MEEKE AND HUMBLE SPIRITS, NOT TO
  • STRYVE SO MUCH FOR UNIFORMITY AS
  • TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN
  • THE BOND OF PEACE”

Founders list on monument

From Life from the Roots: Founder's Monument -- Watertown, Massachusetts

  1. Thomas Arnold
  2. John Ball
  3. John Barnard
  4. Ellis Barron
  5. William Barsham
  6. Michael Barstow
  7. Thomas Bartlett
  8. Richard Beach
  9. Richard Beers
  10. Joseph Bemis
  11. John Benjamin
  12. John Bigelow
  13. Nathaniel Biscoe
  14. Edmund Bloys
  15. William Bond
  16. Nathaniel Bowman
  17. Thomas Boylston
  18. Henry Bright, Jr.
  19. Thomas Brooks
  20. Abraham Browne
  21. Richard Browne
  22. George Bullard
  23. Charles Chadwick
  24. Lambert Chenery
  25. Garrett Church
  26. Hugh Clarke
  27. John Coolidge
  28. Benjamin Crispe
  29. Henry Curtis
  30. James Cutler
  31. Richard Cutting
  32. Robert Daniel
  33. Edward Dix
  34. John Doggett
  35. John Eaton
  36. John Eddy
  37. Simon Eire
  38. John Eliot
  39. Robert Feake
  40. John Firmin
  41. David Fiske
  42. John Fiske
  43. Nathan Fiske
  44. Thomas Flagg
  45. John Flemming
  46. Samuel Freeman
  47. Richard Gale
  48. Edward Garfield
  49. John Goss
  50. Christopher Grant
  51. Nicholas Guy
  52. William Hagar
  53. William Hammond
  54. Robert Harrington
  55. Thomas Hastings
  56. Justinian Holden
  57. Ephraim Child
  58. Samuel Hosier
  59. Edward How
  60. Miles Ives
  61. William Jennison
  62. Robert Keyes
  63. Richard Kimball
  64. William Knapp
  65. John Knight
  66. Edward Lamb
  67. John Lawrence
  68. Edmund Lewis
  69. John Livermore
  70. John Lovering
  71. Hugh Mason
  72. John Masters
  73. Thomas Mayhew
  74. Isaac Mixer
  75. Joseph Morse
  76. George Munnings
  77. Jeremiah Norcross
  78. John Oldham
  79. John Page
  80. William Paine
  81. George Parkhurst
  82. Daniel Patrick
  83. Anthony Peirce
  84. Brian Pendleton
  85. Thomas Philbrick
  86. Rev. George Phillips
  87. John Prescott
  88. John Reynolds
  89. John Richardson
  90. Thomas Rogers
  91. Sir Richard Saltonstall
  92. Richard Sawtell
  93. Robert Sanderson
  94. Robert Seely
  95. William Shattuck
  96. John Sherman
  97. John Smith
  98. John Spring
  99. Isaac Stearns
  100. John Stimson
  101. Gregory Stone
  102. Simon Stone
  103. Samuel Stratton
  104. Joseph Tainter
  105. Gregory Taylor
  106. Samuel Thatcher
  107. John Traine
  108. Martin Underwood
  109. Richard Waite
  110. John Warren
  111. Roger Wellington
  112. John Wetherell
  113. Timothy Wheeler
  114. John White
  115. John Whitney
  116. Richard Woodward

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