|1st Church in Boston, 1732|
One of the earliest settlers of Newbury was a man by the name of John Emery (1598-1683), my 9th great grandfather, who with his brother Anthony Emery, and their families arrived in Boston on the ship James on 3 June 1635 and soon after settled in the new town of Newbury. With John Emery was his wife Alice Grantham (1599-1647) and their four children. Alice was not my great grandmother. John Emery was quite active in his community during most of his life in America including serving on a number of juries, being a constable, a town officer, and generally accepted as a "solid citizen." He was also noted as being fairly wealthy although his jobs as a carpenter and as an innkeeper might suggest that he was not really that wealthy but better described as being reasonably well off. John's wife Alice died in early 1647 and less than a year later John married a woman named Mary Shatswell (1606-1694), my 9th great grandmother, who like her new husband had just recently lost her spouse, a man named John Webster. Not surprisingly perhaps, Mary brought her six (or so) children with her when she married John and most likely she also brought with her some property and a certain amount of wealth. Together, Mary and John had two children including my 8th great grandmother, Ebenezer Emery (1648-1694), who was later to become the wife of our John Hoag. Ebenezer Emery and John Hoag were married in Newbury on 21 April 1669 and undoubted her parents, and her step-brothers and sisters, all attended the wedding.
One controversy that we believe should be pointed out is that many family trees and other Emery family history stories state that Ebenezer Emery is actually the daughter of John Emery's first wife, Alice Grantham and not his second wife Mary Shatswell. We can well understand the confusion considering the lack of historical records and dates of deaths and marriages, however, in Mary Shatswell Emery's last will and testament written in 1694, she writes "to my daughter Ebneser the rest of my wearing clothes" which we doubt would have been stated in her death will had not Ebenezer actually been her birth daughter. Furthermore, the other children listed in her will were not the children of John Emery and Alice Grantham but her children from her prior marriage.
Jonathan Hoag, my 7th great grandfather, married my 7th great grandmother, Martha Goodwin (1685-1747), on 15 September 1703 most likely in her hometown of Amesbury, Massachusetts located around 10 miles north of Jonathan's hometown of Newbury. Despite the distance between the cities, the Hoag and Goodwin families had probably gotten to have known each other quite well as Martha Goodwin's twin sister, Sarah Goodwin, four years later in 1707 married Jonathan's younger brother, Joseph Hoag (1676-1760). These were good marriages for both of the Hoag brothers, as our Goodwin ancestors were quite well known and financially successful. Martha's and Sarah's grandfather, a man named Edward Goodwin (?-1672), my 9th great grandfather, is believed to have landed in the Boston area from England in or just before the year 1640 and we suspect that he was quite young at the time of his arrival. His first marriage was to a young girl believed to be named Joanne Hart, my 9th great grandmother, which took place we believe in the year 1653 around 13 years following Edward's arrival. Their first and only son and my 8th great grandfather, Richard Goodwin (1654-1729) was born a year or so following his parents' marriage. Unfortunately, Joanne died soon after or at least before giving birth to additional children, and Edward later followed with a second marriage in 1668 to a widowed woman named Susanna Stowers. Together Richard and his second wife Susanna had at least two children.
|Early boat ferry in Boston Harbor|
|"Shipwright" - ship construction|
Their son, Richard Goodwin was only 18 years old when his father died in 1672 and as the oldest child and son he ended up inheriting his father's property and his father's shipwright business. Five years later on the 14th of November in the year 1677 he married my 8th great grandmother, Mary Fowler (1650-1729). Quite interestingly, Mary's father, Samuel Fowler (abt 1618-1711), my 9th great grandfather, had come to America with his parents at the age of only 16 years old in the year 1618 onboard the ship "Mary and John" and like his future son-in-law, he too is listed as having been a "shipwright" and it is certainly possible that he and his future son-in-law, Richard Goodwin, had known each other prior to Richard's eventual marriage to his daughter. Samuel is known to have purchased land in Amesbury in 1673 and was a known to be a resident of nearby Salisbury, Massachusetts.
Richard Goodwin and Mary Fowler Goodwin had at least five children together including their youngest daughter Martha Goodwin who was born on the 9th day of June in the year 1688 probably in their home in Amesbury in Essex, Massachusetts. As we previously mentioned, Martha married Jonathan Hoag on 15 September 1703 and over their lifetimes they had as many as twelve children including their second child and my 6th great grandfather, a boy named David Hoag (1712-1785). As far as we could determine they spent their entire lives living in Newbury, Massachusetts although some family trees incorrectly record their death locations as Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. This mistake was probably caused by the fact that one of their sons named Jonathan Hoag, obviously named after his father, married a girl named Elizabeth Dow and for awhile they lived in Hampton Falls.
Unfortunately we know very little about the life of my great grandfather Jonathan Hoag. His older brother, John Hoag, most likely inherited their father's business but we could uncover nothing that mentioned what Jonathan may have done as a business other than he was most likely a farmer. As previously mentioned in a prior paragraph, Jonathan joined his brothers in becoming a Quaker around the 1720s although prior to this major change, he is recorded as having served in the "2nd Company" militia for a period of only 11 days in the year 1708. His militia company was obviously engaged in the Queen Anne's War that took place between the years of 1702 and 1718, wherein the British and American troops battled the French and Indians. Fortunately for our great grandfather, there is no evidence that his militia company ever actually engaged in any battles. We did find one other interesting historical fact that recorded that in the year 1722, Jonathan Hoag was fined "for refusing to train" meaning that since he had by that point concerted to Quakerism, he was no longer interested in training for the military. There is a little confusion as to the actual year of Jonathan Hoag's death although most historians have it listed as the year 1747. My grandmother, Martha Goodwin Hoag, is listed as having died in the same year as her husband. Again, who knows if this is accurate, nor do we know, unfortunately, exactly where they are buried other than it was most likely in a cemetery near Newbury.
David Hoag, my 6th great grandfather, married my 6th great grandmother, Keziah Jenkins (1714-1758) on the 11th day of October in the year 1734 (although there is some controversy about this date as we will explain below.) Keziah grew up in the Village of Dover in Strafford County, New Hampshire located around 40 miles north of David's home in Newbury, Massachusetts, and we could not determine how they would have meet each other considering the distance between their homes. It is possible of course, that their marriage was arranged by their parents all of whom were Quakers. Keziah at the time of her marriage was only 19 years old which certainly would suggest an arranged marriage. Anyway, our research of the ancestors of our Keziah Jenkins yielded us a lot of very interesting history about this side of our family.
|Map showing location of Richmond Island, Maine|
It is unlikely that their son Stephen Jenkins inherited any money or land from his parents as his father was not wealthy and typically the largest inheritance was given to the oldest son which was not our Stephen. Stephen married my 8th great grandmother, Elizabeth Pitman (1660-1687), in the year 1678. She was only 18 years old when she married. Her father, William Pitman (1632-1682) arrived in America in Boston in the year 1653 and shortly after his arrived he married Elizabeth's mother, Barbara Evans (1634-1660). Unfortunately my 9th great grandmother Barbara Evans died shortly following Elizabeth's birth in 1660. Elizabeth was her fourth child. Her father remarried two more times and had at least eight more children before he died in the year 1682 at the age of only 50 years old. In his final will he left his daughter Elizabeth only 15 shillings. Apparently his service as a blacksmith did not yield him a lot of wealth.
There are no historical records that support the likelihood that young Joseph Jenkins was among those captured by the Indians following the death of his father other than a later statement by his stepmother claiming that her husband's children were also taken by the Indians. All that is really known is that in 1704 Joseph married my 7th great grandmother, Hannah Merrow (abt 1669-1743) apparently in the village of Dover in Strafford, New Hampshire where their family eventually lived for many years. Considering that Hannah grew up in Reading, Massachusetts around 70 miles south of Dover, how they actually met is a total mystery although several of Hannah's siblings eventually ended up in Stratford. What we find quite interesting assuming that their birth dates are accurate is that Joseph was only around 19 years old when he married Hannah who was then about 35 year old. If her birthdate is accurate, she gave birth to her youngest son when she was 45 years old, which frankly seems highly unlikely back in 1715, but then, who knows. Anyway, Joseph and Hannah had six children including their daughter and my 6th great grandmother, Keziah Jenkins (1714-1758) who was born on 1 November 1714. My grandmother Hannah Merrow died in 1743 at the age of around 74 year old. Her husband, my grandfather Joseph Jenkins, remarried shortly following Hannah's death, a woman named Tabitha Weymouth. He lived for many more years working for a long period as a preacher "among the Friends" until finally dying in the year 1777 at the age of 92 years old, quite remarkable at that time of our history.
|Oblong Friends Meeting House|
Their son, Samuel Hoag, married my 5th great grandmother Anna Haviland (1769-1793) on the 24th of May in the year 1768. Not surprisingly, Anna's family were also Quakers going back for many generations and we have to believe had this not been the case, their marriage would not have taken place. Her great, great grandfather and my 9th great grandfather, a man named William Haviland (?-1697) came over to America from England sometime around 1639 or 1640 and soon settled in the town of Newport, Rhode Island. It was here that he met and married my 9th great grandmother, Hannah Hicks (1638-1688) in the year 1653. What is quite interesting about Hannah's parents and my 10th great grandparents John Hicks (abt 1612-1672) and Herodias (last name unknown) (1623- before 1705) is that around four years following Hannah's birth they got divorced and some historians report that their divorce was "the first divorce in the New Colonies." We are not sure that if this is true that we should be proud of our great grandparents for their historic first American divorce. Anyway, other than this brief and very goofy description of Anna Haviland's ancestry, we have decided to forgo a detailed description of her ancestry and save it for another chapter.
My 4th great grandmother, Jane Hoag, was around 69 years old when her father died. She had married my 4th great grandfather, Gilbert Titus (1762-1847) when she was 20 years old and by the time of her father's death she had given birth to around 10 children. Jane and Gilbert moved away late in their lives from their home in Dutchess County to a new home in Cayuga County, New York located just east of Cayuga Lake now part of the Finger Lakes in Central New York State. Both Gilbert and Jane Hoag Titus were Quakers so their move away from the Dutchess County area is a little confusing other than it is generally recorded that by the time of the moving, Dutchess County had become somewhat over populated and the Quaker faith was on the decline. A brief description of our Titus ancestry is told in Chapter 19 in this blog titled Ancestors of Marian Coapman. Our relationship to our Hoag ancestors is as follows:
5th Great Grandparents: Samuel Hoag m Anna Haviland
4th Great Grandparents: Jane Hoag m Gilbert Titus
3rd Great Grandparents Lydia Titus m Jacob Coapman
2nd Great Grandparents: David Coapman m Elsie Ann Yawger
Great Grandparents: Marian Coapman m Eugene H. Ferree
Grandparents: Florence Ferree m Douglas Patterson
Parents: Marian C. Patterson m Charles A. Baker
Charles A. Baker Jr.
Anne R. Baker
Joan P. Baker
And so ends another story . . . .