From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Aspinwall Ancestry in England
Thomas ASPINWALL of Toxeth Park, Lancaster, England
left his will with a catalogue of assets dated Jun. 28, 1624.
The will was proved Dec. 22, 1624. Thomas names his wife Mary,
his children as listed below, sister Elizabeth AMBROSE, William
AMBROSE, 'Elizabeth wife of Peter ASPINWALL', and Ellen, sister
of James HORROCKS. A number of other debtors and creditors are
also named. Executors are to be 'cousin Jirehjah ASPINWALL' and
brother-in-law James HORROCKS. Witnesses are Richard MATHER and
Edward ASPINWALL. It is of interest that Rev. Richard MATHER,
minister at Dorchester, MA, father of Rev. Increase, and grandfather
of Rev. Cotton MATHER, received schooling under Mr. William HORROCKS,
and was then a schoolmaster himself at Toxeth Park in 1614. While
teaching, Richard resided in the home of Edward ASPINWALL. Also,
Rev. John COTTON, whose second wife and widow Sarah (HAWRIDGE)
STORY married Rev. Richard MATHER, married first Jul. 3, 1613
Elizabeth HORROCKS, widow of Rev. James HORROCKS. It is highly
possible that the James HORROCKS mentioned above, and Rev. James
HORROCKS were near relatives.
Children of Thomas and Mary Aspinwall
- Peter - b. 1612, England; d. Dec.
1, 1687, Woodstock, CT.
- Elizabeth - Married Mr. HORROCKS.
- Thomas -
- Samuel - Married Jane. Both Samuel and Jane left wills which
contain bequeaths to 'non-conforming ministers' and 'poor widowes
of non-conforming Ministers.' Children: Isaac; Hannah possibly
married William BIRCHALL; Timothy; Esther married John ELLISON;
Josiah; and Margaret married Graner SHIRGLEY. Grandson mentioned:
The Aspinwall and Palfrey Families in America
For information on the immigrant families, refer to The
Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633,
Vols. I-III, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, 1995)
Peter and Edith Palfrey
Peter PALFREY - b. about 1605, England; d. Sep. 15,
1663, Reading, MA. Peter departed Dorchester, England about 1623
for Glouchester, MA. Peter's will (dated Oct. 21, 1662 with codicil
dated May 19, 1663, proved Dec. 15, 1663) named his wife Alice,
unmarried daughter Mary, and his four sons-in-law. Peter left
Glouchester in 1626 and removed to Naumkeag, later Salem, MA.
He was deputy to the First General Court of the Massachusetts
Bay Colony, and served on many juries and in various offices between
1630 and 1650, and had business dealings in the beaver pelt trade.
He moved to Reading, MA about 1655. Peter was fictionalized in
Nathaniel HAWTHORNE's short story "The May-Pole of Merry
Mount" (1836) as a Lt. of Gov. ENDICOTT's militia, in the
closing pages, where the penalties to be given are discussed.
Jane WHEAT was a servant in the PALFREY home in 1637. Matthew
EDWARDS was a servant to Peter PALFREY in 1649, and was chosen
in 1663 to be guardian of Benjamin FAIRFIELD, who had been under
the guardianship of his step-father Peter. After Edith's death,
Peter married second Elizabeth, widow of John FAIRFIELD (d. 1646)
of Wenham, MA. He married third about 1662 Alice (d. Mar. 20,
1677/8, Reading, MA). Married first about 1631, probably at Salem,
Edith - Member of the church at Salem before 1636.
Children of Peter and Edith Palfrey
- Lydia - b. about 1632. Married by 1659 Samuel PICKMAN. Issue.
- Hannah - b. about 1634; d. Aug. 1, 1662. Married Nov. 12,
1656 at Woburn, MA to Matthew JOHNSON.
- Jonathan - bap. Dec. 25, 1636, Salem, MA. Probably died young.
- Jehoiadan - bap. Dec. 25, 1636, Salem, MA. Married Mar. 27,
1661 at Reading, MA to Benjamin SMITH.
- Remember - bap. Oct. 16, 1638,
Salem, MA; d. 1701. Married Peter ASPINWALL.
- Mary - bap. Dec. 15, 1639, Salem, MA. Living unmarried in
Peter and Remember (Palfrey) Aspinwall
Peter ASPINWALL - b. 1612, England; d. Dec. 1, 1687,
Woodstock, CT. Son of Thomas ASPINWALL and
Mary. From Toxteth Park, England, Peter was made freeman at
Dorchester, MA in 1645. Removed to Brookline, MA in 1650 and was
town surveyor and constable. While a great grandson, Dr. William
ASPINWALL, wrote that Peter had arrived in America in 1630, no
reference to him has been located until the early to mid 1640s.
His will was dated
Nov. 20, 1687, estate inventoried Dec. 9, 1687, and will proved
Jan. 20, 1692. Married first about 1645 Alice SHARP (d. before
1662) by whom he had no children; and second Feb. 12, 1662 at
Brookline, MA by Gov. John ENDICOTT.
Remember PALFREY - bap. Oct. 16, 1638, Salem, MA; d.
1701. Daughter of Peter PALFREY and Edith.
Children of Peter and Remember Aspinwall
- Samuel - b. Nov. 4, 1662, Brookline, MA; d. Sep. 6, 1727,
drowned in Cambridge River. Captain of the militia. Married about
1689 Sarah STEVENS (b. Mar. 6, 1667; d. Apr. 1, 1710), daughter
of Capt. Timothy STEVENS and Sarah DAVIS. Children: Sarah died
young; Elizabeth married Peter GARDNER; Samuel did not marry;
Thomas married; Mary married Capt. Benjamin GARDNER; Mehitable
married Samuel CRAFTS III (ancestors of Oliver Fisher WINCHESTER);
and Sarah married Benjamin WHITE.
- Peter - b. Jun. 4, 1664, Brookline, MA; d. after Jun. 4,
1749. Moved to Woodstock, CT about 1686, and to Killingly about
1703. Lt. in Military Company, deacon in Killingly church 1715;
donated land for Old Burying Ground of Killingly. Married Mar.
24, 1699, Woodstock, CT Elizabeth PRESTON (b. Sep. 29, 1655,
New Haven, CT; d. Killingly, CT), daughter of Edward PRESTON
and widow of John LEAVENS, by whom she had 8 children. John's
first wife was Hannah WOODS. The only daughter of Peter and Elizabeth:
Mary married Dea. Eleazer BATEMAN.
- Nathaniel - b. Jun. 5, 1666, Brookline,
MA; d. about 1713, Woodstock, CT.
- Thomas - b. Jan. 21, 1668, Brookline, MA; d. 1690 while on
expedition to Canada. Did not marry.
- Mehitable - b. Sep. 14, 1669, Brookline, MA; d. after 1731.
She worked with Dr. OLIVER at Cambridge for 20 years, and then
with Dr. WILLIAMS at Boston. Did not marry.
- Elizabeth - b. Nov. 21, 1671, Brookline, MA. Married first
about 1693 Robert STEVENS of Salem; and second about 1694 Daniel
DRAPER (b. May 30, 1665, Dedham, MA), son of James DRAPER and
Miriam STANSFIELD. Daniel had married first Nov. 16, 1691 Elizabeth
BRACKETT (d. 1692). Child of Elizabeth STEVENS: Elizabeth married
Daniel KINGSBURY. Children of Elizabeth (ASPINWALL) DRAPER: Daniel
died young; Mary married Capt. Hezekiah ALLEN; Miriam died day
of birth; Mehitabel; Daniel married Rachel POND; Timothy; and
- Eleazer - b. Oct. 9, 1673, Brookline, MA; d. 1742. Estate
appraised Jul. 2, 1742 at £700. Resided at Wallingford
and Farmington, CT. Married Mary at Roxbury, MA. Children: Aaron
married Sarah COLLINS; Mary married Thomas ADKINS; Anna married
Charles NOTT; and Huldah married Ebenezer COTTON.
- Joseph - b. Oct. 9, 1673, Brookline, MA; d. about 1743. Captain
and owner of merchant ship. Married first Jun. 6, 1700 (license
June 6) New York City Hannah DEANE (d. May 1, 1712), daughter
of Christopher DEANE (will proved May 9, 1692) and Hannah SIMMS.
Joseph married once or twice more, the last being to the widow
of Samuel SMITH of Brookline, MA. Lived also at Saybrook, CT
where he kept store, and Dedham, MA in 1714. Children of Joseph
and Hannah: Joseph married Elizabeth NELSON; and John married
first Mary SANDS, and second Rebecca SMITH. (Hannah, daughter
of John and Mary, married Lawrence KORTRIGHT, and their daughter
Elizabeth married President James MONROE. John, son of John and
Rebecca, married Susan HOWLAND, and their daughter Mary Rebecca
married Isaac ROOSEVELT, father of James and grandfather of FDR.)
- Job - bap. Feb. 27, 1675, Brookline, MA. Died young.
- Mary - b. Aug. 4, 1677, Brookline, MA. Resided at Northampton,
MA after marriage on Jun. 5, 1710 to Samuel BAKER (b. Sep. 15,
1673, Dedham, MA), son of John BAKER and Abigail FISHER, and
grandson of Edward and Jane BAKER. Children: Mary died as infant;
Samuel married Sarah LANCKTON; Mary married Zeb. ALLIS; and Daniel
married Elizabeth ALLIS.
- Timothy - b. Apr. 19, 1682, Brookline, MA. Died young.
Nathaniel and Abigail (Bowen) Aspinwall
Nathaniel ASPINWALL - b. Jun. 5, 1666, Brookline, MA;
d. Feb.-Jun. 1713, Woodstock, CT. Son of Peter
ASPINWALL and Remember PALFREY. Will dated Feb. 15, 1712/3
at Woodstock, and proved Jun. 4, 1713 at Boston. Moved to Woodstock
about 1690. Selectman. Married Nov. 11, 1698, Woodstock, CT.
Abigail BOWEN - bap. Aug. 21, 1670, Roxbury, MA; d.
Apr. 16, 1736, Woodstock, CT; bur. Woodstock Hill. Daughter of
Lt. Henry BOWEN and Elizabeth JOHNSON.
Children of Nathaniel and Abigail Aspinwall
- Mehitable - b. Sep. 7, 1699, Woodstock, CT. Married Mar.
5, 1718 Lt. Henry ELITHORPE of Killingley, son of John and Mary.
Children: Henry married Rebecca ORMSBEE; Mary married William
WHITTEMORE; Nathaniel married first Jemima YOUNGLOVE, and second
Sarah; Abigail; John married Elizabeth MARSH; Martha; Isaac;
Elizabeth; Huldah married Daniel BARRETT; Ichabod; Ichabod (twin);
and Jacob (twin) married.
- Abigail - b. Oct. 5, 1701, Woodstock, CT; d. Jan.
1788, Woodstock, CT. Married John
- Elizabeth - b. Mar. 12, 1704, Woodstock, CT; d. Nov. 4, 1797.
Intention to marry James HOSMER (b. Feb. 26, 1691; d. Sep. 20,
1770), son of James HOSMER and Elizabeth SAWYER, published Feb.
5, 1726, Woodstock, CT. Children: Anna; Elizabeth; and James.
- Peter - b. Feb. 16, 1707, Woodstock, CT; d. Aug. 9, 1791,
Mansfield, CT. His will dated Apr. 30, 1781, was probated Sep.
20, 1791. Married Jun. 29, 1733 Rebecca STORRS (b. Aug. 29, 1710),
daughter of Capt. Thomas and Mehitable STORRS. Children: Zeriah
probably did not marry; Peter; Prince; Nathaniel; Zalmon; Rebecca;
Eleazar; Abel; Anne; Abigail; and Mary.
- Nathaniel - b. Sep. 7, 1709, Woodstock, CT; d. Oct. 12, 1777,
Canterbury, CT. Settled at Canterbury prior to 1761. Married
first at Woodstock, Mary HAMMOND. He married second Nov. 10,
1737 Mary DERBY (b. Mar. 16, 1721; d. Mar. 12, 1803), daughter
of William DERBY and Elizabeth SPALDING. Child of first marriage:
Lura. Children of second marriage: Asa; Abigail died young; Mary
died young; Luch; Elizabeth; William; Priscilla; John died as
infant; and Nathaniel died as infant.