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Aspinwall Ancestry in England
                                Peter Palfrey and Edith
Peter Aspinwall and Remember Palfrey

Nathaniel Aspinwall and Abigail Bowen

Abigail Aspinwall and John Child

Abijah Child and Abigail Johnson

Sarah Child and Elijah Mason

Sophronia Mason and Eli Morey

Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

Stephen Martin Lawson

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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

  1. Peter - b. 1612, England; d. Dec. 1, 1687, Woodstock, CT.
  2. Elizabeth - Married Mr. HORROCKS.
  3. Thomas -
  4. 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: Edward FAZACKERLY.

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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, MA.

Edith - Member of the church at Salem before 1636.

Children of Peter and Edith Palfrey

  1. Lydia - b. about 1632. Married by 1659 Samuel PICKMAN. Issue.
  2. Hannah - b. about 1634; d. Aug. 1, 1662. Married Nov. 12, 1656 at Woburn, MA to Matthew JOHNSON.
  3. Jonathan - bap. Dec. 25, 1636, Salem, MA. Probably died young.
  4. Jehoiadan - bap. Dec. 25, 1636, Salem, MA. Married Mar. 27, 1661 at Reading, MA to Benjamin SMITH.
  5. Remember - bap. Oct. 16, 1638, Salem, MA; d. 1701. Married Peter ASPINWALL.
  6. Mary - bap. Dec. 15, 1639, Salem, MA. Living unmarried in 1663.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nathaniel - b. Jun. 5, 1666, Brookline, MA; d. about 1713, Woodstock, CT.
  4. Thomas - b. Jan. 21, 1668, Brookline, MA; d. 1690 while on expedition to Canada. Did not marry.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Elizabeth.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.)
  9. Job - bap. Feb. 27, 1675, Brookline, MA. Died young.
  10. 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.
  11. Timothy - b. Apr. 19, 1682, Brookline, MA. Died young.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Abigail - b. Oct. 5, 1701, Woodstock, CT; d. Jan. 1788, Woodstock, CT. Married John CHILD, Jr.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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