From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
William and Elizabeth Pitts
The William PITTS family is included in Ancestral Lines,
Third Edition, by Carl Boyer, 3rd (Santa Clarita, CA 1998),
pp. 467-468 and 742-744. Additional information from other sources
including the NEHGR 151:61.
William PITTS - b. England. Possibly the son of George
PITTS and Mary JAMES, who married in Hingham, Norfolk on Aug.
8, 1613. William arrived in American from Ipswich aboard the 'Diligent'
on Aug. 10, 1638. He was described as a servant of Philip JAMES
of Hingham, Norfolk by Daniel CUSHING, also a passenger on the
'Diligent'. A trader, he settled at Hingham, MA, and a William
PITTS was granted permission to build ships and other vessels
at Konohasset in 1675. He may have been the William PITTS who
was married on Dec. 7, 1655, to Susanna ALLEY (d. 1668), widow
of Philip ALLEY of Boston, MA. Married about 1649.
Elizabeth - b. England; d. by Aug. 1655, Weymouth, MA.
Administration of her estate was granted to her daughter and son-in-law
on Aug. 1, 1655.
Child of William and Elizabeth Pitts
- Elizabeth - d. about 1696, Scituate,
MA. Married William HOLBROOK.
Holbrook Ancestry in England
Both insufficient documentation and conflicting claims require
that caution be used in identifying the first two generations
of the following English ancestry as that of Thomas HOLBROOK
of Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. The information as presented here
for the family in England and in America is from various sources,
but is essentially in agreement with Ancestral Lines, Third
Edition, by Carl Boyer, 3rd (Santa Clarita, CA 1998), pp.
302-306. The information for the earliest three generations in
England is not in agreement with Walter Goodwin Davis' The Ancestry
of Joseph Neal (1945), in which the author states "The pedigree
of the American family can only be carried back to the emigrant's
father with certainty...." For the American families, see
Genealogical Register of the Descendants of The Early Planters
of Sherborn, Holliston, and Medway, Massachusetts, by Abner
Morse (1855 Boston), among other sources.
Richard HOLBROOK - d. about 1546, Dundry, Somerset.
Will written Apr. 19, 1546, and proved Jan. 24, 1546/7. Also found
recorded as HOLBROOK alias HOGES. Said to be the ancestor of Thomas HOLBROOK of Weymouth, MA.
- Richard -
- Joanna -
- Margaret -
- Thomas - b. about 1520, Somerset; d. 1559, Dundry,
- Elizabeth - Married Thomas HAYSELL.
Thomas and Agnes (Derell) Holbrook
Thomas HOLBROOK - b. Somerset, England; d. 1559, Dundry,
Somerset, England. Will dated Mar. 28, 1559, and proved May 6,
1559. The name of his first wife is not known.
Agnes DERELL - Married first Mr. SANDERS. Daughter of
Nicholas DERELL (d. 1546, Malreward, Somerset) and Alice
(d. 1551, Malreward, Somerset).
- Thomas - b. Dundry, Somerset; d. about 1571, Norton,
- Jone - b. Dundry, Somerset.
- Richard - b. Dundry, Somerset; d. about 1615. Will dated
15 Sep, 1615. Children: Agnes married Thomas RANDLE; Margerie
married Richard NASHE.
- Isabell - b. Dundry, Somerset. Called youngest child in father's
will. Married Mr. EDMUNDS.
Thomas HOLBROOK - b. Dundry, Somerset; d. about 1571,
Norton, Malreward, Somerset. Will dated Jan. 11, 1571 names sons
Thomas, William, John the Younger, Robert, and "my eldest
son, John." The name of his first wife and mother of the
first three children listed is not known.
Edith - d. 1593-4, Compton Dundon, Somerset. Will dated
Nov. 12, 1593, and proved 1594, names sons William, Robert and
John HOLBROOK, and Richard and Thomas SANDES. Married first Mr.
SAUNDERS, by whom she had sons Thomas and Richard.
- John - Lived at Norton, Malreward, Somerset. Married 1556
- Margery -
- Thomas - Married at Stanton Prior about 1572 Alice MILLARD.
- Robert - bap. 1558; d. 1617. Will dated Mar. 15, 1616 and
proved Jul. 3, 1617. Lived at Queen Charlton, Somerset. Married
Eleanor HEDGES. Children: Joan, Catherine, and Milliard.
- William - b. about 1562, Somerset, England; d. 1625-6, Glastonbury,
- John the Younger - bap. 1563, England. Mentioned in father's
will of 1571, and mother's will of 1593 .
William HOLBROOK - b. about 1562, Somerset; d. 1625-6,
Glastonbury, Somerset. Said to be the son of Thomas HOLBROOK and
Edith, but also said to be the son of John HOLBROOKE. Lived in
St. John the Baptist, Glastonbury, Somersetshire. Will dated Dec.
11, 1625 and proved Feb. 1, 1625/6. The name of his wife and mother
of his children is not known, but she may have been the Edith
HOLBROOK who was buried at St. John the Baptist, Glastonbury on
Jun. 11, 1612.
See Notable Cousins
for line to: Lucille BALL and William Howard TAFT
- Joane - b. about 1587, St. John's, Glastonbury. Married first
Jun. 3, 1605 Nicholas BENNET (bur. Mar. 22, 1606), and second
Jan. 14, 1609/10 Randall GYLLES.
- Elizabeth - Married at St. John's, Glastonbury on Sep. 12,
1611 to Thomas TYLY. Son: Edmund.
- Thomas - b. about 1590, Somerset,
England; d. 1677, Weymouth, MA.
- John - b. about 1595, England. No further information. The
claim that he was in New England in 1626 and at Dorchester in
1635 is termed "absurd" (The Great Migration 1634-1635,
- Rebecca - b. about 1597. Married May 19, 1617, Glastonbury,
Clement WEAVER (b. 1590, England; d. 168?, probably Newport,
RI), son of Thomas WEAVER and Margaret ADAMS. Clement was fined
for drunkenness by the General Court of MA in early 1640. Resided
at Weymouth, MA before moving to RI. Freeman at Newport, RI 1655.
A letter dated Oct. 20, 1683 from Samuel HUBBARD or Newport,
to William GIBSON of New London contains the following, which
probably concerns this person: "Old Weaver is dead, near
an hundred years old." Known children of Rebecca and Clement
WEAVER: Clement married Mary FREEBORN; and Elizabeth married
Rev. Thomas DUNGAN.
- William - b. about 1599. Married and had daughter Mary.
- Basell - bap. Mar. 25, 1603, St. John's, Glastonbury. Married
Jan. 27, 1625/6 Phillip WRINKMORE.
The Holbrooks in America
The information as presented here for the family iin America
is from various sources, but is essentially in agreement with
Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, by Carl Boyer, 3rd (Santa
Clarita, CA 1998), pp. 302-306, and The Great Migration 1634-1635,
by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston 2003), Vol. III, pp. 350-55.
Also, see Genealogical Register of the Descendants of The
Early Planters of Sherborn, Holliston, and Medway, Massachusetts,
by Abner Morse (Boston 1855), among other sources.
Thomas and Jane (Powyes) Holbrook
Thomas HOLBROOK - b. about 1590, Somerset, England;
d. 1677, Weymouth, MA. Said to be a descendant of Richard
HOLBROOK of Somersetshire, England. Lived at Broadway, Somerset,
England. Left Weymouth, England Mar. 20, 1635 at age 34 in the
'Marygould' with wife and oldest children, arriving at Dorchester
on Jun. 7, 1635 and settling at Weymouth the same month. Will
dated Dec. 31, 1668 with codicil Dec. 31, 1673, and proved Apr.
24, 1677, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA, names wife Jane, three sons,
three married daughters, and grandchildren John, Peter and William
HOLBROOK. Freeman May 1645 at Weymouth. A selectman at Weymouth
six times (1641-1654), and a grantee of Rehoboth, MA, although
he forfeited the grant and remained at Weymouth. A deposition
made on Nov. 2, 1666 gives Thomas' age as 77 years, whereas the
ship passenger list gave his age as 34 in Mar. 1635. Married Sep.
12, 1616, St. John the Baptist parish, Glastonbury, Somersetshire,
Jane POWYES - b. about 1594, England; d. before Apr.
24, 1677, Weymouth, MA. Thomas and Jane became ancestors of Presidents
GARFIELD, BUSH and TAFT (the latter through three lines).
Children of Thomas and Jane Holbrook
See Notable Cousins
for line to: George Herbert Walker BUSH,
Barbara (PIERCE) BUSH, George Walker BUSH, James Abram GARFIELD,
Frederick HOLBROOK, Joseph Perry HOLBROOK, and William Howard
- John - bap. Apr. 6, 1618, St. John's, Glastonbury, England;
d. Nov. 23, 1699, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. Gravestone indicates
he was age 82, whereas passenger list gives age of 11 in 1635.
was born by 1644, and John took the Freeman's oath 1640. Holder
of various public offices, property holder, lender. Served during
King Philip's War. Captain. Will dated Jul. 12, 1699. Married
first Sarah (d. Jan. 14, 1643/4, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA);
second Elizabeth STREAM (b. 1624; d. Jun. 25, 1688), daughter
of John STREAM and Elizabeth WHITMAN; and third Mary JACOB (b.
1637), widow of James OTIS, Jr. (d. about 1683), step son of
Elizabeth (WHITMAN) STREAM OTIS. Thus, the second wife of John
HOLBROOK was the step-sister of the first husband of John HOLBROOK's
third wife. Children of John and Sarah HOLBROOK: John married
Abigail PIERCE (daughter of Capt. Michael PIERCE); Abiezer did not marry; Hannah married Ephraim
PIERCE (son of Capt. Michael PIERCE); and Samuel married Lydia.
Children of John and Elizabeth HOLBROOK: Sarah married Simon
WHITMARSH; Elizabeth married Joseph NASH; Mary; Lois married
Mr. NASH; Eunice married Benjamin LUDDEN; Experience married
Joseph EDSON; and Ichabod married Sarah TURNER.
- William - bap. Jun. 12, 1620, St.
John's Church, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England; d. Jul. 3,
1699, Scituate, MA.
- Thomas - b. about 1625, England; d. Jul. 22, 1697, Braintree,
MA. Resided at Scituate, Weymouth, and Braintree, MA. Owner of
vast real estate. Will mentions sons Peter, William and Thomas.
Married 1650 Joanna KINGMAN (b. 1624; d. after 1696), daughter
of Henry and Joanna KINGMAN. Children: Thomas married Deborah
DAMON; John; Peter married Alice GODFREY (ancestors of Pres.
William Howard TAFT); Joanna married Uriah CLARK; Joseph died
young; Mary; Susanna married Andrew WILLET; and a daughter died
- Ann - b. about 1630, England. Married John REYNOLDS. Daughter:
- Elizabeth - bap. Feb. 13, 1630/1, Glastonbury, Somersetshire,
England. Married May 6, 1650, Scituate, MA Walter HATCH (d. 1701),
son of William and Jane HATCH. Children: Hannah; Samuel; Jane;
Antipas; Bethiah; John; Israel; and Joseph.
- Jane - b. about 1637, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA; d. about
1679. Married about 1656 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA to Thomas
DRAKE (b. Sep. 13, 1635, Colyton, Devonshire, England; d. Sep.
23, 1692, Weymouth, MA), son of William DRAKE and Margaret WESTOVER.
Thomas was married second on Mar. 9, 1680/1 at Marshfield, Plymouth
Co., MA to Millicent (FORD) CARVER, and they were the parents
of Experience. Children of Jane and Thomas: John married Sarah;
William married Sarah NASH; Joseph married Elishama; Amy; Elizabeth;
and Benjamin married Sarah POOL.
Capt. William and Elizabeth (Pitts) Holbrook
William HOLBROOK - bap. Jun. 12, 1620, St. John's Church,
Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England; d. Jul. 3, 1699, Scituate,
MA. Son of Thomas HOLBROOK and Jane POWYES.
His will was dated Sep. 9, 1696 and proved Jul. 17, 1699. Resided
at Weymouth, Mendon (by 1663), and Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA
(1676). Freeman 1647. Selectman, Deacon of Congregational church,
and Captain in militia at Mendon. Married first before Aug. 1655,
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA; and second about 1696 Abigail WRIGHT,
daughter of Richard WRIGHT, and widow of Robert SHARPE and Thomas
Elizabeth PITTS - d. about 1696, Scituate, MA. Also
reported to have survived her husband. Daughter of William
PITTS and Elizabeth.
Children of William and Elizabeth Holbrook
See Notable Cousins for line to: Lucille BALL, William Howard TAFT
- Elizabeth - b. about 1649, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. Married
first at Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA on Dec. 13, 1666 John SPRAGUE
(bap. Apr. 1638, Charleston, MA; d. Oct. 26, 1683, Mendon, Worcester
Co., MA), son of William SPRAGUE and Millicent EAMES. Elizabeth
married second after 1683 James BICK. Children of Elizabeth and
John SPRAGUE: John died as infant; Elizabeth married James WALLING;
John married Mary KILLIAN; William married first Hannah MITCHELL,
and second Sarah WHARFIELD; Persis; Ebenezer married first Mary
MANN and second Elizabeth; David married; Hannah; and Millicent
married Mr. PECK.
- Samuel - b. about 1650, Weymouth,
MA; d. Oct. 29, 1712, Scituate, MA.
- William - b. Jun. 23, 1657/8, Weymouth, MA; d. Nov. 19, 1714,
Mendon, MA. Settled at Mendon, MA, and "was rich."
Will dated Nov. 15, 1714, and proved Dec. 16, 1714. Married at
Sherborn, MA Margaret FAIRBANKS (b. Jun. 27, 1664; d. after 1714),
daughter of George FAIRBANKS and Mary ADAMS. Children (all who
died young): Mary; Margaret; and William.
- Hopestill - Married 1688 Samuel READ (d. about 1717), son
of John. Children: Samuel married Deborah CHAPIN (ancestors of
Pres. William Howard TAFT); John; Josiah; Ebenezer; and Mary.
- Cornelius - b. Nov. 19, 1662, Weymouth, MA; d. Dec. 14, 1742,
South Weymouth, MA. Will proved Dec. 24, 1742. Married first
about 1686 Margery EAMES, daughter of Justus and Mehitable EAMES;
and second Experience (d. Jan. 19, 1742). Children of Cornelius
and Margery: Mehitable married Mr. CORBET; and Margaret did not
marry. Children of Cornelius and Experience: Experience married
Timothy THAYER; Elizabeth married Samuel JACKSON; Abigail married
John JONES; Mary married Ebenezer BICKNELL; William married first
Margaret TORRY, and second Elizabeth POOLE; Hannah died young;
- Jane - d. after 1702. Married first Oct. 18, 1671 at Medfield,
MA, John ALBEE; and second about 1677 Alexander BALCOM (d. May
4, 1711), as his second wife. Children of Alexander and his first
wife: Katherine; Alexander; and Sarah. Children of Jane and Alexander:
John; Freegift; Joseph; Hannah; Samuel; Deborah; and Lydia.
- Mehitable - d. Oct. 29, 1719, Smithfield, Providence Co.,
RI. Married was married on Jul. 20, 1670 at Weymouth, Norfolk
Co., MA to Jonathan SPRAGUE (bap. May 28, 1648, Hingham, Plymouth
Co., MA; d. Sep 1741, Smithfield, Providence Co., RI), son of
William SPRAGUE and Millicent EAMES. Jonathan was prominent in
town and colony affairs. He married second Hannah (HARRIS) COOK.
Children of Mehitable and Jonathan SPRAGUE: Jonathan married
first Bethiah MANN, and second Hannah COGGESGALL (his son Jonathan
SPRAGUE III married Mary MOWRY, daughter of Henry MOWRY and Mary
BULL); Patience married Judge William JENCKES; Joanna married
John TEFFT, Sr.; Persis married Ebenezer COOK; William married
first Alice BROWN, and second the widow Mary WALLING; and Mary
married first David BROWN, and second Judge William JENCKES (widower
of her sister).
- John - b. Mendon, MA; d. 1721. Married Sarah CHITTENDEN.
- Experience - Possible daughter.
Samuel and Mary (Pierce) Holbrook
Samuel HOLBROOK - b. about 1650, Weymouth, MA; d. Oct.
29, 1712. Son of William HOLBROOK and Elizabeth
PITTS. Constable at Scituate in 1685. Married Jun. 23, 1675.
Mary PIERCE - b. 1654, Scituate, MA; d. Apr. 26, 1735.
Daughter of Capt. Michael PIERCE
and Persis EAMES.
Children of Samuel and Mary Holbrook
- Persis - b. Oct. 11, 1676, MA. Married Apr. 30, 1696 John
FARROW (b. Dec. 8, 1672), son of John FARROW and Mary HILLIARD.
Children: Mary; Priscilla; Mercy; Bethiah; John died young; Hannah;
Seth; Abigail; John; and Ezekiel.
- Elizabeth - b. Dec. 14, 1678, Scituate, MA; d. young.
- Bethia - b. Apr. 2, 1681, Scituate, MA. Married Sep. 26,
1700, Scituate, MA Samuel WINSLOW (b. about 1674; d. after 1750),
son of Kenelm WINSLOW and Mercy WORDEN. No children.
- Samuel - b. Feb. 9, 1683, Scituate, MA. Married Dec. 15,
1708, Scituate, MA Jane CLAPP (b. Nov. 1689), daughter of Samuel
CLAPP and Hannah GILL. Children: Hannah married Thomas JAMES;
Mary married Jacob LINCOLN; Bethiah married Morris TUBBS; Jane;
Lydia married Jacob VINAL; Priscilla married Elisha MERRIT; Desire
married Israel NICHOLS; Samuel married Sarah PIERCE; and William.
- Elizabeth - b. Apr. 2, 1685, Scituate, MA. Married Jul. 9,
1701, Scituate, MA Nathaniel WINSLOW (b. about 1679), son of
Kenelm WINSLOW and Mercy WORDEN. Children: Martha; Elizabeth
died in infancy; Elizabeth; Bethiah; and Nathaniel.
- Mary - b. Nov. 2, 1686,
Scituate, MA; d. Mar. 11, 1759, Mendon, MA. Married Eleazer