From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

Pease Ancestry in England

Mrs. Margaret (King) Pease  [Mrs. Margaret Weston]

John Pease and Mary Browing

Samuel Pease and Mary       [Records for family]

Hannah Pease and William Brown

Ebenezer Brown and Abigail Adams

David Brown and Mindwell Cummins

Huldah Brown and Benoni Morey

Eli Morey and Sophronia Mason

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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Pease Ancestry in England

Much information on the PEASE family in England is based on the research of Steve Spicer, whose Pease Genealogy Introduction includes additional details and source citations.

Robert PEASE - b. 1485, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1547, Great Baddow, Essex. "The Smythe" of Great Baddow, Essex. Married about 1508/9 to Jane. Children: John; Joan (b. 1515; d. Apr. 5, 1540); and Margaret (b. 1518; d. Jan. 9, 1545).

John PEASE - b. 110, Great Baddow, Essex; d. Oct. 13, 1556; Great Baddow, Essex. "The Smythe" of Great Baddow, Essex. Married about 1533 Anne. Children: Margaret (b. 1534; d. Nov. 1612); Robert (b. 1536); Lettershe (b. 1538; d. Jun. 11, 1567); Alice (b. 1542) married Jun. 9, 1560 John TAFT; Edward (b. 1545; d. Jul 28, 1580); and John.

John PEASE - d. Nov. 9, 1612. "The Clothier" of Great Baddow, Essex. Married Jun. 23, 1560 Margaret HICKS (d. Oct. 25, 1612), daughter of Richard HYCKES. Children: Robert; and Mary.

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Robert and Margaret (King) Pease

Robert PEASE - b. 1565, Great Baddow, Essex; bur. Apr. 16, 1623, Great Baddow, Essex. Son of John PEASE and Margaret HICKS. Married in 1586 at Great Baddow, Essex.

Margaret KING - b. about 1573/4, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1644, Salem, Essex Co., MA. Further details follow.

  1. A daughter - bap. Dec. 10, 1587, Great Baddow, Essex.
  2. Robert - bap. Oct. 28, 1589, Great Baddow Essex; d. Oct. 27, 1644, Salem, MA. Further details follow.
  3. William - bap. Sep. 26, 1591, Great Baddow, Essex; bur. Jul. 20, 1623, Great Baddow, Essex.
  4. John - bap May 24, 1593, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1600, Great Baddow, Essex.
  5. Mary - bap. Jan 10, 1600, Great Baddow, Essex.
  6. Elizabeth - bap. Sep. 1602, Great Baddow, Essex. Married Abraham PAGE. Son: Abraham.
  7. Susan - bap Jun. 18, 1606, Great Baddow, Essex.
  8. Richard - bap. Apr. 4, 1607, Great Baddow, Essex; d. Apr. 5, 1607, Great Baddow, Essex.
  9. John - bap. Nov. 20, 1608, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1677-1689. Further details follow.

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The Pease Family in America

For articles on the families of the immigrant brothers John PEASE and Robert PEASE, see The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Volume V (Boston 2007), pages 414-20.

Mrs. Margaret Pease, wife of John Pease

Margaret (KING) PEASE - b. about 1573/4, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1644, Salem, Essex Co., MA. Will dated Sep. 1, 1644 and proved Jan. 1, 1644/5, naming only grandsons Robert and John, sons of her son Robert. Margaret was witness to a bond in Aug. 1636 at Great Baddow concerning her orphaned grandson Abraham PAGE. At about the age of 66, Margaret PEASE arrived in America in 1639 with her son John, who had returned to England to accompany her. She was admitted to the church at Salem in 1639. Margaret has been identified as daughter of Francis KING, but without source citation.

Two Sons of Margaret Pease in America

  1. Robert - bap. Oct. 28, 1589, Great Baddow, Essex; d. Oct. 27, 1644, Salem, Essex Co., MA. His estate was inventoried Jan. 3, 1644/5. Robert arrived at Boston, Suffolk Co., MA aboard the 'Francis' in 1634, together with his son Robert (age 3) and his brother John. It is not known when son Robert's son John arrived in America, perhaps when Margaret (KING) PEASE arrived in 1639. Married first Lydia, who apparently remained in England and probably died before 1639. Robert married second Mary, possibly surnamed FRENCH, probably at Salem, Essex Co., MA, where their first three children were baptized on Oct. 15, 1643. It's possible that Robert and Mary were married in England, with their first child born there. Mary married second Richard HAYNES. Children of Robert and Lydia PEASE: Robert married Sarah; and John married first Mary GOODELL/GOODALE, and second Ann CUMMINGS. Children of Robert and Marie PEASE: Nathaniel married Mary HOBBS; Sarah married John SAMPSON; Mary married Nathaniel CARRIELL; and possibly Isaac.
  2. John - bap. Nov. 20, 1608, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1677-1689, possibly at Portsmouth, NH.

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Mrs. Margaret Weston, "mother [in law]" of John Pease

   There are a number of unresolved kinships regarding the immigrant Pease family, and the usual care should be taken to verify the above generations. As an example of the difficulties, consider the following Court record quoted in two publications:

   Charles Edward Banks, THE HISTORY OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD, (Edgartown, MA: Dukes Co. Hist. Society, 1966), Vol. 2 Town Annals, p. 95:
   A Court record dated Nov. 3, 1635, contains the following statement: Ordered that John Pease shalbe whipt & bound to his good behaviour for strikeing his mother [in law] Mrs Weston & deryding or her & for dyvers other misdemeanors & other evill carriages. Mass. Col. Rec., I, 155.

   Robert Charles Anderson, THE GREAT MIGRATION BEGINS, (Boston, MA: New England Gen. Hist. Society, 1995), Vol. 3, p. 1966.
   On 3 November 1635 it was ordered "that John Pease shall be whipped, & bound to his good behavior, for striking his mother, Mrs. Weston, & deriding of her, & for diverse other misdemeanors, & other evil carriages" [MBCR 1:155].

   Mr. Banks added "[in law]" to the original record. He then concludes that Mrs. Weston was Margaret, husband of Francis Weston, and mother of Lucy, the first wife of John Pease (bap. 1608). Mr. Anderson concludes that Mrs. Weston was Margaret, the widowed mother of John Pease (bap. 1608), and that she wrote her will of Sep. 1, 1644 using to her prior name, "Margrit Pease." "Margaret Weston" is named in a Court record on Dec. 26, 1637, and the last mention of Francis Weston in court records is Oct. 17, 1643. Francis Weston may have died prior to Sep. 1, 1644, or Margaret may have used the Pease surname in her will since her principal beneficiaries was her grandsons Robert and John Pease. The wording of a Nov. 4, 1646 deed seems to imply that Francis Weston pre-deceased Margaret Weston (ibid, p. 1965): "Richard Harcourt sells Thomas Angel his house lot or home share & housing, which formerly beonged unto his uncle Francis Weston and lately he bought the rest of it of his aunt Margaret Weston which she had her life in." Mr. Anderson, in THE GREAT MIGRATION: IMMIGRANTS TO NEW ENGLAND 1634-1635, Volume V (Boston, 2007), page 417,  writes that "After reexamining the evidence, we remain satisfied with that conclusion [that Mrs. Weston was biological mother of John Pease. As a consequence we have no evidence for the parentage of John Pease's first wife, Lucy."
   However, note that it appears that Margaret, mother of John Pease (bap. 1608) was in Great Baddow in Aug. 1636, and is said to have been admitted to the church at Salem in 1639. If these records concern Margaret Pease, mother of John Pease (bap. 1608), she could not have been Mrs. Weston of the 1635 Court record, nor the Margaret Weston of the 1637 Court record. Mr. Banks may be correct in inserting "[in law]" in the 1635 Court record and concluding "It is therefore certain that our John Pease married Lucy, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Weston, wife of Francis Weston of Salem...."  Refer to Mr. Banks' ANNALS of EDGARTOWN (pages 91-103) for detailed information concerning John Pease (bap. 1608) and his family, including comments on the relathionship between John's first wife Lucy and her step-father Francis Weston.

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John and Mary (Browning) Pease

John PEASE - bap. Nov. 20, 1608, Great Baddow, Essex; d. 1677-1689. Will dated Mar. 4, 1674, naming all children listed below. Son of Robert PEASE and Margaret KING. John arrived at Boston, Suffolk Co., MA aboard the 'Francis' in 1634, together with his brother Robert and nephew Robert (age 3). John received land grants in Salem on Jan. 2, 1636/7 and on Apr. 23, 1638. John was absent from Salem in Aug. 1639, and likely had returned to England to bring his mother to America. On Nov. 25, 1677, John appears on a jury list. On Jun. 3, 1689, his remarried widow disposed of his estate. Married first Lucy, who may have been the daughter of Mrs. Margaret WESTON. Married second about 1648.

Mary BROWNING - b. about 1625; d. after 1695, Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH. Married second Capt. Thomas CREBER of Portsmouth, NH. Her surname is undocumented, but traditionally she the daughter of Malachi BROWNING and Mary COLLIER.

Children of John and Lucy Pease

  1. James - b. Mar. 15, 1636/7, Salem, Essex Co., MA; d. Mar. 27, 1719 Edgartown, Dukes Co., MA. Married first Elizabeth NORTON (b. about 1645; d. before 1706), daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth NORTON. James was married second on Apr. 22, 1706 to Abigail TRAVIS (b. Jan. 8, 1661/2), widow of Ezra COVELL. The will of James PEASE made Jul. 21, 1711 and proved Apr. 2, 1719. Children of James and Elizabeth PEASE: James married Hannah DUNHAM; John married Abigail MERRY; Stephen married first Deborah (MACEY) GARNER, and second Mrs. Patience GARY; Matthew married Mary GREEN; Nathan married Abigail VINCENT; Mary married first Isaac CHASE, and second Richard CROOKER; Martha married Joseph ATKINS; and Mehitable married Reuban VINCENT.
  2. John - b. about 1639, Salem, Essex Co., MA; d. before 1711, Norwich, New London Co., CT. No children.

Children of John and Mary Pease

See Notable Cousins for line to: Raquel WELCH
  1. Mary - b. about 1649, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. after 1674.
  2. David - b. about 1651, New London, New London Co., CT. Son of David PEASE: Benjamin.
  3. Abigail - b. about 1653, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. after 1674.
  4. Samuel - b. about 1655, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. Oct. 12, 1689, Newport, RI.
  5. Thomas - b. about 1657, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. after 1648, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA. Married Bathsheba MERRY (b. Jun. 16, 1665), daughter of Joseph MERRY. Children of Thomas and Bathsheba PEASE: Mary married Samuel DAGGETT; David; Hannah married first John SMITH, and second Nathaniel PEASE; Bathsheba married James HAMLIN; Thomas; Martha married Samuel BASSETT; Sarah married James PEASE; Abigail married Benjamin SKIFF; Samuel married Abigail (RIPLEY) JERNAGAN; and Jonathan.
  6. Rebecca - b. about 1659, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. after 1674.
  7. Sarah - b. about 1661, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. after 1735. Married Dea. John DAGGETT (b. Sep. 7, 1662, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. Sep. 7, 1724, Attleborough, Bristol Co., MA), son of Thomas DOGGETT and Hannah MAYHEW. John was a tanner and inkeeper. Children of Sarah and John DAGGETT: Mayhew married Joanna BEVIN; Thomas married first Sarah STANLEY, and second Elizabeth BLAKE; Ebenezer married Mary BLACKINTON; Naphthali; Abigail married Ebenezer GUILD; Jane married Caleb HALL; Silpha married Nathaniel ROBINSON; Patience married Noah ROBINSON; and Mary married John TITUS.
  8. Jonathan - b. Jan. 2, 1670, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., MA; d. Feb. 1737. Married first Mrs. Sarah JENKINS (d. before 1728), widow of Peter JENKINS, and second Jun. 13, 1728 Mary NEWCOMBE (b. 1705; d. Sep. 19, 1785). Children of Jonathan and Mary PEASE: Mary; Anna; and Sarah.

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Capt. Samuel and Mary Pease

Samuel PEASE - b. about 1655, Edgartown, Dukes Co., MA; d. Oct. 12, 1689, Newport, RI. Son of John PEASE and Mary BROWNING. Capt. Samuel died of wounds "in the Arme, in the side and in the thigh" received Oct. 4, 1689 while "off of Wood's Hole" capturing "a Pirate at Tarpolin Cove" in Vineyard Sound (quotes from Affidavit at Boston Court of Assistants, Jan. 14, 1689; see following). Married about 1680.

Mary - b. about 1653; d. Aug. 28, 1731, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Mary was admitted to Old South Church, Boston MA on Nov. 26, 1683. She married second about 1693 Thomas WHITTEMORE (b. Sep. 1, 1644, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., MA; bur. Aug. 10, 1717, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), son of John WHITTEMORE and Mary UPHAM.  Mary was granted administration of the Thomas WHITTEMORE estate on Sep. 23, 1717, and petitioned on May 9, 1727 for support in caring for her grandson Thomas WHITTEMORE, only heir of her second husband. Son of Mary and Thomas WHITTEMORE: Thomas, Jr. (b. Mar. 18, 1694, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., MA) married Mar. 25, 1715, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Dorothy THOMAS (bap. Sep. 1, 1717, Watertown, MA as an adult, together with her son Thomas III).

Children of Samuel and Mary Pease

  1. Martha - bap. Dec. 10, 1683, Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. Probably born about 1681. Martha married on Nov. 21, 1700 at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Uriah CLARKE (b. Jun. 5, 1644, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. there Jul. 26, 1721), as his second (or perhaps third) wife. Uriah's will was dated May 7, 1721. Uriah and his wife Mary had 10 children, including son Uriah, who named his son Pease. Children of Martha and Uriah CLARKE: Susanna died young; and Pease married (posthumous son was named Uriah).
  2. Mary - bap. Dec. 31, 1683, Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; d. Aug. 6, 1748, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Probably born earlier in 1683, based on sister Sarah's baptism. Married Mar. 26, 1701, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA William GODDIN. Children of Mary and William GODDIN: Mary; William married Martha SPOONER; Henry; Samuel; Elizabeth; Thomas; John; Hannah; and Dorothy.
  3. Sarah - bap. Aug. 12, 1684, Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA.
  4. Susanah 'Hannah' - bap. Feb. 21, 1685/6, Old South Church, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; d. Mar. 18, 1717/8, Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA. Her name is Susanah PEASE on the baptism record, and "Hannah PEASE of Cambridge" on the record of marriage to William BROWN.

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Selected Records Relating to Capt. Samuel Pease and Family

Special thanks to descendant Steve Ells for sharing his compilation and analysis of various primary and secondary resources concerning the family of Capt. Samuel and Mary Pease

Death of Capt. Samuel Pease

Frederick S. Pease, "The Pease Family," NEHGR 3 (1849):27ff, footnote on p. 31:  
"In Vol. II. page 393, is given from the original deposition of Capt. Pease's crew a circumstantial account of the action in which the captain lost his life. As a further elucidation of this affair, we add from Mr. Felt's 'Annals of Salem,' as follows: ' The Council having been informed that Thomas Hawkins and others were acting as pirates order the sloop Restitution with 40 men, Joseph Thaxter master to go after them. These pirates took the Ketch Mary. Capt. Hellen Chard, of Salem the 9th [August, 1689,] 3 leagues from Half Way Rock. They captured the brig Merrimack of Newburyport, Capt. John Kent, on the 22nd, in Martin Vineyard Sound.  Capt. Samuel Peas is sent after Pirates in the Sloop Mary of Boston. He came up with & fought one in Martin Vineyard Sound. they killed him, and wounded some of his crew; but were taken by his Lieut. Benjamin Gallop, and in October brought to Boston, where four of them belonged. They were condemned to die, but reprieved."

Wife and Children of of Capt. Samuel Pease

Charles Edward Banks, THE HISTORY OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD, (Edgartown, MA: Dukes Co. Hist. Society, 1966), Vol. 3 Family Genealogies, p. 387:
"Various records concerning the affair are extant showing that he [Capt. Samuel Pease] 'left a widow and four Orphans in a poore and low condition,' for whom collections were taken up in churches throughout the Colony."

Old South Church, Boston
Admission or full communion:
0250 "Mary Peas" 26 Nov 1682.
0756 "Martha daughter of Sam'l & Mary Peas" 10 Dec 1682/3 [1683].
0769 "Mary, presented by Mary Peas" 31 Dec 1682/3 [1683].
0814 "Sara, daughter of Samuel & Mary Peas" 12 Aug 1683/4 [1684].
1064 "Susanah of Sam'l & Mary Peas" 21 Feb 1685/6 [1687].
[Years apparently based on position in record, and are followed by year in brackets for baptisms as given by Charles Edward Banks, ibid.  It is likely that Mary Pease was admitted to full communion on 26 Nov 1683, followed by baptism two weeks later of Martha, who was likely born about 1681, with baptism of other daughters being shortly after birth.]

Births, Marriages and Deaths. Second Book. Pages 12, 18 and 77:
[12] Uriah Clark of watertown & Martha Pees of Cambridge wear Joyned in Marriage: by mr Samuel Angier minister of water town: nour: 21 : 1700
[12] William Goddin of water town. &. Mary Pees of Cambridge wear Joyned in Marriage by mr Samuel Angier minister of water town : march : 26 : 1701
[18] William Brown of Watertown, and Hannah Pease of Cambridge weer Married by Mr. Samuell Angier Jan : 10th: 1704.
[77] The Widow Mary Whitemore Deceased the 28th: of August 1731: Aged abot 78.

PEES, Martha and Uriah Clark of Watertown, in Watertown, Nov. 21, 1700.
PEES, Mary and William Goddin of Watertown, in Watertown, Mar. 26, 1701.
PEASE, Hannah and William Brown of Watertown, in Watertown, Jan. 10, 1704.

"Administration on the estate of Thomas Whittemore, late of Cambridge, deceased intestate, committed to [administratrix] Mary, his widow, on 23 Dec. 1717. William Brown and John Perry, sureties....

MIDDLESEX PROBATE RECORDS, vol. 16, p. 544-45:
"On 20 Nov. 1724, an adjustment is made of Mary Whittemore's "late husband" Thomas Whittmore's estate, whereby 30 £ worth of goods left by Mary's "former husband Samuel Pease of Boston," are now allowed her, with the consent of "the heirs of her former husband, two of whose daughters Mary and Martha now present made oath that the sd goods they well know belonged to their sd late Father...."

LOOSE PROBATE RECORDS, Docket 24840, microfilm at NEHGS:
The married name of daughter Martha is "Martha Clarke."

LOOSE PROBATE RECORDS, Docket 24841, microfilm at NEHGS:
The husband of daughter Mary, "William Goddin/Godin of Watertown," appears as co-surety on the guardianship of Mary's sole Whittemore child.

SIGNATURE OF WILLIAM BROWN. The four above probate records identify Mary as the widow of Samuel Pease and of Thomas Whittemore, and two daughters of Samuel and Mary Pease as Mary (Pease) Goddin and Martha (Pease) Clarke. A comparison of William Brown's signature on the probate records as surety for the widow Mary and a signature known to be that of Deacon William Brown, husband of Hannah Pease, shows both signatures are by the same man.

Surety William Brown

Deacon William Brown


   Wee whose Names are hereto Subscribed being of the Company late belonging to the Sloop Mary Capne Samuel Pease Comander set forth at Boston within the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay with Comission from the Governt and Councill of the sd Colony bearing date the 30th day of September last past before the date of these pnts, to surprise, and (in case of their makeing resistance) by force of Armes to take Thomas Hawkin and Thomas Ponnd who with a number of armed men joyned with them had piratically seized severall Vessells belonging to their Majties Subjects of this Colony and other parts of the Country, &c. In prosecution of which sd designe, setting Sayle from Boston upon ffriday the fourth of Octobr 1689. being off of Woods's Hole, wee were informed there was a Pirate at Tarpolin Cove, and soon after we espyed a Sloop on head of us which we supposed to be the Sloop wherein sd Ponnd and his Company were, we made what Sayle wee could, and soon came neer up with her, Spread our King's Jack and fired a shot athrawt her fore foot, upon which a red fflagg was put out on the head of the sd Sloops Mast, our Capene ordered another shot to be fired athrawt her fore foot, but they not Striking we came vp with them, our Capne Comanded us to fire at them which we accordingly did and called to them to strike to the King of England. Ponnd standing on the Quarter deck with his naked Sword flourishing in his hand said come on board you doggs and I will strike you presently, or words to that purpose, his men standing by him upon the deck with guns in their hands, and he taking up his Gun they discharged a Volley at us, and we at them again, and so continued firing one at the other for some space of time, In which engagement our Capne Samuel Pease was wounded in the Arme, in the side and in the thigh; but at length bringing them under our power, Wee made Sayle towards Roade Island, and on Saturday the fifth of sd Octobr got our wounded men on shore there and procured Surgeons to dress them; our said Captaine lost much blood by his wounds and was brought very low, but on friday after being the eleventh day of the same October, being brought on board the Vessell intending to come away to Boston was taken with bleeding afresh, so that we were forced to carry him on Shore again to Road Island, and was followed with bleeding at his wounds, and fell into fitts, but remained alive vntill Saturday Morning the twelfth of Octbr aforesd when he departed this life.
John Sicklerdam
   The Prisonr now at the Barr was one of the sd Stoops Company with whom we were engaged as aforesd by which Company our sd Capne Samuel Peae was shott and wounded, of which wounds he languished and dyed as aforesd. Wee further add that the sd fflagg was put out at the head of sd Sloops Mast before we fired at them.    
   Boston 14th January, 1689 [1690 N. S.] Sworn in Court of Assistants
    Attests Isaac Addington Secry.
Bn Gallop      
Colburn Turell
Abraham addams
Daniel X Langly
   Boston 15° January. 1689.
   Wee farther add vpon our oaths' that Samuel Watts the prisoner now at ye Barr was one of the Company wth Thomas Pound on board ye aforesd Sloop by wch said Sloops Company our Capne Samuel Pease was shott and wounded of which wounds he Languished and dyed as aforesd.
Signed         Benjn Gallup  
Daniel D Langley    Colburn Turell
Abraham addams
Sworn in Court of Assistants
Samuel Watts being then at ye
   Attest Isac Addington Secry
[NEHGR 2 (1848):393-94.]

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