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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Job Tyler, Immigrant to American Colonies

Let's look beyond the recent records which are very sparse, (the Lovett's ancestors back to Shropshire, Eng and Montgomeryshire Wales) to those ancestors who have 17 hints under their names, and I've already got at least that many resources listed...namely Hopestill Tyler Sr, husband of Mary Ann Lovett Tyler, my 8 times great grandparents.

Having opened and considered Hopestill Tyler's 17 hints at Ancestry, I am now looking more seriously at his father, Job Tyler, who immigrated from England and was one of the first settlers of Andover MA in 1638.

As many Tyler descendants have celebrated Job Tyler's life, and there are quite a few publications about him, I'll try to give a brief summary.

Job Tyler was born in Cranbrook, Tumbridge Wells Borough, Kent, England, in 1617 or 1619.  The following is what I published on my blog many years ago.

The Tyler Homestead in West Boxford, Massachusetts, is the earliest home of the Job Tyler family. Job, the first Tyler known in America, came to Boxford in 1640 and was one of the very first settlers in the community of Boxford. The first Tyler home was built on a tract of land at the corner of Ipswich Road and Main Street. The hearth of that very early structure is still in the rear of the large white house, sometimes known as the Boxford House. (Listed as "Witch Hollow House")

He was known in Newport RI arriving on May 20, 1638.  (Source Rhode Island Collections p. 92)

He had various dates of his marriage recorded, and since he lived in different towns, it's possible each record gave the year they were notified of his marriage to Mary Horton. One record indicates she might have been a widow. But others give information of her parents the Hortons.

By 1650 he had moved to Andover, and also spent some time in Roxbury MA, according to several old records.  Earliest settlers to Andover thought he might have been the "solitary man" that was living there when they arrived in 1639-40 (by legend, since no records exist before 1650 in Andover. 

The 1650 date is when he mortgaged his property to John Godfrey of Newbury.  This apparently is considered the "beginning of his troubles." (Source: Boxford History, Andover Rec. Bk iv, p 8) This mortgage is documented several ways, including a description by Job in 1662 of it.

Most of the information I'm relating is from "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000."  It is cited quite often in Ancestry.

However there are more legal documents about Job's troubles.  In 1658 he and his wife Mary brought a complaint of witchcraft to the same John Godfrey who held his mortgage, a suit which continued until 1665.  He also disputed his son's apprenticeship to another man, to the extent that when he lost the case, he was required to post an apology in public places.  However the apology gives very cryptic denouncements of the person he had slandered. It doesn't seem to deal directly with why he didn't want his son, Hopestill to have fulfilled his apprenticeship.  

He continued to have squabbles with his neighbors with various court documents given in "North America, Family Histories" pp 3-16.  

He also in 1662 began to be situated in Roxbury, having some documentation about that area, such as a Native American saying Job cut and carried off his hay.  He was living in the Mendon area by 1669 where a complaint was issued that he refused to help dig the cellar for the minister. In Mendon he took part in a lottery to double his land size in 1671.  He apparently gave satisfaction to those who accused him of not helping with the cellar digging, because in Dec. of that year he helps in the confirmation of the first minister for that area.


Job Tyler family home

He and all the inhabitants of Mendon fled (1675) at the outbreak of King Phillips War when the Native Americans killed several colonists in Mendon and the town was eventually deserted. That's also when a grandchild was born in Roxbury.  He may also have had connections still in Andover, (1681) and yet he pays for minister's fees in Mendon in 1688-91 and 1695.

In 1700 he signed a deed to his son, Moses in Mendon.  There are no further documents with his name, so it is assumed that is the year of his death.

Job Tyler honorary stone marker in Andover saying Job Tyler was the first resident of same.

But the interesting part of the treatise given in "Family Histories" is how it mentioned that there had been about 3000 Tyler descendants in the three centuries since his life.  In 1901 a memorial was erected in Andover, MA in his honor. Prof. Henry Tyler of Smith College (a Tyler descendant) gave the dedicatory address, and his comments are included in the "Family Histories"


Cemetery, North Andover, MA

His son, Hopestill had a daughter, Mary, who married Steven Farnham, and eventually their descendants led to my grandmother Ada Swasey Rogers.  So Job Tyler would be my 8th great grandfather.

But tomorrow I'm going back up the Tyler tree and see what information there might be about the English  roots.







Thursday, May 13, 2021

More ancestors beyond the Lovetts

The parents of Magdalen Gitten Lovett 1600-1674) were Roger Gittens (1581-1603) and Elnora Robinson Gittens (1583-1617).

Though Roger was British, being born in Worthen, Shropshire, Eng, his wife Elnora Robinson was Welch, and was born in Llanllugan, Montgomeryshire, Wales. 

Stained glass window of kneeling abbess at the medieval Abby of Llanllugan, Wales

St. Mary's church, Llanllugan, Montgomeryshire, Wales.

They married in her Llanllugan, Montgomeryshire, Wales in 1600. I have at least 5 children listed in Ancestry, most of whom used the plural of the surname, Gittens. Some, including Magdalen, seemed to just use Gitten.

I don't have Elnora's parents on my tree at this time. But I welcome the bit of ancestral blood which is Welch.

Elnora died on the 13 July 1617, in her home town (I wish I knew how to say it.) Roger died 16 Aug 1603 in Great Ness, Shropshire, Eng. Below is St. Andrews church in Great Ness, Eng.

He must have had a profession that made him travel, or perhaps he had relatives there, since it's also in Shropshire, where he had been born in Worthen, Shropshire, Eng. Unfortunately I don't know how close Wortham is to Great Ness.

Roger and Magdalen Gittens were my 10 times great grandparents.

And...I'm not finished on the Gittens' family tree. Roger's parents also appeared.

Some church of England parish records have the following baptismal entry:

Father: Ric'i Gyttns

Gender: Male

Child: Rogerus Gyttyns

Ancestry has changed that name of his father to Richard Gittens...who was born in 1540 in Worthen, Shropshire, Eng. He died 25 April 1602. 

Richard Gittens' wife was Alice Meritt Gittens, born sometime between 1535-1545 in Shropshire, Eng. She died at an unknown date and place. And once again we don't know anything about her parents.

So I complete todays post with these 11 times great grandparents, the Richard Gittens of Shropshire.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How far back from the Lovetts does ancestry go?

While my father's father's family (mainly the Rogers) settled in Virginia as early colonists, my father's mother's family came to New England. I call that portion of my family tree the Ada Swasey Rogers Family Tree. And I've posted about a lot of these ancestors before.

But I want to check and see if there are any additions to the tree up on the branches back in England before the colonials came to America.

Recently I had been talking about Mary Lovett Tyler, who was accused of witchcraft in 1692 in Andover, MA.  And yes, new people have been added to my tree!

Her father, Daniel Lovett, was an immigrant to the colonies sometime between 1620 and 1650. Since he was probably born in 1620 on 24 Dec. in Chesham Parrish, Buckinghamshire, England, it is likely he didn't come to the American colonies until he was at least a teen. But since his parents (which I've just added to my tree) also came to the colonies, he could have been younger.

Daniel was not only one of the immigrants of my family, he was a Deacon of the church (there was only one church at that time.) On 8 June 1645 in the Boston records he married Johanna Blott. Johanna was born on 1 Oct, 1620 in Harrold, Bedfordshire, Eng. Daniel died on 24 Jan 1691, in Milton, Suffolk, MA. Johanna died on 20 Mar 1665 in Medon, Worcester MA.

Daniel and Johanna were my 9 times great grandparents.

Now let's look at Daniel's parents who also immigrated to the colonies. His father was Edmond Lovett, born in 1600 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Eng. Edmond married in 1618 to Magdalen Gitten. I found an interesting note in another person's resource, stating that Elizabeth Lovett was their daughter, and she married one of the Smith sons, and became the grandmother of Joseph Smith of Latter Day Saints fame.

However, as much as I like that the Mormons do a lot of ancestry additions, it is highly unlikely that Magdalen Gitten Lovett was the mother of Elizabeth Lovett Smith, who was born in 1672 while Magdalen had been born in 1600. No mother gave birth anywhere near her 72nd birthday.

Now the record does say that Elizabeth was the daughter of Edmond, and not Magdalen. So maybe there is another mother that I haven't found. My ancestor's mother was Magdalen Gitten Lovett though.

And I will pause here knowing of my 10 times great grandparents...and that there are at least another generation given (thanks to the Mormons probably!)

Sunday, May 9, 2021

More ancestors with titles

Sir Robert Huntington's wife was Lady Anne Stanley Derby Huntington (1510-1570), my 13 times great grandparents.

Her mother was Lady Anne Hastings (Countess Derby) Stanley, lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon. Catherine was Queen of England from June 1509 until May 1533, the first wife of Henry VIII.

Lady Anne Hastings Stanley Derby married Sir Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby, 10th Baron Strange of Knockyn, 6th Baron Mohun, Lord of Mann and the Isles, in 1503 or 1507. She was probably born in 1485, and died in 1550.  Sir Thomas Stanley had been born in 1484, and died in 1521.

They would have been my 14 greats grandparents.

Lady Anne Hastings Stanley Derby's parents were Edward Lord Hungerford, b. 16 Nov 1466,  in Kirby Moxloe in Leicestershire, Eng. There's a ruin of a castle there still.

Kirby Muxloe Castle, Leicestershire, Eng.

Lord Edward Hungerford died 8 Nov. 1506 in London, Middlesex, Eng.

His wife was Mary Sacherverell Hungerford, born 1455 in  Salsbury, Wiltshire, Eng.  She married Lord Edward in 1481 and gave birth to Anne in 1485. She died on 10 July 1533 in Ashby Magna, Leicestershire, Eng.

They were my 15 times great grandparents. I don't know about their parents, so that the end of that limb of the tree. Some other people I might be related to had found some people they thought were Lord Edward's parents, but their dates were after Lord Edward had died, so that's not accurate.

I think that's all the titled ancestors I have on this tree. On my Ada Swasey Rogers tree (my father's mother) there were probably some others.

Friday, May 7, 2021

The lords and ladies continued

To continue with a theme of going back in my ancestry as far as there are records designating these are my ancestors. So I'm on my father's Rogers Family Tree. The last time I posted about them was on March 30. I'd started to look at the parents of Clarissa Elizabeth Huntington Reynolds, my 12 times great grandmother.

Lady Clarissa Huntington Reynolds' father was Sir Robert Huntington, knight. He had been born in 1502 in East Bergholt, Suffolk, Eng. He died 7 Feb 1579 in Shropshire, Eng.

He married Lady Anne Stanley Derby Huntington when she was 16 and he was 24, in 1526 in Kent, England. Lady Anne was born in 1510 in Southampton, Hampshire, Eng. and died in 1570 in Kent, Eng.

Those were my great times 13 grandparents.

Sir. Robert's parents were Sir Richard Huntington, b. 1468 Hempstead, Essex, Eng; d. 1552, London, Middlesex, Eng. and Alice Huntington Castell, b. 1470 Little Stampford, Eng; d. 1546 Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Eng.  These grandparents times 14 greats are as far as this line goes.

All Saints Church, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Eng.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Mary Lovett Tyler and the Salem Witch Trials

I'm currently reading a historical book about the Salem Witch Trials...which includes a lot of information about the events of the times, not just the trials, accusers and various accused persons. It is "In the Devil's Snare" by Mary Beth Norton, published 2002 by Vintage books. I'm having trouble concentrating, so it's slow going. But I wanted to add to my knowledge of my 8 times great grandmother, one of the accused.

Following is the post from 2018 which I shared here. 

Mary Lovett Tyler


Birth 7 MAR 1651/53  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Death 03 MAR 1732  Preston City, New London, Connecticut,

Wife of Hopestill Tyler (See his blog Dec. 8, 2017)

Mary Lovett Tyler, Mrs. Hopestill Tyler, was accused of Witchcraft in Andover, Mass. in 1692, along with many other townspeople, men, women and children in other locations in New England.

There are original documents of her accusation...
and a good 4 pages of telling the story of her arrest, imprisonment, trial and acquital.

I'll post them as well as tell a synopsis of the events.

NOT Mary Tyler, but a woman accused of being a witch, and those who tried to prosecute her.  Some women and men were hanged.

From Pequot Plantation by Radune.

How is she related to me?  She's my eight times great grandmother on my father's mother's family tree, which I call the Ada Swasey Rogers tree...she's way up there with some of the earliest immigrants to Massachusetts colony.  I've talked about her husband Here, and her husband's father, Job Tyler, HERE.

The following pages are from North America, Family Histories 1500-2000, author not cited at Ancestry.  First is a description of Hopestill Tyler (at bottom of page 25).

Top of page is talking about Mary Post's trial for witchcraft, (we are not related to her.)  Hopestill Tyler info is at bottom of page

Top of page continuation about Hopestill's early life. Bottom of page 26, the story of Mary Tyler's Confession

Rev. Increase Mather states that Mary lied in her confession to being a witch to stop the verbal persecution she was enduring.

Mary is aquitted of the felony of witchcraft for which she had confessed. Her 3 daughters are also accused, but released when Hopestill pays a bond. According to Nevin's "Witchcraft in 1692" there were 11 Tylers named in list of the accused. There are no more details given of these accusations. I don't find a resource, but I believe she spent several weeks in jail.  Then the entire family moves out of state to Connecticut.

 Original transcript of 1692 witch trial of Mary Lovett Tyler

 Another page describing witch trials.

Mary and Hopestill Tyler had 11 children, the last 2 being twins born in 1687. Their children were either at home, or begining their own lives as young adults.  Martha Tyler Farnham (their eldest and my ancestor) married right after (or during) the trials June 30, 1693, and I've written about them HERE.

Both Mary and Hopestill adjusted to their new home in Connecticut, where he continued to work as a a blacksmith.  They both joined the church there, as well as at least one of their sons.  They both lived long lives, she died at age 81, and he was either 84 or 87 (due to differing dates on records.)

The Norton book has not added any specific details to Mary's story...(having looked through it to page 262 where Mary Tyler is mentioned.) I am not going to read the entire book, but will say that the frequent Indian attacks in New England seemed to have a lot to do with the various reports by children of witch attacks. I think Norton is merging these two horrific events in their lives, which sometimes resulted in legal ramifications, and sometimes didn't. And it's very interesting that so little has been said in American history classes about the frequent Indian attacks, which left many a homestead completely ruined as the people were killed.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Early Wives of the Reynolds family...

 Clarissa Elizabeth Huntington Reynolds was my 12 times great grandmother.

She was the mother of Thomas of Gravesend, Doctor and Surgeon. Clarissa was born in 1534, inb. 1502  Aylesford, Kent, England.  She married Christopher Tillman Reynolds (Reynell) either in 1544, 54, 57 or 1565...many different dates from when she was 10 years old to after the birth of Thomas, her son. She may well have had other children, but I am not listing them on my tree at this point. 

Clarissa has been listed as Charissa by several trees, but it is a name I've never heard, and several sources say Clarissa. She died either in 1578 when she was 44, or on 2 Feb 1581 at 47 in Kent, Dorset, England.

Clarissa's parents were Sir Richard Huntington (b. 1502 E. Burghold, Suffolk, Eng, d. 7 Feb. 1579,  Shropshire, Eng.) and Lady Anne Stanley Derby Huntington, (b. 1510, Southampton, Hampshire, Eng., d. 1570, Kent, Eng.)  Again there were many brothers and sisters, but I chose just the parents to list.

And I'll quit for today.