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Ruth H. NOYES

F, #I1065, b. 05 April 1828, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Stephen M. NOYES

M, #I1066, b. 31 May 1831, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Susan M. NOYES

F, #I1067, b. 06 November 1832, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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George C. NOYES

M, #I1068, b. 01 October 1834, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Mary S. NOYES

F, #I1069, b. 19 July 1840, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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James W. NOYES

M, #I1070, b. 10 August 1842, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Arthur E. NOYES

M, #I1071, b. 17 June 1849, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Olive E. SIMPSON

F, #I1072, b. abt. 1837, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Henry D. W. NOYES m. 1883, b. 25 July 1837, d. 10 October 1888

  1.    Edith G. NOYES, b. 09 January 1885, d. UNKNOWN
  2.    Ruth H. NOYES, b. 25 March 1888, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Edith G. NOYES

F, #I1073, b. 09 January 1885, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Ruth H. NOYES

F, #I1074, b. 25 March 1888, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Caroline H. LENFEST

F, #I1075, b. abt. 1833, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Henry D. W. NOYES m. 24 April 1874 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 25 July 1837, d. 10 October 1888

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Ray Harlan WARDWELL

M, #I1076, b. 21 February 1877, d. 29 September 1961

Family

Marriage 1 : Jessie Malcolm Noyes HUTCHINS m. 26 June 1900 Maine, USA, b. 30 December 1876, d. 19 November 1932

  1. Elsa Nella WARDWELL, b. abt. 1902, d. UNKNOWN
  2.    Jeane Emma WARDWELL, b. 25 May 1903, d. 24 March 1989
  3. Viva Arlene WARDWELL, b. abt. 1904, d. UNKNOWN

Notes:

[Myers.ftw]

He was a farm foreman in Perkins' farm

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Elsa Nella WARDWELL

F, #I1077, b. abt. 1902, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Paul P MARCKOON m. UNKNOWN, b. abt. 1901, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Jeane Emma WARDWELL

F, #I1078, b. 25 May 1903, d. 24 March 1989

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Viva Arlene WARDWELL

F, #I1079, b. abt. 1904, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Harold M BARTON m. UNKNOWN Hancock, Hancock, Maine, USA, b. abt. 1896, d. 09 June 1975

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,
  2. 1920 United States Federal Census,

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Ruth HASELTINE

F, #I1080, b. 1735, d. 19 August 1819

Family

Marriage 1 : John DUSTIN , b. 31 March 1724, d. 08 July 1797

  1. Ruth DUSTIN, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN
  2. Nathaniel DUSTIN, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN
  3.    Lydia DUSTIN, b. abt. 1770, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Dolly HARRIMAN

F, #I1081, b. abt. 1759, d. February 1828

Family

Marriage 1 : David DUSTIN m. 17 March 1801 Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. abt. 1860, d. UNKNOWN

  1. Mary Bradstreet DUSTIN, b. 14 April 1801, d. 09 July 1833
  2. David DUSTON, b. 20 October 1804, d. abt. 1855

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,

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Ann CUSHING

F, #I1082, b. 19 January 1763, d. 15 October 1829

Family

Marriage 1 : Timothy DUSTIN m. 03 August 1790 Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 06 October 1765, d. 23 July 1840

  1.    Abigail DUSTIN, b. 25 July 1793
  2. Abigail DUSTIN, b. 14 January 1798, d. 10 May 1883
  3. Lucy Merrill DUSTIN, b. 10 November 1800, d. 16 May 1887
  4. Elizabeth DUSTIN, b. 20 July 1806, d. 08 February 1892
  5. Timothy DUSTIN, b. 23 February 1803, d. 14 August 1844
  6.    Ann DUSTIN, b. 26 June 1791
  7. Ruth DUSTIN, b. 29 November 1795, d. 23 December 1857

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,
  3. Massachusetts, Find A Grave Index, 1620-2013,

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Mary Bradstreet DUSTIN

F, #I1083, b. 14 April 1801, d. 09 July 1833

Family

Marriage 1 : Husband SMITH m. 20 February 1824, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Abigail DUSTIN

F, #I1084, b. 25 July 1793

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,

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Abigail DUSTIN

F, #I1085, b. 14 January 1798, d. 10 May 1883

Family

Marriage 1 : John HOVEY m. 29 June 1820, b. 15 October 1786, d. 20 July 1851

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,

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Lucy Merrill DUSTIN

F, #I1086, b. 10 November 1800, d. 16 May 1887

Family

Marriage 1 : William BRICKETT m. 04 December 1834 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 05 September 1804, d. May 1874

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,
  3. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,
  4. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915,

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Elizabeth DUSTIN

F, #I1087, b. 20 July 1806, d. 08 February 1892

Family

Marriage 1 : Leonard DARLING m. 17 December 1835, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Leonard DARLING

M, #I1088, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Elizabeth DUSTIN m. 17 December 1835, b. 20 July 1806, d. 08 February 1892

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,

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Sara DUSTON

F, #I1089, b. 22 September 1757, d. 15 February 1855

Family

Marriage 1 : Peter WHITAKER , b. 17 September 1764, d. 22 November 1829

  1.    Ruth WHITAKER, b. 03 July 1795, d. 05 November 1874
  2. Joseph WHITAKER, b. 02 June 1797, d. 23 August 1879
  3. Amos WHITAKER, b. 25 December 1799, d. 19 August 1872
  4.    Hannah WHITAKER, b. 04 February 1802, d. 29 November 1881
  5. John WHITAKER, b. 27 February 1804, d. 20 February 1884
  6. Sally WHITAKER, b. 05 June 1806, d. 28 September 1846
  7. Anna WHITAKER, b. 28 May 1811, d. 10 February 1870

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,

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Ruth DUSTIN

F, #I1090, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : John WHITTIER m. 01 January 1790 Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. abt. 1739, d. UNKNOWN

  1. John WHITTIER, b. 1790, d. 18 July 1852
  2.    Calvin WHITTIER, b. abt. 1802, d. UNKNOWN
  3. Roxanna WHITTIER, b. 06 January 1798, d. 21 October 1879

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,

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John WHITTIER

M, #I1091, b. abt. 1739, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Ruth DUSTIN m. 01 January 1790 Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

  1. John WHITTIER, b. 1790, d. 18 July 1852
  2.    Calvin WHITTIER, b. abt. 1802, d. UNKNOWN
  3. Roxanna WHITTIER, b. 06 January 1798, d. 21 October 1879

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,

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John WHITTIER

M, #I1092, b. 1790, d. 18 July 1852

Family

Marriage 1 : Susan CLEMENTS m. 26 December 1809, b. abt. 1789, d. 25 December 1863

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Calvin WHITTIER

M, #I1093, b. abt. 1802, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Roxanna WHITTIER

F, #I1094, b. 06 January 1798, d. 21 October 1879

Family

Marriage 1 : William FARRINGTON m. UNKNOWN Washington, Vermont, USA, b. abt. 1800, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. 1870 United States Federal Census,
  4. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Nathaniel DUSTIN

M, #I1095, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Hannah HARDY m. 09 May 1799, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

  1.    Eliza DUSTIN, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970,

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Hannah HARDY

F, #I1096, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Nathaniel DUSTIN m. 09 May 1799, b. abt. 1748, d. UNKNOWN

  1.    Eliza DUSTIN, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,

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Eliza DUSTIN

F, #I1097, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Robert EMERSON

M, #I1098, b. 08 November 1629, d. 25 June 1694

Family

Marriage 1 : Ann GRANT m. 04 JAN 1656/57 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 21 December 1637, d. 28 July 1718

  1. Stephen EMERSON, b. 17 December 1674, d. 20 April 1758
  2.    Anna EMERSON, b. abt. 1665, d. UNKNOWN
  3. John EMERSON, b. abt. 1654, d. 24 FEB 1711/12
  4.    Susan EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN
  5.    Edward EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN
  6. Thomas EMERSON, b. 04 June 1662, d. 15 MAR 1696/97
  7.    Isabelle EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Marriage 2 : Elizabeth GRAVE m. abt. 1635, b. abt. 1612, d. UNKNOWN

Marriage 3 : Frances Wife EMERSON , b. 21 December 1637, d. 28 July 1718

Notes:

Estate of Robert Emerson of Haverhill
Essex Probate Docket # 8936

I being weake of body but in my right mind & of a good and perfect memory I thinke good to make my last will and Testament I give and bequeath my sole to God I gave it & my spirit I commit into ye hands of my blessed savier and redeemer yt has died for me and my body to return to dust from whance it came: and for my worly d goods I disposeth of as foloeth vedalisit
I give unto my son Thomas one half of my right and intrast of uplands & madow in my farm ling by mares crike pond and three akers madow at hakes madow yt I bought of Peter Ayers to him and his Aires for ever and ye other half of my farme both upland and madowe
I give to my sone Joseph and to his Aires for ever and I give unto my sone (.....) my four aker of land (.....) yt joins to Peter (.....) and also on common right and I give also unto my son ephrom my madow ling at ye este madow comonly called unto him and his Aires forever and
I give unto my two yongest sones Steven and baniamen my dweling house and barne and my upland and madow where my house stands be tween them unto them and thair Aires for ever alwais provideed yt Steven & Beniamen do paye unto thaier mother three pounds a year and kepe her a cow and a hors when shee has a ocasion for him and my wife shall have one ende of ye house douring hare widowhode and thaye Steven & beniamen shall find hare fire wood and eke three pounds a yere to be paied on halfe in whate and rye and the other half to be paied in inden corne at prise corent and if my wife doo marye yn shee shall have but forti shiling a yere yerliye douring har life time to be paid in graine further
I give unto my dafter Elisabeth on cow and three shepe and unto my dafter Sarah on cow and three shepe and I give unto my dafter Ladey one cow and three shepe and I give unto my two yongest sones steven and beniamen on yoke of oxen betwixt them two and I make my wife and my sone Thomas Emerson my sole Executors for too reseve all detes & to paie all dets and what is undisposed of after my wifes deth to be aquilly devided amongst my children.

This is my last will & (.....) June 3: 1694

Robert X Emerson His marke

Witnes
Steven Coffin
Joseph Johnson
William (his marke) Johnson X
(Seal)

Source: Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, Dockett # 8936

Submitted by: Pamela Rhett Molzan

Note from the submitter:

Robert made reference to an additional son, referred to as (....). Anyone have any ideas about this one? I thought perhaps wife, Anne, might be expecting at the time the will was written, but Robert makes no mention of that. Robert made his will June 3, 1694, dying three weeks later, on June 25, 1694. If Anne were expecting a child at the time the will was written, that would mean there was about a 15 year difference between the birth of their youngest son, Benjamin and (....), and the eldest child, Elizabeth would have been 34 years older. While this is may not be impossible, it does seem rather improbable. Ican find of a child being born to Robert and Anne Emerson posthumously. So, at this point anyway, the meaning of Robert's reference to a son (....) remains a mystery.

Sources

  1. New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
  2. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  3. Stephen R. Myers,
  4. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Ann GRANT

F, #I1099, b. 21 December 1637, d. 28 July 1718

Family

Marriage 1 : Robert EMERSON m. 04 JAN 1656/57 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 08 November 1629, d. 25 June 1694

  1. Stephen EMERSON, b. 17 December 1674, d. 20 April 1758
  2.    Anna EMERSON, b. abt. 1665, d. UNKNOWN
  3. John EMERSON, b. abt. 1654, d. 24 FEB 1711/12
  4.    Susan EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN
  5.    Edward EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN
  6. Thomas EMERSON, b. 04 June 1662, d. 15 MAR 1696/97
  7.    Isabelle EMERSON, b. UNKNOWN, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
  2. "The Haverhill Emersons: Revised and Extended", Newbury, 1:157
  3. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  4. Stephen R. Myers,

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John EMERSON

M, #I1100, b. 30 July 1659, d. 15 August 1659

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Joshua EMERSON

M, #I1101, b. 17 November 1678, d. bet. May and June, 1742

Family

Marriage 1 : Mary CLARK m. 02 July 1706 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. 15 July 1680, d. aft. 01 June 1742

  1.    Isacc EMERSON, b. 19 JAN 1706/07, d. 19 JAN 1706/07
  2.    Jacob EMERSON, b. 19 JAN 1706/07, d. 19 JAN 1706/07
  3.    Micah EMERSON, b. 07 December 1707, d. UNKNOWN
  4.    Joshua EMERSON, b. abt. 1709, d. UNKNOWN
  5.    Josiah EMERSON, b. abt. 1710, d. UNKNOWN
  6.    Hunnewell EMERSON, b. abt. 1712
  7. Mary EMERSON, b. 1714, d. UNKNOWN
  8.    Sarah EMERSON, b. 1716, d. UNKNOWN
  9. William EMERSON, b. 1718, d. 14 February 1782

Sources

  1. "The Haverhill Emersons: Revised and Extended", Newbury, 1:157
  2. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865,
  3. Stephen R. Myers,
  4. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,
  5. U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970,

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Samuel EMERSON

M, #I1102, b. 02 February 1663, d. bet. March, 1739 and August, 1743

Family

Marriage 1 : Judith DAVIS m. 14 December 1687 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. abt. 1668, d. UNKNOWN

  1.    Samuel EMERSON, b. 21 August 1688, d. UNKNOWN
  2. Hannah EMERSON, b. 22 December 1699, d. abt. 1736
  3. Hannah EMERSON, b. 06 January 1699, d. 03 October 1725
  4. Michael EMERSON, b. 04 January 1700, d. abt. 1734
  5. Abigail EMERSON, b. 27 September 1704, d. abt. 1757
  6. Timothy EMERSON, b. abt. 1706, d. 05 May 1754
  7. Solomon EMERSON, b. abt. 1709, d. October 1800

Notes:

After a few years residence in Haverhill, he purchased land in Dover, NH, in November 1697. He was named a Selectman of Dover in 1705. moved about 1717 into Oyster River Parish where he helped organize the church April 3, 1718. Chosen deacon and elder 16 in November 1721. He was also captain of a foot company on the north side of the Oyster River May 12, 1718.

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,
  2. Stephen R. Myers,

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Abigail EMERSON

F, #I1103, b. 17 December 1667, d. 31 December 1667

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Mary EMERSON

F, #I1104, b. 05 October 1660, d. UNKNOWN

Family

Marriage 1 : Hugh MATTHEWS m. 28 August 1683 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, b. abt. 1660, d. UNKNOWN

  1.    Daughter MATTHEWS, b. 18 July 1685, d. UNKNOWN
  2.    Judith MATTHEWS, b. April 1689
  3.    Hugh MATTHEWS, b. 15 May 1691
  4.    Mary MATTHEWS, b. bef. 18 May 1701

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Thomas J. OSBORN

M, #I1105, b. 17 February 1831

Sources

  1. Duston/Dustin Family Association,

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Elizabeth EMERSON

F, #I1106, b. 26 January 1665, d. 08 June 1693

Family

Marriage 1 : Samuel LADD , b. 01 November 1649, d. 22 FEB 1697/98

  1. Dorothy EMERSON, b. 10 April 1686, d. UNKNOWN
  2.    Twin 1 LADD, b. 07 May 1691, d. 07 May 1691
  3.    Twin 2 LADD, b. 07 May 1691, d. 07 May 1691

Notes:

From Jane Emerson James, "The Haverhill Emersons: Revised and Extended", (Jane Emerson James, Lake Winnebago, MO, 1983), p. 25:

"On 10 Apr 1686 Elizabeth Emerson, unmarried, gave birth to Dorothy of whom no further record has been located by me. The father was Samuel Ladd, then 37, who was married to Martha (Corlis) Ladd, mother of their 6 children. Elizabeth was 23 at the birth of Dorothy and at 28 she again gave birth, this time to twin boys who did not survive. Again the father was Samuel Ladd, then 42. Whatever else may be thought of Elizabeth, she was not permiscuous [sic].

Doris Smith of Porterville, CA located the following record from Records of the Court of Assistants of the Massachusetts Bay, Vol. 1:

'26th Sept. Elizabeth Emmerson single woman Daughter of Michael Emmerson of Haverhill in the County of Essex being indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady King William & Oueen Mary upon their Oathes. For that the sd. Elizabeth Emmerson being with child with two living Children or Infants on Thursday night the 7th of May 1691 before day of Fryday morning at Haverhill aforesd in the house of Michael Emmerson aforesd by the Providence of God two Bastard Children alive did bring forth and the sd. Elizabeth Emmerson not haveing the feare of Cod before her Eyes and being instigated by ye Devil of her malice forethought, the sd two Infants did feloniously kill & Murther, and them in a small Bagg or cloath sewed up, and concealed or hid them in sd Emmersons house untill afterwards, that is to say, on sabbath day May the tenth 1691, the sd two Infants in the yard of sd Emmerson in Haverhill aforesd did secretly bury contrary to the peace of Our Soveraign Lord 6 Lady the King & Queen, their Crown & Dignity, the Laws of God, and the Lawes & Statutes in that case made & provided. Upon which Indictment the sd Elizabeth Emmerson was arraigned and to the Indictment pleaded not guilty & put berselfe upon Tryal by God & the Country, * a Jury was impannelled being the first Jury, whereof mr. Richard Crisp was foreman, and were accordingly sworne (the prisoner making no challeng) The Indictment Examination & evidences were read, & the prisoner made her defence, The Jury return their Verdict, the Jury say, That she sd. Elizabeth Emmerson is guilty according to Indictment. The Court Order, That sentance of Death he pronounced ag. her.' *Left blank in the record

"She spent two years in prison and was hanged on Boston Common 8 Jun 1693. Although the entire village knew that Samuel Ladd was the father he seems never to have been officially censured."
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The following comes from the Diary of Cotton Mather:

"I had often wished for an Opportunity, to bear my Testimonies, against the Sins of Uncleanness, wherein so many of my Generacon do pollute themselves. A young Woman of Haverhil, and a Negro Woman also of this Town (Boston)were under sentence of Death, for the Murdering of their Bastard-children. Many and many a weary Hour, did I spend in the Prison, to serve the Souls of those miserable Creatures; and I had Opportunities in my own Congregation, to speak to them, and from them, to vast Multitudes of others. Their Execution, was ordered to have been, upon the Lecture of another; but by a very strange Providence, without any Seeking of mine, or any Respect to mee, (that I know of) the order for their Execution was altered and it fell on my Lecture Day. I did then with the special Assistance of Heaven, make and preach, a Sermon upon Job. 36.14. Where at one of the greatest Assemblies, ever known in these parts of the World, was come together. I had obtained from the young Woman, a pathetical Instrument, in Writing, wherein shee own'd her own miscarriages, and warn'd the rising Ceneracon of theirs. Towards the close of my Sermon, I read that Instrument unto the Congregation; and made what Use, was proper of it. I accompany'd the Wretches, to their Execution; but extremely fear all our Labours were lost upon them; however sanctifyed unto many others. The Sermon was immediately printed; with another which I had formerly uttered on the like Occasion; (entitled, Warnings From the Dead) and it was greedily bought up; I hope, to the Attainment of the Ends, which I had so long desired. T'was afterwards reprinted at London."

[In the referenced sermon, Mather read Elizabeth's confession which follows. It may be found in his Magnalia Christi Americana.]

"I am a miserable sinner, and I have justly provok'd the holy God to leave me unto that folly of my own heart, for which I am now condemmed to die. I cannot but see much of the anger of God against me, in the circumstances of my woful death. He hath fulfilled upon me that word of his, "Evil pursueth sinners!" I therefore desire humbly to confess my many sins before God and the world; but most particularly my blood guiltiness. Before the birth of my twin-infants, I too much parlied with the temptation of the devil to smother my wickedness by muthering of them. At length, when they were born, I was not insensible that at least one of them was alive; but such a wretch was I, as to use a murderous carriage towards them, in the place where I lay, on purpose to dispatch them out of the world. I acknowledge that I have been more hard hearted than the sea-monsters; and yet for the pardon of these my sins, I would fly to the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the only "fountain set open for sin and uncleanness." I know not how better to glorifie God, for giving me such an opportunity as I have had to make sure of his mercy, than by advertising and entreating the rising generation here to take warning by my example, and I will therefore tell the sins that have brought me to my shameful end. I do warn all people and expecially young people, against the sin of uncleanness in particular. 'Tis that sin that hath been my ruine. Well had it been for me, if I had answered all temptations to that sin as Joseph did, 'How shall I do this wickedness, and sin against God?' But, I see, bad company is that which leads to that and other sins; And I therefore beg all that love their souls to be familiar with none but such as fear Cod. I believe the chief thing that hath brought me into my present condition, is my disobedience to my parents. I dispised all their godly counsel and reproofs; and I was always of a haughty, stubborn spirit. So that now I am become a dreadful instance of the curse of God belonging to disobedient children. I must bewail this also, and although I was baptized, yet when I grew up, I forgot the bonds that were laid upon me to be the Lord's. Had I given my self to God, as soon as I was capable to consider that I had been in baptism set apart for him, How happy had I been! It was my delay to repent of my former sins, that provoked God to leave me unto the crimes for which I am now to die. Had I seriously repented of my uncleanness the first time I fell into it, I do suppose I had not been left unto what followed. Let all take it from me: They little think what they do when they put off turning from sin to God, and resist the strivings of the Holy Spirit. I fear 'tis for this that I have been given up to such "hardness of heart", not only since my long imprisonment but also since my just condemnation. I now know not what will become of my distressed, perishing soul. But I would humbly commit it unto the mercy of God in Jesus Christ. Amen."

[Elizabeth at first pled not guilty, but after sessions with Cotton Mather, did plead guilty. Whether or not Elizabeth could have fashioned the above confession (or was guilty of anything more than fornication) is a subject of speculation. It is to be noted that Elizabeth is the sister of Hannah Emerson Dustin, about whom Cotton Mather also wrote.]

Sources

  1. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI),
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. Ann Emerson Knott, Danburg, NH, Date of Import: Sep 28, 1999
  4. U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current,

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Abigail EMERSON

F, #I1107, b. 20 November 1671, d. abt. 1720

Family

Marriage 1 : Samuel SMITH , b. 22 April 1670, d. 26 January 1747

Sources

  1. Early Vital Records of Massachusetts to about 1850, Newbury
  2. Stephen R. Myers,
  3. Early Vital Records of Massachusetts to about 1850, Haverhill,

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Judith EMERSON

F, #I1108, b. 02 July 1673, d. 08 September 1673

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Judith EMERSON

F, #I1109, b. 28 September 1674, d. 07 November 1677

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Joshua EMERSON

M, #I1110, b. 02 March 1675, d. 26 March 1676

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Ruth EMERSON

F, #I1111, b. 08 May 1677, d. 28 August 1677

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Susanna EMERSON

F, #I1112, b. 30 April 1680, d. 08 May 1680

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Jonathan EMERSON

M, #I1113, b. 08 May 1700, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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Nathaniel EMERSON

M, #I1114, b. 25 September 1703, d. UNKNOWN

Sources

  1. Stephen R. Myers,

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