Martha BLANCHARD died 5/15/1679 Sudbury Middlesex MA

Spouse: John BENT, husbandman, born 1596 Wayhill, age 35 came from Penton Wayhill Southampton ENG in the Confidence 4/11/1638 with wife and first five children all under the age of 12, freeman 1640, died Sudbury 9/27/1672; married 10/3/1624 Penton; sister Agnes married Thomas Blanchard from Penton

Children: Robert; William; Peter born 1629 Penton-Grafton ENG (oldest son) of Sudbury 1656, his son was scalped & killed by Indians, he returned to ENG; John; Ann/Agnes married Edward Rice; Joseph born 5/16/1641; Martha born circa 1642, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA married  Samuel HOWE born 10/20/1642 Sudbury Middlesex MA died 4/13/1713 Sudbury married 6/5/1663

Gen Reg of First Settlers of NE: BENT, JOHN, Sudbury, freeman 1640, was one of the proprietors of Marlborough, d at Sudbury 27 Sept 1672. PETER, Sudbury 1656.

E. C. Felton, The English ancestors of John Bent, of Sudbury: "John Bent, the first of the surname in New England, settled in Sudbury, and shared in the first and second divisions of land there in 1639 and 1640. He is said to have been one of Maj. Simon Willard's troopers in the fruitless expedition against Ninigret in October, 1654. His name appears in 1656 as one of the petitioners to the General court for a grant of land which subsequently formed the town of Marlborough. he died in Sudbury, 27 September, 1762, and seems to have been a prosperous and public-spirited man. His descendants settled during the seventeenth century in Marlborough, Framingham and Milton.

Francis Cooke, Early MA & New England Families: "Peter, his oldest son lived upon the land granted to him by John his father. In King Philip's war his houses were burned and Peter's son, Zacheus was killed and scalped by the Indians. Peter then went back to England were he died."

???Pioneers of MA: Blanchard, Blanchar, Blancher, Thomas, Yeoman. from Penton, Hants, Eng., came from London in the Jonathan in 1639; settled at Braintree. Bought lands in Boston and Charlestown of Mr. John Wilson. Rem. to Char. in 1651. He m. in Eng. ___, who died in Eng. He m. 2, widow Agnes (Bent) Barnes, who d. on the passage to N.E.; he m 3, Mary ___. He d. 21 (3) 1654. Will dated 16 (3), prob. 20 (4) 1654, beq to wife Mary; ch. George, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel; gr. ch. Joseph; to the church of Malden. He provided that Benjamin Tompson should be fitted for the University if his parents consent. Widow admin. 3 (4) 1656.

Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 1: Thomas Blanchard immigrant ancestor said to have come from Hampshire England sailed from London in 1639 in the ship Jonathan with several children. There is good authority for the statement that he lived at Penton Hampshire during his youth. He settled first in Braintree Massachusetts where he was living from 1646 to 1650. He bought of Rev John Wilson and his son John Wilson Jr two hundred acres of land with buildings on the south and west sides of the Mystic river in February 1651 and removed to Charlestown in 1651. His first wife died in England. He married second in England Agnes (Bent) Barnes died in 1639 on the passage sister of John Bent who settled in Sudbury Massachusetts. He married third Mary of Noddle's Island in 1663. She died in Charlestown. During the religious controversy in Malden she sided with the orthodox Mr Marmaduke Mathews. The Blanchards lived at what is now Malden. He died May 21 1654. His will dated May 16 proved June 20 1654 bequeathed to wife Mary and children George, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, grandchild Joseph and to the church at Malden and provided that Benjamin Thompson should be fitted for the university Harvard if his parents should consent. His widow died in 1656 and her administrator was appointed June 3 1656. Children 1 Joseph married Mary 2 George born 1622 married a Hills (second) Mary died at Medford March 18 1700 gravestone aged eighty four years. 3 Thomas Jr born 1625 married Ann died February 1651 and his widow married Richard Gardner. 4 Samuel mentioned below. 5 Nathaniel born 1636 married December 16 1658 Susanna Bates removed to Weymouth Massachusetts. 6 Mary born 1639 mentioned in will.

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