Dyer, Dyar, Dier, Dhier, Dyor, Dyre

William Dyer, "an affluent Lincolnshire yeoman" per NEHGR, Vol 151

Spouse: ?

Children: William


William DYER, Captain, milliner, Fishmongers Guild, baptized 9/19/1609 Kirkby Lathrope, county Lincoln, ENG died before 10/24/1677 Newport, Newport, RI; apprenticed in ENG as a Fishmonger; sailed for Boston circa 1635; Portsmouth RI 1638, Newport 1639; he & wife members church of Boston 12/13/1635, disfranchised from First Church of Boston 11/15/1637 for "seditious writing" and removed to RI; one of the signers of the compact of government 3/7/1638

Spouse: (1) Mary BARRETT, the Quaker martyr, born circa 1610 London, London, ENG (speculative) hanged from elm tree in Boston Common  9:00 am 6/1/1660 Boston, Suffolk, MA married 10/27/1633 St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Weestminster, London, ENG (Parish Register "October 27, 1633 Gulielmus Dyer and Maria Barret"); converted to Quakerism on a trip back to ENG, (2) Catharine ? married after 6/1/1660 in Boston Suffolk MA (2) Katherine ___ married c. 1664

Children: William baptized 10/24/1634 St. Martin-in-the-Fields buried there 10/27/1634;  ENG died in Sussex Co. Province of PA, will proved in London 9/4/1690, married (2) Mary ___; Samuel baptized Boston 12/20/1635 Boston Suffolk MA died circa 1678 Kingston, Washington, RI married Anne Hutchinson daughter of Edward Hutchinson and Catherine Hamby, granddaughter of Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson who was banished from Boston for her religious activities;  Daughter premature stillborn & deformed 10/17/1637; Henry born circa 1640 RI died 2/1689-90 Newport Newport RI, indicted for fornication with Elizabeth Brayton,  married Elizabeth Sanford daughter of John Sanford and Elizabeth Spatchurst; William Dyer, Major, born circa 1642 died 1688 Sussex Co. PA (now Delaware) married Mary ____; Mahershallalhashbaz born circa 1643 Boston died before 1670 married Martha Pearce daughter of Richard; Mary born circa 1647  died after 1/26/1678-79 Delaware married Henry Ward gentleman of MD;   Charles born circa 1650 RI died 5/15/1709 Newport Newport RI married Mary ___ (2) Martha Brownell Wait; children by wife (2) Elizabeth born circa 1664 married John Greenman


Charles DYER born circa 1650 RI died 5/15/1709 Newport, Newport, RI; husbandman

Spouse: (1) Mary LIPPETT born 1650 died circa 1690 married circa 1669 Newport probably daughter of John & Rebecca Lippitt (2) Martha Brownell Wait born 5/1/1643 Portsmouth Newport RI died 2/15/1743-44 Portsmouth daughter of Thomas Brownell and Ann Bourne, widow of Jeremiah Wait, married 3/8/1690-91 Newport

Children: of Mary Lippet (1) James born 1669 Little Compton Newport RI died circa 1735 Bucks Co. PA married Elizabeth ? 1696 in Little Compton; William, house carpenter,  born circa 1671 Little Compton executed 4/21/1719 Newport RI for murder of his wife Hannah Briggs daughter of Thomas Briggs and Mary Fisher; Elizabeth born circa 1677 Little Compton died 7/1715 RI married Tristram Hull 2/9/1698-99 son of Joseph Hull and Experience Harper; Charles, blacksmith, born circa 1685 Newport Newport RI, died 1/7/1626-7 Cranston Providence RI, married Mary Lapham 8/26/1709 Dartmouth Bristol MA daughter of John Lapham and Mary Mann; Samuel born circa 1687 Little Compton died 9/15/1767 Newport Newport RI married Desire Slocum 1/19/1709-10 Jamestown Newport RI; John, Captain, born circa 1688 died 9/6/1748 Bristol Bristol RI married Rebecca Jones


John DYER, Captain, born circa 1688 died 9/6/1748 Bristol Bristol RI

Spouse: (1) Sarah Bowerman died circa 1729 married 12/1718 Bristol Bristol RI daughter of Tristram Bowerman (2) Rebecca JONES born circa 1712 Taunton Bristol MA  died 8/20/1738 married 8/15/1734 daughter of Joseph Jones and Lydia Neale (3) Mary Wheeler Reed born 1719 married 4/17/1739 daughter of John Reed and Mary Whitmarsh

Children: of Sarah Bowerman (1): Ebenezer born 4/19/1720 Bristol Bristol RI; Mary born 5/21/1722 Bristol; John born 9/10/1724 Bristol; Sarah born 8/28/1726 Bristol married Benjamin Boyce 5/17/1744 Bristol; Jonathan born 6/28/1729 Bristol married (1) Neila Button 11/13/1783 N. Stonington CT (2) Penelope Button 1/8/1785 Stonington. Children of Rebecca Jones (2) Mary Jones married Joseph Reed 12/29/1744; Rebecca born 10/31/1731 Bristol; Lydia born 5/16/1733 Bristol; Abigail born 2/25/1734-5 Bristol; Jones born 3/13/1736-7 Bristol died between 1810 and 1819 Calais Washington ME married Hannah Herenden; Martha married Nash


Jones DYER born 3/13/1736-7 Bristol Bristol RI died after 1826 Calais Washington ME, settled in Scarborough ME in early 1760s, one of original grantees of Machias ME, Corporal Revolutionary Vet  St. John Expedition & Defense of Machias under Capt. Reuben Dyer with brother [son?], James, one of first permanent resident of Calais, built the first frame house approximately 2 miles below Calais where a small stream flows into the St. Croix River  (per Joseph W. Pehoushek this was on property owned until 1970s by Eben Smith & Cora Glidden Smith a descendant of Dyer) ; "Beginnings," 1875, says his first home was in Calais where the "Alms House" how stands; died after 11/28/1826 Calais

Spouse: Hannah HERENDEN / Herrington / Harrington born 5/15/1741 Smithfield Providence RI died 5/8-11/1836 Calais Washington ME, married 9/27/1761 Smithfield Providence RI; Eastern Democrat, Calais says aged 100 when died

Children: Abigail born circa 1779 christened 9/22/1802 Calais died 12/29/1837 Calais, age 58 per Calais Gazette, married Thomas Hill, a sea captain, after 1790, son of Daniel Hill and Elizabeth Holmes, the first permanent white residents of Calais; Martha (Patty) born circa 1780 died 1817 had illegitimate child by ? Thompson later married Henry Knight; James born between 1761-5 died between 1798-1800 Spragues Falls married Martha Bailey Calais between 1784-5 daughter of Nathaniel Bailey and Martha Emery, their son Samuel in War of 1812; Mary Jones born circa 1766 Calais ME or N.B. died 1856 St. Stephen NB married (1) Ananiah Bohanon (2) William Jackson, a United Empire Loyalist,  before 1790; Stephen born between 1770-5 Machias died after 6/28/1819 married Margaret ? circa 1790; Jones Esq. born 1776 Machias died 1860 Calais, buried Block 49, lot 1, married (1) Lydia Knight daughter of Capt. Jonathan Knight and Mary Atkins (2) Sylvia ? married before 5/1845; owned sloops Challenge & Pilgrim; Nathan born circa 1790 Calais married ? Dyer; John born circa 1770 died before 2/5/1818 Calais; Nancy born circa 1783 died 1852 married Thomas Millbury


Martha (Patty) DYER born after circa 1780 died 1817

Spouse: (1) had illegitimate child by ? THOMPSON (2) married Henry Knight died 7/30/1840, Henry reportedly would not marry her until she gave Francis away to be raised by one of the grandparents. For possible Thompson see  http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jamesdm49&id=I04543 

Children: by (1) Thompson: Francis (Fanny). by (2) Knight: Lydia born 12/29/1804 Calais; Rachel; Hamette born 1/12/1805 Calais died young; Harriet born 1/12/1802 St. Stephen NB; Sophia born circa 1808 Calais christened 2/15/1811 St. Stephen NB; William Henry born circa1810 Calais christened 2/15/1811 St. Stephen; Horatia(o) born 4/27/1812 Calais baptized 1/12/1813 St Stephen; Joel? born Calais c. 1813, removed to Springfield MA, died 1896 per MA death records, parents listed as Thomas W. Knight & Martha Dyer born Calais. Edward born in Calais baptized 4/19/1819 St. Stephen; George Stillman born in Calais christened 4/19/1819 St. Stephen [children by Knight per Joseph Pehoushek]


Frances (Fanny) DYER of Calais Washington ME born 5/22/1794 or 6/4/1795 per Kirk McCall baptism records,  baptized 9/22/1802 Kirk McCall, died 10/4/1887, died and buried in Topsfield Washington ME, age 57 in 1850 Calais Census

Spouse: Samuel SCOTT born 2/7/1786 Machias Washington ME

Children: Temperance born 7/21/1811 10/24/1897 Danforth; Atkins / Adkins Perry farmer, born 8/5/1813 baptized 7/18/1816 Kirk McColl St. Stephen NB, died 2/11/1906 age 93 yr 6 mo 6 da, married Elizabeth Bullock 3/17/1836;  Maria born 10/6/1815 baptized 7/18/1816 Kirk McColl St. Stephen NB, married Joseph Glidden 6/12/1832 Washington Co. [ME Marriages] brother of John Glidden; Lydia born 4/1/1818; Hiram H. born 7/11/1820 Calais; Charles W. born 10/29/1822; Stillman born 3/19/18725;  Harriet born 6/29/1826; Jeremiah Otis born 4/30/1829; Samuel Ezra. [aka Ezra S.] born 7/13/1831, died 6/17/1917, ship carpenter & farmer married Martha James; Martha Elizabeth / Lizzie born 3/30/ 1833 [children per David James]



Pike's Notes, Calais Library: The first 2-storey house was Henry Knights on the site of Wm. Knight's present house. The second was Jones Dyer, at Salmon Falls, still standing 1867. They were erected in 1804-5.

Loyalists to Canada, pg 185; Dyer, Jones. He probably came to the District of Maine from Providence, Rhode Island. He served with the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War. In November 1777, he accompanied Colonel John Allan, Superintendent of the Eastern Indians, and a party of American Patriots, to St. Andrews, where they held a council with the Indians. The following day an attempt was made to capture Allan by inviting him aboard a sloop. Allan suspected the scheme, and instead of going himself sent Jones Dyer of Machias, Louis F. Delesdernier, and four others. All of them were seized as they boarded the craft, which was a Loyalist vessel the Howe, from Halifax. /P/ Around 1784, Jones Dyer and his brother James moved from Machias to Calais. James Dyer lost his life in a drowning accident, but left two daughters and two sons, Samuel and James Dyer, Jr. Jones Dyer became a prominent citizen at Calais and was a town official. It has been said that, for many years, he was the wealthiest man in Calais. His son, Jones Dyer, Jr. married Lydia Knight, daughter of Captain Jonathan Knight. They had fifteen children. James Dyer and Jones Dyer are named in the 1790 census for Washington Co., township #5 (Calais). Loyalists to Canada, pg 195: Francis Norwood was the leader of the Cape Ann Association. In 1784 they settled at the head of Oak Bay on the St. Croix River in St. David Parish, Charlotte County, N.B., on a tract of land called the Wentworth Division. ... Some members of the Cape Ann Association probably were not Loyalists, but emigrated to N.B. for opportunities of settlement in a new land. At that time, Canadian authorities were encouraging settlement in the Passamaquoddy region, probably to strengthen British claims to the territory. pg 196: Names in the Cape Ann Association grant of 10/1/1784 were: Dyer, John ...Hitchings, Amos; Hitchings, David; Hitchings, Josiah; Hitchings, Josiah, Jr. ...

Beginnings by Rev. I.C. Knowlton (1875): In 1784 or the year preceding, James and Jones Dyer came from Machias and settled in Calais. Their original home appears to have been Providence, R.I. James was accidentally drowned in early manhood. He however left four children: James Jr., Samuel now living, Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Westbrook Knight. Jones had been a soldier on the American side in the Revolutionary war. His farm was near that now occupied by William Knight. He was a prominent member of society, and was frequently elected to office in town affairs. His son, Jones Dyer Jr. married Lydia, a daughter of Capt. Jonathan Knight, by whom he had fifteen children. His first home was where the Alms House now stands; his second on Main St, near the foot of Church Ave. Being a man of energy and decided ability, he took an active part in all public affairs, and was for many years the wealthiest man in town. Appendix: Dyer, Jones: came from Machias with his family in 1784. Children were James, Jones Jr., Nathan, Mrs. Thomas (Abigail) Hill, Mrs. William Jackson, Mrs. Henry Knight, all deceased. Jones Jr. married Lydia Knight and their children were Mrs. Maria Sawyer, Thomas; Mrs. Harriet White, L.C. d., Edward S. of Washington Territory; John H. d., Harrison, d.; Mrs. Lydia Kettelle of Boston; Mrs. Sophia Porter, C.C. Dr.; George W. of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Helen Bradbury, A.R., Dr.; Mrs. Josephine Dodge Dr.; the last two of Santa Barbara, California. George W. Dyer, Esq. was a Representative in the Maine Legislature in 1861-2. Information from E. Cumberland ecumberl@gov.nb.ca 

1810 Census Calais Washington ME: Jones Dyer, 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
1810 Census Calais Washington ME: Stephen Dyer, 2 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
1810 Census Calais Washington ME: Jones Dyer Jr., 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 
1820 Census Calais Washington ME: Samuel Dyer 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0  
1820 Census Calais Washington ME:
James Dyer 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1820 Census Calais Washington ME
: Stephen Dyer 2 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 
1820 Census:  Jones Dyer; Town, Township or Plantation: Calais, Washington Co., Maine; Free white males under 10 years: 0. Free white males of 10 and under 16 years: 0. Free white males of 16 and under 18 years: 0. Free white males of 16 and under 26 years, including heads of families: 1. Free white males of 26 and under 45 years, including heads of families: 0. Free white males of 45 years and upwards, including heads of families: 1. Free white females under 10 years: 0. Free white females of 10 and under 16 years: 0. Free white females of 16 and under 26 years, including heads of families: 0. Free white females of 26 and under 45 years, including heads of families: 0. Free white females of 45 years and upwards, including heads of families: 1. Foreigners not naturalized: 0. Number of persons engaged in agriculture: 0. Number of persons engaged in commerce: 0. Number of persons engaged in manufacturing: 0. 

A-CHS Newsletter May 1999: Hand written memoir by either Emma or Mamie Bohanon, daughters of Hiram Bohanon and nieces of Ananiah Jones Bohanan who lived on the South Princeton Road in Alexander "as told to me by Aunt Margaret Whitney, July 1914." Margaret married Henry P. Whitney and was a sister of Hiram and Jones: "Our Revolutionary War ancestor, Jones Dyer, was grandfather Ananiah Bohanon's grandfather; his mother Mary having been the daughter of Jones and Hannah Dyer...Mary Dyer married [Ananiah] Bohanon for her first husband.

Washington Co Marriages page 5: Joseph Gledden of Calais & Maria Scott of same m 6/12/1831 by James Harrington
Vital Records of Calais ME pg 56 Marriage Intentions: Ezra Scott & Martha James both of Calais 12/26/1853

Pioneers of MA pg 148: Dyer, William, mylner (miller) Boston adm chh with wife Marie 13 (10) 1635; frm 3/3/1634-6. He & his wife sympathized with Mrs. Hutchinson in 1638 [W] ch Samuel b 20 (10) 6135. He d in Dorchester 18 (4) 1672 in 93d year

Pioneers on ME Rivers page 287: Dyer, Wlm, planter at Boston 1637, wife Mary executed for her religion 1660; bought land from the Indians at Sheepscot 1663; killed by natives in August 1689; children Christopher the eldest, John born 1648, and Mary who married Samuel son of Joseph Bowler of Cape Porpoise. This is an error as this William was married to Mary Chadbourne per Gen of Maine and New Hampshire.

Gen Register of 1st Settlers of NE: Dyer, Wlm admitted freeman 1636, rem from MA to RI in 1638. Mary Dyer, his wife, became a Quaker, and for "rebellious sedition, and presumptuous obtruding of herself after banishment upon pain of death," was sentenced to be executed but upon the petition of William Dyer, her son, was reprieved on condition that she departed the jurisdiction of MA in 48 hours; and if she returned to suffer the sentence. She returned & was executed 6/1/1660. Hutchinson, Hist MA 184.

Annals of Calais, Maine and St. Stephen NB page 21: In 1784 or the year preceeding, James and Jones Dyer came from Machias and settled in Calais. Their original home appears to have been Providence, RI. James was accidentally drowned in early manhood. He however left four children: James, Jr., Samuel now living, Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Westbrook Knight. Jones had been a soldier on the American side in the Revolutionary war. His farm was near that now occupied by William Knight. He was a prominent member of society, and was frequently elected to office in town affairs. His son, Jones Dyer Jr., married Lydia, a daughter of Capt. Jonathan Knight, by whom he had fifteen children. His first home was where the Alms House now stands; his second, on Main St., near the foot of Church Avenue. Being a man of energy and decided ability, he took an active part in all public affairs, and was for many years the wealthiest man in town.

My Garden of Memory by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Houghton Mifflin 1923: "My father, Robert Noah Smith, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, was educated at Brown University, and took his legal degree at Harvard; but Noah Smith, Jr., my grandfather, removed his family in 1830 to Calais, Maine, with which town, with Machias and its neighboring hamlets, Englishman's River and Carleton Stream, my mother's people, Knights and Dyers, were closely associated. /P/ My mother, Helen Elizabeth Dyer, born in Calais, was the daughter of Jones Dyer, 3d, and Lydia Knight, Jones Dyer, 2d, having been a native of Bristol, Rhode Island, and Jones Dyer, 1st, of "gallant little Wales." My grandfather, Jones Dyer, 3d, is referred to as Jones Dyer, Gentleman, in the old family deeds and papers, while his father is described as Jones Dyer, Yeoman. A man of great individuality and marked business ability was Jones Dyer, Gentleman, who conducted his fortunes so successfully that he was able to retire from business at forty years, and thereafter to wander from place too place, seeking rest for the sole of his foot, the which, apparently, he never found. /P/ My mother, last but one of the fourteen buds on the family tree, and thus the child of her father's later years, recalled him only after his retirement, and described him as an unusually silent and reserved person, and as a furious and omnivorous reader, his "Websterian" head -- for so it was always described -- constantly bent over books and papers. In spite of his apparently adequate family, my grandfather took into his home and cared for two orphan relatives, and, as his aged father and mother were also under his rook, it may well be imagined that my splendid and heroic maternal grandmother was seldom at a loss for occupation. /P/ To his keen business sense, clear reasoning power, and executive ability, Jones Dyer, Gentleman, added, what must have been rare in a man brought up on the outermost edge of things, a distinct sense of the artistic and unusual and the instincts of a collector. Whatever he bought for his family was valuable and beautiful, although his restless removals from place to place often scattered to the winds his various treasures. ... /P/ The grandparental wanderlust descended to his children in full measure, the members of my immediate family, mother, sister, brother, and I, being so possessed with it as to be almost unable to endure life unless the furniture of our rooms is changed in position often enough to make us feel, at least, that we are in a strange place, though Fate may, in fact, chain us at home. /P/ Packets of letters from my mother's sisters, written in their exquisite Italian hands with a life and vigor that throb through the yellowed paper, invariably recount journeys made or planned. 'My trunk is packed and I am waiting for father's sloop, the Challenge, to take me to Philadelphia,' writes Emily. 'When father's ship, the Pilgrim, comes back,' says Joanna, 'he promises that I may go to New Haven to take further music lessons.' 'If father is willing,' writes a married daughter, Harriet, to her mother, 'I could go to Boston on one of his ships and make you a little visit in Charlestown.' And so on and so on, gay, laughing letters from happy girls equally careless and care-free, and well knowing that father's doubloons, if not always his approval, would back their hopes and plans. /P/ The family lived about the time of these letters in a old-fashioned mansion on Town Hill (Calais, Maine), a residence formerly owned by the Honorable Edward Everett, President of Harvard, and, as there were eight daughters growing up under its roof, each one, according to tradition, something of a belle and a beauty, it may well be imagined that, as a misanthropic young uncle once said, 'the Hill was black with beaux day and night!' One of my mother's rare memory-pictures was of her elder sister, Sophia, sitting (perhaps not accidentally!) under the parlor chandelier, its full light shining on her wavy auburn hair, while a bevy of gallants around her rivaled one another in efforts to disentangle the 'kinks' in a long, slender gold chain she always wore about her neck. The impression of this scene as given by my mother implied that the pranks of the chain were not wholly a cause of regret to the lovely Sophia.

Apr 1774 - Jones Dyer of Machias, yeoman, to William Chaloner, of Machias, physician, for 74, 13s. 4d., seven acre lot No 18 in Machias [Lincoln County Deeds 2:82] http://home.att.net/~n.c.hall/Census.html - website removed

NEHGR, Volume 158, January 2004, #629, Pages 27-28. A Brother Found: A Clue to the Ancestry of Mary (Barrett) Dyer, The Quaker Martyr. by Johan Winsser: .  It is now clear that Mary Dyer had a brother...and provides a clue to her true ancestry. In 1634 the Prerogative Court of Canterbury recorded the probate administration of William Barret, which granted the commission jointly to William Dyer of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, fishmonger, and his wife Marie Dyer alias Barret, explicitly described as the sister of William Barret. The following year (1635) William & Mary (Barrett) Dyer settled in Boston. 

The Dutch and Quaker colonies in America: We shall have occasion hereafter to comment upon the peculiar comradeship between Quakers and Roman Catholics which signalized the courts of the last two Stuart kings. We may see an illustration of it in some of James's appointments for New York. Governor Andros was a member of the Church of England. With him was joined as lieutenant governor Anthony Brockholls who was a Roman Catholic disqualified from holding office and in England while the collector of the port was William Dyer formerly secretary of Rhode Island whose Quaker wife had been cruelly hanged on Boston Common in 1660.

Petition of William Dyer to Save his Wife:  Honored Sir It is no little grief and sadness of heart that I am necessitated to be so bold as to supplicate your honorable self with the honorable assembly of your general court to extend your mercy and favor once again to me and my children. Little did I dream that ever I should have had occasion to petition you in a matter of this nature but so it is that through the divine providence and your benignity my son obtained so much pity and mercy at your hands as to enjoy the life of his mother. Now my supplication to your honors is to beg affectionately the life of my wife. Tis true I have not seen her about this half year and there fore cannot tell how in the frame of her spirit she was moved thus again to run so great a hazard to herself and perplexity to me and mine and all her friends and neighbors. So it is from Shell Island about by Pequid Narragansett and to the town of Providence she secretely and speedily journeyed and as secretly from thence came to your jurisdiction. Unhappy journey may I say and woe to that generation say I that gives occasion thus of grief and trouble to those who desire to be quiet by helping one another as I may say to hazard their lives for I know not what end or to what purpose. If her zeal be so great as thus to adventure oh let your favor and pity surmount it and save her life. Let not your fore wonted compassion be conquered by her inconsiderate madness and how greatly will your renown be spread if by so conquering you become victorious. What shall I say more I know you are all sensible of my condition and let the reflect be and you will see what my petition is and what will give me and mine peace. Oh let mercy swings once more soar above justice balance and then whilst I live shall I exalt your goodness. But otherwise twill be a languishing sorrow yea so great that I should rather suffer the blow at once much rather I shall forbear to trouble your honor with words. Neither am I in a capacity to expatiate myself at present. I only say that yourselves have been and are or may be husbands to wife or wives. So am I Yea to one most dearly beloved. Oh do not you deprive me of her but I pray give her me once i inn and I shall be so much obliged forever that I shall endeavor constantly to offer my thanks and render your love and honor most renowned. Pity me I beg it with tears and rest your most humble supplicant. Most honorable sir let these lines by your favor be my petition to your honorable general court at yresent sitting. W DYER

CAPTAIN JOHN UNDERHILL'S COMMISSION. This certifyeth whom it may concerne yt whereas we ye free inhabitants of Providence Plantations haveinge received authoritie and power from the Right honorable ye Counsell of State by authoritie of parliement to do some'g our selves from ye Dutch ye enemie of ye Commenwealth of England as also to assest them as wee shall think nessesarie as also to seize all Dutch vessels or shipps yt shall come within our harbours within our power. And whereas by true information and greate complaint of ye severe condition of many of our cantonments of English natives living on long islend are subjected to by ye double soverince of ye Dutch province at ye manars there and the desperate hazard they are subjected to by ye bloody plottings of ye governor and all show who are decided and declared to have demand in and any ways of ye Indians by bribes and premeses to sett of and destroy ye English natives in those pts by wch exposure one cantonment is put in trouble as quite desperate hazards and in continuel feare to be sett of and murdered unlesse some speddey and defensible remedy is so provided. These pts we consider and as all neighbors by our general asemblie mett the 19th of May 1653. It was agreed and is to remind by ye said asemblie yt it was nessesarie and yt for our owne defence where if ye English there should be attacked or sett of wee could nott long enjoy our stations chosen as before we have thought it necessarie both to defend our selves and so sustain them to give. And wee hereby give by virtue of our authoritie provided us before full power and au thoritie to Capt William Dyer and Capt John Underhill to take all Dutch ships and vessels as shall come into their power and so to defend themselves from ye Dutch and all enemies of ye Commonwealth of England. And doe further think it necessarie yt they offende ye Dutch offer all inducements also to take them by indulgence and to prevent ye efusion of blood provided also yt noe violence be given nor noe detriment sus tayned to them it shall submit to ye Commonwealth of England wch being wch authority thou thus may offende them at ye Expedition of Capt William Dyer and Capt John Underhill who by devise and counsell of three councellors one of wch councellors desentinge have power to bring ye same to conformitie to ye Commonwealth of England provided yt ye states yt so provide and all vessells taken be brought into ye harbour at Newport and accordinge to ye law to shew before and ye states yt further provided also yt these seized and authorized by us doe give account of theire proceedings to ye sd Court and assistants of ye Colenie and accordingly provide further instructions to order theire asignes by ye P'dent and assistants aforesaid. It is further provided yt Capt John Underhill is constituted Commander in Chief upon ye lands and Captain William Dyer Commander in Chief at ye sea yett to joyne in Counsell to be assisted both to other for ye preparings of ye severall seizures for the honor of ye Commonwealth of England in wch they are employed. Given under ye Scale of ye Coleny of Providence Plantations this ye Psent 27th of May 1653. P me Will Lytherland Generall Recorder

Rhode Island by Richman: An opportunity for testing the merit of the foregoing act soon presented itself. Early in 1657 Anne Burden and Mary Dyer arrived in the Bay from England. The former for some time a Quakeress came to collect certain debts due the estate of her deceased husband and the latter to pass on to Rhode Island where dwelt her husband William Dyer. In 1652 when Dyer went to England as assistant to John Clarke he had been accompanied or preceded by his wife Mary. While abroad Mistress Dyer had permitted her Antinomianism to merge in Quakerism and she had remained in England probably engaged in evangelistic work some years after the return of her husband to Newport. She and Anne Burden therefore were legitimate prey to the late statute. Mistress Burden was imprisoned and harshly treated while Mistress Dyer was given in charge of William Dyer on his binding himself in a heavy sum to remove her out of Massachusetts without lodging her in any town during the transit and without permitting her to have speech with any person.

The Encyclopedia Americana: DYER or DYAR Mary American martyr d Boston 1 June 1660. She was a victim to the persecution which befell the Quakers in the early history of Massachusetts. She and her husband William Dyer came to Boston from London in 1635 but were forced to retire to Rhode Island in 1638. She was again in England from 1652 to 1657 where she became a convert to Quakerism. She came to New Haven in 1657 but was expelled therefrom in the following year. The government of Massachusetts by a statute excluded Quakers from the bounds of that colony and sentenced to death any one of that sect who should be guilty of a second visit there. The statute was little regarded or rather was construed as an invitation instead of a menace by the enthusiastic and devoted believers against whom it was directed. Mary Dyer had departed from the jurisdiction of the magistrates upon the enactment of the law but soon after returned on purpose to test its legality. She was arrested went willingly to prison and there wrote a remonstrance in which she denounced the injustice of the proceedings. She received sentence of death and with a rope around her neck witnessed the execution of her friends Robinson and Stephenson and then was banished from the colony. Seven months later she returned and for exciting rebellious sedition was publicly hanged on Boston Common. Consult Jones The Quakers in the American Colonies New York 1911 and Rogers Mary Dyer the Quaker Martyr Providence 1896.

Some Records of the Dyers: Pocasset was the Indian name of the place where the first English settlement upon Aquidneck was established. Ten coats and twenty hoes were given to the resident Indians to vacate the lands and five fathoms of wampum were paid to the local sachem. Before leaving Providence this civil compact was drawn up and signed 7th day of the 1st month March 1688. We whoso names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves selves into a body politic and as he shall help will submit our persons lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His holy word of truth to be guided and judged thereby Exodus xxiv 3 4 II Chron xL 3 II Kings ii 1Y. Its signers were William Coddington. John Clarke. William Hutchinson. John Coggcshall .Wm Aspin Wall. Samuel Wilbore. John Porter. John Sanford .Edward Hutchinson Jr. Thomas Savage, William Dyre, William Freeborne, Philip Shearman, John Walker, Richard Carder, Wm Baulstoue, Edward Hutchinson Sr, Henry Bull. The names of Roger Williams and Randall Holden appear as witnesses I On that day William Dyre was chosen the first clerk of the colony. He was also chosen clerk when Newport was settled in 1639. Upon consolidation of the towns into Providence Plantation in Narragansett Bay in New England in 1647 he was General Recoorder in 1648 he was Clerk of Assembly and in  1650 Attorney General. These official positions show the high estimation in which he was evidently held. year after the settlement at Pocasset the colony had increased so greatly that a division was deemed expedient. A meeting was held at which the following agreement was entered into by the signers by whom  the settlement of Newport was commenced on the southwest side of the island. Pocasset on the 28th of the 2nd 1639. It is agreed by us whose hands are underwritten to propagate a plantation in the midst of the island or elsewhere and doe engage ourselves to bear equall charges answerable to our strength and estates in common and that our determination shall be by major voice of judge and elders the judge to have a double voice. Present William Coddington Judge, Nicholas Gaston, John Coggeshall, Wm Breton, John Clarke, Jeremy Clerke, Thomas Hazard, Henry Bull, Elders; William Dyre Clerk.  //P//  The sons of William and Mary Dyre were Samuel, William, Henry, Mahershal alhashbaz, and Charles. The following record shows that there were at least two daughters. July 25 670 Samuel and Henry Dyre bind themselves to their father William Dyre to pay to their sister, eldest daughter of William, 100 within three years after the death of their father and to Elizabeth Dyre, second daughter of William ,the sum of 40 when eighteen years of age.

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols. Volume 5. page 125. Dyer, Jonas (also given Jones). Corporal, Capt. Reuben Dyer's co.; enlisted July 29, 1777; discharged Dec. 6, 1777; service, 4 mos. 7 days, travel included; company raised for an expedition against St. Johns, Nova Scotia, and continued in service at and for defence of Machias; also, certificate dated Machias, Dec. 12, 1777, signed by Capt. Reuben Dyer, stating that Capt. Stephen Smith, Muster Master for Lincoln Co., paid said Jones Dyer and other men in Capt. Dyer's co., the bounty allowed them for engaging to serve on the expedition against St. Johns. Volume 5. page 125. Dyer, Jonas (also given Jones). Sergeant, Capt. Stephen Smith's co., Col. Benjamin Foster's (Lincoln Co.) regt.; discharged Oct. 10, 1777; service, 18 days, at Machias when British ships lay in the harbor; also, Capt. Stephen Smith's co., Col. Benjamin Foster's regt.; service between Dec. 4, 1778, and Jan. 4, 1779, 3 days, at Machias; also, detachment from 6th Lincoln Co. regt. under Lieut. John Scott; service between Aug. 31, 1779, and Nov. 20, 1779, 10 days, at Machias.  

Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in District of Columbia: has Joseph Dyer 1653-1704 and Hannah (Baxter) Dyer as parents of  Capt. John Dyer.  and as parents of Capt. John - THOMAS DYER 1612 1676 and Agnes (Reed) Dyer __-1667. //  Jones Dyer 1737 1831 of Bristol Rhode Island served through French War under Colonel Rogers and others, was a private on Expedition to Louisbourg and on the Expedition against the Indians on Lake Champlain which destroyed an Indian town. 

www.familysearch.org  (1 The following is an entry in the Diaries of Richard Vose Hayden of Robbinston, Maine: September 15, 1845: "Nathaniel Brooks & family, John Farson & family, &Nathan Dyer & family are all going to Wisconsin. They go from here toNew York in Brigg Belle, George Vose Captn., & will probably sail toniteas they are only waiting for a wind." (sent by Steve Robbins 1/25/2001) He died after 1830 but before 1875. The 1830 Calais census shows Nathan(b. 1790-1800), his wife (b. 1800-10), and children: one boy born 1825-30, one boy born 1820-25, and one girl born 1820-25. He was an immediate neighbor to Samuel Dyer [P28] and James Dyer Jr. [P29] -- bothsons of James Dyer, and Nathan's two cousins. After 1830 he moved away from Calais (see above) Probably the Nathan Dyer who sold land in Calais to Jones Dyer Junior for$1000. On the same day Jones Dyer Junior sold Nathan Dyer the same piece of land for $1000. Land was northwesterly of a lot marked "James Dyer's heirs" upon the plan and numbered 25, and southeasterly by land formerlyowned by Stephen Dyer junior lot numbered 24 and marked "Jones Dyer" upon the plan - on 28 Nov 1826. The deed from Nathan to Jones additionallystates "Provided nevertheless, that if the said Nathan Dyer his heirs executors or administrators pay to the said Jones Dyer Junior his heirs executors administrators or assigns the sum of three hundred & thirteen dollars payable in three equal annual payments the first payment to bemade in one year from date with interest annually. And also take theparents of the said Jones Dyer Junior & support them in sickness & in health from the date of these presents for and during their natural lives& furnish them with good and comfortable food & clothing also with a good& comfortable room & bed room bed & bedding for their sole use and in all respects to take such care of them as to render them comfortable during their natural lives free of expense to said Dyer then this deed, and also a certain note of hand bearing even date with these presents, given by the said Nathan Dyer to the said Jones Dyer Junior to pay the sum of three hundred and thirteen dollars at the times aforesaid shall be void, otherwise shall remain in full force." ........ (Sig) Nathan Dyer[Wash. Co. Deeds, 17:201 & 17:202] Sources (1)Descendants of Jones Dyer, Senior Joseph W Pehousek, Punta Gorda, Fl. Citing This Record"Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/S52M-3LW : accessed 2013-03-21), entry for Nathan /Dyer/. Jones Dyer of Machias yeoman to William Chaloner of Machias physician for 74, 13s, 4d seven acre lot No 18 in Machias, April 1774. Vol 2, Folio 82. Dyer information per  oseph W. Pehoushek joepeh@comcast.net http://www.pehoushek.com/ Jones Dyer > Mary Jones Dyer/William Jackson: Milton Thornton mthorn@midmaine.com 

New England Families by Cutter:  The Dyer family is one of historic interest in the annals of the commonwealth and earlier colony of Rhode Island, and it has been one of wealth and influence as well prominent in public affairs and in the industrial and mercantile life of the state. I William Dyer the ancestor of all of the name in Rhode Island was a native of London England where he followed the occupation of milliner and dealer in dry goods. He emigrated to this country settling in Boston Massachusetts in December 1635 from whence he removed to Portsmouth Rhode Island where on March 7 1638 he signed a compact for a form of government. On April 28 1639 he with eight others signed a compact for the settlement of Newpor, and on June 5 1639 he with three others were apportioned land. He was secretary for the towns of Portsmouth and Newport for the years 1640, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47; general recorder in 1648; attorney general in 1650, 51, 52, 53; commissioner in 1661, 62; deputy in 1664-66; general solicitor in 1665, 66, 68. He married first Mary Dyer who died May 31 1660 having suffered martyrdom with three others on Boston Common on account of her religious faith. He married second Catharine who died in 1687. He died in 1677. Children by first wife 1 Samuel born 1635 died 1678 was of Newport and Kingstown Rhode Island married Ann Hutchinson born November 17 1643 died January 10 1717; 2 Mary; 3 William collector of customs at New York receiving his appointment from the duke of York in 1674; 4 Mahershallalhoshbaz Maher married Martha Pearce born September 13 1645 died February 24 1744, he died 1670; 5 Henry born 1657 died February 1690 married Elizabeth Sanford; 6 Charles of whom further; 7 Elizabeth. II Charles Dyer son of William and Mary Dyer born 1650 died May 15 1709, He married first Mary, second Martha Brownell Wait widow of Jeremiah Wait and daughter of Thomas and Ann Brownell born in May 1643 died February 15 1744. Children 1 James; 2 William died April 21 1719 married Hannah Briggs born May 1 1676 died February 13 1719; 3 Elizabeth married February 9 1699 Tristram Hull died in 1719; 4 Charles of whom further; 5 Samuel born 1686 died September 15 1767 married January 19 17 10 Desire Slocum born March 12 1688 died September 3 1760 daughter of Ebenezer and Mary Thurston Slocum.  III Charles 2 Dyer son of Charles 1 and Mary Dyer was of Newport Rhode Island, Dartmouth Massachusetts, and Providence Rhode Island. He purchased in 1718 a house and one hundred and thirteen acres of land in Providence also several other parcels of land. In 1735 land was deeded by his widow to his son John Dyer sixty acres and dwelling house in Anshautatuck Neck. Charles Dyer was a blacksmith by trade. He married August 26 1709 Mary Lapham born October 5 1686 daughter of John and Mary Mann Lapham. Children Mary Elizabeth Charles Samuel John of whom further William Thomas Charles Dyer died January 7 1727 His widow married second November 21 1734 John Colvin IV Deacon John Dyer son of Charles 2 and Mary Lapham Dyer was born in 1719 and died January 3 1801 He married November 23 1738 Freelove Williams born in 1719 died April 1775 a direct descendant of Roger Williams Children Freelove born July 5 1748 married Elisha Harris John of whom further Anthony born June 23 1743 married Sarah Bishop Lydia born December 20 1758 married Andrew Brown      

Jones Dyer. MA Corporal. Birth 3/13/1736 Bristol Co. MA, Death Post 11-28-1826 Calais Washington ME. MA Sols & Sails, Vol 5, P 125. 1) Expedition to St. John, Defense of Machias, Capt Reuben Dyer. #694954, 694953, 918492 child Mary spouse Ananiah Bohanon Sr. 

Parish Register "October 27, 1633 Gulielmus Dyer and Maria Barret" NEHGR, Vol 94 7/1940

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