Wythe / Wise

Wise / Wyeth / Withe / Wisse / Wyes / Wythe

Benjamin  WISE / WYETH Harkstead, Suffolk, sailor, will dated 1/7/1601-2 proved 5/7/1602

Spouse: Joan relic 1602, possibly Em Janings married 5/9/1586, and a first wife

Children: Humphrey; Margaret; Alice; Dorothy; Elizabeth

 

Humphrey / Humfry WYTHE of Woolverstone, Suffork ENG, mariner,  born by 1591, settled Ipwich MA 1635, died by 4 March 1638/9

Spouse: Susan PAKEMAN married 8 April 1616 Nacton, Suffolk,  daughter of Christopher;  she married (2) Samuel Greenfield 3/26/1639

Children: Margaret baptized Nacton 19 Jan 1616-7, buried 9 June 1626 Woolverstone;  Mary born circa 1618, died 29 May 1706 Hampton age 88, married Abraham Perkins; Susanna  born circa 1620 married Isaac Perkins brother of Abraham below; died 1699 Newcastle DEL;  Abigail baptised 5/30/1622 Woolverstone married Thomas Jones & Thomas Chadwell; Emme baptised 9/30/1624 Woolverstone, buried 9/28/1625 Woolverstone; Sarah married David Wheeler 5/11/1650; Anne baptized 10/18/1632 Woolverstone, married William Taylor & George Pearson; Benjamin baptized 12/15/1626 Woolverstone, 1639 apprentice of Abraham Perkins; Joseph baptised 9/4/1634 Woolverstone

 

Mary WISE born circa 1618; died 5/29/1706 Hampton age 88

Spouse: Abraham PERKINS born circa 1613 died 8/31/1683 aged 70, one of the first settlers in Hampton NH 1638, freeman 5/13/1640, will proved 9/18/1683

Children: Mary baptized 12/15/1639 married Giles Fifield; Abraham born 9/2/1639, slain by the Indians 6/13/1677, married Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Sleeper; Luke born 1641, died 3/20/1710, married 3/9/1663 Hannah (Long) Cookery; Humphrey born 1/23/1642 (died young); James born 4/11/1644, died young; Timothy born 7/1646 (died young); James born 10/5/1647, married Leah Coxe; Jonathan born 5/30/1650, married Sarah ___; David born 2/28/1653-4, of Bridgewater, married Elizabeth Brown of Beverly (2) Martha Howard; Abigail born 4/12/1655, married Deacon John Folsom; Timothy born 6/24/1657; Sarah born 7/26/1659 unmarried 1683; Humphrey born 5/17/1661, married Martha Moulton


The Great Migration: Humphrey Wythe. Origin: Woolverstone, Suffolk. Migration: 1635 (based on landholding at Ipswich in 1635 [ITR[). First Residence: Ipswich. Estate: In the October 1635 record of land granted at Ipswich, "Thomas Booreman" held 50 acres abutted by "Mr. Wythe on the southeast" [ITR]. The town of Ipswich granted to "Humphrey Wyth in the year 1636, a houselot, one acre of ground, lying on the south side the Town River ... also si acres of planting ground on the south side of Heartbreak Hill ..., also for a farm one hundred acres of land, more or less, as it lyeth on the south side of a creek called Labor-in-vain" [ITR].  On 4 Mar 1638[/9], "whereas Samuell Greenfield now of this town of Ipswich, husbandman, being lawfully possesed of all the lands formerly granted to Humphry Wyth, deceased, by marriage of Susan late wife of the said Humphry Wyth, now the said Samuell Greenfield, together with the consent of his said wife, hath sold unto Thomas Emerson of this town of Ipswich, also husbandman, all that parcel of land formerly granted the foresaid Humphry Wyth for a farm, lying on the south side of the great creek called the Labor-in-vain ... being one hundred acres more or less" [ITR[.  On 13 Mar 1638/9, the "court of Ipswich had order to examine & settle all things belonging to the estate of Humfrey Wisse, & also for the land, sold & unsold" [MBCR 1:254].  On 26 Mar 1639, "whereas Humfry Wise died lately at Ipswich inttestate and Samuel Greenfeild late of Salem hath since married with his widow and taken into his possession the lands, goods and chattels of the said Humfry Wise deceased, & that without any legal order for his so proceeding, information hereof being given to the General Court at Boston, and that he had sold the land & some of the goods, the said court declared the said sales to be void and by order of court full power was given to the court here at Ipswich to hear & determine all things concerning said estate, to grant administration of the goods and chattels to whom they saw cause, to sell the land & divide it in portions to the widow & children of the said Humfry Wise, as in their discretion they thought meet. Whereupon this court caused the said Samuel Greenfield & Susan his wife to deliver into court an inventory of the lands, goods & chattels that the said Humfry Wise died seized of, and it doth appear thereby that his whole estate (his debts being paid) amounted to the sum of about one hundred and forty pounds & that he left a wife & five children, Benjamin, Joseph, (Emme], Sarah and Ann, besides some that were married and had received their portions, hereupon this said court granted administration of the said goods & chattels to the said Samuell Greenfeild and (with his consent) sold the said home & houselot of an acre and a planting lot of six acres with the appurtenances to William Fellows, for the sum of twenty pounds, as also the farm of one hundred and twenty acres of land more or less to Thomas Emerson for the sum of fourscore pounds and sch other sales of cattle & goods that the said Samuell Greenfeild had made this court allowed of, grnating him to enjoy all the money that he hath received for whatsoever he hath sold in consideration whereof the said Samuel Greenfeild hath bound himself in the sum of one hundred & twenty pounds to bring up the said five children ... till the sons shall attain the age of one and twenty years & the daughters of eighteen years of age and to give the eldest son a cow calf when it shall be weanable & which is already calved & twenty pounds in money when he shall be one & twenty years old, to the second son he is to gibe twenty marks at the same age & to the three daughters ten pounds apiece when they shall severally attain the age of eighteen years ... and for the further securing the children's portions, the said Samuel Greenfeild hath made over & delivered to George Gittings & Richard Lumpkyn (who are chosen overseers for the children) 2 cows ... and whereas there is thirty pounds (being part of the money the farm was sold for) yet remaining in the hands of Thomas Emerson, at the request of the said Thomas and wth the consent of the said Samuel, it was ordered that the said thirty pounds should remain in the hands of the said Thomas Emerson till the first of the third month in the year 1640, who is then to pay in the said money to the overseers ... the principal to be preserved for part of the children's portions. And it is agreed that Benjamin the eldest son shall have ten pounds thereof to be paid him when he shall be one & twenty years old & the remainder to be equally divided betwixt the other four. And further it was agreed aat the said court, with the consent of the said Samuel Greenfeild and Susan his wife, that Benjamin Wise eldest son of the said Humfry Wise deceased shall be with Abraham Perkins of Hampton as an apprentice, and him to serve for the space of seven years from the 20th day of September last past" [ILR 1:1-2; EPR 1:11].  /// Birth: By about 1591 (based on date of marriage).  Death: By 4 Mar 1638/9 [ILR].  Marriage: Nacton, Suffolk, 8 Apr 1616 Susan Pakeman [TAG 68:217, 224]. She married by 1639 Samuel Greenfield {1637, Salem} [GDMNR 288].  Children:  i. Margaret Wythe, bp. Nacton 19 Jan 1616/7 [TAG 68:217]; bur. Woolverstone, Suffolk, 9 June 1626 [TAG 68:217].  ii. Mary Wythe, b. about 1618 (d. Hampton 29 May 1706 aged eighty-eight years [HampVR 1:121]); probably m. by about 1637 Abraham Perkins {1639, Hampton} (two eldest known children, not described as twins, bp. Hampton 15 Dec 1639 [HampVR 1:3]; seee Comments below).  iii. Susanna Wythe, b. say 1620; m. by an unknown date John Bursley of Hampton and Exeter [GDMNH 122-23] (see Comments below).  iv. Abigail Wythe, bp Woolverstone 30 May 1622 [TAG 68:217]]; m. (1) by 1639 Thomas Jones {1637, Newbury} (only child bp Hampton 29 Oct 1639 [HampVR 1:3]) [GDMNH 388, 773]; m. (2) after 1666 Thomas Chadwell [GDMNH 134].  v. Emme Wythe, bp. Woolverstone 30 Sep 1624 [TAG 68:217[; bur. there 28 Sep 1625.  vi. Benjamin Wythe, bp. Woolverstone 15 Dec 1626 [TAG 68:217]; on 26 Mar 1639, the court ordered that "Benjamin Wise eldest son to the said Humfry Wise deceased shall be with Abraham Perkins of Hampton as an apprentice, and him t serve for the space of seven years from the 20th day of September last past" [ILR 1:2; EPR 1:11] on 27 May 1649, "Samewell Grenfeld, late of Exeter sold to Edward Colcord of Hamton, all his upland, marsh, meadow and commonage granted to him or due to him from the town of Hamton, except that part which said Grenfeld had sold to Thomas Joones or Benjeman Wiss" [EQC 2:378]; no further record.  vii. Emme Wythe, born say 1628; on 26 Dec 1649 "William Howard and Mary Perkins deosed that a bill was due to Em Wise or Wyth, daughter of the wife of Samuell Greenfeld, that Greenfeld altered it, putting in his name instead of that of his daughter-in-law, and assigned it to Joseph Armitage. Continued to the next county court at Boston in charge of forgery, the court being informed that he was in the prison at Boston" [EQC 1:182]; possibly m. Richard Carle of Dover and Kittery [GDMNH 128] (see Comments below).  viii. Sarah Wythe b. say 1630; m. Newbury 11 May 1650 David Wheeler, son of John Wheeler [Annis Spear Anc 133-35].  ix. Ann Wythe, bp. Woolverstone 18 Oct 1632 [TAG 68:217]; on 25 March 1648, "Ann Wise" witnessed a document made by "John Busly" of Exeter [Aspinwall 212]; m. (1) by about 1654 William Taylor ("she deposed in 1714 about her first husband 60 years before" [GDMNH 537, source not cited]) [GDMNH 685]; m. (2) Exeter 2 Apr 1677 George Pearson [NHPP 40:440; Putnam's Mag, New Series, 5:134].   x. Joseph Wythe, bp. Woolverstone 4 Sep 1634 [TAG 68:217]; perhaps the "Jo, -yfe" who witnessed for Samuel Greenfield on 24 Apr 1639 [EQC 1:167]; on 26 Mar 1650, "Joseph With being committed to Georg[e] Gittens for his disposal the court orders that if Edward Gillman doth not within one month make it appear that he hath a right to him, then the said Georg[e] Gittens to bind him forth to some trade in this town" 
[EQCD 9:19, EQC 1:188 (abstract of original)]; no further record. //P// Associations: Humphrey Wythe and his family resided in the late 1620s and early 1630s resided in Woolverstone, Suffolk, where the minister was Timothy Dalton {1637, Dedham} [GDMNH 180-81]. Comments: The evidence for the marriages of some of the daughters of Humphrey Wythe is not as strong as we might like. The probate preceedings for Humphrey Wythe stated on 256 March 1639 that "he left a wife & five children, Benjamin, Joseph, Em[me], Sarah and Ann, besides some that were married and had received their portions" [ILR 1:1], implying that we are looking for at least two children, in addition to the five named here, who had already married by 1639. We note first that the two sons named abobe left only a handful of records in New England, and evidently died young, unmarried and without issue. Furthermore, there is no evidence for any older sons of Humphrey Wythe, so we are searching for two or more daughters who had married by 1639.  //P// ,,, ,,, ,,, //P//  We have now identified two daughters who had married by 1639 - Susanna and Abigail. There is evidence for one more. Abraham Perkins of Hampton had a wife named Mary, but Mary Lovering Holman did not identify her parentage [Pillsbury Anc 1:339].  However, Noyes, Libby and Davis noted that Abraham Perkins named two sons Humphrey and that Benjamin Wythe was put to service to Abraham Perkins, and stated that Mary "may have been" daughter of Humphrey Wythe [GDMNH 541]. Thi conslusion is strengthened by the fact that "at Charlestown, 3 Apr 1654 he [Thomas Jones] and Giles Fifield were bondsmen for young Luke Perkins," a son of Abraham [GDMNH 388, source not cited].  Note that there is a gap in the known baptisms of the children of Humphrey Wythe between 1617 and 1622, and that the proposed daughters Mary and Susanna would fit neatly in this gap.  This leaves the younger daughter Emme, unmarried in 1639. She was certainly alive and still unmarried in 1649, as noted above [EQC 1:182]. On 29 Aug 1655, the "grand jury do present Richard Carll for a fame for suspicion of too much familiarity with John Busly's wife having been presented the last year. He [is[ sentenced by this court not to lie in her house in the night time except some woman or girl above seven years old be in bed with her in the penality of the forfeiture of five pounds" [NHPP 40:114-15]. In spite of this, Noyes, Libby and Davis oted an interesting possibility: "If Em - Amie, he perhaps married her [Bursley's wife] sister Em Wyeth....His wife was Amie in 15681, with a daughter Amie married to Samuel Knight" [GDMNH 128].  Bibliographic Note: In 1993 Clifford L. Stott presented evidence for the English origin of this immigrant, identified his wife and prepared a genealogiccal summary of the family [TAG 68:216-24].

 

THE ENGLISH ANCESTRY OF HUMPHREY1AND SUSAN (PAKEMAN) WYTHE OF IPSWJCH, MASSACHUSETTS 
By Clifford L. Stott: Humphrey1 Wythe or Wyeth {sometime Wise) is first mentioned in New England records  in 1636~ when he was granted a house lot in Ipswich, Massachusetts, containing one acre. He also received six acres of planting ground on the south side of "Heartbreake Hill" and a one-hundred.acre farm at "Labour in vayne" (The Ancient Records of the Town of Ipswich [Ipswich, Man.~ 1899]~ unpaginated). He died soon afterward. No record of his death has been found; but on 13 March 1638/9, the General Court ordered the Ipswich court to "examine & settle all things belongings to tbe estate of Humfrey Wiffe & also for the land, sould & unsould" (Natahaniel B. Shurtleff; ed ~ Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 5 vols. in 6 [Boston~ 1853-54), 1:254]. /// Humphrey's widow Susan soon married Samuel1 Greenfield of Salem. On 26 March 1639, the Ipswich court ordered the Greenfields to deliver an inventory of Huphrey Wythe's estate, which amounted to 140. Samuel Greenfield was appointed administrator. Five minor children are mentioned in the estate papers: Benjamin, eldest son,: Joseph, Em, Sarah, and Ann. Married children are mentioned in the record, but they are left unnamed. (The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, 3 vols. [Salem, Mass., 1916-20], 1:11.)  Daughters who had married by 1639 were Abigail, Susanna, and apparently MarySamuel Greenfield removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1639 and from there to Exeter in 1641. He is last of record in 1649 (Syhil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire [Portland, Maine, 1928-39], hereafter Gen. Dict. Maine & N.H., 288, 773). Although the New England record of the Wythe family is brief, Humphrey and Susan have an extensive posterity through several of their daughters. /// An important clue to the English origin of the Wythe family is found in a deed deposited in the Ipswich (England) Public Library. On 31 December 1632, John Cooke of Shotley, county Suffolk, husbandman, sold five acres of land in the parish of Woolverstone, to Humphrey Wythe of Woolverstone, mariner (Merton Taylor Goodrich, "Whence Come William Goodrich of Watertown? " TAG 43[1967]:47). /// The parish registers of Woolverstone, Suffolk, contain the following Wythe entries (Family History Library [FHL], Salt Lake City, film #919,639):  Baptisms: 30 May 1622 Abigal daughter of Humfrie Wyth; 30 Sept 1624 Emme dauaghter of Humfrye Wyth; 15 Dec 1626 Beniamen son of Humfry Wyth; 18 Oct 1632 Anne daughter of Umpherie Wyth; 4 Sep 1634 Joseph son of Hymphery Wyth. Burials: 28 Sep 1625 Emma Wyth; 9 June 1626 Margery Wyth. The names and ages of the children in the above five baptisms are a near perfect match with the children of Humphrey Wythe of Ipswich MA. These baptisms clearly document four of the eight known children of the New England emmigrent. The Wythes may havee been followers of the Rev. Timothy Dalton, minister of Woolverstone, later of Hampton, New Hampshire. Dalton had been the incumbent at Woolverstone from at least 1618 until his suspension in April 1636, about the time that the Wythes made their appearance in MA. (Gen. Dict, Maine & NH, 180-81.)..  The marriage of Humphrey Wythe to Susan Pakeman and the baptism of another, previously unknown daughter were found in the parish registers of Nacton, county Suffolk (FHL. film #919,625). Nacton lies directly across the River Orwell from Woolverstone.  Marriage: 8 April 1616 Humfrey Wythe and Susan Pakeman. Baptism: 19 Jan 1616[/17] Margery daughter of Humfrey and Susan Wythe.  In a search of the surrounding parishes, some additional material of interest was located.  Holbrook, Suffolk, parish register (moderrn transcript, FHL film #991,940): Marriage: 9 May 1586 Benjamin Withe and Em Janinges.  Baptism: 23 March 1565 [/6] Richard and John the sons of Thomas Janinges.  Freston, Suffolk, parish registers (FHL film #919,572):  Marriage 25 Jan 1541 Edmond Orby otherwise Jannyngs and Anna Rolfe single persons.  29 Sept 1606 Thomas Bishoppe and An Withe.  Baptisms: 22 Nov 1542 Alys dau. of Edmond Jannyngs; 7 Aug 1547 Amye dau of Edmond Jannyings; 12 July 1562 John son of Thomas Jannyngs and bur. the 8 of Aug.;; 12 July 1562 Elisabeth dau. of Thomas Jannings.  Through probate records, the Wythe family was traced to the nearby parish of Harkstead, Suffolk, which almost borders Woolverstone on the 

The American Genealogist: ... Of particular interest is the will of Benjamin Withe of Harkstead, Suffolk, sailor, dated 7 Jan 1601[/2].  //P// ...I make my wife and my sonne Humfrey my full executor and my wife to have the whole doinge with all my landes and Tennements so long as she is knowne to be Benjamen Withes widow paying to my son Humfrey five pounds a year after he cometh to one and twentie years of age. And also I will that my wife shall give to my two daughters that be married five pounds apiece Margaret and Alce and each of them a kowe [illegible] the kowe which her husband now hathe and the other kowe that is at layest I will that my daughter Margrett shall have. And my will is that my wife do pale this tean pounds to my twoe daughters [illegible] after my deathe. Item I give to my son Humfrey my house and lands in Harkstede and one house in Araton [ie, Erwarton] called Newportes the which now John Harvie dwelleth in and as faor my other house the w[hi]ch [Rydland?] dwelleth in I will it to be sowled and parted betwene my fower daughters Margaret Alce Dorothie and Elizabethe equallie parted between them fower.  And I will that my sonne Humfrey do pale my two younger daughters Dorothie and Elizabeth twenty pounds of lawful English money and is to be paide at nintene years of age and the one to be the others heire yf the one die before she comes of age this seventhe of January one thousand six hundred and one.  Witness John Anngell Witness Simon Lowe per me John Winterfflud. Proved 7 May 1602; Joanne, the relict, and Humfrey Withe, son, executors. (Perogative Court of Canterbury 34 Montague.) //P// There are several reasons for accepting Benjamin as the father of Humphrey Wythe. Harkstead is very close to Woolverstone and but five miles from Nacton. Both Benjamin and Humphrey made their living from the sea. Benjamin was a sailor; Humphrey was a mariner.  Benjamin is probably identical with the Benjamin Withe who married Em Janings at Holbrook on 9 May 1586. Humphrey Wythe named children Benjamin and Em [Emme]. However, it is most likely that Benjamin had a wife prior to Emme, as he had two married daughters by 1602. It is unfortunate that the parish registers of Harkstead are lost prior to 1654. //P// The father of Benjamin is probably another Humphrey Wythe, who died intestate at Harkstead on 19 Oct 1567. His estate was administered by his widow Rose (Archdeaconry Court of Suffolk, A27/1/94).  Although proof is lacking that Benjamin was a son of Humphrey Wythe (died 1567), the repetition of the given name Humphrey in the family of Benjamin, their residence in Harkstead, chronlogical factors, and the lack of other candidates in the area present a strong case for such a relationship. The Wythes of Harkstead are possibly a branch of the armorial family of Wythe of Framsden and Eye in central Suffolk, where the family is prolific. Neverless, an examination of extant wills in the archdeaconry courts and the Prerogative Court of Canterbury has not found any link to this family of Wythes.  [[ It seems to me that Benjamin must have had three wifes: the wife prior to Em, Em and Joanne who is listed as the relic in Benjamin's will; that is, unless Em is also Joanne. keh]]

New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley: Wise/Wyeth? Humphrey (-1638) & Susan/Susannah (Tidd)? m/2 Samuel Greenfield; b. 1626, b. 1634, b. 1610; Ipswich


History of Bridgewater: Abraham Perkins was one of the first settlers in Hampton NH. He was made a freeman 5/13/1640. He was a man of good education, an excellent penman, and much employed in town business. He died 8/31/1683 aged about 72. His widow Mary died 5/29/1706 aged 88. His will of 8/22/1683 was proved 9/18/1683. In it he names wife & sons Jonathan, Humphrey, James, Luke & David; to the last two he gave 5 shillings each, "as they have already their share," daughters Abigail & Sarah; granddaughter Mary Fifield, "now dwelling with me," and grandson John (probably son of Luke). Children perhaps, not in order: Mary, Abraham, Luke, Humphrey, James, Timothy, James, Jonathan, David of Bridgewater, Abigail, Timothy, Sarah, Humphrey.

Pioneers of ME & NH: PERKINS, Abraham, son of John, the eldest son of John Sr., of Ipswich MA received a bequest from his grandfather in 1654. He was a proprietor at Hampton and freeman 5/13/1640. Kept an ordinary in 1651. [Norf. rec.] Wife Mary; children, Mary bapt 12/15/1639, Abraham b 9/2/1639 (slain by the Indians 6/13/1677; estate adm 10/9/1677); Luke b 1641; Humphrey b 1/23/1642, James b 4/11/1644, Timothy b 7/1646, James b 10/5/1647, Jonathan b 30 (3) 1650, David b 28 (12) 1653, Abigail b 12 (2) 1655, Timothy b 29 (4) 1657, Sarah b 26 (5) 1659, Humphrey b 17 (3) 1661. He died 8/31/1683; will dated 8/22 proved 9/18/1683; wife, sons Jonathan, Humphrey, James, David and Luke, dau Sarah; gr ch John Perkins and Mary Fifield. The widow Mary died 5/29/1706. Isaac, son of Isaac of Ipswich, Hampton, proprietor 23 (12) 1645. Bought farm of Rev Timothy Dalton in 1652. Gave land as a marriage portion to his son Jacob on his marriage with Mary, daughter of Thomas Philbrick 3/19/1668-9. Conveyed his estate to son Ebenezer 1/6/1680 in consideration of his caring for himself and his wife Susanna the rest of their lives. Children Lydia, Isaac (drowned 10 (7) 1661), Jacob bapt 5/24/1640, Rebecca, Caleb, Benjamin b 12 (12) 1649 d 23 (9) 1670, Susanna b 21 (6) 1652, Hannah b 24 (2) 1656, Mary b 23 (5) 1658, Ebenezer b 12/9/1659, Joseph b 9 (2) 1661 (drowned 10 (7) 1661), Daniel d 1 (6) 1662. He died in Nov 1685.

History of Hampton NH:  I. Abraham Perkins, born about 1613 , was admitted freeman May 13, 1640. In January preceding, the town granted him eighty acres of land; and in 1646, three shares in the commons. He was often employed in business for others and for the town. His handwriting is remarkably neat and legible, and is more modern in appearance than most of the old penmanship. He was marshal in 1654. He seems to have remained through life where he first settled. He died suddenly, Aug. 31, 1683, aged seventy years. His wife, Mary, died May 29, 1706, aged eighty-eight years. Their children : Mary, bp. Dec. 15, 1639; m. Giles Fifield (2). Abraham (6), b. Sept. 2, 1G39. It has been claimed that he was the first white child born in H., but at least one other, Peter Johnson (2) was bp. earlier, and perhaps born here. He m. Elizabeth Sleeper ; was killed by Indians, June 13, 1677 (p. 221). Luke, b. 1641 ; m. 1663, wid. Hannah Cookery, dau. of Eobert and Elizabeth Long; lived in Charlestown, Ms. Their son, Luke, m. Martha, dau. of Lot Conant, of Plympton, Ms., and had a son, Mark, whose son, Isaac, was the father of Dr. Cyrus Perkins, professor in Dartmouth College and later a practising physician in New York city. Humphrey, b. Jan. 23, 1642 ; d. young. James, b. Apr. 11, 1644; d. young. Timothy, b. July, 1646; d. young. James (7), b. Oct. 5, 1647; m. Leah Coxe. Jonathan (8), b. May 30, 1650; m. Sarah ; d. Jan. 24, 1689. David, b. Feb. 28, 1654; blacksmith; settled in Bridgewater, Ms., 1688; m., 1st, Elizabeth ; 2d, 1699, Martha, dau. of John Howard; was representative to General Court, 1690; d. 1736. Abigail, b. Apr. 12, 1655; m. John Folsom, of Exeter, Nov. 10, 1675. Timothy, b. June 24, 1657; d. June 27, 1660. Sarah, b. July 26, 1659. Humphrey (9), b. May 17, 1661; m. Martha Moulton; d. Jan. 7, 1712.

Genealogical & Family History of ME: Abraham Perkins, the founder of line, was found in New England almost simultaneously with William Perkins of Ipswich and Topsfield Massachusetts, Abraham Perkins was born about 1613 and was freeman at Hampton 1640, In the preceeding January he received from the town a grant of eighty acres of land and in 1646 he was the possessor of three shares in the commons. He seemed to have been a man of intelligence and business capacity and was often to transact both public and private affairs for the town. His handwriting as preserved resembles more nearly the modern writing than most of the ancient manuscripts. He was marshal in 1654. He seems to have remained through life where he first settled and died suddenly August 31 1683 aged seventy years. His wife Mary Wise Perkins survived him more than twenty two years and died May 29 1706 at the age of eighty eight years.. Children Mary, Abraham, Luke, Humphrey (died young), Timothy (died young), James, Jonathan, David, Abigail, Timothy, Sarah, and Humphrey. It has been claimed that the eldest son was the first white child born in Hampton. There was one other who was baptized earlier but it is not certain whether or not he was born there. Isaac Perkins is supposed to have been a brother of Abraham but nothing in the records appears to verify it. Both appear about the same time in Hampton and the house lots assigned to them adjoined each other each containing five acres. 

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire: Wyeth, Mr. Humphrey (Withe, Wise), Ipswich 1635, d. soon leaving a wid. Susanna whose 2d husb. Samuel Greenfield (1) took over the prop. without authority bef. Mar. 1638-9; Essex Prob. i: 11. George Gidding and Richard Lumpkyn were named overseers for the ch. Married ch. who had their portions incl: Abigail, m. 1st Thomas Jones (42), m. 2d Thomas Chadwell(3 jr.), and appar. Mary, w. of Abraham Perkins(1). Susanna, not named with minor ch., m. John Bursley(4), but poss. had an earlier husb. as unlikely she m. B. by 1639. Minor ch: Benjamin, apprent. to Abraham Perkins for 7 yrs. from 29 Sept. 1638; Hampt. gr. 1644; List 392a. In May 1649 his step-fa. deeded Hampt. land except what already sold to Thomas Jones and B. W. Joseph, poss. the wit. paid fees in Apr. 1649 (Essex Q. Ct. Rec. i: 167), was claimed by Edw. Gilman in Mar. 1650, but turned over to G. Gidding who was to bind him out in Ipsw. Em, unmarried in Dec. 1649 (Essex Q. Ct. Rec. i: 182), poss. m. Richard Carle(1). Sarah, m. David Wheeler(1). Ann, wit. a Bursley deed as A. W. 25 Mar. 1648, m. 1st William Taylor(24), m. 2d George Pearson(2).

The probate records of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 1:  Estate of Humfry Wise of Ipswich. The General Court held at Boston 13:1:1638-9 ordered the court at Ipswich to examine and settle all things belonging to the estate of Humfrey Wisse including the land sold and unsold. (Mass Bay Colony Records vol 1 page 254) Humfry Wise of Ipswich died intestate and Samuel Greenfeild late of Salem married his widow and took into his possession the lands and goods of the said Humfry without legal order. The Court held at Ipswich 26:1:1639 caused them to deliver an inventory of the estate which amounted to about 140li. Wise left a wife and five children Benjamyn, Joseph, Em Sarah, and Ann besides some that were married and had received their portions. Samuel Greenfeild was appointed administrator and with his consent the Court sold the house and house lot of an acre & a planting lot of six acres with the appurtenances to William ffellowes for 20li, also the farm of about 120 acres to Thomas Emerson for four score pounds and such other sales of cattle & goods that the said Samuel had made the Court allowed. The money was given to Samuel Greenfeild he giving bond for 120 li to bring up the five children until the sons were twenty one years and the daughters eighteen at which time each to receive a certain portion of the estate, If any die before such time the said portions to be equally devided among the survivors. George Gittings and Richard Lumpkyn were chosen overseers for the children. As there was yet 30li being part of the money for which the farm was sold remaining in the hands of Thomas Emerson at his request and with the consent of Samuel it was ordered that it should remain in his hands until 1:3:1640 then he to pay the money to the overseers and to give such recompence to Samuel Greenfeild as he shall think equal. It was further agreed that with the consent of Samuel Greenfield and Susan his wife that Benjamin Wise eldest son of Humfry Wise should be with Abraham Perkins of Hampton as an apprentice to him for seven years from Sept 29 last past. (Ipswich Deeds Vol 1 leaf l)

 

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