Anthony Day of Gloucester, and His Decendents
"History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Ann"
John J. Babson, 1860
With thanks to Kay Hamilton
Anthony Day was born in 1616; and came to Gloucester about 1645, probably
from Ipswich, where several of the name are found at an earlier date. He did
not become a permanent resident here till 1657, when he bought a house and
land near Poles.
His wife's name was Susanna: perhaps Susan Matchet, whose
good name he vindicated before a Quarterly Court in Salem, in 1649, against
the aspersions of William Vinson. He died April 23, 1707, aged ninety-one:
his wife died Dec. 10, 1717, at the age of ninety-four.
Descendants of Anthony Day have continued to the present time about the spot
occupied by their ancestor.
The children of Anthony and Susanna Day were:
John had a house near Poles. He married Abigail Lead, Dec. 12,
1681; who died Feb. 9, 1726, aged sixty-three. The date of his death is not
ascertained. He may have lived nearly to 1742; when Joseph Winslow was
administrator of the estate of a John Day, who appears to have been his
father-in-law. The latter had several children, but probably no son that
lived to mature years.
Ezekiel received a grant of land to set a house upon,
between Lobster Cove and Hogskin Cove, in 1694; and was one of the first
settlers in that section of the town. He married Mary Rowe, Jan. 27, 1690;
and died Feb. 18, 1725, leaving several children. One of these (Ezekiel) died
about 1737; at which date three other sons (Pelatiah, Samuel, and Nathaniel)
were still living. He also had a son Jonathan, who married Sarah Ingersol in
1730, and died before the birth of his second son David. The latter was a
soldier in the French wars and in the Revolutionary War; and died May 1, 1816,
Nathaniel, son of Anthony, married Ruth Rowe, Feb. 13,
1690. He had sons Benjamin, Nathaniel, and David, and several daughters; and
appears to have deceased or moved from town before 1721. He died in Attleboro
and his will was proved there.
Samuel Day married
Rachel Rowe, Aug. 9, 1692. These three last brides were sisters, daughters of
Hugh Rowe. The one last named gave birth to two children, and died Sept. 6,
1698; after which, nothing is known of the husband.
Joseph Day married
Elizabeth Gouge, Aug. 15, 1695. He had sons Jeremiah and William, and perhaps
a Joseph, and several daughters.
Thomas Day married Mary Langton, Dec. 30,
1673. She and her daughter Mary were killed by lightning, in the entry of
their dwelling-house, July 15, 1706. He died Jan. 29, 1726, aged seventy-
five. Two sons are recorded to him,-- Thomas, born in 1675; and Joseph, in
1689. The former was lost on a fishing voyage, at the Isle of Sables, August,
1716, aged forty-one.
Timothy Day married Phebe Wildes July 24, 1679; who died
April 8, 1723, aged seventy. He had his residence on the
westerly side of Squam River, where some of his sons also settled. His
children were -- Timothy, Anthony, John, Joseph, Jonathan, Ebenezer, and
Susanna, besides others who died in infancy. John is supposed to have died
about 1747, and to have left a son John, who settled in Norwich, Conn.