Henry B. Gibson


The Family of
HENRY B. GIBSON and SARAH SHERMAN


Descendants
Census Data
Some Interesting Ancestors

Valley Forge Orderly Book of

    Henry Bicker Gibson's Grandfather,
    Col. Henry Bicker
Col. Henry Bicker's Ancestors



Descendants


Henry Bicker Gibson
13 Apr 1783, Reading, Berks Co PA
20 Nov 1863, Canandaigua NY
+ 9 Dec 1812, Utica NY
Sarah Sherman
15 Sep 1796, Utica NY
28 Jun 1881,Canandaigua NY

West Avenue Cemetery



People Not Identified


CHILDREN:
John Sherman Gibson
(20 March 1814-28 November 1891)
+ (1) 1838 Margaretta Rosewayne
(6 Nov 1815 - 21 May 1877)

West Avenue Cemetery

Grandchildren:
xxxxJohn H. Gibson (1838-)
xxxxMary E. Gibson (Abt. 1840-1842)
xxxxRichard R. Gibson (1841-) + Cornelia
xxxxThomas W. Gibson (1845-1867)
xxxxCatharine Olivia Gibson (1850-) + Mr. Lapham
xxxxSarah Gibson (1850-)
xxxxJohn H. Gibson (1852-)
xxxxHenry B. Gibson (1838-1870)
xxxxMary K. Gibson (1848-1866) + Joseph S. Crawford

West Avenue Cemetery

West Avenue Cemetery

+ (2) Henrietta Harris
Grandchildren:
xxxxEmilie Gibson (-1877)
xxxxJosephine Gibson
xxxxHenry B. Gibson (1879-1895)
xxxxLouis Harris Gibson (1884-1932)

Elizabeth Gibson

(1811-7 Mar 1832)
Sarah Maria Gibson
(8 Feb 1816-10 Mar 1878)
+ Watts Sherman [her 2nd cousin]


Sarah Maria and Watts throwing flowers to victorious troops in Europe

Grandchildren:
xxxxWilliam Watts Sherman (1842-1912) + Sophie Augusta Brown


William Watts Sherman House in Newport RI

xxxxDuncan Sherman (1844-1870)
xxxxHenry (Harry) Gibson Sherman (1846-) + Elizabeth (Bessie) Campbell Lee
xxxxFrederic (Frank) Sherman (1848-1884) + Marie Antoinette Foster
xxxxCharles Augustus Sherman (1853-1854)
xxxxAlexander Sherman (1854-1857)
Catharine Olivia Gibson
(28 Feb 1820-25 Oct 1897)
+ Henry Livingston Lansing xx [more]
Grandchildren:
xxxxHenry Gibson Lansing (1840-1870)
xxxxLivingston Lansing (1841-) + Grace Cleveland Coxe;
xxxxCharles Miller Lansing (1843-1884) + Eliza Myra Goodrich
xxxxSarah Gibson Lansing (1846-1877) + Brig.Gen. Henry L. Burnett
xxxxWatts Sherman Lansing (1850-) + Agnes Maud Henrietta Watt
Amanda Gibson
(1821-)
+ Thomas W. Williams
Henry Watts Gibson
(1823-1823)
Maria Louisa Gibson
(1824-10 Aug 1825)
Mary Young Gibson
(21 April 1826-16 October 1866)
+ John Clarke Sibley [son of Mark Hopkins Sibley]
Grandchildren:
xxxxMark H. Sibley (1858-1896)
William Gibson
(1828-20 Apr 1861)
+ Mary K.

West Avenue Cemetery

Watts Sherman, II

WATTS SHERMAN, banker, born in Utica, N.Y., Feb. 22, 1809, died on the Island of Madeira, Feb. 20, 1865. A descendant of one of the oldest families in the State, his first important position was that of cashier of a bank in Geneseo. Removing to Herkimer, he conducted a banking institution there. Later, he removed to Albany and became cashier and general manager of The Albany City Bank, which became one of the soundest institutions in the country under his management. In 1851, he came to New York and in partnership with Alexander Duncan founded the well known banking house of Duncan, Sherman & Co., in the active management of which he continued until about eighteen months before his death. Cultivated and refined in mind and liberal in disposition, he had a large circle of devoted friends. In politics, he sided with the Democrats. His wife, Sarah M., a daughter of Henry B. Gibson of Canandaigua, N.Y., with four sons survived him, the latter being William Watts, Duncan, Harry Gibson and Frederic Sherman. Mrs. Sherman died in March, 1878.

America's Successful Men of Affairs


Livingston Lansing

Captain Livingston Lansing, of the New York Sevententh regiment, was with the Army of the Potomac for more than a year, participating in the various battles. In the Fredericksburg slaughter the vizor of his cap was struck by a ball which passed out through the cap cover; a fragment of a shell tore a hole in his coat, another hit him on the hip and his horse was wounded in the foot. Colonel Stockton, commanding the Third brigade in the Fifth Army Corps thus indorsed Captain Lansing's resignation when presented:

"Respectfully forwarded and strongly recommended. Captain Lansing has been my assistant adjutant general for most of the time since I assumed command of this brigade, and has always performed his duty most satisfactorily. He has already tendered his resignation a number of times for private reasons expressed. In the late bloody fight he was on the field throughout, ever efficient and prompt to carry my orders at all risks -- fearlessly risking his life in the service of his country. I feel it but just that he should now be permitted to resign, as he can honorably do, I therefore recommend the same."

New York and New England Families, Page 165


West Avenue Cemetery



Census Data

1850 Canandaigua Census

Henry B. GibsonAge: 60 Occ: BankerRE: 200,000Born: NY
Sarah GibsonAge: 50 x.Born: NY
Mary Y[oung] GibsonAge: 18 ..Born: NY
William GibsonAge: 21 ..Born: NY
Oramis AllenAge: 21 Occ: Coachman.Born: NY
Jane DoyleAge: 23 ..Born: Ireland
Margaret DoyleAge: 25 ..Born: Ireland
Nancy BurnettAge: 30 ..Born: NY
Easter DudleyAge: 65 ..Born: NY

Henry B. was 60 in Apr 1843. Sarah was 50 in Sep 1846. Mary Young is 18 in Apr 1844. Seems that the date of this census is off by a bit, and Sarah lies about her age.

1880 Census, Canandaigua
 Name   Relation   Marital Status   Gender   Race   Age   Birthplace   Occupation   Father's Birthplace   Mother's Birthplace 
 Sarah Gibson  Self   W   Female   W  83   NY   Keeps House   NY   NY 
 Catherine Lansing   Dau   M   Female   W   50   NY   At Home   NY   NY 
 Katharine Burnett   GDau   S   Female   W   16   OH   At School   OH   OH 
 Lansing Burnett   GSon   S   Male   W   11   NY   At School   OH   OH 
 Catherine Burnett   GDau   S   Female   W   8   NY   At School   OH   OH 
 Isobel Leask   Other   S   Female   W   26   Canada   Governess   Scotland   SCO 
 Robert Poiser   Other   M   Male   W   56   England   Gardner   ENG   ENG 
 Jane Poiser   Other   M   Female   W   48   England   Cook   ENG   ENG 
 George W. Poiser   Other   S   Male   W   12   NY   At School   ENG   ENG 
 Ellen Clokacy   Other   S   Female   W   50   Ireland   Servant   IRE   IRE 
 Ellen Gillin   Other   S   Female   W   35   Ireland   Servant   IRE   IRE 

Census Place Canandaigua, Ontario, New York
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Sarah was 83 in Sep 1879. Catharine was 50 in Feb 1870. Catharine's daughter Sarah had become the 2nd wife of General Burnett, and Katharine Burnett was the General's daughter by his first wife. Sarah had died in 1877, so rather than living with her father, Katharine is shown here living with her two half-siblings, and their grandmother and great grandmother.

Lansing and Catharine Burnett are Catharine Lansing's grandchildren, so it looks like Catharine was the one giving the information to the census taker, as well as taking 10 years off her own age.

Henry Gibson isn't here because he died in 1863, but neither Henry Lansing nor Henry Burnett are shown here either. Henry and Catharine had a home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, so Henry Lansing might be there during this census. Henry Burnett had resigned his Erie and Buffalo Railroad position in 1875 to join the law firm of B.H. Bristow, William Peet, and W.S. Opdycke in New York City.

It's amazing how fast family information is lost or confused in a census.

Catharine Lansing says that her father was born in New York, rather than Pennsylvania.

Saying that her grandchildren, Lansing and Catharine, were born in Ohio rather than New York must have just been confusion on the census taker's part, since Catharine Lansing's step-grandchild, Katharine, did have both parents born in Ohio.


Interesting Ancestors

Some of Henry Gibson's Ancestors

Parents
Judge John Gibson (1757-1818) and Catharine Bicker (1760-1836)
John Gibson and Catharine Bicker married at Old Swedes Church in Pennsylvania. Nothing is known of his parents beyond his ancestry being Irish. The name is so common that it's difficult to trace him during the Revolutionary War, though he's married to Catharine four years after her father leaves the 2nd Pennsylvania regiments. Trained as a lawyer, John moves his family to Saratoga County from Reading PA, settling in Ballston Spa around 1790.

Daughter Mary, Henry's only sibling, married Samuel Young in 1807, an up and coming lawyer and politician in town, who was town supervisor and, in 1813, elected to the NY assembly.

John Gibson was active in the community, appearing as a Master of Chancery in 1813, Justice of the Peace in 1814, a member of the Bible Society of Saratoga County in 1815, a Commissioner in 1817 for the placement of the new Court House, and a Member of the New York Assembly in 1818.

He died in office at the age of 61.

Grandparents
Colonel Henry Bicker (1723-1801) and Sophia "Fietie" Heyer (1726-1789)
Catharine Bicker and John Gibson
Henry Bicker Gibson and Sarah Sherman
Colonel Bicker was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the British army in 1755. He served under Peter Schuyler defending the frontier. After being captured at Oswego on 15 Aug 1756, Henry spent 14 months as a prisoner of war, then returned as Quartermaster of General Gage's regiment until the end of the war. Before the Revolution, he had a business as a hatter, and kept an inn appropriately named the "Tree of Liberty." He returned to the service January 4, 1776, serving with Washington's army as Major of the Third Pennsylvania Battalion of Infantry.

On June 6, 1777, Lieut. Col. Bicker was promoted Colonel of the Second Pennsylvania Line Infantry, and was in command of the regiment at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Whitemarsh, in which it lost heavily, and at Valley Forge, where it was in the First Brigade. He served throughout that long winter, helping to bring a ragged group of volunteers into a disciplined army, retiring when his regiment was turned over for battle to Col. Walter Stewart.


3rd Great Grandparents
Captain Martin Cregier (1617-Aft.1703) and Elizabeth Jans (Bef.1623-Bef.1661)
Martin Cregier, Jr. and Janettie Van Doesburgh
Annatjo Cregier and Victor Bicker
Colonel Henry Bicker and Sophia "Fietie" Heyer
Catharine Bicker and John Gibson
Henry Bicker Gibson and Sarah Sherman
Captain Martin Cregier came to New Amsterdam as an employee of the West India Company. He was named Burgo-Master of New Amsterdam in 1653, one of the two first co-mayors for the city. During 1654, the Noble Lords Directors of the West India Company had prepared a painted coat of arms of the city of New Amsterdam and a cut seal in silver; these were delivered to Martin as presiding burgomaster on December 8 after their arrival on the ship De Pereboom.He also served as Burgo-Master in 1653, 1654, 1659, 1660 and 1663.

His business interests were widely diverse, from trading beaver to having a tavern in 1647 on the west side of Broadway, opposite the open space that later became Bowling Green. His naval interests ran to owning a partial share in a privateer, captaining the sloop "Bedfort" between Albany and New Amsterdam, and having a sloop trading with the Delaware community. As of 1675, he was still operating a sloop.

Martin Cregier was Captain of the New Amsterdam military, and resigned his position as Burgo-Master in 1663 to take a company after the Esopus Indians who had massacred the Kingston settlers, and recover captives. He kept a detailed Journal of this expedition.


3rd Great Grandparents
Gerrit Bicker (b:1611-Bef.21 Jun 1658) and Aeltie Lubberts
Victor Bicker and Classajo Blanch
Victor Bicker and Annatjo Cregier
Colonel Henry Bicker and Sophia "Fietie" Heyer
Catharine Bicker and John Gibson
Henry Bicker Gibson and Sarah Sherman
Disregarding the explicit instructions of the home government to pursue a pacific policy, Rysingh had no sooner arrived in the river and ascertained that the Dutch garrison at Fort Casimir was weak and would be powerless to resist him, than he assumed the offensive. Gerrit Bicker, who was in command of the fort, upon seeing a strange sail approaching, sent his secretary, Van Tienhoven, to learn its character and destination. Rysingh detained the messenger and his escort until the following day, when he sent a company of soldiers under the leadership of Lieutenant Swen Schute, a soldier of long service in the colony, marked by royal favors, whofollowed close upon the path of the messenger, and entering the fort, where they were received as friends, proceeded to take forcible possession, rifling the garrison, even to side-arms. The conduct of Rysingh is defended on the plea that in the correspondence between the Dutch and Swedish home governments, the complaints of encroachments on the part of the Dutch in building Fort Casimir had been answered by saying "if the Dutch are found encroaching upon Swedish territory, drive them off," and that his answer may have been communicated to Rysingh after receiving his general instructions.

Lives of the Governors of PA



Some of Sarah Sherman's Ancestors

Parents
Watts Sherman (1775-1818) and Olivia Jillson (1779-1861)
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
Watts Sherman. He came from Newport, R.I. His means were small, so that while he followed his trade -- and was but a botch at that -- his wife kept a small shop on Main street, where she sold cake and beer. He soon obtained the office of constable, and, as we are assured, manifested unusual zeal in the discharge of his duties, having, on one occasion, descended into a chimney in order to seize a silk dress which the party having it was determined he should not come at, and so debarred him other entrance into his house.

But it is likewise reported that at that period he was rather too prone to visit the tavern, and that his wife adopted the following means to cure the failing. One evening, after her work was done, she took her knitting and repaired to the tavern, where she sat down and assumed the air of being at ease. The embarrassment of the other parties present was soon relieved by the wife addressing her husband thus: "Mr. Sherman, I married you for the sake of your company, and I have come here to enjoy it." This visit sufficed to reform the ways of the wanderer; and he was ever after not only closely devoted to business, but a man of marked and examplary habits in respect to temperance. I retail the gossip as I have heard it; but whether true or not the incident is deemed sufficiently characteristic of Mrs. Sherman to have deserved to be so. This lady, whose maiden name was Olivia Jillson, was of excellent judgment, and a notably faithful consellor to her husband throughout his life.

In 1802 Mr. Sherman formed a partnership in trade with Arnold Wells, the latter furnishing the most of the capital. In this new sphere he evinced unusual capacity, for he was uncommonly shrewd and stirring. Being too ambitious for Mr. Wells, they separated, while Mr. Sherman enlarged his business and directly took rank among the leading merchants. With others, he bestirred himself in the creation of the first glass works of the county, the factory at Vernon, and was one of its directors. Under date of May, 1813, he informs the community that he has taken into partnership Henry B. Gibson and Alexander Seymour, under the name of Sherman, Gibson & Co. While the junior member remained in Utica, the two former established themselves in New York, where their skillful conduct of trade secured an independent fortune for each of them. Mr. Sherman died about the year 1820.

He was a tall, fine looking person, extremely neat of attire. Although close and sharp in business, he was, up to a certain standard, unexceptionally moral, and gave freely to objects of benevolence or public utility. His place of business, while in Utica, was on Genesee street, a little below the line of Broad, and afterward nearly opposite Catherine. For his residence he erected the house which was afterwards the home of General Joseph Kirkland, and is now that of Mrs. Susan Gridley.

His wife lived until her eighty-second year, and died in Albany, January 26, 1860. In all the relations of life she performed well her part and was deservedly esteemed. Her second husband was Paul Hochstrasser, and him she survived thirty years.


2nd Great Grandparents
Dr. Charles Higginbotham (1690-1782) and Mary Niles (1704-1784)
Anna Higginbotham and Henry Sherman
Captain Nathaniel Sherman and Lucy Tisdale
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
Dr. Charles Higinbotham, the earliest known ancestor of the branch of the family here under consideration, was born in England in 1690, and came to this country from England in 1720, accompanied by a brother, name unknown, going first to the Barbadoes, where his brother purchased a plantation and remained there throughout his life, dying unmarried and intestate. His property, then valued at $100,000, was never claimed, as far as known, certainly not by the American branch of the family. Dr Charles Higinbotham was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Physicians and Surgeons (of London?). He emigrated to the colony of Rhode Island in 1720 and lived there from that time until his death.


3rd Great Grandparents
Eleazer Arnold (1651-1722) + Eleanor Smith (1651-1722)
Jeremiah Arnold and Freelove
Sarah Arnold and Nathaniel Whipple, Jr.
Amy Whipple and James Jillson
Olivia Jillson and Watts Sherman
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
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4th Great Grandparents
Captain Edward Richmond (Abt.1631-Abt.1696) + Abigail Davis (Abt.1637-1682)
Abigail Richmond and John Remington
Martha Remington and Eber Sherman
Henry Sherman and Anna Higginbotham
Captain Nathaniel Sherman and Lucy Tisdale
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
Edward Richmond and 47 others were granted 5000 acres to be called East Greenwich. He was Attorney General 1677-80. ! Born about 1632 before John came to New England. They spent a few years at Taunton and when he was about 10 years old, his father moved to Newport and built a Mansion House on the Mill Brook. ! At 24 he was engaged to be married to Abigail Davis. The bans were published twice, however, she was taken by her mother and step father and given to Richard Ussell. Edward is first mentioned in a suit he brought against Richard Ussell on June 24, 1656 to recover Abigail. He also brought a suit against her step father and mother, James and Joan Davis.

Edward was finally successful in his lawsuit and, eventually, Abigail became his wife. But Edward Richmond had a long memory of the hurt he has sustained at the hands of Abigail's mother.

Newport Court Book A, p.15
At the Generall Court of Tryalls Held in his Maj Name
at Newport the 23 of October Ann 1672.

Upon An Indictment by the General Solicetor against Joan Cowdall Widdow [previously Joan Davis], for liveinge and Lodginge with John Dean and other breaches of the peace; she beinge in Court Cald appeard, Enters Travers pleads not Guilty and Referrs her Tryall to God and the cuntry; The Jurris Verdict Wee finde Guilty of Lyinge in bed with John Deane, and nott Guilty of breach of peace: The Courts Centance the said Joan Cowdall shall forthwith be brought to the great gunn and there stript to the midle and bound and so stand for the fourth part of an houres time, and that she alsoe pay ffees.

Upon and Indictment by the Genrl Solicetor against Joan Cowdall for committinge Adultery with John Page an Irishman: she beinge Mandamassed and in Court Cald, appeard. Enters Traverce, pleads not Guilty, and Referrs her selfe for Tryall to God, and the Cuntry.

The Jurrys Verdict (Not Guilty) whereupon she is cleerd by proclamation in Court payinge ffees.


4th Great Grandparents
Peter Folger (1607-1690) and Mary Morell (Abt.1621-1704)   Grandparents of Ben Franklin!
Joanna Folger and Deacon John Coleman
Abigail Coleman and James Tisdale
William H. Tisdale and Lucy Hammond
Lucy Tisdale and Captain Nathaniel Sherman
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
In the year 1644, Peter Folger married Mary Morrell, who had been an inmate in Hugh Peters's family. He resided at Martha's Vineyard till 1663, when he removed to Nantucket, being among the first settlers of that Island. He was a man of considerable learning, particularly in mathematical science, and he practised surveying both in the Vineyard and Nantucket. He was one of the five commissioners first appointed to measure and lay out the land on the Island of Nantucket; and it was said in the order, that "whatsoever shall be done by them or any three of them, Peter Folger being one, shall be accounted legal and valid." This mode of wording the order shows the confidence that was placed in his integrity and judgment.

He acquired the Indian language, and served as interpreter, both in affairs of business, and in communicating religious instruction to the Indians. He rendered assistance in this way to the Reverend Thomas Mayhew, the distinguished missionary at Martha's Vineyard. Mr. Prince, in his account of Mayhew, says, that be had "an able and godly Englishman, named Peter Foulger, employed in teaching the youth in reading, writing, and the principles of religion by catechizing; being well learned likewise in the Scriptures, and capable of helping them in religious matters." He is said to have preached on some occasions. There is a long letter from him to his son-in-law, Joseph Pratt, containing religious counsel, with much use of Scripture, according to the practice of those times. Indeed his poem, entitled A Looking-Glass for the Times, published in 1676, shows that he was not only well informed in theology, but in political affairs, such as they then were in New England.


4th Great Grandparents
Captain Nathaniel Niles (1642-1727) and Sarah Sands (-Abt.1726)
Nathaniel Niles and Mary Hannah
Mary Niles and Dr. Charles Higginbotham
Anna Higginbotham and Henry Sherman
Captain Nathaniel Sherman and Lucy Tisdale
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
Captain Nathaniel Niles was a Captain of Militia in King Phillips war, Justice of Peace, Grand Juror 1687, member of the Rhode Island Assembly 1705. Owned plantations at South Kingston and on Block Island. By deeds and Will, he distributed his large estate to his children.



4th Great Grandparents
John Tisdale, Sr. (1614-1675) and Sarah Walker (1619-1676)
James Tisdale and Mary Avery
James Tisdale and Abigail Coleman
William H. Tisdale and Lucy Hammond
Lucy Tisdale and Captain Nathaniel Sherman
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
John Tisdale was settled at Duxbury MA as early as 1637, where he was Constable in 1646 and where he had received several grants of land which he sold to William Brett in 1657, and then removed to Taunton MA. He was a member of the Grand Inquest of Plymouth Colony in 1647, 1650, and in 1671, and in 1673-4-5, was one of the Selectmen of Taunton. In 1674 he represented that town in the General Court of the Colony. On 27 Jun 1675, Taunton was attacked by a band of King Philip's Indians during which Mr. Tisdale was killed, and his house burned. His wife Sarah died the following December. Letters of Administration on his estate were granted by the General Court 1 Nov 1676, to his sons John, James, Joshua and Joseph. John Tisdale was one of the 26 Freeman who purchased Freetown of the Indians in April 1659 and one of the founders of the Taunton Ironworks.


5th Great Grandparents
Captain James Sands (1622-1695) and Sarah Walker (-1709)
Sarah Sands and Captain Nathaniel Niles
Nathaniel Niles and Mary Hannah
Mary Niles and Dr. Charles Higginbotham
Anna Higginbotham and Henry Sherman
Captain Nathaniel Sherman and Lucy Tisdale
Watts Sherman and Olivia Jillson
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
Sarah Walker Sands, daughter of John and Katherine Walker, married "Captain" James Sands in 1651 in Portsmouth, Mass. James was born in Reading, Berkshire, England and was listed as being in Boston in1633. He was listed as a Freeman in 1655 and was named Representative to the General Court of Commissioners at Newport, May 19, 1657. About1660, he and Sarah left Taunton, Mass and bought 1/16 of Block Island, RI. They owned lots #12,14, and 15. James held leadership roles in getting the island incorporated and gave it the name "New Shoreham," which apparently didn't catch on.

James and Sarah built a large stone house with a mill on a mill pond. I believe this was a woolen mill as several ancestors owned woolen mills. They were attacked in "Philip's War," by French Privateers coming into the bay. Rev. Samuel Niles, their grandson, tells how they all ran to the woods until the English came and subdued the French. They were also attacked by Indians, and the house was heavily garrisoned.

Sarah had 6 children between about 1658 and 1672: John, Samuel, Sarah, Mercy, Edward, and James. She served as the island's "surgeon," although she apparently did not have training. She ministered to the needs of all on the island and her home served as a church, hospital, and was a haven for any stranger. Although she had at least 4 black indentured servants, they apparently were happy and named their children with some of the same names as her children. She specified that they were to be freed, at specific times, in her will.

Sarah's children were prosperus and involved in the resistance during the Revolution. James and Sarah both died and are buried on Block Island


5th Great Grandparents
Joseph Langton (1620-1661) and Rachel Varney (1632-1707) [+ William Vinson]
Rachel Langton and Hugh Rowe
Ruth Rowe and Nathaniel Day
Benjamin Day and Mary Robinson
Mary Day and James Jillson
James Jillson and Amy Whipple
Olivia Jillson and Watts Sherman
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
On September 3, 1692, three Salem magistrates signed a warrant for the Constable of Gloucester to apprehend and "seize the bodies" of Margaret Prince, Hugh Rowe's mother-in-law, and Elizabeth Austin Dicer. They had been formally complained of by 24-year-old Ebenezer Babson of Gloucester, who complained that he and his mother "were beset almost every night by skulkers". "They have grieviously hurt and tortured Elinor Babson, widow, and Mary Sargent, wife of William Sargent of Gloucester" by witchcraft. On September 5, 1692, the two women were seized and taken to Salem.

There is evidence that three more Gloucester women were charged and confined to jail in Ipswich, but were released on bond September 24, 1692. One of these women was Mary (Prince) Rowe, 34, the second wife of Hugh Rowe, and the daughter of Margaret Prince, who had been arrested previously on September 3. The second woman accused was Phebe Day, 39, whose three brothers were married to Hugh's three daughters. The third woman, Rachel Vinson, was the second wife of William Vinson, and the mother of Rachel Langdon, Hugh's first wife. If, as claimed, the three women were freed on bail, they were subsequently hauled off to Ipswich prison again, for all three "were shivering there in December, and their cry for clemency survives in the written records".

Another three women were arrested for witchcraft on October 30, 1692: Esther Elwell (who would become Mary Rowe's sister-in-law), Rebecca Dike and Abigail Rowe, Hugh's daughter, who was not yet 15 years old. They were accused of perpetrating witchcraft on Mary Fitch of Gloucester "into the wasting, pining and consuming of her body". The fates were against Hugh's daughter Abigail; her mother was Mary (Prince) Rowe and her grandmother was Margaret Prince, both already in prison for witchcraft. All the "witches" were eventually released and did not stand trial; the date of their release is not known.


5th Great Grandparents
John Woodcock (Abt.1615-1701) + Sarah Curtis (-1676)
Israel Woodcock and Elizabeth Gatchell
Bethiah Woodcok and John Slack
Bethiah Slack and Nathaniel Whipple
Nathaniel Whipple, Jr. and Sarah Arnold
Amy Whipple and James Jillson
Olivia Jillson and Watts Sherman
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson
The first settler in what is now Attleboro territory was John Woodcock, who built a public house on the old Bay road in North Attleboro. He had a farm of three hundred acres on Ten Mile River. He began his house in 1669 and was licensed in the following year "to keep an ordinary" and enjoined "to keep good order, that no unruliness or ribaldry be permitted there." His house was one of several garrisons built for the protection of the people from the Indians in case of need. There were such garrison houses in Dedham, Seekonk, Swansea and other places. A portion of Woodcock's still stands at North Attleboro. In 1806 the house was mainly supplanted by a large three-story building. Woodcock's son was killed by the Indians during King Philip's war in April, 1676. The Indians had attacked the garrison, but the son, Nathaniel, was at work in a corn field with others when the party was fired upon. The workmen fled. The Indians cut off Nathaniel's head and stuck it on a pole and set it up in front of the house. From this time Woodcock was an implacable enemy, killing an Indian wherever he found one. The son was buried where he fell, and the land today is reserved for a cemetery, with his grave in the centre. The place is now being cleared up, and those engaged in the work have found a stone in the centre, which from its age and position is supposed to be that of Nathaniel Woodcock. Woodcock sold the farm in 1694 to John Devotion for L390. The latter occupied it until 1711 when he


8th Great Grandparent
Sir George Gregory Fienes, Baron Dacre (Abt.1538-1594)
Mary K. Fienes [illegitimate] and Captain Frank John Wheatleigh
Dorothy Wheatleigh and Thomas Bliss
Elizabeth Bliss and Thomas Wilmarth
Ensign Thomas Wilmarth and Mary Robinson
Mary Wilmarth and Israel Whipple
Nathaniel Whipple and Bethiah Slack
Nathaniel Whipple, Jr. and Sarah Arnold
Amy Whipple and James Jillson
Olivia Jillson and Watts Sherman
Sarah Sherman and Henry Bicker Gibson


Mary Neville and son George Gregory

Mary Neville, the wife of Thomas Fiennes, 3rd Baron Dacre of the South, and mother of three year old Gregory, was in a bad situation when Thomas was executed in 1541 for the murder of a groundskeeper during a youthful poaching expedition to hunt deer. Her plight must have touched someone, because Parliament voted her a dower out of her late husband's estate.

Gregory was married very young to Anne de Sackville. When Elizabeth came to the Throne, she restored all lands, titles and honours to Gregory in the first session of Parliament in 1558. Anne, as Lady Dacre, served Elizabeth faithfully all her life, alongside Winifred, as a Lady of the Bedchamber. Gregory was known to be "crack-brained", though Anne seemed to be utterly devoted to him and it appears that this was a rare love match. Gregory died in Sep of 1594 and Anne followed him in May of 1595. Anne and Gregory had only one child, a girl, Elizabeth, who died of an unknown disease sometime after 1565. The young Elizabeth is interred on the same tomb of her father in Chelsea Old Church, Chelsea, England.

Gregory had a bastard daughter was named Mary in about 1571. Apparently Anne wanted nothing to do with her since there is no mention of the daughter, who lived to marry someone named Wheatley, since the tomb heraldry says nothing of her.





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