This is the second installment (and second generation) of the family tree given in brief in my original message.
Isaac Esty was baptized on 17 Nov 1627 in Freston, England.He was the son of Jeffrey Esty of Wolverton Parrish, Suffolk County, England and Margaret Pote of Freston, England. Isaac arrived in the colonies possibly around 1630 with his parents.It is uncertain whether his sister Catherine was born before or after arrival in the New World.
Isaac married Mary Towne c. 1650 in Massachusetts.Mary was the daughter of William Towne 1598/9-1673) and Joanna Blessing (1599-1682), both born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England and both died in Topsfied, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
Isaac was a cooper by trade who purchased a house and land in Salem, MA in 1653.Previous to 1660, he moved to Topsfield, MA.
"He was one of the selectmen of the town in 1680, '82, '86 and '88.In 1681, '84, '85, he was chosen juryman of trials at Ipswich, and in years 1691 and '96, he was chosen grand juryman; he also served as tything man, surveyor of highways and fences, and was a member of different committees of the town."
Isaac and Mary (Towne) Esty had nine children, according to the book "Isaac Esty of Topsfield and his descendants," by Gay Esty Bangs.They are:
Isaac Jr., born c. 1656 in Topsfield, MA.Married Abigail Kimball on 14 Oct 1689. Will is dated 3 May 1714.
Joseph, born 5 Feb 1657/8 in Topsfield, MA.Married Jane Steward on 2 June 1682 in Topsfield.Died on 25 Oct 1739.
Sarah, baptized on 30 June 1660 in Topsfield. Married Moses Gill of Amesbury.Second marriage in Ireland (no name). No date of death available.Two children from first marriage (Sarah and Benjamin).
John, born 2 Jan 1662/3.Maried Mary Dorman on 31 May 1688. No date of death.
Hannah, born 1667. Married George Abbot of Andover on 21 July 1707.Died 5 Nov 1741.No children.
Benjamin, born 29 April 1669 in Topsfield, MA.Married twice, first to Elizabeth Goodhue on 9 April 1702, then to Mary Holland (no date). Died 28 March 1750 in Dorchester, MA.
Samuel, born 25 March 1672.Died 1709.Never married.
Jacob, born 24 Jan 1674/5 in Topsfield, MA.Married Lydia Elliot on 25 March 1710.Died 3 Oct 1732 in Topsfield.
Joshua, born 2 July 1678 in Topsfield, MA.Married an Abigail (last name not known).Had one daughter, Mary (born 12 Jan 1701/2).
Joshua died before 25 April 1718, when his widow married William Poole.
In addition to the above children of Isaac and Mary Esty, the website "www.smokykin.com" lists three more children, Jeffrey, Mary and Abigail, all born around 1680.However, these children are not listed in Gay Esty Bangs book (mentioned above).
Mary (Towne) Esty and two of her sisters, Sarah (Towne) Cloyce and Rebecca (Towne) Nurse ran afoul of the Salem witchtrials in 1692. Rebecca was denounced as a witch on 19 March, her sister Sarah on 3 April, and Mary on 22 April. Mary Esty was released from prison on 18 May, but due to outcries and protests from her accusers, was rearrested. Rebecca was tried and condemned on 30 June and hanged on 19 July 1692. Mary was tried and condemned on 9 September and hanged on 22 September, but not before an impassioned plea, not for herself, but for the remaining accused.
"...if it be possible no more innocent blood be shed..."
Sarah was eventually cleared and released.Isaac Esty and his sister-in-law Sarah (Towne) Cloyce spent much of the rest of their lives fighting to clear the names of Mary (Towne) Esty and Rebecca (Towne) Nurse. Isaac fought in the Colonial courts while Sarah went back to England to petition the British courts.Both eventually won their cases, though Isaac had to fight for 20 years in the courts in order to accomplish the annullment of the verdict of the Salem courts.He was granted 20 pounds in acknowledgment of the injustice of the previous decision.Sarah was granted three sovereigns by the British courts, also in acknowledgement of the injustice done by the Salem court (PBS made a dramatic movie about the three Towne sisters and the Salem witchtrial entitled "Three Sovereigns for Sarah").
Most my information comes from the book "Isaac Esty of Topsfield and some of his descendants," by Gay Esty Bangs and St. Nicholas Church records, Yarmouth England.
The church records were gathered and generously passed on to me by a relative living in Washington, who I will credit by name after I've cleared it with her (she has much more information than I do on the Esty family).
If anyone can add to the information above, let me know.