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Ancestors of Stanley Elmer Allen

      560. George Giddings, born 24 Sep 1609 in Clapham, Bedfordshire, England; died 01 Jun 1676 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of 1120. John Gidding and 1121. Joan Purrier. He married 561. Jane Lawrence 20 Feb 1633/34 in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England.

      561. Jane Lawrence, born 18 Dec 1614 in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England; died 02 Mar 1679/80 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of 1122. Thomas Lawrence and 1091. Joan Antrobus.

Notes for George Giddings:
      On 2 April 1635 George and Jane (Lawrence) Giddings, together with their three indentured servants, boarded the ship Planter, Nicholas TRARICE, master, at "YE Port of London" to set sail for Massachusetts Bay Colony. See John Camden HOTTEN, Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1980. From "The Giddings Family in North America" by Ralph L. and C. Bland Giddings, 1998. rlg

[NEHGR 135:274-86] A substantial discussion about which of the two George Giddings this one is. Well documented circumstantial evidence, capped with the marriage bond as key evidence in which GG mentions his future step-father-in-law. GG died intestate; the records of his estate are abstracted in the probabe records of Essex County 3(1921):63-65. GG had married into a substantial family, had transported three servants with him, was among the highest rate paers in Ipswich in 1664, and left an estate valued at over 1020 pounds.

Hammatt's Early Inhabitants of Ipswich Mass (Ipswich 1880P pp166+ and Popes Pioneers of Mass (Boston 1890) p 186 \

Giddings 14-20] Of St. Albans, Herts, England, and Ipswich Mass. 9 children. Came with 3 servants: Thomas Carter, 25. Michael Willinson 30, and Elizabeth Morrison, 12. Came in the Planter, Nicholas Trarice, 2 April 1635. Was one of Major Denison's subscribers in 1640. A commoner in 1641. One of the 20 freeholders who paid the highest rates out of 230 in 1664. Deputy to the general court in 1641, 54, 55, 59, 61, 63, 64, 68, 72, 75. Selectman 1661-75. For a long time a ruling elder in the church. Inventory of the estate 19 June 1676 1021-12-00, 152 acres. Widow Jane died 2 March 1680 in Ipswich. St Albins is about 20 miles northwest of London.

[Savage 2:249] Came, aged 34, with wife Jane (in pencil, Lawrence, step-) daughter of John Tuttle, aged 20 Had Thomas, John, James, Samuel, Joseph and Mary. He died leaving a good estate and his wife outlived him. Name is often spelled Gittings. He had a lawsuit on a very great question of which [Hutch Coll 287] gives a full and interesting report.

GEORGE GIDDINGS (1609-1676) a Farmer the son of John and Joan (Purrier) Gyddyns was born on the twenty-fourth day of September 1609. At the age of twenty-five he married Jane Lawrence on the twentieth day of February 1634, at Saint Albans, England.

George and Jane lived at Saint Albans, England, and they embarked on the second day of April 1635, on the ship "Planter" from London, he was listed as twenty-five and she was twenty.

George was a man of property and position is inferred from the fact that he brought over with him three servants, as in those days only people of means could afford the luxury of servants.

George brought, with a letter of recommendation from the rector, or minister, of Saint Albans. Saint Albans was an ancient borough in Hertfordshire, situated on the top and northern side of a picturesque hill, 21 miles northwest from London. The Ver, a small tributary of the Colne, separates it from the site of the ancient Verula, an important station in the time of the Romans, and the scene of a terrible slaughter in the insurrection under Boaddicea. In honor of Saint Alban, said to have suffered martyrdom here there in 297, a Benedictine monastery was founded by Offa, king of Mercia, in 796. The foundation of the town is supposed to be due to Ulsig (Ulsin), who was abbot about 150 years later. Two battles were fought near Saint Albans during the wars of the Roses, in 1455 and 1461. In the first, Henry VI became a captive; in the other he was set at liberty by his brave queen Margaret of Anjou. The old Abbey church, restored in 1875, by Sir Gilbert Scott, is a cruciform building of irregular architecture, 547 feet in length by 206 in breadth, with an embattled tower 146 feet high.

George along with the other first settlers of Ipswich, or Agawam, claimed all the land in it, having purchased it in 1638 of an Indian chief, 'Masconnomel,' the Sagamore of Agawam, for twenty pounds sterling, and what they did not divide among the members for their immediate use and improvement, or grant to others who came to settle among them, they held in common, and were called 'Commoners.' They appear to have been a body of proprietors distinct from the town. It was not till 1788 that they gave to the town, all their claim to the common land to pay the town debt. He was one of Major Denison's subscribers in 1640. He was one of twenty sworn freeholders who paid the highest rates out of two hundred and thirty in 1664.

George was elected by the freemen to be their Deputy or Representative to the General Court or General Assembly, from Ipswich in the years 1641, 1653, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1660, 1661, 1663, 1664, 1668, 1672, and 1675. He was elected Selectman in 1661 to 1675, and for a long time a ruling elder of the first church.

George at the age of seventy-seven died on the first day of June 1676, at Ipswich, Massachusetts. The inventory of his estate taken on the nineteenth day of June 1676, exhibited a total value of 1,021 pounds, 12 shillings, of which 152 acres of land with six acres of marsh, at Plumb Island, was appraised at 772 pounds.

Bibliography: Register of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The Giddings Family by Minot S. Giddings.

  Notes for Jane Lawrence:
[for the Lawrence descent from Charlemagne see Greene, David L. "The Royal Ancestry of the Ipswich (Massachusetts) and Long Island Lawrence Families" The Genealogist v.10 no. 1(Apr 1989):3-30]
Children of George Giddings and Jane Lawrence are:
  280 i.   Thomas Giddings, born 1638 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; died 19 Jun 1681 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (1) Elizabeth; married (2) Mary Goodhue 23 Feb 1657/58 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
  ii.   John Giddings, born Abt. 1639 in St. Albans, Hertford, England; died 03 Mar 1690/91 in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Sarah Alcock Abt. 1660; born 1642 in Kittery, York County, Maine; died 29 Dec 1711 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  Notes for John Giddings:
"He had a commonage (says Felt) granted 1667; was a commoner, 1678 and a lieutenant of militia, and was deputy to General Court, 1653, 1654, 1655...."

Sarah also may have married Henry Herrick. Sarah is daughter of John Alcock and Elizabeth ______. Information is from Ralph L. Giddings, 721 Parkview Dr, Ft Collins, CO 80525, 12/95; he also supplied her husband and children. Cf Stone-Gregg Genealogy (Alicia Crane Williams, ed., Balt.: Gateway Press, 1987). John Alcock was in York, ME by 1639 when he was rent collector for Sir Ferdinando Gorges (- "Gen. Dict. of ME & NH," Noyes, Libby & Davis, 1972 reprint, p. 59). See "Hist. of York, ME." C. E. Banks, 1931, I:114-115.

  Notes for Sarah Alcock:
Sarah Alcock, a Housewife, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Alcock was born on the twenty-eighth day of December 1639, at Dedham, Massachusetts. She married her first husband John Giddings in 1660, at Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Sarah at the age of seventy-two died on the twenty-ninth day of December 1711, at Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Bibliography: The Giddings Family by Minot S. Giddings.

  iii.   James Giddings, born 1641; married Elizabeth Andrews; born 07 Mar 1651/52 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
  iv.   Samuel Giddings, born 1645; married Hannah Martin.
  v.   Abigail Giddings, born Abt. 1649; died 14 Nov 1713 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Samuel Dutch 12 Feb 1672/73 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; born Jun 1650; died 1712.
  vi.   George Giddings, born Abt. 1650.
  vii.   Joseph Collins Giddings, born Abt. 1650; died 31 Mar 1691; married Susanna Rindge 20 Jul 1671 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; born Abt. 1656 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  viii.   Mary Giddings, born Abt. 1658; died 1711; married Samuel Pearce.

      564. Daniel Hitchins, born Abt. 1597 in England. He was the son of 1128. Gyles Hytchings and 1129. Alice Trotman.
Children of Daniel Hitchins are:
  i.   Joseph Hitchings, born Abt. 1637; died 31 Jul 1693 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts (Source: Lynn, Massachusetts Vital Records.); married Mary Edmonds 01 Sep 1657 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts (Source: Lynn, Massachusetts Vital Records.); born Abt. 1637; died Aft. 1693.
  Notes for Joseph Hitchings:
      Joseph died at Lynn on "the last of July 1693" (Lynn Vital Records) He married, as Joseph Hutchins at Lynn 1 SEptember 1657. Joseph died intestate and on 6 Nov 1693, Mary Hitchings, the administrator of the estate, with Daniel Hitchings of Lynn (Joseph's brother) posted bond. Witnesses were Stephen Sewall and John Blaney, Sr. (Essex Probate, 13400: Record Book 303:189)

According to Savage
HITCHENS, JOSEPH, Lynn, had Rebecca, b. 10 June 1662; Joseph, 3 Nov. 1664; Samuel, 10 Aug. 1666; Sarah, 30 Sept. 1671; Martha, 1674; Elizabeth 24 Oct. 1676; Elnathan, 1 Jan. 1679; and Ruth, 18 Mar. 1681.

File #: 13400
Name: Joseph Hitchens; Hitchings; Hitchins; Hichings; Hichens
File Date: 06 Nov 1693
Residence: Lynn
Type: administration
Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Index, 1638-1840

  282 ii.   Daniel Hitchings, born 1632 in England; died 15 Apr 1731 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (1) Eleanor Unknown Abt. 1654; married (2) Sarah Cushman 07 Nov 1695 in Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

      568. George Smith, born Abt. 1621; died Bef. 15 Dec 1674 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married 569. Mary French Abt. 1644.

      569. Mary French, born Bef. 06 Jan 1624/25 in Assington, Suffolk, England; died 01 Feb 1696/97 in Deerfield, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of 1138. Thomas French and 1139. Susanna Riddlesdale.

Notes for George Smith:
Ipswich, 1661, May 24th. George Smith is granted two hundred acres for 25, adventured by John Smith, 1628.

Sources: Linzee, J.W.,Jr.. "The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their Ancestors and Descendants". printed, Boston, Mass., 1913, p. 142, 286-303.

Mrs. Carle R. Hayward, "Thomas Smith, Wheelwright, of Ipswick, Mass, and some of his Descendents", New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume 110 (July 1956). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Smith of Ipswich".

Children of George Smith and Mary French are:
  284 i.   Thomas Smith, born 1648 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (1) Joanna Unknown 25 Oct 1671 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (2) Esther Morse 25 Oct 1675 in Newbury or Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  ii.   Sarah Smith, married John Newman 09 Nov 1664.
  iii.   Samuel Smith, born 13 Oct 1641; died 31 May 1727; married Sarah Clark 07 Jan 1672/73 in Medfield, Massachusetts.
  iv.   Elizabeth Smith
  v.   Mary Smith
  vi.   Rebecca Smith, married John Chapman; born 21 Apr 1651 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; died 19 Nov 1677.
  vii.   Joanna Smith

      570. Anthony Morse, born 09 Mar 1605/06 in Wiltshire, England; died 12 Oct 1686 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of 1140. Anthony Morse and 1141. Christian Unknown. He married 571. Mary Elizabeth Waldro Abt. 1639 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

      571. Mary Elizabeth Waldro

Notes for Anthony Morse:
Anthony and his brother, William, came to America from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England (no evidence of his place of residence) sailing from London on the ship James arriving in Boston, MA, 3 June 1635. Anthony settled in Newbury, MA, where he built a house in what is called "Newbury Old Town" on a slight "eminence" in a field about half a mile south of the old cemetery. I have read that it is still known as "Morse's Field."

Anthony and his brother were shoemakers. Anthony was made a "freeman" in 1636 and took the oath of allegiance in 1678. He and his wife were members of the Newbury, MA, church in 1674. It states in one of the town records that Anthony Morse, Senior, is to keep the meeting house and ring the bell and "see that the house be cleane swept, and the glasse of the windows to be carefully look't unto, if any should happen to be loosed with the wind, to be nailed close again."

I have found several different sources listing the children of Anthony Morse, none of them say by which wife, and the lists do not agree completely as to names and dates. I have not been able to research these lists of names and dates in person. Perhaps a future family historian might be able to correct any errors herein as more information is gathered, compared, and collated on computers.

Robert, b. in England, 27 Dec. 1629; m. (1) Elizabeth -----; m. (2) in Newbury, MA, 20 Oct. 1654, Ann Lewis. He lived in New Jersey.
Peter, place and date of birth unknown; was living in 1680; m. Mary -----. They had children and he was a proprietor of Elizabethtown, NJ.
Joseph, b. probably in Newbury, MA, ca. 1638; m. Mary -----.
Anthony, Jr., place and date of birth unknown; d. 25 Feb. 1677/8; m. (1) 8 May 1660, Elizabeth Knight; m. (2) 10 Nov. 1669, Mary Barnard.
Benjamin, b. probably in Newbury, MA, 28 March 1640; m. 26 Aug. 1667, Ruth Sawyer.
Sarah, b. in Newbury, MA, 1 May 1641; d. probably in Newbury, MA, 11 Dec. 1711; m. (1) in Newbury, MA, 24 June 1663, Amos Stickney; m. (2) in Newbury, MA, 17 Dec. 1684, Stephen Acreman of Newbury, MA.
Anne, places and dates of birth and death unknown; m. 5 Feb. 1655, Francis Thorlo, b. Nov. 1630; d. 26 Nov. 1703, son of Richard and Jane (-----) Thorlo. They had nine children.
Lydia, b. in Newbury, MA, May 1643; d. in Newbury, MA, 8 or 18 May 1646.
Lydia (again), b. in Newbury, MA, 7 Oct. 1647.
Mary, b. in Newbury, MA, 7 April 1649; d. in Newbury, MA, 14 June 1662.
Esther, b. 3 or 8 May 1651; m. in Newbury, MA, 26 Feb. 1666/7, Robert Holmes, who died 18 Sept. 1673. They had children.
Joshua, b. in Newbury, MA, 24 July 1653; d. in Newbury, MA, 28 May 1691/2; m. probably in Bradford, MA, ca. 1680, Joanna Kimball, place and date of birth unknown, d. in Newbury, MA 10 April 1691, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Smith) Kimball of Bradford. They had children.
a daughter, b. in Newbury, MA, date unknown; probably living in 1680; m. ----- Smith (perhaps his name was Thomas Smith and they might have had a son, Robert, in 1680.

Memorial Gifts Placed in the All Saints' Church, West Newbury, Massachusetts
The silver Communion service was given by Jessie Morse Soule in 'Gratitude for the God-fearing family founded here in 1635 by her ancestor, Anthony Morse.'

The last Will and Testament of Anthony Morse of Newbury, Mass. I anthony Morse of Newbury in the name of god amen i being sensible of my own frality and mortality being of parfit memory due make this as my last Will and testament cominding my sole to god that gave it and my body to the dust in hope of a joyful rasurixtion and as for my wourly goods I dispose of as foloieth,
I gve and bequeth to my son Joshua Morse making him my lawful eaire all my housing and lands both upland and meddow with my freehould and privilidge in all comon lands both upland and meddow alweais provided that if the toen of Newbury dou divide any part of the comon lands that then the on half part of that land which belongeth to me which cometh by vartu of my freehould shall be the lawful inheritance of my son benieman morse all so I geve to my son Joshua morse all mv cattell an horsis and sheep swuine and all my toules for the shumaking trade as allso my carte wheles dung pot plow harrow youkes chains houes forkes shovel spad grin stone yt as allso on father bed which he lieth on with a bouister and pillo and a pair of blinkets and covrlitt and tou pair of shetes a bed sted and mat a pot and a brass cetell the best of tou cettles and a belmetell scillet and tou platars and a paringer and a drinking pot and tou spoons and the water pails and barils and tobes all these about named I geve to my son Joshua and his eaires of his own body begoten lawfully than then all aboue geven to my son Joshua shall Return to the Rest of my children upon the peayment on good peay to my sons widow besides what estate she att any time brought to her husband she the said widdo shall enjoy the houl estate on half year before she shall surrender - also I geve to my son Robard Morse Eighteen pounds or his children to my son Peter morse or children L3, to my son Anthony morse children I geve L3 to my son Joseph morses children I geve L12 to my son Benieman Morse or children I geve L12 to my dafter Thorlo or children L12 to my dafter Stickney or children I geve L12 to my dafter Newman children I geve L12. to my dafter Smith or children I giev L12. to my grand son Richard Thorlo I geve an sheep to my grandson Robard Homes I giev fiev pounds allso I geve the Remainder of my housall which is not in partikelar geven to my son Joshua in the former part of this my will to all my children equally to be devided between them and my grand children hous parents are dead, namely anthonys children, Josephs children hanahs children, allso I dou by this my last will allow and geve loberty to my son Joshua morse hou is my Eaire to make sail and dispose of that land by the pine swamp which I had of Benieman lacon of that pece of land by John Akisons hous if he see Resan so to do. allso I du by this will apoynt my son Joshua morse to be my sole executor to peay all debtes and legacies by this will geven and to Receve all debtes allso I dou apoynt my loving and crisian frinds Cap danil Pears and Tristram Coffin and thomas noyes to be oversers of this my last Will Allso I dou apoynt my Exicutor to peay my son Robard and son peter within on yeare after my death on the other to be peaid within three years the plas of peayment to be newbury my will is that my son benieman shal have the on half of all comon lands when devided as above said in witnes thereof I anthony morse have hearunto Set my hand and seall this 28 Aprell, 1680.


Sinid selid and onid in the presense of us



that whereas I anthony morse in this my will abou said have geven on half of all comon lands if devided to my sonn benieman mors; my meaning iss that my sonn benieman shall haev the on half of my proportion of lands when devided, but my sonn Joshua to haev all my Rights in the lower comon this is my mind and will as witnes my seall this 20 of aprell 1680


Witness to this part of my Will

James Coffin

Mary Brown

Joshua Morse is allowed Exer to this will.

[Source: The Morse Genealogy, 1903/5, which notes that the will is on file at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts]

Children of Anthony Morse and Mary Waldro are:
  i.   Benjamin Morse, born 04 Mar 1639/40; married Ruth Sawyer; born 16 Sep 1648 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; died Aft. 1715.
  ii.   Sarah Morse, born 01 May 1641 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; died 07 Dec 1711 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Amos Stickney; born Abt. 1635 in Frampton, Lincolnshire, England; died 29 Aug 1678 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  Notes for Sarah Morse:
from the website
Sarah Morse Stickney
Her Second Family
by Larry Kline

From Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Ma. , Vol. VIII,
1680-1683 and vol XI Sept 25, 1683 to Apr 20 1686.

After the death of her husband, Sarah (Morse) STICKNEY had one more child: Mary, born on Jan. 10, 1680. She married Daniel PETTENGILL on Nov 13, 1699, had four children, died on Mar 7, 1706/7.

Most of the genealogies of the STICKNEY and MORSE families ingnore Mary. Those that do include her provide her with a date of birth early enough to have been conceived prior to Amos STICKNEY's death. However, it would appear incontrovertible that Mary was not the daughter of Amos STICKNEY, but the identity of her actual father will probably never be known. The controversy surrounding the her identity makes a most interesting story.

In early 1681, the court records of Essex County disclose that Sarah STICKNY, widow, was ordered to be whipped for fornication, unless she pay a fine. Elizabeth Brown and Sarah Hayes testified that she had a child born in January of the preceding year. Sarah Haynes and her husband Jonathan (who would be frequent witnesses against Sarah) testified in a subsequent hearing that after Sarah STICKNEY came from court at Salem where she was fined she said that court did not regard the sin so long as they could get the money.

The foregoing court hearing was just the beginning, however. In the first quarter of 1682, Sarah, now age 40, sued John ATKINSON for slander and won. Shortly thereafter, however, John ATKINSON sued Sarah, also for slander, and he won!. The record of this latter case contains extracts of a great deal of testimony, both relevant and irrelevant to the issue. The following is a summary of the relevant testimony:

Sarah testified that John ATKINSON was the father of her child, and that she had previously concealed this because of his promise to maintain the child, which he failed to do.

A witness placed John at Sarah's home in October of 1681.

A witness testified that he, Samuel LOWELL and John ATKINSON Jr. were riding by Sarah's house in the autumn of 1681 when she said to Samuel LOWELL....."you rogue, yonder is your child under the tree, go take it up and see it." Samuel LOWELL replied that it was none of his.

Sarah's oldest son John testified that John ATKINSON came to his mother's house and asked her to let John get some wine for him. ATKINSON gave John some money and he went to Mrs. Ann White's and brough back a quart. They both drank freely, after which ATKINSON sent [John] to bed.

A witness testified that Jonathan HAYNES (a frequent witness against Sarah in these cases) said that the widow STICKNEY told him the child was not Samuel LOWELL's but another man's child in the town.

Two witnesses testified that Sarah came into Jonathan HAYNES house when John ATKINSON and his wife were there and asked said John if he was going to deny his child, whereupon John's wife called her an impudent baud. Then Sarah used such opprobrious, reproachful and reviling speeches that HAYNES told her to go out of the house but she would not depart. Then Goody ATKINSON stepped to Goody STICKNEY and clapt her hand in her face and said she would spit in the face of any such that would call her a baud: and spit at her.

Sarah said in a sworn statement that John ATKINSON called her out of her house, told her that the court was near and he was going to Boston. He gave her 30s in money and asked her to be true to him. Her son John confirmed that conversation and further testified that when ATKINSON came to their house, he asked John to put his horse out of sight. John also testified that after his mother's child was born ATKINSON came to see her, took the child in his arms and kiss it.

A witness testified that John ATKINSON's hired man plowed Sara's fields and sowed her rye.

A witness testified that she was with Sarah at the birth of her child and that [Sarah] told her that Samuel LOWELL was the father, and when he went away he said he would bring her whittles and clouts.

A witness testified that John ATKINSON paid him the money he owed him because he was afraid he would witness against him and as he said disgrace him and his family.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the court apparently found Sarah guilty of slander, after having previously found against John ATKINSON. But the two slander cases were not the end of the litigation concerning Sarah and John. In still another action in the first quarter of 1682, Sarah brought a paternity and maintenance suit against Joh. Whether there were fewer witness or if the court record does not repeat previous testimony and written statements is unclear. New relevant testimony in this case was:

A witness testified that Sarah told her that the child was Samuel LOWELL's and she would have had him marry her and carry her to the Providence, but he said he had no money. [Sarah] said she had money enough. He told her that he would be back from sea by the next Christmas and would then marry her.

Jonathan and Sarah Haynes deposed that Sarah never mentioned the name of John ATKINSON in connection with the child.

In this case, John ATKINSON asked to be tried by a jury. The jury found him guilty of fathering the child, and ordered him to pay 12 shillings for the jury, 8 pounds for the past maintenance of the child, and 2 shillings, 6 pence per week until further order of court.

However the litigious pair were far from finished. A little later in 1682, Sarah brought charges against John that he had struck her with his staff so that her child almost fell into the fire. William MORSE, age 67 (Sarah;'s uncle) and Joshua MORSE, age 27 (Sarah's youngest brother) testified that John ATKINSON had said he had struck Sarah. John was ordered to pay 26 shillings.

In May of 1682, the following entry appears in the court's records: John ATKINSON of Newbury, being the reputed father of Sarah
STICKNEY's last child, complained that he was hard put to it to pay all charges, and court ordered that half of his payments should
be in money and the other half provisions or clothing for the said child at money price.

In September of 1682, John ATKINSON again petitioned the court for relief. John's petition argued that two shillings, six pence per week was too much for him to pay? According to ye common valluation of yvissions in this time of ye great scarcity of money, we in ye Country account eight pounds in money, at sixteene in other pay, or at ye least twelve pounds. And ye 2s 6d at 5s in common pay, I cannot thinke it is ye mind of ye Court y ye whole maintenance of such such a child should bee put uppon a reputed father (it is euident it is hers, & therefore hath Just reason to bear halfe) whereby ye mainteance of such a child should arise to bee double w others pay.

John's petition further argued that Sarah had been in the same condition once before in widowhood and [she had] endeavored to accuse an innocent person, and that such an allowance might be a precedent to induce such persons to commit lewdness when by their accusation they can force on wealthy persons and get increased income, for such persons have little conscience; that he was innocent of the crime, and if he were obliged to pay the full amount he would have to go to prison, for he had a wife and nine children, and asked to be allowed to take the child away and not be kept a continual slave to her who hath injured me, and Impudently and scoffingly insulteth ouer me.

At this hearing, John was also allowed to present new testimony:
James Myrick aged about thirty years, testified that he was in a neightor's house next to Goody STICKNEY's when she invited hm into her house. When he started to go away he said it was a dark lowry night and he asked if he might stay all night. She said he might and then went to bed. On account of some discourse she had with him then, he left the house. She also told him that Samuel LOWELL frewuently stayed there and LOWELL said that their improper relations were no more a sin than to smoke a pipe of Tobacco in the street, for that was a breach of the law.

Jonathan and Sarah Haynes testified that the widow STICKNEY told them that she had make Jams Myrick believe that she would lay her child to him, but he asked to be cleared and that afterward at Frances Thurley's she talked with James and several men's names were mentioned. They agreed to draw lots and James was the first to name his broth ATKINSON, whose name was drawn.

The court ordered that for the future John ATKINSON be freed from the weekly allowance provided he find some meet place for the child at his own cost, approved by one or more of the magistrates of the court, but in no case was he to keep the child at his own house. Should Sarah not deliver the child to the place he provided, he was to be discharged of one-half of the former allowance and she was to maintain the child at her own cost. John ATKINSON chose John Mihele of Newbury to raise the child, and the choice was approved by Robert Pike.

Also in the records of this hearing appears the statement that the child was born on January 10, 1680, and that her name was Mary. She had been entered into the town records as Mary ATKINSON. Later that year, however: Court being informed that the clerk of the writs of Newbery had entered the bastard child of Sarah STICKNEY of Newbery in the records of births as the child of John ATKENSON, upon whom she charged it, although he did not own it, it was declared to be a high irregularity, and the clerk was ordered to appear at the next Ipswich court unless he give satisfaction to said ATKENSON before that time. The clerk was ordered to erase the entry from the book of records and cause it, if it be returned to the county records, to be altered or erased from those records.

In the fourth quarter of 1683, John was back before the court, again seeking relief from the two shilling, six pence weekly stipend. During this hearing a petition from John's wife Sarah was presented: [Sarah ATKINSON had] bin sorely troubled and perplexed by reason of the troubles falne upon my husband John ATKINSON wch have bin very chargeable & vexatious by reason of the imperious dealings of Sarah STICKNEY, who having gotten an advantage because of the unjust course of Law uses it with a great deale of rigor, threatening & scoffing, that mine & my childrens lives are wearisome to us, who cannot goe up and downe quietly, but meet with that wch is grievous to us.

A witness testified that on October 10, 1782, John demanded the child of Sarah, as per a writing under Major Pike's hand [presumably to be placed with John Mihele] but she refused.

The court ruled that John was to pay by 15 pence per week from October 10, 1682 to April 10, 1683, and was to be wholly cleared from any further allowance toward the child's maintenance. This case seems to have finally ended the court battles between John and Sarah.

Sarah married Stephen ACKERMAN on December 17, 1684. As Mary would name her first born son Ackerman, it is presumed that she was close to her step-father, who would also have acquired as many as eight other minor step-children as the result of his marriage to Sarah. There is also an indication that Sarah may have married a third time to Enoch Pierce.

Sarah died December 7, 1711 in Newbury.

Since it is not known beyond a doubt who the father of Mary was she is listed as the last child of Sarah MORSE and Amos STICKNEY. She will be listed with the surname of STICKNEY.

  Notes for Amos Stickney:
"...names two brothers in will dated 27 Aughst 1678..."
"(98)p22 lists all his children.
(98)p17:"...came with his father to Rowley, MA, and was given by him the trade of a weaver, which tradition says he learnt from John Pearson...soon after the completion of his trade estavlished himself at Newbury, an adjoining town, as a weaver, his father having (as stated in his will)"not only given him a trade, but some part of the estate toward his settling there"...on January 19, 1658, he bought land with house in Newbury (Essex deeds, 2:81) and again on 13 May 1663 (Essex deeds 58:149)..."Amos Stickney took oath of fidelity to his Commonwealth this 25 of ye 3 mo. 1669 before me Robert Pike, Com"...his will was dated 27 August 1678, two days before he died..."

  285 iii.   Esther Morse, born 03 May 1651 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; died 10 Jan 1730/31 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (1) Robert Holmes 26 Feb 1668/69 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married (2) Thomas Smith 25 Oct 1675 in Newbury or Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  iv.   Joshua Morse, born 24 Jul 1653 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; married Joanna Kimball Abt. 1680; born in Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts.

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