Showing posts with label Putnam. Show all posts
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Flint of Massachusetts

FLINT  (see comments and link below for an update to this blog post)

This is a tale of two brothers, and I descend from both!

Thomas Flint, probably of Wales, settled in Salem Village, which is now the town of Danvers, Massachusetts.  He was a freeman in March 1637/8 and he bought land in 1654, and another lot in 1662.   According to a Flint genealogy book he came to the New World with his mother, who lived with his brother, William.   I descend from two of Thomas’s sons.

Brother William Flint settled in Salem, Massachusetts around 1640.  Tradition says he left a wife in England, and married again in 1644 to Alice Williams.  Over the years he left records as members of juries, as overseer of fences and as overseer of highways.  He owned land and at the time of his death in 1673  his estate was worth 911 pounds and 15 shillings.  He left his land to his sons and a son-in-law, but nothing to his daughters stating he “had given them enough”.  There was a suit over the will which was not resolved until 1694!   I descend from one of these daughters, Hannah (Flint) Southwick.

There are several resources for Flint family information:

The Family Histories of Charles Edwin Flint, Jr. and Bessie Hazel Lee, by Rosalie V. M. Flint & Kathleen A. B. Hedrick, Quincy, WA, 1981.  

Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem, complied by John Flint and John H. Stone, Boston: NEHGS, 1994. 

History of Salem, by Sidney Perley, 1924 - 1928 (three volumes)

My Flint lineages:

Generation 1: Thomas Flint, born about 1603 in Wales, died 15 April 1663 in Salem Village, Massachusetts; married about 1644 in Salem to Ann Unknown.  Six children.  Ann remarried to John Southwick. 

Lineage A1:
Generation 2: Thomas Flint, born about 1645 in Salem Village, died 24 May 1721; married first on 22 May 1666 to Hannah Moulton, daughter of Robert Moulton and Abigail Good (two children); married second on 15 September 1674 to Mary Dounton (my 7x great grandmother), daughter of William Dounton and Rebecca Unknown (nine children); married third on 12 June 1677 to Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of John Johnson and Elizabeth Maverick.   

Generation 3: Jonathan Flint, born 8 November 1689 in Salem Village; married on 18 February 1723 to Mary Collston, daughter of Elizabeth Collston, born on 22 September 1704 in Reading, Massachusetts. Two children.

Generation 4: Jonathan Flint, born 11 August 1730 in Reading, died 1800 in Reading; married  first on 1 August 1751 In Salem to Lydia Proctor, daughter of John Proctor and Lydia Waters, great granddaughter of John Proctor, hung as a witch in 1692, She was born 31 March 1730 in Salem.  Eight children.   Jonathan Flint married second to Sarah Smith, no children.

Generation 5: John Flint, born on 3 Aril 1761 in North Reading, died 26 August 1836 in North Reading; married first on 22 July 1783 to Mehitable McIntire. Two children.  John Flint married second to Phebe Flint, daughter of George Flint and Hannah Phelps, his distant cousin, and my 4x great grandmother.  Eight children.

Generation 6: Olive Flint, born 27 July 1805 in Reading, died 26 November 1875 in Peabody, Massachusetts; married on 3 September 1826 in Reading to Luther Simonds Munroe, son of Andrew Munroe and Ruth Simonds.
Generation 7: Phebe Cross Munroe married Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 8: Albert Munroe Wilkinson married Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 9: Donald Munroe Wilkinson married Bertha Louise Roberts

Lineage A2:

Generation 2: George Flint, born 6 January 1652 in Salem, died 23 June 1720 in the North Precinct (now North Reading, Massachusetts); married first to Elizabeth Putnam, daughter of Nathaniel Putnam and Elizabeth Hutchinson.  She was born 11 August 1662 in Salem, died 6 March 1697, and had 10 children.  She was my 7x great grandmother.  George Flint married second on 2 March 1699 to Susannah Gardner, daughter of Thomas Gardner and Elizabeth Horne.  No children.

Generation 3: George Flint, born 1 April 1686 in Reading; married on 9 July 1713 to Jerusha Pope, daughter of Joseph Pope and Bethshua Folger (first cousin to Benjamin Franklin, statesman).  She was born on 1 Apri 1695 in Salem and died 29 June 1781.  Seven children.

Generation 4: George Flint, born 16 November 1728 in North Reading, died 31 August 1808; married on 13 November 1753 in Andover, Massachusetts to Hannah Phelps, born 27 April 1728 in Andover, died 5 May 1805 in North Reading.  Seven children.

Generation 5: Phebe Flint (see generation 5 above)

(see an update to this blog post at this link: )

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Trask of Salem, Massachusetts

from the website 

We often hear “there were four brothers who came to America”, one of the popular genealogy myths that is often disproven.
 The myth is that there were four Trask brothers: Henry, John, William and Osmond.  All the these Trasks left records and descendants in Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, but there is no proof they were all brothers or even kin.

Osmond Trask married Elizabeth Gully on 22 May 1663 in Beverly, Massachusetts and had six children who all married and left descendants.  John, Henry and William Trask lived in Salem.   Captain William Trask arrived first on “Zouch Phenix” in 1624, as the military leader of a Dorchester Company fishing station on Cape Ann.  It is very likely he made several trips back and forth across the Atlantic in the early 1620s.  He settled in Salem and had six children.  Pope and Savage attributed some of Henry Trask’s children to William Trask, so be careful when looking up his family record.  There is a Trask Burial Ground in Peabody, Massachusetts (formerly Salem).

In the records it states that William Trask operated a windmill for grinding grain. According to the Great Migration “Ownership of the mill and the surrounding plain was a subject of great controversy in the August 1686 term of the Essex court [ EQC 46:21].”   In the Great Migration Begins, Robert Charles Anderson does not think that Henry Trask is a relation to William, and I tend to believe his conclusion over other books.  Anderson also states that “The mill was a lasting bone of contention with some of his neighbors, and at court 30 November 1652 Capt. Traske was presented for having no suitable weights in his mill [ EQC 1:274]. “ and other matters in court to do with the windmill.  This windmill and the land it sat on would be in present day Peabody, Massachusetts.

Will of William Trask, SR.

The will of William Trask, sr., of Salem, was proved in the court held at Salem June 28, 1666. The following copy is transcribed from the original instrument on file in the office of the clerk of courts at Salem, volume XI, leaf 134.

Theƒe pƒents testifie That I william Traske senior of Salem hauiug at this time my sense & memory Though weake in bodie do make this my last will & Testament this 15th of may 1666
Imprimis I giue unto Sarah my wife the north end of my dwelling house during the tearm of her life I doe allso apoint that shee ƒhall haue some of the fruit of the orchard for her owne use & a little ƒspot for a garden if ƒshee desires it during the time of her life
Item I giue unto Sarah my wife ƒsixteene pounds p annum to bee paided unto her yearelie for her maintenance during the time of her life, & allƒsoe I giue her a cow, which cow is to bee sommerd & winterd for her, by the executors during the time of her life
Item I giue unto my ƒson william all the meadow that lyeth vpon the ƒside of the riuer betweene the upper & the lower mills & allƒo the upper mill pond to william
Item I giue unto my two daughters Sarah & Sussan ƒsixteene pounds a peice
Item I giue unto my daughter mary twentie ƒix pounds & this to bee paid out of my estate by my executors in the ƒspace of three yeare after my decease
Item I giue unto my grandchildren 10s a peice
Item I doe apoint my two sons william & John to be executors of this my last will & testament giuing them all the rest of my estate to bee equalli deuided betweene them

William m Traske senior

Item as concerning my household ƒtuff I apoint that none of it ƒhall bee made away or disposed of so long as my wife liues but she to haue the free use of it as formerly & after her decease I giue vnto my daughter mary the great brasse pan & to my ƒon william my bed & bedding that I now lye upon & the reƒt to be devided as above ƒsaid in the presenceSignum

William W Traske senior
Joseph O Boice
John Hill

My Trask Lineage:
Generation 1: William Trask, son of Nicholas Trask, born 14 December 1585 in East Coker, Somersetshire, England, died before 18 May 1666 in Salem, Massachusetts; married to Sarah Unknown, and she died after 1666.  Six Children:
1. Sarah Trask, born January 1634 m. Elias Parkman
2. Mary Trask, born January 1637 m. John Loomis
3. Susanna Trask, born 10 June 1638 m. Samuel Eborne
4. William Trask (see below)
5. John Trask, born 18 September 1642, m1 Abigail Parkman, m2 Mary Clarke
6. Elizabeth Trask, born 21 September 1645

Generation 2: William Trask, born before 19 September 1640 in Salem, died before 26 March 1691 in Salem; married first on 18 January 1666 to Ann Putnam, daughter of Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke, born 25 August 1645  and died 14 September 1676 in Salem; married second to Anna Unknown (my ancestress). 
Five children with Ann Putnam:
1. Ann Trask, born 1668 m. Isaac Brooks
2. Elizabeth Trask, born 16 March 1670 m. Benjamin Hanson
3. Sarah Trask, born 1672 m. John Williams
4. William Trask, born 7 September 1674 m. Ann White
5. Susanna Trask, born 3 November 1676 m. Jonathan Fuller

Four children with Anna:
1.  John Trask, born 1678 m. Hannah Osborn
2. Mary Trask (see below)
3. George Trask, born January 1691
4. Elizabeth Mary Trask

Generation 3: Mary Trask, born March 1683 in Salem, died before 1767 in Danvers; married on 8 January 1710 in Salem to John Southwick, son of John Southwick and Hannah Follett, born on 13 December 1688 in Salem, died before 7 October 1771. Seven children.

Generation 4.  George Southwick and Sarah Platts
Generation 5. Mary Southwick and Robert Wilson
Generation 6. Mercy F. Wilson and Aaron Wilkinson
Generation 7. Robert Wilson Wilkinson and Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 8. Albert Munroe Wilkinson and Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 9. Donald Munroe Wilkinson and Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

For more information:

EQC  (Essex Quarterly Court Records), many entries

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620 -33, by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, Volume 3, pages 1834-1837.

The Essex Genealogist, Volume 21, pages 24 -27.

History of Salem, by Sidney Perley, Volume 1, pages 94 -96 for a sketch of the early generations of the Trask family.

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Peabody Essex Museum - Not so Wordless Wednesday

The East India Marine Society was founded in 1799 in Salem, Massachusetts. Membership was limited to those captains who had sailed around Cape Horn or the Cape of Good Hope. They shared information on voyages, started a library, and provided benefits to widows and children of members who died at sea. Part of their mission was to also collect “natural and artificial curiosities”. By 1824 there were more than 3,000 items In the collections, so a new museum was created in 1825. At the dedication ceremony there were dignitaries from near and far, including President John Quincy Adams, and Salem’s own justice on the US Supreme Court, Joseph Story. John White Treadwell (1785 – 1857), the secretary of the East India Marine Society, read a toast to the president at the dinner that followed. He was my second cousin six generations removed, great grandson of our common ancestor, Nathaniel Treadwell of Ipswich (1677-1723).

Marine Hall in March
(complete with a pile of dirty snow)

Over the years many of my Salem ancestors were part of the East India Marine Society, the Essex Institute and the Peabody Essex Museum. Dr. Andrew Nichols (1785 – 1853) was the president of the Essex Institute from 1836 – 1848). His grandson, another Dr. Andrew Nichols (1862-1897) married Mary Ann Bill (1861-1910) sister to my great grandmother Isabella Lyons Bill. My Great great grandfather, Peter Hoogerzeil (1841 – 1908) sailed around the world collecting curiosities which were donated to the museum. The most famous family member, George Jacobs (1612-1692) who was hung as a witch, was an exhibit himself. His finger bones and canes were exhibited in the museum as curiosities when I was a child, but I haven’t seen them on display in many years. I guess it's not politically correct anymore to display something like that.

In 1992 the Essex and Peabody Institutes merged into the Peabody Essex Museum. There are more than 840,000 works of art and culture, from maritime and American art to Asian, Oceanic and African art and export art. Today it is more of an art museum, and the mummies, stuffed animals and curiosities I remember seeing as a child are only a small portion of the exhibits.

We visited the PEM again last weekend, and I saw more things related to our family’s long history in Salem. Some I remember from years ago, and others were new to me. I guess that with nearly a million items in storage, they are constantly showing new things, and changing the displays. Here are a sampling…

Chest built by Symonds of Salem for
Benjamin Putnam (1664-1715)
brother to my ancestor Elizabeth Putnam,
who married George Flint in 1679

This is a logbook by Thorndike Proctor
(a descendant of my ancestor John Proctor (1631-1692) hung as a witch)
from the brig Ocean on a voyage to Hispanola in 1783-84
M856 1783o / Log 1783o

The salon of the yacht Cleopatra's Barge
built by Retire Becket (1754 - 1831) my 2nd cousin many generations removed
see the story from January 2011 for the Becket family of Salem.
The yacht was sold to King Kamehameha II, and it sunk off the coast of Hawaii

Chest by Symonds of Salem built for my 7 x great grandparents
Joseph Pope and Bathsheba Folger married in 1679
(see the inscription with their initial and date)
see this link for more on the Pope Valuable Chest-
it's a long, interesting story!

If you have ancestors who lived in Salem or nearby, the PEM's Phillips Library should be on your list of places for research. The website contains schedules, which is important because it is only open two days a week. You can also check out the card catalog online. Their collections are superb for early colonial, maritime and trade history (especially Aisian export trade), containing manuscripts, newspapers and other rare documents. The museum also has photographs and nautical navigation charts.

Peabody Essex Museum

East India Marine Hall

A list of the original 1800 members of the East India Marine Society can be found at this link:

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Monday, October 11, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - A Horrific Accident!

My 7x great grandfather, George Flint, lived in what is now Reading, Massachusetts. It was considered a frontier town, on the edge of the wilderness, when he settled there in about 1682. He built a garrison house, for his family and to protect his neighbors.

From “Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Massachusetts”, pages 72-3.

“Tradition says that his was the first framed house in the Precinct, and that it was early used as a garrison house in the Precinct, while there were hostile Indians in the Colony. Another circumstance connected with this family is, that on a certain Sabbath all the family were absent at church (five miles distant) but two daughters of Sergt. Flint, who were left at home in charge of the house. During their absence, one of the daughters took a pistol, and aiming it at the other, said: "Suppose you were an Indian, how easily I could shoot you!" At that moment the pistol went off and lodged its contents in the shoulder of her sister, which crippled her for life. Mary, the wounded daughter, is listed as a cripple in her father's will. Sergt. Flint was selectmen of the town and a very influential citizen.”

Grandfather, Nathaniel Putnam also gave Mary Flint a double portion in his will “because she hath a lame arm”. Mary Flint never married. It is unknown which sister caused the accident, or how old the girls were when this horrific accident happened.

This story is also repeated in “New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial” by William Richard Cutter, Volume II, page 1384; in “The Vermont Historical Gazeteer” Volume II, page 1024, 1871, in the article “Deacon Samuel Flint” by Mrs. Mary A. Flint Keyes; and also in “Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire”, Volume II, page 629, by the Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1908.

The Flint Family:

Generation 1. Thomas Flint, born about 1603 in Wales, died 15 April 1663 in Salem Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts; married in Salem about 1644 to Ann (maiden name unknown), who died 1710. She remarried after Thomas’s death to John Southwick, who is my 9x great Grandfather in a different lineage. Thomas Flint is my 8x great grandfather.

Generation 2. George Flint, born 6 January 1652 in Salem, died 23 June 1720 in the North Precinct (now Reading, Massachusetts); married in Salem on 2 March 1679 to Elizabeth Putnam, daughter of Nathaniel Putnam and Elizabeth Hutchinson, born 11 August 1662 in Salem, died 6 March 1697 in Salem Village. George is my 7x great grandfather, and his brother Thomas is also my 7x great grandfather. George remarried after Elizabeth’s death to Susannah Gardner on 2 March 1699, she was the granddaughter of Thomas Gardner and Margaret Frier, my 9x great grandparents in another lineage.

Elizabeth’s second cousin, Thomas Putnam married Ann Carr in Salem in 1678. She was the infamous “Ann Putnam” who was the most outspoken witness against her neighbors in the 1692 witch trials. Ann Putnam, Jr. was one of the “afflicted” teen aged witnesses against many Salem citizens. She begged for forgiveness in 1706 and read a confession in front of the Salem Village congregation.


1. Elizabeth Flint, born 19 August 1685, married Ebenezer Damon

2. George Flint, born 1 April 1686, married Jerusha Pope (my 6x great grandparents)

3. Anna Flint, born 18 April 1687, married Jonathan Parker (he was the grandson of Thomas Kendal and Rebecca Payne, my 9x great grandparents in another lineage)

4. Ebenezer Flint, born 16 December 1689, married Tabitha Burnap

5. Nathaniel Flint, born 21 Oct 1690, died young

6. Mary Flint, born November 1691(the crippled child)

7. Mercy Flint, born 7 October 1692, married Benjamin Damon (brother to Ebenezer above)

8. Nathaniel Flint, born January 1694, married Mary Stearns

9. Hannah Flint, born 12 February 1695, married John Hunt

10. John Flint, born 4 March 1696, died young

Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo