Saturday, December 24, 2011

Surname Saturday - Emery


Anthony Emery arrived in Boston aboard the ship “James” on 3 April 1635 with his wife, children and his brother John.  They all settled in Newbury, Massachusetts until about 1640, when Anthony removed his family to Dover, New Hampshire.  He was one of the signers of the “Dover Combination” on 22 October 1640.   He ran a tavern, which burned down in 1643, and this petition allowed him to stay in business:

"Right worp com of the Massachusetts
The humble peticon of Anthony Emry of Dover
Humbly showeth
Unto your good worp that your poore peticonr was licenced by the towne abousd to keept an ordinary wh shd give Dyet & to sell beere & wine as was accustomed & sithence there was an order that none but one should sell wine upon which there hath beene complaint made to your worp as Mr. Smyths saith & hee hath in a manner discharged your petr weh wilbe to your petr great damage haueing a wife & 3 children to maintain & not a house fitted for present to liue in haueing had his house & goods burnt downe to the ground "Humbly beseeching yor worp to bee pleased to grant to your petr that he may sell wine & that Mr. Smyth may be certified thereof hee keeping good order in his house & he shall as hee is in Duty bound pray for your worps health & happyness."
On 7 March 1643/4, "Anthony Emery of Dover, his petition is refered to the next Cort at Dover, & hee is alowed liberty to draw out his wine in the meane time."

By 1649 he had removed again, this time to Kittery, Maine near Sturgeon’s Creek, where he was fined in October 1650 for selling alcohol without a license, but at the same time granted an order to keep an “ordinary” (tavern) and also a ferry.  Later, there were several people from Kittery and Dover rounded up for entertaining Quakers, including Anthony Emery.  He was fined the heaviest, ten pounds and ten shillings for lying to the court.  He tried to deed his land to his son, James, so he could leave Kittery for Rhode Island, but his wife changed her mind and sued him for her portion and returned to Kittery.    Apparently they never lived together again.  He was a freeman and shoemaker in Portsmouth, Rhode Island by 1660 and apparently died there sometime before 8 June 1681 when his will leaves his land to his daughter, Rebecca. 

The Emery Genealogy:

Generation 1. Anthony Emery,  baptized on 29 August 1601 in Romsey, Hampshire, England as the son of John Emery and Agnes Northend, and died perhaps on 30 March 1680 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island; married Frances Unknown. Three children.  
1. Rebecca Emery, married first Robert Weymouth, second Thomas Sadler, third to Daniel Eaton of Little Compton, Rhode Island.
2. Unknown Emery
3. James Emery (see below)

Generation 2:  James Emery, baptized at Romsey, Hampshire, England on 18 September 1631, married first to Elizabeth Unknown mother of his children, married second to Elizabeth (Newcomb) Pidge, widow of John Pidge.   Seven children:
1. Elizabeth Emery, born about 1657, married Sylvanus Nock
2. James Emery, born about 1658, married Margaret Hitchcock
3. Sarah Emery (see below)
4.  Zachariah Emery, born about 1662, married Elizabeth Goodwin
5. Noah Emery, born about 1663, married Elizabeth Unknown
6.  Daniel Emery, born 13 September 1667 married Margaret Gowen
7. Job Emery, born 1670 married Charity Nason

Generation 3. Sarah Emery married John Thompson
Generation 4. John Thompson married Mary Stacy
Generation 5. Mary Thompson married Richard Nason
Generation 6.  Mercy Nason married William Wilkinson
Generation 7. Aaron Wilkinson married Mercy F. Wilson
Generation 8. Robert Wilson Wilkinson married Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 9. Albert Munroe Wilkinson married Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10. Donald Munroe Wilkinson married Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

There is a sketch of Anthony Emery in The Great Migration: Immigrants to America, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, Volume II, pages 441 – 446.   There is a book Genealogical Records of Descendants of John and Anthony Emery of Newbury, Mass., 1590 – 1890, by Reverend Rufus Emery, 1890. 

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Heather-- the Emerys seem to have been a pretty interesting family. We think of the Puritans as being stodgy, but they couldn't have been too bad if they taverns!

    Oh, and we're cousins here too... I'm decended from Anthony's brother John. :-)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!