Saturday, March 17, 2012

Surname Saturday - Follett of Salem, Massachusetts


It is not known where Robert Follett was born, nor do we know the year.  He was married in 1655 in Salem to Persis Black. He was a fisherman and a farmer.  They joined the church in 1686.  He owned property, a house and a farm with 130 acres.  In 1703 he transferred his house and the lot to a grandson, William Herbert (son of Mary).   In 1704 he transferred his farm and acreage to his sons Isaac and Benjamin.   Not much more is known about Robert Follett.

There were other Folletts, probably unrelated, living in Dover, New Hampshire.  All these Folletts, including Robert of Salem, are outlined in the Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Volume II, page 178. The marriages of Robert and his sons are listed in Torrey’s New England Marriages, Volume I, page 557 and 558. There is a very brief sketch of Robert Follet and his family in The History of Salem, by Sidney Perley, Volume II, page 385.

There is a microform of The Descendants of John Follett, 1669-1718, Son of Robert of Salem by Katherine R. Follett at the New England Historic Genealogical Society call number CS71.F665 1985.   There is also a book that covers Robert Follett and some of his descendants called Branches of my Family Tree – The Follett Branch, by Helen Carpenter Burns, available to read online at in the Family History Books link, title number 739415. 


The Follett Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Follett, born about 1625 and died 1708 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 19 November 1655 in Salem to Persis Black, daughter of John Black and Susanna Unknown.  She was born about 1633 and died before 1704.  Ten children:
1. Mary Follett, born 1656, married John Herbert
2. Benjamin Follett, born about 1657, married Patience Doughty
3. Robert Follett, born 20 September 1659, married Remember Moses
4. Susanna Follett, born 1 June 1662, married Joseph Sibley
5. Hannah Follett, (see below)
6. Ruth Follett, born 17 December 1667
7. John Follett, born 10 July 1669, married Martha Callum
8. Abraham Follett, born 23 December 1671, married Sarah Callum
9. Isaac Follett, (twin) born 30 July 1674, married Sarah Carpenter
10.  Rebecca Follett, (twin) born 30 July 1674

Generation 2: Hannah Follett, born 23 December 1664 in Salem; married on 23 December 1687 in Salem to John Southwick, son of John Southwick and Hannah Flint.  John was born January 1667 and died about 1742.  Seven children.

Generation 3: John Southwick married Mary Trask
Generation 4: Elizabeth Southwick married Robert Wilson
Generation 5: Robert Wilson married Elizabeth Southwick
Generation 6: Robert Wilson married Sarah Felton
Generation 7: Robert Wilson married Mary Southwick
Generation 8: Mercy F. Wilson married Aaron Wilkinson
Generation 9: Robert Wilson Wilkinson married Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 10: Albert Munroe Wilkinson married Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson married Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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