Saturday, September 29, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Mixer of Watertown, Massachusetts


The Mixer family left Ipswich, England on 10 April 1634 on board the ship “Elizabeth”.  The party consisted of Isaac Mixer, age 31, wife Sarah age 33 and a son, Isaac, age 4.   He was made a freeman in Watertown, Massachusetts on 2 May 1638.  He left a will on 8 May 1655, and his estate was inventoried on 15 June 1655.  Isaac had been a town selectman and owned half of the ship Diligent, which was at sea when he died.  In his will he left the Diligent to his daughter, Sarah Stearns.

No one has written a Mixer genealogy, but the early generations of Mixers can be found in other compiled genealogies such as The Ancestry of Margaret Brooks Threlfall, by John Brooks Threlfall, 1985, or The Genealogy and Memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his Descendants, by Avis Stearns Van Wagenen, 1901 or Ancestors and Descendants of Clark Proctor Nichols and Sarah (Sally) Stoughton in England and America 1620 – 2001, by Clara Pierce Olson Overbo, 2002.

The genealogy below reads like a romance novel, with cousins marrying, step siblings marrying, and in-laws marrying after the deaths of the related spouses.  You may need a score card to keep track of this family... 

My Mixer Lineage:

Generation 1:  Isaac Mixer, born about 1601, died between 8 May and 19 June 1655 in Watertown, Massachusetts; married on 11 May 1626 in Capel, Suffolk, England to Sarah Thurston, who was born about 1605 and died 24 November 1681 in Watertown.  Two children.

Generation 2: Isaac Mixer, born about 1630 in England, died 22 November 1716 in Sudbury, Masssachusetts;  married first on 19 September 1655 to Mary Coolidge (two children);  married second on 10 January 1661 in Watertown to Rebecca Garfield, daughter of Edward Garfield and Rebecca Johnson (my ancestors) (14 children!); married third on 29 June 1687 to Mary Lathrop, widow of John Stearns and William French.   John Stearns was first married to his sister, Sarah Mixer, on 7 June 1653, and then to Mary Lathrop in 1656.  (Doesn't this sound like a soap opera? )  

Generation 3: Joseph Mixer, born on 9 August 1674 in Watertown, died 10 December 1723 in Watertown;  married before 1704 to Anna Jones, daughter of Josiah Jones and Lydia Treadway.  She was born on 28 July 1684 and died in 1736.  Nine children.

Generation 4: Joseph Mixer, born about 14 December 1705 in Watertown; married on 4 May 1726 in Watertown to Mary Ball, daughter of Daniel Ball and Mary Earle. She was born on 27 December 1709 in Watertown.  Eight children.

Generation 5: Mary Mixer, born 21 November 1727 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, died on 3 September 1793 in Woburn (now Burlington), Massachusetts; married first on 13 November 1749 in Lexington, Massachusetts to Daniel Simonds (one child); married second on 26 May 1763 to Andrew Munroe, son of George Munroe and Sarah Mooers (my ancestors),  two children; married third on 6 December 1774 to Caleb Simonds, (cousin of her first husband).

Generation 6:  Andrew Munroe, born 31 March 1764 in Lexington, died 7 August 1836 in Danvers, Massachusetts; married on 22 March 1785 in Woburn (now Burlington) to Ruth Simonds, daughter of Caleb Simonds (Andrew’s stepfather- thus they were step siblings growing up together) and his first wife, Susanna Converse.   Ruth was born 13 April 1763 in Woburn and died 29 January 1840 in Danvers.  Eleven children.

Generation 7:  Luther Simonds Munroe m. Olive Flint
Generation 8: Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 9: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my paternal grandparents)

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I am really impressed with how far back you can trace the Mixer family (1601! England!) as well as with the soap-opera aspect. Our ancestors didn't behave according to our expectations! Reading your thorough posts makes me want to study genealogy formally, instead of remaining an amateur. Thanks!

  2. Heather, my husband, Richard Worthington Mixter is a distant cousin of yours. He, too is descende from Isaac Mixer. His line is Isaac, Isaac, Joseph, Josiah, Samuel. Samuel, and your ancestor, Mary were siblings.

    1. Wow! That's a fun thing to know! I've seen the name spelled both ways in the records MIXER / MIXTER.