Saturday, May 11, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Barstow


The North River
photo by Bill West, used with permission

William "Beeresto", age 23, came to Massachusetts in September 1635 on the ship Truelove, with his brother George, following his brother Michael who had arrived earlier.  On the passenger list he is listed as "Beeresto".   He first settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, and later went to the part of the town of Scituate that became the town of Hanover in 1727. He took the oath of Freeman in 1649.

William Barstow built the first bridge over the North River at Stony Beach.  He was a tavern keeper and also a selectman and surveyor of highways.   His house was located “about 40 rods back of the site of the Second Congregational Church on Oakland Avenue.  Its cellar hole can still be seen [note: 1937].  William Barstow was the pioneer shipbuilder in Hanover, near Barstow’s Bridge, the first bridge over the North River, built by him in 1656.  He received from the colony £12 for its erection.”  (From History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254 – 1937, by L. Vernon Briggs, Three volumes, 1937)

For more information on William Barstow you may consult The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607 – 1776, by Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987 (also on CD) and there is a sketch of William Barstow in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 -1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS, 2001, Volume 1, pages 174 to 180, as well as sketches of his brothers, George and Michael Barstow.

My lineage from William Barstow:

Generation 1: Matthew Barstow, baptized 29 June 1565 in Shelf, North Halifax, Yorkshire, England; married to Isabell Hill.  Five children, including Michael, George and William who came to America.

Generation 2:  William Barstow, born about 1612 in England, died 1 January 1668/9 in Dedham, Massachusetts; married on 8 May 1638 in Dedham to Anna Hubbard, daughter of James Hubbard and Naomi Cocke.  She was born about 1616 in Hendlesham, England, and died after 23 June 1674 in Hull, Massachusetts.  Six children.

Generation 3: Mary Barstow, born 28 December 1641 in Dedham, died 16 November 1708 in Stonington, Connecticut; married on 14 May 1656 in Boston, Massachusetts to William Ingraham, son of Richard Ingraham.  He was born about 1629 in England and died 4 May 1721 in Groton, Connecticut. Six children.

Generation 4: William Ingram m. Elizabeth Chesebrough
Generation 5: Patience Ingraham m. Ebenezer Bill
Generation 6:  Asahel Bill m. Mary Rand
Generation 7: Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 8: Professor Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Please click this link to read Bill West's blog post (he is also a Barstow descendant) with photos of the North River area where William Barstow had his land:
Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. I am certainly acquiring a general "sense" of New England names from your blog. I have heard of "Barstow" before, but none of the other variations. All sound very English to me. My ancestors, also English, must have come from different parts of England: Boone, Patey, Crofts, then the Irish Lynch and the Scots Fraser. For example.

    I was in Dedham last weekend.