There is an account of the Edenden family in an old issue of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, that starts with the lineage in about the year 1500 in Cranbrook, Kent, England. William Iddenden, the son of Stephen, married a woman named Joane, and had eight children. Several of these children died of the plague in 1597.
In the next generation, William’s son, James died of the plague in 1597, too, but left a detailed will naming most of the family members. His brother, George, my ancestor, married first to a cousin, Sara Iddenden, and their three daughters also died of the plague in 1597. It is unknown how Sara died, but she was probably a plague victim, too. He remarried and had nine more children, one of which is my 9th great grandfather, Edmond Edenden.
Edmond Edenden was baptized in Cranbrook in 1599. He came to Massachusetts around 1637, when he was a proprietor at Scituate. He became a Freeman in 1641. In 1642 he was a representative to the General Court. At some point he removed to Boston. He had two children by his first wife, Elizabeth Wller, and six children by his second wife, Elizabeth Wightman/Whiteman/Whitman. It is not known when or where Edmond Edenden died in Massachusetts.
My 8th great grandmother is Edmond’s daughter, Sarah, who married Thomas Rand in 1656 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. This Edenden line daughters out very quickly in Massachusetts, but seems to have had an interesting history in Cranbrook, England. Except for the plague!
Much of this information was taken from the article “Genealogical Research in England”, NEHGS Register, January 1913, Volume 67, page 43 and from the book History of Scituate, Massachusetts by Samuel Deane, 1831.
My Edenden lineage:
Generation 1: Stephen Iddenden, born about 1500 in Cranbrook, Kent England, died before 1578
Generation 2: William Iddenden, born about 1530, died between 24 December 1578 and 23 January 1681/82 in Cranbrook; married to Joane. Seven children.
Generation 3: George Iddenden, baptized 18 July 1564 in Cranbrook, Kent, England and was buried on 24 April 1632 in Tenterden, Kent, England; married to his cousin, Sara Iddenden, daughter of John Iddenden and Christian Glover. She was baptized on 27 January 1571/72 in Cranbrook and died about 1597. The name of George’s second wife is unknown. He had three children with Sarah, and nine with his second wife.
Generation 4: Edmund Edenden, baptized 21 October 1599 in Cranbrook, died in Massachusetts; married first on 12 July 1625 in Cranbrook to Elizabeth Weller. She was baptized at Cranbrook on 24 December 1500 and buried at Tenterden on 2 August 1631. He married second on 1 February 1631/2 at Maidstone to Elizabeth Wightman. Eight children, two with his first wife, and six with his second wife.
Generation 5: Sarah Edenden, born about 1636 in England and died 26 June 1699 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married on 25 March 1757 in Charlestown to Thomas Rand, son of Robert Rand and Alice Sharpe. He was born in April 1627 and died 4 August 1683 in Charlestown. Twelve Children.
Generation 6: John Rand m. Mehitable Call
Generation 7: Caleb Rand m. Katherine Kettell
Generation 8: Caleb Rand m. Mary Mayhew
Generation 9: Mary Rand m. Asahel Bill
Generation 10: Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 11: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 12: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 13: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)
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