Saturday, September 27, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ GIDDINGS of Ipswich, Massachusetts

The Giddings Family Register Chest of Drawers
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont


George Giddings and his wife, Jane Lawrence, with three indentured servants, were aboard the ship Planter which came to Boston on 2 April 1635.  He brought with him a letter of recommendation from the rector at St. Albans, his home town.  You can read all about the Lawrence family, which was also aboard the Planter with three generations and more servants, in my Surname Saturday post last week at this link:

George Giddings was from a wealthy family in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England, and he is mentioned in his father’s will.  He also had a marriage bond which mentions his future step-father-in-law, John Tuttle. Upon settling at Ipswich, Massachusetts with his extended Lawrence and Tuttle in-laws, he served as deputy to the General Court, selectman, and was a deacon of his church. 

George Giddings left extensive probate records in Essex County when he died intestate in 1676.  He was one of the highest tax payers in Ipswich, and his estate was valued at over 1020 pounds sterling.  I descend from two of his eight children.  They are two long lineages that stay in Ipswich or Ipswich’s Chebacco Parish (now the town of Essex) since every generation lived there, right down to my mother who was born in Ipswich!

For more information on the GIDDINGS family:

The Great Migration, Volume III G-H, pages 52 -56 “George Giddings”

Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts, by Abraham Hammatt, 1880 (Known as the Hammatt Papers)  (available online at )

Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600 – 1700, by John Camden Hotten, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1980.

The Giddings Family: or, the Descendants of George Giddings who came from St. Albans, England to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635 by Minot S. Giddings, 1882.

For more information on the Giddings Family Register Chest at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, click at this link:

For the English origins of George Giddings see the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, volume 135, pages 274 – 286.

My GIDDINGS genealogy:

Generation 1:  George Giddings, son of John Giddings and Joan Purrier.  He was born 24 September 1609 in Clapham, Bedfordshire, England and died 1 June 1676 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 20 February 1634 in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England to Jane Lawrence, daughter of Thomas Lawrence and Joan Antrobus.  She was born 18 December 1614 in St. Albans, died 2 March 1680 in Ipswich.  Eight children and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A:

Generation 2: Thomas Giddings m. Mary Goodhue
Generation 3: William Giddings m. Sarah Hitchings
Generation 4: Thomas Giddings m. Martha Smith
Generation 5: Sarah Giddings m. Amos Burnham
Generation 6: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 9:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2:  John Giddings m. Sarah Alcock
Generation 3: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 4: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 5: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 6: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 7: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 8: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents, see above)

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  1. Sheesh, how many cousin connections do we have, Heather? I descend from George Giddings and Jane Lawrence from John, right down to Mark Haskell and Martha Tuttle/Tuthill. Then through Jabez's sister Elizabeth, who married Jeremiah Fitts. And what a neat register on the chest!

  2. Yep, another connection, along with the Tuthills/Tuttles and Haskells.

  3. Hi there cousin Karen. I'm descended from Mark Haskell & Martha Tuttle's daughter Martha Haskell and her husband John Safford.

    1. Hi Bill! Always great to have a cousin "shout out", ha.