Not much is known about James Boutwell or his origins in England. He was made a freeman in Salem, Massachusetts on 14 February 1638/9. The Lynn, Massachusetts court records mention a wife named Mary in 1640. His will dated 22 August 1651 lists his wife as Alice, and his children John, James and Sarah. He must have died soon because his will was probated four days later on 26 August 1651.
His two sons, John and James Boutwell removed to Reading, Massachusetts from Lynn (a contiguous town). I decend from Sargent James Boutwell and his wife, Rebecca, the daughter of Deacon Thomas Kendall. Their gravestones are still standing at the Old Burying Ground in Wakefield, Massachusetts (formerly known as South Reading). Their daughter, Sarah Boutwell, married John Townsend in Reading in 1698, and there my Boutwell line daughters out.
Sources for Boutwell research:
Descendants of James Boutwell of Salem and Lynn, by Donald Erienkotter
“Descendants of Abraham Bryant,” New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 137, October 1983, page 238.
Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Massachusetts by Lilley Eaton, Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1874.
Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts
My BOUTWELL genealogy:
Generation 1: James Boutwell, born in England, died in August 1651; married to Alice Unknown. Three children possibly born in Massachusetts.
Generation 2: Sargent James Boutwell, born about 1642 in Massachusetts; died 5 December 1716 in Reading, Massachusetts; married on 15 June 1665 in Reading to Rebecca Kendall, daughter of Thomas Kendall and Rebecca Payne. She was born 10 February 1644 in Reading, and died 30 August 1713 in Reading. Ten children.
Generation 3: Sarah Boutwell, born 7 July 1677 in Reading, died 18 September 1737 in Reading; married on 28 April 1698 in Reading to John Townsend, so of John Townsend and Sarah Pearson. He was born 17 March 1675 in Lynn and died January 1757 in Reading. Six children.
Generation 4: Sarah Townsend, born 25 March 1705 in Lynn; married on 17 June 1725 in Reading to Deacon Brown Emerson, son of Peter Emerson and Mary Brown. He was born 16 April 1704 in Reading and died 16 March 1774 in Reading. Ten children. Sarah Townsend and Brown Emerson are the ancestors of astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. of Derry, New Hampshire through two of their daughters.
Generation 5: John Emerson m. Katherine Eaton
Generation 6: Romanus Emerson m. Jemima Burnham
Generation 7: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 8: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Allen (my grandparents)
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