BATCHELDER / BACHILER / BACHELLOR / BATCHELLER
The memorial at Founder's Park, Hampton, New Hampshire
A LITTLE BAND OF PIONEERS
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF
REV. STEPHEN BACHILER
OF SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND
SEEKING A LARGER LIBERTY
IN OCTOBER 1638
SETTLED IN THE WILDERNESS
NEAR THIS SPOT
TO PLANT A FREE CHURCH
IN A FREE TOWN
THEY WERE JOINED IN 1639 BY OTHERS
AND IN THAT YEAR
THE TOWN WAS INCORPORATED
TO DO HONOR TO
THE FOUNDERS AND FATHERS OF HAMPTON
TO EXALT THE IDEALS
FOR WHICH THEY TROVE
AND AS AN INSPIRATION TO POSTERITY
THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED
OCTOBER 14, 1935
First he went to Lynn, where he was the first minister, from August 1632 until 1636. Then he was in Yarmouth, on Cape Cod, in 1637 and Newbury in 1638. From 1638 until 1641 he lived at Hampton, New Hampshire where he founded another church. He separated from his wife, Mary, and asked the court for a divorce, and then, about age 93, he left for England. The court records in York show her being branded with the letter A on 15 October 1651, for adultery. The Reverend Bachiler died nearly 100 years old in London and was buried on 31 October 1656.
Another one of my 9th great grandfathers, Rev. Samuel Skelton (1623 – 1695), the first minister at Salem, Massachusetts, said of Rev. Bachiler “Little has come down to us concerning him, owing, it is said, to the fact that he differed about clerical associations and other subjects from most of the principal persons in Massachusetts." He was a follower of the “Old Puritan” religion, and the new 17th century form of Puritanism in the New World was different from the Jacobean form. Perhaps this is why he wandered around New England and settled in New Hampshire, away from the Puritan authorities.
There are many other stories and interesting associations between the Rev. Stephen Bachiler and other early settlers and ministers in New England. There are too many stories to tell them all here in a short blog post. Please see some of the sources listed below if you would like more information on his life.
More BATCHELDER resources:
Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1, pages 61 – 69.
Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy, by Frederick Pierce, 1898. Also online at Archive.org
Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, Founder, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH Facebook group:
The Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, New Hampshire has a webpage for Rev. Stephen Bachiler and it contains many useful links to biographies, journal articles and other research: http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/hampton/biog/bachilertoc.htm
There is a discussion group for descendants of Rev. Stephen Batchelder at Genealogy Wise: http://www.genealogywise.com/group/batchelderfamily
Some Notable Descendants of Reverend Stephen Batchelder from Wikipedia
Leon Leonwood Bean (L. L. Bean)
Lady Randolph Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill
Major General Henry Dearborn
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Thomas Stearns Eliot (T.S. Eliot)
President Richard Nixon
John Greenleaf Whittier
Nathaniel Hawthorne (now you know how he got the idea for "The Scarlett Letter")
My BATCHELDER genealogy:
Generation 1: Rev. Stephen Batchelder, born 1560 in Wherwell, Hampshire, England, died about 31 October 1656 in London, England; married first to Ann Bate, about 1586 in Wherwell, (mother of 10 children and I descend from two of them); married second to Christian Weare on 2 March 1624 in Abbotts Ann, Hampshire, England; married third to Helena Unknown, widow of the Rev. Thomas Mason on 26 March 1627 in Abbotts Ann; married fourth to Mary Unknown, widow of Robert Beedle, in 1648 in Beedle Wherwell, Hampshire, England.
Generation 2: Nathaniel Batchelder, born about 1590, died 1630 in the Netherlands; married to Hester Mercer, born about 1602 in Ypres, Belgium, died before 1631 in the Netherlands, mother of five children. She was the daughter of Jan LeMercier and Jeanne LeClerc of Normandy, France.
Generation 3: Nathaniel Batchelder, born about 1630 in England, died 1710 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married on 10 December 1596 to Deborah Smith, daughter of John Smith and Deborah Parkhurst. She was born before 1645 at Edgartown, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and died 8 March 1676 in Hampton, New Hampshire. Nine children, and I descend from two of them. He married second to Margery. He did not come to New England, but some of his children did settle there.
Generation 4: Nathaniel Batchelder, born 24 December 1659 in Hampton, died about 1745 in Hampton Falls; married in 1685 in Hampton to Elizabeth Foss, daughter of John Foss and Mary Berry. She was born in 1666 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and died in 1746. Nine children.
Generation 5: Josiah Batchelder, born 1 July 1695 in Hampton, died 9 October 1759 in Hampton Falls; married on 31 January 1723 to Sarah Page, daughter of Francis Page and Hannah Nudd. She was born 18 October 1698 and died in May 1781. Six children.
Generation 6: David Batchelder, born 13 January 1736 in Hampton Falls, died 11 March 1811 in Hampton Falls; married on 24 July 1760 in Hampton Falls to Elizabeth Swett, daughter of Benjamin Swett and Elizabeth Norton. She was born 1742 in Hampton Falls, and died 12 August 1769. Five children. David married second to Mary Emery on 1 January 1771 in Newbury, Massachusetts and had eight more children.
Generation 7: Elisha Batchelder, son of David Batchelder and Elizabeth Swett, born 10 June 1763 in Hampton Falls, died 11 October 1813 in Pittsfield, New Hampshire; married Sarah Lane, daughter of Samuel Lane and Hepzibah Sleeper. She was born 24 March 1769 in Hampton Falls, died 27 Feb 1819 in Pittsfield. Four children.
Generation 8: Jonathan Batchelder, born about 1800 in Hampton, died before 4 November 1847 at the Concord State Asylum, Concord, New Hampshire; married on 11 February 1822 in Belmont, New Hampshire to Nancy Thompson. She was born about 1804 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and died after 1847 in Warner, New Hampshire. Two children.
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder, born 13 August 1822 in Chichester, New Hampshire, died 3 April 1848 in Chichester; married on 7 September 1845 in South Boston, Massachusetts to Abigail M. Locke, daughter of Richard Locke and Margaret Welch. She was born 10 September 1825 in South Boston, and died 15 January 1888 in Chichester. Two children.
Generation 10: George E. Batchelder, born 8 October 1848 in Chichester, died 28 July 1914 in Cambridge; married on 28 October 1869 in Chichester to Mary Katharine Emerson, daughter of George Emerson and Mary Esther Younger. She was born 25 December 1847 in South Boston, and died 23 April 1932 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Nine children.
Generation 11: Carrie Maude Batchelder, born 22 September 1872 in Chichester, died 21 January 1963 at the Sea View Convalescent and Nursing Home, Rowley, Massachusetts; married on 1 November 1892 in Essex, Massachusetts to Joseph Elmer Allen, son of Joseph Gilman Allen and Sarah Burnham Mears. He was born on 24 September 1870 in Essex and died 12 March 1932 at the Masonic Home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Five children.
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
Generation 4: Abigail Batchelder, born 28 December 1667 in Hampton, died 14 November, 1736 in North Hampton; married on 4 November 1689 in Hampton to John Dearborn, son of Henry Dearborn and Elizabeth Marrian. He was born 10 October 1666 in Hampton, died 22 November 1750 in Hampton. Eight children.
Generation 5: Elizabeth Dearborn m. John Garland
Generation 6: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 7: Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 8: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 9: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder (see above)
Generation 2: Ann Batchelder, born 1601 in Wherwell; married John Sanborn about 1619 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. Three children. She married second on 20 January 1632/3 in Strood, Kent, England to Henry Atkinson.
Generation 3: John Sanborn m. Margaret Page
Generation 4: Jonathan Sanborn m. Elizabeth Sherburne
Generation 5: Margaret Sanborn m. Moses Sleeper
Generation 6: Hepzibah Sleeper m. Samuel Lane
Generation 7: Sarah Lane m. Elisha Batchelder (see above)