Saturday, January 16, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ DEARBORN of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire

The DEARBORN memorial stone at
Founder's Park in Hampton, New Hampshire


Godfrey Dearborn, a weaver from Hannah, Lincolnshire, signed Reverend Wheelwright’s Combination at Exeter, New Hampshire in 1639.  Around 1648 he removed from Exeter to Hampton and settled in the West End. His house was built on 73 Exeter Road in North Hampton.   His wife, “Goody Dearbarn”, was a member of the Hampton meetinghouse in 1650 and given a pew.  He had six children, mentioning “three daughters” in his will, and his sons Thomas, Henry and John by name.

The will of Godfrey Dearborn of Hampton, 1680

I Godfreey Dearbarne of Hampton in the provenc of New Hampshier in New England Being aged and Inferme of Body * * *
I give and Bequeath Unto Dorothy Dearbarn my loveing wife for the term of her life my Dwellinng House & Barne & orchyard and the Use and Improvementt of all my land both Areable land pastuer & marsh land for her Comfortable subsistenc Duering the terme of Her life, and the use and Improvementt of all my moveables within Dores and withoutt Duering the terme of her life
Itt I doe Give and bequeath Unto my Grand Child Ann Shatredg that now liveth with mee one two year old Heffer which she is to Receive att the End of Her time yt she is to live with mee
Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas Deararne my Dark Browne horse which I Use to Rid on
Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas and Henry Dearbarn all the Rest of my Cattle thatt shall Remaine att the Decease of the longest liver of mee or my wife Excepting Sheep and swine which are other wayes Disposed of
Itt my will and pleasure is thatt all the Sheepe and swine that shall Remaine att my wives Decease shall be Equally Divided betwixt all my Grand Children yt shall be then living: and the Division to be made by my Executors & over seers
Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath Unto my Son John Dearbarn my House barne and house lott and all my land both Areable land pastuers medows & marshes and all Towne Rights and priveledges thereunto belonging and all my tooles and Carts & other Implements of Husbandry: and I Doe appointt my son John Dearbarne to bee my Exectuer to this my will and the Estate the which he is to Enter Upon and possesse att my wives Decease and to bee and Remaine to him and his Heires for Ever
Itt I Doe ordaine and Appointt my two Eldest sons Thomas Dearbarne and henry Dearbarne to bee my over seers to this my last will and testamentt whom I appointt to see to the managmentt of my Estate thatt my wife may have a Comfortable living outt of itt Duering the terme of her life
And for whatt Houshold stuff I shall leave thatt my wife shall have the use and Improvement thereof Duering the terme of her life, and then to bee Equally Devided Between my three Daughters only leaving itt to my wives liberty to Dispose of whatt was her owne before I maried Her viz one fether Bed & boulster & Rug & Coverlett and her Greatt Bible & her Red flannell petticoate to ye wife of John morse
And this my last will and testamentt I Conferme with my Hand & Seale Affixed therto this fourteenth Day of December in the year of our lord one thousand Six hundred & Eighty
Godfrey Dearbarn X [seale]
Mark & Seale
Signed Sealed & Declared
to bee ye last will of Godfrey
Dearbarn in pr of
Samuell Dalton senr Mehetable Dalton
This was sworn to ye 26 of agust: 86 by mehetable Dalton alice [alias] Simins befor mee
Henry green Justis Peace

Godfrey Dearborn had several famous descendants including General Henry Dearborn (1751 – 1829) of the Revolutionary War who also served as Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson.    The city of Dearborn, Michigan was named for General Dearborn, as well as Fort Dearborn (1803) in Chicago. During World War II another Fort Dearborn was established in what is now Odiorne Point State Park in New Hampshire.   

General Dearborn had a son, Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783 – 1851) who was an Adjutant General of Massachusetts and a Massachusetts statesman.  He wrote many books on botany and was the first president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Some DEARBORN genealogy resources:

Provincial Papers, Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New Hampshire from 1686 to 1722, edited by Nathaniel Boulton,  Volume 1, page 133

The New England Historic Genealogical Register, “Lincolnshire Origin of Exeter Settlers”, Volume 68, pages 68 – 72

History of the Town of Hampton, New Hamphire: From Its Settlement in 1638, to the Autumn of 1892, by Joseph Dow, 1893, pages 659 – 672

The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis, reprint 1972, pages 189 – 190.

An old book with some mistakes:
The Dearborns of Hampton, New Hampshire: Descendants of Godffrey Dearborn of Exeter and Hampton, by Joseph Dow, 1893  [available to view online at,  and the Hathi Trust website]

There is also a manuscript at the NEHGS library for a Dearborn family genealogy by Edmund Batchelder Dearborn on microfilm and in the manuscript department.  See CS71 .D285 for the microfilm and Mss C 2993 for the manuscript.  

NEHGS also has a compiled genealogy of the Dearborn family by Henry Alexander Scammell Deaborn (see above) Mss C 4653  as well as his personal papers and letters Mss 859


My DEARBORN Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Godfrey Dearborn,  son of William Dearborn of Willoughby, Lincolnshire and his wife, Agnes Hay, was baptized  on 24 September 1603 in Willoughby and died 4 February 1686 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married first before 1632 to Unknown;  married second 25 November 1662 in Hampton to Dorothy Unknown, widow of Philemon Dalton.  Six children, and I descend from two.

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Henry Dearborn, baptized on 22 March 1634, died 18 January 1725 in Hampton;  married on 10 January 1666 in Hampton to Elizabeth Marrian, daughter of John Marrian and Sarah Unknown.  She died 6 July 1716 in Hampton.  Seven children, and I descend from two.

Lineage A1:

Generation 3: Sarah Dearborn, born 9 November 1675 in Hampton, died after 1741; married on 20 January 1697/98 in Hampton to Philemon Blake, son of Jasper Blake and Deborah Everard.  He was born 23 May 1671 in Hampton, and died after 1741.  Eight children.

Generation 4: Elizabeth Blake m. Samuel Lane
Generation 5: Samuel Lane m. Hepzibah Sleeper
Generation 6: Sarah Lane m. Elisha Batchelder
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m.  Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage A2:

Generation 3: John Dearborn, born 10 October 1666 in Hampton, died 22 November 1750 in Hampton;  married on 4 November 1689 in Hampton to Abigail Batchelder, daughter of Nathaniel Batchelder and Deborah Smith.  She was born 28 December 1667 in Hampton and died 14 November 1736 in North Hampton.  Eight children.

Generation 4:  Elizabeth Dearborn, born 31 August 1692 in Hampton, died 10 March 1770 in Rye, New Hampshire; married on 12 January 1716 in Hampton to  John Garland, son of Peter Garland and Sarah Taylor.  He was born 13 April 1692 in Hampton and died about 1741.  Two children.

Generation 5: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 6:  Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder (see above)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Sarah Dearborn, born about 1641, died 21 August 1714; married about 1660 in Hampton to Thomas Nudd, son of Roger Nudd and Joan Unknown.  He was born 6 January 1629 in Omesby, Norfolk, England and died 31 January 1713 in Hampton.  Seven children.

Generation 3: Hannah Nudd m. Francis Page
Generation 4: Sarah Page m. Josiah Batchelder
Generation 5: David Batchelder m. Elizabeth Swett
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane  (see above)


Published under a Creative Commons License
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ DEARBORN of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 16, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. Hey Heather, I am working on my Godfrey Dearborn bio and that of his wife, mother of his children. Some people say her name was Anne, have you ever seen any source with any name other than Goody Dearborn? I heard that David c. Dearborn, a staff genealogist at NEHGS has written about his Dearborn ancestry, but I havent been able to find his stuff.

    1. Hi Jeanie! No I haven't seen proof of Godfrey's wife's name anywhere. Why don't you call up David at NEHGS and ask him about his article (and ask him about the wife, too!)

    2. No one at NEHGS knew if he had published an article?