Saturday, February 6, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ WEARE of Newbury and Hampton, New Hampshire


The two brothers, Nathaniel and Peter Weare, first settled in Newbury, Massachusetts.  Nathaniel wear was one of the 91 proprietors of Newbury (first grantees of land) in December 1642.  Nathaniel later removed to Nantucket, where he died in 1681, and Peter removed to York, Maine where he died about 1690. Nathaniel Weare (1605 – 1681) was my 10th great grandfather.

Nathaniel’s daughter, Hester, married Capt. Benjamin Swett in 1647 and removed to Hampton, New Hampshire with her brother, Nathaniel Weare, Jr. and his family.  They settled in what is now Hampton Falls.  Both Captain Swett and Nathaniel, Jr. had been leasing land in Newbury from John Woodbridge.   Hester’s husband, Capt. Swett, died fighting the Indians in 1677, during King Philip's War, and she remarried to Ensign Stephen Greenleaf of Newbury.   He was from the same family as the famous poet Stephen Greenleaf Whittier.  It is a coincidence that the poet Whittier died years later at the same farm in Hampton Falls that was the Swett homestead. 

Nathaniel Weare’s deposition 26 October 1695 “…that about the year of our Lord God 1655 my brother in-law Capt. Benjamin Swett and my self had a lease of the honorable Mr. John Woodbridge of Newberry his farme for seven years, the Northerly or northwesterly side of the sd. Farme was bounded in part with ye land of old Mr. Pike, at the South or the southeasterly corner of the s’ Pik’s land was a springe that was called the watering place nere to which those that had to doe or sd they had to do with ye sd Mr. Pik’s land, did I remember clame a litell pece of land, the quantity or bounds thereof I know not, but the slipe of land, so claymed and the watering place was within the fence of the sd woodbridge’s farme and improved by us that dwelt on the sd farm and by no other as I know of while wee lived on the farm which was to ye yeare 1661 or 1662, and to the best of my remembrance the fence that is betwene the farm of ye sd wood bridge and the sd Pik’s land stands in the same pace as it did for about forty years agoe”.   The signature of Nathaniel Weare, Jr.  [above] is from this deposition at that date.

Some WEARE resources:

“The Swett Family”, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6 [1852], pages 49 -  61.

“The Nathaniel Weares”, by F. B. Sanborn of Concord, Mass.  Reprinted from The Granite Monthly, 1909, pp.157-166, online at the website for the Hampton Public Library   

Descendants of Thomas Farr of Harpswell, Maine and Ninety Allied Families, by Edith Bartlett Sumner, 1959, pages 311 – 313. 

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Noyes, Libby and Davis, page 726.

My WEARE genealogy:

Generation 1:  Nathaniel Weare, born about 1605 in England, died 1 March 1681 on Nantucket Island; married about 1629 in England to Sarah Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2: Hester Weare, born about 1630 in England, died 16 January 1718 at Hampton Falls, New Hampshire;  married on 1 November 1647 in Hampton to Benjamin Swett, son of John Swett and Phebe Unknown.  He was baptized on 12 May 1624 in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and died 29 June 1677 during an Indian raid at Black Point, Scarborough, Maine. Eleven children.

Generation 3: Joseph Swett m. Sarah Andrews
Generation 4: Benjamin Swett m. Elizabeth Norton
Generation 5: Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
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)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~  WEARE of Newbury and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 6, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. I'm descended from Nathaniel through Hester Weare and Benjamin Swett, through Joseph (by his other wife Hannah Ward) and John.