Saturday, November 5, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ HUTCHINSON of Salem Village, Massachusetts


There were several HUTCHINSON families in early Massachusetts.  William Hutchinson (1586 – 1641) was the husband of Anne Marbury, who was exiled for religious reasons.  There was a George Hutchinson in Charlestown, and a Samuel Hutchinson in Andover.  There was a Hutchinson family in Reading, which I will write about in another “Surname Saturday” because Elizabeth Hutchinson, wife of Isaac Hart (1614 – 1699) is my 8th great grandmother. 

This post is about Richard Hutchinson (1602 – 1682) who was born in Nottinghamshire, England and had three wives.  His first wife,  Alice, was the mother of his children.  She came to England with Richard in 1634 with the four eldest children.  They settled in Salem Village, which is now the town of Danvers and had four more children.  Alice died about 1668 and Richard remarried Susanna, widow of Samuel Archard.  He married a third time to Sarah, the widow of James Standish when he was about 79 years old.  She survived him to remarry to Thomas Roots of Manchester. 

The first mention of Richard Hutchinson in the records recognizes him for owning one of the first plows.  He was granted one hundred and forty acres of land.  April 17, 1637, it was voted "that in case Ric'd Huchenson shall sett up plowing within 2 years he may haue 20 acres more to bee added to his pportion." 

Richard Hutchinson’s will mentions his “servant” Black Peter, who was probably not a slave since he was granted land for himself and his heirs (see below):

In the name of God Amen, I Richard Hutchinson, of the towne of Salem bein of pfect (perfect) memorye, & vnderstanding & Thought weake in body by Reason of age, doe make this my last will & testament.
1. First I doe bequeath my soule into the hands of the Lord whoe gave it when it shall please him to call for it, and my body to be decently buried by my exectutor with assured hopes of a resurection.
2. In relation to my deare & loueing wife, my will is that shee shall be & remaine at my son Joseph Hutchinson house during her natural life if shee see cause there to be prouided for with convenient house roome meat drink & lodging & all other things whatsoeuer that may be comfortable & suitable for one of her age, during her life, and ten shillings yearly to be at her dispose to be paid by him in money or butter, or if shee see cause to remoue from thence & to live in any other place then shee shall haue all that estate, which was in her hands, when I marryed her excepting that pcell (parcel) of land which Samuel Leach of Manchester had, which was for the paiment of her debt, the sd estate to be at her dispose to whome soeeuer shee pleaseth, But if shee remaine at my son Hutchensons house during her life, then the said estate shalbe in the hands of my executor & be fully at his dispose only her wearing apparrell shalbe at her liberty to dispose of at her decease.
2ly. In respect of my lands my will is
1. That my sonn in law Anthony Ashby & my daughter Abigaile his wife, shall have twenty Acres of land lying by the hill, called Hathorne's Hill & lying the whole length of my land, this land being free to them theire heirs & assignes.
2. I giue to my sonn in law Daniell Bordman & my daughter Hanah his wife theire heirs or assignes, twenty acres of land, lying by and adjoyning to the land aboue expressed & lying the whole length of my land.
3. I giue to my Grand children Bethiah Hutchenson & Sarah Hadlock & each of them ten acres free to them & their assignes, lying by & adjoining to the land, aboue expressed & lying the whole length of the land.
4. I giue vnto black Peter my seruant, four acres of land lying by & adjoyning to the land aboue expressed to him & his heires, or if he [p. 100] haue noe heires then it shall returne to my exectuor his heires & assignes.
5. I give unto my son in law nathaniell Putnam & my son in law Thomas Hale & my son in law James Hadlock, each of them forty shillings to be paide by my executor within two years after my decease.
6. Alsoe I give to my son in law Daniell Bordman & Anthony Asby each of them forty shillings, to be pd. by my exector within two years after my decease, all ye sd. aboue written sums to be pd. in comon pay at price currant.
7. Lastly I make my son Joseph Hutchenson sole exector to this my last will & testament enjoyning him his heirs & assignes to pay all my debts and leagacies & I doe freely give vnto him his heirs or assignes peeter my seruant & all the rest of my estate both moueable & Imoueable. This is my last will & testament made by me this 19 January in ye yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred seaventy nine.
This clause (twenty acres of land betweene the 28 & 29 line) interlined before the signing thereof.
James Baily
Joseph mazury.  His mark
Richard H Hutchenson [seal]

More resources for Richard Hutchinson:

The Hutchinson Family: or the Descendants of Barnard Hutchinson of Cowlam, England, by Perley Derby, Essex Institute Press, 1870, Salem, Masssachusetts

A Genealogy of the Hutchinson Family of Yorkshire, by Joseph Lemuel Chester, 1868 (available online at Internet Archive)

The Ancestry of Margaret Brooks Threlfall, by John Brooks Threlfall, 1985 (unpaged) Ancestor #846

The Story of the Hutchinsons, by John Wallace Hutchinson, Volume 1, 1896

Pioneers of Massachusetts, by Charles Henry Pope, 1900

The website "The Descendants of Richard Hutchinson"

There are 69 books about HUTCHINSON in the NEHGS card catalog. There are many famous HUTCHINSONs descended from Richard of Salem, including the Hutchinson family singers of Milford, New Hampshire if whom I wrote HERE and HERE.  

My Hutchinson genealogy:

Generation 1: Richard Hutchinson, born about 1602, died 26 September 1682 in Salem Village, Massachusetts; married as his first wife to Alice Bosworth, daughter of Joseph Bosworth, 7 December 1627 in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, England.  Eight children.  He also married Susanna, widow of Samuel Archer in October 1668, and Sarah, widow of James Standish.

Generation 2: Elizabeth Hutchinson, baptized on 30 August 1629 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England, died 24 June 1688 in Salem; married on 3 September 1652 in Salem to Nathaniel Putnam, son of John Putnam and Priscilla Gould.  He was born 3 September 1619 in Wingrove, Buckinghamshire, England and died 23 July 1700 in Salem Village.  Seven children.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Putnam m. George Flint
Generation 4: George Flint m. Jerusha Pope
Generation 5: George Flint m. Hannah Phelps
Generation 6: Phebe Flint m. John Flint
Generation 7: Olive Flint m. Luther Simonds Munroe
Generation 8: Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 9:  Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10:  Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ HUTCHINSON of Salem Village, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 5, 2016,  
( accessed [access date]). 


  1. Hi! Think I have a connection to this line - need to work on the proof, but it would be from Richard>Joseph>Samuel>Samuel>Sarah m. Francis Smalley. Sarah & Francis would be my 6th great grandparents.

  2. Another cousin connection. I descend Richard and Alice's daughter, Mary.