Saturday, January 28, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ VERRY of Gloucester, Massachusetts


My 10th great grandfather, Thomas Verry, died 29 October 1631 in Strood, Kent, England.  He left his wife a widow with four small children (another one had died about a month before his death).  The widow, Bridget, remarried to Edward Gyles sometime before 1635, which was about the time he immigrated to Salem, Massachusetts.  Bridget (my 10th great grandmother) and Edward Gyles (also my 10th great grandfather, see below) had five children together. 

Bridget is probably a granddaughter or kinswoman to Henry Scudder of Strood, Kent, England, who was the ancestor of other immigrants to New England.   There is an article in The American Genealogist, Volume 72, pages 285 – 300,  by Jane Fletcher Fiske, that explores her English origins.

On 6 October 1635 Edward Gyles was fined 40 shillings for “knoweing his wife carnally before marriage”.  By his first wife, he had two children, Hannah and Matthew (who died on Isles of Shoals in 1667).   Hannah Gyles was the step sister to Thomas Very, one of Bridget’s sons.  Hannah and Thomas Very were married by Governor Endicott "upon the 6th of the 5th mo. 1650” in Gloucester.   They were my 9th great grandparents.

I descend from two of the daughters of Hannah and Thomas Very. The eldest daughter Hannah Very (my 8th great grandmother) married Bartholomew Foster.  Abigail Very (also my 8th great grandmother) married Ralph Andrews.  Abigail’s daughter, Susannah Andrews, married Hannah’s son, Benjamin Foster – they were first cousins and also my 7th great grandparents.

Some VERRY resources:

The American Genealogist, Volume 60 pages 174 – 184; Volume 72, pages 285 – 300 (for the English origins of the widow Bridget Verry Gyles). 

Be very cautious using the VERRY family articles written by Jones Very for the Essex Institute Historical Collections in Volume 1, pages 115 – 116, and Volume 2, pages 35 – 38.  These articles were corrected in the TAG articles above.

The Great Migration Begins, page 764, page 2386 – see the sketch of Edward Giles (second husband of the widow Bridget Verry)

The Giles Memorial, by John Adams Vinton, 1864 for the GILES/GYLES family

My VERRY genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thomas VERRY, died 29 October 1631 in Stood, Kent, England; married Bridget Unknown.  Five children.  Bridget remarried to Edward Gyles as his second wife and had two more children.

Generation 2: Thomas VERY, born about 1625, died 28 March 1694 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married on 6 May 1650 in Gloucester to Hannah Gyles (his step-sister), daughter of Edward Gyles and Unknown.  She was born about 1625 and died 25 August 1687 in Gloucester. Nine children, and I descend from two daughters.

Lineage A:

Generation 3A:  Hannah Very, born 31 March 1653 in Gloucester; married on 9 September 1668 to Bartholomew Foster.  He was born about 1646 and died 5 December 1689 in Gloucester.  Ten children.

Generation 4A:  Benjamin Foster m. Susanna Andrews (first cousins)
Generation 5A:  Lucy Foster m. William Younger
Generation 6A: Levi Younger m. Mary Wotten
Generation 7A: Levi Younger, Jr. m. Catherine Plummer Jones
Generation 8A:  Mary Esther Younger m. George Emerson
Generation 9A: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10A: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11A:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 3B:  Abigail Very, born 16 June 1661 in Gloucester; marriage intention filed 12 December 1682 in Gloucester to Ralph Andrews.  He died on 25 February 1718.  Six children.

Generation 4B:  Susanna Andrews m. Benjamin Foster  (see above)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ VERRY of Gloucester, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 28, 2017,  ( accessed [access date]). 

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