Saturday, May 20, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts

I have two SIBLEY ancestors who were probably brother and sister, or at least close kin.  Some writers believe that Richard and Damaris SIBLEY  of Salem were siblings to John Sibley of Manchester, Massachusetts.  This is possible, since they are all close enough in age, and the two towns are very close, especially by water.  John Sibley arrived with the Winthrop fleet early in the 1630s as a servant to Richard Saltonstall, while Richard Sibley doesn’t appear in Salem until the late 1650s.  We don't know how these three SIBLEYs are related, or if they are related at all. 

I’ll discuss Damaris Sibley first. She is my 10th great grandmother, born about 1600 in England, married about 1629 to a Shattuck and had six Shattuck children all probably born in England.  In 1641 she was admitted to the Salem church as a widow.  She remarried a second time to Capt. Thomas Gardner.  Two of the Gardner sons married two Shattuck daughters.  Damaris died in 1674.  Just to add another knot to the puzzle, can you believe that Thomas Gardner is my 9th great grandfather with his first wife, Margaret Frier, through their daughter Sarah Gardner (1627 – 1686), who married Benjamin Balch of Beverly.

I descend from Mary Shattuck, my 9th great grandmother, born about 1624, who married Mark Hands of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  They had two children, and then he died at sea in 1664.  John Hands, born in 1654 is my 8th great grandfather. 

The second SIBLEY lineage starts with Richard Sibley, born in the late 1620s in England.  He was a traymaker and he first appears in the Salem records in 1656.  He bought land from Philip Veren, a Salem wheelwright, in 1662 and built a house.  He left this estate to his wife, and it eventually was sold by some of his children to a brother, John Sibley.  Half of this land was sold to John Becket in 1714. John Becket was my 7th great grandfather, and grandson of Richard Sibley.

Richard Sibley and his wife, Hannah UNKNOWN, had seven children.  I descend from Hannah (1661 – 1734), my 8th great grandmother, who married William Becket, a Salem shipwright.  The Beckets also lived in the same neighborhood of Salem, near the neck and the harbor.  Their oldest son, John Becket (1684 – 1763) is my 7th great grandfather (see above).  

My SIBLEY genealogies (two lineages):


Generation 1:  Damaris Sibley, born about 1600 in England, died 28 November 1674 in Salem; married about 1629 to UNKNOWN Shattuck.  Six children.

Generation 2:  Mary Shattuck m. Mark Hands
Generation 3:  Katherine Hands m. Jonathan Kettell
Generation 4:  Katherine Kettell m. Caleb Rand
Generation 5:  Caleb Rand m. Mary Mayhew
Generation 6:  Mary Rand m. Asahel Bill
Generation 7:  Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 8:  Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9:  Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


Generation 1:  Richard Sibley, born about 1628, died 30 June 1676 in Salem; married to Hannah UNKNOWN.  Seven children

Generation 2: Hannah Sibley, born 20 September 1661 in Salem, died 1734; married on 8 May 1683 in Marblehead to William Becket, son of John Becket and Margaret Unknown.  He was born 9 April 1665 in Salem, died 10 November 1723 in Salem.  Eight children.

Generation 3:  John Becket m. Susannah Mason
Generation 4:  John Becket m. Rebecca Beadle
Generation 5:  Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 6:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 7:  Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 8:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 6, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. I always enjoy your posts. If I haven't told you Heather, I really like your header photo.

    1. Thanks for your kind comments about the blog, Diane! I'll pass this on to my husband, Vincent. He takes most of the photos, including this one. It's a photo of the Londonderry Historical Society's Morrison House. Every August, during Old Home Day, there is a colonial militia encampment at the house, with lots of military drills and cannons. It's a lot of fun.

  2. One of the perks of having ancestors who were part of these well-established and documented early settlers is being able to trace your pedigree back into the 17th century. So fortunate!