Saturday, June 24, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ HASKELL of Gloucester, Massachusetts


This is a case of my 9th great grandfather who married my 10th great grandmother.  Sounds funny? Well, it is a very tangled family tree.

William Haskell, my 10th great grandfather, was born about 1578 probably in Charlton Musgrove, Somersetshire, England, where he also died and was buried on 11 May 1630.  He left a widow, my 10th great grandmother, Elinor Foule, and seven children.  Sometime later Elinor remarried to John Stone, who happens to be my 9th great grandfather through his first marriage to Elinor Cooke [See this link for my STONE lineage through their son Nathaniel Stone:  ]

In 1635 John Stone brought his own two Stone sons, his second wife Elinor, and some of Haskell children to Massachusetts.  They settled at what is now Beverly, Massachusetts and owned a farm near the Bass River, close to where the United States Shoe Machinery Corporation, now the Cummings Center, was located.  If this sounds familiar, three generations of my family worked at “The Shoe”, including my own father, and it was just a few blocks from my childhood house on 7 Dearborn Avenue. Can you believe my family lived in this neighborhood for nearly 400 years? 

Of these four Haskell children who appear later in the Massachusetts records, much is known about Roger, who appeared to be here first.  According to an article in the New England Historic Genealogy Society Register: “Mark was apprenticed to John Whiting, broadweaver of Shepton Mallet, in 1635 for nine years. He does not appear in Massachusetts before 1652 he likely completed his apprenticeship before joining his brothers in New England.  Roger, the oldest, appears in Charlton Musgrove records as late as 1635 but received a land grant at Beverly, Mass., in 1636, which considerably narrows the probable date of his arrival.  William does not appear in any known New England records before 1643, but it seems likely he and Roger arrived together.  Roger died at Beverly, in 1667 and his will he gives 'to my sister Jone a heifer...' so we can surmise she was then in New England and perhaps married, though no marriage record survives." NEHGS Register, Volume 138, pages 225 - 226.

William Haskell, Jr., my 9th great grandfather, was born 8 November 1618 in Charlton Musgrave.  He settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1643 where he was a mariner.  He was a selectman for a few years and a representative to the General Court six times.  He became lieutenant of the militia in 1661, and later promoted to captain.  When the first church was settled at Gloucester he was one of the first two deacons chosen.  He married a Mary Tybott, whose father, Walter Tybott, followed Reverend Richard Blynman from Wales to Gloucester. They had nine children, and both William and Mary died in 1693 only four days apart.

Their son, Mark Haskell, my 8th great grandfather, married Elizabeth Giddings of Ipswich and had three children before he died young in 1691, age 33 years and 5 months. Elizabeth remarried to John Dennison. Her son, Mark Haskell, Jr., my 7th great grandfather, lived a long life to 87 years.  He married Martha Tuthill and had thirteen children!  Martha was the great granddaughter of Remember Allerton, a Mayflower passenger.  She passed away in 1763 and Mark took a second wife, Elizabeth Porter, in 1767, who had been widowed three times by Daniel Gilbert, Joseph Goodhue, and John Burnham (who was my 7th great grandfather with his first wife Anne Choate).  There was a lot of intermarriage in this branch of my family tree, don’t you think?

Lucy Haskell (1715 – 1789) is my 6th great grandmother.  She married Jabez Treadwell, a cooper from Ipswich, in 1736.  I own an original copy of Jabez’s will, written on old linen paper, and written in 1781.  Lucy and Jabez had eleven children, and I descend from their son Nathaniel Treadwell (1753 – 1822).  You can see this written last will and testament at this link:

There is a great quote in the book Saga of Cape Ann, by Elliott Copeland & Melvin T. Rogers, 1960, page 135 “In the 18th Century, Bearskin Neck was the site of fishermen's shanties, boat building shops, stores which sold boat gear, bait, and clams, an old tavern, and the 'lean-to' where Wm. Haskell, who wore earrings and did up his hair on curl papers, sold home made ginger pop & molasses candy...."  I’d like to think that this was William Haskell (1618 – 1693), my 9th great grandfather, but I really don’t know which William Haskell this excerpt describes.

Some HASKELL sources:

Chronicles of the Haskell Family, by Ira J. Haskell, 1943, Ellis Printing Co., Lynn, MA

“John Stone: First Ferryman of Beverly, Mass and some of his descendants 1635 – 1900”, by James B. Stone in The Essex Genealogist, Volume 7, pages 67 - 70.

“English Origins of the Haskell Family”, by Winthrop Allison Haskell in the NEHGS Register, Volume 138, pages 225 - 226

Look at this wonderful HASKELL family tree I photographed at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (first floor near the elevator): 

My HASKELL genealogy:

Generation 1: William Haskell, born about 1578 in Charlton Musgrove, Somersetshire, England, and buried 11 May 1630 in Charlton Musgrove; married to Elinor Foule. Seven children.  Elinor remarried to John Stone.

Generation 2: William Haskell, baptized 8 November 1618 in Charlton Musgrove, died 20 August 1693 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married on 6 November 1643 in Salem, Massachusetts to Mary Tybott, daughter of Walter Tybott, born 6 November 1628 in Chepstow, Wales and died 24 August 1693 in Gloucester.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Mark Haskell, born 8 April 1658 in Gloucester, died 8 September 1691 in Gloucester; married on 16 December 1685 in Gloucester to Elizabeth Giddings, daughter of John Giddings and Sarah Alcock.  She was born about 1666 in Ipswich, and died 15 September 1725 in Gloucester. Three children.  Elizabeth remarried to John Dennison.

Generation 4:  Mark Haskell, born 16 September 1687 in Gloucester, died 25 August 1775 in Ipswich; married about 14 January 1710 in Gloucester to Martha Tuthill, daughter rof John Tuthill and Martha Ward.  She was born 21 November 1690 in Ipswich, and died 15 May 1763 in Ipswich.  Thirteen children.

Generation 5: Lucy Haskell, born 21 May 1715 in Gloucester, died 21 September 1769 in Ipswich; married on 20 November 1736 in Ipswich to Jabez Treadwell, son of Nathaniel Treadwell and Hannah Unknown.  He was born 9 August 1713 in Ipswich, and died 22 December 1780 in Ipswich.  Eleven children.

Generation 6:  Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 7:  Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ HASKELL of Gloucester, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 24, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. Heather, I know we share several New England lines and the Haskells are one of them. They do, indeed, create a tangled tree. I am descended twice from William and Marie Tybbot through their son William and then daughter Lydia who married Ebenezer Parsons and through their son Mark and then son William who married Jemima Hubbard.