Saturday, July 22, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ MAVERICK of Dorchester, Massachusetts

A Map of Boston Harbor
Please note the locations of Noddle's Island,
Thompson's Island and Dorchester 


John Maverick, my 11th great grandfather, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Exeter College at Oxford University on 8 July 1599, and with a Master’s degree on 7 July 1603.  At the time of his second degree he was already an ordained minister at the town of Exeter. He was also called to be the rector at Beaworthy, in Devon, until he resigned just before coming to New England with the Winthrop fleet.  He arrived on the ship Mary and John on 30 May 1630.  John Maverick became a freeman in Dorchester on 18 May 1631, and he was the minister there until he died in 1636.

John Maverick married Mary Gye at Islington in 1600.  She had a long royal ancestry stretching back to the Plantagenets sketched out in the New England Historic Genealogical Register Volume 115, pages 248 – 253.  They had a son, Samuel, who married the widow Amias (Cole) Thompson, who was the wife of David Thompson (1592 – 1628), my 9th great grandfather, who lived on Thompson’s Island in Boston Harbor.  Another son, Moses, was my 10th great grandfather.

Moses Maverick’s first wife was my 10th great grandmother.  Her name was Remember Allerton, and she was a five year old passenger on the Mayflower, along with her parents and siblings. Moses owned land in Dorchester, which he sold and removed to Salem in 1634.  He lived in Marblehead, contiguous to Salem, in 1635.  He rented Noddle’s Island in Boston Harbor, now known as East Boston near the airport. There is still a Maverick subway station in East Boston, and a Maverick Square. It’s interesting that two of my ancestors owned islands in Boston Harbor.

Samuel and Moses Maverick were notorious slave owners, both Indians and Africans.  The first colonial slave ship was built in Marblehead in 1636, and Moses Maverick was probably an investor.  Moses was part of the effort to split the peninsula of Marblehead off from Salem, and he was one of the first Marblehead selectmen.   There are many stories and books about Samuel and Moses Maverick so I won’t repeat them here.  They are some of my most notorious “black sheep” ancestors. You can read more about Samuel and Moses Maverick and their slaves at Bill West’s blog post here:

Moses and Remember had seven children. Their daughter, Abigail Maverick (1645 – 1686) is my 9th great grandmother.  She was the first wife of Samuel Ward of Salem, and they had seven children.  Major Samuel Ward died on the Expedition to Quebec, Canada led by Sir William Phips.  This was a fleet of 30 ships from Boston, and about two thousand men, which suffered a great loss.  Four ships sank and many men died.  Some of the surviving men brought back smallpox, which spread throughout Boston and Dorchester, killing another 57 people.

Some MAVERICK resources:

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995, Volume II, pages 1241 – 1243 for a sketch of John Maverick and his children.

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Seventeen: Isaac Allerton [one of the Silver books series], 1998, pages 4 – 6 for Moses Maverick and Remember Allerton, and pages 9 – 10 for Abigail Maverick and Samuel Ward.  Martha Ward and John Tuttle are outlined on pages 26 – 27, and Martha Tuttle and Mark Haskell are on pages 65 – 66. 

Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies of the United States, by Gary Boyd Roberts, 2008, page 377.

Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, by Douglas Richardson and Kimball G. Everingham, 1990, page 370.

There is an entire blog about Samuel Maverick at this link [unknown author]:

My MAVERICK genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Maverick, son of Peter Maverick and Dorothy Tucke, baptized 28 October 1578 in Awliscombe, Devonshire, England, died 3 February 1636 at Dorchester, Massachusetts;  married on 28 October 1600 to Mary Gye, daughter of Robert Gye and Drace Dowrish.  She died after 9 October 1666 in Massachusetts. Nine children.

Generation 2:  Moses Maverick, baptized 3 November 1611 in Huish, Devonshire, England and died 28 January 1686 in Marblehead, Massachusetts; married before 6 May 1635 in Marblehead to Remember Allerton, daughter of Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris (Mayflower passengers).  She was born about 1614 in Leyden, Holland and died before 22 October 1656.  Six children.

Generation 3: Abigail Maverick, baptized 12 January 1645 in Salem, Massachusetts, died before January 1686; married about 1662 in Ipswich to Samuel Ward, son of Samuel Ward and Mary Hilliard.  He was baptized 18 November 1638 in Hingham, Massachusetts and died between 30 July 1689 and 12 March 1691 during the Expedition to Quebec, Canada.

Generation 4:  Martha Ward m. John Tuthill
Generation 5:  Martha Tuthill m. Mark Haskell
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “ Surname Saturday ~ MAVERICK of Dorchester, Massachusetts“, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 22, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. You can put this in the Nancy -> Heather relations bucket: Rev John Maverick and Mary Gye are my 10th ggparents through son Antipas. His daughter Katherine (b. Hog Island, Isles of Shoals) married Stephen Paul (Berwick) who goes down to my mother (Emery). Samuel Maverick was friendly with David Thomson (my 9th ggf - Thompson's Island). Samuel married David's widow after David died under suspicious circumstances. they moved to Manhattan Island. see my blog -

    1. Yes, in the blog post above I address the fact that Samuel Maverick married Amias (Cole) Thompson, David's widow. I am a descendant of David and Amias Thompson in another line: which is why I have the map at the top of the post which shows both Thompson's Island and Noddle's Island.