Saturday, November 4, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ JILLINGS of Newbury, Massachusetts


Thomas Jillings, my 7th great grandfather, is a mystery.  I don’t know his parents, or his birthdate, or where he came from.  His origins are completely unknown.  I don’t know his occupation, or if he owned land or wrote a will (nothing in the Essex County Probate records).  I don’t even know where he died because he didn’t leave a gravestone or death record. 

The first record I have of Thomas Jillings is his marriage to Hannah Mirick in 1725 in Newbury, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Isaac Mirick, and great granddaughter of Rev. Sion “John” Mirick of Wales.  They had eight children all recorded in the Newbury Vital Records. I descend from their daughter, Hannah, my 6th great grandmother, born in 1737 and married Daniel Glover, brother to Brigadier General John Glover of the American Revolution.  Hannah was Daniel’s step sister, because his mother, Tabitha (Bacon) Glover, married second to Thomas Jillings as his second wife the year before Hannah married Daniel Glover.

Their daughter, Tabitha Glover, married Thomas Homan (my 5th great grandparents).  They named their daughter, my 4th great grandmother, Betsey Jillings Homan.   As I was working on this lineage, working backwards from the present time, I knew that Betsey's peculiar middle name would be a hint towards her ancestry.  I was right! 

My JILLINGS genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thomas Jillings, born about 1700; married on 18 November 1725 in Newbury, Massachusetts to Hannah Mirick, daughter of Isaac Mirick and Mary Newell.  She was born 11 March 1702 in Charlestown, Massachusetts and died 25 October 1754 in Newbury. Eight children.

Generation 2: Hannah Jillings, born 25 November 1737 in Newbury, died 4 October 1810 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 1 December 1757 in Newbury to Daniel Glover, son of Jonathan Glover and Tabitha Bacon.  Tabitha (Bacon) Glover married second to Thomas Jillings (see above).  So Hannah and Daniel were step-siblings.  They had four children.

Generation 3:  Tabitha Glover, baptized 10 February 1765, died 13 March 1837 in Marblehead; married on 28 November 1782 in Marblehead to Thomas Homan, son of William Homan and Elizabeth Unknown.  He was born about 1758 and died 20 January 1832 in Marblehead.  Seven children.

Generation 4:  Betsey Jillings Homan, baptized on 14 October 1792 in Marblehead, died 6 April 1874 in Salem; married on 17 November 1811 in Marblehead to Jabez Treadwell, son of Nathaniel Treadwell and Mary Hovey.  He was born 17 October 1788 in Ipswich, and died 4 November 1840 in Salem.  Seven children.

Generation 5: Eliza Ann Treadwell, born 27 August 1812 in Salem, died 31 January 1896 in Salem; married on 4 December 1836 in Salem to Abijah Hitchings, so of Abijah Hitchings and Mary Cloutman.  He was born 18 January 1809 in Salem, and died 18 January 1864 in Salem.  Four children.

Generation 6:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings, born 28 October 1841 in Salem, died 19 May 1910 in Salem; married on 22 September 1864 in Salem to Hannah Eliza Lewis, daughter of Thomas Russell Lewis and Hannah Phillips.  She was born about 1844 probably in Salem, and died 15 February 1921 in Danvers, Massachusetts. Two children.

Generation 7:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings, born 10 May 1868 in Salem, died 7 March 1937 in Hamilton, Massachusetts; married on 25 December 1890 in Beverly, Massachusetts to Florence Etta Hoogerzeil, daughter of Peter Hoogerzeil and Mary Etta Healey.  She was born 20 August 1871 in Beverly, and died 10 February 1941 in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Eight children.

Generation 8: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings, born 1 August 1905 in Beverly, died 3 November 2001 in Peabody, Massachusetts; married on 14 February 1925 in Hamilton to Stanley Elmer Allen, son of Joseph Elmer Allen and Carrie Maude Batchelder.  He was born 14 January 1904 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died 6 March 1982 in Beverly.  Seven children. (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ JILLINGS of Newbury, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 4, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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