Saturday, May 12, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ UNDERWOOD of Hingham and Watertown, Massachusetts


Joseph Underwood, my 9th great grandfather, came to America with his brother, Thomas, and first settled in Hingham about 1637.  They removed to Watertown about 1645, where Joseph was admitted as a freeman. He married Martha Wilder, who had come from England with her widowed mother, a brother and a sister in 1638.  She gave him seven children before she died in 1658, and he remarried to Mary Howe of Dorchester, the daughter of Abraham Howe.

My 8th great grandfather was Joseph Underwood, Jr. (about 1650 – 1691).  His wife was Elizabeth Bond, who survived him and remarried to William Bull in 1693.  My 7th great grandmother is their daughter, Sarah (1687 – 1757) who married John Bullen in 1709. 

Some UNDERWOOD resources:

New Englanders in Nova Scotia, by F. F. Crowell, sketch No. 571 “UNDERWOOD”, a manuscript in long hand at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, by Henry Bond, 1860, page 610

NEHGS Register Volume 38 [1884], pages 400 - 403 "Underwood Families of Massachusetts", by Lucien M. Underwood.

My UNDERWOOD genealogy:

Generation 1:  Joseph Underwood, born about 1615 in London, England, died 16 February 1676/7 in Watertown, Massachusetts; married first about 1644 in Hingham to Mary Wilder, daughter of Thomas Wilder and Martha Unknown; married second on 29 April 1665 to Mary Howe.  Seven children.

Generation 2:  Joseph Underwood, born about 1650 in Watertown, died 7 April 1691 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married Elizabeth Bond, daughter of William Bond.  She was born 30 November 1656 in Watertown and died 23 December 1729 in Watertown. Seven children.

Generation 3: Sarah Underwood, born 9 February 1687 in Watertown, died 18 September 1757 in Brimfield, Massachusetts; married on 31 August 1709 in Sherborn, Massachusetts to John Bullen, so of Ephraim Bullen and Grace Fairbanks.  He was born 22 February 1686 in Sherborn and died 28 January 1757 in Brimfield.  Five children.

Generation 4: Grace Bullen m. Ebenezer Healy
Generation 5: Comfort Haley m. Abigail Allen
Generation 6:  Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 7:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 8:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 9:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ UNDERWOOD of Hingham and Watertown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 12, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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