Saturday, May 19, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ WILDER of Hingham, Massachusetts


Thomas Wilder, my 10th great grandfather, never came to the New World, but his widow, Martha, came with her children on board the ship Confidence in 1638.  She settled in Hingham, where “Widow Wilder” was granted a house lot. 

According to an article in the NEHGS Register, Volume 31 [1887], pages 410 – 411, “A Page from the History of the Wilders” by Rev. Moses H. Wilder, he described how he went to England and researched Thomas Wilder, Esquire, who died there in 1634.  His widow was named Martha, and she had an estate at Shiplake, Oxfordshire until she came to America.  This was part of a book Rev. Wilder wrote Book of the Wilders: a further contribution to the history of the Wilders, from 1497, in England, to the immigration of Martha, a widow, and her family to Massachusetts Bay, in 1638, NEHGS 1985 (reprint of the original from 1878).  In this book Rev. Wilder traces the family back to 1497 to a Nicholas Wilder.

No one knows Martha's maiden name, nor her origins. 

Martha’s two sons, Thomas and Edward, preceded her to New England. She arrived with her two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, my 9th great grandmother. Mary (about 1623 – 1658) who married Joseph Underwood.

My WILDER genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Wilder, son of John Wilder and Alice Keats, born 1579 and died 23 October 1634 at Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England; married about 1618 in England to Martha Unknown.  Four children.

Generation 2:  Mary Wilder, born about 1623 in Shiplake, died 13 February 1658 in Watertown, Massachusetts; married about 1644 in Hingham, Massachusetts to Joseph Underwood.  He was born about 1614 in England and died 16 February 1676/77 in Watertown.  Joseph married second to Mary Howe.

Generation 3: Joseph Underwood m. Elizabeth Bond
Generation 4: Sarah Underwood m. John Bullen
Generation 5: Grace Bullen m. Ebenezer Healy
Generation 6: Comfort Haley m. Abigail Allen
Generation 7: Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 8:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoozerzeil
Generation 10:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

My Surname Saturday post for UNDERWOOD:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ WILDER of Hingham, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 19, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

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