Saturday, June 23, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ BANGS of Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts

Capt. Jonathan Bangs, Ancient Burial Ground,
Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

The third ship to arrive in Plymouth Colony, after the Mayflower and the Fortune, was the Anne in 1623.  My 9th great grandfather, Edward Bangs (1591 – 1678) was on board the Anne, and he received four acres of land.  In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle, Edward Bangs was the 13th person in the 12th company list.  He was a freeman in 1633.   In 1635 he was on the staff of Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony, and is listed along with Captain Myles Standish (another one of my ancestors),  Thomas Prence, John Howland (also my ancestor), John Alden and Stephen Hopkins.

 By 1645 Edward Bangs had removed to Eastham, further out on Cape Cod. He was an innkeeper, and called “yeoman” in records.  In 1657 he became licensed as a merchant in Eastham, and was engaged in trade.  I descend from his youngest son, Jonathan Bangs (1644 – 1728) who was born in Plymouth and lived on his father’s farm in Eastham, and later in Harwich.  He was Captain of the local militia, a farmer and a member of the legislator.  Jonathan’s gravestone (see the photo above) names him as Captain.  His two older brothers left on descendants, but Jonathan had three wives and twelve children.

My 7th great grandmother was Hannah Bangs (1676 – 1715).  She married John Crosby of Harwich and had six children.  This was the last generation in this lineage to live on Cape Cod, because her oldest son, my 6th great grandfather, Jonathan Crosby, removed to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

For more information on the BANGS family:

Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, by Mary Walton Ferris

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1

The History and Genealogy of the Bangs Family in America, by Dean Dudley

My BANGS genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Bangs, son of John Bangs and Jane Chavis, born 28 October 1591 in Panfield, Braintree, Essex, England, died 16 Feb 1678 in Eastham, Massachusetts; married first about 1633 to Lydia Hicks, daughter of Robert Hicks, one children.  Married second before 1636 in Eastham, Massachusetts to Rebecca, possibly the daughter of Edmund Hobart and Margaret Dewey, mother of 8 more Bangs children. 

Generation 2:  Jonathan Bangs , born 16 July 1644 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, died 9 November 1728 in Brewster, Massachusetts; married first on 16 July 1664 in Eastham to Mary Mayo, daughter of Samuel May and Thomasine Lumpkin, mother of 12 children. Married second to Sarah Unknown, and married third in 1720 to Ruth Cole, widow of John Young.

Generation 3:  Hannah Bangs, born 14 March 1676 in Eastham, died 1715; married about 1703 to John Crosby, son of Thomas Crosby and Sarah Unknown.  He was born 4 December 1670 in Eastham, died 25 May 1717 in Harwich, Massachusetts.  Six children.

Generation 4:  Jonathan Crosby m. Hannah Hamblin
Generation 5:  Ebenezer Crosby m. Elizabeth Robinson
Generation 6:  Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
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 ~ BANGS of Eastham and Plymouth, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 23, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. there used to be an Edward Bangs Descendants Society -- I have seen a certificate that my great-grandmother rec'd, proving her lineage to Edward, issued by the Society in the 1920's or 30's. Does anyone know where the records from that group went after they 'closed'?

  2. I have copies; not sure where the originals were/are kept. Judith Cole took it over and it was called BANGS and Allied Families. The last I heard was in August 1999 and she had some health issues.

  3. Edward is my direct paternal 9th great grandfather. My true surname should be Bangs.

  4. Edward Bangs is my direct paternal ancestor 9th great grandfather. Bangs is my true surname, Schwartz was via a remarriage and adoption of my grandfather in 1900.