Saturday, June 2, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ Morrill of Cambridge and Salisbury, Massachusetts


My 10th great grandfather, Abraham Morrill (about 1615 – 1662) may have come to New England from England with his older brother Isaac Morrill aboard the ship Lyon in 1632, but we have no record.  He was probably underage because only adult men signed the Oath of Allegiance.  By 1634 he was paying taxes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His first grant of land in Cambridge was on 20 August 1635. 

By 1640 Abraham Morrill was granted land in Salisbury, Massachusetts.  In 1645 he married Sarah Clement of Salisbury, the daughter of Robert Clement of Haverhill.  They had nine children all born in Salisbury.  The last child, a daughter named Hepzibah, was born several months after Abraham’s early death. He was buried in Roxbury, where his brother Isaac’s family lived, and the record states “Abraham Morrell of Salisbury fell sick in this town & died & was buried upon the 20th of the 4th [1662]” [Roxbury Church Records 177].

Abraham’s wife, Sarah Clement, was the sister to Mary (Clement) Osgood, who was accused of witchcraft in 1692 and spent three months in jail.  Sarah married second to Thomas Mudgett in 1665. Sarah died two years after the witch trials, and thirty two years after her first husband, Abraham Morrill. 

I descend from Abraham and Sarah’s oldest son Isaac Morrill (1646 – 1713).  He was a resident of Salisbury, married Phebe Gill and had three children.  My 8th great grandmother was Mary Morrell, wife of George Tuck of Beverly, Massachusetts.

Some MORRILL resources:

Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 -1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 5, pages 153 – 156 – a lengthy sketch on Abraham Morrill.

Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Clements, by Mary Lovering Holman and Caroline Clement Brown, pages 25 -30. 

My MORRILL genealogy:

Generation 1:   Abraham Morrill, born about 1615 in England, died 20 June 1662 in Roxbury, Massachusetts; married on 10 June 1645 in Salisbury, Massachusetts to Sarah Clements, daughter of Robert Clement and Lydia Drummer.  She was born about 1626 in Ansley, Warwick, England, and died August 1694 in Salisbury.  Nine MORRILL children.  She married second on 8 October 1665 in Salisbury to Thomas Mudgett.

Generation 2:  Isaac Morrill, born 10 July 1646 in Salisbury, died 17 October 1713; married on 14 November 1670 in Salisbury to Phebe Gill, daughter of John Gill and Phebe Buswell.  Three children.

Generation 3: Mary Morrell, born 10 September 1689 in Salisbury, died December 1750 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married about 1701 in Beverly to George Tuck, son of John Tuck and Rachel Unknown.  He was born 11 October 1678 in Beverly, and died 8 May 1751 in Beverly. Nine children.

Generation 4: Lydia Tuck m. Jeremiah Allen
Generation 5:  Jeremiah Allen m. Eunice Gardner
Generation 6: Abigail Allen m. Comfort Haley
Generation 7:  Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 8: Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9: Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ Morrill of Cambridge and Salisbury, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 2, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. It's been quite awhile since I last read your blog, but I really enjoy it when I get a chance. It is interesting what I read for this day, June 2, 2018. I noticed you descend from Abraham Morrel and Sarah Clement, daughter of Robert Clement. That was a familiar name to me so I went back to look at my tree. We descend from Sarah's brother, Robert, through his son Nathaniel, and wife Elenor Colburn. One of these days I will get around to looking at all of Robert's siblings.