Saturday, July 7, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ HAMBLEN of Cape Cod, Massachusetts


James Hamblen, my 9th great grandfather,  first appears in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1639 with his wife Anne.  His birth, parents and origins are unknown.  His children were baptized in Barnstable, except for his two eldest who do not appear on the record (perhaps they were born in England?)  He became a freeman in 1642 and signed his will on 23 January 1683, naming his wife Anne, his sons James, John, Eleazer, Israel, and Bartholomew; and daughters Hannah, and Sarah.

I descend from John Hamblin (1644 – 1718), my 8th great grandfather.  He received much of his father’s real estate.  His land was known as “Hamblen’s Plain” in West Barnstable.  I descend through his son, Benjamin (1687 – 1718), my 7th great grandfather. He died young and his widow, Hope Huckins (a descendant of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley), remarried to Ebenezer Childs.

This is another family that was lucky to descend from a Mayflower passenger.  Much of the genealogy of this family has been preserved in the book Mayflower Families through five generations, Volume 23, Part One: John Howland, GSMD. 
A notable descendant was Hannibal Hamlin (1809 – 1891) of Maine, the 15th vice president of the United states under Abraham Lincoln. 

Some HAMBLEN resources:

Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, by Amos Otis, pages 525 – 526.

The Mayflower Quarterly, May 1984, page 80 “Hope (Huckens) (Hamblen) Childs of Barnstable, Massachusetts”. 
History of the Hamlin Family, by H. Franklin Andrews, 1844

Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by Savage, Volume II

My HAMBLEN genealogy:

Generation 1:  James Hamblen, born in England, died October 1690 at Barnstable, Massachusetts; married to Anne Unknown. Eight children.

Generation 2: John Hamblin, born 26 June 1644 in Barnstable, died 1718 in Barnstable; married in August 1667 in Barnstable to Sarah Bearse, daughter of Augustine Bearse and Mary Unknown.  Twelve children.

Generation 3:  Benjamin Hamblin, born 11 February 1687 in Barnstable, died before 8 March 1718; married on 29 May 1709 to Hope Huckins, daughter of Thomas Huckins and Hannah Chipman (granddaughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley). She was born 21 September 1689 in Barnstable and died after 4 January 1730 in Barnstable.  Four children.

Generation 4:  Hannah Hamblin, born about 1714 in Barnstable, and died 26 July 1791 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; married before 7 March 1734 to Jonathan Crosby, son of John Crosby and Hannah Bangs.  He was born 2 November 1705 in Harwich, Massachusetts, and died 26 July 1782 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Eleven children born in Harwich, and Connecticut.

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 ~ HAMBLEN of Cape Cod, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 7, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. More familiar names! I am descended from James Hamlen as well, through son Eleazar, then son Joseph. Joseph married Mercy Howland, giving me one of my Mayflower connections.
    I expect we share a connection through the Huckins line as well; another 10x gg-mother was Mary Huckins, who married Samuel Storrs. I have not explore her family in depth, but expect she and Hope were related.