Saturday, August 25, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ STAPLES of Weymouth, Massachusetts


Jeffrey Staples, my 10th great grandfather, was first recorded in Weymouth, Massachusetts when his young daughter, Martha, was buried on 17 February 1639/40.  He didn’t appear again until there was a list of landowners recorded between 1642 and 1644.  An inventory of his estate was taken in March 1647 when he was described as “late deceased”.  

I descend from Jeffrey’s eldest son, John (about 1608 – 1683), my 9th great grandfather.  He was made a freeman on 10 May 1649.  He owned land in Weymouth and his house was described as “at the foot of King Oak Hill in North Weymouth”.  He had five children and  I descend from his oldest son, John Staples (about 1646 – 1692), my 8th great grandfather, who had six children. 

Next, I descend from Benjamin Staples (1677 – about 1712), my 7th great grandfather, who had eight children.   He was a cordwainer (shoemaker) in Braintree, and he kept an account book which is now at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  This account book was published in 1942 and a digital version of the book is available to view online at this link:   In the preface of the book it says:  "In the Kingston, Massachusetts records was the found the intention of marriage, 1727, of Benjamin's daughter Silence to John Evason or Everson; also the birth, March 24, 1747 of the latter's daughter Rebecca and her marriage, October 1, 1767, to Nathaniel King, from whom the lines run clear, to the present generation.  The original book measures five and one-half inches in length by four inches in width, is bound in yellowing vellum and has a narrow flap extending over onto the side about an inch where it fastens with a an old brass lock.  There is no ruling upon the pages, of which the first is missing."

I descend from Benjamin’s daughter, described above, Silence Staples (1705 – 1785), my 6th great grandmother, who married John Everson.  They lived in Kingston, Massachusetts and had eight children. 

For more information on the STAPLES family:

NEHGS Register, Volume 161, pages 95 - 100 "The English Origins of Jeffrey Staple of Weymouth, Massachusetts" by Gail Staples

Descendants of Jeffrey and John Staples of Weymouth, MA circa 1638, by James Courtenay Staples 1978

See also the blog Miner Descent    

My STAPLES genealogy:

Generation 1:  Jeffrey Staple, son of Robert Staple, born about 1576 in England, died 1647 in Weymouth, Massachusetts; married Margery Chrismas.  Seven children.

Generation 2:  John Staple, baptized August 1608 at Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England, died 4 July 1683 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married Rebecca Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 3: John Staples, born about 1646 in Weymouth, died 30 August 1692 in Braintree, Massachusetts; married about 1670 to Sarah Atkins, daughter of Thomas Atkins and Elizabeth Scammon.  She was born about 1650.  Six children.

Generation 4:  Benjamin Staples, born November 1677 in Braintree, died about 1712 in Bridgewater; married on 26 May 1699 in Boston to Mary Cox, daughter of Robert Cox.  She was born in July 1676 in Malden, Massachusetts 1 April 1723 in Abington, Massachusetts.  Eight children.

Generation 5: Silence Staples, born 11 November 1705 in Braintree, died 29 April 1785 in Kingston; marriage intention filed on 14 October 1727 in Kingston to John Everson, son of John Everson and Elizabeth Unknown.  Eight children.

Generation 6: Hannah Everson m. Nathan Weston

Generation 7:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements

Generation 8:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy

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 ~ STAPLES of Weymouth, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 25, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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