Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Founder's Monument in Newbury, Massachusetts



The Founders Monument on the Newbury, Massachusetts lower green is a beautiful memorial to the first settlers in town.  The beautifully cast model of a ship on top of the obelisk represents the ship "Mary and John" which carried the first settlers to a landing point just south of this green.  The website for the Sons & Daughters of Newbury carefully points out that the list of settlers on the back of the monument is incomplete.  There are missing names on this list, and their website has the names of the heads of families who settled in Newbury previous to 1700 (see below). 


TO THE
MEN AND WOMEN
WHO SETTLED IN
NEWBURY
FROM 1635 TO 1650
AND
FOUNDED 
ITS MUNICIPAL, SOCIAL,
AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
THIS MONUMENT
IS DEDICATED
1905



DESCENDANTS OF
THESE FIRST SETTLERS
ERECTED THIS MEMORIAL

ROBERT ADAMS           WILLIAM MOODY
GILES BADGER            ANTHONY MORSE
    JOHN BAILEY             WILLIAM MOULTON
RICHARD BROWN     EDMUND MOORES
THOMAS BROWN       NICHOLAS NOYES
RICHARD BARTLETT            JAMES NOYES             
JOHN CHENEY              JAMES ORDWAY 
AQUILA CHASE            JOHN OSGOOD    
NATHANIEL CLARK         THOMAS PARKER     
  THOMAS COLMAN          RICHARD PETTINGELL
TRISTRAM COFFIN            DANIEL PIERCE     
ROBERT COKER                  JOHN PIKE   
   JOHN CUTTING              WILLIAM PILLSBURY
   JOHN DAVIS               FRANCIS PLUMER
RICHARD DOLE                   JOHN POORE  
RICHARD DUMMER              SAMUEL POORE    
   JOHN EMERY                  EDWARD RAWSON
WILLIAM GERRISH           JOHN REMINGTON
EDMUND GREENLEAF           EDWARD RICHARDSON
THOMAS HALE                HENRY ROLFE 
   ABEL HUSE                  ROBERT SAVORY
WILLIAM ILSLEY                HENRY SEWELL
JAMES JACKMAN                  HENRY SHORT
HENRY JAQUES               THOMAS SMITH
       JOHN KELLY                 ANTHONY SOMERBY
  RICHARD KENT                 WILLIAM SAWYER
JOHN KNIGHT                  STEVEN SWETT
  RICHARD KNIGHT                WILLIAM TITCOMB
   GEORGE LITTLE               RICHARD THURLOW
PERCIVAL LOWELL          DANIEL THURSTON
    HENRY LUNT                   ABRAHAM TOPPAN
  ROBERT LONG                   DAVID WHEELER
  HUGH MARCH                THOMAS WHITTIER
WILLIAM MARSTON             JOHN WOODBRIDGE
   NATHANIEL MERRILL            EDWARD WOODMAN

I spent some time perusing this list, and here are the Newbury settlers I found were ancestors:

Rev. Stephen Bachiler
Tristam Coffin
Stephen Dummer
Anthony Emery
John Emery
William Gerrish
Edmund Greenleaf
Stephen Jordan
Robert Long
William Longfellow
Percival Lowell
James Mirick
Henry Somerby
John Webster
Thomas Wells


For the truly curious:

The Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts:

List of heads of families who settled in Newbury previous to 1700

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Founder's Monument in Newbury, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 11, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/06/founders-monument-in-newbury.html: accessed [access date]). 

2 comments:

  1. I've got several ancestors on this memorial. Very proud.

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  2. I heard that the only settlers who were put on the monument are ones whose descendants helped to pay for the Monument. My direct ancestors had left the area for the wilderness of New Hampshire more than 100 years before it was built. I have about 20 of the ancestors who are on the monument in my tree and about 10 who are in my tree but aren't on the monument.

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