Ellis  Barron Sr.

Ellis Barron Sr. (abt. 1605 - 1676)

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Ellis Barron Sr.
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Englandmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
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Irish Origins Disputed

It is widely reported that Ellis Barron's origins lie in Ireland. That he, and many of his children were born in Waterford, Ireland. He is stated to be the son of a William Fitzgerald and wife Margaret Butler, to a long line of notable and noble Fitzgerald ancestors. The earliest source found for this information comes from an 1880 work by Albert Welles entitled "American Antiquity".[1] Albert Welles is a known forger of pedigrees, known for his fraudulent work on George Washington's ancestry.[2][3] Without more contemporary evidence this exotic origin of the 17th century immigrant must be considered unproven and unlikely.


Ellis Barron Sr. was born about 1605 in England. He died 30 October 1676 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. [4]

Ellis Barron m1 Grace ____.

He married Hannah or Anne (Hammond) Hawkins (dau. of William Hammond and Elizabeth; widow of Timothy Hawkins), bap Lavenham, Suffolk, Eng. 14 Jul 1616, d. 1 Sep 1685. "Elliz (sic) Barron and Hannah Haukins (sic) Maryed the 14 : 10m 1653" at Watertown.[5]

The second marriage by Ellis Sr. is proved by a receipt given 1 April 1673 by Benjamin Garfield of Watertown to "Eliz Barron my father in law" for the portion of Mehitabel his wife, "left hir of the estate of Timothy Hawkins Deced, her father".[6]

He left England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony probably shortly before he became a freeman in Watertown on 2 June 1641,[7] was the constable in 1658[8] and a selectman in 1668 and 1673. On 7 November 1670 "It was a greed that Brother Barron shall take a new inventory of the estate of the town".[9]

According to the first inventory of grants and possession in Watertown, taken in 1639, Ellis owned a homestall of ten acres, more or less, bounded east by Thomas Boyson and Richard Linton, west with Stone Street, north by James Cutler, and south by Thomas Smith.[10] This is the same holding as described in the third inventory, taken about 1646.

Last Will & Testament

Dated 26 Oct. 1676, proved 19 Dec. 1676

Mentions seven children: It names only his sons Ellis, John, and Moses. It also mentions his wife, grand daughter Elizabeth Barron, and a male Negro servant. Thomas Hastings was to be the overseer of the will, which was witnessed by John Biscoe and Thomas Hastings. Further mentioned in the will is an agreement made between Ellis and his wife at the time of their marriage. It stated that if he died first, she should return to her houses and lands that were hers before they married.[11] Hannah's will was dated 18 August 1683 and mentions her late husband Ellis and "my negro Shippio".[12]

The inventory of his estate, taken Dec. 2, 1676, included "Barbers Instrumts, & Instrumts to draw teeth" at a value of 7 shillings. It also included "5. books of Divinity & Phisick" at 5 shillings and "1. Negro" at twenty pounds.[13]


  1. Ellis, m(1) Watertown, MA 14 Dec 1653[9/16] Hannah Hawkins, b. Watertown, MA 10 Jun 1637,[9/4] d. Groton, MA 3 Jan 1673-4, age 37y., m(2) Lydia (Prescott) Fairbanks. Chil.: 1) Ellis, b. 22 April 1655, in Lancaster, MA 1713, m. 26 May 1679 Mary Sherman;
  2. Hannah, b. 6 March 1657-8, m. 14 June 1678 James Cady;
  3. Elizabeth, b. 14 April 1660, d young;
  4. Sarah, b. 4 Nov. 1662, m. ___ Taylor;
  5. Grace, b. Groton, MA 29 July 1665, m. ___ Stevens;
  6. Mehitabel, b. 22 June 1668, m. Eleazer Parker;
  7. Elizabeth;
  8. Timothy, b. 18 April 1673, d. bef. 1 Sept. 1718, m. 10 March 1697-8 Rachel
  1. Dorothy, b. 6 Mach 1674-5, prob. d. young;
  2. Abigail, (in records d. but perhaps should be b.) 14 Nov. 1676, m. 2 June 1699-1700 Henry Houghton of Lancaster


  1. American Antiquity
  2. Washington Fraud
  3. Thank you contributors Joe Cochoit and Ellen Smith for this reference
  4. Watertown vital record book "Eliz Barron dyed the 30 of october [1676]" Original record book scan available ancestry.com database "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records 1620-1988"
  5. "Watertown Records" Vol. 1, Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010).
  6. Middlesex deeds 5:21
  7. The History of Watertown - Henry Bond, 1860, p 17
  8. Watertown Records, 1894; 1:52
  9. Watertown Records, 1:90,102, 112
  10. Watertown Records, 1894 (Lands, Grants and Possessions), 1:31
  11. Middlesex County Probate (First Series Docket 1291), 4:197
  12. ibid.
  13. ibid., 4:200

See also:

  • The Ancestry of Hattie E. J. Bruce - the Barron Family
  • Lancaster Vital Records
  • "The Ellis Barron Family," by Donald Lines Jacobus. The American Genealogist, Vol. 20 (1943). See pgs.135-136.
  • Records of Births Marriages and Deaths, First Book - Watertown Records, Vol. 1, 1894
  • Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Second Book - Watertown Records, Vol. 2, 1900
  • Guide to the Early Settlers of America, Henry Whittemore, (Excerpted and Reprinted from "The Spirit of '76, Volumes V - XII", September, 1898 - May, 1906, Reprinted Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967, Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genalogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1995, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 67-23072, ISBN 0-8063-0378-6), Page 28
  • Pioneers of Massachusetts, Charles Henry Pope, (Originally published: Boston, Massachusetts, 1900, Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21202, 1965, 1969, 1977, 1981, 1991, 1998, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 65-22478, ISBN 0-8063-0774-9), Page 35
  • Hammond_Am, Fredrick Stam Hammond, (Ryan & Burkhart, Oneida NY, 1904), Vol I, Page 62
  • The Great Migration begins, Robert Charles Anderson, (Great Migration Study Project by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2000, CD-Rom version, 3 volumes.)
  • Descendants of John and Mary Coolidge, p. 154; Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, Vol. 2, p. 149

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On February 21, 2016 at 01:15GMT Anne B wrote:

Joe, thank you for collaborating. I think I agree with you although I haven't done a lot of research on this family. Do any of you managers and/or trusted list members have any information/evidence/sources for these parents.

On February 20, 2016 at 23:27GMT Joe C wrote:

Just signed on to wikitree for the first time ten minutes ago! Going to see if I can do some clean-up.

Before 1880 I cannot find a whim, a whisper, a hint, or even a mention of family lore that Ellis (Elliz) Barron of Waterford was from Ireland. Then one Albert Welles does some "research" that year that shows this exotic connection for Ellis Barron. In 1904 Guy Coolidge, a Hobart professor then greatly expands this idea with research on the Barron family as well as an ancestry of the Coolidge family that would put Gustav Anjou to shame, back to some 11th century Norman. I humbly request that all connection to Ellis Barron's ancestry be severed, and that the first we know of him is that he arrived about 1640 in Massachusetts (freeman 1641). I was going to make this edit myself but it seemed severe enough to warrant discussion first.

On August 26, 2015 at 16:41GMT Dan Small wrote:

Barrone-17 and Barron-54 appear to represent the same person because: Barrone and Barron are probably two spelling variations. Willing to change Barrone to Barron because I know it changed at some point but was not able to pinpoint when or who made the spelling change.

On November 16, 2014 at 00:21GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Barron-1894 and Barron-54 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same death date and location.

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