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Robert Andrews (bef. 1609 - 1668)

Robert Andrews
Born before in Boxford, Berkshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1637 in Boxford, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 58 in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Dec 2008
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Do not confuse the two Robert Andrews in Massachusetts

  1. Robert of Rowley/Topsfield died 1668, carpenter. He is listed by Savage[1] and Colket[2].
  2. Robert of Ipswich died 1644, innkeeper. He is listed in Savage[1] and Colket[2] and is a featured article in Anderson[3]

Robert Andrews of Rowley/Topsfield

Birth & Christening

Robert was baptized 14 November 1609[citation needed] in Boxford, Berkshire, England, and married about 1635 in Boxford, Berkshire, England, Grace.[citation needed]

Our Massachusetts ancestors, A-Br a typescript by Dorothy Huggins Harding (December 1969) on p. 4 refers to Grace as Melburn and has a long list of sources, which were all checked and not one refers to her as Melburn.

The Hartford Times genealogical queries, answers, and note file, compiled by Helen F Reese in assorted volumes has queries looking for proof that Robert was son of Robert and Elizabeth Franklin, that he was married to Grace Melburn and looking for Grace's ancestry. There were no answers to these queries.[4]


Robert Andrews of Andros emigrated from Boxford, England, about 1656 with six children and his wife Grace. He settled in Boxford, Massachusetts. He bought 200 acres of land in July, 1661. The farm was located on the west side of Pye brook. He also bought land both in Boxford and in Topsfield. His first house appears to have been destroyed and a new house was built in 1668. He died on May 29, 1668 at Topsfield, and Grace died on December 25, 1700, also at Topsfield. [5]

The History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men by Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed (published 1888) ([1]) says that Robert was killed in King Philip's war. However, that war was fought 8 years after Robert died. It turns out a Robert Andrews was killed in the Narraganset Swamp battle on Dec 10 1675 - it must have been a different Robert Andrews. It also surmises that Robert was related to John Andrews, the son of Captain Robert Andrews who commanded the ship "Angel Gabriel" wrecked at Pemaquid in 1635. But the connection couldn't be made.


  1. Mary b. about 1638 in England m. md: 27 Nov 1659; Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, Isaac CUMMINGS. Mary was living in 1699.[6]
  2. Hannah b. about 1642 in England m. Captain John Peabody of Boxford 23 Nov 1665;. She was living in 1699.[6]
  3. Elizabeth b. about 1643 in England m. Samuel Symonds of Boxford 14 April 1662; living in Boxford in 1699.[6]
  4. Thomas b. about 1645 in England m. Martha (Baker) Antrum.[6]
  5. John b. 1648 m. Sarah Dickinson[6]
  6. Robert b: about 1651; England. d: 19 Dec 1675; Narragansett Fort, Washington, Rhode Island.[6]
  7. . Rebecca b. about 1654 m. Samuel Marble of Andover, 26 Nov 1675; living in Andover in 1699[6]
  8. Joseph b. September 18, 1657 m. 1. Sarah Perley 2. Mary Dickinson[6][7]
  9. Sarah b. c. 1658 m. Daniel Wood of Boxford; They were living in Boxford in 1699.[6]
  10. Ruth b. May 27, 1664 in Rowley Village; m. Edward Phelps 9 Mar 1682/3; living in Andover in 1699.[6]


29 May 1668, Rowley Village, Massachusetts[6] Grace, his widow, died 25 Dec 1702.[6]


Will dated May 16, 1668 at Rowley Village (Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts)
Inventory taken "1 : 5m : 1668" - July 1, 1668
Mentioned in Will:
Sons: eldest son Thomas, Robert, John, Joseph
Daughters: Rebecca; Sarah; Ruth; Mary, wife of Isaac Comins; Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Symons; Hannah Pebody
Wife to beexecutor (Grace Andrews)
Witnesses: Robert Smith, James Hanscombe
"In the name of God amen Know all Christian people this may or shall concearne yt I Robart Andrews of Rowley village in the County of Esex being verey sick & weack of body but blesed be god in prfect cence & memorey doe mack this my last will & testiment revoking all other former will wtsoever.
"Impr. I bequeath my soule to Allmighty God that gave it me in whome I trust through the merits of Jesus Christ to be receaived into Eternall happiness forever and my body to the earth from whence it came to be deciently burried in ye burring place of Topsfield according as my wife and Children shall see meet.
"It I give & bequeath unto my eldest sonn Thomas Andrews the house yt I now Live in and nine(s)core Ackers of Land being upland & Medow & yt Land yt I bought of Zacheus Gould only my well beloved wife is to have duering her life time, the kiching and hall & Kiching Chamber & halfe the seller & the new feeld & the eight Ackers peeice & halfe the orchard & if ther be not Land enufe for her to manuer then my sd sonn with ye help of my son Robart is to breack her up three Ackers more or let her have three Ackers yt is allready broacken up and the same to injoy duering her life without the Lett hinderanc or molestation of my sd sonn or aney other prson under him and my sonn Thomas is to shingle the house and at my wives deceas the said land orchard and rooms is to returne to my son Thomas & his haires forever my said sonn Paying unto my three youngest daughters Rebeckah, Sarah & Ruth twenty pound pr each when she shall be twenty yeares of Age and if eaither of them shall die before yt time then yt prt shall be equally devided between the other two and allso his is to pay unto my Daughter Mary the wife of Isack Comins five pound three years after my deceas & for the new whip saw and all other Carpenters tools shall be for the use of my wife sonn Thomas & Robert.
"It I give and be bequeath unto my sonn Robart Andrews eight(s)core Ackers of Land from Piebroock to ye clay pits and ye fatti medow and the fishing broock medow & becaus my sonn Thomas & Robart should not wrong one another in wood I desier ther Land may be ped by them selves & two other honest men and Robart is to pay unto my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Samuell Symons five pounds three years after my deceas and to my daughter Hanah Pebody five pounds fouer years after my deceas.
"It I give unto my sonn John the Lot comonly called the seller Lott and the Medow belonging unto it but the medow shall be for the use of my wife & Thomas untell my sonn John shall be one and twenty years of Age and then to returne to him without aney further truble he paying to my seaven Grandchildren twenty shillings pr each when they shall come to the age of fourteen years.
"It I give unto my sonn Joseph ye Land in the Topsfeeld yt I bought of John Wilds, Senr. with all the previledgs therunto belonging.
"It I give unto my well beloved wife all my Cattell & other moveable goods and the Doung that is now in ye yard & half the barne & Lintos and my sonn Thomas the other halfe and he and his brother Robart is to set up the other Lintoos & Lay in for the use of ther mother eavery year duering her Life twelve Loads of hay and if eaither of my sonns should die before they are married then yt Land yt is given to them to be equally devided amongst the Survivers Leaving my said wife sole Executrix and in Testimony hereof I have Set my hand and Seale this Sixteenth day of May in the yeare of our Lord one thousand Six hundred Sixty & eight.
"Robart (his / mark) Andrews, Senr (seal)
Robert (his G mark) Smith
James Hanscombe
Proved in Salem court 2: 5m: 1668 by the witnesses. Essex County Probate Files, Docket 709
Inventory of the estate was taken by Frances Pabody, Isack Comings, and Edman Towne. Attested 1:5m: 1668 by Grace Andrewes wife of the deceased
"Source: Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol 13 leaf 67"


  1. 1.0 1.1 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Colket, Meredith B. Jr. Founders of Early American Families. Second Revised Edition. Cleveland, Ohio: The Ohio Society with the authority of The General Court of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 2002.
  3. Robert Charles Anderson, “The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635”, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011, Vol I A-B, page 54-55
  4. Reese, Helen F. The Hartford Times genealogical queries, answers, and note file, Vol 23a 8 Mar 1965 by [MCB]; Vol. 24b, d1186-d2193 5 Dec 1965 by [MCB] 13 Dec 1965 by [MCB]; Vol. 17C, C7032-C7199 1 June 1962 by [MRJ]
  5. #S-430 Vol. I, Page 493
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 "Descendants of Robert Andrews of Rowley Village (Boxford)." The Essex Antiquarian vol 3. p. 113
  7. "Ipswich Court Records and Files." The Essex Antiquarian vol. 13 p. 188
  8. #S-431 Page 133.135
  • Source: S-430Ellery Bicknell Crane. Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester county, Massachusetts, with a history of Worcester society of antiquity. New York, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907. Open Library p.439
  • Source: S-431 The Probate Records of Essex County Massachusetts. Vol. II, 1665-1674. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1917. Google Books
  • Source: S-2043082282 Repository: #R-2138440880 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Text:
  • Source: S26 Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998) Repository: #R1
  • Essex Institute Historical Collections (Salem, Massachusetts) Vol. 2, Page 18
  • Perley, Sidney. The History of Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts: From the Earliest Settlement Known to the Present Time: a Period of about Two Hundred and Thirty Years. 1880p. 25/6 this has a good summary of his holdings.

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How were Robert and Grace married in 1637 in Massachusetts if "he arrived with his wife and 6 children in 1656"?

Maybe "Elizabeth" and "Grace" are the same person - or there wasn't an Elizabeth and Grace & Robert were married in England in 1637.

posted by Barbara Bettes
Not a child of Robert Andrews and Elizabeth.

Wife's surname questionable??

posted by Anne B

A  >  Andrews  >  Robert Andrews

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