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William Andrews Sr. (abt. 1649 - 1716)

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William Andrews Sr.
Born about in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 20 Oct 1672 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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William Andrews was born in 1649[1] in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the son of John Andrews and Jane Jordan.[2][3]

William appears on the records for the first time in March 1667 when he, Stephen Cross and Joseph Giddings participated in a stunt which involved damage to a bridge at the windmill. The young men had also engaged in other pranks, resulting in their being brought before the town authorities, found guilty of misdemeanors and punished by being committed to the stocks.[2]

William was an Ensign in the Ipswich Militia and was a farmer and a carpenter.[2]

William Andrews, son of John Andrews Sr., was party to an indenture signed 20 Aug 1672 between himself and Samuel Cogswell, and acknowledged/recorded 20 Feb 1673 by Samuel Symonds, Deputy Governor. The indenture provided the terms under which William was to take over the Cogswell's 1,000 year lease of 100 acres of land in Ipswich and specified where he William agreed to build a house on that land.[2][4] An old map of the Cogswell farm shows the location of his house. It was in what is now South Essex and between the Gloucester line and the Essex River which was then known as the Chebacco River.[2]

William married Margaret Woodward on 21 Oct 1672 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[2][5][6][7] They had the following children:[2][3]

  • William Andrews, Jr., born 23 Oct 1673 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; m..1. Elizabeth Curtis and m.2. widow Agnes (Robbins) Pollard.
  • John Andrews, born 2 Feb 1675/76 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; m. Elizabeth Story; d. 16 Mar 1752/53 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; bur. Old Burial Ground, Essex, Massachusetts.
  • Margaret m.Samuel Gott;
  • Ezekiel Andrews b.Jun 1680; m. Abigail Curtis; d. after 1723
  • Elizabeth b.Jan 15 1684 d.Dec 26 1685;
  • Elizabeth Andrews, b. 15 Jan 1685/86 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; m. John Norwood, Sep 25 1704; d. 1 Nov 1774 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • Abigail Andrews b. 1687 at Ipswich; m.Thomas Butler, Aug 29 1704; d. 20 Jun 1718 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; bur. in Old Burial Ground, Essex, Massachusetts.
  • Rachel Andrews b. 1694 at ipswich; int. of m. to Zachary Story Jul 4 1714; d. 6 Aug 1777 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  • Miriam Andrews, born 1692/93 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.;m. Nathaniel Rust.
  • Patience Andrews, b.1696 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; m. Benjamin Stewart.
  • Jonathan Andrews b. 1697/98 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; m. Sarah Smith; d. 10 Jun 1759 in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Solomon Andrews b.Aug 8 1699 at Ipswich; m. Elizabeth Ingalls; d. 18 Sep 1778 in Carlisle, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; buried in Old Cemetery, Carlisle, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

William Andrews was named in the will of his father, John Andrews Sr., dated 13 Mar 1705;[3]

"I give and bequeath to my second Son William Androuse one fourthe part of my whole esstate both lands or marsh which I have not allread given away by Deed of gift and allso al my moveable Esstate according to a true Inventory thereof taken. What shall Remaine to be clear Esstate after my funeral Expenses and just Debtes are paid I freely give my Son William androse one fourth part thereof onely I do hereby oblige him to pay one fourth part of ye charges of maintaing my Wife So long as She shall live after my Decease & when it shall please god to take her Away by Death I do hereby oblige him to pay one fourth part of ye charges of a decent funerall unto her."

William died on 7 Feb 1715/16 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.[1]

Here Lies Interred
What was mortal of
Insign William Andrews
who died Ferbruary ye 7, 1716
aged 67 years.

William died intestate, the administration granted to his widow Margaret on 12 Mar 1715/16 with Seth Story and Samuel Story sureties bond five hundred pounds on file.[2][4][8]

The Estate of Ensign William Andrews was settled on Mar 1715/16 and was signed by the following heirs:[2][3]

William Andras
John Andrews
Ezekiell Andrews
Samuel Gott
Margert Gott
Joshua Norwood
Elizebeth Norwood
Thomas Butler
Abegaiel Butler
Zechariah Story
Rachl Story
Miriam Andrews
Patience Andrews

Margaret Andrews, widow and relict, consented to the above agreement on 22 May 1716.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,", Operations, Inc., 2011, Provo, UT, USA. Aged 67 at DOD.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts” by Betty Andrews Storey, 2009. Accessed online 1 Jul 2018, pages 19-22; sourced info in NOTES.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000," online database linked to "History of the Andrews Family: A Genealogy of Robert Andrews, and his descendants, 1635 to 1890"; accessed on (available by subscription), Operations, Inc., 2016, Provo, UT, USA. Page 65-66(father's will), 70-72(indenture), 72-74(estate settlement), 76(children).
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder," Vol. IV; Nos. 2 & 3; Portland ME: SM Watson, 1887, Probate p.78, Indenture pg.242-244.
  5. Ferris, Mary Walton, “Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes.” Accessed at HathiTrust, vol. 1, pg. 672.
  6. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 November 2017), Andrews and Margrett Woodward, 21 Oct 1672; citing Marriage, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  7. "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), W Andrews and Margrett Woodward, 21 Oct 1672; citing reference 98; FHL microfilm 877,468.
  8. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," Note: Massachusetts, Essex County, Probate Records; Author: Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (Essex County); Probate Place: Essex, Massachusetts;, Operations, Inc.; 2015, Provo, UT, USA.

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