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Gregory Belcher (bef. 1606 - 1674)

Gregory Belcher
Born before in Aston, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 11 Dec 1627 in Mancetter, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Sep 2010
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Gregory Belcher migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Gregory Belcher, son of Thomas Belcher and Elizabeth Mason, was christened 30 Mar 1606 in Aston Juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.[1]


He married Katherine (Alcock) Belcher 11 Dec 1627 in Mancetter, Warwickshire, England.[2]

Children of Gregory & Katherine, last three recorded in Braintree (Boston returns):

  1. Josiah, about 1631
  2. Elizabeth, near 1632
  3. John, about 1633.
  4. Moses, about 1635.
  5. Samuel, Aug. 24 1637.
  6. Mary, July 8 1639.
  7. Joseph, Dec. 25 1641.

In New England

Gregory Belcher came to New England about 1634 and soon settled at Braintree (now Quincy) and on Dec. 30 1639 was granted a lot of 52 acres at Mt. Wollaston for 13 heads, his family.[3] The exact bounds has not been determined, but it was along Franklin St. just north of Pernis Hill.

He was made freeman of the colony May 13 1640[4] and was a selectman in 1646. In a deposition in June 1665 he calls himself aged about 60 years. (Essex County Court Files).[5]

On Jan. 6 1657/8 he leased from heirs of William Tyng of Boston the Salter Farm in Braintree (now Wollaston)[6] and on Jan. 15 1666/7 he was one of a group of five men who purchased the farm, his interest being 1/8 part. (S.D. 5:229).[5] On Mar. 26 1670, he and his son in law Alexander Marsh purchased 200 acres of the Iron Works land, where the furnace stood (in West Quincy) and May 18 1671 they bought 40 acres adjacent to the above at Crane's Plain on the Milton line. (S.D. 7:172). He also leased April 1 1658 from Boston the Blue Hill lands in Braintree.


Gregory Belcher died Nov. 25 1674, inventory taken Jan 3 1674/75.[5]

His wife died in 1680 leaving a will dated Sept. 3 1679, proved July 20 1680, mentioning son Josiah, son John, daughters Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Marsh, grand daughter Mary Marsh, and son Moses who was to have "the whole house and land he now possesses which I declare his father gave him."[5]

Henry Bartlett a servant of Gregory Belcher was listed in the inventory and was valued at £5. He was probably an apprentice and he served the town of Braintree in King Philip's War 1675.


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch [1]: 10 April 2021), Gregorie Belchar, 1606.
  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch [2]: 12 March 2020), Gregorie Belcher, 1627.
  3. Boston (Mass.). Registry Dept. Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston. [S.l.: s.n.], 1876=1898. pg 44
  4. Andrews, H. Franklin (Henry Franklin), 1844-1919. List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1691 : with freeman's oath, the first paper printed in New England. Exira, Iowa : Exira Print. Co. 1906. [3]
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Belcher, William H; Belcher, Joseph Warren, joint author. The Belcher family in England and America : comprehending a period of seven hundred and sixty-five years, with particular reference to the descendants of Adam Belcher of Southfields, Orange County, New York. Detroit, Mich.: unknown, 1941. pg 257
  6. Anderson, Charles. Great Migration Begins, Vol 1, A-F. pg 123 $
  • Braintree Vital Records, baptisms. $
  • The Belcher Families of New England: [4]
  • Anderson's Great Migration Directory on page 25 gives several references for Joseph's father Gregory Belcher-57 and his wife Catherine.
  • Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, MA. 1640-1850]] (2001) Pages 205-6. #534 AmericanAncestors $
  • Henshaw, Richard Townsend. Belcher-Henshaw and Other Ancestry of Richard Townsend Henshaw 1882-1938 of Rye, New York (Polyanthos, New Orleans, 1983), pp. 2-4.
  • Eysenbach, Mary Locke. The Alcocks of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire: John Alcock and His Wife Elizabeth Wrightman, Anne Alcock and Her Husband Nicholas Needham, and Katherine Alcock, and Her Husband Gregory Belcher, The New Hampshire Genealogical Record 26 (2009):49-56
  • Three wills also in Putnam's Monthly Historical Magazine, June-July 1896.

See Also:

  • Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 16 February 2021), memorial page for Gregory Belcher (30 Mar 1606–25 Nov 1674), Find A Grave: Memorial #34284766, ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) Unknown.

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Appears to be a big cut & paste section on this one. It really could use a full revision/rewrite. There seems to be a fair amount of secondary source material to work from.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Replaced Mother with a much more likely candidate, see Thomas Belcher profile for more detail (Elizabeth Mason/Masone profile still under construction). Deborah Hunt seems to be completely unsourced but widely repeated as his mother.
posted by Brad Stauf
Belcher-666 and Belcher-57 appear to represent the same person because: Birth and death dates and locations are the same. Birth county should be Warwickshire rather than the modern West Midlands.
posted by Bennet George
Belcher-1849 and Belcher-57 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate due to shared name, wife's details and child's details
posted by Paula (Round) Dea

Rejected matches › George Belcher