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Francis Chickering (1606 - 1658)

Ens. Francis Chickering
Born in Branfield, Suffolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1630 in Englandmap
Husband of — married 11 Jun 1650 (to 10 Oct 1658) in Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 52 in Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Francis Chickering migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Directory, by R. C. Anderson, p. 63)
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Francis Chickering came from Suffolk, England, in 1637 and located in Dedham by 1638.[1] He purchased the land there from Francis Austin .[2] In 1641 he was elected one of the selectmen of the town and continued in that office for fifteen years. He became a member of the artillery company in 1643. In 1644 and again in 1653 he was elected representative to the General Court.[3]

Francis' first wife was Anne Fiske. she was the mother of his children. She died in Dedham, Massachusetts Bay on December 5th, 1649.[4][5][6]

Francis remarried 11 June 1650 Sarah Sibble/Sibley. Sarah was widow of John Sibley of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Sarah married after Francis' death John Bowles [4][7]

His death occurred in October 1658. (The 2nd, pg 128 Dedham Vital Records; the 10th p. 39 Dedham Church Records.) The inventory of his estate suggests he might have been a tailor. The inventory also calls him Ensign.[8] The heirs were widow, Sarah, and his five daughters.[4]

Mrs Sarah Chickering testified to the truth of Francis' inventory. Later in the inventory (page torn) Sarah is named relict (widow) of Francis.

Sarah's will, dated 21 Jun 1681, call's Joseph How "brother" and Daniel Smith, Samuel Newman, Thomas Metcalf and William Symmes "sons" (ie. Sons in law)[4]


  1. Ann b. in England; m. (1) Stephen Paine; m. (2) Thomas Metcalf[4]
  2. Elizabeth the daughter of ffrancis Chickering & Anne his wife was borne 26. (7.) 1638.[9][10] Elizabeth Chickering dyed 28. (5.) 1642[9]
  3. Bethshua the daughter of ffrancis Chickering & Anne his wife was borne 23. (10.) 1640.[9] m. 6 Dec 1659 Samuel Newman.[4]
  4. Ester the daughter of ffrancis & Anne Chickering was borne, 4. (9.) 1643 *note from other context, middle is month[11] Ester m. 20 Oct 1659 Daniel Smith[4]
  5. John, the Son of Francis & An Chickering, was borne the 19 of the 2 mo. 1646.[12] He died 29 April 1646[4]
  6. Mary, the Daughter of Francis & An Chickering, was borne the 10 of the 2 mo. 1648[12] -Except she was baptized 9 April 1649. She m. (1) probably about 1675 Capt. William Symmes of Charlestown. He had previously been married to Mary Sparhawk. Symmes died suddenly 22 Sep 1691. Mary m. (2) 30 July 1695, Braintree, as his 2nd wife Rev. Samuel Torrey. Torrey died 21 April 1707 at Weymouth, Massachusetts. She died, at Weymouth, 12 Mar 1721 [1720/1], having left a will dated 26 June 1720, then proved 20 Mary 1720/[1] she mentioned her children by Symmes. President Benjamin Harrison was a descendant of William and Mary Symmes.[4]


  1. Hill, D. G. "The Early Records of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts. 1636-1659.", Vol. 3. Printed Records of the Town : Dedham, Mass., 1892. : 2024.
  2. Blanchard, Wayne. From the Great Migration to the Greatest Generation. England., 2013, p.95.
  3. Cook
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Torrey, Clarence Almon. "Francis Chickering of Dedham, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 17: 70 (1940-1941) link American Ancestors
  5. Pope says they married by 1630 in England and that she died in 1649 after which he married Sarah
  6. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. link (subscription required) :: PICKERING, Francis (-1658) & 1/wf Anne [FISK] (1610-1649); in Eng. by 1630; Dedham {Bassett-Preston 60; Bosworth 171; Paine Anc. (1936) 5; Reg. 4:180, 47:256; 69:229, 88:273; NYGBR Chart 256-7; Ackley-Bosworth 113, 115; Pope's Pioneers 97; TAG 17:70; Sv. 1;376; Watertown, 758; Dedham Ch. Rec. 22; Parker (#9) 190; R. Wheeler 22; Cross Anc. 153; Fulton Anc. 65; Paine (#5) 37; Gamage 65; Guild Anc. 18, 28; Chickering Anc. (Chart)}
  7. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. link (subscription required):: PICKERING, Francis (-1658) & 2/wf Sarah (?HOWE) SIBLEY (-1686), m/3 John BOWLES; 11 Jun 1650; Charlestown/Dedham {Ackley-Bosworth 113; Reg. 9:346; Bowen (1897) 222; TAG 17:70; Charlestown 212, 865; Fiske (1896) 50; Paine (#5) 37, 90; Chickering Anc. (Chart); Sv. 1:224, 376; Bassett-Preston 60}
  8. Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by (subscription required): Suffolk Probate #197:1-7; Inventory 17 Oct 1658; note: pages may be out of order.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "The Early Records of Boston." NEHGR 4:274. (1850)
  10. "Register of Births in Dedham." NEHGR 1:99 (1847)
  11. "Early Records of Boston." NEHGR 5:97. (1851)
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, ... Town of Dedham. 1635-1845. (Dedham, Mass.: 1886) [ Mary p. 4

See also:

  • Bassett--Preston ancestors : a history of the ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Wasson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett, Author: Preston, Belle (Mary Isabella), 1863- , Pages: 351, see p. 60. [1]
  • Cook, Louis Atwood. History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 1622-1918 (S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., New York, 1918) Vol. 1, Page 123
  • Coombs, Jan Gregoire. Coombs Family History (Janet Pulvermacher, Middleton, Wisconsin, 2013) Page 13
  • Ancestral File Number: 84TS-W3

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