(Lt.) Andrew Elliot was born in East Coker, a village near Yeovil, Somerset county, England, on April 24, 1627. He was the son of John and Emma Elliot (aka Eliot). Andrew married Grace Woodier on April 23, 1649, in East Coker, Somerset, England. They had two sons:
Andrew Elliot, b. January 10, 1651, East Coker
William Elliot, b. February 1, 1652, in East Coker
Unfortunately, Grace Woodier Elliot died in childbirth or just afterwards and she was buried on February 8, 1652.
Andrew Elliot remarried to Mary Vivion (aka Vivian) on February 2, 1654, in East Coker, Somerset, England. They had two daughters:
Mary Elliot, b. January 11, 1662, in East Coker, Somerset, England
Emma Elliot, b. 1665, in East Coker; m. [UNK] Blower in Mass.
The family emigrated from Southwest England to New England between 1668 and1670 when their daughters were still children. They settled in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Andrew is said to have been a cordwainer (leather shoe maker). He was a "freeman" of Essex county; a Lieutenant in the 1690 Canada military expedition; Beverly's first town clerk in 1690; a Selectman & representative to the General Court. He also served as a juror in the infamous Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692.
Lt. Andrew Elliot died at his Beverly, Massachusetts Bay, home on March 1, 1704, having written his Will on February 23, 1704. In this Will he mentions his "loving wife Mary" whom he says has been with him for over 40 years, his daugher Mary, "relict of N. Woodbury," his son Andrew (who died at sea in Sep. 1688), his son William and his daughter, Emma Blower plus various grand-children. Andrew Elliot and his children founded a major "New England dynasty" of wealthy and prominent merchants, ship-builders, intellectuals and public servants whose family relationships include some of the region's most renowned names. Their descendants include a Nobel Prize recipient, several college presidents, several US and state Representatives, at least one US Senator, Ambassadors, Mayors and the poet T.S. Eliot who was interred in East Coker, Somerset, England, as he wanted to join his British ancestors. The family has spelled its name either Elliot or as Eliot from early days.
Here are highlights of Andrew Elliot's Life:
Birth: 24 APR 1627 in East Coker, Somerset, England;
Christening: 24 JUN 1627 East Coker, Somerset, England.
Death: 1 MAR 1704 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA
Occupation: "Corwinder " (cordwainer?)
Veteran of the Canadian Expedition in 1690
Representative to the General Court
First town clerk in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1690
Juror during Salem witch trials
Marriage to Grace Woodier, 23 APR 1649 in East Coker, England
Marriage to Mary Vivian, 2 FEB 1654 in England
Continuation from: "A Sketch of the Eliot Family" by Walter Graeme Eliot, 1887. Pages 17-21
The second volume of town records he commences as follows:
"On the third of November, 1685, then this book was improved for the Town of Beverly, as a town book to record the town concerns by the selectmen of said town successively. For former concerns in this matter, any concerned may have recourse unto a former parchment-covered old book extant, and likewise for ancient records of marriages, births and burials, which said was the first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James Secundus.
"Truth justifies herself when falsehood comes to naught.
How few improve the first, but ith the last full fraught;
Oh! thou tyrant custom what havoc dost thou make,
Thy cruel bond, fetters and clogs, most men do captivate."
"He died March 1st, 1703-4, aged 76 years. Andrew Eliot, a merchant in Boston, who suffered by the great fire in 1711, was his great grandson, and Rev. Andrew Eliot, a distinguished clergyman of the same city, was a great-great-grandson. The daughter of Andrew Elliot, the merchant, was married to Nathaniel Thayer, of Lancaster, Mass."
"He was one of the jurors on the Witch Trials in Salem, and with the other jurors afterwards made a public recantation, and greatly reproached himself for the part he had taken. The following is the text of the paper they signed:"
DECLARATION OF REGRET FOR PART TAKEN IN SALEM WITCHCRAFT, CIRCULATED AND SIGNED BY THE JURORS
(Page 474 History of Salem Witchcraft)
"We, whose names are underwritten, being in the year 1692, called to serve as jurors in Court of Salem, on trial many who were by some suspected guilty of doing acts of witchcraft upon the bodies of sundry persons, we confess that we ourselveswere not capable to understand, nor able to withstand the mysterious delusions of the powers of darkness and Prince of the air, but were, for want of knowledge in ourselves and better information from others, prevailed with to take up with suchevidence against the accused as, on further consideration and better information, we justly fear was insufficient for the touching the lives of any (Deut. xvii, 6), whereby we fear we have been instrumental, with others, through ingnorance andunwittingly, to bring upon ourselves and this people of the Lord the guilt of innocent blood, which sin the Lord saith in Scripture he would not pardon (2 Kings xxix, 4), that is, we suppose, in regard of his temporal judgements. We dotherefors, hereby signify to all in general, and to the surviving sufferers in special, our deep sense of, and sorrow for, our errors in acting on such evidence to the condemning of any person; and do hereby declare that we justly fear that wewere sadly deluded and mistaken --- for which we are much disquieted and distressed in our minds, and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness, first, of God, for Christ's sake, for this our error, and pray that God wouild not impute the guilt of itto ourselves nor others; we also pray that we may be considered candidly and aright by the living sufferers, as being then under the power of a strong and general delusion, utterly unacquainted with, and not experienced in matters of that nature."
"We do heartily ask forgiveness of you all, whom we have justly offended; and do declare, according to our present minds, we would none of us do such things again, on such grounds, for the whole world, --- praying you to accept of this inway of satisfaction for our offence, and that you bless the inheritance of the Lord, that he may be entreated for the land."
Thomas Fisk, Foreman
Thomas Fisk, Jr.
Thomas Pearly, Sr
Henry Hererick, Sr."
"He seems to have been a man enjoying the confidence of is townsmen and holding successively every office of honor in the gift of the town."
"His will (drawn Feb. 26, 1703-5, proved April 3, 1704), is on file in Salem, in perfect preservation, and bears a seal from his ring and a dipthong "AE" in an infirm hand, being evidently too old or infirm to write his name. Accompanying itis an inventory of his property real and personal."
His wife, Mary, made a will, Dec. 8, 1718, proved Aug 1, 1720,
He had daughters, Mary and Emma (See under head, (2.)
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Source: SR4 Title: "A Sketch of the Eliot Family" Abbreviation: "A Sketch of the Eliot Family" Author: Walter Graeme Eliot Publication: Press of Livingston Middleditch.
"Nestled among the hills and meadows of the heart of Somersetshire, the garden spot of England, is the little hamlet of East Coker, three or four miles SW from Yeovil, on the London & Southwestern Railway. Here, almost under the shadows of afine old parish church, dating back to the fifteenth century, was the home for a century or more of the Eliot family previous to their departure for America and religious liberty."
Less than one hundred miles away in Cornwall is yet to be found the seat of a powerful family of the name, resident there since 1400, and flourishing previously for several centuries in the neighboring county of Devonshire. In 1538 there was passed in England a law compelling every parish to keep a complete record of baptisms, marriages and burials. It appears to have gone into effect with more or less force between 1540 and 1550, and to have shown itself as soon in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, as in any other part of the kingdom. It is, therefore, not remarkable that we at once find record of the Eliots in E. Coker Somersetshire.
Being members of the Established Church of England at the period of Cromwell's accession to power, and when Roundhead intolerance became as opressive as had previously been the Romish influence, it would not be surprising if the Eliots had found emigration to this country as necessary as the thousands of others who flocked to the neighboring ports of departure, Plymouth, Bristol, &c., to seek a more congenial home in America.
They were well educated, highly respected, well-to-do members of the landed gentry of the shire, and certainly well connected. They had been seated in the county for 100 years or more before the departure of the first of the line for the colony of Massachusetts Bay. [pp. 11-12] Page: 15 (No. 1)
ANDREW ELIOTT, baptized in East Coker, England, in 1627, was the last mentioned there in 1668, and appears next in America, as joining the first church of Beverly, 1670; also Decenber 4th, 1675, when "John Raiment and Andrew Elliot took an inventory of the entire estate of John Batchelor of Salem, who died Novenber 13th, 1675." (Essex Ins. His. Col., Vol. 2, page 183.) From same authority, Volume 3, page 146, we find inscription in Beverly Graveyard of his death Thus:
"Here lyes buried ye body of Andrew Eliott, age 76 years, departed this life March ye 1st, 1703-4."
He married first, on the 23rd April 1649, in East Coker, England, Grace Woodier (who died February 8th, 1652); he married second, 1654, Mary ---,and had daughters Emma (who m., 1st, Andrew Woodbury, 2d, Henry Herrick, and died March 8th, 1661), and Mary, (who m., 1st, Nicholas Woodbury, 2d, Capt. Kinsley Hall. She was baptised January 11th, 1662); she was daughter by second wife, as may probably have been Emma. His first wife, Grace, belonged to one of the most prominent families in Somersetshire. He was a man of property, education and abiolity, and a member of the Established Church of England. Emigrating to America and settling first in Salem and then in Beverly, he seems to have taken up for a time the trade of "Corwinder," and became a member of the First Church of Beverly."
"On February 13th, 1679, "Andrew Eliott and Nehemiah Grover had liberty to cut twoloads of timber on the Town Commons, to be used in building a ketch." (See Stone's History of Beverly, page 316.) Where we find (pages 212-3) that "he was one of a committee to plead with the General Court against taking away Pastor Hale to bethe chaplain to the expedition against Canada in 1690." On page 193 we find him among the list of Representatives in the General Court, where he served five years, one of the longest terms. Pages 111-2 of the same says: "September 1st, 1684,Sam'l Hardie (son of a London tailor -- Ed.), schoolmaster of Beverly, was employed with Andrew Eliott to transcribe the town records into a new book." The population of Beverly in 1668 was 600,and in 1708 had increased to 1680.
From the sameauthority we quote: "Although the town records begin in 1665, no town clerk was chosen until April 11th, 1690, when Andrew Eliott was elected, and his compensation fixed at thirty shillings in money or forty shillings in pay, i.e., produce. Upto this period the records had been kept by the selectmen, whose doings are blended with those of the town. Eliott was a native of Somerset County in the West of England. He came to Beverly, and became a member of the church in 1670. Heappeared to enjoy the entire confidence of his townsmen, and was frequently chosen Selectman, Representative, &c., and was 63 yeasrs of age when he entered uon the duties of Town Clerk. He suffered under the arbitrary administrationn of SirEdmund Andros, on account of which the town made him a grant.
In 1686 he was one of the five witnesses taken from Beverly to attend at the execution of the Indian deed of the Town of Salem. He wrote a fair hand, and was very circumstantial in his record of events. The following entry of the decease ofhis son is a specimen of his method: [See entry under son Andrew Eliott's record in this genealogy.]
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Source: SR81Genealogy of the Eliot family --- The Posterity of Andrew Eliot (p. 171); by William Smith Porter. "The following genealogical history is chiefly taken from Mass. Hist. Col., 2d series, Vol I, p. 229; and from Allen's Biograph. Dict."
Note N1756POSTERITY OF ANDREW ELIOT
The following genealogical history is chiefly taken from Mass Hist Col 2d series Vol I p 229 and from Allen's Biograph Dict
ANDREW Eliot was an emigrant from Wales about the time Mr Higginson came to Salem 1663 and one of the first settlers of Beverly Mass Allen says Andrew Elliott from Somersetshire England settled at Beverly about 1683
His son ANDREW Eliot came over with his family in the same vessel with his father but was drowned on the passage near Cape Sable
His son ANDREW Eliot lived at Beverly. He was one of the jury who convicted those at Salem of witchcraft. This afterwards greatly exercised his mind. He lamented it as a heinous sin and set apart many days of fasting and prayer to express his penitence andseek forgiveness.
His son ANDREW Eliot was a merchant in Boston and one of the sufferers by the great fire at Cornhill in 1711 He married Ruth Symonds of Beverly and had two sons and one daughter viz:
SAMUEL Eliot, son of Andrew (4) was a bookseller in Boston ,a man of great intelligence and worth. He had three daughters, one of whom was the wife of Jeremy Belknap DD., and two died single.
His son Samuel Eliot Esq., was a distinguished merchant of Bostonand for several years President of the Massachusetts Bank. He died Jan 18th 1820, aged 81. Three of his daughters married: E. Dwight, and Professors A. Norton and G. Ticknor. He presented 1,000 to Harvard University to found a professorship of Greek Literature and left an estate worth nearly 1,000,000.
RUTH Eliot daughter of Andrew, married Nathaniel Thayer, and had three daughters and one son, Rev Ebenezer Thayer of Hampton N.H., father of Rev Ebenezer Thayer of Lancaster.
ANDREW Eliot, D.D., youngest son of Andrew was born Dec 25, 1718; graduated at Harvard in 1737; was ordained pastor of the New North Congregational Church Boston April 14th 1742; and died Sept 13 1778. He married in Oct 1742 Elizabeth Langdon andhad by her eleven children viz
1 Andrew born Jan 11 1743 graduated at Harvard in 1762 was one of the Fellows of that College in 1773 was ordained pastor of the church of Fairfield Conn in 1774 and died Oct 26 1805 aged 66 He married Mary daughter of Hon Joseph Pynchon His wifedied in 1810 They left seven children Their only son Andrew was pastor of the church in New Milford
2 Josiah born Jan 11 1745 was a merchant in Boston and died in Georgia He is probably ancestor of the Eliots in Georgia &c on p 174
4 Samuel born June 17 1748 was a merchant in Boston and died in March 1784 leaving five children He married Elizabeth daughter of William Greenleaf Esq After his death his widow married Edward Pope Esq of New Bedford
5 Ruth born Oct 2 1749 married Capt Thomas Knox She died Sept 29th 1802 leaving one daughter
6 Mary married Capt Nathaniel Goodwin She died April 1 1 1810 leaving one son
7 John DD born May 31 1754 succeeded his father Nov 3 1779 minister of Boston He graduated at Harvard in 1772 and died Feb 14 1813 of an affection of the heart He married Ann daughter of Jacob Treadwell of Portsmouth whose mother was a descendantof Rev John Rogers the martyr of Smithfield England a fine portrait of whom is in the family of this gentleman In 1775 Rev Dr Eliot was opposed to the American Revolution In 1782 he published a sermon to Freemasons and a charge to the same in1783 He published many other works among which was the New England Biographical Dictionary in 1809 He was very mild courteous and benevolent and as a preacher was plain practical and familiar always avoiding disputed topics and inculcating peaceand charity.
8 Sarah married Joseph Squire of Fairfield Conn who died May 8 1799 leaving five sons and four daughters
9 Susanna born Feb 5 1759 married Dr David Hull of Fairfield Conn She died in 1832 the last surviving child.
10 Ephraim born Dec 29 1761 graduated at Harvard in 1780 medicine and was an apothecary in Boston
11 Anna born April 27th 1765 married Capt Melzar Joy. She died March 28, 1799, leaving two daughters.
The family intended to be treated in these annals is descended from the parent stock in Somersetshire, England, where the name first appears as that of Edmund Elyot 1417, and where in 1433 the name of Walter Eliot is recorded among “the gentry of the shire of Devon, where he was a resident in great hospitalitie.” In 1503 one Hugh Eliot of Bristol in Somersetshire was granted a patent to explore new countries. The immediate ancestor of the immigrant was William Eliott, who was baptized in February, 1603, married Emma -----, and had among his children Andrew Eliott, who first appears in New England colonial history in the year 1670. In early parish and town records the surname is variously written Eliot, Elliot,Elliott, generally written according to the ability of the recording clerk and sometimes according to the fancy of the possessor. In this account no attempt is made to adhere to any particular style of spelling and the name will be writtenaccording to the form used by the person or family mentioned.
(1) Andrew Eliott, the immigrant, was baptized in East Coker, Somersetshire, England, in 1627, and was last mentioned there in 1668. He appears next in New England as having been received as a member of the church in Beverly, Massachusetts, in1670. He was a man of goodly estate, both in property and social position, and while he was possessed of means he seems to have employed himself in the vocation of cordwainer, besides having performed the duties of important town offices, one ofwhich was that of transcribing the town records into a new book, and in 1690 he himself was chosen as town clerk. He served vive years as representative to the general court. In 1686 he was one of five witnesses to attend the execution of theIndian deed of the town of Salem, and in 1692 he was one of the jurors summoned to sit on the witch trials in Salem, and with the others who comprised the jury that sat in judgment he afterward made a public recantation and greatly reproachedhimself for the part he had taken in that unfortunate period. The written declaration to which the jurors subscribed their names set forth in detail the influences which had impelled their action, and says in one of its sentences, we “do herebydeclare that we justly fear that we were sadly deluded and mistaken --- for which we are much disquieted and distressed in our minds, and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness, first, of God, and for Christ’s sake, for this our error, and pray thatGod will not impute the guilt of it to ourselves nor others; and we also pray that we may be considered candidly and aright by the sufferers, as being then under the power of a strong and general delusion, utterly unacquainted with, and notexperienced in matters of that nature.” Andrew Eliott died in Beverly, March 1, 1703-04, aged seventy-six years. He married (first), April 23, 1649, in East Coker, England, Grace Woodier, who died February 8, 1652. He married (second),February 2, 1654, Mary -----. It is said that his first wife Grace belonged to a prominent family of Somersetshire. He had four children: 1. Andrew, born in England in 1651. 2 William, born in England, see forward. 3 Mary, married NicholasWoodbury. 4. Emma, married (first) Andrew Woodbury, (second) ---- Blower.
(II) William Eliott, son of Andrew Eliott, the immigrant, born in East Coker, England, died in Beverly, Massachusetts, between January 19 and February 19, 1721. He married July 10, 1681, Mary Parker, widow of Nathan Parker and daughter ofFrancis Browner, of Newbury, Massachusetts. William and Mary (Parker) Eliott had children: 1. Andrew, died in infancy. 2. Andrew, see forward. 3. William. . John. 5. Judith, married Thomas Cocks. 6. Mary, married William Tuck. 7. Emma. 8. Elizabeth.
(III) Andrew Eliot, son of William and Mary (Parker) Eliott, was of Boston, and it is he who is believed to have inherited the homestead on Beverly under the will of his grandfather, He was one of Prince’s subscribers. He married (first) RuthSymonds, of Beverly, and (second), in 1707, Mary Herrick. He died March 21, 1749. His children: 1. Andrew, by first wife, born November 19, 1706, died November 23, 1713. 2. Ruth, by second wife, born September 29, 1708, died January 7, 1710. 3. Ruth, born September 20, 1711, died 1746; married Nathaniel Thayer. 4. Samuel, born September 27, 1713. 5. Mercy, born August 25, 1716, died January 8, 1718. 6. William, born September 23, 1718.
(IV) William Elliott, son of Andrew and Mary (Herrick) Eliot, born Beverly, Massachusetts, September 23, 1718, died April 10, 1798. He was a mariner. Married March 26, 1747, Emma Trask. They had sons: 1. Andrew, June 16, 1751; see forward. 2.William, born August 3, 1753. 3. Joseph. 4. William, born March 1, 1765. Their daughters were Emma, born 1749, married ---- Lovett. Mary, born 1754, married Archalaus Dale, Lydia, born 1759, married Robert Green.
(V) Andrew Elliott, son of William and Emma (Trask) Elliott, born Beverly, Massachusetts, June 16, 1751, married (first) April 11, 1775, Sarah Roundy; married (second) Hannah Thissell Elliott. His sons: 1. Henry, born 1775, died June 11, 1813;married Lydia Baker. 2. Andrew, born June 11, 1777, see forward. 3. Robert, born March 1781, died Calcutta, India, February 2, 1813. 4. Benjamin, born February 9, 1790, died July 9 1887; married (first), April 20, 1817, Susanna Smith; married(second), October 8, 1845, Lucy Cressy Friend. 5. Luke, born January 8, 1799, drowned at sea February 2, 1818; married, November 22, 1811, Mary Conant. His daughters were Sally, born 1784, married Joseph Porter, and Ruth, born 1786, marriedJoseph Friend.
(VI) Andrew Elliott, son of Andrew and Sarah (Roundy) Elliott, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, June 11, 1777, and for many years was collector of taxes and otherwise a prominent man in the town affairs. He married, April 25, 1799, MaryEliott, and had one son Israel, born October 25, 1803, and one daughter Betsey.
(VII) Israel Elliott, only son of Andrew and Mary (Eliott) Elliott, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, October 25, 1803. He was a farmer, and in the early part of his life engaged somewhat in shoemaking during the winter months. He inheritedthe old homestead property originally owned by Andrew Eliot, the immigrant, and where in 1856 a new house was built on the foundations of the old patriarchal residence. Mr. Elliott was a devout member of the Baptist church of Beverly, and inpolitics cast his fortunes with the old Whig party. He married (first), April 29, 1832, Olive Mann, and by her had two sons: 1. Charles Edwin, born November 18, 1833, married November 26, 1857, Susan P. Cressy, and had two sons: Charles, nowliving in Beverly and George, deceased. Charles Edwin Elliott enlisted as private in Company G, Twenty-third Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, was captured and confined in the Confederate prison t Andersonville. He died September 24, 1864, soonafter his release. 2. Israel Elliott, born February 25, 1835, see forward. Israel Elliott, the father, married for his second wife Clarissa Thomas, by whom he had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, born October 4, 1840, married in 1871 George O.Mason.
(VIII) Israel Elliott, younger son of Israel and Olive (Mann) Elliott, born Beverly, Massachusetts, February 25, 1835, died in 1864. During his young manhood he followed the sea, but after marriage turned his attention t other pursuits. Heenlisted as private in Company G of the Twenty-third Massachusetts Infantry, and was made prisoner of war and sent to Andersonville. He was released with is brother Charles E., and died on the same day, September 24, 1864, while marching to beexchanged. On May 3, 1863, Mr. Elliott married Mary Cressy Gallop of Beverly, born October 2, 1840, daughter of Jonas G. and Mary C. Gallop. One child was born of this marriage, Israel Mann Elliott, born Beverly July 25, 1864, see forward.
(IX) Israel Mann Elliott, only son and child of Israel and Mary Cressy (Gallop) Elliott, was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, July 25, 1864, and by principal business occupation is a milk dealer. He has always lived in Beverly, received hiseducation in the public schools of the town, and in many ways has been identified with its best interests and history. He is an Odd Fellow, member of Bass River Lodge, No. 1441, John Low Camp, No. 6, Sons of Veterans, is an attendant at theBaptist church, and politically is a Republican. In June 1890, Mr. Elliott married Minnie Allen, born in Forest glen, Yarmouth county, Nova Scotia, daughter of James and Annie (Hurlburt) Allen, and granddaughter of Lyman Allen, who was born atLake George, Nova Scotia. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have three children: 1. Lyman G., born February 14, 1891, died 1897. 2. Elsie, born August 23, 1893. 3. Earl, born September 26, 1897.
Also, found in file "AndrewEliott1627.doc" in Edwin Rogers' Genealogy/Documents/Elliott folder.
Note: "ELIOT, or ELLIOT, and ELLIOTT, *ANDREW, Beverly, came from Somersetsh. it is said, but no date is kn. had only s. Andrew, b. 1651 in Eng. was rep. 1690-2. He was of the juries, says tradit. wh. tried the witches, and had great mentalaffliction on that acco. in the residue of life. ANDREW, Beverly, s. of the preced. came with his f. m. 9 Dec. 1680, Mary, d. of Samuel Shattuck, had Mary, b. 1681; Andrew, 11 Sept. 1683; and Samuel, 11 Feb. 1686; was a mariner, freem. 1683, andlost, on ret. voyage, 12 Sept. 1688 at Cape Sable. ANDREW, Boston, s. of the preced. merch. m. Ruth Symonds of Beverly, had Samuel, a stationer and bookseller, a man of good esteem, ancest. of Hon. Samuel, late Mayor of Boston; Ruth; and Andrew,H. C. 1737, wh. was emin. as a patriot and divine, and f. of Andrew, H. C. 1762; of John, H. C. 1772, the beloved, a disting. antiq.; and of Ephraim, H. C. 1780. "
A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 By James Savage
Note (No. 1) ANDREW ELIOTT, baptized in East Coker, England, in 1627, was the last mentioned there in 1668, and appears next in America, as joining the first church of Beverly, 1670; also Decenber 4th, 1675, when "John Raiment and Andrew Elliottook an inventory of the entire estate of John Batchelor of Salem, who died Novenber 13th, 1675." (Essex Ins. His. Col., Vol. 2, page 183.) From same authority, Volume 3, page 146, we find inscription in Beverly Graveyard of his death Thus:"Here lyes buried ye body of Andrew Eliott, age 76 years, departed this life March ye 1st, 1703-4." He married first, on the 23rd April 1649, in East Coker, England, Grace Woodier (who died February 8th, 1652); he married second, 1654, Mary ---,and had daughters Emma (who m., 1st, Andrew Woodbury, 2d, Henry Herrick, and died March 8th, 1661), and Mary, (who m., 1st, Nicholas Woodbury, 2d, Capt. Kinsley Hall. She was baptised January 11th, 1662); she was daughter by second wife, as may probably have been Emma. His first wife, Grace, belonged to one of the most prominent families in Somersetshire. He was a man of property, education and ability, and a member of the Established Church of England. Emigrating to America and settling first in Salem and then in Beverly, he seems to have taken up for a time the trade of "Corwinder," and became a member of the First Church of Beverly. On February 13th, 1679, "Andrew Eliott and Nehemiah Grover had liberty to cut two loads of timber on the Town Commons, to be used in building a ketch." (See Stone's History of Beverly, page 316.) Where we find (pages 212-3) that "he was one of a committee to plead with the General Court against taking away Pastor Hale to be the chaplain to the expedition against Canada in 1690." On page 193 we find him among the list of Representatives in the General Court, where he served five years, one of the longest terms. Pages 111-2 of the same says: "September 1st, 1684,Sam'l Hardie (son of a London tailor -- Ed.), schoolmaster of Beverly, was employed with Andrew Eliott to transcribe the town records into a new book." The population of Beverly in 1668 was 600,and in 1708 had increased to 1680. From the same authority we quote: "Although the town records begin in 1665, no town clerk was chosen until April 11th, 1690, when Andrew Eliott was elected, and his compensation fixed at thirty shillings in money or forty shillings in pay, i.e., produce. Up to this period the records had been kept by the selectmen, whose doings are blended with those of the town. Eliott was a native of Somerset County in the West of England. He came to Beverly, and became a member of the church in 1670. He appeared to enjoy the entire confidence of his townsmen, and was frequently chosen Selectman, Representative, &c., and was 63 years of age when he entered upon the duties of Town Clerk. He suffered under the arbitrary administration of Sir Edmund Andros, on account of which the town made him a grant.
In 1686 he was one of the five witnesses taken from Beverly to attend at the execution of the Indian deed of the Town of Salem. He wrote a fair hand, and was very circumstantial in his record of events. The following entry of the decease of his son is a specimen of his method: [see entry under son Andrew Eliott's record in this genealogy.]