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Michael Emerson (abt. 1627 - aft. 1715)

Michael Emerson
Born about in Howsham, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Apr 1657 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 27 Jan 2011
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This profile is part of the Haverhill, Massachusetts One Place Study.

Please note he was not the son of Thomas Emerson of Ipswitch. He was the son of Thomas Emerson of Cadney, Lincolnshire, England. See his father's profile for a discussion of the two men.

Michael Emerson, received a grant of two cow commons, and four acres of meadow in Haverhill, Mass., March 9, 1671. Married April 1, 1657, Hannah Webster, daughter of John and Mary (Shatswell) Webster, of Ipswitch, Mass. He was annually chosen a sealer of leather in Haverhill, from 1675 to 1702. Of their fifteen children the eldest, Hannah, born Dec. 23, 1657, married Dec. 3, 1677,Thomas Dustin. She is the heroine of the Indian Massacre. [1]


Christening: 19 April 1627, at Cadney, Lincolnshire, England


Marriage: 01 Apr 1657, at Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts


Residence in 1656: Haverhill[2]


  1. Unsourced family history from Office of Town Clerk Plymouth, New Hampshire. no date, Emerson pg 1.
  2. Gen Dict 1st NE pg 119, lists him in Haverhill 1656

See Also:

  • Alfred Poor, (1858) Historical and genealogical researches and recorder of passing events of Merrimack Valley. "Notes and Queries." Haverhill, MA: Alfred Poor, | (p. 171, Person #1)
  1. Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury. (Concord, New Hampshire: Privately Printed at The Rumford Press, 1938), II:991-992. Thomas Emerson, born probably in Searby, co. Lincoln, about 1589, was buried in Cadney, co. Lincoln, 25 Dec. 1657. He married in Cadney, 10 Aug. 1612, Margaret Froe who died before 1657. Thomas Emerson was apparently the youngest child of his parents and to him his father, Alexander Emerson, bequeathed property in Howsom and Cadney. Evidently Thomas went there to live and spent his life farming his land.
  2. Pope, Charles Henry. The Haverhill Emersons. (Boston, Mass. Cambridge, Mass.: Murray and Emery, 1913-1916), II:6-7. He was one of the wardens of Cadney parish, and his well-written signature on the parish register for a number of years shows that it was only through sickness or the infirmities of age that he was obliged to make his mark to his will.
  3. James, Jane Emerson, and Charles Henry Pope. The Haverhill Emersons: revised and extended from the original compilation of The Haverhill Emersons, parts I & II by Rev. Charles Henry Pope. (Lake Winnebago, Missouri: J.E. James, c1983), Page 9-30, 1983.
  • Topsfield Historical Society. Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Topsfield, Massachusetts; 1911.
  • Unsourced family history from Office of Town Clerk Plymouth, New Hampshire. no date, Emerson pg 1.
  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 November 2018), Michael Emerson and Hannah Webster, 1 Apr 1657; citing Marriage, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009726.
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 24 November 2020), memorial page for Michael Emerson (6 Apr 1627–16 Jul 1709), Find A Grave: Memorial #53190401, ; Maintained by Bonnie Huish (contributor 46938507) Unknown.

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My 9th great grandfather via his son Jonathan
(Cont.) He was certainly dead by September 1719 when, at an Inferior Court of Pleas, John Pengry and Moses Day deposed that they saw Michael Emerson, deceased, sign the deed dated 21 May 1699 (this is written in the margin of the deed in Essex County, MA, Deeds, Vol. XXIX).
posted by Patrick Griffith
(Cont.) 15 March 1714(/15?) Josiah Heath, witness to a deed of gift to son Jonathan Emerson dated 21 May 1695, made oath, etc.

16 February 1715(/16?), Nathaniel Ayer and Josiah Gage, witnesses to a deed to son John Emerson dated 11 July 'in ye Eleventh yeare of His Majties Reign' (Pope, in The Haverhill Emersons, places this in the year 1713), made oath, etc., '& his wife Hanah Emerson voluntary gave up her right of Dower before us.'

The above deed is interesting in that after the signature, in a separate, undated (though possibly from the time Hannah relinquished her right of dower) statement, is: 'I Hanna Emerson Mother to ye said John doe freely give up all my right to my sd Son of the above premises as Witness my hand. ye marke of Hanah Emerson.'

posted by Patrick Griffith
18 July 1709 is the date of Michael Emerson's will, not the date of his death.

He was alive as late as 24 November 1715 when he acknowledged a deed of gift to his grandson Michael, son of Joshua. (He was possibly at Dover at that time; see; son Samuel was at Dover by Jan 1699 when his daughter Hannah was born there). This appears to be the only Essex deed acknowledged by him.

18 October 1714, John Pengry and John Day, witnesses to a deed of sale to sons Jonathan and Joshua Emerson dated 21 May 1699 (the other being Moses Day), made oath that they saw Michael Emerson sign, seal, etc. In a deposition dated 15 March 1714/15, all three witnesses made oath, etc.

posted by Patrick Griffith

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