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Pasco Foote (abt. 1597 - 1670)

Pasco Foote
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Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Pasco Foote was not the son of Robert Foote of Shalford and his wife Joan.

"In the outset of this investigation, it was supposed that Pasco Foote, of Salem, (Mass.,) was a brother of Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield, (Conn.,) -- but no evidence has come to light to show that they were brothers, or that the two were even descended from the same stock, or common ancestor."NATHANIEL GOODWIN[1]

Biography Pasco Foote

Salem and Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts

Pasco Foote was a settler of Salem, Massachusetts, by 1636. Perley says in the History of Salem that Pasco was a fisherman, and that he came from Bedfordshire, England.[2] Felt in his Annals of Salem gives us a different picture of Pasco, calling him an "enterprizing merchant."[3] Certainly, he could have been both at different times of his life. The contents of his will left no clues as to his possible avocation.

He was assigned a grant of land April 10, 1637, by the Frost Fish Brook.[2] The History of Manchester claims Pasco's association with the settlement to be as early as 1637,[4] which agrees with the date of the Frost Fish Brook grant. On 14th 3mo 1640, (May), Pasco Foote and sixteen others, petitioned the court to be allowed to erect a Village near Jefferyes Creeke, which was granted.[5] This village would become known as Manchester or Manchester-by-the-sea, incorporated in 1645.

He was chosen constable of Manchester, Massachusetts, June 26 1649, took the oathe of fidelity, and was sworn in to office.[6] He also held the office of selectman in Manchester, in 1658.[7]

He performed other normal duties of a Salem citizen: served on Juries[8], inventoried estates [9] and just before he died he put his name to a petition requesting that the court not allow Anthony Ashby to keep an ordinary.[10]

Pasco joined the church at Salem 14:9m:1652,[11] and on 6 Feb. 1653, all his children were baptized: Jon, Malaky, Samuell, Elizabeth, Mary, Isaack, Pasca, and Abigaile.[12]

Pasca Foote sr. died 28:9 m: 1670 (28 Nov. 1670).[13] On 27 June 1671, "Isaac Foot presented the will of his father Pasca Foot, and it being proved by two witnesses, was allowed." In the will of Pasco Foot sr., of Salem, aged and weak, dated 21 Sept 1670, Pasco left bequests to his children, named is this order Isack, Elizabeth Birtch, Marye Foot, Samuell Fott, Pascho Foot and Abygayle Foot. He carefully divides his assets, house and land in which lives, land and meadow in Manchester, beds, rugs, dishes, and other household goods.[14]

Pasco Foote's wife's name was not named in any source reviewed, nor was her death information found.[15][16][17] [18] [19]

  1. John, bapt. but not mentioned in his father's will, so presumed to have died young.
  2. Malachi, bapt. but not mentioned in his father's will, so presumed to have died young.
  3. Samuel, lived in Salem in 1698.[2]
  4. Elizabeth, m. George Birch[2]
  5. Mary, unmarried in 1670[2]
  6. Isaack, was also a fisherman; married Abigail Jeggles in 1668; d. 1741[2]
  7. Pasca, m. 2 Dec. 1668, Martha, d. of the first Miles Ward, had Malachi, b. 13 Sept. 1669; Martha, 14 Feb. 1671; and Pasco, 1 Sept. 1674. His wife died and probably also the three children. He went to Newfoundland, then soon to New London, m. at Killingworth, 30 Nov. 1678, Margaret, only d. of Edward Stallion, had Isaac, and Stallion, wh. was adopt. by the grandfather. Pasca d. a. 1685, and his widow remarried about 1688, James Haynes.[20]
  8. Abigaile m. 15 Oct 1670 George Early of Salem.[20]


  1. Goodwin, Nathaniel. The Foote family Hartford, Press of Case, Tiffany and company, 1849. (p.289 at
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Source: #Perley p. 428
  3. Source: #Felt p. 240
  4. Source: #Lamson p 65
  5. Source: #Lamsonp26
  6. Source: #Essex Vol. 1 p. 170
  7. Source: #Lamson p. 373 App. N
  8. Source: #Essex Vol 1, p 245, 270, 283
  9. Source: #Essex Vol II p. 311
  10. Source: #Essex Vol IV p. 315
  11. Source: #1stCh p.14.
  12. Source: #1stCh p.23.
  13. Source: #SalemV Vol 5, p 253
  14. Source: #Essex Vol. 4 p.436
  15. Perley, page 368
  16. Torrey, New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. Reference Volume 1, page 559
  17. Hoyt, David W., Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, published 1897. reference Volume 1, page 161
  18. Holman, Mary Lovering, Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, published 1938. Reference Volume 1, pages 141-2
  19. Tingley, Raymon Meyers, Some ancestral lines : being a record of some of the ancestors of Guilford Solon Tingley and his wife, Martha Pamelia Meyers, published 1935 Reference page 164
  20. 20.0 20.1 Source: #Savage p. 181
  • Source: [Perley] Perley, Sidney. The History of Salem, Massachusetts. Salem: S. Perley, 1924-1928. Vol 1. p 353.
  • Source: [Essex] Records and files of the Quarterly courts of Essex county, Massachusetts Volume I 1636-1656. Salem, Mass. : Essex institute, 1911.
  • Source: [SalemV]Vital Records of Salem Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Vol. V – Deaths. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1925.
  • Source: [1stCh] Records of the 1st Church in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629-1736. Essex Institute, 1974.
  • Source: [Savage] Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  • Source: [Felt] Felt, Joseph B. The annals of Salem, from its first settlement. Salem, W. & S.B. Ives, 1827.
  • Source: [Lamson] Lamson, D. F. (Darius Francis). History of the town of Manchester, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1645-1895. Published by the Town, 1895.

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posted by Patricia (Long) Kent
deleted by Patricia (Long) Kent
Item 7 is referring to his son, not to this person.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
edited by S (Hill) Willson
Margaret Stallyn-1 was just created and added as spouse of Pasco Foote-270. Patricia, do you have a source for any of this? Thanks!
posted by Brad Stauf
I have a family tree for Nathaniel Foote the Settler(1592-1644). It contains eight full generations from the Settler and some names of the ninth generation. It spans the era from the Foote family history in America circa 1630-1849. It's claimed originating author and contributor was Pasco Foote. My research shows the father of Nathaniel Foote is John Foote but other sources say his name was Robert John Foote. This suggests Pasco and Nathaniel were brothers. Nathaniel and his wife Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles (1595-1683) who was twice married and might be the older sister of John Deming. Both Nathaniel Foote and John Deming are represented on the Connecticut state flag by two of the three stalks of grain. I have the tree in both Word and .pdf format if anyone is interested in pouring through it looking for their ancestors.
posted by William Roe
edited by William Roe
William, thanks for posting. As Anne noted below, apparently Pasco is considered NOT to be one of Robert Foote's sons based at least partly on Pasco's lack of inclusion in Robert's will. Can you post the source or information you've seen contradicting that? Thanks!
posted by Brad Stauf
Foote-2369 and Foote-270 appear to represent the same person because: both births are estimates. Otherwise good to go
posted by Anne B
Foote-1180 and Foote-270 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. death date is Nov 28, 1670. Sept is a double dating error.
posted by Anne B
I will write a bio for Pasco, in the next few days, but the NEHGS website doesn't seem to be working at the moment. He also needs to have Foote-1180 merged into him.


posted by Anne B
Hi David, Pasco Foote does not seem to have been a son of Robert Foote and Joan Brooke. He was not listed as a legatee in Robert's will. The Foote Family Association does not believe him to be a son. Unless you have a major reason to keep them attached, I will disconnect them
posted by Anne B
Hi, unfortunately you're cited source did not take into consideration Old Style vs. New Style dating. The Salem record says Pasca Foot, sr., died 28: 9m: 1670. The year used to begin in March (1st month). His death should be November 28, 1670.
posted by Anne B