Edward Harraden
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Edward Harraden (bef. 1627 - abt. 1683)

Edward Harraden aka Haraden, Harrendine, Haradine, Harrendine, Harradin
Born before in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1648 in Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Edward Harraden (also written Haraden/ Harrendine/ Haradine/ Harrendine/ Harradin) was born before 1627.[1] His origins and parents are unknown. He married Sarah Unknown about 1648.[1][2][3][4][5] (Note he did not marry Sarah Haskell that was his son Edward). He died on 17 May 1683 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.[1]

Edward was in Ipswich by about 1650 as in 1656 he made a deposition concerning a row of boundary trees which had been standing since before 1652. On 23 Sept. of that year he sued Humphrey Griffin of Ipswich for debt. On 14 Jan. 1655 Edward bought from Thomas Knowlton, shoemaker of Ipswich, the house and 30 acres owned by his deceased brother William Knowlton. Edward paid £34 for this property in cattle and wheat and was bounded by Edward’s other land, the Chebacco River and Harraden’s Creek.[6]

Edward moved from Ipswich to Gloucester in 1657 and bought a house, barn and land on Planter’s Neck from Robert Dutch. Plantars Neck is the peninsula in Annisquam west of Lobster Cove with access to Mill River, the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. Edward must have gotten a bit behind in his payments on the property as in Mar. 1662 Robert threatened to sue him for debt, however, it was soon withdrawn.[6]

In the court held in Ipswich on 23 Sept. 1666 Edward sued James Steevens and Anthony Day:

William Hascall Jr, deposed that the constable’s deputy of Cape Ann Came to him when at work and charged him with black staff to assist him in his Majestys name. They went to Goodman Harridines dock where there were two loads of hay on canoes. Then James Steevens and Anthony Day, the deputy, carried away the hay.

Clemant Couldum deposed that he and Thomas Riggs were coming down Annisquam river and saw the deputy with the hay, etc. Also for need of hay Goodman Harridine’s cattle were so poor that they could hardly go in the spring.

William Linkhorne deposed that Edward Harridein was fain to give his cattle wheat for want of hay, and that one of his cattle and four calves died.

Edward and James both claimed ownership of the meadow which was being mowed by both of them. William Lincoln was Edward’s servant. Quite something to see that James showed up with an officer of the law and seized Edward’s own hay which were on his canoes, tied to his dock, near his own house! Also you will notice that the constable “charged him with his black staff”. At the time an officer in need of assistance could touch you with his black staff and thus require you to assist him. Edward finally won the suit.[6]

He was a soldier in King Philip’s War in Capt. Joseph Gardner’s company and was wounded in the Great Swamp Fight 19 Dec. 1675 and received £2 in compensation.[6] This may have referred to Edward Jr. as Edward Sr. would have been 51 years old.

Poor Sarah… she lost two of her sons and her husband within 3 mos. in the spring of 1683. Edward’s estate was worth £285:
"June 26, 1683. An Inventory of the goods and chattels of Edward Harrendine whoe dyed intestate: Imps. The housing and upland...................120-00-00
16 acres of salt marsh.....................................64-00-00
9 cows at 50s p cow, 3 oxen at £3.10s p ox and 2
young bullocks at £5.10..................................41-10-00
2 yearlings and 5 calves....................................4-10-00
1 horse and 1 3 year old colt...........................5-00-00
Sheep and lams £3.6, swine £7.10, and husbandry
tackling £3.9......................................................14-05-00
Sheeps wool 9s, Indian Corn 40s, and barrels, tubs,
pailes, and other lumber 40s............................4-09-00
Guns, sword, and ammunition £3.5, and canoos and
that belong to ym £3.10....................................6-15-00
Iron Potts, brass and pewter, hangers, tongs, fire
shovel................................................................. 4-00-00
Beds, beding, and linen £15, wearing cloathes
Sadle, bridle and sadle cloath 16s, books 12s..1-08-00
Which amount to...........................................£285-7-00"[7]

"An inventory of the estate of Edward Harradan, deceased, taken at Gloucester, this 19 of June, 1683, by James Stevens, Stephen Glover and Thomas Riggs.--Amount: £217 07s. 0d., and administration granted to Sarah, relict of the deceased, 26 4 mo. [June] '83. Mentions by amount of Andrew Harraden's inventor, £6, 7s., 0d., added made the above sum. [It appears that Andrew was a deceased young adult son.] 'The names of Edward Harradines children that are now living as follows: The eldest son Edward Harradin, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Marie, Elizabeth, Abegall and Ann.[8]

Although he was called a fisherman he seemed to have had a large amount of livestock for the time. Perhaps he had switched over to husbandry in his old age as working on the water is definitely an occupation for younger people. Unfortunately, Edward’s file at the probate office is now missing all of its papers.[9]


  1. Mary, b. prob. abt. 1649; d. at Gloucester Sept. 28, 1725, aged abt. 76; m.6 there July 7, 1668, Abraham Robinson (probably son of Abraham1) .[1]
  2. Edwards, b. abt. 1650 (by deposition1 of 1727), d. aft. 1727; m. 1st at Gloucester Feb. 5, 1684, Sarah Haskell (WILLIAM1) who died there May I4, 1692; m. there as his second wife Oct. 31, 1693, Hannah York3 (Samuel). He was called seaman when he took the oath of fidelity in Dec. 1677. He had fifteen children by his two wives.[1]
  3. Elizabeth, was the second named daughter who survived her father; d. after May 14, 1716, when the will of her brother Joseph left her £12; m. at Gloucester Sept. 27, 1676, THOMAS' PRINCE.[1]
  4. Abigail, d.4 after June, 1683; said to have been living and unm. in 1716.[1]
  5. Sarah, d. 5 at Gloucester Oct. 28, 1665.[1]
  6. Andrew, b. at Gloucester on Jan. 13 or Feb. 13, 1658; d. there Mar. 4, 1682-3. Was called husbandman when he took the oath of fidelity in December, 1677.[1][10]
  7. Ann, b. Mar. 2, 1660/1; the fourth named daughter to survive her father; m. at Gloucester Jan. 6, 1685, John Davis (James2, JOHN1).[1][11]
  8. John, Capt. b. Aug. 7, 1663, second named son who survived his father; d.5 at Gloucester Nov. 11, 1724, aged abt. 60 or in his 62nd yr.; m. there Feb. 7, 1693-4. Sarah Giddings (John2, George1).[1][12]
  9. Thomas', b.5 Sept. 8, 1665; d. at Gloucester Apr. 26, 1683, less than two months after brother Andrew' and less than a month before his father's death.[1][13]
  10. Joseph, b. Aug. 18, 1668, being the third named son to survive his father; d. at Gloucester May 19, 1716, ae. abt. 48; m. there on Nov. 26, 1691, as his first wife, Jane or Jean Giddings (John2, George1) m. 2nd Feb. 1, 1700, Hannah Stevens.[1][14] Joseph, s. Edward and Sarah, Aug. 18, 1668.[15]
  11. Sarah, b. July 30, 1670; d. at Gloucester Sept. 3, 1672.[1][16]
  12. Benjamin, b. Sept. 11, 1671, the fourth named surviving son of his father; d. at Gloucester Feb. 3, 1725; m. there Jan. 15, 1695-6, Deborah• Norwood (Francis1).[1][17]

Edward Harraden House

"The Edward Harraden House is a historic house at 12—14 Leonard Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was built on land purchased by Edward Harraden in 1656, who is presumed to have built the house not long afterward. It was one of the early houses in the development of Annisquam village. It is a 2.5 story seven bay colonial with an off-center central chimney. The oldest portion of the house is the second through fourth bays from the left; the interior sections to the right of the chimney was added sometime before 1765. The house was afterward further extended by one bay on each side. The only clear evidence of its First Period origins is in the attic, or is covered over by the walls."[18]

The Edward Harraden House is a registered National Historic house located at 12 Leonard Street in Annisquam village, Gloucester, Essex county, Massachusetts. It was built on  the land purchased by Edward Harraden in 1657.
The Edward Harraden House is a registered National Historic house located at 12 Leonard Street in Annisquam village, Gloucester, Essex county, Massachusetts. It was built on the land purchased by Edward Harraden in 1657.[19]

About Edward Haraden, Pringle tells us[20]:
"EDWARD HARADEN came from Ipswich, and in 1657 bought all the real estate owned by Robert Dutch on Planter's neck, and was the first permanent settler in that part of the town. He undoubtedly resided and did business at Squam point. He had several sons and daughters, and his descendants were quite numerous. Jonathan removed in early life to Salem, and in the Revolutionary War was lieutenant of the " Tyrannicide," and afterward commanded a privateer."


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Mary Walton Ferris, "Harraden" in Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, Vol 1 (n.p., 1943, 1931) 1:349
  2. Clarance Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, April 2011) p 696 link HARRADAINE, Edward (-1683) & Sarah ____, (1630-1699); ca 1650, ca 1648?; Gloucester {Gloucester (1876) 31; Chickering Anc. (Chart) 7; EIHC 3:230; Dawes-Gates 1:346+; Reg. 42:148}
  3. Gloucester (1876): Babson, John J., Notes and Additions to the History of Gloucester (Gloucester, Mass.: M. V. B. Perley, 1876) p 31
  4. Chickering Anc. (Chart): Torrey, Frederic C., One Branch of the Chickering Family and the Complete Ancestry of Mary Chickering Nichols (Lakehurst, N.J., 1919) p 7
  5. EIHC: Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+ (Salem, Mass., 1859+) 3:230
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines- Mary Ferris, Chicago, 1943 –Vol. I, pp. 347-9
  7. Notes and Additions to the History of Gloucester- John Babson, M.V.H. Perley, Gloucester, 1876- pp. 31-2
  8. Inventory and heirs of the estate of Edward Harraden, in Essex Institute, Historical Collections, vol. 3-4 (1861), p. 230.
  9. Essex County Registry of Probate- Docket No. 12427
  10. Gloucester births: Andrew, s. Edward and Sara, Feb. 13, 1658. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B324.shtml
  11. Gloucester births: Ann, d. Edward and Sara, Mar. 2, 1660. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B324.shtml
  12. Gloucester births: John, s. Edward and Sara, Aug. 7, 1663. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B324.shtml
  13. Gloucester births: Thomas, s. Edward and Sara, Sept. 8, 1665. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B325.shtml
  14. Joseph, s. Edward and Sara, 18: 6m: 1668. CTR http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B325.shtml
  15. Joseph, s. Edward and Sarah, Aug. 18, 1668. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B322.shtml
  16. Gloucester births: Sarah, d. Edward and Sarah, July 30, 1670. http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B324.shtml
  17. Gloucester births: Benjamin, s. Edward and Sara, 11: 7m: 1671. CTR http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Gloucester/Images/Gloucester_B325.shtml
  18. Edward Harraden House at wikipedia
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Harraden_House
  20. History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts; by Pringle, James R. (James Robert), b. 1862. Publication date 1892. Gloucester

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Harradine-126 and Harraden-1 appear to represent the same person because: Sources in profile for Harraden. Same birth year, sons on -126 also present on -1. Please merge
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Is there documentation of this Edward marrying Sarah Haskell? It is interesting because his son, Edward, also married a Sarah Haskell. The birthdates are different for each Sarah, but it got me wondering if it is correct...
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