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Robert Harrington (abt. 1616 - 1707)

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Robert Harrington
Born about in Southwold, Suffolk, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Watertown, Massachusetts | Old Burying Place, Watertown, Massachusetts | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Robert Harrington migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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For Disambiguation, Disputes, and Uncertainties of Robert Harrington, see “Disputes and Uncertainties of Robert Harrington-100”

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Biography

1642 Proprietor of Watertown

Robert Harrington's name is the last on the list of proprietors made out 1642-44. He then owned a homestall, “given him by Thomas Hastings.” This gift renders it probable that he was a kinsman of Dea. Hastings. He was adm. freeman, May 27, 1663. ... Robert Harrington took the oath of fidelity, 1652. He was selectman 15 years, 1679-1700. [1]

Bond reports:

Robert Harrington is last on the list of proprietors in Watertown (1642-44). He then owned a homestall given to him by Thomas Hastings. The gift renders it probable that he was a kinsman of Thomas Hastings."[2]

Matthiesen reports:

I’ve studied the genealogy of the Hastings family and find no Robert Harrington listed. At this time in Watertown, there was a huge influx of new immigrants and it was ruled by the town that no land or homestall in the original town lots was to be sold to the newcomers. This resulted in a lot of hanky-panky. Original settlers were “giving” land and homestalls to the newcomers. Quiet deals were made. This may be how Robert Harrington came by his “gift” from Hastings.[3]

However the land was acquired, there is an unanswered question -- how did Robert Harrington, now aged 26, and with no prior documented history of family or work, come by the resources to acquire property?

Maybe this is part of the answer. Robert C. Anderson, in the Great Migration series, reports that on 4 March 1656/7, "Thomas Hastings of Watertowne ... yeoman" confirmed the approximately 1643 verbal sale to "Robert Harrington of the same place, servant," of six acres of Township Land [MLR 2:13-14].[4] If Thomas Hastings paid the passage for Robert Harrington in exchange for indentured servitude, maybe he also sold him the six acres at the end of the term.

Marriage

Robert Harrington of Watertown married October 1, 1649, Susanna, daughter of John George. They had 13 children.[3]

Robert HARRINGTON, married 1 Oct 1648, Susanna, dau. of John George. [5]

On October 10, 1648[6], he married Susanna George, daughter of John George[7].

On 10 Oct 1648 Susanna married Robert Harrington in Watertown, MA. He was born abt 1616 in England and died on 17 May 1707 in Watertown, MA., with burial at Arlington St. Cemetery, Watertown. Occupation: Miller.[8]

"Robert Herington & Susan George Maryed the first of october" [1649], in Watertown, Massachusetts[9][10]

Susanna George was born ca 1631 in Wrentham, Suffolk. Susanna was baptized in Wrentham, Suffolk, on 4 Dec 1631. [8]

1649-1673 Children

They lived in Watertown, Massachusetts, and had 13 children[11][12][13][14]: Susanna, John, Robert, George, Daniel, Joseph, Benjamin, Mary, Thomas, Samuel, Edward, Sarah, and David.

Their issue were thirteen in number[15]

  1. Susanna, born Aug 18, 1649, in Watertown[16], who was thrice mar.;[17]
  2. John, of Lexington, born August 24, 1651, in Watertown[18], who was the father of twelve children; [17] He died Waltham August 17, 1741, age 90. [3] He married Hannah Winter Nov 17, 1681. Hannah was born in Cambridge Farms April 10, 1665. Cambridge Farms was that part of Cambridge which later became Lexington. She died July 17, 1741 in that part of Watertown that became Waltham, age 78. [3] John Harrington is mentioned in the will of Hannah Winter’s father, as guardian of Hannah’s sister Mary and receiver of their shares of John Winter’s estate. John Winter still lived at Cambridge Farms when he died.[3] John and Hannah Harrington had Lydia Harrington, born March 2, 1690, 4th child of 12. (last 2 were twins)..Lydia married John Cutter, son of William and Rebecca (Rolfe) Cutter. [3] 12 children
  3. Robert, b. Aug 31, 1653, in Watertown[19], d. young; [17]
  4. George, b. Nov 24, 1655, in Watertown[20], killed by the Indians Feb 1676; [17]
  5. Daniel, b. Nov 1, 1657, in Watertown[21], who left six children; [17]
  6. Joseph, b. Dec 28, 1659, in Watertown[22] [17]
  7. Benjamin, b. Jan 26, 1662, in Watertown[23]
  8. Mary, b. Jan 12, 1664, in Watertown[24], 14 children;
  9. Thomas, b. April 20, 1665, in Watertown[25];
  10. Samuel, b. Dec 18, 1666, in Watertown[26];
  11. Edward, b. Mar 2 1669, in Watertown[27], who left nine children;
  12. Sarah, b. May 10, 1671, in Watertown[28];
  13. David, b. June 1, 1673, in Watertown[29], d. young.

1652-1707 Town leadership

Harrington took the oath of fidelity in 1652, was a freeman May 27, 1663. And also became a town officer as well as mill-owner.[30] He was a selectman selectman, 1697, 1681-83, 85, and from 1691 until his death. [31]

Wife's Death

Robert’s wife, Susanna, died on July 6, 1694, in Watertown[32][33]

Will of Robert Harrington III of Watertown

Provisions of the Will of Robert Harrington of Watertown. [34]

  • Item 1: To my eldest son John: 1/2 part of the Jeremiah Dummer purchase, 1/3 part of the Samuel Saltonstall meadow purchase.
  • Item2: To son Daniel: A farm of 105 acres purchased from Lawrence Waters; also 10 acres of the Saltonstall meadow.
  • Item 3. To son Benjamin: The 55 acre farm where his dwelling now stands; also 8 acres in Sudbury purchased from Roger and Benjamin Wellington; also 4 acres of the Lawrence Waters purchase.
  • Item 4: To son Samuel: 125 acres of farmland where his dwelling now standeth, being part of the Jeremiah Dummer purchaase, also the meadow therein, being known as Brown's meadow.
  • Item 5: To son Thomas: The 58 acre farm purchased of David Church; 1/3 of the Saltonstall meadow; 20 acres of the Lawrence Waters meadow.
  • Item 6: To son Edward: My homestead of six acres with one mansion house, 2 barns, mill house, and cyder works, and orchard lands; also one plowland on Watertown Little Plain, 18 acres; also 12 acres of upland meadow purchased of Nathaniel Treadway; also 5 acres purchased of Richard Norcross; also 8 acres purchased of Captain John .Sherman; also "all moveable estate within and without."
  • Item 7: To my eldest daughter Susanna Beers, £40.
  • Item 8: To Mary Bemis, ;£40.
  • Item 9: To Sarah Winship, £40.
  • Item 10. To my grandcnild Joseph, son of my son Joseph, deceased; about six acres of meadow purchased of Phebe Barnard, which with what I have given him by deed of gift is his full share
  • Item11: To my daughter-in-iaw, Joanna Ward, late wife of my son Joseph, 5 shillings
  • Item12: To Benjamin, 5 acres of the Phebe Barnard meadow; also 12 acres of the Samuel Hide purchase
  • Executors: sons Daniel Harrington and Edward Harrington.
  • /s/ Robert Harrington.

Death and Burial

He died May 11, 1707 [35] in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He is buried in Plot 98 of the Old Burying Place, Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. [36] You can see a picture of his gravestone at FindAGrave.

Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Robert HARRINGTON Aged 91 Years Died May ye 11th 1707[15]
Here Lyeth Buried ye Body of Susanna HERRINGTON ye Wife of Robert HERRINGTON, Aged 63 Years Dec'd July ye 6 1694"[15]

Robert Harrington’s inventory (in will) mentions 16 lots of land (642.5 acres) appraised at 717 lbs. He had purchased the Oldham Farm for 90 lbs (250 acres.) Some of his descendants still lived there at the time of Bond’s book writing, ca. 1859.[3]

Buried in The Old Burying Ground (Arlington Street Cemetery) Watertown MA:[3]

Sources

  1. Bond’s Watertown Genealogies:29, cited by D. Pane-Joyce.
  2. Bond, Henry, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown ... (Pages 272, 1016-17) Boston: N.E. Historic-genealogical Society, 1860, OpenLibrary.org accessed March 20, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Genealogist' Report cited by Diana Gale Matthiesen at Robert Harrington (c1616-1707) of Watertown MA." Ancestry Boards, 21 Dec 2011.
  4. Anderson, Robert Charles, "Thomas Hastings" (Vol G-H, Page 236) Great Migration 1634-1635, G-H. (Online database accessed March 20, 2015. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)
  5. Diana Gale Matthiesen, "Robert Harrington (c1616-1707) of Watertown MA", Ancestry Boards, 21 Dec 2011. http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=3280&p=surnames.harrington.
  6. Source:#ADB 1
  7. Source: #PW 2 p. 272
  8. 8.0 8.1 D. Pane-Joyce. Pane-Joyce Genealogy. (Main Page = http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/) http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/report/rr02/rr02_275.html#P17432 Accessed August 22, 2015
  9. Watertown records by Watertown (Mass.); Historical Society of Watertown (Mass.) (1894) p. 14
  10. Source:#ADB 1
  11. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) various pages
  12. Bond, Henry, M.D Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston (Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1855) (Free e-book) p. 273
  13. Source: #PW 2
  14. Source: #PW 3
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Robert Harrington (c1616-1707) of Watertown MA", Ancestry Boards, 21 Dec 2011. http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=3280&p=surnames.harrington. Discussion cites the following sources:
    • Case, J. Wickham, Southold Town Records (Printed by order of the towns of Southold and Riverhead, 1882), pp. 176-8, 405.
    • Hall, Warren, Pagans, Puritans, Patriots - Yesterday's Southold - a Bicentennial Flashback, 13-26, 32-35.
    • Hallock, Ella B., The Story of the 275th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Southold Town (New York, 1915), pp. 68-70, 74-76.
    • Whitaker, Rev. Epher, Whitaker's Southold (Mattituck: Amereon House), pp. 1-18.
    • Hudson. Lexington Genealogies 1913
    • Thompson, Roger. Divided We Stand.: Watertown Massachusetts 1630-1680. U. MA Press; 2001.
    • Vital Records of Watertown, Lexington, Arlington, Cambridge and Waltham.
    • Bond. Genealogies and History of Watertown MA.
    • Paige. History of Cambridge MA.
  16. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 14
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Date of birth from Charles Henry Pope, "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" 1900, p. 214
  18. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 16
  19. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 17
  20. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 18
  21. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 19
  22. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 22
  23. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 24
  24. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 25
  25. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 27
  26. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 28
  27. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 30
  28. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 34
  29. Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book also the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriage (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1894)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 36
  30. Charles Henry Pope, "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" 1900, p. 214
  31. Frederick Adam Virkus, "The Compendium of American Genealogy" 1942, v. VII, p. 856,
  32. Watertown Records Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births Deaths and Marriages to the end of 1737 also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground (Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society)(Watertown Mass Press of Fred G Barker 1900)(Free e-book)(Records are also available at ma-vitalrcords.org) p. 1
  33. Charles Henry Pope, "The Pioneers of Massachusetts" 1900, p. 214
  34. Middlesex Probate: 10,459. Dated 1 January 1707. Filed 19 March 1709.
  35. Watertown Records Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births Marriages and Deaths to the end of 1737 also Plans and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society (Watertown, Mass Press of Fred G. Barker 1900)(Free e-book. Available at Google Play). Second Book of Births, Marriages and Deaths, p. 34. Also noted in Bond, Henry, M.D., Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston(Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1855) )(Free e-book. Available at Google Play).
  36. Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) Maintained by: Bill Boyington; Originally Created by: AllanG; Record added: Aug 17, 2007; Find A Grave Memorial# 20992084

Also see:

  • Due to the many discrepancies I was finding on the web regarding the Harrington family, I contacted the Historical Society of Watertown and hired their genealogist to research the Harrington family for me. The following "story" is her final report, based on the references she listed at the bottom. She has also included some information on the Reverend John Younges family since Younges married the widow of Robert Harrington I. [3]
  • Source: PW 3: Weis, Frederick Lewis, Th.D., Early Generations of the Family of Robert Harrington of Watertown, Massachusetts 1634 and Some of His Descendants (Worcester, Massachusetts: Privately Printed 1958)(Available at Ancestry.com:http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=11918)
  • Source: PW 4: Bate, Kerry William, "The English Origins of the Cambridge, Massachusetts Errington Family", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol.132 (January, 1978), p.44
  • Source: PW 16 - Watertown Records Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births Marriages and Deaths to the end of 1737 also Plans and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground Prepared for Publication by the Historical Society (Watertown, Mass Press of Fred G. Barker 1900)(Free e-book. Available at Google Play)

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Collaboration

On 16 Nov 2018 at 01:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Since Robert Harrington is not one of the 240 Gateway Ancestors documented by Douglas Richardson in Magna Carta Ancestry, he is not within the scope of the Magna Carta Project. To have him included in the project, primary sources would be needed to support parent/child relationships until his trail connects to someone who is documented by Richardson (in either Magna Carta Ancestry or Royal Ancestry - the latter being preferred as it was published in 2013 & MCA was published in 2011).

On 19 Jan 2018 at 08:55 GMT Anne B wrote:

I believe just 1616 as birth is more accurate. Any specific birthdates are based on a speculative ancestry.

On 20 Jun 2016 at 13:14 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Lydia,

It's been almost two years since someone suggested merging this profile into Harrington-100. I see there are no details about your Harrington-- all empty data fields, nothing in the narrative. Shall we go ahead and merge him away or do you have other plans for him?

On 12 Jun 2016 at 03:45 GMT Marie Chantigny wrote:

On 21 Mar 2015 at 03:29 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

I changed the quotation symbols to the recommended blockquote ones, and I am not sure I have done it all correctly (sometimes it was a bit difficult to tell which words were quotes) Apologies if I messed it up.

Yes, I think the parents should be disconnected (and their linked IDs retained in the biography with explanation, under "Uncertain Origin" heading)

On 20 Mar 2015 at 19:47 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Just asked on G2G if Robert Harrington of Watertown should be de-linked from Robert Harrington of Southwold. What do you think?

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/134980/should-robert-harrington-be-de-linked. I hope the Profile Managers will weigh in on this!

On 20 Mar 2015 at 14:30 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Edited material to identify the various beliefs about Robert Harrington's Atlantic crossing.

On 17 Mar 2015 at 22:56 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Supplemented with new material and rearranged it so as to distinguish what we know about the Robert Harrington in Suffolk, and the Robert Harrington in Watertown.

On 17 Mar 2015 at 21:43 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Robert Harrington is one of my mother's ancestors. While I spend most of my time on my father's Maryland ancestors, I'm interested in researching Robert Harrington's ancestors to see how much is fact and how much is myth.

On 11 Nov 2014 at 14:08 GMT Gregory Harington wrote:

Lydia,

Thank you for adding me to the trusted list. Here is the link to Harrington DNA Project: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/harrington/pats which includes Robert Harrington and Susanna George.

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