William Holbrook

William Holbrook (1620 - 1699)

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Capt. William Holbrook
Born in St. Johns, Glastonbury, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married about 1696 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
William Holbrook migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Note Regarding Migration

It is assumed he emigrated with his parents, but uproven. Other family members are shown on the passenger list of the Marygold, William is missing.[1][2]

Biography

William was the son of Thomas and Jane (Powys) Holbrook. William was baptized at St. Johns, Glastonbury, England on June 12, 1620 [3][4]

William Holbrook married first, about 1643 but prior to 1655, Elizabeth Pitts, daughter of Elizabeth Pitts.[3]

He lived at Weymouth until 1663, when he removed to Mendon. After the indians drove him back, in 1676, he settled in Scituate.[5]

Elizabeth died at Scituate, Massachusetts in 1696. He married secondly, about 1696, Abigail Wright, who survived him. William was her third husband. [6] Abigail was the widow of Robert Sharp and Thomas Clapp, both of Scituate.[5] [7]

Abigail Wright was born in England about 1623, and came to New England in 1630 with her father Richard Wright. [8] Abigail had married first about 1640, Robert Sharpe who died in July 1653/4. [8] [6] [7] and married secondly, about 1657, Thomas Clap who died April 20, 1684. [8] [6] [7]

Captain William Holbrooke died at Scituate on July 3, 1699. [8] [9]

William made his will 9 November, 1696. [5]

His will was written on September 9, 1696. In it he names: [Note: The copy of his will spans across 2 pages and is difficult to read as such]

his wife Abigail
eldest son Samuel as Executor
son Cornelius
grand daughter Mehitable
son William
daughter Hopestill Read
daughter Elizabeth Bick
daughter Jane Balcum
daughter Mehitable Sprague [10]

His widow Abigail Holbrooke's will was written on November 28, 1702 and proved on February 13, 1707/8. [6]

Timeline

  • 1647: Freeman. [11]
  • 1655: August 1: Willam Holbrook and his wife Elizabeth are granted administration of the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Pitts, mother of his wife. [3]
  • 1660: William Holbrook bought land at Scituate (Cohassett) but did not settle there. [11]
  • He was of Weymouth until 1662. [11]
  • 1662: May 5: He had an allotment of land in Mendon. [11] [12] [13]
  • 1663: September He was to be settled at Mendon with the other grantees of the allotment, of which he had 40 acres and interest in the common lands. [13]
  • He had other allotments totalling 165 acres west of the 'great river' (Uxbridge).[13]
  • 1663: December 4: William Holbrook listed as owning 9 acres/52 lots in the first division of lands at Weymouth, Massachusetts bordering Braintree. [14]
  • 1663: December 4: William Holbrook listed as owning 27 acres/60 lots in the second division of lands. (p. 284) [14]
  • 1670: February 25: William Holbrook and wife Elizabeth sold three acres of Weymouth land to Stephen French. (p. 513-4) Suffolk Deeds Lib. XIII 318-9.[15]
  • 1670: Bought 40 acres from Moses Paine east of Mendon village. [13]
  • 1675: The residents of Mendon abandoned the town which was attacked and burned during King Philip's War and returned to Weymouth. [12] [13]
  • 1679: December 2: William sold his forty acres at Mendon to his nephew Peter Holbrook, and other Mendon lands to his brothers John and Thomas. [13]
  • 1685: March 18: William Holbrook, John Holbrook, and others signed a deed at Weymouth, Massachusetts. [ p. 469: Suffolk Deeds Lib. XIII 293-6] [16]
  • He spent his later years at Scituate. [13]
  • He was a Captain and a Deacon. [13]

Children

by Elizabeth born at Weymouth [5]

  1. William born at Weymouth on June 23, 1657 [17]; died at Mendon on November 19, 1714 [18] [19]; married Margaret Fairbanks at Sherborn, Massachusetts on January 23, 1683. [20] [11]
  2. Cornelius born at Weymouth on November 10 or 19, 1662 ; died there on December 14, 1742 [17]; married first Margery ___; married second  :Experience ___. [19] [11] [7]
  3. Samuel born ___ probably at Mendon; died in 1719: married Mary ___. [19] [11]
  4. John born ___; died May 13, 1721. [19]
  5. Mehitable born ___; married Jonathan Sprague before 1672. Jonathan was the son of William and Millicent (Eames) Sprague. [7] [21]
  6. Persis born ___; marrried John Farrow on April 30, 1696 at Scituate. [7] [19] [11]
  7. Experience born ___; married first ___ Albee; married second ___Hyde. [19] [11]
  8. Jane born ___; married ?first John Albie/Albee at Medfield on October 18, 1671[22]; married ?second Alexander Balcom about 1676. [19] [7]
  9. Hopestill born ___; died January 12, 1705/6 at Mendon [18]; married Samuel Read on March 10, 1668 at Rehoboth. [23] [19]
  10. Elizabeth born ___ [19]; married first John Sprague, brother to Jonathan who married her sister Mehitable, on December 13, 1666 at Hingham; married second, prior to 1689, James Bick. (p. 1737-8) [21] [7]

Source notes

Weymouth Births

Holbrook, W[illiam] s. W[illiam] and Elizebeth [dup. Elizabeth] June 23, 1[65]7. (p. 135)
Holbrook, Cornelios [dup. Cornelius] s. William, Nov 19 [dup. Nov. 10] 1662. (p. 130)

Weymouth Deaths

Holbrook, Cornelius, s. William, Dec. 14, 1742. (p. 279) [17]

Scituate Deaths

HOLEBROOK, William, Mr., July 3, 1699. (p. 397) [9]
  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29G-7TN4 : 18 February 2020), William Holobrook, 03 Jul 1699; citing Death, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009271.

Medfield Marriages

HOLBROOKE, Jane and John Albie, Oct. 18, 1671. (p. 113; p. 149) [22]

Mendon Deaths

Read, Hopstill, w. Samuel, Jan. 12, 1705-6. (p. 492)
Holbrook, William, Ens., Nov. 19, 1714 (p. 474)[18]

Sherborn Marriages

Holbrook, William and Margret Fairbanks, Jan. 23, 1683. (p. 140) [20]

Rehoboth Marriages

READ, Samuel and Hopestill Holbrook, May 10, 1668. (p. 312) [23]

New England Marriages

HOLBROOK, William (1620-1699) & Elizabeth [PITTS] ca 1643, b 1658, b 1655; Hingham/Weymoth/Scituate/Mendon. (p. 380)
SHARP, Robert (? 1617-1656) & Abigail WRIGHT (?1622 - ) m/2 Thomas CLAP 1656?; m/3 William HOLBROOK aft 1679, 1684+; b 1643; Roxbury. (p. 663)
CLAP, Thomas ( -1684) & Abigail (WRIGHT) [SHARPE] w Robert, m/3 William HOLBROOK, 1684+; after Jan 1655, 1656?; Deham, Weymouth, Scituate.(p. 154)
HOLBROOK, Cornelius (1662-1742) & 1/wf Margery [?EAMES/?LOWELL] b. 1687; Weymouth. (p. 379)
HOLBROOK, Cornelius (1662-1742) & 2/wf Experience ___; b. 1695; Weymouth. (p. 379)
SPRAGUE, Jonathan (1648-1741) & Mehitable [HOLBROOK] dau. Wm. b 1672; Hingham/Providence/Smithfield, RI (p. 698)
SPRAGUE, John ( - 1683) & Elizabeth [HOLBROOK], m/2 James Bick by 1689, 13 Dec. 1666, Hingham. (p. 697)
FARROW, John (1670- ) Hingham & Persis [HOLEBROOK] [HOLBROOK] Scituate, 30 Apr 1696; Scituate (p. 260)
BALCOM, Alexander ( - 1711) & Jane [HOLBROOK] dau. Wm., b. 1672; by 1664?; Portsmouth RI/Providence. (p. 35) [7]

Sources

  1. The Trouble With Thomas Holbrook in Great Migration Newsletter: V. 11: June 2002: p. 9-10
  2. Hotten: James C. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality... ; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, London, England, 1874, p. 285
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Anderson, Robert C. Thomas Holbrook in: Great Migration 1634-1635, G-H, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003, p. 352 (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003.
  4. Davis, Walter Goodwin. The Ancestry of Joseph Neal 1769-c. 1835 of Litchfield Maine. Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1945| "Ancestry of Joseph Neal, Chapter XI, Holbrook of Weymouth, Pages 131 to 132"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 History of Weymouth Massachusetts, Vol IV page 270
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Anderson, Robert C. Robert Sharp in: The Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 1985
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Vol. 99: pp. 240-2: Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Vital Records of Scituate Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1909
  10. Case 10270p. 8-9: Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Vinton, John A. The Vinton Memorial, Comprising a Genealogy of the Descendants of John Vinton of Lynn, 1648, S.K. Whipple and Co., Boston, Massachusetts, 1858
  12. 12.0 12.1 The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 21, David Clapp & Sons, Printers, Boston, Massachusetts, 1867
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Morse, Abner. A Genealogical Register of the Inhabitants and History of the Towns of Sherborn and Holliston, Press of Damrell & Moore, 1856
  14. 14.0 14.1 Historical Sketch of the Town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, from 1622-1884, A, Mudge & Sons, Printers, 1885, Appendix C: p. 283
  15. Suffolk Deeds: Liber -I-XIV [1629-87], Rockwell & Churchill, Boston, Massachusetts, 1903
  16. Suffolk Deeds: Liber -I-XIV [1629-87], Rockwell & Churchill, Boston, MA, 1903
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Vital Records of Weymouth Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1910
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Baldwin, Thomas, compiler. Vital Records of Mendon Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, MA, 1920
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 Cross, Rev. Roselle Theodore. My Children's Ancestors: Data Concerning about Four Hundred New England Ancestors of the Children of Roselle Theodore Cross and His Wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross,, Champlin Press, Twinsburg, Ohio, 1913
  20. 20.0 20.1 Baldwin, Thomas, compiler. Vital Records of Sherborn Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1911
  21. 21.0 21.1 Anderson, Robert C. William Sprague in: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. p. 1737-8 (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Vital Records of Medfield Massachusetts to the Year 1850, NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts, 1903
  23. 23.0 23.1 Vital Records of Rehoboth 1642-1895, Marriages, Intentions, Births and Deaths

See also:

  • Memoir of the Farrar Family, by Timothy Farrar Clary, Printed by William Wardell, Andover, 1847
  • One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families


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The Holbrook line is covered in several pages here beginning page 153. Some sources too. https://archive.org/details/stonegregggeneal00chas/page/152?q=Holbrook+Holbrooke+Somerset?q=Holbrook+Holbrooke+Somerset
posted by Clare Bromley III
Thanks, Jillaine. I agree, likely about 15 when his parents came to New England.
posted by Chris Hoyt
While he was not apparently on ships list, the article Chris links to points out the trouble with these early lists. William may have come later or may have been on the same ship and simply not listed. We don't know. We know he was born in England and died in New England-- and that he presumably emigrated prior to 1640, so yes, let's add PGM to his profile. Thanks, Chris.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Should he be PGM? see: p. 9-10 in The Trouble With Thomas Holbrook in

Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20.(Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) (requires subscription https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1567/i/21155/9/45663937)

Hotten: James C. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 : with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, London, England, 1874, p.285

posted by Chris Hoyt
The William Holbrook that married Elizabeth Pitts was the son of Thomas and Jane Powys Holbrook. See Holbrook-3. They should be corrected and then merges. See: Thomas Holbrook - son William -

Anderson, Robert C. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H p. 352-3> Also, some of the siblings on this one are incorrect.

posted by Chris Hoyt
Holbrook-1548 and Holbrook-3 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by M (McQueen) M
Holbrook-1250 and Holbrook-3 appear to represent the same person because: Should be merged into Holbrook-3, same dob and dod etc.
posted by Chris Hoyt
Holbrook-99 and Holbrook-3 appear to represent the same person because: These are duplicates and should be merged. Same wives etc. However, not sure of some of these children on Holbrook 3. Chris
posted by Chris Hoyt

William is 18 degrees from Greg Clarke, 10 degrees from George Hull and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.