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Edward Ketcham Sr. (abt. 1590 - 1655)

Edward Ketcham Sr.
Born about in Kent, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 22 Aug 1619 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married about 1639 in Southold, Suffolk, New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 5 Dec 2021
09:17: Anne B proposed a merge of Edward Ketchum (1621-) and Edward Ketcham Sr. (abt.1590-1655). [Thank Anne for this | 2 thank-yous received]
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Biography

Edward Ketcham was a Puritan by faith and reportedly born at County Kent, England in 1590. Edward Ketcham's ancestry has not been established. Among the possibilities, two of the more likely are reported in Ginger Stork's The Known Descendants of Edward Ketcham/Catchum/Cetcham - Puritan (Davison, MI: G.K. Stork, 1995): James Chetham of Cromsall, County Lancashire, England and Sir Robert Kytchen, Mayor of Bristol.

"... reports of a mythical Sir Roland Ketcham in Wales... and other origins are fully disproved, and have no standing whatever."[1] Sir Roland Ketcham and wife Roberta are a modern incarnation of the above myth and are removed.

On August 22, 1619, Edward Ketcham married Mary Hall (b. c. 1600) at St. Andrew the Great, County Cambridge, England. [2] He married, second, Sarah Salmon in 1646 in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Edward either sailed to America around the year 1630 in the Winthrop fleet, or in 1633 on the Ipswich, during the great Puritan Migration. The book Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut reports: "Edward Ketcham appears to have been a sojourner at Cambridge, Co. Cambridge, England at the time of his marriage in 1619."

On March 9, 1637, Edward Ketcham was a freeman in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. Probably in the 1640's the Ketchams moved to Long Island. In 1654 Edward owned land in Southold, Suffolk County, though it seems likely he already resettled in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, by that date. Edward Ketcham died in the above Connecticut location in 1655. In his will he named his 2nd wife, Sarah, his son John, and daughters Mary, Hannah and Hester. His inventory is dated June 9, 1655. By 1660 his widow Sarah Ketcham had remarried to Henry Whitney.

Edward and Mary's known children were:

  • Mary Ketcham baptized May, 7, 1620, St. Andrew the Great, County Cambridge, England
  • John Ketcham baptized September 8, 1622, St. Andrew the Great, County Cambridge, England
  • Hester Ketcham baptized April 10, 1626, Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, England.
  • Ann/Hannah baptized October 19, 1628, St. Michael's Church, Cambridge, England

James F. Morton, who wrote a genealogy column for the Boston Transcript under the pen name Amiko, noted that there are almost as many versions of the family of Edward Ketcham as writers on the subject. Edward's four children whose baptismal records have been found in Cambridge, England (Mary, John, Hester, and Ann/Hannah) are certain. All four children were most likely with Edward's first wife, Mary Hall. The evidence indicates that Edward married a Sarah Salman of Southold, Long Island. The differences arise over as many as five purported children, Edward, Samuel, Sarah, Rebecca, and Joseph. Interestingly, Edward's will, deteriorated and with significant lacunae, contains only the names Mary, John, Hester, and Ann/Hannah. The names of the other children, most Ketcham genealogists assume, were to be found in the lacunae.


  • Edward arrived in America on 30 Jul 1629 on the ship 'Hopewell'.

Genealogy Report - Ketcham Genealogy Website

Descendants of Edward Ketcham Generation One

1. Edward1 Ketcham; reportedly born at County Kent, England;1 married Mary Hall 22 Aug 1619 at Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England;2,3 married Sarah Salmon at Southold, Suffolk Co, New York;4 died before 9 Jun 1655 at Stratford, (Fairfield Co), Colony of Connecticut (Connecticut);5 died 19 Jun 1655 at Stratford, (Fairfield Co), Colony of Connecticut (Connecticut).6

There is an unsubstantiated story that he resided before 1619 at Ipswich, County Suffolk, England.7 He resided between 1619 and 1628 at Cambridge, England.8 Edward Ketcham has not been found on any ship's manifest, and the date of his arrival is variously reported. He immigrated in 1629 to Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts); on the ship "Hopewell."9 He immigrated on 3 Jul 1630 to Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts); on board the ship "Hopewell."10,11 He immigrated in 1631/32 to Massachusetts Bay Colony; on ship "Lyon."12 He immigrated in 1635 to Massachusetts Bay Colony; on board ship "Nector," Captain William Moore.13 He resided between 1635 and 1640 at Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts). He was according to some, present when a group from Antiqua, West Indies, made an agreement to establish a settlement on Hashamomuck Neck on the eastern tip of Long Island in the south hold of the New Haven Colony (now Southold, Suffolk Co, New York) in 1636 at Suffolk Co., LI, NY.14 He took the oath to become a Freeman on 9 Mar 1636/37 at Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts). The Oath of a Freemen agreed upon att the Genall Court, May 14th, 1634. "I, A B, etc., being by Gods pvidence an inhabitant & ffreeman within the jurisdiccon of this comon weale, doe ffreely acknowledge my selfe to be subiect to the goument thereof, & therefore doe here sweare by the greate and dreadfull name of the euer lyveing God that I wilbe true & faithful to the same, & will accordinly yeild assitance & support therevnto, with my pson & estate, as in equitie I am bound, & will also truely indeavr to mayntaine & preserue all the liberties & previlidges thereof, submitting my selfe to the wholesom lawes made & established by the same ; and further, that I will not plott or practise any euill against it, nor consent to any that shall soe doe, but will tymely discouer & reveale the same to lawfull aucthority nowe here established for the speedy preventing thereof. Moreouer, I doe solemnly bind my selfe in the sight of God, that when I shalbe called to giue my voyce touching any such matter of this state, wherein ffreemen are to deale, I will giue my vote & suffrage as I shall in my owne conscience iudge best to conduce & tend to the publique weale of the body, without respect of psons or favr of any man. Soe helpe me God in the Lord Jesus Christ."15,16 He and 56 other men of Ipswich signed a remonstrance against the departure of John Winthrop Jr on 21 Jun 1637 from Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts).17 He was shown as a landowner and cattleowner on 20 Dec 1638 at Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts).18,19 He was shown as a cattle owner on 30 Jun 1639 at Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts). He was listed as cattle owner on 13 Jan 1640 at Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Massachusetts).20,21,22 He was a witness when John Woolridge and Hester Ketcham were "Hester Ketcham is freed from her service wth her mr, John Woolrige, & the said mr enjoyned to give ^ Ketcham 20shs charges, & the said mr, John Woolrige, is bound to his good behavior, & enjoyned to appear at the Court the 7th m next, & to put in sufficient caution for the good behavior & appearance./" on 3 Mar 1639/40 at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony.23,24 He resided before 1650 at Hashamomuck Neck, the southold (Southold), (Suffolk Co), New Haven Colony (New York), when he was listed as land owner.25 He left a will on 9 Jun 1655 at Stratford, (Fairfield Co), Colony of Connecticut (Connecticut); inventory taken, amounted to 90/11/6.26

Children of Edward1 Ketcham and Mary Hall were as follows:

2 i. Mary2 Ketcham; baptized 7 May 1620 at Church of St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England.27,28,29

+ 3 ii. John Ketcham, christened 8 Sep 1622 at St. Andrews Church, Cambridge, England; married Susan Payne; married Bethiah Richardson.

4 iii. Hester Ketcham; baptized 10 Apr 1626 at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, England.30,31,32 He was present on 3 Mar 1639/40 at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, for the hearing when his daughter Hester was freed from service to John Woolrige. "Hester Ketcham is freed from her service wth her mr, John Woolrige, & the said mr enjoyned to give ^ Ketcham 20shs charges, & the said mr, John Woolrige, is bound to his good behavior, & enjoyned to appear at the Court the 7th m next, & to put in sufficient caution for the good behavior & appearance./."33,34 She was living in 1655.35

5 iv. Hannah Ketcham; baptized 19 Oct 1628 at St. Michael's Church, Cambridge, England.36,37,38 She also went by the name of Ann.

Children of Edward1 Ketcham and Sarah Salmon were as follows:

+ 6 i. Sarah2 Ketcham, born between 1640 and 1650 at Huntington, Suffolk Co, New York; married Joseph Whitman.

+ 7 ii. Rebecca Ketcham, born circa 1647 at Norwalk, Connecticut; married Thomas Taylor.

+ 8 iii. Joseph Ketcham, born circa 1650 at Southold, Suffolk Co, New York; married Mercy Lindall; married Sarah Jagger.

e-mail the webmaster:John M. Ketcham (jketcham@ketchamfamily.org) Copyright © 2003 John Marshall Ketcham, Carmel, Indiana. All rights reserved.


Sources

  1. Seversmith, Herbert Furman. Colonial families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, being the ancestry & kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith. (Washington DC, 1939)p. 1737
  2. Ancestry.com, England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc; Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014), Cit. Date: 11 Jul 2015
  • The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York. An Historical & Genealogical Study of all 18th Century Inhabitants of the Patent. Vol. VII p.470. F.J. Doherty 2003.

See also: The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) "Edward Ketcham of Cambridge, Co. Cambridge, and Elsewhere in England, Later of Ipswich, Mass., Southold, L. I., and Stratford, Conn." Vol. 30 (1954), p. 2 - 6.subscribers

  • Source: S1711808296 Repository: #R1711808294 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/14996197/family
  • Repository: R1711808294 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note:

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Ketcham-53 created through the import of Briscoe Family Tree.ged on Aug 8, 2011 by K Bris. See the Changes page for the details of edits by K and others.


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Ketchum-138 and Ketcham-7 appear to represent the same person because: Obviously an English man b. 1621 was not born in Connecticut. Online trees indicate he was the man who died in 1655. Please merge into Ketcham-7 using data etc. on Ketcham-7.
posted by Anne B
I see no evidence for wife Unknown Sarah. Also, a review of attached children may be in order. Thank you.
posted by Michael Stills
here: [1] Coddington mentions a wife Sarah in the will , children Mary, Hannah, Hester.

What is the source for the surname of Sarah, 2nd wife?

Yes, it looks like the merge happened.
posted by Michael Stills
Michael, I think the merge already happened. I did a search and don't see anymore.
posted by Anne B
Do not forget the merge of Edward with the removal of the parents. Thank you.
posted by Michael Stills
Thanks Doug, It's pretty clear that this alleged couple Sir Ronald Ketchum and Roberta are not the parents and most certainly fiction. Objections to removing?
posted by Anne B
Given the comments in the biography, that listing of Ronald and Roberta as Edward's parents sounds risky. Can someone from PGM take a look?
posted by Doug Matthews
Ketcham-675 and Ketcham-7 appear to represent the same person because: Parent's need merged, then family
posted by Michael Stills
Where is the proof that he sailed on Hopewell?
posted by Dorothy Phelps
Ketcham-24 and Ketcham-7 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same birth and death dates and places
Ketcham-309 and Ketcham-7 appear to represent the same person because: Same descendants and death date
posted by David Olson

Pending merges › Edward Ketchum (1621-)