William Pabodie Sr
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William Pabodie Sr (abt. 1620 - 1707)

William Pabodie Sr aka Paybody, Peabody
Born about in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Dec 1644 (to 13 Dec 1707) in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 87 in Little Compton, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Bay Colony (now Newport County, Rhode Island)map
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jan 2009
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Birth and Origins

It is believed Wliiam was born about 1620. Based on the passenger list for the ship Planter, for his brother, Francis, William Pabodie was possibly born at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England (as that is where the minister's certificate for Francis' oath of allegiance was from).[1] His father was John Pabodie, as proved by his will of 1649.[2][3] William's mother was possibly either Isabel Harper or Isabel Brittaine. These two profiles might represent the same person.


It is unknown exactly when William immigrated to New England. However, his brother, Francis, immigrated to New England on the ship Planter.[4] A passenger list for the ship dated 2 April 1635 was transcribed by Savage, with the following forward:

"Theis underwritten names are to be transported to New England, imbarqued in the Planter, Nic. Trarice, master, bound thither. The parties have brought certificate from the minister of Great St. Albans in Hertfordshire, and attestacon from the Justices of Peace according to the Lords' order."

In that list is: ":husbandman Francis Peboddy, 21"

It is presumed that the rest of the family immigrated around the same time, as his father, John, was listed as a freeman in Plymouth Colony in 1637.[5]


William married Elizabeth Alden, daughter of Pilgrim John Alden, at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony on December 26, 1644.[6][7][8]

Children of William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden

Children of William and Elizabeth (Alden) PABODIE, all recorded at Duxbury by William (VR, 114 and MD, 1:163, 9: 171-72):[8]

  1. JOHN,3 b. 4 Oct 1645; d. Duxbury, 17 Nov. 1669 (VR, 397); unm. On 18 November 1669 a Coroner's Jury found "that he rydeying on the road, his horse caryed him underneath a bow of a young tree and violently forcing his head into the body thereof brake his skull, which we doe judge was the cause of his death" (PCR, 5:19). John was named in his grandfather John Paybody's will of 16 July 1649 from which he received "my lott of Land at the new plantation" (MD, 17:23).
  2. ELIZABETH, b. 24 April 1647; m. JOHN3 ROGERS.
  3. MARY, b. 7 Aug. 1648;[9] m. EDWARD SOUTHWORTH.
  4. MERCY, b. 2 Jan. 1649/1501; m. JOHN SIMMONS.
  5. MARTHA, b. 24 Feb. 1650;[10] m. (1) SAMUEL SEABURY, (2) WILLIAM FOBES.
  6. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 16 Nov. 1652;[11] d. Duxbury, 2 March 1652/3 (vR, 397).
  7. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 15 Jan. 1653/4; m. ICHABOD WISWALL
  8. SARAH, b. 7 Aug. 1656; m. JOHN COE.
  9. RUTH, b. 27 June 1658; m. BENJAMIN4 BARTLETT.
  10. REBECCA [Rebeckah], b. 16 Oct. 1659/60;[12] m. WILLIAM SOUTHWORTH.
  11. HANNAH, b. 15 Oct. 1662; m. (1) SAMUEL4 BARTLETT, (2) JOHN CHURCHILL.
  12. WILLIAM, b. 24 Nov. 1664; d. 17 Sep 1744;[13] m. (1) JUDITH4 TILDEN, (2) ELIZABETH (THROOPE) PECK, (3) MARY (MORGAN) STARR.
  13. LYDIA [Lideah], b. 3 April 1667, or 21 Apr 1662;[14] m. DANIEL GRINNELL.

William Pabodie was a proprietor of Freetown, Bridgewater (Massachusetts) and Little Compton, Rhode Island. He was involved in many land transactions. William grew up in Duxbury with his father then took for himself various occupations: Yeoman (1648), boatman (1672), and planter, land surveyor. Served in General Court at Plymouth, through 1654-1663, and 1668-1682. Also a school teacher, William taught at Little Compton, as well as serving as secretary and record keeper of the first proprietors of Little Compton.[8]

William was a resident of Little Compton when he made his will on May 13, 1707.[8] He died 13 Dec 1707 in Little Compton -- then in Massachusetts Bay Colony but part of Rhode Island as of 1747.[15][8]

Will of William Pabodie

In his will of 13 May 1707, William Pabodie of Little Compton, "for the settleing & Continueing peace in my family and amongst my Children after my Decease do order my estate in the world as followeth," to his wife (not named) all the housing and lands the part of in Little Compton called the "three quarters of a mile square," the east end of the house for the term of her widowhood, all household stuff except one set of green curtains already given to daughter "Lidea Greenil," all of the livestock, money and the bills; if she remarried she was only to receive her dower thirds. His only surviving son, William, had received some property by deed of gift and was to receive the whole of the housing and lands in Little Compton after his mother's death, as well as all of the books not otherwise disposed of. Grandsons Stephen Southworth, son of daughter Rebecah deceased, and William and John Pabodie, Sons of William, receved the one third of the land at "weskanauge westward of the town of Providence in Rhod Island...not as yet bound out nor Divided Namely one whole share I purchased of Philip Taber [in a deed dated 12 November 1685]," and two thirds of the land in the same area bought by son-in-law William "Foabs" from Shuball Painter on 8 March 1682 and then signed over to son-in-law Ichabod Wiswall and himself. The other two shares of the Taber land had been sold to sons-in-law Edward Southworth and William Fobes, and the other third of the Painter land was sold to Edward Southworth. Pabodie gave one shilling each to his "naturall" daughters (i.e. legitimate biological daughters as opposed to daughters-in-law) Mary, Mercey, Martha, Priscilla, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Lidia, the heirs of daughter Elizabeth, and the heirs of daughter Rebecah. The widow and son were named executors and the will was witnessed by John Woodman, Peter Taylor, and Samuel Willbore. Witnesses were sworn on 27 February 1707(18] and on that day bond was given by "m" Elizabeth Pabodie and her son william Pabodie.”[8][16]

The inventory of William's estate, taken on 30 December 1707, was valued at £407.14.00, most of which was the 70 acres of undescribed land valued at £315. The share of land at "washquanoug" was not valued. The will was recorded 1 March 1707[/8] and William Pabodie filed an executor's account on 7 September 1709 in which be lists legacies paid to "sisters" Mary, Mercey, Martha, Prissilla, Sarah, Ruth, Hannah, and Lidiah; to "the heirs of sister Elizabeth"; and to "husband of sister Rebecca".[16]


  1. James Savage, Gleanings for New England History (Boston?, [1843?]), image of p. 3 at InternetArchive.org.
  2. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1862) Vol III p375 - John Pabodie's will of July 16, 1649, which was probated April 27, 1667 mentions wife Isabel, sons Thomas, Francis and William, daughter Annis Rouce, two grandsons named John.
  3. Mayflower Descendants and Their Marriages for Two Generations After the Landing (Bureau of Military and Civic Achievement, Washington, D.C., 1922) Page 9
  4. James Savage, Gleanings for New England History (Boston?, [1843?]), image of p. 3 at InternetArchive.org.
  5. Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 3 (1849):361 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1849), "The Peabody Family"; image 377 of 450, p. 359 at HathiTrust.org.
  6. Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass., 1911) Page 1, William Pabodie & Elizbeth Alden were maried (sic) December 26 1644.
  7. Torrey, Clarence Almon. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985) Torrey's Marriages
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin. Little Compton Families, Vol. I. Little Compton, Rhode Island. Little Compton Historical Society. 1967. pp. 435-40 Pabodie
  9. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZ3N-78P : 15 January 2020), William Pabodie in entry for Mary Pabodie, 1648.
  10. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZ3N-G9P : 15 January 2020), William Pabodie in entry for Martha Pabodie, 1650.
  11. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZ3J-NY5 : 15 January 2020), William Pabodie in entry for Prisillah Pabodie, 1652.
  12. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F87V-JM6 : 17 December 2019), William Peabodie in entry for Rebecca Peabodie, 1659.
  13. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2HW-5XQ : 17 December 2019), William Peabodie in entry for William Peabodie, 1664.
  14. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F87V-XFX : 17 December 2019), William Peabodie in entry for Lydia Peabodie, 1662.
  15. William Pabodie Find A Grave: Memorial #8246097
  16. 16.0 16.1 Bristol Co PR, 2:193-94, 268-69, 295; MD, 6:129-35 reproduces entire text of will and inventory; Bristol PR Abstracts, 1:39.

See also:

  • Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, Mass: 2002.
  • Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.)
  • Genealogy of Mary Jane Bradway, Married Asa Rufus Snow, Compiled by Kearney W. Greenwald and wife Frieda Greenwald, From Research by Bette Bradway, a professional genealogist worker.
  • Alden Kindred of America website : accessed 27 Jan 2018 : membership required
  • Geni : Hon. William Pabodie
  • Fleming Family History William Pabodie : Sourced. Accessed 14 Oct 2020.
  • Mary Lanford Taylor Alden. "Elizabeth (alden) Pabodie and Descendants." Salem: Eben Putnam. 1897.

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There is an inconsistency in this profile. It says he is born in Hertfordshire as well as in Plymouth.
posted by George Fulton
Agree. the managing project has been the one to complete the merges. The sources, such as Yates, Rhode Island Vitals records, etc all disagree about his birth. I think a paragraph should be added to clarify that there is a lot of discussion, or provide primary sources.
posted by Robin Lee
Did the post merge cleanup on behalf of PGM, including removing sources that don't meet project criteria for reliability. Since he was born prior to his parents' emigration, I removed reference to his Plymouth birth.

Please know that anyone with a pre-1700 badge could have done such cleanup and editing. I can only assume that Anne, when she completed the merge that had gone into default approval last year, hoped that the co profile managers would address the discrepancies.

In general, most projects --PGM included-- seek to work in partnership with other profile managers and don't consider the project to be the sole editor. In fact we rely heavily on other profile managers to help with making profiles accurate.

posted by Jillaine Smith
Pabodie-189 and Pabodie-1 appear to represent the same person because: identical information, clear duplicate
posted by Robin Lee
Pabodie-184 and Pabodie-1 appear to represent the same person because: based on dates and places and the family, this was intended to be the same person
posted by Robin Lee

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