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Hannah (Parsons) Hazelton (abt. 1649 - aft. 1693)

Hannah Hazelton formerly Parsons aka Matteson
Born about in Rhode Islandmap
Wife of — married 1670 in Portsmouth, Rhode Islandmap
Wife of — married 9 Aug 1693 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 44 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Islandmap [uncertain]
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Hannah Parsons was born about 1649, probably Newport, Rhode Island. Her birth year is based upon her first marriage date of 1670. She was the daughter of Hugh Parsons and Elizabeth [1]

1st marriage
She married 1st 1670 Henry Matteson at East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.[1]

Hannah and Henry's children were: [2]

  • Henry, d. Apr 13, 1752 in 82nd yr; m. Judith Weaver in 1693, dau of Clement Weaver.
  • Thomas, d. 19 Jan 1740; m. 1st Mary Shippee; m. 2nd Martha Shippee, dau of David on 14 Nov 1695
  • Joseph, b. 1678; d. 1758; m. Rachel Weaver
  • Francis, b. 15 Mar 1680; d. 1750; m. Sarah Nichols, dau of Richard & Phebe Nichols on 22 May 1700
  • Hannah
  • Hezekiah, b. 1684; d. 12 Apr 1752; m. 1708 Margaret Wescott.
  • Josiah, b. 1685; m. Rosannah Westcott.

Husband Henry Matteson (b. 1646) died about 1690.

2nd marriage
Hannah, wf of Henry Matteson married 2nd on 9 August 1693 Charles Hazelton at East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island. [3] [1] Hannah was Charles Hazelton's 2nd wife his 1st wife's name unknown

"Not long after Henry's death on August 9, 1693 in East Greenwich it was recorded that Charles Hazelton had taken Hannah Matteson as his wife. Hannah being married wearing only her shift and no other clothing. Following old English common law a man marrying a widow would be responsible for any debts of the previous husband if the bride brought any of his property with her. By being married only in her shift Hannah was making it known that she was bringing none of Henry's property into this new marriage and her new husband should not be held liable for any of her previous husband's debts.

Land evidence shows that on July 29, 1693. just one week prior to her marriage with Charles Hazelton, Hannah had sold to George Vaughn the 10 acres of land that Henry had bought from John Knight.

It is probable that Charles and Hannah Hazleton removed to the Beekman Patent of New York, where Charles was known to have purchased land.

Ancestry and Descendants of William Curtis of Marcellus, N.Y., by L. E. Steele, page 73-74, 1912 [1]

I. HENRY1 MATTESON, b. about 1646, said to be of Denmark, d. 1690, East Greenwich, R. I., where he appeared early. He m. Hannah Parsons, dau. of Hugh Parsons and Elizabeth, his wife, wid. of William English. Most of the name[s] in that vicinity are descended from him. No relation is traced between him and Francis Mattison, who, in 1657, June 2, 'was granted accommodation with a house lot among the rest of neighbors at the further end of Ship's Cove, in Providence. It is noticeable, however, that he named one of his sons Francis. In 1678, he took 100 acres that had been granted John Pearce (the mason), the Assembly permitting the transfer.

1682, March 17, he and wife Hannah sold David Shippee 'all my now dwelling house,’ etc., 100 acres.

1684, Oct. 27, he testified, calling himself 38 years old, or thereabouts, that at the house of John Spencer, deceased, some time this last summer, did hear him say that he intended to give unto his son Michael the house and land the said Spencer lived upon.

In 1685, was Deputy.

1693, July 29, Hannah Matteson sold George Vaugn for £4, land that her husband, Henry Matteson, had bought of John Knight carpenter, measuring 10 acres.

1694, Apr. 19, Henry Matteson disclaimed 'any right or title to 10 acres lately sold by my mother Hannah to George Vaughn.’

East Greenwich Deeds, Vol. I, page 1:

August the ninth 1693 Charles Hazelton senior took Hanna Matteson to wife according to custom in her shift and noe other cloathing before Jane Sweete and Elizabeth Heath and were lawfully married the same day.
By mee John Heath conservator.

This record shows the survival of an old marriage custom by which the husband refuses to become responsible for any debts of his wife before marriage, or those of her former husband, if any.

Hannah (Parsons) Matteson was born about 7 Aug 1646 in Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA.

Hannah (~23) married Henry Matteson (~24) (~1646 - 1693) in 1670.

Hannah died in 1727 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island aged ~80.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Doherty, Frank J., Beekman Patent, The Settlers of, [Dutchess Co., NY (Vol 6, Page 317) (Online database accessed 1 February 2016:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016)
  2. Benns, Martha Ann (Halton), comp., "Matteson family of Rhode Island"; pub.1936, National Genealogy Society; pg.1/89pp. Available in the public domain at:
  3. Arnold, James Newell. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850; 1:1; image pg.47; 21 vol. pub by Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912. Providence, R.I. Digitized images from NEHGS, Boston, Massachusetts. Reprinted Online Operations, Inc., 2014, Provo, UT., USA. Online access 23 Jan 2020.
  4. Burial: Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 06 February 2023), memorial page for Hannah Parsons Matteson (7 Aug 1646-1727), Find A Grave: Memorial #17219735, citing Vaughn Lot, East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA; Maintained by Judith Statezny-Ulch (contributor 46864436).
  • Ancestry and Descendants of William Curtis of Marcellus, N.Y., by L. E. Steele, page 73-74, 1912 [2]


  • This person was created through the import of PittsPenn_2010-09-21.ged on 22 September 2010.
  • Adams-21565 10:57, 16 February 2016 (EST)

Research Notes

Not to be confused with Hannah Parsons, b. 7 Aug 1646, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, dau of Hugh and Mary Parsons and who d. 1685. See her father's Wikitree profile Parsons-275

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Parsons-17117 and Parsons-8 appear to represent the same person because: same person - 17117 was created without a search for a matching person.
posted by Shaun Sindelman
Parsons-17117 and Parsons-8 are not ready to be merged because: Same person
posted by L. Christiansen
Parsons-17117 and Parsons-8 appear to represent the same person because: Parsons-17117 was created and orphaned - name, dates, and marriages all repeat info in Parsons-8
posted by Tad Callin
Parsons-3244 and Parsons-8 appear to represent the same person because: Both parents and spouses are the same; an unsupported error is that the birth of Parsons-3244 is unreasonably early
posted by Mark Griep
Show date of death to be before her second marriage.
posted by Dennis Frost
Parsons-276 and Parsons-8 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, birth info (see Research Notes in bio of Parsons-8), same marriages.

Please approve if you agree. Thanks!

posted by Cynthia (Billups) B

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