There is a record for William Prichard who arrived in Virginia in 1635, and was born in Wales in 1601. This seems unlikely to be our William but there would certainly have been enough time to get to Massachusetts. Perhaps locating the William who arrived in VA would be helpful?
There is a birth record for a William Pritchard, child of William Pritchard and Hannah. With no other information, hard to credit this record.
The Millennium File has a William Pritchard, b.1622, Ipsich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA, d. August 3, 1675, Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, father of Sarah Pritchard. (No spouse or other children). Much of the data is incorrect but this is surely our man.
There is a marriage record for a Hannah Pritchard and John Lovejoy in Andover on February 12, 1676/7. It is assumed that this was the widow of William Pritchard since her daughter married his son even though the record did not indicate that Hannah was a widow. In the settlement of William's estate, "the woman" was only allowed 10 pounds because she had already remarried. Hannah ___ was thus given by Warner.
It has been suggested that William got married in Ipswich, since his first child was born there. There is some question about where the first child was born. As seen below, he may have been born in Lynn, in which case we may expect to see a marriage in Lynn or at least assume that it happened there.
There is a marriage record that states "William Pritchard married Hannah of MA." There is no other information from this source, so it is difficult to place much value of this record.
Perhaps the above record refers to this William and Hannah was indeed Hannah Langton (b Essex Co., MA) as "Suffield" and others assert and perhaps they were married around 1644. However, a couple of sources have a record for a Hannah Langton (b. 1629) married to a "Nathaniel Prichard". The Family Data Collection also has "George Langton" listed as Hannah's father and lists her birth as 1629 in Hampden, Springfield, MA, her marriage as February 4, 1652, in Springfield, Hampden, MA, and her death as September 17, 1690. The marriage date seems suspect even if we can accept that Nathaniel is really William.
It is possible that Hannah Langton was William's wife, but not his first wife. If so, then she would have been the mother of some of the children but not the older ones. The "Suffield" site indicates that they are all children of Hannah Langton.
There is another record for William Pritchett who married Hannah (no last name given) about 1652 in New England and died in 1675. This record cites Lynn, Brookfield. This one looks promising except for the date of 1652. Too late to allow Hannah to be the mother of all William's children. The record has notation to suggest that perhaps Hannah was a second wife. It also says that Hannah married soon after William's death (February 12, 1676) to John Lovejoy and that she died 1705 in Andover. Based on this record, we would infer that there was another mother for the early children of William and that this Hannah was not Hannah Langton (who died 1690 in Springfield).
William Pritchard was captain of a boat, which probably explains the existence of records for him in two Massachusetts towns concurrently. Ipswich is located on the Ipswich River about three miles from where it empties into Ipswich Bay in the Atlantic Ocean and Lynn is a coastal town around the point to the south of Ipswich.
Ipswich and Lynn, Massachusetts
William possessed a houselot and other land on the south side of the river in Ipswich on April 9, 1639.
Essex county court records show that William was in Ipswich on July 10, 1644.
William was living in Lynn on July 9, 1645.
In about 1647, Capt. William Pritchard made a trip to Barbados Island, which is beyond Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean. Record of this trip is shown in records of a court held at Ipswich on September 19, 1660.
William was one of 155 residents of Ipswich who, on December 29, 1648, agreed to pay Major Denison so long as he agreed to be their military leader. He was made a freeman in Ipswich on March 27, 1649.
William, Jr., was born around 1652. Note: The profile for William Prichard attached as a child to this profile does not appear to be the actual son. Prichard-163 is said to have been born and to have died in Maryland in that profile. William, Jr., was born in Ipswich and died in Suffield, Connecticut.
William had a house and lot near the Meeting House, adjoining Thophilus Wilson's in 1654. In 1655, he possessed land in a "flat or field called Pequitt Lotts.
William was an original founder of Brookfield, Massachusetts, exploring the area known as Quabog Ponds with several other men after the General Court at Ipswich granted six square miles of land for a new town, on 31 May 1660. A deed from the Indian owner of the land was written and signed 16 Nov 1665, for a consideration of 300 fathom of wampum (equivalent to 75 pounds British sterling at that time).
In 1667 the Pritchard family moved to the new town of Brookfield where they had the eleventh house lot in the original layout comprising what became known as Foster's Hill.
The town was eventually incorporated in 1673, with both William and Samuel signing the petition.
William was clerk of the writs, an officer allowed by the shire Court to grant summons and attachments in civil actions. At the time, all males between 16 and 60 years of age were required to register for the militia. Brookfield didn't yet meet the minimum requirement of 64 men to qualify for a Captain so they were under the charge of a Sergeant. John Ayres was First Sergeant, William was Second Sergeant and Richard Coy was Corporal in the Brookfield militia.
All three militia leaders, including William Pritchard, were killed August 2, 1675, in the ambush known as "Wheeler's Surprise" at the outset of King Philip's War. The exact location of the ambush is unknown but it's thought to have been in what is now known as New Braintree. See Brookfield History for more details.
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On 1 Aug 2018 at 22:09 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
according to Essex county records. TAG 38:129.
William was also living in Ipswich before and after that date.
William was recorded in two towns, evidently because he was captain of a boat. Lynn in a coastal town, and Ipswich is on the Ipswich River which empties into Ipswich Bay on the Atlantic.
William was there early enough to have a lot in both towns on the water where he could anchor his boat. His boat was a sea-going vessel which he sailed to Barbados in 1647. TAG 38:129
On 1 Aug 2018 at 22:05 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
"...he was captain of a boat..." TAG 38:129
This explains much about where he lived.
He lived in Lynn, MA on 9 July 1645, according to Essex co. records. Before that, and after that he lived in Ipswich, MA.
I finally resorted to a map on Google. Bing! Light goes on:)
Lynn is a coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean, about eleven miles north of that great seaport, Boston.
Ipswich, about 18 miles north of Lynn, is at the tip of the Ipswich River which empties into Ipswich Bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
William Pritchard possessed a lot on the south side of the Ipswich River on 9 April 1639.
On 1 Aug 2018 at 08:35 GMT Michael Stills wrote:
On 1 Aug 2018 at 02:17 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
On 1 Aug 2018 at 02:06 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
It would help if information on how to access the sources here would be included.
TAG Vol 38 (1962), pp 129 is already used on this profile's duplicate, William Pritchard, or I would add it here.
William Pritchard married Hannah Unknown. There is a Hannah Langton, wife of Nathaniel Pritchard, in that time and area, and I haven't found any other Hannah Langton who married a William Pritchard.
I'm setting up a merge for William and his duplicate, and hope the PMs will message if any questions or objections.
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updated with more research data on Aug. 1, 2018
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