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Mark Quilter (bef. 1628 - 1678)

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Mark Quilter
Born before in Assington, Suffolk, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Mark Quilter was baptized at Assington, Suffolk on Mar. 1, 1628/9, son of Mark Quilter Sr. and his first wife Elizabeth. [1] [2]

He is mentioned in the will of his father, Mark Quilter Sr., written Feb. 7, 1653 and proved March 28, 1657, along with his brother Joseph - not of age, and sisters Mary, Rebecca and Sarah. [Ipswich Deeds: I: 162] [2]

He married about 1653, Frances Swan who was born in England about 1633, daughter of Richard Swan and his first wife Anne ___. [1] Frances deposed in 1673 to being about 40 years of age. [Essex Court Files: XX: 100] [2]

  • 1640: He was a cowkeeper for the common field at Ipswich. [3]
  • 1667: Mar. 24: Appointed Mark Quilter to keep order of the swine on the north side of the river. [4]

He had a reputation for drinking and losing his temper and was the butt of 'boisterous humor' at the local tavern on training days. In March 1664, he was fined for both hitting his wife and striking a neighbor. (p. 60)[5]

  • 1669: Apr. : Marke Quilter fined for excessive drinking. [4]
  • 1669: Sept. : Marke Quilter fined for excessive drinking. [4]
  • 1672: Mar. or May: There was a shooting affray at the ordinary of Quartermaster John Perkins, and Mark Quilter a 'notorious toper' was ordered away, the candle was blown out and some one shot him in the darkness. (p 32-33)[6] Mark Quilter, among others, was summoned to Court for disorder in Quartermaster Perkins house 'upon a trayning day, in shooting of pistols in the house after the colors were lodged, & for breach of the peace. (p. 69-70)[7]

Mark died at Ipswich on Nov. 4-6, 1678. [2] [1] he had apparently been ill and deteriorating from a wound, from a 'shot in his leg.'

His will written Nov. 4, 1678; proved March 6, 1678/9, mentions his wife, his sister Mary Cresy, Mighill, William Cresy, Richard Sutton, and his brother Joseph Quilter. (Case 23154: p.1-7) [8]

It appears from the Essex Co., Court files, that widow Frances Quilter had serious disputes with her brother-in-law Joseph Quilter about the settlement of her husband Mark's estate, the validity of his will, and his condition and coherency at the time of his death. (p. 255; p. 268-270)[9] [2]

Frances died at Ipswich, MA in July 1694, as widow Quilter. [10][2]


Their daughter Dorothy was buried at Ipswich, MA on , Jan. 21, 1662.[10] [1]

Source notes

Ispwich Marriages

Quilter, Mary, and Mighill Cresie, Apr. 6, 1660. CTR (p. 365)

Ipswich Deaths

Quilter, ___, wid., July __, 1694.(p. 657)
Quilter, Dorithy, d. Marke, Jan. 21, 1662. CTR (p. 657)[10]


1628 Mark Twilter (sic) son of Mark and Elizabeth, baptized 1 March 1628/9. (p. 189)[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. LXVIII, NEHGS, Boston, MA, Jan., 1914
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and Their Ancestors and Descendants, by John William Linzee, Private Printing, S. Usher, Boston, MA, 1918
  3. Publications of the Ipswich Historical Society, Issues 16-20, by Fran T. Water, The Society, Salem Press, Salem, MA, 1909
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts: Vol. 4 1667-1671, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1914
  5. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750, by Laurel Ulrich, Vintage Books, New York, 1982
  6. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 5 1672-1674, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1916
  7. Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Vol. 2, by Thomas Franklin Waters et al., Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich, MA, 1917
  8. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  9. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 7, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1919
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1910

See also:

"Mark Quilter of Ipswich" and France's Swan were married. Early Settlers, page 371.

  • Essex Court Files stated that France's Swan Quilter was 40 years old in 1662. Early Settlers, page 371.
  • Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts. George Brainard Blodgette and Amos Everett Jewett. 1933. Reprinted by the New England History Press, Somersworth, New Hampshire. 1981. Page 371.


  • WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-148874 created through the import of boynton- flint-tomlinson.ged on Mar 20, 2012 by Sara Stevens. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Sara and others.

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On 27 Dec 2015 at 13:01 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Quilter-28 and Quilter-6 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate, same wife, please merge Quilter-28 into LOWER number Quilter-6. Thanks. Chris

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