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Colonial Newbury, Massachusetts

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The goal of this project is to gather basic information on the early history of Newbury and to identify its early settlers.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Edgar Richardson.

I suggest that information entered here should be limited to the colonial period, and should not concern Newburyport or West Newbury following their separation from Newbury respectively in 1764 and 1819.

When setting up this page, I thought it best to separate the citations from the sources—a format that is widely used in Wikipedia—which makes it much easier to make multiple citations from the same source.

Here are some of the first tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Entering early historic events.
  • Adding the names of early settlers and linking to their profiles.
  • Linking to related spaces or projects.

When adding links to persons in the table, please take care to respect the table formatting.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!



Newbury was founded subsequent to an order of General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony dated 6 May 1635.[1]

"It derives its name from Newbury, a town in Berkshire, England, situated in the south part of the county, on the river Kennet, fifty-six miles west from London. It was so named in honor of the reverend Thomas Parker, who had for some time preached in Newbury, England, before his arrival in America. Till its incorporation in 1635 it was called by its. Indian name, Quascacunquen, a name, which the natives gave, not to the whole territory, (as the word signifies a waterfall,') but to « the falls,' on what is now called the river Parker, on whose banks the first settlers fixed their habitations."[2]

Early Settlers

The information in the following table has been extracted from the research work of Robert Charles Anderson cited below.<refname=Directory>Anderson, Directory; the PDF Edition has no page numbers, but the information in the above table was extracted from the 56th to the 553rd pages visible in most any PDF reader application.</ref>

The 103 persons in the table came to Massachusetts between 1634 and 1640. All of them may have profiles in the Puritan Great Migration Project here on WikiTree (links are being added). The names of their families and servants are not included. Some of them moved on to other towns, and others not listed below came to Newbury after stopping elsewhere. By sorting the table, you can verify that 19 of the persons listed came from the county of Wiltshire, 12 from Hampshire, 8 from Norfolk, and 5 from Oxfordshire. The origins of most are unknown—at least to the author of the source.

Allen, Walter Bury St. EdmundsSuffolk1638Unknown
Allen, William Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Avery, Joseph RomseyHampshire1635James of Southampton
Badger, Giles GloucesterGloucestershire1639Unknown
Bartlett, Richard Unknown Unknown1640Unknown
Batt, Christoper SalisburyWiltshire1638Bevis
Batt, Nicholas The DevizesWiltshire1635James
Berry, William Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Bishop, John Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Bloomfield, John Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Brown, George Unknown Unknown1634Mary & John
Brown, James Unknown Unknown1636Unknown
Brown, Thomas Christian MalfordWiltshire1635James
Busby, Nicholas NorwichNorfolk1637John & Dorothy or Rose
Byley, Henry SalisburyWiltshire1638Bevis
Carter, Joseph London1639Unknown
Church, George SalisburyWiltshire1638Confidence
Clark, John London1638Unknown
Coker, Robert Unknown Unknown1634Mary & John
Coleman, Thomas MarlboroughWiltshire1635James
Cottle, William LandfordWiltshire1638Confidence
Crane, Richard Unknown Unknown1638Unknown
Cromwell, Thomas Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Davis, Thomas MarlboroughWiltshire1635James of Southampton
Dole, Richard ThornburyGloucestershire1639Unknown
Dummer, Joan BishopstokeHampshire1638Bevis
Dummer, Stephen BishopstokeHampshire1638Bevis
Dunkin, Samuel Unknown Unknown1635Hercules
Emery, Anthony RomseyHampshire1635James
Emery, John RomseyHampshire1635James
Estow, William Ormesby St. MargaretNorfolk1637Unknown
Fifield, William Unknown Unknown1634Hercules
Firnwell, William Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Fitts, Richard Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Fry, John BasingHampshire1638Bevis
Godfrey, John Unknown Unknown1634Mary & John
Goffe, John Unknown Unknown1638Unknown
Goodale, Richard Great YarmouthNorfolk1638Unknown
Goouch, Mr. Unknown Unknown1638Unknown
Greenleaf, Edmund IpswichSuffolk1637Unknown
Hale, Thomas Watton-at-StoneHertfordshire1637Unknown
Hamon, Richard Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Heard, Luke Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Higdon, Peter Unknown Unknown1635James
Holt, Nicholas RomseyHampshire1635James
Hubbard, Joseph Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Huse, Abel Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Hutchins, John Unknown Unknown1638Bevis
Ilsley, William CavershamOxfordshire1638Confidence
Johnson, Edmund Unknown Unknown1635James
Jones, Thomas ElsingNorfolk1637Mary Anne
Kelly, John Unknown Unknown1640Unknown
Kent, Stephen SalisburyWiltshire1638Confidence
Knight, John RomseyHampshire1635James
Knight, Richard RomseyHampshire1635James
Littlehale, Richard Unknown Unknown1634Mary & John
Lovejoy, Grace CavershamOxfordshire1638Confidence
Lovejoy, John CavershamOxfordshire1638Confidence
Lowell, Percival PortburySomerset1639Unknown
Macy, Thomas Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
March, Hugh Unknown Unknown1638Confidence
Marston, Robert Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Merrill, Nathaniel WhersteadSuffolk1638Unknown
Morse, Anthony MarlboroughWiltshire1635James
Morse, William MarlboroughWiltshire1635James
Moulton, John Ormesby St. MargaretNorfolk1637John & Dorothy or Rose
Moulton, Thomas Ormesby St. MargaretNorfolk1637Unknown
Musselwhite, John LandfordWiltshire1635James
Oliver, John Bristol1639Unknown
Osgood, John WherwellHampshire1638Confidence
Palmer, Henry Unknown Unknown1640Unknown
Palmer, William Ormesby St. MargaretNorfolk1637Unknown
Plummer, Francis Unknown Unknown1633Unknown
Poor, Samuel Unknown Unknown1638Bevis
Rawlins, James Unknown Unknown1633Unknown
Rawson, Edward London1637Unknown
Reeves, Thomas SalisburyWiltshire1638Bevis
Remington, John Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Rolfe, Henry WhiteparishWiltshire1637Unknown
Russe, John Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Russe, Widow Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Sadler, Anthony Unknown Unknown1638Confidence
Schoolee, Mary Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Scullard, Samuel Abbots AnnHampshire1637Unknown
Seager, Thomas Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
Simonds, Edward Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Smith, Thomas RomseyHampshire1635James
Somerby, Anthony Little BythamLincolnshire1639Jonathan
Stevens, John CavershamOxfordshire1638Confidence
Stevens, William CavershamOxfordshire1638Confidence
Swain, Richard EasthamsteadBerkshire(probably) 1635Truelove
Thacher, Anthony SalisburyWiltshire1635James
Thacher, Thomas SalisburyWiltshire1637Unknown
Thurston, Daniel Unknown Unknown1638Unknown
Titcomb, William Ogbourne St. GeorgeWiltshire1638Unknown
Toppan, Abraham Great YarmouthNorfolk1637Mary Anne
Travers, Henry Unknown Unknown1634Mary & John
Wallington (or Wallingford) Nicholas Unknown Unknown1638Confidence
Ware, Mary Unknown Unknown1640Unknown
Weare, Nathaniel Unknown Unknown1637Unknown
White, William Unknown Unknown1639Unknown
Woodman, Archelaus Christian MalfordWiltshire1635James
Woodman, Edward Christian MalfordWiltshire1635Unknown

John Saunders (Sanders) of Weeks, Wiltshire, England, settled first in Salisbury, Massachusetts and moved across the Merrimack River to Newbury about 1645.[3]

Robert Rogers of Cheddar, Somerset, England, settled first in York with the Gorges company by 1640, then Boston, and finally Newbury about 1647.<refname=Directory/>


  1. Currier, History, page 30
  2. Coffin, Sketch, page 9.
  3. Coffin, Sketch, page 317.


  • Anderson, Robert Charles, FASG. The Great Migration Directory; Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640, a Concise Compendium. Boston: New England Historic Genealogic Society, PDF Edition, 2015. www.americanancestors.org.

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