William  Trask Jr.

William Trask Jr. (bef. 1640 - bef. 1691)

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William Trask Jr. aka Traske
Born before in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died before in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: US President Direct Ancestor | King Philip's War | Colonial Militia.

This Last Name at Birth should have been Trask all along.[1]

William Trask Baptism Record



Birth & Baptism

William Traske, son of William Trask, the immigrant, was baptized September 19, 1640, in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. He was probably born shortly before this date.[2][1]

William was a miller, and he married twice.

First, he married Ann Putnam on 18 Jan 1666. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Thomas and Ann (Holyoke) Putnam. She was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, 25 August 1645, and died 14 November 1676, in Salem.[2]

William's second marriage circa 1677 in Salem, was to a woman named Anna or sometimes Hannah Unknown.[3] There is nothing else known about her[2].[4]

William was a soldier during King Philip's War, and for this service his heirs received a land grant in what is now Amherst, New Hampshire[2].

His father left his house to William and his brother John equally, but William sold his half to his brother. He rented a house from John Mason, eventually prior to 1682, building a house with an oak, from the old aboriginal forest, frame. William was "recommended" as an innkeeper. The house became known as the "Black Horse Tavern" and remained an inn until 1740[2].

Death & Will

William wrote a will dated 5 Sept 1690, presented at court 30 June 1691. So He died between these two dates. An inventory was presented March 26,1691{/?2}[2][5]

In his will, he commits his soul to God and his body to the earth and directs that his debts and funeral charges be paid. He then makes bequests to his five daughters, some of whom are still under age (18). Hannah Brooks, Sarah, Sussanah, Elizabeth and Mary Trask each receive 10 pounds. His loving wife (no name given) and sons William and John each get shares of the estate. Also, his wife is pregnant, and if that child is a son and lives until age 21, he will also get a share in the estate. He names his wife and William as executors, and brother Jno Trask and brother Thomas Putnam and Mr. Edward Flint as overseers. The inventory was appraised at £413.2s, less debts of £115.[2]

Children by Ann Putnam[2]

  1. Hannah Traske b. 7 June 1668; m. Isaac Brooks
  2. Elizabeth Traske b. March 1669/70; died young
  3. Sarah Traske b. 14 June, 1672
  4. William Trask b. 7 Sept. 1674
  5. Susanna Trask b. 3 Nov. 1676; m. Jonathan Fuller

Children by second wife[2]

  1. John Trask, b. about 1678
  2. Elizabeth Trask b. 1685; m Benjamin Hanson
  3. Mary b. March 1682/3; m. John Southwick
  4. George b. Jan 1690/1


  • James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, of the First Settlers of New CONT England , (Baltimore, MD: GPC, 1969).
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Records of the 1st Church in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629-1736. Essex Institute, 1974.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Trask, William Blake. "Captain William Traske and Some of his Descendants. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 55:324-7. Boston: NEHGS, 1901.
  3. William did not name her, but Hannah made oath regarding the inventory on 30 June 1691 and Anna Traske signed a petition regarding the estate on 14 Nov 1694.
  4. Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents
  5. The probate records have images at AmericanAncestors, but the will and inventory are recorded as missing from the file

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William Trask Baptism Record
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On 10 Apr 2015 at 00:17 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

Based on what I know, I believe you are correct.

On 9 Apr 2015 at 22:40 GMT Anne B wrote:

I know this is going to create multiple redirects, but I think LNAB should have been Trask. It looks as though someone (no longer here) just randomly decided they should all be Traske without looking them up.

On 9 Apr 2015 at 22:37 GMT Anne B wrote:

I've decided to temporarily postpone this merge to give the other managers a chance to weigh in on the Last name change.

Trask-486 and Traske-15 are not ready to be merged because: Postponing with an unmerged match so everyone can way in on last name change.

On 9 Apr 2015 at 22:34 GMT Anne B wrote:

Trask-486 and Traske-15 are not ready to be merged because: Postponing with an unmerged match so everyone can way in on last name change.

On 9 Apr 2015 at 22:32 GMT Anne B wrote:

Traske-15 and Trask-486 appear to represent the same person because: LNAB should be Trask. Will in court on 30 June 1691, so the 1691 death is correct.

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