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Matthew Wing (1673 - abt. 1724)

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Matthew Wing
Born in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Sep 1696 in Sandwich, MAmap
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Died about in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusettsmap
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From a Raymond Wing web page:

Matthew Wing was born January 1, 1673/74 at Sandwich.

"Matthew Wing ye son of Stephen & Sarah Wing was "borne ye first day first mo in ye yeare 1674".

Matthew settled at Hicks Bridge, Westport (Dartmouth) Mass., before 1695. He was a founding member of the Apponegansett Meetinghouse in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts about 1698-9. Still standing is the Apponegansett Meeting House, erected in 1689.

Just how Matthew found his way from Sandwich to Dartmouth it is not difficult to surmise. His brother Elisha lived at Wareham, about half-way, and his sister Sarah had married Robert Gifford and lived in Dartmouth. After the death of his mother, young Matthew may have made his home with his sister Sarah, and thus have been acquainted in the Ricketson neighborhood.

On January 4, 1704/05, Matthew was given the debatable honor of being one of five persons who would report yearly to the selectmen of Dartmouth which householder would have to pay a penalty for not killing their share of blackbirds, or adversely, which householders would be paid for killing more than their share of the 12 blackbirds allotted to be killed between January and the middle of May of every year. Those on the blackbird committee were Joseph Tripp, Matthew Wing, Nathan Howland, John Russell, Jsn Spooner. In March of the same year, Matthew was appointed a constable of Dartmouth along with Nathaniel Howland and Thomas Tabor Jr. On January 28, 1709, Matthew was chosen a surveyor of highways and held the office for three successive terms. He was a "fence viewer" in 1721 and 1722.

Marriage to Elizabeth

He married Elezebeth or "Elizabeth" Mott, widow of William Ricketson, who came from Portmouth, R.I., where her parents were well known Friends. Elizabeth and Matthew married in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts the fourth day of September in the year 1696. At the time of their marriage Matthew Wing was 22 or 23 years old, his bride was 37 years old.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Adam Mott (II) and Mary Lott. Her grandparents, first comers of the Motts, had been members in Roxbury of the church of Rev. John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians. Elizabeth died after 1723. She was buried at Family Cemetery in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts.

Of course we will never know how or why Matthew Wing met and married Elizabeth Mott Ricketson. Matthew and Elizabeth were both Quakers, so perhaps Rev. Conway Wing is correct when he suggests that they met at meeting.

When Matthew married Elizabeth she had been married for 12 years , widowed for 4 years and was the mother of 6 children all of them born approximately two years apart, the first child, Rebecca Ricketson, being born May 4, 1681. So, while Elizabeth Mott Ricketson was delivering her first child at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, her future husband, Matthew Wing was an 8 year old boy, playing in the lanes of Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. About 1682 or 1683 William Ricketson moved his young family to Dartmouth, Massachusetts where he built a home and where they lived when William Ricketson died, March 1, 1692.

However, there seems to have been little, if any, objection to the marriage of Matthew and Elizabeth. In fact, 4 years later, Matthew's father, Stephen Wing, conveyed his homestead and other lands in Sandwich to Matthew and his older brother, Ebenezer. In addition Matthew was chosen as a Grand Juryman for the Superior Court at Bristol on August 22, 1700.

On April 25, 1704 that Matthew and Elizabeth held the wedding of Elizabeth's oldest daughter, Rebecca, at their home:

"In ye town of Dartmouth on ye 25th day of ye snd month (called April), 1704, a meeting was appointed on purpose at ye house of Matthew Wing'. So reads the worn marriage certificate signed by Matthew Wing and others - - for the 'purpose' was the marriage of his step-daughter, Rebecca Ricketson, to John Russell - 'there being nothing to hinder and their intentions being duly published.'

It has been a mystery to many Wing researchers about why Stephen Wing would have left Matthew Wing as much as he did in his will when Matthew was married and living in his own home. Matthew was probably not living in his own home when Stephen Wing died. Matthew was living in the home of his wife, who was the widow of William Ricketson. The home Matthew shared with Elizabeth Ricketson Wing was the home William Ricketson built. That home reverted to Elizabeth's oldest son at the time of his 21st birthday. However records state John Ricketson died January 27, 1704/05 at the age of 21 and her second oldest son, William, for some unknown reason did not get the house leaving her third son, Jonathan Ricketson to claim his inheritance and moving his new bride, Abigail Howland, into the home in 1710. Through their son Jonathan, Jr. Jonathan and Abigail are the ancestors of Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States.

Thus, in 1710, Matthew Wing and Elizabeth built their own home in Dartmouth and it seems that for the most part Matthew Wing's life did seem blessed, as described by one Wing researcher:

"Matthew Wing seems to have lived a life that 'glided on like rivers that water the woodland."

The House of Matthew Wing

In 1710 Matthew purchased a home and 100 acres at Shinuet, just north of the Ricketson homestead. Family tradition says it was begun by one Landers of Sandwich, and left unfinished. When Matthew Wing bought it the floor timbers had sprouted and small trees were growing up toward the second story. In the stone wall, near the front of the house, is a large flat stone serving as a stile. In it is a deeply cut "B. W.--1771," none other than young Benjamin Wing, who with Joseph, were his only two sons. It is the home which Benjamin Crane, the old Dartmouth surveyor, means, when, in his quaint journal, about 1720, he writes" "steyed one night at Matthew Wing's."

The house, with it's diamond shaped window panes, was said to be the finest of it's time in Massachusetts. Matthew's descendants lived in the house for over 210 years, but it was finally torn down. One of the chimneys from the house was preserved by the Bedford, Mass. Historical Society.

Built about ten years after King Philip's war --when, as Increase Mather wrote, "Dartmouth did they burn with fire and barbarously murder both men and women", the house was a great two-storied double one, of the lean-to type, rare in Dartmouth, and faced south -- as well behaved colonial houses should. It stood on the east side of Acoxet or Westport River facing south on the upland commanding a fine sweep of river, bay, and good old New England country.

"The sunset softens the time-worn shingles and the crumbling stone of the massive chimney, with its crude pilasters. Within, in spite of its pathetic desolation, the brave old beams and fine wood work bespeak an early New England craftsman at his best. The wedding room, with its attractive corner buffet and great fireplace, in the simplicity of its appointments, was in accord with the assembled Friends, and if the sun streamed through the many paned windows on that spring day it must have been a rare, quaint picture."
"Up winding stairs, in the great chamber above, was a chimney piece called by experts the finest of its time extant in Massachusetts. Clambering up to the loft to watch the last rays of the setting sun upon the hills, the river and the far off islands, you feel your ancestor, William Ricketson, built well."

A slight glimpse within this old house may be seen by selections from its master's inventory in 1724: "My bible, 19 chairs, a round table and another table, one grate table and 17 napkins, 12 pewter plates, 10 platters, 4 porringers, one tankard, 13 silver spoons, knives and forks, a case of drawers, 5 feather beds with furniture well completed, 7 pairs of good linen chests, a cradle and a spinning wheel."

It seems from the above inventory that Matthew and Elizabeth were prepared to entertain their family and friends at any notice. By the time that inventory was taken only Abigail Wing would have been still living at home.Their home must have been a welcoming place for all of the grandchildren that probably visited and stayed there with Matthew and Elizabeth, a family full of Ricketson's and Wing's.

Just in the rear is the old family burying ground, where, as from the house, are beautiful views. Here, when the nearby orchard is in full bloom, the wind from the river below sometimes scatters the pedals over the graves of Elizabeth and Matthew Wing.


Matthew died before July of 1724 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, at 50 years of age and that Elizabeth may have died just the year before him in 1723.

Note: At this writing there is no positive date of death for either one of them. If those dates are correct, Matthew died at about the age of 50, and Elizabeth would have been about 64 or 65.


Matthew Wing died testate, having written a will on 8 January 1723, which was proved in the Bristol County Probate Court on 21 July 1724, recorded on 8 August 1724. The will reads[1]:

"January the Eaight Day In the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Twenty three. I Mathew wing of Dartmouth In the County of Bristoll In New England - Being weake of Body but of Perfect mind & memory Thanks Be Given unto God therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Dye, do make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament, That is to say Principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soule into the hands of God that Gave it and my Body I Recomend to the Earth To be Buried In Decent & Christian manner att the Discrestion of my Executors, and as Touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God To Bless me in this Life. I Give Demise & Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form -- and my will is that all my Debts and Legacies be paid out of my Estate.
"Imp. I Give Elizebeth my Dearly Beloved wife the Improvement of all my home stead, and the Best Roome in my house Dureing the Time of her Life, and that my Two Sons Shall Find her fire wood Brought to her Dore Dureing the Time of her Life - also I do Give to my wife Two Cowes to be att her Disposeand also the Improvement of all my house hould Goods Dureing her Life.
"Item. I Give my son Joseph his heires & assignes all my Land that was Recompence Kirby, Excepting one acre Together with all my Adition Lands that Lieth att the East End of it all, So Two Acres of Land Lying to the Southwest of the Houses I now Live in and is Bounded as Followeth Begining att a Stake Standing a Little to the west of an orchard and in the Line of his Land, thence South Thirty Degrees and halfe East Ten Rodsto a Stake thence East Thirty Degrees and a half, North thirty Two Rods to a Stake thence North Thirty Degrees west Ten Rods, to a Stake, thence on a Straite Line to the first Bound also the meadow That Lieth att the foot of his Land by the River Together with the Housing Standing on Said Land also the Bush pointe flatt also the meadow that was Timothey Rickitsons, Lying on the Sedge flates also half an acre Lying on the Berring Rocks flat also one acre and half of Cedar Swamp Lying over the Rode, by Comminans Pond, and also the Privilidge of Parte of the Spring that is in my homesteedalso the one halfe of my Cedar Swamp ajoyning to that Land I Bought of Landers.
"Item. I Give to my Son Benjamin his heirs and assignes all that parte of my homesteed that was Timothey Ricketson Deceased and the housing Standing upon Said Land, Together with all my addition Land ajoyning to the East End of it also one acre of Land To the Northward of my orchard Beginning in the South Line of that Land that I bought of Kerbee, and on the East side of my orchard aforsaid by a Stone wall thence North forty three Degrees west Seven Rods & Six feet to a Stake thence west Twenty Six degrees South Twenty Rods to white oke Tree marked, thence South Twenty three Degrees East to the Line first mentioned also all the meadow Lying att the foot of his Land, by the River, also to have a way through Josephs Land to that way att the head of his Land, also all the meadow Lying in a flat a Little of the Norward of Ship Rock flat, also all my meadow Lying in Soule flats also all my meadows Lying in the North End of the Grate Island, and also all my Right in meadow Lying att pechiechwet and also the one half of my Cedar Swamp ajoyning to that Land that I Bought of Leanders also one acre and half and Ten Rods of the Cedar Swamp Lying above Shearmans Bridge adjoyning Robert Kerbes Cedar Swamp.
"Item. I Give to my Two Sons Joseph & Benjamin whome I constitute make and ordaine my Executors of this my Last will and Testament all that Land I Bought of Landers Together with the Addition Lands ajoyning to it to be Equally Devided Between them according to quantity & Quality.
"Item. I do Give to my Daughter Abigall all my household Goods after my wifes Decease and also Two Hundred Pounds to be Paid unto her by my two sons Equally Between them, one hundred Pounds to be paid her In one year after my Decease, the s-d Two Hundred Pounds is to be understood Currant money of New England and do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoake and Disanull alland Every other former Testaments wills Legacies & Bequests & Executors by me in any ways before Named, willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last will & Testament. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Day and year above written, the words and Legacies, if interlined in the Tenth Line, before Signing Sealing hereof. Signed Sealed Published Pronounced by the said Mathew Wing as his Last will & Testament.
"In the Presence of us the Subscribers
Elisha Wing Mathew Wing his marke (seal)
Thomas Cornel
George Brownel his mark"

On 22 July 1724, Elisha Wing and George Brownel, two of the witnesses of the last will and testament of Mathew Wing, late of Dartmouth deceased, made oath that they were present and did see and hear Mathew Wing since Deceased sign seal publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, and that they saw Thomas Cornell sign as a witness with them and that they all signed in the presence of the Testator, who was of a sound disposing mind to the berst of their knowledge. The will was recorded on 8 August 1724 in the Bristol County Probate book.

A true inventory of the personal estate of Mathew Wing, yeoman, late of Dartmouth Deceased in the County of Bristoll in New England, was taken on 20 July 1724 by Jonathan Davill, Jonathan Talman and Nathaniel Soule, all of Dartmouth, yeomen (from the clerk's copy book of Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Court, Volume 4, Pages 334-336, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882). The personal inventory was apprised at 528 pounds, 4 shillings. The highest value items were:
* His cash and wearing apparel (18=12=05)
* his Saddle and Riding mare (11=10=00)
* Five feather beds with furniture well compleated (110=00=00)
* Another Bed with Good Bedding (10=00=00)
* Money Seales & Gratter & 13 Silver Spoons (14=09=08)
* 11 yearling cattel (13=10=00)
* Three Horse kind and 54 Sheep (41=00=00)
* About 12 Loads of old hay (18=00=00)
* Debts due to MMathew Wing at his death (37=10=06)
The inventory was presented to the Court on 21 August 1724 by Joseph Wing and Benjamin Wing.


Members of Apponnegansett Meeting of Friends.


Place: Shinsuet Farm, Dartmouth, Massachusetets


  1. transcribed from the clerk's copy book of Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Court, Volume 4, Pages 332-334, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882)
Abbreviation: William Ricketson And His Descendants
Title: Grace Williamson Ed_ _, William Ricketson And His Descendants
Subsequent Source Citation Format: Grace Williamson Ed_ _, William Ricketson And His Descendants
BIBL Grace Williamson Ed_ _. William Ricketson And His Descendants.
Name: Footnote
VALUE Grace Williamson Ed_ _, William Ricketson And His Descendants
Name: ShortFootnote
VALUE Grace Williamson Ed_ _, William Ricketson And His Descendants
Name: Bibliography
VALUE Grace Williamson Ed_ _. William Ricketson And His Descendants.
Repository: #R0
  • Source S522
Abbreviation: Dartmouth MA VRs to the year 1850
Title: Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930)
Note: Source Medium: Book
Repository: #R39
  • Repository R39
Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society (99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 02116)
Web Address:
  • Source S575
Abbreviation: Sandwich MA VRs to 1885
Title: Caroline Lewis Kardell and Russell A. Lovell, Vital records of Sandwich, Massachusetts to 1885 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996)
Repository: #R3
  • Repository R3
Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society (99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA)
Web Address:

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