Daily Archive: August 20, 2014

Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #33: John Prescott of Yorkshire, England, Barbados, Watertown, & Lancaster

John Prescott, one of my eightth great grandfathers, immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1640 from Halifax, Yorkshire, England, by way of Barbados.[1] John resided a short time in Watertown before becoming one of the earliest settlers of what became known as Lancaster.

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John Prescott. Probably born in Lancashire, England. He married, 11 April 1629, in Halifax Parish of Yorkshire, England, Mary Platts of Yorkshire.[2] John died in Lancaster in 1681 (nuncupative will proved 20 December 1681).[3] Weis states that John Prescott “was name in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there.”[4]

John Prescott and Mary Platts had eight known children.[5]

i.      Mary Prescott. Baptized 24 February 1630 at Sowerby in the parish of Halifax in Yorkshire, England; married 1648, Thomas Sawyer of Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

ii.      Martha Prescott. Baptized 11 March 1632 at Sowerby; married, 1654,  John Rugg;[6] and died 24 January 1656 in Lancaster. John married, second, Martha’s sister, Hannah Prescott.

iii.      John Prescott. Baptized 1 April 1635 at Sowerby; and married, in Lancaster, 11 November 1668, a woman named Sarah [probably Sarah Heyward];

iv.      Sarah Prescott. Baptized 1637 at Sowerby; and married, first, 2nd day of the 6th month, 1658 Richard Wheeler of Lancaster; [7] and married, second Mr. Rice.

v.      Hannah Prescott. Baptized 1639; married, first, 2 August 1658, Richard Wheeler; married 2nd, 4 May 1660, John Rugg widower of her sister, Martha Prescott; and Hannah died during the massacre of 11 September 1697. [8]

vi.      Lydia Prescott. Born 15 August 1641 at Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married, first, 28 May 1658, Jonas Fairbanks of Lancaster; and married, second, Elias Barron following the death of Jonas (killed by Indians during the massacre in February 1676).

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born about 1643, perhaps in Barbados; married four times; died 5 December 1721. See blog 52 Ancestors, Week 32: Jonathan Prescott.

viii.      Jonas Prescott; Born in June 1648 at Lancaster; and married 14 December 1672, Mary Loker. Jonas settled and raised his family in Groton. Jonas and Mary had twelve known children: Mary, Elizabeth, Jonas, Nathaniel, Dorothy, James, Sarah, Abigail, Martha, Susannah, Deborah, and Benjamin.

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families. It should be noted that the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts, was “Settled 1643. In 1653 the General Court ordered that Nashaway be called Prescott, that it be called West Towne, and finally that it be called Lancaster.”[9] Lancaster is currently in Worcester County, but was originally part of Middlesex County. Lancaster has several daughter towns: Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Shrewsbury, and Sterling.[10]

Since Weis states, “John Prescott “was named in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there,”[11] it would be prudent to search for copies of those particular documents.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 41–44 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Frederick Lewis Weis, Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, Founder of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1645, From Alfred the Great, King of England, 871901 (Dublin, New Hampshire: n.p., 1957), 28 (hereinafter cited as Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott).

[3] Henry S. Nourse, Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, Massachusetts: n.p., 1890), 20.

[4] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 46. John and Mary may have had a son called Joseph about 1846/6, but according to William Prescott, Joseph has not be convincingly documented.

[6] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 320 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[7] Early Records of Lancaster, 320.

[8] Early Records of Lancaster, 326.

[9] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition edited by Michael J. Leclerc (Boston: The Society, 2012), 211 (hereinafter cited as Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research).

[10] Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 211.

[11] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #32: Jonathan Prescott of Lancaster & Concord, Massachusetts

Jonathan Prescott was one of my seventh great grandfathers was the son of my immigrant ancestor John Prescott and Mary Platts. Capt. Jonathan Prescott was a resident of Lancaster, Massachusetts, and later a resident of Concord, Middlesex County. He was a militia captain

Jonathan Prescott. Birth date and place unknown, but he may have been born in Watertown about 1643;[1] married first, 3 June 1670, a woman called Dorothy on the 3rd day of the 6th month, 1670 (she died in 1674[2]);[3] married, second Elizabeth Hoar of Concord, 23 December 1675;[4] married, third, Mrs. Rebecca (Wheeler) Bulkley, widow of Peter Bulkley, Jr., 18 December 1689;[5] married, fourth, Ruth Brown on 18 August 1718;[6] and died, 5 December 1721.[7]

Jonathan Prescott and Dorothy had three known children.[8]

i.        A child. Born 2 May 1671; [9] and died the same day (2nd day of the 3rd month 1671).[10]

ii.        Jonathan Prescott. Born 10th day of the 2nd month, 1672; [11] died 4th day of the 3rd Month, 1671.[12]

iii.        Samuel Prescott. Born 1674; married Esther Wheeler, 5 May 1698; and died 25 July 1758.

Jonathan Prescott and Elizabeth Hoar, his second wife, and six known children.[13]

iv.        Jonathan Prescott (Dr.). Born 5 April 1677; married Rebecca Bulkley, 9 July 1701; died 28 October 1729 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. For additional information about this family, please see 52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

v.        Elizabeth Prescott. Born 27 September 1678; married in Concord, 1 July 1696, John Fowle of Woburn. The couple was married by Justice Minott.[14]

vi.        Dorothy Prescott.  Born 31 March 1681;[15] married 14 July 1702, Edward Bulkeley. The couple resided in Weathersfield, Connecticut in 1748.

vii.        John Prescott. Born 13 May 1683; [16] died 28 January 1706.

viii.        Mary Prescott. Born 14 August 1685;[17] married, 16 April 1702, John Miles.

ix.        Benjamin Prescott (Rev.). Born 16 September 1687;[18] graduated at Harvard College in 1709; ordained at Salem Village (Danvers), 23 September 1713; died 28 May 1777.[19] He married three times. He married first, 20 October 1715; Elizabeth, daughter of John Higginson of Salem; married, second, 15 July 1732, Mercy, daughter of Rev. Henry Gibbs of Watertown; and, third, 6 October 1748, widow Mary (Pepperell) Frost Coleman (sister of Sir William Pepperell).

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

 

© Linda Woodward Geiger.

Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 42 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 233 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[3] Early Records of Lancaster, 231.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 42; and Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 52.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[7] The Prescott Memorial, 42, and Early Records of Lancaster, 279.

[8] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[9] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[10] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[11] Early Records of Lancaster, 317.

[12] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 46–47.

[14] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 42 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths);

[15] Born the 31st day of the 3rd month, 1681, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 25.

[16] Born the 13th  day of the 5th month, 1683, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 26.

[17] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 28.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 48.

[19] Shattuck, Lemuel, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245 (hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Concord).

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

Doctor Jonathan Prescott, one of my sixth great grandfathers, resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he was a physician.

South_91C36A_edJonathan Prescott. Born 5 April 1677, son of Jonathan Prescott and his second wife, Elizabeth Hoar;[1] married 9 July 1701 Rebecca Bulkley, daughter of Peter Bulkley; and he died, 28 October 1729 in Concord.[2] He was buried in the “South Burying Place” of Concord. [3]

Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca had eleven known children.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 3 June 1702; and married a woman named Mary.

ii.      Rebecca Prescott. Born 14 August 1704.

iii.      John Prescott (Dr.). Born 8 May 1707; graduated from Harvard College in 1727; and married Ann Lynde. John Prescott was a physician in Concord and died there in February, 1775.[5] He had five known children.

iv.      Peter Prescott. Born 17 April 1709; graduated from Harvard College in 1730 where he studied law; married a woman named Elizabeth in 1746/7; and died in 1784 at the age of 75.

v.      Charles Prescott (Col.). Born 15 august 1711; married, about 1736; Elizabeth Barrett; died 2 February 1779.

vi.      Elizabeth Prescott. Born 2 December 1713; and married, 24 June 1731; Rev. David Hall.

vii.        Dorothy Prescott. Born 13 May 1716; and died 5 July 1784.

viii.        Abel Prescott (Dr.). Born 7 April 1718; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second, 12 June 1775, Mrs. Mary Beaton; and died 26 October 1805, of mortification of the foot. For more about this family please see my blog 52 Ancestors, Week #30.

ix.        Mary Prescott. Born 3 July 1720.

x.        Lucia Prescott. Born 25 August 1723; and died 20 April 1725.

xi.        Benjamin Prescott. Born about 1724/5/ and was killed during the French and Indian War in May, 1745 while on an expedition.

Future Research

A list of deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–1758 indicates that a Jonathan Prescott died while in France.[6] I need to determine whether this is the eldest son of Jonathan and Rebecca Prescott.

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 46 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[3] Tomb of Major Jonathan Prescott, South Burial Ground, Concord, Massachusetts, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 50–51.

[5] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245.

[6] Frederick W. Wead, Esq., “Deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–58,” The American Genealogist 25 :157.

 

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