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HUSBAND
1075 Thomas Hartshorn
b. About 1614
England
d.Estate Inventoried 18 May 1683
Middlex County, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Susannah Buck
b. 1622
Kent, England
d. 18 May 1659
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
About 1640 Marriage Thomas Hartshorn to Susannah Buck in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
10 Apr 1661 Marriage Thomas Hartshorn to Mrs. Sarah Ayres Lampson in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
     
     
CHILDREN OF THOMAS HARSTHORNE AND SUSANNAH BUCK:
  Thomas Hartshorn b. 3 Jul 1646 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d. 1646 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Died as an infant  
  Thomas Hartshorn b. 20 Oct 1648 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. in 1729 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut.
m.

1. Hannah Goodwin 10 May 1671 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

2. Sarah Swan 21 Oct 1674 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts

Thomas and Hannah: One Child Mary Hartshorn who died as an infant.

Thomas and Sarah - Six Children: James, Sarah, Hannah, Thomas, Tabitha, and Ebenezer Hartshorn.

  John Hartshorn b. 6 May 1650 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died after 1737 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
m.

1.Ruth Swan 19 Sep 1672 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts who died of smallpox in 1690.

2. Abigail Brown before 1693 in Essex County, Massachusetts, USA

3.  Joanna after 1697 in prob. Essex Co.., Massachusetts. Joanna died on 29 Aug 1708, during the great Indian massacre of 1708.

4. Mary Leighton 22 Sep 1709 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts

John and Ruth - Seven Children: John, Ruth, Jonathan, Susannah, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Martha Hartshorn.
  Joseph Hartshorn b. 2 Jul 1652 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died on 30 Jul 1727 in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts
m.
Sarah 22 Oct 1727 in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts Ten Children: Susannah, Sarah, Mary, Mehitabel, Abigail, Joseph, Tabitha, Rebeckah, Thomas, Ebenezer, and Martha Hartshorn
  Benjamin Hartshorn b. 18 Apr 1654 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 3 May 1694 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
m.

1. Elizabeth Browne 26 Nov 1684 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

2. Mary Thompson 28 Feb 1681 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Benjamin and Elizabeth - Five Children: Benjamin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jonathan, and Susannah Hartshorn

Benjamin and Mary - One Child: Mary Hartshorn

  Jonathan Hartshorn b. 20 Aug 1656 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. 10 Dec 1672 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Unmarried Died at 16.
  David Hartshorn b. 18 Oct 1657 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Will probated 1738 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
m.
Rebeckah Batchelder 15 Mar 1682/83 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Five Children: Rebeckah, Jonathan, David, Samuel, and Ebenezer Hartshorn
Ancestor Leaf 900 Susannah Hartshorn b. 2 Mar 1659/60 in Reading, Middletown, Massachusetts, USA; d. 5 May 1718 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
m.

1. John Devereux before 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

2. Stephen Parker 10 Jan 1694/95

John and Susannah - Four Children: John, Sarah, Susannah, and Ann Devereux.

Susannah and Stephen - Two Children: Ruth and Hezibah Parker.

CHILDREN OF THOMAS HARTSHORNAND SARAH AYRES LAMPSON:
  Timothy Hartshorn b. 23 Feb 1661 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 16 Feb 1732 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Martha Eaton 26 Dec 1685 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Ten Children: Timothy, Thomas, John (1) Martha, John (2), Mary, Hepsibah, Samuel, Hannah, and David Hartshorn
What We Know

 

The family of Thomas Hartshorn and his two wives has been well documented by Hartshorn descendants.

Thomas HARTSHORN (1) was born about 1614 in England, and settled in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts by 1636. Thomas was by profession a tailor, and was living in Reading, Massachusetts in 1639. Thomas was recorded as freeman 10 May 1648 and a member in full of First Church 29 Sep 1648. In 1650, Thomas received a grant of 10 acres; in 1655 a lot in Jeremiah Swain's meadow; in 1665, a lot north of the Ipswich River, and in 1666, land in the Great Swamp. Thomas was serving as Constable in 1658 and in 1672, and he was a Reading selectman in 1661 and 1667.

Susanna Buck was born in 1622 in Kent England. She appears to have arrived in America in 1638 as her name “Susan Bucke” appears on the passenger list as a servant of Henry Bachelor of Dover, a brewer, and his wife Martha. In the Essex Court records can be found an entry in which Henry Batchelor sued Susannah for slander, but lost that suit. She then sued him in return for detaining her luggage.

Thomas and Susannah were married in Reading in Middlesex County, Massachusetts in 1645, and they had numerous children before she died in Reading 8 May 1659 when her youngest child Susannah, our direct ancestor, was only two months old.  Thomas married the widow Sarah Ayers Lampson on 10 Apr 1661 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, with some opposition from her family. The children of his first marriage were put out as apprentices as apparently the children of his second wife by her former marriage had been. Thomas and Sarah together had a son Timothy.

Thomas was past middle age during the time of King Philip's War, but at the age of 65 in 1679 he served as a sergeant in the Reading Militia Company in 1679. He signed a will on 26 Oct 1681 in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. The estate was inventoried 18 May 1683 and was entered in Probate 16 June 1683.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN: The Hartshorn children, with the exception of their firstborn child Thomas (1) and Jonathan survived to adulthood and married and had children of their own.

THOMAS. Thomas and Susannah’s first child Thomas was born in 3 Jul 1646 in Reading and died there the same year.

THOMAS. Their second son was also named Thomas and was born in 1648 in Reading. He was married first to Hannah Goodwin. They had their daughter Mary who was born and died in the same year, and her mother Hannah died shortly thereafter.  Thomas married for the second time Sarah Swan in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, and together they had six children. Sometime before 1697 when their son Thomas died at the age of 14, Thomas and Sarah had moved to Windham, Connecticut where their son Thomas was buried. Father Thomas was also buried in Windham in 1729.

JOHN. Thomas and Susannah’s son John was born in 1650 in Reading, Massachusetts. He married Ruth Swan in 1672 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. They had seven children before Ruth died of smallpox in 1690.  He was at various times in his life a weaver, a tailor, and a clerk. He was a lieutenant in the militia and was active in the Indian Wars, serving under Capt. Sill from 1675-76. He served in Queen Anne’s War in the Massachusetts Militia in 1693. At about age 50, John began carving gravestones in Haverhill. In 1723, he relocated to Connecticut, where he continued carving tombstones. After the death of his first wife and before 1693, John married Abigail Brown. After Abigail’s death before 1697, he married Joanna ?, who died in 1708 during the great Indian massacre of that year.  John took as his fourth wife Mary Leighton in 1709, and she too died in 1719 many years before her husband. John died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut in 1737.

This write up gives examples of his work in Essex County Massachusetts.

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Circa 1700 Elizabeth (last name missing) – Haverhill, MA
Simple folk art designs. Face with lines in place of wings. Border designs although simple geometric in shape match each other in size and were set up to fit properly.

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“Crowned Lady” Sara Wicom – 1705 – Rowley, MA
This gravestone was carved ca 1708 when Hartshorn moved to Rowley. He had been experimenting with designs over the face. Here he used a crown and a rather fancy side border. His border design is composed of geometric shapes and an earlier bell design. This gravestone was done to compliment a Boston gravestone carved for her father-in-law. (see Daniel Wicom above under Boston Gravestones) The two stones stand side by side.

 

 

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Circled Designs Henry Lunt – 1709 – Newbury, MA
Between 1709 and 1710 Hartshorn experimented with circle designs in various forms. One way was placing circles with designs inside in the lunette. The other was circles within circles. On this headstone he used whorls in one set of circles and half-circles (crescent shapes) inside the other circle. Circles within circles lasted a short time. Circles in the lunette beside the face he used intermittingly for the next ten years.

Dot pattern inside design Buswell – Salisbury, MA
Sets of dots set in triangular pattern within the primary design on side border. A round silver trencher salt from (1700-1725) has repeated triangle designs around the base with holes. The similarity is close enough to suggest Hartshorn may have borrowed this idea from the silver piece.

http://www.stonestructures.org/

JOSEPH. Thomas and Susannah’s son Joseph was born in 1652 in Reading and was there as a freeman in 1691. He too served in King Philip’s War. He marched in Captain Poole’s Co. to Hadley in the defense of Hatfield. In 1676, he was a Corporal under Lieutenant Swett, was in Captain Turner’s Co. at Falls Fight at Quaboag, and also servied under Captain William Turner along with his brother David.  After the war, he married Sarah Unknown before 1677 in Reading. In about 1693 he relocated to Dedham, Massachusetts, which became Walpole, and he was a surveyor there in 1710. He and Sarah had eleven children, and they both died in Walpole in 1727.

BENJAMIN. Thomas and Susannah’s son Benjamin was born in 1654 in Reading and married Elizabeth Browne in 1684, also in Reading. They had five children before Elizabeth died in 1661.  After his first wife’s death, Benjamin married Mary Thompson 1682 who died  the same year a week after their only child Mary died at one week of age. Benajmin died in Reading in 1694.

JONATHAN. Thomas and Susannah’s son Jonathan was born in 1656 in Reading, and died there in 1672 at the age of 16.

DAVID. Thomas and Susannah’s son David was born in 1657 in Reading. It is believed that he spent some time as a minor with the Batchelor families after his mother died. He was admitted a resident in Salem, and he served in King Philip’s War Under Captain William Turner with his brother in 1676. He married Rebeckah Batchhelder in Reading in 1682, and over the next few years, they had five children. The family relocated to Medfield and in 1697 bought 20 acres of land with a house. Records in Medfield list him as a tailor and a yeoman. He settled in Norwich West Farms, Conn., which afterward became the town of Franklin. During his more than forty years of residence, Norwich mentions him often as a physician, being the first of that profession to settle there. He and his wife were among the original members of the church was deacon of the 2nd Church from that time until his death. A selectman in 1709, he is reported to have built a sawmill in Beaver Brook which ran about 100 rods north of his home in 1713. He taught school in Norwich for a time. David died in 1738 in Norwich, New London Connecticut. His wife survived him and died 4 Mar 1742/43, also in Norwich.

SUSANNAH. Thomas and Susannah’s daughter, and our direct ancestor, Susannah was born in Reading in 1659, shortly before her mother died.  She married John Devereux, Jr. in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts before 1683. John and Susannah had four children, John, Sarah, Susannah, and Ann, although only three were still alive when their grandfather Devereux died. After her husband’s death, Susannah married widower Stephen Parker of Andover, Massachusetts in Marblehead in 1694. After their marriage, the couple relocated to Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts where they had at least two children, Ruth and Hezibah. Stephen and Susannah both died there in 1718.

TIMOTHY, Thomas and Sarah’s son Timothy  was born in 1661 in Reading. He was married there to Martha Eaton on 26 Dec 1685, and together they had ten children.  Timothy and Sarah, unlike many of his half-siblings, remained in Reading where he died 16 Feb 1732.

 

A page from Thomas Hartshorne's probate papers:

 

The Hartshorn Family in America Generations 1 and 2 excerpted from (http://www.hartshorn.us/Family/Fam-A/d21.htm)

1. Thomas HARTSHORN (1) was born about 1614 in England, deposing 3 Apr 1654 that he was age 40. He signed a will on 26 Oct 1681 in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. The will, No. 10545. is in fair condition in Middlesex County Court House,. The estate was inventoried 18 May 1683 and was entered in Probate 16 June 1683. The will is very brief. The son Thomas is mentioned, perhaps because he is eldest; Benjamin was named executor and had the home place, evidently by previous agreement; daughter Susanna received valuable keepsakes. The others are not mentioned at all, and we have no record of what had been previously given them; some had been put to a trade or profession, and we know that Timothy had enough Reading land to hand down to his children, some of it Hartshorn land. The inventory included "...32 Ackers Land £74" "... tables, chears, books, and other ware £1-7s-0d." Total £122-7s-0d. Sarah's living was carefully provided and laid out, unless she remarry or remove, in which case she was to have only a small yearly sum.

Mr. Bartlett adds the comment that "The will, still to be seen, is in the handwriting of Major Jeremiah Swain, 'the most prominent citizen in Reading in his generation'".

[J. Gardner Bartlett: a Hartshorn family manuscript] He died before 18 May 1683 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He had an estate probated on 16 Jun 1683 in Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Thomas Hartshorn (or Hartshorn) arrived about 1636-38 by unknown passage, and settled in Lynn by 1635. Some suggest that he was of Reading, Berkshire, England but parish records there list none of that surname. More probably he was from an area between Derby and Leicestershire.

A tailor, Thomas was living in Reading in 1639, five years before its incorporation in 1644. "About 1640 settled on Elm Street. The old Thomas Hartshorn place remained two hundred years in the family." [Lily Eaton: History of Reading, 1874]. Arnold's history [James N. Arnold: The Arnold Genealogy] also states that a house on a hill was occupied by two Hartshorns who kept tavern, that Reading had 59 houses in 1667, including those of Daniel Hartshorn and Thomas Hartshorn. Probably the name Daniel is a misreading, and Thomas and one of his sons is meant. No other suggestion has been found that any other Hartshorn besides Thomas and Susanna were among the first settlers of Reading. Thomas was recorded as freeman 10 May 1648. A member in full of First Church 29 Sep 1648, his Church rate was £1-9s-7d. Susanna was also a member, and Rev. Samuel Haugh was the pastor.

In 1650, Thomas received a grant of 10 acres; in 1655 a lot in Jeremiah Swain's meadow; in 1665, a lot north of the Ipswich River, and in 1666, land in the Great Swamp. Some of the old land records are clear enough during the twentieth century to show the approximate location of his land.

There is an interesting account in the Ipswich Court Recordsof 28 September 1658 where a John Hakes took action against a Joseph Cooke for his questionable possession of "a mare colt." The action had lasted over six months and the writ was served by Thomas Hartshorn who was serving as constable, an office he held in 1658 and 1672. During the period of litigation, it appears that he had custody of the colt in question. The case was eventually decided for Mr. Cooke.

Thomas was a Reading selectman in 1661and 1667. In 1662, he was one of 20 members who paid a dog-whipper and in 1672 it was voted to hang any dog whose owner refused to pay the dog-whipper. In 1680, Reading enacted that freemen in voting should use Indian corn. In 1677, Mass. state records have a petition from Reading of which Thomas is a signer. He is listed as being a juror during the court held at Hampton on 9 October 1677.

After Susanna's death, several of her children were put out as apprentices, as most of the Lamson children already had been. No legal record of their apprenticeship had been found, except Jonathan. He was on the rolls of the First Church on 6 Apr 1663, by letter from the church in Ipswich.

He was old during the time of King Philip's War but was a sergeant in the Reading Militia Company in 1679.

He was married to Susanna BUCK in 1640 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.(2) Susanna BUCK(3) (4) was born in 1622 in Kent, England. She died on 18 May 1659 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Henry Bachelor, brewer, of Dover, was of the Parish of St. George, Canterbury, aged ca 35 on 15 Apr 1637, when a license was granted him for marriage with Martha Wilson of the same parish. On passenger list of 1637 is Henry Bachelour of Dover, brewer, and wife Martha and servants: John Buche, Susan Bucke, Samuel Taylor, Marjorie Walker. (reading doubtful). Henry Bachelour settled in Ipswich. He died 02 Feb 1678/9. Martha died 04 Apr 1686 at Ipswich (but possibly in Reading). As the Bachelors were friends, Susanna was probably brought up in that society. In Essex Co. Court Records, we find that after Susanna came out of her apprenticeship, Henry Bachelor sued her for slander, but lost that suit. She retaliated by suing him for detaining her baggage. Thomas HARTSHORN and Susanna BUCK had the following children:

2 i. Thomas HARTSHORN  was born on 3 Jul 1646 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died there the same year. 

+3 ii. Thomas HARTSHORN. 

 Thomas HARTSHORN (10) was born on 20 Oct 1648 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died in 1729 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut.

He was married to Hannah GOODWIN on 10 May 1671 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. (11) "Thomas Hartshorn & Hannah _____, May 10, 1671". Hannah GOODWIN died on 20 Jul 1673 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Thomas HARTSHORN and Hannah GOODWIN had the following children:

11 i. Mary HARTSHORN died in 1672/73 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She was born on 19 Aug 1672 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

He was married to Sarah SWAN (daughter of Robert SWAN and Elizabeth ACIE) on 21 Oct 1674 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.  Sarah SWAN was born on 10 Aug 1655 in Massachusetts. Thomas HARTSHORN and Sarah SWAN had the following children:

12 i. James HARTSHORN was born on 18 Aug 1676 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. He died on 1 Sep 1676 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. 
+13 ii. Sarah HARTSHORN. 
+14 iii. Hannah HARTSHORN
15 iv. Thomas HARTSHORN was born on 10 Feb 1682/83 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts and died on 17 Nov 1697 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He was buried Main Street Burying Ground in Concord. (12) "Thomas Hartshorn, in the 14th year of his age; son of Thomas & Sarah, November 17, 1697." 
+16 v. Tabitha HARTSHORN. 
+17 vi. Ebenezer HARTSHORN.


+4 iii. John HARTSHORN. 

 John HARTSHORN (13) was born on 6 May 1650 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died after 1737 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. No records exist for that period owing to destruction. An early settler of Haverhill, Massachusetts, John Hartshorn was a weaver, a tailor, and a clerk. He became a lieutenant in the militia and was active in the Indian Wars, serving under Capt. Sill, from 1675-76. He served in Queen Anne's War in the Massachusetts Militia. In 1693, he was called son-in-law of John Brown and was spoken of later as "Lieut. Hartshorn". A step-brother of the carver Joseph Lamson, John at about the age of fifty began carving gravestones in Haverhill, where he was that town's first carver. His early stones all have elongated unframed faces in the top of the stone, with solid bars of varied design on either side of the face. The side border design is usually a series of crude bell-like shapes. About 1708 the faces become more round and are framed, and the bars become segmented and more delicate. The side borders also become more varied and lighter. Large circled rosettes then enter the top alongside the face and the segmented bars are pushed to the corners.

About 1723, Hartshorn went to Connecticut where his work is devoid of the rosettes and the face is decorated with either halo-like bars or "rabbit-ear" bars, for the most part.

His work is interesting in that it does not portray a death-head (skull with wings) but is simply a face or "soul-mask" and thus is not a copy of the traditional gravestone design of his day. His best work is found in Haverhill and Ipswich, Massachusetts, and in Lebanon, Connecticut.

On 5 December 1737, when he was 87 years old, he was one of the few soldiers of King Philip's Was still alive when granted land in the Narragansett country. At this time, he and son Jonathan and grandson David were located in West Farms (later Franklin) but David's son John may have been granted land in Mansfield where he was located in 1757. In Norwich West Farms, Lt. John and David lived with Martha and Samuel Ladd.

[Ralph Tucker from Bulletin of the American Society of Gravestone Studies]

He was married to Ruth SWAN (daughter of Robert SWAN and Elizabeth ACIE) on 19 Sep 1672 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. Ruth SWAN was born on 10 Mar 1651/52 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts and died on 12 Dec 1690 in Haverhill of smallpox. 
John HARTSHORN and Ruth SWAN had the following children:

+18 i. John HARTSHORN. 
+19 ii. Ruth HARTSHORN. 
+20 iii. Jonathan HARTSHORN. 
+21 iv. Susannah HARTSHORN. 
22 v. Elizabeth HARTSHORN was born on 25 Apr 1683 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. She died on 19 Jun 1683 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. 
23 vi. Abigail HARTSHORN was born on 29 Sep 1686 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. 
24 vii. Martha HARTSHORN was born on 28 Feb 1688/89 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.

 He was married to Abigail BROWN (daughter of John BROWN and Esther MAKEPEACE) before 1693 in prob. Essex Co.., Massachusetts.  Abigail BROWN was born on 19 Mar 1675 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts.(14) She died before 1697.

 He was married to Joanna after 1697 in prob. Essex Co.., Massachusetts. Joanna died on 29 Aug 1708, during the great Indian massacre of 1708.

He was married to Mary LEIGHTON (daughter of Richard LEIGHTON and Mary) on 22 Sep 1709 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts. Mary LEIGHTON was born in 1654 and died on 16 Sep 1719 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.


+5 iv. Joseph HARTSHORN. 

 Joseph HARTSHORN (15) was born on 2 Jul 1652 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died on 30 Jul 1727 in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts. No records exist of where or how Joseph spent his childhood after his mother's death. No probate records of Joseph or Sarah have been located.

In 1686 he is mentioned by histories as a resident of Reading, being listed a freeman on 18 Apr 1691. About 1693 he removed to that part of Dedham which became Walpole. He is named as a surveyor in Walpole in 1710, and is on the first Walpole grand list in 1726. (the latter may be the son of Joseph Jr.)

His war service was from Reading in King Philip's War, in Capt. Poole's Co. where he marched, 16 March 1675/6 to Hadley in the defence of Hatfield [Mass. Archives, Vol. 68:163]. On 10 October 1676 he was a Corporal under Lieutenant Swett, in Capt. Turner's Co. at Falls Fight at Quaboag. His rate on 20 Nov 1675 was £3-17-0. He also served under Capt. William Turner and was on the list of soldiers, 7 Apr 1676, along with brother, David. He was thought to have marrried after the war.

He was married to Sarah before 1677 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts (?). Sarah died on 22 Oct 1727 in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts where she is called "Sarai" in Walpole VR. Joseph HARTSHORN and Sarah had the following children:

+25 i. Susannah HARTSHORN. 
+26 ii. SarahHARTSHORN. 
+27 iii. Mary HARTSHORN. 
+28 iv. Mehitabel HARTSHORN. 
+29 v. Abigail HARTSHORN. 
+30 vi. Joseph HARTSHORN. 
+31 vii. Tabitha HARTSHORN
+32 viii. Rebeckah HARTSHORN. 
+33 ix. Thomas HARTSHORN. 
+34 x. Ebenezer HARTSHORN. 
+35 xi. Martha HARTSHORN.

+6 v. Benjamin HARTSHORN. 

Benjamin HARTSHORN (16) was born on 18 Apr 1654 in Reading and died there on 3 May 1694.

 He was married to Elizabeth BROWNE (daughter of John BROWNE and Elizabeth OSGOOD) on 26 Nov 1684 in Reading. Elizabeth BROWNE was born on 22 Dec 1661 and died in Jun 1748 in Wakefield. Benjamin HARTSHORN and Elizabeth BROWNE had the following children:

+36 i. Benjamin HARTSHORN
+37 ii. Elizabeth HARTSHORN
38 iii. Hannah HARTSHORN was born on 10 Feb 1688/89 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She may, as tradition says, have remained near her mother and married into the family of a near neighbor and friend of the Hartshorns, but no satisfactory evidence as to which neighbor has been found. An error in History of Reading History, widely copied, has Hannah marrying Joseph Boutelle. That should be Hannah (1708-1784). 
+39 iv. Jonathan HARTSHORN. 
+40 v. Susannah HARTSHORN.

He was married to Mary THOMPSON (daughter of George THOMPSON and Sarah) on 28 Feb 1681/82 in Reading. (17) "Benj. Hartshorn & Mary 28-12-1681". Mary THOMPSON was born on 10 Apr 1664 and died in Reading on 26 Oct 1682. Benjamin HARTSHORN and Mary THOMPSON had the following children:

41 i. Mary HARTSHORN was born on 10 Oct 1682 in Reading and died there on 18 Oct 1682.


7 vi. Jonathan HARTSHORN was born on 20 Aug 1656 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died on 10 Dec 1672 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, appearantly unmarried. 


+8 vii. David HARTSHORN. 

 David HARTSHORN (18)(19) (20) was born on 18 Oct 1657 in Reading, Mass. He signed a will on 29 May 1727 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. (See Norwich Probate No. 2504) which named wife Rebecca and ".. my four children..." and was entered 1738. Witnesses Benjamin Armstrong, Daniel Rockwell, Jacob Hazzen all appeared. The son Ebenezer was made sole executor. The inventory shows a good stock of household furnishings, brass, pewter, linen, and his library. Ebenezer should have the homestead, all live stock, farming, tools, two guns, sword, ammunition, "... all my physick books and 1/3 other books..." he to pay expenses and debts out of what is given him, and to pay £20 to son Jonathan (Jonathan had already gone away to Maryland at this writing) within one year after his decease; also to give his mother "... a sute of Morning..." in case she survives. The sons David and Samuel are given each 1/3 of the books, physick books excepted. (Does not state what these two sons had previously received.) 


He died on 3 Nov 1738 in Norwich West Farms, New London, Connecticut. David is believed to have spent part of his minority with some of the Bacheller families. On 14 Aug 1679, he was admitted a resident of Salem at the pleasure of the Selectmen; his employer is not stated. He served in King Philip's War and is listed among those serving under Capt. William Turner from 7 Apr 1676. On the Salem freeman's list of 18 Apr 1691, he removed to Medfield and was recorded there on 5 Jul 1697 when Thomas Waterman of Norwich deeded to him about twenty acres of land with a house located in West Farms. The deed recorded him as being a "Tayller" and in a deed of 1703, as a "yeoman." He settled in Norwich West Farms, Conn., which afterward became the town of Franklin. In Franklin histories his homestead is plainly marked on maps and his descendants remained in the same location. During his more than forty years of residence, Norwich mentions him often as a physician, being the first of that profession to settle there. He and his wife were among the original members of the church was deacon of the 2nd Church from that time until his death. A selectman in 1709, he is reported to have built a sawmill in Beaver Brook which ran about 100 rods north of his home in 1713. He taught school in Norwich for a time.

He was married to Rebeccah BATCHELDER (daughter of John BATCHELDER and Sarah LUNT) on 15 Mar 1682/83 in Reading. (21) Rebeccah BATCHELDER was born on 30 Oct 1663 in Reading and died on 4 Mar 1742/43 in Norwich West Farms.. David HARTSHORN and Rebeccah BATCHELDER had the following children:

42 i. Rebeckah HARTSHORN was born on 16 Jan 1683/84 in Reading and died there on 7 Jan 1688/89. 
+43 ii. Jonathan HARTSHORN. 
+44 iii. David HARTSHORN. 
+45 iv. Samuel HARTSHORN. 
+46 v. Ebenezer HARTSHORN.


+9 viii. Susannah HARTSHORN.

Susannah HARTSHORN was born on 2 Mar 1659/60 in Reading and died on 5 May 1718 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

She was married to John DEVEREAUX (son of John DEVEREAUX and Ann) before 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts. John DEVEREAUX was born about 1657 and died in Sep 1693, before the date of his father's will of Sep 1693. Susannah HARTSHORN and John DEVEREAUX had the following children:

47 i. John DEVEREAUX was born about 1685. 
48 ii. Sarah DEVEREAUX. 
49 iii. Susannah DEVEREAUX. 
50 iv. Ann DEVEREAUX.

She was married to Stephen PARKER on 10 Jan 1694/95 in Marblehead.  Stephen PARKER was born in Jul 1662 and died on 2 May 1718 in Watertown.

 

He was married to Sarah AYERS (daughter of (unknown) AYERS) on 10 Apr 1661 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts.(5) (6)(7) In addition to opposition to the marriage intentions of Sarah to Thomas by her brother William Fellows and John Ayres, Sarah's brothers complained that the William Lamson property had not been valued high enough and his children's rights not properly secured. [Vol. 4:81 & 4:334] 
The Petition reads:

Wheras or Brother william Lampson late of Ipswich dyed intestete and Administration granted by the Honered Court at Ipswich at his widow our Sister Sarah Lampson and devided the estate about halfe to her & halfe to the children being eight in number and whereas shee being about to change her estate to one Thomas Harteshorne of Redding It was agreed before the marriage he should signe and seale a wrighting to give our sayd sister power & liberty to dispose of the one halfe she brought to him by way of will (of wch there is sufisient wittnes besydes our selues) but by pvidence that wrighting being neglected to be finished before mariage (though then pmised it should be done after) but it is now refused and therby the children of or Brother william Lampson like to suffer And wheras the estate in the Inventory delivered into court was underprised espeshally the Land wch now appeareth to be worth eightye pound wch was then prised but forty foure pound." "Our Humble request to this Honered Court is that the children of our brother may Inioy a pt of the advance of there fathers estate and do humbly intreat (if this Honered Court shall thinke fitt) that the Land may be to pay the childrens portions, it being prised in the Inventory as before exprest & there portions fiftye foure pounds & soe there portions will be advanced twentye six pound & the widdow still haue about halfe the estate and that it would please the court that those children that are put out [apprenticed] may be haue there portions improved for there use & Benifitt || that || when they come to age to reciue the same, that being all (as the case now stands) that they are like to haue there Fathers estate.

Thomas, being an upstanding man and gentleman, wished to avoid becoming embroiled in the controversial nature of an estate fight offered a portion of his property as security for payment of several of the children's portions. The Salem Quarterly Court records the proceedings of the Ipswich Court of 29 March 1659 concerning the administration and division of William Lam[p]son's estate, entered by Robert Lord, court clerk.

Thomas Hartshorn of Redding tendered as security, instead of the land at Ipswich, his house in which he dwells, and fifteen acres of land in Redding, bounded on the north by land of James Pike, on the south by land of Walter Fairefield, on the east and west by the common; also three acres of meadow at Reeva [Revere?] in the same town, bounded on the north by the meadow of Henry Felch and by the common on the other three sides; also four acres of meadow in the great meadow in the bounds of Lynn, bounded on the north bu the meadow of Edward Hutcheson, on the south by the meadow of Isaack Harte, on the west by the common, and on the east by Isaack Hart's farm.

Vol. 4:81 81: Thomas Hartshorn, 10:10:1661, gave as security "...the house in Redding where he now dwells with 15 A.------------ and 7 A.---------- and was accepted in place of the security formerly given Mar. 29, 1659 (sic) (see Ipswich Court Rec.) for payment of their several portions to the children of William Lamson, deceased." (The first bonds must under date 1660, not 1659.) The children were: "eldest son, 16 yrs.; next, 9; third, 2; and the youngest 24 weeks; daus. aged 14, 7, 5, and 4, respectively. Account against John and the other children by Anthony Potter, 29 March 1682 [Essex files XXXVII:18]

Some historians have suggested that Thomas' second wife wife was Hannah who "was received from the Ipswich church to Reading July 20, 1673" (Wm. R. Cutter:New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, 1913). As his first wife, Susannah Buck, died 18 March 1659/60 and he married Sarah (Ayres) Lamson on 21 April 1661, that would allow thirteen months between those marriages. The customary period of mourning was normally a year. If Thomas had married prior to his marriage to Susannah, no records or children are known to exist. His first child, a son named Thomas who died shortly after birth, might indicate that the family custom was to name the eldest child after the father. This pattern followed for the majority of Thomas' sons. The next son, also named Thomas seems to confirm this strong preference. As his widow Sarah died in 1690 it would appear evident that she was his last wife. With the confusion of early records and the fact that the wife of his son, Thomas, died on 20 July 1673 in Reading it would not be safe to presume that Thomas had more than two wives. 
Sarah AYERS(8) (9) was born about 1615 in England. Sarah's ancestry can not be determined. She may have accompanied her brother, John, from England but there is no evidence that her father was the John Ayres of Salisbury or any other emigrant to New England.

The following account makes an erroneous assumption: "Although there is no record of the marriage of William Lamson and Sarah Ayers, it is supposed that she was the daughter of John Ayers of Salisbury for the following reasons: His eldest son, Captain John Ayers, married as his second wife Susanna, daughter of Mark Symonds of Ipswich. In Nov., 1672, he sold all his rights in Ipswich, the following quotation, "belonging to my father-in-law Mark Symonds....", proving his wife to have been the (only) daughter of Mark Symonds, Susanna." [Descendants of William Lamson, by Wm. J. Lamson]. John Ayres of Salisbury was not the father of Capt. John2 Ayres of Ipswich and Brookfield. The John1 Ayres of Salisbury had a son, John2 who married (1) Sarah Williams and (2) Mary Woodham. His eight children are documented, none of which was a Sarah. Of John1 of Salisbury, Rosalie Fellows Bailey (New England Heritage of Rosmaniere, Ayer, Farwell and Bourne Families) says, "There is no need to confuse him with his younger contemporary, John Ayres, tenant farmer of nearby Ipswich, Mass. and later Brookfield."

"In 1661 when Sarah Lampson, widow of William Lampson , proposed to marry Thomas Hartshorn of Reading, John Ayers refers to the aforesaid William Lamson as his brother. His wife, Susanna, being an only daughter it is supposed that Sarah Lamson, widow, was his own sister." This statement is true and only reflects that she was the sister of Capt. John1 Ayres, of unknown ancestry. 
Thomas HARTSHORN and Sarah AYERS had the following children:

+10 i. Timothy HARTSHORN was born on 23 Feb 1661/62 in Reading and died there on 16 Feb 1732.  He was married to Martha EATON on 26 Dec 1685 in Reading. Martha EATON was born about 1668 in Reading.

 Timothy HARTSHORN (22) was born on 23 Feb 1661/62 in Reading and died there on 16 Feb 1732.

 He was married to Martha EATON on 26 Dec 1685 in Reading. Martha EATON was born about 1668 in Reading. Timothy HARTSHORN and Martha EATON had the following children:

+51 i. Timothy HARTSHORN. 
+52 ii. Thomas HARTSHORN. 
53 iii. John HARTSHORN was born on 30 Aug 1693 in Reading and died there on 3 Oct 1695. 
+54 iv. Martha HARTSHORN. 
+55 v. John HARTSHORN. 
+56 vi. Mary HARTSHORN. 
+57 vii. Hepsibah HARTSHORN. 
+58 viii. Samuel HARTSHORN. 
+59 ix. Hannah HARTSHORN. 
+60 x. David HARTSHORN.

 

Citations:

1. James Savage. Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. Vol 2, p.368. 
2. Clarence Almon Torrey. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985. pg. 349. 
3. New England Historic Genealogical Register. Vol. 75, pg. 217 [Batchelor]. 
4. Savage, op cit., Vol. 1, pg. 87. 
5. Salem, Mass. Quarterly Court Records. Vol. 4:81 & 4:334. 
6. Charles Henry Pope. Pioneers of Massachusetts. Boston, Mass., 1900 (repr. 1986, Gen. Publ. co.). pg. 277. 7. Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 - Middlesex, Hampshire, Bershire and Bristol Counties. Middlesex County, Reading, p. 77. 
8. William J. Lamson. Descendants of William Lamson of Ipswich, Mass. Tobias A. Wright, New York, 1917. pg. 18. 
9. William H. Whitmore. Ayres, A Record of the Descendants of Capt. John Ayres of Brookfield. 1870. pg. 11-12. 
10. Savage, ibid., Vol 2, p.368. 
11. Early Massachusetts...., Reading, p. 79. 
12. Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. Printed by the Town, n.d. pg. 435. 
13. Edna Hartshorn Deane & Minnetta Hartshorn Pearson. Hartshorn Genealogy. 1961. pg. 6-7. 
14. Mary Isabella Gozzaldi. History Of Cambridge, Massachusetts 1630-1877 with a Genealogical Register: Supplement and Index. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Historical Society, 1930. pg. 502. 
15. Savage, ibid., Vol 2, p.368. 
16. Ibid. Vol 2, p.368. 
17. Early Massachusetts...., Reading, p.80. 
18. Massachusetts Archives. V. 68:158. 
19. Wm. F.J. Boardman. The Ancestry of Jane Maria Greenleaf, Wife of William Francis Joseph Boardman, Hartford, Connecticut. 1906. 
20. Savage, op cit., Vol 2, p.368. 
21. Early Massachusetts...., Reading, p. 80. 
22. Savage, op cit., Vol 2, p.368. 


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