|Thomas Hartshorn||Susanna Buck|
|b. abt. 1614 in England||b. abt. 1622 in Kent, England|
|d. 18 May, 1683 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts||d. 18 Mar 1659 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||1640||Thomas Hartshorn to Susannah Buck in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||10 Apr 1661||Thomas Hartshorn to Sarah Ayers, widow of William Lamson, in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts|
|Children of Thomas and Susannah Buck Hartshorn|
|Thomas Hartshorn b. 3 Jul 1646; d. 1646 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts|
|Thomas Hartshorn, b. 28 Oct 1648 in Reading; m. 1) 10 May 1671 Hannah Goodwin (d. 20 Jul 1673); one child: Mary Hartshorn; 2) 21 Oct 1674 Sarah Swan in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts (b. 10 Aug 1655); six children: James, Sarah, Hannah, Thomas, Tabitha, and Ebenezer Hartshorn; d. 1729 in Windham County, Connecticut|
|John Hartshorn b. 6 May 1650; m. 1) 19 Sep 1672 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Ruth Swan (b. 10 Mar 1652 and d, 12 Dec 1690 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts); eight children: John, Ruth, Jonathan, Sarah, Susannah, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Martha Hartshorn; m. 2) abt. 1692 in Haverhill Abigail Brown ( (b. 9 Mar 1674 and d. abt. 1692 in Haverhill; m. 3) abt. 1697 Joanna (killed by Indians 29 Aug 1708 in Haverhill); m. 4) 22 Sep 1709 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts Mary Leighton (b. 16 Nov 1654 and d. 16 Sep 1719 in Rowley); d. 7 Dec 1737 in Franklin, New London, Connecticut|
|Joseph Hartshorn b. 2 Jul 1652 in Reading; m. abt. 1677 in Reading Sarah (b. 1652 in Reading, d. 22 Oct 1727 in Walpole, Middlesex, Massachusetts); eleven children: Susannah, Sarah, Mary, Abigail, Joseph, Tabitha, Mehitable Farrington, Thomas, Ebenezer, Martha, and Jacob Hartshorn; d. 30 Jul 1727 in Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts|
|Benjamin Hartshorn b. 18 Apr 1654 in Reading; m. 1) 28 Feb 1681 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Mary Tomson (b. 1654 and d. 26 Oct 1682 in Reading; one child: Mary Hartshorn; m. 2) 26 Nov 1684 Elizabeth Brown (b. 22 Dec 1661 in Reading and d. Jun 1748 in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts); five children: Benjamin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jonathan, and Susannah Buck Hartshorn; d. 3 May 1694 in Reading|
|Jonathan Hartshorn b. 20 Aug 1656 in Reading; d. 12 Dec. 1672 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; d. at 16|
|David Hartshorn b. 18 Oct 1657 in Reading; m. 15 Mar 1683 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Rebecca Batchelder (b. 30 Oct 1663 in Reading and d, 4 Mar 1742 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut); five children: Rebecca, Jonathan, David, Samuel, and Ebenezer Hartshorn; d. 3 Nov 1738 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut|
|Susannah Hartshorn b. 2 Mar 1659-60 in Reading; m. 1) abt. 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts John Devereux (b. abt. 1653 and d. bef. 1693 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; four children: John, Sarah, Susannah and Ann Devereux; m. 2) 10 Jan 1695 in Marblehead Stephen Parker (b. 1 Mar 1651 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts and d. 2 May 1718 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; two children: Ruth and Hepsibah Parker; d. 5 May 1718 in Watertown|
|Child of Thomas Hartshorn and Sarah Ayers Lamson|
|Timothy Hartshorn b. 3 Feb 1662; m. 26 Dec 1685 in Reading Martha Eaton (b. 21 Feb 1668 and d. 1708 in Reading; eight children: Thomas, Martha, John, Mary, Hephzibah, Samuel, Hannah, and David Hartshorn, d. 16 Feb 1732 in Reading|
Thomas Hartshorn and Susanna Buck both immigrated to America from England. They married and had several children at a time when the Indian Wars were being fought. Thomas and three of his sons served in King Philip's War, and his son, Lt. John Hartshorn in particular suffered with the killing of his third wife, his son, and at least one grandson in the Massacre at Haverhill in 1708. John gained additional renown as a tombstone sculptor later in his life. The Hartshorns had large families and a relatively good survival rate for the children. To this day, their descendants in the region and elsewhere are numerous.
Thomas Hartshorn (Hartshorne) settled in the Lynn, Massachusetts area about 1635. A tailor by profession, he was living in Reading in 1639, five years before its incorporation. Susannah and John Buck (father or brother?) arrived in America as servants to a brewer Henry Batchelour, who settled in Ipswitch. Court records indicate that after she finished her apprenticeship, Batchelour sued Susannah for slander, but lost the suit. She retaliated by suing him for retaining her luggage (disposition not known). Thomas and Susannah were married in 1640 in Reading and settled about that time in a house on Elm Street that remained in the family for 200 years. He and his wife had several sons, and thanks to some of their descendants who still bear the surname (particularly Derick), we know a fair amount about this early family. I've summarized here, but for many additional details, be sure to see the documents in that section.
Thomas was recorded as a freeman in May 1648, and in September of the same year, he was a full member of First Church. Susannah was also a member. Between 1650 and 1666, Thomas was granted or came into possession of four tracts of land. We can get glimpses of their life in some of the surviving records of the time. In 1658, a court case was recorded in which Thomas was mentioned as the constable who kept possession of a colt until the case was settled. Thomas was a Selectman in 1661 and 1667, and held the office of Constable in 1672. In 1662, he was one of twenty people who paid a dog whipper, and the town voted in 1672 to hang any dog whose owner did not pay the whipper. He signed a petition of the citizens of Reading to Massachusetts in 1677, and in that same year, he served as a juror in Hampton.
Susannah died in 1659 when her youngest, her only daughter, Susannah (our direct ancestor) was only two weeks old. Two years later, Thomas married the widow Sarah Ayres Lampson, who had eight children between the ages of less than 1 to 16. Sarah's brothers complained that William Lamson's estate had been undervalued, and so his children's rights were not properly secured. Thomas put up some of his property as security for her children's rights to their late father's property. Her children had been contracted out as apprentices, and some of the Hartshorn children did the same. Thomas and Sarah had one additional child together. In 1679, Thomas at the age of about 65, served as a Sergeant in the Reading Militia Company. At least three of his sons also served in King Philip's War.
Thomas left a will probated in 1683 that mentioned his son, Thomas, and designated his son Benjamin as Executor. His daughter, Susannah, received some household items, and provision was made for his widow during her lifetime.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is basically complete. Further research may reveal Susannah Buck's relationship to the John Buck with whom she arrived from England.