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Genealogy by Lewis Bradford

Transcribed by James Heffernan

 

Lewis Bradford was the Town Clerk of Plympton from 1812 to 1851. Between 1845 and 1851 he wrote this account of some of the early families of Plympton, probably at the behest of one of the transcriber's ancestors.

The manuscript has been literally transcribed by James Heffernan. He has not corrected grammar or spelling. Illegible text is indicated by [———]. Page numbers have been added to the top of each of the seven manuscript pages.



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Dea. Samuel Churchill of Plympton was the son of William Churchill and Lydia Bryant his wife. Said William Churchill was on the first settlers of Plympton, and resided on the spot where Seth Churchill now lives in Plympton. Said William was a son of Joseph Churchill of Plymouth son of John Churchill of Plymouth.

Dea. Samuel Churchill married Joanna Bryant a daughter of John Bryant one of the first settlers of Plympton and Sarah his wife and sister of Captain George Bryant of Plympton. That is Joanna was a sister [———].

Dea. Samuel Churchill had no sons, but had three daughters, [———], Mercy, who was the first wife of David Darling. Mehitable, who had four husbands, and Alice, who married Jesse Leach.

Said Mehitable married James Morton for the first husband, by whom she had James Morton; She married Barnabas Phinney of the county of Barnstable for her second husband, by who she had Ichabod Phinney; She married James Harlow of Plympton for her third husband, being his second husband, and by whom she had Barnabas Harlow who was the father of the wifes of Micah Bryant and Bela Bosworth of Plympton. She married the second William Bonney of Plympton for her fourth husband, being his second wife. She had no children by him, and he had none by his first wife.

Said Mehitable died in Plympton May 25-1797 aged 80 years 6 months and 9 days by New Style.

The aforesaid Ichabod Phinney was married Nov 1. 1770, by the Rev Jonathon Parker to Deborah Churchill a daughter of Ichabod Churchill of Plympton and Rebekah Curtis his first-wife. Said Ichabod Churchill was a son of the second William Churchill of Plympton and Lydia Bryant his wife.

The children of Ichabod Phinney by Deborah his wife:

Rebecca Phinney was born March 22-1771.
She was married Jan 5. 1808 to Seth Churchill of Plympton.
Mehitable Phinney was born Novmber 2. 1772.
She was married March 8. 1793 to Nicholas Spinks Bagnell of Plymouth.



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Barnabas Phinney was born September 16. 1774.
He was married Nov 12. 1797 to Mary Churchill.
Deborah Phinney was born Sept 21. 1776 she was married Dec 1. 1794 to Josiah Churchill of Plympton.

Mr Ichabod Phinney the father died in Plympton on Monday March 23. 1818 about 4 o-clock in the morning aged 71 years 10 months and 28 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended the funeral Marsh 25 1818, and prayed and then addressed the people assembled and the mourners.

Mrs Deborah Phinney widow of Mr Ichabod Phinney died of old age or natural decay at her son Barnabas Phinney in Plympton on Tuesday June 15. 1847 about 7 o-clock in the forenoon, aged 97 years 4 months and 27 days, [———] her age by New Style.
She was the oldest person living in Plympton at the time of her death, and the oldest person who ever died in Plympton, except the widow Abigail Bryant, as far is known.
She was the last person living in Plympton at the time of her death who was born in old style.

She maintained her memory and mental faculty in a remarkable degree and died in full vigor of mind, and in a comfortable hope of enjoying a blessed immortality through the merits of Christ. Thursday afternoon June 17. 1847, a funeral procession followed the hearse with her remains in it to the meeting house, and the coffin was placed before the pulpit, and funeral exercises were preformed in the meeting house.

The Rev Elijah Dexter red [———] 50th [———] and then read the Hymn beginning with "Why should we start and fear to die" which was a favorite hymn of the deceased, and which she often repeated. Then he made remarks, and then a funeral address, and then prayed. The mourners took leave of the corpse in the meeting house, and after that all who were not relatives. After that the coffin was carried out and placed on a Bur and a funeral procession went to the grave. The meeting house bell was tolled for the funeral.
Captain Martin Perkins had the case of the funeral. The Pall bearers were: Jonathon Parker, Esq., Charles Fuller, Lewis Bradford, [———] [———] Soule, Esq., Lewis Perkins, and Captain Zacheus Sherman. The under bearers were: Thomas Randall, Avery Dean, Oliver Churchill, and Rufus Wright.



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Barnabas Phinney son of Ichabod Phinney was married Nov 5. 1797 by Elijah Bisbee, justice of peace, to Mary Churchill, she was born July 26. 1777 and is a daughter of William Churchill and Sarah Rider his wife of Plympton. William was a son of David Churchill and Mary Magoun his wife of Plympton, and he, said David was a son of the second William Churchill and Ruth Bryant his wife of Plympton, and he was a son of the first William Churchill and Lydia Bryant his wife of Plympton.

The children of said William Churchill and Sarah Rider his wife were:
Samuel born June 29. 1760, Joseph born October 24. 1761,
Elizabeth born March 24. 1763 and died Dec 4. 1785,
Sarah born Feb 15. 1765 and died Oct 29. 1785,
William born March 8. 1767, Mercy born Feb 5. 1769,
Zenas born May 28. 1771 lost at sea, Hannah born Sept 8. 1773, and
Mary born July 26 1777.

Mr William Churchill the father, died in Plympton on Sunday March 7. 1824 about 3 o-clock P.M. aged 84 years 2 months and 29 days. He was a prudent industrious man.

The Rev Elijah Dexter attended his funeral March 11. 1824. He was buried in the Burying place near Plympton meeting house, about 10 [———] from the wall on the west side of it 16 ½ ft from the wall on the north side of it. The foot of his grave is 11 inches west of the gravestone of his daughter Elizabeth.

Mrs Sarah the widow of Mr William Churchill died at Mr Barnabas Phinney's in Plympton on Friday June 16. 1826, about 8 o-clock in the forenoon, aged 86 years 6 months and 5 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended her funeral on Sunday June 18. 1826 at 4 o-clock P.M. The center of the top of her grave 2 feet 10 inches worth of the center of the top of her husbands grave, and the foot of her grave is 14 inches west of the grave of her daughter Sarah.

The said Barnabas Phinney died in Plympton at his house May 18th 1858 at 2 o-clock P.M. The Rev Mr Ballard attended the funeral.



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The children of Barnabas Phinney by Mary his wife:
Ezra Phinney was born May 20. 1799
Otis Phinney was born October 18. 1800
Mary Phinney was born Sept 13. 1805
Zenas Churchill Phinney was born March 12. 1814

Otis Phinney son of Barnabas Phinney and Mary his wife, was married 1821 to Betsy Bradford. She was born Nov 9. 1803 and was a daughter of Israel Bradford of Kingston afterwards of Plympton, and Hannah Everson his wife. Said Israel Bradford was born Oct 28. 1766 and is a son of Ichabod Bradford of Kingston and Mary Sampson his wife. Said Ichabod was a son of Israel Bradford of Kingston and Sarah his wife. Said Israel was a son of Major William Bradford and Mary his third wife, and she was a daughter of Dea John Atwood of Plymouth and before her marriage with Major W. Bradford was the widow of the Rev John Holmes of Duxbury. Said Major William Bradford was a son of Gov William Bradford and Alice his second wife whose maiden name was Alice Carpenter. Dorothy May the first wife of Governor Bradford fell over board, and was drowned in Cape Cod Harbor Dec 7. 1620. She had one son, John Bradford who finally moved to Harwich in Connecticut.

The aforesaid Mary Sampson wife of Ichabod Bradford was a daughter of Peleg Sampson and Mary Ring his wife. Said Peleg was a son of Isaac Sampson , who was one of the first settlers of Plympton, and Lydia Standish his wife. Said Lydia was a daughter of Alexander Standish of Duxbury and Sarah Alden his first wife. Said Alexander was a son of Capt Miles Standish. Said Sarah Alden was a daughter of John Alden of Duxbury and Priscilla his wife, who was a daughter of William Mullins. The first above [———] Israel Bradford is descended from four of the first Pilgrims who came to Plymouth in the Mayflower in 1620: William Bradford, Capt Miles Standish, John Alden and William Mullins.



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The children of Otis Phinney by Betsy his wife:
Otis Williams Phinney was born in Kingston October 4. 1821.
Elizabeth Bradford Phinney was born in Plympton Nov 27. 1823 she died April 16. 1827 aged 3 years 4 months and 19 days. She died suddenly a little before sunset. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended the funeral on Wednesday April 18.1827
William Putnum Bradford Phinney was born January 18. 1826.
Elizabeth Bradford Phinney was born Aug 22. 1827. She died on Monday Sept 10. 1827, about 3 o-clock A.M. aged 19 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended her funeral Sept 11. 1827.
Eliza Ann Bradford Phinney was born July 24. 1828.
Sophia Matilda Phinney was born July 5. 1830.
Barnabas Phinney was born Sept 7. 1832. He died on Monday Sept 30. 1833, about 1 o-clock A.M. aged 1 year 23 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended the funeral on Friday Oct 1. 1833 at one o-clock P.M.
Clark Windsor Phinney was born May 17.1835.
Lucy Williams Phinney was born July 30. 1838.
Polly Churchill Phinney was born January 4. 1841.
Lydia Dexter Phinney was born January 24 1843.
Ezra Phinney was born November 24 1845.

The said Israel Bradford died January 5th 1855 at 4 o-clock in the morning and was buried in Kingston beside his wife Hannah on the 7th day of January.

Otis Williams Phinney was a son of Otis Phinney and Betsy his wife of Plympton and was born in Kingston Oct 4. 1821. Lucy Ann his wife is a daughter of Daniel Churchill and Rebecca his wife of Plympton, and was born in Plympton Aug 22. 1827

The children of Otis W. Phinney by Lucy his wife:
Isabella Otis Phinney was born March 23. 1844



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Ezra Phinney is a son of Baranabas Phinney and Mary his wife of Plympton, and was born May 20. 1799. Nancy Wyman his wife is a daughter of Israel Bradford and was born April 26. 1801.
The children of Ezra Phinney and Nancy his wife:
Ezra Phinney was born January 8. 1823
Mary Phinney was born May 31. 1824
Hannah Everson Phinney was born April 1. 1826, she died on Monday Aug 27. 1827 between 1 and 2 o-clock P.M. aged 1 year 4 months and 26 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended her funeral August 29. 1827 at 1 o-clock P.M.
Hannah Everson Phinney was born Feb 6. 1828
Stephen Cobb Phinney was born October 18. 1829
B[———] Francis Phinney was born Nov 4. 1831
Nancy Phinney was born August 10. 1833 and died on Friday Aug 30. 1833, between 11 and 12 o-clock P.M. aged 20 days. The Rev Elijah Dexter attended her funeral Aug 31. 1833.
Israel Bradford Phinney was born May 19. 1836
Sarah Everson Phinney was born April 22. 1839 and died the same day aged 9 hours. Mr Joseph Sampson attended her funeral in the afternoon of April 23. 1839, the Rev Mr Dexter being absent.
Ichabod Franklin Phinney was born March 27. 1843

Zenas Churchill Phinney is a son of Barnabas Phinney and Mary his wife of Plympton and was born March 12. 1814. Cynthia, his wife is a daughter of Samuel Smith and Persis his wife of Middleborough, and was born in Middleborough June 6. 1820.
The children of Zenas Phinney and Cynthia his wife:
Zenas Edson Phinney was born in Plympton November 1. 1842



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Silvanus Bryant is a son of Joshua Bryant and Dorcas his wife of Plympton, and was born August 4. 1794. Mary his wife is a daughter of Barnabas Phinney and Mary his wife of Plympton, and was born Sept 13. 1805.
The children of Silvanus Bryant by Mary his wife:
Mary Ann Bryant was born Nov 4. 1825 she was married March 14. 1847 to George Woodville Glase of Plympton.
Charles Edward Bryant was born October 5. 1827
Nancy Bradford Bryant was born Dec 12. 1828
Elizabeth Phinney Bryant was born in Halifax Oct 13. 1831

Mr William Putnum Bradford Phinney is the son of Mr Otis Phinney and Mrs Betsy his wife of Plympton and was born January 18. 1826. He was married on Thursday November 26. 1846 by the Rev Elijah Dexter to Miss Martha Buck Persons a daughter of Mr Abiel Person and Mrs Olive his wife of Cavendish in Vermont. Said Martha B. Person was born at Reading in Vermont on Friday Feb 11. 1825.

After writing the foregoing the writer hereof was informed by Mr Israel Bradford that the maiden name of the first wife was Hannah Everson and that she was born Nov 2. 1767 and was a daughter of Robert Everson of Kingston and Hannah Putnam his wife.
Olive, the second wife of said Israel Bradford was born Sept 20. 1767 and is a daughter of Charles Delano and Hannah his wife and before her last marriage was the widow of Thomas Luce of Plymouth.


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