1624 - 1697 (~ 73 years)
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Ancestors of The New England Proctors
Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of ... By Ezra Scollay Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago Published 1908. pgs. 1098-1100.
Courtesy of The House Of Proctor Genealogy Collection.
|ANCESTORS OF THE NEW ENGLAND PROCTORS|
|PROCTOR ~ Ancestors of the New England Proctors were early arrivals in Boston and participated in the original settlement of several important outlying districts. Descendants of the original immigrants penetrated into remote regions, becoming original settlers in territories which afterward acquired dignity of statehood, and not a few of them went beyond the limits of New England into the great west, where their posterity are still to be found. The Proctors were patriotic during the Revolutionary war and that of 1812-15; loyal to the Union in the memorable civil strife of 1861-65; and in addition to their honorable military services they have acquired distinction in civil life. |
The family is of English origin, and the name is first met with in the records of Norfolk, where as early as the fourteenth century they were closely allied by intermarriage with the celebrated Beauchamps, which was the family name of the earls of Pembroke. Among the land-holders mentioned in these records are Sir William Beauchamp Proctor and his son George, who inherited in turn an estate which had been granted originally by John, earl of Pembroke, to this cousin, William de Beauchamp, who died in the year 1378. In searching for Proctors in other parts of England we find it recorded in "A History of Northumberland," published at Newcastle-on-Tyne by Andrew Reid & company, that a family of that name was established at Shawdon in Yorkshire at the beginning of the sixteenth century, through the marriage of William Proctor, of Nether Bordley, to Isabel, daughter of John Lilburn, of Shawdon.
Early in the emigration period which began abut the year 1629, four of this name are known to have come to New England. They were John, Richard, George and Robert. Whether they were near relatives or not is now impossible to determine, but there is some evidence to show that they were descendants of the above mentioned William of Nether Bordley, and it is quite reasonable to infer that the latter was descended from old Sir William Beauchamp Proctor of Norfolk. These immigrants landed in Boston between the years 1635 and 1643. John Proctor, aged forty years, sailed from London in 1635 on the "Sarah and Ellen," with his wife and two children, settling first in Ipswich and subsequently in Salem. His son John and the latter's wife were both convicted of witchcraft in 1692, and the husband was executed, but the wife escaped the death penalty. Some of their descendants are now residing in Boston. Richard Proctor settled in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and there disappears wholly from the records. George Proctor located in Dorchester, and there reared a family. The branch of the family coming directly within the province of this sketch is a line of descent from Robert, through the latter's son James.
(I) Robert Proctor, the earliest American ancestor of the families mentioned in this sketch, first appears in this country at Concord, Massachusetts, where he was made a freeman in 1643. In 1653 Robert Proctor, in connection with Richard Hildreth and twenty-seven others, petitioned the general court for a grant of land six miles square "to begin at Merrimack river at a neck of land next to Concord river, and so run by concord river south, and west into the country to make up that circumference of quantity of land as is above expressed." The petition was granted. In 1654, Mr. Proctor removed to the new plantation which was organized November 22, of that year, as a town under the name of Chelmsford. The first four or five of his children were born in Concord, the others in Chelmsford. He died in Chelmsford, April 28, 1697, leaving lands to some of his children, and having already granted other lands to six sons. His widow administered on his estate. He married, December 31, 1645, Jane, the oldest daughter of Richard Hildreth, of Concord and Chelmsford, the ancestor of the Hildreths in America, who died at Chelmsford, in 1688. The children of Robert and Jane were twelve in number: Sarah, Gershom, Mary, Peter, Dorothy, Elizabeth, James, Lydia, John, Samuel, Israel and Thomas.
(II) James, third son and seventh child of Robert and Jane (Hildreth) Proctor, born in Concord, January 8, 1657, removed to Woburn about 1696, and died there January 11, 1709. He married (first), December 3, 1691, Esther Parker, who died December 6, 1693: and (second) Hannah ____________. His children, all by the second wife, were as follows: James, Jonathan, Thomas, John, Hannah, and Esther.
(III) James, (2), eldest child of James (1) and Hannah Proctor, was born in Woburn, April 2, 1696, resided in Woburn, and owned a large amount of real estate. He married, April 17, 1717, Judith Nichols, of Reading, and they had six children: Elizabeth, Judith, James, Jonathan, Hannah and Mary.
(IV) James (3) eldest son and third child of James (2) and Judith (Nichols) Proctor, was born in Woburn, June 18, 1722, and removed to Kingston, New Hampshire, about 1750. From "New Hampshire State Papers," it appears that he was at Crown Point, September 30, 1762, a soldier in the company of Captain Jeremiah Marston of Hampton, in Colonel John Goffe's regiment. He served also in the Revolutionary war, having been mustered in August 10, 1776. He died on his way home from Ticonderoga, November 11, 1776. He married, 1743, Abigail Whitmore, born June 7, 1722, and died May 3, 1912. They were the parents of twelve children, as follows: James, John, Thomas, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Ebenezer, died young; Ebenezer, Judith, Esther, Mehitable, John and William
(V) Thomas, third son and child of James (3) and Abigail (Whitmore) Proctor, born in Woburn, July 28, 1748, was a blacksmith, and lived in Loudon, new Hampshire, where he died March 28, 1836. He married May 21, 1776, Fanny Kimball, born February 2, 1756, died June 1, 1830. They had eleven children: Lydia, Fanny, Sally, Thomas, Rebecca, Peter, Joseph, William, James, Benjamin and Priscilla.
(VI) Thomas, fourth child and eldest son of Thomas and Fanny, was born in Loudon, June 12, 1783. When a young man he located in Barnstead, new Hampshire, and resided there for the remainder of his life, which terminated June 25, 1856. His first wife, whom he married in 1807, was Martha Drew, who was born July 25, 1774, and died October 2, 1825. In 1831 he married for his second wife Comfort Ayers, who was born February 19, 1781, and died April 2, 1847. He was again married in 1848 to Mrs. Betsey Clark, nee Priest, whose birth took place January 11, 1794. She died February 15, 1875. His children, all of his first union, were: John, born June 22, 1808; Thomas K., born April 15, 1810; Fanny W., mentioned below; Joseph D., born May 12, 1814; Jane D. born June 27, 1817 (married Moses L. Mace, of Barnstead for her first husband, and Jacob D. Osgood, of Loudon, for her second husband); Mary, born February 1, 1819, married first, John R. Kaime, and second, Bradbury Clark, of Barnstead; Samuel, born January 1, 1822, and William, born May 30, 1824.
(VII) Fanny Wilson, eldest daughter and third child of Thomas (2) and Martha (Drew) Proctor, born in Barnstead, April 16, 1812: married, may 13, 1830, George L. Nutter, of Barnstead, who settled in concord, and died September 8, 1897. (See Nutter VII).
(I) John Proctor, who was born in England about the year 1595, was registered with his wife Martha and two children April 12, 1633, to embark at London for New England in the "Susan and Ellen," Edward Payne, master. He first settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, but prior to 1665 removed to Salem, and November 29 of the following year he petitioned the selectmen for liberty to "sett up A house of Entertainment to sell Beare, sider Liquors and ctr. for ye Acconumodation of Travellours." He died in Salem in 1672, and his will, which bears the date of August 28, was probated November 28 of that year. His children were: John, Mary, Martha, Abigail, Joseph, Sarah, Benjamin and Hannah.
(II) Joseph, second son and fifth child of John and Martha Proctor, was born in Ipswich and resided in that part of the town which was then called Chebacco, and is now Essex. He served King Philip's war, and was one of the very few survivors of Captain Lothrop's company, known as the "Flower of Essex," nearly all of whom were slain in the famous Bloody Brook massacre, September 18, 1675. His will was made October 4, 1703, and proved November 12, of that year, showing that his death must have occurred some time during that interval. He married for his first wife Martha Wainwright, daughter of Francis Wainwright of Ipswich; she died in 1683. His second wife as Sarah, widow of Richard Ingersoll, of Salem, the latter a son of John and Judith (Felton) Ingersoll, and of her first marriage there was one son, Richard, Ingersoll., Jr. Joseph Proctor was the father of twelve children. Those of his first union were: Daniel, Joseph, Jacob, Martha, Mary, Abigail, Francis, Elizabeth, Simon and Jonathan. Those of his second marriage were: Thomas and Sarah.
(III) Jacob, third child of Joseph and Martha (Wainwright) Proctor, was born in Chebacco (Essex), January 25, 1679, and was till residing there in 1756. The Christian name of his wife was Mary. She was born in 1689, and died at Chebacco, January 17, 1777. Their children were: Joseph, Isaac and Mary.
(IV) Joseph, eldest child of Jacob and Mary Proctor, was a lifelong resident of Chebacco (Essex), and his death occurred sometime between July 23, and October 27, 1766, the dates of the making and probating of his will. He was married April 9, 1741, to Sarah Leatherland, who was born in 1727 and died September 1, 1797. She was the mother of Sarah, Abigail, Mary, Jacob, Joseph, Francis and William.
(V) Joseph (2), second son and fifth child of Joseph (1) and Sarah (Leatherland) Proctor, was born in Chebacco (Essex) prior to October 6, 1751, the date of his baptism. In company with his brother Jacob he settled in that part of Londonderry which is now Derry, and resided there for the rest of his life. His first wife was Hannah Brown, of Ipswich, and for his second wife he married her sister, Eunice. Hannah was the mother of the following children: Sarah, Joseph and John, Eunice, Lois, Benjamin, Charlotte and Olive. (Benjamin and descendants are mentioned in this article).
(VI) Joseph (3), second child and eldest son of Joseph (2) and Hannah (Brown) Proctor, was born April 3, 1777, probably in Ipswich, and was taken to Londonderry, New Hampshire, in childhood by his parents. He first settled in Derry, New Hampshire, but afterward bought the "woods" on John Hopkins' farm, in Windham, about 1815, and there lived till his death, February 1, 1826. He married, in 1802, Mary Hughes, daughter of John and Mehitabel (Burwell) Hughes of Windham. Her father, a British soldier, deserted in Boston, went to Windham, and afterward did faithful and efficient service in the Patriot army in the Revolution. She died April 23, 1847. The children of this union were: Anna G., James H., Abner B., Hannah B., Moses R., Ebenezer G., Samuel W., Joseph B., and Thomas T.
(VII) Joseph Burnham, eighth child and sixth son of Joseph and Mary (Hughes) Proctor, was born in Windham, February 12, 1817, and died in Nashua, May 2, 1896. He received a common school education, and lived on the home farm until 1855, when he sold that and bought the original Nesmith farm where he lived the nine years following. His chief business was that of manufacturing ship lumber. He sold that in 1865, and removed to Nashua, where he engaged in the lumber business, which he conducted successfully for a number of years. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, and in politics a Republican. He married, November 27, 1831, Sarah J. Gage, who was born February 26, 1829, daughter of Frye and Kexia (Cutter) Gage, of Pelham, New Hampshire. They had one child, Mary C. Born August 29, 1853, and married, June 7, 1881, Ira F. Harris, of Nashua. (See Harris).
(VI) (Sic) Benjamin, sixth child and third son of Joseph and Hannah (Brown) Proctor, was born March 10, 1786. The major part of this life was spent in Derry and his death occurred there February 10, 1848. His first wife was Rachel Campbell, of Bedford, New Hampshire, and his second wife was Eleanor Wilson, of Derry. he was the father of seven children, namely: William, John, Reed, Louis, Nancy, Olive and Alexis, by his first wife. By this second wife he had one daughter, Margaret, who was educated at Kingston Academy, and married Edward F. Noyes, afterwards governor of Ohio and Minister to France during the administration of President Hayes.
(VII) Alexis, youngest child of Benjamin and Rachel Proctor, was born in Derry, March 4, 1826. After concluding his studies at the old Pinkerton Academy he turned his attention to educational pursuits and taught school continuously for over twenty years. During these years, like his father before him, he was often employed as a land surveyor and auctioneer in Derry and adjoining towns. In 1864, he removed to Franklin, where for the succeeding ten years he occupied the position of clerk and paymaster at the woolen mill (successively) of Messrs, Griffin & Taylor, Taylor & Co., M. T. Stevens & Col, and he has henceforward devoted his energies exclusively to the banking interests of Franklin. In 1868, he with others organized the Franklin Savings Bank, of which he has been treasurer from 1874 to the present time (1906), and he was also one of the incorporators of the Franklin National Bank. In politics he is a Republican. For the years 1857-58-63-64 he represented Derry in the lower house of the state legislature, and he served as an assessor in Franklin for twelve years, during which time the town profited by his excellent judgment in the valuation of property. His fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic Order. In his religious belief he is a (Sic) Unitarian. He was married May 30, 1850, to Miss Emma G. Gage, daughter of Joseph and Adaline (Hamblet) Gage, of Pelham, New Hampshire. The children of this union are: Frank, who will be again referred to. Mary Adaline, born 1859, graduated from Smith College in 1881; since 1883 she has been secretary of the board of education in Franklin, where she resides with her father and elder brother, John P. Proctor, who is treasurer and superintendent of the Franklin Light and Power Company. There were also three children who died in infancy.
(VIII) Frank Proctor, eldest child of Alexis and Emma (Gage) Proctor, was born in Derry, September 18, 1856. His collegiate preparations were concluded at the Kimball Union Academy., Meriden, and he was graduated from Dartmouth College with the class of 1878. He was subsequently for one year a law student in the office of Messrs. Barnard and Barnard, Franklin, and in 1879 was appointed the first cashier of the Franklin National Bank, in which capacity he has ever since served with ability and faithfulness. In addition to his regular duties at the national bank, he is serving as a trustee and member of the investment committee of the Franklin Savings Bank; as treasurer of the Franklin Fall Company, a corporation which has been largely instrumental in developing the natural resources of that locality; and since the incorporation of Franklin as a city he has held the office of city treasurer, administering the financial affairs of the municipality in a most careful and judicious manner. In politics, he is a Republican. Aside from the business, financial, industrial and political interests of Franklin, he devotes hi energies when opportunity permits to other fields of usefulness, particularly that of local history, and is a member of the New Hampshire Historical Society. Mr. Proctor is a member of the Unitarian Church.
|~ Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of ... By Ezra Scollay Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago Published 1908. pgs. 1098-1100 |
Transcription Courtesy of The House Of Proctor Genealogy Collection. ~
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