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Proctor According To Savage... w/Additional Notes About The Proctor Family.
Debate of The Savage Account vs. Findings By Henry F. Waters A.M.
Courtesy of The House Of Proctor Genealogy Collection.
Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing Three Generations of Those who came
to before May, 1692 (4 vols., Boston) by James Savage, Boston,
1860-1862 . This work, which occupied him twenty years, and which displays extraordinary industry and research. has been called "the most stupendous work on genealogy ever completed.~ He delivered the Fourth-of-July oration in Boston in 1811, and an address on the constitution of Massachusetts on 26 January, 1832, both of which were published."
The Proctor surname according to Savage quoted from Vol III, pp. 489-490.
"PROCTOR, BENJAMIN, Ipswich 1678, prob. s. of the first John. GEORGE, Dorchester, freem. 17 May 1637, by w. Edith had Hannah, b. perhaps in Eng.; Abigail, b. 24 Aug. 1637; Thomas, 16 Dec. 1638, if we may dare to contradict the rec. wh. is 1637, or it has been thot. that the 1639 day was that of his bur. and he may have been brot. from Eng.; Samuel, 8 Nov. 1640; and d. 29 Jan. 1662. His wid. rem. to Boston to live with s. Samuel, made excor. with her of the will of 27 Jan. 1662, as in Geneal. Reg. XI. 173, 4. Hannah m. 3 Mar. 1653, John Lowell; and Abigail m. 8 Mar. 1660, Joseph Lowell of Boston. JOHN, Ipswich, came, 1635, aged 40, from London, in the Susan and Ellen, with w. Martha, 28; and ch. John, 3; and Mary, 1; and in few yrs. was sett. at Salem. His w. d. 13 June 1659; but he took sec. w. of the same bapt. name, wh. outliv. him. His will of 28 Aug 1672, pro. 28 Nov. foll. names w. and ch. John, Joseph, Benjamin, ds. Martha White, Abigail Varney; Sarah Dodge; and Hannah Weeden, or some such name. JOHN, Ipswich, s. of the preced. b. in Eng. rem. in few yrs. to Salem, perhaps freem. 1690, m. Dec. 1662, Eliz. d. of John Thorndike, had prob. by a sec. w. Eliz. Bassett, m. 1 Apr. 1674, William, b. 6 Feb. foll.; Sarah, 28 Jan. 1677; Samuel, 11 Jan. 1686; Elisha, 28 Apr. 1687, d. next yr.; and Abigail, 27 Jan. 1692; of wh. the eldest two were imprison. in the execrable fanaticism of 1692. These ch. were prob. discharg. without trial; but the mo. was one of the first accus. of witcher. and her h. (to wh. the first w. had brot. ch. Martha, b. 4 June 1666; Mary, 26 Oct. 1667, d. soon; John, 28 Oct. 1668; Mary, again, 30 Jan. 1670; and Thorndike, 15 July 1672, and that w. d. next mo.), for showing proper regard for her, as Hutch. II. 26 and 55 tells, fell under equal suspicion. Both were tried and condemn. on 5th, and on him, 19 Aug. was inflict. the punishm. of death, wh. she escap. by reason of her pregnancy, and bef. the time elaps. in wh. she should have suffer. the power of delusion and the devil passed away. Yet four yrs. later, the wid. had to beseech the legislat. to order relic of her husband's prop. from the forfeiture. See Felt II. 484. Too brief is this statement of Mt. Felt, and slightly seems the case to have been misapprehend. by him. No doubt, Gedney, the judge of Probate, was as much bound to maintain the technical law of Eng. in opposition to that of humanity, as his superiors of the other tribunal to assert the institute of Moses against that of common sense; and she "being convict. and sentenc. of and for the detestab. crime of witchcr." was "look. upon as d.-in-law, and left out of the will of her b. and nothing giv. her therein, nor order. her upon the distrib. of the est. of said P." and the Ct. had the requisite illumina. to decree, that when she produc. the pardon she bec. alive again. The h.'s will was made 2 Aug. so three days bef. the conviction. JOSEPH, Ipswich, m. Martha, d. of Francis Wainwright, had Daniel, b. 30 Jan. 1680. PETER, Concord, s. of Robert, m. 30 Jan. 1689, Mary, d. of James Patterson of Billerica. RICHARD, Yarmouth 1643. RICHARD, Boston, freem. 1690. ROBERT, Concord, freem. 10 May 1643, m. Dec. 1645, Jane Hildreth, perhaps d. of Richard, had Sarah, b. 12 Oct. 1646; Gershom, 13 May 1648; Mary, 8 Apr. 1650; rem. to Chelmsford, had Peter; Eliz. 21 Jan. 1657; and Lydia, 19 Feb. 1660, d. at 6 mos. SAMUEL, Dorchester, s. of George, a cooper at Boston, by w. Mary had Mary, b. 22 Dec. 1671. THORNDIKE, Salem, s. of sec. John, by W. Hannah had Nathan, b. 18 Oct. 1698. Of this name in 1834, four had been gr. at Harv. one at Yale. and four at other N. E. coll.
Notes on the Manning family of Co. Kent, England : with additional notes on the Waters, Proctor and Whitfield families
Boston: Printed for private distribution, 1897, 36 pgs. pgs. 23-24.
"Additional Notes About The Proctor Family"
In my researches made in the Court House at Salem about these Proctors I
gathered certain facts which justify me, I believe , in venturing to correct
Savage's statements about the first two John Proctors. He says that the
first John Proctor of Ipswich came 16335 t. 40, from London in the Susan and
Ellen with wife Martha t. 28 and children, John 3 and Mary 1, and in a few
years was settled at Salem. His wife died 13 June 1659; but he took a
second wife of the same baptismal name who outlived him &c. Of John
Proctor the son (afterwards condemned for witchcraft), he says that he married,
December 1662, Elizabeth daughter of John Thorndike, who died in August (30th)
1672, and had, for a second wife, Elizabeth Bassett, married 1 April 1674.
Let me now give some of the facts which I have found. The transcripts from
Ipswich town records give me the following births, deaths and marriages:
Mary dau. of John Prockter born 1 January 1657.
Mary dau. of John Prockter died--February 1657.
Martha dau. of John Prockter junr died 14 October
John son of John Prockter junr died in October
Benjamin son of John Prockter born 10 June 1659.
Martha wife of John Prockter died 13 June 1659.
John Prockter and Elizabeth Thorndike married--December 1662.
Martha dau. of John Prockter born 1 April and died 10 May
Benjamin Procter and Deborah Hart married--February 1673.
In the Court records and files I got certain depositions showing ages as
John Prockter Senr speaks of "my brother Giddens"
26 March 1667, calling himself aged 75 years. (George Gidding aged 59.)
Benjamin Procter aged about 17 years in 1668.
John Proctor, about 40, deposes 18-5-1676.
John Proctor being presented, 25-9-1678, for selling strong
water and cider to Indians two of his children give their depositions 29-9-1678,
vizt. Elizabeth, his daughter, about 16, and Benjamin, his son, about
John Proctor senr, about 54, and Benjamin Proctor,
about 26, make depositions 30 November 1686.
The first John Proctor, of Ipswich (I doubt if he ever lived in Salem) must have
died before 11 Oct. 1672, when an inventory of his estate was taken. His
will, as Savage says, names his wife Martha, grandchildren Martha Hadley and
John Ha(dley,) daughters Martha White, Abigall Varney, Sarah Dodge and Hannah
Weden and sons John Joseph and Benjamin. Martha was probably the wife of
James White (who was present in jail when the second John Proctor made his
will), Abigail was the wife of Thomas Varney and Sarah was the wife of John
Dodge (son of William Dodge senior).
In view of these facts I would infer that all those children whose births and
deaths were recorded in Ispwich during the years 1657, 1658 and 1659 and the
Martha who was born and died in 1665 were the children of the second John
Proctor; that the Mrs. Martha Proctor who died 13 June 1659 was his wife, not
his father's, and that she died in childbed three days after the birth of her
last (and only surviving) child Benjamin Proctor whom we find still living in
1686, according to his own deposition; that the earlier Benjamin proctor who was
about 17 in 1668 was the youngest son of the first John Proctor and the one who
married Deborah Hart in 1673 (4); and, finally, that young Elizabeth Proctor who
deposed in 1678 was the eldest child of the second John Proctor by his second
(not first) wife Elizabeth Thorndike. She it must have been who was
married to Thomas Very and received a child's portion in the deposition of her
father's estate as Elizabeth very, while another portion was awarded to an
Elizabeth Proctor who was doubtless one of the daughters of John Proctor's third
wife Elizabeth Bassett.
It was Benjamin Proctor, born in 1659, eldest son (by first wife) of John
Proctor of Salem, who was the father of Capt. John Proctor who married Lydia
Waters and great grandfather of the Johnson Proctor who married a later Lydia
I found in a transcript from the Lynn records that a Benjamin Proctor married
Mary Bulkeley 18 Dec. 1694, while another account, furnished by one of the
family, says that Benjamin Proctor married Mary Whiteredge 8 Dec. 1694.
This matter needs more careful examination than I can give to it at present. --
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