Saturday, July 18, 2015


Continuing on with the testimony against Thomas Tuxbury, we get more "he said, she said",
including something Thomas said that may have led to the suspicions of bigamy, as well
as his opinion of Mary Martin's morals, which sound like sour grapes from a rejected suitor:

Richard Marten, aged about twenty-seven years, deposed that this summer when Thomas Tuksbury had a lame hand at deponent's father Hoyt's, he told deponent that if he were in his place, "the case being as it is with my wif he woold go away from her & Leave her and go into another Country & mary another wif To which I sayd if I shoold so do my concienc woold tell me yt I had a wif & it may be a child in another plac: his answer was ther wear good men in former tune yt had mor wives then on as namly daved which was a man after gods owne hart." Sworn, Sept. 16, 1674, before Robt. Pike,* commissioner. 

George Martinn deposed that in a short time after his son Richard was married to Sergt. Jeret Hoyt's daughter, deponent's brother Hoyt told him that Tukesbery said he was sorry that his daughter was married no better, for her husband was but a poor man and had suffered disgrace at Hampton, but Amesbery men would live well as long as they had any land and he told him that although he had suffered disgrace at Hampton, it was not for running away from his wife. Also that Tukesbery said to Mrs. Hoyt that he had murderous thoughts to kill himself because her daughter was married. Also that Tukesbery asked William Samon, the ferryman, to bring over Richard Martinn's wife, and he would pay him for it.

Mary, wife of Left. Chalic and Mary, wife of Henry Blazdal, deposed that last spring Goody Hoyt told Tuksbery at Blazdel's house that her daughter was to be married to Richard Martin and he said that she would never love any man more than a fortnight and he wished he had never seen her face. He also said that when she lived on Newbery side, she kept such company in the night and there was such swearing and tearing that it made his hair stand on end and upon being asked by Goodwife Chalic how he could bear it, he answered that he had been fain to rise in the night and bid them be gone and that her sister Naomy was as bad as she. Also that said widow Bartlet said that she must have one at every port, and that she wooed Richard and not he her. Sworn, Sept. 10, 1674, before Robt. Pike,* commissioner.

Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 5
Massachusetts. County Court (Essex County), George Francis Dow
Essex Institute, 1916 - Essex County (Mass.)

To be continued...

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