Tuesday, October 13, 2015


My 9x great grandfather Arthur Warren is my subject for Week 37 of the 2015 52 Ancestors in
52 Weeks Challenge. Arthur interests me because he lived in Weymouth, the next town north from
where I live here in Abington, Ma. Unfortunately I haven't found much about him online. Here's what
William Richard Cutter has to say about him:

"Arthur Warren, the immigrant ancestor, emigrated to America before 1638 and located at Weymouth, Massachusetts. The earliest mention of his name in the Weymouth records is in 1638, and he is next mentioned in 1645 as one of the petitioners to the general court for a grant of the Narragansett lands. His name is fourth on the list of landowners, February, 1651-2, and it is evident that he owned considerable real estate. He was one of the substantial citizens of Weymouth, but he was not named among those who were admitted as freemen, and the records do not show any activity in public affairs. From this it is inferred that he was not in harmony with the religion of the Puritans. He died before 1663, in which year land was granted to “Widow Warren”. He married, about 1638, Mary. Children, born at Weymouth:1 Arthur, November 17, 1639; Abigail. October 27, 1640; Jacob, mentioned below; Joseph, living in 1671; Fearnot, June, 1655."

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1
Lewis historical publishing Company,  New York 1913

I'm descended from his daughter Abigail who married John Wright. Apparently some of his sons
had settled in Chelmsford and that may be how Abigail and John met. Cutter's speculation that
Arthur Warren wasn't on the best of terms with the Puritan government is interesting. Neither was
John Wright at one point, so perhaps that was a common cause that brought the two families

In my next 52 Ancestors post, I will discuss my recent confusion over the identity of Deborah Stevens.

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