Monday, November 09, 2015


My 6x great grandfather John Spaulding married Mary Barrett on 6Feb 1705, and it's through
her that I am related to the Stearns and Learned families. Mary's immigrant ancestor was
Thomas Barrett, who William Richard Cutter profiled:

(I) Thomas Barrett, the immigrant ancestor, was made a freeman in 1645. He was one of the thirty-two inhabitants of Braintree, Massachusetts, who received from the general court in 1645 the grant of ten thousand acres of land in Warwick, Rhode Island, which had been confiscated by reason of Gorton's "heresy". This action of the general court was overruled in England, however, before the settlement could be begun, and the original settlers in Warwick retained their land. Thomas Barrett lived in Braintree several years, and purchased land there in 1651 of Michael Saunders and Francis Elliot. Later he settled in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where he made his will in 1662, naming his wife, his sons John, Thomas and Joseph. He died October 6, 1668, and his widow Margaret died July 8, 1681. Children: John, mentioned below; Thomas, married, in 1665, in Braintree, Frances Woolderson; Mary, married, 1654, Shadrach Thayer; Joseph, married Martha Gould, 1672.-p924

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 2 Lewis historical publishing Company  New York, New York 1913

I was able to find Thomas' probate file at, and I still haven't deciphered it to attempt a transcription. One problem is it's written on a small piece of paper and the writing is cramped in several spots, but it does mention his son John, who is my 8x great grandfather.  

Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)1270-2

But before I move onto John Barrett, I want to discuss something else I discovered about the Barrett
family in my next post.

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