Monday, November 30, 2015


My examination of my grandmother Cora Bertha Barker's ancestors for the 2015 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks continues now with my 8x great grandfather Isaac Learned. According to William Richard
Cutter, he was a prominent citizen in Woburn and then Chelmsford:

(II) Isaac, only son of William and Judith Learned, was baptized February 25, 1624, at Bermondsey, and died November 27, 1657, in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He was a small boy when he came with his parents to this country, and was not yet of age when they settled in Woburn. He appears to have resided in that town until 1652, when he removed to Chelmsford. He sold his house and lands in Woburn, April 2, 1652. The inventory of his estate made in December, 1657, amounted to one hundred and eighty-seven pounds, eighteen shillings and six pence. His widow and her father were administrators of the estate, which was beholden to his father's widow for three pounds per year. She survived him about four years and the inventory of her estate included an item of six pounds still due her from the Widow Learned, of Chelmsford. Isaac Learned married, in Woburn, August 9, 1646, Mary, daughter of Isaac and Mary (Barker) Stearns, born January 6, 1626, in Mayland, Suffolk, England, died 1663. She married (second), June 9, 1662, John Burge, of Weymouth. Children of Isaac and Mary Learned: Mary, born August 7, 1647; Hannah, August 24, 1649; William, October 1, 1650; Sarah, October 28, 1653; Isaac, mentioned below, and Benoni, November 29, 1657. The last three were born in Chelmsford, and the others in Woburn.
Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Volume 4 Lewis historical publishing Company, 1910, NY, NY

I've found the probate file for Isaac's estate and I'll discuss that in the next post.

One of the things I noticed in that biographical sketch is how young Isaac was when he died, only
thirty-three years old. His youngest child was born two days after his death, and his widow, Mary
(Stearns) Learned didn't remarry until five years later.

To be continued.  

1 comment:

Karin Hadden said...

Isaac Learned was my 9th great uncle.