Saturday, March 17, 2018


Moses Simmons Jr.'s wife was Patience Barstow, daughter of my 8x great grandfather William Barstow. He was  the first settler of Hanover,Ma. as well as one of the first shipwrights in Massachusetts. Here's Richard William Cutter's biographical sketch of Barstow and his family:

William Barstow, immigrant ancestor, was one of four brothers of that name who settled in Massachusetts. He came over with his brother when he was twenty-three years of age, sailing in the “Trnelove." September 20, 1635. He was in Dedham in 1636, and signed the petition for the incorporation of that town under the name of Contentment. On February 16, 1642, he and his brother George received grants of “upland ground fit for improvement with the plough." In 1649 he was a freeman at Scituate, and he was the first settler of whom there is record at Hanover, Massachusetts. He was a prominent man and well to do, owning a large amount of real estate. He died in Scituate in 1668, aged fifty-six years. His widow was administratrix on his estate. ,He left no will, but in the will of his brother Michael, mention is made of his eight children, though the names of only five have been found. He married, probably in New England, Anne —. Children: Joseph, mentioned below; Patience, born in Dedham, December 3, 1643; Deborah, in Scituate, August, I650; William, in Scituate, September, I652; Martha, in Scituate, 1655. p1329

Genealogical and Family History of Western New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation, Volume 3  Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912 NY,NY

William Barstow was more than just a wealthy landowner, He owned an inn, built a bridge across
the North River, and owned a shipyard on that river that was a family business for several generations. I'll have more to say about these interests in the next post.

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