Thursday, December 12, 2019


My 7x great grandfather Joseph Willard's wife was Elizabeth Tarbell whose  ancestor Thomas Tarbell Se. was another of the first settlers of Groton, Ma. I found this article in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, "Thomas Tarbell And Some Of His Descendants" by Charles Henry Wioht:

1. Thomas1 Tarbell, the ancestor of all the early Tarbell families of New England, settled in Watertown as early as 1647, at which time he is mentioned on the town records as owning land. Mar. 30, 1663, he and wife, Mary, sold his house and land there, and removed to Groton, where she died Apr. 29, 1674, aged 54 years. The family retired from Groton to Charlestown at the destruction of the former town during King Philip's war, and there he married second, Aug. 15, 1676, Susanna, widow of John Lawrence, and died of the small pox, June 11, 1678. Administration upon his estate was granted to his son, John, Aug. 17. 1678. The settlement of his estate, as contained in two papers in the Middlesex Co. Court Files, bearing dates of May 31, 1680, and Mar. 18, 1680-1, shows the following
 2. i. Thomas.' 

ii. Mary, d. Apr. 26, 1676; m. July 3, 1665, Jonathan Sawtell of  Groton. 

iii. Sarah, aged 33 in Oct., 1681; m. before May 31, 1680, Cornelius Church of Groton and Charlestown. The Groton records state that he m. June 4, 1670, Mary , which may be an error for Sarah. She d. a widow, at Salem, 1715. In her will, dated July 1, 1698, proved July 18, 1715, she bequeathed two-thirds of her lands at Groton to James Bennett, "my sisters Son", and the other one-third to Samuel Cutler, Jr., of Salem, "who married my Sisters daughter ". The latter was Sarah Sawtell.

iv. Abigail, was living 1719; m. in Watertown, "left of September", 1672, Joshua Whitney of Watertown and Groton.

3 v. John.

vi. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 5, 1656-7; d. July 25, 1684; m. Feb. 4, 1680-1, James Bennett of Charlestown.

vii. William, b. Feb. 26, 1658-9; was living Apr. 5, 1681, but probably d. soon after, as no further trace of him has been found.

viii. Martha, was unmarried Mar. 2, 1682-3, when she disposed of a part of her share in her father's estate. She was undoubtedly the Martha Tarbell who m. in Salem, May 18, 1685, Thomas Mitchell.


 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vols. 37-52 (1883-98) Published by the Society Boston, Ma. 1909

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