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ROBERT ANDREWS (d. 1668) of Boxfield and Topsfield m. Grace Unknown (d. 1702)
SGT. THOMAS ANDREWS
(abt 1645-1718) of Boxford
m. Rebecca Unknown
PATIENCE ANDREWS (b. 1689) m.
JOHN ANDREWS (1688-1741/5)
INDEX to the Andrews family files
ROBERT ANDREWS (d. 1668) of Boxford and Topsfield
Robert Andrews died on 29 May 1668 in Topsfield. [Ref][Ref][Ref] He married Grace Unknown. [Ref] Grace was born about 1614. She died on 25 Dec 1702 [Ref][Ref] or perhaps 25 Dec 1700 - 01 in Boxford. [Ref] She signed her will on 4 Sep 1669; it was proved on 4 Jan 1702/3. [Ref] Both Robert and Grace are buried in Topsfield. [Ref]
Robert was a carpenter. [Ref]
Robert had land in Topsfield, which borders Rowley, as early as 1654. [Ref] He settled in Boxford about 1656 with his wife and six children. [Ref] He purchased 200 acres from John Lambert of Rowley, lying on the west side of Pye Brook, and built a house there. [Ref] He bought several other tracts of land in Rowley Village (the original name of Boxford) and Topsfield; he bought land on Fish Brook from Zaccheus Gould. [Ref] He took the oath of allegiance as Goodman Andrews on 6 May 1658. [Ref][Ref] He was in Rowley in 1661. [Ref] He is on a Rowley tax list from before 25 Jan 1664. [Ref] His house was somehow destroyed before 1668 and he built a new one. [Ref] He was of Rowley Village when he wrote his will on 16 May 1668. [Ref] In his will, he asks to be buried at Topsfield. [Ref] At the time of his death he had 25 acres of corn planted. [Ref] His will was proved on 2 (5) 1668. [Ref][Ref says 1 (5)] Inventory was taken by Francis Peabody and Isaac Cummings; Edman Towne and Robert's widow Grace attested on 1 (5) 1668. [Ref]
Robert was on the grand jury at the 28: 7: 1658 court in Ipswich. [Ref, 2;111] Robert and Francis Peabody appraised the estate of Andrew Creeke on 17 Sep 1658. [Ref, 2;115] He was on the trial jury at the 27 Mar 1660 court in Ipswich. [Ref, 2;111]
Nathaniel and Thomas Leonard, Joseph, Daniel and Benjamin Bixbee and Robert's sons Robert and Thomas Andrews were all presented at the 1 May 1672 court in Ipswich for breach of peace and some for swearing. [Ref]
At the Jun 1674 court in Salem, Grace, age 60, and her son Robert testified in Hannah Downings case against the Nathaniel, Samuel and Thomas Leonard. Hannah, who lived with the Leonards, testified that the Leonards' sons were abusive to her. The Leonard sons' friends complained that Hannah behaved inappropriately -- sitting up late with boys and walking in the woods at night. Grace testified that Elizabeth Boungkier came to her house to stay with her daughter Sarah and the Leonards came and annoyed them all night. Robert, age 25, said that he was at the iron works in Rowley Village [later Boxford] and he and others went into the pond. Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Leonard sat by the side of the pond and the Leonards came out of the water naked and ran races. [Ref]
Widow Andrews is on a 1680 list of inhabitants of Boxford. [Ref]
Robert signed his will on 16 May 1668; it was proved on 1 (5) 1668. [Ref]
The will reflects concern for his wife and an apparent worry that his sons Thomas
and Robert might make trouble. He left his eldest son Thomas Andrews the house
he lived in -- although he was to shingle it -- and nine acres of land that
he bought from Zacheus Gould. However, during her lifetime his "well beloved
wife" was to have the kitchen, hall, kitchen chamber, half the cellar,
the new field, eight acres and half the orchard. If this was not enough to sustain
her then his sons Thomas and Andrew were to give her three more acres for her
lifetime, without hindrance or molestation on the part of Thomas. After his
wife's death, Thomas was to have the land, orchard and rooms. All of Robert's
carpenter tools were to be for the use of his wife and sons Thomas and Robert.
Robert also left his son Robert eight acres from Piebrook and his sons Thomas
and Robart were "not [to] wrong one another in wood". Thomas was to
pay Robert's three youngest daughters, Rebecca, Sarah and Ruth twenty pounds
each when they reached age 20. If one were to die, the other two were to receive
her share. He was also to pay Robert's daughter Mary, the wife of Isaac Cummings
five pounds. Robert's son Robert was to pay Robert's daughters Elizabeth, the
wife Samuel Symonds, and Hannah Peabody each five pounds. Robert left his son
John his "seller Lott" and meadow, but the meadow was for the use
of Robert's wife and son Thomas until John was 21. Then it was to be returned
to him without any "further trouble". John was to pay Robert's seven
grandchildren 20 shillings each when they reached the age of 14. Robert left
his son Joseph the land in Topsfield that he bought from John Wilds, Sr. He
left his will all of his cattle and moveable goods and half the barn and "Lintos";
Thomas was to have the other half and his brother Robert was instructed to provide
hay for their mother. Robert's wife was his sole executrix. [Ref]
Note: Robert should not be confused with the Robert Andrews who was a freeman in Ipswich on 6 May 1635 and who had a wife Elizabeth and children John, Thomas and Alice.
Children of Robert Andrews:
MARY ANDREWS (c. 1640 - 1692/1712)
Parents: Robert Andrews and Grace Unknown [Ref, p. 6]
Mary Andrews was born about 1640. [Ref] She died between 1692 and 1712. [Ref, p. 7] She married Isaac Cummings on 27 Nov 1659 [Ref, p. 23][Ref, p. 6] in Topsfield. [Ref][Ref] Mary (Isaac Cumming's wife) was the 14th female member of the church in Topsfield. [Ref]
In his will, her father refers to her as "Mary the wife of Isack Comins". [Ref]
When her husband testified against Elizabeth How in her witchcraft trial, Mary corroborated his testimony. [Ref, p. 7]
ELIZABETH ANDREWS (abt 1640 - 1725)
Parents: Robert Andrews and Grace Unknown
Elizabeth Andrews was born about 1643. [Ref][Ref] Elizabeth Symonds, the daughter of Robert Andrews and widow of Samuel Symonds, died on 17 Mar 1725 in Boxford. [Ref] She married Samuel Symonds on 14 (2) 1662 [Ref] in Salem. [Ref, also recorded in Boxford]
In his will her father refers to her as "Elizabeth the wife of Samuel Symons". [Ref]
SGT. THOMAS ANDREWS (abt 1645 - 1718) of Boxford
Parents: Robert Andrews and Grace Unknown
Sgt. Thomas Andrews was born about 1645. [Ref][Ref]
He died in 1718. [Ref] He married
first Martha, the widow of Obadiah Antrum of Ipswich, on 22 Jun 1670 in Topsfield.
says she is Martha (Baker) Antrum] Obadiah, the son of Thomas Antrum, was baptised
on 7: 4: 1640 in Salem. [Ref] Perley [Ref]
says that he is the Thomas who married Mary Belcher on 9 Feb 1681 in Ipswich.
[Ref] He married second Rebecca Unknown.
[Ref] She died on 1 Apr 1724. [Ref]
His father calls him his oldest son in his will; he was to have his father's homestead and the land bought from Zaccheus Gould. [Ref] He was a freeman on 22 Mar 1689/90. [Ref] He was a selectman of Boxford in 1688, 1691 and 1696. [Ref]
In Mar 1695 John Perley, Thomas Perley, Samuel Symonds, Thomas Andrews and John Peabody were on a committee to meet with people from Topsfield and settle the boundary line between the two towns. [Ref]
On 3 Oct 1716 Thomas conveyed his farm to his son Thomas, in consideration of his supporting him. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Andrews and the widow Martha Antrum:
Children of Thomas Andrews and Rebecca Unknown:
CAPT. JOSEPH ANDREWS (abt 1657 - 1732) of Boxford, Topsfield and Salem Village (Rowley)
Parents: Robert Andrews and Grace Unknown
Joseph Andrews was born on 18 Sep 1657 [Ref] in Topsfield. [Ref][Ref, 2;122][Ref, p. 95] He died on 28 Jul 1732 [Ref, p. 95, in Salem Village] in Salem, age 75. [Ref] He married first Sarah Perley on 1 Feb 1681 in Topsfield. [Ref][Ref] She died on 15 Jan 1693/4 in Boxford. [Ref][Ref] He married second Mary Dickenson of Rowley on 29 Mar 1694 [Ref] in Rowley. [Ref says 13 or 29 Mar][Ref says 30 Mar 1696] Mary was the daughter of James Dickenson and the granddaughter of Thomas Dickenson. [Ref] She was born on 14 Nov 1675 in Rowley. [Ref] She died on 25 Feb 1700/1 or perhaps 1701/2 in Boxford. [Ref] He married third the widow Abigail (Grafton) Walker [Ref does not mention second wife Mary] on 2 Nov 1704 [Ref] in Salem. [Ref, no maiden name] Abigail was the daugher of John and Seeth Grafton and the granddaughter of Joseph Grafton. [Ref] She was born on 12 Aug 1667 in Salem. [Ref] She died after 1731, when she was mentioned in her husband's will.
Joseph was the ancestor of John Albion Andrews, Governor of Massachusetts during the Civil War. [Ref]
John was unmarried when his father made his will; he was to have land in Topsfield bought from John Wilde's son. [Ref]
Joseph was a house carpenter. [Ref][Ref, p. 95] He was a freeman on 22 Mar 1689/90. [Ref] He was a selectman of Boxford in 1689, 1697, 1700 and 1704. [Ref]
Joseph was among those who opposed the witchcraft delusion. He signed the petition supporting John Proctor and his wife. [Ref, p. 95]
The Boxford records for Joseph and Sarah's children are damaged or incomplete. In addition to Joseph, there is a son born on 13 Sep, perhaps 1687 or 1688 and a daughter born perhaps on 1 or 16 Jul 1690 or 1691.
He signed his will on 13 Apr 1731; it was proved on 4 Sep 1732. [Ref] He mentioned his wife Abigail; sons Joseph, John, Nathaniel and Jonathan; daughters Sarah, wife of Paul Averill, Hephzibah, wife of Abraham How, Lydia Webster and Mary Creecy; his daughter-in-law Abigail Osgood. [Ref, p. 95] He left his homestead to his sons Nathaniel and Jonathan. [Ref]
Children of Joseph Andrews and Sarah Perley:
Children of Joseph Andrews and Mary Dickenson
Children of Joseph Andrews and Abigail Grafton
PATIENCE ANDREWS (b. 1689)
Parents: Sgt. Thomas Andrews and Rebecca Unknown [Ref, p. 96]
Patience Andrews was born on 29 Mar 1689 in Boxford. [Ref] She may be the unknown daughter of Thomas whose birth is recorded on 29 Mar in Boxford. [Ref] She married John Andrews on 9 Jul 1713 in Boxford. [Ref]
JOHN ANDREWS (1688 - 1741/5) of Boxford
Parents: Capt. Joseph Andrews and Sarah Perley
John Andrews was born on 16 Sep 1688 in Topsfield. He died between 2 Apr 1741, when he wrote his will, and 25 Mar 1745, when it was proved. [Ref] He married Patience Andrews on 9 Jul 1713 in Boxford. [Ref]
John was a farmer and lived in Boxford. [Ref]
MARY ANDREWS (1725 - 1771)
Parents: John Andrews and Patience Andrews [Ref]
Mary Andrews was born on 26 Apr 1725 in Boxford. [Ref] She died in Jul 1771. She married Elisha Cummings on 22 Nov 1744 [Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 82] in Topsfield. [Ref]
An article in the Essex Antiquarian [Ref] says that Mary (the daughter who married Elisha Cummings) was born on 25 Mar 1720 (and baptised in Feb 1719/20!). Another daughter Marcy is said to have been born on 26 Apr 1725 and to have probably died young. [Ref]
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