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RALPH BLAISDELL of Lancashire, York and Salisbury
Ralph died before 24 (4) 1651, when the court at Salem appointed Elizabeth, the widow of Ralph, deceased and intestate, the administratrix of her husband's estate. [Ref] Ralph married Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref] Elizabeth died in __ (6) 1667 in Salisbury. [Ref]
Ralph Blaisdell of Lancashire, his wife and his son Henry came to New England in 1635 on the Angel Gabriel. [Ref] The 240-ton Angel Gabriel was wrecked in a great storm off the Maine coast. [Ref] Most of the passengers survived.
Ralph was a resident of York and then settled in Salisbury. [Ref] His name is on a list of the original inhabitants of Salisbury from a town meeting on 3 (12) 1650. [Ref]
On 4 (9) 1645 Ralph was licensed to keep an ordinary at Salisbury. [Ref] On 30 (1) 1647 his license was renewed. [Ref] He was on a jury at the 28 (7) 1647 court at Ipswich. [Ref] He was on the trial jury at the 26 (7) 1648 court at Hampton. [Ref] He sued Francis Swain for debt at the 24 (2) 1649 Court at Salisbury. [Ref]
Edward Colcord sued Ralph in a matter concerning six firkins of soap at the 24 (2) 1649 Court in Salisbury. [Ref] At the same Court, Ralph sued Richard Cutts over soap, but then withdrew the suit. [Ref]
A "widow Blaisdell" is on a 3 (12) 1650 list of commoners in Salisbury. [Ref] Is this Elizabeth? Elizabeth successfully sued Edward Gillman for a £3 debt owed her late husband at the 14 (4) 1653 court at Salisbury. [Ref] Elizabeth and Henry were sued for debt by Joseph Armitage at the 25 (9) 1651 court at Salem. [Ref]
On 8 (8) 1667 the Court at Hampton appointed Elizabeth's son-in-law John Stowers administrator of her estate. [Ref]
Children of Ralph Blaisdell and Elizabeth Unknown
HENRY BLAISDELL (b. 1633) of Salisbury and Amesbury
Parents: Ralph Blaisdell and Elizabeth Unknown [Ref 'probably']
Henry Blaisdell was born in 1633. [Ref] Henry was age 60 on 7 Mar 1692/3. [Ref] He married Mary Haddon. [Ref]
Joseph Armitage sued Henry and his mother Elizabeth for debt at the 25 (9) 1651 court at Salem. [Ref]
Henry on a 19 Mar 1654/5 list of the first settlers in Amesbury. [Ref]
Henry was a tailor in Salisbury in 1662. [Ref]
He was on the trial jury at the 12 Apr 1664 Court in Salisbury. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 11 Oct 1664 Court at Hampton. [Ref]
Henry was on a Jul 1667 list of those with meeting house seats in Amesbury. [Ref] He and his son Ebenzer took the oath of allegiance in Amesbury on 20 Dec 1677. [Ref][Ref] He signed a 10 (3) 1680 Amesbury petition to the General Court to have Sgt. Samuel Foot be lieutenant of the Amesbury train band. [Ref] Henry Blaisdell, Sr. was a freeman in Amesbury on 24 Dec 1690. [Ref]
Henry had a son-in-law Unknown Elliot. [Ref]
Children of Henry Blaisdell and Mary Haddon:
HENRY BLAISDELL (1663 - bef. 1708) of Amesbury
Parents: Henry Blaisdell and Mary Haddon
Henry Blaisdell was born on 28 (3) 1663 in Salisbury. [Ref] He died before 11 Mar 1707/8, when administration was granted upon his estate. [Ref] He married first Mary Unknown. [Ref] She died after 1690. [Ref] He married second Hannah (Rowell) Colby. Hannah, the daughter of Valentine and Joanna (Pinder) Rowell of Amesbury was born in Jan 1653 in Salisbury and died on 9 Aug 1707 in Amesbury. [Ref][Ref] She was the widow of Thomas Colby. Henry married third Dorothy Martin. [Ref][Ref] She married second Thomas Ayre on 7 Mar 1709/10 in Amesbury. [Ref][Ref] Thomas was the son of Thomas Ayer and Elizabeth Hutchins. [Ref]
Children of Henry Blaisdell and Mary Unknown:
JOHN BLAISDELL (1687 - 1753) of Amesbury
Parents: Henry Blaisdell and Mary Unknown
John Blaisdell was born on 4 Feb 1686/7 in Amesbury. [Ref][Ref] He died between 10 Apr 1753, when his will was dated, and 21 May 1753, when it was proved. [Ref] He married Ebenezer Stevens on 11 Jan 1710/1. [Ref]
John was a representative to the general court. [Ref] He was a commissioner to settle the boundary line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. [Ref]
Children of John Blaisdell and Ebenezer Stevens:
ABIGAIL BLAISDELL (b. 1726)
Parents: John Blaisdell and Ebenezer Stevens
Abigail Blaisdell was born on 28 Sep 1726 in Amesbury. [Ref][Ref] She married Enoch Colby. [Ref]
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