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INDEX to the Tupper files
RICHARD TUPPER of County Sussex
Children of Richard Tupper:
Parents: Richard Tupper of county Sussex. [Ref, p. 8]
"Facts plainly recorded inform us that Henry Tupper, yeoman of the parish of Bury and father of Thomas, was a Puritan who listened to the preaching of Robert Browne, regarded as the father of Congregationalism, and for a while was one of the group who with Robert Harrison formed what was called 'the church' or 'the Brownites'." [Ref, p. 8]
Henry went with Brown to Zeeland in Holland, but returned to England and settled in Lincolnshire. [Ref, p. 8]
Children of Henry Tupper:
THOMAS TUPPER (1578-1676) of Sandwich
Parents: Henry Tupper
Thomas Tupper was born in 1578. He died on 28 Mar 1676 in Sandwich and was buried there on 30 Mar 1676. [Ref says, 'Thomas Tupper now disceased was borne in the yeare of our lord 1578 his age at his disceas was about 98 years and two moneth.'] He married (possibly not first) Katherine Gator on 29 Apr 1622 in Chelmsford, county Essex. [Ref, p. 9] Katherine was the daughter of John Gator of county Sussex. [Ref, p. 9] He married next the widow Susan Turner on 25 Jan 1628. [Ref, p. 9] He married next the widow Anne Hodgson on 21 Dec 1634 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. [Ref, p. 9] She died in Sandwich on 4 Jun 1676. [Ref]
Thomas was apprentice to Thomas Hampton, cordwainer of St. Sepulcher's in London, from 1592 to 1599. [Ref, p. 8] In 1621 he was one of the crew on Capt. William Pierce's voyage to the West Indies for Browne and Craddock of London. [Ref, p. 9] He went to New England in 1624 in a ship owned by Matthew Cradock and commanded by Capt. L. Griffen. [Ref, p. 9] He remained there for a year. [Ref, p. 9] In 1631 he travelled from London to Cape Ann and later returned. [Ref, p. 9]
Thomas Tupper is in the Sandwich section of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. [Ref] He was one of the ten original proprietors of Sandwich on 3 Apr 1637. [Ref]
He was allocated 7-1/2 acres of meadow on 16 Apr 1640 in Sandwich. [Ref] On 13 Jun 1660 Richard Bourne and Thomas Tupper were granted liberty to look up lands for their accomodation towards the South Sea. [Ref]
In 1638 Thomas was fined in Sandwich for not ringing his swine. [Ref] On 17 Mar 1641/2 Thomas Tupper of Sandwich was presented to the Court for misdemeanor "in lascivious [and] unclean carriages towards Lincefors wyfe, late of Yarmouth." [Ref]
On 7 Jun 1650 Mr Vincent, William Newland, Thomas Tupper and Robert Bodfish were assigned to collect a £5 levy to cover Mr Leveridge's house with boards. [Ref] On 22 May 1651 it was agreed in Sandwich that Goodman Tupper, Goodman Burge, Sr., Nathaniel Willis and William Gifford shall have the power to call a town meeting. [Ref] On 13 May 1654 Goodman Bourne and Goodman Tupper were two of five men appointed to frame a petition to the Court to grant and assist them in buying Manumet. [Ref] On 23 Nov 1654 Goodman Bourne nd Thomas Tupper were two of five men appointed to make a rate of £18. [Ref] In 1655 Thomas Tupper, James Skiffe, Thomas Tobey, William Swift, Edmund Freeman and Nathaniel Fish were among the 19 Sandwich residents who signed a letter entreating Mr Leveridge to continue at Sandwich. [Ref] On 18 May 1658 Thomas was on the committees for the town. [Ref] On 28 Oct 1658 he was one of five men chosen to make a rate of £20. [Ref] He was chosen a rater on 24 4 1658, 29 Nov 1659, 13 (8) 1660 and 28 Jan 1664. [Ref] By 13 (10) 1659 he had paid three pounds toward the construction of the meeting house. [Ref] On 21 (12) 1659 he was added to the group of men to set the boundary between Sandwich and Barnstable. [Ref] On 13 (9) 1660 Thomas Tupper and Richard Bourne were put in charge of the town's powder. [Ref] On 16 Jul 1662 Goodman Tupper and William Swift were among those chosen to arrange for Lieut. John Ellis to finish the town dock. [Ref] Thomas Tupper and Joseph Burge also agreed with the town to repair the pound. [Ref] On 16 May 1662 Thomas Tupper and Jacob Burge were appointed grandjurymen. [Ref] Thomas was also appointed to help lay out land for Richard Smith. [Ref] On 15 May 1663 Thomas Tupper, Sr was appointed Deputy. [Ref] On 11 May 1665 Goodman Tupper was chosen to help set the range at Sawpit Neck. [Ref] On 24 May 1665 Thomas Tupper was chosen to be a surveyor for the highways. [Ref]
For many years Richard Bourne and Thomas Tupper carried on religious exercises at Sandwich. [Ref]
It is somewhat difficult to know which records refer to this Thomas Tupper and which to his son.
Children of Thomas Tupper and Katherine Gator:
Children of Thomas Tupper and Susan Unknown:
Children of Thomas Tupper and Anne Unknown:
CAPT. THOMAS TUPPER (1638 - 1706) of Sandwich
Parents: Thomas Tupper and Anne Unknown
Capt. Thomas Tupper was born on 16 Jan 1638 in Sandwich. [Ref, p. 20] He died on 26 Apr 1706 in Sandwich. [Ref, p. 20] He married Martha Mayhew on 27 Dec 1661 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref, p. 20] Martha Tupper died on 15 Nov 1717 in Sandwich. [Ref]
Thomas became a freeman at age 20. [Ref, p. 20]
Thomas served on a jury in 1664. [Ref, p. 20] On 13 Jul 1667 Thomas Tupper and John Bodfish were appointed to keep the calves and to cut the upland grass on the 'Town Neck comon'. [Ref] He was chosen a selectman on 15 May 1668, 10 (3) 1676, 29 May 1673, 21 May 1678, 21 May 1679, 18 May 1680, 18 May 1681 and 18 Aug 1681. [Ref] He was chosen deputy on 13 (3) 1675, 29 May 1673, 21 May 1679 and 18 May 1680. [Ref] On 20 Apr 1669 Thomas Tupper, Jr was chosen constable. [Ref] He was chosen a rater on 20 Feb 1667 (or possibly this is his father), in 1672, and on 24 1 1675, 11 Jan 1675, 11 Jul 1676, 17 Oct 1678, 14 Aug 1679, 19 Aug 1680, the last of August 1680. [Ref] On 26 (6) 1674 Thomas Tupper was chosen to help lay out land for Lieut. John Ellis. [Ref] On 22 (12) 1675 Thomas Tupper, Henry Dillingham, Steven Skiffe and Joseph Burge were chosen to be on the Council of War. [Ref] In 1675 he was town clerk. [Ref] On 21 May 1675 Mr Bourne, Daniel Wing and Thomas Tupper were appointed to accept accounts from the town's creditors. [Ref] On 20 Jun 1676 Mr Richard Bourne, Daniel Wing, Thomas Tupper and Steven Skiffe were on a committee to decide who was entitled to what in King Philip's War. [Ref] On 4 Apr 1678 the town decided that 'Shuman Neck', the town Neck, was to be improved by the people on the west side of the town over ten years. John Blackwell, Jedidiah Allen and Thomas Tupper were chosen to appoint people to do this. [Ref] On 6 Apr 1678 Thomas Tupper was town clerk. [Ref] On 18 (3) 1680 Thomas was chosen constable. [Ref] On 18 May 1680 Mr Thomas Dexter, Steven Skiffe and Thomas Tupper were chosen agents of the town to buy from the Indians all of the indisposed land lying between Plymouth, Barnstable and 'Suennesett'. [Ref] On 19 Aug 1680 Thomas Tupper and William Bassett were chosen to view land that Henry Dillingworth wanted to exchange with the town. [Ref] On 18 (9) 1680 Thomas Tupper and William Bassett were chosen to disburse the town's silver according to each person's disbursements during the war. [Ref] On 18 (9) 1680 the town exchanged six acres with Steven Skiffe and two acres with William Swift; John Gibbs and Thomas Tupper were chosen to lay out the land. [Ref] On 27 Jun 1681 the town agreed to pay Thomas Tuper £8 for a cart way. [Ref] On 18 Aug 1681 Steven Skiffe, John Blackwell and Richard Bourne were chosen to come to an agreement with Thomas Tupper about the road from the dock to the common. [Ref] On 18 Aug 1681 he was chosen town clerk. [Ref] He was appointed lieutenant of the military company in Sandwich in 1680. [Ref, p. 20] He became captain of the military company in 1690. [Ref, p. 20]
For many years Thomas was a missionary among the Mashpee and Herring Pond Indians. [Ref, p. 20]
Thomas Tupper Sr. of Sandwich signed his will on the 22 day __ 1706. He mentioned his wife Martha; his sons Thomas, Israel, Ichabod, Eldad, Medad, and Eliakim; his unmarried daughter Bethia; his grandsons Samuel and Israel. His sons Thomas and Israel were the executors. Capt. Thomas Tupper's will was proved on 10 May 1706. [Ref, 3;4-6] Inventory was taken on 15 May 1706 and presented by his his sons Thomas and Israel. [Ref, 3;8]
Children of Thomas Tupper and Martha Mayhew:
DEA. ISRAEL TUPPER (1666 - 1745) of Sandwich
Parents: Capt. Thomas Tupper and Martha Mayhew
Dea. Israel Tupper was born on 22 Sep 1666 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref] He died in 1745 in Sandwich. [Ref] He married first Elizabeth Gifford about 1690. [Ref] Elizabeth, the wife of Israel, died on 19 Oct 1701 [Ref] in childbirth. He married second Elizabeth Bacon of Barnstable on 31 Aug 1704 in Barnstable. [Ref] Elizabeth was the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Hinckley) Bacon and the granddaughter of Gov. Thomas Hinckley. [Ref]
In his will of 9 Apr 1708 John Gifford of Sandwich mentions the children of his deceased daughter Elizabeth Tupper. [Ref, 3;257-8]
Dea. Tupper and his sons helped build the celler of Rev. Fessenden's house on 27 Jun 1729. Dea. Tupper helped again on the 28th; on 7 and 15 July he helped construct the underpinning; on 16 July he helped with (carpentry?); on 29 - 31 July he helped construct the ceiling; on 2 Aug he and one of his sons helped with carpentry. [Ref]
Dea. Israel and his wife Elizabeth are on a Mar 1730 list of heads of households in Sandwich. [Ref]
Israel was chosen as selectman in 1704 and held that office for ten years. [Ref] He was representative in 1722. [Ref]
Children of Israel Tupper and Elizabeth Gifford:
Children of Israel Tupper and Elizabeth Bacon:
SAMUEL TUPPER (1692 - 1772) of Sandwich
Parents: Dea. Israel Tupper and Elizabeth Gifford
Samuel Tupper of Sandwich was born on 4 May 1692 in Sandwich. [Ref says 'Elisha' and then says, 'This boys name is changed from Elisha to Samuel.'][Ref, p. 26] He was baptised on 9 Jun 1694 in Sandwich. [Ref] Samuel Tupper Esq. died on 18 Aug 1772, age 81, in Sandwich. [Ref] He married first Rebecca Ellis on 15 Aug 1717 in Sandwich. [Ref] Rebecca was the daughter of Mordecai and Sarah Ellis. [Ref, p. 26] She was born about 1690 and died in 1724. [Ref] He married second Hannah Fish of Sandwich on 14 Oct 1726 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref, p. 26][Ref]
Samuel worked on Rev. Fessenden's house on 24 Jul 1729 and he helped construct the chimney on 29 - 31 Jul. [Ref]
Samuel was the representative from Sandwich to the House of Representatives in 1741, 1742, 1744, 1745, 1749 and 1750. [Ref] He was a selectman in 1740 - 1751, 1753, 1754, and 1757-9; he was a moderator in 1761, and 17 64; he was justice of the peace in 1745, 1748, and. 1762. [Ref] He was a farmer and owned a considerable amount of land. [Ref] Except for 1749, he had committee seats every year. [Ref] In 1745 he was among the most active members. [Ref] In a public vote of 1750, he joined the minority to regulate the currency. [Ref]
Children of Samuel Tupper and Rebecca Ellis:
Children of Samuel Tupper and Hannah Fish:
ISRAEL TUPPER (1744 - 1817) of Sandwich and Barnard
Parents: Samuel Tupper and Hannah Fish
Israel Tupper was born on 9 May 1744 in Sandwich. [Ref][Ref] He died on 3 Mar 1817 in Barnard. [Ref][Ref, age 73] He married Deborah Tobey on 24 Nov 1770. [Ref] Israel and Deborah are buried in the Barnard center yard. [Ref][Ref]
Who was the Deborah Tobey who married Israel Tupper? The Tupper genealogy [Ref] claims that she was the daughter of Joshua and Maria Tobey. But, that Deborah was baptised as Deborah Tobey on 6 Sep 1772 in Sandwich [Ref, d. Joshua and Maria] , after Israel and Deborah were married.
The Tobey who married Israel was married in 1770 and had her last child in 1793. This suggests she was almost surely born between 1745 and 1755. Based on the date of her death, she was born about 1747. The only possible Deborah Toby that I have been able to uncover is the Deborah baptised on 30 Jun 1751 in Sandwich. [Ref, d. Jonathan and Deborah] It is sometimes claimed that this Deborah married Silas Swift. The basis for this is that Silas Swift and a Deborah Tobey, both of Dartmouth, published their intention to marry on 17 Dec 1765. [Ref] However, the Deborah Tobey of Dartmouth who married Silas Swift was the daughter of Elisha and Desire Tobey, baptised on 5 Jul 1752 in Dartmouth. [Ref, d. Elisha and Desire] Elisha Tobey left a bequest to his daughter Deborah Swift. [Ref, p. 72] Is it possible Deborah was a widow?
Israel was a school teacher. [Ref] Tupper [Ref] says that, "It was claimed that he moved inland to discourage his sons from becoming seafaring men." [Ref]
Children of Israel Tupper and Deborah Tobey:
REBECCA TUPPER (1773 - 1814) of Sandwich and Barnard
Parents: Israel Tupper and Deborah Tobey
Rebecca Tupper was born on 14 Nov 1774 [3?] in Sandwich. [Ref, p. 45] She was baptised on 8 May 1774 in Sandwich. [Ref] She died on 26 Jun 1814, age 40, in Barnard. [Ref, p. 14] She married Elijah Aikens on 23 Apr 1795 in Barnard. [Ref, p. 14]
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