The GALE Family of Watertown, Middlesex, MA
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RICHARD GALE (abt. 1614 - 1679) of Watertown m. Mary Unknown (d. 1681)
RICHARD GALE (abt. 1614 - 1679) of Watertown
Richard Gale was born about 1614, based on a 12 May 1656 deposition that he was 42. [Ref, p. 8] He died on 22 Mar 1678/ in Watertown. [Ref][Ref, p. 8] He married Mary Unknown. [Ref] Mary is sometimes referred to as Mary Castle. She died on 2 Aug 1681 in Watertown. [Ref, p. 8]
Richard purchased six acres in Watertown in 1640. [Ref] On 2 Dec 1640 he purchased 250 acres from Richard Dummer. [Ref]
Richard never joined the Watertown church. [Ref, p. 17]
Richard Gale signed his will on 25 Feb 1678/9; it was proved on 1 Apr 1679. [Ref]
Children of Richard Gale and Mary Unknown:
ABRAHAM GALE (abt 1643 - 1718) of Watertown
Parents: Richard Gale and Mary Unknown
Abraham Gale was born about 1643. He died on 15 Sep 1718, age 75. [Ref] He married Sarah Fiske on 3 Sep 1673. [Ref]
Abraham was a selectman in Watertown in 1706. [Ref]
Abraham signed his will on 3 Sep 1718, spelling his name "Gael". The will was proved on 22 Sep 1718. As long as she remained unmarried, he left his wife Sarah his personal estate "within doors" and asked that she be given a comfortable room in his house and that she be given enough firewood and £10 annually. If she remarried she was to have £20 and nothing else. He left bequests to sons Abraham, Richard, John Joshua and Ebenezer and to daughters Sarah Pratt, Mary Sanderson, Mary Gale, Lydia Gale and Abigail Gail. [Ref]
Abraham Gale and Sarah Fiske had the following children. Gale [Ref] provides all of their names, Jonas's baptism and all of their birth dates except Jonas's and the second Abigail's.
LYDIA GALE (1699 - 1753)
Parents: Abraham Gale and Sarah Fiske
Lydia Gale was born on 9 Jul 1699. [Ref] She died on 20 Aug 1753 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut. [Ref] She is buried in the Hyde (Cleveland?) Cemetery in Canterbury and her headstone says that she was age 52. [Ref] Click here to see a photo of her grave.She married Col. Jabez Fitch on 29 May 1722 in the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref][Ref]
On 11 Apr 1731 "Lydia Fitch Wife to Jabez Fitch" became a member of the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref, p. 43] She owned the Covenant there on 23 Jun 1723. [Ref]
Headstones in Hyde Cemetery in Canterbury, from the Hale Collection.
No author, Records of the Congregational Church in Canterbury, Connecticut 1711-1844, published jointly by the Connecticut Historical Society and the Society of Mayflower Descendants of in the State of Connecticut, Hartford, 1932.
Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. 3, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003.
Gale, Edward Chenery, Richard Gale, yeoman of Watertown, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1614-1678, Minneapolis, Priv. print., 1989.
Gale, George, "Gale Family," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 18, 1864, 189 -.
Gale, George, The Gale Family Records in England and the United States: to which are added, the Tottingham family of New England, and some account of the Bogardus, Waldron, and Young families of New York, Galesville, Wis., unknown, 1866.
Bailey, Frederick W., Early Connecticut Marriages, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. Online: Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
Barbour Vital Records for Windham County Connecticut.
Pulsifer, David, trans., "Records of Boston," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, various issues.