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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Humphrey
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 19:50:43 EST
Everything I have collected on the surname Humphrey & Massachusetts history
is given below. Best
Regards, Janice Farnsworth
Source: Winthrop Society (website below)
Came to MBC ca 1632* [see Journal of John Winthrop, below - He came in 1634.]
Spouse unk - [she was Lady Susan Humphrey -see JW Journal below).
Children Theophilus, Thomas, Joseph, Lydia, Dorcas, Sarah [also Ann - JW
Assistant of the MBC
Subject John Humphrey
Source The Journal of John Winthrop 1630-1649
"The last month arrived here 14 great ships and one to Salem. Mr. Humphrey
Lady Susan [Humphrey] his wife, one of the Earl of Lincoln's sisters,
John Humphrey (1596-1653) was from Daldon, Dorset, England, and was one of
founders of the Massachusetts Bay Company* and had been chosen deputy
governor in 1629, when it was expected that he would join John Winthrop's in
the migration of 1630. His wife was sister to Lady Arbella Johnson, who had
come over in 1630 and quickly died. The Humphreys settled at Salem. *see
MBC Charter 1629 wherein John Humphrey is listed. <A
(http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/states/mass03.htm">The) Avalon Project
: The Charter of Massachusetts Bay : 1629</A>
Mr. Humphrey of Salem, a magistrate, had a former servant, Jenkin Davis of
Davis was a carpenter who became an MBC freeman in 1637. His wife's name was
Sarah. Mr. Humphrey had a household servant named John Hudson. Daniel
Fairfield was a near neighbor in Salem. Two daughters, Dorcas and Ann, (aged
9) Humphrey were sexually abused for over a year by these three men. Ann
Humprhey dau of John married William Palmes of Salem.
Mr. Humprhey wanted to leave the
country due to the scandel of his daughters being sexually abused by Daniel
of Salem, Jenkin Davis of Lynn and John Hudson. The offenders were brought
to court May 1642, John Winthrop chosen governor of this court, and Thomas
Flint of Concord, MA with nine magistrates in all. The foulness of the sins,
and the long
continuance in it wrought strongly with many to put them to death,
Fairfield, but it was decided the sentence against Fairfield was that he
severely whipped at Boston and at Salem and confined to Boston neck upon pain
of death; that he should have one nostril split and seared at Boston and the
at Salem and to wear an halter about his neck visible all his life and to
attempted the like upon any person, and a fine paid to Mr. Humphrey of f40.
(Fairfield wore a noose around his neck as a symble that he deserved to be
In 1643 the General Court allowed him to take it off. John Hudson was
sentenced to be whipped at Boston and Lynn, MA and to pay Mr. Humfrey f 20
within two years.
Many men began to inquire after southern parts; and the great advantages
to be had in Virginia and the West Indies, that many sold their estates here
transport themselves there, among them was John Humphrey, Esq, one of the
beginners in promoting this plantation, Providence Island in the
Caribbean. This was looked on both by the general court and the elders as an
imwarrantable course; for though it was thought needful to further
churches in the West Indiies yet to do it with disparagement of this country
they gave out that they could not subsist here) caused us to fear that the
not with them in this way.
Mr. Humphrey who was for leaving for Providence Island with his company,
an ill report of this country, and was kept here in spite of all their
means - to have been gone this winter, and his corn and all his hay to the
f 160 were burnt by his own servants who made a fire in his barn and by
which accidently took fire and consumed all.. The general court held that
Henry Stevens, a servant to John Humphrey was responsible for the firing of
Humphrey's barn and bound him to his master for 21 years in recompense. Soon
after Providence Island was taken by the Spaniards and the lords lost all
care and cost to the value of above f 60,000.
A church being gathered at Providence in the West Indies wrote to our
complaining of the persecution of their magistrates and others and desiring
our prayers and help from us, which moved the churches and magistrates more
to further those who were already resolved and prepared for that Island. John
Humphrey of Salem had been planning for a year to go to Providence Island as
Governor. He was the leader of this expedition. Whereupon two small
about 30 tons, with divers families and goods so many as they could bestow,
30 men, 5 women and 8 children set sail for the Island and touching at
they heard that a great fleet of Spanish ships were abroad and that it was
feared they had taken Providence (the Spanish captured Providence Island in
May 1641, one
month before the New England ships arrived). So the master, Mr. Peirce, a
man and most expert mariner advised them to return and offered to bear part
loss. But they not hearkening to him, he replied, "then I am a dead man."
coming to the Island, they marvelled they saw no colors upon the fort or any
boat coming towards them, whereupon he was counselled to drop an anchor. He
liked the advice but yet stood on into the harbor and after a second advise
he still went on;
but being come within pistol shot of one fort and hailing and no answer
his bark astrays (he turned his ship to windward in order to tack out of the
and being upon the deck which was also full of passengers, women and
and hearing one cry out, they are traversing a piece at us (shifting a gun
take aim) he threw himself in at the door of the cuddy (the ship's galley,
the stern) and one Samuel Wakeman, a member of the church of Hartford, who
sent with goods to buy cotton, cast himself down by him and presently a
took them both. Mr. Peirce died within an hour; the other having only his
thighs tore lived ten days. Mr. Peirce had read to the company that morning
that in Genesis
the last, "Lo I die, but God will surely visit you and bring you back"
Gen.50:24. out of which words he used godly exhortations to them. Then they
shot from all parts
about thirty great shot, besides small and tore the sail and shrouds but
bark nor any person more in it. The other vessel was then a league behind.
this the passengers being ashamed to return, would have been set on shore at
Grace de Dios or Florida or Virginia, but the seamen would not and through
wonderful providence of God they came all safe home the 3d of September
This brought some of them to see their error, and acknowledge it in the open
congregation but others were hardened.
Richards' Family in America
20 Jan 1616 - 26 Jan 1690
Edward was born in St. Andrew's parish, Plymouth, Devon county, England;
in Lynn, Essex county, Mass. Edward likely came to the Massachusetts Bay
colony an indentured servant, phps a joiner for Sir John Humphrey with other
servants to prepare his homestead. He held property on the Lynn-Swampscott
town line as of 1640; a freeman in 1641 He married c. 1643 phps Mary
Farnsworth, who died in childbirth with their second child, a daughter,
Bathsheba. Edward was a joiner by trade, also an innkeeper at times after
mar. to Ann Knight. He had eight children by two wives.
Matthias Farnsworth as recorded in the Farnsworth Memorial:
Edward Richards (of Lynn, MA) was given power of attorney by Matthias
and Matthias called him "beloved brother" - Perhaps "beloved brother was
law" but Edward Richards' wife's name was Ann."
Matthias Farnsworth had a sister named Mary Farnsworth b. Nov 8, 1618 at
Eccles, Lancashire, England. If she married Edward Richards in 1643 she
would have been 25 yrs. old.
It is unknown when Matthias Farnsworth arrived in Massachusetts. Does anyone
know what ship Sir John Humphries arrived on? George Farr of Lynn was a ship-
wright. He came to Salem in 1629 in the advanced party - contracted to
as shipbuilding enterprise at Lynn but left Salem to reside at Lynn. He was
Farnsworth's father-in-law. If Edward Richards was in Lynn in 1640 perhaps
crossed over with Richards.
It seems obvious that Edward Richards came with Sir John Humphrey in 1637 to
(see report on arrival of John Humphrey in the Winthrop Journal above) It
could be that on that same boat, Matthias Farnsworth and his sister Mary
Farnsworth arrived with them. Richards arrived at Lynn in 1640. He married
Mary Farnsworth in 1643 (at Lynn it would seem) .
transcribed by Janice Farnsworth August 15, 2000.
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