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Mayhew & Runing eight score rods Easterly from the brook being twenty
five Acres mor or lesse

And halfe the sixth part of the neck by John Eddys of which; halfe
the fifth lot is Joseph Doggats leying next to henery lewis his lot leying
Acrosse the neck as the neck is devided to every mans lot Contained in
the neck As before spoken in the order of devision of the three necks baring
date february the first 167 1

And the two And thirtyth part of all undevided lands whether pur-
chesed or that may be purchesed

this is the lands And Acomadations of Joseph doggatt*

This property had its north boundary at the Scotchman's
Bridge road on the east side of Old Mill brook, and extended
half way down to the Post Office corner. Here his house stood
and there played in the front yard the two half-breed children
born of the romantic union, Alice (Ellis) and Esther. He
maintained his residence until sometime between 1711 and
1 715, when in a deed on latter date to his grand-daughter
Esther Cottle, he describes himself "of Edgartown, wheel-
wright." There is nothing to indicate that he ended his days
on his home lot in Takemmy, where he had lived so long.

His public services were of the average kind and quantity.
He was surveyor of highways, 1687; committee to divide
common lands, etc., 1689, 1690, 1703, 1708; selectman, 1689,
1693, 1695; pound keeper, 1690; constable, 1697; and had
other small duties at various times till 1716. When he died
is not known, nor the place of his burial. Equal uncertainty
exists as to his Indian wife. It is probable that he was living
on March 5, 1720, when as one of the proprietors of the town
he executed a deed with fourteen others to a purchase of some
common lands.

Of his children, Joseph,^ the only known son, married
and had issue, descendants of which are represented to-day in
the lines shown under his family in the genealogical portion
of this work in the Daggett, Huxford and Enoch Norton lines.
Through these claim can be made of descent from the Vineyard
Pocahontas, Alice Sessetom, the Indian bride of Joseph
Daggett. Esther^, the second daughter, married Edward

'Tisbury Records.


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Cottle sometime between 1690 and 1698, and she had deceased
before June 10, 1708 (Deeds, II, 184). Issue of this marriage
was but one daughter named Esther, who probably married
(i) a Harding (and had a son Shubael) and (2) Manasseh
Kempton. It is not possible to say whether issue is now
represented on the Vineyard. The oldest daughter of Joseph,
Ellis^ (Alice) left quite a record for a girl of her age and ante-
cedents. She had three children born out of wedlock named
for their presumptive fathers, Henry Luce, Samuel Look and
Patience Allen. This unfortunate half-breed was made of
better stuff than would be inferred from comtemplating this
promiscuous progeny. She was evidently honest, honorable
and thrifty, and true to her offspring. She did not live beyond
middle life, as her will dated March 19, 1711, when she must
have been not much over forty, was probated two months
later. It is a legal condition that illegitimate children cannot
inherit property, but her will devises real and personal estate
to each of her children by name, and as the will was allowed and
the real estate passed to the one called Henry Luce, who
later disposed of it, this would seem to act as a legitimation
of this anomalous family. Henry Luce so-called received his
share of the property originally given by the Sachem Wampa-
mag to Alice Sessetom; Samuel Luce was given fy, and Pa-
tience Allen the movable estate. Her father, Joseph Daggett,
was named as executor, and fulfilled the trust (Probate, I, 31).
Altogether it was a very creditable transaction on her part.
It is not known what became of these children, but the pre-
sumption is that they became united with their Indian asso-
ciates, and finally lost identity among them, if they survived
to adult life.



Among the passengers for
New England in the ship
"Handmaid," sailing in 1630,
' I ^ was Samuel Eddy, who settled
at Plymouth and became a resident of that town until his
death. The name as spelled in the Colony records is Eedy,
Eedey, Edeth, Eddy and Edy.^ He was a tailor by trade
and by his wife Elizabeth "having many children and not
able to bring them up as they desire" he bound them out to

'Plymo. Col. Rec, II, 112, 113, 173; Deeds, II, 39, (part 2), 37.

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their neighbors as they became old enough to be of service.
The first of these apprentices of record is Jolin Eddy, born on
Christmas day, 1637, who was placed in the care of Francis
Goulder of Plymouth, yeoman, April 3, 1645, being then under
eight years of age/ Contemporaneously with this Plymouth
family of Eddys there lived in Watertown, Mass., another
family, the father of whom was John, and who also came to
Plymouth in 1630 in the "Handmaid."^

John Eddy left Plymouth prior to 1632 and settled at
Watertown, where he became a freeman in 1634 and resided
there until 1684, the year of his death, being then ninety years
of age.^ By his wife Amy he had a son John, b. (February 6,
1636-7, just ten months before our John of Plymouth came
along, and who is the one entered as "Deced December 27:
1707" in the Watertowm records.* It does not appear that
he left any issue, as his brother Samuel in his will dated Aug.
6, 1702, makes provision for the maintenance of "my brother
John Eddi during his natural life."^ It is evident that he was
then without a family, in straitened circumstances and perhaps
''a little distempered" mentally as his father had been. This
Watertown family had the names of John, Samuel, Caleb and
Benjamin, as did the Plymouth branch.

Another John Eddy lived contemporaneously with these
two just mentioned, in the person of John Eddy or Eddway,
carpenter of Taunton in 1660, and as John of Plymouth bought
land in Taunton that year, which was bounded by John the
carpenter's land, it makes a pretty good foundation for some
confusion which earlier investigators did not successfully
escape.^ Whence came this John to Taunton is not known,

'In 1647 and 1653 his younger brothers, Zachary, aged 7, and Caleb, aged 9,
were "put out" to John Brown of Rehoboth. The town records contain only the
names of five children born to Samuel and Elizabeth, not enough to be called "many,"
so a number of others must have been born and died early.

''Ward, 274. There is no proven connection yet established between Samuel and
John, though it is a reasonable supposition that they were near relatives. It is
stated that John of Watertown, born about 1595, was son of Rev. William Eddy of
Bristol, later of Cranbrook, England, who had been educated at St. Johns and Trinity
Colleges, Cambridge, and received the degree of Master of Arts in 1591 at Cambridge
University. The young graduate became a clergyman and received the appointment
as Vicar of St. Dunstan's, Cranbrook, Kent, where he remained until his death,
which occurred in 1616, after a service of twenty-five years. (Bond, Watertown, 203.)

'Winthrop Journal, I, loi.

*He had married, probably, before 1677, the date of his father's will. A bequest
of £30 was made to him contingently, payable in £^ installments, annually, by his
brother Samuel (Middlesex Probate, VI, 301).

'Middlesex Probate, XII, 454.

*The Eddy Genealogy makes a hopeless tangle of the several Johns, particularly
the Plymouth and Taunton men.


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but he is distinct from our pioneer. He may have been a
half brother, or even a full brother, though bearing the same
name, as there are a number of vi^ell-known instances of this
double nomenclature in New England families. John of
Taunton had two wives, Susanna Paddock and Deliverance
Owen, and died in 1695 leaving three sons and five daughters.*

Having disposed of two other Johns whose contemporary
life has possibly some family interest, the fortunes of our John
of Plymouth will now be related. His apprenticeship with
Francis Goulder terminated in 1658 and he had during that
period learned the trade of a blacksmith. In what way he
became attracted to the Vineyard is only a matter of con-
jecture, but presumably through the representations of John
Daggett, senior, whose daughter he married later. Under
date of Dec. 28, 1659, the following entry occurs in the Edgar-
town records: The town [of Great Harbor] voted "to pay the
charge of the Smiths Transportation hither if he Desires: this
is John Edy of Plymouth."^ This offer made to the young
blacksmith was accepted by him in the next year as we find
that on Oct. 22, 1660, he was the owner of one share in the
town lands "given him by the Town."

This undoubtedly marks the date of his removal hither,
as from that time forth his name is found on the town and
county records each succeeding year. It is quite certain that
he came here in 1660 as a married man, as it is known that
his wife was Hepzibah Daggett, daughter of John, and that
a daughter Alice was born to them May 3, 1659. John Dag-
gett sold to his son-in-law a homestead six acres, a portion
of a ten-acre lot in that town believed to be on the "Line,"
but it has not been possible to identify the exact location.^
There were born to him his first five children prior to his
removal to Tisbury. Meanwhile he was attending to his
smithing and qualifying as an inhabitant under the require-
ments. He was a member of the train band in 1662 and
constable the same year. On May 11, 1663, having remained
three years a town, it was voted that he should "have a lot

of ten acres and a Commonage with two acres of Meadow

the meadow lies about the pond att Miles Brook."' This
lot was one of the "Five and Twenty," just south of the ceme-

'Bristol Co. Probate, I, 46; II, 20. Savage, Gen. Diet., Ill, 326, 328.
^Edgartown Town Records, I, 133.
'Edgartown Records, I, 4, 7.
*Dukes Deeds, VI, 115.


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tery on Tower Hill, having a frontage of 14^ rods on the
harbor. As proprietor he participated in all the divisions of
land during his residence in Edgartown, and in 1667 was
granted one sixth of the West Chop neck by Governor Mayhew/
This incident will be found explained elsewhere. At this
time the project for the purchase of Takemmy was under
consideration, and he entered into negotiations with the three
partners for admission as a proprietor in the proposed new
settlement. Accordingly he offered his lands at Homes Hole
as an exchange for this right, as shown in the following docu-
ment : —

Know all men by these presents that I John Eddy of the town of
great-harbour upon the Vineyeard do for myself my heires and assignes
sell unto William Pebody Josias Standish and James Allin I say I do sell
my whole accomodations lying at Holmes his hole being on sixth part of
that which was bought of the Indians by thomas Layton of Rode Island
and this I do for and in consideration that the for s'd William Pebody
Josias Standish and James Allin are to lett me the said Eddy have five
pounds worth of Land at Takemmy at the same Rate as they bought it
of the Indians provided that the sd Eddy demand it within two years after
the date hereofe as also they shall let me have one Lote among them to
live upon I the sd Eddy paying for it at the rate that they buy of the Indians
the afores'd five pounds worths to be part of the Lote if I do not demand
the Land and live upon it then to pay me five pounds at the end of the s'd
2 years the payment to made in current pay at prices current and in witt-
ness of the premises I have hereunto set my hand this 29 of June 1669

Memorandum — that the lote mentioned is to be one whole accomoda-
tion of the town now to be setled and that if ye town be not settled then the
fores'd land at holmes his hole to be returned to me the s'd Eddy in witt-
ness to all the premises I haye set hereunto my hand the day and year
above s'd John Eddy '

Within two years, the new township being an assured
success, he was granted a lot by the proprietors, on May 20,
1671, "if he com according to compacicion," and he came.'
Thenceforth he was identified with Tisbury till the close of
his life. Eight years ilater he sold all his Edgartown prop-
erty to John Coffin, with the exception of some small divisions
on the necks.'* In 1680 he was a defendant in a suit brought
by Simon Athearn for trespass and defamation, and acted as
a juror later in the same year.^ He was chosen constable
of Tisbury in 1683, 1684, 1692; selectman, 1687, 1688, 1693,
1696, 1697, 17005 tithingman, 1699; besides acting in several

'Dukes Deeds, I, 239.

*Tisbury Records, p. 17.

'Supreme Judicial Court Files, Case No. 4974.

*Dukes Deeds, I, 318. Dated March 6, 1679.

'Court Records, Vol. I.


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minor capacities on committees appointed by the proprietors
or freeholders. His last public office was held in 1711, when
he was chosen constable, being then in his 73rd year. He had
provided for his declining years by an arrangement with his
son Benjamin in 1706, by which all his property was given
to this only son on attaining his majority in consideration of
support during the remainder of his life.^ But this was destined
to be broken by the early death of Benjamin, May 19, 1709,
in his 24th year. By a will however the son, who had married,
required his wife as executrix to see "that agreement I have
with my honored father and mother, John and Hepsibah Eddy
touching their annual allowance shall be well and faithfully
observed."^ In the month following his death, Hannah, the
widow of Benjamin, on June 4th, evidently desirous of being
relieved of the support of the aged couple, transferred the entire
property to John^ Manter, grandson of John Eddy, in consider-
ation of his assuming the "agreement between John & Ben-
jamin Eddy about his son to the value of fy annually for the
support of John Eddy and wife living in one end of the house."
The Eddy homestead property became absorbed into the
Manter holdings on Dec. 20, 17 10, by a deed to his grandson,
the son of his daughter Hannah Manter.' This homestead
of forty acres was located on the east side of the Old Mill
brook abutting the Mill path, on which it had a frontage of
160 rods, running east, and a depth of 40 rods. During the
following five years of his life John Eddy requires but little
notice. He held no public office and beyond disposing of
scattered property holdings to his children and others his name
does not occur on the records. He died May 27, 171 5, aged
78 years, and his widow died May 3, 1726, aged 83 years,
both lying together in the West Tisbury cemetery, having well-
preserved stones. His estate was almost all disposed of during
his lifetime, except a few pieces of outlying property and
personal estate which he bequeathed in an unrecorded will
dated Dec. 24, 1715.

In the name of God amen: This Twenty Fourth Day of December
Anno Domini 17 14, I John Eddy of the Town of Tisbury in Dukes County
in New England being of perfect mind & memory Yet Considering the

'Dukes Deeds, II, 140.

^Dukes Probate, I, 27. The son had probably married in Boston. His will is
dated there, and after his death the widow removed to that place and remarried. A
Hannah Eddy m. Thomas Cole June 22, 1710 (Boston Record Com. Reports, XXVIII,

^Dukes Deeds, II, 203, 216.


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mortallity of my Body do make & ordain this my Last will and Testament,
viz: Principally and first of all I Give & Recomend my Soul into the
hands of God that gave it: and my body I recomend to the Earth to be
Interred in decent Christian manner att the Discretion of my Executors,
and as to my worldly Estate I give & dispose the same in the following
manner and form: —

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Hepzibah Eddy
the sole and entire use and Improvement and Comand of all and singular
my reall and personall estate that I sd John Eddy shall Decease seized
of in my own proper right During her Natural Life together with all my
Just Dues and Debts from any person or persons whatsoever Excepting
out of my personal estate one chest comonly called and known by the
Name of My Chest (By the family) and which I give to my grandson Samuel
Manter, and one Iron Dripping pan which I gave to my Daughter Hannah

And Furthermore

2. I give & bequeath all my household goods which may remain and be
Left att the death of the sd Hepzibath Eddy my wife & all my Live or
quick Stock or any moneys that may then be Due to me unto my Daughter
Abigail Eddy & to her proper use and benefitt.

3. I give & bequeath to my Daughters Hannah Manter and Beulah
Coffin all the lands belonging to me sd Jno Eddy Lying on the East side
of the old mill Brook in Tisbury to be equally Divided between them.

4. I further give & bequeath to my Daughters Abigail Eddy all the
Lands belonging to me sd Jno Eddy on the West side of the Old Mill
Brook in Tisbury being Part of Two of those Lotts of Land Comonly
called the Hill Lotts with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto
Belonging And I also give to my Daughter Abigail Eddy & my Grandson
Sam'l Manter all my share and Part of the Comon undivided Lands
throughout the Township of Tisbury which Contains one whole share in
Commons to be divided equally Between them.

5. Furthermore I give and bequeath to my grand son Sam'l Manter all
that percell and tract of Land which belongeth to me sd Jno Eddy Lying
in the Township of Chilmark, (which was formerly purchased by me and
my son in Law John Manter of Major Matt: Mayhew of Edgarttown) to
be his and his heirs ferever with all Priviledges and appurtenances there-
unto belonging

And I do Constitute make and ordain my well beloved and Trusty
friends Mr. Benjamin Manter of Tisbury & Mr. James Allen of Chilmark
the Executors of this my Last will and Testament.

And I do hereby utterly revoke disallow and make void all and every
other former wills & Testaments Legacys bequests and executors by me
in any ways att any Time before named Willed and bequeathed Ratifying
and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I Have here unto sett my hand and seal the Day
and Year above written j^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^1)

Signed sealled Published and ordared by the Sd John Eddy as his
Last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers, viz:
Josiah Torrey
Sarah Torrey
William Case


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The death of this prominent citizen and his only son
without male issue before him removed the name of Eddy
henceforth from our records, but it has survived as a baptis-
mal name in several families. The following are his children :

Alice Eddy, b. 3 May 1659, m. 16 Mch. 1682-3 Benjamin Hatch, (Falmo.
Rec. in Gen. Adv., Ill, 84).

Sarah Eddy, b. prob. 1661, m. i May 1681 Nathan Manter of Tisbury

Elizabeth Eddy, b. prob. 1663, m. 11 Dec. 1683 Jonathan Lambert,
(Barnstable Rec. in G. R., Ill, 272).

Hepzibah Eddy, b. prob. 1665, m. 9 May 1686 Moses Hatch of Barnstable,
(vide Otis Gen. Notes 471).

Hannah Eddy, b. prob. 1670, m. (date unknown) John Manter of Tis-
bury, d. 24 Oct. 1724

Beulah Eddy, b. about 1680, m. about 1701 Enoch Coffin of Edgartown

Benjamin Eddy, b. about 1685-6, d. 27 May 1708 aet. 24

Abigail Eddy, b. about 1688, m. Thomas Trapp 18 Jan. 1716-17 and d.
14 Feb. 1717-8, aet. 29 y. 5 m.


The first of this name to reside in Tisbury came here
from Taunton, at the solicitation of Matthew Mayhew, who
deeded to him in 1706 a tract of land in Chilmark, "to give
incouragement to Cloathing."^ Edward Hammett was by
trade a worsted comber, and took up his residence in that
part of the town now known as North Tisbury. He was
married in Taunton in 1704 to Experience Bowles of that
place and brought his wife and one child to his new home.
Here ten more children were born to him, four sons and seven
daughters in all, of whom Jonathan and Robert remained on
the Vineyard to perpetuate the name. The daughters married
here also. Beyond doing his citizen duty as juryman oc-
casionally, he held few public offices during his residence
here. He served as constable, tithingman, and surveyor of
highways, the latter for a considerable period till his death,
and these compose his career as a town officer. He died
March 20, 1745, in the 66th year of his age, which makes
the year 1679-80 the date of his birth. His wife survived

'Dukes Deeds, II, 72. Nothing has been developed regarding his antecedents.
There is a fantastic legend about him to the effect that his mother, a beautiful English
girl was captured from a ship by some Algerian pirates and she became the consort
of the chief. A son was born who bore the name of Hamid and when he grew up
his mother told him the secret of his birth and bade him escape to her own people,
which advice he followed. Those who wish to believe this story will probably do so.
There were Hammets living in Plymouth, Newport and Boston contemporaneously
with Edward of Tisbury, but no relationship between them is evident.


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him. In his will dated March i6, 1744-5, which was probated
on May 7th following, he mentioned all his children.^ In the
census of 1850 three families of this name lived in the town.


This pioneer of a numerous family came from the Cape
as one of the later settlers, about 1692-3, having been prev-
iously a resident of Barnstable. He was born in 1657 and
had married Elizabeth Eddy, daughter of John Eddy of this
town in 1683, and this relationship was doubtless the influence
which brought him here. He had served in the famous
expedition to Quebec in 1690 under Sir William Phips, but
after this single essay in military life he settled down on the
Vineyard to follow the peaceful occupation of carpenter.^
In 1694 he bought a tract of land bordering on Great James
pond of the Sachem Josias, and ever since that date the
name of Lambert's Cove has been a memorial of his residence
in that region.^ Here he lived until his death, and his sons
and grandsons remained on the paternal acres until it became
thoroughly indentified with the family. His life was unevent-
ful as he was a deaf mute, and the records give but little to
indicate any public activities. Two of his children were also
unfortunately afflicted with congenital deaf mutism, the first
known cases on the Vineyard. Sewall refers to him during
his visit in 1 714 to the island: "We were ready to be ofif ended
that an Englishman, Jonathan Lumbard in the company
spake not a word to us, and it seems he is deaf and dumb."*
His will, dated March 23, 1736-7, was probated Oct. 3, 1738,
and his death occurred between those dates. ^ He left three
sons and four daughters, the latter of whom married on the
mainland. Ebenezer and Beulah, the mutes, remained single.


The first of this family to settle here was Thomas, a son
of Thomas Look, a collier at the Lynn Iron Works. The

'Dukes Probate, III, i8o.

^He received a share in Narragansett township No. i (Gorham, Me.) for military
service. In 1695 Jonathan Lambert, master of the Brigantine Tyral, was despatched
to Quebec to bring back prisoners from that place. This may be our early settler.

^Dukes Deeds, I, 248.

*Diary, II, 432.

^Dukes Probate, III, i. In his will he provides as follows: "considering my two
Poor children that cannot speake for themselves, I Earnestly Desire that my son Jona-
than and my Trusty Beloved friend David Butler, after the understanding hereof would
Please as they have oppertunity to help them in any Lawful way as they shall see


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father, born about 1622, settled in Massachusetts, whither he
had come probably from Scotland to follow his trade at the
newly established iron foundry at Lynn. The name Look
is derived from the biblical Luke, and the first settler so spelled
it. It is a name found in Scotland before 1600 among the
rentallers of the Archbishop of Glasgow.^ Thomas, the
collier, became one of the original ten associates of Salis-
bury in 1659 who purchased Nantucket, and through this
transaction his son Thomas, born June, 1646, removed to
that island about 1670 and took up the share as a settler.
There he married Elizabeth Bunker, and four of his six known
children are recorded as born there.

The date of his removal to Tisbury may be placed about
1685-6, as he made the first purchase of land in town on Feb.
15, 1686, acquiring of Joseph Merry the valuable water and
mill privilege on the Tiasquin which his descendants im-

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