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He was a constable of Boston in 1694, served as a tithing-man, and was chosen by
the town as a measurer of grain from 1706 to 1709. Mr. Briscoe (1692) was a neigh-
bor and intimate friend of Judge Sewall (1679), who frequently mentions him in his
diary. He was a member of the Old South Church, and fourth sergeant of the Company
in 1695.

In 1708, the way leading from Briscoe's Corner, in Marlborough, now Washington,
Street, passing by Justice Bromfield's (1679) "in to ye Comon," the selectmen named
Rawson's Lane. The latter became Bromfield Street in 1829.

Addington Davenport (1692), of Boston, son of Capt. Eleazer and Rebecca
(Addington) Davenport, was born Aug. 3, 1670, graduated at Harvard College in 1689,
and until his decease, in 1736, was one of the active and prominent men of Boston.
Mr. Davenport (1692) was a grandson of Capt, Richard Davenport (1639). ^''•
Davenport (1692) was a selectman of Boston in 1711, and representative to the General
Court, 171 1-3; was appointed justice of the peace, Feb. 25, 1708-9; special justice,
Sept. 16, 1715 ; a councillor, 1714, 1728, 1729, and 1734 ; was appointed a justice of the
Superior Court, Dec. 19, 17 15, and was continued in that office until his decease, which
occurred in April, 1736. In 1714, he was appointed one of the trustees of " Bills of
Credit," and in 17 15, one of the commissioners for keeping the great seal, public
records, and files of the secretary's office. He was one of the founders of Brattle
Street Church in 1699.

Gibson Fawer (1692), of Dorchester, son of Eleazer and Mary (Preston) Fawer,
of Dorchester, was born in 1666. In the Dorchester Records, the name is given Fower.
His father, Eleazer, made his will, Nov. 13, 1665, "bound to see," and probably never
came back.

Robert Gibbs (1692), of Boston, merchant, son of Robert, was born Sept. 28, 1665.
He married. May 19, 1692, Mary Shrimpton, and had five children. He became a
freeman in 1690 ; was then living at Salem, but died at Boston, Dec. 8, 1702. He served
as constable in 1696, and as assessor in 1698. He was selectman of Boston from 1700
to 1702 inclusive, and during the same time acted as an assessor. He was a member
of the Old South Church; was also fourth sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1693,
and clerk from 1697 to 1701. His son, Henry, joined the Artillery Company in 1726.

Nathaniel Hall (1692), of Medford, son of John and Elizabeth (Green) Hall, of
Cambridge, was born July 7, 1666, and married, April 16, 1690, Elizabeth Cutter. He
died April 14, 1725. They had si.\ children born in Medford.

Addington Davenport(i692). Authomties: "[1702] Xr. 8. Mr. Robt Gilihs dies, one of
New Eng. Hist, and Gen. Reg., 1850, 1879; Boston our Select men, a very good man and much La-
Records, mented; died suddenly of the Small Pocks. His
Gibson Fawer (1692). Authorities: New death and the death of Jno Ailams . . . is a great
Eng. Hist, and Gen. Reg., 1851; Dorchester Rec- stroke to our church and congregation. The Lord
ords. vouchsafe to dwell with us and Not break up House-
Robert Gibbs (1692). Authorities: Boston keeping among us. Xr 9. Mr Gibbs buryed." —
Records; Hill's Hist, of Old South Church; New Se-Mill Papers, Vol. II., pp. 69, 70.
Eng. Hist, and Gen. Reg., 1S65.




Hezekiah Henchman (1692), of Boston, bookseller, son of Daniel Henchman
(1675), school-master, and father of Col. Daniel Henchman (1712), was born in Boston.
He was admitted a freeman in 1690, and died May i, 1694. He never held any office
in the Artillery Company. The only town office he ever held was that of constable,
having been elected March 13. 1693-4.

Thomas Jackson (1692), of Boston, son of Edmund (1646), of Boston, was born
March i, 1640. He served as a tithing-man in 1699 and 1700; was a member of a
military company in Boston during those years. He held the office of selectman in
1704 and 1705, but declined in 1706, after his re-election to that office. He married,
Oct. IS, 1690, PrisciUa Grafton. His son, Thomas, joined the Artillery Company
in 1 7 16.

John Keech (1692), of Boston, merchant, was probably a son of John Keetch, of
Boston. His name is spelled Keech in the Boston records of births. Lieut. John
(1692) had, by wife Abigail, three children born in Boston. He died prior to Feb. i,
1696, when his estate was inventoried for the probate court.

Wilh'am Keen (1692), of Boston, rejoined the Company in 1702.

Samuel Lilley (1692), merchant, first appears in Boston in 16S2. He was a son of
Samuel and Mehitable (Frary) Lilley, of Boston. It was at the grave of Samuel, Sr..
in 1689, that Deacon Theophilus Frary (1666) objected to the use of the burial service,
by Rev. Mr. Ratcliffe, the Episcopal minister.^ Samuel (1692) was chosen constable
of Boston, March 10, 1689-90. His mother married, for her second husband, Edward
Bromfield (1679).

John More (1692), of Boston, brewer, was admitted to be a freeman in 1671. He
was elected clerk of the market in 1673, and until his decease held some one or more
of the minor town offices. He was identified with the Boston militia, held the position
of ensign, and was a tithing-man in 1691. He died in 1693. By his wife, Lydia, he
had ten children. Administration on his estate was granted his widow, July 13, 1693.

David Norton (1692), of Boston, son of WiUiam and Susanna (Mason) Norton,
of Boston, was born May 31, 1664. In 1708, the street leading northwesterly from
Morrell's Corner, in Middle (now Hanover) Street, passing by Mr. David Norton's
(1692), extending to the salt water at the ferry, was named by the selectmen Prince
Street. In 17 11, he, with his neighbors, was assessed by the selectmen for the draining
of Prince Street, and in 17 14, April 29, the selectmen gave him liberty to dig up the
highway and enter his cellar drain into the common "shore" (sewer). He was a
member of the military, and a tithing-man in 1694. He died Dec. 2, 1721, and was
buried in Copp's Hill Burial-Ground.

Hezekiah Henchman (1692). Authorities: John More (1692). Authorities: Savage's

Boston Records; Thomas's Hist, of Printing. Gen. Diet.; Boston Records.

"[1694] Weilnesday May 2. . . . went to the David Norton (1692). AimiORiTlES: Boston

Funeral of HezeUia Henchman who died yesterday : Records; Savage's Gen. Diet,
was a Jury-man at the last Superior Court." — Se-wa// ' See Hutchinson, Vol. I., p. 356.

Papcr$, Vol. I., f. 390.



James Thornbury (1692), of Boston. Lieut. Daniel Powning (1691) refusing to
serve as tithing-nian in 1697, James Thornbury (1692) was chosen in his place. The
latter also held town ofifice in 1702 and 171 1.

John Winslow (1692), of Boston, merchant, was a son of John Winslow, of Boston,
and grandson of John, of Plymouth, a brother of Gov. Edward Winslow, of Plymouth.
John Winslow, the grandfather, moved to Boston in 1657. John (1692) was born in
Boston, May 22, 1669, and was a cousin of William Paine (1691). He brought the
proclamation of the Prince of Orange to New England from Nevis, arriving in Boston
April 4, 1689. John Winslow (1692) was thereupon imprisoned by Gov. Andros, .
although the former offered two thousand pounds security. The proclamation brought
by Mr. Winslow (1692) was immediately issued in Boston, and scattered throughout
the town and country, gladly welcomed by the people.

John Winslow (1692) was a cousin of Col. Edward Winslow (1700).

Adam Winthrop (1692), of Boston, merchant, only son of Adam Winthrop (1642),
and grandson of Gov. John Winthrop, of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Oct. 15,
1647, and graduated at Harvard College in 1668. He married Mary, daughter of Col.
Luttrell, of Bristol, England, and, with his wife, was received into the Second Church,
Boston, April 30, 1682. He became a freeman in 1683; was representative for Boston
in 1689, 1691, and 1692; was a niembei of Mr. Mather's (Second) church, and, by the
advice of Mr. Mather, the King named Col. Winthrop (1692) as one of the Governor's
councillors under the new charter. He held that ofifice but for one year. He was
elected constable of Boston in 1681, but declined to serve. He was a commissioner
in 1684-5 ^fid 1690, and one of the selectmen in 1688, 1689, and 1690. He was a
captain in the militia in 1689, and judge of the Superior Court in 1692. He was third
sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1698. At the time of the Andros revolution in
April, 1689, there were three companies of militia in Boston which assembled at the
town-house. Adam Winthrop (1692) commanded one. Col. Shrimpton (1670) another,
and Nicholas Paige (1693) the third.

Adam Winthrop (1692) died Aug. 3, 1700, in his fifty- third year, and was
buried in the family tomb in King's Chapel Burial-Ground. His daughter, Mary,
married, March 9, 1703, John Ballentine, Jr. (1694) ; and his son, Adam, joined the
Artillery Company in 1694.

Joseph Winthrop (1692), of Boston, only son of Deane and Sarah (Glover) Win-
throp, of Boston, who lived to manhood, was born May 3, 1666. He was named Jose',
in honor of his grandfather, Jose Glover. Joseph's (1692) residence at Pulling Point,
in the harbor of Boston, was within what is now the town of Winthrop.

Joseph (1692), whose right name was Jose, but who is called Jesse in Boston
Records, was elected constable at Rumney Marsh, March 11, 1700; and, March 23,

John Winslow (1692). Authorities: Sav- "Adam Winthrop [1692] dies Aug. 3. 1700,

age's Gen. Diet.; Eliot's Biog. Diet.; sketches of about 2 post nwriJ. buried -Vug. 7." — Si-;m//'s

Winslow Family, in New Eng. Hist, and Gen. Reg., Diary, Vol. //., /. 21.
1850,1871,1872. Joseph Winthrop (1692). Authorities:

Adam Winthrop (1692). Authorities : Sav- Savage's Gen. Diet.; Boston Records,
age's Gen. Diet.; Boston Records; Whitman's Hist.
A. and H. A. Company, Ed. 1S42.


1702, he was chosen, with eleven others, "to run the lines and renew the bound marks,"
between Maiden, Lynn, Reading, and Boston, "on the 21st of April next." He died,
unmarried, Nov. 15, 1702.

Wait Winthrop (1692), of Boston, son of Gov. John Winthrop, of Connecticut,
and grandson of Gov. John Winthrop, of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Feb. 27,
1641-2, and was baptized in the First Church, March 6 of the same year. His name
as given in the church records is Waitstill, but he habitually signed his name " Wait
Winthrop." He received the middle name. Still, probably in memory of his father's
great uncle. Dr. John Still, Bishop of Bath and Walls. Mr. Winthrop (1692) married
(i) Mary Browne, of Salem, who died June 14, 1690, and, (2) Nov. 13, 1707, Catherine,
daughter of Capt. Thomas Brattle (1675), and widow of Hon. John Eyre (1682).

In 1646, he went with his parents to New London, Conn., which his father had
founded the year before. Subsequently he entered Harvard College, but left before
taking his degree in order to enter the military service of Connecticut, and afterwards
had a command in King Philip's War. He returned to live in Massachusetts, and took
a prominent part in its public affairs. He was one of the commissioners of the United
Colonies in 1672, and held the same office in 1675 and 1676 — years made perilous by
the Indians. He was one of the councillors named by the King to serve under Joseph
Dudley (1677), president in 1686; was reappointed to serve in the council of Sir
Edmund Andros, and he was continued a member of the latter until the Governor's
overthrow in 1689. The name of Wait Winthrop (1692) is the first signed, April 18,
1689, to the demand for the surrender of Gov. Andros, and on the 20th of April, 1689,
when the colonists formed a " council for the safety of the people and conservation of the
peace," Wait Winthrop (1692) was chosen commander-in-chief of the militia, a position
he held until his decease.

Mr. Hutchinson says, " Mr. Winthrop was a good sort of a man, and although he
was of a genius rather inferior to either of his ancestors, yet he was popular, and the
party against Mr. [Joseph] Dudley [1677] wished to have him Governor. Winthrop
was a plain, honest man. . . . He was one of the old council who had drawn up and
sent to England a narrative of the proceedings of Sir Edmund, and was chosen agent
for the colony in the room of Sir H. Ashurst, and was ready to embark when the news
of Gov. Dudley's [1677] appointment arrived and prevented his voyage."

Major-Gen. Winthrop (1692) was chosen an assistant, under the old form of
government, in 1692, ten days before the arrival of Sir William Phips with the new
charter. In this. Gen. Winthrop (1692) was appointed by the King one of the coun-
cillors, and was annually re-elected to that office until his decease. Dec. 7, 1692, he
was appointed a justice of the Superior Court, and Aug. i, 1701, after the death of
William Stoughton, Justice Wait Winthrop (1692) was promoted to be chief-justice.

Wait Winthrop (1692). Authorities: Sav- Gen. Winthrop; The Corps was carried into the

age's Gen. Diet.; Winthrop's Letters, pub. by Mass. Town House the night before; Now buried from

Hist. Soc; Reports Boston Rec. Com.; New Eng. the Council Chamber. Bearers, His Excel, the

Hist, and Gen. Reg. Gov., Gov. Dudley; Lt. Gov. Dumer, Col. Taylor,

" [1717] Nov. 7. Last night died the Excellent Col. Elisha Hutchinson, Sam. Sewall. Scarfs and

Waitstill Winthrop, esqr., for Parentage, Piety, Pru- Rings. The Regiment attended in Arms, Mr. John

dence, Philosojihy, Love to New England Ways and Winthrop led the widow. 'Twas past five before we

people very Eminent. His Son not come though went. The Streets were crowded with people: was

sent for. . . . laid in Gov. Winthrops Tomb in Old Burial Place."

"Nov. 14. . . . Attended the Funeral of Maj. — Snvall Papers, Vol. III., pp. 146, 147.



Except from 1702 to 1707-8, he held the office of chief-justice until his death, which
occurred Nov. 7, 1717. Samuel Sewall (1679) was promoted to fill the vacancy.

Major-Gen. Winthrop (1692) was elected captain of the Artillery Company the year
he joined, — an unusual event. He inherited his father's taste for medical studies, and
sometimes practised gratuitously, finding his own medicines. He was buried in the
King's Chapel Burial-Ground.

In the inventory of his estate are included : coach, two horses, and harness, ^30
silver plate, ^115 io.f. ; farm at Billerica, ^200 ; half an acre of land in Boston, ^100
Elizabeth Islands, _;/^2,ooo ; "stock in slaves and salt works" (carried out), "nothing"
whole amount of inventory, ^^3,02 7 i8s. 8^/.

Rev. John Bailey, of Watertown, who was born near Blackburn, in Lancashire,
England, Feb. 24, 1644, delivered the Artillery election sermon of 1692. He is said
to have preached at the Old South, in Boston, as an assistant, prior to his settlement in
Watertown, and delivered his farewell sermon in Boston, July 25, 1686. "July 26
[1686], a considerable troop from Watertown come and fetch Mr Bailey; some of ours
also accompany them." '

John Dunton says, in his journal, " I went to visit Mr. John and Mr. Thomas Bailey
in Boston. These two popular preachers are very generous to strangers. I heard Mr.
John upon these words : ' Looking unto Jesus ' ; and I thought he spoke like an angel."

Mr. Bailey was installed in Watertown, Oct. 6, 1686, the fourth minister of that church.
He removed to Boston in 1692-3, where he lived until his decease, Dec. 12, 1697.

"Died Dec. 12, 1697, in Boston, Rev. John Bailey, who for many years preached
the gospel in the city of Limerick, but having been persecuted and silenced, he removed
to New England in 1684. He preached in Watertown when his wife died; then, being
very melancholy, and having the gout, he removed to Boston about 1693. He preached
at the South Church, Boston, once a month, and at the Old Church almost every
Sabbath, and his turn in the lecture, till, falling sick last fall, he died as above written,
and was honorably interred on the sixteenth day in the tomb of Mr. Thomas Deane. . . .

"The distinguishing traits of Mr. Bailey's character were ardent piety, great tender-
ness of conscience, and an absorbing interest in the spiritual welfare of men. It was
his prayer, to use his own words, that ' he might not be of the number of those that
live without love, speak without feeling, and act without life.' "

His wife, Lydia, died in Watertown, April, 1690. The following is her

" Epitaph.

" Pious Lydia, made and given by God,
As a most meet help unto John Bailey,
Minister of the Gospel.
Good betimes — Best at last,
Lived by faith — Died in grace,
Went off singing — Left us weeping,
Walked with God till translated in the 39'li year of her age.
Ap 16. 1691.
Read her epitaph in Prov. xx.\i. 10, II, 12, 28, 29, 30, 31."

Rev. John Bailey. Authorities: Bond's Watertown; Mather's Magnalia; Diary of Daniel
Fairfield, of Braintree; Sprague's' Annals of American Pulpit; Ilill's Hist, of Old South Church.
' Sewall's Diary.


^ The officers elected were: John Wing (1671), captain ; Nathaniel

T QQ '^ -/I ^ Williams (1667), lieutenant; Henry Deering (16S2), ensign. William
^ ^ ' Robie (1684) was first sergeant; Daniel Powning (1691), second ser-
geant; Roger Kilcup (1684), third sergeant; Robert Gibbs (1692), fourth sergeant;
William Robie (1684), clerk ; Robert Cumby (1691), clerk's assistant, and Samuel Marion
(1691), drummer.

The members recruited in 1693 were : John Combs, Moses Draper, James Fowles,
Nathaniel Holmes, Nicholas Paige, Samuel Phillips, Thomas Savage, Samuel Wentworth.

John Combs (1693), of Boston, son of Jacob Combs, cooper, of Boston, was born
July 20, 1664. He was admitted a freeman in 1690, was identified with the military, and
served as a tithing-man in 1694. John Coombes (probably same as above) was a tithing-
man of Boston in 1697. John Combs (1693) was again a tithing-man in 1707 and
1708. He was buried May 13, 17 16.

Moses Draper (1693), shopkeeper, of Boston, son of James Draper, of Dedham,
was formerly of Roxbury, where he joined the church Feb. 17, 1683, being about twenty
years of age. He married, July 7, 1685, Hannah, daughter of John Chandler, and sister
of Major John Chandler (1725). She was born Sept. 18, 1669. His wife died June 9,
1692, about which time he moved to Boston, and married, Nov. 3, 1692, a second wife,
Mary Thatcher, by whom he had a son, Moses, who was baptized at the Second Church,
Sept. 17, 1693.

James Fowles (1693), of Boston, was probably a son of Thomas Fowles (1639), of
Boston. If so, he was born Dec. 3, 1644. James Fowles (1693) was a member of the
fourth military company of Boston, and a tithing-man in 1696-7.

Nathaniel Holmes (1693), of Boston, joiner, son of Joseph Holmes, of Roxbury,
was baptized July 10, 1664. Nathaniel's parents moved to Boston about 1660. His
mother was Elizabeth Clap, daughter of Capt. Roger Clap (1646). He married Sarah
Thaxter, Oct. i, 1691. In January, 1705, Nathaniel Holmes (1693) was granted liberty
to burn brick and lime, for the space of one year, over against the land of Joseph Allen
(1694), at the South End of Boston. In 1706, he was a tithing-man of Boston.

"At a meeting of y' Sel. men Janry 23"'. Sarah y Wife of Capt Nathl Holmes her
Petition to sell Strong drinck as a retaylor at her present dwelling House at y'" South end
of y<= Town is allowed by y'' Selectmen," is a transcript from the Records of the Selectmen
for 1709. In 171 1, the same license was granted to "Sarah Holmes, Widow."

Lieut. Holmes (1693) was first sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1695.'

John Combs (1693). Authorities: Savage's the Company. It seems most probable that it was

Gen. Diet. ; Boston Records. Nathaniel, grandson of Capt. Roger Clap (1646),

Moses Draper (1693). Authority: Sav- though it might have been Nathaniel, son of Nath-

.ige's Gen. Diet. iel, of Roxbury, of whom Judge Sewall thus wrote:

"[1693] Monday Augt 14, Moses Draper, a "Second-day, June 12, 1699. The Gov. goes

very hopcfull young man [dies]." — Se^ca II Papers, to the Castle with Col. Romer and several of the

Z '11/. /., /. 3S I . Council: Was saluted by the Fort and ships as

Nathaniel Holmes (1693). Authorities: passed by, and at the Castle, .\fterwards Col.

Boston Records; Savage's Gen. I)ict. l\.omer desired a Shot might be made; the Gun

' There were, in 1693, three persons in Boston broke and kill'd Nathaniel Homes, the Under-

and Roxbury by the name of Nathaniel Holmes. It Guner, who was buried at Roxbury next day." —

is difficult to determine which was the member of ScwaU Papers, Vol. /., /. 49S.


Nicholas Paige (1693), of Boston, came from Plymouth, Devon County, England,
in 1665. He was a merchant, and at first dwelt at Rmnney Marsh, now Chelsea. Ann
Keayne, daughter of Benjamin (1638) and Sarah (Dudley) Keayne, and granddaughter
and heiress of Robert Keayne (1637), founder of the Artillery Company, married, Dec.
II, 1657, Edward Lane, aged thirty-six years, a merchant from London, who came over
in the "Speedwell" in 1656. He died soon after 1663, and his widow, Ann (Keayne)
Lane, married Capt. Nicholas Paige (1693). The latter was engaged in King Philip's
War, in 1675, having been appointed captain of a troop June 27 of that year. July 15,
1675, a treaty was negotiated by force or intimidation with the Narragansets, among
the witnesses to which were Capt. Daniel Henchman (1675) and Capt. Nicholas Paige
(1693), "of the dragoons." Nicholas Paige (1693), in the records, has, at different
times, the titles, captain, major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel, which imply a continued
and successful military career. He was captain of one of the three military companies
which assembled in Boston when the Andros government was overthrown, in April, 1689.

The only town office he held seems to be that of constable, to which he was elected
March i6, 1673-4.

In 1659-60, the General Court granted to Ann (Keayne) Lane a tract of land, in
consequence of the liberal donations of her grandfather, Robert Keayne (1637), 'o 'he
country. Col. Paige (1693) was appointed by the court one of the executors of the
will of Robert Keayne (1637). The estate was not settled until long after the marriage
of Nicholas Paige (1693) and Ann (Keayne) Lane. They joined in a will, which was
proved Jan. 3, 1717.

Mr. Paige (1693) seems to have been neglectful of others' convenience and rights,
for the town entered complaint against him, April 24, 1676, for creating a nuisance in
the highway; in April, 1688, he encroached upon the street; and again, in 1695, he
caused a nuisance near his house, which he was ordered to remove by a certain time,
or pay five shillings for the use of the poor. A similar complaint was made against him
July 28, 1701.

His wife died June 30, 1704, and on the same day the selectmen "declare their
Consent that in the Old burrying- place there be a Tombe made for Coll. Page [1693]
to burry his deceaced wife in." He died in November, 1717, and his will was proved
the 3d of January following.

He was commander of the Artillery Company in 1695.

Samuel Phillips (1693), of Boston, son of Henry Phillips (1640), of Dedham, was
baptized Nov. 2, 1662. In 1691, he was distinguished as a bookseller. Mr. Dunton,
in his Life and Errors, calls him his old correspondent, and says, " He treated me with
a noble dinner, and (if I may trust my eyes) is blessed with a pretty, obliging wife ; I '11

Nicholas Paige (1693). Authorities: Bos- for his Majesty's service. The memorial, etc., is

ton Records; Whitman's Hist. A. and H. A. Com- given in the notes to Province Laws (Resolves, etc.),

pany, Ed. 1842. 1701-2, pp. 710, 711. Among other things neces-

" [171 7, Nov.] 29. Col. Paige is buried from sary, he cites an additional force. March 2S, 1702,

Capt. Oliver's. Bearers John Usher esqr, W™ Tailer the council resolved that three hundred men should

esqr; Sewall, Thomas; Col. Byfield, Col Checkley. be enlisted out of the two Suffolk and one lower

Scarvs and Rings. Laid in a Tomb in the old Middlesex regiments, for duty at the Casile; namely,

Burying place. Gov. and Lt Gov. had scarvs and "One hundred and twenty of the regiment under

R\r\ai." — Se-Mi// Papers, Vol. III., p. 150. command of Col. Nicholas Paige [1693], eighty of

In 1701, Elisha Hutchinson (1670), captain of the regiment under command uf Elisha Hutchinson

his Majesty's castle on Castle Island, memorialized [1670], and one hundred of the regiment under
the honorable council in regard to things necessary command of Col. John Phillips [16S0]."

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