William H. (William Henry) Chaffee.

The Chaffee genealogy, embracing the Chafe, Chafy, Chafie, Chafey, Chafee, Chaphe, Chaffie, Chaffey, Chaffe, Chaffee descendants of Thomas Chaffe, of Hingham, Hull, Rehoboth and Swansea, Massachusets; also certain lineages from families in the United States, Canada and England, not descended from Th online

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changed the name to Hingham in deference to requests, no doubt made by those
early settlers, several of whom came from Hingham in the County of Norfolk,
England. Whether Thomas Chaffe was one of the earliest settlers of Hingham, we
do not know; the list of those who in 1635 owned land there does not give his name,
but the above extract from the records proves conclusively that at that time he
was a property owner, though the entry of his grant was not made until 1637,
when we find, under the heading "The severall parsells of land and meadow legally
given unto Thomas Chaffe by the towne of Hingham," the following:

"Given unto Thomas Chaffe by the Towne for a planting lott seven acres of land
upon the worlds end hill bounded with the sea eastward and southward and with
the land of John Prince westward and with the land of John Tucker northward."

Under the same date we find another entry :

"Given unto Thomas Chaffe all the salt marsh on the south side of straitts pond
for two acres and he is to have all the sd parsells of land to him and his heirs for
ever be they more or less as they were measured."

"July 17th 1637 . . . Given unto Thomas Chaffe by the towne for a house
lott two acres of land Butting upon Batchellor street eastward bounded with the
land of William Ludkin southward."

The small amount of land granted to Thomas Chaffe for his house or home lot,
proves that at this time he was unmarried, as it was the custom of those days to
grant small parcels of land to bachelors, as being sufficient for their needs. Bachelor
Street is now known as Main Street, and the original Chaffe home lot is about oppo-
site the old meeting-house.

One more piece of property was given in that year to Thomas Chaffe by
the town :


"Octobr 1637 . . . Givoii unto Thomas Chaffe by the Towno for a greatt
lott tenii acres of land lying upon the great playne on the second furlong to the
westward of the centre, bounded with the land of Ralph Smith southward and
with the Land of Thomas Turner northward. Butting upon the high wayes east-
ward and westward."

Between the above date and April 9, 1G42, nothing is found in the records re-
garding Thomas Chaffe and then his name appears in the records of Nantasket,
later called Hull, a town adjoining Hingham and situated on the point of a penin-
sula jutting out into Massachusetts Bay. Nantasket was an older town than Hing-
ham. The first building there was erected by the people of Plymouth on or before
1624 and used as a store house " to accomodate their trade with the ]\Iassachusetts."
In 1628 it bore about one-eighth part of the expeiases of the Colonies. The records
of the Massachusetts Bay Colony state :

" By virtue of an order of Geunerall Court, wee whose names are under written,
comissioners for the laying out of a plantation at Nantasket, doe order and dispose
the same in manner following: first, Jerrimiah Bellamy, John CoUjer, Nathanj:
Baker, Edmond Bosworth, John Prince, Nathanj: Bosworth, Edward Bunn,
Thomas Colljer, Richard Stubbs, Thomas Chaffey, William Kerly and John Stod-
der shallbe admitted as planters, and to take their house lotts for building of
houses in the valley betwixt the two hills next Pedocks Island, to the value of
two acres for each house, so that there may lie thirty-two lotts at least betwixt
the said two hills, the psons aboue to take all their lotts on one side of the said
valley, to begin at either end of that side, as they all shall thinke fitt by agreement,
or else p. lott, the said lots to be and to lye onely fiue rodds broade up against
the hill, wch they chuse, these persons to haue each two acers of medowe as they
shallbee hereafter signed, & also each of them to have four acres of planting land
at Peddock's Hand, to bee laid out when the plantation shall be fuller; in the
meanetime, if have any need to plant, they may plant where they think fit: and
when it shalbe allotted and layd out in ppriety, those that have planted, if in
casting lotts they bee put from such lands as they haue planted, they are to bee
allowed for their labour they haue been at by those wch shall possesse their lotts
afterwards. The beaches and places on Nantaskott or any of the isleands that
may bee fitt for setting up of stages for fishing to be left free for such purpose
for these or any other persons that shall set on such a work, and the plantation to
be possessed & enjoyed by the persons aforesajd according to the order of Cor
above specifjed. Dated the 9th of ye 2d mo, 1642. :

"Nathanael Duncan,

"William Parks,

" Israel Stoughton,

"John Glouer. "

On May 29, 1644, the name of the town was changed to that of Hull and in
July of that year a church was formed there. Governor Winthrop says, under
the date of July 15th, 1644:

"Nantascott being formerly made a town, and having now twenty houses and
a minister, was by the last general court named Hull."

In both Hingham and Hull Thomas Chaffe was a fisherman and farmer.

The name of his wife and the date and place of his marriage are unknown. He
was probably married in Hull, as the copious notes and manuscripts left by the
Reverend Peter Hobart, pastor of the church at Hingham from September, 1635,
until the date of his death in 1678, make no mention in any way of Thomas Chaffe,
his wife or children. The town records of Hull prior to 1657 have been lost; if
extant they would doubtless give us the desired information. It is probable that
the wife's Christian name was Dorothy, as her sons both had daughters by that

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Facsimile of original entries in the town records at Hingham, Mass.,
of lands granted to Thomas Chaffe.



This signature is attaclied to a deed whicli reads: "Tliomas Ohaffe of Wannamoisett in
the Government of New Plj-mouth. New England in America. Plantpr." and is dated the
■' 11th Day of April in the year of Cur Lord 1064."

yTTZa^^ fffi^

Signed in Boston between 1630 and 16.54. (From " Winsor's Memorial History of Boston ")

Signature of Tlioiiias Cliaffe, tlie immigrant ancestor, ami of Matliew Chaft'e (Page 573),

a contemporary.



& priveledges thereto belonging vnto him the sajd Thomas Loring his heires &
Assignes for euer and to the only propper vse & behoofe of him the sajd Thomas
Loring of Hull his heires & Assignes for euer wth out the lett Suite trouble molesta-
tion Denjall or Contradiction of the sajd Thomas Chaffie my heires or Assignes
for euer & Doe by these presents Couenant & promise to warrant & defend the
same against all persons and persons whomsoeuer lawfully hauing Clajming or
Pretending to haue any estate right title Dowry or Interest of in or to the same
or any part or Parcell thereof in wittnes whereof the sajd Thomas Chaffy haue
here\Tito Sett my hand and Seale this 30th of may in the yeare 1660.
"Signed Sealed and Deliuered his mrke

the sajd Tho. Loring being in Thomas J Chaffye

possession of the aboue
Graunted premisses In
the presence of
Nicco Baker
John Blake.

" Boston may 30th 1660.
Thomas Chaffey ac-
knowledged this In-
strument to be his
act & deed before
me. Thomas Danforth.
" Entred & Recorded 30th may
p Edw Rawson Recordr."

In the foregoing deed Thomas "Chaffye" designates himself as "some time of
Hull in the County of Suffolke" but does not say where he was then living. But
in the Proprietors' Records of Rehoboth, Mass., we find that "Thomas Chafey"
was one of the Proprietors at least as early as December 25, 1660:

' 'An agreement under ye hands of ten of the Proprietors in order to the settle-
ment of the Lands aforesaid.

" Dated December 25 : 1660.
"Wee whose names are here under written the proprietors of those Lands
called and known by the name of Sawomes Lands doe unanimously and Joyntly
binde our selves and covenant to perform these peticulr.

"1, That none of us shall at anytime Let or sell any of the said Lands to any
stranger that is not allready a proprietor with us without the Joynt Consent of
us all subscribed under our hands vidt, neither upland nor meadow.

"2. That Henry Smith of Rehoboth be the man to measure all Lands yt is
to be measured out and Appertaining unto any of us and that some two or thre
of our selves are to be preasant with him to see it done.

"3. That Thomas Willett by way of exchange is to have thirty Acres of up-
land measured out adjoyning unto the land of his formerly measured out by
William Carpenter ha\dng the Towne fence on the North side and the Land of
John BrowTi on the South Side and Mr. Willett doth Leave the home Lot formerly
Lay'd out for Elder Cushman in consideration of the same, being of the quantity
of thirty acres to Lye common Amongst us.

"John Brown, Peter Hunt,

"Thomas Willet, Henry Smith,

"Stephen Paine, Phillip Walker,

"John Peck, Thomas Chafey,

"John Allen, Samuel Newman."

These records also contain a description of the boundaries of the land belonging
to various proprietors, that of "Thomas Chafey" being referred to thus:

'10. One devition Layd out in the aforesaid home Lotts number Nine &



Ten to Thomas Chafey, being ten Acres or thereabouts. Called Rice's Neck,
bounded North by said Chafey's home Lott, East the Meadow, South by Mr.
Allen's Meadow, and West by Mr. Aliens Land. " Thomas's land is again referred
to as bounding the land of Nathaniell and Israeli Peck on the North. This item
is signed by Joseph Chafey and seven others. [Ibid.]

The town of Rehoboth was originally called by the Indians and after them by
the English, "Seecunk" or "Seekonk." In July, 1621, some of the Pilgrims
from the Plymouth settlement made a visit to the Indian Chief Massasoit, whose
domain was known as the Sowams country, of which Wannamoisett, where Thomas
Chaffe settled, formed a part. This was the first attempt made by the English
to explore the interior, and the spirit of westward emigration, so early shown by
them, has been dominant in their descendants ever since. As early as 1632,
the Plymouth settlers had a trading post at Sowams.

About 1635, William Blackstone, a nonconformist minister of England, who
had settled in Boston about 1625, left the home on Shawmut peninsula, Boston,
which he had reclaimed from the wilderness, and came to Seekonk five years
after the arrival in 1630 of Governor Winthrop and his colony in Boston. Black-
stone is said to have made the following characteristic speech:

"I came from England because I did not like the Lord-Bishops, but I cannot
join with you because I would not be under the Lord-Brethren."

He settled in what is now Cumberland, R. I., on the banks of the stream which
bears his name, and about three miles above Pawtucket, R. I. Another early
settler was Roger Williams, who being banished by the Court in Boston, left his
home in Salem about the middle of January, 1635-6, and settled for a few months
in Seekonk, thinking himself to be outside the jurisdiction of both the Plymouth
and the Massachusetts Bay Colonies. Governor Winslow of the Plymouth Colony
soon informed him that he had strayed into the edge of their bounds, and not
wishing to displease the Bay (the Court at Boston) advised him to move to the
other side of the river, which he did with five others, and upon landing called
the place Providence. The purchase of the land on which Rehoboth stands was
made of Massasoit in 1641 by John Brown and Edward Winslow of the Plymouth
Colony, authorized by the Court of that place to act for the early settlers, who
were from Thomas Chaffe 's old home, Hingham, and from Weymouth, Mass.
The purchase was according to the measurement of those times, "a tract eight
miles square," and embraced what is now the towns of Rehoboth, Seekonk and
Pawtucket. December 29, 1645, a second purchase was made of the land called
by Indians and English alike "Wannamoisett," which forms a part of what is now
Swansea, Mass., and Barrington, R. I., and was the place where Thomas Chaffe
afterward settled. The third and last purchase was made after Thomas Chaffe
had become an inhabitant and proprietor there, April 8, 1661, and was called
"The North Purchase," including the present towns of Attleboro, Mass., and
Cumberland, R. I. Ancient Seekonk, later called Rehoboth, was afterwards
subdivided as follows: In 1668 the southeast part of it was set off and called
Swansea, which in turn lost a portion of its land in 1717, when the town of Bar-
rington, Mass., was formed, and in 1790 another part, when Somerset was formed as
a town. In 1747 Barrington, a part of Swansea, now Warren, and Bristol were set
off from Massachusetts to Rhode Island ; Barrington was united with the territory
taken from Swansea and called Warren, and the two towns formed Bristol County,
R. I, with Bristol the shire town. In 1770, Barrington, R. I., was set off from


Warren, with boundary line substantially as at the present time. In 1694, Reho-
both North Purchase was formed into the town of Attleboro, and this, in turn,
in 1746, lost what was then known as the "Gore," the town of Cumberland, R. I.,
being formed. Ancient Rehoboth now remained intact until 1812, when its
western part became a separate town, taking the old Indian name of Seekonk.
In 1828, the northwest corner of Seekonk was formed into the town of Pawlucket,
Mass., and in 1861 the western portion became East Providence; at the same
time, the newly formed town and Pawtucket were ceded to the state of Rhode
Island, in exchange for Fall River, R. I., which was annexed to Fall River, Mass.

The settlers from Hingham and Weymouth located in Seekonk in 1643, the lat-
ter including in their number Reverend Samuel Newman, and in 1645 the name
was changed at his request to Rehoboth, a scripture name; this first minister
of Rehoboth compiled the third Bible Concordance, which far surpassed the
other two. Three editions of it were published, the second having been revised
from the first, while the author was living in Rehoboth, where he died July 5, 1663.
His church was about five miles north of Thomas Chaffe's house, and our worthy
ancestor doubtless profited by his sermons and sorrowed with his neighbors over
his death.

A few months after the sale of his property in Hull, having in the meantime
received land in the division of Rehoboth lands, Thomas Chaffe made his first
recorded purchase of land there of Stephen Paine, Sr., February 9, 1660:

" Prence Gour
"This 9th of the Eleaventh month, 1660. To All people to whom this prsent
writing shall come. Know Yea, that I, Stephen Paine sen'r of Rehobeth, for
mee, my heires execquitors and assigns for and inconsideration of fifty and three
pounds, to me in hand payed, have given, granted bargained and sold unto Thomas
Chaffey late of Nantasket allies Hull, All my lands, meddows, comons, and com-
onages, which I bought of Resolved White of Scituate lying and being in aplace
called Sewaens except one parcel of Meddow which I exchanged with Obadiah
Bowine, the which parcel of meddow which I had of the aforesaid Obadiah. I
have bargained and sold unto the aforesaid Thomas Chaffey, within lien of that
which I exchanged for that that was Resolved White's bearing date the third
of the second Month 1665 [?], All of which prsells of lands and meddows comons
and comonages, I have sold and set over unto Thomas Chaff"ey and his heirs for-
ever; without any molestation or claim or claimes from mee my heires, execquitors
and assigns, or any other by my meanes. In witness heerof I have hereunto set
my hand the day and year above written.

Stephen Paine, and a seale
"Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of
"Joseph Pecke
" Richard Bullock
"This deed was owned before me, this 4th day of January 1661.

" Witness my hand. Thomas Willett. "
[Plymouth Colony Record of Deeds, Vol. Ill, p. 81.]

April 11, 1664, "Thomas Chaffe of Wanamoisett . . . planter" sold to
Captain Thomas Willett and James Brown one of the two lots he received in the
division of the home lots as before mentioned. This Captain Willett was an early
settler of Plymouth and one of the most eminent citizens of Rehoboth. He was
also the first Mayor of New York City, being elected to that office twice. The
deed in full is as follows :

' 'A deed appointed to be recorded.
"To all Christian people to whom these prsents shall come. Thomas Chaffe


of Wanamoisett in the Gourment of New Plymouth, in New England, in America,
planter, sendeth Greeting

Know Ye, that I the aforesaid Thomas Chaffe, have for a good and valuable
consideration to me in hand received and payed by Captain Thomas Willett and
James Brown of Rehobeth, in the Gourment of said wherewith I the said Thomas
Chaffe doe acknowlidge myself sufficiently satisfy ed, contented and fully payed,
and thereof and every pte and pcell thereof do exonnarate acquit and discharge
the aforesaid Captaine Thomas Willett and James Browne they theire heires,
execquitors and assigns forever by these prsents have freely and absolutely bar-
gained and sold enfeoffed and confirmed and by these prsents doe bargain, sell,
enfeoffe, and confirm from mee the said Thomas Chaffe and my heires to them
the said Capt. Thomas Willett and James Browne, they, theire heires and as-
signes forever, a pcell of upland, containing twenty and five acres, be it more or
lesse being the Ninth lot, which said land I had of the Towne of Rehobeth upon
agreement in reference to the five Railed ffence being my whole pte of that land,
which said land being adjoyning to the land of Waunamoisett, being bounded
to the south the land of the aforesaid James Brown, to the North the Town Comon
to the West the land that was layed out to Mr. Stepen Paine; to the East the
land of henery Smith and Phillip Walte; and the said Capt. Thomas Willett and
James Browne, do engage to take of and free from the said Thomas Chaffe, and
his heires forever; all ingagements or covenants in Reference to any fence or
ffences that doth or may belong unto the aforesaid land. To have and to hold
the aforesaid five and twenty acres of land, be it more or lesse, as theire owne
proper right to them and their heirs and assignes, forever, thereby due and of
right accustomed, and warranting the sale thereof against what people soever
from, by or under mee the aforesaid Thomas Chaffe, or by my right or title claim-
ing any right or title of or in the aforesaid prmises. And I the said Thomas Chaffe,
doe alsoe covenant promise and grant to, and with the afor said Capt. Thomas
Willett and James Browne that it shall be lawful for them or either of them to
record or enrowle these prsents or cause them to bee recorded or enrowled in the
Court att New Plymouth, or in any other place of Record provided according to
the usual maner of recording or enrowling deeds and evidences made and proved.
In witness whereof the said Thomas Chaffe have heerunto set my hand and seale
this Eleventh day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred
sixty and foure.

" The Marke of + Thomas Chaffe and a seale
" Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us viz.

" John Alhn

" Peter Hunt "

[Plymouth Colony Records of Deeds, Vol. Ill, p. 15.]

When in 1668 Swansea was set off from Rehoboth, Thomas Chaffe's home in
Wannamoisett became part of the new town, and he a citizen of it, though it is prob-
able that he also owned land which remained within the boundaries of the old
town, as in a deed dated 1675, which will be given later, he calls himself "of Reho-
both." In 1669, he sold to Joseph Carpenter property on New Meadow Neck.

" 1670 Prence Gour
"This Indenture made the second day of the Second Month, commonly called
April in the year of our Lord according to our English account, one thousand
sixty and nine, between Thomas Chaffe of the township of Swansey, in the Colonie
of New Plymouth in New England, yeoman, of the one party, and Joseph Car-
penter of the township of Rehobeth in the Colonie aforesaid, yeoman, of the
other p'ty, Witnesseth: That the said Thomas Chaffe, for and in consideration
of the full sum of Twenty pounds sterling to him in hand payed by the said Joseph
Carpenter at or before the Ensealing of these presents, whereof and wherewith
hee acknowlidge th himself fully satisfyed and payed. And thereof and of every
pte and psell, doth clearly acquit, exonnorate, and discharge the said Joseph
Carpenter, hee and Every of his heirs, execquitors and administrators and Every











of them forever, hath given, granted, allianed, sold and confirmed, and by these
presents doth fully, clearly and absolutely give, grant, allien, sell and confirm
unto the said Joseph Carpenter, his heirs and assigns forever, all that his seaventen-
teenth pte or share of a neck of land situate lying and being within the Township
of Swansey aforesaid, commonly known and taken by the name of New Meddow
Necke with all and singular the Meddowes feedings, woods and underwoods, wayes,
Easements, profits, comodities, comon of pasture, and all appurtenances what-
soever to the same seaventeenth p'te or share of New Meaddow necke, or to any
p'te or prcel of the prmises in any wise appertaining, and also aU the Estate,
right, title, interest, use, possession, property, claim and demand whatsoever of
him the said Thomas Chafy, of, in or to the same or to any p'te or p'sell thereof.

"To have and to hold the said seaventeenth p'te or share of New Meddow with
all and singular the prmises heerby granted bargained and sold with theire and
every of theire rights, members and appurtenances whatsoever unto the said
Joseph Carpenter his heirs and assigns. To the only proper use, and behoof of,
the said Joseph Carpenter, his heirs and assigns forever; and the said Thomas
Chafy for himself his heirs, execquitors and administrators, doe covenant, promise,
grant and agree to and with the said Joseph Carpenter his and every of his heirs
and assignes and every of them by these presents in manner and form following,
(that is to say.) that he the said Thomas Chafy the said seaventeenth p'te or share
of New Meddow Necke, and all and singular the prmises before given granted
bargained and sold with every of their rights, members and appurtenances what-
soever, unto the said Joseph Carpenter and his heirs or assigns. To the only
proper use of the said Joseph Carpenter his heirs and assignes forever, against
him the said Thomas Chafy, his heirs and every person from by or under him them
or either or any of them, shall and will warrant and forever defend by these
presents, and that he the said Thomas Chafy, at the time of the enseahng and
delivery of these prsents hath full power, good right and lawful authoritie to
give, grant bargain and sell and convey the prmises with all and every of their
appurtenances to his own proper use and behoof forever; of the said Joseph Car-
penter, his heirs, assignes, and the said Joseph Carpenter his heires and assigns
and every of them shall and may by force and virtue of these prsents from time
to time and at all times hereafter, lawfully, quietly and peaceably have, hold,
use, occupy, possess and enjoy the seaventeenth p'te or share of New Meddow
Necke, and all singular the before granted prmises ■nith all theire appurtenances
to his own proper use and behoof forever without any lett, suite, trouble, denial
interruption or disturbance of the said Thomas Chafy his heires or assigns or any
other person or prson whatsoever they lawfully claiming by from or under him,
them or any of them or by his or their means aske, consent, interest privity, or
procurement, and that free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted, and dis-
charged, or other use from time to time, well and sufficiently sold and kept harm-
lessby the said Thomas Chafy, his heirs or execquitors or administrators of and
from all and all manor of former and other gifts, grants, bargaines and sales,
leases, mortgages, uses intails, titles, troubles, charges, demands and incumbrances
whatsoever, had, made, committed, suffered and don by the said Thomas Chafy,
his heirs or assigns or by any other prson or prsons whatsoever lawfully claiming
from by or under him, them or any of them or, from by or under his or any of
theire meanes acts, consent, title or interest privity or procurement, the late

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