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the first emigrant, by an earlier marriage, or
the son of Thomas who remained in England,
probably the latter. The records are not whol-
ly clear or conclusive on this point. The fam-
ilv record in America thus begins with Henry
Kingsbury of Ipswich.

d) Henry Kingsbury was at Ipswich in
1638, according to Felt's History, and the
"Hammatt Papers" state he was a commoner
in Ipswich in 1641. He was a subscriber to
the Major Denison fund, December 19. 1648,
in the sum of two shillings. On February 8.
1648. according to records, he sold his farm
in Ipswich, consisting of 32 acres, for 25 Eng-
lish pounds, to Thomas Safford ; but this does
not signify that he then left that place, for
during the same year be bought "house and
land on High St, in Ipswich", from Daniel
I^dd of Haverhill, which he sold August 30,
1660. to Robert Lord, obtaining two oxen in
hanrl. five pounds to he paid Robert Paine, and
forty shillings to Edmund Bridges. That
.вЦ†?amc year he also sold six acres to Reinold
Foster. He was one of the residents of Ips-
wich who on May 17. iG:,R. signed a petition

stating that they had taken the oath of fidelity,
but were not freemen, yet they claimed the
right to vote in town affairs. In 1661-62-63,
he was overseer "for Pentucket side," for
fences and highways in Rowley. His farm
was on the Merrimack, in that part of Rowley
afterwards Bradford. On March 3, 1667-68,
"it was voted and granted that Henry Kings-
bury shall have ten acres of land which is to
be laid out unto him, adjoining to Mr. Ward's
farm, to the west of Hawke's meadow path,
not prejudicing any other man." In 1669 he
gave a deposition in court, stating that he was
fifty-four years old, hence it is determined that
he was born in 1615. and he died in Haverhill,
October i, 1687. The inventor}- was taken
October 10, 1687, and amounted to 40 pounds,
19 shillings, 6 pence.

Henry Kingsbury's wife was named Susan-
na, and she died in Haverhill, February 21,
1678-9. Children: i. John, died in Haver-
hill, January 23, 1670-71 ; married. 1666, Eliz-
abeth, born in Ipswich, 1645; ^''^f' December
20. 1677, daughter of Matthias Button, of
Ipswich and Haverhill ; children : John, born
in Rowley, July 28, 1667; Elizabeth, born in
Haverhill, August 14, 1669. 2. Ephraim,
killed by the Indians. May 2, 1676, and be-
lieved to have been the first person slain by
the savages in King Philip's war. 3. James,
married, at Haverhill. January 6, 1673, Sarah,
born in 1650. daughter of Matthias Button, a
sister-in-law ; children : Susannah, born April
18, 1675; Sarah, born August 13, 1677; Mary,
born August 18, 1679: Ephraim, born April
13, 1681 ; Abigail, born February 26. 1686;
Samuel, born July 18, 1690. 4. Samuel, born
in 1649; died in Haverhill, September 26,
1698: married. November 5, 1679, Huldah.
born in Haverhill, November 18, 1661. daugh-
ter of George and Joanna (Davis) Corliss;
children: Huldah, born August 16. 1680;
Thomas, born October 29, 1681. 5. Thomas,
died in Plainfield, Connecticut, June 11, 1720;
married, June 29. 1691. Deborah, born June
6. 1655, daughter of George and Joanna (Da-
vis) Corliss, widow of Thomas Eastman;
children: Thomas, born January 30, 1692;
Mehitable, born June 9, 1696; both killed by
the Indians, March 15, 1697. 6. Joseph, sec
forward. 7. Susanna, married. January 29.
T661-2. Joseph Pike, born in 1638, killed by
Indians in Amesbury, September 4, 1694, son



of Captain John and Mary Pike ; they had
eight children.

(II) Lieutenant Joseph Kingsbury, son of
Henr\' and Susanna Kingsbury, was born in
1656, died April 9, 1741. He resided in Hav-
erhill, where he took the oath of allegiance,
November 28. 1677. As Sergeant Joseph
Kingsbury, he was chosen constable for the
west part of Haverhill, March 2, 1702-03;
tithingman, March 4, 1 700-01 : selectman.
March, 1697-98-9Q. 1700-01-03-06: viewer of
fences from the Mill brook westward to the
^^'estbridge river and northward. He was a
surveyor, or capable of performing such du-
ties, for on September 17, 1685, he testified
that he and \^'^illiam Neff were desired by
Thomas Woodbery and Josiah Beason to
measure "a certayne parcell of upland and
meadow" in Ipswich, and further, "ye meas-
ure or work above named wee did according to
O'r best skill and judgment." On May 12,
1702. the town by vote made choice of "Sergt.
Joseph Kingsbury to appear at the next in-
ferior court, to be holden at .Salem on the last
Tuesday of June next, on the behalf of the
Town of Haverhill, to answer the said Town's
presentment for not being provided with a
school-master according to law." He was em-
ployed by Captain Simon Wainwright. a mer-
chant in Haverhill, when the captain was
killed by the Indians and his house burned, in
1708. Later in the same, year he moved his
family to Norwich. Connecticut, leaving his
Haverhill home June 14, 1708. He settled in
that portion which was then known as West
Farms, now Franklin, and erected a dwelling
on Middle or Center Hill, property which re-
mained in the Kingsburv name until 1870.
when bought by John G. Cooley of New York
for his son, who had married a daughter of
Colonel Thomas H. C. Kingsbury. He was
chairman of the meeting at which the ecclesi-
astical society of West Farms was organized,
in 1716, and one of the eight pillars of the
church. He and his son Joseph were among
the eight men who drew up the covenant of
the church in 1718. He and his wife were
admitted to the church by letter. January 4,
1 7 18. and he was one of the first two deacons
of the church, chosen October 8. 1718. He
was appointed eii=itrn of the trainband in the
West Society in Norwich, in 1719, and lieu-
tenant in October, 1727.

Lieutenant Joseph Kingsbury married. April

2, 1679, Love, daughter of Thomas and Eliza-
beth (Hutchins) Ayer, of Haverhill, who was
born April 15, 1663, died April 24, 1735.
Children: i. Joseph, see forward. 2. Na-
thaniel, born August 23, 1684; died in Ando-
ver, September 18, 1763: married, 1709, Han-
nah Denison ; they had fourteen children. 3.
Elizabeth, born May 10, 1686; died May 24,
1686. 4. Mary, born October 19, 1687; died
December 6, 1714; married, in Lebanon, De-
cember 14, 1712. Stephen Bingham; no issue.
5. Elizabeth, born October 16, 1693: died Au-
gust 21, 1751 ; married, in Lebanon, August
19, 171 7, Samuel Ashley, of Windham (later
of Hampton) ; they had seven children. 6.
Susanna, born September 24, 1695 ; married,
December 28, 1713. Jonathan Ladd, of Nor-
wich West Farms ; they had ten children.

(Ill) Captain Joseph (2) Kingsbury, son
of Lieutenant Joseph (i) and Love (Ayer)
Kingsbury, was born in Haverhill. June 22,
1682, died December i, 1757. He came to
Norwich West Farms with his father in June.
1708. being then twenty-six years of age. and
was admitted to the church of that place by
letter, January 4, 1718. He was appointed
deacon. February 30. 1735. and was one of
the eight pillars of the church. In 1721 he
was appointed ensign of the trainband ; lieu-
tenant in 1729; captain in 1748; selectman of
Norwich in 1723, and a deputy to the general
assembly 1731-34-38-39-42. He was one of a
committee appointed by the general assembly
in May. 1739. "to repair to the society on the
east side of the great river in Hartford, and
to affix a place for the building a new meeting-
house on." He owned at least two slaves.
Cuff and Phillis, whom he bequeathed to his
wife. Ruth, and she gave them their freedom
in December. 1773. The two ex-slaves re-
moved to Tolland, and after about twenty
years they were reduced to want, and the town
of Tolland brought a suit against Ebenezer
Kingsbury, his mother's executor, to make
him support them, under the statute requiring
all masters, or owners, who set slaves at lib-
erty to provide for their support if they should
come to want. [See Kingsbury vs. Tolland.
2 Root (Conn.) 3vS.l

Captain Joseph Kingsbury married. February
5, T 705-06. Ruth, daughter of John and Ruth
( .Ayer) Denison. of Ipswich. Massachusetts,
who was born June 7, 1686. died May 6, 1779.
She was buried in the old Franklin burial-


grounfl, where her tombstone still stands, with
that of her husband and his parents. Children :
I. Ephraini, born January 4. i/O^'-O/'

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