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Persis, Jacob, Isaac, Polly, Sally.

Such is the descent of William Wilde from
the time of his arrival in 1O35, until the rev-
olution, or down to the year 1800. It is note-
worthy and peculiar that in this line and in
the one to be considered next, almost every
generation's family had children named John,
Samuel and Sarah, and this has led to some
confusion in separating the lines.

(I) John W'ilde, supposedly the younger
brother of William, and who had come to
America in the ship "Elizabeth," in 1635, when
recorded as being seventeen years old, was
born in England in 1618. He chose Ipswich,
Massachusetts, as his place for settling. In
the year 1637, the settlers were engaged in a
fierce struggle with the Pequot Indians, and
he was one of the men of Ipswich who served
in the patriotic cause. For this service he re-
ceived three shillings ; but his name also ap-
pears as one having done somewhat greater
duty, or at least as being the recipient of
greater reward than that trivial sum, for his
name is on the list of soldiers to whom it was
agreed that each soldier for his service to
tlic Indians shall be allowed 12 shillings a day,
dated December 4, 1643.

He removed to New Meadows, or Topsfield,
between 1645 and 1648, or near the time he
married Priscilla, daughter of Zaccheus Gould.
His first public record there which he left to
us is of a deed dated July 15, 1654, given by
John Wilds, carpenter, to Robert Andrews, for
twentv acres of upland. It lias been previous-
ly shown from records that the William Wilde,
with whom he had come to this country, had
removed, after 1646. to Ipswich, and was a
carpenter there when elected an overseer of



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carpenter work upon the wharf. The families
of the two men, WilHam and John, first emi-
grants of the family, therefore kept together
in selecting localities in which to reside.

John Wilde shared in the "Common," in
1661. He was chosen to view fences, in
March, 1677-78; took the oath of allegiance
the same year; served on the committee to
lay out the land, as a surveyor, and was dele-
gated eleven times between 1663 and 1686, to
run bounds ; was chosen juryman for the Ips-
wich Court, March 2, 1679-80; chosen "to
looke that men Ring thare swine according
to towne order," May 10, 1680; made member
of a committee to confer with Mr. Danforth
"for his Continuing with us at topsfeeld in
the work of the minestr," in t68o. John Wilde
and his wife, Priscilla Gould, were members
in full communi n of the Topsfield church.
She died in 1662. and he married, November'
23, 1663, Sarah Averill. After the death of
his first wife, his relations with her family
were no longer amicable, for he became one
of the principal witnesses against his brother-
in-law, Lieutenant John Gould, who was
charged with treason, .A^ugust 5, 1686. During
the storm against witchcraft which disturbed
Essex county, the Wilde family members were
brought prominently into notice, and tlie wife,
two daughters and a son-in-law of his were
imprisoned. She, Sarah, was convicted of
witchcraft, and executed.

From an entirely different source, we have
it that John Wilde was a resident of South
Braintree, Massachusetts, in the year 1688,
and that in 1690 he married Sarah Hayden,
granddaughter of Richard Thayer, of that
place.

The Braintree vital records, begun by Henry
Addams in 1643 and covering more than a cen-
tury, now to be found in printed form, show
only the following records of the Wilde family.
Hannah Wild (or Wilde) died November 12.
1719. John Wild died March 29. 1721. Elijah
Wild, son of William Wild, died July 29. 1727.
John Wild died October 14, 1750. Jonathan
Wild died July 16, 1756, "with an awfull
Protubernace on his back, attended with a
cancerous humor that spread on his body and
rose to nig-h the bigness of a half bushell."
Esther Wild born September 5, 1762, dausrhter
of Randell and Jerusha Wild. If John Wilde
was born in 1618, as it was recorded, it is im-



possible to Igure that he was one of those
mentioned above ; but another record gives the
death of John Wilde at Braintree, whose will
was dated on June 28, 1727, and who was
buried October 24, 1732.

John Wilde married (first) Sarah Hayden,
who was born March 27, 1663, and died Feb-
ruary I, 1725. Her gravestone bears inscrip-
tion of her death as January 29, 1724, aged
56 years and 1 1 months. It seems likely that
the person who gave the former date copied
the date of her interment, reading in some
record. "February i, 1724-25," and that she
died January 29. Such understanding would
satisfy both statements. Sarah Hayden Wilde
was the daughter of Samuel Hayden and Han-
nah Thayer. John Wilde married (second)
Mary Hollis, daughter of John and Susannah
Hollis ; but had no children by her. The chil-
dren of John and Sarah (Hayden) Wilde
were : John ; Samuel, see forward ; William ;
Sarah ; Jonathan.

(II) Samuel, son of John and Sarah (Hay-
den) Wilde, was born at Braintree, Massa-
chusetts. March 18, 1693. He married, Feb-
ruary 18, 1716, Bethiah Copeland. She was
born March 19, 1694, died June 2, 1761,
daughter of John Copeland (.son of Lawrence
and Lydia Copeland. a descendant of Law-
rence Copeland. a Pilgrim father, who landed
in 1620. at Plymouth) and his wife Ruth, a
daughter of John and Ruth Newcomb The
children of Samuel and Bethiah (Copeland)
Wilde were: i. Samuel. 2. Bethiah. 3. Eliza-
beth. 4. Seth. 5. Ruth. 6. Lydia. 7. Micah,

married Deborah . by whom : Micah. bom

April 22. 1758; Deborah. August 15. 1759;
Rachel, Mav'15. 1761; Elether. November 13,
1762. died December 19. 1784: Thomas. July
3, 1764: Bethiah. July 27. 1766; Pearson,
April 30. 1768: Barnabas, October 20. 1770;
Ruth. "Tune to. 1772: Jurisha. May 9, 1774;
Zenas. ' February 10. 1776: Samuel, .August
22, 1780: all of whom were born at Braintree,
Massachusetts. 8. Joseph, see forward.

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