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will share equally with his brothers the expense of caring for my wife, his mother, and
me, if ever we come to want, do give unto said Isaac Newton 7 A. of Upland to be taken
out of the home lot bounded, (etc.)

10 A. of Upland, of my second division of Upland, bounded on the east by my son Daniel,
west, by my son Joseph ; "and have hereby granted sd prmises by delivering unto him
at the ensealing hereof one small piece of silver commonly called three pence in ye name
of ye prmises," to have and to hold.

Witnesses : "The mark of Richd Newton IIII & a seale."

Isaac Amsden Mar. 17, 1684.

Daniel Newton Acknowledgement, Apr. 17, 1684.

Received, May 4, 1687.
warrantee deed

Middlesex County Deeds, vol. 10, page 406 :

I, Richard Newton of Marlborough, in the county of Middlesex, in Consideration of a
fatherly affection for my son, Moses Newton, of the same town, husbandman, do give
unto said Moses Newton

3 A. of land from the homelot, bounded, (etc.) which was granted me by the proprietors
of Marlborough,

6 A. of Land, bounded, (etc.) which was my second division of land granted to me by
the proprietors of Marlborough,
7% A.of Meadow in three parcels described and bounded;

* This word is so blotted with ink that it is almost impossible to decipher the third letter.
The blot covers enough space for "alu" before "ble," and on second examination the word
appears to be "valuable."


also, right of Commonage in said town of Marlborough proportionable to 10 A. of my

homelot in said town, together with all appurtenances growing thereon, to have and to


Witnesses : "Richard Newton III his Mark & a seal"

John Johnson July 4, 1687.

Samuel Stow Acknowledged, Nov. 29, 1687.

Received, Charlestowne, Aug. 7, 1695.
warrantee deed

Middlesex County Deeds, vol. 11, page 29 :

I, Richard Newton of Marlborough, in the County of Middlesex, husbandman, in i
Consideration of a fatherly affection for my son, Joseph Newton, of the same town,
weaver, do give unto said Joseph Newton,

10 A. of Upland in Marlborough bound E with land of Isaac Newton, (etc.) being my
third division of land granted me by the proprietors of Marlborough,
4 A. of Meadow, bounded (etc.),
being a part of my second division of meadow,

together with all appurtenances attached to said parcels of land, to have and to hold.

"Richard Newton III
Witnesses : his mark & a Seal," July 4, 1687.

John Johnson Acknotcledgcd, Nov. 29. 1687.

SamU Stow Entered, April 1. 1691.

warrantee deed

Copied from an old pamphlet, "Leaflet" :

"A sermon delivered at Southborougk July 17, 1827. The day which com-
pleted a Century from the Incorporation of the Town. By Jeroboam Parker,
minister of Southborough. Printed by request." "John Marsh Printer, State
St. Boston. 1827." The text is Ecclesiastes, 1:4. The sermon of course has a
little history woven in and here is all of said history of interest to us. I copy
it word by word.

Notwithstanding the usual changes and revolutions in human society, and the per-
petual fluctuations of property, and after the lapse of nearly one hundred and seventy
years it is evident from the great number of persons now living within the original
bounds of Marlborough, who bear the names of the first proprietors, that their possessions
in many instances are now in the hands of their descendants.

The descendants of Richard Newton, one of the original petitioners, have occupied the
same farm, now within the bounds of Southborough, on which he lived and died, and
where his great-grandson Solomon Newton now lives (1827), aged ninety-three years, and
his descendants to the seventh generation. A rare instance in the History of families in
this ever changing world.

This is all it speaks about any Newtons. Then in the back part of the leaflet,
after the sermon, it gives the names of the original petitioners. In the list
of deacons from 1730-1822 are "Gideon* Newton chosen 1756," "Josiah 5
Newton chosen 1800." Willard 5 Newton, vice president at the dinner. Willard*
and Jeremiah 5 Newton on committee of arrangements. Major Larkin 6 Newton,
assistant to Colonel Jonas Ball, director of the procession.


I. Richard Newton of Marlborough, in the County of Middlesex in their Majesties Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, husbandman, being' in Competent health, and
enjoying the freedom of mine understanding and by reason of my great age expecting my
dissolution shortly. Do make and constitute my last Will and Testament in manner
and form following. After the surrender of myself to God my Former and most merciful
Preserver. I. Give grant and confirm to my eldest son John Newton sen r of Marl-
borough aforesaid, house carpenter, and to his heirs and assigns forever, Sixteen Acres
of Upland, more or less, lying in Marlborough aforesaid, being so much of the Thirty
acres long since granted unto me the said Richard Newton for an house lot by the
Proprietors of said Marlborough, which sixteen acres are bounded Eastward, with the
land of my son Moses Newton, Westward, with the land lately in the possession of



Isaac Newton my son deceased ; Northward with the land of Nathaniel Joslin ; South-
ward, with an highway. Likewise I give to my said son John. Ten acres of land, more
or less of my Third division of upland in said Marlborough, bounded Eastward with the
land of James Taylor ; Westward and Southward with Common land ; Northward with
Stony-brook. And More I give to my said son John, Two acres of land together with
my now dwelling-house, and all the Out-houses thereon erected ; One acre and half an
acre of which two acres is so much of my Addition, or Second Division of Upland, and the
other half-acre thereof is that which the Proprietors of said Marlborough granted mee
for an house-plat : These two acres last named every way bounded with highway. And
I give unto my said son John Newton all of my right in Crane-Meadow — Cedar Swamp,
lying in said Marlborough, it being the Twenty First Lot in said Swamp, and is fifteen
rods wide, through the bredth of said Swamp. And I give unto my said son John all
my right in Angular meadow in said Westborough, containing seven acres and an half
acre, more or less bounded Eastward, with meadow lately in the possession of John
Woods sen r deceased, Northward, and Westward with Common land, Southward, with
the Brook of Angular meadow. And, I give to my said son John all my right in Cold-
harbor meadow in said Marlborough, containing four acres of meadow, more or less,
bounded Northward by the meadow of Joseph Rice, Southward, by meadow now in the
possession of John Barns, Eastward, and Northward, by Common land. And I give
unto my said son John a right of Commonage in said Marlborough, viz. for Timber,
Firewood, and feed of Cattle, proportionable unto ten acres of houselot, together with a
Right in all Divisions of lands which shall hereafter bee made, by the Proprietors of said
Marlborough of their yet undivided lands, within the bounds of their Township, according
to Ten acres of my house-lot. All the above given Parcels of Upland and Meadow, and
Cedar-swamp, and Right of Commonage, I bequeath unto my said son John, and to his
heirs aud Assigns forever. And I alike give and bequeath unto my said son John
Newton sen r all my neat Cattle, and all my Swine, as also my cart and all my Tools and
instruments belonging to Husbandry, and half the increase of my Mare, during the
natural life of myself and of my wife — Likewise I give and bequeath unto my loving
daughter Mary, the wife of Jonathan Johnson sen 1 and to her heirs and Assigns, the sum
of Eight Pounds ten shillings to be paid within Three Months after my death by my
Executor, out of the household stuff which I shall leave behind me at my decease
undisposed of ; which said sum of eight pounds ten shillings, together with what my
said Daughter hath already received from me, I allow unto her as her portion. To each
of my three sons, namely Moses Newton sen r , Joseph Newton sen r and Daniel Newton senr
Also unto each of my Two daughters, namely Elizabeth Dingley sen' and Sarah Taylor
sen r , I say unto each of these my five Children last named, I bequeath Two Shillings,
and no more, because I have given a portion to each of them already, these shillings
shall be paid out of what estate I shall leave behind me, and that within Two months
after my decease, to them or their heirs. To Hannah my loving wife, I give all my
Movable goods which I leave behind me at my death, Shee paying out of the same, all
such Legacies as are above mentioned to be paid, (unless providence shall unavoidably
deprive her thereof.) And of this my Will I appoint my loving son Joseph Newton sen r
and my loving friend Isaac Amsden Executors. This is my Will witness my hand and
Seal this twentyeighth day of September, in the year of our Lord Christ, One Thousand,
six Hundred, Ninety and Three, Annoque Regni Guilielmi et Mariae Regis et Reginae
nunc Angliae es Quinto > * —


Read, acknowledged, Signed & Sealed
in presence of these witnesses

Nathaniel a Johnson oc

his mark
James O Woods

his mark
John M Maynard Jun*
his mark

Richard IIII Newton
his mark


plain wax seal

Charlestown : Novemb r 17 th 1701 By the Hon bl e James Russell Esqr.
Nathani Jobnson James Woods & Jn° Maynard the Witnesses Subscribed personally
appearing made Oath that they were every one of t m p r sonally p'sent and saw ye sub-
scriber Richard Newton. Decs'd sign and seal and heard him publish & declare the above
written to be his last Will & Testament and that when he did so he was of a disposing

Ja Russell

Js P


From old series No. 11,310. Copied out of Book 10, 391-392, in the probate
office at East Cambridge, Mass., July 23, 1908, by Sumner F. Brown, of No. 18
Meacham Koad, North Cambridge, Mass. He says of it : "The Richard Newton
Will has no peculiarities of spelling but those you will notice and the professional
handwriting of that time with curious e, s, t, h, and other letters makes the
reading of it very slow at first. Capitals are where I put them and instead of
paragraphs each or some of the separate bequests the "And" is written large.
It is a handsome piece of work." And, also, "This will is well written in old
style hand, some like German Text, on one large sheet of coarse rag paper,
which keeps its color, size about ten by twelve inches. No paragraphs but
written continuously from start to finish. Ninety minutes close work, and I
think it verbatim et Literatim, et punctuatim."

From the following data, together with that at hand from the records of
New England, it seems to me quite clear, that the wife of Richard Newton and
the mother of his children was Anne, younger daughter of Henry and Elizabeth
( ) Loker, of Bures St. Mary in the county of Essex, England, glover.

While I have not found the record of the marriage, nor the date of her birth,
nor the date of her death as proof, the circumstantial evidence is so great that
I am ready, tentatively, to accept the deductions here given as facts, until such
time as further discoveries shall disprove them. I make no pretense of being
authority on the subject. The evidence seems to point to the conclusion that
Anne Loker was the wife of Richard Newton. I gather data, sift, deduce,
arrange, and give you the result. Some one with wider knowledge will, I trust,
come after me, who will solve all problems. ,

You will notice the will of Henrie Loker spells the name of the younger
daughter, Ann and Anne. The records of Sudbury, Mass., give her name Anne,
Amie and Amy. I suppose the last two forms were intended for Annie and Anny.
It is not important. They spelled all words every way in those days.

For myself I am ready to believe that Richard Newton had no other wife
than Anne Loker. I base this opinion upon the facts that there is neither the
death of his wife Anne, nor the marriage with his wife Hannah upon the
records of Sudbury or Marlborough, and that the name Hannah is many times
another form of the name Anna. Neither is this important. He may have had
a second wife.

"Hannah," the wife of Richard Newton is named in his will, and died at
Marlborough, December 5, 1697. In the record of her death, she is styled
"Hannah sr., w. Richord." In the deed of Richard Newton to John Allen, March
2, 1662, of lands in Sudbury, "Hannah Newton" signs with him. Later, July
2, 1664, the same is endorsed and signed by "Hannah Newton."

[Americans all know what English people do with the letter H]

"Hannah, d. Richard and Anne," is the record of the death of their child.

"Daniel, s. Richard and Anne," born Dec. 21, 1655, is the latest mention of
his wife, "Anne," until she signs with him to the deed to Peter Noyes, of land
in Sudbury, October 1, 1666, where her name is written "Ann" and "Anna."
Notice, this signature is after the signature of "Hannah," above in 1662 and

Extracts from the Registers of Bures St. Mary, in Essex, 1538 to 1635 inclusive,
by Miss Elizabeth French for the committee on English Research of the N. E.
Hist. Gen. Soc. :

Johan Loker buried April 30, 1561.

John Loker, Shyleman, married John Howlet, the daughter of Howlett, Oct. 10,


Danyell Lokyar, son of Robert, baptized Dec. 12, 1563 [Daniel Loker in duplicate
entry] .

John Loker alias Ridsale baptized Aug. 16, 1568.


William Locar baptized Mar. 31, 1575 [Loker in duplicate entry],

Henry Loker baptized Feb. 7, 1570-7 [Henrye Locar in duplicate entry],

Hugb Lorker baptized Aug. 25, 1588.

Lucye Loker buried Feb. 3, 1592-3.

Lucye Loker buried Feb. 30 [sic], 1592-3.

Daniel Loker and Mary George married Feb. 17, 1594-5.

John Riddelsdale alias Loker son of Daniel baptized Apr. 25, 1595.

Dorcas daughter of Henry Riddlesdale baptized July 18, 1029.

Rebecca daughter of Edward Riddlesdale baptized Dec. 5, 1030.

[The Henry Loker baptized in 1570-7 is apparently the father of Henry and John
Loker, the emigrants to New England, as shown in his will, Register, vol. 03, p. 280.
This family is called in the records Loker, Riddlesdale, and Loker alias Riddlesdale.
E. F.]

These Lokers were probably near relatives, how related we have yet to learn.
I copy them here that I may not leave out what might prove to be a clue to
further knowledge.

The nuncupative Will of Lucie Riddelsdale als Loker of the hamlet of Bures St. Marie
in Essex, Widowe, 1 Feb. 1592-3. She willed and bequeathed her goods chattals first to
the discharge of her debts, and the apparelling of a child of hers called Hencry, which was
to be put forth apprentice, and the rest, by certain men of the parish indifferently chosen,
she willed to be equally divided among all her children, her son Danyell to have the first
and best part, the said Danyell appointed executor.

Witnesses : John Colman, mynister their, and Mary Gosling. Proved at Sudbury 3
April 1593, and the commission issued to the executor named in the will. Inventory
£9. 17. (Archdeaconry of Sudbury (Bury St. Edmunds), Bacon, 448).

It would not be hard to believe that this "Lucie Eiddelsdale als Loker,"
was the Lucye Loker above, buried February 3, 1592-3; and that her son
"Henrey" was the Henry Loker baptized February 7, 1576-7 — our Henry Loker.
Supposing this to be fact, her son Henry who was to be "put forth apprentice,"
would be of proper age — that is, sixteen years old, and Daniel, John and William
above baptized might have been his brothers. Of course this is all my supposi-
tion. One cannot resist the temptation to theorize about these matters.

The Will of Henrie Loker of Bures St. Mary in the County of Essex, glover, 22 Feb.
1630. Body to be buried in the Churchyard of the parish of Bures aforesaid. To wife
Elizabeth £12 and all household stuff during the term of her life if she remain single,
but if she marry, eldest son Henrie, son John, daughter Bridgett and youngest daughter
Ann to have certain household goods [enumerated]. To son Henrie £12. To younger
son John £10. To daughter Bridget £5, and 20s. due from John Mathews of Bures.
shoemaker, and to younger daughter Anne £5, to be paid to said daughters at the several
days of their marriage or at the death of wife. Wife Elizabeth and two sons shall use
my stock jointly together, and if either of said sons Henrie or John shall chance to
marry and so depart asunder in the use of my stock, then the party so marrying, or by
any discontent soever departing, shall go away with half the portion so given them.
Wife Elizabeth and eldest son Henrie sole executors.
Witnesses : John Isaack,
Jefferie Hust.
John Parmiter.

Proved 15 April 1031 by the executors named in the Will.

(Archdeaconry of Sudbury (Bury St. Edmunds), Colman f. 10.)

"Abstracts of the Earliest Wills on the files at East Cambridge, Middlesex
County, Mass."

Robert Davis. The last will of Robert Davis, being very sicke yet having his perfect
Sence and memory.

It is my will that my wife Bridget Davis, shall have all my house and land that I have
in Sudbury, and all the rest of my moveable goodes, as my cattle and whatsoever I have
elce, only paying out of it theis Sumes, to my daughter Sarah Davis. £40, when shee is
20 years of age, and to have it in land and Cattle as my wife can best spare; to my
Bro. John Davis, 40s., and to be payd him with the first oppurtunity that my wife can


have to send It to him; to my sister Margaret Bennet, one cow, and that shee shall have
it the next 29th of Septem 1 ' after to my decease. And to Joseph Newton, £10, if he stay
out his time with my wife; and my will is, to give to Mr. Hunt, 10s.

I make my wife, Bridget Davis, and my Bro. Henry Loker, my Executors. IT, 5 mo.

Thomas X Goodenow,

Richard X Newton who deposed at Cambridge,
2. Smo. 55. Thomas Danforth, Recorder.

Inventory taken by the above, October 2, '55. Sum totall £179. 0s. One house and
land prised at £00.

I consider this will of Kobert Davis important in establishing the identity of
Richard Newton's wife. It would seem that this will and the will of John
Loker ought to be enough evidence. Robert Davis calls Henry Loker his Brother
[-in-law, is intended], and John Loker mentions his "Sister Newton."

Again, the mention of "Joseph Newton £10, if he stay out his time," etc.,
would mean that having no son of their own, Davis and wife had contracted with
Newton and wife that one of their many sons should live for a specified time
with his aunt.

And yet, again, that his wife's sister's husband should be a witness to the
will seems only natural.

Bury Saint Edmunds, now a city of 16,500 inhabitants, and Sudbury, now a
place of 7,000 people, both in the county of Suffolk, England, and Bures St.
Mary in the county of Essex, appear to have been in the Archdeaconry of
Sudbury — an ecclesiastical district. The two counties lie side by side, separated
by the river Stour, up which, about twenty miles from the head of the estuary
into which it flows, lies the town of Sudbury. Many of the first settlers of
New England came from this vicinity. It seems reasonable to suppose that
Richard Newton and Anne Loker were not strangers to Sudbury in England.

Neither of them were what you might call "very young" at marriage. If
Henry Loker, the father, was born 1577 and died 1631, he would be fifty-four
years of age at death. He might have married in 1600 or thereabout, and his
children all born before 1615. That we do not know. We do know that none
of the children were married in 1631 when he died.

The sons were old enough to carry on their father's business, glover, after his
death, and the older son was made one of the executors — showing that he was
not. a child.

In 163S t Robert Davis, aged 30, and his sister Margaret Davis, aged 26, came
over on the ship Confidence, as servants of Peter Noyes; this would give their
birth-dates, 1608 and 1612, respectively. I fancy Bridget and Anne Loker's
birth-dates were not far from those two dates. ,

When Elizabeth Loker and her children came to New England does not yet
appear. They were in Sudbury as early as the fall of 1638, and shared in the
divisions of the lands. The names of the sons appear frequently on the records,
showing them to have been active and e terprising citizens.

The home-lot of Henry Loker was on the Mill Road, Sudbury to Boston, not
far to the west of the millpond. Not far to the east, and between him and the
pond was the tavern of John Parmenter, Sr., probably the same John Parmiter
who, in England, witnessed the will of Henrie Loker, in 1630. Farther along to
the westward was the house-lot of John Loker. It was next to the meetinghouse
lot, and afterward the house and the orchard were bought by the town, from John
and his "Widow Mary Loker" — (she had a life interest in part of the house)
for the minister's house.


The following gives in brief form the family of Anne Loker so far as it is
necessary here:

Henrie Loker of Bures St. Mary, in the county of Essex, England, glover ; baptized
there February 7, 1576-7; will dated February 22, 1630, and proved April 15, 1631;

had wife Elizabeth , who with son Harry, was executor of his will. The

widow Elizabeth Loker came to New England and died at Sudbury, Mass., March 3, 1648.
Their children were :

Henry Loker, born in England ; proprietor at Sudbury, Mass., 1639 ; freeman, May
10, 1643 ; married at Sudbury, March 24, 1647, Hannah Brewer, who died there Feb-
ruary 4, 1679. He died there October 14, 1688.

John Loker, born in England; proprietor at Sudbury, Mass., 1639; took oath of
fidelity, 1645 ; freeman the following year ; married Mary Draper. He died at Sudbury,
June 18, 1653.

Bridget Loker, born in England; came to Sudbury, Mass.; married (1) Robert
Davis, who died July 19, 1655; married (2) December 26, 1655, Thomas King (2nd
wf.) at and of Sudbury. She died the "Widow Bridget King," in Marlborough,
March 11, 1685.

Anne Loker, born in England ; married Richard Newton, about 1640.

The will of John Loker of Sudbury, Mass., elated June 17, 1653, mentions his
wife, unnamed, who may marry again ; one child under twenty-one years named
John Loker; his brother Henry Loker; his brother-in-law Robert Davis and
sister Bridget Davis; and continues; "My will is that my house and lande shall
be equally divided betweene my brother Henry Loiter my sister Davis & my sister
Newton and I doe hereby make my wife my brother Henry Loker & my brother-
in-law Robert Davis to be my executors. ... In witness whereof I have here-
unto set my hand the 17 th day of June, 1653 this is the Marke of u/ John loker
set with his own hand in ye presence of Joseph Parmenter, Hugh. Griffen."
One of the appraisers was Robert Davis. The will entire is below.

John Loker and wife Mary (Draper) had born in Sudbury, September 28,
1653, a daughter, Mary Loker, posthumous child; who with the above son,
John, Jr., were all his children. He died June 18, 1653.

There is no will of Henry Loker of Sudbury. In 1678, he deeded his whole
estate, "for love," to his son and daughter Jacob and Elizabeth Moore [Middle-
sex Co. Deeds, vol. 10, p. 93], and Jacob Moore, in 1697, deeded the same 130
acres, to his eldest son Jacob, for a like consideration [same, vol. 37, p. 517].
Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Loker, married May 29, 1667, Jacob Moore, had
twelve children, and died December 14, 1690.


I John Loker of Sudbury beinge sicke in body but of pfect minde & memory (Blessed be
God) doe make this my last will & testament as followeth I beinge by Gods prouidence
posessed of a house & certayne lande in Sudbury, I beinge maryed & hauinge one child
beinge a sonne his name John Loker & consideringe that the Law here established doth
allow a wife after the death of her husband to enioy a third parte of his house & lande
duringe her naturall life, for the settinge of things in order, my will is that my wife
shall enioy my house & my lande to her use if she remayne a widow vntill my sonn
come to the age of one & twenty yeares, but if she be maryed then shee shall enjoy the
house & all y e lande but vntill my sonne comes to the age of eighteene yeares, and from
that tyme two third pts of the rent of the house & lande shall bee to the benifitt &
pticular vse of my sonne & one third parte to the use of my wife vntill my sonne come
to the age of pne & twenty yeares, but if my wife remaine a wyddow then my will is

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