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Editor and Publishei of "The Elwell Family in America. " "Ware Genealogy, ' " Mooar (Moors)

Genealogy." Compiler of "The Dorchester Pope Family." "The Cheney Genealogy."

" The Pioneers of Massachusetts."








Twn Cdiiles Received

JUN 11 J906

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CLASS ex. XXc. No,


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Although three persons, John M. Pettingell, Mr. Charles H. Pope,
and Charles I. Pettingell have participated in the publication of this
book, John M. Pettingell deserves the entire credit. If he had not
engaged for years in a patient and persistent research the other two
would not have had an opportunity to publish the genealogy.

It was nearly ten years ago that he began to collect data con-
cerning people of the name. As he lived in the county in which
his ancestor Richard had settled, he was able to take from local
records much pertaining to the early generations. By constant
correspondence he came into touch with the family at large, secur-
ing fragments of data which gradually found their proper places in
his compilation. Several years went by in which his material over-
flowed from one record book into six, and his correspondence grew
into the thousands. In 1901 the work, which was reasonably near
completion, was suddenly stopped by the compiler's death.

For nearly a year the manuscript lay untouched. In the spring
of 1902, while a student in the Harvard Law School, I examined the
data to see what could be done toward publication. I was entirely
unfamiliar with this kind of work and had never seen the material
which had been collected. To secure the opinion of an experienced
person I carried the manuscript books to Mr. Charles H. Pope who
had published genealogies of his own compilation and had edited
the compilations of others. He reported that the manuscript was
in a fine condition and but for arrangement and copying nearly
ready for the printer.

Upon his advice work was at once begun. Mr. Pope undertook
the arrangement of the book, preparing a simple and comprehensive
scheme which has proven sufficiently elastic to meet all demands.


person or family spells the name in this or that way. Of the forms
in use, " Pettengill " and " Pettingill " are perhaps the most com-
mon. " Pettingell " is surely not so common as " Pettengill."
Those persons who are descendants of Nathaniel of Andover seem
imiversally to spell the name " Pettengill." Those in the first part
of the book are far from imiform in the sjielling.

In sending out this book, I wish that I could thank personally
all who have aided in the work. There are many who aided the
compiler and are unknown to me ; some of those who were his helpers
have also been mine. Then there are a few who have become inter-
ested in the work since my connection with it. All of these I thank
heartily, and not for myself alone but for him whose book this is,
who, had he lived, would himself have thanked them. The few
who have been suspicious and uncharitable are lost in the multitude
of those who have displayed sympathy and appreciation.

If the finders of mistakes in these pages will inform me, I will
note the mistakes, and any one who wishes later to complete or
revise the work may have the benefit of the notes.


Amesbury, Mass.,
August i, 1905.


When the arrangement of this book was planned after the com-
piler's death, it was the intention of those interested to include in
the book an article on the family in England, past and present.
Owing to the inability of the editor to raise sufficient money to
secure data enough to make such an article of historical value, we
are obliged to omit it.

Mr. Charles H. Pope, while in England to carry on a private
genealogical research, took occasion to make notes of what he cotdd
find concerning the family and incidentally to search for the ancestry
of Richard Pettingell. Acting upon the suggestion made by a
member of the Fuller family (see page 4 of the genealogy), Mr. Pope
examined the records in the neighborhood of Topcroft, Norfolk.
His particular purpose was to see if a will could be found in which
reference is made to ovir Richard as a descendant. Although
several Richards were found, there was none who could be identified
with our ancestor. Mr. Pope also made several stray notes showing
the antiquity of the family. Birth and marriage records similar
to those in the note which follows are numerous in that locality.

So many inquiries have been made concerning a family coat of
arms that it ought to be said frankly that we have none. Apparently
Richard Pettingell came from sober and solid but humble stock,
as did so many of his contemporaries. The records show that only
a very few people in New England had coats of arms. Probably
not one family in a hundred of those now claiming this distinction
is rightly entitled to it. In any case, no Pettingell appears in the
list of those in the colonies who had a coat of arms, and correspond-
ence with the College of Arms, London, the official registry of arms
and pedigree, assures us that we have no right to arms.

The name is still to be found in Norfolk, I am informed, and the
members of the family there are said to be numerous and prosperous.


September ir, 1905.


officer when they marched away that spring. Before the regiment
had been very long in the United States service, this unpopularity
had become more pronounced and had even grown, on the part of
many, into a bitter dislike. He was charged with unnecessary
severity in discipline, and his gruff manner caused him to be called
by his townsmen overbearing and unsympathetic.

In time this feeling entirely changed. Experience taught that
the discipline which he sought to enforce was for the good of all,
and that if he was a severe taskmaster, he was also impartial.
The men learned that although he promised nothing, he did many
things, and that his whole energy was directed toward their welfare.
When either advice or assistance was needed, it was found that
although he was brusque and short in speech, he had a ready ear
and was quick to act. The men in the hospitals discovered that
their condition was within the lieutenant's daOy notice, and
learned to look for his hearty word and maybe some little comfort
or dainty as he went his daily round. Perhaps it was this care for
the sick which, as much as anything, won the love of the men. The
testimony of a brother officer shows how thorough and unselfish
this care was and under what circumstances it was given:

" I knew him to be perhaps the hardest working officer in the
regiment. It was an hour's walk to the Division Hospital; never-
theless, he went there daily to visit the sick of his company, and
nine out of ten times he walked, through lack of a conveyance.
Despite this call upon his time he did not neglect the regular drills
of his company, and never lost any time from any regular duty.
When the company funds were exhausted, he did not hesitate to
use his own money to buy the necessary delicacies for his sick and
convalescent. I could not estimate the time he spent for the
company during this period, but it was never less than fourteen or
sixteen hours a day, and many days it was even more."

Besides the sick, some of the well also needed attention. Home-
sickness, combined with bad food and unsanitary living, broke down
many a strong man. When typhoid fever swept through the camp,
it was necessary to keep up the spirits of the men when their com-
rades were fast succumbing around them. Owing to the sickness
of his captain. Lieutenant Pettingell had to take up the respon-
sibility of caring for the health of a htmdred men in addition to his
regular routine work. Although he started with a reputation for
unnecessary severity, he came out of the experience with the love
of the whole company. His entire time had been given in tireless
service, which at last came to be understood and appreciated.



One of the sufferers of this period has since said of Lieutenant
Pettingell's generosity, " He would give you the shirt from his own
back but he wouldn't want any one to know that you had it.

While this company was camping at Lexington, Ky., where it
was recuperating after the fever days of Chickamauga the men
planned to show their regard for the Lieutenant. A day off, free
Lm duty, had been given to the regiment. The men of Company
B were slow in getting ready for the outing which had been arranged,
causing the Lieutenant to reprove them. At last he came mto the
company street to discover the cause of the delay. The signal was
eiven and the waiting soldiers crowded merrily around him, where-
upon one of them presented him with a handsome sword. He
thanked them briefly, saying that he could not say much then
That night at roll-call, after the company had returned to camp,
there were cries of " Speech, speech! ■■ The lieutenant yielding
at last, stepped forward and said, " I always thought tha you
fellows didn't like me, but - " his voice broke and he hesitated,
" damn you, good-night," and he turned and bolted.

In the winter of 1898 he was assigned to Company C of the same
regiment, later becoming its captain. The men of this company
had heard of their new commander and were eager to have him
with them. The day that he moved to Company C there was
nearly a fight between the men of the two companies, each claim-
ing the privilege of moving his property to the new location. Com-
pany C had decorated its company street and had built an arch
bearing words of welcome. When the Lieutenant arrived, he was
given a rousing greeting. , , , ^ a

With this company. Captain Pettingell worked as he had worked
with Company B, gaining the same love and affection which the
old company had felt for him. Company C presented him with a
diamond ring, and the citizens of Marblehead, the home of the
company, showed by their reception of him their appreciation of
his care for the welfare of their townsmen. At Amesbury, too, his
residence, and the home of Company B, he received a stiiTing
welcome At the public reception tendered the company, which he
was unable to attend, every mention of his name started sponta-
neous and hearty cheering. He was a man who seldorn boasted,
but he was once heard to say with pride that he could recmit a
full company in either Amesbury or Marblehead in a matter of a

few minutes. tj

After the return from the United States service, Company U

and Company C disbanded, and Captain Pettingell retired from the


militia. His situation was not an enviable one. In his year of
service he had lost his business position and had been at heavy
expense. In the effort to start anew, he found himself handicapped
by serious attacks of an illness which it is now believed was caused
by the hard work and fatigue of the service. His tremendous
vitality enabled him to throw off these attacks lightly at first;
as he was not given to mentioning his troubles to his friends, manv
who knew him well never knew that he had had a sick day. With
unflinching courage he struggled on, in silence, but always cheerful
when friends or family were near. In 1901, while away from home
and at a time when the outlook once more was bright, he was sud-
denly taken ill and three days later he died, June 24, 1901.


1 . RICHARD PETTINGELL i was bom in England
about the year 1620, as we learn from the following depo-
sition :

The Deposition of Richard Pettingall aged 47 testifyeth that
John Webster came to me of a Lords day before the sun was down
& charged me and my son to take charge of John Atkinson until!
he had occasion to call for him.

Afterwards wee went to Mr. Thomas his house & John Atkinson
preferred m' Thomas that if m' Thomas wold pay him within one
month what he owed to him he shold have that Cagg of sturgeon
which was now in John Kents boat delivered to him for his use at
boston againe but m' Thomas wold not. [Not signed.]

Testified at a meeting of the Commissioners for Small Causes in
Newbury Sept. 4, 1667. [Essex Court Files XIII, 49.]


When giving testimony in the court at Hampton (now
in New Hampshire), 14(8)1673, he deposed that he was
"about 52 years old;" in 1678, when he took the oath of
allegiance, he is said to have been ' ' about 60." The state-
ments were approximate, of course. His testimony at
Hampton was in a trial about the rights of certain heirs
to Giles Fuller's estate and was, viz. : " Rich. Pettingell aged
about 52 years saith yt being very well acquainted w"'
Giles Fuller of Hampton deceased & w"' Mr Fuller of Bas-
table doctor both in Old England & here in New England &
both told mee they were of Kinn & ye sd Giles Fuller have
told mee in old England & now that Matth. Fuller doctor
now of Bastable was ye nearest kinsman he had.


" Sworn before ye County Court held att Hampton ye
14: 8 m°- 1673 as attested." Fuller is positively known to
have come from Topcroft in Norfolk, England * and it is the
opinion of one of the Fuller family who has investigated
the problem that Pettingell came from Shottesham in the
same county. Elsewhere we present an article upon this

Richard was a resident of Salem before 1641, and must
have been a member of the church ; for he was admitted to
the freemanship of the colony June 2, 1641, a dignity to
which none attained at that date except members of the
church, recommended by the minister of the place. He
had a grant of a lot of land — 10 acres — at " Enon " (after-
ward Wenham) in 1642, and removed to that section, where
he resided several years. He was received to the church
there by letter from that of Salem 4(6)1649. He witnessed
the will of Samuel Smith at Enon 10(5)1642.

Richard Pettingell was a man of weight of character, as
the following shows : [From the Salem Town Records.]

At a general towne meeting held the sevent day of the fifth month
1644, ordered, — That twoe be appointed every Lords day to walke
forth in the time of Gods worshippe, to take notice of such as
either lye at home, or in the fields w'''out giving good accoiurt
thereof, and to take the names of such psons, to present them to
the magistrate, whereby they may be accordinglie pceeded against;
the names of such as are ordered to doe this service are: [here fol-
ows a list] on the seventh day Richard Pettingell and John Ingersoll.

He again made a change of residence to a place further
east, the plantation of Newbury, where he bought a tract
of land April 8, 165 1, having sold his houses and lands in
Wenham to Samuel Forster. He made his home near what
is now known as "The Upper Green," on the high road,
on the right-hand side; part of the house is still standing
(1900). The town gave him, in 165 1, 14 acres of marsh in

* N. E. H.-G. Register. LV. 192.


consideration of his giving a right of way 4 rods wide through
his land, situated on what is now called Ocean avenue (for-
merly Rolfe's lane). In 1661 Richard Pettingell and
others were chosen grand jurymen for the year. In 1665
he was granted an island in Plum Island river near Sandy
beach by a committee appointed by the town to settle the
dispute between Richard Pettingell and John Emery regard-
ing the division as laid out. He was one of those chosen
in 167 1 "for a Jury of Tryalls at Ipswich court."

July 15, 1695, in separate deeds, he conveyed certain
houses and farms in Newbury and other interests to his
sons Samuel, Matthew, and Nathaniel. He died shortly
after, his wife having died two or three years before.

The family became one of much note in Newbury; in
the tax list of 1 7 1 1 we find the following names of descend-
ants of Richard '■ : Matthew, Matthew, Jr., Nathaniel, Na-
thaniel, Jr., John, Nicholas, Samuel, Richard, Joseph,
Thomas, and the widow Sarah. Daniel and Cutting, of
taxable age, were also living in the town, as we believe,
at that time. In subsequent years, also, the family has
been largely represented, as will be seen in the following

He married some time before 1644 Joanna, daughter of
Richard Ingersoll (name sometimes written Ingerson and
Inkerson), probably by his wife Ann.

Richard Ingersoll came from Bedfordshire, England, to
Salem in 1629, under contract with the Massachusetts Bay
Company to take a place in the force of planters they were
gathering. His family was to be brought over, and he was
well spoken of by the company's secretary in a letter to
Gov. John Endecott. [See Suffolk Deeds, I.] He main-
tained a ferry at Salem in 1636; had large property. He
died in 1644. His will is interesting.

July the ai'*" : 1644
I Richard Ingerson of Salem in the County of Essex in New Eng-
land, being weake in body; but through Gods mercye in pfect


memorye, doe make this my last will & testament as followeth,

I give to Ann my wife all my estate of lands, goods & chattells,
whatsoever, except as followeth


I give to George Ingerson my son six acres of meddow lying in
the great meddow :

It. I give to Nathaniel! my youngest son a percell of ground with
a little frame thereupon, which I bought of John Pe . . . but if
the said Nathaniell dy, without issue of his body lawfully begotten,
then the land abovesaid to be equally shared, between John Inger-
son my son & Richard Pettingall & William Haines my sons in

It. I give to Bathsheba my youngest daughter two cowes.
It. I give to my daughter Alee Walcott, my house at Tow . . .
with ten Acres of upland & the meddow after my wives decease.

his marke
TowNSEND Bishop:

I read this will to Richard Ingerson & he acknowledged it to be
his will.

Jo: Endecott
Presented in Court upon oath: 2: 11 "°-: 1644 p. me Ralp fTogg.
& Ann Ingersoll made executrix :

this is a true copie compd with the original! on file in Salem
Court Records atestes Hillvard Verin.

It has been asserted that a certain house at Salem was
built by Ingersoll and was the original of the romance by
Hawthorne — "House of the Seven Gables." Ann, the
widow, married second John Knight, Sen., of Newbury.
Some years later litigation arose over the farm her hus-
band had willed her, and in the trial her son-in-law gave the
following testimony:

"I, Richard Pettingell, aged About 45 years doe testify
that this fann of land that is now in contriversy was Re-
served by the widow Inkersoll to her self before her marriage
to John Knight Senior and shee verbally gave this land to


John Inkersoll her son. I Richard Pettingell doe farder
testify that about the year 52 the said John Knight cam
horn too Newbury and tould his wif that hee had promised
m' pain sum timber at the lot at frost fish river; she was
then troubled at it and said what have you to doe to sell
my timber wher upon the said John Knight promised her
twenty shillings : and the said John Knight Senior did then
oun that he had no right in that land." [Essex Court Files,
XIV, 28-32.] Mr. Knight then joined with his wife in con-
veying the farm to her sons John and Nathaniel ' ' Inger-
son," as the deed was written by the scrivener.


2. i. SAMUEL,' bapt. at Salem 9(12), 1644.

3. ii. MATTHEW, b. at Enon (probably) about 1648.

iii. MARY, b. at Newbury July 6, 1652; m., Nov. 6, 1670,
Sergt. Abraham Adams, b. at Salem 1639, son of
Robert (bom in England 1601) and Eleanor Adams;
d. at Newbury June 14, 17 14; she d. at Newbury
Sept. 19, 1705.
Children of Abraham and Mary (Pettingell) Adams.

1. Mary Adams, b. Jan. 16, 1672; m. George Thur-

low; he d. Jan. 17, 1714-

2. Robert Adams, b. May 12, 1674.

3. Abraham Adams, b. May 2, 1676; m. Ann Long-

fellow, niece of Judge Samuel Sewall.

4. Isaac Adams, b. Feb. 26, 1678-9.

5. Sarah Adams, b. April 15, i68i.

6. John Adams, b. March 7, 1684.

7. Matthew Adams, b. May 25, 1686.

8. Israel Adams, b. Dec. 25, 1688; m. Rebecca Atkin-

son Oct. 15, 1714; he d. Dec. 12, 1714, Waltham,
Mass. ; no children.

9. Dorothy Adams, b. Oct. 25, 1691; unm. in 1715.

10. Richard Adams, b. Nov. 22, 1693.

For the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Sarah, John,
Matthew and Richard see Essex Antiquarian,
Vol. II, il


iv. NATHANIEL, b. at Newbury Sept. 21, 1654.
V. A son, b. Nov. 15, d. 17, 1657.
vi. HENRY, b. Jan. 16, d. 20, 1659.


2. SAMUEL,' (Richard/) bom in Salem, bapt. 9 (12),
1644, that is, on the ninth day of the last month of their
year, February, in the year which English people called
1644, but which had been called 1645 since the ist of Janu-
ary by the people of Holland and some other countries. To
be exact, we should write it 9 February, 1644-5.

He came to his manhood at old Newbury. He was a
good himter, whether with traps or flint-lock gim deponent
saith not ; but the town paid him a bounty of a shilling for
killing a fox in 1667. In 1687 he is noticed on the town
records as one of those who were raising sheep. He took
the oath of allegiance with other townsmen in 1678,
"aged 33."

He married, Feb. 13, 1673-4, Sarah, daughter of John
Poore, an early resident of Newbury; she was the second
child of the name, and was bom 5 June, 1655 ; she survived
her husband and was recorded a member of the church in
1 7 16. Samuel died in 171 1. In his will, dated July 9,
1709, proved Jan. 2, 1711, he bequeathed his property to
his wife Sarah and children, Samuel, Richard, Daniel, John,
Thomas, Mary, Sarah, Joanna, and Benjamin.


i. A daughter, b. March 13, 1674-5; d. young.

5. ii. SAMUEL,' b. Feb. 3, 1675-6.

iii. RICHARD, b. Aug. 26, 1677; d. young.

6. iv. RICHARD, b. Jan. 24, 1678-9.

7. V. DANIEL, b. Feb. 16, 1679-80.

8. vi. JOHN, b. Sept. 20, 1680.

9. vii. THOMAS, b. Nov. 12, 1682.


10. viii. JOSEPH, b. Nov. 27, 1684.

ix. MARY, b. Jan. 20, 1685-6; m., 1708, Jacob Pillshury, b.
at Newbury March 20, 1686, son of Abel and Mary
Children of Jacob and Mary (Pettingell) Pillsbury.

1. Jacob Pillsbiuy, b. Feb. 26, 1709; first settler of

Boscawen, N. H.

2. Joanna Pillsbury, b. June 14, 17 10; m., Dec. 7,

1726, Thomas Johnson.

3. Benjamin Pillsbury, b. July 16, 1716.

4. Mary Pillsbury, b. Jan. 13, 1724.

5. Sarah Pillsbury, b. July 22, 1728.

X. SARAH, b. Jan. 20, 1685-6; m., Aug. 12, 1708, John

Weed, Jr. (his second wife).
xi. JOANNA, b. Feb. 10, 1688-9; m-. Jan. 27, 1714-5,

Samuel Woostcr (his second wife), b. Oct. 23, 1691,

son of Timothy and Huldah (Cheney) Wooster.

Children of Samuel and Joanna (Pettingell) Wooster.

1. Timothy Wooster, b. Nov. 12, 1715; m., Nov. i,

1743, Elizabeth Clark.

2. Jemima Wooster, b. in December, 1722.

3. Richard Wooster, b. Oct. 11, 1727.
II. xii. BENJAMIN, b. Dec. 18, 1692.

3. MATTHEW,' (Richard,') bom about 1648; married
in Newbury, 13 April, 1674, Sarah, daughter of Nicholas
and Mary (Cutting) Noyes, bom 22 Aug., 1653; her father
was a brother of Rev. James Noyes and a son of Rev. Wil-
liam and Anne (Parker) Noyes, of Cholderton, Wiltshire,
England. Nicholas Noyes is said to have been the first
man to step ashore at Parker river, Newbury, in 1635.

Matthew is said to have lived on the old road from New-
bury to Boston, just beyond the 37th milestone; his grand-
son Nicholas lived there awhile, then removed to the house
on the high road with brick ends, near the head of Ocean
avenue. Matthew's house was torn down in 1830 and the

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