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Elkanah Hamblin

History of James Hamlin, Son of James Hamlin the Immigrant

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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:51.

From: A Genealogy of JAMES HAMLIN of Barnstable Massachusetts
Eldest son of James Hamlin, the immigrant, who came from London, England, and settled in Barnstable, 1639. 1639--1902

by the Hon. H. Franklin Andrews,
Publ. By H. Franklin Andrews, Exira, Iowa, 1902

It is supposed that he was born in England; and was baptized in St. Lawrence parish, Reading, Berkshire, April 10, 1636; and that he came to America with his mother and sisters prior to 1642; Married in Barnstable, Massachusetts, Nov. 20, 1662, to Mary, daughter of John and Abigail Dunham, born 1642. Farmer; resided first at his father's Coggin's Pond lot; but in 1702 had removed to Hamblin Plains, West Barnstable; and his son Ebenezer occupied the Coggin's Pond homestead; afterwards sold to Col. John Gorham, who died 1716, and gave this place to his son; which was occupied by three generations of Gorhams; and in 1899 was occupied by Mr. A. T. Jones. Mr. Otis says that he probably lived in Barnstable all his life; but a writer on the Hatch family asserts that he settled in Falmouth, Massachusetts, about 1660; which must be an error. He was a proprietor of that town at the time mentioned; but if he ever resided there, it was temporarily, only. The erroneous idea of his settlement in Falmouth probably arose from the following circumstances. A controversy arose in Plymouth colony over the persecution of the Quakers. Gov. Thomas Prence and his party were relentless in their opposition; another party were inclined to more tolerant measures toward these persecuted people; which brought down the vengeance of Gov. Prence upon the leaders of the opposition; in consequence a company of the dissatisfied people left Barnstable in 1660. It is supposed they contemplated settlement at Martha's Vineyard, a favored retreat of the Quakers; and one of their number took a letter of dismission to the church there. The names of this company were Jonathan Hatch, Isaac Robinson, John Chapman, John Jenkins, JAMES HAMLIN, Mr. Thomas, Samuel Fuller, Thomas Lothrop, Anthony Annable, Peter Blossom, William Nelson, James Cobb, Samuel Hinckley and Thomas Ewer. They coasted around Cape Cod and landed at Succonesset, now Falmouth, Massachusetts, where lands were assigned to them as proprietors, Nov. 29, 1661. Hatch and Robinson settled there; but most, if not all the others, returned to Barnstable.

Will of Elkanah Hamblin

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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:44.

Elkanah (Hamlin) HAMBLIN was born on 16 Mar 1684 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was christened on 16 Mar 1685 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts. He signed a will on 26 Mar 1754 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts.5

In the name of God, Amen. I, Elkanah Hamblen of Barnstable in ye County of Barnstable, Yeo, being advanced in years tho by God's goodness of sound and disposing mind and memory, do this 26th day of March, 1754, make & ordain this myh last Will and Testament, Knowing that it is appointed for man once to die, and first I commit my soul to God in Jesus Christ & my body I comit to the earth, and touching the worldly estate wherein God hath blessed me I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner and form, & first my will is that my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid out of my personal estate by my executers.

Imprimis, I beve and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret in liew of her dower the use and improvement of a fire, room, cellar and chamber in my dwelling house, the profit of a cow, six sheep and of a swine pastured, four loads of wood at the door per annum, a sixth of the produce of lands tilled, a sixth part of the fruit of the orchard, a privilege of being carried to meeting oad of having her grain carried to mill & the meal brought home. These articles to be done & performed by my son Rueben Hamblen for his mother during her widowhood yearly & every year in consideration of what is hereafter given, & it is to be understood said Rueben is to find and keep said cow & sheep for his mother's profit, and of all the land hereafter given him to render a sixth for the produce to his mother of what is planted or sown, also I give my said wife one half of my personal estate not hereafter particularly disposed off.

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