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John Harmon of Springfield, MA

Posted: 27 Jul 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 7 Sep 2006 12:20AM GMT
Surnames: Harmon, Harman, Dorchester, Ferry, Filley, Philley, Skinner, Kritchwell, Parsons, Burt, Wright, Herman
JOHN HARMON of SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

1609-1617 Sometime between these years, both John and Elizabeth were born--probably in England. King James I was the Monarch in power. During his reign he authorized the translation of the Bible into the English language. This was completed in 1611. It was in 1618 that the European Thirty Year War began. In England there was the constant clashing between the King and Parliament and between the Catholics and the Puritans. It is as if the Devil has to get his licks in whenever a great thing is taking place and he certainly did that as there was a great deal of religious persecution and deprivation going on during this time period.

Between the years of 1630 and 1640, twenty thousand Puritans from England settled in new England and the same number went to Barbados and other West Indies islands during the same years. A third group of roughly the same size--but made up mostly of Scotch Presbyterians settled in northern Ireland. English Catholics settled in Maryland and a great many of the Church of England went to Virginia in the mid century.

About 1635: It is not known for sure when John Harmon arrived in New England. As seen in previous chapters there is much speculation. If he did not come with Pynchon on the Winthrop fleet as one of his servants, then it is very likely that he came about 1635.

The vessels and passengers of 1635 from England to America were very numerous. Shipwrights, Fishermen, Passengers from England states: "The arrivals exceeded the expectations of the previous settlers and exceeded all preparations made for them or by them, either for food or house-room. Many circumstances combined to occasion for this crowd, and, as a result, much suffering. There was not only no glass for windows, but no houses at all of any kind for the strangers, nor food for their hungry stomachs. The cold, much greater than in England farther north, was not anticipated, not the hunger sufficiently estimated to be provided for or guarded against. Some of the vessels which brought passengers had not supplies sufficient to last their crews for the voyage back, and had the greatest difficulty to obtain them. The lives of many depended upon fish and fishermen. The grand difficulty was the want of sufficient food and covering to sustain life until other things could be secured"

John settled first probably at Boston; then later at Roxbury, Massachusetts. Roxbury was an adjoining settlement near Boston. The principal founder of Roxbury was William Pynchon. It was a religious community. Pynchon was the first signer of the church covenant.

About 1636: Pynchon left Roxbury and with a company led by Rev. Thomas Hooker and Rev. Samuel Stone. Thomas Hooker was from the community of New Towne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts to Hartford, Connecticut where he, along with Stone, would become the leader of the settlement there. They went southward. Pynchon's group settled at the junction of the Agawam and Connecticut rivers at what is now the city of Springfield. William Pynchon's history which states that George Maxon was the minister procured for the new settlement at Agawam.

1640: It is unknown just when or where John Harmon and Elizabeth were married. The marriage possibly took place at Roxbury, but I have found no record. It is known that they were married and had two children before they arrived in Springfield

1640: "About the year 1640 John Harmon, i.e. John the first, born in England, 1617, landed in Boston, America, and after a year or two in Roxbury, joined the few under their leader, Pynchon, on the fertile banks of the Connecticut River and was one of the first settlers of Springfield, MA."

1641: The first child, a son whom they named John, was born.

1643: The second child, a son whom they named Samuel, was born. Genealogical and Family History of New York states: "John Harmon settled in Springfield in 1643."

The land first alotted to John Harmon in Springfield is described in the town records to have been:..."a house lot by Grant of ye Plantation with the addition vizt four acres more or less Breadth 8 rod Length from the Street Fence to the Great River 80 rod bounded North by Henry Burt South by Nathaniel Pritchard." (Town Records V.3 pg. 158 & 199--- no date is affixed to this entry.) His home lot was located on the west side of the street between the present State and Mill Streets.

1644: 16 May "for raysings of 20 pounds in part payment for ye Indian Purchase of ye Plantation" John Harmon was assessed 8 shillings 10 pence. This is the first mention of John Harmon in the records; so he must have been granted land either in 1641 or 1643 with the latter date seeming more logical because of the assessment date. Spring 1644 "It is ordered that those lotts from Roger Prichards downward shall have their 2nd allotments below Aggawan River mouth--every man to have 5 acres apiece to run in length 80 rods their lottsto abutt against ye greate river."

1644: "Sarah Harman, daughter of John Harman, borne 7 mon. 24 day 1644." at Springfield.

1646: In 'a rate for ye raysinge of 30 pounds for the purchase of the lands of the Plantation 1646.' John Harmon is assessed 9s, 2d on the 33 acres of land.

1645: After ten years or so of communal living, the residents of Springfield voted in 1645 to distribute the land to individual people as farm lots. The ability of the original planting grounds to support an increased population had reached its limit, and the sons of many of the original settlers were reaching maturity and required their own farms. Thus the meadow lands were given to the residents of the southern end of the original downtown Springfield settlement.

1646: "Joseph Harman ye sone of John Harman borne 7 mon. 4 day 1646." at Springfield. At this time, the four Harmon children ranged in age from 5 or 6 years old to newborn.

1645-7: 1645-7 For two years after these grants in the "long meadow", the new owners prepared the area for agriculture. Lots were laid out and fences were begun. Despite the ideals of being a close-knit and religious-minded community, fences soon proved necessary to keep peace, as wandering swine and cattle damaged neighbor's crops. The meadows were dotted with wild cranberry bogs, ponds, and swamps and because of the low-lying nature of the land it was subject to flooding.

1647: 2 Nov. John was made surveyor of highways of the lower part of the town. A road from Springfield into the meadows was completed, including a small bridge over the Pecousic River. This road was extended to Warehouse Point to facilitate the movement of supplies and beaver pelts between Springfield and Pynchon's warehouse.

1648: 6 Feb. At Court, John signed the Oath of Fidelity promising to be true to God; to submit to the law and to endeavor to maintain and preserve all the liberties and privileges of the law. The list of signers of this oath is the nearest thing to a census record that I have been able to locate for this time period. I here quote the oath and in a later chapter have attempted to identify those persons whom John and Elizabeth associated with. It is possible that we will eventually find relationships among their associates.

At a Court this 6 Feb 1648--The underwritten tooke the Oath of Fidelity:
The Oath of Fidelity

I, ___________, being by Gods provedence an Inhabitant within the Jurisdiction of this Common-wealth, doe freely and sinserely acknowledge myselfe to be subject to the Government thereof. And doe heer swear by the great and dreadfull Name of the Ever- living God, that I will be true and faithful to the same, and will accordingly yield assistance thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equitie I am bound: and will also truly endeavor to maitain and preserve all the Liberties and Privileges thereof, submitting myself unto the wholesome Laws made, and established by the same. And further, that I will not plot or practice any evil against it, or consent to any that shall so doe; but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful Authoritie now here established, for the speedy preventing thereof. So help me God in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Signed:
Thomas Merick
Rowland Thomas
John Stebbinge
William Brookes
Nathaniel Browne
Thomas Cooper
William Warrener
Robert Ashley
John Leonard
James Bridgeman
John Clark
Samuell Marshfield
Rowland Stebbing
Jonathan Burt
John Harman
Nathaniell Bliss
George Langhton
John Matthews
Thomas Sewell
Richard Exile
Jonathan Taylor
Georg Coulten
Griffith Jones
Rice Bedortha
Benjamin Cooly
Hugh Parsons
John Lumbard
Miles Morgan
Alesander Edwards

1648: The Indian threat was real, but William Pynchon was known as a champion of Indian rights. The roaming Indians often presented a menace to the developments of any outlying settlements. In July 1648, Pynchon may have averted a dangerous Indian war by refusing a request of several of the magistrates to assist some Indians of Quabaug in apprehending some murders at Naucotok (Northampton) on the basis that the murdered Indians were subjects and the offenders within the colony jurisdiction. Pynchon refused the request, stressed the danger of war and resorted to legal principles in stating the culprits were not subjects within the Bay jurisdiction. This stand caused Pynchon to be hailed as a champion of Indian rights

1648: Many of the Springfield inhabitants had shown a strong preference for the long meadow and requested permits to surrender the planting ground upon the river-bank and to take lands back upon the next plantation. This request was granted in 1648. Three years after, the lands were apportioned at Pecowsic and Mill river as follows:
Benj. Cooley 1st who hath 3 acres
Anthony Dorchester 2nd 4 acres
Widow Bliss 3rd 3 acres
Roger Prichard & John Lumbard 4th 1½ acres
Nath Prichard 5th 4 acres
John Harmon 6th 2 ½ acres

1649: 12 Feb. John Harman was granted land; the record stating: 'It is ordered ye Geo. Colton and Thomas Cooper who is ye Towne treasures should with yr best discretion lay out the severall parcells of Meadow granted ye last yeare to Henry Burt 4 acres; Tho. Mirick 4 acres, Alex. Edwards 4 acres, Jno. Harmon 4 acres, In ye Longe meadow over ye Brooke.' Lots were laid out and fences begun to keep wandering swine and cattle from damaging neighbors crops. The first house was built in the meadows in 1649. Most lot owners already had homes in Springfield and the meadows were subject to flooding.

1649: 29/30 May. John Harmon and several other settlers were fined in court for leaving their oxen over the Great River since the first of May without a keeper. The oxen damaged Henry Burt's wheat crop and each owner of oxen left there was fined:
The sworn presenter of the breach of order did this 30 May present:
Mr. Smith
Mr. Holioak
Mr. Moxon
Tho. Cooper
Sam. Chapen
William Warrener
Robert Ashly
Serjant Merik
James Bridgeman
Samuell Wright
John Herman
Benjamin Cooly
George Coulton
for the breach of a Towne order in leaving their oxen over the Great River since the first of May last without a keeper. The Towne order makes each Teame liable to a fine of 5 shillings per teame if Any do keepe oxen over the River without a constant keeper after the first day of May.

Mr. Smith, Mr. Holioak and Serjant Merik had teames there of 4 oxen a peace. Mr. Moxon and Thomas Cooper one; Samuell Chappen and William Warrener one, Robert Ashly and James Bridgeman one. Samuell Wright and John Herman one, Benjamin Cooly and George Coulton one; in all eight teams.

A warrant to the Constable for the taking up these forfeits and to pay them presently to the Towne Treasurer, Mr. John Pynchon. These dues belonging to the Towne were all released by the town. [Marginal note]

These said Teames did also trespass Henry Burt in his marsh wheat which was valued by Richard Sykes and George Lanckton to be to the value of 12 bushels in their best apprehensions; and they were all Content to refer themselves to my order for the several proportions what every one is to pay.

I have considered of it and for want of proof whose oxen did the damage in particular I have judged it most equal that all of said 8 teams doe pay 1 "bushell and a halfe" a peace the next winter by the first of December next, viz:
Henry Smith 1 bushell and a half
Elitzur Holioak 1 bushell and a half
Serjant Merik 1 bushell and a half
Mr. Moxon and Thomas Cooper 1 bushell and a half
Samuell Chapen and William Warrener 1 bushell and a half
Robert Ashly and James Bridgeman 1 bushell and a half
Samuell Wright and John Herman 1 bushell and a half
Benjamin Cooly and George Coulton 1 bushell and a half

1649: 2 mon. 15 day. "Elizabeth Harman ye daughter of John Harman borne."

1649: From Pynchon Court Records on 29th day of 3rd month 1649, we read: Henry Burt was chosen clerk of the writts for this towne. This day all the printed laws were read; the whole town being present: the perfectinge of the order about hogges and pigges is referred to the select Townsemen and to set down the tyme when they shall be yoaked and when they may go at liberty.

1650: June. William Pynchon, a close associate of John Harmon and founder of the plantation at Springfield,, authored a book called The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, Justification, etc. He attempted to prove that since sin came into the world through Adam's disobedience; so Christ, by his perfect obedience, paid the full price of our redemption. He claimed that if Christ had died unwillingly, the sacrifice would not have been sufficient. His divine nature was the altar upon which he sacrificed his human nature. Yet his meditorial death was a miraculous death. The devil and his agents had power to bruise Him and to nail Him to a cross; but they had no power to separate his Soul from his body. So his death was not passive but active; and therefore a part of his meditorial obedience.

1650: Oct. There was so much uproar caused by Pynchon's book that it was condemned by its title-page alone. Winthrop, the governor of the Massachusetts colony and a close personal friend of Pynchon, was now dead and the more orthodox religious leaders took charge. Pynchon's book was ordered to be burnt on the Boston commons by the General Court. This controversy had so much effect on him that William Pynchon and his wife returned to England. But he continued to write religious pamphlets which were controversial with the established religions of the day. We do not have any record of what John and Elizabeth thought of Pynchon's teachings, but we do know they were close associates and business partners of William and also his son, John as well as sons-in-law; Henry Smith and Elizur Holyoke. When Pynchon returned to England, his son-in-law, Henry Smith, went also, as did George Maxon, the Springfield minister.

1651: 22 Jan John Harman was grantee of lot 6, two and one-half acres 'on Pacowick.' (See 1648).

1651: "Mary Hermon d. of John Hermon borne ye 12 day of ye 9 mon. 1651."

1652: 31 Jul. Child number five, Elizabeth, died on "ye 7th of ye 4th month" She was three years old.

1652-57: During this time John Pynchon, son of William, shipped to England almost 9,000 beaver skins weighing 13,139 pounds. The beaver were more valuable than all other skins. They were obtained mostly by trading with the Indians. The principal Indian traders under Pynchon were Thomas Cooper of Springfield, Joseph Parsons and David Wilton of Northampton and Doct. John Westcarr of Hadley. There were others and they carried on a trade with the whites as well as the Indians. In England, these furs may have brought eight shillings sterling per pound which would equal out to about $24,537. Other skins sent to England at this time included moose skins, otter, minks, musquash, Canada sables, foxes, wolves, raccoons, wildcats, bear, etc. The traders in Springfield who brought furs to Pynchon received pay in the form of wheat.

1653: John Harmon was made a fence viewer.

1653/54: 13 Mar. Nathaniel, son of John Harmon, was born.

1654: 8 Feb. These parsells of meadow commonly called by the name of Wattchnett was granted these inhabitants as followeth, vis. John Harman 3 acres,' etc. He also received a grant of land "over ye mill river" containing 3 acres. He also received other grants of land.

1655/56: March 23d being a Training day these underwritten took the oath of fidelity:

Thomas Bancroft
John Stewart
James Warrener
Obadiah Miller
Symon Sackett
Nathaneel Burt
Hugh Dudley
Samuel Bliss
William Morgan
Lawrence Bliss
Jeremy Horton
James Taylor
Edward Foster
John Sackett
Josiah Chapin
Abell Wright
Richard Maund
John Riley
Anthony Dorchester
Francis Pepper
James Osborne
John Horton
John Earle

And these underwritten did the same day before the Company affirme that they did on a Training day some yeeres past vizt, while Mr. William Pynchon was here in the Countrey, take this oath of fidelity, though their names be not on record; and therefore they were not willing to take the oath agayne: The persons were:
John Dumbleton
Nathaniel Prichard
Symon Bemon
Thomas Miller

1656: 4 Nov John was chosen to the office of 'presenter to present breaches of the laws of the county or of town orders and to which service he took his oath.'

1657: " Ebenezer Hermon s. of John hermon borne the 12 of the 6 mon. 1657." At this time, John and Elizabeth's oldest child was about sixteen years old. Ebenezer was the 8th child, seven of whom were living--he was about four years younger than Nathaniel, his next older sibling.

1558-1674: John Pynchon shipped over 6,000 beaver skins and a substantial number of muskrat, moose, otter, fox, raccoon, fisher, and other miscellaneous skins.

1658: 2 Nov. John Harmon was selected as Surveyor of Highways

1659: 23 December: John Harmon was one of six persons seated by the selectmen in the third seat of the church.

1660: 7 Apr. Little Ebenezer, age three, drowned in "ye brook by ye mill stream ye 7th of ye 2 mon, 1660." (See end-note regarding double-dating at death of John Harmon.)
"This day the youngest child of John Herman, called Ebenezer, was found dead in the brook in Nathaneell Prichard's yard; concerning whose death there was a search and inquiry made by a jury of 12 men of this town of Springfield how the said child came to its end. The jurors were: Thomas Cooper, William Branch, William warrener, Thomas Stebbin, Thomas Noble, John Stewart, Samuell Marshfield, Henry Burt, Benjamin Parsons, Abell Wright, Richard Sikes, John Clarke---whose return upon oath before the Commissioners Elizur Holyoke and Mr. Samuel Chapin, was that according to the best light they could have in the case they judge the child to be drowned in the brooke through its own weakness without the hand of any other person being any occasion or cause thereof.

1661: 4 March. John Harmon prepared his will in the presence of Elizur Holyoke and John Lumbard. See 13 May 1661 on this list for a copy of the will and inventory.

1661: 7 Mar: John Harmon died at Springfield; age 43. "John Harmon of Springfield, deceased, who died the 7th day of March 1660/61."

He is reportedly buried in the old Peabody Cemetery in the center of Springfield, where in 1848 all remains of the old burying grounds in downtown Springfield were removed to the present Springfield Cemetery which is known as the Peabody Cemetery. There is a plot in the Springfield (Peabody) cemetery is the last plot in Row 1, identified in Cemetery Records as #1-111. To the right of #1-111 is ta plot approximately 20' x 20' containing the following marker: "Withing these four monuments are the remains of Unknown Dead removed from the Old Burial Places in 1848." This plot is adjacent to the only Harmon stone remaining---that of John 3rd (1678-1742) and his family.

1661: 13 May Will of John Harmon recorded in Probate Court records. An inventory of his estate was later taken by Henry Burt and Nathaniel Ely. Copies of both are included at this time.

WILL OF JOHN HARMAN:

"The will & Testament of John Harman of Springfield deceased who died the 7th Day of March 1660/1661:
Know all whom this may concern that John Harman of Springfield being sick and weak in body, but of ready memory and understanding, being requested on the 4th day of March 1660/1661 to settle his worldly affairs, did refuse to dispose of any thing particularly, but said he would leave all that he had into his wive's hand for he said she is a tender mother, therefore she should have the disposal of all. This was spoke by the said John Harman the day above mentioned being two days before his death: Witnesses whereunto were:
Elizur Holyoke and
John X Lumbard
(His mark)

Recorded May 13th 1661.
_________
An inventory of the estate of John Harman, deceased, taken by Henry Burt and Nathaniell Ely: The 3rd of the said mon. 1661:

ITEM L S D
Housing & Lott 25...00...00
Other Lands 21...00...00
In Cattle 33...00...00
Ammunition 2...10...00
Tymber and household stuff 1...00...00
Brass & iron ... 1...04...00

TOTAL 83...14
Tooles 3...12...00
Bedding 6...00...00
Lymon 6...00...00
Corn 3...05...00
Due in debts: 1...10...00

TOTAL 20...07...00

TOTAL 104...01...
Debts owing from ... of labor 15...00...00



When John Harmon died, he was survived by his wife, Elizabeth and the following children--all unmarried.
John Harmon age abt. 20
Samuel Harmon age abt 18
Sarah Harmon age 17
Joseph Harmon age 15
Mary Harmon age 10
Nathaniel Harmon age 8

Two children preceded him in death: Elizabeth died in 1652, age 3; and Ebenezer drowned in 1660--just a year before John's death. Ebenezer was also three year of age when he
drowned. It is significant to me that John referred to his wife as a "tender mother" and therefore she should have his entire estate with no mention of losing it should she remarry.

What was John's estate worth? L = pounds in English currency. The valuation chart I have is for 1996. In 1660, one pound would have the buying power of 64.82 pounds in

1996. {1.00 x 64.82} John's estate was valued at 104 pounds in 1661. In 1996 terms it would be worth 6,741.28 pounds. The value of a pound is approximately six to eight
American dollars--so for the sake of fairness, let's multiply by 7 and we have $47,187.96 in 1996---or about $728 in 1661.

In comparison, a few other Springfield estate inventories reveal: The valuation of John Searle's estate was 101 pounds; Nathaniel Bliss' was 54 pounds; Symon Sackett's was 39 pounds: Widow Horton's was 37 pounds. Final settlement on John Pynchon's estate was not made until 1737 when it was valued at 8,446 pounds---of which only 165 pounds consisted of personal property. (One pound in 1730 would have the buying power of 74.08 pounds in 1996.) So, John Harmon was not a poor man at his death. His greatest assets
were his cattle, his lands, and his housing and lots.

Regarding the date of John's death: According to the calendar in use at that time, March was the first month with March 25 being the first day of the new year. March 24th would be in 1660; March 25th would be in 1661. The dates for Jan, Feb, and Mar were often written 1660/61. The second month in 1661 could either be February or April. In
Springfield records it was April. John requested his will be made on the 4th day of March 1660/61. Then it says he died two days later--but the death date is clearly given as 7th day of March 1660/61. So, perhaps his will was requested one day; the witnesses called; the will was "spoken" and then John died two days later.

1661: 7 Apr: The Pynchon Court Record has a couple entries of interest at this point: "John Leonard being complained of for misbehaving himselfe on the Sabbath; playing sporting
and laughing, etc. Charles Ferry and John Stewart testifie on oath that last Sabbath day they say Joseph Leonard sporting and laughing in Sermon tyme, and that he did often
formerly misbehave himselfe also in the same way. Symon Beamon also swears that on Lords day ... he saw Joseph Leonard and Samuell Harmon (son of John and Elizabeth--age
about 18) whip and whisk one another with a stick before the meetinghouse in sermon tyme.

1661: 20 June Complaint being made against Samuell Harmon for misbehaving himself on the Sabbath. Once formerly when he was sent for, but came not with Joseph Leonard and then
testimony on oath came in against him. And since, last Sabbath, in sermon tyme Joseph Warrinar and Peter Swinck Testife on oath that in the forenoone last Sabbath in sermon
tyme they saw Samuell Harmon thrust and tickle Jonathan Morgan and pluckt him off his seate 3 times and squeased him and made him cry. William Morgan also testifyes the
same. For which Misdemeanors the said Samuel Harmon (being that he was formerly admonished) was adjudged to pay five shillings as a fine to the County ."

1661: 29 May. John and Elizabeth's daughter, Sarah Harmon, married Charles Ferry in Springfield. Charles was born in Canterbury, Kent, England in 1637 where his family had
fled from Picardy France to escape religious persecution. When Charles came to America it was by way of Normandy France in 1660 . He settled in Springfield. On his wedding
day he was chosen a Selectman for the town of Springfield . The first house built east of the town street on the east side of the river was Charles Ferry's who had purchased it from the Widow Harmon and in 1661 has a special license to build there.

1662-63: Joseph Harmon's place in the church was "in ye south side at ye upper end of the Backer seate."

1662/3: Widow Harmon sold certain lands to Charles Ferry, husband of her eldest daughter, Sarah.

1663: 8 May. The names of Freemen in Springfield this day: (another census substitute):
Captain John Pynchon
Leiut. Elizur Holyoke
Ensigne Thomas Cooper
Joseph Parsons
Miles Morgan
William Branch
John Lamb
Reice Bedortha
John Dumbleton
Griffith Joanes
John Leonard
Jonathan Burt
John Lumbard
Thomas Bancroft
Mr. Pelatiah Glover
Deacon Samuel Chapin
William Warriner
Thomas Stebbins
Benjamin Mun
Robert Ashley
Samuel Marshfield
Nathaniel Ely
Benjamin Parsons
Laurence Bliss
Anthony Dorchester
Richard Sikes

Before 1664: Elizabeth Harmon, widow of John Harmon, married Anthony Dorchester. I have not been successful in discovering when Anthony emigrated. In Pioneers of Massachusetts,Pope states that Anthony was from Windsor when he removed to Springfield abt 1649. He was also a town officer in Springfield. A biography of one of his descendants claims he ran a ferry in Springfield.

Anthony's first wife was Sarah (surname unknown) and by her he had three children:
John Dorchester, born 5 Nov 1644 at Windsor, Hartford, CT; Mary Dorchester b. abt. 1645; and
James Dorchester b. 1648.

Sarah, his wife, died 9 Nov 1649 at Springfield, leaving
Anthony with three little children ages 1, 4, and 5. The The History of Springfield states that "Anthony Dorchester and his wife, Sarah, came to Springfield from Windsor and brought three children: John, James, and Mary. Wife died in Springfield 9 Nov 1649; he maried widow Martha Kritchwell
2 Jan 1651. Martha had a young daughter named Martha. She was probably about ten years old at the time of her Mother's marriage to Anthony. Martha had a son, Samuel who died soon after her marriage and was buried 9 (4) 1651 (9 June).

Martha Kritchwell Dorchester's first husband, Samuel was from Hartford. Martha bore three children to Anthony Dorchester, namely: Benjamin Dorchester born 1651; Sarah Dorchester born 12 Nov 1653 and Hester Dorchester born 1656 all in Springfield. Martha and her daughter Hester both died in 1662. At this time, Anthony was left with five children still at home: John, age 18, Mary age 17, James age 14, Benjamin age 11, and Sarah age 9. His wife, Martha's daughter, Martha, had married Abel Wright on 1 Dec 1659.

Sometime prior to December 1664, Anthony Dorchester married the Widow, Elizabeth Harmon, in Springfield. DATE? They had eleven children between them; plus Martha Kritchwell Wright, Anthony's step-daughter.

1664: Dec Upon the request of Anthony Dorchester, there was granted by the town of Springfield to his own and to his wife's sons thirty acres of land each.

1668/69: 7 Jan. Elizabeth's son, John Harmon married her step-daughter, Mary Dorchester in Springfield. John was about 27 at the time of his marriage; Mary was abt 23. Mary was the daughter of Anthony Dorchester and his first wife, Sarah.

1668: 11 Jan "To Samuel and Joseph Harmon for killing 6 wolves this summer past 3 pounds."

1670: Samuel and Joseph Harmon were required to furnish one load as their part of the minister's wood.

1670: 14 Jan The settlement of Suffield, CT was begun by the grants of land to Samuel and Joseph Harmon, Benjamin Parsons and others.

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