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Within the first thirty years after the settlement of New England, eight persons
of the name of DAY are found upon record.
There seems to be some confusion with the first two Robert's found in various
references. The one thing that seperates them in alot of the information
is the dates of death.
Robert Day of Hartford Ct. Section
Anthony of Gloucester Section
Nicholas of Baltimore Section
Robert of Ipswich Section
1.Robert Day of Hartford, CT
who arrived in 1634.
2 Robert of Ipswich
Was admitted a freeman June 2, 1641.
He came to America on the ?Hopewell? in April 1635,
Capt. Bundocke, 1635 from London. Settled in Ipswich;
res. before 1641, still was of Ipswich in 1648.
Brick maker and Town Officer. He was born in 1605 and died
Will dated August 11, prob. September 25, 1683, beq.
to son John, referring to his marriage with Sarah Pengry;
to son James, and daus. Hannah Lord and Sarah Fiske,
who married David Fiske at Ipswich, June 17, 1674.
3. Nathaniel of Ipswich, in 1637
4. Stephen of Cambridge
Was considered by Dr. Thomas, in his History of Printing,
as the first printer in America, who started in March, 1639.
He died before January 27, 1668,
(one account gives date of death as Dec 22, 1668 age 58)
when the inventory of his estate was taken, which was filed by
William Broadman. He was admitted of the church
February 28, 1661, but never a freeman. He was a locksmith
of Cambridge, England, brought over, in the ?John?, 1638 by
Rev. Josse Glover, who died on the voyage. Printed first
the freeman oath, next an almanac, then the Bay Psalm Book.
Deposed April 6, 1656, ae. 62 yrs. Was one of the petitioners
for a plantation at Nashaway (Lancaster) in 1648. He brought
with him from England his wife, Rebecca, who was the widow
of William Boardman and mother of William B.; she
d. October 17, 1658; children, Stephen d. December 1 1639;
Matthew d. 10 (3) 1649
5. Wentworth of Boston
a singleman received into the church Sept. 12, (or 22) 1640.
Proprietor 26 (2) 1641, owned land at Lynn about 1651.
Member of the Artillery Co., in 1640.
at Cambridge in 1652, who saved a woman accused as a witch.
He m. Elizabeth, dau. of _____and Sarah Story; her father
England and her mother became the second wife of
Rev. John Cotton, with whom she went to New England with.
Children, Elizabeth baptized September 26, 1641, ae.
About 8 days old; Wentworth baptized August 13,1643, ae.
About 6 days old. He was a surgeon at Cambridge.
6. Ralph of Dedham
was admitted a freeman 1645. A mason of Dedham,
died October 28, 1677. Townsman 1 (11) 1644, frm. May, 1645.
Beat the drum for meetings. He m. Susan Fairbanks,
she d. 8 (5) 1659; and he m. 15 (9) 1659, Abigail Ruggles;
children, Elizabeth b. and d. in 1648; Mary b. 9 (9) 1649;
Susan b. 1652; John b. 15 (2) 1654; Abigail b. 22 (2) 1661.
Inventory of his estate taken 10 (11) filed 1 (12) 1677,
includes his mason tools. In his will dated September 12,
prob. Feb. 1, 1677, he beq. to wife Abigail, dau. of Daniel Pond;
ch. John, Ralph, Mary (wife of John Paine), and Abigail.
Tools and drum to Ralph; citterne to Abigail; one of his swords
to his son-in-law John Ruggles. But his first wife Susan,
dau. of Jonathan Fairbanks, who in 1668 mentioned her four
children in his will and they are found in Dedham church
records, Elizabeth baptized July 3, 1648; Mary
b. November 9, 1649; Susan b. 1652; John b. April 15, 1634;
while the next is found Abigail, dau. of Ralph and Abigail,
b. April 1661.
7. Matthew of Cambridge
Probably the first printer in North America and the one mentioned
by Gov. Winthrop, who went to New England in 1639. His name is
found in one or more works published before 1648. He died at
Cambridge on May 10, 1649.
Name is found in the imprint of Danforth's Almanac for 1647,
It is inferred from his will that he had neither wife nor children.
8. Anthony of Gloucester
proprietor before 1645.
He signed the mill agreement in 1664,
and deposed about the matter 1695, ae. about 80 years.
(Es. Deeds 39, 138) Wife Susanna; children,
John b. April 28, 1657;
Ezekiel b. March 12, 1660, d. soon after;
Ezekiel May 19, 1662;
Nathaniel b. September 9, 1665;
Elizabeth b. April 2, 1667;
Samuel b. February 25, 1670;
Joseph b. April 4, 1672, d. April 23, 1707, ae. 90.
His widow died December 10, 1717, ae. 93.
Also listed as Early Settlers of America:
* Hannah, ae. 20, came in the Elizabeth and Ann in May, 1635.
* John, Watertown, proprietor 1642.
* Timothy, Gloucester, freeman 1690, married July 24, 1679
wife Phebe had son b. February 20, 1682.
* William, Boston, 1669, a mariner.
* Thomas, of Gloucester, married December 30, 1673,
Mary Laughton; Children. Thomas b. May 27, 1675;
Mary b. December, 1677; and Joseph b. January 24, 1680.
An earlier Thomas, whose inventory was found by Coffin 1670,
was perhaps father to Thomas, b. abt. 1651, and of Sarah,
b. abt. 1652. They may have been from Salem, a signer of
the memorial 1668, against imposts, and perhaps father of
John, another signer.
* John, Boston, 1677, a merchant, d. that year, in his will
of September 4, states he?s from Frome Woodlands, near
Warminster, in Wiltshire, on the border of Somersetshire,
and gives all his property to his brother Robert of the
same place; and probably had no wife or children.
* Isaac, of Cambridge, by wife Susanna, had Robert
b. October 24, 1686, d. February 4, 1688;
Susanna b. November 28, 1688.
He was from London, an embroiderer, but when he came to
New England, who was his wife when he removed is unknown.
He probably left in the summer of 1692.
Some two or three John?s listed that doesn?t state the place
of residence, yet one is seen subscribing to memorial, 1668,
at Salem, against imposts.
From these have descended, it is supposed, the greater part of those
bearing the name in the United States.
There are however,a few of the name in Virginia, descended from one or more
of the early settlers of that state. There are some also in N.J. (Newark)
who trace their descent from George DAY, one of the first settlers
of that place. A considerable number have also been found, especially in the
larger cities, that were born in Great Britain.