Edward Bangs1,2,3

M, b. circa 28 October 1591, d. before 5 March 1678
FatherJohn Bangs b. 1560, d. 11 Feb 1631/32
MotherJane Chavis b. c 1563, d. 11 Feb 1632
     Edward was born in Panfield, County Essex, England.4 He was christened there on 28 October 1591. In 1623, Edward left England aboard the ship, "Anne", mastered by William Peirce, enroute for New England. Listed among the passengers was Edward Bangs from Panfield Essex Co., Shipwright. They arrived at Plymouth on the 10th of July. His wife-to-be was also aboard this vessel..5,6 In 1623, he received four acres at Plymouth as a result of being a passenger on the ship "Anne". In 1627, Edward Banges received a division of cattle & was the 13th person in the 12th company. He was admitted a freeman on 1 January 1633 at Plymouth. He held several offices there until he removed to Eastham. In his father's will dated 27 August 1631, he was bequeathed 40 pounds. Edward married Lydia Hicks in 1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Edward's wife, Lydia, died circa 1634 in Plymouth leaving him a widower. Edward married 2nd Rebecca Hobart, daughter of Edmund Hobart and Margaret Dewey, in 1635 in Massachusetts. He was an innkeeper. He & his family were among the first seven settlers of Eastham in 1644. Edward made his will on 19 October 1677.

. . . In his will, dated 19 October 1677 "Edward Banges, aged 86 years," made son Jonathan sole executor and bequeathed to him "all my purchased land at Namskekett," two acres and a half of meadow, "all my purchase land at Pocomett[?]," an acre and a half of meadow "at a place called the acars," one acre at the harbor's mouth, "a parcel of upland and meadow lying at Rock harbour which I had in exchange of John Done," and "all those things which I have at his house"; to son John "that twenty acres of upland at Pochett that he hath built upon," five acres adjoining to the twenty acres, "that land which I have at Pochett Island," two acres of meadow at Boat Meadow, and three-quarters of an acre at the head of Boat Meadow; to son Joshua "the house that I lived in and all the housing belonging to it," twenty-eight acres of land adjoining, three acres of meadow at Boat Meadow, one acre of meadow at Boat Meadow, four acres of meadow at the head of Blackfish Creek, and fourteen acres of upland at Pochett; to son Jonathan's eldest son Edward Bangs twenty-five acres of upland at Pochett Field, one acre of meadow at Rock Harbor, and "half an acre of meadow lying at Great Namscekett which I bought of Daniell Cole"; to "my daughter Howes, my daughter Higgens, my daughter Done, my daughter Hall, my daughter Merricke, and my daughter Attwood, four pounds apiece at my decease, and I give to my grandchildren, viz: the children of my daughter Rebecka deceased four pounds at my decease" [PCPR 3:2:106].7

Edward departed this life in Eastham. His will was probated on 5 March 1678.

Family 1

Lydia Hicks b. b 6 Sep 1612, d. c 1634

Family 2

Rebecca Hobart b. c 29 Dec 1611, d. 1679


  1. [S297] Leon Clark Hills, History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters and First Commers to Ye Olde Colonie - Cape Cod Series, Volume I - History of Eastham: page 110 - The first seven settlers of Eastham in 1644 were Thomas Prence [no. 11], John Doane [no. 61], Nicholas Snow [no. 2], Josiah Cooke [no. 25], Richard Higgins [no. 63], John Smalley [no. 16]+ & Edward Bangs [no. 127].
  2. [S457] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Edward Bancroft: Pope includes an Edward Bancroft who was taxed at Plymouth in 1632. and was in the 1643 list of men able to bear arms. There is no such person in Plymouth records. These records belong to Edward Bangs.
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  3. [S909] Charles Howard Bangs, Edward Banges, The Pilgrim, pages 1-19.
  4. [S457] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633.
  5. [S609] John Camden Hotten, Immigrants Who Went To America 1600-1700, page 29 - List of those who came over in the "Anne" & "Little James" - the vessels parted company at sea; the "Anne" arrived the latter part of June, and the "Little James" some week or 10 days latter [1623]: part of the number were wives & children of persons already in the colony. ... Edward Bangs settled in Eastham.
  6. [S904] John A Goodwin, , Chapter xxiii: 1623 - pages 242-243 - Late in July arrived the ship "Anne". 140 tons, William Peirce. master; and 10 days later came - in the pinnace "Little James", 44 tons, Bridges, master. These vessels brought a hundred new persons, including those who had formerly sailed in John Peirce's "Paragon". Many were from the Leyden flock, and several were wives, children, and kindred of the earlier settlers. Edward Bangs [31 years], his wife, Rebecca & two children. [Note: not sure if info on Edward Bangs is accurate - klm]
  7. [S457] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, parts of the will of Edward Bangs dated 19 October 1677.