Deacon James Trowbridge1
M, b. 1636, d. 22 May 1717
In 1638, he was christened in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. In 1641 he moved with his father to New Haven, Conn. James, however, when near his majority, he returned to Dorchester. James married Margaret Atherton, daughter of Major General Humphrey Atherton and Mary Wales, on 30 December 1659 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. James's wife, Margaret, died on 17 August 1672 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, leaving him a widower. James married 2nd Margaret Jackson, daughter of Deacon John Jackson and Margaret Taft, on 30 January 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2 After the death of his father-in-law, Deacon James Jackson, in 1675, he was chosen to become deacon of the church. The same year, he purchased 85 acres of land, with a dwelling house and outbuildings thereon, from Deputy Governor Danforth. He held several public offfices of the town during the remainder of his life. James made his will in 1709. He bequeathed what right of lands he had in Dorchester, which came by his own father, Thomas, to all his children equally; and all the right to lands in Dorchester, which came by his father-in-law, Humphrey Atherton, to the children of his first wife equally. He wrote a codicil to his will in 1715. James departed this life on Saturday, 22 May 1717 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His will was probated in June 1717. The inventory of his personal estate was valued at £240 0 7.
|Margaret Atherton d. 17 Aug 1672|
|Margaret Jackson b. 20 Jun 1649, d. 16 Sep 1727|
- [S946] Otis Trowbridge, Genealogy of the Family of Deacon James Trowbridge
, page 7-8 - James Trowbridge, (1, 3) 3rd son of Thomas of Taunton, England, was born in Dorchester in 1636, and, baptized in 1638. In 1641 his father removed with his family to New Haven, Conn. James, however, when near his majority, returned. to Dorchester, where he married Margaret, the dr. of Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton, 30th Dec., 1659; being about 23 years of age, and had 3 children in Dorchester, when in 1664 he removed with his family to Cambridge Village, (now Newton.)
The Dorchester Church record states, "that the wife of Thos. Wiswall , the wife of Goodman Kinwright, and Margaret, the wife of James Trowbridge, were dismissed. to the church gathered at Cambridge Village, 11th July 1664
After the death of Dea. John Jackson, he (James) was chosen Deacon of the church.
In 1675 he purchased of Deputy Gov. Danforth, 85 acres of land, with a dwelling house and outbuildings thereon, which he (the Gov.) had occupied. for some years-bounded with the highways W. and S., the narrow lane N., his own land E.-the dividing line being straight through the swamp.
He was chosen one of the first Board of Selectmen at the organization of the Town, 27th Aug., 1679, and continued in that office 9 years. He was clerk of the Writs 1692 and 1693, Lieut. and Representative to the General Court 1700 and 1703. He had by wife, Margaret Atherton,
1 Elizabeth, 12 Oct., 1660 ; m. John Myrick 1682.
2 Mindwell, 20 June, 1662 ; m. Jonathan Fuller 1684.
3 John, 22 May, 1664. (3)
4 Margaret, 30 April; 1666 ; m. Hon. Eben. Stone 1686. (2)
5 Thankful, 4 March, 1668 ;m. Dea. Richard Ward 1690.
6 Mary, 11 June, 1670 ; m.- Stedman.
7 Hannah, 15 June, 1672; in. John Greenwood, Esq., 1695
Wife d. 17 August, 1672.
Married again, to Margaret, dr. Dea. John Jackson, 30 January, 1674, and had
8 Experience, 1 Nov., 1675 ; m. Sam'l Wilson.
9 Thomas, 9 Dec., 1677. (4)
10 Deliverance, 31 Dec., 1679; m. Eleazar Ward.
11 James, 20 Sept., 1682. (5)
12 William, 19 Nov., 1684. (6)
13 Abigail, 11 April, 1687.
14 Caleb, 7 Nov., 1692. (7)
He d. 22 May, 1717, age 81. She d. 16 Sept., 1727, age 78.
He left a will dated 1709, with a codicil dated 1715,-proved June, 1717. Inventory personal estate, £240 0 7. By his will, he bequeathed what right of lands he had in Dorchester, which came by his own father, Thomas, to all his children equally ; and all the right to lands in Dorchester, which came by his father-in-law Atherton, to the children of his first wife equally.
- [S115] Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations Of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, On The Basis Of Farmer's Registar, Volume IV: page 332 - JAMES, Dorchester, s. prob. youngest, of Thomas, perhaps brot. by his f. from
Eng. where he may have been b. 1636, but bapt. 1638 at D. and soon carr. to New Haven, there left with brs. Thomas and William, when his f. went home to Taunton, Co. Somerset. From New Haven he rem. to D. and m. 30 Dec. 1659, Margaret, d. of Humphrey Atherton, had Eliz. b. 2Oct.1660; Mindwell, 20 June 1662; John, 22 May 1664; rem. to Cambridge, and had Margaret, 30 Apr. 1666; Thankful, 6 Mar. 1668; Mary, 11 June 1670; and Hannah, 15 June 1672. His w. d. two days aft. and he m. 30 Jan. 1674, Margaret, d. of deac. John Jackson, had Experience, 1 Nov. 1675; Thomas, 9 Dec. 1677; Deliverance, 31 Dec. 1679; James, 20 Sept. 1682; William, 19 Nov. 1684; Abigail,
11 Apr. 1687; and Caleb, 7 Nov. 1692, H. C. 1710; was freem. 1665; selectman, clk. of the writs, lieut. deac. and rep. 1700 and 3. He liv. in that part of C. wh. bec. Newton, d. 22 May 1717, and his wid. d. 16 Sept. 1727. Eliz. m. 1682, John Mirick; Mindwell m. 1684, Jonathan Fuller; Margaret m. 18 Mar. 1686, Ebenezer Stone; Thankful m. 15 Dec. 1690, Richard Ward; Mary m. a Stedman; Hannah m. John Greenwood; Deliverance m. Eleazer Ward; and Experience m. Samuel Wilson.