Sarah Cloyes b. 1666

Sarah Cloyes 8th great grandmother on RootsMagic tree

Sarah was born to Peter Cloyes and Hannah Littlefield probably in 1666, probably in Wells, Maine. In 1688 Sarah married John Connable in Salem, Massachusetts. Sarah and John Connable were in Boston shortly after their marriage, their children were born in Boston: 6 daughters and a son, Samuel. Sarah died young at about 36. Her burial place is unknown.

Connable, John and Sarah Cloyes 1688 marriage

John and Sarah are No. 23 at bottom of list. Massachusetts town clerk vital and town records 1626 – 2001 database at

A Google search for Sarah Cloyes will bring up Sarah’s 2nd mom (Peter Cloyes’s 2nd wife) Sarah Towne Cloyes, she and Peter married in about 1683 both widows with children. Sarah’s 2nd mom, Sarah Towne, was the youngest of the three Towne sisters accused of witchcraft in Salem. Sarah Towne’s 2 older sisters, Mary Towne Eastey 58 and Rebecca Towne Nurse 71, were hung. Sarah escaped jail, maybe with the help of husband Peter Cloyes.

Ann Putnam was 13 in 1692 when she accused 62 women in Salem. 20 of those women were hanged, several others died while in prison. In 1706 Ann was 27 and made a public apology for her part in the trials, and especially for the grief and loss she caused the Towne families. The Towne families accepted the apology. If you read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown or watch Arthur Miller’s The Crucible you’ll recognize the characters Goody Cloyse and Rebecca Nurse.


Ancestry tree snapshot: Peter his wife Hannah, their child Sarah Cloyes her husband John and Peter’s 2nd wife Sarah Towne.

Massachusetts town clerk vital and town records 1626 – 2001 database at John Caniball and Sarah Cloise, 13 Mar 1688; citing Marriage, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, town clerk offices, Massachusetts. Reference ID 44 FHL 877468 Digital Folder 007009706 Image 00425 (425 of 610

A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston 1630-1699. Volume 9 Page 184 Samuel of John and Sarah Coniball born Jan 16 [1689].

Sarah Towne’s story at Framingham History Center

Benjamin Child b. 1658

Benjamin Child 8th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree

Benjamin was born in 1658 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the second son. On March 7, 1683 he married Grace Morris and they may have had 12 children. Benjamin farmed and his family stayed in the Roxbury area. Grace died in December of 1723, Benjamin in January of 1724. They share a headstone, still standing and worn but readable.

The Childs are buried in Walter Street “Berrying” Ground also known as Peter’s Hill, now part of the Harvard Arnold Arboretum. There are 55 burials in this very old cemetery 14 of the Child family.

“One of the earliest markers is a double headstone for Grace and Benjamin Child, husband and wife. Nearby is the stone marking Benjamin’s brother, Joshua, whose wife Elizabeth is also buried in the area. Joshua and Benjamin were brothers, born a year apart and baptized the same day, and Elizabeth and Grace were sisters. Each couple had 12 children.”

“Each July 4, as night falls, the Roslindale neighbors who live near Peters Hill in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum walk to the top. Someone brings a radio, and they listen to the Boston Pops Orchestra play the “1812 Overture” while they watch the fireworks burst brilliantly over the Charles River. Near the base of the hill, among tall trees and along narrow dirt paths, lies a little-known cemetery containing the remains of veterans of the American Revolution and early settlers — an ideal place for pondering the meaning of the nation’s birthday.”

From the Harvard Gazette’s Hidden Spaces, The tiny cemetery.

Headstone Benjamin and Grace

Headstone photo at Find a Grave

inscriptionsHere lies the body of Grace child the Wife of Benjamin Child Died Dec ye 10 1723 in the 63d year of her age. (directly below) Here lyes ye body of Benjamin Childe who died the 24 day of Jan 1723-4 in the 66 year of his age.

The New England historical and genealogical register 1854, Volume 8 page 243, West Roxbury Inscriptions Central Burial Ground Peters Hill Copied by Mr. Wm B Trask of Dorchester

Samuel Tubbs b. 1638

Samuel Tubbs 8th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree.

Samuel was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Beginning about 1650 when Samuel was 12, his parents William and Mercy Sprague Tubbs had some long lasting marriage issues, all written up in Records of the colony of New Plymouth, they finally divorced in 1668.

By 1664 Samuel was looking for a change and arrived in New London, Connecticut. “Early in 1664, court orders were published prohibiting the use of cardes and shufflebords and warning the inhabitants not to entertane strange young men. Transient residents, who were not grantees and householders, were the persons affected by this order, and it aroused them to the necessity of applying for permission to remain. The roll of applicants consisted of … Samuel Tubbs. Most of these were allowed to remain, and a general permit was added: All other sojourners not mentioned, carrying themselves well, are allowed to live in the towne, else lyable upon warning to begone.” Page 145 in History of New London, Connecticut by Manwaring at HathiTrust 

In 1664 Samuel married Mary Willey. Mary’s family was well established in New London. Samuel and his father in law were part of ongoing land disputes between New London and Lyme, CT, sometimes called a riot, “A good many hard words and some blows were exchanged between the parties”. Volume 2 page 557 in The public records of the Colony of Connecticut at HathiTrust. 

Samuel and his brother in law John Wiley fought in King Philips War 1675-76. For this they earned land. A list of soldiers engaged in King Philips War in the campaign through the Narragansett Country who received land from the Government for their services. -In 1696 the General Court of Connecticut granted to them a tract of land six miles square, comprising the present town of Voluntown-. The Narragansett historical register: a magazine, Volume 1 page 146, story begins page 144 The Connecticut Pensioners.

Elizabeth Arnold b. 1684

Elizabeth Arnold 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Elizabeth Arnold was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1684 and died July 11, 1758. She spent her life in Providence, part of the time living in the Stone Ender her dad Eleazer built around 1693, it’s still standing today.

Arnold, Eleazer House Stone Ender at Wikipedia

Eleazer Arnold House, a stone ender

She married 1st William Hawkins in 1704 and 8 years later was a widow. She married 2nd Israel Smith in 1718,  was a widow 8 years later and didn’t marry again.

Her will and inventory is online, last on the page:
In the name of God Amen this 1st day of July in the 35th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second of Great Britain &c King AD 1758: I Elisabeth Smith widow being Sick & Week of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to allmighty God for the Same, Do make and ordain this to be my Last will & Testament

Elizabeth gave her daughter Naomi, who married Oliver Angell, a square table and 5 pounds money ‘old tenor.’ Elizabeth left her best silver sleeve buttons to her granddaughters.


Israel Smith b. 1689 and Elizabeth Arnold b. 1684

The wills of Israel Smith and his wife Elizabeth Arnold Smith Hawkins (8th great grandparents) contain inventories along with written wishes. Israel was a yeoman or landowner. He died at 37 in 1726. His inventory included: bookes, livestock, tools, seeds, a gun, a feather bed, blankets, linens, clothing, kitchenware, including pewter platters, 10 pounds of woolen yarns, thirty eight pounds of flax, spinning wools, furniture, tobacco and candlesticks.

Elizabeth outlived 2 husbands, she died at 74 in 1758. She left specific items for her daughters and granddaughters. Naomi Smith Angell inherited a Square Table and five pounds old Tenor. Daughter Elizabeth gets the Long Cloke, Deborah gets the Kettle and divides the featherbed with Ruth. Elizabeth’s will directs that her best buttons are for her granddaughters, “My will is that my Grand Daughter Elisabeth Hopkins have my large Silver Sleeve Buttons. Item, I give my Grand Daughter Martha Smith my Small Silver Sleeve Buttons, my looking Glass.” Elizabeth’s will is transcribed at Rhode Island USGenweb, last will towards bottom.

So in the mid 1700s seeds and buttons.


Providence, Rhode Island, Wills (1678-1916) and Indexes, Volume 3-4, 1726-1754, page 121, 122, 123, 124 -at Ancestry $

Rhode Island USGenWeb Project, Rhode Island Reading room Wills page 4 public document transcribed at: