Esther Ballard 10th great grandmother on RootsMagic tree
Esther/Hester sailed, on the James, with her parents and younger brother from a London port to Lynn, Massachusetts on July 13, 1635. Page 107 of this book: The original lists of persons of quality, emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed, and others, who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700 at HathiTrust.
Esther married Joseph Jenckes they had at least 7 children. Their son Joseph Jenckes was Governor of Rhode Island from 1727-1732 his story at Wikipedia.
At about age 18 Esther was one of 4 people fined for wearing silver or silver lace. In Colonial New England, wearing silver was a crime for plain citizens, those making less than 200 pounds. The colony followed Sumptuary law, description at Wikipedia. “If bourgeois subjects appeared to be as wealthy or wealthier than the ruling nobility, it could undermine the nobility’s presentation of themselves as powerful, legitimate rulers”.
Page 99 of this book: The history of Lynn, by Alonzo Lewis: At the Quarterly Court, on the twenty ninth of June , the following presentments were made. We present Ester, the wife of Joseph Jynkes Junior for wearing silver lace.
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