Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Peter BRACKETT [Parents] [scrapbook]-3246 was born 1 in BET 1580 AND 1585 in England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 25 Aug 1616 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Peter married 3 (MRIN:1211) Rachel-3247 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

PETER BRACKETT (Richard, William, William) of Sudbury, Suffolk, Englai~d was born about 1580-85. His wife's name was Rachel. Taken ill in the prime of his life, he made his will 18 August 1616 and died a week later. He was buried on 25 August 1616 at All Saints, Sudbury. One must wonder what fatal malady it was, which gave him so little hope of recovery that he prepared for death. Three days after his burial, the 28th, his widow proved his will. Except for the religious preamble, it is given in full below. From it, one learns that he left three small children and his wife was expecting a fourth within a few weeks. Peter Brackett was apparently a substantial citizen, for he owned a house in another parish which was rented out, and the rent from this he left to his father for life.

8 August 1616 - I PETER BRACKET of Sudbury in the countie of Suff and diocease of Norwich being sicke in bodie but whole in rninde  Rachell my wiffe shall have all my goods chattels and implemts of households in consideration that she shall bringe up my children and pay unto every one of my children twentye shillings apeece as namely Peter Richard and Rachell and my will is that that childe wch my wiffe is wth childe wth shall have twentye shillings to be paid Unto them at their severall ages of Twenty and one yeares and if any of them doe dye before their portion to be divided among them that shalbe liveing. Item 1 will and my mynde is that my ffather Richard Bracket shall have the rents of my house in the pishe of St. Peters in Sudburye wherein one Martyn London now dwelleth during his naturall life and after his deceasse I will and my minde is that my said house shalbe solde by my wiffe and the money thereof to be devided amonge my children that shalbe then liveing and my will is that my eldest sonne Peter Bracket shall have ffive pounds more then the residue, item I ordains and make Racheli my Lovu~g wiffe tobe executrix of this rrry last will and testament Witnesses: Ruggle Fe tsr Bracket Rychard Bracket Thomas Grigges (Proved 28 August 1616) Edward Strachie William Strutt (Reference: Legate 122)

Rachel-3247. Rachel married 1 (MRIN:1211) Peter BRACKETT-3246 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
SAUNDERS, Martin

After being left a widow, Rachel doesn't appear in any other English records yet found for two years. Then, however, she remarried to Martin Saunders, a currier of Sudbury. On or about 10 April 1635, Martin Saunders, Rachel, and their seven minor children, and also her daughter Rachel (Brackett) Newcomb and her husband Francis and two children, all set sail from London aboard the Planter, Nicholas Trerice, Master. They arrived in Boston 7 June following. On the passenger list, Martin and Rachel are listed as aged 40 and from Sudbury. With them also were three servants: Mary Fuller age 15, Richard Smith age 14, and Richard Ridley age 16. No more is known of the three young servants. Now the ages given on the passenger list for the Saunders family members were mere estimates on the part of the clerk, as can be shown in the case of the children. Martin and Rachel were apparently nearer 45, or born around 1590, which would make her about 18 at the birth of her first child and 42 at the birth of the last one. The Bracketts, Newcombs and Saunders, all from Sudbury, all settled in that part of Boston which was soon set off as the town of Braintree. Rachel Saunders was of course the mother of Richard and Peter Brackett, of Rachel Newcomb, and the Saunders children. Rachel Saunders was admitted to the Boston church on 8 November 1635, the same time as was Richard Brackett's wife, Alice. On 16 April 1639 she was dismissed to the new Braintree church. Rachel died at Braintree 15 September 1651. Martin Saunders remarried 23 May 1654 to Elizabeth Bancroft, widow of Roger. When his son John was about to marry Mary Munjoy, he deeded him some of his land. Martin Saunders died 4 August 1658, having made his will 5 July preceding.

They had the following children.

  M i Peter BRACKETT-3249 was born about 1608. He was buried on 24 Jul 1688.
  M ii Capt. Richard BRACKETT-1436 was born on 16 Sep 1610. He died on 5 Mar 1690.
  F iii Rachel BRACKETT-3251 was christened on 28 Apr 1614.
  M iv
Jonahan BRACKETT-3253 was christened 1 on 4 Oct 1616 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

CHRISTENING: A posthumous ch. Prob. died young

Thomas BLOWER [Parents] 1-3254 was christened 2 on 23 Apr 1587 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 about 1639 in Massachusetts, United States. Thomas married 4, 5 (MRIN:1212) Alice FROST-3255 on 19 Nov 1612 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

THOMAS BLOWER (Thomas) was baptized 23 April 1587 at Stanstead, England. At the age of ten, his father died. What became of his mother or who cared for the family is unknown. On 19 November 161.2 at Stanstead, he married Alice, the daughter of Edward and Thomasine (Belgrave) Frost. She was baptized 1 December 1594 at Stanstead. They probably both grew up in Stanstead which is 5 miles north of Sudbury. Within two or three years after their marriage, they moved to Sudbury where their children were baptized. Here they must have lived for at least fifteen years. In 1633, Alice got into some sort of dispute with the church authorities, for on 18 February 1633/4, Alice Blower was charged with Contempt of Ecclesiastical Laws before the Court of High Commission. She was fined £100 which was certainly a ruinous amount, which neither she or her husband could raise. This must have been cause for a hasty move to London and an appeal against the fine, for on 26 June 1634, Alice Blower of London, defendant, having long since removed from Sudbury where the offense was given, to London, whereby the scandal was taken away, she was dismissed. (Calendar of Domestic Papers, Charles I) It was this sort of religious harassment that prompted so many to leave England for the New World between 1620 and 1640. Whatever the reason, in September 1635 Thomas Blower, set sail in the Truelove, John Gibbs, Master. The ship arrived in Boston in late November. He was listed as aged 50 on the passenger list and alone. Ages were often mere estimates and in this case he seems to have been actually aged 48. There is no record of a family with him. His daughter Alice had preceeded him to Boston two years earlier as the young bride of Richard Brackett. Three years later, his sister-in-law and her husband, Edmund Rice, also came to New England to join him. Nothing can be found of him in New England records except in the Winthrop Papers there is extant a letter written by one Nathaniel Lufkin to Mr. John Winthrop the elder of Boston from Hitcham, Suffolk, dated 1 April 1640, by which Lufkin was owed £24 by Thomas Blower, the debt having been incurred in England, and Lufkin wished it collected in New England where Blower was then living. Lufkin wrote, ...there is one Edmond Rice and Henry Bruning who the bearer knows well who can tell of the debt as well as myself... Edmund Rice was married to Thomasine (Frost), sister of Thomas Blower's wife, Alice. In the Colonial Records is the following:

9 September 1639 - Capt. Keayne was ordered to pay the 12. l0s which he rec'd of Mr Saltonstall for pt of Mrs Blowers N [necessaries ?] to the treasurer - Rec. of the Mass. Bay 1:273

Thus, Thomas Blower must have died about 1639, which explains the dearth of record of him. Other Blowers, including John, his son, also appear in the New England records. The others were probably all related to him. When his wife Alice died is not known.

Ref.: Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds; Parish Registers; Bishop's Transcripts; Suffolk County, Mass. Probate Files; Savage; Records of the Mass. Colony, Vol. 1; T.A.G. - 21:238

Alice FROST [Parents]-3255 was christened 1 on 1 Dec 1594 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Alice married 2, 3 (MRIN:1212) Thomas BLOWER-3254 on 19 Nov 1612 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
TILLEY, William

They had the following children.

  F i Alice BLOWER-1437 was born on 30 Jun 1615. She died on 3 Nov 1690.
  F ii
Hannah BLOWER-3256 was born 1 about 1617 in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 7 May 1630 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii
Thomas BLOWER-3257 was born 1 about 1619 in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 22 Aug 1623 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M iv
Joshua BLOWER-3258 was christened 1 on 15 Dec 1621 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 22 Mar 1623 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M v
Thomas BLOWER-3259 was christened 1 in 29 Feb 1623 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 25 Apr 1625 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  F vi
Mary BLOWER-3260 was christened 1 on 13 Feb 1625 in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 7 Feb 1639 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  M vii John BLOWER-3261 was christened on 23 Mar 1627.
  M viii
Thomas BLOWER-3263 was christened 1 on 16 May 1630 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Samuel KINSLEY-2564 died 1 on 21 May 1662 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Samuel married 2 (MRIN:1213) Hannah BRACKETT-1438 in 1662.

Samuel's will was probated 3 on 17 Jun 1662 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Hannah BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1438 was born on 4 Jun 1634 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened on 14 Jun 1634 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 3 Jul 1706 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2 (MRIN:1213) Samuel KINSLEY-2564 in 1662.

Other marriages:
BLANCHARD, John

Killed by indians in Dunstable


John BLANCHARD-2563 died 1 in 1693 in Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. John married 2 (MRIN:1214) Hannah BRACKETT-1438 in 1663/1664 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
HILL, Elizabeth

Hannah BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1438 was born on 4 Jun 1634 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened on 14 Jun 1634 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 3 Jul 1706 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Hannah married 2 (MRIN:1214) John BLANCHARD-2563 in 1663/1664 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
KINSLEY, Samuel

Killed by indians in Dunstable


Peter BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1439 was born on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Peter married 2 (MRIN:1215) Elizabeth BOSWORTH-2565 on 7 Aug 1661 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
FOSTER, Sarah Nee Parker

Elizabeth BOSWORTH 1-2565 was christened 2 on 18 Nov 1638 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. She died 3 on 30 Nov 1686. Elizabeth married 4 (MRIN:1215) Peter BRACKETT-1439 on 7 Aug 1661 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.


Peter BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1439 was born on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Peter married 2 (MRIN:1216) Sarah Nee Parker FOSTER-2567 on 30 Mar 1687 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
BOSWORTH, Elizabeth

Sarah Nee Parker FOSTER-2567 died 1 on 18 Apr 1718 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 2 (MRIN:1216) Peter BRACKETT-1439 on 30 Mar 1687 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


John BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1440 was born on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened on 7 May 1637 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 on 18 Mar 1687 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He was buried in Mar 1687. John married 3 (MRIN:1217) Ruth Nee Morse ELLIS-2568 on 31 Mar 1674 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
FRENCH, Hannah

Ruth Nee Morse ELLIS-2568. Ruth married 1 (MRIN:1217) John BRACKETT-1440 on 31 Mar 1674 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


Joseph THOMPSON-2570 died 1 on 13 Oct 1732 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Joseph married 2, 3 (MRIN:1218) Mary BRACKETT-1441 on 22 Jul 1662 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
DENISON, Mary

Mary BRACKETT [Parents]-1441 was born 1 on 12 May 1641 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened on 12 May 1641 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2, 3 on 23 Mar 1678 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She was buried on 23 Mar 1679 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Mary married 4, 5 (MRIN:1218) Joseph THOMPSON-2570 on 22 Jul 1662 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.


James BRACKETT [Parents] 1-1442 was born in 1645 in of Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He was christened in 1645 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died 2 in Apr 1718 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. James married (MRIN:1219) Sarah MARSH-2571 in 1674 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Was a cooper

Sarah MARSH-2571 died 1 on 6 Oct 1727 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married (MRIN:1219) James BRACKETT-1442 in 1674 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.


William RAWSON-3245 died 1 on 20 Sep 1726 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. William married 2 (MRIN:1220) Sarah BRACKETT-1443 on 26 Oct 1700 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Sarah BRACKETT [Parents]-1443 was born in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. She was christened in 1647 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Sarah married 1 (MRIN:1220) William RAWSON-3245 on 26 Oct 1700 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Other marriages:
CROSBY, Joseph

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