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Henry Travers

Male Bef 1610 - Aft 1650  (> 42 years)


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  • Name Henry Travers 
    Born Bef 1610  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1650  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I1581  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2017 

    Family Bridget,   d. 10 Oct 1673, Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1635  [2
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Travers,   b. Abt 1635,   d. Bef 22 Aug 1709  (Age ~ 74 years)
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2017 16:50:03 
    Family ID F746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Or Travis. Came from London on the Mary and John, early in 1634. First at Agawam (now Ipswich), then at Newbury.

      From Wallingfords of New England, citation details below:

      He was granted six acres of salt marsh in the Great Marsh, and a house lot of half an acre near the First Landing Place. Also four acres in another part of Newbury. He was on a list of 91 freeholders of Newbury on 7 December 1642.

      His wife Bridget may have been a sister of Richard Fitts of Ipswich and Newbury, Mass., as in the latter's will dated 2 December 1672 he mentions his sister "Travisse's" daughter. As the term 'sister' could also refer to a sister-in-law, it is also possible that Richard Fitts was a brother-in-law, or even a step-relation of some sort. The widow Bridget married, 30 March 1659, Richard Window of Gloucester, Mass. She may have been married to a Goodwin before marrying Henry Travers. It is also possible that Henry had a wife before Bridget in England before he came to America, although that may never be known.

      In a Court held at Ipswich, Mass. on 29 September 1646, "John Emery, for his miscarriage with the wife of Henry Traverse, fined 3 li. [pounds] or to be whipped, and pay witness fee to Christopher Bartlet. Bound to good behavior and not to frequent the company of the wife of Henry Traverse. Brigett Traverse fined 10s. for her misdemeanors."

      Henry Travers was a seaman. In 1648 he went to London and never returned, leaving behind his wife Bridget, daughter Sarah and a son James. Before he left he wrote a will that began "This 26th day of July, 1648, I Henrie Travers of Newbury, having occasion to go to Sea and know not whether I shall live to Com againe, I do by this present declare my last Will and Testament, as followeth..." To his daughter Sara he left a cow and a 3-year old heifer, as well as two brass pots, a little kettel, a frying pan, and a table board.

      In 1655 the widow Bridget petitioned the court regarding the estate, and said, in part, "That whereas Henry Travers, my husband, went away to England from mee seaven years agone, and left mee two children; my Daughter was of the age of ten years, and my son not full three years of age. He then made his will and gave my daughter a Cow and a Heifer, to be paid to her at twelve years old... ...my daughter being now marryed I have payed to her two heifers." At one point in this petition she states "And since he [her husband] went [to England] I have not heard of him but once, which is five years since." Since Henry left seven years earlier it appears that two years later she somehow got word of him, or heard from him. It sounds like the man decided to stay in England and abandon his family back in America. What became of him after this point is unknown, although on 15 July 1659 an inventory of his estate was made, and he was called "late of Newbury, deceased".

      Henry Travers (1610 -1650) = Bridget (d. 1673)
      James Travers = Mary Pearce
      Elizabeth Travers = Nathaniel Haven
      James Haven = Sarah
      Elizabeth Haven = Isaac Hemingway
      James Hemingway = Elizabeth Armstrong
      James Hemingway, Jr. = Hope Malmsbury
      Jane M. Hemingway = Oliver Burdg
      Almira Park Burdg = Franklin Milhous
      Hannah Milhous = Francis Anthony Nixon
      Richard Milhous Nixon

  • Sources 
    1. [S1136] Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts by George Brainard Blodgette, rev. & ed. Amos Everett Jewett. Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1981.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S1284] William H. Teschek, Wallingfords of New England.