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Daniel Hovey

Male 1618 - 1692  (73 years)


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  • Name Daniel Hovey  [1
    Born 9 Aug 1618  Waltham Abbey, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 9 Aug 1618  Waltham Abbey, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died 24 Apr 1692  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I22512  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 

    Father Richard Hovey,   b. Abt 1576,   d. Bef 7 Mar 1637  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Family ID F13648  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail Andrews,   b. Abt 1623,   d. Between 1676 and 1683  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married Bef 1643  [1
    Children 
    +1. James Hovey,   b. 1650, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1675, Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • At Ipswich 1635, one of the earlier settlers there. Held a variety of town offices. Removed, 1668, to Quaboag, subsequently renamed Brookfield; removed again to Hadley before the massacre at Quabog in 1675 in which his son James was killed. Returned to Ipswich, 1678.

      His English origins were discovered by chance in 1905, when John Albree of Swampscott, Massachusetts, researching in the Boston public library, came across a 1621 edition of the Devine Weekes and Workes of Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas (b. 1544) which contained the following inscription on page 200:
      Daniel Hovey his boke hee was born in waltham aby ye 9th of Auguft 1618. Son of Richard Hovey of ye fam town. fent him my Mr John Gibons ye minifter of that town. sent him as a token from him in 37. ye yer of the pequod wars. Daniel Hovey.
      A further inscription on page 266 read:

      Daniel Hovey
      his Booke fent ouer
      to him in 37 at ye pecod war
      time
      ffrom Mr John Gibons
      under hof miniftry he lived
      at Waltham Abey

      The book is a 1300-page octavo volume bound in full leather, with the letters D and H stamped on both covers. That it was indeed the property of the 17th-century immigrant Daniel Hovey was easily proved by matching the signature on Daniel Hovey's will at the Essex, Massachusetts probate office. Albree then wrote to the parish clerk of Holy Cross, Waltham, in England, asking if a Daniel Hovey was recorded as having been baptised there on 9 Aug 1618. The clerk wrote back confirming that this was indeed the case, and followed up by sending copies of all the Hovey baptisms, marriages, and burials, plus several issues of the parish's monthly historical publication and five views of the church itself. The publication contained much material on the Rev. John Guibon, who presented the Du Bartas volume to Daniel Hovey -- who must have been a young man of literacy and intelligence when he left for New England at age 17, for his curate to have sent him this book years later.

  • Sources 
    1. [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.

    2. [S2821] The Hovey Book, Describing the English Ancestry and American Descendants of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, Massachusetts, "compiled under the auspices of the Daniel Hovey Association." Haverhill, Massachusetts: Press of Lewis R. Hovey, 1913.

    3. [S586] The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England 1620-1640, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2015., year and place only.