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Philip Chesley

Male 1608 - Aft 1685  (~ 79 years)


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  • Name Philip Chesley  [1
    Born Between 1606 and 1608  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 30 Apr 1685  New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3042  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2020 

    Family 1 Joanna,   d. Aft 30 Apr 1685 
    Children 
     1. Mary Chesley,   d. Aft 1736
    +2. Esther Chesley,   b. 1682, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1736, Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F16030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth,   d. Aft 1660, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1642  Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Philip Chesley,   b. Abt 1646, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 13 Dec 1695  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F2124  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Philip Chesley, b. 1606-08, ± 77 in Nov. 1683. First ment. Dover Neck wit. 1642; he had a home lot there. At Oyster River by 1648. His and his 2d wife's share of existing records would fill a 'movie,' an alternating current of honor. and impuls. activ. His wife Elizabeth, liv. 1661, was presum. dead when he put everything in his sons' names. Soon his wife was Joanna, app. relation of James and Elizabeth Thomas. Both living 30 Apr. 1685. [...] Ch: Thomas, b. ab. 1644. Philip, b. ab. 1646. By 2d w: Hannah, m. Thomas Ash. Mary, in ct. 1698, found at the house of Thomas Ash in Portsm.; m. 28 May 1701 Ralph Hall; 2d John Foye (3). Esther, m. 3 July 1699 John Hall." [Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire]

      From New Hampshire Court Records 1640-1692, Court Papers 1652-1688, State Papers Series Vol. 40, edited by Otis G. Hammond. New Hampshire: The State of New Hampshire, 1943:

      phillip Chesly for givinge out Reprochfull spechis against the worshipfull Captin wiggins Is sentensed by this Courte to make a publiqe acknouledgment three severall publiqe Days the first Day in the head of the train band: the other two Days are to be the next publiqe meetings days in Dover, when oyster River peopell shall be there Present: which is to be Done within fouer months after this Present Day, and in Case he Doth not performe as affore sayd he is to be whipped not exseding ten strips: and to be fined five Pounds to the Contry: ffees for the Court 0-02s-6d. [...]

      The Deposioc of Thomas Bradbury Junior Aged Twenty Yeares or there abouts who Testifyeth yt upon the second Day of October (1661) or there abouts Phillip Chesley being att Salisbury and mr Andrew Wiggins with him: Phillip Chesley asked this deponent where Mr. Hall was, or whether he was gone for England, this depont told him that hee was gone to Boston: the said Chesley asked him whether mr Hall had any Cattle or horses [...T]he said Phillip Chesley [...] in the hearing of this depont [said] that mr Sam:Hall was a Knave and that he had Cheated him of Tenn pounds wch was a due debt and further said if he could sight of him hee could lay him fast & further saith not.

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      On 24 Jun 1662, Samuel Hall sued Philip Chesley for £500 over Chesley having called him a "knave" who had "cheated him...of a just debt." Chesley was jailed for a time. The torrent of charges and counter-charges can be discerned through the translucent veil of seventeenth-century language here, beginning on page 491.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3672] History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation) by S. E. Schermerhorn, with genealogical notes by Everett S. Stackpole and Winthrop S. Meserve. Durham, New Hampshire, 1913.

    2. [S660] Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928-1939.

    3. [S2203] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.