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John Daby

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Daby was born on 24 Mar 1741 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts (son of Simon Daby and Mercy Wilson).

    Notes:

    Or "John Daby".

    Many online sources give this John Darby/Daby, husband of Sarah Hopgood, a birth date of 24 Mar 1741, and show him as a son of Simon Daby (1715-1802) and Mercy Wilson (1717-1751). It's chronologically and geographically plausible. And this John and Sarah did in fact name their first child Simon (b. 20 May 1765). But there are problems with it.

    Henry Stedman Nourse's 1894 History of the Town of Harvard, Massachusetts: 1732-1893, in his list of the offspring of John Daby and Sarah Hopgood, calls this John Daby "John, Jr.". Warren Hapgood's 1898 The Hapgood Family (citation details below) also calls the husband of Lt. Shadrach Hopgood's daughter Sarah "John Darby, Jr."

    And according to Viola A. Derby Bromley's 1905 Derby Genealogy, the John Darby/Daby who married Sarah Hopgood was born "about 1740", a younger son of John Daby (1688-1769) by his wife Hannah (1685-1744). In her reckoning, the John Darby/Daby who was born 24 Mar 1741 to Simon Daby and Mercy Wilson married a Dinah Willard.

    Finally, the 1917 Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, in its register of marriages, also calls the John Daby who married Sarah Hopgood "John Jr." (Interestingly, it also calls the John Darby who married Dinah Willard "John Jr.", which creates another problem for Derby Genealogy.)

    Of course, the problem with John Daby and Hannah (now known to have been Hannah Butterick) being the parents of the John Daby/Darby who married Sarah Hopgood is obvious. If John and Hannah's birthdates are as shown in the town records of Harvard, this supposed "John Darby, Jr.", born about 1740, would have been born when his father was 52 and his mother was 55. This is highly implausible. According to Wikipedia, in the United States between 1997 and 1999, only 194 women gave birth aged 55 or over. That's out of a population of about 280,000,000. The population of New England in 1740 was about one million.

    The range of birthdates shown by Bromley for the other children of John and Hannah is 1712 to 1722. It's hard to avoid the suspicion that Bromley was aware that prior sources (Nourse, Hapgood, Harvard vital records) all called the husband of Sarah Hopgood "John, Jr.", and simply parked him as a child of John and Hannah because there were no more plausible local Johns Darby/Daby for him to be the offspring of.

    There's little question that Simon and Mercy Daby/Darby had a son John who was born 24 Mar 1741. The Harvard vital records show a John Daby, "s. of Simon and Marcey, Mar. 24, 1741." Nourse lists, in his register of births, John Daby, born "March 24, 1741", among "The Children of Simon and Mercy."

    It's also worth noting that the Harvard vital records show no birth of any John Darby, Daby, or Derby to John and Hannah Darby, Daby, or Derby.

    Our suspicion is that the John Darby/Daby who married Sarah Hopgood was in fact a son of Simon Daby and Mercy Wilson, just as geography, chronology, and onomastics suggest, and that the idea that he was a "Jr." was introduced by an error in transcription somewhere along the way. We'd like to see the actual materials from which the 1917 Harvard vital records book was transcribed. But suspicion is not evidence.

    UPDATE, 14 Feb 2016: ancestry.com has a handwritten record of Harvard, Massachusetts births, on which we see, under "Daby," "John s of Simon and Mercy" born 24 Mar 1741. No "Jr." in sight.

    John married Sarah Hopgood on 17 Jan 1765 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of Lt. Shadrach Hopgood and Elizabeth Weatherbee) was born on 16 Jun 1744 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Sarah Darby was born on 7 Feb 1772 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Simon Daby was born on 27 Feb 1714 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of John Daby and Hannah Butterick); died on 18 Dec 1802 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 27 Feb 1715, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Simon married Mercy Wilson on 22 Jan 1738. Mercy (daughter of John Wilson and Mercy Wright) was born on 13 Aug 1717 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 31 Aug 1751 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Burying Ground, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mercy Wilson was born on 13 Aug 1717 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts (daughter of John Wilson and Mercy Wright); died on 31 Aug 1751 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Burying Ground, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 21 Aug 1717

    Children:
    1. 1. John Daby was born on 24 Mar 1741 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Daby was born on 26 Jan 1687 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of Thomas Daby and Mary Brown); died on 6 Jan 1769 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    He was a blacksmith, and one of the original petitioners for the town of Harvard in Worcester County.

    His gravestone reads:

    Here lies the Body
    of Mr John Daby
    who Departed this
    Life Jan'y 6th AD 1769
    Aged 80 years and
    11 months.

    Tis but a few whose Days amount
    To three score years and ten;
    And all beyond that short Account,
    Is Sorrow, Toil and Pain.

    Our Vitals with laborious Strife
    Bear up the crazy load.
    And drag those poor Remains of Life,
    Along the tiresome Road.

    John married Hannah Butterick. Hannah (daughter of John Butterick and Mary Blood) was born on 6 Jun 1685 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 17 Nov 1744 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Hannah Butterick was born on 6 Jun 1685 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts (daughter of John Butterick and Mary Blood); died on 17 Nov 1744 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt Jun 1686

    Notes:

    The Derby Genealogy (citation details below) lists her only as Hannah, no maiden name or parents given. Many online sites claim she was Hannah Butterick, daughter of John Butterick and his wife Mary, but without proof. It would seem they are probably correct.

    The published vital records of Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts list her death as Hannah Daby, "w. of John, Nov. 17, 1744, a. 58 y. 5 m. G.R.I.", that last abbreviation indicating that this record came from a grave record in Harvard's Old Cemetery.

    The published vital records of Stow show the birth of a Hannah Butterick, "d. John and Mary, June 6, [16]85." June 1685 is 59 years and five months before November 1744. It is easy to believe that a gravestone inscription was off by a year, whether because the stonecutter erred, the next of kin were mistaken, or the person being buried had quietly trimmed a year off their declared age over the course of a lifetime.

    Finally, the will of John Butterick of Stow, made in Jun 1717, mentions his daughter Hannah, wife of John Daby.

    Children:
    1. 2. Simon Daby was born on 27 Feb 1714 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 18 Dec 1802 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

  3. 6.  John Wilson was born on 23 Feb 1682 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts (son of Joseph Wilson and Sarah Lord); died on 24 Dec 1759 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Andover vital records consistently spell his surname "Willson."

    Of their fourteen children, two (Mercy, eldest, and John, third) survived to adulthood. Two died in infancy; eight died in November 1738 of the "throat distemper" epidemic that swept Essex County from 1735 to 1740, and their two last children died in October 1747, ages six and eight.

    John married Mercy Wright on 21 Jun 1716 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of John Wright and Mercy Wardwell) died on 14 Feb 1759 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Mercy Wright (daughter of John Wright and Mercy Wardwell); died on 14 Feb 1759 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 3. Mercy Wilson was born on 13 Aug 1717 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 31 Aug 1751 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Burying Ground, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Thomas Daby was born about 1657; died on 13 Oct 1738 in Holliston, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Cemetery, Holliston, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Or Derby, or Darby. Many web sites call him a son of a John Derby or Darby of Salem. There is no proof that such a person even existed, much less that this Thomas Daby was his son. This Thomas Daby may have been a brother of Joseph Daby of Stow, who died there on 22 Feb 1734, age 80.

    A Narragansett soldier under Capt. Joseph Still in King Philip's War, 1676. Removed from Concord to Stow with his wife in 1684. Elected deacon of the Stow church in 1706.

    His gravestone in Holliston calls him "Deacon Thomas Daby, of Stow" and says that he died in his 82nd year.

    Thomas married Mary Brown. Mary (daughter of John Brown and Esther Makepeace) was born on 19 Dec 1662; died on 4 Jan 1727 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Lower Village Cemetery, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Mary Brown was born on 19 Dec 1662 (daughter of John Brown and Esther Makepeace); died on 4 Jan 1727 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Lower Village Cemetery, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 4 Jan 1728, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Also called Marcy.

    Children:
    1. 4. John Daby was born on 26 Jan 1687 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 6 Jan 1769 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  John Butterick was born on 21 Sep 1653 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of William Buttrick and Sarah); died between Jun 1717 and 22 Apr 1718 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft Jun 1717, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    His will mentions his daughter Hannah, wife of John Daby.

    John married Mary Blood on 8 Apr 1679 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Mary (daughter of Robert Blood and Elizabeth Willard) was born on 4 Mar 1655 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 14 Feb 1724 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Mary Blood was born on 4 Mar 1655 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts (daughter of Robert Blood and Elizabeth Willard); died on 14 Feb 1724 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 5. Hannah Butterick was born on 6 Jun 1685 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 17 Nov 1744 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts; was buried in Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts.

  5. 12.  Joseph Wilson was born about 8 Nov 1642 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts (son of William Wilson and Patience Grindall); died on 2 Apr 1718 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 13 Nov 1642, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    He was a cooper.

    Joseph married Sarah Lord on 24 Apr 1678 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. Sarah (daughter of Robert Lord and Mary Waite) was born about 1658 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 21 May 1727 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Sarah Lord was born about 1658 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts (daughter of Robert Lord and Mary Waite); died on 21 May 1727 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    "Sarah Lord Wilson was arrested with several others after a 'touch test' in Andover on 7 Sep 1692 that was conducted under the auspices of the Rev. Thomas Barnard. Her 14-year-old daughter, Sarah, was likewise arrested. Both Sarah and her daughter, Sarah, spent several weeks imprisoned (hellishly). Sarah's son, John, married the granddaughter of Samuel Wardwell. The Sarahs were released on bond and escaped being hanged; however, she and her daughter endured the unpleasant nature of prison life. They appeared in the Superior Court of the Judicature at Ipswich and were cleared in May 1693." [John M. Switlik, citation details below]

    Children:
    1. 6. John Wilson was born on 23 Feb 1682 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 24 Dec 1759 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

  7. 14.  John Wright was born on 10 Feb 1675 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts (son of Walter Wright and Susanna Johnson); died on 9 Jun 1752 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

    John married Mercy Wardwell on 31 Aug 1697 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. Mercy (daughter of Samuel Wardwell and Sarah Hooper) was born on 3 Oct 1673 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 16 Feb 1754 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Mercy Wardwell was born on 3 Oct 1673 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts (daughter of Samuel Wardwell and Sarah Hooper); died on 16 Feb 1754 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Also called Mary Wardwell. She, her parents, and her half-sister (Sarah Hawkes, her mother's daughter by her first husband) were accused of witchcraft in the course of the great insanity. Her father was convicted and hung on 22 Sep 1692. At a new court convened on 10 Jan 1693, she and her half-sister were acquitted, but her mother was convicted. Subsequently her mother was pardoned by Governor William Phips and thus escaped execution.

    Children:
    1. 7. Mercy Wright died on 14 Feb 1759 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.