Rebecca Chamberlin was one of the passengers aboard the Bona Nova. The Bona Nova, from London, arrived at Virginia. (The Bona Nova departed Virginia May , 1621.2) Sources: (1) "Hotten's Lists", Virginia Musters (2) Letter, dated May , 1621, from Jabez Whittaker, in Virginia, sent to Sir Edwin Sandys, London, on the departing Bona Nova. (S.M. Kingsbury, "Records of the Virginia Company", 1933, v.III, page 297) Ship and Passenger Information: Browne, John~Age 28 in Virginia Muster, January 21, 1624/5 Dore, James~Age 19 in Virginia Muster, January 21, 1624/5 Hampton, William~Age 34 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5 Lauckfild, John~Age 24 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5 Smith, Nicholas~Age 18 in Virginia Muster, February 4, 1624/5~Entered in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5 April, 1622 The Bona Nova, from London, arrived at Virginia Passengers from the Port of London on the Bona Nova to Virginia: Ship and Passenger Information: Boyse, Allice~See name in Virginia Muster, January 24, 1624/5 (Her husband. Luke, arrived on the Edwin in May, 1619) Chamberlin, Rebecca~Age 37 in Virginia Muster, February 7, 1624/5
We know Allice Boyse was in court with Captain John Huddleston in 1626. We know Valentine Huddleston married Catherine Chatham Chamberlain who was the wife of John Chamberlain. We know that Captain John Huddleston was the master of the Bona Nova from 1618 to 1625. We also know he was the master of the Thomas and John from 1627 to 1628.
William and Rebecca Chamberlain
The New England Chamberlains seem to have descended, almost entirely, from five early settlers of the name, in order of arrival: Henry, Richard, Thomas, William, and Edmond. Our immigrant ancestor was William Chamberlain, born circa 1620 in England, died at Billerica, 31 May 1706, who was of Boston, 1647 to 1649, and of Woburn, 1649 to 1652, and who lived in Billerica after that for the rest of his life. We will probably never know his parentage, his ancestry or his place of residence in England. It is possible, but not proven, that he belonged to the family of Francis Chamberlyn, Senior, of Narburgh, County of Norfork, England, who left a will dated 1 June 1676 leaving bequests to his sons William, Clement, Francis and Thomas. The rare Christian name Clement found in this Narburgh, England Chamberlyn family and in our New England Chamberlain family is suggestive of kinship. Again, not proven but suggestive and found in Hotten's Original Lists of Emigrants, 1600-1700, is the notation "6th June 1635. Theis under-written names are to be transported to Virginia imbarqued in the Thomas & John, Richard Lambard, Mr. being examined by the Minister de Gravesend concerning their conformitie to the orders and discipline of the Church of England: And tooke the oath of Allegeance. *********** Tho : Chamberlin 20 yeres." and, between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2, 1635, "Theis under-written names are to be transported to Virginia imbarqued in the Thomas, Henry Taverner, Mr. have been examined by the Minister of Gravesend touching their conformitie in or Religion &c.******* Wm Chamberlin 16 yeres." The presumption that this Thomas and this William were brothers and our immigrant ancestors and came from Virginia to Boston has been made but not proven.
We do know that our immigrant ancestor, William Chamberlain, bought land with a house and garden from a Francis Smith in 1647-1648 in Boston. Two days after he sold his land in Boston, William was admitted an inhabitant of the Town of Woburn and in less than one month he received a grant of land there.
On 9 June 1652, the First Church of Cambridge made an agreement for the division of Shawshine which became part of the Town of Billerica. All of the Church members received allotments but only a few of them moved to Shawshine to establish homes there. On 25 March 1654, the proprietors of Cambridge executed "the Great Deed" to the proprietors of Billerica granting the latter all rights to the land "now called by the said name of Billerica als Shawshine" and our William Chamberlain signed "for Thomas Hamons Lott." He moved his family to Billerica sometime after 1652 as there is no further record of the family in Woburn after that date.
During the years, William bought land and received eleven grants of land from the Town of Billerica and must have owned at least 200 acres. In 1673, he was chosen constable of the town, serving for one year. At that time "the New England town constables served warrants upon all freemen and freeholders for town meetings;warrants upon the selectmen for choice of jurors; warrants upon offenders against the laws; collected the county rates and the minister's rates and paid the latter to the settled minister of the township, the minister being for many years the only person in the township who received a compensation for his services at public expense."
Much has been written trying to determine the ancestry of William Chamberlain's wife, Rebecca, all to no avail. I have included the following as I found it interesting how thorough people in the past were in gathering every little bit of information in the hopes of establishing a person's identity. The will of a Sarah Shelley, signed 21 April 1686-87, mentions Rebecca Chamberlain and her family among other bequests as follows:
"It. I release unto my Brother William Chamberlin a debt of Six pounds which he oweth me and bequeath unto my Sister his wife and unto her three daughters Twenty Shillings apeice in money: Farther I give unto my sd Sister and her three daughters and my Cousen John Chamberlin's wife all my wearing Apparrell and Household goods of all sorts to be equally divided among them Excepting three small pewder dishes marked S: S: which I give to my Cousen Sarah Sheds Children now living." (John Chamberlin and Sarah Shed were the children of Rebecca Chamberlin.)
"It. I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my Estate whatsoever unto my Sister Chamberlins Eight Sons to be equally divided to and among them onely my two Cousens John and Clement Chamberlin to have the value of Twenty Shillings apeice over and above an equal Share with their other Bretheren."
"Further I give unto each of my Cousen John and Thomas Chamberlins and my Cousen Sarah Sheds Childn: now liveing Ten Shillings for ye raysing of wch I have some small Remnants of Goods by me wch my Executor may dispose of."
"**** And of this my Last will and Testament I do nominate ordein and appoint my Kinsman Isaac Addington to be the sole and whole Exector."
The above excerpts from Sarah Shelley's will indicate that the relationship to Rebecca Chamberlin was that of a sister. Since, as far as we know, Rebecca Chamberlin did not inherit from her parents, we make the assumption that Sarah Shelley's inheritance came from her husband and not from their parents. Sarah Shelley was referred to as Mrs. and sometimes as Spinster which before the Revolution wasapplied to both maidens and widows, both of which were free of the marriage contract. As you can see, Rebecca's and Sarah's surname remains unknown unless at some future time other records might be found linking them to Issac Addington as his sisters or another family not now known.
We do know that Rebecca was of marriageable age by 1648 and became the mother of thirteen children between 13 August 1649 and 27 September 1671. Both she and her husband were able to write although only one of their thirteen children could, which was true for about three-fourths of the children of the pioneers of New England who lived before King Philip's War.
Rebecca Chamberlain died in 1692 in the prison at Cambridge. This fact shocked me greatly when I read it as I could not imagine what event could bring a woman who had a husband and was the mother of several children into prison. Such women were protected in those days and it was not until I noted the year 1692 that I thought of the horrors of the witchcraft years. My research confirmed that she probably had been accused of witchcraft although there does not seem to be a record of such a charge. (One might hope that a few calm souls were ashamed of such deeds and refused to put the actual accusations into the record.) In 1692, the witchcraft "delusion" spread from Salem Village to Andover, Haverhill, Reading, Lexington, Chelmsford and Billerica. In 1816, John Farmer's article on the "Early History of Billerica" in referring to the death of Rebecca Chamberlain on 26 September 1692 said that she was probably "a victim of the infatuation which prevailed at that time." In Hazen's "History of Billerica", page 196, he says "This was the period of witchcraft troubles and trials, to which the Billerica records make no allusion." Hazen's further sentence "That good men could trust such testimony, and rest such action upon it, is an unexplained marvel of human credulity." somewhat soothes my anger over the abuse of this Grandmother of ours who lived in such perilous times and died such a cold death in prison almost three hundred years ago.
Both Rebecca and William Chamberlain probably were buried in the Old South Cemetery in Billerica. He was the last of the original settlers of ancient Billerica to die.
William and his wife Rebecca Chamberlain had thirteen children, the last nine born at Billerica:
Timothy, b. at Woburn, 13: 6 mo. 1649. Probably died young.
Isaac, b. at Woburn, 1 Oct. 1650; d. at Billerica, 20 July 1681.
William, Jr., b. at Woburn ? at Billerica ?, about 1652; d. at Lexington, 20 Jan. 1734; m. at Watertown, 20 Dec. 1698, Deliverance Fergerson.
John, b. about 1654. m. Deborah Jaco.
Sarah, b. 18: 11 mo. 1655/6; m. 9 Jan. 1676/7, John Shed.
Jacob, b. 18: 11 mo. 1657/8; d. at Newton, 11 April 1712.
Thomas, b. 20: 12 mo. 1658/9.
Edmond, b. 15 July 1660; m. 26 Aug. 1690, Mercy Abbott, widow, of Woburn who died 27 Feb. 1697/8.
Rebecca, b. 25 Feb. 1662/3.
Abraham, b. 6 Jan. 1664/5; m. at Woburn, 23 July 1708, Mary Shed.
Ann, b. 6 Jan. 1665/6. The town of Billerica paid Clement Chamberlain "08:03 pounds for keeping her and Dr. How 12 shillings for doctering her", 12 Dec. 1726, from which it is inferred that in her old age she became a town charge.
Clement, b. 30 May 1669; d. 21 Jan. 1754.
Daniel, b. 27 Sept.1671.
Although the Edmond Chamberlain mentioned below may not have been the son of William and Rebecca, the following found in Hazen's "History of Billerica" is of interest because it shows how such things were handled in those days "8, 11 mo. 1682. The Selectmen ordered, whereas Edmond Chamberlain by order of County Court was ordered to submit himself to the govn't of select of town, to live with his master, Joseph Walker, for 6 months as a journeyman, to attend family orders and goverment according to law. Also, not to bargain with any man without master's approbation. To declare to select where he intends to reside and what course of life he intends to lead, his said master to paid close attention and inform select in case he cannot keep him in order."
The life of William Chamberlain, Jr. who did military service during King Philip's War shows the same inability of avoiding trouble as Edmond Chamberlain had. On 22 Dec. 1684, "William Chamberlaine, Jun. is ordered forthwith to provide himself a service or els ye Selectmen will place him out according to law." In William, Jr.'s case, he never did seem to recover enough to support himself and his family continuously as he found himself in trouble after moving to Cambridge. In 1700, the Selectmen of Cambridge ordered money for his use after his home burned down. In 14 Feb. 1703-4 and until 10 July 1704, the Town of Cambridge paid Mr. Jason Russel to support William's youngest child, Sarah, and finally agreed with and paid for her support by Mr. Russel until she was eighteen years of age. On 3 Sept. 1726 (Boston Record Commissioners Report, 1700-1728, 153) "Wm Chamberlain from Lexington was warned to depart the Town (of Boston) as the Law Directs." William, Jr. spent his last years in Lexington and died in poverty.
From Linda Jenstrom's work on Valentine and the Huddleston Family Tables in Series "A" we get this information on Katherine Chatham. Valentine immigrated to Maryland about 1663. He had numerous transactions in land on Patuxent River, in Calvert County, between that date and 1671. He immigrated to Rhode Island where he and Catherine Chatham got married. (Catherine's last child by John Chamberlain was Jane born in 1667 and Catherine's first child by Valentine was Henry born 1673, so it is reasonable they were married in 1672. John Chamberlain is shown to have been born in 1626 in England, to have married Catherine in Massachusetts. By the birth of their firstborn, Susannah Chamberlain in 1664; it is reasonable to conclude that they were married in 1663.) Katherine was a Quakeress, who had been cruelly persecuted in Boston, see New England Judged, Bishop, p. 420. "Yet a word or two of Katherine Chatham of whom I have made mention in the margin of what hath been said before. She came from London through many trials and hard travels to Boston and appeared clothed with sackcloth as a sign of the indignation of the Lord coming upon you in the weight and sense of which she came there and appeared for which instead of coming to a sense of your condition and what was coming upon you in the burden of which she came so far and through such hardship. You laid hand upon her and put her in prison out of which you would give no deliverance until with the seven and twenty aforesaid you drove her out with a sword and club into the wilderness and that was the reward you gave her for her love in coming so amongst you. And such was your rage and cruelty to her that at Dudham she was not only whipped but the man that was with her and traveled together though you had little to say to him. After this she coming to Boston again you imprisoned her for a long season there to pay a fine you laid upon her thinking to be rid of her that way in a cold winter and sad extremities and sickness near to death but the Lord otherwise provided for her and disappointed you for she was took to wife by John Chamberlain and so became an inhabitant of Boston." (1660)
All it gives on Valentine is that he was born 1628 somewhere in England. His birthdate is 1628 and he gets married to Katherine Chatham in Newport, Rhode Island. Captain John Huddleston, master of the Bona Noua becomes master of the Thomas and John by 1627 through 1628 with records in Virginia departing for England. From page 8 of "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography" LVX No. 4 (Oct. 1957) we find that in May 13 1628 that John Huddleston is noted as being the master of the Thomas and John. The source says this same man of Survey 3 is also found on Survey 4 and 5. On Survey 4 he is listed as John Hurleston with date of May 15 1628. On Survey 5 he is listed as John Hurlston with date of May 17 1628. Public Record Office Class E. 190/32/8 shows the "Thomas & John" being in Virginia and being loaded from 13 May 1628 to 11 Aug 1628 and that Captain John Huddleston was its master. Taking account the three months of ocean voyage given by some sources for the London to Virginia trip that would place the Thomas and John back in London by November 1628. Since Katherine Chatham was born in London, the future wife of Valentine Huddleston, we wonder if Valentine might have known her in London. With Captain John Huddleston being the first known Huddleston in America and Valentine Huddleston being the second known Huddleston in America what else are we to think but that they might be related as father and son. After years of research, I just realized Chatham was Catherine Chamberlin's maiden name. From the Chamberlayne family we get this information: John4 Chamberlain (Henry3 Chamberlin, [Unknown]2, Henry1) was born Bef. 15 Nov 1633 in Hingham, Norfolk, England, and died Apr 1666 in Newport, RI. He married (1) Anne Brown 19 May 1653 in Boston, Suffolk, MA, daughter of William Brown. She was born 07 Apr 1633 in England, and died in Prob. Boston, MA. He married (2) Catherine Chatham Abt. 1663. Notes for John Chamberlain: John Chamberlin was a currier, who worked with leather and garments. He was admitted as an inhabitant of Boston, July 28, 1651, and purchased a house from William Courser of Boston on Hanover St. on Oct 14, 1652. He became a Quaker and by September 1661 had been whipped nine times, "three times through three towns." He was present at the execution of Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson, and the reprieve of Mary Dyer, on Boston Common, Oct. 27, 1659, and was drawn to visit the Quakers in prison. He became a Quaker, and before Sept. 9, 1661, had been nine times whipped, "three times through three towns." He was imprisoned in Boston where his father and brother Henry petitioned the General court for a remittance of his "sentence of banishment upon Payne of death. "The Deputies ordered him removed to Castle Island, there to provide himself lodging, housinge, vitualls, etc. at his own charge." That petition was dated 7 June 1661. About 1663 he moved to Newport, RI , where he died April 1666.
Notes for Anne Brown: Her father was of Boston, MA. "She was not of the same principle altogether with (her husband)." Deputy Governor Bellingham tried to get her to deny her husband, unsuccessfully. Notes for Catherine Chatham: Catherine married 2nd Valentine Huddleston. "A Quakeress, who came from London to Boston where she "appeared cloathed with sackcloth." She was put in prison, whipped at Dedham, and driven into the wilderness. Imprisoned again, and ordered to pay a fine, "she was taken to wife by John Chamberlaine and so became an inhabitant of Boston."
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of the First Planters A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY of THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND, SHOWING THREE GENERATIONS OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE MAY, 1692, ON THE BASIS OF FARMER'S REGISTER. BY JAMES SAVAGE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND EDITOR OF WINTHROP'S HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND. WITH TWO SUPPLEMENTS IN FOUR VOLUMES. [[Corrected electronic version copyright Robert Kraft, July 1994]] Baltimore GENEALOGICAL PUBLISHING CO., INC. Originally Published Boston, 1860-1862 Reprinted with "Genealogical Notes and Errata," excerpted from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, April, 1873, pp. 135-139 And A Genealogical Cross Index of the Four Volumes of the Genealogical Dictionary of James Savage, by O. P. Dexter, 1884. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1965,1969,1977,1981,1986, 1990 Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 65-18541 International Standard Book Number: 0-8063-0309-3 Set Number: 0-8063-0795 Volume 1-Volume 2-Volume 3-Volume 4- Vol3, pp 422-423 This 4-volume dictionary lists early settlers and gives biographical data, relevant to genealogists, but also to students of early local history in Massachusetts. In Vol. 2 HUDDLESTONE, VALENTINE, Newport, by w. Catharine had Henry, b. 21 Sept. 1673; and George, 28 Sept. 1677. He rem. to Dartmouth, and d. 8 June 1727, in 99th yr. as is said. []
In same volume and right above Valentine Huddleston
CHAMBERLAIN, oft. CHAMBERLIN, ABRAHAM, Newton 1691, was, perhaps, s. of William of Woburn. BENJAMIN, prob. of Roxbury, and s. of Richard, was a soldier at Hadley in 1676. EDMUND, or possib. EDWARD, Woburn, m. 4 Jan. 1647, at Roxbury, Mary Turner, perhaps sis. of John, had Mary, bapt. 16 Apr. 1648 at R.; Sarah, b. 18 Dec. 1649; and ano. d. 11 Mar. 1652; both at w. rem. to Chelmsford 1655, there had Edmund, 20 or 30 May 1656, wh. d. young, as he was in Moseley's comp. for the hard campaign of Dec. 1675; Jacob, 15 Oct. 1658; was [] freem. 1665; and his w. d. 7 Dec. 1669 at the ho. of Samuel Ruggles in Roxbury. He m. next, Hannah Burden, 22 June 1670, at Malden, there had Susanna, June 1671, wh. d. next yr.; Ebenezer, 1672, d. the same yr.; Susanna, again; and Edmund, again, 31 Jan. 1676; rem. to planta. call. New Roxbury, now Woodstock, there d. leav. wid. Hannah. Susanna m. 14 Nov. 1693, John Tuckerman of Boston. EDMUND, Woodstock, s. of the preced. m. 21 Nov. 1699, Elizabeth Bartholomew, prob. d. of William, had Edmund, b. 23 Aug. 1700; Elizabeth 6 Mar. 1702; William, 23 Feb. 1704; John; Peter; Mary; and Hannah, 2 Jan. 1721. EDMUND, Billerica, s. of William, m. 26 Aug. 1691, wid. Mercy Abbot. HENRY, Hingham, shoemaker; came in the Diligent 1638, with w. two ch. and his mo. from Hingham in Co. Norfk. was freem. 13 Mar. 1639, and no more with confid. is kn. of him, not even the date of his d. nor names of his ch. tho. strong presumpt. is that they were Henry and William. HENRY, the freem. of 1645, was, I think, of Hingham, and s. of the preced. but no more is heard of him, exc. that he had s. Nathaniel, and possib. Henry. HENRY, Hull, or Hingham, s. perhaps of the preced. was prob. one of Moseley's comp. in Dec. 1675, by w. Jane had Elizabeth b. 20 Dec. 1683; Henry, 11 Mar. 1686; John, 29 Jan. 1689; Ursula, 11 Jan. 1691; and Joseph, 10 Apr. 1694. JACOB, whose place of resid. in Mass. is uncert. but Jackson, in Hist. of Newton, says, his w. Experience had brot. him five s. and next m. Jonathan Dyke, and he d. 1712, aged 83. JACOB, Roxbury, s. perhaps of the preced. more prob. of either the first Edmund, or sec. William, m. 24 Jan. 1685, Mary Child, d. of the first Benjamin, as I conject. had Jacob, b. 7 Mar. 1686; John, and ano. s. tw. whose name is not seen, 1 Aug. 1687, was adm. freem. 1630, and next yr. liv. at Newton; but d. 7 Nov. 1721, at Brookline. His will, made four days bef. calls him of Boston, yeoman, names s. Jacob, and John, d. Mary, w. of Samuel Davis, and Elizabeth w. of Joseph Weld. JOB, Boston, by w. Joanna had Job, b. 19 May 1685, William, 16 Jan. 1687; Elizabeth 11 Jan. 1689; all bapt. 23 Feb. 1630; Susanna, bapt. 26 Nov. 1693; Mary, 8 Dec. 1695; and prob. Jane, 31 Mar. 1706, at Mather's ch. as I think. JOHN, Charlestown, d. at Woburn, 3 Mar. 1652. JOHN, Boston 1651, a currier; m. 19 May 1653, Ann, d. of William Brown, had Ann, b. 6 Feb. 1634; Elizabeth 25 Oct. 1656; and Henry, 3 Feb. 1659; was imprison. as Quaker 1659; may have rem. to Newport, where was a John, wh. by w. Catharine had Susanna, b. Aug. 1664; Peleg, Aug. 1666; and Jane, Dec. 1667; and d. of smallpox, 26 Apr. 1668. JOHN, Charlestown, a soldier at Hadley 1676, by w. Deborah Templar had John, bapt. 14 May 1682 wh. d. 24 July 1684, aged 5; ano. ch. whose name is not found, bapt. at the same time; Mary, 14 Oct. 1683; Deborah, 3 July 1687; and Sarah, 19 Jan. 1690; and he d. 22 Dec. foll. aged 36. Mr. Wyman ascert. him to be s. of William of Hull, and that his wid. m. a Miller. JOHN, Malden, freem. 1690, by w. Hannah had [] perhaps Hannah, b. at Charlestown, 15 Aug. 1681; Mary, b. 5 Dec. 1685; Sarah, 25 Nov. 1688, and Sarah, again, 14 Mar. 1706. JOSEPH, Hadley, soldier there on serv. 1676, perhaps from the E. m. 8 June 1688, Mercy, d. of John Dickinson, first of the same, had Sarah, b. 2 or 9 Nov. 1690, d. soon; Sarah, again, 10 Mar. 1693; and John, 4 Mar. 1700; rem. to Colchester; where his w. d. 30 June 1735, and he d. 7 Aug. 1752, aged 87. NATHANIEL, Hull. s. perhaps of Henry the sec. by w. Abigail had Elizabeth b. 8 June 1682; Nathaniel, 23 Aug. 1683; John, 26 Dec. 1684; Mary, 5 Feb. 1686; Joanna, 8 Jan. 1688, and five or six more ds. and last, Thomas, 21 May 1695. But perhaps he rem. to Scituate, and there, Deane thinks, he had more.
William Chamberlin witnessed Henry Chamberlin's deed to Valentine Huddlestone of Newport, March 20, 1680, where he had moved with his family in 1663. He removed to Shrewsbury, NJ, before 1687. He was a "cooper" and deeded his right in one-half of a patent of 100 acres to Edward Woolley of Shrewsbury, Nov. 19, 1687. He died before July 8, 1717, when John Chamberlin was appointed guardian of his son Henry, at which time he was "deceased." Notes for Peleg Chamberlain: He is probably the Peleg Chamberlin who was a designated heir of Valentine Huddleston of Dartmouth, Bristol Co. and the Province of Massachusetts Bay, yoeman "who for love, good will and affection gave his son-in-law, Peleg Chamberlain of New Port, in the colony of Rhode Island.... Newport and Providence Plantations, cordwainer, 17 Sept. 1722 , two tracts of land in West Jersey (New Jersey), lying East South East from New Burlington about twelve miles from Delaware River.... purchased from the Indians by Daniel Lewis and others about the year 1695, the two tracts together containing about 566 acres." Valentine Huddleston was the 2nd husband of Catherine (Chatham) Chamberlin, the 2nd wife of Peleg's father John Chamberlin. This would explain the use of the term 'son-in-law' in the deed of Valentine Huddleston, meaning the son of his wife Catherine (Chatham) Chamberlin. Notes for Henry Chamberlain: Henry Chamberlin removed with his parents to Newport, RI, about 1663, as the result of his father's support of the Quakers cause. "Henry Chamberlin, eldest son of John Chamberlin, deceased, of Rhode Island," deeded Valentine Huddlestone of Newport, all interest in his father's estate in Rhode Island, March 20, 1680. He removed to Shrewsbury, NJ, before March 25, 1687. He died at Manesquam, or Manasquan (perhaps Ssquankum), Monmouth Co., NJ, before Feb. 14, 1688-89, upon which date his widow, Anne Chamberlin, returned the inventory of his estate, and Feb. 15, 1688-89, she was appointed administratrix of the estate of Henry Chamberlin of "Shrosberry." He m. Anne, whose surname was Laffetra or West, daughter, or step-daughter of Edmond and Frances Laffetra. She made her will Jan. 15, 1691-92, and it was proved Jan. 25, 1691-92. She mentioned her brothers Robert and Joseph West, her son John Chamberlin then under age, and her mother and sisters, whose names were not given. Joseph West was commissioned executor , Dec. 29, 1692. On March 20, 1679/80, he sold to his step-father, Valentine Huddleston, all rights of his father's estate in Rhode Island. He and brother William removed to the Quaker Colony at Shrewsbury, NJ about 1682-4. His wife Anne was named in the will of her step-father Edmund Lafetra of Shrewsbury, NJ (dated 4 Sep 1687) as daughter Anne Chamberlin. Their residence was referred to as "Squankum" or "Manasquan."
Notice the Billerica entries, together.
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