Thurtell and Related Families
Thurtell and Related Families

Notes for James EMERY

Information received in January 2000 from Jeff Card showed that James Emery, the son of Anthony Emery, was born September 18, 1631, in Romsey, England, and died October 15, 1717, in Berwick, York County, Maine. He came with his father on the ship "James" and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts. After his marriage he was representative of that town in General Court. Before 1674 he removed to Kittery, Maine, where he had land grants, and was representative of that town in court in 1693 to 1695. He was Selectman in Kittery in 1674 and many years after that, grand jury, and Constable. He died in Kittery after 1713, his signature appearing on a deed in that year. See DAR 272. He married first in 1655 Elizabeth Emery, daughter of Syluanus Nock, who was born in 1606 in Romsey. Elizabeth was born in 1636 and was of Kittery, Maine. She died in 1687 in Kittery, Maine. James then married on December 28, 1695, in Dedham, Massachusetts, Elizabeth (Newcomb) Pidge, widow of John, of Dedham, Massachusetts. She was born about 1674 and was of Kittery, Maine.

The book "New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV," by William Richard Cutter, originally published in 1913, and reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996, available on the internet in January 2000 in the Family Tree Maker Online Library on page 2010 shows "James, son of Anthony Emery, was born in England about 1630, and came to America with his parents. He married (first) Elizabeth (???), who died after 1687; (second) Decomber 28, 1695, Elizabeth (Newcomb) Ridge, widow and second wife of John Ridge, of Dedham. He bought the house and lands of his father at Kittery, Maine, and resided there for some years. He had numerous grants of land; was selectman many years; deputy to the general court, 1693-95, and grand juror and constable in 1670. When he married the widow Ridge he removed to Dedham and settled on the estate of her late husband, presenting the division of the estate June 10, 1709. He removed to Berwick, Maine, and was living there in 1713, but died soon after. It is related of him that when he went to Boston his carriage was a chair in an ox cart drawn by a yoke of steers. This mode of conveyance was necessary, as there was not in Kittery a carriage large or strong enough to carry him safely. He weighed over three hundred and fifty pounds. Children: James, born about 1658; Zachariah, about 1660; Noah, about 1663; Daniel, mentioned below; Job, 1670; Elizabeth; Sarah."

Wills listed in the book "Maine Wills 1640-1760" found online on the internet in the library in February 2000 mention lands purchased from a James Emery, possibly this person. The will of Abraham Conley written March 5, 1690/91 and recorded June 8, 1692 (Source Page: Registry of Deeds, 5, 74) shows, in part, "In the name of god Amen I Abraham Conley of the town of Kittery in the County of yorke in New England being weake and sickly of body but perfect of memory thanks be to god Doe make and ordayne this my last will & testament in manner & forme as here followeth/ And first I Doe giue & bequeath vnto Nathan Lord and Abraham Lord the two sones of Nathan Lord the Elder my sone in law all that lot or tract of land with the appurtenances called or Comonly known by the name of Coole harbour which I lately purchased of James Emery of Kitry . . ." The will of Charles ffrost (sic) written January 7, 1690/1691, probated 3 November 1697, and recorded 10 December 1697, shows, in part, "I Charles ffrost of the Town of Kittery in the Prouince of Maine Esqr . . . two pieces of Salt Marsh about three Acres more or less lying upon Stirgeon Creek which I purchased of Iames Emery & Stephen Jenkins, the which Marsh I giue unto my son Iohn ffrost and his heirs . .. "


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