Thomas BIRD
(Abt 1600-)
Mary Hannah BIRD
(Abt 1617-1679)


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John NORTH, Sr

Mary Hannah BIRD

  • Born: Abt 1617-1629
  • Married: 1640, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Died: 1 Mar 1678/79, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

   Ancestral File Number: 2M0W-L6. User ID: 2317.

   General Notes:

17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company Inc, 1987, p183:
"John North (1615-1691/92) CT m. Hannah BIRD..."

John North of Farmington, Dexter North, Washington DC, 1921, xi 322p 24 cm, 22-22879, CS71.N86 1921: "John North of Farmington Connecticut and his descendants; with a short account of other early North families."
v: "Introduction
"Concerning the antecedents of John North, original proprietor of Farmington, Connecticut, of whose descendants this book is a record, nothing is known previous to his arrival in this country, save that he sailed from London in 1635. This would indicate that he came either from the south of England, the eastern counties, or from London or its vicinity, for there were frequent sailings to America from the western ports of Plymouth, Hull and Bristol, thus rendering unlikely, if he came from the vicinity of those cities, what was in those days a slow and tedious journey across England, to embark from London.
"The ship in whichhe came to America was owned and fitted out by Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the original patentees of Connecticut. His son Richard was one of John North's fellow-passengers. The Saltonstalls came from the parish of Halifax in the West Ridingof Yorkshire, England. It is not unlikely that many of the passengers in Sir Richard's ship came from that vicinity, where North families are recorded during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the records of the parish of Rotherham inthe West Riding of Yorkshire, is entered the marriage of a John North and Elizabeth Robinson, 6 Dec 1614. We give this date as being of interest because John North of Farmington was born in 1615, and hence might be the former's son. But this is a mere surmise based on the information given above, and on the fact that Richard Saltonstall and John North both settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, after their arrival in this country, and that John North of Farmington married Hannah Bird, whose ancestors are said to have come from Yorkshire where several generations of Birds are recorded in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
"Some future historian may have time to further examine the parish records of Yorkshire, and thereby throw light on what remains an unsolved mystery...
"John North and his wife were members of the Farmington Church, which she joined in 1656...
"There is a mystery surrounding John North's marriage. Did he marry twice? There is noauthenic record. He was married before leaving Ipswich, for his first child was born there in 1641. But the vital records of that town contain no births or marriages of any Norths or Birds. Most records state that his wife was Hannah, daughterof Thomas Bird. In the distribution of the latter's estate, August-September, 1662, portions were set to Mary Northe and to Hannah Scott, again mentioned March 3, 1663, as good wife Northe and Hannah Scott. From this statement is probably drawnthe conclusion in the `Goodwin and Morgan Ancestral Lines,' by F F Starr, that Mary Bird was John North's second wife, and that Hannah was probably the first wife of Edmund Scott. Savage does not give the name of Edmund Scott's first wife andsays his second wife was Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Upson. John North's oldest daughter was Mary. None bore the name Hannah, but both names occur among his granddaughters.
"No satisfactory explanation being obtainable from this meagre information, it perhaps strengthens the reliability of the various old family records, which state that Hannah Bird was John North's wife.
"It is interesting to conjecture when and where the Norths and the Birds came in contact with each other. From Mr. Starr's book we learn that the first record of Thomas Bird in America was in 1639, when he bought land in that part of Boston later set apart as Braintree, and that by May, 1644, he was in Hartford, and shortly afterward removed to Farmington, where he bought land. But the present compiler believes that the Thomas Bird who was granted in April, 1639, a house and lot in Ipswich, and six acres of planting land in `Reedy marsh,' acccording to Ipswich town records, was this same Thomas Bird, and that he probably went to Braintree later in the same year. His stay in Ipswich therefore probably covers the period when the two families were in contact. But there is always the interesting possibility that the families may have known each other in England, as previously suggested by the fact that early in the seventeenth century there wer families of Norths and Birds in Yorkshire, whence both may have come..."

Barber Genealogy, Sect I Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714- 1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Lillian May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p 24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p52: "Tryphene Humphrey, 1st wife of Dr Samuel Barber, was descended from the Emigrant Michael Humphrey, as follows:
p52: "Ensign Samuel Humphrey m. Lydia North, dau. of Nathaniel North, and
granddau. of John and Hannah (Buel)? North. She was b. Aug 8, 1680.
Their daughter,
"Tryphene Humphrey, b. June 27, 1722; m. Dr. Samuel Barber..."

National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings, Vol V, Explorers and Settlers, Robert G Ferris, National Park Service, 1968, Washington DC, p231:
C. Sites Eligiblefor the Registry of National Historic Landmarks
33. Whipple House, Massacusetts
Location: 53 S Main Street, Ipswich, Essex County
Ownership: Ipswich Historical Society, 53 S Main Street, Ipswich
Significance: "This house, one of the earliest surviving in New England, clearly demonstrates the development of a 17th-century dwelling over the centuries. Its three distinct units reflect the evolution of workmanship and architectural detail as the Whipple descendants grew away from their English origins. The original portion of the house may have been built as early as 1638, but the earliest documented date is 1650, when an earlier sale from John Fawn to John Whipple was confirmed.
"The original portionof the house was a two-story, two room structure, which had casement windows and a thatched roof...The original building was the lifetime home of the first John Whipple, a leader of some distinction in the settlement of Agawam, later Ipswich, and in the Massachusetts Colony...On the death of Capt John Whipple, the executors of his eill appraised the house, as well as 2.5 acres of land, kiln, and outhouse at L330; even at that early period, the house was an unusually valuable property...
Present Appearance: "The restoration and reservation of the Whipple House have involved a minimum of alteration. The house is in excellent condition and is exceptionally well funished from a period standpoint. Maintained as a historichouse museum, it is open to the public."

Ancestral File 2M0W-L6 Hannah BIRD Born Abt 1617, Ancestral File Ver 4.10 BWPT-86 Mary BIRD Born Abt 1619 Mar 1640 Died 1 Mar 1679 All ?Ipswich Essex Massachusetts, CNVC-3G Hannah BIRD Mar Ipswich Massachusetts, GG4W-RJ Born Abt 1626 Hartford Hartford Connecticut Mar John NORTH (AFN:PWVW-4N), JNF Hannah Dau of Thomas BIRD, Thomas Bird's Will "good wife" Mary NORTHE and Hannah SCOTT, Ver 4.13 CNVC-3G Born 1619 ?Hartford Hartford CT Died 17 Mar 1679 Hartford CT, Ver 4.13 BWPT-86 Born Abt 1629 ?Hartford Hartford CT Mar 1640 John NORTH (AFN:BWPT-71) ?Ipswitch <Ipswich Essex MA Doed 1 Mar 1679 Ipswich Essex MA.

   Marriage Information:

Mary married John NORTH, Sr, son of Baron John Dudley NORTH, Sr and Frances BROCKET, in 1640 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. (John NORTH, Sr was born on 27 Feb 1612-1615 in Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England, christened on 27 Feb 1611/12 in Harrow On Hill, London, Middlesex, England and died in Jan 1691/92 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.)

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