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Extract from sketch of WILLIAM GOODWIN

At Hampshire court on 17 March 1662/3 "Sergeant Stebbins of Springfield attorney for Mr. Goodwin of Hadley" complained against widow Sackett of Springfield, administratrix, and William Blomfield, administrator to the estate of Symon Sackett deceased, in a matter of debt and the court ruled for the plaintiff [Pynchon Court 267–68].

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ORIGIN: St. John Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent

ESTATE: On 5 August 1633 "Symo[n] Sakt" was granted one-half an acre for a cowyard in Cambridge [CaTR 5]. "Sy. Saket" received a proportional share of one in the division of the meadow on 20 August 1635 [CaTR 13].
  In the Cambridge land inventory, on 10 October 1635, [blank] Sackett [i.e. Simon's widow] held five parcels: in the town one house with backside, about half a rood; half an acre in Cowyard Row; five acres on Smalllot Hill; one acre and a rood in Long Marsh; and five acres in the Great Marsh [CaBOP 33].
  On 3 November 1635 there was "administration granted to Isabell Sackett of the goods & chattels of her husband, lately deceased" [MBCR 1:155].
  In the listing of houses in Cambridge on 8 February 1635/6, "Widow Sackett" was credited with one in town [CaTR 18].

BIRTH: About 1602 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: Cambridge between 5 and 10 October 1635 [TAG 63:179].
MARRIAGE: St. John Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, 6 August 1627 Isabel Pearce. She married (2) William Bloomfield of Cambridge and Hartford [CaBOP 59, 80, 84 show that William Bloomfield sold to Robert Stedman a lot that had belonged to Simon Sackett].

i   SIMON, b. say 1628; m. about 1652 as her first husband Sarah Bloomfield (on 14 July 1659 administration on the estate of "Symon Sackett deceased" was granted to "William Blomefield of Hartford appearing to be assistant to his daughter wife of the said deceased party" [Pynchon Court 241]).
ii   JOHN, b. say 1630; m. (1) Northampton 23 November 1659 Abigail Hannum [Pynchon VR 141]; m. (2) Westfield 14 January 1690[/1] or Springfield 15 January 1690[/1] Sarah (Stiles) Stewart [Pynchon VR 31, 61], daughter of John Stiles and widow of John Stewart [Windsor Hist 2:703].

COMMENTS: The account of grandson Joseph in Riker's The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York … (New York 1852) says that Simon came from the Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire [p. 344]; this is clearly wrong, but seems to preserve a foggy family tradition that Simon came from the Isle of "Something." This scrap of evidence and the unusual combination of the names Simon and Isabel are the basis for accepting the marriage above as that of the immigrant.
   "Symon Sackett" appears in an undated list, but probably from 1632, which includes the earliest settlers of Cambridge [CaTR 2].
   In 1907 Charles H. Weygant proposed the existence of a John Sackett who would be brother of Simon, and who was said to have resided in Plymouth and Providence and to have been the father of the John Sackett who married at New Haven in 1652 [The Sacketts of America[:] Their Ancestors and Descendants, 1630-1907 (Newburgh, New York, 1907), p. 14]. The records show a servant by the name of John "Seckett" in New Haven by 1641 [NHCR 1:56], who is probably the same as the man who married in 1652. The proposed elder John seems to be an imaginary construct, and there is no evidence of any relationship between the immigrant Simon and John of New Haven.

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ORIGIN: Unknown
MIGRATION: 1634 on the Elizabeth
REMOVES: Hartford 1636, New London 1659, Newtown 1662

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Cambridge church prior to 2 September 1635 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 2 September 1635 (as "Will[ia]m Blumfeild") [MBCR 1:371].
EDUCATION: Signed his deeds.
OFFICES: On 11 March 1657/8, "William Blumfield" is freed from training [CCCR 1:311].
   Newtown selectman, 9 January 1663 [Newtown Town Minutes 1:50].
ESTATE: On 8 February 1635/6, "William Blunfeld" was granted "six acres on the south side of the river" in Cambridge [CaTR 17]. By the time of the 1639 Cambridge land inventory Robert Stedman had "bought of William Blomfield one house with backside about half a rood" [CaBOP 59].
In the Hartford land inventory in February 1639[/40], "Will[ia]m Blumfeild" held fourteen parcels, of which the last four (at least) had been acquired after the date of the inventory: "one parcel on which his dwelling house now standeth with other outhouses, yards & gardens therein being containing by estimation one acre & three roods"; "one parcel of upland containing by estimation twelve acres"; "one parcel lying in the soldiers' field containing by estimation two roods"; "one parcel lying on the east side of the Great River containing by estimation one acre & two roods"; "one parcel lying in the South Meadow containing by estimation one acre & two roods"; "one parcel in the Great Swamp containing by estimation three roods & eight perches which lyeth in a greater parcel containing by estimation five acres & belongeth to James Cole & Thomas Bunse & Arthur Smith & Rob[ert] Bartlett & to the said Will[ia]m Blumfeild which greater parcel abutteth on the Indians' land"; "one parcel of upland lying near to Hockanum which he bought of Thomas Bliss Senior containing by estimation six acres"; "one parcel of land continuing to the east end of Hartford bounds containing by estimation twenty & five acres … which he bought of Thomas Bliss Senior"; "one parcel lying near Hockanum containing by estimation four acres"; "one parcel lying near Hockanum which he bought of Gylles Smith containing by estimation three acres"; "one parcel of boggy meadow lying in the North Meadow containing by estimation two acres" (annotated in margin "May 20th 1652"); "one parcel lying in the Great Swamp at the upper end of it next the South Meadow which he bought formerly of John Hopkins deceased, & now confirmed to him by Jane Hopkins, executrix & late wife of the aforesaid John" (annotated in margin "June:1:1654" and "passed to S:Tho:Watts"); "one parcel being the homelot which he bought of Richard Fellowes containing by estimation [blank] with all the houses thereon with an orchard & all the trees therein" (annotated in the margin "April the 3: 1656"); and "one parcel lying in Forty Acres which he bought of Nath[aniel] Warde containing by estimation one acre" (annotated in margin "passed to Benj: Harbor") [HaBOP 285–88].
On 24 March 1640/1, the town of Hartford ordered that "William Blumfeilld shall have the ground whereon the pound standeth and to be made up of ground about it four acres to be laid out by a committee to be chosen to that purpose which ground shall be allowed over and above the ground that he shall have for his division" [HaTR 47].
On 10 February 1655[/6?], "the lands of William Blomfield recorded" at Middletown were: "one piece of upland whereon his house standeth containing three acres"; "one piece of meadow land lying in the Long Meadow containing 5 acres"; "one piece of meadow land lying at Wongonke containg one acre"; "another piece lying at Wongonke containing two acres"; "another piece lying at Wongonke containing one acre"; "one piece of upland lying at Pistol Point containing four acres"; and "another piece of upland lying to the North Field," "all the land above written being sold to Nathaniel Dickinson Senior" [Middletown LR 1:20].
On 3 August 1659, "Thomas Baylie of New London" sold to "Will[iam] Blomfeild of Hartford my house and land lying by it, about six acres … being my whole right that I have in that place … with all other conveniences and privileges belonging both to the house and land … also two acres of land lying upon the west end of Goodman Redfin's lot" [NLLR 3:168].
On 25 February 1660[/1?], "William Blumfeild of New London" appointed "my loving friend Mr. James Rogers of New London to be my lawful attorney," with power of substitution, to collect all debts and "to take into his possesssion any horse, mares, cattle or other goods that I leave in New England" [NLLR 1B:44].
On 1 May 1661 [NS], "Francis Doughty of the Manadus in the Newnether Lands" sold to "William Blumfelld of New London in Newengland the housing and lands which I bought of Richard Gelldersleeve of Hempsted the said housing and lands being situated and being … in Medborough on Longe Iland in the New Netherlands" [Newtown Town Minutes 1:35]. (The settlement of Middleborough was renamed Newtown after the English conquest.)
In a tax list dated "Midleburrough March 16th 1662," "William Blumfield" was assessed 18s. 9d. [Newtown Town Minutes 1:47].
On 30 November 1662, "William Blumfeild late inhabitant in the town of New London" appointed "my trusted and wellbeloved friend Peter Bletchford my true and Lawful attorney," with power of substitution, to collect any debts due to Bloomfield [NLLR 1B:80].
On 23 July 1663, "William Blumfeild of Newtowne upon Long Island" deeded to "my daughter Sarah Woodward of the town of New London … my homestead lot lying in New London which I bought of Thomas Baylie … also I make over unto her another piece of land which I bought of the said Thomas Baylie … further I make over unto her one cow … for the necessary support of herself and children" and then "to her eldest child Joseph Sacket … when he shall come of age," with further provisions "in case my son-in-law Woodward do not so far provide for my daughter's comfortable subsistence" [NLLR 3:287].
On 27 July 1663, "William Blomfeild of Newtowne On Long Iland" sold to "Georg[e] Tong of New London my dwelling house with the homelot and orchard six acres more or less" [NLLR 3:288].
On 24 February 1664, "William Blomfield in Newtowne" deeded to "Daniell Blomfield my son dwelling in the aforesaid town the house & barn and homelot which I bought of Frances Doughtie with the third part privileges and accommodations belonging to the said lot [which is] thirty-three acres of upland & a third … likewise a third part of my meadow which … is sixteen more or less acres" and some livestock [Newtown Town Minutes 1:17–18].
In her will of 1 April 1682, "Isbell Blomfeild of Newtowne in the West Riding of Yorksheere upon Long Island" bequeathed to "my loving son Daniell Blomfield … all the share of the housings & lands which was left me by my deceased husband William Blomfeild with all other things that do belong or appertain to myself except wearing apparel" [Newtown Town Minutes 2:260].

BIRTH: About 1605 (aged 30 in 1635 [Hotten 280]).
DEATH: After 1 March 1666/7 [Newtown Town Minutes 1:82] and probably before 26 February 1667[/8?] (when he does not appear in "a rate made … for a sessions house" [Newtown Town Minutes 1:19–20]).
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1633 Sarah ___.
   (2) By 1639 Isabel (Pearce) Sackett, widow of SIMON SACKETT [GMB 3:1615]; she died after 1 April 1682 (date of will).
   With first wife
      i SARAH, b. about 1633 (aged 1 in 1634 [Hotten 282]); m. (1) about 1652 her stepbrother Simon Sackett, son of SIMON SACKETT [GMB 3:1615]; m. (2) by 1663 Lambert Woodward [NLLR 3:287].
   With second wife
      ii DANIEL, b. about 1639 (deposed 2 or 3 February 1668/9 "aged 30" [Newtown Court Minutes, 1656–1690, p. 204]); d. intestate and apparently unmarried before 23 September 1703 (date of inventory), administration granted to Joseph Sackett, next of kin [NYGBR 65:249, citing Queens County, New York, Will Book A].
      iii JOHN, bp. Hartford 23 August 1645 [HaVR 578]; no further record.
      iv SAMUEL, b. Hartford 12 July 1647 [HaVR 578]; "Daniell & Sameuell Blomfield" granted twenty acres in Newtown, 31 March 1669 [Newtown Town Minutes 2:84]; not in mother's will, 1 April 1682.

COMMENTS: The passenger list of the Elizabeth, dated 30 April 1634, included "William Bloomfield," aged 30, "Sarah his wife," aged 25, and "Sarah Blomfield," aged 1 [Hotten 280, 282].
William Bloomfield may have resided briefly at Middletown about 1655, but he appears in Hartford on both sides of this date.
On 19 August 1663, "W[illia]m Blumfield appeals from the sentence or judgment of the Court held at Hartford, June 15, [16] 63, to the judgment and determination of this Assembly" [CCCR 1:408]. The court ordered "that Mr. Rogers shall pay unto Blumfeild the sum [torn] pounds in current pay, and Mr. Rogers to keep the mare and bull and [torn] as his proper estate, and discharge Mr. Loveland's debt abd pay the cost [of this] Court, and the first Court his case was in trial. Blumfeild is to pay the char[ges of] the special Court" [CCCR 1:409].
On 12 August 1665, Francis Kidfield successfully sued William Bloomfield for damage done to Kidfield's corn by Bloomfield's swine. In the several depositions recorded there are repeated references to "Goodman Blumfield" and "Goodwife Blumfield" [Newtown Court Minutes, 1656–1690, pp. 50–53]. The suit was renewed on 23 October 1665, with "Daniell Whithead being employed by William Blumfield an attorney"; as there was "an agreement made & acknowledged by William Blomfield & not performed further the court finding no further evidence appears but the man proving troublesome the court fines him five shillings to the use of the town" [Newtown Court Minutes, 1656–1690, p. 54].
"William Blomfield" appears twice in a list of those required to maintain fencing, the apparent date of which was 1 March 1666/7 [Newtown Town Minutes 1:82].

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Extracts from sketch of WILLIAM HANNUM

In his will, dated 15 May 1677, and proved 25 September 1677, "W[illia]m Hannam of Northampton" bequeathed "my houses & lands of all sorts with all their appurtenances to my well beloved son John Hannam to be his own forever on these conditions, viz: he paying all my just dues & allowing me an honorable funeral and pay to my daughter Sacket forty shillings and to my daughter Mary Alline five pounds and to my daughter Elizabeth twelve pounds and to allow his mother my well beloved wife comfortable maintenance during her life, which condition being fulfilled, the whole of my house & homestead together with my other lands shall be to him, his heirs & executors and assigns forever" [HamCCR 1:191].
The inventory of the estate of "W[illia]m Hannam of Northampton deceased," taken 20 June 1677, totalled 115 15s. (against which were debts of 5 18s.), of which 90 was real estate: "house & land at home," 40; and "11 acres of land in the meadow," 50 [HamCCR 1:191].

BIRTH: By about 1612 (based on estimated date of marriage), but perhaps as early as 1601 (if he was a full sixty years old when he applied for relief from training).
DEATH: Northampton 1 June 1677.
MARRIAGE: By about 1637 Honor Capen, daughter of BERNARD CAPEN {1633, Dorchester} [GMB 1:309–11]. She died at Westfield on 1 December 1680 [Pynchon VR 34].
   ii ABIGAIL HANNUM, bp. Windsor 22 November 1640 [WiVR (Loomis) 18]; m. Northampton 23 November 1659 John Sackett, son of SIMON SACKETT (1632, Cambridge) [GMB 3:1615–16].

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Extracts from sketch of JOHN STILES

BIRTH: Baptized Millbrook, Bedfordshire, 25 December 1595, son of Thomas Stiles (aged 35 on 16 March 1634/5 [Hotten 43]).
DEATH: Windsor 4 June 1662 [HaPR 2 (probate): 164; CTVR 21; Grant 83 (year only)].
MARRIAGE: By about 1632 Rachel ___. "The wife of John Stiles died September 3, [16]74," at Windsor [CTVR 28; Grant 84 (year only)].
   iii SARAH STILES, b. say 1636; m. (1) by an unknown date John Stewart; m. (2) Westfield 14 January 1690/1 or Springfield 15 January 1690/1 John Sackett [Pynchon VR 31, 61], son of SIMON SACKETT {1632, Cambridge} [GMB 3:1615–16].

Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins—Immigrants to New England 1620–1633, vol. III, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston (1995), pp 1615–6. (Researched by Chris Sackett).
Great Migration 1634–1635. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) (Researched by Chris Sackett).