November 8, 2014

SEVERANCE of Salisbury, MA and Kingston, NH

Generation 1: My first Severance ancestor in America was John Severance, who was born about 1609, probably Suffolk, England. He was a planter, a "vintner" (winemaker), and a "victualler", which is a ship goods supplier. John Severance was also master of a ship called George which brought many English to Massachusetts. John married Abigail Kimball, daughter of Henry Kimball and Ursula Scott, and he died on 9 April 1682.

Generation 2: Ephraim Severance was born on 8 April 1656 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He married Lydia Morrill, daughter of Abraham Morrill and Sarah Clements in Salisbury, and he died in Salisbury on 24 October 1732.

Generation 3: Jonathan Severance was born on 21 April 1700 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. On 24 Feb 1726, he married Katherine Tucker, daughter of interestingly-named parents Benony Tucker and Ebenezar Nichols (yes, Ebenezar was female). Jonathan died on 14 May 1786 in Kingston, New Hampshire, having removed there at some point after marriage.

Generation 4: Samuel Severance I was born about 1741, probably in Kingston, New Hampshire. On 9 August 1768 he was married to his first cousin Hannah Winslow, daughter of Samuel Winsley/Winslow and Frances Tucker (Frances was the sister of his mother Katherine... yeah, you can say it-- "eewww!")

When the rebellion against their mother country of Britain broke out in 1775, Samuel volunteered and served in the Continental Army that summer. He took part in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and reportedly took a stone as a memento of that event. He only served for three months when he contracted "camp sickness" (dysentery), and was sent home. A letter that he wrote to his family is preserved by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, having been donated by an ancestor. More on this in this entry.

Generation 5: His son, my 4th great-grandfather Samuel Severance II, was born during that revolutionary summer, while his father was serving, on 25 August 1775. He married Judith Towle in Kingston on 6 January 1802; she was the daughter of Jeremy Towle and Mary Sargent. His death date is not known.

Generation 6: Mary "Polly" Severance was born in Kingston on 14 November 1805. She married William Winslow, son of John Winslow and Mary Webster, on 26 February 1824 in Kingston. She and William had a large family of ten children, but she was widowed at 55 in 1860 when her husband froze to death while walking home from visiting friends on the night of 14 February 1860. She never remarried, and died on 13 September 1889.


Ancestry line:

John SEVERANCE (1609-1682) m. Abigail KIMBALL
Ephraim SEVERANCE (1656-1732) m. Lydia MORRILL
Jonathan SEVERANCE (1700-1786) m. Katherine TUCKER
Samuel SEVERANCE I (b. 1741) m. Hannah WINSLOW
Samuel SEVERANCE II (b. 1775). Judith TOWLE
Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE (1805-1889) m. William WINSLOW
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Lizzie MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me

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