May 2, 2015

FITTS of Salisbury and Ipswich, Massachusetts

The name is also spelled FITZ.

Generation 1: My original FITTS immigrant ancestor was Robert Fitts, 9th great-grandfather.

Robert and his brother Richard were probably from Devon, and arrived in New England by 1640. They first settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Robert was a planter, and in 1657 sold his house to a Philip Griffin and removed to Ipswich. He died there on 9 May 1665.

Generation 2: Abraham Fitts was born probably in the early 1630's. He married Rebecca Davis, daughter of Isaac and Beverly Davis and widow of Tyler (Giles?) Birdley, on 9 January 1668 in Ipswich. Abraham died on 27 March 1692.

Generation 3: Isaac Fitts was born in Ipswich on 3 July 1675. On 29 January 1697, he married Bethia Hacker, daughter of George Hacker and Bethia Meacham, in Ipswich. Isaac died on 6 April 1747.

Generation 4: Jeremiah Fitts was born on 9 January 1708 in Ipswich. In Ipswich, on 22 February 1733, he married Elizabeth Haskell, daughter of Mark Haskell and Martha Tuttle. He died on 3 February 1801.

Generation 5: Jeremiah Fitts II was baptized in Ipswich on 29 October 1749. He married Ruth Souther, daughter of Nathaniel Souther and Rebecca Hopkins, on 22 December 1773 in Ipswich, and he died in Bradford on 4 October 1804.

Generation 6: William Fitts was born in Haverhill on 10 January 1797. He married Priscilla Davis, daughter of John Davis and Priscilla Bartlett, in West Newbury on 15 November 1821. William died of consumption on 28 April 1843, and according to his death record (below), he was a sailmaker.

Generation 7: Sophia Haskell Fitts was born in West Newbury on 15 February 1823. She married Isaiah F. Purinton, son of John Purinton and Dorothy Colby, on 10 June 1846 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Sophia died in March of 1880 of cancer.

Ancestry line:

Robert FITTS (d. 1665) m. Grace LORD
Abraham FITTS (d. 1692) m. Rebecca DAVIS
Isaac FITTS (1675-1747) m. Bethia HACKER
Jeremiah FITTS I (1708-1801) m. Elizabeth HASKELL
Jeremiah FITTS II (1749-1804) m. Ruth SOUTHER
William FITTS (1797-1843) m. Priscilla DAVIS
Sophia Haskel FITTS (1823-1880) m. Isaiah F. PURINTON
Mary Olivia PURINTON (1852-1898) m. George Bailey PALMER
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father


The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury , David W. Hoyt
Genealogy of the Fitts or Fitz Family in America, James Hill Fitts

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