Edward Gilman and Mary Clark

HUSBAND:
Edward GILMAN.
Born (about 1587-S11)(in 1587-1588) at (Hingham-S1,S2,S9,S11)(Caston-S15,S28), Norfolk, England; son of (Edward GILMAN [F15108] and Mary HAWES [F15109]S1,S11,S27). He was christened on 20 April 1587 (S1,S11) at Hingham, Norfolk, England.(S2).

Some sources say he is the son of Robert {see S20 for example}. It seems more certain that he was the son of Edward. See especially Source 27 and Source 33c, which say he gave an oath before leaving England that he was the son of Edward. However, according to Source 34 {S34b}, his father Edward was born Robert Edward GYLLMAN. He later dropped the Robert and changed the spelling of his surname. This, of course, would clear the matter up entirely.

He married Mary CLARK [F6755] on 3 June 1614 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. {S10,S11}.

Early in the 17th Century the little town of Hingham in Norfolk, England, was torn by the religious dissension which prevailed throughout England. Robert Peck, Rector of Hingham. was among the dissenters. He headed a group of which held prayer meetings in private houses. {S27}.

He had dared to make drastic changes in the church itself. Removing the altar railing he lowered the chancel a foot below the church level. For these acts he was ordered to appear before the Chancillor's Court. Rather than risk the judgement of a prejudiced court he decided to take refuge in America as many others had done before him. 133 parishioners decided to accompany him, some for religious reasons and others for the sake of adventure in a new field of opportunity. {S27}.

Five years before he left for America, Mary Gilman, her husband, Nicholas Jacob, their two children, and her nephew Thomas Lincoln, had gone to America with friends and neighbors from Hingham. They had settled a little community just south of Boston, which they named Hingham in memory of their hometown in England. {S27}.

From the history of Hingham: In the early 17th century, a number of Puritan residents of Hingham, led by the former vicar of Hingham Robert Peck and his associate Peter Hobart, emigrated to the colony of Massachusetts, where they founded the town of Hingham, Massachusetts. Those who left Hingham in England were so prominent in the community that the town was forced to petition Parliament for help, claiming that it had been devastated by the loss. {S15}.

These earlier emmigrants from Hingham no doubt influenced Edward, but whether from religeous zeal or from the desire for new opportunities is unknown. He probably had letters from them telling of the new country. He sold his considerable property for about half it's value. He appeared in court shortly before leaving England at age 50, and took an oath that his father was Edward. {S27}.

He left from Gravesend, England on 26 April 1638 on the ship the Diligent, John Martin, Master. The point of embarkation is sometimes said to have been from Ipswich, and also from Gravesend {S8,S10,S27}. One source (S11) says that it left England in June, but there seems to be no verification for this.

In any case, Edward departed England with his wife Mary, his three daughters and three sons; daughter Mary who had recently married John Folsom, daughter Lydia who later married Daniel Cushing also a passenger on the Diligent, daughter Sarah, and sons Edward, John and Moses. He also took with him three servants {S10}. There were about one hundred passengers on board, most from Hingham, Norfolk, England.

The arrived in Boston on 10 August 1638. They settled first with Reverend Peck's group at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Edward was made a Freeman there on 13 March 1639. {S10}.

There is another interesting record of note:
"1638, 2 May. Bosome Allen, William Ripley, Steven Yates, Steven Payne, Robert Scoulding, John Beales, Edward Gillman, John Foulsham, Henry Chamberlaine, Daniell Lyncolne and Thomas Thaxster shippers of wheat and malt in the Blessing, Mr. John Adams [master?], bound from Yarmouth to New England." {S33d}. This record indicates that Edward and his son-in-law John Foulsham were men of some property. Their involvement in shipping may have some bearing on the confusion over whether the ship Diligent left from Ipswich or Gravesend, and whether it left in April or in June.

He later conveyed his house in Hingham, which he had bought from Nicholas Jacob, to his son-in-law Daniel Cushing. {S15}. In 1641 the Plymouth Colony granted a tract of land 8 miles square, then called Seekonk, now Rehoboth, to Edward Gilman and others, near the border of Rhode Island. {S27}. He was a grantee of Seekonk, or Rehoboth, and removed to Rehoboth in 1643. (S10,S11}.

Edward moved again with his family, Mary and his sons, John, Moses and Edward and two daughers to Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he was by 1647. He was a selectman at Ipswich in 1649.

Plymouth Colony Records of Deeds show a deed from Edward Gilman to Joseph Peck:

[3: 5] 1664 Prence Govr:
"Edward Gilman of Ipswich .... Massachusetts hath .... sold unto Josepth Pecke the younger of Rehoboth all his house lands and meddowes and comons within the Towne of Rehoboth .... to enter the meadow and the house and all other his accomodations; the 29th of the seaventh month except eleven acrees of which hee is to enter four acrees the 29th of the seaventh month 1651 and three acrees att or upon the 29th of the seaventh month 1653 .... in consideration of the aforsaid bargaine the aforsaid Josepth Pecke Junr is to pay" 45 "in manor .... following that is to say" 15 "att or upon" 29 September, 1650, and 15 "att or upon" 29 September, 1651, and 15 "att or upon" 29 September, 1652.

The deed was signed by Edward Gilman and Joseph Peck, Jr., and was witnessed by John Peck. (S6).

Apparently not long after this deed of 1652, they moved to Exeter, New Hampshire. His sons had by that time established themselves in business there. John Gilman came to Exter about 1647, and was first mentioned in the Exter town books on 12 January 1649. John was at first connected with his brother Edward in the lumber and milling business, but after his brother's death at sea the entire management of the affairs devolved upon him, and he became a leading man in the town. The dwelling of John Gilman is said to be the oldest in the State of New Hampshire. {S27}.

On 8 July 1652 there was granted "unto Mr. Edward Gilman, Sr., John Legat John Gilman, and Moses Gilman, amoungst them in general, 200 acres of swamp, towards Mr. Stanyan's meadow lying about a brook that way, in distance about two or three miles from town." {S27}.

He died (before 10 APR 1655-S?)(on 22 June 1655-S1,S11,S28) at Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

WIFE:
Mary CLARK. (Clarke-S15,S28).
Born (in 1585-1600-S11)(about 1590) (in Hingham, Norfolk, England-S11); daughter of John CLARK and Elizabeth (daughter of Joseph Clark and Mary Hobson-S33a). She was said to be of Caston, England, but it is more likely that she was of Hingham, Norfolk, England. She married Edward GILMAN on 3 June 1614 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.

Her sister Rebecca, who died in 1637, was the first wife of Joseph Peck, who was also on the ship Diligent.

When Edward died in 1655, she returned to Hingham, Massachusetts to live with her daughter Lydia and husband Daniel Cushing.

"I Mary Gillman late wife unto Edward Gillman senir: now Deceased .... know that my husband in his life time sould unto Josepth Pecke Junr: all his lands lying in Seaconke .... further I know my husband in his life time received satisfaction in pte for the aforsaid lands; and alsoe I Doe acknowlidge .... that since the Death of my husband I have received the remainder of the pay in full satisfaction for the land"

The deed was dated 7 March, 1663, and signed by a mark. The witnesses were John Leavitt and Japheth Hubbard. (S6,S7).

She died on 22 June 1681 at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

CHILDREN of Edward GILMAN and Mary CLARK:
  1. Mary Gilman. She was christened 6 August 1615 at Hingham, Norfolk, England. She married John FOLSOM (Foulsham)(alias Smith-S15) on 4 October 1636; (born 1605 in England; died December 27, 1681 in Exeter, New Hampshire.). John and Mary and probably one baby, John, arrived in New England in 1638 on the same ship as her parents. They had seven children, the youngest of which was killed by Indians. She died (in 1692)(on 15 Jun 1681-S11) in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
  2. Edward Gilman. He was christened on 26 December 1617 at Hingham, Norfolk, England. Twin to Sarah. He married (1) Elizabeth Mary SMITH on 28 Sep 1647 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. He married (2) Abigail MAVERICK. dau. of Antipas Maverick of Kittery. He married (3) Gilman SMITH in Ipswich, Long Island, New York. Edward was one of the four young men who were permitted to build a gallery in the first meeting house in Hingham on 11 March 1645. Edward was in Ispwich in 1647, Exeter in 1652. Edward went to England in 1653 to obtain mill gear and was lost at sea.
  3. Sarah Gilman. She was christened on 26 December 1617 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Twin to Edward. She must have died young in Hingham, England.
  4. Joshua Gilman. He was christened on 15 Sep 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. Twin to Moses. He was buried on 19 Sep 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
  5. Moses Gilman. Twin to Joshua. He was christened on 15 Sep 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He died and was buried on 19 Sep 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
  6. Lydia Clark Gilman. Born about 1619 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. She married Daniel CUSHING on 19 January 1645 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. She died on 12 March 1688 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  7. Sarah GILMAN. She was christened on 19 January 1622 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. She married (Deacon) John LEAVITT on 16 December 1646 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. She died on 26 May 1700 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  8. John Gilman. He was christened on 10 January 1624 (23 May 1626-S10) in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He married (1) Elizabeth TREWORGYE (TREVORGYE, TREWORTHY) on 20 June 1647. He died on 24 July 1708 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  9. Lawrence Gilman. Born (about 1626)(in 1626-S11) in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
  10. Jeremy Gilman. He was christened on 11 Mar 1628 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He died and was buried on 19 August 1635 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
  11. Moses Gilman. He was christened on 11 March 1630 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He married (1) Elizabeth HERSEY (HERSIE) In 1658 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He married (2) Anne HEARD about 1660. He died on 6 August 1702 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire; and was buried in Newmarket, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  12. Daniel Gilman. He was christened on 29 August 1633 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. He died and was buried on 21 Apr 1634 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
  13. Elizabeth Gilman. She was christened on 28 Sep 1634 in Hingham, Norfolk, England. She died and was buried on 19 February 1635 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.


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