Generation 2

Children of James Mackerwithey

See Dedham bibliography for the sources used for information on this page.

wife: Mary Everett

Mary Mackerwithey b 17 Sept, 1663 in Dedham, Massachusetts, the first child of James and Mary. She was baptised in 1665 and alive in 1680, when she was named in the will of her grandfather Everett. No further information on her, although it seems reasonable to believe she may have married. Could she have been the Mary Carwithy who married John Gill, Dec. 31, 1686, both of Dedham ?? -- this from Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800 (an database; the marriage evidently from Middlesex Co. recrods. ) This database is from Bailey's 3 volume set.

In Middlesex County (MA) records, under a section titled "Marriages of Persons not of this county by Justices in this County" we find the record: " John Gill and Mary Carwithy both of Dedham were joyned together n marriage December 31, 1686 by Tho. Prentice, Justice of the Peace."

Dedham records show a John Gill on a list of apportionment for the minister's salary in Dedham in 1679, for the year 1677/1678, then not again until he appears on a 1668 tax list. Oct. 1686 the town proprieters give to John Gill 6 acres near Ephraim Ware, he is on subsequent tax lists, in 1697 is elected field driver, and in 1699 receives two more acres of land, he does not appear on the lists for 1703-1705. However Dedham records for these years show the payment for doctor's fee's for John Gill and for wool and food for the family of John Gill.

This marriage is not included in Hanson's transcript of Dedham marriage, but the following births are recorded there, all children of John and Mary Gill: Mary* b. 1687, Abigial b. 1691, John b. 1693 and Israel b. 1696/97. These are the only Gill entries in the birth records. The marriages record the 1717 marriage of Benjamin Gill of Dorchester to Abigail Fales and the 1728 marriage of Benjamin Gill of Stoughton to Abigail Fisher. There is no Gill death recorded.
*It may be this Mary who's marriage of 1/26/1715/16 to John Sanders is recorded in Dedham records. Only one birth for this couple is recorded in Dedham records: dau Mary b. 11/8/1716. John Gill first appears on Dedham tax lists 1679, so he must have been born before 1660.

There was a John Gill in Needham; from "Baptisms in First Church of Needham" NEGH Register vol. 57 p. 153 there is this entry " Jan.:18, 1755. I baptiz'd John Gill; privately, because he was sick, & tho't to be near his end: NB. He first laid hold on the Covenant of the Lord" Then in HEHG REgister vol. 56 p. 267 "Deaths in First Chruch of Needham" Jan. 26, 1755 John Gill died." If this is the same John Gill, then he would have been quite elderly --at least almost 100. More likely it is not, but since James Mackerwithey Jr. died in Needham, we might suppose there might be some connection, and if this not James Mackerwithey's brother -in-law, perhaps a nephew.

James (Jeames) Mackerwithey was baptised in the First Church of Dedham on the 1st day of the 2nd month, 1666. James married first, probably ca 1690, Bethiah Lewis . This marriage is not recorded in Dedham records, but her 5/24/1715 death is found there. Bethiah Lewis was born 13 July 1666, Lancaster, the daughter of John and Hannah (?) Lewis. ( Coverage of her family can be found in vol. 4 of The Dedham Historical Register starting at page 137 ) When Bethia was about 10 the family left Lancaster because of Indian troubles and removed to Dorchester, near the Dedham border. Some of the children of John Lewis became residents of Dedham.

Abstract of his probate record

"..I, James Mackerwethe of Needham,..Suffolk [Co],...yoeman, being under the infrimities of age...but sound...of mind...not knowing how soon the Lord may please to call me...commend my [soul] to...God...
...all my debts and funeral charges shall be paid... my well beloved wife, Ruth Mackerwethe, the income of my whole estate until my son James Mackerwethe shall arrive at the age of twenty one years...after ...James shall arrive at the age of beloved wife shall have the income of the third of my whole estate during her natural life.
...I give to my well beloved son Daniel Mackerwethe, forty shillings besides what he has already received... my well beloved daughter, Bethiah Kimball, fifteen pounds besides what she hath already received... my well beloved daughter Hannah Mackerwethe, fifteen pounds besides what she hath already received... my well beloved daughter Mary Wittemore (Whittemore) twenty pounds... my well beloved daughter Sarah Mackerwethe twenty shillings besides what she hath already received...
...all the remainder of my estat, lands, housing and orcharding, and all of my real and personal estate...shall be equally divided to and among my sons James mackerwethe and Zachariah Mackerwethe and my three daughters Ruth Mackerwethe, Mercy Mackerwethe and Abigail Mackerwethe. My two sons, Jeames...shall have twenty pounds more ...and Zachariah...fifteen pounds more, and I do ..appoint my belived wife Ruth mackerweteh Executrix and my beloved son James Executor...March 15, 1741/2. In prsence of John Fisher, Josiah Reed and David Webb.
The will was presented for probate by the Executor named...Boston, May 11, 1742

Transcribed by Vallee Weethee in 1983 Supplement. He notes that this will was incorrectly probated as James Mackerwelke.

Daniel Mackerwithey b.19 March 1667/1668 Dedham, Mass. There is no further record of Daniel except for a military record (and I need to find my notes on that).

Margaret Mackerwithey b. 3 June, 1670 and died 20 June, 1670; it was at her birth that Mary died.

wife: Patience or Experience Cubby

John Mackerwithey b. 24 January, 1672/3 at Dedham; died 1757, also in Dedham. He appears to have lived all his life in Dedham and married there 1) 17 Dec. 1701 Elizabeth Haws or Harris. By her he had two children, a son John, b. 1/13/1702/03, of whom there is no further record and a daughter Elizabeth, who's birth is not recorded in Dedham records, but who married at Boston 5/20/1726 Henry Vaughn. Elizabeth Sr. died at Dedham 31 Jan. 1728/29 and he married 2) June 14, 1729 Joanna Mackintosh. I think that she was probably Joanna (Lyon) Mackintosh, widow of William Macintosh, who she married ca 1720. She and William had two children, William Macintosh b. 1722 and Jeremiah Mackintosh b. 1724. A William Macintosh died 9/9/1724, probably her husband, for no other children are recorded as being born to this couple, and I think then that she was a widow with two children when she married John.

As for John's first wife --evidently the records are not clear; did he marry Elizabeth HAWS or HARRIS? I have done almost no research on this, but note there was a Haws or Hawes family in Dedham.

John had two children by his first wife: John born 1701-1702, ev. d. before 1730 and Elizabeth, who m. 1726 Henry Vaughn. By his second wife, he had Johanna, who m. Louis Luiget and a second John, who probably never married, was judged incompetent as an adult, and died a pauper in 1812.