(circa 1625-after 1649) - Salisbury, Essex co., MA

(Only Generation - Fitts Family)


BIRTH Based upon her marriage, and assuming it is her first, Rachel was born circa 1625.
DEATH She died sometime after the birth of her sixth child in 1649.
NAME VARIATIONS Surname variations include: Fitt, Fitts, Fitt, Fitz, Fitch, Fits.
INDICATION OF IDENTITY Her identity is traditionally based upon the marriage of Robert FITT and Grace [LORD] which occured circa 1629-1632. One school of thought is that Rachel is the child of Grace & her first husband [not known] LORD. Another belief is that she is a child of this couple. A likelier scenario -- given ages -- is that Rachel is a sister of Robert FITTS, who called her husband William Barnes "my brother" -- not "my son" -- in his will.

Robert is #21 on the list of 68 men who were "The first or Original list of ye townsmen of Salisbury in ye booke of Records" as recorded by Thomas Bradbury at a town meeting of 3d:12m(February):1650[1,2]. At the same meeting virtually the same list (minus three men who were crossed out) were allowed to "be accompted townsmen and comoners" of the new town[2]. Robert was further assessed 11s. 5d. in taxes on 25 December 1650[2] and assessed 9s. 7d. on 18d:5m:1652[3].

MARRIAGE Sometime before the birth of their first child in 1643 Rachel married William BARNES, in Salisbury, Essex co., MA[4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12].

CHILDREN (surnamed BARNES) i. Hannah BARNES
ii. Deborah BARNES
iii. William BARNES
iv. Jonathan BARNES
v. Rachel BARNES Please see her own page.

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G9) Grandmother
SOURCES 1. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR], 3:55.

2. Ibid. 3:56.

3. Ibid. 3:57.

4. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

5. Hoyt, Daniel Webster, The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass., with Some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton, and of York County, Maine, 3 vols., (Providence: [Snow & Farnham], 1897-1917), [Salisbury Fam], 157,875.

6. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vols. 1+, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870+), [NYGBR], 37:141.

7. Savage, James A., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860-1862., (Boston 1860-1862; rpt Baltimore 1955), [Savage], 1:123

8. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), [EssexAnt], 7:40.

9. Pillsbury, D.B. & F.H. Getche, The Pillsbury Family: Being a History of William and Dorothy Pillsbury (or Pilsbery) of Newbury in New England, and Their Descendants to the Eleventh Generation, (Everett, Mass.: Massachusetts Publ. Co., 1890), [Pillsbury], 161,581,633,676.

10. Treat, John Harvey, The Treat Family: a Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat for Fifteen Generations, and Four Hundred and Fifty Years in England and America, Containing More than Fifteen Hundred Families in America, (Salem, Mass.: The Salem Press, 1893), [Treat], 12.

11. Clement, Percival Wood, Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Clements, ([Philadelphia: Patterson & White Co., 1927]), [Clement], 46,80.

12. Fitts, James Hill, Genealogy of the Fitts or Fitz Family in America, (Clinton: W. J. Coulter, 1869), [Fitts], 1.

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