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INDEX to the Child family files
The following Childs appeared early in Watertown. It is unclear how they were
Ephraim Child was born say 1599. [Ref,
pp. 349-353] He was the son of Wolstone and Ellen (Empson) Child. [Ref,
pp. 349-353] He died on 13 (12) mo 1662 in Watertown. [Ref]
He married the widow Elizabeth Palmer on 8 Feb 1624/5 in Nayland, Suffolk. [Ref,
pp. 349-353] She died between 11 Jun 1664, when she signed her will, and 1 Aug
1664, when inventory was taken on her estate, in Watertown. [Ref,
pp. 349-353] As Elizabeth Bond, she had previously married Samuel Palmer on
3 Sep 1617. [Ref, pp. 349-353] Ephraim and Elizabeth had
no known children. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Ephraim migrated from Nayland to New Enland in 1630. He went back to England on business in 1647, returning to New England in 1648. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Ephraim was an important man in Watertown. He was admitted freeman on 18 May 1631. [Ref, pp. 349-353] He was a selectman and deputy to the General Court numerous times. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Ephraim gave Richard Child 108 acres of upland upon Richard's marriage. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Ephraim's widow Elizabeth left bequests to Richard Child's wife and eldest son and to Benjamin Child's son. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Ephraim signed his will on 20 Nov 1662; it was proved on 2 Apr 1663. His estate amounted to a sizable £770.15s. He left bequests to Richard Child, John Child and to Ephraim, the son of Benjamin Child. [Ref, pp. 349-353]
Joseph Child was born in 1629. [Ref]
He died "an aged man" on 5 May 1698 in Watertown. [Ref]
He married Sarah Platt [Ref] on 3 Jul
1654 in Watertown. [Ref]
He took the oath of fidelity in Watertown in 1652. [Ref]
In her will dated 14 Jun 1676 Elizabeth, the widow of Richard Jackson, left bequests to her husband's kinsman, including £10 to Sarah Childs, wife of Joseph Childs. [Ref, p. 264]
some descendants of Joseph Child
Richard Child was born in 1631 in Watertown. He died on 4 Nov 1691 in Watertown. He married first Mehitable Dimmick. He married second Hannah Traine.
John Child was born in 1636 in Watertown.
[Ref] John, the husband of Mary, died
in Watertown on 15 Oct 1676. [Ref]
The town records say that he married Mary Warren on 29 (3) 1668 in Watertown.
[Ref] Child [Ref]
says that he married Mary Unknown in 1662; this date fits better with their
having a child in 1663. Mary married second Nathaniel Fisk on 13 Apr 1677 in
some descendants of John Child
RICHARD CHILD (1631 - 1694) of Watertown
Parents: Richard's parents are unknown. He might be the nephew of the above Ephraim Child. In this case he is the grandson of Wolstone and Ellen (Empson) Child.
Richard Child was born about 1631 in Watertown. [Ref] He died on 11 Nov 1694 [Ref][Ref][Ref] in Watertown. [Ref] He married first Mehitable Dimmick on 17 (2) 1662 in Watertown. [Ref] Mehitable was the daughter of Thomas Dimmick of Barnstable. [Ref says they married on 30 Mar 1662][Ref] She was baptised on 18 Apr 1642 in Barnstable. [Ref] Mehitable, the wife of Richard, died on 18 Aug 1676 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref says 1 Aug] Richard married second Hannah Traine on 16 Jan 1678 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref daughter of the first John Traine]
Richard took the oath of fidelity in Watertown in 1652. [Ref] He was also a member of the Watertown train band in that year. [Ref] Richard of Watertown was a juror in 1680. [Ref] He is on a 24 Aug 1676 list of soldiers from Watertown in King Philip's War. [Ref]
Children of Richard Child and Mehitable Dimmick:
Children of Richard Child and Hannah Traine:
JOSHUA CHILD (b. 1682) of Watertown
Parents: Richard Child and Hannah Traine [Ref][Ref]
Joshua Child was born on 30 Dec 1682 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref] Joshua Childs of Weston (originally a part of Watertown) married Sarah Stearns of Billerica in Jan 1720/1 in Charlestown. [Ref][Ref, p. 262]
Joshua and Sarah were dismissed from the Watertown church to Worceter on 13 Jan 1733/4. [Ref, p. 740]
JOSIAH CHILD (b. 1728) of Framingham
Parents: Joshua Child and Sarah Stearns [Ref][Ref]
Josiah Child was born on 20 Dec 1728 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref] Josiah Child of Rutland married Experience Reed [Ref] of Sudbury on 10 Oct 1753 in Sudbury. [Ref][Ref, or 16 Aug]
Children of Josiah Child and Experience Reed:
ELIZABETH ("BETSY") CHILD (1766 - 1835)
Parents: Josiah Child and Experience Reed [Ref]
Elizabeth Child was born on 30 Apr 1766 [Ref, p. 142] in Framingham. [Ref][Ref] She died on 19 Aug 1835 [Ref] in Framingham. Betsy Child married Amos Johnson of Southboro on 6 Aug 1786 [Ref, p. 142, does not give the day][Ref does not give the day] in Southboro. [Ref]
Anderson, Robert Charles, "Ancestry of President Calvin Coolidge," The American Genealogist 53, 1977, 65-75.
Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vol. 1-3, Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
Bodge, George, "Soldiers in King Philip's War," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, many volumes.
Bond, Henry, Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendents of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to Which Is Appended the Early History of the Town, Vol. I., Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1855.
Child, Elias, Genealogy of the Child, Childs, and Childe Families: Of the past and present in the United States and the Canadas, from 1630 to 1881, Utica, Published for the author by Curtiss & Childs, 1881.
Editors, "List of Names Found Among the First Settlers of New England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1, 1847, 137.
Editors, "Names of Persons who Took the Oath of Fidelity in 1652," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3, 1849, 401.
Flagg, Norman Gershom, Family Records of the Descendants of Gershom Flagg (born 1730) of Lancaster, Massachusetts : with other genealogical records of the Flagg family descended from Thomas Flegg of Watertown, Mass., and including the Flegg lineage in England, unknown, N.G. Flagg and L.C.S. Flagg, 1907.
Johnson, Paul Franklin and Frank Leonard Johnson, Genealogy of Capt. John Johnson of Roxbury, Massachusetts, Commonwealth Press, Los Angeles, 1951.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.
Milke, Denise M., "Thomas Dimock and his Descendants," Connecticut Nutmegger 21, 1988, 169-174.
Miller, Spencer, Joseph Miller of Newton, Massachusetts: his descendants in America and his ancestry in England. New York, Priv. print., 1942.
National Archives and Records Administration, First Census of the United States, 1790,
No author, Town of Weston, births, deaths and marriages 1700-1850, gravestones 1703-1900, church records, 1709-1825, Boston, unknown, 1901.
Paige, Lucius, R., "List of Freemen, " New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 3, 1849, 89-96, 187-194, 239-246, 345-352.
Sanderson, Page, "Edward Sanderson of Watertown, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 127, 1973, 181-182.
Titus, Anson, "Watertown Train Band, 1652," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 66, 1912, 186-7.
Vital Records of Watertown, 1630-1825. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.