|The GIDDINGS Family of Oakley, Bedfordshire, England, Clapham, Bedfordshire, England and Ipswich, Essex, MA||
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MICHAEL GIDDINGS (d. 1615) of Oakley m. Catherine Unknown (d. 1626)
THOMAS PURRIER (d. 1623/9) of Clapham m. Isabel Unknown (d. 1621)
JOHN GIDDINGS 1 (d. 1620) of Clapham
m. JOAN PURRIER (bp. 1588)
MICHAEL GIDDINGS (d. 1615) of Oakley
Michael Giddings was buried on 2 Apr 1615 in Oakley, Bedfordshire. [Ref] He married Catherine Unknown. She was buried on 14 Feb 1625/6 in Oakley. [Ref]
Michael Gyddyn of Clapham, husbandman, signed his will with his mark on 13 Mar 1614/5; it was proved on 17 Apr 1615. [Ref] He mentions his son John and his five children; his son Henry and his five children; his son William; his son Robert and his two children; his son James and his child; his son Richard; his daughter Jone Savage and her three children; his daughter Elizabeth; Caterynne, his wife. [Ref]
Cattron Gidding signed her will with her mark on 9 Feb 1625. [Ref] She mentions her sons William, Robert, James and Richard; her daughters Jone Savidge and Elizabeth. [Ref]
Children of Michael Giddings and Catherine Unknown:
THOMAS PURRIER of Clapham (d. 1623/9)
Thomas died between 22 Feb 1622/[?3] and 28 Apr 1629.
Thomas Purrier married the widow Isabel Tilbrooke on 16 Jan 1586/7 in Oakley. [Ref] Isabel was buried on 13 Dec 1621 in Clapham. [Ref] Isabel was probably the widow of John Tilbrooke. [Ref]
John Tilbrooke was buried on 4 Oct 1586. [Ref] John signed his will on 25 Mar 1585/6; it was proved on 23 Feb 1586/7. [Ref] He mentions his wife Isabel; sons Lewis and John; daughters Catherine and Mary. [Ref]
Thomas Purrier, husbandman of Clapham, signed his will with his mark on 22 Feb 1622/[?3]; it was proved on 28 Apr 1629. [Ref] He mentions his daughter Joan, now the wife of Robert Phage and Joan's children Thomas, Mary, Martha and Rebecca and George Giddings. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Purrier and Isabel Unknown:
JOHN GIDDINGS 1 (d. 1620) of Clapham
John Giddings was buried on 19 Feb 1619/20, recorded in Oakley and Clapham. [Ref] He married Joan Purrier on 20 Jan 1607/8 in Clapham. [Ref]
John Giddings of Clapham, husbandman, signed his will on 7 Feb 1619/20; it was proved on 3 Apr 1620. He mentions his wife Joan and his underage son George. [Ref] The Clapham Memorial Roll of 21 Apr 1623 states that John Giddings had died seized of a messuage and about 30 acres of land and that George Giddings, his son and heir, is of full age [!]. [Ref]
Children of John Giddings and Joan Purrier:
JOAN PURRIER (bp. 1588)
Parents: Thomas Purrier and Isabel Unknown
Joan Purrier was baptised on 1 May 1588. [Ref] She married first John Giddings 1 on 20 Jan 1607/8 in Clapham. [Ref] She married second Robert Phage (Fage). [Ref]
Children of Joan Purrier and Robert Phage:
GEORGE GIDDINGS (bp. 1609 - 1676) of Ipswich
Parents: John Giddings 1 and Joan Purrier
George Giddings was baptised on 24 Sep 1609 in Clapham. [Ref] He died on 1 Jun 1676 in Ipswich. [Ref][Ref] He married Jane Lawrence on 20 Feb 1633/4. [Ref]
George Giddings, age 25, and Jane Giddings, age 20, are on a 2 Apr 1635 list of passengers to be transported to New England on the Planter. Also on the list are Jane's mother, grandmother, younger siblings and her mother's second husband and family, as well as Thomas Carter (25), Michael Williamson (30) and Elizabeth Morrison (12), servants of George Giddings. [Ref] George is refered to as a husbandman.
George Giddings is on the 7 Sep 1638 list of freemen. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 28 [probably Dec] 1641, 28 (7) 1652, 30 Sep 1656, Mar 1667, 27 Sep 1670 and 28 Mar 1671 courts in Ipswich. [Ref] He was on the trial jury at the 24 (7) 1650, 28 Mar 1654, 28 (7) 1658 and 28 Sep 1669 courts in Ipswich. [Ref] When Mordicha Larcum sued Mr. Waldo, George was chosen to be one of the three arbiters in Mar 1656.
Goodman Gidding was the Ipswich member of a committee on colony assessment on 13 May 1640. [Ref] He was on a committee on bounds between Salisbury and Haverhill. [Ref] He was on a committee on a bridge at Lynn on 23 May 1655. [Ref] He was on a committee on bounds between Hampton and Salisbury on 14 Oct 1656. [Ref] He was on a committee on gifts to the colony on 23 May 1655 and 22 May 1661. [Ref]
Mr. George Giddings was deputy to the General Court 12 times between 2 Jun 1641 and 15 May 1672. [Ref] He was a selectman in Ipswich in 1673. [Ref]
He is on a 19 Dec 1648 list of taxpayers in Ipswich. [Ref]
Joseph Witte was committed to George Giddings at the Mar 1650 court; Edward Gillman claimed a right to him, but if he could not prove it within a month, George was to bind him to some trade. [Ref]
George's mother-in-law Joanna (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle wrote him letters on 6 Apr 1657 and 20 Mar 1657/8. He and Mr. Joseph Jewett were appointed administrators of the estate of Mr. John Tuttle, his mother-in-law's second husband. [Ref]
George Giddings and Thomas Burnam deposed that they were about 40 [!] on 29 Mar 1659; they refered to "Simon Tuttell" [George's half brother] as their brother. [Ref]
George Giddings apparently died intestate as the court ordered a division of his estate in Sep 1676. His five sons, Thomas, John, James, Samuel and Joseph, were to split the estate, with Thomas receiving a double portion. They were to allow George's widow the use of his house and to pay her 25 pounds a year. They were to pay their sisters Rebecca, Abigail and Mary £50 each after subtracting any portions already paid. [Ref]
George's move up the social ladder is striking. His father was only a husbandman, although clearly not at the bottom of the economic scale. George apparently did well enough in England to marry into a socially superior family and to bring three servants to New England with him, although he still referred to himself as a husbandman. In New England, he is intially addressed as "Goodman", but soon becomes a member of the oligarchy and one of the wealthier men in Ipswich. By 1641, he is refered to as "Mr. George Giddings".
On 26 Mar 1677, John Proctor, Sr. referred to his "brother Giddens". [Ref]
Children of George Giddings and Jane Lawrence:
George and Jane (Lawrence) Giddings are the 6 X great-grandparents of President Taft [Ref]
George Giddings = Jane Lawrence
JOHN GIDDINGS 2 (b. abt 1638)
Parents: George Giddings and Jane Lawrence
John Giddings was born about 1638. [Ref] He married Sarah Alcock. [Ref]
John deposed that he was about 21 and referred to his grandmother Tuttle on 29 Mar 1659. [Ref]
Children of John Giddings and Sarah Alcock: [I can find no record of their births]
JOB GIDDINGS (1676 - 1709) of Ipswich
Parents: John Giddings 2 and Sarah Alcock
Job Giddings was born about 1676. He died on 27 Feb 1708/9. [Ref][Ref][Ref] He is buried in the ancient graveyard in Chebacco parish, Ipswich. [Ref] He married Sarah Butler.
Job was a tailor of Chebacco parish, Ipswich. [Ref]
His widow Sarah was granted one-third of his estate. His eldest son, Job, received one third. His daughter Sarah received one-sixth and his son John received one-sixth. [Ref]
Job's gravestone says: Here lyes ye body/of Job Giddings/died in ye 33/year of his age/February ye/27th day/1708/9.
Children of Job Giddings and Sarah Butler:
SARAH GIDDINGS (abt 1704-1788)
Parents: Job Giddings and Sarah Butler
Sarah Giddings was born about 1704. She died on 14 Sep 1788 in Hampton, Windham, CT. [Ref][Ref says she was 84] She is buried in the South Cemetery in Hampton. [Ref] She married William Bennett 2 in Ipswich; their intention is dated 23 Dec 1721. [Ref]
Sarah Bennett is mentioned in her grandfather William Butler's will. [Ref]
A 1722 deed refers to Sarah, the daughter of Job Giddings, deceased, and wife of William Bennett, Jr. [Ref]
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Claypool, Edward, 'Bailey-Giddings-Butler,' Notes and Queries Section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 59, 1905, 216-7.
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