Mary MOULTON (1702-1790)

Updated/Edited: 7 Feb 2015

This is what I’ve learned so far about my 6th Great-Grandmother Mary Moulton aka “Molly”, beginning with her immigrant ancestor Robert Moulton from England.

First Generation in the New World

1. ROBERT¹ MOULTON, was born in England, about 1607 and died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 28 Nov 1665. He married in Salem in Feb 1640, ABIGAIL GOODE.

Robert left England and sailed with the Higginson Fleet on 1 May 1629, arriving at Salem Harbor on 24 Jun 1629.

The excerpt below about the “Higginson Fleet” is from Wikipedia:

“Higginson’s fleet was greeted in Salem, Massachusetts by a small group of settlers, led by John Endecott. In Salem there were five houses besides Endecott’s. They had no trained minister, however, so Higginson and Samuel Skelton began conducting services immediately. Higginson drew up a confession of faith, which was assented to on 6 August, by thirty persons. In the following winter, in the general sickness that ravaged the Massachusetts Bay Colony, he was attacked by a fever, which disabled him, and finally caused his death[2] at the age of 43, leaving behind a widow and eight children.”

From the Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, With a Brief History of Those of the First Generation by Henry Whittemore:

“Moulton, Robert, a shipbuilder; came 1629, in fleet with Higgonson, but went to Charlestown; freeman 1631; was one of the first selectman, and representative at the first court, 1634, and for Salem in 1637; was that year disarmed as a friend of Wheelwright, died 1655 [this year can not be correct because he fathered children from 1642-1661], leaving Robert and Dorothy, wife of one Edwards, as also grandson, Robert, named in his will.”

The story surrounding the Reverend John Wheelwright and his friend Anne Hutchinson is a fascinating one and should be read in full at The Great Migration Newsletter. Here is an excerpt:

“The General Court continued to meet throughout most of the month of November. On the 15th a number of men who had signed a petition in support of Wheelwright were disfranchised (that is, were stripped of their freemanship). On the 20th a larger number, mostly from Boston but some from a handful of other Massachusetts Bay towns, were disarmed as well [MBCR 1:207-8, 211-12].”

The following is an excerpt from, New England’s Plantation; or, A Short and True Description of the Commodities and Discommodities of that Countrey, by Francis Higginson, in his own words:

“Of the Present Condition of the Plantation and what it is When we came first to Neihumlcek we found about halfe a score Houses and a faire House newly built for the Gouernour we found also aboundance of Corne planted by them verie good and well likeing And we brought with vs about two hundred Passengers and Planters more which by common consent of the old Planters were all combined together into one Body politicke vnder the some Gouernour There are in all of vs both old and new Planters about three hundred whereof two hundred of them are settled at NeihumJcek now called Salem and the rest haue Planted themselues at Masathulets Bay beginning to build a Towne there which we doe call Cherton or Charles Towne”

Children of Robert and Abigail (Goode) Moulton:

ii. ROBERT² MOULTON(1644-1725), m. Mary Cooke.
iii. HANNAH MOULTON, (1646-1673), m. Thomas FLINT.
iv. SAMUELl MOULTON, (1652-1667), died at age 15.
v. JOHN MOULTON, (1654-1741), m. Elizabeth CORY.
vi. JOSEPH MOULTON, (1656-1680).
vii. MIRIAM MOULTON, (1658-), m. Joseph BACHELDOR.
viii. MARY MOULTON, (1661-), m. William LORD, Jr.

Second Generation

2. ROBERT² MOULTON, Sr. (Robert¹), was born in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts on 23 June 1644 and died in Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts at the age of 81 in 1725. He married in Salem on 17 July 1672, MARY COOKE.

Robert Moulton, Senior, as he was also known, was a witness in the Salem Witch Trials. He gave testimony which you can read here in the primary source: Testimony of Robert Moulton, Sr. Regarding Susannah Sheldon, in Support of Rebecca Nurse

Transcription:  “the testimony of Robart Moulton sener who testifith and saith that I waching with Susannah sheldon sence she was afflicted I heard her say that the witches halled her Upone her bely through the yeard like a snacke and halled her over the stone walle & presontly I heard her Controdict her former: disCource and said that she Came over the stone wall her selfe and I heard her say that she Rid Upone apoole to boston and she said the divel Caryed the poole”

Source Citation: Essex County Court Archives, vol. 2, no. 128, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, on deposit James Duncan Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.

The children of Robert and Mary (Cooke) Moulton:

i. MARY³ MOULTON, (1673- ), m. Thomas (MC) INTIRE.
ii. ROBERT³ MOULTON, (1675-1756), m. HANNAH GROVES.
iii. EBENEZER MOULTON, (1678-)
iv. ABIGAIL MOULTON, (1681-)
v. SAMUEL MOULTON, (1682-), m. Sarah GREEN.

Third Generation

3. ROBERT³ MOULTON, Jr. (Robert², Robert¹) was born in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts on 7 Mar 1675 and died in Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 25 Aug 1756.  He married in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts on 11 Apr 1698, HANNAH GROVES.

Robert Moulton and Hannah Groves filed a marriage intention in Salem but were actually married in Beverly, Hannah’s hometown, by the Rev. John Hale. The family moved to Windham County, Connecticut, after 1704, where eight of their children were born, and then after 1717 they moved to Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts where Robert died in 1756 and Hannah died in 1764. SEE: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

Children of Robert and Hannah (Groves) Moulton:

i. HANNAH4 MOULTON b. in Salem in 1699 m. Stephen Fuller.
ii. ROBERT MOULTON b. in Salem in 1700
iii. MARY”MOLLY” MOULTON b. in Salem in 1702 d. 1790 m. Anthony Needham.
iv. ABIGAIL MOULTON b. in Salem in 1704 m. Abel Bingham.
v. LOIS MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1706 d. 1784 m. Stephen Durkee.
vi. LYDIA MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1708 m. Thomas King.
vii. EBENEZER MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1709 m. Eunice Hall.
viii. MEHITABLE MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1712 m. John Perry.
ix. SAMUEL MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1714 TWIN
x. Susanna MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1714 TWIN
xi. Joseph MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1716
xii. Freeborn MOULTON b. in Conn. in 1717 d. in 1792 m. Rebekah Walker.
xiii. John MOULTON b. in Mass. in 1721 m. Ruth Bound.

Fourth Generation

4. MARY4 “MOLLY” MOULTON, (Robert³, Robert², Robert¹) was born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 30 Sep 1702 and died in South Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts in 1790. She married in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 10 Jun 1722, ANTHONY NEEDHAM .

Children of Anthony and Mary (Moulton) Needham:


Source for Robert Moulton b1600:
Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.

Immigration: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Place: Salem, Massachusetts; Year: 1628-1629; Page Number: 322

Sources and References: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

Personal Notes from Family and Friends to prove or disprove!:
Family information given to me by Avis HICKS but compiled by Ailene Morel AKERS:
“We have no record of who Robert I married.  He came to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630 from Southwark, (S. Olave) Parish, Surrey, England.  He moved to Salem, Massachusetts, 1635.  His will dated 20/2/1654/5 and proved 4/26/1655 does not mention a wife.  He was a deputy to the general court from Salem in 1634, 1637 he with several other men had their guns taken away for being in sympathy with Ann Hutchinson.  He was a town representative that same year.  1644 he was appointed to help see that the citizens attended church each Sunday.”


2 Responses to Mary MOULTON (1702-1790)

  1. Nice! There is a mention of Reverend Samuel Skelton in the beginning. He’s my ancestor! I also have COOK and FLINT ancestors from Salem. Small world!

    • Laurie says:

      I share this family line to Wales Ma where your Mary and my Samuel Moulton moved to from Hampton Ct. If only we could find out about Robert 1, I’ll be looking for that until my time is up. Nicely done site!

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