Updated/Edited: 16 Apr 2015
Needham, Needam, Nedham, Neadham, Nedom
This is the ancestry of Gran’s 4th Great-Grandmother, Naomi Needham, beginning with Gran’s 8th Great-Grandfather, Anthony Needham.
First Generation in America
(Gran’s 8th and Aidan’s 10th Great Grandfather)
1. ANTHONY¹ NEEDHAM (AnthonyA) was born in (possibly Derbyshire), England in December 1628 and died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 6 Sep 1705. He married in Salem on 10 Jan 1655, ANN POTTER.
“NEEDHAM, Anthony (1628-1705; son of Anthony); from Eng., 1653; settled at Salem, Mass.; corpl. [Corporal] Salem Old Troop, 1665; lt. [Lieutenant] in King Philip’s War, 1675; lt. Troop of Horse, 1678; m. 1655, Ann (d 1695), dau. of Humphrey Potter, of Coventry, Eng., killed in Irish massacre at Dublin, 1641; g. dau. of Thomas Potter, mayor of Coventry [England], 1622.”
From: Virkus, Frederick Adams, The Compendium of American Genealogy, The Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of The First Families of America, Volume VI, 1937 At ANCESTRY.com: (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968), page 794.
In Volume II, page 215 of The Compendium…it is written that Anthony Needham was a “Quaker.”
Children of Anthony and Ann (Potter) Needham:
i. REBECCA NEEDHAM 21 Dec 1656 m. in Jan 1675/76, Michael Chappleman
ii. ANNA NEEDHAM 31 Aug 1658
iii. ELIZABETH NEEDHAM 1 Dec 1659
iv. PROVIDED NEEDHAM 12 Apr 1661
v. ANTHONY NEEDHAM 11 Apr 1663
vi. MARY NEEDHAM 30 Apr 1665
vii. GEORGE NEEDHAM b. 26 Mar 1667 m. 11 Apr 1717, Rachel Gould; Inn Holder
viii. ISAAC NEEDHAM 15 Apr 1669 m. Mary Farrington
ix. ABIGAIL NEEDHAM 31 May 1671 m. in Salem Mr. ____ Gould
x. THOMAS NEEDHAM 25 Jul 1673 m. 8 Aug 1706, Ruth Sibley; Farmer
xi. DOROTHY NEEDHAM 25 Aug 1675 m. William Browne of Ipswich
xii. RACHEL NEEDHAM 17 Mar 1677/78 m. 21 Feb 1712 William Small
(Gran’s 7th and Aidan’s 9th Great Grandfather)
2. ANTHONY² NEEDHAM (Anthony¹) was born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts on 11 Apr 1663 and died in Massachusetts in 1757/58. He married in Salem, on 3 Jan 1695/96, MARY SWINERTON.
“ANTHONY NEEDHAM‘; yeoman; married Mary Swinerton Jan. 3,
1695-6; she was his wife in 1735; he died in the winter of 1757-8; children: I. Thomas”, born Feb.’ 4, 1695-6; 2. Rebecca’; married Jonathan Felton; 3. Anthony”; living in 1736; 4. Humphrey”; living in 1736; 5. Jasper’, born about 1707; 6. Ruth’; married Benjamin Warner of Brimfield.”
From: Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem, 1626-1716, Volume II, (Salem, Mass.: S. Perley, 1924-1928), page 210.
Children of Anthony and Mary (Swinerton) Needham:
i. THOMAS NEEDHAM 4 Feb 1695
ii. ANTHONY³ NEEDHAM b. in Salem 23 Nov 1696
iii. HUMPHREY NEEDHAM born 1698
iv. RUTH NEEDHAM m. Benjamin Warner of Brimfield
v. REBECCA NEEDHAM born about 1698, m. Jan 1718/19 Jonathan Felton
vi. JASPER NEEDHAM b 1707
(Gran’s 6th and Aidan’s 8th Great Grandfather)
3. ANTHONY³ NEEDHAM (Anthony², Anthony¹)was born in Salem on 23 Nov 1696 and died in South Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 2 Jul 1763. He married in Salem on 10 Jun 1722, MARY “MOLLY” MOULTON.
Children of Anthony and Mary (Moulton) Needham:
i. ANTHONY NEEDHAM
ii. MARY NEEDHAM
iii. HANNAH NEEDHAM
iv. RUTH NEEDHAM
v. NAOMI NEEDHAM
vi. NEHEMIAH NEEDHAM
vii. ABIGAIL NEEDHAM
viii. JASPER4 NEEDHAM born 3 Jul 1738
ix. JEREMIAH NEEDHAM born 17 Jun 1741 * See Below*
x. DANIEL NEEDHAM
xi. ABNER NEEDHAM
* Jeremiah’s Great-Great-Grandson was US Congressman, James Carson Needham who represented California’s 6th and 7th Districts in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1899 to 1913. He also served as a California State Court Judge.
(Gran’s 5th and Aidan’s 7th Great Grandfather)
4. JASPER4 NEEDHAM (Anthony³, Anthony², Anthony¹)was born in Wales, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 3 Jul 1738 and died in Wales on 14 Dec 1821. He married in South Brimfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 4 Nov 1758, DEBORAH FULLER.
Jasper served in the American Revolution.
Children of Jasper and Deborah (Fuller) Needham:
i. JOHN5 NEEDHAM born in Wales, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 1 Dec 1760
ii. NAOMI5 NEEDHAM born in Wales on 24 Sep 1762
iii. HANNAH NEEDHAM born in Wales on 16 Jul 1764
iv. MARY NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield, Hampshire Co., 16 Sep 1766 m. Wm. Goodnow
v. RUTH NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield (now Wales) on 29 Sep 1768, m. Wm. Merritt
vi. ABNER NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield on 23 Feb 1771, m. Elizabeth Mead
vii. HULDAH NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield on 19 Mar 1773
viii. DANIEL NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield on 27 Jun 1775, m. Lucy Green
ix. AZUBA NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield on 3 Feb 1778 m. Hezekiah Nelson
x. JASPER NEEDHAM b. S. Brimfield on 25 Nov 1781, m. in 1809 Hannah Agard
(Gran’s 4th and Aidan’s 6th Great Grandmother)
5. NAOMI5 NEEDHAM (Jasper4, Anthony³, Anthony², Anthony¹) was born in Wales, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 24 Sep 1762 and died in Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts on 4 Apr 1844. She married in South Brimfield (now Wales), Hampshire, Massachusetts on 31 Jan 1786, JAMES STRICKLAND.
Children of James and Naomi (Needham) Strickland:
i. ELIJAH6 STRICKLAND
ii. EMORY/AMERY STRICKLAND
iii. BETSY STRICKLAND
iv. ELI STRICKLAND
v. ASA STRICKLAND
vi. IRA STRICKLAND
vii. JANE DEBORAH STRICKLAND
viii. JOHN STRICKLAND
ix. JAMES SULLIVAN STRICKLAND
South Brimfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts 1790 Heads of Households Census:
Needham, Abner 1 2 2 0 0 123
Needham, Cathar(ne) 1 1 4 0 0 123
Needham, David 1 4 5 0 0 123
Needham, Humph(y) 3 4 4 0 0 123
Needham, Jasper 1 2 3 0 0 123
Needham, Jerem(h) 2 1 3 0 0 123
Needham, Jon(th) 1 1 2 0 0 123
Needham, Stephen 1 1 3 0 0 123
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(Online: Open Library) https://archive.org/details/townrecordsofsal01sale
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