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Francis CHICKERING

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  • Name Francis CHICKERING 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1637  MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Oct 1658  Dedham, Suffolk [now Norfolk] County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Torrey, Clarence Almon, "Francis Chickering of Dedham, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist, Vol. 17 (1940), pp. 70-71:

      The purpose of this paper is to present some facts concerning Francis Chickering's family which do not seem to be well known.

      James Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary, 1-376, states that Francis Chickering's daughter Mary came with her parents and that she married John Metcalf, March 22, 1647 (March 23, 1646/7, according to Dedham vital records). Evidence will be offered that his daughter Mary was born in New England, that she was twice married, that neither husband was John Metcalf, and that she was an ancestress of a president of the United States.

      Francis Chickering's first wife, and mother of his children, was Anne Fiske, daughter of John and Anne (Lawter) Fiske, baptized April 1, 1610, at South Elmham, co. Suffolk, England (The New England Hist. and Gen. Register, 88-273). She died at Dedham, Mass., Dec. 5, 1649 (Dedham vital records, 128). He married (2) June 11, 1650, Sarah Sibble [Sibley] (Ibid. 126). She was the widow of John Sibley of Charlestown, Mass. Francis Checkering died Oct. 10, 1658 (Dedham church records, 39). Subsequently, his widow Sarah became the wife of John Bowles of Roxbury, Mass., where she was buried Sept. 4, 1686. She left a will, dated June 21, 1681, in which she called Joseph How "brother" and Daniel Smith, Samuel Newman, Thomas Metcalf and William Symmes "sons" (Suffolk Probate).

      In order to understand the will of Sarah Bowles it seems necessary to present the facts about Francis Chickering's children. The list follows:

      i. Ann, b. in England, probably about 1635; m. (1) Nov. 3, 1652, Stephen Paine, Jr., who was buried Jan. 24, 1677/[8], at Rehoboth, Mass.; m. (2) Dec. 2, 1679, as his second wife, Thomas Metcalf; d. before Jan. 22, 1688/9, when Thomas Metcalf m. (3) Mehitable (Hand) Savil, widow of John Savil of Braintree, Mass.

      ii. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 26, 1638, at Dedham; bapt. Dec. 26, 1689; d., unm., Jan. 9 1667/[8].

      iii. Bethshua, or Bathsheba, b. Dec. 23, 1640; was buried Aug. 8, 1687, at Rehoboth, Mass.; m. Dec. 6, 1659, Samuel Newman.

      iv. Easter [Esther), b. Nov. 4, 1643, at Dedham; bapt. Nov. 12, 1643; was buried June 6, 1687, at Rehoboth, Mass.; m. Oct. 20, 1659, Daniel Smith.

      v. John, b. April 19, 1646, at Dedham; d. April 29, 1646.

      vi. Mary, b. at Dedham, in April, 1648; according to town vital records she was born April 10, 1648, but this date must be wrong as she was baptized April 9th; m. (1) probably about 1675, as his second wife, Capt. William Symmes of Charlestown, Mass. [His first wife was Mary Sparhawk.] He d. suddenly Sept. 22, 1691. She m. (2) July 30, 1695, at Braintree, Mass., as his second wife, Rev. Samuel Torrey, who d. April 21, 1707, at Weymouth, Mass. She d. there March 12, 1721 [1720/1], leaving a will dated June 26, 1720, proved March 20, 1720/[1], in which she mentioned her children then living by her first husband, Capt. William Symmes. President Benjamin Harrison was a descendant of Capt. Symmes by his second wife Mary, whose family name is not given in the Harrison pedigree in the Essex Institute Historical Collections, 27-29.

      The inventory of Francis Chickering's estate was taken Oct. 20, 1658. The heirs were widow Sarah and his five daughters (The New England Hist. and Gen. Register, 9-346).

      By referring to the above record of his children it will be seen that his five daughters were living in 1658, and that in 1681, when Sarah Bowles made her will, Ann was the wife of Thomas Metcalfe, Bathsheba was the wife of Samuel Newman, Esther was the wife of Daniel Smith, and Mary was the wife of William Symmes, these four men being called "sons" by Sarah Bowles. In reality, they were sons-in-law of her second husband, Francis Chickering.

      From the above account it is clear that Francis Chickering's daughter Mary, born in 1648, most certainly did not marry John Metcalf in 1647. The question arises as to the identity of John Metcalf 's wife.

      It seems perfectly evident that she was the Mary Chickering, who in November, 1646, made over to her "Cosin" John Chickering, son of Henry Chickering of Dedham, in New England, all her interest in some land in Suffolk County, England (Aspinwall Notarial Records, 42, 43). This John Chickering was baptized Aug. 31, 1634 (The New England Hist. and Gen. Register, 69-227). Mary Chickering must have been of age in 1646. The article in the Register does not identify her and her exact relationship to John Chickering, a minor, twelve years of age, is not evident. She died at Medfield, Mass., March 15, 1697/8. Her husband, John Metcalf, died there Oct. 8, 1690.
    Person ID I23964  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 

    Family 1 Anne FISKE,   b. Bef 1 Apr 1610, South Elmham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1649, Dedham, Suffolk [now Norfolk] County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 39 years) 
    Children 
     1. Mary CHICKERING,   b. Bef 9 Apr 1648, Dedham, Suffolk [now Norfolk] County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1721, Weymouth, Suffolk [now Norfolk] County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F10582  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah (SIBLEY),   d. Bef 4 Sep 1686, Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Jun 1650  Dedham, Suffolk [now Norfolk] County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F10585  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart