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James CUTLER

Male Abt 1606 - 1694  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name James CUTLER 
    Born Abt 1606 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jul 1694  Lexington, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vols. 1-3, Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011, pp. 267-272:

      JAMES CUTLER

      ORIGIN: Unknown

      MIGRATION: 1635

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Watertown

      REMOVES: Cambridge 1653 (in that portion known as Cambridge Farms, later Lexington)

      OCCUPATION: Planter.

      EDUCATION: He and his third wife, Phebe, signed deeds by mark [MLR 3:241, 307, 4:378]. Signed his will with his initials "JC." His inventory included "old Bible, old sword, wheels and a chair" valued at 7s.

      OFFICES: Watertown surveyor of highways, 12 January 1651/2, 22 December 1652 [WaTR 1:27, 31].

      His inventory included "old Bible, old sword, wheels and a chair" valued at 7s., "a pair of old broken pistols" valued at 6s., and "cart hoops, and boxes, and gun barrel & old rug" valued at 14s.

      ESTATE: On 25 July 1636, James Cutler received lot #28 in the division of the Great Dividend [WaBOP 3]. On 28 February 1636[17], James Cutler received three acres, being lot #55 in the plowlands at Beaverbrook Plains [WaBOP 7]. On 26 June 1637, James Cutler received three acres, being lot #111 of the Remote Meadows [WaBOP 10]. On 10 May 1642, he was granted an eighty-two acre Farm, lot #60 [WaBOP 12].

      In the Watertown Inventory of Grants, James Cutler held nine parcels: "an homestall of eight acres"; "three acres of upland"; "twenty-five acres of upland being a Great Dividend" in the first division, lot twenty-seven; "three acres of remote meadow," being Lot #110; "three acres of plowland in the further plain"; "nine acres of upland beyond the further plain," being lot 55; and "one acre of meadow in Beaverbrook Meadow" [WaBOP 871].

      In the Watertown Composite Inventory, James Cutler held four parcels: "a homestall of eight acres"; "three acres of upland"; "twenty-five acres of upland" in the first division, lot 27; and a Farm of eighty-two acres in the fourth division [WaBOP 30-31].

      On 13 December 1649, Edward Goffe of Cambridge sold to "James Cutler, Senior, & Nathaniell Boman both of Cambridge . . . two hundred acres of land, partly upland, partly meadow, adjoining to Rocke Meadow within the bounds of Cambridge" [MLR 1:7-8]. On 14 December 1649, Cutler and Bowman mortgaged this land back to Goffe [MLR 1:8-91. On 11 March 1650[/1?], "James Cutler of Watertowne Senior" sold to "Nathaniel Boman . . . one hundred acres of land, upland and meadow, adjoining to Rocky Meadow in Cambridge" [MLR 1:19].

      On 7 June 1650, "James Cutler of Watertowne Senior" sold to "John Randall of the same town six acres of land which was sometime in the possession of Nicholas Thee [MLR 1:19].

      On 14 May 1667, James Cutler of Cambridge sold to "Richard Cutten of Watertowne ... wheelwright ... one parcel of land situate, lying & being within the limits & bounds of Watertowne abovenamed and is a part of that tract of land commonly known & called township land, the said bargained premises containing twelve acres and a half" [MLR 3:241]. On the same day, "James Cutler of Cambridge . . . planter" sold to John Sherman of Watertown, yeoman, "one parcel of land . . . in Watertown and is a part of that tract, granted by the town into small farms, and commonly known and called the farm lands and is yet in common with the other grants there made by the said town, the abovesaid parcel containing by the grant of the town eighty and two acres" [MLR 3:307, 4:378].

      In his will, dated 24 November 1684 and proved 20 August 1694, "James Cuttler aged seventy eight years" bequeathed to "my son James Cuttler" land and meadow by the brook, also three acres of land "which I formerly sold him," also ten acres of meadow in the great meadow, also one acre of meadow at the upper end of "my home meadow," also six and a half acres already sold to him, and with "what I have already given him in possession is his portion of my estate"; to "my son Thomas Cuttler" twenty acres of upland and meadow given under a deed of gift; also "I have sold to my son Thomas four acres of meadow"; to "my son John Cuttler" twenty acres of land given by deed; "my son James" already having had his portion, "the rest of my children, including with them the two children of my wife formerly the widow of Thomas King" to have the value of the estate equally divided among them; "I give notice that I have given to several of these children several things as part or whole of their portion as follows (viz) to John Coller twenty acres of upland, to Richard Parks wife six pounds ten shillings paid in a cow to William Page for her, also to my daughter the wife of John Parmenter seven pounds in money and a cow, also to my daughter Sarah Waite one mare and a cow, also I have already given to Mary Johnson five pounds fifteen shillings, also I have given already to Hannah Winter five pounds, also I have given to my daughter Johanna Russell one featherbed and bolster and coverlet and an iron pot," these things to be made equal with the rest of my daughters; to "my daughter Jemima" household goods as part of her portion; "my sons Thomas Cutler and John Cuttler and Samuell Cutler" to have the house and lands not formerly disposed of; "my two sons Thomas Cuttler and John Cuttler" executors; "my loving friend Samuell Stone" overseer; grindstone and mortar for the use of all the children; "my daughter Phebe have several things here under written that are none of my estate which must not be brought into my inventory, viz: two cows and two swine, 3 pewter platters, 7 porringers, 3 chests, one feather bed and bolster, two pillows, one coverlet, two blankets, 4 pair of sheets, two pair of pillowbeers, one dozen and half of napkins, one barrel, one meat tub, one keeler, one skillet, 3 cushions, a pair of curtains & valance, a child's blanket and childbed linen given her by her mother, two tablecloths, a pewter basin and a drinking cup, one dozen of trenchers, one desk, a pillion and pillion cloth, one chair" [MPR 8:230-31].

      The inventory of the estate of "James Cutler Senior deceased," taken 15 August 1694, totalled ??108 7s. 6d., of which ??100 was real estate: "a parcel of land betwixt John Winters and Thomas Cutler," ??S; "8 acres of land in the New Lots," ??2; and "housing, orchard, upland and meadow, in the homestall," ??90 [MPR 8:231].

      BIRTH: About 1606 ("aged seventy eight years" on 24 November 1684 [MPR 8:230]).

      DEATH: Lexington 17 July 1694.

      MARRIAGE[S]:

      (1) By 1635 Ann _____ (often claimed to be the sister of John Grout's wife [Dawes-Gates 1:198]). She was buried at Watertown 30 September 1644 [WaVR 1:11].

      (2) Watertown 9 March 1644/5 Mary (_____) King, widow of Thomas King [WaVR 1:12]. (Paige claims she died at Cambridge Farms 7 December 1654 [Cambridge Hist 5191, which is suspiciously similar to the date of death of Thomas King, her first husband.)

      (3) By about 1661 Phebe Page, born say 1627, died before 24 November 1684, when she was not mentioned in her husband's will, daughter of JOHN PAGE {1630, Watertown} [GMB 3:1368-69].

      CHILDREN:

      With first wife

      i JAMES, b. Watertown 6 November 1635 [WaVR 1:4]; m. Sudbury 15 June 1665 Lydia (Moore) Wright, daughter of JOHN MOORE {1640, Sudbury} and widow of Samuel Wright [Pillsbury Anc 147-53].

      ii HANNAH, b. Watertown 26 July 1638 [WaVR 1:5]; m. by about 1659 John Coller (eldest known child married 16 June 1679 [WaVR 1:47]) [Kempton Anc 248-55].

      iii ELIZABETH, b. Watertown 28 January 1639/40 [WaVR 1:6]; bur. Watertown 30 December 1644 [WaVR 1:11].

      iv MARY, b. Watertown 29 March 1643 [WaVR 1:11]; m. by 1668 Richard Parks (eldest known child, Lt. Richard Parks of Concord, d. Concord 19 June 1725 in the 58th year of his age [Frank Sylvester Parks, Genealogy of the Parke Families of Massachusetts . . . (Washington, D.C., 1909), pp. 31-34, and the arguments and evidence presented there]).

      With second wife

      v ELIZABETH, b. Watertown 22 July 1646 [WaVR 1:12]; m. by 1671 John Parmenter (in an undated and damaged petition, filed with documents of 1668, John Cutler asked for relief for "petitioner's daughter, now the w[ife of] John Parmenter, [who] was convented and convicted before [torn] for the sin of fornication" [MCP Folio #46]; eldest known child b. Sudbury 29 August 1668).

      vi THOMAS, b. say 1648; m. by 1674 Abigail _____ (eldest known child of "Thomas and Abigail" b. at Cambridge 31 October 1674).

      vii SARAH, b. about 1653 (d. at Weston aged 89 years on 17 January 1743/4); m. by 1674 Thomas Waite (eldest known child b. Watertown 29 January 1674[/5?] IWaVR 1:39]).

      With third wife

      viii JOANNA, b. about 1661 (d. 26 November 1703 aged 42 [Francis H. Brown, Lexington Epitaphs (Lexington 1905), p. 120]); m. Cambridge 19 June 1680 Philip Russell.

      ix JOHN, b. Cambridge 19 March 1662/3; m. Cambridge 1 January 1693/4 Mary Stearns [Bailey 3:13].

      x SAMUEL, b. Cambridge 8 November 1664; named in father's will, 24 November 1684; on 20 November 1700, "Thomas Cutler and John Cutler both of Cambridge Farms . . . yeomen" posted bond, and Thomas was appointed adminstrator, on the estate of "his brother Samuel Cutler late of Cambridge Farms . . . husbandman" [MPR Case #5562].

      xi JEMIMA, b. say 1672 (children b. at Woburn from 1698 to 1716 [WoVR 1:243-441); m. Woburn 22 September 1697 Zerubbabel Snow [WoVR 3:68].

      COMMENTS: On 3 October 1645, James Cutler signed a petition for the settlement of Nashaway [Lancaster], apparently on the basis of the earlier activities in that region of his second wife's first husband, Thomas King [Henry S. Nourse, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725 (Lancaster 1884), p. 15]. There is no evidence that Cutler ever resided at Lancaster.

      On 22 December 1652, James Cutler was paid 8s. 6d. by the town of Watertown [WaTR 1:34], and again, on 29 January 1654/5, he was paid twice, 14s. 2d. and 6s. 2d. [WaTR 1:40]. These payments were apparently for taking care of John Brabrook and his wife [WaTR 1:39,46].

      In his 1684 will, James Cutler stated that "my daughter Pheby" was to have several things "that are none of my estate which must not be brought into my inventory." We assume that the only way that Phebe could be entitled to things of her mother's that were not part of Cutler's estate is for her to be Phebe's child with someone other than James Cutler. Thus, his use of "my daughter" is merely the same courtesy Cutler used in referring to the children of his second wife as "my children." The earlier history of Phebe Page is controversial, including allegations in court that she had been whipped at Long Island for fornication and that many believed she was pregnant in Watertown after staying out nights with John Poole [MCR 1:4-6; GMB 3:1368-69].

      We know that two of the heirs listed in the second half of James Cutler's 1684 will were the children of his second wife, Mary (_____) King, with her first husband. It is significant that James used two formats in his will, saying "my daughter the wife of John Parmenter," "my daughter Sarah Waight," "my daughter Johana Russell," and "my daughter Jemima," but then saying "I have already given to Mary Johnson," and "I have already given to Hannah Winter." In the case of Mary Johnson, we have both a birth record and a marriage record which calls her Mary King. In the case of Hannah Winter, there are no such records, unfortunately, but we still conclude that she was born King and not Cutler.

      Mary Walton Ferris concluded that Hannah Winter was the daughter of James Cutler and his first wife, Ann, but she neglected to find a wife for Richard Parks [Dawes-Gates 1:200]. She also assumed that the only other unclaimed Cutler daughter, Mary, must have married John Coller, who had appeared first in James's list of children already in receipt of part of their portions, this despite the fact that the only known wife of John Coller was Hannah, who was born about 1638. Hannah Cutler, daughter of James and Ann, was born in 1638 and was their oldest daughter, so it is not surprising that her husband was first in James Cutler's list. This combined with the fact that Richard Parks's only known wife was Mary, born about 1643 (aged 39 in 1682 [MA Arch 30:121]), makes it clear that the wife of John Collier was Hannah Cutler, the wife of Richard Parks was Mary Cutler, and the wife of John Winter was Hannah King, last and unrecorded child of THOMAS KING and his wife Mary.

      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1943 Mary Walton Ferris treated seven generations of James Cutler's family [Dawes-Gates 1:198-237]. J. Gardner Bartlett also worked at sorting the children among Cutler's three wives [Bushnell Anc 19]. In 1977 Kerry Bate made an attempt to reconcile the ages of Cutler's younger children with the identities of their mothers, with mixed results [TAG 53:58].
    Person ID I34249  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 

    Family 1 Phoebe PAGE,   b. Abt 1627, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1661 
    Children 
     1. Samuel CUTLER,   b. 8 Nov 1664, Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Jemima CUTLER,   b. Abt 1672  [natural]
     3. Joanna CUTLER,   b. Abt 1661,   d. Bef 11 Feb 1728, Bucks County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     4. John CUTLER,   b. 19 Mar 1663, Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
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    Family ID F14871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann (CUTLER),   d. Bef 30 Sep 1644, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1635 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth CUTLER,   b. 28 Jan 1640, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 30 Dec 1644, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 4 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary CUTLER,   b. 29 Mar 1643, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. James CUTLER,   b. 6 Nov 1635, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Hannah CUTLER,   b. 26 Jul 1638, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
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    Family ID F14872  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary (KING) 
    Married 9 Mar 1645  Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah CUTLER,   b. Abt 1653,   d. 17 Jan 1744, Weston, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)  [natural]
     2. Thomas CUTLER,   b. Abt 1648  [natural]
     3. Elizabeth CUTLER,   b. 22 Jul 1646, Watertown, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2017 15:31:29 
    Family ID F14873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart