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Ephraim FROST

Male 1646 - 1718  (72 years)

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  • Name Ephraim FROST 
    Born 1646  Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Jan 1718 
    • (1) Frost, Norman Seaver, Frost Genealogy in Five Families, West Newton, MA: Frost Family Association of America, 1926, pp. 121-124:



      The descendants of Ephraim, son of Elder Edmund Frost, of Cambridge, Mass., figure very largely in the history of Arlington, which was formerly that part of Cambridge known as West Cambridge. The following items are from the History of Arlington, by William R. Cutter, a descendant of one of the early settlers.

      Sept. 17, 1733, James Cutler, John Cutter, Ephraim Frost, Henry Dunster and Joseph Butterfield were appointed Building Committee for the new church. Sept. 9, 1739, the organization was complete and Rev. Samuel Cooke was made pastor. The following Frosts were among the members: Ephraim; Ephraim, Jr.; Thomas; Samuel; Sarah, wife of Ephraim; Mary, wife of Thomas; Mary, wife of Ephraim, Jr.; and Martha, daughter of Ephraim. As there were eighty-three members, it will be seen that fully ten per cent of them were Frosts.

      Mar. 5, 1732-33, Ephraim Frost was chosen one of the Prudential Committee, and also one of the three assessors for the ensuing year.

      In 1775, the precinct chose Samuel Frost to lead the singing, but as he declined, William Cutter was chosen in his place.

      On Oct. 6, 1775, the following Frosts enlisted in Capt. Benjamin Locke's company of the 37th Regiment of Foot, in the Continental Army: Ensign, Stephen Frost, Sergeant Joseph Frost. The writer finds, from the Massachusetts Roster, that not less than one hundred and seventy Frosts enlisted from that state at different times during the Revolution, and that seventeen of them turned out on the nineteenth of April, 1775. At that time it is said that an old woman, named Batherick, captured six British soldiers and took them to Capt. Ephraim Frost's house, where they were turned over to the authorities. At the Battle of Lexington, Samuel Frost and Seth Russell were taken prisoners and confined for forty-five days.

      Ephraim Frost, Jr., and Samuel Frost, Jr., were in Capt. William Adams' company, Col. Thatcher's regiment, which marched at the request of General Washington to take possession of Dorchester Heights, Mar. 4, 1776.

      Capt. Ephraim Frost was one of the Seating Committee, to assign seats to the church members. Capt. Stephen Frost, Samuel Frost, Jr., and John Frost were "sent to the fore seat in the right side gallery."

      July 23, 1781, the inhabitants of the precinct were assessed for the purpose of procuring beef for the Continental Army; among others, the Frosts were taxed as follows:

      Capt. Ephraim Frost, poll, 51s.?Total, 14?? 7s. 5d.
      Samuel Frost, poll, 51s.?Total, 16 12 3
      Ephraim Frost, Jr., poll, 17s.?Total, 9 7 10
      Capt. Stephen Frost, poll, 17s.?Total, 1 10 6
      Samuel Frost, Jr., poll, 17s.?Total, 1 1 2
      John Frost, poll, 17s.?Total, 1 12 7
      Joseph Frost, poll, 17s.?Total, 5 14 11
      Joseph Frost, Jr., poll, 17s.?Total, 0 17 0
      Seth Frost, poll, 17s.?Total, 5 7 7

      We are not told how the difference in poll tax was figured; some were taxed 51s., some 34s., and some only 17s. Only five of the taxpayers were assessed higher than Capt. Ephraim Frost.

      Apr. 19, 1792, Ephraim Frost and John Adams were chosen deacons.

      Among the pew holders in the new meeting-house in 1805, we find that Ephraim Frost had pew No. 11, for which he paid $235, and Seth Frost had No. 44, for which he paid $85.

      June 11, 1807, the following were elected among other town officers for the year: Amos Frost, Surveyor of Highways ; John Frost, Jr., Hogreeve; Jonathan Frost, Field-driver.

      From May, 1815, to May, 1816, Frost and Kent were paid together $150, as schoolmasters; and Amos Frost was paid $225 for clearing out the river. John Frost was a blacksmith in 1817.

      Aug. 22, 1851, a tornado swept the town and wrecked things generally. The losses of the Frosts were as follows: Josiah L. Frost, $320; Thaddeus Frost, $440; Henry Frost, $1,150; Warren S. and Varnum Frost, $200; Widow Amos Frost, $330; Francis S. and Newell Frost, $440; Jonathan Frost, $600; Silas Frost, $475. The total loss in the town was $23,606.

      Among the Prudential Committee-men were: Ephraim Frost, 1733-34-38-41-49; Ephraim, Jr., 1756-57-59-60; Samuel Frost, 1768-69, in 1770 he was excused; Ephraim Frost, Jr., from 1776 to 1785; Seth Frost, 1794-95-96; Amos Frost, 1796.

      Precinct Assessors: Ephraim Frost, 1733-34-36-38-41-49; Ephraim, Jr., 1756-57-59-60; Captain Stephen, 1796-97; Seth Frost, 1797-98.

      Precinct Collectors: Joseph Frost, 1749, fined for not serving; Samuel Frost, 1749, fined for not serving, 1771. Selectman: 1823?24?25, Jonathan Frost. Assessors: Jonathan Frost 2d, 1826?27-28, excused 1828; Silas Frost, 1844-45.

      Ephraim Frost was the seventh child of Edmund the Elder. There seems to be some uncertainty as to the date of his birth. According to Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, he was born in "1646 or later," but some of his descendants make his birth date as early as 1642. Paige's History of Cambridge does not give the date of his birth but says he died Jan. 2, 1717?18, aged seventy-two, which agrees with Savage.

      He resided on the homestead on the northerly side of Kirkland Street. His wife, Hepzibah, survived him.


      MARY, b. May 26, 1678; m. _____ HOWARD. . . .

      EDMUND, b. Mar. 14, 1679-80. . . .

      EPHRAIM, b. Sept. 23, 1682. . . .

      THOMAS, b. about 1688. . . .

      EBENEZER, bapt. Jan. 17, 1696-7.


      There is no record of the birth date of Sarah, but Paige's History of Cambridge says that she died Aug. 11, 1747, aged seventy-eight; if this is correct, then she was born about 1669, and was the eldest instead of the youngest of Ephraim's children. The writer, however, has followed the usual practice and placed her last. She married, May 17, 1720, NATHANIEL PATTEN, as his second wife.

      She had no children. Her husband died about 1727, and she administered his estate May 8, of that year. Ephraim, the father, sent to his pastor a gift of "one pig," in 1699.

      (2) Information from the papers of Dr. Donnell M. Owings, originally of Coles County, IL, later Professor of History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK:

      VII Ephraim, b. circa 1646, d. 2 January 1717/8; m. circa 1676 Hepzibah _____, who d. 23 September 1719. He resided at his father's homestead on Kirkland Street, Cambridge and there had issue: 1 Mary, 2 Edmund, 3 Ephraim, 4 Thomas, 5 Ebenezer, 6 Sarah.

      (3) Cathi Clore Frost <> :

      7. Ephraim Frost
      b. 1646 at Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA
      d. 2 January 1717/8
      m. before 1678 to Hepzibah Pratt and had the following children: Mary Frost (20 May 1678-); Edmund Frost (14 March 1679/80-6 Nov 1752); Ephraim Frost (23 Sept 1682-26 July 1769); Thomas Frost (c1688-3 May 1765); Ebenezer Frost (bapt. 17 Jan 1696/7-1768); and Sarah Frost (c1669-11 Aug 1747)

      (4), Cambridge, Massachusetts History, Supplement [database online], Orem, UT:, Inc., 1997:

      Frost, Ephraim (Elder Edm.) res. N. side Kirkland St., on homestead, m. Hepzibah --, d. 2 Jan. 1718, a. 72, wife Hepzibah surv. 553; on census 1688, 441 M. Adm.
    Person ID I4913  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Edmund FROST,   b. 28 Aug 1593, Hartest, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1672, Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Thomasine CLENCH,   b. Bef 6 Oct 1608, Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1653, Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 16 Apr 1634  Earls Colne, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Thompson, Neil D., The English Ancestry of Thomasine (Clench) Frost, First Wife of Edmund Frost of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1999, v. 153, p. 279:

      . . . Elder Edmund Frost, who came to New England with the Rev. Thomas Shepard in 1635, was married by that minister at Earls Colne, Essex, 16 April 1634 to his first wife Thomasine [Thomas-Anne" in Cambridge records] Clenche. . . .

      [Dr. Thompson cites Earles Colne, Essex Parish Register, FHL microfilm 1,472,111, as documentation of this marriage.]

      (2) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index ®, Copyright © 1980, 2002, data as of August 8, 2003, Batch #: M043361, Sheet #: 00, Source Call #: 0857071, Printout Call #: 6909002, Dates: 1559 - 1653:

      Marriage: 16 APR 1634 Earls Colne, Essex, England

      (3) In Thomas Shepard's Memoir of His Own Life, annotated and printed in Young, Alexander, Chronicles of the First Planters of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay from 1623 to 1636, Boston, MA: C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1846, Rev. Shepard states that he held a lecture in Earls Colne, Essex, England, during the period from 1627 to 1630, and returned to Earls Colne in 1634.
    Family ID F2679  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hepzibah PRATT,   d. 23 Sep 1719 
    Married Bef 1678 
     1. Thomas FROST,   b. Abt 1688,   d. 3 May 1765  (Age ~ 77 years)  [natural]
     2. Ebenezer FROST,   b. Abt 17 Jan 1697,   d. 1768  (Age ~ 70 years)  [natural]
     3. Sarah FROST,   b. Abt 1669,   d. 11 Aug 1747  (Age ~ 78 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary FROST,   b. 20 May 1678  [natural]
     5. Edmund FROST,   b. 14 Mar 1680,   d. 6 Nov 1752  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     6. Ephraim FROST,   b. 23 Sep 1682,   d. 26 Jul 1769  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F2787  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart