Friday, July 11, 2014

Mrs. Wiley C. Ellis has presented us with a copy of the "Liberty Banner," published in Liberty by Judge Henry L. Rouitt and T. W. W. DeCourecy, dated July 21, 1843. In it we find... Nancy Poorman and Alex.Fudge, adm'rs estateof John Poorman, dec.;...

Liberty Tribune
Vol. 33. No 29
29 Nov 1878p. 2

Record Group     Clay County Probate Court, 1820-1945
Series     Probate Court Case Files
File Name     Poorman, John
Executor     Poorman, Nancy & Alexander Fudge
Date Filed     1841-10
County     Clay
Proceedings     Estate
Case Summary     Poorman, Nancy, Malvina, Margaret, Nancy and John. Widow-Nancy. Will not included.
Box     25
Folder     19
Microfilm Reel Number     C 41694Local Box     CF04-083 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bancroft History in MA

Source: Biographical Review
Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Middlesex
County, Massachusetts 1898 Biographical Review
Publishing Company - Boston

"Who among men art thou, and thy years how many, good
friend? - Xenophanes.


The Bancroft Family of Tyngsboro, Mass., having been
identified with the locality for over one hundred and
sixty years (in 1898) - its ancestry is traced to Lieut.
Thomas Bancroft who came to Mass. from England when abt
ten or twelve years old. He prob. lived for some time
with his parents in Lynn, Mass. The records of Dedham
show that Thomas Bancroft was married in 1647 to Alice
Bacon and that she died in 1648 and that he m. (2) a few
months later to Elizabeth Metcalf. He owned land in
Reading and also in Lynnfield and is said to have resid-
ed at different periods in each of those towns. Ebenezer
Bancroft, his thrid son by his wife Elizabeth Metcalf
married Abigail Eaton and settled in Lynnfield.

Lieut. Timothy Bancroft son of Ebenezer, was born in
1709 and in 1734 he located at a point on the Merrimac
River now the town of Tyngsboro. His military commission
which bears the date of June 27, 1754, was signed by Gov.
William Shirley; and he served under Col. Eleazer Tyng.
He married Elizabeth Farwell, dau. of Henry Farwell, one
of the pioneers in this town and reared ten children.
Lieut. Timothy Bancroft died in 1772.

Colonel Ebenezer Bancroft, one of his sons, was born at
Tyngsboro, April 1, 1738. In 1754 when but sixteen years
old, he joined a company of soldiers enroute for Canada.
After taking part in the French and Indian War, during
which he suffered many hardships, he with some others
succeeded in picking their way through the wilderness
to their homes. In 1757 he was commissioned an Ensign
in Capt. John Alford Tyng's company which served under
Rogers and Stark; and it is probable that he was present
at the siege and capture of Quebec.

On May 27, 1775, he marched to Cambridge to join the
patriot forces there assembled. He was commissioned
Captain in Col. Ebenezer Bridge's regiment at Watertown
and at the battle of Bunker Hill, he commanded a company
of fifty-eight, officers and men, forty-two of whom were
residents of Dunstable. He kept firing as long as his
ammunition lasted, and is said to have been the last man
to leave the works, making his escape by clubbing a
passage out with a musket, losing in the melee the fore-
finger of his right hand. He was commissioned Second
Major of the Seventh Middlesex County Regiment, Col.
Simeon Spaulding, Feb. 8, 1776; was made First Major
June 2, 1778; was on April 21, 1780 advanced to the rank
of Lieut. Colonel of the Seventh Regiment, under Brigadier
General Eleazar Brooks; was on June 28 assigned to Col.
Cyprian Howe's regiment which was ordered to re-enforce
the Continental army in Rhode Island; and he was honor-
ably discharged Oct 30 of the same year. He must have
rejoined the army, however, as his name appears upon the
payrolls as late as Feb. 19, 1783; and his military re-
cord probably ended with the close of the Rev. War.

On March 24, 1760 Col. Ebenezer Bancroft bought the
Jonathan Farwell estate adjoining his father's farm;
and on May 5, 1763, he m. Susanna Fletcher, dau of
Deacon Joseph Fletcher and grandaughter of Capt. Joseph
Fletcher and wife, Sarah (Adams) Fletcher of Chelmsford,
Mass. Being cognizant of the fact that the Declaration
of Independence was to be signed on July 4, 1776, he on
that day planted an American elm tree in his yard and
discharged his musket thirteen times in salute! This
ceremony he continued as long as he lived, adding a
round to the number for each new State admitted to the
Union. Colonel Ebenezer Bancroft died upon his farm
at Tyngsboro, September 27, 1827 in his ninetieth year.

His son, Ebenezer Bancroft 3rd. was for many years a
justice of the peace in Tyngsboro and his grandson, the
fourth Ebenezer Bancroft died at the homestead July 12,
1891 aged eighty-three years. His widow was still re-
siding there in 1889. Her son Ebenezer Bancroft the
5th, great-grandson of the Colonel, died from the effects
of a railroad accident on Feb. 12, 1891, aged forty-four
years. On July 5, 1871 he married Carrie Nichols of
Nashua N.H. and had three children, namely: Minnie
Ardell Bancroft; Lila May Bancroft and Ebenezer Luther

Deacon Jonathan Bancroft, son of Lieut. Timothy Bancroft
and brother of Colonel Ebenezer Bancroft, was born Aug.
11th 1750. He was a member of Capt. Leonard Butterfield's
company of Dunstable (minutemen) and was a Sergeant in
Capt Ford's company in September 1777, having previously
it is thought, taken part in the battle of Bennington,
was made Second Lieutenant in 1781 and in 1786 was comm-
issioned First Lieutenant of the Seventh Middlesex
County Regiment. He was a prominent member of the
Unitarian church and for many years a Deacon. He died
July 11, 1815.

Major Jonathan Bancroft, son of Deacon Jonathan Bancroft
was born Feb. 9, 1774. He settled upon a farm in New
Hampshire just over the state line. His commission as
Major in the NH militia was signed by Gov. William
Plummer June 17, 1812. He married Sarah Taylor of
Dracut, Mass. on July 4, 1798 and had a family of two
sons - Jonathan and Ephraim Bancroft and eight daughters
Major Jonathan Bancroft died Sept. 24, 1838. He was a
Deacon of the Unitarian church.

Jonathan Bancroft the third, his eldest son, was born in
Nashua, NH June 21, 1811. He was reared at the old home-
stead of his ancestor, Timothy Bancroft, which he occu-
pied until his death Aug. 27, 1888; and the present (1898)
residence was erected by him in 1838. He was a citizen
of prominence in his day and served as Tax Collector
for thirteen years.

His lst wife, Eliza Kendall whom he married Dec. 2,
1838, was b. at Tyngsboro, Mass., Dec. 22, 1817 dau of
Jeremiah Kendall. She died Dec. 10, 1871. His 2nd wife
Ellen Kezar died in 1883. He had five children by his
lst wife, namely: Ellen E. Bancroft who m. William Blan-
chard and lived at Tyngsboro; Jennie M. Bancroft who
lived at Boston and was the widow of Hale Wesson; Elmira
Bancroft who died in 1893 unm.; Jonathan F. Bancroft and
S. Emma Bancroft who married Charles Burrows and resided
in Rutherford, N.J.

Jonathan Franklin Bancroft the present (1898) occupant
of the homestead at Tyngsboro was born Jan. 24, 1847.
He attended the State Agricultural College at Amherst,
Mass., and gave his attention to agricultural pursuits.
He was a Republican in politics and served upon the School
Board for five years.

On Sept. 25, 1872 he m. Helen A. Kidder dau of Zimri and
Mary (Swan) Kidder of Tyngsboro. Her grandmother was
Martha, dau. of Deacon Jonathan Bancroft. Mr. & Mrs.
Jonathan F. Bancroft had a family of five children:
Horace T. Bancroft, Edna H. Bancroft, Ernest Goessman
Bancroft, Chester F. K. Bancroft and Jennie J. Bancroft.

Source: Farnsworth Memorial
Benjamin Farnsworth/Mary Prescott Line - Groton,MA 1600s
Alice Tarball b. Mar 4, l730 dau of Lieut. William Tar-
ball and his wife, Mary Farnsworth of Watertown and
Groton, MA.
Alice Tarball m. Oct l8, l749 Deacon Benjamin Bancroft
Jr. b. Sep 29,l724 at Charlestown, MA She d. Nov 29,
l78l He d. Oct 27, l804. (see p.2l8 for their children)

Deacon Benjamin Bancroft, Jr. and his wife, Alice Tarball
of Groton, MA had issue:
l. Benjamin Bancroft b. Aug 7, l750.
2. Abel Bancroft b. May 28, l752 d. Oct 30, l786.
3. Thaddeus Bancroft b. Apr 12, l754 d. June 2l, l784
4. William Bancroft b. May 2, l756 m. Agnes Edes. She
d. July 30, l832 age 76 He d. May 28, l832.
5. Joseph Bancroft b. July 3, l760.
6. Samuel Bancroft b.July 6, l764
7. Sarah Bancroft b.JKuly 29, l767.
8. John Bancroft b. Jan 28, l77l.

Algae Farnsworth dau of Adams W. Farnsworth and his wife
Margaret Brigham of Jonesboro, ME.
Algae Farnsworth b. ca l887 m. ___Bancroft.

Jonathan Farnsworth/Ruth Shattuck Line - Groton, MA l600s
Roine Farnsworth b.May 6, 19l2 dau of Stephen A. Farns-
worth and wife Exile Bingham at Col. Juarez, Chih, Mex.
Roine Farnsworth m. (l) Nov 24, l930 Frank Bancroft who
died. She m. (2) Eddie Spoon.

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Source: Epitaphs from the Old Burial Ground, Groton,MA
by Dr. Samuel A. Green pub l878
Benjamin Bancroft the son of Thomas Bancroft of Reading
MA is the ancestor of the families of this name living
in Groton, MA and vicinity. He m. Anna, dau of John and
Anna (Tarball) Lawrence of Lexington, MA and had nine
children. He lived for a while at Charlestown, MA but
afterward about the year l728 removed to Groton, MA
where he d. July 2l, l787 aged 86 yrs and his widow also
Apr 3,l790 age 87 yrs. He was a tanner by trade and
lived a short distance southof the Unitarian Church on
the east side of the Great Road. The stone powder maga-
zine used by the State during the Revolution was situat-
ed on his land.

Benjamin Bancroft the eldest child, followed the occupa-
tion of his father and lived on the old homestead. He
was town treasurer and a deacon of the church besides
holding other positions of trust.
He m. Alice, dau of William and Mary (Farnsworth) Tarball
and had eight children. His wife died Nov 29, l78l aged
5l yrs. and he d. Oct 27, l804 aged 80 yrs.

Edmund, the 2d child removed to that part of Groton now
Pepperell, where he carried on farming. He was town
treasurer of Pepperell for twenty years and a Rep. in the
General Court of MA. He m. Dec 30 l747 for his lst wife
Elizabeth Atherton of Harvard, MA who d. Oct 6,l755 and
he m. (2) l758 Mrs. Rachel (Howard) Barron, widow of
Jonathan Barron and dau of Samuel Howard of Chelmsford,
MA. She d. June 3, l784 age 54 yrs and he m. (3) Mrs.
Phebe (Lawrence) Bancroft widow of Jonathan Bancroft of
Salem, MA and the dau of Col. William and Susanna (Pres-
cott) Lawrence of Groton, MA Edmund Bancroft d. Oct 25,
l806 age 79 yrs and his widow on Nov 2l, l808 age 74 yrs.
He had four children by his lst marriage and eight by
his second. Dr. Amos Bancroft, a grad of Harvard College
class of l79l and for many yrs a distinguished physician
of Groton, MA was a son of Edmund's 2d wife. Deacon
Benjamin Bancroft and Edmund Bancroft were the only sons
of Benjamin Bancroft, Sr. who grew up to manhood.

Here lies the Body of Benjamin Bancroft Son of Mr.
Thaddeus Bancroft and Mrs. Bulah, his wife. He died
March 8th l776 Aged 3 months & l5 days.

Memento mori
(Cherub's Head)
Erected in memory of Mrs. Alice Bancroft (consort of
Deacon Benjamin Bancroft) who departed this Life Nov
29th l78l Aged 5l years 8 months & 25 days.
Author's note: The daughter of William and Mary
(Farnsworth) Tarbell b. Mar 4,l729-30; she was married
Oct l8, l749.

Memento mori
(Cherub's Head)
Here lies the Body of Mr. Thaddeus Bancroft who depart-
ed this Life June 2lst l784 Aged 28 year 2 months &
9 days.
Author's note: The son of Benjamin Bancroft and wife,
Alice (Tarball) Bancroft.

(Cherub's Head)
In Memory of Lieut Abel Bancroft Who departed this Life
October 30th A. D. l786, In the 35th year of his Age.
Author's note: The son of Benjamin and Alice (Tarball)
Bancroft b. May 28, l752.

Memento mori
(Willow Tree Urn Cherub's Head Urn Willow Tree)
In Memory of Capt Benjamin Bancroft who departed this life
July the 2lst l787 Aged 86 years 2 months and 4 days.

Remember Death
(Cherub's Head)
Erected In Memory of Mrs. Anna Bancroft Relict of Capt.
Benjamin Bancroft, who departed this life April ye 3d
l790; In the 88th year of her Age.
Author's note: The daughter of John and Anna (Tarbell)
Lawrence bp. Nov l, l702.

(Willow Tree and Urn)
In memory of Mrs. Sarah, widow of Mr. Abel Bancroft
who died July 8,l830 AEt. 77.

p. l76
(Willow Tree and Urn Urn and Willow Tree)
Mr. William Bancroft died May 28, l832. AEt 76.
Mrs. Agness Bancroft his wife, died July 30, l832
AEt. 76.

(Willow Tree and Urn)
Sarah wife of Amos Bancroft, M.D.
died April 30, l837 AEt 69.
Author's note: The daughter of Henry and Faith (Savage)
Bass of Boston, MA.

(Willow Tree and Urn)
Mary Ann Daughter of Amos and Sarah Bancroft died Feb.
26, l84l AEt 3l.

(Willow Tree and Urn)
Dr. Amos Bancroft Died July l2,l848 AEt 8l.
Author's note: The son of Edmund and Rachel H. (Barron)
Bancroft, b. May 23,
l767 at Pepperell; he grad. Harvard
class of l79l & studied medicine with Dr. Oliver Prescott
Jr. He was knocked down by a wagon on State Street,
Boston, MA and lived but a few hours afterward.

(Willow Tree and Urn)
Mr. Benjamin Bancroft died Sept l6, l857 AEt 69
Author's note: The son of William and Agnes (Edes)

(Willow Tree and Urn)
Agness S. Bancroft died Oct l0, l867 AEt 84.
The daughter of William and Agnes (Edes) Bancroft.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Subject: BANCROFT, John
Source: History of Lynn, MA

Annals of Lynn - 1638


"The first burial in the Old Burying Ground, at the west end of the Common,
so far as is certainly known, took place this year."

"The remains interred were those of John Bancroft, the same individual
of on page 118, as ancestor of George Bancroft, the distinguished historian."

John Bancroft died in 1637. He had two sons, Thomas and John, and his
remain. The name was sometimes spelled Barcroft; indeed it is questionable
whether that
was not the original spelling, the change easily occuring. Jane, the wife
with whom this
settler was blessed, does not seem to have been the most amiable of women.
By the record
of the Court held at Boston in 1633, it appears that, "Mr. John Barcroft
doeth acknowledge to owe unto our Sovereign, the King, the sum of x1l and
Samuel Mavacke the sum of
xxl etc. The condition of this recognizance is that Jane Barcroft, wife of
the said John, shall be of good behaviour towards all persons." George
Bancroft, the eminent historian, is a
lineal descendant from this Lynn Planter.

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

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Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

Source: An Historical Sketch of Groton, MA by Dr.
Samuel A. Green pub 1894
Among the friends and benefactors of the Lawrence
Academy of Groton, MA was Benjamin Bancroft of Groton.

Dr. Amos Bancroft was son of Edward and Rachel (Howard)
Barron Bancroft, of Pepperell, MA b. May 23, l767 and
grad. Harvard class of l79l He began practice at West-
ford, MA then removed to Weston, MA through l8ll. He
m. (l) Aug 29, l796 Abigail Whiting dau of Capt. Leonard
Whiting and his wife, Ann (Hall) Whiting of Hollis, NH
b. Mar 25,l772 d. at Weston Dec 4, l799. He m. (2) Oct
7, l800 Sarah Bass dau of Henry Bass and wife, Faith
(Savage) Bass of Boston, b. Apr 2l, l768 d. Apr 30, l837
He m. (3) Oct l7,l839 Eliza Doane of Boston who d. l840
He m. (4) l84l Mary Kneeland dau of Richard Kneeland
and wife, Martha (Hall) Kneeland of Westford, MA b.l789
and d. l862. On July l2,l848 on State St., Boston he
was knocked down by a wagon and died a few hours later.
Note: Dr. Bancroft and Dr. Mansfield were the last two
physicians of Groton who while visiting patients used to
ride on horseback with saddle-bags altho they also drove

Dr. Amos Bancroft was son of Dr. Amos Bancroft and wife,
Sarah (Bass) Bancroft, b. at Groton, MA Apr 3, l8ll, and
grad Harvard class of l83l. He practiced with his father
at Groton, MA and m. l840 Marietta Shepley dau of
Nathan and India (Emerson) Shepley of Pepperell, MA.
He remained at Groton thru to l853 then removed to
Charlestown, MA and was for 10 yrs physician at the State
Prison. Under Gen. Grant he was apptd super. & surgeon
in charge of the Marine Hosp. at Chelsea thru l877. He
then res: Boston, MA. He d. at Florence, Italy l879
while traveling with his family abroad.

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Land Grants in Clay County

John Ellis
U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 Record for John EllisU.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

Peter Estes
U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

Joel Estes

william Sanders Estes

willaim estes

thomas estes

henry estes

stephens estes

elisha estes

john smith

james gilmore

samuel harris

Littleberry Estes


Samuel Riggs

james lyon

archibald wills

richard chandler

samuel crowley
john crowley

robert gilliam
phineas clark

john welch

samuel riggs

john moseby

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Moses Fletcher

Moses Fletcher
Is this the Moses that is mentioned often in the letters to Timothy.



Thursday, August 05, 2010

Peter Estes Land Purchase

Peter Estes
Issue Date: 13 May 1828
State of Record: Missouri
Acres: 80
Accession Number: MO0130__.260
Metes and Bounds: No
Land Office: Lexington
Canceled: No
US Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number: 714
Legal Land Description: Section Twp Range Meridian Counties
10 51-N 31-W 5th PM Clay

Wednesday, August 04, 2010