|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1675|
Surname is also spelled Bosson, Bassom, Bussum, etc. Lived in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Deerfield is now in Franklin County). Among the teamsters killed at Bloody Brook. The teamsters were hauling grain to storage, under the protection of Captain Thomas Lothrop and his soldiers.
Philip Barsham was whipped and fined for stealing grain in Hatfield in 1672. Three years later he was killed while protecting grain for the people of Deerfield.
In Hatfield, Philip Barsham had stolen eight bushels of wheat from "fellow townsmen Samuel Dickinson and Eleazer Frary. Fined forty shillings, plus fifteen lashes, plus damages . . ." (Melvoin). He moved to Deerfield, perhaps seeking a fresh start.
From History of Deerfield: "BARSHAM, Philip . . . leaving wid. Sarah and ch.; nothing has been found of the antecedent or subsequent history of this family."
Although some online sources list Philip as son of the emigrant William Barsham and Annabel ____, Philip is not named in The Great Migration Begins. William Barsham and Annabel ____ had a daughter Sarah Barsham, who married Samuel Mansfield of Lynn in 1674. Torrey lists a "2/wf Sarah [Barsham]?" for John Brown; they lived in Reading. Torrey also shows a Sarah Barsham as wife of William Brown of Salem and Marblehead.
It is tempting to speculate that shame separated Philip Barsham from any living siblings or parents in New England. A more prudent guess might be that he was a poor and obscure man, whose name survives because of a single brush with the law, and a determined effort to name the scores of men buried together at Bloody Brook. Perhaps records were lost or never made, or names spelled or transcribed misleadingly.
If you have more information about Philip Barsham, his possible widow Sarah, and their child(ren), please contact the creator of this memorial. References to published sources and primary records would help in constructing the story.
New England outpost: war and society in colonial Deerfield, Richard I. Melvoin (1989) p 81
History of Deerfield, Sheldon, 1895, v II, p 76
New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Torrey, 2004, via ancestry.com, pp 10, 47, 486.
The Great Migration Begins, vols I-III, pp 109-110, via AmericanAncestors.org
See cemetery notes for further details and bibliographic sources.
Bloody Brook Mass Grave
Created by: Mrs. Bee
Record added: Mar 25, 2010
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