Rev William Hubbard

Essex, England
Death 14 Sep 1704 (aged 83)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
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William was born to William Hubbard Sr. and Judith Knapp in Essex, England. He came with his family to Massachusetts at the age of 13, on July 18, 1635.

He was among the first class to graduate from Harvard College in 1642. William was a historian, and wrote numerous titles concerning the history of the colony, the most notable being the "History of New England".

He was pastor of the Congregational Church at Ipswich from 1656 to 1703, a post which he resigned but a year before his death. "His house was about one hundred rods from the late Dr. Dana 's meeting-house, near the bank of the river, commonly called Turkey Shore."

At the age of 25, Rev. William Hubbard was married to Margaret Rogers, in 1646. Margaret was the daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers and Margaret Crane. William and wife Margaret had three children.

1. Margaret, b. 1647; d. 1716; m. John Pynchon on Apr. 25 1674.

2. John, b. 1648; d. 1710; m. Ann Leverett in 1671.

3. Nathaniel, b. 1659; d. 1718 in Boston.

William and Margaret also became guardians to the five chidren of his nephew, William Whittingham after his early death in 1672, at age 27. William Whittingham's wife Mary Lawrence had died the previous year after the birth of their last child. The Whittingham children included Martha Whittingham Rogers, and Elizabeth, who married Col. Samuel Appleton, and Mary, who married Gurdon Saltonstall, the Governor of the colony of Connecticut.

After Margaret's death in 1690, William married again at the age of 73. His second wife was Mary Giddings, the widow of Samuel Peirce. According to what was written in Ipswich, ("Massachusetts Bay Colony History", Vol. 1, page 412), this was not considered a very good decision on his part... "The widow Mary Peirce became the second wife of the Rev. William Hubbard, greatly to the affront of the good people of the church and parish. His first wife was Margaret, only daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, and when, in his seventy-third year, he married the widow Peirce, it was esteemed unwise, "for though she was a serious, worthy woman, she was rather in the lower scenes of life and not sufficiently fitted, as they thought for the station."

Mr. Hubbard "certainly was for many years the most eminent minister in the County of Essex, equal to any in the Province for learning and candor, and superior to all his contemporaries as a writer."

"Though Mr. Hubbard had a large patrimony, yet he expended this as well as his salary in the support of his family, and in discharging the duties of hospitality and other beneficence. As an intelligent and judicious adviser, he was called on many councils, and had a prominent part in them. " (ref. "The History of Ipswich, Essex, and Hamilton Massachusetts")

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 147677830
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