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Rachel Eaton Ramsden

  • Birth 1625 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death Jun 1659 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 55404645

RACHEL, eldesr known child of Francis Eaton by his 3rd wife, was born at Plymouth about 1625. She married at Plymouth 2 March 1645/6 Joseph Ramsden (or Ramsdell).
Source: Anderson's Great Migration Begins
Find A Grave contributor Julie Evans adds:
Rachel Eaton:
b. Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA.
m. 2 Mar 1645/6, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, Joseph Ramsden/Ramsdell.
d. Bef Oct 1661.
Burial: Unknown
Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol. 1:
Francis EATON1, d. pre 8 Nov. 1633, Plymouth (inv.)
Sarah ( ) EATON, d. 1621, Plymouth
CHILD OF Francis EATON1 & 1st Sarah ( ): <1>
Samuel EATON2, b. 1620, England
CHILDREN OF Francis EATON1 & 3rd Christian ( ): (3) <1>
Rachel EATON2, b. c1625; d. pre Oct. 1661* Benjamin EATON2, b. aft. 1 June 1627 ; d. 16 Jan. 1711/2, Plympton, "aged" <2> Child, b. ( ), d. aft. 1650, unm."
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Twenty One, John Billington, General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1620 Plymouth 1857, p. 6-7:
b. England, prob. Lincolnshire, about 1606 to 1609; d. Middleboro 3 Dec. 1684 "aged 80."
He m. Plymouth July 1634 CHRISTIAN (PENN) EATON, b. England ca. 1607; d. Middleboro ca. 1684. She m. (1) Plymouth 1624 or 1625 Pilgrim Francis Eaton, b. England; d. Plymouth between 25 Oct. and 8 Nov. 1633; by whom she had three children: Rachel, Benjamin and another, living in 1651, whose name is unknown.
Francis Billington lived at Plymouth until 1669 when he moved to Middleboro and occupied land granted to him as one of the "First Comers." He lived htere until his death, except for a few years during King Philip's War when he fled to Plymouth for safety. On 18 April 1642 his daughter Elizabeth was apprenticed; and 14 January 1642/3 he bound out son Joseph, "aged vi or vii" and two daughters, probably Martha and Mary, one five years old and the other even younger. Bradford stated in 1651 that Francis Billington had eight children.
On 2 March 1642 Francis Billington of New Plymouth, planter, sold to Mr. John Atwood of Plymouth, land in Plymouth.
In 1674 Francis Billington deposed that he was aged 68.
In his old age Francis Billington was dependent on his son Isaac for support and died intestate. No probate record appears, although son Isaac petitioned the probate court in 1703/4 for title to all his father's Middleboro lands, stating he had had sole care of his parents in their old age. A Plymouth County Court Case of Sept. 1722, brought by Isaac's daughter Desire 4 (Billington) Bonney and her husband, James, shows that Francis Billington died intestate leaving issue two sons and five daughters, viz: son Joseph (eldest, who inherited a double portion) and Isaac; daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Dorcad, Mercy and Martha, with a total of eight shares in the estate. A 3 Dec. 1719 quiclaim deed from Francis's father Francis and grandfather (unnamed) Billington (Family #12), reading "my father Francis and grandfather (unnamed) Billington" seems to imply a son Francis, Jr. But in the absence of any mention of such a son in contemporaneous Plymouth records, coupled with the fact that Francis's 4 deed evidently transferred the shares of Joseph Billington, we conclude that the deed contains a clerical error. The original must have read "my father Joseph [underlined] and grandfather Francis [underlined] Billington." Indications are that the seven children named in the Bonney suit and their progeny were the only survivors of Francis 2 Billington. A more detailed account has been published.
Children (BILLINGTON) all b. probably Plymouth:
3 i ELIZABETH 3 b. 10 July 1635
4 ii JOSEPH b. 1636 (bef. 2 Feb. 1636/7)
5 iii MARTHA b. ca. 1638
6 iv MARY b. ca. 1640
7 v ISAAC b. ca. 1644 (based on age at d.)
vi child d. y.
vii REBECCA b. 8 June 1648; dvidently d.y.
8 viii DORCAS b. ca. 1650
9 ix MERCY prob. unnamed dau. b. 25 Feb. 1651/2"

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