|2. ||Thomas WELLS was born 11 Jan 1647, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA (son of Thomas WELLES and Abigail WARNER); died 11 Jul 1734, Amesbury, Massachusetts. |
- Occupation: 1st Minister of the First Church, Amesbury, Mass.
- Birth: 1647, Amesbury, Mass.
- Education: 1669; Graduated Harvard College
- Religion: 1672; Was Ordained and was the first minister of Amesbury, Massachusetts
- Fact: Between 1673 and 1674, Admitted Commoner- man of much influence and usefulness in the new town.
- Death: 10 Jul 1734
Excerpt from "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Vol. II: Thomas was of Ipswich in 1667, when he bought land in Wells, but was living in the town of Wells in Dec., 1669, as a deed to his bro Nathl. expressly states. Sv. states that he preached at Kittery and Isle of Shoals in 1670. He was the first settled minister of the first church in Amesbury, having been settled in 1672 or '3; though preqaching had been enjoyed in the "new town" for ten or twenty years before that time. For the next half century he was the leading spirit of the town.
Inscriptions upon the tombstones:
Interred here the Body of
the Rev. Mr. Thomas Wells
first Pastor, of the first Church
of Christ in Amesbury. who
Departed this life. July ye 10th,
1734. in the 87th year of his
Age, & the 62d. of his Ministry,
having served his Generation by
the will of God, he fell on sleep, and
(we trust) enjoys a Prophets reward.
for tho' Israel should not
be Gathered, yet would
the faithfull ministers of
the Gospel, be glorious
in the Eyes of the Lord.
Thomas married Mary PERKINS 03 Mar 1671, Newbury, Massachsuetts. Mary (daughter of Sergt. Jacob PERKINS and Elizabeth LOVELL) was born 14 May 1658, Ipswich, Massachusetts; died 26 Jan 1726/7, Amesbury, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]
|3. ||Mary PERKINS was born 14 May 1658, Ipswich, Massachusetts (daughter of Sergt. Jacob PERKINS and Elizabeth LOVELL); died 26 Jan 1726/7, Amesbury, Massachusetts. |
Excerpt from the "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury":
Inscriptions upon the tombstone:
INTERRED HERE THE BODY
OF MRS MARY WELLS
DECd JANUARY the 26th
1727 AGED 75 YEARS
LATE WIFE OF Mr THOMAS
|4. ||Thomas WELLES was born 1605, Colchester, Essex County, England; died 26 Oct 1666, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. |
Excerpt from "Welles Families": In 1635 Thomas Welles with several others, settled the place called Ipswich, Mass., where he became a distinguished man, and lived the residue of his lifetime, and died Oct. 26, 1666 "leaving a good estate."....He was also a member of the "Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company....
Thomas — Abigail WARNER. [Group Sheet]
|5. ||Abigail WARNER|
- Fact: Daughter of William Warner, sister of Daniel and John Warner
- Nathaniel WELLS was born Abt 1636, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; died 15 Sep 1681, Essex, Massachusetts.
- John WELLS was born Abt 1638, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; died 11 Apr 1667, Wells, York County, Maine.
- Sarah WELLS was born Abt 1640, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
- Abigail WELLS was born Abt 1642, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; died 16 Jun 1677, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachsutts.
- Elizabeth WELLS was born Abt 1645, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
- 2. Thomas WELLS was born 11 Jan 1647, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; died 11 Jul 1734, Amesbury, Massachusetts.
- Hannah WELLS was born Abt 1649, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
- Lydia WELLS was born Abt 1651, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
- Martha WELLS was born Abt 1653, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA.
|6. ||Sergt. Jacob PERKINS was born 1624, Newent, Gloucestershire, England (son of John PERKINS and Judith ?); died 29 Jan 1700, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachsetts. |
As a child, he came from England with his father landing in Boston, Mass., 6 Feb. 1731, and two years later removed to Ipswich.
He was the youngest son, and by his father's will came into possession of the homestead and lands, after the death of his mother. These lands lay at the eastern part of the town near the river. The house was burned down in 1668, and near the old site Jacob put up another of two stories with three rooms on each floor and a "lean-to." The new house was substantially built wand was standing until 1885 when, having become untenantable, it was taken down. In front of the door was a well of water known as "Jacob's Well." He was chosen Sergeant of the Military Company in 1664; and appears to have taken his share of the duties of a citizen. His family Bible is now in the possession of his descendants. Late in life he gave his property into the possession of his two sons Jacob and Matthew, on condition that they support both himself and wife during their natural lives.
Jacob married Elizabeth LOVELL 1648. Elizabeth was born 1629; died 12 Feb 1686. [Group Sheet]
|7. ||Elizabeth LOVELL was born 1629; died 12 Feb 1686. |
- Fact: Daughter of Thomas Lovell of Ipswich
- 3. Mary PERKINS was born 14 May 1658, Ipswich, Massachusetts; died 26 Jan 1726/7, Amesbury, Massachusetts.
|12. ||John PERKINS was born 1590, Newent, Gloucestershire, England; died 1654, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachsetts. |
He sailed from Bristol, England, with his wife and five children, 1 Dec. 1630, in the ship "Lyon," William Pierce, Master. Rev. Roger Williams, the famous divine, came in the same ship. There were twenty passengers in all. After a stormy passage of sixty-seven days, they arrived at Nantasket on 5 Feb., 1631, and on the 6th came to anchor in Boston Harbor. Prince in his "Annals," says: "As the winter of 1629/30 came on, provisions were very scarce ... and the people grew discouraged. Many were the fears that Mr. Pierce, who had been sen to Ireland for provisions, had been cast away or taken by pirates. Upon this a day of fasting and prayer o God for relief was appointed, to be on the 6th February. On February 5th the very day before the appointed fast in came the ship "Lyon," William Pierce, Master, arriving at Nantasket laden with provisions, upon which joyful occasion the day was changed and ordered to be kept on the 22nd as a day of thanksgiving. This may have been the beginning of that now general custom throughout the country of keeping an annual Thanksgiving Day."
John Perkins resided in Boston about two years. The birth of his youngest child Lydia is recorded there on the parish books of the first Church. While in Boston he engaged in he public business of the Colony and was admitted freeman 18 May, 1631. In 1633 he removed from Boston to the settlement, then newly founded by John Winthrop and others, at Ipswich. The location of his house was near the river at the entrance to Jeffries Neck on what is now East Street, where he had considerable land granted him. He was Deputy to the General Court and was among those present at a session in Boston 25 May, 1636. He was on the Gand Jury in 1648 and 1652. Being above sixty years of age he was freed by the Court from ordinary training in March, 1650. Besides holding town offices and occupying other places of trust, he appears to have been one of the leading citizens of Ipswich and was highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen. His will, dated 28 Jan. 1654, proved 27 July, and his inventory, are now on file in the Probate office in Salem, Mass.
John — Judith ?. Judith was born , England. [Group Sheet]
|13. ||Judith ? was born , England. |
- 6. Sergt. Jacob PERKINS was born 1624, Newent, Gloucestershire, England; died 29 Jan 1700, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachsetts.