Obadiah EDDY

Male Abt 1645 - 1727  (~ 82 years)


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  • Name Obadiah EDDY  [1, 2, 3
    • It is probable that Bennett, the wife of Obadiah was Bennett Ellis dau. of John Ellis and his wife Elizabeth Freeman, dau. of Edmund Freeman. the ellis family were of Sandwich where obadiah spent his youth. Bennett Ellis was b. Feb. 27, 1649, which is four years later than Obadiah was born and she had a brother Joel Ellis. Note that Obadiah named a son Joel. Obadiah during the rest of his life had many dealings with the Ellis family and a Joel ellis witnessed the codicil to his will.

      Obadiah learned the trade of a shoemaker. It is likely that he was apprenticed to someone living in Sandwich, for the fist record found suggests that he was living in Sandwich at the time that he was fifteen or sixteen years of age.....

      It is probable that as soon as Obadiah married, he settled on these lands which became incorporated into the town of Middleboro. His name first appears in town affairs as a member of the Grand Inquest in 1673, and in 1679, and in 1681 he again held this position. In 1675 and 2692, he was surveyor of highways and in 1679, 1681, 1683, 1689, he was constable. In 1690 and 1694 he was one of the Selectmen of Middleboro. Among the officers of the towns in the Old Colony, none were of more importance than the selectmen. They were given large discretion and until the Revolutionary War, had almost entire management of the civil affairs. These offices were filled by the most influential and able men.

      When King Philip's War broke out in 1675, Obdaiah and his family were living in Middleboro. They took refuge in the fort. When this was abandoned, they went to Plymouth. A list of men in the fort was obtained from an old Eddy Note Book " quoted from Mercy Bennett, whose grandfather was on the list and she had the information from him." (Hist. of Middleboro, p. 34) They remained in Plymouth until the trouble was over. Obadiah was one of the first to return to Middleboro. His home, like all other houses in Middleboro prior to King Philip's Was, had been built of hewn logs. This had been burned by the Indians, but nothing daunted he set out to rebuild it, not far from the site of the original house. An araticle in the eddy Genealogy of 2881 thus describes the location: "He lived in that part of Middleboro, now Halifax, near Winnetuxet River. It was hard by two appletrees in the field back of Nathan fuller's house." The hearthstone of that old house was taken fro the cellar and is now part of the foundation of one of the houses in Eddyville, built by one of his descendants.

      Obadiah was admitted a Freeman June 3, 1683, but did not take the oath until 1688. In 1683 he was one of those chosen to lay out a road from Middleboro, Bridgwater, and other places toward Boston and in 1687 he was one of twelve men chosen as a jury to decide cases arising from the laying out of highways. Since all records of previous times had been burnt in King Philip's War, questions of boundaries and ownership arose.....

      In 1694 the First Church of Middleboro was organized. For several generations this was one of the largest and most influential in the colony. In the founding of this Obadiah had his part and was one of its staunch upholders as long as he lived. The church still stands and has recently received extensive repairs. Every summer on "Forefather's Sunday" a great audience fills the building to commemorate the families who were its founders....
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    Born Abt 1645  Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1727  [1
    Person ID I20480  Main Tree
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2021 

    Father Samuel EDDY,   c. 15 May 1608, Cranbrook, Co. Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1687, Swansea, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth SAVERY,   b. Abt 1607,   d. 24 May 1689  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F30100  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bennet ELLIS,   b. 27 Feb 1648/9 
    Married Abt 1668  [3
    Children 
     1. John EDDY,   b. 22 Mar 1669, Middleborough, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1722 and 7 Feb 1731  (Age 52 years)  [Birth]
     2. Hazadiah EDDY,   b. 10 Apr 1672, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Dec 1726  (Age < 54 years)  [Birth]
     3. Benjamin EDDY,   b. Abt 1673, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1744, Halifax, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)  [Birth]
     4. Mercy EDDY,   b. Abt 1674, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. Samuel EDDY,   b. 1675, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1751, Middleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Jabez EDDY,   b. Abt 1680, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     7. Joel EDDY,   b. Abt 1682, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     8. Elizabeth EDDY,   b. Abt 1684, Middleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1755  (Age ~ 72 years)  [Birth]
     9. Mary EDDY,   b. Abt 1686, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     10. Bennet EDDY,   b. Abt 1688, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     11. Hannah EDDY,   b. Abt 1690, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     12. Zachariah EDDY,   b. Abt 1692, Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1711, Hatfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F16364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5950] "The Eddy Family in America" A Genealogy, Ruth Story Devereux Eddy, A.E., A.M., (The Eddy Family Association, Inc.).

    2. [S02940] Philip Delano of the "Fortune" 1621 and his Descendants for Four Generations, Muriel Curtis Cushing, (Name: Name: General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2002;;).

    3. [S2285] "Genealogies of Mayflower Families" From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. I, Gary Boyd Roberts, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1985).