Hanson Family of New Hampshire Colony
This is not a thorough study of all the descendants of Thomas Hanson, of Dover, NH, but I have tried to lay an accurate foundation of the first few generations for others to continue with. It is a genealogy leading to descendants of Thomas Hanson who settled in New Brunswick, up to the family of Edgar and Ellenora Hanson, of Fredericton, who were the parents of my great-grandmother. Some of the Hansons of New Brunswick are not included here because I do not have knowledge of where they fit into the family.
(I.) Thomas1 Hanson, was born ca. 1586 in England. He may have been a son of John and Frances (Pritchard) Hanson, of London, but this has not been proven. He emigrated to New England, supposedly before 1636, and settled in the colony of New Hampshire on Cocheco River. He married Mary Paul in ca. 1636, and they were living in the settlement of Cocheco, now known as Dover, NH, by 1657. She was evidently a sister of Daniel1 Paul, of Ipswich, England, and later Kittery, Maine. Daniel Paul was baptized on 24 Feb. 1590/1 at St. Clement’s Parish, Ipswich, Suffolk Co., England, and had married Elizabeth Lever there on 9 Feb. 1617. Paul emigrated to Boston by 1640, and then was in Kittery, where he was a shipwright.
Thomas Hanson received a land grant near Salmon Falls, NH, on 11 Jan. 1658/9 of 100 acres of land, was made a freeman on 5 June 1661, and was a Constable, and Highway Surveyor. He was listed in the New Hampshire tax lists of 1657, 1658, 1659, 1662, and 1663 in Cocheco, which is now Dover, NH.
Thomas Hanson died testate in Cocheco, (Dover), NH, in 1666. Capt. Richard Waldren proved his undated will on 27 June 1666. He mentioned his wife Mary, two unnamed daughters under 18, son Tobias to have two grants from the Town of Dover, son Thomas to have land bought of Capt. Barefoot, and two youngest sons, Isaac and Timothy, not of age. His will, in full, was published in Volume 1 of Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire in 1907, and is as follows:
These presents wittnesse that I Thomas Hanson Being in perffect mind & memory though weak in Body doe make this my Last Will & testament, First I Bequeath my soul to God that gave itt & my body to ye Earth to bee decently Buried. My Will is thatt affter my debts are paid with my funerall Charge I doe give To my Loving Wife (duering her Naturall liffe or soe long as shee keeps herselfe a Widdow) all My housing with the Improved Ground thereunto Belonging at Cutcheco with all my Cattell and moveables withall my . . . . stuffe, she paying to my two daughters when they Come to the age off eighteen years old twenty pound a peece. But in case shee shall marry again then my will is that she shall have Butt one third off houses & improved Lands with all moveables and the other two thirds I give to my son’ Tobias with all ye Rest off that Threscore acres off Land lying in Com’on & nott improved given mee in two grants ffrom ye Town one off fforty acres another off twenty acres all which affter my decease I Give to my son’ Tobias, except whatt is Beffore given to my wife. Likewise I Give to my son’ Thomas thatt thirty acres off Land I Bought off William Hackett & thatt fifty [acres?] off Land thatt I Bought off Capt Bearffoott with ffive pounds in Cattell. Also I Give to my two youngest son’s Isaac & Timothy ten’ pounds a peece When they Come off age with thatt six score acres of land Granted my By ye town & laid outt to mee Between ffresh Creek and Nechowoneck River Be equaly devided Between them and doe apoint my Loving Wiffe Mary Hanson my soule Exequetrix to see all this my Last will to Be perfformed and to pay outt all these Legacies when my Children Come off age: outt off ye Chattells and if there is more in any Goods or Chattels or any bils Bonds or amounts due to mee ffrom any man affter my debts are paid and all ye abovesd Legacies I Give & Bequeatth to my Wife with third off houses & lands to Bestow upon any off her Children that shall Be most Obedient as shee shall see Cause. In Witnesse heroff I have putt to my hand & seale
Signed seleid and deliverd I Thomas hanson (seal)
in the presence of us
The “widdow Hanson” was taxed at “Cochechae” in 1666 and at Dover Neck in 1675. His widow was killed by Indians in the massacre of Walderne Garrison in Cocheco, NH, on 28 June 1689, very aged. They were presumably buried in Waldron Cemetery in Dover, NH, but their gravestones have not survived.
Thomas and Mary (Paul) Hanson had children:
B.2 Thomas2 Hanson (Jr), born ca. 1643 in Dover, NH, over 21 when his father wrote his will, married Mary (Kitchen) Robinson, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Grafton) (Saunders) Kitchen, of Salem, MA, and widow of Timothy Robinson, on 3 June 1669 in Salem. (Continued.)
C.3 Isaac2 Hanson, born ca. 1647 in Dover, NH, under 21 when his father wrote his will, married Mary3 Heard, eldest daughter of Ensign James2 and Sarah (Starbuck) Heard, by 1679. (Continued.)
D. Elizabeth2 Hanson, born ca. 1649 in Dover, NH, under 18 when her father wrote his will, married John Hance, of Dover. He was living in Dover as early as 1657, and they moved to Portland Point, Monmouth Co., NJ, in 1669/70, then in Shrewsbury, NJ, by 1672. His nephew, Tobias3 Hanson (Jr.), gave a power of attorney to his uncle, John Hance, of Shrewsbury, on 4 Feb. 1698/9. John Hance died testate in 1710 in Shrewsbury, NJ. His will was dated 24 Mar. 1707/8, and probated on 27 Jan. 1710/11. She died on 28 Oct. 1732, probably in New Jersey. They supposedly had 2 sons and 4 or 5 daughters, names unknown.
E.4 Timothy2 Hanson, born ca. 1651 in Dover, NH, under 21 when his father wrote his will, married Barbara Bowers, daughter of Benanuel and Elizabeth (Dunster) Bowers, of Charlestown and Cambridge, MA, in ca. 1678. (Continued.)
F. Mary Hanson, born ca. 1653 in Dover, NH, was under 18 when her father wrote his will, marriage not found. Nothing further is known about her.
(II.1) Tobias2 Hanson, eldest son of Thomas1 Hanson, born in Cocheco (Dover), New Hampshire Colony, in ca. 1640, married Elizabeth Boyce, daughter of Joseph and Eleanor Boyce, of Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Joseph Boyce was a Quaker, and Elizabeth Boyce was baptized on 6 Mar. 1641/2 in Salem. They lived in Dover, but he also purchased lands in Monmouth Co., NJ, and may have lived there a while with his brother-in-law, John Hance. Tobias Hanson was first taxed at “Cochechae,” NH, with his father, in 1662, and again in 1663. He was taxed at “Cochechae” in 1666, with his widowed mother and brother, Thomas Hanson, but was not listed in the 1675 tax list at Dover Neck with his mother and brother.
Elizabeth (Boyce) Hanson was carried captive by the Indians at the massacre of Walderne Garrison, Cocheco (Dover), NH, on 28 June 1689, and not heard from again. Tobias Hanson was killed by Indians on 10 May 1693, but no probate records were found for him in New Hampshire.
Tobias and Elizabeth (Boyce) Hanson had 3 sons, order uncertain:
A.5 Tobias3 Hanson (Jr.), married 1.) Lydia Canney, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Taylor) Canney (Jr.), in ca. 1694, and 2.) Ann Lord, daughter of Nathan and Martha (Everett) Lord, of Kittery, ME, on 28 Aug. 1698 in Dover, NH. (Continued in New Hampshire Generation 3.)
B. Joseph3 Hanson, possibly married Deliverance (Clark) Lamos, daughter of Abraham Clark, and widow of Nathaniel Lamos, of Dover, but he probably had no children. Joseph Hanson was a surety, with John Varney, to the bond of Susanna Otis, widow of Richard Otis, of Dover, in 1704, and a witness to the 1713 will of Humphrey2 Varney, of Dover. Joseph Hanson died in 1749. On 25 July 1749 Deliverance Hanson, of Dover, widow of Joseph Hanson, filed a caveat in court prohibiting anyone but herself from administering on the estate of her late husband. She died testate in ca. 1773. Her will was dated on 1 July 1766, and proved on 5 Apr. 1773. In her will she named her cousin Remembrance Clark, brothers James and Eli Clark, sister Mary Osbond, children of her sister Sarah Osborn, deceased, children of her sister Hannah Renels, deceased. Her inventory was appraised by Ichabod Canney and Stephen Hanson, of Madbury, NH.
C.6 Benjamin3 Hanson, born ca. 1671, married Elizabeth Trask, daughter of William and Ann Trask (Jr.), of Salem, MA, on 26 Nov. 1701 in Salem. (Continued in New Hampshire Generation 3.)
(II.2) Thomas2 Hanson (Jr.), second son of Thomas1 Hanson, born in Dover, NH, in ca. 1643, married Mary (Kitchen) Robinson, of Dover, New Hampshire Colony, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Grafton) (Saunders) Kitchen, of Salem, MA, and widow of Timothy Robinson, of Salem, on 3 June 1669 in Salem, MA. She was a granddaughter of Joseph and Mary (Moore) Grafton, of Salem, and Elizabeth Grafton had been the widow of John Saunders, of Salem, before marrying John Kitchen. John Kitchen was born in 1619, and died in 1676. Mary Kitchen had married first to Timothy Robinson on 20 Feb. 1665. He was born in ca. 1644, and had died in spring, 1668.
Thomas Hanson (Jr.) was first taxed in “Cochechae,” NH, in 1666, and he became a freeman on 21 June 1669. He was taxed at Dover Neck in 1675. He died testate in 1711 in Dover, NH. His will was dated 24 Apr. 1710, with a codicil dated 6 May 1710. His estate was inventoried on 8 Nov. 1711, and his will was proved on 5 Dec. 1711. His will was also published in Volume 1 of the Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire in 1907, and is as follows:
In ye Name of god amen ye 24 day of ye 2 month 17010 I Thomas Hanson of Cochecha in ye Towne of Dover in ye provence of Newhampshere planter being sick and weak of bodey…
Item I give an bequeath to Marey my well beloved wife halfe ye purduce of my homesteed to be raised and levyed oute of ye Estate.
Item I give and bequeath unto my well bloved sun Nathanuall yt trackt or parcall of land lying and being betwene Rainers brooke and ye Indion widgwom broock.
Item I give and bequeth unto my well be loved daughter maray a suffishent Maintaince oute of my Etate or homested to gether with her mothers fether bead Duiering her Life time if shee sees scose but if other wise I give unto her twentey powne lawful money to be raised and levyed oute of my homesteede and ye fether bed to be parte of ye twentey pownd.
Item I give and bequeth unto my well beloved sun James Hanson home I lickewise Constitute make and ordaine my onley an sole Executor of this my laste will an testament all and singuler all ye lands of my home steed onley I macke my wife duering her life time Joyntly Executerecks with him and to have half ye purduse of ye place duiering her life time and After her deces to be ye onley and sole Executor of all my lands of my homested of this my laste will and testament by him freely to be possesed an Injoyd and I doe heare by uterly disallow revok and disannul al and Every other formor testements wills and legacies be fore this time named willed and bequethed ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my laste will and testament in witnise whereof I heare unto sete my hand and seale ye daye and yeare above writen and furder it is my will yt my sun James shall have a yoake of oxen and all tacklan an geare belongen theare unto an also yt after I and my wifes decese all ye moveabels goods shall be Equaley devided amongst all my Children.
Signed sealed published pro- Thomas X Hanson (seal)
nounced and Declared by ye sd his mark
Thomas Hanson as his last will
and testament in ye presentce of
us ye subscribrs
Be it known to all men by these presents yt whereas I Thomas Hanson of Cocheca of ye Towne of Dover and province of Newhampshere planter have made and declared my laste will and testamente in wrighteing bearing date ye 24 day of ye 2th month 1710 I ye sd Thomas Hanson doe by this present Codicil Confirm an ratfie my sd laste will and testemente. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved suns Thomas and John yt parsall of land yt I purchesed of henerey Nock Comonly Coled an known by ye name of Nocks mash and allso I have gave: ye have allreadey had Ethe of them a yoake of oxen an tacklan and geears beloning thear unto and my will and meaning is yt this Codicil schedule be and be a Judged to be a parte an parcel of my sd last will and testement and yt all things theare in Contained an mentioned by faithfully an truly performed and as fully an amply in my laste respect as if ye same ware soe declared an set down in Every will an testement.
And allso I have given unto my well beloved Daughters marrey an Abagall and theay have allreadey had Eashe of them a Cowe and a feathear bead a pece this is to put an End to diferance yt may arise after my decese an to sartifi all whome it may Consarne yt these heare mentioned have had theare parts and porshens yt I have gave them with ye reste of my Children in witnes wheare of I have heare unto sete my hand and seale this sixth day of ye 3 month 1710.
Signed sealed published and his
Declared by ye sd Thomas Hanson Thomas X Hanson (seal)
As parte of his laste will an mark
Testament in ye presents of us ye
Mary Kitchen had one son by Timothy Robinson:
A. Timothy Robinson (Jr.), born on 15 Mar. 1667/8 in Salem, MA, was brought to Dover, NH, as a baby by his mother and step-father, and married Mary Roberts, daughter of John and Abigail (Nutter) Roberts, in ca. 1692. He was a cordwainer, and a Quaker. He died testate in 1737. His will was dated 2 Feb. 1736/7, and proved on 9 May 1737, and was published in Volume 2 of Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire in 1914, as follows:
In The name of god Amen this Second Day of February anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred and Thirty Six or Seven I Timothy Robinson of Dover in the Province of New Hampshr in New England Cordwainer Being advanced in years…
Impris after my Just Debts & Funeral charges Shall be Paid I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife mary Robison the Sole use and Improvement of my Dwelling house and Barn and of all my homested land and of all my moveables Estate both with in Doors and without Duering her natural life. Itm: I give and bequeath unto my Son Timothy Robison whom I likewise Constitute and make my Sole Executor of this my last will & Testament after the Decease of my Said wife mary Ribonson all my Homested Lands messuages and Tenements—with all the Edifices and Buildings Standing or being upon the Same except my Dwelling House which I have given to my Daughters hereafter named in this my last will and Testament. Itm I give and bequeath unto my Daughters Abigail Varney mary Estes Sarah Varney Hannah Hussey and Elizabeth Tebbets fifty Pounds that is to Say ten pounds to each of them in money or good Province Bills of Creedit to be paid to them my Said Daughters of their Heirs by my Said Executor herein Mentioned within the Term of two Years after my Decease I also give unto my Said Daughters at the Decease of my Said wife my Dwelling house with all my Houshold goods and all my movable Estate both within doors and without to be Equally Divided among them and I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke all other former Wills and Executors by me in any wise before made or named Ratifying this and no other to be my last Will & Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day and Year above Written—
Signed Sealed Pronounced & Timothy Robinson
Declared by the Sd Timothy
Robinson as his last will and
Testament in the Presence of us
Timothy Robinson (Jr.) and Mary Roberts had children:
1. Abigail Robinson, born on 23 May 1693, married Joseph4 Varney, son of Peter3 and Elizabeth Varney, on 5 Aug. 1712 in Dover. He was a grandson of Humphrey2 and Sarah (Starbuck) (Austin) Varney, of Dover, and he died in ca. 1763 (date of his will.)
2. Mary Robinson, born on 10 Apr. 1695, married Joseph Estes, son of Richard and Elizabeth (___) (Beck) Estes, on 19 Oct. 1719 in Dover. He was born on 26 Aug. 1696, probably in Lynn, MA, and they lived in Dover, NH. He died testate on 15 May 1770 in Dover. His will was dated 16 Jan. 1767 and probated on 27 Sept. 1770. He mentioned his wife Mary, son Elijah Estes, who he named as his executor, and daughter Mary Varney, and granddaughter Sarah Hanson, witnessed by Tobias Twombly, Jacob Hanson, and Ephraim Hanson. Mary (Robinson) Estes died on 26 Jan. 1771.
3. Elizabeth Robinson, born on 14 Apr. 1700, died on 11 Apr. 1710, probably in Dover, NH.
4. Sarah Robinson, born on 3 Oct. 1702, married John4 Varney, son of Ebenezer3 and Mary3 (Otis) Varney, on 26 Mar. 1723 in Dover. He was born on 15 Jan. 1701 in Dover, a grandson of Humphrey2 and Sarah (Starbuck) (Austin) Varney, of Dover, and of Stephen2 and Mary (Pitman) Otis. He died testate in 1773 in Dover. His will was dated 16 June 1772, and probated on 18 Sept. 1773. He mentioned his wife Sarah, sons Jonathan and Timothy, daughters Abigail Hanson and Anna Cooke, children of daughter Mary Estes, deceased, and grandson John Estes. He named his son Timothy Varney as his executor.
5. Hannah Robinson, born on 21 Nov. 1707, married William Hussey, son of Richard and Jane Hussey, of Dover, in ca. 1730. He was born on 24 Mar. 1711 in Dover, and was a tailor. He died testate on 22 Jan. 1778; his will dated 27 Dec. 1777, and probated on 11 Feb. 1778, mentioned his wife Hannah, sons Paul, William Jr., Stephen and Timothy, and daughters Mercy Hussey, Mary Fry, and Abigail Varney. He named his son Timothy Hussey as executor of his will. She died on 20 Apr. 1793.
6. Timothy Robinson (3rd), born on 1 Aug. 1710, married Mary Allen, daughter of Francis and Hannah (Jenkins) Allen, of Kittery, ME, on 24 Sept. 1730 in Dover. He was “found dead on the road” on 6 Nov. 1783, testate. His will was dated 1 Oct. 1770, and probated on 10 Dec. 1783. He named his wife Mary, sons Timothy Jr., Daniel, John, Stephen, Samuel and William, and daughters Elizabeth Gould, Sarah Winslow, and Mary Robinson. He named his son William Robinson as executor of his estate. She died on 8 Apr. 1792.
7. Elizabeth Robinson, born on 30 July 1712, married 1.) Henry Tibbetts, son of Ephraim and Rose (Austin) Tibbetts, of Dover, on 13 May 1730 in Dover. He was born on 29 July 1699 in Dover, and died intestate in 1736. Elizabeth (Robinson) Tibbetts remarried to 2.) Joseph Hussey, son of Richard and Jane Hussey, of Dover, as his second wife, in ca. 1736. Joseph Hussey was born on 23 June 1699 in Somersworth, NH, and had married first to Sarah Canney, daughter of Samuel Canney. Joseph Hussey died on 8 Feb. 1762. Elizabeth (Robinson) (Tibbetts) Hussey died on 3 May 1773.
Thomas and Mary (Kitchen) (Robinson) Hanson (Jr.) had children, order uncertain:
A. Mary/Mercy3 Hanson, born on 3 Dec. 1670 in Salem, married 1.) John Church (Jr.), son of John and Abigail (Severance) Church, of Dover, NH, on 1 Dec. 1699 in Dover. He was born on 12 Apr. 1668 in Dover, and was killed by Indians in the spring of 1711, on his way home from church, with Thomas Downes. His estate was inventoried on 9 Nov. 1711, signed by John Tuttle and Tristram Heard. His widow, Mercy Church, attested to his inventory and was granted administration of his estate on 5 Dec. 1711, with Tristram Heard and Tobias Hanson as her sureties. She remarried to 2.) Nathaniel Young, son of Thomas and Mary (Roberts) Young, of Dover, in ca. 1712. He was a grandson of Sgt. Thomas and Mary (Leighton) Roberts (Jr.), of Dover. No death or probate records were found for Nathaniel Young in New Hampshire, but he was baptized “on a sick bed” on 16 Dec. 1741 in Dover by Rev. Jonathan Cushing. Mary Hanson had 5 children by John Church (Jr.) and 2 more children by Nathaniel Young:
1. Abigail Church, born on 15 May 1702 in Dover, married Lt. Moses Wingate, son of Capt. John and Ann (Hodsdon) Wingate (Jr.), before 1727. He was born on 27 Dec. 1698, and was a cooper. She died after 1745, and he remarried to Deborah (Cushing) Watson, widow of Daniel Watson. Lt. Moses Wingate died testate on 9 Feb. 1782 in Dover. His will was dated 19 Dec. 1780, and probated in Apr. 1782, and he named his wife Deborah, daughter Abigail Tibbets, grandson Jonathan Wingate, granddaughters Ann Brown and Elizabeth Wingate, and Nathaniel Watson, “a son of his wife by her former husband,” whom he appointed as executor of his state.
2. John Church (3rd), born on 1 Apr. 1704 in Dover, married Mary (___) before 1740, and lived in Dover. He died intestate in 1775, and Benjamin Church was granted administration of his estate on 10 Mar. 1775.
4. Jonathan Church, born on 25 July 1708 in Dover, married Abigail4 Hanson, daughter of Nathaniel3 and Martha (Bickford) Hanson, in ca. 1742, and they lived in Barrington, NH. He served as representative to the General Court from Barrington in 1762, 1765, and 1767, and he died testate in 1774.
6. Daniel Young, born on 4 May 1713 in Dover, marriage not found.
7. Mercy Young, born on 24 May 1718 in Dover.
B.7 Thomas3 Hanson (3rd), born, say, 1679, married 1.) Margaret Maul/Maule on 9 Oct. 1701 in Salem, MA, and 2.) Hannah Peirce on 12 June 1719 in Lynn, MA. (Continued in New Hampshire Generation 3.)
D. Isaac3 Hanson, died on 22 Oct. 1706 in NH, as a “lusty young man,” but no probate records were found for him in New Hampshire.
E. Abigail3 Hanson, married Jonathan Young, son of Thomas and Mary (Roberts) Young, of Dover, NH, on 12 May 1709 in Dover. He was a grandson of Sgt. Thomas and Mary (Leighton) Roberts (Jr.), of Dover. Jonathan Young died testate in ca. 1756. His will was dated 1 July 1752, and proved on 29 Sept. 1756, witnessed by Daniel Evens, Joseph Young, and Silas Hanson. He mentioned his wife Abigail, four daughters Abigail Hayes, Mary Young, Elizabeth Young and Mercy Young, and sons Jonathan Young, Thomas Young, Eleazer Young, Isaac Young, James Young and Nathanael Young. They had children:
1. Jonathan Young (Jr.), born on 5 June 1710 in Dover, NH.
2. Thomas Young, born on 15 July 1712 in Dover.
3. Eleazer Young, born on 10 Nov. 1714 in Dover, possibly the Eleazer Young who married Mary Ham in ca. 1745. She was born on 8 Oct. 1723 in Dover. He died testate in 1798 in Barrington, NH. His will was dated 18 June 1771, and probated 30 Oct. 1798, and he named his wife Mary, daughters Mary Young, Patience Young and Susanna Young, and son Peter, whom he named as executor of his estate.
5. James Young, born on 10 Sept. 1718 in Dover, married Elizabeth (___) but apparently had no children, and died testate in 1787 in Dover, naming only his wife Elizabeth, and his nephew Ezra Young and niece Elizabeth Young, sister of Ezra, in his will, which was dated 9 Mar. 1775, and probated 21 Feb. 1787.
6. Nathaniel Young, born on 1 Feb. 1720 in Dover, married Mary (___) before 1750. He died testate in 1762 in Dover, naming his wife Mary, sons Timothy and Ezra Young, and daughters Abigail and Elizabeth Young. His inventory was appraised by Ephraim Hanson and Daniel Evans, both of Dover, and his brother James Young was his executor.
7. Abigail Young, born on 15 Sept. 1723 in Dover, married Benjamin Hayes in ca. 1756. He was born on 1 Mar. 1723/4, and died testate on 14 Apr. 1797 in Barrington, NH. His will was dated 8 Apr. 1797, and probated on 3 May 1797, and he named his wife Abigail, daughter Sarah Young, and sons Joseph and Andrew Young, the latter of whom he named as executor of his estate.
8. Mary Young, born on 30 Dec. 1725 in Dover, was still unmarried in 1752 when her father wrote his will.
9. Elizabeth Young, baptized on 31 Jan. 1742 in Dover, was still unmarried in 1752 when her father wrote his will.
10. Mercy Young, baptized on 31 Jan. 1742 in Dover, was still unmarried in 1752 when her father wrote his will.
F.9 Nathaniel3 Hanson, married Martha Bickford, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tibbetts) Bickford, of Dover, in 1715. (Continued in New Hampshire Generation 3.)
G. Elizabeth3 Hanson, possibly married Ebenezer Downes, son of Sgt. Thomas Downes, probably by his second wife, Mary Lord, and they lived in Piscataqua, NH, and then Arundel, ME. He was a housewright, and was captured in Dummer’s War. No probate records were found for him in New Hampshire. They had children:
1. Ebenezer Downes (Jr.)
2. (Supposedly 4 more children, born at Piscataqua.)
H. James3 Hanson, married Ruth (___) before 1736, but he died in 1739, presumably in New Hampshire, but no probate records were found for him. He was co-executor of his father’s will, with his mother, in 1710, and inherited the homestead. He had at least one daughter:
1. Elizabeth Hanson, baptized 18 July 1736 in Dover, NH, marriage not found.
2. (Possibly others)
(II.3) Isaac2 Hanson, third son of Thomas1 Hanson, born ca. 1647 in Dover, NH, married Mary3 Heard, eldest daughter of Ensign James2 and Sarah (Starbuck) Heard, by 1679. She was a granddaughter of John1 and Isabel Heard, of Great Island, NH, and Sturgeon Creek, ME. Isaac Hanson was a mariner, and he died in 1683. His inventory was dated 17 Sept. 1683, signed by John Evans and Nathaniel Stevens, and his widow, Mary, attested to his inventory on 15 Oct. 1683, but no distribution of his estate was filed with his probate records. Mary (Heard) Hanson remarried to Capt. Robert Evans (Jr.), of Kittery, ME, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Colcord) Evans, of Dover, NH, in ca. 1689. He was born on 30 Sept. 1665. She died by 1735, and Capt. Robert Evans remarried to Sarah (Clarke) Mantee, widow of Sylvester Mantee. He died in 1753, but no probate records were found for him in New Hampshire.
Isaac and Mary (Heard) Hanson had 2 children:
A. Isaac3 Hanson (Jr.), of Portsmouth, NH, a mariner, living in 1717, possibly never married. He was a witness to Nicholas Follett’s will of 29 Apr. 1700. He may have been the Isaac Hanson “jur” who died on 12 Jan. 1758 in Dover.
B. Mary3 Hanson, born on 18 May 1679 in Dover, married James3 Libby, son of John2 and Agnes Libby (Jr.), on 9 June 1698 in Dover, and settled also in Portsmouth, NH, where he was a housewright. He was born ca. 1676, a grandson of John1 Libby. Mary (Hanson) Libby died by 1736, and James Libby remarried to Elizabeth (___). He died testate in 1754. His will was dated 27 May 1751, and proved on 30 May 1754, and was published in Volume 4 of Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire in 1933, as follows:
In the Name of God Amen I James Libbey of Portsmouth In the Province of New Hampshire Housewright being Aged…
Item I give & bequeath to Elizabeth my beloved wife all the goods she brought to me upon our marriage & besides that I give her the use & Improvement of all my Estate Real & Personal (Excepting what is herein otherways Disposed of) During the time she Shall Remain a Widow after my Decease & During her life if she Shall Continue in a State of Widowhood, with the Liberty & Power of disposing of any part of it Real or Personal if necessary for her Comfortable Subsistence by & with the Consent & Assistance of her Co-Executor.
Item I give & bequeath to my Son James my wearing Apparel he having already had his part of my Estate & therefore I now give him only said Apparel besides what he has already had—
Item I give and Devise to my Son John the house and Land I bought of Noah Seavy during his Natural Life and after his Decease to go to his son James & his Heirs & assigns forever I also give my Said Son John the Debt he now owes me & the Cow he had of me & all the Increase or whatever is due to me on that account.
Item all the Residue of my Estate which shall Remain after my said Wifes Decease or Marriage I give and Devise to & among my other Children Equally viz Mary Isaac Hanson Ichabod Shuah & Elizabeth (or the Children of Such of them as shall be Deceased when this Devise & Gift shall take Effect) with the Children of my Daughter Sarah Deceased in the following manner that is the said Children of my Said Daughter Sarah to have one Seventh part thereof and so if any other of my said Children shall be Deceased as aforesaid his or her Children to have the part or share their Parent Should have had if living it being my Intent & meaning that these my Children if all were living at the time aforesaid Should share & Divide the Said Estate Equally with this Restriction & Limitation that Such of my said Children as shall be Indebted to me shall allow Such Debts as part of their Respective share and such Debts shall be so Computed—
Lastly I do hereby Constitute & appoint my Said Wife Elizabeth & William Parker joint Executors of this my Last Will & Testament giving them by these Presents power to Sell any part of my Real Estate for the End aforesd If it shall be necessary and I give him ten pounds old Tenor and order & Desire that he shall be further paid what shall be just & Reasonable for the time & trouble he shall be at in the Execution of this my Said Will—and I do hereby Revoke all other Wills by me in any manner made—In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 27th Day of May 1751 and in the 24th Year of his Majesty’s Reign—
(Witnesses) W. Earl Treadwell, Paul Wentworth, Zerviah Parker, Noah Parker
James Libby had children, probably all by Mary Hanson, order uncertain:
3. Sarah Libby, born on 10 June 1705 in Dover, married Col. Nathaniel Meserve, Esq., of Portsmouth, NH, son of Clement and Elizabeth (Jones) Meserve (Jr.), of Portsmouth, on 16 Dec. 1725 in Newington, NH. She died on 18 June 1749, aged 49 [sic] years, and he remarried to Mary Jackson. He died intestate on 28 June 1758 at Louisburg, and his son, George Meserve, merchant, of Portsmith, was granted administration of his estate on 18 Aug. 1758.
4. John Libby, born ca. 1706 in Dover, mentioned in his father’s will, probably the second son, marriage not found.
5. Isaac Libby, born on 3 Dec. 1707 in Dover, married Sarah Waldron, daughter of John Waldron, by 1734. The will of John Waldron, of Dover, dated 12 May 1740, mentioned his daughter Sarah Libbey, wife of Isaac Libbey.
6. Shuah Libby, born say 1709, married John Marden (Jr.) on 11 Dec. 1729 in Portsmouth, NH.
7. Hanson Libby, born say 1712, marriage not found.
8. Elizabeth Libby, born say 1714, married Capt. John Smith (Jr.), of Berwick, ME, on 26 Nov. 1734 in Newington, NH.
9. Ichabod Libby
(II.4) Timothy2 Hanson, youngest son of Thomas1 Hanson, born ca. 1651 in Dover, NH, married Barbara Bowers, daughter of Benanuel and Elizabeth (Dunster) Bowers, of Charlestown and Cambridge, MA, in ca. 1678. They moved from Dover, NH, to Philadelphia, PA, in 1696, and settled eventually in Abington, PA. He died testate in 1711 in Pennsylvania. His will was dated 17 Aug. 1710, and proved on 4 Sept. 1711. She died on 7 Nov. 1718.
Timothy and Barbara (Bowers) Hanson had children:
A. Timothy Hanson (Jr.), born on 9 Nov. 1679 in Lynn, MA.
B. Mary3 Hanson, born on 19 Feb. 1680/1 in Lynn, MA, supposedly married Benjamin Barrett on 16 July 1703 in Abington, PA.
C. Jonathan Hanson, born on 29 June 1682 in Lynn, MA.
D. Joshua Hanson, born on 5 Feb. 1683/4 in Lynn, probably died young.
E. Samuel3 Hanson, born on 16 Aug. 1685 in Lynn, was living in Frankfort, PA, in 1717.
F. Elizabeth Hanson, born on 9 Jan. 1686/7 in Lynn, MA.
© 2002 John A. Maltby, Redwood City, California
 Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1988, [hereinafter Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary], p. 307
 Per deposition of Thomas Hanson, as abstracted in Piscataqua Pioneers, and originally copied by Rev. Dr. Everett S. Stackpole, made on 7 Mar. 1636/7. I have not found this document, and it was not listed in Noyes, Libby & Davis’ Genealogical Dictionary.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 307; Quint, Alonzo H., “Genealogical Items Relating to Dover, N.H.,” New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. 6 [Oct. 1852], [hereinafter Quint, “Dover”], p. 329.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 307; “Hanson Family Tree” typescript by Mary Hawker, June 1997, for abstract of the will of Thomas Hanson, from New Hampshire State Probate Records, Vol. 32, p. 85; also abstracted very briefly in Quint, “Dover,” p. 329.
 Batchellor, Albert Stillman, editor, Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire, Vol. 1, 1635-1717, State Papers Series Vol. 31, Concord, N.H., 1907, pp. 85-86, which also lists the date the will was proved as 27 June 1666.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 307, her death recorded as “old widow Hanson;” Ham, John R., Dover New Hampshire Marriages, 1623-1823, Dover, NH, reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA, 1997, [hereinafter Ham, Dover Marriages], p. 87.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 308. Joseph Boyce’s wife’s name is from Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 88.
 Vital Records of Dover, New Hampshire, 1686-1850, Heritage Books, 1977, from “Collections of the Dover, N.H., Historical Society, Vol. 1,” Dover, 1894, [hereinafter Dover VRs], p. 130, married by Rev. John Pike, taken from the Diary of Rev. John Pike.
 Evans, Helen F., Abstracts of the Probate Records of Strafford County, New Hampshire, 1771-1799, Heritage Books, 1983, p. 70; Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, pp. 143, 409, she had children by her first husband, Nathaniel Lamos.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 307 for marriage of Thomas Hanson; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 442, for wife of John Kitchen, p. 631 for wife of Timothy Robinson; Ham, Dover Marriages, p. 87.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 703; Otis, Horatio N., “The Otis Genealogy,” New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. 5 [Apr. 1851], [hereinafter Otis, “Otis Genealogy”], pp. 185, 197.
 Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 152; Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 142; Dover VRs, p. 130, married by Rev. John Pike; Ham, Dover Marriages, p. 30, married by Rev. John Pike.
 Evans, Helen F., Abstracts of the Probate Records of Strafford County, New Hampshire, 1771-1799, Heritage Books, 1983, p. 195. Ezra and Elizabeth Young were children of his brother, Nathaniel young.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 203. Ebenezer Downes was an adult by 1715, therefore born by 1694, and Mary (Lord) Downes, second wife of Sgt. Thomas Downes, was killed by Indians on 26 July 1696.
 Noyes, Libby & Davis, Genealogical Dictionary, p. 307. The will of Benanuel Bowers of Charlestown, named a daughter Hanson. The name of Benanuel Bowers’ wife is from Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 87.