Currier Family - The First Six Generations

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Kimball Little's wife Elvira Currier descended from a family much like the Littles. The immigrant ancestor, Richard Currier was in Salisbury, Essex, County, Massachusetts in 1640. He and his wife Ann had three children, Samuel, Hannah, and Thomas. Thomas married Mary Osgood, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Cleer Osgood on December 9, 1668 in Amesbury, the town just west of Salisbury. They had twelve children, Hannah, Thomas, Richard, Samuel, Mary, Anne, William, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Ebenezer, and Daniel, all of whom lived to adulthood.

Richard, the third child and second son of the nine boys born to Thomas and Mary was born in 1673. He married Dorothy Barnard, the daughter of Captain John Barnard and Frances Hoyt Barnard on August 29, 1695 in Salisbury.

William Osgood, Thomas Barnard, and John Hoyt, the grandfathers, were all among the original settlers of Salisbury or Amesbury. Like the Chandlers and the Littles they stayed in or around the original settlement for four or five generations, before the need for more land sent them in search of new homesteads to the north or to the west.

Richard and Dorothy had eleven children, David, Jonathan, Hannah, John, Dorothy, Richard, Merriam, Aaron, Barnard, Mary and Moses, all of whom lived to adulthood. Richard was designated "Captain." He died February 8, 1747. His widow died March 2, 1765, "in her 91st year."

Their second son, Jonathan married a second wife, Judith Williams on April 19, 1744 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts after the death of his first wife Anne Challis. They had two children, Thomas, born March 14, 1745 and Miriam, born May 25, 1747 in South Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Jonathan's will was probated in 1762.

Thomas married Dorothy Bagley of Amesbury, the daughter of David Bagley and Mary Huntington Bagley. Dorothy was the sixth child of the nine born to the Bagleys, seven of whom lived to marry. They had eight sons, David, Jonathan, Richard, Thomas, Joshua, Nathaniel, Moses and Aaron, all of whom lived to be adults.

Joshua Currier was born on April 28, 1778 in South Hampton. He married Mary Farrington (known as Polly all of her life) in Amesbury on November 22, 1803. They moved north to the small settlement of Canaan (map), in Grafton County, about seventy five miles as the crow flies.

Unlike so many of their ancestors, who seemed to have such large and healthy families, Joshua and Polly had great tragedy in their lives. Two of their babies, William Ayer and Arra Ann died a month apart in 1818. Dorothy Jane died in 1821 at the age of seven. Betsey and Sophronia died two months apart in 1829 at the ages of twenty one and fourteen. It is not known what happened to Ebenezer Farrington or Farrington, the two eldest children, but it is probable that the eldest died, since his name seems to be copied for the second boy. Only Elvira, born on New Year's Eve in 1811 lived to marry, have children and live a long and productive life.

Visiting Wells Cemetery in Canaan was very sad, since all the small headstones were gathered around the parents' monument. Polly lived to be eighty five, dying April 2, 1864. Joshua lived seven more years, dying at the age of ninety three on June 16, 1871.

Polly Farrington was the second daughter of the seven children born to Ebenezer Farrington and Mary Ayer Farrington of Amesbury. She was born January 22, 1779.

Her father's ancestors can be traced to the immigrant ancestor, Matthew Farrington, who first settled in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. His son, Matthew married Sarah Potter, daughter of Nicholas Potter, another Lynn founder.

The second Matthew was born in 1649 and died in 1727. Amazingly, his headstone is still standing in the fenced and locked West Cemetery in the very rough town of Lynn.

He and his wife had five children, four of whom survived childhood: Sarah, Martha, Samuel and Joseph. Samuel was born on September 29, 1681 and married Hannah Ingulls on February 8, 1708. Hannah, born July 10, 1683, was the second child of the seven born to Samuel Ingalls and Hannah Perkins Ingalls. Samuel's grandfather, Edmund was the immigrant ancestor in this family, arriving in Lynn in 1629.

Samuel and Hannah had five children: Sarah, Hulde, Ebenezer, Abigail and Samuel all born in Lynn. It is not known when or where they died, but their son Ebenezer moved to Amesbury, where he married Abigail Davis on April 7, 1737.

Abigail has an interesting ancestry in that she is the great-grandchild of Susannah North Martin, who was hanged as a witch in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.

"Susannah Martin, of Amesbury, a farming community close to the New Hampshire border, was a small, attractive woman with a supple body and a quick mind. Unfortunately, she had a violent temper that she was not always able to control, and was so fiercely protective towards members of her family that she sometimes resorted to ridicule and threats if she thought that anyone was trying to take advantage of them in any way, personality quirks that kept her in almost constant trouble with her neighbors and helped to send her to the gallows.

She was formally accused of being a witch on thee different occasions...When the witchcraft hysteria broke out in 1692, she was so unpopular with her neighbors that it was inevitable that at least one of them would cry out against her....

At her examination, she laughed out loud at the absurd antics the afflicted persons went through every time she looked at them, for, as they had done during previous examinations, they screamed and writhed about the floor as though in great pain whenever her eyes rested on them. When Hathorne asked her what was causing them so much pain, Susannah answered that she did not know and did not think it worth the effort to find out."

There followed testimony against her by the following: James Allen of Salisbury, Joseph Atkinson, a neighbor, Bernard Peache, another neighbor, Robert Downer, John Kimball, William Browne and his wife, Goody (Goodwife) Browne, John Pressy and Joseph Ring.

"With so much evidence against her, the jury found her guilty, and the court sentenced her to be hanged on July 19."

Abigail's other ancestors included the immigrants, Francis Davis, Richard North, and Walter Taylor.

Ebenezer and Abigail had only three children: Lydia, Samuel and Ebenezer, Junior, all born in Amesbury. Abigail lived to be eighty five dying on March 24, 1795; Ebenezer lived to the age of ninety three, dying September 21,1805,

Young Ebenezer married Mary Ayer, the daughter of William Ayer and Sarah Little Ayer on January 4, 1777 in Amesbury.

Mary was born December 27, 1752 in Plaistow, New Hampshire and died in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Her father was a great-grandson of the immigrant ancestor, Robert Ayer, a grandson of Samuel Ayer and Mary Johnson Ayer, and the son of James Ayer and Mary White Ayer.

Her mother was the daughter of Daniel Little and Abiah Clement Little, and therefore a sister of Elizabeth Little who married Jonathan Kimball (see that chapter, bottom of page).

                 ┌── Thomas CURRIER, b. 1646, d. 1712
             ┌── Richard CURRIER, b. 1673, d. 1747
             │   └── Mary OSGOOD, b. 1649, d. 1705
         ┌── Captain Jonathan CURRIER, b. 1698, d. circa 1762
         │   │   ┌── John BARNARD, b. 1654, d. 1718
         │   └── Dorothy BARNARD, b. 1677, d. 1765
         │       └── Frances HOYT, b. circa 1636, d. 1720
     ┌── Deacon Thomas CURRIER (DAR Patriot), b. 1745, d. 1812
     │   │   ┌── Thomas WILLIAMS, b. 1675
     │   └── Judith WILLIAMS, b. 1702
     │       │   ┌── Benjamin LOWELL, b. 1642, d. 1714
     │       └── Mary LOWELL, b. 1679, d. 1711
     │           └── Ruth WOODMAN, b. 1646
Deacon Joshua CURRIER, b. 1778, d. 1871
     │           ┌── Orlando BAGLEY, b. 1658, d. 1728
     │       ┌── Orlando BAGLEY, b. 1682, d. 1756
     │       │   └── Sarah SARGENT, b. 1652, d. 1701
     │   ┌── David BAGLEY, b. 1714, d. 1799
     │   │   │   ┌── John HARVEY, b. 1655, d. 1705
     │   │   └── Dorothy HARVEY, d. 1757
     │   │       └── Sarah BARNES, b. circa 1651, d. 1720
     └── Dorothy BAGLEY, b. 1748, d. 1836
         │       ┌── John HUNTINGTON, b. 1643, d. 1724
         │   ┌── William HUNTINGTON, d. 1733
         │   │   └── Elizabeth HUNT
         └── Mary HUNTINGTON, b. 1713, d. between 1756 and 1773
             │   ┌── Richard GOODWIN, b. circa 1655, d. 1729
             └── Mary GOODWIN, d. between 1721 and 1725
                 └── Mary FOWLER, b. circa 1656, d. circa 1729


                 ┌── Matthew FARRINGTON, b. 1649, d. 1727
             ┌── Samuel FARRINGTON, b. 1681
             │   └── Sarah POTTER, d. 1687
         ┌── Ebenezer FARRINGTON, b. 1712, d. 1805
         │   │   ┌── Samuel INGALLS, b. 1650, d. 1711
         │   └── Hannah INGULLS, b. 1683
         │       └── Hannah PERKINS, b. 1653
     ┌── Ebenezer FARRINGTON, d. 1814
     │   │       ┌── Francis DAVIS
     │   │   ┌── Thomas DAVIS
     │   │   │   └── Mary TAYLOR
     │   └── Abigail DAVIS, b. 1710, d. 1795
     │       │   ┌── John MARTIN, b. 1650, d. 1711
     │       └── Deborah MARTIN, b. 1689
     │           └── Mary WEED, b. 1653, d. after 1715
Mary "Polly" FARRINGTON, b. 1779, d. 1864
     │           ┌── Samuel AYER (Capt), b. 1654, d. 1708
     │       ┌── James AYER, b. 1686, d. 1771
     │       │   └── Mary JOHNSON, b. 1663, d. 1745
     │   ┌── William AYER, b. 1716, d. 1800
     │   │   │   ┌── John WHITE, b. 1663, d. 1727
     │   │   └── Mary WHITE, b. 1690, d. 1777
     │   │       └── Lydia GILMAN, b. 1668
     └── Mary AYER, b. 1751
         │       ┌── Joseph LITTLE, b. 1653, d. 1740
         │   ┌── Daniel LITTLE Esquire, b. 1692, d. 1777
         │   │   └── Mary COFFIN, b. 1657, d. 1725
         └── Sarah LITTLE, b. 1717, d. 1807
             │   ┌── John CLEMENT, b. 1653, d. 1692
             └── Abiah CLEMENT, b. 1692, d. 1766
                 └── Elizabeth AYERS, b. 1652, d. circa 1699