Last night my author was working on her genealogy. According to her mother, she has a distant relative who came over on the Mayflower. So far in her research, she has not yet found that connection. The closest she has come to it was this Last Will and Testament of Hugh Parsons. His daughter married Henry Matteson. Donna Swanson's (my author's birth name) grandmother was a direct descendent.
The reason this connection is so interesting is that Hannah's mother's name was Elizabeth, and we do not know her maiden name. She however did have two daughters from a previous marriage, again, we do not know his name, however, we do know that the other daughter's names were Susannah Carpenter and Elizabeth Doty. Doty was one of the names of the families who came over on the Mayflower. Is this our connection to the Mayflower?
Notes for Hugh Parsons:
1. Mattesons in America, H. Porter Matteson, 1948-1955, Typewritten & signed edition, page 1
Henry Matteson married at Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island 1670 to Hannah Parsons daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Parsons of England.
2. Newport, Rhode Island Town Council & Probate Volume 2, page 229.
Will of Hugh Parsons
Dated January 10, 1683, Proved March 14, 1684
I Hugh Parsons inhabitant of the Towne of Portsmouth on Road Island in the colony of Road Island and Providence in New England do make this my last will and Testament in minde and following.
First my minde and will is that all my just Debts which I of Right owe or am indebted to any person or persons by justly and truly paid by my executrix hereafter named in som convenient time after my decease; also I make my Loving Wife Elizabeth Parsons sole Executrix to all my estate and after mine and my Wifes Decease, my will is, that Hugh Bayly, my Grandson possess and injoy, this, my house and Land I now Live on to him and his heirs forever; with one-third of my store, and moveables that shall be there left; but in case Hugh Bayly shall die before his coming to injoy what I have here bequeathed to him, then my will is that what I have here bequeathed to him shall be and remain to his heires and next of kin which shall be found surviving after mine and my Wifes deceases and further my will is, that my Wife Take Care for the bringing up of my Grandsonn, and that he Live and be subject and helpful to hir during hir natural life and after hir so charge my said Grandsonn, Hugh Bayly to have and injoy what is hereto bequeathed to him and his heires forever and in case my Wife should Dye before my said Grandsonn come of age or capable to manage for himself- Then I leave him with his estate bequeathed to him in the Care and Trust of my overseers hereafter named. They to improve it for his best Advantage and behoofs of my Grandsonn, paying them also out of said estate for their care and trouble thereon.
And to my daughter Hannah Mattison I give one shilling and to my Grand-Daughter Hannah Mattison foure eue sheeps to be delivered to her at the day of sixteen years or day of marriage by my Executrix or overseers in Trust.
And the Remaining part of my Estate undisposed of I freely give and bequeath to my Wifes two daughters, Living on Long Island near Oyster Bay, namely Susannah Carpenter and Elizabeth Doty.
Lastly I desire my Loving friends, James Baker of Newport and William Cadman of Portsmouth and George Lauton of Portsmouth to be my overseers of this my last Will and Testament to see it performed after my decease.
In witnee-- I have on the day and year first above written set my hand and seale. Hugh Parsons
Signed sealed and owned
In the presence of
William Cadman and Joseph Martain Witness that upon their solemn engagement do testify that they saw the above said testator Hugh Parsons sign and seal the above written and heard him declare it to be his last will and testament and that then he was of a disposing mind to the best of their understandings taken before us this 14th of March 1683 John Albro assistant
More About Hugh Parsons and Elizabeth Unknown:
Marriage: 1626, Newport County, Rhode Island.
Children of Hugh Parsons and Elizabeth Unknown are:
- +Hannah Parsons, b. 07 Aug 1646, Newport County, Rhode Island, d. 1685, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.