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Peter Mallory

Male about 1627 - 1701  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Peter Mallory 
    Born about 1627  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died between 30 August 1697 and 24 November 1701  New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Jacobus’s Ackley/Bosworth Ancestors:
      Peter Mallery took the Oath of Allegiance, at New Haven, 5 Aug. 1644. He signed next after Sam: Wilison and before John Hunter. The latter name is significant because, as we shall later see, Mallory was connected in some way with Hunter.
      Peter Mallery and his wife, evidently recently married, were before the Court, 6 Feb. 1648/9, and the record mentions that he was “subject to distraction, haueing sometime bine distempered that way.” This is the wording that was used at that period to describe mental illness, of all types.
      Peter Mallary bought a house, orchard and land from Nathaniell Seeley, 5 Aug. 1651. On 1 May 1654, John Thomas, Thomas Lamson, John Wakefield and Peter Mallary asked for land on which to plant tobacco. On 6 Feb. 1654/5, Richard Beech sold five acres to John Wakefield, with the consent of Peter Mallary who had bought the land with him.
      Peter Mallary was seated in the meeting-house with Nathaniell Merriman, John Tuttill and Thom. Barnes in seat 7 on the stile on one side of the door. This position in church indicated good standing, but not the highest social standing. Merriman was an officer in the militia, but not entitled to the prefix of respect (“Mr.”); John Tuttle was one of the sons of “Mr.” William Tuttle. At the same seating, 11 Feb. 1655/6, Goodwife Mallary occupied a seat with Goodwife Atkinson, Goodwife Marsh, and Goodwife Hodgkins. At that period in the New England colonies, the terms “Goodman” and “Goodwife” were usually applied to members of respectable middle-class families who individually were in good standing in the community, while the terms “Mr.” (Master) and “Mrs.” (Mistress) were reserved for those of the highest social standing. We should deduce from the foregoing records that Mallory was not immediately connected with any armigerous landed family of the name in England, though it would be possible for him to have descended remotely from such a family through younger unlanded branches. Under the law of primogeniture then in force in England, the descendants of younger sons of the landed gentry were quickly absorbed into the middle classes of yeomanry, merchants, etc.
      On 10 Feb. 1661/2, at a new seating of the meeting-house, Peter Mallery sat with John Sackitt, Sam. Marsh, and Robert Foot, in seat 4, side seats, above the door, while Goodwife Mallery sat with Hen. Lines wife, John Brownes wife, and Goodwife Beacher, in the third seat below the door.
      Peter Mallery and his son were witnesses, 7 July 1663, in a suit brought by Isaack Beecher against John Thomas Jr. and Daniel Thomas. On 2 Jan. 1665/6, Peter Mallery sued Widdow Hodskis for slander, and Goodwife Mallery testified. On 19 Mar. 1678/9, Peter Mallery asked in behalf of Ely Robberts for liberty of being an inhabitant. Roberts married a daughter of Mallory.
      At the Third Division of New Haven lands, 20 Dec. 1680, Peter Mallery Sr was listed as having 8 heads in his family and an estate of £65. Peter Mallery Jr then had 2 heads and an estate of £28.
      John Hunter in his will dated 15 May 1648 mentioned Sarah wife of William Meaker, Peter Mallory, and Mary widow of William Preston. It was Hunter who took the Oath of Allegiance at the same time with Mallory. It is believed that Hunter and Mallory were two unattached young men who lived with the Preston family until the death of Hunter and the marriage of Mallory, for it was contrary to town regulations for unmarried youths to live alone. Hunter had no relatives, at least in this country, and left a very small estate to the widow of William Preston, to Sarah wife of William Meaker (she was a daughter of William Preston), and to Peter Mallory. Possibly the latter married Mary Preston, but positive record proof is lacking. William Preston had a daughter Mary, baptized at Chesham, co. Bucks., Eng., 13 Dec. 1629, who is mentioned as living but unmarried in her father’s will. She was about 19 years old when Peter Mallory married, and no other marriage has been found for her. It is significant that Hunter’s will named Mallory with the Prestons; that Peter Mallory’s youngest son was named William; and that some of the Mallorys followed the Prestons to Stratford and Woodbury, Conn.


      Analysis of names. Although it’s often mentioned that Peter is the son of Rafe and Grace (Neal) Mallory, that’s unlikely. Rafe and Grace apparently had children named Francis, Thomas, Matthias, and Anne, none of Peter’s children or grandchildren are named Rafe, Grace, Francis, or Mathias. One son is named Thomas, and the only grandchildren named Anne are named after a mother or grandmother. Furthermore, the eldest sons and daughters of Peter’s children Peter, Thomas, John, Joseph, and Rebecca are all named after their parents, and later children of Peter’s children Mary and William are named after their parents. Also, two of Peter’s grandsons (besides his son Peter’s son) are named Peter, and one of his granddaughters (besides his daughter Mary’s daughter) are named Mary. Among the names common to Peter’s children and grandchildren that are unnaccounted for are John, Daniel, Benjamin, Rebecca, Judith, and Abigail. [1]
    Person ID I27038  Schirado
    Last Modified 14 May 2012 

    Family/Spouse Mary Preston,   b. about 1629, Chesham, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1690, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Rebecca Mallory,   b. 18 March 1649[/50], New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 March 1691, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Peter Mallory,   b. 27 July 1653, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1720, Stratford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Mary Mallory,   b. 28 October 1655, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Mary Mallory,   b. 28 November 1656, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1752, Cheshire, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +5. Thomas Mallory,   b. 15 April 1659, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 February 1690/1, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     6. Daniel Mallory,   b. 25 November 1661, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1685  (Age > 25 years)
    +7. John Mallory,   b. 10 May 1664, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1712  (Age 47 years)
    +8. Joseph Mallory,   b. 1666, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Benjamin Mallory,   b. 4 January 1668[/9], New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Samuel Mallory,   b. 10 March 1672/3, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1711  (Age 37 years)
    +11. William Mallory,   b. 2 September 1675, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Family ID F19536  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S583] Donald Lines Jacobus, (N.G. Parke, Woodstock, VT, 1960).


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