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Ebenezer Lovejoy

Male 1673 - 1760  (87 years)


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  • Name Ebenezer Lovejoy 
    Born 22 January 1673  Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 May 1760  Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From The Townsman, Andover Historical Series, by Charlotte Helen Abbott.
      No. 67, Ebenezer Lovejoy’s Line (A.T. 9/24/1897)
      Transcription to electronic form by Jerry Hersey Lovejoy 7/14/1999, http://home.attbi.com/~bennabre/cha.htm.

      So much interest and help has been given to my somewhat severe labor in the later generations, by members of this line now resident, that I feel like devoting a paper to their history. They have kept the Old estates and helped us to a longer voting list than the other sons of John. What a queer name Lovejoy is anyway! I have not yet met it anywhere in my somewhat limited research, except in our Andover records. He came with means and in someway connected perhaps with old Christopher Osgood of Ipswich, who set up the first clothing mill with his father-in-law, Philip Fowler. John may have come over to help in the new venture. He comes to Andover perhaps right from old Marlboro in England where Mary Everard, Christopher's first young bride was laid away before he started with baby Mary and her good stepmother, Margery Fowler, for the wilds of the Merrimac. Mary (2) had a half sister, Abigail Osgood (2) who married Sherburne Wilson, and either her stepson Joseph or a young brother-in-law, followed the Osgood's to Andover, to find Ebenezer Lovejoy's sister Mary who was married when her brother Ebenezer was two years old. Another half sister Debora Osgood (2) married John Russe, one of the most interesting of all the collateral. The tradition in the Russell family that Russe was only an abbreviation of Russell and that old John, the ferry man of Dover, had Indian blood in him, I throw out as without foundation. Some authorities give our John and Mary as the children of Daniel (2), son of John (1) but I think John Russe (1) of Dover will prove to be the only link. In 1645 he petitions for 14, shillings fee for taking the magistrate to Dover and to Boston, the court granting it with half to collect from Dover. Savage gives John and Margaret Russe, a son Nathaniel, older than our John and Mary of Andover, and Richard of the Indian Wars, supposed to be located around Weymouth, relieved in 1678, of a bullet trophy by a Dutch surgeon was maybe another stray of the family. However, John probably moved up here about the time of the marriage of his daughter with young Andrew Foster in 1662, John (2) following with Debora Osgood (2) in 1663. Savage gives the sons of young John Russe all to his father, making the old gentleman's death in 1692 at the age of 80 with a small son of 7, rather absurd. His wife Margaret died in 1689, her death hastened by the terrible tragedy of Andrew Foster's sister Hanna, murdered by her husband while insane with drink.

      From the beginning the standing of the Russe family seems insured by the alliances with the leading families of Osgood, Foster, and Lovejoy. Three children born in 1673, Margaret, daughter of John Russe, wife and widow of William Peters, Mary Foster, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Russe) and Ebenezer Lovejoy, youngest heir to his father's estate and trusts, all grow up together on the old country road between our bogs of South Centre and the hills of the North Parish. Ebenezer, after his father's death, though a lad of 17 assumes the care of his stepmother Hannah Pritchard and her comfortable maintenance, the guardianship of his young niece Frances, only 5 years his junior, and is told to listen to the advice of his Uncle Thomas and his elder brothers in business matters and do nothing to make his mother grieve in her old age. Ebenezer and Mary (Foster) in 1690 look after Hanna's cow each May-day and in 1705 nurse her through the agony of a cancer in the throat. Frances has her finery and has gone to Chelmsford with Nathaniel Foster, and Ebenezer begin to swap about with his brothers, and when Nathaniel agrees to pay the sister's dowry as they come on, he gets the homestead lands except a valuable orchard Soldier Ben had planted before he died at Permaquid, and Ebenezer takes up his residence on the fair portion now held by Dea. Ballard Lovejoy, the aged John, his cousin and Joseph Thompson Lovejoy's place with the Carruth estate and several other holdings, that were settled by John Johnson, "thrasher", and Ebenezer with Wm. Foster the weaver, Stephen Barnard from Nantucket near the Ballards and Danes, and a certain Timothy Mooar. Foster and Lovejoy divide about 100 acres in time to heirs, Hannah Foster marrying John (3), the eldest Lovejoy heir. Little Hanna (4) is the only survivor of this family of Dea. John Lovejoy, and when John dies, the aged Hanna being ill, asks that Col. Abbott, husband of her only child being the most proper person shall attend to his affairs. There are the ancestors of John Lovejoy Abbott and and his uncle William, of the descendants of Dea. Joseph Poor of Danvers, represented by Mr. Briggs, of Sara, the donor of Abbot Academy and other heirs of Col. George Abbott.

      Hanna Lovejoy (3) probably married her neighbor Daniel Faulkner and her sister Mehitable took young Timothy Mooar. Ebenezer (3) builded the best of all for he chose Mary Barnard, daughter of John and Naomi (Hoyt). She was a cousin on her mother's side to his brother Nathaniel's children of a very long lived and sensible line of women. Mary Barnard, born in 1697, just at the close of old William's War and the downfall of the Stuarts, lived till 1795 dying at 98 after (illegible) young George of Hanover's heels lifted from her tax (illegible). The sons of John Barnard died before him and Ebenezer filed to be executor, and caretaker of his mother-in-laws estate. Whatever the faults of the Lovejoy's they all seemed to lack covetousness, always willing to give a fair equivalent for what they receive, and are called to many a position of trust. Ebenezer lost four children, the eldest aged 11, in the epidemic of 1723 and buried a daughter at 24. Jeremia and Rebecca alone survived and it looked as if the line would die out. Rebecca married William Chandler over on the (?)idden place. His first wife was Mary Ballard, sister of Dorothy Ballard who married Jeremia Lovejoy. They were daughters of Josia Ballard and Mary Chandler, Josia being son of Joseph Ballard (3) and Rebecca Johnson (Timothy (2) and Rebecca (Aslebe)) and Mary, the daughter of William Chandler (3) and Mary Dane - Thomas (3) and Mary (Stevens). Joseph Ballard, the sheriff of the witch times and Elisabeth Phelps with Dea. Joseph Stevens and Mary Ingalls were the early ancestors. Mary Ballard was the mother of only three Chandlers. Isaac (6) being the youngest. Rebecca Lovejoy had four children who all went away north and left only the maiden Rebecca to inherit the homestead with her half-brother Isaac(6). She was to have a room and a place for her loom, and a seat in the family pew until she died or married. Isaac married Abigail Holt, daughter of James and (?) (Abbott) heirs to the Benjamin Abbott estate on Shawshin (?). In 1827 Rebecca died in the almshouse at 60. There was a blunder somewhere, but it is with the feelings of peculiar satisfaction that I. a kinsman of Isaac and Abigail, look upon the improvements on the old homestead in a stranger's hands. If Rebecca must go, it is justice that they all follow her in time.

      Jeremia (4) and Dorothy had been dead for years, leaving at least nine of a family of eleven to grow up. Jeremia (5) disappears in Danville, Me. His father was in the early Revolution lists and he was probably the later man named. (Illegible) (?) went to (?)eare….with Asa French, Dorothy married Asa Towne, a carpenter who worked on the new South Church and was brought with wife and baby Dorothy back from Charlestown to be o the hillside bank of Shawshin. Rebecca went away with Andrew Wilson Huncklee. Hanna staid here with Andrew Palmer Wood, whose name was given wrong last week.

      Joseph Lovejoy's Wood Mansion and its wandering reminds me of some deeds of a certain Peter Martin, mariner of Marblehead and what seems to be those of a son later, a baker, who lives in West Parish and swaps estates with the Blanchard's ad Boynton's, and he seems to be always reserving two selling houses with a right to move them. Perhaps his (?) restlessness kept him in good spirits, locating new estates from time to time, perhaps it is a way they have to (?) the Shawshin of escaping the results of a lack of (?…age). I found that he had in some way got hold of (?) Foster and swapped about in such a way that I must take back all my theories in regard to Dea. Ballard Lovejoy's (?). Phebe (5) married Daniel Fox. John (5) with (?..olly) Russell and Persis Bailey left us Hanna wife of Henry Callahan, while to James Ballard (5) with his wife Martha, and perhaps a second Hanna and to Ebenezer (5) and Phebe Russell we owe the present descendants.

      In James (5) line Orpah (6) remained unmarried, Harriet (6), wife of Calvin Goodall, brought up her niece Susan, the daughter of Rebecca (6) and Jonas Lovering now with her aunt residing on High Street, the honored and beloved centre of Moses Farnham's home. Hanna Richardson (6) and Bailey (6) are beyond the great lakes somewhere. Dea. Ballard (6) with his daughter Angeline, widow of Edwin Barnard, Harriet Clark with whom he resides, Mary Gildrist of Woburn, Albert of Lowell, and George (?) of Lawrence are well known to us.

      His brother Wm. (?) (6) and Mary Ann Clement sent two boys, Newton (7) to die for us at Vicksburq, and Wm. W. with a son Fred (8) living, others in Mexico and Dakota, with two best known daughters Martha, wife of Daniel Kendall, and Josephine, now among the still unforgotten dead, late wife of John Alfred Bailey of Lowell, with J. S. Ayer and originator of the Bailey association. Says his son, Alfred Lovejoy Bailey is proud of his descent. I must leave the story of the thirteen children of Wm. B. and speak of Ebenezer (6) and wife of Selina Lynch. So many of their dear ones grew to be promising youth and passed away in consumption before the age of 30. Joseph T. (7) and his wife Georgianna Pettengill of Portland seem to have the latch string out still and in this youngest son of the succession of Ebenezer's, we find the humorous as well as the hospitable traits of Lovejoy and Russell. Across the street lives the John (6) with daughter Harriet Noyes and grandson John. If his failing ear could bear it, I should like to ask about the tragedy of his brother William Russell Lovejoy's life. Margaret Bingham and her cruel fate at the hands of a brutalized drunken thief, the suicide of her brother and the sudden death of her father while on a business trip in Chicago, will be long remembered. Joshua and Joseph were also with him prominent business men in Boston. Jeremia who died in Reading, Sally Dinsmore, grandmother of Octavius Blunt's children, and Phebe's (6) grandson Waldo Abbott of Lynn are well known names. George (6) has descendants somewhere. Prof. Otis (7) of Josiah (6) lately visited his home and on account of my promise to his son, a Harvard man from California, this tale of the grandmothers in line is spun _(?). There are many more of the name I have not placed and should be glad if anyone wished to give information would send in all they know for a more finished compilation in the future.
      C.H.A.
    Person ID I41872  Schirado
    Last Modified 3 November 2003 

    Father John Lovejoy,   b. about 1622, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 November 1690, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Osgood,   b. ca 1623/4, Marlborough, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 July 1675, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 1 January 1651  Ipswich, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F35765  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Marcy Foster,   b. 10 June 1673, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 October 1763, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 11 July 1693  Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Ebenezer Lovejoy,   b. 12 November 1696, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 September 1773, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. John Lovejoy,   b. 15 May 1698, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1758, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Andrew Lovejoy,   b. 6 September 1701, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 March 1724  (Age 22 years)
     4. Mary Lovejoy,   b. 1 December 1704, Andover, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 February 1774, Pelham, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Family ID F28948  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S138] (Topsfield MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912).


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