Caleb/2 Farley

M, #25941, (1 April 1645 - )
Father*George/1 Farley1 b. s 1620, d. 27 Dec 1693
Mother*Christian Births1 b. s 1623, d. 27 Mar 1702
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:20 Feb 2016
Caleb/2 Farley was born 1 Apr 1645 at Woburn, Massachusetts.1 In Jun 1675, "Thomas Fo[we]r, John Russell, Senior, John Russell, Junior, are fined for not attending Public worship of God and for contempt and ordinary frequenting the meetings of the Anabaptists, on Lord's dayes.—Ibid, p. 127. John Johnson, John Wilson, Senior, and his wife, Henry Somers and his wife, John Wilson, Junior, Caleb Farly and Hopestill Foster are fined for absenting themselves from Public Worship on the Lord's days.—Ibid, p. 128. See Sewall, Hist. of Woburn p. 153 et seq. and notes under Cleveland and Farley."2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:88, Caleb Farley b.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:244, Russell footnote.

Capt. Hopestill Foster

M, #25942, (say 1620 - 1679)
FatherWoburn Father Foster
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Last Edited:21 Feb 2016

Children with Elizabeth/3 Peirce:

  • Thomas Foster8 b. 17 Apr 1672, d. 1 May 1672
  • Abigail Foster9 b. 12 Mar 1673
  • John Foster10 b. 14 Feb 1677
  • Mercy Foster11 b. 26 Feb 1678
Capt. Hopestill Foster was probably of Maidstone, Kent.1 "Oct. 1, 1650, Thomas Stow and others bring an action against Hopestill Foster, alleging the defendant has deprived them of 15£ per annum, given to them by the last will of John Big, of Maidstone. The jury found for the plaintiffs, who later, in 1652, brought another action concerning land that was John Big's, of Maidstone, in Kent.—Middlesex County Court Records, Vol. I., pages 13 and 27."1
     He emigrated to Woburn, Massachusetts, where he married, 15 Oct 1670, Elizabeth/3 Peirce, widow of Thomas/2 Whittemore Jr.2
     In Jun 1675, "Thomas Fo[we]r, John Russell, Senior, John Russell, Junior, are fined for not attending Public worship of God and for contempt and ordinary frequenting the meetings of the Anabaptists, on Lord's dayes.—Ibid, p. 127. John Johnson, John Wilson, Senior, and his wife, Henry Somers and his wife, John Wilson, Junior, Caleb Farly and Hopestill Foster are fined for absenting themselves from Public Worship on the Lord's days.—Ibid, p. 128. See Sewall, Hist. of Woburn p. 153 et seq. and notes under Cleveland and Farley."3
     11 Apr 1676, Hopestill Foster had 456 votes for magistrate.4 He was fined by Woburn selectmen on three different occasions in 1676 for "inordinate wages" and "oppression" in his dealings with other community residents.5
     "In Dec. 1677, George Polly, the wife of John Wilson, Senior, John Wilson, Junior, Timothy Brooks, Francis Wyman, Aaron Cleveland and Hopestill Foster are admonished and sentenced to pay costs of court for 'frequent absenting themselves from the public worship of God on the Lord's days.'—Middlesex County Court Records, Vol. III., page 205…In Dec. 1677, Capt. John Carter and Lieut. William Johnson are allowed ten shillings apiece for attending the courts to give in evidence against the 'Anna baptists.'—Middlesex County Court Records, Vol. III., page 207. Several of these persons were again summoned to court and fined for similar violations of law in 1679."6,7
     Hopestill Foster died in 1679. "Elizabeth, relict widow, was appointed administratrix of the estate of Hopestill Foster in June 1679.—Middlesex County Court Records, Vol. III., page 279."1

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S210] Edward P. Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:101, Hopestill Foster/Elizabeth Whittemore m., footnote.
  2. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:101, Hopestill Foster/Elizabeth Whittemore m.
  3. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:244, Russell footnote.
  4. [S1564] Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, 3:99-100.
  5. [S522] Samuel Sewall, The History of Woburn, 1:58-9.
  6. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 3:55, footnote to Cleveland.
  7. [S522] Samuel Sewall, Hist. Woburn, 1:168.
  8. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:96, Thomas Foster b.; 2:72, d.
  9. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:96, Abigail Foster b.
  10. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:96, John Foster b.
  11. [S210] Johnson, Woburn Records, 1:96, Mercy Foster b.