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  • ID: I12444
  • _UID: AA8A36EA94D34F11902215871455E7BE77A6
  • Name: Peter ASPINWALL
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1612 in Toxteth Park, Near Liverpool, England
  • Death: 1 DEC 1687 in Woodstock, CT
  • Note:

    He made a deposition in 1664 that he was born about 1612.
    Born in Toxteth Park (a Puritan stronghold) in Liverpool.
    For info on Toxteth Park see:

    Also see ?The Aspinwall Family? in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 47 at:

    "Peter Aspinwall came from Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, Old England, to Dorchester, near Boston, in new England, in company with the 4000 who came in the 1630s."
    [Source: Dr. Wm. Aspinwall of Brookline, Mass, who was a great-grandson of Peter and wrote this in 1767.]

    I cannot find him on the ship's records. It seems strange that if he came in 1630 there is no mention of him in records until 1645.
    Ships records show that the following 3 Aspinwalls came with Wintrop in 1630:
    William Aspinwall, from Manchester, Leicestershire to Boston [later returned to England and died there]
    Mrs. Elizabeth Aspinwall [wife of William]
    Edward Aspinwall [b 1630 right after arrival]

    In May 1645 (age 33) Peter was made a freeman (voter) by the General Court and was living in Dorchester, Mass.

    In 1650 he moved to Muddy River (now Brookline), Mass. where he purchased a farm of 150 acres with Robert Sharpe (maybe his brother-in-law). He was town surveyor and constable.
    In 1660 he built a home there (which lasted until 1891 and was located on present Aspinwall Ave. near St. Paul's Church in Brookline, Mass.)
    For picture of house, see: http://www.brooklinehistoricalsociety.org/archives/listPhotos.asp?mainList=archives

    He married first about 1645 Alice SHARP (d. before 1662) by whom he had no children.
    In 1662 he married 2nd Remember Palfrey of Ready, Mass. by Gov. John Endicott.

    He died between Nov 20, 1687 (date of will) and Dec 9, 1687 (date of estate inventory)
    He will was presented for probate by his widow and oldest son, Samuel, Jan 20, 1692.
    "In the name of God, amen, my soul I commit into the arms of Jesus Christ my Saviour, my body to be decently buried; after necessary expenses are defrayed, my just and lawful debts satisfyed, my estate divided in manner following, my will is, that my beloved wife Remember Aspinwall be my executrix and that she shall have one third part of my whole estate with her choice of which part, to continue the time of her widowhood; if she change her condition, then to leave the houseing & land to my children and the moveable to be at her disposing.
    2. That my eldest son Samll Aspinwall be my executor and that he have a double portion of my estate, if afer divisions of my estate anything be put to sale, he to have the first refusall of it.
    3. That my second son Peter Aspinwall to keep what of my estate he has in hand, if it be more than his just proportion, not to return any back; yet if he have not equal to ye rest of my children then to be made up out of my estate.
    4. That all the rest of my children, Nathaniel Aspinwall, Thomas Aspinwall, Joseph Aspinwall, Eleazar Aspinwall, Timothy Aspinwall, Mehetable Aspinwall, Elizabeth Aspinwall, Mary Aspinwall; that they have an equal proportion of my estate; In case any of those dy before they be of age to make a will, that then his or her proportion be divided equally among the rest. I do give power to my executric and execotor to call, in any debt by bill or bond to improve for the good of the whole. Also that corne meat as provision for ye family for this yeare be not put into the estate but for the children's use.
    This is the last will and testament of Peter Aspinwall this 20th day of Nov. 1687.
    X (his mark)
    John White Senr, John Grove, Joseph Griggs."

    He was a farmer and probably a tanner. He held a few town offices, was a surveryor 1651-2, constable in 1667. He was appointed in 1676 with 2 others to a committee "for preventing of excessive drinkinge & disorder in private houses."
    Dr. Wm. Aspinwall (above) says he was married 3 times, but no records show more than the 2 wives listed. William says "(Peter) married ______ Morrill and lived with her 16 years without children; and then he married Remember Palfrey." He does not mention Alice Sharp.

    More on the Aspinwall family:

    Famous descendants of Peter's:
    Franklin Delano ROOSEVELT (1882-1945), 32nd U. S. President, Gov. of New York, Asst. Sec. of Navy, State Senator, and attorney, married Anna Eleanor ROOSEVELT (1884-1962), 29th First Lady.
    * James ROOSEVELT (1828-1900) and Sarah DELANO [see below]
    * Isaac ROOSEVELT and Mary Rebecca ASPINWALL
    * John ASPINWALL (b. 1774) and Susan HOWLAND
    * John ASPINWALL (1706-1774) and Rebecca SMITH
    * Joseph ASPINWALL (b. 1673) and Hannah DEANE
    * Peter ASPINWALL (1612-1687) and Remember PALFREY (b. 1638)

    Elizabeth KORTRIGHT (1760-1830), 4th First Lady. Married James MONROE (1758-1831), 5th U. S. President, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, Gov. of Virginia, Senator, member Virginia House of Delegates and Assembly, minister to England and France, and Lt. Col.
    * Capt. Lawrence KORTRIGHT and Hannah ASPINWALL
    * John ASPINWALL (1706-1774) and Mary SANDS (1708-1765)
    * Joseph ASPINWALL (b. 1673) and Hannah DEANE
    * Peter ASPINWALL (1612-1687) and Remember PALFREY (b. 1638)

    Oliver Fisher WINCHESTER (1810-1880), inventor and firearms manufacturer, developer of the Winchester rifle.
    * Samuel WINCHESTER and Hannah BATES
    * Jonathan WINCHESTER and Sarah CRAFTS
    * Samuel CRAFTS III and Mehitable ASPINWALL
    * Samuel ASPINWALL (1662-1727) and Sarah STEVENS (1667-1710)
    * Peter ASPINWALL (1612-1687) and Remember PALFREY (1638-1701)
    Source: http://kinnexions.com/kinnexions/cousinsw.htm
  • Change Date: 22 AUG 2009

    Father: Thomas ASPINWALL b: 10 APR 1577 in Ormskirk, Lanes, England
    Mother: ?

    Marriage 1 Alice SHARP
    • Married: JUL 1645 in Dorchester, Mass.

    Marriage 2 Remember PALFREY b: 1638 in Salem, Essex Co, Mass.
    • Married: 12 FEB 1662
    1. Has Children Samuel ASPINWALL b: 4 NOV 1662 in Brookline, MA
    2. Has Children Peter ASPINWALL b: 4 JUN 1664 in Brookline, Mass.
    3. Has No Children Nathaniel ASPINWALL b: 5 JUN 1666 in Brookline, Mass.
    4. Has No Children Thomas ASPINWALL b: 21 JAN 1668 in Brookline, Mass.
    5. Has No Children Mehitable ASPINWALL b: 14 SEP 1669 in Brookline, Mass.
    6. Has Children Elizabeth ASPINWALL b: 21 NOV 1671 in Brookline, Mass.
    7. Has No Children Eleazar ASPINWALL b: 9 OCT 1673
    8. Has Children Joseph ASPINWALL b: 9 OCT 1673
    9. Has No Children Job ASPINWALL b: 1675 in bapt Feb 27, 1675
    10. Has No Children Mary ASPINWALL b: 4 AUG 1677
    11. Has No Children Timothy ASPINWALL b: 19 APR 1682
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