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  1. Nathaniel Church: Birth: 1642 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass. Death: 29 OCT 1689 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass

  2. Abigail Church: Birth: 22 JUN 1648 in Plymouth, Mass. Death: 25 DEC 1677 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts


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McHugh Family of Weymouth, Mass - Jim McHugh
"Governor Bradford mentioned Church in a letter of 6 February 1631/32 to Bay Governor
Winthrop, in which he stated "Richard Church came likewise as a soujournour to worke for ye p resent; though he is still hear residente longer than he purposed; and what he will doe, neither, w e nor I thinke himselfe knowes; but if he resolve here to settle we shall require of him to procure a dismis sion; but he did affirme to us at ye first, that he was one of mr webbs men, and free to goe for England o r whither he would, ye wch we ye rather beleved because he came to us frome wessagasscusett upon ye fallin g out with his parttner"
Church had earlier, 19 October 1630, applied for freeman status in Massachusetts Bay Colony . On 2 January 1632/33 he was made a Plymouth freeman. He [p.264] married Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, the marriage probably taking place before 14 March 1635/36. On 7 March 1636/37 widow Elizabeth Warren mentioned land she had given to her sons-in-law Richard Church, Robert Bartlett, and Thomas Little. On 7 March 1647/48 he was referred to as Sergeant Church. He moved to Nauset c a. 1649. Later he moved to Charlestown in the Bay Colony, where he was called a carpenter on 24 Januar y 1653/54 in a deed in which he purchased half a corn mill in Hingham. He moved to Hingham an d became a selectman. On 25 August 1664 he deposed that he was aged about fifty-six years. He died a t Dedham 26 December 1668. The will of Richard Church, dated 25 December 1668, sworn 26 January 1668/69, named his wife Elizabeth Church and his children, unnamed except for one, Joseph. His wife El izabeth died at Hingham 9 March 1669/70. His children were Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Ch arles, Caleb, Abigail, Sarah, Mary, Deborah, and possibly Richard. His son Benjamin married Alice Southworth, daughter of Constant and Elizabeth (Collier) Southworth, and became the famous fi ghter of King Philip's War. [Robert S. Wakefield, "The Children and Purported Children of Richard and Elizabeth (Warren ) Church,"]
"The Deposition of Richard Church aged about 56 yeares this Deponent saith that hee being att worke about the mill the 19th. day of august hearing of a Cry that the man was killed; hasted presently and healped to remove the earth from Thomas ffish who being much bruised thereby was gott to bedd and in four dayes and a halfe Dyed; and further saith not." Made at Sandwich 25 Aug. 1664 and recorded in Plymouth Coll. Court Orders, Vol. IV. p. 92 (Mayflower Descendants IV-152).
Richard died in Dedham where he was on a visit "Sabbath day erly in the morning," and is buri ed in Hingham, Massachusetts at a spot now covered by the highway leading to the Old Steamboat Wharf and near the water. He left a modest estate, but since he probably granted inheritances to each of his eleven children as they reached majority or were married, it is likely that his estate was much greater than indices show it was at his death. His will is concise: "I Richard Church of Hingham, having perfect understanding, yet visited by sickness of body , order this my last will. Debts pay'd then my will is that my wife, Elizabeth Church, shall enjoy the remainder during her life. And when it shall please God that she shall leave this life my will is that what Estate I shall leave her that shall not be necessarily Expended for her maintenance shall then be equally divided amongst my children, only my sonn Joseph to have a dubble portion, that is twice as much as any of the rest of my children, by reason of the lameness of his hand, whereby he is disinabled above the rest of my children for the getting of a livelihood. I ordain my sonn Joseph to be my Executor." 25 Dec 1668 Richar d X Church The witnesses were Joshus Fisher, John Farebank, Sr., and John Farebank, Jr. The will was pr esented for probate 26 January 1669. The fact that Richard signed by a mark may not necessarily indicate lack of education, so much as weakness of body. The will is dated three days before his death."
following from
Plymouth & Cape Cod, MA Genealogy Entries: 21310 Updated: Sat Feb 8 16:25:17 2003 Contact: Harry C. Hadaway, Jr.
RICHARD CHURCH was a man of moderate height, not over five feet six or eight inches probably, well-knit, strong and active, with broad forehead, strong nose, firm but rather delicate mouth and a countenance which derived its expression from an intelligent and conscientious mind. He could not be forefather to so many men of strong religious feeling were he not himself religious. Richard was twenty-two the year he landed in the new world, 1630, a carpenter and a good one, as the Plymouth fathers employed him immediately in making a gun carriage for the defences on Fort Hill and in designing and building the first church in the colony. (He had to sue the Pilgrim Fathers to get his pay) He was also a cabinet maker and considered a good workman. He must have learned his trade in England as an apprentice. January 24, 1635, he bought a half-interest in a "corne mill at Hingham", setting an example which was to be followed by his sons.
Source: John A. Church, Descendants of Richard Church of Plymouth, Mass. Bristol Rhode Island Historical Society. http://www.linkline.com/personal/xymox/roh/church.htm
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RICHARD CHURCH
ORIGIN: Unknown
MIGRATION: 1630
FIRST RESIDENCE: Weymouth
REMOVES: Plymouth 1631, Eastham 1649, Charlestown by 1653, Hingham 1654
OCCUPATION: Carpenter [PCR 1:69]. (On 16 February 1632/3 Richard Church hired William Baker to work for him for seven months as a sawyer [PCR 1:8]. On 23 July 1633 William Mendlove bound himself apprentice to Richard Church for seven years "in the trade of carpentry" [PCR 1:15].)
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 [MBCR 1:80]. Admitted Plymouth freeman 2 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:6]; in "1633" and 7 March 1636/7 Plymouth lists of freemen [PCR 1:4, 53]; and in Plymouth section of 1639 list [PCR 8:174].
EDUCATION: His inventory included "books" valued at �1. Made his mark as witness to a deed of 1 June 1649 [PCR 12:181].
OFFICES: Plymouth petit jury, 7 June 1636, 5 October 1640, 1 March 1641/2, 1 November 1642 [PCR 1:42, 7:17, 28, 32]; Plymouth grand jury, 7 March 1636/7, 4 June 1639, 1 March 1641/2, 7 June 1642, 7 March 1642/3, 1 June 1647 [PCR 1:54, 126, 2:34, 41, 53, 116]; appointed arbitrator in a civil dispute, 7 August 1638 [PCR 7:9]. Volunteered for service in Pequot War, 7 June 1637 [PCR 1:60]. In Plymouth section of 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:189].
COMMENTS: In a letter of 6 February 1631/2 from the governor and assistants of Plymouth to the governor and assistants of Massachusetts Bay on various matters of mutual interest to the two colonies, Bradford, in listing persons who had moved from Massachusetts Bay to Plymouth, included "Richard Church [who] came likewise as a sojourner to work for the present; though he is still here resident longer than he purposed; and what he will do, neither we nor I think himself knows. But if he resolve here to settle we shall require of him to procure a dismission; but he did affirm to us at the first, that he was one of Mr. Webb's men, and freed to go for England or whither he would, the which we the rather believed because he came to us from Wessagasscusett upon the falling out with his partner" [WP 3:65].
In the settlement of a lawsuit on 3 January 1632/3 Richard Church was the assignee of William Bennett, the successful plaintiff [PCR 1:7]. Richard Church was plaintiff in civil suits in Plymouth court on 4 February 1638/9, 7 September 1642, 4 June 1652 and 3 March 1662/3 [PCR 7:11, 31, 59, 105, 108]. Richard Church was surety for Mark Mendall/Mendlove on 12 July 1637 and on 4 December 1637 [PCR 1:63, 69], on 4 June 1645 for Matthew Fuller [PCR 2:87], and on 2 March 1646/7 (as "Richard Church, of the Eale River, planter") for George Wright [PCR 2:113, 121, 127].
On 2 June 1640 several people residing at Eel River were presented for not building a bridge there according to order, and repay 50s. to Richard Church and Robert Bartlett (perhaps for undertaking some of the work themselves) [PCR 1:156].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The definitive article on Richard Church was published by Robert S. Wakefield in 1985 [TAG 60:129-39]. He analyzed in great detail the list of children for Richard Church, and discarded four alleged children included in many previous accounts of the family [TAG 60:138-39]. We concur in this, and differ from his treatment only in a few minor and insubstantial places: We do not include even as a possibility the questionable son Richard, for whom there is no documentation, and we differ slightly in some of the estimated dates of birth, where we place no reliance at all on LCVR.
SOURCE: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33
following from:
The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth, March 2001
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Appendix A - Alphabetical List of Passengers
Church, Richard Boston Perhaps from Polstead, Suffolk. Carpenter. Deposed aged 48 in 1657 (b. 1609). Removed to Weymouth, Plymouth and Charlestown. Applied freeman 19 Oct 1630. (M.C.R., I, 80). Died 1668. He came over as a servant of 'Mr. (Richard) Webb' (Drake, Boston, 132).


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