WILTERTON Susannah

Female Abt 1610 - 1673  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name WILTERTON Susannah 
    Born Abt 1610  Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    _UID 146A0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000F270 
    Died 25 Jan 1672/3  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • 129 SUSSANAH WILTERTON
      Various spellings of Sussanah’s last name were found: Wolterton, Walterton, Wilterton. Some records show her father as Stephen Wilterton. Sometimes her maiden name is erroneously shown as Jordan. This is because she married Stephen Jordan (or Jourdain) following the death of Nathaniel1 Merrill. Nathaniel2, son of Nathaniel1 and Susanna, gave a deed dated Aug. 16, 1661 to Peter Godfrey of Newbury in which the phrase occurs, after the decease of my mother Susana Jordan...., and out this fact the error regarding the maiden name of Nathaniel’s wife grew. She was born about 1610 in Wherstead, England and was buried in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1673. Another source said she died in Newbury 25 January, 1662. Stephen Jordan came to America in March, 1633/4, in the ship Mary and John, and settled in Ipswich. He removed after 1649 to Newbury. He died in Newbury * Feb. 1669/70. Susanna Jordan died 15 Jan 1672/3, in Newbury, administration on her estate being granted to her son Abel2 Merrill. It is supposed no children were born to Stephen and Susanna Jordan, none being mention in the settlement of the estate of either. John2 Merrill, one of the older sons of Nathaniel1, went to Hartford, Conn., before 1657, while still a minor and was adopted by Gregory Wilterton.
      Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary said that Gregory Wilterton had good estate, large tan works, and no children. Gregory Wilterton made his will 17 July, 1674, and died soon after, leaving legacies to a number of persons, including relatives in Ipswich, England. Savage adds: Most of his estate was given to John Merrills, because he had adopted him. The same statement of adoption is repeated in the Memorial History of Hartford County. These facts lend plausibility to the theory that Gregory Wilterton was a brother of Susanna Merrill. It was a long journey from Newbury to Hartford; means of communication were meager, and both communities were in their infancy. It seems unlikely that John2, as a very young man, would have made such a journey, seperating himself for a lifetime from home and kin, unless to make a home with other kin in the place where he went to live. Gregory Wilterton of Hartford was childless: Susanna Merrill of Newbury was a widow with five sons and a daughter, most of them in their minority. It would have been natural for Gregory Wilterton under these circumstances to write to his kinswomen int Massachusetts Bay Colony and offer a home and modest fortune to one of the boys. But Gregory Wilterton may have been a more distant relative, or merely a friend. Until other evidence is brought forward the conscientious genealogist must say that the maiden name of Nathaniel’s wife is unkonw.
      LIFE IN THE NEW WORLD Shortly after Nathaniel and Sussana arrived in the New World and started their new family, the war with Pequot Indians broke out. They coped well with everything, considering that all of their children lived fairly long lives, the shortest span being Abel’s, their fifth son and our direct ancestor, who lived 45 years. Some of Nathaniel’s incentive for choosing Massachusetts, along with many others, may have been helped by Captain John Smith (1580-1631). In reporting to the English his founding of Jamestown and his exploration of the northern coast, which he named New England, Captain Smith said, Could I have the means to transport a colony, I would rather live here [New England] than anywhere. Of course, the topic of the New World was much discussed at the churches and the taverns throughout England helping to ignite the imagination of many an Englishman.

      Susanna’s Estate
      From The Probate Records of Essex, County, Mass.: Administration on the estate of Susan Jordan, intestate, granted Mar. 25, 1673, to Abell Merrill, her youngest son. Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, page 193. Inventory of the estate of Susanna Jordan, deceased Jan. 25, 1672, taken Feb. 4, 1672 by William Pilsbury, Moses Pilsbury and Anthony Somerby: one cow, 3li. 15s.; two heifers coming three yere old, 5li.; one pigg, 3s. 4d.; her wearing apparrell, 2li.; an old flockbed, a paire of sheets, an old Rug & blancket, 1li. 10s; two old Iron potts, one pr. of pot hooks, frying pan, bucket, 2 tramells, 1li. 4s.; a little cubbard, 2 old chests, a keiler, an old hogshead & 2 trayes, 14s.; 3 old chests, a keiler, an old hogshead & 2 trayes, 14s.; 3 old pewter dishes, an old chamber pot, a pint pott & a broken cup, 13s.; An old sword, a spit, fire shovel & tongues, 10s.; a brasen candlestick, pr. of sheep sheers, an old brasse skillet & some lumber, 3s.; total 15li. 12s. 4d. Debts due from Abraham Merril, 1li. 10s.; Richard Bartlet, 1li.; Thomas Barbur, 9s. The deceased owes to Henry Short, 1li. 10s.; goodman Ordway, 5s. 5d.; John Bartlet, 2s.; Will. Bolten, 2s, 8d.; Tristrum Coffin, 12s.; John Knight, 6s; to Abell Merrill for wintering two cowes 3 winters & 2 calves, 7li. 4s.; cutting & making 3 load & half of hay, 18s.; charges for her funerall for her coffin & digging the grave, 1li.; due to Joane Merrill, 2li. 5s.; total 12li. 5 s. 1d. Attested in Ipswich Court 25: 1m: 1673 by Abell Merrill, Essex County Probate Files, Docket 15,247.
    Person ID I4104  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 

    Father WILTERTON,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F49253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MERRILL Nathaniel,   b. 1 May 1601, Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1655, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1635  [3
    • It is supposed that Nathaniel was married before leaving England. However Savage, in the "Genealogical Dictionary of New England" (published in 1861) states that Nathaniel Merrill married Susanna Jordan (this may have just been copied from Coffin's "History of Newbury" (1845). After his death, his widow married Stephen Jordan (or Jourdain).
    Children 
     1. Deacon MERRILL John,   b. 16 Feb 1636, Lawford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1712, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Deac. MERRILL Abraham, Sr.,   b. Abt 1637, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1722, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     3. MERRILL Nathaniel,   b. Abt 1638, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1682/3, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
     4. MERRILL Susanna,   b. 1640, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1690  (Age 50 years)
     5. Sergt. MERRILL Daniel, Sr.,   b. 20 Aug 1642, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1717, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. MERRILL Abel, Sr.,   b. 20 Feb 1643/4, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1689, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     7. MERRILL Thomas,   b. 1648, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1533  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 JORDAN Stephen,   d. 8 Feb 1669 
    Married Bef 16 Aug 1661  [1, 4
    • Married after the death of Nathaniel Merrill.
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F5770  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1610 - Wherestead, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S524] Book-Seven Hundred Ancestors, CS71.L58., p.98.

    2. [S325] Book-Mass. & Maine Families, p.594.

    3. [S159] Correspondence-Internet-Lynde Randall, 11/2/97 5:37.

    4. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, p.159.