Saturday, March 3, 2012

Robert Fitt and Grace Lord of Salisbury and Ipswich


Here is another Salisburyman to whom we are related.  Robert lived in Salisbury for some time, eventually leaving for Ipswich. Hoyt says Robert and his brother Richard both came to the Bay Colony, Richard to Ipswich and Newbury and Robert to Salisbury and Ipswich.  Robert married Grace Lord, sister of Robert Lord of Ipswich, date unknown. Merrill doesn't mention him in his book The History of Amesbury, except to site a land sale. Robert was given land in the first division of Salisbury and was taxed as a commoner in 1650 and 52 to pay the Minister's salary.  He described himself as a "Planter".  Robert was is Salisbury until 1657, he had signed the agreement to split of Amesbury in 1654 and 1657.  He sold his lot in Salisbury to Phillip Griffin and left for Ipswich.  Robert died there on 9 May 1665, Grace died 25 April 1684. 
Robert and Grace oddly enough had only one child, Abraham, who on 16  May 1655 married Sarah Thompson of Ipswich.  He received land in Salisbury in 1654, but according to Hoyt left Salisbury for Ipswich at the request of her father, Simon Thompson. Simon gave or conveyed to Abraham a house and land in Ipswich. He took the freeman's oath in 1674 and was impressed to fight in the Naragansett expedition  in 1675.  Sarah died 6 June 1664 and Abraham remarried to Widow Rebecca Birdley on 7 Jan 1668. 
Sarah Fitts daughter of Abraham and his first wife Sarah Thompson married William Baker of Ipswich. 
I have alot of questions about this bio, maybe you can help me out readers!

Unanswered Questions about Robert and Grace:
1. Where in England was Robert from?
2.  Where was Grace from, and was she the sister of Robert Lord?
3.  Did they marry in England or America?
4.  Is Grace the mother or step-mother of Abraham?
5.  When was Abraham born?

Sources:
Old Familes of Salisbury and Amesbury, Hoyt
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