|Bilsby Parish Church, courtesy of Wikipedia|
|Ann pleads her case|
Combination for government at Exeter, with the forms of oaths for rulers and people. Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to move the heart of our dread Sovereign Charles by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France & Ireland, to grant license & liberty to sundry of his subjects to grant themselves in the western parts of America - We his loyal subjects, brethren of the church in Ecceter, situate and lying upon the river Pascataquacke with other inhabitants there, considering with ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity, that we should not live without wholesome laws and government among us, of which we are altogether destitute, do in the name of Christ and in the sight of God combine ourselves together to erect and set up amongst us such government as shall be to our best discerning agreeable to the will of God professing ourselves subjects to our Sovereign Lord King Charles, according to the liberties of our English colony of the Massachusetts, and binding ourselves solemnly by the grace and help of Christ, and in his name and fear, to submit ourselves to such godly and christian laws as are established in the realm of England to our best knowledge, and to all other such laws which shall upon good grounds be made and enacted amongst us according to God, that we may live quietly & peacably together in all godliness and honesty. Mo. 5 D. 4, 1639.
|Reverend John Wheelwright|
The Reverend Wheelwright left Exeter by 1641, and moved to Wells, Maine, as the Massachusetts Bay Colony was starting to take control of New Hampshire, and he was still in hot water with Governor Winthrop. He would eventually be pardoned by John Winthrop and allowed back into Massachusetts. The Crams did not follow him to Maine.
John Cram made a final move to the town of Hampton, New Hampshire. He lived in the area that would be known as Hampton Falls. He and his wife must have been good upstanding Puritans as they became church members in full. John died there on March 5th, 1681 age 85. His wife Ester died in Hampton 16 May 1677.
John and Ester had the following children:
1. Elizabeth, bp. Bilsby 11 March 1625/6 no further record
2. John, bp. Bilsby 15 Feb. 1627/8 died young
3. John, bp. Bilsby 13 April 1629, buried in Farlsthorpe 16 April 1633
4. Jospeh bp. Farlsthorpe 5 Oct 1632 died Exeter June 1648
5. Benjamin b.about 1637 Exeter m. 28 Nov. 1662 Argentine Cromwell
6. Thomas b. about 1644 Exeter m. Elizabeth Weare
7. Mary b. 1646
8. Lydia b. 1648 unmarried in 1665
John Wheelwright returned to England in 1656 for about six years. He went to college with Oliver Cromwell and was well received by him. After Cromwell's death and the return of the Monarchy, Wheelwright once again sailed for Massachusetts and lived his final years in Salisbury, Massachusetts.
Of John and Esters eight children only two seem to have had children, Thomas and Benjamin. Benjamin Cram married Argentine Cromwell, daughter of Giles Cromwell, in 1662. They lived in Hampton Falls.(Please read my article on Giles Cromwell) They had nine children:
1.Sarah, born September 19, 1663, unmarried in 1707.
2.John, born April 6, 1665, married Mary; had seven children: Argentine, Abigail, Benjamin, Wadleigh, Jonathan, John, and Mary.
Benjamin Sr. left all his land and cattle to his son Benjamin Jr. Benjamin was born in 1666 and married in 1699 Sarah Shaw of Hampton. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Shaw and Elizabeth Partridge, grand daughter of William and Ann Spicer Partridge. Not much is written about Benjamin Cram Jr.
their children were:
(1) Samuel, born April 30,1699, died young;
(2) Lydia, born March 4, 1701;
(3) Charity, born March 28, 1703;
(4) Elizabeth, born February 8, 1704 - 5;
(5) Hephshebeth, born August 6, 1706;
(6) Jonathan, born October 8, 1708
(7) Samuel, born October 24, 1710
(8) Benjamin, born about 1712
(9) Sarah b. 1716 m. Jonathan Norris
|Map of Hampton Falls|
Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
Virginia S. Hall. The Lincolnshire Origins of Some Exeter Settlers, 1867-1921
Charles Henry Bell. The History of Exeter, New Hampshire, Boston, MA, 1888.
Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire 1635-, Volume 31 By New Hampshire. Probate Court
Church of England. Parish Church of Bilsby (Lincoln). Bishop's transcripts, 1561-1832. (Salt
Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966).