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  • ID: I58637
  • Name: Robert Emerson
  • Surname: Emerson
  • Given Name: Robert
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 Nov 1629 in Cadney, Lincolnshire, England
  • Death: 25 Jun 1694 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
  • Burial: Jun 1694 Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
  • _UID: ECB0A8673751D911A82900080EDCE12BECDD
  • Note:
    !"In 1661 when he was 32 Robert Emerson joined with his brother Michael in the purchase of a large farm in Haverhill
    from Robert Swan. On 17 May 1669 he bought an acre and a half of meadow of Obadiah Ayer; on 29 Oct 1673 one acre
    of meadow from Elizabeth Linfurth; on 12 June 1674 20 acres of land by the Fishing River of John Williams; and on 28
    Jan 1679 3 more of meadow from Peter Ayer. On 25 Jan 1675 Robert Emerson, along with Thomas Dustin, was listed as one of those building homes. These householders were prohibited from building on Common land as earlier householders had been permitted to do. Before 1675 grants of land were seldom recorded in the town book at the time they were laid out. Thus Robert Emerson acquired considerable land through purchase. Since he does not seem to have had a trade he devoted full time to farming. He was a member of the church as shown by his becoming a "freeman" of the colony 29 April 1668. The high regard his fellow citizens had for Robert Emerson is shown by his frequent service as a selectman which would be similar to city councilman today. He served as selectman in 1671, 1676, 1678 and 1687. In 1679 he was elected constable, 10 years after his brother Michael had held that position. This job indicates that he was not only literate but could keep accounts although later in life when he made his will poor vision or other incapacity forced him to not write it himself and to make an X instead of signing it. The respect of his fellows is shown by the following record:

    "February 22, 1686/7. Robert Emerson openly moved for to know by whom the bridge over the Fishing river at his house is to be made. In answer to it the selectmen are ordered to take effectual care about the matter proposed."

    In 1683 Robert Emerson along with the minister and 12 others voted to buy the house where Henry Palmer lived and died for use of the ministry forever and to place the new meeting house upon the old site but they were voted down by 34 including Michael Emerson. The next year two men offered their houses for sale for the ministry and Wm. Startin's was accepted. He was paid with 10 acres of land on Fishing River near Robert Emerson's. Not until 1698 did the vote pass to move into the new meeting house when almost finished. Those who hadn't wanted it in the first place voted against it--among them Michael Emerson and two of his sons, Johnathan and Joshua Emerson."
  • Change Date: 19 Dec 2004 at 00:00:00



    Father: Thomas Emerson b: ABT 1591 in Cadney, Lincolnshire, England
    Mother: Margaret Froe b: 1591 in Cadney, Lincolnshire, England

    Marriage 1 Ann Grant b: 21 Dec 1637 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    • Married: 4 Nov 1658 in Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    Children
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Emerson b: 29 May 1660 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    2. Has No Children Thomas Emerson b: 4 Jun 1662 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Sarah Emerson b: 23 Apr 1665 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Lydia Emerson b: 11 Aug 1667 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    5. Has Children Joseph Emerson b: 26 Feb 1668/1669 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    6. Has No Children Ephraim Emerson b: 25 Aug 1672 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    7. Has Children Stephen Emerson b: 17 Dec 1674 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
    8. Has Children Benjamin Emerson b: 8 Jan 1678/1679 in Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
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