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  1. ROBERT MOULTON: Birth: ABT 1616 in England. Death: SEP 1665 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts

  2. Dorothy Moulton: Birth: ABT 1618. Death: 1679 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut


Sources
1. Title:   Anderson, Robert C., The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. II G-O (Boston: NEHGS, 1995)
Page:   pgs. 1304-1306
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RepositoryId:   R2
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CallNumber:   CS / 71 / C989 1889
2. Title:   Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem 1626-1637, Vol. I (Salem, Mass., S. Perley, 1924-28)
Page:   pg. 117
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RepositoryId:   R2
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CallNumber:   CS / 71 / C989 1889
3. Title:   Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines Vol. I, Rufus R. Dawes Line (Milwaukee: Privately Printed, 1943)
Page:   pgs. 452-455
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RepositoryId:   R2
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CallNumber:   CS / 71 / C989 1889

Notes
a. Continued:   Anderson, Robert C., "The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633" Vol. II G-O, Boston: NEHGS, 1995. Pages 1303-1306 ROBERT MOULTON ORIGIN: Unknown MIGRATION: 1629 FIRST RESIDENCE: Salem REMOVES: Charlestown 1630, Salem 1636 OCCUPATION: Shipwright. FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:366]. EDUCATION: Signed his will.OFFICES: Deputy to General Court from Charlestown, 14 May 1634, 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:116, 145]. Deputy to General Court from Salem, 18 April 1637 [MBCR 1:191; STR 1:45]. Committee to supervise the building of the seafort, 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:120]. Charlestown constable in 1634 [MBCR 1:114]. Lotlayer and assessor, 9 January 1633/4 [ChTR 10]. Selectman, 10 February 1634/5 [ChTR 13]. Essex County petit jury foreman, 27 December 1636, 3 October 1637 [EQC 1:4, 6]. Petit jury, 25 June 1639, 24 September 1639, 29 September 1640, 29 June 1641, 31 December 1644, 6 July 1647 [EQC 1:11, 12, 21, 28, 74, 114]. Salem selectman, 1636, 1637 [STR 1:34, 38, 44, 50]. Auditor, 1637 (as "Father Molton") [STR 1:48]. Tythingman, 7 July 1644 [STR 1:131]. ESTATE: Surrendered five acres on Mystic Side in Charlestown, 1635 [ChTR 14]. Had share of hayground of three, which was increased to four, 1635 [ChTR 19, 20]. "ROBT. MOLTON" received one hundred acres in the freemen's land in the Salem land grant of 1636 [STR 1:20]. He was granted three-quarters of an acre of marsh on 25 December 1637, with a household of four [STR 1:103]. In his will, dated 20 February 1654/5 and proved 26 June 1655, "ROBT. MOULTON Senior being by God's hand on my sick bed" appointed "my son ROBERT MOULTON" executor; to "my daughter Dorothy Edwards" £20 and household goods; to "my son Robert" his farm, until "my grandson Robert Moulton" is 21, at which time grandson is to have half farm and apple orchards, and whole at death of his father and mother, and if grandson Robert should die before 21, then to "his next elder brother," and so on; to Goodwife Buffum 20s.; to Joshua Buffum 10s.; residue to "my son Robert" he to pay debts [EPR 1:210]. The inventory totalled £113 8s. with real estate valued at £45: "farm with all the housing on it," £35; and the "houses and ground in the town," £10 [EPR 1:210-11]. BIRTH: By about 1587 based on estimated date of marriage. DEATH: Salem between 20 February 1654/5 (date of will) and 26 June 1655 (probate of will). MARRIAGE: By about 1612 Alice _____ (assuming she was the mother of his children). "Alice Molton" joined the church at Charlestown 27 December 1632 [ChChR 1]. She evidently predeceased her husband. CHILDREN: i ROBERT, b. say 1616 (asks for a farm in 1637 [STR 1:64]); m. by 1641 ABIGAIL GOAD (on about 20 January 1640/1 Lucy Downing, writing from Salem, to Margaret Winthrop, reported that "my maid Abigail is suddenly to be married to Robert Moulton of this town" [WP 4:306]; "my maid Abigail" is identified in a letter of the same date from Emmanuel Downing to John Winthrop as "my niece Nab Goade" [WP 4:306]), daughter of John and Abigail (Downing) Goad [TAG 74:305]. ii Dorothy, b. say 1618; m. (1) by 1637 Abraham Finch, son of DANIEL FINCH; (2) by 1638 John Edwards; (3) by 1667 Richard Tousley [NEHGR 145:317-22].. ASSOCIATIONS: There have been suggestions that ROBERT was brother of Thomas Moulton (see sketch below) who appeared at Charlestown in 1631. This seems more than possible, but there is no supporting evidence. Thomas stayed in Charlestown, while ROBERT soon returned to Salem; Thomas was about fifteen to twenty years younger than ROBERT; and the two men do not interact in any way. We should also consider the possibility of a connection with the various Moultons who arrived some years later, from Ormsby, Norfolk, and vicinity. The names Robert and Thomas appear in both families; and there are connections of the early and late Moultons with Salem. The Moultons of Ormsby have, however, been studied extensively, and there do not seem to be any spare Roberts or Thomases who might be identified as the Charlestown men [NEHGR 141:313-28, 144:245-63, 147:129-45]. Henry and Nicholas Phelps, sons of Eleanor Trusler, witnessed ROBERT MOULTON's will, while Robert Moulton Sr. witnessed the wills of Thomas Trusler and Eleanor Trusler, and participated in appraising their estates [EPR 1:183, 212; EQC 1:356]. This may have been simply the consequence of the Trusler and Moulton farms being adjacent to one another [EPR 1:183], but a relation by blood or marriage is certainly possible. COMMENTS: In a letter dated Gravesend, 17 April 1629, Gov. Craddock described ROBERT MOULTON: "We have sent six shipwrights of whom Robert Molton is chief..." [SLR 1:x; MBCR 1:54]. ROBERT MOULTON was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1630 [ChTR 6], and was in the lists of inhabitants of 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [ChTR 10, 15]. He signed the agreement of 10 February 1634/5 which established the office of selectman in Charlestown [ChTR 13]. "Goo[dman] ROBERT MOULTON" was one of five Salem men disarmed on 20 November 1637 for supporting Wheelwright and Hutchinson [MBCR 1:212]. ROBERT MOULTON was one of several men who kept their cattle on the Salem common without permission and were fined at December Term, 1642 [EQC 1:49]. His bull went to the herd in 1640 [STR 1:99]. On 12 March 1645/6 Robert Moulton and Michael Shafflyn, as agents for Mr. Townsend Bishop, sold land to RALPH FOGG and Richard Adams [ELR 1:2, 3].


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