Title: Selleck Research
Author: Scott Stewart, [email protected]
Publication: RootsWeb Freepages, 1 Nov. 2004
Note: "The latest research reveals David Selleck was baptized in 1613 at Overstowey, Somerset, England. The young man Puritan David Selleck arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony's township of Dorchester in the county of Suffolk in July of 1633 most probably from Bristol in Somersetshire, England. The town of Dorc hester was settled three years earlier in 1630 and has since become a ward (in 1868) of the city of Boston. Its borders originally extended nearly to the Rhode Island boundary. The
first emigration from England to Dorchester sailed from the Isle of Wright on 6 April 1630 on the ship Mary and John. The second emigration sailed from Weymouth, England and arrived in Dorchester in July 1633 with eighty-five passengers, including David Selleck. He arrived from Weymouth, England. John Winthrop mentioned in his journal the arrival of this ship on 24 July 1633, with about eighty passengers and twelve cows, setting down at Dorchester. The trip took about twelve weeks, for the ship was forced in to the western islands by a leak. These islands were occupied by the Portuguese who treated the passengers favorably. They stayed here three weeks, but the extreme heat and continuous rains brought sickness and about twenty passengers died of pestilent fever. An interesting piece of information in the New York genealogical and Biographical Record, 1911, reads: 8 September 1653, I Nicholas Sellecke of Clatworthy in the Countye of Sommersett, yeoman, being sicke of body. . . doe give to the poore of Clatworthye 2s.; to my sonne John Sellecke �5 and �3 I must pay his brother William for his debte; to my daughter Charity Upton 50s. which she oweth me; to me sonne Robert Sellecke 3s. 4d.; to my sonne David 3s. 4d.; to my daughter Merab Eames 3s. 4d.; to my sonne Simon Sellecke 3s. 4d.; to my sonne William Sellecke the beddstedd which was brought from Clatworthye to his howse; and all the of my goodes to my sonne Nicholas Sellecke, whome I make my whole Executor. Witnesses: Sarah Blinman, John Venson, John Welsh. Proved 17 February 1653/54, by the executor names. Though no relationship to Nicholas Sellecke has been proved, this information still presents some curious parallels. First and foremost is that fact that Nicholas was a seaman, and that David, who was skilled as a soap-boiler, would pursue developing a sea coastal trading operation. About four years after arriving in the colony, David Selleck married Susannah Kibby, daughter of Henry and Rachel Kibby, on 1 October 1636 however they were married at Taunton St. Mary Mary Magdalene, Somerset, England. The first record of David Selleck, senior in Dorchester appears in the Town Records: "21 10 mo: 1639. md. That the Daye abouve written David Sellecke sold unto Mr. Thomas Makepeace 16 acres of Land Lyeinge and bounded accordinge to a deed bearinge Date with these presents." His signature appears in the records of the First Church at Dorchester where he was a signer to the Articles of Faith on 20 September 1640.
The first free public school, free for all children of the town, and supported by a direct tax, is claimed by the town of Dorchester. The agreement was signed by seventy-five inhabitants of Dorchester with David Selleck's signature appearing on that petition dated 7 December 1641. The first schoolmaster of Dorchester was Reverend Thomas Waterhouse. He was a graduate of Cambridge University, England. He taught for a short time in the first school house built by the town. In government, Massachusetts was a theocracy. The leaders believed the church should dominate government in order to
enforce its tenets. This was all according to the teachings of the Reformation theologian John Calvin. Only members of the
church were permitted to vote and participate in government. According to the colony's charter the freemen - of whom there
were only twelve in 1630 - were to choose the court of assistants to the gover...."
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