"Mayflower Families
Through Five Generations"


Volume Sixteen, Part 1

John Alden


Published by

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

pp. 23-27

Elizabeth Alden and William Pabodie

ELIZABETH ALDEN was born at Plymouth, about 1624-25 (age at death); died at Little Compton, 31 May 1717 (RIVR, 4:6:143) in her 93rd (The Boston News-Letter, 17 June 1717) or 94th year (gravestone)

ELIZABETH2 ALDEN (John1) was born at Plymouth, about 1624-25 (age at death); died at Little Compton, 31 May 1717 (RIVR, 4:6:143) in her 93rd (The Boston News-Letter, 17 June 1717) or 94th year (gravestone). She and her husband are buried in Little Compton (NEHGR, 115:263, her stone says "Erected June 1882"; his says "Stone recut by the Colonial Daughters of the 17th century"; MD, 34:98-99).

She married at Duxbury, 26 December 1644 (Duxbury Town Rec, 1:1 and Plymouth Col Ct Orders, 2:107 in MD, 8:231,~ 13:86; PCR, 8:288; VR, 282 has "20[sic]"), WILLIAM PABODIE/PAYBODY, son of John and Isabell (Brittaine?) Paybody (Torrey's Marriages, 549), born probably in England (Stiles Diary, 1:150), about 1620 (deposition 1681, age at death); died at Little Compton, 13 December 1707 in his 88th year (MD, 34:99 and ill.; RIVR, 4:6:143; NEHGR, 115:263). On 9 June 1681 William made a deposition stating he was aged about 61 (Suffolk Files #3347, copied from Plymouth Court Records). William was named as the youngest son in John Paybody's will, dated 16 July 1649 and proved 27 April 1667, which also named William's son John (MD, 17:23; NEHGR, 11:198). In 1653 Bradford recorded that William Paybody and Experience Mitchell had sold to Joseph Beedle of Marshfield the grant of land at the North River in Scituate that John Paybody and Mitchell had received in 1640. Beedle had since sold the land to John Hoare of Scituate (Plymouth Col LR, 11:1:47 in MD, 2:96).

No birth record for Elizabeth Alden survives, but her parentage is confirmed in the Division of Cattle made 22 Nat 1627 (1 June 1627 n.s.), which shows her with John and Priscilla Alden in the "fourth lot" (MD, 1:150). Bradford stated in his list of Mayflower passengers made in 1651 that John and Priscilla's "eldest dau. is maried & hath five children" (MD, 1:13).

In 1771 Ezra Stiles, D.D. LL.D., President of Yale University, recorded in his diary a "Memoir of the Family of Pabodie as I received it from Deacon Pabody of Newport":

"He [William] came out of England & settled first at Plymouth; afterwards removed & was among the first Settlers of Saconet or Little Compton perhaps about 1680. For many years he kept up the Lordsday Worship in his house where most of the settlers attended -- by praying Reading & singing: till about 1700 when they got a preacher. He was a very pious and exemplary Man: became Deacon of the Chh. He always sat with the Minister in the pulpit (tho' not as Elder). He was with his son Wm in the Foundation of the Chh in Saconet at its Gathering in 1704. Of which Chh he himself & afterwards his son William Pabodie & afterwards his Grandson Wm Paboide (& I think another Grandson, viz. Joseph Pabodie) were Deacons. They are all dead. But another of his Grandsons, viz. Benjamin Pabodie, born 1717 is now living an exemplary Deacon of the first congregational Chh in Newport Rh. Island: from whom I [Ezra Stiles] have this Account" (Stiles Diary, 1:150).

William Pabodie was listed at Duxbury as a male "able to bear arms" (between the age of 16 and 60) in August 1643 (PCR, 8:187). He was an original proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645 and was admitted a Freeman of the colony on 5 June 1651 (PCR, 2:154, 167; Gen Dict RI, 141). In 1648 he purchased for 70 the 80-acre homestead in Duxbury which had formerly belonged to Jonathan Brewster from John Holland and Hopestill Foster of Dorchester (Plymouth Col LR, 11:1:43 in MD, 2:93-94).

In 1669 William was one of the first proprietors of Freetown, purchasing the fourteenth lot (Plymouth Col LR, 3:1:151-52; MD, 41:15) but exchanging it for land elsewhere (Freetown Hist, 6). He was a proprietor of Saconett (Little Compton) in 1675, but he remained in Duxbury where he was a selectman and town clerk for 18 years and where he recorded the births of all of his children (MD, 1:163). He called himself of Duxbury, "planter," when be sold 30 acres in Duxbury "lying neare namasakisit" in 1672 (MD, 32:101-102). William Pabody of Duxbury is included on a list of the early land owners in Little Compton on 29 April 1675 (TAG, 61:133).

In 1679 William Pabodie of Duxborrow, planter, exchanged his half of 2/5 of the 2nd lot at Saconet, which he owned in common with Constant Southworth, for the 9th lot in the possession of William Southworth (Bristol Co LR, 1:296). On 5 July 1683 Benjamin Church of Bristol and William Pabodie of Little Compton exchanged houselots in the first division of Little Compton, and William Pabodie sold the 6th, 8th, and 9th lots in Little Compton to John Woodman on 5 December 1688 (Bristol Co LR, 2:146; 1:85). William Fobes assigned a deed to William Pabody and Ichabod "Wrisenall" on 14 May 1683. Philip Tabor sold land in weskanaugh to William Pabody on 12 November 1685 and Pabody assigned the same land to Edward Southworth and William Fobes (his sons-in-law] on 28 January 1685/6 (Land and Notarial Records of RI, 3:222-23 in Rhode Island Roots, 14:87). On 6 September and 18 November 1686 William bought land in the 3/4 Mile Square [which had been laid out to 32 different purchasers and which was formerly the reservation of Awashonks, Queen of the Sogonates -bounded on the east by the great main road and on the west by the Sakonet River (Little Compton Farns, 436-39)1 from Capt. Benjamin Church and Daniel Greenel, and on 3 October 1686 he exchanged land with Daniel Wilcock for another lot in 3/4 Mile Square (Bristol Co LR 2: 271-72, 278). On 13 March 1688/9 William sold Lot 52 in the second division of houselots in Little Compton to Anthony Colomer, and a reproduction of this deed with William's autograph signature is printed in MD, 17:129.

William Pabodie served on the grand jury in June 1648 and was receiver of excise in June 1650. In March 1655 he served on a jury that found John Walker guilty of manslaughter "by chance medley." In 1657, 1660, and 1662 he served on committees laying out land and roads. In October 1665 his committee attended to rebuilding the bridge over Jones River. On 27 June 1667 William was granted "the remainder of that land he paid for, being a parcel of poor hilly barren land." To satisfy a debt of 7 from William and Moses Numaker, William Pabodie received lands on 1 July 1672. He was on the coroners jury in June 1673 and was on committees hearing complaints from persons to whom the Colony was indebted in July 1677 and to apportion tax rates in 1681. In June 1680 he and two others bound out Talamanuck's one thousand acres at Saconnett and in October 1681 ran the line between lands of Saconnett and Punckateeset to the Dartmouth bounds. On 3 March 1686 William and partners bought lands at Saconnet Neck for 75 from Awashunk, Squaw Sachem. He was a selectman in both Duxbury and Little Compton in 1668, 1672-1675, 1680, 1684 and a Deputy to the General Court in 1654-1663, 1670-1677, and 1679-1682 (PCR, 3:77, 49, 115, 135, 162, 187, 198, 214; 4:14, 37; GenDictRi, 141).

William Pabodie of Little Compton, husbandman, gave for "affection to my grandson William Simmons of Little Compton," the 24th and 34th lots and 1/4 of the first lot in Little Compton on 21 June 1700 (Bristol Co LR, 3:157). He made a similar gift to his daughter Sarah and her husband John Coe of Boston of three small parcels in Little Compton on 18 February 1685, and one to his daughter Lydia and her husband Daniel Grinnell dated 1 January 1687/8 for "80 acres of land in Little Compton in the sixth great lott"(Bristol Co LR, 1:226, 3:3).

In his will of 13 May 1707, William Pabodie of Little Compton, "for the settleing & Continueing peace in my family and amongst my Children after my Decease do order my estate in the world as followeth," to his wife (not named) all the housing and lands the part of in Little Compton called the "three quarters of a mile square," the east end of the house for the term of her widowhood, all household stuff except one set of green curtains already given to daughter "Lidea Greenil," all of the livestock, money and the bills; if she remarried she was only to receive her dower thirds. His only surviving son, William, had received some property by deed of gift and was to receive the whole of the housing and lands in Little Compton after his mother's death, as well as all of the books not otherwise disposed of. Grandsons Stephen Southworth, son of daughter Rebecah deceased, and William and John Pabodie, Sons of William, receved the one third of the land at "weskanauge westward of the town of Providence in Rhod Island...not as yet bound out nor Divided Namely one whole share I purchased of Philip Taber [in a deed dated 12 November 1685]," and two thirds of the land in the same area bought by son-in-law William "Foabs" from Shuball Painter on 8 March 1682 and then signed over to son-in-law Ichabod Wiswall and himself. The other two shares of the Taber land had been sold to sons-in-law Edward Southworth and William Fobes, and the other third of the Painter land was sold to Edward Southworth. Pabodie gave one shilling each to his "naturall" daughters (i.e. legitimate biological daughters as opposed to daughters-in-law) Mary, Mercey, Martha, Priscilla, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Lidia, the heirs of daughter Elizabeth, and the heirs of daughter Rebecah. The widow and son were named executors and the will was witnessed by John Woodman, Peter Taylor, and Samuel Willbore. Witnesses were sworn on 27 February 1707(18] and on that day bond was given by "m" Elizabeth Pabodie and her son william Pabodie."

The inventory of William's estate, taken on 30 December 1707, was valued at 407.14.00, most of which was the 70 acres of undescribed land valued at 315. The share of land at "washquanoug" was not valued. The will was recorded 1 March 1707[/8] and William Pabodie filed an executor's account on 7 September 1709 in which be lists legacies paid to "sisters" Mary, Mercey, Martha, Prissilla, Sarah, Ruth, Hannah, and Lidiah; to "the heirs of sister Elizabeth"; and to "husband of sister Rebecca" (Bristol Co PR, 2:193-94, 268-69, 295; MD, 6:129-35 reproduces entire text of will and inventory; Bristol PR Abstracts, 1:39).

Children of William and Elizabeth (Alden) PABODIE, all recorded at Duxbury by William (VR, 114 and MD, 1:163, 9: 171-72):

i. JOHN,3 b. 4 Oct 1645; d. Duxbury, 17 Nov. 1669 (VR, 397); unm. On 18 November 1669 a Coroner's Jury found "that he rydeying on the road, his horse caryed him underneath a bow of a young tree and violently forcing his head into the body thereof brake his skull, which we doe judge was the cause of his death" (PCR, 5:19). John was named in his grandfather John Paybody's will of 16 July 1649 from which he received "my lott of Land at the new plantation" (MD, 17:23).

ii. ELIZABETH, b. 24 April 1647; m. JOHN3 ROGERS.

iii. MARY, b. 7 Aug. 1648; m. EDWARD SOUTHWORTH.

iv. MERCY, b. 2 Jan. 1649(1501; m. JOHN SIMMONS.

v. MARTHA, b. 24 Feb. 1650(111; m. (1) SAMUEL SEABURY, (2) WILLIAM FOBES.

vi. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 16 Nov. 1652; d. Duxbury, 2 March 1652/3 (vR, 397).

vii. PRISCILLA [Prisillah], b. 15 Jan. 1653[/4]; m. ICHABOD WISWALL

viii. SARAH, b. 7 Aug. 1656; m. JOHN COE.

ix. RUTH, b. 27 June 1658; m. BENJAMIN4 BARTLETT.

x. REBECCA [Rebeckah], b. 16 Oct. 1660; m. WILLIAM SOUTHWORTH.

xi. HANNAH, b. 15 Oct. 1662; m. (1) SAMUEL4 BARTLETT, (2) JOHN CHURCHILL.

xii. WILLIAM, b. 24 Nov. 1664; m. (1) JUDITH4 TILDEN, (2) ELIZABETH (THROOPE) PECK, (3) MARY (MORGAN) STARR.

xiii. LYDIA [Lideah], b. 3 April 1667; m. DANIEL GRINNELL.


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