Mighill1 Cressey (Mighel Cresse),
born in Kent County, England, in 1628, and landed at
"Royal Side" Salem, now Beverly, Mass., in 1649, when he
It is said the family has been traced back to 1066 A.D.,
when a Cressey was with William, the Duke of Normandy, France,
who crossed to England and became William the Conqueror. The
records indicate that there were two young men whose names
were Mighel and William Cresse, who lived in the Salem township
before 1650. They probably came with Captain Thomas Lothrop,
by whom they were employed. William1
in the family of
Mordica Larcom of Beverly Farms in 1661, and later went to
Stamford, Connecticut, and probably was the ancestor of the
families that spell the name Crissey. It was Captain Lothrop
who, with 60 of his soldiers, fell in the massacre
by the Indians during King Philip's War at "Bloody Brook"
in Deerfield, Mass., on September 18, 1675. They were styled
the "Flower of Essex." Maghill1
lived in the
and the family of Joshua Ray, who lived on Conant Street,
North Beverly, whose dau. Berthia had married Captain Lothrop.
lived here until his marriage with Mary, daughter of
John and Elizabeth
Batchelder of "Royal Side." John Batchelder was born in
Canterbury, England, in 1611; was a tailor. He sailed from
Sandwich in 1637; built a house near the present golf grounds,
near Elliott Street; was a member of a military company.
He died in 1675 at 64; estate valued at £230 . His will
begins: "I bequeath my soul to the Lord Jesus, my Redeemer,
and my body to my friends, by them only to be interred, and
what estate the Lord hast given, I dispose of, etc."
Mighill1 Cressey, farmer, married
Mary Batchelder in
was baptized at the First Church in Salem, September
19, 1640, and died in child-bed in 1659, leaving a son,
John,2 who was brought up by his
Joseph Batchelder. Mighill moved to Ipswich and married (2) in
1660 Mary, daughter of Mark Quilter, born in 1641. He died in
Ipswich in 1670 at 42; value of estate as per inventory,
£52 17s. 10d. His widow moved to Rowley with her 3
children and married (2) in 1671 Joseph Horsley, who died in
She died in Rowley May 7, 1707 at 67.
a member of a military company.
Dea. John2, born August, 1659, at "Royal Side," now Beverly, Mass., married Sarah Gaines.
Maghill, born April 1, 1661, in Ipswich, married Sarah Hidden of Rowley.
William, born 1663 in Ipswich, married Anne Hidden of Rowley.
Mary, born 1667 in Ipswich, married 1698 Samuel Hidden of Rowley. He died in 1717. She died about 1722.
THE SECOND CHURCH IN BEVERLY, MASS.