The Cressy Family

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Dea. John2 Cressey (Mighill1) was born at "Royal Side," Salem, now Beverly, Mass., in August, 1659. His mother died leaving him an infant and he was brought up by his grandfather Batchelder. At his grandfather's death he chose in court his uncle, Joseph Batchelder, to be his guardian in 1675, when he was 16. His father died in 1670 and left him 6 acres of land along "Royal Neck" and £5 English money. When a young man he bought several lots of land and probably owned 100 acres, including the property he bought in 1709, which appears to have been the home of his boyhood, which runs through the golf grounds, and has been owned by descendants for more than 200 years. His trade was a weaver and tailor. In manhood Dea. Cressey became a prominent and influential director in the political and religious activities of the community. He was a charter member and first deacon of the Second Church in Beverly. The meetinghouse was built in 1714 and stands today, 1935. The church was organized in 1715 with 15 members, all men. Rev. John Chipman was first pastor. His name is found among the trustees of the land set apart for the erection of the first schoolhouse at "Royal Side" in 1692, which was located on Conant Street. He married in 1685 Sarah, dau. of John and Mary (Treadwell) Gaines of Ipswich. He died in 1735. She died in 1751; buried at North Beverly.

Dea. John's2 Children:
6 I.

Mary3, born 1686, married Joseph Foster, shoemaker, 1712. She died 1714.


Joseph Foster, born 1714.

7 II.

John, b. 1688, d. 1690.

8 III.

Sarah, b. 1692, m. 1718 James Smith. Ch.: Sarah, Mary, James, Abigail, m. Dea. Roundy.

9 IV.

John, b. 1694, m. Mary Lovett.

10 V.

Joseph, b. 1696, m. Sarah Dodge.

11 VI.

(Lieut.) Daniel, b. 1698, m. Sarah Ingleson of Salem.

12 VII.

Job, b. 1700, m. (1) Rebecca Diamond, (2) Berthia Batchelder.

13 VIII.

Benjamin, b. 1702, m. Christian Trask.

14 IX.

Hannah, b. 1705, m. Daniel Wallis of Beverly, shoemaker. She d. 1762. Ch.: 1 (Dea.) Caleb, son Bartholomew, son Andrew W., son Andrew II, son Joseph F., b. 1835, m. 1859 Angeline Caldwell, b. 1839. Ch.: (1) Edward, (2) Everett, (3) Fred H. Wallis and (4) Mabel A., m. Benjamin Holbrook. 2 Daniel, Jr., 3 Hannah, 4 John, 5 Sarah, 6 Bartholomew, 7 Mary, 8 Eben, 9 Daniel, 10 Hannah.

15 X.

Abigail, b. 1707, m. 1729 Bartholomew Allen, sailor, d. at sea, 1770; 2 children.

16 XI.

Noah, b. 1710, m. (1) Rebecca Trask, (2) Anna Roundy.

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LeRoy Cressy