The Cressy Family

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Lieutenant Daniel3 Cressey (John,2 Mighill1) was b. at ``Royal Side,'' Salem, now Beverly, Mass., July 11, 1698, m. 1720 Sarah Ingleson of Beverly. He was a shoemaker by trade and probably a tanner of leather. The records say he was a ``cordwainer.'' He lived on the 13-acre lot with a house and barn thereon, which his father (Dea. John2) bought of John Green in 1695. In 1737 Daniel moved to Andover and sold out. About 1740 he bought land and buildings in Methuen and later a part of this town was set off where he lived as Salem, N.H., and he served as selectman. He united with the First Church in Boston in 1716 when 17, and in 1740 asked for a letter to unite at Methuen. He was a soldier in the war between France and England, New England forces, called ``Rogers' Rangers,'' and served as Lieutenant in this the third colonial war. He was at the seige and surrender of the French at Louisburg, Cape Breton Islands, in 1745. About the close of the war in 1748 he was shot and murdered for his money by an English officer from England, Lieutenant James Hadley. He changed his name and fled to England. The widow was left with 9 living children. She moved to Hampton, Connecticut, where 3 of their daughters married 3 brothers by the name of Ashley. She d. there at the home of one of her daughters. He was about 50.

Children, 9 b. Beverly, 2 Methuen:
47 I.

John4, b. July 31, 1721, m. Deborah Wadleigh of Boston.

48 II.

Ruth, b. January 1723, d. young.

49 III.

Mary, b. 1724, m. 1745 Abner Ashley, Hampton, Connecticut. She d. 1786. He d. 1801. Ch. b. in Hampton: Jonathan, Mary, Eliza, Ruth, Abner, Samuel, Daniel, Hannah, m. Joseph Cressey, Gorham, Maine, Lucy.

50 IV.

Ruth, bapt. 1726, m. 1746 Samuel Ashley, Jr., of Hampton. He was a man of wealth, and served the town, owned a farm of 280 acres, member Military Company and Congregational Church. He d. in 1791 in Connecticut.

51 V.

Sarah, b. 1729, m. 1751 Joseph Ashley of Hampton, Connecticut. Ch.: Sarah, Anna, Joseph, Love.

52 VI.

Daniel, b. 1730, m. (1) Eunice S. Morgan, (2) Abigail (Bowers) Allen.

53 VII.

Joseph, bapt. 1732, m. widow Freelove (Wadleigh) Hall.

54 VIII.

Elizabeth, bapt. September 21, 1735.

55 IX.

Richard, b. 1737, m. Susan Eaton of Methuen.

56 X.

Ebenezer, b. 1740 in Methuen, was a tanner, wealthy, d. 1818, Pomfret, Connecticut.

57 XI.

Anna, b. 1742 in Methuen, m. Nathan Griggs, Jr., 1762 in Pomfret. Ch.: Elizabeth, Easter, Anna.

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LeRoy Cressy