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Hannah Axtell

Birth: 16 Jun 1721, Marlborough, Middlesex, MA

Death: 11 Jan 1739/40, Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA

Spouse: Zedekiah Drury
Marriage: 20 Jul 1738, Sutton, Worcester Co, MA

Notes:

She was the daughter of Thomas Axtell and Sarah Barker.

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Erastus Brown

Birth: about 1796

Death: 7 Apr 1880

Burial: Stephentown Cemetery, Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Spouse: Angelina Douglas
Marriage:

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Angelina Douglas

Birth: 21 May 1803, probably Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Death: 11 Feb 1872

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Pittsfield, Pike Co, IL

Father: Eli Douglas
Mother: Lucy Rose

Spouse: Erastus Brown
Marriage:

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Lucy Douglas

Birth: about 1805, probably Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Death: 24 Dec 1823

Burial: Stephentown Cemetery, Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Father: Eli Douglas
Mother: Lucy Rose

Spouse: Edwin Platt
Marriage: 23 Jan 1823

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Zedekiah Drury

Birth: 30 Apr 1716, Framingham, Middlesex Co, MA

Death: after 13 Sep 1790

Father: Caleb Drury
Mother: Elizabeth Eames

Spouse: Hannah Axtell
Marriage: 20 Jul 1738, Sutton, Worcester Co, MA

Spouse: Hannah Woolley
Marriage: 2 Apr 1741, Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA

  1. Zedekiah Drury, born 1 Mar 1741/42, Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA

Notes:

Zedekiah Drury was born in Framingham, a cousin of Rachel Drury whose marriage to Asa Wheelock is recorded in Charlton. He moved to Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, prior to 20 July 1738 when Zedekiah Drury "of Sutton" married Hannah Axtell in neighboring Grafton, daughter of Thomas Axtell and Sarah Barker. [Src: Vital Records of Grafton to the End of the Year 1849; also S. J. Axtell, "The Axtell Family in America," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53 (1899), 228.]

On 14 Mar 1738/9 he was a blacksmith "of Sutton" when he purchased 36 acres with dwelling house in Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA. [Src: Middlesex County Deeds, 41:144.]

He had moved to Bedford by 31 Dec 1739, when the birth of his first child, Gershom, was recorded there. His first wife died shortly after the birth of Gershom. He married his second wife, Hannah Wooley, on 2 Apr 1741 in Bedford. She was the daughter of Thomas Woolley and Mary Chamberlain. [Src: Irene Cynthia Gould, "Christopher Woolley of Concord, Mass. and Some of His Descendants," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 75 (1921): p. 31-2.]

By 25 March 1743, Zedekiah Drury had moved to Dunstable, New Hampshire. On that date, Zedekiah Drury, blacksmith, “of a place called Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire” sold his Bedford land holdings. [Src: Middlesex County Deeds 47:149.] Dunstable was dissolved into several towns in New Hampshire, including Hollis, which received it’s charter in 1746. [Src: Hollis Historical Society website.] By 1745, Zedekiah Drury referred to himself as “of Hollis” in his land sales, and continued to do so until 1769, when he began to refer to himself as “of Temple.” [Src: Middlesex County deeds, 58:102, 54:587, 57:91; Worcester County, Massachusetts, deeds 76:117, 78:302; Hillsborough County, New Hampshire deeds, 5:94, 1:527, 3:604.] The 1775 census of Temple lists Captain Zedekiah Drury, Zedekiah Drury, Jr., and Gershom Drury - confirming the residence of the Bedford Zedekiah Drury and his family in Temple. [Blood, The History of Temple, N.H., p 101-2.]

His death dated is often given as 1777 [see, for example, Spaulding, An Account of some Early Settlers of West Dunstable, Hollis, and Monson, N.H. (Nashua, New Hampshire: Telegraph Press, 1915), p. 33.] But a Hillsborough County, New Hampshire deed, dated 13 Sep 1790, proves otherwise. In this deed, Zedekiah Drury "of Temple" and his wife Hannah sold all their "right title interest and claim" to a parcel of land in Temple. [Src: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, deed book 23, p. 369, Zedekiah Drury (with wife Hannah), of Temple, to Thomas Perkins, deed signed by Zedekiah and Hannah on 13 Sep 1790.]

A death record has not been found for Zedekiah. His wife Hannah has a rough gravestone in the Temple Village Cemetery, but no gravestone has been found for Zedekiah.

To show that the Zedekiah Drury of Temple was the same man born in Framingham, consider the following:

Zedekiah Drury of Framingham had a brother, Daniel, who inherited property in Shrewsbury, Worcester Co, MA, from his father, Caleb Drury. [Src: Middlesex Co probate case 6428, Caleb Drury, administration granted 11 May 1730.]

Land, probate, and vital records show that the Zedekiah Drury of Temple had close connections with Daniel Drury of Shrewsbury, consistent with a sibling relationship between the two. This implies that the Zedekiah of Temple was almost certainly the same Zedekiah born in Framingham. The connections are:

(1) Zedekiah's son, Gershom, married Daniel's daughter, Sibilah, in Shrewsbury. [Src: Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849, Gershom Drury "of Holles, N.H. in int." to Sibbillah Drury, p. 145.]

(2) Zedekiah's son, Thomas, and Daniel's son, Daniel, Jr., married sisters, daughters of Abraham and Martha Knowlton, of Shrewsbury. [Src: Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, To the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: Franklin P. Rice, 1904), Thomas Drury "of Temple" to Martha Knoulton, p. 145; ibid., p. 144, Daniel Drury, Jr. to Sarah Knoulton; see also the wills of Abraham Knowlton, and his wife, Martha (Lamson) Knowlton, parents of Martha and Sarah who married the Drury cousins, Worcester Co probate case 35776, Abraham Knowlton, and Worcester Co probate case 35843, for Martha Knowlton.]

(3) Daniel, Jr. moved from Shrewsbury to Temple, and for six pounds bought forty acres from the tax collectors there, one of whom was Zedekiah. [Src: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, deeds 3:451.] After Daniel's death, Zedekiah sold 65 acres in Temple to Daniel's heirs for twelve pounds. [Src: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, deeds 5:348; see also Daniel's probate records, vol. 2, p. 339.]

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Henry Gould

Birth: 1822

Death: 1861

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Monson, Hampden Co, MA

Spouse: Mercy Wheelock
Marriage:

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Edmund Grandey

Death: 15 Aug 1827, Panton, Addison Co, VT

Spouse: Mary Hinsdale
Marriage:

  1. Luther Grandey, born about 1785

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Edwin Platt

Birth: 22 Oct 1800

Death: 21 Aug 1885

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co, MI

Spouse: Lucy Douglas
Marriage: 23 Jan 1823

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Lucy Rose

Birth: about 1783

Death: 6 Apr 1806

Burial: Stephentown Cemetery, Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Spouse: Eli Douglas
Marriage:

  1. Angelina Douglas, born 21 May 1803, probably Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY
  2. Lucy Douglas, born about 1805, probably Stephentown, Rensselaer Co, NY

Notes:

Lucy may be the daughter of William Rose and Mary Reed, bapt. 21 Aug 1783 in Schaghticoke, NY. [Src: "U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989," online at Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/6961/images/42037_1521003239_0774-00149 : accessed 19 Dec 2021), Schaghticoke, Book 5, image 114 of 209.]

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Mercy Wheelock

Birth: calculated 29 Jul 1824, Warwick, Franklin Co, MA

Death: 29 Mar 1905, Monson, Hampden Co, MA

Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Monson, Hampden Co, MA

Father: Rufus Wheelock
Mother: Polly A. Conant

Spouse: Henry Gould
Marriage:

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Hannah Woolley

Birth: 29 Mar 1722, Concord, Middlesex Co, MA

Burial: Temple Village Cemetery, Temple, Hillsborough Co, NH

Spouse: Zedekiah Drury
Marriage: 2 Apr 1741, Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA

  1. Zedekiah Drury, born 1 Mar 1741/42, Bedford, Middlesex Co, MA

Notes:

She was the daughter of Thomas Woolley and Mary Chamberlain.

The mother of Zedekiah Drury, Jr. is often identified as Hannah Flagg of Woburn. This claim is made by J. H. Temple, The History of Framingham, published 1887, where it states that Hannah Flagg was "prob. daug. of Ebenezer of Woburn." This misinformation probably came from Edwin Drury, who published a widely available 1880 graphic manuscript entitled "Line of descent from Hugh Drury, of Boston, 1640, to Edwin Drury of Wilmette, in 1880." This manuscript identifies the wife of Zedekiah Drury, Sr., as Hannah Flagg, born 1 Oct 1716, daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Carter) Flagg.

But the Woburn and Middlesex County records do not support this claim. The Woburn marriage records show that Hannah Flagg married Nationel Reed on 3 October 1733 in Woburn. The Middlesex County probate records are consistent with the marriage record. On 14 July 1746 the children of Ebenezer Flagg of Woburn petitioned the probate court to allow their fathers will. Amongst the signatories were Hannah Reed and Nathaniel Reed. Hannah (Flagg) Reed was still married to Nathaniel Reed when he died in 1748. She was appointed administrator of his estate on 26 December 1748. These records preclude the possibility that she was the mother of Zedekiah Drury, who was born 1 March 1741/2 in Bedford. [Src: Middlesex Probate, case 7747, will of Ebenezer Flagg of Woburn; also Middlesex Probate, case 18572, administration of Nathaniel Reed.]

In fact the mother of Zedekiah Drury, Jr., was Hannah Woolley, not Hannah Flagg. This is confirmed by the Bedford marriage records, and by a New England Historical and Genealogical Register article outlining the genealogy of the Woolley family in Concord (part of which became Bedford). [Src: Irene Cynthia Gould, "Christopher Woolley of Concord, Mass. and Some of His Descendants," NEHGR vol. 75 (1921), p. 31-2.]

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