Haven #2586

Richard Haven (1620-1703)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts in about 1638-44 and

Susanna Newhall (1624 -1682)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts by 1644.

Haven #2586

Genealogy of the Descendants_title pageThe following books are available on the genealogy of this family:

Richard Haven was probably born in about 1620[1].  He is thought to have been a carpenter by trade, and his descendants in the 19th century believed that he came from the west of England, but of this there is no proof that I know of.  Apparently he arrived first at Boston, Massachusetts and later settled at Lynn, Massachusetts before 1644, or thereabouts.  Also prior to 1644, or thereabouts, Richard married Susanna NewhallSusanna is the daughter of Thomas Newall (1594-1674) who arrived at Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 and settled shortly thereafter in Lynn, Massachusetts.  It seems most likely that Susanna arrived with her father, several years prior to Richard’s arrival in Massachusetts.  Their first child was born at Lynn in Feb 1645.

Virtually nothing is known of Richard’s English origins or the circumstances of his arrival in New England.  Joseph Haven Jr.’s address (in the book cited above) contained the following:

“Our respected ancestor, if we go back to the time of his arrival in this country, seems to have been in no way distinguished.  On the contrary, he was a plain, obscure man, dependent on his own exertions, seeking his fortunes in a new world, where honest industry and patient toil were sure passports to success.  It is doubtful whether he was of age when he came over.  Tradition says he was in England a poor boy, bound out as apprentice to a master; that his master dying, and his mistress undertaking to carry on the business, it fared ill with Richard, as not unfrequently happens in such cases.  He accordingly acted as any sensible young man would have done, – that is, he run away, and so came to this country, a pilgrim father, on his own hook.  This, then, is the origin and beginning of things with our line.”

There is circumstantial evidence to suggest that Richard Haven may have arrived in Massachusetts several years prior to 1645, and speculation along these lines is also found in the address of Joseph Haven Jr.  If we assume that he was born about 1620 and that he emigrated as a young man (without his family), an arrival date between 1638-1644 seems probable.  The historical context makes it more likely than not that he arrived before 1640, when the religious and civil affairs of England assumed a brighter aspect for the Puritans and other “non-conformists”.  After 1640, emigration to New England from the mother country dropped off sharply[2].  Also, it is known that certain brothers of Richard also came also to this country and settled on Long Island (New York)[3].  In 1639, a number of persons in Lynn, finding themselves straitened for room there, undertook a settlement on Long Island, at the western end, whence, on account of difficulties with the Dutch, they removed, shortly after, to the eastern part.  They seem at that time to have been increased by a number of families from Lynn, where, before going, they first formed themselves into a church, and drew up the outline of a civil government.  As the name Haven subsequently occurs among the names of the principal proprietors of estate on the island, it seems reasonable to suppose that these brothers of Richard formed a part of the original colony.  If so, they must have been in the country prior to 1640; and not improbably Richard came over with them, he staying awhile in Boston, while they settled at first in Lynn.

Most of what is known of Richard’s life in this country is obtained from birth records, land records and his will.  There is a deed of 13 Jun 1681, from John Wastol of Saybrook, Connecticut, to the children of his loving kinsman, Richard Haven of Lynn, carpenter; conveying 3,000 acres of land in Hebron, Connecticut, which he had by the will of Joshua Sachem; particularly 1,000 acres thereof to John, son of said Richard.  It is executed with the marks and seals of the grantor, and Susanna his wife, and recorded by the town clerk of Hebron in 1718[4].  It does not appear, from the records, that those lands were ever conveyed by any of the children.  It does however appear that, in 1726[5], one Jonathan Page, as heir of Richard Haven, had 35 acres set off to him from Haven’s right, it being for land lost.  This must have been a grandson of Richard Haven‘s son Richard.

Richard’s wife Susanna died at Lynn on 7 Feb 1682.  In 1692, it was Voted that serjeant Haven, and seven others named, should sit in the PulpitRichard made his will on 21 May 1701, and it was proved on 14 Jun 1703.  Follow the link for a transcription of Richard‘s will.

The town records of Lynn, Massachusetts show that the following children were born of Richard Haven, and Susanna his wife:

  • Hannah, born 22 Feb 1645.  On 15 Apr 1704 the records indicate that she was residing at Framingham, and John Haven indemnified the town against any charge for the support of his sister Goodell arid child.  She died about 1727.  She married Nehemiah Goodale about 1673.  She was a widow at Lynn, as of the date of her father’s will, living in her own house on her father’s land.  It appears, by the will, that she had then a daughter, Hannah, and one or more other children.
  • Mary, born 12 Mar 1647 and died 17 Nov 1690, both at Lynn.  She married John Tarbox in 1667.
  • Joseph, born 22 Feb 1649 and it is assumed that he died without children before 1701, as he is not mentioned in his father’s will.  All the other sons were expressly named.
  • Richard, born 25 May 1651 and died about 1701, both at Lynn.  He married Susanna (Lowell?).  The Lynn records only show that they had three children: (1) Hannah (1677); Joseph (1680) and Susanna (1686).  It appears, by the will of Joseph, made and proved in March 1748/9, that he had a sister, Sarah Hawks, probably older than Susanna.  On 18 Jul 1693, Hannah married John Parker.  It appears, by said Joseph’s will, that they had Joseph, Sarah, Hannah and Mary, and that the two last married and had children.  Joseph appears to have been a bachelor of considerable property.  By his will, he gives £75 to Joseph (son of his deceased sister, Hannah Parker), £75 to the children of Hannah (a deceased daughter of said Hannah), £75 to the children of Mary (another deceased daughter of said Hannah), £75 to Sarah (a daughter of said Hannah), £100 to his sister, Sarah Hawks of Lynn (widow), £100 to his kinswoman, Sarah, wife of Benjamin Grey, ££100 to his kinswoman, Hannah, wife of  Jonathan Wait ; 50 to his housekeeper, Abigail Edmunds, and to his Executors, Elkanah Hawks and Jonathan Hawks, his whole remaining estate.  Susanna must have married a Page and died, leaving Jonathan, the same before-mentioned as claiming lands in Hebron, as heir of his grandfather, Richard Haven.  From the Lynn records, it does not appear that the name of Haven was continued in that town, beyond the children of Richard Haven (Jr.).
  • Susanna Haven, born 24 Apr 1653 and died about 1690 at Lyme, Connecticut.  On 27 Oct 1668 at Saybrook, Connecticut she married Samuel Cogswell  (1651-1701) and they had about nine children.  Their oldest son, Wastoll, is named as a grandson in Richard Haven’s will.
  • Sarah, born 4 Jun 1655 and apparently married to a “Whitney”.  She is referred to as my daughter, Sarah Whitney, in her father’s will. Whether she had any children does not appear.
  • John, born 10 Dec 1656, married Hannah Hichins at Lynn on 3 Oct 1682, by whom he had John, born at Lynn on 8 Jun 1683; Elkanah, Mary and Nathan, whose times and places of birth do not appear; Joseph, born at Framingham (then Sherburne) in 1698 and Hannah in 1700 (the year in which Framingham was incorporated).  He died before 2 Apr 1705, when his widow, Hannah, took administration ofhis estate.  He subsequently married (2nd) John How of Framingham on 1 Jul 1712.
  • Martha, 16 Feb 1658 and died 14 Jun 1659
  • Samuel, latter end of May 1660 and died 1 Dec 1660
  • Jonathan, 18 Jan 1662 and died 3 Jul 1664
  • Nathaniel, born 30 June 1664 had ten children by his wife Elizabeth, born probably both before and after removing to Framingham, where they are all recorded on one page: Martha (1690), Moses (1692), Elizabeth (1693), Marcy (1697), Susanna (1699), Moriah (1701), Experience (1703), Nathaniel (1704), Jedediah (1706) and James (1710).  On 10 Jun 1724, Nathaniel married (2nd) Hepsibah Rugg of Framingham, and he died in 1746.
  • Moses, born 20 May 1667 and died 17 Nov 1747.  He settled at Lynn and had five children, at the date of his father’s will (May 1701).  He was nominated the Executor of his father’s estate, and the will indicates that he was expected to remain there.  He did so until after his father’s death in 1703, and was appointed Executor in June of that year.  He must have removed to Framingham before 10 Jun 1705, as his seventh child was born there on that day.  He married Mary Ballord of Lynn.  In all Moses and Mary had eight children (the first six at Lynn; the last two at Framingham): (1) Joseph (1689), (2) Susanna (1690), (3) Richard (1693), (4) Moses (1695), (5) Mary (1698), (6) Mehitable (1702), (7) Sarah (1705) and Daniel (1708).  On 27 Nov 1735, he married (2nd) Elizabeth Bridges of Framingham.

The lineage of Susanna Haven and Samuel Cogswell is continued under the heading of John Cogswell (1592-1669).



[1]  This is an estimate, but seems reasonable, especially if Susanna was his first wife, and we have no reason to believe otherwise.

[2] It is computed that within twenty years from the first landing of the Pilgrims at Cape Cod, there came to this country not less than two hundred and ninety-eight ships, bringing some twenty-one thousand two hundred passengers, or about four thousand families. After that, the numbers dropped significantly. For example, the only ships that arrived from England in 1644, of which Winthrop makes mention in his Journal, were one of twenty-four guns, under Captain Stagg, and another, also armed, under Captain Bailey, from London. In the latter came several persons and a few families, and it is possible, though not probable, that Richard Haven was of that number.

[3] Descendants of some of these other branches spell their name with a terminal “s” (Havens).

[4] Book 1, Page 173.

[5] Book 2, Page 93.

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