born 9 August 1618 in Waltham Abbey, Essex Co., England, died 24 April 1692
in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts; married 1641 in Ipswich, Abigail
born about 1618 in Norwich, Norfolkshire, England, died 24 June 1665 in Ipswich,
Essex Co., Massachusetts. Her
died in 1643, having given to Daniel a legacy of ten pounds.
Daniel was apparently a man of education, and the fact that the curate of his parish church was friendly to and interested in him while he was in his teens and far away in a strange land, indicates that there were elements in his character which drew and held attention to him. He was one of the early settlers of Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, in 1635, at the age of seventeen. On 5 February 1637, the town granted to him six acres of land on Muddy creek; and also "Granted to Daniell Hovey, an house lott, 1 acre of ground on the South syde of the Town River, having a house lott, granted to William Holdred on the West, and a house lott, granted to Thomas Sherman on the East. Also six acres of planting ground, lying on Sagamore Hill, having a planting lott, formerly granted Henry Wilkinson on the West, and a planting lott granted to William Holdred on the East: to enjoy the sayde Landes, to him, his heirs, or assigns forever. Entered this 27th day of March 1639." The freemen of the town granted to William Holdred a house lot of half-an-acre adjoining Daniel Hovey's on the southwest, being on the south side of the river, and bounded by the house lot of Roger Preston on the southwest; also six acres of planting ground on Sagamore hill adjoining Daniel Hovey's planting lot west, and the planting lot of Roger Preston on the east; the grants being entered April 9, 1639; and both of these lots were conveyed by Mr. Holdred to "Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, planter," and, also, one dwelling house built on the house lot and all the fencing belonging to both lots. Entered April 10, 1639. In the Ipswich antiquarian papers is a drawing of his house supposed to have been built in 1668, with this statement: "The very ancient dwelling and wharf at the northerly end of Turkey Shore, were built and owned by Daniel Hovey, the ancester of the Ipswich Hoveys." [The sketch of Daniel's house, above right, appeared in a two-page article about Daniel Hovey, published in the Ipswich Antiquarian Papers, Vol. III, No. XXX, April 1882.]
|Site of the old Hovey Wharf and Hovey Homestead on Turkey Shore Road, as viewed from Hovey Street on the opposite side of the Ipswich River. (© Mark A. Wentling, November 2004)|
On 10 February 1644, the town of Ipswich ordered that Mr. Hovey be paid three shillings for killing three foxes.
In 1648, he subscribed three shillings three times a year to Maj. Daniel Denison, "so long as he shall be their leader, to encourage him in his military helpfulness," the whole annual sum being twenty-four pounds and seven shillings, and the largest subscription ten shillings.
Daniel Hovey was somewhat prominent, and held several town offices in Ipswich, being chosen one of the selectmen 14 February 1659; a surveyor of highways in 1648-9 and 1649-50; and a constable in 1658. In 1656, he was one of a committee to set up a saw mill on Chebacco river. The selectmen ordered, 12: 12: 1650, that Symon Tomson and Daniell Hovey shall view a certain parcel of land. In 1649, he was a juror at Ipswich court.
In the county court which sat at Ipswich 29 January 1642, Mr. Hovey was plaintiff in three civil actions. One was against James Pitney and James Howe, in which he recovered judgment for nine bushels of corn; one against Jo: Lee, which was not tried; and the other was against George Varnham and Jo: North, which was continued.
Daniel Hovey was granted a highway to go to his lot in, by the town of Ipswich, 4 March 1650.
On 22 December 1652, the town gave him "liberty to set his fence down to the River at his ground bought of William Knowlton making a stile at each end. The rod (road) still notwithstanding is the Towns."
At a town meeting held 14 February 1659, Daniel Hovey was "granted liberty to build a warf against his ground that he bought of William Knowlton, and also such building as may tend to the improvement thereof."
Daniel Hovey was living on his farm in Topsfield in 1663 and 1664. On 15 January 1663, he was chosen one of two persons to lay out some land.
Mr. Hovey was complained of for speaking falsely to the prejudice of General Denison, and was fined twenty shillings in Ipswich court Sept. 24, 1667. The records show that in some case, in which evidently General Denison acted as magistrate, Mr. Hovey said that Major Denison did not write his determination nor state his sentence in public, and what was done occurred after he was gone, and that John Gould whispered in the major's ear as he was going away. Magistrates did not allow themselves to be criticized in those days.
In May, 1660, a colony went from Ipswich to Quaboag, a place subsequently named Brookfield; and Daniel Hovey joined it in 1668. His sons James and Thomas went with him. The lots of land laid out to the father and sons adjoined, and were situated easterly of the little brook, on the north side of the road. Daniel Hovey was living in Quaboag in May 1672, and settled in Hadley before the massacre at Quabog in 1675.
While in Hadley, Daniel lived on a farm of Mr. Henry Clerke; and Mr. John Russell, Jr., and Mr. Peter Tilton, Sr., executors of the will of Mr. Clerke of Hadley, deceased, brought an action against Mr. Hovey, at the court in Springfield 26 September 1676, for withholding rent due to said plaintiffs "for a ffarm or Land of ye sayd Mr. Henry Clerkes which ye sayd Hovey hath Occupyed as a tenement." The jury found a verdict for the plaintiffs, and awarded them fourteen pounds damages, due in 1767. At the succeeding term of court held at Springfield the same year, Mr. Hovey brought suit against Mr. John Russell, Jr., being an "Action of unjust molestation in a Suite at ye last Corte at Springfield & for uncharitable Charges to ye defamation or Slandour of the sd Dannll Hovey & his Wife & Charging ye sd Danll to be a man of a Scandolous life in an Open Afsembly & therefore was denyed Church Comunion & this threatened to be made Out to his Church and ye belonged too & all ye Churches thereaboute." The jury found a verdict for Hovey. Whether these proceedings and the unhappy contentions that must have been engendered by them had aught to do with his departure from Hadley or not the writer is not known; but Daniel Hovey returned to Ipswich in 1678.
While living in Hadley, he suffered much at the hands of the Indians, and was also a sharer in providing defense for the town. Three years after his return to Ipswich, he sent to the colonial council a petition, an exact copy of which, copied from the original instrument on file in the Massachusetts archives, at the state house in Boston is as follows:
"To the Honoured Council now sitting in Boston; the humble petition of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich,
"Wheras your humble petitioner was an inhabitant of Hadly in the time of the late Indian warrs, and there expended (beside my lofses) much of my Estate in the Countreys service against the common enemy; and since that time was removed thence by Providence to Ipswich, where I have remained now these three yeers last past; and by reason of the remote distance fro Hadly and want of intelligence thence I mifsed the opportunity of sending in my last accots together with my neighbours there, to the last Sefsions of the Genll Court; which caused me much labour and long travell thither from Ipswich; yet at the last I have gained a certificate of those my Expences from the Committee of Militia in Hadley, being the last of mine Expences there on the Countreys service; amounting to 11lb 13s 08d; as by the said Certificate doth fully appear; now my humble request and petition is, that yor Honors would be pleased to grant me an Order to the Constables of Ipswich that I may receive the said Sums there; where my setled residence is, and have no commerce or dealing at Hadley; that so I may discount my present Rates, and may have the residue for the relief of my family, which hath been much straitned by my lofses and expences there in time of the warrs, and by rates both then and since. The Lord direct your counfells and afsist yor endeavors in all weighty transactions now in hand, that we may rejoice and blefs God under yor good dovernmt continued over us. so prayeth
Yor humble petitioner,
The order thereon was as follows: --
It is ordered that the Trefurer pay vnto Daniel Hovey of Ipswich the Sume of Eleven pou[n]ds out of there Country Rate in full of all his Accounts in Controversy
P councill EDW RAWSON Secrery
Councils act to pay Dani Hovey 11th 1681."
The selectmen of Ipswich granted to him six pine trees, presumably for timber, at two times, three on 2 January 1678, and three 15 December 1679.
In 1683, in the settlement of the estate of Mrs. Hovey's brother Thomas Andrews, a prominent schoolmaster, Mr. Hovey certified to the county court as follows:
"September 27, '83'
Thefe may inform this Honored Cort. & may it pleafe your Honors, to take notis touching the relations of this worthy gentilman Mr Thomas Andrews, my truly louing dear & wel. Beloved Brother &c. I did more then forty years ago, match wth his Loving & welbeloved fifter Abigal Andrews, by home the lord bleft me with fix fons. & on dafter, five of which fons ar yet liuing fo that by thes it may apear that we ar fuerly related to this defefed gentlman, but in brief he hath fix nefews & two nefes. as. folows their is the fon and dafter of his brother as namly John. Andrews & sara Connant his fifter both which are Confiderably deters vnto his eftate as alfo Mrs Elifibeth Glouer wo is married to Mr John Glouer formerly liuing at Bofton now at fwanfy wch alfo is deter to the eftate ther is myfelf alfo deter to ye eftate five fhilins vpon the prifin of fom things he lent me for my prefent vs & faue me order to vfe & dep them til he Caled for them, there is Daniel & John Hovey two of his nefews deter to the eftate for fcolin their Children about four pounds. their is alfo Thomas, Jofeph & nathaniel Hovey. thre of his nefews wch never had the value of on fhiling of the eftate of their unkls that I know of. I humbly draw your favor to ouerlook my weaknes in indevrin to lay this narative befor your Honors. yt when their fhal aper a vifibl eftat of my Loving Brothers youe mav haue fo much as thef few lines may aford as touching the fetling of his eftat upon his relations that we quietly & peafably wth ye lords blefing may haue the benifit of the vf of ye his eftate wch he left vndifposed of now the good lord of heven to influenf your heads & hearts by ye lit of his holy fpirit as that a Gevin fentans may profed frome you as god may haue honor yourfelus joy in the day of Crift & no perfons or perfon may have caufe of complaint but that we may flef god for his merfy to fe juftis & judgt fil runnin in our strets. so prays your humble petitioner.
DANIEL HOVEY, SR."
real estate transactions to which Mr. Hovey was a party besides those that were
grants from the town in the earlier days are as follows: He owned, with others,
twenty-five acres of marsh, which was divided 30 January 1658. He bought seventy
acres of upland and meadow in Topsfield, bounded north and northeast by the
pond, east by a part of the Ipswich commons, south by upland and meadow of Robert
Andrews and west by common land and meadow, 12 June 1660. When he was living
at Quabog, he conveyed a piece of marsh and "my farm in Topsfield wch my
son John now liveth in, to him he surrendering to me his land in Ipswich,"
and paying forty pounds and allowing to the grantor thirty shillings a year
during the latter's life; and also "my division of land at wheall brooke,"
13 June 1671. While Mr. Hovey was still at "Quabaugh," he conveyed
one-half of an acre of land in Ipswich, lying on the south side of the river,
together with the frame of a house standing on the adjoining land of his son
Daniel and some shingles at Topsfield, 8 May 1672. When Mr. Hovey lived at Hadley
he sold twenty-four rods of land in Ipswich, being part of that lot called Knowlton's
lot, on the south side of the river, 1 May 1677. After Mr. Hovey's return to
Ipswich, he sold one and one-half acres of plowing land lying on the south side
of the river in Ipswich, 11 February 1688-9. He also conveyed six acres and
seventy-one square rods of pasture land in Ipswich April 23, 1689. He also conveyed
one and one-half acres of plowing land in Ipswich, lying on the south side of
the river, next to the lot last above described, 12 October 1689.
Abigail Hovey died between 1676 and 1683. Daniel died in Ipswich 24 April 1692. His will, made 21 of March 1691/1692, was proved 3 October 1692.
In the early 1900's, several of Daniel's descendants placed a monument (at right) along the banks of the Ipswich River, near Hovey Street, within view of the site of Daniel's old home and the old Hovey Wharf.
born 1642 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died 29 May 1695 in Ipswich,
Essex Co., Massachusetts; married 8 October 1666 in Ipswich, Esther
born 21 March 1641 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died 4 January 1730
in ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
He was a husbandman and always lived in Ipswich. He served in many public offices. He constructed a house which stood on the south side of the river until 17 July 1894 when it burned to the ground. His first wife, Rebecca died on the day her son Daniel was born, 24 May 1665.
(4) John Hovey, born 13 August 1675 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died 17 August 1720 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts; married 25 May 1702 in Ipswich, Mehitable Safford, born about 1683 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts, died about 1754 in Massachusetts. Parents of:
to the LEGENDS
Item. The estate which God of his grace hath given me, I have disposed of as followeth: To my oldest sons Daniel and John Hovey and my daughter Agnes, I have given them their portions of that estate I had to our mutual concent. The one at Ipswich, the other at Topsfield, now in their possession, Abigail paid by my son John to my son Ayers.
Item, to my son Thomas and James his son Daniel, I give all that my yland called Hovey's yland which with the thatch banks and low marsh belonging to me on the other side of the creek which I allowed Quarter Master Perkins to improve, holding my possession till I had occasion for the same. Also all the houses and Land in Ipswich that I shall not dispose of before death.
Item. I give to my sons Joseph and Nathaniel Hovey one hundred rods of ground apiece. Joseph bounded next to Mr. Emerson's land from the highway to that land Daniel Ringe. Nathaniel one hundred rods of my land next to my son Daniel with the dwelling house, barn, part of the orchard to butt on Daniel Ringe, half planting lot, about three acres, with a way to it over the bridge I made to go to it. Three acres at Plumb Island also, which lands I leave in the hands of my executor and over-seers that is left after my death to be disposed of as follows: The children of Joseph Hovey to have an equal proportion of what is left after my death as to their father legatee. The children of my son Nathaniel to have an equal proportion among them, only Nathaniel Hovey the son of Nathaniel Hovey to have a double proportion if he live to the age of one and twenty. If not, then to be divided amongst the other children of that family.
Item. My movables to my son Nathaniel, those sheep he hath of mine, to his children; my cart and plow, irons, chains, great tramell, great brass Kettle, iron Kettle, little iron pot, my pewter porringer and drinking cup, with one chamber pot, my wife's wearing apparel to Nathaniel Children.
The other to Joseph his brother's children: all my wearing cloaths, my great brass pot and pewter quart pot, and my great Bible and books as follows: Come to Christ and Welcome, Cotton on the Covenant, Mather's seven sermons, to Nathaniel Children.
To Daniel, grandchild those sheep with which ---------- and books also, Christian Warfare, Calvin on Job, Ten Divines, The Golden Scepter, with what other books undisposed of by me of mine and such tools for his trade as a suitable of mine.
To Abigail Hodgkins wife of Thomas Hodgkins the brass pan and pewter salt seller; my part of the mare and colt to grandchild Daniel and Ivory.
Item. My interest of Brookfield and Swampfield I give to my son Joseph and Nathaniel children.
Item. I make my son Thomas Executor and would have his Nephew (Daniel) in case he lives to age of capable to join in the same with him--and he pay out of his part to his brother James and sister Pricilla and John Ayers ten pounds apiece within three years after his possession, and in case of his death I put James Hovey in his room and let them four equally divide his part.
My bed, bolster and pillow with my green rug, a pair of blankets with the bed stead to Daniel grandchild.
I would have my son John at Topsfield to take his possession with his books.
I would appoint my loving sons Daniel Hovey and John Hovey to be my overseers of this my last will and see to discharge my funeral charges which I allow four pounds estate and to take and inventory of my estate and to discharge all of my debts and make probate of my will and see his nephews have their equal proportion, Joseph and Nathaniel children who have lately deceased for which I allow my overseers three pounds apiece for their care and trouble.
is my will as witness my hande and seale:
of the Estate of Daniell Houey fener Defeafed The twenty forth of
April (1692) £ s d