Friday, September 30, 2016

Hook's Ferry Amesbury Massachusetts and History of the Hook Family

Photo from "The Ancient Ferry ways to the Merrimack" by William D Lowell Read at the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Old Newbury (Now Newbury Museum) October 26, 1893, by Miss E. A. Getchell

Fiery Family Feud over Ferry Rights 

According to records Capt. Humphrey Hook, son of William Hooke and Elizabeth Dyer was the ferryman about the time of his marriage to Judith March, daughter of Capt. John March and Jemima True, daughter of Henry True and Israel Pike of Salisbury, Massachusetts.
Captain John March was granted the ferry on Oct. 25, 1687 through a petition he filed March, Sept. 23, 1687. James Carr, whose family controlled the ferry rights remonstrated against it, stating that the first bridge at Carr's island cost more than £300; that the ferry at George Carr's death (1683) was worth near £400, and that the injury to him by March's ferry was £50 or £60 a year. Mr. March in a letter to the town of Salisbury offered to be at one half the expense of making their part of the road passable to the ferry.
Captain March was a prominent figure and the leading petitioner for the “Iron Works” of Amesbury and Salisbury, granted in 1710. 

From History of Amesbury Joseph Merrill 

November 9 1730

 Mentioned in 1732

Again in 1735
 September 1766 Town Meeting and in 1782

Capt John March was son of Captain Hugh March and Sarah Moody, daughter of Caleb Moody and Sarah Pierce, Hugh March was son of Hugh March and Judith Knight one of the settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts.  American Ancestors has all the probate records

Children of Capt Hook and Judith March:
Daughter Jemina Hook (1703-1740) married Jacob Blaisdell, son of John Blaisdell (s. of Henry Blaisdell and Mary Haddon) and Elizabeth Challis (d. of Philip Challis and Mary Sargent
Daughter Judith March (1705-1747) married Timothy Currier, son of Thomas Currier (s. of Thomas Currier and Mary Osgood) and Sarah Barnard (d. of Nathaniel Barnard and Mary Barnard).  
John Hooke (1708-1749)  Any information please post 

Map of Salisbury, Massachusetts Check out History of Massachusetts Blog for more information

William Hook is son of William Hooke and Eleanor Knight, widow of Lt Col. Walter Norton killed by Pequot Indians while on a trading expedition

From Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775

Humphrey Hook, William Hook, Thomas Hook and Giles Elridge named, among others, for " planters and undertakers " of Agamenticus and Cape " Nedock. The following is from the History of Amesbury by Joseph Merrill 1880


 1776 Record from Town Records in 

The following pages are from History of Newbury, Massachusetts John James Currier

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