Orcutt, William

Orcutt, William

Male Bef 1639 - 1693  (> 53 years)

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  • Name Orcutt, William  [1
    Born Bef 20 Oct 1639  Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 20 Oct 1639  Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Sep 1693  Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I22646  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 

    Father Awcotte, William,   b. Bef 23 Mar 1606, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Mar 1673, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Bickley, Margaret,   b. Abt 1616, Over Whitacre , Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Oct 1679, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 17 Jun 1635  Over Whitacre, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F8619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lane, Mary,   b. Abt 1640, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1712, Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1664  Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F8620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 20 Oct 1639 - Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 20 Oct 1639 - Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Jan 1664 - Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1693 - Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • Notes from Joel Thomas Orcutt:

      Baptism recorded Mancetter, Warwickshire, England parish register.

      William Hawcott
      "On 25 May 1659, William Hawcott of Coventry, a pinmaker, was apprenticed at Bristol to John Bridges, merchant for 4 years. His destination was given as Barbados."

      "In 1654, Bristol Corporation had ordained that, before embarkation, persons bound as servants were to be articled and enrolled as were the city apprentices. At that time, Bristol, had a monopoly of the Virginia trade and it appears that the records of these indentured servants give the names of practically every person who left England for Virginia, Maryland and the other settlements on the Atlantic seaboard as well as for Barbados from September 1654 to August 1679 (1).
      The same list includes a total of seven other people who were apprenticed to John Bridges ("Bridger" in one entry), three of these between 7 and 28 July 1659 and the remaining four between 6 June and 15 July 1660. The destinations of five were given as Virginia and two as Barbados. From this information, it is likely that John Bridges took these indentured servants from England on two different ships and that William Hawcott left England at some time after 28 July 1659."

      Listed in: New England Families, Vol. I
      Page number: 260

      Directory Of The Ancestral Heads Of New England Families, 1620-1700
      Frank R. Holmes
      Surnames, O-P, Page 177
      "William at Weymouth, Norfolk County , Massachusettsss., 1664, removed to Scituate, Mass., 1669, afterward to Bridewater, Mass."

      Children birthdates are actually crst. records from the Second Church of Scituate , Ma.

      page 158
      " Orcutt (Eng.) Dweller in a hillside, or riverbank, cottage."

      Edsons in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons,
      by Jarvis Bonesteel Edson Of the City of New York, The Knickerbocker Press, 1903
      page 90

      "The Orcutt family, as the Edson, had long been seated in Warwickshire. The surname appears to be an etymological modification of the French compound, Orcote, which in England became corrupted into Alcott, Orcutt, Aucott, and Howcote. Although many descendants of this long-known and highly respected
      family still reside in several of the parishes adjoining the parish of Fillongley,..."

      “A compendium of family genealogies that includes practically every name distinguished in the early history of the country, Vol. I
      Page 2664
      "William Orcutt (d 1693), from Eng. to Weymouth, Norfolk County , Massachusettss, 1660, m 2d, Martha -----;"

      BY JAMES SAVAGE, originally pub. 1860

      "ORCUTT, WILLIAM, Scituate, had, perhaps, b. at Weymouth, William, in 1664, and Andrew; but at S. had John, b. 1669; Martha, 1671; Joseph, 1672; Mary and Hannah, [[315]] tw. 1674; Thomas, 1675; Benjamin, 1679; Elizabeth 1682; and Deborah, 1683. However, Mitchell adds Susanna, b. prob. aft. his rem. to Bridgewater, and says that all the ch. exc. Elizabeth and Deborah, perhaps then not
      liv. were nam. in his will of 1694. Mary m. 1697, Daniel Hudson. "

      History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts,
      Including an extensive Family Register
      By Nahum Mitchell. 1840
      pg 260
      "-- Wm. Orcutt (from Scituate) and his wife Martha, settled in S.B. and had John 1669, Martha 1671, Joseph 1672, Mary and Hannah 1674, Thomas 1675 Benjamin 1679, Elizabeth 1682, Deborah 1683, all b. at Scituate; in his will 1694, his children mentioned are William 1664, Andrew, John, Joseph, Thomas, Benjamin, Martha, Mary, Hannah, and Susanna.--Wm. and Andrew were probably born at
      Weymouth or elsewhere before he went to Scituate, and Susanna perhaps in B.--Thomas, Benjamin and Susanna were minors.--Elizabeth and Deborah, not mentioned, probably not living.--Mary m. Daniel Hudson 1697, --Andrew and Benjamin we have no account of.--Joseph sold land here 1697, and speaks of himself as formerly of B.--

      2. William (s. of William 1) m. Jane, D. of John Washburn and D. 1739, age 75; he had Moses, Caleb, Joanna, Elizabeth, Jane, Deliverance 1702, and Martha.--
      Joanna, m. Benjamin Edson 1715.--Elizabeth m. Ebenezer French 1717.--Jane m. Joshua Warren 1725.--Deliverance m. Joseph Washburn, and afterwards a Packard and d. 1790 age 88.--Martha m. Solomon Washburn 1732.--Caleb m. Mehitabel Harvey

      3. John (s. of William 1) had Hannah 1695, Samuel 1697, John 1700; Hannah was called his 2d child."

      "The outermost mile of the "old original four mile grant," that is one mile in width all round on the outside of theb purchase, was laid out in 1683 into four great divisions, one on each side of the town, and the shares in each were drawn by lot, by the original fifty-six proprietors, namely seventeen on the north, fifteen on the east, fourteen on the west, and ten on the south; and the proprietors in each division were authorised to lay out their lands among themselves in such manner as they saw fit.

      Their Lots and Names are as followeth:--

      Dea. JOHN WILLI
      WIDOW FAXON (formerly w. of Thomas Gannett),
      Dea. SAMUEL EDSON."

      ibid., pg 63

      1688.--Division of higways third Monday of may, for repairs, viz:-
      "Goodman Bayley, Guido Bayley Jr., Goodman Orcutt, William Orcutt Jr., Richard Jennings; John Packard, to make a horse bridge there."

      [Plym. Co. Deeds, I: 99] On 16 February, 1687/8, "Jonathan Hill Inhabitant in the Town of Bridgwater", for 14, sold to "Nicholas Byram junr of the Town of Bridgwater .... thirty acres of land Scituate within the Township of Bridgwater .... on the north side of Setucket River twenty acres of it butting upon Setucket River joining to the Eastward Side of a lot of William Orcuts and to the westward side of a lot of the abovesaid Nicholas Byrams and the other ten acres .... is lying between the lands of the abovesaid Nicholas Byrams and on the head of a twenty acre lot of Ensigne Hawards that buts on the north side of Setucket River and partly on the head of a twenty acre lot of Edward Fobes and is bounded at the southwestward Corner by a Spruce tree that is the Corner tree betwee Ensigne Hawards and the abovesaid ten acres"
      The witnesses were: Benjamin Willis and Nathaniel Hayward, Jr.
      Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Records of Deeds 153
      The deed was acknowledged, 1 March, 1688, before "William Bradford one of his Mati's Council". It was recorded 28 May, 1690.

      Plymouth County, Massachusetts Probate Records

      Administration upon the estate of William Orcut, late of Bridgewater, granted to his widow Martha Orcut and his eldest son William Orcut, Dec. 16, 1693. Inventory of the estate of said William Orcut who desceased ye 14th of September 1693,” taken Oct. 11, 1693, by John Field and John Leonard, and presented at court Dec. 16, 1693 by William Orcut eldest son of the deceased. Amount L119.11`

      Agreement between the widow Orcut, wife of William who deceased in ye year 1693 Inhabitant in ye Town of Bridgewater, and her children, dated Oct 30, 1694. Widow Martha shall have the house and lands until her son Thomas is 21, then she shall have 4 acres, and firewood, and use of the house during her widowhood; to William Orcutt, 15 acres of land, also 5 acres and meadow, “with that land his
      father W. Orcutt made over to him by Deed of Gift before his decease;” toJohn Orcutt, 20 acres with land formerly given him; which Andrew has sold to his brother, John; to Joseph Orcutt, 50 acres, and 1/3 of a meadow, the other 2/3 of which he has bought of John and Andrew; to Thomas Orcutt, 1/2 the lands joining house where the widow now lives, being about 15 acres, and 1/2 the house and barn when he is 21; to Benjamin Orcutt, the other 1/2 of land and house when he is 21; to daughters Martha, Mary, Hannah, and Susanna, each L6.

      Witnessed by
      Ebenezer All
      Samuel Allin, S
      Thomas Mitche
      Jacob Mitchell
      and acknowledge Nov. 24, 1694
      Settlement allowed and widow Martha discharged from her administration same day.

      The Genealogies of the Families of Cohasset, Massachusetts
      George Lyman Davenport
      The Committee on Town History. Massachusetts. 1909

      pg 321
      "ORCUTT. 1. WILLIAM1, m. 24 Jan., 1663-4, Mary, dau. of Andrew and Triphany Lane,
      Hing. He m. (2) (???), Martha (???). He d. 14 Sept., 1693. "

      The Genealogy Of John (2) Orcutt by Helen G. Judson and Elbert E. Orcutt, 1966
      page VI;
      "The following are the baptismal records of these children as they appear on
      the Second Church records of Scituate, Massachusetts:
      Andrew 1667 ye soone of William Orcit of Marshfield 3/21
      John 1669 ye soone of William Orcitt of Marshfield 4/18
      Martha 1671 ye daughter of William Orcott of Marshfield 4/23
      Joseph 1672 ye son of William Orcott of Marshfield 10/9
      Mary and
      Hannah twins 1675 ye daughters of William Orcott of Marshfield 4/11
      Thomas 1677 ye sonne of William Orcott of Marshfield 10/2
      Benjamin 1680 ye son of William Orcott of Marshfield 3/7
      Elizabeth 1682 ye daughter of William Orcut of Marshfield 7/16
      Deborah 1683 ye daughter of William Orcut of Marshfield 10/7

      Genealogy Of Thomas Orcutt (1677) by Frederick Scott Orcutt, 1976, page 35;

      "Issue of William (1) Orcutt and Mary Martha (Lane) Orcutt, 12 childr

      1.William (2) Orcutt, probably b. Hingham, Massachusetts, m. Jane Washburn

      "The following records were taken from "Cr. I.A. catalouge of names of all such as have been baptized by Guiliemas Wetherell, pastor to ye Second Church , Scituate 1645- 1689". This church is now the First Unitarian Church of Norwell, Massachusetts in the same location, Note particularly that the spelling of names and dates are EXACTLY as recorded in those church records.
      Entry Number
      2.Andrew (2) Orcott, bap. March 24, 1666/67 287
      3.John (2) Orcott, bap. April 18, 1669 312
      4.Martha (2) Orcott, bap. April 23, 1671 349
      m. Jacob Leonard of Bridgewater (V.R. Bridgewater)
      5.Joseph (2) Orcott, bap. Dec. 9, 1672 364
      6.Mary (2) Orcut, bap. Apr. 11, 1675 385
      m. May 19, 1697 Lt Daniel Hudson (Parish record N. Br.)
      7.Hannah (2) Orcut, bap. Apr. 11, 1675, Twin to Mary 386
      m. Edson Tilson Dec. 25, 1706
      8.Thomas (2) Orcut, bap. Oct. 2, 1677 (edge of page worn
      off so no knowledge of whether additional number in Oct date) 410
      9.Benjamin (2) Orcut, bap. March 7, 1679/80 480
      10.Elizabeth (2) Orcut, bap. July 16, 1682. Presumed that she died 585
      young as she was not mentioned in settlement of the estate of her father.
      11.Deborah (2) Orcut, bap. Oct 7, 1683. Presumed she died young, 604
      same reason as for Elizabeth.
      12.Susannah (2) Orcutt, bap. 1685 (Mitchell's History of Bridgewater. NOT in Sec. Ch. of Sci. records)"

      Genealogy Of John (2) Orcutt by Helen G. Judson and Elbert E. Orcutt, 1966
      page VI
      "There has never been found to date (1966) that William (1) Orcutt owned any land anywhere in the Colony before he bought in 1670 " of Edward Gray of New Plymouth for 30 lbs": "He sells to William ORCUTTof Marshfield, Massachusetts one share of upland meadow in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts". (Plymouth County Deeds)

      Genealogical Guide To The Early Settlers Of America
      Henry Whittemore
      Originally, this work was published serially from September 1898 through June 1906 in theperiodical called The Spirit of 76.
      Surnames, O-P
      Page 393


      Molly Orcutt - The Indian Doctress Woman
      Written by Jacques Boisvert © April l8, l986
      for the la société d'histoire du lac Memphrémagog

      In the fall or early winter of 1799 a barrel of whisky, a half barrel of brandy and a half barrel of gin arrived in Troy, Vermont. As you can imagine, an arrival of this kind broke the monotony in the village awfully fast. There were a lot of drinking parties which often ended in a fight. Rev. Charles Stewart in 18l7 wrote about the present state of Eastern Townships: "Were they long to continue in this state, they would degenerate into barbarism"

      Two guys from Potton, a short distance from Troy, named Perkins and Norris got into an argument at one of the parties and it finished in a fight. "In the contest Norris fell, or was knocked into a great fire that was burning in the huge Dutchback chimney which was in the room." Norris' hair and clothes were severely scorched, but the main injury was in one hand which was badly burned. The skin was hanging of his hand and the nerves were exposed. There was no doctor in the vicinity and no one could do anything for him.

      Someone suggested going to get Molly Orcutt, the Indian doctress woman who lived on Lake Memphremagog which was quite close. Some friends went to get her and brought her back right away. She looked at Norris' hand, her medicine was an application of warm milk punch; bandaged up his hand and built her camp near by so she could be near until he got better and the hand was restored. At the time, it was believed that Molly was l22 years old. Molly's fame as a doctress was now raised.

      The same winter the dysentery broke out with violence, particularly among children, and Molly's services were again solicited, and she again undertook the work of mercy and again she succeeded. But in this case Molly maintained all the reserve and taciturnity of her race, she retained the nature of her prescription to herself, she prepared her nostrum in her own camp, and brought it in a coffee pot to her patients, and refused to divulge the ingredients of her prescription to any one; but chance and gratitude drew it from her.

      In March, Molly was on her way to Derby to see her daughter, who was married to a white man who lived on the Connecticut River. On her way there she met Josiah Elkins who lived with his wife in Peacham, Vermont. Mr Elkins became one of the first white settlers in Potton Township and he had heard of Molly's exploits. He asked her what she had with her for food to make such a long trip; he found she had only a little bread.

      Mr Elkins, who was well known for his usual generosity, immediately cut a slice of pork of 5 or 6 pounds out of the barrel he was carrying home, and gave it to her. Molly, who was usually very reserved broke into a smile and could not stop thanking him for his generosity. "Now you have been so good to me", she exclaimed, "I will tell you how I cured the folks this Winter of the dysentery," and told him her receipt. It was nothing more than a decoction of the inner bark of the spruce. - At the time of these events the town of Troy was then called Missisco.

      Molly was found dead on White Cap Mountain near East Andover, Maine in 1817. She had gone to the area to pick blueberries. When her body was found it had been partially eaten by wild animals.

      Molly was born around 1677 and had lived on Lake Memphremagog for about l00 years before the arrival of the first white man. Her age was established by the late Reverend G.R. Hall, a Vermont historian who wrote that he often spoke with Molly during the years of the Canadian American War, 1812-1816 (Was she spying for the VIA - Vermont Intelligence Agency?). Hall was considered a scholar by Dr. Jon M. Currier another famous historian who lived in Newport. He said he knew Hall well and met him several times, and that he could vouch for his probity.

      A pertinent fact remains in all this. Molly was a prominent figure in the history of our beautiful Lake Memphremagog, or Lake Mamhlawbagak as her ancestors called it in those days.

      Jacques Boisvert © April l8, l986 - for: la société d'histoire du lac Memphrémagog

  • Sources 
    1. [S298] Research of Joel Thomas Orcutt, Joel Thomas Orcutt, (Name: Published online;).
      Date of Import: Apr 4, 2005