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Walter and Mary Tybbot, Gloucester, MA

Walter and Mary (Marie) Tybbot were some of the first ancestors I discovered, in spite of the fact that they are my 10X great grandparents. They have been in my family tree since the 1980s, but sadly, it seems that no progress has been made on finding them in the ancestral home in Wales.

In fact, it seems that little genealogical progress has been made at all with Welsh records in the last thirty years.

The Tybbots are said to have arrived in the colonies, first at Plymouth with the Rev. Richard Blinman, about 1640. Walter Tybbot, with some others, were “propounded” or put forward, e.g. nominated, to be made freemen on 2 March 1641 in Plymouth. Shortly after, Rev. Blinman and his party left Plymouth for Marshfield, Massachusetts, but after only a year or so there, there was a disagreement leading to their removal to Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The distance from Plymouth to Marshfield is only ten or eleven miles. The trek from Marshfield to Gloucester, though, is another seventy miles. No records exist to explain whether they made the move by land or by sea.

Rev. Richard Blinman was pastor of a church in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. It is assumed, but not proven,  that those in his party were all parishioners at Chepstow.

Walter Tybbot wrote a will on the 5th day of the 4th month in 1651 (5 June 1651) and died on 14 August 1651 in Gloucester.

WalterTybbotWill1651
Source: The Essex Antiquarian, 1900

His will was probated in October of the same year. Wife Mary was named the executor. Daughters Agnes and Mary were both named, along with their husbands and several grandchildren.

Walter was born about 1584, reportedly in Monmouthshire, Wales. I have no years of birth or death for Mary, who married John “Harding” in 1652.Given that there are no Harding vital records whatsoever to be found in Gloucester, I wonder if he was actually a Harraden. Mary’s daughter, Sarah, married Edward Harraden.

Walter had two daughters, Agnes and Mary. Agnes was about ten years older than Mary, born about 1611. She married (1) Mr. Dike or Dick, probably in Wales and (2) Edmund Clark. Her daughter “Elizabeth Dick” was named in her father’s will. Mary was born about eleven years later in 1622.

Given the gap in years, it is possible that Walter had a first wife who died and Mary was not the natural mother of Agnes. Mary married William Haskell on 6 November 1643 in Gloucester. They were the parents of nine children.

Both Agnes and Mary have many descendants today.

Children of Agnes Tybbot:

Elizabeth Dick or Dike, born c1630; married  Zebulon Hill
John Clark,
before 5 June 1651
Joseph Clark,
16 November 1650, Gloucester, MA

Children of Mary Tybbot and William Haskell:

William, born 26 August 1644, Gloucester, MA; died 5 June 1708, Gloucester, MA; married Mary Browne, 3 July 1667, Gloucester, MA
Joseph, born 2 June 1646, Gloucester, MA; died 12 November 1727, Gloucester, MA; married Mary Graves, 2 December 1674, Gloucester, MA
Benjamin, born c1648; died c1741; married Mary Riggs, 21 November 1677, Gloucester, MA
Mary, born c1653; married William Dodge, c1673; no further record
Ruth, born c1654; died 26 November 1714, Beverly, MA; married Nehemiah Grover, 2 December 1676, Gloucester, MA
Mark, born 8 April 1658, Gloucester, MA; died 8 September 1691, Gloucester, MA; married Elizabeth Giddings, 16 December 1685, Gloucester, MASarah, born 28 June 1660, Gloucester, MA; died 4 March 1690/1, Gloucester, MA; married Edward Harraden, 5 February 1684, Gloucester, MA
John, born c1662; died 2 February 1718, Gloucester, MA; married Mary Baker, 20 May 1685, Gloucester, MA
Eleanor, born 28 May 1663, Gloucester, MA; married Jacob Griggs, 12 November 1685, Gloucester, MA

I was hoping that in the 30+ years since I first researched this family, that some progress might have been made on finding Walter and Mary at home in Wales, but it seems like there is still a definite lack of available genealogical records for Wales. So I wait.