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SOME DESCENDANTS OF JOHN COOLIDGE


     JOHN COOLIDGE of Watertown, MA, was admitted freeman May 25, 1636; was one of the earliest proprietors, 1636-37; was a Selectman of Watertown many times between 1636 and 1677, inclusive; was Representative in 1658, and he was often employed inwitnessing wills, taking inventories, and settling estates. The date of his arrival has not been ascertained, but it is probable that he was one of the first settlers, 1630. His will, dated Nov. 19, 1681, proved June 16, 1691, mentions wife MARY, sons JOHN, STEPHEN, SIMON, NATHANIEL and JONATHAN, and granddaughters SARAH and MARY MIXER. Inventory 237.7 pounds. Grace, widow of Roger Porter, in her will mentions him as her brother. Perhaps she has used this term only to denote Christian affection. His residence (homestall), in 1642, was bounded on the north by the Cambridge line, on the west by William Paine, on the east by David Fiske, and on the south by a highway to the pond; he also had seven other lots. In 1673 he bought the homestead of David Fiske, deceased, of his son David Jr. of Cambridge.

   Mr. Somerby says, "The Coolidge family seem to have been settled in Cambridge, England, from a very remote period. The name has been written in every possible way, as Coalyng, Coalidg, Colynge, Cooladge, etc. The name first appears in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327, where Walter and Ralph Coalyng were assessed for lands in Wimpole, in Cambridgeshire. In the time of Henry VIII, the family were seated at Arrington, and, judging from the wills, were at that time of wealth and great respectability, belonging to the gentry. "

Children of John and Mary:

1. JOHN COOLIDGE, prob. b. in England, sometimes designated Ensign. He took the oath of fidelity 1652. He m. (1) Hannah LIVERMORE (d. December 23, 1678, aged 45), November 14, 1655; (2) Mary MADDOCK (widow of Henry Maddock, only daughter of Roger Wellington) September 16, 1679. His will, dated February 9, 1690/91 and proved April 7, 1691, mentions sons JOHN, of Sherburne, to whom he gave two-sevenths, son RICHARD two-sevenths, daughters ELIZABETH, SARAH and MARY, each one-seventh. He had probably already fully endowed his other children. Children of John and Hannah:

1. Hannah COOLIDGE, b. February 29, 1656/57, Watertown, m. John BOND August 6, 1679, d. 1698.

2. Mary COOLIDGE (twin), b. September 1659, Watertown, died soon thereafter.

3. Sarah COOLIDGE (twin), b. September 1659, Watertown, died soon thereafter.

4. John COOLIDGE (twin), b. September 22, 1660, Watertown, died soon thereafter.

5. Johnathan COOLIDGE (twin), b. September 22, 1660, Watertown, died soon thereafter.

6. John COOLIDGE, b. February 19, 1662, Watertown, a carpenter, m. Mary ---- and settled in Sherburne. He was a soldier in King Philip's War. His widow, in her will, dated September 5, proved October 12, 1724, mentions her sons Isaac, James, Peter and Amos, and daughters Hannah, Sarah and Mary.

7. Grace COOLIDGE, b. February 25, 1663/64, Watertown, m. Col. Jonas BOND, Esq., January 29, 1688/89, d. April 11, 1699.

8. Lieutenant Richard COOLIDGE, b. April 13, 1666, Watertown, Representative of Watertown, 1722, m. (1) by William Bond, Esq. to his youngest daughter, Mary BOND, June 21, 1693, by whom he had 3 children;

(2) Susanna ---- (d. October 20, 1736 at age 67), 1701, d. October 23, 1732. In the settlement of his estate, March 22, 1733/34, John Reed is mentioned as one of the heirs.

9. Abigail COOLIDGE, b. February 3, 1668/69, Watertown.

10. Elizabeth COOLIDGE, b. 1671, Watertown, prob. died soon thereafter.

11. Elizabeth COOLIDGE, b. November 1, 1673, Watertown.

12. Daniel COOLIDGE, b. April 24, 1676, Watertown, d. 1684.

13. Sarah COOLIDGE, m. Dea. Nathan FRISKE October 14, 1696, d. November 27, 1723.

Children of John and Mary:

14. Mary COOLIDGE, b. June 27, 1680, Watertown, m. Daniel LIVERMORE May 28, 1697, d. in childbed, December 10, 1702.

2. (?) Elizabeth COOLIDGE, m. Gilbert CRACKBONE (of Cambridge, his second wife. He was admitted freeman Dec. 1636.) June 1656. If she was a daughter, as is supposed, of John Coolidge, she d. before the date of his will, and s.p. (?)

3. Mary COOLIDGE, b. October 14, 1637, Watertown, m. Isaac MIXER, Jr. September 19, 1655, Watertown, d. November 2, 1660. They had:

1. Sarah MIXER

2. Mary MIXER

4. Stephen COOLIDGE, b. October 28, 1639, Watertown, m. Rebecca ---- (d. April 15, 1702), d. in the spring of 1711, s.p. (?), leaving a considerable estate, which he bequeathed to his nephews and nieces.

5. SIMON COOLIDGE

6. Obadiah COOLIDGE, b. April 15, 1642, Watertown, d. 1663, unmarried.

7. Nathaniel COOLIDGE, m. Mary BRIGHT October 15, 1657, d. 1711. In deeds he is designated a tailor, but he was a large farmer. His inventory (real estate, 412 pounds) embraced 3 farms, mills and fishing wear. They had:

1. Abigail COOLIDGE, b. 1658, Watertown, d. 1658.

2. Nathaniel, b. May 9, 1660, Watertown, d. January 29, 1732/33, Weston, MA.

3. Samuel COOLIDGE, b. February 15, 1661/62, Watertown.

4. Henry COOLIDGE, b. May 16, 1664, Watertown.

5. Henry COOLIDGE, b. August 6, 1665, Watertown.

6. Mary COOLIDGE, b. June 16, 1666 or 67, Watertown.

7. Elizabeth COOLIDGE, b. 1669, Watertown, d. 1669.

8. Thomas COOLIDGE, b. April 24, 1670, Watertown, d. May 15, 1737.

9. John COOLIDGE, b. abt. 1674, Watertown, d. April 26, 1755.

10. Jonathan COOLIDGE, b. abt. 1672, Watertown, of Newton, MA, m. (1) Mary ---- (d. September 19, 1724); (2) Experience WAKEFIELD 1724, d. December 7, 1730, killed by the fall of a tree, and Oakes Angier was appointed

administrator of his estate December 19, 1730.

11. Joseph COOLIDGE

12. Hepzibah COOLIDGE, b. February 27, 1681, Watertown, m. Johnathan STONE November 15, 1720.

13. Anna COOLIDGE, (?) in the settlement of her father's estate, June 17, 1712, she is called Anna Adams? She m. Benjamin Lawrence (of Charlestown). Her will was dated December 18, 1718.

8. Jonathan COOLIDGE, b. March 10, 1646/47, Watertown, m. Martha RICE (b. January 14, 1662, daughter of Joseph and Mercy (King) Rice of Sudbury, d. December 25, 1695) December 3, 1679. His will, dated February 12, proved March 16, 1723/24, mentions sons

onathan and John, daughter Martha, and granddaughter Martha Spooner. They had:

1. Martha COOLIDGE, b. June 6, 1683, Watertown, d. abt. 1753, unmarried. In her will, dated May 22, 1751, she mentions Kezia Wood, daughter of her brother Jonathan, deceased; children of her brother John, viz.: John, Benjamin,

Joseph, Hannah, Burt, Martha Pool, Sarah Coolidge, Mary Coolidge and Lydia Coolidge; "the children of my beloved Martha Godding, my adopted daughter," viz: William, Jr., Spencer, Martha, and Jonathan Coolidge, and my beloved kinsman, William

Godding. Oliver Livermore and Samuel Coolidge, executors.

2. Rebecca COOLIDGE, b. April 20, 1685, Watertown, m. Peter SHOONER.

3. Mary COOLIDGE, b. April 16, 1687, Watertown.

4. Jonathan COOLIDGE, b. January 19, 1688/89, Watertown, m. Ruth HOLLAND (of Dorchester, m. (2) Allen BROWN (of Boston), March 16, 1731/32) August 15, 1718, d. March 29, 1731.

5. John COOLIDGE, b. February 4, 1690/91, Watertown.

6. Josiah COOLIDGE, b. August 11, 1695, Watertown, d. 1699.

7. Joseph COOLIDGE, bap. 1698; a soldier in the French War; d. 1724, unmarried.

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     SIMON COOLIDGE, born about 1632, and d. 1693 in Watertown. He was a witness in court "aged about 27" in 1659. Simon married (1) HANNAH BARRON on January 19, 1681/82. She d. July 1680.

     Simon married (2) Priscilla Rogers, d. 1694, probably a dau. of John and Priscilla Rogers of Watertown and Billerica.

Children of Simon and Hannah:

1. Mary COOLIDGE, b. December 11, 1660, Watertown, m. Nathaniel BRIGHT July 21, 1681, d. December 1, 1717.

2. Obadiah COOLIDGE, b. July 1663, Watertown, d. July 1663.

3. OBADIAH COOLIDGE

4. Dea. Joseph COOLIDGE, b. May 31, 1666, Watertown, a tailor, settled in Cambridge, m. Rebecca FROST (b. December 3, 1669, dau. of John and Rebecca (Andrews) Frost [Her mother, Rebecca, b. April 18, 1646 in Watertown, was a dau. of Thomas and Rebecca Andrews. After the death of this Thomas A., his widow Rebecca married Nicholas Wyeth, Sr., of Cambridge.] ), d. December 17, 1737, Cambridge, MA, aged 72. He was an administrator of his father's estate. They had:

1. Rebecca COOLIDGE, b. 1699, d. June 5, 1754, aged 55.

2. Mary COOLIDGE, b. April 14, 1706

5. Hannah COOLIDGE, b. December 7, 1671, Watertown, m. (1) Daniel SMITH (d. abt. 1718) November 3, 1693; (2) Dea. Nathan FISKE May 22, 1729.

6. Stephen COOLIDGE, b. June 1, 1674, Watertown; was living 1694; and administrator of his father's estate, prob. died unmarried.

7. Lydia COOLIDGE, b. 1676/67, Watertown, d. 1676/67.

8. Sarah COOLIDGE, m. Samuel HASTINGS (his second wife) July 10, 1701, d. January 1724.


     OBADIAH COOLIDGE, born 1664, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA., His will was dated 18  February and proved 19 June 1706. Obadiah married ELIZABETH ROUSE of Hartford, CT. on 28 Feb.1686/87, and settled in Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA.. They returned to Watertown about 1694. Elizabeth married (2) John CUNNINGHAM, of Watertown on 16 Feb. 1714. Elizabeth was dead by 6 Nov. 1732.

CHILDREN:


     ELIZABETH COOLIDGE, married JOHN SAWIN December 5, 1711 in Watertown.

SOURCES:

  1. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, MA, Vols. I & II, Henry Bond, p. 165-168; p. 424.



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