Saturday, August 12, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ HOVEY Another brickwall ancestor


My 5th great grandmother, Mary Hovey, was born about 1751 and died 15 January 1832 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  On 17 July 1786 she married Nathaniel Treadwell in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where they lived all their married lives, and where Mary died a widow.  She had five known children with Nathaniel, all listed in the Ipswich Vital Records.  He was a “yeoman” (farmer) who served in the Revolutionary War.   As far as I know, Mary did not apply for a widow’s pension, yet I did find Nathaniel’s pension application papers at  If I had found Mary’s application, it might have yielded some genealogical information about her family.

Both Mary and Nathaniel are buried in the Old Burying Ground in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Their gravestones survive and are remarkably legible.

I have no idea who may be Mary’s parents, nor do I know anything about her origins.  This is especially weird and unusual to me not only because I’ve been working on her story for more than 20 years, but also because I applied to the Mayflower Society using Nathaniel’s lineage back to Mayflower passenger Isaac Allerton.  The General Society of Mayflower Descendants did not question the fact that I did not have her birth record at all.  I guess they found her a conundrum, too!

There are many HOVEYs to be found in the Ipswich vital records and town records, but no trace of this Mary Hovey who married Nathaniel Treadwell.  I cannot assume she belonged to any of these families without more clues.

My lineage from MARY HOVEY:

Generation 1:  Mary Hovey, born about 1751, died 15 January 1832 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 17 July 1786 in Ipswich to Nathaniel Treadwell, son of Jabez Treadwell and Lucy Haskell.  He was baptized 28 October 1753 in Ipswich, and died 2 January 1822 in Ipswich.  Five children born in Ipswich.

Generation 2:  Jabez Treadwell, born on 17 October 1788 in Ipswich, died on 4 November 1840 in Salem; married on 17 October 1811 in Marblehead, Massachusetts to Betsey Jillings Homan, daughter of Thomas Homan and Tabitha Glover, baptized on 14 October 1792 at the Unitarian Church in Marblehead, died on 6 April 1874. Seven children born in Salem.

Generation 3. Eliza Ann Treadwell, born 27 August 1812 in Salem, died 31 January 1896 in Salem; married on 4 December 1836 in Salem to Abijah Hitchings, son of Abijah Hitchings and Mary Cloutman, born on 18 January 1809 in Salem, died 18 January 1864 in Salem.  Four children born in Salem.

Generation 4.  Abijah Franklin Hitchings married Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 5. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings married Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 6. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings married Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

I have two TREADWELL lineages, both from the immigrant Thomas Treadwell and his wife Mary Taylor, and both also from their son Nathaniel Treadwell and wife Abigail Wells.   I descend from two of Nathaniel’s children: Mary Treadwell (1665 – 1722) who married Samuel Stone, and her brother, Nathaniel (1677 – 1723) who married Hannah Unknown:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~  HOVEY Another brickwall ancestor”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 12, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

No comments:

Post a Comment