An American Family History

Theophilus Rix

Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts was settled in 1636. The first settlers called it Enon or Salem Village. It was officially set off from the Town of Salem on May 10, 1643.

Theophilus Rix was baptized on August 20, 1665 at the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts. His parents were Thomas Rix and Bridget Muskett.

He married Hannah Foster on May 11, 1709/10. Hannah was born November 22, 1673. Her parents were William Foster and Mary Jackson.

Theophilus and Hannah lived in Wenham. Their children included:
Samuel Rix (April 7, 1711) and
Hannah Rix (May 4, 1717).

Theophilus died on July 5, 1726.

Children of William Fiske (Fisk)
and Bridget Muskett
  • Deacon William Fiske
  • Samuel Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Benjamin Fiske
  • Martha Fiske
  • Bridget Muskett
    and Thomas Rix
  • Theophilus Rix

    from History and Genealogy of the Rix family of America by Guy Scoby Rix

    Theophilus Rix2 (Thomas1), born , bapt. in First Church, Salem, Mass., Aug. 20, 1665; died July 5, 1726; married, May 11, 1709-10, Hannah Foster, born Nov. 22, 1673. He resided in Wenham, Mass.

    i. Samuel, b. Apr. 7, 1711. He settled in Prince Edward's Island, and some of his descendants are living to-day in Salem, Mass. They report that he came from Ireland.

    ii. Hannah3, b. May 4, 1717.

    Wenham was first settled by English Puritans. The church was formed in 1644 with John Fiske as pastor.


    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    from Foster Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce
    History of Boxford, Mass., says:

    William Foster, from Ipswich, settled in Rowley Village in 1661. The old house that stood some years ago on the site of the late residence of Mr. Dean Andrews, deceased, was undoubtedly his residence. The first town meetings were held in his house; and in it was also kept for several years after the incorporation of the town, a kind of tavern called in the language of those days, an ordinary. Mr. Foster was one of the principal men in the Village, as the numerous offices of trust of all kinds held by him fully prove.

    He d. May 17, 1713. Res., Boxford, Mass.

    31. i. Mary [Foster], b. Nov. 16, 1662; m. Nov. 20, 1682, Samuel Kilburn, of Rowley.

    32. ii. Judith [Foster], b. June 19, 1664; m. 13 April, 1693, John Platts. Five children:
    1. Mary Platts.
    2. James Platts.
    3. John Platts [married Hannah Fiske].
    4. Ebsaba Platts.
    5. Jonathan Platts.

    33. iii. Hannah, b. Nov. 23, 1673; m. May 11, 1709-10, Theophilus Rix, of Wenham, who died July 5, 1726. She was his second wife. Two children:
    1. Samuel Rix, b. April 7. 1711.
    2. Hannah Rix, b. May 4, 1717.

    34. iv. Jonathan, b. 6 March, 1667-8; m. Abigail Kimball.

    35. v. William, b. 1670; m. Sarah Kimball and Margaret Gould.

    36. vi. Timothy, b. 1672; m. Mary Dorman and Ruth Andrews.

    37. vii. David, b. 9 May, 1679; m. Mary Black.

    38. viii. Samuel, b. 20 February, 1681; m. Mary Macoon.

    39. ix. Joseph, b. 168—; bap. May 21, 1682; living in 1711, but probably never m. See his father's will.

    Early American taverns were important town meeting places and were strictly supervised. Innkeepers were respectable members of the community.