An American Family History

Susannah Ayre Stanhope


Various spellings of Stanhope
Stanape, Stanup, Standhope, Stanhop, Stanop, and Stannup

Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

Susannah Ayre Stanhope was born about 1635.

Her parents were not Captain John Ayers and Susannah Symons. Their daughter was only eleven years old in 1667, so she was born about the time Jonathan Stanhope married. She married Thomas Day.

She was also not the daughter of John Ayer and Hannah Evered Webb of Haverhill. They did not have a daughter named Susannah.

She married Jonathan Stanhope in 1656. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Jonathan and Susannah Stanhope.

She died on June 2, 1676 in Sudbury.

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.
Children of
Ensign Jonathan Stanhope
and Susannah Ayer
  • Hannah Stanhope Jennings
  • Jonathan Stanhope, Jr.
  • Sarah Stanhope
  • Joseph Stanhope
  • Jemima Stanhope Rutter
  • Mary Stanhope
  • Rebecca Stanhope Hemenway
  • Sudbury in Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1639 with a population of 476. A major battle of the King Philip's War was fought in Sudbury in 1676.




    Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

    Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 by J. H. Beers & Co

    Capt. John Ayers of Ipswich, 1648, was a petitioner for what is now Brookfield in 1660, whither he removed with the first settlers and was a leading man in the new plantation. He married Susanna, daughter of Mark Symonds of Ipswich. He was killed by the Indians at the time they destroyed Brookfield, in 1675.

    His children were: John, Samuel, Thomas, Joseph, Edward, Mark, Nathaniel and Susanna. Of these John was a shipwright of Boston; Samuel married Abigail Fellows of Newbury;

    Thomas married Mary Errington, of Ipswich;

    Joseph removed from Ipswich to Brookfield in 1717;

    Edward was of Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, as was Mark;

    Susanna married Thomas Day, of Gloucester.

    A deed recorded at Worcester, 1741, but dated Jan. 14, 1716, is from Thomas, Mark and Edward Ayres, all of Portsmouth; Nathaniel Ayres, blacksmith, of Boston; Samuel, of Ipswich, son of Samuel Ayres, deceased; and Robert Day, of New Roxbury, whose mother was Susanna Ayers, to Joseph Ayres of Ipswich, selling all the land at Brookfield formerly possessed by our honored father, John Ayres.

    The fact that several of the descendants of Capt. John Ayres of Ipswich were at Portsmouth, and one of similar Christian name, Mark, among the original proprietors of Barnstead, may indicate that the Ayreses of the latter town sprang from Capt. John Ayres.

    Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.