An American Family History

The Barron Family

Watertown was settled in 1630 by English Puritans in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Ellis Barron Sr. was born about 1605 in England.

His wife was named Grace.

Mary Barron (1632, married Daniel Warren),
Ellis Barron (1633, married Hannah Hawkins)
Susannah Barron (married Stephen Randall)
Hannah Barron (1637, married Simon Coolidge)
John Barron
Sarah Barron (1640, married Estwick)
Moses Barron (1643, married Mary Learned)
Peter Barron

In 1639 according to the first inventory of grants and possession in Watertown, Ellis owned a homestall of ten acres, more or less, bounded east by Thomas Boyson and Richard Linton, west with Stone Street, north by James Cutler, and south by Thomas Smith

In 1641 he became a freeman in Watertown.

In 1658 he was constable.

In 1668 and 1673 a selectman .

In 1670

It was agreed that Brother Barron shall take a new inventory of the estate of the town

He died on October 30, 1676 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

A blockhouse or garrison house is a small, isolated fort. The typical blockhouse was two stories with the second story overhanging the first. It had small openings to allow residents to shoot attackers without being exposed.

Ellis Barron was born about 1633.

In 1653 he married Hannah or Anne Hammond Hawkins. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Hammond and was the widow of Timothy Hawkins

Ellis Barron (1655, married Mary Sherman),
Hannah Barron (1657-8, married James Cady)
Elizabeth Barron (1660)
Sarah Barron Taylor (1662)
Grace Barron Stevens (1665)
Mehitabel Barron (1668, married Eleazer Parker)
Elizabeth Barron

During King William's War, the inhabitants of Groton settled in garrisons for protection against the indigenous people. Ellis was in Jonas Prescott's garrison.

Ellis died in 1712 in Lancaster.




King William's War (1688–97) was also known as the Second Indian War, Father Baudoin's War, or Castin's War. It was the North American theater of the Nine Years' War.



Allen Memorial, First Series, Descendants of Edward Allen of Nantucket, Mass. 1690-1905 by Orrin Peer Allen, Palmer, Mass. 1905

Ellis Barron [1605-1676] came from England and was a proprietor in Watertown June 2, 1641 where later he was constable and selectman. He d. Oct. 30, 1676. Ellis and Grace Barron had eight children, of whom

Ellis [Barron - 1633-1712], the first child, m. at Watertown Dec. 4, 1653, Hannah, dau. of Timothy Hawkins. Ellis Barron d. at Lancaster about 1672.


Family Memorials by Henry Bond

Ellis [Barron] b. Ap. 22, 1655, a housewright of Lancaster, 1713; m., May 2, 1679, Mary Sherman.


from Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers by Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones

Ellis Barron (often written Elliz), adm. freeman, June 2, 1641; constable, 1658; selectman, 1668 and '73; d. Oct. 30, 1676. He had two wives. 1st. Grace, the mother of his child.

He m. (2d), Hannah, wid. of Timothy Hawkins, senr. She d. Sept. 1, 1685. [Her Will, dated Aug. 18, 1683, proved Oct. 6, 1685, mentions
son Timothy Hawkins,
dr. Hannah Berron's chil.
Mary, dr. of Timothy Hawkins:
gr. chil. Benjamin and Benoni Garfield.]

The births of only 2 chil. recorded. His Will, dated Oct. 26, proved Dec. 19, 1676. Inventory. £139.

1. Ellis, m., Dec. 14, 1653, Hannah Hawkins. [Hawkins, 2.] ...
2. Mary, m., Dec. 10, 1650, Daniel Warren. [6.] She d. Feb. 13, 1715-16.
3. Susanna, m., Dec. 14, 1653, Stephen Randall. [2.]
4. Hannah, m., about 1658 or 9, Simon Coolidge. [21.]
5. John, settled in Groton...
6. Sarah, b. July 24. 1640; m. Estwick.
7. Moses, b. Mar. 1, 1643, of Chelmsford; m. Mary Learned. [Learned, 3.
8. Peter (perhaps his son), slain by Indians at Muddy Brook, Sept. 1675.


from Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers by Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones

Ellis [Barron], m., Dec. 14, 1653, Hannah Hawkins. [Hawkins, 2.] After the birth of his 4th child, he moved to Groton, in whose records, her name is written Anna. 

1. Ellis, b. Ap. 22, 1655, a housewright, of Lancaster, 1713; m., May 26. 1679, Mary Sherman. [59.] (? m., 2d wife, Lydia, prior to 1712.)
2. Hannah, b. Mar. 6, 1657-8; m., June 14, 1678, James Cody. [See Cady.]
3. Elizabeth, b. Ap. 14, 1660; d. soon.
4. Sarah, b. Nov. 4, 1662.
5. Grace, b. in Groton, July 29, 1665.
6. Mehitabel, b. June 22, 1668.
7. Elizabeth, under 21 in 1683.
8. Timothy, b. Ap. 18, 1673, of Wat., a weaver; adm. f. c. Jan. 12, 1700-1: m., Mar. 10, 1697-8, Rachel Jennison. [Jennison, 8.]....
9. Dorothy, b. Mar. 6, 1674-5; prob. d. young.
10. Abigail, in the records d. (perhaps should be b.), Nov. 14, 1676. Abigail Barron m., June 2, 1699-10, Henry Houghton, of Lancaster, and had Henry, bap. in Wat.. Ap. 19, 1702.


from Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers by Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones

John [Barron], settled in Groton, and had

1. John, b. Ap. 4, 1665.
2. Moses, b. Mar. 26,1669.
3. Ellis, b. June 14, 1672.
4. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 28, 1677.

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