Samuel Straw

b. 13 Aug 1692-Amesbury, MA d. Oct 1773-South Hampton, NH

Elizabeth Dimond

b. 7 May 1697-Amesbury, MA d. aft 1773-South Hampton, NH

Married 12 Dec 1717

Their Family:

01. STRAW, Elizabeth b. 19 Apr 1719-Salisbury, MA d. 17 Apr 1794-Hapkinton, NH

02. STRAW, Hannah b. 30 Apr 1721-Salisbury, MA d. 1809-Weare, NH

03. STRAW, Miriam b. 17 Apr 1723-Salisbury, MA d. 14 Sep 1735-Salisbury, MA

04. STRAW, Jonathan b. 28 Jan 1725-Salisbury, MA d. 24 Jan 1791-Hopkinton, NH

05. STRAW, Abia b. 9 Nov 1728-Salisbury, MA d. Bef 1809

06. STRAW, Ezekiel b. 15 Jan 1731-Salisbury, MA d. 2 Jun 1812-Salisbury, MA

07. STRAW, Jacob b. 21 May 1734-Salisbury, MA d. 5 Nov 1807-Hopkinton, NH


Samuel Straw:
He was one of the founders of the first parish of South Hampton, NH.According to Salisbury Second church records he was " dismissed to S. Hampton March 3, 1728. His Will is on record at Exeter.

"Abstract of Will of Samuel 2 of South Hampton, NH on record at Exeter dated October 10, 1764. Son Israel Straw of Weare(NH) to be executor. Wife Elizabeth use and improvement of 1/2 of the estate. Son Jonathan to have 100 (pounds) part paid in 2 yrs(,) part in 4 and the rest in 6 years and my son Jonathan to have my great bible after his mother's discease(sic). Son Ezekiel to have 100 (pounds) to be paid in the same way as Jonathan's.Son Jacob to have the same as the others. Son Isreal to have the homestead. Daughter Hannah to have four acres of land at a place in Salisbury called Brush Island.

Son Samuel to have 3 acres salt marsh and my hand irons and 1/4 of my pew and furniture for the same after mine and my wife's descease(sic). To my son Samuel 5 acres of land adjacent to Wm. Brown's land and the land I give my son Israel.To daughter Elizabeth Gordon wife of Abner Gordon one fourth of my beds and furniture belonging to the same. To daughter Hannah 5 acres of land 1/3 of all my pewter and my great pot and little one and two trammels and frying pan. To daughter Alice Osgood 100 (pounds) and 1/4 my beds and furniture. To my loving wife the East end of the house afterwards for the use of daughter Hannah as long as she remains single. To my wife, son Israel and daughter Hannah all my tools (re) for the use of the place. To daughter Hannah two barrels cyder(sic) and two barrels apples yearly. My son Israel of Weare, NH to be executor. Will probated October 27, 1773"

It is uncertain which daughter he was referring to when he says Alice..there was a daughter named Abiah. His daughter Meriam had died in 1736 at the age of 13 or 14. There is no record of an Alice. This daughter Alice was apparently married to a man named Osgood. The information on Samuel comes from genealogy of EST of 1897 and from the Straw Bible owned by Pluma Straw which contains the records of James Brown Straw. Additional information on names of children and dates of their birth per VR of South Hampton. Sources: Pluma Straw Family Bible; genealogy of EST 1897; South Hampton VR; Amesbury VR; History of Weare, NH (Little); IGI Files;census records:Hopkinton, NH VR; DAR records.

Elizabeth Dimond Straw:
Per Pluma Straw family bible; Will of Samuel Straw probated 1773 and she is named as living widow

Elizabeth Straw:
Genealogy of Ellen Straw Thompson of 1897; Straw family bible of Pluma Straw; IGI files; NHVR; Will of Samuel Straw of 1764; genealogy of Gordon family per J. Godwin March 1999 via e-mail; History of Garland, ME (Oak)

Hannah Straw:
As of the death of her father, according to the Will dated 1773 Hannah was still single. She was apparently single when she died 9 April 1809 as her two brothers were still living and refused to administer her estate and so her nephew Benjamin (son of Samuel) was appointed at his father's suggestion to the probate Judge.

Jonathan Straw:
Jonathan and his wife Mary moved from South Hampton to Rumford, NH prior to 1750 as their second child was born in Rumford (Concord, NH) in the summer of 1750. At some point they moved to Hopkinton, NH. (According to Hillsborough Co. Deeds 54:17 on 3 September 1762 Jonathan along with two other men of New Hopkinton conveyed to Hezekiah Foster, land in New Hopkinton. This deed was witnessed in 1801 by two men in Vt. Of the three who originally signed the deed the two other men acknowledged their signatures but someone else swore to the signature of Jonathan..he died 1791.

Per Lord's History of Hopkinton he was a land owner on the Bow claim when on Dec 13, 1763 the legislature of NH joined them to New Hopkinton. 2-15-1765 he was a member of the committee to call the first mtg in Hopkinton. and served on committees to build church and school.July 18, 1774 was chosen as delegate to the Convention called at Exeter on July 21 to succeed the assembly dispersed by Gov. Wentworth (to choose delegates to send to Philadelphia to the provincail congres )by now he was a Captain. He also was a signer of the Association Test for Hopkinton.August and September 1778 in campaign in RI commanded by Capt Joshua Bayley. Per DAR records he died Jan 25, 1791.

census 1790 Hopkinton, NH
Jonathan Straw HOH
1 male over 16
0 males under 16
2 females

Military: he served in the early was, commanded a company of NH militia 1775.

Mary died in Hopkinton and is buried there in the Hopkinton Cemetery. Her head stone is inscribed: "Mary Straw, relict of Capt. Jonathan Straw w o died August 24, 1825, aged 95 years 3 days. She was a member of the Church of Christ 76 years and her descendents were 324.(This information courtesy of genealogy of Ellen Straw Thompson and on file at NH Antiquarian Society in Hopkinton, NH) Per DAR Records Jonathan commanded a Co of NH militia in 1775 and served in the early wars. Per EST genealogy they were married at So. Hampton and the date and dismissed to Rumford, NH. she gives the names of their children with dates of birth and burial information of Mary his wife.

Sources include: IGI files; gen of EST 1897; Rev WAr Pension files; History of Hopkinton (Lord); research of Peg Fazzino on IGI files

Jacob Straw:
(Per History of Hopkinton by C.C.Lord) Jacob was one of the Masonian grantees in 1750 owning one lot in the township. He was a carpenter and joiner.( Per Biographical Review) he came from Rowley MA c 1740-1750 and secured 50 acres of land upon which he errected some small buildings and then sold them to such advantage that he was able to purchase 200 acres on Sugar Hill. (Lord) states he sold and moved to Sugar Hill and purchased 200 acres where Seth Straw (his grandson ) now lives on the Weare side of the line between Weare and Hopkinton. (Lord) goes on to say he sold again and purchased 300 acres in Hopkinton now (1890) occupied by Horace Straw, Sullivan Flanders and others. He had six sons and six daughters and died at the age of 78 of cancer. He is buried in West Cemetery in Hopkinton and his Revolutionary War Record may be found in the Archives in Boston.Aug 1777 he enrolled in Capt John Hale's Company, Col. Gerrish's Regt that was called out to reinforce General Gates.

Dec 15, 1788 was part of a committee of 12 men to consult and agree on a place for the Meeting House. On Dec 22 they voted not to move it..three days later the house was burned. On Dec 11 1794 it was "voted to consider Lt. Jacob Straw as innocent of burning the meeting house in February 1789 or accessory there to.."

(per Little's History of Weare) Jacob Straw of Salisbury, MA went to Sugar Hill and built his house near the middle of the East side of Lot 93, range 7. In company with Wm Rowell he built a saw mill, 1768, on Cilley Brook that ran through his land. They had two ponds to get a supply of water. Abner Hoit/Holt of Hopkinton was the millwright and in 1774 bought the farmland. The mill ran until 1790 when it went down.

Jacob was said to have owned a clepsygra (water clock) and an excellent sundail. (In later years a sundial was unearthed from the soil on the farm along with a brass ink stand that belonged to Jacob.) Jacob also ran a potash works on Sugar Hill as early as 1774..(farmers who burned cord wood sold the ashes and traders took them in in exchange for goods) potash could be made into "salts" and pearlash which was shipped to Boston and sold for $100 - 200 per ton. Jacob signed the ASSOCIATION TEST for Hopkinton. Names and dates of birth of his children per Ellen Straw Thompson genealogy of 1897. His death and burial info also per EST.

Additional sources include DAR records and Biographical review Vol XXI (1897)

DAR records give his DOD as 1820

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