An American Family History

The Moulton Family





The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

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.

from Moulton Annals by Henry William Moulton

William Moulton (James, James), m. (1st) Mary; d. March 3, 1694; m. (2d) Jane Conant (dr. of Exercise). He went to Windham, Conn., with her father, but came back to Ipswich, where he died, 1763.

William [Moulton], b. Windham, 1696; d. in infancy.
William [Moulton], b. March, 1697. Husbandman.
James [Moulton], b. July, 1700. Shoemaker.
Daniel [Moulton], b. Ipswich, January, 1703.
Sarah [Moulton], b. Ipswich, 1705; m. Jonathan Clinton.
Caleb [Moulton], b. Ipswich, 1709 [married Jerusha Fiske].
Lucy [Moulton], b. , 1712.
Nathaniel [Moulton], b. , 1715; m. Catherine Nody; d. February 17, 1763.
Joseph [Moulton], b. , 1716; d. , 1735.

John [Moulton] (James, James), was married August 16, 1693, by the Rev. Mr. Hale of Beverly to Sarah Conant (dr. of Exercise and gr. dr. of Roger).

His estate was settled December 18, 1728, by John Moulton and John Herrick of Beverly. Amount, £324 17s. 0d. He planned the boundary lines between Wenham and Beverly in 1718. He was one of the selectmen.

Mary [Moulton], m. John Brigham, Windham, Conn., December 6, 1721.
John [Moulton], b. October 1, 1698; m. (1st) January 28, 1729, Hannah Kilham; m. (2d) Sarah [Moulton] d. about1755.
Abigal [Moulton], b. March 27, 1701.
Josiah [Moulton], b. July 16, 1703; d. March 17, 1730.
Hannah [Moulton], b. April 1, 1706; m. Joseph Ayres, February 25, 1728.
Sarah [Moulton], b. August 29, 1709; m. Moses May, May 20, 1728
Samuel [Moulton], b. October 19, 1710; m. Sarah Fisk, February 23. 1733.
Benjamin [Moulton], b. July 7, 1711; m. Tabitha Howard, Ipswich, July 31, 1740.


John Moulton (John, James, James) gave notice of intention to m.

(1st) Hannah Kilham of Wenham, January 28, 1729. (John, Daniel, Austin Kilham, from Yorkshire, Eng.; Salem, 1637, Wenham, 1642, where he d. April 5, 1669, aet. .85.)

John m. (2d) Sarah , who d. January 3, 1744.

His estate was valued £85 4s. 6d. Adm., December 8, 1755. He signed a paper in 1720, requesting Rev. Mr. Ward to accept the call of the church to settle in Wenham.

Children (by first wife):
1. Sarah [Moulton], b. January 5, 1732; m. Bartholomew Dwinell of Topsfield, December 8, 1755.
Hannah [Moulton], b. April 27, 1735.
Jonathan [Moulton], b. about 1737; m. , Mary Tarbox of Wenham; d. about 1807.
Josiah [Moulton], b. October 31, 1739; m. Rebecca Tarbox; d. in Revolutionary war.

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

In 1721, Boston had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Citizens fled the city and spread the disease to the other colonies. Inoculation was introduced during this epidemic by Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather.

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