Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First Weeks Settlers

About the Weeks name

From message board..

The first Weeks settlers in the U.S. was George Weekes of Dorchester, Ma.and most probably came over here in late 1636/7. He was married to Jane Clap (or Clapp) and came from Salcombe Regis, Devon…associated with the manor of North Wyke in Devon.

Also a William Weeks and perhaps a brother named John Wicks came to Falmouth, Ma. (Cape Cod, close to Plymouth) John was a Quaker and was chased out of Ma.; went North to New Hampshire; came back briefly to Ma. and then went to Rhode Island. He was killed by the Indians.

William Sr. supposedly had children William; John; Abigail and Eliza (or Elizabeth).  William could have been married 3 times and had 11 children.He lived in Edgartown Ma. (On Martha’s Vineyard Island) for some time but then conveyed that land to his first child Samuel and William moved back to Falmouth.

John was also in Falmouth, but had a farm on one of the Elizabeth Islands. He was my line and I can trace him to my dad. Supposedly Johns’ brother William took over the farm on the Island.  Their father had a boat which was used for delivering material to various ports and as far away as New York.

At one point, during a storm his boat was blown ashore and stranded on Pasque Island, one of the Elizabeth lands. The Indians broke aboard and stole whatever they could. William and John jr. fought the Indians but didn’t have enough manpower to retrieve the materials being taken.  Many of the descendants of William Sr. have not been traced at the time thie genealogy books were written.

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