The Wainwright Family of Essex County Massachusetts
The Lurvey, Elwell, Dutch, Vinson, Bennet, Somes, and Holland Families
Last Updated 02 November, 2006
married Lydia Lurvey in April of 1790. The
Lurveys were later settlers to Essex County who, nevertheless, intermarried with
the first families of Gloucester.
Later branches of the family would find their way into northern New England,
upstate New York and points west.
It is likely that all people in the US with the name of Lurvey descend from this
Peter Lurvy, the immigrant ancestor, had already arrived in Ipswich by 1679. William Monroe Newton, in his "History of Barnard Vermont quotes Dr. W.A. Dewey
who assisted him in compiling his book:
Peter and his wife Mary had two sons, Peter, and Eliezer; and one daughter, Mary. Eliezer 's family settled in Haverhill, Bradford, and eventually Vermont, while Mary married John Stockwell and remained in Ipswich.
Peter's son Peter moved to Gloucester around 1710 settling in the fourth parish
at what is now Lanesville. He married Love Parsons of Ipswich in 1702, a very young
lady who died in 1708, shortly after the birth of their daughter Sarah. In 1710
Peter married Rachell Elwell and had seven children, five of
whom married in the area.
Rachell Elwell came from one of the earliest families in Gloucester. Her grandfather Robert Elwell owned land in Dorchester as early as early as 1634. He later removed to Gloucester where he purchased the parcel of land we now know as Stage Fort Point. He resided on Eastern Point. By his wife Joanne, Robert had eleven children, including Samuel Elwell, born around 1635.
1658 Samuel Elwell married Hester (Esther) Dutch, daughter of Osman Dutch and Grace Pratt. On 30 October 1692 Hester,
along with two other women- Rebecca,
wife of Richard Dike, and Abigail Rowe, daughter of Hugh Rowe, were taken to Ipswich, for examination on a charge of witchcraft. They were all released on
7 November 1692. In her later years,
Hester was listed in town records as a "poor distressed widow".
Jacob Elwell, the second son of Samuel and Hester Elwell, was born in 1662. He was killed on 11 May 1710 at Cape
Sable during Queen Anne's War. In 1686 he married Abigail
Vinson, daughter of William Vinson and his second wife Rachel Cooke. William Vinson arrived in
Gloucester from Salem in 1635. He
was the original owner of Five Pound Island, a small island located at the mouth of Gloucester Harbor. He was admitted a freeman in 1643, and
served as a selectman in 1647, 1651, 1660, 1674, and 1675.
The second son of Peter and Rachell, Jacob Lurvey, was born in 1712. In 1733
he married Sarah Bennet, daughter of Anthony and Rebecca Bennet and granddaughter of Anthony
Sr, yet another founding settler of Gloucester. A carpenter by trade, Anthony Bennet Sr.
arrived in Gloucester from Beverly after 1671.
He received grants of land along the Mill River and set up a sawmill
operation that was family operated in town for several generations. He married Abigail Somes, daughter of Morris Somes, who lived along the Mill River.
Morris' wife, Elizabeth Kendall
was from Cambridge, a member of a prominent family of that name. Jacob and Sarah Lurvey had 10 children,
8 of whom lived to maturity. It is
likely that Jacob and Sarah moved to New Gloucester, Cumberland County Maine
with their family.
Their eighth child, David Lurvey, was born in 1748. David
married Lydia Holland
at New Gloucester Maine. She was daughter of
and Sarah Cunningham
of Gloucester Massachusetts. They had two children, Lydia and Job,
before she died. Captain Lurvey returned to Gloucester in 1770 with his
children, and they were baptised at the Fourth Parish Church. Job was sent to the Shaker community at New Gloucester to live with
his uncle, Daniel Jackson. As soon as he was old
enough, Job left the Shakers, and settled in Paris Maine. He married Elizabeth Tobey in New Gloucester in 1798, moved
to Woodstock Maine in 1820 and headed a
large and successful family. It is uncertain where David's daughter Lydia
spent her youth, but it is possible that the Shakers raised her, as well. In 1774, Captain David Lurvey married
Abigail Davis, and had three additional children.
He appears to have spent his life at sea, and probably died there around 1810.
Lydia Lurvey married Thomas Wainwright of
Rowley Massachusetts in 1790 and
had several children, but none is included in the town's vital records. This was
partly due to the incomplete record keeping typical of the times, but also
because the family did not appear to have a strong church affiliation. Up to the
1840's, towns relied on local Churches to record vital records, much like
English Parishes. In 1850, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation
requiring each town to maintain its own list of births, marriages and deaths,
and funded efforts to collect church, cemetery, and family records in order to
compile records prior to 1850 that were published in 1910. As a result, the Commonwealth has today one of
the most comprehensive sets of vital records available of any state in the
1815, a widowed Lydia Wainwright married Benjamin Soper Marshall. He had been friendly with the Wainwright family since 1790, for we find
his name along with Thomas's in the Warning Out documents issued by the
Gloucester Selectmen in August of that year. In January 1816 the
Columbian Centennial, a popular newspaper of the time, ran an erroneous
announcement of the marriage of Benjamin to Lydia's daughter Nancy Wainwright.
In January 1816 the Columbian Centennial, a popular newspaper of the time, ran an erroneous announcement of the marriage of Benjamin to Lydia's daughter Nancy Wainwright.
Lydia Marshall died of Consumption (Tuberculosis) in 1825.
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