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(Elder) John Chipman and Hope Howland
(Elder) John CHIPMAN.
Born probably in the Spring of 1621 and probably at Whitchurch, Dorsetshire, England; the only son of Thomas CHIPMAN [F4428a] and Brinspittel (DERBY ?) [F4429a].
His father died early, and he resided with his uncle Christopher DERBEY. In MAY 1637, Richard DERBEY, John's cousin and son of Christopher DERBEY, came to New England and brought John, among others, with him in the capacity of servants. John was then 16 years old. It was then customary to send over orphan youths of good habits, to be bound for a term of years to the early settlers. Richard DERBEY settled in Plymouth, where he remained for several years. John Chipman apparently served Richard DERBEY from 1637 to about the spring of 1642, when he is of legal age. At that time he brought an action against his cousin, John DERBEY, for a sum of money sent to him from England by his uncle Christopher DERBEY, and not paid over by John DERBEY.
John Chipman had a declaration drawn up relating to the money sent him by his uncle Christopher DERBY. A copy of the original was kept in the family of his son Samuel Chipman of Sandwich, Massachusetts. This copy is in the handwriting of John Otis, Esq., who was born 30 years after the date of the Declaration. An incorrect copy was published in the Genealogical Register of 1850. The following copy has been carefully collated with the manuscript and is a true transcript of it except for four words, which are repetitions and erased in the manuscript. Its principal facts are further corroborated by a deposition of Ann Hinde and by records in Dorsetshire, England. It is not known if he or his descendants ever obtained anything form the estate. The Declaration follows:
A Brief Declaration in Behalf of Jno. Chipman of Barnstable.
"A Brief Declaration with humble Request (to whom these Presents shall come) for further Inquiry & Advice in ye behalf of John Chipman, now of Barnstable in the Government of New Plimouth in New England In America, being ye only Son & Heir of Mr. Thomas Chipman Late Deceased at Brinspittell 1 about five miles from Dorchester in Dorsetshire in England concerning some certain Tenement or Tenements with a Mill & other Edifice thereunto belonging Lying & being in Whitchurch of Marhwood vale near Burfort alias Breadport, in Dorsetshire aforsd hertofore worth 40 or 50 Pounds pr Annum which were ye Lands of ye sd Thomas Chipman being entailed to him & his Heirs for Ever but hath for Sundry years Detained from ye sd John Chipman the right & only Proper Heir thereunto, By reason of Some kinde of Sale made of Inconsiderable value by the sd Thomas (In the time of his Single Estate not then minding marriage) unto his kinsman Mr. Christopher Derbe Living Sometime in Sturtle near Burfort aforsd being as the Said John hath been Informed, but for 40 lb And to be maintained Like a man with Diet Apparel &c by the sd Christopher as Long as the sd Thomas Should Live whereat ye Lawyer wc. made the Evidences being troubled at his Weakness in taking Such an Inconsiderable Price tendered him to Lend him money or to give to him ye sd Thomas Seven Hundred Pounds for ye sd Lands. But yet the matter Issuing as Aforsd The Vote of the Country who had knowledge of it was that the sd Thomas had much wrong in it Especially After it pleased God to change his condition, and to give him Children, being turned off by the sd Christopher only with a poor Cottage and Garden Spott instead of his forsd Maintainance to the great wrong of his Children Especially of his Son John Aforsd to whom ye Sd Lands by right of Entailment did belong Insomuch that mr William Derbe who had the sd Lands in his Possession then from his father Christopher Derbe told the sd John Chipman (being then a youth) that his father Christopher had done him wrong, but if ye sd Lands prospered with him that he would then consider the sd John to do for him in way of recompence for the Same when he should be of capacity in years to make ye thereof. The sd John further declareth that one mr Derbe A Lawyer of Dorchester (he supposes ye father of that mr Derbe now living in Dorchester) being a friend to the mother of the sd John told her being Acquainted with ye Business and sorry for the Injury to her Heir, that if it pleased God he Liv'd to be of Age he would himself upon his own charge make a tryal for the recovery of it, and in case he recovere it Shee Should give him 10 lb Else he would have nothing for his trouble and charge. Furthermore John Derbe late deceased of Yarmouth in New Plimouth Government Aforsd hat acknowledged here to the sd John Chipman that his father Christopher had done him much wrong in the forsd Lands but ye sd John Chipman being but in a poor and mean outward condition, hath hitherto been Afraid to stir in it as thinking he should never get it from ye rich and mighty, but being now Stirred up by some friends as Judging it his Duty to make more Effectual Inquiry after it for his own comfort his wife and childrens which God hath been pleased to bestow on him if any thing may be done therein, & in what way it may be attained, whether without his coming over which is mostly Desired if it may bee. Because of exposing his wife & children to Some Straits in his Absence from them, he hath therefore, Desired these as aforsd Desiring also Some Search may be made for farther Light in ye case into the Records of the conveyance of the Said Lands being made as he Judgeth about threescore years Since as Also that Enquiry be made of his Sisters which he supposeth lived about those parts & of whom else it may be thought meet, and Advice sent over as Aforsd, not Else at present But hoping that there be Some Left in England alike Spirited with him in 29 Job whom the Ear that heareth of may bless God for Delivering ye poor that crieth and him that hath no helper Bein Eyes to the blind feet to the Lame A father to the Poor Searching out ye cause which he knoweth not, &c. Barnstable as Aforsd this 8th of Feb. (57). John Chipman Desires his Love be presented to his Sisters Hannor and Tamson and to hear particularly from them if Living and doth further request that Enquiry be made of mr Oliver Lawrence of Arpittle who was an intimate friend of his fathers. He desires also Enquiry be made of his Sisters what those parchment writeings concerned in the custody of his mother when he was there.
The sd John Chipman Supposeth his age to be about thirty seven years; it being next may Twenty & one year Since he come out of England.
On the 2d of March, 1641-2, Ann Hinde, the wife of William Hoskins, deposed before Gov. Edward Winslow, relative to a matter in controversy between John DERBEY and John Chipman. She stated that she was then about 25 years of age, that she lived with Mr. Christopher DERBEY at the time when John Chipman came to New England to serve Mr. Richard DERBEY a son of Christopher, and a brother of John, that she afterwards came over to serve the said Richard, and that when she left, old Mr. DERBEY requested her `to commend him to his cozen (nephew) Chipman, and tell him if he were a good boy, he would send him over the money that was due to him, when he saw good.' She also testified that she had heard John DERBEY affirm that the money had been paid to John Chipman's mother, who died about three months before her old master sent this message by her to his nephew Chipman. The object of this deposition was to establish the fact that John DERBEY did not pay the money to Chipman's mother, because she died three months before Mr. Christopher DERBEY made the promise to send it."
In recorded deeds John Chipman is said to be a yeoman. In AUG 1643 John Chipman was not listed among those able to bear arms, though afterwards he is listed as a resident of Plymouth.
He married (1) Hope HOWLAND in 1646.
In 1649 he bought the homestead of Edward Fitzrandolphe of Barnstable, Massachusetts. It was bounded on the north by the County road, on the east by the Hyannis road, on the south by the commons, and on the west by the homestead of George Lewis, Sr.; containing 8 acres. The deed also conveyed to him a garden spot and orchard on the north side of the County road. For some reason, two deeds of this transaction were made. One was dated 1 JUN 1649, witnessed by William Casely, Henry Cobb, and Richard Church, and was recorded that year in the Colony Records and is printed in the 12th volume of the records, pages 180-181. The other deed, in the handwriting of Gov. Hinckley and witnessed by his wife Mary Hinckley and by Peter Blossom, was not executed until 13 AUG 1669 and was never recorded. Why two deeds were given for the same property is not known and they are not exact copies. Perhaps the second was given to correct some error in the first.
In 1649, probably as a result of becoming a property owner, John Chipman was made a freeman. How long he resided on this estate is not known. However, John Davis received a deed to this same lot dated 15 OCT 1649 and recorded in the Barnstable town records. This deed was signed by John Scudder.
His house in Barnstable was thought to be of the palisade construction. It was built using large timbers for sills and plates. Two parallel rows of holes were drilled, except for doors and windows, for uprights. In between was filled with stones and clay. This formed the walls of the house, which were then plastered with shell mortar inside and out. It was a most comfortable and durable construction. The house of John Crowell, that was constructed in this manner, stood for more than two centuries. Many of the early homes were also built with a palisade fence around the perimeter as a defense against Indians, and to keep out intruders and wild beasts. Such fences were built of small logs 12 or 15 feet long, sharpened at each end and set or driven into the ground side by side, so as to form a fence 10 feet high, which would be difficult to scale.
On 7 AUG 1650 his wife Hope joined the Barnstable Church, and on 30 JAN 1653 he joined it also. In 1652 he was a grand juror, and appointed by the Treasurer of the Colony to a committee for the Town of Barnstable to receive the proportion of oil taken which belonged to the Colony.
In 1654, when all were required to have their possessions entered and described in the town books, no lands were recorded as belonging to him. Perhaps he did not own land, or he neglected to have it recorded. Of such neglect there is evidence. One example is his deed from Fitzrandolphe that was not executed until 1669, twenty years after the purchase. Also the consideration in his deed from John HOWLAND indicates that the purchase was made many years before the date of the deed, possibly about the time of his marriage. It was probably about 1659 that John Chipman removed to Great Marshes, though in that year he is listed as a resident of Barnstable. He also acquired land at West Barnstable.
In 1670 , "Henry Cobb and John Chipman were chosen and ordained to be ruling Elders of this same church, and they were solemnly invested with office upon ye 14th day of April Anno Dom: 1670." (Church Records). It is probable that he was a deacon of the Barnstable church before he was elected Elder. He survived Mr. Cobb by many years and was the last Ruling Elder of the church. In JUN 1659, he and Isaac Robinson and John Smith of Barnstable and John Cook of Plymouth were appointed by the Plymouth Colony Court to attend the meetings of the Quakers "to endeavour to reduce them from the errors of their wayes." The result was that Robinson, whose name appears most prominent in the proceedings, recommended the repeal of the several laws that had been enacted against that sect. Smith and Chipman did not incur the censure of the Court, though there is no reason to doubt that they sympathized with Robinson in his views respecting the impolicy of those laws.
In the years 1663, 1664, 1665, 1668 and 1669 he was a representative from Barnstable to the Colony Court. In 1665, 1666, 1667 and 1668 he was one of the selectmen of Barnstable, who at that time exercised, in addition to other duties, the functions since pertaining to justices of the peace. In 1667 he was one of the council of war. For his public services the court, in 1669, granted him 100 acres of land between Taunton and Titicut, which was afterwards confirmed to him.
In 1672 he bought of his brother-in-law Lieut John HOWLAND one half of his farm in Barnstable, containing 45 acres of upland. The deed is dated 10 DEC 1672 and is for the consideration of 16 pounds. The deed, on parchment, is in the handwriting of Gov. Thomas Hinckley. This land was bounded easterly, partly by the land of John Otis and partly by the land of William Crocker; northerly by the marsh; westerly by the other half of the property of John HOWLAND. The boundaries are particularly described, and the range between HOWLAND and Chipman ran over a well or spring, giving each a privilege thereto. In this deed he also an exchange of his meadow at West Barnstable to HOWLAND.
His wife Hope died 8 JAN 1683 and he married (2) in 1684 to Ruth SARGENT, Widow of Jonathan WINSLOW and also of Richard BOURNE and daughter of William SARGENT. He then moved to Sandwich, Massachusetts.
He was admitted and inhabitant of Sandwich in 1679, but appears to have still been in Barnstable in 1682. His removal was deeply regretted by the people, and many efforts were unsuccessfully made to induce him to return to Barnstable. The church, though dissatisfied at his removal without their consent, agreed to pay him five of six pounds annually, if he would resume his office of Elder, and the town voted to make him a liberal grant of meadow lands if he would return. These votes show that his services were appreciated by the members of the church with which he had held communion nearly forty years, and that he was highly esteemed as a man and a christian by his fellow townsmen and neighbors.
His will is dated 12 NOV 1702 at Sandwich. It states, "I will and bequeath to Ruth, my dear and loving wife, all whatsoever is left of her estate, which I had with her when I married her. I also give her one half part of my whole personal estate which shall be found in Sandwich at my decease. Besides and moreover, all the carts plows and husbandry implements, as also all the corn meat, flax wool, yarn and cloth that is in the house at my decease, and I do give her twenty pounds in money which is due to her by compact made between us at our inter-marriage; she according to sd compact, upon payment of this twenty pounds to quit claim to all right and title and interest in my housing and lands att Barnstable, and this twenty pounds shall be paid her out of that money of mine in ye hand of my friend Mr. Jonathan Russell of Barnstable." He bequeaths to his sons Samuel and John his whole real estate in Barnstable, Samuel two parts and John one part, unless my son Samuel pay his brother John 70 pounds in lieu of his third part. He gives his son Samuel his carpenters tools, then in his possession. To his two grandchildren Mary Gale and Jabez Dimmock 5 pounds apiece. He names his daughters, Elizabeth, Hope, Lydia, Hannah, Ruth, Bethia, Mercy, and Desire. He appoints his sons Samuel and John executors, and Mr. Jonathan Russell and Mr. Rowland Cotton overseers. Witnesses, Rowland Cotton, Samuel Prince, and Nathan Bassett.
He died 7 APR 1708 at Sandwich, Massachusetts, age 87 years. His will was proved and inventoried 17 MAY 1708 by William Bassett  and Shubael Smith. His real estate is not appraised. Among the personal articles appraised was plate, at 8 shillings per ounce, 8 pounds, 2 shillings; Cash, at 8 shillings per ounce, 51 pounds, 5 shillings and 3 pence; Bills of Credit, 6 pounds and 6 shillings; Cash in Mr. Jonathan Russell's hands, 20 pounds; 18 books, small and great, 1 pound.
Born 30 AUG 1629 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, second daughter of John HOWLAND and Elizabeth TILEY. She married in 1646 John CHIPMAN. She joined the church at Barnstable, Massachusetts on 7 AUG 1650.
She died 8 January 1683 at Barnstable, Massachusetts and was buried in the burying ground on Lothrop's Hill in Barnstable.
Her monument contains the following inscription:
INTERRED YE BODY OF
MRS. HOPE CHIPMAN
WIFE OF ELDER JOHN CHIPMAN
AGED 54 YEARS
WHO CHANGED THIS LIFE
FOR A BETTER
YE 8th OF JANUARY
CHILDREN of John CHIPMAN and Hope HOWLAND:
- Elizabeth CHIPMAN. Born 24 JUN 1647 (1648-S3) at Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was baptized 18 AUG 1650 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. Her mother had been admitted to the Barnstable just prior to this, on 7 AUG 1650. She married Hosea JOYCE of Yarmouth, Massachusetts and was his second wife. His first wife was Martha, by whom he had John and Dorcas. Martha died 3 APR 1670. He was married at Yarmouth, Massachusetts to Elizabeth between then and 1 JUN 1676 when their son Samuel was born. They had 7 other children. Hosea died in FEB 1712, leaving a large landed estate. Elizabeth, his "well beloved" wife, received only a small portion of it, however.
(daughter). The Church Records say that a "stille-borne maide childe of John Chipman" was buried 9 SEP 1650. She was born probably in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
- Hope CHIPMAN. Born 31 AUG 1652 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She was baptized according to Puritan usage on the Sabbath next succeeding her birth, on 5 SEP 1652 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married (1) on 10 AUG 1670 at Barnstable, Massachusetts to John HUCKINS, son of Thomas HUCKINS of Barnstable, Massachusetts. They had four daughters and then John died 10 NOV 1678, aged 28 years. Hope married (2) on 1 MAR 1683 at Barnstable, Massachusetts to Jonathan COBB, son of Elder Henry COBB of Barnstable. He was born 10 APR 1660 and was aged 22 years and she was aged 30 years at the time of their marriage. They had 5 children, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts. On 3 JUN 1703 they were dismissed from the Church in Barnstable and entered into the Church in Middleboro. From there the family moved to Falmouth, now Portland, Maine. She died 25 or 26 JUL 1728 at Middleboro, Massachusetts.
- Lydia CHIPMAN. Born 25 DEC 1654 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married John SARGENT. She died 2 March 1730 at Malden, Massachusetts.
- John CHIPMAN. Born 2 March 1657 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. He died 29 MAY 1657.
Hannah CHIPMAN. Born 14 JAN 1659 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married 1 MAY 1680 at Barnstable, Massachusetts to Thomas HUCKINS. She died 4 NOV 1696, aged 37, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, leaving 8 children.
- Samuel CHIPMAN. Born 15 APR 1661 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married 27 DEC 1686 to Sarah COBB, dau. of Elder Henry COBB. They had 10 children. He inherited the homestead and carpentry tools of his father, but his principal business was farming. He kept a public house and was a retailer of spirituous liquors, a business not then incompatible with his office of Deacon of the Church, having been ordained 1 SEP 1706 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was a man of good business habits. He was often employed as a town officer, and stood high in public estimation. He died in 1723, aged 63 years. His widow Sarah died 8 JAN 1743, aged 79 years.
- Ruth CHIPMAN. Born 31 DEC 1663 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married 7 APR 1682 at Barnstable, Massachusetts to Eleazer CROCKER of Barnstable, Massachusetts. She died 8 APR 1698 at Barnstable, Massachusetts, aged 34 years, leaving 10 children.
- Bethia CHIPMAN. Born 1 JUL 1666 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married (1) GALE. She married (2) Shubael DIMMOCK. (Timothy DIMMOCK-S3). She died by 4 MAY 1699 when Shubael DIMMOCK married (2) to Tabitha LOTHROP. (She died after 12 NOV 1702-S3).
- Mercy CHIPMAN. Born 6 FEB 1668 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married 13 DEC 1699 at Sandwich, Massachusetts to Deacon Nathaniel SKIFF as his second wife. They moved to Chilmark, where she died on 12 JUN 1724. Nathaniel=s first wife was Hephzibah CODMAN.
- John CHIPMAN. Born 3 MAR 1671 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married (1) in 1691 to Mary SKIFF, daughter of Capt. Stephen SKIFF. She died in 1711, aged 40. He married (2) in 1716 to widow Elizabeth RUSSELL, dau. of Capt. Thomas HANDLEY, her third marriage. Her first husband was ____ POPE. He married (3) in 1725 to (Hannah ?) (HOOKEY or HOXIE) (GRIFFIN) CASE of Rhode Island. He had 13 children, probably all born in Sandwich. John was a cordwainer, or shoemaker. He moved early to Sandwich, Massachusetts. From Sandwich he moved to Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard. While in Chilmark, he was one of the Justices of the Court. From Chilmark he moved afterwards to Newport, Rhode Island. There he was an assistant to the Governor. He died on 4 JAN 1756 at Newport, Rhode Island.
- Desire CHIPMAN. Born 26 FEB 1674 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. She married Hon. Melatiah BOURNE of Sandwich, Massachusetts on 23 FEB 1696 (1692/3-S3). She died 28 MAR 1705, aged 31, at Sandwich, Massachusetts.
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- [S2]. Families of the Pilgrims. Compiled by Hubert Kinney Shaw. 1956. Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants:Boston, MA.
- [S3]. The Mayflower Quarterly: a)Vol.60:3. AUG 1994.