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Henry Robie and Ruth Moore

Henry ROBIE. (Robye).
Born 12 February 1618-1619 at Castle Donington, Leicester, England; son of Thomas ROBIE and Mary COXEN.

He came to Dorchester in Massachusetts Bay Colony in early 1639. Dorchester was settled in June 1630 by colonists from Devonshire, Dorsetshire and other places in England.

Henry came to Exeter, New Hampshire from Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639. At the time there were no constitued authorities over the patent of New Hampshire, and the Exetere settlers called for a voluntary combination for governmental purposes. This agreement, called the Combination, was dated 4 July 1639. Henry was a signer of the Combination.

In May 1643 he joined a petition of the inhabitants of Exeter, addressed to the Massachusetts General Court, praying that their territory might be received within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

On 5 September 1643 the Court ordered William Coale to pay one peck of corn to Mr. Robie and others for harm done to them by swine.

On 16 January 1644 he received from the town a grant of ten acres of land.

He married (1) Ruth MOORE in 1645 at Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

On 10 February 1648 he was given a further grant of 40 acres.

He and others were given grant and joined in building a sawmill in 1649.

He was selectman in 1649 and 1650.

On 21 March 1650 he received a further grant of 10 acres of land.

On 13 May 1650 he was one of a Committe of the town who signed the contract engaging Reverend Dudley as Minister.

On 24 November 1650 he was given permission to enlarge his garden out of the Highway.

On 2 January 1651 he received a further grant of 60 acres of land from the town. On that same day he joined with John Gilman dissenting from the vote of the town, releasing Reverend Samuel Dudley from payment of certain rentals due the town.

On 19 February 1651 the town authorized him and two other townsmen "to vindicate the credit and the reputation of (Rev.) Mr. Dudley, against the reproachful speeches and Calumination of John Garland, by proceeding against him in law, according to the demerit of his offense."

Soon after 1651, he and his family moved to Hampton, New Hampshire.

Henry was a selectman for Hampton several times starting in 1656, and also in 1660, 1665 and in 1681.

He was a member of the committee to regulate the seating of the people in the Meeting House in 1660.

He was a constable in 1661, a Justice of the Peace for many years, and a Justice of the Court of Sessions. He sat as a justice in the court for the trial of Joshua Moody, the pastor of the church of Portsmouth who refused to administer the Lord's Supper according to English Church procedure, being one of the three judges who presided. Reverend Joshua Moody was sent for six months to jail on the New Castle Island.

He was also a standing juryman in the trials of Mason against Richard Waldron and other persons in New Hampshire, for holding lands which he claimed as proprietor of the province.

On 1 January 1661 he was named as one of a commission to lay out the road from the Academy Green to the Landing.

In 1667 he was named as one of a commission to settle the bounds of the highway between Hampton and Salisbury.

On 12 October 1669, at the session of the Court, he was allowed to keep an ordinary in the town, and the court licensed him "to sell beere and wine and strong waters by retaile, and ye sd Robie doth binde himself, in ye sum of Lb. 40, on condition not to suffer any townsmen, men 's children and servants to lie tipling in his house." He kept the ordinary about 10 years, his license being renewed from year to year.

On 18 October 1669 he was attorney for his town in the matter of the Court in Boston, when he presented the case of Robert Wadleigh, and his client won.

He was presiding judge in the case of Edward Colcord, whom he sentenced to the House of Correction, but suspended sentence and was later forced to see it executed.

He and his wife were recorded as members of the town church on 18 September 1671.

His wife Ruth died on 5 MAY 1673.

He married (2) Elizabeth PHILBRICK on (10-S?)(16-S4) 19 January 1674 in Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. They did not have children.

In 1677 he was sent to flank the Indians, who were besieging the Hampton settlement.

His wife Elizabeth died on 11 February 1677.

Henry married (3) Sarah SHAW in 1678. She had a son John by her previous marriage. Before they were married Sarah and Henry entered into a marriage covenant by which it was agreed that all she brought with her should go to her son John Shaw. This was careied out.

A royal decree was made on 18 September 1679 ordering that thereafter the Massachusetts Bay Colony should have no further jurisdiction over the towns of Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Hampton. It became necessary to establish a new government for the province of New Hampshire. Henry was named as one of the electors from Hampton for this purpose.

He presided as judge over a witchcraft case in 1680, when a woman was tried for kiling a neighbor's child by witchcraft. There is no record of this decision.

On 13 July 1680 he was foreman of the Grand Jury. In 1680 he was also one of a committee appointed to prosecute people stealing timber from the town.

During his last years, he kept the ordinary (inn, tavern, or public house), which his widow continued after his death.

In 1680 he was the sixth highest on a list of 125 tax payers in Hampton.
,br> In 1683 he, with other residents of Hampton, petitioned the Colonial Governor to be freed from head money. In 1683 he was elected a member of the council from Hampton.

His will was dated 10 January 1687, with a codicil dated 3 April 1688. Henry died on 22 (4-S4) April 1688 in Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Upon his death some of those dissatisfied with some of his decisions as a judge, threatened to defile his body, so the family buried him at once in a secret grave in the Shaw Family Cemetery, Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He is buried beside his wife Sarah, on the Shaw land, with no stone marking his grave, though a stone does mark the grave of Sarah.

His will was proved on 5 June 1688. It was said that at the time of his death he was in debt.

WIFE (1):
Born in 1620 in England; daughter of William MOORE. Her mother is said to be Jane Blount. [check for accuracy]. She was of Castle Donington, Leicester County, England.

She married Henry ROBIE in 1645 at Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Henry and Ruth had eight children, the first three probably born in Exeter, New Hampshire, the last five probably born in Hampton, New Hampshire.

In the will of her father, William Moore of Ipswich, Massachusetts, made on 14 August 1660, probated in 1671, Ruth and her eldest daughter to receive a bequest. She died on 5 MAY 1673 in Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

  1. Mary ROBIE. Born in 1644-1645. She married Samuel FOLSOM (Foulsham) on 22 December 1663.
  2. Thomas ROBIE. Born 1 March 1646 at Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married Martha EATON on 8 December 1687. No known issue. He died between 30 January 1719-1720 and 6 June 1722.
  3. John ROBIE. Born 2 February 1649 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married (1) Mary. He married (2) Ann CORLISS, daughter of George CORLISS, on 1 November 1677 at Haverhill, Massachusetts. Fifteen days after his wife's death, he was killed by the Indians leaving seven children, none over twelve years of age. The children were taken in by his brother Samuel.
  4. Judith ROBIE. Born about 1650; accused John Young of fathering her son, John, who was born 6 December 1671. She married Samuel Healey, son of William Healey, on 15 September 1693. They settled in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. No issue.
  5. Ruth ROBIE. Born 3 March 1654 at Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She was living unmarried in 1686.
  6. Deliverance ROBIE. Born 22 March 1657 at Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She was not listed in her father's will. She married Nathaniel Haseltine, son of John Haseltine, on 28 December 1680 at Hampton. She died 20 December 1686.
  7. Samuel ROBIE. Born 4 August 1659 at Hampton. He married Mary PAGE. daughter of Thomas Page and Mary Hussey. He died 10 August 1717 at Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  8. Ichabod ROBIE. Born 26 November 1664 at Hampton. He married (1) Lucy Page, daughter of (Deacon) Francis Page and Meribah Smith. He married (2) Maria. He married (3) Lydia Spendlow (Spendlove?). He lived in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

WIFE (2):
Elizabeth PHILBRICK.
Born in 1620 (about 1623) in England; daughter of Thomas PHILBRICK and Elizabeth KNAPP. She married (1) Thomas Chase. They had 5 children. She married (2) John Garland. She married (3) Henry ROBIE on (10-S?)(16-S4) 19 January 1674 in Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She died on 11 February 1677 in New Hampshire.

WIFE (3):
Sarah SHAW.
Sarah was born in 1618. When she married Henry ROBIE in 1678, she was a widow with a son, John. Sarah died 23 January 1703, and was buried in the Shaw Family Cemetery, Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She is sometimes said to have children with Henry Robie, but these were the children of Henry's son John, who was killed by Indians. Sarah took the children in to their household with Henry and they raised them.

CHILDREN of Henry ROBIE and Sarah SHAW:
Henry and Sarah are sometimes said to be the parents of Joann, Sarah and Mary, but these are the children of John Robie, son of Henry Robie and Ruth Moore. Appearantly, when John and his wife died, these children came to live with their grandfather, Henry and his then wife Sarah. Some of the children obviously stayed with John's brother Samuel, so they may moved back and forth between their uncle Samuel and their grandparents.


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