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  • The Ancestry of Lucy and Timothy Church of Hanover, Mass.

    Published Date : December 1983
    In Richard Church of Plymouth by John A. Church there is a section “Unplaced Members of the Plymouth Family.” Listed in it (p. 317) is “Lucy Church. m. Dec. 30, 1762 Jonathan Pratt, at Hanover, Mass.

    In the same work a Timothy Church (the first of that name in the family) is listed as a son of Nathaniel3 Church (Nathaniel2, Richard1). Both Barry and Dwelley in their histories of Hanover put it that Timothy was “s. Nath'l ? and grandson of Nath’l of Scituate ?”  The question marks are well taken.  Timothy was born in 1738.  At that time Nathaniel3 was sixty-eight and his wife was in her sixties. A wild guess and obvious error were picked up and repeated.

    As a first step in clearing up this double question it is clear that Lucy (Church) Pratt. wife of Jonathan ____ and Timothy Church were brother and sister.  Timothy was born in 1738 and Lucy in 1742.  They lived all their married lives across the road (Washington Street) from each other (See Barry and Dwelley).  The Timothy Church and Jonathan Pratt lots m. the Hanover center Cemetery adjoin each other.  Lucy’s son, Elisha Pratt, named one of his daughters Lucy and one of his sons Timothy.  Timothy’s son, Timothy. Jr., named two of his children Timothy another Lucy.

    But, who were the parents of Lucy and Timothy Church?  The answer is to be found in two deeds recently located by Durward and Irene Church of Monson, Mass.

    Nathaniel3 Church by deed of 23 April 1751, recorded in Plymouth Registry of Deeds 8 Nov. 1754. conveyed land in Hanover and Scituate “to the children of my son Caleb of Hanover” without naming them.  By a deed of 15 December 1772, recorded 19 March 1773, “Timothy Church of Hanover,” deeded to one John Curtis “the land which was given to the children of my father Caleb Church, by my grandfather Nathaniel Church.” The only Timothy Church living in Hanover in 1772 was the one who lived across the road from Lucy.

    Therefore, Timothy’s and Lucy’s parents were Caleb4 Church (Nathaniel3-2, Richard1), born 4 April 1712, and Sarah Williamson of Marshfield who were married 20 January 1736.  JHR

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