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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Edward Bangs

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Edward Bangs was born in England about 1591.

    Death:  He died in Eastham between October 19, 1677, and March 5, 1677/8, describing himself in his will as “aged 86years.”

    Ship:  Anne or Little James, 1623

    Life in England:  Edward has been tentatively identified as the son of John and Jane (Chavis) Bangs of Panfield, Essex, who was baptized on October 28, 1591.

    Life in New England:

    Edward Bangs came to Plymouth in 1623. In the land division of that year he received four acres, causing some to believe that he had a wife and two children at that time.The other three people may, however, have been servants or other non-family members placed with him. Edward lived in Plymouth until about 1644 when he and a number of others moved to Nauset (Eastham). He was a freeman in 1633 and served in a number of offices, including “layer-out of lands,” deputy, surveyor, treasurer of Eastham, and on various juries and committees. In Eastham he was an innkeeper.


    Edward married Lydia Hicks by 1633 and possibly several

    years earlier.They had one son and she died within a year

    or two. He married (2) Rebecca _____ about 1635.They had

    nine children. She was not mentioned in his will and apparently

    predeceased him.

    Child of Edward and Lydia Bangs:

    • John was born about 1634, possibly earlier. He married Hannah Smalley on January 23, 1660/1, in Eastham but there are no children recorded. He died between January 27, 1702/3, and May 17, 1708.

    Children of Edward and Rebecca Bangs:

    • Rebecca was born about 1636. She married Jonathan Sparrow on October 26, 1654, in Eastham and had eight children. She died before October 19, 1677.
    • Sarah was born about 1638. She married Thomas Howes, Jr. in Eastham about 1657 and had four children.
    • Jonathan was born about 1640. He married (1) Mary Mayo in Eastham on July 16, 1664, and had twelve children. He married (2) Sarah _____ by 1719 and (3) Mrs. Ruth Young on July 23, 1720. He died in Brewster on November 9, 1728.
    • Lydia was born about 1642. She married Benjamin Higgins on December 24, 1661, in Eastham and had nine children.
    • Hannah was born about 1644. She married John Doane on April 30, 1662, in Eastham and had eight children. She was still alive in 1677.
    • Joshua was born about 1646. He married Hannah Scudder on December 1, 1669, in Eastham, but left no children. He died on January 14, 1711.
    • Bethia was born on May 28, 1650. She married Gershom Hall by 1669 and had five children. She died on October 15, 1696.
    • Mercy was born October 15, 1651. She married Stephen Merrick on December 28, 1670, in Eastham and had five children.
    • Apphia, her twin, married (1) John Knowles on December 28, 1670, and had two sons. She married (2) Stephen Atwood Jr. by March 6, 1677, and had three or four children.
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