ABOUT 1658 TO JUNE 2, 1734
HEALY (WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 16581 Christened: February 06,
1657/581, and died June 02, 1734 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts1.
He married REBECCA HAGAR July 14, 1681, daughter of WILLIAM HAGAR and MARY
BEMIS. She was born October 29, 1661 of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and died
January 06, 1733/34. They were charter members of the West Roxbury church
and are buried in West Roxbury. He was made a Freeman in 1690. Nathaniel Healy
was a soldier of Capt. Nathan Davenport's Company in King Philip's Indian
War, and was wounded in the Narragansett Fight December 19, 1675. He
settled in Newton in 1688 at the age of 30 years, where he purchased of Jonathan
Jackson, Sr., 26 1/2 acres of land near Watertown. The soldiers of the
Narragansett Fight, or their heirs, were promised a gratuity of land besides
their wages for driving the Indians out of the Narragansett area, but this
promise was not carried out until many years later. The grant finally alloted
the heirs of Nathaniel Healy, called Narragansett Grant No. 4, was in
Chesterfield, Mass. and in 1764 his grandson Joshua 4 Healy, son of Joshua 3 of
Dudley, took possession of the crown land granted to his grandfather.
Philip White and 6 of his neighbors became involved in a long standing
controversy regarding their membership at the church in Newton. According
to the town records, Philip and his neighbors complained that they lived four
and a half to five miles from Newton meeting house and attending the church
there was a hardship. In 1705 he and six neighbors (William Ward, Edward
Ward, Nathaniel Healy, Daniel Colburn, Benjamin Wilson, and Elizabeth Bacon)
petitioned the town to move the meeting house to a more central location because
otherwise they chose to attend the Roxbury church since it was closer to them.
Their petition was not accepted. Eight years later in 1713, the above
neighbors with the exception of Benjamin Wilson, again petitioned to divide the
town into two precincts so that another meeting house could be built closer to
them. The outcome of this petition was that the Court saw no cause to
divide the town nor to move the meeting house, but in recognition of the
petitioners hardship, advised Newton to allow the petitioners to worship in
Roxbury. Eleven years later, in 1722, Newton sued Philip White and his
neighbors for refusing to support the Newton church, and incarcerated some of
them. The petitioners again brought the issue before the Court. In
December of that year, Newton petitioned the Court to have the six families come
back to Newton because they had built a new meeting house much closer to them.
Nathaniel's will, made 5/4/1731, names his wife Rebecca; sons Ebenezer, John,
and Joshua; daughters Rebecca Thwing, Abigail Brackett, Mary Mayo, Martha
Baboock, Lydia Avery, Hannah Young, and the children of his deceased son Samuel.
He appointed his sons Ebenezer and John executors. He was a wheelwright and his
estate was inventoried at 1233# 4s 9d.
of NATHANIEL HEALY and REBECCA HAGAR are:
i. REBECCA3 HEALY, b. May 19, 1682, Watertown, Middlesex Co.,
Massachusetts; d. January 05, 1717/18; m. BENJAMIN THWING (son of John 2,
Benjamin 1 Thwing), December 14, 1710; b. October 16, 1679, Boston, Suffolk Co.,
ii. ABIGAIL HEALY, b. September 21, 1683, Watertown, Middlesex Co.,
Massachusetts; d. January 23, 1772; m. EBENEZER BRACKETT, January 21, 1711/12;
b. October 19, 1677, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts; d. December 07, 1750.
The church records of Dedham say their children were bapt. February 3, 1727, the
same date their parents were received into membership. Children include;
EBENEZER BRACKETT d. 5/12/1792, aged 78 years, AARON BRACKETT, SAMUEL BRACKETT
and ABIGAIL BRACKETT.
iii. NATHANIEL HEALY, b. September 28, 1686; d. July 21, 1706, Groton,
Middlesex Co., Massachusetts,when waylaid by Indians on his way to church. His
father petitioned for and was granted 20 shillings from the town of Newton to
pay for the gun carried away by the enemy.
iv. MARY HEALY, b. November 25, 1688; m. MAYO.
v. SAMUEL HEALY, b. May 09, 1690; d. November 25, 1721 (smallpox?); m.
MARGARET TUCKER, October 06, 1715; d. June 04, 1745. Joined the First Church of
Roxbury. May 1716 Probate Records of Suffolk County, V. 65, p. 178, show
that his widow petitioned for guardianship of the two children as of that date.
Had SAMUEL HEALEY, b. 5/1717, d. before 1756. HANNAH HEALEY the records say, was
alive in 1754, probably longer.
3. vi. JOSHUA HEALY, b.
January 20, 1700/01, of Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. September 25,
1772, Dudley, Worcester Co., Massachusetts - age 71.
vii. RANNAH HEALY, b. April 04, 1705, Newton, Middlesex Co.,
Massachusetts; d. October 13, 1790; she married WILLIAM YOUNG January 27,
1724/25. He died 1747 in Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. WILLIAM
YOUNG: first heard of in Barrington and Nottingham, Mass. and was one of
the original proprietors of those places. William Young had a number of
freeholds in these towns, and bought others..... He resided in later years
in Boston; moved to Hopkinton and died there in 1747. In his will he left
about $10,000. to his wife, daughter, and minor son, and names Rev. S.
Barrett as the guardian of the latter. He speaks of himself as a "cordwainer"
or shoemaker. The will was probated in Middlesex County in May, 1747 but his
estate was not settled until 1772, three years after the death of his son
Joseph. Their children include; i. ELIZABETH YOUNG, b. Abt. 1725; m.
ELISHA HALL, June 22, 1743. ii. DR. JOSEPH YOUNG, b. Abt. 1730; d. 1769; m.
ELIZABETH HAYDEN, August 27, 1759. He was a physician and surgeon in the French
and Indian Wars. In the letters of administration filed by his widow, November
14, 1769, his estate was valued at 70 lbs. personal property and 22 lbs. cash.
viii. EBENEZER HEALY, b. November 14, 1691, Newton, Middlesex Co.,
Massachusetts; d. June 14, 1750; m. RACHEL WHITING, April 20, 1715; b. September
27, 1690, Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, of Dedham, Norfolk Co.,
Massachusetts. Probably these three children belonged to Ebenezer; REBECCA
HEALEY b. 1/25/1721, d. suddenly Jan. ye 27th, 1798; m. BARNABAS METCALF March
5, 1745, who was b. July 20, 1720 in the town now Franklin, then Wrentham. He d.
11/2/1799. NATHANIEL HEALEY b. about 1725, a glazier late of Wrentham, d.
in 1749 and his father petitioned to administer his estate. JONATHAN HEALEY b.
about 1726, a wheelwright, d. in Dedham; married June 3, 1751, SARA JACKSON.
Jonathan Healey was one of the Roxbury men who had a claim of the Oxford Gore.
ix. MARTHA HEALY, b. September 25, 1694; d. 1735; m. (1) SAMUEL BABCOCK,
March 18, 1717/18, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; b. October 1691; d.
October 24, 1721; m. (2) GEORGE COLLINS, June 04, 1727.
x. LYDIA HEALY, b. February 16, 1696/97, Newton, Middlesex Co.,
Massachusetts; m. JONATHAN AVERY, April 04, 1722, Dedham, Norfolk Co.,
Massachusetts. Received into the church February 25, 1734. On October 27, 1745
they were dismissed to the church in Ashford,
Massachsetts. They had; JONATHAN; ROBERT; DAVID; JOHN; LYDIA; and ELIZABETH
xi. JOHN HEALY, b. January 08, 1697/98; d. May 29, 1783, Newton,
Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) HANNAH DAVIS, July 29, 1725; b. November
20, 1701, of Roxbury, Massachusetts; d. September 23, 1751; m. (2) SUSANNAH,
April 12, 1753; b. 1706; d. November 05, 1760; m. (3) JEMIMA DAVIS, August 10,
1761; b. September 21, 1739, of Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1721 the large
land holdings of Joseph and William Dudley, 50 miles west of Roxbury and just
north of the Connecticut State Line, was brought into the market. John Healy
received the first deed issued in the town called Dudley, for a parcel of land.
However, he resided all his life upon the old homestead in Newton where his
father had lived and where he and his children were born. This old homestead
fronted on the Dedham Road, and to the west was the Brook Farm property which in
later years became quite noted. John was a Selectman in Newton for two years. He
and his first wife Hannah are buried in West Roxbury Cemetery on Center Street,
about a mile from the old homestead. Children by 1st marriage: JOHN HEALY b.
July 23, 1727 and JOHN HEALY b. December 21, 1728 both d. at 2 months; NATHANIEL
HEALY b. April 1, 1730, d. in 1734; HANNAH HEALY b. January 26, 1731, m. 1st MR.
THRASHER of Winchester, N.H. and second, SAMUEL HAMMOND and moved to
Pennsylvania; JOHN HEALY b. January 6, 1733 in Newton, d. 8/10/1810 in
Washington, N.H., married MARY WIGHT, dau. of Ebenezer and Sabiah (Hall) Wight,
May 13, 1762 in Newton, who was b. February 2, 1743 in Dedham and d. August 18,
1827, in 1778 they moved to Washington, N.H. with their nine children, and in
Washington four more were born. Here John was an influential citizen and held
different offices in the town; a man of great respectability, highly esteemed by
his townsmen. "John Healy, Newton, Private Capt. Phenias Cook's Reg. which
marched on the Alarm of April 19, 1775 to headquarters at Cambridge under
Command of Capt. John Moreau, 4 days. Also Capt. Edward Fuller's Co., Col.
William Mcintosh's Regt., entered Camp March 18, 1778, discharged March 28,
1778, service 10 days. Company stationed at Roxbury."
on link below to access Rootsweb.com. The pedigree charts go back to the
Nova Scotia Genealogies by George S. Brown. Page 130. Nathaniel Healy's
will, made 4th May, 1734, appointed his sons Ebenezer and John executors. He
was by trade a wheelright, and his estate was inventoried at 1233 pounds
4.0. Note: After 1686, Nathaniel resided near Brook Farm in Newton. He was a
soldier wounded in the Narragansett fight, Dec. 1675.