John Church

M, b. before 6 November 1687
Father*David Church b. 1 Sep 1657, d. a 1703
Mother*Mary unknown
     John died. John was born at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, before 6 November 1687.1 He was baptized on 6 November 1687 at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S2] Henry Bond, Bond, 158.

Sarah Church

F, b. before 6 October 1689
Father*David Church b. 1 Sep 1657, d. a 1703
Mother*Mary unknown
     Sarah died. Sarah was born at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, before 6 October 1689.1 She was baptized on 6 October 1689 at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S2] Henry Bond, Bond, 158.

William Eager1

M, b. circa 1629, d. 4 April 1690
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     William was born at perhaps, England, circa 1629.2,3

The identity of this William Eager is only slightly less slippery than an eel. I have what amounts to two sources that claim to have the correct identity.

I will attempt here to examine each claim and try to come up with an plausible and, hopefully correct identity.

The first source, Eager Gen. claims that he was the William Eager who came to Plymouth, MA, in 1630, and later settled in Cambridge, MA. However, the author confuses this William with William Ager, who came in 1630 and settled in Salem. This William was born ca 1610 and died at Salem, between March and June 1654. The Salem man had four children: Joseph, Abigail, Benjamin and Jonathan. The Eager Gen. then morphs this Eager into the William who married Ruth Hill and settled in Malden, MA. The Salem Ager is well documented in the Great Migration Begins.

The second source begins with a not-always-reliable Find-A-Grave web site. However, in this case the information provided there is bolstered by good sources. First: William's birth date of 1629 is given in the N.E. Gen, Register. This source also tells us that our William was alive in 1689/90 when he was deposed in Marlborough, MA., well after the William of 1630 was dead and buried. Secondly: the identity of William Eager as a Scottish prisoner of war is provided in the Bartlett Collection. Buttressing this idea is a mention in the will of one William Godden, written in 1663, which stated, "There were sums of money due him [Godden] Edward Wiar and William Egar, Scotchmen . . ." Both men were aboard the "Unity".

I am satisfied that our William Eager was indeed born ca 1629 and fought for the Scots against Oliver Cromwell's army at the Battle of Dunbar 3 Sep 1650. He was captured and sent to America as an indentured servant aboard the "Unity", arriving at Boston in early 1651.4,5,6,7,3 He married Ruth Hill, daughter of Abraham Hill and Sarah Long, at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 7 December 1659.2 He married Lydia unknown at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 13 April 1680.8,9 William died on 4 April 1690 at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts.10

Family 1

Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
Children

Family 2

Lydia unknown
Children

Citations

  1. [S30] James A. Savage, Savage, 2:105.
  2. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 199.
  3. [S336] "Register", 85:454.
  4. [S1180] Susie Eager Trotter, Eager Genealogy, 15-21.
  5. [S100] Great Migration Begins , 1:14-15.
  6. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 129562208.
  7. [S1181] Ellizabeth French Bartlett, Bartlett Collection, This source was downloaded from the Internet www.http://scottishprisonersofwar.com/2014/02/15/… by John R. Wood 27 Aug 2016.
  8. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 238.
  9. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 2:13.
  10. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 357.
  11. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 2.
  12. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:227.
  13. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 66.
  14. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.
  15. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 9.
  16. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:M3TC-V9Z : accessed 2016-08-27), entry for Jacob Eager.

Ruth Hill

F, b. 2 June 1640, d. 6 January 1679/80
Father*Abraham Hill b. 1615, d. 13 Feb 1669/70
Mother*Sarah Long b. 13 Oct 1616
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Ruth was born at Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, on 2 June 1640.1,2 As of 7 December 1659,her married name was Eager.3 She married William Eager at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 7 December 1659.3 Ruth died on 6 January 1679/80 at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 39.4 She was buried after 6 January 1679/80 at Old Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.5
Ruth [Hill] Eager gravestone, Old Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA.

Family

William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Children

Citations

  1. [S320] Robert Charles Anderson The Great Migration, 4:318.
  2. [S626] Charlestown, Mass. Vital Records (published), 1:4.
  3. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 199.
  4. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 2:540.
  5. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 39443728.
  6. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 2.

Lydia unknown1

F
     Her married name was Cole.2 Her married name was Barrett.2 As of 13 April 1680,her married name was Eager.2,3 She married William Eager at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 13 April 1680.2,3

Family

William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Children

Citations

  1. [S30] James A. Savage, Savage, 238.
  2. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 238.
  3. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 2:13.
  4. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:227.
  5. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 66.
  6. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.
  7. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 9.
  8. [S429] LDS Family Search, online www.familysearch.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:M3TC-V9Z : accessed 2016-08-27), entry for Jacob Eager.

William Eager1

M, b. 20 April 1661, d. after 20 April 1661
Father*William Eager1 b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     William was born at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 20 April 1661.1 William died after 20 April 1661 at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 2.

Zachariah Eager

M, b. October 1667, d. 5 July 1742
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     Zachariah was born at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, in October 1667.1 He married Elizabeth Newton at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, circa 1693.2 Zachariah died on 5 July 1742 at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 74.3

Family

Elizabeth Newton b. 1672, d. 1756

Citations

  1. [S520] Malden, Mass. Vital Records (published), 2.
  2. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 230.
  3. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 357.

Elizabeth Newton

F, b. 1672, d. 1756
     Elizabeth was born in 1672.1 As of circa 1693,her married name was Eager.2 She married Zachariah Eager, son of William Eager and Ruth Hill, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, circa 1693.2 Elizabeth died in 1756.1

Family

Zachariah Eager b. Oct 1667, d. 5 Jul 1742

Citations

  1. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 238.
  2. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 230.

Abraham Eager

M, b. 11 July 1670, d. 25 October 1734
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Abraham was born at Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 11 July 1670.1 He married Lydia Woods, daughter of Dea John Woods and Lydia Rice, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 15 November 1692.2 Abraham died on 25 October 1734 at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 64.3 He was buried after 25 October 1734 at Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts.4
Abraham Eager gravestone, Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury, Worcester County, MA.

Family

Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
Children

Citations

  1. [S694] Ancestry.com, online http://ancestry.com, From a family tree by James Hazzard who cited "Family records passed down to Edwin H. Eager, born 1923." Downloaded 9 Apr 2013. Copy of narrative in the possession of John Wood.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.
  3. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 249.
  4. [S937] Find A Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Memorial# 129562208.

Lydia Woods

F, b. 11 July 1672, d. 7 January 1738/39
Father*Dea John Woods b. 8 May 1641, d. 7 Aug 1716
Mother*Lydia Rice b. 10 Dec 1649, d. 24 Sep 1723
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Lydia was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 11 July 1672.1 As of 15 November 1692,her married name was Eager.2 She married Abraham Eager, son of William Eager and Ruth Hill, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 15 November 1692.3 Lydia died on 7 January 1738/39 at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 66.4

Family

Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Children

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 207.
  2. [S35] Clarence Almon Torrey, 238.
  3. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.
  4. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 249.

Zerubabel Eager

M, b. 8 June 1672
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     Zerubabel was born at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 8 June 1672.1 He married Hannah Kerley at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 23 March 1698.2

Citations

  1. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:14.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.

Hannah Kerley

F
     As of 23 March 1698,her married name was Eager.1 She married Zerubabel Eager, son of William Eager and Ruth Hill, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 23 March 1698.1

Family

Zerubabel Eager b. 8 Jun 1672

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.

Martha Eager1

F, b. 26 November 1674
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     Martha was born at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 26 November 1674.1

Citations

  1. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:14.

Ruth Eager

F, b. 1 February 1677
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     Ruth was born at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 1 February 1677.1 As of 11 November 1695,her married name was Banister.2 She married John Banister at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 11 November 1695.2

Citations

  1. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:14.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

John Banister

M
     He married Ruth Eager, daughter of William Eager and Ruth Hill, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 11 November 1695.1

Family

Ruth Eager b. 1 Feb 1677

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

Sarah Eager

F, b. 25 June 1679
Father*William Eager b. c 1629, d. 4 Apr 1690
Mother*Ruth Hill b. 2 Jun 1640, d. 6 Jan 1679/80
     Sarah was born at Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 25 June 1679.1

Citations

  1. [S106] Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vital Records , 1:222.

Martha Eager

F, b. 15 August 1693, d. 6 March 1747
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Martha was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 15 August 1693.1 As of 28 February 1717/18,her married name was Bowker.2 She married Asa Bowker at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 28 February 1717/18.2 Martha died on 6 March 1747 at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 53.3

Family

Asa Bowker

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 66.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.
  3. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 244.

Asa Bowker

M
     He married Martha Eager, daughter of Abraham Eager and Lydia Woods, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 28 February 1717/18.1

Family

Martha Eager b. 15 Aug 1693, d. 6 Mar 1747

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.

Lydia Eager

F, b. 3 July 1696
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Lydia was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 3 July 1696.1 As of 19 June 1721,her married name was Thomas.2 She married William Thomas at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 19 June 1721.2

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

William Thomas

M
     William died. He married Lydia Eager, daughter of Abraham Eager and Lydia Woods, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 19 June 1721.1

Family

Lydia Eager b. 3 Jul 1696

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

Sarah Eager

F, b. 27 May 1699
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Sarah was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 27 May 1699.1

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 66.

Gershom Keyes

M
     Gershom died.

Hazadiah Eager

?, b. 1 July 1701
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Hazadiah was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 1 July 1701.1

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.

Phebe Eager

F, b. 11 February 1703
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Phebe was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 11 February 1703.1 As of 6 January 1730,her married name was Ward.2 She married Jabez Ward at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 6 January 1730.2

Family

Jabez Ward

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

Jabez Ward1

M
     He married Phebe Eager, daughter of Abraham Eager and Lydia Woods, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 6 January 1730.1

Family

Phebe Eager b. 11 Feb 1703

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 247.

Zerviah Eager

F, b. 17 September 1705, d. 12 September 1781
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Zerviah was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 17 September 1705.1 As of 23 May 1723,her married name was Barnes.2 She married Daniel Barnes at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 23 May 1723.2 Zerviah died on 12 September 1781 at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, at age 75.3

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 66.
  2. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.
  3. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 342.

Daniel Barnes

M
     He married Zerviah Eager, daughter of Abraham Eager and Lydia Woods, at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 23 May 1723.1

Family

Zerviah Eager b. 17 Sep 1705, d. 12 Sep 1781

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 248.

Lucy Eager

F, b. 15 July 1707
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
     Lucy was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 15 July 1707.1 As of 5 June 1735,her married name was Morse.2 She married Jonas Morse at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 5 June 1735.2

Family

Jonas Morse

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 65.
  2. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 146.

Jonas Morse

M
     He married Lucy Eager, daughter of Abraham Eager and Lydia Woods, at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 5 June 1735.1

Family

Lucy Eager b. 15 Jul 1707

Citations

  1. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 146.

Abraham Eager

M, b. 14 September 1709
Father*Abraham Eager b. 11 Jul 1670, d. 25 Oct 1734
Mother*Lydia Woods b. 11 Jul 1672, d. 7 Jan 1738/39
ChartsMargaret E. Spaulding Pedigree Chart
     Abraham was born at Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 14 September 1709.1 He married Dinah Rice, daughter of Luke Rice and Rachel Stow, at Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, on 25 April 1739.2

Family

Dinah Rice b. 24 Mar 1719/20, d. 13 Aug 1788
Children

Citations

  1. [S412] Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts (published), 64.
  2. [S414] Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (published), 146.
  3. [S124] Wheeler Genealogy , 2:75.