Appendix E The Noble Family
Thomas Noble, the immigrant ancestor, was born as early as
1632, inEngland, and died
inWestfield,Massachusetts, February 20. 1704, aged at
least seventy-two years. He was an early settler atSpringfield,
Massachusetts, coming thither fromBoston, where he was an
inhabitant,January 5, 1653.
He had an account at the store of John Pynchon inSpringfield,
and the account book shows that he visitedEngland
soon after removing fromBoston.
In 1664 he with others was given leave to set up a saw mill
on a "brook below Ensign Cooper's farme overAgawam River."
He was an assessor of the town. He had lands granted to him inWestfield, in July, 1666,
on condition of settlement, and the grant was renewedJanuary 9, 1668. He settled there as
early asJanuary 21, 1669,
and was on a committee to decide the boundary lines. His homestead was about
two miles and a half from the present center of the town. He served as
constable, and took the oath of allegiance,January 23, 1678. He joined theWestfield Church,February 20, 1681, and was admitted a freeman,
October 12, 1681.
He was fined five shillings at one time for traveling on a fast day.
His home was exposed to Indian attacks during King Philip's
war.Rev. Dr. Davis says "One night during family
prayers, Gray Lock (an old Indian), stepped up and pulled the string and let
the door swing open, and as soon as all was quiet, he would pull the string
again. Mr. Noble was persuaded by his friends to move into town. Gray Lock said
he had several opportunities of killing most of his children at a shot, but did
not want scalps as much as captives." OnMarch 2, 1696, Thomas Noble was chosen county
surveyor. He was a tailor by trade. His will was datedMay 11, 1697, and provedSeptember 5, 1704.
1, 1660, Hannah, born inSpringfield,
August 17, 1643,
only daughter of William and Joanna (Scant) Warriner. She joined theWestfield church,November 11, 1680. She
24, 1705, Deacon Medad Pomeroy, ofNorthampton.
Children: John, born March 6, 1662; Hannah, born February
24, 1664; Thomas, born January 14, 1666; Matthew b.1668; Mark b.
1671,Elizabeth, born February 9, 1673; Luke, born July 15, 1675; James, born
October 1, 1677; Mary, born June 29, 1680; Rebecca, born January 4, 1683.
A copy of the will of Thomas Noble, executed almost seven
years before, and proved about seven months after his death, recorded in the
office of the Hampshire Probate court [Vol. III, pp. 119-20], together with the
inventory, is given below:
"The last will and testament of Thomas Noble ofWestfield, in yeCounty
ofHampshire, in ye Province of the
Massachusetts Bay inNew England, being weak
in body, but of perfect understanding.
"Impr, I commend my soul into the hands of Christ my
blessed Lord and Savior, and my body to a Christian burial, in full faith of a
blessed resurrection, through the rich grace of God in Christ my Savior.
"Item, I give unto my son Thomas, that parcel of land
lying in the farm purchased from Mr. Jno. Pynchon, from the gate beyond the
house entering into the field bounded by the plowing land, the way to
Springfield, John Nobles land and the drain all along to the swamp.
"Item, to my son Matthew, a tract of land in the same
farm, lying by a ditch easterly, and bounded at both ends by the river.
"Item, I give unto my sons Mark and Luke, my little
meadow, lying against the orchard of Noah Cooke, and that home lot that I have
bought, and they have raised frames upon.
"Item, I give the lot that the town gave me on the top
of the hill agt my house on the same farm, to all my six sons for a pasture.
"Item, to my son James, a parcel of land and house upon it, on that farm
that is fenced in, being six or seven acres more or less.
"Item, I bequeath the rest of this my farm lying
bounded upon James northdly, Thomas on the east, Matthew on the southdly, ye
river on the westrly sides, to all my sons, i. e., to my sons John, Thomas,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and James, equally to be divided amongst them by my
brother James Warriner, and John Hitchcock of Springfield, and by Capt. Isaac
Phelps of Westfield.
"Item, I give to my son James, all my land in the
plain, on this side the hundred acres, and the lot by the way to Pochastuck.
"Item, I give to my son John, the rest of my lot in ye
"Item, I give unto my beloved wife, Hannah Noble, an
acre of land reserved out of my son John's home lot; also half my dwelling
house, that is to say, that end next the street, and halfe the land and orchard
and barn we dwell on, and the other halfe of the house lot and barn to my son
James, as also the thirds of all that I here will to my sons, and after her
decease, I give my son James the whole of the house, house lot, and barn, and
the acre reserved out of my son John's home lot.
"Item, I give unto my four daughters, Hannah,
Elizabeth, Mary, and Rebecca, 20 apiece, to be paid them by my sons (viz.),
Thomas, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and James, to Mary and to Rebeccah about half a
year after their marriage, and a cow apiece at their marriage. And in case any
of my children should dye, not leaving any issue behind them, then my will is
that the legacies that I here give them, be equally divided among the
surviving, and also, I order these my sons to find my wife fewel wood, and two
load of hay every year, so long as she shall remain widdow.
"Item, I give unto my wife also a cow and an heifer,
also all my household goods, which household goods I would have her at her
pleasure dispose of to my two youngest daughters.
"Item, my team (one yoak of oxen excepted), I give unto
my three youngest sons, Mark, Luke, and James. And for the well and faithful
execution of this my last will, I ordain and make my beloved wife Hannah Noble
and my son Thomas Noble joynt executors, to defray all my lawfull debts, and
for that end leave one yoak of working cattle, a yoak of fatt oxen, and the
money in the Bay due to me, and all other dues, the which, when my debts are
defrayd, the remainder I would have to go to pay my daughter's portions. But in
case the same should be too little to clear my due debts, that then they are to
raise what is sufficient out of the legacies I have here given to my children,
to do the same. In witness whereof I set to my hand and seal this eleventh day
of May, Ano Dom., 1697. THOMAS NOBLE and a [SEAL]." "Signed &
sealed in the presence off EDWARD TAYLOR, VICTORY SIKES, JAMES WARRINER."
Sept: 5th, 1704.
An inventory of the estate of Thomas Noble, Senr ofWestfield, deceased, taken
Februry ye 18th, 170 3/4: Impr. s. d. To a house and barn and homestead in
the town plott, 035 00 00 To an acre of homelot land in the town platt, 013 00
00 To ninety acres of land in the farm, 270 00 00 To fifty acres of upland or
thereabouts called the pasture, lying against the farm, 005 00 00 To the old
buildings upon the farm, 002 00 00 To two and one halfe acres of land with a
frame upon it cald Mark's homstead, 010 00 00 To two acres of homelot land near
the Widw Dewey's, 005 00 00 To a yoak of three yeares old steers at 5, 005 00
00 To two cows, and one calfe at 5; and a heifer and 2 steers at 3 15s., 008
15 00 To a horse at 2 10s. and six swine at 2, 004 10 00 To a cart at 1
12s., and plow and plow chain at 1 5s., together with half other implements
belonging to the team 1 14s.; and ye halfe of a timber chain at 13d., 004 14
00 To axes, hatchels, howes, and forks at 18d., and hay knife and pease hooks
4d., 001 02 00 To wareing apparel 3; and armes, and ammunition 1 15s.; and
bed, bolster, and 2 pillows at 2 16s., and a rugg and blanketts 1 10s., 007
11 00 To 4 toe ruggs 1 4s., and a blankett 4s.; 2 down beds and 2 bolsters at
1 2s., 002 10 00 To two pillows 7s., and curtaines and valiants 15s., and 4
bedsteads and cords 1 3s., 002 05 00 To 1 dozn of napkins, and 2 table
cloathes, and 3 towels, 1 8s.; and 5 pillow beers 8s., 001 16 00 To nine
sheets 1 15s., and 3 large pewter platters 1 4s., and 6 plates a 15s., 003 16
00 To old pewter 13s. and a tankerd, and 2 porringers and salt cellar 8s., 001
01 00 To brass kittles and skillets and warming pann, 001 16 00 To an iron pot
and kittles 1 2s., and tin and earthen ware 6s., 001 08 00 To pott hooks,
trammels and fire irons and chafen dish 13s., 000 13 00 To barrels, tubbs,
chaires, and wheels, and some other small things, 1 15s., 001 15 00 To pailes,
bowls, dishes, trenchers, spoons, and cann 13s., 000 13 00 To wheat, peas, rye,
indian corn, and oates 7 9s. 6d., 007 09 06 To wool, flax, and sacks, 1 5s.;
and chests, boxes, hookes, and hatchels 1 15s., 003 00 00 To a shovel, frying
pann, and bridle, and sadle 13s.; and provision in ye house 1 10s., 002 03 00
To scieths, sickles, and scieth tackling 6s., 000 06 00 To beetle rings, and
wedges, and other small things, 5s., and 2 bb of turpentine at 1 10d., and
linnen, and woolen yarn, 8s., 002 03 ?? Totall, 448 06s. ?? pr Isaac Phelps, Nath?? Wellar, Jos. Sexton.
Source:New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV
, Pages 175051. Noble Genealogy, Pages 7-11, Author: Lucius Boltwood, Call
Number: R929.2 N752. The First Settlers ofNew England,
Page 206. Guide to the Early Settlers ofAmerica, Page 387. Ancestral Heads
ofNew England Families, Page 174. List of
1630-91, List of Freemen, Page 32. Rev. Emerson Davis, A Record of Marriages,
Births & Deaths in Westfield, Mass. Prior to the year 1700, (New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol
6, Jaly 1852, p 265. Westfield Vital Records, (microfilm). Guide to the Early
Volume 12, Page 183.New England Families,
Vol. I, Genealogies and Memorials, Page 428.
Matthew Noble II
MATTHEW NOBLE, s. of Thomas, was b. abt. 1668, and d. inSheffield,Mass.,
abt. 1744, . abt. 76. He put himself under the watch of theWestfield church,Aug. 19, 1694, and together with his wife,
joined the same,Nov. 3,
1728, after their removal toSheffield,
the church at the latter place not being then organized. The precise date of
his removal toSheffield has not been
ascertained. It is known, however, that the land in that township, which, in
1725, had been divided into lots by John Ashley and Ebenezer Pomeroy, was very
soon occupied by settlers, who came in, and planted themselves upon the river
bank. Matthew Noble died intestate.
The proceedings of the court of probate, in the settlement
of his estate, are as follows:
"Hampshire Prob. Rec. III: 249. At a Court of Probates
within & for theCounty
ofHampshire for the
Probate of Wills & granting Adm?? in sd County on the Second Tuesday of
Febry, being the 12th Day of sd month Anno Dom. 1744, pr John Stoddard Esq.
Jud. Cur. Dict.
"Power of administration on all & Singular the
Goods, Chattels, rights & Credits of Matthew Noble, late ofSheffield, in theCounty ofHampshire Decd,
is granted unto Elisha Noble of sdSheffield,
& Bond is taken for his performance of sd Trust, Feby 15th 1744.
"At a Court of Probates holden at Northampton within
& for the County of Hampshire for the Probate of Wills & granting
Letters of Administration within Said County, on the Second Tuesday of July
being the 9th Day of said Month, Anno Domini 1745, pr John Stoddard, Judge of
SHEFFIELD March ye 5th
1744-5. An Inventory of the Goods of Mr. Matthew Noble, in sdSheffield,
New Tenor. It. a Plow Share @ 3/6 Drag teeth @ 10/7 1/2pd
& 11 Harrow Teeth @ 3/9 0 17 10 1/2 3 Cart Bands & 2 Cart Boxes 6/10
& 2 Iron wedges @ 2/ a Cart Clevis 1/ 9 10 a Feather Bed, Pillows &
Bolsters @ 1 10/ a Bed Covering @ 4/6 with a Blanket @ 6/ 2 0 6 It. One old
bed Covering and 1 with a bed Blanket @ 1/6 two bedsteads @ 4/ 1 Bedstead wth
beds 3/6 10 It. a Bed Cord @ 2/ a Chist @ 2/6 one Iron Hook @ 4d a Brass Kettle
@ 22/6 an Iron pot 9/8 1 17 6 It. one Iron Kettle @ 2/10 wth one Pewter Basin @
4/ one Do @ 1/ 3 Pewter Platters @ 7/ each 1 18 10 It. one brass Skillet @ 1/2
Pewter Platters @ 3/6 2 Do @ 2/ each 2 do @ 1/6 one Cup @ 1/6 13 0 It. one Qt.
pewter Cup @ 3/ one ppt Cup @ 6/ 4 Spoons @ 1/ one Chamberpot 1/6 6 It. 2 lb
Old Pewter @ 2/ a warming pan @ 5/ a fraithin pan @ 2/6 a Tramil @ 6d 10 It.
earthen Ware @ 1/ a pr Shears @ 1/2 knives wth one fork @ 6/ 4 Worn Boals @ 6/6
9 It. 3 Wooden Trenchers 3d 4 Chairs @ 2/ a Bath or Tub & big Cask 2/6 To
Haylerss @ 3/ 7 9 It. a Tromall @ 2/6 a fire Shovel and spade @ 9d a Pitch fork
@ 1/6 & Tongs 1/3 6 0 It. a Great Wheel & reel @ 4/ wth peck measure @
8d one Sieve @ 3d 4 11
It. a Bail for a Pail @ 4d a Tub @ 4 pence ye ?? of a pr
Hatchells 3/9 a Chest 2/6 6 11 It. a Chest @ 1/ w?? 2 under Beds @ 1/ each a
Barril @ 1/ a Box @ 1/ a Set of old Curtains 1/ 5 0 It. one Wooden Bowl @ 2/
with Drawing knife @ 2/ & a Broad Ax, @ 1/ 5 10 18 14
The above is a true Inventory of the Estate of sd Mr. Noble.
ELISHA NOBLE, admr
JAPHETH BUSH, JOSIAH WESTOVER, JAMES ROBB. HAMPSHIRE ss.April 10th 1745, Japheth
Bush, Josiah Westover, & James Robb, personally appeared & make Oath
that in Apprizing the personal Estate of Mr. Matthew Noble ofSheffield
contained in this Inventory, they acted honestly & Impartially according to
their best Skill & Judgment.
10, 1690, HANNAH DEWEY, b.Feb. 21, 1672, daughter of Thomas and Constant (Hawes)
Dewey. The time of her death has not been ascertained, though she was alive,July 9, 1745.
CHILDREN BORN INWESTFIELD:
8, 1691; m. Abigail Dewey. Hezekiah, b.May 14, 1694; m. Ann Roberts. Matthew, b.Sept. 19, 1698; m. (1) J.
Stebbins; (2) M. Ashley. Solomon, b.Dec. 23, 1700; m. (1) H. Betts; (2) Z. Dewey. Elisha, b.Feb. 9, 1703; m. Abigail
Warner. Obadiah, b.Oct.
19, 1705; m. Mary Bosworth. Hannah, b.Oct. 11, 1707; m. Daniel Kellogg. Hester, b.June 6, 1710; m. Moses King,
to whom she was pub.Nov.
12, 1730, per. son of David and Abigail King, b.Nov. 20, 1706.
Rhoda, b.Apr. 21, 1716;
[recorded inSpringfield,Mass.] Rhoda, b.Apr. 17, 1717; m. Ebenezer Smith ofSheffield,Mass.,
and d.Sept. 4, 1737.
Genealogy, Pages 236-38, Author: Lucius Boltwood, Call Number: R929.2 N752.