John Libby

b.bef.1584 of Plymouth, Devonshire, England

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Libby b.Nov. 11, 1610

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John Libby

b.Nov. 11, 1610 St. Andrews, Plymouth, England [or abt.1602 Broadstairs, Isle of Thanet, Kent, England], s/o John Lybbye
d.Feb. 9, 1682 Scarborough, ME
m.(1)April 27, 1635 at Lanlivery; Judith ________
m.(2)ca.1662 at Scarborough, ME Mary ______
d.Sept. 19, 1678

CHILDREN included [all b.Scarborough, ME]:

  1. John Libby b.April 27, 1636/7 England d.aft.1719-1720 Scarborough, ME Agnes _____
  2. James Libby b.1638 d.1676/7 Scarborough, ME [King Philip's War]
  3. Joanna Libby b.1640 d.bef.1740 Scarborough, ME m.Thomas Bickford
  4. Samuel Libby b.1641 d.July 9, 1677 Boston, MA [King Philip's War]
  5. Henry Libby b.1647/8 d.Oct. 21, 1732 Lynn, MA m.Honor Hickson
  6. Anthony Libby b.1649 d.Feb. 28, 1718 Greenland, NH m.(1)Sarah Drake of Hampton, NH m.(2)Jan. 6, 1717/18 Jane Rackley of Portsmouth, NH
  7. Rebecca Libby b.1651 d.aft.1732 Portsmouth, NH m.Joshua Brown s/o Andrew Brown and brother of brother Matthew's wife
  8. Sarah Libby b.1653/4 d.aft.Jan. 1729 m.(1)Robert Tidy of Scarborough m.(2)Richard Rogers of Eliot m.(3)Christopher Banfield of Kittery
  9. Mary Libby b.1654 d.1677 m.John Slaughter
  10. David Libby b.1657 d.Dec. 24, 1736 Kittery, ME m.1690 Eleanor ______
  11. Abigail Libby b.1659 d.bef.1736 m.John Fickett
  12. Matthew Libby b.1663 Scarborough, d.March 11, 1740 m.Elizabeth Brown
  13. Hannah Libby b.1663/65 d.1733 Kittery, ME m.Daniel Fogg s/o Samuel Fogg of Hampton NH
  14. Daniel Libby d.Feb. 23, 1687 Marblehead, MA m.Feb. 23, 1687 Mary Ashton d/o John and Susannah (Foxwell) Ashton

NOTE: From Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire 1623-1660 by POPE p.126-127: LIBBY, LIBBEE, LEBBY, LYBY, LYBBY, LIBY, John, Richmond Island, was in the fishing company of John Winter from 15 Dec. 1636 to Feb. 13, 1639. Worked for him again 6 weeks in 1643. Some money was paid for him to Mr. John Sparke by Mr. Trelawney. He titled at Scarborough, bought land of Joceln 1 Jan 1663. He suffered in the Indian War of 1676. He deposed July 10, 1677, ae. about 75 yrs, that he came to this country 47 years before; that his 4 sons had kept himself, his wife and 8 small children from want, but that the enemy [Indians-7 Sept. 1676]had burned their houses and destroyed cattle and corn; that one of his four sons had lately been killed at Black Point, another wounded, had since died, and the other two were at B.P. He asked that the latter might be discharged from the garrison, having served there the extraordinary period of nine months. Signed "John Liby". The petition was granted, and Henry and Anthony released.

In his will, unsigned and undated, he beq. 5 shillings apiece to each of his children; 50 shillings each to the younger sons, Matthew and Daniel. The wife to have all the estate at her deposing, to maintain the children. Inventory taken 9 Feb. 1682; attested 5 May 1683. [York De. V]

John came on the Hercules bringing ship's letters dated 30 Nov. 1636 and arriving at Richmond Island 13 Feb. 1636/7. John Settled near "Libby's common landing place" at Anthony's hole near the eastern point of the "Old Neck" in Scarborough.

From The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881 by Charles T. Libby, 1882: In July 1677, he stated that, "the good and pious report that was spread abroad, into our Native Land of this country, caused your Petitioner to come for this Land 47 years ago, where he hath ever since continued." According to this the year of his immigration...was probably a slight exaggeration.

From Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: JOHN, b.Eng. about 1602; came from Broadstairs, in the Isle of Thanet, County Kent, England, th N.E. Between 1630-35. He went to Maine and was granted land at Scarborough before 1640.

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Matthew Libby

b.1663 Scarborough, ME s/o John and Mary Libby
d.March 11, 1740 Eliot, ME Elizabeth Brown
b.1666 d/o Andrew Brown
d.1743 Scarborough, ME

CHILDREN included [the first 6 b. Scarborough ME, the rest in Kittery]:

  1. William Libby b.1688 m.Nov. 11, 1722 Sarah Brown
  2. Matthew Libby b.1690 d.March 1740/41 m.Sept. 3, 1730 Mary Nason
  3. Mary Libby b.1693 d.Jan. 1774 m.Samuel Libby, her cousin
  4. Rebecca Libby b.1694 m.Jan. 21, 1723 Thomas Musset [she not listed in Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis]
  5. Hannah Libby b.1697 d.bef.1787 m.Jan. 1722 Samuel Hanscom
  6. John Libby b.1697/8 d.July 1, 1764 or Oct. 7, 1756 ?? m.Jan. 1, 1734 Keziah Hubbard; They had a negro slave whose name was Sambo--Called Sambo Libby. It is still told how he used to the Nonesuch River. He would lower himself into the river on one side and in two or three minutes, having crawled across on the bottom of the river, would appear climbing up the opposite bank.
  7. Andrew Libby [Lt.] Kittery; Dec. 1 [or 2], 1700 d.Jan. 5, 1773 m.(1)Apr. 7, 1731 Esther Furber m.(2)Eleanor (Libby) Trickey, his cousin
  8. Sarah Libby b.Sept. 7, 1702 d.bef.Jan. 9, 1755 m.Nov. 14, 1724 John Libby
  9. Nathaniel Libby b.Nov. 2, 1704 d.1761 m.(1)Oct. 11, 1730 Kittery, ME Miriam Knight m.(2)Nov. 16, 1757 Hannah (Tobey) Staples. He was the father of thirteen children, but only four survived him. It is said he lost six of the thirteen, in one week, by a throat distemper.
  10. Dorcus Libby b.Feb. 2, 1706 d.April 23, 1742 m.June 24, 1729 James Staples
  11. Samuel Libby b.June 5, 1709 d.1788 m.Jan. 12, 1736 Margaret Rogers
  12. Mehitable [Margaret] Libby b.March 14, 1711 Kittery, ME m.Aug. 2, 1733/4 at Kittery Daniel Knight
  13. Lydia Libby b.Apr. 27, 1710/1713 d.bef.1738 m.Oct. 17, 1730 Benjamin Stacy
  14. Elizabeth Libby b.June 1714 m.Nov. 26, 1734 John Smith Jr. of Berwick; 2, 1738 Edward Chapman of Kittery

NOTES: Matthew hired Cutt's farm in Portsmouth and then moved to Scarborough. In 1690 when Scarborough was deserted he moved back to Portsmouth. He then went to Kittery in the winter of 1699-1700 where Dec. 1669, he, his brother David, their brother-in-law Fogg, Joseph Hammond, and Stephen Tobey purchased the "Bay lands" on the river bank now in Eliot building his garrison house on Libby Hill.

Before the second organization of the town of Scarborough he with Roger Deering, John Libby Jr., and Roger Hunnenwell build a saw mill at Black Point on the Nonesuch River a short distance above the Congregational Church. They ran it only a short time and gave it to their sons.

Matthew Libby of Kittery, Yeoman gave to his son William Libby late of Kittery now of Scarborough all his lands in Scarborough including:"a grant from ye Selectmen of Scarborough aforesd of six acres of upland more of less bearing Date ffebry ye 5th 1684...beginning at the River...also one other grant from ye sd Selectmen of Scarborough aforsd of five ye Higher End of ye Clay Pit..."signed by Mathew Libbey 17 May 1720. Matthew then relacated permanently in Eliot. [York Deeds Vol.14, p 142]

Family data from: , by Charles T. Libby, 1882.

A Doleful Slaughter Near Black Point - The Battle at Moore's Brook by Sumner Hunnewell, published in The Maine Genealogist May and Aug. 2003.

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