Puddington/Purington

Andrew Purington

b.abt.1510 Tiverton, Devon, England; parents ukn
d.1588 Tiverton, Devon, England
m.Joanne ______
b.abt.1518

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Purington

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John Purington

b.abt.1540 Tiverton, Devon, England; s/o Andrew and Joanne Purrington
m.abt.1552 ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. Robert Purington

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Robert Purington

b.abt.1579 about Tiveton, Devonshire, England; s/o John Purington
d.bur.Feb. 16, 1630/31 Tiverton, Devon, England
m.(1)abt. 1604 abt. Tiverton, Devon, England; Joan/Jane ______
b.abt.1584
m.(2)Anne ______

CHILDREN included:

  1. George Puddington b.1599 d.1647
  2. Robert Purington b.abt.1607 Tiverton, Devon, England; removed to Portsmouth, NH
  3. Joshua Puddington b.ca.1609 Tiverton, Devon, England

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George Puddington

b.1599 abt. Tiverton, Devonshire, England; s/o Robert Puttington and Jane _____
d.June 25, 1647 York, ME
m.Feb. 5, 1630 St. Peter's Parish, Tiverton, Devonshire, England; Mary Booke (Pooke)
b.abt.1609 around Tiverton, Devon, England
d.Oct. 6, 1691 York, ME

CHILDREN included:

  1. George Purington b.1631 Tiverton, Devonshire, England d.bef.1647
  2. Mary Puddington bapt.Feb. 2, 1632/3 d.Jan. 29, 1719 m.ca.1666 Peter Weare
  3. Joan Purrington bapt.Feb. 22, 1634; prob. d.y.
  4. John Purrington b.1635/36 around Cape Porpoise, ME d.1692/93 Salisbury, MA; a fisherman
  5. Frances Purrington b.1637/8 York, ME
  6. Rebecca Purrington b.1638 York, ME
  7. Elias Purington b.1640 York, ME
  8. Sarah Puddington b.1641 m.1673 John Peniwell

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NOTE: The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, George, York, bought land 13 April, 1640. Had deed of land for debt 24 Jan. 1645. Witnessed a deed 3 July 1647.

He died before 1622, for his widow Mary married 2, John Davis, and sold, with him 15 March 1661-2, a tract of land to John Gard, of Boston, merchant. They also sold land to her son-in-law John Penwill, marriner, 27 Feb 1674-5.

Will dated 25 June 1647, recorded 18 Jan. 1665-6, beq to wife Mary, sons John and Elias, and daughters Mary, Frances and Rebecca; conditional bequest to brother Robert P. whom he appointed one of the overseers.

From OLD YORK p.97-99: ...It is interesting to note, as one refers to the administration of Thomas Gorges, that one of his first acts was to clean out the Augean stables, or in other words, to exile the disreputable George Burdett. This Burdett was a minister, originally from Yarmouth, county of Norfolk, England. One hears of him in the province of Salem in 1635, where he preached the two following years. He shifted thence to Dover, where he was but a brief period, having trouble, and from thence he moved still farther eastward into York, where Thomas Gorges found him practicing the arts of the devil, for his story is that of a licentious man, a wolf in sheep's clothing. He made himself so obnoxious with one and another of the members of his parish, notably one Mary Puddington, that the latter was indicted for so "often frequenting the house and company of Mr. George Burdett," that she was ordered to make "publick confession," which she did in these humiliating words:

"I, Mary Puddington, do hereby acknowledge that I have dishonored God, the place where I live, and wronged my husband by my disobedience and light carriage, for which I am heartily sorry, and desire forgiveness of this Court, and of my husband, and do promise amendment of life and manners henceforth;" and having made this confession, to ask her husband's forgiveness on her knees.

Burdett was indicted by "the whole Bench," which was constituted by Thomas Gorges, Richard Vines, Richard Bonython, Henry Jocelyn, and Edmund Godfrey. It was on the date of September 8, 1640, and the indictment described the accused as a "man of ill-name and fame, infamous for incontinency, a publisher and broacher of divers dangerous speeches, the better to seduce that weak sex of woman to his incontient practices contrary to the peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, as by depositions and evidence." This inquest find Billa Vera. He was fined "Ten Pounds Sterling, to the said George Puddington for those of his wrongs and Damage sustained by the said George Burdett."...The George Puddington here mentioned was one of the "Deputies for the inhabitants of Agamenticus," and may, therefore, be regarded as something of a public character, and a man of some parts.

FROM History of York by Banks: Page 100-104: GEORGE PUDDINGTON He was the son of Robert Puddington, a clothier of Tiverton, Devon, and Jane his wife, probably born 1600 or thereabouts. The father was an owner of mills which were burned, bringing him into financial difficulties shortly before his death. Law suits were part of the inheritance of his sons, and this may have been the reason for the emigration of the brothers George to Agamenticus and Robert to Portsmouth, some time before 1640, the year when both are first found on the records. Robert, the father, made his will February 10, 1630-I (nuncupative), and administration of estate was granted to the widow, Anne, his second wife, May 16, 1631. The house on Brampton Street, Tiverton, was left to George, who was probably the eldest son. It is probable that George Puddington came to Maine some years before 1640, but the first time his name appears is in the list of aldermen of Agamenticus, and as deputy from the borough to the Provincial Court. Evidently impressed with the importance of this honor he was charged by Parson Burdett with saying that "the power of the combination at Agamenticus was greater than the power of the King," but the jury ignored the complaint. As he was fined for being tipsy at the same Court, the source of his boasting may be inferred. He brought with him to Maine a wife and young family of children. She was Mary Pooke, whom he had married at St. Peter's church in Tiverton, February 5, 1630, whose parentage has not been ascertained. Like Puddington it was a common name in Devon and there is a small parish called Puddington in that county. The home lot where Puddington settled was purchased by Henry Simpson in 1640, and his house stood at the mouth of Meeting House Creek. It is probable that he carried on the business of an innkeeper there, as after his death, his widow continued that business. In 1646 he was fined for exaction in selling victuals, which seems to bear out this sumise (G.R. vii, 228). He died between July 3, 1647 and June 5, 1649, aged about fifty years. His will dated June 25, 1647, but not recorded for nearly half a century, on June 18, 1696,...

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: ROBERT, inhabitant Portsmouth, NH, 1640, removed Newtown, L.I.
GEORGE, at York, Maine, 1666.

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