Partridge of Kent, England, and Plymouth, Massachusetts
George Patridge [a] b 1621, Kent, England, d 1695, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA. He md Sarah Tracy [b] 16 Nov 1638, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, daughter of Stephen Tracy and Tryphosa Lee.
Children of George Patridge and Sarah Tracy were:
  • Sarah Partridge b 2 Sep 1639.
  • Elizabeth Partridge b 14 Feb 1642/43, prob Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 8 Aug 1722, Dukes, MA; md James Allen abt 1662, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.
  • Tryphosa Patridge b 1643, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md Samuel West 26 Sep 1668.
  • Lydia Partridge b abt 1648, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 2 Feb 1742; md Deac. William Brewster 21 Jan 1672.
  • Mary Partridge b abt 1649, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.
  • Ruth Partridge b abt 1650, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md Rodolphus Thacher 1 Jan 1669.
  • Rebecca Partridge b 1651, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.
  • James Partridge b abt 1654 Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 20 Jan 1744; md Mary Stetson 24 Apr 1712.
  • Mercy Partridge b abt 1655 Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md [1] Samuel Colburn 12 Mar 1682/83; [2] Cornelius Fisher 27 Mar 1702.
  • John Partridge b 29 Nov 1657, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 5 Apr 1731; md [1] Hannah Seabury 24 Dec 1684, [2] Mrs. Mary Brewster 23 May 1700.
Sarah Partridge b 2 Sep 1639, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 30 Oct 1717, Dukes, MA. She md Deac. Samuel Allen abt 1658, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, son of Samuel Allen and Anne Whitmore.

a. Believed to have originated from Kent, England, he arrived about 1636, when he was a resident of Duxbury in Plymouth Colony. He was a proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645, and an original proprietor of Middleboro in 1662. He served as Constable (1646), a surveyor of highways (1668, 1687), and as grand-juryman. In several deeds recorded in Duxbury, his occupation is mentioned as "tailer". It is stated in the History of the Town of Duxbury: "He was one of the most respectable yeomanry in the colony, and came from the county of Kent, England, about 1636, where he was possessed of an estate, which he mentions in his will. In the same year he received a grant at Powder point, and received permission from the Court to settle there, and to build. The next year he was allowed 20 acres at Green harbor path, and in the following year 30 at Island creek and at the same place, in 1666, a lot of 40 more; and 50 acres at Mile brook, which he sold to thomas King, Jr., of Scituate in 1668. He was not admitted a freeman until 1646, and it is not known what relation he was, if any, to Rev. Ralph Partridge. His will, witnessed by Alexander and Josiah Standish, is dated June 26, 1682, and an inventory of his estate was taken Oct. 10, 1695; so that his death was between these dates. His descendants have not been numerous."

The will of George Partridge:

    On ye 26th day of June in ye year of our Lord 1682. I George Partridge yeoman living in Duxborough being in sound mind and good and perfect remembrance praysed be ye Lord for it make & ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form following first I commend my soul unto Almighty God my maker and Redeemer and my body I will that it be decently buryed and funerall charges paid together with all my just and lawful debts out of my estate.

    I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Partridge all my houses & lands in Duxburough to say uplands and meadows and all my cattell and all my household stuff for her own proper use and behoofe during her natural life on the condition that my wife do as much for my daughter Mercy as we have done for ye rest of our daughters already married and that she give my grand-daughter Bethyah Allen as much as she in prudence shall think fit and if any part of my moveables remain at my wife's decease my will is that it be disposed of by her amongst my children as she thinks meet and fit. I give to my eldest son John Partridge at my decease half my uplands and half my meadow lands lying and being at Middleborough with ye priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to him & his heirs forever.

    "Item--I give six pounds sterling to my son John Partridge at his mother's decease to be paid in current pay.

    "I give to my son James Partridge the other and remayning half both of my uplands and meadow lands lying and being at Middleborough with ye priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to him after my decease & to his heirs forever.

    "Item--I give to my son James all my houses and all my lands both uplands and meadow lands in Duxborough and also ye Island at ye Glade with all ye priviledges and appurtenances belonging to ye aforesd lands at his mother's decease to him and his heirs forever if my son James will live in the house with his mother quietly during her life. I do hereby constitute and make my beloved wife Sarah Partridge sole executrix & administratrix of this my last will & testament as witness my hand and seal this 29th of June one thousand six hundred and eighty two.

            GEORGE PARTRIDGE [Seal]

    In ye presence of us witnesses


    In case that any estate belonging unto me beyond sea should be brought over hither before my wife's decease my will is that she should dispose thereof amongst my children according to her discretion these lines were added before sealing


b. The condensed will of Sarah (Tracy) Partridge:

    "I give and bequeath unto my 8 daughters, Sarah Allien, Trephosa West, Elizabeth Allien, Ruth Thacher, Mary Scrif (?), Rebeckah Fisher, Lidia Bruister, Mercy Coburn, all my linen & woolen clothes" etc. "My will is that my money should be equally divided between my ten children." Son John to have 'my great bible as a gift of his father',", and" "Ye sheep at ye vineyard are my son James Allein's by bargain."

    Son James appointed executor and son "Bruister" & son John Overseer. Dated November 28, 1702. Probated October 6, 1708."


GL: Early New England Settlers, Ancestral Heads of New England Families, p. 182; Massachusetts Local and Family Histories, History of the Town of Duxbury, p 22, 67; Patridge Genealogy, Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, MA, by George Henry Partridge, 1915, pp 1-9.

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