Snelling of Devonshire, England, and Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
William Snelling b abt 1525, of Chaddlewood, Devonshire, England. He md Jane Specott abt 1547, daughter of Edmund Specott and Jane Grenville.
Child of William Snelling and Jane Specott was:
Thomas Snelling, Esquire, b abt 1554, of Plympton St. Mary, Chaddlewood, Devonshire, England. He md Joan Elford abt 1578, daughter of Thomas Elford, Esquire. She was b abt 1560.
Child of John Snelling and Frances Hele was:
Children of Benjamin Snelling and Jemima Andrews were:
a. It is speculated that he came to America with his uncle, Dr. William Snelling early in 1647. His father was the eldest son of Thomas Snelling, Esquire, of Plympton St. Mary, Chaddleswood, in Devonshire; Dr. William being the youngest son. His father died in 1639, and it is possible that his uncle, Dr. William perhaps served as a guardian for his deceased brother's son. John Snelling was first recorded in Saco, Maine, where he appeared in a list of freemen in 1653. He removed to Boston in 1657. His uncle, William, left no male descendants in America, his only son, William, having died, along with his wife and young daughter in a smallpox epidemic. Thus, most Snellings in colonial New England are believed to have descended from John.
GL: An Account of Doctor William Snelling, Who Came to New England in 1647; Also of His Nephew John Snelling, Who Probably Accompanied Him; With a Brief Notice of Some of the Latter's Descendants, by Rev. Samuel Snelling, NEHGR, Series 2, Volume 3, pp 274-277, republished as English Origins of New England Families, by Genealogical Publishing Company; Massachusetts Genealogical Records, Boston Town Records 1630-1699, Boston Births and Baptisms, p 60,93,120,124,218,249, Massachusetts Genealogical Records, Boston Town Records 1700-1800, Boston Births 1700-1709, p 10,44, Boston Marriages from 1700-1751, Vol. I, Boston Marriages 1721-1730, p 125; RD: p 641.
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