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.
Identified children of Thomas Snelling and Joan Elford were:

  • John Snelling, Esquire, b 1580/81.
  • Dr. William Snelling b abt 1598, Plympton St. Mary, Devonshire, England, d Nov 1674; md Margaret Stagg.
John Snelling, Esquire, b 1580/81, of Plympton St. Mary, Chaddlewood, Devonshire, England, d 27 Dec 1639, Devonshire. He md Frances Hele 1604, daughter of Walter Hele, Esquire, and Elizabeth Strode.
Child of John Snelling and Frances Hele was:

John Snelling [a] b abt 1624/25, of Devonshire, England, d Nov 1672. He md Sarah abt 1655. She was b abt 1633, d aft 1677.
Children of John Snelling and Sarah were:

  • Sarah Snelling b 4 Oct 1657.
  • John Snelling b 17 Mar 1663/64, Boston, Suffolk, MA, d abt Mar 1699/1700; md Jane Adams.
  • Capt. Joseph Snelling b 10 Oct 1669, Boston, Suffolk, MA, d 15 Aug 1726, Boston, Suffolk, MA; md [1] Sarah Sedgewick 8 Jun 1693, Boston, Suffolk, MA, and [2] Rebecca Adams 19 Jul 1694, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
  • William Snelling b 9 Apr 1671, Boston, Suffolk, MA; md Mary Tucker 4 Jul 1692, Marblehead, MA.
  • Benjamin Snelling b 18 Aug 1672.
Benjamin Snelling b 18 Aug 1672, Boston, Suffolk, MA. He md [1] Jemima Andrews 29 Jan 1694/95, Boston, Suffolk, MA, daughter of James Andrews. She was b 1675, Maine, d 1706/07. He md [2] Margaret Rule 11 Mar 1707/08, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
Children of Benjamin Snelling and Jemima Andrews were:
  • Jemima Snelling b 22 Mar 1695/96, Boston, Suffolk, MA; md Obadiah Wheten.
  • Sarah Snelling b 27 Feb 1697/98, Boston, Suffolk, MA; md William Cooper 8 May 1719.
  • Benjamin Snelling b bef 14 Feb 1700/01, d young.
  • Dorcas Snelling b 13 Dec 1701/02.
  • Benjamin Snelling b 23 Apr 1704, Boston, Suffolk, MA, d 6 Nov 1739; md [1] Hannah Porter 29 Nov 1722, Boston, Suffolk, MA, and [2] Elizabeth Lewis 8 Jul 1731, Boston, Suffolk, MA.
  • James Snelling b 16 May 1706, d bef Jan 1710/11.
  • Mary Snelling b 16 May 1706, d young.
Dorcas Snelling b 13 Dec 1701/02. She md Elijah Doubleday 21 Oct 1725, Boston, Suffolk, MA, son of Elijah Doubleday and Sarah Paine.

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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