NOTE: The above does not contain all the Tree names included in the History.
This history of various branches of the Tree family in America is dedicated to Mr. Kenneth D. Tree of Stanbridge East, Quebec. He is a fine gentleman who has devoted much of his life to the preservation and restoration of the history of his town in Quebec. I am grateful for all the information he gathered for me even though he is 90 years of age. He is still interested in world affairs and the events of his community and writes a lovely letter with a steady hand for one of his years. My husband and I were delighted to be the guests of Kenneth and Hazel Tree in September of 1982. She still works in her garden and prepares a fine meal for her guests. They live in the home of his youth on the "Gladacre Farm" around the corner from the Missisquoi Museum in Stanbridge East. This history does not attempt to cover material regarding the Tree Family found in the book written by Josiah Leach. It contains records gathered over the years and especially the past two years after becoming acquainted with Mr. Tree. It was written with the hope that it might stimulate further records regarding these particular Branches of the Tree family to come forth that we might have a more complete and accurate record. These people seem to represent a cross section of the history of our country, their struggles in a new land, fighting in the wars of their country, and moving on to new frontiers, perhaps hoping just to survive.
The record is incomplete and indeed probably inaccurate in many ways but represents a beginning and hopefully new records will come to light as people are moved to search for information regarding their ancestors.
Colleen E. Johnson Mrs. J. McRay Johnson 2931 Oakwood Drive Bountiful, Utah 84010 6th great granddaughter of Joseph Tree of Beverly, Mass.
The first member of the Tree family to come to America was Richard Tree who came to Virginia in 1619 with his son John aged 12. They were passengers on the ship "George" with Captain Abraham Persey, Cape Merchant. He was a free man and a carpenter by trade. In August of 1624 he was granted 50 acres of land at Blunt Point, James River and 50 acres at James City Island, adjoining the land of Edward Grindall. He was burgess for Hog Island in 1627 and 1629. From the minutes of the Council and General Court we learn something about life in those early colonial days and of the activities of Richard. In 1624 he was on the list of the Coroners Enquest Impaneled vppon the death of George Pope An Infant Child December ye xxxj th.. A Courte held at James Cyttie the XXIth of August 1626, beinge present S'r George Yardley, Knight, Governor &c, Capt. West, Doctor Pott, Captaine Smith, Mr William Cleybourne, Secy.
1. Y't is ordered y't whereas Thomas ffarley (4) gent, contrary to ye late act of the gererall assembly hath absented himself from cominge to church uppon the Saboth day for the space of three moneths, as appeareth by the testimony of Mr James Hickmote one of the church wardens, and as the Thomas ffarley, him self hath confessed, yt is theruppon ordered yt the said Thomas ffarley, for that his offence shall paye one hundred pound weight of Tobacco into the Publique Tresurey w'ch fine in some p'te is mittigated in regarde •of some occasiones by him alledged. But whereas it is alledged against him that Richard Tree one of the churchwardens also that he wilbe redie to testifie against him that he hath uppon the Saboth daye been huntinge of hogs in James Cyttie Island, w'ch beinge justly proved aginste him, yt is thought tt he paye the full fine & the penaltie of the generall assembly in that case made & p'vided. A Court at James Citty 1628
John Day sworne and exa'ied sayth That hee heard Richard Tree did worke uppon the Church at Hogg Iland a weeke or fortnight as he verylie thinketh after MrUty came home from the generall assembly.
Andrew Roe sworne and exa1ied sayth that about the beginning of August last hee saw certaine severall parcells of dub'd board Ly at the Church at Hogg Iland and that since that time hee hath seene the said Tree and his servants fetch boards from thence.
ffor as much as it appeares to the Cotr that Rich: Tree hath neglected the building of the Church at Hog Hand contrary to his Coven'nt whereby hee should forfeit one thousand pounds of tobaccoe; It is ordered that the said Tree shall before the 20th of December next finish the said Church And the inhabitants to bring the tymber necessary for the finishing
the work to the place where the Church is to be built, by the last of this prsent October, And shall find him nayles sufficient for the said work, And if the said Tree shall neglect to finishe the same according to this order hee shall forfeit the some of lOOOll of tobaccoe And this worke to bee done by the said Tree wthout any consideracon to bee paid him therefore in reguard of his neglect.
Upon peti'con of Hugh Hall it is ordered that he shall have certificate of his freedome graunted unto him soe as hee bring in security to this Cort to save them harmelesse..
Richard Tree had a servant named Silvester Bullen or Buller aged 28 in 1625. In October 1629, "Goodman Tree" agreed to furnish one man for the party who were to plant corn at Kiskiack.
In the book "Cavaliers and Pioneers" which containes the Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants other Tree names listed are:
Humphrey, In James City Co., 7 Nov 1643
George, on the S. side of Rappa. Riv. in the freshes thereof
1 Aug 1665
James, in Nansemond Co., 20 Apr 1694. The next Richard Tree of New England was of Lynn, Essex Co., Mass. He married Joanna Rogers, 20 Sep 1665. In the Salem town records is the following account: Salem January 5th 1679/30
Itt is agreed betweene the Selectmen of Salemt in ye Behalfe of the towne of Salem aforesayd, on the one pte , And Richd Tree & Johanah Tree his eiffe off Salem, one the other pte; viz that ye sayd tree & his wiffe doe Ingage to, and with ye Selectmen of Salem, in behalfe of the towne of Salem Aforesd; that they will Keepe Rebecka Howton dureing her liffe tyme, and her Young Childe which shee now hath, vntill shee bee of the age of Eighteene yeares and finde them both dureing the sayd Terme, with Meate drink & apparell wafhing & lodging sutable & nefsesary for them; And they doe Ingage and binde themselues heires Execut & Adminest to saue the towne of Salem harmelefs from all manner of Charge whattsoever that may Come to the towne of Salem, by meanes of sd Rebecca Howton; from this day forwarde dureing the whole Terme of her liffe; And of her Child from this daye forward vntill shee bee of the full age of Eighteene Yeares, For and in Confideration of which thay shall have what service the sd Howton & her Child are capable of dooing and alfo shall haue the bill of Ezekiell Nedhams given the towne for George Wiett, or what Remaines due there of being Seuenteene pounds three shillings payable to the towne .........................
And Richd Tree & Johannah Tree his wiffe haue both sett to theere
hands for the performances of the agreement on there pte the
daye And years aboue written Signed & deliuered in the presence
of William Browne Junr John Higginson Junr John Hathorne
The Marke of Richard Tree
The mark of Johannah S. Tree
Thomas Tree was a member of the Foote Co., of Hull, Mass. in
1759. Captain Francis Tree a master-mariner of Boston was here as early as 12 Dec 1762. His wife was Bridgett and their children were:
Francis born 12 Dec 1762
Susanna Born 20 Jan 1765
Phillip born 10 Dec 1767
According to Wyatt family records, Richard Wyatt of King and Queen Co., Virginia and Ann Garrett had a son John, born 1755 who married a Mary Tree. His will is recorded in Charlotte Co. Children of John Wyatt and Mary Tree:
Col. Richard, of Charlotte County, Served in War of 1812
Martha, Married Gilliam
Sarah, Married Watson
Benjamin, of Lynchburg, married Catherine Penn (and had issue: John, and Samuel, died young)
John, died unm., will recorded in Lynchburg
Nancy, md Stephen Mitchell, lived in Missouri
An interesting account of aphase of the Civil War is given in an article entitled "Blockade Running During the Civil War" by Francis B. C. Bradlee in Vol.62 of the Essex Institute Hist.
Collections. A J.B. Tree was atthat time General Superintendent of the Seaboard lines. "It was while the supplies in the Confederacy were almost exhausted, that General Sherman's army began its march to the sea which involved the tearing down of 500 miles of telegraphs in
Georgia alone. What could more effectually work that end than the means used; heating the centers of the railroad iron, and twisting the bars around telegraph poles. At this time J.B. Tree was General Superintendent of the seaboard lines, which included nearly all in Sherman's path. Two days after General Sherman's army began its march, G. T. Beauregard, General-in-chief in the West, telegraphed as ....................The following telegram from Superintendent
Tree to President Morris in Richmond, clearly represents the Southern situation in the last few weeks of the war:
"Milledgeville, Ga., Jan 10, 1865.
"The feeling in Macon, Columbus, Atlanta and Gordon indicate that ordinary Georgian thinks there is no further use in prolonging a contest in which they are sure to be beaten at last. The whole State is filled with deserters. Alabama is not a whit better, and the Legislature of Mississippi refuses to allow the militia force to go into an adjoining county of its own State to repel an attack. There is no doubt the men of those States, already in the army, will fight to the last, but the cry of the 'stay-at-homes' is that it is useless to fight longer and they are no doubt encouraged in this idea by the Governor of Georgia, who it appears, is forever hunting up a pretext to fight Jeff. Davis. It is reported to me by one of the Superintendents of the Southern Express Co., upon the authority of a Judge in Tennessee, that Bragg had 103,000 men on his muster roll at the battle of Missionary Ridge, of which number 60,000 were deserters, thus leaving him 43,000 men to bear the brunt of the fight. John Butler told me that General Wheeler's (the famous cavalry leader of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee) muster roll calls for 23,000 men, and that his paymaster told him he could only find 7,000 men in active service. Here, now, is a force of 76,000 men at large, hiding in the swamps and fastnesses of this and contiguous country. From the feeling of the country people I am convinced no information would be given as to their hiding places." In his "Diary of a Rebel War Clerk," J. B. Jones twice accuses the telegraph operators, some of whom were Northerners, of divulging Confederate secrets." It is interesting that in New York and in Ontario there are several J. B. Trees in the earlier history of those areas.
Joseph Tree and Mercy Chubb entered their intention of marriage in Beverly, Mass. 11 Feb 1695/6. Tney were md. 2 Mar 1695/6 by the Rev. Mr. John hale. She was the dau. of .Thomas Chubb and Mercy Plumb. An incident in the Massachusetts court records paints an uncomplimentary picture of Mercy and other members of the Chub family but perhaps all the picture is not there and we should not judge. At her Majesties Court of General Sessions of the people held at Bristol for and within the County of Bristol on the second Tuesday of April 1707:
Ebenezer Chub, Mercy Tree, Elizabeth Chub & William Chub all of Attleborro within the the county of Bristol came before this court being bound by to answer the complaint of John Wedge of Attleborrough, and being convicted by their own confession of
riotously and bruityly whipping the said Wedge with rods and sticks. It is therefore considered by the court that the sd Ebenezer Chub, Mercey Tree & Elizabeth Chub have and receive each of them ten stips upon their bare back (said William Chub five
strips) for their said offence ...............
They were released for the sum of 10 pounds each upon conditon that they appear next September and be of good behavior in the meantime They had been brought before the Marshall of the county of Bristol in March on the complaint of John Wedge that he on the 20th of November in the middle of the night had been rolled out of his bed by persons in womans apparrell upon the pretension that they were lost and needed him to pilot them to the......... he had gone about 20 rods when these persons and others pulled down his brooches and shirt and beat upon him in a riotous and bruttish manner with sticks and rods. Those taken into custody were negros and Deborah Indian woman, Mercy Tree the wife of Joseph Tree and Ebenezer Chub, William Chub, Elizabeth Chub and Sarah Rirh all of Attleborrough. 27th March 1707. Joseph was involved in another court case in May of 1728.
Joseph Tree of lawful age testifieth and saith, that to his certain remembrance and knowledge in the month of November in 1711 I hired or took to halves of James Browne then of Attleborough and now of Salem his farm into Attleborough and his house together with two cows which were all the cows he had and I hired sd farm for near about four years together with sd cows and I never heard that Browne had any more cows nor any other cattle in sd house in Attleborough all the time of four years and further that sd Browne ingaged to get me another cow when I hired sd farm of him but he could not nor did not get sd cow for me all the time I had said farm.
In September 1731 Joseph was before the courts again in a case involving one Israel Read. Israel Read to answer to Joseph Tree of Attleborough in Co. of Bristol husbandman in a plea of review of a plea of the Plaint, commenced & prosecuted by the said Joseph Tree Plantiff and against the said Israel Read Defft at our Inferior Ct of common pleas begun & held at Bristol within and for our Co. of Bristol on the second Tuesday of July 1728 in the words following viz - whereas the PLantlff declared athat at the special instance and request of the Def the Plant at Attleborough aforesaid on the first day of May 1724 did receive one Mary Read daughter of the Deft who being under bodily distress and infirmities and the Mary at the Deft request the Plant at his house in Attleborough aforesaid did board & lodge tend and look after and medicines did use and administer to her according to the best of his skill and judgement at divers times between the 1st day of May aforesaid till sometime in the month of June 1725 vis- 11 months and 8 days. In that time as in court shall appear and the plant in fact saith that the said Mary being a poor person and had not wherewith to support herself in her lifetime and the plant, avers that for boarding lodging tending and looking after and the medicines used and administered to the said Mary according to the plant, best skill and judgement as aforesaid is well worth 19 pounds 10 shillings money which the Def. ought to pay and satisfy to the Plant, being all done at the Deft request and which he promised to pay and satisfy yet the Deft minding to wrong and defraud the Plant, of the aforesaid. Benjamin and Richard, sons of Joseph Tree testified on his behalf, also a Hannah Streeter. Joseph died at Attleborough on the 16th of January 1741.
In Vol. II of Early Rehoboth - Warning out Notices the widow Tree is warned to depart out of town. 20 May 1747 — "To ye Constabels of ye Town of Rehoboth or to Either of them Greeting Whereas the widow of Joseph Tree Late of Attleborough Deceased hath latly obtruded her Selfe into the Town of Rehoboth These are therfore to order you forth with to Notifie and warn ye Sd widow that She Speedily Depart out of ye Town of Rehoboth and not any Longer to Reside herein hearof faill not and make Return of your Doings to our Selves within five Days Given under our hands in Rehoboth the Twentieth Day of May in ye Twentieth year of his Majesties Reign Anno Domino 1747
Danll Carpenter Selectmen
John Willmarth of
Nathll Bliss Rehoboth
Rehoboth May 21st 1747
I have Notified and warned the widow Tree to Depart out of ye Town of Rehoboth without Delay—John Cooper Constable The court cases serve to gain an insight into the lives and times of this generation in the land of the new Colonies.
Children of Joseph Tree and Marcy or Mercy Chubb:
Benjamin b. 9 Nov 1701 in Beverly, Essex Co., Mass. (A
Benjamin md Hannah Streeter 20 Feb 1723 and also
A Marcy was b. to a Benjamin Tree and Damaris
22 Sep 1732 in Norton, Bristol Co., Mass.
Joseph b. 5 July 1702 Beverly, Essex Co., Mass. d 7 July 1724
John b. 7 Feb 1704 Attleboro, Bristol Co., Mass. d 28 Apr 1724
Beriah b. 30 Dec 1707 Attleboro, Bristol Co., Mass. Int. md
were entered 1 June 1734 to Hannah Chub of Hebron. He died about 1786 in Hancock, Berkshire Co., Mass. (Beriah's History and children given later)
Richard b. 4 Aug 1711 Attleboro, Bristol Co., Mass.
A Richard Tree was constable in Rehoboth in 1745.
Mercy b. 24 Aug 1718 Attleboro, Bristol Co., Mass.
d. 24 Aug 1718
The following record of Richard Tree and Margaret Daggett is found in the History of the Doggett-Daggett Family by Samuel B. Doggett.
Joseph Daggett4 (Joseph,3 John,2 John1) born Rehoboth, Mass. June 13, 1699; died Attleboro, Mass., February 16, 1734/5 married Rehoboth, Mass., December 29, 172-, by Rev John Greenwood, to Margaret Pullen of Bristol, R. I.
Simeon Daggett, born Attleboro', Mass., October 14, 1723;
died between 1746 and 1758.
Hannah Daggett, born Attleboro', Mass., January 21, 172-.
Joseph Daggett, wheelwright of Rehoboth, was baptized in 1699, at the Rehoboth church.
Nov 13, 1725 and Feb 23 1725/6 he makes transfers of real estate.
An inventory of the estate of Joseph Daggett was taken March 10, 1734/5. Margaret Daggett, widow, was appointed administratix of the estate of Joseph Daggett, of Attleboro', May 20, 1735.
Account of Margaret Tree late widow of Joseph Daggett, late of Attleboro'. (Bristol Probate.)
Richard Tree and Margaret Daggett were married in Attleboro' April 27, 1736 and had:
Eunice Tree, born Attleboro" January 30, 1746/7
Levina Tree, born Attleboro', January 13, 1741; died Attleboro',
January 13, 1741.
Levina Tree, born in Rehoboth 17 April 1745 (this Levina is found
in other records) A Levina Tree md John Love of R. I. 2 June 1760.
The records of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, March, 1745, contain the
Petition of Richard Tree of Rehoboth and others, heirs of Joseph Dogget, late of Attleboro, deceased, showing that the real estate of said dece ased was distributed to Margaret, Hannah, the petitioners, and Simeon, his only son, agreeable to Law, that the said Simeon Dagget (being then a minor) had his uncle Israel Dagget, of Rehoboth, duly appointed his Guardian, who accepted that trust; that about 5 years since the said Simeon went abroad and has never been heard of since and is probably dead, yet the guardian so appointed refuses (though the said Simeon if living is 22 years of age) to deliver up the said estate, or income thereof, to the petitioners, the true heirs, but converts it to his own use. They therefore pray that said guardian be ordered to deliver possession.