GENERATION 11

GENERATION 10

IBROOK TOWER
born:02-07-1643/44Hingham, MA
marr:04-24-1668                             
died:11-22-1732     Hingham, MA
buried:Cohassat Cemetery, Hingham, MA
father:JOHN TOWER
mother:MARGARET IBROOK
 
MARGARET HARDIN
born:         -1647                             
marr:04-24-1668       
died:11-19-1705     Hingham, MA
buried:Cohassat Cemetery, Hingham, MA
father:JOHN HARDIN
mother:HANNA HURST



Biography

IBROOK TOWER married MARGARET HARDIN and they had twelve children. MARGARET died Nov. 19, 1705, and IBROOK married second on Aug. 6, 1712, Mrs. Patience Hobart, widow of Daniel Hobart, and previously the widow of Benjamin Jones. Patience died Dec. 22, 1747.

IBROOK had the land which his father drew in the first division of land made by the proprietors in 1670. The deed is not recorded. He probably went upon this land and built himself a house soon after the termination of King Philip's war, and was among the earler settlers of what was then the village, and has since 1770 been the district and town of Cohasset.

He was frequently called upon to fill various municipal offices and in 1699 he was one of the selectmen of the town. In addition to the agricultural pursuits, common to all people, he was a cooper (barrel maker), an occupation for which the people of Hingham early became noted.

Raising sheep was important as a source of food in Hingham. Wolves were a natural preditor of the sheep. Bounties were offered for killing a wolf. In a list of debts due from the town in 1670-71, is one to "John Stodder and IBROOK TOWER for killing a wolf, 1;" and again the same year, "for killing a wolf, 9s." In 1672, "Paid IBROOK TOWER, about killing a wolf, 2s. 10d."

By making his home in Cohasset, IBROOK and the others were some four to five miles from the school and meeting-house. For some thirty years this young settlement went without facilities for the education of the children, and for a Sunday sanctuary. In spite of these disadvantages, the sons and grandsons of IBROOK learned to write.

In the years 1717 to 1721, a meeting-house was built and a minister ordained, and soon after a school- house was built. The first minister of the new church was Rev. Nehemiah Hobart, a grandson of Peter Hobart, and a relative of IBROOK TOWER.

IBROOK died Nov. 22, 1732, and memorial stones mark the place of his burial and that of his first wife. He is the only child of JOHN TOWER to have a stone to mark his place of burial.


    Here Lyes Ye                    Here Lyes the
     Body of Mr.                     Body of Mrs.
  Ibrook Tower who                 Margaret Tower,
    Died November                    wife of Mr.
   Ye 22nd 1732 in                 Ibrook Tower who
     Ye 88 year                     died November
     of his age                    Ye 19th 1705 in
                                     Ye 59 year
                                     of her age

 

Children

  born marr died
Richard
  wife Abigail Farrar
07-20-1669     
01-27-1669/70
                 
 
12-21-1702
10-05-1745
Daniel 06-15-1671                 -1690
John
  wife Hester Canterbury
03-21-1672/73
11-19-1671     
 
01-15-1695/96
12-09-1711
12-25-1729
RACHEL TOWER
  husband JOSHUA BATES
03-16-1674/75
08-14-1671     
 
01-15-1695/96
                 
09-23-1757
Mary
  husband John Whiton
08-16-1677     
01-10-1679/80
 
02-03-1703/04
 
 
Patience
  husband William Farrar
  husband Thomas James
03-21-1678/79
11-17-1677     
12-09-1669     
 
01-31-1700/01
05-30-1704     
 
12-23-1702
07-31-1724
Hezekiah
  wife Elizabeth Whiton
10-02-1681     
03-31-1684     
 
01-13-1703/04
 
 
Content
  husband Joseph Souther
02-03-1683/84
                 
 
04-22-1708     
12-18-1730
07-22-1740
Elizabeth
  husband _____ Merritt
06-09-1682     
 
 
 
 
 
Nehemiah 11-07-1685         
Lydia
  husband John Franklin
11-25-1687     
 
 
03-15-1711/12
 
 
Daniel
  wife Sarah Lincoln
  wife Persis Curtis
07-24-1692     
07-14-1694     
         -1707     
 
 
02-26-1755     
02-21-1774
07-07-1754
06-24-1787


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