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Another year is drawing to a close, and time, in its onward course, has brought us to the point whence it has been customary for the editor of the Genealogical Register to look back upon the field of his labors, to make his obeisance to the Public, return thanks for the indulgence which has kept even pace with his steps, and to crave the continuance of that indulgence for the ensuing year.
But to the present Editor — an untried traveller upon the course of popolar favor — the return of this season of retrospection brings a novel task. He finds himself obliged, for the first time, to appear before the patrons of the Register, to most of whom he is a stranger, and to explain his connection with a work, which has generally been considered the foster-child of one far more worthy of the Editorial chair.
In the month of January last the subscriber was appointed " Chairman of the Publishing Committee of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society, and ez-officio Editor of the Genealogical Register." Since that appointment he has devoted a considerable portion of his time, and such talents as he possessed, to the discharge of the duties of his responsible office, cheered by the hope that his efforts might not be entirely unsuccessful, and that his labors might not be wholly unacceptable to an enlightened community. Fortunate, indeed, must he consider himself, in having had the benefit of the counsel and aid of one, whose long experience eminently qualified him for an adviser; one who, as Publisher of the Register, still continued to watch with anxious solicitude over the interests of this favorite object of his care.
The first (January) number of this year, was issued under the auspices of Mr. Drake. For the remaining three numbers - April, July, and October -- the subscriber is alone responsible. Sufficient reason for the particolarity of this statement will be found in the fact, that the Publisher has been called to account for articles which he had never seen until they were in print, and been favored with comments, which, if made at all, should have been addressed to the Editor.
And now, inasmuch as his good friend the Publisher reminds him that he should like to say a few words to his patrons, the Editor hastens, in conclusion, to return his grateful acknowledgments to all who have in any way lent him assistance; and to assure them that their kindness and attention will ever be remembered by their obedient servant,
WILLIAM THADDEUS HARRIS. Cambridge, Mass.,
Oct. 1, 1849.
Having brought a third volume of the NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL, GENEALOGICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN REGISTER to a close, a word or two may be expected from its Publisher to those patrons who have continued to sustain him thus far; and so long as he has the privilege of saying what he pleases, it is his own fault whether he says nothing, or whether he speaks acceptably on the occasion.
That we have not exactly satisfied ourself, we are free to confess. Owing to circumstances which have occurred since we wrote our last preface, (to the second volume,) we have, in some measure, been compelled to depart from the fundamental principles therein laid down; and furthermore, circumstances are still such, that it is judged best not to make any new promises, that we may be sure not to break any :— but to say to our patrons, one and all, that so long as we continue our labors in this way, we shall do all in our power to make the work what it should be; namely, a TREASURY OF MATERIALS; to which all the sons of New EngLAND may, with the utmost confidence, appeal, for the HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES of their ANCESTORS.
Whatever (if any thing) may be contained in the present volume not generally desirable, it is the humble opinion of the Publisher, that, as a whole, it will be one of the most permanent value. The complete list of FREEMEN from the records of the General Court of Massachusetts is nowhere else to be found in print; and we are persuaded that this feature of the volume alone will give it a value above the cost of the whole subscription of all the volumes thus far; especially, as the accuracy of the list cannot be questioned, nay, will not be, guaranteed, as it is, by the name that accompanies it.
It is not proposed to point out faults in what we have done, for we doubt not too many will readily present themselves to such as seek for them. We only desire to remind such co-workers, that while errors, mistakes, and omissions are easily detected, and easier denounced, it would become them quite as much, were they to give due credit for the many that have been aroided.
Should any be disposed to complain that we have printed some genealogies in a more extended form tha will be expedient hereafter to do, we must in the present case reply, that it is not done at the expense of our subscribers, inasmuch as we have extended our number of pages to comprehend them.
THE PUBLISHER. Boston, 56 Cornhill,
1 October, 1849.
A Genealogical Problem, 344
Coffin's History of Newbury, 202
Congregationalists and Presbyterians, conference
for the reconciliation of the, 110
Deaths, 101-3, 192-200, 286-96, 406-8; in Cambridge,
281-2; Northampton, 175-6, 898-400; Wren.
Deputies, from Newbury, 202, 203, 204
Records of the House of, 203, 205
Doddridge's Notes on Virginia and Pennsylvania, 26
Domesday Survey, 149
Doncaster, origin of the name, &c., 9-10
quences, 256, 258, 260
Dublin, N. H., History of, 212
Early Records, of Andover, 65-8; Boston, 38-40;
Braintree, 126-7, 247-8; Branford, 153-4 ; Cam-
William Bates, D. D., 110; the Belcher family, Northampton, 175.6, 398-400; Suffolk County,
“Gold-Finders,” accompany Frobisher, 17
port, R. 1., 107 ; Colman's services to, 229-30; Griggs Family, information respecting the, desired,
Groton, Academy at, 284-5
Gunpowder, Rawson and, 202, 204
Hall's Island, visited in search of gold, 17
Harvard College, 106, 112, 228, 282, 405 ; Com-
mencement Theses, in 1695, 101 ; First De-
grees in Divinity at, 114; Stoughton a benefac-
282; Wadsworth President of, 121; Bequests
to, 181, 228 ; Colman chosen President of, 223-5
Hist. Sketches of Middleborough, 213-20, 330-44
Houghton Bubble, burst at last, 404
68; Copp's Hill, 58, 344; Goshen, N. Y., 62 ; Indian Charity School, at Lebanon, 59, 61; Indian
128-32, 276-8; Woburn, 46, 148, 262-4, 358-9 Summer, 26; Indian War Papers, 23-5, 163–5,
255, 257-8, 259, 260
360; number of, in Middleboro', 214 ; mortal-
ity among the, 215, 333; troubles between the
Pilgrims and, 216-19; their food, 216; war with
the, predicted, 254-6; seizure of, at Dover,
N. H., and its consequences, 256, 258, 260 ;
Grindal Rawson preaches to the, 301; their re. Dutee J. Pearce, 294; Rev. John Pierre, 408 ;
Willians, 103 ; 'Benjamin F Thompson, Esq.,
200; Mrs. Sarah Trask, 295; Mrs. Mary L.
Ware. 296; Silas Warren, 296.
Old South Church, in Boston, 107
Pascataqua, sketch of the early history of, 250-3
Passengers for Virginia, 184, 388-90
Pease *s Point (Elgartown), 29
Pecoit, Rawson's grant at, 202
Pedigrees of Ashley, 256 ; Belcher, 281-2 ; Bigelow,
196 ; Brooks, 401; Dana, 287 ; Dende, 199, Drake,
197-8; Eddy, 334 ; Farrar, 211-12; French, 292;
Leverett, 106; Lougee, 407 ; Otis, 103 ; Perse,
tories of, by Greenleaf and Williamson, 313 Rolfe, 149 ; Smith, 295 ; Sullivan, 63; Taintor,
Philip's War, 255-8 : origin of, 342-4
Pirates, capture of, 31
Platform of Church Discipline, 112, 115
Plough Patent, so called, 251
ed, 204 ; and the King's Commissioners, 880; Poetry, 22, 33, 98, 106, 112, 168, 181, 281, 402, 407
Portraits, 9, 105, 201, 297
Praying Indians, Randolph's statements with re-
gard to the, 206-7
Sir Martin Frobisher, 9-22; Maj. Charles Frost, Primer, New England, 209-11
249-62 ; the Tully Family of daybrook, 157-63 Proverbs, 87, 238
303, 304, 305, 309, 310, 311, 316, 323, 324, 326, Psalms, versions of the, 182-3
Publications, Notices of New, 97-100, 281-5, 401-5
Quakers, persecution of, 207
Kawsou Family Bible, 201. 299
Schoharie, Indian ravages at, 68
Shakers, of New Lebanon, N. Y., 234
Sherburne, Morse's genealogy of inhubitants of, 212
Signers, last of the, 168
Smith's Falmouth Journals, 385
son's Plistory of, 205 ; revolutions of govern Society for Propagating the Gospel, 205, 206, 228, 301
Speed's “ Historie of Great Britaine," 18
Stow's "General Chronicle of England," 13
Sudbury, Indians sell lands in, 183
Suffolk County, Rawson Recorder of, 207
Swansea, vulgarly called Scanzey, 343
Tate and Brady's Version of the Pealms, 182, 183
[17 | The Year's Remembrances, 281-2
Tully's Almanacs, 159
Jonathan Alder, 196 ; Dea. Francis Appleton, Walker on the Sufferings of the Clergy, 297
HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL
AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER:
MEMOIRS OF SIR MARTIN FROBISHER, KNIGHT.
1536 to 1594.
One of the most determined, resolute, and practical men of the time of Queen ELIZABETH was MARTIN, afterwards SIR MARTIN FROBISH- . ER.* But we scarcely know which we should most admire, the man who, through a period of fifteen years, struggled with adversity and all kinds of disappointments before he could find himself able to undertake a voyage of discovery, or the man who travelled two hundred milest (in those days) to learn the truth of such discoveries, that he might be enabled to transmit an account of them to posterity.
It is often the case that great men who have been benefactors of mankind, have gone off the stage without leaving behind them any key to their parentage or ancestry. Many took no pains to transmit any account of themselves, while many others may have left accounts, but which, owing to some one of numerous accidents, have been lost or destroyed. And thus Martin FroBISHER comes to us late in life, as is judged, without telling us whence he came; and when he leaves us, his death is merely mentioned by the chroniclers, because they could not well avoid it.
It is pretty certain that Frobisher was born in or near Doncasterf in
* Like almost every other name which would admit of permutations, that of Frobisher was in early times written with great variation; but there is probably little doubt, if any, that the name was originally derived from the occupation of a polisher of arms. It was most probably imported from France. A sword-cutler is called in that country a fourbisseur. . Hence the name was of old often written Furbisher, which was more correct than that which obtained.
† Hakluyt's Voyages, iii. 169-70. Hakluyt himself tells us that he made such a journey to learn an account of the voyage of " The Trinitie and Minion” in 1536, “set forth by Master Hore of London," upon discoveries in the North. HAKLUYT made his journey of two hundred miles to see the only survivor of the voyage, of the termination of which he thus speaks: “ They arrived at $. Ives in Cornwall about the ende of October, from thence they departed unto a certain castle belonging to Sir John Luttrell, where Master] Thomas Buts, and M. Rastall, and other gentlemen of the voyage, were very friendly enteriained; after that they came to the Earl of Bathe at Bathe, and thence to Bristol, so to London. M. Buts was so changed in the voyage with hunger and miserie, that Sir William his father, and my Lady bis mother, knew him not to be their sonne, until they found a secret mark, which was a wart upon one of his knees, as he told me, Richard Hakluyt of Oxford, himself; to whom I rode 200 miles to learn the whole trueth of this voyage from his own mouth, as being the onely man now (about 1589) alive that was in this discoverie.” The voyage spoken of was to Newsoundland. We use the edition of Hakluyt in 5 vols., 460, 1809-12.
| So named from its situation upon the Don or Dun; hence Don Castle was originally understood, that is, the castle upon the Don. The castle has long been in ruins. The