DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS DOW [RN 825]
OF NEWBURY IN 1639
bb [RN 829], husbandman, d Haverhill June 21, 1676; will probated Nov 14.
He evidently shared the family lack of vital resistance. He started toward prosperity; was able to buy land in 1662.
It does not appear that he was
admitted a freeman. He m Dec 17, 1668, Dorcas Kimball b 1649, dau of Henry
and Mary (Wyatt) of
Ipswich. Henry was son of Richard Kimball who m 2nd Margaret (Cole) Dow a. A statement has been printed
that Mary Wyatt m 2nd her father- in-law. This is obvious error, for
Richard Kimball d the same year as his 2nd wife. Richard Kimball had two wives, both named Mary. Hoyt gives the 2nd as Mary Gott (?). She must be Mary Wyatt
Dow. Titcomb, Early New England People, apparently started the widely
printed error that Thomas Dow m Elizabeth Duston (Dustin or Dunster). Dorcas Kimball survived Thomas by eight years. Apparently she did not serve as executrix, for the estate was administered by Henry Kimball, another brother, and receipts
for all legacies were made to him. Children:
a Thomas b Oct 23, d Nov 4, 1669
[RN3482] b Mch 5, 1670-1. In his will his father gave this child to Joan, wife of
John Haseltine. This step
must have had the consent of Dorcas. From
Henry comes a large posterity, --- roughly, one tenth of all the b Dow family
c Dorcas b Feb 27 1672; d Apr 3, 1673
d Phoebe b Sept 26, 1674; m Jan 16, 1695, Samuel Smith (Topsfield rec).
Children, --- Phoebe; Mary m Aug
14,1721, Thomut Demey of Topsfield;
Samuel; Susannah; Solomon; Joseph; and probably Priscilla bap
Oct 2, 1715, m Mch
30,1738, Robert Cragg, immigrant to Rowley
Hoyt, Old Families, suggests another, posthumuous, child, but gives no evidence. Perhaps he, too, was looking for
some ancestor for the unconnected Dows of Haverhill.