Esther Hester Boyce

21 December 1640–23 May 1722 (Age 81)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Esther Hester

When Esther Hester Boyce was born on 21 December 1640, in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Joseph Boyce, was 30 and her mother, Eleanor Plover, was 30. She married Daniel David Southwick Sr. on 23 February 1663, in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 23 May 1722, in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

Daniel David Southwick Sr.
1637–1718
Esther Hester Boyce
1640–1722
Marriage: 23 February 1663
James Southwick
1659–
Lawrence Southwick Sr
1664–1718
Esther Southwick
1665–1760
Betty Southwick
1668–1718
Daniel David Southwick Jr.
1671–1732
Eleanor Southwick
1674–1702
Mercy Southwick
1676–1744
Hannah Southwick
1677–1777
John Southwick
1680–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
23 February 1663
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
children

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Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (1)

1692 · Salem Witch Trials

Age 52

In 1692, the Salem Witch Trials began when Betty Parris fell sick with an unknown illness. Her cousin Abigail William claimed that she was being made sick because of witchcraft. As other strange events began to happen more of the young ladies in the town started accussing more people. These people mainly consisted of people the young ladies did not like. By the time the hysteria ended over 200 people were accussed of being witches. Nineteen men and women were found guilty and hung.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish, northern Irish, and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Old French bois ‘wood’.2 English: patronymic from the Middle English nickname boy ‘lad’, ‘servant’, or possibly from an Old English personal name Boia, of uncertain origin. Examples such as Aluuinus Boi (Domesday Book) and Ivo le Boye (Lincolnshire 1232 ) support the view that it was a byname or even an occupational name; examples such as Stephanus filius Boie (Northumbria 1202 ) suggest that it was in use as a personal name in the Middle English period.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh ( see Bogue ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Hester Boyce in entry for Elizabeth Sothwick, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Hester Boyce, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Hester Boyes in entry for Elizabeth Sothwick, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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