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Noyes, Reverend James

Male 1608 - 1656  (48 years)


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  • Name Noyes, James  [1
    Title Reverend  
    Born 1608  Cholderton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    AFN LC8P-D28  [4
    Immigration 1634  [5
    • to New England, place not otherwise specified
    Residence 1634  Mistick (now Medford), Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • When Mr. Noyes arrived in New England, he was first called to preach at Mistick, and he continued there nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be Minister at Watertown, but Mr. Parker and others of his acquaintance had settled atNewbury, had gathered a tenth of the churches of the colony, and called him to be a teacher there
    Residence 1635  Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Being loth to be separated from Mr. Parker and bretheren that had so often fasted and prayed together, both in England and on the Atlantic sea, he became teacher of the Newbury church, and he continued, painful and successful in thatstation something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church. Notwithstanding hiis principles as to Discipline were something differing from many of his brethren, there waqs such condescension on both parts, thatpeace and order were not interrupted. He was much loved and honored in Newbury. His memory is precious there to this day (Cotton Mather), and his Catechism (which is a publick and standing testimony of his understanding, and orthodoxyin the principles of religion) is publicly and privately used in that town hitherto. He was very learned in the Tongues, and in the Greek, excelled most. He was much read in the Fathers and the Schoolmen, and much esteemed in theMinistry. His conversation was so unquestionably Godly, that they who differed from him in the smaller matters as to discipline, held a most amicable correspondence with him, and had a high esteem of him. He was as religious at home asabroad, in his family and in secret, as he was publickly; and they that best knew him, most loved and esteemed him. His first residence in Newbury was at the Lower Green, but on removal of the meeting house, in 1646 to the Upper Green,he built a hous on what is now known as Parker Street, and he lived there until his death. In the "Proprietors' Book" it is recordd that, "In consideration of Mr. James Noyes his resigning up unto the towns hands four acres by the riverside, Two acres in Richard Kent's Island & four acres in the Neck behind the great Swamp, they granted him eight acres by the New Pond at the New Town to continue in his and his herys for ever." There is no date to this record, but itis probable that hte grant did not take effect until 1646, as the commissioners appointed in 1642 to lay out the new town, ordered "that in respect for the time for the inhabotants removiing from the place they now inhaabit, to that whichis laid out and appointed for their new habitations, each inhabitant shall have their house lotte foure years from the day of the date of the commission."

      The house was built about this time, and the two cousins, minister and teacher, lived there in pleasant companionship for nearly ten years, when Mr. Noyes died.
    Will 16 Oct 1656  Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • His will, filed in the probate office in Salem, gave all his real estate and personal property to his wife. In the inventory, filed in the probate office in Salem, mention is made of a house with seven acres of land adjoining, and anorchard all valued at 100 pounds. The enclosure described as an orchard will account for the additional acre named in the original grant. His widow and children continued to live in the house, with the Rev. Thomas parker as an honoredmember of the family. Mr. Parker died unmarried 24 APR 1677.
    Died 22 Oct 1656  Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Mr. Parker, writing of him, says: "Mr. James Noyes, my worthy colleague in the Ministry of the Gospel, was a man of singular qualifications, --- in piety, excelling, and implacable to all heresy and schism, --- a most able warrior againstthe same. He was of a reaching and ready apprehension, --- a large invention, --- a most profound judgement, --- a rare and tenacious comprehensive memory, fixed and unmovable in his grounded conceptions, sure in words and speech, ---without rashness, --- gentle and mild in all expressions, without passion or provoking language. And as he was a noble disputant, so he would never provoke his adversary, saving by the short knocks, and heavy weight of arguments.

      He was of so loving, and compassionate, and humble carriage, that I believe never any were acquainted with him, but did desire the continuance of his society and acquaintance. He was resolute for the truth, and in deference therof, hadno respect to any persons. He was a most excellent Counselor in doubts, and could strike at a hair's breath like the Benjaminites and expedited the entangled out of the briars. He was corageous in danger, and still was apt to believethe best and make fair weather in a storm. He was much honored and esteemed in the Country, and his death was much bewailed. I think he may be reconed among the great worthies of the age."
    Initiatory 04 Jun 1896 
    Occupation a school-master also at Choulderton where he taught Mr. Robert Parker. He had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas Parker who later, from Brazen Nose College in Oxford, requested that he come to help him in teaching theFree School at Newbury, where they taught school together until the time they came to New England. The reason of his coming to New England was because he could not comply with the ceremonies of The Church of England.  [2, 5
    Occupation Cholderton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    He was converted in his youth by the ministry of Dr. Twiss and Mr. Thomas Parker, and was admired for his piety, and his virture, in his younger years. 
    Reference Number 244 
    Reference Number G00244 
    Person ID I244  Goodwin
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2015 

    Family ID F215  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2427] Cited his nephew, Rev. Nicholas Noiyes (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S100] .

    3. [S2427] Cited his nephew, Rev. Nicholas Noiyes. Incorrectly spells place as Choulderton.

    4. [S2421] .

    5. [S2427] Cited his nephew, Rev. Nicholas Noiyes.