Elizabeth Grafton

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
Elizabeth Grafton, daughter of Joseph Grafton and Mary Moore, was born at England, about 1622.1 She died at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 3 March 1678/79.1

Elizabeth married (1) John Saunders, before 1640;2 she married (2), as his 2nd wife, John Kitchin, before 1645. The ancestry of both men is unknown (or not traced here).3,4

Elizabeth testified 1 November 1675, "that she was then aged 53 years and she was probably born in England by the first wife of Captain Joseph Grafton." Joseph was styled "singleman" in the record of his marriage to Mary (Moore) Howfield. Does this perhaps indicate Elizabeth was really the daughter of Howfield and Mary Moore and that Joseph Grafton had taken Elizabeth as his own daughter after his marriage to Mary?5,2

Family 1

John Saunders b. say 1615, d. bef. 28 Dec 1643
  • John Saunders6 b. 1 Nov 1640

Family 2

John Kitchin b. abt. 1613, d. bt Dec 1675 - May 1676
  • Joseph Kitchin3 b. 20 Apr 1645
  • John Kitchin3 b. 28 Jul 1646
  • Mary Kitchin+7 b. 23 Apr 1648, d. aft. 1711
  • Abigail Kitchin3 b. say 1650
  • John Kitchin3 b. 21 Mar 1651/52
  • Priscilla Kitchin3 b. say 1653
  • Robert Kitchin3 b. 15 Feb 1658, d. 28 Oct 1712
  • Benjamin Kitchin3 b. 28 Aug 1660, d. 15 Sep 1660
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  1. [S108] Henry Wyckoff Belknap, "The Grafton Family of Salem," The Essex Institute Historical Collections 64 (1928): 49-51, at 49, further cited as Belknap, "Grafton Family."
  2. [S108] Belknap, "Grafton Family," 59-60.
  3. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 4:201-207, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 902, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1384] Barbara MacAllan, "The Great Yarmouth Company of Migrant Families," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 154 (Apr 2000): 215-217, at 216, further cited as MacAllan, "Great Yarmouth Migrant Families."
  6. [S108] Belknap, "Grafton Family," 62.
  7. [S445] Robert S. Canney, compiler, Early Marriages of Strafford County, New Hampshire 1630-1850 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1991), 230, further cited as Strafford Co. Marriages.