1608 - 1656 (48 years)
||NOYES James |
||22 Oct 1608
||Cholderton, Wiltshire, England [2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]
- (Noyes-Gilman gives full birthdate.)
||22 Aug 1627
||Oxford, Oxfordshire, England [3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18]
|Brasenose College |
- (Matriculated; did not graduate, being called to teach at Newbury, Berkshire, England.)
||23 Mar 1633/4
||Southampton, Hampshire, England [19, 20, 21]
- (Sailed on ship Mary & John of London, Robert Sayres, Master, on 23 Mar. 1634 with his wife, Sarah, brother Nicholas, and cousin Thomas Parker. The ship was detained in the Thames where all passengers signed the oath of allegiance to the king and the church 24 Mar. 1634, before they were allowed to sail from London.
"James Noyce" was enrolled at Southampton as a passenger for New England on the Mary & John [Drake's Founders 71].)
||Boston, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
||Medford, Massachusetts Bay, British America [13, 19]
- (Medford was first known as Mistick.)
||Bef 3 Sep 1634
||Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
|Ipswich Church |
- (Implied by freemanship.)
||Newbury, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
||5 May 1635
||Newbury, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
||17 Oct 1656
||Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America [4, 13, 14, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26]
- (The will of Rev. James Noyes, teacher of the church in Newbury, was proved in the Salem court Nov. 26, 1656. The following copy is transcribed from the original on file in the office of the clerk of courts, at Salem, volume III, leaf 56:
The Last will and Teastament of James Noies.
my will is that my wife shall have the rule and ordering with the difsposing of all my substance I haue; while she keepeth hir selfe in an unmaryed Condition, And That she will Take counsayle of my Loving ffriends Cozen Thomas Parker my brother Nicholas Noys & Wm Gerrish; But if she difsposeth hir selfe in way of marryage then my will is; That my ffriends A[b]ove mentioned shall have the difsposing of all for the portions of my wife And Children as they shall see meete; in witness hearof I have put my hand this 17th ocktob : 1656.
||22 Oct 1656
||Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America [9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30]
- (VR says ae. 48 years. Mass. and Maine Families says Oct. 21, 1656.)
||Aft 22 Oct 1656
||Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
First Parish Burial Ground
||Rev. James Noyes memorial gravestone
Here lies the body of the
REV. JAMES NOYES
who was born in
Chaulderton, England, in 1608,
came to New England in 1634,
was chosen teacher of the
church in Newbury
as colleague with his cousin Parker
He died Oct. 22, 1656,
in his 48th y'r.
||21 Nov 1656
||Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America 
- (the inventory of the estate of "Mr. James Noyes, teacher of Newbury, who deceased October 21, 1656," taken 21 November 1656, totalled £597 : 11s. : 4d (with debts owing from the estate of £60), of which £310 was real estate: "the house with 7 acres of land adjoining with the orchard," £100; "four acres of upland and four acres of meadow," £20; "twelve acres of marsh or meadow," £30; "two acres of arable land," £10; and "seventy-five acres of upland and meadow," £150 [EPR 1:246-47; EQC 2:7-8]. Livestock £102, clothing £13 : 6 : 4 and books £30 (a large library for the period.) [Magnolia Christi Americana, supra, I:436.].)
||26 Nov 1656
||Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America [23, 24, 28, 32]
- Savage, Vol 3: JAMES, Newbury, one of the two first min. b. 1608, at Choulderton, in Wilts, near the edge of Hants, betw. Amesbury in W. and Andover in H. s. of Rev. William, who was instit. I find by the registry of that diocese, in 1602 as rector, but in 1621, resign. in favor of Nathan Noyes. His mo. was sis. of Robert Parker a very learned Puritan, driv. to Holland for his heterodoxy a. forms; and he was bred at Brazen Nose, Oxford, as his nephew, Rev. Nicholas in his acco. for Magn. III. cap. 25, Append. writes, and was call. away by his cous. Thomas Parker to assist him at the sch. of Newbury, in Berksh. He m. 1634, Sarah, eldest d. of Mr. Joseph Brown of Southampton, and in Mar. of that yr. emb. for N. E. in co. with his br. Nicholas and cous. Thomas Parker, in the Mary and John of London, preach. some short time at Medford, was freem. 3 Sept. 1634, and invit. to Watertown ch. but in 1635 went to Newbury, and tho younger than his collea. cous. d. first, 22 Oct. 1656. His will, made five days bef. ment. w. Sarah and ch. br. Rev. Nicholas N. and cous. Rev. Thomas Parker; the inv. show. good est. We owe gratitude to Mather for rare modesty in being content with the faithful and judic. contrib. of the Salem kinsman, of wh. in our day Eliot's Biogr. Dict. has well abbrev. the charact.
Descendants of Reverend William Noyes: James Noyes Rev. Born, 1608, in Cholderton, Wilts, England. Died, 22 Oct 1656, in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown, 1633. Matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford University, 22 Aug 1627, but was not graduated. In Mar 1633, he and his wife Sarah, brother Nicholas, and cousin Thomas Parker, with others, took the oath of "Supremacy and Allegiance", to pass for New England, in the "Mary and John", of London, Robert Sayres, master.
In 1633-34 he preached in Mystic, now Medford, Massachusetts and was made freeman 3 Sep 1634, was invited to Watertown but declined and with his brother Nicholas and cousin Thomas Parker, was among the first settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts in May 1634 or 35. Rev. Mr. Parker and Rev. Mr. Noyes began, almost immediately, to form a church. The first meeting was on the Sabbath and held in the open air, under a tree. Rev. Mr. Parker was chosen pastor "in the waye of church discipline which he then preached for, the congregational waye" (Newbury, p.17). Mr. James Noyes was, at the same time, chosen teacher of the church and remained so for more than 20 years. Will made 17 Oct 1656, five days before his death, and proved 26 Nov 1656. In it he mentions wife Sara and children, brother Deacon Nicholas Noyes and cousin Rev. Thomas Parker. Inventory of estate amounted to £657, 11 shillings, 4 penney.
On IGI as parents, but no marriage is recorded here James is listed as being born of "Godly parents". His own father was a minister of "the same town". One of James' sons was one of the founders of Yale University. James married Sarah Brown not long before coming to New England in 1634. He was married to Sarah BROWN before 1634 in England.
Rev. Nicholas Noyes' Account of His Uncle, Rev. James Noyes in Mather's "Magnolia":
"Mr. James Noyes was born, 1608, in Choulderton, Wiltshire, of godly and worthy parents. His father was a minister of the same town, a very learned man, the school-master of Mr. Thomas Parker. His mother was sister to the learned Mr. Robert Parker, and he had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas Parker. He was called by him from Brazen-Nose College in Oxford, to help him in teaching the Free School at Newberry; where they taught school together till the time they came to New England. He was converted in his youth by the ministry of Dr. Twiss and Mr. Thomas Parker, and was admired for his piety and his virtue in his younger years. The reason of his coming to New England was, because he could not comply with the ceremonies of the Church of England. He was married in England to Mrs. Sarah Brown, the eldest daughter o Mr. Joseph Brown, of Southampton, not long before he came to New England, which was in the year 1634. In the same ship [in 1634] came Mr. Thomas Parker, and a younger brother of his, Mr. Nicholas Noyes, who was then a single man; between which there was more than ordinary endearment of affection, which was never shaken or broken but by death. Mr. Parker and Mr. James Noyes, and others that came over with them, fasted and prayed together many times before they undertook this voyage; and on the sea Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes preached or expounded, one in the forenoon, the other in the afternoon, every day during the voyage, unless some extrordinary thing intervened, and were abundant in prayer.
When they arrived, Mr. Parker was at first called to preach at Ipswich, and Mr. Noyes at Medford, at which place they continued nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be minister at Watertown; but Mr. Parker and others of his bretheren and acquaintance, settling at Newberry, and gathering the tenth of the churches in the colony, and calling Mr. Noyes to be the teacher of it, he preferred that place; being loath to be separated from Mr. Parker, and bretheren that had so often fasted and prayed together, both in England and on the Atlantic sea. So he became the teacher of that church, and continued painful and successful in that station something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church. Notwithstanding his principles, as to discipline, were something differing from many of his bretheren, there was such condescension on both parts, that peace and order was not interrupted. [Magnalia 484-85]
Noyes-Gilman: "Soon after being called to teach in the Free School at Newbury, England, Sir Richard Saltonstall, Henry Sewall, Richard and Stephen Drummer and others were organizing a colony for the purpose of stock-raising in New England, and they interested in their enterprise many Wiltshire men. These, with Rev. Thomas Parker as their spiritual guide and teacher, became the nucleus of the colony, and through their cousin, both James, then but twenty-five, and his younger brother Nicholas joined the colony. James married Sarah Brown before emigrating.
In the same ship came Mr. Thomas Parker, Mr. James Noyes, and a younger brother, Nicholas Noyes, who was then a single man; Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes, and others that came over with them, fasted and prayed together many times before they undertook this voyage; and on the sea Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes preached or expounded, one in the forenoon, and the other in the afternoon, every day during the voyage, unless some extraordinary thing intervened; and were abundant in prayer.
When they arrived, Mr. Parker was first called to preach at Ipswich, and Mr. Noyes at Mistick, at which places they continued nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be minister at Watertown; but Mr. Parker and others of his acquaintance, settling at Newbury, and gathering a tenth of the churches in the colony, and calling Mr. Noyes to be teacher of it, he preferred that place, being loth to be separated from Mr. Parker and brethren that had so often fasted and prayed togetheer, both in England and on the Atlantic sea. So he became the teacher of that church, and continued, painful and successful in that station something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church.
Notwithstanding his principles, as to Dicipline were something differing from many of his brethren, there was such condescension on both parts, that peace and order were not interrupted.
He was much loved and honored in Newbury, - his memory is precious there to this day, and his Catachism (which is a publick and standing testimony of his understanding, and orthodoxy in 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 the Ministry.
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 an high estimate of him. *** He was as religious at home as abroad, in his family and in secret, as he was publickly; and they that best knew him, most loved and esteemed him. *** He had a long and tedious sickness, which he bore patiently and cheerfully; and he died joyfully, in the forty-eighth year of his age, Oct. 22, 1656. He left six sons and two daughters, all of which lived to be married and have children, though since one son and one dughter be dead. He hath now living, fifty-six children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and his brother that came over with him a single man, is, through the mercy of God, yet living, and hath of children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, above an hundred; which is an instance of divine favor, in making the families of his servants in the wilderness like a Flock."
"Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis"
He also calls 'Thomas Parker' the cousin of James & William (p. 57): "James matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, on Aug. 22, 1627, but did not gradute, having been pursuaded by his cousin, Mr. Thomas Parker, to help him teach the free school at Newbury in Berkshire and to continue his own education with him. When the Mary and John reached Boston in New England in May, 1634, on the voyage from Southampton, these two cousins and several other kinsmen, including James's brother Nicholas, were among the passengers. Parker and Noyes took the Freeman's Oath on Sept. 3, 1634...."
"Mr. [James] Noyes's will, made Oct. 17, 1656, gave to his wife while unmarried the ordering of his substance, she to take counsel of cousin Thomas Parker, brother Nicholas Noyes and William Gerrish." [Essex Probate , I:245]
"Mrs. [James] Noyes cared for Mr. Parker during his years of blindness and his feeble health until his death on April 24, 1677. By his will she was given all his Newbury property, except land in possession of Nicholas Noyes, and all arrears due for his ministry." [Ibid., III:153]
Among his printed works are "A Catechism for Children", 1641, "The Temple Measured", 1647, "Moses and Aaron", 1661; the last two are at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Hudson and Mohawk Valleys
He had a grant of land on which he built a house, about 1645, in which he, his family, and Thomas Parker lived. This house is still standing (1910) and has never known any owner but a Noyes, and is Newbury's proudest showplace.
"Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes were excellent singers, both of them, and they were extraordinary delighted in singing the psalms. They sang four times a day in the public worship and always just after evening prayers, in the family, where reading the Scriptures, expounding and praying were the other constant exercises."
||Noyes Family Genealogy
||22 May 2023 |
||Rev. NOYES William, b. Abt 1568, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England d. 1616/7, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England (Age ~ 49 years) |
||PARKER Anne, b. Abt 1575/6, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England d. 7 Mar 1657/8, Cholderton, Wiltshire, England (Age ~ 82 years) |
||1608 [9, 33, 34]
- (The date 1595 may be based on the notion that Anne Parker was the mother to all of William's children.)
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||BROWN Sarah, b. Abt 1610, England d. 13 Sep 1691, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America (Age ~ 81 years) |
||21 Mar 1633/4
||Romsey, Hampshire, England [1, 3, 9, 10, 13, 17, 18, 26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39]
| ||1. Deac. NOYES Joseph, b. 14 Oct 1637, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 16 Nov 1717, Bermuda Islands (Age 80 years)|
| ||2. Reverand NOYES James, II, b. 11 Mar 1639/40, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 30 Dec 1719/20, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States (Age 80 years)|
| ||3. NOYES Sarah, b. 12 Aug 1641, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 21 Feb 1653 (Age 11 years)|
| ||4. Rev. NOYES Moses, b. 6 Dec 1643, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 10 Nov 1729, Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States (Age 85 years)|
| ||5. Col. NOYES Thomas, Esq., b. 10 Aug 1648, Newbury, Massachusetts Bay, British America d. Bef 24 Apr 1730, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay, British America (Age < 81 years)|
| ||6. Sergeant NOYES John, b. 4 Jun 1649, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 9 Nov 1678, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States (Age 29 years)|
| ||7. NOYES Rebecca, b. 1 Apr 1651, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||8. Deacon NOYES William, b. 22 Sep 1653, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 10 Mar 1743/4, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States (Age 90 years)|
| ||9. NOYES Sarah, b. 21 Mar 1655/6, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States d. 20 May 1697, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States (Age 41 years)|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||17 Aug 2023 |
- [S149] Book-Savage, Vol. 3, p.296.
- [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.19.
- [S69] Book-Noyes-Descendants of Rev. Wm. Noyes, p.8.
- [S48] CD-NEHG Register - Noyes Pedigree, p.36.
- [S1633] Book-Hudson-Mohawk Gen. & Family Memoirs, p.572.
- [S3323] Book-The Great Migration Begins, Vol. V 1634-35, p.285.
- [S3322] Book-Magnalia Christi Americana: or, The Ecclesiastical History of New England, pp. 484-85.
- [S8] CD-Family Archives #17.
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- [S48] CD-NEHG Register - Noyes Pedigree, p35.
- [S23] Register-4 Gen Noyes English Ancestry, p.120.
- [S44] Book-Colonial Families, p.389.
- [S277] Book-Noyes-Noyes' Genealogy, p.6.
- [S325] Book-Mass. & Maine Families, 3:57.
- [S393] Book-Noyes-Gilman Ancestry, p.9.
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- [S255] Book-Pioneers of Massachusetts, p.333.
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- [S3323] Book-The Great Migration Begins, Vol. V 1634-35, p.282.
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- [S281] Book-VR Newbury, MA; Vol. II - Marriages & Deaths, 2:674.
- [S3323] Book-The Great Migration Begins, Vol. V 1634-35, 5:283.
- [S86] Death-gravestone, Across from 1st Church, Newbury.
- [S744] Periodical-The Essex Antiquarian, Vol. 7, No. 1, January, 1903.
- [S393] Book-Noyes-Gilman Ancestry, p.5.
- [S48] CD-NEHG Register - Noyes Pedigree, p.35.
- [S23] Register-4 Gen Noyes English Ancestry, p.119.
- [S258] Book-NE/NY Marriages Before 1850, p. 60.
- [S175] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, p.541.
- [S1627] Book-Cross Ancestors, p.54.
- [S3322] Book-Magnalia Christi Americana: or, The Ecclesiastical History of New England, p.484.