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Edward Hazen, 9th Great Grandfather

May 15, 2015 , , , , ,

Rowley burial ground

Rowley burial ground

My 9th great-grandfather was a Puritan who came to Rowley, Massachusetts with a religious community. Rowley was one of New England’s earliest settlements, founded in 1639.  Like Haverill, it was originally inhabited by a small group of Puritans who emigrated from England. A Puritan minister named Ezekiel Rogers founded Rowley. He gathered together 20 families, including the Grants, from his Yorkshire parish of Rowley in England to establish the American Rowley.  Edward arrived with his first wife Elizabeth, who died in 1649.  He then married my 9th great-grandmother, Hannah Grant.

Edward Hazen (1614 – 1683)
is my 9th great grandfather
Lt Thomas HAZEN (1658 – 1735)
son of Edward Hazen
John Hazen (1687 – 1772)
son of Lt Thomas HAZEN
Caleb Hazen (1720 – 1777)
son of John Hazen
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Caleb Hazen
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Edward Hazen b:1614

What are the reasons for concluding that Edward Hazen of Rowley, Massachusetts, the founding ancestor of the American family, was the same ‘Edwardus Hasson filius Thomae’ who ‘fuit baptizatur 24 die Decembris 1614’ as entered in the registers of Cadney, Lincolnshire?1. The surname was not a very common one in England, and a great deal of research in Northumberland and Lincolnshire has not disclosed any otherEdward Hazen of suitable age.2. No other history has been found for Edward Hazen (baptized 24 Dec. 1614), who was living in 1628 when his father made his will. No record ofburial has been found in the search of many Parish registers of Lincolnshire. In July 1641, Parliament passed an act that Every clergyman shouldtake a census of males over eighteen in his Parish, presenting tothem for signature a paper upholding the Protestant faith. ; This ‘ProtestationRoll’ is very compete for Lincolnshire. It shows at Cadney, William Hassen, first cousin of Edward; at Great Limber, Richard Hason, Edward’sbrother; and at South Ferraby, a Thomas Hason, servant to William Bromby. Edward does not appear in this Roll, indicating that unlesshe had diedwith record, he had left Lincolnshire before 1641.3. The date of birth is about what we should expect for Edward of Rowley, and makes him in his sixty-nineth year at death.4. The names which Edward of Rowley gave his children are very significant. The first child was Elizabeth named after his mother, and also hisgrandmother who lived until he was fifteen years old. The next child, Hannah, was named for Edward’s wife. Then came John, the eldest son, whichwas the name of Edward’s grandfather and elder brother. The next child, Thomas, was named after both grandfather, Edward’s father andHannah’sfather both bearing the name of Thomas. The next son, Edward, was named for himself, and the youngest, Richard, for Edward’s brother of that name.The names of the other children, who were daughters, are not significant, since Edward had no sisters for whom they could have been named.5. Other settlers in Rowley were from Lincolnshire, and after Edward Hazen married Hannah Grant, her sister Anna married Robert Emerson, who was,like Hazen, a native of Cadney.This from the records of Tracy Elliott Hazen.In the political life of the town also, the Rowley records show that Edward Hazen was a man of influence and importance.On 3 Jan. 1650, at a town meeting, Edward Hazen was chosen as on of the four overseers, and was again chosen to this office, 19 Dec. 1651 and 12 Dec.1654. He was also overseer for the years 1660, 1661, and 1662, and was a selectman for the year 1669. These overseers were not the same asselectmen, as sometimes has been stated, but were always named after and in addition to the select men, or ‘prudentiall men,’ and in 1649aredescribed as ‘ouerseers for the execution of towne orders and Hy wayes.’ On 10 Jan. 1660/70, ‘Thomas Tene’ and ‘Edward Hasne’ werre chosen’ouerseers for vuiin fences and hywayes and vuiin Chimneys.’ Among the ‘Towne Charges for the year past 1651: for John Smith for going to Court0-4-6: alsoe for Edward Hasen the lyke worke 0-3-6.’ ‘Town charges 1665: Edward hasen a Day Jury Man.’ The Ipswich Court Records and Files showthat Ed. Hassen served on Trial Jury 30: 7: 1651 and also 26:7:1654. On 9 Jan. 1665/66, Edward Hazon was chosen one of the four judges ofdelinquents ‘for not comeing to towne meetings’; 9 Jan. 1666/67, ‘Edward hasen Judge for yeare ensuing.’ In a list [of town charges?] 1662: ‘Edhason 0-10-2.’ Towne charges 1667: ‘Edward Hason for ueiwinge fence 0-3-0.’ In an undated record probably referring to King Phillip’s War and toEdward Hazen’s sone: ‘Work done for Samuel person in ye war–James Tenny 1 day: Thomas Hasen and Edward each a day.’ [Early Records of the Town ofRowley (1894), pp 70, 71, 73, 91, 106, 118, 132, 146, 159, 162, 165, 185, 200, 205, 224; Quarterly Courts of Essex County, 1:232, 362.]The follow account of the settlement of Edward Hazen’s estate is taken from the original papers, in two sheets, on file at Salem, and differssomewhat from the clerk’s book copy.Edward Hazen and his wife Hannah appear in the following deeds:Peter Eyers and wife Hannah of Haverhill convey to Edward Hasen of Rowley 6 1/2 acres of puland, Peter Eyers’ 3d division, with land abutting on theMerrimack River, (date not give in copy). Witnesses, Jno. Carlton, Jno. Gryffyn [Old Norfolk Co. Deeds, 3:336, p. 367 in copy.]Edward Hassen and wife Hannah of Rowley convey to John Tennie of Rowley100 acres in the division called ‘Merimake land,’ the northwest end abuttingon the Merrimack River, and 4 acres of meadow called Crane meadow; also a parcel of land granted to John Harris, John Tod, Richard Longhorne,Richard Holmes, and Edward Hassen by the town of Rowley, dated 20 May 1664. Witnesses, Ezekiell Jewit, Thomas Tenny.The name was signed ‘Hasin.’ Edward acknowledged 16 June 1673. [Ipswich Deeds, 4:41.]John Pearly and wife Mary of Newbury convey to Edward Hazen of Rowley 7acres of upland in Rowley Village-land of Thomas Pearly, Daniel Wood, andEzekiel Northen mentioned, (date not given in copy). Witnesses, Benjamin Rolfe, Thomas Hale. John and Mary acknowledged on 19 Feb. 1684 and sheresigned her right of dower to Edward Hazen’s administrators. [Ibid., 5:371.]’Hanah ye Relict and late wife of said Edward Hason deceased & Edward Hason son of ye said Edward Hason Joynt administrators’ confirm to ThomasHason land in Rowley Village where he now lives and which his father Edward before his death settled upon him as his portion-land bought of JohnPearly of Rowley Village and on 19 Feb. 1684 acknowledged by him, dated 14 May 1685. No witnesses. Signed ‘Hannah Hazzen alias Browne.’ Hannah acknowledged 19 May 1685; Edward, 4 Nov. 1685. [Ibid., 5:371.]Hannah Browne of Haverhill, widow and relict of Capt. George Browne, ‘for & in consideration of natural & christian love & afection which I beare unto my loving & beloved sonns Thomas & Edward wch I had by my former Husband Edward Hazen long time deceased at Rowley,’ conveys to them all theinterest in the estate of her brother John Grant of Rowley, dec’d; 1 Mar. 1699 or 1700. Witnesses, Thomas Eaton, Senr., Richard Saltonstall. [EssexCo. Deeds, 14:37.]Capt. George Brown and wife Hannah of Haverhill convey to Thomas Carlton of Bradford 76 acres laid out to her former husband Edward Hazzen ofRowley, dec’d, and her part of the estate of Edward Hazzen in Bradford-widow Smith, widow Hobson mentionsed, 3 Apr. 1697. Witnesses, AbrahamPerkins, Solomon Reves, Senr., Jacob Perkins, 3d. Acknowledged 3 Dec. 1698. [Ibid.,30:44,45.]Richard Hazzen, Thomas Hazzen, Edward Hazzen, Daniel Wicom, Junr., Nathaniel Storey, children of Edward Hazzen and Hannah, now wife of Capt. GeorgeBrowne, quitclaim to Thomas Carlton, 3 Apr. 1697. Witnesses, Edward Carleton, Nath. Walker, Solomon Keyes, Senr., Jacob Perkins, tertius. [Ibid.,30:45.]An agreement concerning some land that was their father Edward Hazen’s and that after his death was laid out to his wife for her thirds, was made by Thomas Hazen of Norwich, John Wood of Bradford, Timothy Perkins of Topsfield, Edward Hazzen of Boxford, Richard Hazzen of Haverhill; first, thatEdward Hazzen is satisfied with 16 pounds already received, one ox gate in east end of ox pasture, and 5 pounds which his brothers promise to pay;secondly, that the others are satisfied with a lpiece of march, call cowbridge marsh, and a piece of land called cowbridge lot, and another piece ofland in Symond’s new field from their mother’s thirds, taking in brother Jeremy Person, brother Harris’ children, brother Gibson’s children, andbrother Wicom’s children, they having their sharewith the others; dated 20 June 1716. Witnesses, Thomas Perley, Junr., Nathaniel Perley.d [Ibid.,34:189]On 4 July a ‘Hanah Hazen’ was a witness to the will of Ann Swan, relictof Richard Swan of Rowley. [Essex Co. probate files, Docket 268976.] It is highly probable that she was the wife of Edward Hazen, as his daughter Hannah was presumably married before that date.From Hazen family in America by Tracy Elliott Hazen[Hazen21404.FTW] SiteMap | Visitors: 772 | TribalPages Forum

Family History Hazen Family in AmericabyTracy Elloit HazenTHE ORIGIN OF THE ENGLISH HAZENS

There is a township in Northumberland, England, near Alnwick, and Warworth Castle, now called Hazon (or Hazen). In early records it was written Heisende, and philiolgists beleive it was derived from Hegges ende (softened into Heies ende), meaning end of the hedge. To this day there are miles of hedge by the roadside in the township.From this town, the surname was derived. Hugh of Heisende [in the Latin form, Hugo de Heisende] made an agreement 8 Sept. 1202 regarding 100 acres of wood in Heisende [Feet of Fines, John Northumberland, case 180, file 2, no. 8]; a Hugo de Heisende is also found in 1256, in an Assize Roll of Northumberland, and in another Roll in 1277 he appears as “Hugo Heisand [Surtees Society Pub. 88: 64,387].Men removing from the town and settling elsewhere, during the period when surnames were coming into use, would be called “de Heisende” – from Heisende- to identify them by their place of origin, and their offspring would become plain Heisende. The name seems to have worked down through Yorkshire, south into Linconshire, all on the eastern coast of England. Many records have been found, in both printed and documentary sources, of the occurrence of the name. It has been decided not to include full mention of these records, partly because of space limitations, and even more because no descent or generation sequence can be established, so that the sporadic occurrance of the surname, variously spelled, is of importance solely as indicating the continutity of appearance of the surname in the northeast counties. It cannot be proved that all who bore the surname in this region were of the same blood, since more than one family deriving from the town of Heisende may have adopted the name.In Northumberland, more than a century after Hugh de Heisende, we fine Will Haysand mentioned in 1376 [De Banco Roll, Michaelmas Term, 49 Edward III]. In 1455 one Willaim Haysand of Newcastle, Northumberland, claimed part of the manor of Dopmanford, co. Huntingdon, being son of Hugh, son of Thomas (born in Haysand, Northumberland), son of William Haysand, brother and heir of Gilbert Haysnad who married the heiress of Dopmanford and died without issue [De Branco Roll, Easter Term, 33 Henry VI, memb. no. 128]. Before 1399 John of Gaunt granted the leper hospital at Warenford to a hermit named Richard Hayzaund [John Crawford Hodgson, History of Northumberland, 1:251].In Yorkshire is found the will (in Latin) of Willaim Hassand of Watton, dated 11 August 1484, which mentions his father and eldest son, both named Thomas [Reg. Test. Edor., 5:243]. John Hasande late of Watton died 22 October 1515; and John Hassand of Kirkburne died interstate before 13 April 1559 [Act Book for the Deanery of Harhill and Hull with Beverley].In 1535 Richard Hasande was bailiff, paid for collecting the rents, in the Deanery of Ludburghe, Lincolnshire [Valor Ecclesiasticus, 4:59]. He may be the Richard Hassand with whom the proved ancestry of Edward Hazen beginning in the section. The known ancestors of Edward Hazen were husbandmen of the better class, of sufficient substance to make wills. The family was not armigerous, and no Hazen coat of arms is known.NOTE: There are similar sounding names in Dutch (Haas) and German (Haassen) with a Jack-Rabbitt on a family Coat of Arms, there is no family connection. So don’t be fooled by misleading family Coat of Arms. Hazzan is the Hebrew spelling which means a cantor, one who crys out the truth. Hazen is a common first name in Isreal. Jews were not allowed to be armigerous. All the Hazen’s in America and Canada are decended from Edward Hazen who came from Cadney, Lincolnshire, England to Rowley, Massachusetts in 1638,. There is two recent arivals from England who are related to the family back in England. Where the family name is still spelled Hason.

In 2008 on the programme ‘Who do you think you are?’ the story of the model Jodie Kidd’s family history was featured As he sory unfolded it was revealed that Jodie was descendent from Edward. This part of the programme explained how the Hazen family had orginally been one of the founding family of America. Edwrd had moved the family from the nearby settlement Rowley to Haverill. The story of the family’s struggles was told and Jodie was able to work backward thrugh her family history from Rowley and back to England to Rowley in Yorkshire. The programme brought Edward’s family’s story back to life and explained why they had left England.Edward’s wife Hannah (Hannah was Edward’s second wife whom he married after his first wife died in 1649) parents Thomas and Jane Grant were among the original settlers who founded Rowley in 1639. This group of settlers were Puritans and were led by their minister Ezekiel Rogers. He had gathered together 20 families from his parish of Rowley in Yorkshire, England and they had set out to the new world to find religous freedom as Puritans were being persecuted in England when the King, Charles 1, had banned the puritan clergy from preaching.Thomas and Jane Grant were amongst 20,000 British Puritans who travelled to the new world. This new life was extremely hard to begin with and many died making the journey or from stravation, disease or the severe cold winter. The surviours through great sacrifce gradully established themselves in the new world and craved out there settlements.
U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
New England Marriages Prior to 1700
The Hazen family in America : a genealogy
History of Essex County, Massachusetts. : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men
Vital records of Rowley, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849
Vital records of Rowley, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
The Granberry family and allied families : including the ancestry of Helen (Woodward) Granberry

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Great family tree. I am always amazed at what I read in your family tree and how detailed it is.


Thank you for sharing this information. I am also a descendant Edward Hazen. I was able to find a copy of UK edition of Who do you think you are? It was fascinating to discover more information about my roots since I am also descendant of the Grant family too. I can’t wait to share this new info with my family. Blessings!



November 26, 2016

Thanks for visiting dear cousin. There is some talk that the name Hazen came from a Jewish name, and other people say it is just French for hare…a genetic mystery now. Cheers!

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Pamela Morse

November 26, 2016

I have heard that too about the meaning maybe Jewish, but since my father had an olive complexion, I always figured there was more to our story! au revoir dear mermaid cousin!



November 27, 2016

Thank you for sharing this history, Pamela. My maiden name is Hazen. Both my father and grandfather were born in NW Pennsylvania. Do you know if it is still possible to find copies of The Hazen Family in America in hard copy? I believe my generation is among the last to be mentioned in that genealogy.

Hazzan is also a Hebrew term, meaning “cantor” or one who cries out truth. From my study thus far (very limited), it is possible we have both Norman and Anglo Saxon in our history, not a surprise considering the tumultuous history of Medieval England!

Blessings to You!
Kathy Strecker


Kathy Strecker

March 25, 2022

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