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Henry LUCE

Male Abt 1640 - 1687  (~ 47 years)


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  • Name Henry LUCE 
    Born Abt 1640  Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 1687  Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “The ancestor of the largest island family left behind him fewer traces of his movements, before and after his coming to the Vineyard, than any other of the first settlers. The first record we have of him is on November 13, 1666, when he was a juror in Scituate, where he may have resided, and in1668 he was admitted as a proprietor of purchased lands in Rehoboth. [*Plymouth Col. Records; comp. Suffolk Deeds, VII, 163. The History of Scituate says he was of Barnstable (vide, p. 305).] The similarity of the name to Lewis, together with the varieties of spelling both names in early records, renders identification difficult. Lewis was written Luis, Luice, Lewes; and Luce appears as Lews, Lewse, Luice and Luse. The origin of the naame is unknown to the author, as it is of the rarest occurrence in early English records, though the name Lucie or Lucy is well known. The Connecticut branch has a tradition that the family is of Huguenot extraction, while another statement is to the effect that it originated in Wales. [*History of Windham, Conn; comp. N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., XXXI, 415. The spelling of the name in the island records is uniformly Luce and his signature is in that form. There was a Thomas Luce in Charlestown, according to Farmer (Gen. Dictionary), who had a son Samuel b. 1644, but of whom nothing further is heard. It is probable that this was Lewis.] When he came to the Vineyard, or through what connection, is not known, but he had acquired befoore Feb. 1, 1671, a home lot on the west side of Old Mill river about forty rods north of Scotchman's Bridge road. [*Tisbury Records, 5. The name is spelled Lewes in this case.] There is no record of the purchase, and he is not known to have been related to any of the settlers in the town. When he came here he had already married, probably in Scituate, Remember, daughter of Lawrence and Judith (Dennis) Litchfield of that town, about 1666, and had brought with him two or more children to his new home. His wife was born about 1644, and estimating him a few years older it would make 1640 as the probable date of his birth. He joined the "Dutch Rebellion" of 1673; was chosen surveyor of highways, 1675; juror, 1677, 1681, and selecectman, 1687; the last recorded appearance of his name being on May 12 of that year. In March, 1689, his widow Remember is mentioned, and his death occurred between those dates. He was then a comparatively young man, but left behind him ten sons, all of whom married and seven of them begat large families to perpetuate the name. In 1807 there were 41 distinct families of Luce on the Vineyard, the largest quota of any of the island patronymics, and it has probably maintained the supremacy in the century which followed.

      Besides his home lot, he owned at Great Neck, and by the several proprietors' divisions had land at Kepigon. To this he added by purchase 60 acres in Christian town bordering on Great James pond. There is no record of any division of his estatte among the heirs, all minors probably at the time of his death, but there are scattering references to such an allotment. The same obscurity attends the wife and widow of Henry Luce as followed him. This grand old Puritan mother of ten children was living as late as 1708, but the date of her death or burial place is not known. She left not less than 42 grandchildren, of whom twenty were boys, on the Vineyard, which is exclusive of those of the Connecticut and New Jersey branches.”««s35»» [1]
    Person ID I7312  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2018 

    Family Remembrance LITCHFIELD,   b. Abt 1642, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Robert LUCE,   b. 1667, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1711 and 1714, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Remember LUCE,   b. 16 Nov 1669, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Israel LUCE,   b. 1671, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Experience LUCE,   b. 7 Feb 1672, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Eleazer LUCE,   b. 1675, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Henry LUCE,   b. 3 Apr 1678, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Thomas LUCE,   b. 1679, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. William LUCE,   b. 1681, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. David LUCE,   b. 1683, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Josiah LUCE,   b. Abt 1685, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Samuel LUCE
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F2648  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1640 - Bristol, Bristol, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] The History of Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts., Banks, Charles., (Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, 1911. 3 v.).