So I'm working on one of those New England families upon which the sources disagree or themselves express uncertainty. I am entering my notes and sources on James Hovey's profile for what I've found so far.
Hovey part of the equation is pretty solid: Daniel the immigrant lived
for a time in Ipswich and then moved to the new community of Quaboag
(now Brookfield) in 1668. His son Daniel Jr. stayed behind in Ipswich,
and son James came to Quaboag, started a family and then was killed by
Native Americans in 1675. All the sources agree on these facts. It's
also well established that Daniel Jr. married Esther Treadwell in 1666
and had several children. He died in Ipswich in 1695 and his will is in
the Hovey Family Book that is referenced.
All the sources
I've seen indicate that Daniel Jr. had a first wife named Rebecca who he
married in Ipswich and who died giving birth to their first child, a
son named Daniel, in 1665. Torrey's New England Marriages prior to 1700
lists this Rebecca as Rebecca Dane, but with a question mark by the
The Dane Family records, indicate that Rebecca Dane
was John Dane's daughter, but that she married James Hovey, not Daniel.
The Hovey book's theory is that, yes, James Hovey's wife was John
Dane's daughter, but that her name was Priscilla and she was the mother
of James Hovey's three children in Quaboag.
I believe the
source of this is that in John Dane's will in 1684, he leaves 30 pounds
to his grandson, Daniel Hovey, who had not yet reached adulthood. This
could refer to either family in the Hovey Book because both families had
a son named Daniel, but it leans much more heavily towards James
Hovey's son. If you go to the page for James' son Daniel (page 62), it
is noted that he received a sum from John Dane his grandfather and that
he became a doctor.
In Daniel Hovey Jr's will from 1695, there is no mention of a son Daniel and there don't appear to be any records of this
son after his birth in 1665. You'd have to surmise that he died shortly
after his birth, and that thus he is not the grandson John Dane was
The records of the town of Quaboag seem to tell
a different story altogether, however. They have James Hovey married
to Priscilla Warner, daughter of John Warner and Priscilla Symonds.
They indicate that James' three children are all children of Priscilla Warner and thus would not be related to the Danes.
my vantage point here at my computer in California, I'm unable to go
digging through the actual source material, so I'd love additional input
from folks who have access to either the originals, or other secondary
sources that might shed light on this confusion.