"He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses" (2 Kings 18:5,6).
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HEZEKIAH HOAR was born in the small eastern Devonshire coastal town of Sidmouth in 1608 where he grew to manhood. In the spring of 1633/4 he booked passage on the ship "Recovery" sailing from Weymouth for New England. (His name appeared on the ship's manifest as "Ezechia Hore.") Unlike many emigrants of the Great Migration, Hezekiah did not appear to travel with a family group. Having just turned 25, he arrived in New England to begin a new life as one of the original proprietors of Taunton, Massachusetts. What was the motivation behind this young man's emigration? What were his skills? -his ambitions? -dreams? There are more questions than answers to Hezekiah's story.
According to a family researcher, Norton T. Horr, "HEZEKIAH HOAR was in Scituate, Mass., as early as 1637, and probably came in 1633. He was one of the purchasers of the eight mile square known as Cohannett till Sept., 1639, and afterwards as the North Purchase of Taunton, Mass. He paid L100 for his share. He was a prominent citizen of Taunton. He was the first signer of the articles of agreement of 1653 of the "Iron Works Company," operating the "bloomerie"...and was one of its three lessees in 1660." [The author mistakenly called it "the first iron works in America" when, in fact, it followed the lead of Saugus and Braintree.]
In reviewing the small record left behind about our immigrant ancestor, facts can only be knitted together as loose threads that provide some shape for this family's place in early America.
- At the age of 8, Hezekiah experienced the death of his 11-year old brother, 3-year old sister, and his mother in 1616. Brother Richard was born that year. His father died a year after he arrived in America.
- Although some research suggests that Hezekiah joined a brother William in America, it seems unlikely since William may have been only a teenager at the time. More likely evidence suggests a connection with his cousin Roger Clapp, who emigrated in 1630. As children of his mother's sister Johanna, his Clapp cousins grew up only a few miles from him in nearby Salcombe Regis. Besides his cousin Roger (who was closest in age to him), cousins Jane, Sarah, and Edward Clapp also emigrated between the years 1633-1639, most settling in Dorchester, MA.)
- Hezekiah married 23-year old Rebekah in 1653. He was 45 years old, with no record of having been previously married. They had at least nine children (of whom our Lydia was born in 1665.) Hezekiah fathered their last child, Hezekiah "Jr.," born in 1678 at the feracious age of 70.
- In our family tree, the Hoar surname disappears with the marriage between Hezekiah's daughter Lydia (1665-1711) to John Whipple "III" (1664-1700). The legacy brought about through their union includes direct English ancestry from the following immigrants: