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Memoranda Relating to the Lane, Reyner and Whipple Families

Excerpt from Memoranda Relating to the Lane, Reyner and Whipple Families: Yorkshire and Massachusetts S. G. Drake, Esq.: Dear Sir, - I am very glad to have the opportunity to call your attention to the following papers relating to the Lane Family or this vicinity. These documents are now in the custody of Mr. A. B. Cutler, of Bedford, Mass., whose father-in-law, being the lineal descendant of Job Lane, and residing on the old Lane Farm, thus preserved them from being scattered and destroyed. In this Magazine, (Oct., 1856), you published the descendants of Job Lane; these papers will show some of his relatives in England. The more curious facts elicited I judge to be the following: first, John Reyner, of Plymouth, was born at Gildersome, in Yorkshire, as was his father. Second, Rev. Peter Prudden, of Wethersfield, Conn., was Reyner's brother-in-law. Third, Reyner's children by his first were Jachin, Anna, who m. Job Lane; and that his niece m. Rev. Michael Wigglesworth, of Malden. Fourth, we are enabled to add much to our knowledge of the Reyners and Boys Families in England and this country, and the clue afforded may assist our English friends to trace them much farther. We find that Rev. John Reyner, Rev. Peter Prudden, Mr. Robinson, and Mr. Simonda married four co-heiresses, whose property lay in Edgton and Welburn; next we find Mr. Reyner's family comprised his brothers Marmaduke and Humphrey, and sisters Mary, Hannah and Grace, who married Timothy Marshal, and also the wife of Mr. Smith of Gildersome. His niece of course was Hannah Smith, wife of John Dickenson, who writes so much to Job Lane. Mr. Middlebrook, also, has his cousin Rayner, either referring to John or Humphrey; and Matthew Boys, by the name and residence, was not improbably a cousin-in-law of Reyner. I think it probable that Middlebrook married Boys' sister; but a search of the records will settle this point. We see also that John Reyner's mother had a half-brother John Scott. Of Job Lane we learn that he had brothers, John, James, and Edward; uncles Henry, John, George and cousin Baker. This same collection of papers has much relative to John Lane, the only son of Job, who was in the Indian Wars; but I shall venture on a very slight sketch of these. The property remained with the Lanes until 1796, a case, I believe, without parallel in New England, and since that date, I believe, has been sold. The following signatures and seal were attached to a deed dated in 1742. The signers are Mary Whitmore, (daughter of John Lane and widow of John Whitmore of Medford, ) her two sons and their wives, Mary Hall and Mary Brooks. The seal is repeated against each name. Of these curious papers abstracts only are given, excepting two or three of the most important. I trust that some of Job Lane's descendants will take interest in them and publish the entire collection. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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