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Deborah Hart



Deborah Hart  was born in Reading, Massachusetts in 1653.  She was the second of seven children born to Isaac and Elizabeth Hutchins Hart.  Deborah married Benjamin Proctor on February 15, 1674 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.  


Benjamin was born in 1651 and died before April 30,1705.  He was the son of John and Martha Proctor who emigrated from England about May 15, 1635 and settled in the area known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  John Proctor was born in London, England in 1595.  He died in Ipswich, Massachusetts on October 11, 1672.  John Proctor and Martha Harper were married in June of 1639 in Groton, Suffolk County, England.  Martha died on January 13, 1658/59 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


Benjamin and Deborah inherited a 200-acre farm in Lynn, Massachusetts from Isaac Hart shortly after their marriage.  Two years later, on Apr. 10, 1676, Benjamin Proctor and his wife, Deborah, of Ipswich, yeoman, for 110 pounds, sold this land given to him formerly by his father-in-law.   SOURCE:  Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, VOL. 2, Marriages, pg.208.


Deborah died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts on or about June 16, 1710.

Children born to Benjamin Proctor and Deborah Hart Proctor:

Samuel Proctor Born      
Sarah Proctor Born     Married John Bennett
Martha Proctor Born November 9, 1677    
John Proctor Born Abt. 1690   Married Anna Storey, b. Mar. 31, 1691; d. Oct 23, 1780.
Died Bef. June 4, 1759  

Notes:  John Proctor (Benjamin's father) had emigrated to the Ipswich, Massachusetts area by 1635. In 1641, John was a commoner, but by 1664 he was among the rich with two shares of Plum Island.  John's home was on the south side of the river, nearest the bridge. He also had land adjoining Christopher Osgood. John's planting lot was on the east side of Heartbeat Hill. In May of 1647, he traded his house lot with Thomas Firman for a farm.

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