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Poe Family in Massachusetts

 

Records at the links provided (with some snapshots) may relate to the Poe family.  With so few transcriptions, the originals should be studied to see if the writing ideed appears to be “Poe” or an obvious variant.

 

In this early colonial period, the only consistent record of the Poe family known have been found in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

 

 

Some records found at the Salem site:

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol6/table/index.html

 

 

July 1675

William Poe and wife, Elizabeth

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol6/images/essex054.html

 

 

The majority of records spell the last name “Pow” which I feel rules this out as the same “Poe” as found later in Essex County, VA. I strongly suspect this is “Pau,” which is a different family and did have a presence in Northern states. It can also be “Pew / Pugh” which again was in Northern states early on. We also see a Samuel Poore in this set of records and having one or two transcriptions read “Poe” would not be odd.

 

My own assessment is that these are records for a Pew or Poore family and not associated with either the Virginia of Pennsylvania “Poe” families found in those states by the late 1600s early 1700s.

 

December 18, 1677 records of January 1678

William Pow

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol6/images/essex398.html

 

 

 

Also:

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol5/images/essex246.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol7/images/essex297.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol8/images/essex101.html

 

 

Elizabeth Pow

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol7/images/essex150.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol7/images/essex150.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol8/images/essex340.html

 

 

 

September 1682

Samuell Poe

http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol8/images/essex389.html

 

 

Caution about these transcripted names:

Samuell Pipen (there also is a Samuell Pope)

There was a James White imported to VA in 1686. Also Nixon is a family found in VA during this period.

 

 

I feel almost certain that the “Samuel Poe” in the one record refers to the Samuel Poore in many records, including:

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol1/images/essex366.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol1/images/essex406.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol3/images/essex449.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol2/images/essex120.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol5/images/essex230.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol4/images/essex138.html

 

Some records have Samuel Pod

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol2/images/essex022.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol2/images/essex146.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol2/images/essex279.html

 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/Essex/vol4/images/essex424.html

 

Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Records, Supplement 

 

Name: William Poe

Date: Nov. 1689

Town:

Type: inv

Vol./page: 48:66 

 

 

 

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