Robert MOULTON, Sr.

Robert MOULTON, Sr.

Male - 1655

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  • Name Robert MOULTON, Sr. 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1629  Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Apr 1655  Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I52355  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2012 

    Family Alice 
    Married Abt 1612  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Robert MOULTON, Jr.,   b. Abt 1616, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Dorothy MOULTON,   b. Abt 1618, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F16986  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1629 - Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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    'The Puritan' 1899 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
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  • Notes 
    • Robert Moulton's origins are unknown. He migrated in 1629, first to Salem, then removed to Charlestown in 1630, and Salem in 1636. His occupation was Shipwright. He was a freeman 18 May 1631; Deputy to General Court from Charlestown in 1634 and 1635; Deputy to General Court from Salem, 1637; Committee to supervise the building of the seafort, 1634; Charlestown constable, 1634; Lotlayer and assessor, 1633/4; Selectman, 1634/5; Essex County petit jury foreman, 1636, 1637; Petit jury, June and September 1639, 1640, 1641, 1644, 1647; Salem Selectman 1636, 1637; Auditor, 1637; Tythingman, 1644.

      In a letter dated Gravesend, 17 April 1629, Gov. Craddock described Robert Moulton: "We have sent six shipwrights of whom Robert Moulton is chief..." [SLR 1:x; MBCR 1:54].

      Robert Moulton was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1630 [ChTr 6], and was in the list of inhabitants of 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [ChTR 10, 15]. He signed the agreement of 10 February 1634/5 which established the office of selectman in Charlestown [ChTR 13].

      "Goo[dman] Robert Moulton" was one of five Salem men disarmed on 20 November 1637 for supporting Wheelwright and Hutchinson [MBCR 1:212].

      "Robt. Molton" received one hundred acres in the freemen's land in the Salem land grant of 1636 [STR 1:30]. He was granted three-quarters of an acre of marsh on 25 December 1637, with a household of four [STR 1:103].

      He surrendered five acres on Mystic Side of Charlestown, 1635 [ChTR 14]; had share of hayground of three, which was increased to four, 1635 [ChTR 19, 20].

      Robert Moulton was one of several men who kept their cattle on the Salem common without permission and were fined at December Term, 1642 [EQC 1:49]. His bull went to the herd in 1640 [STR 1:99].

      On 12 March 1645/6 Robert Moulton and Michael Shafflyn, as agents for Mr. Townsend Bishop, sold land to Ralph Fogg and Richard Adams [ELR 1:2, 3].

      In his will, dated 20 February 1654/5 and proved 26 June 1655, "Robt. Moulton Senior being by God's hand on my sick bed" appointed "my son Robert Moulton" executor; to "my daughter Dorothy Edwards" L20 and household goods; to "my son Robert" his farm, until "my grandson Robert Moulton is 21, at which time grandson is to have half farm and apple orchards, and whole at death of his father and mother, and if grandson Robert should die before 21, then to "his next elder brother," and so on; to Goodwife Buffum 20s.; to Joshua Buffum 20s.; residue to "my son Robert" he pay debts [EPR 1:210].

      The inventory totalled L113 8s. with real estate valued at L45; "farm with all the housing on it," L35; and the "houses and ground in the town," L10 [EPR 1:210-11].

      There have been suggestions that Robert was brother of Thomas Moulton who appeared in Charlestown in 1631. This seems more than possible, but there is no supporting evidence. Thomas stayed in Charlestown, while Robert soon returned to Salem; Thomas was about fifteen to twenty years younger than Robert; and the two men do not interact in any way.

      We should also consider the possibility of a connection with the various Moultons who arrived some years later, from Ormsby, Norfolk, and vicinity. The names Robert and Thomas appear in both families; and there are connections of the early and late Moultons of Salem. The Moultons of Ormsby have, however, been studied extensively, and there do not seem to be any spare Roberts or Thomases who might be identified as the Charlestown men [NEHGR 141:313-28; 144:245-63; 147:129-45].

      Henry and Nicholas Phelps, son of Eleanor Trusler, witnessed Robert Moulton's will, while Robert Moulton Sr. witnessed the wills of Thomas Trusler and Eleanor Trusler, and participated in appraising their estates [EPR 1:183, 212; EQC 1:356]. This may have been simply the consequence of the Trusler and Moulton farms being adjacent to one another [EPR 1:183], but a relation by blood or marriage is certainly possible. [1]
    • Robert (1) Moulton came from England to New England, in the "George Bonaventure," one of the fleet sent over to Governor Endicott, with settlers and supplies. Mr. Moulton was the chief of several ship-builders who came over at the same time. The first fishing and trading vessels built in Salem were built by him and his men.

      Mr. Moulton removed to Charlestown, Mass., in 1630, and resided where the navy yard now stands and the place was called "Moulton's Point." He went back to Salem in 1635, and died there in April, 1655. His will is dated Feb. 20, 1654-5, the original of which is at the Clerk of Court's office in Salem. There is no mention of his wife. Mr. Moulton left a son Robert, and a daughter Dorothy. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., pgs. 1304-6.

    2. [S23] NEHGS, website:, New Englanders in Nova Scotia, pg. 207.