History of James Hamblin Jr.
It is supposed that he was born in England; and was baptized in St. Lawrence parish, Reading, Berkshire, April 10, 1636; and that he came to America with his mother and sisters prior to 1642; Married in Barnstable, Massachusetts, Nov. 20, 1662, to Mary, daughter of John and Abigail Dunham, born 1642. Farmer; resided first at his father's Coggin's Pond lot; but in 1702 had removed to Hamblin Plains, West Barnstable; and his son Ebenezer occupied the Coggin's Pond homestead; afterwards sold to Col. John Gorham, who died 1716, and gave this place to his son; which was occupied by three generations of Gorhams; and in 1899 was occupied by Mr. A. T. Jones. Mr. Otis says that he probably lived in Barnstable all his life; but a writer on the Hatch family asserts that he settled in Falmouth, Massachusetts, about 1660; which must be an error. He was a proprietor of that town at the time mentioned; but if he ever resided there, it was temporarily, only. The erroneous idea of his settlement in Falmouth probably arose from the following circumstances. A controversy arose in Plymouth colony over the persecution of the Quakers. Gov. Thomas Prence and his party were relentless in their opposition; another party were inclined to more tolerant measures toward these persecuted people; which brought down the vengeance of Gov. Prence upon the leaders of the opposition; in consequence a company of the dissatisfied people left Barnstable in 1660. It is supposed they contemplated settlement at Martha's Vineyard, a favored retreat of the Quakers; and one of their number took a letter of dismission to the church there. The names of this company were Jonathan Hatch, Isaac Robinson, John Chapman, John Jenkins, JAMES HAMLIN, Mr. Thomas, Samuel Fuller, Thomas Lothrop, Anthony Annable, Peter Blossom, William Nelson, James Cobb, Samuel Hinckley and Thomas Ewer. They coasted around Cape Cod and landed at Succonesset, now Falmouth, Massachusetts, where lands were assigned to them as proprietors, Nov. 29, 1661. Hatch and Robinson settled there; but most, if not all the others, returned to Barnstable.
His name frequently appears in the records of Plymouth Colony. It was ordered in town meeting, Oct. 3, 1663; "That the sons of the present inhabitants shall successively be received inhabitants and allowed equal priveleges in the commons, and such other priveleges as belong to the present inhabitants as a township at the time of their marriages, or at the age of twenty-four, which ever shall happen first. There following persons were thereupon admitted;" among others, JAMES HAMLIN.
May 29, 1670, James Hamblen, Juni. appears in a list of freemen.
Jun 5, 1671, "For the prevention of great abuse by the excessive drinking of liquors in Ordinarys (taverns), It is further ordered by this court yt some two or three men be appointed in every town of this jurisdiction to have the inspection of the ordinary," etc. For the town of Barnstable were appointed James Hamblen, Jun'r. and two others.
Jun 6, 1682, James Hamblin, Junr. Member of the Grand Enquest.
He and his wife were members of the church in Barnstable, 1683.
He was expressly named in his father's will, Jan 23, 1683.
1683, The jury on whom devolved the duty of bounding the County road, and the town highways were: ... among others, James Hamblin, Jr.
At the division of the Great Marshes in Barnstable, Jan 30, 1694, shares were assigned to James Hamlin, senior, (this was James Hamlin Jr., son of the Emigrant, for his father was then dead,) also to Bartholomew, John, Eleazer, (Senior) Israel, James, Jr. and Eleazer Hamlin, Jr.; but in February following, James, Bartholomew, John, and Eleazer Hamlin and others dissented from the division.
"At a Great and General Court or Assembly for Her Majesties Province of the Massachusetts Bay, in New England, begun and held at Boston upon Wednesday the thirtieth of May 1705. Being convened by her Majesties Writt: ... The names of the Representatives returned to serve for the several towns, that were sworn, being as follows, viz:
Barnstable, MR. JAMES HAMLIN."
It will be observed in his will, 1717, that he then claimed to be a resident of Tisbury, Mass.