Edmund Frost

Male Abt 1609 - 1672


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  • Name  Edmund Frost 
    Born  Abt 1609 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Jul 1672  Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • ELDER EDMUND FROST1, born in Hartest, sailed from Ipswich, England, on the ship Great Hope, but the vessel was wrecked off Yarmouth. Later, August 10, 1635, he sailed from Gravesend, Kent, with his wife Thomasine and son John, and after a 54-day voyage, the ship Defence, Captain Bostock, Master, arrived in Boston Harbor October 2, 1635. The entire company under their spiritual leader, the Rev. Thomas Shepard, settled at Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Frost was one of the first members of the First Congregational Church of Cambridge and was installed as its first Ruling Elder February 11, 1636. He was sworn a freeman March 3, 1636, and ca 1639 bought of Thomas Blodgett property on the west side of Dunster street between Harvard Square and Mt. Auburn street; this he sold and bought a house on Garden street; after 1646 he occupied a homestead on Kirkland street. All fared equally with the General Court as to fines; none escaped. "4 Sept. 1646, Elder Frost, for letting his two oxen goe to feed on ye common, taken once is fined one shilling."

      Elder Frost was a devout Puritan, a saintly man with no desire to amass wealth as did many of his confreres, but many visitors came to his humble home attracted by the nobility of his character. When Colonel Goffe, the "regicide" (one of those who sentenced Charles I to death), came to New England, he went to see Edmund Frost and wrote of the visit in his journal, August 23, 1660, "In ye evening wee vissited Elder Frost, who rec'd us with great kindness and love, esteeming it a favour yt we would come into ye mean habitation, assured us of his fervent prayers to ye Lord for us; a glorious saint makes a mean cottage a stately palace; were I to make my choice, I would rather abide with ye saint in his poor cottage than with any of ye princes I know of at ye day ye world."

      Elder Frost received a large grant of land in Billerica which he seems to have given to his son James who went there to live. Edmund married (2) Mary (???), and (3) before 1669, Reana (James-Andrew), widow of Robert Daniels, who died ca 1676. Rev. Thomas Shepard in his autobiography called Edmund "my most dear brother Frost". The revered Elder died July 12, 1672, and his will was signed with his written signature and named his children, all but the first born in Cambridge. To his wife Reana, he left the use of his land and 20 shillings a year during her lifetime, to be paid in corn or cattle by sons Ephraim and Thomas; also 20 shillings a year to be paid by son John. There were other cash bequests and the dwelling was left to Ephraim and Thomas.
    Person ID  I28590  Bryant
    Last Modified  30 Dec 2001 

    Family 1  Reana,   b. Abt 1615, probably, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 03 Jan 1675/76, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 15 Dec 1665  [3, 4
    Family ID  F1188  Group Sheet

    Married  16 Apr 1634  Earls Colne, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Family ID  F2428  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Apr 1634 - Earls Colne, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jul 1672 - Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 34:360.

    2. [S315] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001), p. 596.

    3. [S260] GMB, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995), p.1071 "before 12 Apr 1669".

    4. [S315] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001), p. 596 "before 15 Dec 1665".

    5. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 153:289.


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