Puffer Genealogy

George Puffer

Male 1600 - 1639  (39 years)


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  • Name George Puffer  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1600  Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Arrival 1639  MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    FindaGrave 34225366 
    Died 27 Sep 1639  Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • unknown
    Person ID I6798  Puffers
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2017 

    Family Elizabeth Sedley,   b. Abt 1604/5, Weymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1676, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Children 
     1. James Puffer,   b. 1624, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1692, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Rachel Puffer,   b. Bef 1634,   d. Bef 1734  (Age < 100 years)
     3. Matthias Puffer,   b. 1635, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1717, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. William Puffer, Sr.,   b. Abt 1642, Wrentham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1686, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F8804  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Torrey'_s New England Marriages to 1700 - Puffer.jpg
    Torrey'_s New England Marriages to 1700 - Puffer.jpg

    Documents
    Torrey'_s New England Marriages to 1700 - Puffer.jpg
    Torrey'_s New England Marriages to 1700 - Puffer.jpg

  • Notes 
    • The first of the family in this country, and the pioneer ancestor, lived but a few years after coming to New England, and we know very little about him. He was one of the residents of Boston to whom land was granted at Mount Wollaston, which was afterwards the town of Braintree, now the city of Quincy. The record shows that he was granted twenty acres and that there were five in his family, indicating that he had three children. February 24, 1639. His homestead was located about two miles east of the railroad station of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (formerly the Old Colony Railroad) at Quincy. It is the site of the present Fore River shipyards. In the early records the name is often spelled Poffer. The Widow Puffer died at Braintree, February 18, 1676. He was born as early as 1600, died at Braintree, Sept. 27, 1639, (See Pother in records.) (J.W. Porter, Bangor, Me., 1882.)

      (ED NOTE: I can find no listing of him or his supposed wife (Elizabeth Sedley) or her family on any manifests of ships arriving in the general area of Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1620-1640. Since he was married in the Massachusetts Colony and his son Matthias was born in 1635 there, it is assumed he arrived before that time. One possibility is that he came over in the "Higginson Fleet" so called, ca 1629. Some 350 men, women and children arrived in that fleet, but I am unable to find lists of passengers at this date 5/6/13.)

      (Ed. Note: A cousin has, supposedly, found the ship that George and his family came over on. "The Recovery" of London, 1633/34. It sailed from London and arrived in Dorchester, MA. Captain Gabriel Cornish. There is a "George Puffer" listed in the The Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 on page 233. However, there is no further information about him. 12/21/17 DMC)

      There is no evidence whatsoever that George was married to Elizabeth Sedley. I include her here as a possibility, not a certainty.

      He had sons James and Matthias. The records show that Matthias married Rachel Farnsworth. According to the Farnsworth genealogy and public records, Ruth Farnsworth, born June 3, 1642, married William Puffer. In his account of the Puffer family, Mr. Appleton, finds no further trace of William Puffer, and the compiler of this work has also failed. A Thomas Puttne of R.I. died in Wrentham, July 11, 1702. This name was printed "Puffer" in the Register, owning to an error in transcribing. Mary Puffer, who died at Braintree, July 22, 1700, was probably the widow of James. It may still be questioned whether George had a son William.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1210] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, page 13.

    2. [S1944] Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1639; Page Number: 232.

    3. [S1904] American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI).

    4. [S1210] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 13.

    5. [S1210] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915.