Bond … William Bond! Early settler of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Immigrant shipThe past few weeks, I’ve spent many hours researching the BOND line of the family tree. The Bond line comes to me through my great-great grandfather, William Bond Tidd (1849-1935).

The story of the Bond family in America begins with William Bond (abt 1625-1695). As a founding and prominent member of the colonial settlement in Watertown, Massachusetts, William Bond has earned a brief blurb on Wikipedia:

Bond was baptized September 8, 1625 in England, the son of Thomas Bond. He may have to the American colonies in 1631 with his aunt, the wife of Deacon Thomas Child, or he may have come at a later date.  In 1649 he married Sarah Biscoe, daughter of tanner Nathanial Biscoe, and were the parents of seven children. Bond became a leading citizen of Massachusetts Bay, serving as a selectman and town clerk of Watertown, captain of the militia, Justice of the Peace, and member of the Council of Safety. Following the unification of Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth in 1691 by the Second Royal Charter, William became the first speaker, holding the office in 1692-1693 and 1695.

At least one source I’ve come across includes William Bond, a five-year-old child, among those who came to America in Winthrop’s Fleet. In A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England can be found this entry about William Bond:

William Bond - Early Settler of New England

Another terrific source on the life of William Bond and his descendants, is, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. A section of this book dealing with William reads as follows:

Wm Bond-From History of Watertown

Digging around the internet for a photo of the home which stayed in the Bond family for over 170 years before finally falling into the hands of John Pershing Cushing (sea merchant, opium smuggler, philanthropist), I learned that the home was torn down in 1929. But I was able to dig up a very old photo of the place as it looked in Cushing’s heyday.

An exterior view of the rear elevation of the John Perkins Cushing House circa 1860

While William Bond and his family helped to settle Colonial New England, two of his namesakes, great-grandson William Bond (1738-1781) and great-great grandson, William Bond (1760-1852), took up arms against the Crown to fight in the Revolutionary War. I’ll be posting their stories soon.

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