Born: Bef 1621, prob 1610-1621,
in England (oldest child born September 02, 1639)
Immigrated: Abt 1636, ship unknown,
to Duxbury, Plymouth Co, Mass. He migrated probably as a single man (as
there is no evidence he was married previous to Sarah) and probably a young
man in his 20's.
First record: 1636 - granted
five acres of land at Powder Point, with permission from the court to settle
Occupation: I've not seen
him associated with a trade. He was most likely a stock raiser or farmer.
Residence: Duxbury, Plymouth Co,
Mass from migration till death.
Spouse: Sarah Tracy, daughter
of Stephen and Tryphose (Lee) Tracy. Married November 16, 1638. She was
born about 1622 (est) in Leiden, Holland. (see The Adventurous Tryphosa
(Lee) Tracy, Article in American Genealogist, by Robert S.Wakefield (TAG,
Vol 51, No. 2, Pg 71, April, 1975.) She died in 1708 in Duxbury, Mass.
She survived George and is not known to have remarried.
Death: George died in 1695 in
Duxbury, Plymouth Co, Mass
Reference to Ralph and George Partridge in the
History of Bridgewater:
"The following were not residents in Bridgewater, but most of them
were original proprietors, and others of them connected with the early
settlers of the town: of whom and thier it has been thought not inappropriate
to insert them here these few brief and limited sources:"
"PARTRIDGE: George Partridge and the Rev. Ralph Partridge both of
Duxbury were both original proprietors of Bridgewater. The Latter
was the first minister of that place, and came over 1636, and George was
there the same year; his D. Sarah m. Samuel Allen of Bridgewater about
1658, she was born 1639, Whether they were brothers or in any way connected
we know not. The Rev. Mr. Partridge’s share in Bridgewater was finally
owned by Jonathan Hill of Bridgewater. The late Hon. George Partridge
of Duxbury, High Sheriff of Plymouth County, &c., was a descendant
of the first George. There are not many of the name now in the county.--Mary
Partridge m. Jonathan Brewster, and was living in Conn. 1733."
Silas Deane - Vindicated Revolutionary War Hero Sir Winston Churchill is a descendant of George and Sarah (Tracy)
Partridge. Ulysses S. Grant Laura Ingalls Wilder - Author of "Little House on the Prairie" George Partridge - Continental Congressman
History of the Town of Duxbury, Mass,
with Genealogical Registers, Justin Winsor, 1849. Gives a nice complete
history of Duxbury with some limited genealogies in the genealogy section,
including George Partridge (Ralph Partridge not here). There is an eight
page biography of Ralph Partridge. Any descendant of his should get a copy
of that biography. (But, are George descendants related to Ralph?)
Settlement and Growth of Duxbury, 1628-1870,
Dorothy Wentworth, Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. This has late
19th century photographs of the locations mentioned in the book and a very
descriptive idea of the geography and who was where, describing the history
of different homes and properties in the town. Wonderful reading.
Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England
Families 1620-1700, Compiled by Frank R. Holmes, Genealogical
Publishing Co, 1964.
"Partridge, George, [brother Rev. Ralph - an assumption of the previous
century, not accepted today], resident Duxbury, Mass, 1636, proprietor
Bridgewater, Mass, 1636, proprietor Bridgwater, Mass, 1645, original proprietor
Middleboro, Mass, 1662."
A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers
of New England, By John Farmer, Reprinted by Samuel G. Drake, Genealogical
Publishing Co, 1989, Pg 219.
Partridge, George, Duxbury, 1636, was one of the proprietors of
Bridgewater in 1645."
Mary Partridge > Nathaniel Skiffe Marriage - Valid?
Which Wife Mom?
The George Partridge genealogy reports that Mary Partridge married
Nathaniel Skiffe, and had most, or all of his children. In the cemetery
transcriptions for the cemetery where Nathaniel is buried, in Windham,
Conn, a grave of his widow, showing Ruth West, daughter of Francis, is
shown. The main evidence for Mary Partridge being a wife to Nathaniel appears
to come from her will, showing: "Mary (Scrif?)" as her daughter. This will
was written in 1702, as if Mary were still living at that time. However,
in 1697, Ruth West's brother, Thomas West, refers to Nathaniel Skiffe as
"brother". There appears to be a question of whether Mary Partridge was
really his wife, and, if so, which of these two women was the mother to
his children. Ruth West survived him, so would have been the last wife.
I have not discovered the date of death of Mary. If anyone knows any more
about this situation, would appreciate hearing about it.
Future generations will bear the surnames from the first generation,
of: Partridge, Allen, West, Brewster, (possibly)
Skiffe, Thacher, Fisher, Colburn.
Elizabeth Partridge > James Allen. Two of the Partridge sisters married
Allen brothers. See this page on James
Allen at the History of Martha's Vineyard page. (Note this is a transcription
of an old book and incorrectly identifies Elizabeth Perkins as his wife.
His wife was Elizabeth Partridge, as evidenced by Sarah (Tracy) Partridge's