Last Updated: 26 March, 1996

Honeywell Heritage
Vol. 2, No. 2



Sons of the Revolution

How can you make history come alive? By joining the Sons of the American Revolution as I just did, thanks to Revolutionary War ancestor Rice Honeywell (Vol. 2 No. 3).

This also means that my son is automatically qualified to join the SAR, and dozens of first cousins can prove eligible by duplicating much of my application plus providing additional information such as their birth certificate and that of their father's. This documents an audit trail between the founders of our Country and our children and grandchildren, proving their heritage. The basic Tenets of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution are to perpetuate the people and events of the American Revolution, to maintain the institutions of American Freedom, and to promote fellowship among the descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots. There are many such patriots in the Honeywell/Hunnewell history.

For more information about how to become a member of SAR contact Parks Honeywell.

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Israel Honeywell

Israel Honeywell is the direct ancestor of most of today’s American Honeywells. Born about 1654-5, he was the third child of Roger and Bridget Hunnewell.

It is known that he fought in the King Philip’s War (1675-76). The earliest known record of him was found in a casualty list which was dated July 4, 1677 and is preserved in the Massachusetts Archives. This mention of him, as a resident of Ipswich, Massachusetts or the Westward, as it was then called, states that he had been wounded in the leg and shoulder at the Eastward (Maine). It is quite possible that he saw much action, fighting the Indians during the troublesome period, probably with his oldest brother, Richard (who was featured in the last issue of Honeywell Heritage, V2, N1).

It is known that prior to being injured, he worked as a farmer or a farm hand on Hog Island in the Ipswich River. In 1678 he was listed under the incorrect name of Isaac as a commoner (in the middle class) at Ipswich. He may have gotten into some kind of trouble around 1680, as he declared in that year under the family government of Nathaniel Arriel Emerson of Ipswich. He was later released from his bond for good behavior in September, 1681, with no one appearing to have objected, and no further mention of the particulars.

It seems that Israel continued to reside around Ipswich for a while. At some time during the 1680s he married Mary Spofford, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Spofford from the neighboring town of Rowley. No records of the date of their marriage can be found, but around 1685-6 they had their first child, a daughter named after her mother, Mary.

No record has been found pertaining to the period of years between 1680 and 1694. All that is known is that during this period, Israel and Mary had two sons, Israel born in 1687 and Richard who was born around 1689. In 1692 his brothers were unable to locate him over the sale of their father’s land at Winter Harbor, Maine, and we can only presume that they had moved away by then.

In ca. 1693, they settled in the town of Westchester (now in the Bronx) in then English New York, a region to which many from New England had emigrated. In any event, the first known of them being there is on a deed on October 23, 1694 when they purchased a piece of property.

Shortly thereafter, Israel and Mary had their third son, Samuel, who was born on January 8, 1695. In the years to follow, by Royal Charter, Israel became a prominent member of the Westchester First Common Council. In 1698 he took an oath of allegiance to King William of England, and from that time on it seems that he added the prefix Sr.

It is apparent that Israel prospered during this period of his life, as he was known to have owned, bought and sold much land surrounding the area. It is also known that he had two servants living in his household by the names of John and Charity Hessones, along with a black slave they called Jake. Sarah, their last child and second daughter was born about 1699-1700, though no record has been found to give an exact date.

Israel died at Westchester sometime around 1719 and was presumed to have been buried at St. Peter’s (Episcopal) Church, although his grave is not marked. His wife, Mary, “shortly died.”

In this church there is a fine bronze tablet in tribute to Israel Honeywell and his son, grandson, and great grandson, who were all of the same name. It was placed there in 1902 by some of his descendants. The inscription on the tablet gives his dates as (1660-1720), and describes him as "By Royal Charter Member of the First Common Council...," and of North Devon, England, who came to Westchester in 1693.

Their first daughter, Mary, went on to marry John Baxter around the year 1705, also of Westchester. They continued to live there, ending up with seven children, John, Roger, Charity, Oliver, Israel, Peracholus, and Stephen. Her father, Israel, continued to be an influence throughout their lives, as records show him conveying a slave girl to her in 1708 and in 1712 signing a bond with John, her husband.

Their first son, Israel, married around 1712 Dorothy Pell, the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy (Ward) Pell. They had five children, Israel, Anne, Phebe, Gilead, and Stephen. Dorothy died on February 11, 1758, and Israel followed on November 11, 1762 at the age of seventy-five.

Richard, Israel’s second son, grew up and lived in Westchester for the early part of his life. He married Mary ___. Richard and Mary are known to have two children, David, who was born sometime before 1730, and a daughter for whom we have no name.

Israel’s third son, Samuel, apparently grew up in Westchester. It appears that he owned and lived on a farm at Kings Road which he sold to his older brother Israel on March 15, 1719/20. From there he moved to Rye, New York, where he lived for a year or so. On March 15, 1721 he purchased some 300 acres at Bidford where his brother Richard lived. He lived there for the remainder of his long life, when he died in 1785 at the age of ninty. He seems to have been fairly wealthy, as he acquired a considerable amount of land. He married his wife, Phebe ___, and they had one known child, Enoch.

Little is known of Israel’s youngest daughter, Sarah. In 1729, as Sarah Honeywell and yet unmarried, she received certain household property of her deceased father and mother and from her "father-in-law" Josiah Hunt (The term father-in-law in those days was interchangeable with stepfather, and this is the basis for the preconception that her mother had remarried after Israel’s death). In 1735, Sarah had married John Jones, though no children have been found. Sources: The Descendants of Roger and Ambrose Hunnewell (Honeywell), J.M. Hunnewell: Communication with Dyer Library, Saco, ME and Westchester Historical Society. a series by Richard Honeywell; next issue, John, brother of Richard and Israel

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Ancestor hunt

Dozens of our family have been named Rice Honeywell, after the first one, born in Fredricksburg (now Carmel), NY in March 1760. Rice became a heroic character through service in the Revolutionary War (see IS-19, page 96, Roger and Ambrose book). His father was probably David Honeywell (IS-9), page 88.

It is thought that his mother was Rebecca Rice, although this connection has never been proven. If anyone can solve this mystery, lots of people named Rice Honeywell will thank you. The first Rice will be the subject of an article in the near future. There are over 150 living descendants of Rice.

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Honeywell heraldry

Our Coat of Arms is taken from Burke’s General Armory, 1884, p.504. It is described as "Ar. a chev. embattled counter- embattled per chev. and per pale sa. and az. counterchanged, betw. three hawks erased of the last." Translated, that means a chevron embattled, counter-embattled, divided chevronwise and vertically black and blue, counterchanged between three blue hawks’ heads, jagged. As you can see, even the translations need translations in the heraldry business. Above the shield and helmet is the crest which is described in Fairbain’s Crests by Laurence Butters, p. 245, "A beehive with bees volant ppr." which means a beehive with flying bees. Both the arms and the crest are listed under the name "Honeywill," one of the many forms of our name in the early days.

There is no family motto listed which we could have yelled while charging into battle. Perhaps we should adopt one.

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Reunion plans

Keep Saturday August 26, 1995 free on your calendar. That is the tentative date selected for the Honeywell/Hunnewell Family Reunion. Again we are accepting the kind hospitality of the Wilsons at their campground at Theresa, Jefferson County, New York. That is where we met so successfully last year. You will be hearing more in the Summer issue, expected in the mail by June 1, 1995.

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Odds 'n' ends

Fred H. Honeywell, reporting through Doris Honeywell, informs us that one Hoingswal, a German national from Vienna, had taken the name Honeywell when he immigrated to New York. Fred saw his sign over his tailor shop in New York City and spoke to him. Hoingswal explained that he took the name Honeywell when he immigrated to the United States because he wanted a name that was the nearest sounding equivalent in English. He picked a good one. Welcome to the family, Mr. Honeywell.

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Mail bag

"My Hunnewell information is not ready for publication yet (descendants of Thomas). It does not seem to fit in with the descendants of Roger and Ambrose therefore I have decided to publish it separately. I am looking forward to the next issue of Honeywell Heritage." Neil O. Hunnewell, Skowhegan, ME (TH).

"Thanks for publishing the newsletter - Enjoy it very much!" Larry D. Honeywell, Theresa, NY (IS).

"I just want you and Lois to know how much we enjoy the publication. I have fun reading it and call my brother (Dean ) to discuss the questions." Dennis H. Honeywell, Clayton, NY (IS).

"Thank you so much for sending us the Honeywell Heritage newsletter. We so enjoyed it." Marion Honeywell, Baldwinsville, NY (IS).

"What a terrific surprise - I’ve been meaning to write since I received my first Honeywell Heritage. I have been working on the Hunnewell genealogy since I was 15, growing up in Scarborough made it easy. Please do me a favor - whenever describing the exploit of some of our ancestors, please give the sources." S. Gary Hunnewell, Arnold, MO (RI).
Gary, you are right. We need to do a better job on sources to avoid potential confusion. Ed.

"You have done a wonderful job. I would like to enroll myself, my four children and my sister as charter members." James W. Honeywell, New Berlin, NY. (IS).

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Massacre Pond

The site of the massacre of Richard Hunnewell (RI-2) described in the last issue is marked by a stone and plaque at the edge of Prout’s Neck Golf Course on Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME according to former resident S. Gary Hunnewell. It can be found south of a variety store which is opposite the road leading across Massacre Pond to Scarborough Beach. The date on the plaque is incorrectly marked. Richard was killed on 6 Oct 1703 as stated in Roger and Ambrose, by JMH.

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Hunnewell, Missouri

In Shelby County, Missouri, about 25 miles west of Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, lies little Hunnewell, Missouri, population 300. S. Gary Hunnewell of Arnold, MO visited there about ten years ago and reports the town slowly fading away from its former importance as a rail stop. It still has a cafe, post office, church, and gas station, but the library has been taken over by the senior center and the kids are bussed to school at nearby Monroe City. The town was named for Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, (AM-39) as was Hunnewell, Kansas, according to Richard F. Hunnewell, son of James, M. Hunnewell, author of our famous book. Richard writes that Horatio was the founder of the large Hunnewell clan that lives in Wellesley and Natick, MA. Horatio invested in railroads as they expanded into the west, thus naming the railroad towns of Hunnewell, Kansas and Missouri.

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The Boston Tea Party - A preliminary to revolution . . .

In reaction to the Tea Act of 1773, a group of colonists, “disguised” as Indians, boarded the tea-bearing ships in Boston Harbor and tossed 342 chests of tea into the water. As a result, Britain closed the Harbor until the colonists agreed to pay for the ruined cargo, and the cloud of revolution loomed closer.

Participating in the raid were Richard Hunnewell, 42, with his two sons, Richard Hunnewell, Jr., 16, and Jonathan Hunnewell, 14, according to an article written by C. Weston Dash of Medomak, Maine in the December 1982 journal of the Knight Templar. Dash contended that Hunnewell and others were incorrectly identified as "Masons" (Freemasons) but were actually bricklayers.

This account matches the one for Richard Hunnewell, Sr., AM-12, on page 154 of The Descendants of Roger and Ambrose Hunnewell (Honeywell). In that account, Richard Sr. is described as a bricklayer or mason and a "solid citizen" of Boston. He had charge of public works and served as Fire Captain of Engine 9. He was also an active member of Samuel Adam’s "Sons of Liberty," patriots rebelling against British Colonial rule.

Richard Sr. served in the Revolution as foreman, in Lt. Col. Mason’s Corps of artillery artificers from 1777 to 1779. So, not only did Richard help start the move toward America Independence, he served to finish it.

Richard descended from Ambrose Hunnewell > Stephen > Stephen. Read again about this period in time. You’ll be proud of "Those Hunnewells."


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