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Lieutenant Isaac Chase

Male 1650 - 1727  (77 years)


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  • Name Isaac Chase  [1, 2, 3
    Title Lieutenant 
    Born 11 Apr 1650  Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 May 1727  Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Buried South End Cemetery, Vineyard Haven, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Person ID I1806  tng Genealogy

    Father Thomas I Chase,   b. 25 Jul 1616, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1652, Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Philbrick,   b. 23 Oct 1621, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1676, Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 5 Oct 1643  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F1159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Tilton,   b. Abt 1658, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1746, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 5 Oct 1675  Vineyard Haven, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Chase,   b. 9 Nov 1677, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1721, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
    +2. Rachel Chase,   b. 25 Oct 1679, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1706 and 1773  (Age 26 years)  [natural]
    +3. Isaac Chase,   b. 21 Jan 1680, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1716, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)  [natural]
    +4. Abraham Chase,   b. 10 Jan 1682, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1763  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    +5. James Chase,   b. 15 Jan 1684, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
    +6. Mary Chase,   b. 17 Jan 1686, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1788, Carteret, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)  [natural]
    +7. Joseph Chase,   b. 26 Feb 1687, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1749, Edgartown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
    +8. Jonathan Chase,   b. 28 Dec 1691, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1742, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
     9. Hannah Chase,   b. 25 Nov 1693, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1718 and 1787  (Age 24 years)  [natural]
     10. Sarah Chase,   b. 15 Oct 1695, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1749, West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [natural]
     11. Pricilla Chase,   b. 12 Nov 1697, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1753  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
     12. Elizabeth Chase,   b. 7 Sep 1703, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1719  (Age 16 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F838  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Perkins,   b. 23 Jul 1658, Hampton, Norfolk, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1674  (Age 15 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1671  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7, 8
    Family ID F837  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Apr 1650 - Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Oct 1675 - Vineyard Haven, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 May 1727 - Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Isaac Chase gravestone
    Isaac Chase gravestone

  • Notes 
    • Gravestone in Crossways Cemetery:
      Here lies the body
      of Lt Isaac Chase
      who died May ye 19
      1727 aged about
      80 years

      Lt. Isaac Chase was a Tisbury blacksmith, and a Quaker. He married (1st) Mary Perkins, and (2nd) Mary Tilton. He was the son of Thomas Chase.

      One of the original settlers of Tisbury, his estate comprised nearly the whole of the present village of Vineyard Haven.

      ISAAC CHASE.
      The progenitor of the Chase family of Martha's Vineyard, was born in Hampton, N. H., April 1, 1650, the third son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Philbrick) Chase. The family genealogies state that Thomas came from County Cornwall, England, to New England, and was the son of Aquila Chase of the Chesham, County Bucks family, whose pedigree extends back several generations. In what way Isaac Chase came to be interested in this distant island is not known, but the neighboring town of Salisbury, Mass., had already furnished many settlers for Nantucket, men of Quaker faith, and through this source it is probable that his knowledge of the Vineyard was acquired. At the age of 24 he came to Tisbury to settle (1674), but the townsmen refused the privilege to him for some reason at that time. Possibly it was because of his religious beliefs, which were of the Quaker doctrinal variety. 'The townsmen of Tysbury,' so reads the record, 'do not give unto Isack Chace of Hampton liberty to settle in the town.' [Tisbury Records, 8. We may surmise that they finally gave him permission to inhabit at Homes Hole, in the uttermost part of the town, many miles from the dwellings of any settlers. He was of Hampton in October 1673 (Norfolk Co. Deeds).] However he must have overcome this refusal before long, as we find him in less than two years making purchases of land in the town limits.

      He must have been possessed of more than the average wealth at that time as he became, before 1700, one of the largest landholders on the Vineyard. He began his purchases of Homes Hole neck in 1676, as elsewhere related, and finally became its sole proprietor. His property in the Chickemmoo region was second in extent of acreage. His initial purchase in 1682 became a subject of dispute with the Sachem and the town, and was relinquished; but in 1692 he bought the entire eastern half of Chickemoo of Thomas Tupper, consisting of 1200 acres, and was continually adding to his domain in that region. [Deeds, I, 130, 187, 281, 391.] He rarely sold any portion of these acquisitions and all of it, practically, became the heritage of his heirs.

      His occupation, as elsewhere detailed, was that of blacksmith, inn-holder, and ferryman, and these he followed until his death. Although by religion a Quaker, yet he does not seem to have been ultra orthodox in the faith, for he took military office as Lieutenant in the Company of Foot in Tisbury before 1692, and thus broke one of the principal tenets of that sect. In the political upheavals of that time Simon Atheam thus refers to him: 'Mr. Isaac Chase the Leueten't without oath he pleading for the quakers.' [Mass. Arch., CXII, 424. This is the only reference to the Quaker proclivities of Chase to be found in the record. The allusion to the oath relates to their objection to swearing, although willing to affirm to an act or statement.] During the remainder of his life he was generally called Lieutenant in the records of that period.

      He died May 19, 1727, and his will, dated Feb. 12, 1721-2, was proven in July, 1727. By it he bequeathed what lands he had not given away in his lifetime to his widow and surviving children and grandchildren. The Chickemmoo property was mostly deeded to his several sons, 1706-1718, and the Homes Hole neck was to a large extent, 1705-1717, similarly disposed of to Thomas, Isaac and Abraham. In 1725 this remained undivided and Lieut. Isaac and his son Abraham entered suit against the heirs of Thomas and Ebenezer Rogers for a partition. This was done, and the division then made by the jury is the basis of all land titles in Vineyard Haven north of the creek in front of the hospital.

      Isaac Chase was twice married; first to Mary, daughter of Isaac Perkins of Hampton, Feb. 20, 1673, by whom he had no issue; second to Mary Tilton, probably sister of Samuel of Hampton and Chilmark, Oct. 5, 1675, by Rev. John Mayhew. By his second marriage he had six sons and six daughters, who left a large progeny here and in Nantucket. He was a man of sterling worth and scrupulous honesty, and his life was singularly free from contentions and litigations with his neighbors.

      [Chase.FTW]

      [ThomasChaseAncestors.ged]

  • Sources 
    1. [S282] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004;).

    2. [S120] Family Data Collection - Individual Records.

    3. [S374] Massachusetts Town Birth Records, New England Historic Genealogical Society, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;), Database online.
      Record for Thomas Chase

    4. [S63] Broderbund Family Pedigrees: United Ancestries 1500-1990 CD #100, April 1992 Edition, UA Record No: 31-971.

    5. [S244] Research21858.FTW.

    6. [S278] ThomasChaseAncestors.ged.
      Date of Import: 24 Feb 2005

    7. [S279] ThomasChaseDescendants.ged.
      Date of Import: 24 Feb 2005

    8. [S90] Chase.FTW.
      Date of Import: 24 Feb 2005

    9. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8975408
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8975408.

    10. [S142] Gravestone.
      [ View gravestone photograph]

    11. [S573] U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Thomas Chase page 147
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=NewEnglandMarriages&h=43786&indiv=try
      [ View marriage certificate]

    12. [S121] Family Data Collection - Marriages, Edmund West, comp., (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001;).