Quincy Genealogy
Robert Sewell
    This page was set up by Robert Sewell in June 2006 to show the Quincy Family since the earliest known times.  Robert Sewell graduated from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) in 1967 with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry.  After a year of studies at the University of Toronto's College of Education, he taught high school science in Collingwood, Ontario for a year and then taught chemistry, physics and general science in Hamilton, Ontario for twenty-nine years.  Robert Sewell retired from teaching in June 1998.
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    In various sources, the Quincy name also appears as Quincey, Quincie, Quinsey with and without the prefix De or de. Undocumented family stories and legends indicate that the Quincy family is descended from a companion of William the Conqueror who came to England in 1066. Records espousing this theory are as follows:     Perhaps our Quincy family is descended from someone who came with William the Conqueror but sufficient evidence to prove this is lacking. However, as well as the few hundred names shown on various lists as “Companions of Duke William”, there were about 12,000 Standard Bearers, Men at Arms, Yeomen, Freemen  and other ranks in William’s invasion force.  Many distinguished themselves and were rewarded with grants smaller than a Knight’s fee after the conquest. Perhaps a Quincy ancestor was among them.

    Cousins Sewell V. Sample and Robert J. Sewell have established a descent from Magna Charta Surety Saher de Quincy, but the line goes through the Livingstons of Callendar, and not through the Quincy family.  See our De Quincy Page for details.

   Professor Theodore P. Wright, Jr. has kindly provided information for the 12th to 16th centuries.  Professor Wright states:  “... the pamphlet ‘Descendants of Edmund Quincy 1602-1637 who settled in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts in 1635’: compiled by H. Hobart Holly, Historian, Quincy Historical Society (8 Adams St, Quincy MA 02169 USA). 1977, on p.1 the list of his ancestors is given with the notation ‘above is from Quincy and Wendell family records complied by Arthur Wendell.’”  The list of Quincy ancestors is as follows:

    Robert Sewell found what appeared at first to be a highly questionable Quincy Line using Broderbund's "World Family Tree CD Volume 4 (V704_01)". There were no sources or locations stated.  It appeared that a number of "William de Quincys" were merely persons mentioned in dated documents, then birth dates estimated and strung together without any proof that they were "son of" or that at they even lived in the same county, parish or general geographical location.  However, much of the "World Family Tree" data corresponds with the much more reliable data supplied by Professor Wright, and hence some of this data has been included where appropriate.  In all cases, it is clearly indicated where information is from the "World Family Tree V704_01".   However, please note that information from "World Family Tree" is unconfirmed and may not be reliable.

Other sources include:

The Arms of Quincy

The arms claimed by the Quincy Family of Massachusetts is described as “Gules, seven mascules conjoined, three, three, and one, or”;  which means “a red shield with seven gold hollow diamond shapes joined together and arranged 3, 3 and 1.” These arms were first used by Roger de Quincy (died without male heirs on April 25, 1264; son of Magna Charta surety Saher de Quincy) and were apparently passed on through Roger’s daughter Margaret who married circa 1238 to William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby, and then through one of  their younger sons to Ferrers of Groby. It is unclear how these arms ended up in the posession of the Quincy family of Massachusetts. {Professor} Edward Elbridge Salisbury (1814 - 1901) suggested in his Family Memorials (1885) that during the late middle ages “. . . the lands and property were divided, they (the Quincy family) went into different employments, and became part of the yeomanry of England, but yet carefully retained the arms, and the tradition of their Norman descent.”
Armorial Bearings of Quincy
Ancient Quincy Family
The Story of the Quincy Family begins, as do many families, with undocumented stories that must be considered at least partly legendary. The following information from Bellows Quincy Family, Library of NEHGS, Boston was kindly shared by Mr. Victor de Quincey
Roger de Quincy, born circa 1035, brother of  Robert de Quincy and Richard de Quincy.
Roger de Quincy, born in 1060, brother of Saher, Hamlin and Odon de Quincy, all of whom were living in 1100. (Saher, Hamlin and Odon may have been Roger’s sons.) Roger is said to have married Maud de Clare, said to have been a daughter of Roger Fitz Richard de Clare who was a son of Richard FitzGilbert de Clare and his wife Rohese Giffard.
William de Quincy of Kings Sutton, Northhamptonshire, living in 1130; shown next under Generation One. William is said to have been a younger son of Roger (above) and a brother of  Peter, a monk of Savigny in Normandy, living in 1145. This lineage suggests that William may have been a nephew (or a brother) of Saher de Quincy (died probably circa 1156-58) who married Maud de St. Liz and was tenant of Anselm de Chokes at Long Buckby, co. Northhampton in (probably) 1124 - 1129.

Generation One
William de Quincy of King's Sutton, Northamptonshire.
William is the first of our line of Quincys; and it is with him that we will begin this genealogy. Family tradition and undocumented stories suggest that William was a relative of Saher de Quincy of Long Buckby which is located about 20 miles NNE of King's Sutton. All we can say for sure is that William was a contemporary of Saher de Quincy and that he lived in the same general area.
Living:  1130
William de Quincy had a grandson:

Generation Two
Missing.  “World Family Tree V704_01” states this is “William de Quincy, died after 1179”.

Generation Three
William de Quincy of Biskel, County Norfolk. “World Family Tree V704_01” states that “William was a cousin of Magna Charta Surety Saher de Quincy”.  Click on Saher de Quincy.
Born:  about 1165
William de Quincy had a son:

Generation Four
William de Quincy of Brampton, County York
Living:  1219

Generation Five
Missing.  “World Family Tree V704_01” states this is “Roger de Quincy, born about 1225”.

Generation Six
Missing.  “World Family Tree V704_01” states this is “William de Quincy, born about 1255 died after 1304”.

Generation Seven
Geoffrey Quincy, Constable of Framlingham Castle, County Suffolk
Born: About 1290
Geoffrey Quincy had a son:

Generation Eight
Henry Quincy of Earl Soham, County Suffolk
Born: About 1310,   Living: 1352
Henry Quincy had a son:

Generation Nine
Henry Quincy of Ashfield, County Suffolk
Living: 1385
Henry Quincy had a son:

Generation Ten
John Quincy of Ashfield, County Suffolk
Born: About 1370,  Living: 1424
John Quincy had a son:

Generation Eleven
John Quincy of Ashfield, County Suffolk
Died: Before 1461
John Quincy had a son:

Generation Twelve
Edward Quincy of Ashfield, County Suffolk
Died: Before 1482
Edward Quincy had a son:

Generation Thirteen
William Quincy of Moneweden, County Suffolk and Whittlesey, County Cambridge
Born: About 1465,  Living: 1523
William Quincy had a son:

Generation Fourteen
William Quincy of Deepingate and Aldwinkle, County Northampton
Born: About 1490,  Died: 1550
William Quincy had a son:

Generation Fifteen
John Quincy of Aldwinkle and Lilford
Died: 1575
John Quincy had a son:

Generation Sixteen
John Quincy of Lilford, County Northampton.  Robert Winslow Sewall mentions in a letter dated January 15, 2001  “... the family notes of my grandfather, Joseph Sewall Sewall (1827-1917). He shows a John Quincy (1535-1597), father of Edmund (1559-1627/28)”.
Born: 1535,  Died: 1597
John Quincy had the following children:

Generation Seventeen
Edmund Quincy of Wigsthrope in parish of Lilford, County Northampton
Born:  1559
Died:  1627/28
Married:  October 14, 1593 to Anne Palmer
Edmund Quincy and Anne Palmer had the following children:

Generation Eighteen
Edmund Quincy, who was known as "The Puritan", came to New England from Thorpe, Achurch, North Hamptonshire in 1628.  He returned to Old England, and then came with his family on "the Griffin" in the company of John Cotton in 1633.  He acquired by grant and purchase extensive lands at Mount Wollaston in Braintree, Massachusetts on September 4th, 1633.  He was a representative in the first General Court. Edmund brought with him a genealogical account of his family which traced their descent from the time of the Norman Conquest, and this remained in the family for well over a century.  It was then borrowed and never returned, and as of 1844 had been missing for over 50 years.
Born:  1602, Died:  1635/36
Married:  Judith Pares
Edmund Quincy and Judith Pares had the following children: 

Generation Nineteen
{Col} Edmund Quincy who was magistrate and representative of Braintree (Quincy) Massachusetts in the general court, and lieutenant-colonel of the Suffolk regiment.
Born:  1627, Died:  January 8, 1698

{Judge} Samuel Sewall wrote on June 28, 1697: "I visit my sick languishing Unkle Quinsey; who is oppressed with Difficulty in voiding his Urine."
Judge Samuel wrote for January 8, 1697/98: ". . . Unkle Quinsey died between 7 and 8 last night."

Married 1st on July 26, 1648, to Joanna Hoar, sister of Margery Hoar and {Rev.} Leonard Hoar, third president of Harvard College, and  whose grandfather was Charles Hoar of Gloucester, England, who probably died in 1636. Charles Hoar's father was "Sheriff Charles Hoare of the Cittie of Gloucester". Joanna died on May 16, 1680.

{Col} Edmund Quincy and Joanna Hoar had the following children:

Daniel Quincy (1651 – 1690) married (1682) Anna Shephard
John Quincy (1689 – 1757) married (1715) Elizabeth Norton
Elizabeth Quincy (1721 – 1775) married (1740) {Rev} William Smith
Abigail Smith (1744 – 1818) married (1764) John Adams, 2nd American President
John Quincy Adams was the 6th American President, and was named for
his great grandfather, John Quincy, who lay dying when John Quincy Adams was born.

Married 2nd on December 8, 1680, to Elizabeth Elliot née Gookin who was the daughter of {General} Daniel Gookin and widow of {Rev} John Elliot, Jr. The ancestry of Elizabeth Gookin has been traced back to Robert de Dene, a Norman who held large estates in Sussex and Kent as well as in The Duchy of Normandy.  He was "pincerna", the household official in charge of wines and beverages, to King Edward the Confessor (1042 - 1066).  For further details on the ancestry of Elizabeth Gookin, please click on Denne Genealogy.
{Col} Edmund Quincy and Elizabeth Gookin had the following children:

Judge Edmund QuincyGeneration Twenty
{Judge} Edmund Quincy who was a judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts from 1718 until his death.  He graduated from Harvard College in 1699. A controversy having arisen as to the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, he was appointed agent for Massachusetts, and embarked for England in December, 1737.  Soon after his arrival in London he fell a victim to small-pox.
Born on October 14, 1681
Died on February 23, 1738
Married: November 20, 1701 to Dorothy Flynt
Dorothy was born on May 11, 1678 in Dorchester,  Massachusetts; she was a daughter of {Rev.} Josiah Flynt and granddaughter of {Rev.} Henry Flynt and Margery Hoar, a sister of Joanna Hoar who was {Col.} Edmund Quincy's first wife. There is nothing "illegal" here; Dorothy's husband was a son of {Col.} Edmund Quincy and his second wife Elizabeth Elliot née Gookin. Dorothy died on August 27, 1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts, at the age of 59.

{Judge} Edmund Quincy and Dorothy Flynt had the following children:

Samuel Quincy
Samuel Quincy
Solicitor General of Massachusetts

{Colonel} Josiah Quincy's second son
Born at Braintree, Massachusetts April 23, 1735.
Died at sea in 1789.

"Samuel Quincy was a Loyalist and remained true to his oath of office, wherein he swore to support the government."

Please see:
James H. Stark:  The Loyalists of Massachusetts

Generation Twenty-one
{Justice} Edmund Quincy was graduated at Harvard in 1722, and was a Justice of the Peace.  He was a partner in the family firm whose ship Bethell in 1748 captured a Spanish treasure vessel and made all the partners rich.  He suffered financial reverses and declared bankruptcy in 1757.  He is the author of a “Treatise on Hemp Husbandry”, published in 1765.
Born:  1703
Died:  1788
Married:  1725 to Elizabeth Wendell (1704 – 1769) daughter of Boston merchant Abraham Wendell, formerly of Albany.  Elizabeth Wendell's great great grandparents may have been Jochem and Gertrude Wessels.  Click on Jochem and Getrude Wessels for full details of this very interesting couple.

Edmund Quincy
Elizabeth Wendell
{Justice} Edmund Quincy
(1703 - 1788)
Elizabeth Wendell
(1704 - 1769)
portraits courtesy of Sewell V. Sample

{Justice} Edmund Quincy and Elizabeth Wendell had the following children:

Generation Twenty-two
Esther Quincy married Jonathan Sewall, the last attorney general of the Province of Massachusetts before the American Revolution.  The Sewall family home in Cambridge, Massachusetts was wrecked by a revolutionary mob, consisting of some fifty men and boys, on September 1, 1774.  Jonathan was in Boston at the time, and a very frightened Esther struck a bargain with the mob of “patriots”.  She exchanged the contents of  her husband's wine cellar for the mob's dispersal.  This terrifying event had a life-long impact on the eight-year-old Jonathan, Jr. who was to become the Chief Justice of Quebec.
    Jonathan, Esther and their children Jonathan, Jr., Elizabeth and Stephen moved to Boston within a week of the sacking of their Cambridge home; and were forced to flee what was to become the United States in 1775, never to return.  They changed the spelling of our name from “Sewall” to “Sewell”.
Born:  November 27, 1738
Died:  June 21, 1810
Married:  January 21, 1764 to {Attorney General} Jonathan Sewall / Sewell.
Esther Quincy and Jonathan Sewell had the following children:

Jonathan Sewell

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