Parentage of Daniel Hovey
The parentage of Daniel Hovey was unknown until 1905 when a Mr. John Albree
of Swampscott, Massachusetts, while making a search in the Boston public library, he
came across an old book titled, "G. De Saluste du Bartas: His Devine Weekes and
Workes, with a Compleate Collection of all the other most delightfull Works Translated
and written by yt famous Philomusus Iosvah Sylvester Gent: London Printed by
Humfrey Lownes, dwelling on Bread Street Hill, 1621." On page 200 of that book, the
following inscription caught his eye:
waltham aby ye 9th of Aguft 1618. Son
of Richard Hovey of ye fam town. fent
him by Mr John Gibons ye minifter of that
town. sent him as a token from him in 37. ye
yer of the pequod wars. Daniel Hovey.
Verification was made easy because the inscribed signature matched that which
was already applied to Daniel Hovey's Last Will and Testament.
The book that was discovered is a large octavo of thirteen hundred pages,
bound in full leather. In the middle of each cover are the letters D and H, stamped
deeply, each being separated with a conventional bookbinder's design. These are the
initials of Daniel Hovey's name. These stamps were done at the time of printing in
England as the book was about to be presented to young Daniel, who was then but
nineteen years of age. In his Last Will and Testament, Daniel made specific bequests
of books, and from their number and character it is known that he had a good library.
This particular book, however, is not mentioned by name. Various inscriptions in the
book trace it's ownership. It went first by will to Daniel's grandson, Daniel, then by sale
to Francis Wainwright, and then, by gift, to Joseph Sewall, who was the pastor of the
Old South Church, in Boston.
Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas, the author of this book, was a French poet,
born in 1544, who died of wounds received in the battle of Ivry, having commanded a
troop of horse in Gascony. His principal work, "La Divine Sepmaine," an epic poem on
the creation of the world, was so popular that thirty editions were issued within six
years after 1579, when it first appeared. It was translated into Gascon French, Italian,
Spanish, German, English, Latin, and, later, Swedish and Danish. Its style and
religious tone made it a great favorite with English writers in his time, and was
influential in forming English style. Joshua Sylvester, a Spenserian poet, translated
this as well as the "Weekes and Workes" of Du Bartas into English. This poem is
divided into portions for reading each week, hence the name "Weekes."
Following the discovery of this book, the curate of the Abbey Church of Waltham
Holy Cross in the County of Essex was contacted for more information. The following
extract from the Parish Register was sent regarding Hoveys of his Parish:
Extracted from the Parish Register in the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross in the County of Essex: England on Oct. 28, 1905 by me.
J. Henry Stamp: Curate.
Burialls: Agnes Hovey the daugher of Rychard Hovey: Glover
burried ye 13 dai.
Baptisings: Margret Hovey daughter of Rychard Hovey bapt ye
Baptisings: Janne Hovey daughter to Rychard Hovey ye 3 daye
Baptisings: ffrancis Hovey son to Rychard Hovey ye 20 day
Baptisings: Jeames Hovey son to Rychard Hovey the 15 day
Bapt: John Hovey, son to Rychard Hovey the 19 day
Baptisings: Isabell Hovy duaghter to Richard Hovy baptd 26 day
Baptisings: Katharin Hovey daughtr of Richard Hovy bap. 8 day
Baptisings: Daniell Hovey, sonne too Richard Hovey, baptised 9 day.
Marryages: Roger Coker and Katherine Hovey married the 5 day
Burials: Richard Hovy a Glover was buried the 7 day
Marriages: John Hovey and Joan ffowller married the 17 day
Baptisings: Margret Hovy, daughter to John Hovy as all so to Joan the 22 day
Burialls: Margret Hovey daughter of John Hovy the 20 day
Baptisings: Elizabeth Hovey daughter to John Hovey as well as to Joan the 10 day.
Burialls: a child of John Hovey's ye 24 day
Baptisings: Margret Hovy, daughter to John Hovy as all so to Joan the 13 day.
Burialls: Richard Hovey the sonne of John Hovey buried the 29 day
Burialls: A nurse Child of the widow Hovey's the 9 day
Burialls: Widow Hovey the elder was buried the 29 day
Burialls: Joan Hovey Wid Relict of John Hovey ye 23 day.
The certified copy of Daniel Hovey's baptism is as follows: ---
Daniell Hovey, sonne too Richard Hovey, baptized 9 day.
I hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the entry recorded in the Register of the Parish of Waltham Hily Cross, otherwise Waltham Abbey, in the County of Essex, England, as witness my hand this 3d day of Novr 1905.
J. Henry Stamp,
Genealogically, these records constitute the following arranged families:
Richard Hovey, glover (one who makes gloves), lived at Waltham Abbey, in Essex; and died there, being buried March 7, 1636-7, probably at about the age of sixty-one or sixty two(1). That would place is date of birth at about 1575. His widow was buried His children were:
1. Agnes, buried April 13, 1597.
2. Margaret, baptized Oct. 10, 1602.
3. Janne, baptized Feb. 3, 1604-5.
4. Francis, baptized Dec. 20, 1607.
5. James, baptized April 15, 1610.
6. John, baptized April 19, 1612.
7. Isabell, baptized Feb. 26, 1614-5.
8. Katherine, baptized Sept. 8, 1616; married Roger Coker Oct. 5, 1634.
9. Daniel, baptized Aug. 9, 1618; emigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635, at
the age of seventeen.
John Hovey (number 6, above), married Jane Fowler Sept. 17, 1637; he died before May 9, 1651; and Aug. 23, 1658, his widow, Joan Hovey, was buried. Their children were:
1. Margaret, baptized July 22, 1638; she died, and was buried Oct. 20, 1638.
2. Elizabeth, baptized May 10, 1640.
3. _______, buried Oct. 24, 1641.
4. Margret, baptized Nov. 13, 1647.
5. Richard, buried May 29, 1649.
6. _______, "a nurse child" of the widow Hovey, buried May 9, 1651.
What is now the town or village of Waltham Holy Cross, known as Waltham
Abbey, as far back as the days of Hardicanute, was the hunting lodge of the Danish
thane Tovi or Tovius, known as Tovi the Proud. Tovi subsequently founded there a
small convent; and, through the wastefulness of Tovi's son, Atheston, his family lost the
grant in the days of Edward the Confessor. Waltham reverted to the crown; and it was
subsequently granted to Harold, who built a new church or enlarged the existing one,
dedicating the foundation to the Holy Cross May 3, 1060. Harold's body was buried by
the high altar in the church. After the Norman Conquest, various benefactions were
received. Queen Maud gave a mill and Queen Adeliza the tithes of Waltham to the
abbey, while from Stephen was received the confirmation of all privileges.(2)
The great forest there was long known as the forest of Waltham, and the part yet
remaining is called Epping forest.
At Waltham Cross is the beautiful cross erected between 1291 and 1294 by
Edward I at one of the resting places of the corpse of Queen Eleanor while on its way
to burial in Westminster Abbey. It is of Caen stone, and is supposed to have been
designed by Pietro Cavalini, a Roman sculptor.
Waltham Abbey is a historic market town that lies on the Greenwich Meridian 0 longitude, and is in the county of Essex. It is within 16 miles (approx.) of north London and is within easy reach of the M25 and M11. The nearest rail station is in the nearby town of Waltham Cross which is accessible via Liverpool Street Station in London. Waltham Abbey retains a traditional character with its timber framed buildings and its small bustling market that is held every Tuesday & Saturday. The town is surrounded by woodlands, forest and pleasant canal walks. To the west of the town lies the Lee Navigation canal that once supported the commercial transportation needs of the local industry.
The town center is dominated by the great Abbey Norman church from which the town takes its name. This Augustinian Abbey, of which there are still some visible remains within the beautiful surrounding gardens, was founded by King Henry II in 1177. It was one of the largest examples of this type of building within the country, and it was one of the last to suffer under the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540. The abbey's crypt contains an exhibition which illustrates the religious significance of the site.
1. Richard was born during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and was approximately 28 years old when she died. He saw the entire reign of James I and saw James' son Charles I ascend to the throne of England.
2. See "Essex: Highways, Byways, and Waterways," second series, by C.R.B. Barrett, London, 1893, pages 198-208.