About Phineas Upham Family Geneology


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This genealogy has as its foundation the little book published in 1845 by Dr. Albert G. Upham, entitled ” Notices of John Upham and his Descendants ; ” and an incomplete, but very important Upham genealogy, showing many of the earlier generations in New England, collected by the well-known genealogist Thomas B. Wyman, a portion of which was printed in the JVeia England Genealogical and Historic Register, vol. 25, to which he had added notes as matter came to his knowledge, prior to his death some years ago. No attempt has been made to give particular credit to either of these pioneers in Upham genealogy for the reason that the entire work of each — omitting errors which have since been discovered — has been transferred to the pages of this book. Without the foundation afforded by the pains-taking labors of Dr. Upham and Mr. Wyman, this genealogy could not have been prepared.

I wish also to acknowledge that without the continued assistance and encouragement given me in collecting material, by Mr. Henry P. Upham of St. Paul, Minn., and the Rev. Dr. James Upham of Chelsea, Mass., my labor would have ceased, and the present end would not have been accomplished. So valuable has been the aid received from these gentlemen, I feel that while my name alone appears on the title page, they should share in any credit that may be thought to be due on account of its preparation.

The numerous others who have so kindly furnished records of particular branches, it is hoped, may find compensation with the re-appearance of their work in the pages which follow, and which are the result of a more or less connected effort, extending over the past seventeen years.



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While care has been taken with a view to accuracy to Phineas Upham Geneology, the work goes to the publisher with a foreknowledge that numerous errors must be discovered with the appearance of the book. My hope is, that among the Uphams who will follow so rapidly in the march of the generations, there may be some one who will be sufficiently interested to revise and correct it, and that a more complete genealogy of the posterity may be thus finally obtained. Continue reading


Lieutenant Phineas Upham

Lieutenant Phineas Upham (John), of Maiden, Mass.,was the only son of John Upham that left posterity; consequently he, as well as his father, was the ancestor of all the American Uphams.

In 1673 he was appointed with three others to survey a road from Cambridge to Maiden. In 1674 his name is signed to two inventories made by him, and to a petition in regard to lands in Worcester; he was also on a committee to alter highways, in April of that year. Continue reading


The Upham Name in England

Very little of value has yet been learned concerning this interesting matter, though it is believed there is considerable which might be. Dr. Upham — in the ” Notices ” — said :

” Forty or fifty years subsequent to the date of this entry on the charter rolls, we find from the Hundred Rolls, Temp. Henry HI. and Edward I., vol. 2, p. 240 (these rolls contain inquisitions taken in pursuance to a special commission, issued under the Great Seal. This inquisition was taken by jurors chosen from each hundred, and consisted of returns made under oath of all the demesne lands of the crown, manors of the same, wardships, marriages, escheats, etc.), that another person, holding the office of juror in Selkley Hundred, bore this surname : ‘ Hundr’ de Selkel’ Nich’ de Upham jur’ Com’ Wyltes, Ano. 39, Hen. IH.,’ [1255]. Soon afterward we find in the Fine Rolls (in Turr. Londenensis asservatis Henrico Tertio Rege., vol. 2, pp. 375-1246- 1272. Memb. 9. Henry HI., A. D. 1262, commenced in the sixth year of King John, 1204, and finished under Edward IV., 1483. Continue reading


Phineas Upham Genealogy

Phineas UPHAM(1) was born on 10 Jun 1682 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died in 1766 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. LDS AFN:8TH6-ZC. Parents: Phineas UPHAM and Mary MELLEN.

He was married to Tamzen (Thomasin) HILL on 23 Nov 1703 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Children were: Tabitha UPHAM, Mary UPHAM, Phineas UPHAM, Timothy UPHAM, Zebediah UPHAM, Isaac UPHAM, Jabez UPHAM, Amos UPHAM, Tamzen UPHAM, Sarah UPHAM, Jacob UPHAM.

Phineas UPHAM(1) was born on 14 Jan 1707/8 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Parents: Phineas UPHAM and Tamzen (Thomasin) HILL. bullet Phineas UPHAM(1) was born on 23 May 1659 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died on 19 Oct 1720 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. AFT:8KML-T6 Parents: Phineas UPHAM and Ruth WOOD.

He was married to Mary MELLEN between 1682 and 1683 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Children were: Phineas UPHAM, Mary UPHAM, Upham JAMES, Mary UPHAM, Ebenezer UPHAM, Jonathan UPHAM, William UPHAM, Elizabeth UPHAM, UPHAM.

Phineas UPHAM(1) was born between 1635 and 1636 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He died on 19 Oct 1676 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. AFN:8QJ1-H5. Parents: John UPHAM and Elizabeth Webb Slade WEBB.

He was married to Ruth WOOD on 14 Apr 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Children were: Phineas UPHAM , Nathaniel UPHAM, Ruth UPHAM, John UPHAM, Thomas UPHAM, Richard UPHAM, Rebecca UPHAM, Elizabeth UPHAM.


Phineas Upham Second


Phineas’ Upham (Phineas’, John^), of Maiden, Mass., born May 22, 1659; married Mary Mellins (prob. Mellen), as early as 1663 and probably in 1682.  He has been known as Phineas Upham Second, being the eldest son of Lieutenant Phineas. His father died when he was eighteen years old, leaving him the following property, as described in the will: “To his eldest son Phineas, he did give his new dwelling house, v\^ith the land belonging to it, and the meadow, and half the stock, when he should come of the age of one and twenty years.” He was one of the selectmen of Maiden for the years from 1692 to 1696, inclusive. He was town treasurer for the years from 1697 to lyor, inclusive; and during the same time was employed in the settlement of various estates. Continue reading


Phineas Upham Third


Phineas Upham (Phineas^, Phineas’, John’), of Maiden, Mass., b. there June 10, 1682; m. by Mr. Wigglesworth, Nov.23, 1703, Tamzen (Thomasin) Hill, dau. of Isaac and Sarah (Bicknell) Hill, b. Dec. 10, 1685, who d. Apr. 24, 1768. He is early mentioned as yeoman, and soon after his marriage he moved from what was known as Maiden Center to North Maiden, of which place he was one of the first inhabitants. In the year 1707-8, he is mentioned as “Ensign Phineas Upham,” and was that year chosen a selectman, as he was also the following year, and the year 1709-10. In 1711-12, he was assessor. For the years 1725, 1726, 1728, 1729 and 1730, he was chosen moderator of the town meetings. He was again moderator for the years 1748 and 1752. His name also appears on the records as witness to various legal documents, as the will of Lazarus Grover, in May, 17 15; and in 17 16, the will of Nathaniel Upham is witnessed by both the second and third Phineas Upham.

His will was made in the year 1751, and as this document was lodged in the probate office the 29th of April, 1766, it is probable that his death occurred that year; in this case he was in his 84th year at the time of his death. His wife died two years later, at the age of 87.

In the Notices, Dr. Upham says: “Mr. John Edmonds, of Maiden, an old soldier, now ” (1845), ” 89 years of age, informs me that when a boy he often saw Phineas Upham. He states that he was of medium height; his hair abundant, but of pure white, and his costume that of his times, viz. — breeches, cocked hat, &c. He used to walk about the village with the assistance of an ivory headed cane, and he had a favorite seat beneath a wide-spreading tree, where he was often seen reposing. He ‘valued himself, says Mr. Edmonds, ‘on his French blood.'”

Phineas Upham and his wife, Tamzen, had:

I Tabitha, b. Dec. 11, 1704; m. Daniel Newhall, 1728.
II Mary, b. Mar. 5, 1706; m. Capt. Daniel Goff, of Boston, 1740.
III Phineas, b. Jan. 14, 1708.
IV Sarah, b. May 31, 1709; d. Sept. 23, 1709.
V Timothy, b. Aug. 29, 17 10.
VI Zebediah, b. Mar. 13, 17 12; d. Apr. 28, 17 12.
VII Tamzen, b. May 5, 1713; d. infant.
VIII Isaac, b. July 31, 17 14.
IX Jabez, b. Jan. 3, 1717.
X Amos, b. Sept. 29, 17 18.
XI Tamzen, b. May 21, 1720; m. Jonathan Wiley, of Lynn, 1750-
XII Sarah, b. Oct. 21, 1 721; m. Benj. Rice, of Brookfield, 1744.
XIII Jacob, b. Apr. 30, 1723.

Tie Old Upham Hoinestcad at Meh-ose. The following interesting account of the old house still standing at Melrose, formerly North Maiden, Mass., was prepared by Mary Elizabeth, the daughter of Orne Upham (No. 320), who was born in the house, and whose Upham ancestors have continued to live and die there since the days of the third Phineas. It is, therefore, the ancestral home of all who descend from Phineas Upham, Third, and for that reason should be of especial interest to such. This account was written in April, 1890, at which time the homestead was the property of Orne Upham.