Robert Blott1

(circa 1580 - between 27 March 1665 and 22 August 1665)

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Some Background

Robert Blott was also known as Thomas Blott, and even ''John Blacke'' in Charlestown church records. The early record keepers in both Charlestown and Boston used all three names, seemingly for the same individual, within the same year and from one year to the next. In the original Charlestown record there is a list of the inhabitants of the town in January 1635, one of whom was named ''John Black''. An early transcription of the full list was made by Town Clerk (John) Green in 1664 (the year Robert died). Written in the margin, next to Black's name in both the original listing and in the transcript, is the name ''Robt Blott'', suggesting the error was recognized quite early on and an attempt at clarification was made by a person who in all likelihood knew him personally.2,1

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildRobert Blott was born circa 1580.1
GroomHe married Susanna Selbee on 31 August 1609 in Harrold, Bedfordshire, England.3,1
DeceasedHe died between 27 March 1665 and 22 August 1665 in Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. Between date of will codicil and after death inventory.1

Children with Susanna Selbee:

Immigrant Ancestor

In 1632, Robert Blott and Susanna Blott arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England, with their children Mary, Johanna, Lydia, Sarah, Elizabeth and Anna. The Rev. John Elliot's Record of Church Members, "A recorde of such as adjoyned themselves vnto the fellowship of the Church of Christ at Roxborough", has the entry, "Mary Blott a maide servant, she came in the yeare 1632, & was after married to Steward Woodfrod of this church, who after removed to Couecticott to Hartford church, where she lived in christian sort". Mary was the daughter of Robert and Susanna Blott (Robert mentions her by the name Woodford in his will) and, as a single young lady of 23 years in 1632, she presumably would have accompanied them when they immigrated, probably arriving in Boston but soon removing to Charlestown. The earliest record of Robert and Susannah in New England is a 1634 reference to a garden plot in Charlestown Records. In March 1636, when he was a resident of Charlestown, Robert forfeited, for not having built upon it, a land allotment formerly granted to him in Boston, conceivably granted upon his arrival from England.4,1,2

Land and Property

Property AcquisitionIn January 1635, Robert Blott was granted 5 acres of planting ground and later allotted two more parcels of hayground for a total of 10 acres in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. Robert received additional allotments over the years until the last ones in April of 1638.1,2

Residences and Censuses

On 2 April 1634, Robert and Susanna Blott resided in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. At a town meeting in Charlestown on this date, it was voted that Robert could have a garden between his house and that of the blacksmith - this is the earliest mention of Robert Blott in New England and shows the was a resident and house owner by this date.2,1
After 1638, Robert Blott resided in Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. ... possibly.
     At the time of the 1638 Charlestown land inventory, allotments that had previously been in Robert's hands were now associated with William Stitson... though earlier that year, on the 23rd of April, Robert had been allotted two or three additional parcels in the town. That April entry in the Charlestown Land Records is the last mention of Robert in Charlestown.
     By 1643 Robert begins to show up in Boston records. There is no record of where he was living between 1638 and 1643, but in 1648, when he had been living in Boston for five years, Robert signed a deed transferring his ownership of a house and 40 +/- acres of land in Concord. This suggests that he may have lived there for a time, and pehaps accounts for his whereabouts for the four to five years between Charlestown and Boston.2,1
On 28 March 1642, Robert Blott was admitted to be a townsman at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. A "townsman" was an "inhabitant" of the town, with privileges and obligations... i.e. a say/vote in the town business including the acceptance or denial of residency to others, the election/appointment of town officials etc.1,5


Church AffiliationOn 4 January 1635, in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England,Robert Blott and Susanna Blott wereadmitted to the Charlestown Church... church membership was a prerequisite for living in any town in the colony in the 1600s. It has been accepted by Blott genealogists that the church record entry on this date for "John Blacke and Susanna his wife" are actually for Robert and Susanna based on a notation next to the name "John Black" in the listing of Charlestown inhabitants in 1634 that appears to correct the entry to "Robt Blott".1,2


Robert Blott prepared a will dated 27 May 1662, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. Just three of his children survived him; his daughters Johanna, Sarah, and another, who was first the wife of a Greene husband and second a Tosior husband... her Christian name is never given, but by elimination it would have been either Elizabeth or Anna. His wife, Susanna, and all seven of his other children predeceased him.
     Sarah's husband Edward Ellis was made executor of the estate and also was to receive Robert's "House and the lot belonging therunto, with all the appurtenances..."; this bequest was clarified in the codicil Robert added three years later. The three daughters were to divide "the household stuffe"; half to "my Daughter Ellis (Sarah); and the other half equally to "my Daughter Lovett" (Johanna) and "my Daughter Tosior" (i.e., the third sister - Elizabeth or Anna). Robert also made generous bequests (of cash and grains - wheat and Indian corn) to all of his grandchildren including those of daughters Mary (Blott) Woodford and Lydia (Blott) Turell each of whom died leaving children.2,1
27 March 1665 Robert Blott added a codicil to his will dated 27 May 1662. Robert wrote the codicil on the back side of the original will to adjust some of his legacies (as in the intervening years he had consumed some of the grains included in the original bequests), add a couple of minor bequests, and provide some clarifications, especially regarding the bequest of his "house and Ground" to his son-in-law, Edward Ellis. He made clear that that bequest was to be for the "good and Benefit of my Daughter Sara & the children of my sonne Ellis by her During their lives or the surviver of them : but my meaning is not that it shall at all goe from him otherwise th(a)n for their Benefitt & therby of him in them". He also added his "Daughter Ellis" (Sarah) to be co-executor with her husband.2

Sources - Citations

  1. [S645] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), vol I, pg 334-338.
  2. [S847] Frank Farnsworth Starr, Compiler, Various Ancestral Lines of James Goodwin and Lucy (Morgan) Goodwin of Hartford, Connecticut : Vol.II : Morgan Lines (Hartford, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press, 1915), v.II, ppg. 193-201.
  3. [S261] Clarence A. Torry, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), Second Supplement, pg. 11; source is: TAG 67:67.
  4. [S849] A Report of the Record Commissioners, Containing the Roxbury Land and Church Records (Boston: City of Boston, 1880), pg. 77.
  5. [S848] Josiah Henry Benton, Warning Out in New England (Boston: W.B. Clarke Company, 1911), townsman definition.
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