Biography of Robert Titus

Robert Titus, the immigrant ancestor of those of the name hereafter mentioned, was born in 1600, probably in St. Catherines Parish, near Stansted Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England. He sailed from London, April 3, 1635, and the following entry relative to his migration is to be found in the passenger lists preserved in the public record office, London: “Theis under written names are to be transported to New England, embarked in ye Hopewell, Mr. Wm. Burdick. The p’ties have brought certificates from the minister and justice of the peace that they are no subsedy men, they have taken oath of all and supremacie. Robert Titus, Husbandman, of St. Catherine’s (aged) 36, Hannah Titus, uxor 35, Jo Titus 8, Edmond Titus 5.”

Shortly after their arrival in Boston Robert Titus and his family were granted land near Muddy River in what is now (1910) the adjoining town of Brookline, but two or three years later they removed to Weymouth, and in 1644 were among the forty families which accompanied Rev. Samuel Newman to Rehoboth. Massachusetts. While a resident of Rehoboth he served as commissioner for the court of Plymouth in 1648-49 and again in 1650 and 1654 and was frequently elected for other positions of trust.

Being charged by the authorities with harboring Quakers, which at that time was regarded as a grave misdemeanor, he notified them of his intention to leave the colony, and in 1654 he removed to Long Island, where he resided the remainder of his life. His widow, Hannah, died in Huntington, Long Island. prior to March 24, 1678-79, on which date her son Content was appointed her administrator.

Children: 1. John, see elsewhere. 2. Edmond, born in England in 1630, settled in Hempstead, Long Island, about 1650; an eminent Quaker, died February 17, 1727. 3. Samuel, settled in Huntington. 4. Susanna. 5. Abiel, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, March 17, 1640, died in 1736-37; resided in Huntington. 6. Content, born in Weymouth, March 28, 1643, died in Newtown, January 17, 1730.

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