652. Documentation for Eleazer Folger
(1648 to 19 Dec 1716)
father of Peter Folger
(28 Oct 1674 to Bef 19 Jun 1707)



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Eleazer Folger was born in 1648 in Edgartown, Dukes County (Martha’s Vineyard), Massachusetts.(1) He died December 19, 1716, in Boston, Massachusetts.(2) He was the son of Peter Folger and Mary Morril.(3)

Eleazer married
Sarah Gardner about 1671 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.(4) Sarah Gardner born about 1655 in Salem, Massachusetts.(5) She was the daughter of Richard Gardner and Sarah Shattuck.(6)

Children of Eleazer Folger and Sarah Gardner:

i. Eleazer Folger, Jr. was born about 1672.(7) He married Bethiah Gardner.(8) He married second Mary Marshall.

ii. Mary Folger was born 14 February 1684.(9) She married John Arthur..(10)

iii. Peter Folger 2nd was born 28 August 1674 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.(11) He died before 19 June 1707.(12) He married Judith Coffin between 1690 - 1701.(13)

iv. Sarah Folger was born 24 August 1676.(14) She married Anthony Odar.(15)

v. Nathan Folger was born in 1678.(16) He married Sarah Church on 29 December 1699.(17)

Eleazer Folger was a brother of Abiah Folger, the mother of
Benjamin Franklin.(18) Eleazer Folger survived the overturning of a canoe in which he was riding along with his sister Bethiah and her husband John Barnard and Isaac Coleman. All but Eleazer drowned in the accident. They were returning to Nantucket from a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.(19)

“Isaac Coleman, son of Thomas, is said by Benjamin Franklin Folger of this town, the genealogist, to have accompanied Thomas Macy in the autumn of 1659, in the boat, in his emigration to this island, he then being a boy, about 12, or 13 years old. By the Town’s Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, I find ‘John Barnard and Bethiah his wife and Isaac Coleman ended their days ye 6th June 1669 being drowned out of a canoe between Nantucket and ye Vineyard, at the same time Eleazer Folger was preserved.’ This Bethiah Barnard who was drowned was a daughter of Peter Folger, and sister to Abiah Franklin.”
(20)

Eleazer Folger, along with his father, Peter Folger, and
Dorcas Starbuck were witnesses to a deed dated 29 June 1671 from the Indian Wanack-mamack to Tristram Coffin and Thomas Macy and others for the sale of Nantucket Island.(21) Eleazer Folger also was a witnesses to the will of John Gardner, 02 December 1705.(22)

Eleazer Folger was a shoemaker.(23) He died in 1716, either in Boston or at Nantucket, and Sarah Gardner Folger died at Nantucket on 19 December 1729.(24)


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
ELEAZER FOLGER and his son PETER FOLGER 2nd


1) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1862, Folger Family, page 271; Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Births, page 475, (Hereafter Nantucket VR), Folger, Eleazer, h. Sarah (d. Richard Gardner 1st and Sarah), s. Peter [q.v.] and Mary Morrell, _____, 1648, P.R.38.

2) Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Deaths, page 261, Folger, Eleazer, h. Sarah (d. Richard Gardner 1st and Sarah), s. Peter and Mary Morrell, _____, 1716, P.R. 38, [Eleazer 1st, a. 68 y. 6 m., P.R. 63.].

3) Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages 3:447, (Hereafter Nantucket VR), Folger, Eleazer, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, and Sarah Gardner, d. Richard 1st. and Sarah (Shattuck), _______, 1671, P.R. 38. (Intention not recorded.).

4) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 18??, Folger Family, page 270.

5) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 497, Folger, Peter, s. Eleazer, Aug. 28, 1674. [first h. Judith (d. Stephen Coffin and Mary), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), 28th, 8 mo., P.R. 38.].

6) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 18??, page 182, A Record of Births, Deaths and Marriages, “Peter ye son of Eleazer Folger was born ye 28 Aug. 1674.”

7) Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Deaths, page 272, Folger, Peter 2nd, first h. Judith (d. Stephen Coffin and Mary), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), _____, 1707, P.R. 38.


REFERENCES

1. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1862, Folger Family, page 271; Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Births, page 475, (Hereafter Nantucket VR), Folger, Eleazer, h. Sarah (d. Richard Gardner 1st and Sarah), s. Peter [q.v.] and Mary Morrell, _____, 1648, P.R.38.

2. Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Deaths, page 261, Folger, Eleazer, h. Sarah (d. Richard Gardner 1st and Sarah), s. Peter and Mary Morrell, _____, 1716, P.R. 38, [Eleazer 1st, a. 68 y. 6 m., P.R. 63.].

3. Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, 3:447, (Hereafter Nantucket VR), Folger, Eleazer, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, and Sarah Gardner, d. Richard 1st. and Sarah (Shattuck), _______, 1671, P.R. 38. (Intention not recorded.); The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 18??, Folger Family, page 270.

4. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1871, A Home of the Olden Time, page 49, “His eldest daughter, Sarah, became the wife of Eleazer Folger, brother of Dr. Franklin’s mother.”; Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages, page 530, Gardner, Sarah, d. Richard 1st and Sarah (Shattuck), and Eleazer Folger, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, _____, 1671, Intention not recorded. P.R. 38; Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages, page 447, Folger, Eleazer, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, and Sarah Gardner, d. Richard 1st and Sarah (Shattuck), _____, 1671, Intention not recorded. P.R. 38.

5. No reliable date found.

6. Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages, page 530, Gardner, Sarah, d. Richard 1st and Sarah (Shattuck), and Eleazer Folger, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, _____, 1671, Intention not recorded. P.R. 38; Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages, page 447, Folger, Eleazer, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, and Sarah Gardner, d. Richard 1st and Sarah (Shattuck), _____, 1671, Intention not recorded. P.R. 38.

7.
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1853, A Record of Births, Deaths, and Marriages on Nantucket, Beginning in 1662, page 181, [Communicated by Wm. C. Folger, of Nantucket, Corresponding Member of the N. Eng. H. G. Soc.], Eleazer ye Son of Eleazer Folger was born ye 2nd Julie 1672.

8.
Nantucket, Mass., Vital Records to 1850, 5 vols. Boston, 1925-28, Marriages, page 530, Gardner, Sarah, d. Richard 1st and Sarah (Shattuck), and Eleazer Folger, s. Peter and Mary Morrell, _____, 1671, Intention not recorded. P.R. 38; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1862, Folger Family, page 273.

9.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 491, Folger, Mary, d. Eleasor, Feb. 14, 1684. [w. John Arthur (s. John and Priscilla), d. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), 14th, 2 mo., P.R. 38.]; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 18??, Births, Deaths, etc., in Nantucket, page 262, “Mary ye Daughter of Eleazer Folger was born February 14th 1684.”
10. Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 491, Folger, Mary, d. Eleasor, Feb. 14, 1684. [w. John Arthur (s. John and Priscilla), d. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), 14th, 2 mo., P.R. 38.]; Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 37, Arthur, John and Mary Folger, 27th, 12 mo. 1704/05. Intention not recorded. [John, s. John and Priscilla (Gardner), and Mary Folger, d. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), P.R. 38].

11.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 497, Folger, Peter, s. Eleazer, Aug. 28, 1674. [first h. Judith (d. Stephen Coffin and Mary), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), 28th, 8 mo., P.R. 38.]; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 18??, page 182, A Record of Births, Deaths and Marriages, “Peter ye son of Eleazer Folger was born ye 28 Aug. 1674.”

12.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Deaths, page 272, Folger, Peter 2nd, first h. Judith (d. Stephen Coffin and Mary), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), _____, 1707, P.R. 38.

13.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Deaths, page 272, Folger, Peter 2nd, first h. Judith (d. Stephen Coffin and Mary), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), _____, 1707, P.R. 38.

14.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 503, Folger, Sarah, d. Eliezer, Aug. 24, 1676. [w. Anthony Odar (s. Nicholas of the Isle of Wight), d. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), 24th, 8 mo., P.R. 38.]; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1853, page 263, Births, Deaths, Etc., in Nantucket, “Anthony Odar ye son of Nicholas Odar of Newport in ye Isle of White in ye County of Hampsheer in old England, was married to Sarah Folger ye Daughter of Eleazer Folger of Nantucket in New England on ye 10 day of March 1702-3 by Will-worth Justice of Peace on Nantucket.”; NVR, Marriages, 240, Odar, (Oder), Anthony, s. Nicolas of Newport, Ile of White, Hampshire Co., Eng., and Sarah Folger, d. Eleazer of N., Mar. 10, 1702-3. Intention not recorded. [Anthony, s. Nicholas of the Isle of Wight, and Sarah Folger, d. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), P.R. 38.].

15.
Ibid.

16.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 495, Folger, Nathan, h. Sarah (d. John Church and Abigail), s. Eleazer and Sarah (Gardner), _____, 1678, P.R. 38.

17.
Ibid.

18.
Nantucket Vital Records to 1850, Births, page 465, Folger, Abiah, d. Peter, Aug. 15, 1667. [w. Josias Franklin of Boston (“The parents of Dr. Franklin”), d. Peter [q.v.] and Mary Morrell, 5th, 8 mo., , P.R. 38.]; The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1862, Folger Family, page 273, “Josiah Franklin of Boston, by his second wife Abiah Folger . . . Benjamin, b. Jan. 6, 1706; m. Deborah Read, Sept. 1, 1730; d. April 17, 1790.”

19. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1853, A Record of Births, Deaths, and Marriages on Nantucket, Beginning in 1662, page 181, [Communicated by Wm. C. Folger, of Nantucket, Corresponding Member of the N. Eng. H. G. Soc.], “John Barnard and Bethiah his wife and Isaac Coleman ended their days ye 6th of June 1669 being drown’d out of a canoe between Nantucket and ye Vineyard, at the same time Eleazer Folger was preserved.”
20. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 18??, The Coleman Family, page 130.

21. Macy, Silvanus J. Genealogy of The Macy Family from 1635 – 1868., page 52, Indian Deed of Nantucket, Deeds iii, 54, Secretary’s Office, Recorded for Mr. Tristram Coffin and Mr. Thomas Macy, ye 29th of June, 1671 aforesaid.

22. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 18??, page 148, will of John Gardner.

23. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1862, Folger Family, page 271, “He came to Nantucket from the Vineyard, having half a share of land on the island of Nantucket granted him, to act in the capacity of a shoemaker.”

24. Ibid; Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association, Eleazar Folger, Sarah Gardner.