Saturday, June 1, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Call of Charlestown, Massachusetts

Charlestown, Massachusetts


Thomas Call, my 9th great grandfather, was born in Faversham, Kent England in 1597.  He arrived in Massachusetts with his wife, Bennett, and three children on the ship Hercules in 1637.  He went on to have six more children.  He built his home on beside the Mystic River in Charlestown, about two and half miles from Bunker Hill.    His second wife, Joanna, was the widow of Daniel Shepardson.  Thomas Call was a baker, and so was his son, John, who married Hannah Kettell.    One of his sons, Thomas, Jr , married his step-sister Lydia Shepardson.

In the next generation John Call, my 8th great grandfather, John Call was less than one year old when his family arrived in Massachusetts from England.  He fought in King Phillip’s War.  He was admitted to the church on 29 April 1662 and became a deacon of the First Church in Charlestown.  His wife was the daughter of Richard Kettell, an ancestor of Henry David Thoreau.

To read about the early generations of Calls in Massachusetts you can check the Bicentennial Book of Malden by A. W. McClure, 1850, page 240 has a short sketch of Thomas Call.  There is also a short sketch of Thomas Call in A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, by James Savage, 1969, Volume 1, pages 329 - 330.

My Call genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Call, son of Richard Call and Edith Bennet, born 15 June 1597 in Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, England, died 17 May 1676 in Malden, Massachusetts; married on 25 June 1619 In Hernhill to Bennett Harrison? Who died about 1644 in Malden.  Thomas married second after 26 July 1644 in Malden to Joane, widow of Daniel Shepardson.  Nine children.

Generation 2: John Call, baptized on 6 March 1636 in Faversham, died 19 April 1697 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married on 26 June 1656 in Charlestown to Hannah Kettell, daughter of Richard Kettell and Hester Ward.  She was born on 27 October 1637 in Charlestown, and died 27 August 1708 in Charlestown.  Eight children.

Generation 3: Mehitable Call, baptized on 30 June 1668 in Charlestown, died on 25 November 1727 in Charlestown; married on 2 December 1685 in Charlestown to John Rand, son of Thomas Rand and Sarah Edenden.  He was born 6 February 1662 in Charlestown and died 4 September 1737 in Charlestown. 

Generation 4:  Caleb Rand m. Katherine Kettell ( his second cousin)
Generation 5: Caleb Rand m. Mary Mayhew
Generation 6: Mary Rand m. Asahel Bill
Generation 7:  Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 8: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. My husband's 4th great-grandmother was Mary CALL, born 1752 in MA and died in Haverhill, Essex, MA on 10 Jul 1830. She married John WHITE. I don't know where she was born or her parents' names. Maybe you can check your records to see if you have a Mary Call born in 1752 in one of your lateral lines?

    1. Teresa, as you can see, my CALL lineage daughtered out very early. Perhaps you could check the Malden book for more CALLs (I only copied the pages with my lineage). Or a good history of Charlestown?