Squire Humphrey Tiffany[1]

Male 1630 - 1685  (55 years)

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  • Name Humphrey Tiffany 
    Prefix Squire 
    Born 4 Jun 1630  St. John, Hackney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jul 1685  between Swansea and Boston Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2606  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2008 

    Father Henry Tiffany,   c. 21 Aug 1603, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mrs. Elizabeth (Tiffany),   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F2112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Henry Tiffany,   c. 21 Aug 1603, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F16547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth (Tiffany),   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1665  Milton or Reboth, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. James Tiffany,   b. 1666, Milton, Suffolk Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1732, Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Posted by Diane Lockman on May 30, 1999 at 20:32:10:

      In Reply to: Re: Henry Tiffany, Sr. b. about 1577 in Yorkshire, England posted by Sunny L. T e nnant on May 14, 1998 at 23:27:03:

      from St. John's Parish Hackney, London, England.

      Henry Sr. b. @1577 of Yorkshire, England
      Md (?) @ 1602 Yorkshire, England D. England
      Wife (?) B. @ 1581 Yorkshire, England, D. England Children:
      1. Henry Jr. Chr 21 Aug 1603, St John's Hackney, London, England (all children Chr. here)M d . Elizabeth (?) 5 July 1629, St Johns, Buried 30 Oct 1638, St Johns.
      2. Child (?) B and D. 1605 Parish register simply says "Child of Henry Tiffany , Born and di e d 1605."
      3. Mary , Chr 19 Oct 1606, St Johns
      4. Child (?) "Child of Henry Tiffany, Born and died 1607"
      5. Child (?) "Child of Henry Tiffany, Born and died 1609
      6. William (Yeoman) Chr 15 July 1610,St Johns, Will dated 22 Aug 1665 in St. Mary's Parish I s lington, England
      7. Child (?) "Child of Henry Tiffany, Born and died 1611"
      8. Thomas (Tailor) Chr 9 Jan 1613,St. Johns Md Alice (Alece) Lawrence 9 June 1625, St Johns,
      9. Bridget, Chr 26 Oct 1617, St. Johns, Md Mr. Finer.

      Henry Jr. Chr 21 Aug 1603, St Johns, Md 5 July 1629 Elizabeth(?) St Johns, He was a Laboure r . Buried 30 Oct 1638, St Johns
      Elizabeth (?) B @ 1606 in Yorkshire, Md (2)
      William Dodge 5 July 1639 St Johns. Died in Beverly, Mass.Children:
      1. Humphrey, Chr 4 June 1630 St Johns, Md Elizabeth (?) 1665 Milton or Reboth, Mass. Die d 1 5 July 1685, Swansea, Mass. (Killed by lightning)
      2. Sarah (Sara) Chr 3 Aug 1645 St Johns
      3. Henry, Chr 26 June 1636, St Johns
      4. Christopher, Chr 31 Mar 1638, St Johns
      5. Elizabeth, Chr 14 Apr 1639. Born after father died.

      I'm related from Humphrey, this way.
      Humphrey Tiffany and Elizabeth (1)
      Ephraim Tiffany and Bethia(2)
      Consider Tiffany and Naomi Comstock(3)
      Samuel Tiffany and Abigail Curtis (4)
      Mary Tiffany and Daniel Whipple (5)
      George Tiffany and Mary Mason (5)
      (their children married)
      George Tiffany and Almira Whipple (6)
      George Mason Tiffany and Sarah Jane York (7)
      Ira Tiffany and Laura May Prothero (8)
      Ethel Tiffany and David Olorenshaw (9)
      Look forward to hearing from more Tiffanys!!

      Humphrey Tiffany Squire was born on 4 Jun 1630 in London, , , England. He was christened o n 4 Jun 1630 in St. John, Hackney Parish.
      He died on 15 Jul 1685 in , , Massachusetts, USA. He has reference number 384. !BIRTH: New Yo rk Genealogical and Biographical Record, v.
      63, p. 3
      Vital Records of Rehoboth, Swansea and Milton MA
      American Genealogist, vol X, p. 138

      Info also from Latter-day Saints Ancestral Files, March, 1994
      Info also from Genealogical Sketch of the Tiffany Family, by
      Ella F. Wright, 1904

      MARR: Same
      DEATH: Same

      Occupation: Justice of the Peace

      The account of the tragic death of Humphrey Tiffany is given in the diary
      of the celebrated jurist, Samuel Sewall. He wrote, "Wednesday, P. M.,
      July 15. Very dark and great Thunder and Lightening. One Humphrey Tiffany
      and Frances Low, Daughter of Antony Low, are slain with the Lightening and
      Thunder about a mile or a half a mile beyond Billingses Farm, the Horse also
      slain, that they rode on, and another Horse in Company slain, and his rider
      who held the garment on to steady it at the time of the Stroke, a coat or
      cloak, stounded but not killed. Were coming to Boston. Antony Low being

      in Town the sad Bill was put up with regard of that Solemn judgement of

      God; Fast day Forenoon. July 15, 1685. 2 Persons 2 Horses." Additionally,
      the following quaint lines have recorded the event: "Humphrey Tiffany and
      Mistress Lowe, by a stroke of lightning into eternity did go." For this

      latter quote see "Colonial Families of the USA" bu Mackenzie and Rhoades.

      The following is taken from a book entitled "The Last Tiffany" by Michael John
      Burlingham, published in 1989 by Atheneum of New York:

      In a genealogical study that Charles Tiffany commissioned toward the end of his
      life, his ancestral line was traced, somehow, to the reaches of ancient Greece,
      where the name had been Theophania. Theophania was also the Greek festival of
      the epiphany held in midwinter to honor Apollo, the sun god. The family was
      named for the festival, according to one account, because they sold ephiphany
      silk, a fine quality colorful silk reserved for special occasions. In
      pre-Christian times, a branch of the family had migrated to Gaul, settling in
      Brittany. There they had stuck to the same trade and been called Tiffiny, as
      the silk they sold was called tiffin. After the Norman invasion the family
      emigrated to Yorkshire, where the name was anglicized to its present spelling.
      Eventually offshoots of the Yorkshire Tiffanys made their way south to
      Richmondshire, near London, which was to become the point of departure for
      Squire Humphrey Tiffany, the first Tiffany to land on American soil and

      Charles' great-great-great-grandfather. From ancient times, therefore, the
      Tiffanys had been businesmen with an eye for quality merchandise. They were
      generally of medium to small height, dark-haired, dark-complexioned, with
      bright blue eyes quickly changing with mood.

      Squire Humphrey and his wife, Elizabeth, were first recorded on the ledgers of
      the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts Bay in 1660. Presumably they had arrived
      from England shortly before that date. If so, like their Mayflower
      predecessors, they may well have been fleeing Anglican persecution, for Oliver
      Cromwell had died in 1658 and his Puritan Roundheads were in rout. On the other
      hand, if Squire Humphrey had arrived in America during Cromwell's rule, it is
      also possible, even probable, that he was fleeing the economic chaos that the
      politically inept soldier had wrought. The title of squire indicated a man of
      good birth and incependent means--one therefore not employed in any trade or
      profession--with a coat of arms granted by the College of Heralds. The Tiffany
      escutcheon pictured a knight garlanded with oak leaves, his visored helmet
      surmounted by the head of a greyhound biting a stag's foot. A chevron and three
      lions were emblazoned on his breastplate above the motto "Patria Fidelis." A
      huntsman and patriot; in short, Squire Humphrey was a gentleman. But whether he
      escaped England to protect his faith, his pocketbpok, or both, is not known.

      He did not stay in Plymouth long, moving within three years to the area of
      Massachusetts then known as Rehoboth. He settled there for good, raising a
      family along strict Puritan lines. The squire met his end in the summer of 1685
      on the road from Swansea to Boston; surprised by a severe thunderstorm, he was
      struck by lightning and "into eternity did go."

      From: "Colonial Families of the United States of America," page 458...

      It is the theory of some members of the Tiffany family that this family

      originated about the time of the Early Crusades of The Holy Sepulchre and that
      some member of the family returning from the Crusades settled in Brittany,
      France. That following the Norman Conquest, the English left Brittany at
      different periods and that it is from some of these English Tiffays that the
      American Tiffanys are descended.

      The name is Norman French. On the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV
      of France, many Huguenots emigrated to England and some to America. Among them
      were certain families of the name of Tiffany, among whom was a James Tiffany,
      from the Province of Champagne, who was naturalized in the year 1682. No effort
      has been made to trace the line in England or France.

      The earliest Tiffany mentioned in colonial historhy in America is Squire
      Humphrey Tiffany who went to Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1660. His wife was
      Elizabeth (surname not given). The four great branches of the family whose
      descent is unquestioned are his four soms: James, Thomas, Ebenezer, and


      From: Genealogical Sketch of the Tiffany Family, by Ella Frances Wright,
      Waterbury Connecticut, 1904.

      Squire Humphrey Tiffany is the earliest Tiffany mentioned in colonial history,
      and he is undoubtedly the ancestor of the majority of Tiffanys in America. He
      emigrated from Yorkshire, England in 1660 to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in
      1663. The following notes copied from reliable records fix the date when he
      became a citizen of the town of Rehobeth, Massachusetts (which town was

      incorporated in 1645, and contained the present towns of Seekonk, Rehoboth,
      Attleboro, parts of Swansee, MA, and Pawtucket, RI). The birth of a daughter,
      Sarah, July 6, 1683; his death by lightning; the administration of his estate
      by wife Elizabeth; the death of his son, Hezekiah, the same year by drowning;
      ending with a record from the vital records of Rehoboth, which affirm his heirs
      in 1689 to be proprietors not inmabitants of property in Rehoboth,

      In the records of the ancient town of Rehoboth, "Baylis History of New
      Plymouth," Volume 1, page 209, under the date of 22nd January, 1663, it states:
      "Humphrey Tiffany permitted to be a Sojourner and to buy or hire." At this date
      he became a citizen of the town and was a Justice of the Peace.

      "Att the General Court holden att Plymouth the first day of March, Anno Dom,
      1663," Humphrey Tiffany made a complaint against an Indian for abuse received.

      "Humphrey Tiffany, Rehoboth, 1663, by wife Elizabeth had Sarah born July 6,
      1683, and was an inhabitant of Dover, Massachusetts for some time but killed
      July 15, 1685, on the journey between Swanzey and Boston by a stroke of

      Lightning." - SAVAGE

      From: Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 124, page 125.

      "On 15th July, 1685, Humphrey Tiffany and Frances Low travelling betwix Swansey
      and Boston were slain with Lightning."

      From: Plymouth Colony Records: Volume 6, page 175

      "Att a General Court of his Maj'tie holden att Plymouth, 27 October, 1685,
      administration is granted by this court to Elizabeth, the relict of Humphrey
      Tiffany deceased, on all the goods and chattles of sd. Tiffany she bringing in
      a true inventory there of and giving bond with two sufficient sureties for her
      administering according to law. Major John Walley is ordered by the court to
      give ye oath to the inventory of sd. Tiffany and to deliver her the letter of
      administration granted by the Court, he having given a bond as afore sd."

      From: Town Records of Swansea, Massachusetts, fujrnished by town clerk Henry O.

      "Hezekiah, son of Humphrey Tiffany and of Elizabeth his wife, was drowned in
      the Swansey River on the 4th of December near night , anno 1685."

      From: Vital Records of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, page 917.

      Humphrey Tiffany's heirs are quoted as proprietors, not inhabitants, of

      property in Rehoboth, 7th February, 1689.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Imported GEDCOM file.