Given Name: Alice
Change Date: 14 Sep 2005
She was present at the formal presentation of Robert's inventory of estate. No further mention found yet.
Death: AFT 22 OCT 1686 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA
Event: perhaps of Indian blood
Rumor had it that the Wixon family contained Indian blood and this was somehow linked thru an Indian princess. Over the years, I have concentrated on finding documentation on the family and have not paid any attention to this "story" as most of the time, they are of no use whatsoever.
The story for the Wixon family was that Robert the first married Alice and she was an Indian. This possibility was strengthened somewhat as the only mention of Alice is in her husband's will. No marriage record has ever been found and her life after Robert's death is a mystery. Not glittering proof that she was an Indian, but it leaves room for thought.
Now, in March 2000, on an internet list for Barnstable Co., MA, a discussion was begun on the likleyhood of proving Indian blood for various Cape families and one of the names to come up was Wixon. I asked what the odds were that this would have been true given Robert Wixon was a freeman and a member in good standing in his community. Responses were as follows:
14 Mar 2000
from Burt Derrick Wixon Descendant and Cape Cod specialist
"You are quite right - nothing can be proven regarding Indian blood in the Wixon and Chase families. However, the issue of "marrying out" was less important on Cape Cod than elsewhere. All of the Indians on the Cape were allies of the Separatists, not antagonists. By the time that Robert 1 Wixon flourished with wife Alice, all of the Eastham Indians were Christian, as were those throughout the lower Cape, and had their own churches and preachers. Robert 1 Wixon married fairly late in life, and seemed to get along well with his neighbors, but the same cannot be said for his son Barbabas2. Barnabas2 sold out all of his extensive holdings in Eastham to move to Dennisport, which was then entirely Indian land. There is no record of sale of such land to Barnabas2, and there is conjecture about how he acquired it, and from who. The land was in the ownership of one Jacob Crook, an Indian, and was called then Crooks Neck (later corrupted to Crocker Neck). The family tradition was that he went to live with the Indians.Most of his holdings were left to his son Joshua3 Wixon. We know that Joshua3 was a Quaker, and the issue of "marrying out" (in terms of race) was not one with the Quakers of that time. Indians had as much right of equal standing in the Friends as the English did. It was Joshua who had two families. By his first wife, there was a son Rueben4, who received ALL of his father's Cape Cod holdings. Joshua's second family left with him to settle the Oblong in New York (from whom most of the Wixons of the West are descended. All the local Wixons descend from Reuben4.
I believe that there is Indian blood throughout both the Chase and Wixon families. There is too much family tradition that exists, and too much resemblance to Indians (in complexion, blood type, hair color, and bone structure) to easily dismiss it. For example, bladness in males is almost unheard of in the Cape Wixons, and hair is straight and black, even into older age. But, no proof exists that I have found.
Robert WIXON b: in England
- Jemimah WIXON b: 30 AUG 1655 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA
- Titus WIXON b: 2 DEC 1657 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA
- Elizabeth WIXON b: 29 MAY 1660 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA
- Barnabas WIXON b: 13 JUL 1663 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA
- Abbrev: Wixam, Robert - Will of
Title: Barnstable Co. Probate Court, Barnstable Co. Probate, Vol. 1, pp. 3 & 4 (1 Oct 1686)
. 1 Oct 1686.
Text: Robert Wixam of Eastham being very weak and infirm of body but yet in perfit memory and understanding and not knowing the time of his departure, but dayly expecting when my change will be, leave this as my last will and testament.
Mercy Imprisimis. -- My soul I commend unto the arms of Gods mercy in Jesus Christ, and my body to a decent burial and concerning my temporal estate which God in his goodness hath given me -- It is my will that it shall be disposed of as followeth:
I do make my wife Alice my whole and sole executrix joyning my son-in-law Nathaniel Mayo with her to be helpful unto her in advise and management of matters in reference to paying of debts and other matters of difficulty as to her support &c.
I do give my daughter Jemimah one browne cow with a star in the forehead and one hive of beese and houseroom and priviledges in the orchard as long as she lives unmarried.
I give to my grandchild Nathaniel Mayo one cow calf. The rest of my personal estate, my debts being paid, stock and moveables I give unto my loving wife Alice for her support during her natural life, and that part of my dwelling house that I now live in the benefit of my orchard during her natural life.
It. I give unto my son Titus Wixam the other part of my dwelling house and outhousing and all my land on that side of the highway my housing stands upon and all my meadow adjoining to it, and half an acre of meadow lying in Knock Harbour, lying between to parcels of Thomas Williams meadow and the other part of my dwelling house, after my wifes decease, and a parcel of upland lying between the mouth of Little Skiket and Knock Harbour and a small field of upland above the highway which he now improves with two acres bredth of land from that field down to the highway, against the house.
It. I give to my son Barnabas Wixam all the remainder of my thirty acres of upland above the highway with all my meadow and marsh-ground lying in great Names Cakitt by the beach and a small parcel of meadow lying in Knock Harbour, between Daniel Cole and Giles Hopkins.
It. My will is that my two sons Titus and Barnabas Wixam do provide for and winter four or five cattle annually during her natural life. Further my will is that after my wifes decease my son Titus Wixam shall have one fether bed and an iron pott. And my son Barnabas Wixam shall have another fether bed and brass kittle.
This I leave as my last will and testament with liberty to add to or alter as I may see cause, if God shall be pleased to prolong my days.
As witness my hand and seal this first day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand, Six Hundred Eighty Six.
Robert Wixam (his mark)
- Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported on 12 Jun 2005
Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Shelly Lewis. Created on 19 May 2005. Imported on 12 Jun 2005.n 12 Jun 2005.