Philippe Hubert/Philip Hubbard

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Philip Hubbard came from St Saviour, Jersey, where he was baptised Hubert, the son of Jean Hubert and Elizabeth Le Gallais.

Philip probably sailed from the bay of St Aubin with his brother Joseph, who died in Maine on 1 April 1701. The time of arrival of these two brothers in New England is unknown, though in a written instrument it is stated that Philip was "sometime of ye Island of Jersey". Probably they were unmarried upon their arrival, as no mention is made by Joseph of wife or children.

On 22 December 1692 Philip married Elizabeth Emery, nee Goodwin, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Spencer (innkeeper at Berwick), and widow of Zecheriah Emery, by whom she had Elizabeth (1687- ) and Zechariah Emery (1690- ). In 1716, as Philip’s widow, she and his son Philip, mariner, united in the sale of his property as administrators. He had seven children, all born in Kittery.

Highlights of Philip's life

  • 5 July 1698 - Fined 20 shillings by the court of Sessions of the County of York for delinquency in not appearing as a grand juryman. It was later remitted.
  • 30 March 1702 - elected constable.
  • 2 February 1703 - mentioned as selectman of the Parish of Berwick, and presented a bill at the next meeting of 15 shillings "for work upon the meeting house". Berwick was set off from Kittery and incorporated as a parish in 1701 or 1702, and as a town in 1713.
  • 5 January 1707 - At a meeting of selectmen, at Berwick, it was ordered that 145 pounds and 15 shillings be paid towards the building of the meeting house to "Philip Hobood" treasurer of the parish, Daniel Emery, clerk.
  • 5 August 1713 - At a town meeting at Berwick, he was again elected selectman and town treasurer for the year ensuing, also surveyor of highways.
  • 15 March 1714 - At the town meeting, John Hooper was elected Phillip’s successor.

He was, judging from the offices he held, one of the foremost citizens of Kittery and Berwick.

Land purchases

The first land Philip Hubbard bought was from James Emery, of Barwick, to whom it was "laid out" on 1 November 1654, by the "lot layers of Kittery". He and his wife Elizabeth for a consideration of 120 pounds quitclaimed it to Philip Hubbard on 27 January 1697. It comprised:

"All that my Land and building Scituate, lying and being in Barwick aforesd, Containing forty Acres, be it more or less, butted and bounded as followeth: beginning at a Red oak tree Standing in the fence between my said Land and John Playsteds, or birchen point, Lot Soe called, and Soe to the Main River Side, and up the sd River Northward to a small brook and valley, which is parting bounds between sd Land und Daniel Stone's Land; and from thence, running as the fence now Stands, to a tall white oak stump Standing within Daniel Stone's garrison; and from sd Stump upon a Streight Course to ye first mentioned sed oak tree, where it began, together with all my Right, title and interest of and to the Marsh, Comonly Called the fowling Marsh Joyning to sd Land."

On 25 April 1703, he bought for ce 70 an additional forty acres from Benoni Hodgson of Kittery; 17 May 1706, a 50-acre tract for ce 30 from William Goodwin of Kitter, formerly granted to James Barry by the town of Kittery on 24 June 1673; 2 January 1706, 50 acres for ce36 from Daniel Mackentire, granted 9 February 1663, by the town to Micham Mackentire; 19 December 1709, 40 acres for ce8. 108. from Ephraim Joy, housewright, and wife Sarah Joy; and 11 January 1710, 50 acres that was laid out on 10 May 1703, to Alexander Grant and James Grant.

The inventory of his estate, sworn on 22 February 1714, amounted to ce 1223.01. Some of the items mentioned are: 4 oxen, with hay to winter them, ce26; 9 cows at ce4 p, with hay to winter them; 3-yr old hefer ce3; 5 2y old cattle ce 10; 2 3-yr old steeres, with hay to winter them ce7; a bull ce 3; 6 yearlings ce7. 105; a calfe 6s; a negro woman ce35; 2 mares & a horse ce6 p; 29 sheep at 7s. ce10. 3s; 2 sowes and 8 piggs 50s; 2 shoats 105; carpenters and joyners tools, lathe, etc. ce3.2s; 1 cyder mill & press ce4, and many other items of personal property.

His widow died before 16 December 1736, when her thirds were divided and Philip the eldest son received ce80 and the rest of the children ce 40 apiece, being John, Moses, Aaron, Elizabeth Redington, Patience Farnam, and Mary Bean. The inventory of his real estate at this date was as follows: "The Homestead with ye Buildings thereon ce 1000; The 8 acres yt was Moses Hubbard's ce 120; The 2 acres to Aaron ce30; To 60 acres at Salmon falls ce360; The 40 acres at Lovey Brook ce 60; The 100 acres at nine notches ce125."

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