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Posted by: David Petrie (ID *****5498) Date: January 13, 2004 at 08:54:32
In Reply to: HOLE/HOEL and CUTTS by Diane Andreasen of 431

Some information on the Cutt(s) and Hoel connection. I have a fairly extensive Cutt(s) family WORD document going back to the mid 1500s. Email me if you would like to have a copy.

David Petrie
Arden Hills Minnesota

Robert Cutt(s) b. chr. 1619 Bath, Somerset, England [Bath baptism records] m(1). __ __ Kittery, [Province of] Maine [New England Marriages Prior to 1700] d. 18 Jun 1674 Kittery, York County, Province of Maine/Portsmouth, Rockingham, [Province of] New Hampshire bur. “Robert’s burial place is unknown. He is supposed to be buried somewhere in Kittery, perhaps on his son Robert’s place [Robert Cutt b. 1673 d. 24 Sep 1735, brother of Richard below] and perhaps in an old burying ground near Spruce Creek. He may also have been buried on his farm in Kittery , but no stones remain to mark the spots. He left an ‘estate of 890 English pounds including 8 Negroes.’ Probate of estate: 24 Jul 1674, in Kittery, York County, Province of Maine. Robert came to Portsmouth [Province of New Hampshire] Piscataqua Plantation several years after his brothers John and Richard Cutt(s). Robert went to St. Christopher’s first where he found his first wife. After her death he went to Barbadoes. He probably received fish and lumber from his brothers John and Richard and sent West Indies goods back to New England in return. Upon returning from the West Indies, he lived in Portsmouth before moving to New Castle, [Province of] Maine and then to Kittery, [Province of] Maine across the river where he established a ship yard and ‘Built a large number of vessels’ according to Brewster. Of his life in Kittery little has been preserved. He had a companion and friend in Francis Champernowne. In 1665 they were made, by the companies sent by the Crown, Justices of the Peace, with authority to manage jointly for the time all the affairs of that part of the Province of Maine. By early family tradition was said to have married before his marriage to Mary Hoel but all his children were said to be from his second marriage with her. Robert was from Essex or Cambridgeshire (?), England. He may dropped the ‘S’ from his name when leaving England during the civil war there in order to avoid reprisals if the Royalist party were to win since his father was thought to have been an adherent of [Oliver] Cromwell. Robert was a ship builder.” [Genealogy of the Cutts Family in America; Cecil Hampden Cutts Howard; Joel Munsell’s Sons Publishers (1892)] "According to my info, the 's' was added to Cutt "due to common origin with an English officer, surnamed 'Cutts', who Cutts Shannon encountered at the Siege of Fortress Louisburg, 1745". Taken from "The Shannon Geneology"(sic) compiled by George E. Hodgdon, copies of which are in the Boston, MA and Halifax, NS archives.The name Cutts has been carried down in the Shannon family to the present day." [L M Haferkorn -] The second explanation of the name change is questionable based on the fact that the family name was "Cutts" originally, the "s" was dropped for several generations and the it was added to the name again. The name remained as "Cutts" throughout the 19th century. [David Petrie]

Robert Cutt(s) m(2). Mary Hoel Barbados, West Indies Robert and Mary were said to have married before his arrival in New England. Mary: b. England or Wales d. South Carolina Parents: John Hoel “young English lady…the daughter of an English clergyman…a lady of English or Welsh parentage.” Mary Hoel was the sister of John Hoel (Hole) who came later to “Kit” [Kittery, New Hampshire - later Maine]. After Robert’s death in 1674, she married Capt. Francis Champernowne in 1682. Ironically Robert Cutt(s) had been sued by Capt. Champernowne in “Me. Ct.” [Maine Court?] for “Taking away” four oxen, “arbitrated” in March 1652. “Upon Robert’s death in June 1674 his widow, Mary Hoel, married his friend, Francis Champernowne [at Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire or Isles of Shoals(?)], within two years. Champernowne was the most distinguished man in the colony. He was a descendant of the House of Plantagenet and of many of the most noble families in the West of England. His father, Arthur Champernowne, was first cousin to Sir Walter Raleigh. (This re-marriage may have caused some of the confusion as to the royal ancestors of the Cutts family but Champernowne was obviously not part of the Cutts line.)


Richard Cutt(s) b. 1660 Province of Maine (?) m. Joanna Wills 1686 Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire d. 1735 or 1743 Kittery, [Province of] Maine

Elizabeth Cutt(s) b. Province of Maine(?) m(1). Humphrey Elliott 1684/86 “Took her mother to South Carolina following the death of Francis Champernowne (Elizabeth’s stepfather) in December1687.”

Elizabeth Cutt(s) m(2). Robert/Thomas Witherick Somerton, South Carolina

Bridget Cutt(s) b. Province of Maine(?) m. Reverend William Scriven (Screven) 23 Jul 1674 “lived in South Carolina”

Sarah Cutt(s) b. Province of Maine(?) m. Captain John More/Moore bef 1695

Mary Cutt(s) b. Province of Maine(?) m(1). Humphrey Churchwood aft 1686

Mary Cutt(s) m(2). William/Lt. Richard Briar

Robert Cutt(s) II b. 1673 Province of Maine(?) m. Dorcas Hammond 18 Apr 1698 Portsmouth, Province of New Hampshire or Wells, Province of Maine d. 24 Sep 1735 Robert Cutt II was a successful Kittery (ME) shipwright and left a considerable estate to his daughtger Mary (Cutt) Whipple. Dorcas: b. 1674 d. 1757 Parents: Major Joseph Hammond and Katharine Frost of England. [Blaine Whipple]

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