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Edmond Frost Burying Ground
In Old Burying ground Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Edmond Frost grave in Old burying ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Church at Old Burying Ground
Edmond Frost and several members of his family buried here.
House in Cambridge Middlesex, Massachusetts
Edmund Frost's history
Edmund Frost was born in the neighborhood of Hartest, County of Suffolk, England, about the year 1600. He must have early associated himself with the non-conformist or dissenting portion of the Protestant element in England. Even attendance at such services to the neglect of the established church, was visited with the severest punishment, which sometimes did not stop short of fine and imprisonment. Mr. Clinsworth in his “Counterpoyson” refers to the fact that while the famous English divine, Mr. Robinson, was preaching secretly near Norwich, Norfolk County, England, (1600-4), certain members of his congregation “were excommunicated for restoring unto and praying with him.” Edmund Frost married at Hartest, about the year 1630, a woman whose first name was “Thomasine.” His first son, John, was born in England about the year 1632. On October 16, 1634, Edmund Frost, with his wife and son John, boarded the ship great Hope (Captain Gurling) at Ipswich, England, for Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the leaders of Rev. Thos. Shepard’s party, whom religious persecution had driven to seek refuge in America. Rev. Thomas Shepard, in his autobiography, referred to him as “his most dear brother Frost.” In the words of Edmund Frost’s great grandson, Rev. Amariah Frost, “he came to the then savage wilderness of America to escape the more savage oppression of England.” The Great hope was shipwrecked off Yarmouth, but Edmund Frost and all the rest of the passengers on the ship were saved. After some delay the ship “Defence” was secured (captain Bostock, master) and on his ship Edmund Frost sailed for Boston from Gravesend, Kent County, England, on August 10, 1635. Owing to the difficulties arising over the persecution of all dissenters by the government at that time, Edmund Frost, as well as Rev. Thomas Shepard himself and others, had to embark under an assumed name, else they could have not escaped the “poursuivants” as the officers were called. On October 2, 1635, the ship “Defence” arrived in Boston harbor. The company almost to the man at once moved over and located at Cambridge, Massachusetts. This place had already been settled by Rev. Thomas hooker and his party, but the latter had made their plans for emigrating to Connecticut. It thus appears that the first real permanent settlement at Cambridge, Massachusetts, was made by Rev. Thomas Shepard and his colony of immigrants. This included representatives of the following families, all of whom are connected with the earliest history of Cambridge, to wit: Shepard, Frost, Champney, Goffe, Cooke, and Norton.
In the first allotment of lands we find Edmund Frost located on what is known at this day as the westerly side of Dunster Street, between Harvard Square and Mt. Auburn Street. On March 3, 1636, Edmund Frost was admitted and enrolled as a freeman of Cambridge. Gov. Winthrop, in his Journal, speaks about attending on the 11th day of February, 1636, the installation of Rev. Thomas Shepard, as pastor, and his two elders into their respective offices in the first church at Cambridge.
The two elders were, undoubtedly, Edmund frost and Richard Champney. He describes the entire ceremony with great minuteness of detail. Then Colonel William Goffe in his “Diary,” speaks of visiting Elder Edmund Frost on August 23, 1660, and observed to him that a glorious saint makes a lowly cottage a stately palace. “Were I to take my choice I would rather abide with this saint in his poor cottage than with any of the princes that I know of at this day in the world.” Indeed, it appears from the records of Cambridge that Edmund Frost never prospered in the wordly sense, but always was poor in purse. But though not gifted with wealth, he was a most godly man and greatly respected. During his life at Cambridge, from 1635 until his death in 1672, eight children were born. He wife Thomasine, died and he remarried later. He was noted all his days as a most pious and humble Christian, a faithful disciple of the Master. In every way a worthy progenitor of the great family which bears his name. Thomas G. Frost, in Frost family in England and America, with special reference to Edmund Frost by Edward Lysander Frost
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Edmund Frost sailed from Ipswich, England on the Great Hope, but the ship was wrecked off Yarmouth. He later boarded The Defense with his wife and son and departed England from Gravesend, Kent on August 10, 1635. He arrived in Boston on October 2, 1635. He was one of the first members of the First Congregational Church of Cambridge and was installed as its first Ruling Elder February 11, 1636. He was sworn a freeman March 3, 1636. About 1639 he bought from Thomas Blodgett property on the west side of Dunster street between Harvard Square and Mt. Auburn street, which he later sold and bought a house on Garden street. After 1646 he occupied a homestead on Kirkland street.
When Colonel Goffe, the "regicide" (one of those who sentenced Charles I to death), came to New England, he went to see Edmund Frost and wrote of the visit in his journal, August 23, 1660, "In ye evening wee vissited Elder Frost, who rec'd us with great kindness and love, esteeming it a favour yt we would come into ye mean habitation, assured us of his fervent prayers to ye Lord for us; a glorious saint makes a mean cottage a stately palace; were I to make my choice, I would rather abide with ye saint in his poor cottage than with any of ye princes I know of at ye day ye world."
The revered Elder died July 12, 1672, and his will was signed with his written signature and named his children, all but the first born in Cambridge. To his wife Reana, he left the use of his land and 20 shillings a year during her lifetime, to be paid in corn or cattle by sons Ephraim and Thomas; also 20 shillings a year to be paid by son John. There were other cash bequests and the dwelling was left to Ephraim and Thomas.
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Edmund Frost was born 28 August 1593 at Hartest, Suffolk, England and died 12 July 1672 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was a "preaching elder" and was obliged to leave England under an assumed name because he dissented from Church views. In 1635 he immigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts with his first wife and son John, becoming a freeman there 3 March 1636. He was one of the original members of First Congregational Church of Cambridge and was installed as Elder 11 February 1636. He married first Thomasine c1630 at Hartest, Suffolk, England. (She was not surnamed Belgrave, Thomasine Belgrave was the wife of another Frost named Edward.) She died 13 June 1653 at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Edmund Frost married second to Mary c1653. She died before 1669. He married third to Reana before 1669. She died before 3 November 1675 when an inventory of her estate was made. Reana had married first to Edmund James before 1640, second to William Andrews (-1652) c11 August 1640, and third to Robert Daniel (-1655) 2 May 1654.
Children of Edmund Frost and Thomasine:
John Frost born c1632 at England; died c30 September 1672; married 26 June 1666 to Rebecca Andrew at Massachusetts and had the following children: John Frost (19 November 1667-); Rebecca Frost (3 December 1669-1 July 1750); and Thomas Frost
Thomas Frost born March 1636/7 at Cambridge, (now Middlesex County), Massachusetts; died 1639 at Cambridge, (now Middlesex County), Massachusetts
Samuel Frost born 13 February 1638/9 at Cambridge, (now Middlesex County), Massachusetts; died 7 January 1717/8 at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; married 12 October 1663 to Mary Cole; married before 1674 to Elizabeth Miller
Joseph Frost born 13 January 1639/40 at Cambridge, (now Middlesex County), Massachusetts; died 1692; married 22 May 1666 to Hannah Miller (1649-) (sister of Elizabeth Miller) at Charlestown, Massachusetts and had the following children: Jabez Frost (12 December 1667-); Susanna Frost (27 January 1668/9-); Joseph Frost (15 February 1670/7-); Stephen Frost (9 March 1672/3-); Nathaniel Frost (baptized 7 May 1676-); Hannah Frost (30 August 1677-); Abigail Frost (12 March 1679/80-); Miller Frost (28 February 1682/3-); and Faith Frost (9 September 1687-)
Deacon James Frost born 9 April 1643 at Cambridge, (now Middlesex County), Massachusetts;
died 12 August 1711 at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; married 17 December 1664 to Rebecca Hamlet (-20 August 1666) at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and had child: James Frost, Jr. (14 August 1666-5 January 1754); married 22 January 1667 to Elizabeth Foster (-1726) at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and had the following children: Thomas Frost (18 October 1667-March 1742); John Frost (14 November 1668-3 March 1668/9); Samuel Frost (28 February 1669/70-); Elizabeth Frost (6 November 1672-); Edmund Frost (14 May 1675-18 May 1675); Mary Frost (6 May 1676-); Sarah Frost (15 July 1678-); Hannah Frost (31 January 1680/1-); Joseph Frost (21 March 1682/3-28 December 1737); Abigail Frost (3 August 1685-); and Benjamin Frost (8 March 1687/8-24 March 1753)
Mary Frost born 24 July 1645 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Ephraim Frost born 1646 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died 2 January 1717/8; married before 1678 to Hepzibah Pratt and had the following children: Mary Frost (20 May 1678-); Edmund Frost (14 March 1679/80-6 November 1752); Ephraim Frost (23 September 1682-26 July 1769); Thomas Frost (c1688-3 May 1765); Ebenezer Frost (baptized 17 January 1696/7-1768); and Sarah Frost (c1669-11 August 1747)
Thomas Frost born 1647 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; died 1724; married 12 November 1678 to Mary Gibbs (1652-20 February 1690/1) at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and had the following children: Thomas Frost (23 August 1679-29 - February 1751); John Frost (14 September 1684-between 15 February 1758 - September 1763); Samuel Frost (23 November 1686 - 2 August 1736); and Mary (8 November 1690-died aged 3 months). Mary Gibbs had married first John Goodridge (1643-1676) 23 March 1674/5. married 9 July 1691 to Hannah Johnson (27 April 1656-3 May 1712) and had child: Sarah Frost (c1692-9 December 1717); married 12 December 1712 to Sarah Singletary
Child of Edmund Frost and Mary:
Sarah Frost born 1653 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Two generations: Frost family in England and America, with special reference to Edmund Frost ...
By Thomas Gold Frost, Edward Lysander Frost
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A bit of history
Edmund Frost was born 28 August 1593 at Hartest, Suffolk, England and died 12 July 1672 at Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was a "preaching elder" and was obliged to leave England under an assumed name because he dissented from Church views. In 1635 he immigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts with his first wife and son John, becoming a freeman there 3 March 1636. He was one of the original members of First Congregational Church of Cambridge and was installed as Elder 11 February 1636. He married first Thomasine c1630 at Hartest, Suffolk, England.
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On the first governing board of Harvard College
"Harvard College was founded in 1636 and by virtue of his office as church elder Edmund Frost became one of its first governing board, and donated books to its first library."
Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, Biographical--genealogical By William Richard Cutter, American Historical Society
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