THE DRIVER FAMILY. Cooke
Mass. Archives, Vol. LXVIII. P. 93.
"A list of ye names of Capt. Gardiners Soldiers in this p'sent Expedition (Kink Philip's War, 1675).
LYNN Thomas Kimball Samuel Rods
John Davis Mark Bacheler
Nicholas Huchin Samuel Graves Richard Hutten
John Linsey Andrew Townsend Philip Welsh
Robert Driver Thomas Baker John Hankens
Daniel Huchin Isaac Hartt Jonathan Looke
Iseak Welman John Farington
The taking of the oath of allegiance by Robert Driver Jr., Feb. 26, 1677, and again in 1678, and being one of Captain Gardner's soldiers in King Philip's war in 1675, for which service he with many others then living received a garant of land in 1686, is of marded importance right here in this history of the Driver family; for Drake in his "History of the Founders of New England," both give Hotten in his "List of Emigrants to New England," both give one "Robert Driver, aged 8 years, who embarqued in the 'Abigall,' June 17, 1635, for New England," whom Mr. Savage in his "Genealogical Dictionary," and Farmer in his "Register of the First Settlers of New England," Calls son of Robert Driver, Sen., of Lynn, thus confounding the son of Robert Driver, our emigrant, who settled in Lynn, Mass., in 1630, with this Robert Driver of 1635, evidently a runaway from England, whom Cotton Mather in his "Magnalia," book VI., states was hung for the murder of his master, he being a servant, March 18, 1674; but there appears no further evidence or proof of this fact, for the emigrant's son Robert was alive three years after his namesake was hung, as shown by the taking of the aforesaid oath, and also twenty-eight years afterwards, as shown by the following items, as taken from the "Lynn town account book of Debts:--"
"Dec 30: 1696:-- Then due to Robert Driver, for sweeping the Meeting house & Ringing the Bell in pay.
L2 : 4 : 0."
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That a Robert Driver was hung in Boston, Mass., March 18, 1675, is beyond dispute; but in the "Book of Assistants," beginning in 1671, deposited in the cleark's office of the Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, being the court records for Suffolk co., is found that he was a Scotchman, living in Piscataqua, Me., a long way from Lynn, Mass., and the family of Drivers there living.
This statement is also to be found in the Diary of Judge Samuel Sewall, who lived contemporaueously with the event, where the following entry is made; --
"A Schtchmand and a Frenchmand kill their master, knocking him in the head as he was taking Tabacco. They are taken by Hew and Cry, and condemned : Hanged. Micholas Feaver born in the He of Jersey: Robert Driver born in the Isle of Orknye in Scotland. Executed March 18, 1674-5."