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Peter of Sudbury Noyes
Robert Darville
(Abt 1616-1661)
Hester (Esther)
(Abt 1618-1661)
Peter Noyes
Elizabeth Darville
Dorothy Noyes


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Rev. Samuel Parris

Dorothy Noyes

  • Born: 1680, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  • Marriage: Rev. Samuel Parris in 1697 in Stow or Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Died: 27 Feb 1719, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts at age 39

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She married Rev. Samuel Parris, of the Salem Witch Trials.


The marriage of Samuel Parris to Peter Noyes' daughter raises a critical why question. It's actually unusual to be descended from Peter Noyes without being also descended from his cousins the Crazy Noyeses. My own lines show a typical pattern; there is a clear trail of generally loony behavior and serious mental illness from the Crazy Noyeses, but no way to prove Peter didn't also have the genes, or similar genes. In fact, in my own lines, Peter Noyes and Crazy Noyes lines converge in a single marriage a generation before the true looniness began. One study that tried to use pedigrees to find genes for bipolar disorder, demonstrated that what usually happens is known genes for the genetically complex condition snake in and out of the lines due to the characteristic selective mating of people who carry the genes. Two of my own lines that came to have bipolar II once had bipolar I.

Peter Noyes was the capable farm manager of a thriving estate in England. He came from a long line of them. He helped found Sudbury, and served as co-leader for pretty much as long as he lived, was completely capable, and never demonstrated any of the emotional fireworks and instability of the other community founder and leader, Edmund Rice. However, many bipolar families have extremely successful people who appear to be utterly stable but carry the family's genes. These are overall highly adaptive genes for the only form of mental illness that is disproportionately found in the upper social classes.
One has to wonder why Peter Noyes' daughter Dorothy would have wanted to marry a Rev. Parris. Her father was dead, so his views didn't figure in the matter. One theory is that she met him when he was preaching in Stow, Massachusetts, near Sudbury. She might have thought he was normal. She might have been drawn to his style, and even to his brand of Evangelical Christianity. She may have found that when she talked to him it seemed like the lights were on upstairs. She very likely thought that the fact that he cared about things, unlike laid back and wishy washy neuronormals who one really can't trust, would make him a reliable husband, even though her perceptions would have startled most people. The point is that it is highly unlikely that Peter Noyes was neuronormal. This wasn't the last marriage in that line between people with the same strongly genetic temperament.

His first wife Elizabeth died in 1696 and was buried in Salem Village.
In the fall of 1697, perhaps while preaching in Stow, Parris met and married Dorothy Noyes of Sudbury. Dorothy was the daughter of Peter Noyes, who had built the first part of what we now call the Noyes-Parris House in 1690. Peter Noyes' father (also Peter) was an original settler of Sudbury Plantation. Dorothy and her sisters spent the 1690s contesting their father's will, including the house.
The Parrises moved first to Newton and then on to Watertown where they bought a farm and Samuel taught school. Three children were born to this second marriage.

The family then moved to Lincoln, Dunstable, and finally to Sudbury (Wayland), in 1712 after Dorothy had been awarded the family house.
From 1712, until his death in 1720, Parris lived in the Noyes-Parris house (now a private residence at 196 Old Connecticut Path), farming, running a dry goods shop, and teaching school. Upon his death, Israel Loring, town minister, wrote, "February 27. On Saturday night died the Reverend Mr. Samuel Parris ... He was formerly Pastor of the Church of Christ in Salem Village, but by reason of the difficulties occasioned by the breaking out of Witchcraft ... he removed from thence, and at last came and dwelt at Sudbury. Going to see him in the time of his sickness and not long before his death, he expressed himself in words of the Psalmist, 'Look upon my affliction and pain and forgive all my sins.'"


Dorothy married Rev. Samuel Parris in 1697 in Stow or Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts. (Rev. Samuel Parris was born in 1653 and died on 27 Feb 1720 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.)

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