John was born circa 1676 when his father (Peter) was 36 and his mother (Elizabeth Beadle) was 25.
John married Mary Dixon in Oct 1696 in Kittery.
John and Mary’s children were:
- John b. 30 Sep 1700; died young
- Hezekiah b. 11 Feb 1702; m. Ann Thompson
- Solomon b. 20 Jun 1705; m. Martha Tobey
- Samuel b. 11 Apr 1707; m. (1) 2 Oct 1727 Patience Moore, (2) Mercy Came
- Hannah b. 8 Feb 1709-10; m. (1) 17 Jun 1736 John Drew, (2) 12 Nov 1739 Edward Whitehouse
- Thomas b. 9 Jan 1711-2; m. 21 Nov 1733 Sarah Ferguson
- Mary b. 21 Jan 1714; m. Hanscom
- Anne (Annah) b. 10 Mar 1716; m. Joshua Brooks 2 Aug. 1733
- John b. 2 Jan 1717-8
- Elizabeth b. 11 Feb 1719-20; m. John Thompson Jr., 17 Nov 1736
- Mark b. 31 Oct 1725; d. abt. 1782
Family history notes indicate that John was a Carpenter and Garrison Keeper; although, to date, these facts could not be properly sourced. In 1720, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was claimed by both Wabanaki Native Americans (and French allies) and British colonists. War was declared on July 25, 1722 by Massachusetts’ governor William Dummer. The conflict saw raids and battles until peace was negotiated in December 1724. John surely would have been aware of this conflict.
John died in 1745 at age 69, living in Kittery his whole life. His 21 Nov 1744 Will (probated 16 Jul 1745) names his sons Hezekiah, Solomon (giving them five shillings each), Samuel (giving Four pounds), Thomas (giving Thomas’s three children four pounds), his daughters Hannah Whitehouse, Annah Brooks, Elizabeth Tomson, and Mary Hanscomb (giving them each four pounds). To his wife, Mary, his gives his “personal Estate Goods and Chattels within Doors and without and also the one Third of the Income of my Real Estate, and the Easterly End of my dwelling House from Ridge pole to the Bottom of the Celler, and a Convenient part of the Barn and out Houses if She desires it.” John leaves everything else to his youngest son, Mark – who is named executor (along with wife Mary). Sons Thomas and John are not named.
- Stackpole, Everett S. Old Kittery and Her Families, pg. 752. Lewiston, Me.: Press of Lewistown Journal Co., 1903.
- Scales, John, Piscataqua Pioneers, pg. 157. Portsmouth, NH.: Peter E. Randall, Publisher, 2000.
- Ancestry.com, Historical Insights: Dummer’s War.
- Sargent, William M., A.M., Maine Wills 1640-1760, pg 498-499. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1972