John Warren

Male - 1667


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  • Name  John Warren 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  01 Aug 1585  Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Will  30 Nov 1667  Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In his will, dated 30 November 1667 and proved 16 December 1667, John Warren Sr. 'being aged & weake in body' bequeathed to 'my son Daniell Warren the p(ar)cell of land that he now lives on being about the quantity of sixteen acres with all the apurtenances"; to "my son John Warren & my son Daniel Warren my dividend and all my remote meadow with another p(ar)cell of remote land ... in Watertown ... (to) my two sons equally'; to 'my son Daniell Warren my best flock bed with my green rug ... and two of my four pewter platters'; to 'my daughter-in-law Mary Warren wife to my son Daniell one pewter porringer"; to my daughter Mary Begalow a p(ar)cell of remote land being the quantity of 16 acres ... already in her possession'; to 'my daughter Mary Begalow one small pewter dish'; to 'my daughter Elizebeth Knape plow land lying on the further plain in Watertown w(hi)ch her husband James Knape hath formerly been possessed of; to 'my aforesaid daughter Elizebeth a book called the plaine man's pathway to heaven"; to 'my grand child Daniel Warren Son to my son Daniell Warren one of my cows'; to "my grandchild Mary Begalow a lined box that was my wife's'; to 'Michall Bloyse daughter to Richard Bloyse deceased one pewter plate'; to 'all of my grand children to each of them the sum of 2s. 6d.'; residue "to my beloved son John Warren making and ordaining him my whole and sole executor" (MPR Case #23862).

      The inventory of the estate of 'John Warren Senior late deceased of Watertown' was taken 13 December 1667 and was untotalled, but included 23 pounds in real estate: 'one tenement of houses and ten acres of upland and three acres of meadow 60 pounds'; "sixteen acres of waste land 8 pounds'; "sixty acres of divident land 15 pounds"; 'thirteen acres of meadow 10 pounds'; 'farm land one hundred and fifty acres 30 pounds.' Among the interesting things found in his inventory were "one musket, one sword, one halberd," valued under 15s. (MPR Case #23862).
    Died  13 Dec 1667  Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Notes 
    • John Warren came to Boston from Nayland, Suffolk Co, England, in the party of John Winthrop in the ship "Arabella" departing on 22 March 1630 and arriving at Salem, Massachusetts on 30 June 1630. From Salem he went with the remainder of the company to Charlestown, whence after a brief stay they removed to the Mt. Auburn area in Watertown and settled on Lexington Street near Waverly. He was admitted a freeman 18 May 1631. He was selectman of Watertown from 1636 to 1640, and was on the committee to lay out highways. His homestead lot of 12 acres was between those of John Bisco and Isaac Stearns and William Hammond. He had seven other lots throughout Watertown-present day Weston area aggregating 188 acres.

      He sympathized with the Quakers and was at odds with the Puritan church, though he retained his membership. He was warned, 14 March 1658/1659, for not attending church, and was fined 4 April, 1654, for not attending church for a period of 14 Sabbaths, at five shillings each. His house and that of his neighbor Hammond were searched for Quakers, 27 May 1661.

      Even though he was a member of the church, he was frequently cited for failing to attend public worship. John Coolidge and John Whitney testified that John Warren and Thomas Arnold "did absent themselves from the public Ordinances, more than 4 times before their presentment' (Pulsifer 36). Mr. Jeremiah Norcross and David Fiske deposed in court that John Warren and Thomas Arnold had absented themselves from the public ordinances on the Lord's Days both at Watertown and elsewhere. John pleaded that he had been absent elsewhere on six of the Sabbaths in question, but he was still fined 5s. for each absence (Pulsifer 36). Bond speculates that John Warren was a Baptist (Bond 619).

      He signed his will by mark. His inventory included 'one
      silver spoon, two Bibles and other books, "valued at 10 pounds." In his will he bequeathed to his daughter Elizabeth "a book called the plaine man's pathway to heaven."

      Chosen Watertown selectman, 30 (November?) 1635, 6 December 1639 (WaTR 1:2,5); committee to lay out highways, 14 November 1635 (WaTR 1:2); committee to divide land, I0 January 1647/8 (WaTR 1:12).

      Granted sixty acres in Great Dividend, 25 July 1636 (WaBOP 5); granted thirteen acres in Beaverbrook Plowlands, 28 February 1637/8 (WABOP 7); granted thirteen acres in Remote Meadows, 26 June 1637 (WABOP 9); granted a 162 acre Farm, 10 May 1642 (WABOP 12).

      On 30 December 1662 the town of Watertown ordered that a ten or twelve acre parcel of land be laid out to Daniel Warren 'in satisfaction of some land that John Warren his father bought of the town' (WaTR 1:75).

      John Warren was one of several immigrants to come from Nayland in Suffolk, some others being JOHN FIRMIN and ISAAC STEARNS. In the 1629 Bishop's Visitation of Nayland, Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Diocese of Norwich, John Warren was the first in a list of seven men from that parish who were presented "for not kneeling at the communion,' a common Puritan offense (VIS 6/1, Norwich Diocesan Archives, Norfolk and Norwich Record Office).

      In the grants of Beaverbrook Plowlands and Remote Meadows John Warren received thirteen acres, but his immediate family at this time comprised six individuals (himself, wife and four children); this implies wealth well above the average, and this is borne out by the size of his homestall and Farm grants.

      Elizabeth French in 1910 published English wills and parish register entries which identifed the English origin of John Warren and three generations of his paternal ancestry [NEHGR 64:348-55). Examination of the originals of the Nayland registers reveals only one discrepancy, in the baptismal date for the first daughter Elizabeth.

      In 1654, John Warren Sr. gave Hugh Mason six pounds of peas and wheat and nine pounds of powder for the town so that Mason would make fireworks at the general training in Cambridge. [WaTR 1:38].
    Person ID  I13038  Bryant
    Last Modified  29 Nov 2002 

    Father  John Warren, the middle,   b. Abt 1555, probably, Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 04 Nov 1613, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Scarlett,   d. Mar 1603, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  04 Oct 1584  Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID  F875  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Bayly?,   b. 1587, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1662, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Bef 1612  Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Susan Warren
     2. Mary Warren,   d. Dec 1622, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elizabeth Warren,   d. Nov 1622, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Warren,   d. Sep 1621, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Warren, Captain,   d. 27 Jan 1702/3, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Warren,   d. 19 Oct 1691, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Daniel Warren,   d. 24 Feb 1707, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Elizabeth Warren,   d. 1715, Groton, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Sarah Warren,   b. 1631, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1632, Salem, Essex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F809  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 01 Aug 1585 - Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1612 - Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 30 Nov 1667 - Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Dec 1667 - Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S38] Bigelow, Bigelow Family, Editor: Bigelow, Patricia, (Flint, MI: The Bigelow Society, Inc,, 1986), p.7.

    2. [S17] Threlfall, 50 GMC, Threlfall, John Brooks, (Heritage Books Inc., reprinted, Bowie, MD, 1990), F3T581990..

    3. [S261] Ancestry of Eva Kempton, Smith, Dean Crawford & Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1996), p.468.

    4. [S261] Ancestry of Eva Kempton, Smith, Dean Crawford & Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1996), p.470.

    5. [S35] Torrey's Supplement no. 2, Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995), p.66.


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