John Keyes, Deacon (1668 - 1753)

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Birthplace: Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Stephanie Ann Lufholm
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About John Keyes, Deacon

http://www.boylstonhistory.org/glw-church.htm: 12-12-06 "BOYLSTON’S CHURCH HISTORY Transcribed by Pauline Lavallee 6/1/2000 Told by Town Clerk George. L. Wright

As part of dedication of new edifice.
   The earliest settlement in Boylston that we know anything about was made in the extreme northwesterly past of the town, on the territory belonging to Lancaster about 1705, by the Sawyer family.  The settlements in the other portions of the town derived from Shrewsbury were made about the same time as the settlements in the south part of that town and mainly by families from the same localities.  DEA. JOHN KEYES, who resided on the farm in the easterly part of Boylston long known as the John Bowers place and later as the Patrick Griffin and Leonard S. Stark farm, was probably one of the first, if not the very first settler in this part of SHREWSBURY.  He was born in Sudbury and shortly before 1700, settled in Lancaster where he married Sarah Prescott, a grand-daughter of John Prescott, the pioneer of Worcester county. 
He was one of the proprietors of Shrewsbury and for a long series of years the proprietors’ clerk; upon the gathering of the Shrewsbury church in 1723, he was one of its first deacons, an office in which he continued until the gathering of the church in the North Precinct in 1743 when he with his kinsman, Dea. Cyprian Keyes, who had been an associate deacon with him in the Shrewsbury church, and the latter’s brother, Dea. Jonathan Keyes, were made deacons of the new church November 29, 1743. 
***Deacon John Keyes was the first town clerk of Shrewsbury and the first civil magistrate in this part of the town. 
As early as 1735 the population increased to such an extent that the people deemed themselves capable of assuming the powers and responsibilities of a separate town government and petitioned the General Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay that they might be set off from Shrewsbury and incorporated into a separate town by themselves. "

http://www.wheelockgenealogy.com/wheelockweb/pages/WorcDeedGrantee1731-1839.htm:


"Worcester County Deed Grantee Index 1731-1839, Page 28

Year Grantee Grantor Town Type Book Page 1744 Samuel Wheeler - John Keyes Shrewsbury Deed 19 216

Worcester County Deed Grantee Index 1731-1839, Page 23 1735 Gershom Wheelock - John Keyes Shrewsbury Deed 6 75 "

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Deacon John Keyes's Timeline

1668
February 12, 1668
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
1700
April 20, 1700
Age 32
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1700
Age 31
Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1701
1701
Age 32
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1703
1703
Age 34
Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1705
1705
Age 36
Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1706
1706
Age 37
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1706
Age 37
1709
April 24, 1709
Age 41
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1712
1712
Age 43
Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA