About John Booth, Sr
The origins of this family line trace back to John Booth, a servant to either Governor Edward Winslow or his son Josiah Winslow, both of whom lived in Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA.
His only wife, Elizabeth Granger, was the daughter of two earlier servants to America who arrived on the ship 'Hercules' in 1637 along with their 3 children. The Grangers lived in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA and did well, becoming the owners of several properties before the father's death in 1643 and the mother's death in 1648. As the Granger's two sons had earlier died (Thomas being hanged in 1642 for buggery - an outlandish sentence - and John in 1655 from apparently natural causes), their daughter Elizabeth became the heiress of the family's properties following the death of her brother. In the following year, John Booth married Elizabeth Granger, probably in November 1656 in Marshfield.
John Booth was in Scituate as early as 1656. He purchased lands in the Conihasset proprietary, and settled on the hill which now bears his name. His house was where that of Rowland Bailey now stands. He had several sons, Joseph born 1659, John born 1661, Benjamin, 1667, Abraham 1673, and four daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Grace and Judith. Joseph, the eldest son, lived in Pennsylvania in 1710. John married Mary, the daughter of Anthony Dodson 1687, and had a son Anthony, born 1689. Mary married Abraham Barden. Rev Chauncey Booth of Coventry, Connecticut, may be a descendant of this family. the name has been extinct for more than half a century." (1831) (Name Suffix: Sr. Childrens births: Early Marriages and Births at Scituate , Massachusetts. Samuel Deane Scituate History page 222 ")
Houses of John Booth and John Booth Jr both now gone. Houses of Pierce, Pitcher and Vinal, as well as many of their descendandts still stand on Booth Hill Rd in Scituate (1998).
Many old deeds available at Plymouth County registry. See particularly book 5, page 199 for 1699 deed John Booth to John Booth Jr. ( Also 5/201, 15/32 and others) An excellent division of John Jr's estate in Plymouth proabte records on microfilm at Massachusetts State archives.Deed of John Booth, Sr. of Scituate to John Booth, Jr. of Scituate Plymouth County Records, [Book 5, pp. 199-201[ ]; Deed signed 21 Feb 1699/1700; Witnessed 20 Jun 1701; Sworned before Justice of Peace 22 Mar 1708/09.
- Malcolm A. "Mac" Young; John Booth of Marshfield and Scituate, Massachusetts: Servant and Planter"; New England Historical and Genealogical Register ; Volume 159 (July 2005); pages 220-234; New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newberry Street, Boston MA 02116, www.newenglandancestors.com.
Deed of John Booth, Sr. of Scituate to John Booth, Jr. of Scituate
Plymouth County Records, [Book 5, pp. 199-201[ ];
Deed signed 21 Feb 1699/1700; Witnessed 20 Jun 1701;
Sworned before Justice of Peace 22 Mar 1708/09.
Will of John Booth:
"To all People unto whom these Presents shall Come Know ye that I John Booth Sen_r of Scittuate of the County of New Plim[ou]th in the Government of the Massachusetts Bay in New England as well, for & in consideration of the natural affection & fatherly love w[hi]ch I have & bear unto my well beloved son J[oh]n Jn_r of ye town & county & government aforesaid also for Divers other good causes & Considerations m[a]d[e] at this present Especialy [moving?], have given & granted & by these presents have given, granted & confirmed unto ye s[ai]d J[oh]n Jn_r, all & singular my lands ye Lyeth joining or near bound brook in Cohasset & w[hi]ch is by estimation fifty four acres & halfe [sic] of an acre which is laid out in several smal[l] Cotterents in ye several divisions of Cohasset Lands as [the] first twenty Acres bound[ed] as followeth beginning on ye Southerly side of bound brook at a stake & heap of stones from thence running Southwest & by South Eighty rods, then turning & going Northwest & by North forty rods unto a marked beatch [sic] tree, then turning & Runs [sic] North East [sic] & by North Eighty rods, runing [sic] a few rods over ye s[ai]d bound brook unto a stake & heap of stones, then turning & runing South East & by East forty rods, crossing the way unto ye afore[sai]d [cowline?] stake & heap of stones: also on East of five acres & is bounded as followeth: beginning at a stake which is the North most corner stake of the s[ai]d Thomas [Coles?] [(fades to illegible for last two or three lines on bottom of page, then top of next page also very faded and illegible, but continues)] ...twenty nine acres & halfe of the acre..." [is finishing metes & bounds for a third parcel, then continues)]... maketh fifty four acres and the half of an acre of upland & swamp land altogether with one moity [sic] & half in deale [sic], of my total meadowland that lyeth or joyneth on ye East to ye Meadow of Josiah Leichfield: & on the North to the upland of the s[ai]d Leichfield & on the West to ye Meadow of Benjamin Peirce, & on the South to the upland of Samuel Holbrook, together with all & singular Profitts,[sic] Priviledges, Imunities, [sic] appurtenances & all my Rights & Interest to any Part or Parcel thereof, of the above Premises to him ye afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r, his heirs Exec_s & Adm_s & Assigns forever as an Estate in Fee Simple w[i]th all wood, underseed, hearbage [sic], waterings, water courses, Pasturing, fields, & Wh[at]soever Right or Interest I have in or upon ye above s[ai]d Premises or any part or parcel thereof to him the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r his heirs & Assigns forever upon ye Conditon that he ye s[ai]d John Booth Jr_r his heirs, Exec_s & Adm_s Pay or Cause to be paid the full & Just Sum of twenty & Eight Pounds, either before or within one year after the decease of me & my wife of lawfull [sic] Silver Money of New England unto My foure [sic] Daughters, their heirs Exec_s or Adm_s or Assigns, that is to say Seven Pounds unto my Daughter Elizabeth Booth, Either before or within one year after ye decease of me & my Wife to her or her heirs, exec_s Adm_s or Assigns, & also Seven Pounds unto my Daughter Mary Barden, Either before or within one year after the decease of me & my wife to her her or her heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or Assigns: Also Seven Pounds unto my Daughter Grace Booth, Either before or within one year after ye decease of me & my wife; to her or her heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or Assigns, also Seven Pounds unto my Daughter Judeth [sic] Booth, Either before or within one year after ye decease of me & my wife to her or her heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or Assigns, which is the Division of the afor[e]s[ai]d twenty & Eight Pounds w[hi]ch if my Son John Booth doth perform Either by himself , his heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or Assigns to them their heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or Assigns According to the Conditions of those p[re]sents, that & then the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r May have hold & Enjoy all & Every Part & parcel of the above p[re]mises or land before named, both upland & Meadowland as is before Expressed, according to its Several Meets [sic] & Bounds to him the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth, [sic] his heirs, Exec_s Adm_s & Assigns forever without any Modification or manner of Challenge from me the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Sn_r, my heirs, Exec_s Adm_s or any other person or persons by or under me or by my cause or procurment [sic] but to remain to ye afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth his heirs, Exec_s & Assigns forever To have & hold all [&] every Part & parcel of the above fifty four Acres of upland & the half of an acre; & the moity [sic] or half in deale [sic] of my lot of meadow, as is above Expressed to him the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r, his heirs, Exec_s Adm_s & Assigns forever, he observing & following the conditions before-named to his & their proper use and behalfe [sic] forever, freely & quickly without any matter or claim or challenge of me ye afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth, Sn_r or any other person or persons whatsoever for me and or in my name, by my Cause [or] under [my] right & that John Booth Sen_r did all & Singular [(last three or four words on bottom of page illegible and two and one-half lines at top of next page illegible, then continues)]...unto my Son John Booth Jn_r his heirs, Exec_s, Adm_s & Assigns forever & further doo [sic] Covenant, to the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r that the afor[e]s[ai]d Premises are free & Clear & Clearly Acquitted from all former gifts, Grants, Mortgages, bargains, Sales, leases, fines, forfeitures, Intanglements [sic] or Any Incomberances [sic] wh[at]soever, [I] had made, suffered or said by my Cause or procurment [sic], Privity or knowledge: & further know ye that I the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Sen_r d have & put the s[ai]d John Booth Jn_r Into his Quiet & Peaceful Possession of the afor[e]s[ai]d premisses [sic]; further the afor[e]s[ai]d John Booth Sen_r doth Covenant to & w[it]h his Son John Booth Jn_r that his wife [sic!!] acknowledges this Instrument & before Some one of his Maj[esty]'s Justice of the peace; that the same may be recorded, In Plim[ou]th or else where; [sic] & for the true performance thereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Twenty first day of february Annio Domini 1699[/1700] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Signed Sealed & Delivered The Sign of
In the presence of Witnesses John [SIGN] Booth: [SEAL]
The mark of Abraham Barden
The mark of Eunice Dodson
Entered June 20th
1701: & recorded
[signed] Thomas Little, Reg[istra]r Plim[ou]th: March 22_d, 1 The above John Booth Sen_r personally appeared and Acknowledged the above written Instrument to be his Act & deed bef[or]e Me
John Cushing Jn_r
Justice of Peace
Ref No: 8 John Booth Deed Transfer
Source: Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
Repository: Plymouth County Probate Courthouse Witness 1: John
Book No: 10 (pt. 2) Witness 2: Anthony Booth
Page 53 Witness 3: (none)
Grantors: John Booth, Joseph Booth, et al
Date Sworn: 21 Oct 1709
Sworn Before: John Cushing, Justice of Peace
Date Written: 21 Oct 1709
Date Recorded: 20 Jun 1710
Signature?: see notes Recorded By: Thomas Little, Registrar
Abstract: Add'l Grantors: Benjamin Booth, Abraham Booth, Abraham
Barden & Mary his wife, Isaac Peirce & Judith his wife. Conveys Conihassett land laid out to John Sr., Jul 1699, 5th division & 19th parcel.
Notes: Deed states in two different places "...our father...now deceased..."
Absence of Eliz. Booth and/or a surviving spouse as Grantor indicates she also is deceased. Absence of Grace Booth Pray is normal, her husband being the Grantee.
Deed Extraction by Malcolm A. & Doris L. Young, HC78 Box 83-1, Augusta, WV
26704, 26 September 1998
Marriage 1 Elizabeth GRANGER b: ABT 1636 in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Elizabeth BOOTH b: 5 OCT 1657 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Joseph BOOTH b: 27 MAR 1659 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
John BOOTH , Jr. b: 1 JAN 1661 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Abraham BOOTH b: 7 FEB 1663 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Benjamin BOOTH b: 4 JUL 1667 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Mary BOOTH b: 6 JUN 1669 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Grace BOOTH b: 4 JUL 1677 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Judith BOOTH b: 13 MAR 1680 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
John Booth, Sr's Timeline
Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
October 5, 1657
Scituate, Plymouth , Massachusetts
March 27, 1659
Scituate, Plymouth, Mass
January 1, 1661
Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
February 7, 1662
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
July 4, 1667
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
June 6, 1669
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
July 4, 1677
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
March 13, 1679
Scituate, Plymouth Colony