John Compton, Sr. (1605 - 1656)

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Birthplace: Cranneboro, Kent, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Puritan
Managed by: Jean Marie Joyce
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About John Compton, Sr.

John left Cranbrook, Kent, England for America in 1634 at the age of 29. Roxbury was his first residence in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was one of eleven men who, "having license to depart, summons is to go out for them to appear (if they not be gone before) at the next court, the third month, to answer such things as shall be objected".

He was among the Boston men disarmed on 20 November 1637/38. John was an ?Antinomian? claiming that living a devout, 'saintly' life excused them from obeying civil laws. The Puritan Orthodoxy held this as one of their tenets. However, living a saintly life could not help an individual to receive grace - to claim otherwise would be to preach a covenant of works. The Antinomians wanted sanctification to play no part in justification whatsoever. The Orthodox Church?s standpoint was that if Antinomians didn?t need to obey any laws, they would eventually become libertines. Clearly this presented problems for the political stability of the colony.

He was in Piscataway New Hampshire from 1638 to 1640 and left for Maryland shortly thereafter, before returning to Boston in 1640.

John Compton of Boston in New England, clothier, gave power of attorney to Robert Scott of Boston, merchant, to "recover his title to certain lands (with power to rent the said lands) to him descending". Legal/Court Date: 17 Nov 1646 Age: 41 Legal/Court Place: Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

On 20 Jun 1648 he and eight other men were given "liberty to build a highway from their houses, over the marsh to the bridge "and were freed from paying highway charges for nine years in recompense". This liberal freedom from taxation was later amended to pay each man 9 pounds, 16 shillings.

Sources

  • International Genealogy Index

Note:The International Genealogical Index is a partial index to vital records from around the world. Some of the information may have come from microfilm copies of the original records. Because the original records may have been updated by the record custodians, you may find additional, more accurate information in the original records. You may also be able to obtain official copies of the original records by contacting the appropriate record custodian. Page: Film 6142818

  • International Genealogy Index Note: The International Genealogical Index is a partial index to vital records from around the world. Some of the information may have come from microfilm copies of the original records. Because the original records may have been updated by the record custodians, you may find additional, more accurate information in the original records. You may also be able to obtain official copies of the original records by contacting the appropriate record custodian. Page: Film 1904009

-------------------- He was a freeman, Roxbury, Sept. 1634. (Savage, Vol. I, p. 439; N. E. Hist. Gen Reg., Vol. III, (1849) p. 93.) In the latter he is called "John Compton." He had a wife, Susanna, and in the Roxbury Church records where he was received first, the name also appears as "Cumpton." He removed to Boston, where he was disarmed with the majority in 1637. In Boston, he was admitted to the church 25 (7) 1642, and his wife, Susan, 25 (12) 1642. His daughter, Abigail Compton, married 30 Jan. 1652, Joseph Brisco, but the father was probably dead though his widow lived to November, 1664.

Small Hope Biggs left 5 shillings to John Compton now of New England on 3 may 1638 in Cranneboro, Kent Co. England. John was at Roxbury church 1634 in Mass and in 1642 he moved to Boston.

Was in Piscataway NH from 1638 to 1640 and sence left from there to Md shortly after that time. and then John and Susannah returned to Boston ca 1640

Wife died 1664 listing huusband John as "long dead"

When Smallhope Bigg died, he left a bequest to his cousin (John Compton) who was then living in the Massachusetts colony and my cousin found an Elizabeth Bigg who married a William Compton in 1595. Grandparents of our first William?

I7357 Name: John Compton I Sex: M Birth: 1603 in Kent Co, England Death: in Roxbury, MA Marriage 1 Susanna Ann Freeman Event: Unknown-Begin in England Children John Compton II b: 1629 in Eng Abigail Compton William Compton b: 1631 in ENg

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The wills of John Bigge and his mother Rachell Bigg, both of whom left money to John Compton . Both of their wills mention that he came to New England from Crannbrook, Kent, England. Analysis of the wills by a contributor to the New England Historical Genealogical Society said that the Bigg's and Compton's are related. -------------------- Immigrated from Kent, England (told to leave because of his extreme religious views-puritan) on the Ship Elizabeth on April 17, 1634. Landing in Roxbury, MA then moved (again asked to leave because of outspoken religious views) to Boston 1642 --------------------

Birth: 1603 Kent, England Death: 1652 Roxbury Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

John Compton was one of the first Compton's to come to America. He was sent by Sir Henry Compton his Father some say Henry was his dads 1st cousin.,John Compton came to Maryland where Henry had been given a land grant 800 acres. Henry and John helped set up the Anglican Church in Maryland. John settled in Roxbury in 1634 and was a freeman of the Colony. He took part in the "Antinomian Controversy". As a consequence he was forced to build a bridge for the colony. .John's father was Thomas Compton of  Compton Wynyates or William son of Sir Peter Compton. John had a son named John Compton. When John Compton Sr died his son John Compton Jr was adopted by his first cousin Sir Henry Compton who was the Archbishop of London. John Compton Jr went back to England and then came back to America and settled in Charles County Maryland at his Brathwood Estate, over a few generations the family filtered into Virginia in the Southwestern part of the state(Henry and Pittsylvania Counties).(Note: His Grandaughter is  Ann Putnam, the famous Salem Witch Trial accuser.

Private,

You posted: (1) "Roxbury" John Compton Sr. (1605) m. Susanna Freeman (2)John Compton Jr.(1638) m. Mary Clarke (3)Sam Compton(1669-1714, Charles Co. MD) (4)James Compton (1699) m. Eleanor (1702) St. Mary's Co. MD (5)John Compton (1726) m. Rebecca (Wallace?) (5)Aquilla Compton (1724) m. Liz Sierra Norris (5)James Compton (1735) m. Frances Herndon (6)David Compton (1784) m. Polly Elmore

This is a mish-mash of several different families.

My line begins for me with the John who married Rebecca Wallace (#5). He is a descendant of John Compton and Mary Clarke (#2), but so far nobody knows HOW. He must be thorough one of John's sons (John, Matthew, Samuel(#3), or one as yet unnamed). A male relative of mine has done DNA testing and so, that test proves this much as we are matching John Compton and Mary Clarke Compton's (#2) descendants. Our DNA doesn't even remotely match the Aquila Compton (#5) line.

After a lot of collaboration with others of the Aquila line, we believe that it's likely that Aquila Compton (#5) had a brother named James who was the father of the James who married Frances Herndon (#5), and then David who married Polly Elmore (#6) was James Jr Compton and Frances Herndon's (#5) son (David is a proven son through James' Rev. War Pension Appl.). A proven descendant of Jeremiah Sr. of Russell Co VA has also had DNA testing done and he matches Aquila's line, so that seems to support our thoughts on this particular line.

To sum up, Private of Tazewell Co VA's line doesn't even remotely match Private of Russell Co VA's line DNA-wise.

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John Compton, Sr.'s Timeline

1605
1605
Kent, England
1622
April 12, 1622
Age 17
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
1628
1628
Age 23
England
1632
1632
Age 27
Essex, MA
1633
1633
Age 28
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1634
1634
Age 29
Massachusetts, USA
1634
Age 29
1638
1638
Age 33
Ipswich, Essex, MA
1656
1656
Age 51
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
????
Roxbury, Boston, 1637