John Darling, Jr. (1744 - 1830)

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Birthplace: Kingston, Rockingham, NH, USA
Death: Died in Caledonia, VT, USA
Managed by: Gwen Louise Tuson
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About John Darling, Jr.

John Darling and his two married children, Robards and Sally, Mrs. Timothy Townshend, brought their families from Plaistow, Rockingham Co., NH, USA to Groton, VT, USA. in 1789. Col. Ira Allen had surveyed 86 one hundred acre lots in the first Division between August 1787 and May 1788, and Timothy Townshend settled on lot number 21, John on lot 22, and Robards on lot 23.

These three families had 21 people (47% of Groton’s population) recorded in the first U. S. Census of 1790, which was not completed in Groton until 1791. The ancestry of John Darling seems accurate back to his grandfather, John (1683-1753) who married Mary Page in 1708. He was the son of Naomi Flanders (daughter of Stephen Flanders and Jane, a Sandusky Indian Princess) but the identity of his father is a mystery. Waldo Glover lists his father as Samuel; George Scott Darling list him as George, a sea captain out of Salem, MA; Lawrence Heath lists him as Jonathan, son of George and Katherine (Gridley) Darling, in his book Our Family Legacy; other sources list him as John, son of Samuel; John, son of George and Katherine (Gridley); and the book Darlings of New England and Beyond compiled by Virginia Darling Otto and R. Evelyn Darling Olson from the works of Carlos Darling, Delia Darling Honey, and Henry Darling list him as unknown.

Naomi acknowledged that her child was illegitimate when summoned to court at Ipswich, MA, USA in 1682, but she didn’t reveal the name of his father. When he was born, Naomi named him John Darling, so perhaps Jonathan or John, son of George and Katherine (Gridley) Darling is the best guess, and he is the one used in these Darling family records.

John Darling who settled in Groton was born 29 Jan 1744 in Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH to John and Hannah (Morse) Darling. He married Phoebe Robards 24 Dec 1764 in Hampstead, Rockingham Co., NH. Their oldest son, Robards married Judith Gile in Dec 1783 at Hampstead, and their oldest daughter, Sally, married Timothy Townshend before 1788, and all three families came to Groton in 1789. John is number 34, Robards 62, and Sally 64 in this Darling Family record.

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John Darling, Jr.'s Timeline

1744
January 29, 1744
Kingston, Rockingham, NH, USA
1764
December 24, 1764
Age 20
Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1765
October 15, 1765
Age 21
1765
Age 20
1767
December 20, 1767
Age 23
Hampstead, Rockingham, NH, USA
1770
June 14, 1770
Age 26
1777
December 1, 1777
Age 33
1778
1778
Age 33
1780
1780
Age 35
1786
1786
Age 41