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John Durant (Durrant)

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Birthplace: of Potsgrove, Beds, England
Death: Died in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ruth Durrant and Susannah Dutton
Father of Mehitable Durrant; Susannah Richardson; John Durant; Thomas Durrant; Abigail Durrant and 1 other

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About John Durant (Durrant)

John Durrant (1650 - 1692), parentage unknown, was born in 1650 at Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. On 16 November 1670, John Durrant married his neighbor, Susanna Dutton, the daughter of Thomas Dutton. Just months after his wife, Susannah, died on 27 August 1684, he married a widow named Ruth Hooper on 10 November 1684. Ruth's stepdaughter was Sarah Hooper Hawkes Wardwell, of Andover, who was accused of witchcraft in August 1692. Sarah's husband was Samuel Wardwell, Sr., who was hanged for witchcraft on 22 September 1692. Sarah and Samuel's daughter, Mercy Wardwell, was also accused of witchcraft.

No records from the Salem trials regarding Mr. Durrant have been found, but because of the timing and family ties to other alleged witches, some historians believe that John Durrant was imprisoned for the charge of witchcraft. He died in Cambridge prison on 27 October 1692.

Marriages and Children

  1. Susannah Dutton, married 16 November 1670
    1. John Durrant (31 July 1672 - 25 February 1757)
    2. Thomas Durrant (7 January 1674 - )
    3. Abigail Durrant (24 September 1681 - 1721)
  2. Ruth Hooper, widow, married 10 November 1684
    1. Mehitable Durrant (20 April 1689 - 20 April 1777)
    2. Susannah Durrant (1694 - 1794) married Timothy Richardson
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John Durrant, Salem Witch's Timeline

1650
1650
of Potsgrove, Beds, England
1670
November 16, 1670
Age 20
Billerica, Middlesex, Mass
1672
July 31, 1672
Age 22
Billerica, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
1674
January 7, 1674
Age 24
Billerica, Mass
1681
September 24, 1681
Age 31
Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1684
November 10, 1684
Age 34
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1687
April 20, 1687
Age 37
Billerica, Middlesex Co., MA
1689
April 20, 1689
Age 39
Billerica, Middlesex County, MA, USA
1692
October 27, 1692
Age 42
Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
1694
1694
Age 42