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John Sr. Emery, III

Birthplace: Romsey, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Newbury Burial Ground, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Emery, II and Agnes Emery
Husband of Agnes Emery; Mary Emery and Alice Mary Grantham
Father of Eleanor Bailey; John Emery; Ebenezar Hoag; Anne Ordway; Jonathan Emery and 10 others
Brother of Anthony Emery, Sr. and Hugh Emery

Occupation: Carpenter and Innkeeper, carpenter, Married Mary Shatswell 10/29/1650 in Newbury, MA, Came to America in James 1635; Selectman, Grand Juror and Member of Jury Trials, carpenter in Newbury Massachusetts, Carpenter, Innkeeper
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John 3 Emery, the first of the three sons of John 2 and Agnes Northend Emery, was baptized 29 November 1599 at Romsey , Hants and died 03 November 1683 at Newbury, Ma. He married first, on 26 June 1620 at Romsey, Hants., Alice Grantham who was born 1599 at West Dean, Wilts. and died prior Sept. 1646 at Newbury, Ma. She was the daughter of Walter and Alianore (–) Grantham of West Dean, Wilts. which is located about eight miles northwest of Romsey. Other sources note that Alice was the daughter of an Andrew Grantham; John Threlfall in his work the “Ancestors of Margaret Brooks Threlfall”, section 1866 makes a strong case for Walter Grantham. John 3 Emery married, as his second wife, on 29 October 1647 at Newbury, Ma., Mary Shatswell Wesbter, widow of John Webster who died 28 April 1694.

John 3 Emery and his brother, Anthony, with their families, set sail from Southampton, England for New England on the 5th of April, 1635 on the ship “James”, William Cooper- Master. They landed in Boston, Ma. on 03 June 1635 and soon after went to Newbury, Ma. Anthony Emery married Francis Porter and they removed to Dover, NH in 1640. John 3 Emery remained in Newbury for the rest of his life where he was quite active in thw community. He was a carpenter by trade which he combined with being an innkeeper. John 3 had an early town grant of half an acre on the Lower Green for a home lot. On 22 December 1637 he was fined 20 shillings for enclosing ground not laid out or granted by the town. On 01 Feb. 1638 the town granted him the land that he had usurped. He was granted an additional 22 acres, 5 rods in 1644 being his own and Henry Palmer’s share of “Dividant land in the great field beyond the new town”. As time went forward, John 3 was engaged in many buying and selling transactions of land, not only in Newbury, but in Ipswich, Rowley, and other locations. Even though John 3 was a carpenter and an innkeeper, he needed land to grow corn; he might have had a tenant farmer working some of his land. As today, there were a number of our Puritan forefathers who also “speculated” in buying and selling land.

John 3 Emery was made a freeman on 2 June 1641. Thereafter he served Newbury in numerous capacities. He was one of three on a committee to value lands in 1644; he served on the County Trial Jury in 1648, 49, 60, 72, 73, 75, 78; he was on the Grand Jury in 1651, 62, 67; he was constable in 1655; Clerk of the market in 1656; a Selectman (a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs) in 1661, and he was appointed to carry the vote to Salem in 1676. He took the oath of allegiance in 1677. John Emery3 was a “solid citizen” not withstanding “usurping a bit of land now and then”. He was too old for service in the King Philip’s war with the French and Indians; but he did donated a new saddle and bridle, a sworded belt, and powder and bullets. He received 2s 6d for “cureing a soldier”.He was noted on the Newbury Church roll in 1670.

John 3 Emery was a courageous man who did not hesitate to back his opinions with action. Lieut. Robert Pike was in difficulty with the colonial government in 1654; John 3 Emery with his son John 4 along with other fellow citizens signed a petition speaking out in favor of Liuet. Pike. The petition so irritated the authorities that a commission was established to examine (and seemingly to intimidate) the petition signers. Neither John 3 or John 4 backed down. On another occasion he signed a certification of William Titcomb’s good character, a man under scrunity. He dissented from the vote in favor of a school and school master in 1658. He headed an agitation and petition about the local military company so vigorously that he admonished by the local court. And most noteworthy, he was brought to court for entertaining Quakers. In this case, evidence was given that two men and two women held a meeting in John 3's house after which the Quakers “were entertained very kindly to bed and table and John Emmerie shook them by hand and bid them welcome”. Both John 3 and his wife said “they would not put Quakers out of their house and used arguments for the lawfulness of it”. In the Parker-Woodman church controversy in Newbury in 1671, John 3 Emery was fined for being an active partisan for Mr. Woodman. John 3 Emery was a real example for supporting “free speech” and having the courage to speak out even when he was speaking out against the “majority” position.

John 3 and Alice Grantham had four children, one son, John 4, and three daughters, i.e., Helena/ Eleanor, Anne, and Alice; all of these children reached adulthood, married, and had families. John 3 and widow Mary Shatswell Webster Emery had two children; a daughter named Ebenezer ( a biblical reference in the Bible) who married John Hoag , had five children, with the family becoming Quakers. The other child, a son named Jonathan, who married Mary Woodman and had ten children. John 3 Emery was quite active in caring for the property of John Webster, his wife’s first husband, and in responding to the needs of the two child by his second wife. It seems likely, judging from his will, that John 3 made provision for the children of his first wife, Alice Grantham Emery, before or at the time of his second marriage.

The will of John 3 Emery was made 11 May 1680 and proved 27 Nov. 1683. To his daughter, Ebenezer Hoag, he gave 1 ½ acres at the end of his home lot. To his son, Jonathan, he bequeathed all of his land and housing in Newbury. He bequeathed his chattels (movable property items) plus 10L to his wife. There was another 10L for grandchild Mary Emerson plus 30L for misc other including and outstanding debts. If there was any residue left, it was to be divided among his six children, i.e., four by Alice Grantham Emery and two by his second wife Mary. His inventory amounted to L263. Considering the property given the first four children, which would not be in the inventory, we could say that our John 3 ancestor would be of the middle class.


John Emery married 1st ALICE GRANTHAM on 26 Jun 1620, at Whiteparish, Wiltsshire, England about eight miles from Romsey. d/o Walter and Eleanor Grantham of West Dean, Wiltshire


  • 3 ELEANOR EMERY bp. 7 Nov. 1624 Romsey, Hants, England [Listed as Helena on parish records]
  • 4 ALICE EMERY b. c. 1625 Romsey, Hants, England.
  • 5 JOHN EMERY b. c. 1628 England; bp. 3 Feb. 1628 Romsey, Hants, England he married his step-sister - 2 Oct. 1648 Newbury, Essex, Ma. MARY WEBSTER b. 1630 d. 3 Feb. 1709 d/o John and Mary (Shatswell) Webster
  • 6 ANNE EMERY b. c. 1631 England; bp. 18 Mar. 1631 Romsey, Hants, England
  • 7 EBENEZER EMERY (dau.) b. 16 Sep. 1648 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts [V.R.'s list first 14 Sep. and then 16 Sep. S.Dup]

His second wife was a widow MARY (SHASTWELL) WEBSTER and the probable date of their marriage [2] 29 Oct. 1647 Newbury, Essex, Ma. , a year after he first husband's death and when his bond in the Travers case was discharged [29 Oct. 1750 is given by the 1890 Emery book] she was d/o John and Judith Shatswell and widow of John Webster of Ipswich; [2 Oct. 1648 Hadley, Hampshire, Ma.]

children 2nd marriage:

  • 8 JONATHAN EMERY b. 13 May 1652 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts



1. Cecile N. Pimental & Noreen C. Pramberg, Four Generations of the Descendants of John Webster of Ipswich, Ma. in 1635, 1983 - Parker River Researchers, pg. 2. "daughter of John and Mary (Shatswell) Webster, was born about 1639. She married John Emery, Jr. son of John and Mary Emery Sr., 2 Oct. 1648. They lived in Newbury, Massachusetts. Children listed: Mary, Hannah, John, Bethiah, Sarah, Joseph, Stephen, ABigail, Samuel, Judith, Lydia, ELizabeth and Josiah."

2. John C. Webster M.D., Some Descendants of John Webster of Ispswich, Ma. 1634, 1912, pg. 7. "daughter of John, married John Emery Jr., of Newbury, Massachusetts, October 29, 1650. CHildren listed: Mary, Hannah, John, Bethia, Sarah, Joseph, Stephen, ABigail, Samuel, Judith, Lydia, ELizabeth and Josiah."

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (TM), July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996, Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA.


Grt Mig Begins attributes dau Ebenezer to second wife Mary Shatswell, with marriage in 1647. (cites TAG 17:96). VR Newbury have wedding same day but in 1650, which would leave Ebenezer as dau of first wife Alice.

From Grt Mig Begins “On 29 September 1646, "John Emery, for his miscarriage with the wife of Henry Travers, fined ��3 or to be whipped, and pay witness fee to Christopher Bartlet. Bound to good behavior and not to frequent the company of the wife of Henry Travers" [EQC 1:110].” Seems consistent with death of first wife before this incident.

No evidence of Alice exists after 1647, so Ebenezer is attributed to Mary, and assume VR is in error.

Israel & Nathan Webster son of John, deceased asked that father-iin-law Jon Emery and brother-iin-law Jon Emory jr be appointed guardians. Essex Quartely court Recs 8:88 25:9:1662 (25 Nov)

Grt Mig Begins: “On 31 March 1663, Henry Greenland was charged with soliciting Mary the wife of John Rolfe, and found guilty. The extensive testimony in this case revealed that John Emery's step-daughter, Elizabeth Webster, was a maid in the Rolfe household and had witnessed several untoward passages instigated by Greenland. John Emery, on the other hand, had turned a deaf ear on Mrs. Rolfe's pleas for assistance even when Greenland had pulled her down into his sickbed in Emery's presence. Emery and his household paid several fines as a result of their behavior in these events [EQC 3:48-55, 65-66, 70, 75, 88-90] “

John and his brother Anthony were cabinet makers. John the most significant. An incredible two part chest/cupboard of his is in the Cushing House in Newburyport.

Davis, in Sarah Miller Ancest, 1939: “In 1663 he was in court for entertaining Quakers. Evidence was given that two menand two women Quakers held a meeting in his house, after which the two men were ‘entertained very kindly to bed and table & John Emmerie shook them by hand and bid them welcome.’ Both he and his wife said they would not put Quakers out of their house. He was fined ��4, costs and fee.

Preston-Basset ancestry p 97, has many errors in this llne.

More on  ancestry here @

Over the years several Emery lineages or our ancestors have been sent:

Gilbert D'Emery or Damery b. Normandie, France

Thomas Emery of Little Baddow, Essex, England

Richard Emery of Roxton, Bedforshire, England

John Emery II of of Romsey, Hampshire, England

these can be found at

The Northend contorversey is at and more Northend material is here

Livingston Emery's line of the family and Polly Clapp Pratt's line can both be traced back to John Emery Sr. through Jonathan Emery and John Emery Jr. 

It's interesting that these two are called Sr. and Jr. since the father and grandfather of John Sr. are also listed as John Emery. Probably when father and son arrived in Massachusetts they began to be known as Sr. and Jr.

There were so many John Emerys among the cousins, brothers, nephews, etc. that many of the records have gotten confused.

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Some records say that John Jr. married Mary Webster, and then his father married Mary's mother, Mary Shatswell, widow of John Webster. According to this site below, John Sr. did marry Mary Shatswell after both of their spouses had died, but John Jr's wife was not Mary Webster:

"Please note that despite frequent claims to the contrary, John's wife was not his stepsister Mary Webster. Torrey postulates that she is Mary WHIPPLE...

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[Note that this page has 119 footnotes, so this is at least a well documented source!]

BIRTH & BAPTISM John was born in 1599 in Romsey, Hampshire, England[2] and was baptized there on 29 March 1599[1,3].

DEATH John died in Newbury, Essex co., MA on 3 November 1683; he was 84[3,4].

OCCUPATION John was a Carpenter in England; a Carpenter & Innkeeper here[2].

EDUCATION He could and did sign his name to various documents, including as a witness on 26 March 1662[5,6].

MIGRATION John (and presumably, his family) migrated in 1635, aboard the James[2]. On 5 April 1635, "John Emery and Anthony Emery of Romsey, carpenters" were enrolled at Southampton for passage to New England on the James of London[11,38]. Some sources -- such as Coldham -- list only his brother Anthony; but others -- such as Drake -- list them both.

CITIZENSHIP John made Freeman on 2 June 1641 as the 3rd in a sequence of 4 Newbury men[6,8]. He took the Oath of Allegiance near the end of his life in November 1678 as "John Emery Sr., 80"[6,9].

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP He must have been admitted to the Newbury church before he made Freeman on 2 June 1641[2]. However, on 5 May 1663, John Emery was hauled into court for "entertaining Quakers" and for stating that "if they came to his house they should be welcome and he would not forbid them"[49,50].


"...As early as 1669 and continuing into the events of 1671, John Emery was active in his opposition to the Rev. Mr. Parker[52]. John Emery, Sr. appears in a 1671 list of member of the Newbury church, one of the documents presented in the course of this controversy[49,53]..."


TOWN SERVICE John served both the town & his neighbors over the years. He was on the Ipswich petit jury on 26 September 1648, 29 March 1659, 27 March 1660, 26 March 1672, 24 September 1672, 30 September 1673, 28 September 1675, 24 September 1678[6,42] and on the Grand jury on 30 September 1651, 30 September 1662 and 24 September 1667[6,43]. He was appointed Newbury constable on 27 March 1655[6,44] and Clerk of the market on 25 March 1656[6,45].

Inventory on the estate of Samuel Scullard of Newbery was taken by Stephen Kent, John Merrell & John Emery Sr. on 7 April 1647[46]. "John Emmerry, sr." and John Eaton, sr. took inventory on 8 Sept 1663 on the estate of Theophilus Shatswell[47]. "John Emmerry, sr." and Abraham Toppan Sr. took inventory on the estate of Robert Rogers of Newbury...attested to by the widow Susanah Rogers in Ipswich Court on 27:7:1664[48].

LEGAL MENTION Anderson, et. al. make this pithy statement: "Over the years John Emery expended considerable energy on the affairs of his stepchildren.[7]" He spent much time in the Courts over affairs of theirs and his own. John, himself, had an affair with the wife of one Henry Travers, for which he was hauled into court & convicted. On 29 September 1646, "John Emery, for his miscarriage with the wife of Henry Travers, fined £3 or to be whipped, and pay witness fee to Christopher Bartlet. bound to good behavior and not to frequent the company of the wife of Henry Travers."[10,11]

  • MARRIED Alice Grantham on 26 June 1620 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England when John was 21.
  • CHILDREN of John Emery and Alice Grantham:

Alice EMERY - born circa 1622 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. Before 1644 when Alice was 22, she married John CHATER, in Newbury, Essex co., MA.

Eleanor EMERY - born in 1624 in Romsey, Hampshire, England and was baptized there on 7 November 1624 as "Helena daughter of John Emmorie"[1,11]. Before 1641 when Eleanor was 17, she married John BAILEY, in Salisbury, Essex co., MA.

John EMERY - born in 1628/9 in Romsey, Hampshire, England and was baptized there on 3 February 1628/9. Before 1650 when John was 22, he married Mary [Webster or Whipple?]

Anne EMERY - born in 1632/3 in Romsey, Hampshire, England and was baptized there on 18 March 1632/3[1,11]. On 25 November 1648 when Anne was 16, she married James ORDWAY, in Newbury, Essex co., MA as "Emery, Anne, and James Ardway"

  • *MARRIED Mary Shatswell on 29 October 1647 in Newbury, Essex co., MA when John was 48. Mary died on 28 April 1694 in Newbury, Essex co., MA[57,11,75]. Mary was the widow of John WEBSTER. Her children from her first marriage include: John, Mary, Stephen, Hannah, Elisabeth, Abigail, Israel and Nathan.
    • CHILDREN of John Emery Sr. and Mary Shatswell:

Ebenezer EMERY [daughter] - born on 14 September 1648 in Newbury, Essex co., MA. A duplicate record gives the date as 16 September. On 21 April 1669 when Ebenezer was 20, she married John HOAG, in Newbury, Essex co., MA as "Emery, Ebenezer, and John Hoog".

Jonathan EMERY - born on 13 May 1652 in Newbury, Essex co., MA. On 29 November 1676 when Jonathan was 24, he married Mary WOODMAN, daughter of Edward WOODMAN, Jr. & Mary GOODRIDGE, in Newbury, Essex co., MA[11,57,101]. Mary was born on 29 September 1654 in Newbury, Essex co., MA[104].

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John Emery, senior, sailed from Southampton, April 3, 1635, with his brother Anthony in the ship "James" of London, William Cooper, Master. Each was accompanied by his wife and one or two children. They landed in Boston, 3 June 1635, and went soon after to Newbury where John had a town grant of half an acre for a house lot. John Emery was fined 22 December 1637, by the town, twenty shillings for enclosing ground not laid out, or owned by the town, contrary to a town order, and on 1 February 1638, the town granted him that part of ground which was already enclosed. He was made freeman 2 June 1641, and recorded as one of the ninety-one freeholders of the town 2 December 1642; in the same year he was appointed with three others to make a valuation of all the property in the town, for the purpose of proportioning each man's share in the new division. On 16 March 1663, John Emery was presented to the Court at Ipswich by Henry Jaques, Constable of Newbury, for entertaining travellers and Quakers. 5 May 1663 his presentment for entertaining Quakers was referred unto next Court. The next Court fined him four pounds, costs and fees for entertaining strangers. The evidence given in the case was 'yt two men quakers wr entertained very kindly to bed and table & John Emmerie shok ym by ye hand and bid ym welcome.' Also, 'that the witness heard John Emery and his wife say that he had entertained quakers and that he would not put them from his house and used argument for the lawfulness of it.' John Emery in May, 1663, petitioned the General Court for the remission of his fine. His petition was signed by the selectmen of the town and fifty of the citizens. The fine was not remitted.

He was also prominent in the case of Lieut. Robert Pike, refusing to recognize the authority of the Court to deprive him and his neighbors of the right of petition. In the famous ecclesiastical difficulties John Emery was a member of the Woodman party.

10 April 1644 he had a grant from the town of twenty-two acres and five rods being his own and Henry Palmer's portion of 'Divident' land in the great field beyond the new town. He was selectman, 1661; fence viewer, 1666; grand juryman in the same year; jury of trials in 1672; appointed to carry votes to Salem in 1676.

John Emery made his will 1 May 1680, proved 27 November 1683, in which he mentions his age as eighty-three years. The inventory of his estate was taken in the same day, amounting to 263 pounds, 11 shillings.

Source: 'Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America', 1967, p 178. 'Genealogical Records of Descendants of John and Anthony Emery of Newbury, Mass.', Rev. Rufus Emery, 1891, p 1-2. 'Historical and Genealogical Shatswells of Ipswich., No 1.', Augustine Caldwell, p 1.


A lot of information has been compiled on this man. The information is copyrighted, but viewable at


Landed Boston, MA 1635 and became freeman 6/2/1641 in Newbury, MA


John Sr. EMERY13 was born on 29 September 1598 in Romney, Hampshire, England. He died on 3 November 1683 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. He has Ancestral File Number FKDC-X6.

Spouse: Alice GRANTHAM. Alice GRANTHAM and John Sr. EMERY were married on 16 June 1620 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. Children were: Anne EMERY, Child EMERY, Eleanor "Helena" EMERY, Ebeneezer "Eben" EMERY, Child EMERY, Alice EMERY, John EMERY.

Spouse: Alice GRANTHAM. Children were: Anne EMERY, Child EMERY, John EMERY, Eleanor "Helena" EMERY, Ebeneezer "Eben" EMERY, Child EMERY, Alice EMERY. -------------------- John and his brother Anthony came from Romsey, Hants, England. They came to Newbury, MA in 1635 on the ship "James," embarking from Southampton on 4/5/1635 and landing in Boston. John settled in Newbury while Anthony settled in Kittery, ME.

John was made a freeman in 1641. He took the oath of allegiance in 1678. John married once before his marriage to Mary Shatswell, widow of John Webster. His first wife was Alice Grantham (b. 1599, d. 4/28/1649), the daughter of Andrew Grantham.

They were of the so-called middle class, not rich but not poor, tradesmen. In religion, they were indents, and great sticklers for the rights of conscience not only for themselves but for others, especially Quakers, whom they befriended and for which they were persecuted and punished.

In his will, he refers to the children of his second wife by her first husband, John Webster, as "my dear children."

The inventory of his estate was taken the same day and was valued at £263, 11 s.

John died at age 83.


  • EMERY, John
  • b. 29 SEP 1598 Romsey, Hampshire, England
  • d. 3 NOV 1683 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Emery, John
  • Mother: NORTHEND, Agnes
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 16 JUN 1620 Romsey, England
  • Spouse: Mary,
  • d. APR 1649 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • EMERY, John
    • EMERY, Ann
    • EMERY, Ebenezer
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 29 OCT 1650 Newbury, Essex, Mass.
  • Spouse:SHATSWELL, Mary
  • Children:
    • EMERY, Jonathan
  • From:


  • Sgt. John Emery
  • M, #563, b. 29 September 1598, d. 3 November 1683
  • Father John Emery b. c 1578, d. 25 Jun 1627
  • Mother Agnes Northend b. c 1576, d. c 6 Oct 1604
  • Sgt. John Emery was born on 29 September 1598 at Romsey, Hants, England. He married Alice Grantham, daughter of Andrew Grantham, on 16 June 1620 at Romsey, Hampshire, England. Sgt. John Emery emigrated on 3 April 1635; On the ship James of London. He married Mary Shatswell, daughter of John Shatswell and Judith Dillingham, on 29 October 1647 at of Newbury, Essex, MA. Sgt. John Emery died on 3 November 1683 at Newbury, Essex, MA, at age 85.
  • Family 1 Alice Grantham b. c 1599, d. 28 Apr 1647
  • Children
    • Eleanor Emery+ b. 7 Nov 1624, d. 23 Dec 1700
    • John Emery+ b. 3 Feb 1628, d. 3 Aug 1693
    • Anne Emery+ b. 18 Mar 1632, d. 31 Mar 1684
  • Family 2 Mary Shatswell b. 1610, d. 28 Apr 1694
  • Children
    • Ebeneezer Emery+ b. 16 Sep 1648, d. 28 Apr 1691 or 1694
    • Jonathan Emery b. 13 May 1652, d. 29 Sep 1723
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John Sr. Emery, III's Timeline

June 16, 1594
Newbury Burial Ground, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hamps, England
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hampshire, England
September 29, 1598
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hamps, England
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hampshire, England
September 29, 1598
Romsey, Hamps, England
June 26, 1620
Age 21
Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England
Age 26
Romsey, Hampshire, England