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John Humphrey, Gent.

Also Known As: "Humfrey"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chaldon, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Sandwich, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Humphrey
Husband of 1st wife of John Humphrey; Elizabeth Humphrey; Susan Clinton, Lady Fynes and Mary Humphrey
Father of Anne Myles and Thomas Humphrey

Occupation: Dep-Gov of Massachusetts; Founder of Lynn MA
Managed by: Gabrielle Bate
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About Maj. Gen. John Humphrey

John Humphrey was born about 1596 at Chaldron, Dorset, England.  He died either before 23 Mar 1651 in prob. England: alternately 1661 in England. Lived in London, but also had a house in Sandwich, Kent Co., England.

His parents are not known: perhaps John Humfrey.

He was married four times and his second wife was Elizabeth Pelham, mother of Anne.  The name of his first wife is unknown to us.  His third wife was Susan Clinton.  His fourth wife was named Mary [surname unknown].

He arrived in Salem, MA in 1634. He returned to England for good on 26 Oct 1641, in the same boat with the Rev. John Phillips.

John Humfrey went back to England after a falling out with Governor Winthrop. He was offered the Governorship of a new colony to be established in the West Indies, called Providence. He, left his children behind in New England at the time of this trip. He never returned to New England, becoming caught up in the Civil War. He carried the sword at the time of the trial of King Charles.

After he left for England, a scandalous trial occurred in New England involving his children, when it came to light that two of his daughters, age about 10 and 12 had had inappropriate contact with several of their father's servants and other men in the community, as well as with at least two of their brothers. As part of the settlement of this affair, the judge awarded custody and the raising of those children involved to various responsible members of the community. Thomas was probably one of the brothers involved, since they were described as being prepubescent. Certainly the older of the two daughters involved was still living with the family of the Rev. William Walton in Lynn, MA, some years after this, since another minister wrote saying that he would be willing to take her into his household if Rev. Walton moved to Long Island. The argument seemed to be that it wouldn't be responsible to take her off into the unsettled territory into which Rev. Walton planned to move.

Not much is known of John Humphrey’s life after his return to England, as there is no further mention of him in connection with public affairs.  The letters and other personal documents that survive reveal a man burdened with anxiety for his family and encumbered with debts.   Various sources suggest that he died in England in either 1651 or 1661. 

notes

From Hylbom Family Ancestry Project

Frederick Humphreys discusses my ancestor, John Humphrey, but did not trace his descendants, due to the fact that he settled only briefly in Massachusetts, from about 1635-1641, before returning to England, apparently leaving a couple of daughters behind in the care of others, but he left no sons of the Humphrey name in America.

Beginning with a document dated 31 Dec 1600, the name of John Humphrey (probably the father of the man born in 1596) is mentioned in records relating to the East India Company[1].  Queen Elizabeth’s patent for the East Indies (i.e. the Charter of Incorporation of the East India Company) fills a number of pages and commences thus:

A privilege for fifteen years granted by Her Majesty to certain adventurers for the discovery of the trade for the East Indies; that is to say to Geo. Earl of Cumberland, and two hundred and fifteen knights, aldermen and merchants.  [In the list of names that follows is John. Humphrey].

We do not know why John Humphrey did not sail with the charter, but apparently he was unavoidably detained.  He did not reach New England until about 1634-5, along with his wife, Lady Susan Clinton (daughter to Thomas, Earl of Lincoln) and his children: Ann, Dorcas, Sarah and possibly John.  After his arrival, the family settled at Saugus (now Lynn), about 12 miles from Boston.  Upon an invitation from Lord Say, he intended in the year 1640 to have removed to the Bahama islands; but the island of Providence being taken by the Spaniards, he gave over that design.  Soon after, having met with great losses by fire and his estate being much impaired, he sold his plantation to Lady Moody[11] and returned to England.

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  • [11] Lady Moody’s activities in New England and New York are discussed under the heading of our maternal 9th great grandfather, William Thorne (1617-1657).
  • [12] Alonzo Lewis (“The Lynn Bard”). The History of Lynn, including Nahant (Boston, Massachusetts: Samuel N. Dickinson, 1844) p. 116.
  • [13] James Savage. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May 1692 on the basis of Farmer’s Register (published with two supplements in 4 volumes, 1860-1862).
  • THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 114
  • The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years (Google eBook) Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall Genealogical Publishing Com, 1999 - Reference - 214 pages.  Page 91. Died 1661.
  • The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years (Google eBook) Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall Genealogical Publishing Com, 1999 - Reference - 214 pages.  Page 99.  "17. Elizabeth Pelham, b Hellingly, 27 Apr 1604, d 1 Nov 1628; m Salisbury, 4 Sept 1621, Col. John Humphrey, gent., of Chaldon (ae 25 years in 1621), who m (3), 1630/4, Susan Fiennes (57-18), q.v. (NEHGR, 33:288)
  • http://web.archive.org/web/20041112185437/http:/home.earthlink.net/~artyone/RJTances/d15492.htm
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Maj. Gen. John Humphrey's Timeline

1596
1596
Chaldon, Dorset, England
1616
1616
Age 20
England

John Humphrey was born about 1596 at Chaldron, Dorset, England.  He was married four times, and we are descended from his second wife, Elizabeth Pelham.  The name of his first wife is unknown to us.  His third wife is mentioned above.  His fourth wife was named Mary [surname unknown].

1621
September 4, 1621
Age 25
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

John Humfrey
England Marriages, 1538–1973
Marriage: Sep 4 1621 - Saint Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Wife: Elizabeth Mrs. Pelham

1625
December 17, 1625
Age 29
Dorchester, Dorset, England
1630
1630
Age 34
England
1634
1634
Age 38
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts

We do not know why John Humphrey did not sail with the charter, but apparently he was unavoidably detained.  He did not reach New England until about 1634-5, along with his wife, Lady Susan Clinton (daughter to Thomas, Earl of Lincoln) and his children: Ann, Dorcas, Sarah and possibly John.  After his arrival, the family settled at Saugus (now Lynn), about 12 miles from Boston.

1638
August 26, 1638
Age 42
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1641
October 26, 1641
Age 45
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts

He returned to England for good on 26 Oct 1641, in the same boat with the Rev. John Phillips.

In fact, John Humfrey went back to England after a falling out with Governor Winthrop. He was offered the Governorship of a new colony to be established in the West Indies, called Providence.

1651
March 23, 1651
Age 55
Sandwich, Kent, England

Various sources suggest that he died in England in either 1651 or 1661.  There was a letter written by Roger Williams[14] in 1651 or early 1652[15] to my honourd kind friend Mr. John Wintrop at his house at Pequt in New England, in which he states Our old friend Col. Humphries is gone, & lately allso Col. Cooke; yet blessed be God we lieue, & through the jawes of death are landed safe, & behould the wonders, the Magnalia and Miranda Dei in England. I have seiit a large narration, both concerning Old England affaires & New, to Prouidence. I hope & desire you may see it (probably the death of “Col.” John Humphrey was mentioned in this document).   However, John’s son, Joseph, was not appointed administrator of his estate in New England until 25 Jun 1661.

1651
Age 55
England, United Kingdom

John Humphrey was born about 1596 at Chaldron, Dorset, England.  He was married four times, and we are descended from his second wife, Elizabeth Pelham.  The name of his first wife is unknown to us.  His third wife is mentioned above.  His fourth wife was named Mary [surname unknown].