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John Marsh, III

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Marsh, of Braintree and Grace Marsh
Husband of First wife of John Marsh and Susanna Rix
Father of John Marsh, of Salem & Barbados; Zachary Marsh; Ruth Marsh; Elizabeth Benson; Ezekiel Marsh and 7 others
Brother of John Marsh of Hartford; Sarah Sharp; Lydia Marsh Martin; Grace Marsh; Mary Marsh and 4 others

Occupation: Cordwinder
Managed by: Hatte Anne Blejer
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About John Marsh, of Salem

John Marsh of Salem, MA

The first Marsh to emigrate from England to America, so far as we have record, took oath in England just before sailing: "John Marshe, Mar. 24, 1633—34." This was, we suppose, John of Salem. John Marsh appears on record as receiving 20 acres of land at Salem Nov. 2, 1636—37, ch. member 1639. wife Susanna ch. member 1648. He m, Susanna Skelton, dan. Rev. Samuel, the minister at Salem of the first church in New England after the Pilgrims.

His will, made Mar. 20, and probated Nov. 26, 1674, indicates that he d. Nov., 1674. Est. Inv. £135.

Children by unknown 1st wife:

  1. Zachary, bap. Apr. 30, 1637.
  2. John, bap. May 9, 1639.
  3. Ruth, May 5, 1641.

Children by Susannah Skelton:

  1. Benjamin, .
  2. Eliza, Sept. 13, 1646.
  3. Ezekiel, Oct. 29, 1648. 1659.
  4. Bethiah, Sept. 1, 1650.
  5. Samuel, Oct. 2, 1652.
  6. Susanna, May 7, 1654.
  7. Mary, Sept. 14, 1656.
  8. Jacob, b. Aug. 6, 1658, bap. Apr. 16,

His widow married 2nd to Thomas Rix of Salem as 2nd wife.


John's will was dated 28 March 1672, and probated 26 November 1674. It reads as follows: "The Estate of John Marsh of Salem.

The last will and testament of John Marsh That I John Marsh of Salem. though. weake in body yet of perfect memory and vnderstandinge, doe thus dispose of my outward estate. Imprimis I giue vnto Susanna my wife my dwellinge house with the orchard and all the land therevnto belonginge for the teame of her natural life and at her decease to be disposed by her to which of my children, she shal think fit Item I giue vnto my wife all my mouable goods only to pay out of the same such legacyes as I shal dispose of to some of my children. Item. I giue vnto Zachary my Son. a part of my farme (viz) to haue on the south. end 25 poole downeward the whole breadth of my farme Item I giue vnto my two sons Samuel and jacob the remaynder of my farme to be equally devided betweene them: of which Diuision my son Samuel is to haue the choyce Item I giue unto my son Ezekiel fiue pounds to be payd by my Executors at the end of the tearme of thre yeares after my decease Item I giue vnto my son Benjamin ten pounds to be payd by my executors when he shall attayne the age of on & twenty yeares Item I giue vnto my Daughter Bethiah: thre pounds to be payd vnto her by my executors at the end of thre yeares after my decease. Item. mywil is that incase eyther of my Sons Samuel or Jacob should depart this life vnmaryed or childles then the land that I haue giuen them shal be devided betweene the surviver and my son Zachary and in case they bothe depart as is aboue sayd. the whole farme to fal to my Son Zachary Item. I appoynt my wife Susanna executrix of this my last wil and testament & Samuel my son to be ioyned with her Adiutor and my Louinge ffreinds Anthony Buxton & Nathaniel Felton ouerseers. Dated 28th of march. 1674

John Marsh [Seal] Witness: Nathaniel Felton, Anthomy Buxton. Proved in Salem court 26d:9m:1674 by the witnesses."[2]


From Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts

" Marsh, John, cordwinder [sic], Salem, came in the Mary and John May 24, 1633; propr. He and his wife Susanna joined with Nathl. Felton and Mary his wife in a deed in 1661. She was adm. chh. 30 (2) 1648. Ch. Zachariah bapt. 30 (2) 1637, John bapt. 19 (3) 1639, Ruth bapt. 5 (3) 1641, Elizabeth b. 8 (5) 1646, [Es. Files.] bapt. 13 [7] 1646, Ezekiel bapt. 29 (8) 1648, Bethia bpat. 1 (7) 1650, Samuel bapt. 2 (8) 1652, Susanna bapt. 7 (3) 1654, Mary bapt. 14 (7) 1657, Jacob b. 6 (6) 1658, Jacob bapt. 10 (2) 1659, a dau. bapt. 12 (4) 1664. His son John d. in 1669, leaving a widow Sarah.

" He d. about 1674. Will, dated 28 March, 1672, prob. 26 (9) 1674; wife Susanna, ch. Zechary, Samuel, Jacob, Ezekiel, Benjamin, Bethiah. Note.--'My son John Marsh, now in New England,' was a legatee in the will of Grace, widow of John Marsh, of Branktry [sic, "Braintree"?], Essex, clothier, dated 29 Jan. 1657, prob. 22 May, 1667. The father's will was prob. 29 May, 1627." [Reg. XLIX, 370.]" [Pope]


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John Marsh, of Salem's Timeline

Age 24
Salem, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 30, 1637
Age 25
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 9, 1639
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
May 5, 1641
Age 29
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 8, 1646
Age 34
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
October 29, 1648
Age 36
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 1, 1650
Age 38
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 2, 1652
Age 40
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony