John Marston (c.1615 - 1681)

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Birthplace: Ormesby, St. Margaret, Norfolk Co., England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Managed by: Chris Colvin
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About John Marston

Benjamin was born to John and Alice (Eden) Marston in Salem. Benjamin's parents were both born in Ormesby, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Boston in 1637, and settled in Salem.

Benjamin married his first wife, Abigail Veren on Sep. 25 1678 in Salem. They had two children, Abigail (1679-1709) and Joseph (1681-1719). Sadly, his wife Abigail died on Mar. 14, 1693 in Salem.

Benjamin married his his second wife, Patience Rogers, on Apr. 15, 1696 in her home village of Ipswich, then settled in Salem, where he accumulated considerable wealth as a merchant. He represented the town at General Court in 1696, was one of the Selectmen, and was also a deacon of the First Church.

Patience and Benjamin had three children.

1. Col. Benjamin Marston (1697-1754), m1. Mehitable Gibbs on Jun. 24, 1725; m2. Elizabeth Winslow on Jan. 20, 1729.

2. John Marston (1699-1719), no record of marriage, died young at the age of 19 years.

3. Elizabeth Marston (1701-1784), m. Samuel Barton on May 29, 1737 in Salem.

After 1708, his fortunes waned. He suffered losses at sea by pirates, and other natural causes compelled him to mortgage his real estate.

Partly for a relief from business, which was undermining his health, he went with his son Benjamin on one of his own vessels to Cork, Ireland. They proceeded to Dublin, where he became ill with smallpox and died there on Sep. 17, 1719.

There is a significant amount of information in "New England Historical and Genealogical Register & Antiquarian Journal For The Year 1873, Volume XXVII, The Marston Family of Salem, Massachusetts" about his final trip with his son, including letters to his wife from his son, Benjamin, and others.

His cause of death and then burial on Oct. 3, 1719 at Saint Werburgh Parish is recorded in parish documents.


Came to America on the ship 'Rose' in 1637.

Early on he was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).

He joined the First Church of Salem in 1640.

-------------------- John MARSTON, carpenter, born Ormesby, town of Yarmouth, Norfolkshire ENG, came on Rose of Yarmouth age 20 in 1637, settled in Salem, master of ketch Returne, brought goods from Barbadoes died 12/19/1681 age 66, died 12/19/1681

Spouse: Alice EDEN came in same ship as John age 18, of Ormesby

Children: John born 8/29/1641 married Mary Chichester; Ephraim born 8/30/1643; Manasseh born circa 1645, blacksmith; Sarah born circa 1647; Benjamin born 1/9/1650-1 married Sarah Verin; Hannah born circa 1653; Thomas born circa 1655; Elizabeth born 1657; Abigail born 12/19/1658; Mary born 3/23/1660-1; all born Salem MA

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John Marston, of Salem's Timeline

1615
1615
Ormesby, St. Margaret, Norfolk Co., England
1640
August 4, 1640
Age 25
Salem, MA
1641
August 29, 1641
Age 26
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1643
October 30, 1643
Age 28
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1645
1645
Age 30
Salem, Essex, MA
1647
March 19, 1647
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1650
1650
Age 35
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1653
April 17, 1653
Age 38
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1654
February 11, 1654
Age 39
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
1657
August 30, 1657
Age 42
Ormesby, Norfolk, England