|Birthplace:||Shotover Forrest, Oxfordshire, England|
|Death:||Died in London, England|
|Managed by:||David Prins|
About John Milton, Sr.
John Milton Sr. composer and scrivener, was the father of poet John Milton. He was born 1563 and died 15 March 1647.
Parents: Richard Melton "the Ranger" and Elizabeth Haughton.
- around 1600 Sara Jeffrey (b. 1554 - d. 3 Apr 1637).
8 children include:
- Anne md. Edw. Phillips
- John b. 1608 (Poet) baptized at All Hallows Church on 20 December 1608. md. Marie Powell d. 1672 
- Richard b. 1610
- Sara baptized 15 July 1612 and died 6 August 1612 
- Thomas b. 1614 (said to have died young)
- Tabitha, baptized 30 January 1614 and died 3 August 1615.
- Christopher b. 1615/18? baptized 3 December 1615  md. Thomasine Webber 1638
Milton's paternal grandfather, Richard, was a staunch Roman Catholic who expelled his son John, the poet's father, from the family home in Oxfordshire for reading an English (i.e., Protestant) Bible. Banished and disinherited, Milton's father established in London a business as a scrivener, preparing documents for legal transactions. He was also a moneylender, and he negotiated with creditors to arrange for loans on behalf of his clients. He and his wife, Sara Jeffrey, whose father was a merchant tailor, had three children who survived their early years: Anne, the oldest, followed by John and Christopher. Though Christopher became a lawyer, a Royalist, and perhaps a Roman Catholic, he maintained throughout his life a cordial relationship with his older brother. After the Stuart monarchy was restored in 1660, Christopher, among others, may have interceded to prevent the execution of his brother.
- John Milton, Sr. left for London and became a scrivener apprentice in 1583. Little is known about Sara Jeffrey besides that Paul Jeffrey, her father, was a tailor and her mother was Ellen, who lived with the Miltons until her death in 1611. The two married around 1600 and buried an unnamed child on 12 May 1601.
- John Milton, Sr.'s business owned many properties and was involved in making loans. He was from a yeoman family and was raised in Oxford where he trained as a chorister. However, when Richard Milton, his father and a staunch Roman Catholic, discovered that John Milton, Sr. had Protestant leanings, he disinherited his son.
- At least twenty of his compositions survived, and most of them contain a religious theme. His works were published in many collections, including Thomas Morley's Triumphs of Oriana (1601), William Leighton's The Tears or Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soul (1612) and Thomas Ravenscroft's The Whole Book of Psalms (1621), amongst others. He also composed poetry, and two poems, never published, are known to have existed: a sonnet and a poem dedicated to John Lane.
- from Ad Patrem / To His Father: Introduction In this poem Milton thanks his father for his continuing support, tries to answer his father's anxieties about his choice of careers, and celebrates his father's own talents as a musician and poet. Milton's father was a musician and composer, especially of songs in parts for voices; he also wrote at least one poem that was published — commendatory verses for the first folio of Shakespeare's plays in 1623. John Milton senior had been a trustee of Blackfriars Theatre, famed as the winter quarters (after 1608) of the King's Men, the company of actors for whom Shakespeare served as chief playwright and also as a performer. The first-folio commendation appears as "To the memorie of M. W.Shake-speare." on leaf A6. You may also see it from Early English Books Online.
- Hill, John. John Milton: Poet, Priest, and Prophet. London: Macmillan, 1979. p. 210.
- Shawcross, John. John Milton: The Self and the World. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1993.p. 17
- Lewalski, Barbara K.. The Life of John Milton. Oxford: Blackwells Publishers, 2003. pp. 2–4
- Campbell, Gordon. "The Life Records" in A Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas Corns. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003. p. 485
- Campbell 2003 p. 487
- Lewalski 2003 p. 3
- "John Milton (1562–1647), biography for the father". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2008-07-30. (requires a subscription).
Campbell 2003 p. 484 Lewalski 2003 p. 2
John Milton Sr.'s Timeline
July 31, 1596
, Stoke/Teignhead, Devon, England
City of London, Greater London, UK
December 9, 1608
City of London, Greater London, UK
March 22, 1947
December 16, 1948