John Proctor, Sr. (1595 - 1672) MP

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Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About John Proctor, Sr.

John Proctor immigrated in Apr 1635 to America. He came on the ship "Susan and Ellen" with his wife and oldest two children. He resided after Apr 1635 in Massachusetts. He and his family settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts where most of the children were born. In 1647, he bought additional land and moved to Salem, Massachusetts. He died in 1672 in Salem, Massachusetts. Age at death: About 77. He was a husbandman. He had a brother named "Giddens or George".

John, of Ipswich, came in 1635 at the age of 40 from London in the "Susan and Ellen" with his wife Martha (28), and children John (3) and Mary (1). In a few years, was settled at Salem. His wife died 13 June 1659, but he took a second wife of the same bapt. name who outlived him. His will of 28 August 1672, pro. 28 Nov. foll. names w. and ch. John, Joseph, Benjamin, ds. Martha White, Abigail Varney; Sarah Dodge; and Hannah Weeden, or some such name.

In the name of god Amen: I John Procter Senr beinge aged & inform in body of sownd understandinge & memory (god be praised) doe make & ordaine this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge, viz. First i give my soul into the hands of god who hath redeemed it by the most precious blood of his deare Son Jesus Christ and my body be desently buried in hope of a happy resurection at the last day. Item. I give my wife fower pownds yearly to be pd in merchantable paye at the price Currant soe long as she Liveth.

Item. I give my wife martha the milk of two cows which She shall choos & every spring.

Item. My will is that every year she shall have a good hog of one yeare & halfe old wel fatted & fower bushels of malt & fower bushels of wheate, also I give her the horse that was George Stevensons to be kept for her use both winter & sumer & to be attended as neede doth require, also two yews and there Fleeces & what increeses of them, also I give her the use of the bed and al belonging to it in the parler roome & al the wood she needeth ready split and cut up for her fires, also the comand of al my.......pewter & al this (except onely the fower pownds.......which she shal have dureing her life is to be ....shal have soe long as she remaineth a widow.....also my wil & meaning is she shall.....whether she will except of what I doe thus dispose or stand to her dower or thirds wch the law al.....for which she shal take one month to considr of. Also I give Martha Hadly my grand-daughter tenn pownds in mrch....pay to be be paid out the day of her maridg also I give to Jno Ha......my grandsonn fifty shillings to be pd when his tyme....out with John Davis, also I give to my ffower daughters Martha White, Abigail Varney, Sara Dodge & Hanna Wede five pounds apeece also I do make & appoint my three Sons John Procter, Joseph Procter & Benjamin Procter executors of this my last wil & testament & they are to have my lands & my moveables equaly devided amongst them.

In witness hearof I have heare unto Sett my hand this 28th of august 1672.

John (his V mark) Procter

Witness: Samuel Symonds, John Dane junr.

Proved in Salem court 28:9:1672 by Mr. Samuel Symonds, and the court was informed there was something more added verbally to be left to the court's further consideration.

Inventory.........

Copy of will and inventory, Essex County Probate Records, vol. 301 pgs 6 & 7.

Sarah Story and Mary Fellows testified in Ipswich court 24:7:1672 that being at Goodman Procter's house, they asked him what should be done with his wife's clothing and he answered that it should be disposed of among his daughters and Martha Hadley, both woolen and linen, also her horse & all the wool that was in the chamber, about one or two pounds. He also said that he had given his son James White one pair of oxen which were not entered in his will. Copy made Oct 3, 1672 by Robert Lord, cleric. The court at Salem 26:4:1673 ordered the above written to be annexed to the will.

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 20, leaf 147.

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John Proctor came to America in 1635 at age 40 with wife Martha (age 28). He sailed from London, England on the ship "Susan and Ellen", May, 1635 with one servant (Alice Street) his wife and two children.

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Estate of John Procter, Sr. of Ipswich

Essex Probate Docket # 22850

In the name of god Amen: I John Procter Senr beinge aged & inform in body of sownd understandinge & memory (god be praised) doe make & ordaine this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge, viz. First i give my soul into the hands of god who hath redeemed it by the most precious blood of his deare Son Jesus Christ and my body be desently buried in hope of a happy resurection at the last day.

Item. I give my wife fower pownds yearly to be pd in merchantable paye at the price Currant soe long as she Liveth.

Item. I give my wife martha the milk of two cows which She shall choos & every spring.

Item. My will is that every year she shall have a good hog of one yeare & halfe old wel fatted & fower bushels of malt & fower bushels of wheate, also I give her the horse that was George Stevensons to be kept for her use both winter & sumer & to be attended as neede doth require, also two yews and there Fleeces & what increeses of them, also I give her the use of the bed and al belonging to it in the parler roome & al the wood she needeth ready split and cut up for her fires, also the comand of al my.......pewter & al this (except onely the fower pownds.......which she shal have dureing her life is to be ....shal have soe long as she remaineth a widow.....also my wil & meaning is she shall.....whether she will except of what I doe thus dispose or stand to her dower or thirds wch the law al.....for which she shal take one month to considr of. Also I give Martha Hadly my grand-daughter tenn pownds in mrch....pay to be be paid out the day of her maridg also I give to Jno Ha......my grandsonn fifty shillings to be pd when his tyme....out with John Davis, also I give to my ffower daughters Martha White, Abigail Varney, Sara Dodge & Hanna Wede five pounds apeece also I do make & appoint my three Sons John Procter, Joseph Procter & Benjamin Procter executors of this my last wil & testament & they are to have my lands & my moveables equaly devided amongst them.

In witness hearof I have heare unto Sett my hand this 28th of august 1672.

John (his V mark) Procter

Witness:

Samuel Symonds

John Dane junr.

Proved in Salem court 28:9:1672 by Mr. Samuel Symonds, and the court was informed there was something more added verbally to be left to the court's further consideration.

Inventory.........

Copy of will and inventory, Essex County Probate Records, vol. 301 pgs 6 & 7.

Sarah Story and Mary Fellows testified in Ipswich court 24:7:1672 that being at Goodman Procter's house, they asked him what should be done with his wife's clothing and he answered that it should be disposed of among his daughters and Martha Hadley, both woolen and linen, also her horse & all the wool that was in the chamber, about one or two pounds. He also said that he had given his son James White one pair of oxen which were not entered in his will. Copy made Oct 3, 1672 by Robert Lord, cleric. The court at Salem 26:4:1673 ordered the above written to be annexed to the will.

Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;

1635 - 1681," In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 20, leaf 147

Submitted by: Linda Herrick Smith

From: http://www.essexcountyma.org/wills/procterj.htm

Estate of John Procter, Sr. of Ipswich

Essex Probate Docket # 22850

In the name of god Amen: I John Procter Senr beinge aged & inform in body of sownd understandinge & memory (god be praised) doe make & ordaine this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge, viz. First i give my soul into the hands of god who hath redeemed it by the most precious blood of his deare Son Jesus Christ and my body be desently buried in hope of a happy resurection at the last day.

Item. I give my wife fower pownds yearly to be pd in merchantable paye at the price Currant soe long as she Liveth.

Item. I give my wife martha the milk of two cows which She shall choos & every spring.

Item. My will is that every year she shall have a good hog of one yeare & halfe old wel fatted & fower bushels of malt & fower bushels of wheate, also I give her the horse that was George Stevensons to be kept for her use both winter & sumer & to be attended as neede doth require, also two yews and there Fleeces & what increeses of them, also I give her the use of the bed and al belonging to it in the parler roome & al the wood she needeth ready split and cut up for her fires, also the comand of al my.......pewter & al this (except onely the fower pownds.......which she shal have dureing her life is to be ....shal have soe long as she remaineth a widow.....also my wil & meaning is she shall.....whether she will except of what I doe thus dispose or stand to her dower or thirds wch the law al.....for which she shal take one month to considr of. Also I give Martha Hadly my grand-daughter tenn pownds in mrch....pay to be be paid out the day of her maridg also I give to Jno Ha......my grandsonn fifty shillings to be pd when his tyme....out with John Davis, also I give to my ffower daughters Martha White, Abigail Varney, Sara Dodge & Hanna Wede five pounds apeece also I do make & appoint my three Sons John Procter, Joseph Procter & Benjamin Procter executors of this my last wil & testament & they are to have my lands & my moveables equaly devided amongst them.

In witness hearof I have heare unto Sett my hand this 28th of august 1672.

John (his V mark) Procter

Witness:

Samuel Symonds

John Dane junr.

Proved in Salem court 28:9:1672 by Mr. Samuel Symonds, and the court was informed there was something more added verbally to be left to the court's further consideration.

Inventory.........

Copy of will and inventory, Essex County Probate Records, vol. 301 pgs 6 & 7.

Sarah Story and Mary Fellows testified in Ipswich court 24:7:1672 that being at Goodman Procter's house, they asked him what should be done with his wife's clothing and he answered that it should be disposed of among his daughters and Martha Hadley, both woolen and linen, also her horse & all the wool that was in the chamber, about one or two pounds. He also said that he had given his son James White one pair of oxen which were not entered in his will. Copy made Oct 3, 1672 by Robert Lord, cleric. The court at Salem 26:4:1673 ordered the above written to be annexed to the will.

Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;

1635 - 1681," In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 20, leaf 147

Submitted by: Linda Herrick Smith

John Proctor Sr., b. England abt 1595, d. 1672 Essex Co., MA

It was his son, John Proctor, Jr., who was hanged as a witch in 1692in Salem, MA.

John Proctor immigrated to New England in 1635 on the ship 'Susan andEllen' with wife, Martha and Children, John and Mary.

The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776

14 April 1635--May 1635. Passengers embarked in the Susan and Ellen,Mr. Edward Payne, bound (from London) to New England:

John Procter, husbandman 40, Martha Procter 28, John Procter 3, MarieProcter 1

From the Vital Records of Ipswich, Essex Co., MA

In the name of god Amen: I John Procter Senr beinge aged & inform inbody of sownd understandine & memory (god be praised) doe make &ordaine this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge,viz. First i give my soul into the hands of god who hath redeemed itby the most precious blood of his deare Son Jesus Christ and my bodybe desently buried in hope of a happy resurection at the last day.

Item. I give my wife fower pownds yearly to be pd in merchantable payeat the price Currant soe long as she Liveth.

Item. I give my wife martha the milk of two cows which She shall choos& every spring.

Item. My will is that every year she shall have a good hog of oneyeare & halfe old wel fatted & fower bushels of malt & fower bushelsof wheate, also I give her the horse that was George Stevensons to bekept for her use both winter & sumer & to be attended as neede dothrequire, also two yews and there Fleeces & what increeses of them,also I give her the use of the bed and al belonging to it in theparler roome & al the wood she needeth ready split and cut up for herfires, also the comand of al my.......pewter & al this (except onelythe fower pownds.......which she shal have dureing her life is to be....shal have soe long as she remaineth a wido.....also my wil &meaning is she shall.....whether she will except of what I doe thusdispose or stand to her dower or thirds wch the law al.....for whichshe shal take one month to considr of. Also I give Martha Hadly mygrand-daughter tenn pownds in mrch....pay to be be paid out the day ofher maridg also I give to Jno Ha......my grandsonn fifty shillings tobe pd when his tyme....out with John Davis, also I give to my ffowerdaughters Martha White, Abigail Varney, Sara Dodge & Hanna Wede fivepounds apeece also I do make & apoint my three Sons John Procter,Joseph Procter & Benjamin Procter executors of this my last wil &testament & they are to have my lands & my moveables equaly devidedamongst them.

In witness hearof I have heare unto Sett my hand this 28th of august1672.

John (his V mark) Procter

Witness: Samuel Symonds, John Dane junr.

Proved in Salem court 28: 9: 1672 by Mr. Samuel Symonds, and the courtwas informed there was something more added verbally to be left to thecourt's further consideration.

Inventory.........

Copy of will and inventory, Essex County Probate Records, vol. 301 pgs6 & 7.

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Sarah Story and Mary Fellows testified in Ipswich court 24:7:1672 thatbeing at Goodman Procter's house, they asked him what should be donewith his wife's clothing and he answered that it should be disposed ofamong his daughters and Martha Hadley, both woolen and linen, also herhorse & all the wool that was in the chamber, about one or two pounds.He also said that he had given his son James White one pair of oxenwhich were not entered in his will. Copy made Oct 3, 1672 by RobertLord, cleric.

The court at Salem 26:4:1673 ordered the above written to be annexedto the will.

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 20, leaf 147.

   Ancestors of the New England PROCTOR Proctors were early arrivals in Boston and participated in the original settlement of several important outlying districts. Descendants of the original immigrants penetrated into remote regions, becoming original settlers in territories which afterward acquired dignity of statehood, and not a few of them went beyond the limits of New England into the great west, where their posterity are still to be found. The Proctors were patriotic during the Revolutionary war and that of 1812-15; loyal to the Union in the memorable civil strife of 1861-65; and in addition to their honorable military services they have acquired distinction in civil life. The family is of English origin, and the name is first met with in the records of Norfolk, where as early as the fourteenth century they were closely allied by intermarriage with the celebrated Beauchamps, which was the family name of the earls of Pembroke. Among the land-holders mentioned in these records are Sir William Beauchamp Proctor and his son George, who inherited in turn an estate which had been granted originally by John, earl of Pembroke, to his cousin, William de Beauchamp, who died in the year 1378. In searching for Proctors in other parts of England we find it recorded in "A History of Northumberland," published at Newcastle-on-Tyne by Andrew Reid & Company, that a family of that name was established at Shawdon in Yorkshire at the beginning of the sixteenth century, through the marriage of William Proctor, of Nether Bordley, to Isabel, daughter of John Lilburn, of Shawdon. Early in the emigration period which began about the year 1629, four of this name are known to have come to New England. They were John, Richard, George and Robert. Whether they were near relatives or not is now impossible to determine, but there is some evidence to show that they were descendants of the abovementioned William of Nether Bordley, and it is quite reasonable to infer that the latter was descended from old Sir William Beauchamp Proctor of Norfolk. These immigrants landed in Boston between the years 1635 and 1643. John Proctor, aged forty years, sailed from London in 1635 on the "Sarah and Ellen," with his wife and two children, settling first in Ipswich and subsequently in Salem. His son John and the latter's wife were both convicted of witchcraft in 1692, and the husband was executed, but the wife escaped the death penalty. Some of their descendants are now residing in Boston. Richard Proctor settled in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and there disappears wholly from the records. George Proctor located in Dorchester, and there reared a family. The branch of the family coming directly within the province of this sketch, is a line of descent from Robert, through the latter's son James.
   (Second Family.) (I) John Proctor, who was born PROCTOR in England about the year 1595, was registered with his wife Martha and two children April 12, 1635, to embark at London for New England in the "Susan and Ellen," Edward Payne, master. lie first settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, but prior to 1665 removed to Salem, and November 29 of the following year he petitioned the selectmen for liberty to "sett up A house of Entertainment to sell Beare, sider Liquors and ctr. for ye Accommodation of Travellours." He died in Salem in 1672, and his will, which bears the date of August 28, was probated November 28 of that year His children were: John, Mary, Martha, Abigail, Joseph, Sarah, Benjamin and Hannah.
   Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3 So far as American references disclose, the first representatives of the Procter surname in New England were George Procter of Dorchester, Robert Procter of Concord, and John Procter, of Ipswich and Salem, from whom have descended nearly all who now bear that name in the region mentioned; and many among them, in every generation from the time of the ancestors, have been found men of character, worth and prominence in the activities of life. This narrative, however, has to deal particularly with John Procter of Ipswich and Salem and his descendants.
   According to authenticated records, John Procter was born in England in 1588, married there, and emigrated to New England in 1635, with wife Martha, age twenty-eight, and their two children--John, age three, and Mary, age one, in the ship "Susan and Ellen," and settled first in the plantation at Ipswich. After a few years he removed with his family to Salem and lived there to the end of his days. His wife Martha died June 13, 1659, and he afterward took a second wife of the same baptismal name and who survived him. He died some time between August 28 and November 28, 1672, and in his will mentions his sons John, Joseph and Benjamin, and daughters Martha White, Abigail Varney, Sarah Dodge and Hannah Weeden. His estate inventoried 1,228 pounds, which indicated that he was a man of substance, and well settled tradition, borne out by frequent mention of his name in connection with affairs relating to the government of the town, also indicates that he was a man of consequence among the planters.
   Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and ... By William Richard Cutter Published 1908 Lewis historical publishing company Massachusetts Page 1710

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John Proctor, Sr.'s Timeline

1595
January 27, 1595
London, England
1610
May 20, 1610
Age 15
Kersey, Suffolk, England
May 20, 1610
Age 15
Kersey, Suffolk, England
May 20, 1610
Age 15
Kersey, Suffolk, England
1630
June 1, 1630
Age 35
June 1, 1630
Age 35
England
1631
October 9, 1631
Age 36
Assington, Suffolk, England
1633
October 17, 1633
Age 38
Assington, Suffolk, England
1635
1635
Age 39
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
1636
1636
Age 40
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts