John Stockbridge of Scituate

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John Stockbridge

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hellingly, East Sussex, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Stockbridge Cemetery, Norwell, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Stockbridge, of Hockley and Elizabeth Stockbridge (Symon)
Husband of Anne Stockbridge (Kendall); Elizabeth Stockbridge (Hatch) and Mary Stockbridge
Father of Hannah Stockbridge; Elizabeth Stockbridge; William Stockbridge; Charles Stockbridge; Hannah Ticknor (Stockbridge) and 5 others

Occupation: Wheelwright, miller
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About John Stockbridge of Scituate

John Stockbridge of Scituate, wheelwright, was born about 1608 in England and died 13 Oct 1657 in Boston, Massachusetts.

His parents are not known.

Married:

  1. Ann ?
  2. on 9 Oct 1643 at Scituate in the Plymouth Colony to Elizabeth Hatch (born prob. 1600-d. betw. 1647-1654), who was first married in England to Robert Soan of Brastead co. Kent, who was living Mar 1628/9 and widowed; her parents were William Hatch.
  3. on abt. 1654 to Mary ?

Children of Ann ? and John Stockbridge:

  1. Charles, b. abt 1633/1634 in England, d. 28 Dec 1683 in Scituate, Plymouth Colony. m. Abigail Pierce.
  2. Hannah Stockbridge(1637-1665)
  3. Elizabeth Stockbridge (about 1639/40-)

Children of John Stockbridge and Elizabeth Hatch:

  1. Elizabeth, b. in 1644; m. at Scituate, 1 Jan. 1661/2, Thomas Hyland of Scituate, s. of Thomas and Deborah. Children, b. at Scituate: 1. Thomas, b. 25 Jan. 1662/3. 2. Elizabeth, b. 15 Aug 1665. 3. Mary, b. 15 May 1667. 4. John, b. 17 Mar. 1670/1. 5. Ruth, b. 15 June 1673
  2. Sarah, bapt. at Scituate 15 Mar. 1645/6; m. at Scituate, 6 Jan. 1669/70, Joseph Woodworth, s. of Walter of Scituate. Children, b. at Scituate: 1. Joseph, b. 19 Mar. 1670/1. 2. Margaret, b. 19 July 1673. 3. Benjamin, b. in Aug. 1676. 4. Sarah, b. in Aug. 1678. 5. Elizabeth, b. in Aug. 1680. 6. Eunice, b. in Jan. 1682/3. 7. Abigail, b. in Apr. 1685. 8. Ruth, b. in May 1687.
  3. Hester, bapt. at Scituate 11 July 1647.

Children of John Stockbridge and Mary (?)

  1. Mary Stockbridge (1655-)
  2. John Stockbridge(1657-before 1715)

"Disgraceful Speech"

"His wife joined the Scituate Church in 1637, and she was part of the Vassal group in 1640. In June 1638 John Stockbridge was fined for disgraceful speeches against the government and those who attempted to reprove him, and in September 1638 he was fined again for contemptous words against the government. He was presented in December 1638 for receiving strangers and foreigners, but the charges were dismissed. He continued speaking against the government, and, though, he was proposed as a freeman, there is no record that he was ever granted the franchise. --Harold E. Robinson

Notes

He served at various times as constable and grandjuryman, and he bought and sold land, and purchased a one-half interest in a grist mill, which was later expanded into a sawmill. His house was the main garrison in Scituate during King Philip's War. His first wife Ann died, and on 9 October 1643 he married (2) Elizabeth (Hatch) Soan (or Soane), a sister of William Hatch, q.v., and widow of Robert Soan. Probably ca. 1654 he married his third wife Mary (--?--), whose surname was possibly Broughton. Shortly after 1656 Stockbridge moved to Boston, where he died 13 October 1657. In his will dated 4 July 1657, inventory 3 February 1658, Stockbridge mantioned his wife Mary, son Charles; a younger son John; daughters Elizabeth, Mary Stockbridge, Esther Stockbridge, Sarah Stockbridge and Hannah ticknor; and Hannah's husband William Ticknor." --Harold E. Robinson

Came in Blessing 1635 with wife Ann and son Charles age 1. Settled in Scituate, where ”Goodman Stockbridge ye wheeler” had a house by 1636. [NEHGR 10:42]

He probably came for economic reasons, not religous; only his wife is in church records in Scituate. She did not leave with John Lothrop to Barnstable in 1639. Lothrop baptized daughter Hannah, but she took Elizabeth to Boston in 1642.

John in early years in Scituate was outspoken about his dissatisfaction with the government. Fined for “disgraceful speeches...” [1]

In 1656 John bought 1/2 of mill privileges at First Herring Brook at Greenbush, and built a sawmilll. His house was the “Stockbridge Mansion House” near the mill pond, the remains were probably the second oldest house standing in New England in 1831. Markers have been placed. The mill and pond were in Woodsworth’s poem “The Old Oaken Bucket”, by which the pond in now known.

Stockbridges were mostly common, rural folk. Congregational until fourth generation. In South Boston they were millers, shipwrights, and doctors. Gloucester were clothiers and carpenters; Masons and blacksmiths in Stratham, Exeter and Alaton NH. In southern Maine as weavers. After the Revolution a few went to NY, Ohio but majority stayed in New England.

No genealogy exists for this family. Early generation notes were scant and somewhat inaccurate, eg Savage, Deane. Geneal Dict. of Maine & NH by Noyes was first record of NH branch. Barclay in TAG 38(1964):184-9 corrects many early errors.

Will

His will in NEHGR 8:352. Dated “4:7:1657” to my eldest son Charles my watermill at Sityate [sic]. He to pay sister Elizabeth. If youngest son live, he is to enjoy house after his mother’s death and pay his sister Mary. To daughter Ester house at Sityate that William Ticknor doth live in. Also to daughter Hannah Ticknor. Daughter Sarah to be paid when age 21.

Links

  1. The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed: Larry Overmire's Rootsweb database last updated 3 March 2011

Sources

Citations

[1] Roger Joslyn, in an article appearing in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1979, wrote:

John Stockbridge probably did not come to New England for religious freedom, but more likely for better economic conditions. There is no indication of his membership in the church, only the name of his wife Ann appearing in the records [in 1637]. . . . John Stockbridge spent many of his early years at Scituate letting be known his dissatisfaction with the system of government which had been adopted. On 5 June 1638 he was first presented and fined in the Plymouth Colony Court "for disgraceful speeches, tending to the contempt of the government, and for jeering speeches to them that did reprove him for it." The following 4 September he was fined ten shillings "for contemptuous words against the government.John Stockbridge spent many of his early years at Scituate letting be known his dissatisfaction with the system of government which had been adopted. On 5 June 1638 he was first presented and fined in the Plymouth Colony Court "for disgraceful speeches, tending to the contempt of the government, and for jeering speeches to them that did reprove him for it." The following 4 September he was fined ten shillings "for contemptuous words against the government.

-------------------- John Stockbridge born 1608, Rayleigh, Rochford, Essex, England. Died 13 Oct 1657 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married 1. Anne Kendall 16 Jan 1633 in Rayleigh. He married 2. Elizabeth Hatch 9 October 1643 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married 3. Mary Broughton in 1654 in Scituate, Massachusetts.

The Mill owned and operated by the Stockbridge and Clapp Families until 1922 was made famous in 1817 by Samuel Woodworth in his poem "The Old Oaken Bucket". Samuel Woodworth's Old Oaken Bucket house is located in Scituate.

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John Stockbridge of Scituate's Timeline

1608
1608
Hellingly, East Sussex, England
1631
January 16, 1631
Age 23
Rayleigh, Essex
1634
September 24, 1634
Age 26
Rayleigh, Essex, England
1637
September 24, 1637
Age 29
Scituate, Plymouth, Ma
September 24, 1637
Age 29
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1637
Age 29
England, United Kingdom
1640
January 1640
Age 32
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1642
July 16, 1642
Age 34
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1643
October 9, 1643
Age 35
Scituate, Plymouth, MA
1645
March 15, 1645
Age 37
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts