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John Titus

Birthplace: St. Catherines, Middlesex Co., England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Titus and Hannah Titus
Husband of Abigail Palmer
Father of John Titus, of Rehoboth; Abigail Fuller; Abigail Titus Cushman (1653 - 1734); Silas Titus; Hannah Titus and 6 others
Brother of Edmond Titus; Joseph Titus; Robert Titus; Samuel Titus; Susannah Titus and 5 others

Occupation: Wheelwright
Managed by: Frederic Folsom Hillier, Jr.
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About John Titus

John Titus was baptized 18 Dec 1627 at St. Katherine’ s Parish, near Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England, thirty miles from London.  His parents were Robert TITUS and Hannah CARTER.   He emigrated with his parents and younger brother Edmund on the Hopewell, which departed London for Massachusetts in April 1635.  He married Abigail CARPENTER about 1650 at Rehoboth, Mass.   John died 16 Apr 1689 at Rehoboth, Mass.

biographical notes

Whereas his parents and younger siblings eventually settled at Huntington on Long Island, NY, John remained in New England. He was one of the original settlers of Rehoboth, North Settlement, now known as Attleboro, Mass, where he took an active part in Civil and Religious affairs.

He was one of the original purchasers of Rehoboth, north Purchase, now Attleboro, and was an active citizen in church and State. He and his son John, Jr., were engaged in the King Philip Indian war [1675], this renowned sachem residing but a few miles distant.


MARRIAGE: Amos Carpenter asserts (and others repeat) that Abigail married John Titus about 1659, after the death of a first wife Rachel (see Carpenter [1898] 47). There was no such woman, however. Abigail is recorded as the mother of all John2 Titus’s children, the eldest born on 18 Dec 1650 (TAG 70:198–200).

Abigail Carpenter was baptized 31 May 1629 in Shalbourne, Wiltshire, England.  Her parents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT.  She was the second eldest of four Carpenter children who accompanied their parents and paternal grandfather to Massachusetts on the Bevis in 1638.  After John died, she married as his second wife,  Jonah PALMER on 9 Nov 1692 in Rehoboth, Mass..  Abigail died 10 Mar 1710 at Rehoboth, , Mass.

Their children:

• i. John Titus, Jr., b. Dec. 18, 1650, d. testate Dec. 2, 1697 at Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 1) July 17, 1673 at Rehoboth, Lydia Redway (q.v. Redaway), dau. of James Redway and either an unnamed 1st wife or Mary Whipple. She was b. May 30, 1652 at Rehoboth and was buried Nov. 25, 1676 at Rehoboth. One child of the marriage, dau. Lydia, b. Dec. 6, 1674 at Rehoboth who is named in her father's 1697 will. He m. 2) July 3, 1678 at Rehoboth, Sarah Millerd (q.v. Miller, Millard), dau. of John Millerd and his 2nd wife Elizabeth. Eight children of the marriage. Sarah m. 2) Aug. 16, 1716 at Rehoboth as his third wife, John Garnsey, Sr. (q.v. Garnzey), who d. intestate Mar. 31, 1722 at Rehoboth. There were no children of this latter marriage. Sarah (Millerd) (Titus) Garnsey was b. Oct. 15, 1655 at Rehoboth and was perhaps still living in 1729 at Rehoboth as the widow Garnsey.

• ii. Abigail Titus, b. Feb. 18, 1652/3, d. May 31, 1734 at Attleboro, Mass.; m. 1) Apr. 25, 1673 at Rehoboth, John Fuller, s. of Robert Fuller, Sr and Sarah Bowen. He was b. circa 1648 at Rehoboth and was buried Aug. 23, 1676 at Rehoboth having been killed during an Indian attack on Rehoboth during the King Philips War. Two children of the family. Abigail m. 2) Oct. 16, 1679 at Rehoboth as his 2nd wife, Thomas Cushman, Jr. of Plymouth, Mass., s. of Thomas Cushman and Mary Allerton, latter a 1620 Mayflower passenger with her parents. Thomas was b. Sept. 16, 1637 at Plymouth, Mass. and d. Aug. 23, 1726 at Plymton, Mass. Four children of the marriage. Thomas Cushman's 1st wife was Ruth Howland, dau. of 1620 Mayflower passenger John Howland and his subsequent wife Elizabeth Tilley. Thomas Cushman and Ruth Howland m. Nov. 17, 1664 at Plymouth, Mass. and had three children prior to Ruth's death.

• iii. Silas Titus, b. May 18, 1656, d. at Rehoboth betw. Feb. 22, 1727/8, the date of his will, and Dec. 15, 1741 when his will was probated. Was married three times and had children by his first two wives. See his separate memorial.

• iv. Hannah Titus, b. Nov. 28, 1658, d. in adolescence and was buried Nov. 13, 1673 at Rehoboth.

• v. Samuel Titus, b. June 1, 1661, d. testate July 12, 1726 at Attleboro, Mass.; m. Nov. 27, 1693, Elizabeth Johnson, b. May 19, 1673 at Rehoboth. She d. Sept. 5, 1726 also at Attlelboro. Four children of the family.

• vi. Mercy Titus, b. Mar. 17, 1665/6, d. Jan. 27, 1746/7 at Rehoboth; m. Jan. 9, 1683/4 at Rehoboth, Dr. Richard Bowen, s. of Thomas Bowen and Elizabeth Nichols. He was b. in Aug. 1660 [day missing] at Rehoboth and d. there intestate Feb. 12, 1736/7. Seven children of the family.

• vii. Joseph Titus, the twin of Mercy, b. Mar. 17, 1665/6, d. after June 16, 1741; m. Jan 19, 1687/8 Martha Palmer, dau. of Jonah Palmer, Sr. and Elizabeth Griswold, b. July 6, 1666 at Rehoboth. Nine children of the family. In 1692 Martha's father Jonah became her husband's stepfather.

• viii. Experience Titus, b. Oct. 29, 1669, d. Mar. 11, 1732/3 at Rehoboth; m. July 18, 1693 at Rehoboth, Leonard Newsom (q.v. Newsome), who d. Aug. 25, 1724 at Rehoboth. Three children of record, the eldest dying in infancy.


John Titus was born on 18 Dec 1627 in Saint Catherines, London, England. He immigrated in 1635 from Weymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard "Hopwell" from London; William Bundick, Master.. He died on 16 Apr 1689 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Colony. He had his estate probated on 20 Nov 1689 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Colony. He was a farmer. In 1675 fought with John II in King Philip's War.

Apr 1667- Abigail Carpenter of Rehoboth, widow deeded to John Titus of Rehoboth all rights in land in North Purchase being the whole share of the lands purchased from the Plymouth Government. Witnesses: William Carpenter and Samuel Carpenter (Ihid., Volume III, pt 2, page. 225

30 May 1672-John Peck of Rehoboth, planter, deeded to John Tiliiq., Sr. of Rehoboth 8 acres upland in Rehoboth. Witnesses; William Carpenter and Samuel Carpenter (Ibid.. Volume. III. pt. 2, page. 22).

COMMENTS: The passenger list of the Hopewell, which departed London for Massachusetts in April 1635, describes Robert Titus as a husbandman “of St. Katherins” (Hotten 46). The absence of further information implies that St. Katherine’s was a London parish or precinct (see Hotten 50, 70). It is often said online that Robert’s son John, eventual husband of Abigail Carpenter, was baptized at St. Katherine’s, London, on 18 December 1627. There is no basis for this, however: three London churches were dedicated to St. Katherine, and documentation is not found in the records of any of them. The earliest extant baptismal records of St. Katherine Cree are bishops’ transcripts beginning in 1639. A Guildhall Library (London) archivist’s check of the relevant St. Katherine Coleman parish register (containing baptismal records between 1559 and 1659) found no Titus entry for the period searched (1 January 1625/6 to 1 January 1628/9). And from 1584 to 1695, at least, the surname Titus does not appear in the records of St. Katherine by the Tower. His father’s having been a farmer, John was probably baptized in a rural church (see below). It is likely that the Hopewell list’s mention of St. Katherine’s refers not to the Titus’s residence but to the parish or precinct from whose church Robert obtained the minister’s certificate needed for emigration (NEHGR 132:22–23; see Hotten 46, 50, 70).

It is possible (though not proved) that Robert Titus and Hannah Carter, whose 24 June 1624 marriage is recorded in the parish register of Watford, Herefordshire, are the eventual Robert and Hannah Titus of Rehoboth (NEHGR 132:22–23; Hotten 46). The confusing organization of Drake’s and Hotten’s respective transcriptions of 1635 lists of passengers embarking at London have misled some to conclude that the Titus family came from a parish near Stanstead Abbots, Herefordshire (NEGHR 132:22–23).

Repeating a Titus source, Amos Carpenter asserts that John2 Titus and his namesake son were “engaged” in King Phillip’s War (1675–1676) (see NYGBR 12:94; Carpenter [1898] 47). Actually, both were among many Rehoboth inhabitants who advanced money to the town to defray the expenses of the war, but neither is named as having fought in it (NEHGR 99:93–109)


Will of John Titus senior of Rehoboth, he “being weake of Body”, dated Feb. 21, 1688/89, proved Nov. 20, 1689.

…To wife Abigail the house I now dwell in, with orchard, barns, homelot, salt meadow, and use of my Commons, during life, also my oxen, horse, two cows, six sheep, household goods, cart, small plow and chains for her disposal;

…to eldest son John Titus four acres where he hath built, and several other pieces of land;

…to son Silas six acres of land which his house stands on, with other pieces of land;

…to son Samuel 50 acres where he hath sett up his frame, also other lands;

…to son Joseph ye house he now dwells in (except that his Mother shall have ye free use of ye oven without molestation during her life time), with other lands in connection with which “Cozen Samuell Carpenters Land” is mentioned, said Joseph to provide for his mother;

…to daughter Abigail [Cushman] two sheep; to daughter Mercy [Bowen] a cow; to daughter Experience [not yet m.] seven sheep;

…to grandchildren John Fuller and Abiall Fuller [sons of dau. Abigail by 1st husb. John Fuller] 50 acres of land, being the remainder of my 100 acre lot at Squissett;

…to grandchildren John Titus [eldest s. of s. John], Silas Titus [eldest s. of s. Silas] and Elizabeth Bowen [eldest child of dau. Mercy], each a sheep;

…wife to be sole executrix.

…I “Desire my loving Neighbour John Pecke & my Brother [in-law] William Carpenter to be Overseers.”

…Witnessed by John Peck, Gilbert Brooks and William Carpenter, of whom Gilbert Brooks and William Carpenter made oath to said will, Nov. 5, 1689. [Bristol County PR 1:17].

  • Miner Descent posted August 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 57851515
  • Abigail (3) (William 2-1) Carpenter, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts Prepared for Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters, 2008 update, by Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, FASG.  Last revised 15 Oct 2012.
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Titus
    • Name: John Titus
    • Year: 1635
    • Age: 8
    • Estimated Birth Year: abt 1627
    • Place: Massachusetts
    • Family Members: Wife Hannah 21; Child John 8; Child Edmond 5
    • Source Publication Code: 6799.25
    • Primary Immigrant: Titus, Robert
    • Annotation: Most are date and port of arrival; some are date and place of settlement in Massachusetts. Name of ship, place of origin, occupation, and other genealogical data pertaining to will administration may also be provided.
  • POPE, CHARLES HENRY. The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1998. 550p. Source Citation: Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Page Number: 456.
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John Titus's Timeline

December 18, 1627
St. Catherines, Middlesex Co., England
December 18, 1650
Age 23
Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
Age 22
Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
February 18, 1652
Age 24
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
May 18, 1656
Age 28
Rehoboth, MA, USA
March 28, 1658
Age 30
Rehoboth, MA, USA
Age 31
June 1, 1661
Age 33
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
March 17, 1665
Age 37
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
March 17, 1665
Age 37
Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony