John Vinton (1681 - 1760) MP

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Birthplace: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Dudley,Worcester,Massachusetts,USA
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About John Vinton

  • from The Richardson Memorial

John Vinton, of Lynn, my first American ancestor of the name, had a son BLAISE, born in 1654. Beyond all possible doubt, it establishes the fact that the family had a French origin. No man of English blood would ever give this name to his child.

The family fled from France in the evil hour of persecution; precisely at what time is not known, but it must have been long before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685. It was probably during the reign of Elizabeth, queen of England, while the fires of persecution were raging on the continent.

This was now a depreciated currency The real value was about 2,000 silver dollars. About the same time, Capt. Vinton bought 800 or 900 acres of land in Dudley, doubtless as a provision for his sons. A further account is contained in the Vinton Memorial, p. 22 et seq. The name is common now in Dudley.

More than thirty deeds, bearing date between 1700 and 1727, are on record in the Middlesex Registry at East Cambridge, in which he was either grantor or grantee. In twenty of these instances land was conveyed to him.

He was active in procuring the incorporation of Stoneham, 1725. He advanced more money and did more than any other man to obtain the act of incorporation. He was one of the first board of selectmen, and served in that responsible office six years, between 1726 and 1735. He was commonly called to preside in town-meetings as moderator. He was placed on almost all important committees. At one town-meeting he was placed on four committees. He was representative of the town in 1734. This was a solitary instance, during the long period of eighty years from the incorporation of the town, except that Joseph Bryant was representative in July, 1775.

He died in Dudley, near the close of 1760, aged 82. His first wife, Abigail Richardson, died in Stoneham, June 21, 1720, aged 36. He was again married to Abigail (Sawyer) Convers, Nov. 29, 1720, a daughter of Joshua Sawyer, and widow of John Convers, a son of the distinguished Major James Convers. [See 1563.] His third wife, married April, 1752, was Hannah (Richardson) Baldwin, daughter of Nathaniel Richardson, of Woburn, and widow of Timothy Baldwin, of Stoneham, who died Dec. 3, 1750, aged 62.


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John Vinton's Timeline

January 16, 1681
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
March 9, 1702
Age 21
oburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
March 9, 1708
Age 27
Age 32
Of Dudley, Worcester, MA
Age 35
Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
November 29, 1720
Age 39
Age 78