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John Wakefield

Birthplace: Probably England
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wakefield and Mary Wakefield (Unknown)
Husband of Elizabeth Anna Wakefield and Ann Wakefield
Father of Dr. Albert Wakefield; James Wakefield, Sr.; William Wakefield; Henry Wakefield; Kathleen Nanny and 11 others
Brother of Richard Wakefield; Thomas Wakefield; George Wakefield and Patience Wakefield

Occupation: Boatman, Shipwright
Managed by: Al Dawson
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About John Wakefield

John Wakefield was born around 1615 in Gravesend, County Kent, England. He immigrated to America about 1635. First he lived in Martha's Vineyard, then in Boston on Hanover Street on the North Square. He was a shipwright. He and Ann had two children: Elizabeth and John. According to an historical document, John died in an accident aboard a ship: "helping ye ropemaker about a cable, had his head split open and his brains beaten out." Pretty gruesome! -------------------- Notes: “A sad accident happened at Boston to one Wakefield, a boatman, who helping ye rope maker about a cable, had his head split open and his brains beaten out, dated July 19, 1667. -------------------- Birth Place and date is a possible one

Baptism record from St Stephen, Coleman St, London

He is buried in the Granary Burial Ground in old Boston. His gravestone is noted for being the oldest gravestone in the cemetary. Paul Revere has his tomb nearby, as do many other Revolutionary War era luminaries and founding fathers.

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John Wakefield's Timeline

Probably England
Age 20
August 24, 1640
Age 22
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
Age 24
Edgartown, Massachusetts
December 28, 1644
Age 26
Watertown, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Age 26
Edgartown, Massachusetts
Age 26
Watertown, Litchfield, Conn

Elizabeth Littlefield. Christened on 22 July 1627 at Tichfield, Hampshire, England. She came to New England with her mother in 1638. She married John Wakefield of Biddeford. She died in 1676 or 1695 in Wells, Maine. ??

August 24, 1645
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
April 19, 1650
Age 32
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Age 32