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Nicknames: "The Father of Brookfield"
Birthplace: Boxted, Essex, England
Death: Died in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
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About John Warner, I

"Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity".

John Warner, son of William Warner, was born in England about the year 1616. He was reared in his native land and came to the Ipswich Colony, Massachusetts Bay, either shortly before or after the remainder of the family. He was a passenger from London on the ship "Increase" in 1635, when he gave his age of twenty years. He removed from Ipswich to Brookfield in 1670, was one of three men there who took the Indian deed for the town of Brookfield, December 19, 1673, and was one of the principal inhabitants there. When the town was destroyed by the Indians in 1675 he retreated with his younger children to Hadley, Massachusetts, whither Mark Warner, and elder son and other children had gone to settle. He probably died at the home of some of his children, 1692.

John Warner married (first) __________ __________. He married (second) Priscilla Symonds, daughter of Mark Symonds, about 1655. The children of John Warner and his first wife were: Samuel, born about 1640; John, born about 1643, died at Springfield, Massachusetts, January 21, 1724; Mark, born 1646, died at Northampton, Mass., May 31, 1738, aged ninety-two years; Nathaniel, born about 1650, was a resident of Brookfield in 1673, died in Hadley, Mass., January 15, 1714; Daniel, born about 1653, died in Ipswich, Mass., June 8, 1659. The Children of John and Priscilla (Symonds) Warner were: Joseph, born August 15, 1657, died June 18, 1638; Mehitable, born April 16, 1659, died at Hadley, Mass, June 12, 1678; Daniel, born April 16, 1661, died 1688; Eleazer, born November 13, 1662, died at Hadley, Mass, May 8, 1729; Priscilla, born 1664, married Thomas Cummings, of Dunstable, Mass., December 19, 1688

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John Warner was born about 1616 in England. His father was William Warner. He came to Ipswich on the ship Increase with his family in 1637. He was a freeman of Ipswich.

John's children with his first wife were Samuel Warner (1640), John Warner (1644), Mark Warner (1646), and Nathaniel Warner (1650).

He married Priscilla Symonds on March 10, 1655. Priscilla was the daughter of Mark Symonds and Susan Edgar. She was born about 1620 in Essex, England.

John and Priscilla's children were Joseph Warner (1657), Mehitable Warner (1659), Daniel Warner (1661), Eleazar Warner (1662), and Priscilla Warner Cummings.

In 1670 he moved to Brookfield. When the town was destroyed by Indians during King Philip's War in 1675 he retreated to Hadley.

On May 17, 1692, he gave his property to his sons, Mark, Nathaniel, and Eleazar. His property included the right of two commons in and land in a Hadley and Swampfield. He also gave them 3 beds, 3 coverlets, 3 pairs of sheets, a bolster, 6 pillows, 2 brass kettles, 3 skillets, a frying pan, an iron pot, a pair tongs, an iron peale, an iron trammel, a box of iron, 2 pewter platters, a pewter basin, 2 catechisms, 2 bibles, 6 sermon books, 2 woman's coats, 2 waistcoats, a large apron, a silk handkerchief, a silk hood, a silk cap, and a hat.

Before 1752 the year began on March 25th. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year, not the beginning.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.



 Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity by Ellery Bicknell Crane   
 John Warner, son of William Warner, was born in England about the year 1616. He was reared in his native land and came to the Ipswich Colony, Massachusetts Bay, either shortly before or after the remainder of the family. He was a passenger from London on the ship "Increase" in 1635, when he gave his age of twenty years. 

He removed from Ipswich to Brookfield in 1670, was one of three men there who took the Indian deed for the town of Brookfield, December 19, 1673, and was one of the principal inhabitants there. When the town was destroyed by the Indians in 1675 he retreated with his younger children to Hadley, Massachusetts, whither Mark Warner, an elder son, and other children had gone to settle. He probably died at the home of some of his children, 1692.

John Warner married (first). He married (second) Pricilla Symonds, daughter of Mark Symonds, about 1655. The children of John Warner and his first wife were:

Samuel, born about 1640;

John, born about 1643, died at Springfield, Massachusetts, January 21, 1724;

Mark, born 1646, died at Northampton, Massachusetts, May 31, 1738, aged ninety-two years;

Nathaniel, born about 1650, was a resident of Brookfield in 1673, died in Hadley, Massachusetts, January 15, 1714;

Daniel, born about 1653. died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, June 8, 1659.

The children of John and Priscilla (Symonds) Warner were:

Joseph, born August 15, 1657, died June 18, 1658;

Mehitable, born April 16, 1659, died at Hadley, Massachusetts, June 12, 1678;

Daniel, born April 16, 1661. died 1688;

Eleazer, born November 13, 1662. died at Hadley, Massachusetts, May 8, 1729;

Priscilla, born 1664, married Thomas Cummings, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, December 19, 1688.

  
     
 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1866   
 John," b. in England about 1616, m. Priscilla, dau. of Mark Symonds. on 10 March, 1655. John and Priscilla W. sold to J. Woodam his dwellinghouse, barn, orchard, &., and among other conveyances, on 6 Aug., 1665, he sold 7 acres of upland " which formerly was part of my father Warner's meadow in Ipswich," and about this time he removed to Brookfield, being one of the 3 Trustees in whom the deed of the town was vested. On the destruction of Brookfield by the Indians in 1675, he went to Hadley where he d. at an infirm age. May 17, 1692, he gave his real and personal property to his sons, Mark, Nathaniel, and Eleazar, viz.: " the right of two commons in Ipswich belonging to two houses sold, the grant of 20 acres land in Hadley, grant of land at Swampfield, 3 beds, 3 coverlids, 3 pair sheets, 1 bolster, 6 pillows, 2 brass kettles, 3 skillets, 1 frying pan, 1 iron pot, 1 pair tongs, 1 iron peale, 1 iron trammel, 1 box iron, 2 pewter platters, 1 pewter basin, 2 catechisms, 2 bibles, 6 sermon books, 2 woman's coats, 2 waistcoats, 1 large apron, 1 silk handkerchief, 1 silk hood, 1 silk cap, 1 hat."—(From Ipswich Kecords.)

Children,

Samuel,3 b. 1640, of Dunstable, N. H., 1685.

Mark,3 went to Hadley before his father.

John,3 killed in 1660 by falling of a tree. Nathaniel,' b. 1655.

Joseph,3 b. 15 Aug., 1657, d. 1658.

Mehitable,3 b. 16 April, 1659, d. 12 June, 1678.

Daniel3 b. 16 April, 1661, was living in Ipswich 19 May, 1711, when he bought a common right of his "cousin John " (son of Daniel, Sen').

Eleazar,3 b. 13 Nov., 1662.

Priscilla,3 b. 25 Sept., 1666, m. in 1688, to Thomas Cummings.

  
     
 Memorial of Professor Aaron Warner

By Edward Payson Crowell, E P C

Published by s.n., 1884

 His son John, born about 1616, and married March 10, 1645 to Priscilla, daughter of Mark Symonds, a " freeman" of Ipswich, remained a citizen of that town for about twenty years longer, (during which time most if not all of his nine children were born) favored with the religious instructions of Rev. Messrs John Norton and Nathaniel Rogers, graduates of one of the English Universities and ministers eminent for ability, learning and piety. The eldest of his children must also have had the privileges of the "Ipswich Grammar School," as that was established before 1651.

When the territory of Brookfield was granted to a number of citizens of Ipswich in May, 1660, he was one of the three trustees in whom the deed of the town was vested, and about the year 1665, removed to that place—then an isolated settlement between the seacoast and the towns in the Connecticut valley. In King Philip's war, this village was attacked by the Indians early in August, 1675, and though bravely defended and its garrison finally relieved, almost all the buildings were destroyed and it was for a time deserted by the inhabitants. John Warner removed to Hadley, where he died at an advanced age, about 1692, leaving by will among his other effects to his heirs "two bibles, two catechisms and six sermon-books."


John Warner was born about 1616 in England. His father was William Warner. He came to Ipswich on the ship Increase with his family in 1637. He was a freeman of Ipswich.

John's children with his first wife were Samuel Warner (1640), John Warner (1644), Mark Warner (1646), and Nathaniel Warner (1650).

He married Priscilla Symonds on March 10, 1655. Priscilla was the daughter of Mark Symonds and Susan Edgar. She was born about 1620 in Essex, England.

John and Priscilla's children were Joseph Warner (1657), Mehitable Warner (1659), Daniel Warner (1661), Eleazar Warner (1662), and Priscilla Warner Cummings.

In 1670 he moved to Brookfield. When the town was destroyed by Indians during King Philip's War in 1675 he retreated to Hadley.

On May 17, 1692, he gave his property to his sons, Mark, Nathaniel, and Eleazar. His property included the right of two commons in and land in a Hadley and Swampfield. He also gave them 3 beds, 3 coverlets, 3 pairs of sheets, a bolster, 6 pillows, 2 brass kettles, 3 skillets, a frying pan, an iron pot, a pair tongs, an iron peale, an iron trammel, a box of iron, 2 pewter platters, a pewter basin, 2 catechisms, 2 bibles, 6 sermon books, 2 woman's coats, 2 waistcoats, a large apron, a silk handkerchief, a silk hood, a silk cap, and a hat.

Before 1752 the year began on March 25th. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year, not the beginning.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.



 Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity by Ellery Bicknell Crane   
 John Warner, son of William Warner, was born in England about the year 1616. He was reared in his native land and came to the Ipswich Colony, Massachusetts Bay, either shortly before or after the remainder of the family. He was a passenger from London on the ship "Increase" in 1635, when he gave his age of twenty years. 

He removed from Ipswich to Brookfield in 1670, was one of three men there who took the Indian deed for the town of Brookfield, December 19, 1673, and was one of the principal inhabitants there. When the town was destroyed by the Indians in 1675 he retreated with his younger children to Hadley, Massachusetts, whither Mark Warner, an elder son, and other children had gone to settle. He probably died at the home of some of his children, 1692.

John Warner married (first). He married (second) Pricilla Symonds, daughter of Mark Symonds, about 1655. The children of John Warner and his first wife were:

Samuel, born about 1640;

John, born about 1643, died at Springfield, Massachusetts, January 21, 1724;

Mark, born 1646, died at Northampton, Massachusetts, May 31, 1738, aged ninety-two years;

Nathaniel, born about 1650, was a resident of Brookfield in 1673, died in Hadley, Massachusetts, January 15, 1714;

Daniel, born about 1653. died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, June 8, 1659.

The children of John and Priscilla (Symonds) Warner were:

Joseph, born August 15, 1657, died June 18, 1658;

Mehitable, born April 16, 1659, died at Hadley, Massachusetts, June 12, 1678;

Daniel, born April 16, 1661. died 1688;

Eleazer, born November 13, 1662. died at Hadley, Massachusetts, May 8, 1729;

Priscilla, born 1664, married Thomas Cummings, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, December 19, 1688.

  
     
 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1866   
 John," b. in England about 1616, m. Priscilla, dau. of Mark Symonds. on 10 March, 1655. John and Priscilla W. sold to J. Woodam his dwellinghouse, barn, orchard, &., and among other conveyances, on 6 Aug., 1665, he sold 7 acres of upland " which formerly was part of my father Warner's meadow in Ipswich," and about this time he removed to Brookfield, being one of the 3 Trustees in whom the deed of the town was vested. On the destruction of Brookfield by the Indians in 1675, he went to Hadley where he d. at an infirm age. May 17, 1692, he gave his real and personal property to his sons, Mark, Nathaniel, and Eleazar, viz.: " the right of two commons in Ipswich belonging to two houses sold, the grant of 20 acres land in Hadley, grant of land at Swampfield, 3 beds, 3 coverlids, 3 pair sheets, 1 bolster, 6 pillows, 2 brass kettles, 3 skillets, 1 frying pan, 1 iron pot, 1 pair tongs, 1 iron peale, 1 iron trammel, 1 box iron, 2 pewter platters, 1 pewter basin, 2 catechisms, 2 bibles, 6 sermon books, 2 woman's coats, 2 waistcoats, 1 large apron, 1 silk handkerchief, 1 silk hood, 1 silk cap, 1 hat."—(From Ipswich Records.)

Children,

Samuel,3 b. 1640, of Dunstable, N. H., 1685.

Mark,3 went to Hadley before his father.

John,3 killed in 1660 by falling of a tree. Nathaniel,' b. 1655.

Joseph,3 b. 15 Aug., 1657, d. 1658.

Mehitable,3 b. 16 April, 1659, d. 12 June, 1678.

Daniel3 b. 16 April, 1661, was living in Ipswich 19 May, 1711, when he bought a common right of his "cousin John " (son of Daniel, Sen').

Eleazar,3 b. 13 Nov., 1662.

Priscilla,3 b. 25 Sept., 1666, m. in 1688, to Thomas Cummings.

  
     
 Memorial of Professor Aaron Warner

By Edward Payson Crowell, E P C

Published by s.n., 1884

 His son John, born about 1616, and married March 10, 1645 to Priscilla, daughter of Mark Symonds, a " freeman" of Ipswich, remained a citizen of that town for about twenty years longer, (during which time most if not all of his nine children were born) favored with the religious instructions of Rev. Messrs John Norton and Nathaniel Rogers, graduates of one of the English Universities and ministers eminent for ability, learning and piety. The eldest of his children must also have had the privileges of the "Ipswich Grammar School," as that was established before 1651.

When the territory of Brookfield was granted to a number of citizens of Ipswich in May, 1660, he was one of the three trustees in whom the deed of the town was vested, and about the year 1665, removed to that place—then an isolated settlement between the seacoast and the towns in the Connecticut valley. In King Philip's war, this village was attacked by the Indians early in August, 1675, and though bravely defended and its garrison finally relieved, almost all the buildings were destroyed and it was for a time deserted by the inhabitants. John Warner removed to Hadley, where he died at an advanced age, about 1692, leaving by will among his other effects to his heirs "two bibles, two catechisms and six sermon-books."


-------------------- 1635, April 15- He embarked at London, in the ship "Increase", for New england, "having taken the oaths of allegiance and supremacy." He was 20 years old.

1637, August 20- He sighed the Providence Compant to form a town government with 12 others.

1640, July 27- He and 38 others signed an agreement for a form of government.

1643, January 13- He and 10 others purchased from American Native Sachem Miantonomi a tract of land called Shawomet (Warwick, RI) for 144 fathoms of wampum.

1643, September 12- He and others were notified by the General Court of Boston, MA to hear complaint of two Indian Sachems, Pomham and Soccononocco, as to "some unjust and injurious dealing toward them by yourselves." He and the others of Warwick, RI responded that were legal subjects of the King of England and beyond the limits of Massachusetts territory, to whom they acknowledged no subjection. Massachusetts sent soldiers and besieged the settlers in a fortified house. In a parley it was now said "that they held blasphemous errors which they must repent of" - or go to Boston, MA for trial, and they were soon carried thence.

1643, October 17- He and others were brought before a the Court and charged with heresy and sedition.

1643, November 3- He was sentenced to prision and ordered expelled from MA and Warwick, RI upon release. However, he was soon allowed back to Warwick, RI.

1647- Town Clerk.

1648- Clerk of the Assembly.

1652, April 24- It was ordered at a town meeting that he could no longer hold any town office due to certain misdemeanors perpetrated by him. The charges against him were: calling the officers of the town rogues and thieves, calling the whole town rogues and thieves, threatening the lives of men, etc.

1652, May 27- He requested that he have liberty to ship himself and family to England from some port in MA. The request was granted provided he take up abode on the ship until departure. He took his family except daughter Rachel aboard the ship, but died enroute back to England. His son John, Jr. later returned to Warwick, RI to inherit his grandfather, Ezekiel Holliman's estate.

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John Warner of Hadley's Timeline

1612
September 9, 1612
Boxted, Essex, England
1615
August 20, 1615
St.Albans Abbey, Hertsford, England
1616
September 9, 1616
Boxted, Essex, England
1640
1640
Age 23
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1643
1643
Age 26
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1646
September 25, 1646
Age 30
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
1649
September 26, 1649
Age 33
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1654
1654
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
1655
March 10, 1655
Age 38
Ipswich Colony, Massachusetts
1655
Age 38
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States