John Wildes, Sr. (1618 - 1705) MP

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Birthplace: Dalton in Furness, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
Occupation: Carpenter, magistrate
Managed by: Günther Kipp
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About John Wildes, Sr.

John Wild aka John Wildes (1618-1705), parentage unknown, was born in 1618 in Furness, Lancashire, England; and died 14 May 1705 at the age of 87 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. He married (1) Priscilla Gould; (2) Sarah Averill, and (3) Mary MNU Jacobs. His second wife was executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials, and his third wife was the widow of a man executed for witchcraft a month later. John Wild enlisted as a soldier to fight with other New England settlers against the Pequot Indian tribe. The tribe was almost eliminated as a result of this conflict.

Marriages and Children

  1. Marriage of John to Priscilla Gould on 23 November 1642 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts
    1. Jonathan Wildes (born 1645 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    2. Margaret Catherine Wilde (born 1646)
    3. Sarah Wildes (born 1647 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    4. John Wildes, Jr. (born 1648 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    5. Phebe Wildes (born 1653 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    6. Elizabeth Wildes (born 1653 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    7. Priscilla Wildes (born 6 April 1658 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    8. Martha Wildes (born 13 May 1660 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
    9. Nathan Wildes (born 14 December 1662 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
  2. Marriage of John to Sarah Averill on 23 November 1663 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. Sarah was executed as a witch on 19 July 1692.
    1. Ephraim Wildes (born 1 December 1665 Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts)
  3. Marriage of John to Mary MNU Jacobs (widow of George Jacobs, who had been hanged as a witch at Salem on 19 August 1692) on 26 June 1693; no issue

Sources and Further Information

  • Cruger, D.W. A Wildes Genealogy: The Family of John1 Wild of Topsfield, Mass., and His Descendants in Old Arundel (now Kennebunkport), Maine. 1990 - 301 pages
  • SAVAGE, VOL 4 DICT. FIRST SETTLERS OF New England. WILDES, JOHN, Topsfield 1660, then aged 40, perhaps son of William, married Priscilla, daughter of the first Zacheus Gould; may be that youth of 17 years coming from London, 1635, in the Elizabeth. From Coffin's gatherings in Geneal. Reg. VIII. 167, it may be inferred that he had a son JOHN, who in his will of October 1676, after mention of his grandfather Gould, names brothers Jonathan, Ephraim, and sisters Sarah, Elizabeth Phebe, Priscilla, and Martha. His second wife Sarah was old enough in 1692 to be condemned and executed as a witch, but not young enough to falsely accuse herself or others during the execra. delusion. His third wife was Mary Jacobs, widow of George Jacobs, Sr., who was executed as a witch on 19 August 1692.

Note: Savage was incorrect in listing John as a son of William. John and William were brothers; this relationship is made clear in William's will.

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John Wild, of Topsfield's Timeline

Dalton in Furness, Lancashire, England
November 23, 1642
Age 24
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 27
Topsfield, Essex, Mass
Age 28
Age 29
Topsfield, Essex, Mass
Age 30
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 35
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 35
Topsfield, Essex Co, Massachusetts,
April 6, 1658
Age 40
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
May 13, 1660
Age 42
Topsfield, Essex, Mass