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John Alcock, M.D.

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. George Alcock; Deacon George Alcock; Anne Alcock and Ann Alcock
Husband of Sarah Alcock
Father of Sarah Whitman; Anna Guthrie; Mary Lamb; George Alcock; John Alcock and 4 others
Brother of Anne Foster and Ann Foster
Half brother of Samuel Alcock

Occupation: Physician
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About Dr. John Alcock

1646 graduate of Harvard College. Married Sarah Palgrave. Buried in Eustis St. Burying ground according to NEHGR. No known grave marker survives.

John Alcock, M. A., was born in England early in 1627. His father, Deacon George Alcock, whose wife was sister of the Reverend Thomas Hooker, of Hartford, Connecticut, brought this son to Massachusetts on a return voyage from England after he was settled in Roxbury. In his will, dated "22 day 10th, called December, Anno Domini, 1640," he speaks of "my debt of £4.0 to my Sonne John, wch I have of his in my hands," and directs that "the halfe of y' revenue of the farme shall be to eaducate my sone John in learninge, together wth the wisest improvement of his £40."

The son, probably through the influence of his uncle Hooker, taught school at Hartford, in 1647-8. He was made freeman of Massachusetts 22 November, 1652. He established himself as a physician in Roxbury, but subsequently removed to Boston, probably before 1657.

In answer to a petition by Alcock, the General Court, 23 May, 1655, "doe order, that eyght hundred forty two acors of land be laid out vnto the petitiono1, as is desired," etc. This grant, including both "vpland and meadow," and still known as The Farm, or Alcock's Farm, was located in the southeasterly part of Marlborough, "between the two Indian townes of Natick & Wippsupperage." The plan, which was presented to the General Court for confirmation 6 May, 1657, contained two hundred acres more, for all of which he had "compounded wth the native Indjans and nerest inhabitants betwixt Naticke & WippsufFerage "; and the General Court, in accordance with a petition which accompanied the plan, allowed and confirmed to him the whole.

November 12, 1659, the General Court voted to grant him two hundred acres "in lejw of two hundred acres he grattifyed ye plantation of WhipsufFerage out of his oune." Where this lot was located is not quite certain; it may have been on the western border of Northborough, and subsequently added to that town.

Hudson writes: "He had other grants of land in the neighborhood, one on the Assabet River then within the limits or on the line of Stow, but probably at this day within the limits of Hudson."

In a bill against "the Honourable Robert Boyle, Esquire, Governor of the Corporation for the propagation of the gospel in New England," dated at Boston, 10 September, 1662, is the item, "To Mr. John Alkock, for physick to sick Indian scholars, pr. order, £y. 9. 5."

Alcock died in Boston 27 March, 1667, and was buried at Roxbury on the 29th.

His will was dated 10 May, 1666. To Jonathan Mitchel, of Cambridge, H. U. 1647, he left "in charge his books and manuscripts to be kept for his sons, those two that are desirous to be scholars; also the Summe of forty shillings to buy him a ring to wear for my sake; and to the Church of Christ in Roxbury the Summe of three pounds to buy them a good wine bowl."

He owned land on Boston Neck, at Dorchester, on the Assabet River in Stow, and the estate known as The Williams Place in Scituate, near the Harbor. He also had property on Block Island, which was divided among his heirs in 1677.

He married, probably in 1648, Sarah, daughter of Doctor Richard and Anne Palgrave, of Charlestown. She died 29 November, 1665, aged 44: "A virtuous woman of unstained life, very skilful in physique and chirurgery, exceeding active, yea very unwearied in ministering to the necessities of others: her works praise her in ye gates."

They had nine children, several of the younger of whom were born in Boston, but were carried to Roxbury to be baptized. George graduated in 1673. Sarah, baptized 26 May, 1650, married Zechariah Whitman, H. U. 1668.

In answer to a petition in behalf of the children and the estate, it was ordered by the General Court, 15 May, 1667, "that Capt Wm Dauis & Left Jn° Hull take the best care they cann of the children & family, in disposing of them to such ffriends, or otherwise providing for them as they may, and preparing all things concerning that estate between this & the next County Court for Suffolke."

Authorities.—A. B. Alcott, Man- tions, i. 218. Massachusetts Bay uscripts. J. Allen, in Worcester Records, ed. Shurtleff, iii. 377, 405, Magazine, ii. 134, 139, 142. J. Far- 438; iv. (i.) 296, 463; iv. (ii.) 239. mer, Genealogical Register, 12; and A. Morse, Memorial of the Morses, Memorials of the Graduates of Har- 87; and Appendix, No. lxxvii. New vard University, 43; Collections of England Historical and Genealogithe New Hampshire Historical So- cal Register, ii. 104. T. Prince, ciety, iv. 79. C. Hudson, History Annals of New England, ii. 4, 29, 64. of Marlborough, 28, 33, 308; and Roxbury Records. J. Savage, GeneLetter, 1871, February 15. Massa- alogical Dictionary, i. 21, 22. N. B. chusetts Historical Society, Collec- Shurtleff, Letters, 1851, April 1, 5.


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Dr. John Alcock's Timeline

January 1, 1627
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
May 26, 1650
Age 23
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 26, 1650
Age 23
Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 15, 1652
Age 25
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1652
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
March 25, 1655
Age 28
January 15, 1656
Age 29
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
March 25, 1659
Age 32