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John Batchelder

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: England or Wales
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Batchelder and Wife of John Batchelder
Husband of Mary Batchelder and Elizabeth Batchelder
Father of John Batchelder; Mary Cresse; Hannah Batchelder; Joseph Batchelder; Abigail Woodbury and 2 others
Brother of Henry Batchelder; Joseph Batchelder and Joshua Batchelder

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About John Batchelder

From the Bachelor Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce:

5. JOHN BACHELOR (brother of Joseph),

  • b. in England, 1610;
  • m. Mary;
  • m. 2d, Elizabeth Herrick ;
  • d. Sept 10, 1675.

He was born in England, came to America in 1636, settled in Salem, and was made a Freeman Nov. 13, 1640. He went from Canterbury, County of Kent, England. Soon after he was admitted an inhabitant at Salem he was granted 20 acres of land, to which was subesquently added 60 acres more. He was admitted to the church June 23, 1639. According to Joseph B. Wyman, of Charlestown, he was born in Cognesmouth, in Wales.

Will — Essex Co. Prob. Rec. , Old Series, Book 1 June, 1071, to Sept. 1681, Vol. 301, p. 69. — John Bachelor, 9 mo: 1675. John Bachelor aged 63 being in perfect memory do make this my last will & testament in the year of our Lord 1673. & in the 25 year of the Reign of ye Sovereign & Lord, Charles the Second, King of England, etc. Imprs. I Bequeath my soule to the Lord Jesus my redeemer & my body to my freinds by them only to be interred, & what estate the Lord hath given me I dispose of as followeth:

It. I give unto my Loving wife Elizabeth my dwelling house during her naturall life, and then to be my Son John Bachelors, also I give her all my movable estate wheresoever it is (she paying fifteen pounds in legacies as hereafter is willed) & Six pounds per annum so long as she remains unmarried) & the keeping of two cows & firewood for her necessary use to be pd. for, at the charge of my two sons, as it is hereafter expressed, also I appoint her to be my executrix. I give my son, John Bachelor my house I dwell in after my wives decease and 20 acres of land, which I bought of John Scudder except 6 acres more or less, as it is now bounded, which I give to John Cressy, as is hereafter expressed and take it beginning at Abraham Warren's well, so down to the brook, to the comon, the brook being bound between his land, and his brother Joseph's and also a piece of land that lyes at the upper end of the sd. 20 acres without the fence, with the hither end of my Saltmarsh unto a place commonly called the Rocks, where they cart down wood.

It. I give my son Joseph Bachelor all my land in the field together with the orchard, & barn, and the Saltmarsh lying beyond the sd. Rocks, commonly called Duck Cove, and half an acre of marsh, that 1 bought of Joseph Rooks, and half an acre of Jeffrey Massey, my will is that my two sons aforesaid shall pay their mother the yearly int. of six pounds y annum, during her widdowhood &. keep two cows & provide firewood for her necessary use and the charges thereof to be equally borne by each and the sd. six pounds to be yearly paid in Such specie as she shall desire. Also I give my daughter Hana Corning ten pound to be pd. by my loving wife before her decease.

It. I give my Grandchild John Cressy Six Acres of land lying within my son John's land as aforesaid along Royalls neck, & five pounds to be paid by my loving wife before her decease. I entreat Mr. Henry Bartholomew, Deacon Prince to see this will truly performed In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seal the year above written. May thd 17: John Bachelor, Sen. his seal affixed.

Witness John Swinerton. Bethia Nochard.

John Swinerton & Bethia Nochard gave oath in Court at Salem 22: 10 mo. 75 that the within written was owned, & I declared to bi the last will and testament of the deceased: viz: John Bachelor and John and Joseph Bachelor, the sons of the deceased have power of administration granted of the estate of the decease and is to fulfil the above said will. " Attest Hilliard Veren — Cleric.

Vol. 301. p. 70. — An inv. of the estate, both of housing & land movable and immovable of John Bachelor of Salem, who dyed on the 12 mo 1175.

  • Impr. 45 acres of upland or thereabout valued at ,£90:00:00
  • 2 acres of Salt marsh or thereabout valued at 10:00:00
  • one dwelling house 8t one barn valued at 30:00:00
  • all his wearing cloathes one & another valued at 08:00:00
  • all his beding with the appliances valued at 16:00:00
  • home mad cloath, woolen & linen 30 yds. valued at 04:00:00
  • twenty pound of wool & yarn valued at 01:10:00
  • 3 bibles valued at 00:08:00
  • other household stuff, brass &jron, valued at 02:10:00
  • 1 copper with other iron ware 00:05 :oo
  • 2 pewter platters & other small things 00:20:00
  • one chest & traye with other wooden ware 00:1 5 :oo
  • irons for husbandry for wheels & plows 02:00:00
  • in pease & Indian come 4 Bush, of Barley 16S n :i6:oo
  • one qrtr. Beef, 16s 3d: a yoake of oxen £10:2 18:06:08
  • 5 cows & one heifer 18c: 1 yearling 20:10:00
  • 1 horse: £2 e ten in Swine: £7:17 sheep .£4:5: 1 lining wheel 5d. . 13:10:00
  • the estate is£ 12:00:00. Sum total is £230:00:06
  • given in legacies 15:00:00.

The above estate valued and estimated upon 4:10 mo. 1175 by me John Ray mchrt Andrew Elliott

John and Joseph Bachelor gave oath in Ct. at Salem 22:10 mo. 75 to the truth of the inven. He d. Sept. 13, 1675; res. Salem, .Mass.

13. i. JOHN.

  • b. Jan., 1639;
  • d. in 1645,

14. vii. JOSEPH,

  • b. May 8. 1653;
  • m. Miriam Moulton.

15. iii. HANNAH,

  • b. June 23, 1644;
  • d. young.

16. ii. MARY,

  • b. Sept 19, 1640;
  • m. 1658, Mighill Cressey of Salem.
  • They res. in Salem and the wife died Aug. 1659.
    • They had a son John, b. Aug.. 1657; m. Sarah Gaines; their son Jobb. Dec. 17,m. Rebecca. He d. 1781;
    • their son Nathaniel, b. 17.4; m. Sarah Ober and d. Sept. 27, 1809;
    • their son Job, b. 1758; was private in the Rev. army; m. Sarah Dodge;
    • their dau. Sarah, d. Oct 2. 1777; m. Stephen Floyd. She d. Dec. 1, 1805.

17. iii. ABIGAIL

  • b. Feb. 12, 1643;
  • m. Sept. 1665, Sergt. Peter Woodbury.
  • She d. before 1667.
    • He was bap. Sept. 7, 1640;
    • d. July 5, 1704.
    • Son of John and Agnes, the emigrants who came from Somersetshire, Eng., and landed at Gloucester, Mass., in 1624; settled at Salem 1638. William, brother of John, came over with Endicott in 1628, and settled at Salem; married Elizabeth Patch, of Petherton, Eng. Both brothers had quite a no. of children. Some of both families were born and baptized in England; it is thought all the Woodburys in this country sprang from these brothers. In 1630 both families moved to Beverly. Wm. settled on the seashore at what is now called Woodbury Point, built a garrison house which stood until 50 years ago. John Conant surveyed 1,000 acres at the head of Bass river. The General Court gave him a grant of 200 acres from this tract on which he settled. In the history of Beverly it is stated that John was a member of the General Court in 1635, and again in 1638. It is stated that he died in 1641. His age is not given, but probably about 85 years. He was called "Father Woodbury," a title it is thought might have been given him as one on whom many leaned for counsel and advice. He was regarded as standing next to Conant in intelligence and usefulness to the colony. His descendants are numerous, and many still live around the spot that witnessed his trials. Peter Woodbury was a deacon in the Salem church at the time of the Witchcraft delusion, and it is related of him that he kept his horses saddled to assist the persecuted to fly to N. H. out of the jurisdiction of the court trying those cases.
    • Peter and Abigail had one ch.
      • 1. Peter, Jr.,
        • b. Dec. 12, 1665;
        • m. Nov. 18, 1692, Sarah Dodge.
          • Their son Peter, b. June 30, 1705; m. Abigail Batchelder. He d. May 14, 1775, having served in the Colonial Wars, and was at the battle of Lexington, though over 70 years of age, and their great grandson was Gov. Levi Woodbury, of New Hampshire, who was born at Francistown, N. H., Dec. 22, 1789. and was admitted to the bar in New Hampshire in 1812. He became a leader of the Democratic party of his State, was appointed to the Supreme Court of the State in 1816, elected governor in 1823; speaker of the state house of representatives in 1825, and served in the United States Senate, 1825 to 1831. He was Secretary of the Navy in 1831, and Secretary of the Treasury from 1834 to 1841. Again elected to the United States Senate in 1841, he served until 1845, when he was appointed an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He d. at Portsmouth, N. H, September 7, 1851.
    • Peter was baptized Sept., 1640: Freeman April 29, 1668; representative 1689-91; deacon in Beverly; res. on his father's estate; left property 1696. The house they resided in stands in Dodge's Row, and has been in the family ever since. After Abigail's death he m. July, 1667, Sarah Dodge and had 8 ch. [Sarah Dodge (Richard) born 1644; d. 11 Sept., 1726; m. Peter Woodbury; bap. Sept., 1640. Freeman, 29th April, 166S; Representative, 1689 and 1691; deacon at Beverly. Lived on his father's estate. Left property 969. The house they lived in stands in Dodge Row, and has been in continuous possession of the male line of the Woodbury family till the present time. Peter Woodbury had married Abigail Batchelder in Sept., 1665, and by her had a son. Peter, b. 12th Dec, 1665; m. 18th Nov., 1692, Mary Dodge (Edward, Richard). — Genealogy Dodge Family.

18. v. HANNAH,

  • b. May 25, 1645;
  • m. before 1670, Samuel Corning.

19. vi. JOHN,

  • b. June 23, 1650;
  • m. Mary Herrick.
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John Batchelder's Timeline

England or Wales
January 1639
Age 29
Canterbury, Kent, England
September 19, 1640
Age 30
Beverly, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 12, 1643
Age 33
Salem, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 23, 1644
Age 34
May 25, 1645
Age 35
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 23, 1650
Age 40
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 8, 1653
Age 43
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
September 10, 1675
Age 65
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony