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John 'Elder' Chipman

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Briantspuddle, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 17, 1708 (86)
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Chipman, of Briantspuddle; Thomas Chipman; Unknown Chipman and Mary Agnes Chipman
Husband of Hope Chipman and Ruth Chipman
Father of Elizabeth Joyce; Stillborn Chipman; Hope Cobb; Lydia Sargent; Hannah Huckins and 6 others
Brother of Hannah Chipman; Thomasine Chipman; Tomasine Chipman and Hannah Chipman

Occupation: carpenter, selectman and magistrate in Plymouth Colony, indentured servent/ ??
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About John 'Elder' Chipman

John CHIPMAN, elder, was born in 1614 in Bryan’s-Piddle, near Dorchester, England; died on 7 Apr 1708 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA; buried in Sandwich, Barnstable,MA.

TRAVEL: Brotherless and early left fatherless, John sailed from Barnstable, Devon Co., England, in May 1631, on the Friendship, arriving in Boston, 14 July 1631. John was the first and only one of the name, Chipman, in this country, and until 1850 there was no Chipman in this country who was not descended from him.{D2}

MARRIAGE: He first married Hope Howland, when she died, he secondly married Ruth Sargent. John Chipman lists his living children in his Will, dated 12 Nov 1702. {D1}{D2}

LIVELIHOOD: John was a carpenter and deputy.{D5} Also, “John Chipman was for successive years a selectman, then in Plymouth Colony invested with the authority of a magistrate, and was often a deputy of the court; and he with three assistants was designated to frequent the early Quaker meetings and ‘endeavor to reduce them from the errors of their wayes’.”

HOME: Plymouth in 1637, Yarmouth in 1647, and Barnstable in 1649.{D5} The elder John Chipman family homestead was located near the Barnstable Custom House. His son, Samuel, built the “Chipman Tavern” on the homestead, which then continued in the line of his prosperity until 1830.{D2}

RELIGION: On 30 Jun 1653, John joined his wife (Hope Howland) in becoming a member of the church at Barnstable. He became an Elder in Minister Russel’s Congregational Church at Barnstable.{D4}

HISTORICAL NOTE: John Chipman, son-in-law of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley signed his name (at age 58) to a Bond of Administration on the John Howland estate, dated 5 March 1672, see also Elizabeth Tilley notes. {D3}

DEATH John died at 88 years of age.


"John Chipman was born 3 Jun 1621 in Briantspuddle, Dorset, England. Briantspuddle is  situated within the Piddle Valley near to the villages of Affpuddle,  Tolpuddle and  Puddletown and approximately eight miles east of the county town of Dorchester. The village takes its name from Brian de Turberville, who was lord of the manor during the reign of Edward III and is in the Purbeck conservation. ... John’s parents were Thomas CHIPMAN and [__?__].  He was 17 when he came to New England in May, 1637, in the service of his cousin Mr. Richard Derby, who settled in Plymouth ..."


  • 1. The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. III, article Elder John Chipman’s Will and Inventory, p 181; recorded in the Barnstable County Probate Records, Vol. III, pages 228-231.
  • 2. The Chipman Family: A Genealogy of the Chipmans In America 1631-1920 by Bert Lee Chipman, Bert L. Chipman, Publisher, Winston -Salem,NC.
  • 3. John Chipman’s autograph shown in “The Mayflower Descendant”, Vol. XIII, April 1911, article An Autograph of Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, p. 65.
  • 4. A Chipman Family History by Handley Chipman (1717-1799) of Newport, RI and Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Reproduced and printed by “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register”, 1937 Vol. XCI, Publ. by the Society at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms,Boston.
  • 5.  Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe 1607-1657, by Meredith B. Colket, Jr. and others, 1975, publ by the General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots in America, located in LDS Genealogical Library, 500 S. Langley, Tuscon, AZ.
  • 6. Individual source: The Chipman Family: A Genealogy of the Chipmans In America 1631-1920 by Bert Lee Chipman, 1920, Winston -Salem, NC



-------------------------------------------- descent

• 1. John TILLEY (1571-1620) m. Joan HURST (1567-1620)

• 2. Elizabeth TILLEY (1607-1687) m. John HOWLAND (1593-1672)

• 3. Hope HOWLAND (1629-1683) m. John CHIPMAN (1613-1708)

• 4. Hope CHIPMAN m. John HUCKINS

• 5. Hope HUCKINS m. Thomas NELSON

• 6. Hannah NELSON m. Jabez WOOD

• 7. Jabez WOOD (1718-) m. Joanna SHORT

• 8. Joanna WOOD (1750-1813) m. Comfort HORTON (1743-1805)

• 9. Sarah HORTON (1777-1856) m. Jarvis WHEELER (1774-1852)

• 10. Betsey S. WHEELER (1800-1881) m. Levi PIERCE (1797-1838)

• 11. Elizabeth Slade PIERCE (1822-1901) m. Courtland Philip Livingston BUTLER (1813-1891)

• 12. Mary Elizabeth BUTLER (1850-1897) m. Robert Emmet SHELDON (1845-1917)

• 13. Flora SHELDON (1872-1920) m. Samuel Prescott BUSH (1863-1948)

• 14. Prescott Sheldon BUSH (1895-1972) m. Dorothy WALKER (1901-)

• 15. George Herbert Walker BUSH President (1924-) m. Barbara PIERCE

• 16. George Walker BUSH President (1946-) m. Laura Lane WELCH (1946-)

Came to America in 1637 at age 17
Source: John Chipman Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 342,913 Family Trees Born in Bryants Puddle, England on 1613 to Thomas Chipman and Thomas Chipman. John married Hope Howland and had 12 children. He passed away on 1775 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. Family Members Parents Thomas Chipman 1580-1637 Thomas Chipman 1600-1637 Spouse(s) Hope Howland 1629-1684 Children Chipman 1650-1650 Bethia Chipman 1670-1702 Desire Chipman 1674-1705 Lydia Chipman 1654-1730 Lydia Chipman Sargeant Samuel Chipman 1661-1722 Elizabeth Chipman 1647-1711 Hope Chipman 1652-1728 Hannah Chipman 1658-1696 Ruth Chipman 1663-1698 Mercy Chipman 1667-1724 John Chipman 1657-1657

Elder John Chipman

Birth 1614 North Dorset District, Dorset, England Death 7 Apr 1708 (aged 93–94) Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Burial Old Town Cemetery Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Show Map Plot Memorial ID 16584028 Find A Grave

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John 'Elder' Chipman's Timeline

Bryan'S Piddle, Dorchester, England
Bryan's Piddle, Dorchester, England
Bryan's Piddle, Dorchester, England
Bryan's Piddle, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, England
June 3, 1621
Briantspuddle, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Age 9
Dorchester, Massachusetts
May 1633
Age 11
New England
June 24, 1647
Age 26
Barnstable, Barnstable, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 9, 1650
Age 29
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Colonial America