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John Eells

Also Known As: "Eales"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Barnstable, Devon, United Kingdom
Death: November 25, 1653 (74-82)
Immediate Family:

Son of Phillip Eells and Anstice Eales
Husband of Mary Eells
Father of John Eells; Elisha Eales; Mary Fox; Elizabeth Harwood and Maj. Samuel Eells
Brother of Johan Eells

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About John Eells

John Eells came from Barnstable, England and was made a freeman, in Dorchester, Mass, on May 14, 1634. Called a "beehive maker" in Newbury, Mass. in 1645. Believed to have lived in Hingham in 1640. Returned to England after 1641.



John Eells who migrated from England in 1633 to Dorchester, MA. John became a freeman on 14 May 1634. John was admission to Dorchester church before 14 May 1634 and to the Windsor church before 3 May 1640 where the baptism of his son Samuel Eells was.



Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut

John Eells , immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts , as early as 1633 . The first record of his name at Dorchester is under the date of January 6, 1633 . He was admitted a freeman, May 14, 1634 . He had a grant of a "great lot" between Dorchester and Roxbury , January 4, 1635 , twenty acres, and other grants soon afterward. According to tradition, he returned to England , and became an officer in the army of Cromwell . The last record of him in New England is an agreement, dated July 15, 1641 , with Thomas Allen , of Barnstable . Children: Samuel , mentioned below; John . Jr., who was chosen cowkeeper at Dorchester and of whom no further record is found.


John Eells migrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony from the West of England in 1632, settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was a freeman of the Colony and a prosperous farmer, but when the Long Parliament met in England in 1640 John Eells, that stern old Puritan, sniffed the coming battle from afar, sold all he owned for whatever price it would bring, and sailed back to England to take up arms for his religion, carrying with him his son Samuel, the "suckling child" a few weeks old. John never returned to America.


Will of John Eales of Pilton. Dated 5 Sept., 14 Charles II. John Eales of Pilton in the county of Devon, Joyner, being sicke and weake in body but of good and perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God and calling to remem- brance the uncertaine estate of this transitory life and that all must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, I make constitute, ordaine and declare this my last will and testament revoking and annulling bj^ these presents all and every testament and testaments will and wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other. And first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sinnes past most humbly desiring for- giveness for the same I give and commit my soule unto almighty God my saviour and Redeemer in whom by the merritts of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and forgiveness of all my sins. And that my soule with my bod}^ at the general day


of resurrection shall arise again with joy and through the merits of Christ's death and passion possess and inherit the kingdome of heaven prepared for his elect and chosen. And my body to be buried in such place where it shall please my executrix hereafter named to appoint. And for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods chattells and debts as it hath pleased God far above my deserte to bestow on me I do order give and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is to say —

First I will that all those debts or duties as I owe in right or conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truely contented and paid within con- venient time after my decease by my executrix, hereinafter named. Itm I give and bequeath unto my son John and to my son Samuel i2d a peece. Itm I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mar)^ wife of James Fox i2d. Itm I give and bequeath unto my daughter Klizabeth wife of Henry Horwood i2d to be paid by my executrix within twelve months and a day after my decease. Item I do will give and bequeath unto my now wife Mary immediately after my decease all and singular my goods chattels and debts whatsoever to have and enjoy the same during her natural life without any contradiction to her only use and behoofe and I do make her my executrix of this my last will and testament. Item I will that my said wife shall either by her will or deede or otherwise as shee shall think fitt after my decease dispose give and bequeath unto my said sons and daughters all such my goods and chattells as she shall be possessed of to be enjoyed by them after her decease in such manner and form as she shall appoint and she shall not be unduly troubled by any of my said sons and daugh- ters during her natural life for anything concerning my said estate besides their said legacies of lad a peece.

In witnes wherof I have hereunto set my hand and seale

the day and year first above written A.D. 1662.

John Bales

his mark.


Written on parchment. The document is very mouldy and decayed and several (unimportant) words are illegible.

Proved 1663 ^P (date of proof illegible).

Inventory ^19-19-6. Taken 27 Feb. 1662 by Jos. Amory & Wm. Cooke.

(Is this the will of John Eells of Dorchester, Massachu- setts, father of Major Samuel Eells of Hingham, Massa- chusetts? [F. F. S.])


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John Eells's Timeline

Barnstable, Devon, United Kingdom
Age 43
Barnstable, UK
Age 46
Age 48
May 1, 1640
Age 65
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
November 25, 1653
Age 78
Age 78
Towcester, UK