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John Heath

Birthplace: Salisbury, St. Martins, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: January 17, 1644 (69)
Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of Alis Heath

Father: Richard Heath
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About John Heath of Salisbury

John Heath of Salisbury


  • John and Alice (Bartholomew) Heath were *not* the parents of:
  1. Bartholomew Heath, of Haverhill
  2. John Heath, of Haverhill
  3. Isaac Heath, of Roxbury
  4. William Heath, of Roxbury

Alas the English origins of Bartholomew Heath have not yet been discovered. In 1990 the New England Genealogical Society did comprehensive review of the family of Bartholomew Heath. The study was published in the volume:

Smith, Dean Crawford; Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Samuel Blanchard Ordway (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1990) pages 311-319

The book is still under copyright but luckily Boston Public Library has made it available for a 14 day borrow period via with free registration:

The authors, Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn and of the very finest of their geneation and also worked on the Great Migration Study Project. So their work is authoritative. They did a search of the English origin of each immigrant and could not establish the origins or parents of Bartholomew Heath. However, the chapter continues on via their son Josiah Health who I see is your ancestor and includes his son John Heath. So this book if you haven't read it would be of interest as they review numerous court, probate and other related records.

It is interest that a John Heath of Haverhill in his will dated 28 Dec 1674 proved 10 Apr 1675 left bequests to the children of Barthowlomew Heath. John had no children of his own.

Further Debunking of Heath Fiction

The research on Wikitree and on Minor Descent for the ancestry of Bartholomew Heath is poorly done unfortunately. For background most of the current research in England on the Cheney - Heath connection was published by a genealogist named Douglas Richardson. You may have heard of his five volume set called “Royal Ancestry” and the now outdated “Plantagenet Ancestry” which he sells on Amazon. But he is also one of the most active researchers in English origins of New England families. His work is highly respected. He has published much of his work in The American Genealogist, The Genealogist and The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The latter NEHGR for short includes an article in Volume 146 p 261-278 published 1992 called the Heath Connection: English Origins of Isaac and William Heath of Roxbury, Massachusetts, John Johnson, Edward Morris, and Elizabeth (Morris) Cartwright. If you have an account on you may download it here:

Richardson published a follow-up article Vol 149 p 173-186 in 1995 “Heath-Johnson-Morris Update: The Ancestry of Agnes (Cheney) Heath. Unfortunately this article is not online for copyright reasons and needed to be request by email from What was published is that and Edward Heath of unknown parents in Ware who wrote a will 6 Mar 1592/3 proved 23 mar 1592/3 with wife Alice ___ was father of William Heath of Ware born about 1550 buried 7 January 1624/5 married Agnes Cheney. Her ancestry includes three generations of men all named Robert Chaney. Her mother was Joan Harrison. Several children were baptized shortly after their marriage and although some of the baptisms don’t include either parents name it is reasoned they were the children of William Heath and Alice Cheney and they include the immigrants Isaac Heath of Roxbury and William Heat of Roxbury. And the origins of some other families are included. Now what had happened on some Internet sites is people who haven’t actually read these papers have either included a fictitious John Heath who is father of Bartholomew Heath which is the subject of our discussion here or they have swapped out William Heath here and substituted him for a Richard Heath. None of this is true. William Heath and Anges Cheney did have two sons named John but both were buried at a young age. This is probably not what you wished to hear because there is no connection here to John or Bartholomew Heath. But on the other hand it does show how much progress is being made on Heath research in England and so we can hope other lines will be discovered soon. I have hope as the various diocese, archdeaconries and parishes are slowly digitizing all their records in England and bringing them online as we write this. For example The Essex Record Office now has the most advanced project already online with access to a huge number of wills never seen before online. So there is hope!

And there was some earlier research published by Holman, Mary Lovering in Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury. (Concord, New Hampshire: Privately Printed at The Rumford Press, 1938), Vol II p 1135+ which can be accessed here:

Ms. Lovering was considered in her day one of the best genealogists. He wrote and account of John and his brother Bartholomew Heath. In all cases were a search was conducted in England by herself and other genealogist such as Waters for each sketch but none was found. We simply know they were bothers from the will of John. Much of her correspondence with Waters, etc. preserved at NEHGS.

Later research into these two brothers was recently repeated by two of the superstars of genealogy: Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in The Ancestry of Samuel Blanchard Ordway (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1990) pages 311-319. This is part of a six volume series of research compiled by NEHGS. The books are expensive and hard to find but I have all six volumes. But luckily Boston Public Library has scanned most of the volumes and placed them here so you can borrow them:]

Most of the rest of the series are in volumes called “The ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton.” If you haven’t borrowed these books yet I highly recommend you do. Even as of this more recent publication unfortunately not proof could be found as to the origins and parents of the brothers John and Bartholomew Heath. But to round out the research Bartholomew was also studied in:

Robert Croll Stevens, Ancestry of the Children of Robert Croll Stevens and Jane Eleanor (Knauss) Stevens, Volume 1· The Genealogy of Otho Stevens, 1702-1771, Together with Kent, Hills,Hastings, Smith, Proctor, Sproule and Associated Lines (Pittsford, N.Y.: Tucker Printers, 1982). (Volumes V and VI are errata and addendum volumes and should be consulted with this volume. This work is unpaginated and denotes families by number). pages 32-33;

You’re not going to be able to find these except at a major Genealogical Library like Salt Lake or NEHGS. But the study was superseded by the work of Smith and Sanborn above.

One more account was published by Valerie Dyer Giorgi in Bartholomew Heath of Haverhill, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants (Santa Maria, Calif.: the author, 1994).

This is a hard book to find but again Salt Lake should have a copy I presume. It was scanned on Hathi but requires and account:

Again the author could not prove his English origins. And that is the last work published on this family.

So no website on the Internet claiming to know the ancestry of Bartholomew Heath is basing it on fact. It is more fiction and some sort of mixing of Richardson’s research above with Bartholomew’s family and is total fiction. On the plus side we have Y DNA testing at that might lead to a breakthrough. And we have a not some common name that might be found in a will in England. The last author above for some reason thinks he came from Essex. So the next breakthrough in research will probably come from reading a lot of will from Essex which can be read online now with a subscription:

Some warning – reading old English wills takes some training but with a bit of work you can get the hang of it. So that is where I would send you and if you decide you don’t wish to take this on but can afford a genealogist someone at NEHGS might do the work for you.

If I can be of any service at all please let me know. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Best regards, Roland Henry Baker, III Fremont, California

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John Heath of Salisbury's Timeline

August 15, 1574
Salisbury, St. Martins, Wiltshire, England
January 17, 1644
Age 69
Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
February 17, 1990
Age 69
April 28, 1990
Age 69
September 11, 1996
Age 69