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John Hovey, of Ipswich & Topsfield

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: March 29, 1718 (74)
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Hovey, Sr and Abigail Hovey
Husband of Dorcas Hovey and Mercy Hovey
Father of John Hovey, of Topsfield; Elizabeth Upham; Susannah Hovey; Luke Hovey; Abigail Upham and 3 others
Brother of Daniel Hovey, Jr.; Thomas Hovey; James Thomas Hovey; Joseph Hovey; Abigail Ayers and 3 others

Occupation: Yeoman
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Sgt. John Hovey

John Hovey

  • Birth: 1644 -  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Death: Mar 29 1718 - Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Daniel Hovey, Abigail Andrews
  • Wives: Dorcas Ivory, Mercy Boynton, widow Goodhue


From The Hovey Book page 19-25:

Serg. John Hovey2, born in Ipswich, Mass., in 1644. He lived in Ipswich until after 1667, and subsequently in Topsfield, on the farm which his father conveyed to him by deed June 13, 1671.* The house was probably built before 1663, and was gone in 1709. He built a new house near the old site before the latter date, and lived in it. The new house measured forty feet long and twenty-six feet wide. Before 1789, the place had come into the ownership of Thomas Emerson, and while he owned it the house was burned on the night of Jan. 2, 1821, having caught fire from an oven.†

Mr. Hovey was a yeoman, and attained the rank of sergeant in the militia. He was prominent in town affairs ... ; July 15, 1681, he was chosen one of two to inform Rev. Mr. Danforth of the invitation of the town to settle in the ministry in Topsfield; ... March 4, 1689-90, he was chosen one of a committee to settle the town line with Boxford; and March 7, 1692-3, he was chosen to view a highway, to lay out a highway, some land, etc.*

Mr. Hovey was a man of property, being the sixth on the list of those assessed for the minister's rate in 1681, that is, there were only five men that paid a larger tax. There are a number of transactions in real estate on record, in which Mr. Hovey appears as a party ....

A week before his death, Mr. Hovey made his will, which was proved in the probate court April 7, 1718.


Mr. Hovey married,

  1. first, Dorcas Ivory Aug. 13, 1665; and she died there Nov. 5, 1711. He married,
  2. second, Mercy, widow of Dea. Joseph Goodhue of Ipswich (published in Ipswich, Nov. 30, 1712). Mrs. Goodhue was daughter of John and Ellinor (Pell) Boynton of Rowley, where she was born 5: 10 mo: 1651, and married, first, Josiah Clarke of Ipswich Dec. 14, 1670. Mr. Clark died, and she married Deacon Goodhue July 4, 1692. He died in Ipswich Sept. 2, 1697; and she next married Mr. Hovey, as above stated.

Mr. Hovey died March 29, 1718, aged about seventy-four. His wife Mercy survived him, and died in Rowley, his widow, Dec. 22, 1730, at the age of seventy-nine.

Children of 1st wife, born in Topsfield:—

  1. John", born Dec. —, 1666. See family numbered "16.". Married Mary Dunnell.
  2. Dorcas", born Jan. 16, 1668-9; married Isaac, son of John and Elizabeth (Cummings) Jewett of Ipswich June 12, 1695.
  3. David*, baptized Jan. 25, 1707-8.
  4. (dau.), baptized July 2, 1710.
  5. (dau.), born Feb. 20, 1670-1; died March 2, 1670-1.
  6. Elizabeth*, born Jan. 18, 1671-2; married Thomas, son of Lt. Phineas and Ruth Upham of Maiden April 21, 1693
  7. Susannah*, born in 1674; married Ebenezer, son of William and Hannah (Jackson) Averill of Topsfield Nov. 30, 1697.
  8. Luke", born May 3, 1676. See family numbered "21."
  9. Abigail, born April 28, 1680: married Richard, son of Lt.Phineas and Ruth Upham of Malden May 19, 1698.


  1. The Hovey Book: Describing the English Ancestry and American Descendants of Daniel Hovey of Ipswich, Massachusetts (Google eBook) Daniel Hovey Association Press of L.R. Hovey, 1914 - 487 pages. Page 19-25. "Family 3. Sgt. John Hovey of Ipswich & Topsfield."


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Sgt. John Hovey's Timeline

March 18, 1644
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
December 1666
Age 22
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts
January 18, 1671
Age 26
Topsfield, Essex, MA
Age 29
Topsfield, Essex, MA
May 3, 1676
Age 32
Topsfield, Essex, MA
April 28, 1680
Age 36
Topsfield, Essex, MA
May 4, 1682
Age 38
Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusettes
March 29, 1718
Age 74
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts