John Lovering, of Dover

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John Lovering, of Dover

Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Berwick, Gorges Patent , Maine
Death: circa 1669 (33-41)
Dover, North Plantation, New Hampshire (Drowning)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hester Knight
Father of Mary Thompson and John Lovering, Jr.

Managed by: Darlene Patricia Potts
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About John Lovering, of Dover

John Lovering, his parents unknown. drowned in 1688 or 1689 in Dover, New Hampshire. He married Hester (Esther), her parents unknown: his widow married 2nd to Ezekiel Knight of Wells as his 2nd wife: no children by her second marriage. She died before 29 June 1675, when Ezekiel married Mary Eaton, widow of Valentine Hill.


  1. Mary Lovering b: ABT 1661 in Dover, Strafford, NH. Married William Thompson
  2. John Lovering b: 16 MAY 1663 in Dover, Strafford, NH. Married Hannah Kilham

LOVERING, JOHN of Dover 1657, had probably lived before at Ipswich, was drown, 1668 or 9 leaving several small children. His widow m Ezekiel Knight, and died before 29 June 1675. Descendents are in that neighborhood.--Savage



John Lovering, Sr removed to Dover (Quamphegan [now Rollinsford]), New Hampshire no later than 1657 (probably around 1654). He was the earliest foreman (manager) of the sawmill at Quamphegan (Falls), owned by Thomas Broughton, brother-in-law of Capt John Wincoll. This sawmill was located on the New Hampshire side of the Newichawannock River, [now known as the Salmon Falls River], at the falls, and was a short distance downstream from where the present bridge crosses the river, over which travels the Portland Turnpike to South Berwick, Maine [now known as State Route 4].

In 1657, John signed the freeman's oath at Dover, and became a freeman.

John Lovering, Sr is first listed on the tax rolls of 21 Jul 1657 in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire. He can also be found on the tax lists or rates of 10 Nov 1657, 12 Oct 1658, and 22 Nov 1659 for the town or parish of Dover, NH. He is listed on the Cocheco [a district of Dover that included Quamphegan, Rollinsford and Cocheco] tax lists or rates for 9 Nov 1662, 7 Dec 1663 and 2 Dec 1666. Other dates have not been located as of this date. The "widow (Esther) Lovering" was taxed in 1668.

John Lovering, Sr married Esther/Hester ________ between 1656 and 1660, with the latter most probable as his first and only wife. Esther's (her Christian name) last name is still unknown, but years of intensive research have eliminated Eaton and Hill as remote possibilities. All the evidence seems to rule out Eaton. John Lovering, Sr did not marry the widow of Valentine Hill, nor was Esther ever married to Valentine Hill, nor was she ever referred to as "Mary" in any record researched to date. In the probate record for Theophilus Eaton, his son attests on 28 Mar 1659 to the fact that the three children of Theophilus, were Theophilus [Jr], Hannah and Mary [who had married Valentine Hill]. No Esther is mentioned. Mary Eaton, the daughter of Gov Theophilus Eaton of the Colony of New Haven married Valentine Hill about 1647, and had several children by him, including Nathaniel. In 1702, Mary Eaton Hill Knight, made a deposition in court, that Nathaniel Hill was Valentine's and her son, and that he was born 31 Mar 1659/1660. Valentine's death has been recorded as early as mid-1661 to as late as Feb 1662 in Oyster River [part of the parish of Dover at that time]. John and Esther had been married for some time, making it highly improbable that Esther could have been the widow of Valentine Hill or that John Lovering, Sr had ever married Mary Eaton Hill; therefore all assertions of John marrying Mary Eaton Hill are totally without foundation. After John Lovering, Sr died in 1668, Esther married second Ezekiel Knight as his third wife. After Esther passed away, then Ezekiel Knight married Mary Eaton Hill as his fourth and final wife. Ezekiel died in 1689 and Mary died on 24 Apr 1708.

The two children for which there is sufficient material to establish their relationship to John, Sr and Esther [Hester] are: 1) Mary, born 1661 in the Durham section of Old Dover, New Hampshire; and 2) John Lovering, Jr, who was born 16 May 1663, in Dover [Quamphegan], Strafford County, New Hampshire.

The Court granted administration of the estate of John Lovering, Sr to Hester _______ Lovering, his wife and widow, and Captain Richard Waldren [Waldron] at the Court of Associates held on 29 Sep 1668. Capt John Wincoll, [brother-in-law to Thomas Broughton], and Ezekiel Knight, [whom Hester/Esther married second], were appointed by the Court as guardians of the children "until they be of age to chuse for themselves". The Court further ordered that the Administrators of the estate were to make a return of what they did concerning the Court's orders at the next County Court at Portsmouth.--Robert H Lovering

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John Lovering, of Dover's Timeline

Berwick, Gorges Patent , Maine
Age 28
Wells, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Present Maine)
May 16, 1663
Age 31
Berwick, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Present Maine), (Present USA)
Age 37
Dover, North Plantation, New Hampshire
Age 37
New Hampshire