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John Marsh

Birthdate:
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Husband of First wife of John Marsh and Susanna Rix
Father of Zachary Marsh; John Marsh, of Salem & Barbados; Ruth Marsh; Elizabeth Benson; Ezekiel Marsh and 7 others

Occupation: Cordwinder
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About John Marsh, of Salem

John Marsh of Salem, MA

The first Marsh to emigrate from England to America, so far as we have record, took oath in England just before sailing: "John Marshe, Mar. 24, 1633—34." This was, we suppose, John of Salem. John Marsh appears on record as receiving 20 acres of land at Salem Nov. 2, 1636—37, ch. member 1639. wife Susanna ch. member 1648. He m, Susanna Skelton, dan. Rev. Samuel, the minister at Salem of the first church in New England after the Pilgrims.

His will, made Mar. 20, and probated Nov. 26, 1674, indicates that he d. Nov., 1674. Est. Inv. £135.

Children by unknown 1st wife:

  1. Zachary, bap. Apr. 30, 1637.
  2. John, bap. May 9, 1639.
  3. Ruth, May 5, 1641.

Children by Susannah Skelton:

  1. Benjamin, .
  2. Eliza, Sept. 13, 1646.
  3. Ezekiel, Oct. 29, 1648. 1659.
  4. Bethiah, Sept. 1, 1650.
  5. Samuel, Oct. 2, 1652.
  6. Susanna, May 7, 1654.
  7. Mary, Sept. 14, 1656.
  8. Jacob, b. Aug. 6, 1658, bap. Apr. 16,

His widow married 2nd to Thomas Rix of Salem as 2nd wife.

Will

John's will was dated 28 March 1672, and probated 26 November 1674. It reads as follows: "The Estate of John Marsh of Salem.

The last will and testament of John Marsh That I John Marsh of Salem. though. weake in body yet of perfect memory and vnderstandinge, doe thus dispose of my outward estate. Imprimis I giue vnto Susanna my wife my dwellinge house with the orchard and all the land therevnto belonginge for the teame of her natural life and at her decease to be disposed by her to which of my children, she shal think fit Item I giue vnto my wife all my mouable goods only to pay out of the same such legacyes as I shal dispose of to some of my children. Item. I giue vnto Zachary my Son. a part of my farme (viz) to haue on the south. end 25 poole downeward the whole breadth of my farme Item I giue vnto my two sons Samuel and jacob the remaynder of my farme to be equally devided betweene them: of which Diuision my son Samuel is to haue the choyce Item I giue unto my son Ezekiel fiue pounds to be payd by my Executors at the end of the tearme of thre yeares after my decease Item I giue vnto my son Benjamin ten pounds to be payd by my executors when he shall attayne the age of on & twenty yeares Item I giue vnto my Daughter Bethiah: thre pounds to be payd vnto her by my executors at the end of thre yeares after my decease. Item. mywil is that incase eyther of my Sons Samuel or Jacob should depart this life vnmaryed or childles then the land that I haue giuen them shal be devided betweene the surviver and my son Zachary and in case they bothe depart as is aboue sayd. the whole farme to fal to my Son Zachary Item. I appoynt my wife Susanna executrix of this my last wil and testament & Samuel my son to be ioyned with her Adiutor and my Louinge ffreinds Anthony Buxton & Nathaniel Felton ouerseers. Dated 28th of march. 1674

John Marsh [Seal] Witness: Nathaniel Felton, Anthomy Buxton. Proved in Salem court 26d:9m:1674 by the witnesses."[2]

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From Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts

" Marsh, John, cordwinder [sic], Salem, came in the Mary and John May 24, 1633; propr. He and his wife Susanna joined with Nathl. Felton and Mary his wife in a deed in 1661. She was adm. chh. 30 (2) 1648. Ch. Zachariah bapt. 30 (2) 1637, John bapt. 19 (3) 1639, Ruth bapt. 5 (3) 1641, Elizabeth b. 8 (5) 1646, [Es. Files.] bapt. 13 [7] 1646, Ezekiel bapt. 29 (8) 1648, Bethia bpat. 1 (7) 1650, Samuel bapt. 2 (8) 1652, Susanna bapt. 7 (3) 1654, Mary bapt. 14 (7) 1657, Jacob b. 6 (6) 1658, Jacob bapt. 10 (2) 1659, a dau. bapt. 12 (4) 1664. His son John d. in 1669, leaving a widow Sarah.

" He d. about 1674. Will, dated 28 March, 1672, prob. 26 (9) 1674; wife Susanna, ch. Zechary, Samuel, Jacob, Ezekiel, Benjamin, Bethiah. Note.--'My son John Marsh, now in New England,' was a legatee in the will of Grace, widow of John Marsh, of Branktry [sic, "Braintree"?], Essex, clothier, dated 29 Jan. 1657, prob. 22 May, 1667. The father's will was prob. 29 May, 1627." [Reg. XLIX, 370.]" [Pope]

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BIRTH & DEATH John was born circa 1599 in England. This birth year is estimated from his given age of 34 when he took the Freeman Oath in 1634. John died on 16 November 1674; he was 75[1]. MIGRATION John came over on the Mary & John, Robert Saters, master, sailing from Southampton, England on 24 March 1633/4[5]. RESIDENCE He settled in Salem, Essex co., MA, where he received 20 acres in Salem on 2d:11m(January):1636/7. FREEMAN & OATHS John was made Freeman on 4 March 1633 (now 34 years of age). John took the Oath of Fidelity before he set sail from England. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP John was not just a church member at Salem, but was appointed by Governor Endicott to organize the first Puritan church in America at Salem on 30 July 1629. ESTATE John's will was dated 28 March 1672, and probated 26 November 1674. It reads as follows: "The Estate of John Marsh of Salem.

The last will and testament of John Marsh That I John Marsh of Salem. though. weake in body yet of perfect memory and vnderstandinge, doe thus dispose of my outward estate. Imprimis I giue vnto Susanna my wife my dwellinge house with the orchard and all the land therevnto belonginge for the teame of her natural life and at her decease to be disposed by her to which of my children, she shal think fit Item I giue vnto my wife all my mouable goods only to pay out of the same such legacyes as I shal dispose of to some of my children. Item. I giue vnto Zachary my Son. a part of my farme (viz) to haue on the south. end 25 poole downeward the whole breadth of my farme Item I giue vnto my two sons Samuel and jacob the remaynder of my farme to be equally devided betweene them: of which Diuision my son Samuel is to haue the choyce Item I giue unto my son Ezekiel fiue pounds to be payd by my Executors at the end of the tearme of thre yeares after my decease Item I giue vnto my son Benjamin ten pounds to be payd by my executors when he shall attayne the age of on & twenty yeares Item I giue vnto my Daughter Bethiah: thre pounds to be payd vnto her by my executors at the end of thre yeares after my decease. Item. mywil is that incase eyther of my Sons Samuel or Jacob should depart this life vnmaryed or childles then the land that I haue giuen them shal be devided betweene the surviver and my son Zachary and in case they bothe depart as is aboue sayd. the whole farme to fal to my Son Zachary Item. I appoynt my wife Susanna executrix of this my last wil and testament & Samuel my son to be ioyned with her Adiutor and my Louinge ffreinds Anthony Buxton & Nathaniel Felton ouerseers. Dated 28th of march. 1674

John Marsh [Seal] Witness: Nathaniel Felton, Anthomy Buxton. Proved in Salem court 26d:9m:1674 by the witnesses."[2]

"Inventory taken Nov. 23, 1674: his dwelling house and orchard wth the land therevnto belonginge, £60; 50 acres of Vacant land, £40; 2 Cowes & 2 heifers, £10; a horse £1 15s.; 10 sheepe & lambes, £4; a fetherbed & boulster, 2 pillows, 3 sheets, 2 blankets & an old coverlet, £5; An old bed 3 blankets & an old Rug, £2; 2 chests & an old table, 16s.; 1 ketle, 1 iron pot and a skillet, £1 5s.; 2 old platters & a tanker, 5s.; old bookes, 9s.' 2 wheels & 2 payre of cards, 10s.; a musket and sword, £1; 2 hakes, 2 iron wedges, a fryinge pan, 6s.; shoemakers tooles and a tow Combe, 10s.; In wool, 34 lb. £1 5s. 6d.; A churne, 2 payles, wooden dishes & other vtensels, 15s.; His wearinge Apparel, £3, __s.; In mony, 13s.; total, £135 4s. 6d. Debter to Captayne George Corwine, £2 3-4d.; to Samll. Smal, £1, 5s.; Total £3 5s. 1-4 d.

Attested 26d:9m:1674 by the executrix" [3,4]

MARRIAGE #1 By 1635-1637 when John was 36, he first married in Salem, Essex co., MA[1,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]. We know nothing of this woman, who is the matriarch of this particular Marsh line. Unfortunately, I had done considerable research on Susanna SKELTON's family before discovering the existence of this first wife and mother of Zachary. If anyone needs research on the SKELTONs, please contact me and I shall pass it along.

CHILDREN 2. i. Zachary MARSH Please see his own page. 3. ii. John MARSH John was born in 1639 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 19d:3m:1639[20]. 4. iii. Ruth MARSH Ruth was born in 1641 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 5d:3m:1641[20]. MARRIAGE #2 By 1646 when John was 47, he second married Susanna SKELTON, daughter of Reverend Samuel SKELTON & Susanna TRAVIS, in Salem, Essex co., MA[1,16]. Susanna was born in 1625 in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England. Susanna was baptized in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England on 3 April 1625[16,17,18]. In her will of 3 November 1685 "Susannah, the relict of Thomas Rix late of Salem deceased, and formerly the relict of John Marsh deceased of Salem," bequeathed land given to her "by the last will and testament of the said John Marsh my first husband"[16,19].

CHILDREN 5. i. Elizabeth MARSH Elizabeth was born on 8d:5m:1646 in Salem, Essex co., MA[31]. 6. ii. Ezekiell MARSH Ezekiell was born in 1648 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 29d:8m:1648[20]. 7. iii. Bethiah MARSH Bethiah was born in 1650 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 1d:7m:1650[32]. 8. iv. Samuell MARSH Samuell was born in 1652 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 2d:8m:1652[20]. As "Samuel Marsh and Prescilla his wife", he and his spouse also signed the petition supporting John & Elizabeth [Bassett] Proctor during the Salem Witch Hysteria. 9. v. Susana MARSH Susannah was born on 22d:3m:1654 in Salem, Essex co., MA[33]. 10. vi. Mary MARSH Mary was born in 1656 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 14d:7m:1656[34]. 11. vii. Jacob MARSH Jacob was born in 1658 in Salem, Essex co., MA and baptized in Salem, Essex co., MA on 6d:6m:1658[33]. 12. ix. Benjamin MARSH Benjamin was born circa 1661 in Salem, Essex co., MA.

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John Marsh, of Salem's Timeline

1612
1612
England
1637
April 30, 1637
Age 25
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1639
May 9, 1639
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1641
May 5, 1641
Age 29
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1646
July 8, 1646
Age 34
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
1648
October 29, 1648
Age 36
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1650
September 1, 1650
Age 38
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1652
October 2, 1652
Age 40
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony