John Maynard, of Sudbury

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John Maynard, Sr.

Birthplace: Bassingbourn/Basingbourne or Richmond, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: December 10, 1672 (70-78)
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of John Maynard, I and Elizabeth Ashton
Husband of Mary Axtell; 1st wife of John Maynard and Mary Maynard, of Sudbury
Father of Zachariah Maynard, Sr.; John Maynard, Jr.; Elizabeth Graves; Mary Hudson and Lydia Moore

Occupation: Husbandman, Brewer, yeoman of Sudbury
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About John Maynard, of Sudbury

John Maynard (about 1600 - 10 December 1672). Married 1) (perhaps her name was) Elizabeth Ashton, son John 2) Mary, widow of Thomas Axtell; perhaps she was the daughter of Edmund Rice; 5 children (Zachary, Elizabeth, Lydia, Hannah and Mary. Do not confuse with John Maynard of Duxbury who married Mary, daughter of Comfort Starr.


John Maynard was the immigrant ancestor who settled in Sudbury, Mass (now Wayland). He resided near Edmond and Henry Rice on North Street. John was admitted a freeman on 20 May 1644, and was a selectman n Sudbury in 1646. Elizabeth Ashton was the first wife of John Maynard and the mother of his son, John, who came to america with his father.

In 1660, the people of Sudbury petioned the General Court, for additional land. Later that year a grand of 6 square miles was set off, which was incorporated as Marlborough, MA. John's son John settled on this land grant and married his frst wife Mary Gates.

John died 10 Sept 1672 in Sudbury, MA. His will dated 4 Sept 1672 and was proved 1 Apr 1673. The will names his oldest son John, his wife Mary, his daughter Elizabeth wife of Joseph, his daughter Lydia wife of Joseph Moore, and his youngest daughter Mary. John named his son Zachery and his wife as joint executors.

JOHN MAYNARD b. Eng., d. Sudbury, MA 10 Dec 1672, m(1) ____, m(2) Sudbury 16 Jun 1648 Mary Axtell, widow of Thomas Axtell.

John Maynard probably brought a wife and one or more children with him to America. If so, the wife died soon because he was a widower with a boy 8 years old in 1638. He was one of the settlers who went to Sudbury Plantation in 1638 or 1639. His home lot of four acres was located in what is now Wayland at the junction of Old Mill Road (South St.) and Northwest Row (North St.), the road to Concord, adjacent to the homelot of Henry Rice. He was one of the 47 who shared in the division of Sudbury meadows in 1639.[1] John became a freeman in 1644 and was a fence-viewer soon after 1655.[7/42] On Jan. 4, 1655 he was granted land in the second squadron of the new grants, in what is now called Maynard. He received lot 22 of 130 acres, bounded on the north by the Concord line and south by the Lancaster highway.[2/65] In May 1656 he was one of 13 petitioners for land in what is now called Marlboro.[1]

John Maynard died in Sudbury on December 10, 1672. His will was dated Sept. 4, 1672 and proved April 1, 1673. In it are mentioned his eldest son John Maynard, son Zachery, wife Mary, daughter Elisabeth wife of Joseph Graves, daughter Lydia wife to Joseph Moore, and youngest daughter Mary, not yet married. His wife Mary and son Zachery were named joint executors. "My trusty friends Deacon John Haines, and Joseph Noys both of Sudbury" were to be supervisors to assist the executors. The will was witnessed by Henry Locker and John Toll.[5/4:24] The inventory of the estate was taken Dec. 30, 1672 by Edmund Goodenow, John Haines, and Joseph Noyes and came to 263 pounds.5/4:27]

The town of Maynard was named for John's descendant Amory Maynard, born Marlboro Feb. 28, 1804, son of Isaac and Lydia (Howe) Maynard.[7/83] Isaac was the proprietor of the Maynard Mills,[7/71] which later became the headquarters of Digital Equipment Corporation.


  • [1] The Warner-Harrington Ancestry - Frederick C. Warner, 1949 (pg.444)
  • [2] Annals of Sudbury, Wayland, and Maynard - Alfred S. Hudson, 1891
  • [3] The History of Framingham - J.H. Temple, 1887
  • [4] The History of Framingham - William Barry, 1847
  • [5] Middlesex County Probate (First Series Docket 14851)
  • [6] The Axtell Genealogy - Carson Axtell, 1945
  • [7] The History of Marlborough - Charles Hudson, 1862
  • [8] Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
  • [9] The American Genealogist, Vol. 60
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John Maynard, of Sudbury's Timeline

Bassingbourn/Basingbourne or Richmond, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 32
Cambridgeshire , England
June 7, 1647
Age 49
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 50
May 26, 1649
Age 51
of, Marlboro, Middlesex, Mass
August 3, 1656
Age 58
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
December 10, 1672
Age 74
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
October 11, 1937
Age 74