John Page, Sr.
|Birthplace:||possibly near Hingham, Norfolk, England|
|Death:||Died in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States|
|Place of Burial:||Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States|
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About John Page, Sr.
Mr. Page is of the ninth generation of the family founded in New England by John Page, born in England, who was an early settler of Hingham, Massachusetts.
He is of record there as the signer of a petition to the General Court, November 4, 1646, but in 1652 he moved to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he died November 23, 1687. He married Mary Marsh, daughter of George Marsh, she surviving him until February 15, 1796.
From this marriage sprang a family of sons:
- 1, John,
- 2. Onesiphorus,
- 3. Benjamin,
- 4. Joseph,
- 5. Cornelius and
- 6, Ephraim,
they the ancestors of a numerous family. They were also the parents of four daughters, three of whom married. The line of descent to Woodman S. Page, of Chicopee Falls, is through the second son, Onesiphorus, who is called in the records, "Sergeant."
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Emigration abt 1636 from Norfolk, England to Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Parents unknown, thought to be Robert and Lucy page, but the date of birth for John is before they could have had any children.
It is thought that John Page might have sailed from England to America with the group led by Rev. Peter Hobart because John married Mary Marsh who came in that group with her family. However, we have not discovered any records that tell the year John came or the name of the ship on which he sailed.
John was admitted as a "freeman" in Hingham, MA, on 8 October 1640 at the age of 26. John and Mary lived in Hingham until about 1652 with John going back and forth to Haverhill, MA, to help with the settlement of that town using his carpentry skills to good advantage. Finally they moved to Haverhill, MA, where John was made "freeman" and took the oath of allegiance on 9 May 1669.
The church in Hingham, MA, over which Rev. Peter Hobart presided was known as the "Old Ship Church" famous for its construction, the interior beams resembling ship construction.
"We do not know John Page's reason for leaving Hingham. The trend of the period was removal from the coastal areas to the new frontiers inland. However, there was town dissension and controversy in Hingham, 1644-1646 and perhaps longer, over choice of a trained militia company commander (Lt. Eames vs Lt. Allen). Pastor Hobart and nearly a hundred 'rebels' led by him were called before the Massachusetts General court and found at fault after a protracted session. The pastor refused to pay his fine whereupon his fine was increased and he was suspected of having encouraged a 1646 Petition to the Court for the 'abolition of the distinctions which were mainained here, both in civil and church estate.' These 'distinctions' concerned the authority of the magistrates and the liberty of the people. The quarrel was harmful to the town of Hingham and some people moved away; the 'feeling of unity was destroyed but in general the people defended their pastor.'" Theda Page Brigham, Descendants of John Page.
John Page was one of the Hingham, MA signers of a Petition to the General Court in 1645. Whether he removed from Hingham because of the controversy we have no means of knowing.
Haverhill was a frontier settlement full of dangers at the time John Page moved there. The settlement was begun in 1640 by Rev. John Ward and others from Newbury, Mass. The land was purchased from the Indians 15 November 1642, the lands later extended to include a large area.
John and his wife Mary (Marsh) Page had eleven children, the first seven were born in Hingham, MA, the last four were born in Haverhill, MA:
- 1. John, Jr.,
- bpt. 11 July 1641;
- m. Sarah Davis.
- 2. Onesiphorus,
- bpt. 20 Nov. 1642;
- m. (1) Mary Hauxworth;
- m. (2) Sarah Rowell, widow.
- 3. Benjamin,
- bpt. 14 July 1644;
- m. Mary Whittier.
- 4. Mary,
- bpt. 3 May 1646;
- m. (1) John Dow;
- m. (2) Samuel Shepherd,
- son of William Shepherd.
- 5. Joseph,
- bpt. 5 March 1647/8;
- m. (1) Judith Guile;
- m. (2) Martha Heath.
- 6. Cornelius,
- bpt. 15 July 1649;
- m. (1) Martha Clough,
- daughter of John Clough;
- m. (2) Mary Marsh,
- his first cousin, daughter of Onesiphorus Marsh.
- 7. Sarah,
- bpt. 18 July 1651;
- m. James Sanders.
- 8. Elizabeth,
- b. 15 June 1653;
- d. 3 July 1653.
- 9. Mercy,
- b. 1 April 1655;
- m. John Clough,
- son of John Clough.
- 10. a son,
- born stillborn 26 Feb. 1657/8.
- 11. Ephraim,
- b. 27 Feb. 1658/9;
- d. 22 July 1659.
All of the above children settled in Haverhill, except Onesiphorus, who settled in Salisbury, MA.
John Page, Sr.'s Timeline
February 6, 1614
possibly near Hingham, Norfolk, England
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
November 20, 1642
Haverhill, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 14, 1644
Hingham, (New Plymouth Colony), Massachusetts
March 5, 1646
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
May 3, 1646
Hingham, Plymouth , Massachusetts
July 15, 1649
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
July 18, 1651
Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony