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John Perry, Sr., of Roxbury

Birthdate: (28)
Birthplace: of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Death: September 21, 1642 (28)
Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (consumption)
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Perry and unknown Perry
Husband of Anna Perry and Elizabeth Hanset
Father of Elizabeth Holdridge; John Perry, of Roxbury and Sherborn and Samuel Perry, of Roxbury

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About John Perry, Sr., of Roxbury

John Perry, immigrant ancestor, came to Roxbury, probably coming over in the Lion in 1632. He was made freeman March 4, 1633. He died September 21, 1642.

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  • Subject: [TSL] John Perry, Ship Lyon
  • Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 17:23:55 EST

"John Perry did come to Boston MA Bay Colony, on the Lyon with the Rev. John Eliot"

  • Subject: John Perry
  • Source: The Great Migration Begins by Robert Charles Anderson Vol. III p.1442
  • John Perry
  • Origin unknown
  • Migration 1632
  • First Residence - Roxbury, Mass.
  • Church Membership: "John Perrie" was member No. 17 on Eliot's (Rev. John Eliot) list,among those who joined the Roxbury church about 1632.
  • Freeman: March 4, 1633/4.
  • Estate: In the list of estates and persons undated but about the time of

John's death, his 21 acres in the thousand acres and the seven pounds valuation ranked him in the middle of his Roxbury neighbors in wealth.

In the Roxbury land inventory of about 1652 "John Perry his heirs" owned "their house and lot, two acres"; six acres by the way to Muddy River, four acres on the highway towards Great Pond, five acres of salt marsh and upland; eighteen acres and one quarter and twenty rods in the ninth lot; and twenty-one acres in the thousand acres near Dedham, all originally granted to John Perry.

In his will, dated June 4, 1642 and proved Mar 7, 1642/3, "John Perry of Roxbury, weak in body" bequeathed to "my wife" all my house & land & goods to bring up my children until my eldest son is 21, then half to my wife during her life and half to benefit my children, at her death, the whole to my children, a double portion to my eldest son; "my beloved brethren William Heath & Phillip Eliot, overseers."

  • Birth: By about 1612 based on date of freemanship and on estimated date of marriage.
  • Death: Buried at Roxbury 21 September 1642 ("John Perry a Christian brother. He died of a consumption partly & an extreme pain in his head."
  • Marriage: By 1637 probably Elizabeth_____. Probably the Elizabeth Perry who married at Roxbury April 2, 1644 John Hanset.


  1. Elizabeth Perry b. at Roxbury Jan 25, 1637/8? perhaps the Elizabeth Perry who married at Dedham Sept 16, 1663 John Holdridge.
  2. John Perry Jr., b. Sept 7, 1639, m. by 1667, Bethia Morse, dau. of Daniel Morse (eldest known child born Medfield Dec 24, 1667) Bethia and John are named in her father's will
  3. Samuel Perry b. at Roxbury Mar 1, 1640/1 bp. there Mar 6, 1641/2; m. at Roxbury Jan 28, 1668/9 Sarah Stedman dau of Isaac Stedman [TAG 69:159].

William Heath and Philip Eliot, overseers of John Perry's Will are called brethren, but this may connote a church relationship. Because of the apparent association with Rev. John Eliot, Perry's origins and those of his presumed brother Isaac Perry of Boston have been sought in the Nazeing, Essex, England area. Baptisms for an Isaac and John Perry in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, not farfrom Nazeing, England, may well apply to the New England immigrants. - NEHGS Register1:32:21.

The marriage of John Perry to Ann Newman of Sawbridgeworth in 1629 has been assigned to the Roxbury man, but there are reasons to doubt this - NEHGS Register 132:22. First, we do not see a Christian (surname) name for the wife of John Perry of Roxbury. Second the first known child was born eight years after this proposed marriage. Since the only daughter of John Perry of Roxbury was Elizabeth, and since an Elizabeth Perry married in Roxbury in 1644, it is likely that John Perry married in Roxbury about 1636 an Elizabeth, parentage unknown, and she then married John Hansett.

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth


John Perry arrived with Rev. John Eliot on the ship Lyon 1632 see website for passenger list end of this report...which shows Rev. John Eliot but not John Perry. However this article below says he did arrive on the Lyon with Rev. John Eliot


John Perry did come to Boston MA Bay Colony, on the Lyon with the Rev. John Eliot, that John Perry weas a freeman in Roxbury in 1663 and the seventeenth member of the Eliot Church. His wife was said to have been named Ann, but there is no record of this, and the name might have been Elizabeth. John Perry and his wife were said to have had three children, namely Elizabeth, who was born in 1639 and married Bethia Morse (or Moss, 23 May 1665, of Sudbury and Medford, according to Torrey's New England Marriages, 527), and Samuel, who was born in 1641 and married (in Roxbury, 26 Jan 1688, according to Torrey, 574), Sarah Stedman. John Perry died of tuberculosis in 1642 and was buried in Roxbury. John and Samuel Perry were apprenticed to John Ruggles and Philip Eliot in Roxbury. Henry Perry noted that there is tradition in the family that the Perrys of Roxbury came from Essex, near Nazing, On the other hand, a marriage of a John Pery to an Ann Newman in 1629 in Sawbrdgeworth, Hertfordshire, has been considered by some the likely marriage of John of Roxbury, whose wife is not mentioned in the records of Mass Bay.


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From Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Nov 23 2016, 5:28:43 UTC

John Perry was my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather.

John came from Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (70 miles East from London) on the "LION" in 1632 and settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The "LION" was one of the ships that came after the Mayflower. We are pretty sure John was given the land in the U.S. by Oliver Cromwell for religious reasons.

The Perry Coat Of Arms was found in the Gift Shop of Leed's Castle in Kent England. Perry means dweller by a Pear Tree.

John married Ann Newman (my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother). They were the parents of Samuel Perry.

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John Perry, Sr., of Roxbury's Timeline

September 19, 1614
Hertfordshire, England
January 25, 1638
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
September 7, 1639
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
March 1, 1641
Age 26
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
September 21, 1642
Age 28
Of Taunton, MA
September 21, 1642
Age 28
September 21, 1642
Age 28
September 21, 1642
Age 28
of Taunton, , Massachusetts, USA
September 21, 1642
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony