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John Safford, Sr.

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Safford, of Ipswich and Elizabeth Safford
Husband of Sarah Safford
Father of John Safford, Jr.; Margaret Safford; Sarah Pulsifer; Mercy Safford; Rebecca Wheeler and 3 others
Brother of Elizabeth Safford; Mary Kilham; Joseph Safford, of Ipswich; Abigail Safford and Sarah Safford

Occupation: Blacksmith
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About John Safford, Sr.

John Safford Sr. was born about 1633, (his age was given in 1661 as about thirty).  Stories conflict about whether he was born in England or Ipswich, Mass., but he was most likely brought as a boy to Ipswich by his parents.  His parents were Thomas SAFFORD and Elizabeth SUTTON. He married Sarah LOW in 1661 in Ipswich, Mass. John died 16 Jun 1708 in Ipswich, Mass. Alternatively, John died 29 Aug 1701 in Ipswich,

Sarah Low was born about 1637 in Boxford, Suffolk, England.  Her parents were Thomas LOW and Margaret TODD. Sarah died after 1708 in Ipswich, Mass.

John Safford settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was a blacksmith by trade and was interested in a small iron-works in Topsfield and Rowley village, being one of the the owners of the later in 1675.  He had a share of Plum Island. He gave land to his son Thomas for the maintenance of his wife and daughter by deed dated 5 Sep 1698.

John evidently lived on the farm of his father and was engaged in its cultivation probably in partnership with his brother Joseph, and before his death made provision similar to that made by his father, by which his wife, Sarah, and daughter were placed beyond danger of want in any contingency, by an annuity to be paid out of the product of the farm, and his wife joined him in the conveyance of the sixty-acre farm on such condition, the deed being signed by them September 5, 1665.

19 Jan 1661 – John bught a house and three acres in Ipswich on the north side of the river near the mill and bounded all about by highways from Anthony Potter.

1672 – In the September term of court, he sued Ensign John Gould for debt and lost the case, but in the November term his suit against Henry Leonard of the Topsfield iron-works for ten hundred-weight of bar iron was successful.

1675 – He saw service against the Indians in the Narragansett expedition during King Philip’s War


  • BIRTH: John is called a brother of Joseph Safford in Ipswich Quarterly Court rec, Sep 1667 (RECORDS AND FILES OF THE QUARTERLY COURTS OF ESSEX COUNTY, 9 vols. [Salem, MA, 1911-75], 3:448 [FHL #974.45 P2e]). Joseph is identifed as a son in the will of his father, Thomas Safford of Ipswich, 20 Feb 1666/7, proved 26 Mar 1667 (THE PROBATE RECORDS OF ESSEX COUNTY, 3 vols. [Salem, MA, 1916-20], 2:79-81 [FHL #974.45 P2p]). John's birth date is calculated from age "about thirty years" on Salem Quarterly Court rec, Nov 1661 (RECORDS AND FILES, 2:324).
  • MAR: No mar rec found. Essex County deeds clearly show that John had a wife Sarah (Essex Co. Deeds, 32:161 [FHL #866028]). The will of Thomas Low of Ipswich, 20 Apr 1677, proved 6 Nov 1677, mentions a dau Sarah and a granddaughter Sarah Safford (THE PROBATE RECORDS OF ESSEX COUNTY, 3:175-76). The granddaughter Sarah is a proved dau of John Safford.
  • DEATH: No death rec found. John was living in Ipswich as late as 5 Sep 1698 when he deeded land to his son Thomas (Essex Co. Deeds, 32:161 [FHL #866028]). John was dead before 16 Jun 1708 when his widow Sarah sold part of the homestead in Ipswich to Michael Farley (Ibid, 25:142 [FHL #866025]).
  • OCC: Blacksmith




New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 7 (1853), p. 83. ~.

Walter Lowe, Shorwell, Isle of Wight, County of South. Will dated 9-24-1578. Proved 4-30-1579. To be buried in Shorwell churchyard. To wife Annis best bed, &c. To John Lowe, eldest son of my son Henry Lowe, three sheepe &c. And to his yonger brother Thomas Lowe the two other shepe. To said John Lowe the cubbard in the hall, one heffer, &c. Rest to wife Annis and sonne Henry Lowe, executors. Supervisors brother-in-law Thomas Dapernell and neighbor John Terrell. Inventory, £16. 15s. - Archdeaconry of Winchester, Register, 2. Editor's note: This is probably the ancestor of Thomas Lowe, the pioneer of Chebacco, now Essex, but then part of Ipswich, MA, and possibly of John Lowe and other New England lines. Sarah, daughter of Thomas Lowe, married John, son of Thomas Safford, and in the early generations the New Englanders were apt to marry among their country folk in the mother land. The Saffords and Lowes seem thus to be neighbors in the Isle of Wight.

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John Safford, Sr.'s Timeline

Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 28, 1664
Age 31
July 14, 1664
Age 31
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
February 26, 1667
Age 34
August 30, 1667
Age 34
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 27, 1669
Age 36
October 16, 1672
Age 39
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
March 12, 1673
Age 40
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts