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John Spofford, II

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Death: October 6, 1678 (66)
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Spofford and Deborah H. Spofford
Husband of Elizabeth Spofford
Father of Elizabeth Sessions; John Spofford, of Spofford's Hill; Thomas Spofford; Samuel Spofford, I; Hannah Spofford and 3 others
Brother of Ann Swan

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About John Spofford, II

' Proverbs xi. 26, He that withholdeth corn the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. ' (see story below)

John Spofford

  • Birth: 1611, England
  • Death: Nov. 6, 1678 - Rowley Essex County Massachusetts, USA
  • Father: John Spofforth Or SPOFFORD ;[REV] (AFN: 8L6B-TS)
  • Mother: Lady SPOFFORD (AFN: W9CC-C3)


  1. Elizabeth SCOTT (AFN: 229M-99) Marriage: 1645 Rowley, Essex, MA


Family links:

 John Spofford (1580 - 1667)

 Elizabeth Scott Spofford (1623 - 1696)

  1. John Spofford (1648 - 1697)*
  2. Samuel Spofford (1653 - 1744)*
  3. Sarah Spofford Kimball (1661 - 1713)*

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Burial: Rowley Burial Ground Rowley Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Created by: Chesnut/Behunin Descenda... Record added: Jan 31, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 104466314

Came to Amer. 1638

family tradition stories

According to family tradition, John came from a long line of Spofforths who were religious and sometimes rebellious, in that their beliefs differed from those of the English Church. He came to America from Yorkshire in 1638 with approximately 60 other families who had the same religious convictions, under the leadership of The Rev. Ezekiel Rogers. The group apparently sailed from Hull in the ship "John of London" in the summer of 1638. He was one of the Pilgrim fathers who settled in Massachusetts. The group acquired many holdings in the area of Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts that have been passed down through the years to numerous descendants. [For the Historical and Genealogical Register.] MR. DRAKE, - The following anecdote, honorable to our Puritan ancestry, has been handed down by tradition. The writer received it more than fifty years ago from a descendant of Samuel Spofford, son of the hero of my story, and whose great age, ninety years, extending from 1653 to 1743, made him a living link between the first and the last generation, through whom persons well known to the writer might, and doubtless did, receive many interesting narratives of the acts and doings of the first settlers of Rowley. He was contemporary with his father, who came over from England more than thirty years before, and with his nephew, my grandfather, who I well remember, twenty-two years. During a time of great scarcity of corn, probably from the great drought of 1662, John Spofford, then living with his family at Rowley, and being with his neighbors much pinched by the famine, went all the way to Salem to buy corn. A ship-load of corn had lately arrived there, but the owner, foreseeing greater scarcity and higher prices, refused to open his store and commence dealing it out. Spofford plead the necessity of himself and his neighbors, but his arguments were unheeded, and he had only the prospect of returning without being able to carry bread to his suffering family. After every plea was exhausted to no effect on the heartless merchant, he sternly cursed him to his face! The merchant astonished to hear such language, had him arrested instantly, and arraigned before a magistrate, for profane cursing and swearing. The accused, nothing daunted, informed the magistrate that he had not cursed the merchant profanely but religiously, and producing a Bible, he read Proverbs xi. 26, He that withholdeth corn the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. The authority was deemed decisive, the accused was discharged, and, in accordance with the summary process of those days, the magistrate ordered that the merchant should open his store, and sell him as much corn as he desired at the current price. This man was afterwards the first settler of Georgetown, in this State, in 1668, and died in 1678 ; and every one of the name in this country may reckon themselves among his descendants.

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John Spofford, II's Timeline

Yorkshire, England
December 14, 1646
Age 34
October 24, 1648
Age 36
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
January 4, 1650
Age 38
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 31, 1653
Age 41
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 1, 1654
Age 42
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
November 1, 1656
Age 44
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
March 24, 1660
Age 48
Boxford, MA, USA
September 24, 1665
Age 53
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts