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John Sweet, of Salem

Also Known As: "John AKA Isaac Sweet", "John Swete", "John Swett"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Modbury, Devon, England
Death: Died in Newport, Newport , Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Sweet of London and Johanna Sweet
Husband of Mary Holliman
Father of John Sweet, of Newport; James "Bonesetter" Sweet and Meribah Gereardy
Brother of Adrian Sweet

Occupation: Portreeve of the Modbury Fair.
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About John Sweet, of Salem

Married Mary Westcott who married Ezekiel Holliman 2nd.

Probably came to America about 1620; lived in Salem, MA.

In 1637 he received a grant of land near Providence, RI moved there and died the same year.

The “Judge Stanford” house at North Kingston RI was on the site of and was said to be a shed of John Sweet’s. Henry Ford bought both the original home of John Sweet and that of his son James as historic sites.

Mary ultimately remarried and returned to Salem.

Their children:

  1. JAMES, b. 1622 d. 1698 m. 1654 to Mary Greene b. 5/19/1633. She was the daughter of John Greene; her brother James was the great-grandfather of General Nathaniel Greene of Revolutionary war fame.
  2. MERIBAH b. 1625 d. 1681 renamed Renewed by her mother’s second husband. m. John Gereardy

Emigrated to America with his wife, Mary, and three children, John, James, and Meribah, probably in the ship "Mary and John.".

1632- Resided in Salem, MA.

1637, June 6- He is fined for killing a wolf dog of Governor Endicott's in the yard of the latter.

1637- He was granted land in Providence, RI.


  1. Genealogical and Family History of Central New York: A Record of ..., Volume 1  By William Richard Cutter. Page 420


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John Sweet, of Salem's Timeline

Modbury, Devon, England
Age 10
Age 41
Modbury, Devon, England
June 18, 1622
Age 43
July 16, 1625
Age 46
Modbury, Devon, England
May 4, 1628
Age 49
Barnstaple, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 58
Newport, Newport , Rhode Island
January 17, 1893
Age 58
January 17, 1893
Age 58