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John Wakefield

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Probably England
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wakefield and Mary Wakefield (Unknown)
Husband of Elizabeth Wakefield and Ann Wakefield
Father of Mary Frost; Dr. Albert Wakefield; James Wakefield, Sr.; William Wakefield; Henry Wakefield and 12 others
Brother of Richard Wakefield; Thomas Wakefield and George Wakefield

Occupation: Boatman, Shipwright
Managed by: Thomas A. Martin
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About John Wakefield

John Wakefield was born around 1615 in Gravesend, County Kent, England. He immigrated to America about 1635. First he lived in Martha's Vineyard, then in Boston on Hanover Street on the North Square. He was a shipwright. He and Ann had two children: Elizabeth and John. According to an historical document, John died in an accident aboard a ship: "helping ye ropemaker about a cable, had his head split open and his brains beaten out." Pretty gruesome!

Notes: “A sad accident happened at Boston to one Wakefield, a boatman, who helping ye rope maker about a cable, had his head split open and his brains beaten out, dated July 19, 1667.
Birth Place and date is a possible one

Baptism record from St Stephen, Coleman St, London

He is buried in the Granary Burial Ground in old Boston. His gravestone is noted for being the oldest gravestone in the cemetary. Paul Revere has his tomb nearby, as do many other Revolutionary War era luminaries and founding fathers.

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John Wakefield's Timeline

June 18, 1618
Probably England
Age 19
August 24, 1640
Age 22
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
Age 23
Edgartown, Massachusetts
December 28, 1644
Age 26
Watertown, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
Age 25
Edgartown, Massachusetts
August 24, 1645
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 30
Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 19, 1650
Age 31
New Haven, New Haven Colony