John Wallis, of Gloucester

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John Wallis, of Gloucester

Also Known As: "Wallace"
Birthplace: St. Ewe, Cornwall, England
Death: September 13, 1690
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wallis, of Egloskerry and Joan Wallis, of Egloskerry
Husband of Mary Black
Father of Dorcas Lane; James Wallis; Martha Pauling; Jonathan Wallis; Benjamin Wallis and 4 others
Brother of Caleb Wallis; Joshua Wallis and Nathaniel Wallis, of Beverly

Managed by: Esther ROWE Irish
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About John Wallis, of Gloucester

John1 Wallis

  • The immigrant
  • Birth and parents unknown. Possibly the John christened 7 23 Mar 1626 in St. Ewe, Cornwall, England to John and Joan (speculative - no evidence he is the same man)
  • Born: c1627
  • Wife: Mary Phippen married late 1650s probably in Falmouth, Maine
  • Death: 13 SEP 1690, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
  • His widow married second by 24 Jul 1682 Samuel Morgan son of Robert and Margaret Morgan b abt 1637 Salem d Nov or Dec 1698 Beverly, MA and married third Beverly, MA 18 Aug 1700 to John Black son of John Black [GMB 1:175-177 b 1642. He married first to Freeborne (Wolfe) Sallows and second to Deborah (____).
  • He had 12 children with Mary Phippen including Dorcas Wallis 1661-1754 who married John Lane. Dorcas was named after her mother.


John Wallis married Mary Phippen by 1658.

Children from NEHGR 152:288+

  1. Dorcas Wallis b 1658 m John Lane
  2. Josiah Wallis b 1660-1663 m/1 Elizabeth m/2 Mary Standford
  3. James Wallis b 1670 m Martha Standford
  4. [Daughter] Wallis m before 1700 Matthew Pauling; d without surviving issue.
  5. Bemjamin Wallis b 1675 m 1/Elizabeth Morgan m/2 Sarah Sallows
  6. Elizabeth Wallis b Gloucester 12 Sep 1678 d Purpooduck, ME 10 Aug 1702 m 11 Aug 1700, Joseph Morgan son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Dixey) Morgan and her two children were massacred by Indians at Purpooduck.
  7. Joseph Wallis b Maine 1680 d Beverly 13 Mar 1720/21 - 1 May 1727 married Beverly 13 Jan 1701;2 Elizabeth Black dau of John3 Blacok (John2, John1) and Deborah (____)
  8. Rebecca Wallis b 1683 m/1 John Groves m/2 Joseph Foster
  9. Susanna Wallis living unmarried 1724

9 total Note Docus and Joseph were named after Mary Phippen's parents.


From Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire:

JOHN Wallis, Falmouth, Purpooduck, fisherman. He wit. Cleeve to Phippen, 30 Oct. 1650; Y. D. 21: 22, has deed from C. to him 27 Oct. 1650, 100 a. next Michael Mitton’s, but neither he nor (6), who is consid. a br., is seen again for several yrs. In 1667 he bot the Nicho. White planta. at Purpooduck. Robert Jordan succ. sued him for tresp. in 1659; he was given costs in ano. suit brot by I Jordan in 1664. On joint bond with Joseph Phippen and Thomas Stanford 1661; he and T. S. were Phippen’s bondsm. 1663. Selectman 1674, 1680. A refugee in Salem and Glouc. in the 1st war; in the noxt he retired to Glouc. and d. 13 Sept. 1690. Wid. Mary and s. Josiah, with David Phippen (?her br.) as surety, gave bond 29 Mar. 1601. Lists 212, 221,’ 222a, 223a, 225n, 228e, 232, 25, 27, 30. 34, 85. See also Maddiver (2), Norman (2). In 1724 the heirs made a div., but leaving House Isl. and 3 or 4 a. called Purpooduck Point in common (Y. D. 11: 209-211). Ch: Josiah, ag. 67 in Oct. 1730. Dorcas, m. John Lane (5). James, weaver, Glouc., m. Martha Stanford (2). This fam. evid. escaped in the 1703 attack, altho he then had a ho. on Spring Point, as did his bros. Benjamin and Joseph. He depos. often ab. early Falm. Aged 62 in Oct. 1730, ±63 in May 1733, near 70 in Apr. 1736, liv. in June 1737. List 228c. See also Y. D. 14: 41. 7 ch. rec. at Beverly and Glouc. 1693-1711. Daughter, m. Matthew Paulling. Benjamin, m. 1 st 23 Mar. 1695-6 Elizabeth Morgan of Rev. who was k. at Purpooduck with three ch. in Aug. 1703 (List 39); m. 2d 26 Dec. 1704 Sarah Sallows in Rev. where ch. Samnel and Elizabeth b. 1708-1711. In 1755 Andrew and Elizabeth Ellingham q. c. estates of her fa. Benjamin, uncle Joseph and aunt Susannah who was liv. unm. in 1724. Elizabeth, b. Glouc. 12 Sept. 1678, m. (int. Rev. 11 Aug. 1700) Joseph Morgan (4). Rebecca, m. 1st at Rev. 23 Feb. 1703-4 John Graves and as B. Groves m. there 2d (int. 4 Sept. 1708) Joseph Poster. Joseph (List 228c), m. in Rev. 13 Jan. 1701-2 Elizabeth Black who was reported k. in 1703 (List 39), but was in Canada 1711 (List 99, p. 91) and redeemed by July 1716 when her fa. deeded them land in Rev., partly in consid. of the great charge her husb. had lately been at to redeem her.

  • Selectman 1674, 1680. A refugee in Salem and Gloucester in the 1st war; in the next he returned to Gloucester where he died. Wid. Mary and son, Josiah, with David Phippen (her br.) as surety, gave bond 29 mar 1691.

Biography of his wife Mary Phippen


John S. Fipphen and Richard C Fippen. Ancestors and Descendants of David Phippen (c 1585-1650) of Melcombe Regis, Dorset, and Hingham and Boston. (Boston, Massachusetts: Newbury Street Press), 75-76.

Mary Phippen, bp. at Hingham in 5 Mar 1643/4 married first to John Wallis of Falmouth, Maine. Their nine Wallis children and their many descendants are treated in detail by John Bradley Arthaud[John Bradley Arthaud,"The John Wallis Family of Cape Ann" NEHGR (1998) 152:286-310, 391-414; 153(1999):29-51,183-206,293-318]. They tok refuge from the Indian War in Gloucester, MA, where John Wallis deid 13 Sep 1690. His widow Mary and son Josiah Wallis gave administration bond on 29 Mar 1691, with her brother David Phippen as surety. Mary Phippen married second by 25 July 1692 Samuel Morgan. On 24 July 1692 the First Church of Beverly recorded that Mary Morgan was "recieved to or communion by letter of dismission from Gloster church," "Mary Morgan alias Phipen" was named in an agreement of her three brothers, dated 15 Jan. 1694/95, which refers to her receipt of her father's bequest. The agreement also stated that the care of their mother, Docus, was provided by her brother David Phippen [Essex Deeds 10:114, 15 January 1694/95]. Mary married third at Beverly 18 Aug 1700 [intentions] John Black of Beverly, and 'there lived until har deth" according to a next door neighbor, in a depostion given 70 years later. Two of the Wallis children were named Dorcus and Joseph, after Mary's parents.


  • There are two people named John Wallis living about the same time in Maine and Mass. The facts on the two of these men seem to be mixed together on Internet trees This John1 Wallis of Falmouth, MA was an immigrant and he married to Mary Phippen and died in the year 1690 in Gloucester, MA. John Wallis who died in 1690 was possibly the brother of Nathaniel Wallis. The other John Wallis married Bridget Shepard and died before 1720. The John Wallis who died before 1720 was the son of Nathaniel Wallis and he married Bridget Shepard. This is clearly detailed in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire.


  1. John S. Fipphen and Richard C Fippen, Phippen Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of David Phippen (c 1585-1650) of Melcombe Regis, Dorset, and Hingham and Boston (Boston, MA: Newbury Street Press, 2017) 75-76 link
  2. Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Portland, Maine, 1928-1939; rpt. Baltimore 1972) Under "Wallis"
  3. Alicia Crane Williams, Early New England Families, 1641-1700 In Print available from NEHGS at or as an online database. See the sketch for Joseph Phippen published in 2017.
  4. Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 "Wallis, John (-1690) & Mary Phippen(1644-) b Gloucester/?Falmouth, ME"
  5. "John Bradley Arthaud,"The John Wallis Family of Cape Ann" , in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 152:286-310, 391-414; 153(1999):29-51,183-206,293-318@ 152:286, 1998,
  6. Donald Lines Jacobus "The Phippen Family and the wife of Nathan1 Gold of Fairfield, CT", in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,, 17:1-19@7. link
  7. Nathaniel Lane Taylor and John Fippen, Another Husband for Mary (Phippen) (Wallis) (Morgan) Black: Samuel2 Morgan (Robert1) of Beverly, Mass., in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 160:99-100. link
  8. C. Edward Egan, Jr., ed., "The Hobart Journal," , in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 3-25@15 , 1967. 5 Mar 1643 "mary Phippen bapt"
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John Wallis, of Gloucester's Timeline

March 23, 1626
St. Ewe, Cornwall, England
March 23, 1626
St. Ewe, Cornwall, England
Age 34
Casco Bay, Cumberland , Maine
Age 41
Blackpoint, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Age 45
Purpooduck, Cumberland , Maine
Age 46
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 48
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
September 12, 1678
Age 52
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 53
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States