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John Prescott

Male 1605 - 1681  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name John Prescott 
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    Christened 1604/05  Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    History birth to 1629  Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was mentioned in his father's will of 7 November 1608. [3]
    History 1629 to Abt 1638  Sowerby, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In 1629 he moved to Sowerby. [3]
    Immigration Abt 1638  Barbadoes Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Immigration 1640  [3, 4
    History 1641 to 1643  Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was probably a Cromwellian soldier and brought to the new world with him a helmet and coat of chain mail. Caleb Butler, in his History of Groton gives this story: "John was a sturdy, strong man of stern countenance, and whenever he had any difficulty with the Indians, he would clothe himself with his coat of mail, helmet, cuirass, and gorget, which gave him a fierce and frightful appearance. They having once stolen from him a horse, he put on his armour and pursued them; and in a short time overtook the party. They were surprised to see him alone, and a chief approached him with uplifted tomahawk. John told him to strike, which he did, and finding the blow made no impression on his cap, he was much astonished, and asked John to let him put it on, and then strike on his head, as he had done on John's. The helmet being too small for the chief's head, the stroke settled it down to his ears, scraping off the skin of both sides of his head. They gave him up his horse, thinking him to be a supernatural being." [3]
    History 1643 to 1676  Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • About 1643, he moved to Lancaster upon its founding. [3]
    • In 1652, John took the Oath of Fidelity. [3]
    • In 1657, he built a saw mill above his grist mill. [3]
    • In 1667, he contracted with the town of Groton to build them a grist mill in exchange for 520 acres of land. He did so on a site, now in the bounds of Harvard. He placed his son, Jonas in charge, and later deeded the lands and mill to Jonas. [3]
    • In 1667, he was elected a Selectman. [5]
    • On 19 May 1669, he became a freeman. [5]
    • In 1673, he made his will. [1]
    History 1676 to 1679  Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He moved to Concord after Lancaster's destruction. [5]
    History 1679 to death  Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In 1679, he returned to Lancaster. [5]
    • On 4 April 1682, hi swill was probated. [1]
    Died 20 Dec 1681  Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 7
    History 1893  [5
    At the 250th anniversary of the founding of Lancaster, a memorial stone was erected at his grave site. It reads as follows:

    HERE
    WITH HIS CHILDREN ABOUT HIM LIES
    JOHN PRESCOTT
    FOUNDER OF LANCASTER AND FIRST SETTLER
    OF WORCESTER COUNTY
    BORN AT STANDISH LANCASHIRE ENGLAND
    DIED AT LANCASTER MASSACHUSETTS DEC 1681
    INSPIRED BY THE LOVE OF LIBERTY AND THE FEAR OF GOD
    THIS STOUT HEARTED PIONEER
    FORSAKING THE PLEASANT VALES OF ENGLAND
    AND ENCOUNTERED WILD BEAST AND SAVAGE
    TO SECURE FREEDOM
    FOR HIMSELF AND HIS POSTERITY
    HIS FAITH AND VIRTUES
    HAVE BEEN INHERITED BY MANY DESCENDANTS
    WHO IN EVERY GENERATION HAVE WELL SERVED THE STATE
    IN WAR, IN LITERATURE, AT THE BAR, IN THE PULPIT, IN PUBLIC LIFE,
    AND IN CHRISTIAN HOMES
     
    Siblings 5 Siblings 
    Person ID I488  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Ralph Prescott,   c. 16 Jun 1569, Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1609, Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Mother Helen,   b. Abt 1571, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1643, Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F500  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Platts,   b. Wygan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1678, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married 21 Jan 1628/29  Wygan, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 7, 8, 9
    Age at Marriage He was 24 years - She was ?? 
    Notes 
    • Weis (1682) says they were married at Sowerby Parish on 15 March 1607. [1]
    Children 11 children 
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1604/05 - Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - birth to 1629 - Shevington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1629 to Abt 1638 - Sowerby, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jan 1628/29 - Wygan, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Abt 1638 - Barbadoes Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1641 to 1643 - Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1643 to 1676 - Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1676 to 1679 - Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistory - 1679 to death - Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1681 - Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S59] Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 Fifth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982).

    2. [S2000] ------------- Sources Below not Reviewed -------------.

    3. [S485] Wheeler, Daniel Merrick. The Wheeler Family of Rutland, Mass. and Some of their Ancestors, (Pittsfield, Massachusetts: by the author, 1924).

    4. [S1196] Drake, Samuel G. "Brief Memoirs and Notices of Prince's Subscribers" , (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume VI, 1852).

    5. [S479] Roper, Kenneth L. The Ropers A Biographical Record from Circa 1300 to 1982, (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1982).

    6. [S1048] Potter, Charles Edward. Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass. and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation, (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1887).

    7. [S804] MacKenzie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of the United States of America, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966).

    8. [S1197] Somerby, H. G. "Pedigree of Lawrence", (Boston: The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume X, 1856).

    9. [S1198] Hunt, John G. "Notes on Families of the Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire - Farrer, Deane, Platts, Fairbank, Prescott", (New Haven, Connecticut: The American Genealogist, volume XL, 1964).