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John Churchill (b. Abt. 1620, d. 01 Jan 1662/63)John Churchill (son of John Churchill and Sarah May)181 was born Abt. 1620 in Steeple?, Dorset?, England182, 183, and died 01 Jan 1662/63 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts183.He married Hannah Pontus on 18 Dec 1644 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts183.
Notes for John Churchill:
The lineage from John Churchill (1603 - 1682) of England to John Churchill (1620 - 1662/63) of Plymouth, Massachusetts is a guess, and is not supported by any authentic documentation.
From Stephen Churchill's website (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/4460/dorseten.htm):
"According to the LDS, John Churchill and his ancestors, back to his great grandfather William Churchill, came from Dorset county on the south coast of England.Muston, a now non-existent town in Dorset, seems to have been the ancestral home of Churchills, according to Burke's Family Index.Based on historical maps, Muston may have been located near the present day town of Winterbourne Kinston."
From the Bob Young website (http://www.gbnf.com/genealog2/byoung/html/d0000/I1325.htm):
"John Churchill, the emigrant ancestor of the Plymouth branch of the family in America, was born in England and first appeared at Plymouth in Massachusetts, in 1643, and died there 1 January 1662. It is a matter of regret that up to the compellation of this volume nothing has been found to give even a clue to the birthplace, parentage, previous residence, or occupation of this emigrant ancestor of such a large posterity. He was not in the tax-lists of Plymouth in 1632, but appears in 1643 in the list of the male inhabitants between sixteen sixty years old, who are "able to bear arms." Diligent research through many ways and for many years has failed to add any authentic information to the bare fact that he was at Plymouth in 1643. In addition we have the following items: He married Hannah Pontus, 18 December 1644; bought a farm of Richard Higgins, 18 August 1645; was propounded freeman, 4 June 1650 and admitted 5 June 1651. He bought, 20 October 1652, of Nathaniel Masterson, then of Manchester, in Massachusetts, ten acres of upland lying at Wellingsley, in the township of Plymouth. In this deed Mr. Churchill is called "Planter." Mr William T. Davis, in "Achiest Landmarks of Plymouth," page 331, has the following pertinent reference, which we quote verbatim:
"'John Churchill, the progenitor of the [American] Churchill family, who appeared in Plymouth in 1643, settled at Hobshole. His land was on the Easterly side of the street, and extended from the southerly line of the field opposite to "Jabez Corner" to a point thirty feet distant from the southerly line of the estate of Branch Blackmer. Here he lived and died, but no tradition exist concerning the precise spot on which his house was situated. There are some indications, however, in the records, that the old house owned by Thomas B. Sears and Amos Leshure, which was built by Elkanah Churchill, the grandson of John, occupies the site of the ancient dwelling. After the death of Mr. Churchill, the estate fell into the hands of son Eleazer.
"'Mr. Churchill had acquired by grant or purchase, quite a large land property. At his death, his eldest son, Joseph, was about sixteen years old. The widow with her six children, lived, evidently, in the 'new house," which he mentions as designed for Joseph, after the mother's death, while if Joseph marries before that event he is to have "the old dweiling-house." The widow was left the use of his whole property during her life. It is proper here to give some account of this wife and mother. Hannah (Pontus) Churchill was the daughter of William Pontus, who was at Plymouth as early as 1633, and was born in Holland or England in 1623. very little appears in the records of Plymouth concerning William Pontus, although he was a land-owner and a citizen of some prominence and influence in the colony, and a member of the Court 1636-1638 inclusive. It is therefore gratifying to the editor of this volume to be able to add something to the sum of our knowledge of the parents of Hannah Pontus, the ancestress of the numerous lines of this Plymouth branch of the Churchill's. In the notes of Mr. Charles B. Richardson, gathered in his researches, in the Records of Leyden, and published in the "Historical Magazine," London and New York, December, 1859, Vol. III., page 358--lists the names and occupation of some of the company of the Pilgrims who did not embark in the "Mayflower" are found. Among these are John Robinson, minister, from England; William Pautes (Pontus), fustian-worker, from Dover. On page 263 of same volume William Brewster is mentioned a witness on behalf of "William Pautes, fustian-worker, from near Dover on his marriage with Wybra Hauson, maid, on the 4 December, 1610." Now Mary Pontus, the sister of Hannah, married, October 31, 1645, James Glass and in the Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. Viii., page 7, is found the birth of Wybra Glass, daughter of James and Mary, born August 9, 1649. The name Wybra, so uncommon, would seem to indicate a close relation between Wybra (Hanson) Pautes (Pontus), of Leyden, and this granddaughter of William Pontus. The wife of Mr. Pontus was living in 1633, but she is mentioned as "Good-wife Pontus," See Mayflower Descendants," Vol. 1., page 160. They lived, probably, near the southwestern limits of the "Mile and a half tract," as by maps of 1701. He died Feb 9, 1653, leaving a small estate by will of 1650 to his two daughters. Mrs Hannah (Pontus) Churchill marred, June 25, 1669, Mr. Giles Rickard, as his third wife, and survived him six years. She died at Hobb's Hole, December 22, 1690, "in her sixty-seventh year.'"
More About John Churchill:
Emigration: 1643, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.
More About John Churchill and Hannah Pontus:
Marriage: 18 Dec 1644, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.183
Children of John Churchill and Hannah Pontus are:
- +William Pontus Churchill, b. 1656, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts184, d. 05 Oct 1722, Plympton, Massachusetts184.