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Captain John Underhill (d. date unknown)John Underhill died date unknown.He married Elizabeth Feake.
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UNDERHILL, º*JOHN, a captain, came to N. E. in 1630, was admitted freeman in 1631, and resided first at Boston, from whence he went to Dover. He was a representative from Boston at the first general court in 1634, and a member of the ar. co. in 1637, and was engaged in the Pequot war. He went to Connecticut, and settled at Stamford, which he represented in the general court atNew-Haven, in 1643; removed to Flushing, on L. I., in 1646, from thence to Oyster-Bay, and was a delegate from that place to the assembly held at Hempstead by Gov. Nicolls. Captain Underhilldied, it is supposed, in 1672, at Oyster-Bay. His descendants still remain on Long-Island, andare respectable. Most of them, says Mr. Wood, have "exchanged the warlike habiliments of their ancestor for the Quaker habit." His posterity may also be in New-Hampshire, where the name exists.
Wood, Hist. Long-Island, 76.
I) Captain John Underhill, born September 7, 1597, in Warwick, England, was reputed to be an eccentric character, and his career was somewhat checkered. He was one of the first planters o Massachusetts, one of the first three deputies from Boston to the general court, and one of the earliest officers of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. He came to New England with John Winthrop in 1630. Sir Henry Vane appointed him to the command of the troops of the colony, and with Captain John Mason he waged the war against the Pequot Indians, resulting in the annihilation of that fierce tribe in 1637, and in the giving to the English colonists "rest from savage violence for forty years." He published in 1640, in London, an account of this war under the title "News from America."
He became governor of the Piscataqua Plantation, and while there made utterance which offended the
Massachusetts Bay authorities. He came to Boston in response to a summons, and January 29, 1640.
apologized to the church. He was restored to fellowship September 3, 1640. Because of his religious
opinions he was banished from Boston, removed to Exeter, New Hampshire, was governor of the New Hampshire colony in 1641, and removed to the Dutch settlement in New York in 1642. He was for some time, however, in Stamford, Connecticut, and in 1643 was delegate to the legislature at New Haven, and later assistant justice of the high court. His military talents were again in use in the war between the Dutch and the Indians. He was a delegate from Oyster Bay to Hempstead in 1665, and at another time under-sheriff of Queens county, New York. The Matinecock Indians gave him one hundred and fifty acres of land which is still owned by his descendants. His first wife, Helena, a Dutch woman, was admitted to the Boston church December 15, 1633, dismissed to Exeter church August 22, 1641. Children of first wife were: Elizabeth, baptized February 14, 1636; John, mentioned below. He married (second) in 1658, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Fones) Feakes, born 1633, died 1674. Children of second marriage: Deborah, born November 29, 1659; Nathaniel, February 22, 1663; Hannah, December 2, 1666; Elizabeth, July 2, 1669; David, April, 1672.
New England Families Genealogical and Memorial; Volume IV.
Children of John Underhill and Elizabeth Feake are:
- +Elizabeth Underhill, b. July 2, 1669, d. date unknown.