Friday, May 22, 2015


Still trying to catch up on the 2015 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. This post concerns
6x great grandfather John Bancroft, the third of that name in a row on my family tree. Although
in town records and documents he is referred to as John Jr and then John Sr, to me he is John
Bancroft 3rd. Like his father and grandfather, he seems to have lived an ordinary life.

Sidney Perley has this to say about him:

John Bancroft4, born in Lynn June 25, 1708. His father called him "my dutiful son." He was a yeoman, and lived in Lynnfield. He married, first,Ruth____ , and she died Feb. 25, 1745-6. He married, second, Eve____ before 1749; and died in 1777, his will, dated March 16, 1776, being proved June 2, 1777. His wife Eve survived him.

Children, born in Lynn :—
40—I. James5, b. March 21, 1732 ; gentleman, lived in Lynnfield; lieutenant; m.Esther Smith of Reading (pub. July 20, I75S); she d. March 25, 1814, aged eighty-seven; and he d. Aug. 22, 1814, aged eighty-two.
41—II. Mary5, Dec. 28, 1733; m. John Merriam of Sudbury Nov. 24, 1752.
42—III. Ruth5, b. Jan. 15, 1735-6; m. Joseph Newhall (pub. Jan. 16, 1757); and was living in 1776.
43—IV. Lydia5, b. May I, 1738; m. Benjamin Wilson of Danvers Nov. 28, 1759; and was living in 1776.
44—V. John5, b. April 18, 1740; d. young.
45—VI. Sarah5, m. Thomas Bowditch of Salem April 27, 1760, and was living in 1776.
46—VII. Rachel5, b. Nov. 4, 1744; m.____ Berry before 1776.
47—VIII. John5, b. Oct. 21, 1749. See below (47).
48—IX. Ebenezer5, b. July 25, 1752. See below (48).
49—X. Job5, b. April 7, 1754; housewright; lived in Salem, 1789 and 1797; and m. Sarah _____

The Essex antiquarian; a quarterly magazine devoted to the biography, genealogy, history and antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts Vol V Salem, Ma. 1901

The last names of John Bancroft 3rd's two wives are not given in this Bancroft genealogy
but his first wife was Ruth Newhall, who was the mother of the first seven children. Eva
Hawkes, a Mayflower descendant, was the second wife and mother of the youngest three
children, including John Bancroft 4th, my ancestor.

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