Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
John Boynton was born about 1614 in England. He was the son of William Boynton.
He married Eleanor Pell about 1643.
John and Eleanor's children were born in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts and probably included:
John Boynton (September 17, 1647, married Hannah Keyes),
Caleb Boynton (1649),
Mercy Boynton (December 5, 1651),
Hannah Boynton Warner (March 26, 1654, married Nathaniel Warner),
Sarah Boynton Davis (April 19, 1658, married Hopewell Davis), and
Samuel Boynton (1660).
John died February 18, 1670.
After his death, Eleanor married Maximilian Jewett on August 30, 1671. He had been married before to Ann and Eleanor became step-mother to his children. Maximilian died October 19, 1684 in Rowley.
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.
from New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial by William Richard Cutter
John Boynton, son of William Boynton, was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire, at Knapton- in Wintringham, England, in 1614 and is of the first generation in America. He came to New England with his brother William in 1638. in the company with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, settled at Rowley, Massachusetts, and was granted an acre and a half of land next that of his brother, in 1640. He was a tailor by trade. He died February 18, 1670.
He married Eleanor Pell, of Boston. Children, born in Rowley: Joseph, mentioned below;
John, born September 17, 1647;
Caleb, about 1649;
Mercy, December 5, 1651, died December 22, 1730;
Hannah, March 26, 1654; died February, 1694;
Sarah, April 19, 1658;
Samuel, about 1660.
Historic Homes and Institutions by Ellery Bicknell Crane
John Boynton, the immigrant, was born at Knapton, Wintringham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, in 1614, and came to New England with his brother William in 1638, settling in Rowley, Massachusetts. He was among the original proprietors of Rowley, of whom there were about sixty, and the majority of them were weavers from Yorkshire. John was a tailor. His death occurred at Rowley in 1670. He married Ellen, Eleanor or Helen Pell, of Boston. Their children were: Joseph, John, Caleb. Mercy, Hannah, Sarah and Samuel.
from The Essex Antiquarian by Sidney Perley
Benoni [Joseph, John] Boynton, born in Rowley Feb. 25, 1681-2. He was a yeoman, and lived in Rowley until 1716, when he removed to Groton, where he was living in 1720. He afterward lived in Lunenburg. He married Ann Mighill of Rowley April 4, 1707, and she was his wife in 1720.
Children, born in Rowley:
i. Sarah, d. April 5, 1707.
ii. Sarah, b. June 17, 1708; m. Samuel Davis Feb. 27, 1727.
iii. Stephen, b. April 7, 1710; yeoman; lived in Lunenburg ; m., first, Sarah Johnson; she d. March 15, 1751-2; m., second, Elizabeth Lovejoy; m., third, Sarah Stiles; and d. in 1800.
iv. Ann, b. Nov. 21,1713; d. in Rowley, of consumption and dropsy, July 4,1737
v. Benoni; lived in Lunenburg and Winchendon.
Dropsy or edema, is an abnormal accumulation of body fluids that causes swelling. It is often caused by heart and kidney disease.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.