An American Family History

Jonathan Stanhope, Jr


Various spellings of Stanhope
Stanape, Stanup, Standhope, Stanhop, Stanop, and Stannup


Sudbury in Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1639 with a population of 476. A major battle of the King Philip's War was fought in Sudbury in 1676.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Jonathan Stanhope, Jr. was born on February 2, 1657 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Ensign Jonathan Stanhope, Sr. and Susannah Ayres.

The Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine by George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage and Albert Roscoe says that Jonathan married the considerably older, Sarah Griffin,on May 11, 1674 in Sudbury. Sarah was born November 20, 1642 in Sudbury. Her parents were Humphrey Griffin and Elizabeth Andrews. She may have been the daughter who caused her father to be fined for her wearing a silk scarf in 1659.

Jonathan and Sarah's children included:
Isaac Stanhope (June 27, 1675) and
Jonathan Stanhope (about 1677) who died young. 

Jonathan died November 19, 1681 when he was only 25 years old.

Children of
Ensign Jonathan Stanhope
and Susannah Ayer
  • Hannah Stanhope Jennings
  • Jonathan Stanhope, Jr.
  • Sarah Stanhope
  • Joseph Stanhope
  • Jemima Stanhope Rutter
  • Mary Stanhope
  • Rebecca Stanhope Hemenway
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    1677 Map of New England
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    Middlesex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643. The county originally included Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



    Cutter's work is available on CD

    Sudbury in Middlesex County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1639 with a population of 476. A major battle of the King Philip's War was fought in Sudbury in 1676.

    Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter

    Humphrey Griffin, immigrant, was born about 1605 and first appears in our colonial history in 1639, in the plantation of Ipswich, where it is written in the records:

    The Town doth refuse to receive Humphrey Griffin as an inhabitant to provide for him as inhabitants formerly received, the Town being full.

    But our Humphrey Griffin did not appear in Ipswich in the quality of mendicant, asking support, nor even seeking a share in the division of lands there, and notwithstanding the town's decree he soon became a commoner by purchase, January, 1641, of the house and land formerly owned by David Denison,

    near the mill which was granted to Denison in 1635; also meadow at Labor-in-vain, and a planting lot at Heartbreak hill.

    His occupation was that of butcher, and in 1655 he was granted

    liberty to set up a 'shamballs', or slaughterhouse, about twenty feet square, by the pound.

    In 1659

    the daughter of Humphrey Griffin presumed to indulge in a silk scarf, and her father was fined 10s and court fees.

    For this offense our ancestor appears to have suffered more seriously than his townsman. John Kimball, who

    was able to prove his pecuniary ability and his wife wore her silk scarf henceforth unquestioned.

    He lived in Ipswich to the end of his days, and died about 1661 or 1662. the inventory of his estate being dated March 25, 1662.

    His wife's name was Elizabeth, and she married for her second husband, February 10. 1663, in Haverhill, Hugh Sherratt.

    Humphrey Griffin's children were John. Nathaniel. Samuel, Lvdia and Elizabeth.

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