An Inheritance of Ghosts

John March and Rebecca —–

Posted in John March, Rebecca (-----) March, Rebecca ----- by Gregg Mattocks on 2 August 2009

John March [2052]

Father: Unknown [4104]

Mother: Unknown [4105]

Mattocks Family Heritage entry

Rebecca —– [2053]

Father: unknown [4106]

Mother: unknown [4107]

Mattocks Family Heritage entry


John March [2052], husbandman, married first, by 1638, probably in England, Rebecca ——.  John and Rebecca came to Charlestown, Massachusetts, from Shadwell, Stepney Parish, county Middlesex, about 1638.

In 1638, John owned six lots at Charlestown. The first lot was a house with garden purchased of R. Hawkins, “N side of Mill-hill — NE, street; NW, W. Powell; SW, J. Goulde; SE, H. Garret. The second lot was “1/2 cow common, 1/2 more, bo’t of T. Wilder, who bo’t it of J. Brimsmead, who had it given him; 1 common, bo’t of J. Tomson; in all, 2 commons belonging to J. March.”  The third lot contained two acres at Line-field purchased of Samuel Richardson, “SW, Camb. line; NE, common; SE, Will. Frothingall.”  The fourth lot is not described.  The fifth lot contained two acres at Eastfield purchased of —— Gould, “S, highway; N, J[[ohn] M[arsh], late W. Brackenbury; E, R. Hale; W, Solomon Phipps.”  The sixth lot was ten acres at Mystic Field purchased of A. Palmer, “S, R. Harrington; N., A.P[almer].”

John was admitted to the First Church of Charlestown on 15 (3) 1642 [15 May 1642]. Rebecca was admitted two weeks later, on 29 (3) 1642 [29 May 1642]. John was made a freeman in 1642. Also in that year, John was granted by the town, “Cow’s marsh; 1 acre Mystic marshes, over against Chas. neck — N NW, Ralph Sprague and Great creek; NE, K. Coitmore; S & SW, R. Lowden.”  This grant was renewed and confirmed in 1649. John was also granted, date unknown, “4 acres Mystic side, 55 acres at Woburn[1650].”  In 1644, John purchased of B. Hubbard, one acre. In 1646/7, he purchased, of Abraham Palmer, 7-1/2 acres at Mystic Field, “N, A[braham] P[almer]; S, E. Harrington.”  In 1647, John purchased, of Abraham Palmer, 2-1/2 acres adjoining his previous purchase, “N, James Green; W, common; E, R. Nash; S, Harrington.”  In 1650/1, John purchased, of T. Lynde, two acres. In 1654, John was given “liberty to set a pump in the way.” In 1655, John made an exchange of property with G. Hepburn. In 1656/7, John entered six commons. In 1657, John made an exchange with T. Lynde.

John’s wife Rebecca died by 1666.

John March served as a surveyor.  He married second, as her second husband, by 1666, Anna (——) Bickner.  In John’s will, dated 1 January 1665/6, he mentioned daughter Frances Bucke and her child, and his [deceased] son John.  Anna was left the house and one-half of the residue of the estate.  Son Theophilus was bequeathed John’s estate after Anna’s decease. Daughter Buck was left one common. John left to his wife’s grandchild, Sarah Bickner, 20s. There was, however, no mention of a son Nicholas, even though Nicholas March was alive at the time.

On 1 January 1665/6, the day John wrote his will, he sold to Thomas Rand, two acres at Eastfield, “SE, highway through field; NE, same; NW, J. Penticost, R. Chalkley; SW, Mr. Bates, occ. by R. Chalkley; also 3 cow commons.” Also on that day, John sold, to John Cutler, one acre. John March died before he could sign this deed, on 1 January 1665/6.  The deed to Thomas Rand was acknowledged by John’s widow on 6 January following. The deed to John Cutler was completed by Anna and son on 15 January 1665/6.

John’s will was proved 17 (11) 1665 [17 January 1666]. The inventory of John’s estate included a house, barn, and orchard, an upper barn left his son, 4-1/2 acres at Eastfield, three commons, 1 cow-lot, and a wood-lot. The value of John’s real property was given as £111.

Children of John and probably Rebecca (——) March:

  • 2052.1. Perhaps Nicholas [1026].
  • 2052.2. Edward.
  • 2052.3. John.
  • 2052.4. Frances.
  • 2052.5. Theophilus.


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