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  • Name John Bellows 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1622  , Crediton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 7
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • Although positive proof is wanting, yet this view seems almost certainly correct, as otherwise no further trace is found of the boy, who must have wholly disappeared, if he was not identical with John, the progenitor. One would gladly know who were his parents, where was his home in England, and what induced him at that early age, and perhaps without friends, to emigrate to the new world. But on these points nothing is known, and thus far all attempts to answer these questions have failed. The identity of name with that of John Bellows, the Quaker printer, publisher and philanthropist, of Gloucester, England, points to a common ancestry. The town of Concord, MA, was settled in 1635 and as late as 1655 was a small settlement of about fifty families. John Bellows first appears as a resident there in 1645. The next trace is found in the record of his marriage. The records of Concord show that "John Bellows and Mary Wood were married the 9th of May, 1655." Mary Wood is said to have been the daughter of John Wood, who died in Marlborough, July 10, 1678, aged 68, and Mary Wood, who died in Marlborough, August 17 1690, aged 80. They were probably of Concord and later of Marlborough, which was settled in 1660. The will of John Wood, proved March 8, 1678, mentions his son-in-law, John Bellows. John and Mary Bellows appear to have resided in Concord until after the birth of their third child, Abigail, which occurred in Concord, May 6th, 1661. In 1660, the same spirit of enterprise which had brought him to this country and led him to settle in the frontier town of Concord induced him to become one of the original proprietors of the new town of Marlborough. Hudson's "History of Marlborough" places him there in 1660. Perhaps his wife remained for a time in Concord. If so, she soon followed him to Marlborough, and the records of that town show the births of five children, from Isaac, born Sept. 13, 1663, to Nathaniel, born April 15, 1676. The birth of Nathaniel is also recorded in Concord, April 3, 1676. On Sunday, March 20, 1676, while the people were gathered in church, the town of Marlborough was attacked by the Indians. The inhabitants escaped in safety to the fort, but the meeting house and nearly all the dwellings were burned, cattle killed, and everything of value destroyed. John Bellows and his wife doubtless witnessed these exciting events and shared in the general loss. The settlement was deserted for a year and they returned to Concord, where their two youngest children Nathaniel and Benjamin, were born, and their eighth child, Daniel, died at the age of three years. The year 1680 found them once more in Marlborough where their remaining years were spent and where their three sons, John, Isaac and Eleazer, were born and were blessed with numerous children. John Bellows died in Marlborough, MA, sometime between June 19 and August 6, 1683, as his will, which is recorded in Middlesex Probate Records, Lib. vi, vol. 93, is dated June 19, 1683, and was proved October 2, 1683. The inventory of his estate was taken August 6 and 8, 1683. He appointed Mary, his "loving wife", sole executrix, and left her a maintenance from his estate so long as she remained his widow. The inventory shows that he posessed a farm in Marlborough, consisting of "the Home-lot with all ye out-lands, both Uplands and Meadows, and Cedar-swamp pertaining to the home-lot, together with the dwelling house and Orchard thereon," valued at £60, as well as horses, oxen and cows, and a good assortment of farming and carpenter's tools. The only reminder of the Indian Wars is the item of "One Back-sword, and two barrels of guns, ye swords 12s., the barrels 8s." The death of his widow, Mary Bellows, is recorded in Marlborough, Sept 16, 1707. John Bellows is supposed to have united the callings of farmer and carpenter. It is evident, at least, that he was one of those hardy pioneers who settled the frontier towns of Middlesex and Worcester counties, and reared large families of children to hold what they had won from the wilderness and the Indians; and that his grandson Benjamin was working out the family destiny when in his turn he took his family of young children and settled on the extreme northern frontier, where the town of Walpole, NH, was yet to be. Nearly all the branches of the descendants of the five sons of John Bellows (Isaac, John, Eleazer, Nathaniel, Benjamin), who became heads of families, have been more or less fully traced down to 1898, and in many instances, to the present time.
    Immigration Apr 1635-Jun 1635  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Residence 1645  Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Died 10 Jan 1682  Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Proved 6 Aug 1683  Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation
    • farmer, carpenter
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    Person ID I1927  Full Tree | Larson
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2013 

    Family Mary Woods
              b. 10 Jun 1633, St. Peter, Sudbury, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Sep 1707, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 9 May 1655  Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 13
    Children 
     1. Mary Bellows
              b. 26 Apr 1656, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 1730  (Age 73 years)
     2. Samuel Bellows
              b. 22 Jan 1657, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Sep 1680, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     3. Abigail Bellows
              b. 6 May 1661, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Sep 1726, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Issac Bellows
              b. 13 Sep 1663, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1746, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +5. John Bellows, Jr.
              b. 13 May 1666, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1749, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     6. Thomas Bellows
              b. 7 Nov 1668, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1749  (Age 80 years)
     7. Eleazer Bellows
              b. 13 Apr 1671, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 1740  (Age 68 years)
     8. Daniel Bellows
              b. 15 Mar 1672, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Jul 1676, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +9. Nathaniel Bellows
              b. 3 Apr 1676, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Aft 22 Feb 1759, Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. Benjamin Bellows
              b. 18 Jan 1677, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Mar 1750  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F1143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1622 - , Crediton, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Apr 1635-Jun 1635 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1645 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 May 1655 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Bellows - 26 Apr 1656 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Samuel Bellows - 22 Jan 1657 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Abigail Bellows - 6 May 1661 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Issac Bellows - 13 Sep 1663 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Bellows, Jr. - 13 May 1666 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas Bellows - 7 Nov 1668 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Eleazer Bellows - 13 Apr 1671 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Daniel Bellows - 15 Mar 1672 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Nathaniel Bellows - 3 Apr 1676 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Benjamin Bellows - 18 Jan 1677 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jan 1682 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Proved - 6 Aug 1683 - Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • (Research):See attached sources. [7, 10]

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] Torrey, Clarence Almon, "New England Marriages: Prior to 1700"  ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), NEHGS #B2-84750), p. 61.

    2. [S9] Savage, James, "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came before May 1692 on the Basis of Farmer's Register. 4 vols. 1860–62; rpt. ed."  ((Boston:MA, Little, Brown & Co.,, 1982 ); (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969); (FHL# 974/D2s)), 1:162; 3:61.

    3. [S48] Peck, Thomas Bellow, "Genealogy of John Bellows: The Boy Emigrant of 1635 and his Descendants"  ((Keene, NH, Thom. Bellows Peck, 1898); (Boston:MA, Sentinel Printing Co./NEHGS, 1898), NEHGS #P3-03900; e-mail from (William Michael Jacobsen, 10453 Rose Anne Circle, Cypress, CA 90630 (e-mail address: fathome@netcom.com) (714) 821-0332)), f.p. xvi, 1-4.

    4. [S374] MyFamily.com, "American Genealogical-Biographical Index"  (CD-ROM Index of American Genealogical-Biographical Index(Orem:UT, Ancestry.com, 1999)), Vol: 12 Page: 178.

    5. [S1402] Personal knowledge of Kirk Larson, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    6. [S1410] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, database, \i FamilySearch\i0    ((http://www.familysearch.org)), )..

    7. [S1518] Kinmonth, Bruce, "Genealogical Research of Bruce Kinmonth"  (reply to Roots-L inquiry: e-mail documentation, 1996, kinmonth@cadsys.enet.dec.com (Bruce Kinmonth)).

    8. [S50] Pope, Charles Henry, "Pioneers of Massachusetts"  ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900 reprint - 1986)), vol. VIII, third series, p.255.

    9. [S1519] Wyman, Thomas Bellows, "History of the Town of Ledyard, Massachusetts"  ((Boston:MA, NEHGS, 1881), Bill Library in Ledyard, MA).

    10. [S1522] Moore, Muffy, "Genealogical Research of Muffy Moore "  (e-mail documentation, 1996, 70253.1251@CompuServe.COM (Muffy Moore)).

    11. [S1523] Banks, Charles Edward, "The Planters of the Commonwealth: 1620-1640 Passengers and Ships"  ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1972) (Orange FHL 974.w2p, pg. 160) (Public Records Office MSS., and Drake: FOUNDERS, P. 15,17,19)).

    12. [S556] Hotten, John Camden, "The Original List of Persons of Quality Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantation, 1600-1700."  ((Boston:MA, NEHGS, (1874) repr. 1994)).

    13. [S47] NEHGS, "Concord, MA Vital Records: Births, Marriages & Deaths, 1635-1850"  ((1620-1850, NEHGS, 1891), "Old Fam. of Concord,MA by Charles Edward Potter" NEHGS #P2-69400).


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