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John Proctor

John Proctor

Male 1663 - 1740  (76 years)


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  • Name John Proctor  [1, 2
    Born 17 Aug 1663  Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • JOHN PROCTOR. Born at Chelmsford, Mass., Aug. 17, 1663; married, 1692, Miriam -. His children, [were] all born at Chelmsford.

      A Genealogy of Descendants of Robert Proctor of Concord and Chelmsford, Mass By William Lawrence Proctor Published 1898 Republican & Journal Print 307 pages Page 7.
      John Showler Verity, son of VERITY Rev. William Verity, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, was born at Manchester, England, July 31, 1822. In 1853 John S. Verity came to this country and found employment as an atcher in one of the large cotton, mills of Manchester, New Hampshire. After a few years he engaged in the grocery business, his store being located in the city of Manchester. Subsequently he disposed of his store and removed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he engaged in the grocery business, and also made arrangements with the Fleischman Yeast Company to represent them in Cambridge. He purchased the territory from the company, and by dint of exceedingly hard work built up a large and profitable business. Associated with him was William G. McLeod, a young man, who later became his son-in-law, and who helped to build up the business. Mr. Verity gave him certain territory and sold him the goods. Mr. Verity's health having failed, owing to his close attention to the business and the hard work necessary to introduce a new article, he removed to Lynn, Massachusetts, where he had territory in Essex county, and continued to sell the yeast. Before his removal to Lynn, Mr. Verity gave the Cambridge territory to Mr. McLeod, who continued the business until he sold out to the Fleischman Company, after which he devoted his attention to the care of his real estate, in which he has invested extensively in Cambridge. The business is now under the management of Walter S. Verity, son of John S. Verity, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

      In 1861 Mr. Verity was united in marriage with Lucy Jane Preston, who was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, July 31, 1824, daughter of Jeremiah and Anne (Proctor) Preston. She is a descendant on both sides of early New England colonists among whom was a "Mayflower" pilgrim. On the parental side she is descended (probably) in the eighth generation from Roger Preston, who was born in 1614, came to America in the "Elizabeth and Ann" in 1635, settling first in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and later in Salem, where he died January 20, 1666. He was married at Ipswich, in 1642, and the christian name of his wife was Martha. She survived him and became the wife of Nicholas Holt, of Andover, Massachusetts. Her death occurred in Andover, March 21, 1703, at the age of eighty years. Roger Preston was the father of seven children: Thomas, Samuel. John, Jacob, Levi, Elizabeth and Mary. Samuel, John and Jacob accompanied their mother to Andover. Captain Samuel Preston, a descendant of John of Andover, settled in Littleton, New Hampshire, in 1728. Mrs. Verity's grandfather, Isaac Preston, was a Revolutionary soldier and, according to the records, he enlisted first January 30, 1776, as a private in Captain Ebenezer Green's company of Colonel Bedel's regiment, raised in New Hampshire for the northern Continental army under General Washington ; was a member of Captain John Sloan's militia company in the town of Lynn, December 20. 1776; and in 1780 was at West Point as a sergeant in Captain Benjamin Spaulding's company of Colonel Moses Nichols regiment. He married Susanna Fletcher, a descendant of Robert Fletcher, who came from Yorkshire, England, in 1630, and settled in Concord, Massachusetts. He was the American ancestor of nearly, if not all, of the New Hampshire Fletchers. Isaac Preston's wife was probably the Susanna Fletcher who was born in 1754, daughter of Samuel and (Lawrence) Fletcher, who were married in Littleton in 1729. Samuel was a son of William and a grandson of Samuel Fletcher.

      Jeremiah Preston, Mrs. Verity's father, was of New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Her grandmother, Anne (Proctor) Preston, was a daughter of Cyrus and Sybil (Farnsworth) Proctor, of Hollis. New Hampshire. On the maternal side Mrs. Verity is a lineal descendant in the sixth generation of Robert Proctor, who emigrated from England early in the Colonial period and settled in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was admitted a freeman in 1643. The Proctors were prominent freeholders of the county of Norfolk, England, in the fourteenth century, and intermarried with the distinguished Beauchamp family, possessor of the earldom of Pembroke. At the beginning of the sixteenth century there were Proctors residing at Nether Bordley in Yorkshire, and they were in all probability descended from the Beauchamp-Proctor family of Norfolk. It is also quite certain that Robert Proctor, the emigrant, was a descendant of the Nether Bordley family. December 31, 1645, Robert Proctor was married in Concord to Jane Hildreth, eldest daughter of Richard Hildreth of that town, and in 1653, with several other residents of Concord, including his father-in-law, he removed to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where his death occurred in 1697. His children were: Sarah, Gershom. Mary, Peter, Dorothy, Elizabeth, James, Lydia, John, Samuel, Israel and Thomas.

      John Proctor, fourth son and ninth child of Robert and Jane (Hildreth) Proctor, was born in Chelmsford, August 17, 1663. The maiden surname of his wife, whom he married in 1692, does not appear in the records, but her christi n name was Miriam, and his children were: John, Miriam, Edward, Hannah, Benjamin and Moses.

      Moses Proctor, youngest son and child of John and Miriam Proctor, was born in Chelmsford, November 19, 1706. He was one of the original petitioners for the charter of West Dunstable, Massachusetts, and Proctor Hill in that town, where he settled, was named for him. His name appears in the first tax-list, issued in 1740, and he served as a selectman in 1749. He married Mary Byam, of Chelmsford, and was the father of Mary, Rebecca, Cyrus, Moses and Philip.

      Cyrus Proctor, third child and eldest son of Moses and Mary (Byam) Proctor, was born in Chelmsford, September 13, 1745. He settled in Hollis, New Hampshire, where March 10, 1771, he married Sybil Farnsworth of that town. She became the mother of the following children: Cyrus, Timothy, Sybil, Nathaniel, Thomas, Mary (who died young), Elizabeth, John, Abigail, Amos, Anne, Mary and Susanna. The mother of these children died December 9, 1843, aged ninety years.

      Anne or Anna Proctor, fifth daughter and eleventh child of Cyrus and Sybil (Farnsworth) Proctor, was born in Hollis, September 7, 1793. April 18, 1816, she became the wife of Jeremiah Preston, of New Ipswich, and she died in 1879, having had children: Horace, Sybil, Lucy Jane, Jeremiah, and one other daughter, who died in infancy.

      John S. Verity died at his home in Lynn, February 10, 1885. He was the author of a book on phonography. He was a man of great natural business ability, of versatility in mind, upright in character; a useful citizen. He left a widow and two children: Walter S., local manager for Fleischman Company for Boston and vicinity, married Cora Hopkins, of Richmond, Virginia, and they are the parents of two children: Hilda and Preston Verity. Mary, wife of William G. McLeod, and their children are : Elsie, Alice Preston, and William Preston McLeod, M. D., a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and practicing in New York City.


      Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 2 William Richard Cutter Lewis historical publishing company, 1908 - History
    Died 12 Apr 1740  Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I11733  Proctor
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2013 

    Father Ancestors Robert Proctor, Jr.
              c. 25 Apr 1624, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Apr 1697, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Jane Hildreth, Proctor
              b. Abt 1631, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Apr 1688, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1645  Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3711  Group Sheet

    Family Miriam (Unknown), Proctor
              b. Abt 1668, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Jan 1767, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 99 years) 
    Married Abt 1692  Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Proctor
              b. 06 Oct 1694, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Apr 1783, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Miriam Proctor
              b. 30 Jun 1696, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. d., Date Unknown
     3. Edward Proctor
              b. 15 Feb 1699, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. d., Date Unknown
    Married: 1x4. Hannah Proctor
              b. 09 May 1701, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 1786, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +5. Benjamin Proctor Married: 2x2x 
              b. 20 Oct 1704, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 03 Aug 1794, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +6. Moses Proctor, Sr.
              b. 19 Nov 1706, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Aug 1780, Hollis, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2008 
    Family ID F5823  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Aug 1663 - Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1692 - Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Apr 1740 - Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    A Genealogy of Descendants of Robert Proctor of Concord and Chelmsford, Mass
    A Genealogy of Descendants of Robert Proctor of Concord and Chelmsford, Mass
    Family Biography ~ By William Lawrence Proctor
    Courtesy of The House Of Proctor Genealogy Collection.

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] A Genealogy of Descendants of Robert Proctor, William Lawrence Proctor and Mrs. W. L. Proctor, (Ogdensburg, N.Y. Republican & Journal print 1898).

    2. [S417] Proctor Genealogy 1546 -- 1977, A. Carlton Proctor, (N.p.: n.p., August 1977.).


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