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John Watson died 05 Jan 1671/72 in Roxbury, Massachussetts. He married Alice Bredda on 03 Apr 1634 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachussetts1150.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Watson:
John Watson immigrated to Salem, Massachussets in1632 aboard the Lyon. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Watson was apparently a farmer. An Inventory indicates agricultural activities only, with evidence of an apple orchard ("for apples sold not yet received 55s.," and "One barrel cider and other barrels" etc., 1 10s.

He was admitted to the Roxbury church as member #32, late in 1632 and was named a FREEMAN on 5 November 1633.

He does not seem to have been a well-educated man since he signed his will by a mark. His Inventory on the will, however, includes "Books 20s." Also, his youngest son Caleb was a Harvard graduate.

Watson was granted the usual sequence of lots in Roxbury, including a Houselot of eleven acres; a fourteen acre lot, of which John Prentice [John Watson's stepson] is to have six acres after the death of John Watson; four acres meadow in Great Mead; four acres salt marsh; third lot in third allotment of last division, twenty-six acres and a fraction; and thirty-three acres in the thousand acres near Dedham. He also purchased six acres from Robert Pepper.

John Watson apparently raised his step-son John Prentice as his own, as stated in his will, dated 4 March 1670/1 and proved 5 February 1671/2. The will also shows that his wife Alice was still living at the time:

John Watson Senior of Roxbury "being old yet having perfect understanding" bequeathed his land "I having four children now alive namely John mine eldest son ... shall have a double portion of my lands ... my meadow in Roxbury"; "my wife Alice Watson shall enjoy my whole estate as long as she liveth both land and moveables without being accountable to any of my children"; "my wife my sole executrix"; "my son Caleb a single portion"; "my daughter Darkell [Dorcas] a single portion"; "my daughter Mary a single portion ... but they shall not enjoy any part of it until after their mother's decease"; 5 to "my son John Prentise"; overseers "my four sons namely my son John, my son Caleb, my son-in-law Timothy Dwite and my son-in-law Thomas Stedman."

The inventory of John Watson was taken 15 January 1671/2 and totalled 397 7s., of which 334 was real estate: house and 12 acres adjoining, 130; 14 acres arable at Pond Plain, 60; "about 6 acres near John's house in his possession," 20; 6 acres of salt meadow, 36; 4 acres of fresh meadow, 22; "land lately bought of Samuel Finch quantity not known to us," 30; 16 acres near John Holdredge's, 18; and 42 acres in the thousand acres near Dedham, 18 [SPR 7:195].
BIRTH: Probably about 1605 to 1610, based on date of marriage, although note tombstone record below.

Watson died in Roxbury on January 5,1671/2. A tombstone in the old burial ground in Roxbury, however, reads "John Watson Aged 77 years, died December the 2d 1671." The tombstone's date of death may be correct, although the church record is closer to the date the inventory was taken.

His only marriage was in Roxbury 3 April 1634 to Alice Prentice, widow of VALENTINE PRENTICE.

CHILDREN (all born Roxbury):
i JOHN, b. January 1634/5. m. by an unknown date Mary Eccles, daughter of Richard Eccles (in his will of 27 July 1693 "John Prentice Watson of Roxbury" bequeathed to "Mary my beloved wife ... what may be left in reversion of her father Eckles his estate" [SPR 13:219-22]).

ii JOSHUA, b. August 1637. "Joshua Watson of 11 years old, suddenly died of the belly ache" 30 April 1649.

iii DORCAS, b. 20 September 1639, dismissed by her maiden name to Medfield, 10 May 1670 m. (1) Medfield 8 July 1669 Timothy Dwight; m. (2) Medfield 8 May 1677 John Adams (of Ipswich).

iv CALEB, b. 29 July 1641; graduated from Harvard 1661 [Sibley 2:95-98]; m. Roxbury 15 December 1665 Mary Hide.

v MARY, b. 2 May 1644, bp. 5 May 1644; m. by 1669 Thomas Stedman (eldest known child bp. Roxbury 18 July 1669, the father being called "Thomas Stedman of Cambridge Village."

More About John Watson and Alice Bredda:
Marriage: 03 Apr 1634, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachussetts.1150
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