The CUTTING Family of Watertown, Newbury and Charlestown in Massachusetts

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CAPT. JOHN CUTTING (c. 1593 - 1659) of Watertown, Newbury and Charlestown m. Mary Unknown (d. 1693/4)
MARY CUTTING m. Nicholas Noyes

First Generation

CAPT. JOHN CUTTING (c. 1593 - 1659) of Watertown, Newbury and Charlestown


John Cutting was born about 1593, as he gave his age as 63 in Apr 1656. [Ref, p. 357] He died on 20 Nov 1659 in Newbury. [Ref] He married Mary Unknown. Mary died beween 26 Nov 1663, when she signed her will, and 29 Mar 1664, when it was proved. [Ref, p. 360] Mary married second John Miller before May 1662. [Ref, p. 357] John Miller was probably the Rev. John Miller who received his A.B. from Gonville and Caius, Cambridge. [Ref, p. 360] He died on 12 Jun 1663. [Ref, p. 360] He married first Lydia Unknown. [Ref, p. 360] She died on 7 Aug 1657 in Boston. [Ref, p. 360]

It has been suggested that Mary might be the Mary Cutting named as a sister in the will of Susan Browne of Ipswich, co. Suffolk in 1626. This would make her the daughter of Edward and Judith Warde of Little Wrattling, co. Suffolk. [Ref, p. 357]

On 21 Jan 1634/5 an order was made at Whitehall for delivering up bonds to John Cuttings of Ipswich. John was master of the ship Francis and had brought a list of passengers that had gone to New England in April. [Ref]

John settled in Watertown sometime between 25 Jul 1636 and 26 June 1637. [Ref, p. 357] He moved to Newbury between 1639 and 1641. [Ref, p. 357] John Cutting, gentleman, bought a house in Charlestown in 1648 and was resident there in 1651. [Ref, p. 359] He returned to Newbury in 1656. [Ref, p. 359]

John signed his will on 22 Oct 1659; it was proved on 27 Mar 1660. [Ref] In his will, John mentions his wife Mary; his daughter Mary, the wife of Nicholas Noyes, and her son Cutting; his daughter Sarah, the wife of James Brown; his grandchild Mary, the wife of Samuel Moody. [Ref]

Children of John Cutting:

  1. John Cutting
  2. Mary Cutting married Nicholas Noyes.
  3. Sarah Cutting [Ref] married first James Brown. [Ref][Ref, p. 360] James Brown had married first Judith Unknown. [Ref, p. 360] Sarah married second William Healey. [Ref]
    James Brown was a glazier who moved from Newbury to Salem. [Ref]

Second Generation


Parents: Capt. John Cutting [Ref] and Mary Unknown [Ref, p. 360]

Mary Cutting married Nicholas Noyes. [Ref]


Davis, Walter Goodwin, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, v. I-III, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.

Noyes, Paul M., trans., "Will of John Cutting of Newbury," Essex Probate Docket #6984, from the Salem probate files published in the Essex Antiquarian 8, Jan. 1904, p. 165.

Thornton, J. Wingate, "Orders in Council 1630-1641," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8, 1854, 135-145.

Waters, H. F., "Healey - Browne," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 29, 1875, 184.