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WILLIAM LOVEJOY of Caversham
That John Lovejoy's father was named William seems likely. However, when Henderson [Ref] examined the parish registers of Caversham and Sonning it was clear that there were at least two Williams having their children baptised between 1613 and 1620 and it is not clear which belong to which family. Henderson [Ref] also located two relevant marriage records. A William Lovejoy married Anne White on 24 Feb 1611/2 at Caversham and a "Willim Louejoy" married "Margret Suat" at nearby St. Giles, Reading, Berkshire on 28 Aug 1620. He was unable to locate any relevant wills or other records that would link William to the Lovejoy families found in the vicinity of Caversham and Sonning since at least the middle of the 16th century.
Children of William Lovejoy:
GRACE LOVEJOY (bp. 1620 - 1690) of Andover
Parents: William Lovejoy
Grace Lovejoy was baptised on 9 Apr 1620 in Sonning. [Ref] Grace, the wife of William Ballard, died on 27 Apr 1694 in Andover. [Ref] It is reasonably likely that she married William Ballard.
Grace came to New England on the Confidence in 1638 with her brother John. [Ref] [See his entry.]
Henderson [Ref] presents strong circumstantial evidence that Grace, the wife of William Ballard, was Grace Lovejoy. He argues that there were few wives named Grace in towns in Essex county or in nearby towns in Middlesex county who might have married William and that, of these, only Grace Ballard had associations with the Lovejoy family. He says that in an ancient list of settlers of Andover, in the order that they came to town, John Lovejoy's name follows immediately after William Ballard's name. In a 1658 petition their names are again listed sequentially and they testified in the same case on two different occassions. They also owned adjacent property.
JOHN LOVEJOY (c. 1622 - 1690) of Andover
Parents: William Lovejoy
John Lovejoy was born about 1622 according to various depositions. [Ref, about 30 on 30 Sep 1662 (2;438), about 47 on 28 Jun 1669 (4;150), about 49 on 25 Mar 1671 (4;338) and on 12 Apr 1671 (4;371), 59 on 29 Mar 1681 (8;83)] He was baptised on 14 Jul 1622 in Caversham. He died on 7 Nov 1690 in Andover. [Ref] He married first Mary Osgood on 1 Jan 1651 in Ipswich. [Ref][Ref, p. 54] She died on 15 Jul 1675 [Ref] in Andover. [Ref] John married second the widow Hannah Pritchard on 12 Feb 1676/. [Ref][Ref] Hannah died of throat cancer on 1 Aug 1705. [Ref] She was the widow of William Pritchard, who was killed on 2 Aug 1675 in King Philip's War. [Ref]
Henderson's [Ref] search of the parish registers around Caversham found only one child named John Lovejoy baptised between 1609 and 1627: John Lovejoy, son of William, who was baptised on 14 July 1622 in Caversham. A William Lovejoy had a daughter Grace, who was baptised on 9 Apr 1620 in the neighbouring parish of Sonning. [Ref]
John arrived on the Confidence in 1638 as a 16-year-old servant of John Stephens, a husbandman of Caversham, Oxfordshire. He was accompanied by Grace Lovejoy. Their last name is spelled "Lowgie". [Ref][Ref]
John signed a petition presented at the 30 Nov 1658 court for the confirmation of John Osgood as sergeant and chief commander for Andover. [Ref, 2;123]
John was on the grand jury on 30 Sep 1662. [Ref, 2;433]
John was probably illiterate: on 1 Apr 1665 he witnessed a deposition by signing with his mark. [Ref, 5;20]
John took the freeman's oath on 29 Sep 1674. [Ref, 5;385] He was a soldier in King Philip's war. He served in Capt. Joseph Gardiner's first company of the Salem militia in the expedition against the Narragansetts on 10 Dec 16175 and with Capt. Samuel Brockelbank at Sudbury on 24 Jun 1676. [Ref, p. 53]
John Lovejoy of Andover signed his will with his mark on 1 Sep 1690. He mentions Hannah, his wife of 13 years, and made elaborate provisions for her. He also mentions his youngest son Ebenezer Lovejoy; his eldest living son William Lovejoy; his sons Christopher, Nathaniel, Joseph and Benjamin (deceased) Lovejoy; his daughers Sarah Johnson, Abigail Lovejoy, Deborah Lovejoy and Ann Blanchard; his brother Thomas Osgood. His will was proved on 31 Mar 1691/2. [Ref, pp. 46-48]
Children of John Lovejoy and Mary Osgood:
NATHANIEL LOVEJOY (1667-1752) of Andover
Parents: John Lovejoy and Mary Osgood [Ref][Ref, 3;467: "John and Mary"]
Nathaniel Lovejoy was born on 29 May 1667 in Andover. [Ref, p. 56] [Ref, 3;467] He died on 7 Mar 1752 in Andover [Ref, p. 54] , age 85. [Ref] He married first Dorothy Hoyt [Ref] on 21 Mar 1693/4 in Andover. [Ref] Dorothy, the daughter of Sgt. John and Mary (Barnes) Hoyt, was born on 29 Jan 1674. [Ref] She died on 17 May 1714 in Andover [Ref], age about 40. [Ref] Nathaniel married second Elizabeth Wilson, who was perhaps a widow, on 16 Aug 1716 in Andover. [Ref]
Nathaniel was a cordwainer.
Children of Nathaniel Lovejoy and Dorothy Hoyt:
DORCAS LOVEJOY (1687-1759)
Parents: Nathaniel Lovejoy and Dorothy Hoyt [Ref]
Dorcas Lovejoy was born on 5 May 1701 in Andover. [Ref, month missing][Ref] She married John Shackford on 22 Oct 1727 in Portsmouth. [Ref][Ref says 25 Oct]
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