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SGT. JOHN PLYMPTON (abt 1620 - 1677) of Dedham, Medfield and Deerfield m.
Jane Damon (b. c. 1626)
INDEX to the Plympton files
SGT. JOHN PLYMPTON (abt 1620 - 1677) of Dedham, Medfield and Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
John Plympton was born about 1620. [Ref] He probably died in 1675. He married Jane Damon [Ref] on 13 Mar 1644 in Dedham. [Ref, "Jane Dummin"][Ref] Jane was born about 1626. She married second Nicholas Hide on 16 Mar 1679. [Ref, 3;447-8]
Chase [Ref] presents an interesting, if unabashedly fictionalised, account of John's life. He presents a conjecture about John's English background, suggesting that he was a Puritan who fell out with his staunchly Catholic family.
In 1635 Abigail, the wife of John Eaton and widow of Unknown Dammant came to New England on the Elizabeth and Ann with her children Jane Dammand, age 9, Marie Eaton, age 4 and Thomas Eaton, Age 1. Her husband John Eaton and son John Dammant also came to New England and the family settled in Dedham. [Ref] John Eaton left John Dammant of Reading and John Plympton each five pounds in his will, dated 2 (9) 1658. [Ref] Jane Damat, the daughter of "our sister Eaton" of the church at Watertown was received into the church at Dedham on 4 (10) 1640. [Ref] John Damat joined on 9 (1) 1645. [Ref]
John Plympton had the signature (reproduced in Chase [Ref]) of an educated man. The inventory on his estate included books. [Ref]
In his will of 22 Dec 1640, George Alcock of Roxbury gave his servant John Plimpton his time from midsummer. [Ref]
John was admitted to the church in Dedham on 20 (11) 1642. [Ref] He was admitted freeman on 10 May 1643. [Ref][Ref, 3:447-8, "maybe"] In 1643 he joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillary Co. (then the Incorporated Artillary Co.). [Ref]
John bought two acres of meadow in Fowle from Eleazer Lusher of Dedham for 5 shillings on 20 (9) 1646. [Ref]
A John Plimpton was granted 100 acres in the West Section in Medfield in 1650. [Ref] He was taxed in Medfield in 1652. [Ref] At the end of 1652 John's estate, which included two cows a calf and a pig, amounted to a small £46 and his household included six persons. [Ref] Ten years later his estate was valued at £102 and there were nine people in his family. [Ref] In 1669 his estate amounted to £238. [Ref]
John received 3£ 5s. 2 d. for sweeping the meeting house in 1661 and 1662. [Ref] He held several minor public offices. He was surveyor of the highways in 1661. [Ref] He was one of three men to burn the woods for herd walks in 1666. [Ref] He was constable in 1667. [Ref]
John was one of the inhabitants of Medfield who signed a 19 (8) 1664 letter to the General Court stating their loyalty. [Ref]
At a 4 Dec 1672 December proprietors' meeting at Pocomtuck (Deerfield), it was decided that John should be allowed to buy land there if he would settle there. [Ref] In the spring of 1673 the Plymptons moved to Deerfield. [Ref] He was appointed Sergeant there. [Ref][Ref, 3:447-8]
John's house in Deerfield was a garrison surrounded by palisades. [Ref] During King Philip's War the residents of Deerfield took resident in Hatfield. [Ref] John returned to Deerfield in Sep 1677. [Ref] He was captured by the Indians [Ref, 3:447-8, "two yrs and one day aft. d. of [son] Jonathan" and "carr. towards Canada and k."] and killed. [Ref] Benjamin Waite wrote from Albany to his friends in Hatfield on 23 May 1678, "Three of the captives are murdered: old Goodman Plympton, Samuel Foot's daughter, Samuel Russell." [Ref] "One report says, by burn. at the stake. [Ref, 3;447-8]
Inventory on John's estate was presented by his widow Jane on 24 Sep 1678. The estate amounted to only 29£ 11 s of possessions and some land in Deerfield. [Ref]
Children of John Plympton and Jane Damon:
JOSEPH PLYMPTON (1653 - 1702) of Medfield
Parents: Sgt. John Plympton and Jane Damon
Joseph Plympton was born on 7 (8) 1653 in Medfield. [Ref][Ref][Ref, 3:447-8] He died on 20 Jun 1702 [Ref, 3:447-8] in Medfield. [Ref, h. Mary] He married Mary Morse on 3 Nov 1675 in Medfield. [Ref][Ref] Torrey says that Mary is the daughter of Joseph. [Ref]
Children of Joseph Plympton and Mary Morse:
JEREMIAH PLYMPTON (b. 1683) of Canterbury
Parents: Joseph Plympton, Sr. and Mary Morse
Jeremiah Plympton was born on 8 Nov 1683 [Ref][Ref, 3:447-8] in Medfield. [Ref, s. Joseph and Mary] He married Elizabeth Johnson in 1704. [Ref]
It is possible that Elizabeth is the Elizabeth who was the daughter of Return and Mary Johnson, born 10 Aug 1681 in Medfield. [Ref] Return Johnson died on 15 Mar 1706/7 in Medfield. [Ref, "Doct: of Physick", h. Mary] Mr. Return Johnson married Mary Johnson on 7 Sep 1673 in Andover. [Ref] It is said [Ref, p. 15] that Mary is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Johnson who was born on 11 Feb 1659 in Andover [Ref][Ref, p. 208], but this would make her very young at her marriage. She is not mentioned in the division of her father's estate in 1724. [Ref, p. 208] Thomas Johnson, the son of John and Susanna Johnson, was born in 1631. [Ref, pp. 14-5] He died on 15 Feb 1719 in Andover. [Ref, p. 15] He married Mary Holt on 5 Jul 1657. [Ref, p. 15] Mary, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Holt, was born on 6 Oct 1638. [Ref, p. 15] She died on 15 Nov 1700. [Ref, p. 15] Susanna (Unknown) Johnson died on 12 Sep 1683 in Andover. [Ref, p. 14]
Jeremiah lived in Canterbury for fifteen years. [Ref] He bought land in the south of Canterbury from Jeremiah Fitch in 1706. [Ref, p. 145] He sold 300 acres in Canterbury to David Raynsford on 1 Dec 1713. [Ref, p. 175]
Children of Jeremiah Plympton and Elizabeth Johnson:
SABILLA PLYMPTON (b. 1712)
Parents: Jeremiah Plympton and Elizabeth Johnson [Ref, p. 35]
Sabilla Plympton was born on 20 Aug 1712 [Ref, p. 35][Ref] in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut. [Ref, d. Jeremiah and Elizabeth] She married Moses Johnson on 18 May 1732 in Holliston or Medfield. [Ref][Ref][Ref][Ref, p. 35]
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