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John Tower

Male about 1609 - 1702  (~ 93 years)


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  • Name John Tower 
    Born about 1609  Hingham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 17 May 1609  Hingham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 13 February 1701/2  Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From Lincoln’s History of the Town of Hingham:
      “John, son of Robert and Dorothy (Damon) Tower, and baptized in Hingham, England, May 17, 1609, became a resident of our Hingham, 1637. He was made freeman 13 March, 1738-9. In his deposition concerning the highway near the residences of John foulsham and Matthew hawke, 9 Jan. 1676-7, and recorded in the selectmen’s first book of records, his age is given at ‘about 69 years.’ The year of his birth, therefore, was not far from 1608, which coincides very nearly with the date of his baptism. Upon his arrival in Hingham, he had a grant of three acres of land for a house-lot on Bachelor (Main) St., nearly opposite what is now Water St. He also had other lands granted to him at subsequent dates. In 1654, his name appears among others from Hingham upon the records of Lancaster, Mass. It is doubtful, however, whether he ever resided there. His home place, which has been held in the family name throught successive generations, and is still [in 1893] recognized as ‘the old Tower estate,’ was on Main St., next south of the garrison house, near Tower’s Bridge, South Hingham. Sept. 6, 1657, he purchased of William cockraine, Jr., Att’y, land at Great Lots; also at Cooper’s Island, in the second precinct [now Cohasset]. Apr. 18, 1661, he bought of Edward Wilder, ‘planter,’ dwelling-house, orchard, etc., with five acres of land which was given by the town of Hingham to Martha Wilder, the mother of Edward; also a lot of three acres, and another lot of four acres which the said Edward had previously purchased of Samuel Ward. Also three acres of salt-marsh lying in the Conahasset marshes, next adjoining Henry Chamberlin’s. Deed recorded 13 May, 1673. In 1645 he was one of the seven men ‘chosen out of the body of the town, as well non-freeman as freeman’, to order the prudential affairs of the town. ‘Farmer;’ or, as he is called in conveyances ‘planter.’ Fence-viewer 1669, etc.” [1]
    Person ID I10177  Schirado
    Last Modified 15 January 2003 

    Father Robert Tower,   d. 1634, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Dorothy Damon,   d. November 1629, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 31 August 1607  Hingham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F11077  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Margaret Ibrook,   b. about 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1700, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 13 February 1638/9  Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Tower,   b. about 1639, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 August 1698, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     2. Jonathan Tower,   b. about 1641, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Ibrook Tower,   b. about 1643, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 November 1731, Cohasset, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years)
    +4. Jeremiah Tower,   b. about 1645, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Elizabeth Tower,   b. about 1648, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Sarah Tower,   b. about 1650, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Hannah Tower,   b. about 1652, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Benjamin Tower,   b. about 1654, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 March 1721/2, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     9. Jemima Tower,   b. 26 April 1660, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Samuel Tower,   b. ca 1661/2, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 March 1723/4, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
    Family ID F7260  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] George Lincoln, et al., (published by the Town of Hingham, 1893).

    2. [S167] Charlemagne Tower, (Cambridge University Press, 1891).


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