John Dunham II1
M, b. before 19 February 1614/15, d. 20 March 1697/98
|Father||John Dunham b. 1589, d. 2 Mar 1668/69|
|Mother||Susan Kenny b. b 12 Dec 1586|
John was born before 19 February 1614/15 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England. John married Mary (?) circa 1641. John departed this life on Thursday, 20 March 1697/98 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
- [S293] Issac Watson Dunham, Dunham Genealogy: English & American Branches of the Dunham Family 1907, Norwich, Connecticut, John was propounded a freeman Sept. 7, 1641, and admitted Mar. 1, 1642 [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:24, 2:33]. On Sept. 16, 1641, John was "graunted twenty acres of upland about the north easterly side of Josias Cookes Haystack Pond, and the odd hobs of meddowing he desireth thereabouts [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:26]. He was appointed surveyor of highways for Plymouth on June 4, 1661 [Plym. Col. Rec., 3:215]. The court ordered the purchase of lands in "Saconeesett" for the accomodation of John and others on June 4, 1661 [Plym. Col. Rec., 3:216-7]. On June 3, 1662 he was
granted lands on the northerly bounds of Taunton as one of the "ancient freemen" of Plymouth Colony [Plym. Col. Rec., 4:19-20]. On June 8, 1664 John and others were given liberty to "looke out land for accomodations, and to make report therof to the Court" [Plym. Col. Rec., 4:67]. About thirty acres of land on the western side of the Namasskett River was granted to him on June 7, 1665 [Plym. Col. Rec., 4:94]. The bounds of his grant of land in Major's Purchase (Middleboro', Mass.) were set on July 7, 1674 [Plym. Col. Rec., 5:150].
John was charged on Aug. 4, 1646 by Samuel Eddy "of giving poyson to the
said Samuell Eddys dogg"; the court required John to "finde
sureties for his good behavior" [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:107]. The case was
sent to arbitrarion on Oct. 27, 1646 [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:110].
John was presented at court on Aug. 1, 1665 "for his abusive carriage
towards his wife in continuall tiranising over her, and in particulare
for his late abusive and uncivill carryage in endeavoring to beate her in
a deboist manor, and for affrighting of her by drawing a sword and
pretending therwith to offer violence to his life, hee, said Dunham, is
sentanced by the Court to bee severly whipt; but through the
importunitie of his wife, the execution of the said centence was respeted
for present untill the Court shall take further notice of his future
walking" [Plym. Col. Rec., 4:103-4]. John was presented on June 7, 1670
"for his abusive speeches and carriages towards Sarah, the wife
of Benjamine Eaton" [Plym Col. Rec., 5:40].
At the court held July 5, 1669, John complained that John Dotey had "mett
him in the high way, and did crewelly beate him, and affeirmeth
that hee goeth in danger of his life because of the said John Dotey, and
hath taken an oath before the said Court for the truth of the
premises, and prayeth a warrant of the peace against him" [Plym. Col. Rec., 5:25]. Dotey was required to provide sureties for his good
On Apr. 26, 1691 the elders of the church called out John Dunham, Sr.,
"whose desires for Reconciliation with the church had 8 weekes
before bin published to them, he did acknowledge his sin for which the
church rejected him" [Plym. Ch. Rec., 1:272]. He was readmitted
to the church on May 2, 1691.
John d. Apr. 6, 1692, aged 77 years [Plym. Ch. Rec., 1:275; "in his 79th year," Plymouth V.R., 135]. He had made his will Feb. 2, 1692,
he "being now sick"; the abstract of this will, from The Genealogical
Advertiser, 3:27, follows:.