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Capt John Gorham
Birth: 1620
Northamptonshire, England
Death: Feb. 5, 1676
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA

The son of RALPH & MARGARET (STEPHENSON) GORHAM, he married DESIRE HOWLAND on November 6, 1644 in Plymouth, Mass.

John received a land grant in Plymouth on December 18, 1635, and had a partnership with John Rogers at Duxbury in 1638/9. He was a freeman of Duxbury on June 4, 1650. The same year, he built a bridge over the South River.

His age was stated to be 53 years when he was deposed on January 4, 1674/5. In October of 1675, he was captain of a company of militia who fought against the Indians and was wounded during the Great Swamp Fight in Rhode Island dying from fever caused by the wound. His family received a grant of land in Barnstable for his service. In 1760, the town was incorporated under the name Gorham in honor of Capt. John.

He died intestate. Administration granted to the widow and sons, James and John Gorham in 1675/6. The rights of the minor children were ordered to be guarded. Division of the estate was made to the widow, Desire, and children: James, John, Jabez, Mercye, Lydia, Hannah, and Shubal. Fifty pounds was set aside for the education of Shubel and the bond was signed March 9, 1676.


Also had a daughter:
Hannah Gorham Whillden or Whilldin
Born: 11/28/1663
Died: 1728
Hannah and her husband, Joseph Whillden or Whilldin, settled in Cape May, New Jersey.
Family links: 
  Ralph Gorham (1575 - 1642)
  Desire Howland Gorham (1623 - 1683)
  Desire Gorham Hawes (1644 - 1700)*
  Temperance Howland Gorham Baxter (1646 - 1715)*
  Elizabeth Gorham Hallett (1648 - 1683)*
  James Gorham (1650 - 1707)*
  John Gorham (1651 - 1715)*
  Joseph Gorham (1654 - 1726)*
  Jabez Gorham (1656 - 1726)*
  Mercy Gorham Denison (1658 - 1725)*
  Lydia Gorham Thacher (1661 - 1744)*
  Shubael Gorham (1667 - 1750)*
*Calculated relationship
Cobb's Hill Cemetery (East and West)
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Jun 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38570795
Capt John Gorham
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To think I am connected to one who was afounder of our nation and who gave his life for its freedom makes me very proud. Honor to my eighth grandfather!
- Hugh W. Evans
 Added: Jul. 5, 2015

- Deborah Barber
 Added: Jun. 28, 2015
Our 10th. Great Grandfather who we should never forget, May you RIP.
- Terry Lee Heaps
 Added: Jun. 23, 2015
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