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John Boynton
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1640
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 26, 1665
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

First son and first of seven children of William Boynton and Elizabeth Jackson, who arrived with Reverend Ezekiel Rogers on the ship 'John' of London in 1638 and helped to establish the town of Rowley, Massachusetts. All children were born in Rowley. From same sources, it is also a researched presumption that John's brother, Zachary, is buried here in an unmarked grave.

BIRTH: According to Rowley Vital Records - Births - P 29, John was born 'ye 10th month, ye 19th day.'

BURIAL: Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 3, page 295, citing Rowley Burials 1665 as 'John son of William Boynton, Mar. 26.'

BURIAL: Essex Institute historical collections (1859-c1993) Vol. 5 P 164 - Author: Essex Institute; Peabody Essex Museum Publisher: Salem, Mass. : Essex Institute Press 'A COPY OF THE FIRST BOOK OF BURIALLS OF THE TOWN OF ROWLEY, WITH NOTES' states: 'March ye 26 John Boynton the son of William Boynton was burried ye same day.'

In Colonial 'old style,' the 10th month of the year was December, rather than October. We are presuming (perhaps incorrectly) Old Style as his birth date indicator.


Rowley Burial Ground was the only 17th century Rowley Cemetery, therefore although no grave has been found, it is a fair assumption that this is his place of burial. Grave markers were often made of wood prior to the 18th century, so any marker would have long since disappeared.

As there are no other burials found for 1665 that are on a 'same' day, we conclude he was buried the day he died. As cause of death is unknown, it could be due, for example, to communicable disease or common practice at the time that he would be interred on the day of death, and we are therefore citing his death date the same day as his burial date.

Addition of this record based on discussion with relative , FindAGrave member and fellow researcher Bill Boyington.

SEE BROTHER ZACHARIAH - Find A Grave Memorial# 111078452

Family links: 
  William Boynton (1605 - 1686)
  Elizabeth Jackson Boynton (1618 - 1687)
  Eleanor Pell Warner (1622 - 1689)*
  Hannah Boynton Warner (1654 - 1694)*
  John Boynton (1640 - 1665)
  Zachariah Boynton (1644 - 1660)*
  Joshua Boynton (1646 - 1736)*
  Sarah Boynton (1652 - 1654)*
*Calculated relationship
Rowley Burial Ground
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Victoria Camp
Record added: May 23, 2013
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John Boynton
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