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Capt John Gorham

  • Birth 28 Jan 1620 Benefield, East Northamptonshire Borough, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death 5 Feb 1676 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 38570795

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.

From "The History of Gorham, Maine" first published and written by McLellan in the late 1800s.
The town of Gorham, Maine was named in his honor and first settled by some of his ancestors as well as those descendants of several other soldiers who had fought in King Philip's War. This land area in southern Maine was originally called, "Narragansett #19" referring to those soldiers who had fought in the Narragansett area in Rhode Island and was given to these families as a bounty for the sacrifice of their soldier/ancestors.

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.

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  • Created by: Nareen, et al
  • Added: 20 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38570795
  • Jim and Mary
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Gorham (28 Jan 1620–5 Feb 1676), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38570795, citing Cobb's Hill Cemetery (East and West), Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Nareen, et al (contributor 46613568) .