Baron John NORTH, Sr
(Abt 1551-1597)
Dorothy DALE
(Abt 1557-Bef 1617)
(Abt 1528-1598)
Elizabeth MOORE
(Abt 1537-1612)
Baron John Dudley NORTH, Sr
(Abt 1582-Abt 1676)
John NORTH, Sr


Family Links

1. Mary Hannah BIRD

2. Sarah

John NORTH, Sr

  • Born: 27 Feb 1612-1615, Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Christened: 27 Feb 1611/12, Harrow On Hill, London, Middlesex, England
  • Married (1): 1640, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Died: Jan 1691/92, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

   Ancestral File Number: 9SW0-V7. User ID: 2316.

   General Notes:

Immigrated "Susan & Ellen" 1635.

Planters of the Commonwealth 1620-1640, Charles Edward Banks, Riverside Press, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1930, p131:
"'Susan and Ellen', Edward Payne, Master. She sailed in May, but the date of her arrival is not of record. No certificates of residence accompanied this list...John North 20 Ipswich...(See Pubic Record Office MSS, and Drake: 'Founders', p23, 25, 29.)"

17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Dames of the XVIICentury 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, 1987, p183:
"John North (1615-1691/92) CT, m. Hannah Bird, Freeman, Proprietor."

Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, C W Manwaring, Vol I,p566-567: "Michael Humphrey, Windsor, Court Record, 14 Apr 1697. Samuel Humphrys...all of them the heirs and Children of Michael Humphrey of Windsor Decd..."

Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, C W Manwaring, Vol III, p169: "Lt. Samuel Humphrey, Simsbury, Died 15 Jun 1736. Invt. L228-08-07. Will dated 22 Jul 1734. I, Samuel Humphrey, of the Town of Simsbury, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament..."

Barber Genealogy, Sect I Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714- 1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Lillian May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p 24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p52: "Tryphene Humphrey, 1st wife of Dr Samuel Barber, was descended from the Emigrant Michael Humphrey, as follows:
"Michael Humphrey, who was b. in Lyne (sic) Regis, England, and was in
Simsbury, Conn, in 1643. He m. Priscilla, only dau. of Matthew and
Priscilla Grant, who were also ancestors of Gen. U.S. Grant. Their
p53: "Lieut. Samuel Humphrey, m. Mary Mills, dau. of Simon and Mary
(Buel) Mills, who was B. Dec 8, 1662; d. Apr r, 1730. Their son,
"Ensign Samuel Humphrey m. Lydia North, dau. of Nathaniel North, and
granddau. of John and Hannah (Buel) North. She was b. Aug8, 1680.
Their daughter,
"Tryphene Humphrey, b. June 27, 1722; m. Dr. Samuel Barber..."

John North of Farmington, Dexter North, Washington DC, 1921, xi 322p 24 cm, 22-22879, CS71.N86 1921: "John North of Farmington Connecticut and his descendants; with a short account of other early North families."
v: "Introduction
"Concerning the antecedents of John North, original proprietor of Farmington, Connecticut, of whose descendants this book is a record, nothing is known previous to his arrival in this country, save that he sailed from London in 1635. This would indicate that he came either from the south of England, the eastern counties, or from London or its vicinity, for there were frequent sailingsto America from the western ports of Plymouth, Hull and Bristol, thus rendering unlikely, if he came from the vicinity of those cities, what was in those days a slow and tedious journey across England, to embark from London.
"The ship in which he came to America was owned and fitted out by Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the original patentees of Connecticut. His son Richard was one of John North's fellow-passengers. The Saltonstalls came from the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is not unlikely that many of the passengers in Sir Richard's ship came from that vicinity, where North families are recorded during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the records of the parish of Rotherham in the West Riding of Yorkshire, is entered the marriage of a John North and Elizabeth Robinson, 6 Dec 1614. We give this date as being of interest because John North of Farmington was born in 1615, and hence might be the former's son. But this is a mere surmise based on the information given above, and on the fact that Richard Saltonstall and John North both settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, after their arrival in this country, and that John North of Farmington married Hannah Bird, whose ancestors are said to have come from Yorkshire where several generations of Birds are recorded in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
"Some future historian may have time to further examine the parish records of Yorkshire, andthereby throw light on what remains an unsolved mystery.
"The tradition persists in certain branches of the family in this country that John North was descended from the ancestors of the distinguished family of Guilford Norths who were prominent and influential in English history, but evidence is lacking to substantiate this connnection...
"The two most distinguished members of the family were Francis, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal under Charles II and James II; and Frederic, Lord North, Prime Minister under George III during the American Revolution. Both of these famous men have been severely criticized and harshly censured. Their lives may be found in the encyclopedias.
"In the English family there is a tradition that the first North entered England with William the Conqueror and married his daughter. Some members of this family have an ancestral tree showing this origin. The first ancestor of the Guilford Norths mentioned in the peerage books is Robert North, who was living in 1470, in the reign of Henry V. His grandson Edward, born in 1496, was the first Baron North of Kirtling, County Cambridge, in 1553-1554. A branch of this family comprises the Norths of County Nottingham...
"London genealogists have failed to tell us anything about John North's parentage or place of birth. Although a common ancestry with the Guilford Norths cannot be proved, such a relationship is not unlikely, in view of the fact that the name North is not common in England. That John North's parents were not poor, as poverty was reckoned in those days, may be assomed from his being `no subsedy man'.
"His fellow-passenger, Richard Saltonstall, was said to be related by marriage to the Norths of Kirtling. Whether there is any significance in this and the fact that they both first settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, owing perhaps to family ties, or whether these were merely coincidences, remains tobe determined...
p1: "First Generation
"1. John North sailed from London at the age of 20 in the `Susan and Ellen' and landed at Boston April 16, 1635. Among his fellow voyagers were many of the founders of the sturdy New England families sointimately connected with the development of the colonies and the United States...The list (see Hotten `Original Lists of Emigrants') of the `Susan and Ellen' was thus made out:
"`In the Susan and Ellen' Edward Payne Mr for New England Theis pties hereinunder expressed have brought Certificate from the Minister and Justices of their Conformitie and that they are no Subsedy Men...John North 20...' [with 54 other passengers listed]...
"Gov John Winthrop in his `History of New England,' under date of April 16, 1635, ways: `A bark of forty tons arrived, set forth with twenty servants, by Sir Richard Saltonstall, to go plant at Connecticut.'
"Perhaps reports of trouble with the Indians in Connecticut deterred the party from proceeding thither, and under the guidance of Richard Saltonstall, son of Sir Richard Saltonstall, some turned their steps towards Ipswich, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1634 [see Pope's `Pioneers of Massachusetts'. On the list of proprietors there in 1637 appear the names of both Richard Saltonstall and `John Northe'. The next year there is entered in the town records the following transaction:
"`Granted to John North in the year 1637, three acres of Land, laying near the Reedy marsh, bounded by a planting lott of William English on the Northwest, and having three acres of the lyke ground formerly granted to Isaac Perkins, on the south east, to enjoy the sayd Land, his heirs and assigns forever. Entered 7th month, 1638 into the Town book folio 15.
"`Memorand, that whereas John North was lately possessed of three acres of planting ground, lying near the Reedy marsh, having a plant lott of William English on the Northwest, and three acres of the lyke planting ground formerly granted to Isaac Perkins now in possession of John Warner on the South east, now the said John North hath for a certain sum of money to him in hand payde sould unto forenamed John Warener all the sayd three acres of Land together with all his interest and claim unto the sayd Land with all the fencing timber and all the other apurtenances to the sayd Lands, and the sayd John Warener, to enjoy the sayd Land, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. Entered by the joynt order, the 13th of December, 1638.'
"On July 7, 1546, John North sold a house and lot on the south side of the river to Robert Kinsman, Perhaps this was preparatory to his removal to Connecticut, for at that time there began a considerable migration westward from the settlements around Boston. One of these was the church party of the Rev. Thomas Hooker, which made its way through the wilderness in 1635-1636 and founded the town of Hartford. Of this colonyFarmington was the first offshoot, and was settled in 1640. This territory now includes the following towns: Southington, which was the first to be detached as a separate township in 1779; nearly the whole of New Britain and Berlin, 1785; Bristol, 1785; Burlington, 1806; Avon, 1830; Plainville, 1869; and parts of Wolcott, Harwinton and Bloomfield, formerly Wintonbury Parish.
"After his sale of land in Ipswich we have no further record of John North until 1652, when his name appears in the Hartford County court records. He had evidently kept in mind the original objective of the `Susan and Ellen's' party to settle in Connecticut. There is no record that he ever lived in Hartford city, as did most of the early settlersof Farmington.
"Under entry of January, 1653, in the Farmington land records (Vol II p 12) are described several pieces of land belonging to John North. One piece of eight acres in the Little Meadow was bought of Nicholas Marson. In thatmonth John North bought of John Steele, original owner, a house and lot of three quarters of an acre, situated on the east side of the north end of the main stree, now occupied by two houses, one recently owned by Sarah Shield, the other by Dorothy Palmer. In the same year he had a daughter baptized there. Trumbull's `Memorial History of Hartford County' gives a map of Farmington showing the location of John North's lot and those of his sons, John and Samuel. These three were among the eighty four men between whom the unoccupied lands of the ancient town were divided in 1672. All those included in this list were known as original proprietors of the town.
"John North and his wife were members of the Farmington Church,which she joined in 1656. He was made freeman of Connecticut, May 21, 1657.
"John North's name appears as witness on the will of Elizabeth, widow of William Smith, dated `Nouvember 15th, 1676.' In the year 1684 he had, according to the original act of division, an estate of L157'.
"There is a mystery surrounding John North's marriage. Did he marry twice?There is no authenic record. He was married before leaving Ipswich, for his first child was born there in 1641. But the vital records of that town contain no births or marriages of any Norths or Birds. Most records state that his wife was Hannah, daughter of Thomas Bird. In the distribution of the latter's estate, August-September, 1662, portions were set to MaryNorthe and to Hannah Scott, again mentioned March 3, 1663, as good wife Northe and Hannah Scott. From this statement is probably drawn the conclusion in the `Goodwin and Morgan Ancestral Lines,' by F F Starr, that Mary Bird was John North's second wife, and that Hannah was probably the first wife of Edmund Scott. Savage does not give the name of Edmund Scott's first wife and says his second wife was Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Upson. John North's oldest daughter was Mary. None bore the name Hannah, but both names occur among his granddaughters.
"No satisfactory explanation being obtainable from this meagre information, it perhaps strengthens the reliability of the various old family records, which state that Hannah Bird was John North's wife.
"It is interesting to conjecture when and where the Norths and the Birds came in contact with each other. From Mr. Starr's book we learn that the first record of Thomas Bird in America was in 1639, when he bought land in that part of Boston later set apart as Braintree, and that by May, 1644, he was in Hartford, and shortly afterward removed to Farmington, where he bought land. But the present compiler believes that the Thomas Bird who was granted in April, 1639, a house and lot in Ipswich, and six acres of planting land in `Reedy marsh,' acccording to Ipswich town records, was this same Thomas Bird, and that he probably went to Braintree later in the same year. His stay in Ipswich therefore probably covers the period when the two families were in contact. But there is always the interesting possibility that the families may have known each other in England, as previously suggested by the fact that early in the seventeenth century there wer families of Norths and Birds in Yorkshire, whence both may have come.
"John North died early in 1691/1692, aged 76 years. Though he is supposed to have been buried in Farmington, his grave cannot be found. His will [see `Early Connecticut Probate Records', Manwaring Vol I p126] was taken Feb 12, 1692 by John Thompson Sr and John Orton. The Hartford Co Court sitting March 3, 1691/1692, ordered distribution as follows:
"`Admns to Thomas North. This Court distributeththe Estate as followeth: To Thomas North L39 s16 p00. To Joseph North L24 s18 p00. To Mary Searles L27 s18 p00. To Sarah Woodrugg & children L31 s08 p00. Ensign Thomas Hart and Mr Thos. Bull to Dist. to legatees.'
"The above sum total ofL154, small according to modern standards, was no insignificant fortune in early days. It appears that Thomas and Joseph were unable to agree over the division of their father's property, as shown by the following:
"`This present writing witnesseth an agreement between Thomas North and Joseph North, both of Farmington, upon some difference yt was between us, the aforesaid Thomas and Joseph North, repsecting the division of our honored Father John North desc'd Estate, as it was distributed at the honored court held at Hartford the first Thursday of this present March. That we may enjoy what by the Holy Providence of God is left us in peace and quietness and love and a blessing therewith, and for our better satisfaction, we do agree as followeth: Thomas relinquisheth his right to a dubbel portion out of his father's estate, and as to the personal property we doe hereby agree that Thomas North shall have themm all except Mary ------ part and portion, and a great kettel of three pounds and ten shillings worth, which we doe agree ye Joseph North shall have that, and also ye treat porridg pot.
"`Signed, sealed and acknowledged at Hartford, May 13, 1692, before mee John Allyn Ass't. [signed] ThomasNorth, Joseph North. Witness: Thomas Bull, Donathan Smith."

National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings, Vol V, Explorers and Settlers, Robert G Ferris, National Park Service, 1968, Washington DC, p203:
C. Sites Eligible for the Registry of National Historic Landmarks
12. Stanley-Whitman House, Connecticut
Location: 37 High Street, Farmington, Hartford County
Ownership: Farmington Village Green and Library Association
Significance: "Built around 1660, apparently by John Stanley, this house is considered to be an almost perfect example of the `added lean-to house' and the New England architectural style...The house is one of the earliest and best preserved of the framed-overhang types, and itsornamental drops are among the finest in the country.
"The interior is characteristic of the early central chimney plan, the parlor and hall being located on the sides of the great central chimney...
"In 1735 the Reverend Samuel Whitman, minister in Farmington from 1706 to 1751, purchased the house from Stanley. In 1935, its owner had the house expertly an authority on early domestic architecture in Connecticut, and then deeded it to the nonprofit assiciationthat no administers it.
Present Appearance: "Preservation and maintenance of the house are of the highest order. The house is furnished in the style of the period, and in a manner characteristic of the region. Many of the furnishings camefrom the Farmington area, in which many other 17th and 18th century houses are located...A museum wing contains especially fine specimens of maps, manuscripts...and other items relating to Farmington history...The garden in the backyard contains more than 24 varieties of herbs and scented geraniums typical of colonial kitchen gardens. The house is open to vistors throughout the year."

Planters Pilgrims and Puritans, Richard Tames, 1987, B T Batsford, London, Chap 7, The Puritans, p47:
"The arrival of English settlers in the Connecticut valley alarmed the Pequots, one of the most powerful of its local tribes, so much that they tried to form an alliance with their old enemies the Narragansetts, against the invaders. Thanks to the advice of Riger Williams, whom they had come to trust absolutely, the Narragansetts joined the English side instead.
"Learning what was planned, the English struck first. In the spring of 1637 they surrounded a Pequot villageof some 400 inhabitants, set fire to it and picked off all those who fled the flames. Only five escaped. Characteristically, the Puritans sought to justify the massacre on religious grounds: `sometimes the Scriptures declareth women and children must perish... Whe had sufficient light from the Word of God for our proceedings.' William Bradford of Plymouth recorded:
"`It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof; but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave praise thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands and given them so speedy a victory over soproud and insulting an enemy.'
"The Narragansetts took another view. According to one English officer, they...`much rejoiced at our victories, and greatly admired the manner of Englishmen's fight, but cried `mach it, mach it'; that is, `It is not to be, it is not to be", because it is too furious and slays too many men.'
"John Winthrop described to William Bradford the English treatment of prisoners: `The prisoners were divided...Of these we send the male children to Bermuda...and the women and maid children are disposed about in the towns. There have been now slain and taken, in all, about 700. The rest are dispersed, and the Indians in all quarters so terrified as all their friends are afraid to receive them...Among the prisoners we have the wife and children of Monomotto (chief of the Pequots)...It was by her mediation that two English maids were spared from death, and were kindly used by her; so that I have taken charge of her. One of her first requests was, that the English would not abuse her body, and that her children might not be taken from her...'
"The Treaty of Hartford, negotiated through Roger Williams, declared the dissolution of the Pequot tribe in 1638..."

The Annals of America, Vol I, 1493-1754, Discovering a New World, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Chicago, 1976, p157, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut:
"The Connecticut settlement at Hartford was established in 1636 by settlers from the New Towne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, congregation of the Reverend Thomas Hooker. This group had been preceded by others which had located at Windsor and Wethersfield. In January 1639, the freemen of these three townships assembled and drew up the so-calledFundamental Orders of Connecticut often hailed as the first written American constitution...It contained a preamble that is essentially a compact, the remainder being a body of laws. Hooker's move was prompted primarily by political considerations. He opposed the dominant figures at Boston, who looked down on democracy- believing it to be `no fit government either for church or commonwealth...'"

"Winthrop Society
"Index of Some Passengers to New England, 1633 - 1635
"...John NORTH 20yo 'Susan & Ellin' 1635 Roll #8..."

1687 to 1695.
Page 126 Name: John North, Sen. Location:
Invt. 224-11-00. Taken 12 February, 1691-2, by John Thompson sen. and John Orton. Legatees or Children: Joseph & Mary Searles & Sarah Woodruff.
Court Record, Page 39--3 March, 1691-2: Adms. to Thomas North. This Court Distribute the Estate as followeth:
s d
To Thomas North, 69-16-00
To Joseph North, 24-18-00
To Mary Searles, 27-18-00
To Sarah Woodruff's Children 31-08-00
(Sarah Woodruff was alive at her Father's Decease.)
Ensign Thomas Heart and Mr. Thomas Bull to Dist. to the Legatees.

ANCESTRY.COM 13 Aug 2000
John, ae. 20, came in the Susan and Ellen in April, 1635. Settled at Ipswich; propr. 1637. Sold land 7 (1) 1642.

Ancestral File Ver 4.10 9SW0-V7 Born 1611, BWPT-71 Born 1615 Mar Ipswitch Died Jan 1692 Farmington, Ver 4.13 Born/Chr 27 Feb 1612 Kirtling Cambridgeshire England >Harrow On Hill London England, PWVW-4N Mar Mary BIRD (AFN:GG4W-RJ), 17CCA Born 1615 Mar Hannah BIRD.

IGI Birth 7302406-41-822653 Father Michael HUMPHRY Mother Priscilla GRANT Born 15 May 1656 Windsor Hartford Connecticut.

IGI Christening P013291-Archive Record Printout-0472557 John NORTH Father Dudley NORTH 27 Feb 1612 Harrow On The Hill London England.

LDS Submission: Mernie A Gallagher Bunce 1161 Santa Fe Ave Martinez California. LDS Heir: Mernie A Gallagher Bunce 5th Great Granddaughter LtSH/MBM. (Lt) Samuel HUMPHREY Born 15 May 1656 Windsor Mar Mary BUELL MILLS Died 15 Jun 1736 Simsbury Hartford Connecticut.

LDS Submission: Rebecca Stout 3448 So West Temple Salt Lake City Utah. LDS Heir: Nathaniel Worden 4th Great Grandson MH/PG. Samuel HUMPHREY Born 15 May 1656 Windsor Mar Mary MILLS Died 15 Jun 1736.

LDS Submission: Vera L Price 640 I St Idaho Falls Idaho. LDS Heir: Levi North 5th Cousin-In-Law SH, 5th Cousin LN. Samuel HUMPHREY [Sr] Mar Mary BUELL MILLS Father Samuel HUMPHREY [Jr].


1. Immigration; Apr 1635, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. "Susan and Ellen", From England.

2. Removed; 7 Jan 1641/42, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

   Marriage Information:

John married Mary Hannah BIRD, daughter of Thomas BIRD and Mary, in 1640 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA. (Mary Hannah BIRD was born about 1617-1629 and died on 1 Mar 1678/79 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.)

   Marriage Information:

John also married Sarah.

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