Pabodie #5588

John Pabodie (1590-1667)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts about 1635 and

Isabel Harper (1594-1664)

Born in England.  Arrived in Massachusetts about 1635.

Pabodie #5588

Sources are noted below[1].

John Pabodie was born in 1590 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.  He was the son of John and Agnes Pabodie, born in 1564 and 1569, respectively.  Agnes’ maiden name is unknown and there are no details as to what the elder (or the younger) John Pabodie did for a living.  It is also not known if either John Pabodie had any brothers or sisters.  Alternate spellings of the name “Pabodie” are “Paybody” and “Peabody”.  Most records indicate that “Pabodie” was the spelling probably in use at the time.  In most cases, the surname evolved to “Peabody” in later generations.

In about 1628 in England, John Pabodie married Isabel Harper, born 1594 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.  She was the daughter of Thomas Harper.  The name of her mother is unknown.  It is believed she had a brother named Thomas, but if she had any other brothers or sisters, there is no record of their existence.

John Pabodie and Isabel Harper had four children, three boys and a girl, all born in Hertfordshire, England, probably in St. Albans.  They were; Thomas (1612- ), Francis[2] (1614-1698), William Pabodie (1620-1707) and Annis (1620).  Annis shows up in some records as Anne.

The details of the Pabodie family immigration to America are unknown, but it believed they arrived at the Plymouth Colony in 1635.  John Pabodie’s name appears on a list of new freemen of the colony dated 7 Mar 1636, and he was admitted and sworn with others whose names were on that list on 2 Jan 1637.

John Pabodie received a grant of 10 acres of land on 1 Jan 1637, “on Duxburrow side, lying betwixt the lands of William Tubs on the north side and those of Experience Mitchell on the south side, and from the sea in the west; and from Blew Fish River in the easte.”  Another tract, granted on 2 Nov 1640, was 30 acres “with meadow to it” at North River.  These facts strongly suggest John Pabodie made his living as a farmer.

John Pabodie was a member of the jury that convicted three young Englishmen of the murder of an Indian on 4 Sep 1638, and of the “Grand Inquest” at the court on 4 Jun 1639.  He was one of the sureties on a neighbor’s bond on 4 Jun 1645, and later that year he was a witness with Thomas Winterton against Edward Richards when Richards was tried in court at Salem on a charge of making a false statement to them concerning shipboard killings.  Richards was convicted and fined 10 shillings, and he was ordered to acknowledge his sin before the congregation at Lynn.

Also in 1645, John and his son, William Pabodie, were among the original proprietors of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Isabel Harper, John’s wife, died in Bridgewater in 1664.  She was about age 70 at the time.  John Pabodie lived about three more years, probably dying in 1667 at about age 77.  His will was proved 27 Apr 1667 in Boston.

The youngest son of John Pabodie and Isabel Harper is William  Pabodie, born about 1620 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England and died 13 Dec 1707 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.  On 26 Dec 1644, he married Elizabeth Alden, and their lineage continues under the heading of John Alden (1599-1687).



[1] Sources: Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, [Mass.], I, 1911; “Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories,” Mayflower Descendant XVII:1 (January 1915); Justin Winsor, History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1849; Eugene Willard Montgomery, Willard Peabody Genealogy, 1915; Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts, 1900; William Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, II, 1910; C.M. Endicott, Genealogy of the Peabody Family, 1867, revised and corrected by William S. Peabody with a partial record of the Rhode Island Branch by B. Frank Peabody, cited hereafter as Peabody Genealogy, 1867; Selim Hobart Peabody, Peabody (Paybody, Pabody, Pabodie) Genealogy, 1909, cited hereafter as Peabody Genealogy, 1909; Leon Clark Hills, History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters (Cape Cod Series), I, 1975 reprint of 1936 1941 ed.; Dorothy A. Sherman Lainson, John Paybodie (Peabody) English Immigrant to Plymouth Duxbury, 1635, 1972; Goldie Peabody Brownyard and Theodore Lucius Brownyard, Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Elmer Peabody, 1980; Richard Gentry, Gentry Family in America, 1909; Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine XXX:3 (Spring 1967); Family History Library; William R. Marsh, Ancestors and Descendants of F.A. Marsh and Ivy Crites, 1990; Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840.

[2] He married Mary Foster (1639-1705), the daughter of Reginald Foster (1595-1681) and Judith Wignall (1597-1664),  my 9th g-grandparents, dicussed under their own heading.

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