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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Eddy

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth:  John Eddy was baptized in March 1597 at Cranbrook, Kent.

    Death: He died on October 12, 1684, in Watertown.

    Ship: Handmaid, 1630

    Life in England: John Eddy was the son of Reverend William and Mary (Fosten) Eddy. Immediately before emigrating, he had lived in Boxted, Essex.

    Life in New England: John Eddy came to Plymouth aboard the Handmaid in 1630. By February, 1631/2, he had left Plymouth and removed to Watertown, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He joined the Watertown congregation by March 1632/3 and served as a selectman several years. He suffered bouts of mental illness but otherwise lived “very orderly” according to John Winthrop. His estate included large land holdings which were distributed among his children in his will. He was the brother of three other early colonists: Samuel Eddy of Plymouth, Abigail (Eddy) Benjamin of Cambridge and Anna (Eddy) Wines of Watertown.

    Family: John Eddy married (1) Amy Doggett by about 1622and had ten children. He married (2) Joanna (_____) Meade after May 12, 1666. She died in Watertown on August 25, 1683.

    Children of John and Amy Eddy:

    • John was baptized in Nayland, Suffolk on June 9, 1622, and buried there February 8, 1622/3.
    • John was baptized in Nayland on March 29, 1624, and died soon thereafter.
    • Mary was baptized in Nayland on March 10, 1625/6. She married Thomas Orton by 1648 and had at least three children. He died on May 19, 1687. She died on September 13, 1693.
    • Sarah was born about 1628. She married John Marion by 1651 and had eleven children. He died on January 27, 1705. She died in Boston on February 3, 1709/10.
    • Pilgrim was born in Watertown on August 25, 1634. She married (1) William Baker in Boston on April 22, 1656, and had one child. She married (2) Isaac Stedman by January 11, 1677, She married (3) Sylvester Eveleth after February 5, 1682. He died on January 4, 1688/9.
    • John was born in Watertown on February 16, 1636. He was still living on August 6, 1702, apparently unmarried.
    • Benjamin was buried in Watertown in 1639.
    • Samuel was born in Watertown on September 30, 1640. He married Sarah Meade in Dorchester on November 31 [sic], 1664, and had eight children. He died on November 22, 1711.
    • Abigail was born in Watertown on October 11, 1643.There is no further record.
    • Ruth was born about 1645. She married Ezekiel Gardner by 1671 and had at least one son. He died before February 9, 1703.
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