John Warner

John WARNER (1642 – 1712 ) may not have been Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.

John Warner was born in 1642 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Daniel WARNER and Elizabeth DENNE.   He married Hannah BATCHELLER on April 20, 1665 in Ipswich.  He became a widower when Hannah died in 1688. His second wife was Mrs. Mary Prince the widow of Jonathan Prince. John died 10 Apr 1712 in Ipswich.

Hannah Batcheller was born in June, 1644 in Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Joseph BATCHELLER and Elizabeth DICKENSON.  Hannah died on March 10, 1687/88 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachsetts.

Mary [__?__] was born about 1659.   She first married May 1682 in Salem, Essex, Mass to Jonathan Prince (b. 15 Jan 1657 in Salem – d. Nov 1685 in Ipswich)

It appears there were two first cousins,  both named Ruth, born a couple years apart  who both immigrated from Massachusetts to New Brunswick;  William FISKE and Marah [__?__]‘s daughter Ruth and Joseph FISKE  and Susannah WARNER‘s daughter, Ruth.  Many genealogies mix these two women up, but it’s not possible that the same woman was mother to both Richard ESTEY‘s children and David Kilborne’s children because they were born at the same time.  It”s more likely that William Fiske’s daughter was our ancestor, but I’m including posts for both families.

Children of  John and Hannah

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Warner 30 Jun 1666
Ipswich, Mass
John Gott
Wenham, Mass
2. John Warner 1669
24 Jul 1697
3. Daniel Warner 16 Apr 1672
4. Hannah Warner 14 May 1674 4 Jul 1696
5. Susannah WARNER 3 Mar 1676
Ipswich, Mass
Joseph FISKE
Wenham, Mass
July 1742
Ipswich, Mass
6. William Warner 2 Mar 1679
30 Aug 1684

Children of John and Mary Prince.

Name Born Married Departed
7. Nathaniel Warner 6 Jul 1693 Mary Tuttle
28 Apr 1716 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass
2 Aug 1763
Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
8. Mary Warner 18 Aug 1695 William Adams
bann pub 31 Dec 1715
9. Abigail Warner 8 Apr 1697  6 Apr 1698

1683 – John Warner was one of the administrators of Henry Batcheller’s estate.  Henry was Hannah’s uncle.

1692 – John Warner, his brother John and sister-in-law Sarah write a petition in support of their neighbor Elizabeth Howe accused of witchcraft

The Perely family of Ipswich, Massachusetts, was among the chief accusers of Elizabeth Howe. They had a ten year old daughter they claimed was being afflicted by Howe. This was due, they claimed, to the fact that they had thwarted Elizabeth Howe’s chance of becoming a member of the Ipswich Church.  The child complained of being pricked by pins and sometimes fell into fits.  In their testimony against Howe, on June 1, 1692, the Perelys quoted their daughter as saying, “I could never afflict a dog as Good Howe afflicts me.” At first the parents did not believe their daughter’s accusations. They took the child to several doctors who told them she was “under an evil hand”.  Her condition continued for two or three years, until “she pined away to skin and bones and ended her sorrowful life”.

Elizabeth Howe was accused of afflicting several other girls within Salem Village. The identities of the girls Elizabeth Howe was accused of afflicting are recorded in the transcript of her examination:

  1. Mercy Lewis was nineteen years old during the Salem trials. When her entire family was killed in an Indian attack she was sent to be a servant in the house of Thomas Putnam. Mercy Lewis acted as key player in the accusation of Elizabeth Howe, as well as many other individuals in Salem Village. Mercy Lewis was a major contributor of spectral evidence in the examination of Elizabeth Howe.
  2. Mary Walcott played a significant role in the Salem trials, being one of the original girls to become “afflicted”. Her name not only appeared on the arrest warrant served to Elizabeth Howe but also appeared in one of two indictments.
  3. Mary Walcott’s cousin Ann Putnam, Jr.  was one of the “afflicted” girls. She was one of the most aggressive accusers, her name appearing over 400 times in court documents. Ann was twelve years old at the start of the trials. She accused nineteen people and saw eleven of them hanged.  In 1706 Putnam retracted her actions; she was the only afflicted girl to do so.

31 May 1692 – When Elizabeth Howe was brought in for examination Mercy Lewis and Mary Walcott, two of her main accusers, fell into a fit. She was accused by Mary of pinching and choking her in the month of May. Ann Putnam added her accusations to these by saying she had been hurt three times by Howe. When asked how she pled to the charges made against her, Elizabeth Howe boldly responded, “If it was the last moment I was to live, God knows I am innocent of any thing of this nature”.

3 Jun 1692 – Having witnessed a conversation between Samuel Perley’s little girl and Elizabeth Howe. Reverend Phillips of Rowley testified in her defense.

In her defense, Elizabeth Howe’s father-in-law testified to her good nature. He said that she, “[set] a side humain infurmitys as [become] a Christion with Respact to [himself] as a father very dutifully & a wifife to [his] son very carfull loveing obedient and kind Considering his want of eye sight.” He concluded his witness by saying, “now desiering god may guide your honours to se a difference between predigous and Consentes I rest yours to Sarve”

25 Jun 1692 –  Support from the Warners

John, his brother Daniel and Daniel's wife Sarah wrote this deposition in support of Sarah Howes.

19 Jul 1692 – Elizabeth Howe was hanged along with Rebecca Nurse (her sister-in-law), Sarah Good, Sarah Wildes and Susannah Martin.

5 Oct 1693 – John purchased from G. Haldey for 220 pounds, a dwelling house, barn and 80 acres. The farm was bounded on the northeast by S. Chapman and the road, on the southeast by Skillion, on the southwest by Perkins and Harris meadow, and on the west and northwest by Joseph Metcalf.

12 May, 1698 – John conveyed this farm to his son-in-law, Joseph FISKE.

John’s will was dated February 7, 1711 and gave his son, Nathan, the house and 60 acres when he was 21 years old. His wife Mary was to enjoy the parlor and the chamber over the parlor. It also mentioned his daughters Elizabeth Gott, Susannah FISKE, and Mary who was 15 years old. It also mentioned his step-sons Nathan and Jonathan Prince. He appears to be living on the Pine Swamp farm in 1688; but it is doubtful whether he lived there till his death.


1. Elizabeth Warner

Elizabeth’s husband John Gott was born 17 Sep 1672 in Wenham, Essex, Mass. His parents were Daniel Gott and Elizabeth Morris. John died 5 Jun 1761 in Hebron, CT.

5. Susannah WARNER (See Joseph FISKE ‘s  page)

7. Nathaniel Warner

Nathaniel’s wife Mary Tuttle was born 7 Jul 1696 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Tuttle and Martha Ward.  Mary died 5 Aug 1776 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

According to the terms of his father’s will he was to receive the house and 60 acres of land when he turned 21.

8. Mary Warner

Mary’s husband William Adams was born 26 Nov 1696 in Ipswich, Mass.  His parents were  Nathaniel Adams and [__?__].

William was a farmer in Ipswich until 1771, when he removed to Moultonboro. His will, dated July 3, 1775, was proved, Strafford Co., Sep 21, 1775. He names sons William, Nathaniel and John, and daughters, Mary Whipple, Abigail Bolles, and Sarah Low.


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