John Staples Jr

John STAPLES Jr (1648 – 1692) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.  He was also Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miller line.

John Staples Jr. was born about 1648 in Weymouth, Mass.  His parents were John STAPLES Sr and Rebecca [__?__]. He married Sarah ATKINS about 1672 in Braintree, Mass.  John died on 30 Aug 1692 in Braintree, Mass.

Susan Atkins was born in 1645 in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine. Her parents were Thomas ATKINS and Elizabeth SCAMMON.  After John died, she married Samuel Gurney in Jul 1717 in Abingdon, Plymouth, Mass and later Richard Williams on 4 Feb 1720 in Abington, Plymouth, Mass.   Susan died 1 Apr 1723 in Abington, Plymouth, Mass.

Samuel Gurney was born 14 Mar 1671 in Mendon, Mass. His parents were John Gurney and Ruth Retchell. Samuel died Jul 1717 in Abingdon, Plymouth, Mass.

Richard Williams was born 1649 in Abington, Plymouth, Mass. Richard died in 1726.

John’s son Benjamin’s 1707 account book was published in 1942.   The index says his mother was Sarah Jewett, not Sarah Atkins.

Children of John and Susan:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Staples c. 1673
Braintree, Mass
Jemima Jewett
6 Jul 1693 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass
5 Nov 1700
Braintree, Mass
2. Thomas STAPLES 19 Apr 1674
Weymouth, Mass
Elizabeth GRIFFIN
21 Apr 1694
Haverhill, Mass.
1735 in Haverhill, Mass
3. Benjamin Staples NOV 1677
Braintree, Mass.
Mary Cox
26 MAY 1699
AFT JAN 1718/19
Abington, Mass.
4. Rebecca Staples ABT 1682
Benjamin Gurney
30 DEC 1701
30 Dec 1701
5. Joseph Staples 1676
Dorothy Sears
8 Feb 1716 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
28 Feb 1753
Wrentham, Mass
6. Samuel Staples 1680
Weymouth, Mass
Elizabeth Pratt
25 Dec 1704 Bridgewater, Mass
Rebecca Tirrell
21 Nov 1726 Abington, Plymouth, Mass
25 Dec 1743
Weymouth, Mass

John was co-executor of his father’s will along with his brother-in-law Increase Sumner.  The will, proved 2 Aug 1683, gave John a salt marsh at Braintree purchased of John Harbour.


1. John Staples

John’s wife Jemima Jewett was born 1675 in Dorchester, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Nehemiah Jewett and Experience Pierce. After John died she married 31 Jul 1701 in Braintree, Norfolk, Mass to Nathan Clark (b. 10 Oct 1678 in Braintree – d. 8 Nov 1718 in Middleboro, Norfolk, Mass.) Jemima died 25 Apr 1716 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass.

John and Jemima’s daughter Jemima Staples, (b 1694) married in  1711 to  Jonathan Clark (who had been Jemima’s step-brother since she was six years old), son of Joseph Clark and Damaris Francis  and had 13 children.

2. Thomas STAPLES  (See his page)

3. Benjamin Staples

Benjamin’s wife Mary Cox was born 1679 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Robert Cox and Martha [__?__]. Mary died 1 Apr 1723 in Braintree, Norfolk, Mass.

Benjamin was a Cordwainer.  A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles. The word is derived from “cordwain”, or “cordovan”, the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made luxury shoes and boots out of the finest leathers, and a cobbler, who repaired them.

Benjamin’s 1707 account book was published in 1942.   The index says his mother was Sarah Jewett, not Sarah Atkins.

4. Rebecca Staples

Rebecca’s husband Benjamin Gurney was born 1676 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. His parents were Richard Gurney and Rebecca Taylor. Benjamin died in 1739 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass.

5. Joseph Staple

Joseph’s wife Dorothy Sears was born 1687 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Silas Sears and Anna Bursell. Dorothy died 28 Feb 1753 in North Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

6. Samuel Staples

Samuel’s first wife Elizabeth Pratt was born 1687 in Scituate, Mass. Her parents were Joshua Pratt and Mary Stockbridge. Elizabeth diede 24 Aug 1726 in Pembroke, Plymouth, Mass

Samuel’s second wife Rebecca Tirrell was born 2 Mar 1692 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were william Tirrell and Abigail Pratt. Rebecca died in 1749 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.


Account book of Benjamin Staples, cordwainer of Braintree, Massachusetts in 1707 Staples, Benjamin, b. ca. 1678 (Main Author) Darling, Elena J. (Editor) [Vineland, New Jersey : Elena J. Darling, 1942]

Benjamin Staples, son of John Jr. and Sarah Jewett Staples of Braintree, Massachusetts, was born ca. 1670-8 and married Mary Cox in 1699.

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