John SAFFORD Sr. (1633 – 1708) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.
John Safford Sr. was born about 1633, (his age was given in 1661 as about thirty). Stories conflict about whether he was born in England or Ipswich, Mass., but he was most likely brought as a boy to Ipswich by his parents. His parents were Thomas SAFFORD and Elizabeth SUTTON. He married Sarah LOW in 1661 in Ipswich, Mass. John died 16 Jun 1708 in Ipswich, Mass. Alternatively, John died 29 Aug 1701 in Ipswich,
Sarah Low was born about 1637 in Boxford, Suffolk, England. Her parents were Thomas LOW and Margaret TODD. Sarah died after 1708 in Ipswich, Mass.
There is confusion about whether Sarah Lowe was married to Joseph Safford or John Safford. All Low family genealogy research says she was married to Joseph, but Safford research says Joseph was married to Mary Baker.
Children of John and Sarah:
|1.||John SAFFORD Jr.||1662 at Ipswich, Essex County, Mass||Hannah NEWMAN
15 Sep 1685
Not married to Abigail Martin
28 Jun 1702
|29 Mar 1736 at Preston, CT|
|2.||Sarah Safford||14 Jul 1664
|21 Jul 1712
|3.||Margaret Safford||28 Feb 1665/66
|4.||Rebecca Safford||30 Aug 1667
13 Jan 1689/90
|28 Jun 1755
|5.||Mercy (Mary) Safford||26 Feb 1669
|6.||Elizabeth Safford||27 Feb 1670/71||Alexander Lovell
20 Jul 1697
|30 Apr 1754|
|7.||Thomas Safford||16 Oct 1672
|Mrs. Eleanor Cheney Shatswell
7 Oct 1698
29 Jun 1725
|30 Apr 1754
|8.||Joseph Safford||12 Mar 1674/75||Mary Chase||12 Aug 1739
|9.||Mehitable Safford||c. 1683||John Hovey
25 May 1702
Lt. Jacob Perley
It is noteworthy that this 1909 genealogy doesn’t include John Jr. Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine. By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs. Published by Lewis historical publishing company, 1909. Item notes: v. 3. Original from Harvard University
He and his wife Sarah had children: 1. Sarah, born July 14, 1664, died July 21, 1712. 2. Margaret, February 28, 1666. 3. Rebecca, August 30, 1667. 4. Mary, February 26, 1669. 5. Elizabeth, February 27, 1671. 6. Thomas, see forward. 7. Joseph, March 12, 1675.
John Safford settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was a blacksmith by trade and was interested in a small iron-works in Topsfield and Rowley village, being one of the the owners of the later in 1675. He had a share of Plum Island. He gave land to his son Thomas for the maintenance of his wife and daughter by deed dated 5 Sep 1698.
John evidently lived on the farm of his father and was engaged in its cultivation probably in partnership with his brother Joseph, and before his death made provision similar to that made by his father, by which his wife, Sarah, and daughter were placed beyond danger of want in any contingency, by an annuity to be paid out of the product of the farm, and his wife joined him in the conveyance of the sixty-acre farm on such condition, the deed being signed by them September 5, 1665.
19 Jan 1661 – John bught a house and three acres in Ipswich on the north side of the river near the mill and bounded all about by highways from Anthony Potter.
1672 – In the September term of court, he sued Ensign John Gould for debt and lost the case, but in the November term his suit against Henry Leonard of the Topsfield iron-works for ten hundred-weight of bar iron was successful.
1675 – He saw service against the Indians in the Narragansett expedition during King Philip’s War
1676 – He served on a jury of inquest
1678 – Had common rights in Ipswich
1680 – Was a grand juror in the March term of the Essex County Court
5 Sep 1698 – John and Sarah Safford deed to their son Thomas their dwelling-house, barn, shop, orchard and garden, standing on four acres of land in return for his care for the remainder of their lives. Thomas was to allow his sister Sarah a room in the house so long as she remained unmarried.
John Safford died before 16 Jun 1708 when the widow Sarah, her son Thomas and Eleanor, his wife conveyed part of the homestead to Michael Farley.
Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 3 By Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs p. 1286-1287 Interesting that John Safford Jr. is not included in list of children.
(II) John, second son of Thomas and Elizabeth Safford, was born in Ipswich in 1633. He evidently lived on the farm of his father and was engaged in its cultivation probably in partnership with his brother Joseph, and before his death made provision similar to that made by his father, by which his wife, Sarah, and daughter were placed beyond danger of want in any contingency, by an annuity to be paid out of the product of the farm, and his wife joined him in the conveyance of the sixty-acre farm on such condition, the deed being signed by them September 5, 1665. He and his wife Sarah had children: 1. Sarah, born July 14, 1664, died July 21, 1712. 2. Margaret, February 28, 1666. 3. Rebecca, August 30, 1667. 4. Mary, February 26, 1669. 5. Elizabeth, February 27, 1671. 6. Thomas, see forward. 7. Joseph, March 12, 1675.
1. John SAFFORD Jr. (See his page)
2. Sarah Safford
Sarah’s husband Joseph Pulsifer was born 1660 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.
4. Rebecca Safford
Rebecca’s husband Nathan Wheeler was born 27 Dec 1659 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were David Wheeler and Sarah Wise. Nathaniel died 26 Jul 1741 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.
5. Mercy (Mary) Safford
6. Elizabeth Safford
Elizabeth’s husband Alexander Lovell was born 29 May 1666 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Thomas Lovell and Anne [__?__]. Alexander died 9 Feb 1762 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
7. Thomas Safford
Thomas’ first wife Mrs. Eleanor Cheney was born 29 Mar 1679 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Daniel Cheney and Sarah Bailey. Her grandparents were John CHENEY and Martha PARRATT. She first married 17 Dec 1696 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. to Richard Shotswell b. 1662 in Ipswich; d. 16 May 1698 in Ipswich. Eleanor died 22 Dec 1724 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
Thomas’ second wife Sarah Scott was born 10 Sep 1677 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Benjamin Scott and Susannah Scales. Sarah died May 1762 in Salem, Mass.
Thomas lived on the farm cultivated by his ancestors and added to it by the purchase of six or more parcels of land. He married (first) 7 Oct 1698, Elinor Cheney Shatswell, a young widow, who died 22 Dec, 1724. Thomas Safford married (second) June 29, 1725, Sarah Scott, of Rowley, Massachusetts, who bore him no children.
Sometime before his death, he had turned over the management of his farm and estate to his son Daniel.
Children of Thomas and Eleanor: (See Walter Goodwin Davis’ report below for details about ii. Thomas, iii. Joseph, iv. Daniel, v. John, vii. Nathan, viii. James, and ix Stephen.
i. Sarah, born 29 Mar 1701, died 10 Jul 1702.
ii. Thomas b. 28 Apr 1703
iii. Joseph, b. Mar 1704/05.
iv. Daniel, 1706.
vi. Nathan, 16 Mar 1712.
vii. James, 24 Jun1714.
viii. Stephen, 10 Mar 1716/17.
ix. Titus, baptized 24 Feb 1722/23, died 11 Apr 1729.
8. Joseph Safford
Joseph’s wife Mary Chase (Chalts?) was born 1677 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
9. Mehitable Safford
Mehitable’s first husband John Hovey was born 13 Aug 1675 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Daniel Hovey and Esther Treadwell. John died 17 Aug 1720 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
Mehitable’s second husband Ebenezer Browne was born 1679 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass,
Mehitable’s third husband Lt. Jacob Perley was born 1670 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. His parents were Thomas Perley and [__?__]. He first married 3 Dec 1696 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. to Lydia Peabody b. 9 Mar 1673 in Boxford, Essex, Mass.; d. 1707 in Boxford. Jacob died Apr 1751 in Bradford, Essex, Mass.
Mehitable’s brother, Thomas Safford, deeded Hovey one-quarter of an acre of his house lot in Ipswich in 1708.