John Jr. was the son of John Haseltine & Joan Anter/Auter. He was born sometime after his oldest brother Samuell, and before Nathaniel, likely between 1649-1656 in the wilderness of what would become Bradford, MA. John Jr married “Mrs Mary Nelson of Rowley at Ipswich” on July 17, 1682 (Haverhill VR). Mary was born Mar 26, 1662 in Rowley, Ma daughter of Captain Philip Nelson & Sarah [Jewett] (Rowley VR). At first it concerned me the marriage record says “Mrs. Mary Nelson” however, it now seems more likely they did not mean “Mrs” in the same context we know it, or “Mif” [Mis] was mistaken for “Mrf” when it was transcribed, as the will of her father recorded in Essex County 1691 definitely mentions Mary Haseltine as his daughter. As well Philip Nelson includes Mary Haseltine, wife of John, in deed 31-109 for land in Newbury & Bradford in 1684 [Indexed as 1716] Essex County.
“John Jr.”; “Corp. John Jr. ”, “Sergeant John” & “Deacon John” were all the same man. We know this simply because John Sr died at the end of 1690 well into his 70’s, and there were no other adult men named John Haseltine in any form of the last name in the area at that time. John was Selectman 1687, 1695 & 1697 per The City Charter as Amended by Subsequent Legislation and the Ordinances of ...By Haverhill (Mass.) 1880 [It’s on Google].
During 1690 Sergeant John was put in command of the Garrison on Pecker’s or sometimes called Marsh’s Hill. The History of Haverhill pg 155 states: “This house stood on the north side of the road, about half way up Pecker’s Hill, and a few rods northwesterly from that formerly occupied by Samuel Pecker”. To clarify further, although nothing remains of the building today, it seems this property was on Broadway [now Rt 97] and at the time it was called The Onesiphorus March/Marsh Garrison as he owned it. 7 men were under John’s command including Onesiphorus Marsh Senior, Onesiphorus Marsh Junior, John’s younger brother Nathaniel, Eben Webster, Joseph Holt, Thomas Ayer & Joseph Bond. [pg 155 History of Haverhill by Chase]. This would be the garrison that Hannah Dustin’s husband & children escaped to & found safety in the Indian attack on March 14, 1697 that would kill their youngest baby and capture Hannah & her midwife, although at that time, John was no longer in command.
John was a carpenter and shipwright, apparently quite an exceptional one at that it seems. Chase’s History of Haverhill Pg 172 – details how the decade of the 1690’s seem vexed with indecision & slow progression on the subject of building a new meetinghouse & where it was to be located. At one point the town committee reported they had been looking at various meetinghouses in different towns in order to decide what they wanted & who they wanted to build it. They decided Sergeant John Haseltine was “the most inclinable to build any one [of the designs they had seen]”. John proposed to build a meetinghouse 50’ long, 42’ wide, 18’ stud, finishing it within & without, with seats, pulpit, galleries, windows, doors, floors & stairs after the meetinghouses in Beverly & Reading, MA. The price proposed was 400 pounds. Eventually a location was agreed upon near Widow Keyzar’s land and there he built it.
Essex County Deed – 11 162 is for a ship that John Haseltine of Haverhill, shipwright, built & sold to Daniel Davison on Jan 10 1695, and was entered October 1696.
"To all people and whoever this present writing shall come John Hasseltine of Haverhill in the County of Essex in ye provence of Massachusetts Bay in New England shipwright _____ Greeting know ye that ye said John Hasseltine in consideration of ye sum of two hundred & fifteen pounds of currant money of New England to him in hand paid before..."
Essex County Deed 42-240 dated Mar 2 1722-3, shows John Haseltine of Haverhill, shipwright, transferring property to Son Philip, weaver. This land was bounded by Joseph Neff, Joseph Bond, & Hawk Meadow Rd. The “Deacon John Haseltine” appeared to verify the deed Feb 10 1723-4.
He was deacon of the first church in Haverhill and actually is the first Deacon mentioned in the records of Haverhill. “John, Dea.” died Apr 5, 1733 in Haverhill, Ma (Haverhill VR) and is buried in an unmarked location. If I was to guess where, I would say it was more likely they were buried in the Ancient West Parish Burial Ground on Carleton St rather than Pentucket Burial Ground due to the location of the family estate, but he is not on the list of graves noted in the Essex Antiquarian in April 1908. It is unclear when our Mary died. Some have assigned the following record found in Haverhill Vital Records & the grave in Pentucket Cemetery (per Essex Antiquarian, Jan 1908) to her - “Mary Hasaltine, Feb 10 1703, in her 37th y” but this doesn’t jive with her age or with Benjamin’s birth which would be after her death – so clearly something is missing somewhere …therefore her death as far as I’m concerned is not known. John’s will was dated June 16, 1732, was proved April 23, 1733, Essex County MA Probate File# 12671.
Children of John Jr & Mary all born in Haverhill were:
1. John Haseltine b: Aug 4 1683 (Haverhill VR) removed from Haverhill, no children before 1732 (father’s probate) d:?????
2. Phillip Haseltine b: Mar 13, 1684-5 (Haverhill VR) - see the blog post about Phillip by clicking here
3. Sarah Haseltine b: Apr 28 1688 (Haverhill VR) d: Jun 20 1688 (Haverhill VR)
4. Mary Haseltine b: Nov 19 1689 (Haverhill VR) m: _________ Emerson (probate)
5. Joseph Haseltine b: Oct 1 1691 (Haverhill VR) d: after 1764 per deed records, could be probate record 12675 in 1767
6. Benjamin Haseltine b: Apr 20 1695 (Haverhill VR) d: Aug 31 1695 (Haverhill VR)
7. Elizabeth Haseltine b: Oct 24 1696 (Haverhill VR) d: Mar 5 1731-2 (Haverhill VR)
8. Benjamin Haseltine b: Jan 22 1704/5 (Haverhill VR) m: Mercy Lufkin? Aug 5 1740 d. Before the last Tuesday in March 1743 per Essex County Deed #101-247
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