John Dolbeare


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John Dolbeare   see FAMILY TREE
Born: 09 Feb 1668/69 Ashburton, County, Devon, England

Christened: 11 Feb 1668-69 St Andrews Church, Ashburton, County Devon, England


John Dolbeare as found in The Founders, Portraits of Persons Born by Charles Knowles Bolton 1919
Married: 09 Jun 1698 Boston, Suffolk, MA by Cotton Mather


Died: 20 Jun 1740 Boston, Suffolk, MA    


Edmund Dolbeare


Sarah Comer


George Dolbeare


The Founders, Portraits of Persons Born by Charles Knowles Bolton 1919
"John Dolbeare, of Boston, brazier, was born 11, February, 1669, at Ashburton, County Devon, where the family had intermarried with the Prideaux and other local gentry for at least two centuries. He came over to American some nine years later with his father, Edmund Dolbeare, a pewterer, his mother, and his brother, Joseph. The family were always in debts, and the sons learned early lesson of thrift.
John followed the trade of pewter-making with his father, or possibly with John Baker, brazier, who had been a surety to the town for the family in 1682. He prospered, and at his shop "at the head of the Dock fronting to Dock Square" John sold whale oil, beeswax, and all kinds of hardware, as well as pewter plate. His book of bills of lading show shipments to almost every port on the coast and to Europe as well.
He was married by the Rev. Cotton Mather 9 June, 1698, to Sarah Comer. They had pews in two meeting-houses; and led an active life, surrounded by books such as "Foxes Martyrology," "Pool Annatations." "Willard's Body of Divinity," "Sidney on Government," and several Bibles, family portraits, frames coats of arms, and other evidences of culture.
But those do not make a happy home. The first two children, names John, died, one in infancy and one in early manhood. The third, Thomas, married Sarah Eliot, lived in Dorchester, and angered his father by "Misimproofing his inheritance." The fourth, James, married Mary Valentine; he said the he hopes his wife would die, and in 1737 went to England to get away from her.
The fifth son, Samuel, was "married contrary to my mind and consent," said his father, to Susanna Wakefield. The sixth, Benjamin, died early. The seventh child, Mary, born in 1710, must have been colorless or a paragon. She married Bernard Townsend and received no censure.
Benjamin, the eighth child, married Hannah Vincent, was interested in genealogy, and corresponded with his English relatives. The ninth, Sarah, married Dr. William Clarke, but not until her mother, in a will, threatened to disinherit her is she married "one Robert Morris." David, the tenth child, married Charity Richs, and "behaved himself Very Disobegent to myself & my wife & because he married Contrary to my mind & will." The eleventh child, George, married Mary Sherwood, inherited property in Colchester, Connecticut, escaped the paternal displeasure, and received the family portraits and silver.
With their wealth measured by a dozen or more houses, shops, and warehouses, they did not live in peace. The impression which one gets from reading the wills of Mr. and Mrs. Dolbeare is that both were unreasonably severe and exacting with their children, although these parents attended church and read religious literature. He died 20 June, 1740.
Mr. Dolbeare was buried in the family tomb, No. 50, in the burial ground on the Common. His son, James, was the executor of his will."
               quotes from "A few facts relating to the origin and history of John Dolbeare, of Boston." 1893