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John Horn Immigrant Ancestor see FAMILY TREE
Abt 1602


Married: 2nd Abt 1649 to Frances Stone


Died: 1684 Salem, Essex, MA    


Frances Stone (widow of Henry Greene who died in 1648)


1. Simon Horn

2. Joseph Horn

3. Benjamin Horn

4. Ann Horn

5. Mary Horn

6. Jonathan Horn

Emigrated to Salem, MA in 1630.  He was a carpenter and the town paid him for the "keeping of the meeting house".  He was also licensed to sell strong water at retail. 

From the Migration Begins


ORIGIN: Unknown
OCCUPATION: Carpenter (on 14 September 1640 the town paid Horne 2 10s. for "the keeping of the meeting house" [STR 1:106], and on 24 November 1656 the town owed him 6s. 2d. for "mending the meeting house" [STR 1:230]); innkeeper ("John Horne Sr." was licensed "to sell strong water at retail for the ensuing year," 26 January 1668/9 [EQC 4:91]; renewed 30 November 1669 [EQC 4:199]).
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: In list of Salem church members prepared in late 1636 [SChR 5]. Deacon [EQC 1:66, 2:215, 4:345].
FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:366].
EDUCATION: Signed will of John Pickering as witness, 30 July 1655 [EQC 2:48]; signed report of coroner's jury, 8 June 1668 [EQC 4:97]; made his mark to his will.
OFFICES: Ordered to view trees for the purposes of the court in March 1638 [EQC 1:7]. Coroner's jury, 8 June 1668 [EQC 4:97].
ESTATE: In the 1636 Salem land grant received 75 acres in the "freeman's" [i.e., church member's] section [STR 1:19, 26]; in 25 December 1637 grant of marsh received three-quarters of an acre, with a household of five [STR 1:103].
On 14 August 1637 "allowed a piece of ground for a windmill upon or near the burial place" [STR 1:54]; on 25 March 1639 it was "ordered that John Horne shall desist from his inclosure in the burial place, and that the town shall pay for a quarter of an acre when he hath bought the same, except the town when they shall have changed the burial place shall allow him a portion of the same" [STR 1:86]. Granted two acres of marsh, 25 June 1638 [STR 1:70]
On 20 October 1641 Charles Gott and John Orne purchased one house and the ground adjoining it from William Pester of Salem [ELR 1:1]. On 29 December 1652 Charles Gott of Salem, as attorney for Mr. Hugh Peters, sold a quarter of an acre near the Salem meetinghouse to John Horne of Salem, with the proviso that if Hugh Peters returned to New England and paid Horne for any improvements to the land, Peters could have the land back [ELR 1:15].
At some date prior to 24 March 1661/2, he sold to John Humfrey "one acre of land and a house where George Keisour has now built a tan house in Salem" [EQC 2:389].
After 23 April 1653 John Horne of Salem sold to William Pitt and Moses Maverick of Marblehead eighty-five and a half acres, including ten and a half acres of salt marsh, twenty-five acres of upland in the plain, and fifty acres of upland [ELR 1:28]. On 1 December 1659 "John Horne of Salem, carpenter, and Francis my wife" sold to Walter Price of Salem, merchant, the "dwelling house where John Horne lately did dwell with one quarter acre of land" [ELR 1:83]. On 13 September 1655 John Horne of Salem sold one dwelling with the land adjoining it, being about one acre in Salem to Richard Moore of Salem [ELR 2:82]. On 25 May 1681 John Orne of Salem, carpenter, gave for love and natural affection to Simon Orne of Salem, cordwinder, "my now dwelling house where I now live, i.e., the north end of the dwelling house with the celler under it and the leanto on the back side of the house all so far as the parting of the chimneys and the south end of the said house where his brother Benjamin Orne dwells" also liberty to pass between the south end of the house and "my son Joseph's" dwelling house, also on third part of my lot at the Great Cove" also 10 of the pay due from Capt. Price [ELR 6:116].
In a deed dated 20 October 1679, "John Orne Sr. of Salem" gave ten acres at the Great Cove in the north field formerly Mr. Hugh Peters, and a piece of marsh, and the southerly part of his dwelling house and leanto, with one third part of his orchard, also 10 of the "pay due from Capt. Price after testator's decease" to his son Benjamin "Orne" of Salem [EQC 9:343].
In 1684, John Orne Sr. of Salem, house carpenter, gave for love and natural affection to "my son Joseph Orne" the house in which he now lives with one third part of all "my land lying between widow Ropes & Capt. John Price" also one third of "my land at the Great Cove" [ELR 6:126].
On 4 November 1684 John Orne of Salem, house carpenter, gave (after his death) for love and natural affection to "my son John Orne of same, cordwainer," the "house he is now possessed of and lives in, in Salem near the meetinghouse and the ground belonging to it, also about one half my lot in the south field," also 3/4 acre of marsh, also 10s. as "executor to my last will" [ELR 7:4].
In his will, dated 8 October 1679 (with codicil dated 27 February 1683/4) and proved 25 November 1684, "John Orne Senr of Salem" "being aged & but weakly and waiting for my great change daily, yet blessed be God of good understanding and memory," gave to "my eldest son John Orne" that house he is now possessed of and the ground belonging to it, also one half my lot in the south field, also three-quarters of an acre of marsh by Goodman Symonds, son John executor; to "my son Symond Orne" the north end of the house I live in with the cellar under it and so much of the leanto as is against his part of the house, also a third part of my orchard against his house, with liberty to pass with a cart from the street between "his brother Benjamin's part of the house and the house of my son Joseph" into his own ground, also a third part of my lot at the Great Cove except a slip of marsh along the easterly side, also 10 in pay I am to have of Capt. Price; to "my son Joseph Orne" my new house next to Capt. Price's, a third part of the orchard behind the house, a third part of my lot at Great Cove; to "my son Benjamin Orne" the other part of my dwelling house and leanto being the southerly end "his part to be the middle part between his two brothers Symond and Joseph," also a third part of my land at the Great Cove, also 10 out of the pay I am to have of Capt. Price, also the strip of marsh excepted out of Simon's share; to "my eldest daughter Elizabeth Gardner" 5s.; to "my daughter Jehoadan Harvey" 10 out of the pay I am to have of Capt. Price, also liberty to live in one end of the new house I gave to my son Joseph where she now lives during her natural life, also my rug I now use on my bed; to "my daughter Mary Smith" 50 from Capt. Price's pay, also my bed and bolster I now lie upon; to her the said Mary "& her sister Ann" the other half of my lot in the south field equally divided between them; to "my daughter Ann Felton" 50 out of what is due me from Capt. Price after my decease; to the five children of "my son John" 6s., to John 2s., the rest 12d.; loving friend Mr. Edmond Batter overseer [EQC 9:412-4].
BIRTH: About 1602 (deposed 24 March 1661/2 aged about sixty years [EQC 2:389]; deposed June Term, 1674 aged about seventy-two years [EQC 5:360]; deposed July Term, 1675 aged about "seventy-four years" [EQC 6:39]; deposed 28 February 1683[/4] aged about eighty-one years [EQC 9:345]).
DEATH: Salem between 4 November 1684 [ELR 7:4] and 25 November 1684 (probate of will).
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1636 Anne _____ (and by 1634 if she is the mother of Elizabeth). "Ann Horne" is in the list of Salem church members prepared in late 1636, with annotation "dead" [SChR 6]. She had died by 1649, and perhaps some years earlier.
(2) By 1649 Frances (Stone) Greene, widow of Rev. Henry Greene and daughter of Simon Stone [Simon Stone Gen 51 and COMMENTS below]; she was admitted to Salem church 30 April 1656 [SChR 14].
With first wife

i ELIZABETH, b. say 1634 (eldest daughter); m. by an unknown date as his second wife Thomas Gardner, son of THOMAS GARDNER.

ii RECOMPENSE, bp. Salem 25 December 1636 [SChR 16]; not named in father's 1679 will and presumably predeceased him without issue.

iii JEHOADAN, b. say 1638; m. by about 1656 Richard Harvey (three children bp. Salem 8 December 1661 and daughter "Jehodan" bp. Salem 22 June 1662 [SChR 25, 26]).

iv JOHN, b. about 1645 (deposed 25 March 1685 aged about forty [EQC 9:440]; eldest son), and perhaps a few years earlier; m. Salem 30 October 1667 Mary Clarke.

With second wife
v SIMON, bp. Salem 28 October 1649 [SChR 22]; m. Salem 28 February 1675 "Rebecka Steevens, widow" of Samuel Stevens and daughter of DANIEL RAY..

vi JOSEPH, b. say 1652; m. Salem 12 July 1677 Anna Tomson.

vii BENJAMIN, bp. Salem 25 February 1654/5 [SChR 24]; m. by 1699 (and probably many years earlier) Sarah Aborne (or Eaborne), daughter of Samuel Aborne [Essex Ant 1:161, citing 20 July 1699 will of Samuel Aborne]).

viii ANN, bp. Salem 22 March 1656/7 [SChR 25]; m. by about 1680 Nathaniel Felton [Cyrus Felton, A Genealogical History of the Felton Family ... (Marlborough 1886), p. 13].

ix MARY, b. about 1657 (deposed aged "about eighteen" July Term, 1675 [EQC 6:39]); m. Charlestown 22 October 1677 John Smith [ChVR 1:101; also recorded at Salem].

x JONATHAN, bp. Salem 1 August 1658 [SChR 25]; d. Salem 11 September 1658.

ASSOCIATIONS: One of John's wives was "sister hornis" in the will of Rebecca Bacon of Salem, widow of William, dated 23 March 1655 and proved 29 November 1655 [EQC 1:411]. Torrey indicates she was a Potter. She named "my sister Buffam, sister boys, sister sughtwike, sister Avery and hornis..." and gave them each articles of clothing. A decade later, these families were chief among those being fined for absence from public meeting and persecuted as Quakers.
COMMENTS: There is no death record for John Horne's first wife and no record of his marriage to his second wife, so there is some uncertainty as to which children he had with his first wife and which with his second. Henry Greene, the first husband of Frances Stone, died in 1648, and the next child of John Horne was son Simon, baptized in 1649. Since Simon was the name of the father of Frances, this would indicate that she had married John Horne within months after the death of Henry Greene [Simon Stone Gen 51].
On this hypothesis the first wife of John Horne would have been the mother of four children. We have estimated the birth of the youngest of these at 1645 based on his own deposition, but the age given was "about forty," so he could well have been a few years older. If he had been born in 1642, he would then have been twenty-five at his marriage. Ann (_____) Horne may have died as early as 1642.
The placement of daughter Mary in the sequence of children raises a number of problems. In her own deposition in 1675 she gives her age as "about eighteen" [EQC 6:39]. At this early age an estimate that is not a round number should be reasonably accurate. But the resulting approximate year of birth of 1657 places her in the gap between Ann and Jonathan, which is a span of only sixteen months.
John Horne seems to have named his children in birth order in his will, first the sons and then the daughters. Mary Smith was named before Anne Felton, and so may well have been older. But the gap between Benjamin and Ann is twenty-four months, better than that between Anne and Jonathan, but still not enough unless the children were provided with a wet nurse. We could push Mary back before Benjamin, but then she would be twenty-two when she deposed that she was eighteen, which seems too much of a variance. We leave her in the unlikely space between Ann and Jonathan, pending further evidence.
As deacon, John Horne was relied upon by his neighbors as an overseer and witness to many of their probates. Mrs. Joanna Cummins of Salem had a lace handkerchief at "good bornes" and named the two deacons, Mr. Gott and Goodman Horne, overseers of her will, dated 11 May 1644 [EQC 1:65-6]. Horne proved the will of John Pickering at June Term 1657 [EQC 2:47] and was overseer for Mr. Edward Norris in his 1 December 1657 will [EQC 2:215].
William Lord took issue with John Horne when, at the March Term 1669, he complained that Horne was dwelling on land granted by the town of Salem, but that the town had no power to grant the land because it already belonged to Lord. This property had evidently once been owned by Mr. Roger Williams and was next to the site of the meeting house. The court sided with Horne and Horne's title was confirmed [EQC 4:101-3].
John Clifford foolishly attempted to load his ketch too heavily and the fish entrusted to him by "Goodman Horne" were badly damaged. The court found for Horne in June 1670 [EQC 4:265-6, 318]. With many of his neighbors, John Horne joined in a petition to the Quarter Court at November Term, 1670, to prevent the licensing of Mr. Anthony Ashby to keep an ordinary [EQC 4:316].
Sometime before June 1674 Dr. George Emery came home one day staggering drunk and seventy-two year old Deacon Horne came out to help him after seeing him "fall to the ground twice" [EQC 5:360].
On 28 February 1683[/4] John Horne, "aged about eighty-one years," deposed that he and Mr. Charles Gott were agents "for Mr. Hugh Peters after the latter's departure" [EQC 9:345].

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