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John Cloyes

"John Cloise (Cloyes), (Peter, Jr. 2, Peter, Sr. 1) was born in Colchester, Essex County, England; christened in St. Nicholas Church on the 2nd of December 1604; married Abigail ________. They removed a few miles northeast to Ipswitch, Sussex County, where their first child, a son John, was born and christened in St. Nicholas Church in 1636."  (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

Mariner.  (The Cloyes Family; Savage's; Maine Historical Society)

1631;  Earliest date known of in MA. (Encyclopedia of New England Families Genealogical and Memorial - Cutter)  If this is accurate, how could marriage take place in 1635 in England?
"An Homestall of Seven Acres by estimation bounded the South with the highway the North with the Swampe the East with William Paine & the West with Busbies lane in his Possession."  (Watertown Records - Land Grants and Possessions)

In 1637, John and Abigail Cloyes emigrated to New England and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where John, who was by profession a mariner followed his trade.   (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

1637;  House at Watertown burned.  (The Cloyes Family; Savage's) His home in Watertown was burned to the ground in 1636, also lost were all of their personal possessions. It is presumed that this indignity was heaped upon John Cloyes and his family because of his outspoken resentment of the severe taxes imposed upon the settlers by the British Government, and the unjust rulings handed down by the British Courts.  (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

1639;  Had apprentice seaman Peter Tylle.  (History of Framingham)
October 31, 1639;  "A Court held at Boston, for small Causes not exceeding 20_, except for Strangers..... John Clois is admonished to use his servant Peter Tylls well, or else the said Peter to bee discharged, & to take course that hee may bee taught his trade of seaman by himself or others."  (The Records of the Colony of Massachusetts)

1652; Oath of fidelity at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA.  Made freeman, member of Captain Mason's train band.  (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; NEHGS, Vol. III, page 401)
John Cloise signed the Oath of Fidelity in Watertown, Massachusetts, and was inducted into military service under the command of Captains Mason and Pierce in 1652.

October 15, 1652; A document witnessed by Goodman Blois, Richard Blois, Richard Norcras
"Delivered by Alexander as his act and deed in presence of us underwritten to his master Goodman Stratton.    Richard Norcross      John Cloys"
"We consent to the turning over of this Servant to Samuel Stratton the 19th of the 8 mo: 1652               Increase Nowell         William Hibbins
"To the honored the Deputy Governor with the rest of the magistrates assembled in the County Court now held at Charlestowne this 3rd of the 11th mo 1663.  The Petition of Alexander Gordon Scotchman. Humbly Showeth Whereas by the wise providence of the Almighty God your poare petitioner (with many others of his countrymen) was taken prisoner in the late English wars with Scoltand, and with many more prisoners brought into Tottell fields, where and from whence your poare petitioner was redeemed by monies payd by Mr. Daniel Stone of Cambridge, who hath, as appears by his bill given under his hand, freely given your poare petitioner the same, and also wheras Jno. Cloise of Watertowne at the same time moved your petitioner to go along with him by sea to this place without any agreement for time or wages, only his promise to be as a father in all love and kindness to your poare petitioner, and also whereas your poare petitioner obteined his passage by his labour withour any charge to the said Cloise as Mr. Jno Allen the master of the said Ship hath under his hand given, manifesting also his willingness your poare petitioner should have the benefit of the same, also whereas the said Jno. Cloise hath (after faythfull fervice for about a years space performed by your petitioner and hard usage by the wife of the said Cloise) now sould your poare petitioner for seventeen poundes without any recompense or consideration of hispromise made to your petitioner, or the petitioners labor in the ship on on the shoare whereby your poare petitioner apprehendeth himself to be muchwronged, yet being a poare exile and friendless hath been willing to suffer, your petitioner do therefore now humbly Comend the Consideration of the premises to this Honored Court haveing no other reffuge; and your petitioner shal be ready to prove the perticulars above named, and doe Humbly intreate this Honored Court to vousafe the Consideration thereof that so far as justice and equity, according to the laws of God and this Cominwealth, will tend to the releiff of your petitioner, your poare petitioner may receive some help therefrome, And your petitioner shall set down well payd with the determination of this Honored Court and shall continue humbly to pray etc.         Alexander Gordon"  (New World Immigrants, Vol 1 - Tepper)

1653;  A petition of Alexander Gordon dated 1653 states that he came over with Mr. Cloise in the _______, Mr. John Atlen, master; was imprisoned with others at Tuttellfield, whence they were redeemed by monies paid by Mr. Dan Stone, of Cambridge 10/15/1652, Alex Gorthing (probably the same), Scotchman, "lately being arrived in New England, was apprenticed to Goodman Stratton, of Watertown, in presence of John Cloyse," &c.  Recorded in Middlesex Co. Deeds.  (History of Framingham 1640 - 1880)
May 3, 1653;  Deed to barn & land at Watertown to Samuel Stratton. (The Cloyes Family)
May 3, 1656;  For 30 pounds, sold Watertown house 'where my late mansion house was by God's providence burnt down' along with interest in the meeting house, to Samuel Stratton.  Wife Jane released dower to the Watertown property .  Bought house, barn and marsh land near 'the neck' inCharlestown, MA.  (Cloice Report of Winifred Lovering Holman; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

August 9, 1656;  Wife Jane and he became member of Charlestown, Massachusetts church.  (The Cloyes Family; Cloice Report of Winifred Lovering Holman) Abigail Cloise (Cloyes) died in 1654/5, and in 1656/7 John Cloise married second to a widow Jane Sparwell.  At this time he removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts.  (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

March 1, 1658; Received part in division of wood at Charlestown.  (History of Framingham)

1658; to Falmouth, Maine where he settled on the west bank of Presumpscot river. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1660;  Falmouth, Maine - signed petition to General Court.  (History of Framingham)
July 25, 1660;  Sold the Charlestown property - a house and half acre -  to Giles Fifeild and removed to Falmouth, Maine.  (Cloice Report of WinifredLovering Holman; Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; The Cloyes Family; Savages)

1663;  Owed 6 days work in will of John West.  (Maine Wills)

1664; Grand Juror.  (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1665;  Signed petition to the King.  Twice refused to attend Wells court. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)
1666;  Wife Jane witnessed Indian deed to George Munjoy. (Genealogical Dictionary of the 1st Settlers of New England;  Genealogical Dictionary of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont)

1671;  Grand juror.  Plaintiff with Julian Cloyes vs. Neale.  Mutual suits with Francis Neale (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1672;  Grand juror.   (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)
June 30, 1675;  Timothy Spurwell, had land from step father John CLOYES.  (York Deeds 2:174)
June 30, 1675;  "John Cloyse of Falmouth & Julian his wife" for the love that they bear their 'sunn Thomas Clouse & Susannah his wife & alsoe In Consideration of two oxen now received of him..." give him land that he purchased of Mr. George Cleves.  Signed as John Cloyce, she signs by mark.Witnesses; George Munjoy, Temperance Munjoy, her mark 'T'.  This land described as sixty acres with houses between Well Cove and Round Cove inFalmouth.  (York Deeds 2:174)

Life here was rigorous and the Indians savage, so in spite of his objections to the severe British rule in Massachusetts, returned to that state in 1677.

1676;  living west side Penobscot River - killed in Indian attack.  (The Cloyes Family;  Savage's)   The inventory of the "estate of John Clay deceased, being a fisherman and mariner, killed by the Indians" is on file together with papers of Administration of his estate, saidAdministration granted to one William Wood.   (Cloyes and Dagwell Family Genealogies - Obetz)

Military service: Captain Mason's Train band
Occupation: mariner


1667;  She was 'quarrelsome' with 2 of her stepchildren and a 'tale bearer from house to house'.   "We present Julian Cloyes, wife to John Cloyes for a tale bearer from house to house, setting difference between neighbors."  She is found guilty of the offence, and is bound to her good behavior unto the next court of pleas at Casco, in a bond of 5 pounds, and John Cloyes and Peter Housing are her security. (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire; Maine Historical Society)

"We indict Nathaniel Cloyes and Abigail Williams upon evidence of Thomas Cloyes and Sarah Housing for their misbehavior toward their mother in law, Julian Cloyes.  In reference to the presentments of Nathaniel Cloyes and Abigail Williams, touching their offences, it is ordered that they shallmake a public acknowledgement of their fault done to their mother by their ill behavior toward her, before the next training at Casco, or to forfeitfive pounds each to the treasury, and for time to come to give in suffecient security for theif good behavior, to the next court of Pleas forthis division unto our sovereign lord the king"  (Maine Historical Society)

1671;  Plaintiff with John Cloyes Sr.  vs.  Neale.  (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

1673;  Daughter Sarah Spurwell Charged with stealing goods from George Pearson of Boston and bringing them to her mother in Casco.  (Maine Historical Society)

1675;  Received stolen goods from her daughter Sarah Spurwell in Boston, where she retired after her husband's death.  Sarah "in 1675 had stolen goods from George Pearson of Boston, and brought them to the Falmouth home of her mother, who sent part of them to another."   (GenealogicalDictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)

February 1678/9; Selling beer and cider without a license.  (Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire)



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