John Warren
(Abt 1525-1576)
Agnes Howlet
John Scarlett
John Warren
(Abt 1555-Bef 1613)
Elizabeth Scarlett
John Warren


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Margaret Bayly

John Warren

  • Christened: 1 Aug 1585, Nayland, Suffolk, England
  • Marriage: Margaret Bayly about 1613 in Nayland, Suffolk, England
  • Died: 13 Dec 1667, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts at age 82

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Notes for JOHN WARREN:
From "Bullard and Allied Families"
He had a homestead and seven other lots, aggregating 188 acres. John
Warren, though a member of the Puritan church, was in sympathy with the
Quakers, and was the subject of much criticism and abuse by certain church
officials. He retained his membership in the church, however, and died,
at peace with its doctrines, December 13, 1667, aged 82 years. His wife
Margaret (surname unknown), died November 6, 1662. His will dated November
30, 1667, was proved December 17 of that year..."

JOHN, Watertown, came probably in 1630, in the fleet with Sir Richard
Saltonstall, then aged about 45, and having wife and children (four
certainly are named in his will, and of them only Elizabeth could be
born here). There may have been others, but no record of birth or
death is found. He was admitted freeman 18 May 1631, chosen selectman
1636-40. Late in life he fell under the censure of the laws, unwisely
levelled at dissenting from the religious course of the major part of
the inhabitants and Bond informs us of proceedings against him in 1651,
1654, and 1661; but he died in peace, 13 December 1667, aged 82. His
wife Margaret died 6 November 1662. She was probably the mother of all
his children John, born 1622; Mary; and Daniel, born 1628; beside
Elizabeth who married about 1654, James Knapp. Mary married 30 Oct.
1642, John Bigelow.

Aug 01, 1585 - Baptized in Nayland, Suffolk, ENG.
1630 - Immigrated on the Arbella to Salem, MA.
settled at Watertown, MA.
May 18, 1631 - freeman
1636-1640 - selectman
Nov 30, 1667 - Will dated, Will Proved 17 Dec 166753

John Warren, of Watertown, MA, probably arrived in 1630 when he was 45 years old, and was the son of John and Elizabeth (Scarlet) Warren. He was baptized 1 Aug 1585 in Nayland, Suffolk Co., England and died at Watertown 13 Dec 1667, aged 82.

John and Margaret Warren are clearly listed on ship's lists on their arrival in the New World. All their children were born Nayland, Suffolk county, England. While undoubtedly their four surviving children came with them, the children are not mentioned as passengers. They came from Nayland, Suffolk, England, where seven baptisms and three burials indicate the size of their family. No marriage record exists for John and Margaret. He married about 1614 Margaret Bayly, daughter of William Bayly of Westbury, Gloucestershire, England. (William Bayly's will dated 2 March 1613/14 mentions John Warren, "now husband of my daughter Margaret".)

John and Margaret settled in Watertown where he was made a freeman May 18, 1631. In 1635 he and Abraham Browne were appointed to lay out all highways and see that they were repaired. He was a Selectman of Watertown in 1636 and 1640, which was a position of high regard. However, he does seem to have lost some favor with the authorities sometime thereafter as can be seen from the old records: October 1651 he and Thomas Arnold were fined 20 shillings each for an offence against the laws concerning baptisms; April 4, 1654, he was fined for neglect of public worship, 14 sabbaths, each 5 shillings = 3 pounds and 10 shillings; March 14, 1658-9, John Warren was warned for not attending public worship, "but old Warren is not to be found in town"; May 27, 1661 the houses of "old Warren and Goodman Hammond" were ordered to be searched for Quakers. Despite his lack of conviction for the established church and his leanings toward the Quaker faith, John never gave up or lost his church membership. He may have kept his membership to avoid losing some privileges such as voting, etc.

By the time the first inventory of grants and possessions was taken in Watertown in 1639, John had acquired 278 acres of land, including (1) a homestall of twelve acres bounded west with the highway, east by William Hammond, north by John Biscoe, and south by Isaac Stearns; (2) nine acres of upland bounded south by John Biscoe, north by William Hammond, and east and west with his own land; (3) three acres of meadow bounded east by William Hammond, north by John Simson, and west with his own; (4) thirteen acres of plowland in the further plain, lot 84; (5) thirteen acres of meadow in the remote meadows, lot 50; (6) sixteen and a half acres of upland beyond the further plain, lot 19; (7) sixty acres of upland being a great Divident in the fourth division, lot 26; (8) a farm of 152 acres of upland in the third division. In the second inventory taken in 1644 the 152 acre farm had been disposed of, but John had been granted: (9) one acre and a half of meadow in Wards Meadow bounded by Thomas Arnold; (10) one acre and a half of meadow near the little plain adjoining to John Eddy; (11) two acres of marsh bounded southeast with the river and the west by the backlane.

John Warren's will was dated Nov. 30 and proved Dec. 17, 1667. In it he gave his daughter Elizabeth a book titled "the playnes man pathway to heaven". He also mentioned his sons Daniel and John, daughter-in-law Mary Warren, wife of Daniel, daughter Mary Bigelow, Elizabeth Knap, wife of James Knap, grand children Daniel Warren, Mary Bigelow, and Michall Bloyce, daughter of Richard Bloyce. The will was witnessed by Joseph Taynter and John Randall. Inventory of the estate was taken Dec. 16, 1667 by John Coolidge, Henry Bright, and Henry Freeman and amounted to 167 4s. 0d.

I found two or three separate web sites giving the contents of the NEHGR article based on wills, tracing teh ancestry of John Warren. One is Sam Behling,


NEHGR Vol. 64, Oct. 1910, pp. 348 - 355
The History of Watertown by Henry Bond, 1860 pp. 619 - 620 & 960
The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol. 1, Six Generations of Descendants of John Biglo (1617-1703) of Watertown, MA; Patricia Bigelow; pub. The Bigelow Society, 1986 p. 7
The Pioneers of Massachusetts; Charles Henry Pope; published at Baltimore in 1969


John married Margaret Bayly, daughter of William Bayly and Ann Fowle, about 1613 in Nayland, Suffolk, England. (Margaret Bayly was christened on 13 Jan 1591 in Everleigh, Gloucestershire, England and died on 6 Nov 1662 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.)

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I have a date for this marriage, clearly garbled. 30 Oct 1642

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