John Maynard


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John Maynard

  • Born: 1598, Bassingbourn, Ricamond, St Edwards, England
  • Marriage: Mary Rice

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Birth: 1598
Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Dec. 10, 1672
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

There were two men named John Maynard in early New England. One settled in Duxbury and was a carpenter. He married Mary, a daughter of Comfort Starr. The other John Maynard came from County Cambridge, England with a son named John who was born about 1626. This would put John senior's birth befrore 1605. This John from Cambridge either came to New England with a wife who died soon after, or he was a widower, his wife having died in England. John from Cambridge, England, who was a husbandman and brewer, settled in Sudbury. In fact, he was one of the settlers who went to Sudbury Plantation in 1638 or 1639. His home of four acres was located in what is now Wayland at the junction of Old Mill Road (South St.) and Northwest Row (North St.), the road to Concord, adjacent to the homelot of Henry Rice. He was one of the 47 who shared in the division of Sudbury meadows in 1639. 

On June 16, 1646, John married the widow of Thomas Axtell, who had died in Sudbury on March 8, 1646. Widow Mary Axtell was the daughter of Edmund Rice and Thomasine Frost, born in 1619 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England. On January 4, 1655 John was granted land in the second squadron of the new grants, in what is now called Maynard. He received lot 22 of 130 acres, bounded on the north by the Concord line and south by the Lancaster highway. In May 1656 he was one of 13 petitioners for land in what is now called Marlboro. 

What further complicates the story of the two John Maynards is that in addition to both of them having a wife named Mary, they both had daughters named Hannah and Lydia. We learn from Starr wills that Mary Starr Maynard of Duxbury, the mother of Lydia of Duxbury who married Samuel Hale, was dead by 1659. The other Mary Maynard, of Sudbury, the mother of Lydia of Sudbury, was alive in 1672, when she was named in her husband's will. Therefore, John Maynard of Sudbury was the husband of Mary Rice, widow of Thomas Axtell and father of the Lydia Maynard who married Joseph Moore of Sudbury around 1669. Besides his oldest son John, he had a son Zachariah and four daughters with his second wife. John senior was a selectman in Sudbury in 1646. He made his will on September 4, 1672 and it was proved on April 1, 1673. His wife Mary and son Zacheriah were named joint executors. "My trusty friends Deacon John Haines, and Joseph Noys both of Sudbury" were to be supervisors to assist the executors. The will was witnessed by Henry Locker and John Toll. The inventory of the estate was taken December 30, 1672 by Edmund Goodenow, John Haines , and Joseph Noyes and came to 263 pounds. Sudbury records say that John died on December 10, 1672. Which would make him about 70. He was probably buried in the old cemetery near the original meeting house of Sudbury, although no stone marks his grave. It is claimed that almost all the older settlers were buried in this cemetery. There is no record in Sudbury of the death of his wife Mary, but she was alive in 1672 when John made his will and most likely outlived him by many years, as she was only about 55 when he died. 


John married Mary Rice, daughter of Edmund Rice Deacon and Thomazine Frost. (Mary Rice was born in 1619 in England, christened on 23 Aug 1619 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England and died in 1680 in Massachusetts.)

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