John Prescott

b. 1604, d. 1 December 1681
ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
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John Prescott, whose parents are not known (or not traced), was born at England, in 1604.1 He died at Lancaster, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 1 December 1681, at age 77,1,2 and was buried in the Old Burial Field, Lancaster, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.3

John married Mary Gawkroger, daughter of Abram Gawkroger and Martha Riley, at Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England, 11 April 1629.1,4

He left a will dated 8 October 1673 and proved 4 April 1682. The published vital records for Lancaster erroneously indicate it was a nuncupative will, proved 20 December 1681.5,3


Mary Gawkroger b. 7 Feb 1612/13, d. aft. 1678


  1. [S762] Joan S. Guilford, The Ancestry of Dr. J. P. Guilford: Volume I (Orange, California: Sheridan Psychological Services, 1990), 629-648. Hereafter cited as Guilford, Guilford: Vol I.
  2. [S907] Henry Stedman Nourse, The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850, two vols. (Clinton, Massachusetts: W. J. Cooper, Printer, 1890), 1:20. Hereafter cited as Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster.
  3. [S907] Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster, 2:420.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1229. Hereafter cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S16] Mary L. Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Francis Helen Miller (Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1948), 54-60. Hereafter cited as Holman, Stevens-Miller Genealogy.