John Adcock

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ChartsAncestors of Wilford Ervie Billings (#1)
Ancestors of Wilford Ervie Billings (#2)
John Adcock, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born say 1570.1 He died at Attleborough, Norfolk, England,1,2 and was buried at Great Ellingham, Norfolk, England, 10 December 1638.

John married Elizabeth Eldred, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Attleboro, Norfolk, England, 7 October 1593.1

After John was buried, the Rector at Attleborough recorded this in the parish register:
John Adcocke who had dwelt longe in this towne and for a discontent (as was thought) for a daughteer whome he loved dearly that wth her husband & children one Payne a man prescise [prescious] & would needs shipp him ov[ver] wth many such other factious people into New England Anno 1638. And also for further psent greife of his wyfe who died sone aftr in this sd yeere (wherby he thought himselfe & was more desolate & voyd of Comfort) fell into more discontent & sickned. He went and dwelt in his sd daughters house in Great Ellingham, where she and her husband last had dwelt And their laye verie longe in a languishinge sicknes about a quarter of a yeere, & then died. He was a mason by his Trade, & gott much by yt, and his worke under one Mr. Evered. He was paynful & just And honest in all his labour & dealinge. He was also verie usefull for any of the towne Reconings in their Accompts. He was my farmer for my Tythes before and att his death & delt lovingly & faithfully wth me. i was verie sorie & others also for his death. He was Buried att Great Ellingham. December 10 1638. John Forbie Rector.2

John left a will dated 14 October 1638, and proved at Buckenham 30 Jan 1638/9 specifying or mentioning:
"Messuage or tenement wherein I nowe dwell…wch I late purchased of Stephen Payne my sonn in lawe unto Nicholas Braye my sonn in lawe and Elizabeth his wife"
to Stephen Payne John Payne Nathaniell Payne and Rebecca Payne my grandchildren Tenn pownds a peece, to be paid by the said John Adcocke my sonn his heires or assignes…after the said Stephen Payne…come to his age of one and twenty years…upon demand made by the said Stephen in his own pson and not otherwise and also to bringe wth him a lawful certificate that the said John Payne Nathaniell Payne and Rebecca Payne be then alive….

Others receiving bequests included
grand child Ruth Bray, daughter of Elizabeth and Nicholas;
son-in-law John Potter,
grandchild William Adcocke, youngest son of John Adcocke,
grandchild Elizabeth Sutton,
children of the testator's Sister Sparkes.3


Elizabeth Eldred b. 20 Nov 1570, d. bef. 14 Oct 1638
  • Mary Adcock3 b. 6 Oct 1594
  • Elizabeth Adcock3 b. 2 Feb 1596/97
  • Julian Adcocke+4 b. 11 Feb 1598/99, d. bef. 4 Jun 1678
  • John Adcock3 b. 14 Dec 1601
  • Neele Adcock+1 b. 20 Feb 1602/3, d. bef. 20 Jan 1659/60
  • Phillip Adcock3 b. 20 Jan 1604/5
  • Anne Adcock3 b. 24 Jun 1607
This person was last edited on25 Jan 2023


  1. [S714] David Curtis Dearborn, "Stephen Paine's Wife," The American Genealogist 62 (Apr 1987): 107, further cited as Dearborn, "Stephen Paine's Wife."
  2. [S517] Sidney L. Paine, "The English Ancestry of Stephen Paine of Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 143 (Oct 1989): 291-302, at 299, further cited as English Ancestry of Stephen Paine, "English Ancestry of Stephen Paine."
  3. [S517] English Ancestry of Stephen Paine, "English Ancestry of Stephen Paine," 299-300.
  4. [S2604] Eugene Cole Subrinsky, "Julian Adcocke, Wife of John1 Sutton of Hingham and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Their Family," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 167 (Jan 2013): 7-14, at 10, further cited as Zubrinsky, "Julian Adcocke, Wife of John Sutton."