John Robinson

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
John Robinson, son of John Robinson and Katherine Eden, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Meppershall, Bedford, England, 9 February 1612.1 He died at Exeter, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 10 November 1675.1,2

John married Elizabeth Pemberton, daughter of (…) Pemberton, at Newburyport, Essex Co., Massachusetts, before 1640.1,3

First recorded in New England on a list of twelve Newbury men who stated their intentions to settle at Haverhill, Massachusetts. In 1644 he purchased a home in Haverhill from Joseph Merry and he probably started residing there about that time.

In April 1649 he became a freeman and served on the jury of trials held at Salisbury (the shire town) in 1649 and 1653. He sold his house lot in Haverhill to Thomas Lilfurth in August 1651.

In 1650, he granted a power of attorney to Robert Pike of Salisbury to "receive a certaine legacie given him by John Robinson of Mapursall in Countie of Bedford Blacksmith his father. . . ."

He purchased a house and land in Exeter, New Hampshire February 1651/2. In October 1652, he oversaw the work on the new Exeter meeting house and in October 1653 was chosen and sworn clerk of the market for Exeter. He served as selectman for Exeter in 1653, 1661, 1666-7, and 1673. He was on a committee to settle small claims in 1668.

In Haverhill he was known as a farrier (blacksmith), but Exeter deeds of 1654 and 1667 call him a planter.

He was ambushed, shot, and killed by Indians on 10 Nov 1675 while on his way to Hampton, New Hampshire. His son was with him, but managed to escape.

At court in Hampton Falls on 30 May 1676, his widow, Elizabeth and son David were appointed administrators of his estate. On 6 April 1677, they rendered an account of the estate to the court; on 6 Dec 1678 they sold 20 acres in Exeter to John Sinkler.1


Elizabeth Pemberton d. aft. 1678
  • (…) Robinson1
  • Hannah Robinson1
  • John Robinson1 b. 1641, d. 1641
  • John Robinson1 b. 1642, d. 1642
  • Jonathan Robinson+1 b. 16 May 1645, d. Mar 1716
  • Sarah Robinson1 b. 8 Jan 1647, d. 15 May 1648
  • David Robinson1 b. 6 Mar 1649, d. 1714
  • Elizabeth Robinson1 b. 7 Mar 1652, d. 15 Apr 1715
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  1. [S75] Douglas Richardson, "John Robinson (1612-1675) of Newbury, Haverhill and Exeter," The American Genealogist 55 (Jan 1979): 16-18, further cited as Richardson, "John Robinson."
  2. [S73] Douglas Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Robinson of Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts and Exeter, New Hampshire, With An Identification of His Wife Elizabeth Pemberton," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 147 (April 1989): 141-151, further cited as Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Robinson."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1286, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).