John Doggett

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John Doggett, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, before 1597.1 He died at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, May 1673.1

John married (1) Alice Brotherton, daughter of Thomas Brotherton and Ellen (…), at Marston Moretaine, Bedford, England, 29 August 1622;1,2,3,4,5 he married (2) Bathsheba (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Plymouth, 29 August 1667.1,4,5

This John Doggett may have been the third son of William and Avis (Lappage) Doggett of Boxford, Suffolk, baptized 4 November 1602, but this is a guess on the part of the author (Doggett). Neither William nor Avis are named as any of John's descendants for three generations, and that is unusual, according to custom and experience. The first definite knowledge of John Daggett is his appearance in Massachusetts as one of the large body of immigrants who came to New England with Governor Winthrop in 1630, settling first at Salem, later at Charlestown and Watertown. He was made Freeman, 18 May 1631, residing at Watertown.

There he continued to live, receiving his shares in the several proprietors' divisions, until some time about 1646, when he removed to Rehoboth. Prior to that, however, Thomas Mayhew had become a townsman of his in Watertown, and when the purchase of Martha's Vineyard was made in 1641, Daggett became an interested party, as a grantee, with others of a township on this island in March, 1642. There is no evidence that he came here with the first contingent from Watertown, as his next recorded appearance is in Rehoboth, as stated, about 1646, when he was granted land in that new settlement. He remained in that town as late as the summer of 1648, but how much longer is unknown, as the next record of him is on 29 March 1651/2 when he was chosen corporal of the military company on the Vineyard. Between those dates he removed here, probably to avail himself of the rights he held in the new settlement by grant from Mayhew.

He soon attained to prominence in local affairs, and on 8 June 1653, was chosen assistant to the chief magistrate to manage the business of the island, a position to which he was annually elected for the next three years. It then becomes apparent that he did not get along smoothly with Mayhew, and by 1660 he was entirely at "outs" with him. This probably arose, as elsewhere explained, from his purchase of the Indians at Ogkeshkuppe of a farm of five hundred acres without Mayhew's consent, though Doggett had been granted the choice of a farm of that size by Mayhew, in 1642, to be located not less than three miles from the governor's lot. How Daggett was fined 5000 pounds and had to sue for his rights will be related and his success in retaining the farm was one of great humiliation to Mayhew, though the latter was clearly in the wrong.

Daggett was one of the townsmen who submitted to the Mayhew government in 1661 and in the next two years he is recorded as plaintiff in several civil suits against his neighbors for debts or damages. The last notes of him are in the fall of 1663, as one of the subscribers to the "general fence," and early in 1665 acting as agent for the town in purchasing some fishing rights of the Sachem Tewanticut. Sometime after this he removed to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and it is inferred that the wife of his youth and mother of his children had died here prior to that change. He married in his old age in Plymouth, Mrs. Bathsheba Pratt, 29 August 1667, probably the widow of Joshua Pratt of that town, and the record of the marriage calls him "of Martins Vineyard." It is probable however, that he had by that time removed to that Pilgrim town which ever after became his home.

His home lot at Great Harbor was the first one south of Governor Mayhew's, and was situated on the west side of the road to the plains as it passes Tower Hill. It was apparently the west half of a lot owned by him and Malachi Browning. It is probable that this was the site of his residence.

His death occurred in Plymouth in 1673 between 17 May, the date of his will, and 26 May when his inventory was taken.6,7,8

Family 1

Alice Brotherton b. 6 Mar 1602/3, d. bef. 1665
  • John Doggett1 b. 5 Sep 1624
  • Thomas Doggett+1 b. say 1632, d. 1691
  • Elizabeth Doggett1 b. say 1636
  • Hepzibah Doggett1 b. say 1639
  • Joseph Doggett1 b. say 1647

Family 2

Bathsheba (…) d. aft. 4 Jun 1673
This person was last edited on11 Apr 2022


  1. [S2281] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I–III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 1:568-70 (John Doggett), further cited as Anderson, GMB.
  2. [S306] Gordon L. Remington, "Alice Brotherton, Wife of John1 Doggett of Martha's Vineyard," The American Genealogist 72 (April 1997): 89-100, further cited as Remington, "Alice Brotherton, Wife of John Doggett."
  3. [S3] Charles Edward Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard Dukes County Massachusetts in Three Volumes (subtitle varies) (1911; reprint, Edgartown, Massachusetts: Dukes County Historical Society, 1966), 2:64-65, further cited as Banks, History of Martha's Vineyard.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 462, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S2052] Robert Charles Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 275, further cited as Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet.
  6. [S104] Samuel Bradley Doggett, The History of the Doggett/Daggett Family (, 1894; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, 1973), 70-79, further cited as Doggett, Doggett Family.
  7. [S3] Banks, History of Martha's Vineyard, 1:126, 3: 66.
  8. [S2052] Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet, 273-6.