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John Coolidge, son of William Coolidge and Margaret Mayse, was born at Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, England, 16 September 1604.1 He died at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 7 May 1691.2,1

John married Mary Ravens, daughter of Richard Ravens and Elizabeth Hedge, about 1630.3,4,1,5,6

John first appears on New England records when he was made a freeman of the Colony. 25 May 1636, Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay." He was one of eleven chosen 10 Dec 1638 "to order the Civill affaires of ye Towne" of Watertown, a board later known as the selectmen. He served as such 1638-42, 1664-69, 1677, 1680, and 1682. He was deputy from Watertown to the General Court of the Colony in 1658.

He had a homestall of twelve acres bounded by the Cambridge line on the north, David fiske's homestall on the east, the Pond road on the south and William Paine's homestall on the west.

His will was dated 19 Nov 1681 and proved 16 Jun 1691. He mentioned his wife, five surviving sons, and grandaughters Sarah and Mary Mixer. His son Stephen was to have "my house and lott I now live in." He called John Sherman "cousin." John and Martha Sherman were witnesses. The inventory showed property appraised at 237-07-00 (Middlesex Probate Files, 5094).1,4


Mary Ravens b. 14 Nov 1602, d. 22 Aug 1691
  • John Coolidge5,1 b. abt. 1630, d. 8 Feb 1690/91
  • Simon Coolidge5,1 b. abt. 1632, d. 27 Dec 1693
  • Nathaniel Coolidge5,1 b. abt. 1636, d. 3 Nov 1711
  • Mary Coolidge5,1 b. 14 Oct 1637, d. 2 Mar 1659/60
  • Stephen Coolidge5,1 b. 28 Oct 1639, d. Feb 1710/11
  • Obadiah Coolidge5,1 b. 15 Apr 1642, d. 11 Jul 1663
  • Jonathan Coolidge+5,1 b. 10 Mar 1645/46, d. Feb 1723/24
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  1. [S32] George Walter Chamberlain, "The Early New England Coolidges and Some of Their Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 77 (October 1923): 270-304, at 270-277, further cited as Chamberlain, "New England Coolidges."
  2. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 1:3:65, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  3. [S12] Michael J. Wood, "The English Origin of Grace (Ravens) (Sherman) (Rogers) Porter and Mary (Ravens) Coolidge of Watertown, Mass.," The American Genealogist 62 (Apr - Jul 1987): 65-77, 161-170, at 161-172, further cited as Wood, "English Origin of Grace Porter and Mary Coolidge."
  4. [S9] Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps And Notes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 165, 743-746, further cited as Bond, Bond's Watertown.
  5. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 2:191-198, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  6. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 371, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).