John Severance

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John Severance, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born, say 1610.1 He died at Salisbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 9 April 1682.2

John married (1) Abigail Kimball, daughter of Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott, at England, about 1636;3,4,5 he married (2), probably as her 2nd husband, Susanna (…), whose parents are unknown (or untraced), at Salisbury, 2 October 1663.6

He was variously described as a planter, victualler and vintner. Was of Ipswich in 1636, received land in Salisbury in the "first division," 1639, 1640, and 1654. Licensed to keep the "ordinary" in Salisbury in 1662, 1663, and 1665 as well as later. Took the oath of fidelity in 1667.

Will was dated 7 Apr and proved 9 May 1682 and mentioned his wife Susanna.6,7

Family 1

Abigail Kimball b. 5 Nov 1617, d. 17 Jun 1658
  • Samuel Severance2 b. 19 Sep 1637
  • Ebenezer Severance2 b. 7 Mar 1639, d. 1667
  • Abigail Severance2 b. 7 Jan 1641, d. 7 Mar 1641
  • Abigail Severance2 b. 25 May 1643
  • Mary Severance+2 b. 5 Aug 1645, d. bef. 1720
  • John Severance2 b. 24 Nov 1647, d. aft. 1709
  • Elizabeth Severance2 b. 8 Apr 1652, d. 23 Jun 1658
  • Benjamin Severance2 b. Jan 1654, d. aft. 1665
  • Ephraim Severance2 b. 8 Apr 1656, d. aft. 1692
  • Elizabeth Severance2 b. 17 Jun 1658, d. 5 Feb 1662/63

Family 2

Susanna (…) d. aft. 1692
This person was last edited on15 Dec 2017


  1. [S1330] Estimated from approximate date of marriage (first child born in 1637).
  2. [S7] David W. Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (1897; reprint, Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1981), 314-315, further cited as Hoyt, Families of Salisbury and Amesbury.
  3. [S246] Walter Goodwin Davis and Gary Boyd Roberts, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-ancestor Compendia (Plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants), 16 vols. in 3 (1916-1963; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1996), 2:391-393, further cited as Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.
  4. [S35] Alexander Starbuck, The History of Nantucket (Boston, Massachusetts: C.E. Goodspeed, 1924), 663-4, further cited as Starbuck, History of Nantucket.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1351, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S7] Hoyt, Families of Salisbury and Amesbury.
  7. [S35] Starbuck, History of Nantucket, 633-4.