John Hutchings was a carpenter of unknown origin who lived in Essex County, Massachusetts. He may be the “John Hutchinson”, a carpenter and passenger on the ship Bevis which carried many Newbury settlers to Boston in 1638, but there is no proof. In 1659 – 60 John Hutchins built a meeting house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where an Enoch Hutchins also lived. Enoch removed to Kittery, Maine where there were two other settlers named David Hutchins and Thomas Hutchins. There is no proof of kinship with these other local HUTCHINS settlers, but worth exploring!
John Hutchins gave his age as about 65 in a deposition in 1669. John lived first in Newbury where his son Joseph’s birth is recorded. He was one of the original 91 grantees of Newbury. He signed his will “I. H.” in 1674, so he was probably not literate. His will mentions his children by name.
John’s wife was Frances, another person of unknown origin. We don’t know her maiden name. [See the article below by Janet Ireland Delorey which proves she was not Frances Alcock] She appears in a 1653 record for being fined for wearing a silk hood and scarf “above the ordinary rank”. In 17th century New England, according to the Sumptuary Laws Against Excess of 1651, it was forbidden to wear “intolerable excess and bravery in dress” above your social station in life.
For more information on HUTCHINGS:
The Essex Genealogist, “A Second Look at the Identity of Frances, Wife of John Hutchins of Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts”, by Janet Ireland Delorey, Volume 21, pages 46 – 49 and, The Essex Genealogist, “A Look at John Hutchins of Newbury and Haverhill” by David Kendall Martin, volume 27, pages 71 – 78.
A Historical Sketch of Haverhill, In the County of Essex, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by Leverett Saltonstall, 1816, see page 135.
Descendants of John Hutchings of Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts, by Edwin Colby Byam, 1975.
My HUTCHINS genealogy:
Generation 1: John Hutchins, born about 1604 in England, died 6 February 1686 in Haverhill, Massachusetts; married to Frances Unknown who died 5 April 1694 in Haverhill. Six children.
Generation 2: Love Hutchings, born 16 July 1647 in Newbury, died February 1739 in Kingston, New Hampshire; married on 15 December 1668 to Samuel Sherborne, son of Henry Sherborne and Elizabeth Unknown. He was born 4 August 1638 in Portsmouth and died 4 August 1691 in Casco Bay, Maine. Ten children.
Generation 3: Elizabeth Sherburne m. Jonathan Sanborn
Generation 4: Margaret Sanborn m. Moses Sleeper
Generation 5: Hepzibah Sleeper m. Samuel Lane
Generation 6: Sarah Lane m. Elisha Batchelder
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ HUTCHINGS of Haverhill, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 26, 2015, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/12/surname-saturday-hutchings-of-haverhill.html: accessed [access date]).