Saturday, January 23, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ MARRIAN of Watertown, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire


John Marrian settled in Hampton, New Hampshire where was listed as a proprietor and bought his first piece of land in 1645.  In 1646 he was granted two more acres by the town.  By 1671 he deeded land to the husbands of his daughters Elizabeth and Hannah, and in 1681 he deeded more land to his sons-in-law in exchange for their providing for himself and his second wife for the rest of their lives. 

It is thought that John Marrian was an early settler in Watertown.  Torrey’s New England Marriages have a marriage for John Marian and his wife Sarah pulled from the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, page 458.  This states that Sarah’s name was Sarah EDDY (unconfirmed).  He remarried to Margery, the widow of William Godfrey.  John Marrian’s daughter Hannah married his stepson, Isaac Godfrey.  I descend from his other daughter, Elizabeth, who married Henry Dearborn in 1666. 

There was an early shoemaker in Boston named John Marrian, but it is unknown if there was a kinship between the two men. 

More MARRIAN resources:

John Marrian is not mentioned in Hollick’s New Englanders in the 1600s, nor in Anderson’s Great  Migration series or directory.   Your best resources would be the Watertown and Hampton vital records and town histories, and the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Noyes, Libby and Davis. I couldn’t find a recent article (nor an old one) on the MARRIAN family in the NEHGS database. 

My MARRIAN lineage:

Generation 1:  John Marrian, died about 1681 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married in Watertown to Sarah Unknown who died 26 January 1670/1 in Hampton (five children); married on 14 September 1671 in Hampton to Margery Unknown, widow of Deacon William Godfrey (no children).

Generation 2:  Elizabeth Marrian, probably born in Watertown, died 6 July 1716 in Hampton; married on 10 January 1666 to Henry Dearborn, son of Godfrey Dearborn.  He was baptized on 22 March 1633/4 and died 18 January 1725 in Hampton.  Seven children, and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A:

Generation 3:  Sarah Dearborn m. Philemon Blake
Generation 4: Elizabeth Blake m. Samuel Lane
Generation 5: Samuel Lane m. Hepzibah Sleeper
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)

Lineage B1:

Generation 3:  John Dearborn m. Abigail Batchelder
Generation 4:  Elizabeth Dearborn m. John Garland
Generation 5: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 6:  Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder (see above)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ MARRIAN of Watertown, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 23, 2016, ( accessed [access date])/ 

1 comment:

  1. although Anderson did not write a bio for John Marion/Marrian of Hampton or Boston, he did mention them both in other bio's, notable that of John Eddy, father of Sarah Eddy. Sarah was the wife of John Marion of Boston. If you're interested I did a timeline for both men to assure myself that they were indeed two distinct men. See it here: