Saturday, December 23, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ BACON of Dedham, Newton, and Salem, Massachusetts

The grave of Tabitha (Bacon) (Glover) Jillings
at Marblehead, Massachusetts


Michael Bacon (1569 – 1648), my 11th great grandfather, came from Suffolk County, England with his wife, three sons, a daughter, and their families to Dedham, Massachusetts.  He was one of the original signers of the Dedham agreement in 1633.  That record says he was from Ireland. According to tradition, he returned to England and was back in Dedham by 1640. 

Michael Bacon’s will is dated 14 April 1648, and he died on 18 April.   His will mentions his sons Michael, Daniel and John, and his daughter Sarah Bancroft.  His wife Alice died on 2 April of the same year.  I descend from son Daniel Bacon (about 1620 – 1691), my 10th great grandfather. 

Daniel Bacon was an original proprietor at Woburn, Massachusetts.  You can read his name on the list of the 32 original signers of the Woburn Orders 18 December 1640.  He removed to Bridgewater , and then later exchanged his land in Woburn (with his nephew Michael Bacon) for land in a part of Cambridge that is now the town of Newton, Massachusetts.  This deed states that he was formerly of Bridgewater, now of Cambridge.  His wife, Mary Read, was from Bridgewater.  Daniel Bacon was a tailor. His seven children are recorded in Newton.

In the next generation I descend from Daniel Bacon, Jr. (about 1641 – 1720), my 9th great grandfather.  He was a ship carpenter and had a small shipyard in Salem, Massachusetts on a creek that was known as Knocker’s Hole.  This land is near Mill Street in Salem today.   The History of Salem, by Sidney Perley, lists many ships built by Daniel Bacon in this shipyard.   Daniel Bacon married Susanna Spencer.  In his will he left everything to his wife, with the agreement that when she passed away the property would be divided into five parts for his five children.

Next I descend from the youngest son, John Bacon, who was already deceased when his father wrote his will.  His children inherited from their grandfather.  John Bacon (1681 – 1716), 8th great grandfather, was also a shipwright.  After his early death, his wife remarried to Joseph Willard.  I descend from John Bacon’s daughter Tabitha who married Jonathan Glover.  Tabitha and Jonathan had four sons, and all served in the Revolutionary War.   One of these sons was the famous Major General John Glover (1732 – 1797), the maritime hero of the American Revolutionary War.   I descend from their son youngest, Daniel Glover (b. 1734/5). 

Some BACON resources:

The History of Salem, by Sidney Perley (three volumes)
Bacon Genealogy: Michael Bacon of Dedham, 1640, and his descendants, by Thomas Williams Baldwin, 1915.
The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Volume 1, page 90

My BACON genealogy:

Generation 1:  Michael Bacon, baptized on 6 December 1579 in Winston, Suffolk County, England, died on 18 April 1648 in Dedham, Massachusetts; married on 20 September 1607 in Winston to Alice Blower.  She was born about 1581 and died 2 April 1648 in Dedham.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Daniel Bacon, born about 1620, died 7 September 1691 in Newton, Massachusetts; married about 1640 to Mary Read, daughter of Thomas Read and Rachel Unknown.  She died on 4 October 1691 in Newton.  Eight children.

Generation 3: Daniel Bacon, born about 1641, died 1720; married on 1 August 1664 in Salem to Susannah Spencer, daughter of Michael Spencer and Isabel Unknown.  She was born about 1643 probably in Lynn, Massachusetts, and died 1719 in Salem.  Seven children.

Generation 4:  John Bacon was born 24 January 1681 in Salem, died 29 February 1716 in Salem; married on 20 January 1702 in Salem to Hannah King, daughter of Daniel King and Tabitha Walker.  She was born aobut 1681.  Six children.

Generation 5:  Tabitha Bacon, baptized on 20 July 1712 (with three of her siblings) in Salem, Massachusetts, died 7 March 1785 in Marblehead, Massachusetts; married on 23 February 1727 in Salem to Jonathan Glover, son of Jonathan Glover and Abigail Henderson.  He was born 14 December 1702 in Salem, and died August 1737 in Salem.  Four children.  Tabitha remarried to Thomas Jillings on 15 July 1756.

Generation 6:  Daniel Glover m. Hannah Jillings (step siblings)
Generation 7:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 8:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 9:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ BACON of Dedham, Newton, and Salem, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 23, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. Hi Heather! We share another ancestor in Michael Bacon. I'm descended from his son, Michael, brother of Daniel. :)

  2. And I descend from Michael through his son, John who married Rebecca HALL.