Robert HEATH [perhaps] of Aniwell

Spouse: ____

Children: Edward


Edward HEATH born circa 1525, died 3/8/1592-3 Ware, Hertfordshire

Spouse: Alice _____

Children: William


William HEATH of Ware, Hertfordshire; Waltham Abbey, born circa 1550 - 1555

Spouse: Agnes CHENEY of Waltham married 6/9/1580

Children: Mary; William born by 1591, of Nazing, died 5/29/1652 Roxbury, married Mary Crampthorne and Mary Perry, sailed in Lion 1632; Isaac married Elizabeth, came in Hopewell 1635, "harnis maker"


Margery HEATH at Ware, Hertfordshire born 1594, died 5/14/1629, buried 5/15/1629 St. Mary's Church

Spouse: John JOHNSON born circa 1588, came in the fleet with Winthrop  with 6 surviving children & 2 of Mary's brothers and families; freeman 1630, yeoman, had a tavern, member of Artillery Co. Surveyor General of all Arms,  died 9/29/1659 Roxbury, home caught fire and burned 3/1645 taking with it the large part of the city's gunpowder; he married  (2)  Margery ___ married by 1633, buried 6/9/1655 Roxbury; (3) by 1656 Grace (Negus) Fawer widow of Barnabus Fawer date of will 12/21/1671 probate 12/29/1671

Children: Mary baptized Ware 7/31/1614 married by 1636 Roger Mowry and (2) John Kingsley; Isaac baptized Ware End, Great Amwell  2/11/1615-16, married Elizabeth Porter in Roxbury, killed in King Phillips War while storming the Narragansett Fort 1675; John baptized Ware End 4/8/1618 buried 7/8/1627 Ware;  Humphrey;  Elizabeth baptized Ware End 8/22/1619, married Roxbury 3/14/1642-3 Robert Pepper; Joseph baptized Ware End 4/20/1622 buried 5/122; Susan baptized Ware End 7/16/1623 buried Ware 8/16/1629; Sarah baptized Ware 11/12/1624 married Hugh Burt and William Bartram; Joseph baptized Ware 3/6/1626-7 buried 3/30/1627;  Hannah baptized Ware 3/23/1627-8


The Great Migration

Genealogical & Family History of ME: John Johnson immigrant ancestor of this branch of the Johnson family was born in England and came to America in the fleet with Winthrop accompanied by his wife Margery [this is incorrect] who died at Roxbury June 9 1655 and their sons Isaac and Humphrey and probably other children. Savage thinks there were three daughters. Johnson was admitted a freeman May 18 1630. He settled in Roxbury and was called a yeoman. He was chosen by the general court October 19 1630 constable of Roxbury and surveyor of all the arms of the colony and was a very industrious man in his place. He kept a tavern and was agent for Mrs Catherine Sumpner of London in 1653 He was a man of wealth and much distinction. He was a deputy to the general court in 1634 and many years afterward. His house was burned August 2 1645 with seventeen barrels of his country's powder and many arms in his charge. At the same time the town records were destroyed. He was elected a member of the Artillery Company in 1638. He signed the inventory of Joseph Weld's estate in 1646. He died September 30 1650 and his will was proved October 15 following dividing his property among his five children the eldest to have a double portion. The estate amounted to six hundred and sixty pounds. He married second Grace Negus Fawer widow of Barnabas Fawer Her will was made December 21 1671 and proved December 29 1671 leaving all her estate to her brothers Jonathan and Benjamin Negus. Children all by first wife 1 Isaac married January 20 1637 Elizabeth Porter killed in the Narragansett fight in King Philip's war December 19 1675. 2 Humphrey mentioned below. 3 Mary married Roger Mowry of Providence who sold her share in the estate October 12 1659. Two othher daughters. II Humphrey son of John Johnson was born in England. He came to America with his parents and settled in Roxbury as early as 1643 when his name appears on a deed. He was a resident of Scituate in 1651 and while he was considered an able and shrewd man he was continually getting into trouble ith the authorities. As he came to Scituate without the consent of the governor and two assistants, he was ordered to remove and March 30 1674 he removed to Hingham. He was given permission by the selectmen to settle upon the common land provided he would move at three months notice. On April 22 1675 he was granted privileges for making improvements on the land. He resided on Liberty Plain at South Hingham. He married first in 1642 Eleanor Cheney of Roxbury who died at Hingham September 28 1678. He married second Abigail. Children of first wife 1 Mehitable born 1644 2 Martha 1647 3 John 1653 drowned at Hingham June 12 1674, 4 Joseph 1655 died young, 5 Benjamin 1657, 6 Margaret 1659 married at Hingham October 20 1676 Josiah Leavitt, 7 Deborah 1661 died April 1 1669, 8 Mary 1663, 9 Nathaniel July 1666, 10 Isaac February 18 1668 mentioned below, 11 Joseph September 6 1676.  Children of second wife 12 John June 8 1680, 13 Deborah February 19 1682 83 III 

The Town of Roxbury: The fact is worth noting that from Johnson to Doggett the Roxbury innkeepers have generally been military men. Elizabeth Sunmer Doggett his daughter became the wife of Elijah Lewis and the mother of George Lewis afterwards mayor of Roxbury. Upon the westerly side of the street beginning at the boundary line was John Johnson's estate of eight acres, including the "house, barn and house lot on the back side of his orchard and buildings lying together with liberty to inclose the swamp and brook before the same not annoying any highway. John Johnson "surveyor general of all ye armyes" was chosen constable of Roxbury Oct 19 1630, was made freeman in 1631, was for fourteen years a representative in the General Court, and died Sept 29 1659. He probably ecame over with Winthrop, was a very industrious and faithful man in his plave and kept a tavern in Roxbury Street where many publiv meetings were held. When Anne Hutchinson was taken into cnstody the General Court ordered that the arms of her Roxbury adherents be delivered to goodman Johnson, the town of Roxbury being required to take order for their custody and if any charge arise to be defrayed by her husband. Under date of Feb 6 1645 Winthrop records that John Johnson having built a fair house in the midst of the town with divers barns and other out houses it fell on fire in the day time no man knowing by what occasion and there being in it seventeen barrels of the country's powder and many arms all was suddenly burnt and blown up to the value of four or five hundred pounds wherein a special providence of God appeared for he being from home the people came together to help and many were in the house no man thinking of the powder till one of the company put them in mind of it whereupon they all withdrew and soon after the powder took fire and blew up all about it and shook the houses in Boston and Cambridge so as men thought it had been an earthquake and carried great pieces of timber a good way off and some rags and such light things beyond Boston meeting house. There being then a stiff gale from the south, it drove the fire from the houses in the town for this was the most northerly otherwise it had endangered the greatest part of the town. Eliot who had an eye for special providences says "Ye wind at first stood to carry ye ire to other howses but suddenly turned it from all other howses only carrying it to ye outhouses and barns thereby and it was a fierce wind & thereby drave ye element back from ye neighbors howses which in a calm time would by ye great heate have been set on fire. At this fire the first book of Town Records and the School Charter were destroyed, the former was an irreparable loss.

History of Essex Co. MA: The first known ancestor of the Johnson family at Nahant is John Johnson, a cousin of Isaac Johnson, who came from England with his wife Margery and his children Isaac and Humphrey. He probably had other children besides these as he speaks of five in his will in 1629. He settled at Roxbury and was admitted freeman in 1630. He was a learned and leading man in the colonies and represented the town of Roxbury in the General Court for many years. He was also surveyor general of the arms of the colonies. Mr Edward Johnson of Woburn says, "To write the history of John Johnson would fill a volume and his worth as one of the founders of the government of the colonies of Massachusetts is too well known to be recorded here." He died September 29 1659. Margery his wife died June 9 1655. Humphrey a son of John Johnson married Ellen Cheney March 20 1642. Their children were Mehitable born September 1644, Deborah born June 20 1650, these two were born at Roxbury, John born March 1653, Joseph born June 24 1655, Benjamin born August 27 1657, Margaret born August 1659, the last four were born at Scituate. Humphrey attorney for Plymouth witnessed the will of Governor Winthrop and was a leading man both in Plymouth and Scituate. John a son of Humphrey married Mary. Their children were Elizabeth born May 19 1675, Joseph born October 1677, Rebecca born November 17 1679, Rachel born December 23 1681, Jonathan born February 20 1682, all born at Rehoboth.

History of the First Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1630-1904: John Johnson, farmer, came to Roxbury in 1630 with wife Margery m 2 Grace Fawer. Freeman May 18 1631, Constable 1630, Selectman, Surveyor general of the ammunition which while stored in his house caught fire blew up the house and all was lost, It was at this time that the records were destroyed. May 8 1632 he and Robert Cole were chosen from Roxbury to advise with the governor at the next General Court. May 14 1634 Deputy from Roxbury to the first General Court of delegates. Artillery Company 1638. An original donor to the Free Schoole. Died Sept 30 1659. Margery Johnson wife of John Johnson.

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