Person:John Wotton (3)

m. 9 Feb 1797
  1. Hannah Wotton1797 - 1871
  2. Wright Wotton1799 - 1886
  3. Hiram Wotton1805 - 1877
  4. Sally Wotton1807 - 1803
Facts and Events
Name[3][5] John Wotton
Alt Name John Watton
Unknown John Walton
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1761 Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
Marriage 9 Feb 1797 Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, United Statesto Betsey Bigelow
Death[1][2] 12 Dec 1824 Northfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
  1. Northfield (Massachusetts). Town Clerk. Births, baptisms, marriages, intentions, deaths, 1713-1839, approx. (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    Book B, p. 2.

    John Wotton Father of the above named Children died Dec'r 12 1824.

  2. Find A Grave: Center Cemetery, Northfield, MA, in Find A Grave
    John Wotton.

    [rest buried]

  3. Temple, Josiah Howard; George Sheldon; and Mary T. Stratton. History of the Town of Northfield, Massachusetts, for 150 years: with an account of the prior occupation of the territory by the Squakheags: and with family genealogies. (Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1875)
    p. 71.

    WATTON, John, 1799; b. in Watton Edge, Eng. [not a known WeRelate place, assumed it is Wotton-under-Edge] 1761; ran away, and became cabin boy; his vessel was captured by an American cruiser, and he was imprisoned in Taunton jail; befriended by the jailor, he was apprenticed to a nail maker; enlisted in the Rev. army, and was at the surrender of Burgoyne; sett. in Nfd., after the war; d. Dec. 12, 1824.

    He m. Laura Smith, (2) wid. Elizabeth (Bigeloe) Green, who d. April 7, 1831, a. 71.
    [Note: no evidence of the first marriage has been found. There is a John Walton or Watton in Warwick in the 1790 census (middle column about 2/3 way down the column) that seems to match but no Warwick records for him seem to exist. Some of the claimed children can be found as adults, but no evidence of a relationship to John is apparent. This marriage has not been entered and is left for a future poster who may have more solid evidence.]

  4.   Massachusetts. Probate Court (Franklin County). Probate dockets, records, and indexes, 1810-1971. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972, 1991)
    Case 4953: John Walton.

    18 Dec 1824: Elizabeth Walton widow of John Watton deceased declines administration and request Mark Woodword son in law of deceased.
    21 Dec 1824: Administration of John Watton of Northfield granted to Mark Woodward of Northfield, Elizabeth Watton his widow having declined.
    20 Dec 1825: Account of Mark Woodward, admr on John Walton late of Northfield, allowed.

  5. The Warwick marriage record to Betsy Farnsworth clearly says Watton, which suggests it was taken from the birth location. The Northfield records say Wotton, as does the gravestone, or Wootton. The probate appears to say Walton and some of the descendants seem to use Walton. One or two of the records even resemble Watson. In colonial handwriting, the difference between these spellings can be hard to distinguish. Were both t's crossed or just the second? Was that an 'o' or 'a' as the second letter.