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Michael Bacon III (abt. 1671 - 1723)

Michael Bacon III
Born about in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 20 Nov 1694 in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
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Died in Dorchester, Berkely County, South Carolinamap
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Michael was the illegitimate son of Michael Bacon and Mary Ball who had been placed in service of Bacon's home when she was 16. See her profile for details.

Michael grew up in the Puritan Colony of Dorchester, Massachusetts where the affairs of the plantations were controlled by the clergymen and magistrates, and the majority of settlers had no political rights.

Michael was mentioned in a deed given by his father on Oct 4 1696, as then "of Billerica, shoemaker".[1]

Michael Bacon married Johanna Way in Salem, Massachusetts on November 20, 1694. She was the daughter of William and Perses Way of Salem.

On December 14, 1695, Michael and Johanna Bacon along with their fellow band of Puritans [others say Quakers, in response to increasing intolerance] departed Boston and sailed to Charles Town, South Carolina. South Carolina offered rich lands, a congenial climate, and an opportunity to spread the gospel in a distant colony that guaranteed religious freedom. Joseph Lord was the leader of this covenanted band having been ordained in October 1695 for “Ye gathering of a church for ye South Carolina”. This group was denounced by John Danforth, pastor of the Dorchester Church in Massachusetts. The journey took them only six days by sea, but they lingered for three more months before selecting a site for their settlement. During this time they were housed by local inhabitants who were glad to have this group as neighbors. On March 23, 1697, the congregation gathered to draw lots. Prior to drawing personal property lots, however, they designated 115 half-acre lots for their place of trade, the village of Dorchester. A public square and 20 acres between the town and Dorchester Creek were reserved for common use. A 50 acre meadow was laid out adjacent to the town on the west and 123 acres were set aside for mill land. Michael Bacon drew lot number 8 in the first range and purchased lots 6 and 7. One of these lots had a bridge across the Ashley River that is still known as “Bacon’s Bridge.”

On 21 Feb., 1710 Michael patented 600 acres in Berkley County, South Carolina. He patented land on 07 Jun., and 28 Jun., 1711 at Beach Hill, Colleton County, South Carolina.

On 12 Mar., 1717 Michael gave power of attorney to Rev. Joseph Lord of Massachusetts to collect what was due him from his father’s estate.

Michael Bacon again purchased property on the Ashley River on 18 Aug., 1718, on 02 Mar., 1719 and on 28 Mar., 1721. His wife, Johanna Way-Bacon, is assumed to have been deceased by the time of these transactions, as she is not mentioned in the deeds.

On March 12, 1717, Michael Bacon gave power of attorney to Joseph Lord “to recover and collect what might be due me from the estate of my father, Michael Bacon of Billerica, in the county of Middlesex, within the Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England”. Also in 1717 Dorchester, South Carolina and the surrounding territory were organized into St. George’s Parish and plans were laid to erect an Anglican church in the center of Dorchester Village. Michael Bacon took an active part in the community life of Dorchester, South Carolina. He was a leading rice planter, and helped to build the “Old White” meeting house in 1700. He was very active in the church and the religious life of the community. He was instrumental in helping Dorchester to become a place of trade.

Michael made his will on 02 May, 1723 in Dorchester, South Carolina, and it was proved on 27 Jun., 1723.

This disagrees with this:

"...He appears to have later gone to Newport, Georgia, with the other Dorchester folk, as the soil at Dorchester was very poor. No further records of him, his wife, or family, though many Bacon people there appear to be his descendants, judging by names, etc." [2]


  1. Samuel Bacon

Were there more?


  1. Vinton, John Adams, The Richardson Memorial; Full History and Genealogy of Ezekiel, Samuel, and Thomas Richardson. Posterity of Thomas Richardson, Portland ME, (1876) Vol II, pg 506
  2. Ancestry & Genealogy of Thomas Grover, pg. 155

See also:

  • The New England Ball Project
  • S039406New England Ancestors Magazine, New England Historic Genealogical Society, year? volume? page? author? article name?.

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I can not merge these 2 profiles before I have the time to research this more. Thank you

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posted by Jerry Barnard
Bacon-3400 and Bacon-2242 appear to represent the same person because: are these two the same man? If so plse merge
posted by Beryl Meehan
Bacon-2825 and Bacon-2242 appear to represent the same person because: According to The New England Ball Project < />, Michael was the illegitimate son of Michael and Mary Ball when Mary was "in service" to the Bacon family.
posted by Bob Tonsmeire

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