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John Barstow (abt. 1625 - 1658)

John Barstow aka Bastow
Born about in Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 28 Nov 2010
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The Puritan Great Migration.
John Barstow migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

"(Bond found the baptism at Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire, 17 Nov 1600, of Michael Barstow, son of Matthew Barstow [Bond 677]; Matthew Wood found the baptism at Halifax, 6 Jan 1600/1, of Michael Barstow, son of Michael Barstow of Northowram [NYGBR 121:98]. Given the size of this parish and the multiplicity of Barstow families therein, further research needs to be undertaken before we can identify the parents of Michael Barstow and his brothers.)[1][2] There are also baptisms of Michael's (son of Michael) on 17 Feb 1599 and 18 Jan 1600 at St. john the Baptist in Halifax.[3]


Four Barstow brothers lived in New England, Michael, William, George and John.

The time of John's arrival in New England is unknown. The inventory of Bozoun Allen was dated 22 Sep 1652 and mentions a debt due by John Bersto.

It is sometimes said he had a wife Hannah, who married Prince.[2] By Michael Barstow's will, Hannah Prince had formerly been married to Michaels brother, William, not John.

The will of Michael Barstow, dated June 23, 1674, and proved 20 June 1676 made bequest to among others:[1]

  • Michael Barstow (son of John deceased) lot of Upland and Meadow in Watertown and a lot in Barehill in Watertowne
  • John & Jeremiah, children of the aforesaid John Barstow deceased: £15 each.

The wording of the will does not call John his brother, but in a matter in the Plymouth Court 1 Nov 1679, Lydia Standlake (formerly the wife of John's son Jeremiah) allowed to be guardian to her two sons John Barstow and Jeremiah Barstow was given permission to recover a legacy due them from the estate of their uncle Micaell Barstow, late of Watertown, deceased.[4]

John died 13 Feb 1657/8. While coming home, in the night, from Dedham, Massachusetts, he fell through the ice near Mr. Parker's farm and was drowned, aged 33. So born about 1625.[5][6]

John Bastow: Inventory 12m 2d 1657, This date is inconsistant with his date of death[7] presented by Relict widow 24 12th m. 1657. No children are mentioned. His wife is not named.[8]


  • William, John and Jeremiah were named as sons of John in Michael Barstows will.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 1, A-B begins p. 171 will p. 172 link AmericanAncestors ($)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bond 677 p. 677] of Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston : to which is appended the early history of the town. by Bond, Henry, (1860)
  3. Search at
  4. Shutleff, Nathaniel B. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England: Court orders [being the proceedings of the General Court and the Court of Assistants], 1633-1691 Vol VI 1678-1691. (Boston: Press of W. White, 1856) p.23
  5. Bond, Henry and Jones, Horatio Gates. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston: To which is Appended the Early History of the Town N. E. Historic-genealogical society, for the benefit of the "Bond fund,", 1860. p. 18
  6. There was a coroner's inquest. The record has not been located online.
  7. This looks like the 2d of Feb to me, although it has been listed as the 20th
  8. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by link AmericanAncestors ($) John Bastow #1331
  9. Will transcription: "Michael Barstow's Will." NEHGR 8:169 (1854)
  • Radasch, Arthur Hitchcock. Barstow-Bestor Genealogy. Descendants of John1 Barstow and George1 Barstow. (1964) pp 1-9

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Barstow-355 and Barstow-243 appear to represent the same person because: Brian, how about merging this extra john away.
posted by Anne B
Hi Brain

When I went to save the changes I had made re missing ref tag in the bio

A message came up re mother dying before the birth of child

Here is the link to your suggestions list

There are several issues re dates

Any questions please ask


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posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Please see G2G Question.
posted by Anne B

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