||John Crossman migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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John Crossman was born about 1588 in Somersetshire, Taunton, England. He was Baptized on September 5, 1588 at St. Gregory by St. Paul. (source: London, Church Of England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials/ St. Gregory by St. Paul, composite Register of Baptisms, 1559-1627}
RI records state that John Crossman (A mariner) died in Newport in 1688, aged about 100 (Which means being born about 1588 in (likely) Somerset England, he was alive about the time of the Spanish Armada's sinking.). John presumably married Isabel MOSES in England (b. 1580 in England, d. 1678 in Rhode Island.) and together had Robert CROSSMAN. John Crosman (spelled this way on records) came to Taunton, MA in either 1637 or 1639 (around 50 years old). John was one of the 46 first purchasers of the town of Taunton and brought his son Robert with him when he came. John was outspoken and because of his defense of the Quakers, (whom he later joined in Providence, RI.) he was actually accused of blasphemy (foul language).1651, Oct. 24. Vol. IV, pt 1, p. 71 MBC: "Whereas the Courte and jury did not agree in John Crossmans case, who is now in prison for blasphemy and so it necessarily comes to the Court to be determined, itt is ordered, that that case be heardbefore the whole Courte on the morrow, by nine of the clock in the morning, being 28th of the 8th mo, 1651. Att the tyme appointed, the prisoner was brought before the whole Courte, the evidence against him was read, and itt was ordered, that JohnCrossman, for utterring blasphemy against God, as was prooved, shall be severely whipped, and branded on the forehead, with a hott iron, with the letter B, presently after the lecture in Boston, the 30th of this instant October, and be bannishedout of this jurisdiccon for ever, from the 20th of November next, not to retourne at his perill."
At his trial, he was sentenced to be "severely whipped", branded on the forehead with a "B" for blasphemy, and "banished forever". (See records for Oct 14, 1651 Vol. III, p. 328 Mass. Bay colony Records.) He apparently appealed and was heard again ten days later. Again, the sentence was issued. His punishment was to be delivered after Sunday services on Oct. 30th, 1651 in Boston. John was well accepted in Rhode Island. RI records state that John Crossman (A mariner) died in Newport in 1688, aged about 100
He died 26 JAN 1688 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, age 99-100.
Although not recognized as such John Crossman's and his son Robert's sons and daughters were the progenitors of many of colonial Massachusets leading families as entrepreneurs, political participants, religious leaders and military combatants.
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