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John Cushing 3rd (1695 - 1778)

Honorable John Cushing 3rd
Born in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married Apr 1717 in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married 20 Nov 1729 in Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 82 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Occupation: Judge
Education: Harvard 1711

John resided at Belle House in Scituate. He was Town Clerk from 1719 to 1744; representative from Scituate in 1721 and for several succeeding years; Judge of Probate Plymouth Co. 1739; Justice of the Court of Common Pleas (Plymouth Co.) from 1738 to 1751, when he was transferred to the Superior Court; Judge of the Superior Court from 1747 to 1771, when he resigned (Judge Cushing received his appointment to the Supreme Court from Washington); and a Councillor of the Province from 1746 to 1763. ‘His introduction into the office (of Councillor) was attended with a more unanimous vote than any ever before had--having all the votes save one.’ -- Rev. Josiah Cotton. He was one of the presiding Judges at the trial of the British soldiers for the massacre at Boston 5 Mar 1770.”48

In 1743 John built the Walnut Tree Hill Mansion, a large and imposing building. The mansion burned in 1872.7


27 July 1695 Scituate, Plymouth County Massachusetts [1] [2][3]

Marriage to Elizabeth Holmes

John married Elizabeth Holmes in April 1717. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Holmes and Sarah Thaxler. Their children were all born in Scituate.

  • Deborah Cushing b. Nov. 16, 1718, d. in Hanover [1]
  • Sarah Cushing b. March 26, 1720, m. Aug. 16, 1750 Ebenezer Pierpoint. [1]
  • John Cushing b. Aug. 16, 1722, [1]
  • Nathaniel b. Aug. 12, 1724, d. Apr. 2 1725 [1]
  • William b. September 23, 1725, d. Feb. 4, 1726 [1]

Marriage to Mary Cotton

Wife: Mary Cotton [1]
Child: Mary Cushing
Child: William Cushing
Child: Charles Cushing
Child: Edward Cushing
Child: Hannah Cushing
Child: Bethia Cushing
Child: Lucy Cushing
Child: Abigail Cushing
Child: Rowland Cushing


19 MAR 1778 Scituate, Massachusetts (Plymouth)[5][6]


The will of John Cushing of Scituate, Esquire, was dated 27 April 1771 and proved on 5 August 1778 in Plymouth. He mentions his children, John, Charles, Roland, Hannah, Sarah, Mary, Lucy, Abigail, and William (executor), and his grandchildren, Betty Young, and Fanny Burbank, and his brothers, Benjamin, and Josiah.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 ebook Google Books; [1]; The Descendants of George Holmes of Roxbury: 1594-1908; Compiled by George Arthur Gray; Boston; Press of David Clapp & Son, 1908; Page 15 and See Also:
  2. #S480
  3. #S650: Page 255
  4. #S650: Page 256
  5. #S480
  6. #S650: Page 256
  7. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Probate records 1775-1780 vol 24-25 > image 307 of 568; State Archives, Boston.

Also See:

  • Gray, George Arthur. The Descendants of George Holmes of Roxbury (David Clapp & Son, Boston, 1908) Page 15
  • S480: Arlene Hanneman, CA & Janice Felix Hyde, WY Title: Arlene Hanneman, California & Janice Felix Hyde, Auburn Wyoming (Ancestral File: Submission: AF96112636 & Submission: AF95108385) * S650: History of Scituate Massachusetts Title: History of Scituate Massachusetts
  • S661: History of Scituate Massachusetts to 1831 Title: Samuel Deane, History of Scituate Massachusetts from Its First Settlement to 1831 (Clearfield) Subsequent Source Citation Format: Samuel Deane, Clearfield. Page: 2

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