John Milton

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

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John Milton
Born in Cheapside, London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about 1642 (to 1652) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 12 Nov 1656 (to 1658) in St Margaret, Westminster, London, Englandmap
Husband of — married 24 Feb 1662 in St Mary Aldermary, London, Englandmap
Died in St. Giles Cripplegate, London, Englandmap
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English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667).

John Milton was born on Bread Street, London, on 9 December 1608, as the son of the composer John Milton and his wife Sarah Jeffreys. The senior John Milton (1562–1647) moved to London around 1583 after being disinherited by his devout Catholic father, Richard Milton, for embracing Protestantism. In London he found lasting financial success as a scrivener.

In June 1642, Milton paid a visit to the manor house at Forest Hill, Oxfordshire, and returned with a 16-year-old bride, Mary Powell (1625–1652). A month later, finding life difficult with the severe 35-year-old schoolmaster and pamphleteer, Mary returned to her family. Partly because of the outbreak of the Civil War, she did not return until 1645. They had four children:

Anne (born 7 July 1646)
Mary (born 25 October 1648)
John (16 March 1651 – June 1652)
Deborah (2 May 1652 – 1727)

Mary Powell died on 5 May 1652 from complications following Deborah's birth.

On 12 November 1656, Milton was married again, to Katherine Woodcock. [1] She died on 3 February 1658, [2] less than four months after giving birth to a daughter, Katherine, who also died.

Milton married for a third time on 24 February 1662, to Elizabeth Mynshull (1638–1728), the niece of Thomas Mynshull, a wealthy apothecary and philanthropist in Manchester. [3]

Milton died of kidney failure on 8 November 1674 and was buried in the church of St Giles Cripplegate, Fore Street, London. [4]


  1. Katherine Woodcock: Boyd's Marriage Index, transcribed by Society of Genealogists, viewed via findmypast
  2. Katherine Milton: Westminster Burials, City of Westminster Archives Centre, viewed via findmypast
  3. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), John Millton and Elizabeth Minshall, 24 Feb 1662; citing Saint Mary Aldermary,London,London,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 374484, 942 B4HA V. 5.
  4. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 July 2019), John Milton, 1674; Burial, London, City of London, Greater London, England, St Giles Cripplegate Churchyard; citing record ID 716, Find a Grave,

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Sonnet 19

When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest He returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?” I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed, And post o’er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.”

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