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John North (1570 - 1619)

John North
Born in Olney, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 1590 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Olney, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Dec 2010
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Disputed Origins

Please note some Internet sites like Tudor Palace have conflated John North's father Thomas North of Olny with Sir Thomas North. This cannot be the case. Wikisource's biography of Sir Thomas North shows he was a different man than Thomas North of Olney (see below):

(Sir Thomas) "North was married: first, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Colville of London, and widow of Robert Rich; and, secondly, to Judith, daughter of Henry Vesey of Isleham, Cambridgeshire, and widow of Robert Bridgwater. This lady was a third time married, to John Courthope, second son of John Courthope of Whiligh, Sussex. By his first wife he was father of Edward, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Wren of Haddenham, Isle of Ely; and Elizabeth, married in June 1579 to Thomas Stuteville of Brinkley, Cambridgeshire. Cooper mentions a third child, Roger, but the boy's name is absent from the family records; and if he ever existed, it is probable that he died in infancy."[1]

Sometimes John of Romsey, Hampshire, England is shown as a father without citation.
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In 1993 Genealogist David L Green, Ph.D. FASG discovered the English origins of Richard North, the father of Susanna (North) Martin who was executed in the Salem Witch Trials. He published his findings in The American Genealogist. A link to his article is below.[2]

John NORTH was baptized 3 AUG 1570 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England the son of Thomas North of Olney. John was buried in Olney on 4 Nov 1619. His father Father Thomas North died in Olney Buckghamshire, England leaving a will dated 20 Jan 1597/8 and proved 21 Jun 1602. The will of Thomas North names his three children John, Margaret (and son-in-law John Abram and their four children) and daughter Annys Webb (and her children Richard and Ellen).[2]

John North's wife Annis (or Ann) Hodell made a will in Olney dated 5 Jun 1633 proved 20 Jul 1633 naming her children: Jane, Chistopher, Thomas, John, Richard, Marye Knight, Elizabeth Boussill, William and she also names her brother Thomas Hodell. One of the overseers was her loving Brother Thomas Hodell, a clue toward her idenity since Hodell was probably not related to her through her husband.[2] John NORTH and Annis/Ann HODELL were married before 1590 in England.[2] No probate has been found for John North. John North was married with at least one son, Thomas, when his father Thomas North executed his will on 20 January 1597/98. As John North, householder, he was buried at Olney on 4 November 1619.[2]

Greene identifies the children of John North and Annis/Ann Hodell born in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England as:[2]

  1. William of London named executor so probably oldest
  2. John shoemaker of London
  3. Richard NORTH (born about 1590 in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 1 MAR 1667 in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony). He married first Joan Bartram mother to most or all of his children and second to Ursula Scott.
  4. Mary m Kight
  5. Thomas North (born abt 1592 buried 28 MAY 1640 in Olney) Married: Alice HOOTON  ABT 1621 in Olney, Buckingham, England. He had daughters Alice/Elizabeth, Ann, Susannah and Mary. Note green thinks Alice and Elizabeth were the same person.
  6. Elizabeth married William Balswell.
  7. Christopher youngest son
  8. Jane youngest daughter married Basse.

Note the baptism records for some of Richard's children were found in Olney Bishop's Transcripts at the Buckinghamshire Record Office in Alylesbury. The baptism of his Richard's daughters was performed by Vicar William Worcester of Olney who later moved to Salisbury with Richard North giving further support to his identity.[2]


  1. Wikisource
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 David L. Greene, "The English Origin of Richard(1) North and his Daughter, Susanna(2) (North) Martin executed for Witchcraft in 1692," in The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1993) Vol 68 p 65-70 link

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What is the source for the 1570 baptism date? I don't see it in the TAG article. FHLC does not have baptismal records that early.
posted by Janna Bennington
North-2466 and North-84 appear to represent the same person because: It would appear that these are a simple duplicate with an error in the first name on North-2466.
posted by Brian McCullough
North-876 and North-84 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same son
posted by Robin Lee

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