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John Oxenbridge (abt. 1609 - 1674)

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Rev. John Oxenbridge
Born about in Daventry, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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John Oxenbridge is a descendant of Edward III, King of England.[1]

John, son of Daniel Oxenbridge and Katherine Harby,[1] was baptized in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, on 30 or 31 Jan 1608/9.[2][3]


John Oxenbridge was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge on 8 Nov 1625 (or 8 Apr 1626 per DNB) and then transferred to Magdalen Hall, Oxford, where he received his B.A. on 13 Nov 1628 and M.A. on 18 Jun 1631.[3] He remained at Oxford as a tutor at Magdalen Hall until 27 May 1634. On that date, Archbishop William Laud removed John from that position because John, acting without approval from the College, documented his plan for a better college government and persuaded students to subscribe to it.[3] After leaving Oxford, John traveled to Bermuda, where he was a minister, returning to England in 1641.[2][3]

Upon his return, John traveled around England, preaching in various towns. In Aug 1848, during the English Civil War, John helped negotiate the surrender of Scarborough Castle.[4] He was the perpetual curate (resident priest) of Beverley, East Riding, Yorkshire in 1646 and had moved on to lecture at Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland[2] by 1651. He was a minister in Scotland in Apr 1652 and was appointed a Fellow of Eton College, Buckinghamshire, on 25 Oct 1652. He remained at Eton until the Restoration in 1660, when he was ejected from his fellowship.[3]

After leaving Eton, John returned to Berwick-upon-Tweed and stayed there until 1662, when he was ejected from the ministry, being silenced by the Act of Uniformity. He left England in 1662, traveling to Surinam,[5] a plantation colony in the West Indies, moving on to Barbados in 1657 and, in about 1669, he emigrated to America, settling in Boston.[3] On 20 Jan 1669/70, John and his wife were admitted to the first church/meeting house at Boston, where he was made its pastor on 4 May 1670.[2][3]

John wrote four books published between 1661 and 1672.[3]


John Oxenbridge was married four times:

FIRST, to Jane Butler[1] on 28 Sep 1640 at St. Stephen, Coleman Street, London.[6] Jane was the daughter of Thomas Butler, merchant of Newcastle, and Mary Clavering, daughter of the Mayor of Newcastle[5] (mother's name was Elizabeth Clavering per DNB).[3] Jane died 25 April 1658 and was buried at Eton, Buckinghamshire. They had the following children:[3][5]
  • Daniel, MD;
  • Bathshua, m.Richard Scott of Jamaica;
  • Elizabeth;
  • Mary.
SECOND, to Frances Woodward,[1] less than a year after he was widowed.[3] Frances died "in childbed" on 25 July 1659 and was buried at Eton, Buckinghamshire.[5]. John and Frances had one child:[1][5]
  • Theodora, m.Rev. Peter Thatcher.
THIRD, to Mary Hacksaw.[1] Their marriage licence was dated 26 Feb 1660/1.[5] NOTE: This marriage is not included in the DNB and some other sources.[3]
FOURTH, to Susanna (---) Parris,[1] widow of (Unknown) Abbit,[5] after Nov 1666, probably in Barbados.[3] No record of the date/place of their marriage has been found. Her Find A Grave bio (unsourced) calls her widow of John Parris.

John Oxenbridge died suddenly at Boston, Massachusetts on 28 Dec 1674,[2][5] aged 66 years, and was buried at Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.[7] He died "being seized with apoplexy" while preaching a sermon at his church. His will was dated 12 Jan 1673/4,[3] and can be accessed online at Sussex Archealogical Collections, pp.215-219.

NOTE This John Oxenbridge has been confused with another John Oxenbridge, a commoner who attended Lincoln College in 1623.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004;, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: #467 p.160.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Cambridge Alumni Database, University of Cambridge, ID: OKSG625J, citing (D.N.B.; Sussex Archaeol. Coll., XII. 206; E. A. Jones, The Old Silver of the American Churches).
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Cooper, Thompson, "Oxenbridge, John" entry in Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Vol.43, p.7-8.
  4. Hinderwell, Thomas, The History and Antiquities of Scarborough. Scarborough: J. Bye, 1832. Accessed online at GoogleBooks, page 77.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), vol. III, p.293, #16: John Oxenbridge: MA Oxford 1631, res. Bermuda 1634-40, ejected for Puritanism in 1660, res. Surinam 1662-7, Barbados 1667-9; m.x4 (names of his four wives); d.Boston 28 Dec 1674.
  6. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch: 10 Feb 2018, John Oxenbridge and Jane Butler, 28 Sep 1640; citing St Stephan Coleman St, London, ENG, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 375,013.
  7. Find A Grave, database and images: accessed 20 Oct 2018, Rev John Oxenbridge (30 Jan 1609–28 Dec 1674), Memorial #18700092, citing Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA: Headstone photo; unsourced bio written by Anne Shurtleff Stevens.

See Also:

  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013): vol. IV page 300.
  • Wikipedia entry for John Oxenbridge.
  • Cooper, William Durrant, "The Oxenbridges of Brede Place, Sussex, and Boston, Massachusetts," London, 1860, published in the Sussex Archæological Collections, Vol. XII, p.203-220.


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On 26 Mar 2016 at 23:26 GMT Janice (Critchfield) Tomaschefsky wrote:

Frances Woodward 2nd wife;

See source U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 for John Oxenbridge. Shows more wives.

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