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John Trask (bef. 1642 - 1729)

John Trask aka Traske
Born before in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 19 Feb 1662 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Jan 2011
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Birth & Baptism

Jo[h]n, s. Will[iam], bp. 18: 7 m: 1642. c. R. 1. (Sept 18, 1642)[1]


John Trask and Abigaile Parkman, married 19: 12m: 1662.(Feb 19, 1662/3) in Salem.[2]

John Trask, widr., and Mary Dodg of Beverly, at Beverly, Oct. 30, 1690.[2]


  1. Abigaile, d. John and Abigaile (Parkman), Nov. 19, 1664.[1]
  2. John, s. John and Abigaile (Parkman), Jan. 7, 1666[1]
  3. Mary, d. John and Abigaile (Parkman), July 14, 1669.[1]
  4. Samuell, s. John and Abigaile (Parkman), Aug. 14, 1671[1]
  5. Rebecka, d. John and Abigaile (Parkman), Apr. 23, 1674.[1]
  6. Nicholas, s. John and Abigaile, Mar. 26, 1677.[1]
  7. Elias, s. John and Abigaile, July 13, 1679.[1]
  8. Jonathan, his birth went unrecorded but he is mentioned in his fathers will.

Death & Will

11 JAN 1729, listed before, seems to be an incorrect date. John Trask of Salem left a will. The will was dated 1st day of November 1729. On Nov. 21, 1729, the witnesses to that will swore in court, that it was indeed signed by John Trask. An inventory was taken Jan. 1, 1729[/30]. So his death would be Nov 1729 in Salem, Massachusetts.

John Trask Sr. Bequeathes to son Nicholas Trask, all his land in Northfield and his fulling mill. Nicholas is to pay John's wife, Mary, 6 pounds per year as long as she remains a widow. Sons Nicholas and Elias get other land to be divided equally. Elias receives some other land and is to pay Mary Trask 40 shillings per year. He leaves son Jonathan Trask his homestead. Wife Mary is to be allowed use of the west end. Jonathan also receives John's half of his corn mill and the rights he has in the stream and pond. Jonathan is to pay 8 pounds per year to Mary. Daughter, Rebecca Boyce receives land. Daughter Jacobs receives 10 pounds. The wording suggests he has given her sufficient help while he was alive. He also mentions his kinsman Wm Trask. The will is signed with his mark.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Vital Records of Salem Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Volume II – Births. Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1918.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vital Records of Salem Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849.Vol IV-Marriages Salem, Mass: The Essex Institute, 1924.

Thank you to all who have contributed to this profile, including Sue Durling who created Trask-274, Charlene Chambers who created Trask-206, Michael Lechner,.

See the Changes page for the details of edits by Sue and others.

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The marriage year to Abigail given above should match the one given under "Marriage" below, the latter correct. Two sources give a 2nd marriage to Mary Clarke 13 February 1717/18 but do not mention a marriage to Mary Dodg. The marriage of a John Trask to Mary Dodg is in the vital records but a marriage to a Mary Clarke is not. The two sources for the Mary Clarke marriage are: (1) Perley, Sidney. 1924. The History of Salem Massachusetts, Volume 1, page 95, and (2) Trask, William Blake. 1901. Captain William Traske and Some of His Descendants. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 55, page 327.
posted by Robert Dorn
John Trask's mother wasn't Mary/Sarah Southwick (who was the wife of Henry), but Sarah unknown wife of William. Have replaced mother
posted by Anne B
If you let me know when the merge is completed, I will see what I can do with this bio. Anne B
posted by Anne B
Traske-36 and Trask-62 appear to represent the same person because: same need to select preferred spelling of last name
posted by Philip Smith

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