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John Wing II (1611 - 1699)

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John Wing II
Born in Stroud, St. Nicholas, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1646 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Brewster, Barnstable County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 6 Dec 2018 | Created 14 Sep 2010
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John Wing II migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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John, the second child of John Wing and Deborah Bachiler, is said by some student of family history to have been born at Yarmouth. He is mentioned in his grand father's will made in 1614, so that it is probable that his birth occurred in 1613. [1] He immigrated to Masachusetts in 1632 with his mother, brothers and grandfather.

Closely associated with John Wing in the settlement of Sautucket was John Dillingham, son of Edward of Sandwich, and a probable fellow voyager on the William and Francis. Osheah, a sister of John Dillingham, was the wife of Stephen Wing, and it is believed that John Wing's own wife was closely connected with the Dillingham family. Kenelm Winslow of Duxbury, a brother of the sometime Governor of Plymouth was also associated in the venture.

The Dillingham farm at Sautucket adjoined that of John Wing, and, to this day is owned and occupied by descendants of Lieutenant John Dillingham, the original settler...[FN:While this record stated that the family moved to Yarmouth in 1656, it is known they were already living there by 1648, when their son Ephraim was born there.:FN] "1657, John Wing took the oath of fidelities at Yarmouth."

The early records of the town of Yarmouth were, in 1674, destroyed by fire, and as the town of Harwich, was set off from Yarmouth in 1694, its books cannot possibly be of any assistance to us in throwing any light upon the date of John's settlement. Under date of March 1, 1659, this entry is found in the Court records:

"The Court, taking notice that John Wing is erecting a building in a place that is out of bounds of the township, and conceiving that such practices if permitted may prove prejudicial to the whole, do order that the said John Wing, and others that have done, or shall do so, be prohibited to persist therein until it be further cleared to what townships such lands belong on which they build."

This order refers to a requirement of that period, that no persons should settle upon lands which were not included within the chartered limits of towns,and under the permission of the Court. There was some doubt whether Sautucket, the place at which John Wing had commenced building, was within the limits which had been given to Yarmouth township, and until the question had been decided, it was deemed proper to prohibit its settlement. It was, however, soon after proved to be within the limits of the town, and John Wing proceeded to establish himself there.

This record establishes beyond all cavil that John Wing was the first known white settler within the limits of the present towns of Harwich and Brewster....During the succeeding twenty years of his life at Sautucket John Wing frequently appeared at the Court at Plymouth, both as a juryman and also as a suitor. He served on the Grand Inquest at the term commencing June 6, 1667, and his large land holdings involved him in litigation with the Indians and others, requiring his frequent presence at Court. [2]

John Wing's home at Sautucket was on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The precise spot upon which he first settled there is supposed to have been a high piece of ground surrounded by a swamp or meadow lands subsequently called "Wing's Island," about a mile north-east of the present town of Brewster. It was doubtless selected because of its fertility and adaptation to the grazing of cattle. Freeman calls him and Lieutenant John Dillingham "large land owners." The line on the east of Brewster for a long time called "Wing's Line," was the base of future surveys, and indicates a tract of land extending across the peninsula, from large pond, also in Brewster, bears the name of Wing to the present time. No trace, unless it be the faint outline of an ancient cellar, remains to mark the first home of John Wing, and at this point the Wing Family Incorporated have erected a bronze tablet to commemorate his settlement. "Just up the road a little way stands an old deserted house, and in the rear is an old, old orchard. No Wing has lived there within the memory of the oldest inhabitant, but the old men in the neighborhood who have lived their lives here, all unite in saying that it has always been known as "Wing's Orchard." Someway the impression grew upon us that Miriam's "sweetings" grew close to this old place. [3]

The Mattacheese Indians were numerous in the vicinity of Sautucket and laid claim to all the lands in that vicinity. They were quiet and peacable and disposed to accept the white man's government. The Plymouth government made an order prohibiting any private purchase from the aboriginal possessors of the soil; in the first place, because no private Indian was really the owner of tribal lands, and in the second place because advantage was often taken of Indians by selfish and dishonest persons.

John Wing and John Dillingham settled upon lands claimed by certain families of the Mattacheese tribe. What their original understanding may have been with the Indians is not known, but nearly eighteen years after the original settlement, and at a time when King Philip was sending emisaries among the Cape Indians to excite their enmity against the whites, the children of Nopoitan, the Mattacheese sachem, complained of the aggressions to the Plymouth Court and brought an action against Mr. Wing for damages. the Court record reads:

"March 2, 1674-5: Robin of Mattachesett and Sampson of Nobscussett, Indians, in the right of their wives, the daughters of Nopoitan, Indian sachem, deceased, complaineth of much wronge done unto them by reason of sundry Englishmen, unjust detaining of sundry lands beloning to the said complaintants, which were the lands of Nopoitan, aforesaid, and not by him sold unto them, the said land lying between bound Brooke and Stony Brooke in the constablewicks of Yarmouth and in pticlar complaineth against John Winge, in an action on the case to the damage of fifty pounds for his possession and detaining unlawfully from them the piece of the said lands, whereupon hee hath built, fenced and otherwise improved."

This action was nonsuited by the Court, and, although successful in the litigation Mr. Wing proceeded immediately to make peace with his Indian neighbors by paying them for their claims. The unrest of the Indians caused by Phillip's war then going on, undoubtedly had a great deal to do with this transaction. March 1, 1676-7, John Wing and John Dillingham, in their own behalf, as well as in behalf of certain other Sautucket settlers, purchased of the daughters of Nopoitan and their husbands their claims to the lands upon which the Englishmen had builded and improved. April 16, 1677, Messrs. Wing and Dillingham made over to Thomas Clarke, Kenelm Winslow, Paul Sears, Ananais Wing and Joseph Wing certain interests in this property. In this purchase John Wing was to have a third part of four shares, Dillingham two shares, Clarke one share, Winslow two shares, and Ananias and Joseph Wing each one-third of four shares. This deed is recorded in the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Volume 5, page 103, and it contains so much permanent interest to the descendants of John Wing, as well as to the history of Cape Cod, that we reproduce it in. [4]

During the early days of the settlement at Sandwich its inhabitants had been obliged to reduce their corn to meal by the slow and laborious Indian process, by the means of a mortar and pestle, or transport it all the way to Plymouth on their own shoulders or on the back of a horse or cow. Tradition points out the old Indian trail by which the people of the Cape wearily conveyed their grist to and from Plymouth. In 1652 the Court appointed a jury consisting of Anthony Thatcher, Thomas Dexter, Thomas Hinckley, William Hedge, Edward Bangs, Joseph Rogers, John Wing, John Ellis, Henry Dillingham, James Skeff, John Finny, Jonathan Hatch and William Bassett to attend the duty of laying out a road. The jury was empanneled three days afterward (Feb. 27) and commenced their work; but two years from that time the road was not completed and "both Plymouth and Sandwich were presented for not having the country highway between those two places cleared so as to be passable for man and horse." It is a distance of eighteen miles overland from the village of Sandwich to Plymouth, and in the days of the early settlement the intervening country was uninhabited and covered with a dense forest of hemlock and trees of kindred varieties. A few years ago the writer made the journey overland over the old road, said to have been laid out in 1655 by John Wing and his associates. The route is still uninhabited for the greater part of the distance and covered with the original forests. The soil is sandy and abounds with huge rocks, with an occasional pond here and there. Twice each year the business of the Plymouth Court called the Sandwich settlers over this long and lonesome road, then scarcely fit for man and horse. [5]

John died the month before he would have turned eighty-eight. He was laid to rest in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts.


  • Resided, Date: BEF 21 MAR 1637, Place: Shawme, Pc
  • court case (civ, Date: 1 MAR 1641 OR 1 MAR 1642, Place: Sandwich, Pc
  • jury duty, Date: 1642, Place: Sandwich, Pc
  • military muster, Date: AUG 1643, Place: Sandwich, Pc[6][7][8][9]
  • Resided, Date: 1648, Place: Yarmouth, Pc
  • court case (civ, Date: 2 MAR 1651 OR 2 MAR 1652, Place: Sandwich, Pc
  • admitted as freeman, 1657, Yarmouth, Mass.
  • court case (civil), 2 MAR 1674 OR 2 MAR 1675, Yarmouth, Mass.
  • Inventory of Estate, 8 MAY 1699, Harwich, Barnstable, Ma[10][11]


Husband: John Wing - Winge
Wife: Elizabeth Dillingham
Child: @I131@
Note: His younger brothers Daniel and Stephen both married and became the heads of families before John took unto himself a wife. The supposition is that he lived with his mother and kept the family together until his brothers were well settled before making a home for himself.[CI:115:?4:CI]27
Date: ABT 1643
Place: Sandwich, Mass.
Husband: John Wing - Wynge
Wife: @I127@
Child: John Wing - Winge
Note: The influence of the courtship and the marriage of John and Deborah, and the consequent associations with the father of the latter, may have had much to do with the breaking of the young man's relations with his mother church. John Wing and Deborah Bachiler were married about the year 1609-10. It may be conjectured that because John's brother Fulke named a daughter Deborah, born to him in 1608, that the marriage occurred even earlier. At the time of his marriage John was about twenty five years of age, and Deborah barely eighteen. The oldest child, Deborah, was born in 1611. John, the second child, is said by some student of family history to have been born at Yarmouth. He is mentioned in his grand father's will made in 1614, so that it is probable that his birth occurred in 1613.[CI:107:?4:CI]
Date: ABT 1610
Place: (Unknown), England

Death & Legacy

Will dated May 2, 1696 [12]
Amendment to Will dated February 6, 1698/99
Will proved August 14, 1699
Date: 10 AUG 1699
Place: Barnstable, Barnstable, Ma[13]

Research Notes

Will mentioned the heirs of his son Joseph, son Annanias [executor], Grandchildren by my Natural sons and daughters, Grand Son John Wing (not yet 21), Grand Son Elnathan Wing, wife Meriam, Grand Daughter Elisabeth Turner (not yet 15), [Daughters] Susanna Parslow and Oseah Turner.[CI:1432:?4:CI]

John was called one of the "undertakers" or new citizens of Sandwich in 1637. [14]

While the old [IT:Owl:IT] records claim that John moved his family to Yarmouth around 1656, it is known that he was of Yarmouth by 1648, when his son Ephraim was recorded born there.


  1. CI:108:?4:CI
  2. CI:121:?4:CI
  3. CI:198:?4:CI
  4. CI:119:?4:CI
  5. CI:122:?4:CI
  6. Source: #S48 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  7. Source: #S49 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  8. Source: #S85 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  9. Source: #S86 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  10. Source: #S45 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  11. Source: #S47 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  12. #S651 Vol. II, p. 67ff
  13. #S28 #S45 #S36 #S47
  14. The Owl, MAR 1903, p. 98.
  • Source S650 Title: Raymond T Wing; Ruth Powell; Helen Piersons; Herbert G Wing; Wing Family of America, Wing Genealogy : the Rev. John Wing of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, and Wife Deborah Bachiler: their ancestry and descendants through five generations (Rockport, Me. : Penobscot Press, 2006) Repository: #R39
  • Source S651 Title: Barnstable, MA: Probate Records 1685–1789 Publication: The Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. Found at
  • Source S240 Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Author: Clarence Almon Torrey Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985. Media: Book Copyright 1985 by the New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Source: S29 Abbreviation: Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy. Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of Eng Title: Pierce, Frederick Clifton, Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy. Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of England, a Leadi n g Non-conformist, who sett Chicago, by the author, W.B.Conkey Company, 1898. Subsequent Source Citation
  • Source: S31 Abbreviation: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three G Title: James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generation s o f Those who came Before May, Boston, Little, Brown and Company; reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA, c1995
  • Source: S33 Abbreviation: New England Marriages Prior to 1700REFN: 1TYPE: Book, SimpleDATE: 30 DEC Title: Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 REFN: 1 TYPE: Book, Simple DATE: 30 DEC 1998 Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co. (1985,reprinted 1990) Subsequent Source Citation Format: Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 REFN: 1
  • Source: S36 Abbreviation: The Owl published Quarterly from 1899-1934, annually from 1939 Title: The Owl published Quarterly from 1899-1934, annually from 1939 Wing Family of America, Inc. Subsequent Source Citation Format: The Owl published Quarterly from 1899-1934, annually from 1939 BIBL The Owl published Quarterly from 1899-1934, annually from 1939. Wing Family of America, Inc.
  • Source: S45 Abbreviation: The Mayflower Descendant vol. 1, 1899 - vol. 34 (1937); vol. 35 (1985) -REFN: Title: George Ernest Bowman, ed. (vol. 1-34); Alicia Crane Williams
  • Source: S47 Abbreviation: The Mayflower Descendant vol. 1, 1899 - vol. 34 (1937); vol. 35 (1985) - Title: George Ernest Bowman, ed. (vol. 1-34); Alicia Crane Williams (v. 35-)
  • Source: S49 Abbreviation: Caroline Lewis Kardell & Russell A. Lovell, Jr. Vital Records of Sandwich, Mass Title: Caroline Lewis Kardell & Russell A. Lovell, Jr. Vital Records of Sandwich, Massachusetts t o 1 885 REFN: 54 TYPE: Vital 3 Vols. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1996
  • Source: S85 Abbreviation: Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691 Title: Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691 Ancestry Publishing Subsequent Source
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This profile is very confusing and needs organization due to conflicting birth, marriage, etc. dates and places. It looks like the second "biography" may be about the father.
posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr
Wing - Winge-2 and Wing-84 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same wife
posted by Bob Tonsmeire

Rejected matches › John Wing (bef.1584-aft.1629)

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