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