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John Yates Jr (1650 - bef. 1730)

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John Yates Jr
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Colonymap
Husband of — married 11 Jan 1698 (to before 31 Jul 1730) in Eastham, Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Colonymap
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"According to the law and custom of the time, when Richard Higgins married Mary Yates he became custodian and possessor of whatever estate her former husband left and the guardian of his son, John Yates, Jr. The records show that Richard Higgins was mindful of this trust. "Granted to Richard higinse for the use of John Yate Twenty akers of upland to be layde out on the west of lands called Ralph Smith's neck." "A town meeting. Certain particulars (individuals or individual property) promise to give into the common stock(town herd of cattle). Promised by Richard Higgins for John Yates one yearling beast of cowkine." (Not dated, but about 1655-7.) —First Town Book of Eastham, p. 7.

On July 2, 1669, Richard Higgins exchanged three acres of meadow with John Doane which belonged to John Yates for four acres of land at Billingsgate and a marsh commonly called the "Greatbridge meadow," an exchange which was confirmed by Mrs. Mary Higgins in 1682.
On Nov. 20, 1674, John Yates, born Aug. 15, 1650, son of Mrs. Mary (Yates) Higgins, conveyed to William Twining . "twenty acres of upland upon Pochey at a place commonly called Smith's Neck, graunted by the town to my father John Yates, deceased, as appears upon the town book, now legally descending to me, being his natural son (i. e. son by nature), the true and proper heir unto the said land."
"20 Nov. 1674. John Yeates and Deborah his wife appeared and acknowledged before John Freeman Assist. And likewise the said John Yeates did at the same time prsent a writing wherein hee was fully authorized from his father in law (i. e. stepfather) Richard Higgens and Mary his wife to make sale of the abovesaid land. Testis. John Freeman."—Plymouth Colony Deeds, vol. 4, folio 165. This authorization for John Yates to sell land is the last act of Richard Higgins of which there is any record. It is known that in 1672 or 1673 he took the oath of allegiance to the new Dutch government."


  • Richard Higgins, a Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and His Descendants by Mrs. Katharine Elizabeth Chapin Higgins Publisher Higgins, 1918 pg. 32, 40, 41

: The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian ..., Volume 7

  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Nineteen: Thomas Rogers, Ann T. Reeves, Volume: 19, Alice W.A. Westgate (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000) pp. 40-41.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. III, p. 1731. YATES, John & Abigail ROGERS (1678-); 11 Jan 1698/9; Eastham {MD 9:12, 15:190; 16:220; Gen. Adv. 2:32; Reg. 7:347; Paine 1:16, 44; Barnstable Co. Prob. 4:59; Warner-Harrington 819}
  • Find A Grave memorial no. 74964818

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On 16 Jul 2019 at 02:42 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

It might help if the bio was re-worded to make it clear that Richard Higgins was this profile's step-father. I find it confusing that the bio is mainly about his father & step-father, and not much about John Yates Jr. is said.

On 9 Aug 2013 at 21:40 GMT Alan Wyatt wrote:

While Richard Higgins took the oath of allegiance to the new Dutch government in 1672 or 1673, his approval for John Yates to sell land November 20, 1674, is his last act to be found. In 1673, Benjamin Higgins receipted to the widow Cooke for ‘nine shillings seven pence... upon the acompt of my father; as witness my hand. Benjamine higgens.’

“Richard Higgins had been some time deceased on June 1, 1675, when Benjamin Higgins petitioned the Court at Plymouth for some share in the lands at Saconnet, which his father had not received and had been therein wronged, as the Court admitted. These lands at Saconnet (now Little Compton, Rhode Island) probably were the lands, ‘thirteen English miles from Rehoboth,’ granted to Richard Higgins and others in October, 1657. “In the land records of 1677, Mary Higgins is called widow, and Richard Higgins is called ‘her deceased husband late of Piscataway.’ While the will of Richard Higgins has not been found, it is probable that he left one. ‘June 5, 1677, Mary Higgins widow and Eliakim Higgins, son of Richard Higgins, late of Piscataway, executors of said Richard’s will, sold to Edward Slater lands purchased of John Smalley, Sr., and John Smalley, Jr.’ [2, 3]

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