John B. (the Pilgrim) Finney- My great-great-great â€“great-great great greatâ€“ great grandfather was John (the Pilgrim) Finney, born 1610 in Exeter, England and died 1702 in Barnstable , Barnstable, Co., MA at age 92.
John Finney emigrated to New England between July 1637 and December 1638 from Ispwich, England aboard the â€œElizabeth or a ship called â€œThe Angel Gabrielâ€ with his mother, sister Catherine and brother Robert landing in Plymouth, MA. John was called â€œJohn the Pilgrimâ€. He was assigned land at Webb's Field in Plymouth on 12 December 1639, the grant was confirmed on 6 June 1640. On 16 September 1641 John and his brother Robert were each granted six acres of upland abutting the brook that comes from Fresh Lake, and John received another grant of fifty acres at Pausatuke Neck on 5 June 1666. The court confirmed the grant at Gassuntaguanumcke Neck on South Sea. 7 July 1668.
John was admitted a freeman of the colony on 20 August 1644. He held many positions of trust, beginning with appointment as constable at Plymouth on 7 March 1642. The following year he was include on a list of those able to bear arms from the town of Plymouth. he was collector of the excise at Plymouth 1646-1648 and was three times appointed surveyor of the highways in 1646,1654 and 1668. On 24 February 1652 he was chosen to lay out the highway from Plymouth to Sandwich with twelve other men.
John Finney removed to Barnstable before 29 August 1652 when he was admitted to Rev John Laathrops church. In Barnstable he was appointed exciseman in 1661, inspector of ordinaries in 1671 and constable in 1675. John was frequently a juryman in Plymouth And Barnstable.
On 1 March 1658/9 Isaac Robinson and Gyles Rickard complained to the court in behalf of two children of Henry Coggins, deceased, who were living in the home of John Finney at Barnstable, being the children of his second wife Abigail. The complaint was recorded three days after the death of 'Thomas Coggins, one of Henry Coggins Sons. The exact nature of the complaint is not stated, but it was claimed that the Coggins children had suffered wrong in sundry respects. The case was referred to the May session of the court. In the mean while, John was ordered to keep his stepson. apparently John Coggins, in school all the time excepting six days, and to prepare an account of the childrenâ€™s estate. John Coggins was eventually placed under the guardianship of Captain James Cudworth and Isaac Robinson, and on 7 June 1659 John Finney surrendered all of Henry Coggins lands at Barnstable to the guardians.
Late in his life, John Finney became interested in the Mount Hope lands, now Bristol RI. John and his sons Jonathan and Jeremiah were original grantees of Bristol on 1 September 1681. The last mention of him is in a deed dated 7 February 1682 in which he disposed of his house and thirty acres of lands in Bristol on the Swansea River to his son Jonathan.
John married (1) Christina Patten (2) Abigail Bishop (or Coggins?), on June 10, 1650 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA (3) Elizabeth Bailey (my 8th great grandmother) on June 26, 1654 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Co., MA. Her father was John Baily who arrived in Barclay, VA on January 29, 1620 from Bristol, England aboard the ship â€œSupplyâ€
Jonathan, Jeremiah, and Joshua all went to Rhode Island with their father, and their descendants formed the so called Bristol branch. The Phinney spelling is sometimes found in the Plymouth and Bristol lines also, especially in the later generations. Mr. Phinney with his townsman Major Walley, became interested in the fertile region about Mount Hope, RI where he removed after holding the office of constable in Barnstable. The importance of this office is not to be estimated by its relative consideration at the present day. A constable, in the time of the fathers, was a most imposing and awe-inspiring personage and those who saw fit to indulge in any levity at his expense, would find it to be a fatal and costly experiment.
John and Elizabeth had 7 children:
1. Jonathan: born August 14, 1655 â€“ died Nov. 1728
2. Robert: born April 13, 1656 in Barnstable, MA. He died in Canada 1690
3. Hannah: born Sept. 2, 1657 â€“ died Feb. 18, 1734
4. Elizabeth: born March 15,1659
5. Lt. Josiah: born January 11, 1660 married Elizabeth Warren who was the granddaughter of Richard Warren â€“ the 12th signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620.
6. Jeremiah: born Aug. 15, 1662 â€“ died Feb. 18, 1747/1748
7. Joshua: born December 31,1665 and died September 7, 1714 (my 7th great grandfather)
John was a teacher of Latin. Probably lived in Plymouth for several years, his two sons by his first wife were born there. He next moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, where seven of his children were born and eventually to Bristol, RI.
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