John Faunce
(Abt 1602/10-1653/4)


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John Faunce

  • Born: Abt 1602-1610, Purleigh, Essex, England 611
  • Marriage: Patience Morton on 23 Jul 1612 in Leyden, Holland 446,620
  • Died: 29 Nov 1653 or 1654, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, British American Colonies about age 51 446,611,615

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 615
John Faunce arrived at Plymouth in 1623 on the Anne. Banks guessed that he came from Perleigh, Essex County, England because he could find the surname only in that area, but others have found it elsewhere. He was a Purchaser, and on the 1633 freeman list. Faunce married Patience Morton, daughter of George Morton and Juliana Carpenter, the sister of Alice Carpenter. He served on juries and obtained various land grants. His house was located in tthe sourthern part of Plymouth near the Eel River. He died 29 Nov 1654.

~Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691, pp. 290-291

• Background Information. 611
John Faunce joined the Pilgrims who, on or about 10 Jul 1623. sailded from England to Plymouth on the ship Anne. John was not a member of the original group of Pilgrims. He was called a "stranger" who was recuited by the merchant adventurers who financed the colony. He was also a friend of the Francis Cooke family. The group of immigrants on the Anne and Little James arrived in New England with a big financial debt since they first ship they had hired twice had to return to port, and they were forced to hire another ship, the Anne. Finally, they arrived in Plymouth Colony in July of 1623.

Also onboard the Anne was John Faunce's furture wife, Patience Morton along with her parents George Morton and Juliana Carpenter Morton, the sister of Alice Carpentier Southworth Bradford. Juliana was aged thrity-two years when they landed in Plymouth. George Morton was a merchant of a well-to-do Roman Catholic family of Scrooby, England, and he had organized the Ann and Little James company. George died improverished not long after they landed in Plymouth.

John Faunce returned to England in 1627 to make terms with the "dventurers" who had withdrawn their support for the unprofitable venture. He returned to Plymouth the same year with an agreement by which the "Adventurers" solt to Allerton and such other planters as he designated all of the rights in the enterprise.

John Faunce's name appears again in the records on 22 May 1627 when there was an agreement about the divisions of cows and goats. His name is listed in the company lead by Francis Cooke. Again he appears in the records in 1633, when he is taxed and on 2 Jan 1634 when "John Phance" was in the list of freemen in 1633.

In the distribustion of hay land of 1636, it was ordered "that John Fans and Mr. Coomb hay the place over against Mr. Allerton's house, on the north side of the Jones River, . . ." His name appears on the 7 Mar 1637 list of Freemen. He shows up again as a member of a jury, as a man able to bear arms, as a grantee of land, et. al. On 7 Mar 1653, a meeting of the Purchasers in Plymouth was held. It was decided that the land at Dartmouth was to be given to thirty-four men. John Faunce was given one whole share, which was confirmed in 1654.

Children of John Faunce and Patience Morton, all born in Plymouth:

Pricilla, b. 1634; d. 15 May 1707, Plymouth; m. 1651/52, Joseph Warren, b. 1626/27 in Plymouth; d. there, 4 May 1689, son of Richard Warren.
Mary, d. 4 Oct 1664, Plymouth; m. there, 15 Jul 1658, as second wife, William Harlow, b. 2 Jun 1657
Patience, m. 20 Nov 1661, John Holmes, d. 1657
Sarah, b. 1645; d. 27 Jun 1695, Scituate; m. first 26 Feg 1662, Edward Doty, Jr. in Plymouth who drowned between Boston and Plymouth, 8 Feb 1690, and m. second, 2 Mar 1693, John Buck
Thomas, b. 1647, Plymouth; d. 27 Feb 1746, Plymouth; m. 23 Dec 1672, Jane Nelson
Elizabeth, b. 23 mar 1646; d. 3 Mar 1649, Plymout
Mercy, b. 10 Apr 1651; d. 11 Feb 1727, aged 84 years
Joseph b. 14 May 1653

~The Faunce Family, New England Historical & Genealogical Record, vol 114, p. 115-119

• Dates & Events. 446
1623, John Faunce migrates to Plymouth, 1623, on the Anne
1633, John appears as John Phance as freemen admitted, 1 Jan 1632/3

~The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Vols. I-III, pp. 651-652

John married Patience Morton, daughter of George Morton and Juliana Carpenter, on 23 Jul 1612 in Leyden, Holland 446.,620 (Patience Morton was born in 1616 in Leyden, Holland and died on 16 Aug 1691 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, British American Colonies.)

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