John Eddy was born 27 March 1597 in Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom to William Eddye (1562-1616) and Mary Foster (1568-1611) and died 12 October 1684 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Amy Doggett (1597-1683) 1619 in Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom.
- English Immigrant to America
- 1st Town Clerk of Watertown MA
John Eddy was born in Cranbrook, County Kent, England, to Mary (Fosten) and William Eddye*, Vicar of Cranbrook, Church of St. Dunstan. Fourth born child of eleven children.
He was a passenger on the English ship Hand Maiden, which sailed from London on August 1630 with about 60 passengers onboard and 12 cows and arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts Harbor. Some of the passengers were escorted north to Boston by Captain Myles Standish to join Winthrop's new Massachusetts Bay Colony there. After twelve weeks at sea, the Handmaid docked at Plymouth on 29 Oct. 1630 with about 60 passengers. They were believed to be the last group of PIlgriims from Leiden.
On August 10, 1630 O.S.. John Eddy, his wife Amie, and daughters Mary and Sarah, set sail for America on the ship "Handmaid" from the Port of London England, along with John's younger brother Samuel (age 22), about sixty other passengers, and twenty-eight cows. After twelve rough weeks at sea, the Handmaid landed at Plymouth settlement, in the Colony of "New Plymouth" (now Massachusetts) on October 29, 1630 O.S. (see map).
On November 11, 1630 O.S., escorted by New Plymouth Colony's Military Advisor Capt. Myles Standish, John and Samuel traveled North to the town of Boston in order to establish residency in the Massachusetts Bay Colony**. Neither had the proper "dismissal papers" releasing them from the New Plymouth Colony, and after being refused entry, returned to Plymouth. Previous to February 26, 1631/32 O.S.. John obtained the proper papers and along with his family, resettled in the Bay Colony at Watertown (see map) just West of Boston.*** Genealogically speaking, John Eddy became "John Eddy of Watertown". Samuel remained in Plymouth until age 73 when he and wife Elizabeth moved West to Swansea in 1681 (see map).
Watertown Founders Monument
He is listed on Watertown Founders Monument, commemorating the first settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The town was first known as Saltonstall Plantation, one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlements. Founded in early 1630 by a group of settlers led by Richard Saltonstall and George Phillips, it was officially incorporated that same year. The alternate spelling "Waterton" is seen in some early documents.
Marriage and Family
Married (#1) Amie Doget (or Amy, or Doggett) in England sometime after May 22, 1619. Sired eleven children. Their first four children were born in Cranbrook and the rest in Watertown.
|Offspring of John Eddy and Amy Doggett (1597-1683)|
|John Eddy (1622-1623)|
|Sarah Eddy (1623-1671)|
|John Eddy (1624-1684)|
|Mary Eddy (1625-1683)|
|Pilgrim Eddy (1634-1710)|
|Ruth Eddy (1633-1724)|
|Benjamin Eddy (1638-1639)|
|Samuel Eddy (1640-1711)|
|Abigail Eddy (1643-1677)|
|#g1: Offspring of William Eddye (1562-1616) and Mary Foster (1568-1611)|
|Nathaniel Eddy (1589-)|
|Mary Eddy (1591-1641)|
|Phineas Eddy (1593-1641)|
|John Eddy (1597-1684)||27 March 1597 Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom||12 October 1684 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States||Amy Doggett (1597-1683)|
|Eleanor Eddy (1599-1610)|
|Abigail Eddy (c1601-1687)||1601 Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom||20 May 1687 Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States||John Benjamin (1585-1645)|
|Anna Eddy (1603-1681)|
|Samuel Eddy (1608-1687)||15 May 1608 Cranbrook, Kent, England, United Kingdom||12 November 1687 Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States||Elizabeth Savory (1607-1689)|
|Benjamin Eddy (1610-1679)|
|Zacharias Eddy (1610-1687)|
|Nathaniel Eddye (1611-1611)|
|#g2: Offspring of William Eddye (1562-1616) and Sara Taylor (c1570-1639)|
|Priscilla Eddy (1614-)|
- Location : Watertown Old Burying Place
TO THE MEMORY OF 1597 JOHN EDDY 1684 FREEMAN OF WATERTOWN IN 1634, FIRST TOWN CLERK 1635 MEMBER OF THE FIRST GOVERNING BOARD 1635 SELECTMAN IN 1636, 1637, 1638 AND 1670 MEMBER OF THE MILITIA AND THE FIRST PARISH CHURCH
BORN IN CRANBROOK, ENGLAND, SON OF WILLIAM EDDYE, VICAR OF ST. DUNSTAN'S CHURCH. HE MARRIED AMY, DAUGHTER OF JOHN DOGGETT OF GROTON, SAILED WITH HIS FAMILY FROM LONDON ON THE SHIP HANDMAID, ARRIVING IN PLYMOUTH IN 1630. HE CAME TO WATERTOWN IN 1631, AND RESIDED HERE UNTIL HIS DEATH
ERECTED BY THE EDDY FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. 1930
Watertown John Eddy Memorial