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  • Served in the French & Indian War.
  • Deputy for Barnstable in 1702
  • Commissioned to Colonel on March 18, 1703/4.
  • From 1711 to 1714, appointed Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.

Col John Gorham II was born 20 February 1651 in Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States to John Gorham (1621-1675) and Desire Howland (1625-1683) and died 11 November 1715 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary Otis (1654-1732) 24 February 1674 in Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States.

Biography

Gravesite of Col John Gorham at Cobb's Hill Cemetery - Barnstable MA.

Tombston of Col John Gorham and wife Mary Otis

John Gorham, or Gowin, of Barnstable. He commanded most of the expeditions of the ‘Whaleboat fleet’ which was of such material assistance in the 1st French and Indian War (King William's War) from 1689-1704, and made a brilliant record as a soldier. John and Mary had five sons and four daughters.


1704 Maj Church Expedition

Ineffective expedition of Major Church 1704, May.

Major Church was placed in command of an expedition expected to operate vigorously in the eastern country. Three ships of war conveyed 36 whale-boats, besides 14 transports, which conveyed five 150 men. John Gorham, son of the officer of the same name owned one of the two Plymouth companies in King Philip's War, was second in command and had charge of the whale-boats."

Marriage and Family

  1. John Gorham (1676-1679)
  2. Temperance Gorham (1678-1768)
  3. Mary Gorham (1680-1748)
  4. Stephen Gorham (1683-1743)
  5. Shubael Gorham (1686-1746) - Casualty of the 1745 Siege of Louisbourg during King George's War.
  6. John Gorham (1688-1769)
  7. Thankful Gorham (1690-1759)
  8. Job Gorham (1692-1753)
  9. Mercy Gorham (1695-1782)


Children


Offspring of Col John Gorham II and Mary Otis (1654-1732)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Gorham (1676-1679)
Temperance Gorham (1678-1768)
Mary Gorham (1680-1748)
Stephen Gorham (1683-1743) 23 June 1683 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 15 December 1743 Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts (Nantucket Island) Elizabeth Gardner (1686-1763)
Shubael Gorham (1686-1746) 2 September 1686 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 1746 Louisbourg, Ile-Royale, Cape Breton Island, Canada Mary Thatcher (1682-1778)
John Gorham (1688-1769) 28 September 1688 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 4 October 1769 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Prudence Crocker (1692-1779)
Thankful Gorham (1690-1759) 15 February 1690 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 19 April 1759 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts John Fuller (1689-1732)
Job Gorham (1692-1753)
Mercy Gorham (1695-1782) 5 December 1695 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 4 September 1782 Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Sylvanus Bourne (1694-1763)



Siblings


Offspring of John Gorham (1621-1675) and Desire Howland (1625-1683)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Desire Gorham (1644-1700) 2 April 1644 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States 30 July 1700 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States John Hawes (1640-1701)
Temperance Gorham (1646-1715) 5 May 1646 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 12 March 1715 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States Edward Sturgis (1642-1678)
Elizabeth Gorham (1648-1683) 2 April 1648 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 5 March 1683 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Joseph Hallet (c1630-1715)
James Gorham (1650-1707) 28 April 1650 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 18 November 1707 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States Hannah Huckins (1653-1727)
John Gorham (1651-1715) 20 February 1651 Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 11 November 1715 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States Mary Otis (1654-1732)
Joseph Gorham (1654-1726) 16 February 1654 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States 9 July 1726 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States Sarah Sturgis (1654-1739)
Jabez Gorham (1656-1726) 3 August 1656 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 20 April 1726 Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island Hannah Sturgis (1654-1736)
Mercy Gorham (1659-1725) 20 January 1659 Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 24 September 1725 Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island George Denison (1653-1711)
Lydia Gorham (1661-1744) 11 November 1661 Barnstable County, Massachusetts 2 August 1744 Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts John Thatcher (1639-1713)
Shubael Gorham (1667-1750)


Vital Records

Cobb's Hill Gravestone

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Inscription: HERE LYES THE BODY OF THE HONOURED JOHN GORHAM, ESQ. COLL. OF THE REGIMENT AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTIES JUSTICES OF THE PIEASE IN THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE, NOV. THE 11TH 1715, IN THE 65TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.

Here Lyes a Valient Soldier and A Saint A Judge, A Justice, Whom no Vice could taint A Perfect Lover of His Countrys cause, Their Lives, Religion, Properties and Laws, Who in His Young, yea, very Youthful Years, Took up His Sword, with Philip and His Peers, And when that Prince and His black Regiment Were all Subdued, He could not be content to take ... West . But in a ... the rest

Here lyes likewise Interred Beneath this Stone MARY, Consort of the late Colo JOHN GORHAM, who died April 1st 1732. The Sweet Remembrance of the Just Shall flourish when they Sleep in Dust.

The original inscription is beneath. Erected by his descendants; - P. C. BROOKS SHEPHERD BROOKS, & FRANCIS BROOKS 1888



References

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