|John Northey||Dorothy (Surname Unknown)|
|b. 28 Feb 1604 in Holborn, London, England||b. abt. 1625|
|d. 1691 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Bef. 1688 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Abt. 1645||John Northey to Dorothy (unknown surname)|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|John Northey, Jr. b. abt. 1645; m. Sarah Ewell; six children: John, David, Samuel, Bethiah, Samuel, and James Northey; d. 31 Mar 1732 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts|
|Dorothy Northey b. abt. 1650; m. in Jul 1670 Nicholas Pickett; four children: Henry, Nicholas, John, and Dorothy Pickett; d. 1687|
|Sarah Northey b. abt. 1655; m. abt. 1674 John Martin; five children: John, Peter, Robert, Samuel, and Thomas Martin; d. 1717 or later|
The beloved poem "The Old Oaken Bucket" by Samuel Woodworth has roots on land owned by descendants of John Northey, Jr., whose family also escaped a harrowing Indian attack. (See the Documents section for details).
John Northey like most Marbleheaders of his time was a fisherman. A gift he left for his far-off descendants was a will that named his surviving children and grandchildren. The only information we have about his wife is her name, and even that is a question between Dorothy and Demaris.
Later in his life, the records indicate he was a conformist in the community serving on juries, but early records indicate a more rowdy life. In 1641 he was sued for slander in the first record for him in Marblehead. In 1652, he paid a fine for striking a man, then drawing a knife and threatening to stab him. In 1670 he was served a writ for debt.
As early as 1645, he purchased 12-1/2 acres of land for 50 pounds. He was literate as proven by the fact he signed his name rather than leave a mark. In his will written in 1688, he named his surviving children John Northey, Sarah Marin, and Dorothy Picket; his son-in-law John Martin; and his grandchildren John Picket, John Martin, Peter Martin, Samuel Martin, Robert Martin, and Thomas Martin. His wife was not mentioned, so we assume she predeceased him. The three children named each gave him grandchildren who formed a solid base of descendants.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is basically complete.