John and Mary supposedly were servants of John Humphrey in England, bound to serve for four years, then to be released when they came to New England.(1) It seems more likely that John married Mary after he came to New England. Humphrey, who was Deputy Governor of the Plymouth Colony, had come to New England by 3 May 1631 from Dorchester, Dorset, England. King served Humphrey for 12 weeks after they arrived. Since Humphrey came with guns, ammunition and cows to be distributed among the ministers of the colony, King probably assisted in the distribution.(2) Humphrey was granted land in Saugus, Massachusetts in March of 1632/1633, and King may have lived nearby. He settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, by 1639, when one of his children was born there. He appears not to have had his own property for some time, since he was living in Thomas Jenner's house as late as December of 1649. He was granted a great lot in Weymouth in February of 1651/1652. Described as a seaman, he had more lots granted to him there in December 1663.(3) He was the master of a boat owned by Thomas Applegate in 1640, which was reported by Lechworth to be overladen with salt at Weymouth. In a deposition in 1657 he said that he had been on the Kennebec River in May of 1656 with Richard Collicut. He was a selectman at Weymouth in 1669, at which point he very likely had retired from the sea.
children of John and Mary King:
Mary b. 15 June 1639 (Weymouth vital records)
Abigail b. 14 March 1641(/1642?) (")
Thomas b. ca1643
sources for vital records: He calls himself about 57 years old in a deposition in 1657.
1. according to the "Notebook of Thomas Lechford," before whom John and Mary appeared in Boston on 2 September 1640.
2. Massachusetts Bay Colony Records, 1:86.
3. "Weymouth Land Grants."
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