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John Hoar
Born Mar 3, 1622 Gloucester City, England
Died Apr 2, 1704 Concord, Middlesex Co. MA
Emigrated about 1640 to ?Scituate, MA

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Father
Mother/Emigrant
SPOUSE CHILDREN
Alice

m. 1645
MA



Joanna

b. 1646?
MA
d. Dec 21, 1691
Braintree MA
Elizabeth

b. 1646
MA
d. Sep 5, 1687
Lancaster MA
Mary

b. Aug 23, 1648
MA
d. Jun 5, 1697
MA
Daniel

b. 1650?
MA
d. Feb 8, 1743
Concord MA
John emigrated with mother Joanna Hincksman, brothers Daniel and Leonard, and sisters Margery and Joanna about 1640. John was the oldest living male in the family to emigrate soon after his father died; his older brother Thomas did not emigrate; he was apprenticed to his father as a brewer Feb 2, 1625.

By 1643, John is reported at Scituate MA, as bearing arms and was involved with the drafting of deeds, bonds, etc., possibly a lawyer. By 1659 he had sold his land there and moved to Concord MA, where he became a prominent figure in the town, but often clashed with its "ecclesiastical oligarchy", resulting in some fines and a disbarment. He was accused of "disparaging the minister" in 1668.
Concord, Massachusetts was the first town carved out of the wilderness. Every other town in America had been close to the ocean or a tidal river, where goods could be transported by boat and natural features would mark the bounds with a minimum of exploration. The early records of Concord ( including land transactions) were largely lost. The town voted in 1664 to order a new leather-bound book and that "... what is useful in the old book be transcribed in the new." Unfortunately, only a few items were considered worthy.
Daughter Elizabeth married Jonathan Prescott (1643-1721) and had six children, one of whom was Benjamin Prescott (1687-1777), whose granddaughter Rebecca Prescott (1742?-1813) became in 1763 (at the age of 20) the 2nd wife of Roger Sherman (1721-1793), a Signer of Declaration of Independence.
John's son Daniel was indicted on Aug 7, 1676 with three others for the murder of six Indian women and children. Two of these men were executed, but the court found Daniel and a Nathaniel Wilder guilty of "seeing the fact done and consenting". A year later their sentence of death was remitted and they were discharged on payment of ten pounds each. That year, Daniel married Mary Stratton.
Sources:
Nourse, Henry Stedman, The Hoar Family in America and its English Ancestry; A Compilation from Collections Made by the Hon. George Frisbie Hoar, Boston MA, D. Clapp & Son, 1899.
Wheeler, Ruth R., Concord, Climate for Freedom, Concord Mass., The Concord Antiquarian Society, 1967, p. 201.