John Paine and Rebecca Davis

My 9x Great Grandparents, John Paine and Rebecca Davis, lived-in Freetown, MA. John born about 1685 to Ralph Payne and Dorothy. Rebecca Davis was born about 1687 to William Davis and Mary Makepeace.

John and Rebecca married 31 Oct 1705 in Taunton, MA and had 9 children: Rebecca @1706, Solomon @1708, Sarah @1710, John @1711, Phoebe @1712, Elizabeth @1716, Mary @1718, Margaret @1720, and Priscilla @1723.

John was a yeoman.He was a surveyor of highways in 1716/17/21. He was a grand juryman in 1722 and the tythingman in 1723.

There are multiple deeds showing he owned a lot of land. In 1720, his father Ralph, gifted 100 acres of land in Freetown to him. Then Ralph gave him another 1.5 acres in 1722.  His brother Joseph sold a lot of his land to John between 1725-1734. There are 5 transactions the first 2 indicated that the land Joseph was selling was gifted to him by their father Ralph.  John bought 1 parcel of land for 9 pounds, 1 parcel for 10 pounds, 10 acres for 45 pounds, 1 tract or parcel for 20 pounds, 16 acres for 110 pounds. Finally, John bought 10 acres for 90 pounds from Lot Strange his son’s father in law. Joseph seemed to be unloading the land for some reason as he sold his land for less than Lot sold his land for. The same amount of land, 10 acres sold for 45 pounds versus 90 pounds. Also, Joseph sold 16 acres for only 110 pounds. I suppose the quality may be factored in.

John died 17 Dec 1765 in Freetown, MA. His will is dated 5 Feb 1763. According to his will, the executor was grandchild, John, eldest son of his deceased son John. He names his wife Rebecca and daughters Sarah Witherall, widow and Phoebe Douglas. He also names grandchildren, John, Ebenezer, Mary, and Abigail, children of deceased son John. Also, Solomon, John, and Lydia, children of deceased son Solomon. Also the grandchildren(not named) of deceased daughters Rebecca, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, and Priscilla. He also stipulated that his slave, Nero, should be given his freedom after Rebecca dies.

John is buried in Payne Cove Cemetery, Freetown, MA. The historical society did an inventory of the graves in Freetown about 1993. There are no photos but the inventory indicates the tombstone read: son of Ralph and Dorothea in his 81st year. The cemetery is on private land and I understand that it is overgrown. I have been given contact information to try to arrange a visit and have been told that another researcher has recently been in contact and is also interested in visiting. I need to let the weather get better and the ground not so muddy before I attempt to get out there.

I do not know when or where Rebecca died or is buried.



John Paine and Rebecca Davis, their son,

John Paine Jr and Philip Strange, their daughter,

Abigail Paine and Edward Chace, their son,

Walter Chace and Barbara Brown, their son,

Edward Chace and Julia Goodrich, their daughter,

Sarah Jane Chace and Jabez Bostwick, their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby, their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins, their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 19 p325

The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 15 p 237
Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986,” images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Bristol > Deeds 1714-1735 vol 3-4 > image 289 of 599; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
Find A Grave, database and images: accessed 13 February 2018), memorial page for John Paine, Sr (1684–17 Dec 1765), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63163718, citing Paynes Cove Cemetery, Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Ron Kinney (contributor 47307361) .
John Paine, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Vital: Taunton, Massachusetts, Ancestry

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