John Bridges1

#1296, (between 1639 and 1644 - 1704)
Father*Edmund Bridges1 (1612 - 1684/85)
Mother*Elizabeth Manwaring1 (bt 1618 - 1620 - 1664)

Family 1

Sarah Howe b. c 1644
Children 1.Sarah Bridges+12 (bt 1667 - 1677 - )
 2.James Bridges+13 (1670/71 - 1739)

Family 2

Mary Tyler b. c 1644, d. 1706
Children 1.Mary Bridges12 (1678/79 - )
 2.Samuel Bridges14 (1681 - )
 3.Elizabeth Bridges14 (1683 - )
 4.Mehitable Bridges12 (1688 - )
Birth*between 1639 and 1644He was born between 1639 and 1644 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.1 
1641He removed with Edmund Bridges and Alice Millington in 1641 Rowley.2,3 
1665He was a blacksmith in 1665 at Andover, Essex Co., MassachusettsG.4 
Marriage*5 December 1666He married Sarah Howe, daughter of James Howe and Elizabeth Dane, on 5 December 1666 at Ipswich, Essex Co., MassachusettsG.5,6 
Marriage*1 March 1677/78He married Mary Tyler on 1 March 1677/78 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.7,8,4 
6 January 1684/85In Edmund Bridges's will dated 6 January 1684/85 at Salem, Essex Co., MassachusettsG, John Bridges was named as an heir and co-executor.9,10 
1690He and Mary Tyler removed in 1690 Mendon.4 
after 1690He and Sarah Howe lived after 1690 at Mendon, Worcester Co., MassachusettsG.11 
Death*1704He died in 1704 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG; poss. death of son John.1 


  1. [S163] All in the, online gives birth year as 1639 to 1644.
  2. [S799] The Essex Institute, compiler, Essex Institute (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute et al), XX:147, "Early Settlers of Rowley, Mass., Including All Who Were Here Before 1662" by Geo. B. Blodgette: "Edmund Bridges, "blacksmith," had an acre and a half house- lot, bounded on the north side by the cross street, the east end by the high street, 1643. His wife was Alice."
    "He sold his dwelling house, blacksmith's shop, and rights to Isaac Cousins 25 , and moved to Ipswich where he was in 1644. He was about 46 years old 1658 (Court Rec).
    "Child born here : 13-1 Mehitable 2, b. 26-lmo., 1640."
  3. [S161] George Thomas Little, editor, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1909), four volumes, vol. 3, p. 1601ff.
  4. [S387] Sidney Perley, editor, "Bridges Genealogy", The Essex Antiquarian XII:1 :26-28, (Jan 1908): p. 26.
  5. [S349] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 (Three Volumes) (Salem, MA: Newcomb & Gauss, 1910), II:56 and II:232: "Bridges, John, and Sarah How, Dec. 5, 1666 CT R" [Court record, Essex co., Quarterly Court].
  6. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1602 "daughter of James and Elizabeth How."
  7. [S718] Topsfield Historical Society, compiler, Vital Records of Andover Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849: Volume II Marriages and Deaths (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1912), II:64 "Bridges, John, and wid. Mary Post. Mar. 1, 1677-8."
  8. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1602; Mary Post was a widow, unk if Post is married name; date given as March 1 but year as 1677 or 1678.
  9. [S791] Edmund Bridges will (1685), Probate record of Edmund Bridges, 1685, Ipswich, Essex Co., Mass., Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, Boston, Massachusetts, online Case no. 3298, 9 images. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.). Transcript by Vincent Hartnett:
    The Last Will and Testament of Edmond Bridges Senr Black Smith
    of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New England is as folloeth,

    I Edmond Bridges being of perfect memorie and good understanding, yet by
    Reason of my weakeness of bodie and manie infermities often prevailing
    upon me, doo desire to com~end my soule in to the hands of my Blessed
    Redeemer Jesus Christ, in hope a happy Resurection,
    My will therefore is that my bodie be most decently burried after my
    discease, and all my debts be discharged, my estate be disposed of as
    followeth First I have alreadie given to my all my Children but Mary fair
    portions as was [crossed out] sutaable and convenient into my estate to _____
    of, but as an adition I give unto John Bridges my Rapier unto Josiah
    Bridges I give my Musquit unto Fayth Bridges I give a pewter platter
    marked with E B A, unto Bothiah Bridges the fellow or other pewtter
    plates with the same markes, which things my will is, that they be
    delivered unto the parties before mentioned Att my house upon there
    demand, imediately after my discease.

    Unto my Daughter Mary I give twentie pounds, that is to say a Cow shee
    calls her owne, a fether bed and what beding can conveniently be spared
    with it, And the rest to be made up in such household stuffe as my
    wife shall soo cause to supply her with.

    And my will further is that my beloved wife Mary Bridges shall have
    the res of the whole of my estate undispossed of During the time of
    her life if she remains a widdow, But if shee should marry after
    my discease she shall then have ten pounds payed unto her.

    I Doe allso will, that if my afforesaid wife Mary Bridges should
    marry, or otherwayes at the time of her Discease, that all the
    Remainder of my Estate then left shall be Equallie divided between
    John Bridges my sonne, my sonne Josiah Bridges, my Daughter Fayth
    Bridges Alias Black Bethiah Bridges Alias Peabodie and Mary Bridges
    And I doe hereby Constitute and ordaine my Beloved wife Mary Bridges
    and my sonne John Bridges to be my Executors, in order unto the
    performance of this my last will and testament And I doe desire
    Captn Daniel Epps with Leiftenant John Appleton to be the overseers for
    the fulfilling of this my will, whereunto I have sett my hand and
    seale this 6th of January 1684.

    Signed sealed and delivered [signature and seal of Edmund Bridges]
    in the presence of us
    Daniel Epps
    Edmund ____               The _____________
                        between ye 8th & 9th line
                        from ye top viz, but Mary,
                        was entered before ye
                        perfecting hereof
    Will proved at Court of Ipswich March 30: 85, Proved
    by the Executor to be the last Will & Testament of Edmon Bridges
    by the oath of Mary Bridges, Relect, & John Bridges sone to
    Ed. Bridges to the Best of the there knowledge that he was of a disposing mind
    at the same time.                    Attor. John Appleton ____.
  10. [S166] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2011), I:390, exhibit.
  11. [S800] M. V. B. Perley, "James Howe of Ipswich and Some of His Descendants", Essex Institute LIV:33 (1918): p. 37: "Sarah, b. abt. 1644 (aged about 20 y. in 1664); m. 5 Dec, 1666, John Bridges, a blacksmith of Andover, and after 1690 of Mendon; had daughter Sarah, who m. a Preston.". Hereinafter cited as James Howe of Ipswich and Some of His Descendants.
  12. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1604.
  13. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, III:1604.
  14. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1604; text has 1861, assume transposition.