John Cram1,2

M, #41, b. 29 January 1596/97, d. 5 March 1681/82
  • Immigration*: to New England by January 1637/8
  • Baptism*: 29 January 1596/97; Bilsby, Lincolnshire, England; sone of Thomas Crame3
  • Marriage*: 8 June 1624; Bilsby, Lincolnshire, England; "8[?] June 1624"; Principal=Ester White3
  • Death*: 5 March 1681/82; Hampton, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire4
  • Note*: John Cram resided first at Bilsby, Lincolnshire, England, where Rev. John Wheelwright was vicar. Migrating to New England in 1635, Cram lived briefly near Boston at Muddy River where he was granted sixteen acres 11 Jan 1637/8.

    Rev. Wheelright, an ally of Anne Hutchinson, was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in November 1637, and shortly founded Exeter. John Cram removed to Exeter, and was among the signers 5 June 1639 of the Exeter Combination which established their government, and was assigned 8 acres 40 poles of land in the first allotment, made December 1639. His son drowned there in 1648. He served as townsman in 1648 and 1649.

    Rev. Wheelwright removed to Hampton in 1647. John Cram followed, perhaps shortly after 1649. On 5 Oct 1658 he purchased land in Hampton. He purchased land at Salisbury (about seven miles from Exeter) 12 Apr 1664.

    In a deed, that reads more like a will, made 24 Feb 1665/6 John Cram of Hampton and Hester his wife gave his Hampton lands to his two sons Benjamin Cram and Thomas Cram, and gave £30 each to his daughters Mary and Lydia; his sons were to maintain their father and mother during their lives.

    On 27 April 1674 John Cram of Hampton granted to his son Thomas his Salisbury land and forty acres granted to him at the new Hampton plantation.1,5
Last Edited: 16 Nov 2014

Family:

Ester White d. 16 May 1677

Children:

Elizabeth Cram6 b. 11 Mar 1625/26
John Cram6 b. 15 Feb 1627/28, d. young
John Cram6 b. 13 Apr 1629
Joseph Cram7 b. 5 Oct 1632, d. 24 Jun 1648
Benjamin Cram+ 8 b. bt 1637 - 1642, d. bt 27 May 1708 - 5 Dec 1711
Thomas Cram+8 b. c 1644
Mary Cram8 b. c 1646
Lydia Cram8 b. 27 Jul 1648

Citations

  1. [S13] The Great Migration; Immigrants to New England 1634 - 1635 by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn. publ. Great Migration Study Project; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston 1999-., p. 227-230.
  2. [S45] The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers, section "Cram", by Victor Channing Sanborn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 64(1914):64-68.
  3. [S45] The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers, section "Cram", by Victor Channing Sanborn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 64(1914):64-68., p. 65, 68, citing Bilsby records.
  4. [S46] Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to the End of the Year 1900. by George Freeman Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. 2 volumes. publ. by NEHGS 1992. Online database; AmericanAncestors.org, and downloaded from www.HathiTrust.org via FamilySearch., 1:118.
  5. [S48] History of the Town of Exeter New Hampshire, by Charles H. Bell, publ. Exeter, 1888., Bell, p. 18, 19, 436, 24, 44.
  6. [S45] The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers, section "Cram", by Victor Channing Sanborn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 64(1914):64-68., p. 65, 68.
  7. [S45] The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers, section "Cram", by Victor Channing Sanborn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 64(1914):64-68., p. 66, 68.
  8. [S45] The Lincolnshire Origin of Some Exeter Settlers, section "Cram", by Victor Channing Sanborn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 64(1914):64-68., p. 68.