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   .....  The first record found of John Lovett in Essex Co., MA, was on 8 August 1639, when "John Lovett is receaved to be an Inhabitant within this jurisdiction [Salem] & there is graunted unto him ten acres of land neere Macrell Cove."[1] The land along the edge of Mackerel Cove is now part of Beverly. In January of 1640 "John Luvet Daniel Rays [Rea's] servant desireth accommodation."[2] This is the only reference found to a relationship between Lovett and Rea. Lovett was cooper and may have had an arrangement with Rea regarding services performed perhaps in exchange for his passage to Massachusetts, which probably was not long before if not in 1639. The Town of Salem gave John five more acres near Mackerel Cove in 1640.[3]  In 1645 he was given two acres of marsh near the "Old Planters Meadow near Wenham Common"[4] and in 1650, twenty acres in "the swamp and upland."[5]
     ..... John first appears in court records on 29 June 1641, when it is recorded that John Kettle, a boy apprenticed to "Jno. Lovett of Mackerell Cove" is to be severely whipped and to serve his master 40s worth of time to cover Lovett's expense of paying a fine after Kettle broke into John Ward's house, stole milk ("though he had eat milk that same morneing") and for his "willfull breach of ye saboth."[6]
    ..... John was chosen to be a juryman in 1669.[7] He doesn't appear thereafter in found court records. The Town of Beverly was established about this time, but roughly the first two decades of town records of Beverly have been lost. John wrote a will in which he left his son John his cooper's tools. He mentions his wife Mary and children John, Abigail, Randall, Joseph, Mary Patch and Bethiah Standley. His death record in The Early Records of the Town of Beverly says "John Lovett senior Departed this Life on the fifth Day of November being Aged aboute seaventy 6 years Anno: Do: 1686.”[8]
    ..... No records have been found that are proven to be for this family in England, including John's marriage to Mary Lighthassel or Mary "Motyer" (the name is "Mote" in the marriage record). The latter two English Lovett families were found by researchers in the Mormon IGI and assumed to be the same as the one in New England as a matter of convenience.
   ..... Mary appears in several court cases. She witnessed an odd event at the (Beverly?) meetinghouse in which two women had a battle of wills over where they wanted to sit. One ended up sitting in the other's lap (see a fuller account in the biography for  fellow-ancestor Anna (Palgrave) Woodbury). It created a bit of a spectacle in the meetinghouse. Tamsin Taply said that she "would not have seen it had not Goodwife Lovett pulled her by the arm to show to her." Mary (Lovett) also gave a deposition, but what she said wasn't recorded.[9] What she said is also not recorded when she deposed in the case brought by Elizabeth, maid of Mr. Hubbard (Hobart) against fellow-ancestor Elizabeth Woodbury (wife of Humphrey) for hitting her.[10]

They had the following children (ordered according to will):

i.    John
ii.  Abigail, bap. 18 March 1654/1655 (First Church, Salem record, "of Sister Lovett")
iii.  Randall
iv.  Joseph
v.  Mary
vi.  Bethiah, bap. 13 June 1652 (First Church, Salem, record "of John").



vital records sources: His death date comes from The Early Records of the Town of Beverly.

[1] Essex Institute Historical Collections, "Town Records of Salem, 1634-1659," vol. 9, second series, vol. 1 (Salem: 1869), pg. 89.
[2] Ibid, 21 January 16 39/1640, pg. 98.
[3] Ibid, 30 March 1640, pg. 105.
[4] Ibid, 29 October 1645, pg. 138.
[5] Ibid, 21 January 1650, pg. 163.
[6] Essex County Quarterly Courts, vol. 1, pg. 27,
[7] Ibid, 30 November 1669, vol., pg. 187, Salem Quarterly Court.
[8] The Early Records of the Town of Beverly
[9] 1 September 1673, Essex County Quarterly Courts, vol., pg. 217, Salem Quarterly Court.
[10] 30 November 1664, Ibid, vol., pg. 224. .....

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