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John and Bethiah were among petitioners "dismissed" from the church in Salem to Beverly on 30 May 1668, and baptized their three oldest children the next day.1 Bethiah was alive on 11 Jan 1706/07 when John made an agreement and sold land to his sons in return for his and Bethiah's maintenance2 She died by 17 May 1723, when John wrote his will and doesn't mention her.3

children of Bethiah Rootes and John Lovett:4

i. Simon, b. abt 1660, bap. 31 May 1668
ii. John, b. abt 1665, bap. 31 May 1668
iii. Susannah, b. abt. 1667, bap. 31 May 1668
iv. Josiah, bap. 2(5?) April 1669 (5 added in the published transcription)
v. Thomas, b. 25 September 1671
vi. Samuel, bap. 25 April 1675
vii. Benjamin, bap. 7 March 1679/1680
viii. Bethiah, b. 4 June 1682

1. Records of the First Church of Beverly, Massachusetts 1667-1772 (Salem:1905), 11.
2. Essex Co., MA, deeds 24:193
3. Suffolk Co., MA, probate case 1523, see also probate volume 11:51-2 for a transcription. 4. baptisms are from Early Records of the First Church in Beverly Massachusetts, 1667-1772 (Salem:1905), 86, 87, 91, 96; births are from Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts: to the end of the year 1849, vol. 1 (Topsfield, MA:1906), 209, 216

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