1674 - 24 Feb 1742
Father: John NEEDHAM
- BIRTH: 1674, Braintree, Norfolk, MA
- DEATH: 24 Feb 1742, Billerica, Middlesex, MA
- BURIAL: South Cemetery, Billerica, MA
Mother: Hannah SAVILLE
: Elizabeth FROST
: Mary JEFTS
- MARRIAGE: 26 Feb 1702, Billerica, Middlesex, MA
- John NEEDHAM
- Mary NEEDHAM
- +William NEEDHAM
- +John NEEDHAM
- +Benjamin NEEDHAM
_John NEEDHAM ___|
| | ____________________________
| _William SAVIL _____________+
| _William SAVIL _|
| | |_Margaret (Margery) PARKER _+
|_Hannah SAVILLE _|
| _John TIDD _________________+
|_Hannah TIDD ___|
|_Margaret GREENLEAF ________+
Sometime after the death of his father in 1689 went to Billerica as an apprentice
on the farm of Joseph Thompson, Sr., a friend of his uncle William. John settled
as a farmer on the north side of Nutting's Pond. In 1698, he was embroiled in
scandal and was judged to the father of Elizabeth Frost's bastard child.
"Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in a Massachusetts County, 1649-1699"
University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1986
(Thompson quotes extensively from the original court order books.)
pp28-29: "Their honors judged John Needham to be the reputed father of the
child and ordered him to pay 2s. 6d. maintenance per week. Needham appealed
to the superior court whose judgement is not known."
"Vital Records of Billerica"
New England Historic Genealogical Society
in "Massachusetts Town Marriage/Death Records"
"History of Billerica, Massachusetts,
with a Genealogical Register"
Rev. Henry A. Hazen, Boston, MA, 1883.
pp. 99-100, NEEDHAM
"He lived south-west of the village (of Billerica)"
"Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass."
Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB
"Descendants of John Needham"
Robert Francis Needham, Arlington, MA, 1934
Needham Family Genealogical Notes
Unpublished work; 1998
Virginia Joy Chism Nichols