Name: John* Gorham
Birth: ABT 1621 in poss. Huntingdonshire, England
Death: 5 FEB 1674/75 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass
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Conflicting accounts of his parents. MD 5:174-5 Bowman discusses it and feels he is the son of a John Gorum of Huntingdonshire, Engl., based on the writings of Col John Gorham, great grandson of Capt John and Desire.
Elizabeth White in "John Howland of the Mayflower v 1" and Otis say father is Ralph of Benefied, Northamptonshire.
Desire's father also was from Huntingdonshire.
In 1646 he removed from Plymouth to Marshfield and in 1648 was constable of that town. 1651 was a member of the Grand Inquest of the Colony. In 1652 he removed to Yarmouth. His was one of the better farms in the Colony. He also owned the Grist Mill known as Hallett's Mill and the wharf landing nearby. The mill in 1647 was further south than the later one. Capt Gorham's tannery was south of the present mill on the north side of the pond.
He lead several companies in King Phllip's War.
Text: Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings, 2nd ed., Geneal Publ Co Baltimore, 1997, Copy in R E Carroll library
and further from
Ancestors of William R. and Mary L. Compton
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A tanner and currier. The following material is taken from Amos Otis, "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families:"
On Mar 5 1655 "John Gorham was presented for 'unseemly carriage toward Blanch Hull at unseasonable time being in the night.' ... She was a bad woman, being frequently involved in broils and difficulties.... John Gorham was fined 40 shillings, Blanch 50 shillings." (p.408)
John was left alone in the world at his father's death, became "a consistent and exemplary Christian." (p.408). Started in Plymouth; 1646 to Marshfield (constable 1648, freeman 1650); 1652 to Yarmouth, deputy to General Court 1653. Had a tannery and a good farm; his family was granted an additional 100 acres in Swansea when he died. (P.408-410)
In August 1675 Captain Gorham led a company of soldiers to the Connecticut River, during the early stages of King Philip's War. They arrived too late to be of any help when a wagon train carrying grain from Deerfield to Hadley was ambushed and the troops protecting it almost all killed. The spot where this took place is still called "Bloody Brook."
A letter of John Gorham's has been preserved, reporting to his superiors after the march to the Connecticut River.
"Mendum [Mendon, SE of Worcester], October th 1:1675
Much Honored: My service with all due respects humbly present to yourself and unto the rest of the Council hoping of your healths. I have made bold to trouble you with these few lines to give your honors an account of our progress in your jurisdiction. According to your honors order and determination I arrived at Mendum with fifty men, and the next day Lieutenant Upham arrived with thirty-eight men, and the day following we joined our forces together and marched in pursuit to find our enemy, but God hath been pleased to deny us any opportunity therein; - though with much labor and travel we had endeavored to find them out, which Lieut. Upham hath given you a more particular account. Our soldiers being much worn but having been in the field this fourteen weeks' and little hopes of finding the enemy, we are this day returning toward our General, but as for my own part, I shall be ready to serve God and the country in this just war, so long as I shall have life and health, not else to trouble you, I rest yours to serve in what I am able.
On October 4, 1675 Gorham was appointed captain of the second company of Plymouth forces. He took part in the bloody battle at the Swamp fort in Narragansett country (Rhode Island), which was an attempt to destroy the power of the Narragansett Indians. The fight took place on December 19, 1675, and six captains of the Colonial forces were killed, although the Narragansett were driven from their village and their dwellings burned. Gorham died the following February, as a result of exposure suffered during the intense cold which followed the battle.
Fleming Family History
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"John Gorham, son of Ralph, was born at Benefield, Northamptonshire, Jan. 28, 1621. His descent is traced to De Gorran, of La Tanniere, near Gorram, in Maine, on the borders of brittany. . . In 1643, he married Desire Howland, of that town, and in 1646 removed to Marshfield, where he became a Freeman, in 1650. In 1652 he came to Yarmouth, and purchased the northwest house lot, on the County road, adjoining the bounds of Barnstable. Subsequently he purchased a part of the farm of Andrew Hallet, adjoining his lot. He also owned the grist-mill, known as Hallet's mill, and the landing place, or wharf, near the same, but situated farther south than the present mill. The dam built by the settlers only enclosed the southern portion of the mill poin, then appropritely called stony Cove. Mr. Gorham's tannery was a short distance south of the present mill, on the west side of the pond, and northerly from the ancient mill. He was a surveyor of Highways for yarmouth in 1654. In 1673 and 1674 he was one of the Selectmen of Barnstable, but in 1675 was again a resident of the town and captain of the militia here. In June of that year, Capt. Gorham and twenty-five men from Yarmouth, 'took up their first march for Mount Hope.' The theatre of war was changing, the company marched into Massachusetts, without results. In october he was appointed captain of the second company of Plymouth colony forces, was engaged in the sanguinary fight in the Swamp Fort, Dec. 19, and died at Swansey, from fever contracted in consequence of exposure during that campaign, Feb. 5, 1676, at the age of 55 years. He left a family of eleven children, from whom have descended the families in this and the neighboring town, viz: James, John, Thomas, Joseph, Jabez, Sylvanus, Ebenezer, and four daughters. The Gorhams have been preminent in public affairs in both Yarmouth and Barnstable, and have rendered valuable and important service."
"The Northamptonshire branch of the Gorhams are supposed to have descended from Sir Hugh de Gorham and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir William l"Angevin. Sir Hugh de Gorham, in 1281, possessed the manor of Churchfield in the parish of Oundle, and land in Benefield which had belonged to his wife's father. More than 300 years later, the baptism of "John Gorram, son of Ralph Gorram" was entered in the Benefield register. "
"A John Gorham, perhaps this man, was a passenger on board the ship 'Philip', bound for North America, 20 June 1635 with Richard Morgan, master. "
"John Gorham came to this town from Marshfield in 1652, and purchased the house of Andrew Hallet, sr. He was a native of Benefield, Northamptonshire, where he was born in 1621. With Mr. Hallet's house he bought a part of his farm in Yarmouth and Barnstable, the grist mill at Stoney Cove, and carried on a tannery on the borders of the pond, below the residence of Patrick Keveney. He commanded the military company in town. In June, 1675, Captain Gorham and twenty-five men from Yarmouth 'took up their first march for Mount Hope,' and saw considerable service. In october he was appointed captain of the second company of Plymouth colony forces, was engaged in the sanguinary fight in the Swamp fort, December 19th, and died at Swansey, from fever contracted in consequence of exposure during that campaign, February 5, 1676, at the age of fifty-five eyars. He left a family of eleven children, from whom have descended the families in theis and the neighboring towns. The Gorhams have been prominent in public affairs in both Yarmouth and Barnstable."
"The exact date of their marriage is not known but Desire was called 'Desire Gorum' in her father's will dated 29 May 1672. Additional proof that Desire Howland married John Gorham was found in a land transaction dated 16 February 1673 in which 'John Gorum Sen of Barnstable' sold to George Dawson, 'now resident at Barnstable,' land in Middleboro formerly belonging to John Howland and Elizabeth, his wife, and given to the said JohnGorum before John Howland's death. The transaction was witnessed by Joseph Laythorpe and John Thompson, and acknowledged 24 February 1673 before Thomas Hinckley, Assistant. Desire, wife of John gorum gave her consent 30 April 1674."
"Capt. John Gorham m. Desire Howland, 1643, daughter of Mr. John Howland, the one that came over in the Mayflower, who died in Plymouth, 23 Feb., 1672, ae. 80years."
"John and Desire Gorham lived in Plymouth after the birth of their first child, Desire, 2 April 1644, and then moved to Marshfield. Their great-grandson, Col. John Gorham, in his 'Wast Book,' recorded that 'John Gorum, alias Gorham - which Son after Having Marryed With an Howland and Had Sevrall Children Went home to England and Returned Soone again to his family . . . Moved From Marshfield to Barnstable and Settled there in order to begin a township Called Barnstable. Built Mills - tan fatt &c.' "
According to Mayflower records he came from Benefield, Northamptonshire, Eng. to Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA with Ralph
Reference to birth & death dates: FAMILIES OF THE PILGRIMS by John Howland, p 8: MAYFLOWER DESC. (1966) p 228
He fought in King Philip's War, with the Gage brothers (John, William, and Henry) fighting under him. He also performed the marriage of Matthew Gage and Hannah Thorp.
Ancestors service: Deputy Plymouth Colony 1653; Lt. 1673; Capt. 2nd Barnstable Co. under Maj. Wm. Bradford in the Great Swamp Fight, 1676; died as result of wounds. per NSDCW Lineage Bk, 1950-1958, p 421
"John Gorham's name was on a list of men able to bear arms in Plymouth in 1643. He was chosen constable in Marshfield in 1648. He was made a freeman 4 Jun 1650 and in 1651 he became a member of the Grand Inquest of Plymouth Colony. He and his family moved to Yarmouth, Mass., in 1652, and then went on to Barnstable where he owned a grist mill and a tannery. He was a surveyor of highways in 1654. As a captain in the militia in King Philip's War, he took part in the Narragansett fight in Dec 1675, where he was wounded 'by having his powder horn Shot and Split against his side,' He died of the resulting fever and was buried in Swansea 5 February 1676/7.
Ref to MARRIAGE-SPOUSE: MD 5:175, 177. NOTE: 1st child born 2 Apr 1644.
Ref to BURIAL: Shurtleff, Nathaniel B., and David Pulsifer, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, 1620-1691, 8:44.
"In June 1675 Captain John Gorham and twenty-nine men of Yarmouth marched toward Mount Hope (headquarters of Supreme Sachem Philip). They arrived only to find that hostilities had broken out elsewhere, so after a fruitless fourteen-week march, they turned around and walked back home. Gorham was appointed to command a second expedition from Plymouth. Fifteen Yarmouth men were in that company. "
"On 8 March 1648, Desire's father,John Howland, sold to his 'son-in-law, John Gorum,' half of the lands in Marshfield that he had bought from Governor William Bradford. In 1672, Desire's mother, Elizabeth Howland, 'wife of Mr. John Howland, deceased, came into court at Plymouth and acknowledged that she freely gave and surrendered rights in the lands of her late husband lying in Namasket in the township of Middleboro to Mr. John Gorum of Barnstable' ".
He was also listed as marrying Desire Howland about 1643.
"Capt. John Gorham m. Desire _____, who d. 13 Oct., 1683."
!per Mayflower records !came from Benefield, Northamptonshire, Eng. to Yarmouth,
Barnstable, MA with Ralph !birth & death dates: FAMILIES OF THE PILGRIMS by John
Howland, p 8: MAYFLOWER DESC. (1966) p 228 !Ancestors service: Deputy Plymouth
Colony 1653; Lt. 1673; Capt. 2nd Barnstable Co. under Maj. Wm. Bradford in the Great
Swamp Fight, 1676; died as result of wounds. per NSDCW Lineage Bk, 1950-1958, p 421 !per
JOHN HOWLAND OF THE MAYFLOWER v 1, by Elizabeth P. White He was on a list of
men able to bear arms in Plymouth in 1643. He was chosen constable in Marshfield in 1648.
He was made a freeman 4 Jun 1650 and in 1651 he became a member of the Grand Inquest of
Plymouth Colony. He and his family moved to Yarmouth, MA in 1652, and then went on to
Barnstable where he owned a grist mill and a tannery. He was surveyor of highways in 1654.
As a captain in the militia in King Philip's War, he took part in the Narragansett fight in
Dec 1675, where he was wounded "by having his powder horn Shot and Split against his
side," He died of the resulting fever and was buried in Swansea. (see info on estate in above
book) !BIRTH: Mayflower Descendants, 5:28. NOTE: Age 53 in 1674/75. !MARRIAGE-
SPOUSE: MD 5:175, 177. NOTE: 1st child born 2 Apr 1644. !BURIAL: Shurtleff, Nathaniel B.,
and David Pulsifer, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, 1620-1691,
"There are conflicting accounts as to the parentage of John GORUM. Elizabeth P. White, in her above mentioned first volume, states he was the son of Ralph GORUM who was bpt. 28 Jan. 1620/1, Benefield, Northamptonshire, England. In MD 5:174-5, George E. Bowman discusses John's parentage and feels there is a stronger case for John being the son of a John GORUM, based on the writings of Col. John GORHAM, great-grandson of John & Desire. Col. John states in his 'Wast Book and Dayly Journal' that the family was from Huntingtunshear <Huntingdonshire>, England and that his 'great-great-grandfather had one son nam'd aftr him John GORUM'. (Interesting to note that Desire's father, John Howland was from Huntingdonshire.) He goes on to say that the father lived at Marshfield while the son moved to Barnstable. (The 1643 list of men able to bear arms shows a John 'Gorame' in Plymouth and a John 'Goarum' at Marshfield <Stratton:440, 446; MD 5:175>.) Col. John's writings also state that while on a voyage to London in 1737 he had a search made for the family coat of arms and since a fee of seven shillings six pence was paid, Bowman feels the search was successful which means he was well aware of his family heritage. There was a Ralph GORHAM living in Plymouth between 1637-1642 (he is not on the 1643 list) but no connection has been found between him and Capt. John. Bowman also points out that there was an unidentified John GORUM living at Lynn between 1647-1651. <See MD 17:251-254 for Capt. John GORHAM's Family Record.> "
"Estate of Capt. John GORHAM/GORUM: <MD 4:153-8; Plymouth Col. Wills 3:1:162-4> ...Division, 7 Mar. 1676/7, among wf Desire and foll. chil., viz: James GORUM, John GORUM, Joseph GORUM, Jabez GORUM, Mercye GORUM, Lydia GORUM, Hannah GORUM and Shubaall GORUM. (states 3 daus are married and have already received their portions.)"
"Capt. John Gorham died at Swansea, but the exact date of his death is not known. The date of his burial is entered on the Swansea town records as follows: 'Cap: John Goram was buryed the 5th day of february 1675' [Book A, p. 147]. This date in new style would be 15 February, 1676. The record of his inventory shows that he was a resident of Yarmouth at the time of his death."
In excerpts from the 'Wast Book' of Col. John Gorham (great-grandson of Capt. John Gorham it states: ' Augst 29, 1737 In St Johns 1737 memorandums of thing to be bought In London. Coppy of Cos Daniel Gorhams Invintary sent home' ' to Look out for ye Gorhams Coat of Armes. Came from Huntingtunshear'. . . ' London. Octobr 1737 Som Account of cash Lade out or Spent' the following entries' Herralds office 7 pounds 6 shillings', 'paid a man for Looking out the Gorhams in the Citty 1 pound 6 shillings' "The record of the fee of seven shillings and six pence paid at the Herlads College seems to indicate that the search for a coat of arms was successful. One could wish that Gorham had been more explicit in his entry and named the family with which he was connected. This omission is especially unfortunate since his notes in the 'Wast Book' and the 'Dayly Journal,' that the family came from Huntingdonshire and that Capt. john's father was also named John, contradict the claim of modern writers that Capt. John Gorham was the John (son of Ralph) who was baptized at Benefield, Northamptonshire, on 28 January, 1620/1. I will first consider the claim that Capt. John was the son of Ralph. This seems to be based solely on the fact that there was a Ralph Gorham in Plymouth between 2 October, 1637, and 5 April, 1642, and that a Ralph Gorham had a son baptized at Benefiled in 1621 as alrady stated. The statement has been made that the Plymouth Colony Records prove that Ralph of Plymouth was the father of Capt. John, but this is an error, as these records contain not the slightest evidence of any relationship between the two. Capt. John Gorham's deposition, which was printed in an earlier issue of this magazine, states his age as '53 yeares or therabouts' early in 1675. This if exact, would make him more than a year younger than the John baptized at Benefield 28 January, 1620/1, but it is not conclusive evidence either for or against his identity with the John of Benefield. Since no proof that Capt. John's father was Ralph has yet been produced by those who claim this connection, it is reasonable to suppose that Capt. George Gorham's statement was correct, and my examination of the records has resulted in the discovery of corroborative evidence which seems to have escaped the notice of earlier searchers. In August, 1643, a record was made of all the males between the ages of sixteen and sixty who were able to bear arms. In this list we find a John Gorham enrolled at Plymouth and one enrolled at Marshfield. In the absence of any evidence that this was an eror, we must accept the record as it stands. Capt. John's first child was born at Plymouth, 2 April, 1644, and the second one at Marshfield, 5 May 1646. It is probable therefore that he was enrolled at Plymouth and his father at Marshfield, in August, 1643. . . .The facsimiles and transcripts of the entries in the 'Wst Book' will be found on the following pages. The transcripts were made from the original document, not from the facsimiles. ' Louisburg Feb 27 1745/6 the Rise of ye Family of Gorhams taken from Capt George Gorham - my Great Great Grand father & Family Came out of Some part of England and Lived att Marshfield and Had one son Nam'd aftr him John Gorum, alias Gorham - which Son aftr Having Marryed With an Howland and Had Sevrall Children Went home to England and Returnd Soone again to his family - His Father Lived & Dyed att Marshfield and Whats Remarkable He Was a Joyner and Made his Coffin himself for sevrallYear before he Dyed and Used to Keep apples In It as a Chest Untill He dyed and used it. the son John that maryd Desire Howland and Went to England Moved from Marshfieeld to Barnstable and Settled ther in ordr to begin a township aftrwards Called Barnstable. Built Mills - tan fatts &c. Children. Names - Sons James - John - Joseph Jabez and Shuball now Living - Daugheres - Elzebth - maryd a Hallet, att Sandwich. Temperance maryd Thomas Baxtr an old England man Lived att Yarmouth. Desire - Gorham - maryed a Capt Haws Yarmouth - having his leg Cut of Dyed with It. Lydia - Gorham Maryed. Coll John Tacher. Hanah - maryd a Wheelding boath moved to Cape-may. Capt. John Gorham Was a Captain of a Company of English & Indians and Went to the Fight of King philip - r Swamp Narraganset fight and there was Wownded by having his poudr Horn Shot and Split against his side and Wownded - and Dyed att Swansey - His Leut - His Ensigne Isaec Barker."
"John Gorham was of Plymouth, Mass. Came to New England in 1636 on the 'Phillip'. Mde Capt. Oct. 4, 1675 of the 2nd Company of Plymouth troops in King Philip's war and died as a result of exposure in the Swamp Fight. Was Constable in 1648. Freeman in 1650. Member of the Grand Inquest in 1651. Moved from Marshfield to Plymouth in 1648. To yarmouth in 1652. Deputy to Plymouth Colony in 1653. Surveyor in 1654. Selectman of barnstable in 1673 to 1675. Lieut. of Plymouth forces in the Dutch War of 1673. He was a farmer, a tanner, and owned a mill."
"Capt. John Gorham and his family moved from Marshfield to Barnstable, then on to Yarmouth in 1652. In Barnstable he owned a grist mill and tannery. He joined the militia as a captain and fought in King Philip's War, later taking part in the Great Swamp Fight against the Narragansett Indians in southern Rhode Island. He was badly injured when his powder horn exploded against his side. He also never got over the exposure to the cold weather. After the battle, he somehow made his way either by water or land to Wannamoisett, probably to the home of James Brown, son of John Brown, gentleman. The John and James Brown families shared the same home. John Gorham was racked with a high fever for some time and finally died, being buried on March 7, 1675 in what is now Little Neck Cemetery in East Providence, which lay on the Brown farm. This is also where Elizabeth Tilley Howland is buried."
"The Gorhams took a very important part in the Colonial wars. In volume 67, Massachusetts Archives, there is a letter from Capt. John Gorham, written to Governor Winslow, in 1675. Capt. Gorham's son John was in his company of soldiers during the war with king Philip and his tribe." [photocopy of letter included in article]
"The accompanying half-tone illustrations show the two sides of a leaf that without doubt at one time formed a part of a Bible belonging to Capt. John Gorham of the Plymouth Colony, whose wife was Desire Howland, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland of the Mayflower company. No mention of a Bible is found in the inventory of Capt. John Gorham's estate, taken 29 feb. 1675/6 and printed in The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 4, pp. 154-156; but in the inventory of the estate of his widow, Desire (Howland) Gorham, which was exhibited to the court at Plymouth 6 Mar. 1683/4 and has been printed in The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 4, pp. 217-220, appears the following:
'Item pewter 12s shillings 1 Chist 2s and old bible and Tillinhsts book 2s 00 16 00' "
"Through the courtesy of Mr. Henry E. Scott, the editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, we are allowed to reproduce, from the July, 1915, issue of that magazine, an illustration showing the family record of Capt. John Gorham, whose wife was Desire Howland, the daughter of John Howland, the Mayflower Passenger. The record was written on the reverse of the title-page of a New Testament, printed in 1637 by 'Thomas Buck, and Roger Daniel, printers to the Universitie of Cambridge.' This leaf, which is about eight and one-half inches tall, and five and five-eighths inches wide, is the only part of the book that has been preserved, and was found amongThe 'old bible' mentioned in the inventory of Desire (Howland) Gorham may refer to this book. No other reference to a bibly is found in connection with her estate, or her husband's. . . . From data obtainable it seems probable that, after the death of Capt. John Gorham, the bible of which this leaf formed a part came into the possession of his widow, Desire (Howland) Gorham, and fter her death became the property of her daughter, Desire (Gorham) Hawes, the mother of Benjamin Hawes of Edgartown. From the death of Benjamin Hawes, in 1722, until the title-page turns up among the papers of Hiram Luce in 1911, nothing is known of the history of the book, except that it was delivered to Experience Hawes, in accordance with the terms of her father's will."
"On the back of the title-page Capt. John Gorham recorded, all at one time, the births of his eleven children. The births of nine of 'ye Children of John Gorham' were entered on the Barnstable, Mass., town records, where it is recorded that Desire was born at Plymouth; Temperance, Elizabeth, James and John at Marshfield; Joseph at Yarmouth; Jabez, Mercy and Lydia at Barnstable. The dates of the Barnstable record agree exactly with the beble record,and establish beyond question that this bible record was made by Capt. John Gorham himself. The handwriting is also the same as well authenticated specimens in Capt. Gorham's hand."
"The following is what remains of a list of Grantees of seven Narraganset townships, laid out by order of the General Court; confirmed April 18, 1735. Rev. J.B. Felt in the Collections of American Statistical Association, I, pp. 28, 29, has given us a history of these grants" [to be entered] . . . Yarmouth - . . . Capt. John Goreham's heirs"
"John Gorum's 1675 inventory included '1 Negro man,' no value assigned."
"The law put the onus on a woman to cry out for help if she was being propositioned against her will. In March 1656 John Gorum was fined forty shillings 'for unseemly carriage towards Blanche Hull at an unseasonable time, being in the night.' Blanche Hull was fined fifty shillings 'for not crying out when she was assaulted by John Gorum in unseemly carriage towards her.' Both Gorum and Hull were married at this time, Gorum to Desire Howland, eldest daugher of John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland, and Blanche to Tristram Hull. The court evidently considered Hull to have been a willing participant rather than a victim."
"John Gorum senir: aged 53 yeares or therabouts Testifyeth, that some time since; hee desing Desired to write a memorandum of an Agreement between Jabez Lumbert and Zachariah Ryder; concerning Lands of Abraham Darbey which is in the bounds of yarmouth; and they Comitted the writing; after it was written to my keeping, some pace of time after Abraham Darbey Coming from Verginnia; put in on the other syde of the Cape and Came to my house; and I told him that his brother Jabez Lumbert had sold all rights of Lands in the bounds of the Towne of Yarmouth; and Abraham Darbey said what hee had Done in that respect hee had Given him order soe to Doe; and it should be made Good or to that very purpose.
Dated this 4th: I 74/75
This was sworne before mee John Aldin Assistant [Court Orders, V: 109
"Captain John Gorham became a very useful citizen, residing at time in Plymouth, Marshfield, yarmouth and Barnstable. During King PHilip's War he was in command of a company."
"Yarmouth men who servved in the Narragansett Expedition during King Philip's War were gtiven land in the Province of ME in 1727 as payment for their services. Seven townships were designated as Narragansett 1-7. Capt. John Gorham of Yarmouth was assigned #7; it later became the town of Gorham."
"In 1652, John Gorham settled in the part of Yarmouth which is not known as Cummaquid, where he became proprietor of Hallet's Mill. The grist mill was near the wharf on Stony Cove, the present Mill Lane. Mr. Gorham had a tannery ont he west side on Stony Cove pond."
"In June 1675 Captain John Gorham and twenty-nine men of Yarmouth marcvhed toward Mount Hope (Headquarters of Supreme Sachem Philip). They arrived only to find that hostilities had broken out elswhere, so after a fruitless fourteen-week march, they turned around and walked back home. Gorham was appointed to command a second expedition from Plymouth. Fifteen Yarmouth men were in that company. Sergeant Nathaniel Hall was wounded in the swamp Fort fight of December 19, 1675, and Gorham caught a fever from which he later died. None of the Yarmouth contingent was killed in the battle."
"[Court Orders, V: 131]
March the 7th 1675
In reference unto the estate of Mr Gorum Deceased The Court have appointed mr hinchley Mr Chipman and Mr huckens to take Care that such prte of the said estate which belongeth unto his youngest Children be prserved and Disposed to them as the Come to be of age; according to te agreement;
Lres of Adminnestration were Graunted by the Court unt mistris Desire Gorum, James Gorum, and John Gorum, to adminnester on the estate of Captaine John Gorum Deceased"
"Bond of the Administrators.
Know all men by these prsents that wee Desire Gorom widdow of the Towne of Barnstable in theJurisdiction of New Plymouth; and James Gorum and John Gorum planters of the Towne aforsaid in the Jurisdiction aforsaid Doe acknowlidge our selves to be bound and feirmly oblidged unto the Govr: and Court of Plymouth aforsaid in the penall sume of a eight hundred pounds, for the payment wherof well and ruely to be made wee bind our selves our heires executors and adminnestrators; Joyntly and severally feirmly sealled and Given this ninth of March Anno: Dom one thousand six hundred seaventy and five;
The Condition of the above written obligation is such that wheras the above bounen Desire Gorum; James Gorum and John Gorum; have obtained letters of Adminnestration to Adminnester of the estate of mr John Gorum Late Deceased; if therfore the above bounden Desire Gorum James Gorum and John Gorum Junir Doe pay or Cause to be payed all Due Debts and legacyes Due and owing to any from the said estate; and keep a faire and true accoumpt of their adminestration; and be reddy to give in the same unto the Court when by them required; and save and keep hamles and undamnifyed the said Govr: and Court from any Dmage that may acrew unto them; by theire said adminnestration; That then the above written obligation to be void and of non efect or otherwise to remaine in full force strength and vertue;
Signed sealed and Delivered desier gorham (Seal)
in the prsence of benimen hammond James Gorham (Seal)
Sammuell Nash John Gorham (Seal)"
cont under notes - wife
Father: Ralph Gorham b: ABT 1575 in Benefield, Northampton, England
Mother: Margaret Stephenson b: in Benefield, Northampton, England
Desire Howland b: ABT 1623 in Plymouth, Mass
6 NOV 1644
in Plymouth, Mass
- Temperance Gorham b: 5 MAY 1646 in Marshfield, Mass
- Elizabeth Gorham b: 2 APR 1648 in Marshfield, Mass