Name: John Wyman
Birth: 3 FEB 1621 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
Death: 9 MAY 1684 in Woburn, Massachusetts
Information on the WYMAN family was given to me by:
Stephen Robbins <Sjmrlaw@aol.com>
December 13, 2004
COMMENTS/NOTES: Born and raised in Westmill, Hertfordshire (about halfw ay between London and Cambridge). May have learned the tanning trade in B untingford, a nearby town. A brother of his mother, Ezekial Richardson, j oined the Winthrop fleet to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. In 163 6, John Wyman and his brother, Francis Jr, joined Ezekial’s brothers (Samu el and Thomas Richardson) crossed the Atlantic to join Ezekial in Bosto n, moving later to Charlestown and, in 1640, to Woburn. The house of Fran cis Wyman in Burlington, separated from Woburn and incorporated as the to wn of Burlington in 1799, has been restored by the Wyman Family Associatio n, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for p ublic tours. John and Francis Jr, acquired property both in Woburn prop er (on the corner of what became Wyman and Central Streets), where they er ected a tannery, and farms in the northern area of the settlement (in wh at became the Town of Billerica). The Wyman house in Billerica is sa id to have been a hiding/resting place for Sam Adams and Paul Revere wh en they fled from Lexington on April 17, 1775.
John Wyman was a cavalry officer in the Indian conflicts, includi ng King Phillip’s War (1670s); promoted from Cornet to Lieutenant in 167 3; wounded by an arrow (in the face) in the Naragansett battle (December 1 9, 1675), in which his son, John, was killed. John and Francis were relig ious dissidents of a sort, leaning toward the Baptist view that infant bap tism was improper. They were summoned before an ecclesiastical court in C ambridge in December of 1671, but (along with a good number of other Wobu rn dissidents) avoided serious punishment (but brother Francis remain ed a sympathiser; he bequeathed a small sum to two elders of the Bapti st congregation in Boston).
SOURCES: C. E. Wyman, Genealogy of the Wyman Family, Herald Book and J ob Printing House, Grand Haven, MI, 2883 reprinted by the New England Gene alogical Society (NEHGS), Boston, MA; George S. Brown, “Yarmouth Genealog ies,” (The Wyman Family, No. 66), The Yarmouth Herald, reprinted by The Ge nealogical Publishing House, Baltimore, MD (Martha and William Reamy, eds ), 1993; F. E. Crowell, “New Englanders in Nova Scotia,” The Yarmouth Her ald, available from the Yamouth County Museum Archives, 22 Collins Stree t, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, B5A 3C8, Canada; John H. Wyman, “The Ancesto rs of Letitia Wyman,” Wyman Family Association, 1998; Jill Lepore, The N ame of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, Alfr ed A. Knopf, New York, New York, 1998, The Wyman Family Association (www.w yman.org).
Father: Francis Wyman b: 1592 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
Mother: Elizabeth Richardson b: 13 JAN 1593 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England
Sarah Ruth Nutt b: 1624 in England
5 NOV 1644
in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Samuel Wyman b: 20 SEP 1646 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- John Wyman b: 28 MAR 1648 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Sarah Wyman b: 15 APR 1650 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Solomon Wyman b: 26 FEB 1651 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- David Wyman b: 7 APR 1654 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Jonathan Wyman b: 13 JUL 1661 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Seth Wyman b: 3 AUG 1663 in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Jacob Wyman , Sr. b: 4 JUN 1665 in Woburn, Massachusetts