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Born in America Born in America 1641 – 1st Generation

John Irish Jr. was born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony in 1641 on land that his father had acquired by trade with a William Hiller. The farm is still standing on a corner lot with the road (now known as King’s Highway) running down to Duxbury Bay. John was the second chid born to John Irish “The Immigrant” and Elizabeth Risley. He grew up with neighbor’s whose names are associated with the names of the leaders and founders of the Colonies. John Alden’s farm (SEE FOUNDING FATHERS) was to the rear of his father’s property with Rowland Leichton and Maurice Truant on either side of them. As a youth John Jr. was listed as a servant of Myles Standish and was mentioned in the captain’s will.

The last will and testament of Captain Myles Standish exhibited before the court held in Plymouth on the 4th of May 1657 on the oath of Captain James Cudworth and ordered to be recorded exactly as follows:

“Given under my hand this March the 7th 1655 Witnesseth these prsents that I Myles Standish senir of Duxburrow being in prfect memory yett Deseased in my body and knowing the fraile estate of man in his best estate I Doe make this to bee my last will and Testament in manor and form”  Page 38 reads: “Further my will is that my servant John Irish Junir have forty shillings more then his Convenant which will appear upon the towne booke alwaies provided that hee continew till the time hee convenanted bee expired in the service of my exequitors or any of them with Joynt Concent March 7th 1655 By mee Myles Standish.”

At age 31 John Irish Jr. married Elizabeth Thurston and became the Constable of Middleboro for only one year. At that time Middleboro (Incorporated in 1669) and Taunton was one in the same town, and was also where his brother Elias lived. John Jr. was the owner of much land as one of the original proprietors of “The Shilling Purchase,” in Middleboro (lot #48.) He also signed “One of the Eight Men Purchase,” 900 acres of land in Middleboro (Lot#7.)  John Jr. was a carpenter by trade and in 1673 he removed himself with his wife to the Plymouth territory of Saconnett where he built a home on land that was deeded to him by his father. In 1677, John Jr. along with his older brother, Elias inherited the rest of the land allotted to their father, John Irish “The Immigrant” for his indenture and military service.

In 1678, John Irish Jr. was appointed Constable of Saconnett, Puncateset, Pocassett and as far away as Fall River with the oath of office administered by Captain Benjamin Church. Saconnett was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony and renamed Little Compton in 1682. In 1683 John’s occupation was listed as surveyor of highways. In 1691 he purchased with John Woodman a piece of salt marsh for 34 pounds sterling.

John Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Thurston had a total of twelve children. He remained living in Little Compton for the remainder of his life and married Priscilla Southworth the year after Elizabeth’s death.  He died in 1717 and in his will left his second wife land in Duxbury that he said “Was formerly my fathers’ which I have been wronged and abused about.” He is buried in the northeast corner of his old farm house in Little Compton, Rhode Island next to Elizabeth. When John died, Little Compton was still part of Massachusetts and did not become part of Rhode Island until 1747.

SIDE NOTE: During the Revolutionary War John Irish Jr.’s Block House was one of 5 houses in Little Compton used as a Watch House. This house still stands on lot#16 and is located about one and one half miles northwest of the village of Little Compton. The Old farm is situated directly across the street from the Old Friends Meeting House with a plaque that reads:





Born in America  Born  in America 1649 – 1st Generation

Elizabeth Thurston was born in 1649 in Newport, Rhode Island (SEE NEW ENGLAND.) She was the second child out of 12 children born to Elizabeth Mott and Edward Thurston. She married John Irish Jr. in 1672 and they lived in Middleboro, Plymouth Colony for one year before moving to Little Compton. Her oldest daughter Rebecca was born in Middleboro in 1672 however 11 more children were born in Little Compton. David B1673, Elizabeth B1673, (D age 14,) *Jonathan B1678 (5XGGF,) Joanna B1681, Sarah B1683, Priscilla B1686, Elizabeth B1687 (2nd Eliz.) Jedediah B1688, Content B1691, Mary 1695 and John Irish B1699.



England to America

England to America 1635

Elizabeth Mott mother of Elizabeth Thurston was born in 1629 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England (SEE OLD ENGLAND.)  Her mother Elizabeth Creel died in England when she was about 3 years old and she came to America in 1635 at the age of  6 with her father Adam Mott, brothers and stepmother, Sara Jennings and stepsister, Mary Lott age 4. She married Edward Thurston (SEE BELOW) and they had 12 children, 6 girls and 6 boys (Names listed under father.) After her marriage she moved from her father’s home in Portsmouth (R.I.) and settled with Edward in the Newport Colony of Rhode Island.


England to America

England to America 1635

Adam Mott was born the 12th of August 1596 probably in Cambridge, England. His father was John Mott and his mother was Alice Harrington. Adam’s first wife and the mother of his one daughter and three sons was Elizabeth Creel. A few years after Elizabeth died he married Sarah Jennings in Horsesheath, Cambridge, England. Soon after Adam a tailor and his wife, Sara with Joseph 14, Adam, 12, Jonathan 9, Elizabeth 6 and Mary Lott age 4 (Sarah’s daughter,) boarded the ship Defense and sailed to Boston.

On the 25th of May 1636 Adam was listed as a Freeman and he and his wife were among the founding members of the First Church of Roxbury, in Roxbury, Massachusetts. By the 23rd of June he was granted land on the west side of the spring in Hingham, Plymouth, (MA.) However by September of 1638 the Massachusetts authorities directed the constable of Hingham to attach him and bring him before the Governor. But the order came too late for Adam and his family relocated to Portsmouth (Pocasset,) in the Colony of Rhode Island (SEE NEW ENGLAND.)  This was likely when Adam and his family joined Anne Hutchinson (SEE FOUNDING FATHERS)  Rhode Island was known for it’s religious toleration and many of its founders were outcasts from other Colonies.

Portrait painting of Adam Mott (8XGGF) Portrait painting of Adam Mott

On the 12th of June 1640, Adam and others were chosen to lay out land in Portsmouth. He became a Freeman in 1641 and in 1642 was Clerk of the Military Company and by 1644 was granted an addition to his lot. It is rumored that Adam and Sarah had three maybe four sons (Austin, Jacob, Gershom and Eleazah,) but not much is known about them. On the 30th of September 1653 he deeded to his son Adam Jr. 12 acres of land and made out his will on the 2nd of April 1661.

Portsmouth Friends Churchyard - Portsmouth, Rhode Island Adam Mott died on the 12th of August 1661 at age 65, he is buried in the Friend’s Graveyard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.


England to America

England to America 1638

“Ould” John Mott was born in England in 1576 and had been a widower for many year when he followed his son Adam Mott to the new world. It is not known the exact date of his arrival from England or what ship he sailed upon, but he met up with his son, Adam in Portsmouth, Rhode Island before July of 1638. At the time he was age 62.

In 1648, It was voted on by the other residence of Portsmouth, Rhode Island that “Ould” John Mott would be provided for meats and lodging and washing by George Parker at his house. Mr. Parker was to have 5 shillings a week paid to him monthly out of the town’s treasury. In 1649, his son Adam offered a cow and forever 5 bushels of corn by the year so long as the “Ould Man” shall live. “Towards his maintenance that he may be discharged from any further charge from the town every man set free.”

John must have been held in high esteem because the town ordered on 9th of June 1652 that a stone house be built for “Ould” John Mott for his comfort in the winter. In 1655 John Mott is mentioned in the town records along with his son. Adam and grandson Adam Jr. as one of the men to be a freeman (able to vote.)

“Ould” John Mott as he was called by the town’s people was a well respected member of the community because the courts always made sure he was cared for properly. He died in Portsmouth in 1656 at age 80.


England to America

England to America 1647

Edward Thurston was born in Newport, Cambridge, England in 1617 to Ellen Wood and Adam Thurston.  He emigrated to the New World in 1647 and married ELIZABETH MOTT in Jun of 1647 in Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island  where they settled and raised 12 children: Sarah B1648, Elizabeth B1650, Edward Jr. 1652, Eleanor B1655, Mary B1657, Jonathan B1659, Daniel 1661, Rebecca B1662, John 1664, Content B1667, Samuel B1669 and Thomas B1671.

Edward Thurston was the third name on the membership list at the Society of Friends at Newport and therefore was a Quaker. He was a Freeman in 1655 and commissioner in 1663. He served as Deputy to the General Court in 1667, 71, 74, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86 and as an Assistant Deputy in 1675, 86, 90, and 91.

Edward Thurston signed on the 26th of August 1686 a Quaker request to the King asking that members of the Society of Friends be excused from bearing arms as per their religious beliefs. He also signed a 30th of January 1690 letter from Rhode Island congratulating William and Mary on their accession to the throne.

He died on the 28th February 1706 in Newport at the age of 89.


England to America

England to America 1647

Adam Thurston was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England in 1591 and was a widower for over twenty years when he came to the new world with his son and settled in Newport, in the Colony of Rhode Island. Adam Thurston  came from the same place in England that Adam Mott’s family was from. So there is a good chance that the two Adams arranged for 30 year Edward Thurston and 18 year old Elizabeth Mott to marry.

He died on the 21st of August 1661 at the age of 70.




*JONATHAN IRISH  (5XGGF)  married to MARY TAYLOR (5XGGM) and her descendants.

Margaret Harke
September 24th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Thank you for posting the picture of Adam Mott who was my ninth great grandfather. Pictures add so much life to ones family history.


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