John Lovett1

b. say 1610, d. 5 November 1686

7th great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
9th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     John Lovett was born say 1610 in England. He married Mary Grant in England. He died on 5 November 1686 in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, in his 76th year.2,3 A Lovett Genealogy gives a death date of 5 March 1686 (1685/86) at age 76, and the date of his will as 8 November 1686.4
     It is thought that John Lovett came to New England aboard the True Love in 1637. In his party were his wife Mary Grant and their infant son John, his mother Mary, and older half-brother, Daniel Lovett. They settled in Salem, where John and his family remained when Daniel and his stepmother removed to Braintree in 1637. That year, John and Mary were living at Mackerel Cove, then part of Salem, now part of Beverly.5 On 25 July 1639 John Lovett and seven others were admitted as inhabitants of Salem and received grants of land.5 John was in the employ of Daniel Rea, a cooper, in Mackerel Cove in 1641.6 He was given a grant of two acres of marsh land lying near the old Planter's Meadow in the vicinity of Wenham common on 3 November 1665, at the "seven mens meeting" at Beverly. His land grant was at present Cabot and Central Streets, Beverly.5 He was trial jury in November 1669.7

Additional Data
The inventory of the estate of Richard Kemball, taken 17 June 1676, includes a debt of 7s. owed to John Lovett, cooper.8

Among those who took the oath of fidelity at Beverly 3 December 1677, were John Stone, seaman, Joseph Lovett, weaver, George Standley, fisherman, and John Lovett, cooper.9

[Salem Quarterly Court, June 1641] John Kettle, a boy, apprenticed to Jno. Lovett of Mackerell cove to be severely whipped, and to serve his master 40s. longer to pay fine (which Lovett is to pay) "for breaking open Jno Wards house & stealing milk (though he had eat milk that same morneing)" and "his willfull breach of ye saboth."10

By his will dated 8 November 1686, it appears he held much real estate, which was divised principally to his children, John, Joseph, Abigail, Mary and Bethiah, and his grandson, George Standley. He bequeathed a set of cooper's tools to his son, John, and also twenty acres of land on the east side of "dirty hole" lying between the lands of his son, Joseph, and his son-in-law George Standley.4

Children of John Lovett and Mary Grant


  1. [S850] Frank Nelson Hall, A Lovett Genealogy (Denton, Texas:, 1965), 4-6.
  2. [S851] Topsfield Historical Society, Vital Records of Beverly, Massachusetts to the Year 1950 (Salem, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, 1906-1907), as John, sr. @ about 76 y.
  3. [S215] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register, 4 vol. (Boston:, 1860-62; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994), 3: 124.
  4. [S850] Frank Nelson Hall, Lovett Genealogy, 6.
  5. [S850] Frank Nelson Hall, Lovett Genealogy, 4.
  6. [S850] Frank Nelson Hall, Lovett Genealogy, 4, citing Perley's History of Salem.
  7. [S855] George Francis Dow, ed., Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, 9 vols. (Salem: Essex Institute, 1911-1973). Transcribed and Abstracted from the Original Manuscript by Harriet S. Tapley, IV: 187.
  8. [S855] George Francis Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, VI: 188.
  9. [S855] George Francis Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, VI: 401.
  10. [S855] George Francis Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, I: 27.
  11. [S852] Essex Institute, Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem: Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 1916-1925), citing church record, First Church.
  12. [S852] Salem VR (published), citing court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.