Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Harvard Graduate in the Class of 1675 – James Minot

B. 14 Sep 1653 in Dorchester, Massachusetts
M. about 1684
Wife: Rebecca Wheeler
D. 20 Sep 1735 in Concord, Masachusetts

James Minot was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on September 14, 1653 to John Minot and Lydia Butler. James was the second child of five children. When he was 12 years-old, his mother died; his father remarried, but died a couple years later in 1669.

John Minot left provisions for his four sons in his will and for James he wrote he was "to be kept at learning." James lived up to this by studying medicine and theology at Harvard College. By the time James attended Harvard, it was the main place of higher education in the English colonies. He graduated in the Class of 1675.

In 1679, James became a grammar school teacher in Dorchester. Then he moved to Concord, continuing to teach while also serving as a physician. He was said to have built the first frame house there. He also preached in the town of Stowe in 1685, earning 12 shillings six pence per day, "one half cash and one half Indian corn." Sometime around 1684, James married Rebecca Wheeler and they had ten children born between 1685 and 1706.

James served as captain in the militia and represented his town in the legislature. He was named justice of the peace in 1692. He lived out his years in Concord. Rebecca died on September 23, 1734 and James died a year later on September 20, 1735. His grave has a long epitaph:

Here is interred the remains of
James Minott Esq. A.M. an
Excelling Grammarian, enriched
with the gift of prayer and preaching
A Commanding officer, a Physician of Great Value,
a Great Lover of Peace as well as of justice and,
which was His greatest Glory, happy in a Virtuous Posterity,
and living religiously died Comfortably,
September 20, 1735 Aet 83

Children:
1. Rebecca Minot – B. 9 Feb 1685, Concord, Massachusetts; M. Joseph Barrett, 27 Dec 1701

2. Lydia Minot – B. 12 Mar 1687, Concord, Massachusetts; M. Benjamin Barrett, 3 Jan 1705

3. Mary Minot – B. 16 Nov 1689, Concord, Massachusetts; M. Ebenezer Wheeler, 26 Sep 1706

4. Timothy Minot – B. 18 Jun 1692, Concord, Massachusetts; M. (1) Mary Brooks; (2) Beulah Brown

5. James Minot – B. 17 Oct 1694, Concord, Massachusetts; D. 1759; M. (1) Martha Lane (~1695-1735); (2) Elizabeth Merrick (?-1746)

6. Elisabeth Minot – B. 29 Jan 1697, Concord, Massachusetts; M. Daniel Adams (1690-1780), 23 Apr 1715

7. Martha Minot – B. 3 Apr 1699, Concord, Massachusetts; M. James Lane, 30 Apr 1719

8. Mercy Minot – B. 15 Apr 1702, Concord, Massachusetts; D. 25 Jul 1793, Sudbury, Massachusetts; M. Samuel Dakin (1700-1758), 13 Dec 1722, Concord, Massachusetts

9. Love Minot – B. 15 Apr 1702, Concord, Massachusetts; M. John Adams, 13 Dec 1722, Concord, Massachusetts

10. Samuel Minot – B. 25 Mar 1706, Concord, Massachusetts; D. 17 Mar 1766, Concord, Massachusetts; M. (1) Sarah Prescott; (2) Dorcas Prescott (~1712-1803), 1738

Sources:
A History of the town of Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Lemuel Shattuck, 1835
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847 and 1894
Samuel Minot Jones‬: ‪the story of an Amherst boy‬, Charles Swan Walker, 1922
Newton Genealogy, Genealogical, Biographical, Historical: Being a Record of the Descendants of Richard Newton of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts 1638, 1915

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