from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
John Tarbell (Thomas) was probably born at Watertown about 1654, although there is no record of his birth. He married at Salem, Oct. 25, 1678, Mary Nurse, daughter of Francis and that unfortunate Rebecca Nurse who was hanged for witchcraft in 1692.
They lived at Salem Village, now Danvers, in which parish the Salem Witchcraft delusion first appeared. As a result of the persecutions, John Tarbell and his wife and a few others, mostly relatives of the accused, withdrew from communion and attendance at the Salem Village church. This was the beginning of the remonstrance of the people against Rev. Samuel Parris as their minister, which resulted in his dismissal from that church in 1697. In this movement, John Tarbell bore a prominent part.
Before his marriage, and while living in Charlestown, John enlisted as a soldier in King Philip's war. For his services his heirs, represented by his son Cornelius, received in 1728 a grant of land in Narragansett No. 3, now Amherst, N. H. John was styled "Ensign." He died at Salem Village, Mar. 25, 1715, in his 62 year.
His will, made two days before his death, names his wife Mary and all of his children, his three daughters being then unmarried; also he left a small sum to Mary, wife of James Smith. Her maiden name being Tarbell, she may have been his niece, daughter of Thomas Tarbell, although no relationship is expressed in the will.
Mary, widow of John, lived to a good old age, and died June 28, 1749, in her 90th year.
Children, recorded at Salem, and baptized at Salem Village:
John, b. Aug. 9, 1680; bapt. Apr. 27, 1690.
Mary, b Apr. 3, 1688; bapt. Apr. 27, 1690; m. as his second wife, June 23, 1725, Abraham Goodale of Salem.
Cornelius, b. Mar. 25, 1690; bapt.-Apr. 27, 1690.
Jonathan, b. Feb. 21, 1691; bapt. Oct. 30, 1692; d. unmarried, between May 18, 1715, and June 18, 1718. He gave one half of his estate to his mother, thence to revert to his brothers and sisters, the other half to Elizabeth Mitchell, provided she remained unmarried,
Elizabeth, b. Mar. 22, 1693-4; d. at Bedford, May 29, 1752; m. Feb. 1, (prob. 1721-2;, Obed Abbott of Bedford.
Sarah, b. Oct. 2. 1696; d. Apr. 12, 1767, at Bedford; m. Feb. 7, 171516, Benjamin Hutchinson of Bedford.