An American Family History

John Dwinnell

Various spellings of Dwinnell
Doenell, Donell, Donnall, Donnell, Duenell, Dunnel, Dunnell, Dwaniel, Dwaniell, Dwainel, Dwennel, Dwinel, Dwinell, Dwinnel, Dwinnill, Dwonill, Dwynel

ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

John Dwinnell was born on December 16, 1674 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Michael and Mary Dwinnell. He was a yeoman.

He married Mary Read on February 25, 1700/01. Mary was born in 1682 in Salem. According to The History of Salem, Massachusetts, her father was Isaac Read. Her mother was Joane Stone.

John and Mary's children probably included:
Keziah Dwinnell (1703, married Nicholas Crae or Cree),
Triphenah Dwinnell (1705, married Jabez Towne grandson of Jacob Towne of Topsfield),
Triposah Dwinnell (1709, married John Spaulding of Topsfield),
John Dwinnell (1711, married his cousin Susannah Dwinnell daughter of Thomas Dwinnell),
Sarah Dunell (1714), and
Susannah Dwinnell (1715, married Zacheus Norwood of Lynn).

He inherited from his father

. . .ye North End of my Dwelling house & halfe my home roads, upon the Considration He Shall pay Ten Pounds as I shall order in this my Will—Also my Will is tht my son John shall have his Division in my Swamps, & halfe ye Cow pasture, also halfe ye River Meadow of what shall be left when Michaell and Thomas shall be measured off . . . ( Dwinnell, p. 9)

He died on April 14, 1771/72 at the age of 92 in Topsfield.

Children of Michael and Mary Dwinnell
  • Mary Dwinell Hovey
  • Dr. Michael Dwinnell
  • Thomas Dwinnell
  • John Dwinnell
  • Elizabeth Dwinnell
  • Magdalen Dwinnell Holgate Clough
  • Joseph Dwinnell
  • Joannah Dwinnell Hood
  • Susannah Dwinnell Devenish Kilham
  • A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.




    Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

    John Dunnel, yeoman, b. Dec. 16, 1674; d. Jan. 28, 1742; wife, Mary Read, Salem, Feb. 25, 1701; d. April 14, 1774, ae. 92 ; they lived and d. in Topsfield.

    His will is dated January, 1741. He is styled husbandman, and his wife, Mary, is sole executor. No children mentioned. "Witness, Jeremiah Towne, Jacob Dwinel, Richard Towne.

    Her will is dated Oct. 26, 1771, proved May, 1774. Mentions widow Mary Dwinel, mentions my granddau., Mary Howlet of Keene, N. H., and Martha Towne of Topsfield. from The True Genealogy of the Dunnel and Dwinnell Family of New England by Henry Gale Dunnel


    A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

    Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

    from Reade Society for Genealogical Research

    From the above it is evident that Isaac Read lived and died in Salem. Thc date of his birth or bapt. is unknown, but probably was about 1645 as his brother Aaron b. abt 1647 and sister Susanna bapt. Sept 23 1649, make this a probable estimate.

    He was a soldier in King Philips War. 1676 and died 1710. (G. S. S. in Reade Record No. VI.) The baptism of his children are not shown in the Parish Register which would indicate that neither he nor his wife Joane were members of the church.

    Their children as shown in the above documents were as follows:
    Isaac Jun. [probable] predeceased Father.
    Abraham, Husbandman. Wife Mary acks. Deed.
    Mary. who m. John Dunwell of Topsfield.
    Alice. who m. Thomas Lewen of Boston.

    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    King Philip’s War was a bloody and costly series of raids and skirmishes in 1675 and 1676 between the Native American people and the colonials. King Philip was the Native American leader Metacom.
    English colonists from Salem were the first settlers in Lynn.
    An early American tavern (or ordinary) was an important meeting place and they were strictly supervised. Innkeepers were respectable members of the community. Taverns offered food and drink. An inn also offered accommodation.

    History of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 1, Issue 1 edited by Duane Hamilton Hurd

    Zacheus Norwood, who died February 8, 1766,- if the stone in the old burying-ground bearing the name is erected to his memory,-kept it for many years, and it ceased to be called the Anchor. His wife, Susanna, died January 2, 1747, but he married again, and his widow succeeded him in the management and afterwards became the wife of Josiah Martin. The house was long famous as " Norwood's Tavern."

    The matrimonial adventures of Mr. Norwood seem to have been of a varied character. In the record of intentions of marriage, as copied by Mr. John T. Moulton, is to be found these entries, Mr. Moulton remarking that a pen has been drawn across them:

    June 2, 1734. This may certify that whereas the intention of marriage betwixt Zacheus Norwood and Mary Richards [daughter of John Richards], both of Lynn, was posted by me the above day; that on the 3d day of June, 1734, the above said Mary Richards forbid the banns. . . .

    December 3, 1734. The above-named Mary Richards came to me and told me she had re-considered her forbidding the banns of matrimony betwixt Zacheus Norwood and herself, and desired me to give him a certificate.

    Whatever the difficulty was, it appears to have been amicably settled, for on the 13th of the next February they were married. She died on the 6th of April, 1736.

    On the 27th of October, 1745, was published his intention of marriage with Susannah Dunnell, of Topsfield. They were soon after married, and she died January 2, 1747. His third wife was Lydia Burrage, whom he married April 19,1750. It was she who survived him, kept the tavern herself for some time, and then married the wayward Josiah Martin.

    From The Old Burying Ground, Lynn, Massachusetts.

    Here lies buried the body of
    Mr. Zackeus Norwood
    Who departed this life
    February the 8th,1756
    aged 40 years.

    Here lies ye body of
    Mrs. Susanna Norwood
    wife of Mr. Zackeus Norwood.
    Died January 2d, 1746
    in the 31st
    Year of her age.  


    Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled by English Puritans in 1629 and was first incorporated in 1631 as Saugus.
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