ohn Proctor was born in England. When he was just three years old, his parents brought their family to America. They sailed from London, England, on 12 April 1635 on a ship called the “Susan and Ellen”. Upon arrival, they settled in the Chebacco area of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Proctor's father owned many properties and was considered to be one of the wealthiest residents in Ipswich and had two shares in Plum Island in 1664. He also held many offices within the colony. Adult life
Proctor was a good businessman, comfortable working with people from all aspects of society. He was a larger man, fearless, bold and impulsive. About 1655, Proctor married Martha Giddens. They had 4 children: John (1653-1658)
Martha died due to complications from childbirth 13 Jun 1659. Her death registry reads "Martha, wife of John Procter, [dye]d the 13 June 1659, Benjamin Proctor, was the only surviving child from this marriage. 1 December 1662, Proctor married Elizabeth Thorndike (1641-1672), daughter of John Thorndike, founder of Ipswich, Massachusetts. They had seven children: Elizabeth (1663-1736) married in 1681 to Thomas Very;
 married in 1697 to Hannah Felton, widow of Samuel Endicott, grandson of John Endicott the first Governor of The Massachusetts Bay Colony and daughter of Nathaniel Felton and Mary Skelton. Mary was the daughter of Samuel Skelton, the first minister of Salem. In 1666 Proctor moved to Salem and leased a 700 acre estate known as Groton farm (aka Downing Farm) in Salem Farms, the section of Salem Township just to the south of Salem Village. The farm was leased from Emmanuel Downing, brother-in-law to John Winthrop. In 1668 Proctor received...
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