John Slade

b. circa 1739, d. 14 September 1791
     John Slade was born circa 1739 likely in England, although we have not yet found any documentation for this theory.1 First record of John Slade is found in the Boston area before the American Revolution. He is likely the John Slade "of Salem" who was married to Martha Pierce of Charleston, Massachusetts on March 28, 1771 by the Rev. Samuel West. The Rev. Mr. West also officiated at other Slade marriages. Apparently, Martha only lived a few years after the marriage and no children are recorded.2 On March 18, 1774, John Slade purchased 106 acres of property at the junction of Rosemary Brook and the Charles River, Suffolk County, from the estate of James Bowdoin.3
     John married second Hannah Torrey, daughter of Caleb Torrey and Mary Clap, on August 4, 1776 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.4,5 John was listed as an 'Innholder in Wings Lane' at a Boston Selectmen's meeting on Sept. 11, 1776. on September 11, 1776.6 He lived in October, 1785 in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Between about 1635 and 1786 a series of owners in that part of Rumney Marsh called 'The Panhandle', including Samuel Bennett, owned parcels of land which were purchased by John Slade of Chelsea on January 13, 1786. The house, known as Rumley Hall, was built in 1656 and was the oldest house still standing in 1937. The property became known as the Bennett-Slade estate.7 In 1786, John Slade sold the Bowdoin Farm 106 acres, to Benj. Henderson of Boston for 300 pounds.8
     John died on September 14, 1791 in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; Bible entry: 'John Slade, the father of these children, died in September 1791, the fouteenth day after a painful illness of diarrhea. Aged 52.9,10 He was buried in a vault at the rear of the Unitarian Church in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.11 His estate was probated on October 11, 1791 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.12

Children of John Slade and Hannah Torrey

Citations

  1. [S39] Susan Slade Carr, Arthur C Slade, III Alfred L. Skinner, The Spice Slades of Chelsea, Massachusetts.
  2. [S39] Susan Slade Carr, Arthur C Slade, III Alfred L. Skinner, The Spice Slades of Chelsea, Massachusetts, pg 14.
  3. [S23] Register of Deeds, Suffolk County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deed Book 127, p 1777, 106 acres.
  4. [S24] Boston Registry, Vol. 30 p. 317, City document # 101: out-of-town marriages. 'John Slade of Boston and Hannah Torrey of Scituate. David Barns, Min. Aug. 4, 1776.'
  5. [S55] Scituate VR, Marriages p. 261.
  6. [S24] Boston Registry, Vol. 25 p. 10.
  7. [S3] Benjamin Shurtleff, History of the Town of Revere (Massachucetts), Pp. 73-5, 86.
  8. [S23] Register of Deeds, Suffolk County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deed Book 165, p 75 1/2 1796.
  9. [S20] New England Chronicle 1775-1795 Independent Chronicle 1777-1800.
  10. [S21] Mary Jane & Hunnewell, James M. Parsons, Bible Records of the Slade Family (NEHGS Register vol.83 pp. 381-2.).
  11. [S7] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Chelsea, Massachusetts, To the year 1850, P. 534.
  12. [S22] Suffolk County Probate Court (Massachusetts).