John Freke

John Freke
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From the Freke family website: John Freke immigrated to New England between 1658 and 1660. He had been born in 1631 at Hinton St. Mary, Dorset. He settled in Boston, Massachusetts. John was a merchant and lawyer in Boston. He married Elizabeth Clarke, who was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and mill owner, Major Thomas Clarke.
John was a loyalist to the throne of England and was the petitioner to uphold the King’s unpopular Commissioners in Boston. He also served as Constable and was a Juryman.

In business with Samuel Shrimpton, John co-owned a shallop called "The Philip." The Philip was captured by pirates in 1674. John petioned the court to go after the pirates, which they did, capturing them, but while they were in prison waiting for trial, tragedy struck.

On the 4th of May in the year 1675, John and his good friend and fellow merchant, Captain Scarlett, went aboard a ship from Virginia. While they were aboard an explosion occured in the cabin killing John instantly, Captain Scarlett died the next day.

John was one of the most influential merchants of the day, unfortunately his life was cut short. He is buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts with his Coat of Arms displayed on his grave stone.

John and Elizabeth had eight children. The youngest, a daughter, being born two days after John’s death. She was named for the first born, Mary, who had died young. Elizabeth married second to Elisha Hutchinson.

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