John/2 Hoar

M, #6880, (say 1622 - 2 April 1704)
Father*Charles/1 Hoar1 b. s 1585, d. a 25 Sep 1638
Mother*Joanna/1 Hincksman1 d. 21 Dec 1661
Custom index:Philip's War (1675-76)
Last Edited:10 Aug 2017

Children with Alice (–?–):

"Redemption Rock," the designated location on the slopes of Mt. Wachusett, Princeton, MA, where the 1676 ransom negotiations over Mrs. Mary Rowlandson took place. This natural feature stands about 20 feet tall and 60 feet long. Photograph by Jon Mael, courtesy The Boston Globe, 20 Dec 2015.
Image by Jon Mael, courtesy The Boston Globe, 20 Dec 2015
John/2 Hoar, born in Gloucester, England2,3, was mentioned in his father's will, dated 25 Sep 1638.4 Sometime around 1640 he came to New England with his widowed mother and 4 siblings, and they settled at Braintree, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.5,6 Of Scituate, 1643–55.1,7 Probably there he married, by 1650, Alice (–?–), who died 5 Jun 1696.8 Removed to Concord by 1660, and was a lawyer there in 1665.1,7 Shattuck says he was "distinguished for bold, independent mind and action."1,7 Hist. New Ipswich comments that "His honorable and courageous conduct in relation to the 'praying Indians,' unjustly accused by his fellow citizens, is noteworthy in the early history of Concord."5
     During the course of Philip's War, 2 May 1676, he traveled to the area of Mt. Wachusett, where John Hapgood/6a Brooks would farm nearly two centuries later, and succeeded in negotiating the release by the Indians of Mary Rowlandson, the hostage widow of Lancaster's murdered minister, for a ransom of £20.
     "The Bay Colony had begun negotiations with the enemy around Mount Wachusett in April, proposing either the exchange of English for Indian prisoners or the return of the former for payment of a ransom. Two Christian Indians, Tom Doublet and Peter Conway, had represented the government at two conferences with the sachems, but without satisfactory results. On a third trip they were accompanied by John Hoar, a citizen of Concord, and on May 2, Hoar was able to obtain the release of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by paying a ransom of £20…The pastor's wife and her escort spent the night in an abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of [Lancaster], having found some straw to sleep on. Before noon the next day of May 3, they passed through Concord, and, hurrying on, arrived that afternoon in Boston. After three months of Indian captivity, brave Mary Rowlandson was joyfully reunited with her husband."9
     "The journal that Mary Rowlandson subsequently wrote, and which has been preserved, relates in vivid and harrowing detail the experiences of this intrepid woman as an Indian captive."10
     John Hoar died at Concord 2 Apr 1704.11

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S83] Henry Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:297, John (6.7.II.) Hoar.
  2. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:297, John (7.6.5.) Hoar.
  3. [S283] John Langdon Sibley, Graduates of Harvard University, 1: 228-252, 587-590, Leonard Hoar, at 587.
  4. [S283] Sibley, 1: 228-252, 587-590, Leonard Hoar, at 587-8.
  5. [S667] Chandler and Lee, History of New Ipswich (1914), 468, Hoar.
  6. [S1019] Samuel A. Bates, ed., Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, 638, Mistris Joanna Hoar d.
  7. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 374–75, Hoar genealogy.
  8. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:297, John (6.7.II.) Hoar: "his wife Alice."
  9. [S55] Olga Hall-Quest, Flames Over New England, 145, 158.
  10. [S55] Hall-Quest, Flames Over New England, 146.
  11. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 68, Jno Hoar d.
  12. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:297, Leonard (5.4.) Hoar.
  13. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:297, John (8.1.) Hoar.