I have been working on the Maker/Macker family for about five years now. Here's some "sketchy" information that I've got on the illusive John Maker. I would really LOVE to be able to solve this puzzle as I firmly do believe that John Macker's family most likely originated from the Cape Cod area. John's will makes notice that he owned 30 acres of land in Harwich.
John Maker is the first Maker that I know for certain is a blood relative. All the family members from this point forward are blood relatives. He could possibly be the son of a “Benjamin Maker”, but this has not yet been proven and may never be proven. Jeanne Sanders has John as being the son of a "Richard Maker/Macker and Unknown Mrs."
John Maker2 (Benjamin1) of Rehoboth, b. 1733, Brewster, MA or 1737ish Dighton, MA, d. 8/4/1812, Rehoboth, MA m. 11/21/1757, Rehoboth, MA, Susannah Goff, b. 5/20/1737, Rehoboth. MA, daughter of Robert b. 2/17/1691 USA & Hanna (Horton) b. 12/12/1708, USA, Goff. John might have left Brewster on horseback for Ohio when it was in French Canada’s possession and later returned to Massachusetts and settled in Rehoboth. I’m thinking that most of the below listed children were born in Rehoboth. John lived at 180 New Street in Rehoboth. In the book “Mighty Liberty Men" by Sue Ellen Snape it states that the Maker family had a habit of not recording deeds, therefore this house cannot be accurately dated. John Maker probably built here soon after his marriage to Susannah Goff in 1757, although the first formal record of his owning this land was in 1784. In 1765, for some reason, John lived for a time in Nova Scotia, although Susannah remained at home. In 1757 John shows up out of nowhere in Rehoboth. The Maker family continued to live in this house for several generations, well into the later 1800’s. In 2003 this house is still standing.
According to a letter from Barbara Latimer to Mr. E. Otis Dyer of Rehoboth, she writes and I quote, “Many people wrote and confirmed what I have seen before, that John Maker is an Indian. I would like to prove this and find out what tribe he is from, if this is so. I think it would be exciting to have American Indian Blood in the family, even though it would be quite distant. Hearing this so often almost makes it so.” HOWEVER, according to William H. Maker, John Maker was NOT an Indian. He was the son of Benjamin Maker, b. Scotland and arrived with two of this brothers around 1620 – 1640.
1790 Census – Rehoboth, MA, John with one male under 16, Lovell, and three “free white females”. The three women were most likely his wife Susannah, and daughters Sarah & Silvah. They live next door to the Phillip Wheeler and James Gladding families. The Goff families are also nearby.
Found on Rootsweb.com from Bob Wheeler, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 1/18/2004 - "The Susannah Goff who married John Maker is related to the Wheelers of Rehoboth. Sarah Maker, daughter of Borden, married Samuel Wheeler. Samuel is the brother of Valentine Wheeler, whose first wife was Mary Hammond, born abt. 1763 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Mary's father, John Arnold Hammond was one of the MA and RI "Planters" who went to Nova Scotia to settle on the lands confiscated from the French in 1755, by the British. He went there in 1761. It sounds as though the John Maker who went to Nova Scotia could also be one of the "Planters" as they were called. There is a Planter library at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and a Planter museum in Kentville, Nova Scotia that may have some information."
1800 Census – Rehoboth, MA, John and three females in the household, one his wife Susannah and two daughters ages 16 – 24.
1810 Census – Rehoboth, MA, John and his wife are over 45 years old. Squire and Levi Goff, Susannah’s relatives live four house down from the John and Susannah. Son Charles and his family live next door to John.
1812 – John’s death occurred on 8/4/1812, Rehoboth, MA
Extracts from the will of John Maker:
“To my well beloved Wife Susannah... all my estate both real and personal... use and?...during her natural life.
To my oldest two sons Love Maker and Charles Maker all the land I have lying in the Town of Harwich...30 acres...
To son John Maker all my land I have lying in the Town of Rehoboth... with all the buildings standing on the same...
To my youngest daughter Elizabeth wife of William Frost Lesure? one good cow...
To my four daughters viz ... Annah Glading, Silve Gladding, Sushanna Lee and Elizabeth Lesure? all of my estate not given away in this will.”
John’s will was written in 1803.
[Children of John and Susannah (9): Charles, Elizabeth, Lovell, John Jr., Annah, Sarah, Silva, Susannah, William]
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