John Chase was born 6 April 1649 in an area of Yarmouth that is now Dennis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. He was the son of William Chase.* He is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandmother Milly (Booth) Rollins’ side of the family. Whenever I write about my Baker and Chase families, I feel I should put an asterisk after each of their names. I never feel confident I have their information completely correct since they were so plentiful and confusing! Please consider this sketch a work in progress.
John Chase married Elizabeth Baker (date unknown but Torrey gives as by 1668 when first child born). Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis Baker and Isabel Twining, born about 1648, and was also of Yarmouth (now Dennis which spun off from Yarmouth in 1793), Massachusetts. I have read John was a Friend, or Quaker, but need to do more research.
John and Elizabeth lived in what is now Dennis Port where they raised their children:
William who died young
John who married Sarah Hills
Thomas who married Sarah Gowell
William who married Dorcas Baker and Patience Walker
Jonathan who married Sarah Green
Jeremiah who married Hannah Baker
Isaac who married Mary Berry and Charity O’Killia Pease
In 1727, John Chase (or his descendants) received a land grant in what is now Maine for his service in the war.
I have not found death records or probate in Barnstable County for John and Elizabeth. Some descendants have Elizabeth Baker Chase’s death as 16 May 1706 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, but I haven’t found that record yet. John and Elizabeth’s son John lived in Swansea, so there is a connection to the place. I have seen other researchers give John’s death as 1684 and about 1718, but again without a source.
George Walter Chamberlain compiled for John Carroll Chase, Some of the Descendants of William Chase of Roxbury and Yarmouth, Mass., NEHGR, January 1933