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John MACK, Jr.

[1] "Origin of Mack: The name of Mack is of ancient Scottish origin. It is originally used as a Christian name, being later adopted as a surname by the sons of one so-called. It is found in ancient British and early American records in the records in the various spellings of Mac, Mec, Mick, Mack, and others, of which the last mentioned is that used in America today. Families of this name were to be found at early dates in the Counties of Berwick, Scotland and Norfolk County, England, and at later dates in various parts of Ireland as well. They were of the landed gentry and yeomanry of Great Britain. (John Mack is referred to as a portioner (land owner) of Hinselwood.)

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According to Rooney's Genealogical History of Irish Families, the Mack family descended from Milesius, King of Spain, (who according to legend invaded Ireland in 1700 BC) through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Cola Meann, son of Eocha Dubhlein, or Dowlen, brother of Fiacha Straiventine, first King of Connaught of the race of Heremon and son of Carbre Liffeachair King of Ireland, AD 264. The possessions of the family were located in the present counties of Mayo and Sligo. Traveled from London to Boston harbor at age 16. It is thought that John Mack shortened his name. Carried with him a family crest with the motto "In hope and labor I go." [2]

Four John Macks in the records of the National Archives in Scotland - 1.14 Oct 1653 Johne Macky son of Johne Macky and Barbara Schort. Born in Edinburgh, Midlothian 2.4 July 1654 John Mace son of John Mace and Margaret Wilson - Fife, the Parish Kirkcaldy. 3.8 Mar 1654 John Macky son of Patrik Macky born Angus the Parish of Liff, Benvie and Invergowrie. 4.19 June 1659 John Mack son of Andrew Mack born in Berwick, Parish of Gordon. (Probably) Secondary sources for various dates given for John Mack do not reference any original source. [3] John Mack [4] He had escaped about age 19. Perhaps he was the one that was tortured in Scotland and escaped into Ireland and came to America in the Anne and Hester Ship and landed in Boston, Massachusetts, April 1680. A copy of the Deposition of Francis Branson.

From the following website: deposition-of-francis-branson-1 680/ Found: Letters from the English Kings and Queens Charles II, James II, William and Mary, Anne, George II, &c. To the governors of the Colony of Connecticut, together with the Answers thereto, from 1635 to 1749; and Other Original, Ancient, Literary and Curious Documents, Compiled from Files and Records in the Office of the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. By R. R. Hinman, A. M. Secretary of the State of Connecticut. Hartford: John D. Eldredge, Printer, 1836. [5] Francis Branson, commander of the ship Anne and Hester, aged 30 years or thereabouts, in the behalf of his Majesty testifieth,

that William Kelso, Chirurgeon [surgeon], and John Bowland, mate of the said ship, being aboard, in the grat cabbin at sea, the 16th day of April last, 1680, amongst other discourses that then passed between them, the said William Kelso in hearing of this Deponent, did declare in the great cabin, that he was the Chirurgeon General, in the late rebellion in Scotland, and that after the Duke of Monmouth had been there and qualified them, Kelso cut off his hair and wore a Perriwigg, and made his escape into the north of Ireland, and from thence transported himself to Dublin, and was there some small time, and from thence he made his escape to Bristol, and there he stayed a while, and after went up to London. He then at the same time did declare, that he knew those persons that murdered the Arch Bishop of St. Andrews, and that they had made their escape disguised, and could not be found; that there were six of them that sett upon him, when he was in his coach, going over a plain 3 miles from a village, that they hauled him out of his coach and told him that he had betrayed them, and therefore nothing should satisfy them but his blood. His Daughter being in the coach with him, opened her bosom, and desired them to spare her father and kill her, but they fell upon him with pistols, first pistolling him, and then hewed him in pieces with their swords; all which words were spoken by the said Kelso, when we were coming from England, being then bound for the Isle of May. Sworn to in Court, the 4th January, 1680, in Boston, New England. That this is a true copy taken and compared with the original, 4th January 1680.

Attest, Edward Rawson, Secr'y. March 17 Petition of Francis Branson to the King and Committee of Plantations. Petitioner was commander of a ship called the Anne and Hester, being bound for Boston in 1680, hired a Scotchman, William Kelso, for the voyage as chirurgeon, who upon the 16th April being then at sea bragged that he was surgeon-general in the late rebellion in Scotland and related the manner of his escape after the fight, and that he knew those who murdered the late archbishop of St. Andrews. By his discourse he seemed to be one of those bloody murderers. Petitioner said nothing to him at the time, intending to have him arrested on his return to England. After arrival at Boston Kelso kept constantly ashore for ten weeks, wholly neglecting his duty, and refused to come on board. The ship being ready to sail petitioner complained to the magistrates then sitting in court of his surgeon, and prayed their authority to order him on board. But Kelso had so insinuated himself with several of the magistrates and preachers by telling them that he was a Scotch gentleman and covenanter, and in particular with one Chickley, who calls himself the king's attorney, boasting to him that he had been of the late rebellion, that petitioner was ill- spoken to by some of the court and ordered to discharge Kelso, paying him his wages to that day. Seeing that he could not get back, England petitioner lodged an information against him on oath in the said Court, but the Court took no notice of it but showed him great respect and kindness. Kelso was entertained by several of them at their houses. The Court ordered petitioner to pay Kelso 40 Pounds, and on his refusal caused him to be imprisoned, his ship arrested and the sails to be taken from her, valuing them at 171. 4s. Od. whereas they were worth 100 Pounds. They also discharged his seamen. Petitioner to release himself and redeem his sails was obliged to take up money on bottomry, and though he showed that he was obliged to pay Kelso's creditors 20 Pounds out of his wages on the return of his ship to England, yet the Court would not allow it. Thus petitioner was detained in Boston over six months and himself and his owners damnified to the amount of 1,000 Pounds. Prays redress. 1 p. Endorsed. Recd. 17 March 1681-82. Annexed, 441.1 Deposition of Francis Branson containing the allegations above recited against Kelso as to his share in the rebellion and in the murder of the archbishop of St. Andrews. Sworn at Boston, 4 Jan. 1680. [6]

In Lanarkshire the people were not less grievously oppressed. One of the most violent of the persecutors in that county was the provost of Rutherglen. This Episcopal champion dispatched a party to the house of a poor widow, to apprehend her son for absenting himself from church; but the young man, aware of his fate, made a desperate effort, and escaped out of their hands. Disappointed of his prey, the provost ordered the sister to be apprehended, alleging that she was accessory to her brother's escape, fined her in thirty pounds, and threw her into prison. Nor was she permitted to visit her parent, whose grief had laid her on a sick-bed, though sufficient caution was offered by her friends. Nay, the pitiful persecutor again surprised the house of the widow at midnight, under pretense of searching for her son, and before leaving it, compelled her to give him twenty marks nearly all her living! [7] From this anecdote, which is one of many of a similar kind, the reader is left to judge whether there be any truth in the assertion, that Claverhouse "would scorn to rob any private individual of a farthing!" So says a modern writer. But the inhumanity of the oppressors was not confined to deeds of extortion; they added the most revolting cruelty to avarice, and acted a part which would puzzle the most inveterate Tory writer to vindicate. In the parish of Kilbride, for example, Captain Inglis having seized three countrymen, who refused to swear the oath which he was pleased to dictate, deliberately tortured them by means of lighted matches bound between their fingers, till they were deprived of the use of their hands. Inglis then repaired to the house of a widow Mack, with the intention of apprehending her son ; but the young man having made his escape, the captain collected the whole inhabitants of the district, and tendered to each of them the following oath: " By the eternal God, and as I am content to lose my part in heaven, I know not where John Mack is."

One individual refusing to swear so impious an oath, Inglis and his men beat him with their guns and swords, till they left him for dead! [8] One example more will be sufficient, and more than sufficient, to show the cruelty of the persecutors, and the truly wretched condition of the Presbyterians. Captain Inglis, in searching for a man who was accused of the dreadful crime of non-conformity, and who fortunately happened to be away from home, seized a boy in his employment of fifteen years of age, and commanded him to swear whether or not he knew where his master was to be found. This oath being refused by the boy, the brutal military struck him with their swords, and wounded him in several parts of the body. They then dragged him by the hair to the fire, and held his face so near that his eyes almost started from their sockets. After having again cut him with their swords, they left him for dead, bleeding in every part of his body. Contrary to expectation, he afterwards recovered; but for several years he was bereft of reason, in consequence of the inhuman treatment which he had received. [9] As already noticed, all these barbarities were committed at the instance, and commonly under the eye of the curates. These reverend gentlemen regularly visited their parishioners, not to instruct or comfort, but to take down the names of those who absented themselves from church, who assembled together for prayer, or who kept family worship! All who acted so puritanically were noted down as disaffected Presbyterians, and reported to the military as fit objects to be reclaimed by torture or death. [10] But the heart sickens at the bare recital of such atrocities. Let the enemies of the Covenanters justify these persecutors as they may, their deeds will be held in everlasting execration by all who retain in their breasts the smallest spark of humanity.

[11]"Lucy Mack, mother of Joseph Smith, was a direct descendant of John Mack, Scotch Covenanter, who came to New England to escape religious persecution and founded the noted Lyme, Connecticut, Mack family. Lucy Mack's father Solomon Mack, was born 1752, was a member of Israel Putnam's company in the French and Indian War, and afterwards served in the Revolution."

[12] "Smith's ancestors were sturdy Scotch Covenanters, Puritans and Crusaders, of uncompromising principles, who helped to found colonies in this country and who fought in the colonial wars and the Revolutionary War. There are interesting details of the religious idiosyncrasies of ... " Mrs. Sophia (Smith) Martin asks: The name Mack in Lyme--who was the first? As to the ancestor of Josiah Mack, it has not yet been fully determined. Tradition says his father was Josiah, who came from Scotland, but a search has not yet verified it. Records have been found of a >Josiah son of John named in will, also of brothers Orlando and Ebenezer-- and as tradition, also said he had brothers so named, it is strange that the will of John is found containing these brothers and no will of Josiah-- however, it does not change the record of descendants and I will proceed and in the meantime "hunt up," if possible, "the Josiah." A great grandson of Josiah sends me the following:

"Col. Josiah Mack, 2d, built the house that David Mack tore down. It was occupied by the Col. and his father, Col. Josiah Mack, 1st, who came from Lyme to Hebron and lived near the Green, on land now, 1898, owned by Horace Porter, where his new barn stands, and lived there till the Porter, where his new barn stands, and lived there till he was an old man, then he and his wife came to Gilead, to live with his son Col. Josiah, the 2nd, and both died there and were buried in Gilead Cemetery. The first Col Josiah was at the storming of Quebec. The second Josiah was Col. in the Revolutionary War. The 2nd Col built first a log house, near Josiah Buell's, on the rear end of his farm, and later built on the front of his farm. It was 160 years when David Hall Mack tore it down and erected the new one, which is thirty-one years old at this time, 1898."

The above I have quoted, but it does not appear to me to be correct, unless there is a Josiah previous to the one born in Lyme, Conn., in 1693. It is recorded that Josiah and Orlando, brothers, removed from Lyme to Hebron in Spring of 1720, sold the same and was given ten acres by his father-in-law in 1719. Rev. Samuel Peters (the Tory) in his "History of Hebron" (1822) mentions Josiah and Orlando Mack among the first settlers. David Barbe in his "Antiquities of Hebron" (1 795-1 800) says "Josiah and Orlander Mack," were from Lyme. In July, 1902, the records were searched and John Mack must be the ancestor of those in Lyme, Conn, and he so appears in this book--and Josiah is his son--thus making D. W. Patterson's assertion true, "Mrs. Martin makes a great mistake if she names Josiah as the first-- John Mack was the first in Lyme, Conn, and not Josiah -- I know it!" William Patterson (recognized as authority especially for certain towns in Connecticut) wrote, "I know that Col. David Mack was descended from John Mack of Lyme. Do not forget that the first Mack of that place was John, not Josiah. Of John's children, Josiah married a Peterson and settled at Hebron, Conn., and he was grandfather of Col. David Mack." From Genealogical Register: "It is perfectly safe to say that we have had in America during the past forty years no genealogist whose work stands so absolutely unquestioned, or whose dicta in regard to any muted point was so unhesitatingly accepted as Dr. Patterson" -- David Williams Patterson, who died at his home, Newark Valley, New York, 18 Nov 1892. The compiler searched and searched to prove that Josiah was the first of the name in Lyme because of the faith she had (also her mother living with her and a granddaughter of Col. David Mack) in the account in the tract entitled "Col. David Mack, The Faithful Steward," and she thinks that tract is responsible for the error--for such it is, as proven by the will of John Mack. [13]

Will of John Mack is said to have emigrated to America from Scotland in 1669, died 24 February 1721. He married 5 April 1681, in Boston, Sarah Bagley, who was born there March 2, 1663. She was daughter of Orlando and Sarah (Colby) Bagley. Orlando Bagley was a man of considerable influence in the district, a Constable ... The will of John Mack is dated 5 January 1721, proved 28 March 1721. The following are the clauses: 1st He bequests his soul to God. 2nd Names his wife, Sarah, she paying a certain sum to "daughter Sarah" 3rd Names "eldest son, John" 4th Names two eldest daughters, "Sarah and Elizabeth" 5th Peter Person that married "my daughter Lydia" 6th Names "my son, Josiah" 7th "my son, Orlander" 8th "my daughter, Marah" 9th "my son, Jonathan" 10th "my son, Ebenezer" 11th My three youngest daughters to wit: "Joanna, Rebeckah and Deborah." He willed Jonathan and Ebenezer the lands and "if either die before marriage the survivor has the other's part." There was also a clause that the land was never to be sold out of the family. He appointed his wife and son Ebenezer, Executors. His wife made oath to the inventory and it was accepted and recorded 12 April, 1721.

John Mack and wife, Sarah, resided first at Salisbury, Mass., and there were twelve children: 2. John, b. 29 April, 1682 Salisbury, Mass. 3. Sarah, b. 1684 4. Elizabeth b. 1685 5. Lydia 6. Josiah, b. 1693, Lyme Conn. 7. Orlando, b. Lyme, Conn. 8. Ebenezer, 8 Dec 1697, Lyme Conn. 9. Marah, b. 10 Nov 1699, Lyme, Conn. 10. Rebecca, b. 4 Oct 1701, Lyme, Conn. 11. Joanna b 17 Sept 1703, Lyme, Conn. 12. Deborah, b. 11 Oct 1706, Lyme, Conn. 13. Jonathan b. About 1711, Lyme, Conn.

(Beginning of Original Will in narrative herein:) In the name of God. Amen Know all Christian people that I, John Mack, Senser of the town of Lyme and county of New London, and Colony of Connecticut in New England, laboring under bodily infirmities but of perfect mind and memory not knowing how soon my great change may come do think it my duty to set my house in order before I die: and 1.Of all I give and bequeath my Soul to God that gave it to me and ye body to the dust from whence it was taken to be decently buried at the charge of my executor hereafter named. In hope of a Joyful Resurrection at the Last day with the Justified in Christ Jesus. 2.To my dear and loving wife Sarah I give and bequeath all my household goods and all my horse Kind and two cows and ten sheep and my saddle and bridle; to be at her own dispose forever she paying to my daughter, Marah twenty shillings and also be at twenty shillings charge in new covering the old house with one year after my decease. Also to my loving wife Sarah I, give and bequeath the use and improvement of that four acres of land in my son John his lot which I reserved in the deed of gift I gave him during his natural life: and the improvement of one end of my dwelling house to wit: the East end one room and lentow, and half the orchard, as long as she remains my widow; also one Great Bible during the time of her natural life, and I do also give to my wife Sarah my part of the crop of corn that is or shall be up on my lands. This present year or the year that I shall decease, also one of the best of my swine to be at her own dispose.

3.To my Eldest son, John I give and bequest five shillings and the reason I give him no more now is I judge that I have given him a full portion as my eldest son already. 4. To my two eldest daughters to wit. Sarah and Elizabeth I give and bequeath ten shillings apiece to be paid by my son Ebenezer within one year after my decease; which with what I have already given them will make up their part. To be paid by my son Ebenezer within one year after my decease. 5.To Peter Person that married my daughter Lydia I give and bequeath ten shillings to be paid by my son Ebenezer within three years after my decease, which ten shilling a piece I judge will make up their full portions with what they have already received. 6.To my son Josiah I give and bequeath six pounds in money or in creatures or mercantable provision at money price, only it is to be understood that he is to have my best coat for part of the above said six pound and what the said coat wants of the said six pounds is to be made up in special as afore said. 7.To my son Orlander I give and bequeth all the rest of my wearing apparill excepting my Great Coat and also my one gun and sword and what the clothing and arms wants of six pound shall be made up with moveables or in money to make it up six pound.

8.To my daughter Marah I give the twenty shillings which I ordered my wife to pay her as was before expressed. 9.To my son Jonathan I give and bequeath a piece of land containing about two acres and half, more or less bounded as followeth by the highway easterly and by his one lands northerly and westerly, and southerly by the petition fence between this piece of land and the pastor, and to come towards the barn within three rods of the plow lands. Also one piece of land by estimation, four acres lying on the East side of my lot bounded or joining easterly by the twelve acres he bought of Mr. Richard Ely and northerly by Henery Bennits orchard, southerly by his brother Jon's land and westerly by the old fence and so to ye swamp which fence he is hereby injoined to keep in repair and maintain; also half an acre of land to build on at the north end of my home lot, he making a sufficient division fence between him and his brother Ebenezer and also maintain the same; these three pieces of land thus divided I do give to my son Jonathan and his heirs forever: it is to be understood that ye half acre of land before mentioned is at the northwest corner of my home Lott. I do upon Jonathan enjoined him to bring his mother two cords of fire wood yearly as long as she remains my widow.

10. To my son, Ebenezer, I give and bequeath my house and barn and orchard and all my lands in Lyme or elsewhere not already disposed of. I say to him, my son Ebenezer and his heirs forever: he providing for his mother eight cords of fire wood to her dwelling house yearly, and also to pay his mother forty shillings in corn or money yearly, both the aforesaid(?) wood and forty shilling aforesaid (?) to be paid yearly and every year as long as she remains my widow also to winter two cows and ten sheep and one horse, and to pasture, one horse and two cows at such times of the year as his mother shall desire the same, yearly as long as she remains my widow. 11.To my three youngest daughters to wit: Joanna, Rebekah, and Deborah, I give and bequeath six pound a piece to be paid as followeth to wit: Rebeckahs within one year after my decease, and Joana to be paid within three years after my decease, and Deborah to be paid within five years after my decease and if either of these three youngest daughters should die before they have received her ten, shall be equally divided between ye two youngest daughters besides the six pound before mentioned

Also, my will is that is either Jonathan or Ebenezer should die before marriage then their lands to be possessed and inherited by my next youngest son--my meaning is that if Jonathan dies Ebenezer shall inherit his lands and if Ebenezer dieth, Jonathan shall inherit his lands: provided always that he that inherits the whole shall punctually fulfill what they were both obliged to do for their mother and after debts leases are payed the remainder of my moveable estate I give to my son Ebenezer and I do consent and appoint my loving wife Sarah and my son Ebenezer to be my Executors to this my last will and testament in confirm hereof, I have hereunto set my hand and afixed my seal this fifth day of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty or twenty-one. Signed, published in presents of us witness: John Comstock, Jasper Griffing, Samuell Marvin John Mack (Seal) Lyme Feb ye 13, 1720-21 this day John Mack acknowledged the above writen and on ye other his Last will and his act and Deed before me. Moses Noyes, Justice Peace.

John Comstock, Jasper Griffin and Samuel Marvin within mentioned appeared before a Court of Probate held in New London April 4th, 1721, and made Oath that they saw John Mack Sign and Seal this Instrument and heard him declare the same to be his last Will and Testament and that he was then of a Sound and disposing mind and memory, according to the best of their knowledge and yet at the same time they set their hand thereunto as witnesses. [14] Amount recorded, inventory of estate 305 pounds - 13 shillings - 11 pence.


  1. The Mack and Sine Families - by Edward P. Mack (Published 1950)
  2. Joseph Smith: An American Prophet: Joseph Smith's Forebears, pg. 25 and 26.
  3. All subsequent books and articles quote the following secondary sources: -- American Ancestry: (1890) Vol. 2 pg. 76; Vol. 5 p. 66 published 1914 -- Five Colonial Families (John Mack emigrated from Scotland about 1680.) -- Journal of the State of Illinois Historical Society (published 1915) Vol. 1 p. 343 -- Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America (John Mack Scotch Covenanter) -- History of Town of Gilsum, New Hampshire p. 357 year 1881 -- Scotch Origin: Savages Genealogical Dictionary - Sarah Bagley born 3/2/1662 married John Mack who emigrated 1670. -- History of the Church p. 18 -- Hoyt's Old Families of Salisbury, Massachusetts
  4. Ancestry and Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma p.157
  5. [pp. 119-120]
  6. 11/4 pp. Endorsed. Recd. 17 March 1682. [Co!. Papers, Vo!. XLVIII., Nos. 45, 45. I.]
  7. (Crookshank, vol. ii. p. 131.) Wodrow, vol. iii. p. 385.
  8. (Reverend Robert Wodrow, The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland Vol. 3. p. 388.)
  9. (Wodrow, vol. iii. p. 383.)
  10. (Wodrow, vol. iii. pp. 386, 387.)
  11. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society ll Volume 8, pg 282 (Published 1916)
  12. Brigham Young by Morris Robert Werner (Published 1925) page 17
  13. Mack Genealogy - The Descendants of John Mack of Lyme, Connecticut by Mrs. Sophia (Smith) Martin from Hartford, Conn. Rutland, Vermont/The Tuttle Company, Printers 1903. MACK GENEALOGY- THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN MACK OF LYME, CONNECTICUT with Appendix: CONTAINING GENEALOGY OF ALLIED FAMILIES, ETC. BY MRS. SOPHIA (SMITH) MARTIN OF HARTFORD, CONN. Rutland, Vermont, The Tuttle Company, Printers 1903 pg. 18-
  14. Test C. Christopher Clerk Recorded in the fourth Book of Wills for the County of New London, fol. 177, 178. April 11, 1721. Test C. Christopher Clerk. April 12, 1721.