John Thorndike was born in England about 1605. His parents were Francis Thorndike and Alice Coleman. John was one of the first settlers of Agawam, Massachusetts, in 1633. He married Elizabeth Stratton in 1637 and they had five daughters and one son. Their son, Paul (1643-1698), married Mary Patch in 1668 in Beverly, Massachusetts, and the couple had seven children. Descendants lived mainly in Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Illinois.
Based in part on the papers of the late Morgan Hewitt Stafford at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Edited by Scott C. Steward and John Bradley Arthaud
With a foreword by David Curtis Dearborn, FASG
Newbury Street Press, 2000
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