How many people were there in Dorchester in the 1630s. Five Hundred? Seven Hundred, at the most? After all at the end of the Great Migration there were 25,000 European people in all of New England. So, what's the chance in a group of just a couple of hundred people two people with the same name would show up at the same time? But that's just what happened. There were two John Popes in Dorchester in the 1630s. One arrived in 1634 and the other in 1637. Up to recently (and if you go by Internet and print sources), these two men were made father and son. That is not so. They were unrelated insofar as we know.
1. John Pope was born about 1620 and died at Dorchester, Massachusetts 18 October 1686. He married first about 1642 at Dorchester, Alice (---) who died about 1657. John remarried about 1658 to Margaret (---) who died at Dorchester on 20 October 1702. John arrived in 1637 as a servant of Nicholas Butler who hailed from Kent, England. A good candidate for this John is the man baptized at Boughton Under Blean, Kent on 28 December 1617, son of a Thomas Pope. By his first wife, John had a single son: Thomas. By his second wife, John had ten children: John, Susannah, Margaret, William, Mary, Ebenezer, Thankful, Ralph, Jane, and Joseph.
2. Thankful Pope was born about 1671 at Dorchester, Massachusetts and died there 15 June 1738. She married at Dorchester on 29 July 1691, Smith Woodward (Jr.), born about 1667 at Boston, Massachusetts and died at Dorchester 10 January 1733, son of Smith and Deliverance (Hoppin) Woodward. Thankful and Smith were fined on 13 November 1691 for fornication before marriage (Inferior Court Cases of Suffolk County). Together they had thirteen children: Sarah, Thankful, Mary, Deliverance, Ebenezer, Abigail, Hannah, John, Silence, Submit, Samuel, Joseph and Abigail.
The Great Migration: Immigants to New England 1634-5 by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, NEHGS, 2007), V:483-87. [Pope]
A History of the Dorchester Pope Family 1634-1888 by Charles Henry Pope (Boston, 1888) to be used with caution since it notes the John Popes as father and son.
Our Woodward Lines In Massachusetts and Vermont: From Nathaniel to Joseph of Athol, Mass. and Many of his Descendants by Helen S. Ullmann (Acton, MA, 1992).
"The Origin of John Tukey of Falmouth and Portland, ME" by Gilbert M. Titcomb The American Genealogist 66 (1991):13-15, The American Genealogist 80 (2005):263.
An Emerson-Benson Saga: The Ancestry of Charles F. Emerson and Bessie Benson and the Struggle to Settle the United States by Edmund K. Swigart, Ph.D. (Gateway Press, Baltimore, 1995) also to be used with caution since it perpetuates the father/son relationship of the two John Popes.