Husband: John Gustin (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Married: 10 Jan 1677/1678
Died: 03 Jul 1719 in Falmouth (Portland) ME
Father: Edmund Jean, De L'Etacq
Mother: Esther LeRossignol
Wife: Elizabeth Makepeace Browne (9 10)
Born: 26 Mar 1657 in Cambridge, Middlesex, MASS
Died: 03 Jul 1720 in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME
Father: John Browne
Mother: Esther\Hester Makepeace
01 (F): Sarah Gustin (11)
Born: about 1679 in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME
Died: 10 Dec 1747 (12)
Spouses: Jonathon Blyth
02 (M): Samuel Gustin (13)
Born: 1681 in Falmouth, Cumberland Co., ME
Died: in Frankford, CT (14)
Spouses: Abigail Shaw
03 (F): Elizabeth Gustin (15)
Born: 1685 in Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony
04 (M): William Gustin (16)
Born: 1688
Spouses: Abigail Thayer
05 (M): John Hugh Gustin (17)
Born: 05 Nov 1691 in Lynn, Essex, MA
Died: 15 Oct 1777 in Frankford, Sussex, NJ
Spouses: Mary Jane Bushnell
06 (F): Abigail Gustine (18)
Born: 09 Dec 1693 in Lynn, Essex Co., Mass
Spouses: Fuller Thomas
07 (M): Ebenezer Gustin (19)
Born: 04 Oct 1696 in Lynn, Essex Co., Mass
Died: 01 Mar 1794 in Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine (20)
Spouses: Isabel
08 (M): Thomas Gustin (21 22 23 24)
Born: 05 Mar 1698/1699 in Lynn, Essex, MA (25)
Died: 03 Jul 1762 in Salem, New London, CT
Spouses: Sarah Holmes
09 (M): David Augustine Gustin (26)
Born: 05 Feb 1701/1702 in Lynn, Essex, MA
Died: 03 Jul 1765 (27)
Spouses: Jane Jean
Additional Information

John Gustin:

Christened: 09 Jan 1647, LeTaq, St. Ouens, Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands 8


The John Gustin Story
1646 – 1719
Isle of Jersey Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Dear Children,
Tonight I will tell you the story of an important person in our family who came from a beautiful island known for it's cows and who had a strange thing happen to his name.
John Gustin came to America from the Isle of Jersey about 1675 when he was about 28 years old. The Jeans, for that was his family name, were thought to be Huguenots. These were Protestants that were driven out of Catholic France in the 1500's. This may be true because the first Jean that we know about is Abram Jean who was born in Jersey in about 1571.
Where is Jersey? Jersey is the largest of a group of islands called the Channel Islands. They are southeast of Plymouth, England in the Gulf of St. Malo. Can you find them on a map? They are much closer to France than they are to England, but they have been a part of Britain since 1066. The Channel Islands are beautiful, green, sub-tropical islands known for, among other things, their dairy cows. Have you every heard of a Jersey or a Guernsey cow? They come from the same place as our ancestor, John Gustin. The island of Guernsey is right next door to Jersey.
John was christened on January 9, 1647 at St. Ouens Parish in LeTaq on the Isle of Jersey. But he was not christened "John." He was christened Augustine le Rossignol Jean. He was the third son of Edmund Jean De Le'Taq and Esther LeRossignol. He also had three sisters. When he came to America his French sounding name got changed to Augustine John, because Jean is the French version of the English name 'John.' People didn't know what to make of John being the last name so the two names got transposed into John Augustine. Then 'Augustine' gradually was simplified to Gustin. However, when he signed his will he signed it "John Augustine."
Soon after he arrived in America he served as a sergeant in Captain Turner's Company in King Philip's War in 1675 and 1676. You can read about King Philip's War in John Browne's story. Perhaps this is where he met John Browne, because soon after the war, on Jan 1676/77 John Gustin married John Browne's oldest daughter, Elizabeth.
Both John Browne and John Gustin received grants of land in Falmouth for their service in King Philip's War. In the run up to the War the town of Falmouth had been totally destroyed by Indians. The colonial leaders wanted it resettled so they gave plots of land in Falmouth to soldiers that had fought in the war. Together, John Gustin and his father-in-law, John Browne, moved their families there by 1680. At that time Falmouth was part of Massachusetts Bay Colony. That part of the colony was broken off and became the state of Maine in 1820, so what was once Falmouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony is now Portland, Maine. Just to keep you on your toes, there's now another town called Falmouth, Massachusetts. Can you find them both? Gustin children born in the first Falmouth, Massachusetts include Sarah, Samuel, and Elizabeth.
In Falmouth we know that John Gustin was given permission to operate a brickyard. He was also a part-time mariner and captain of a vessel. Land records show that he bought several pieces of land to add to his original grant. In 1686 he bought land above the falls of the Presumpscot River and lived there until the second destruction of Falmouth by Indians in 1690. He was very lucky to save his family and escape, as did the Browne family. The Gustins escaped and settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. Children born to John and Elizabeth Gustin in Lynn include John Hugh, Abigail, Ebenezer, Thomas and David.
In 1719, almost thirty years after the disaster, the Gustins moved back to Falmouth. But before many months had past, John took ill and died on the 3rd of July 1719. Here are some of the arrangements he made in his will:
Elizabeth (wife) - House and its lot and all household goods and "Moveable Estate" for her use "during her natural life and to be at her disposal to any of her children as she sees meet.
Sam Gustin (son) - five shillings
John Gustin (son) - five shillings
Sarah (daughter) - five shillings
Abigail (daughter) - five shillings
Ebenezer Gustin (son), Thomas Gustin (son), and David Gustin (son) - "all the rest of my lands in Falmouth in Casco Bay lying at Martin's Point and Presumpscot River together with all debts (they having been most helpful to me and their mother in our old age) to be possessed by them, their heirs, or assignees forever, I further will that my stock of cattle and swine together with horses be to the use of my wife in equal proportion with my said three sons ... and after her decease to be equally divided among my sons Ebenezer, Thomas, and David... "
Sources name a number of other children for John and Elizabeth , among them Elizabeth, William, Mary. Elizabeth died before her father and left no known children. I don't know why William and Mary weren't named in their father's will, but I can guess. William died in Boston soon after his father's death. Perhaps he had left home and didn't do a good job of keeping in touch. Or perhaps my information is wrong and he died before his father. Mary supposedly lived in Connecticut her whole life so she is probably a different family's daughter.
So this is what we know about our ancestor, John Gustin. He came from the beautiful isle of Jersey in 1675. Less than two years after he had arrived he was asked to go and fight the Indians in King Philip's War and he did so. He helped to rebuild a town destroyed by Indians. He was a farmer and a brickmaker and a sea captain. He was able to rescue his family when the town was destroyed once again in King William's War (See notes for John Browne.) Then he had to establish himself, make a home and find a way to make a living in a new place. When he was over seventy years old he moved with part of his family back to Falmouth and he died there. He and his wife raised a family of at least eight children. Thousands of Americans alive today can claim this fine American, John Gustin, as their ancestor.
Here's how we are related to John Gustin: John and Elizabeth had Thomas Gustin. Thomas married Sarah Holmes and had Thomas Gustin Jr. Thomas Gustin Jr. married Hannah Griswold and had Elizabeth Gustin. Elizabeth married Ephraim Derrick and had Rodolphus Derrick. Rodolphus Derrick married Lorinda Sheldon and had Franklin H. Derrick. Franklin married Harriet Boslow and had Mary Derrick. (Never forget Mary Derrick!) Mary married John Balis and had Flora Balis. Flora married Edmund Stevens and had Harold Stevens. Harold married Helen White and had Paul Stevens. Paul married Dianne Zimmerman (me!) and had Dawne Stevens. Dawne married Jason Pamplin and had ....Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky Pamplin!
So Hooray for John Gustin from the Isle of Jersey!

  1. Frank D. Walker, Derrick Family History (Wheeler, TX - 22 FEB 1957).

    The following is posted on Rootsweb in a letter from Tom Hoot to Dana Edgecomb dated 8 Dec 1998

    The Jeans were Huguenot refugees and after the Edict of Nantes of 1598 and restated in 1685. Capt. Augustine Jean came to America at Reading, MA. in the spring of 1675 and served in King Phillips War 1675/6 as a sergeant in Captain Turner's company. (VIDE, SOLDIERS IN KING PHILLIP'S WAR - p 491, by Rev George M. Bodge indexed Gustin {Augustin}) At the close of the war (1680) he received from President Danforth, a grant of land at Falmouth, ME. with the privilege of conducting a brick yard. John and Elizabeth settled in Falmouth and brought his in- laws with him This was the fourth lot on what was Broad street, now India street. He bought a small lot of Widow Housing on the west side of the Presumpscot river. He bought land above the falls on the Presumpscot in 1686 of Thomas Cloice and made his home there until May 16, 1690 when the Indians destroyed Falmouth. He bought more land in ME *2. On 26 May 1690 the French and Indians sacked and burned Falmouth. John and family were among the few who escaped. They fled to Lynn, MA. They returned to Falmouth in 1719. Falmouth is now Portland, ME. He was said to be a mariner part of the time and was once captain of a vessel. (Maine was a part of Massachusetts until 1820 when it became an separate state. Falmouth, now Portland ME, is about 200 miles up the coast from Watertown and less by sea, so the latter was probably the means of travel.)

  2. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  3. James Savage, A Genealogica Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 (originally published in Boston 1860-1862).
  4. Sybil Noyes, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (libby and Dawn, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1983), record 16,809.

    John,Falmouth, orig. Augustine le Rossignol Jean, bp. St. Owen's par., Jersey, 9 Jan. 1647, s. of Edmond Jean and w. Esther (le Rossignol). Jestin John, serv. of Jacob Barney of Bass Riv. 1670, poss. same as the Falm. man, who served in Philip's War as Gustin John. M. at Salem 10 Jan. 1676-7 Elizabeth Brown (16). Of Reading in June 1677, he sold his Jersey prop (Suff. D. x. 131). Falm. gr. with liberty for a brickyd. 1680; bot in 1686 from the Cloyes fam. and liv. on Presumpscot River until driven to Lynn, returning 1714-16. Lists 225a, 228c, 229. Will, husbandm., Falm., wit. by three York men, 3 July 1719 (inv. 4 Apr. 1720) names w. Elizabeth, 7 ch., favoring three youngest sons who had been helpful to them. She liv. 10 Apr. 1729, app. dead 21 May 1731. Kn. ch: Sarah, m. in Salem 20 July 1704 Jonathan Bly. Samuel, b. ab. 1681, mov. to Conn. ?Elizabeth, poss. a dau., not in will, m. in Boston 12 Aug. 1708 James -Lowle-. In 1714 John Nicholson and Elizabeth -Lower- gave evid. ab. the Me. land. Rec. Lynn: John, b. 5 Nov. 1691, went to Conn. and N. J. Abigail, b. 9 Dec. 1693, m. (int. Lynn 1 Nov 1712) Thos. Fuller. Ebenezer, b. 4 Oct. 1696, shipwright. Falm. soldier 1722, 1725. With br. David indebted to Phineas Jones est. 1743; Gustin & Co. ment. same time. At Louisburg 1745; finally settl. at Phipsburg. W. Isabel. Ch. rec. Falm: Elizabeth, b. 31 Oct. 1723. Thomas, b. 5 Mar. 1698-9, went to Conn. David, b. 6 Feb. 1702-3, husbandman. Falm. soldier 1722, 1725. W. Jane or Jean; 9 ch. bp. Falm. 1728-50. Of Topsham, adm. to Saml. Winchell 11 June 1766.

  5. Tom Hoot, Ebenezer Gustin (
  6. John Gustin Will.
  7. Weaver,Gustine Courson, Gustine Compendium (Powell & White, Cincinnati).
  8. Sybil Noyes, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (libby and Dawn, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1983), p. 293.
  9. MA, Lynn, Vital Records of.
  10. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  11. Wyatt, Paul <>, Paul & Carolee Wyatt.
  12. Tom Hoot Email, 17Apr2005.
  13. Wyatt, Paul <>, Paul & Carolee Wyatt.
  14. Tom Hoot Email, 17 Apr 2005.
  15. Tom Hoot, Ebenezer Gustin (
  16. Ibid.
  17. Ibid.
  18. Wyatt, Paul <>, Paul & Carolee Wyatt.
  19. Tom Hoot Email, 17 Apr 2005.
  20. Ibid., 17 Apr 2005.
  21. Frank D. Walker, Derrick Family History (Wheeler, TX - 22 FEB 1957).
  22. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  23. Tom Hoot Email, 17 Apr 2005.
  24. Weaver,Gustine Courson, Gustine Compendium (Powell & White, Cincinnati).

    "Thomas, born at Lynn MA, among the Colchester, MA, records we find that "Thomas Gustine and Sarah Holmes were married ye 7 day of June, 1722 at Colchester. He died in 1765. The estate was settled in 1765. Thomas Sr. was one of the founders and a deacon for many years of First Church of Salem, MA. (probably CT)
    "A prominent and much respected man in that community, Bartholomew Gustine, a sculptor, was his grandson.

  25. MA, Lynn, Vital Records of.
  26. Tom Hoot Email, 17 Apr 2005.
  27. Ibid., 17 Apr 2005.
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