Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet

NameJohn PRIEST 3
Birth Date1648
Birth PlaceWoburn, Massachusetts
Death Date1704
Death PlaceHarvard, Massachusetts
Misc. Notes
The identity of Rachel Garfield’s husband as John Priest is not firmly established. A number of websites further identify this John Priest as a descendant of Mayflower passenger Degory Priest, which is certainly incorrect as Degory Priest left no male offspring to carry the Priest name.

There is much confusion and contradictory information in various sources, in part because, as Bond observed, the names Priest and Price are sometimes interchanged. Bond conjectured that John Price, son of William Price and born 18 Mar 1664/5, may have been the wife of Rachel Garfield, but this would not seem possible if their child Elizabeth was born in 1679 (as confirmed by Bond, Nourse’s Lancaster, and by Savage). A GENDEX site identifies the parents of this John Priest as James Priest and Elizabeth Hopkins; I cannot find this couple in other sources. There is a Priest family website ( ) and it lists John Priest and Rachel Garfield as one of the roots for the Priest family in New England, but does not give further details.
Birth Date23 Nov 1656
Birth PlaceWatertown, Massachusetts
Death Date17 May 1737
Death PlaceHarvard, Massachusetts
FatherSamuel GARFIELD (bp. 1613-1684)
Marr Date10 Mar 1678
Marr PlaceWatertown, Massachusetts
ChildrenElizabeth (1679-1754)
Last Modified 27 Jul 1999Created 1 Dec 2017 using Reunion for Macintosh
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