The Romance of John Train and Margaret Dix

The demand for servants among the earliest immigrants to Massachusetts Bay Colony is demonstrated in an order of the Court of Assistants of 1 March 1630/1:

… Further, it is ordered, that whatever person hath received any Indian (Native American) into their family as a servant shall discharge themselves of them by the 11th of May next; & that no person shall hereafter entertain any Indian for a servant without license from the Court [MBCR 1:83]. From — The Great Migration Newsletter

And because of that ruling, the fate of John Trane/Train and Margaret Dix was sealed.

Percivall Greene and his wife Ellin decided to emigrate from England to the colonies in 1635. But to do so, they needed to take their own servants, since there would be none available to them once they reached their new home. Percivall Greene was a husbandsman, or in modern terms, a farmer. Ellin is listed on the ships manifest only as uxor, his wife.

The details are sketchy, but the Greenes (each of the Greenes was 32 years in age) left sometime around April 18th in 1635, with two servants in tow, John Trane/Train who was 25 years old and Margaret Dix who was 18.

Their ship, the Suzan and Ellin left England in April of 1635, bound for New England. A Master Edward Payne was master of this ship.

In a recorded history of the Trains, it is said that Margaret Dix was a buxom maiden and that she and John became lovers while on the voyage at sea. Immediately after landing in Boston, they were married. The Trains settled, as did most of the immigrants from the ship, in Watertown. But it is unknown how long they worked for the Greene’s after their arrival.

John Train is believed to have been born around 1610 and to have come from southern Scotland, and in our tree we have his birthplace listed as High Church, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. The Scottish Trains are a sept, or members, of the Clan MacDonald.

Margaret Dix was born sometime around 1614 in Scotland although some sources have her being born in Suffolk, England.

In due course, John Trane became a substantial citizen of the town of Watertown, and Margaret Dix may have become his wife. From — The Great Migration Newsletter

Children of John Trane/Train and Margaret Dix:
Elizabeth Traine, b. 30 Sep 1640, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, d. 1708
Mary Traine, b. 10 Oct 1642, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts
Sarah Traine, b. 31 Jan 1647, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts
Abigail Dix Traine, b. 31 Jan 1650, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, d. 1690
John Traine, b. 25 May 1651, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, d. 1719
Thomas Traine, b. 1653, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, d. 1738
Hannah Traine, b. 07 Sep 1657, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts
Rebecca Traine, b. 08 Sep 1657, Watertown, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts

How we are related to John Train and Margaret Dix:
John Train (1610 – 1681) is my 10th great grandfather
John Train (1651 – 1719) Son of John
Margaret Traine (1685 – ) Daughter of John
Mary Perry (1718 – ) Daughter of Margaret
Abigail Lawrence (1739 – 1805) Daughter of Mary
Louisa Priest (1795 – 1872) Daughter of Abigail
Jane Crooks (1819 – 1898) Daughter of Louisa
Ananais Dunbar (1843 – 1877) Son of Jane
Sarah A. Dunbar (1873 – 1940) Daughter of Ananais
Alberta Claire Oesterling (1893 – 1976) Daughter of Sarah A.

References: The history of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, 1735-1921

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