John Annis was the 6th great grandfather of my Moller-Thornbladh friends.
When John Annis was born on May 1, 1700, in Newbury, Massachusetts, his father, Abraham, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Badger, was 26. John’s parents were born in the British Colonies of Colonial America.
John married Abigail Rolfe on December 16, 1724, in his hometown. They had 10 children in 24 years. It was his son Rolfe “Ralph” Annis that would become the 5th great grandfather to my Moller-Thornbladh friends.
Here is how my friends relate to John Annis, Sr.:
John’s occupation was a cordwainer and a shoemaker.
John was in military service from 1745-1748 in the King George War.
While residing at Bradford in 1748, he was mustered under Captain Goffe for Scouting against the Indians. This service gave him travel to New Hampshire and perhaps to Canada.
From 1754 to 1760, he was in military service during the French and Indian War. Raids were common on his home by those Native american Indians who had been sanctioned and encouraged by the French.
John died in 1771 in Newbury, Massachusetts, at the age of 71.