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HUMFREY, John, colonist, born in Dorchester, England, about 1600; died in his native land in 1661. He was a lawyer of reputation and wealth, and was one of the six original purchasers of Massachusetts, 19 March, 1628. He was treasurer of the Plymouth company, and influential in promoting the settlement of the colony. At the second meeting of the Massachusetts company in England he was chosen deputy governor, and came to New England, in 1634, with his wife, Lady Susan, daughter of the Earl of Lincoln, and a family of six children, and settled in Swampscott. He was all assistant from 1632 till 1641, and first major-general of the colony in 1641. He laid out the bounds of the town of Ipswich with Captain Nathaniel Turner and John Cogswell in 1636. On 26 October, 1641, he returned to England.
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