John Haynes, governor of Massaehusetts, and afterward of Connecticut, born in Essex, England, died in 1654. He came with Hooker's company to Boston in 1033, and soon after was chosen assistant, and in 1035 governor of Massachusetts. In 1636 he removed to Connecticut, and in 1639 was chosen its first governor, and every alternate year afterward, which was as often as the constitution permitted, till his death. He was one of the five who in 1638-'9 drew up a written constitution for the colony, which was the first ever formed in America, and which embodies the main points of all our subsequent state constitutions, and of the federal constitution.
John Heckewelder, a Moravian missionary, born in Bedford, England, March 12, 1743, died in Bethlehem, Pa., Jan. 21, 1823. At the age of 12 ho came with his father to Pennsylvania. He accompanied Mr. Post in 1702 in his expedition to the Indian tribes on the Ohio, and in 1771 took up his residence among them as a missionary. After 40 years of missionary service, he went to Bethlehem, the principal establishment of the Moravians in America, and there remained till his death. He wrote several memoirs on the Delaware and Mohegan Indians, the principal one being published in the "Transactions" of the philosophical society of Pennsylvania (1819). See Rondthaler's "Life of Heckewelder" (Philadelphia, 1847).
John Heneage Jesse, an English author, born about 1815, died in July, 1874. In 1839-'40 he published " Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reign of the Stuarts" (4 vols. 8vo), which he continued in his "Memoirs of the Court of London from the Revolution in 1688 to the Death of George III." (3 vols., 1843). He also published " George Selwyn and his Contemporaries" (4 vols., 1843); "Memoirs of the Pretenders and their Adherents " (2 vols., 1845); " Literary and Historical Memoirs of London " (1847), and a second series under the title " London and its Celebrities" (1850); " Richard III. and his Contemporaries " (1861), criticising the view commonly taken of the character of Richard; " Memoirs of the Life and Reign of George III., with Original Letters of the King and other Unpublished MSS." (1867); " London, its Celebrated Characters and Places " (3 vols., 1870); and several volumes of poems.
John Heywood, an English humorist, born probably at North Minis, near St. Albans, in the early part of the 16th century, died in Mechlin in 1565. He was educated at Oxford, and became a favorite of Henry VIII. and subsequently of Queen Mary. He is the author of a number of humorous "interludes," the best known of which, perhaps, is "The Four P's," and of a burlesque allegory called "The Spider and the Fly." From his "Six Centuries of Epigrams," he has been called the epigrammist. A new edition of his "Proverbs," by Julian Sharman, was published in London in 1874.