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John Albro I (1617 - 1712)

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Major John Albro I aka Alborough
Born in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Portsmouth, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, British Colonial Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jul 2011
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Categories: English Immigrants to America | Francis, 1634 | Boston, Massachusetts | Portsmouth, Rhode Island | Rhode Island Quakers | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
John Albro I migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 1, p. 15)
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Major John Albro was one of the most active and influential settlers of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Origins: The origins, parents and birth place of John Albro are unknown.[1] He was born about 1620 (age 20 in 1634), or about 1617 (age 95/96 at death in 1712)

Immigration: John Aldburgh, age 14, sailed from Ipswich, England, in the ship Francis, Apr 30, 1634. He came under the care of William Freeborn[2][3][1]

They landed at Boston and four years later (1638) came to Portsmouth Rhode Island. In 1639, the town of Portsmouth granted John Alborah land on the condition he build on it.[4] John then being 21 yrs. of age. His fellow townsmen soon began to give him much to do with the affairs of the community. In 1649 he was a member of the town council and he often served as moderator of the town meetings, even into old age.
In 1686 King James appointed him as a member of Sir Edmund Andros' Council for New England and he attended the first meeting of this council in Boston, Dec. 30th of that year.
He served as one of the commissioners of the Colony to lay out the western line of the Colony in 1678. During King Phillip's War he was one of the commissioners to order, watch and ward the the island.
He died at Portsmouth in 1712, in the 95th year of his age. The Friends' Records, in recording the death of this useful man state that he "was buried in his own orchard".
He died at the Quaker settlement of Portsmouth, RI. He was known as "Quaker John Alburro". His surname may have also been adjusted to be spelled, "Alborough". The pronunciation of the name is "Albro". His date of death may have been 1 Nov 1712 or 17 Dec 1712. He was a Major in the Colonial Service.


1 Dec. 1712
Portsmouth, Rhode Island[5]


"About 1645, Albro married Dorothy, the widow of Nathaniel Potter, whose maiden name is not known. John and Dorothy had five known children, all of whom grew to maturity, married, and had children. Their two sons Samuel and John were both original proprietors of the settlement of East Greenwich."

by about 1645
Dorothy <----> Potter, widow of Nathaniel Potter, she died at Portsmouth 19 February 1696/7[6]


  1. Samuel b. abt 1645 d. April 1739 m. abt 1670 Isabel Lawton
  2. Elizabeth b. abt 1650 m. abt 1670 Benjamin Congdon
  3. Mary b. abt 1653 m. abt 1673 Thomas Hicks
  4. John b. by 1655; 1679 child with Margaret Hall m. 27 April 1693 Mary Stokes
  5. Susanna b. by late 1650s m. abut 1697 John Anthony


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 1, A-B, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999.
  2. Amer Anc William Freeborn
  3. Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
  4. The Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth (E. L. Freeman & Sons, Providence, R. I., 1901) p. 5
  5. Amer Anc. John Albro
  6. Amer Anc. John Albro
  • Anderson, Robert Charles; Sanborn, George F. Jr.; Sanborn, Melinde L. (1999). The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634–1635. Vol. I A–B. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. ISBN 0-88082-110-8, p. 18.
  • Austin, John Osborne (1887). Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. Albany, New York: J. Munsell's Sons. ISBN 978-0-8063-0006-1, pp. 234-7. also reprint. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD, 1969

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On 3 Apr 2017 at 14:41 GMT Sue Hall wrote:

Albro-52 and Albro-24 appear to represent the same person because: listed on John Albro-24 profile Mary b. abt 1653 m. abt 1673 Thomas Hicks

albro-52 shows daughter Mary Albro married to Thomas Hicks

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