Alan Church
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Alan Church

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Alan D. Church
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I am a direct documented descendant of Richard Church of Plymouth b.1608. My primary interest is to discern his English origins. His particulars are often intermingled with a Richard of Hartford Conn who arrived in Mass about the same time and who, ironically, died in the same year. Decendants are often intermingled and speculated English origins often passed off as factual.

Added June 2016:

I strongly suspect that Richard Church of Plymouth was born/baptized 24 Sep 1608, son of Richard Church (b. 29 Jul 1570) and Agnes Hopkins (m. 27 Oct 1607) at Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire. I believed that this is the individual who traveled with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 in the company of a Richard Webb whose name is recorded in the records of the Standford-in-Vale parish records as having been born/baptized on 15 Jul 1570. An association between Church and "Mr. Webb" is noted in contemporary correspondence between the Governor's of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies. This same letter suggests that Church was released from an obligation to Webb - probably a carpentry apprenticeship.

April 2018 Update

Commissioned research of Berkshire records in Fall 2017 established that the Richard Church baptized at Standpford in the Vale, Berkshire on 24 Sep 1608 did not emigrate to America but rather lived out his life in Berkshire. Dead end.

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Know ye? Until 1752, the English new year began on March 25th. For example, a person contemporary recorded as having died in February 1620 should be considered to have died in 1621 using our current calendar. Use caution when dealing with references to dates that precede the change.
posted by Alan Church
I would be remiss not to note record of Richard Church son of Robert christened 31 Jul 1608 at Bletsoe, Bedfordshire as well as a Richard Church son of John christened 31 Jan 1607 at Hinton, Berkshire.
posted by Alan Church
Parish records for Polstead, Suffolk show a Richard Church son of James christened 7 Nov 1596. This might somehow be source of Bank's 1930 reference ("Polstead?") regarding the origin of Winthrop Fleet passenger Church.
posted by Alan Church
For years have been chasing the English origins of Richard of Plymouth to no avail. Recent availability of Early Parish records opens new prospects. A potential candidate: Richard born of Richard christened 24 Sep 1608 at Stanford on Vale, Berkshire. Also the 15 Jul 1570 christening place of Richard Webb (Webbe). Richard of Plymouth was "one of Webb's men and fellow 1630 traveler on the Winthrop Fleet and was released by some obligation to Webb to "go where he wither". It can be deduced that he arrived in possession of cash money and carpenter tools. Hypothesis: Church served a typical seven year apprenticeship under Webb prior to his arrival in 1630 and that he received an inheritance during that time. Three different Richard Churches died in Berksire between 1621 and 1628.
posted by Alan Church
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posted by M. (Stewart) H.
Willing to assist any and all researching the English origins of colonial immigrants Richard Church of Plymouth, Richard Church of Hartford and Garrett Church of Watertown. May be of assistance to Church descendants who trace origins to Iowa in the second half of the 19th century.
posted by Alan Church
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