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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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