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Esther (Fowler) Collins (1619 - 1666)

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Esther "Hester" Collins formerly Fowler aka Bird, Rolfe
Born in Englandmap
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Daughter of and
Wife of — married after (to ) in Ipswich, Essex,
Wife of — married after (to ) [location unknown]
Wife of — married after [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New Englandmap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Mary and John sailed Abt Mar 26 1634.

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Esther (Fowler) Collins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Philip Fowler one of the founders of New England was probably born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England about 1590. He embarked with his family in the Mary and John of London, Robert Sayres , master. When they were allowed to proceed on their voyage and arrived in New England in May, 1634. In 1659 30 August, Mary wife of Philip Fowler, and the mother of his children died. She was probably Mary Winsley or Winslow as she was sometimes called the ‘sister of Samuel Winsley.’ The children of Philip and Mary Winsley Fowler : Hester b. ___; m. Jathnell Bird.

Hester was born in England; married first Jathnell Bird. From the Town records of Ipswich, it appears that in 1639 there was Granted to George Varneham, three acres of that planting ground formerly Mr. Bradstreets, and the remainder of it to Jafnell Bird to be laid out by the lot layers and Mark Symonds; and 6 April 1641, Granted Jathnell Bird a little parcel of ground lying by Goodman Mussey's on the side of the hill not exceeding 2 acres. Hester was the Widow Bird the last day of the last month 1641, and entitled to commonage in Ipswich . No children of this marriage have been found. (p. 26)[1]

Children of Philip and Mary Fowler were: Esther, married first Jothniel Bird and second Robert Collins. (p. 113)[2]

Hester, dau. of Philip Fowler, m. 1st Jathanell Bird; 2nd Ezra Rolfe, 3rd. Robert Collins. (p. 162)

Ezra Rolfe was of Ipswich 1645-1652; m: Hester Fowler, widow of Jathnell Bird. He died about 1652; inventory of his estate presented Sept. 28, 1652. (p. 302-3)


Daniel b. ___; of Ipswich 1674; slain in the wars of the Naragansetts, at the battle of Narraganset Fort, Dec. 19, 1675.

Ezra, b. ___; m. March 2, 1675-6, Abigail Bond. (p. 303)

Robert Collins of Ipswich and Haverhill, married Hester Fowler, dau. of Philip, widow of Jathnell Bird and Ezra? Rolfe. The Haverhill record states that Robert Collins married the widow Esther Rolfe. He died there June 17, 1688. Ezra and Daniel Rolfe (Rofe) called Robert Collins ‘father’ in 1667. Daniel was killed in King Philip’s War probably Dec. 19, 1675 at the battle of Narragansett Fort; Ezra m. Abigail Bond. (p. 111)[3]

  • Source notes:

Haverhill Marriages

COLLINGS, Robert and Wid. Esther Rolf, [bef. 1688]. (p. 73)

Rolf (Rolfe), Ezra, and Abigaill Bond, Mar. 2, 1675-6. (p. 271)

Haverhill Deaths

COLLINGS (Collins), Robert, h. Esther, June 17, 1688. (p. 378)

Rolf (Rolfe), Ezra, h. Abigaill (Bond), Oct. 20, 1689. (p. 484) [4]

Ipswich Births

Children: COLLINS

Elizabeth, d. Robert, Jan. 16, 1664. CTR (p. 100)

Hester, d. Robert, Apr. 18, 1658. CTR (p. 100)

Nathaniell, s. Robert, June 18, 1662. CTR (p. 100)

Robert, s. Robert, Mar. 15, 1659. CTR (P. 100)

Ipswich Deaths

Collings (Collins), Philip, s. Robert, Apr. 7, 1659. CTR (p. 530)

Collins (Collings), Hester, d. Robert, Jan. 19, 1662. CTR (p. 530)[5]

  • See also: Estate of Daniel Rolfe: (p. 57) [6]



  1. The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 by Matthew Adams Stickney Salem Press, 1883
  2. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 3 by Ellery Bicknell Crane Lewis Pub., 1907
  3. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts: With Some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton, and of York County, Maine by David Webster Hoyt Genealogical Publishing Com, 2013 [[1]]
  4. Vital Records of Haverhill Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, MA, 1911
  5. Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1910
  6. The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1675-1681, Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1920
  7. Entered by Chris Hoyt, Feb 3, 2012


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On 27 Apr 2017 at 12:10 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

Fowler-6786 and Fowler-228 do not represent the same person because: Philip Fowler had a daughter Hester/Esther but no further record is found on her. Fowler-6786 should probably be linked to Philip with est. birth, no death date. The Hester/Esther that married Bird/possibly Rolfe and Collins should be disconnected from the parents Philip Fowler and Mary unk. alias Winsley

On 7 Apr 2017 at 09:37 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Fowler-6786 and Fowler-228 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

On 29 May 2015 at 13:33 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

Fowler-964 and Fowler-228 appear to represent the same person because: Same marriages and parents

Information in Fowler-964 is more complete

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Esther is 14 degrees from Abby Glann, 20 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 23 degrees from Martin Luther King and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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