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Henry Josselyn (1606 - bef. 1683)

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Henry Josselyn
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Henry Josselyn was born in about 1606; the son of Sir Thomas and Theodora (Cooke) (Bere) Josselyn.Thomas had come to Maine for a brief time as deputy governor for Gorges and his brother John Josselyn was a traveler, writer and naturalist who made trips to New England in 1638 and 1663.[1]

He received his education at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge, being admitted in 1623.[1]

He migrated to New England in the ship Pide-Cow, landing at Piscataqua in 1634 to become the chief agent for Capt. John Mason, the Patentee. He continued that position until the death of Mason in 1635. He had intended to settle at Newichewannock, but because of Mason's death and confusion with his affairs he moved to Black Point in 1635. He owned a considerable portion of that township and the "most extensive proprietor who has ever lived at Black Point (Scarborough, Maine.)[2] Josselyn became a Commissioner under William Gorges in 1635 and again under the Patent of 1639 under Thomas Gorges.[2]

He married October 18, 1643 to Margaret (Unknown surname) Cammock, as her 2nd husband. Henry had been great friends of her 1st husband, and had received land in his estate. No children are on record.[1]

In 1645 he was chosen vice-Deputy Governor under Richard Vines as Deputy Governor.[2]He took the Oath of allegiance to Massachusetts Bay on July 13, 1658.[1]

In 1664 he was appointed as one of eleven Royal Justices by the four Commissioners sent over by the King - with Josselyn being Chief Justice of the Province of Maine. Josselyn was the only Chief Magistrate ever appointed by Royal authority - a government (with Josselyn at its head) continued until 1668 when the Commissioners of Massachusetts usurped his authority.[2]

In August 1676 the planters at Black Point were besieged by Indians at his garrison-house. He was asked to parley with the natives and upon his return he found that all the other inhabitants, except his own family, had rowed away in their boats. He was treated kindly by the natives who had received kindness and justice from him in the past and was allowed to leave in an easterly direction. He being exhausted after viewing the destruction of his achievements, moved to Pemaquid, in 1677. He was newly commissioned there in 1680 by the Governor of New York. He was a gentleman, scholar, Magistrate and Governor; a tried and proven public servant.[2]

He died at Pemaquid, Massachusetts Bay (later Maine) shortly before May 10, 1683.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Great Migration Begins
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Sketch of Henry Josselyn. pp. 1113 - 1116.subscribers$
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) pedegree of Henry Josselyn. Vol. 40. p. 290.subscribers$

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