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Thomas Josselyn (abt. 1591 - 1661)

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Thomas Josselyn aka Joslin, Josselyne, Jostlin, Joscelin
Born about in Roxwell, Essex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1615 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lancaster, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 10 Sep 2019 | Created 25 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 10 Sep 2019
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Josselyn migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas Jostlin, husbandman, age 43, "sailed from London in April, 1635" aboard the Increase with his wife Rebecca (43) and children Rebecca (18), Dorothy (11), Nathaniel (8), Elizabeth (6), and Mary (1), as well as servant Elizabeth Ward (38).[1][2]


Thomas Josselyn was born about 1592. He was age 43, when he sailed on the Increase.[2]


Thomas married about 1615, Rebecca Jude. She survived Thomas and m. (2) William Kerley in 1664.[3][4]

Sometimes thought to be Rebecca Marlow

Death and Legacy

  • 03 JAN 1661, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts.[5]


Children of Thomas and Rebecca Joslin:
  1. Abraham Joslin, b. say 1615; m. London 19 November 1642 (lic.) Beatrice Hampton [TAG 53:100]. She m. (2) Lancaster 16 November 1671 Benjamin Boswoth [LanVR14], son of Edward Bosworth {1634, Boston}[GM 2:1:356].
  2. Rebecca Joslin, bp. Ardleigh, Essex, 27 March 1617 (aged 18 on 17 April 1635 [Hotten 55]); m. by about 1639 Thomas Nicholas (three eldest children bp. together at Hingham in January 1643/4 [NEHGR 121:16])
  3. Mary Joslin, bp. Ardleigh, Essex, 25 August 1619; d. soon.
  4. Dorothy Joslin, b. about 1624 (aged 11 on 17 April 1635 [Hotten 55]); d. Roxbury 2 December 1645 (“Dorothy Jocelyn, a maidservant of Mr. Dudly, she was exceeding lively spirited in bitter pains & left a good savor thereby, she was first taken with an apoplectically sleeping & at the resolution of it it fell upon her lungs which were weak afore, with a pain like a pleurisy” [RChR 172]).
  5. Nathaniel Josselyn, b. about 1627 (aged 8 on 17 April 1635 [Hotten 55]); m. by 1657 Sarah King (eldest known child b. Lancaster 15 July 1657 [LanVR 12]; in his will of 12 March 1675/6, Thomas King of Marlborough included a bequest to “Anna Carly, Mary Rice & Sarah Joselin, my 3 daughters” [Stevens-Miller And 82-85, citing MPR 5:23]).[6]
  6. Elizabeth Joslin, b. about 1629 (aged 6 on 17 April 1635 [Hotten 55]); m. (!) Boston 21 June 1652 Edward Yeomans [BVR 38]; m. (2) Boston 9 May 1662 Edward Kilby [BVR 86].
  7. Mary Joslin, bp. Barham, Suffolk, 16 March 1633/4 (aged 1 on 17 Apri 1635 [Hotten 55]); m. by 1657 Roger Sumner (eldest known child b. Dorchester 16 November 1657 [DVR 5]).[3]


Thomas Joslyn was our emigrant ancestor. All Joslins in America Come from him. He was recorded on the ship's list as Thomas Jostlin. He was in Watertown and Sudbury as joslin, and in Hingham , as Josselyn. In a Lancaster record, his name is spelled Jocelyn, which is proably the proper spelling.
Thomas became an original proprietor in the new settlement which in 1639 was given the name, "Sudbury." He was a man of substance, and men of substnace, especially Englishmen did not live in log cabins in that period.
His will was recorded at Cambridge, and at a county court held thereon April 2, 1661, his will and an inventory were exhibited and proved.
His arms were the same as those of Sir Thomas of Torrell's Hall, Essex.
* "Arms: asure a josslyn silver and sable belled gold.
** Crest: A falcon's leg erased at the thigh."


  1. The Winthrop Society (publisher), "Passangers of the Increase," The Winthrop Society: Descendants of the Great Migration, (1995-2012),
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hotten, John Camden (editor). The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. (London: John Camden Hotten, 1874.) p. 55
  3. 3.0 3.1 Source: Anderson, Robert Charles. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635, Great Migration, Vol 4, I-L, pgs 117-121.
  4. Anderson cites NEHGR 158:330-340
  5. Anderson: cites Lancaster Vital Records p. 14
  6. Source: #S915241002
  • The Planters of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640 (Ancestry Online publication; Repository: R-1992163608; APID 48127::211884).
  • Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (Repository: R-1992163608). APIDs 48159::265731 and 48159::265633.
  • Torry, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004; Baltimore, MD, USA). Ancestry Online publication, 2006; Repository R-1992163608; APID 49055::76306.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library, comp., Middletown, CT, "American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)" (Ancestry Online publication 1999, Repository R-1645048415; APID 3599::3557657). Text: Birth 1592; Birth place: Eng, Massachusetts, Husbandman
  • Filby, P. William, ed., Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (Ancestry Online publication; Gale Research, Farmington Hills, MI, USA, 2010). pages 36, 148, 264. Text: Birth abt 1592. Arrival 1635, Boston, Massachusetts, (APIDs 7486::1440372, 7486::694772, and 7486::694773)
  • APID 7836::670418: Source number: 508.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Submitter Code: DJC. Text: Birth 1591, En; Marriage 1614, MA.
  • APID 7836::778235: Source number: 508.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Submitter Code: DJC. Text: Birth 1592, Lo; Marriage 1614, MA.
  • Filby, P. William, ed., Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s (Gale Research, 2006; Ancestry Online publication). Page 148. Text: Birth date abt 1592. Arrival date: 1635, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Ancestry Online publication, 2004). Original data...extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Text: Source number: 508.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Submitter Code: DJC. Birth date 1591, En. Marriage date 1614, MA

See Also

  • Cutter, William R. Genealogical and Family History of Western New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1912, Volume 3, page 1369 Retrieved from [1]
  • Find A Grave Memorial #36926498, Thomas Josselyn
  • NATHANIEL JOSLIN [#152, b. London, Eng. 12 Jun 1627]
  • Skeels, Laura Elmendorf. "The Joscelyn-Joslin Family." Journal of American history 6 (1912): 517-537. [2] This article describes a lineage back to Charlemagne via "Gilbertus or Aegedius Joscelinus, born in the Chateau de Jocelin about 1005" who "married a Saxon lady". It's not completely speculative in that it does refer in passing (without footnotes) to some potential sources for his descendants.
  • Source citation: page 1369 of Cutter's book
  • French, Miss Elizabeth. Genealogical Research in England, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 1917) Vol. 71, Page 253

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On 18 Jan 2017 at 02:10 GMT M (Joslin) J wrote:

Josselyn-3 and Joslyn-53 appear to represent the same person because: Same persom

On 30 Sep 2015 at 18:52 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Joslyn-53 and Josselyn-3 are not ready to be merged because: Will either merge or fix soon as I am looking for more sources for the England Josselyn bunch.

On 6 Feb 2015 at 20:14 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

p.s. to Cathy - I'm done. If you post something here, I won't see it. So please post to my profile (referencing Josselyn-3) if you want me to do anything more. Cheers, Liz

On 6 Feb 2015 at 19:45 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

On 6 Feb 2015 at 19:01 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Cathy - I had deleted most of the Repository #s before I thought that maybe the sources were part of what you had cleaned up. I don't belong to Ancestry so I can't check - are the numbers useful? I thought they were only of use within the tree within Ancestry that the Repository # was given. Let me know if they're of use to folks with an Ancestry account & I'll add them back to the sources I deleted them from in this profile (and quit deleting them in the future!). Thanks!

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:13 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I thought I had set the merge to be Joslin-5 into Josselyn-3. If I didn't, and these are the same person, please reverse the merge so that Josselyn-3 remains his WikiTee ID. If you feel strongly that Joslin is correct, please postpone the merge & start a discussion. Thanks!

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:10 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Josselyn-3 and Joslin-5 appear to represent the same person because: on the face of it, these don't look like they have enough information to be merged. Please see the other profiles proposed to be merged into Josselyn-3 (the lowest numbered profile with the spelling). The dates of these Thomases all match - however, there seem to be two different last names for the same wife (Rebecca Jude & Rebecca Marlow or Marlowe), so perhaps there _WAS_ a Thomas Joslin m Rebecca Jude & a Thomas Josselyn m Rebecca Marlow/Marlowe & they appropriated each others' dates? If you think that's the case, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can switch all the proposed merges to unmerged matches while these folks are researched. Cheers, Liz

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:05 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: Josselyn-10 merge with Josselyn-3 has been completed

Josselyn-71 and Josselyn-3 appear to represent the same person because: Instead of merging Josselyn-71 & Josselyn-10, both of those profiles should be merged into Josselyn-3. Thanks!

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Josselyn-10 and Josselyn-71 are not ready to be merged because: Josselyn-3 should be the target profile (meaning merge Josselyn-10 & Josselyn-71 directly into Josselyn-3). I've proposed a merge for -10 & -3 and will do so for -71 next. Thanks!

On 6 Feb 2015 at 15:45 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Josselyn-71 and Josselyn-10 appear to represent the same person because: these are a match down the line. With all the profiles for Rebecca Marlow (or Marlowe) attached, perhaps the merge I just proposed for Marlowe into Jude-11 should be rethought? Regardless, these profiles for Thomas should merge. Thanks!

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