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Rebecca (Jude) Kerley (1592 - 1673)

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Rebecca Kerley formerly Jude aka Josselyn
Born in London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1615 in Englandmap
Wife of — married 16 Jun 1664 in Lancaster, Middlesex Co., MAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lancaster, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 10 Sep 2019 | Created 22 Feb 2010
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Rebecca (Jude) Kerley migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Early Records of Lancaster Massachusetts states that Rebecca left from London, England; embarking on the ship "Increase"; and was 43 years of age when she landed in Hingham, Massachusetts. She was approximately 72 years old when she married William Kerley, Sr., whom she survived. She was the widow of Thomas Joslin when she married William.

Thomas Josselyn m. abt. 1615 Rebecca ---, who survived him, and m. (2) Lancaster 16 May 1664 William Kerley of Lancaster. She is not mentioned in his will dated 26 Jul 1669, proved 19 Jul 1670. [1]


  1. French, Miss Elizabeth. Genealogical Research in England, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 1917) Vol. 71, Page 253: She died before her second husband. Her maiden name is unknown.
  • Joslyn, Roger D. "Recbecca, Wife of Thomas Josselyn of Hingham and Lancaster, Massachusetts", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Oct 2004), 158:336. Vol. 158, Page 336
  • "Deed from "Ralph Josselin senior of Roxwell in Co. Essex" [Thomas' father] et al., "after the decease of me ... to ... Thomas Josselin[,] one of the sons of me the aforesaid Ralph Josselin the elder, and Rebecca Jude ... after the decease of the said Thomas and Rebecca ... to the use of the heirs of the bodies of the same Thomas and Rebecca ...". This deed gives the maiden name of Thomas's wife. Other evidence given shows Thomas, the son of Ralph, is the emigrant Thomas."
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
  • Family History: The DeVoe, Josselyn, and Related Families
  • Pioneers of Massachusetts, Page 308
  • Notes on the Josselyn Family of T. W. Harris, M.D.
  • Page 269: "Thomas Joslin died Jan. 3, 1660, and his widow married William Kerley, senior, 16..3..1664, being his third wife."

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On 30 Mar 2019 at 22:11 GMT Dennis Cunniff wrote:

There is no justification for continuing the long-standing error of claiming that "Marlowe" was this person's name. See The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Societ), 158:336, Oct 2004. No reference that gives her surname as Marlow or Marlowe has even a single documentary source for that name. The name is first given to her in a book by Luke Joslin Page in 1887, a book that contains several peculiarities suggesting fraud. Her maiden name, Jude, is documented in the cited source.

On 23 Feb 2017 at 17:21 GMT M (Joslin) J wrote:

I think her maiden name is Marlowe, not Jude. The only source on wikitree for Thoms Jude being her father is the first-hand knowledge of a really, really, really, really old wikitree member who apparently witnessed her birth circa 1592. See the PDF file under images

On 18 Jan 2017 at 02:16 GMT M (Joslin) J wrote:

Marlowe-78 and Jude-1 appear to represent the same person because: same person

On 1 Oct 2015 at 07:58 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

We will leave her surname as JUDE for the time being ....???

On 1 Oct 2015 at 07:57 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

For those who are wondering whether Rebecca is an Unknown or a Jude or a Marlowe. Some food for thoughts ( next time you get to the library;

Wessler, Edith S. (Edith Marguerite Stanley). The Jocelyn--Joslin--Joslyn--Josselyn family. (St. Louis, Missouri: E.S. Wessler, c1961,1962), page 84-5.

Nathaniel Joslin, s/o Thomas Josselyn and Rebecca Marlowe [sic, Rebecca Jude], b. London 12 Jun 1627, d. Marlborough 8 Apr 1694, m. 1656 Sarah King, d/o Thomas and Bridget King. [Note: none of the sources below give this date, nor does the much newer article on Rebecca Jude (not cited here, in NEHGR 158:333), despite finding baptismal records for several of Rebecca's children. The other sources only use Nathaniel's age at emigration to estimate his birth. Given that this work includes some errors .

On 7 Feb 2015 at 06:08 GMT Cathy (Dickerson) Champion wrote:

Marlow-11 and Jude-11 are not ready to be merged because: I don't feel comfortable doing this - I have't done enough research on this family.

On 6 Feb 2015 at 19:46 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

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

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:40 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Ack! Jude-11 is not the lowest number profile for her as born Rebecca Jude... Jude-1 is. If Marlowe is the correct last name at birth, Marlowe-29 is lowest. If Marlow, Marlow-10 could be (it has absolutely no information except her name - Marlow-11 has parents & marriage to Thomas same year as all the other Rebeccas).

On 6 Feb 2015 at 16:36 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Marlow-11 and Jude-1 appear to represent the same person because: Dee - seeing the death info for Marlow-11 (died England) makes me think that maybe Thomas Joslin/Josselyn d Massachusetts may have married Rebecca in England (at least one profiles for wife Rebecca has m in Mass.). If that's the case, then maybe a researcher for Rebecca Marlow speculated that the marriage could have been with Rebecca Marlow & that took off as fact? This Josselyn line isn't mine, so I don't have any supporting evidence for anything. Would you happen to know if a marriage record exists, from where, and what it says? Thanks! Liz P.S. I'm going through and changing all the proposed merged for Rebecca's profiles to unmerged matches. Too many questions on LNAB.

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Unmerged matches › Rebecca Marlow (abt.1595-bef.1669)

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