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Ellen (Lovell) Ford (1628 - bef. 1692)

Ellen "Ellinor" Ford formerly Lovell
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Wife of — married about 1648 in Weymouth, Norfolk,
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Died before before age 64 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Eleanor Lovell Ford aka Ellinor, Ellyn. Ellen Ford, the wife of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, deposed "aged about 38 yeeres," 24 May, 1667. (Suffolk Court Files No. 815: paper 35.) Therefore she was born near 1629.


A 1635, embarkation list, states Ellyn's age as 1,[1] so born about 1634. But, 24 May 1667, she stated that she was about 38 years,[2] so born about 1629. The embarkation list lists a brother John age 8 and a brother James also age 1. The later date fits nicely in this gap. According to Bank's Topographical Dictionary, her family was from Wookey parish, Somerset, England.[3]


Ellyn emigrated on March 20, 1635, from the port of Weymouth, England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the company of her parents, Robert (husbandman, age 40) and Elizabeth Lovell (wife age 35), her siblings Zacheus age 15, Anne age 16, John age 8, James age 1, and a servant, Joseph Chickin age 16. Ellyn was marked as age 1 on the list.[1] They were part of a group known as the Hull Company.


Eleanor married Andrew Ford in 1648/1650, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.[2]


1. Andrew Ford, b. Abt 1651
2. Joseph Ford, b. Abt 1652
3. Mary Ford, b. Abt 1654
4. Samuel Ford, b. 30 Jul 1656
5. Nathaniel Ford, b. 31 Mar 1658
6. Ebenezer Ford, b. 28 Mar 1660
7. Silence Ford, b. 13 Nov 1661
8. Prudence Ford, b. 22 Dec 1663
9. Jacob Ford, b. 20 Feb 1665
10. Elizabeth Ford, b. 2 Nov 1667
11. Israel Ford, b. 7 Jun 1670
12. Sarah Ford, b. 28 Mar 1672
13. James Ford, b. Abt 1674


Eleanor made her mark on a deed 20 Jul 1683.[4] Her husband's will dated 25 Feb 1692/3 does not mention her.[5] This places her death in the ten years between these dates.

Reasearch notes

Note: there is conflicting information relating to the sailing from Weymouth to Boston. Dates of 1630, 1633, 1635 and 1636 have been proposed, however March 20 1635 has emerged as most certain. Supporting ths conclusion are the genealogy of Joseph Hull who led the "Hull company" in their emigration from Weymouth England to Boston, MA., and the history of Weymouth, MA that records the arrival of the Hull Company in 1635.

In 1635, "Rev. Joseph Hull, Oxford graduate, arrived at Wessagusset on July 8, 1635 with twenty-one families (106 souls). In September Wessagusset was made a plantation with the name WEYMOUTH. Sixty-eight people held title to land." The Town of Weymouth is the second oldest town in the Commonwealth, dating from 1622 when it was founded as “Wessagusset”. Renamed Weymouth in 1635, the Town was boosted in that year by the arrival of 100 settlers from its namesake in England. The early settlement was incorporated into the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and slowly grew as a fishing and agricultural community. By the time of the American Revolution, the colonial settlement had a population of 1,470 people.[6]

At Crewkerne [England], Joseph Hull gathered a company of 106 souls, who, on March 20, 1635, set sail with him from the harbor of Weymouth, bound for New England. This company arrived in Boston on the 6th of May of that year [1635]. Governor Winthrop's Official Journal, under date of July 8th of that year [1635], contains the following entry: "At this court Wessaguscus was made a plantation and Mr. Hull, a minister of England, and twenty-one families with him allowed to sit down there." The arrival of Hull's Colony at Wessaguscus doubled its population, and the plantation was soon created a full-fledged town, invested with municipal rights, rechristened Weymouth and allowed representation in the General Court. Here, too, a church was gathered from the members of this company and others from Boston and Dorchester. On the 8th of July [1635] at the age of forty, Rev. Joseph Hull was installed as its first pastor and on the 2nd of the following September [1635] he took the oath as a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Some of the Puritans living in the neighborhood looked with disfavor on this church and it was not long before dissension arose within it.

Of the list of 106 persons bound for New England (Hull Company) from the port of Weymouth, England during March 1635, certain passengers are important to the Lovell and Ford genealogies. Information given in listing represent: given name, surname, place of last residence, occupation, age.

1) Passsenger:

Robt. Lovell , of Somerset, husbandman,
Eliz. his wife,
five children, and
servant, Alice Kinham.

2) Passenger:

Henry Kingman
Joan his wife
five children
a servant, John Ford, age 30 (I have been unable to find any connection between this John or Jonathan Ford and Andrew Ford. Tom Quick )

Robert Lovell - born 1595 Weymouth, Dorset, England, died 25 July 1672, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts). His wife was Elizabeth (possibly) SilvesterSilvester-20- born 1601 England, and who died 21 Jan 1657, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Roberts daughter Ellinor or Ellen - born 1628/1634 was between 1 and 6 yrs. at emigration from Weymouth, Dorset, England. She died 20 July 1683, at Hingham, Plymouth. MA. She married Andrew Ford, 1650, at Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, Andrew was born about 1620, and died 4 Mar 1693 at Hingham, MA.

Andrew stated in 1673 that he was one of the original inhabitants and purchasers of Weymouth, MA. But he was not included in the first land division, 1636, but he did appear in one made in 1642/44. It seems likely that he came during the great migration of 1638-39 or perhaps a year or two earlier. He owned much land and was a partner with his brother-in-law, James Lovell. His will was probated in Boston 23 Mar 1692/3.

The sources state an unspecified name for the ship.;but the Mary Gould/Gold did make some sailings in 1635. As noted on the correspondence above under "servant of Kingman - Ford" - the source - Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Massachusetts Part 1; the First Six Generations: Complied by Elizabeth Cobb Stewart, Published by Capitol City, Press Montpelier, Vermont, 1968. Page 1. Reference Andrew Ford 1620-1693 - states this ship is The Blessing of Ipswich England.

On some of the sources found with the Mary Gold, lists some of the same passengers but not all. Since we are dealing with a combination of sources and not an actual "passenger list" we have to consider all possibilities. The last email the translator received was on passenger HOLBROOK. The Holbrooks are listed on both 1635 Mary Gold, 1636 Unspecified sailing and the list of the Hull Company for 1635. I would doubt the whole family would travel from England in 1635, return to England and then return to MA in 1636.

Public Record Office document E190/876/i March the 30th 1635 In the Mary Gould of Weymouth [ Marygold in modern use] Edward Cuttanc Mr. for New England [Mr. for abbrev. of Master] Thomas Holbrook for himself his wife & chyldren goods vall 00 00 00* William Dullmer and his Companie vall' at 00 20 00** Henry Rumford & his Companie goods vall 00 00 00 Henry Wade & his Companie goods vall at 00 00 00 Henry Dattant & Companie for a heiffer ? vall at 31 00 00 William Wallyams & his goods vall at 69 10 00 Robert Setshomb & Companie his goods vall at 02 00 00 April the 3? 1635


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 285
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stewart, Elizabeth (Cobb). "Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Mass." New England His. & Gen. Register. 119:122. Boston NEHGS, 1965. Accessed at American Ancestors. 1667 cites Suffolk County Court File 815 paper 35;
  3. Banks, Charles Edward. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Philadelphia, Pa: [The Bertram press], 1937. p. 146
  4. Stewart. citing Plymouth Deeds vol 3 p. 210
  5. Stewart. citing Suffolk County Probate, vol 13 p. 146-147
  6. History of Weymouth, Massachusetts...
  • Source: S005168 Title: Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts Author: George Walter Chamberlain, M.S. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore: Reprint, 1984 Note: #NS051681 Repository: Note: #NS051683 Call Number: 84-80081 Media: Book
  • Vol. I, History of Weymouth Massachusetts in four volumes [1923] published by the WEYMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Wright and Potter Printing Company, Boston. Contributed and transcribed by Sheila Tate a member of the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild. 6 June 2000
  • Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild : Ship: Unspecified name(Notes this ship could be the Mary Gould in 1635 or the Blessing of Ipswich England ); sailing from Weymouth, England to probably Boston, March 20, 1636; List of 106 persons bound for New England from the port of Weymouth. [1]
  • Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Massachusetts Part 1; the First Six Generations: Complied by Elizabeth Cobb Stewart, Published by Capitol City, Press Montpelier, Vermont, 1968. Page 1. Reference Andrew Ford 1620-1693. Seventh and Eight Generations: Complied by Elizabeth Cobb Stwart 1983. and the Ninth and Tenth Generations: Complied by Elizabeth Cobb Stewart.
  • Mrs. Eleanor M. Bamford's Ford Family Notes in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Volume 53. Page 160-181 April 1922.
  • In Search of Dr. John Perley Ford 1794-1869 His Life and Times, Early Allied Families, Ancestors, And Descendants. By Robert Wayne Ford, 1995, Publisher; Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD. Reference Andrew Ford Sr., 1620-1693.
  • The History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Weymouth Historical Society, 1923 ( 4 Volumes ).
  • The History of the Town of Abington, 1866 has a Section on Andrew Ford Pages 378-383.
  • A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860 Volume 2. Pages 182-184.
  • The Original List of Persons of Quality;... Who went from Great Britian to the American Plantations, 1600-1700, 1931, Pages 283-286.
  • 1642 Andrew's Birth date is Established by the fact that he had to be twenty-one or Older to be a Landowner as Recorded in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Plymouth Deeds, Volume 3. Page 210. 20 Jul. 1683 the Date of a Deed which Ellinor Signed with her Mark and 25 Feb. 1693. the Date of Andrew Ford Will Which Does Not Include Ellinor Lovell-Ford his Wife.
  • French, Elizabeth. "Genealogical Research in England. New England Historic Genealogical Register. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol 70 (1916), p. 245. Internet Archive
  • Vital Records of Weymouth, Massachusetts, LDS Family History Library, 50 E North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Lovell Family in America, p. 68.
  • Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of New England, LDS Family History Library, 50 E North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Weymouth Historical Society, Weymouth Historical Society, Tufts Library , 46 Broad Street , Weymouth, MA 02188.
  • History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Vol 4. p. 485.
  • Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, revised by C. F. Swift, Being a Reprint of the Amos Otis papers. (Barnstable, MA: F.B. & F.F. Goss, Publishers, 1888), pp 86 -461. Full title: Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, Being a Reprint of the Amos Otis Papers Originally Published in the Barnstable Patriot. Reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., 1979.
  • Colonial Series (Volume 9), America and West Indies, 1675-1676, also, 1574-1674 W. Noel Sainsbury. Contributed and Transcribed by Sheila Tate for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, 14 August 1999
  • Find a Grave[2]

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