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Robert Lovell (abt. 1595 - bef. 1658)

Robert Lovell
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1617 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before about age 63 in Weymouth, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Robert Lovell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 4, p. 352)
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Disputed Origins

A previous version of this profile claimed, without sources, that he was son of John Lovell and Elinor Lovewife. They've been detached. Please use G2G to discuss evidence for the origins of Robert Lovell. Thank you.


Robert Lovell was born in England about 1595. He married in England and had five children by his wife Elizabeth. [1] Anderson provides no maiden name for his wife.

Robert was one of approximately 106 people associated with the Rev. Joseph Hull Congregation of Crewkerne, England who immigrated to the New World.[2] They were considered Puritan Anabaptists by religious belief.[3] The Hull Company's ship left Weymouth, England about March 20, 1634/5. The voyage took forty-six days, and landed at Boston harbor on May 6, 1635.

The ship's name is unknown, but it has been suggested to be the Blessing, Mary Gould, Speedwell, Hopewell, or Dorset. The Blessing and Hopewell are unlikely, and the Mary Gould was ruled out by a noted Hull family researcher in 2002.[4] R. C. Anderson has confirmed the ship's name as Unknown.[5]

On July 8, 1635, Hull's congregation was granted the right to settle at Wessaguscus, southeast of Boston. A short while later, they changed the name to Weymouth, after their port of departure in England.[6][7]

Children born in England:[1]

  1. Anne, b. near 1618.
  2. Zacchheus, b. near 1619.
  3. John, b. near 1626.
  4. Ellen, b. near 1633; m. Andrew Ford of Weymouth.
  5. James, b. near 1633.

Robert Lovell's origins in England are as yet unknown. He was probably born in about 1594/1595, as he was aged 40 when departing England on or near 20 Mar 1634/1635. It is estimated that he married his wife Elizabeth in about 1618, based upon the age of their oldest child. His occupation was "husbandman" [farmer].

Robert Lovell and his wife Elizabeth came to New England with their five children, sailing from Weymouth, Dorset, England on or near 20 Mar 1634/1635 on the what is thought to be the ship "Marygould" and arriving at Dorchester, Massachusetts on 7 Jun 1635. He also brought Joseph Chickin, a 16-year-old servant. They were with Rev. Joseph Hull's company

The Lovell family settled in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. They were admitted to the church there prior to 2 Sep 1635, when Robert Lovell was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[8]

In the land inventory for Weymouth in about 1642, Robert Lovell held four parcels "one acre and a quarter in the West Field first given to him"; "six acres and half in King Oak Hill first given to himself"; "fifteen acres near the mill"; and "thirty acres in the Great Lots."

Anderson says that by 6 Nov 1658 his wife was referred to as "Widow Lovell."[9] He made his will on 3 Apr 1651, but it was not probated until 25 Jun 1672. In his will he provided for a life estate in his home to his wife and made provisions to his sons John and James as well as to son-in-law Andrew Ford and to Andrew Ford's sons.[10]


ROBERT LOVELL, a husbandman, aged 40, Elizabeth his wife, aged 38, Zaccheus his son, aged 15, Anne his daughter, aged 16, John his son, aged 8, Ellen his daughter, aged 1 year, James his son aged I year and Joseph Chickin, his servant, aged 16 years, sailed from Weymouth, in Dorset, on or near 20 Mar. 1634-35, and arrived at Dorchester 7 June, 1635. He was a member of Rev. Joseph Hull's Company, and with the company removed to Weymouth that year. He was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 2 Sept. 1635. He died at Weymouth shortly before 25 June, 1672. Robert Lovell of Weymouth, "being sicke & weake," made his will 3 Apr. 1651, and it was probated 25 June, 1672. To his wife he gave the use of his dwelling house and land "all the time of her Widow hood" and then to his son John "after my Wives Widowhood," and four acres that was Carpenters, and three acres bought of Hart, and half the meadow bought of Smith, and half the meadow bought of Hol-brook, and my lot by the Mill, eighteen acres. To son James his great lot of 36 acres and other half of lots given to son John, To his son-in-law Andrew Ford, one heifer. To Ford's eldest son one heifer and to his youngest son one calf. To John Lovell's son my yearling bull. Wife executrix. Witnesses: Tho: Dyer, Tho: Bayley. Thomas Bayley made oath to it, 25 June, 1672. (Suffolk Probate, 7: 217.)


  • Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 352 Subscription site
  1. 1.0 1.1 Weymouth Historical Society, Weymouth, Mass, Channing Harris Cox, George Walter Chamberlain, and Weymouth (Mass.). History of Weymouth, Massachusetts: Published by the Weymouth Historical Society, Howard H. Joy, President. Under Direction of the Town. [Boston: Wright & Potter printing company], 1923. pg 392
  2. Passengers to America: A Consolidation os Ships Passenger Lists from THe New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Edited by Michael Tepper. Baltimore. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1980. pg 77 Subscription site
  3. Ed Cooper, Cape Cod Genes website, archived page captured 6 April 2016.
  4. Phyllis J. Hughes Hull Family Association Genealogist & Journal Co-Editor. 2002 correspondence [1]
  5. Great Migration Newsletter: Vol 7: 1998: p. 1-2:
  6. Cape Cod Genes
  7. Laurence Cook, "The Exodus of the Joseph Hull Company" (1991) on Origins of the Bicknell Family in North America (archived website).
  8. Paige, Lucius R. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849. [2] Subscription site
  9. Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 4, I-L. $
  10. Suffolk Probate Records, vol. 7, p 217

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Can someone with authority please add Lovell-1324 as a child so a merge can be completed. Thank you.
posted by Alan Pendleton
He's been added, Alan.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thank you Jilliane!
posted by Alan Pendleton
A P., thanks; when we do this, we typically add a section at the top of the narrative so it doesn't happen again. I'll add it so you have a model for other profiles.
posted by Jillaine Smith
I am detaching him from the existing parents, John Lovell and Elinor (Lovewife) Lovell because no credible sources have ever mentioned his parents and the parent profiles are unsourced.
posted by Alan Pendleton
I've looked for the book online, but although this woman has published some books,there doesn't seem to be anything about the ship that Rev Hull took to Weymouth.
posted by Peggy (Haskell) Moss
Did Phyllis Hughes ever publish her book?
posted by Jillaine Smith
Anderson's article was written in 1995, the GM Newsletter: Volume 7 : 1998: p. 1-2, notes that Rev. Hull and Robert Lovell were passengers on an unnamed ship
posted by Chris Hoyt
web site for prior note--Hull Company to Weymouth 1635


posted by Peggy (Haskell) Moss
Correspondence January 5, 2002 regarding name of ship

I'd like to make a correction on the Rev. Joseph Hull ship. Several years ago I was able to discover (from research I contracted at the London Public Records office) the name of the ship on which the Rev. Joseph Hull and his colony came to America. It was not the "Mary Gould." I realize that Robert Charles Anderson, quite a noted New England authority, has proposed this as the name of the ship but I believe this to be incorrect and I'll be contacting Mr. Anderson about this as soon as I have the necessary time. I believe I have total proof that this name is incorrect and that I have the correct name which will be noted in a book I will be publishing. Phyllis J. Hughes Hull Family Association Genealogist & Journal Co-Editor

posted by Peggy (Haskell) Moss
John Kitchin- the servant of Zachary Bicknell - came on the same ship as Robt. Lovell. GM says in sketch on John Kitchin that it was the ship "Marygould."


and see Hotten here:

on Hotten I can see NO name of ship...

Great Migration Newsletter: Vol 7: 1998: p. 1-2: Shows Robert Lovell, with Rev. Hull, on an 'unnamed ship.
posted by Chris Hoyt

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