||Robert Lovell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Robert Lovell was born in England about 1595. He married in England and had five children by his wife Elizabeth.  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. They were considered Puritan Anabaptists by religious belief. 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. R. C. Anderson has confirmed the ship's name as Unknown.
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.
Children born in England:
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.
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." 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.
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.)
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