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Thomas Rowell (bef. 1594 - 1662)

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Thomas Rowell
Born before in Mancetter, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Mancetter, Warwick, Englandmap
Husband of — married after in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusettsmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Andover, Essex County, Massachusettsmap
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Thomas Rowell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas was the son of Valentine[1]. Baptized in March 1594, he was probably born shortly before.


Thomas was baptized 17 MAR 1594 at Mancetter, Warwickshire, England[1]

First Marriage

(1) He married 12 Oct 1615, at Mancetter, Margaret Milner. Margaret did not go to New England.[1]

Children of Thomas Rowell & his First Wife

Born in England except last Jacob b in New England to 2nd wife.[1]

  1. Alice, bp. 27 Feb 1619/20, Mancetter[2] m. 7 Oct 1641 William Lakin (NOTE: Alice is not included in the Rowell family article cited above.)
  2. Sarah, d/o Thomas , bp. 25 March (Not April) 1621, Mancetter[3] m. 16 July 1654 John Barton, feltmaker (NOTE: Sarah is not cited in the Rowell family article cited above.)
  3. Valentine, bp 22 Jun 1622, Mancetter[4] d. 17 May 1662 at Salisbury, Mass. He m 14 Nov 1643 Joanna Pinder.
  4. Thomas, bp 1 Aug 1624, m. Frances ______
  5. William, bp 30 April 1629, buried 13 April 1659 aged 28 years. William might be his cousin
  6. Joseph bp 26 Dec 1630, m. July 1650 Elizabeth Pemmington
  7. Samuel, bp 29 Dec 1636.
"R" in Rowell from the parish register

Note the character used as "R", and it's variations, is unusual looking and easily misinterpreted, especially when the "R" used in Robert on the same page looks like our modern "R." Hunting through several pages found a few other uses like "Richard" and "Robinson"

Immigrated to Massachusetts about 1638

Thomas and his son Valentine immigrated to New England about 1638. They settled at Salisbury where Thomas is listed as one of the first proprietors in 1639.[5] Thomas received land grants in Salisbury, Mass., 1640, 1641 and 1642, where he took the oath of fidelity in 1642. He also resided in Ipswich and Andover[1]

A Carpenter by Trade

Thomas Osgood describes himself in several legal documents as a carpenter.[1]

Second Marriage

(2) After his wife's death, he married Mrs. Margaret (Fowler) Osgood, widow, with a prenup dated 24 Feb 1650 (1651 by the Julian calendar at the time) in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. Thomas Rowell moved from Salisbury to Ipswich, where he lived with Margaret and her children until 1657. In that year, Abigail Osgood married “Shove Willson” at Ipswich 9 Sep. 1657. With a new infant son born to his second wife in 1656, Thomas Rowell moved to Andover, Massachusetts, in 1657, bringing Thomas Osgood, Christopher Osgood's posthumous son, age about five years, Christopher Osgood ("Jr.") age about fourteen, and Deborah Osgood age about thirteen.[6]

Child of Thomas Rowell and his second wife Margaret Fowler:
  1. Jacob, b. probably May 1656, m. 1 29 Apr 1690 Mary Younglove, m.2, 21 Sep 1691 Elizabeth Wardell/Wardwell.[6]

Died in 1662

Thomas died at Andover, Mass. on 8 May 1662. He didn't leave a will.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Jones, William Haslett. The Rowell Family of New England and Their English Origins, 1560-1900; Descendants of Thomas Rowell, 1594-1662. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1996
  2. Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1043; Document Reference: DR 130image Accessed at Ancestry ($)
  3. Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1043; Document Reference: DR 130. Image Accessed at Ancestry ($)
  4. Image. Accessed at Ancestry ($)
  5. A genealogy of the descendants of John, Christopher and William Osgood who came from England and settled in New England early in the seventeenth century, by Ira Osgood, (1894), page 255
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, by Mary Lovering Holman, (1938), pp 213
  • Hugh Grant Rowell, MD, DHum, of Tarrytown, NY "The Reddingtons of Topsfield and Boxford, Mass." NEHGS, Vol 109, 1955.
  • "Memoir of George Presbury Rowell" NEHGR, Volume 90, 1936
  • William H Jones, Villa Park, IL. "English Origins of the Rowell Family" NEHGR, Volume 138
  • "Memoir of Mrs William Johnson Washburn (Helen Edna Rowell)" NEHGR, Volume 87, 1933
  • Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, (Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009)
  • Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire (Lewis Publishing Company, 1908) Vol. 2, Page 646

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On 2 Nov 2018 at 15:32 GMT Anne B wrote:

I found the baptisms of the two extra children in the parish register for Mancetter. The "R" used was understandably misinterpreted.

On 30 Oct 2018 at 12:10 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

I don't have access to the book - but if you go to this link and search for John Barton within it, he and Sarah are listed below Alice and above Valentine

I think Sarah and John Barton are also in : Threfal's Fifty great migration colonists to New England & their origins, but again, I don't have access.

On 29 Oct 2018 at 22:36 GMT Anne B wrote:

Chris Hoyt, you added Newer sources to Alice's profile, Did that source also mention Sarah (has no profile)?

On 24 Oct 2018 at 20:46 GMT Robin Anderson wrote:

Children Alice and Sarah are not listed as of Thomas in the source given (Rowell family genealogical notes from NEHGR 138:128-9) In fact, Sarah is cited as daughter of William and Alice's parents are not given. Is there another source for them?

On 18 Apr 2014 at 20:03 GMT Michelle (Gerard) Hartley wrote:

Profile needs clean up after numerous merges.

Thomas is 25 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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