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Descendants of Gov. John Endicott of Massachusetts Bay Colony - ONS - Team

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Endecott Coat of Arms
Descendants of Gov. John Endicott
of Massachusetts Bay Colony
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John Endicott defacing the English flag
Gov. John Endecott


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Family Lore
The family tradition that the first wife of Governor John Endecott was Anne Gower is probably incorrect. Someone as early as 1847 or before had made a mistake and concluded that John who was the grandson was John the grandfather and that family lore continued for many years. Several published works perpetuated this family lore. We can also say that the name Anne Gower never does appear in the list of passengers for the Abigail but says “wife” of the Governor. Furthermore, in the work of the Mary and John Clearinghouse in their work on the passengers of the Abigail states, “Mrs. Anne Endicott, wife. 40 Finally, however, we can say that Anne Gower Endecott did make it to New England through her only daughter and lives on today through the descendant families of her surviving children.[1]

The Endecott surname and variants in England. Endecott was mainly a Devon name.

Endecott Surname
Devon Middlesex Yorkshire Goucestershire Dorsetshire
1400 yes no no no no
1500 yes no no no no
1600 yes no no no no
1700 yes no yes no no
1800 yes yes yes yes yes
1900 yes yes yes yes yes
2000 yes no yes yes no
lg #'s yes yes yes yes no
minor #'s no no no no yes
  • lg #'s = Large number of families using the surname Endecott and variations.
  • minor #'s = minor number of families using the surname Endecott and variations.

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  • Parish - Drewsteignton Dedication - Holy Trinity Diocese - Exeter
  • Drewsteignton - a large village on the northern acclivity of Teign valley, 13 miles W. of Exeter, and 9 miles E. by S. of Okehampton.
  • Drewsteignton
  • Drewsteignton Parish Map

Tawton South

Tawton North

  • Parish - Tawton, North Decdication - St Peter Diocese - Exeter


  • Winkleigh - is a large ancient village, situated on a lofty eminence, on the Crediton and Torrington road, 6 miles S.W. of Chulmleigh and E.N.E. of Hatherleigh, and 22 miles W.N.W. of Exeter.
  • Winkleigh Genealogy info
  • Winkleigh Parish Map


Endecott House

Endecott House (5) which is 15th century and Grade 2* listed. It was administered by the Churchwardens and used by Church Guilds as well as for brewing Church Ales. Later it became a Care House where the poor of the Parish were housed. In the late 18th century a schoolroom was created upstairs while the poor were cared for on the ground floor. A stone staircase on the outside led from the ground floor to the upper floor and although no longer there, if you look carefully, you can see the stone work indicating where the upper floor was. In 1853 an infants’ school opened on the ground floor while older children were taught on the first floor. After the move to the school in New St., Endecott House continued as an infants’ school until 1936. Previously known as St. Katherine’s House after the Patron Saint of Tinners, it was named Endecott House following refurbishment in the 1980s in honour of John Endecott, first governor of Massachusetts, who emigrated from Chagford in 1628. Endecott House
The 16th-century manor house is now a picturesque inn. Also 16th century is Endecott House, on the market square. Endecott House was a former church house and village school and is named for John Endecott, a Pilgrim Father and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Endecott lived in Chagford for a time before voyaging to the New World. Endicott house info


  1. Teddy Hollis Sanford, Jr. Family Legends and the Search for Anne Gower (Gouer), THE ESSEX GENEALOGIST, Volume34, No 2



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