Location: Rowley, Essex county, Massachusetts, United States of America
Surnames/tags: Rogers Puritan_Great_Migration Swan
In 1639 several families left Salem and under the direction of Reverend Ezekiel Rogers built the town of Rowley. Rogers gathered twenty or so of the families in the Yorkshire area where he had been preaching before leaving the church following a dispute. Many came over with him on the "John of London" in 1638 and lived on the ship until the land deal was settled for their new home.
|House lots of Early Settlers of Rowley, MA|
This study will focus on the town being built and the people who built it, the journey from Yorkshire and events leading up to that and the first couple of generations of children born there and their lives.
What Lead to Rowley
On the second of March, 1621 Ezeckiel Rogers was ordaned as a Priest Bishop Bayley - he had graduated in 1608 and served as chaplain to Sir Francis Barrinton who then appointed him to be the Reverend at Rowley Church in Yorkshire. For seventeen years he served that church but then did not want to read about sports on a Sabbath so left in 1638 and formed a plan to gather folks and head out to New England and keep the faith as he saw it should be kept.
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