John V (Washburn) Washborn Sr.

John (Washburn) Washborn Sr. (1597 - aft. 1671)

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John (John V) "The Immigrant" Washborn Sr. formerly Washburn aka Washborn, Washbourne, John Sr.
Born in Bengeworth, Evesham, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Bengeworth, Evesham, Worcester, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
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Categories: Bengeworth, Evesham, Worcestershire | Puritan Great Migration | Washburn Name Study | Duxbury, Massachusetts | Bridgewater, Massachusetts | US President Direct Ancestor.

The Puritan Great Migration.
John V (Washburn) Washborn Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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- is the 5th John in a row from SIR JOHN "The Old Sheriff" de WASSHEBORNE of WICHENFORD.
Descendant in the line of the KNIGHTS WASSEBURNE - Haplo Group I-M253

(1) (XII) The numbers in parenthesis at the end of the Wasseburne name show both the American generations (standard numerals) (1) and the Roman numerals (XII), showing the generations from Sir Roger d'Wasseburne, the 1st to use the surname.

John Washburn is an ancestor of President H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush.

A bit more on the Washburn Family can be found here.



  • yDNA Haplo Group I-M253
I-M253 13 23 15 10 13-14 11 14 11 13 11 31

These yDNA results (Haplo group and markers) are identical for John "the Immigrant" Washborn, Sr. b. 1597 of Bengeworth, Robert de Washeborne b, 1476, son of Sir John "The Old Sheriff" de Washeborne of Wichenford and Sir Roger "The 1st Washburn" d'Wasseburne of Wasseburne, b. abt 1219. This yDNA evidence once again* proving the line of the Knights Washbourne through Wasseburne, Wichenford and down through Bengeworth to Plymouth.

The tests do not, by themselves, prove that John of Bengeworth b. 1479, was born to John of Wichenford and Joan Mytton, as the nature of this testing only proves that all of these Washburns' are of the same line. It is "possible" for this 1st John of Bengeworth to have been from a generation or two back, but thanks to the yDNA evidence, we can say, without a doubt, that the John's of Bengeworth and thus, the John's of Plymouth Colony, were descended from the Norman Knights Washbourne in this male line.


He was the 2nd eldest son and heir of John Washburn IV and Martha Timbrell, in the Bengeworth Washborne line and 12th in decent from Sir Roger d'Wasseburne, the 1st of the Knights Washbourne male line.

Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts

First Generation in America
  • From John A. Maltby Genealogies

John Washburn, the immigrant ancestor to Plymouth Colony, lived in the part of Plymouth that became the town of Duxbury. Later in life he was among those Duxbury townsmen who organized the inland town of Bridgewater, also in Plymouth Colony. He had only two sons, John and Philip Washburn, who also lived in Duxbury and Bridgewater; his only daughter Mary Washburn having never joined her parents in the new world.

St. Peter's Parish, Bengeworth

John Washburn born in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England in 1597.[1], married Margery Moore, daughter of Robert and Ellen (Taylor) Moore of Bengeworth, England, on 23 Nov. 1618 in Bengeworth.[2] She was born ca. 1586,[3] baptized on 3 Nov. 1588 in Bengeworth,[4] a granddaughter possibly of George and Elizabeth (Pepill) Taylor, of Alvechurch, Worcester.[5]

Robert Moore married Elen Taylor on 19 Nov. 1585 in Bengeworth.[6] He was a “Glover” in Bengeworth, and died there testate in 1625, and was buried on 14 Jan. 1624/5 in Bengeworth.[7] The will of “Robert More of Bengworth in the County of Worseter, glover, was dated 18 Dec 1624, and mentioned his wife Elener, son and heir Thomas More, and the 3 children of Margery Washborn, among others.[8] Ellen Taylor was baptized on 14 July 1567 in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England,[9] and evidently died sometime after 1626, presumably in Bengeworth.

John Washburn was a Churchwarden of St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, in 1625-1626.[10]

Duxbury, Plymouth Colony

He sailed to New England in about 1631 or 1632,[11] and settled in the town of “Duxborrow” in Plymouth Colony, where he was a tailor.[12] On 2 Jan 1632/3, John Washburn sued Edward Doty in Plymouth Colony for wrongfully taking a hog from him, but the court found Washburn’s case to be faulty, and dismissed it.[13] John Washburn was on the list of those taxed in Plymouth Colony on 25 Mar. 1633. He may have returned to England to arrange passage for his wife and children in 1634, because his name was not among those taxed in Plymouth Colony that year, but he probably returned to Plymouth Colony in late 1634.[14] His wife followed in April of 1635, in the ship “Elizabeth and Ann”, with their two sons, John Washburn, 14, and Phillip Washburn, 11.[15]

On 5 Jan 1635/6, John Washborne purchased a “house and palisado” from Edward Bompass in Plymouth Colony, “beyond Eagle Nest Creek,”[16] presumably on the “Duxborrow” side of Plymouth. In 1637 John Washburn was living in Duxbury, where his farm was described in the laying out of a path passing between William Bassett and Francis Sprague’s land to the town of Duxbury. The description of the path gives the names of some of Washburn’s neighbors. It was described as beginning at “Wadsworth’s, through Sprague’s and Basset’s orchards, thence through John Washburn’s land to Wm. Palmer’s gate, thence through Peter Brown’s land to the westward of Henry Howland’s house, thence through a marsh to Mr. John Alden’s, thence through a valley by the corner of Philip Delanoy’s farm to Edward Bumpasse’s, and thence by Rowland Leyhorne’s house to Greens harbor.”[17]

On 4 June 1638 John Washburne acknowledged that he owed £40 to the King.[18] Plymouth Colony Records include a decision on 6 Apr 1640 where William Sherman and John Washborne were “to have such accommodations of land as may be spared in the place where they desire.”[19] Probably as a result of this, on 5 Apr 1641, the colony allowed John Washbourne 40 acres additional land in “Duxborrow.”[20] He was surveyor of highways in Duxbury on 5 Mar 1638/9,[21] and again on 6 June 1649,[22] and on 4 Mar 1650/1 he was fined for failing to repair the highway in Duxbury he was overseer of.[23]

On 3 May 1642 a committee was directed to set the bounds between the lands of Mr. Thomas Besbeech and John Washburn in Duxbury,[24] and Washburn was appointed on committees to “view bounds” in others’ cases on 1 June 1647 and on 10 June 1650.[25] Morris and Jane Truant, of Duxbury, sold 28 acres of planting land and 2 parcels of meadow in Duxbury between John Irish and John Alden to John Washburne on 4 Mar 1647/8.[26]

In August 1643 John Washborne Sen., John Washborne Jun., and Phillip Washborne were listed among those able to bear arms, aged 16 to 60 years, in “Duxborrow.”[27] John Washburn, and his son, John Washburn Jr., were among the original 54 proprietors, or purchasers, of the new town of Bridgewater in Plymouth Colony in 1645.[28] John Washburn became a freeman in Plymouth Colony on 2 June 1646.[29] On 3 June 1662 he was granted a double portion of land at “Saconnet” (Little Compton), for his having been both an “ancient freeman and a former servant,” but there is no record as to whom he was a servant of, and he apparently never moved to the Little Compton area.[30]

John Washburn served on several juries in Plymouth Colony, beginning on 7 Sep 1642, again on 5 Nov 1644, on a grand jury on 4 June 1645, and juries on 7 June 1648, 5 June 1666, and 25 Oct 1668.[31] He was also on the coroner’s jury regarding the inquest of the body of John Paybody, of Duxbury, who died about 1666.[32]

On 26 May 1666 John Washburne deeded his homestead dwelling house and land in Duxbury to his “true and natural son” Phillip Washborne.[33]

Margery (Moore) Washburn apparently died shortly after arriving in New England,[34] presumably in Duxbury, and John Washburn eventually moved to Bridgewater,[35] although he took an oath of fidelity in Duxbury in 1668. He was living in Bridgewater by 17 Mar. 1670, when his son, John Washburn, Jr., sold a share of land in Bridgewater to Edward Southworth,[36] and the 29 May 1670 list of freemen in Duxbury included the name “John Washburne, Senr.”[37] John Washburn died in Plymouth Colony in 1671, between 17 Mar 1670/1 and 22 May 1671,[38] but no probate records were filed for his estate in Plymouth Colony.

John and Margery Washborne had 4 children:
  • Mary Washborne, baptized on 6 Oct 1619 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire,[39] possibly died in England before 1635, as she was not brought to New England with her mother and brothers, or she may have been the Mary Washborne who married Richard Hyde on 5 May 1634 in St. Lawrence Parish, Evesham, Worcestershire, England.[40]
  • John Washborne, baptized on 26 Nov 1620 in Bengeworth,[41] came to New England in 1635 with his mother and brother, and married 1) Elizabeth Mitchell, daughter of Experience and Jane (Cooke) Mitchell, on 6 Dec 1645 in Plymouth Colony,[42] and 2) Elizabeth (____) Packard, widow of Samuel Packard, of Bridgewater, MA, in ca. 1685 in Bridgewater, MA.[43]
  • Philip Washburn, baptized on 2 June 1622 in Bengeworth, was buried on 7 June 1622 in Bengeworth.[44]
  • Philip Washburn, born in ca. 1624 in Bengeworth,[45] came to New England in 1635 with his mother, and married Elizabeth Irish,[46] daughter of John and Elizabeth (Risely[?]) Irish, of Duxbury, MA, in, say 1663, in Duxbury, MA.


In 1644, when the population of Duxbury was estimated at over 400, a movement began to start a new inland settlement in what was to be Bridgewater. John Washburn, Sr., and John, Jr., Miles Standish, John Alden, William and John Bradford, Love Brewster, Experience Mitchell, Edmond Chandler and William and John Paybody were among the 54 purchasers from Massasoit, of the town of Bridgewater,[47] a tract of land extending 7 miles on each side from a certain fixed center. The Company paid 7 coats, 1 and 1/2 yards in a coat, 9 hatchets, 8 hoes, 20 knives, 4 moose skins and 10 & 1/2 yards cotton (cloth).


  1. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL [Family History Library] Microfilm #0383530; baptized on 2 July 1597 in Bengeworth
  2. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530.
  3. Calculated from her age of 49 in 1635 when she sailed to New England aboard the “Elizabeth and Ann.”
  4. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530.
  5. Per the birth record of Ellen Taylor in the International Genealogical Index, 1994 edition, not verified through parish records yet.
  6. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530.
  7. Bishop’s Transcripts from St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0246641; Index of Wills and Administrations at the Probate Registry at Worcester, England, 1601-1652, Robert More, of Bengeworth, glover, folio #130 for 1626.
  8. The Will of Robert More
  9. International Genealogical Index, 1994 edition, not verified through parish records yet.
  10. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530. There are two signatures, differing slightly, of John Washborne, as church warden of St. Peter’s, under the year 1625. Per Davenport, Rev. James, The Washbourne Family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford in the County of Worcester, Methuen & Co., London, England, 1907, [hereinafter Davenport, Washbourne Family], p. 51, the office of Church Warden ran from Lady Day, 1625 to Lady Day, 1626, which was March 25th.
  11. Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, [hereinafter Anderson, The Great Migration Begins], Vol. 3, p. 1937, says 1632.
  12. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, citing Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 85 for is occupation.
  13. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 6, from Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691, Ancestry Publishing, Salt Lake City, UT, 1986, [hereinafter Stratton, Plymouth Colony], pp. 284, 386.
  14. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1939.
  15. Barnard, E.A.B., Some Notes on the Evesham Branch of the Washbourne Family, Evesham, England, 1914, [hereinafter Barnard, Notes], p. 55: From London [Public Record Office]: “xiii Aprilis 1635.” “In the Elizabeth and Ann, Mr. Roger Coop. [Cooper, Master] bound for New England p. Cert: from the Maior of Evesham in com Worcr and from the Minister of ye pish. of their Conformitie, Margerie Washborne 49, 2 sons, Jo: Washborne 14, Phillipp Washborne 11. Also found in Hotten’s List of Emigrants, 1874 edition, p. 57, as noted by Barnard, Notes, p. 33; Davenport, Washbourne Family, p. 50; and Stratton, Plymouth Colony, p. 368.
  16. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 33; Winsor, Justin, A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, with Genealogical Registers, Boston, 1849, reprint, Clearfield Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995, [hereinafter Winsor, History of Duxbury], p. 333.
  17. Winsor, History of Duxbury, p. 17.
  18. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, citing Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 85.
  19. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, citing Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 145.
  20. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 12.
  21. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 117.
  22. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 139
  23. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 165.
  24. Stratton, Plymouth Colony, p. 244; Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1939, from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pp. 39, 52.
  25. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pp. 117, 122, 160.
  26. Pulsifer, David, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Vol. XII: Deeds, & C., 1620-1651 and Book of Indian Records for Their Lands, Boston, 1861, reprint, Heritage Books, MD, 1999, pp. 153-154.
  27. Stratton, Plymouth Colony, p. 442; Winsor, History of Duxbury, p. 93.
  28. Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Boston, 1840, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1983, [hereinafter Mitchell, History of Bridgewater], pp. 10-11. The other 52 original proprietors were William Bradford, William Merrick, John Bradford, Abraham Pierce, John Rogers, George Partridge, John Starr, Mr. William Collier, Christopher Wadsworth, Edward Hall, Nicholas Robbins, Thomas Hayward, Mr. Ralph Partridge, Nathaniel Willis, John Willis, Thomas Bonney, Mr. Miles Standish, Love Brewster, John Paybody, William Paybody, Francis Sprague, William Bennett, John Ames, Thomas Gannett, William Brett, Edmund Hunt, William Clarke, William Ford, Mr. Constant Southworth, John Cary, Edmund Weston, Samuel Tompkins, Edmund Chandler, Moses Simmons, John Irish, Philip Delano, Arthur Harris, Mr. John Alden, John Fobes, Samuel Nash, Abraham Sampson, George Soule, Experience Mitchell, Henry Howland, Henry Sampson, John Brown, John Haward, Francis West, William Tubbs, James Lendall, Samuel Eaton, and Solomon Leonard. Two more shares were added shortly after, to Rev. James Keith, their first minister, and Deacon Samuel Edson.
  29. Stratton, Plymouth Colony, p. 369.
  30. Stratton, Plymouth Colony, p. 369, from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 4, p. 18.
  31. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, from Plymouth Colony Records, 2:84; 2:126; 4:125; 7:32; 7:38; and 7:150.
  32. Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1937, from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 5, p. 29; Winsor, History of Duxbury, p 285.
  33. The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 16, pp. 249-250; Plymouth Colony Deeds, Vol. 3, p. 61.
  34. No deeds were found in Plymouth Colony by John Washburn, Sr., in which Margery Washburn signed with him.
  35. Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 26, list of original purchasers who became permanent settlers, included John Washburn and John Washburn, Jr.
  36. Plymouth Colony Land Records, Vol. 3, p. 209, as transcribed by George Ernest Bowman in “Washburn Notes,” The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 16 [1914], p. 250.
  37. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 8, p. 198.
  38. Bowman, George Ernest, “Washburn Notes,” The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 16 [1914], p. 250. On that date John Washburne “Senir” and wife Elizabeth Washburne acknowledged the deed of his father John Washburne to Edward Southworth dated 17 Mar. 1670, so his father must have recently died. Robert Charles Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, Vol. 3, p. 1938, believes that he died soon after 22 May 1671, because the deed, when it was first drawn up, called his son “Jr.,” but it was altered to “Sr.” soon after. In either case, his death occurred most likely in the spring of 1671, and quite possibly in the month of May. It is not known if he was at that time living still in Duxbury or in the new town of Bridgewater.
  39. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530. Davenport has the date as 3 Oct. 1619, but it looks to me like a “6.”
  40. Parish Registers of St. Lawrence, Evesham, Worcestershire, England, from the Richard Savage Collection at the Shakespeare Library, from FHL Microfilm #0504474.
  41. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530.
  42. Wakefield, Robert S., Plymouth Colony Marriages to 1650, p. 48, taken from Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, p. 94; Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 783.
  43. Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 783, married between 7 Nov. 1684 and 30 Oct. 1686. Some sources list her maiden name as “Stream,” but I have not seen any proof of this.
  44. St. Peter’s Parish Registers, Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, from FHL Microfilm #0383530.
  45. Based on his age of 11 in 1635 when he came to New England with his mother. The parish registers and Bishop’s transcripts for Bengeworth are both missing for the year 1624.
  46. The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 15 [1913], p. 247; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 783.
  47. Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 10-11, 13. (See footnote 140 for a full list of the original proprietors.)
  • "New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-2635" Vol. 3, P-W. Image 626, p. 1937
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On 21 Feb 2018 at 18:21 GMT Sharon Smith wrote:

On 16 Sep 2017 at 12:24 GMT Teresa Fortenberry wrote:

Excellent page, Rev. Daniel!!!

On 22 May 2017 at 22:23 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

Is there any proof that this John Washburn Married Elizabeth Stream? I found 3 profiles for her. None of them had good sources or identifying information. If anyone wants to work on these profiles, I would be happy to add you as manager.

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