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John Winslow (1703 - 1774)

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Fourth Generation descendant of Mayflower passenger, Edward Winslow Jr..

Early Life

John, son of Isaac and Sarah Wensley WInslow, was born May 27, 1703. [1]

First Marriage

John Winslow married Mary Little [2] on February 16, 1725. John and Mary had 3 children: Josiah, Pelham and Isaac. [3] [4]

Military Service

"Gen. John Winslow was a distinguished and successful Commander in 1740. With great skil, he commanded a company in the expedition against Cuba, and afterwards rose to the rank of Major General in the British service." [5]

"John was a General in the provincial forces of the British Army. He led the Massachusetts Militia in the deportation of the Acadians." [4] [6] It was "an ungrateful task of removing the French neutrals, who were all expelled from Nova Scotia" [5] but not before Gen. Winslow addressed a small group of them in the church at Grand Pre,. The meeting was at 3:00 PM on September 3, 1755. The full speech, including background information, is available on The NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE website and is summarized on page 38 of Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower, and his descendants, from 1620 to 1865 [7]

General WInslow, in 1756, commanded Fort William Henry, on Lake George. He had remarkable skill in horsemanship. One of his greatest delights was mounting his very valuable, imported English horse [7] as can be shown by an anecdote that is on the top of page 39 of Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower, and his descendants, from 1620 to 1865 [3]

Political Career

"John retired from the military and entered politics. He represented Marshfield in the General Court 1757-1758 and 1761-1765." [4]

Second Marriage

Late in life, General Winslow married the widow Johnson born Bethiah Barker. The date is not mentioned in the source.[4] [3]

He moved to Hingham, Plymouth county, Province of Massachusetts Bay about 1766 at the age of 63. George remained there until he died. [4]

Death and Burial

John passed away April 17, 1774 in Hingham, Plymouth county, Province of Massachusetts Bay. His burial was at the Old Winslow Burying Ground which is located in present day: Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA. [4]

Research Notes

Birth: 27 May 1703 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts to Isaac and Sarah Winslow. [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), John Winslow, 27 May 1703; citing MARSHFIELD,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0496621 IT 2.
  2. Bryant Page 34 Turn to desired page
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bryant Page 39 Turn to desired page
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Find A Grave Memorial# 116844804 Created by: Chip5610; Record added: Sep 09, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bryant Page 37 Turn to desired page
  6. Jefferys 1755 journal entries from August 22 to September 11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bryant Page 38 Turn to desired page

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  • Page 34 contains parents, siblings and marriage information.
  • Page 37 contains short family summary and begins military career.
  • Page 38 continues military career.
  • Page 39 contains details of his personality, marriages and children. also begins a sketch about the family of his wife, Mary Little.
  • Jefferys, C. W. The Deportation contains the Journal of John Winslow of the Provincial Troops While Engaged in Removing the Acadian French Inhabitants from Grand-Pré In the Autumn of the Year 1755.

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