Kenelm Winslow

Kenelm Winslow (1599 - 1672)

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Kenelm "Kanelm" Winslow
Born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married Jun 1634 in Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Kenelm Winslow migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 3, p. 2033-6)
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The Winslow estate in Kempsey, England, was called "Kerswell" and the Winslow estate in Plymouth, MA, was called "Careswell".

Kenelm Winslow came to America with his brother, Josias, in the ship White Angell which arrived in what is now Saco, ME, July of 1631.

"Although Kenelm Winslow first appears of record in Plymouth in the tax list of 25 March 1633, and was therefore certainly in New England by 1632, he is paired in the early years with his brother Josiah Winslow, who is known to have arrived in 1631, an so we assume that Kenelm came at the same time."[1]

Other brothers had come earlier, John who came in the Fortune in 1621, and Edward and Gilbert who came in the Mayflower in 1620. Kenelm was a joiner. One of his apprentices was Samuel Jenny, son of John Jenny. He resided first in Plymouth, removed to Marshfield by 1643.

At the time of his marriage to Ellen, Kenelm put up security to pay James Adams, son of his new wife and her deceased husband, John Adams, 5 pounds when he became of age. Plymouth County records show that this sum was paid on 26 December 1651.

Kenelm became a "freeman" in Plymouth on 1 January 1632-33. In 1633, Kenelm and his brother, Josias, bought a dwelling from Francis Eaton with the records showing that Josias sold his half in 1634. After their marriage in Plymouth, June, 1634, Kenelm and Ellen (____) (widow of (_____) Newton and John Adams) lived in Marshfield and he received various land grants, including one in Yarmouth in 1640 where he participated in the settlement of that town. In 1642, and often later, he was a representative from Marshfield. On 1 June 1647, he was chosen constable in Marshfield and from 1649 onward was frequently a deputy in Marshfield.

Kenelm was a carpenter and a cabinet maker and the official coffin maker of the colony.

According to Plymouth Colony, Its History and Peoples by Stratton, p 376 and 377, Kenelm was involved in several disputes which were settled by the courts:

"On Dec. 1, 1640, he was fined for neglecting his duty as an elected highway surveyor ( PCR 2 :4 )."
"On June 4, 1645, a committee consisting of Myles Standish and six other men reported that a complaint of injustice about a court case made by Kenelm was untrue and the committee found the Bench and jury were without fault. The court ordered Kenelm imprisoned and fined 10 pounds. On his petition the same day in which he acknowledged his offence and sorrow for same, he was released from imprisonment and his fine suspended for one year to be remitted at the end of that time if he showed good behavior (PCR 2:85)."
"On May 5, 1646, Kenelm was sued by Roger Chandler for keeping his daughter's clothes on the pretense that she owed Kenelm further service. The court ordered Kenelm to return the clothes (PCR 2:98)."
"On the same day, May 5, 1646, the court ordered Kenelm to find 'sureties' for his good behavior for uttering 'opprobrious' words against the Marshfield Church. Kenelm evidently claimed that several members were 'lyers' etc. Kenelm refused to do so and he was sentenced to prison, where he remained until the next court (PCR 2:98)."
"On March 7, 1653-54, Kenelm made a complaint against John Soule for speaking falsely against Kenelm's daughter and 'scandalizing' her in carrying false reports between her and Josias Standish (PCR 3:46)."

His last year as deputy was 1653, after which he disappears from public view (records) although he lived another two decades. Anderson surmises that around 1653, Kenelm's "two elder and more prominent brothers, Edward and John, left Plymouth Colony; perhaps kenelm owed his limited success to the presence of these brothers, and once they were gone his own abilities were not sufficient to maintain himself at this level."

He was buried at Salem 13 September 1672.[2]

Last Will & Testament

Dated 8 August 1672, proved 5 Jun 1673, inventory taken 25 Sept 1672 [re-check dates]

"what estate I have formerly settled on my eldest son Kanelme... shall remain unaltered... to my son Nathaniel... to my wife Ellinor.... my son Job... to Kanelme Baker my grandchild... my daughter Ellinor... "My wife shall at her decease give unto Mary Addams an equal portion of the goods and moveables as to the rest of my grandchildren..." wife to be sole executrix, brother Josias Winslow and son Kanelme Winslow overseers.[3]


  1. Kenelm, b abt 1635; m1 by 1668 Mercy Worden; m2 by 1693 Damaris Eames, dau of Mark Eames.
  2. Ellen, b abt 1636; m in Marshfield 20 Dec 1656 Samuel Baker
  3. Nathaniel, b abt 1639; m in Marshfield 3 Aug 1664 Faith Miller
  4. Job, b abt 1641; m by 1674 Ruth _____. (In 1914 Richard henry Greene rejected the claim that she was daughter of Daniel Cole; considered she was related to Stephen Hopkins, but came to no firm conclusion. [4]



  1. Robt Chas Anderson, GMB, p 2036
  2. Marshfield Vital Records, p 427
  3. Mayflower Descendant 24:41-42, citing PCPR 3:1:56
  4. See New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vol 45, pp 2-8; see also Mayflower Descendant, vol 6, pp 7, 11


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On 11 Nov 2019 at 23:40 GMT Anne B wrote:

Robert, If you took the pictures, yes add a couple. If you didn't, then permission from the copyright holder is needed (probably not worth the effort). If they are online somewhere, you could add some links in the biography.

On 11 Nov 2019 at 16:24 GMT Robert Schafer wrote:

Dear managers:

Would you like for me to add pictures of Kenelm's house which still stands in Marshfield, Mass. on the corner of Kenelm and Winslow streets?

On 22 Oct 2019 at 23:32 GMT Albertus Robert Casimir (Fuller) Jung wrote:

On 9 Apr 2016 at 02:37 GMT Al Adams wrote:


On 10 Sep 2015 at 17:55 GMT V (Eddy) Combs wrote:

I found additional interesting information about the Winslow family posted by Clyde Vanderbrouk in the Winslow forum of That information suggested that Kenelm married "Elinor (Ellen) Worden Newton Adams June 1, 1634. She arrived on the "Anne" at Plymouth on July 10, 1623. Elinor was a young widow of 25 when she emigrated, marrying John Adams, a carpenter, who died in 1633. Adams had arrived on the "Fortune" in 1621. Elinor died December 5, 1681 at Marshfield, MA (where she is buried), 83 years of age."

On 26 Mar 2013 at 01:53 GMT M Lechner wrote:

Add to Bio section:

On 26 Mar 2013 at 01:38 GMT M Lechner wrote:

His wife Ellen Unknown, who married 1st Unknown Newton, then married 2nd John Adams, then married as her 3rd Kenelm Winslow.

See also: Newton, Mrs. Ellen

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