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Josiah Winslow (bef. 1606 - 1674)

Josiah Winslow
Born before in Droitwich, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1636 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died after age 68 in Marshfield, Plymouth Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009 | Last significant change: 23 May 2023
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Josiah Winslow migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 3, p. 2031)
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He was the son of Edward Winslow and Magdalene Ollyver. He was the brother of Gov. Edward Winslow "Mayflower Passenger" [1] Josiah Winslow was baptized 16 Feb 1605/6.[2][3] He is buried at Old Winslow Burying Ground, Marshfield, Plymouth, MA - he is memorialized as one of the first settlers of Marshfield on cenotaph at Old Winslow Cem

Josiah Winslow's Will and Death

Josiah Winslow's confusion over financial matters apparently held to the last, and the court made void his conditional bequest of house and land to his son Jonathan, as he had already given the property to him at his marriage. On 1 Mar 1674/75 the court ruled that because he had during his life already given his lands in Marshfield without restriction to his son Jonathan on the latter’s marriage to Ruth, the daughter of Mr. William Sergeant, but in his will left the same lands to Jonathan in fee tail (which basically meant that he could not sell them), that part of the will was void, but the rest would stand [4][5][6]

His inventory was taken on 17 December 1674.[7] Additional inventory was recorded on 26 February 1674 with Mistress Margaret Winslow making an oath on 18 March 1674/75.[8]


  1. Anderson: The Pilgrim Migration
  2. "Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Edward Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony," in NEHGR, 4(1850):297, footnote, citing "an ancient Bible in the possession of Mr. Isaac Winslow..."
  3. 3.0 3.1 William S. Appleton, "English Ancestry of the Winslow Family," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 21 (July 1867), p 210
  4. PCR 5:159-60, cited in Miner, cited in turn at Geni.
  6. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2023), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 367 of 616; State Archives, Boston.
  7. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2023), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 369 of 616; State Archives, Boston.
  8. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 9 march 2023), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 370 of 616; State Archives, Boston.

See also:

  • Robert Charles Anderson, "Josiah Winslow," The Great Migration Begins... (1995), Vol 3, P-W, pp 2031-3. or American Ancestors (subscription)
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
  • Marshfield, 70 - 40'W by 42 - 5'N: The Autobiography of a Pilgrim Town, 1640-1940 copyright 1940 by Marshfield Tercentenary Committee, published by The Rapid Service Press. Josiah mentioned on pp. 7, 12, 51 & 73.
  • Memorials of Marshfield and Guide Book to Its Localities at Green Harbor copyright 1854 by Marcia A. Thomas. Published by Dutton and Wentworth, 37 Congress Street, Boston, MA [1]
  • Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to 1850 copyright 1969 by Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Rhode Island "to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims 1970." Compiled by Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman. ISBN: 0-930272-03-8
  • Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
  • Findagrave # 34692848
  • G2G Entry:

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Added image of pages 28 and 29 of the book Memorials of Marshfield and Guide Book to Its Localities at Green Harbor by Marcia A. Thomas, copyright 1854 by Dutton & Wentworth, Boston. Contains same info as Anderson's Great Migration without the copyright problem.
posted by [Living Johnson]
Removed images from Anderson's Great Migration series due to copyright.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Winslow-396 and Winslow-3 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by [Living McQueen]
Winslow-3 and Winslow-1061 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth and death dates/locations, same wife Margaret Bourne, very similar children.
posted by Bob Fields

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