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John Winslow was a son of Edward Winslow and Magdalene Oliver/Ollyver. He was baptised on 18 April 1597 at St. Peters in the Fields church in Droitwich, Kempsey, Worcester, England (p 6). A picture of the church is printed in Volume 31 of the "New England Genealogical and Biographical Record."
Arrived on the Fortune ship in 1621. They first resided at Plymouth. In Pilgrim Hall is a certificate of their dismissal from the Plymouth Church to the Boston Church. He moved to Boston in 1655 and became a prosperous shipping merchange.
When his brothers, Edward and Gilbert, sailed on the Mayflower, it is suspected that John was on the ship "Speedwell", which was forced to return to England (p 9).
John married between July 1623 and 22 May 1627 at Plymouth Colony, to Mary Chilton, daughter of James Chilton. She died between 31 July 1676 (date of will) and 21 May 1674 (probate of will). Mary Chilton and her parents were also passengers on the Mayflower. Children of John and Mary:
After John Winslow came to the Plymouth Plantation on the ship "Fortune" 3 Nov 1621, he remained in Plymouth as a Purchaser and was on the 1633 freeman list. On 25 Jul 1633, the court noted that John Beavan had covenanted to serve John Winslow as an apprentice for six years. On 23 Jul 1634, Mr. Timothy Hatherly turned over his servant, Ephraim Tinkham, to John Winslow for the rest of his term. On 3 Mar 1634/35, Winslow was on a committee to assess colonists for the costs of the watch and other charges. On 5 Jan 1635/36, he was on a committee to set the prices of goods and labor. In 1636, he turned over the services of Edmond Weston for two years to Nathaniel Thomas. In 1637, he was on a committee to assess taxes for the cost of sending men to the Pequot War. In 1638, he and his brother, Kenelm, were witnesses against Stephen Hopkins for selling wine at excessive rates. He served on various other committees and juries and as a deputy for Plymouth. On 28 Jul 1640 he sold for 12 pounds, the services of Joseph Grosse for five years to John Howland. On 17 Oct 1642, he was one of several men appointed to grant lands for the town of Plymouth. In 1653, he was appointed to the Council of War. He moved to Boston about 1655/56. It was in Boston he became a wealthy merchant and ship owner, though he still retained lands at Plymouth, and in 1662 he was on a list of "first born" men of Plymouth to share in a land distribution. The New England Winslows were Episcopaleans (p 374).
He was active in local affairs and one of the signatories to an Address of Loyalty presented to King Charles II on his restoration to the throne in 1660. His home was in Spring Lane, Boston, a narrow alleyway running from Washington Street to Devonshire Street near Water Street. It is now marked by a plaque which was unveiled in 1924 by three-year-old Mary Chilton Winslow, a direct descendant of John Winslow and Mary Chilton.
Gov. Edward Winslow placed his brother, John, in charge of the Kennebec Trading Post, where he remained from 1651 to 1654/1655. In 1655/1656, John moved to Boston, where he remained. Moving his residency did not end John's interest in the Kennebec Post. In Oct 1661, the Kennebec patent of the Plymouth Colony, nearly one thousand square miles containing not more than three hundred white people, was purchased by Antipas Boyes, Edward Tyng, Thomas Brattle and John Winslow. The site of the Kennebec Post, Cushnoc, is now Augusta, Maine. [NEHGR, Vol. 21 (Year 1867), p. 353; "The History of Kennebec County" (p 13).
The will of John Winslow dated 12 Mar 1673/74 and proved 21 May 1674 and 31 Jul 1674. (Suffolk Prob. Rec., VI, 50). After a preamble commending his soul to God etc., revoking previous wills, and ordering his debts to be paid, he makes bequest to the following: his wife Mary, his son John; William Payne (not 21), the son of his daughter, Sarah Middlecott; Parnell Winslow (not 21), daughter of his son Isaac; the daughters (not of age) of his daughter Latham; son Benjamin (not 21); son Edward; granddaughter Susanna Latham (not 21); son Edward's children (not of age); the children (not of age) of Edward Grey by his daughter Mary; two children of his son, Joseph: who he said "I give unto my son Joseph's two children...to be paid to them as aforesaid (vis. when they come of age or the day of their respective marriages.); granddaughter Mercy Harris's two children; kinsman Josiah Winslow, the Governor of Plymouth; brother Josiah Winslow; kinswoman Eleanor Baker, the daughter of his brother Kenelm; a total of seven children; Mr. Paddeys Widdow; negro girl Jane when she serves 20 years from this date and after decease of wife to be set free. Son John was named overseer and Mr. Thomas Brattle, Mr William Tailer and Mr John Winsley were named overseers.
John died between 12 March 1673/4 (will written) and 21 May 1674 (will probated) at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was buried in King's Chapel, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts although the exact grave site is not now able to be located (p 11).
In 1673, John Winslow appointed his "loving friend Mr. Thomas Brattle," one of the overseers of his estate (p 13). The inventory, taken 27 October 1674, totaled £2,946 (a substantial sum for the time). £450 was in his dwelling and garden, and most of the value was in ownership of trade vessels, goods, and debts due.
Among John Winslow's descendants were Brigadier-general John Winslow, paymaster of the American forces in the Revolution; General Joshua Winslow, who held a similar position in the British Army; Susanna Clarke, the wife of Copley, the artist, whose mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Col. Edward Winslow; Dr. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, mayor of Boston and antiquarian; and Admiral John A. Winslow.
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On 8 Apr 2019 at 20:08 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:
On 8 Apr 2019 at 18:37 GMT Deb (Lewis) Durham wrote:
The transcription on archive.org is missing an entire section, so probably shouldn't be used as a source. There is a full transcription here.
On 8 Apr 2019 at 18:07 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:
Amazingly legible for a 350 year old document.
On 8 Apr 2019 at 18:02 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:
On 17 May 2015 at 22:17 GMT Casey Clark wrote: