Early Bridgewater Families


John Washburn

of Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England and

Plymouth, Duxbury and Bridgewater, Massachusetts


St. Peter Church, Bengeworth


First Generation


1   John1 Washburn baptized 02-Jul-1597 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England [WashFam 47]; died 1671 probably Bridgewater [MD 16:248, 250]; son of John Washburn and Martha (Timbrell) Stevens.

     He married (possibly 23-Nov) 1618 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England [WashFam 48] Margery Moore; born about 1586 probably England (age 49 in 1635 [Hotten 57]).

     John was in Plymouth 02-Jan-1632/33 when he failed to win a suit against Edward Doty over a stolen pig [PCR 1:6]. He was taxed in 1633 [PCR 1:10] but not in 1634. He purchased a house and land from Edward Bompasse 05-Jan-1635/36 [PCR 1:33]. Margery, 49, and their sons John, 14, and Philip, 11, came on the Elizabeth and Anne, which sailed about the middle of May, 1635, and arrived in Boston in midsummer, under Master Roger Cooper and carrying 102 passengers [Hotten 57; Planters]. This sequence of events suggests that John may have returned to England in late 1633 to arrange passage for his family and returned in late 1634.

     John was a tailor [PCR 1:85], was on the 1639 list of those who had taken the oath of fidelity at Duxbury [PCR 8:182], and was admitted freeman there 02-Jun-1646 [PCR 2:101]. He held a number of offices including grand juror 1645 [PCR 2:84] and on several occasions between 1642 and 1668 juror [PCR 2:126, 4:125, 7:32, 38, 150]. He was Duxbury surveyor of highways 1638/39 and 1649 [PCR 1:117, 2:139] and bounds viewer 1647 and 1650 [PCR 2:117, 122, 160]. He was on the 1643 list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:190] and a soldier in expedition against the Narragansetts 1645 [PCR 2:90].

  Children (Washburn):
2    i    John2 baptized 26-Nov-1620.
   ii    Philip2 baptized 02-Jun-1622 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England [WashFam 48, 49]; buried 07-Jun-1622 Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England [WashFam 48].
3    iii    Philip2 born about 1624.


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