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John Spring

Male Abt 1589 - Aft 1659  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name John Spring  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1589  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 6 Oct 1659  Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I14986  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2021 

    Family 1 Elinor,   d. Bef 1656 
    Married Bef 1623  [4
    Children 
    +1. Henry Spring,   b. Abt 1628,   d. 1695  (Age ~ 67 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F9429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia Gyles,   d. Aft 27 Sep 1665 
    Married Abt 1656  [2
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F18793  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Arrived in 1634 on the Ipswich.

      He was clearly a member of the manorial Spring family, clothiers of Lavenham, Suffolk. Multiple letters survive from Sir William Spring of Pakenham, a member of that family, to Gov. John Winthrop (Sr.), inquiring after the circumstances of the emigrant John Spring, whom Sir William calls his "kinsman" and his "cousin."

      In 1979 Gary Boyd Roberts published a pedigree for John Spring based on the assumption that the emigrant was the John Spring baptized at Tilbury-juxta-Clare in Essex on 16 Jun 1587. This date is reasonably consistent with the age given for the emigrant on the Ipswich's 1634 passenger list. Roberts' pedigree for John Spring is as follows:

      1. Thomas Spring of Lavenham, Suffolk, d. 1440 = Agnes

      2. Thomas Spring of Lavenham, clothier, d. bet. 29 Mar and 12 Sep 1486 = Margaret Appleton, dau. of John Appleton of Waldingfield Parva (d. 9 Apr 1481) and Margaret, daughter of Richard Welling, d. 1468

      3. William Spring of Long Melford, Suffolk, clothier, b. ca. 1460-65, d. bet. 13 Sep 1510 and 12 Nov 1512 = Alice

      4. Unknown son of the preceding, probably father to

      5. Robert Spring of Great Yeldham, Essex, yeoman, b. almost certainly no later than 1525, bur. 14 Jul 1597, Great Yeldham = Joan, bur. 14 Oct 1593, Great Yeldham.

      6. Henry Spring of Tilbury-juxta-Clare, Essex, yeoman, b. abt. 1540-45, bur. 9 Mar 1594 Tilbuiry-juxta-Clare = Mary Finch, who married Henry 8 Jul 1571 at Great Yeldham.

      7. John Spring, bp. 16 Jun 1587, Tilbury-juxta-Clare.

      If this pedigree is correct, John Winthrop's correspondent Sir William Spring would have been the emigrant's fourth cousin once removed.

      [Gary Boyd Roberts, "The English Origins of John Spring of Watertown." The American Genealogist 55:65, April 1979.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.

    2. [S5139] Edward R. Taylor and Randy A. West, "Updates to the Ancestry of Brothers Thomas1 and William1 Hatch of Scituate, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 174:303, Fall 2020; 175:68, Winter 2021.

    3. [S1600] Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr. by Charles Allen Converse. Boston: Eben Putnam, 1905.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.