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Mary Williamson

Female 1654 - 1726  (65 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Mary Williamson was born on 7 Jul 1654 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts (daughter of Timothy Williamson and Mary Howland); died between 1720 and 1726 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1721 and 1726, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island

    Mary married Josiah Closson on 10 Mar 1679 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Josiah was born in 1655 in of Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died on 13 Feb 1699 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Caleb Closson was born on 16 Apr 1688 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Timothy Williamson was born about 1621 in England; died on 6 Aug 1676 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried on 6 Aug 1676 in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between Jul 1676 and Aug 1676, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    His birth year of 1621 is derived from a deposition in 1668, where he described himself as "aged 47 years or thereabout." In the same deposition he says that he came "to Marshfield about 26 years ago in the suite of the Reverend Edward Bulkeley of Woodhill Bedfordshire England." This would indicate that he first appeared in Marshfield in 1642, and indeed on 24 Jun 1643 his name is listed among the freemen of that town. He was killed in King Philip's War.

    From Marshfield: A Town of Villages 1640-1990 by Cynthia Hagar Krusell and Betty Magoun Bates (Historical Research Associates, 1990):

    "The settler in the center of present-day downtown Marshfield was Timothy Williamson. He assured himself of a certain immortality when, on 20 May 1663 (or 1665), he conveyed to the town a Common or Training Green for the militia, the ground for the meetinghouse, and land for an animal pound. These pieces of land remain much the same today, though the Training Green is smaller, the pound has disappeared, and the cattle are no more. Williamson's ordinary for 'lodging and victualling,' for which he was licensed as an innkeeper by the Plymouth Colony Court in 1673, may still exist as a part of the Marshfield Office Supply Company and Marshfield Travel Advisors building, located just west of the church at Ocean and Moraine Streets."

    Timothy married Mary Howland on 6 Aug 1653 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mary (daughter of Arthur Howland and (Unknown first wife of Arthur Howland)) was born before 4 Dec 1635; died on 26 Sep 1690 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mary Howland was born before 4 Dec 1635 (daughter of Arthur Howland and (Unknown first wife of Arthur Howland)); died on 26 Sep 1690 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 26 Aug 1690, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Many genealogists, including Walter Goodwin Davis, have noted that the first four children of Arthur Howland, including Mary, have to have been by a wife prior to Margaret. Janet Wolfe has brought to our attention that this first wife is likely to have been "Grace wife of Arthur Howland Lether dresser", buried in "the new church yard" of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, on 4 Dec 1635.

    After the death of her husband, Mary continued to operate his business, as seen in a license granted her on 30 Oct 1678 "to draw and sell beer, wine, and liquors."

    Children:
    1. 1. Mary Williamson was born on 7 Jul 1654 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died between 1720 and 1726 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.


Generation: 3

  1. 6.  Arthur HowlandArthur Howland was born in in of Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (son of Henry Howland and Margaret); died before 30 Oct 1675; was buried on 30 Oct 1675 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    He was a glover and leatherworker. In Duxbury by 6 Aug 1640.

    Like his brother Henry, and entirely unlike their more famous brother John, Arthur was a firm Quaker, and endured the lifetime of legal penalties this brought upon him. "Arthur Howland was a strong Quaker, as were many of his descendants. He was in court on October 7, 1651, for not frequenting the public assemblies on the Lord's day. In December, 1657, Robert Huchin, an itinerant Quaker, held a meeting at Howland's house. Warned that the constable was on his way to break up the gathering and arrest Huchin, Howland managed to effect Huchin's escape. He, himself, was arrested and taken before Mr. John Alden, the magistrate, the next day, having again by stratagem enabled Huchin to escape, and was lodged in jail. On March 2, 1657/8, he was fined £9 and bound for good behavior. While in jail he had composed 'a writing' which he presented to the court and which the magistrates said was full of factious, seditious and slanderous passages. Refusing to pay the fines he was again committed to prison, but on June 1, 1658, he admitted that he had 'done evil' and was released. However, he continued his adherence to the new faith." [The Ancestry of Annis Spear, citation details below]

    Substantial notes on Arthur Howland's appearances in the historical record, compiled by Janet Wolfe, are here.

    Arthur Howland = Margaret
    Deborah Howland = Lt. John Smith
    Hasadiah Smith = Jonathan Russel
    Deborah Russell = Benjamin Allen
    Dorothy Allen = William Willcox
    William Wilcox = Sarah Smith
    David Wilcox = Anna Baker
    Clarissa Wilcox = Ambrose Hall
    Clarissa Hall = Leonard W. Jerome
    Jennie Jerome = Randolph Churchill
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

    Arthur married (Unknown first wife of Arthur Howland). [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 7.  (Unknown first wife of Arthur Howland)

    Notes:

    She may have been Grace, "wife of Arthur Howland Lether dresser", who was "Buried in the new church yard [on December] 4 Excom[m]uni" at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, in 1635. Janet and Bob Wolfe note that if this record pertains to the Arthur Howland who emigrated to New England by 1640, "then then the mother of Arthur's daughters Deborah and Mary may have been Grace ____ rather than Margaret ____ who was Arthur's wife in Marshfield, Massachusetts. However, the St Giles records also include the baptisms of several children of a Henry Howland/Holland, weaver, from March 1615/16-March 1634/35 (two years after Arthur's brother Henry first appeared in Plymouth Colony records), suggesting that there were members of another Howland family in this parish at this time. St Giles, Cripplegate, is about 3/4 of a mile from Bush Lane near St Swithin where Arthur and Henry Howland's brother Humphrey lived. The absence of baptism records for Arthur's children in the St Giles records, as well as the notation 'Excomuni' in Grace's burial record, may indicate Arthur's adherance to nonconforming beliefs and actions. The first two children buried, Azariell and Zoheth, had unusual biblical names. Plymouth records indicate that Arthur's brother Henry also named a son Zoeth."

    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Howland was born before 4 Dec 1635; died on 26 Sep 1690 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 12.  Henry HowlandHenry Howland was born about 1570; died on 17 May 1635 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England; was buried on 19 May 1635 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Bef 1575

    Henry married Margaret before 1591. Margaret was born before 1575; died before 31 Jul 1629; was buried on 31 Jul 1629 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 13.  Margaret was born before 1575; died before 31 Jul 1629; was buried on 31 Jul 1629 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 6. Arthur Howland was born in in of Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England; died before 30 Oct 1675; was buried on 30 Oct 1675 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
    2. John Howland was born before 1599 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England; died on 23 Feb 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts; was buried on 25 Feb 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
    3. Henry Howland was born about 1603 in Fenstanton, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England; died on 1 Jan 1671 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts.