Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 1
by Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs
Henry [Dow], second child of Henry and Elizabeth Dow, was born in Runham, about 1608. He married, February 11, 1631, Joan, widow of Roger Nudd, of Ormsby, in the same county. Six years later he applied for permission to emigrate to America, was examined April 11, 1637, and was granted license to depart to these shores, the document being entitled:
The examination of Henry Dowe, of Ormsby, in Noff, husbandman, aged 29 years, and Joane, his wife, aged 30 years, with four children, and one servant, Ann Maning, aged 17 years, are desirous to pass into New England, to inhabitt.
They settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where Henry Dow was admitted freeman, May 2, 1638. He removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, in the latter part of 1643 or early in 1644, having previously bought of John Saunders a dwelling house, and several tracts of land for a farm... Henry Dow was a man who possessed the qualities of leadership, as is shown by his official record. He was selectman in 1651; deputy from Hampton to the general court of Massachusetts in 1655-56; and appointed with two others in 1658 to examine and record all land grants and highways.
This last work was interrupted by his death, April 21, 1659. Joane, or Jane, Dow died and was buried in Watertown, June 20, 1640.
Henry married (second) in 1641, Margaret Cole, of Dedham, Massachusetts, who was dismissed thence to Watertown church in 1643.
She survived him and married (second) October 23, 1661, Richard Kimball, of Ipswich.
The children of Henry Dow by his first wife were: Thomas, Henry, an infant and Joseph;
by the second wife: Daniel, Mary, Hannah, Thomas and Jeremiah.