An American Family History

The Honorable Barnabas Lothrop

Various spellings of Lothrop: Lathrop, Laythrop, Lothroppe, Lothropp, Lowthrop, Lowthropp.
An early American tavern (or ordinary) was an important meeting place and they were strictly supervised. Innkeepers were respectable members of the community. Taverns offered food and drink. An inn also offered accommodation.
Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

The Honorable Barnabas (Barnabus) Lothrop was baptized at Scituate on June 6, 1636. His parents were John Lothrop and Ann Hammond.

He married Susanna Clark on December 1, 1658. Susanna was born about 1671 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Her parents were Thomas Clark and Susannah Ring. Her brother James Clark married Abigail Lothrop, Barnabas' sister.

Their children included:
John Lothrop (1659, died age 6),
Abigail Lothrop Sturgis (1660, married Thomas Sturgis),
Barnabas Lothrop (1663),
Susanna Lothrop Shurtleff (1665, married William Shurtleff),
John Lothrop (1667),
Nathaniel Lothrop (1669),
Bathshua Lothrop Freeman (1671, married Samuel Freeman),
Anna Lothrop Lewes (1673, married Ebenezer Lewes),
Thomas Lothrop (1675),
Mercy Lothrop (1676, died at 12 months),
Sarah Lothrop Skeff (1678, marrid Stephen Skiffe),
Thankful Lothrop Hedge (1679, married John Hedge),
James Lothrop (1684), and
Samuel Lothrop (1685).

In 1677 he received a license

to be provided with wine and liquors to sell for the supply of such as may be in want, either by sickness or otherwise, to dispose thereof to sober persons, as there may be occasion for their refreshment according to his discretion.

He was an assistant in the Government of Plymouth Colony. In 1692 he was a member of the first Council after the union of the Colonies under the Charter of William and Mary.  

Susanna died on September 28, 1697.

His second wife was the widow Abigail Button Dodson (Dudson). They married in 1698. She was christened on January 7, 1644. She was the daughter of Robert Button and Abigail Firmage. Her first husband was Joseph Dodson,

He died on October 26, 1715 when he was 79 years old. Abigail died on December 21, 1715. They are buried in the old burying lot near the county jail in Barnstable.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
The children of John Lothrop
and Hannah Howse
  • Thomas Lothrop
  • Jane Lothrop Fuller
  • Anne Lothrop
  • John Lothrop
  • Barbara Lothrop Emerson
  • Samuel Lothrop
  • Thomas Lothrop
  • Captain Joseph Lothrop
  • Benjamin Lothrop
  • and Ann Hammond
  • the Honorable Barnabas Lothrop
  • Abigail Lothrop Clark
  • Bathsheba Lothrop Bale Marsh
  • Captain John Lothrop
  • Some Puritans gave their children hortatory names (from the Latin for “encourage”) like Thankful, hoping that the children would live up to them. The names were used for several generations.

    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts was settled in 1627 by Puritan colonists from Plymouth.

    The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.



    Barnstable, Massachusetts was settled in 1639 when Parson Joseph Hull came to Cape Cod with and his congregation from Weymouth. A little later in the year, the Reverend John Lothrop brought his Congregationalists. They incorporated as the Town of Barnstable.

    from Genealogical Dictionary by James Savage, John Farmer, Orrando Perry Dexter

    Barnabas [Lothrop], Barnstable, s. of Rev. John, m. Plymouth rec. says, 3 Nov. or as ano. report is, 1 Dec. 1658, Susanna, d. of Thomas Clark, had
    John, b. 7 Oct. 1659, d. bef. 7 yrs.;
    Abigail, 18 Dec. 1660;
    Barnabas, 22 Mar. 1663;
    Susanna, Feb. 1665;
    Nathaniel, 23 Nov. 1669;
    Bathshua, 25 June 1671;
    Ann, 10 Aug. 1673;
    Thomas, 7 Mar. 1675, d. at 7 mos.;
    Mercy, 27 June 1676, d. at one yr.;
    Thankful, bapt. 16 Sept. 1683;
    James, 30 Mar. 1684; and
    Samuel, 14 June 1685;

    was six yrs. a rep. also an Assist. of the Col. of Plymouth, named a counsellor in the new Province Chart. by Increase Mather, and rechosen;
    m. sec. w. 15 Nov. 1698, Abigail, wid. of Joseph Dudson,.d. of Robert Button, and d. 1715, in 79th yr.

    1677 Map of New England
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    European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.
    ye is an archaic spelling of "the."

    We and Our Kinsfolk edited by Mary Balch Briggs

    Hon. Barnabus Lothrop, son of Rev. John and his second wife, was b. at Scituate, June 6, 1636, and d. at Barnstable in 1715.

    In 1677 license was granted unto Mr. Barnabas Laythorpe

    to be provided with wine and liquors to sell for the supply of such as may be in want, either by sickness or otherwise, to dispose thereof to sober persons, as there may be occasion for their refreshment according to his discretion"

    Thenceforward, through a long term of years his name is seldom missing from the records as bondsman, administrator, selectman, Deputy to the General Court, Assessor for the Colony, the first Judge of Probate, Assistant Governor for eleven years, and after the Union of 1691, a Councillor for Plymouth County. He also formed the habit of serving on committees, be they for settling with the soldiers, or for

    viewing the laws of the Colonies, and reducing them to better order,

    or for distributing the Irish contribution to the sufferers in the Indian War.

    In 1685 the Honored Governor and the worshipful Mr. Laythrop were instructed to dispose of, or make sale of, an Indian found guilty of burglary, with authority to

    give a bill of sale for those that buy him, and to proportion ye wrong made of him to them that received damages by him.

    Palfrey says that he and others thought that by accepting seats in the Council under Andros they might have more influence in staying his injustice.

    Barnabas Lothrop, m. November 3, 1658, Susanna Clark, b. 1641, d. September 28, 1697. She was the mother of his thirteen children. His second wife, 1698, was Widow Abigail (Button) Dodson.

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