An American Family History

Benjamin Lothrop

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Various spellings of Lothrop: Lathrop, Laythrop, Lothroppe, Lothropp, Lowthrop, Lowthropp.
A Puritan was a member of the religious group in the 16th and 17th centuries that advocated "purity" of worship and doctrine who believed in personal and group piety. Puritans were persecuted in England and came to America so they would be free to practice their religion.

Benjamin Lothrop was born in England. His parents were John Lothrop and Hannah Howse

He came to America on the ship Griffin with his family in 1634.

His wife was named Martha. They moved to Charlestown where he was a merchant.

Their children included"
Martha Lothrop Goodwin (1652, married John Goodwin)
Hannah Lothrop Swain (1655, married Henry Swain),
Benjamin Lothrop (1660, married Abigail Edwards),
Mary Lothrop Brown (1661, married William Brown),
Sarah Lothrop (1664),
Elizabeth Lothrop (1665),
Rebecca Lothrop (1666),
Mercy Lothrop (1670), and
John Lothrop (1672).

He died on July 3, 1691.

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
  • The Griffin left England August 1, 1634 and arrived in Boston on September 18, 1634 with about one hundred passengers and cattle for the plantations. The passengers included the Bartholomew, Cotton, Hammond, Haines, Heaton, Hutchinson (including dissident Anne), Lothrop, Lynde, Magatt, and Symmes families.
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    The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.



    Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

    Charlestown was first settled in 1628 and was the Massachusetts Bay Colony's initial seat of  government. Charlestown became part of Boston in 1874.

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

    Benjamin [Lothrop], Barnstable,... b. prob. in Eng. rem. to Charlestown, had w. Martha, and ds.
    Martha, b. 3 Nov. 1652;
    Hannah, 15 Sept. 1655; and
    Benjamin; all bapt. 5 Aug. 1660;
    Mary, bapt. 9 June 1661;
    Sarah, b. 10, bapt. 17 Apr. 1664, d. soon;
    Eliz. bapt. 21 May 1665 ;
    Rebecca, 14, bapt. 18 Nov. 1666;
    Mercy, 17, bapt. 18 Dec. 1670; and
    John, 15, bapt. 21 July 1672, d. young.

    Of the ds.
    Martha [Lothrop] m. 2 Dec. 1669, John Goodwin, and was mo. of the four ch. wh. plagued Cotton Mather;
    Mary [Lothrop] m. 21 May 1679, William Brown; and
    Hannah [Lothrop] m. 21 Aug. 1679, Henry Swain; was a householder 1658 and 1678, aft. the gr. Ind. war, when he was a soldier in capt. William Turner's comp. 1676 at Hatfield, unless that soldier was his neph. s. of Joseph, as seems more prob. the same being in the list call. jr. d. 3 July 1691.

    New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter

    John Goodwin, third son of Christopher and Mary Goodwin, born about 1648, probably in Charlestown, died January 21, 1712, in Boston. Like his father he was a mason by trade, and removed to Boston before 1683.

    He married, in Charlestown, December 2, 1669, Martha, daughter of Benjamin and Martha Lathrop, born November 3, 1652. She survived him, married (second) in 1714, John Pearson, and died September 26, 1728.

    Martha, born December, 1675;
    John, September 23, 1677; Mercy, baptized April 17, 1681; Benjamin, 1683, a bricklayer of Boston;
    Hannah, December 12, 1687;
    Elizabeth, September 9, 1694.

    The Battle of Turner's Falls, also known as the Peskeompscut massacre, was on May 19, 1676. Colonists under Captain William Turner attacked the village of Peskeompscut and killed many of the inhabitants. Some villagers regrouped and attacked the returning colonists.

    Cotton Mather was a Puritan clergyman and theological writer. His writings had great influence in his time. He is generally pictured as the archetype of the intolerant and severe Puritan and is known for his part in the Salem witch trials in 1692 . He did not approve of all the trials, but had helped to instigate the hysteria by his Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions (1689)

    Cotton Mather

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