An American Family History

John Lothrop and Hannah Howse

Edgerton, Kent County, England
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Barnstable,, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
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Various spellings of Lothrop: Lathrop, Laythrop, Lothroppe, Lothropp, Lowthrop, Lowthropp.

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

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.

John Lothrop and Hannah Howse married on October 10, 1610 in Eastwell, England. The marriage license was issue in Canterbury, Kent County, England.

Their children are listed in A Genealogical Memoir of the Lothrop-Lathrop Family. Their first six children were baptized in Edgerton. The first child named Thomas Lothrop was baptized on February 21, 1612/13. He died young. Jane Lothrop Fuller was baptized on September 29 1614. Anne Lothrop was baptized on May 12, 1616. She was buried on April 30, 1617. John Lothrop was baptized on February 22, 1617/18. Barbara Lothrop Emerson was baptized on October 31, 1619. Thomas Lothrop was born about 1621.

In 1623 the family left Edgerton and John broke with the church of England. Their next three sons were born after he broke with the church

Samuel Lothrop was born about 1623. Captain Joseph Lothrop was born in 1624. Benjamin Lothrop was the next born. 

On April 22, 1632 John, Sr. was arrested for his religious beliefs. He was released only to comfort his dying wife who died in 1633. 

John married Ann Hammond before they left for America in 1634. Ann Hammond was born on July 14, 1616. Her father was William Hammond.

The family, Reverend and Mrs. Lothrop, Thomas, Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, Jane, and Barbara, came to America on the ship Griffin. John either did not accompany the family to America or returned to England. He was in England when his father's will was written. They arrived in Boston on September 18, 1634. There were about one hundred passengers and cattle for the plantations on the ship.

Jane married in 1635.

They lived at first in Scituate where their next two children were baptized. The Honorable Barnabas Lathrop was baptized on June 6, 1636. An unnamed daughter was born on July 30, 1638 and died the same day.

Barbara married in 1638.

They moved to Barnstable about 1639. Their next four children were baptized in Barnstable. Abigail Lothrop Clark was baptized on November 2, 1639. Bathsheba Lothrop Bale Marsh was baptized on February 27, 1641. Captain John Lothrop was born on February 9, 1644. An unnamed boy was born and died in 1649. He was buried on January 25, 1649.

Abigail married in 1657.

Reverend John Lothrop died in Barnstable, November 8, 1653. He left

to my wife, my new dwelling house. To my oldest son Thomas, the house in which I first lived in Barnstable. To my son John in England and Benjamin here, each a cow and 5£. Daughter Jane and Barbara have had their portions already. To the rest of the children, both mine and my wife's, each a cow. To each child one book, to be chosen according to their ages. The rest of my Library to be sold to any honest man who can tell how to use it, and the proceeds to be divided, &c.

The inventory estimates the remainder of his library at £5.

John, Barnabas, and Joseph settled in Barnstable.

His wife, Anne died on February 25, 1687/88.

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.

Cattle were vital to a household and an important legacy.
Unweaned cattle are calves.
Female cattle are heifers and cows (had a calf).
Male cattle are steers (castrated) and bulls.
are trained draft animals and are often castrated adult male cattle.

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.
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.

Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.



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