Update on the Early New England Families project

Alicia Crane WilliamsSix new sketches have been posted in the Early New England Families Study Project database:[1]

John Dunham (c. 1615–1692), son of John Dunham (GM); married Mary ___; settled in Plymouth; farmer; 7 children.

Richard Newton (c. 1606–1701) married Ann/Hannah Loker alias Riddlesdale; settled in Sudbury and Marlborough; husbandman; 10 children.

Joshua Scottow (1617–1697/98), son of widow Thomasine (—) Scottow (GM), brother of Thomas Scottow (EF), and brother-in-law of Robert Winsor (EF), below; married Lydia ___; settled in Boston and Scarborough, Maine, before returning to Boston; “An enterprising and eminently prosperous merchant”; 9 children.

Thomas Scottow (1612–1661), son of widow Thomasine (—) Scottow (GM), brother of Joshua Scottow (EF), above, brother-in-law of Robert Winsor (EF), below; married (1) Joan ___; (2) Sarah Harwood; settled in Boston; joyner; 8 children by first wife, 4 by second.

John Stone (1618–1683), son of Gregory Stone (GM), married Ann [prob. Rogers]; settled in Watertown, Cambridge, and Framingham; “successful and prosperous farmer”; 10 children.

Robert Winsor (c. 1619–1679), married Rebecca Scottow, sister of Joshua and Thomas Scottow (EF), above; settled in Boston; blockmaker and turner; 10 children.

In addition, a revised sketch of Richard Saltonstall has been uploaded.

For a complete list of heads of families for whom sketches have been published, go to Early New England Families Study Project and use the Search function in the article text.


[1] GM designates an immigrant treated in the Great Migration Study Project. EF designates a person treated in the Early New England Families Study Project.

About Alicia Crane Williams

Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, Lead Genealogist of Early Families of New England Study Project, has compiled and edited numerous important genealogical publications including The Mayflower Descendant and the Alden Family “Silver Book” Five Generations project of the Mayflower Society. Most recently, she is the author of the 2017 edition of The Babson Genealogy, 1606-2017, Descendants of Thomas and Isabel Babson who first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1637. Alicia has served as Historian of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Assistant Historian General at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and as Genealogist of the Alden Kindred of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in History from Northeastern University.

15 thoughts on “Update on the Early New England Families project

  1. Thanks Alicia, you continue to give me insight into my family. John Dunham (10X great grand uncle); and Richard Newton (9X great grandfather). I look forward to every new release and check my tree and make updates.

    1. Sharon, need more specifics as there are many Howe families. Seven Howe immigrants have been treated in Great Migration. Early Families will eventually treat those in the 1640-1700 period, but in our present “basket” we are working on 1641 and 1642, so a long way to go.

      1. The family I curious about John Howe died 1680 in Marlboro, MA and the son Elzear to Ephraim to Stephen to Ephraim to Moses to Moses Jr then to Lucy my great great grandmother. Supposedly John came over before 1637 Since his son Abraham was born 1937 in Watertown.

        1. Sharon, John Howe is listed by the Great Migration Directory as having arrived in New England in 1639 — he is not, apparently, the father of the Abraham Howe born in 1637. As a 1639 immigration, John has not yet been treated by the Great Migration project, but he was treated in the book “Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton” Part 3, by Dean Smith and Melinde Sanborn, available at the NEHGS library and also can be borrowed on-line at Openlibrary.com and archive.org

  2. I am very grateful that you are doing such wonderful research and postings on the New England families! Bless you and your great work!

  3. Richard and Rebecca Winsor are ancestors of mine, via the Palfreys, but I had completely missed Rebecca’s placement in the Scottow family. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing. I have only recently connected with the New England ancestry pages with links to your website and work. I am so grateful for all the information I can obtain on my husbands family. Richard Newton is my husband’s 10th great grandfather and John Stone his 8th great grandfather.
    Kind regards from Brisbane, Australia

      1. Perth is not a huge place – maybe I know your godmother? Would you be happy to give me her surname & suburb?
        My father and 2 sisters still live in Perth and 1 other sister lives down the south of the state in a little town near Albany. I still visit Perth several times a year but we moved to the eastern states of Australia in 1993. Both our sons were born in Perth in the years prior to us moving.
        If you come to Australia you will have to visit Brisbane in Queensland as well as Perth in Western Australia.
        I am longing to visit Boston and Massachusetts and see some of the lovely little towns where my husband’s ancestors emigrated. New England looks like a wonderful place – lovely and lush with vegetation.
        Once again thanks for all your research and sharing on this site.

        1. I was just reviewing your genealogy for Thomas Lothrop / Lathrop. According to the written Lothrop genealogies, Sarah Farrar b. 1648, wife of Meletiah Lothrop, was the daughter of Thomas Farrah and Elizabeth Hood of Lynn, Massachusetts. But according to the vital records of Lynn, Thomas Farrar Jr. b. about 1657 and Elizabeth Hood b. Nov. 1658 were married 6 Dec 1682 – way too late to be Sarah’s parents. Also, according to Lynn records, Thomas Farrar Jr. died in 1714, childless. His will names his wife Elizabeth and members of the Hood and Newhall families. Thomas Farrar Jr and Sarah Farrar were actually brother and sister. Their parents are Thomas Farrar Sr (1614 – 1694) and Elizabeth (unknown) d.1680. He then married Abigail Collins 3 Mar 1681.
          Sources include:
          -Massachusetts Town and Vital Records found on Ancestry.com
          -“History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscott, and Nahant” by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, (Boston 1865), 185-6, 295.
          -“The Register of the Lynn Historical Society, Lynn, Massachusetts, Vol 9,For the Year 1905”, (Lynn, MA 1906), 60-62.
          – “John Hood of Lynn, Massachusetts and some of His Descendants” by Mrs. Jennie (Hood) Bosson, (Essex Institute, Salem, MA 1909), 3
          -“The Newhall Family of Lynn Massachusetts” by Henry F. Waters, (Essex Institute, Salem, MA 1882), 24, 48.

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