John Greenway (1563 - 1659) MP

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Birthplace: Gloucestershire, Essex England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: Wheelwright. Freeman 18 May 1631. Grinoway.Grinnoway. Pioneer settler in Dorchester in 1630, Arrived on the Mary and John
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About John Greenway

ID: I5895

Name: John GREENWAY

Sex: M

Birth: 23 JUN 1563 in England

_RIN: 1748

_APPLIES_TO: DATE_AND_PLACE 1

Death: 8 JUN 1659 in Dorchester, Massachusetts

_RIN: 1748

_APPLIES_TO: DATE_AND_PLACE 1

_UID: 37D0AC6F3B94114A858581EAFC90B5979913

_RIN: 1748 1

Change Date: 13 SEP 2006 at 15:51:56

Marriage 1 Mary UNKNOWN

Children

Susanna GREENWAY b: 1590 in Gloucester Co., Massachusetts

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Repository:

Name: Ancestry.com

Title: Snell-Robbins and Related Families

Author: Mari-An Gray Feather

Abbrev: Mari-An Gray Feather

Abbrev: Snell-Robbins and Related Families

-------------------- Our first family members in America were John and Mary Greenoway of Wiltshire, England1. They were members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630. Little is known about John and Mary, however records indicate the following:

John requested freemanship on October 19, 1630, and he was admitted on May 18, 1631. Yes a "freeman" meant a voting citizen. Since the Puritan government was a theocracy, only members of the Church were eligible to become a freeman. One also had to be a landowner. John Greenaway's literacy & skills as a millwright place him solidly in the middle class so that he probably had the funds to pay for his own passage. If not, those skills would have been of such value to the colony that passage probably would have been paid for him.

John and Mary had 6 or 7 daughters. Some of their daughters were with them in the first years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and at least two of their daughters stayed in England. Mary, who stayed in England, married Thomas Millett of Newbury2.

John and Mary survived their first few years in America and must have encouraged family members in England to join them because, within five years, two more of their daughters and their son-in-law Thomas Millett had landed in the colony.

John gave property to his daughter Ursula Greenoway because she had been an obedient, loving, dutiful, and faithful daughter and servant unto her aged father & mother. This seems interesting because it indicates how important family support was in these challenging times. It also shows that women became landowners early in America.

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Reference:

1) The American Genealogist, Whole Number 295 Vol. 74, No. 3, p. 193-195, July 1999,

ENGLISH BAPTISMS FOR THE GREEN(A)WAY FAMILY OF DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS By Leslie Mahler

2) The American Genealogist , Whole Number 298 Vol. 75, No. 2, p. 81-93, April 2000, THE CORRECT ENGLISH ORIGIN OF THOMAS1 MILLETT OF DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, By Paul C. Reed, FASG, and Leslie Mahler

"History of the Town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine" Pg43 (A digital copy of this reference can be found on ancestry.com) -------------------- See other entry for more information. -------------------- See "The Great Migration Begins." Came to Dorchester in 1630. Born by about 1576 and died between 5 Feb 1650/1 and 6 May 1652. Married by 1636. -------------------- Pioneer Settlers of Dorchester in 1630. Lived near the "burying place" One of the most ancient of the original members of the Dorchester church colony. Came in the "Mary and John" on its first voyage in 1630.

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John Greenway's Timeline

1563
June 23, 1563
Gloucestershire, Essex England
June 23, 1563
Staines, Chester, Eng
1589
1589
Age 25
England
1590
1590
Age 26
Staines,Chester,England
1591
1591
Age 27
Gloucestershire, Essex Massachusetts Bay Colony
1593
1593
Age 29
Of Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
1593
Age 29
Staines, Chestershire, England
1598
1598
Age 34
Of Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
1606
1606
Age 42
England
1630
1630
Age 66
Dorchester, MA