John Stowe, of Roxbury (c.1581 - 1643) MP

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Nicknames: "John "The Immigrant" Stow"
Birthplace: Biddenden, Kent, England
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: proprietor
Managed by: FARKAS Mihály László
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About John Stowe, of Roxbury

John "The Immigrant" Stowe"

John Stowe is the ancestor of the well-known Stowe family of New England. Baptized at Biddenden, England on January 14, 1581-2. He married Elizabeth Bigge, daughter of John Bigge and Rachel Martin on September 13, 1608 in Biddendent. John and his wife emigrated to New England in 1634, with their six children and his mother-in-law, Rachel Biggs. They left England on 9 April and arrived in New England 17 May, 1634.

Sources and Notes

John Stowe (1638), of Roxbury. The Roxbury Church Records, written by Rev. John Eliot, say, "John Stow, he arrived at N. E the 17th of the 3d month [May] ano 1634. he brought his wife & 6 children." The records mention his wife, "Elizabeth Stow, the wife of John Stow [1638], she was a very godly matron, a blessing not only to her family but to all the church & when she had lead a christian conversation a few years among us, She dyed & left a good savor behind her." He was admitted a freeman Sept. 3, 1634, and his wife died, or was buried, Aug. 21, 1638. He represented Roxbury at both sessions of the General Court held in 1639, and he died Oct. 26, 1643. He was granted one hundred acres of land in 1642, for writing [transcribing] the laws of the colony.

The church records doubtless refer to Mr. Stowe (1638) in the following, quoted from the Boston Record Commissioners' Report, Vol. VI., p. 171: "Month 8 day 26 [1643], Goodman Stone [Stowe], an old Kentish man dyed, he was not of the Church, yet on his sick bed some had some hopes of him."

John Pierpont married Thankful, daughter of John Stowe (1638), and bought, probably of the heirs, the Stowe homestead on Meeting-House Hill, as recorded in Roxbury I^and Records, p. 99. From this family sprung the Connecticut Pierponts: John Pierpont, poet and clergyman, and Edwards Pierpont, formerly minister to England. Sarah Pierpont, granddaughter of John and Thankful (Stowe) Pierpont, became the wife of the eminent Jonathan Edwards. Thomas Stowe, son of John Stowe (1638), joined the Artillery Company in 1638.

Thomas Stowe (1638), of Braintree, was the eldest son of John Stowe (1638), of Roxbury. He was born in England, and came to America with his parents in 1634. He married, Dec. 4, 1639, at Roxbury, Mary Griggs, and soon after removed to Concord, where he was admitted a freeman in 1653. He removed thence to Middleton about 1654. He died, probably, early in 1684, as the inventory of his estate was returned to the Probate Court, Feb. 23 of that year.

Source for above: History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, now called, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts:1637-1888, Volume 1 (Google eBook) by Oliver Ayer Roberts. A. Mudge & Son, 1895. Page 79

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John, baptized at Biddenden, January 14, 1581-2. Died probably at Concord, Mass., 1653; married at Biddeden, Sept. 13, 1608, Elizabeth Bigge, daughter of John and Rachel (Martin) Bigge of Cranbrooke, Kent, who was buried in Roxbury, Mass., Aug. 21, 1638. This John Stowe with his wife and six children emigrated to New England, arriving at Boston, according to the record of Rev. John Eliot, on the 17th of May 1634. He was admitted freeman Sept. 3, 1634, and was a proprietor at Roxbury, Representative to the General Court, two sessions, joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. Boston 1638, together with his son Thomas. He was early a teacher in the Roxbury Grammar school, and was granted eighty acres of land for transcribing the Roxbury public recors. The Pastor of the Church at Roxbury makes the following eulogistic entry in the redords: "The wife of John Stowe was buried August 21, 1638. She was a very godly matron, a blessing not only to her family but to all the Church and when she had led a Christian conversation a few years among us she died and left a good savor behind her." From "Ancestry and Some of the Descendants of Capt. Stephen Stowe of Milford, Conn." collected by Nathan Stowe 1924 pg 4 & 5 "Founders of Patriots" John Stowe came on Elizabeth 1634. to Roxbury Ma. d. there in 26 Oct 1643.

John Stow, from Kent, Eng., 1634; returned to Eng., 1635, and back to America, 1636, bringing his four son, Thomas, John, Samuel and Stephen; settled at Roxbury, Mass.; m -------Biggs from "The Compendium of American Genealogy" First Families of America Vol IV pg 76

John Stowe (John, John), ...died at Roxbury 26 Oct. 1643 from English Origins of New England Families, Series 1, Vol., 1, (#181), "CD-ROM," 438.

                                   (The Stow Line)
     Stow or Stowe, as a surname, is of local origin, and refers to one of the parishes "pf Stow or Stowe," in England. The names derive from the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English stow, meaning "place." In the Hundred Rolls of 1273 are listed Baldwin de Stow, of County Cambridge, and Warin de Stowe, Fulk de Stow and Oda de Stow, of Country Lincoln.
     John Stow, of who further, is believed to have been a grandson of Thomas Stow (brother of John Stow, the famous antiquary, chronicler of the Kings f England, and surveyor of the city of London) and his wife Margaret, and a great-grandson of Thomas Stow (tallow chandler of St. Michaels Parish, Cornhill London) and his wife Elizabeth

Source for below is The New York genealogical and biographical record, Volume 44

In the ship Elizabeth which sailed 9 April and arrived in New England 17 May, 1634, bringing John Stow and his family, we also find his mother-in-law Rachel Biggs and, despite the fact that Mr. Waters in his Gleanings has given as much relating to the Bigge or Biggs familyf, no light has ever been thrown upon the maiden name of Rachel, so that it was with much satisfaction that, among the Bigge entries of marriages in St. Mildred's Church, Tenterden, Co. Kent, published in the same number of the Register, was found 1583—John Bigge of Cranbrooke and Rachel Martin of Lidde, 14 September. In the McDonoughHackstaff Genealogy it is stated that Rachel Bigg was born in or before 1579 and in view of the date of her marriage, it would appear that it was certainly before but, because of a mistake in the list of passengers on the Elizabeth, we cannot tell her age when she landed. In this list it is given as 6 , which may have been meant for 69 perhaps if she was about 17 when married.

Rachel Bigg made her will 17 November, 1646 and it was attested by Richard Peacocke, one of the witnesses, 30 June, 1647, her "sonne in law" John Stowe being Executor, so that Savage is in error in stating that John died in 1643. It would appear that he sold his land in Roxbury in 1648 and removed to Concord probably late in the year, as he made an Inventory of the estate of John Levins of Roxbury 30 August, 1648. He probably later removed to Middleton, Conn., and died there. His son Thomas went to Middleton in 1659 and Samuel removed there in 1652.

-------------------- John, baptized at Biddenden, January 14, 1581-2. Died probably at Concord, Mass., 1653; married at Biddeden, Sept. 13, 1608, Elizabeth Bigge, daughter of John and Rachel (Martin) Bigge of Cranbrooke, Kent, who was buried in Roxbury, Mass., Aug. 21, 1638. This John Stowe with his wife and six children emigrated to New England, arriving at Boston, according to the record of Rev. John Eliot, on the 17th of May 1634. He was admitted freeman Sept. 3, 1634, and was a proprietor at Roxbury, Representative to the General Court, two sessions, joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. Boston 1638, together with his son Thomas. He was early a teacher in the Roxbury Grammar school, and was granted eighty acres of land for transcribing the Roxbury public recors. The Pastor of the Church at Roxbury makes the following eulogistic entry in the redords: "The wife of John Stowe was buried August 21, 1638. She was a very godly matron, a blessing not only to her family but to all the Church and when she had led a Christian conversation a few years among us she died and left a good savor behind her." From "Ancestry and Some of the Descendants of Capt. Stephen Stowe of Milford, Conn." collected by Nathan Stowe 1924 pg 4 & 5 "Founders of Patriots" John Stowe came on the ship "Elizabeth" 1634. to Roxbury Ma. d. there in 26 Oct 1643.

John Stow, from Kent, Eng., 1634; returned to Eng., 1635, and back to America, 1636, bringing his four son, Thomas, John, Samuel and Stephen; settled at Roxbury, Mass.; m -------Biggs from "The Compendium of American Genealogy" First Families of America Vol IV pg 76

John Stowe and Elizabeth (Bigge) Stowe, his wife, the emigrants to New England, had a second son and sixth child, John Stowe, baptized at Biddenden, co. Kent, 10 Oct. 1619, who emigrated with his parents to New England in 1634, and of whom it is said in the "Register" vol.710, p.348, that he "probably d.s.p. before Sept. 1653, when his brothers and sisters joined with their cousins,m the children of Patience (Bigge) Foster, in collecting the legacies left them by their uncles, Smalehope and John Bigge, in England." It is now possible to state that John Stowe died comparatively young and unmarried, at Croanbrook, between 28 Sept. and 2 Dec. 1643, aged 24. His will, mentioning relatives both in Kent and in New England, follows.

     The Will of John Stowe of Cranbrooke, co. Kent, clothier, 28 Sept. 1643. Sick and weak of body. All my goods and chattles which my uncle Hope Bigg gave to me, now in the possession of my father John Stowe now in New England, to my said father John Stowe. To my sisters Elizabeth and Thankfull, all that share of land due to me by the gift of my uncle John Bigg, situate in New Enlgand, which said land is of certain lands given by my said Uncle John Bigg to be equally divided between my brother Thomas, myself, my brothers Nathaniel and Samuel, and my cousin Hopestill Foster, and my said two sisters Elizabeth and Thankfull. To John Stowe, son of my brother Thomas Stowe, my share of land in Cranbrooke, Wittersam, and Lidd, given to me by my Uncle John Bigg, at his age of 21; meantime, Thomas Stowe, his father and my brother, to take the profits. If this John die before reaching the age of 21, the eldest John Sowe of any of my said brothers' sons to enjoy the land. My share of land given by my said Unlce John Stowe in Maidstone, Linton and Jorsmonden (to be divided as above), after the death of the widow of my said Uncle John Bigg, shall be divided between my brothers Thomas, Nathaniel and Samuel. To my cousin William Ayres, £5. To my aunt Elizabeth Watson, 20s. To my cousin Susan Smith, £5. To Daniel and Mary Batup, children of my cousin Thomas Batup, 20s. each. To my cousin William Boyse, 50s. To my cousin Mary Batup, wife of Thomas, 10s. My executor to take the profits of my lands in Old England to pay my debts, except my debts in New England. My debts in New England to be paid out of my lands there. I appoint my Uncle Peter Masters of Cranbrook executor, and give him £10. for his pains. My cousins Thomas Batup, William Boyse and William Ayres to be overseers. Witnesses, Andrew Putt ? and Nathaniel Jarrand. Proved, 2 Dec. 1643, by the executor named. 
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John Stowe, of Roxbury's Timeline

1581
January 14, 1581
Of, Biddenden, Kent, England
January 14, 1581
Of, Biddenden, Kent, England
January 14, 1581
Of, Biddenden, Kent, England
January 14, 1581
Of, Biddenden, Kent, England
1581
Biddenden, Kent, England
1608
September 13, 1608
Age 27
England
1609
March 15, 1609
Age 28
Biddenden, Kent, England
1612
September 10, 1612
Age 31
Biddenden, Kent, England
1615
1615
Age 34
1615
Age 34
Biddenden, Kent, England