William Kerley, Sr. (1602 - 1670) MP

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Birthplace: Dorset, England
Death: Died in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About William Kerley, Sr.

Wikitree info:

William Kerley

  • Born 1602 in Lydlinch, Dorset, England
  • Son of William Kerley and Unknown Unknown
  • Brother of Henry Kerley, Robert Kerley, Margaret Kerley, William Kerley, Agnes Kerley and John Kerley
  • Husband of Ann White — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
  • Husband of Bridget Mauzzy Rowlandson — married May 31, 1659 in Lancaster, MA
  • Husband of Rebecca Jude — married June 16, 1664 in Lancaster, Middlesex Co., MA
  • Father of William Kerley, Mary Kerley and Henry Kerley
  • Died July 14, 1670 in Lancaster, MA


Letter from John Kerley of 05 Feb 2009

Baptisms of Lydlinch Parish, Dorset, England On Line Parish Clerks of Lydlinch, Dorset, England

Vital Records of Lancaster MA to 1850, Page 13

Early Records of Lancaster Massachusetts 1643-1725 by Henry S. Nourse Lancaster 1884

Ashmore County Dorset History With Index to Registers


William was born in 1602 in Lydlinch, Dorset County, England. He was baptised 10 Mar 1602 at St. Thomas a' Becket Church which was built in 15th and 16th centuries and still stands there in Lydlinch today. The baptismal font is from the 12th century.

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Exactly how or when William and family emigrated to America is uncertain - they may have been among the passengers on the "Mary and John", 1630, whose passenger list has never been found. Or the entire family group, including several collateral relatives, may have arrived on the ship "Confidence", 1638 - a surviving partial passenger list includes two Kerleys, William (too young to be this one) and Edmund (age 22). Their parentage has never been identified, but they could have been his nephews by Henry or Robert Kerley.

Wikitree info:

[William] was a founder of Sudbury; and, in addition, Lancaster, Massachusetts. He became a "Freeman" in 1647. At Lancaster, William and his two sons, William, Jr. and Henry owned land and held important offices. He was appealed to by his fellow townsmen in Sudbury to erect a bridge over the Sudbury River. He did build the bridge, and his specifications, still in the town clerk's office, are so precise and clear that an artist was able to reconstruct the bridge in a drawing. An inventory of his personal effects, from his will, is mentioned in "Early Records of Lancaster" by Henry Nourse, page 284. Nourse says that he seemed to have been a soldier because "Iron cloathes" and a "cutlash" were mentioned in the inventory Most of the information regarding him and his family may be found in "Pioneers of Massachusetts",T "Early Records of Lancaster", "New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol 2", "The Boston Transcript", "Vital Records of Sudbury MA to 1850", and "First Families of America".


40 acres on the west side of North River bounded by the Street Highway or Common Eastward, the woods or Commons Westward, the house lot of John Smith northward, and the house lot of Henry Kerley southward (from Early Records of Lancaster by Henry Nourse, page 284). 20 acres was his own house lot and the second 20 acres he bought from Richard Smith, whose house lot was next to his own. Elsewhere, in the same book, the south boundary of the lands is said to be the house lot of William Kerley, Jr.

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William Kerley, Sr.'s Timeline

Dorset, England
Age 25
Ashmore, Dorset, England
Age 30
Ashmore, Dorset, England
Age 31
July 14, 1670
Age 68
Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 68
Lancaster then Marlborough