William Lane (c.1580 - 1654) MP

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Birthplace: Probably,Norfolk Co.,England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About William Lane

Vital Information

William Lane was born in 1580 in England. About 1603, William married Agnes Farnsworth in England. William Lane and Agnes emigrated in 1635 from England on board the Hopewell out of Weymouth. Agnes was probably his second wife, after Mary Killoway, and was the mother of his children.

William Lane left a will on 28 February 1650/51 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died about 1654 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

William's estate was inventoried on 5 July 1654 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, valued at £82 10/8½d and taken by John Wiswall and William Clark. His estate was probated on 6 July 1654 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Arrival in America

William Lane, his wife, and family are listed as passengers on the Hopewell, with Mr. John Driver as master, bound from Weymouth, England to Massachusetts Bay, departing on May 6, 1635. The ship’s passenger list names 18 men, but does not list the names of their wives, children or servants.

The National Genealogical Society listed the family members in its Vol. 71, saying after each name "and family." Burton Spear, in Vol. 20 of his Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John, lists them with wives and children known to be alive in 1635. His collected works give additional data on many of these people.

The majority of Hopewell passengers went on to settle in Dorchester, Hingham, and Salem, Massachusetts.

Please see the "Media" tab, then "Documents" for the full official manifest and the expanded list (including family members) developed by historians.

Other Sources

  • Banks, Charles E., Planters of the Commonwealth, 1930
  • Spear, Burton, Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John. Toledo, OH: Clearing House.

-------------------- William came to New England on the ship HOPEWELL in 1635, with his wife Agnes and son Andrew.

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William Lane's Timeline

1580
1580
Probably,Norfolk Co.,England
1603
1603
Age 23
Milford (of), New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1605
January 18, 1605
Age 25
England, (Present UK)
1605
Age 25
Norfolk, England
1608
August 28, 1608
Age 28
Beaminster, Dorset, England
1608
Age 28
Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
1610
May 9, 1610
Age 30
Beaminster, Dorset, England
1612
1612
Age 32
Norfolk, England
1614
1614
Age 34
Beaminster, Dorset, England
1625
1625
Age 45
Yorkshire, England