William Learned (1588 - 1646) MP

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Birthplace: Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
Occupation: came from Bermondsey, Surrey, Eng. bet. 1630 & 1632, was selectman & constable for Woburn, MA
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William Learned of Woburn, MA

Born before 1588, possibly as early as 1581. Died March 1, 1645/6, in Woburn, Middlesex Co, Mass, age 55-60. William Learned was married to Goodith Gilman in St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England on April 22, 1606. The baptism records for all known children, except the oldest, Sarah, have been found in neighboring Bermondsey, Surrey, England.

      

Arrived in Winthrop's Fleet, with first wife and all his children, except Sarah, who, according to Savage, came in 1635, with her husband, Thomas Ewer. Thomas and Sarah's marriage is recorded in Bermondsey on Jan 13, 1623/4. The four younger children would have been ages 6-18 in 1630.

He and his wife were were admitted to the church of Charlestown December 6, 1632.

Married (1) Goodith Gilman, on April 22, 1606, in St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England. She was likely born by 1588 and died sometime after 1632 (date of last record of her) in Charlestown, Mass. (NOT Judith or Goodwife.) Married (2) Jane (___). Birthdate unknown, married sometime between 1632-1645. Not much is known about her. An inventory of her estate was taken in March, 1660/1, following her death on January 24, 1660/1.

            

LIved in Charlestown from 1630, one of founding fathers of Woburn, Mass in 1640 (along with Henry Baldwin and the Richardson brothers), died there 1645.

      
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Laurel Logan:

from http://www.gustner-wright-genealogy.com/genereptlearned.html

Descendants of William Learned

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 LEARNED1,2,3 was born 01 Jan 1589/90 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England4, and died 01 Mar 1645/46 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England5. He married GOODITH GILMAN6,7,8. She was born 1594 in Bremondsey, Surrey, England9, and died 24 Jun 1661 in Malden, Essex, MA9.

Notes for WILLIAM LEARNED:

Selected excerpts from: The Learned Family, compiled by William Law Learned in part from the papers of the late Joseph Gay Eaton Learned, Joel Munsell's Sons, 1882.

"WILLIAM LEARNED1. The first admission to the present First church of Charlestown was, according to its records, as follows: "1632, 10 mo., day 6, William Learned and Goodith, his wife, were admitted." (N. E. H. & G. Reg., vol. xxxiii, page 191).

It has been said, but whether upon good authority is not known, that William Learned came over in Feb., 1624. But this seems improbable, since his son Isaac was born that month, and his daughter Mary was buried in England, July, 1625.

In 1634, May 14th, he was admitted freeman. His name appears as one of the signatures to the town order for the appointment of eleven selectmen, February 13, 1634-1635. (Frothingham's Charlestown, p. 50.) On Feb. 13, 1635-6, he was appointed a selectman. About this time he is mentioned with twenty-eight others as having "willingly surrendered for the good of the town part of their land on Mystic side."

In 1640 a movement was on foot to settle Woburn. The first meeting for the purpose was held at the house of Mr. Thomas Greene, December 18th; and town orders were there signed by thirty-two persons, and among them by William Learned, (spelled by the clerk Lernedt). He was one of the seven who, the 14th of August, 1642, formed the first church of Woburn, (Woburn town records; Sewall's Woburn, p. 20; Johnson's Wonder Working Prov., p 17.) On the 24th of November, it is recorded that he freely gave up his lot for the use of the town, which gave it to Thomas Richardson, and agreed to give to William Learned the like for quantity and quality. It was afterwards ordered that he should have seventy-two acres laid out to his son Isaac, in recompense for the sixty-six which he had thus given.

On the 13th of April, 1643, he was chosen constable and one of the selectmen; and again February 9, 1644-5. Some additional land was given him in Sept., 1645. Another order, two months later, says that he was to have six acres and a half for a house lot and farm in meadow, and the residence, being sixty acres, "the one-halfe in forest field and the other halfe in playne field."

He died March 1, 1646, two days before the selectmen were chosen for the third term; and thus he held the offices of selectman and constable at his death. (Qu. 1646-7; as he is named in the town rate, 22d of 10 mo. 1646.) Judging from the age of his daughter, Sarah, he must have been born as early as 1590; and would thereefor have been at least 56 at his death. He left a widow who had an annuity. On the 4th of October, 1648, his son "Isack Lerned was discharged of his accompt consarning his father, who, deseased, constable." The account had been settled in part, Sept. 26.

The following is from: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1855 by Henry Bond.

"LEARNED (Lernot, Larned, Larnit, &c.)

WILLIAM LEARNED,(*) was admitted freeman, May 14, 1634, and his name, and that of his wife GOODETH [? Judith, or good wife], are the first two on the list of members of the present First Church, of Charlestown. "1632, 10 mo., day 6, William Learned and Goodeth, his wife, were admitted." The following extract from the town records of Charlestown. is an evidence of how highly he was esteemed for his intelligence and virtue: "1638, 26, 2d month, Mr. Increase Nowell, Mr. Zachariah Sims, Mr. John Green, Mr. John Harvard, Left. Ralph Sprague, and William Learned, were desired to consider of some things tending towards a body of Lawes." Records, p. 20. He was a subscriber to the town orders for Woburn, drawn up at Charlestown, Dec. 18, 1640; was one of the seven original members of the church in Woburn, which was gathered, Aug. 14, 1642-3; was one of the first board of Selectmen, chosen Ap. 13, 1644, and was re-elected the following year. He was also elected constable (who was in those days the collector of taxes), for the years, 1644 and '45. He d. in Woburn, Mar. 1, 1645-6, two days before the third election of town officers. He left a wid., who had an annuity during her widowhood. His accounts, as collector, were in part settled by his son Isaac, Sept. 29, 1646, and finally settled, Oct. 4, 1648.

The name (Learned), has been varied much by the bad orthography of early times, as Lerned, Lernot, Larned, Larnit, &c., and many of his descendants now write it, Larned."

More About WILLIAM LEARNED:

Burial: Mar 1645/46, Watertown, Middlesex, Ma9

Notes for GOODITH GILMAN:

From: The Learned Family, compiled by William Law Learned in part from the papers of the late Joseph Gay Eaton Learned, Joel Munsell's Sons, 1882.

"The first admission to the present First church of Charlestown was, according to its records, as follows: "1632, 10 mo., day 6, William Learned and Goodith, his wife, were admitted." (N. E. H. & G. Reg., vol. xxxiii, page 191). This name Goodith, is said by Rev. Samuel Sewall to be, not a corrupt spelling of Judith, but an old English name, from the Saxon, Goditha. It was common at that time. In one instance, at least, about this period a child, baptised Goodith, was, however, always called Judith. (Col. Joseph L. Chester.)"

More About GOODITH GILMAN:

Burial: MA9

Children of WILLIAM LEARNED and GOODITH GILMAN are:

2. i. SARAH2 LEARNED, b. Abt. 1608; d. 24 Jan 1660/61, Malden, MA.

                 ii.    BETHIA LEARNED10, b. Abt. 29 Oct 161211.

More About BETHIA LEARNED:

Baptism: 29 Oct 1612

                iii.    MARY LEARNED12, b. Abt. 15 Sep 161512.

More About MARY LEARNED:

Baptism: 15 Sep 161512

Burial: 26 Jul 1625, England12

                iv.    ABIGAIL LEARNED12, b. Abt. 30 Sep 161813.

More About ABIGAIL LEARNED:

Baptism: 30 Sep 1618

3. v. CAPTAIN ISAAC LEARNED, b. Abt. 25 Feb 1623/24, Bermondsey, Surry, London, England; d. 27 Nov 1657, Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA.

                vi.    ELIZABETH LEARNED14, b. Abt. 25 Mar 162114.

More About ELIZABETH LEARNED:

Baptism: 25 Mar 1621, Bermondsey, Surry, England 14

Generation No. 2

2. SARAH2 LEARNED (WILLIAM1)15,16,17 was born Abt. 160818, and died 24 Jan 1660/61 in Malden, MA19. She married (1) THOMAS EWER20,21 13 Jan 1623/24 in England21. He was born Abt. 159522,23, and died 1638 in Charleston24,25. She married (2) THOMAS LOTHROP25 11 Dec 1639 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England26,27.

Notes for SARAH LEARNED:

It is reported in "One Hundred and Sixty Families" that the date of Sarah's marriage is recorded at Bermondsey, however the name of her husband is not listed.

More About THOMAS EWER and SARAH LEARNED:

Marriage: 13 Jan 1623/24, England27

More About THOMAS LOTHROP and SARAH LEARNED:

Marriage: 11 Dec 1639, Bermondsey, Surrey, England28,29

Children of SARAH LEARNED and THOMAS EWER are:

                  i.    SARAH3 EWER29,30, b. Apr 162730; m. THOMAS BLOSSOM30, 18 Jun 164530.

More About THOMAS BLOSSOM and SARAH EWER:

Marriage: 18 Jun 164530

                 ii.    HENRY EWER31,32, b. Apr 162932; d. 165232; m. MARY ?32.
                iii.    ELIZABETH EWER33,34, b. 1631; d. Barnstable34.

More About ELIZABETH EWER:

Burial: 09 Apr 164134

                iv.    THOMAS EWER35,36, b. 163336; d. 1667, Barnstable36; m. HANNAH ?36.

Children of SARAH LEARNED and THOMAS LOTHROP are:

4. v. MARY3 LOTHROP, b. 04 Oct 1640, Barnstable; d. 1735.

                vi.    HANNAH LOTHROP36, b. 18 Oct 1642, Barnstable36.
               vii.    THOMAS LOTHROP36, b. 07 Jul 1644, Barnstable36.

5. viii. MELETIAH LOTHROP, b. 02 Nov 1646, Barnstable; d. 06 Feb 1711/12.

6. ix. BETHIA LOTHROP, b. 23 Jul 1649; d. 10 Jul 1697.

--Laurel Logan -------------------- http://www.geni.com/projects/Great-Migration-Passengers-of-the-Arbella-1630/5754 Immigrant #280

http://www.geni.com/people/William-Learned/6000000000115706599?through=6000000003030767596 : Born before 1588, possibly as early as 1581. Died March 1, 1645/6, in Woburn, Middlesex Co, Mass, age 55-60. William Learned was married to Goodith Gilman in St. Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England on April 22, 1606. The baptism records for all known children, except the oldest, Sarah, have been found in neighboring Bermondsey, Surrey, England.

Arrived in Winthrop's Fleet, with first wife and all his children, except Sarah, who, according to Savage, came in 1635, with her husband, Thomas Ewer. Thomas and Sarah's marriage is recorded in Bermondsey on Jan 13, 1623/4. The four younger children would have been ages 6-18 in 1630.

He and his wife were were admitted to the church of Charlestown December 6, 1632.

Married (1) Goodith Gilman, on April 22, 1606, in St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England. She was likely born by 1588 and died sometime after 1632 (date of last record of her) in Charlestown, Mass. (NOT Judith or Goodwife.) Married (2) Jane (___). Birthdate unknown, married sometime between 1632-1645. Not much is known about her. An inventory of her estate was taken in March, 1660/1, following her death on January 24, 1660/1.

LIved in Charlestown from 1630, one of founding fathers of Woburn, Mass in 1640 (along with Henry Baldwin and the Richardson brothers), died there 1645.

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William Learned's Timeline

1588
1588
Bermondsey, Surrey, England
1606
April 22, 1606
Age 18
Stblave,Southwork,Surrey,England
1612
October 1612
Age 24
1614
September 30, 1614
Age 26
Bermondsey, Surrey, England
1615
September 15, 1615
Age 27
Bermondsey, Surrey, England
1618
September 30, 1618
Age 30
Bermondsey, England
1621
March 25, 1621
Age 33
Bermondsey, Surrey, England
1623
February 25, 1623
Age 35
Bermondsey, Surry, London, England
1645
March 1645
Age 57
Watertown, Middlesex, Ma
1646
April 5, 1646
Age 58
Woburn, Middlesex, MA