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William Vinson (Vincent)

Birthplace: Possibly of, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Vinson and Rachel Vinson
Father of Sarah Parsons; Hannah Ellery; Elizabeth Gardner; John Vinson; William Vinson and 5 others

Occupation: Pot maker
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About William Vinson

This appears to be the point where the family modified the name from Vincent to Vinson.

Occupation: Potmaker

Vinson had some means, as Susanna Day was his servant before her marriage.

From Davis, Walter Goodwin. The ancestry of Charity Haley, 1755-1800: wife of Major Nicholas Davis of Limington, Maine. (Boston, Mass.: Stanhope Press, 1916):

  • William Vinson (Vincent) was born about 1610. He was in Salem with his mother and a cousin, Anthony Bucstone, in 1636 when land was laid out to them at Marblehead. He was made a freeman at Gloucester on 10 May 1643, where he served as selectman in 1646 and several subsequent years. He sold land to John Rowe in 1651 and another lot to his "son-in-law" Hugh Rowe in 1684 (Essex Deeds 9:286).
  • His first wife, Sarah, died 4 Feb 1660 and he married second on 10 June 1661, Rachel Varney Cooke, a widow. He died 17 Sep 1690.
  • His will, dated 19 Mar 1684, mentions his wife, son John "in case he be living and return home again", daughters Abigail, Sarah Parsons, deceased daughters Ellery and Gardner, daughter-in-law Mary Day, Jr. and John Cook, son of his son-in-law, John Cook (Essex Probate 303:4). Hugh Rowe was the husband of Rachel Langton, daughter of Rachel Varney and Joseph Langton. Mary Day was the daughter of Rachel Varney and Joseph Langton. "son-in-law" John Cook was the son of Rachel Varney and Thomas Cooke.

Barber and Delorey Source: Lura Woodside Watkins, Early New England Potters and Their Wares. Cambridge, MA, 1950, pp. 16-18. Watkins "speculates" regarding the birth place of William Vinson, noting that he called himself a "pot baker", a Dutch term. A migration from the Low Country to Essex, England, occurred about 1600.



I. Sir FRANCIS, 1st bart., was M.P. for co. Surrey, in the 1st parliament of king Charles I., m., 1st, Sarah, da. of sir Amias Paulet, governor of Guernsey and Jersey; 2dly, Mary, da. of sir Henry Archer, knt.; and 3dly, Eleanor, da. and h. of Robert Mallett, esq., and widow of sir Arthur Acland, knt.; by his 2d and 3d wives he had no issue, but by his 1st he had, besides several sons who d. without issue, 2 das., Elizabeth, m. John Acland, esq., and Margaret, m. sir Francis Gabell, knt., and a son and successor, Sir Anthony. (see note 1) Source: John Debrett, William Courthope, Debrett's Baronetage of England, Edition 7.


  1. Debrett's is incorrect that all sons died without issue: Amias Vincent has sons noted in the parish registers of Stoke d'Abernon, co. Surrey (pub 1917) & on the Visitations of Devon 1620. See (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rkinsley&id=I43249)
  2. not a known child of

Sir Francis Vincent, 1st Baronet of D'Abernon see Visitations of Devon in 1620, attached


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William Vinson's Timeline

June 1608
Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, England
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 28
Gloucester, Essex, Mass
August 10, 1642
Age 34
Gloucester, Essex, Mass
May 16, 1644
Age 35
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
May 15, 1648
Age 39
May 15, 1648
Age 39
Gloucester, Essex, Mass
September 9, 1651
Age 43
September 1, 1658
Age 50
Gloucester, Essex, Mass
Age 49
Gloucester, Essex, Mass