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Ann Harrington

Also Known As: "Widow Errington", "Fiennes"
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, MA
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Harington, of Watertown
Mother of Robert Harrington and Rebecca Watson

Occupation: referred to as Widow Errington
Managed by: David Embrey
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Ann Harrington

B: 1595/96 Newcastle, Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England D: 25 Dec 1632 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts


... NOT the daughter of Thomas Clinton (otherwise Fiennes), 3rd Earl of Lincoln. Again the immigration of someone so prominent would have been noted (6) as were the immigrations of two other daughters, Susan (7,8,9,10) and Arbella (7,8,10,11), and a son, Charles (8,10,12). Furthermore, Ann Clinton, dau. of Earl Thomas, is noted to have died young (13) as she is not mentioned in his will (7). He died in 1618 (7,13), well before Ann "Clinton" Harrington's reported arrival at Charlestown in 1631.



WARNING:  the genealogy of our subject, that is, the identities of his wife (or wives) and his children, is a mess (see Notes in Source 2, below).  Given our subject's illustrious ancestry, it is no surprise that claims have long been made to connect to him.  I show him here with wife, Anne CLINTON, because that is the line being claimed by a descendant of his alleged son, Benjamin HARRINGTON, who was tested for the HARRINGTON Y-DNA Surname Project (see first pedigree, for test subject H-53).  However, along with Scherzinger (1996) — see below — I agree that this connection has not been documented.  For some relevant results from Y-DNA testing, please see this page.

Husband:  James HARINGTON Birth:  1592, Bath, SOM Death:  25 Dec 1630/1, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Father:  John HARINGTON Mother:  Mary ROGERS Marriage: Wife possibly:  Anne / Ann CLINTON or CLINTON-FIENNES Birth:  1595, New Castle, LIN Death:  25 Dec 1632, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA

Alleged Children:

I have, so far found nothing to support that the following are their children.  In fact, what evidence I have found argues against at least some of these allegations.  To begin with, Y-DNA testing has proven that Robert and Benjamin are not only not brothers, but that they cannot have shared a common ancestor in genealogy time.  So, at most, only one or the other of them could be James's son.  Furthermore, Robert is a DNA match with a HARRINGTON who descends from William HARRINGTON of Essex.  Lastly, Abraham ERRINGTON is an ERRINGTON, descended from Edward ERRINGTON of Denton, Northumberland.  See their individual pages for further information.

  • 1.  Robert HARRINGTON, b. 1615/6, England to Watertown, MA
  • 2.  Benjamin HARRINGTON, b. 1618, England to Providence, RI
  • 3.  Abraham ERRINGTON, bap. 19 Jun 1622, England 
  • 4.  Rebecca HARRINGTON, b. ca. 1625; d. 4 Dec 1713; m. John WATSON

I have not worked on Rebecca's genealogy.  In any case, it won't be possible to confirm her connection with Y-DNA testing.


Managers of Ann Harrington,

I am contacting you about this profile: Ann Harrington

Robert and mother, Ann, and father John/James, are multiple maternal and paternal ancestors.

I have found an entry on a UK site ( which has a document for a baptism for ROBERT HERINGTON, b 1616 in Southwold.

Here is the link:

I have written a piece of historical fiction based on the supposed descent of Robert (who is the narrator) titled Grandma Harrington and the Queen's Wardrobe, at (author pen name-J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker.

Best regards, JOHN

PS I tried to post this as note on geni but I did not have a security code, or at least could not find it.

Ann Harrington

Lady Ann, born 1596, married Sir James Harrington and also emigrated to America, where she died in Charlestown, Mass., Christmas Day in 1632. She is not mentioned at all in her father's extensive will, in which he leaves all of his daughters money and even names servants, but the apparent family drama that resulted in this appears to be lost to history.


From Find a Grave:

Notes: Was John or James who went to America in "Prosperous"? Was his wife Joan Jentilman or Anne Clinton? There is supporting evidence for both suppositions. Is possible that Joan Jentilman married both Robert and John Harrington, creating a confusion. American Genealogist V.20, 1944 p.46-47: "Family of Earl of Lincoln, the alledged Connection" states that "Ann Clinton died Young and is incorrectly stated to have married John Harrington". It also states that the family of the Earl of Lincoln left no known descendants here. "Robert Harrington of Watertown, MA." by Frederick Lewis Weis states that "There was a Robert Harrington Bap 1 Oct 1616, son of Robert who had married on 7 Mar 1613, Joan Jentilman (bap. 5 Jul 1603), daughter of William and Agnes Jentilman. Joan (Jentilman) Harrington m.2nd, 25 Jul 1622 to Rev. John Younges" This last marriages is also referred to in Torrey (p.846). Other says that John Harington, son of Sir John Harington and Mary Rogers, was born about 1584. He married Anne Clinton, daughter of the Earl of Lincoln, an influential Puritan who was very active in aiding that Sect in settling Boston after 1628. Anne was born in Newcastle, England, in 1596, one of a family of seventeen children. John and Anne came to Boston in 1630. He was drowned in the harbor soon after their arrival, leaving Anne a widow with four children, all of whom were born in England.

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Ann Harrington's Timeline

July 5, 1603
Age 8
Southwold, Suffolk, England
July 5, 1603
Age 8
Of Southwald, Suffolk, Eng
July 5, 1603
Age 8
Southwold, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
July 5, 1603
Age 8
Southwold, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
July 5, 1603
Age 8
Southwold, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
October 1, 1616
Age 21
Southwold, Suffolk, England
Age 30
December 25, 1632
Age 37
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 1653
Age 37
Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, MA