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Dr. Richard Palgrave

Also Known As: "Richard Palsgrave"
Birthplace: Barnham Broom, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Edward Palgrave and Amy Palgrave
Husband of Ann Palgrave
Father of Mary Wellington; Sarah Alcock; Elizabeth Edwards; Rebecca Dade; Benjamin Palgrave and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Palgrave; Christian Palgrave and John Palgrave
Half brother of Thomas Palgrave; Christian Palgrave; John Palgrave; William Palgrave; Ann Palgrave and 7 others

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About Dr. Richard Palgrave of Barnham Broom and Charlestown

Please don't confuse Richard Palgrave of Great Yarmouth with Dr. Richard Palgrave of Barnham Broom and Charlestown. Richard Palgrave of Great Yarmouth (1597-1630) married Joane (Harris) [Palgrave] Young (1601-1637) and had one daughter Ann who married Nicholas Woodbury. His widow and daughter moved to Salem (See Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates ancestral lines : a memorial volume containing the American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes, (1931-1943), Vol 2 p 621-623, Palgrave. Dr. Richard Palgrave of Barnham Broom and Charlestown (1593-1651) married Ann (Unknown) (1594-1668) and moved to Charlestown, MA and had 10 children. See Robert C Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet (Boston, MA: NEHGS 2012) p 510-515 which includes and updated list of children as well as Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry (Salt Lake City: 2016) Vol. I p 511-513 and ary Boyd Roberts. "Ancestors of American Presidents" (Boston, MA NEHGS Nov 2015) Richard: 265,286,367,383,509; Anna 367,509 for the most recent information.


See The great migration begins: immigrants to N E Vol I-III; pp1373-2386. Indicates only one wife Anne/Anna UNKN, not harris , 7 children Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth,John,Rebecca, Lydia, Bethia -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Richard Palgrave came to the America's on board the Winthrop Fleet from Stepney, Middlesex County in 1630 ten years after the Pilgrims, bringing with him his wife and his daughters, Mary and Sarah. Winthrop Fleet passengers were motivated to make their move by their need to "practice their religion free from the persecution of the Crown- Church of England." About one- third perished during or soon after their voyage. Richard Palgrave came at the same time as George Alcock and their children married. Both were doctors, George Alcock settling in Roxbury and Richard became the first medical man established in Charlestown. He was a member of the Boston church with his wife, pew Nos. 105 and 106; They did not transfer their church memberships to Charlestown. He requested admission as a freeman October 19th 1630, and took the oath 18th May 1631. Died: Charlestown, Mass., 1656.

Connection of George Bush to Edward 1 of england:

KING EDWARD I of ENGLAND to PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Edward I of England (b. 1272-1307) = Princess Eleanor of CastilePrincess / Elizabeth of England = Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford & Essex / William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton = Elizabeth de Badlesmere / Elizabeth de Bohun = Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel / Elizabeth FitzAlan = Sir Robert Goushill / Elizabeth Goushill = Sir Robert Wingfield / Elizabeth Wingfield = Sir William Brandon / Eleanor Brandon = John Glemham / Anne Glemham = Henry Pagrave / Thomas Pagrave = Alice Gunton Edward Palgrave / Dr. Richard Palgrave (b. 1650) = Anna / Mary Palgrave (b. 1695) = Robert Wellington (b. 1698) / Benjamin Wellington (b. 1646) = Elizabeth Sweetman / Elizabeth Wellington (b. 1673) = John Fay (b. 1669) / John Fay (b. 1700) = Hannah Child (b. 1700/2) / Jonathan Fay (b. 1724) = Joanna Phillips / Jonathan Fay (b. 1752) = Lucy Prescott / Samuel Prescott Philips Fay (b. 1778) = Harriet Howard (b. 1782) / Samuel Howard Fay (b. 1804) = Susan Shellman (b. 1808) / Harriet Eleanor Fay (b. 1829) = Reverend James Smith Bush (b. 1825) / Samuel Prescott Bush (b. 1863) = Flora Sheldon / Prescott Sheldon Bush (b. 1895) = Dorothy Walker / George Herbert Walker Bush, President of the U.S.A. (b. 1924) = Barbara Pierce / George Walker Bush, President of the U.S.A. (b. July 6, 1946)

Immigration: 1630


   Immigrated with George Alcock and Thomas Lambe, both also in family tree. George Alcock's son, John, married Richard Palgrave's daughter, Sarah; Thomas Lambe's son Joshua married their daughter, Mary Alcock.

Father: John PALGRAVE b: 20 May 1563 in Pulham, Norfolk, England

Mother: Amy UNKNOWN b: Abt 1568

Marriage 1 Ann (Unknown) b: c 1594 probably in Barnham Broom, Norfolk, England d: 17 MAR 1668 • Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Note he did not marry Joane Harris that was the other Richard Palgrave of Great Yarmouth.


This list is taken from Moriarty and Anderson's Great Migration and updated with information from 2012 published by Anderson in the Winthrop Fleet.

Two of the daughters who were married by the time of their father's death had remained in England-- one in Deptford, the other in nearby Stepney, where their widowed mother likely returned by 1655. (The widow ultimately returned to New England, settling in Roxbury, MA, where she died between March and May 1669). The widow's will identifies "a late son Alcock" (suggesting that one of her daughters married an Alcock), eldest daughter Mary, wife of Roger Wellington, [granddaughter] Mary [Wellington], wife of John Maddox; granddaughter Anna Alcock, eldest daughter of "my late son and daghter Alcock"; to John Heylett, eldest son of her daughter Lydia, who received her husband's medical equipment and books.(Moriarty, p 208) This results in the following:

  1. Mary, b abt 1619; m abt 1637 Roger Wellington, planter of Watertown who died 11 Mar 1697/8; six children, including Palgrave Wellington.
  2. Sarah, b abt 1621; m abt 1648 Dr. John Alcock (Harvard 1646) of Roxbury; she d 29:9:1665, aged 44; skilled in medicine and surgery; he died in Boston 29 Mar 1666/7. Nine children, including son Palgrave Alcock.
  3. Benjamin bp 19 December 1622 Wymondham, Norfolk, England; buried there 22 February 1623
  4. Benjamin bp 5 Feb 1623/4 Wymondham, Norfolk, England; buried there 13 February 1629/30
  5. Elizabeth, bp 10 Apr 1626 Wymondham, Norfolk, England; m bef 8 Jun 1651 John Edwards the eler of Green Bank, Stephen, England who was still alive 27 Feb 1675/6. They had a daughter Palgrave Edwards who married Benjamin Walker of St. Botolph Aldgate who later came to Boston, MA. Another Edwards child, John Edwards, became a surgeon in Carlestown MA in 1676 and died 4 Oct 1690 on expedition to Canada. Elizabeth Palgrave Edwards died shortly before 20 Oct 1707 when her will was proven. (Suffolk Probate, No 3069)
  6. Hannah bp 28 Sep 1628 Wymondham, Norfolk, England No further record
  7. Rebecca, born 25 Jul 1631 Charlestown (25:5:1631); single in 1651
  8. John, b 6 March1633/4 Charlestown, baptized in Boston 9 March; m 8 Feb 1655/6 Mary, dau of Samuel Maverick of Noddles Island; died without issue before 20 Sep 1660 when his widow remarried in Boston, Francis Hooke of Kittery Maine.
  9. Lydia, b 15 Jan 1635/6 Charlestown, bapt Boston 17 Jan; m aft 1651 and bef 17 Mar 1655/6 Edmund Heylett of Deptford, co. Kent, merchante, son of Samuel Heylett of All Saints parish, Norwich, co. Norfolk, England. At least one child, John Heylett.
  10. Bethia, b 10 Jul 1638 (sic) bp 8 Jul 1638 Boston; d 21 August 1638.
  • Please note that Ann Palgrave of Salem and Beverley who married Nicholas Woodbury was not a daughter of this family. She was the only daughter of the other Richard Palgrave.

Became Freeman in 1631. Where it says "Freeman" instead of birthdate, it means he went before the General Court and made an affidavit that he was over 21 years old, a member of the church, and owned property. Then he was given the right to vote on all questions.

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Dr. Richard Palgrave of Barnham Broom and Charlestown's Timeline

Barnham Broom, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
January 29, 1598
Age 5
Pulham,St. Mary Virgin,Norfolk,Eng
Age 26
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
November 29, 1620
Age 27
Wymondham, Norfolk, England
Age 33
Great Yarmouth,Norfolk,England
July 25, 1631
Age 38
February 5, 1632
Age 39
March 6, 1634
Age 41
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
January 11, 1636
Age 43
Great Yarmouth,Norfolk,England