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Increase Nowell

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Sheldon, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death: November 1, 1655 (52)
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Parnell Parker
Father of Samuel Nowell; Mehitable Cutler; Joseph Nowell; Abigail Nowell; Eleazer Nowell and 3 others

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About Increase Nowell

Increase Nowell

He was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company, and came over as secretary to Governor Winthrop in 1630 in the "Arbella." He settled in Charlestown and with his wife joined the first church there July, 1630, and the re-orgnized church in 1632. He was elected ruling elder July 27, 1639: assistant to the governor deputy to the General Court: secretary of the colony: elected to many positions of trust and responsibility in the town.

from: link Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Vol. 4 by William Richard Cutter


  1. Increase 11/19/1630, died young
  2. Abigail 4/27/1632, d. 1634
  3. Samuel bapt. 1634
  4. Eliezer 1636 died 1636
  5. Mehitable 1638
  6. Increase bapt 5/23/1640
  7. Mary 5/26/1643
  8. Alexander


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Increase Nowell, (1590[1]–1655), was a colonial administrator, original patentee of the Massachusetts Bay Company, founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and first ruling elder of the First Church in Charlestown.

He was baptized in 1593 at Sheldon, Warwickshire, on the estate bought in 1575 by his grandfather Laurence Nowell. He married at Holy Trinity, Minories, London.

He was named within The Charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company and in 1629 was created assistant to the Massachusetts Bay Colony being re-elected annually up until 1654.

He was an eminent member of the Puritan Great Migration of the 1630s. As a result of the Cambridge Agreement, emigrating shareholders bought out those not emigrating thus allowing the proposed colony autonomy from London. Nowell had dealings with transatlantic merchants and as the Winthrop Fleet was being assembled, he was recommended as good counsel concerning buying a ship [2]

In 1630 Nowell sailed with John Winthrop as a part of the original Puritan expedition to Massachusetts. Soon after arriving in the New World, Nowell became one of the original settlers of Charlestown, one of Massachusetts' earliest Puritan communities.

He was first ruling elder of the First Church in Charlestown, now The First Congregational Society of Charlestown, which was founded in November 1632 with Nowell named first on the covenant of the original members. The original meetinghouse is believed to have been in the vicinity today’s Thompson Square. Nowell conducted marriages but declined further ecclesiastical office. In 1637 John Harvard, benefactor of Harvard University was appointed minister for the church. Also in 1637, during the Antinomian Controversy, he was one of the magistrates during the trial of Anne Hutchinson, and with all the other magistrates voted for her banishment from the colony.[3]

Nowell worked as a lay magistrate, military commissioner and colonial secretary (1636–50). On his death, his estate was valued at £592. In 1656 the General Court, sensible of the low condition of the family, initially granted 2,000 acres (8.1 km2), with a further 3,200-acre (13 km2) grant later [4]

from "Increase Nowell", in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

Increase Nowell b. by 1603 [estimate based on marriage], d. Charlestown 1 Nov 1655 [so stated by inventory of his estate], m. London 8 Jul 1628 Parnell (Gray) Parker.

From Appleton, William S. Early Wills Illustrating the Ancestry of Harriot Coffin: with Genealogical and Biographical Notes. (Boston: Press of D. Clapp & Son, 1893), p. 29, 73-75.

Will of "Increase Nowell of Charlestowne in New England planter", dated 23 of the 4th Month [June] 1655, proved 25 Dec 1655, mentions "my mother Coitmore ... if living", son Increase, son Alexander, son Samuell, daughters Mehetabell & Mary [all except Samuel appear to be under age]; bequeasts to "Mr Zachary Sims o[u]r Pastor of Charlestowne", "Mr John Wilson Pastor of Boston", "Mr John Green ruling Elder in Charlestowne", Ralph Mousall, Robert Hale. Wife Parnell Nowell and son Samuel named executors, Ralph Mousall and Robert Hale overseers.

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Increase Nowell's Timeline

Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Age 27
Charlestown, MA
Age 31
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
February 2, 1638
Age 35
Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
March 26, 1643
Age 40
Charlestown, Middlesex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
November 1, 1655
Age 52
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA