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John Greenway

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: England
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Greenway
Father of Ann Pierce; Ursula Batten; Elizabeth Allen; Susanna Wales; Catherine Daniel and 1 other

Occupation: Millwright. Wheelwright. Freeman. Pioneer settler in Dorchester., Millwright
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About John Greenway

John Greenway

  • Birth: about 1576 according to the Great Migration Project
  • Death: Died between 5 February 1650/1 and 6 May 1652 (his deed acknowledged by witnesses) in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Wife: Mary

Millwright from Mildenhall, Wiltshire who came from Massachusetts Bay in 1630 & settled in Dorchester. Pioneer Settlers of Dorchester in 1630. Lived near the "burying place" One of the most ancient of the original members of the Dorchester church colony. Came in the "Mary and John" on its first voyage in 1630.



  1. by 1636 (and by about 1601 if she was the mother of all his children) Mary _____. "Mary Grenaway deceased this life the 23 January 1658[/9]" at Dorchester. 


  1.   Ann Greenway Pierce (1601 - ____)*
  2.   Ursula Greenway Batten (1603 - ____)*
  3.   Mary Greenway Millett (1605 - ____)*
  4.   Martha Greenway (1607 - ____)*
  5.   Elizabeth Greenway Allen (1608 - ____)*
  6.   Susannah Greenway Wales (1620 - ____)*
  7.   Katherine Greenway Daniel (1626 - ____)*


Our first family members in America were John and Mary Greenoway of Wiltshire, England1. They were members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony who settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630. Little is known about John and Mary, however records indicate the following:

John requested freemanship on October 19, 1630, and he was admitted on May 18, 1631. Yes a "freeman" meant a voting citizen. Since the Puritan government was a theocracy, only members of the Church were eligible to become a freeman. One also had to be a landowner. John Greenaway's literacy & skills as a millwright place him solidly in the middle class so that he probably had the funds to pay for his own passage. If not, those skills would have been of such value to the colony that passage probably would have been paid for him.

John and Mary had 6 or 7 daughters. Some of their daughters were with them in the first years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and at least two of their daughters stayed in England. Mary, who stayed in England, married Thomas Millett of Newbury2.

John and Mary survived their first few years in America and must have encouraged family members in England to join them because, within five years, two more of their daughters and their son-in-law Thomas Millett had landed in the colony.

John gave property to his daughter Ursula Greenoway because she had been an obedient, loving, dutiful, and faithful daughter and servant unto her aged father & mother. This seems interesting because it indicates how important family support was in these challenging times. It also shows that women became landowners early in America.




  • 1) The American Genealogist, Whole Number 295 Vol. 74, No. 3, p. 193-195, July 1999, ENGLISH BAPTISMS FOR THE GREEN(A)WAY FAMILY OF DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS By Leslie Mahler
  • 2) The American Genealogist , Whole Number 298 Vol. 75, No. 2, p. 81-93, April 2000, THE CORRECT ENGLISH ORIGIN OF THOMAS1 MILLETT OF DORCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, By Paul C. Reed, FASG, and Leslie Mahler
  • 3) "History of the Town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine" Pg43 (A digital copy of this reference can be found on

See other entry for more information.

See "The Great Migration Begins." Came to Dorchester in 1630. Born by about 1576 and died between 5 Feb 1650/1 and 6 May 1652. Married by 1636.

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John Greenway's Timeline

June 23, 1563
Staines, Chester, Eng
Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
Age 25
Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
October 1603
Age 27
Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
November 6, 1605
Age 29
Mildenhall, Wiltshire , England
February 2, 1609
Age 33
Mildenhall, Wiltshire , England
Age 44
Mildenhall, Wiltshire , England
Age 50
Mildenhall, Wiltshire , England
Age 54
Dorchester, MA