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James Bill

Also Known As: "John"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
Death: December 10, 1638 (45)
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John William Bill and Anne Bill
Husband of Dorothy Bill
Father of James Bill, Sr; Thomas Bill; John Bill; Mary Bill; Philip Bill and 2 others

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•ID: I973 •Name: John Bill •Surname: Bill •Given Name: John •Sex: M •Birth: 1593 in London, London, England •Death: 10 Dec 1638 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States •Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States •_UID: 162D5B5EEAA6D611AC9BB8382DF6EC31EA76 •Note: LDS Archive Record-Research of Rhea B. Robertson/Mildred Boyd Bill Genealogy "John Bill and his wife Dorothy Tuttle(whose brother was Richard Tuttle) were pioneer setttlers in Boston. No record of their arrival has been found; but there is substantial evidence that it was prior to 1835. Possibly they came in 1633, the year for which emigrant records were lost. Apparently they brought with them their three older children, leaving the two younger to arrive in 1635, John on the "Hopewell" and Mary on the "Planter," John Bill died in Boston Dec. 1638. children: Thomas, James, Philip, John, Mary."

History of Bill Family by Ledyard Bill, e. N.Y., 1867 The name Bill derived from the "Battle-Axe" or "Bill men," the middle grade of soldiers in the British army, many years before 1300 AD. Surnames were not in use much before 1300 AD. Our name oldest in England, being traced to a county (Shropshire) for a period of about 500 years. First of whom we have any special account is Dr. Thomas Bills M.D.born about 1490 in Bedfordshire, England, attended Princess Elizabeth in 1549. Physician to King Henry VIII, Edward VI (md. Agness.) Dr. Bill's will bears date June1, 1551--probably brother of John Bill and also near relative of Dr. Thomas Bill M.D. (maybe first cousin.) In 1547 William Bill received his D.D. degree; in 1551 he was appointed Master of Trinity College. Shortly after the Accession of Queen Mary he was ejected from the mastership in a rude manner and he went into retirement during the reign of Queen Mary. There was a conflict of religion at the time; Dr. Bill was protestant and the Queen was Catholic. Confusion reigned. Many went into exile or were driven and many were martyered. Then came th reign of Queen Elizabeth. Dr. Bill was given back the Mastership at Trinity. He died 15 July 1561, buried at Westminister Abbey. His daughter, Mary married Frances Samwell, Auditor to King Henry VII. Their son and heir Sir William Samwell received Knighthood at the Coronation of King James 1. Sir William Married Jane, daughter Sir Henry Skipworth. Charles Bill born about 1550 in London, believed to be the son of the proceeding was educated and received his B.A. & M.A. degrees. John Bill, baptized 1576, born in Parish of Much Wedlock, and son of Charles Bill, were the publishers of the 1st King James version of the Bible and prayer books. No one was allowed to print these excpect by Royal permission. Published in 1611. John Bill married (1) Ann Mountford, daughter of Thomas Douglass, b. 1538, d. 1621 at age 33, buried at St. Faiths, at Paul's; he married (2) Joan Franklin, daughter of Henry Throwley, in Kent. John Bill's will dated 1630. No death date is given. Listed in the will are there children: John, Ann, Charles and Henry. Also listed are a supposed brother, William and supposed nephews Thomas and John. John Bill, son of printer John Bill, was a grown man in 1630 and may be the John and Dorothy Bill, first Bill family to come to America. Bill's had a Coat of Arms but no Crest. •Change Date: 16 Mar 2008 at 13:29:59

Father: John Bill b: 1576 in Muchli, Wenlock, Shropshire, England c: 1576 in Muchli, Wenlock, Shropshire, England Mother: Ann Mountford b: abt. 1588 in Muchli, Wenlock, Shropshire, England

Marriage 1 Dorothy Tuttle b: 1598 in London, London, England •Married: ABT 1614/1615 in London, London, England •Note: LDS Archive Records-"Rhea B. Robertson/Mildred Boyd Children 1. James Bill b: 1615 in London, London, England 2. Thomas Bill b: 1618 in Of London, London, England c: 18 Mar 1626/1627 in Ringstead, Northampton, England 3. Phillip Bill b: 1620 in London, London, England 4. John Bill b: 1622 in London, London, England 5. Mary Bill b: 1624 in London, London, England c: 0025 Very early settler of Boston.

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  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • Probably Richard Tuttle had no other children than those who came with him in the Planter. The wid. 'Dorothy Bill* lived at his house and was probably his sister. By order of the court he was to be responsible for her "or anything about her." supposed to mean that he would support her and her children.
  • *'John and Dorothy Bill, son James, a. 21, and dau. Mary, a. 11, came over in the Planter, 1635, and had besides, probably Thomas and Philip. John Bill d. in Boston, 12th month, 1638; believed to be son of John Bill, bap. 1575, who appears in London, 1643, as publisher to King James, after receiving the royal license as King's Printer......
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  • Full text of "Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, genealogical-memorial; representative citizens;"
  • BILL, William Coe,
  • Manufacturer and Importer.
  • The Bill family of England has an ancient and honorable record, extending back almost to the beginning of the use of surnames in that country. The name means a kind of weapon, and the progenitor doubtless took his surname from his occupation in war, a bill-man. A bill was a kind of battle-ax. The family came originally from Denmark, according to the best authority and located in Shropshire. England, where for some five centuries it has been numerous and prominent, and also in Wiltshire and Stafifordshire. Dr. Thomas Bill, born 1490, a prominent physician, was an attendant of Princess Elizabeth. John Bill, born 1576, was a well-known publisher of London, "publisher to King James I., Most Excellent Majestic" in 1613, and one of the first books that he published was written by the king. After he received his royal license his place of business became known as Printing House Square, by which it is still known. John Bill married Anne Mountford, authoress of a book entitled "Mirror of Modestie," published in 1621. She died May 3, 1621, aged thirty-three years. He married (second) Joan Franklin, of Throwley, County Kent. He made his will in 1630; was buried at St. Anne's, Blackfriars. London. He left a legacy to the parish of Much Wenlock, where he was born. Children by first wife : 'John, mentioned below' ; Anne ; Charles, who succeeded his father as publisher ; Henry; Mary.
  • 'The Bill coat-of-arms is described : Ermine two wood-bills (battle-axes) sable with long handles proper in saltire a chief azure, a pale or, charged with a rose gules between two pelicans' heads erased at the neck, argent. There was a William Bill buried at Westminster Abby and the coat-of-arms are engraved on his tomb.
  • (II) 'John (2) Bill, son of John (i) Bill, was the immigrant ancestor, according to the researches of the author of the Bill genealogy. With his wife Dorothy he came to this country before 1635. Their children, John, aged thirteen, and Marie, aged eleven years, came to Boston in 1635, John in the ship "Hopewell' and Marie in the ship "Planter." John Bill died in 1638, and a month later Richard Tuttle became responsible to the town for Dorothy Bill, widow, "sojourner at his house" and "for anything about her." It is believed that she was Tuttle's sister. From John Bill all of the surname in this country are descended. Children: James, born in England in 1615; Thomas, born about 1618; Philip, mentioned below ; John, born 1622 ; Mary, 1624.
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  • BILL, Frederick Roswell,
  • Enterprising Business Man.
  • Frederick Roswell Bill, president of The Bill Brothers Company, of Hartford, is in the ninth generation of direct lineal descent from 'John Bill, who in 1635, or at some time earlier, became a member of the Massachusetts Colony, and was progenitor of American branches of a family which has held prominent place in the records of many states since Colonial days, and has in the branch to which Frederick Roswell Bill, of Hartford, belongs, been identified with Connecticut history for about two hundred and fifty years.
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  • Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg. 1910
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James Bill's Timeline

Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
November 23, 1615
Age 22
London, Middlesex, , England
Age 25
London, Middlesex, England
Age 29
Age 31
April 1629
Age 36
Ringstead, Northamptonshire, England
December 10, 1638
Age 45
Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony