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Joshua Winsor

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: 1679 (59)
Providence, (Present Providence County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Windsor
Husband of Wife of Joshua Winsor
Father of Rev. Samuel Winsor; Sarah Tyler; Susanna Turner; Mercy Harding; Hannah Cary and 1 other

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About Joshua Winsor

Joshua Winsor came to America between 1620 and 1631. He was indentured to Gov Winthrop. Roger Williams asked for Winsor's indenture in payment of a debt owed to Williams by Winthrop. Thus Winsor came to Rhode Island. Later, Joshua's son Samuel married Roger's daughter, Mercy.

Joshua Windsor dropped the "d" from his name when he came to America. For his passage from England, Joshua became an indentured servant to Gov John Winthrop in Boston. He was a freethinker and so had difficulties with the Puritan theocracy there. Roger Williams, founder of RI, in need of help handling his property, sent a letter (a record of which still exists) to Gov Winthrop asking to have the indentured Joshua in satisfaction of a debt owed him. Joshua came to Providence in 1638. According to Olney Winsor, Joshua was "a person of some considerable talents and education, and of a serious and religious turn of mind." He was married around 1643. His wife died in 1654.

Information on Joshua Winsor's ancestry is from Horace Field Parshall's book "the Parshall Family, A.D. 870--1915; a collection of historical records and notes..." (London, F Edwards, 1915).

All above information is from the "Jewell Register" extension, compiled by Robert Winsor Jewell of New York state in 2004.

from List_of_early_settlers_of_Rhode_Island#First_settlers_of_Providence

Between 1639 and 1644, early settlers of Providence, Rhode Island signed the "Providence Covenant", sometimes called the "Providence Compact." The below signers were 13 early settlers of the area, married with children, and were labeled "second comers" (in contrast to the "present inhabitants" from the first arrival of settlers). Some of the listed individuals were among the first settlers, but were minors at the time, and had now reached their majority.

  • Richard Scott
  • William Reynolds X his mark
  • John Field X his mark
  • Chad Browne
  • John Warner
  • George Richard
  • Edward Cope
  • Thomas Angell X his mark (now an adult)
  • Thomas Harris
  • Francis Wickes X his mark (now an adult)
  • Benedict Arnold (now an adult)
  • Joshua Winsor
  • William Wickenden


Additionally, Joshua Winsor was among the 39 Providence settlers who signed an agreement to form a government on 27 July 1640.


alternate data for birth year - c. 1595

Joshua Windsor came to America in 1638 as one of twenty, who with Roger Williams bought land from the Indians and founded Providence, Rhode Island.

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Joshua Winsor's Timeline

Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
November 18, 1644
Age 24
Providence, Providence Plantations in Narraganset Bay
Age 26
Age 28
Age 29
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 32
Age 59
Providence, (Present Providence County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations