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Rev John Wilson

Birthplace: Windsor, Berkshire, England
Death: August 07, 1667 (78)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Dr. William Wilson and Isabell Woodhall Wilson
Husband of Elizabeth Wilson
Father of Dr. Edmond Edmund Wilson; Rev. John Wilson; Elizabeth Rogers; Deacon Edward (Deacon) Wilson; Mary Rock and 22 others
Brother of Maria Sheaffe; NN Wilson; Isabel Gibbs; Elizabeth Wilson; Edmund Wilson and 3 others
Half brother of Henry Willson

Occupation: Minister, Boston, Reverend
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About Rev. John Wilson

JOHN WILSON was born about December, 1588, at Windsor, Berkshire, England. He is the son of Rev. WILLIAM D.D. and ISABEL (WOODHALL) WILSON, Canon of Windsor, grandson of WILLIAM WILSON of Welbourn, Lincolnshire, England, and great-grandson of WILLIAM WILSON of Penrith, Cumberland, England.

He was prepared at Eton and entered King's College, Cambridge in 1602. He left the College as a result of his interest in the Puritan movement and entered one of the Inns of Court to study law, but finally returned, under his father's influence, to the University, where he obtained a degree at Christ College of B.A. in 1606 and M.A. in 1609.

He preached at several places a short time, and was chaplain in several families, then preached at other places in Suffolk County until about 1620. He was located at Sudbury in that County for about ten years, but was prosecuted and suspended for non-conformity and in 1630 joined the emigration to New England, coming over on the "Arabella" with Gov. Winthrop. When the First Church of Boston was organized Jul. 30, 1630, he was installed as teacher, but returned to England in April 1631, to get his wife and children, who came over in May 1632. He was made a freeman of the colony Jul. 3, 1632, and was installed as pastor of the First Church of Boston, Nov. 23, 1632.

In 1634, he returned to England again to settle the estate of his brother, Edmund, and came back again to America in October 1635, where he remained until his death, Aug. 7, 1667. He was strict in his own orthodoxy, but a devoted preacher and respected generally.

His homestead was in Boston, Suffolk, MA, on the northwest corner of the present State and Devonshire Streets, but he had several other grants of land from the General Court. The town of Boston made a grant to him Dec. 8, 1634.

He received a grant of 750 acres, bounded on the east by the bay on the north or northwest by a line not far south of present E. Squantum Street in Quincy and including all the upland west of present Hancock Street, and north of it to Milton Line, on the west, and on the south by a small brook called Stand Brook, later Sachem's Brook and now completely covered over (along Brook Street, Wollaston, to the bay), and including a large swamp from which the brook ran. He soon built a house and it, or a successor house, stood until 1857 on present Linden Street, Wollaston, near the junction of Hancock Street where the cellar hole on the south side of Linden Street was visible until after 1900. A sketch of the typical salt box or lean-to house is included in Whitfield's "Homes of our Forefather's", and "Chapel of Ease", by D. M. Wilson, 1890.

He sold the farm May 31, 1667, and confirmed the sale in his will of the same date, equally to his son, Rev. JOHN WILSON of Medfield, and daughter Mary, wife of Rev. Samuel Danforth of Roxbury. JOHN and Mary made a division of the land in 1687, JOHN taking the southern part which remained in the possession of his descendants for many years afterwards.

JOHN and ELIZABETH are both buried in a tomb in King's Chapel Burying Ground, in Boston.

First Minister of First Church of Boston

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Rev. John Wilson's Timeline

December 1588
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Dunnington, Lincolnshire, England
Windsor, Berkshire, England, Windsor, Berkshire, England (United Kingdom)
September 1621
London, Middlesex, England
Windsor, Berkshire, England