Rev. Joseph Rowlandson

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Joseph Rowlandson

Birthplace: England
Death: November 23, 1678 (47)
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Rowlandson, Sr and Bridget Rowlandson
Husband of Mary Talcott
Father of Mary Rowlandson; Joseph Rowlandson; Mary Talcott and Sarah Rowlandson
Brother of Martha Eaton; Thomas Rowlandson; Elizabeth Rowlandson; Mary Whitcomb; Ann Rowlandson and 2 others

Occupation: reverend
Managed by: Private User
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About Rev. Joseph Rowlandson

 Rev. Joseph Rowlandson was born about 1631 in England. He was the son of Thomas Rowlandson and Bridget Bradstreet. Rev. Joseph Rowlandson graduated in 1652 from in Harvard College, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the only graduate that year.1 In 1659 Joseph, married Mary White, daughter of John White and Joane West. Rev. Joseph Rowlandson died on Wednesday, 23 November 1678 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Children of Rev. Joseph Rowlandson and Mary White

  1. Mary (15 Jan 1657/58 - 20 Jan 1660)
  2. Joseph (7 Mar 1661/62 - )
  3. Mary (again) (12 Aug 1665 - )
  4. Sarah (15 Sep 1669 - 18 Feb 1675/76)


At sunrise on February 10, 1675, during King Philip's War, Lancaster came under attack by Narragansett, Wampanoag and Nashaway/Nipmuc Indians.

Mary Rowlandson and her three children, Joseph, Mary, and Sarah, were among the hostages taken. For more than 11 weeks and five days, she and her children were forced to accompany the Indians as they fled through the wilderness to elude the colonial militia. Years later, she recounted the severe conditions during her captivity for all parties. On May 2, 1676, Rowlandson was ransomed for £20 raised by the women of Boston in a public subscription, and paid by John Hoar of Concord at Redemption Rock in Princeton, Massachusetts.

In 1677, Reverend Rowlandson moved his family to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he was installed as pastor in April of that year. He died in Wethersfield in November 1678. Church officials granted his widow a pension of £30 per year.

She wrote an account of her captivity that became "the first American bestseller."



  1. Taylor, Ellery Kirke. Descendants of Stephen Flanders of Salisbury, Mass., 1646 being a Genealogy of the Flanders Family. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Company, 1932.
  2. Ward, Andrew Henshaw. "Lancaster Records", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume XVI (1862).


  1. Waldrup, Carole Chandler (1999), Colonial Women: 23 Europeans
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Rev. Joseph Rowlandson's Timeline

January 15, 1657
Age 26
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
August 12, 1665
Age 34
September 15, 1669
Age 38
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
November 23, 1678
Age 47
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
March 22, 1924
Age 47
September 22, 1926
Age 47
September 13, 1994
Age 47
January 6, 1995
Age 47