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Robert Kinsman, of Highworth & Ipswich

Also Known As: "Kingsman"
Birthplace: Highworth, Wiltshire, England
Death: January 28, 1664
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, 01938, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Kinsman, of Highworth and Marjerie Kingesman
Husband of Mary Kinsman
Father of Robert "the Quartermaster" Kinsman; Hannah Danforth; Mary Wardwell; Sarah Younglove; Martha Foster and 2 others
Brother of Edmond Kinsman; Alice Kinsman; Joane Horton; Thomas Kinsman and Margaret Kinsman

Occupation: Glazier
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Robert Kinsman, of Highworth & Ipswich

Robert Kinsman

  • Birth: 13th Apr 1589 - Highworth, Wiltshire, England.
  • Baptised: 20th Jul 1594 - in St Michael, Highworth.1
  • Beneficiary in Highworth, Wiltshire, England.2 In the will of Roger Kinsman, 1626,
  • Administrator in Highworth, Wiltshire, England.3 Of the estate of his mother, Margery, 12th Apr 1627 Performed Inventory in Highworth, Wiltshire, England.4 Of the estate of his mother, Margery 4th Oct 1627
  • Married Mary SADLER in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England.6

Robert emigrated from Southampton to Boston, Massachusetts on the 'Mary and John' on 24 Mar 1633/34.  Robert Sayres was master of this ship.


From Robert KINSMAN Apr 1589 - 28th Jan 1664/5

Robert Kinsman was in Ipswich as one of the first settlers in 1635; Granted land in Ipswich near South Meeting House, 1637; His name appears on a list of such as are Comoners in Ipswich 31 Dec. 1641;one of Major Dennison's subscribers, 1648; entitled to share in Plum Island, 1664.

Court Held at Ipswich 13 September 1649 p179

"Robert Kinsman, being above THREESCORE years of age and having the seattyca [sciatica] was freed from training."

Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England (Savage), Volume 3. James Savage. (1860-1862):

KINSMAN, or KINGSMAN, ROBERT, Ipswich 1635, came the year preceeding, in the Mary and John, had soon after a grant of land, married a daughter of Thomas Boreman, and died January 1665.

  • ROBERT, son of the preceeding, freeman 1674, married Rebecca, eldest daughter of Andrew Burley of the same, was a warm opponent of Andros, rep. 1692. Revo. in N.E, Justif. 14

There is an evident confusion in Savage as to which of the Roberts was "the senior", the death in 1665 is of the first Robert, the marriage to Mary Boreman is of the second.

Will and probate

Estate of Robert Kjnsiman of Ipswich. "These presents declareth that I Robert Kinsman of Ipswich in the County of Essex being at present sick and weake of Body but through gods mercy inioyeing my vnderstanding and memory doe make this my last will and testament first I doe give my soule into the hands of Jesus Christ my body to be desently buried in Ipswich burying place And for my outward estate I dispose as follow(;th Item I doe giue and bequeath vnto my sonn Eobert my meddow Land att chebacho which he doth now impue to the halfes payeing vnto Isaack & Sarah Ringe the chilldren of my daughter mary ten pound apecce when they come to age & if either of them dye before they come to age the surviver to Inioy the whole twenty pound Item I giue vnto my daughter mary The wife of vsuall wardell ten pounds and to her foure Elder children Twenty shillings a peece viz Daniell Roger mary and Susan Ringe Item I giue vnto my daughter sarah the wife of samuell You[n]gloue my foure acre lott which I exchanged with Samuell Ayres and to her child or children which shall be then liveing after her decease Item I give vnto my Daugliter Hanah the some of forty pounds Item I give vnto my daughter martha the wife of Jacob ffoster the Some of thirty pounds Item I give vnto my daughter Tabitha Kinsman my dwelling house and apptena[n]ces & Land about it payeing out of it twenty pounds within Two yeare after my decease also I give vnto liir my sayd daughter Tabitha my househould stufe Item I give vnto my coussen Richard Nicolls ten pounds to be payd by my sayd daughter Tabi[t]lia pt of the twenty pounds and the other ten pounds to be payd vnto my Daughter Hanah by my sayd daughter Tabitha as pt of the forty pounds before given vnto her Item I give vnto my five daughters each of them a sow and I give vnto mary my daghter ffosters child my heifar. And I Apojmt my Sonn Robert Kinsman and Robert Lord Sen"" to be my Executors of this my last will to see it pformed wittness my hand this 25th of January 1664." Robert (his R K mark) Kinsman. Witness: Eben (his E mark) Dane, Robert Lord. Proved in Ipswich Court, Mar. 28, 1665 by Robert Lord, Sr., and Eben Dane.

Inventory taken Feb 7 1664 by John Dane and Simon (his -- mark) Thomson. Received in Ipswich Court Mar. 28, 1665.

Robert Lord, sr., being named as executor in the will, did not accept it, but renounced it Mar. 28, 1665 in open court.S3

DNA & Origin Notes

In the 1870s Frederick Kinsman, an American businessman, commissioned research into his family history.  This was eventually published as "The Kinsman Family. Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Robert Kinsman, of Ipswich, Massachusetts. From 1634 to 1875", by Alfred Mudge & Sons, Boston, in 1876.

The American side of this research was done by a Lucy Stickney, with work in England being contracted to Ms. Harriet Bainbridge de Sallis. Ms de Sallis was maybe a little over enthusiastic in trying to prove that her client was of "noble" descent and so her work must be taken with a liberal pinch of salt at times.

Her major conclusion was that the Robert Kinsman who emigrated to the USA in 1634 (Frederick Kinsman's direct ancestor) was either Robert Kingsman of Overton, Wiltshire or Robert Kinsman of Broughton, Northamptonshire. In fact neither is the case, and Robert the emigrant was most likely the son of Roger Kinsman, a tailor from Highworth in Wiltshire.

From Asa Kinsman tree

It is likely, but not proven, that this tree descends from a branch of that of Robert the immigrant who settled in Ipswich, MA in 1634. The most probable identity for this Robert is that he is the son of Roger Kinsman of Highworth, Wiltshire, born there in 1589 and disappearing from that parish after 1632.

A DNA profile exists for the male line of the descendants of Asa Kinsman and anyone wishing to add their DNA and compare results would be very welcome to do so.  Contact details for doing this are at Family Tree DNA.

This DNA study has shown a definite link between the Kinsman descendants of this line and the Kingsman descendants of Robert Kingsman of Overton, Wiltshire, England.  This indicates a relationship between Robert of Overton and Roger of Highworth, but of what type and how close has not yet been determined.

From "Kinsman" ftDNA Group Project

using DNA testing we have now established a definite relationship between the Kingsman family of Wiltshire, England (traced back to the early 1500s) and the family of Asa Kinsman of New York, USA (Asa being born there about 1820). We have also found the somewhat surprising result that the Kingsman line of Scotland had a name change from Kingsmill to Kingsman in the early 1800s, and are genetically related to the Kingsmill family of South-east England.

More here:


  1. Robert Kinsman, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 4:188-91.
  • ORIGIN: Unknown.
  • MIGRATION: 1634 on the Mary & John (on 24 March 1633/4, "Robert Kingsman" was enrolled at Southampton as a passenger for New England on the Mary & John [Drake's Founders].
  • OCCUPATION: Glazier [ILR 1:182].
  • OFFICEHOLDING: On 13 November 1649, "Robert Kinsman, being above threescore years of age and having the sciatica, was freed from training" [EQC 1:179] [This would indicate that he was born before 1589.]
  1. NEHGR, Volume 45, Page 3, 1891.
  2. NEHGR, Volume 6, Page 346, 1852, Secondary quality.
  3. Robert Kinsman, in Massachusetts, Probate Court (Essex County). The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1916, 1917, 1920), v 2 p 2-4.
  4. Stickney, Lucy W; Frederick Kinsman; and Harriet A. Bainbridge De Salis. The Kinsman Family: Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Robert Kinsman of Ipswich, Mass. from 1634 to 1875. (Boston, Mass.: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1876). The English material in this volume was supplied by Mrs. Harriet A. Bainbridge deSalis, later exposed for creating fraudulent pedigrees. (See the Robert Kinsman sketch in The Great Migration, 4:191.)


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Robert Kinsman, of Highworth & Ipswich's Timeline

April 13, 1589
Highworth, Wiltshire, England
April 13, 1589
Highworth, Wiltshire , England
February 1629
Age 39
Highworth, Wiltshire , England
Age 42
Age 42
Overton, Wiltshire, England
Age 43
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 44
Overton, Wiltshire, England
Age 49
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
February 3, 1663
Age 73
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States