John Harington, of Watertown

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John Harington, of Watertown

Also Known As: "James"
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Cause of death: Drowned in Boston harbor
Place of Burial: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Harington, KB (writer) and Mary Rogers
Husband of Lady Anne Clinton; Ann Clinton and Ann Harrington
Father of Abraham Harington; Robert Harrington; Benjamin Harrington, of Providence and Rebecca Watson
Half brother of Child #2 Harington; Child #3 Harington; Child #5 Harington; Child #6 Harington; Child #7 Harington and 2 others

Occupation: Immigrated in 1630
Managed by: David Embrey
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About John Harington, of Watertown

AKA Sir James Harrington

James Harington married Anne Clinton, whose sister Katherine married John Booth, Baron Delamere of Dunham Massey. If you observe the family tree, the relationships become very clear. Barons Dunham Massey are the ancestors of the Bigelow (Baguley family) and are also related to the Legh family. These families are all kinship clans. (Warren, Bigelow, Clinton, Harington, Booth, Legh Bernard, Dudley et al). These families continued to marry each other after colonizing America. To view their relationships go to the link below to acquaint yourself with the background groups (pedigrees are included) Many of them were involved in plots to kill Queen Elizabeth. Therefore, there will be some issues tracking them. Again, an expert curator helpiing here would be good. Please read the background information provided here:

Because this is a critical family in English and American history expert curator assistance is needed.

Apparently drowned in Boston Harbor.

Another source (below) states: (however the dates don't work. He as a son of John works, and there are family ties that can be resourced to get this straightented out! That will never happen unless you start leaving sources here.

He was the son of James the seventh son of John Harington, of Kelston, Somerset, England, a well known writer and courtier of Elizabeth I and James I. His father had been involved in the surrender in Ireland with Robert Devereux and Henry Wriothesley, and he felt the wrath of Queen Elizabeth I. During the campaign Essex conferred a knighthood on Harington for his services. Essex fell into disfavour with the Queen for concluding the campaign by making a truce with Tyrone, which amounted to a virtual capitulation to the Irish rebels ("if I had meant to abandon Ireland, it had not been necessary to send you there" she quite understandably snapped at Essex), and also caused her fury over the large number of knighthoods he awarded.

His father had also for a time feared going to jail for acting as surety for the debts of his cousin, Sir Griffin Markham. Markham had become involved in the Bye and Main plots, and was sent into exile. Eventually, he recovered his lands, but a a long period of time he and his family must have suffered under the disfavour of Elizabeth I and for a time under James.

Sources: His wife was Lady Anne Clinton, daughter of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln, a noted Puritan sympathizer and supporter. There is some abiguity until you look at the history of the families involved and the political intrigues they were involved in back in England and then their realionships and why their children left becomes more clear.,_3rd_Earl_of_Lincoln

He drowned in Plymouth, MA, USA, in 1631.


-- Harrington Genealogical Gazetteer, by George Harrington, CS71.H311 1939

When John Harrington arrived in Boston Harbor in about 1630, with his wife and two young sons, Abraham, then aged 10 years, and Benjamin, then aged about 12 years, there was another Harrington boy, Robert, still in England, and who came to America some four years later in 1634, on the ship "Elizabeth," when he was 18 years old, probably at the expiration of a contract of apprenticeship? (Please note sources for this?). He disembarked at the same harbor in Boston, and settled in Watertown, Mass., a neighboring town to Charleston, and we find his name there on a list of land proprietors as early as 1642, and where, in 1649, he married Susannah George. It is thought that this Robert Harrington, and a brother of Abraham of Charleston, Mass., and Benjamin of Providence, R.I.

(Authorities: "Nugae Antiquae," "Harrington Family in America" by Eugene W. Harrington, F.M. Steele, Los Angeles, Calif., and published vital records for Charleston, Cambridge, and Watertown, Mass., also vital records of Providence, R.I.)



Religion: Puritan

Youngest son of John and Mary Rogers Harington. James came to Boston in 1630.

Title: Herrington Family given to Willard Godbee, Sr., by Henry Edward Flake Text: history of Herrington Family as given to willard godbee, Sr., by Mr and Mrs Henry Edward Flake of 419 Jones Ave., Waynesboro, Ga, 30830 on Oct 25, 1991

Lady Ann, born 1596, married Sir James Harrington and also emigrated to America, where she died in Charlestown, Mass., Christmas Day in 1632. She is not mentioned at all in her father's extensive will, in which he leaves all of his daughters money and even names servants, but the apparent family drama that resulted in this appears to be lost to history.,_3rd_Earl_of_Lincoln

Notes: Was John or James who went to America in "Prosperous"? Was his wife Joan Jentilman or Anne Clinton? There is supporting evidence for both suppositions. Is possible that Joan Jentilman married both Robert and John Harrington, creating a confusion. American Genealogist V.20, 1944 p.46-47: "Family of Earl of Lincoln, the alledged Connection" states that "Ann Clinton died Young and is incorrectly stated to have married John Harrington". It also states that the family of the Earl of Lincoln left no known descendants here. "Robert Harrington of Watertown, MA." by Frederick Lewis Weis states that "There was a Robert Harrington Bap 1 Oct 1616, son of Robert who had married on 7 Mar 1613, Joan Jentilman (bap. 5 Jul 1603), daughter of William and Agnes Jentilman. Joan (Jentilman) Harrington m.2nd, 25 Jul 1622 to Rev. John Younges" This last marriages is also referred to in Torrey (p.846). Other says that John Harington, son of Sir John Harington and Mary Rogers, was born about 1584. He married Anne Clinton, daughter of the Earl of Lincoln, an influential Puritan who was very active in aiding that Sect in settling Boston after 1628. Anne was born in Newcastle, England, in 1596, one of a family of seventeen children. John and Anne came to Boston in 1630. He was drowned in the harbor soon after their arrival, leaving Anne a widow with four children, all of whom were born in England.

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John Harington, of Watertown's Timeline

Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
October 1, 1616
Age 21
Southwold, Suffolk, England
Age 23
Somerset, England
Age 25
Age 30
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 36
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
March 28, 1959
Age 36
March 28, 1959
Age 36