Second Generation

2. Job Winslow was born in 1641 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass, died on Jul 14, 1720 in Freetown, Bristol, Mass, and was buried in Winslow Burial Ground, Freetown, Ma.

General Notes: LIEUT. JOB2, (Kenelm1) b. abt. 1641; d. 14 July, 1720, Freetown, Mass. He settled at Swansey (Bristol Co., Mass) abt. 1666. “At the breaking out of the Indian War, June, 1675, his house at Swansey, which he had inhabited eight or nine years, was burnt by the enemy.” [Savage’s Gen. Dict., IV, 600. Plym. Rec.,X, 364.] He appears to have been one of the early settlers of Rochester, as he was there about 1680. [Barber’s Mass. Hist. Collections, p. 524.] But he soon removed to Freetown, for, in 1686, he was one of the selectmen of that town; Town Clerk and grand-juryman in 1690; assessor in 1691, 1701–1706,and 1711; moderator of the annual town meeting in 1708 and 1711; deputy to the General Court in 1686, and representative, in 1692, at the first General Court in Massachusetts under the charter of Wm. and Mary. He was a leading man in all town matters, both civil and religious. He is styled “Lieutenant,” and was a shipwright by occupation. He m. Ruth (???), who survived him. In his will, dated 12 Nov. 1717, he gave the lot now known as the Winslow Burying-ground, situated two miles south of Assonet Village; he also mentions his wife Ruth, and all his children given below, with the exception of Mary, Hope, and John. The dates of birth of the first six children are copied from the records of Swansey, and of James, Mary, George, Jonathan and John, from the records of Freetown.

Job purchased lot #16 in Freetown after fighting in the King Phillip’s War.

When King Philip’s war broke out in 1675, his house was burned. It is claimed, however, that on Sunday, the 6th day of June, 1675, or two days before these Indians were hanged, the house of Job Winslow in Swansea was broken open and rifled. He served in the military in Jun 1675 in Freetown, Bristol Co., MA. He had an estate probated in 1720 in Freetown, Bristol Co., MA. He was a Shipwright. He was Congregational. He served in the King Philip’s War. Job Winslow subsequently became a land holder and resident in Freetown, where, on the 14th of July, 1720, he died. His will bore date Nov. 12, 1717. [James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England] Job Winslow purchased from John Waterman lot 16 in Freetown , Bristol County, MA after King Phillip’s War. He soon moved to Freetown, for in 1686 he was a selectman there. He was a leading man in both Swansea and Freetown. (selectman, assessor, town clerk, General court rep, town council).Job and family remained here until Job’s death in July 14, 1720. JOB, Freetown, s. of Kenelm, was rep. 1686, for the Col. of Plymouth, and in 1692, for Mass. under the chart. of William and Mary. He was a leading citizen and was deputy to the General Court in 1686 and representative in 1692 at the first General Court in Mass., under the charter of William and Mary . In 1690 he was town clerk and grand juror; assessor in 1691, 1701, 1706 and 1711; deputy to the general court in 1692; moderator of town meeting, 1708 and 1711.

JOB* [36]. Later information received gives the reason of his being “styled lieutenant.” Previous to February 1715 the entire militia force of Freetown was too small to constitute a “captain’s command,” and hence it was organized as a “lieutenant’s company,” Thomas’ Terry, of Freetown, mentioned under serial numbers [2379] and [12941], being commissioned lieutenant commandant by the Governor of Plymouth Colony, June 4th, 1686. He served in that capacity till a few years before his death, which occurred about 1702, when he was succeeded by Job* Winslow, who commanded the Freetown train band in the name and by the authority of King William.

From received email: I see that the problem of who was Job Winslow’s wife is recognized here. However Greene and other sources prove that he did not marry Ruth Cole! He married either Ruth Hopkins or another unrecognized Ruth. The above URL of a 1914 publication By Greene shows (in lengthy dissertation) that John Young rather than Job Winslow married Ruth Cole. Job Winslow’s wife is possibly Ruth Hopkins, daughter of Gyles Hopkins, who came on the Mayflower. Unfortunately Ruth Hopkins may also be the wife of Samuel Mayo.

This research paper also implies that Ruth (Cole) Young did not die on 15 Dec 1694 (the same day as her mother’s death). This is because she later married Jonathan Bangs in 1720. Because both she and her mother can be called Ruth Cole, I believe the mother’s death date was transferred to her daughter.

Corrections from Winslow Memorial– JOB* [36]. Later information received gives the reason of his being “styled lieutenant.” Previous to February 1715 the entire militia force of Freetown was too small to constitute a “captain’s command,” and hence it was organized as a “lieutenant’s company,” Thomas’ Terry, of Freetown, mentioned under serial numbers [2379] and [12941], being commissioned lieutenant commandant by the Governor of Plymouth Colony, June 4th, 1686. He served in that capacity till a few years before his death, which occurred about 1702, when he was succeeded by Job* Winslow, who commanded the Freetown train band in the name and by the authority of King William.

Noted events in his life were:

  • Moved: Abt 1666, Swansea, Mass, House Burned By Pokanoket Indians About June 19, 1675 During King Phillips War- Home Was Destroyed But He Rebuilt Second Home Near The Original Site.
  • Military: Lt Colonial Militia; King Phillips War, under Uncle Josiah Winslow
  • He was employed in Shipwright; Planter.
  • He was elected to office in Held Several Public Positions In Freetown; Assessor, Town Clerk.
  • He had a religion in Congregational.
  • Moved: Abt 1680, Rochester, Mass One Of The Early Settlers.
  • Moved: Between 1680 and 1686, Freetown Early Settler; Selectman 1686 Took The 16th Lot; Prominent Citizen.

Job married Ruth about 1673 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Ruth was born maybe June 1653 in Mass, died before 1720 in probably Freetown, Bristol, Mass, and was buried in prob Winslow Burial Ground, Freetown, MA.

General Notes: The Ruth connection has been difficult to prove. Some say she was not daughter of Daniel Cole . Other possible ties maybe to Stephens Hopkins, but also not known There was an article in “The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol 45, pages 2-9 under heading “JOB WINSLOW’S WIFE” by Richard Henry Greene where he debunks the theory that she was Ruth Cole.

(In 1914 Richard Henry Greene rejected the claim that Ruth was daughter of Daniel Cole; he examined several other possibilities, including a placement in the family of Stephen Hopkins, but came to no firm conclusion [NYGBR 45:2-8; see also MF 6:7, 11].)

Mayflower Society based on my inquiry–If Ruth were indeed Gyles Hopkin’s daughter, yes. But, “well, who else could she be?” is not even a good argument, let alone proof. The line was rejected by the Society as “unproven” not as wrong, so new evidence would have to be submitted strong enough to make a good case. As anyone who works with the 17th century vital records could tell you, not all life events were recorded and/or have survived to the present. There could easily be other Ruths of appropriate age born in the area. Greene’s article dealt with the known children, but that is not definitive.

From internet message: I see that the problem of who was Job Winslow’s wife is recognized here. However Greene and other sources prove that he did not marry Ruth Cole! He married either Ruth Hopkins or another unrecognized Ruth. The above URL of a 1914 publication By Greene shows (in lengthy dissertation) that John Young rather than Job Winslow married Ruth Cole. Job Winslow’s wife is possibly Ruth Hopkins, daughter of Gyles Hopkins, who came on the Mayflower. Unfortunately Ruth Hopkins may also be the wife of Samuel Mayo.

This research paper also implies that Ruth (Cole) Young did not die on 15 Dec 1694 (the same day as her mother’s death). This is because she later married Jonathan Bangs in 1720. Because both she and her mother can be called Ruth Cole, I believe the mother’s death date was transferred to her daughter.

Her mother Ruth Chester if true may be a connection to the Aldens and the Mayflower.

Notes for Daniel Cole:

William Collier of London, came to the colonies in 1633 on the ship “Mary and James”. With him were the Cole brothers, John, Job, and Daniel. James, of Plymouth, was probably also a brother. The brothers were apprentices, not servants. Daniel Cole and his brothers, Job Cole and John Cole, were descendants of Elisha Cole.

The name Cole (James, see below) first appears on Plymouth Records in 1633:

Daniel, third brother of Job and John Cole, of Putman Co. NY. granted 50 acres 6 April 1640. Listed as able-bodied man Yarmouth 1643. A Freeman in 1645. A Deputy in Eastham, MA. 1652, 1654, 1657, 1661-1665.

Daniel Cole married Ruth Chester.

Savage: Daniel Cole, Yarmouth, removed to Eastham 1643, was brother of Job, rep 1652 and 6 more years. Wife Ruth.

Descendant of Elisha Cole.

Job Cole moved to Yarmouth in 1642, and to Eastham in 1648. He was made deputy 1654. He was listed as a Freeman in 1670, but not listed in 1675. He probably died between these dates. Job Cole was the first town clerk of Eastham, MA. (Savage) Job Cole married Rebecca Collier, the daughter of Wm Collier. She died at the age of 88, on Dec 29, 1698. There is some confusion among the Colliers and their marriages. Wm Collier of London came to America 1633, after being several years a merchant adventurer. He arrived on the MARY AND JAMES. William Collier was born in England before 1590 and died Plymouth about 1670.

Four daughters came with him:

  • Rebecca Collier m. Job Cole. She died age 88 on 29 Dec 1698.
  • Sarah Collier m. 1) Love Brewster 2) Richard Parke
  • Elizabeth Collier m. Constant Southworth
  • Mary Collier m. Thomas Prence (Pence) 1 Apr 1635. His first wife died 1634.

Prence was the Governor of Plymouth 1635. Prence arrived on the FORTUNE in 1621. He was the son of Thomas Prence of Lechlade, Glouster County, England. He married Patience, d. of William Brewster 5 Aug 1624. She died in 1635 and he moved to Duxbury, MA. where he married Mary Collier. In 1645 he moved to Eastham, MA. where Mary Collier Prence died. Contact for more information about the Collier-Prence connection.

From: Immigrant Ancestors, Vikkus.

James Cole (b. 1600) from England to Saco, ME. in 1632. He settled at “Cole’s Hill” in Plymouth, MA. in 1633. During the Pequot War, he was a surveyor of highways. He married Mary De L’Obel the daughter of Mathieu De L'Obel the physician to William of Orange and James I, and granddaughter of Jean De L'Obel a French lawyer. Is this the same James? Is he the son of Elisha?

Children of Daniel Cole and Ruth Chester are:

i. Thomas? Cole, born Bef. 1644. Notes for Thomas? Cole: Hamblen notes Thomas as child of Daniel, Savage does not.

ii. Esther? Cole, born Bef. 1644. Notes for Esther? Cole: Hamblen notes Ester as child of Daniel, Savage does not.

iii. John Cole, born 15 Jul 1644 in Eastham, MA.; married Ruth Cole nee Snow.

iv. Timothy Cole, born 04 Sep 1646 in Estham, MA..

v. Ruth Chase WINSLOW nee COLE, born 15 Apr 1651 in Eastham, MA.; died Aft. Jul 1720 in Ruth Cole Winslow survived her husband; married (1) John Young; married (2) Job WINSLOW 1673 in Swansee, Bristol Co. MA.; married (3) Jonathon Bangs 1720.

vi. Hepzibah Cole, born 15 Apr 1651 in Eastham, MA..

vii. Israel Cole, born 08 Jan 1652/53 in Eastham, MA..

viii. James Cole, born 30 Nov 1655 in Eastham, MA..

ix. Mary Hopkins nee Cole, born 10 Mar 1658/59 in Eastham, MA.; married Joshua Hopkins 26 May 1681.

x. William Cole, born 15 Sep 1663 in Eastham, MA.; married Hannah Cole nee Snow.

Job Winslow's Wife

By Richard Henry Greene.

Kenelm Winslow followed his brother, Gov. Edward Winslow, of the Mayflower pilgrims, to Plymouth, Mass., in 1629, coming,

as is generally believed, on the second trip, with Winthrop’s fleet, when thirty-five of the Leyden church came to join the

pilgrims in New England.

Gov. Bradford in a letter to Mr. Shirley, dated May 25, 1629, says: “Here are now many of your and our friends from Leyden

coming over. . . . With them we have also sent some servants in ye ship called the Talbut, that went hence lately; but

these came in ye Mayflower.”

This, I think, proves that Kenelm Winslow and Josiah Winslow came in the same vessel in which their brothers Edward and

Gilbert Winslow came on her first voyage in 1620.

Kenelm married after his arrival here, in June, 1634, Eleanor or Ellen, widow of John Adams, believed to be Eleanor Newton, who came on the Anne in 1623 (New Eng. Hist. Gen. Register, 33, p. 410). Kenelm had four children: Kenelm, Eleanor, Nathaniel and Job, the youngest who was born about 1641, probably at Marshfield, where his father had moved from Plymouth. He was one of the proprietors who purchased ” Ye freemans lands at Taunton River” from the chief Wamsutta, April 2, 1659, called Assonet, later Freetown, where he never settled, but his son Job resided, coming from Swansea, where his house was attacked by Philip’s men, July 18 or 19, 1675. He was there since about 1666. Job married about 1673 or Jan. 1674, Ruth.

Here is the matter we are attempting to clear up.

Davis, in his Landmarks of Plymouth, says: Job married Ruth, daughter of Daniel Cole, of Eastham (page 290).

In the Descendants of Elisha Cole, by Jos. O. Curtis, N. Y., 1909, we find: Daniel Cole married Ruth Chester and had:

  • John, b. July 15, 1644; m. Ruth, probably daughter of Joseph Snow.
  • Timothy, b. Sept. 15, 1646.
  • Hepzibah, b. April 16, 1649; m. (i) Geo. Crisp; (2) Danl. Doane.
  • Ruth, b. April 15, 1651; m. (i) John, Nov. 16, 1669, son of John and Abigail Young; m. (2) Capt. Jonathan Bangs.
  • Israel, b. June 8, 1653; m. April, 1674-9, Mary Rogers.
  • James, b. Nov. 30, 1655.
  • Mary, b. March 10, 1658; m. May 26, 1681, Joshua, son of Gyles Hopkins; she d. March i, 1734.
  • William, b. Sept. 15, 1663; m. Dec. 2, 1686, Hannah, dau. of Stephen Snow.
  • Daniel, b. Sept. 1666; m. Mercy, dau. Rev. Samuel Fuller.

Also, The Cole Genealogy, by Frank T. Cole, Columbus, O., 1887, gives Ruth, b. April 15, 1651; m. John, eldest son of John and Abigail Young of Eastham, b. in Plymouth Nov. 16, 1649. John Cole, eldest son of Daniel, who m. Ruth, dau. of Nicholas Snow, Dec. 12, 1666, and had a dau. Ruth, b. March n, 1668; m. William Twining, whose third child was Ruth Cole, b. August 27, 1699; also Hugh and Mary (Foxwell) Cole, had dau. Ruth, b. Jan. 8, 1666.

The Genealogy of James Cole of Plymouth, by E. B. Cole, Grafton Press, informs us that James Cole, m. 1624, Mary Lobel, b. London, and had: James, b. England 1624, and Hugh, b. 1627, in London probably. He came to New England in 1632 and Plymouth in 1633. This Hugh Cole m. Mary Foxwell, dau. of Richard and Ann Shelly; they removed to Barnstable; the first wife died in Swansea; he m. (2) Jan. i, 1689, Elizabeth, wid. of Jacob Cook, and dau. of Thomas and Ann Lattice, of Plymouth; she d. at Swansea, Oct. 31, 1693; he m. (3) Jan. 30, 1694, Mary, wid. Ephraim Morton and dau. of Robert Shelly. He d. at Swansea, Jan. 22, 1699. Of his ten children the sixth was Ruth Cole, b. Jan. 8, 1666; m. Deacon Nathaniel Luther, June 10, 1693. Hugh Cole lived at Swansea at the same time with Job Winslow. James Savage in I, New Eng. Genealogical Dictionary, at page 425, we read: Daniel Cole, Yarmouth, removed to Eastham 1643 . . . by wife Ruth had children (agreeing with Mr. Curtis above except Daniel, the last named), and there “he d. Dec. 21, 1694, aged 80, and his wife Ruth d. six days before, aged only 67.”

On page 10, of Descendants of Elisha Cole, there is the Hopkins family, from which we abbreviate as follows: Stephen Hopkins, b. in England 1585; by his first wife he had two children: Gyles and Constance. Gyles Hopkins, b. about 1608; m. in Yarmouth, Oct. 9, 1639, Catorne, dau. of Gabriel Whelden, and d. at Eastham in 1690; they had among others, Joshua, who m. Mary, dau. of Daniel Cole; “the first of many marriages between the Cole and Hopkins family,” according to the author.

I have been thus careful to show the Cole family, and have tried to show the locations where they lived; also to collect the daughters in that vicinity of the name of Ruth in order to determine who is right in naming the wife of Job Winslow.

We have another family we should introduce: John Young m. Abigail, Dec. 13, 1648, at Plymouth; he had: John, b. Nov. 16, 1649. Joseph, b. Dec., 1654. Nathaniel, b. April, 1656. Mary, b. April 28, 1658. Abigail, b. Oct., 1660. David, b. April 17, 1662. Lidia, b. 1664. Robert, b. April, 1667. Henry, b. July, 1669; d. 1670. Henry, b. March 17, 1672. John, the eldest, is again said to have m. Ruth Cole, dau. of Daniel. 7, New Eng. Hist. Gen. Reg., 347.

Gyles Hopkins and Daniel Cole lived in the localities in which Job Winslow lived. We have stated he was born in Marshfield, but the three families lived in Yarmouth and Eastham at the same time and finally Job settled in Freetown. He became selectman there in 1686; town clerk and grand-juryman in 1690; assessor 1691, 1701 to 1706 and 1711; moderator of the annual town meetings in 1708 and 1711; deputy to general court in 1686, and representative in 1692. He was also the highest military officer, having been commissioned lieutenant-commandant of the Freetown train bands by authority of King William and Queen Mary. He was, therefore, a man of importance.

Job Winslow had thirteen children; six are recorded in Swansea: Hope, on page 17; Job, page, 18; Oliver, page 41; Ruth, page 51, and Richard the same; William, page 69; the rest except Joseph and Elizabeth are from the records of Freetown, but these two are not recorded so far as I have found.

In Job’s will, dated Nov. 12, 1717, he mentions wife Ruth and all the children except Mary, Hope and John; Mary and Hope may have died, but John was living and married 12 years after.

  • William, b. Nov. 16, 1674; m. Ann Wheeler.
  • Oliver, b. Feb. 20, 1676.
  • Ruth, b. Sept. 13, 1678.
  • Richard, b. March 6, 1680; m. Hannah , a doctor; d. 1727-8.
  • Hope, b. May 29, 1681.
  • Job, b. July 10, 1683; lieutenant Dec., 1755, Halifax. Joseph, published intentions to Mary Tisdale; m (2) Hannah .
  • James, b. May 9, 1687; m. (i) Elizabeth Carpenter; (2) Ruth Gatchell.
  • Mary, b. April 2, 1689; d. young.
  • George, b. Jan. 2, 1691; m. Elizabeth .
  • Jonathan, b. Nov. 22, 1692; m. Sarah Kirby.
  • John, b. Feb. 20, 1695; m. Oct. 9, 1729, Betsey Hath- away.
  • Elizabeth, b. 1696-7; m. John Marshall.

I cannot tell why Elizabeth’s birth or the date of her marriage was not recorded; according to family records she married John Marshall in 1725; he was of Windsor, Conn., but was a shipwright, like his father-in-law, and engaged in building ships on the Taunton River. They had nine children, all born at Freetown. John Marshall died May, 1772, aged 69. Elizabeth Winslow Marshall moved with Ruth, the youngest child, to East Haddam, Conn.; others of the family seem to have removed to the same place, but I cannot say if before or after their mother.

We can often make a prima facie case, or at least get a good clue, from family names; take the Cole family names in order to see if they are repeated in Job’s and Ruth’s children.

Ruth should be excluded in such a test; John, James, Mary and William are perhaps so common we find them in almost every family, but Timothy, Hepzibah, Israel, Daniel in the Cole family are not repeated in the family of Job and Ruth, where we find Oliver, Richard, Hope, Job, Joseph, George, Johnathan and Elizabeth Winslow.

Again if we take the children of Gyles Hopkins we can prove nothing, for Mary, John and William with Ruth appear in both, and the youngest child is Elizabeth both in the family of Job Winslow and Gyles Hopkins.

We should expect Gyles or Kenelm or some such name, but we have only Job and Ruth and these do not help us. Of the seventy-six grandchildren of Job and Ruth, Job has two namesakes and Ruth three. These families lived near each other and were intimate, so a marriage is possible in either family.

If we examine their ages, Ruth Cole was b. in April, 1651; Ruth Hopkins in June, 1653, a difference of two years and two months; the former is ten years younger than Job Winslow, and if she married Young was then eighteen years old; on the other hand, Ruth Hopkins was twenty years old when Job Winslow was married, and forty-four when his youngest child was born. Mary, her sister, was married at twenty-five, and Abigail at twenty-three, and if Ruth married Job their ages would not be disproportioned.

Gyles or Giles Hopkins came with his father Stephen and a step-mother on the Mayflower in 1620; he was born between 1605 and 1608; he was of Yarmouth 1639 to 1642, and married there Oct. 9, 1639, Catorne or Catherine Whelden, perhaps daughter of Henry of Yarmouth; they moved to Eastham in 1643. The will of Gyles Hopkins, dated Jan. 19, 1682, with codicil March 5, 1688-9, recorded April 22, 1690, prove that he died between March, 1689, and April, 1690 (N. S.). He mentions wife Catorne and sons: Stephen, Caleb, Joshua and William, every living son since John had died.

Bradford wrote in his history in 1650: “Gyles Hopkins is married and hath four children.” His children were as follows:

  • Mary Hopkins, b. at Yarmouth, Nov., 1640; m. Samuel Smith of Eastham, Jan. 3, 1665.
  • Stephen Hopkins, b. at Yarmouth,
  • Sept., 1642; m. May 23, 1667, Mary Merrick, dau. of Ens. William and Rebecca Merrick of Yarmouth.
  • John Hopkins, b. at Yarmouth and died in 1643 when three months old.
  • Abigail Hopkins, b. at Eastham, Oct., 1644; m. William Merrick, eldest son of William, on May 23, 1667.
  • Deborah Hopkins, b. at Eastham, June, 1648; m. Jo- siah Cooke. Caleb Hopkins, b. at Eastham, Jan., 1650.
  • Ruth Hopkins, b. at Eastham, June, 1653.
  • Joshua Hopkins, b. June, 1657, at Eastham; m. May 26, 1681, Mary, dau. of Daniel Cole of Eastham.
  • William Hopkins, b. Eastham, Jan. 9, 1660.
  • Elizabeth Hopkins, b. Nov., 1664; d. Dec., 1664.

There is another source of information better on many accounts than a single family history, and this is David Hamlin’s First Settlers of Eastham, Mass., furnished to and printed by the N. E. Historic Genealogical Register in Jan., 1852, and following numbers. This antedates much of our matter given before, having been printed more than sixty years ago. We believe these to be from the original records made at the time; hence they are earlier than Savage, who prepared his dictionary in 1860. John Farmer’s Genealogical Register of First Settlers of New England came out in 1829 and was the foundation of Savage, but he does not mention Job Winslow, Gyles Hopkins, Daniel Cole or John Young. In these Eastham records of David Hamlin the statement occurs: “John Young, son of John, married Ruth Cole, daughter of Daniel.” This seems to me the best proof thus far. Taking Ruth Cole out of the candidates for Job Winslow’s hand, is there any one who is prepared to name any of the numerous Ruths as his wife. I will give many of these Ruths with what I can learn of them. Some of the inquirers in the genealogical column of the Boston Transcript may know more than I do and some may show why Ruth Hopkins, daughter of Gyles, may not have been the one.

To be the mother of Job Winslow’s children she must be a Ruth, and marriageable in 1673. It would seem that in that early day, and within so small a territory, one might discover her family name. Acting on this idea I began to collect the Ruths on and near Cape Cod; then I sought to find if she was married, and here is the result first of those who were married:

  • Ruth Alden, m. May 12, 1657, John Bass.
  • Ruth Chipman, b. 1663; m. Eleazer Crocker.
  • Ruth , b. 1648; m. 1673, Thomas Kendall.
  • Ruth Eddy came in 1630; m. Ezekiel Gardiner.
  • Ruth Merrick, b. May 15, 1652; m. Jan., 1677, Edmund Freeman.
  • Ruth Bangs, b. 1652; m. , Sears.
  • Ruth Goodspeed, b. April 13, 1652; m. John Davis, Jr., Feb. 2, 1674.
  • Ruth Chandler, m. Daniel Cole.
  • Ruth Michelson, m. Samuel Champney, 1692; then widow Jno. Green.
  • Ruth Bassett, m. 1655, John Sprague.
  • Ruth Foxwell, b. March 25, 1641; m. Nelson.
  • Ruth Merrick of Wilmington, Ct, m. Feb. 23, 1751, Clement Topliff.
  • Ruth Chester, m. 1643, Daniel Cole.
  • Ruth Cole, b. 1667; m. March 26, 2689, Wm. Twining.
  • Ruth Snow, m. Dec. 12, 1666, John Cole.
  • Ruth Partridge, m. June i, 1670, Ralph Thatcher.
  • Ruth Jackson, m. Ebenezer Nelson.
  • Ruth Sargent, b. 1686; m. Jonathan Winslow.
  • Ruth Winslow, m. 1677, Richard Bourne.
  • Ruth, m. Nathaniel Thayer.
  • Ruth Cole, b. 1666; m. Deacon Nathaniel Luther.
  • Ruth Cole, b. April 15, 1651; m. John Young.

The above twenty-two Ruths are removed from our search. Here are others in which I have been able to find the birth but no marriage; however, many of these were born so late they cannot be considered:

  • Ruth Bass, b. about 1662.
  • Ruth Godfrey, b. Jan. i, 1675, Eastham.
  • Ruth Cole, dau. John, b. March n, 1668.
  • Ruth Kendall, b. Oct. 19, 1675.
  • Ruth Cooke, b. 1666.
  • Ruth Norket, b. 1728, Eastham.
  • Ruth Thatcher, b. Nov. i, 1675.
  • Ruth Bryant, b. 1673.
  • Ruth Sprague, b. Feb. 12, 1659.
  • Ruth Turner, b. March 19,1685.
  • Ruth Snow, b. Oct. 14, 1679.
  • Ruth Thayer, b. July, 17, 1689.

This list, until I discovered the dates of birth, were considered possibilities. Now I have only four left among my eligible Ruths.

1. Ruth Eddy, b. 1649, at Plymouth or at Watertown, where her parents moved in 1631. The fact of the family living so far away makes me think she could not be the wife of Job Winslow.

2. Ruth Tracy, dau. of Stephen, b. 1629. The father returned to England in 1654, leaving five children in New England, two sons and three daughters. Mary m. Henry Cullifer; Susanna m. John Simons; of Ruth I find no record of marriage or death, but she was a dozen years older than Job.

3. Ruth Hopkins, daughter of Stephen, the pilgrim, was born in Plymouth; is mentioned in her father’s will in 1644, but supposed to have died before Bradford wrote as follows in 1650: ” Mr. Hopkins and his wife are both dead, but they lived above 20 years in this place, and had one son and 4 daughters borne here . . . one daughter dyed here and 2 are married, one of them hath 2 children, and one is yet to marry. So their Increase, which still survive are 5. But his son Giles is married and hath 4 children.” Ruth must have been the daughter who died, as appears from the settlement of her younger sister’s estate in 1659.

4. Ruth Hopkins, daughter of Gyles, b. June, 1653, three years after Bradford wrote. I find no account of her death, and no report of her marriage. And though I find no record or established proof of her marriage, I see no reason or proof to the contrary. Job Winslow, we know, married a Ruth. Can any one say her last name was not Hopkins?

Noted events in her life were:

  • Alt Name: Seems like Ruth Cole is no longer accepted; next choice may be Ruth Hopkins son of Giles Hopkins ( not his father Stephen Hopkins) If this is so, there would be another Mayflower connection- but hard to prove right or wrong. And not accepted by the Mayflower Society

Children from this marriage were:

+ 6 M  i. James Winslow was born on May 9, 1687 in Assonet (Freetown), Bristol County, Mass, died on Oct 19, 1773 in Falmouth (Portland) , Cumberland, District Of Maine, and was buried in maybe Quaker Cemetery on Blackstrap Road, Falmouth area.

+ 7 F  ii. Mary Winslow was born on Apr 2, 1689 in Freetown, Mass and died in 1690 in Died Young.

+ 8 F  iii. Hope Winslow was born on May 29, 1681 in Swansea, Bristol, MA.

+ 9 M  iv. John Winslow was born on Feb 20, 1694 in Freetown, Mass and died on Oct 7, 1775 in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts.

+ 10 M  v. William Winslow was born on Nov 16, 1674 in Swansea, Bristol, MA and died on Mar 8, 1757 in Freetown, Bristol, Mass.

He never married and had no children

+ 11 M  vi. Oliver Winslow was born on Feb 20, 1676 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

+ 12 F  vii. Ruth Winslow was born on Sep 13, 1678 in Swansea, Bristol, MA.

+ 13 M  viii. Dr. Richard Winslow was born on Mar 6, 1680 in Swansea, Bristol, MA and died on Apr 16, 1728 in Freetown, Ma.

+ 14 M  ix. Job Winslow was born on Jul 10, 1683 in Swansea, Bristol, MA.

+ 15 F  x. Elizabeth Winslow was born in 1697 in Freetown, Ma and died in Nov 1768 in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts.

+ 16 M  xi. George Winslow was born on Jan 2, 1690 in Freetown, Ma and died on Jun 15, 1757 in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts.

+ 17 M  xii. Jonathan Winslow was born on Nov 22, 1692 in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts and died after 1743 in Last Child Born.

+ 18 M  xiii. Joseph Winslow was born about May 9, 1687 in Freetown, Bristol Co., Massachusetts and died on Jan 15, 1732 in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts.

3. Elinor Winslow was born in 1637 in Plymouth, Mass, died on Aug 27, 1676 in Marshfield, Mass, and was buried in Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Elinor on Dec 20, 1656 in Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, now Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Her child was:

+ 19 M  i. Kenelm Baker was born on Mar 23, 1658 in Marshfield Mass and died in 1712 in Marshfield Mass.

Elinor married Samuel Baker on Dec 29, 1656 in Marshfield, Mass, son of Alexander “Immigrant” Nathaniel Baker and Elizabeth “Immigrant” Farrar. Samuel was born on Jan 16, 1637 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, died in 1699 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass, and was buried in Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Noted events in his life were:

He has conflicting birth information of in Hingham, MA, 2 October 1638.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 20 F  i. Lydia Baker was born on Feb 18, 1660 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass and died after Jan 10, 1732 in Pembroke, Mass.

+ 21 M  ii. Kenelm Baker was born on Mar 23, 1658 in Marshfield Mass and died in 1712 in Marshfield Mass.

+ 22 F  iii. Elizabeth Baker was born in 1661.

+ 23 F  iv. Alice Baker was born in 1663.

+ 24 F  v. Elinor Baker was born in 1665.

4. Kenelm Winslow was born on Apr 30, 1635 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, died on Nov 11, 1715 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass, and was buried in Winslow Cemetery, Dennis, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

General Notes: KENELM2, [2] (Kenelm1,) b. abt. 1635, Plymouth, Mass.; d. 11 Nov., 1715, Harwich, Mass., “in the 79th year of his age,” acc. to gravestone, (14 Nov. acc. to Savage,). He early removed to Cape Cod, and settled in that part of Yarmouth which was afterwards incorporated with Harwich, and which is now Brewster. His homestead was near the westerly border of the town, now known as West Brewster, Satucket, or Winslow’s Mills.

He is mentioned in the Yarmouth Records as early as 1668, Harwich then being in the constable rick of Yarmouth. In a “rate” dated 29 Apr., 1676, towards the charge of the late war,” we find “Kenelm. Winslow œ4. 13.6. [Freeman’s Hist. Cape Cod, ,p. 195.] Whether he was engaged in any of the encounters with the Indians we do not know, but, n 1678, he is styled “Col. Winslow” in the list of freemen of Yarmouth (Hist. Cape Cod, II, p. 196). He is also called “planter” or “yeoman” in sundry deeds, and is a purchaser of large tracts of wild land, especially in what is now the town of Rochester, on which several of his children afterwards dwelt. In 1679, he was engaged with the “thirty partners” in such a purchase. See Mass. Hist. Coll., XIV, 259, where he is erroneously described as of Marshfield, instead of Yarmouth. We find also on the 15 Mar. 1680, an agreement was made “with our neighbors, the purchasers or proprietors of the land between Stoney Brook and Bound Brook,” subsequently signed by Ananias Wing, Paul Sears, Kenelm Winslow, and John Dillingham, Jr., on the one part, and by John Thacher, Sam’l Haw??s, Thomas Sturgis and Josiah Thacher in behalf of Yarmouth [Hist. Cape Cod, II, p.198]. Among other purchases he secured a good “water privilege,” which has been of advantage to his descendants even unto the present time. In 1699 he sold it to his son Kenelm, and now (1873) it is owned by his great-great-great grandson, Wm. Winslow, of West Brewster, Mass.

From the Mansfield, Conn., Records, we find that Kenelm Winslow, of Harwich, Barnstable Co., Mass., bought of George Denison, of Stonington, one thousand acres of land in Windham, (in that part of the town which afterwards became Mansfield,) Conn., 11 March, 1700, for which he paid œ30. On the 7th of October, 1700, he gives this land to his son Samuel, who afterwards sells it to his brother Kenelm [50]. It does not appear from the records that Kenelm Winslow, either father or son, ever resided in Windham or Mansfield. Like his father he seems to have incurred the displeasure of the General Court. Under date of 3 Oct. 1662 (Rec., IV, 29), it is recorded that “Kenelm Winslow, jr., for riding a journey on the Lord’s day, although he pleaded

some disappointment enforcing him thereunto, is fined ten shillings.” He must not, however, be regarded as a scoffer at religion, or as negligent in the observance of its forms, for on three occasions he went to Scituate, some sixty miles distant, that his children might not remain unbaptized. “He brought to the 2d church in Scituate for baptism, Kenelm, 1668; Josiah, 1670; Thomas, 1672. It is well known that many of the ministers in the colony were opposed to infant sprinkling at that time” [Deane’s Hist. Scituate, p. 389]. Also, about a year before his death, 4 Oct. 1714, he was one among five chosen “to seat persons, or place them where they shall sit, in the meeting house” [Hist. Cape Cod, II, p. 501]. He m. 23 Sept. 1667, Mercy Worden, b. abt. 1641, dau. of Peter, Jr., and Mercy, of Yarmouth. She d. 22 Sept., 1688, “in the 48th year of her age,” according to her gravestone, which is still standing in the Winslow burying-ground in Dennis.

The monument is of a hard slate, is said to have been brought from England, and is the oldest in the yard. The headstones of Kenelm Winslow, his two sons, and many of his descendants are also to be seen. According to History of Cape Cod, this burying-ground is “near the road leading from Nobscusset to Satucket,” or, according to Josiah Paine, Esq., “a little south of the county road in East Dennis, which is but a short distance from the Brewster line.” Hem. 2d, Damaris(???), who survived him, and was living 27 March, 1729.

Kenelm married Mercy Worden on Sep 22, 1667 in Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, daughter of Peter Worden and Mary. Mercy was born about 1641 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass and died on Sep 22, 1688 in Winslow, Graveyard, Dennis, Barnstable, Mass.

Noted events in her life were:

She has conflicting birth information of 1641 and Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Kenelm next married Damaris Eames.

5. Nathaniel Winslow was born in 1639 in Marshfield, Mass, died on Dec 1, 1719 in Marshfield, Mass, and was buried in Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

General Notes: Event: Fact 1675 On a jury for a trial of the Indians who had murdered another Indian named “Sassamon”

Event: Fact 1686 Served as a Selectman for Marshfield

Event: Fact 1689 A Deputy to the Plymouth General Court

Military Service: 1686 Sargent of the militia

Military Service: 1698 Captain of the militia

PROP: Inherited the homestead in Marshfield and was probably a farmer

Religion: 14 OCT 1969 First Church of Marshfield

Residence: Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Will: 20 FEB 1708/09 Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut

Nathaniel married Faith Miller on Aug 3, 1664 in Marshfield, Mass. Faith was born in 1645 and died in 1729.