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  • ID: I0148
  • Name: Kenelm "Immigrant" Winslow
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 APR 1599 in Droitwich , Worcestershire, England
  • Death: 12 SEP 1672 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Residence: 1629-Plymouth(Freeman 1632-33); Marshfield 1641
  • Occupation: Joiner; Carpenter; cabinet maker, coffin maker; planter; designer and builder of fine furniture in early colony; many pieces preserved in Metropolitan Museum
  • Burial: 13 SEP 1672 Salem, Mass
  • Emigration: BET 1629 AND 1632 maybe 1629 - perhaps on another Mayflower ship from England
  • Event: Misc considered a Founding Father ( surviving settler) of New Plymouth
  • Note:
    Kenelm Winslow (1599-1672) our 1st immigrant ancestor: The Winslow family from England emerged in the early 14th century England as a loosely knit clan living in the vicinity of the hamlet of Winslow, in Buckinghamshire (50 miles northwest of London) from which they adopted their name. A brother of Edward Winslow ( a Mayflower passenger and Plymouth diplomat and trade negotiator, and governor) , Kenelm was not in the 1627 Division of Cattle (a sharing of the common assets as the town of Plymouth grew). But he arrived at Plymouth before January 1, 1632-33 when he became a freeman (he was not a servant but freeman meant he was entitled to vote). On January 6, 1633-34 Samuel Jenny- son of John Jenny- was apprenticed to Kenelm Winslow, a joyner, for four years. Kenelm married in June 1634 Ellen (Eleanor) Newton Adams, widow of John Adams (not the President John Adams family) who came over on the ship Fortune in 1621; she died in Marshfield, Mass December 5, 1681. On February 5, 1635 John Gardiner a servant of Kenelm had the rest of his time turned over to George Kenrick. Kenelm received various land grants and served on committees and juries. On December 1, 1640 , however, he was fined for neglecting his duty as an elected highway surveyor.

    On June 4, 1645 a committee (with Myles Standish) examined a complaint of injustice by Kenelm, reported that Kenelm's charge was untrue. He had charged that he could not be heard in a case between himself and John Maynard, but the committee found the Bench without fault and the court ordered that him imprisoned and fined 10 pounds. On his petition the same day, in which he acknowledged his offense and sorrow for same, he was released from imprisonment and his fine was suspended for one year and then if he showed good behavior it would be remitted.

    Other information on Kenelm Winslow and descendents can be found in the Winslow Memorial. Kenelm supposedly came on the second Mayflower - not the same ship as the first one."Mayflower" was apparently a very popular name for ships in those days! The Pilgrim Company and assorted others bound for Plymouth mostly came on the first Mayflower in 1620, the Fortune in 1621, the Shallop from Sparrow in 1622, the Anne of London in 1623, and the second Mayflower in 1629. Of course, there were other ships that called at Plymouth too - the Little James, the Talbott, and the Handmaid, among others.

    As the head of the family (because he was the oldest brother), Edward Winslow was fittingly the first Winslow to arrive in the New World. Edward was only 25 years old when he made this tremendous change in his life. Gilbert, who accompanied him, was a mere 20. In 1620, Miles Standish was 36 and good, grey William Bradford (as one thinks of him) was only 31. Brewster was an exception: he was 54. John Winslow was about 24 when he emigrated in 1621, and Kenelm was 30 in 1629.

    Potential but unsubstantiated Story on Kenelm coming to America:

    Kenelm was born at Droitwich, Worcester, England, April 29, 1599, son of Edward and Magdalene (pronounced Maudlyn in England) (Ollyver or Oliver) Winslow. They were married November 4, 1594 at St. Bride’s, London. Kenelm was the fifth child born to Edward and Magdalene and was the brother of Edward Winslow (an early Governor of Plymouth Plantation) who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. Kenelm’s father was a salt manufacturer. Kenelm arrived at Plymouth May 15, 1629 from Gravesend in a party of 35 on the Mayflower -a second ship by the popular name. Among the strangers was Kenelm Winslow, another brother of Edward (The Pilgrim Way, by Bartlett). Kenelm was a skilled cabinet maker and his furniture subsequently brought high prices on the antique market. He was admitted Freeman of the Colony in 1632.

    Another Story not proven: Kenelm Winslow came to America with his brother, Josias, in the ship White Angell which arrived in what is now Saco, ME, July of 1631. Other brothers had come earlier, John who came in the Fortune in 1621, and Edward and Gilbert who came in the Mayflower in 1620.

    He married Elinor (Ellen) Worden Newton Adams June 1, 1634. She arrived on the Anne at Plymouth on July 10, 1623. Elinor was a young widow of 25 when she emigrated, marrying John Adams, a carpenter, who died in 1633. Adams had arrived on the “Fortune” in 1621. Elinor died December 5, 1681 at Marshfield, MA (where she is buried), 83 years of age.

    Kenelm was surveyor for the town of Plymouth (1640). He was fined 10 shillings for “neglecting the highways”. He removed to Marshfield in 1641 where he had a grant of land which was considered the “Eden of the region”. He was one of the 26 original proprietors of Assonet, Mass., purchased from the Indians on April 2, 1659. He was a joiner by trade and a planter. Was deputy to the General Court (1642-44 and 1649-53). He had considerable litigation and was apparently of a quarrelsome disposition having spent about four weeks in prison for calling the church leaders of Marshfield liars. Kenelm died at Salem, Mass. September 13, 1672 whither he had gone on business.

    The Winslow ancestral home, the present Kerswell Green Farm, parts of which date from 1340, is located in Kempsey (nr. Worcester), England. Kenelm’s grandfather (also named Kenelm) lived at Kerswell Green and was Churchwarden in Kempsey in 1593. His eldest son, Edward (father of our Kenelm), left to become a salt manufacturer in Droitwich. While the four Winslow brothers left for the New World, some of the Winslow family remained in Kempsey. John Winslow was Churchwarden (1675-1690), his son, Richard, was the Bishop’s Bailiff around 1701 and also Churchwarden (1703-05) and another son was Curate from 1695-1702.

    Kenelm was a carpenter and a cabinet maker and the official coffin maker of the colony. According to some thoughts, he was the designer and maker of fine furniture, many pieces of which have been preserved in the Metropolitan and other museums.
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    1. KENELM1 Winslow, third son and fourth child of Edward Winslow and Magdalene (Ollyver) of Droitwich, Worcestershire, Eng., was born at that place, on Sunday, 29 April, 1599, and baptized the Thursday following, 3May, 1599; he "dyed at Salem and was buried there 13 Sept., 1672," '. 73 years. He came to Plymouth, probably in 1629 with his brother Josiah1, and was admitted freeman, 1 Jan. 1632-3. In 1640, he was chosen Surveyor in Town of Plymouth, but neglecting highways is fined ten shillings [Ply. Col. Rec.,II, p. 1]. He removed to Marshfield about 1641, having previously received agrant of land at that place, then called Green's Harbor, 5 Mar. 1637-8: "all that parcel of land remaining of that neck of land lying on the east side of the lands lately granted to Josias Winslow, at Green's Harbor, are granted to Kenelme Winslow and Love Brewster, to be divided betwixt them, provided that Kenelme Winslow have that part next adjoining to his brother Josias,upon the conditions the lands there are granted upon" [Plym. Col. Rec., I,78]. Miss Thomas, in her memorials of Marshfield, p. 27, says: he "settledon a gentle eminence by the sea, near the extremity of a neck of land lying between Green Harbor and South Rivers. This tract of the township was considered the Eden of the region. It was beautified with groves of majestic oaks and graceful walnuts, with the underground void of tangled shrubbery. A few of these groves were standing within the memory of persons now living(1854) but all have fallen beneath the hand of the woodman." This homestead he gave to his second son, Nathaniel2, and at his death it passed into the hands of his son, Kenelm3, who m. Abigail Waterman; their son Kenelm4, whom. Abigail Bourne, was obliged to sell the place in consequence of the failure in business of his younger brother Joseph4, of Boston, which also involved his ruin. Other lands were granted to Kenelm1 Winslow at various times, and still others were purchased by him. He was one of the twenty-six original proprietors of Assonet (Freetown), Mass., purchased from the Indians 2 April, 1659, and received the 24th lot, a portion of which is still owned and occupied (1873) by Barnaby4 Winslow, his gr. gr. gr. grandson "to whom, by heirship, it has descended through successive generations of more than two hundred years." Mr. Winslow was styled "joiner," 6 Jan. 1633-4, when Samuel Jenney was indented to him as an apprentice; but he is elsewhere and generally called a "planter" and was somewhat engaged in the shipping interest. Besides serving his townsmen in minor offices, he was deputy, or representative, in the general court, 1642-44, and 1649-53, eight years.[Plym. Col. Rec.]

    There is, among different branches of his descendants, a tradition that he possessed a high spirit or temper which brought him into litigation.

    He m. June, 1634, Eleanor Adams, widow of John Adams, of Plymouth.1 She survived him and d. at Marshfield, Mass., where she was buried 5 Dec. 1681, "being eighty-three years old." He d. 13 Sept. 1672, '. seventy-three, Salem, Mass., where he had gone on business [Hon. Luther Hatch, of Marshfield]. According to Rev. L. R. Paige, he died there "apparently after a long sickness; for in his will dated five weeks earlier, 8 Aug. 1672, he describes himself as 'being very sick and drawing nigh unto Death He may have been in Salem on a visit to Mrs. Elizabeth Corwin, [Curwen] daughter of his brother Edward1 Winslow, or perhaps, for the purpose of obtaining medical aid."

    Their children were:
    2. 1. KENELM, [6] b. abt. 1635; d. 11 Nov. 1715; m. Mercy Worden; m. 2d, Damaris (???).
    3. 2. ELEANOR or ELLEN, [18] b. abt. 1637; d. 27 Aug. 1676; m. Samuel Baker.
    4. 3. NATHANIEL, [27] b. abt. 1639; d. 1 Dec. 1719; m. Faith Miller.
    5. 4. JOB, [36] b. abt. 1641; d. 14 July, 1720; m. Ruth (???).




    Father: Edward Winslow b: 17 OCT 1560 in St Andrews Parish, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England
    Mother: Magdalene Oliver b: 4 AUG 1566 in Droitwich, England

    Marriage 1 Eleanor "Immigrant" Newton b: ABT 1598 in England
    • Married: JUN 1634 in Freetown, Plymouth, Mass
    Children
    1. Has Children Job Winslow b: 1641 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass
    2. Has Children Elinor Winslow b: 1637 in Marshfield, Mass
    3. Has No Children Kenelm Winslow b: 30 APR 1635 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Nathaniel Winslow b: 1639 in Marshfield, MASS
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