John Bancroft

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ChartsAncestors of Wilford Ervie Billings
John Bancroft, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born say 1625.1 He died at Windsor, Connecticut, 6 August 1662.2

John married Hannah Duper, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Windsor 3 December 1650.3,4

McCracken provides an extensive analysis of some of work published previous to 1980, and soundly concludes that the ancestry of John Bancroft of Windsor is unproven. He may be the son of a John Bancroft who died on the passage from England, and a widow Bancroft mentioned in the records of Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638 and at Southampton, Long Island in 1644, though she probably never lived there.

That John Bancroft was a ferryman is about all that's known of him. The admininstration of his estate gives the names and ages of his children:
John, 12 3/4
Nathaniel, 9 years
Ephraim, 8;
Hannah, 3 & 5 mos
Sarah, 3 months.5,6


Hannah Duper
  • John Bancroft3,5 b. Dec 1651
  • Nathaniel Bancroft+2,5 b. 19 Nov 1653, d. 10 Feb 1724
  • Ephraim Bancroft3,5 b. 15 Jun 1656
  • Hannah Bancroft3,5 b. 6 Apr 1659
  • Sarah Bancroft3,5 b. 26 Dec 1661
This person was last edited on28 Apr 2016


  1. [S1330] Estimated from date of marriage (1650).
  2. [S1389] Charles William Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 3 vols. (Harford, Connecticut: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904-1906), 94, further cited as Manwaring, Early Connecticut Probate.
  3. [S925] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Four Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-1862, 1:110. CD-ROM reprint, Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers (Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books USA, 2006), further cited as Savage's Dictionary.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 81, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1389] Manwaring, Early Connecticut Probate, 1:94.
  6. [S1780] George E. McCracken, "Bancrofts in the Connecticut Valley," The American Genealogist 37 (1980): 154-160, further cited as McCracken, "Bancrofts in the Connecticut Valley."