Kenelm Winslow

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Kenelm Winslow, son of Kenelm Winslow and Ellen Newton, was born at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, about 1635.1 He died at Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, 11 November 1715.2

Kenelm married (1) Mercy Worden, daughter of Peter Worden and Mary (…), at Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, 23 September 1667;1,2,3 he married (2) Damaris Eames, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Harwich, between 1689 and 1693.2,3

Early on, Kenelm Winslow 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,

On 3 Oct 1662 he was fined 10 shillings by the General Court for riding a journey on the Lords day, although he had some excuse for it.

Although he lived Yarmouth, he brought three of his sons to be baptized at Scituate (60 miles distant) in 1668, 1670, and 1672.

In a "rate" of 29 Apr 1676, "towards the charge of the late war," we find "Kenel. Winslow £4 13s. 6d. There is no record of any military engagements by Kenelm Winslow, but in 1678 he is called "Col. Winslow" in the list of freemen of Yarmouth. He is also called planter or yeoman in some 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 later lived. In 1679 he was engaged with the thirty partners in such a purchase. On 15 Mar 1680 he signed an agreement with the purchasers of land between Stoney Brook and Bound Brook.

On 14 Oct 1714, he was one of five chosen to "seat persons, or place them where they shall sit, in the meeting house."2

Kenelm left a will dated 10 January 1712, and proved 28 Dec 1715; inventory dated 5 Dec 1715 which valued real and personal property at £741 9s. 1d.:
I Kenelm Winslow of the town of Harwich, in county of Barnstable, and province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England . . .

To wife Damaris the house, barn and new orchard, fruit of two pear trees in old orchard, land where house stands and adjoins eastward and northward with all meadows lying on the northeast thereof, a part of his common or undivided lands for firewood or fencing as she needs, use of cartway through his land to post road for carting wood. . .  set provisions for arbitrating rental rates if she and son Kenelm could not agree should she decide to marry or live with one of the children. After her death, son Kenelm to have her portion.

Divided the rest of his moveable estate in two parts, one to Damaris as long as she remains a widow, the other half to his three daughters Damaris, Elizabeth, and Elenor to be divided among them equally. If Damaris was to remarry, the first part was to be divided, one half to Damaris, the remainder equally to each of the three daughters.

Gave 1/8 of one whole share to daughter Mercy White with 1/8 part of one share of his cedar and spruce swamp, and 25 acres of the 200 acre addition in Rochester.

To son John Winslow all land and meadow, fresh and salt in the great neck, 1/8 part of one share of undivided land in Rochester, and 1/8 share of his cedar and spruce swamp, and 25 acres of the 200 acre addition in Rochester.

To sons Josiah, Samuel, Nathaniel and Edward; mentions they already received their full portions, and an earlier deed to Mercy gave her what, with what she received in his will, a full portion.

Set procedures to follow if any of the legatees were to die without heirs: If one of the sisters was to die, that portion to be divided among the remaining sisters. If son John were to die, his portion to be divided among all the children, except the eldest would have a double portion.2

Family 1

Mercy Worden b. 1641, d. 22 Sep 1688
  • Kenelm Winslow2 b. 9 Aug 1668, d. 20 Mar 1728/29
  • Josiah Winslow2 b. 9 Nov 1669, d. 3 Apr 1761
  • Deacon Samuel Winslow+2 b. abt. 1673, d. 9 Nov 1760
  • Thomas Winslow2 b. 3 Mar 1672/73, d. 6 Apr 1689
  • Mercy Winslow2 b. abt. 1676
  • Nathaniel Winslow2 b. abt. 1679
  • Edward Winslow2 b. 30 Jan 1680/81, d. 25 Jun 1760

Family 2

Damaris Eames d. aft. 1729
  • Damaris Winslow2 b. abt. 1693
  • Elizabeth Winslow2 b. bt 1694 - 1695
  • Eleanor Winslow2 b. abt. 1697
  • John Winslow2 b. abt. 1701, d. abt. 1755
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  1. [S2281] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I–III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 3:2033-36 (Kenelm Winslow), further cited as Anderson, GMB.
  2. [S59] David Parsons Holton, Winslow Memorial - Family Records of Winslows and the Descendants in America with the English Ancestry as Far as Known (2 vols., New York, New York: Frances K. Holton, 1877-1888), 74-78, further cited as Holton, Winslow Memorial.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1699, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).