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Stowell Family 


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Compiled and Edited by 

Charles Henry Stowell, M.D. 

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line of the oldest houses in England, situated in Quantock, Somerset County, on the southern coast of the Bristol 
Channel. The Man.,, of Cothelstone came into the possession of the Stowell family in the year lof>6. At that time 
tlie manor consisted of a beautiful and extensive mansion, illustrated above, with many building-, immediately surrounding 
it, including the church, eleven farmhouses and fifty-four cottages, and over ;ooo acres of land. This manor was retained 
in the Stowell family, in an unbroken line, oldest son to oldest son, from iq66 to iSoo, when it was sold out of the family 
by Lord Stowell. 


The name " Stowell " has had very different spellings; as, de Stowelle, 
de Stavele, de Stowell, Stoell, Stawell, Stowell. Names were not only fre- 
quently changed in early times, but they were often spelled differently, even 
in the same document. 

The origin of the Stowell family dates from the arrival of the great 
feudal lords, knights, and barons at Cothelstone, Somerset County, who 
accompaned William the Conqueror. Cothelstone, now Quantock, is on the 
southern coast of the Bristol Channel. 

Speaking of this village, Collins says in his "Antiquities of Somerset 
County" : " It was, soon after the Conquest, of sufficient importance to give 
name and title to a great family, the progenitors of the Barons Stawell." In 
the History of a .Quantock Family, one reads, " The Manor of Cothelstone, 
very soon after the Conquest, became the property of a Norman family of 
knightly rank, the family of the Stawells." The author of the Peerage of 
England says, " Several of this ancient family of Stawells have had the 
honor of knighthood, served often for their country in Parliament, and borne 
some of the most honorable offices in it." 

"According to tradition, the Manor of Cothelstone claims origin long 
prior to the Conquest, when a Saxon King and Queen are said to have been 
its founders. They secluded themselves within its walls, in fulfilment of 
a vow, taken at the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem." Early writers state that 
the mansion " has much more of the aspect of a religious house than that of 
such a stronghold as Adam de Stawell might have desired," hence there may 
be some truth in the tradition. Thomas Gerard, in 1633, writes, " Cothelstone 
is a very remarkable place, for that a long time it hath bin, and still is, the 
chieffe seat of the right noble and ancient family of the Stawells." On the 
summit of Cothelstone is a round tower, nothing whatever being known of 
its date of erection. " From it a magnificent view is obtained, said to be 
the most extensive in England." 

At the time of the Civil War (1642-6), Cothelstone Manor was owned 
by Sir John Stawell. He and his sous fought for the Royal cause, with the 
result that they lost all their estates, suffered imprisonment in the Tower, and 
all " for their unwavering loyalty to their unfortunate sovereign." By order 
of Oliver Cromwell the Mansion and Church at Cothelstone were greatly 
damaged. But Charles II. created Ralph, son of Sir John, a Peer, and " a 
new era of increased dignity and importance came to the family." Nearly 
all the buildings were more or less restored to their old-time beauty and 
grandeur, and are today very handsome, and in a fine state of preservation. 


The name of Stowell is first mentioned by the Rev. Peter Hobart, of 
Hingham, Mass., who notes in his diary that Samuel Stowell became a 
member of his church in 1649. Samuel married in Hingham, Oct. 25, 1649, 
Mary, daughter of John and Frances Farrow. They had eleven children, 
all born in Hingham. Many of these married in their home town and there 
raised large families. 

Soon the young men began to move west, northwest, and north, and we 
find them with their families in Newton, Dedham, Watertown, and Worces- 
ter, Mass.; in Winchester, N. H.; and in Paris, Maine. Still later, we find 
the Winchester branch (the editor's branch) in central New York, then 
in western New York: and, a little later still, in the central part of lower 
Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. 

There were many Stowells in the Revolutionary War, and that this 
family contributed its full proportion is well illustrated by the following 
records found in the History of Hingham: In Capt. Charles Cushing's 
Company that marched to the relief of Gen. Montgomery at the time of his 
attack on Quebec, in the spring of 1776, there were thirty-eight private 
soldiers from Hingham, and five of these were Stowells. In Capt. Wilder's 
Company, August, 1777, there were eighteen private soldiers from Hingham, 
and four of these bore the name of Stowell. 

The ninth child of the original Samuel and Mary was Israel, b. Aug. 10, 

1670, d. Aug. 7, 1725. He married Abigail . About 1700, they moved 

from Hingham to Newton, Mass., taking with them their two young chil- 
dren. Six more children were born after their settling in Newton. The 
foundations of the buildings of this old homestead are clearly seen today, 
and can be quite easily found by consulting the early map of Newton in 
Jackson's history of that town. 

The fourth child of Israel and Abigail was Israel, b. in Newton in 1703, 
d. Mar. 2, 1776. Israel married, Oct. S, 1729, Sarah Cheney, of Newton. The 
father of Sarah was Joseph Cheney, who possessed extensive lands; while 
her mother, a daughter of Capt. Noah Wiswall, also belonged to a family 
of much wealth for those times. 

Israel and Sarah had seven children, the third being Joseph, b. in Newton. 
Feb. 1, 1735, d. Feb. 29, 1S12. Joseph married, July 2, 1760, Martha, daughter 
of David and Priscilla ( Boynton ) Page, of Lunenburg, Mass. Martha's father 
was one of the great men of these early New England times. His bold leader- 
ship, his adventurous spirit, and his inflexible determination brought to him, 
his family, and his country the most valuable and abiding results. David 

Page Stowell, the father of the editor of these records, was named after this 
David Page. 

Joseph and Martha had ten children, the youngest being Paul, b. in Win- 
chester, N. H., Oct. 30, 1785, d. in Porapey, N.Y., Mar. 28, 1820. Paul married 
Nancy Richards, Oct. 20, 180,8. He was a Methodist circuit-rider, his labors 
extending Over Onondaga, Madison, and Chenango Counties, N.Y. Nancy 
was born in Pepperell, Mass., Mar. 30, 1790, and died in Perry, N.Y., Mar. 20, 
1880. She belonged to the family of Richards that came from England to 
New England at an early date, and there is some evidence to show that this 
was prior to 1635. 

Paul and Nancy had five children: Louisa, b. Oct. S, iSio,d. Sept.. 1S39, m. 
Rev. John Cosart, of Michigan, a Methodist circuit-rider ; Esther M., b. Sept. 
1, 1812, d. in Newark, N. Y., May 15, 1893, m. Rev. David Nutteu, a Methodist 
minister of central New York: David, b. 1S14, d. 1818; Paul, b. Sept. 3, 1816, d. 
in Perry, N. Y. , Feb. 22, 1S94, m. Ann Bacon, of Perry, N. Y. ; David Page, b. 
in Lebanon, N. Y., June 16, 1818, d. in Perry, N. Y., Dec. 28, 1901, m. Sept. 29, 
1839, in Perry, N. Y.,Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ouarton) 
Blanchard. Mary Ann was born in Barrick, \V. Riding of Yorkshire, Eng., 
Nov. 19, 1820, and died in Perry, N. Y., June 4, 1907. Both her parents were 
born in Yorkshire, Eng. They came to America in April, 1832, with their two 
daughters, Mary Ann and Jane. 

David and Mary Ann had five children, all born in Perry, N. Y. : a son b. 
in 1840, d. soon; Celia Adelaide, b. April 10, 1842, m. Rev. ManleyS. Hard, 
Methodist minister, July 5, 1866; Thomas Blanchard, b. Mar. 29, 1S46, m. 
Mary Blakeslee, Aug. 3, 1869; Charles Henry, b. Oct. 27, 1S50, m. Louise M. 
Reed, July 10, 1S7S ; Dayton Page. b. May 22, 1856, m. Kittie Saxton, Aug. 
20, 1S79. The above brief outline is here given as a guide for any member 
of this branch of the Stowell family who may desire to take up this most 
interesting study. 

The editor has in his possession many hundreds of names of the Stowell 
family which were collected for his own reference. These have been handed 
over to the Hon. \V. H. H. Stowell, of Amherst, Mass., as he has been collect- 
ing similar material for many years and soon expects to publish the same. 
From an examination of some of the pages of this forthcoming volume, 
it is certain that his work will prove to be a most valuable and complete 
contribution to genealogical literature, and one that every Stowell family 
should possess. 

On the following page, space is given for the continuation of the family 
history of the children of David and Mary Ann in such manner as may be 

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Who was Samuel Stowell, of Hingham, Mass., mentioned in Hobart's Diary as being in 
Hingham in 1649? This Samuel Stowell mu«t have come from the Cothelstone family, for it 
is the one and the original family of Stowells. The question is simply this: Who were his 
immediate ancestors? 

1. This Stowell spelled his name with an "o," while nearly all others spelled the 
name with an "a." 

2. His first name was "Samuel." In the History of the Stawell Family, by Col. George 
D. Stawell, of London, 1911 , the name "Samuel" is not given in a single instance, excepting 
as the author finds it recorded in the Registers of Bath Abbey and Chudleigh Parish. Here 
forty Stowells are mentioned. In thirty-five of these the name is spelled with an "o," while 
the name "Samuel" is also given. 

3. In Bath Abbey Register is the following : 

"Samuel, s. of James Stowell, bapt. 5th Jan. 1581." 
In Chudleigh Parish is recorded : 

"Samuel Stowell, buried yth Dec. 162S." 
As Bath Abbey and Chudleigh Parish were both in Devon County, it is "reasonably 
certain " that these two Samuels were one and the same; especially, when we consider the 
infrequency of this name, Samuel. 

4. On page 50 of the above authority, it says that David Stowell ( son of Robert, b. 1423, 
d. 1499, son of Walter, 1. 1403) was " in all probability the ancestor of the Devon family." 
This being the case, said David must have been the ancestor of Samuel Stowell, b. 15S1, d. 
1628, for he lived in Devon County ; and as David was a direct desceudeut from the original 
Cothelstone family, it places Samuel in direct line as well. 

5. The third generation from David brings us to John, b. 1523, who had, quoting above 
authority, "at least" two sous, Jasper and Edmund. The " at least" certainly implies the 
probability of more. Here we have Samuel and his father, James, living in Devon County, 
and David as the ancestors of the Devon Stowells. Then who was the direct ancestor of 
James? And the answer is — John, who had "at least" two sons, Jasper and Edmund. So 
the father of Samuel Stowell, of Hingham, was Samuel Stowell, of Devon County, whose 
father was James, and whose brothers were Jasper and Edmund. 

Based on the above argument, the answer to the question at the beginning of this article 
is as follows : 

Beginning with David Stowell, born 1441, who was direct descendeut from Adam 
Stowell, of 1066, the line would run as follows : 

David, b. 1441 ; Thomas, b. 1466; Edmund, b. 1492; John, b. 1523; James (See above, 
Bath Abbey Reg.) ; Samuel, b. 15S1 ; Samuel, of Hingham, Mass., b. 1620, d. 1683. 


In the State Papers of New Hampshire, Vol. XV, Revolutionary Rolls, Vol. II, p. 589, 
it says that Captain Luther Richardson's Company was " raised for the defence of the 
Frontiers on and adjacent to the Connecticut River." Among the signers was one David Page. 

Who was this David Page ? 

The following proofs are ottered to show that he was the David Page 4 , who was the son 
of Samuel 3 , John, Jr.-, John 1 : 

1. In Somer's History of Lancaster, N. H., p. 4, we learn that David Page, of Petersham, 
Mass., being greatly displeased over an allotment of land to him in Haverhill, N. H., set 
about, in 1762, to form a settlement in the Upper Coos. 

2. In the History of Coos County (pub. by Fergusson & Co.), p. 263, we find that said 
David Page was the principal agent in securing the charter for Lancaster, N. H., his name 
heading the list. 

3. In this list are the names of David Page, David Page, Jr., Joseph Page, William 
Page, Nathaniel Page, and Joseph Stowell. In the same History of Cobs County, p. 268, it 
says that in April, 1764, David Page "with his family" and others became settlers. Now 
David Page, Jr., was a son of the above David Page ; Joseph, William, and Nathaniel were 
brothers of said David Page ; while Joseph Stowell married Martha, the daughter of David 
Page, Jr., July 2, 1760. This certainly explains "his family." 

4. In the same History of Cobs County, p. 26S, we learn that David Page and others 
from Lancaster, Lunenburg, and Petersham, Mass., became settlers of that county. On 
the following page it distinctly states that this David Page "was a resident of Upper Cobs," 
and that he resided there for some years." 

5. In Somer's History of Lancaster, N. H., p. S5, is an account of scouting, which the 
inhabitants of Lancaster had done, at their own expense, "for the security and safety of the 
Frontier Town on and near the Connecticut River in Upper Cobs." Among the signers of 
this roll is David Page. 

6. On page 375, in Bacon's Connecticut River, it says that about 1763 "David Page 
from Petersham, earlier of Lancaster, in Massachusetts," came to the "Upper Cobs 
Meadows." Others were David Page's son and his daughter, Ruth, and also Emmons 
Stockwell, who married Ruth within a year. 

7. In Davis' Early Records of Lunenburg, Mass., p. 255, is given the marriage of this 
David Page to Priscilla Boynton, January 22, 1734. Letters of Priscilla are in existence 
referring to her departure from Lancaster, while in the will of David it says he was 
of Lancaster, N. H. 

8. The Early Records of Lunenburg. Mass., p. 317, give the birth of Martha Page, 
daughter of David and Priscilla (Boynton) Page, April 26, 1741. 

9. The Vital Records of Petersham, Mass., p. 12S, record the marriage of Martha Page 
and Joseph Stowell. 

The above study proves that the David Page of Captain Richardson's Company was 
the one we now know as — John' — John, Jr.- — Samuel 3 — David* — Martha 5 m. Joseph Stowell*. 


The First Church of Hingham, Mass., was formed in September, 1635. The first meeting-hous 
was built shortly after this time, was surmounted by a belfry with a bell, and for forty-live years wa 
the only house for public worship in the town.' It then became evident that the building ws 
altogether too small for the rapidl) increasing population, so a new one was built, and was opened f< 
worship early in 16S1. " It cost the town £430 and the old house." '• It is the oldest meeting hems. 
in America which has continuously been used for public worship." 

Samuel Stovvell worshipped in the first building, and .11 the new one as well. Indeed, ih 
Stowells have been members of this church from if.p,. the v ar of the coming of Samuel, even to th 

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In State Papers, N. H., Vol. XXX of Rev. Documents, p. 2, is the 
following : 

"Resolved, that We, the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage and 
promise that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque 01 our Lives and 
Fortunes, with arms, oppose the Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets and 
Armies against the United American Colonies." 

Among the signatures. June 3, 1776, are the names of Israel Stowell and 
Joseph Stowell, of Winchester, N. H. This Israel was the older brother of 
Samuel 1 Stowell, came to Hingham, Mass., 1649; d. Nov. 9, 1683; m. Mary 

Farrow, Oct. 29, 1649. (Hist, of Hingham, Vol. Ill, p. 217.) 
Israel- Stowell, b. Hingham, Mass., Aug. 10, 1670; d. Aug. 7, 1725; m. 

Abigail . (Ibid., p. 217.) 

Israel 3 Stowell, b. Newton, Mass., 1703; d. Mar. 2, 1776; m. Sarah Cheney, 

of Newton, Mass., Oct. 8, 1729. {Ibid., p. 218; also Vital Records, 

Newton, p. 385.) 
Joseph 1 Stowell, b. Newton, Mass., Feb. 1, 1735; d. Feb. 29, 1812; m. 

Martha Page, July 2, 1760. (Jackson's Hist, of Newton, p. 4° 8 -) 

Martha was daughter of David Page, who lived in Lancaster, N. H., in 

Revolutionary times, and was a member of Luther Richardson's Company. 

That Joseph 1 , the ancestor of Charles Henry', was living in Winchester, N. H ., 

at the time of signing the above document is further proven from the 

Vital Records of said place, which give the birth of his children. 
Paul 5 Stowell, b. Winchester, N. H., Oct. 30, 17S5; d. Mar. 28, 1S20; 

m. Nancy Richards, Oct. 20, 1S0S. (N. E. Hist. & Gen. Jour., 

Vol. 38, p. 405.) 
David Page 6 Stowell, b. Lebanon, N. Y., June 16, 181S; d. Perry, N. Y., 

Dec. 28, 1901 ; m. Mary Ann Blanchard, Sept. 29, 1839. (Family Records.) 
Charles Henry 7 Stowell, b. Perry, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1S50; m. Louise M. 

Reed, July 10, 187S. Now resides at Lowell, Mass. 

Descendants of David Page Stowell "eligible to membership " through 
Joseph Stowell 1 and through David Page" 1 . 


FARROW, JOHN. — Born in Hingham, England, 1590. Died in Hingham, 
Mass., July 7, 1687. Wife died Jan. 28, 16S8. Children: 

1. Mary, b. England; d. Jan. 27, 1 7 1 5. 

2. John, b. June 6, 1639. 

3. Remember, bt. Aug., 1642. 

4. Hannah, bt. April 9, 1648. 

5. Nathan, b. Sept. 17, 1654. 

John Farrow came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Mass., in 1633, 
accompanied by his wife and daughter Mary. On Oct. 25, 1649, Mary was 
married to Samuel Stowell, also of Hingham, Mass., but recently from England. 
This establishes the relationship between the Farrow family and the Stowell 

The name, Farrow, is also spelled Farrar, and thus much confusion has 
resulted. The first mention of any member of this family is in 1066, and 
concerns a Walkeline de Farrariis, a Norman of great distinction, attached to 
William, Duke of Normandy. Walkeline had a son, Henry, 'who is on the 
Roll of Battle Abbey, one of the principal companions in arms of William the 
Conqueror. He was the first of the family to permanently settle in England, 
which he did soon after the conquest. 

The father of John was Nicholas Farror, or Farrow; was born in England 
in 1546, and died in that country in 1620. 

The father of Nicholas was Dr. Robert Farrar, who died March 30, 1555. 
It is recorded of him that "He sealed with his blood the truth of the Protestant 

John 1 — Mary 8 m. Svmuel Stowell 1 . 


CHENEY, JOHN.— Born in England. Came to New England, with wife, 
Martha, and four children, Mary, Martha, John, and Daniel, in 1635. First 
settled in Roxbury, then removed to Newbury, 1636. Children: 

1. Mary, b. 1627. 

2. Martha, b. 1629. 

3. John, b. 163 1. 

4. Daniel, b. 1633. 

5. Sarah, b. 1635. 

6. Peter, b. 163S. 

7. Lydia, b. 1640. 

8. Hannah, b. 1642. 

9. Nathaniel, b. 1644. 
10. Elizabeth, b. 1647. 

Daniel Cheney, fourth child of John, married Sarah Bailey, Oct. 8, 1665. 
Sarah was the daughter of John Bailey, Jr., and Eleanor (Emory) Bailey. 
Daniel and Sarah had a son, Joseph, b. April 9, 1682, who married, in 1702, 
Sarah Wiswall, the daughter of Capt. Noah Wiswall. Joseph and Sarah 
(Wiswall) Cheney had a daughter, Sarah, b. Sept. 30, 1704, who married Israel 
Stowell, Oct. 8, 1729, and thus is the relation of the Cheney family to the 
Stowell family established. 

John 1 — Daniel'- — Joseph'— Sarah 4 m. Israel Stowell 3 . 


WISWALL, ELDER THOMAS. — Born in England. Died in Newton, 

Mass., Dec. 6, 1683. Married Elizabeth . Children: 

1. Enoch, b. 1633. 

2. Esther, b. 1635. 

3. Ichabod, b. 1637. 

4. Noah, b. 163S. 

5. Mary. 

6. Sarah, b. 1643. 

7. Ebenezer, b. 1646. 

8. Eliza, b. 1649. 

Elder Thomas and his brother, Elder John, came to New England in 
1635, leaving three brothers, Adam, Abiel, and Jonathan, in the old country. 

Capt. Noah Wiswall, b. Dec. 30, 163S, d. July 6, 1690, fourth child of 
Elder Thomas, married Theodocia Jackson, Dec. 10, 1664. They had nine 
children, and their eighth child, Sarah, b. Jan. 5, 1681, married Joseph 
Cheney, 1702. Joseph and Sarah had a daughter, Sarah, b. Sept. 30, 1704, 
who married Israel Stowell, Oct. S, 1729, thereby establishing the relationship 
between the Wiswall and the Stowell families. 

In the spring of 1690, Captain Noah, with a company of Infantry, marched 
to Casco (now Portland, Maine), to aid in its defense against the Indians and 
French. On July 6, 1690, he had a severe engagement with the Indians, who 
greatly outnumbered his little company. The Captain, two officers, and fifteen 
private soldiers were slain. In 1733, the House of Representatives of Massa- 
chusetts voted a large tract of land to the heirs of Captain Noah for his dis- 
tinguished bravery at this time. 

Thomas 1 — Noah- — Sarah 1 m. Joseph Cheney — Sarah 4 m. Israel 
Stowell 3 . 


JACKSON, DEACON JOHN.— Born in London, England, June 6, 1602. 

Died Jan. 30, 1674. m. 1 ; m. 2 Margaret , died in 

Newton, Mass., Aug. 28, 1684. Children: 

m. 1 1. John, b. 1639. 

m. 2 2. Caleb, b. 1645. 

3. Hannah, b. 1646. 

4. Abigail, b. 1647. 

5. Margaret, b. 1649. 

6. Edward, b. 165 1. 

7. Ann. 

8. Abraham, b. 1655. 

9. Deliverance, b. 1657. 

10. Joshua, b. 1659. 

1 1. Isabel, d. 1661. 

12. Mary. 

13. Grace. 

14. Theodocia. 

15. Sarah. 

John brought "a good estate" with him from England. He was the son 
of Christopher Jackson, of London, who died in December, 1633. John was 
married twice, having at least one child, John, by his first wife, and four sons 
and ten daughters by his second wife. At the time of his decease he had 
about fifty grandchildren. John was considered "the first settler of Newton." 

By the marriage of his daughter Theodocia to Capt. Noah Wiswall, 
Dec. 10, 1664, a child was born, May n, 16S0, named Sarah, who married 
Joseph Cheney, 1702. Joseph and Sarah had a daughter, Sarah, b. Sept. 30, 
1704, who married Israel Stowell, Oct. S, 1729. Thus is established the 
relation of the Jacksons to the Stowells. 

John 1 — Theodocia 2 m. Noah Wiswall — Sarah 3 m. Joseph Cheney — 
Sarah 4 m. Israel Stowell 3 . 


PAGE, JOHN. — Born in Dedham, England, 1586. Died in New England, 
Dec. 18, 1676. Wife, Phebe, born in England, 1590. Died in New 
England, Sept. 25, 1677. John and Phebe married in 1620. Children : 

William, b. in England; d. Dec. 9, 1664. 
Phebe, b. in England ; m. James Cutler, 
Daniel, b. in England; d. August, 1634. 
John, Jk., b. 1630. 


Samuel, b. Aug. 20, 1633. 




The fourth child noted above, John, Jr., married Faith Dunster, May 12, 
1664. They had son, Samuel, b. June 4, 1672, who married Sarah Lawrence. 
Samuel and Sarah had son, David, who married Priscilla Boynton, Jan. 22, 
1734. David and Priscilla had daughter, Martha, b. April 26, 1741, who 
married' Joseph Stowell, July 2, 1760. Thus is established the relationship 
between the Page family and the Stowell family. 

John Page and Phebe his wife, with William, Phebe, Daniel, and probably 
John, Jr., sailed from Yarmouth, England, on April 8, 1630, on ship Jewel, 
one of John (later Governor) Winthrop's fleet. They landed in Salem, Mass. 
In a few days they set sail for Charlestown. By paying six shillings each, or 
about $ 1 50, the members of Winthrop's fleet "bought the whole peninsula," 
or what is now the city of Boston. 

David Page was in the Revolutionary War, as a member of Capt. Luther 
Richardson's Company. 

John 1 — John, Jr.- — Samuel' — Dav 

Martha 5 m. Joseph Stowell 1 


The name, " Dunster," is a very ancient one in England, especially in 
Lancashire. As early as 1 543 there are records of the burial of Dunsters ; but 
anything like a satisfactory account of the genealogy of this family, prior to the 
time of President Dunster of Harvard College, does not exist. 

Henrye Dunster, probably of Bury, Lancashire, had four sons, Henry, 
Richard, Thomas, and Robert, and two or three daughters. 

The oldest son, Henry, was born probably about 16 10- 12, in Lancashire, 
England. He came to New England in 1640, "and, so far as is known, with 
no settled purpose." His reputation as a scholar must have preceded him, for 
immediately upon his arrival he was asked to assume the first Presidency of 
Harvard College, a position he occupied from 1640 to 1654. President Dunster 
died Feb. 27, 1659-60. 

John Page, Jr., son of the John Page who came to New England in 1630, 
was graduated from Harvard College in 1650, and, on May 12, 1664, married the 
President's niece, Faith Dunster. Faith died April 3, 1699. John and Faith 
had five children : John, Samuel, Mary, Jonathan, and Joseph. Samuel was 
born June 4, 1672, and died Sept. 7, 1747. His first wife was Sarah Lawrence. 
Samuel and Sarah had eight children, the sixth being David, who married 
Priscilla Boynton, Jan. 22, 1734. David and Priscilla had ten children, one of 
whom, Martha, married Joseph Stowell, July 2, 1760. Thus is established the 
relation of the Dunster family to the Stowell family. 

Henry 1 — Faith- m. John Page, Jr. — Samuel' — David 4 — Martha 5 m. 
Joseph Stowell 4 . 



LAWRENCE, ROBERT. — Burn about 1150, in Lancashire, England. He 
was knighted by King Richard Cceur de Leon for marked bravery at the 
Siege of Acre. He closely attended his King all through the War of the 
Crusades in the Holy Land. His oldest son was Robert, who had a son 

James married, in 1252, Matilda de Washington, the only daughter of 
John Washington, of Washington. The great-great-grandfather of Matilda was 
the original Bondo de Washington, from whom came the large Washington 
families of England and America. 

John Lawrence, of the 17th generation, was born in Wisset, England, in 
1609, and died in New England July II, 1667. He came to New England in 
1635, in the ship Planter. He had fifteen children, the second child being 

Nathaniel Lawrence, b. Oct. 15, 1639, married Sarah Morse. They had 
twelve children, the sixth child being Sarah, b. May 6, 1672, who married 
Samuel Page. Samuel and Sarah had fourteen children, the seventh being 
David, who married Priscilla Boynton, Jan. 22, 1734. David and Friscilla had 
ten children, the fifth being Martha, b. April 26, 1 741. Martha married 
Joseph Stowell, July 2, 1 760, thereby establishing the relationship between 
the Lawrence family and the Stowell family. 

John 1 — Nathaniel- — Sarah 1 m. Samuel Page — David 4 — Martha 5 m. 
Joseph Stowell 4 . 


Because of the greatness of "The Father of his Country," an immense 
amount of research work has been done relating to this family. The history 
begins with Odin, who was the founder of Scandinavia, and who died in the 
year 60 B. C. His son, Skiold, died 40 B. C. He formed the Kingdom of 
Denmark. His son, Fridleif, was called "The first King of Denmark." He 
died about 23 B. C. His son, Frode Fredigod, was King of Denmark in the 
time of Christ. He died A. D. 35. He conquered Sweden, Germany, 
Hungary, and Ireland. 

Passing now to the 35th generation, we come to Bondo de Washington, 
b. 1 122. Here is the first appearance of the name, "Washington." Bondo de 
Washington was so named because he lived in Wassinton, or Wassington, or 
Washington, Eng. He had two sons, William and Walter, also other children. 

William, b. 11 50, was the first " Lord Washington." His great-grand- 
child, Matilda, b. 1230, married James Lawrence, the grandson of the original 
Robert Lawrence, b. 11 50. The 19th generation of the Lawrences gives us 
Sarah, who married Samuel Page; and a grandchild of Samuel and Sarah, 
Martha Page, married Joseph Stowell, July 2, 1760. Thus the relationship is 
established between the Washington and the Stowell families. 

As stated above, Bondo de Washington had two sons, William and Walter. 
Walter was born in 1160. Passing over seventeen generations, we come to 
Augustine Washington, who died in 1743, and who was a grandchild of John 
Washington, who came to Virginia in 1657. Augustine, by his second wife 
(Mary Ball), left five children, the oldest being George Washington, who became 
the first President of the United States. 

Matilda Washington m. James Lawrence in 1252 — Sarah Lawrence, 
descendant of James and Matilda, m. Samuel Page 3 — David 1 — 
Martha s m. Joseph Stowell 4 . 


BOYNTON, JOHN.— Born 1614, at Knapton, Yorkshire, England. In 
autumn of 1638, he and his older brother William, b. 1605, set sail 
from Hull, England, for Boston, where they safely arrived in due time. 

John Boynton had a son, Joseph, b. 1644, who married Sarah Swan, May 
13, 1669. They had a son, Hilkiah, b. Nov. 19, 16S1, who married Priscilla 
Jewett, Feb. 2, 1708. Hilkiah and Priscilla had a daughter, Priscilla, b. April 
II, 1714, who married David Page, Jan. 22, 1734, and their daughter, Martha, 
b. April 26, 1 74 1, married Joseph Stowell, July 2, 1760. Thus we establish 
the relationship of the Boynton and the Stowell families. 

The first record of the Boynton family is the birth, at Yorkshire, England, 
of Bartholomew de Boynton, in 1067. The records are very complete from 
this date, even to the marriage of Priscilla and David Page. It is especially 
noted in the history of this family that many of its members were very 
wealthy, and occupied high positions of great trust. When William and John 
came to New England, " they purchased large tracts of land, and named some 
of it Rowley, after their minister." John " gave a large farm to each of his 
children, during his lifetime," and he had seven to whom to give farms. It was 
with these two Boynton brothers, William and John, that Oliver Cromwell had 
expected to sail for this country, firmly intending to make it his home. 

John 1 — Joseph 2 — Hilkiah 3 — Priscilla 4 m. David Page — Martha 5 m. 
Joseph Stowell' 1 . 





Samuel Israel 





Celia A. 



-t Nicholas 


i let. 29, 1049 




Oct 8, 1729 



July 2, 1700 


b. 17t>o 




Oct. 20, 1808 

b. 1818 
Mary Ann 


b. April in. 1-IJ. 

m. Manley S. Har 

July 5, 180>;. 

Thomas B. 

b. March 29, 1840 

in. Mary Wak.'sli 

Aug. 3, 1*09. 

— - — - 



Charles H. 

b. Oct. 27, 1850. 
m. Loui>e M. Ri- 
July 10, 1878. 

Dayton P. 
b. May 22,1856. 
m. Kit'tii Saxtoii. 



1.. U.33 ; b. 1682 

Noah Sarah 



j ' 



Dec. 10, 1G64 




d. 1633 



John, Jr. 


1, 1653 







Jan. 22, 1734 

b. 1741 







b. born 
1. living 
d. died 
m. married 





b. IU7J 




"Father of 
his Country" 


Compiled by 


Lowell, Mass. 


Condensed Chart of Stowell Genealogy 
with Allied Families 


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Geoffrey Adam . 

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Henrv Geoffrey Matth-w Gcoffr.-v ib-.ffrev Matthew Thomas 

Walter Robert 













Celia A. 

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Thomas B. 


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Chahles H. 








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Richard Huffo 


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John, Jr. 




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James John John Robert Robert Nicholas John 

Thomas John 





Nathaniel Sarah 

1. living 

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William Peter 



Thomas Lawrenc 


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Inerraham Thomas 


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William Thomas 



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Practitioner from iS 72-76. Teacher in University of Michigan, 1876-85. 
Editor and Medical Writer, 1SS5-97, Washington, D. C. Medical Writer of 
the J. C. Ayer Company, Lowell, Mass., 1897-1900. General Manager and 
Treasurer of the J. C. Ayer Company, 1900-. 

Editor- of : The Microscope; National Medical Review; Food; Practical 
Medicine ; Trained Motherhood. 

Author of : Manual of Histology; Microscopical Diagnosis ; Microscopic 
Structure of Teeth ; Laboratory Manual for Teaching Physiology ; Essentials 
of Health;' A Healthy Body ; Primer of Health. 

PAUL 6 - 


Came from England to Hiugham, Mass., 1649. 

m. Mary Farrow, Oct. 29, 1649. 
Born Hingham, Mass., Aug. 10, 1670. 

rn. Abigail ■ . 

Born Newton, Mass., 1702. 

m. Sarah Cheney, Oct. 8, 1729. 
Born Newton, Mass., Eeb. I, 1735. 

m. ** Martha Page, July 2, 1760. 
Born Winchester, N. H..Oct. 30, 17S5. 

rn. Nancy Ann Richards, Oct. 20. 1 
Born Lebanon, N. Y., June 16. 1S18. 

m. Mary Ann Blauchard, Sept. 29, 
Born Perry, N. Y., Oct. 27, 1850. 

m. Louise M. Reed, July 10, 187S. 













Came from England to New England, 1649 
Came from England to New England, 1635 
Came from England to New Englaud, 1635 
Came from England to New England, 1635 
Came from England to New England, 1639, 
Came from England to New England, 1630. 
Came from England to New England, 1640. 
Came from England to New England, 1635 
Came from England to New England, 1657. 
Came from Englaud to New England, 1638, 

Arms : Gules, a cross lozengy, argent. 

Crest: A dove, wings expanded, argent, holding in its beak an olive branch proper