- Born: 1582, Lincolnshire, England
- Marriage (1): Joanna Searle on 31 Jul 1639 in Springfield, Hampden, Mass.
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth on 2 Oct 1661 95
- Died: 2 Jun 1676, Springfield, Hampden, Mass at age 94 96,97
Noted events in his life were:
• Great Puritan Migration, 1629-1640, East Anglia, England. 98 It was no accident that during an 11 year period 21,000 immigrants left England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This period was called the "Eleven years Tyranny" of England when King Charles I disbanded Parliament to rule England by himself and Archbishop William Laud purged the Anglican Church of its Puritan members. It was also an era of economic depression, epidemic disease and many sufferings.
During these 11 years, some 80,000 oppressed Puritans felt compelled to leave England. About one-quarter came to America and founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The first Puritans arrived in New England in 1629. The following year, there were 17 shiploads of Puritans to American lead by John Winthrop, oftne called the "Winthrop Fleet" with about 2,000 immigrants.
The Great Migration ended as suddenly as it began. A Civil War in England commenced as a period of great unrest during which Charles I and Archbishop Laud were executed and Puritan Oliver Cromwell became England's "Lord Protector".
The descendants of this 11 year migration doubled every generation so that they are estimated to be 16,000,000 by 1988.
• Freeman, 2 May 1638, Springfield, Massachusetts. 99
• Emigration, 1638 or 1639, Springfield, MA. 100,101,102 William was in Springfield in 1639. He came from England.
Savage has William in Springfield in 1638.
William married Joanna Searle, daughter of John Searle and Sarah Baldwin, on 31 Jul 1639 in Springfield, Hampden, Mass. (Joanna Searle was born circa 1602 in Kent, England 26 and died on 7 Feb 1661 in Springfield, Massachusetts 26.)
William next married Elizabeth on 2 Oct 1661.95