Henry Rowley


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1. Sarah Ann (?) Palmer

2. Anne Helson (Blossom)

Henry Rowley 503

  • Born: 1595, England 503,505,530
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Ann (?) Palmer about 1625 503
  • Marriage (2): Anne Helson (Blossom) on 17 Oct 1633 503
  • Died: Aug 1673, Falmouth, MA at age 78 503,505

  Noted events in his life were:

Marriage, Abt 1625. 503,531 Henry Rowley, Planter of Plymouth, had at least two wives. It has been popularly recorded that his first wife was Sarah Palmer. Documentation that her name was Sarah has not been forthcoming, although it is almost certain that she was a daughter of William Palmer, Nayler of London and colonist of Plymouth[1]. It is not known precisely when she died. It has been alluded to that she succumbed to the same "infectious disease" that felled Thomas Blossom.

Emigration, prob before 1633. 503,505 There are a number of conflicting claims as to Henry's origin, but documentation has not been forthcoming. He was first found in the opening chapter of the Plymouth Colony Court Records, when he was taxed. There are a number of references to him as he participated in various tasks in the colony. His was one of the first marriages recorded, when he was re-married to Anne Elsdon, 17 October 1633. He was one of the first to greet the Rev. John Lothrop, when he first arrived in Scituate after being released from the Tower of London. Lothrop's diary leads one to believe that Henry Rowley was part of his congregation when Archbishop Laud's men arrested many at Blackfriars in London. If so, that may explain why we are unable to determine in what manner he arrived at Plymouth. Perhaps he was spirited away in the dark of the night and smuggled aboard a vessel without being recorded as being there.

Residences, 1632-1639, Massachusetts. 532 Henry was at Plymouth, Mass in 1632, removed to Scituate, Mass., 1634 and Removed to Barnstable, Mass., 1639.

Henry married Sarah Ann (?) Palmer, daughter of William Palmer and Elinor, about 1625.503 (Sarah Ann (?) Palmer was born about 1600 503 and died before 1633 505.)

Henry next married Anne Helson (Blossom) on 17 Oct 1633.503

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