Saturday, July 14, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Longhorn / Langthorne of Rowley, Massachusetts


Rowley First Church and Pharmacy
photo by Fletcher6 at Wikipedia Commons
Richard Langthorne arrived in the New World from Holme on Spalding, Yorkshire, England and he was granted 100 acres in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1666.  He received land in the Hog Island marsh in 1667.  Richard died in 1668, only a month and a half after his wife, and at about the same time as three or four children. I don’t know if some un-named disease swept through the family.  Six children were left orphaned.  Within five months the two youngest sons were also dead.  The children were taken in by relatives in Cambridge and Rowley. Richard’s brother in Cambridge was Thomas Longhorn. 

The last will and testament of Richard Longhorne of Rowley in the county of Essex made Februarie 10.1668.

First give to my daughter Elizabeth a Double portion whom also I constitute and appynt to be the executresse of this my last Will and Testament together with my beloved brother Thomas Longhorne whom also I constitute and appoynt to be the other Executor with my Daughter Elizabeth and if the sayd Elizabeth shall die without heirs of her owne body my will is that the one half of the Estate given her by this my last Will and Testament be equally divided between my other three daughters.

I give unto Samuel Wood my servant the sume of 10 £ to be payd to him within the space of one yeare after my death and if Obadiah Wood the father of the said Samuel shall be willing that his son shall serve out his time untill he comes to the full age of Twenty one years with my brother John Johnson of Rowley then my will is that ten pounds more be added and the whole 20 to be payed unto (him) when he hath served out his full time and in case the said Samuell shall die before he hath served out his full time that then no part of the 20 £ be payd unto him butt that 20 £ shall be divided equally amongst my children then living. My will is also that my daught(er) Elizabeth shall have the 20 £ above forementioned over and above her double portion untill it shall be due unto the aforesayed Samuel and if the Sayd _______ Wood shall presently take away his son then 10 li: of the twenty shall be equally divided between my children and then all my estate both of lands houses cattle household stuffe and all my moveables to be divided equally (my debts being first paid) amongst my children, my daughter Elizabeth haveing a doube portion as aforesaid lastly

I constitute and appoynt John Peckard, John Johnson and James Bailey (all of Rowley aforesaid) to be overseers to see this my will performed.

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Anthony Crosbie
Daniell Ela
John Ward
Proved in Ipswich Court Mar. 30, 1669, by the Witnesses.

DEPOSITION of Jonathan Platts that going to Haverhill when Richard Longhorne was sick, with John Pickard, he left the latter on this side the river and went over with the daughter of Richard Longhorne to see him and told him his brother Pickard was on the other side. He told Deponent that he was very glad of it, for he had a great desire to speak with him, that he knew not how God might dispose of him and he desired Deponent to come to him again when his brother being with him, and he, having told his mind to his brother Pickard, the latter told Longhorne that he would relate what he said to Deponent for fear of spending him. Concerning his children's disposal, John Pickard said to leave them to the disposal of their Grandmother to which Longhorne replied that he would and also to their two Aunts, and that he would have them advise with Goodwife Bayly who was a good woman, whom he believed loved them Well. This was about three days before he died. John Pickard affirmed the same.

Sworn 30.1m; 1669, Ipswich Court.

For more information on the early Langthornes of Rowley, Massachusetts there are several good books to read, including The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles H. Pope [the entry for Constance Crosby Pope is wrong, Mary Crosby’s husband is NOT Nicholas Longhorne] and also The History of Rowley, Massachusetts by Thomas Gage.  In the Rowley and Cambridge vital records please see LONGHORN as well as LANGTHORNE. 

There was an article on Richard Longhorn in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 68, pages 12 -13. 

My Langthorne lineage:

Generation 1: Richard Langthorne, born about 1662 at Holme on Spalding, Moor, Yorkshire, England, died on 13 February 1668 at Rowley, Massachusetts; married on 16 January 1647 in Rowley to Mary Crosby, daughter of Robert Crosby and Constance Brigham.  She was born before 4 December 1629 in Holme on Spalding Moor, and died 29 November 1667 in Rowley.  Ten children.

Generation 2: Constance Langthorne,  born in September 1652 in Rowley; married on 10 May 1670 in Newbury, Massachusetts to Jonathan Mooers, son of Edmund Mooers and Anne Unknown.  He was born on 23 April 1646 in Newbury.  Nine children.

Generation 3: Sarah Mooer m. George Munroe
Generation 4: Andrew Munroe m. Lucy Mixer

Generation 5: Andrew Munroe m. Ruth Simonds

Generation 6: Luther Simonds Munroe m. Olive Flint

Generation 7: Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson

Generation 8: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill

Generation 9: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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