Saturday, August 13, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ WINN of Woburn, Massachusetts

Edward Winn, my 10th great grandfather, came to New England about 1635 with his wife and three eldest children.  On 8 February 1640/1 Edward Winn was listed as one of the original men of the town of Woburn, Massachusetts.  The first European child born in Woburn was his fourth child, and my 9th great grandfather, Increase Winn.

Edward Winn was made a freeman on 10 May 1643 in Woburn.  He is mentioned frequently in the Woburn town history, town records, and served as a selectman in 1669.  There is now a Winn Street in Woburn, and just by coincidence, our daughter lived off Winn Street in her first apartment after graduating from college. 

Edward Winn’s will [Middlesex Probate (6:11-2, File #25243)]  was dated in Watertown, Massachusetts on 6 May 1682 and proved 6 October 1682.  It mentions his son Increase Winn, Sarah Winn (daughter of son Joseph), three Cleaveland grandchildren and three Polley grandchildren.  The probate inventory was taken on 11 September 1682 by Deacon Josiah Converse and Ensign James Converse of Woburn, ancestors on my paternal side. 

Some notable descendants of Edward Winn include both President Herbert Hoover (1874 – 1964) and President Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908).

For More WINN information:

Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, Edmund Janes Cleveland, 1899, three volumes

History of Woburn, Massachusetts, Samuel Sewall, 1868

“Doubt About the English Origins of Edward Winn and Moses Cleveland of Woburn, Mass” by Martin Hollick, in  MASSOG: A Genealogical Magazine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  Volume 32, pages 57 – 58.

My WINN genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Winn, died 5 September 1682 in Woburn, Massachusetts; married to Joanna. Four children.  Married second to Sarah Beal.  Married third to Ann Unknown, widow of Nicholas Wood and William Page. 

Generation 2:  Increase Winn, born 5 December 1641 in Woburn, died 14 December 1690 in Woburn; married on 13 July 1665 in Woburn to Hannah Satell, daughter of Richard Sawtell and Elizabeth Pople.  Hannah was born 10 December 1642 in Watertown, Massachusetts, and died 18 February 1723 in Woburn.  Nine children. 

Generation 3: Mary Winn, born 1 May 1670 in Woburn, died 7 June 1743 in Woburn; married on 28 June 1692 in Woburn to Nathaniel Wyman, son of Francis Wyman and Abigail Reed.  He was born 25 November 1665 in Woburn and died 8 December 1717 in Woburn.  Twelve children.   Mary remarried on 30 November 1720 in Woburn to John Locke, son of William Locke and Mary Clark.  No children.

Generation 4: Increase Wyman m. Deborah Pierce
Generation 5: Increase Wyman m. Catherine Unknown
Generation 6: Jemima Wyman m. Joshua Burnham
Generation 7:  Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8:  George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WINN of Woburn, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 13, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]).

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