of Barnstable, Mass,
in the surname spelling include:
Lathrop, Lothorp, Lothrop, Lothrope,
Lowthrop, Lowthorppe, Lowthrup,
Lowthruppe, Lowthrope, Lowthroppe.
Rev. John Lathrop is shown on the
Griffin 1634 passenger list.
www.lothropp.org spring newsletter
|John Lathrop and his
followers initially settled in Scituate, Mass. Their religious
differences with the inhabitants caused them to look elsewhere to
live. Although, some individuals lived in the area of Barnstable,
Plymouth Co, Mass, the moving of John Lathrop and his followers to
Barnstable is considered the founding of the town. He lived there
until he died, in 1653.
Christened at Etton, Yorkshire,
Died and buried in Barnstable,
Massachusetts age 68 years, 7 months in 1653
My ancestry to Rev. John Lathrop:
Rev. John Lathrop>Rev. Joseph
Mary Lothrop >Edward Crowell >Mary Crowell & Samuel Dennis,
Jr.>Reliance Dennis &
Samuel Paschal>Sarah Paschal m. John Glover>John Paschal
Glover>Susan K. Glover>Nathan O'Neal Glover>E. C.
Glover>J. T. Glover> me
Rev. John Lothropp's bible brought
to America by Rev. John Lothropp onboard the Griffin
Rev. John Lothropp was a religious leader in
Plymouth Plantation where he founded three churches
which are still in existence.
The story of most Lathrops in America starts
with the illustrious Rev. John Lothropp. There is lots of
information about him on the Web. Here is some of what I have
found about Rev. John Lothrop and Hannah House. He was the
second pastor of the first Independent (Congregational) Church
in London. At that time the King, Charles I, was in a conflict
with Parliament. Puritans Presbyterians and Independents, all
dissenters from the Church of England supported Parliament. This
conflict led up to the English Civil War. King Charles I would
be beheaded in 1649 by forces led by Lord Cromwell during the
English Civil War.
As a result of the political conflict between
King Charles and Parliament religious dissenters were
persecuted. Rev. John was imprisoned from 1632 to 1634. While in
prison his wife, Hannah House, died. He was banished to America
upon his release. He led a group of followers to Scituate
Massachusetts. They sailed on 18 Sept. 1634 on the Griffin to
Boston MA. He became pastor of the First Church in Scituate
where he remained till 1639 when a dispute split the church. Rev
John led a group of his followers to Barnstable Mass., about 40
miles to the south east on the north shore of Cape Cod.
Barnstable considers Rev John Lothrop to be its founder and has
several references to him on its web pages. His house is now the
1 John Lathrop 1584 - 1653
.. +Hannah Howse 1590 - 1633
........... 2 Thomas Lathrop
1613 - 1707
............... +Sarah Learned
........... 2 Jane Lathrop 1614
............... +Samuel Fuller
1602 - 1683
........... 2 Anne Lathrop 1616
........... 2 John 'The Older'
Lathrop 1618 - 1653
........... 2 Barbara Lathrop
............... +John Emerson
........... 2 Samuel Lathrop
1623 - 1700
Scudder 1625 - 1682
........... *2nd Wife of Samuel
............... +Abigail Doane
1632 - 1735
........... 2 Joseph Lathrop
1624 - 1700
............... +Mary Ansell
Lothrop was born in 1624 at Lambeth, London,
England. He was the son of Rev.
John Lothrop. Joseph
Lothrop married Mary
Ansell on 11 December 1650
at Barnstable, Massachusetts. His estate was
probated on 9 April 1702 at Barnstable,
Children of Joseph Lothrop and Mary
Ansell: Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Elizabeth, John,
Samuel, John, Barnabas, Hope, Thomas, Hannah
Mary married first Edward Crowell and second
........... 2 Benjamin Lathrop
............... +Martha Walcott
*2nd Wife of John Lathrop:
.. +Ann 1616 - 1688
........... 2 Barnabas Lathrop
1636 - 1715
............... +Susanna Clark
1641 - 1697
........... *2nd Wife of
[Dodson] 1643 - 1715
........... 2 Lathrop 1638 -
........... 2 Abigail Lathrop
............... +James Clark
1639 - 1713
........... 2 Bathsheba Lathrop
1642 - 1723
............... +Alexander Marsh
1641 - 1698
........... 2 John Lathrop 1645
............... +Hannah 1644 -
........... *2nd Wife of John
............... +Mary Cobb 1653
........... 2 Lathrop 1650 -
Lothrop's will dated August 10, 1653 probated march 7
1653/4, names daughter Jane as already having her portion.
REV. JOHN LOTHROP/LATHROP
baptized Etton Yorkshire England December 20, 1584 died
Barnstable, Mass November 8, 1653 m. October 10, 1610 Hannah
House, d. 1634
The name was sometimes written Lathrop, other times Lothrop
and originated in the town of Lowthrope, England. John
Lathrop was born in Yorkshire England.
He first entered Christ Church College, Oxford in 1601 but
transferred to the more liberal Queen's College from which
he graduated with a B.A. in 1605 and an M.A. in 1609. He
moved to Edgerton, Kent, a town 48 miles southeast of
London, where he was curate of the parish church. He left
Edgerton in 1623 apparently due to a distaste for the Church
of England and became the minister of the First Indepdent
Church of London, a church whose religion was not the same
as the king's and thus illegal. On April 22, 1632 the
church's gathering was invaded by the authoroties and
forty-two members were taken into custody and were held in
the old Clink Prison in Newgate. His followers apparently
lingered here for months and released. He, being considered
too dangerous to the church remained in Prison. While he
languished in prison, his wife died, and left behind
numerous children who appealed to the Bishop at Lambeth for
his release. He being briefly permitted to "commend her to
God", the Bishop granted him liberty, which appears to be
limited, perhaps something akin to our contempory "parole."
Suffice it to say, he, with reasonable haste repaired to New
England. He arrived on the Ship Griffin, together with
others of his "flock" Sept, 1634.
He received warm welcome, but later removed to Barnstable,
due to differences with some of his people over baptism, of
which he disapproved. He remained here for 14 years. He
required no creeds, nor confessions of faith, believed that
man is not responsible to fellow man in matters of faith and
conscience, tolerated differences of opinion, and was,
apparently, in all, an independent thinker who held opinions
in advance of his times.
John Lathrop was made a freeman and took oath on March 7,
1636 in Scituate. On January 1, 1637 certain freemen of
Scituate, including John Lathrop, complained to the Court
that they were alloted such small portions of land that they
could not subsist on them. The Court of Assistants granted
them upland and a neck of land lying between The North and
South Rivers provided upon the condition that they makea a
township there and inhabit the said land.
John moved with others in October 1639 and this became the
town of Barnstable on Cape Cod. He was granted a four acre
lot in this town upon which he built a small house. A larger
house was built in 1644. On March 7, 1653 Mars. Lathrop was
granted letters of administration of the estate of Mr John
After a dedicated, and apparently illustrious ministry, he
died Barnstable, Nov 8. 1653.
Rev. John Lothrop was the father of Jane Lothrop/Lathrop who
married Samuel Fuller of the Mayflower.
Lothrop/Lathrop's house still stands in Barnstable and is
part of the Sturgis Library. Among the artifacts of Rev.
John Lothrop is his bible.
Jane Lothrop and Samuel Fuller: Hannah, Samuel, Elizabeth,
Sarah, Mary, Thomas, Sarah, John, and a child whose name is
not recorded but who died 15 days after birth.
Samuel Fuller came on the Mayflower at the age of 12, with
his father Edward Fuller. (He should not be confused with
Doctor Samuel Fuller, his uncle, who also came on the
Mayflower). Samuel's parents both died the first winter at
Plymouth. Samuel was apparently raised by his uncle, and
became a freeman of Plymouth in 1634. He married in
Scituate the next year to Jane Tothrop, the daughter of Rev.
John Lothrop and his first wife Hannah Howes. He and wife
Jane would raise their family initially at Scituate, before
moving sometime shortly before 1641 to Barnstable. He would
live out the next forty years of his life in Barnstable.
His probate records of 1683-1684 indicate that his wife
predeceased him. He also bequeathed an Indian named Joel to
his son John.
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