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Charlotte MACKRELL

Henry SQUIRE 1

  • Born: 1563, Charlton Mackrel, Somerset, England
  • Christened: 13 Jun 1558, Edworth, Bedford, England
  • Marriage: Charlotte MACKRELL in 1586 in Charlton, Mackrell, England
  • Died: 25 Dec 1649, Kingweston, Somerset, England at age 86
  • Buried: 25 Dec 1649, Kingweston, Somerset, England, Kingweston Cem

bullet   Ancestral File Number: 1CSZ-4X.


bullet  General Notes:

m 10/19/1609 Charlton Mackrell Somersetshire Egnalnd
Edith Squire.

Rev Wm Squire b 1520 rector of Charlton Mackrell,
Somersetshire, Entl evidenced by will of Rev George
Levermore, vicar of Charlton Adam, bequeathed certain
goods to William Squyre parson of Charleton Macarell.

In 1553-8 under Mary Tudor a list was made of all
married clergy in Englandwho were ordered to divorce
their wives to conform to the RC law of clerical
celibacy. At ecclesisatical visitation of Charlton
Mackrell in 1554 the church wardens presented htat
"William Squyer was married and doth minister ageyne
not separated. Died prob 1567.

Issue incl Henry Squire, b abut 1563 Charlton
Mackrell. Is termed in 1580 husbandman of Moorlinch,
a parish 7 miles away. Proably was an apprentice to a
yeoman. Returned to Charleton Mackrell, lived thre
til abt 1613. Moved to adj parish of Kinsweston, prob
died there. Married 1586 but name of his wife
unknown. Five children. Edith Squire, bapt 5/29/1587 at Charlton Mackrell
d 1/21/1672/3 Medfield, MA m first Henry Adams, 2nd
John Fussell abut 1651. he of Weymouth and Medfield, MA.

I had another copy of this, it seems, with more of it;

Sarah bp 6 Apr 1589 m at Charlto Makrell 1 Nov 1613 Robt Batt

Ann bp 30 Nov 1591 m 1 Kingweston 28 Jan 1613/4 Aquila Purchase and emigrated w him in 1633 to New Engl, where she married secondly abt 1637 as his second wife Thomas oliver of Boston, where she d 20 Dec 1662. Original marriage bond shows his signature and the mark of her father Henry Squire called "blacksmith of Kingweston".

Margaret bp 25 Apr 1596 m in England John Shepherd and emigr w him in 1638 to New Engl.

Frnaces bp 3 Feb 1598/9

They were yeomen. Cultivated leasehold farms and raised sheep and cattle and lived in simple stone, thatched cottages.

A more plausible explanation for the migration eliminates the religious factor entirely.

One of the great promotors of emigration in SW England was Rev. John White, rector of Holy Trinity Church, Dorchester, Co. Dorset, who represented the moderate conforming clergy in the great religious controversies which preceded the Civil War in England. HIs influence extended all over that region and he advocated as early as 1622 the colonization of New England for spiritual and material reasons, believing that it could be a haven, as well for NOn-conformers as for loyal Churchmen. He organized the "Dorchester Adventures" in 1623, a commerical company which owas to opersate at Cape Ann, and was actaive in promotion of this and like enterprises.
Including that of the Massachusetts Bay Company itself.

Among his parishioners was Aquila Purchase, master of Trinity School, Dorchester, England, 1625-33, whose brohter Thomas Purchase went to New England as early as 1626 and settled in what is now Brunswick, Me. Aquila Purchase was employed as a teacher in the vicinity of Kingweston 1612-14. He met and married there, Jan 1613-4, Anne Squire, sister of Edith Squire, and thus became brother in law of Henry Adams.

Aquila Purchase with wife and children emigrated Mar 1632/3 to Dorchester, MA. He died during the voyage or soon after. On 5 Aug 1633


Henry married Charlotte MACKRELL in 1586 in Charlton, Mackrell, England. (Charlotte MACKRELL was born about 1565 in Charlton Mackrel, Somerset, England and died before 1660 in Charlton Mackrel, Somersetshire, England.)

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