Information on the Lothrop Family
Robert Lowthroppe
Earliest of this family for which we have positive identification is Robert Lowthroppe of Cherry Burton (Sheriburton), Yorkshire, England.

Condensed Will of Robert Lowthroppe (1515-1588)
1. To ye blessed sacrament of ye altar for forgotten tythes, v s. To poor people at his burial, 4 marks, by executors.
3. To ye church of "Sheriburton," 68. 8d.
4. To son JOHN all lands and tenements in So. Dalton and all freehold lands and titles; the lands in Burton purchased of Richard Fenle and Marmaduke Whytinge; and in default of issue from him, the reversion of the foregoing to be unto son Lawrence and his heirs.
5. To son THOMAS all lands and their appurtenances in Walkinton.
6. To daughter Margaret a messuage in Beverlaie, in the Tenore of Christopher More. If she fail of issue this also to go to son Lawrence.
7. To wife ELLEN, during widowhood, and then to son Thomas all leases and terms of years of his two "fermolds" in Burton and Rainthorpe. If she should marry or die the leases to remain in Thomas and his executors and heirs. The said Ellen and Thomas are to succor "with meat and drink and house room" in said "fermold" in Burton all the rest of the children to their several marriages.
8. To daughter Margaret, 40 marks.
9. To son JOHN, a gray stoned horse.
10. To son Thomas, an ambling gelding, dapple gray.
11. To son Lawrence, a bright bay gelding.
12. To daughter Margaret, a branded fleet cow, in consideration of one I sold which my father gave to her. Also a lead, a table, two chairs, two trestles and a forme with a great with eaves, two basings, two lavers, two candlesticks, twelve pieces of pewther, and "y?? best (beast), yt came from Beverlaie."
13. To "everie of my godchildren, 4d."
14. To "everie of my sister's children, 8d."
15. To my three sisters, everie of them, 6s. 8d.
16. To John Swinburne, John Pickering, William Fisher, Robert Barnes, Gawin and Hewe Mason--my servants, every of them, halfe a quarter of barlye (two bushels).
17. To Catherine Shadlock, maid servant, half a quarter of barley and a bushel of wheat.
18. Elizabeth Thornton and Isabell Coke, maid servants, either of them a mett (two bushels) of barley.
19. To ye township of So. Burton, 6s. 8d.
20. To children of William Burne, every of them, 8d.
21. To William and John, sons of Henry Sowersby, 7d. each.
22. To Alison Simson and Henry Bynks, 4d.
23. To Robert Binks, 4d.
24. To every of my three sons a bound waine and gear.
25. To Richard Eshton, a quarter of barley.
26. To Robert Hoyeson, Robert Wilson, William Burne, Robert Patenson, and John Patenson, 20d.
27. To Thomas Jervis, 6s. 8d.
28. To Mr. John Eglesfield, Esq., supervisor of this will, 20s.
29. To son Thomas, two draughts nante--a hawked and browne--and fourtie (40) weathers such as he will choose.
30. To son John, a cow "such as daughter Margaret will appoint," and a couple "stotes goying at Harswell such as he choose."
31. To son Lawrence, two stotes.
32. To daughter Margaret, two whies goying at Harswell.
33. "To ye Prests," 20d.
34. To ye Clerk, 12d.
35. To William Burne, "my buckskin doublet."
36. To Robert Johnson, "my vilett jacket."
37. To Simon Naves, "my second best vilett jacket."
38. To son Thomas, a "jack" (coat of mail), "bill" (battle ax), steel cap, and pair of splents.
39. To wife Ellen, son John, son Thomas, son Lawrence, and daughter Margaret, the rest of the estate, and all of them are appointed executors.

Thomas Lowthroppe
Of Etton, Yorkshire, England, Thomas married three times. As the subject of this genealogy is his son John by second wife Mary Howell, his will is not shown here. Named in his will were his third wife, Jane, and their children, Richard, Mark, Joseph, Lawrence, and Bartholomew. His will was probated 13 January 1606/07.

Rev. John Lothrop, Immigrant
John Lothropp (as he spelled his name), matriculated at Queen's Colledge, Cambridge in 1601, graduated with a B.A. in 1605, and with an M.A. in 1609. By 1611, records show him in Kent, England, as curate of a parish church in Calehill, Lathe of Seray, where baptismal records of his children also tells us he and his family remained there until around 1619. It is suspected that around this later time period he found it increasingly difficult to officiate his duties as a minister of the English Church, wishing instead to follow his own calling.

Around 1624, he accepted an offer to become pastor of the Independent Church of London, their minister having resigned and removed to Virginia. Considered dissenters by the English Church, this congregation had no public place of worship, and thus were forced to worship in secret. On April 22, 1632, their secret retreat was discovered and 42 of the congregation, along with Rev. Lothrop were seized and imprisoned. Almost two years later, all but Rev. Lothrop had been released, authorities believing "his genius will still haunte all the pulpits in ye country when any of his scolers may be admitted to preach."

During his confinement, Rev. Lothrop's wife, Hannah, had become very ill, thus he was given liberty to visit her. She died very shortly, and Rev. Lothrop returned to prison. His children, now without both parents, pleaded their position to the bishop at Lambeth, and with the proviso that he leave England, the authorities released Rev. John Lothrop.

In Gov. Winthrop's journal is found this entry, dated 18 September 1634: "The Griffin and another ship now arriving with about 200 passengers. Mr. Lathrop and Mr. Sims, two godly ministers coming in the same ship." Very shortly after his arrival in Plymouth colony, he remarried to Ann (or Anna), of whom little else is known. Thus it is certain that all of his children born in America were from his second marriage.

Even though his will was not signed, it was admitted to probate without question.

Abstract of Will of Rev. John Lothrop
"To my wife my new dwelling house. To my oldest son Thomas, the house in which I first lived in Barnstable. To my son John in England, and Benjamin here, each a cow and ?5. Daughter Jane and Barbara have had their portions already. To the rest of the children, both mine and my wife's, each a cow. To each child one book, to be chosen according to their ages. The rest of my library to be sold to any honest man who can tell how to use it, and the proceeds to be divided..."

Hon. Barnabas Lothrop
As minister, Rev. John Lothrop entered into the Scituate records the baptism of his first son born in America, "Bernabas, son of John Lothropp". Barnabas Lothrop became the first probate judge of Barnstable, Plymouth. He was also Deputy from 1675 to 1682, Judge of Common Pleas 1692, and was appointed the latter year counsellor with Governor Hinckley, Governor Bradford, and John Walley, to represent New Plymouth at Boston, under the new charter.

Barnabas Lothrop was twice married, first to Susanna Clarke, with whom he had thirteen children. After her death in 1686/87, he remarried to Abigail Button. His will, dated 8 June 1713, was probated 27 November 1715. He names legatees wife Abigail; his only son Barnabus; his grandson Barnabus, the "only son of my son John, deceased"; grandson John, son of "my son Nathaniel, deceased"; his brother John and two sisters, Abigail Clark and Bathshewa Marsh; his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Crocker; his grandson, Joseph Lewis, son of Ebenezer Lewis; and "my seven children now remaining; my kinswoman Bethya Hinckley, now dwelling with with me, my six daughters, Abigail Sturgis, Susanna Shurtlef, Bathshewa Freeman, Anna Lewis, Sarah Skeffe, and Thankful Hedge; and Bethya Claghorn who is my daughter-in-law."

It appears that this author's paternal great-great-grandfather, Barnabas Miles (son of John Miles and Thankful Freeman, she daughter of Elisha Freeman, he son of Samuel Freeman and Bathsheba Lothrop, i.e. Bathshewa Freeman mentioned above) was named after Barnabas Lothrop.

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