Meet Our Family Valentines Part 1
I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my second Valentine prompt posting.
Meet our immigrant Valentine-Valentine Rowell (Thomas, Valentine). Valentine Rowell is one of the first settlers of what became Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts. [Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony settled 1654.] He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.
We first find Valentine in marriage records on 14 November 1643 in Salisbury, New England, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Joanna Pinder. She was the daughter of Henry Pinder and Mary Rogers of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.To date I have found nine children born to Valentine and Joanna; Thomas (1644-1684), John (1645/6-1649), Philip (1647/8-1690), Mary (1649/50-?), Sarah (1651-after 1716), Hannah (1653-1707), John (1655-1656/7), Elizabeth (1657-?) and Margarite (1659-?). A female [Elizabeth or Margarite] died before Sept 1662. Valentine was baptized 24 Jun 1622 Mancetter, Warwickshire, England, the son of Thomas Rowell and Margaret, the grandson of Valentine Rowell and Elizabeth Hampton. [I viewed the marriage record it is possible Elizabeth’s maiden name was Campton, not Hampton.] Valentine’s grandfather, did not come to the colonies. He died 13 September 1613 in Atherstone, England, where he was buried. His wife, Elizabeth followed him 14 February 1647/8 and is buried the same place.
Valentine Rowell purchases six acres of meadow, formerly belonging to Mr. John Hodges, from Thomas Bradbury on the 23rd October 1647 located in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1646 – Valentine Rowell, along with his father, Thomas, took the oath of fidelity in Salisbury.
12 April 1654 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, purchased four acres of planting land with commonage belonging to at Salisbury Old Town from Daniel Ladd of Haverhill.
April 1661 – Valentine Rowell, of Salisbury, planter, battered for pine boards from William Osgood of Salisbury, millwright, the commage in Salisbury, Valentine purchased from Daniel Ladd.
5 April 1661, Valentine, planter of Salisbury, received from Richard Currier of Salisbury, planter, 2 acres of upland in Salisbury on the west side of Pawwaus River, bounded by John Weed, John Bayly (deceased) and highway.
5 April 1661, Valentine Rowell, planter of Salisbury was deeded by John Bayly, husbandman of Nuberie (Newbury), 3 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Richard Currier, town creek and a little creek running up by Vinson’s rocks.
4 April 1662, Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, carpenter, conveyed to Henry Blesdale (Blaisdell) of Salisbury, tailor, one half of ye upper end of my lot of upland on west side of Pawwaus River in Salisbury, bounded by Edward Goe, Phillip Challis, etc…Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Samuel Hall, Acknowledge, wife Joanna released dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.
5 April 1661 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, for the above deed, conveyed to John Bayly of Nuberie, husbandman, 6 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Tho: Dumer (now of said Bayly) and Anthony Colby towards ye ferry.
12 April 1661 – Thomas Barnard of ye new town of Salisbury, for L 5, l 5 s conveyed to William Barnes, Richard Currier and Valentine Rowell, inhabitants of the same town, in behalf of ye new town, 10 acres of upland in said new town in the possession of Isaac Buswell, near the mill. Witnesses: Wymond Bradbury, Samuel Hall. The above grantees conveyed the said land to Joseph Peasley same day.
5 March 1616/2 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, conveyed to John Clough of Salisbury, house carpenter, 4 acres of planting land in Salisbury, bounded by Willi Allin, highway to mill, grantee, etc. Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Jane Bradbury acknowledged in court by grantor and his wife Joanna.
9 April 1662 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, exchanged my lot of sweepage, bounded by Mr. Winsley and goodman Dickerson, at ye beach, with Jarret Haddon for William Huntington’s lot of Higgledee pigledee meadow at fox island, bounded by Valentine Rowell and Phillip Chaillis. Witnesses: Anthony Somerby, John Bayly. Acknowledged by grantor , his wife releasing dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.
Valentine Rowell died at Salisbury, 17 May 1662, just 18 days after making this last deed by which he exchanged a Sweepage lot with Jarret Haddon. [One recorded date as 17d: 3m : 1662, this would be May in the old style calendar.] On 14 October 1662, administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Joane. Lieutenant Challis and Richard Currier were ordered to make distribution of his estate to the widow and children, she to have half of it.
Joan remarried on 18 September 1670 to William Sargent, and thirdly, on 26 October 1676 at Amesbury, to Richard Currier.
Margery [3rd wife of Thomas Rowell], the widowed stepmother of Valentine Rowell, did not obey the court order regarding her step-son Valentine’s heirs. His widow Joanna, having remarried to William Sargent, they sued for the inheritance. The suit was against Christopher Osgood, son of Margery by her first husband. William Chandler testified that margery Coleman (she had remarried for a third time to Thomas Coleman) was at his home in Newbury when, the widow of Valentine Rowell hearing of it, came and demanded of her mother-in-law the L 7 due. Margaery answered that she had disposed of all her estate to her son Christopher, and he was to pay her debts, and that Chandler had the proof. Thomas Rowell, Valentine’s eldest son, also had tried to collect the legacy from Christopher Osgood, but without success. The Sargents won the case and the children finally received their father’s share of his estate.
In 1725, the estate of Valentine Rowell was still unsettled. Valentine Rowell, a grandson of the same name, in spite of the wishes of his cousins, renounced his right and Phillip Rowell was appointed administrator of the estate of his grandfather, Valentine Rowell, late of Amesbury, he giving bonds with John Challis and Joseph Currier on the twelfth of February 1725. This long delay in the settlement of his estate was due to the deaths of him and his children at early age.
Note some of the same surnames in 1803
The image below list a Rowell in 1639 as one of those who received lots and proportions granted pr the Towne of Colchester [bordered by the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, originally named Colchester, was incorporated as Salisbury in 1640.] in the first division.. This is most likely Valentine’s father, Thomas Rowell.
Valentine Rowell and Joanna Pinder 9th great grandparents
Hannah Rowell and Thomas Colby 8th great grandparents
Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot 7th great grandparents
Valentine Colby and Hannah Kimball 6th great grandparents [hint of the next Valentine post]
Hezekiah Colby 5th great grandfather
Chellis F. Colby and Olive P. Cheney 4th great grandparents
James Madison Colby and Nancy Collins 3rd great grandparents
Kate E Colby and Alonzo Chase 2nd great grandparents
Clara Jane Chase and William Frank Nelson great grandparents
Lillian May Nelson and Nathan Augustus Stearns grandparents
Nelson William Stearns and Shirley Beatrice Pease parents
and finally, me, June Stearns and Michael D. Butka
Land purchases by Valentine Rowell links The Great Migration Thomas Bradbury History and
Therelfall, John Brooks, Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins, J.B Threlfall Publishing, Madison, wisconsin 1990,.Book is at Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main St. North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845 (978) 668-9505 The Rowell Ancestry contributed by William Haslet Jones pg. 331 to 342.
PDF images on my laptop C:/Users/damegussie/OneDrive/Documents/Frame and Rowell families on certain pages for Frame and Rowell; pages 150-155 Frame Family; 331-342 Rowell Family. [Offers family history for Thomas and Lawrence Frame; Valentine, Thomas and Valentine Rowell, will/probate and land purchases.]
History of Amesbury: Including the first Seventeen Years of Salisbury, to Seperation in 1654; and Merrimac, from its Incorporation in 1876 page 15 definition of sweepage lots. [They had divided an abundance of land, even crossing the Powow and giving out lots there this present year. The marsh was disposed of, and the whole range of beach from Black Rocks to Hampton river cut up into lots, numbered and given out to the inhabitants. These lots were called “sweep- age” lots, ]
Macetter, England Searchable files: Valentine and Thomas Frame England documents. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Mancetter,_Warwickshire_Genealogy
The Pillsbury Ancestry, by Holman; Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, by Hoyt; Essex County Probate 1:401; Essex County Quarterly Court Files 5:20.