Rev John Wilson

Rev John Wilson

Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Death 7 Aug 1667 (aged 78)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 7140837 · View Source
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~ Reverend John Wilson ~

Birth: December 1588
Birthplace: Windsor, Berkshire, England
Death: 7 August 1667
Buria: King's Chapel, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: Canon of Windsor, Clergyman, Merchant Tailor, English Puritan Reverend.

Note previous carving, some of which is still visible: "...THE BODY OF MR JOHN WIL___/ ___OD HERE TO FORE RECTOR OF ___________/ HERE LIETH BURIED ELIZABETH WILSON/THE WIFE LATELY FOR 45 YEARS TOGETHER/ JOHN WILSON IN THE SAME PLAT OR ___/HEARE TO THE BODY OF ISAAC JOHNSON _____/____SH OF BLESSED MEMORIE WAITING ___/____SSED APPEARANCE OF OUR LORD____/ ______OF 3______." John Wilson was one of the earliest settlers in Boston, minister of the First Congregational Church. He died in 1667. Issac Johnson was one of the Puritan leaders. He died in Boston in the fall of 1630 and was buried in his garden plot, the first burial in what went on to become King's Chapel Burying Ground.
You can go to website to view memorial marker:,-Walter?sort=Name%2CDates&qvq=q:wilson;sort:Name%2CDates;lc:FBC~100~1&mi=0&trs=18
This slate stone may have been rejected by the carver, William Mumford, and reused for Walter Newbery in Newport. It is the only stone that I know of that references Rev. John Wilson, his wife Elizabeth, and Isaac Johnson.



Reverend William Wilson, D.D.
Birth: 1542
Birthplace: Wellsbourne, Lincolnshire, England
Death: 15 May 1615
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Place of Burial: Windsor, Berkshire, England

Isabel Alice (Woodhall) Wilson
Birth: 1546
Birthplace: Waldon, Devon, England
Death: 1615
Rochester, Medway, England, United Kingdom
...Daughter of John Woodhall, of Walden and Elizabeth Grindall, who was the sister of Edmund Grindal, Archbishop of Canterbury under Elizabeth I.



Biography for spouse: Elizabeth ( Mansfield) Wilson

Birth: 3 December 1592 Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire, England
Death: 1658 Boston Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA.
Elizabeth (Mansfield) Wilson was the daughter of John (1553 - 1601) and Elizabeth Isabel (Leigh) Mansfield,(1570 - 1634) she was baptized 3 December 1592 at Henley-on-Thames, Oxford. She married the Rev. John Wilson about 1617, She died about 1658. She did not accompany her husband to Massachusetts Bay in 1630, and her unwillingness to come to New England was the subject of several letters from Margaret Winthrop to her son John in May 1631; she first reported that "Mr. Wilson is now in London and promised me to come and see you. He cannot yet persuade his wife to go, for all he hath taken this pains to come and fetch her. I marvel what mettle she is made on. Sure she will yield at last, or else we shall want him exceedingly in New England." In her second letter she noted that WILLIAM CODDINGTON "is gone to Sudbury to Mr. Wilson," and in her third letter that "if he go it must be without his wife's consent, for she is more averse than ever she was." John Wilson's wife did return with him in 1632, however, for they had a child born and baptized in Boston in 1633. When John Wilson made a second trip to England in 1634, she was "at first very much affected with her husband's departure, but she is now well pacified" They had four children: Edmund, John, Elizabeth Rogers, and Mary (Wilson) Danforth Rock. Elizabeth Wilson was sister of JOHN MANSFIELD {1635, Boston} & of Anne (Mansfield) Keayne, wife of ROBERT KEAYNE {1635, Boston}. Her husband was uncle of EDWARD RAWSON {1637, Newbury} & of Dorothy (Sheafe) Whitfield, wife of Henry WHITFIELD (1639, Guilford), and related in some way to Simon BIRD (1635, Boston). Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.

1- Bio by: Rose


Biography for Rev. John Wilson:

WILSON, John, clergyman, born in Windsor, England, in 1588; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 7 August, 1667. Young Wilson was educated at Eton and at Cambridge, where he was graduated about 1606. He studied law three years at one of the inns of court, and took orders in the Church of England, but soon became conspicuous for his Puritanical leanings, he preached at Mortlake, Henley, Bumstead, Stoke, Clare, and Candish, and for several years was minister of Sudbury, Essex, where he was repeatedly suspended or silenced by the bishop's court for his opinions, but was befriended by Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick. Becoming interested in the colonization of Massachusetts, he and many of his neighbors embarked on 8 April, 1630, in the great fleet with John Winthrop and his associates of the Massachusetts company. He landed at Salem on 12 June, and soon afterward removed to Charlestown, where he preached under a tree, and on 30 July organized what was subsequently the 1st church in Boston, to which place the majority of the members soon removed. He was ordained teacher of the church on 27 August by imposition of hands by the several communicants. In 1631 he sailed for England, where he remained until May, 1632, and was ordained pastor in November of the latter year. He again visited England in the autumn of 1634, and remained absent a year. Soon after his return the Antinomian controversy arose in his congregation, and Governor Winthrop and Wilson fought stoutly against the faction that was led by Anne Hutchinson . While this discussion was pending, an expedition was sent against the Pequots, and Mr. Wilson was selected by lot as its chaplain. He outlived two colleagues in the ministry, John Cotton and John Norton, and was left at the age of seventy-six with the entire charge of his congregation on his hands. He continued in the active discharge of his duties until finally disabled by a fatal disease.

Bio by: JP Fortin

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