Rev John Lothrop

Rev John Lothrop

Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death 8 Nov 1653 (aged 68)
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Unmarked
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NOTE: The pictures that have been added by several people of John Lathrop are actually of his great-great-grandson of the same name and also a minister.

According to "The Genealogical History of Edgar Hanks Evans" (research by Donald Lines Jacobus),
John Lothrop or Lowthroppe (Thomas, Robert, John) was baptised in Etton, 20 Dec. 1584 and came to New England. He entered first Christ Church, College, Oxford for according to Foster's "Alumni Oxonienses" John Lothroppe of Yorkshire aged sixteen years, was admitted a pleb of Christ Church 15 Oct. 1602. Thence he went to Cambridge, where according to Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses, John Loothrop, Lathrop or Lothrop, who was baptised at Etton, Yorkshire, 20 Dec. 1584, son of Thomas of Etton, was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Queen's College in 1606, and to that of Master of Arts in 1609; a brief biographical notice of him is given by Venn. His brother Rev. Thomas Lothrop was admitted sizar at Queen's College, Cambridge 30 June 1601; took his bachelor's degree in 1604/5 and his master's degree in 1608; was rector of Dengie in Essex, 1613-1629 and died in 1629.
Rev. John Lothrop soon located in Egerton, 48 miles southeast from London, in the Lower Half hundred of Calehill, Lathe of Scray, county Kent, as curate of the parish there. To this living he was appointed about 1611 by the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul. It was probably his first and only parish charge as a minister of the English Church. Here Mr. Lothrop labored faithfully as long as his judgement could approve the ritual and government of the Church. But when he could no longer do this, we find him conscientiously renouncing his orders and asserting the right of still fulfilling a ministry to which his heart and his conscience had called him.
Accordingly in 1623 his decision was made and he espoused the cause of the Independents. The date of his leaving Egerton was 1623 and next year he was called to the First Independent Church in London, then situated on Union St., Southwark, London now utterly gone.
For being independent in thought he was arrested 22 Apr. 1632 and put in jail, along with a group of 24 others. In the old Clink prison, in Newgate, and in the Gatehouse, there men lingered for months. In the Spring of 1634, all but Mr. Lothrop were released on bail; he, their leader, the chief offender, was deemed too dangerous to be set at liberty.
During the time he was in prison, a fatal illness was preying on his wife and bringing her fast to her end. Her name was Hannah House.
"In New England's Memorials" by Nathaniel Morton, published in 1669, he says -- "His wife fell sick, of which sickness she died. He procured liberty of the bishop to visit his wife before her death, and commended her to God by prayer, who soon gave up the ghost. At his return to prison, his poor children, being many, repaired to the bishop at Lambeth and made known unto him their miserable condition by reason of their good father's being continued in close durance, who commiserated their condition so far as to grant him liberty, who soon after came over unto New England".
In the Journal, kept by Governor Winthrop, under date of 18 Sept. 1634, appears, "The Griffin and another ship now arriving with about 200 passengers. Mr. Lothrop and Mr. Sims, two godly ministers coming in the same ship." On the next page of the journal it says - "Mr. Lothrop had been a pastor of a private congregation in London, and for the same, kept long in prison, upon refusal of the oath, ex-officio, being in Boston upon a sacrament day, after the sermon, desired leave of the congregation to be present at the administration, but said that he durst not desire to partake in it, because he was not then in order, being dismissed from his former congregation, and he thought it not fit to be suddenly admitted into any other for example sake, and because of the deceitfulness of man's heart".
On reaching Boston with that portion of his London flock who had accompanied him, he found already the preparations begun to welcome him to a new home in Scituate.
Before 14 June 1635 he had taken a second wife. She was Anne Hammond, daughter of William Hammond, of Lavenham, England and Watertown, Mass.; she was baptised in Lavenham 14 July 1616, and her sister, Penina married Robert Linnell of Scituate and Barnstable; In the Scituate church records Rev. John Lothrop calls Linnell "my brother".
When the Lothrop genealogy was published, little was known of Anne Hammond, but later information regarding her and the family in England appears in the New England Historical Genealogical Registers, 56; 184, 67;46, 261 and 84;437.
When Rev. John Lothrop settled in Scituate he was granted a farm. While there differences arose between him and the people on the question of baptism and he removed to Barnstable, where he had a house lot granted him. He died in Barnstable 8 Nov. 1653; he left a will which had not been signed; and on 7 Mar. 1653/4 administration was granted on his estate to Mrs. Laythorpe". The will mentioned his wife; oldest son Thomas to have a house in Barnstable; son John in England and son Benjamin in Barnstable each to have a cow and 5 pounds; daughters Jane and Barbara had had their portions; to the rest of the children "both mine and my wife's" each a cow; to each of them one book; the rest of his library to be sold and the proceeds divided.
Children of Rev. John Lothrop and Hannah House (second generation);--
i. Jane, bp. 29 Sept. 1614 ; m. Samuel Fuller.
ii. Anne, bp. 12 May 1616 ; d. 30 Apr. 1617.
iii. John, bp. 22 Feb. 1617/8 ; d.y.
iv. Barbara, bp. 321 Oct. 1619 ; m. John Emerson.
v. Thomas, b. ; m. Sarah (Larned) Ewer, widow.
vi. Samuel, b. ; m. Elizabeth Scudder.
vii. Joseph, b. ab. 1624 ; m. Mary Ansell.
viii. Benjamin, b. ; m. Martha ________.
In Scituate, by second wife, Anne Hammond:--
+ ix. Barnabas, bp. 6 June 1636 ; m. Susanna Clark.
x. ______ child ; d. 30 July 1638, inf.
In Barnstable, by second wife, Anne Hammond:--
xi. Abigail, bp. 2 Nov. 1639 ; m. James Clark
xii. Bathsheba, bp. 27 Feb. 1641 ; m. Alexander Marsh.
xiii. John, bp. 9 Feb. 1644 ; m. Mary Cobb.
xiv. _______ child, b. 25 Jan. 1649 ; d. inf.
Rev. John Lothrop is an accepted ancestor for the Society of Colonial Dames - "Lothrop, Rev. John (1584-1653) Scituate and Barnstable, Mass. Queen's College, Cambridge, A.B. 1606, A.M. 1609. Minister at Scituate 1634-1639; and at Barnstable 1639-1653."

More information can be found on various genealogies posts on the Internet. For example there is an interesting report about the imprisonment of John Lothrop and the fate of his family. On April 29, 1632, Reverend Lothropp's congregation was discovered by the Bishop's pursuant at the house of Mr. Humphrey Barnet and 42 members were apprehended there, but only 18 escaped. After two years in various prisons they were all released on bail except for Reverend Lothropp, for whom no favor could be obtained. He petitioned King Charles I for liberty to depart from the kingdom, but his petition was rejected.
Apparently while John was in prison, his wife, Hannah fell sick, and he was permitted to visit her. Shortly after this she died either in April or May of 1634 and John's children were placed in the care of some friends, who could scarcely support them. As a result, John's children were often forced to live on the streets and beg for food. Some friends sent the children to petition the Bishop of Lambeth for their father's freedom, who upon realizing their pathetic state, ordered that Reverend John be released from prison in May or June of 1634.

See also the Lothrop Genealogy, pp. 23, 34, 41, 50, etc... and Barnstable Families, Part 2, p. 162, etc... with items from the Genealogical Register. Information on John Lothrop/Lowthroppe can also be found in the Register of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames, 1927, page 425.

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