1. Anon. 1894-1906. Watertown Records comprising
the First and Second Books or Town Proceedings with the Lands Grants and
Possessions also the Proprietors' Book and the First Book and Supplement
of Birth Deaths and Marriages. 4 vols. Historical Society of
Watertown, Watertown, MA (online at AmericanAncestors.org as "Vital Records
of Watertown, 1630-1825").
|Vol. 1, First Book
Suâann Herington : Daughter of Robert & Susan Herington
: Bornn the 18 of August...
Robert Herington & Suâan George Maryed the firât
|Note: these are the first/earliest Herington/etc.
entries in the book.
John Herington Sonn of Robert & Suâan Herington Borne
the 24 of Auguât
Robert Herington sonnn of Robert & Suâan Herington borne
the Laât of the 6th month
George Herington, the Sonn of Robert & Suâan Herington
borne the 24 of November
Danill Hearington sonn of Robert & Suâann Hearington
borne the firât of November
Joseph Herrington sonn of Robert & Suâan Herrington
born the 28 of December
Benjamin Herington son of Robert & Suâannah Herington
Borne 26 : 11 m
Mary Herington daughter of Robert & Suâanna Herington
Borne the 12 of January
Thomas Herrington son of Robert & Suâannah Herington
Borne 20 2d mo
Samuell Heringtton son of Robertt & Suâann Herington
Borne the 18 of December
Edward Harington son of Robert & Suâan Borne the 2d
Sary Herington daughter of Robert and Suâan Harrington borne
10 of May
David Harington son of Robert and Suâan Harington borne
firât of June
David Herrington son of Robert and Suâan Herrington dyed
the 11 of march
|Vol. 2, Second Book
Susana Herington wife of Robert Herington Deceased the 6th
of July 1694
2. Clarence Almon Torry. 1985. New England Marriages
Prior to 1700. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,
MA (reprinted 1997, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD). As a
compilation of published sources, not original documents,
Torrey should be considered a secondary source, not a primary one.
||HERINGTON, Robert (1616-1707) & Susan/?Susanna GEORGE
(ca 1632-1694); 1 Oct 1649, prob 1648; Watertown
3. Census Index: Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund
|1652 Fidelity Oath
|1663 Freeman List
4. Frederick A. Virkus, ed. 1964. Immigrant Ancestors:
a List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Genealogical
Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-354):
5. John A. Farmer. 1829. A Genealogical Register
of the First Settlers of New-Englandů Carter, Andrews, &
Co., Lancaster, MA (repub. 1964/83 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore,
MD; Broderbund CD-354):
6. Patricia Ann Scherzinger. 1996. Colonial Americans
of Royal and Noble Descent: Alleged, Proven, and Disproven.
Heritage Books, Bowie, MD.
John - b 1651, m Hannah
Winter - desc/o Robert Harrington LDS82
Patience - chr 1697,
m David Stowell - desc/o Robert Harrington LDS82
Robert - b 1616, m Susannah
George - the immigrant LDS17; royalty not
Sarah - b 1671, m Joseph
Winship - desc/o Robert Harrington LDS17
Susanna - b 1688, m
Joshua Kendall - desc/o Robert Harrington LDS85
Thomas - b. 1665, m
Rebecca Bemis - desc/o Robert Harrington LDS85
||LDS = Michel L. Call, Royal Ancestors of Some LDS Families,
|There's no way to tell, from this source, where the unproven
links lie, but the shakiest link is probably between the immigrant and
his alleged parents in England.
7. Fredrick Lewis Weis. 1958. Early Generations
of the Family of Robert Harrington of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1634, and
Some of His Descendants. Self-published, Worcester, MA (online
at HeritageQuest at Genealogy.com):
|I'm quoting rather extensively from Weis because I think
he erred with his speculations as to the parentage of our subject, and
I want to be clear as to just what he said. Unfortunately, because
Weis is a highly respected researcher and because this work is in print,
people have "run with them" as if they were proven. I implore everyone
to resist accepting any parents for our subject without solid documentation,
especially as Y-DNA testing has connected two patrilineal descendants of
Robert with the HARRINGTONs of Essex. The Essex HARRINGTONs
may yet genetically connect with the Suffolk HARRINGTONs, but unless and
until they do, we should refrain from making the connection. A
bad connection is not better than no connection.
The best clue to the parentage of Robert Harrington of Watertown,
Massachusetts, is that he came from Southwold,
co. Suffolk, England. His father, if
our surmise is correct, died before 1622 and his mother died
in 1630, but he probably lived with his mother and step-father, the Reverend
Younges, between 1622 and 1630, and perhaps with his step-father until
1634. By 1634, he would be 18 years of age (he died at Watertown,
Massachusetts, in 1707, aged 91 years, thus he would have been born in
the year 1616), and in those days at 18 he would have been considered able
to support himself. At that time, Deacon Thomas Hastings,
perhaps a kinsman, at all events a friend, appears to have paid his passage
to America, on condition that Robert would be his helper for six years.
know that Robert and the family of Deacon Hastings embarked in the ship
"Elizabeth," William Andrews, Master, at Ipswich, co. Suffolk, on 10 April
1634, with many other Suffolk county families.
|Weis's opening sentence is without support. We do
know that Robert came from Suffolk. There is no Robert HARRINGTON
on the ship's list of the Elizabeth (see following sources).
|Also we know that Watertown was settled by pioneers
nearly all of whom came from Suffolk and Essex counties in England.
Bond's History of Watertown names more than forty prominent Watertown
families who came from Suffolk county alone. Furthermore, when Robert's
time was up in 1640, Mr. Hastings gave him a homestall in Watertown.
Fortunately, we know more than this. A Robert Herrington
was baptized at Southwold, co. Suffolk, 1 October 1616, son of Robert
Herrington, who had married on 7 March 1613, Joan Jentilman,
baptized 5 July 1603, the daughter of William and Agnes Jentilman.
(Doubtless she was several years old at the time of her baptism.)
This Robert Herrington was the son of another Robert Herrington,
who had been bailiff of Southwold for many years. Joan (Jentilman)
Herrington marrried, second, 25 July 1622, the Reverend John Younges.
He was "John: Jonges: of St. Margretts: Suff: Minister: aged 35 years"
who tried to leave for New England in May 1637, but was forbidden by the
authorities to do so...
||While we have not
seen positive proof that
of Watertown, Massachusetts, is identical with the Robert Herrington
who was baptized at Southwold, co. Suffolk, England, it is highly probable
that he was...
|One wishes Weis had not speculated here because subsequent
researchers have accepted this scenario unquestioningly. It is premature
to be making this connections.
7. Peter Wilson Coldham. 1987-c1993. The Complete
Book of Emigrants. 4 vols. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore,
MD (Broderbund CD-350):
|30 April 1634. Passengers from Ipswich embarked
in the Elizabeth of Ipswich, Mr. William Andrews, for New England:
John Sherman 20; Joseph Mosse 24; Richard Woodward 45 and Rose his wife
50, George Woodward 13, John Woodward 13; Edmond Lewis 33 and Mary his
wife 32, John Lewis 3, Thomas Lewis 9 months; John Spring 45 and Elinor
his wife 46, Henry Spring 6, John Spring 4, William Spring 9 months; Thurston
Raynor 40 and Elizabeth his wife 36, Thurston Rayner 13, Joseph Raynor
11, Elizabeth Raynor 9, Sarah Raynor 7, Lidia Raynor 1, Edward Raynor 10,
Elizabeth Kemball 13; Thomas Skott/Scott 40 and Elizabeth his wife 40,
Elizabeth Scott 9, Abigail Scott 7, Thomas Scott 6; Henery Kemball 44 and
Susan his wife 35; Richard Kemball 39 and Ursula his wife, Henry Kemball
15, Richard Kemball 11, Mary Kemball 9, Martha Kemball 5, John Kemball
3, Thomas Kemball 1; John Lavericke 15; Isaacke Mixer 31 and Sarah his
wife 33, Isaack Mixer 4; Martha Scott 60; George Munnings 37 and Elizabeth
his wife 41, Elizabeth Munnings 12, Abigail Munnings 7; John Bernard 30
and Phebe his wife 27, John Bernard 2, Samuell Bernard 1, Thomas King 15;
Thomas Kilborne 24 and Elizabeth his wife 20; John Crosse 50 and Anne his
wife 38; Robert Sherin 32; Humphry Bradstreet 40 and Bridgett his wife
30, Anna Bradstreet 9, John Bradstreet 3, Martha Bradstreet 2, Mary Bradstreet
1; Henery Glover 24; William Blomfield 30 and Sarah his wife 25, Sarah
Blomfield 1; Robert Day 30 and Mary his wife 28; Sarah Reynolds 20; Robert
Goodall 30 and Katherin his wife 28, Mary Goodale 4, Abraham Goodale 2,
Isaacke Goodale 1/2; Samuell Smithe 32 and Elizabeth his wife 32, Samuell
Smith 9, Mary Smith 4, Elizabeth Smith 7, Phillip Smith 1; Thomas Hastings
29 and Susan his wife 34; Susan Munson 25; Martin Underwood
38 and Martha his wife 31; Henery Gouldson 43 and Anne his wife 45, Anne
Gouldston 18, Mary Gouldston 15; William Cutting 26; John Palmer 24; Danyell
Pierce 23; John Clearke 22; John Firmin 46; Rebecca Isaacke 36; Anne Dorifall
|I quote the list in full to demonstrate that not only were
adult males listed (as is the usual case), but that women and children
(down to infants) were also listed. If Robert HARRINGTON had been
on this ship, his name surely would be listed, but it's not. (Susan
MUNSON was the HASTING's paid servant.) I checked several other transcriptions
(see below), and none of them included our subject, either.
8. Passengers of the Elizabeth, Master William Andrewes, April
1634 (online at the Winthrop Society web site [link died]).
9. The Elizabeth (online at Scott Billigmeier's "Hastings
Memorial" web site [link died]).
10. Frank R. Holmes. 1923. Directory of the Ancestral
Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700. [?], NY (repub. 1984 by Genealogical
Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; on Broderbund CD-504):
Place name from parish of Harrington, County of Cumberland, Eng.,
corrupted from Haverington so called from haver, Dutch, haber,
Teutonic, oats, ing a field, and ton. The town in or
surrounded by oat fields.
EDWARD, resident of Charlestown, Mass., 1643.
RICHARD, freeman at Charlestown, Mass., 1647.
ROBERT, b. Eng., 1616, settled at Watertown, Mass., 1634,
SAMUEL, at hatfield, Mass., 1679.
11. Henry Whittemore. 1967. Genealogical Guide
to the Early Settlers of Americaů Excerpted and Reprinted from "The Spirit
of '76" Volumes V-XII, September, 1898 - May, 1906. Genealogical
Publ Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-504):
JOHN BEMIS, of Watertown, Mass., married Mary, daughter of Robert
Harrington, and had Beriah 1681, Susanna, Joseph 1684, John, Mary,
Samuel, Lydia, Hannah, Isaac, Abraham, 1703, Susanna and Hannah, twins,
1705. He resided in that part which became Waltham.
||ROBERT HARRINGTON, of Watertown, 1642, married 1648, Susanna,
daughter of John George, had Susanna, born 1649; John 1651; Robert, 1653;
George, 1655, killed by Indians at Lancaster, 1676; Daniel, 1657; Joseph,
1659; Benjamin, 1662; Mary, 1664; Thomas, 1665; Samuel, 1666; Edward, 1669;
Sarah, 1671; and David, 1673, died young; and the
father died 1689. His widow married Eleazar Beers the next year, and in
1705, Peter Clayes.
|It wasn't Robert who died in 1689, it was John CUTTING,
husband of his daughter, Susanna (HARRINGTON) CUTTING, and John died in
1669, not 1689. It wasn't Robert's wife, Susanna (GEORGE) HARRINGTON,
who remarried to Eleazar BEERS and Peter CLAYES/CLOYES, it was Robert's
daughter, Susanna (HARRINGTON) CUTTING BEERS CLOYES, who married three
times. Robert HARRINGTON died in 1707, outliving his wife, Susanna
(GEORGE) HARRINGTON, who died in 1794.
12. Charles Henry Pope. 1900. The Pioneers of Massachusetts.
C.H. Pope, Boston, MA (republ. 1965/98 by Genealogy Publ. Co., Baltimore,
MD; Broderbund CD-504):
||HARRINGTON, ARRINGTON, HERRINGTON, ERRINGTON...
Robert, Watertown, propr. 1642; took oath of fidelity in
1652; frm. May 27, 1663. Town officer; mill-owner. He m. Oct. 1, [1647,]
George; ch. Susan b. Aug. 18, 1649; John b. Aug. 24, 1651; Robert b.
31(6) 1653; George b. Nov. 24, 1655; Daniel b. Nov. 1, 1657; Joseph b.
dec. 28, 1659. The wife d. July 6, 1694.
He d. May 11, 1707, ae. 91. Will names sons John, Daniel,
Benjamin, Samuel, Thomas, Edward; daus. Susanna Beers, Mary Bemis, Sarah
Winship; Joanna Ward, late wife of his son Joseph, and her son Joseph.
13. Frederick Adams Virkus, ed. 1942. The Compendium
of American Genealogy: the Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the First
Families of America. Vol. VII. The Institute of American
Genealogy, Chicago, IL (repub. 1968 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore,
MD; Broderbund CD-200):
Immigrant Ancestors (Biographies)...
HARRINGTON, Robert (1616-1707), from Eng.
in the "Elizabeth," 1634; owned property at Watertown, Mass., 1642-44;
freeman, 1663; selectman, 1697, 1681-83, 85, 1691-1709 (sic); m
1649, Susanna George (1632-94).
|There were numerous lineages containing Robert, which I
did not extract, but a quick scan shows that many contain serious mistakes,
and some are bogus due to an attempt to connect Robert to royal ancestors
in England. These are patron-submitted pedigrees and, as such, are
as unreliable as the LDS Ancestral File, WorldConnect, or
Broderbund WorldFamilyTrees. It is well known that Virkus
is an unreliable source, so CAVEAT EMPTOR!
14. Anon. 1975. Founders and Patriots of America Index.
National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Washington,
DC (repub. 1989/93 by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; on Broderbund
CD-506; italics indicate a founder, non-italics indicate a patriot):
Antipas6 [John5, John4, George3,
Antipas (Sept. 30, 1753-Jan. 27, 1803) m. July 14, 1774 Levinah
Brigham XXX, 177; XXXII, 65...
John (Feb. 28, 1742-....) m. Dec. 3, 1760 Mary Wooten XXVI, 206,
Peter (May 4, 1751-July 29, 1813) m. Feb. 9, 1775 Anna Hammond
Robert (1616-May 11, 1707) m. Oct. 1 1649 Susanna
George MASS XIV, 69; XXVI, 206, 207; XXX, 177; XXXII, 65
John5 [Henry4, John3, John2,
Peter4 [Nathaniel3, Edward2, Robert1]
15. Francis G. Jenkins. 1991. "Benjamin Howland, a
Soule Descendant." The Mayflower Descendant 41(2): 125-130.
|Thankful5 HARRINGTON [George4, George3,
John2, Robert1] married
Nicholas4, Zoeth2, Henry1].
The wife of Samuel4 HOWLAND
(paternal grandmother of Benjamin6)
was Sarah4 SOULE [William3, George2, George1].
George1 SOULE was a passenger
on the Mayflower.
In other words, Thankful (HARRINGTON) HOWLAND's descendants are
Mayflower descendants, though she is not.
16. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).