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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Irish

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: John Irish was born by about 1611, if he was eighteen at the time of his indenture.

    Death: He died by March 5, 1677/8.

    Ship: Unknown, 1630

    Life in England: In an indenture dated April 20, 1629, John Irish of Clisdon, Somersetshire, laborer, agreed to serve Timothy Hatherly of Southwark in Plymouth, New England, for five years. Note: As there is no Clisdon in Somerset, it is unclear what location was meant.

    Life in New England: John Irish immigrated as an indentured servant. As part of his payment when he finished his service, he was to have 25 acres of land.The Plymouth court had ordered the towns in which former servants lived to provide them with land, but this practice did not work out. Ex-servants generally received land in the colony’s “frontiers” where the colonial government was encouraging settlement. In Plymouth’s case, this meant Bridgewater, between Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay and Saconett [Little Compton, Rhode Island] to the west. John Irish received land in both locations.While his main occupation was planter [farmer], John Irish described himself in a 1659 deed as a “roper.”

    Family: John Irish married Elizabeth _____ by about 1644 and had three children. She died in Little Compton on August 28, 1687.

    Children of John and Elizabeth Irish:

    • Elizabeth was born about 1644. She married Philip Washburn by about 1664 and had four children. She died on August 28, 1687, in Duxbury. He died about 1700.
    • John was born about 1647. He married (1) Elizabeth ____ by about 1672. He married (2) Priscilla (Southworth) Talbot on March 1, 1689, in Bristol, Rhode Island, and had two children. He died on February 21, 1717, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She died on June 11, 1722.
    • Elias was born about 1649. He married Dorothy Witherell in Taunton on August 26, 1674, and had one child. He died before October 30, 1677, when the court appointed his father-in-law,William Witherell, to administer his estate. She married (2) William Wood on April 1, 1686.

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