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Reverend John Lathrop/Lothropp

Male 1584 - 1653  (68 years)


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  • Name John Lathrop/Lothropp 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 20 Dec 1584  Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Nov 1653  Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1788  Bird-Metcalf
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2016 

    Father Thomas Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. Cherry Burton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1606, Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Howell,   b. Abt 1556, Yoxall, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1588, Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1574  Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah House/Howse,   b. 1590, Eastwell, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1633, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1610 
    Children 
    +1. Jane Lathrop/Lothropp,   c. 29 Sep 1614, Egerton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Anne Lathrop/Lothropp,   c. 12 May 1616, Egerton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1617  (Age ~ 0 years)  [Birth]
     3. John Lathrop/Lothropp,   c. 22 Feb 1617, Egerton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Barbara Lathrop/Lothropp,   c. 31 Oct 1619, Egerton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +5. Thomas Lathrop/Lothropp,   c. 21 Feb 1621, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707  (Age ~ 85 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Samuel Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. 1623, Egerton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1700, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, British America Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Joseph Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. 1624, of Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1702  (Age 78 years)
     8. Benjamin Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. Abt 1626, of London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F733  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann Hammond 
    Married 17 Feb 1635/36 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Barnabas Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. Jun 1636, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     3. Abigail Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. 2 Nov 1639, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Bathsheba Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. Feb 1640/41, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. Captain John Lathrop/Lothropp,   b. 9 Feb 1643/44, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Dec 1584 - Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Nov 1653 - Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Colony, British America Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The West Parish Meetinghouse, Founded by Rev. John Lothrop in 1639
    The West Parish Meetinghouse, Founded by Rev. John Lothrop in 1639
    As one of the churches on the list of Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, this famous church still stands today in Barnstable, Massachusetts. The half-ton bell that continues to summon Congregationalists to worship was built in 1806 by Paul Revere & Son in Boston.

    Source: Colonial Meetinghouses of New England; Photograph by Paul Wainwright, used by permission; http://www.paulwainwrightphotography.com.
    Sturgis Library of Barnstable, Massachusetts, Original Home of Reverend John Lathrop
    Sturgis Library of Barnstable, Massachusetts, Original Home of Reverend John Lathrop
    Built in 1644, this previous home of Reverend John Lathrop (or Lothropp), is now "the oldest building that houses a public library in America." "Since Reverend Lothrop used the front room of the house for public worship, another distinction of the Sturgis Library is that it is the oldest structure still standing in the United States where religious services were regularly held." The Honorable William Sturgis turned it into a library in 1867.

    Source: Wikipedia and Sturgis Library; Photo by Hicks; No copyright restrictions.
    The Reverend John Lothrop's Bible
    The Reverend John Lothrop's Bible
    This bible is on display in "The Lothrop Room" of the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Brought to America by John in 1634, the carefully handwritten repairs to the pages are preserved in what is now the oldest library in the United States.
    "The story about the burn mark in the bible is that the page shown was burned during the trip across the Atlantic on the Griffin. Reverend John wrote in the missing text from memory."

    Source: Sturgis Library, Barnstable Library; public domain photograph; and Lathrop Genealogy at http://users.erols.com/jlathrop/genealogy.html.

    Histories
    Reverend John Lathrop and the Founding Congregation of Barnstable:
Persecution and Flight from England in the 1630's
    Reverend John Lathrop and the Founding Congregation of Barnstable: Persecution and Flight from England in the 1630's
    A lecture given by the late Dan McConnell with great insight to the circumstances that brought the Reverend and thirty congregates to the Colonies.

    Used by permission from the Sturgis Library in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    http://www.sturgislibrary.org/history/reverend-john-lothrop/

  • Notes 
    • Rev. John Lathrop was a 26-year-old theology graduate of Queens College. He was part of the First Independent (Congregational) Church in England, which was later banned during the persecution by Archbishop Laud. Reverent Lathrop was imprisoned at Newgate Prison in 1632. While her husband was in prison, Hannah died February 16, 1633. Rev. Lathrop was released in 1634 and banished. He fled with his son to Plymouth Colony. They sailed on 18 September 1634 on the Griffin to Boston, Massachusetts. They resided in Scituate until 1639 when a dispute split the church. Rev. John then led a group of his followers to Barnstable, Massachusetts, about forty miles to the south east on the north shore of Cape Cod. Barnstable considers Rev. John Lothrop to be it's founder.