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Percival LOWLE

Male Abt 1570 - 1664  (~ 94 years)


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  • Name Percival LOWLE 
    Born Abt 1570  Kingston-Seymour, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jan 1664  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Burying Ground of the First Settlers, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • NOTE: There are inconsistencies among the various sources cited regarding the number of children born to Percival and Rebecca and the names of these children. As stated below, Douglas Richardson’s book, Plantagenet Ancestry, states that there were six sons: Richard, John, Thomas, Gerard, Edward, and Peter, and two daughters, Christian and Agnes. In addition, in Plantagenet Ancestry, Richardson states that the Joanna who married as her second husband, William Gerrish, was Percival’s sister, Joanna, and not his daughter. Delmar R. Lowell’s book, The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 states that there were three children born to Percival: John, Richard, and Joan or Joanna. According to Delmar Lowell, Joan or Joanna’s first marriage was to John Oliver. Further research has proven Delmar Lowell’s information incorrect. There was no daughter named Joan or Joanna born to Percival and William Gerrish was not a son-in-law to Percival. For the purposes of this genealogy, Joanna Lowle has been added as a daughter of Percival Lowell and Rebecca ?.

      "He was therefore 68 years of age when he came to New England, and 93 when he d.
      In England he res. at Kingston-Seymour, Clevedon, Portbury, Weston-in -Gardano, all of Somersetshire, also Bristol of Gloucestershire. He came to Newbury, Mass., New England, from Bristol, Gloucester, England 1639 in the ship "Jonathan."
      In 1597 he was assessor in Kingston-Seymour, England.
      The early parish records covering his early life in England unfortunately are lost, leaving much unknown that would have been of great interest.
      Percival and family must have been well conditioned people in England. They had their well authenticated coat of arms with other evidence of their high position.
      They had in Bristol, Gloucester, England, a large mercantile establishment under the firm name of "Percival Lowle and Co."
      This firm was composed of the father Percival, the son John, and perhaps the son Richard, and possibly William Gerrish, who came over with the Lowles and subsequently m. Percival's sister Mrs. Joanna Oliver, widow of John Oliver.
      Newbury, Mass. was organized 1642 with 90 proprietors, of whom were Percival and John Lowle. At that time, March 17, 1742, he was a freeholder.
      1678 all citizens of Mass. above 16 years of age were required to take the oath of allegiance. Among those thus taking it were "Perciphall," "Tho." and "Ben. Lowle. In 1648; in a deed to Mrs. Gerrish he is called "Gent," meaning a person of high station. Percival and sons had means when they arrived in this country and purchased real estate quite extensively in old Newbury, Mass. and vicinity.
      On the Town Rate of Newbury 1688, "Mr. Per. Lowle" was placed for--"2 Heads, 1 horse, 5 plowlands, 10 meadows, 1 house, 4 oxen, 4 cows, 1 3 yr old, 1 2 yr old, 1 1 yr old, 10 sheep, 2 hogs."
      Percival must have been a man of unusual ability and attainments for his day.
      Coffin, in his History of Newbury, Mass., p. 31, says of the arrival of the Lowles-- "The Town also received a valuable addition to its population in the persons of Anthony Somerby, the first schoolmaster, Henry Somerby, Mr. John, Mr. Richard, and Mr. Percival Lowle, who had been merchants of Bristol." []
      Again, on p. 287, speaking of John, Richard, and Percival Lowle, and Captain William Gerrish, that they, coming later than some others and being wealthy, had no land grants. They purchased their land, but later shared in the division of town lands.
      Percival Lowle was a signer of a petition dated May 15th, 1649, from the town of Newbury to the general court to grant them the whole of Plum Island.

      “Percival (1) Lowell (Lowle old style) the ancestor of all the American families of the name was b. in Somersetshire Eng. 1571. Percival Lowell and sons were of large wealth when they came to America and did not receive “land grants” but purchased real estate very extensively.

      From “Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700,” compiled by Frank R. Holmes, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1984:
      “LOWELL--Percival, merchant, son of Richard L., and of the ninth generation from Walter L. of Yardley, Worcestershire, Eng. Percival L., b. Somersetshire, Eng., 1571, came from Bristol, Eng., to Newbury, Mass., 1639.”

      ”Percival Lowell (or Lowle), Gent., merchant, of Kingston Seymour and Portbury, Somerset, younger son by his father’s 2nd marriage. He married about 1620 Rebecca ______. They had six sons, Richard, John, Thomas, Gerard, Edward, and Peter, and two daughters, Christian and Agnes. He served as a churchwarden in Portbury, Somerset in 1613. They immigrated to New England in 1639, where they settled at Newbury, Massachusetts 8 Jan. 1664/5., , , , [1, 2, 3, 4]
    Person ID I322  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 13 Jun 2018 

    Father Richard LOWLE,   b. Abt 1547, Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1591, Clevedon, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Mother Christian PERCEVAL,   b. Abt 1542, Eastbury, Carhampton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 7 Jun 1577  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1570 
    Family ID F726  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca ?,   b. 1575, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1645, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Children 
     1. John LOWLE,   b. 1595, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1647, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +2. Richard LOWLE,   b. 3 Jan 1602, Kingston-Seymour, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1682, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Agnes or Agnas LOWLE,   b. 31 Jul 1603, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas LOWLE,   b. 24 Feb 1607/8, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Gerardus or Gerald LOWLE,   b. 6 Jan 1609/10, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1610, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Edward LOWLE,   b. 17 Mar 1610/1, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 11 Sep 1610, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Peter LOWLE,   b. 19 Aug 1614, Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Joanna LOWLE,   b. 1619, Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1677, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     9. Ann LOWLE,   b. Abt 1620,   d. 27 Nov 1690, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     10. Christian LOWLE,   b. Portbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1570 - Kingston-Seymour, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jan 1664 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burying Ground of the First Settlers, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Old Foxcroft Maine: Traditions and Memories with Family Records., Mary Chandler Lowell, M.D., J.M.

    2. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).

    3. [S8] Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury from 1635 to 1845., Coffin, Joshua, (Boston, Samuel G. Drake, 1845).

    4. [S79] Plantagenet Ancestry: a Study in Colonial and Medieval Families., Richardson, Douglas., (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.).