John Billington Family


(See Also “Billington Hanged & The Colonial Gazette for other articles on this family.)



John1 Billington, b. England, Perhaps Lincolnshire, ca. 1580.  d. Plymouth Sept 1630, executed for murder, married in England by 1604 Elinor _______. She is often referred to as Ellen or Helen, but called herself Ellinor in various deeds.  She married second, 1638 Gregory Armstrong.  He died Plymouth, November 5, 1650.


          Billington Children b. England, poss. Lincolnshire.



John2, b. ca. 1604; d. between may 22 1627 and Sept 1630.  This is the Billington boy lost in the woods, found and cared for by the Indians and returned safely. No further record

bullet  Francis2  b. ca 1606 or 1609.  He lived in Plymouth until 1669 when he removed to Middleboro. He died Middleboro, December 3, 1684, aged 80.  He married Plymouth, Christian Penn Eaton (Ship Anne in 1623) as her second husband,  July 1634.  She married first, ca. 1624/5 Pilgrim Francis Eaton, by whom she had three children, Rachel, Benjamin and another living in 1651 whose name is unknown.  Francis Eaton had prior married in England Sarah _____, born England, died Plymouth early in 1621.  He married second an unknown wife.



           Children of Francis, probably born Plymouth


Elizabeth3, b. Plymouth July 10, 1635, married first Sept. 1660, Rehoboth, Richard Bullock as his second wife.  She married second, June 25 1673, Rehoboth, Robert Beere (Beers) who was killed by the Indians in 1676, and who may have been related to the family of the same name in Newport, Rhode Island.  She married third Thomas Patey (Patte) of Providence RI about 1679.  There were no children by this marriage. 


Joseph3, b. in 1636, d. prob. Block Island RI after January 7, 1684/5.  He married New Shoreham, Block Island, RI, Sept 16, 1672 Grace _______. She was still alive 1680, as she was brought before the court (second time) for theft.


Martha3 b. prob. Plymouth abt 1638, died after June 9, 1704 as indicated in a deed transfer.  She married first, Plymouth, Jan 10, 1660/1 Samuel Eaton (son of Pilgrim Francis and Sarah Eaton) as his second wife.  He died Middleboro before 1684.  Martha married second, Robert Crossman of Taunton, Dec. 7. 1687,as his second wife, born about 1621, died before October 27, 1692. He is noted as being the probable son of John Crossman.  John Crossman had married first, May 25, 1652, Dedham, Sarah Kingsbury, by whom he had children, and is found in Duxbury, prior to removing to Middleboro


Mary3 b. prob. Plymouth about 1640, died after June 28, 1717 when she acknowledged a Rehoboth deed selling property of her deceased husband. She married in Rehoboth, January 20, 1663/4 Samuel Sabin, born about 1640, died Rehoboth Sept 23, 1699, son of William Sabin and his first wife, prob. a dau. of Richard Wright of Rehoboth.  Children born in Rehoboth.


Isaac3 b. prob. Plymouth about 1644, died Middleboro, Dec. 11, 1709. He married Hannah Glass, born, Plymouth, December 24, 1651, daughter of James and Mary (Pontus) Glass.  Children born prob. Marshfield and Middleboro.


Child3, died young


Rebecca3 (believed to have died young)


Dorcas3 believed to have been born about 1650, died after August 1, 1707 as evidenced by a Middeboro land conveyance deed in which she participated.  She married Edward May, before May 20, 1686 as his second wife.  He died Plymouth, August 10, 1691.  Very little is known about him.   His first wife  was Hannah King, daughter of Samuel King Sr. and his wife Anna Finney, established by the will of widow Katheren (Finney) Fallowell dated March 29, 1673, Plymouth.  Dorcas had an illegitimate son, name unknown, born probably about 1672 and living at Middleboro in 1683.  Court records show that she was fined and whipped for committing fornication, June 7, 1672.  Although Edward May had children, “their mother is not proven.” (MF5G, V:45).


Mercy3, is said to be probably the unnamed daughter of Francis and Christian, born Plymouth February 25, 1651/2.  She died Rehoboth, September 28, 1617.  She married, Rehoboth, June 27, 1681 John Martin of Devonshire England, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Salter) Martin.   Children were all born in Rehoboth.


Source Material:  MF5G, 1991, General Society of Mayflower. To mention but a few among sources to check for this family include Plymouth Town Records, various; Plymouth Colony Records,   various;  George Ernest Bowman, Mayflower Descendant, various; Rehoboth records, various; Middleboro records, various; New England Genealogical Historical Register various; The American Genealogist; updated Mayflower Society material, as well as vital records, land deeds, probate records, etc., for towns in which family members lived or resided.