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  • ID: I1879
  • _UID: 56DDEA1FDEC74735B6C379C356222B0EC316
  • Name: Francis WESTON
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 5 JUN 1645 in Dorchester, MA
  • Note:

    There appear to have been 2 different Francis Westons about this time
    1. Sir Francis Weston, b 1586, m Margaret ? in England before immigrating in 1630; died 1645 childless.
    2. Francis Weston (or West), b 1610; m Margery Reeves about 1639; had children.

    There is also some feeling that Margaret was married to a Reeves, who was the father of Lucy.
    Francis probably was Lucy?s step-father.

    Richard Harcourt of Warwick, R.I. (later Long Island), called Francis Weston and his wife, 'my uncle and aunt'. Richard inherited land from Weston.
    See: http://www.antonymaitland.com/hptext/hp0306.txt

    Among the group that came to Boston with Wintrop on 11 ships in 1630 was:
    Francis Weston - to Salem
    Mrs. Margaret Weston
    Lucy Weston

    From "The Great Migration Begins" by the NEHGS page 1965 (excerpts)
    FRANCIS WESTON - Origin unknown, Migration 1632, first residence Plymouth, removes to Salem 1633, Providence 1638, Warwick 1642, admission to Salem Church prior to 5 Nov 1633, freeman 1633 Plymouth which calculates his birth to be 1611,
    deputy to Massachusetts Bay General Court for Salem 14 May 1634, rec'd 120 acres in the 1636 Salem land grant.

    Francis Weston was an early leader of the colony that came to America with the Winthrop fleet.
    He was a deputy of the court, and owned 125 acres of land "in the direction of West Peabody." Weston's religious beliefs along with Roger Williams, had them banished from Salem to Rhode Island on Mar 12, 1638, and on Mar 03, 1643, Francis was brought back, and confined to a jail in Dorchester for heresy. He died there after being confined for two years.

    Mrs. Margaret Weston, in Jun 1637, was sued with her husband by William Pester for defamation. She accused the pastors of the church of hypocrisy, and was in turn accused of disorderly carriage by the church. On Jun 5, 1638, she was sentenced by the General Court to be set in the bilboes, two hours in Boston, and two hours in Salem upon a lecture day. She was also a follower of Samuel Gorton, whose religious beliefs differed with those of the authorities, and was also banished to Rhode Island. She later became "of hopelessly unsound mind."

    One source says that Francis Weston was one of 12 members of the Baptist church in Providence, RI, but his nephew, Richard Harcourt, became a Quaker, as did some of the other dissidents in Rhode Island.
  • Change Date: 15 MAR 2017

    Father: ? WESTON

    Marriage 1 ?
    • Married:

    Marriage 2 Margaret ?
    • Married: BEF 1630 in England
    1. Has Children Lucy WESTON
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