Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Allen line: Philip Randall, Immigrant possibly 1574-1662

Or the correct dates might be 1590 to 1648, or some combination thereof.  At this point, I'm thinking the dates in the title of this post are likely correct, but I'm open to considering any further evidence that comes up. 

There was a Philip Randall born in 1574 in Allington, Bridport Parish, Dorset, England and it seems plausible if not completely proven that this is our Philip Randall.  If this is our man, he came to the New World about 1633 (some sources say as early as 1630, so he may have come first and then gone back for his family).  If he arrived in 1630, he was already possibly 56 years old, but he must have been a vigorous man, to be willing to live in the Colonies.  He was a smith, so was in high demand for his goods and his life would not have been quite as difficult as that of some of our immigrant ancestors.

He had married Joanne or Joanna Fush in England in 1608,  If the 1574 birth date was correct than he would have been about 34 years old, so possibly this was not his first marriage.  Joanne was born in1578 in Allington, Bridport Parish, Dorset, England so she would have been 30 at the time of the April 10, 1608 marriage.  The relatively late marriage of this couple may help to explain why we have record of only three or four children for the couple.  The children were Abraham, Elizabeth, Philury and Frances, all born in England.

When the couple came to the New World, it appears that the children, who were in their late teen and early adult years, came with them.  Philip settled first at Dorchester, where he was made a freeman about 1635.  A year later, he went to Windsor, Connecticut where he helped settle the town and where his smithing skills were undoubtedly needed. We don't know whether he was involved in the Pequot War of 1637 but it seems at least possible. He stayed atWindsor until the end of his days, receiving land grants and possibly buying more land as time went on.  He died May 6, 1662, and the inventory was taken May 28, 1662.  He had real estate valued at  72 pounds and the rest of his estate, including smith's tools and books, was valued at 41 pounds.  He signed his will with an X but that doesn't mean he was illiterate.  He may have merely been weak or/and ill. 

I haven't found any information that follows his church life, other than he was a freeman in Dorchester so must have belonged to the church at that time.  It would be interesting to know what he thought of the various controversies that the church was involved in, and whether he stayed faithful to his religion.

The line of descent is:

Philip Randall-Joanne Fush
Frances Randall-Thomas Dewey
Thomas Dewey-Constant Hawes
Elizabeth Dewey-Thomas Noble
Thomas Noble-Sarah Root
Stephen Noble-Ruth Church
Ruth Noble-Martin Root
Ruth Root-Samuel Falley
Clarissa Falley-John Havens Starr
Harriet Starr-John W. Knott
Edith Knott-Edward Allen
Richard Allen-Gladys Holbrook
Their descendants