Adam Winthrop, II

Adam Winthrop, II

Male 1498 - 1562

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  • Name  Adam Winthrop, II  [1
    Suffix  II 
    Born  09 Oct 1498  Lavenham, Babergh District, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  09 Nov 1562  Groton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  St. Bartholomew's Churchyard, Groton, Babergh District, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I8220  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  2 Jan 2013 

    Father  Adam Winthrop, I,   b. 1466, Lavenham, Babergh District, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1520, Groton, Babergh District, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Joane Burton 
    Married  1498 
    Documents
    Winthrop Early Generations
    Winthrop Early Generations
    "The Frost Genealogy", 1918, pp.346-349
    Family ID  F26446  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Alice Hunne,   d. 1533, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Winthrop
    Last Modified  27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID  F26445  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Agnes Sharpe,   b. abt. 1516,   d. abt. 1565 
    Married  1534  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Adam Winthrop, III,   b. 10 Aug 1548, Bishopsgate, City of London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1623, Groton Manor, Groton, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Winthrop Early Generations
    Winthrop Early Generations
    "The Frost Genealogy", 1918, pp.346-349
    Last Modified  27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID  F26448  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Adam Winthrop II - Portrait
    Adam Winthrop II - Portrait

  • Notes 
    • Adam Winthrop left his home at the age of seventeen and bound himself as an apprentice to Edward Altham in London for ten years. A clothier, Altham was elected to be Sheriff of London. After fulfilling his contract, Winthrop became a citizen of London in 1526.

      According to Mayo, he worked hard and advanced in the Clothworkers' Company of London, and by 1551, he was chosen a Master of the Company, although his progress was not without a few bumps in the road. In 1538, as one of the Stewards, he was chastised "for disobeying the wardens in the search because that he would not suffer them to carry the cloth out of his house." Noting drying that Winthrop may have been "a little too enterprising for his own immediate good," Mayo states in 1543, he served time in the Fleet Prison and could not get out until he paid 600 pounds into the royal coffers. "His offense was negotiating with foreigners contrary to an edict of the King of England, but we do not know the nature of the negotiations which proved to be so expensive."

      His offence could not have been too costly to him, however, because the very next year he purchased the Manor of Groton. With the prucase he became Lord of the Manor and Patron of the Church, for the property carried with it the right to name the local rector.

      Four years later Edward, VI granted him arms and the rank of Gentleman. The arms were confirmed to his son, John, in 1592. (Information from Clopton Family Tree)

  • Sources 
    1. [S18803] John Winthrop First Governor of the Massachusetts Colony, 12.
      "John, the only sonne of Adam Winthrop and Anne his wife, was borne in Edwardston abovesaid on Thursday about 5 of the clocke in the morning the 12 daie of January anno 1587 in the 30 yere of the reigne of Qu: Eliza:"

      So, exactly, reads his birth-record, - a smiling one, plainly,?as his father set it down in his private diary a little more than three hundred years ago. The date is expressed after the rule of the Old Style; now it would be Jan. 22, 1588. Win the year preceding the fated Queen of Scots had laid her fair head upon the block. The last night of the July following saw the signal-fires flaming all up the coast that announced the arrival of the Armada in the Channel. The child was born away from home, under the roof, probably, of his maternal grandparents. Adam Winthrop lived at Groton, contiguous to Edwardston, in the lower part of Suffolk, sixty miles northeast of London; was lord of Groton Manor, an estate granted to his father - also named Adam, as was his father before him - by Henry VIII, at the dissolution of the monasteries.


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