William Learned

Male Abt 1581 - 1646


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  • Name  William Learned 
    Born  Abt 1581  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  01 Mar 1646  Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His remains were later moved from Woburn.
    Notes 
    • ORIGIN.- Bermondsey, Surrey
      MIGRATION.- 1630
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Charlestown
      REMOVES: Woburn 1640
      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.- 'William Learned and Goodith his wife' were admitted to Charlestown church on 6 December 1632 [ChChR 8].
      FREEMAN.- 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:369].
      EDUCATION.- Charlestown committee 'to consider of some things tending towards a body of laws &c.," 26 April 1638 [ChTR 38].
      OFFICES: Charlestown selectman, 1636 [ChTR 16].
      ESTATE: Surrendered five acres Mystic Side, 1635 (ChTR 14]. Allotted two shares of ~hayground, which was increased to three, 1635 (CHTR 19,20]. Had five acres of land Mystic Side, 1637 [ChTR 27]. "W[illia]m Lernett" had three and three-quarter cow commons, 1637 [ChTR 32]. In the Mystic Side allotments of 23 April 1638 he had portions of fifteen, forty and five acres [ChTR 37]. Had three and three-quarter cow commons, 30 December 1638 [ChTR 42].

      On 13 January 1636/7 Charlestown selectmen "agreed to allow Goodman Learned a portion of marsh by his house agreed upon by Goodmaan Richeson & Goodman W[illia]m Baker for his haylot by Mr. Gibbons's which he yieldeth up to the town' [ChTR 24].

      In the Charlestown land inventory of 1638 'William Lernett" held seven parcels of land: "three acres of arable land and meadow ... with a dwelling house"; "four acres of arable land ... in the East Field"; three and three-quarters cow commons; 'two acres of meadow ... in Mystic Marshes'; "five acres of woodland ... in Mystic Field"; "fifteen acres of woodland ... in Mystic Field"; and 'forty acres of land ... in Rock Field' [CHBOP 25].

      When Gardy James sold land to Rowland Layhorn on 28 March 1649 James recited that the five acre lot had been bought by him from John Power, hosier, "who had it of William Mirable, and he had it of Georg. Michel, who had it of William Learned, which was the first proprietor' [CHBOP 101].

      COMMENTS: Admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1630 (ChTR:61. in lists of Charlestown inhabitants of 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6 [ChTR 10, 15]. Signed petition of 10 February 1634/5 establishing office of selectman in Charlestown [ChTR 13].

      On 16 November 1637 "Will[iam] Larnet acknowledged his fault in subscribing the seditious writing [in favor of Rev. John Wheelwright], & desiring his name to [be] crossed out, it was yielded him, & crossed' [MBCR 1:208].

      Some sources that a Sarah "Leonarde' baptized on 30 September 1604 at Ware, Hertfordshire, was the first daughter of the immigrant, but the date of this baptism precedes the only known marriage of William Learned by two years, and the surname in the Ware baptism is not one of the usual variants of Learned.

      Because there was a JOHN HALL in Charlestown with wife ~Bethia some years earlier than the marriage of Elizabeth Learned to a John Hall of Charlestown, the suggestion has been made that one John Hall married successively the sisters Bethia and Elizabeth Hall. This hypothesis has two fatal flaws. First, marriages between a widowed man and his first wife's sister were considered incestuous in seventeenth-century New England, and only one or two instances are known. Second, the JOHN HALL with wife Bethia had moved to Cape Cod before the marriage between John Hall and Elizabeth Learned; these were two different John Halls.
    Person ID  I12412  Bryant
    Last Modified  18 Feb 2001 

    Family 1  Goodith Gilman,   b. 1590, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1661, Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Apr 1606  Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • ||St. Olave Church||(1) St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, 22 April 1606 Goodith Gilman; she died after 1632. ('Goodith' was a distinct given name, not to be confused with 'Judith,' and not to be interpreted as Goodwife,' as has been done.)
    Children 
     1. Sarah Learned,   b. Abt 1607, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1652, Barnstable, Barnstable Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bethia Learned,   b. Oct 1612, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Learned,   b. Sep 1615, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Jul 1625, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Abigail Learned,   b. Sep 1618, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Elizabeth Learned,   b. Mar 1621, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Isaac Learned,   b. Feb 1624, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1658, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F810  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Jane,   d. 24 Jan 1661, Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Y  [2
    • (2) Jane _ ('Sarah [sic) Learned, widow,' died at Woburn on 24 January 1660[/l ]; in March following the 'inventory of the estate of the widow Jane Learned deceased in Malden' was taken, and administration was granted on 2 April 1661 to Ralph Shepard [MPR Case #13856; William Law Learned, The Learned Family ... Being Descendants of William Learned ... (Albany 1882), pp. 8-10]).
    Family ID  F815  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1581 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Apr 1606 - Southwark, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 01 Mar 1646 - Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woburn, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Torrey's Supplement no. 2, Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995), p.39.

    2. [S260] GMB, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995), p.1165.


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