Harlow Family Association Who is Sgt. William Harlow?

Sgt. William Harlow was born in England about 1624. He s first mentioned in the town records of Plymouth, Massachusetts as a voter in 1646. The members of the Association have been unable to document the arrival of the William Harlow Family in the New World. The first mention of a William Harlow in the colonies is in the records of the History of Lynn, Mass. by Alonzo Lewis and published in 1829 on pages 62 and 63 about the year 1637.

It reads:"This year a large number of people removed from Lynn and commenced a new settlement at Sandwich. The grant of the township was made on the third of April 1637 by the General Court of Plymouth Colony. It is ordered that these ten men of Saugus, namely Edmund Freeman, Henry Feake, Thomas R. Chadwill, William Almy, Thomas Tupper and George Knoww shall have liberty to view a place to sit down on have sufficient land for three score families, upon the conitions propounded to them by the govenor (Winthrop) and Mr. Winslow.

The other proprietors were George Allen, Thomas Armtage, Anthony Besse, Mr. Blackmore, George Bliss, Thomas Boardman, Robert Bootfish, William Braybrook, John Briggs, Thomas Burge, Richard Bourne, George Burt, Thomas uler, Thomas Chillingworth, Edmund Clark, George Cole, John Dingley, Henry Ewer, John Friend, John Fish, Nathaniel Fish, Jabuathan Fish, Peter Gaunt, Andrew Hallet, William Harlow , William Hedge, Joseph Holway, William Hurst, John Jayce, Richard Kirby, Thomas Lauder, John Vincent, John Miller, William Newland, Benjamin Norge, Mr. Potter, James Shippe, George Slawson, Micheal Turer, Peter Wright, Nicholas Wright, Richard Wade, John King, John Winsor, Mr. Walliston and Thomas Willis. Their minister was the Rev. William Leveridge."

Our ancestor, Sgt. William Harlow was admitted a freeman in Plymouth in 1654 and in 1665 he began a long term as a "rater" (a parallel to the present day assessor) and served simultaneously for twenty-six years as one of three own selectmen. In 1673 he was appointed a Deputy of the General Court--the official name of the legislature of the now Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sgt William Harlow died at Plymouth, Massachusetts 25 August 1691 "being entered into the 67th year of his age" or "in his 67th yeare neere finished" (Ref. MD,16:62; Plymouth Church Records, 1:271; Plymouth Town Records 1:102; and Plymouth Vital Records page 135)

Each year in Plymouth a weekend is devoted to renewing our family fellowship. A saturday Annual Business Meeting is followed by a Supper open to all "cousins". A Sunday Morning Ecumenical Service is conducted on the lawn of Harlow Old Fort House; luncheon is served there also; a prominent speaker with a timely message is featured and Officers for the comming year are elected.

Meetings are held on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the last Monday in August every year. Prospective members are cordially invited to attend.

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