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Robert Lockwood, England to Massachusetts by 1633

This is part of a series about my New England colonial ancestors who arrived by during the Great Migration. If you have early Massachusetts ancestry, be sure to check out AmericanAncestors, as the Great Migration Study Project can be viewed there with a membership to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Robert Lockwood’s English origins have been proven to be Combs, Suffolk, England. He was born c1600, but no birth or baptismal records have thus far been discovered. Therefore, the names of his purported parents are not being included in this family sketch.

Robert did have a brother, Edmund Lockwood, who sailed in the Winthrop Fleet of 1630 to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Robert is known to have been in Massachusetts by 1633, but it is possible that he sailed with his brother.

Robert Lockwood married Susannah Norman, daughter of Captain Richard Norman of Salem, who arrived in 1626. They likely married in Salem, c1633 and are two of my 9X great grandparents.

The Lockwoods lived in at least three places during their lives in the American colonies, documented by three events. First, Robert was made a freeman of Massachusetts Bay on 9 March 1636/37. Next, he settled in Stamford, Connecticut, living there from 1646 until 1650, at which time he sold his land holdings. Last, Robert Lockwood settled in Fairfield County, Connecticut and was made a freeman there on 20 March 1652.

He lived only a few years more, dying intestate before 11 September 1658. At that time, his widow Susannah was appointed administratix of his estate. She soon married (2) Jeffery Ferris.

Robert and Susannah were the parents of eleven children, with ten surviving to adulthood.


  1. Jonathan, born 10 February 1634, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Mary Ferris, by 4 January 1664/65.
  2. Deborah, born 12 October 1636, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married (1) William Ward, before 20 October 1658 (2) John Topping, by 19 April 1678, at which time Deborah lived in Southampton, Long Island, New York.
  3. Joseph, born 6 August 1638, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 14 April 1717, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut; married (1) (Isabella?) Beacham (2) Mary (Coley) (Simpson) Stream, after 1689.
  4. Daniel, born 21 March 1640, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Abigail Sherwood, by 1669.
  5. Ephraim, born 1 December 1641, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Mercy St. John, 8 June 1665, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  6. Gershom, born 6 September 1643, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married (1) Unknown (2) Elizabeth (Townsend) Wright, daughter of John Townsend and widow of Gideon Wright, 3 August 1697, Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York.
  7. John, born c1645; died before February 1675, when his estate was probated; unmarried.
  8. Abigail, born c1646, probably Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut; married John Barlow, c1667.
  9. Sarah, born c1649; died 1 March 1650/1, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  10. Sarah, born 27 February 1651/2, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut; perhaps married Abraham Adams.
  11. Mary, born c1654; married (1) Jonathan Huestid, before 1681 (2) Joseph Knapp, by 1713.

My line of descent:

  1. Robert Lockwood & Susannah Norman
  2. Joseph Lockwood & (Isabella?) Beacham
  3. John Lockwood & Elizabeth (MNU)
  4. David Adams & Susannah Lockwood
  5. John Adams & Sarah Coley
  6. Thomas Adams & Sarah Brawn
  7. Daniel Adams & Sarah Ann Parker
  8. Calvin Segee Adams & Nellie F. Tarbox
  9. Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
  10. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  11. George Michael Sabo & Doris Priscilla Adams
  12. Linda Anne (Sabo) Stufflebean – Me!