Tuesday, November 05, 2019


My ancestor William Haskell Jr.'s wife Mary Tybott was the daughter of my 10x great grandfather Walter Tybott. Walter was a Welshman and originally emigrated to  Marshfield in Plymouth Colony as part of a group known as the Blynman Party. I'd never heard of these people before, so I did a Google search to see what I could find out about them.

I found this in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 53 on Google books:

In the "Memoirs of the Plymouth Colony," by Hon. Francis Baylies, part 5, p. 285, under " Marshfield," we find:
"Gov. Winslow, the founder of Marshfield, often visited England; he induced several Welsh gentlemen of respectability to emigrate to America, amongst whom came the Rev. Richard Blinman, in 1642, who was the first pastor of Murshfield. Some dissensions taking place, Mr. Blinman and the Welshmen removed to Cape Anne in less than a year. In 1648 Blinman went to New London, in Connecticut, of which place he was the pastor ten years. In 1658 he was at New Haven, and soon after returned to England, after having received in 1650 an invitation to settle at Newfoundland. He died at the city of Bristol, England."

From another source I glean:

"Marshfield incorporated March 1, 1642. After the departure of Rev. Mr. Blinman, Rev. Edward Bulkeley, son of the first minister of Concord, Mass., was pastor."

The earliest notice we have of Mr. Blynman in this country is in the Plymouth records, March 2, 1641. This was earlier than any vessel would likely arrive that season, which makes it probable that he came over in 1640:

"At a General Court held in Plymouth, (Mass.,) Mr. Blindman, Mr. Heugh Prychard, Mr. Obadiah Brewen, John Sadler, Heugh Cauken, and Walter Tibbott were propounded to be made free the next Court."
Plymouth Records, vol. 2, p. 8.

This is dated March 2, 1641, and is the earliest mention of the Blynman party. What is still more remarkable is that only six of the numerous party are mentioned.

Gov. Winthrop in his Diary, says:

"One Mr. Blinman, a minister in Wales, a Godly and able man, came over with some friends of his, and being invited to Green's Harbour (since Marshfield near Plymouth,) they went thither, but ere the year was expired there fell out some difference among them which by no means could be reconciled, so as they agreed to part, and he came with his company and sat down at Cape Anne which at this Court {May, 1643) was established to be a plantation and called Gloucester."

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 53   New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1899 Boston, Ma

So my ancestor Walter Tybott was part of a group that had had a falling out with a church in Wales and  that came to Marshfield, Ma at the invitation of Gov. Winslow in 1641.  But after only a year there the group moved to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and settled the area now known as Gloucester, Ma. Walter seems to have done well enough there that he stayed there when Rev. Blynman moved on again.
To be continued...

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