Notes for JOHN STOWE:|
John, Baptized at Biddenden, Oct. 10, 1619. Emigrated with his parents to New England in 1634, probably died in Concord, Mass. about Sept. 1663. It is believed that he never married. In 1660 he gave to the Grammar School at Roxbury, three acres of land in "the Great Lots" "to clear his house," which probably referred to a pledge of the householders in Roxbury to contribute a stated sum annually toward the support of the school, in lieu of this he elected to furnish property which would produce annually the amount of his pledge, thus clearing his house of the encumbrance. Later, in the School Report is shown the income from that property. from "Ancestry and Some of the Descendants of Capt. Stephen Stowe of Milford, Conn." Collected by Nathan Stowe, 1924 pg 5 & 6
John Stowe and Elizabeth (Bigge) Stowe, his wife, the emigrants to New England, had a second son and sixth child, John Stowe, baptized at Biddenden, co. Kent, 10 Oct. 1619, who emigrated with his parents to New England in 1634, and of whom it is said in the "Register" vol.710, p.348, that he "probably d.s.p. before Sept. 1653, when his brothers and sisters joined with their cousins,m the children of Patience (Bigge) Foster, in collecting the legacies left them by their uncles, Smalehope and John Bigge, in England." It is now possible to state that John Stowe died comparatively young and unmarried, at Croanbrook, between 28 Sept. and 2 Dec. 1643, aged 24. His will, mentioning relatives both in Kent and in New England, follows.
The Will of John Stowe of Cranbrooke, co. Kent, clothier, 28 Sept. 1643. Sick and weak of body. All my goods and chattles which my uncle Hope Bigg gave to me, now in the possession of my father John Stowe now in New England, to my said father John Stowe. To my sisters Elizabeth and Thankfull, all that share of land due to me by the gift of my uncle John Bigg, situate in New Enlgand, which said land is of certain lands given by my said Uncle John Bigg to be equally divided between my brother Thomas, myself, my brothers Nathaniel and Samuel, and my cousin Hopestill Foster, and my said two sisters Elizabeth and Thankfull. To John Stowe, son of my brother Thomas Stowe, my share of land in Cranbrooke, Wittersam, and Lidd, given to me by my Uncle John Bigg, at his age of 21; meantime, Thomas Stowe, his father and my brother, to take the profits. If this John die before reaching the age of 21, the eldest John Sowe of any of my said brothers' sons to enjoy the land. My share of land given by my said Unlce John Stowe in Maidstone, Linton and Jorsmonden (to be divided as above), after the death of the widow of my said Uncle John Bigg, shall be divided between my brothers Thomas, Nathaniel and Samuel. To my cousin William Ayres, £5. To my aunt Elizabeth Watson, 20s. To my cousin Susan Smith, £5. To Daniel and Mary Batup, children of my cousin Thomas Batup, 20s. each. To my cousin William Boyse, 50s. To my cousin Mary Batup, wife of Thomas, 10s. My executor to take the profits of my lands in Old England to pay my debts, except my debts in New England. My debts in New England to be paid out of my lands there. I appoint my Uncle Peter Masters of Cranbrook executor, and give him £10. for his pains. My cousins Thomas Batup, William Boyse and William Ayres to be overseers. Witnesses, Andrew Putt ? and Nathaniel Jarrand. Proved, 2 Dec. 1643, by the executor named. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. for 1643, no. 428.) Cambridge, MA John Insley Coddington.\\
from English Origins of New England Families, Series 1, Vol., 1, (#181), "CD-ROM," 440-441.