Was Mary Chapman Throop's husband the same William Throop I read about in your book?The 1657 Barnstable propertly listing (pre 1666) and the Chapman data suggest to me that he was not.I have other questions.
1.When he wrote his will on June 12, 1704, Mary's husband said he was in his 67th year.The William Throop born in Lounds on March 19, 1636/7, would have been in his 68th year.Was Mary's husband, a former legislator in a society that celebrated birthdays and valued written records, mistaken about his age?
In Lounds, William's father was also named William Throop.You suggested he was a wealthy farmer.In 1664, seven years after a William Troop was listed in Barnstable, a William Throop married the father's 22-year-old housekeeper in Lounds.You said it must have been the son because the father, a 51-year-old widower, was too old.
You suggested that shortly after marrying the father's housekeeper, the son left her with the father and came to America, where he decided to court Mary.You suggested that he took the alias "Colonel Adrian Scroope" so she wouldn't know he was married.
2. To Puritan colonists in the 1660s, wasn't Colonel Scrope's execution as monumental as John Kennedy's assassination was to Americans in the 1960s?I can't imagine that a young man in the 1960s would have tried to fool his fiancee and her parents by claiming his name was President John Kennedy.Was William of Barnstable really trying to fool anybody by calling himself Colonel Adrian Scroope?
You suggested that he needed to retain the name William Throop so he could collect an inheritance from his father.You suggested that he deceived the Chapmans by saying his real name was Adrian Scroope, and he was taking William Throope as an alias.
3.The will said that if William ever returned to his native country, he should enjoy an equal portion with the rest of the children.If the son had to go to England to collect, why would he need to establish himself under his real name in Massachusetts?Why would the son take the risk of establishing himself under his real name in Massachusetts if his father hadn't promised to leave him cash (which could be sent to America)?