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Percival Lowle (b. 1571, d. January 08, 1663/64)Percival Lowle (son of Richard Lowle and Ann Perceval)62 was born 1571 in Kingston Seymour, Somersetshire, England, and died January 08, 1663/64 in Newbury, Essex, Ma.He married Rebecca ? on Abt. 1600 in Bristol, Somersetshire, England.
Notes for Percival Lowle:
Note from Sue Roe indicates birth at Portbury, Somerset, England.
PERCIVAL, b. 1571 at Kingston-Seymour at North Somerset, England, son of RichardE1. With hi s wife and sons, John and Richard, and daughter, Joan, sailed in the "Jonathan" to Newbury, M A, in 1639. Joan's husband, John Oliver, his partner William Gerrish, his clerk Anthony Somer by, Anthony's brother Henry, and Richard Pole who was apprenticed to son John, all came ove r with the family. Married Rebecca ?. At Bristol, England, became a merchant with sons John a nd Richard and William Gerrish as his partners, heformed Percival Lowle & Company. Percival d ied at Newbury, MA, 1665.
In England Percival resided at Kingston-Seymour, Clevedon, Portbury, Weston-in-Gardano, all o f Somersetshire, also Bristol of Gloucestershire. He came to Newbury, MA from Bristol, Englan d 1639in the ship "Jonathan." In 1597 he was assessor in Kingston-Seymour, England. Perciva l and family must have been well conditioned people in England. They had their well authentic ated coat ofarms with other evidence of their high position. They had in Bristol, England , a large mercantile establishment under the firm name of "Percival Lowle and Co." This fir m was composed of the father Percival, the son John, and perhaps the son Richard, and possibl e William Gerrish, who came over with the Lowles and subsequently married Percival's sister , Mrs. Joanna Oliver, widow of John Oliver. 1653 Percival Lowle was appraiser of the estate o f Thomas Millard of Newbury, MA. Newbury, MA was organized 1642 with 90 proprietors, of who m were Percival and John Lowle. At thattime, March 17, 1742, he was a freeholder. 1678 all ci tizens ofMA above 16 years of age were required to take the oath of allegiance. Among those t aking it were "Perciphall," "Tho." and "Ben."
Lowle. In 1648, in a deed to Mrs. Gerrish he is called "Gent," meaning a person of high stati on. Percival and sons had means when they arrived in America and purchased real estate quit e extensively in old Newbury, MA and vicinity. On the Town Rate of Newbury 1688, "Mr. Per. Lo wle" was placed for: "2 Heads, 1 horse, 5 plowlands, 10 meadows, 1 house, 4 oxen, 4 cows , 1 3 yr old, 1 2 yr old, 1 1 yr old, 10 sheep, 2 hogs." On the same rate Mrs Lowle(probabl y widow of John, oldest son of Percival) and Thomas Lowle were also for a little less than Pe rcival. Percival must have
been a man of unusual ability and attainments for his day. He wrote a poem on the death of Go vernor Winthrop of MA, which, though not fully up to our modern ideals in every particular, y et shows that so early he had the germ of that poetic fire which has so often gleamed out al l along the Lowell line and burst forth insuch brilliancy in that most noted member of this f amily, the Honorable James Russell Lowell. This poem is given just as it appeared at first an d as it is now
preserved on an old printed broadside now in the possession of the descendents of Governor Wi nthrop. Thi s poem shows him to have been somewhat versed in ancient literature,if not a student of the s ame. The several quotations from the classics indicate this. (D. R. Percival's ancestors wer e recordedto live in County Somerset, England for more than four centuriesprior to his birth . At the age of 26 Percival held the office of Assessor of Kingston-Seymour. The causes tha t led to the abandonment of his nativity, and to exile himself from the associations of a lif etime - the island home of a long line of distinguished ancestry - is a study of interest. H e was then sixty-eight years of age. He had been successful even to opulence, and his agean d circumstances would seem to have invited him to ease and retirement befitting his surroundi ngs at Bristol. Surely the change had no mercenary incentive. The rude conditions of the ne w world would clothe him in new habits, new modes and methods in an arena alive with vicissit udes and dangers. The cause is not hardof solution that impelled him to thus forego the seduc tions of aclosing career in quietude, and to seek an asylum in old age amid the infant settle ments in America. Percival was a contemporary of Charles I, then on the throne. This tyrannic al monarch hedged around the cival (sic) and religious liberties of the peopleof England suc h odious limitations and oppressive exactions, constantly increasing in their repulsiveness , that in the year 1629there was chartered what is known as the "Massachusets Bay
Colony." This corporation afforded an avenue of escape for the Puritans from these illegal im positions - especially in the matter of religious freedom and church procedure; and within tw elve years after the charter, more than 20,000 English Puritans left the mother country for t he New England wilderness. (D. R. Lowell.1899. The historic genealogy of the Lowells of Ameri ca from 1639-1899, p xlviii-xlix)
In the early Newbury records, Percivall Lowle is mentioned as having been assigned "his stin t of the ox & cow common." Another allusion to him appears January 31, 1670-1671, in the Tow n of Newbury Records, when, with others, he was accorded permission to build, at his own char ge, a pew in the southeast corner of the Meetinghouse for the use of his wife and daughters . The House herereferred to was the First Cjurch of Newbury, which was succeeded in 1699 by w hat is described "as a large and commodious edifice." (Crawford, M. C. 1930. Famous Familie s of
Massachusetts. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company.)
Clunies (1993) mentions that "the long English ancestry of Percival Lowle, compiled by note d genealogist Mary Lovering Holman, is located in the unpublished Manuscripts Collection at H EHGS."
Before 1932, Mary Lowell, half first cousin once removed of Lawrence Lowell, had become Count ess of Berkeley, and was living inthe ancient castle, still breached as Cromwell left it. Und er the date of October 29 of that year Lord Berkeley wrote: (note that the dates do not see m to agree with this Percival and the letter is probably referring to a descendant of this Pe rcival)
Dear Cousin Lawrence [Abbott Lawrence Lowell]:
My secretary, G. O'Flynn, has come across the following extractsin the muniment room here. Th ey may interest you. The manor ofPortbury was a Berkeley manor and is near Bristol. Among th e rents collected in 1621 it is stated that Percival Lowle succeeds John Thring deceased as b ailiff of the manor (Portbury) at an annual fee of 43s-4d.
In 1626 his fee is reduced to 33s-4d paid from the issues of wood sales of 1 acre of woodlan d within the manor.
In a general survey of Henry Lord Berkeley's commissioners sitting in Berkeley in Oct. 1576 t he records of the manor of Portburyshow that Crispiana (or Christiana) Lowle widow wife of Ri chardLowle was admitted (with Andrew Lowle) tenant tenant of a messuge and land in Portbury f or a fine of Ð20 at an annual rent of 32/4 on April 10, 1570.
At the same commission Percival Lowle and Margaret Lowle are shown to have been admitted tena nts of 8 acres of land in Portburyfor a fine of Ð40 on April 14, 1573. (Margaret was dead i n 1576)
It's very interesting that an ancestor of yours was a tenant ofmy ancestor as long ago as th e 16.C.
(Yeomans, H. A. 1948, Abbott Lawrence Lowell 1856-1943)
Genserv myerae1 and hoffcr1 databases have death year as 1645 and birthplace as Portsbury, N . Somerset
Genserv qpaysg1 database has death year as 1664/65
Merchant came from Bristol, 1639, bring. s. John and Richard. Fam. tradit. says he was eldes t s. of Richard, wh. m. a Percival,and drew his descent thro. eight generat. by the eldest s . of ea. from Walter of Yardley, in Co. Worcester. The particular locality of Percival's birt h is not certainly known, but undoubtedlysomewhere in County Somerset, England, where his anc estors for more than four centuries are recorded to have lived. He was bornin the year 1571 , and his young manhood finds him at or near Kingston-Seymour, in County Somerset, where hi s father, Richard Lowle, resided.
At the age of 26 he held the office of Assessor of Kingston-Seymour. We next know of him at B ristol, a seaport city in the westof England, engaged in merchandising, at wholesale, chiefl y of imported wares, carrying the firm name of Percival Lowle & Co. Inthe year 1639 he cut as under from all connections with England,and with his family, consisting of his wife, Rebecca , his two sons, John and Richard, his daughter Joane, and their respectivefamilies, and cam e to the Mas- sachusetts colony and in June of1639 settled at Newbury. The history of that co lony has this item: "June 1639,
the town (Newbury) also received a valuable addition to its population in the person of Mr. P ercival, Mr. John and Mr. Richard Lowle, who had been merchants of Bristol." Percival died Ja nuary8, 1665, in his ninety-fourth year, and was buried at Newbury. The causes that led to th e abandonment of his nativity, and to exile himself from the associations of a lifetime -th e island homeof a long line of distinguished ancestry- is a study of interest. He was then si xty-eight years of age. He had been successfuleven to opulence, and his age and circumstance s would seem to have invited him to ease and retirement befitting his surroundingsat Bristol . Surely the change had no mercenary incentive. The rude conditions of the new world would cl othe him in new habits,new modes and methods in an arena alive with vicissitudes and dangers . The cause is not hard of solution that impelled him to thus forego the seductions of a clos ing career in quietude, and toseek an asylum in old age amid the infant settlements in Americ a. (Genserv rainre1 database citing "Genealogical
Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England")
P. Lowell WEB page has birthplace as N. Somerset at Kingston-Seymour, England. (Lowell, P. 19 96. Lowell Genealogy. World Wide WEB page)
Percival and his family sailed by the ship Jonathan from London,though he may have boarded he r at Southampton or Plymouth, on April 12, 1639. The Lowell party consisted of Percival himse lf and Rebecca, his wife, his sons John and Richard, with their wivesand four children, his d aughter, Joan, and her husband, John Oliver, his partner, William Gerrish, his clerk, Anthon y Somerby,with his brother Henry, and Richard Dole, apprenticed to John Lowle. They reached B oston on June 23, 1639, after a voyage of nine weeks. Little is known of Percival's later lif e except that in1649 his signature appears with that of Thomas Parker and JamesNoyes on a pet ition to the General Court begging that Plum Island might be used as a common and exclusive p asturage for Newbury. Old Percival's enduring bones rest with Anthony Somerby's in alittle bu rying ground to the west of Route 1A, just north of the Old Town Green. The stone has been re newed, but the dates on it are very old. (Greenslet, F. 1946. The Lowells and Their SevenWorl ds)
Lowell. 1899. The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639-1899)
Percival Lowell was accompanied to America by William Gerrish, who had worked for him in Engl and. His surname is also spelled Lowle. He was a merchant. Ref.: "The Lowells and Their Seve n Worlds," Ferris Greenslet (Boston, 1946); Coffin's "History of Hewbury..."; "Old Families o f Salisbury & mesbury," David Hoyt (Providence, RI, 1897-9, pp. 233-35); "Founders of Early A merican Families," Soc. of Founders and Patriots; Newbury VR - for Percival and his family. P ercival and family left England on the ship "Jonathan" 04-12-1639 from London (with sons Joh n and Richard and their families, and daughter Joane and husband John Oliver); Percival wa s a merchant. "Directory of Ancestral Heads...," Frank Holmes (Balt.: Gen.Pub.Co., 1980) stat es Percival is 9th generationfrom Walter of Yardley, Worcestershire, England.
More About Percival Lowle:
Fact 2: March 19, 2004
More About Percival Lowle and Rebecca ?:
Marriage: Abt. 1600, Bristol, Somersetshire, England.
Children of Percival Lowle and Rebecca ? are:
- +John Lowell, b. 1595, of Bristol, England, d. July 10, 1647, Newbury, Essex, Ma.
- Richard Lowell, b. 1602, Kingston Seymour, Somersetshire, England, d. August 05, 1682, Newbury, Essex, Ma.
- Joanna Lowell, b. Abt. 1609, Bristol, Somersetshire, England, d. June 14, 1677, Newbury, Essex, Ma.
- Anne Lowell, b. 1612, Somersetshire, England, d. November 27, 1690, Newbury, Essex, Ma.