Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Henry Ambrose of Kersey, Suffolk, England



Henry Ambrose, immigrant to New England is the third of that name who can be found in the parish records of a small Suffolk village. His grandfather Henry, b. about 1555 married Johane Hills on 23 May 1580 at his parish church. The church was St. Mary's, the oldest parts date to the 12th century and it was once an important pilgrimage site. He would have walked past if not into The Bell Inn of Kersey, a 14th century Inn. Kersey cloth, a woolen cloth was made in and named for the village. Kersey is only about 11 miles from another Suffolk village, Groton. As you know, Groton was the home of John Winthrop.

Henry and Johane had at least four children:

Mary 1581-1582
Henry 1584-1631
William 1587-?
Edward 1590-1622

Not much is known about the family. Henry died before 4 Oct. 1618 and Johane died by 22 June 1622.




Henry Ambrose .b. 1584 married a woman known only as Mary. The couple had at least four children.

Johane b. 1611
Henry 'the immigrant' baptized in St. Mary's 15 June 1613
Katherine b. 1618
Elizabeth b, 1621


I wonder how many of these houses, Henry would recognize. 















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