William Learned

Male Abt 1580 - 1646  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name William Learned 
    Born Abt 1580  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Mar 1645/46  Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1845  PammentIsleham
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 

    Family Goodith Gillman,   b. Between 1585 and 1590, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1661, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1606  St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Abigail Learned,   b. Abt 1618, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Sarah Learned,   b. Abt 1607, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Bethia Learned,   b. Abt 1612, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Isaac Learned,   b. Abt Jan 1623/24, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Elizabeth Learned,   b. Abt 1621, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Learned,   b. Abt 1615, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1625, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 10 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F600  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • NOTE: My 10x great-grandfather William Learned is a common ancestor linking me directly to the Bush family - and two U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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      Notes for WILLIAM LEARNED:

      Selected excerpts from The Learned Family, compiled by William Law Learned in part from the papers of the late
      Joseph Gay Eaton Learned, Joel Munsell's Sons, 1882.

      "WILLIAM LEARNED. The first admission to the present First church of Charlestown was, according to its records,
      as follows: "1632, 10 mo., day 6, William Learned and Goodith, his wife, were admitted." (N. E. H. & G. Reg., vol.
      xxxiii, page 191).

      In 1634, May 14th, he was admitted freeman. His name appears as one of the signatures to the town order for the
      appointment of eleven selectmen, February 13, 1634-1635. (Frothingham's Charlestown, p. 50.) On Feb. 13, 1635-6, he
      was appointed a selectman. About this time he is mentioned with twenty-eight others as having "willingly surrendered
      for the good of the town part of their land on Mystic side."

      In 1640 a movement was on foot to settle Woburn. The first meeting for the purpose was held at the house of Mr.
      Thomas Greene, December 18th; and town orders were there signed by thirty-two persons, and among them by William
      Learned, (spelled by the clerk Lernedt). He was one of the seven who, the 14th of August, 1642, formed the first church
      of Woburn, (Woburn town records; Sewall's Woburn, p. 20; Johnson's Wonder Working Prov., p 17.) On the 24th of
      November, it is recorded that he freely gave up his lot for the use of the town, which gave it to Thomas Richardson, and
      agreed to give to William Learned the like for quantity and quality. It was afterwards ordered that he should have
      seventy-two acres laid out to his son Isaac, in recompense for the sixty-six which he had thus given.

      On the 13th of April, 1643, he was chosen constable and one of the selectmen; and again February 9, 1644-5. Some
      additional land was given him in Sept., 1645. Another order, two months later, says that he was to have six acres and a
      half for a house lot and farm in meadow, and the residence, being sixty acres, "the one-halfe in forest field and the other
      halfe in playne field."

      He died March 1, 1646, two days before the selectmen were chosen for the third term; and thus he held the offices of
      selectman and constable at his death. (Qu. 1646-7; as he is named in the town rate, 22d of 10 mo. 1646.)

      The following is from Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts,
      1855 by Henry Bond.

      "LEARNED (Lernot, Larned, Larnit, &c.)

      WILLIAM LEARNED,(*) was admitted freeman, May 14, 1634, and his name, and that of his wife GOODETH [?
      Judith, or good wife], are the first two on the list of members of the present First Church, of Charlestown. "1632, 10 mo.,
      day 6, William Learned and Goodeth, his wife, were admitted." The following extract from the town records of
      Charlestown. is an evidence of how highly he was esteemed for his intelligence and virtue: "1638, 26, 2d month, Mr.
      Increase Nowell, Mr. Zachariah Sims, Mr. John Green, Mr. John Harvard, Left. Ralph Sprague, and William Learned,
      were desired to consider of some things tending towards a body of Lawes." Records, p. 20. He was a subscriber to the
      town orders for Woburn, drawn up at Charlestown, Dec. 18, 1640; was one of the seven original members of the church
      in Woburn, which was gathered, Aug. 14, 1642-3; was one of the first board of Selectmen, chosen Ap. 13, 1644, and
      was re-elected the following year. He was also elected constable (who was in those days the collector of taxes), for the
      years, 1644 and '45. He d. in Woburn, Mar. 1, 1645-6, two days before the third election of town officers. He left a widow
      who had an annuity during her widowhood. His accounts, as collector, were in part settled by his son Isaac, Sept. 29,
      1646, and finally settled, Oct. 4, 1648.

      The name (Learned), has been varied much by the bad orthography of early times, as Lerned, Lernot, Larned, Larnit,
      &c., and many of his descendants now write it, Larned."

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      Landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630.

      Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

      Name: William Learned
      Year: 1630
      Place: Charlestown, Massachusetts
      Family Members: Wife Goodith Gilman; Daughter Abigail; Daughter Elizabeth; Son Isaac; Daughter Bethia; Daughter Sarah
      Source Publication Code: 116.1
      Primary Immigrant: Learned, William
      Annotation: Date and place of first residence in New England. Extracted from passenger lists, lists of freemen, colony and court records, notarial records, vital records, land records, church records, and journals and letters. Place of origin, occupation, and other genealogical and historical information may also be provided.
      Source Bibliography: ANDERSON, ROBERT CHARLES. The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Three Volumes. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. 2386p.
      Page: 1164

      Source Citation: Place: Charlestown, Massachusetts; Year: 1630; Page Number: 1164.