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Jane; b. ca. 1621; wife of George and mother of John, Nathan, MA
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: December 09, 2011 at 10:24:22
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George Barlow settled in Sandwich (on Cape Cod) in the Plymouth Colony (now Massachsuetts) about 1658. Many believe he was a widower with children, and soon married widow Jane Besse (a/k/a Bessey), whose husband Anthony had died there in 1657. Together, George and Jane Barlow had sons John and Nathan, likely born between 1659 and 1662 (and named as executors in their father George's Will about 1682).

Who was this Jane? Quite some time ago, somebody THEORIZED that she MIGHT have been born Jane Annable (or Annabel or Annibal), daughter of Anthony and Jane Annable of Plymouth Colony. This "theory" is almost certainly wrong, because there is apparently no evidence that Anthony Annable ever had a daughter named Jane. See a website on Annable's family at http://www.plimoth.org/media/pdf/annable_anthony.pdf, "A collaboration between PLIMOTH PLANTATION and the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETYŽ". I personally consider these two "authors" of the website to be thorough and reliable.

I would like to offer an alternative "theory": Jane was born in 1621 to Henry Feake, who was one of the original settlers of Sandwich.

The baptismal records of St. Margaret's, Westminster, near London,England include a Jane Feake, christened on May 4, 1621, daughter of Henry Feake. I believe most people are of the opinion that this is the Henry Feake who migrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was at Saugus (near Lynn, MA) when he and others were granted land by the Plymouth Colony and settled what would become Sandwich, MA, on Cape Cod.

In 1638, the Plymouth court received notice that one Anthony Besse (a/k/a Bessey) of Sandwich was "disorderly keeping house alone". From this, I infer that he was still single at that time, but various bits of circumstantial evidence indicate that he married soon thereafter, to a woman named Jane, had several children, and then died in 1657 in Sandwich, leaving Jane a widow (and she remarried, to one George Barlow (a/k/a Barlowe)).

Henry Feake apparently left Sandwich sometime before 1656 (but probably after 1651) and moved to Long Island, New York. His first wife died and he remarried, to a widow named Joanna Wheeler (who had children of her own). Henry died sometime between September 1657 and April 1658. Apparently some litigation and/or probate records from Long Island (possibly in the Dutch records?) indicate that Henry Feake had three living children at that time (but perhaps does not identify them by name). Many Feake researchers believe that one of these three (adult) children of the late Henry Feake was Elizabeth Feake, who had married John Dillingham in Sandwich in 1651. Is it possible that another of the three adult children was Jane (Feake) (Bessey) Barlow of Sandwich?

I have had no success finding any marriage record for either Jane Feake or Anthony Bessey, but they were living in the same place (Sandwich), where there were only about 60 families at the time, and Jane was the right age to marry about 1639.

Does anyone have any information about Jane Feake? Did she survive childhood and marry? If you have info, please share by posting here.


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