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James/Elizabeth Horrocks Lancashire1600
Posted by: Barry A. Cotton Date: June 21, 2001 at 06:13:38
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Looking for information on a Rev. James Horrocks of Lancashire and/or his sister Elizabeth Horrocks.

In particular, I am looking for information on Elizabeth Horrocks who married Rev. John Cotton on 3 July 1613 in Balsham, Cambridgeshire.


Cotton Mather mentions in his history of New England, the Magnalia, that the Rev. John Cotton of Boston, Massachusetts moved to Boston, Lincolnshire and married an Elizabeth Horrocks after completing a BA at Trinity College and an MA at Emmanuel College Cambridge University.

“Settled now in Boston (Lincolnshire, England), his dear friend, holy Mr. Bayns, recommended unto him a pious gentlewoman, one Mrs. Elizabeth Horrocks, the sister of Mr. James Horrocks, a famous minister in Lancashire, to become his consort in a married estate.”

An addtional "Mr. Horrocks" I am seeking married Elizabeth Aspinwall, daughter of Thomas and Mary Aspinwall of Toxeth Park, Lancashire. This marriage was witnessed by Richard Mather, grandfather of Cotton Mather.

Richard Mather received his "schooling" under William Aspinwall and lived with Edmund Aspinwall.

There is a major Lancashire connection between the Horrocks, Aspinwall, Mather, Angiers and Winstanley families.

Dr. Anthony Tuckney (who replaced Rev. John Cotton (husband of Elizabeth Horrocks) as Vicar of St. Botolph's Church in Boston, Lincolnshire) was best of friends with John Angiers and both Angiers and Tuckney lived with Rev. Cotton and his wife, Elizabeth (Horrocks) Cotton in Boston, Lincolnshire where the studied with Rev. Cotton.

John Angiers married Ellen Winstanley (Rev. John Cotton's niece).

Any information on the Horrocks connections in this puzzle will be greatly appreciated as all of these families were ended up in New-England.




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