Simon Willard 1600's
Major Simon Willard was born on Apr. 7, 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England to Richard Willard and . He was christened on Apr. 7, 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England. He arrived in New England in 1634 and ... show more
Major Simon Willard was born on Apr. 7, 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England to Richard Willard and . He was christened on Apr. 7, 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England. He arrived in New England in 1634 and was a founder of Concord, Massachusetts. Simon Willard was a military officer, a major who fought in Ninigret's and Phillip's wars. He was married to Mary Sharp, Elizabeth Dunster and Mary Dunster. He became ill from a cold. He died on Apr. 24, 1676 at Charlstown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. he was buried on Apr. 27, 1676 at Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. He was Commander of Forces in Ninigret's & Phillip's Wars, Respresentative of the General Court of Massachusetts from 1635-1657, Assistant Governor 1654-1676.
About Simon Willard
Simon Willard was living in Cambridge [New Town] 1634. His house was on the south-east corner of what is now Winthrop and Dunster Streets. He moved to Concord in 1635. In the summer of 1635 Rev. Peter Bulkeley, " a man of great learning, of large heart, of noble family, possessed of wealth, and distinguished as a divine, arrived in Cambridge, and to him Willard attached himself with affectionate regard." This alliance with Bulkeley shows that Willard had no disposition to follow the Hooker congregation to Hartford, and that his mind was so constructed as not to become a recipient of those somewhat mystical dogmas which became rife the following year in the Antinomian controversy. In describing this emigration from Cambridge to Concord in 1635, Johnson in his Wonder Working Providence [second edition, p. 5] says, "The band of Concord is led by Capt. Simon Willard, being a Kentish souldier." ...more about Simon Willard