John Lowthroppe
  b: ~1480 - Yorkshire, England
  d: ~1543 - Harthill Wapentake, East Riding, Yorkshire, England

Father: Robert? Lowthroppe
Mother: *****

Spouse: Margaret Wade

Child-1: Robert
          2: (unnamed daughter)
          3: (unnamed daughter)
          4: (unnamed daughter)

Biographical Details:

In the year 1513, John Lowthroppe is thought to have been living in Yorkshire in or near the village of Cherry Burton and to have been thirty-three years of age at that time.1  Thus, by inference, he would have been born about 1480, presumably in this same locality.  Concomitantly, his father is frequently identified as "Roberti", i.e., Robert Lowthroppe; however, the source of such an assertion is not evident.  Nevertheless, early civil records do support the presumption that a branch of the Lowthroppe family did live continuously in this part of Yorkshire, i.e., Harthill Wapentake, from the end of the fourteenth century, throughout the fifteenth century, and into the sixteenth.  Likewise, it has been further reported that John Lowthroppe married Margaret Wade, daughter of John Wade and his wife, Margaret.  Again, it can be inferred as a matter of chronology that this may have occurred about 1495 or 1500.  Four children have been attributed to them, viz., a son, Robert, and three unidentified daughters.2  Civil records do remain that confirm that John Lowthroppe was assessed taxes in the parish of Cherry Burton in Harthill Wapentake in the fifteenth year of King Henry VIII, i.e., April 1523 to April 1524.3  Likewise, a similar record was made some seventeen years later.  Accordingly, it is a reasonable presumption that John Lowthroppe remained resident in this locality during the whole of the intervening time.  Moreover, Price has asserted that he was a substantial landowner since his tax assessment was larger than that of anyone else appearing in the records.  This presumption is further supported by the account of a lawsuit brought by James and Agnes Carter and Thomas and Isabel Layton in the twenty-fourth year of King Henry that named John Lowthroppe, along with his son, Robert, and three other men as defendants.4  In particular, the plaintiffs alleged they had sown and reaped a crop of wheat, which the defendants removed by force late in August of 1533.  Accordingly, one might speculate that the plaintiffs were tenants and that John Lowthroppe was their landlord and, consequently, that the crop was taken to satisfy some debt arising out of the tenancy.  Naturally, the defendants denied that they had done anything wrong.  Moreover, the location was identified as the "manor of South Dalton", which probably lay two to three miles north of Cherry Burton and, concomitantly, was near the present village of the same name.  It is not known precisely when John Lowthroppe died; however, it was probably between 1540 and 1545, since it would seem that it was the name of his son and heir, Robert, that appeared in civil records afterward.
Source Notes and Citations:
1.   JOHN LOWTHROP ...   Resided Cherry Burton, Yorkshire, England, early in the sixteenth century.  'Culleton's of London; Genealogical Collection' indicates that John was age 33 in 1513, hence born about 1480 and proposes that he was the son of Roberti Lowthrop, also of Cherry Burton.  Culleton also suggests that John married MARGARET WADE; daughter of John Wade and Margaret _____.  John Lowthrop held extensive landed estates in Cherry Burton and in several surrounding parishes.  In the 37th year of Henry VIII (1545), he appears on a Yorkshire subsidy roll, assessed twice as much as any other inhabitant of the parish.  (ref: John Lothropp (1584-1653), A Puritan Biography and Genealogy - Price, pg 24; Flagg, pg 327).    (Barbara Joan Lathrop, "The Brown & Lathrop Family Home Page";, 2004.)
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2. Elijah Baldwin Huntington, A genealogical memoir of the Lo-Lathrop family in this country: embracing the descendants, as far as known, of the Rev. John Lothropp, privately published by Julia M. Huntington, Ridgefield, CT, 1884: pg. 15.
      "JOHN LOWTHROPPE ... .  Our pedigree of that branch of the old Lowthorpe family which had its earliest known English seat in Lowthorpe, wapentake of Dickering, East Riding of Yorkshire, must begin in JOHN LOWTHROPPE, gr.-grandfather, to Rev. John Lothropp, the American pioneer.  Early in the sixteenth century he was living in Cherry Burton, a parish about four miles from Lowthorpe.  He was, though belonging to a junior branch of the family, a gentleman of quite extensive landed estates both in Cherry Burton and in various other parts of the county.  In the 37th year of Henry VIII (1545), he appears on a Yorkshire subsidy roll, assessed twice as much as any other inhabitant of the parish.  Of his parentage and of the names of his brothers and sisters, if he had any, we shall probably be unable to find the record, the early parish registers having disappeared.  No record of baptisms before 1597, none of burials before 1561, and none of marriages before 1562, now remain.
      This John Lowthroppe left the son ROBERT whose record we are able to give, and also three daughters whose families are mentioned, though their own names are not designated in the will of the son.  Whether there were still other children we may never be able to learn."
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3. New England Genealogical and Historical Register, Vol. 84, pg. 437-9, 1930.
      "Genealogical Research in England: Lothrop ... From Lay Subsidies for co. York.  15 Henry VIII [1523/1524], Assessment for the first payment.  Wapentake of Herthill.  Cherry Burton. John Lowthr[o]p in goods, [valuation] £13. 11s. 8d., [tax] 6s. 8d. (Lay Subsidies, 203/183.) "
      "From Lay Subsidies for co. York. 32 Henry VIII [1540-1541], Assessment of £20 and upward. North Burton. John Lowthrop in goods, [valuation] £20, [tax] 20s. (Lay Subsidies 203/191"
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4. "From the records of the Court of Star Chamber.  Petition [undated] of James Carter and his wife Agnes and Thomas Layton and his wife Isabell states that they are seised (sic - seized) of one acre of customary land in the manor of South Dalton, co. York, with appurtenances in Cherry Burton, co. York, called Coke Merys, as of fee in right of Agnes and Isabel, whereon in 24 Henry VIII [1532-1533] they sowed good wheat, which prospered till it was ready to be reaped, and that they then reaped a great part of the wheat, bound it in sheaves, and made thirty stooks, each containing twelve sheaves, according to the custom of that country, and intended to reap the rest.  But now John Lawthrop, William Bynkys, Robert Lawthrop, William Patton, and John Burne, of their malicious and riotous minds, with clubs, staves, swords, daggers, pikes, etc. by force of arms, about Monday sennight next (seven nights, i.e., one week) after the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin [15 August] 25 Henry VIII [1533-1534], entered the land, took away the wheat which had been reaped, and reaped and carried off the rest, making assault upon James Carter, beating and wounding him, and putting him in jeopardy of his life.  Petitioners pray for a writ of subpoena for Lawthrop and the rest to appear before the King's Court at Westminster.  (Star Chamber Proceedings, Henry VIII, vol. 9, no. 61.)
      Answer [undated] of John Lowthorp to the petition of James Carter and the others sets forth that the matter of the petitioners is determinable within the Court of the Provost of Beverley, within his lordship of South Dalton, as the land specified is a parcel of the manor of South Dalton.  Said Lowthorp denies that he is guilty of any riot or any other misdemeanor.  Further, if he had committeed any such riot or misdemeanor, the King, by authority of Parliament, has pardoned to all his subjects all riots and misdemeanors committed before 3 November last, before which time the riot is said to have taken place.  He prays that the petition be dismissed with costs.  (Star Chamber Proceedings Henry VIII, vol. 9, no. 62)"  (Evelyn Beran; database - sanford-shulsen;, 2006.)
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Additional Citations:

5. Richard Woodruff Price, John Lothrop (1584 - 1653); A Puritan Biography & Genealogy, Richard W. Price and Associates, Salt Lake City, UT, 1984: pgs. 24-6.

6. Ancestral File: 8430-S0; 12C8-C44; & 1C11-6WM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT, continuously updated.

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