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- ↑ "Chilton-Winslow Notes", in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant, 10:54.
Will of John Winslow, merchant, of Boston dated 3 Oct 1683, proved 12 Oct 1683, bequeaths to the sons (unnamed) of his three Brothers Edward Winslow, Joseph Winslow, Samuel Winslow, two sons of sister Susanna Latham, his only son John Winslow [under age], beloved wife Judith Winslow, friends Elisha Hutchinson, Sampson Sheafe, Isaac Addington all of Boston executors.
- ↑ In Source:Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699 (A Report of the Record Commissioners), p. 112, is the birth of John Winslow to "John & Eliza. Winslow" on 22 May 1669, and many usually reliable sources identify this as John's only son (e.g., Source:General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 2, p. 29, and Source:Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Births and Deaths, p. 294).
The surnames Winslow and Wensley were often used interchangeably and that has led to considerable confusion because about the same age as this John Winslow was a John Wensley of Boston. Many of the Wensley records are written Winslow until the latter part of the 1600's. Thus for example, Anderson, GMB, 2029, says that this John Winslow m. by 1664 Elizabeth --- because oldest child b. Boston 18 Apr 1664. In Great Migration 1634-5, Vol. V, p. 334, he says Elizabeth Paddy m. by 1664 John Wensley, because oldest child b. Boston 18 Apr 1664. Only one of those is correct because the Richard Winslow born that day belonged to only one of them. John Winslow only named one son, John, in his will, while John Wensley's son Richard went to Harvard, so it appears that the "John & Eliza. Winslow" having children in Boston were the Wensley's, not the Winslow's.
What is known for sure, from John's will, is that his widow was named Judith, and he had one son John (possibly the only child, no other children named or mentioned?) who was under 21 in 1683 (born aft 1662). This son John Winslow d. 1695 naming his mother Judith Winslow and wife Abigail in his will.
It makes more sense that the birth records in Boston belong to John and Elizabeth (Paddy) Wensley. The son John would fit in their family nicely, if you assume he died young (they had another son John 1674/75), and the births form a nice, regular sequence. Also there does not seem to be any other piece of evidence suggesting John Winslow had a wife named Elizabeth besides these birth records for John & Eliza. Winslow: no identification of her, no marriage record, no death record for Elizabeth, and no marriage record for Judith, any of which might confirm this. A third problem is that the son John Winslow m. 1689 Abigail Atkinson, so one would expect him to be born by 1668, though there were occasional exceptions to this rule.
In conclusion, it seems likely that Judith could have been John's only wife, and that his son John was born sometime between 1663-1668, but probably not 22 May 1669.