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Christian PENN
(Abt 1606-1684)


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1. Francis EATON


Christian PENN

  • Born: Abt 1606, England
  • Married (1): Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 1
  • Married (2): 16 Jul 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 2 3 4
  • Died: Jul 1684, Middleborough, Plymouth Co., MA 1

   General Notes:

She was one of the few single women who came on the Pilgrim ships, the females on these being mostly either married women, or adolescent children. In the 1623 Plymouth land division, Christian Penn received one acre as a passenger on the Anne in 1623. Perhaps Christian knew when she came that she was soon to become the third wife of Francis Eaton. It looks as though her marriage to him had been arranged beforehand by letter. Her elderly husband did not long survive his third marriage and his young widow was married in 1634 to Francis Billington. This was probably a love-match, otherwise Christian would not have been willing to become a member of the disgraced and ostracised Billington family. Sorrows thickened around this pair who had eight children they could not support. That Christian should have been obliged to see her children "bound out" into unsympathetic families must have been an overwhelming trial.


1. Immigration; 1623; Anne/Plymouth, MA. 3

   Marriage Information:

Christian married Francis EATON about 1625 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 1. (Francis EATON was born in 1596 in England, baptized on 11 Sep 1596 in St. Thomas, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England 3 and died 1628-Nov 1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 3.) The cause of death was Infectious Disease.

   Marriage Information:

Christian also married Francis BILLINGTON on 16 Jul 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 2 3 4. (Francis BILLINGTON was born about 1606 in England and died on 13 Dec 1684 in Middleborough, Plymouth Co., MA 4.)


1 Colonial Families of the United States of America, Mackenzie, George Norbury, ed., Colonial Families of the United States of America, (New York, 1907). , Vol. 5, Pg. 607.

2 Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, Davis, William T., Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, (Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899). , Pg. 28.

3 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

4 Lamont-Eldredge Family Records, Belle Eldredge Lamont, Lamont-Eldredge Family Records, (1948). , Pg. 192.

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