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History of the Round Family


The Round Family of Rehoboth is one of the first families to settle the New World. Family tradition states that the Round family arrived in America before the Pilgrims. This tradition has yet to be successfully disproved. My Grandfather Emory Round told me that originally there were three brothers who settled from England. Although many branches of our family are scattered throughout the US, our branch of the family remained in Rehoboth on land owned in the Round family for over two and one half centuries. Infact, all the grandchildren of Emory Round were born within ten miles of land given by Gov. Bradford of the Plymouth Plantation to John Round in 1689. When I was a boy my Grandfather would take me on his Postal Route and talk about our Round family. This is my interpretation of our history through the eyes of Emory Arthur Round of Rehoboth and the legacy he wanted me to forever pass down through our generations.

The Round Family is linked to seven Mayflower passengers (the Hopkins, Billington & Samson families), President Garfield, three Governors (including Marion Rounds Gov. of South Dakota), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a White House Executive Emory Rounds III, under Pres. Bush. George Bush is decended from Judith Round of Rehoboth. Francis Billington who was Renew Round's (Jabez Round wife) grandfather was married to Christian Penn. Christian Penn's first cousin was William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania. This is the farthest part of our tree that goes back 506 years to John Penne. Francis with brother John nearly blew up the Mayflower in the first winter.



Their father John was the first person tried and convicted for murder in the new world for gunning down John Newcomb on the Plimouth Plantation.

I have two goals for my Web Page. The first goal is to link all the John Round family members from around the world. I have created a data base which will capture all the family members of John Round. Also, I hope this Web Page will serve to put the pieces together and explore the history of the Round family and a look at the early days in Rehoboth. The second is to provide a history of the Round Family and the importance it has had in shaping our nation.-SCROLL DOWN FOR ROUNDS LINKS