Armorial Bearings granted to Robert Lord alias Laward of London in 1510; College of Arms MS L10 folio 105b; copyright of the College of Arms, London. Used by permission.

Towcester, England

Towcester street


A street in Towcester, England.


I never lived in this town, and have only visited here a handful of days. Yet in many ways I consider this more of a hometown to me than the one I grew up in or the one I spent the most of my adult life in. For here are my roots.

On this street in England in the 1580s, Richard and Joan Lord my ancestors, walked and dreamed of the future. They are now buried in the churchyard here, and for them this village was their only world.

Their son, Thomas Lord, was married in the parish church here in this ancient village in Northamptonshire, and in 1635 he left town with his entire family to seek a new life in the Americas.

They landed in Boston late in the season of 1635 and found a home in the settlement at NewTowne, which is today the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their house was on a street that is now opposite the main gate of Harvard University.

In the spring of 1636, as part of the break-away congregation of Thomas Hooker, who they had emigrated here to join, they undertook a journey through the wilderness to the banks of the Connecticut River far to the west. And here they founded the Connecticut Colony and the future City of Hartford.

This adventurous band of religious pioneers numbered only one hundred souls, and the ten members of the Lord Family were fully 10% of that founding expedition!

Researching my roots, and the Lord Coat of Arms resulted in a detailed report on the history of this one family from Towcester.


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