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The Byington ancestry can be traced back to Bartholomew De Boynton (about 1000AD) but information prior to the 17th century becomes vague and impossible to validate. Because of this, I decided to focus my family research from William Boynton and his wife Elizabeth, who were among the first Boynton's to arrive in North America from England. After being excummunicated from their church in 1638 - William, brother John, Elizabeth, Rev. Rogers and several followers, set sail to 'New England' on a ship named 'John of London'. They landed in Salem harbor in the fall and wintered in the area. The next spring the group traveled north and settled in an area between the villages of Newbury and Ipswich. They named the settlement 'Rowley' in honor of their minister Ezekiel Rogers who taught Puritan beliefs in Rowley, England. Records from the early settlement show William was a teacher, planter and weaver. He taught school from 1656-1681 and was probably the first school teacher in Rowley. William & Elizabeth had four sons & three daughters born in Rowley.
It's believed the 'Boynton' name changed to 'Byington' when John Boynton (grandson of William) received a land grant from the King of England issued in the name of John 'Byington'. John probably thought it was easier to change his name than to send the grant back to England to be corrected.
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May 02 - Started researching the Boynton family
Jun 02 - Began compiling data, media, info, etc
Mar 08 - Developed / tested ByingtonFamily.org website
Dec 09 - Launched the ByingtonFamily.org website
Oct 10 - Visited first Boynton homestead in Rowley MA
Dec 10 - Upgraded software to improve navigation, features, etc
Jan 11 - Redesigned website to add a fresh new look
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