Mayflower lines: BILLINGTON

Generation 1: John Billington was born in Lincolnshire, England about 1580, and he married Eleanor Unknown. They had only two surviving children, John Jr. and Francis. 

John and his family seem to have been troublemakers. During the voyage across the Atlantic, 14-year-old Francis almost blew up the ship when he fired a musket among barrels of gunpowder. Once in Massachusetts, John Sr. was charged with contempt of "the Captain's lawful command with opprobrious speeches", but upon "humbling himself and craving pardon", he avoided the punishment of having his neck and heels tied together. 

Not long after, John Jr. was kidnapped by Indians while wandering in the woods, forcing the colonists to send out a search party and negotiate the boy's release. John Jr. died in 1627, unmarried and without issue.

In 1624, John Sr. was implicated in a failed rebellion against the authority of the Plymouth church, but claimed ignorance and was never punished. In a 1625 letter to Robert Cushman, Governor Bradford referred to Billington as a "knave."

Things only got worse when, in 1630, John Sr. shot and killed his neighbor John Newcomen, with whom he had been feuding over land hunting rights. It was decided that Billington should pay the ultimate price, and he was hanged for murder in September of 1630. 

Six years later, John's widow Eleanor was charged with slander against a Mr. John Doane and sentenced to be put in the stocks and whipped. 

Generation 2: Francis Billington, son of John and Eleanor Billington, was born in Lincolnshire, England, about 1607. He married Christian Penn, widow of Francis Eaton, in July of 1634, and the removed to Middleborough. Francis died on 3 December 1684. 

Billington Sea, "discovered" by 14-year-old Francis Billington upon arriving in the New World. It's not actually a sea, but a large lake.

Billington Sea, "discovered" by 14-year-old Francis Billington upon arriving in the New World. It's not actually a sea, but a large lake.


Generation 3a:

Martha Billington was born in 1638 in Plymouth to Francis Billington and Christian Penn, and she married Samuel Eaton, who was actually her stepbrother (the son of her mother's first husband Francis Eaton by his first wife Sarah Unknown). 

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) m. Eleanor UNKNOWN
Francis BILLINGTON (1607-1684) m. Christian PENN
Martha BILLINGTON (1638-1704) m. Samuel EATON I
Samuel EATON II (1663-1724) m. Elizabeth FULLER
Barnabas EATON (1703-1790) m. Mehitable ALDEN
Hannah EATON (1730-1809) m. John CLEMENTS  
John CLEMENTS (1750-unknown) m. Sarah PERRY
Hannah CLEMENTS (1771-1835) m. Jonathan BAKER
John BAKER (1792-1861) m. Mehitable HILTON
George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me

I'm also descended from a second child of Hannah Eaton and John Clements, John Clements' sister Mehitable:

Mehitable CLEMENTS (1754-1834) m. John TRASK
Hannah TRASK (1774-1829) m. Jacob Lufkin HILTON
Mehitable HILTON (1796-1865) m. John BAKER
George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 

Generation 3b:

Mary Billington, daughter of Francis Billington and Christian Penn, was born about 1640 in Plymouth. On 20 January 1663, she married Samuel Sabin in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. She died on 28 June 1717 in Rehoboth.

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) m. Eleanor UNKNOWN
Francis BILLINGTON (1607-1684) m. Christian PENN
Mary BILLINGTON (1640-1717) m. Samuel SABIN
Israel SABIN (1673-1718) m. Mary ORMSBY
 Jeremiah SABIN (1703-unk) m. Mary ABBOTT
 Jeremiah SABIN (1732-1815) m. Susannah LEVALLEY
Sarah SABIN (1747-unk) m. Borden THURBER                 
Samuel THURBER (1774-1847) m. Mary "Polly" LEWIS
Margaret Sophia THURBER (1808-1846) m. Anthony C.  SPECHT
Hannah Melissa SPECHT (1843-1924) m. George Albert BAKER
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
 Me