Willoughby, Francis, 1613 - 1671

Francis Willoughby was the son of Colonel William and Elizabeth Willoughby of London, England.  A merchant by trade, he immigrated to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638 and became its selectman (1640-1647), as well as ensign of the artillery company (1643), representative (1642, 1648, 1649-50) and assistant (1650-1651) to the General Court.  Willoughby returned to England in 1651 where he was appointed commissioner of the navy at Portsmouth and served in Cromwell’s parliament in 1659.  Sailing to back New England in 1662, he was elected an assistant of the Massachusetts General Court the following year and subsequently served as the colony’s deputy governor from 1665 to 1671.  Isaac J. Greenwood, “The Willoughby Family of New England,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 30 (Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1876), 72-76.

Born: 
1613
Died: 
April 3, 1671