1411. Mousall


  1. John Mousall (ca. 1596–1663) m. Joanna ____ (d. aft. 1663); Woburn, Mass.
  2. Eunice Mousall (d. 1684) m. 1649 John Brooks (ca. 1623–1691); Woburn, Mass.


Much information on the early Mousall family is included in W. R. Cutter, John Mousall of Woburn, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 47 (1893): 462-7, and William R. Cutter and Arthur G. Loring, The Brooks Family of Woburn, Mass., New England Historical and Genealogical Register 58 (1904): 48-54, 125-36. A biography of the immigrant John Mousall appears in Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, 7 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999–2011), 5:186-90. He was the brother of Ralph Mousall, who is treated by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1633, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 3:1309-12, and Robert Charles Anderson, The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England, 1629–1630 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 480-5. New material in the latter includes a baptism, possibly of Ralph’s son John, which may indicate the family’s English origins.

It is sometimes presumed that Joanna was a sister of James Thompson of Woburn, on the grounds that her husband’s will calls James brother and appoints him overseer, e. g. by Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from the Records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and Other Contemporaneous Documents (Boston, 1900; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1965), 322. James’s parentage has been discovered more recently, however, and no English record of that family—not even his father’s will—mentions Joanna. This is established by Leslie Mahler, The English Origin of James¹ Thomson of Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts, American Genealogist 74 (1999): 101-3.

Related surnames

705. Brooks

Created 8 June 2003; last updated 28 February 2014.
Austin W. Spencer | email: spencer@rootedancestry.com