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Originally Published in Serial Form 

New England Historical and Genealogical Register 

July, 1883 — January, 1899 

First Published Complete in Book Form 

New-England Historic Genealogical Society 

Boston, 1901 

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Genealogical Gleanings in England 

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By Henry F. Waters 

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The indexes of persons and places mentioned in these 
two volumes will be found on pages 1449-1643 in Volume II, 
just as they were originally published in 1901. The publisher 
has added the New Series, which was originally published in 
1907, on pages 1645-1760 following the indexes; since the entries 
in the New Series were in alphabetical order, it was deemed 
unnecessary to add an index to the New Series. 




Henry F. Waters, Portrait and Autograph Frontispiece 

Publisher's Notice v 

Illustrations and Pedigrees, A List ix 

Introduction by John T. Hassam xi 

Genealogical Gleanings in England 1 


Illustrations and Pedigrees, A List v 

Genealogical Gleanings in England 845 

Index of Persons 1451 

Index of Places 1593 

New Series: Genealogical Gleanings in England 1645 


VOL. I. 

Henry F. Waters's Portrait and Autograph .... Frontispiece 

The Early Home of John Harvard's Mother 180 

Garsden Church 455 

Washington Memorial Stone 399 

Washington Tablet 455 

Arms. Nicholson ........... 101 

Washington impaling Butler 399 

Fac-similes. Part of John Washington's Will and Probate, with George 

Washington's endorsement ...... 523 

Seal on Release of Mount Vernon estate, Va. . . . 523 

Record of apprenticeship of Thomas Harvard to William 
Coxe, and of his admission as Freeman of the Cloth- 
workers' Company of London ...... 206 

Autographs. William Byrd 103 

John Harvard ......... xii 

Thomas Stegge ......... 103 

John West 151 

Map showing Tring, Herts, and Luton, Bedfordshire, and Vicinity, 357 

Tabular Pedigrees. Alsop 427 

Ames ......... 279 

Archedale ........ 318 

Bedle 25 

Brereton ........ 15 

Brindley ........ 15 

Brinley ......... 14 

Bulkley 2«6 

Burnell 568 

Cogan ......... 351 

Collins ......... 25 

Cotton 92 

Crane . . . . . 213 

Crane ....„..,. 226 



Tabular Pedigrees. Disbrowe 250 

Disbrowe ........ 251 

Fawknor 99 

Fenwick ........ 42 

Hall 687 

Harrison ........ 446 

Haynes 453 

Home 155 

Houghton 258 

Jadwyn 582 

Jolliffe 262 

Light 712 

Lisle 91 

Moody ......... 97 

Morley 568 

Piilmer 306 

Palmer 327 

Pemberton 331 

Quiney 198 

Rasing 182 

Rogers 209 

Rogers 213 

Springett 576 

Stagg 61 

Thomson 67 

Warnet 40 

Washington 396 

Willis 599 

Woodhall 53 



The efforts made by the New England Historic Genealogi- 
cal Society, through its Committee on English Research, to pro- 
cure funds sufficient to enable it to make an exhaustive search of 
the English Records, on a plan never before attempted, for every- 
thing which concerns the family history of the early settlers of 
this country ; its great good fortune in securing the services of 
the eminent antiquary, Henry FitzGilbert Waters : his pecul- 
iar qualifications for the task, and the superiority of the method 
adopted by him, are all set forth in the New England Histori- 
cal and Genealogical Register for July, 1883 (xxxvii., 305) ; 
July, 1884 (xxxviii., 339) ; and January, 1888 (xlii., 40). 

Mr. Waters sailed for England May 5, 1883, and at once en- 
tered upon his great work. The step thus taken was a most im- 
portant one, and marked a new departure in genealogical research. 
The notes printed in the Register for July, 1883 (xxxvii., 233), 
were the results of Mr. Waters's first few days' work among the 
records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Somerset House, 
London. They arrived here barely in time for publication in that 
number of the Register, and were a foretaste of what was to 
come. Before a twelvemonth had passed he had accumulated a 
vast amount of historical and genealogical material, including 
abstracts of more than six hundred wills relating to American 
families, and he has since then industriously added to his inval- 
uable collections, until they are now unequalled both in extent and 
in importance. 

Some of the results of his researches, under the title of " Genea- 
logical Gleanings in England," have been given to the public in 
the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 
the organ of the Society. It has now been deemed advisable to 
reprint some of these " Gleanings " in a form more convenient for 
reference. The present volumes include the various instalments 
published in the Register from July, 1883, to January, 1899, 

In addition to these genealogical researches, Mr. Waters has 
made historical discoveries of the highest value. We owe to him 
the finding of the Winthrop map and the Maverick MS., two of 


the most important contributions made in our day to our early 
colonial history. For an account of the former, the reader is re- 
ferred to the "Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society " 
for June, 1884 (xxi., 211), and the Register for July, 1884 
(xxxviii., 342). The Maverick MS. was printed in the "Proceed- 
ings of the Massachusetts Historical Society" for October, 1884 
(xxi., 231), and in the Register for January, 1885 (xxxix., 33). 
These discoveries excited great attention among historical students, 
not only in this country, but also in England. 

Mr. Waters also contributed "Papers in Egerton MS. 2395," 
to the Register for April, 1886 (xl., 175) ; the will of Alexander 
Selkirk — the real Robinson Crusoe — to the Register for Octo- 
ber, 1896 (1., 539), and the will of Thomas Hobson, carrier 
("Hobson's choice, that or none"), to the Register for October, 
1898 (Hi., 487). A facsimile of the will of Alexander Selkirk 
may be found in the Register for April, 1897 (li., 150). 

Mr. Waters also made a most valuable collection of " Extracts 
from Marriage Licenses granted by the Bishop of London, 1598 
to 1639," which he intended should be printed in the Register 
as an instalment of these Gleanings, but being unable, much to his 
regret, "to get it before the genealogical world through that chan- 
nel," and as it seemed to him "too valuable not to be published," 
he contributed it to the Historical Collections of the Essex Insti- 
tute (xxviii., 57-150). 

To some of the various instalments of Gleanings published in 
the Register I added certain explanatory remarks by way of 
introduction, and these remarks it has been thought advisable to 
reprint here in this preface, in order not to break the continuity 
of Mr. Waters's notes. 

The article in the Register for July, 1883 (xxxvii., 233-240) 
(pp. 1-8 this book), was introduced by a note from which the fol- 
lowing: extract is made : 

It has been found almost impossible heretofore, in most cases, to 
establish satisfactorily the relationship between English and American 
families of the same name, and this failure to connect has been to 
the American genealogist the source of his greatest trouble. The 
searches now undertaken promise for the first time to meet and over- 
come this difficulty. The method adopted by Mr. Waters, so different 
from that of his predecessors, cannot fail to bring to light information 
which must necessarily have escaped the attention of all other investi- 

The article on "John Harvard and his Ancestry," Part I., in 
the Register for July, 1885 (xxxix., 265) (pp. 117-134 this 
book), was preceded by the following introductory note : 

The Committee on English Research of the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society, under whose direction Mr. Waters is now pursu- 


ing his investigations in England, have on more than one occasion 
asserted that the method of search adopted by him — so different from 
that of his predecessors — would without fail enable him to bring to 
light what had escaped the notice of all other antiquaries. Striking 
proofs of the correctness of this statement have been already afforded 
by the remarkable discoveries Mr. Waters has hitherto made, and the 
following paper, in which the parentage and ancestry of John Harvard 
are for the first time conclusively shown, will add still another. 

In 1842 the late James Savage, President of the Massachusetts His- 
torical Society and author of the " Genealogical Dictionary of New 
England," went to England for the express purpose of ascertaining 
what could be learned of the early history of John Harvard; but 
although Mr. Everett, then our minister to the court of St. James, ren- 
dered every assistance in his power, no trace of Harvard could be found, 
except his signature on taking his degrees at the University of Cam- 
bridge. Mr. Savage tells us that he would gladly have given five hun- 
dred dollars to get five lines about him in any capacity, public or 
private. Since that date others have made efforts equally unavailing. 

The late Col. Joseph L. Chester, in a letter written the year before 
his death to the editor of the Register (Register, xxxvi., 319), says 
that he had carried about with him daily for many years a bit of pedi- 
gree of Harvard in the hope of being able to perfect it ; that he thought 
he had found the will of the father of John Harvard, but could not yet 
prove it ; that he disliked to put forward a mere theory, but hoped to 
come upon further evidence some day. 

At a meeting of the New England Historic Genealogical Society held 
in Boston, June 3, 1885, a paper by Miss Frances B. James, of Cam- 
bridge, Mass v was read, on " John Harvard's English Home, a Caveat 
in Behalf of Devonshire." It contained the results of some researches 
made by her in the summer of 1883, in Plymtree, co. Devon, England, 
where there formerly lived a family of Harward or Harvard, but no 
claim was made by her that any relationship could be shown to exist 
between this family and that of John Harvard. 

Mr. William Rendle, in an article in the " Genealogist " for April, 
18S4, on " Harvard University, U. S., and the Harvards of Southwark," 
gives a list of certain Harvards of the Parish of St. Saviour's noted by 
him, but he failed to find the baptism of John Harvard, and was unable 
to connect him with this family of Harvards. In the South London 
"Press" for April 11, 1885, and in the " Athenaeum" for April 18, 1885, 
Mr. Rendle has something further to say about the Harvards. He gives 
the date of baptism of a John Harvye, whom he says he believes to be 
the founder of Harvard College, but is unable to prove the fact, and 
offers no evidence to support it. These articles, however, contain 
nothing new. Everything of importance in them had been previously 
made known to us by Mr. Waters. The record of this very baptism 
had been already found by him, and a copy of it sent to the committee. 
Mr. Rendle's knowledge of it seems to have been obtained from a per- 
son to whom Mr. Waters had mentioned it as a discovery of his own, 
and its appropriation by Mr. Rendle without acknowledgment, and its 
publication in this manner, was certainly a most extraordinary pro- 

It had long been known that there was a family of Harvards in St. 
Saviour's Parish, Southwark; that John, son of Richard, was baptized 


there 11 Dec, 1606; another John, son of Robert, baptized 29 Nov., 
1607; another John, son of John, baptized 2 Feb., 1611; and still 
another John, son of John, baptized 10 April, 1614; but whether the 
benefactor of the College was one of these, or whether he was of South- 
wark at all, has not been known, until now at last the proof is pre- 
sented to us by Mr. Waters. Colonel Chester, as we have seen, years ago 
surmised that he was the son of Robert Harvard, but, like a true gene- 
alogist, waited for evidence before making a positive statement. Prob- 
ably nearly every one in America who was interested in Harvard, and 
had given the subject much thought, suspected, at least, if not believe 1, 
that he was the son of Robert Harvard, of South wark. So that Mr. 
Rendle offers nothing new and merely adds his belief to theirs, for 
which he fails to offer evidence. That Southwark was a field for per- 
secution, and therefore its people must have been ready to emigrate to 
New England, carries no weight, for there was persecution in other 
parts of England ; and it would be difficult for Mr. Rendle or any other 
investigator to show that more people came to New England for relig- 
ion's sake from the county of Surrey than from the counties of Somer- 
set, Dorset, or Wilts, in all of which Harvards were to be found. Could 
he say that John Harvard was not from either of these counties, or 
from St. Katherine's near the Tower in co. Middlesex where a family 
of Harvards lived, or that he was not the son of Robert Harvey, alias 
Harverde, of Rugby in Warwickshire ? 

Mr. Waters, however, is the first to show conclusively that John Har- 
vard, from whom the College takes its name, was one of the sons of 
Robert Harvard of the parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark, London, and 
Katherine (Rogers) Harvard his wife, and that he was baptized in that 
parish Nov. 29, 1607. Ample proof of this is afforded "by the docu- 
mentary evidence now for the first time published, to which the atten- 
tion of the reader is directed. The parentage of John Harvard is no 
longer a mystery. Mr. Waters gives us here, among others, the wills 
of his father and mother, his brother Thomas Harvard, his uncle 
Thomas Harvard, his aunt by marriage Margaret Harvard, his step- 
fathers John Elletson and Richard Yearwood, and his father-in-law 
John Sadler. 

But although so much has been accomplished that a few months ago 
would have been thought impossible, much remains to be done. There 
are other fields of research as yet unexplored, which will richly repay 
all the expenditure of time and labor which a thorough investigation 
of them will require. 

The expense of the search thus far has been met by voluntary con- 
tributions of the Alumni, particularly the Harvard Club of New York. 

The article in the Register for October, 1885 (xxxix., 325) 
(pp. 134-145 this book), was introduced by the following note: 

The following is the tenth in the remarkable series of papers con- 
tributed to the Register by Mr. Waters, and modestly styled by him 
" Genealogical Gleanings in England." The article on " John Harvard 
and his Ancestry," published in the Register for July last, although 
it appears under a separate title, was the ninth in that series. 

There is no need to enlarge upon the importance of Mr. Waters's dis- 


coveries in relation to John Harvard ; but it will not be out of place 
to make the announcement here that Harvard College, in grateful recog- 
nition of his patient labors in these' investigations, conferred upon him 
on Commencement Day, June 24, 1885, the honorary degree of Master 
of Arts. The words of President Eliot on that occasion were : 

Henricum Fitz-Gilbert Waters investigatorem antiquitatis curiosum, de Uni- 
versitate ob genus Johanuis Harvard feliciter exquisitum bene meritum, artium 
maffistrum causa honoris. 

At the Commencement Dinner President Eliot said : 

The class of 1855, this day thirty years out of college, the class which boasts 
Agassiz the naturalist, Francis C. Barlow the general, Theodore Lyman the 
independent, and Phillips Brooks the great preacher and large minded man, 
has won a new distinction this year. One of its members, Henry Fitzgilbert 
Waters, genealogist and antiquai'ian, has discovered, by most patient and 
ingenious research, the family of John Harvard. We have only known about 
our first benefactor that he was a master of arts of Emmanuel College, and a 
non-conforming minister, that he had a well chosen library of three hundred 
volumes and some property, and that he was admitted a freeman in this colony 
in November, 1637, and died at Charlestown within a year, leaving his library 
and half of his estate to the infant college at Cambridge, which was thereafter 
called by his name. Nothing has been known about his family or the sources 
of his property, until now, when Mr. Waters has brought to light the wills of 
his father, two step-fathers, mother, brother, uncle, aunt, and father-in-law, 
besides other documents of importance in connection with these wills. 

John Harvard, whose faith and piety planted this institution, was baptized 
in the parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark, London, Nov. 29, 1607, being 
the son of Robert Harvard, a well-to-do butcher, and Katherine Rogers. The 
mother's maiden name was discovered through the will of William Ward, a 
goldsmith, who, in 1624, bequeathed a ring of gold to the value of 20s. to his 
brother Robert Harvard. Rose Rogers, the wife of William Ward, was the 
sister of Katherine Rogers, John Harvard's mother, so that William Ward 
could speak of Robert Harvard as his brother. The father, youngest brother, 
and older brother of our benefactor died in 1625, perhaps of the plague which 
raged that year in London, and the father disposed by will of a property con- 
siderable for those days, the widow and her two surviving sons receiving 
most of it. Katherine Harvard married John Elletson, a cooper, in January, 
1626 ; but he died in the following June, leaving another considerable property 
to his widow Katherine. In December, 1627, John Harvard was entered at 
Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at the age of twenty, presumably by the 
advice of the Rev. Mr. Morton or the Rev. Mr. Archer, ministers of the parish 
of St. Saviour's, both of whom are remembered in the will of John Harvard's 
mother and in that of his brother Thomas. Five years later this mother 
appears as the widow and principal heir of Richard Yearwood, a grocer, who 
was mentioned in the will of her first husband, Robert Harvard, as " my good 
neighbor and friend Richard Yearwood." In July, 1635, Katherine (Harvard) 
(Elletson) Yearwood made her will and died, leaving her property, which had 
been derived from her three husbands, the butcher, the cooper, and the gro- 
cer, chiefly to her two sons, John and Thomas Harvard, with a preference, 
however, for the elder son, " John Harvard, clarke." In this year John took 
his master's degree at Cambridge. In February, 1637, he appeal's married to 
Ann Sadler, seven years younger than himself, and the daughter of a clergy- 
man settled at Ringmer in Sussex. In July, 1636, John's younger brother 
Thomas, a cloth woi'ker, being " sick and weak in body," made his will, in 
which he disposed of a fair property, a good portion of which he gave to his 
well beloved brother John. The executors named in this will were his brother 
John and Nicholas Morton, preacher; but when the will was proved on the 
5th of May, 1637, only Mr, Morton appeared, John Harvard having sailed 


with his young wife for New England. In 1638 the young minister at Charles- 
town, dying at thirty years of age, became the first private benefactor of this 
college, started in the New World a stream of-beneficenee which has never 
ceased to flow in ever widening channels, and won for himself, and now at 
last for his family, an enduring remembrance. 

In the twelve years from 1625 to 1637 John Harvard had lost his father, two 
step-fathers, his mother, and his two brothers, and almost the whole family 
property had fallen to him. He appears to have been the only scholar in the 
family, although his brother Thomas seems to have signed his name to his 
will. His father and mother both made their marks. The whole family con- 
nection were trades-people ; but his mother, by her marriages, came into pos- 
session of property enough to give a college education to her oldest son. The 
education of that one delicate youth has had far-reaching consequences indeed. 
No prince or potentate, civil or ecclesiastical, founded this college ; it spi'ang 
from the loins of the common people. It was founded by the General Court 
of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, and first endowed by an educated son of 
pious London trades-people. When I had read these Harvard wills, I asked 
myself how closely the college is bound — after two hundred and fifty years — 
to the sort of people who established it. I went to the admission books in 
which the occupations of jDarents of the students are recorded, and found to 
my great satisfaction that more than a quarter part of its students are to-day 
sons of tradesmen, shopkeepers, mechanics, salesmen, foremen, laborers, and 
farmers. I found sons of butchers, coopers, grocers, and cloth-workers — the 
Harvard trades — on the roll of its students to-day. May no exclusive policy 
or spirit ever separate the university which bears John Harvard's name from 
that laborious, frugal, self-respecting part of the community to which he and 
his belonged. 

Since the article on John Harvard in the Register for July was 
printed, Mr. Dean, the editor, has received from Mr. E. S. Shuckburgh, 
the librarian of Emmanuel College, a facsimile, which is reproduced 
here, of Harvard's signature in 1635, when he took the degree of A.M. 
It is from the original University register in the custody of the Rev. 
H. Luard, D. D., registrar of the University. " There is," Mr. Shuck- 
burgh writes, "no doubt whatever 
about its genuineness. All persons 
admitted to a degree had to sign these 
books, which have been preserved 
since 1544 — unhappily not earlier." 
It is to be hoped that funds sufficient to prosecute still further these 
interesting investigations may be speedily obtained. 

To the article in the Register for January, 1886 (xl., 34) (pp. 
145-158 this book), was prefixed the following note, which was 
also printed in part in the London tr Athenreum" for Jan. 2, 

1886 : 

Mr. William Rendle has published in the " Athenfeum " of April 
18, July 11, and Oct. 24, 1885, some communications as to the genealogy 
of John Harvard, and in certain quarters allusions have been made to 
a "controversy" on the subject. There is, properly speaking, no con- 
troversy at all. There is and can be no question whatever in the minds 
of those conversant with the facts in the case as to who discovered the 
parentage and ancestry of John Harvard. The credit of this remark- 
able discovery belongs undeniably to Mr. Henry F. Waters, and to him 



The facts in the case are briefly these : Mr. Rendle seems to be a 
local antiquary who has, I believe, lived many years in Southwark, and 
who has spent much time among the records there, and has undoubt- 
edly there done good work. But unfortunately for Mr. Rendle, there 
is not in this case so far a single scrap of evidence to show that there 
is anything whatever in the Southwark records to establish the slight- 
est possible connection between the Harvards of that Borough and John 
Harvard of Emmanuel College and of New England. There were Har- 
vards in Southwark, it is true, and perhaps in other parts of Surrey, 
just as there were Harvards in Devonshire, Somerset, Dorset, Wilts, 
Middlesex, Warwickshire, and doubtless in other parts of England. 
The problem was to identify, among them all, the father of John Har- 
vard. So far as Mr. Rendle was concerned, this problem might have 
remained unsolved to the end of time, for there was nothing in the 
Southwark records which would have enabled him to solve it. 

The proof of this relationship Mr. Waters discovered after much 
research in the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. There 
he found, among others, the wills of John Harvard's father, mother, 
brother, uncle, aunt, two step-fathers, and father-in-law. This proved 
the whole family connection. If Mr. Waters had stopped there and 
gone not a step farther, it would have been enough to completely dispel 
the mystery which had so long enveloped the birth and early life of 
the benefactor of the noble University. After thus finally solving the 
problem, he went to Southwark merely for supplemental evidence, not 
at all necessary, however, to substantiate his case, and there in the 
parish registers he found the record of the baptism of John Harvard 
and other collateral matter. 

Information of this visit of Mr. Waters to Southwark and its suc- 
cessful result was communicated to several persons. That Mr. Rendle 
was apprised of it by one of them can be shown by evidence both direct 
and circumstantial. 

In articles published by Mr. Rendle in the " Genealogist " for April 
and July, 1884 (N. S., i., 107 and 182), he gives the names of the Harvards 
found by him in the records of St. Saviour's, Southwark. But there 
nowhere appears in his list the name of our John Harvard. He even 
quotes the late Chaplain Samuel Benson as saying that "he cannot find 
the name of John Harvard, the founder, but that he had no doubt he 
was born of this family of Harvard of St. Saviour's." Mr. Rendle then 
adds : " After careful, I will not say exhaustive, examination of the 
original books and papers, I am quite of the same opinion." On page 
182 he quotes the entry in the books of Emmanuel College, where Har- 
vard is said to be of Middlesex, and in a foot-note talks of drawing the 
" attention of officials of Middlesex churches to the name of John Har- 
vard, and the dates circa 1605 and after." Mr. Rendle, although fully 
apprised of the fact that Harvard, Harverde, and Harvye were merely 
different forms of the same family name, had evidently overlooked the 
entry of Harvard's baptism, or had failed to recognize it, or to appreci- 
ate the importance of the entry, even if his eye had ever rested upon it, 
and was as late as July, 1884, turning to Middlesex for the record of 
it, having apparently given up all hope of finding it in Southwark. 
The " extremely diverse spelling " of the name, being already well 
known to him, will by no means account for this failure. 

On the 11th of April, 1885, a date, be it remembered, subsequent to 


Mr. Waters's visit to Southwark and his discovery of the record of this 
baptism, Mr. Kendle published in the South London "Press" a letter, 
which, with some additions, he again published in the " Athenaeum " of 
April 18th. 

In this letter he printed conspicuously in italics the record of this 
baptism, and added, " I believe " him " to be the founder " of Harvard 
College, but he neither then nor has he since offered any proof of his 
own to substantiate his belief or to show any reasonable grounds for 
it. Sometime, therefore, between July, 1884, and April, 1885, Mr. 
Kendle saw a great light. He evidently does not mean to tell us how 
or when this flashed upon him. But he unwittingly, in the very letter 
above referred to, shows us the source of his information in these sig- 
nificant words : " The clue, or rather the result of the clue, is before 
me. I believe that some American friends, anxious to do honor to 
their benefactor and his birth-place, are now among us. It would have 
been pleasant to me to have known them ; probably now I may." Of 
course he did not know " them." But when we consider that at the 
very time he penned these lines Mr. Rendle knew that the long search 
for John Harvard was over, that even the record of his baptism had 
been found and that Mr. Waters was the successful discoverer, the 
extremely disingenuous and misleading nature of this allusion to Ameri- 
can friends can be readily seen. What is the " clue " the result of 
which Mr. Rendle had before him ? Does he mean to say that some- 
body else had the clue and that he had only the result ? The general 
denial made by W. D. in the " Athenaeum " of July 11, 1885, is altogether 
too vague. It should be more specific if it is expected that much weight 
should be attached to it. 

There seems indeed to be a confusion or haziness in Mr. Rendle's 
mind as to what constitutes not merely legal but even genealogical 
proof. Mr. Waters, on the other hand, like a true genealogist, has 
made a scientific treatment of the subject, and shows us step by step 
how he reached the successful result of his search, and on what his 
conclusions are based. He gives us the pedigree of Harvard and the 
proof by which it can be substantiated. That the search was an inde- 
pendent one is shown by Mr. Rendle's chief and only witness W. D., 
who, in the letter above referred to, kindly proves Mr. Waters's case 
for him by admitting that Mr. Rendle's offer of assistance was " neither 
acted on nor acknowledged " by Mr. Waters. 

In an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical 
Register for July, 1885, I expressed my astonishment at what I called 
this " extraordinary proceeding " on the part of Mr. Rendle. That such 
a proceeding is happily considered as extraordinary in England as it is 
here, and that the standard of literary morality is at least as high there 
as here, is shown by the fact that I have before me, as I write, letters 
from several English antiquaries whose names are known on both sides 
of the Atlantic, and who are fully cognizant of the facts in the case, 
who express surprise at what they call the " strange conduct " of Mr. 
Rendle. As these are private letters, not intended for publication, I 
have no right to quote them in this matter, but the evidence thus 
afforded is overwhelming. 

Mr. Rendle's pamphlet, a copy of which I have only lately seen, will, 
I understand, be reviewed elsewhere and by abler hands than mine. I 
will therefore not take up space to point out certain inaccuracies in it, 


which are patent to every one who has given much thought to the sub- 
ject. I will content myself with calling attention to the fact that it 
furnishes not an iota of proof of the connection of John Harvard of 
Southwark with John Harvard of New England, except what is taken 
from Mr. Waters's pamphlet on the subject. This indebtedness Mr. 
Rendle is, however, careful to acknowledge, and he has conspicuously 
marked with a W. the source of information thus obtained. It is 
instructive to notice how plentifully sprinkled Mr. Rendle's page's are 
with this initial letter. 

I freely admit — now that Mr. Waters has conclusively shown that 
John Harvard was a Southwark man, and has put this statement in 
print so that all may read — that Mr. Rendle's local knowledge as a 
Southwark antiquary may enable him to carry on still further the inves- 
tigations in that Borough, and I certainly trust that he may supplement 
and add to the already accumulating data concerning the early life of 
the benefactor of America's oldest and most famous University. Any 
such supplemental and corroborative material will command the atten- 
tion of antiquaries on both sides of the ocean, and will deserve and 
receive due recognition on their part. 

The article on ft John Harvard and his Ancestry," Part II., in 
the Register for October, 1886 (xl., 362) (pp. 180-197 this 
book), was preceded by the following introduction : 

In the article in the Register for July, 1885 (xxxix., 265), entitled 
" John Harvard and his Ancestry," which formed the ninth instalment 
of his " Genealogical Gleanings in England," Mr. Waters conclusively 
established the fact that John Harvard was one of the sons of Robert 
Harvard of the parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark, London, aud Kath- 
erine (Rogers) Harvard, his wife, and that he was baptized in that 
parish Nov. 29, 1607. In support of this statement he published, 
among others, the wills of Harvard's father, mother, brother, uncle, 
aunt, two step-fathers, and father-in-law. 

In the present paper he continues still further the investigations so 
successfully begun. He here gives us, with other new and important 
matter now for the first time published, the probate of the will of 
Thomas Rogers of Stratford-on-Avon, Harvard's maternal grandfather, 
the wills of Rose Reason, his aunt, and Thomas Rogers, Jr., his uncle, 
both on his mother's side, with extracts from the Parish Registers of 
Stratford, setting forth the baptisms, marriages, and burials of the 
Rogers family. Harvard's grandfather, Thomas Rogers, was, at the 
time of his death, an alderman of Stratford, and the house which he 
built there in 1596 is still standing. From it John Harvard's father 
and mother were married in 1605. It is one of the oldest and certainly 
the best remaining example of ancient domestic architecture in Strat- 
ford. The illustration in this number is a heliotype copy, slightly 
reduced, of an excellent photograph just taken. 

When it is remembered that the late Hon. James Savage, LL.D., the 
author of the " Genealogical Dictionary of New England," made a voy- 
age to England for the express purpose of ascertaining what could be 
learned of the early history of John Harvard, and that he would gladly 
have given, as he himself tells us, five hundred dollars to get five lines 


about him in any capacity, public or private, but that all his efforts 
were without avail, the accumulation of material now brought to light 
by the perseverance of Mr. Waters is certainly most surprising. From 
being almost a semi-mythical figure in our early colonial history, John 
Harvard bids fair to become one of the best known of the first genera- 
tion of settlers on these shores. The mystery which surrounded him 
is now dispelled. No better illustration could be given of the impor- 
tance" of the work Mr. Waters is doing in England, no more striking 
instance could be found of the extraordinary success which is attending 
his labors there. 

The Committee earnestly hope that funds sufficient to carry on still 
further these valuable investigations may be speedily raised. 

That the interest excited by Mr. Waters's discovery of the par- 
entage and ancestry of John Harvard is not confined to those who 
speak the English language, is shown by an editorial article in the 
Paris journal, r 'La Renaissance," which was reprinted in the Reg- 
ister for April, 1886 (xl., 180). 

The article on the " Family of John Rogers of Dedhara," in the 
Register for April, 1887 (xlL, 160) (pp. 209-236 this book), was 
introduced as follows : 

The article in the Register for October, 1886 (xl., 362), on "John 
Harvard and his Ancestry, Part Second," which, although published 
under a separate title, formed the fourteenth instalment of Mr. Waters's 
" Genealogical Gleanings in England," related especially to the family of 
John Harvard's maternal grandfather, Thomas Rogers of Stratford on 
Avon, co. Warwick. Mr. Waters's investigations in this direction 
resulted in the accumulation of a mass of material in regard not only 
to this but to other families of the name of Rogers, but a part of which 
is as yet ready for publication. 

The article in the present number of the Register, the sixteenth in 
the series of " Genealogical Gleanings," concerns more particularly the 
Rogers family of Essex Co., England, and of Essex Co., Massachusetts. 
It is by no means complete, nor is it intended to be a final report of 
the results of Mr. Waters's signally successful researches. Mr. Waters 
has evidently thought it advisable simply to " report progress " in this 
line of search rather than to wait until he could perfect his work so as 
to present a finished pedigree of this family. The latter course would 
necessitate a long delay, while the course he has adopted, although open 
to the objection of being perhaps a fragmentary and unsatisfactory 
mode of dealing with the subject, has the positive merit of enabling 
him to make at once available for the use of antiquaries some of the 
new and important discoveries he has made in relation to this family. 

As is well known to the readers of the Register, the Committee on 
English Research have repeatedly asserted that the method of search 
adopted by Mr. Waters would without fail enable him to bring to light 
what had escaped the notice of all previous investigators, and they 
have from time to time called attention to the most striking points in 
the evidence relied upon to support this assertion. The Harvard dis- 
coveries undoubtedly made the most impression on the minds of the 
general public, but Mr. Waters's whole work, in every part, is proof 


enough to the mind of the trained antiquary that here at last is a new 
departure in genealogical investigation which cannot fail to produce 
results not otherwise to be attained. And this present paper on the 
Essex Rogers is by no means inferior to the Harvard papers as evidence 
of the truth of the statements above referred to. 

It has long been a tradition in New England that the Rev. Nathaniel 
Rogers of Ipswich, Mass., son of the Rev. John Rogers of Dedham, co. 
Essex, England, was a descendant of John Rogers the Martyr. This 
tradition was disproved by the late Col. Joseph L. Chester, himself a 
descendant of the Ipswich minister. Indeed, it was through the re- 
searches that he then made into the history of this branch of the Rog- 
ers family that Colonel Chester was first led to turn his attention to the 
genealogical pursuits in which he subsequently became preeminent. 
His " Life of John Rogers the Martyr," published in London in 1861, was 
his earliest antiquarian work, and was the means of first bringing him 
to the notice of genealogists in this country and England. Although 
the result of these investigations was personally unsatisfactory to him, 
as he himself tells us, and his disappointment was great in finding that 
the Martyr could not have been the ancestor of the Ipswich minister, 
he never lost his interest in the subject, and continued almost to the 
day of his death to accumulate material in relation to the Rogers family 
in all its branches. 

Through the kindness of Augustus D. Rogers, Esq., of Salem, Mass., 
I am permitted to make the following extracts from three letters writ- 
ten to him by Colonel Chester. 

In the first, dated Jan. 13, 1877, after referring to his " Life of John 
Rogers the Martyr," he says : 

I may say generally that I have since discovered nothing to vary the con- 
clusions I then arrived at, but much to confirm them. We shall never, I fear, 
carry the Rogers pedigree back beyond Richard Rogers of Wethersfield. I 
have sought earnestly in vain to ascertain who his father was, but I quite 
accept Candler's statement that he was of the North of England. ... I 
have often been at Dedham, where the bust of John Rogers is still in the chan- 
cel of the church. I have spared no pains to ascertain his parentage, but in 
vain. My Rogers collections alone would make a small libi'ary. 

In the second, bearing date Feb. 17, 1877, he says : 

For eighteen years I have been collecting everything I could lay my hands 
on, from every possible source, concerning the Rogers families, all over Eng- 
land. All this material I have kept carefully worked up in pedigree form, 
and, with all my personal interest in the descent, I have never been able to 
get back a step beyond Richard Rogers of Wethersfield, nor even ascertain 
Avho was the father of John Rogers of Dedham. If any further progress is 
ever made it will be by accident. But my impression is that the earlier ances- 
tors of the family were of a rank in life so humble that they never got into the 
public records. If I could think of anything more to do, you may be sure that 
I would do it. . . . My Rogers collections are enormous, and I know of 
nothing that has escaped me. 

The third is dated March 9, 1878, and he there says : 

You must recollect that I take as deep an interest in the Rogers pedigree 
as you or anybody else can, as there is no doubt about my descent from Rev. 
John Rogers of Dedham, and if I had been able to add anything to what I 
have heretofore published, I should have clone so. I have been pursuing these 


inquiries here for now nearly twenty years, and you may be sure I have left 
no stoue unturned. 

It will be seen that these letters were written but a few years before 
the death of the writer. 

It is with no wish to detract from the fame of Colonel Chester — for 
that is now secure, and he is admitted by all to have been preeminent 
among the genealogists of our day, without a superior indeed either in 
this country or in England — that attention is called to the fact that in 
the history of the very family in which Colonel Chester had the greatest 
interest, for it was his mother's mother's family, to which he had 
devoted so much exhaustive labor with the tireless energy and perse- 
verance for which he was so remarkable, discoveries have now been 
made by Mr. Waters which but a short time ago would have been 
pronounced impossible. 

Mr. Waters now shows us that the Rev. John Rogers of Dedham was 
the son of John Rogers, a Chelmsford shoemaker, and that this shoe- 
maker and the Rev. Richard Rogers were probably brothers, the sons 
of another John Rogers, when John Rogers the Martyr was living else- 
where. Nor has this discovery been made by accident, as Colonel Chester 
prophesied, but by a laborious, systematic, and exhaustive search on a 
plan never before attempted. It is another proof that the baffled investi- 
gator hereafter need never despair of his case, that genealogical prob- 
lems apparently impossible of solution are by no means to be abandoned 
as hopeless. It is a reminder also of the necessity of establishing a 
permanent fund, by means of which we can carry on these investiga- 
tions on a grander scale than ever before, and with proportionately 
greater results. 

Of surpassing interest as were these discoveries of the parentage 
of John Harvard and John Rogers, they were followed by the 
equally remarkable establishment of the ancestry of Roger Williams 
and George Washington. All of these problems had long baffled 
the efforts of the most eminent antiquaries, and their solution by 
Mr. Waters forms a series of perhaps the most brilliant achieve- 
ments in the whole history of genealogy. 

But the story of the final determination of the Washington 
ancestry — ending as it did the long search first begun by Sir 
Isaac Heard in 1791, in the lifetime of Washington, and since 
then continued by other genealogists without success, until at last 
brought to a close by Mr. Waters nearly a century afterward — 
is best told in Mr. Waters's own words, and to his account the 
reader is referred. 

It has been thought advisable to reprint here for the sake of 
convenience (pp. 523-539) the article on the f ' Wills of the Amer- 
ican Ancestors of General George Washington," communicated by 
the late Joseph M. Toner, M.D., of Washington, D.C., to the 
Register for July, 1891 (xlv., 199-215). 

But Mr. Waters has by no means limited himself to the work 
of preparing complete and finished pedigrees of noted families, 


nor has he confined his attention to determining the parentage of 
historic personages, however famous. His aim has been to make 
accessible in print everything which can serve to connect Ameri- 
can families, distinguished or obscure, with the parent stock in 
England. Nowhere else can there be found in print genealogical 
data bearing on this connection which concern so large a number 
of the families of our early settlers. These pages contain wills 
relating not only to New England families, but to those of Vir- 
ginia, Maryland, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and 
the West Indies. These researches, in short, have been conducted 
in no narrow spirit, and they should interest every one of English 
descent in every part of our country. 

The valuable table prepared by J. Challenor Covington Smith, 
Esq., late Superintendent of the Department for Literary Inquiry, 
Principal Registry of the Court of Probate, Somerset House, Lon- 
don, giving the numbers of the Calendars, the names and dates of 
the several registers — as well as his paper explaining the method 
of identifying the Will Registers of the Prerogative Court of 
Canterbury, which was contributed by him to the Register for 
July, 1892 (xlvi., 299-303) — may be found reprinted here (pp. 
569-573). The genealogical investigator cannot foil to appreciate 
its great usefulness. 

Page 845 has been divided. The probate of the will of William 
Dyre and the Editor's note at the top of that page are to be found 
in Vol. I. The will of Nicholas Pynchon which fills the rest of 
the page begins Vol. II. 

The index to these volumes of " Genealogical Gleanings " is the 
work of Miss Edna F. Calder. 

In the Index of Persons, the names of those whose wills were 
probated, or whose estates were administered upon, are printed 
in full-face type, the number of the page on which such will or 
administration is to be found being printed in italics. 

John T. Hassam. 

Boston, Jan. 1, 1901. 


Gregory Coffin, of Stepney, co. Middlesex, mariner, shipped on board 
the William & Jane of London, Mr. John Baker commander, on a voy- 
age to New England and Bilboe, by will dated 15 February, 1660, proved 
20 August, 1662, appointed John Earle of Shadwell, mariner, his attor- 
ney, and left all his estate to the said John Earle and his wife, Joane Earle, 
whom he appointed joint executors. Laud, fol. 105. 

John Cockerell, of Great Cogshall, co. Essex, clothier, made his will 
14 July, 1662, proved 12 August, 1662. He bequeathed to his wife Mary 
all the lands and tenements in Bradwell, in the county aforesaid, which 
were her jointure ; and also lands, &c, in Cressiug, which he had lately 
purchased of one Mr. Jermyn and one Joseph Raven, during her natural 
life, and after her decease then to his son John Cockerell and his heirs for- 
ever. He devised to her also that part of the messuage which he had late- 
ly purchased of John Sparhauke, then in the tenure and occupation of Mis- 
tress Crane, for life, with remainder to son John, &c. The residue of his 
estate to son John at age of twenty-one years. He made bequests to two 
daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, and to the child his wife was then going 
withall. He appointed said wife executrix, and directed her to redeem the 
mortgage which he had made to Mrs. Hester Sparhauk of the messuage he 
then lived in, and which was in the occupation of the said Mrs. Crane. 

Laud, 106. 

Benjamin Kaine furnished an account of his goods and chattels, 16 
October, 1654. Among the items was a tenement in Shoe Lane, and prop- 
erty in the hands of Mr. Coddington, his attorney, in Bow Lane, and in 
keeping of other persons (among whom a Mr. Walter Gibbons, cutler in 
Ilolborn). Thomas Blumfield spoken of, and called a brother of Mr. 
Withers. By his will, of same date, he gave his whole estate to his daugh- 
ter Anna Kaine, except some particular legacies, viz., to his father Mr. 
R 4 Kaine of Boston in New England, to whom he left {inter alia) a Japan 
cane with a silver head, which was in the trunk at Mr. Blumfield's, to his 
dear mother, to his cousin Dr. Edmond Wilson, to his Colonel, Stephen 
Winthrop, to Cornet Wackfield, to Mr. Mastin, to Mr. Richard Pery and 
his wife, to Mr. William Gray, late of Burchin lane ; the said Gray and 
Pery to be trustees for his estate in Englaud ; to his servants John Earle 
and Thomas Lamb. The will was signed in Glasgow, in presence of Nicho- 
las Wackfield and Richard Pery. On the sixteenth of May, 1662, emana- 
vit comissio Simoni Bradstreet prox. consanguineo in hoc regno auglire 
remanenti dicti deftmcti, etc. Laud, 67. 


[This was Benjamin, only son of Capt. Robert Keayne, of Boston, founder of the 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. He married Sarah, daughter of Gov. 
Thomas Dudley. Gov. Simon Bradstreet, named in the probate, married another 
daughter, Anne (see Beg. viii. 313 ; ix. 113; x. 130). Bradstreet sailed, Novem- 
ber, 1657, for England, as the agent of the colony, and remained there three years, 
returning July 17, 1661. Probably the application for probate on Keayne's will 
was made before Bradstreet left England. For notices of the Keayne family, see 
Reg. vol. vi. pp. 89-92, 152-8 ; xxxv. 277.— Editor. _ 

See Savage Gen. Diet. iii. 1, where the date of Benjamin Keayne's death is incor- 
rectly given. See also Suffolk Deeds, Lib. i. fol. 83 and 84. 

John Morse, of Boston, in New England, salt-boiler, by deed of mortgage dated 
Nov. 9, 1654, recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 2, f. 180, conveyed to his uncle, Mr. 
Robert Keaine of said Boston, " my third part of that tennement or howse in shoe lane 
in London which comes to me by the right of my wife mary Jupe now mary morse 
which was left and given to hir by ra rs Grace Jupe hir mother by will before hir de- 
cease with all the right title or Interest that myself and wife or either of vs haue 
therein," and also their interest in one half part of five certain tenements in Gravel 
Lane, in the Parish of St. Buttolph without Aldgate, London, to secure the pay- 
ment of £32. See also fol. 86 and 182, See fol. 183 and 184 for a bond and an 
order from said John Morse to Mr. Simeon or Symon Smith of Southwark to pay 
" my Couzen majo r Benjamin Keajne " of London, £15 advanced by " my vnckell m' 
Robert Keajne " to pay for the passage of said Morse, his wife, and his wife's bro- 
ther Benjamin Jupe from New England back to Old England. This sum was to be 
paid at the Golden Crown in Birchin Lane, London, on or before April 26, 1655, 
out of the rents belonging to his said wife, or brother Benjamin Jupe, remaining in 
the hands of said Smith as executor. — J. T. H.] 

Captain Humphrey Atherton, 25 December, 1661, proved 3 July, 
1662, by John Atherton, his brother and one of the executors. He named 
his brother Francis and his two sisters, Elizabeth Osborne, widow, late wife 
of Robert Osborne, and Anne Parker, wife of Richard Parker, of the city 
of Bristol. There was due to him by bond from Lieut. Col. Maurice 
KiDgswell the sum of one hundred pounds, of which he ordered twenty 
pounds to be given to his worthy friend Mr. Richard Smith, one of the 
life guard to his Grace the Duke of Albemarle, to buy him a mourning 
suit and a cloak, thirty pounds apiece to his two sisters and ten pounds 
apiece to his two brothers, John and Francis Atherton, and also ten pounds 
apiece more which was owing unto him by Mr. William Walker at the 
Green Dragon in Cornhill, London. To the said Richard Smith he de- 
vised fourteen pounds owing to him by bill from Capt. Nathaniel Disbor- 
ough. The residue of his estate, with arrears due from his Majesty for his 
service at Dunkirk, he left to his brothers, whom he named executors. 

Laud, 9L 

[It is singular that this Capt. Humphrey Atherton died about the same time as 
our Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton of Dorchester. The latter died Sept. 16, 1661, 
less than a year before his English namesake. For facts concerning the Atherton 
family, see Register, ii. 382 ; x. 361 ; xxxii. 197 ; xxxv. 67. — Ed.] 

John Burges, the elder, of Westly, lying sick in Richman's Island, in 
New England, 11 April, 1627, proved 24 May, 1628, by Joanna Burges. 
alias Bray, relict and executrix. Besides his wife, he mentioned his three 
sons, Robert, John and William ; and he enumerated, among other things, 
his bark, called the Annes, with her boat, tackling and provisions, and what 
she had gained that summer, his whistle and chain, and all his instruments 
that belonged to the sea. Barrington, 45. 

[Richmond's or Richman's island is situated near Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Wal- 
ter Bagnall had a trading post there from 1628 till October 3, 1631, when he 
was killed by the Indians: The same year, Robert Trelawney and Moses Goodyearo 
of Plymouth obtained from the Council of Plymouth a grant which included this 


island. John Winter was their agent there. The papers relating to this planta- 
tion, fortunately preserved to this day and discovered by the late J. VVingate Thorn- 
ton, A.M., are in press, edited by James P. Baxter, A.M., and will soon be issued 
as a volume of the Collections of the Maine Historical Society.— Ed.] 

Capt. John Wilcocks, late of Plymouth, now of Accomac, intending 
to go on service against the Indians, made his will, dated in Elizabeth City, 
Virginia, 10 September, 1622, proved the last of June, 1628. He named 
wife Temperance, his daughter in law, Grace Burges, legitimate daughter 
of his said wife, and his sisters Katherine and 1 Susanna Wilcocks. 

Barrington, 55. 

Edward Green, late of Bristol, grocer, and now at present at Capt. 
Robert Dudley's in the county of Middlesex, in Virginia, 22 August, 1697, 
proved 9 August, 1698, by Robert Green, his brother and executor. He 
desired his body to be buried in a decent and christian manner at the dis- 
cretion of John Barnard, then residing at John Walker's in King and 
Queen County in Virginia. The residue of his estate he left to his brother 
Robert Green of Bristol, haberdasher of hats. The witnesses to his signa- 
ture were Robert Dudley, Senior, William Reynolds and Robert Dudley. 

Lort, 186. 

Benjamin Williams, of Stoake, near Guldeford, co. Surrey, school- 
master, 2 July, 1695, proved 22 September, 1698, by Nathaniel Williams 
his brother and executor. To cousin Susanna Hall, John, Samuel and Dan- 
iel Hall, now or late of Whetenhurst in co. Gloucester, twenty shillings 
apiece, within six months after decease of the testator. To cousins Anna 
Cliffold (Clifford?), of Bisley, and her two brothers, Richard and Nathan- 
iel Tindall of Nibley, and to my cousin Joseph Tindall, of Nibley, some- 
time of Trotton Hinton, ministers, ten shillings apiece, within six months, 
&c. To my cousins Samuel, Thomas and Benjamin Williams, of New 
England, and to my cousin Elizabeth Bird, of Dorchester in New England, 
and to the eldest child of my cousin Williams, of New England, deceased, 
in case there (are) any of them living, and also to the eldest child of my 
cousin Joseph Williams, deceased, in case he have left any living and who 
shall be living at the time of my decease, to every and each of the said last 
mentioned persons the sum of twenty shillings, within one year, &c. To the 
poor of the parish of Eastingtou fifty shillings, and to the poor of the par- 
ish of Whetenhurst fifty shillings, any poor people of my father's kindred 
principally recommended. To my brother in law Nathaniel Williams, of 
Brandley, in co. Worcester, and his heirs forever, all those my freehold, ten- 
ements, lands tenements and hereditaments, &c, in Eastington and Framp- 
ton, and elsewhere in Gloucestershire, and all the residue ; he to be exec- 

Note that the name Nathaniel is by my mistake omitted, and also the eld- 
est child of my cousin Hannah Parmater is to be comprehended. B. W. 

Lort, 208. 

[The children of Richard Williams, one of the first settlers of Taunton, N. E., 
were 1. John, 2. Samuel, 3. Joseph, 4. Nathaniel, 5. Thomas, 6. Benjamin, 7. 
Elizabeth, wife of John Bird, 8. Hannah, wife of John Parmenter. See Reg. v. 
414 4 . All these children, except John, who may have died young, are named in the 
above will. 

Emery, in his " Ministry of Taunton," i. 43-5, quotes " a manuscript of con- 
Biderable antiquity," but evidently not written before 1718, which states that 
" Richard Williams was descended from a family of that name in Glamorganshire, 
in Wales, and found a wife in Gloucestershire, England." The same manuscript 


states that his wife was Frances Dighton, sister of Katharine, second wife of Gov. 
Thomas Dudley. Baylies, in his " Historical Memoir of New Plymouth.'' part i. 

6284, says there was a tradition that Williams was a relative of Oliver Cromwell, 
e also prints (i. 272) a letter from the Rev. Roger William*, in which reference 
is made to *' my brother." Baylies thinks this may he Richard Williams, of 

John Bird, the husband of Elizabeth Williams, was a son of Thomas Bird of 
Dorchester. See Bird Genealogy, Reg. xxv. 21-30. — Ed.] 

Thomas Beavay, waterman, of the city of Bristol, 21 Jan. 1656, proved 
by Mary Beavay, widow and executrix, 24 April, 1657. To be buried in 
the churchyard of St. Phillipps. To son Thomas Beavay, now a planter 
in Virginia, my best suit of clothes and all belonging to it. To my godson, 
Samuel Gosner, a small boat or twenty shillings in money. To godson 
Edward Martin the younger, twenty shillings. To godson Thomas Webb, 
twenty shillings. To wife Mary, the passage boat, with all the term of 
years that is yet to come. Ruthen, 145. 

Ezekiel Sherman, of Dedham, clothier, the last of December, 1656, 
proved 12 May, 1657, by Martha Sherman, widow and sole executrix. To 
son Ezekiel one hundred pounds at age of twenty-one years. To daughters 
Grace and Hannah one hundred pounds each, at the age of twenty-one. To 
daughter now born eighty pounds at the age of twenty-one. To my broth- 
er John Sherman ten pounds within a year and a day after my decease. To 
Mary Sherman five pounds at the same time. After decease of wife Mar- 
tha, son Ezekiel to enter on lands, &c. If he die without lawful issue, 
then the property to go equally among the daughters then living. Wife 
Martha to be executrix. The overseers to be Robert Stevens, of Ded- 
ham, my father-in-law, and Robert Stevens of Ardleigh, brother-in-law. 

William Grindell one of the witnesses. Ruthen, 147. 

[Ezekiel Sherman probably was of the same family with the Rev. John Sherman, 
of Watertown, whose ancestors came from Dedham, co. Essex, England. See 
" Sherman Family,"' Reg. xxiv. 66.— W. B. Trask.] 

William Sdmpner, of Waltham Holy Cross, co. Essex, 12 February, 
1656, proved 7 May, 1657, by Roger Sumpner, one of the executors. To 
daughter Susan Williams, daughter Mary Sumpner, son William ; wife Jane 
and youngest son Roger executors. The overseers to be brother Roger 
Sumpner and brother-in-law AVilliam Sawdrie. Ruthen, 148. 

[There seems to be a similarity in early names between this family and that of the 
Sumner or Somner family of Bicester, co Oxford, who settled in Dorchester, Mass., 
before 1637. See Reg. viii. 128e ; ix. 300.— W. B. T.] 

John Mason, of Mashburie, co. Essex, husbandman, 2 December, 1656, 
proved 7 May, 1657, by Sarah Mason, his widow and executrix. Real 
estate in Much Waltham to wife for twelve years and then to John Mason, 
the eldest son, he to pay certain legacies to daughters Mary, Lydia and Sa- 
rah Mason. Stileman's Croft, in Good Easter, Essex, to wife for six years, 
and then to son David Mason, he to pay to two (sic) other children, Abra- 
ham Arthur Mason and Samuel Mason, five pounds at age of twenty-one 
years. Ruthen, 150. 

Roger Baker, of Wapping, co. Middlesex, 15 August, 1676, proved 
24 January, 1 687, by Mary Johnson, alias Baker, wife of Thomas Johnson 
and daughter and residuary legatee of the testator named in the will. He 
mentions some land in Maryland, in Virginia, which he directs to be sold. 


He leaves to his brother-in-law Abraham Hughs, of Ockingham, co. Berks, 
yeoman, ten pounds. The residue to two daughters, Houner Baker and 
Mary Baker, both under twenty years of age. Failing them, then to the 
four youngest children of his sister Mary Cleves, widow, ten pounds apiece, 
and the rest to such child or children as brother John Baker shall have 
then living. Extou, 1. 

John Hill, of London, merchant, 14 December, 1665, proved 8 Feb- 
ruary, 1687. To wife Sarah one thousand pounds. To daughter Sarah 
one thousand pounds and a silver bason. To daughter Elizabeth eight 
hundred pounds and a silver " sully bub pott." To daughter Hannah 
eight hundred pounds and a silver sugar box. Wife now great with 
child. If it prove a son then he is to have land and tenements in Win- 
thorpe and Croft and elsewhere in Lincolnshire, of the yearly value 
of twenty-four pounds, and six hundred pounds in money. Whereas my 
brother Valentine Hill, late of New England, deceased, did owe me at the 
time of my (sic) decease, above three hundred pounds, not yet satisfied, I 
give and bequeath the said debt unto the children of my said brother Hill 
and to the children of my bvother-in-law Mr. Thomas Cobbett, to be equally 
divided amongst them, share and share alike. To my niece Bridget Cob- 
bett five pounds. To cousin Garrett's children ten pounds, to be equally 
divided among them. To cousin Thomas Browne and his wife forty shil- 
lings, for rings. To cousin John Browne forty shillings. To brother 
Hutchinson and sister each forty shillings, and cousin Elizabeth Meredith 
twentv shillings, to buy rings. To my brother Nathaniel Hunt and brother 
Richard Hunt, each five pounds. To brother-in-law John Miles and to his 
wife, each five pounds, and to their son John Miles, five pounds. To my 
maid-servant Prudence, forty shillings if dwelling with me at time of my 
death. To my cousins Charles, Margaret and Katherine Watkins, each 
twenty shillings, for rings. To the poor saints in London ten pounds, to 
be distributed at the discretion of my overseers. To the poor of the parish 
where I now dwell, forty shillings. The residue to wife Sarah, who is ap- 
pointed executrix. Friends Mr. William Allen, Mr. William Sawyer, and 
Mr. Robert Wakeling, overseers. Witnesses, Nathaniel Hunt and Charles 
Watkin. Exton, 16. 

[Valentine Hill was extensively engaged in real estate and other transactions in 
Boston, Lynn, Rnmney Marsh, Dover, Oyster River and Pascataqua River, between 
the years 1637, when he was of Boston, and 1660. In 1651 he conveyed to Mr. Tho- 
mas Cobbett, of Lynn, styled " Clarke," afterwards minister of Ipswich, and oth- 
ers, all grants of land made to him, the said Hill, by the town of Dover, at Oyster 
River, and the saw-mills erected thereon. Suffolk Deeds, Lib. i. 182. See Regis- 
ter, vii. 49, and Wentworth Genealogy, i. 138. — \V. B. T.] 

John Pargiter, of St. Martins in the Fields, co. Middlesex, 8 Febru- 
ary, 1687, proved 24 February, 1687, by John and Samuel Pargiter, sons 
and executors. To the four sous of my brother William Pargiter, deceased, 
viz., Robert, Edward, Samuel and William, and to his daughter Knight's 
children. To my cousin Frances Meade, wife to Mr. Francis Meade, of 
Battersea. To Mr. Thomas Pargiter, son to my brother Thomas Pargi- 
ter, deceased, to his son, my godson. To my sister Pargiter, his mother- 
in-law. To George Pargiter, his brother. To my cousin Sarah Louell at 
Virginia, by Yorke River, ten pounds. To Elizabeth, widow of cousin 
Robert Pargiter, deceased. To cousin Austin, of Hampton, and his wife. 
To cousin Benjamin Billings by, bookseller, and his wife. To cousin Cal- 


Iendrine and his wife Alary. To my cousin Brewer. To my sister Bla- 
grave. To Daniel and Deborah Blagrave. To Mr. Somer, draper. To 
my grandson John Fleetwood and my grand-daughter Mary Fleetwood. 
My worthy friend Sir William Cowper, the elder. Sir Gerald Fleetwood 
(father of John and Mary). To my son John Pargiter, lands, &c, at 
Nordley wood, Ashley and Abbots Ashley, or any part of Shropshire, 
Pamber and Bramley in Hampshire, large house next the Northumberland 
House in the Strand, the Standard Tavern in the Strand, &c. &c. Son Sam- 
uel Pargiter. Exton, 21. 

John Anthony, of Rhode Island, iu America, mariner, 16 June, 1701, 
proved 10 December, 1703. To son John Anthony all the estate. Rich- 
ard and Elinor Potts executors. Proved by Eleanor Potts. 

Degg, 205. 

[Query.— Which John Anthony was this? See Anthony Genealogy, Register, 
xxxi. 417.— Ed.] 

Thomas Reade, aboard the ship " Kingsoloman," now riding in the 
hope, being bound a voyage to Virginia. All my estate to loving brother 
William Reade, of the parish of St. Sepulchres, London, corn chandler, 
who is made executor. Signed 2 October, 1662, in presence of John Budd, 
scr. and Robert Bray. Proved by William Reade, 22 June, 1G63. 

Juxon, 84. 

Robert Rand, of Barham, co. Suffolk, 27 February, 1651, proved the 
last of March, 1651, and a commission issued to Jane Rand, the widow, no 
executor having been named in the will. To William Brooke, my grand- 
child, all my hooks and one hatchet and one pair of cobirons and one hale. 
To William Brooke, my son-in-law, all my wearing apparel and the " dobbe " 
house, and my cart and my biggest Danske chest and two brass pans and 
four pieces of pewter ; and all the rest pewter that is mine to be divided 
among his children. To my son Robert, after my wife's decease, if he do 
come over, my best feather bed and my best bedstead. To wife Jane all 
the moveable goods, &a, "not disposed before of," and excepting three 
cows which are letten to Lionel Cooke until next Michaelmas, which, 
after decease of wife, are to go to son-in-law William Brooke. 

Bowyer, 64. 

Dennis Geere, of " Sagust," in New England, 10 December, 1635, 
approved 6 August, 1637, before us, Tho. (sic) Winthrop Gov r , Tho. Dud- 
ley dep Gov r , Jo. Endecott. To wife Elizabeth three hundred pounds. To 
Elizabeth and Sarah Geere, my two daughters, three hundred pounds 
apiece. To cousin Ann Pankhurst so much as shall make her portion fifty 
pounds. To Elizabeth Tuesley twelve pounds to makeup that eight pouuds 
I owe her twenty. Roger Carver, of Bridhemson,* and John Russell, of 
Lewis, in Sussex, appointed overseers for estate in old England. My child- 
ren to be paid at day of marriage, or at age of eighteen years. And where- 
as the Lord our God of- his great goodness, since my coming into New 
England, hath discovered to me all usury to be unlawful, I do hereby 
charge my executor to restore all such moneys as any in England can 
make appear I have received from them by way of usury, whether it were 
6 or 8 per cent, not thinking hereby to merit anything at the hands of God 

* This, or Brighthelmston, is the old name for Brighton, as I am assured by J. C C. 
Smith, Esq., who kindly called this and the succeeding will to my notice. H. F. "W. 


but laboring hereby to attend my duty and manifest my distaste against 
every evil way. Of the estate in New England, to Thomas Topper five 
pounds, Thomas Braiues three pounds, Thomas Launder three pounds, 
Benjamin Nye thirty shillings, Thomas Grenuill ten shillings, all which de- 
ducted and paid together with the sending my two servants with my child 
into England, the residue shall be employed to the advancement of such 
works as in the wisdom of my executors for that purpose shall seem good 
for the plantations settled within the Patent qf the Massachusetts ; and for 
the discharging of these legacies and sums, and the right ordering of my 
estate for the public good I appoint for my executors John Winthrop, the 
elder, and John Humphry, esquires, John Wilson and Hugh Peter, Preach- 
ers. Witnesses, Edmond Freeman and John Greene. 

28 June, 1642. Emanavit comissio Edwardo Moonke avunculo Eliza- 
bethe Geere et Sare Geere filiarum dicti defuncti durante minori etate, &c. 
It appeared that the widow Elizabeth had departed this life. 

Campbell, 79. 

[Dennis Geere with his family embarked June 15, 1635, in the Abigail of Lon- 
don, Hackwell master, " having brought Certificate from the minister of Thisel- 
worth," probably Isleworth in Middlesex. Those who embarked that day were 
Dennis Geere, 30 ; Elizabeth Geere, uxor, 22 ; Elizabeth Geere, 3 ; Sara Geere, 2, 
children ; Anne Pancrust, lfi ; Eliz: Tusolie, 55; Constant Wood, 12." (Reg. xiv. 
315.) His fellow passengers, Anne Pancrust and Eliz: Tusolie, are no doubt the 
"cousin Ann Pankhurst " and "Elizabeth Tuesley : ' mentioned in the will. 
" Thomas Brane, husbandm. 40," and " Tho: Launder, 22," were also fellow pas- 
sengers, having embarked in the Abigail, July 1,1635. (Reg. xiv. 318.) In the 
" Addenda " to Winthrop's Journal, under date of " 1635, Dec. 10," among the 
" gifts bestowed upon the colony," is this entry : " Denis Geere of Sagus gave by 
his will (at the motion of Mr. Hugh Peter) £300."— Ed.] 

Thomas Geere, of the parish of Falmer, near Lewes, co. Sussex, 6 
March, 1649. proved 25 April, 1650, by Dennis Geere, son and executor. 
To wife Mary. To eldest son Thomas Geere and his wife Mercy, and 
their children, Mercy and Mary. To grand-children Dennis and Richard 
Geere and grand child Thomas Geere. To the poor of Falmer and the 
poor of Stamer. Youngest son, Dionice Geere, executor. Friend John 
Russell, of Southover, near Lewes, and Stephen Towner, of Kingston, to 
be overseers. Witnesses, Richard Banckes and Tho. Russell. 

Pembroke, 51. 

Dorothy Parker, of Mildenhall, co. Wilts, widow, 10 October, 1649, 
proved 11 April, 1650, by Benjamin Woodbridge, one of the executors. 
To son Mr. Thomas Parker, of New England, two hundred pounds now 
in hands of my brother, Mr. Richard Stevens, of Stanton Bernard, co. 
Wilts, not doubting that if he die unmarried he will bestow what remains 
at his death, thereof, upon the children of my daughters Sarah Baylie and 
Elizabeth Avery. Of the other one hundred pounds in my brother Ste- 
vens' his hand I give five pounds to my son Mr. Thomas Bayly and the re- 
mainder to my daughter Sarah Bayly and her four children, John Wood- 
bridge, Benjamin AVoodbridge, Sarah Kerridge and Luce Sparhawke, equal- 
ly. For the one hundred pounds due to me from my son Avery, for which 
his house was mortgaged, I bestow it upon my daughter Avery and her 
children. To my son-in-law Mr. Timothy Avery, &c. My loving daugh- 
ter Sarah Bayly to be executrix in trust with her son, my grandson, Mr. 
Benjamin Woodbridge, executor, with his mother. Son Mr. Thomas Bay- 
lie and Cousin Mr. John Taylor to be overseers. Witnesses, John Barges 
and Anthony Appleford. Pembroke, 54. 


[An abstract of this will, made by the late Horatio G. Somerby for the Hon. Fran- 
cis E. Parker of Boston, was published in the Register, xxxii. 337. Mr. Waters 
has thought that a fuller abstract would be of service to the readers of the Register. 
—J. T. H. 

_ Mrs. Dorothy Parker was the widow of the Rev. Robert Parker, the famous Pu- 
ritan author. Benjamin Woodbridge, the executor who proved the will, was the 
first graduate of Harvard College. See Woodbridge Genealogy, Reg. xxxii. 292-6. 
See also the " Woodbridge Record," New Haven, 1883, large 4to., compiled from 
the papers of Louis Mitchell, Eeq., by his brother Donald G. Mitchell, Esq. The 
willof the Rev. John Woodbridge, of Stanton, Wilts, the father of Rev. John and 
Benjamin "Woodbridge, is printed in this work from a copy lately obtained in Eng- 
land. — Ed.] 

Edward Bell, of St. Brevells, co. Gloucester, 16 August, 1649, proved 
21 January, 1649. He mentions nephew John Gorges, Esq. In a codi- 
cil. 20 August, 1649, he mentions lady Elizabeth Gorges of Ashton Phil- 
lips, Mrs. Mary Cutts, " my " godson Mr. Edward Perkins, Mr. Thomas 
Pole, &c. &c. He discharges sundry persons (among whom Mr. Wymond 
Bradbury, deceased) " of all debts owing by them to me or my brother 
William which became due unto me by his gift." Pembroke, 3. 

[1 suppose that this Edward Bell was a brother of Ann, daughter of Edward Bell of 
Writtle, Essex. Ann Bell was the first wife of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, and her eldest 
son, John Gorges, probably the " nephew John Gorges, Esq." named in this will, was 
the father of Ferdinando Gorges, author of " America Painted to the Life." See 
Johnson's Wonder Working Providence, edited by William F. Poole, LL.D., and 
the notice of it by the Rev. Edmund F. Slafter in the Register, xxii. 213-19. 
" Lady Elizabeth Gorges of Ashton Phillips " was no doubt the fourth wife and wid- 
owof Sir Ferdinando. See Register, xxix. 42-7. Wymond Bradbury may be Wy- 
mond Bradbury of Wicken Bonant, co. Essex, whom the late John M. Bradbury, 
Esq., supposed to be the father of Thomas Bradbury, of Salisbury, Mass. (see Reg- 
ister, xxiii. 262-6), but if so he died before 1650. — Editor.] 

Nathaniel Parker, of East Berghoult, co. Suffolk, Esq., 5 August, 
1684, proved 19 August, 1684. To be buried at the East end of the 
churchyard near the church of Great Wenham, co. Suffolk. He mentions 
his farm of Great Wilsey in Wrating, co. Suffolk. To nephew Philip Par- 
ker, Esq., son and heir apparent of Sir Philip Parker, Baronet, all ray farm 
called the Priory in Great Wenham and East Berghoult, and the advowson 
of the church of Great Weuham, for life, and then to his sou Philip. Neph- 
ew Calthorp Parker, son of Sir Philip Parker. Nephew Sir Philip Parker. 
Niece Mercy Parker, nieces Dorothy and Mary Parker, daughters of my late 
brother Sir Philip Parker, Knight. Niece Mary Parker, daughter of Hen- 
ry Parker, Esq., my late brother. Nephew Henry Parker, son of said 
brother. My nephew Philip Guidon, Esq. To John Gurdon, son 
of my nephew Mr. Nathaniel Gurdon. To Sir John Barker, Baronet. 
To my godson Winiff Sergeant. My god-daughter Elizabeth Walker. My 
god-daughter the daughter of my nephew Bernard Saltingstall. My nephew 
in law Anthony Gaudy, Esq., and my god-son Anthony Gaudie, son of the 
aforesaid, and his sister Winifred Gaudie. My cousin Elizabeth Garnish, 
widow. Hare, 104. 

Jane Williams, of Whetenhurst, co. Gloucester, spinster, 31 May, 1650 r 
proved 30 June, 1655. To brother Samuel Williams my Scottish print 
bible. To my brother Richard Williams and my sister Elizabeth Wil- 
liams that are in New England, each of them twenty shillings apiece. To 
Benjamin Williams and Nathaniel Williams, the two sons of my brother 
Samuel Williams, ten pounds apiece when they reach the age of twenty- 
one years. To John Hall, the younger, my sister's eldest son, ten pounds 


and a standing bedstead that is in his father's parlour chamber, my brother- 
in-law John Hall's. To Samuel, Daniel and Susanna Hall, the other three 
children of my brother-in-law, John Hall, twenty pounds apiece at 21. 
Brother-in-law John Hall to be executor. Aylett, 292. 

[It is evident that the Richard Williams, named ahove, as in New England, was 
Richard Williams of Taunton, Mass. (ante, p. 3). 

See also Register, li. 209. — Ed.] 

William Goodrich, of Walton Head, co. York, 21 September, 1662, 
proved 2") January, 1664. My two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth. My 
daughter Mary and her husband Matthew Elwald. My nephews Sir John 
Good ri eke and Sir Francis Goodrick. My wife Sarah. My son William 
Goodrick. Hyde, 4. 

[See Register, xxxvi. 384.— H. F. W.] 

Joseph Holland, citizen and clothworker of London, 25 December, 
1658, with codicil dated 29 December, 1658. proved 17 January, 1658. 
To be buried on the south side of the christening pew in the parish church 
of St. Sepulchre, London, between my two former wives. To Elizabeth, 
my now wife, late the wife and administratrix of Jeffery Cumber, deceased. 
To son Joseph Holland the lease of my house in Green Arbour in said pa- 
rish. To son-in-law John Perry and Johanna, his wife, my daughter, and 
their sons John Perry and Josias Perry and daughter Elizabeth Perry. 
To my said daughter Johanna, certain needle work " wrought by my first 
wife, her mother." To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Richard Bessy, in Vir- 
ginia. To my son Nathaniel Holland, of Waterton in New England twen- 
ty pounds in goods ; to son Samuel Holland, in Virginia, thirty pounds in 
goods or money; and to each a bible. To son-in-law Miles Rich and daugh- 
ter Prudence, his wife. To good friend Mr. John White, grocer, of above- 
named parish, and his wife. To Mr. John Andrewes in Fleet Lane. To 
my servant John Arnott. To the poor of said parish, in bread, twenty 
shillings, to such as Master Gouge will distribute unto. The executor to 
be Master John White ; the overseer to be Master Andrews. The wit- 
nesses to the body of the will were Hen: Travers Scr: Ellen Booth (her 
mark). The witnesses to the codicil were Hen: Travers, John Arnatt and 
Thomas Bargett. Pell, 9. 

[The family of Nathaniel Holland of Watertown, named in this will, is found in 
Bond's Watertown, p. 302. Dr. Bond erroneously conjectures that he was a son of 
John and Judith Holland of Dorchester, Mass., and he has been followed by other 
writers. — Ed.] 

[I find a grant of land on record in the Virginia Land Registry Office, of 189 
acres, to Edward Besse. on the south side of Chickahominy River, April 7, 1651, 
Book No. 2, p. 321. The names Arnott, Gouge, Booth, Perry and Travers appear 
in the early annals of Virginia. Francis Willis, the ancestor of the worthy Vir- 
ginia family of that name, married, about the middle of the 17th century, Ann 
Rich. — R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

Margaret Lane, of London, widow, 16 January, 1661, with addition 
made 3 September, 1 662. To be buried in the grave of my late husbaud, 
Edmond Lane, in the parish church of St. Dunstan's in the East, Loudon. 
To my sister Martha, wife of William Eaton, now, I think, in New Eng- 
land, one hundred pounds within one year next after my decease. To her 
five children twenty pounds, to be equally divided amongst them, and also 
within the like time, to their said father or mother for their use, and whose 


acquittance shall be a sufficient discharge to my executor for the same. To 
my cousin Sarah Barett, daughter of my late brother Daniel Jenkin, de- 
ceased, and now wife of John Barett, twenty pounds. To her eldest daugh- 
ter, Sarah Barett, thirty pounds, and to her son John Barett and her other 
daughter, Mary Barett, twenty pounds apiece. To the three children of 
my late sister Priscilla Hamoud, deceased, late wife of William Hammond, 
ten pounds apiece within one year after my decease. To Thomas Jenkins, 
eldest son of said deceased brother Daniel Jenkins. To my other cousin 
Daniel Jenkins, son of said deceased brother, &c. &c. 

The addition, or codicil, mentions cousin Thomas Jenkins, of Minster, co. 
Kent, who is appointed overseer, the said 3 August (sic) 1662. 

The witnesses to the will were Henry Travers, Scr. in Smithfield, Jo. 
Newland, Micah Machell and Samuel Fox, his servants. 

Elizabeth Jenkin, relict and administratrix, with the will annexed, of 
Daniel Jenkins, deceased, executor of above will, received commission to 
administer on the estate of the above, 5 August, 1667. Carr, 107. 

[" William Eaton of Staple, husbandman, Martha, his wife, three children and 
one servant," embarked for New England in 1637 (Reg. xv. 29). They settled at 
Watertown (Bond's Watertown, p. 202). They had two children born in this 
country, making in all five children, the number named by Mrs. Lane. — Ed.] 

Edmund Mcninges, of Denge, co. Essex, the unprofitable servant of 
God, 2 October, 1666, proved 18 July, 1667, by Hopestill Muuinges, ex- 
ecutor. To wife Markiet ten pounds within one month after my decease, 
and the household goods which her father gave her, and that is to say, one 
bed, one table, cubbord, one guite (sic) chest, one brass pot, one dripping 
pan and four little platters. To second son, Return, twenty pounds within 
one year after demand be made for it. To third son, Takeheed, forty 
pounds within six months after my decease. To eldest daughter, Harry 
(sic) ten pounds within one year after demand be made for it. To second 
daughter, Rebecca, ten pounds. Eldest son, Hopestill, to be executor. If 
wife Markit prove with child, then to such child ten pounds at age of twen- 
ty-one years, &c. Testator made his mark in presence of William Cooch, 
John Spencer and Takeheed Muninge. Carr, 95. 

[Edmund Munnings, aged 40, came to New England in 1635, in the Abigail, 
Robert llackwell, master, bringing with him his wife Mary, aged 30 years, daugh- 
ters Mary and Anna, and son Mahalaleel, respectively nine, six and three years of 
age. He settled in Dorchester, where he had grants of land, among them that of 
Moon Island, " layd to Dorchester" by the General Court, June 2, 1641. This 
Island contained about twenty acres of land, and was used for pasturage, it may have 
been, for two and a half centuries. On the northerly side was a high bluff: souther- 
ly it was connected at very low water, by the bars or flats of the island, with the pro- 
montory of Squantum. This island is named on the Dorchester Records, in 1637 and 
1638, " Mannings Moone." It is, however, no longer an island, having recently 
been joined to Squantum by an artificial isthmus in connection with the great Boston 
sewer, the reservoir of which is being built here. 

Mr. Munnings had three sons, born and baptized in Dorchester, bearing the sin- 
gular names of Hopestill, born April 5, 1637, Return, Sept. 7, 1640, and Take 
Heed, Oct. 20, 1642. The Dorchester Church Records say that Hopestill went to 
England. We have also evidence that the father returned and died in his native 
clime. Return removed to Boston. Goody Munnings, the mother, was admitted 
to the Dorchester church, 16. 2. 1641. On the " 9 (8) 59, Mahallaeell Munings " 
was dismissed from this church " vnto y e new," or second " church at Boston, & 
dyed y e 27 (12)59, being drowned in y e Millcreek at Boston in y e night."— Dor- 
chester Church Records. He married Hannah, daughter of John Wiswall. The 
widow subsequently married Thomas Overman. By the inventory of the estate of 
Mahalaleel Munninss, made in 1659, and proved Jan. 30, 1660, occupying three 


large folio pages in volume three of Suffolk wills and inventories, pages 229 to 231, 
the last inventory in the hook, it would appear that he invested largely in English 
goods, and was a prominent merchant of his day. In 16G7 widow Alunnings was 
taxed three pence, among those rated for lands at the neck in Dorchester, at a half 
penny per acre for the plow land. Mahalaleel went to England, it may have been 
with his father, and is doubtless the person who returned to New England in the 
Speedwell in 1656, Capt. Locke, master, notwithstanding the slight discrepancy in 
age, as given at the two arrivals. 

The name of Edmund Munnings, on the 7th of 12 mo. 1611, is affixed to the list, 
consisting of seventy-one, of the inhabitants of Dorchester, who agreed that a rate 
of twenty pounds per annum should be paid out of the rents of Thompson's island 
towards the maintenance of a school in Dorchester. We are not certain that Mr. 
Munnings was there subsequent to 1641. On the 8th of March, 1663-4, his name 
stands the fifteenth on the list of rights in the New Grant of undivided land, 
which did belong to William Stoughton. Mr. Munnings had an interest in 10 acres, 
3 quarters, 12 pole. Mr. Savage says Mr. Munnings " had probably gone home, I 
think, to Maiden, co. Essex, there at least, was somehow connected with Joseph 
Hills, who before coming over had given M. £11 in a bill for bringing one bullock 
for the use of H." Maldon is a few miles only from Dengie, and is " locally in the 
hundred of Dengie." See Register, i. 132; vii. 273; viii. 75 ; x. 176; xiv. 316; 
Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners, Boston, pages 29, 32, 106, 120; Sav- 
age's Genealogical Dictionary, iii. 255 ; Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Eng- 
land, ii.20; iii. 206; History of Dorchester, p. 68 ; King's Handbook of Boston 
Harbor, pp. 100, 106.— W. B. Trask.] 

John Norris the elder, of Westminster, co. Middlesex, yeoman, 8 June, 
1667, proved 4 (or 5) July, 1667. To son William Norris seventy-five 
pounds to make up the twenty-five pounds formerly given him to one hun- 
dred pounds, &c., and also house, &c, at Mooret-clack,* co. Surrey, which 
I bought of him, and a tenement at Tame in co. Oxford, held by lease. To 
son John Norris ninety pounds, to make up the ten pounds formerly given 
him to one hundred pounds, and a tenement at Mooretclack, bought of son 
William, &c. To grand child Annanias Andrews thirty pounds at age of 
twenty-one or day of marriage. To grand child John Andrews thirty 
pounds at twenty-one. To daughter Elizabeth Bell, now beyond the seas, 
forty pounds, if she be living and come to England to receive the same her- 
self, and that Samuel Bell, her husband, shall not meddle or have to do 
therewith. To grand-child Edward Norris, son of Christopher Norris, 
thirty pounds, five pounds whereof to put him forth an apprentice, and the 
remaining twenty-five pounds, with the benefit and increase, at age of 
twenty-one years. Remainder to two sons, William and John Norris. 
equally. Carr, 95. 

Sir Robert Peake, Knight, citizen and goldsmith of London, 15 May, 
1666, with codicil made 27 September, 1666, proved 26 July, 1667, by 
Gregory and Benjamin Peake. To my cousin and sometime servant, 
George Lyddall, in Virginia, gentleman, three hundred pounds in three 
years (one hundred pounds per year payable on Michaelmas day). To my 
sometime servant, Michael Tucker, in Virginia, husbandman, ten pounds. 
To servant Elizabeth Essington, of London, widow, twenty pounds. To 
my cousin James Waters, the son of Joseph Waters, fifty pounds. To my 

cousin Waters, relict of Samuel Waters, skinner, deceased, twenty 

pounds. To friend Doctor James Hide of Oxford, and his wife Margaret 
Hide, fifty pounds, and to their son Robert, my godson, fifty pounds. To 
my good friend and valentine Mary St. Loe, of the Parish of Dunstans in 
the East, London, widow, one thousand pounds in ten years (one hundred 
pounds a year, payable on Michaelmas day). To Mrs. Mary Burton, wife 

* Mortlake. 


of Mr. Thomas Burton of Loudon, gentleman, and their son Robert, my 
godson, &c. To my godson Tristram Huddlestone, son of Nicholas Hud- 
dlestone of London, skinner, &c. To good friend Thomas Pulteney, of 
London, Salter, and his wife, &c. To Edward Hunt, of London, vintner, 
and Elizabeth his wife. To my friend Edward Jerman. To good friend 
Richard Loans, of London. To John Peake, Esq., eldest son of Sir Wil- 
liam Peake, Knight, of London, Alderman, and his brother Benjamin, sec- 
ond son of Sir William, &c. To Mrs. Elizabeth Vanbrugh, wife of Mr. 
Giles Vanbrugh, merchant, both my singular good friends — and to others. 

Carr, 96. 

[Much about the English family of Waters will be found in Eiumerton and Wa- 
ters'* Gleaning from English Records, pp. 121-30. — Ed.] 

[In the Virginia Land Registry Office the following grants are recorded : George 
Lyddal, " Gentleman," 1750 acres in York County, Nov. 25, 1654; " Captain i" 
George Lyddal, 2390 acres in New Kent County (formed from York County in 1654) 
Jan. 20, 1657. Book No. 4, p. 214. The name Lyddall is a favored Christian 
name in a number of Virginian families, notably in the Bowles and Bacon. I find 
on record in Henrico County court, in June, 1754, the will of Langston Bacon. 
Wife Sarah is named, and also as Executors, Nathaniel Bacon, Lyddal Bacon and 
John Williamson. John Lyddall Bacon, Esq. is at this date President of the State 
Bank of Richmond. — R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

William Burges, of South River, County of Ann Arundell, Province 
of Maryland, 11 July, 1685. To son Edward Burges five thousand pounds 
of tobacco in casque within one year, provided he deliver to my executors 
one half of certain live stock that belonged to the estate of George Pud- 
dington, deceased. To William and Elizabeth, the children of said sou 
Edward. To son George Burges five thousand pounds of tobacco in casque, 
within one year. To sons William, John, Joseph, Benjamin and Charles, 
and daughters Elizabeth, Ann and Susanna Burges. To daughter Susan- 
nah, the wife of Major Nicholas Sewall, five pounds in money and my seal 
ring. To my grandson Charles Sewall and my granddaughter Jane Sew- 
all. To son William my messuage, &c, near South River, Ann Arundell 
county, which I purchased of one George Westall, and on a part whereof 
is a town called London. Wife Ursula to have the use of it till son Wil- 
liam accomplish the age of twenty-one years. (It is again referred to as 
the town or port of London.) Also to son William a tract in Baltimore 
County, near land of Col. George Wells, containing four hundred and 
eighty acres. To son John a tract near Herring Creek, in Ann Arun- 
dell County, containing eight hundred acres. To sou Joseph a tract 
lately bought of Richard Beard, gentleman, near the South River, &c, con- 
taining thirteen hundred and forty acres. To son Benjamin a tract near 
the Ridge, in Ann Arundell County, which I bought of Thomas Besson, 
containing three hundred acres, and another near the head of South River, 
containing four hundred acres. To son Charles my interest in land bought of 
Vincent Low, near the head of Sasafras River, in Cecil County, formerly 
granted to Nicholas Painter, since deceased, and containing sixteen hundred 
acres, also a tract lately purchased by me from said Vincent Lowe, on the south 
side of the Susquehanock River in said county of Baltimore, containing five 
hundred acres. (These sons appear to have been all under twenty-one years 
of age.) Wife Ursula to be executrix, and Major Nicholas Sewall, Major 
Nicholas Cassaway and Captain Henry Hanslapp, supervisors. The wit- 
nesses were Thomas Francies, Michael Cusack, John Harrison, William 
Elridge (his mark) and John Edwards. 

o July, 1689. Emanavit Comissio Micajae Perry attornato unice depu- 


tato per Ursulam Moore als Burges (uxorem Mordeeai Moore) jam in com. 
de Ann Arundell in Provincia de Maryland comorand. relictam et execu- 
tricem, &c. &c. Ent. 91. 

Thomas Brinley, of Datchett, co. Bucks, Esq., 13 September, 1661, 
with codicil of 16 October, 1661, proved 11 December, 1661. My third 
of tenements in the town of Newcastle upon Tyne, and two thirds of the 
manor of Burton in Yorkshire, to eldest son, Francis Brinley and his heirs. 
My half of the township or manor of Wakerfield, heretofore parcell of the 
Lordship of Raby, and my lands and tenements in Wakerfield, county and 
Bishoprick of Durham, purchased in the names of William Wase of Dur- 
ham and of Robert Worrall, lately deceased, and of Michael Lambcroft, 
lately deceased, and of John Maddocke, of Cuddington, co. Chester, in trust 
for the use of me, the said Thomas Brinley, and the said Robert Worrall 
and our heirs and assigns forever, to my wife, Anne Brinley, during her 
natural life ; at her death to eldest son, Francis Brinley. My lands in Hor- 
ton and Stanwell, in the several counties of Middlesex and Bucks, &c, by 
me purchased of Henry Bulstrode of Horton, to wife Anne for life ; then 
to my second son, Thomas Brinley, a lease of ninety-nine years. Certain 
other lauds, &c., lately bought of James Styles, the elder, of Langley, to 
wife Anne ; at her death to my third son, William Brinley. A legacy to 
daughter Mary Silvester, widow, and her daughter, my granddaughter, 
Mary Silvester the younger, who are both left destitute of subsistence by 
the decease of my said daughter's late husband, Peter Silvester, &c. To 
the children of my daughter Grissell, the now wife of Nathaniel Silvester, 
gentleman, dwelling in New England, in the Parts of America, in an island 
called Shelter Island, one hundred pounds within one year after my decease. 

The witnesses to the will were Robert Style and Rose Baker. In the 
codicil he bequeaths legacies to his brother Lawrence Brinley and Richard 
Brinley his son, both of London, merchants, to the intent that they shall 
with all convenient speed sell that half of said lands, &c. (in Wakerfield), 
for the best rate and value that they can get for the same, &c. 

The witnesses to this codicil were William Wase, Budd Wase, William 
Carter and William Brinley. The will was proved by the widow, Anne 
Brinley. May, 193. 

[Thomas Brinley, who made this will, was the father of Francis Brinley, who 
emigrated to Barbadoes, but, the climate not being " suited to his habits and con- 
stitution," came to New England and settled at Newport, K. I., as eariy as 1652. 
Francis Brinley wrote an " Account of the Settlements and Governments in and 
about the Lands of Narraganset Bay," which is printed in the Massachusetts His- 
torical Collections, 1st S., vol. v. pp. 217-20. A catalogue of hij library is printed 
in the Register, xii. 75-8. 

Brief genealogies of the Brinley family wdl be found in Bridgman's King's 
Chapel Epitaphs, 219-228, and in the Heraldic Journal, vol. ii. pp. 31-2. The for- 
mer is by the Hon. Francis Brinley, now of Newport, R. I. From it we learn that 
Thomas Brinley, " one of the auditors of the Revenue of King Charles the First 
and of King Charles the Second," besides the children named above in his will- 
Francis, Thomas, William, Mary, widow of Peter Sylvester, and Grizzell, wife of 
Nathaniel Sylvester — had three other daughters who lived to be married, namely : 
Rose, who married Giles Baker, lord of the manor of Riple in Kent ; one, christian 
name unknown, who married William Coddington, governor of Rhode Island ; and 
the other, whose christian name is also unknown, who married Richard Hackle, Esq. 
Grizzell was baptized at St. James's Church, Clerkenwell, Jan. 6, 1635-6. Ab- 
stracts of the wills of Peter and Nathaniel Sylvester will be found later in this arti- 
cle.— Ed.] 

Laurence Brinley, citizen and haberdasher of Loudon, 10 August, 
1662, proved 11 December, 1662, by the oaths of Samuel and Richard 



Brinley, sons and executors named in the will. The following bequests 
appear: to Mary Limbrey twenty pounds ; to Philip Limbrey, of Virginia, 
twenty pounds ; to my sister Susan Gregory, of Exon (Exeter J, widow, 
ten pounds ; to my cousin Elizabeth Brinley, of London, widow, and her 
two daughters, twenty pounds apiece to buy them a ring ; to Master Cala- 
my, my dearly beloved pastor and faithful minister of Jesus Christ, five 
pounds ; to poor Presbyterian ministers out of their places for conscience 
sake, thirty pounds, to be disposed of according to the discretion of my ex- 
ecutors with Mr. Calamy ; to my daughter Jenne Jackson, the wife of , 

the sum of twenty pounds, and, in case Weaver's Hall money cometh in, 
eighty pounds ; to my daughter-in-law Elizabeth Earnly, widow, the sum 
of twenty pounds ; to my son Nathaniel Brinley fifty pounds when he com- 
eth out of his time. I do constitute and appoint my two sons Samuel 
and Richard Brinley to be my executors, and give ten pounds apiece to 
them. The residue, &c, to my five children, viz., Nathaniel, Susannah, 
Hester, Philip and Isaac Brinley, according to equal proportions. My real 
estate of land in Ireland and England, after my decease, to be sold accord- 
ing to the uttermost value, for the payment of my wife's and the children's 

The witnesses -to this will were William Webb, Richard Brinley and 
John Jackson. Laud, 151. 

Nathaniel, son of Laurence Brinley, of London, merchant, was a leg- 
atee to the amount of five pounds, under the will of Henry Hazlewood, 
citizen and currier of London, proved in the same year as the foregoing 
will. Laud, 108. 

[From Lipscombe's History of Buckinghamshire, published in 1847.] In 
an account of the church at Datchett are found the following copies of in- 
scriptions on a slab in the floor of the nave : 

Here lieth the body of Thomas Brinley, Esq., who was one of the audi- 
tors of the Revenue of King Charles the First and of King Charles y e 
Second. Born in the City of Exeter. He married Anne, youngest daugh- 
ter of W m Ware* of Petworth, in Sussex, gent., who had issue by her five 
sons and seven daughters. He dyed the 15 th day of October in the year 
of our Lord 1661. 

Here also lieth buried y e body of the above said William Ware,* who 
died the 19 th of Sept. 1642, aged 62 years and 5 months. 

Vol. iv. page 441. 

[From Visitation of London, 1634, vol. i., printed by the Harleian Soc] 

LAWRENCE BRINLEY, of Wlllenhall, 
descended out of Stafford. 

Richard Brinley of WilIenhall=Joane, da. of . , 
in com. Stafford. 

, . . Reeve. 


Thomas Brinley, eld. son, 

one of Hio Ma"" auditors, 

living 1634. 

3 Lawrence Brinley=Mary, da. of John Minifie, 

of London, merchant, 
living 1634. 

of Hunyton, com. Devon. 

Sam' Brinley, 
eld. son. 

Ill I 

Lawrence. Richard. Mary. Anne 

(Signed) Law. Brinley. 

* This is undoubtedly a mistake for Wase ; for a pedigree of which family see Berry's 
Sussex Genealogies, p. 125, and Dallawav's History of the Western Division of Sussex, 
Vol. 2, Part ii. p. 123. It will be noticed that William Wase and Budd Wase were wit- 
nesses of Thomas Brinley's will.— H. F. W. 



[From Randall Holmes's Heraldic Collections for Cheshire, Harleian 
MS., No. 2119 British Museum.] 

of Wildgoose House, near Leeke, co. Staff. 

Rafe, of Cheshire, 
had land in Nantwich, 
per deeds. 

Lawrance, of Willnall, co. Staff.=da. to Flecher, John, 

2 son; recovered land in Nantwich, of same place. of Owsley, 

or near it ; he obt. before he had pos- co. Stafford, 
session of his land he recovered. 

"Richard of Exeter. 

William Brindley of Willnall = Anne, da. to Tunkes, 

Witl m was found heir to his uncle, 
per office, ex relation of 
Sam. Smith. 

of London, 

Thomas Brindley, 
the King's Auditor. 

of Staff. 

Thomas George= da. to 

of Willnall, of the | Hatley. 
1637. Hide, 

co. Staff. 

William. Anne. Sarah. 

Robert= 1 Alice, 2 Margaret, 
of Willnall. ux. ux. Richard 
Richard Soley, jr. 
Soley, of of Dudley, 
Sturbridge, co. Wore, 
co. Wore. son ot 
by his 1st wife 

3 Johane, 4 Elizabeth, 
ux. Edvv. ux. Sam. 
Soley, of Smyth, of 
Bristow; SutLon Col. 
2d to Tho. field, co. 
Jackson, Wore. 1637 
of Bristow. 

Richard. Anne. Elizabeth. 


[Fol. 67 A.] 

test. (temp. Cong.) to Venables' Deed. 

William Brereton, 
of Brereton, in com. Chester. 

William Brereton of Brereton= 

Isolda ux. Gilbert de Stocke, fil. Ranus (sic) 
de Prayers, dni. villa? de Stoke. 
With her he had the town of 

Brindley de Brindley. 

Piers Brindley of Brindley. 

John Brindley of Brindley=Beatrix, da. and heir to John (or Jenkin) Bressey, 

of Wistaston. 

Thomas Brindley of Brindley—Alice, dau. and heir to David, son of Patrick de Crew. 

William de Brindley=Margery, coh. to Tho 3 . Bulkley, John Brindley. Hugh Brindley. 

of Wolstanwood. 

Thomas de Brindley=Katherme, dau. to Piers Venables, of Kinderton. 
. 21 H. 6. 

William de Brindley (21 H. 6.) 

Thomcs Brindley of Wolstanwood, 
near Wich Malbank (1 R. 3). 

John Brindley of Brindley. 

(Whence the main line of 
Brindley of Brindley descended.) 


[Abstracts of deeds in evidence.] William, son of Thomas de Brindley, 
gives to Rich d RefTs, parson of Bastomley, all his lands, tenements, &c, in 
the Hundred of Wich Malbank. Dated at Wolstanwood on the Feast of 
Epiphany — 21 II. 6. 

A lease of a messuage in Rottenrow in Wich Malbank, by Thomas Brind- 
ley of Wolstanwood, near Wich Malbank, to Hugh Boston of the Wich, 
gentleman, dated 6 February, 1 R. 3. 

A lease of Crofts in Copenhall and Wolstanwood, and a messuage and 
two crofts in Wighterson, near Nantwich, made by Thomas Brindeley of 
Wolstanwood aforesaid, to Hugh Boston, gent, aforesaid, of same date. 

Mr. Garside to pay me for this pedigree for Mr. Sam. Smyth of Sutton 
Coldfield, 1637. Ff. 40, 67 A. and 68. 

Peter Silvester of London, merchant, now inhabitant in the parish 
of Saint James, Dukes Place, in London, 26 January, 1657, proved 11 
February. 1657. Whereas my dear mother, Mary Silvester, of London, 
widow, did oblige herself by promise to give unto me the sum of one thou- 
sand pounds of lawful money of England, for which said sum of one thou- 
sand pounds, &c, my said mother, at my request, hath this day become 
bound by obligation of the penalty of two thousand pounds unto Thomas 
Middleton of Stratford Bow, in the County of Middlesex, Esquire, condi- 
tioned for the payment of the said one thousand pounds within six years 
after the date of the said bond unto me or to Mary my now wife, &c. &c. 
I do give and bequeath the said sum to wife Mary. To only daughter 
Mary six hundred pounds at the age of one and twenty years or day of 
marriage. If she die in the mean time, then two hundred pounds of it to 
my dear and loving wife, one hundred pounds to my brother Nathaniel Sil- 
vester, one hundred pounds to brother Joshua Silvester, one hundred and 
fifty pounds to brother Giles Silvester, and fifty pounds to my sister Cart- 
wright. The said sum of six hundred pounds to be sent to my loving bro- 
ther Constant Silvester, now resident in the Barbados, he to become bound 
for the payment, as above. To each and every of my own brothers and 
brothers-in-law forty shillings apiece to make each of them a ring to wear 
in remembrance of me. To my uncle Jeofrie Silvester the sum of twenty- 
five pounds. To my cousin Joseph Gascoigne fifteen pounds. To my 
Aunt Gascoigne five pounds, and to her daughter Anne Gascoigne five 
pounds. To loving friend Richard Duke, scrivener, forty shillings to make 
him a ring. To the poor of the parish of St. James, Duke's Place, five 
pounds. Thomas Middleton, Esq., to be sole executor, and loving uncle 
Nathaniel Arnold overseer, and I give him fifty pounds. 

The witnesses to the above were Edw: Warren, Hum: Richardson and 
Richard Duke, scr. Wootton, 95. 

Giles Silvester, of London, merchant, 2 March, 1670, proved 26 May, 
1671. To such child or children as my wife now goeth with, the sum of 
three hundred pounds at his, her or their age of one and twenty years, if 
sons, and at age of twenty-one, or on day of marriage, which shall first hap- 
pen, if daughters. To my nephew, Constant Silvester, the four pictures 
that were my late fathers. The residue of the estate to loving wife, Anne 
Silvester, who is appointed executrix. I entreat and appoint, my dear and 
loving brother, Constant Silvester Esquire, and my good friend Redmaine 
Burrell to be overseers. To each of them forty shillings, for rings. 

Grant of administration on the estate of the above was made to Constant 
Silvester, natural and lawful brother of the deceased, the widow Anne Sil- 
vester having renounced the executorship. Duke, 68. 


Constant Silvester made his will 7 April, 1671, proved 7 October, 
1671, by Grace Silvester, relict and executrix. All my lands, plantations, 
houses and tenements in the island of Barbados, &c, to wife Grace and to 
Henry Walrond, Sen r Esq., brother of the said Grace, Col. Richard Haw- 
kins, Samuel Farmer, Esq., and Mr. Francis Raynes (being all of the said 
island of Barbados) for one thousand years from the day of my decease, in 
trust, &c. ; wife Grace to enjoy one moiety during her natural life, and my 
eldest son, Constant, to enjoy two thirds of the other moiety during his 
mother's life, and my second son, Humphrey Silvester, to have and hold 
the remaining third of said other moiety during his mother's life. After 
her death Constant to have two thirds of the whole, and Humphrey the 
remaining third. If there should be more sons, the eldest son (in that 
case) to have a double share, and each other son a single share. If wife 
Grace should marry again, then she to have one third, instead of one half, 
of the above described property. To daughters Grace and Mary two thou- 
sand pounds sterling each at day of marriage, or at age of twenty-one years, 
and, over and above that, the sum of one hundred pounds sterling each, to 
buy them a jewel at the age of sixteen years. 

Item, I give and bequeath to my brother Nathaniel Silvester, his heirs 
and assigns forever, one sixth part of all the lands which I and my said 
brother hold in partnership in Shelter Island, upon the coast of New Eng- 
land; so that, whereas he had a third part of the said lands before, now he 
shall have a moiety. And the remaining moiety of the said lands I give 
and bequeath to my two sons before named, equally, and to the heirs of 
their bodies lawfully begotten, forever ; and, for want of such issue, to my 
brother Joshua Silvester and the heirs of his body, forever ; and, for want 
of such issue, to my brother Nathaniel, his heirs and assigns, forever. To 
brother Joshua Silvester eight hundred pounds sterling. To my sister Mary 
Cartwright a mortgage on the estate made over to me by her deceased hus- 
band, Isaac Cartwright, during her natural life, and after her decease to my 
nephew, Constant Cartwright, he paying out of the same to each of his sis- 
ters, Mary and Anne, two hundred pounds sterling at their day of marriage or 
arrival at age of twenty-one years, whichever shall first happen. To my neph- 
ew Richard Kett, six hundred pounds sterling, and sixty pounds sterling 
per annum so long as he shall remain upon my Plantation after my decease, 
to keep the accompts thereof and taking care no injury or prejudice be done 
to the estate by any without giving notice thereof to my trustees before- 

Wife Grace to be executrix so long as she remain unmarried, then the 
other trustees, &c. To each of these fifty pounds sterling apiece to buy 
them what they shall think fit to remember me by after my decease. 

The witnesses were Henry Walrond, Grace Walrond, Peter Blackler, 
Anne Guillett, Dorothy Marshall, Samuel Ainseworth, juu r and Will. 

17 June 1702 emanavit commissio Dominaa Gratise Pickering, uxori 
Domini Henrici Pickering, Barouetti, filiae naturali et legitimaa dicti Con- 
stantii Silvester defuncti, etc. etc. Duke, 124. 

In the Chancel Aisle of the church in Brampton (co. Huntington), is a 
stone with this inscription : " Here lieth the body of Constant Silvestei 
Esq re who departed this life the 2 nd September, 1671." The church Regis- 
ter contains the following: " M r Humphrey Silvester, son of M r Constant 



Silvester & M w Grace his wife, was buried April y e sixteenth 1673." " M' 
Constant Silvester was buried the 4 th day of September a: d: 1671." 

Add. MS. 24493, Fol. 341, Brit. Mus. (Joseph Hunter's Colls.). 

The following is an abstract of the last will and testament of Nathan- 
iel Sylvester of Shelter Island, proved 2 October, 1680. He calls him- 
self the right, true and lawful owner and proprietor of one moiety or half 
part, in fee simple, of all that Island whereon he was then dwelling, for- 
merly called Manhausack-Ahaqua-Shuwamock, now Shelter Island, &c. &c. 
also of one moiety or half part, in possession and reversion, of one other 
Island, formerly called Robert's Island. He gives and bequeaths to his en- 
deared wife Grizzell Sylvester, Francis Brinley, James Lloyd, Isaac Arnold, 
Lewis Morris and Daniel Gould, all the above described property, and also 
the other moiety or half part of Shelter Island which is claimed in partner- 
ship by my brother Constant Sylvester and Thomas Middleton, or any part 
or parts thereof which may happen to fall due unto me from the said Con- 
stant Sylvester and Thomas Middleton by reason of the great disburse- 
ments made by me for the said moiety, &c, in their behalf since the year 
1652 until this present year, and likewise by reason of the great sums of 
money which my brother Constant doth in particular stand indebted unto 
me, as per accounts doth appear, and furthermore by reason of the confis- 
cation of the said moiety, &c. &c, by the Dutch men of war at their taking 
of New York with their fleet of nineteen men of war, they also taking and 
surprising the said moiety, &c. &c, as by the chief commanders of the said 
Dutch men of war their instrument of confiscation and Bill of Sale «iven 
unto me for the same, as doth at large appear, the said commanders also 
sending one of their men of war to Shelter Island where the Captain land- 
ed with about fifty soldiers, taking possession of the said moiety, &c, and 
to strike the greater dread in my family they beset my house, the better to 
obtain the money which they forced from me and myself constrained to pay 
to prevent their suing of said moiety, &c. &c. The above described prop- 
erty is to be held in trust for certain purposes. Reference is made to his 
wife's jointure, as by a deed left in hands of brother William Coddington of 
Rhode Island may at large appear. My children to be brought up in the 
fear of God, and to have such education bestowed upon them as may be 
conveniently gotten in these parts of the world, and as shall seem meet to 
my endeared wife, their mother, &c. My brother Joshua to be convenient- 
ly maintained both with diet, lodging, clothing and necessaries, decent and 
becoming him, as hitherto he hath enjoyed, that he may in no manner of 
way want, and in no wise put off from the Island, unless he shall think good 
to live elsewhere, &c. To son Giles (certain property) ; to son Nathaniel ; 
to son Peter ; to daughter Patience at age of twenty-one or marriage ; to 
daughter Elizabeth at twenty-one or marriage ; to daughter Mary at twen- 
ty-one or marriage; to daughter Ann at twenty-one or marriage ; to daugh- 
ter Mercy at twenty-one or marriage. To sons Constant and Benjamin at 
twenty-one. Son Nathaniel (a minor) to have certain bricks lying at Tho- 
mas Moore Senior's farm and at the Oyster Pond. Son Peter (also a 
minor) to have^aart of the said bricks. Property at Southold spoken of. 
The executors of the above will to be wife Grizzell Sylvester, brother-in- 
law Francis Brinley, son-in-law James Lloyd, cousin Isaac Arnold, Lewis 
Morris and Daniel Gould. 

The witnesses were John Colling, Ann Colling (by mark), Peter Al- 
dritchand Jaques Guillott. These made deposition 2 October, 1680, under 
authority given by the Governor 2 September, 1680. 


Additional MS. 24493, Fol. 344, British Museum (Joseph Hunter's 

[On the 9 of June, 1651, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Rouse, Constant Sylvester 
and Nathaniel Sylvester, purchased Shelter Island, on the east end of Long Island, 
for sixteen hundred pounds ot good merchantable Muscovado sugar, from Stephen 
Goodyeare, of New Haven, who had purchased it May 18, 1641, from the agent of the 
Earl of Sterling. Full particulars of the transactions of Nathaniel Sylvester in re- 
lation to Shelter Island will be found in Thompson's Long Island, vol. i. pp. 364-9. 
Nathaniel Sylvester died in March, 1680, according to Thompson, who gives an 
account of his descendants. Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary (iv. 99), says : 
" There is no slight reason to believe this Nathaniel to be the son of the celebrated 
poet Joshua Sylvester, translator of the divine rhapsodies of Du Bartas.'" I do not 
know what reason Mr Savage, who was a cautious genealogist, had for thinking 
so. It is possible that he was a son, or more likely a grandson. — Ed.] 

Samuel Ward, the elder, of Ipswich, clerk, 19 October, 1639, proved 24 
April, 1640, by Nathaniel and Joseph Ward, sons of the deceased and ex- 
ecutors of his will; to whom he left all his books, all his loadstones, shells, 
papers, pictures and maps. Item — I will and bequeath all that money which 
doth belong to me upon the house where I now dwell, situate in Ipswich 
aforesaid (which money was given by many gentlemen and townsmen my 
friends), to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever; also 
all my lands and houses in Brickelsea, both free and copy, equally, &c. &c, 
on condition that every year during the natural life of Deborah, my loving 
wife, and Samuel Ward, my eldest son, they pay to the said Deborah and 
Samuel twenty pounds a year apiece, — to either of them at four times or 
terms in the year, — upon the feast-day of the Nativity of our Lord God, upon 
the feast day of the Annunciation of our Blessed Lady St. Mary tlte Virgin, 
upon the feast day of St. John the Baptist, and upon the feast day of St. 
Michael the Archangel, by even and equal portions, &c , at the now dwell- 
ing house of Mr. Robert Knapp in Ipswich ; or, in lieu of said twenty 
pounds a year to son Samuel, to keep and maintain him in a comely and de- 
cent manner for and during his natural lite, at the election and choice of 
the said Nathaniel and Joseph. To my mother forty shillings yearly, to 
be paid her at her now dwelling house in Weatherstield, quarterly. My 
watch to my daughter Deborah, and my fair English Bible, printed anno 
domini 1633, to my said daughter Deborah, only my wife to have the use 
of said bible during her life. Sundry chattels to daughter Abigail, after 
decease of wife. All the plate and wearing clothes to son Nathaniel. My 
Greek Testament, of Robert Stephens print, to my brother John Ward. 
My best gloves to my son Robert Bolton. A Greek Testament to son 
John Bolton. To Margaret my maid, twenty shillings. To John Boggas, 
my servant, ten shillings. To the poor of the parish of St. Mary Tower 
and of St. Mary Key in Ipswich, either of them twenty shillings apiece. 
To Mr. Robert Knapp, my ancient friend, a pair of gloves of five shillings 
price, or a book of the same value. 

The witnesses to the signature were Thomasin Willis and Daniel Ray. 

Coventry, 47. 

[The Rev. Samuel Ward, B.D., the maker of the above will, was the town 
preacher at Ipswich, and a celebrated Puritan author. He was the eldest son of 
the Rev. John Ward of Haverhill, in Suffolk, and brother of the Rev. Nathaniel 
Ward, author of the Massachusetts Body of Liberties, or code of laws adopted in 
1641. Samuel Ward married, January 2, 1604-5, Deborah Bolton, widow, of Isle- 
ham, Cambridgeshire. It seems from this will that she had two sons, Robert and 
John Bolton, by her first husband. For further details of his life, see a brief me- 


moir of Rev. Samuel Ward, appended to the editor's memoir of the Rev. Nathaniel 
Ward (Albany, 1868). An abstract of his will, furnished by the late Col. Chester, 
will be found on pages 154-5 of that work. — Ed.] 

Margaret Simonds, late widow of John Simonds, late of Kunckles 
Alley in London, deceased, her nuncupative will, August, 1G65 ; To daugh- 
ter Margaret Burton, who is now beyond the seas. Proved 6 March, 1667, 
by Margaret Burton. Hene 36. 

Timothy Snape, London, yeoman, one of the sons of Edmond Snape, 
late of the parish of St. Saviors, in Southwark, co. Surrey, clerk, deceased, 
being bound forth on a voyage to Virginia in the parts beyond the seas, 
executed his will 10 September, 1624, proved 9 July, 1629. He names 
brothers and sisters, Samuel, Nathaniel and John Snape, Hannah, now 
wife of John Barker, citizen and haberdasher of London, and Sarah Snape, 
spinster. Ridley, 67. 

Samuel Ive, of Portsmouth, 13 July, 1667, proved 17 August, 1667, by 
John Ive, brother and executor. To sister Sarah Putland, of Strood, wife 
of Elias Putland, four score pounds. To brother John Ive. To Mary Al- 
deridge or any other of our kindred. To my brother Thomas Ive twenty 
pounds. To Mary Alderidge, my sister's daughter, twelve pence. To Rob- 
ert Reynolds, carver, all my working tools and the time of my servant John 
Rauly which he has yet to serve, only six months of the time I do give to 
the said John Rauly. To M rU Reynolds what goods I have in the house, 
except my desk and trunk of linen and wearing clothes, which I do give to 
my brother Thomas Ive if he live to come home ; or, else, to my brother 
John Ive, to whom all the residue. Carr, 107. 

[Much about the Ive family will be found in Emmerton and Waters's Gleanings 
from English Records, pp. 60-1. — Ed.] 

William Quicke, citizen and grocer of London, 26 October, 1614, 
proved 21 January, 1614. He mentions daughter Apphia, wife Elizabeth, 
daughter Elizabeth, daughter Debora, brother Nicholas Quicke and his 
children, the rest of brothers' and sisters' children, kinswoman Mary Mar- 
shall the younger, brother-in-law Thomas Hodges, merchant taylor, &c. 

" I give and bequeath to and amongest my three daughters aforesaid, all 
my pte of all such landes, tenements and hereditaments as shall from time 
to time be recovered, planted and inhabited eyther in Virginia or in the 
somer Ilandes heretofore called the Bermoodas togither w th all such mynes 
and mineralls of gold, silver and other mettalls or treasure, perles, precious 
stones or any kinde of wares and mercbandices, comodities or profitts what- 
soever which shalbe obtayned or gotten in or by the said voyages and plan- 
tations accordinge to the adventure and portion of money that I have em- 
ployed to that use." Rudd, 1. 

[John Smith, in his " Generall Historie," Ed. 1626, page 126, gives the name of 
William Quicke in the List of the Adventurers for Virginia. — R. A. Brock, of 
Richmond, Va.] 

Nathaniel Warde, of Old Winsor, co. Berks, Doctor in Divinity, 3 
December, nineteenth of K. Charles, proved 11 February, 1667. He men- 
tions wife Susanna and marriage contract, a bond of one thousand pounds 
unto M r Thomas Hanchett and M r Solomon Smith, in trust for said wife. 
Son Nathaniel to be executor. The witnesses were Robert Aldridge, Eliz- 
abeth Reynolds and (the mark of) Edward Stokes. Hene, 26. 


Smalehope Bigg, of Cranbrooke in the County of Kent, clothier, 3 
May, 1638, proved 3 October, 1638, by John Bigg. Brother John Bigg, 
of Maidstone, to be executor. To the poor of Cranbrooke ten pounds. 
To my Aunt Mary Bridger of West Peckharn and her two sons, Robert 
and Thomas Betts ; to my kinswomen, the wife of William Hunt of Brench- 
lev, Anne Bottinge of Brenchley, widow, and the wife of John Saxby of 
Leeds ; to Judith, wife of Thomas Tadnall, late of Dover; to Godfrey Mar- 
tin of Old Romney and his sisters ; to the children of Robert Pell of New 
Romney, jurat, deceased. 

To my kinsfolk Thomas Bate, of Lydd, James Bate, Clement Bate, the 
wife of William Batchelor, John Compton, Edward White and Martha his 
wife, all which are now resident in New England, twenty shillings each. I 
give ten pounds to be distributed to them or to others in New England by 
my mother and my brother John Stow. To Peter Master of Cranbrook 
who married my sister. To my mother Rachell Bigg one hundred pounds. 
Lands &c. at Rye in County Sussex to my wife Ellin. To my sisters Pa- 
tience Foster and Elizabeth Stow in New England. To Ilopestill Foster, 
son of my sister three hundred pounds. To Tliomas and John Stow, sons 
of my sister Stow two hundred pounds each. To Elizabeth Stow and the 
other three children (under age) of my said sister Stow. Lands in Hors- 
monden to my brother John Bigg. Lands at Wittersham, Lidd and Cran- 
brook to Samuel Bigg, my brother's son, at the age of twenty-three years. 
My friends John Nowell of Rye, gentleman, James Holden and Thomas 
Bigg the elder, of Cranbrook, clothiers, to be overseers. To my cousin 
Hunt's children and John Saxbey's children; to the two sons of my Aunt 
Betts; to my cousin Bottenn's children; to my cousin Pell's children, viz., 
Joan Pell, Elizabeth Pell, Richard Pell and Thomas Baytope's wife. 

After a hearing of the case between John Bigg, brother and executor pi 
the one part, and Helleu alias Ellen Bigg (the relict), Patience Bigg alias 
Foster, wife of Richard Foster, and Elizabeth Bigg alias Stow, wife of 
Richard (sic) Stow, testator's sisters, of the other part, sentence was pro- 
nounced to' confirm the will 4 April, 1639 (the widow having previously 
died, as shown by date of probate of her own will which follows). 

Consistory Court, Canterbury, Vol. 51, Leaf 115. 

Ellen Bigge, of Cranbrooke, widow of Smalehope Bigge, of Cran- 
brook, clothier, 24 November, proved 12 February, 1638. To be buried 
in Cranbrooke Cemetery, near my husband. To Samuel Bigge, son of my 
brother John Bigge, of Maidstone. Lands and tenements at Rye in the 
County of Sussex to my only sister Mary, wife of Edward Benbrigg, jurat, 
of Rye, for her life, remainder to her son John Benbridge ; to Anne Ben- 
bridge, alias Burrish, and Elizabeth and Mary Benbrig, daughters of my 
aforesaid sister Mary. To John Benbrigg, clerk, Thomas Benbrigg and 
Samuel Benbrigg, sons of my deceased sister Elizabeth ; also her daughters 
Anne Benbrigge, alias Puttland, and Elizabeth Benbrigg (the last named 
under age). My said sister Mary Benbrigg and her son John Benbrigg to 
be executors. To Peter Master, son of my brother Peter Master, of Cran- 
brooke; to my sister-in-law Katherine Master. To William Dallett (son 
of my dec'd sister Bridgett) and his son (under age). To William Ed- 
wards, son of my sister Mercy. To Thomas Pilcher, Elizabeth Pilcher 
alias Beinson, Judith Pilcher alias Burges, and Anne Pilcher, son and 
daughters of my uncle John Pilcher of Rye, deceased. To Mary, wife of 
Robert Cushman and their son Thomas (under age). James Holden of 


Cranbrooke, clothier, and my brother-in-law Peter Master of Cranbrooke, 
mercer, to be overseers. 

Archdeaconry, Canterbury, Vol. 70, Leaf 482. 

Will of John Bigg, of Maidstone, co. Kent., jurat, begun Aug. 17, 
1640, finished March 27, 1641, probated Feb. 7, 1642. 

Mr. Andrew Broughton, Ex r , friends James Bolden of Cranbrook and 
Thomas Lamb of Staplehurst, overseers. Legacies to Roger Ball, John 
Bowdeu, William Whetston, Samuel Browne, Samuel Skelton, widow 
Clarke, widow Peirce Susan the wife of Daniel Clarke my ancient servant, 
William Lawramau, William Ayerst, Richard Weller Sen r , of Cranbrook, 
— Cheeseman, my porter and fetcher in of my water, old goodman Greensmith 
of Loose, widow Darby of Staplehurst. old goodman Humphry or his wife of 
Harresham, widow Warren late of Sandwich, Mr. Harber Minister of Raish 
beside Malliuge, Mr. Elmeston schoolmaster of Maidstone, Mr. Goodacker 
and Mr. Bramston, brother to widow Charleton of Loose, "two poore 
godlie ministers, I think of Sussex," Damarys Wilson now living with me 
and her father and mother, Mary Tatnell daughter of Thomas T. now living 
with me and her sister Judah Tatnell. 

Also to Packnam Johnson, now living with me, my sister Johnson his 
mother, my cousin Milles widow, living at Raysh,my cousin Botten, widow, 
living at Brenchley, my aunt Bredger of Peckham, my cousin Hunt's 
wife of Brenchley, my cousin Saxbey's wife of Leeds, my cousin Gaskyne 
and my cousin Betes living about Lengly. My mother Bigg, my sister 
Foster, my brother Stowe, all these living in New England. Hopestill 
Foster, Thomas Stowe, John Stowe, Nathaniel Stowe, Samuel Stowe, my 
brother Stowe's two daughters, Elizabeth Stowe,. Thankful Stowe. 

My wife Sibella Bigg. Elizabeth Pell dwelling with me. My cousin 
Beatupes wife of Tenterden. Marie Terrie in New England. My cousin 
Godfrey Martyne, my cousin Smith's wife of Laclomi, late Saltman. My 
cousin William Boysse. John Crumpe, son of Thomas Crumpe. My brother 
Beaccons. Cousin Yonge of Canterbury. My brother Peter Masters of 
Cranbrooke and his four children. My cousin James Bate of New England. 
My cousin Lyne of New England. Clement Bate and William Bachelor. 
Edward Whitt, John Compton, John Moore, Thomas Bridgdeu, Goodman 
Beale that went from Cranbrook and my cousin Betts there. My brother 
Robert Swinocke and his wife. Mr. John London. My mother Mrs. Dorothie 
Maplisden, my brother Mr. Jervis Maplisden and his wife, my brother 
Mr. Nyuion Butcher and his wife, Mr. Thomas Swynocke, my brother in 
law, Mr. Wilson and his wife, my brother Wildinge, Mrs. Marie Duke. 
Mr. Elmeston of Cranbrook. James Holden of Cranbrook. My brother 
Smallhope Bigg, late of Cranbrook. My brother Beaccon's will. Mr. 
William Randolph. Mr. Robert Drayner. 

Crane, 11. 

A copy of this will was printed in the Register, xxix. 256. — H. F. W. 

[See will of Christopher Gibson, Suffolk Probate Records, vi. 64. He and Hope- 
still Foster, Jr., married sisters, daughters of James Bate. 

For the foregoing abstracts of the wills of Smalehope Bigg and his widow, Mrs. 
Ellen Bigge, the readers of the Register are indebted to the kindness of Joseph 
Eedes, Esq., who has, moreover, given me numerous clews and references to other 


American names, to be followed up hereafter. Indeed all my fellow workers here 
are constantly exhibiting proof of that good will and kindly fellowship which my 
experience, in America as well as England, has shown me to be characteristic of 
the brotherhood of antiquaries. Henry F. Waters. 

By an instrument dated Sept. 10, 1653, recorded with Suffolk Deeds, lib. i. fol. 
318, Hopestill Foster of the one part and Thomas, Nathaniel and Samuel Stowe of 
the other part, all of New England, lor the purpose of ending the " many & vn- 
comfortable differences " which have arisen concerning the wills of their deceased 
uncles Mr. Smallhope Bigg and Mr. John Bigg both of the County of Kent in old 
England, and which " haue occasioned much trouble each to other p'tic & likewise 
vncomfortable suits att Lawe," agree that each party shall " enioy what they now 
enioy namely Hopestill fibster or his assignes the one half of all those lauds In 
Crambrooke Withersham & Lidd w ch m r Smallhop [ ] Bigg gaue vnto Samuell Bigg 
his Brothers Sonne & Thomas Stowe and his sonne John as heires to John Stowe his 
Uncle deceased And Nathaniell & Samuell Stowe the other half of the said land 
and likewise quietly & peacably to enioy the lands of m r John Bigg of 60 u a yeare or 
thereabout w ch hoe deuided as by his will is exp r sed Unto Hopstill fibster 15 u a yeare, 
John Stowe 15 u a year, Thomas Nathaniell & Samuell y e remainder." — John T. 


Smallhope Bigg, in his will, mentions sisters Patience Foster and Elizabeth Stow 
They were the wives of Hopestill Foster of Dorchester (see Dorchester Antiq. Soci- 
ety's Hist Doich., p. 118) and John Stow of Roxbury (see the Apostle Eliot's Ch. 
Records. Register, xxxv. 244). Of the kinsmen whom he names, Edward White, 
Dorchester, Mass , had married in 1616, at St. Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent, 
Martha King, according to a pamphlet printed in 1863, entitled, In Memoriam 
Lieut. W. Greenough White ; John Coaipton was probably the person of the name 
who settled at Roxbury (Reg. xxxv. 244), and William Batcbelor may have been 
the Charlestown settler who had wives Jane and Rachel (Wyman's Charlestown, 
i. 42). Clement Bate settled at Hingham (Barry's Hanover, p. 245) and James 
Bate at Dorchester (Hist. Dorch. p. 106) . For the parentage of the latter, see Reg- 
ister, xxxi. 142. 

John Bigg in his will (Reg. xxix. 259), mentions as persons " that went from 
Cranbrook,'' 'Edward Whitt [White], John Compton, John Moore, Thomas 
Brigden and Goodman Beale." — Editor.] 

Thomas Bell, senior, of London, merchant, 29 January, 1671, proved 
3 May, 1072, by Susanna Bell, his relict and sole executrix. 

I give unto Mr. Johu Elliott, minister of the church and people of God 
at Roxbury in New England and Captaiue Isaac Johnson, whom I take to 
be an officer or overseer of and in the said church, and to one such other 
like godly person now bearing office in the said church and their successors, 
the minister and other two such Head Officers of the church at Roxbury, 
as the whole church there, from time to time, shall best approve of succes- 
sively, from time to time forever, all those my messuages or tenements, 
lands and hereditaments, with their and every of their appurtenances, scit- 
uate, lying and being at Roxbury in New England aforesaid, iu the parts 
beyond the seas — To Have and To Hold to the said Minister and Officers of 
the said church of Roxbury for the time being and their successors, from 
time to time forever, — In Trust only notwithstanding to and for the main- 
tenance of a Scoole-master and free schoole for the teaching and instruc- 
tion of Poore mens children at Roxbury aforesaid forever, And to and for 
no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever. 

Whereas my son Thomas Bell did pay unto me the sum of three hun- 
dred pounds which he received in marriage with his wife, I therefore give. 
&C, over and besides two hundred pounds formerly given him, the sum of 
twelve hundred pounds within twelve months after my decease. If he be 
dead then to his wife Jane the sum of five hundred pounds. To grand 
child Clement Bell three hundred pounds at the age of one and twenty. To 
grand child Thomas Bell three hundred and fifty pounds ; to grand child 


Simon Bell one hundred and fifty pounds at one and twenty. Whereas I 
gave in marriage with my daughter Susan to John Wall deceased the 
sum of three hundred pounds and afterwards the sum of four hundred 
pounds to M r John Bell her now husband, I do give to M r John Bell and 
to said Susan his wife the sum of eighty pounds between them. To grand 
child John Wall the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds at the age of 
one and twenty. To Simon Baxter, my son-in-law, and Sarah his wife 
eighty pounds, and for Edward and Simon their sous, and to Sarah and 
Susan Baxter, my grand children, one hundred pounds apiece at age of one 
and twenty or on day of marriage, &c. To my daughter Mary Turpin, 
wife of John Turpin ; to Edward Bell, son of my brother Edward, at age 
of twenty one years ; to Elizabeth and Sarah Bell, at age of twenty one ; 

to Susanna , late wife of Edward Bell, and to her two children which 

she had by the said Edward ; to the poor of the parish of Allhallows Bar- 
king, London, where I now dwell, &c. 

I do hereby give and bequeath unto Thomas Makins, my sister's son, in 
New England, the sum of twenty pounds and to the other child of my said 
sister, whose name I remember not, twenty pounds. And to all the child- 
ren of my sister Christian, on her body begotten, who married one Chap- 
pell* or Chapman, I give and bequeath twenty pounds apiece, &c. To my 
cousin Ann Bugg, widow, an annuity of three pounds for life. To cousin 
Thomas Wildboare (my cousin Sarah's son) ten pounds at age of twenty 
one, and to Susan, her daughter, ten pounds. To said cousin Sarah Wild- 
boare the sum of twenty pounds, and her husband to have no power over it. 
A legacy to M r Isaac Daffron. The sum of one hundred pounds to be dis- 
tributed among poor necessitous men late ministers of the Gospel, of which 
number I will that that M r Knoles and M r John Colling, both late of New 
England be accounted. Legacies to the said M r Knoles and M r Samuel 
Knolls his son, M r John Colling and one M r Ball. To my cousin M r John 
Bayley of little Warmfield, in co. Suffolk and his wife aud daughter Mar- 
tha and his other four children ; to my cousin William Whood and his wife; 
to my uncle's daughter of S' Edmuudsbury whose husband's name is John 
Cason ; to Mary Bell, daughter of brother Bell. Houses iu Grace church 
St., London, to wife Susan for life, then to son Thomas. I omit to give 
anything to his daughter. Eure, 56. 

[Thomas Bell of Roxbury and his wife " had letters of Dismission granted & sent 
to England an 1(354 7 m0 ," according to the Apostle Eliot's records (Reg. xxxv. 
245). Thomas Meakins and his wife Catherine were admitted to the church in 
Boston, Feb. 2, 1633-4. His son Thomas settled in Brain tree, and thence removed 
to Roxbury and Hadley (Savage). " Al r Knoles and M r John Colling," mentioned 
as " ministers of the Gospel," were the Rev. Hanserd Knollys and the Rev. John 
Collins. Knollys preached at Dover, N. 11., awhile, and returned in 1641 to Eng- 
land. He died in London, September 19, 1691, aged 93. See his Life and Times, 
London, 1692, and articles by A. H. Quint, D.D., in the Congregational Quarterly, 
xiii. 38-53 ; and by J. N. Brown, D.D., in Sprague's Annals of the American Pul- 
pit, vi. 1-7. A society in England for publishing Baptist historical works was 
named for him. The Rev. John Collins, graduated H. C. 1649, returned to Eng- 
land, was chaplain to Gen. Monk, and afterwards pastor of an Independent Church 
in London, where he died, Dec. 3, 1687. (See Sibley's Harvard Graduates, i. 186- 
91.) He was a son of Edward Collins, of Cambridge, N. E., who with sons Daniel, 
John and Samuel and daughter Sible, are mentioned in 1639, in the will of his bro- 
ther Daniel Collins, of London. (Emmerton and Waters's Gleanings, p. 20.) Mr. 
Waters sends us, as confirmatory of his queries four years ago, in Emmerton 
and Waters's Gleanings, p. 21, about the Collins family, the two following short 
pedigrees : 

* Perhaps William Chappell of New London. (See Savage's Gen. Diet. i. 363.)— H. F. W. 


Sain 1 Bedle of Wolverston, Suff.— Abigail, dau. of ... Collins in com. E,<sex. 


John. Samuel. Nathan'l. Dorothy. Abigail. 

Have we not here, Mr. Waters adds, Abigail widow of Samuel Bedle, wife of 
William Thompson, sister of Daniel Collins, Dorothy daughter of above and first 
wife of John Bowles, and Abigail her sister wife of Michael Powell ? 

John Collyns of London, Salter= Abigail, dau. of Thos. Rose of Exmouth, co. 

| Devon, 3d wife. 

Daniel Collyns of London, merch 1 . 1633, s. p.=Sibil, dau. of Thos. Francklyn of 

London, goldsmith. 

— Editor.] 

Nathaniel Eeles, of Harpenden in the County of Hartford, 28 
March, 1678, with codicil of 9 April, 1678, proved 12 February, 1678. 
To wife Sarah one third of household goods and the lease of Denhames 
house and land, and the money made of her lands at Boringdon, now in 
the hands of M r Combes of Hemsted, for her natural life, and my watch 
and largest English bible in folio, with annotations thereon, in two volumes, 
and Deodate's Annotations, and all the books I have of M r Carill upon Job, 
&c. Certain property to three daughters at day of marriage or age of 
twenty four years. To son Nathaniel ten pounds and my sealing ring, he 
having formerly received his portion, for which I have a writing under 
his hand. To son John ten pounds, he having received his portion and 
part formerly, the said ten pounds to be paid to him within one year after 
my decease, or be then or as soon as may well be after sent over to him 
into Virginia, if he be then living ; and if he die before the time limited 
for the payment thereof to him, I give the said ten pounds unto my son 
Nathaniel. To son Isaac my lease of Denhames, with the rents and pro- 
fits thereof, after the decease of my wife, and all my books, he to pay ten 
pounds unto my son Daniel within one year after the decease of my wife. 
To sons Jacob, Joseph and Jeremiah, to each one hundred and fifty pounds 
for to educate, maintain, and put them forth to callings and for the setting 
them up in their trades after they shall have served up their apprenticeships 
or times with them to whom my wife shall put them ; and the like sum of 
one hundred and fifty pounds to son Daniel for the same ends and purposes. 

The portions to my four sons last named shall be paid unto them at their 
ages of twenty four years or when they shall have served out their appren- 
ticeships and need the same to set up with, at the discretion of my wife. To 
daughter Sarah two hundred pounds ; to daughters Rebecca and Mary one 
hundred and fifty pounds each ; and to every of my sons and daughters I 
give a practice of Piety (a book so called) and M r Alley his Treatise of 
Conversion and M r Baxter his call to the unconverted, and a new bible to 
such as need the same. To my very loving brother M r William Eeles and 
my dear and loving sister M rs Foster, both which I appoint to be overseers 
of this my will, I give twenty pounds to each of them and desire them, by 
all the love they ever bare to me, to give my destitute and afflicted wife the 
best assistance, counsel and advice they can in all cases, from time to time, 
as need shall require. To loving sisters M" Eeles and M rs Pearse, to each 
of them ten pounds, to buy them rings. My dear and loving wife Sarah to 
be sole executrix. The one hundred pounds in M r Coombe's hand is of 
right my wife's during her life. 

The witnesses to the will were William Eele, John Eeles, Will : Eeles 


jun r and Jos: Marlow. All but the first named were witnesses to the 
codicil. King, 1 6. 

[In Calamy and Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial (1802), Vol. II., page 306, 
under the head of Harden, in Hertfordshire, we learn that Mr. Nathaniel Eeles (of 
Emmanuel College, Cambridge) was born at Aldenham in that county, of good pa- 
rentage. Having prosecuted his Btudies till he was senior bachelor and then stu- 
died two years at Utrecht, he was ordained a Presbyter, returned to England and 
preached at Caddington in Bedfordshire. In 1643 he was called by the people of 
Harding to be their preacher. There he continued till the year 1661, when he was 
ejected. He preached in private in sundry places till 1672, when he took out a li- 
cense for his own house at Harding, where he preached, gratis, to all who would 
come. He died 18 December, 1678, aged 61, leaving, we are told, a wife and ten 
children.— H. F. W. 

I do not know of any present representative of the name Eeles in Virginia. I find 
that Samuel Eale and John Stith received a grant of 500 acres in Charles City Co., 
Va., in 1652. Va. Land Registry, Book 5, p. 268.— R. A. B.] 

Marmaduke Goode, of Ufton, in Berkshire, clerk, 5 September, 1678, 
proved 20 February, 1678, by Samuel and Mary Goode, executors. To 
brother Samuel Goode all that messuage or tenement, with the appurte- 
nances, lying in Sulhamsteed Abbots and South Bannister which I hold by 
lease from Francis Perkins Esquire, to said Samuel to enjoy the same dur- 
ing his natural life; and, after his death, I give the said messuage &c. to 
my niece Mary Goode, the daughter of my brother John Goode, to enjoy 
for the remaining term of the said lease. To my brother John Goode, citi- 
zen of London, & to Susanna his now wife all my house, tenement, lands and 
hereditaments &c. in Sylchester in the County of Southhampton, which I 
purchased of John Carter of Sylchester, and after their decease, to my neph- 
ew Marmaduke Goode, son of the said John Goode, he to pay to his sisters, 
Elizabeth, Susanna and Anne, forty pounds apiece within twelve months 
after he shall be possessed of the said lands and premisses at Silchester. 
To my brother William Goode my messuages or tenements, &c. called or 
known by the name of the Heath lands or heath grounds, situated, lying & 
being in the several parishes of Ufton and Sulhamsteed, in the county of 
Berks, and which I lately purchased of Richard Wilder of Tlieale in the 
parish of Tylehurst, in the said County of Berks, innholder, during his 
natural life and afterwards to my nephew Robert Goode, sou of the said 
William Goode and his heirs forever, he to pay to his two sisters, Elianor 
and Mary, forty pounds within twelve months, &c. To my sister Mary 
Haines and her two maiden daughters fifty pounds apiece within one year 
after my decease ; to my brother John Goode in Virginia ten pounds with- 
in twelve months after my decease, according to the appointment of my 
brother John Goode, citizen of London ; to my brother Thomas Goode, in 
Ireland, ten pounds (in the same way) ; to my sister Ann Wickens of Up- 
ton ten pounds ; to my servant Alice Payee ten pounds ; to my servant 
Hugh Larkum five pounds. All the rest of the property to brother Sam- 
uel Goode and niece Mary Goode, daughter of my brother John Goode, 
who are appointed joint executors. 

The witnesses were Samuel Brightwell and Robert King. 

King, 17. 

[By family tradition John Goode came to Virginia from Whitby, England, about 
1660, with his wife, and purchased the plantation of one Gough (situated on the 
south side of James River, about four miles from the city of Manchester) which he 
named " Whitby." His descendants have intermarried with many prominent fam- 
ilies of Virginia, including the Harrisons, Blunds, Turpins, Gordons, Scotts, Cookes 


and others. Col. Thomas F. Goode and Hon. John Goode of Virginia, and Prof. 
G. Brown Goode of the Smithsonian Institution, are descendants of John Goode. 
" Whitby " is now the property of A. D. Williams, Esq., Richmond, Virginia.— 
R. A. B] 

Mary Hoskins, of Richmond in the County of Surrey, widow, 30 July, 
1678, proved 28 February, 1G78. To my dear mother Anne Githins, wid- 
ow, all my plate and linen and diamond locket aud five hundred pounds 
within three mouths after my decease. To M" Mariana Carletou, the wife 
of Matthew Carleton, gentleman, my best diamond ring aud twenty pounds. 
Ten pounds apiece to be paid to the three children of my late deceased bro- 
ther John Githins in Meriland, Philip, John aud Mary Githins. To Mary 
Evererd, daughter of Robert Evererd of Godstone, five pounds and five 
pounds to Richard Nye, whom I placed with M r Taw. Twenty pounds to 
be laid out in placing two boys to trades, whereof one to be of Oxted and 
the other of Godstone. All my houses in the Maze in Southwark, held of 
S' Thomas Hospital and all other personal estate, &c. to my loving brother 
William Githins, Gentleman, whom I appoint executor. 

The witnesses were Thomas Jenner, Richard Smith (by mark), Wine- 
frut King of Petersham and Jeoffrey Glyd. King, 19. 

The pedigree of the Hoskins Family of Oxted is given in various MSS. 
in the British Museum. The marriage of any Hoskins with the testatrix 
named above has not been found. 

[The name Everard has had most prominent representatives in Maryland, Virginia 
and North Carolina, and is a favored Christian name in the distinguished Meade 
family of Virginia. — R. A. B.] 

Anne Jones, of S* Clement Danes in the County of Middlesex, wid- 
ow, 20 February, 1676, proved 6 February, 1678. To Bridget Waite, 
wife of William Waite (certain household effects) aud the lease of my 
house wherein I now dwell, she paying the rent, &c. All the rest to my 
son Thomas Daniell who is in Virginia, beyond the seas. Aud I do hereby 
make my said son Thomas Daniell full and sole executor, and my friends 
Charles Stepkin Esq. and M r Richard Southey overseers, they to keep the 
estate in trust for my said son Thomas Daniell. In case he die before he 
comes from beyond the seas, then I bequeath to Edward Jones and Patience 
Jones, son & daughter of Johu Jones, of the parish of S' Clement Danes, 
taylor, five pounds apiece ; and all the rest of my estate to Mark Work- 
man and Elizabeth Workman, son and daughter of Mark Workman, late 
of the parish of S' Mary Magdalen, old Fish Street Loudon, deceased, 

The witnesses were Richard Southey, Jun r . John Searle and Ro: Stone. 

King, 19. 

[I find of record in the Virginia Land Registry, Book No. 8, p. 428, a grant of 130 
acres in the Counties of Isle of Wight and " Nanzimond," Va., to Owen Daniell, 
in 1695 — R. A. B.J 

Robert Lucas, of Hitchin, in the County of Hertford, in his will of 13 
January, 1678, proved 14 February, 1678, speaks of land purchased of 
William Papworth of New England, lying close to land which was here- 
tofore that of the testator's father, Simon Lucas, deceased, and lands here- 
tofore the lands of William Willis. King, 21. 

[ Query. Where did William Papworth reside ? — Ed.] 


Anthony Roby, of the Province of Carolina, 6 December, 1686, proved 
1 1 July, 1688. To mother Early Roby, in England, all my estate in Caro- 
lina or elsewhere ; if she be dead then to her next heirs then living. My 
friend Andrew Percivall Esquire, of the said Province, to be sole executor. 

The witnesses were David Harty, James Wyatt and John Shelton. 

Exton, 99. 

John Reed, mariner, 4 April, 1688, proved 6 July, 1688. I bequeath 
all my concerns aboard the ship Richard, of London, John Reade Master, 
riding at anchor in the York River, to my loving wife Mary Reade of Bris- 
tol. I desire my loving friend Capt. Trim, commander of the ship Judy, 
riding at anchor in York River, to take accompt. 

The witnesses were Benjamin Eyre, George Lodge and Charles Perkes. 

Exton, 99. 

[John Read was granted 145 acres in Gloucester Co., March 18, 1652. Va. Land 
Registry Office, Book 5, p. 280. There are grants within a short period thereaf- 
ter to Alexander Argubell and James Read or Reade. 

The Eyres-have been continuously seated in Northampton Co., Va., from the 17th 
century. They early intermarried with the Severns, Southeys and Lyttletons, and 
these latter names are now favored Christian names in the family. — R. A. B.] 

Henry Woodhouse, of the parish of Linhaven, of lower Norfolk in 
Virginia, 29 January, 1686, owned to be his will 31 January, 1686-7, and 
proved 24 July, 1688. To eldest son Henry Woodhouse my plantation 
where I live (containing five hundred acres, and described) ; to second son, 
Horatio, property called Moyes land (adjoining the above) ; to son John 
(other real estate) ; to sou Henry two negroes Roger and Sarah ; to daugh- 
ters Elizabeth and Lucy, daughter Mary, wife of William More, and 
daughter Sarah, wife of Cason More. Exton, 102. 

[I find the following grants of land to the name Woodhouse, of record in the Va. 
Land Registry Office : Thomas Woodhouse, 200 acres in James City Co., March 24, 
1644, Book No. 2, p. 1 ; Henry Woodhouse, 200 acres in Lynhaven parish, Lower 
Norfolk Co., April 5, 1649, p. 167 ; the same, 275 acres in same, May 11, 1652, Bk. 
No. 3, p. 254 ; the same, 749 acres in the same, April 3, 1670, Book No. 6, p. 357 , 
Hamond Woodhouse. 340 acres in Charles City Co., April 20, 1669, Book No. 6, 
p. 216.— R. A. B.] 

Michael Griggs, of County Lancaster, Colony of Virginia, gentle- 
man, 17 April, 1687, proved 10 September, 1688. To my father-in-law 
Robert Schofield. To wife Anne Griggs the residue. The witnesses were 
William Lee, Richard Farrington and William Carter. 

The above will was proved at London "juramento Annae Bray, als 
Griggs (modo uxoris Richardi Bray) relictae dicti defuncti et executricis," &c. 

Exton, 117. 

[William Lee was doubtless the son of Col. Richard Lee, the founder of the dis- 
tinguished family of the name in Virginia. 

The name Bray is of early seating in Virginia. John Bray received a grant of 
200 acres in " Worrosquinack " Co., June 4, 1636. Va. Land Records, Book No. 
l,p. 362. His descendants intermarried with the Harrison and other prominent 
families. The Brays intermarried early also with the Plomer, Plommer, Plum- 
mer or Plumer family. — R. A. B.] 

John Curtis, of Boston, Co. Middlesex, New England, mariner, be- 
longing to Majesty's ship the English Tyger, appoints Robert Chipchace 
in County Middlesex, Old England, his attorney and sole executor, 31 Jan- 
uary, 1689-90, in presence of Thos. Coall and Tho' Browne. Proved 3 
December, 1690, by Robert Chipchace. Dyke, 200. 


Elizabeth Bretland, late the wife of William Bretland, deceased, 
Barbados, 6 October, 1 687. Legacies to daughters Elizabeth Taylor and 
Millecent Acklam ; to grandson Peter Jones ; to grandsons John and Jacob 
Legay. I give and bequeath to my brother Adam Coulson's children, of 
Reading near Boston, in New England, the sum of one hundred pounds, 
to be equally divided among them or the survivor of them. 

Cousin Edward Munday and M r John Mortimer of London, merchants, 
to be executors of the will. 

Item I give unto my brother Adam Coulson's children, of Reading, near 
Boston, in New England, one negro woman, by name Sarah, being my own 
proper purchase, or to the survivor of them, to be sent to them the first 
opportunity after my decease. I leave, according to the desire of' my dear 
husband, Mr. Edward Munday, to my three daughters, Elizabeth, Mille- 
cent and Mary, thirty five pounds of silver, at twelve ounces to the pound. 

Friends, Capt. Elisha Mellowes and Mr. John Hooker, to be executors 
for that portion of the estate in the Barbados. 

The witnesses made deposition as to this will 3 April, 1689. It was en- 
tered and recorded in the Secretary's Office, 17 February, 1689. Proved 
in London 5 December, 1690. Dyke, 199. 

[Adam Colson, of Reading, Mass., married Sept. 8, 1668, Mary, daughter of Jo- 
siah Dustin. He was schoolmaster there from 1679 to 1681. He died March 1, 
1687. See Eaton's Reading, p. 58, and Savage. — Ed.] 

Robert Hathorne, the elder, of the parish of Bray in the county of 
Berks, yeoman, 15 February, 1689, proved 16 February, 1691. He left 
all his estate to his son Robert Hathorne, the younger, of the parish of 
Bray in the county of Berks. Fane, 49. 

[The testator of the above will was doubtless a brother of Major William Hath- 
orne of Salem, Massachusetts, ancestor of the distinguished writer Nathaniel Haw- 
thorne. (See Emmerton & Waters's Gleanings from English Records.) — H. F. W.] 

Edward Gadsby, of Stepney, in the county of Middlesex, mariner, 
bound out to sea " with M r Penn to Virginy " in the Charity of London, 
appointed John Duffield, citizen and barber-surgeon of London, his attorney, 
&c. 30 January, 1692, proved 28 April, 1696. He wished all his estate 
to be given to his brother Samuel Gadsby, of Woodborough, in the Coun- 
ty of Nottingham, basket-maker. Bond, 47. 

Daniel Johnson, of Lynn in New England, trumpeter, 22 June, 1695, 
appointed Patrick Hayes of Bermondsey in the County of Surrey, vict- 
ualler, to receive and collect his bounty or prizernoney, pursuant to their 
Majesties' Gracious Declaration of 23 May, 1689, and all such money, &c. 
as should be due to him for service in any of their Majesties' ships, frigates 
or vessels or any merchant ships, &c. He gave and bequeathed all unto 
his beloved children (without naming them) equally to be divided among 
them. Proved 6 April, 1696. Bond, 51. 

[There was a Daniel Johnson at Lynn, Mass., who married March 2, 1674, Mar- 
tha Parker, and had Abigail, born April 21, 1675, Stephen and Nathaniel, twins, 
born Feb. 14, 1678, Sarah, born July 5, 1680, Elizabeth, born March 7, 1682, and 
Simon, born Jan. 25, 1684 (Savage). — Ed] 

John Rolfe. of James City in Virginia, Esquire, 10 March, 1621, 
proved 21 May, 1630, by William Pyers. Father-in-law Lieut. William 


Pyers, gentleman, to have charge of the two small children of very tender 
age. A parcell of land in the country of Toppahannah between the two 
creeks over against James City in the continent or country of Virginia to 
son Thomas Rolfe & his heirs ; failing issue, to my daughter Elizabeth; next 
to my right heirs. Land near Mulberry Island, Virginia, to Jane my wife 
during her natural life, then to daughter Elizabeth. To my servant Robert 
Davies twenty pounds. 

The witnesses were Temperance Yeardley, Richard Buck, John Cart- 
wright, Robert Davys and John Milwarde. Scroope, 49. 

[It would appear that John Rolfe was three times married, his first wife bear- 
ing him in 1609 one male child, which died on the Island of Bermuda. His second 
wife was Pocahontas, and his third Jane Pyers, or Poyers, of the text, the mother 
of the daughter Elizabeth. The son Thomas appears to have married in England, 
having issue Anthony, whose daughter Hannah married Sir Thomas Leigh of co. 
Kent, the descendants of that name and of the additional highly respectable names of 
Bennet and Spencer being now quite numerous. Died prior to 8 Nov. 1682. See 
Richmond Standard, Jan. 21, 1882. 

The witness Richard Buck (sometimes rendered Bucke) was doubtless the minis- 
ter of the name at Jamestown, who died sometime prior to 1624, leaving a widow, 
and children — Mara, Gershom, Benoni and Peleg. — R. A. B.] 

Sir George Yardley/, 12 October, 1627, proved 14 February, 1628. 
To wife Temperance all and every part and parcell of all such household 
stuff, plate, linen, woollen or any other goods, moveable or immoveable, 
of what nature or quality soever, as to me are belonging, and which now 
at the time of the date hereof are being and remaining within this house in 
James City wherein I now dwell. Item, as touching and concerning all 
the rest of my whole estate consisting of goods, debts, servants, " negars," 
cattle, or any other thing or things, commodities or profits whatsover to 
me belonging or appertaining either here in this country of Virginia, in 
England or elsewhere, together with my plantation of one thousand acres 
of land at Stanly in Warwicke River, my will and desire is that the same be 
all and every part aud parcell thereof sold to the best advantage for tobac- 
co and the same to be transported as soon as may be, either this year or the 
next, as my said wife shall find occasion, into P^ngland, and there to be 
sold or turned into money, &c. &c. The money resulting from this (with 
sundry additions) to be divided into three parts, of which one part to go to 
said wife, one part to eldest son Argoll Yeardley, and the other part to 
son Francis & to Elizabeth Yeardley equally. 

The witnesses were Abraham Peirsey, Susanna Hall and William Clay- 
borne, Scr. 

A codicil, dated 29 Oct. 1627, was witnessed by the same scrivener. 

Ridley, 9. 

Commission to administer on the estate of Sir George Yeardley, late in 
Virginia, deceased, was issued 14 March, 1627-8, to his brother Ralph 
Yeardley during the absence of the widow, relict, Temperance Yeardley, in 
the parts beyond the seas, &c. Admon Act Book for 1628. 

[From the Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series (London, 1860), we learn 
that Governor Francis West and the Council of Virginia certified to the Privy Coun- 
cil, 20 December, 1627, the death of Governor Sir George Yeardley and the election 
of Captain Francis West to succeed him in the government. In July, 1629, Ed- 
mund Rossingham sent in a petition to the Privy Council stating that he was agent 
to his uncle Sir George Yeardley, late Governor of Virginia, who dying before any 
satisfaction was made to the petitioner for being a chief means of raising his estate 
to the value of six thousand pounds, Ralph Yeardley, the brother, took administra- 


tion of the same. He prayed for relief and that his wrongs might he examined into. 
This was referred, July 11, 1629, to Sir Dudley Diggs, Sir Maurice Abbott, Tho- 
mas Gibbs and Samuel Wrote, late commissioners for that plantation, to examine 
into the true state of the case. Annexed is the report of Gibbs and Wrote, made 25 
Sept. 1629, describing in detail the petitioner's employments from 1613, and award- 
ing three hundred and sixty pounds as due to him in equity ; also an answer by Ralph 
Yeardley, administrator, &c, to Rossingham's petition. In January or February, 
1630, Rossingham sent in another petition praying for a final determination. In it 
he styles Ralph Yeardley an apothecary of London. On the nineteenth of February 
the Privy Council ordered Ralph Yeardley to pay two hundred pounds to the peti- 
tioner out of his brother's estate, twelve hundred pounds having already come into 
the administrator's hand. 

Captain Yeardley was chosen Governor of Virginia in 1618, in place of Lord De 
la Warr, who is said to have died in Canada, and he departed immediately thither 
with two ships and about three hundred men and boys. On the twenty-eighth of 
November Chamberlain writes that Captain Yeardley, " a mean fellow," goes Gov- 
ernor to Virginia, two or three ships being ready. To grace him the more the King 
knighted him this week at Newmarket, " which hath set him up so high, that he 
flaunts it up and down the streets in extraordinary bravery, with fourteen or fifteen 
fair liveries after him." He arrived in Virginia in April, 1619, and is said to have 
brought the colony from a very low state to an extremely flourishing condition. He 
was governor again 1626-27. — H. F. W. 

Colonel Argoll Yeardley married Sarah, daughter of John Custis, of Northamp- 
ton Co., Va., a native of Rotterdam and the founder of the socially distinguished 
family of the name in Virginia. 

"Colonel" Francis Yeardley (died August, 165?) married Sarah the widow of 
Adam Thorowgood and of John Gookins, the latter being her first husband. 

The name Yeardley, or properly Yardly, is still represented in the United States, 
but I know of none of the name in Virginia. 

One Abraham Piersey, or Percy, was treasurer of the colony of Virginia in 1619. 
He may have been the father of the first witness. The other witness was doubtless 
Col. William Clayborne, or Claiborne, as it is now rendered, the son of" the rebel " 
of the same name, who had the command of a fort in New Kent county in 1676 
(Major Lyddal serving with him), and who distinguished himself in the Indian 
wars of Bacon's Rebellion. There was of record in King William County, Va., a 
certificate of his valorous service, signed by Gov. William Berkeley and attested 
by Nathaniel Bacon (senior, of the Council) and Philip Ludwill. — R. A. B ] 

Edward Cole, of East Bergholt, in the county of Suffolk, clothier, 18 
August, 1649, proved the last of May, 1652. To wife Abigail; to young- 
est son Peter Cole ; to my two daughters Sarah and Mary Cole ; to the 
children of my son Edward Cole; to my grandchildren in New England 
twenty pounds. 

The witnesses were John Layman and Richard Royse. 

Bowyer, 103. 

Robert Feverteare, the elder, of Kelshall in the county of Suffolk, 
yeoman, 24 June, 1656, proved 5 September, 1656. To wife Elizabeth. 
Frances Brothers of Kelshall owes me on bond. To Edmund Feveryeare, 
my brother, the sum of forty shillings within six months after my decease. To 
William Feveryeare, my brother, three pounds. To Margaret Feveryeare, 
my sister, forty shillings within six months, &c. To Margery, my sister, 
wife of Robert Goodwin, forty shillings within twelve months, &c. ; also 
eight pounds- within twelve months, &c. To Anne, my sister, wife of John 
Miles, five pouods within six months, &c. To Richard Eade, mine uncle, 
twenty shillings ; to Mary Minstrell, my former servant, twenty shillings 
within six mouths, &c. To Robert Goodwin, the elder, my new suit of 
apparel. To Henry Minstrel, the elder, a legacy. Brother William and 
wife Elizabeth to be executors and residuary legatees. Berkeley, 333. 


Clement Chaplin, of Thetford, in the county of Norfolk, Clerk, 16 Au- 
gust, 1656, proved 23 September, 1656, by Sarah Chaplin his relict and 
sole executrix. To wife, Sarah, all my houses and lands in Hartford and 
Weathersfield in New England, to her and her heirs forever. Loving bro- 
ther Thomas Chaplin of Bury S* Edmunds in old England, and my kins- 
man Mr. William Clarke, of Rocksbury in New England to be supervi- 
sors. Witnessed by Elizabeth Gurnham (her mark) and John Spincke. 

Berkeley, 332. 

[The testator of the above will, son of William Chaplin " of Seraer " (see the Can- 
dler MS. No. 6071 ofHarleian Collection, British Museum), we are told was a chand- 
ler in Bury, went over into New England, and was one of the elders in the congre- 
gation whereof Mr. Hooker was minister. His wife Sarah was one of five daugh- 
ters and co-heiresses of Hinds, a goldsmith in Bury. Her sister Elizabeth was 

wife of Thomas Chaplin (mentioned above), linen draper in Bury, alderman and jus- 
tice of the peace for the County of Suffolk, her sister Margaret Hinds was married to 
George Groome of Kattlesden, Justice of the Peace, Abigail Hinds was married to 
Richard Scott of Braintree (who married secondly Alice Snelling), and Anne Hinds 

was married to Alliston. Mr. Chaplin had, besides the brother Thomas whom 

he names, a brother William of Blockeshall, who had issue, a brother Richard, of 
Semer (sine prole), a brother Edmund of Semer, who had many children, and a bro- 
ther Capt. Robert Chaplin of Bury, who had issue. A 6ister Martha is said to have 
been married to Robert Parker of Wollpit, who went into New England, another 

sister, whose name is not given, was wife of Barret of Stratford, and mother 

of a Thomas Barret, and a third sister (also unnamed) was married to Smith 

of Semer. Alderman Thomas Chaplin had a daughter Anne who was married to 
Jasper Shepheard, an alderman of Bury, and a daughter Abigail married to Robert 
Whiting of in Norfolk.— II. F. W.] 

John Smith, citizen and merchant tailor of London, by reason of age 
weak in body, 17 December, 1655, proved 20 October, 1656, by Sarah 
Whiting, daughter and executrix. To wife the sum of five pounds in 
money, as a token and remembrance ot my love, and I will and appoint 
that it shall & may be lawful for her to dwell and abide in my dining-room 
and wainscot chamber belonging to my dwelling house in the old Bailey, 
London, by the space of three months next after my decease ; and I con- 
firm the indenture bearing date 30 August, 1654, between me and Thomas 
Fitz Williams, of the one part, and my said wife, known by the name of 
Sarah Neale, and Vincent Limborowe, of the other part, &c. &c. To the 
children of my loving daughter, Sarah Whiting, ten pounds apiece towards 
putting them out to be Apprentices, &c, and also forty pounds apiece to 
the sons at twenty four years of age and to the daughters at twenty one. 

Likewise I give to the children of my cousin William Smith, in New 
England, and Mary, his now or late wife, the sum of three pounds apiece, 
to be paid to them, the said children, at the ages as above is limited to my 
grandchildren, &c. &c. 

Legacies to brother Thomas Smith and to the daughter of James Smith, 
son of brother Thomas. To grandchild John Whiting, son of daughter Sa- 
rah Whiting, the half part of certain lands, tenements, &c. in Ilogsden, 
alias Hoxden, in the County of Middlesex, and to the male and female 
issue of the said John ; failing such issue, then to grandchild Nathaniel 
Whiting, &c. &'c. ; with remainder to grandchildren Robert and Stephen 
Whiting ; then to Samuel Whiting, another son of my said daughter, &c. 
The other moiety to grandchild Nathaniel Whiting ; then to John ; then 
to Robert and Joseph ; then to Stephen Whiting. Legacy to son-in-law 
Timothy Whiting. Berkeley, 337. 

[There was a Nathaniel Whiting in Dedham who had sons John, Samuel and Tim- 
othy.— H. F. W.l 


Josias Firmin, the elder, of Naylaud, Co. Suffolk, tanner, 27 August, 
1638, proved the last of November, 1638. To the poor of Nayland. To 
wife Anne, houses and lands iu Nayland and also in Stoke next Nayland 
(called Noke meadow in Stoke), then to Gyles Firmin my youngest son 
and his heirs, but if he die before he arrives at twenty four years of age, 
then to the rest of my children. Lauds in Stoke called Edinondes Field, 
after death of wife, to eldest son Josias Firmin and his son Josias, my 
grand child. To John Firmin, my son, ten pounds within one year after 
my decease. To my daughter Mary, now wife of Robert Smith, forty five 
pounds. To daughter Martha Firmin one hundred pounds at age of twen- 
ty one. To daughter Sara Firmin tenement, &c. at Foxyearth, co. Essex, 
which I purchased of one Thomas Partridge, &c, to said Sara at age of 
twenty years. To grand child, John Firmin, son of Josias Firmin. Sons 
Josias and Gyles and my three daughters. Executors to be wife Anne and 
son in law Robert Smith of Naylaud, mercer. Lee, 146. 

[See abstracts of wills and extracts from parish registers relating to the name of 
Firmin in Emmertonand Waters's Gleanings, pp. 34-9. — Ed.] 

Jose Glover, of London, being by the providence of God forthwith to 
embark myself for some parts beyond the seas, 16 May, 1638, proved 22 
December, 1638, by Richard Daveys, one of the executors, power being 
reserved for John Harris, another executor. To my dear and loving wife 
all my estate, &c. both in New England and old England for life, she to 
maintain and liberally educate all my children. After her decease the 
property to go to two eldest sons, Roger and John, equally. To my three 
daughters, Elizabeth, Sara and Priscilla, four hundred pounds apiece (then 
follows a reference to a decree and order of the court of chancery), my 
three daughters to release to Edmond Davyes Esq. and Thomas Younge, 
merchant of London, at day of marriage or arrival at full age, all their in- 
terests, &c. in tenements, &c. in Dorenth* and Stone in co. Kent, &c. To 
my ancient, faithful servant John Stidman fifty pounds. To all my bro- 
thers & sisters that shall be living (except my sister Collins) five pounds. 
To friend M r Joseph Davies and his wife five pounds apiece. The execu- 
tors to be John Harris, my loving uncle, warden of the College of Win- 
chester, and Richard Davies, my ancient loving friend. The witnesses were 
E. Davies, Joseph Davyes, Thomas Yonge, Samuel Davyes & John 
Davyes. Lee, 176. 

[See the article by J. Hammond Trumbull, LL.D., on the christian name of Mr. 
Glover, in the Register, xxx. 26-8. His will, from a copy preserved on the Middle- 
sex Court Files, is printed in full in the Register, xxiii. 136— 7. — Ed.] 

Sir Rob t Carr, of Ithall, co. Northumberland, knight. All estate in 
America, &c. to eldest son William Carr, the other estate in England be- 
ing formerly settled. To James Deane, my now servant and his heirs, for 
and in consideration of his service, a plantation within any of the six islands 
granted unto me, except in Carr's Island. This having been read to him, 
29 May, 1067, he did declare, &c. Proved 16 July, 1667, when commis- 
sion was issued to William Carr, natural son and lawful heir and principal 
legatee named in the will of Sir Rob* Carr, knight, lately of Carr's Island, 
in New England, in the parts beyond the seas. Carr, 90. 

[See notice of Sir Robert Carr, with remarks on his will, in the Register, xxiv. 
167.— Ed. 1 

* Darent. 


Nowell Hilton of Charlestown, co. Middlesex in New England, mar- 
iner, appoints bis trusty and loving kinsman Nathaniel Cutler, of the pa- 
rish of Stepney in co. Middlesex, sawyer, his attorney, &c. The amount 
due for my service done or to be done on board of any of his Ma ties ships, 
vessels or frigates, &c. Signed G October, 1687, in presence of Mary Story 
(her mark), Cuthbert Stoy (sic) and Samuel Sapp, at the two Anchors and 
three Stars on Wappiug Wall. 17 September 1G89 emanavit comissio 
Nath 11 Cutler, &c. Ent, 123. 

[Nowell Hilton, the testator, was born in Charlestown, May 4, 1663. He was a 
son of William Hilton of Charlestown by his second wife Mehitable, a daughter of 
Increase Nowell. After the death of his father his mother married (2) 29: 8th, 
1684, Deacon John Cutler. Timothy Cutler, a son of Deacon John Cutler, mar- 
ried, Dec. 22, 1673, Elizabeth Hilton, a sister of the testator. See the articles en- 
titled " Some of the Descendants of William Hilton,"' Register, xxxi. 179. See 
also Wyman's Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, 255, 257, 504, 710. This 
will was printed in full in the Register, xxxii. 50. — John T. Hassam.] 

Thomas Golledge, his will in form of a letter written from Charde in 
Somerset, 10 May, 1645, and addressed to his wife Mrs. Mary Golledge at 
Chichester; proved by Mary Golledge, 1 June, 1648. 

" My Deere Wyffe I am now goinge in the service of my Lord and 
Master Jesus Christ. I knowe not howe hee will dispose of my fraile lyfe 
in breife I shall desire thow wilt take all fitt opportunity yf the Lord soe 
dispose to leave thee w th out an husband as to transport my sweete poore in- 
nocent children into New England or some such place voyd of Trouble be- 
cause the Lord ys ready to shoote his fiery darts of wrath against this sin- 
full land and yo u w th out an husband and they w th owt a ffather may suffer 
the black darknesse of Egiptian Popery or Athisme pray sell what of mine 
is to bee sould for though I cannot w th owt helpe of a lawyer make a fformall 
will yet my desire in breife ys that thow bee my sole executor & have full 
power." Essex, 98. 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 
Joseph Holland. Will Dec. 25, 1658. [Page 9.] 

[ We have received the following note from Prof. Arthur L. Perry, LL.D., of 

Williams College : 

If Mr. Waters's abstract of the will of Joseph Holland of London, citizen and 
cloth worker, discredits one conjecture of Dr. Bond in his history of Watertown, it 
strikingly confirms another conjecture of that author in the same volume. A John 
Perry died in Watertown in 1674, aged 61. Another John Perry of Watertown 
married Sarah Clary, of Cambridge, Dec. 1667. Bond says the first John was 
" probably father " of the second John. Joseph Holland's will makes that guess 
a certainty. He leaves bequests " to son-in-law John Perry and Johanna his wife, 
my daughter, and their sons John Perry and Josias Perry and daughter Elizabeth 
Perry.'''' In another clause : " To my said daughter Johanna certain needle work 
wrought by my first wife, her mother.'' In another clause he leaves twenty pounds 
in goods " to my son Nathaniel Hoi/and of Water/ on in New England." The first 
John Perry was therefore brother-in-law of Nathaniel Holland, and the second his 
nephew. The Perrys came to Watertown eight years (1666) after this will was 
drawn (1658). They were clothworkers, i. e. weavers and tailors, like the Hollands 
in London. The London names, John and Johanna and Josiah and Joseph, were 
kept up constantly among the Perrys in Watertown and after their removal to Wor- 
cester in 1751, and some of them are not even yet disused as christian names in the 
family. It is a matter of record in the family Bibles that the two Perrys came to 
Watertown from London. Inferentially, therefore, but certainly, they were among 
the heirs mentioned in Joseph Holland's will. 


That will was drawn before the great fire of London in 1666. The mother of 
Mrs. John Perry the elder was already buried in St. Sepulchre Church in 1658 ; and 
the good Joseph Holland, citizen and clothworker, directed that his own body should 
be buried " on the south side of the christening pew " of that parish church. 

A grandson of the second John Perry, Nathan, became deacon of the old South 
Church in Worcester in 1783, and continued in that office till his death in 1806 ; 
his son Moses succeeded in the office immediately, and continued in it till bis death 
in 1842 ; and his son Samuel succeeded his father and sustained the office thirty-five 
years longer, making ninety-four years of continuous service in one family. 

Arthur L. Perry, 
Seventh generation from first John.] 

Nathaniel Downeinge of London, gentleman, 7 May, 1616, proved 14 
May, 1616, by his wife Margaret Downeinge. To be buried in the parish 
Church of St. Dionis Backchurch, London, or elsewhere it shall please my 
executrix. To the poor of St. Dionis and of St. Gabriel Fanchurch, Lon- 
don. To my brother Joseph Downeinge, now dwellings in Ipswich, in the 
County of Suffolk, twenty pounds. To my sister Abigail Goade, wife of 
John Goade, skinner, twenty pounds, and to their son, John Goad, forty 
shillings to make him a cup. To my sister Susanna Kirby, wife of Johu 
Kirby, skinner, twenty pounds. To my mother in law Mary Cellyn, wid- 
ow, ten pounds and the " Hope [hoop] Ringe " which was my mother's. 
To my brother Joshua Downinge the seal ring of gold that I do wear on 
my hand. And to my brother Emanuel Downeinge I give the like ring of 
gold of the same value & fashion. The residue to my wife Margaret Downe- 
inge, whom I make sole executrix. Whereas I am now seized in fee of and 
in the late dissolved monastery of the " Fryers Carmelites, or the White- 
ffryers," in Ipswich in the County of Suffolk, with the appurtenances, &c. 
— this to wife Margaret and her heirs forever. Cope, 48. 

Sir George Downing of East Hatley, in the County of Cambridge, 
Knight and Baronet; 24 August, 1683, with codicil added 7 July, 1684; 
proved 19 July, 1684. My body to be interred in the vault which I have 
made uuder the chancel at Crawden, alias Croyden, in the county of Cam- 
bridge, by the body of my wife Frances. Son George Downing, Esq., and 
son William named. Houses in or near King Street, in the city of West- 
minster, lately called Hampden House, which I hold by long lease from 
the Crown, and Peacock^Court there, which I hold by lease from the Col- 
legiate Church of St. Feter, Westminster ; all which are now demolished 
and rebuilt, or rebuilding, and called Downing Street. To Edward Lord 
Viscount Morpeth and Sir Henry Pickering,* Baronet, my son-in-law, in 
trust, &c. Bequests to sons Charles and William Downing, and to three 
daughters, Lucy, Mary and Anne, at age of twenty-one years or day of 
marriage. The guardianship and custody of the persons of these three 
daughters entrusted to my dear daughter Frances Cotton. Bequests to 
daughter Cotton's children, Francis, John and Thomas, and to Elizabeth 
and Frances, the two daughters of my late daughter Pickering deceased ; 
also to nephew John Peters, niece Lucy Spicer, nephew Joshua Down- 
ing and M r Edmond Woodroffe, one of my clerks in my office in the Ex- 
chequer. Hare, 139. 

* This Sir Henry Pickering was son and heir of Sir Henry Pickering of Whaddon, who 
was created a Baronet 2 January, 1660. He was of Barbados in 1695, and had two wives, 
Philadelphia, daughter of Sir George Downing, by whom he had two daughters, Mary and 
Anne (who both died without issue), and secondly, Grace, daughter of Constant Silvester, 
Esq. (See Reg. xxxvii. 385.) At his death, iu 1705, the title became extinct. (See Add. 
MS. 24493, British Museum.)— H. F. W. 


This Indenture made the Thirteenth day of Sept. Anno Doiri. one thou- 
sand seuen hundred and in the twelfth yeare of the Reigne of our Soue- 
raign Lord William the third, by the grace of God of England, Scotland, 
ffrance and Ireland King, defender of the Faith &c a . 

Between Charles Downing of London in the Kingdome of England 
Esq r of the one part and Thorndike Procter of Salem in the Countey of 
Essex within his Maj ties Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Eng- 
land in America, yeoman, on the other part [then follows the ordinary 
phraseology of conveyance of a tract of three hundred acres in Salem 
which was] formerly the farme of Emanuel Downing of Salem aforesaid 
Gent: Deceased, Grandfather of the said Charles Downing, purchased by 
the said Emanuel Downing of one Robert Cole unto whome the same was 
granted by the said town of Salem one thousand six hundred thirty and 
five* [together with other parcels of land which had belonged to Emanuel 
Downing. And the grantor warrants the purchaser that he may hold 
these premisses] free and clear or well and sufficiently Indemnified saued 
and kept harmless of and from all and all manner of former and other gifts, 
grants, bargaines, sales, leases, releases, mortgages, Joyntures, Dower, 
Judgments, Executions, Extents, wills, Entails, tfines, ^forfeitures, titles, 
troubles, charges and Incumbrances whatsoever had, made, done, commit- 
ted, knowledged or suffered by the said Charles Downing, S r George Down- 
ing, Baron', late father of the said Charles, and the abouesaid Emanuel 
Downing or any of them. 

This Indenture was signed by the grantor, Charles Downing, Esq re , and 
his wife, Sarah Downing, and their seals affixed on the day and year first 
abovewritten. Deeds of Essex Co., Mass., Book 7, Lvs. 7 to 10. 

The will of Sir George Downing, Knight of the Bath & Baronet, pro- 
viding (in default of male issue to his cousin) for the foundation of a new 
college in the University of Cambridge, "which college shall be called by the 
name of Downing College," was dated 20 December, 1717, and proved 13 
June, 1749. Lisle, 179. 

[The foregoing extracts show clearly enough the connection of this family with 
New England, a family whose name, associated as it is with a street in which has 
been, for so many years, the official residence of the Prime Minister of England, 
the centre of the greatest and most wide-spread empire of modern times, and with a 
college in one of the most famous universities of the world, is known wherever the 
English language is spoken, and bids fair to last so long as English history shall be 

From some MS. notes furnished me by my very obliging friend Mr. T. 0. Noble, 
whose authority on matters connected with the history of the great metropolis 
of the world and its surrounding parishes is unquestioned, I find that Sir George 
Downing was rated for a house in " New Pallace " (New Palace Yard, Westmin- 
ster) for twenty years previous to 1683, that in 1728 the rentals of the whole of 
Downing Street (for assessment) amounted to less than £1000, and in 1828 the total 
was £3000. At the present time (1883) the whole street is occupied by the offices 
of the government and the residences of the First Lord of the Treasury, Chancellor 
of the Exchequer, &c. From the " Memorials of Westminster," by the Rev. Mac- 
kenzie E. C. Walcott, we learn that " The official residence of the First Lord of the 
Treasury formerly belonged to the Crown : King George I. gave it to Baron Bothmar, 
the Hanoverian Minister, for life. After his death King George II. offered the house 
to Sir Robert Walpole, who only accepted it upon the condition that it should be 
attached to the Premiership forever. Since that time, therefore, Downing Street is 
inseparably connected with the name of every successive Prime Minister of Eng- 
land." Chapter 111. of the Appendix to these Memorials gives us additional in- 
formation, including a list of the successive occupants of the official residence down 

* This must be a mistake for 1G38. (See Book of Grants, Salem, edited by William P. 
Uphain, Esq.)— H. F. W. 


to July 6, 1846. " Sir Robert Walpole accepted it in 1732, and came to reside here 
22 Sept. 1735." " In the small waiting-room of No. 14, for the first and only time 
in their lives met Sir Arthur Wellesley and Lord Nelson ; the latter was well known 
to Sir Arthur from the prints in the shop windows ; they conversed together for 
some minutes ; on parting Lord Nelson went out of the room and asked the name 
of the stranger whose conversation and appearance had made a deep impression upon 


Lam informed by William H. Richardson, Esq., F.S.A., who is now annotating 
" The Annals of Ipswiche, by N. Bacon,"* that George Downing, who was un- 
doubtedly the father of Emanuel and Nathaniel Downing, was master of the Gram- 
mar School, Ipswich, about the years 1607 to 1610. Ilis son Emanuel, baptized in 
the parish church of St. Lawrence, Ipswich, 12 August, 1585, married at Groton, 
Suffolk, 10 April, 1622, Lucy (baptized 27 January, 1601), daughter of Adam Win- 
throp, Esq., and sister of Governor John Winthrop. Mr. Downing was a lawyer 
of the Inner Temple, London, Attorney in the Court of Wards, and seems to have 
lived in the parishes of St. Bridget and of St. Michael, Cornhill. He came over to 
New England in 1638, took up his abode in Salem, was admitted into the church 
4 November of the same year, and frequently represented the town in the General 
Court of the colony. The date of his death is not known, nor has any record yet 
been found of any will made by him. We have seen what became of his farm in 
Salem. His town residence was conveyed, 8 August, 1656, by Lucie Downing of 
Salem, with consent of Emanuel Downing her husband (as is recited in the deed) to 
their son Lieut. Joseph Gardner, as the dower of their daughter Ann on her mar- 
riage with Lieut. Gardner. It was described as a messuage or tenement in Salem 
situated upon four acres of ground entire, having the Common on the east, the 
6treet or highway that runs from the meeting-house to the harbor on the south, and 
the lane that goes to the North River on the West. This property comprises the 
various estates now included between St. Peter, Ess?x, Newbury and Browne 
Streets. Lieut. Gardner and his wife sold various lots at either end to sundry 
members of the Gardner family, and to Deacon Richard Prince and Mr. William 
Browne, Jr. The house, which stood where the residence of the late Col. Francis 
Peabody stands, remained as the - homestead of Mrs. Gardner. After the untimely 
loss of her first husband, who was killed in the great Swamp Fight, 19 December, 
1675, she took for a second husband Simon Bradstreet, Esq. ; but by the terms of the 
marriage contract of 2 May, 1676, the ownership of the homestead remained with 
her. It was afterwards commonly known as the Bradstreet house, and was torn 
down in 1750, having previously been used as a tavern. On page 75 of the first vol- 
ume of the Register, and on page 185 of the fourth volume of Historical Collections 
of the Essex Institute, may be seen an engraving representing this house, in which 
Sir George Downing probably passed his boyhood while under the tuition of the 
Rev. John Fisk, preparing for entrance into Harvard College, from which he was 
graduated in that famous first class of 1642. For a long account of him and his 
family, and a list of his published works, see Sibley's Harvard Graduates, vol. i. 
pp. 28-51. 

Nathaniel Downing, brother of Emanuel and uncle of Sir George, was baptized 
in the church of St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich, 8 October, 1587. He married, 6 
May, 1613, Margaret, daughter of Doctor Daniel Selyne (or Selin), a French phy- 
sician, who died"l9 March, 1614-15, and in his will (Rudd, 2^) mentions his son- 
in-law Nathaniel Downing. Mr. Downing seems to have had one son, Daniel, bap- 
tized at St. Dionis Backchurch, 5 April, 1614, and buried five days afterwards. 

In the Whitehall Evening Post of Febr. 11, 1764, is this letter": 

" To the Printer &c. Sir 

By the death of Sir Jacob Garrard Downing Bar 1 an estate of about 5 or 
6000 pr annum falls to the University of Cambridge, to build a college, to be called 
Downing College. The late Sir George Downing, of Gamlingay, in Cambridge- 
shire,*, having left it to the late Sir Jacob Garrard, and his Heirs male ; & for 
want of such Issue, to the rev. M r Peters, late Lecturer of S' Clement-Danes & his 
Heirs male : both of whom having died without such Issue, the Estate descends as 
above. The Original of the Family was D r Calibut Downing, one of the Preachers 
in the Rebel Army, & a great man with Rump: and his son, afterwards Sir Geo: 
Downing & the first Baronet of the Family, was made Envoy from Cromwell to the 
States-General, and got a great Estate, owing to this Incident. When King Charles 

* The valuable MS. referred to in note, pp. 197-3, vol. xxxvii. Keg. 


the 2 d was travelling in Disguise in Holland, to visit the Queen Mother, attended 
only by Lord Falkland, & putting up at an Inn, after he had been there some Time, 
the Landlord came to these strangers and said, there was a Begsar-man at the Door, 
very shabbily dressed, who was very importunate to be admitted to them ; on which 
the King seemed surprised, & after speaking to Lord Falkland, bid the Landlord 
admit him. As soon as this Beggar-man entered, he pulled off his Beard (which 
he had put on for a Disguise) & fell on his knees, & said he was M r Downing, the 
Resident from Oliver Cromwell ; & that he had received Advice of this intended 
visit from his Majesty to the Queen ; and that, if he ventured any farther, he would 
be assassinated ; & begged secrecy of the King, for that his Life depended upon it, 
& departed. The Kins was amazed at this, & said to Lord Falkland, How could this 
be known ? there were but you & the Queen knew of it. Therefore the Queen must 
have mentioned this to somebody who gave Advice of it to his Enemies. How- 
ever, the King returned back, whereby this Design was prevented Upon this, after 
the Restoration, Sir George Downing was rewarded, made a Baronet & Farmer of the 
Customs, &c. &c, whereby this large Estate was raised. 

Besides the above Estate of Sir Jacob Garret Downing Bar', which devolves on 
the University of Cambridge, another fine Estate, with a handsome house at Put- 
ney, falls to his Lady." 

In the London Chronicle of Jan. 9, 1772, is this Article : 

" We are assured that the Heirs at Law [B. P. Ewer of Bangor who married a 
Barnardiston] of Sir Jacob Downing Bar' have applied for a Royal Charter to found 
& incorporate the College at Cambridge. A spot is fixed upon for erecting this ed- 
ifice, which is a spacious Piece of ground, fit for the Purpose, on the South Side of 
the Town, opposite the Physic Garden, & between Pembroke & Emanuel Colleges. 
A Design is preparing & Application making to the Owners of the Ground which 
belongs to several Bodies Corporate ; & as soon as an Act of Parliament can be ob- 
tained to impower them to sell, this noble Benefaction will be carried into imediate 
Execution." — n. f. w. 

The English genealogical works which attempt to give the ancestry of Sir George 
Downing, baronet, give it erroneously. The error seems first to have been promul- 
gated by Anthony a Wood in his Athenae Oxoniensis, published 1691-2, where, 
in an account of Dr. Calybute Downing, the Puritan writer, son of Calybute Down- 
ing of Shennington, Gloucestershire, Sir George is called his son. The error has 
been copied into several Baronetages. Dr. Downing's ancestry has been carried 
back through his grandfather, Arthur, of Lexham in Norfolk, to his great-grand- 
father Geoffrey Downing of Norwich, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas 
Wingfield. There are no indications of a relationship between this family and that of 
George Downing of Ipswich, Suffolk, who, as Mr. Waters shows, was father of 
Emanuel, the father of Sir George. Savage names Mary, wife of Anthony Stoddard ; 
James ; Anne, wife of Capt. Joseph Gardner and afterwards of Gov. Simon Brad- 
street ; John ; and Dorcas, as other children of Emanuel Downing ; and there was 
probably also a son Joshua (Mass. Hist. Coll. 4th S. vi. 79). Emanuel Downing an- 
nounces his intention to leave New England in the fall of 1654 with Gen. Sedgwick 
(Ibid. p. 84). He was living as late as Sept. 6, 1658, in Edinburgh (Ibid. p. 86). 
His wife was living in England, June 27, 1662 (Ibid. p. 514). The place and date 
of death of neither are known. Interesting letters from Emanuel Downing and 
other members of his family, are printed in the volume of the Mass. Hist. Coll. cited. 

Henry Downing, father of Col. Adam Downing, distinguished as an officer in 
William lll.'s army in Ireland, may have been, as represented by Burke (Ext. and 
Dorm. Baronetage, ed. 1844, p. 163 ; Landed Gentry, ed. 1853, i. 453), a son of Dr. 
Calybute. We find no evidence that Sir George had a brother Henry. 

It is not probable that Wood obtained his information from the family, for the 
deed of which Mr. Waters gives an abstract proves that Shades Downing, son of Sir 
George, knew that his grandfather's name was Emanuel so late as 1700, eight years 
after the publication of Wood's Athenas. The following letter, copied for us by 
G. D. Scull, Esq., of Oxford, England, from the original, shows that Wood, while 
engaged on his work, applied to the Rev. Increase Mather for information about the 
Downings, but with little success : 

" Sir 

I have yours of 20 th Instant. There never was any Dr Downing in New 

'■uiil. It is true y l Sir George Downing (who was knighted by Charles 2 lld ) 

education in y c Colledge there ; but had no other degree there besides y l of 


Bachelor of Art. Nor do any in that colledge proceed further than Master of arts 
after seven years standing, as 'tis in Oxford and Cambridge. We never (which is 
pity) had any Doctors. I am ashamed to tell you that I cannot procure any 
further account concerning non conformist writers. I have really laboured to grat- 
ify you to my power. I heartily wish there were more publick spirits in the world. 

Sir Your servant, 1. Mather. 

London July 23—1691. 
To M r Anthony Wood near Merton College in Oxford." 

An equally inexplicable error will be pointed out in this article when we come 
to the will of Sir William Phips, who is represented in English books to be ances- 
tor of the present Marquis of Norman by. Both errors have years ago been pointed 
out by our countrymen. The second volume of Hutchinson's Massachusetts, which 
was reprinted in England in 1768, gives the true christian name of the father' of Sir 
George Downing. — Editor.] 

Thomas Warnett, now of James City in Virginia, merchant, 13 Feb- 
ruary, 1G29, proved 8 November, 1630, by Thomazine Warnet, relict and 
executrix. To M ns Elizabeth Pott one Corfe and crosse cloth of wrought 
gold and to D r John Pott (1) live thousand of several sorts of nayles. To 
Francis Pott four score pounds of tobacco which he oweth me. To M r 
Francis Boultou, minister, one firkin of butter, one bushel of white salt, 
six pounds of candles, one pound of pepper, one pound of ginger, two bush- 
els of meal, one rundlett of ink, six quires of writing paper and one pair of 
silk stockings. To John Johnson's wife six pounds of soap, six pounds of 
white starch and one pound of blue starch. To John Browning's wife one 
thousand of pins, one pair of knives carved with two images upon them, 
twelve pounds of white starch and two pounds of blue starch. To the wife 
of M r John Uptone one sea green scarf edged with gould lace, twelve 
pounds of white starch aud two pounds of blue starch. To my friend M r 
Thomas Burges my second best sword aud my best felt hat. To John Gre- 
vett's wife one pair of sheets, six table, napkins, three towels and one table 
cloth marked with T. W., six pounds of soap, six pounds of white starch 
and one pound of blue starch. To Thomas Key's wife one gilded looking 
glass. To Sarg' John Wane's (2) wife four bushels of meal and one rundlett 
of four gallons of vinegar, one half pound of " threed " of several colours, 
twenty needles, six dozen of silk and thred buttons, one pewter candlestick 
& one pewter chamberpot. To Roger Thompson's wife one half bushel of 
white salt, one pound of pepper aud one jar of oil. To Benjamin Symes (3) 
one weeding hoe. To George Mulestou one ' howing" hoe & one axe. 
To John Goundry one bar of lead of twenty pound weight and three pound. 
To John Hattone one black felt hat, one suit of grey kersie, oue shirt 
marked T. W., four pairs of Irish stockings, two pairs of my own wearing 
shoes, one bar of lead and six pounds of powder. To John Southerne (4) 
six pounds of caudles, one Poland cap furred and one pair of red slippers. 
To Michael Batt (5) his wife two bushels *of meal. 

The rest of my temporal estate in Virginia, my debts being paid aud 
legacies paid & discharged, to wife Thomazine, whom I appoint executrix. 
Friends John Southerne and James Stome overseers. To the former one 
black beaver hat and gold band, one doublet of black chamlet and one pair 
of black hose ; and to James Stome my best sword and a gold belt. 

The witnesses were Francis Boltone (G) & John Southerne. 

Scroope, 105. 

[The following, from Harl. MS. (Brit. Mas.), 1561, f. 142, undoubtedly gives the 
pedigree of the testator of the above will, and indicates his place of residence before 
his miijration. 


John Warnet of = Susan, d. of Ridley 

Henipsted, Sussex. of Wliellebeech, Sussex. 

Francis Warnet= Anne, d. of Thomas \Varnet=Thomazin,d. Catharine. Susan, 

of Hempsted, 
ob. v. p. 

Edw. Buys, of Southwark 
of co. Kent, in co. Surrey, 

and heir of ux r Edmond 

VV m. Hall of Jordan of Gat- 

Woodalling, wick, co. Surrey, 
co. Norfolk. 

I I I 

Edmond Warnett. Thomas, 3 y. old 1623. Judith. 

H. F. W. 

1. Dr. John Pott, the legatee mentioned, was doubtless the John Pott, A.M., 
M.D., physician for the colony of Virginia, who arrived with his wife Elizabeth in 
October, 1621, in the ship George. He was appointed on the recommendation of 
Dr. Theodore Gulston, the founder of the Gulstonian lectureship of Anatomy, still 
maintained by the London College of Physicians. In the Virginia Land Records, 
Book No. 1, p. 8, he appears as a grantee, on August 11th, 1624, of three acres of 
land in " James Cittie," and is mentioned as a " Doctor of Physicke " and a mem- 
ber of the " Councill." Francis West, the governor of the colony and a younger 
brother of Lord Delaware, departing for England March 5th, 1628, Dr. Pott suc- 
ceeded him as governor, and so served until some time in March, 1630, when he 
was superseded by Sir John Harvey. Pott was then arraigned for pardoning Ed- 
ward Wallis, condemned for murder and cattle stealing. This was the first trial by 
jury in the colony. Pott was found guilty and confined to his plantation at Har- 
rope, now Williamsburg, until the King's pleasure could be ascertained. Gover- 
nor Harvey forwarded the recommendation of the Council for his pardon, and Mrs. 
Pott crossed the ocean and pleaded her husband's cause. The commissioners to 
whom the petition was referred reported to the King that " condemning him for 
felony was very rigorous, if not erroneous," and recommended that he should be 
restored to liberty and his estate, and the practice of his profession. 

2. I find in the State Land Registry a grant of 300 acres to John Wayne (render- 
ed in the Index, Waine) in Charles River County (as the County of York was first 
called), May 10th, 1638. Book No. 1, p. 561). 

3. It may be recalled that Benjamin Symmes is reported in 1648 as having 
founded in the colony a free school, which he endowed with two hundred acres of 
land, a good house, forty milch cows and other appurtenances. 

4. There is a grant also of record to John Southerne, " Gent.'' (in all probability 
him of the will), of twenty-four acres in "James Cittie," September 1st, 1627. 
Book No. 1, p. 55. 

5. Michaell Batt appears as a grantee of one acre of land in " James Cittie Is- 
land," September 20th, 1643, Book No. I, p. 890. Grants also appear contempo- 
raneously to John, William and Henry Batt, Batte or Batts, as the name is various- 
ly rendered. The descendants of William and Henry Batte (as the name now ob- 
tains), brothers, are quite numerous in Virginia, and of high respectability. 

6. The Rev. Francis Boulton, Boltone or Bolton, as the name is variously render- 
ed, who had been recommended by the Earl of Southampton for some vacant parish 
in Virginia, arrived in the colony in the ship George, as above, and was assigned to 
Elizabeth City, to reside with Captain Thomas Newce. — R. A. Brock, of Richmond, 

William Pepperell of St. Stephens by Launceston, in the County of 
Cornwall, 5 June, 1655, proved 15 October 1655, by Jane Pepperell, his 
widow, and William Pepperell, his son. Daughter Alice (under 12) and 
Jane Pepperell, second son Robert, wife Jane, son Thomas (under 12) and 
eldest son William. Richard Call my brother-in-law, John Roe of Launces- 
ton, Thomas Facy of St. Thomas, and Robert Pepperell my brother (of 
whose unfained affection and fidelity I have had long and frequent experi- 
ments), to be overseers. The witnesses were Nevill Blighett, Will Blag- 
don and Nicholas Dodge. Aylett, 387. 


[The testator could not have been the grandfather of Sir William Pepperrell, 
bart., the captor of Louisburg. Possibly he may have been his great-grand- 
father. William Pepperrell, the father of the baronet, was horn about 1646, 
having died Feb. 13, 1733-4, in his 87th year. Usher Parsons, M.D., in the biog- 
raphy of the son (Boston, 1856) , states that the father was born in Tavistock, De- 
vonshire : but ten years later (Register, xx. 1) he calls him a native of Wales. The 
Wentworth Genealogy (ed. 1878, p. 307) calls him a native of Cornwall. " Tra- 
dition," according to Dr. Parsons, " says that he spoke broad Welsh, as Boll and 
Woll for Bill and Will." He had three sisters. One married a Phillips, another 
a Gilbert, and the third, Grace, died unmarried. His children were Andrew, Mary, 
Margery, Joanna, Miriam, William the baronet, Dorothy and Jane. For an ac- 
count of the descendants of the baronet, among whom is Edward Walford, M.A., 
of London, Eng., editor of the Antiquarian Magazine, see Register, xx. 1-6. — 

George Fenwick, of "Worminghurst, co. Sussex, Esquire, 2 February, 
1656, with codicil of 9 March, 1656, proved 27 April, 1657, by Elizabeth 
Fenwick, daughter and executrix. To wife Katherine, &c. &c. ; to my 
most natural and dear mother, M™ Dorothy Clavering ; to brother Claudius 
and his heirs male my lands in Brenckborn and Nether Framlington in the 
county of Northumberland ; to my nephew Thomas Ledgard and his heirs 
male land in Thirston and Tillington in Northumberland ; to my sister 
Ledgard and my sister Cullick each fifty pounds ; to my brother Ledgard 
and my brother Cullick, each ten pounds ; to my sister Cullick's children 
one hundred pounds apiece ; to my niece Clifton fifty pounds, and to niece 
Bootflower's boy fifty pounds ; to my daughter Elizabeth and daughter 
Dorothy ; to Ralph Fenwick, a scholar of Christ Church, Oxford, ten 
pounds a year ; to my daughters land in Sussex that descends to them from 
their uncle Edward Apsley, Esquire, deceased. 

The above he declared to be his will 10 March, 1656. In the codicil he 
bequeaths to his sister Cullick and her children all his estate in New Eng- 
land ; and also five hundred pounds to the public use of that country of New 
England if " my " loving friend Edward Hopkins think fit. He makes 
bequests to his friend Robert Leeves and to his servant Moses Fryer. To 
Dame Elinor Selby of Barwick he leaves ten pounds and desires her to 
undertake the education of Dorothy. His father-in-law Sir Arthur Hessle- 
ngg to accept the mean remembrance of forty shillings to buy a ring. He 
also mentions his cousin Lawrence and his wife, his cousin Strickland and 
his lady, his ancient acquaintance and dearly beloved friend Sir Thomas 
Widdrington, his dear and good friend M r Edward Hopkins, late warden of 
the fleet, his friend Aaron Gourdon, Dr. of Physic, his friend M r Tempest 
Milner, alderman of London, and the latter's kinsman Robert Key, his 
father-in-law, M r Claveringe, and Thomas Burrell of Brinckborn, North- 
umberland. He gives six pounds per annum to Tristram Fenwick for life, 
forty shillings to M r Ogle of Leith in Scotland, and twenty shillings to the 
widow Clarke of Weldon. Ruthen, 138. 

[The family of Forster, of Newham, from which Col. George Fenwick and hissis- 
ter Mrs. Elizabeth Cullick derived their descent, are said by Mundy to be descended 
out of the house of Forster of Etherston. In this latter family the baptismal name 
of Reignold often occurs, suggesting the possible origin of Reginald Forster of Ip- 
swich. They bore Argent, a chevron vert between three bugle-horns stringed sable. 
" these verses were sett about the Amies," says Mundy : 

" let us derly them hold 
to mind ther wortliynes 
that wch our parent's old 
hath left us'to posses." 


Col. Fcnwick's first wife and the mother of his children, was Alice, relict of Sir 
John Botteler, knight, and daughter of Sir Edward Apsley of Thackharn in county 
Sussex, knight. One of her sisters, Elizabeth, was the wife of Sir Albert Morton, 
Secretary of State to King James. His second wife, Catherine, was eldest daugh- 
ter of the famous Sir Arthur Hazelrigg of Noseley Hall, in Leicestershire. The 
monument erected to the memory of Col. Fenwick in the church at Berwick, which 
he is said to have been principally instrumental in building, shows that he died 15 
March, 1656. It will be noticed that his sister Elizabeth, wife of Capt. John Cul- 
lick, does not appear on the following pedigree, probably not having been born 
until after 1615, when the visitation was made. The " sister Ledgard " was Mary, 
wife of Thomas Ledgard. 

The following pedigree is extracted from Richard Mundy's copy of Visitations of 
Northumberland, 1575 and 1615, Harl. MS. 1554, ff. 20,54: 

Thomas dom 9 = 
de ffenwick miles 
An 4. E. 2. 

Will m de ffenwick = 
miles 17. E. 3. 

Robertus de ffenwick = Elinor. Petrus, &c. 

Johannes Fenwick = Elizebetha filia Alani de Hetton. 
miles | 

Johannes Fenwick = Alanus. 

Armiger I 

John Fenwick= 

Johannes Fenwiek= Catherina filia 

dom Eshenden miles 

Wilmi Plumpton militis. 

Johannes Fenwick miles = Elizebetha filia Rogeri de Woderington. 

Henericus Fenwick = 

Mary, d. & h. of Wm.=John Fenwick of Fenwick=Eliz. d. S r Roger Woderington . 
Strother 1 wife | 


Gerard Fenwicke = .... d. & heire of S r Walter Boura-hton 

6 son 

of ... . in co. Northumberland. 

Tristram ffenwick = Margarett, d. of ... Ogel of Bothell. 
3 son j 

i i i i 

George ffenwick = Dorathey d. of Gregory 2 William 3 Margerett, ux. 

of Brinckborne, 

John Forsterof Robert Ogle. 


I I I I I I . I 

George ffenwick William 2 Mary Gregory 3 Henry 4 Claudius* Margarett 
12yereold 1615. — u. f. w.] 


William Hathorne, of Binfield in the County of Berks, yeoman, 18 
May, 1650, proved 2 May, 1651, by Sara Hathorne, the widow and exec- 
utrix. To the poor of the parish of Binfield twenty shillings, to be dis- 
tributed on the day of my burial. To Robert Hathorne, my son, all that 
my messuage or tenement now in the tenure of my brother-in-law John 
Lawrence, situate and being in Bray, in the County of Berks, together with 
all barns, stables, outhouses, orchards, gardens, backsides, easments, profits 
and hereditaments thereto belonging ; and also that my cottage closes and 
parcels of land, pasture and meadow, lying and being in Bray aforesaid, and 
hereafter particularly mentioned. That is to say, one barn with two or- 
chards and five closes of pasture and meadow called Neatherhouse barn, 
neathouse mead, the two Butts, Bishopps cloase and the backside, containing 
in all eighteen acres, more or less, lying together near unto the said mes- 
suage and abutting upon Oakely Greene towards the North, — (other lots, of 
four acres and of eighteen acres respectively, abutting upon Oakely Green 
towards the South), one cottage, with a hay house and backside, late in the 
tenure of Richard Braiser, containing one acre, more or less, abutting upon 
Okely Greene aforesaid towards the North ; also one close and one pidle 
of pasture ground called Godlers, containing seven acres, adjoining to a 
lane leading out of Okeley Greene into Didworth Green towards the 
South, to have unto the said Robert Hathorne my son & his heirs forever, 
upon trust, &c. — that they shall give and pay unto William Hathorne, my 
eldest son, his executors or assigns, the sum of one hundred pounds of law- 
ful money of England within two years next after ray decease, and unto 
John Hathorne, my son, &c, twenty pounds within three years, &c. Item, 
I give unto Nathaniel Hathorne, my son, twenty shillings in money. Fur- 
ther unto John Hathorne twenty pounds, if living, otherwise to his wife 
and children, within one year next after my decease. To Edmond Ha- 
thorne, ray youngest son (thirty acres and more in Bray) upon the trust 
and confidence and to the end, intent and purpose that the said Edmond 
Hathorne, ray son, his heirs or assigns, shall give and pay unto Elizabeth, 
my daughter, the wife of M r Richard Davenporte, her executors or as- 
signs, the sum of forty pounds of lawful money of England within two 
years next after my decease. To Anne, my daughter, wife of Hugh Smith, 
twenty shillings, and to Elizabeth, her daughter, five shillings. To Robert, 
Sara, Anne and Katherine, the children of my son-in-law Philip Lee, five 
shillings apiece. 

The residue, my debts being paid, my funeral expenses discharged and 
this my last will and testament in all things duly performed, to Sara Ha- 
thorne, my wife, whom I ordain and make sole executrix. 

The witnesses were John Sowthey als Hayle, Thomas Dyer and Robert 
Southey als Hayle. Grey, 87. 

Sara Hathorne (by mark) of Binfield in the County of Berks, widow, 
5 September, 1655, proved 14 March, 1655, by Nathaniel Hathorne, son 
and sole executor. To the poor of Binfield twenty shillings, to be bestowed 
on such as have most need, at the discretion of my executors, on the day 
of burial. To Robert Hathorne, my son, a round table in the chamber 
over the Hall, with a drawer to him, a great joyned chair in the parlor, my 
elm chest in the chamber over the parlor, a great pair of andirous standing 
in the parlor, two pillow beares, one of them Holland pillow beare and the 
other of them a flaxen pillow beare, two silver spoons, one of my best 
joined stools in the hall, a cupboard cloth wrought with blue at the ends 


and a great brazen candlestick. To Anne, my daughter, the wife of Hugh 
Smith, my best feather bed and bolster belonging to him, a feather pillow, 
two blankets, my green rug, my green sea curtains and valians to them, two 
pair of my better sheets, the fourth part of all my pewter, my lesser brass 
pot and pothooks, my little skillett, all my wearing apparell, three of my 
bigger milk bowls, a low leather chair, my best green matted chair, the 
biggest chest that was her fathers and ten pounds of lawful money of Eng- 
land. To my two grandchildren Anne Lee and Katherine Lee, twenty 
shillings apiece. To all the residue of my grandchildren, that is to say, 
Sara Hathorne, Elizabeth Hathorne and Elizabeth Hathorne, Susanna 
Hathorne, Nathaniel Hathorne, William Smith and Elizabeth Smith, the 
several sums often shillings apiece. To Anne Middleton, my late servant, 
ten shillings. 

The residue to son Nathaniel Hathorne, who is to be sole executor. The 
witnesses were John Yonges and Henrie Otwaie (by mark). 

Berkley, 34. 

[The foregoing will of William Hathorne of Binfield confirms the guess made in 
1879, as to the English home of the American family of Hathorne, and the inter- 
marriage of Lieut. Richard Davenport, of New Engiand, with that family. (See 
Gleanings from English Records, &c, by Emtnerton and Waters, Essex Institute, 
Salem, Mass., where sundry abstracts of English wills may be found, and paternal 
and maternal pedigrees of the distinguished author Nathaniel Hawthorne.) Bin- 
field, Bray and Oakley Green are all in the North Eastern part of Berkshire, a little 
West and South West of Windsor. From a History and Antiquities of the Hun- 
dred of Bray, by Charles Kerry, London, 1861, I learn that there was a manor of 
Cruchfields and Hawthorne, that a William Hawthorne was one of the tenants 
of " Queen Lease " in the parish of Bray and Manor of Bray, 1650 ; in the " Ren- 
tall of the Manor of Bray, 1650," William Hawthorne is charged one pound per an- 
num for all lands holden of the manor, Thomas Hawthorne is charged three shil- 
lings, the heivs of Robert Hawthorne five shillings, and William Hawthorne, Jr., 
five pence. In " The Assert Rent of Bray, 1658," under the title "Oakley," I 
find "Ttobert Hauthorne for house and lands," 6ix shillings four pence, "Tho- 
mas Hauthorne ditto," three shillings three pence halfpenny, and " Henery Hau- 
thorne for lands," seven shillings. William Hawthorne was one of the church 
wardens in Bray, A.D. 1600. By Indenture dated 10 January, 6 James (1609), 
Sir John Norris confirmed unto William Goddard, William Hathorne, Thomas 
Westcottand five others, and their heirs, all those piddles or parcels of ground 
severally lying in certain hamlets and tithings of the parish of Bray in the county 
of Berks, whereupon small cottages and other edifices were erected and built, con- 
taining in the whole, by estimation, five acres," &c, intrust for the "relief of 
such poor, impotent and aged persons as from time to time thereafter should be 
dwelling within the said parish, and to the intent that the poorest and most aged 
and impotent persons of the said parish should be provided for ever of houses and 
habitation." By an Indenture dated 14 January, 1621, it appears that William 
Hawthorn and Thomas Westcott, who were the surviving trustees, associated with 
themselves eight other substantial inhabitants of the parish as feoffees in trust, &c. 
By Indenture of feoffment bearing date 1 September, 1657, it appears that Thomas 
Wilcox was the surviving trustee. On page 1 10 of the History may be found " The 
Legend of Hawthorn," which narrates the finding of two pots of gold on Haw- 
thorn Hill, near Cruchfield (but a little way from Binfield), and on page 111 sun- 
dry notices of the name of Hawthorne, gathered from court rolls, registers and other 
authentic sources ; from which it appears that John Hothorndied 1520, leaving Hen- 
ry Hothorn his son and heir. Henry died 1531, leaving Roger his son and heir. In 
1535 a field of Thomas Hothorne adjoined one held by John Bysshop in " Cryche- 
feld." In 1533 Thomas Hothorne was appointed collector for the lands he (Bys- 
shop) held called " Chaunters " by the yearly rent of twenty shillings nine pence. 
William Hothorn died 1538, leaving William bis son and heir. William Haw- 
thorne was a copyhold tenant 1601 and church warden 1600-02. Thomas Hawthorn 
jun. purchased " Brownings" in Holyport, 1602. John Hawthorne held a coppice 
at Binfield called " Picking's Points," 1605. One of this family married Anne, 
daughter of Gilbert Loirgins, circa 1605. And Robert Hawthorne's name occurs 
1656 to 1664.— H. F. w.] 


Nathaniel Hathorne, of Cookham in County Berks, gentleman, 27 
September, 1652, proved 29 July, 1654, by Martha Hathorne, the relict 
and executrix. To wife Martha eight hundred pounds in lieu of her joint- 
ure and thirds, &c. My manor of South Braham* in the county of Som- 
erset. Estates in the counties of Devon, Somerset and Berks. My four 
brothers-in-law, Thomas Loggins, John Whistler, Ralphe Whistler and Tho- 
mas Whistler, gentleman. My three own sisters, Elizabeth, Mary and 
Anne, and John Laurence, the husband of Anne. My son-in-law Wil- 
liam Mattingly and Jone his wife. My kinsman William Eldridge and 
Judith his wife. Anne Winche, the wife to my nephew John Winch. My 
nephew William Winche. The poor of Cookham and South Braham. 
Wife Martha to be executrix, and two loving kinsmen, Dr. Daniel Whist- 
ler of Gresham College, and John Winche, of London, haberdasher, to be 
overseers. One of the witnesses was John Hathorne. Alchin, 251. 

[This testator was, of course, brother to the foregoing William Hathorne and un- 
cle to the American immigrant. 

It is with a peculiar satisfaction, it must be confessed, that the compiler of these 
Gleanings, himself a native of Salem, has at last been able to prove beyond a doubt 
whereabouts in " Our Old Home," that elder England beyond the seas, we must 
look for the ancestry of the most widely known among the distinguished sons of 
old Salem, the most original of the prose writers of our New England, and the one 
whose writings are most native to her soil ; a satisfaction tinged with the regret, 
however, that the discovery was not made in the great writer's life-time. We can 
easily imagine with what delight he would have made a pilgrimage into Berk- 
shire, how gladly he would have loitered about Binlield and Bray, Cruchfield and 
Oakley Green, making new sketches to illustrate his English Note Book, and how 
eagerly his quaint and vivid fancy would have seized even upon the scanty materi- 
als offered to it in the Legend of Hawthorn Hill and its pots of gold, to weave 
therefrom a story that should rival in weirdness any of his " Legends of New 

The eldest son and namesake of William Hathorne of Binfield, and first Ameri- 
can ancestor of the distinguished writer, was, next to Governor Endicott, by far 
the most important personage in the civil history of Salem during the first genera- 
tion. By sheer force of natural talent and commanding character, this son of a 
plain English yeoman easily came to the front rank among the many wise and ac- 
tive New England men who were then engaged in the tremendous and to them 
solemn task of founding a state, opening up the wilderness, treating with " the 
barbarious Heathen," justly and peaceably if possible, but with fire and sword if 
need be, allotting lands to the new comers in proportion to their means and ability 
and to the numbers of their families, establishing offices of record, settling disputes, 
levying taxes, ma'iing provision for meeting-house and school-house, regarding 
justice and morality, a careful religious training and the free education of all, as 
the only sure basis of good order and sound government, the only firm and stable 
foundation whereon to erect the superstructure of a mighty new state. In all this 
work Major William Hathorne bore a prominent part, whether as an enterprising 
and prosperous merchant, a trusted citizen and deputy, an honored speaker of the 
House, a wise and influential magistrate in the highest court, or an active and suc- 
cessful commander in the wars ; and his career illustrates most happily the wonder- 
ful capacity of the Anglo-Saxon race, that imperial race of modern times, its adapt- 
ability and readiness to cope with new conditions of life, to adjust itself to strange 
and heretofore untried surroundings, its plain and homely common sense, its union 
of native practical sagacity and sound judgment with a love of law and order, and 
at the same time a spirit of adventure, which has made Great Britain not only the 
most prosperous of nations, but the greatest colonizing people in the world, the 
mother of Nations, and which is so conspicuously manifested in the marvellous ca- 
reer of her daughters, the " Greater Britain " in America and Australia and else- 
where throughout the world wherever a love of enterprise or any other cause has 
led its people to settle and plant new homes. — n. f. w.j 

* Probably South Bruham (or Brewham) in the Hundred of Bruton.- h. f. w. 


Sir William Phips, Knight, of Boston iu the county of Suffolk, Pro- 
vince of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, 18 December, 1693, sworn 
to by Dame Mary Phips 10 September, 169G; proved 29 January, 1696. 
To brother James Phips or his heirs, the sum of five shillings. To my 
dear and entirely beloved consort Mary Phips, and to her heirs forever, all 
my estate, real and personal, &c. &c, with power to alienate by deed of gift, 
will or codicil. If she should die without having, by will, disposed of my 
estate, &c, it shall all descend and fall to my adopted sou. Spencer Phips 
ats Bennett and the heirs of his body. If he should die without issue sur- 
viving, what is left shall be equally divided and shared, one half thereof by 
my sisters Mary, Margaret and the heirs of my sister Anne deceased, or 
their heirs forever, and the other half in like manner, to the relations of 
my beloved consort, reserving only out of the whole estate one hundred 
pounds current money of New England, which my said relations and the 
relations of my said wife shall cause to be paid unto John Phipps, son to 
my brother John Phipps deceased, or to his heirs, if this clause be not re- 
pealed by my wife aforesaid. If ray dear consort should die before my said 
son is come to age or is married, then I do nominate and appoint my friends 
Capt. John Foster, Esq., and Capt. Andrew Belcher of Boston, merchants, 
to be trustees of my estate and guardians to my said son, until he shall be 
of full age or married. 

The witnesses were John Phillips, John White, John Hiskett, Josiah 
Stone and John Greenough. Pyne, 15. 

Francis Phipps, the elder, of Reading, in the county of Berks, men- 
tions (inter alios) son Constantine Phipps, in his will proved 1668. 

Hene, 69. 

[A flattering sketch of the mathematical and inventive ability of Sir William 
Phips — our governor during the time of the witchcraft delusion ; with a copy of 
the epitaph from his monument in St. Mary Woolnoth's Church in London, are 
given in " The Peerage of Ireland," by John Lodge, vol. vii. p. 84, of the edition of 
1789, edited by Mervyn Archdall, as a prelude to the history of the ancestry of 
Lord Mulgrave; which is followed by the statement that Sir William Phips was 
father of Sir Constantine Phipps, Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1710 to 1714, 
who was grandfather of the first Baron Mulgrave. 

Sir William (whose will is given above) was son of James Phips, a gunsmith, 
who came from Bristol, England, and settled near the Kennebec River. Cotton 
Mather states that James had twenty-one sons and five daughters. Sir William 
mentions in his will but one brother and three sisters, and having no child adopts 
his wife's nephew, afterward known as Spencer Phips, who lived and died in New 
England. Sir Egerton Brydges copied the statement from Archdall and incorporat- 
ed it in his celebrated edition of Collins's Peerage (1812), but having noticed later 
the Life of Sir William Phips by Cotton Mather, corrects the statement in an ap- 
pendix, so far as Sir Constantine was concerned, by suggesting that Spencer Phips, 
the adopted son of Sir William, was the true ancestor of Lord Mulgrave. Debrett, 
in his annual Peerage, carried the original story for years, but finally left it out en- 
tirely. Burke substituted "cousin" for " father," still keeping Sir William 
Phips for the "figure-head " of the family by saying he was cousin of Sir Con- 
stantine. Savage (1861) Vol. iii. p. 422, calls attention to the "preposterous 
fable," and quotes " Smiles's Self-Help, p. 169," as a present example of its con- 
tinuance. The Heraldic Journal (1865), Vol. i. pp. 154-5, contains a full and in- 
teresting account of this " popular error." The latest promulgation of the old 
story which has come to my sight is in an elegant volume purchased by the Boston 
Athenaeum during 1881, " Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen, &c," by Rev. 
F. O. Morris, no date, but evidently a very recent publication, Vol. ii. pp. 1 1 to 12, 
with a view of Mulgrave Castle, the seat of the Marquis of Normanby. 

This magnificent place was inherited by Constantine Phipps (a grandson of Sir 
Constantine previously mentioned) from his maternal grandmother, whose paternity 
was a question of historic doubt. 


Catherine Sedley, created Countess of Dorchester for life, was the acknowledged 
mistress of James II. ; the keeper of his privy purse, Col. James Graham, also had 
intimate relations with her. It happened that her daughter— Lady Catherine Darn- 
ly— bore an exact resemblance to his daughter, the Countess ot Berkshire. Col. 
Graham was i.ot inclined to deny the paternity, while the mother asserted that her 
daughter " need not be so proud, as she was not the King's child, but Col. Gra- 
ham's." (Jesse's Lives of the Stuarts, Vol. iii. p. 508.) 

Lady Catherine Darnley was married first to the Earl of Anglesey, from whom 
she was divorced; she then married the Duke of Buckingham. From him she 
received Mulgrave Castle, and she gave it to Constantino Phipps, the son of her 
daughter by her first husband. 

This Constantine Phipps was created Baron Mulgrave of the peerage of Ireland in 
1768, but the titles have accumulated upon his descending line until the present 
head of the family is " Marquis of Normanby, Earl of Mulgrave, Viscount Norman- 
by and Baron Mulgrave of Mulgrave, co. York, in the Peerage of the United King- 
dom; Baron Mulgrave of New Ross, co. Wexford, in the Peerage of Ireland." 
The armorial bearings are quarterings of those of James II.! and of Sir William 
Phips ! 

Mr. Waters has found a father for a Constantine Phipps, and we hope the whole 
question of relationship to Sir William (if any existed) will be fully settled soon. 
Dr. Marshall in " The Genealogist," Vol. vi., gave new material as to the mar- 
riages and children of the first Constantine. — J. C. J. Brown. 

From ILst. and Antiquities of Reading, by the Rev. Charles Coates, LL.B., Lon- 
don, 1802, p. 445, we learn that there was a tradition that Sir Constantine Phipps, 
the ancestor of the Mulgrave family, was born at Reading. — a. p. w.] 

Stmon Bradstreete, citizen and grocer of London, 22 February, 1627, 
proved 28 February, 1627, by Samuel Bradstreete. Daughter Margaret, 
now wife of Edmond Slater, citizen and mercer of London, married with- 
out my love, leave or consent. My nephew, Samuel Bradstreete, to be 
residuary legatee and sole and absolute executor. Barrington, 14. 

[Simon Bradstreet, the " Nestor of New England," who was governor of Massa- 
chusetts, 1679-86 and 1689-92, was probably related to the testator. Gov. Brad- 
street used on his will a seal with these arms : On a fesse three crescents, in base a 
greyhound passant (Register, viii. 313). The tinctures are not indicated. The 
arms of Sir John Valentine Bradstreet, baronet, descended from Simon B. of Kil- 
mainham, co. Dublin, Ireland, created a baronet in 1759, are, Arg. a greyhound 
passant gules; on a chief sable three crescents or. 

The father of Gov. Bradstreet was named Simon, according to the statement of 
the Rev. Simon B. of New London (Reg. ix. 113). Cotton Mather, who does not 
give the christian name, says that he was "a minister in Lincolnshire who was 
always a nonconformist at home as well as when preacher at Middleburgh 
abroad" (Magnalia, ed. 1702, Bk. ii. p. 19; ed. 1853, vol. i. p. 138). Gov. Brad- 
street, according to Mather, was " born at Horbling, March, 1603." He died at 
Salem, March 27, 1697, " aet. 94," according to the inscription on his monument 
(Reg. i. 76). lie was bred at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, A.B. 1620, A.M. 
1624, came to New England in 1630, being then secretary of t'^e Massachusetts 
Company. He married first, Anne, daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley, by whom he 
had eight children — Samuel, Dorothy married Rev. Seaborn Cotton ; Sarah wife of 
Richard Hubbard ; Rev. Simon, Hannah or Ann, wife of Andrew Wig»in ; Dud- 
ley, John, and Mercy wife of Nathaniel Wade. He married secondly Mrs. Anne 
(Downing) Gardiner. See memoirs, Register, i. 75-7 ; viii. 312-13. Lists of 
descendants of him and his gifted wife, the first female poet in New England, in- 
cluding some eminent American writers, are printed in the Register, viii. 312-25 ; 
ix. 113-21.— Editor.] 

John Sedgwicke, of the parish of S* Savior's, Southwark, in county 
Surrey, brewer, 27 November, 1638, proved 5 December, 1638, by Mar- 
tha Sedgwicke, widow and executrix. To be buried in the parish church 
of S' Savior's. To wife Martha two thousand pounds of money and cer- 
tain personal property at my house at Barnes in county Surrey, late in the 
occupation of M r Hubland deceased. To my mother Elizabeth Sedg- 


wicke, of Woburn in the county of Bedford, widow, the sum of five hun- 
dred pounds in money within one year after my decease. But if she die 
before the expiration of said year, then two hundred and fifty pounds of 
that money to be given to my wife and the other two hundred and fifty 
pounds to be at the disposal and ordering of my said mother to such of her 
children as she shall think most meet, at her own will and pleasure. To my 
sister Mary Houghton, now wife of Robert Houghton, and their daughter 
Martha, my god-daughter, the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds within one 
year, &c. To my brother William Sedgwicke, minister of Farnam, near 
Bishops Starford, fifty pounds within one year, &c. " Item I give and re- 
mitt to my loving brother Robert Sedgwicke, of Charlestowne in new Eng- 
land Thirtie and eight pounds which hee oweth mee by bill and fourty shil- 
lings to buy him a ring." To my father and mother in law, Edward and 
Joan Wicke, of Leighton in the county of Bedford, the sum of five pounds 
each ; to sister Joan Wicke ten pounds ; to brothers Matthew, Mark and 
Thomas Wicke ten pounds' apiece ; and to brother Luke Wicke thirty 
pounds ; all within one year after my decease. To my friend and brother 
Nicholas Crisp, citizen and girdler of London, ten pounds, and to his wife 
Sarah Crisp, ten pounds within one year, &c. To the poor of the parish 
of Woburn in the County of Bedford, the sum of twenty pounds, &c, it 
being the parish in which I was born. To the poor of the town of Leigh- 
ton twenty pounds. To the poor of the Liberty of the upper ground, on 
the Bankeside, in the parish of St. Saviors, ten pounds. To ten poor godly 
ministers of God's word the sum of forty pounds, to be distributed at the 
discretion of my overseers. To M r Nicholas Morton, minister of the pa- 
rish of St. Saviors, forty shillings to preach my funeral sermon. To M r 
James Archer, minister also of the said parish, forty shillings. To my 
uncle, Mr Stephen Sedgwicke, brewer, five pounds to buy him a ring. To 
servant Nathaniel Barrow five pounds. Wife Martha to. be executrix, 
and kinsmen and friends Edward Wicke, Stephen Sedgwicke, Nicholas 
Crisp and Robert Houghton to be overseers. Lee, 181. 

[Robert Sedgwick, named in this will as brother of the testator, was a prominent 
man in early New England history. It is noteworthy that Sarah Sedgwick, second 
wife of Gov. John Leverett (Reg. xxxv. 348), who has been supposed to be a sister 
of Robert, is not mentioned here. Robert Sedgwick settled in Charlestown as early 
as 1636, was one of the founders of the Artillery Company in 1638, was chosen Ma- 
jor-General, the highest military office in the colony, May 26. 1652; went to Eng- 
land and was appointed by Cromwell commander of the expedition which captured 
in 1654 the French posts in Acadia. He was6entas a commissioner to Jamaica after 
the capture of that island (Reg. ante, p. 24), where he died May 24 (Drake), or 
June 24 (Palfrey), 1656. His children were Samuel, Hannah, William and Rob- 
ert (Wyman's Charlestown). His widow Joanna became the second wife of Rev. 
Thomas Allen of Charlestown, whose first wife was Anna, widow of John Harvard, 
founder of Harvard College. Descendants have been distinguished in literature and 
in civil and military life.— Editor.] 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 

Constant Sylvester. {Ante, p. 17.) 

Grace Sylvester. — In the Register for October last, page 385, Mr. Waters gives 
an abstract of the will of Constant Silvester, made in Barbadoes in 1671. In this 
will the testator gives his two daughters, Grace and Mary, " two thousand pounds 
each on the day of their marriage, besides One hundred pounds each to buy them 
a jewel at the age of 16 years." The following deposition, made by the mother of 


these two young ladies, has been transcribed from the " Proceedings in the Spirit- 
ual Court of the Diocese of London," and brings to light an interesting episode 
in the annals of the family of Sylvester : 

"12 Die Menses Decenibris Anno Dom 1685 which day appeared p'son- 
ally Grace Sylvester, widdow and Relict of Constant Sylvester, Esquire, 
dec d and by vertue of her oath deposed that about Ten years since her hus- 
band being dead, her affaires called her into Barbadoes ; she left her child- 
ren, viz 1 one Sonn and two daughters under the care and tuition and gov- 
ernment to Anne Walrond her sister, who dyed in ffebruary last, as she was 
informed and she was likewise informed y' one M r John Staples being an 
acquaintance of this deponents sonn Constant Sylvester, thereby became 
acquainted with Grace Sylvester this deponents daughter and pretended to 
make his addresses to her in the way of marriage and the same (as this de- 
poneut was informed) Came to the Knowledge of the said Anne Walrond 
& she forbad the said John Staples to come to the said House and he there- 
upon did desist and she doth farther depose that she this deponent arrived 
at London on the 28 th of September last and after such her arrival Sir 
Henry Pickering Bar 1 made courtshipp in the way of marriage to her this 
Deponents daughter Grace Sylvester and he made also his addresses to this 
deponent therein to whom she gave her consent, upon Information of his 
Quality, State and Condition and after some tyme the said M r John Sta- 
ples came to her this deponents lodgings in S' James S' viz 1 , on or about 
the 3 d day of Nov r last and in the p r sence of this Depon', Henry Walrond 
Sen r Esq re and severall other p r sons the said m r John Staples told this de- 
ponent that he understanding that her daughter Grace was speedily to be 
married to Sir Henry Pickering and he thought good to acquaint this de- 
ponent that her daughter could not justly p r ceed in the s d match, for she 
was by promise engaged to him or to that effect and he being asked, when, 
where, and in whose p r sence, he answered, in the Mall in S l James and that 
her sister Mary and Mrs Mary Seaman were with them, but were either 
soe much before or behind them that they could not heare theire discourse 
and the s d Grace Sylvester being then p r sent absolutely denyed that she 
made any such p r mise, but declared that she told him that she would never 
marry any p r son w th out her mothers consent and approbation, or to that 
very effect, whereupon the s d John Staples replyed that the p r mise made 
to him had that condicon and the s d Grace denying any p r mise, the s d John 
Staples said that this was noe more than he expected and in a little tyme 
after departed, but imediately before his departure had some private dis- 
course with Henry Walrond Sen r Esq r and this depon 4 findeing that her s d 
daughter Grace Sylvester was noe wayes engaged to the s d John Staples 
nor had any kindness for him, This dep* did consent that the said Sir Hen- 
ry Pickering should pursue his addresses to the s d Grace her daughter which 
he did accordingly and hath obteyned the affections of her s d daughter and 
there was and is an agreement made between them by and with the Con- 
sent of this dep 1 and that order was and is given for drawing up writings 
and settling of a Joynture and preparation for the marriage between him the 

s d Sir Henry Pickering and the s d Grace to be solemnized before any 

or Inhibition was served on the said Grace which was not served as she 
believeth untill the fourth of this Instant — December and upon designe (as 
this dep* doth verily believe) by the s d John Staples to gett some money 
or other sinister end. In witness whereof she hath hereunto sett her hand. 

Gkace Sylvester. 

12 Decemb. 1G85. p' fata Gratia Sylvester ) 
vidua jurat coram me, Th° Exton. ) 


Henry Walrond, Sen r also made a deposition similar to the above, and also adds 
that Staples in a private discourse with him said " he knew the Consent or promise 
made to him, was no such promise, as thereby to oblige her, meaning the s d Grace, 
to marry him, or to make null or void her marriage to any other person, but he 
could thereby putt a stopp, or hindrance if he pleased to her marriage with any 
other person and desired this deponent (Henry Walrond) to consider thereof." 

Sir Henry Pickering was the only 6on of Sir Henry, the first Baronet, of Whad- 
don, co. Cambridge, by Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Vinor, 1st Baronet, 
Lord Mayor in 1653. He succeeded his father in 1667-8, and married first the 
daughter of Sir George Downing, Bart., of East Hatley, co. Cambridge; second, 
Grace Sylvester, by whom he had no children. He resided in Barbadoes, where he 
died in 1704-5. With him the Baronetcy became extinct. — G. D. Scull, of Ox- 
ford, England. 

Abstract of the last Will and Testament of the most reverend Father 
in God Edmund Grindall, Archbishop of Canterbury, made 8 May, 1583, 
and proved 15 July, 1583. All other wills revoked (except one bearing 
date 12 April, 1583). My body to be buried in the choir of the parish 
church of Croydon, without any solemn hearse or funeral pomp. To her 
Majesty the Queen the New Testament in Greek of Stephanas his impres- 
sion. To my next successor the pictures of Archbishop Warham and of 
Erasmus and all such instruments of music and other implements as were 
bequeathed and left unto me by my predecessor that last was. To Lord 
Burghley, the Lord High Treasurer of England that my standing cup which 
her Majesty gave unto me at New Years Tide last before the date hereof. 
And I make him supervisor, &c. (Gifts to sundry other legatees.) To 
my faithful friend M r Nowell, Dean of Paul's, my ambling gelding called 
Gray Olyphant. To the poor of the town and the lower part of the parish 
of S' Beghes ; to the use of the parish church of S l Beghes. To M r Doc- 
tor Gybsbn. To William Woodhall, my nephew (inter alia), " my blacke 
straye nagg called Nixe." To Mr. Wilson my chaplain (certain books) 
and the advowson of the parsonage of Wonston in the diocese of Winches- 
ter if it shall fall void in his life time ; if not, then to M r Robinson, now 
provost of Queen's College, Oxford. To my nieces Mabell, Anne, Barba- 
ra and Frances, the daughters of Robert Grindall, my brother. To my 
nieces Dorothy, Katherine, Elizabeth and Isabell, the daughters of Eliza- 
beth Woodhall, my sister, late deceased (fifty pounds to each). To the 
children of Mabel, daughter of my sister, fifty pounds, to be divided amongst 
them at the discretion of William Woodhall, their uncle. To my niece 
Woodhall a bowl. To my niece Isabell Wilson, one other bowl, double 
gilt, without a cover. To Edmond Woodhall, my godson. To my niece 
Frances Younge, widow. To John Scott, Esq., steward of my household. 
To my servant William Grindall, my servant William Hales (and other 
servants named). To John Sharpe. To my loving friend master Thomas 
Eaton and his wife. To M r William Strycland, M r Atherton, John Browne, 
fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, M r Redman, Archdeacon of Can- 

I ordain & constitute William Redman, Archdeacon of Canterbury, John 
Scott, Esq., Steward of my Household, and William Woodhall, my nephew, 

Clause, referring to a Free Grammar School, to be founded in St. Beghes 
in the county of Cumberland, blotted, and " stroken " out 3 July, 1583. 
about 11 A. M. 


A codicil bequeathing to M r Redman, Archdeacon, &c, all his antique 
coins of the Roman Emperors. To M r Wilson, his chaplain, his watch- 
He did forgive his niece Ann Dacres, widow, &c. &c. Rowe, 39. 

Snia pro allocacoe corapi bonorum Reufendissimi pris EdI Grindall nug 
Cant Archipi defti — in judicio inter Alexandra Willson Mariam Willsou et 
Aliciam Willson nepotes ex sorore dci defuncti partem hmoi negotiu promo- 
ven ex una et Johannem Scott Armigerum executorem superstitem testa- 
menti siue ultime voluntatis dci defuncti partem contra quam hfiioi negoti- 
um promovetur necnon Mabillam Windor ffranciscum Dacres Eleuam Da- 
cres Dorotheam Dacres als Barbaram Raper ff ranciscam Latus- Jobem 

Wilkenson Robertum Wilkenson Dorotheam Bowman Dorotheam Will- 
son Johannem Gibson Thomam Gibson Edmundum Willson Willum 
Willson Johannem Willson Thomam Willson Mariam Willson Mariam 
Sheafe et Isabellam Willson proximos consanguineos dci defuncti in specie 
ac omnes et singulos alios jus titulum aut Interesse in bonis dicti defuncti 
haben aut pretendeS in genere ad videndum compum dci defuncti exhiberi 
et in debita Juris forma iustiricari ltme citat etc. etc. 

Lecta lata et promulgata fuit hec sfiia dirfinitiua etc Tertia sessione Ter- 
mini Pasche die Jovis decimo octauo viz 4 die menss Maii Anno Domini 
millesimo sexcentesimo nono. Dorset, 60. 

[This celebrated puritan Archbishop, the son of William Grindall, was born at 
St. Bees, in the County of Cumberland, in 1519. He was fellow,^ president and 
master of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, and filled successively the Sees of London, 
York and Canterbury. He died July 6, 1583, and was buried in the chancel of Croy- 
den church, where are his monument and epitaph. The free school of St. Bees was 
incorporated by Queen Elizabeth in the name of Edmund Grindall, Archbishop of 
Canterbury, and the school and master's house were built by his executors. The 
founder's donation was fifty pounds a year, twenty pounds whereof he appointed to 
be paid to the master of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. By the foundation the master 
of the school is to be a native of Cumberland, Westmoreland, Yorkshire, or Lanca- 
shire, and is to be nominated by the Provost of Queen's College, Oxford. King 
James I. augmented this foundation. Lord Bacon says he was the gravest and 
greatest prelate of the land. (Hutchinson's His. of Cumberland.) — Thomas Minns.] 

James Woodhall of Walden in the county of Essex, yeoman, 21 Feb- 
ruary " in ye thirtith yere of the raigne of oure Soueraigne Ladie Eliza- 
beth," &c, proved 30 June, 1601. My body to be buried at the discre- 
tion of ray executor. To William Woodhall, my son-in-law and Mary his 
wife, my daughter, all my lands and tenements, both free and copy hold 
lying within the parish church of Littlebury in the county of Essex, and to 
their heirs forever, " in consideration of ye great kindness which I have 
found in him towards me and for a Remuneration of his fatherly goodnes 
and charges and benevolence bestowed upon the children of William Bird 
deceased, his said wyves late husband." To the same all that my messuage 
wherein I now dwell, situate in Walden aforesaid, in a street there com- 
monly called Threshwell hundred, &c, two acres I bought of William 
Pumfrett, two parcels I bought of Thomas Crofte, one and a half acre 
of land lying between the land I bought of Thomas Crofte and the 
lands of George Nicholls Esq., two acres of land in Windmill lane which I 
lately bought of John Crofte, two and a half acres of land I bought of Rich- 
ard Chapman, lying on Windmill Hill, &c, and my two houses in Duck 
Street, in the parish of Walden, (one) now in the tenure of Richard Aus- 
ten, the other late in the tenure of Davy Hodson. James Woodhall, eldest 
son of the said William Woodhall, my godson, Edmond Woodhall (second 
6on) and Woodhall (third son). Certain land at the Sandpits, next 


the land lately Richard Plominers. Land near William Shelford, land near 
Thomas Howard, bought of William Bowling. To William Bird and 
George Bird, sons of my daughter Mary. To Mary Bird, one of the daugh- 
ters of my said daughter and now the wife of John Kyng, clerk and canon 
of Windsor. To Debora Woodhall, a daughter of William aud Mary Wood- 
hall and every of the other sons and daughters of the said William and 
Mary, viz. Elizabeth, Mary, Edmond, Dorothy, Jane, Katherine and Jo- 
hane Woodhall. Whereas Johane my wife, after my marriage had with 
her, did faithfully promise that she would not claim any title of dower, &c. 
To Robert Nicholls, her son, and to James, her son, and Henry, her son. 
William Bird, my daughter's eldest son, to be the overseer of this my will. 

The testator's signature was Jamys Woodhall. The witnesses were 
William Willson, clerk, John Kyng, clerk, and James Crofte Not. Publique. 

In a codicil, made 29 August, 1596, referring to his wife's dowry and the 
bequests to Robert, James and Henry Nicholls, her sons, and to the child- 
ren of William Woodhall of Walden Esq., his son-in-law and daughter 
Mary his wife, we learn that " synce that tyrae it hath pleased god toblesse 
hym with one sonne more named Grindall Woodhall," &c. The witnesses 
to this codicil were William Bird, George Bird, John Sharpe, Robert 
Longe No. Pub., William Lawe and Josaphat Webbe. 

In another codicil, bearing date 22 March, 1598, he makes bequests to 
his wife and to the poor of Walden. The witnesses to this were George 
Bird, Thomas Bird, William Burroughs, John Sharpe and John Rice. 

Woodhall, 1. 

William Woodhall, of Walden in the County of Essex Esq., 30 May 
First of James, proved 29 November, 1604. To be buried in the parish 
church of Walden, either on the North side of the church in a place where 
I appointed or else by my father-in-law and my son James, at the discre- 
tion of my executor. 

" Nowe whereas my wife and I haue bin mareyed this foure and thirtie 
yeres and I haue had nott onely by her many children but alsoe haue founde 
her a moste kinde and loviug wief I should farr forget myself if I should nott 
soe prouide for her as she may haue sufficient," &c. &c. I leave unto my said 
wife, according to her father's will all such lands as he hath bequeathed 
unto her, lying either in the parish of Walden or Lytlebury. To John, 
Archbishop of Canterbury (certain bequests) humbly beseeching his Grace 
to be good and favorable to my son Edmund whom I leave behind me to 
succeed in my office. To loving cousin Doctor Dun, M r of the Requests 
and Dean of the Arches. To my dear and faithful brother M r William 
Wilson. To Doctor Birde and Michael Woodcock (spoken of in another 
place as "son Woodcock"). " I had a purpose to bestow my sonne Wil- 
liam Woodhall either at the study of the common lawe or at the TJniversi- 
tie of Oxforde ; but gceiving his tabackicall humor I see he hath nott anie 
minde either to the one or to the other, And therefore for anvthinge I see he 
must be a souldyer or servingrnan both places commendable for a younge 
man especially if he may haue a pipe of tobacco. And to that ende least a 
farther inconvenience mighte followe for his better maintenaunce I giue 
unto the said William the place wherein Thomas Lynne was," &c. &c. 
" Nephew John Wilkinson now in London," referred to. — " Son Grind- 
all Woodhall to be an apprentice either with a merch' Venturer or 
some other good trade." My three eldest daughters, Debora Calton, Wil- 
liam Burroe aud Michael Woodcock. My four other daughters, Mary, 
Jane, Katharine and Joue Woodhall. 



" Memorandum that on Thursday being Ascencon day aud the second 
daie of June 1603 betweene the bowers of seaueu and eight in the fore- 
noone the testator within named being in his bed in his chamber within M r 
Chayre's bouse in Pawles church-yarde London did with his owue hande 
subscribe his name to every leafe of this Will being flue in nomber," &c. 

The witnesses were Jo: Lawe not. pub., William Birde, Antho: Calton, 
George Birde, Rich. Theker, Christopher Yowle, Robert Longe, William 
Cooke and Timothy Paget. Harte, 86. 

[The following pedigree from Harleian MS., 1541, fob 55, in the British Museum, 
shows the connection between Archbishop Grindall and the Woodhalls, whose wills 
follow his : 

John Wood hall of Ullock= 
in Com. Cumberland. 

John Woodhall=Jennett, d. of 

I . . . . Crakeplace. 

Thomas Woodhall=Joane, d. of Longdale. 

John* Woodhall = Elizabeth, da. of Wm. Grindall and sister of Edmond 
of Walden in Essex. I Grindall, Archbishop of Canterbury 

William Woodhall: 
of Walden in Essex. 

:Mary, da. of James Woodhall=William Byrd 
sonofJas. Woodhall of Cockes- 1 Husband 
more in Com. Cumberland. vide London. 

I I 

Debora ux r Elizabeth 

Anthony ux. William 
Calton Burrows of 

in Com. Snff. 

Mary ux. 
Tho. Harrison 

Dorothy f 



ob. s.p. 

Edmond Woodhall: 
of Walden in Essex 

:Margaret dau. 
... Law. 


ob. s.p. 

ob. s.p. 

ob. s.p. 


John Mary ux. 

Thos. Goade 
D r of Civil Law. 


Penelope ux. 
John Gibson of Crake 
Welborne in Com. York. 

— H. F. W. 

In Lipscomb's County of Buckingham is an interesting account, tracing one 
branch of the Woodhall family from Walter De Flanders, Lord of Wahal, alias 
Woodhal, 20 William the Conqueror, and giving the coat of arms. 

In the Chapel of Eton College is a Latin inscription in memory of " Jane Goad 
dau. of Edmund Woodhall aged 34 1657 the mother of 3 sons & 2 daughters." 
(v. iv. p. 312,486.) 

In the church of Walden in Essex, are epitaphs of the following persons : James 
Woodhall, Assistant and Treasurer, died 1529 ; William Woodhall, Esq., Register 
of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, died 1603 ; Mary, daughter of James Wood- 
hall, first wife to William Byrd, afterwards married to William Woodhall. She 
died 1613. William Byrde, Gent., d. 1568. (Salmon, His. of Essex, p. 142.)— t. m. 

I have a conviction that the Birds mentioned in the abstracts of the wills of 
the Woodhalk et ah, were of the same lineage of William Byrd, of " Wcstover," 

* Willm Woodhall had evidently been written first, in the same ink as the rest of the 
pedigree, and John Woodhall written over this in blacker ink. — h. f. w. 
t Dorothy became the wife of Michael Woodcock. (See Cussans' Herts, vol. ii. p. 149/ 

H. F. W. 


James River, Va., whose parents were John and Grace (8tagg, or Stegge) Byrd, (or 
Bird, or Birde), of London. The christian names John, Thomas and VVilliam, ap- 
pear to be favored ones in his pedigree. William Byrd, the first of the name in 
Virginia, came thither a youth as the heir of large landed estates of his maternal 
uncle Colonel Thomas Stegge (as he wrote it) , whose will is dated 31st March, 
1690, and it is presumed that Byrd arrived in the latter part of the year. If the 
arms are given of the Bird legatees under the Woodhall wills, the family identifi- 
cation would be of easy solution. — JR. A. Brock.] 

Edmund Woodhall, Esq. Registrar of the Prerogative Court of Can- 
terbury, 25 January, 1638, proved 3 February, 1688. My body to be de- 
cently interred, near the bodies of my two wives, in the "He" belonging 
to me in the church of Little Munden in the county of Hartford, " there 
to sleep free from further molestacon till it be awaked at the last day by 
the Angels trumpe with a Surge — Arise thou that sleepest & come to Judg- 
ment." I will that the like monument be there erected for me as I did 
set up for my father in the church of Walden, but my desire is that my 
funeral may be without any great cost, my will & meaning being that only 
my children and two sons iu law have mourning provided for them; the 
charges of my funeral not to exceed fifty pounds. My two eldest daugh- 
ters, Mary Goad, now wife of Thomas Goad, Doctor of Laws, and Dame 
Penelope Gibson, the now wife of Sir John Gibson the younger, Knight. 
To Bridget Woodhall, my third daughter, one thousand pounds and to Jane 
Woodhall, my youngest daughter, the like sum, at four & twenty years of 
age or day of marriage. Son Edmond and son John (who appears to be 
at King's College, Cambridge). Brother-in-law Alexander Southwood, 
gentleman. Brother mr. Michael Woodcock. Cousins and friends Nicholas 
Hawes Esq. and John Wilkinson gentleman. 

" And soe Lord Jesu come quickly." Harvey, 20. 

William Wilson, Canon of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, 23 
August, 1613, proved 27 May, 1615. To be buried in the chapel near the 
place where the body of my dear father lies. If I die at Rochester or Cliff, 
in the County of Kent, then to be buried in the cathedral church of Roch- 
ester, near the bodies of wives Isabel and Anne. To my cousin Collins, 
prebendary at Rochester. To the Fellows and Scholars of Martin Col- 
lege, Oxford. My three sons Edmond, John and Thomas Wilson, daugh- 
ter Isabel Guibs and daughter Margaret Rawson. My goddaughter 
Margaret Sofiiers which my son Sofners had by my daughter Elizabeth, his 
late wife. To my god-son William Sheafe, at the age of twenty one years. 
Son Edmond, a fellow of King's College, Cambridge, eldest son of me, the 
said William. To son John the lease of the Rectory and Parsonage of 
Caxton in the County of Cambridge, which I have taken in his name. To 
Thomas Wilson, my third son. Son Edmond to be executor and M r Eras- 
mus Webb, my brother-in-law, being one of the Canons of St. George's 
Chapel, and my brother, M r Thomas Woodward, being steward of the town 
of New Windsor, to be overseers. 

The witnesses were Thomas Woodwarde, Joh. Woodwarde, Robert 
Lowe & Thomas Holl. 

In a codicU, dated i) May, 1615, wherein he is styled William Wilson 
Doctor of Divinity, he directs his son Edmond to give to his son John forty 
pounds and to his wife forty marks, he gives to Lincoln College Oxford 
ten pounds towards a Library, and mentions son-in-law M r Doctor Sheafe 
and daughter Gibbes. To this Thomas Sheafe was a witness, amongst 


In another codicil, of 12 May, 1G15, he says, I have provided for the 
husband of my daughter Isabel Gibbes a place in Windsor, in reversion, of 
some worth. His signature to this codicil was witnessed by David Raw- 
son and William Newman. Rudd, 36. 

[Rev. William Wilson, D.D., of Merton College, Oxford, was also a prebendary 
of St. Paul's and Rochester cathedrals, and held the rectory of Cliffe, in the county 
of Kent. In 1584 he became canon of Windsor in place of Dr. Will. Wick ham 
promoted to the see of Lincoln, being about that time chaplain to Edmund (Grin- 
dall), Archbishop of Canterbury. He married Isabel Woodhall, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth Woodhall of VValdcn in Essex, and niece of Archbishop Grin- 
dall. He was buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near the body of his 
father, William Wilson, late of Weilsbourne, in Lincolnshire, Gent. 

His eldest son, Edmund Wilson, M.D., of London, gave the infant colonyof Mas- 
sachusetts one thousand pounds sterling about 1633, which was invested in arms 
and ammunition. See Mass. Colonial Records, v. 1, p. 128, and 2d Mass. Hist. 
Soc. Collections, v. 8, p. 228. 

His second son, Rev. John Wilson, of Christ's College, Cambridge, married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Mansfield and sister of the wile of Mr. Robert 
Keayne, the first commander of the Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and in 
1630 accompanied Winthrop's company to New England, and became the first min- 
ister of the First Church in Boston, dying in office in 1667. For a fuller account of 
him, see Mather's Magnalia, vol. ii. p. 275. For his will, see Register, vol. xvii. 
p. 343-4. 

His daughter Margaret married for her first husband David Rawson, of London, 
and was the mother of Edward Rawson, secretary of the Massachusetts Colony from 
1650 to 1686. For her second husband she married William Taylor. For a further 
account of them, see the Taylor Family, prepared by the late Col. Chester for Mr. 
P. A. Taylor.— t. m. 

Since these abstracts were in type, the editor has received from Mr. Waters ab- 
stracts of the wills of Edmund Wilson, M.D., of William Taylor his brother-in- 
law, and of William Taylor, son of the latter. They will appear in another num- 
ber. — Editor. 

The following notes, taken from the History and Antiquities of Berkshire, by 
Elias Ashmole, Esq. (Reading, 1736), give the inscriptions found by that famous 
antiquary in the Chapel of St. George, Windsor Castle, relating to this family. 

On the North Side lies a Grave-stone, on which, in Brass Plates, is the Figure of 
a Man, and this Inscription. 

1 o me to live is Christ, and to dye is Gain. 
Philip. 1.21. 
Here underneath lies inter -r'd the Body of William Wilson, Doctour of Divinitie, 
and Prebendarie of this Church by the space of 32 yeares. He had Issue by lsabell his 
Wife six sons and six daughters. He dtfd the 15 th of May, in the Year of our Lord 
161*5, of his Aye the 73. beloved of all in his Life, much lamented in his Death. 
Who thinke of Deathe in Lyfe, can never dye, 
But mount through Faith, from Earth to heavenly Pleasure, 
Weep then no more, thouyh here his Body lye, 
His SouVs possest of never endintj Treasure. 

On another small Brass Plate, on the same Grave-stone, is the following Inscrip- 

Neere unto this Place lyes buried William Willson, the third Son, Who, after a long 
Tiial of grievous Sickness, did comfortably yield up his Spirit in the Yeare of our 
Lord 1610. of his Age 23. Pp. 305-306. 

On a Brass Plate, on a Grave-Stone Northward of the last,* is this Inscription. 

William Wilson, late of Weilsbourne, in the County o/"Lincolne, Gent, departed 
this Lyfe, within the Castle of Windsor, in the Yeare of our Lord 1587. the 27 th 
Day of August, and lyeth buried in this Place. P. 309. 

* The " last" monument referred to is a white marble monument erected to the memo- 
ry of Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort, at the east end of a small chapel, dedicated to the 
Virgin Mary, in the south-west corner of the church. 


Arms of " Will'm Wilsonn, of Wclborne, per Norroy flower, 1586." 

Per pa/e argent and azure three lions' 1 (jambs barivays, erased and counter changed. 
Crest : — A lion's head erased argent guttee de sang. 

Harleian Coll., No. 1550, Fol. 192, British Museum ; Richard Mundy's 
copy of the Visitations of Lincolnshire, 1564 and 1592. 

— h. f. w.] 

John Wilkinson, of London, gentleman, 3 May, 1614, acknowledged 
27 May, 1628; acknowledged again 18 June, 1634; with three codicils, 
dated respectively 18 June, 1634, 11 October, 1638, and 21 March, 1638 ; 
proved 12 September, 1639. To my brother Robert Wilkinson the laud 
whereon he now dwelleth, at Preston Howes, pjsh of St. Bees, in the coun- 
ty of Cumberland. Sister Jeane Pyper, wife of William Pyper, mariner. 
Sister Mary Wilkinson and brothers Henry and James Wilkinson. 

" I do give and bequeath unto the Right Worshipfull my loving uncle 
William Wilson, Doctor of Divinity, five pounds, aud to every one of my 
loving cosens, his children, twenty shillings apiece." To my loving uncle 
Henry Bowman and every one of his children by my aunt, the right Wor- 
shipful, the lady Margaret Gibson, my good Aunt, &c. The right Wor- 
shipful Sir John Gibson, Knight, my loving cousin, and his now wife and 
virtuous lady, the lady Anne Gibson. My cousin Thomas Gibson and his 
brother Edward Gibson. The right Worshipful my loving kinsman Wil- 
liam Byrd, Doctor of the civil laws. My loving kinsman M r Thomas Byrd, 
his brother. My loving kinsman M r George Byrd. My loving cousin Mrs 
Elizabeth Burroes aud every one of her children. My loving cousin Mrs 
Dorothy Woodcocke, wife of M r Michael Woodcocke, and every one of her 
children. My loving cousin Mrs Jane Warren, wife of Francis Warren. 
My loving cousin Katherine Barley. My loving cousin M r William Wood- 
hall. My loving cousin Griudall Woodhall. My dear and loving cousin 
Edmund Woodhall Esq. & my loving cousin his wife, and his two daugh- 
ters, Mary & Penelope Woodhall. Mr John Law, Actuary, and Mrs Ann 
Law, his wife. My loving friend John Sharpe of Walden. My cousin 
Robert Wilkinson, of Everdale, in the county of Cumberland. The poor 
of Preston Howes, where I was born. My loving cousins Mary Wilson 
and Aylce Wilson. Michael, Anthony and George Calton, sons of my 
cousin Debora Calton deceased. Edmond Calton, another son, when master 
of arts. 

In the first codicil he mentions his friend & kinsman M r William Wil- 
kinson, mercer in Pater Noster Row, cousin Mrs Grace Pyne, Jane War- 
ren, deceased, and the children of brother Edward Bowens. Friend Wil- 
liam Sharpe and his three sisters. To Ralph Brownerigg, Doctor in Di- 
vinity, a seal ring of gold. Nephew John Wilkinson goldsmith of London, 
son of brother James. The children of my sister Mary Bowen. My cou- 
sin Alice Swallowe and her husband M r Thomas Swallowe, my cousin. 
Others mentioned. Harvey, 151. 

Dame Maiiy Rowe, widow of Sir Thomas Row, Knight, late citizen 
and alderman of London (and evidently a sister of William Gresham de- 
ceased and of Edmond Gresham), by her will of 21 March, 1579, proved 
in the year 1582-3, bequeathed to William Wilsonn, parson of Cliff, als 
Gyve, in Kent, a ring of gold, of three pounds or three jDOunds in money, 
and to his wife a ring of gold or its equivalent in money. Rowe, 1. 


Edward Rawson, of Colbrooke, in the parish of Langley Marris, in 
the County of Buckingham, mercer, 16 February, 1603, proved 4 May. 
1604. To my wife Bridget Rawson for and during her natural life, my 
house and tenement and the appurtenances, &c. lying in Colbrooke, now 
in the occupation of Edward Whitlock, and, after her decease, unto David 
Rawson my son and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten ; and, 
for want of such issue, unto Henrie Rawson, my eldest son, & to the heirs 
male of his body lawfully begotten ; and, failing such issue, to the right 
heirs of me, the said Edward, for ever. To son Henry all that house 
called the " Draggon " and the two shops thereunto adjoining, lying and 
being in Colbrooke aforesaid, and to his heirs male, &c, with remainder to 
son David & his lawful issue, &c. ; and failing such issue, unto Raphe 
Warde, my brother-in-law and his heirs for ever. To the said David Raw- 
son, my son, the sum of two hundred pounds at his full age of one and 
twenty years. Henry Rawson, also a minor. My executors, at their costs 
and charge, shall bring up my said son David in some reasonable learning 
until he may be fitt to be putt to apprentice unto some good trade or mys- 
tery. My brother Henry Rawson doth owe me fifty pounds. 

Wife Bridgett and son Henry to be executors, and friends John Bowser, 
gentleman, Raph Warde, Philip Bowreman and George Charley to be 
overseers. Harte, 40. 

David Rawson, citizen and merchant tailor of Loudon, a most unworthy 
servant of Jesus Christ, 15 June, 1616, proved by his widow Margaret 
Rawson 25 February, 1617. My goods, &c. shall be divided into three 
equal & just parts and portions according to the laudable custom of this 
honorable city of London. One of the three parts to Margaret Rawson, 
my loving & well-beloved wife. One other part to William and Edward 
Rawson and such other child or children as I shall hereafter have or as my 
wife shall be with child withall at the time of my decease, to be equally 
divided amongst them all, part and part alike. The other third part I re- 
serve towards the payment of legacies, gifts and bequests, &c. To William 
Rawson, my eldest son, a double gilt salt and a standing cup with a cover, 
double gilt, and half a dozen of Postle spoons and two double gilt spoons, and 
a silver porringer, a silver spoon and a silver bowl. To Edward Rawson, 
my son, a great standing bowl, double gilt, and six silver spoons, and two 
double gilt spoons, " which was given him by those which were his wit- 
nesses at his christening," and a silver bowl. All the rest of the plate to 
my wife. To the relief of the poor of the Town of Colbrooke, in the Coun- 
ty of Buckingham, where I was born, the sum of five pounds of lawful 
money of England, to be paid within one year next after my decease. To 
John Emery, son of John Emerie of Colbrooke, dark, deceased, five pounds, 
to be paid him on the day when he shall be made a freeman of the city 
of London. To William Fenner, a poor scholar in Pembroke Hall in Cam- 
bridge, five pounds within three years after my decease. To David Ann- 
gell, my godson, five pounds at the age of twenty one years. To John 
Nayle, the son of Nicholas Nayle, of Iver in the County of Buckingham, 
five pounds on the day he shall be made a freeman of the city of London, if 
he take good courses. To the poor people at my funeral the sum of forty 
shillings. To John Anngell, clothworker, forty pounds, & to Alexander 
Dubber, clothworker, forty shillings, which I will shall be deducted out of 
such money as they shall owe unto me at the time of my decease (if any 


be). Item, I give unto my godson Edward Rawson, the son of my broth- 
er Henry Rawson, the sum of ten pounds to be paid unto him at his age of 
twenty one years. 

I give and bequeath to my dear mother, Bridget Woodward, the sum 
of ten pounds, which I desire her to give to M r Winge and M r Foxe, forty 
shillings apiece, if she so please. To my sister-in-law, done Rawson, the 
sum of forty shillings to make her a ring, and to my sister-in-law Isabel 
Gibbs the like sum of forty shillings to make her a ring, and to my sister- 
in-law, Elizabeth Wilson, the like sum of forty shillings to make her a 
ring ; which said four legacies so given to my mother and three sisters I 
will shall be paid within one year next after my decease. Item, I do give 
& bequeath to my brother-in-law, Thomas Wilson, the sum of five pounds, 
to be paid within one year, &c. ; and to Andrew Warde, son of my uucle 
Raphe Warde, the sum of five pounds, to be paid him at his age of twenty- 
one ; and to my uncle John Warde the sum of forty shillings, if he be living 
at my decease. To my master,' M r Nathaniel Weston, the sum of forty shil- 
lings to make him a ring, and I desire him to be assisting to my executrix to 
help get in my debts. To Isabel Sheafe, daughter of Doctor Sheafe, three 
pounds, to be bestowed in a piece of plate and given her at her age of twen- 
ty one years or at the day of her marriage, which ever shall first happen. 
To my son Edward Rawson, over and above his said part, the sum of one 
hundred pounds ; and to my apprentice Matthew Hunte, the sum of six 
pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence, to be paid unto him on the day 
he shall be made a freeman of the City of Loudon ; and to William Beard 
and John Samford, my apprentices (the like sums & on the like conditions). 

If all my children die the portions shall remain & come to Alexander 
Rawson, the eldest son of my said brother Henry Rawson (if he be then 
living) ; but if he die then to John Rawson and Edward Rawson, two other 
of the children of my said brother, &c. equally. The Residue to wife Mar- 
garet and son William. I constitute my loviug friends, M r Thomas Wood- 
ward, of Lincoln's Inn, in the County of Middlesex, Esq., my father-in- 
law, my brother Henry Rawson and Edmond Wilson, Doctor of Physic, 
and John Wilson, master of Arts, my brothers-in-law, overseers and give 
them five pounds apiece. If wife should die then the above to be execu- 
tors during the minority of my said sons William and Edward. The wit- 
nesses to this will were John Wilkinson & Arthur Viger scr. 

In a codicil made 27 November, 1617, he bequeaths to daughter Dorothy 
Rawson, besides her (child's) portion, the sum of one hundred pounds at 
her age of twenty one or day of marriage ; to sister Anne Wilsou, the wife 
of brother Thomas Wilson, the sum of forty shillings ; to uncle John Warde 
the sum of seven pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence and some of my 
cast apparell ; to my cousin Elizabeth Glover the sum of twenty shillings ; 
to cousin Jane Lawrence twenty shillings ; to Isabel Cave twenty shillings ; 
to Aunt Fenner ten shillings ; to M r Frogmorton forty shillings ; to Mr. 
Houlte twenty shillings; to M™ Jane Bartlett ten shillings ; to M™ Martin 
of Windsor ten shillings ; to cousin Dorothy Sheafe a piece of plate of 
fifty three shillings price ; all these legacies to be paid withiu one year and 
a half next after my decease by my executrix. 

The witnesses to the codicil were John Wilkinson & John Hill. 

Meade, 15. 

[These wills carry the pedigree of Edward Rawson, secretary of the Massachu- 
setts Colony from 1650 to 1686, back two generations. They give his father David 


Rawson of London, and his grandfather Edward Rawson of Colebrook. For a me- 
moir of Secretary Rawson, with a portrait, and a genealogy of his descendants, see 
Register, vol. iii. pp. 201-8 and 297-330 ; also The Rawson Family, editions of 
1849 and 1875.— Editor. 

In Lipscomb's Buckingham is the following mention of the Rawson family. In 
1540 Sir John Rawson is Grand Prior in Ireland of the Knights Hospitallers. Sir 
Michael Stanhope, Knt., knighted at Hampton Court, 37 Henry VIII., governor of 
Hull, &c, married Anne, daughter of Nic. Rawson, Esq., of Aveley, Essex. Ob. 
20 Feb. 1587. The ancestress of the noble families of Earls Stanhope, Chesterfield 
and Harrington. Richard Rawson, LL.B., was presented rector of Beaconsfield, 26 
July, 1525, by John Scudamore, Esq. He was Canon of Windsor and Archdeacon 
of Essex ; and rebuilt the parsonage here where his arms remained in 1728. He 
died 1543. James Rawson, inst. vicar of Wingrave, 8 August, 1508. Edward 
Rawson, inst. Rector of Hedsor, 13 May, 1664 ; also vicar of Wooburn. Edward 
Rawson, presented vicar of Wooburn, 5 Feb. 1662. John Rawson, presented vicar 
of Turville, 5 Dec. 1532. V. i. p. 265, 479; v. iii. p. 195, 536, 580, 637, 631. (See 
also Maskell's History of Allhallows Barking, in London, p. 47.) 

The wife of Edward Rawson of Colebrooke, mother of David Rawson of London, 
and grandmother of Edward Rawson of Boston, Mass., married for her second hus- 
band Thomas Woodward of Lincoln's Inn. — T. m.] 

William Rawson of the town of Northampton, Notary Publique, 4 
May, 1603, proved 27 February, 1604. To be buried in S* Gyles church, 
Northampton, near to the door of the pew where I use to sit. To Joane 
Glover my sister ten shillings and to every one of her children ten shil- 
lings apiece which I will shall be paid to her husband to their uses ; and 
he shall have the use thereof until the said children accomplish the age of 
one and twenty years. To my brother Richard his children ten shillings 
apiece in same manner and form as is above rehearsed concerning my sister 
Glover's children. To Mary my eldest daughter, one " gymold Ringe " of 
gold, with a sharp diamond in it. To Elizabeth my daughter a little gold 
ring enamelled that the lady Cromwell gave her mother, with the poesie 
{Decreui in aeternum) in it, which rings are in the keeping of Martha dow 
my wife. I will and charge these my said children to keep the said rings so 
long as they shall live in remembrance of their good mother, my late wife 
Francys, My children William, Mary, Thomas, Elizabeth and Timothy. 
To son James my greatest silver bowl ; to William my second silver bowl ; 
to Thomas my best silver salt parcel gilt; to Timothy a stone pot garnished 
with silver double gilt and six silver spoons which I bought of M rs Warde. 
My eldest daughter Mary. My three youngest children, Mary, Frances 
and Melior. My wife Martha, her father Christopher and mother Alice and 
brother Robert. My cousin William Ive. My brother-in-law M r Francis 
Morgan of Kingsthorp. Son James to be executor. Hayes, 11. 

[Although in the above will there is no direct reference to the family of Secretarj 
Rawson, yet the mention of the names Clover and Warde has led me to save it foi 
printing. (See will of Secretary Rawson 's father, who speaks of a cousin Glovei 
and of the Warde family.) — H. f. w.] 

Richard Pebne, of Gillingham in the County of Dorset, Gentleman 
one or two days before his death. All to wife ; only my eldest son to hav« 
an eldest son's part. Wife to be executrix, and Mr. Edward Rawson aud 
my uncle Foyle to be overseers. Sworn to 10 April, 1636, by Edward 
Rawson, Mary Perne and Jane Clark (by mark). Proved 17 May 
1636, by Rachael Perne, widow, relict of the deceased. Pile, 59. 


Rachcl Perne of Gillingham in the County of Dorset, widow, 31 
March, 1656, proved 13 November, 1656, by John Perne, son and execu- 
tor. My body to be buried in the parish church of Gillingham. I am 
possessed of a living called Easthaimes in Gillingham, as by a lease bear- 
ing date 12 October, 12 th of late King Charles, under the hand & seal 
of William, Lord Stowerton, for and during the term of four score and 
nineteen years, if I, the said Rachel, and Richard Perne and John Perne, 
my sons, or either of us, shall live so long; and am also possessed of the 
lawful right of a certain ground called Wagger and one other giound called 
Ramsleare, allowed and assigned unto me for & in lieu of the fee fostership; 
and of & in certain lands called Linches, by virtue of a lease and assign- 
ment to me made by John Tyse, clerk, for a long term of years, if William 
Bull, Tliomas Bull and Joane Bull, sons & daughter of Edward Bull, shall 
so long live ; and of two acres of mead in Combermeade, by virtue of a 
lease and other assurances to me made for divers years to come, which said 
two acres were heretofore the lands of one Augustine Matthew ; and of one 
acre of allotment heretofore allowed and assigned to the said two acres, &c. 
in lieu of common upon the dissaforestation of the late forest of Gillingham ; 
and of five acres of meadow or pasture upon the top of Bowridge Hill, now 
in the possession of Richard Gornish, baker, &c. All the above to John 
Tyse of Orcheston St. George in the County of Wilts, clerk, Simon Crock- 
er, of Winterborne Stoake in said County of Wilts, clerk, and John Greene, 
of the parish of St. James in the said county of Dorset, gentleman, &c, 
upon the trust and to the intents following, that they shall permit and suf- 
fer my eldest son, Richard Perne, to take & receive the rents, &c. for so 
long time as he shall live ; and after his death, &c. such woman as shall be 
his wife at the time of his death, so long as she shall live ; then the child 
or children or grandchild or grandchildren of the said Richard Perne ; In 
default of such then John Perne (in the same way). I give to the said 
Richard Perne half my plate and half my household stuff and half my bacon 
and half my cheese in my house at Easthaimes and half my stock of bees 
there in my beefold or garden at Easthaimes and all my timber and wood 
at Easthaimes, except the two woodpiles abutting against the great meade 
there at Easthaimes and one of my cheese steanes and all my doors with 
their locks and keys, loose boards, "gice" planks, about or belonging to 

my said house of Easthaimes, my biggest white mare and great 

colt and all the panes of glass about or upon my windows of my house at 
Easthaimes. To John Perne (certain property similar to a portion of the 
above) and also my lease which my husband took of M r William Whittaker 
the elder deceased, with all my right and title in the same. To my son-in- 
law John Tyse one shilling. 

" Also I give and bequeath unto my sonne in Lawe Edward Rawson 
one shilling." To daughter Marie Tyse thirty pounds and the goods that 
I formerly delivered to my said daughter which are now in her house at 
Orcheston St. Georges aforesaid. " Also I give and bequeath unto my 
daughter Rachel 1 Rawson the summe of ffortie pounds of lawfull monie of 
England to be paid at M r Webb's house in London unto such friend as my 
daughter Rachell Rawson shall nominate or appoint to receive it for her." 
To grandchildren John Tyse and Mary Tyse, ten shillings each, to daugh- 
ter Rachell Rawson's children the sum of ten pouuds to be divided among 
them according to the discretion of my said daughter, — & likewise to be 
paid at M r Webb's house aforesaid. To my brother Peter Greene twenty 
shillings to buy him a ring, to sister Anne Stagg, six pounds, to be paid by 


forty shillings yearly, to Marie Tyse my great bible, to maid servants Alice 
Clemont, Anne Frippe and Margerie Bateman, to the minister or the cu- 
rate of the parish & to the poor of the parish. Son John Perne to be sole 

The witnesses were Richard Perne, Mary Tyse, John Hiscock (by mark), 
Alice Clement (by mark) and Anne Fripp (by mark). 

Berkley, 405. 

[It seems probable from the following pedigree of Stagg of Little Hinton, printed 
in Hutchins's Hist, of Dorset, vol. i. p. 55, from the visitation book 1623, that the 
maiden name of Rachel Perne was Green. 

2 Margery, dau. of = William Stagg=l Maud, dau. of Thomas Pain, of 

Mathews. of Ashton. 

Winterbourne, c. Wilts. 

1. William 2. Giles Stagg=Margery, dau. of John Powlden, 

of Little Hinton. I ofDurweston. 

V\"m. Stagg=Mary, d.of 2. Giles Stagg=«Anne, dau. of Green. 

Bartlett. of ditto. 

Margaret. Mary. 

— T. M.] 

Sir Henry Lello of Ashdon in the County of Essex, Knight, 7 Janua- 
ry, 1629, proved 18 January, 1629. To be buried iii the church of St. 
Brides ats Bridgett, London, in the " Isle " of the said church where my 
predecessors, Wardens of the Fleet, have been buried, if I depart this life 
in London. If in Ashdon, then in the parish church there. I do give and 
bequeath to my most Hon ble and loving friends the gifts, sums and be- 
quests hereafter named. To the Right Honorable Thomas, Lord Coven- 
trie, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, my great Beaserstone. 
To my loving friend, D r William Paske, twenty nobles. To M r John El- 
dred the elder twenty pounds. To Mr Binge five pounds. To M r James 
Ingram twenty pounds and also, as a token of my love to him, my " cris- 
tall cabonite," lying now in a chest in the fleet, for his great respect and 
good service done unto me and in hope of his future care of the place for 
my executor. To M r Robert Bailey twenty pounds. To my brother in 
law Edmund (sic) Hopkins twenty pounds. To my kinsman Cuthbert 
Macklyn twenty pounds, to his wife five pounds and to his son Henry five 
pounds. To the said Cuthbert Macklyn the office of Chamberlain of the 
Fleet during his life, with this direction that who shall execute the clerk's 
place shall be in the nomination of my very loving friend M r James In- 
gram and my executor, because it shall be well executed. To John Lello, 
my godson and kinsman, twenty pounds at his setting up of shop to begin 
his trade. To the servants at Ashdon. To the poor of Clenton, where I 
was born, ten pounds. To the poor of Ashdon, if I die there, five pounds. 
To Abigail and Margaret, my sister Hopkins' daughters, two hundred 
pounds apiece, and to Patience and Judith, other two of her daughters, 
which are already preferred by me in marriage, to Patience one hundred 
pounds and to Judith fifty pounds. To Edward Hopkins, my nephew, all 
my adventure in the East India Company. And whereas I have already 
given him four hundred pounds for which I am indebted and stand bound for 


the payment thereof unto Benjamin Eldred, if before my decease I shall 
not have paid and discharged the same then I do ordain my executor to pay 
it or so much as shall be unpaid at my decease. 

I give unto my sister Katherine Hopkins, the wife of Edward (sic) Hop- 
kins, all my lands, tenements and hereditaments in Clenton and Clun in the 
County of Salop, during her natural life, and, after her decease, to Matthew 
Hopkins her son, to him and his heirs forever. Further, whereas I and 
John Eldred aforenamed purchased the Fleet and keeping the Palace of 
Westminster jointly, to us and our heirs forever, since which said purchase 
the said John Eldred, for and in consideration of the sum of eight thousand 
pounds, &c. &c. hath released all his right, title and interest of the said 
office and keeping of the Palace of Westminster to me and my heirs for- 
ever, and for non-payment of the said eight thousand pounds at the several 
times aforementioned I have made to him a lease for three score and ten 
years, as by the said lease doth likewise appear, whereof the " counter- 
paine " is amongst my writings, now for the payment of the said sum of 
eight thousand pounds, as all my debts and legacies, I do ordain and ap- 
point Henry Hopkins, my nephew, whom I do make my sole executor, to 
see paid and discharged. In consideration whereof and for the due accom- 
plishment of the same I do give and bequeath unto the said Henry all that 
my manor or capital messuage called the Fleet, otherwise " the King's Gaole 
of the Fleete," situate in the parish of St. Brides London, with the office 
of " Boarden of the Fleete," &c. &c, and also the keeping of the Palace of 
Westminster, called the old and new Palace, with the benefits and rents of 
the shops and stalls in Westminster Hall and without &c. &c, in as large 
and ample manner as I and M r Eldred had and purchased the same from 
Sir Robert Tirrell, Knight. Also I give unto the said Henry Hopkins my 
farm or messuage of Thickho, in the County of Essex, and all my lands, 
tenements and hereditaments belonging to the same, &c. ; provided that if 
the said Henry Hopkins do sell the office of the Warden of the Fleet, for 
the performance of this my last will and follow not the course I have by 
the same set down then I do, by this my will, appoint him to pay out of 
the said purchase money to his brother Edward Hopkins two hundred 
pounds, to his brother Matthew Hopkins two hundred pounds and to every 
one of his four sisters before named one hundred and fifty pounds apiece. I 
advise him to continue the execution of the office in M r James Ingram, &c. 
&c, because he is a sufficient and able man for the place, well acquainted 
therewith and one that I have always found very honest and most ready to 
do me any service for the good of the office. 

Bequests are made to the poor of St. Brides, to my servant Robert Free- 
man, my loving friend James Weston Esq., my loving friend Sir Paul Pin- 
dor, Knight, to M r John Eldred's son Nathaniel, my godson, to my serv- 
ant John Lightborne, and his son, my godson, to the children of Josias 
Piggott, to my kinsman Willowe Eve and to his wife Judith, my niece. 

The witnesses were Robert Holmes, Edward Hopkins and Virgill Rey- 
nolds. Scroope, 6. 

Henry Hopkins, Esq 1- . Warden of the Fleet, 30 December, 1654, 
proved 24 January, 1654, by Edward Hopkins, brother and sole executor. 

I desire to lie in my own ground in S* Bride's church, near my uncle 
and predecessor Sir Henry Lello, if I expire in London or near thereunto ; 
to which parish I give & bequeath five pounds if I be buried there. Of my 
temporal estate, first, because there is the greatest need, I give and 


bequeath to my sister Judith Eve thirty pounds per annum, with that stock 
I have at Ashdon and household, provided that none of it may come into 
her husband's hands but be disposed of for her own subsistence. I will 
that my executor defray the charges of the commencement of our nephew 
Henry Dalley at Cambridge and allow him some competent means for his 
subsistence until he obtain some preferment there or abroad. I will that 
my executor take special care of our dear sister Margaret Tompsou and 
her two children, with two more of sister Daily's, according as the estate 
will arise to and according to their several deserts, which are very different, 
and so are their necessities. And this I reserve the rather to him because 
he is equally related with me unto them all. To master James Jackson, 
fellow of Clare, that ten pounds which his brother, master Richard Jack- 
son, oweth me and all that household stuff he possesseth of mine in Clare 
Hall. I give unto Henry Hopkins, now at Barbadoes, ten pounds ; unto 
my godson William Hall, the son of William Hall at Lackford, one silver 
tankard which is now in my possession at the Fleet. To my loving friends 
Doctor Thomas Paske, master James Ingram, Doctor John Exton, Doctor 
William Turner, Dr Robert King, Doctor John Leonard, Doctor Corne- 
lius Laurence, Master William Hall of Lackford, Master John Sicklemore, 
Master Charles Jones, Master John Fifield, Master Charles Bushie, Mas- 
ter Jackson, Master Peele, Master Moungague (sic) Newse and Master 
Wilson, fellows of Clare Hall, Master Thomas Hall of the Exchequer, 
Master Thomas Rivett, Master Thomas Newcomeu, Master Cutbert 
Macklin, Master Henry Walthew, to each of them a ring of thirty shillings 
price, with this motto inscribed — Proe eo non pereo. The like I give to 
my loving cousins, M r John Harris of Elton, Master Edward Mathewes of 
Burraton and my brother, Master William Lowe of Hereford. To the 
poor of the parish of Elton, where I was born, ten pounds, to be disposed 
of at the discretion of my executor and my cousin John Harris. To my 
servant Richard Walker five pounds and I will that my executor continue 
him in the place of Tipstaff of the Exchequer as long as he behaves himself 
well. To my servant Matthew Pitt the place he now holds of Tipstaff in 
the Common Please, during his good behavior, and ten pounds in money, 
with all my wearing clothes & do commend him to the care of my execu- 
tor as judging him very fit his employment here as long as he continue it. 
I give unto Thomas Lell the son of Thomas Lello, draper, ten pounds ; 
unto Mistress Bridget Exton, the daughter of my most loving friend, my 
crimsou damask canopy and my best crimson quilt. 

I do make and constitute my dear and loving brother Edward Hopkins, 
merchant, sole executor, &c. ; and to my said executor all that office of 
Warden of the Fleet and Keeper of the Palace of Westminster in as am- 
ple a manner as I had it from my uncle Sir Henry Lello, Knight. To my 
said brother and executor all that my farm of Thickho, in the parish of 

Ashdon, to him and his heirs forever and all else, &c. &c. 

Henry Hopkins. 
" There haue bin many interlinings but all of my owne hand." 

H. Hopkins. 
The witnesses were William Ball, Henry Nevill and John Milett. 

Aylett, 41. 

Edward Hopkins, esquire, at his house in London, 7 March, 1657, 
proved 30 April, 1657, by Henry Dalley, nephew aud sole executor. If 


any debts shall appear to be due in New England that they be paid out of 
my estate there. As for the estate I have in New England (the full accompt 
of which I left clear in ray books there, and the care and inspection where- 
of was committed to my loving friend Capt. John Culleck) I do in this 
manner dispose. To eldest child of M r8 Mary Newton, wife of M r Roger 
Newton of Farmington and daughter of M r Thomas Hooker deceased, thir- 
ty pounds ; and also thirty pounds to eldest child of M r John Culleck by 
Elizabeth, his present wife. To Mrs. Sarah Wilson, the wife of M r 
John Wilson, preacher of the gospel, and daughter of my dear pastor, M r 
Hooker, my farm at Farmington, &c. To M" Susan Hooker, the relict of 
M r Thomas Hooker, all such debts as are due to me from her upon the 
Account I left in New England. The residue of my estate to my father, 
Theophilus Eaton, Esq., M r John Davenport, M r John Culleck and M r 
Goodwyn,.in trust, &c. — to give some encouragement in those foreign plan- 
tations for the breeding up of hopeful youths in a way of learning, both at 
the Grammar School and College, for the public service of the country in 
future times. 

Of the estate in England one hundred & fifty pounds per annum to be 
paid to M r David Yale, brother to my dear distressed wife, for her comfor- 
table maintenance and to be disposed of by him for her good, she not being 
in a condition fit to manage it for herself; this income to be paid in quarterly 
payments. The thirty pounds per annum given me by the will and testa- 
ment of my brother Henry Hopkins, lately deceased, to be given to our 
sister M™ Judith Eve, during her natural life, and to be made up to fifty 
pounds per annum. To my sister M ra Margaret Thomson fifty pounds 
within one year after my decease. To my nephew Henry Thomson, eight 
hundred pounds, whereof four hundred pounds to be paid him within six- 
teen months after my decease, and the other four hundred pounds within 
six months after the decease of my wife. To my niece Katherine Thom- 
son, but now Katherine James (over and above her portion of five hun- 
dred pounds formerly given her), the sum of one hundred pounds. To my 
nieces, Elizabeth and Patience Dallye, two hundred pounds each, provided 
they attend the directions of their brother or aunts, &c, in disposing of 
themselves in marriage. To brother M r David Yale two hundred pounds; 
to brother M r Thomas Yale two hundred pounds ; to my sister M™ Han- 
nah Eaton two hundred pounds. Within six months after the decease of 
my wife the sum of five hundred pounds to be made over into New Eng- 
land according to the advice of my loving friends Major Robert Thomson 
and M r Francis Willoughby (for public ends, &c). Twenty pounds apiece 
to M r John Davenport, M r Theophilus Eaton and M r Culleck ; a piece of 
plate of the value of twenty pounds to my honored friend M r Wright ; (a 
bequest) to my servant James Porter ; to my friends Major Robert Thom- 
son and M r Francis Willoughby twenty pounds each in a piece of plate ; 
to my servant Thomas Hayter ; to my sister Yale wife of David Yale 
twenty pounds ; to John Lello, a youth with sister Eve, twenty pounds ; 
to my nephew Henry Dally, M.A. in Cambridge, my land and manor in 
Thickoe in the County of Essex and I appoint him executor, and Major 
Robert Thomson and M r Francis Willoughby overseers, of my will. 

Ruthen, 141. 

Edward Hopkins, governor of Connecticut, one of the early settlers of Hartford, 
an abstract of whose will is given above, was born in Shrewsbury, England, in 1600, 
and died in London, March, 1657. For action of the General Court of Connecti- 


cut in relation to his legacy to Theophilus fCaton and others, trustees, see Colonial 
Records of Connecticut, edited by J. H. Trumbull, vol. i. p. 374; and for corres- 
pondence in relation to it, see the same volume, page 578. The £500 for " public 
ends" was paid to Harvard College under a decree in chancery in 1710. With it 
a township of land was purchased, which was named Hopkinton in honor of the 
donor. See Savage's notes on Winthrop's New England, vol. i. 1st ed. pp. 228-30 ; 
2d ed. pp. 273-5, where large extracts from the will of Gov. Hopkins are made. 
It seems from the wills here abstracted that he was the son of Edward or Edmund 
Hopkins, that his mother was Katherine, sister of Sir Henry Lello, and that he 
had two brothers, Henry and Matthew ; and four sisters, Abigail, Margaret, Pa- 
tience and Judith. Eor an account of the insanity of his wife, see Winthvop'e New 
England, vol. ii. 1st ed. p. 217 ; 2d ed. p. 266. Another early settler of Hartford 
was John Hopkins, who could not have been a brother of Gov. Edward, though 
he may have been related. He was the ancestor of President Mark Hopkins of 
Williams College, and of the late Mark Hopkins, Esq., an enterprising citizen of 
San Francisco, Cal. — Editor.] 

Thomas Yale of London, merchant, the poorest of what is stamp'd with 
my Creator's image and most unworthy his mercy; 29 September, 1G97 ; 
proved 17 January, 1697. As to my temporal estate here, in India, and else- 
where, &c. To my dear mother Mrs Ursula Yale and my beloved brother M r 
Elihu Yale. The hereditary estate in the county of Denbigh to my broth- 
er Elihu Yale's male issue, if he have any. Failing such, then to the heirs 
male of my uncle Thomas Yale, in New England and to his right heirs 

The Rev d Doctor John Evans of London and M r Robert Harbin of Lon- 
don to be trustees and overseers. 

Then follows an account of his estate. Lort, 26. 

July, 1721. Undecimo die ern' com Catharinae Yale viduae Relcaa Elihu 
Yale nug goae Sci Andrea? Holborn in Com Middxise ari defti keutis etc. 
ad adnistrandum bona jura et credita dci defti de bene etc. jurat. 

Admco de bo: non etc. em' mense Febrii 1727. 

Admon. Act. Book 1721 P. C. C. 

[The name Ursula here given as that of the testator's mother, shows that he 
and his brother Elihu, the founder of Yale College, were sons of David Yale and 
not of Thomas, as has been asserted (Reg. iv. 245 ; Savage's Gen. Diet. iv. 666). 
This-agrees with the entry on the register of the private school of William Du 
Gard, where Elihu (there written Eliah) is called the son of David (Reg. xiv. 201). 
Du Gard had previously been head master of Merchant Taylors' School, London. — 

Robert Thomson (residence not stated in will), 14 April, 1691. To 
my wife, in addition to her jointure, my household stuff, plate, coach and 
horses and five hundred pounds; and, during her natural life, the profits of 
my houses, lands and stock at Gelford in New England, the rents of my 
farm at Culpho and Felsham, in the county of Suffolk, and of that bought 
of M r Denham in Kent. I give unto my wife and son Joseph five hundred 
pounds to dispose as they know is my mind without being accountable to 
any. I will that there be not above three hundred pounds expended on my 
funeral in mourning and all other expenses. I will that what is expended 
on those one thousand apiece (which I have by deed settled' on my daugh- 
ters Ashhurst, Clark, Miller and Duckinfield) of land at Nipmugg in ]Sew 
England be made up a one hundred pounds to each for their further settle- 
ment, as Mr Staughton shall direct. To my grandson William Thompson, son 
of my deceased son William, during his natural life, after he shall attain the 


age of tweiity five years, Esham iu Lincolnshire, with its appurtenances, 
bought of iny cousin Oldfiehl, and the farm in Kent bought of M r Denham, 
and that, in the mean time, my executors receive the profits and lay them 
out in land for his use as aforesaid ; and this in discharge of the twelve 
hundred pounds which my executor is to pay : after his decease to his first 
son, then to the second son (and so on) ; failing male issue, to my grandson 
Joseph, son of my son Joseph (in the same order, &c.) ; then to my daugh- 
ters that shall be living, during their natural lives, and after their deaths 
to such of their sons as are or shall be baptized Robert. Whereas upon 
my son William's marriage I did settle several lands in Yorkshire and Kent 
upon my brother Glover and son Clarke in trust, &c. &c. 

On examining M r Richard Bradly's account of Kintledg, I found an 
overweight which, for the reasons writ in my waste book, may be my just 
right, yet, least there should be an error, I will that his heirs or executors 
be paid the sixty four pounds. I give unto each of my grandchildren (ex- 
cept Joseph Ashurst) that shall be living at my death, when they marry or 
come of age, fifty pounds. My dear wife & son Joseph to be executors. 

The witnesses were Ann Cunliffe, Henry Scoupholme, John Rooke and 
William Watson. 

The testator declared it to be his will 12 March, 1693. Signed and de- 
livered in presence of Henry Scoupholme, Mary Watson and A. Hat- 
way. Proved by Joseph Thomson, 6 December, 1 694. Confirmed by 
decree 3 d Session Trinity, 1695. The receipt of the original will acknow- 
ledged by Joseph Thomson 13 July, 1695. Box, 42. 

Sententia pro valore Testamenti Roberti Thompson, nuper de Stoke 
Newington in comitatu Middlesexiae armigeri defuncti etc. etc. in judicio inter 
F'ranciscam Thompson, relictam, et Josephum Thompson, filium, dicti de- 
functi, executores hujusmodi negotium promoventes, ex una, et Dominam 
Elizabetham Ashurst (uxorem domiui Willielmi Ashurst, militis) Mariam 
Gierke (uxorem Samuelis Clerke armigeri) Annam Miller, viduam, et Do- 
minam Susan Duckiugfeild (uxorem Domini Roberti Duckingfeild Baron- 
etti), filias naturales et legitimas dicti defuncti, ac Guilielmum Thompson 
nepotem ex filio ejusdem defuncti, partes contra quas idem negotium pro- 
movetur, &c. &c. 1695. Irby, 201. 

In connection with the foregoing it may be well to note that Thomas 
Sprigg of London, merchant, in his will of 19 May, 1675, proved 14 Jan- 
uary, 1678, appointed Mr Maurice Thomson, Col. George Thomson, Sir 
William Thomson and Major Robert Thomson his executors and trus- 
tees, &c. King? 10« 

[Major Hubert Thompson of London purchased of the Rev. Henry Whitefield of 
Guilford, Ct., who returned to England in 1651, his property in that town includ- 
ing the famous " stone house" built in 1639 — one of the oldest buildings in New 
England now standing. The property remained in Thompson's family " to the 
great detriment of the town till October 22, 1772, when Andrew Oliver, Esq., of 
Boston, as attorney for Thompson's heirs, sold it all to Mr. Wyllys Elliott for £3000 
of the current money of Massachusetts." (Smith's Guilford, p. 92.) Savage 
(Gen. Diet. ijj. 288) conjectures that Thompson married a sister of Gov. Hopkins. 
We see by the Hopkins wills that the governor had a sister Margaret who married 
a Thompson ; but the names of her children, Henry and Katherine, are not found 
as the children of Robert Thompson in the probate of his will. It is possible, how- 
ever, that they and their mother died alter 1657 and before 1691. Several letters 
from Major Robert Thompson are printed in Hutchinson's Collection of Papers. 
Winthrop, in his History of New England, under 1639 (vol. i. p. 307 of 1st ed., p. 


370 of 2d ed.), states that "a fishing trade was begun at Cape Ann by one Mr. 
Maurice Tomson, a merchant of London." (See also Mass. Colony Records, i. 256.) 
This was probably Maurice, eldest brother of Maj. Thompson, son of Robert of 
VVatton,and grandson of Maurice of Cheshunt. " He was Governor of the East 
India Company in the reign of King Charles the First, as was also his brother 
Sir William in the reign of King Charles the Second." His son, Sir John Thomp- 
son, bart., was created Baron Haversham, May 4, 1696. (Collins's Peerage, ed. 
1741, pp. 230-233.) For other facts concerning Major Thompson and his broth- 
ers and their families, see Collins's Peerage, as cited. See also Wotton's Baronet- 
age, iv. 488. — Editor. 

[From Hartfordshire Pedigrees.] 
Rob 1 Thomson that com out of y e North= 

Morris Thomson of Sheston (Cheston*) Hartfdsh.=Kath. dau. of ... . Harvey. 

Rob 1 Thomson of Watton in Hartfdsh. living 1634=Elizb th dau. of John Harnsett 

of Wotton, Hartfd. 

Paul 3 
Robert 4 

Morris eldest son Elizabeth=. . . . Stokes Parson of Watton in Hart. 
George 2 | 

— John Stokes, eldest son 

— George Stokes 

=Anne, Mary, Eliz th , Ellen. 

Harl. MS. 1234, fol. 124, and Harl. MS. 1547, fol. 11. 

— H. F. W.] 

Hannah Wallin, alias Poulter, of S l Andrews Undershaft, London, 
spinster, 15 March, 1661, proved 7 August, 1663, by Joseph Alston. 

To be buried in the parish church of St. Mary Hill, London, as nigh to 
the place where my dear brother John Wallin als Poulter was buried as 
conveniently may be with such charge of my funeral as is answerable to 
my degree and estate, with the remainder of my estate which is hereby 
undisposed of, which I have purposely left sufficient to perform the same 
in a handsome and plentiful manner. To Mr Joseph Alstone of London, 
Norwich merchant, and Mary his wife ten pounds apiece. To Joseph, Ed- 
ward, Isaac and Clare Alstone, children of said Joseph and Mary, five pounds 
apiece, the sons at the age of twenty one years and the daughter at the age 
of twenty one or day of marriage. To M r Edward Ashtone, kinsman of 
the said Joseph Ashtone (sic) the father, and unto Thomas Spring servant 
unto the said Joseph Ashton, the father, five pounds apiece within six 
months after my decease. To John Baldridge, son of M r Baldridge, now 
dwelling with the said Joseph Alstone the father, five pounds at the age of 
twenty one. To my kinsman Thomas Hunt, the elder, thirty pounds with- 
in six months after my decease. To his son Thomas Hunt five pounds at 
the age of twenty one. To my god-daughter Hannah Hunt, daughter of 
the same, twenty pounds at the age of twenty one years or day of her mar- 
riage. To my kinsmen Edward and John Hunt, brothers of the said Tho- 
mas Hunt the elder, ten pounds within six months. To Elizabeth , 

* My friend Mr. Eades suggests that Cheshunt may be intended, he having seen the 
name in this form before. — h. f. w. 

Collins gives Cheshunt as the residence of this person. — Editor. 


sister of the said Thomas Hunt the elder, ten pounds within six months. 
To my cousin John Poulter of Hitchin, in the county of Herts, forty pounds 
within three mouths after my decease ; and to Mary Poulter his daughter 
twenty pounds at the age of twenty one or the day of her marriage. 

Item I give and bequeathe unto Thomas Poulter (being now at Vir- 
ginia or some parts beyond the seas), brother of the said Mary Poulter, 
the sum often pounds of like lawful money, to be paid unto him within six 
months next after my decease. To the son and daughter of my cousin Isaac 
Poulter, late of Hitchen aforesaid deceased, whose names I know not, five 
pounds within six months. If they die, then amongst the children of my 
cousin John Poulter equally. To the poor of the parish of St. Andrew 
Undershaft three pounds ; to the poor of the parish of Hitchen, where I 
was born, five pounds. To my cousin Katherine, wife of my cousin Tho- 
mas Hunt the elder, to Mary Poulter, daughter of my said cousin John 
Poulter, and to my cousin Elizabeth , sister of my said cousin Tho- 
mas Hunt the elder, all my wearing apparel. 

The executors to be M r Joseph Alstone the father and Mary his wife. 
When the will was proved by the former, power was reserved for the 
latter. Juxon, 112. 

This family of Poulter, or Pulter, were long settled in Hitchin in Hert- 
fordshire. They bore — argent, two bendlets Sable, in the sinister chief a 
Cornish chough of the Last. Crest — Out of a ducal coronet Azure a demi 
bear rampant Ermine. 

Samuel Purchas, rector of S' Martins near Ludgate, 31 May, 1625, 
proved 21 October, 1626. Five pounds to the poor of Thaxted where first 
I received light. To my son Samuel all that messuage and tenement in 
the parish of Thaxted which I lately bought of Absolon Onion, &c. A 
portion lately bought of my brother William Purchas and by him purchas- 
ed of one Kent ats Reynolds, who formerly had bought of Absolon 

Onion, unto Martha my daughter and her heirs, also lands near a hamlet 
called Beyton End, which were lately belonging to my father George Pur- 
chas, of pious memory, in the parish of Thaxted, now in the tenure of my 
brother William. My wife Jane to have the use of the said lands so long 
as she shall continue a widow. If my son & daughter die without issue 
these premises shall descend to Daniel Purchas, son of my brother Wil- 
liam, with remainder to Samuel, son of the said William. If my brother Wil- 
liam's posterity should fail then to the heirs of my brother George Purchas, 
i. e. to his eldest son John. In defect of issue of brother George then to 
Samuel, son of my brother Thomas Purchas of Eastwood and to his heirs 

My library and all my books, globes, maps and charts unto Samuel my 
son, except all those books or works or any part of them whereof I have 
been the author, namely my Pilgrimage, Pilgrim and Pilgrims, of which 
he hath already had one printed copy of each of them. The other printed 
books thereof now in my custody or now due or hereafter to be due upon 
reckonings frota M r Fetherstone I reserve & bequeath to the performance 
of my will. One of each to my daughter Martha, my brethren George 
and William and to my brother in law William Perkins, to each of them 
one entire work of my Pilgrims in four books. Wife Jane to be execu- 
trix. Brethren George & William and William Perkins to be overseers. 
My seal ring to my sou Samuel. Hele, \'6i. 


[Samuel Purchas, rector of St. Martins, Ludgatc, London, and author of Pur- 
chase his Pilgrimage and Purchas his Pilgrinies, was born in Thaxted, Essex, about 
1577, and died in London probably in 1626. For an account of him and his writ- 
ings, see Allibone's Dictionary of Authors, vol. ii. p. 1706. See also Drake's Dic- 
tionary of American Biography, p. 745 ; and Notes and Queries, London, 1867, 3d 
S. xi. 57. For notices of his son Samuel, rector of Sutton, Essex, also an author, 
Bee Allibone's Dictionary, and Notes and Queries, 1868, 4th S. ii. 541. 

It seems, from the following note by Dr. Perkins, of Salem, that the christian 
name of the father of the author of the " Pilgrimes " was George. — Editor. 

" William Perkins, merchant taylor, who is mentioned in the will of Samuel 
Purchas, was the son of George Perkins of Abbots Salford in the county of War- 
wick, yeoman, by his wife Katherine ; he was baptized January I, 1579. He mar- 
ried first, Katherine , May 22, 1603. She died Sept. 18, 1618. He married 

second, Mary, daughter of George Purchas of Thaxted, in the county of Essex, 
March 30, 1619. She died Oct. 29, 1629 (Register, x. 369). This Mary must 
have been a sister of the testator, Samuel Purchas, and of ' Brethren William and 
George.' William Perkins had, by liis first wife Katherine, a son (inter al.) Wil- 
liam, born Aug. 25, 1607, who immigrated to N. England about 1630-1, and whose 
name appears in various places in our early history as Rev. William Perkins. He was 
first in Boston and afterwards in Weymouth, Roxbury, Ipswich, Gloucester, and 
last in Topsfield, where he died, May 21, 1682. He was a man of education and 
very varied accomplishments. He has descendants now living in Topsfield and else- 
where. His daughter Mary was the second wife of Oliver Purchase, of Lynn. — 

G. A. Perkins.] 

Margaret Stone, wife of Simon Stone of St. Andrews Holborn, gen- 
tleman, and relict and executrix of John Fawne, late of St. Buttolph without 
Aldergate, London, gentleman, deceased, did, about the beginning of May, 
1605, and about "sevenights" before her death and at divers other times, 
&c. make her test, nuncupativ. Her husband the said Simon Stone to have 
the keeping and bringing up of her daughter Judith Fawne. 

The above will was proved 23 May, 1605, by Simon Stone. 

Hayes, 35. 

Thomas Foulks, planter, lying in Princess Ann's county in Virginia. 
1 August, 1692, proved 19 Sept. 1692. I do leave my plantation in Prin- 
cess Ann's County in Virginia & all my servants & my stock & all other 
things belonging to it, also in cash 250 u sterling which is now in the hands 
of John Vicary mariner living in the city of Bristol, to the said John Vica- 
ry, my sole executor. 

Wit : John Barwick, Edward Cocks, John Vicary. 

Confirmed per sententiam 31 October, 1692. Fane, 141. 

[William Fookes, an ancestor probably of the testator Thomas Foulkes, received 
a patent of 450 acres of land lying on " Nanzamond " river, November 24th, 1636. 
Va. Land Records, Book No. I, p. 399. The name, variously rendered : Foulkes, 
Fowlkes, Folkes, and Foulks, is quite numerously and respectably represented in the 
states of Virginia and North Carolina. — R. A. Brock. 

Joseph Wade (called also Ward) of Boston in New England, on board 
the ship Mary, 21 October, 1691, proved 17 October, 1692. He speaks of 
clothes lent to John Trinby, 4 s to M r Collins the waterman at Barbadoes, 
6 8 lent to William' Jewry, messmates Thomas Linch, Valentine Baker, 
William Barten & George Golden. All money goods & chattells in New 
England left to Frances Gibbs of Boston aforesaid spinster. 

Wit: John Marshall, Edward Mobryd, Richard Hazard. Fane, 193. 

Jone Cole, of the city & County of Exon, spinster, 12 September. 
1687, proved 16 February. 1693. Referring to will of husband John 


Cole, left with her when he took a voyage to America, intended for the city 
Philadelphia; to Alice Stoker's children, to William Home, to Fortuna 
Martin's brothers and sisters. Residue to Fortuna Martin, kinswoman. 
James Kearle executor of husband's will & mine. Box, 28. 

John Larabee of New England (evidently a mariner) appoints Eliza- 
beth Crawford of London bis attorney, &c. 30 April, 1694. Proved 19 
June, 1694. Box, 130. 

Richard Charlett in the Province of Maryland in the County of Cal- 
vert, in Pawtuxen River, in Swanson's Creek, 28 August, 1686, proved 4 
April, 1694. To cousin Hannah Kings forty pounds, to cousin Richard 
Kings ten pounds. All the rest to my brothers & sisters. Brother Rich- 
ard Kings to be executor. (Signed) Richard Charlet. 

Wits : Philip Rogerson, Thomas Vuett, Ann Rogerson, William Goode. 

Box, 72. 

Mary Godwyn of Lyme Regis in the County of Dorset, widow, the last 
of March, 1665, proved 6 June, 1665. To the poor of Lyme Regis five 
pounds upon condition that my body is permitted to be buried in the 
church of Lyme Regis aforesaid without a sermon or the Service Book in 
such order as is therein appointed. To my three cousins William, James, 
Ynatius, the sons of my brother William Hill, in New England, one 
hundred & fifty pounds, to be equally divided amongst them. To 
John Tyderleigh, & Susau & Mary Tytherleigh, children of Nathaniel 
Tytherleigh of Lyme Regis & to Grace, wife of the said Nathaniel & to 
Nathaniel their son, ten pounds each. To my sister Elizabeth Kerridge 
five pounds (& some land) to cousin William Hill of Lyme, son of my late 
brother Benjamin Hill & to Mary his now wife & Benjamin their son & 
their four daughters, at ages of one & twenty years. To cousin Joane 
Berry, wife of John Berry. To sister Martyn. To M r Wyatt, clerk. To 
M r8 Thomazine West, wife of M r Walter West. To Henry Fry of Wey- 
ford, my sister's son & to his daughter Elizabeth. To my cousin John 
Shute, to my cousin Anne Whitfield, to Elizabeth Sprake, daughter of my 
cousin William Kerridge, to Mary Hoare, my now servant, to James Gol- 
lopp of Taunton, to M r Bartholomew Westley, to M™ Sara Kerridge, late 
wife of M r John Kerridge of Wooten, to my sister Paveatt, to my cousin 
M r John Kerridge who lives in Lyme churchyard, to Grace, daughter of 
mr. Nathaniel Tyderleigh, to William & Samuel Courtney, sons of William 
Courtney, one of my executors, to Elizabeth daughter of my cousin John 
Whetombe (sic), to my cousin Elizabeth Hart, to the widow Isaacke, the 
widow Ilockett, the widow Pike & John Palmer's wife, to my cousin Ju- 
dith, sister of my cousin Ann Whitfield, to my cousin Mary Fry of Woat- 
hill, to M" Elizabeth West, wife of M r Gabriel West, to M r Richard Far- 
rant's two children. To M r John Farrant, M r Robert Burridge & M r Wil- 
liam Courtney all my right, title & interest in the dwelling house & gar- 
den, with the Appurtenances wherein I do now live in Combestreete, the is- 
sues & profits thereof to be to the use of such and to be given & disposed 
to such poor outed and ejected ministers from time to time as they shall 
think fit & in their judgments have most need & best deserve the same. 
All the residue to the said three whom I make executors. 

Hvde, 61. 


[The above will answers the query printed in the Register (vol. xxxv. p. 184). 
The widow of William Hill and mother of William, James and Ignatius, became the 
wife of Mr. Edmund Greenleaf (ancestor of the New England families of that name) 
who, in a paper appended to his will and recorded in the Suffolk Registry at Boston 
(B. 7, L. 112), says: " When I married my wife I kept her grandchild, as I best 
remember, three years to schooling, diet & apparel ; and William 11 ill, her son, 
had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than a barrel of pork 
of 3 11 0. 0. of that 6 U 0. 0. a year he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill 
to the Barbadoes, in mackerel, cider & bread & pease, as much as come to twenty 
pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers 
50 u apiece — I know not whether they received it or no ; but I have not received any 
partofit. Witness my hand Edmund Greenleaf." 

'' Besides when I married my wife she brought me a silver bowl, a silver por- 
ringer and a silver spoon. She lent or gave them to her son James Hill, without my 
consent." — H. F. Waters. 

See Mr. Appleton's article on the Greenleaf family in the Register for July, 1884 
(xxxviii. page 299). 

Mrs. Sara Ker ridge, named by Mrs. Godwyn, was perhaps Sarah, sister of the 
Rev. John Woodbridge of Andover, Mass., and of the Kev. Benjamin Woodbridge, 
whose name heads the list of the graduates of Harvard College. (Reg. xxxii. 337, 
342; xxxvii. 240.) Sarah Woodbridge married, Dec. 27, 1632, John Kerridge 
(Mitchell's Woodbridge Record, p. 9), probably the Rev. Mr. Kerridge of Wooton 
Fitz-Paine, Dorset, who was ejected in 1662 and died soon after (Palmer's None. 
Mem., ed. 1778, p. 487). His son John Kerridge, M.A , of Corpus Christi College, 
Oxford, was for a time schoolmaster at Abingdon, Berks ; thence went to Lyme 
Regis where he was ejected as a schoolmaster ; was afterwards pastor of a dissent- 
ing church in Culleton, Devonshire, and died April 15, 1705 (Ibid. p. 460). — Ed.] 

Joseph Tilden citizen & girdler of London, 1 February, 1642. To my 
brother Freegift Tilden five pounds, to my niece Sara Smyth ten pounds, 
to my sister Lydia Tilden, late wife of my brother Nathaniel Tilden, ten 
pounds, and to her two daughters who are married in New England twenty 
nobles apiece. The livery of the company of Girdlers whereof I am a 
member to attend my corps to burial. To the said company for poor mem- 
bers and widows ten pounds. To the poor of Smallhead Street in the par- 
ish of Tenterden, Kent, three pounds for the poor at the discretion of M r 
Thomas Huckstropp. To the widow Hamoud three pounds. To the wid- 
ow Prestwich of Lainbheth in the County of Surrey thirty shillings, to Jane 
Ranndall a diaper table cloth with the napkins belonging to it, to my maid 
servant Margaret Smart ten shillings, to my nurse five shillings, to the 
poor of the parish of S' John Baptist, London, the several legacies follow- 
ing i. e. the widow Armefleld thirty shillings and to the rest of the said par- 
ish fifty shillings, to be distributed among them at the discretion of my 
brother Thatcher. To Hudnall the hairdresser of our parish twenty shil- 
lings. My nephew Joseph Tilden, son of my brother Nathaniel Tilden, to 
be sole executor. My brother Hopestill Tilden to be administrator in trust 
for the use of the said Joseph until he shall take upon him the executor- 
ship and I give to the said Hopestill ten pounds for his pains. To my 
brother George Thatcher the half year's rent due next Lady day for my 
lands in Sussex. George Thatcher to be overseer. 

(Signed) Jos Tillden. 

Wit : Henry Randall Francis Helmes Val: Crome. 

By a codicil he bequeaths the residue to nephew Joseph Tilden. 

Letters of administration were issued 18 March, 1642, to Hopestill Till- 
den, brother of the deceased, during the absence of Joseph Tillden, execu- 
tor named in the will & now dwelling in the parts beyond the seas. 

Crane, 28. 


[Elder Nathaniel Tilden, brother of the testator, settled in Scituate, Ma9S. For 
an account of him and his descendants, see Deane's History of Scituate, pp. 353-5. 
One of his descendants is the Hon. Samuel J. Tilden, formerly governor of the 
state of New York, and the democratic candidate for president of the United States 
in 1876 (see Register, vol. xxxviii. p. 6). — Editor.] 

Thomas Spelman of Virginia, gentleman, declared his will that his 
daughter Mary Spelman in Virginia should have all that he had here in 
England & what he had in Virginia his wife should have, in presence of 
Jane Bridges (her mark) Mary Rowe (her mark) & Fran: Spelman. Let- 
ter of administration was granted 24 April, 1627, to Francis Spelman 
natural and lawful brother of the said Thomas Spelman lately of Truro 
in the county of Cornwall deceased, &c. &c. during the absence of Han- 
nah Spelman the relict of the said deceased in the parts of Virginia then 
dwelling, &c. Skinner, 40. 

[Thomas Spilman, of " Kicoughton in the corporacion of Elizabeth Citty," re- 
ceived a grant of fifty acres, his " first personall divident " as an " ancient plant- 
er, * * * to be augmented and doubled by the Company," December 1st, 1624. 
Va. Land Records, Book No. 1, p. 35. — R. A. Brock. 

Query. Was this Thomas Spelman a relative of Henry Spelman, whose " Rela- 
tion of Virginia,'' 1609 (see Register, xxvii. 332), was edited by J. F. Hunnewell 
and printed for him in 1872? The author of the Relation was a son of Sir Henry 
Spelman, the antiquary, whose pedigree will be found in Blomefield's Norfolk, 2d 
ed. vol. vi. pp. 150-5. — Editor.] 

Ralph Hooker, of Barbadoes, 14 March, 1663, proved 27 May, 1665. 
To my good friend and neighbor M rs Judith Pinney eight hundred and 
twenty one pounds eight shillings and three pence which she oweth me, 
and also one hundred thousand pounds of Muscovado Sugar. And for the 
remainder of her debt to me my executors to forbear to call on her for it 
until February next, excepting only the debt which she owes me as execu- 
trix of M r Robert Challoner deceased, which I desire may be paid this 
year. To my friends Capt. Jeremy Eggiuton, M r John Knight, M r Ste- 
phen Spicer, M r John Bawdon and M r John Sparks each a ring with a 
death's head, value three pounds sterling. To my friend D r Peter la Rous 
fifty pounds sterling to buy himself a ring. To M r Jeoffrie Body two thou- 
sand pounds of Muscovado Sugar. To Thomas Peake one thousand pounds 
of Muscovado Sugar. To Edward Russell my servant one half piece dow- 
las. To my cousin M r James Woods of London merchant, ten pounds 
sterling and to his wife ten pounds sterling. To my cousin M rs Woods, re- 
lict of my cousin John Woods deceased ten pounds sterling and to her son 
John Woods five pounds sterling. To my cousin Edward Hooker his child- 
ren that are alive in England five pounds sterling each. To my cousins 
Robert & Edward Boys, my cousin Soane & her sister & my cousin Anne 
Boys, to each of them five pounds sterling. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my young cousin Peter Bennett the son 
of Richard Bennett of New England (the which Peter was my own sister's 
son) the sum of one hundred pounds sterling, to be paid him when he shall 
accomplish t\\e age of eighteen years of age. To my poor kindred in Eng- 
land one hundred & fifty pounds sterling, to be distributed by my cousin 
James Woods, something of it to be given to my aunt Webbe her children 
of Ottebourne, if any alive, my cousin Edward Hooker of Chilcombe can in- 
form. For goods consigned to Capt. Samuel Davis & myself he to make 
returns to the principals in London, but not to meddle or intermedle with 
any of my other consignations. A reference to goods sold in this island on 


account of Sir Andrew Riccard & Co. To Capt. Davis five pounds sterling 
and a horse. To my friend Capt. William Porter ten pounds & a gold hat 
band & my best beaver if he please to wear it for my sake. To Hugh 
Lewis three pounds sterling to buy him a ring. My executor to confer 
with M r Stephen Spicer who is administrator with me about M r John Wil- 
liams' estate. Reference to shipments home to M r Mico on ac't of John 
Williams deceased, — much more sugar than I have received on ac't. My 
executor may employ M r Jeoffery Body on my books and accounts. He 
knows the accounts between M r John Knights & myself and also about M r 
John Williams' estate, M r John Lewis' estate and all the accounts in my 
books. My loving cousin John Hooker, now residing in the Island of Bar- 
badoes, to be sole executor and my cousin James Woods of London, mer- 
chant, to be overseer in trust. 

Wit : John Hawkesworth, Josias Cox, John Watkins. 

Barbadoes By the Deputy Governor. 

This Fifteenth day of April, 1664, personally appeared before me Major 
John Hawkesworth & M r Josias Cox & made oath that they saw Major 
Ralph Hooker sign, seal & publish the foregoing Writing, &c. &c. 

Henry Willoughby. 

A true copy of the Original recorded in the Secretary's Office of Barba- 
does attested 17 August, 1664. Edward Bowden Dep: Secretary. 

Hyde, 50. 

[The Richard Bennett, referred to in the above will, said by Savage to have been 
of Salem in 1636, afterwards of Boston, had a wife Sybil, the mother of his child- 
ren, whose maiden name is here shown to be Hooker, and a second wife Margaret. 
His will of 21 June, 1677, with a codicil of 6 July, 1677, was proved at Boston 8 
September, 1677. In it he mentions grandchild Susanna Bennett, daughter of son 
Peter, wife Margaret Bennett, eon Jonas Clarke and Susanna his wife, and cousin 
Anthony Bennet of Bass River, New England. (Suffolk Probate Registry, B. 6, 

p. 195.) — H. F. W.] 

Elizabeth Vansoldt of Whitegate Alley in the parish of Buttolph 
Bishopsgate London, widow, 7 September, 1665. Five pounds to be spent 
about my funeral. To my son Abraham Vansoldt in Virginia or elsewhere 
twenty pounds within three months after my decease (and certain movea- 
bles). Legacies to daughter Mary Wills, cousin M" Judith Bonnell of the 
Old Jury, daughter Anne White {inter alia two pictures made & drawn 
for my brother Stripe & his wife), grand child James White, & loving friend 
Thomas Parker of Walbrook London & his wife. My loving son James 
White to be full and sole executor. 

James White having died, letters of administration were granted 12 Oc- 
tober, 1665, to Anna White. Hyde, 126. 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 

Sir William Phips, Knight (ante, pp. 46). 

The following inscription on a monument in St. Mary Woolnoth Church, be- 
tween Lombard and King William Street, London, is contributed to the Register 
by A. M. Haines, Esq., of Galena, 111. 

" Near this place is interred the body of Sir William Phipps, Knight; who in 
the year 1687 by his great industry, discovered among the rocks near the hanks of 
Bahama on the north side of Hispaniola a Spanish plate-ship which had been under 


water forty four years, out of which he took in gold and silver to the value of 
£300,000 Sterling ; and with a fidelity equal to his conduct, brought it all to Lon- 
don, where it was divided between himself and the rest of the adventurers. For 
which great service he was knighted by his then Majesty King James II. ; and 
afterwards, by the command of his present Majesty, and at the request of the 
principal inhabitants of New England, he accepted of the government of the Mas- 
sachusetts, in which he continued to the time of his death ; and discharged his 
trust with that zeal for the interest of his country, and with 60 little regard to his 
own private advantage, that he justly gained the good esteem and affections of the 
greatest and best part of the inhabitants of that Colony. 

" He died the 18 th of February, 1694, and his Lady, to perpetuate his memory, 
hath caused this monument to be erected." 

Robert Thompson. — The following notes, appended by Mr. Waters to 
the will of Major Thomson (ante, pp. 65-6), were accidentally omitted in 
the last number : 

[Information of Hugh Squier. Heard three men of quality, one seemingly a 
Dutchman, rejoice that the Dutch had done so well, and attribute it chiefly to the 
care and diligence of Maurice Thompson and his brother Major, in supplying them 
with information of the motions of the English fleet ; they said these men served 
much better than Scott for his thousand guilders a year. Finds that Maurice Thomp- 
son was always violent against kingly government, was intimate with the Protec- 
tor, sat on some of the high courts of justice, and sentenced some beheaded lords to 
death, so that he is incapable of bearing any office. He was a poor man in Vir- 
ginia, but got a great estate, chiefly from the king's party. He, Hugh Peters and 
Nich. Corsellis, a Dutchman, went over in the beginning of the war to collect 
money in Holland for the distressed Protestants in Ireland, and was always in great 
favour with the Dutch. As to Major, can hear of no one of that name but a rich Mr. 
Major, who married his daughter to the Protector's 6on Richard, but he is no bro- 
ther of Maurice Thompson, so thinks they must mean his brother Major Rob. 
Thompson, who was so great with Cromwell that he had nearly married his daugh- 
ter : he began with nothing, rose high enough to purchase 2,200' a year in bishops' 
lands, and lost it on the Restoration, so that he brags that he hates not the persons 
but the office of bishops ; he is bold, full of malice, and embittered against govern- 
ment ; he was six or 6even years a navy commissioner for the Protector, so that 
he knows all the ways of the navy, and is thus able to commit this treason. Thinks 
their houses should be searched, and Council should consider whether to seize them. 
Asks directions in case he should again meet the three men whose discourse he 
heard. [2 pages with postscript in cypher undecyphered.l Westminster, 24 June, 

Account of two other brothers of these Thompsons : George, who lost his leg 
fighting against the King, but got a great estate. When the army had fallen into 
the posture of a brand-iron, with the Rump in the middle, threatening a battle royal, 
Haslerigg and Morley to support the Rump, and Lambert and his party to pull them 
down, this Col. George Thompson was with some thousands in St. George's-in-the- 
Fields, Southwark, and with Bibles in their hands, and good swords also, they de- 
clared for King Jesus, which signified what they pleased, except King Charles. 
" Endorsed Col. G. Thompson, of Southwark, a Millenary, &c.*' 24 June, 1666. 

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, 1665-1666. 

The great interest taken by this family in the affairs of the British Colonies of 
North America, and the important parts played by them (directly or indirect!}') in 
the management of those affairs, as shown by the State Papers, would seem to war- 
rant the giving of 60 much space to this account of them. From this family were 
derived the baronial house of Thomson Lords Haversham, created 4 May, 1696, aud 
extinct on the death of Maurice, the last Baron Haversham in 1741, a family closely 
allied, by intermarriages, to the house of Annesley, Earls of Anglesey. Of the child- 
ren of Major Robert Thomson, the testator of the foregoing will, Elizabeth became 
the wife of William Ashhurst, son of Henry Ashhurst,* an eminent merchant of 
London, descended from an old Lancashire family. This William was himself Lord 

* Of this Henry Ashhurst, Morant (vide History of Essex, ii. 296) says: " He had the 
chief hand in settling the corporation for the Propagation of the Gospel in America, of 
which he was treasurer; and also zealously promoted the translation of the Bible into the 
Indian language. He dyed in 1680."— h. f. w. 


Mayor of London in 1693, one of the representatives of the city in several parlia- 
ments, received the honor of knighthood from King William III., and died 12 Jan- 
uary, 1719 ; his lady survived till 22 March. 1723. His brother Henry was created 
a Baronet in 1688. Her sister Mary was the wife of Samuel Clarke, Esq., of Snail- 
well in the county of Cambridge (of Kentish stock), who was created a Baronet 
25 July, 1698, and died 8 March, 1719. Another sister, Susan Thomson, was the 
second wife of Sir Robert Duckenfield, of Duckenfield Hall, Cheshire, created a 
Baronet 16 June, 1665, who died Nov. 1729. — h. f. w.l 

John Scotchford of Brenchlie in the county of Kent, clothier, 26 De- 
cember, 1600, proved 16 January, 1600. To be buried in the parish church 
of Brenchley. To the poor of the parish. To Jasg Saxbie, Henry Alchin 
and Lawrence Bycie, to every of them ten shillings. To my servants. To 
every one of my godchildren twelve pence apiece. To John Scotchford my 
uncle ten shillings. To Laurence Briggenden ten shillings. To Jone, my 
sister, wife of Richard Browne, forty shillings, and to her son, Noe Stone, 
three pounds. To every one of the children of the said Jone, my sister, 
ten shillings. To my sister Martha, wife of Richard Glydd, twenty shil- 
lings. To her son John my godson, twenty shillings, and to the rest of her 
children ten shillings apiece. To every one of my daughters, Elizabeth, 
Anne, Margaret, Mary and Martha, one hundred pounds at one and twenty 
years of age or day of marriage. To my daughter Elizabeth, at the age of 
one and twenty years, the sum of ten pounds, which ten pounds was given 
her by her grandmother, my mother. To my wife Elizabeth one hundred 
and fifty pounds within one year after my decease (and other bequests made 
to her). 

To every one of the daughters of John Bigge two shillings, and to his son 
Hope Bigg ten shillings; to Mary wife of John Bett ten shillings; to Mary 
wife of George Stacie ten shillings; all within twelve months after my de- 
cease. To my mother niue pounds ten shillings yearly (in quarterly pay- 
ments) &c. To George Saxbie, my uucle, twenty shillings, and to Wil- 
liam Saxbie, my uucle, ten shillings ; both within three months after my 
decease. To Edward Henshall, vicar of Brenchley, twenty shillings. The 
residue to my son Thomas Scotchford and his heirs forever. John Saxbie 
and Robert his son, both of Brenchley, clothiers, to be my executors. Rich- 
ard Glidd, of the parish of Brightling, in the County of Sussex, yeoman, 
and John Maynard of Brenchley, yeoman, to be the overseers. 

The witnesses were Edward Henshall, Script, and John Maynard. 

Woodhall, 40. 

[The testator of the above will was probably the ancestor of John Scotchford, 
town clerk of Concord, who married Susanna (perhaps) daughter of George Meri- 
am, and died 10 June, 1696. The will is at any rate of interest as relating to the 
Bigg family. — h. f. w.] 

Ninion Butcher, of Mary Aldermanbury, Loudon, 25 February, 1658, 
proved 13 October, 1660. To the poor of the parish of Staplehurst. To 
eight poor people of the parish of Marden five shillings apiece, and to ten 
poor people of the same parish two shillings apiece. To M ris Lawrence, 
widow, twenty shillings, to M" Southen forty shillings, and to Henry Par- 
sons ten shillings. To eight poor people of the parish of Aldermanbury 
five shillings apiece, and to eight more poor people two shillings and six- 
pence. To my loving daughter Elizabeth Houlden five hundred and fifty 
pouuds if my said daughter is living in twelve months, &c. if not then to 
her children at their respective ages of eighteen years. To my sister Re 


becca Glover five hundred pounds within one year, if my sister is living, if 
not then to her children at eighteen. To my daughter Mary Pointell five 
hundred pounds in one year, &c. if alive, if dead then to her children at 
their several ages of eighteen. To my grand children, Elizabeth Butcher, 
fifty pounds at eighteen, William Butcher, twenty pounds at one and twen- 
ty, and Hannah Butcher twenty pounds at eighteen. To my grandchild- 
ren, James Houlden, fifty pounds at one and twenty, and Mary Houlden, 
fifty pounds at eighteen. To my grandchildren, Rebecca Glover, fifty 
pounds at eighteen, and Thomas Glover, twenty pounds atone and twenty; 
and twenty pounds to every other child of my daughter Glover's that shall 
be born before my death, and to be paid at eighteen if daughters and at one 
and twenty if sons. To my grandchildren, Judith Pointell, forty pounds 
at eighteen, Daniel Pointell, twenty pounds at one and twenty, and Edward 
Pointell, twenty pounds at one and twenty. To my reverend Pastor M r 
Edmund Calamy four pounds within 6 months. To every one of my bro- 
ther William's children that shall be alive six months next after my de- 
cease twenty shillings. To my kinswomen Mary and Elizabeth Sheefe 
twenty shillings apiece at eighteen. To my kinsman Thomas Butcher of 
Staplehurst twenty shillings in twelve months. To my kinsman Richard 
Butcher twenty shillings in twelve months. To my cousin Tunnell twenty 
shillings a year during natural life. To my cousin Elizabeth Busnell twen- 
ty shillings in twelve months. To my cousins Joseph, Samuel aud Caleb 
Swinoke twenty shillings apiece in twelve months. To my cousin Eliza- 
beth Crosse, in Southward, twenty shillings in twelve months. To my 
cousin Mary Hasleden twenty shillings in twelve months. To my loving 
sister Johnson forty shillings in twelve months. To M r Bland and his wife 
ten shillings apiece in twelve months. All my lands to my son John 
Butcher and his heirs forever, and the residue to him. My three daugh- 
ters, Elizabeth Houlden, Rebecca Glover and Mary Poyntell. Grandchild- 
ren Elizabeth and Hannah Butcher, daughters of son John. Son John 
Butcher to be executor and son6 Daniel Poyntell, Francis Willoughby and 
Thomas Glover to be overseers. Nabbs, 176. 

[I suspect Thomas Glover (husband of Rebecca) was son of John Glover of Dor- 
chester. — h. f. w.J 

John Ive of Naylonde, in the county of Suffolk, clothier, 4 Dec. 1618, 
proved 17 June, 1619. To wife Anne the house wherein I dwell, for and 
during her natural life. Friends William Forth, gentleman, and Thomas 
Blythe to be executors. To my eldest son John Ive twenty pounds within 
one year after the decease of my wife. My son Thomas Ive of London 
oweth unto me forty pounds by a bond bearing date 9 January, 1617. To 
my son Myles Ive the sum of five pounds to be paid unto him within one 
year after the decease of my wife. To my son Ambrose fifteen pounds, 
within one year, &c. To my two daughters Anne and Mary five pounds 
apiece, &c. Tt> my grandchild John Ive, son of my son Thomas, three 
pounds at the age of one and twenty years. To every one of my grand- 
children, the children of my son John, Miles and Anne, now living, twenty 
shillings apiece, the sons at twenty-one and daughters at eighteen. The 
younger children of my son Thomas. The children of my son Miles. The 
children of my daughter Anne Frost. 

The witnesses were Edmund Wells, John Smyth and Richard Robinson. 

Parker, 57. 


Edmund Chaplin of Little Waldingfield in the County of Suffolk and 
the Diocese of Norwich, gentleman, 6 October, 1618, proved 8 February, 
1618, by John Wincoll and Thomas Brian, with power reserved for the 
widow Martha Chaplin to act. To my grandchild Edmunde Chaplin, eld- 
est son of my late son Edmunde, my messuage called Lyons, in Whatiield, 
Suffolk, at the age of five and twenty years. To grandchild William Chap- 
lin, another son of said Edmund and to Ursula and Elizabeth Chaplin, his 
daughters (minors). To John Wincoll, my grand child, at the age of four- 
teen, Anne Wincoll, my grand child, at sixteen, John Wincoll, my son in 
Law, Awdry Wincoll, my daughter, his wife. Thos. Brian my sou in law 
and Martha Brian, my daughter, his wife. John Howe of Melford, my 
nephew, and Judith his wife. To my friend M r Thomas lies of Hammer- 
smith, Middlesex, gentleman, a ring of gold (value forty shillings) desiring 
him, of all kindness, to stand good grand father and friend unto the young 
poor fatherless children of my late son and his son-in-law Edmund Chap- 
lin and his wife Anne the daughter of M r lies. If interred at Little Wal- 
dingfield, then, &c. If interred at Lindsey, &c. To Pernell Wilkinson, 
wife of Wilkinson the elder, and to the widow Mallard, both of Little Wal- 
dingfield, five shillings apiece. A bequest to four household servants of 
John Wincoll. All the residue to wife Martha, appointed executrix, with 
sons John Wincoll and Thomas Brian. 

The witnesses were George Wincoll, Francis Wincoll and Joseph Bri- 
ante. Parker, 40. 

Sententia pro confirrnacone testi Edmundi Chaplin def in judicio inter 
Johannem Wincoll et Thomam Bryant partes hmoi negotium promoveu- 
tes ex una et Martham Chaplin ats Bryant filiam u'ralem dicti defuncti 
Edmundum et Wttm Chaplin nepotes, Ursulam et Eliz. Chaplin neptes 
ex filio eiusdem defuncti, etc. 21 June 1619. Parker, 56. 

Testamentum nuncupativum Thome Ayrks, of the parish of Froome in 
the County of Somerset, broad weaver, 14 January, 1638. To the church 
there three shillings and fourpence ; to the poor six shillings and eight 
pence. Having a debt of five pounds, eight shillings due him by bond 
from one Nathan Doale, of Brooke in com. Wilts, his will was that Symon 
Ayers, his brother, should have that debt to his own use ; also his wearing 
apparel and a piece of new green cloth which lay in the chest, of five yards; 
also his broad loom unto Simon Ayers and William Ayers, his brother 
Simon Ayers his children, to each the moiety. A cupboard at his father's 
to Anne Ayers, daughter of Simon Ayers. His wife consents to these leg- 
acies. Wituesses John Lacie and Richard Eyers. 

A commission issued forth 20 March, 1638, to Mary Ayers, the relict. 

Harvey, 54. 

Symon Eyre of Osmington in the County of Dorset, yeoman, 29 April, 
1659, proved 4 October, 1660, by William Eyre. To wife Joan and son 
William Eyres, &c. To my daughter-in-law Mary Eyres the sum of three 
score pounds which was promised her at the marriage of her unto my son 
Symon Eyres, provided the portion promised by her friends in marriage be 
truely and duely paid and for those children she had by my son Symon. 
To my four grand children twenty shillings to be divided equally amongst 
them. Son William to be executor and my good friends Robert and Henry 
Godshall to be overseers. One of the witnesses was a John Evre. 

Nabbs, 182. 


Nathanaell Smith, 19 February, 1650. "I dispose of my money and 
goods that is now in new England and elsewhere in wise and manner fol- 
lowing." The sixty three pounds in M r George Corwin's hands due by 
bond, twenty pounds of it to my kinsman Thomas Edwards, eighteen 
pounds to my sister Ruth Halford, ten pounds to M r John Nicolls, flaxman, 
five pounds to my cousin Nathaniel Edwards and ten pounds to my uncle 
John Smith. The money in James Brown's hand and that which is in 
Master Makepeace his hand, Brown's being eight or ten pounds and M r 
Makepeace's four pounds ten shillings, my will is that my sister Hanna 
Mellowes shall have, &c. The linen that I have I do give the napkins, 
towells and tablecloths and one half the sheets to my kinsman Thomas Ed- 
wards and the other half of the sheets to my sister Hanna Mellowes in 
New England. Linen of mine in my brother Mr. Samuel Wandley's hands 
I do freely bestow it upon him. Also if there any allowance for 
the plundered estate, one half whereof is due to me, I do give one half to 
my brother M r Samuel Fisher and the other half to be distributed between 
my sister Walford and my sister Wandley. My kinsman Thomas Edwards 
and cousin Nathaniel Edwards to be administrators. 

The witnesses were Samuel Brinsmeades and Samuel Oliver. 

20 March 1650 emanavit comissio Thomae Edwards et Nathanaeli Ed- 
wards, consanguineis dicti defuucti, ad administrand bona jura et credita 
diet, defuncti iuxta tenorem et effectum testamenti ipius defuncti, eo quod 
dictus defunctus nullum omnino in hujusmodi testamento nominauit Exe- 
cutorem etc. Grey, 53. 

[In the Massachusetts Archives, at the State House in Boston (B. 15, No. 70), 
may be found a copy of this will. Another copy is in the Court House at Salem, 
among the records of Ipswich Court, 165 1 , in the present office of the Clerk of Courts 
for the County of Essex. I have (scanty) minutes of what seems to be an earlier 
will, made 1 January, 1648 (Mass. Archives, B. 15, No. 72), in which the testator 
mentions William Halford, " my brother Andrew Halford's sonnc," cousin Nathan- 
iel Wandley, cousin Hannah Mellowes to have the linen and Abraham Mellowes 
my books, my brother Edward Mellowes and my brother Samuel Wandley to be 
executors. — n. f. w.] 

Edward Apslet of Apsley in the County of Sussex. The yearly pro- 
fits of all my real and personal estate, in Sussex, Middlesex and Kent, to 
my brother George Fenwick, till my nephew Edward Fenwick attain the 
age of twenty one years. Then my will is that he should change his name to 
mine ; and so I give to him the said Edward Fenwick als Apsley all mine 
estate, both real and personal, he paying to his father one hundred pounds 
per annum during his life, to Jo: Apsley, son to my cousin Jo: Apsley of 
Pulberrow fifty pounds per annum during his life, to my servant Margaret 
Moyse twenty pounds per annum, to Thomas Stringer, my servant, ten 
pounds per annum, to Moses Fryer ten pounds per annum, to be paid to 
him at the house his father-in-law, M r Evernden, now lives in, to Jo: Ad- 
ams als Humphrey ten pounds per annum and a lease for twenty one years 
of all the lands he holdeth of me, at the rents he now payeth, to the town 
of Steyning five pounds per annum, to Sir Thomas Middleton one hundred 
pounds. To Sir Arthur Heislerige two either of my stone horses or mares. 
To Duncombe Colchester such of my geldings as he shall choose and twen- 
ty pounds, ten pounds by the year. To my cousin Richard Coldicott one 
hundred pounds. I would have one hundred and fifty pounds paid to M r 
Bartholomew ; M r Pierce knoweth where he liveth. Other bequests. 

There issued forth letters of administration, 13 August, 1652, to Sir Ar- 


thur Haslerigg, one of the members of the right honorable the Parliament 
of the Common Wealth of England, and a " legatary " named in this will, 
for that the said deceased named no executor, the pretended will or 
"scrowle" of the said deceased, bearing date 11 October, 1651, being de- 
clared and decreed null and void. Bowyer, 215. 
[See will of Col. George Fenwick, ante, p. 41. — h. p. w.] 

Nathaniel Eles late of Harden in the County of Hartford, husband- 
man (nuncupative) 26 July, 1653, proved 18 February, 1653. To every 
one of the children of M r William Eles twenty shillings apiece. To John 
Eles, son of the said William, a two and twenty shilling piece of gold over 
and above, &c. To every one of the children of M r Nathaniel Eles twenty 
shillings apiece. It was his will that Richard White who liveth with M r 
Nathaniel Eles should have all the money due unto him from goodmau Sal- 
mon. To the two sisters of the said Richard White the rents of his house 
and lands till his brother John's sou shall come to age. To the poor of 
Harnden and Essenden twenty shillings apiece to each parish if his money 
would hold out. To M rs Wilton and Mary Smith twenty shillings apiece. 
To goodwife Lewis one shilling. To his brother's daughter all the remain- 
der of the money in his chest. To his brother's son his house and lauds 
when he cometh of age. To his sister in-law a bond which is in his chest. 
Master William Eles to be sole executor. Alchin, 179. 

[See will of Nathaniel Eeles, ante, p. 25. — h. f. w.] 

Richard Crouch (by mark) of the parish of St. Gyles without Crip- 
plegate, London, Brewer's Servant, 27 October, 1660, proved 29 Novem- 
ber, 1660. My body to be buried at the discretion of my executrix. 

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my brother William Crouch in New 
England beyond the seas one shilling of English money, to be paid unto 
him within one twelvemonth next after my decease if the same be demand- 
ed. To my sister Elizabeth Ayres, wife of Richard Ayres, the sum of 
twelve pence of like mouey if the same be demanded in twelve months. 
The residue to my loving wife Anne Crouch, who is to be executrix. 

The witnesses were William Howe, Dauiel How and Thomas Gill, Scr. 

Nabbs, 206. 

[William Crouch, of Charlestown, married Sarah , daughter of Barnabas Lamson, 
of Cambridge. See Wyman's Charlestown, pp. 251,597; Paige's Cambridge, p. 
597. — Editor. 

In connection with the above it may be well to notice the will of Peter Lidget of 
Boston, merchant, made 10 February, 1670-71, with a codicil dated 21 April, 1676, 
proved 5 May, 1676. (Suff. Reg. Prob., B. 6, pp. 160-162.) The following persons 
are named : My wife Elizabeth, my daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Usher, my only 
eon Charles, my daughter Jane, my three children, the three children of my sister 
Elizabeth Cornel, lately deceased, viz: Peter, Mary and Robert, my sister Mary 
Smith's two children, John and Peter, they living in Essex, to be paid in London, my 
three kinswomen, cousin Crouch of Charlestown, cousin Cooke of Cambridge and 
cousin Rice of Sudbury, the three children of my aunt Lampson, my grandchild 
Elizabeth Ushe r , jr. My son Charles to marry M rs Bethiah Shrimpton. — h. f. w.] 

Thomas Burnell, citizen and clothworker of London, 5 July, 1661, 
with a codicil bearing date 19 August, 1661, proved 2 October, 1661, by 
the oath of Hester Burnell his widow. 

Remembering the sayiug of St. Jerome which soundeth daily in mine 
ears, Surgite mortui et venite ad judicium. 

If I die in London, to be buried within the chancel door of the parish 


church of Allhallows Barking, near Tower Hill, under tho gravestone there 
lying where my dear brother John Burnell and his virtuous wife Mary (of 
worthy memory) lie buried. But if it shall please the almighty God that I 
shall die at Stanmore Magna then my desire is that I may be buried therein 
the vault within that chancel door of the said parish church where the bones 
of my dear deceased father and mother lie buried, at the discretion of my lov- 
ing and dear wife Hester Burnell. To my she cousin Hasell, my nephew 
John Burnell Sen 1 ", and his three sisters, An, Katherine and Elizabeth, and 
to the three sous of my deceased brother William Burnell, viz: Thomas, 
John and Henry Burnell ; also unto my sister Rewse, my two nephews 
John and Richard Ball and their five sisters, An, Barbara, Jane, Margaret 
and Elizabeth, my cousin Sarah Edliu and also my cousin William Pindar, 
jun r , for his help for the getting in of mine estate, — to all of them the sum 
of thirty pounds apiece. Also I give unto my nephew John Morley, resi- 
dent in New England, and to his sister-in-law, the wife of his brother Tho- 
mas Morley deceased, the sum of ten pounds apiece, and unto her son Tho- 
mas Morley, both resident in or about Hamburgh, together with all the 
children of my nephews John Burnell, Sen r , and Thomas and Henry Bur- 
nell, lawfully begotten in wedlock, that shall be living at my death, the sum 
of five pounds apiece. To my loving and dear wife fifty pounds. Also 
unto her loving brother, Henry Wollastone, Esq. and his son Henry, my 
brother-in-law Robert Smyth, my nephew Doctor Richard Ball, my cousin 
Doctor William Pindar, my cousin Thomas Reeve, my cousin James 
Gough, my nephew John Burnell, sen r , my cousin Doctor Coe, Bourcheirs 
and lludyere, my cousins Thomas and Henry Burnell, and all their wives, 
also my sister Rewse, my cousin Anne Young and her sister Allett, and my 
cousin Sarah Edlin, widow, also unto my cousin John Ball, Esq. and my 
cousin William Robinson and my cousin John Cooke ; also unto my cousins 
Doctor Trench and Doctor Deake and Doctor Winter and their wives, and 
old Mrs Churchman, the sometime bedle's wife of Marchaut Taylor's Hall ; 
to all the sum of six pounds apiece towards their mourning. 

My copyhold land and houses in Stanmore Magna, in the County of Mid- 
dlesex unto my wife for and during her natural life. Whereas I have late- 
ly purchased another house and land lying in or near upon Weald Green in 
the parish of Harrow upon the Hill, called or known by the name of 
Brookes, another field, wood ground and springs called Sander's Hill, and 
now both in the tenure and occupation of John Dancer ; and also my pre- 
sent house and garden wherein I now dwell here in London, &c. &c, with 
five other tenements, all lying in the court or alley called Nunn's Court or 
Alley, in the street or parish of St. Stephens, Coleman Street, London, 
(and other leases, &c.) ; — all these to my wife for life ; and then to my 
nephew John Burnell, Sen r , my chief house and lands lying in Stanmore 
Magna, called and known by the name of Fiddles (and a lot of other lauds 
there-to my said nephew for life, then to his wife, if he do marry again, and 
his children equally, during the natural life or second marriage of his said 
second wife, if he marry again, then equally among his children and their 
heirs forever ; failing such issue, equally among the children of the three 
daughters of my eldest brother John Burnell long since deceased. Also, 
after my wife's decease, I give, &c. to my nephew Thomas Burnell, eldest 
6on of my brother William Burnell deceased, my two thirds of the house 
and land he now lives in, called, &c. Buggs, for life, then to his wife and 
children during her life or second marriage, then to the children. To my 
nephew John Br v rnell, jun r now resident in the East Indies (estate in Har- 


row, &c). To my nephews John and Richard Ball (the house, &c. in Lon- 
don). Legacies to godson Burnell Ball, son of said nephew Richard Ball, 
to my brother Robert Smyth, my brother Thomas Wollaston and my bro- 
ther-in-law Justice Henry Wollaston. 

The witnesses to the will were Robert Fenn, Peter Whitinge and Wil- 
liam Pindar, Jun r . It was published by the said Thomas Burnell for his 
will 19 August, 1661. 

In the codicil he names his nephew Thomas Burnell, citizen and haber- 
dasher of London, nephew Henry Burnell, citizen and leatherseller of Lon- 
don and his three daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Barbara, nephew John 
Burnell, citizen and clothworker of Loudon, n,ow in the East Indies, neph- 
ew William Pindar, citizen and clothworker of London and niece Eliza- 
beth Gough, wife of James Gough. 

The witnesses to the codicil were John Mosse, Notary Public, and Ed- 
ward Bullocke. May, 150. 

[Stanmore Magna lies at the extremity of the County of Middlesex, towards Hert- 
fordshire, from which county John Morley prohably came, as shown by his will, 
wherein he disposes of real estate in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. John Burnell, Esq., 
was lord of the manor of Stanmore, and died in 1605. His widow Barbara was lady 
of the manor for twenty-six years. After her death it was for some time the property 
of her son Thomas Burnell, Esq., as we learn from Lyson's Environs of London 
(vol. 3), in which also are given the arms of this family : — Sable on a bend Or three 
escallops of the field. — h. f. w.] 

John Astwood, of Milford in the Colony of Newhaven in New Eng- 
land, 27 June, 1654, proved 31 August, 1654, by his son Samuel Astwood. 

To my loving wife Sarah Astwood all my estate in New England what- 
soever it be in household stuff or cattle or debts, to be disposed by. her aa 
she shall see meet for her own proper use. Of my estate here in England, 
in Abutley, I do give my brother William Astwood ten pounds sterling 
within one year after my decease. To my loving mother five pounds ster- 
ling and the use of two rooms of my house so long as she please. To my 
brother Robert Astwood do I give five pounds sterling within two years 
after my decease. To John Rute do I give ten shillings after my decease. 
The rest of my property to my executor. My son Samuel to be sole ex- 
ecutor. The witnesses were Nicholas Hudley and Robert Swan (by mark). 

Alchin, 505. 

[See Register, xiv. 304 ; xxxv. 245. — Editor.] 

Peter Cushing, citizen and turner of London, 2 February, 1663, proved 
12 January, 1664. To wife Godly Cushing (referring to contract with 
John Greenhill of London and William Newbold of London, gent.). The 
messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell, in or near Broad Street, Lon- 
don, and other tenements. To my brother Thomas Cushing. To ten min- 
isters (who are named). To the " M r , Warden and Cominalty of the Mis- 
tery or Arte de lez Tumors," London, whereof I am a member. To Abi- 
gail Phillips, Margaret Bull and Sarah Norris, my god-daughter. To my 
loving friend Francis Gil low of Stratford Bow, in the county of Middlesex, 
gent. To Martha Gamlin, now wife of Henry Gamlyn and daughter of the 
said Francis Gillow. To my sister Katherine. To William and Robert 
Cushing, sons of my brother William Cushing. My loving friend M r Wil- 
liam Devonshire. My God daughter Sarah Norris, the daughter of David 
Norris, in St. Clement's Lane. To my wife's kinsman, Richard Hill, twenty 
pounds. My loving brother Theophilus Cushing. My brother William 
Cushing's youngest daughter. To Anne Cushing, daughter of my said bro- 
ther William. 


" I give and bequeath unto each one of the children of my nephew Daniell 
dishing, son of my late brother Matthew Cushing, which shalbe living at 
my death fiftie pounds a peece." To Deborah Briggs, wife of Matthew 
Briggs, one hundred pounds. — all within twelve months next after the de- 
cease of my wife Godly. The residue to my brother Thomas Cushing. 
The tenement in Bread Street which I purchased of William Swayne, Esq. 
Loving friends Arthur Remington, Thomas Hartley and William Green- 
wood to hold property in trust. After payment of debts, legacies, annui- 
ties, &c. the residue to my said nephew Daniel Cushing and to Jeremy 
Cushing, Matthew Cushing and John Cushing, sons of the said Matthew 
" Cushion," my brother deceased. 

The witnesses were Francis Gillow, Henry Woods, John Dawson and 
Thomas Stevens. Hyde, 3. 

[See Register, x. 79, 173. — h. f. w.] 

Elizabeth Hailes of Lower Shadwell in the parish of Stebunheath ats 
Stepney, in the County of Middlesex, widow, 28 September, 1664, proved 
22 March, 1664, by Thomas Parker and William Bugby, the executors. 
My executors to invite such a number of my christian friends as they shall 
think fit to accompany my corps to my funeral, and to disburse and lay out 
for the accommodation of those friends the full sum of thirty pounds. To 
my cousin Thomas Parker twenty pounds, and to my cousin Ann Parker, 
his wife, twenty shillings. To my cousin John Parker, son of my said cou- 
sin Thomas Parker, thirty pounds. To my cousin Thomas Little ten 
pounds ; to Elizabeth Little, his wife, thirty pounds ; and to Mary Little, 
his daughter, ten pounds. To my grandchild William Bugby, five pounds. 

To my cousin John Foster, of Tower Hill, and to , his wife, five 

pounds apiece. To my cousin William Foster, at New England, the full 

6um often pounds of like lawful money. To my cousin Graves, of 

Tower Hill, widow, twenty shillings. To my cousin Elizabeth Harris ten 

pounds, and to her daughter , my husband's goddaughter, four pounds. 

To my cousin Appleby, of London, Beavermaker, and to , his 

wife, five pounds apiece. To my cousin Isaac Foster's daughter, four 
pounds ; to my cousin Elizabeth Parsons twenty pounds ; to my cousin 
Martha Goodwin twenty pounds ; to my cousin John Hutchinson twenty 
pounds. To my said cousin John Hutchinson's five sons (that is to say) John, 
Henry, Edmond, Thomas and George Hutchinson, ten pounds apiece. To 
my cousin Ann Barber, widow, twenty pounds, to her daughter Susan, now 
the wife of Robert Aldons, ten pounds, and to the children of the said Su- 
san ten pounds. These legacies to be paid within one month next after my 
decease to the several respective legatees, or to so many of them as shall 
demand the same ; they to give absolute discharges of any further claim to 
mine or my deceased husband's estate. 

To my cousin Thomas Parker the full sixteenth part of the good ship 
William and Elizabeth, of London, &c. &c, of which ship he the said Tho- 
mas Parker, under God, at the date hereof, is master. To Jane Bugby, 
the wife of my aforesaid grandchild William Bugby, my full two and thirti- 
eth part of the good ship called the Owners Adventure, of London, &c. &c, 
of which ship, under God, the said William Bugby, at the date hereof, is 
master. To my aforesaid cousin John Parker my other two and thirtieth 
part of the aforesaid ship. Twenty pounds amongst the poor of Shadwell, 
to be " distributed to and amongst the Auntient poore and such as are not 
Idle, drunken or of badd conversation," within one month next after my 


decease. Twenty pounds to another division of Stepney, respect being 
first had to aged poor seamen and their families in want. 

My loving cousin Thomas Parker and my loving grandchild William 
Bugby to be my executors, and my loving friends M r John Hall and M r 
Day to be the overseers. Two twenty shilling pieces of gold to be given 
to Doctor William Clarke, minister of Stepney, for his pains to preach 
my funeral sermon, if he shall please to undertake the same. To my nurse 
Margaret Wybrow forty shillings. 

The witnesses were John Hulme, Elizabeth Hill, Raph Matthews and 
William Bissaker. Hyde, 25. 

Roger Glover of London, merchant, being now at the Island of Mea- 
vis, 14 November, 1636, proved 5 Sept. 1637. William Hawkins, citizen 
and waxchandler of London, to be overseer. Goods, &c. in the Increase of 
London to be disposed of for the advantage of Richard Rowe of London, 
merchant, my loving brother Richard Glover of London, merchant, and 
my loving sisters Elizabeth and Sara Glover, whom I appoiut, &c. executors. 
Debts due in the Indyes and debts formerly due in any part of the West 
Indyes. To my niece Elizabeth Glover, daughter of my loving brother 
Joss: Glover fifty pounds. To William Rowe, son of the said Richard 
Rowe, thirty pounds. To my niece Elizabeth Pemmerton forty pounds. To 
John Worcester ten pounds. To my friend Capt. Thomas Sparrowe, Gov- 
ernor of the Island of Meavis two thousand weight of tobacco. To M r 
George Upcote of the same Island five hundred weight of tobacco. To 
Nicholas Godsalve, Secretary, three hundred pounds of tobacco. Debts 
due from Thomas Littleton late Governor of the abovesaid Island. To 
James Littleton, his son, one hundred pounds. 

The witnesses were Thomas Sparrow, John Worcester, Thomas Hinde 
and Nicholas Godsalue, Seer. Goare, 126. 

Thomas Nelson of Rowlay in the County of Essex in New England, 
being by Providence called now to make a voyage into Old England " this 
6ixt of Sextilis, here called August, 1648." To wife Joane for her natu- 
ral life my mill, millhouse, &c. in Rowlay and all that ground near unto 
the said mill, lately in the occupation of Joseph Wormehill, and all my 
upland and meadow or other ground between Rowley Oxe Pasture on one 
part, the common on another part and the Mill River and "the Brook 
that goeth from the town on the other part, — all containing fifty acres more 
or less, provided she make no claim to any other part of my houses, lands, 
&c, — also two acres of ground in the Pond field next M rs Rogers, during 
her natural life (leaving out the pond), to build her an house. The rever- 
sion of said mills, &c. I give amongst my children and their heirs, as well 
that child which my wife is withall as the rest. To my eldest son Philip 
Nelson a double portion, and to son Thomas Nelson and daughter Marie 
Nelson and the child or children she is withall their equal parts. Richard 
Bullingtam (sic) Esq. and my honored uncle Richard Dumer gen 1 shall 
have the education of my son Philip Nelson and Thomas Nelson and the 
proportions of both their estates, &c. for their education and maintenance, 
till they come to the age of twenty-one years, &c. My uncle Richard Dum- 
mer to have the education of my daughter Marie Nelson and the other 
children. To my son Philip Nelson the sum of ten pounds which was given 
him by my aunt Katharine Witham and is in my hands, &c. M r Richard 
Bellinghara and my uncle Richard Dumer to be executors. I would in- 


treat M r Ezekiell Rogers of Rowly and M r John Norton of Ipswich to be 
overseers. Signed Dec. 24 th , 1645, in presence of Jeremy Howchin and 
Ezechiell Northens. 

I Thomas Nelson being about to return to Rowland in New England do 
by these present test-my confirming of my last will and testament which I 
made and left in New England with my wife's uncle M r Richard Dumer. 

My youngest child Samuel Nelson being born since that will was 

made, &c. &c. 

The witnesses were Henry Jacike als Jesse, Daniel Elly (by mark), 
Sara Appleyard (by mark). 

The above will was proved 21 February, 1650, by Richard Dummer 
one of the executors, power being reserved for Richard Bellingham, the 
otber executor, &c. Grey, 30. 

[See Essex Co. Court Papers, vol. iii. Nos. 65 and 70. — II. F. Waters. 

This will was also proved and recorded in the Suffolk County Probate Court. An 
abstract is printed in the Register, iii. 267-9. An account of Thomas Nelson ia 
printed in the Register, xxxv. 271 ; see also pp. 261, 267, 269. — Editor.] 

Benjamin Woodbridge of Englefield, in the county of Berks, 25 Oc- 
tober. 1684 (nuncupative) in presence and hearing of Dame Elizabeth 
Alleyn, M" Mary Alleyn and M rs Mariabella Charles. He bequeathed 
all to his wife Mary. As no executor was named, Letters of Administra- 
tion were issued to his widow 3 April, 1685. Cann. 51. 

[His name stands first on the list of graduates of Harvard College. See Register, 
xxxii. 293. — Editor.] 


London y e 2 d of August 1654 

Brother Francis I beinge now intended by divine providence 

for Ireland desireinge in my absence that you would be pleased to receive 
and open whatsoever letters shall come to mee from beyound Seas, or from 
freinds here ; And for what goods of mine or others that shalbe consigned 
to mee from the Barbadoes or elcewhere I request you to enter them in 
the custome house and take them up and to dispose of them at price Currant 
(except you see anie probability to advance by keepinge of them which I 
leave to yo r discretion And withall you may please to take notice that I 
stand indebted to the Account of John Washington (as per Account sent 
him thirty eight pound tenn shillings and tenn pence, which monies is to 
pay the fraught of Servants to the Barbadoes in case his freinds have or 
shall provide anie to send him And for the dischargeinge of part of this 
debt I herewith leave you a bond of Thomas Pargiter's for twenty and 
three pounds payable to mee the Sixth day of September next, but since 
bee made this bond to mee T have had of him to the value of aboute Sea- 
venteene shillings Soe rests due but twenty two pounds and three shil- 
lings. The rest (or this if his occation require it sooner) I desire you 
wilbe pleased to disburse for mee And to pay yo r selfe out of the proceeds of 
such goods of mine as shall come to your hands There is likewise due 
from mee to my cosen Robert Wards account five pounds which monies as 
sooue as you shall have soe much monies of mine in your hands I then 
desire it may be paid to James Yeates for my Cosen Robert Wards Ac- 
count I likewise leave one bill of Ladinge for my cosen John Washing- 
ton's goods shipt in the Advice M r Robert May which I desire may be sent 
him the verie next shipp after M r Mays that shall goe for the Barbadoes 
And if M r Lapsey will doe mee the favour (as bee hath promised mee) 


which is to lett mee have aboute halfe a dozen hoggs heads of his Virginia 
Tobacco at price Currant to Satisfie the debt of thirty two pound Seaven- 
teene shillings and eleaven pence which hee owes mee I shall then desire 
my Cosen Thomas Pargiter the groser, or some others of Judgment whom 
you shall thiucke fitt to looke it over that it be found marchantable and 
good and worth the monie And then desire you to receave it and shipp it 
out in his name for Waterford or Dublin in Ireland And this is all the 
material! at present : only (in case of mortallity) I then bequeath to you 
the hundred and fifty pounds now restinge in my brother Robert Pargiters 
hands for which a yeares interest was due to mee in may last And there is 
three pounds tenn shillings and nine pence due to mee from my nephew 
William Pargiter And I doe stand indebted unto Thomas Pargiter's bro- 
ther who lives at Wardingtou five pounds And five pounds more to my 
ffuther which hee lett him have long since And for what other estate of 
mine shalbe cominge to mee from beyound Seas together with the ffifty 
pounds my brother ffraucis Smith hath of mine upon a mortgage I doe as 
before (oidy in case of mortallity) bequeath it to my brother William Par- 
giter and my brother Ezechiell Pargiter to bee equally devided betweene 
them. Soe wishinge you health and prosperity in all your affaires I take 
leave and rest Your Lovein^e brother to Cofnand Theodor Pargiter. 

Commission or Letters of Administration issued 20 May, 1656, to Wil- 
liam Pargiter and Ezekiel Pargiter, natural and lawful brothers of the 
decea.-ed. Berkeley, 164. 

[What is known of this John Washington who was in Barbadoes just before the 
emigrant ancestor of George Washington settled in Virginia? — Editor.] 

Letters of Administration on the estate of John Lloyde, late in Vir- 
ginia, deceased, granted 27 August, 1653, to his daughter Mary Lloyde. 

Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1653, fol. 24. 

[Though I have not met with the name of John Lloyde in early record or print of 
Virginia, the following data of others of the same name may prove of interest. The 
State Land Registry Office presents of record, grants to Cornelius Lloyd, 800 acres 
in Elizabeth City county, June 2, 1635 ; 400 acres on the west branch of Elizabeth 
River, March 13, 1636; 100 acres on the east side of Elizabeth River, Dec 22, 1636 — 
Book No. 1 , pp. 394, 359 and 406 severally. Cornelius Lloyd of London, merchant, 
Win. Tucker, Maurice Tompson, George Tompson, William Harris, Thomas Dob- 
son, James Stone and Jeremiah Blackman, mariner, 8000 acres in Charles City coun- 
ty, February 9, 1636, Book No. 1, p. 410. Edmund Lloyd, 400 acres in James City 
county, May 20, 1636, Book No. 1, p. 359. Humphrey Lloyd, 250 acres in Charles 
River county, November 6, 1637, Book No. 1, p. 523. Cornelius Lloyd was a mem- 
ber of the House of Burgesses from Lower Norfolk county, March 2, 1642-3, Oct. 1, 
1644, and Nov. 3, 1647. " Leftenant Colonel " Cornelius Lloyd appears as a bur- 
gess from Lower Norfolk county, May 6, 1652, and July 5, 1653. — Hcning's Statutes, 
i. pp. 239, 283. 340, 373 and 379. Edward Lloyd as burgess from Lower Norfolk 
county, Feb. 17, 1644-5. — Hening, i. p. 289. — R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 

Letters of Administration on the estate of Robert Boughton the 
younger, late in New England, bachelor, deceased, issued to his father 
Robert Boughton, 31 January, 1655. 

Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1656, fol. 6. 

Letters of Administration on the estate of Samuel Frye, late in Vir- 
ginia, bachelor, deceased, issued 12 March, 1655, to his mother Ann Frye, 
widow. Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1656. 

[The following grants of record in the Virginia Land Registry Office may have 
some connection with the testator Samuel Frye : — To William Frye, 250 and 500 
acres in James City county, May 20, 1637, and Aug. 29, 1643, Book No. 1, pp. 421 
and 906 ; to Joseph Farye, 250 acres in Charles City county, May 27, 1638, Book 
No. 1, p. 561. — R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 


Letters of Administration on the estate of Andrew Gilliard, in ship 
King of Poland, late in Virginia, deceased, issued 2 April, 1656, to John 
Fulling, cousin German. Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1656. 

Letters of Administration on the estate of Margaret Gibbons, late of 
New England, but at her death of Plymouth in County Devon, issued 28 
February, 1656, to Jerusha Rea, now the wife of Capt. Thomas Rea, natu- 
ral and lawful daughter of the deceased. 

Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1657. 

[This was Margaret, widow of Maj. Gen. Edward Gibbons. See Register, viii. 
276; ix. 346; Savage's Gen. Diet. ii. 245; Woman's Charlestown, i. 406.— Ed.] 

Letters of Administration on the estate of Richard Pate, late in Vir- 
ginia, deceased, issued 30 October, 1657, to John Pate, his brother's son. 

Admon Act Book P. C. C, 1657. 

[The following grants are of record in the Virginia Land Registry Office : — Rich- 
ard Pate, 1141 acres, of land on the north side of York River, Dec. 12, 1650, Book 
No. 2, p. 271. John Pate, 1000 acres in Rappahannock county, Dec. 31, 1662, 
Book No. 5, p. 201. The name Pate is numerously represented in Virginia at the 
present day. — R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 

Francis Anthony, Doctor of Physick, 25 May, 1623, proved 19 June, 
1623. To be buried in the parish church of St. Bartholmewes. My lease 
at Barnes I bequeath to my beloved wife, consisting of mansion house, gar- 
den, orchard, &c, late in the occupation of Thomas Erskins, and ten pounds 
a year to be paid out of my dwelling house in St. Bartholmewes, during 
her natural life, and all moneys in the hands of Sir Stephen le Sure, 
Knight, and M r Richards. To my daughter Martha, as her dowry money, 
three hundred pounds. The inheritance of this my dwelling house in St. 
Bartholmewes to Francis my son, my copyhold lands, &c. in Barnes to 
my youngest son Charles. Other estates to eldest son Francis. 

To my sons Francis, John and Charles all that state of mine in Virginia, 
together with all disbursements of all and singular such moneys as the 
Company have received from me for thirty shares, and all the appurtenances 
in Southampton Hundred there, to be divided amongst them by equal por- 
tions as long as they shall be living, "and so to the longest liver of them 
three." To my wife the basin and ewer of silver and all such other plate 
as was in her possession at the time of my marriage with her. To my 
daughter Viekars twenty pounds a year. To my son Charles twenty 
pounds a year during the term of the lease at Barnes. To my daughter 
Smith and my daughter Martha each twenty pounds, in the same manner. 
To John and Charles, my sons, all my books equally except my written 
books, which I bequeath to Charles. To them I give and bequeath all my 
medicines equally. 

I appoint my wife and Sir Stephen le Sure, Knight, my executors, and 
M r Ilumfrey Selwood overseer. 

The testator made his mark 26 May. Probate was granted to Elizabeth 
Anthony the relict and one of the executors, power being reserved for the 
other. On the 17th of March, 1629, commission issued to Sir Stephen le 
Sieur, K nt , the other executor. Swann, 60. 

Francis Anthony of London, gentleman, 11 Aug. 1623, proved 18 Aug. 
1623. To be buried in the parish of St. Gyles without Crepelgate, Lon- 
don. To wife Judith Anthony all those two leases of the mansion house, &c. 


&c. situate, lying and being in Barnes in the County of Surrey, sometime 
in the tenure of one Thomas Erskins, and my right, title, interest, &c. in the 
same by virtue of the last will and testament of Francis Anthony, my fa- 
ther deceased, on condition she do suffer my mother in law Elizabeth An- 
thony to enjoy such part of the same mansion house and premisses as by 
the last will and testament of my said father she is appointed to enjoy, and 
that she pay such legacies as are or shall be due to be paid to my said 
mother for her dower, my brother Charles Anthony, my sister — Robinson, 
my sister — Smith and my sister Martha, out of the same two leases, &c. or 
out of my messuage or tenement in the tenure of John Anthony my bro- 
ther, situate, lying and being in the parish of Great St. Bartholraewe 
near West Smithfleld. To my son Edmond Anthony all my said messuage 
or tenement in Great St. Bartholmewe, &c. to hold forever ; but if my said 
son Edmond shall depart this present life before he shall accomplish his 
full age of twenty and one years then to Elizabeth Anthony my daughter. 
If both die before accomplishing the age of .twenty one then to my said 
wife Judith for and during the term of her natural life, my wife to receive 
the rents, &c. until they attain their several ages, as aforesaid. To my said 
daughter Elizabeth one hundred and fifty pounds at her age of twenty one or 
day of marriage. To Sara Russha my daughter in law fifteen pounds due me 
by bond from my brother Charles Anthony within four years next after the 
date hereof. To my said wife all the arras hangings, the best taffata bed, 
&c. To the poor of St. Gyles without Crepelgate ten shillings. The res- 
idue to my wife Judith whom I appoint executrix. My brother John 
Anthony, Doctor of Phy sicks, and Edmund Bollyvant to be overseers. 
Wit : John Wandley Scr., Edward Leche, John Duesh. 

Swann, 87. 

[Prauncis Anthoyne obijt one Wensdaye the 13 of August buryed in S l Giles Cri- 
plegatt before the Pulpett the 15 of y e same 1623 w 4 7 escochens. — Harleian MSS. 
1754, f. 63— h. f w.] 

Ezekiell Culver well, of London, clerk, 5 July, 1630, proved 9 May, 
1631. To Nicholas Piccard my kinsman ten pounds. To Katherine my 
kinswoman ten pounds. To Mrs Johnson, wife to Frederick Johnson, five 
pounds. Item to Margaret Chevers, for herself and her son Ezekiell, ten 
pounds. To John Hudson, student at the University in Dublin, forty shil- 
lings. To Josiah, son to Martha Wilson, five pounds. To old Alice Grind- 
er twenty shillings. To old Ellyn Smith, a maid, forty shillings. To Eze- 
kiell Washbourne, son of Robert Washbourne, five pounds. To my daugh- 
ter Sarah one hundred pounds to her own use. To Benedict, son of my 
daughter Sarah Barfoot, two hundred pounds. To poor faithful preachers 
and godly poor students in either University one hundred pounds. 

For all my English books (my bible in quarto excepted, which I give to 
Martha Wilson) I leave to my executrix for her own use. All my Latin 
books I will to be divided in three parts, equally as may be, and then, by 
lot, to give to Nicholas Piccard one lot, to Josias Wilson another lot, a 
third lot to Ezekiell Cheuers. The residue to my daughter Sara, whom 
I appoint sole executrix. Wit: Arthur Harbur. 

Reg. of Commissary Court of London (1629-34), fol. 147. 

[Ezekiel Culverwell, a Puritan divine and author, was curate of Felsted in Essex, 
but in 1583 was suspended for not wearing the surplice; was afterwards rector 
of Starabridge magna in the 6ame county, of which living he was deprived about 
1609, his successor having been instituted March 27 of that year. He was afterwards 
curate of St. Antholin's, London. The register of that church, contains this entry 


under the year 1631 : " April 14, M r Ezekiel Culverwell, minister, bur." Bio- 
graph ical sketches are printed in Brook's Puritans, iii. 512, and Davids's Noncon- 
formity in Essex, p. 125. See also Newcourt's Repertorium, ii. 542; Register of 
St. Antholin (Elarl. Soc.),p. 65. Brook and Davids give the titles and dates of hie 
works ; as does also Allibone in his Dictionary of Authors, i. 458. — Editor. 

Ezekiel Cheever, one of the legatees named in the foregoing will, was doubtless 
the famous master of the Boston Latin School. He was born in London, Jan. 25, 
1614, came to Boston in New England in 1637, and died there Aug. 21, 1708, in the 
ninety-fourth year of his age. For a biographical notice of him and an account of 
his family, see the articles entitled " Ezekiel Cheever and Some of his Descendants," 
in the Register for April, 1879 (xxxiii. 164), and April, 1884 (xxxviii. 170). — John 
T. Hassam. 

In vol. i. p. 395 London Visitations (edited by Dr. Howard and Col. Chester), 
appears the marriage of Thomas Horton, of London, merchant, a 1634, 3d son to 
Margaret, dau. of Lawrence Culverwell. — J. C. J. Brown.] 

James Holt of Virginia, planter, 8 December, 1629, proved 12 May, 
1631. To my sou James Iloult all and singular my goods, catells, chat- 
ells, household stuff and all my houses and ground and all other things 
which I have or may have ia Virginia or elsewhere ; and also all the ser- 
vants which are or shall be mine in Virginia, and all the time that they 
have yet to serve with me ; only to my servant William Bond one year of 
his time. To my servant Richard Bawinton four years of his time. My 
executors to be Nathaniel Flood, planter, Henry King, planter, Theoph- 
ilus Berrestone, planter. 

Wit: Theophilus Berrestone and Peter Perkins. 

Emauavit commissio W mo Donne, curatori ad lites Jacobi Houlte, &c. 
(for the reason, it appears, that those named executors in the will were be- 
yond the seas). 

Reg. of Commissary Court of London (1629-34), fol. 150. 

[The following grants from the Virginia Land Registry Office may be infbrmatory 
in connection with the above. 

Randall Holt, 400 acres in James City county, Sept. 18, 1636; Thomas Holt, 500 
acres in New Norfolk county, May 22, 1637 ; Robert Holt, 700 acres in James City 
county, July -23, 1640.— Book No. 1, pp. 386, 423 and 727. 

John Fludd, 2100 acres in James City county, May 12, 1638, Book No. 1, p. 548. 
John Flood, " Gentleman," " an antient planter," 1 100 acres in James City county, 
June 7, 1650 — " Mary Flood, John Flood, John Lawrence and John Connaway," 
being among the " head-rights."— Book No. 2, p. 227. Francis Flood, 300 acres 
on York river, April 1, 1651, Book No. 2, p. 318. John King, 300 acres in Charles 
River county, Dec. 10, 1642 ; " Anne his wife, Katharine Kaliaway, Thomas Clary, 
Phillip Neale, Alice Smith and Alice Cocke," " transports " or " head-rights " ; 
John King, 500 acres in York county, Nov. 9, 1649. — Book No. 2, p. 192. John 
King; 200 acres in " Gloster " county, October 10, 1651, Book No. 2, p. 345.— R. 
A. Brock, Richmond, Va.J 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 
Thomas Spelman (ante, p. 72). 

[The Thomas Spelman (Spilman) of Virginia, an abstract of whose will is found 
in the Genealogical Gleanings of Henry F. Waters, in the Register of July, 1884, p. 
323. came to Virginia in A.D. 1616, when he was about sixteen years of age. His 
wile Hannah, when about eighteen years old, arrived in A.D. 1620. In the Muster 
of Inhabitants, taken in January, 1624-5, and published in Hotlen's Lists, Thomas 
was then listed as twenty-four years old and his wife as twenty-three. The daugli 
ter Mary, in England, in 1627 could not have been more than six years old. Spil- 
man in 1625 had four white servants in his employ, and lived at Kecoughton in 


Elizabeth City Corporation, now Hampton. At the same time there was another 
Thomas Spilman living at James City, twenty-eight years of age, who came in A.D. 
1623, and was a servant of Richard Stephens, who arrived in the ship George with 
him. Stephens was for several years a prominent colonist. — From Rev. Edward 
D. Neill, of St. Paul, Min.] 

Rachel Perne {ante, pp. 60-61). 

[1 may add from my own family papers, that " John Tyse, clerk," son-in-law of 
Richard and Rachel Perne, mentioned on p. 60, had two children, John and Mary. 
The former, I think, died unmarried ; but Mary married, first, John (or Nicholas) 
Goddard, of Gillingham, and, secondly, in 1681, tWilliam Weston, of Weston in 
Stalbridge, both in Dorsetshire. She died about the year 1725, having had an only 
son, John Goddard of Gillingharu, who died in 1702, leaving, by his wife Martha 
Cox, who predeceased him, Mary Goddard, sole heiress. She became in 1717 the 
wile of William Ilelyar of Coker, co. Somerset, eldest son of William Helyar of 
Coker, M. P. for Somersetshire in 1714, and from this marriage is descended the 
present Horace Augustus Helyar of Coker Court, Secretary of the British Embassy 
at the Hague. — Letter of the Rev. Charles J. Robinson, M.A.,of West Hackney, 
London, England.] 

Thomas Browne, 17 April, 1663, proved 17 July, 1663. List of Prop- 
erty &c. viz : — on board the Samuel, Jemaico, one half of fifty thousand 
pounds of Sugar, the other half belonging to George Thompson. Goods 
coming per George Ladd. I left behind, in hands of George Thompson, 
&c. I have in Abraham Brown's hands, in New P^ngland, one hundred and 
fifty pounds. I have in brother William's hands about one hundred pouuds. 
I have in Virginia employment fifty pounds, &c. 

For the hundred pouuds to brother William, I freely forgive him. To 
my sister Joane Browne twenty pounds, besides ten pounds I owe her. To 
my cousin Joane Browne ten pouuds. Which sums I desire may be paid 
out of the sugars I have in Barbados. The balance ; to my son Thomas, 
God sending him to age, one third, and two thirds to my wife Priscilla 

Wit : Argent Tuttle, William Browne. Juxon, 89. 

[Abraham Browne, an early settler of Watertown, is supposed by Bond, in his his- 
tory of that town, to be a son of Thomas Browne of Swan Hall, in the parish of 
Hawkedon, co. Suffolk, by bis wife Joan. A tabular pedigree of this family from 
John Browne, alderman of Stamford, co. Lincoln, in 1376 and 1377, is found in that 
book, pp. 116-17. — Editor.] 

John Pemerton (by mark) of Lawford in the County of Essex, wea- 
ver, 9 September, 1653, proved 25 March, 1654, by John Beestou, sole 
executor. For my worldly goods being in New England, in the custody of 
Hercules Woodman, living in Newbery in the County of Essex, or his 
assigns, I give and bequeath unto my daughter-in-law Deborah Gofe, there 
born, and to her heirs forever, and all my moveable goods which I now 
possess in this England, both within doors and without, whatsoever. 
I make and ordain my loving kinsman and faithful friend, John Beeston of 
Dedham, my executor. My debts to be paid within six months next after 
my decease. My desire is likewise that if my said daughter-in-law should 
happen to die without heirs that then all the forementioned estate should 
be equally divided, that is, for my means in New England, to my brother 
James Pemerton and to my sister Robinson, to be equally divided between 
them. And for such my other goods my desire is that they may be divided 
equally between my three brothers, William, Richard and Thomas. 

The witnesses were William Winge, John Stud and Thomas Boston. 

Alchin, 191. 


[The above will throws light upon the family of the Reverend Ebenezer Pember- 
ton, minister of the old South Church in Dos ton, 700-1717, the testator evidently 
being his uncle John, who was of Boston lt>32, and afterwards of Newbury. Sav- 
age suggests that he may have been living in Wiunesemit in 16B2 ; but that sug- 
gestion is disproved, not only by this discovery but also by a document among the 
Massachusetts Archives (B. 15, No. 43), wherein John Pamerton of Winnesimmet 
distinctly calls himself (14 April, 16G2) son of James, of Maiden. h. f. w. 

The name of " Hercules Woodman, of Mai lord [probably Christian-Malford, Wilt- 
shire], mercer," appears in the list of passengers who embarked " aboute the v l of 
Aprill 1635 " in the James of London. William Cooper, master. (See Register, 
xiv. 333.) He settled at Newbury. His true name was Archelaus, at least that is 
the name he went by m this country. 

Another person by this surname, namely, Edward VVoodman, settled at Newbu- 
ry, Mass., about the same time as Archelaus. lie was deputy from Newbury and 
held other important offices. A genealogy of the Woodman family by a descendant, 
Cyrus Waterman, A.M., was published in 1874. The author supposes that Edward 
Woodman came from Corsham in Wiltshire, about eleven miles from Christian-Mal- 
ford. No connection has been traced between Edward and Archelaus Woodman. 

Who was the Deborah Goffe named as born in New England? — Editor.] 

Richard Lardner of Portsea, in the County of Southampton, mer- 
chant, nominated M r Urian Oakes of Southweeke, Southampton, gentle- 
man, and M r Thomas Mills and M r John Mills, of Portsmouth, overseers 
to the carrying out of his will, proved 1670-71. Duke, 64. 

Alicia Lisle of Moyles Court in the County of Southampton, widow, 
9 June, 1682, with codicil of same date, proved 11 November, 1689. To 
the poor of the parish of Ellingham two pounds withiu one year after my 
decease. I have settled upon Thomas Tipping of Wheattield in the County 
of Oxford, Esq., and Christopher Warman of Milborne Weekes in the 
County of Somerset, gentleman, their heirs and assigns, the reversion and 
inheritance of the moiety of the manor of Moyles Court, alias Rockford 
Moyles and over-Burgatt and several other manors, lands, tenements and 
hereditaments in the said County of Southampton and in the County of 
Dorset and elsewhere, mentioned in an indenture tripartite, dated 19 Feb. 
1678, to be conveyed to William Tipping, Esq., for five hundred years, who 
hath since conveyed and assigned over his interest. &c. to the said Tliomas 
Tipping and Christopher Warman ; which said conveyance is in trust for 
the payment of certain debts in a schedule thereunto annexed, &c. &c. The 
overplus (after payment of such debts) to my worthy friends, the said Wil- 
liam Tipping and Mrs. Frances Tipping his sister, Richard Lloyd, citizen 
and linen-draper of London, and Triphena his wife, to hold forever upon 
this especial trust, &c. to discharge my funeral expenses and pay debts, &c. 
and to pay unto my daughter Anne twelve hundred pounds at the age of 
one and twenty years or day of marriage, to pay unto my grandaughter 

Hore, daughter of my daughter Bridgett, now in New England, the 

sum of one hundred pounds at age of one and twenty or day of marriage, 
to pay unto my daughter Mary one annuity or yearly rent of six pounds 
during her natural life, but if said daughter Mary marry against their con- 
sent said annuity shall cease, to pay to daughter Mabella Lisle an annuity 
of forty pounds (under same conditions). The residue to be distributed 
among my daughters or daughters' children as they (the trustees) shall 
think fit. To cousin Judah Rie ten pounds within two years after my de- 
cease. To William Carpentar, my servant, thirty pounds (in two years). 
In the codicil she bequeaths to daughter Margaret, now the wife of M r 
Whitaker, seventy pounds (in two years). Witnesses Anne Tipping, Wil- 
liam Withrington, John Swan and Abiah Browne. Ent, 159. 

fl am indebted to Henry Marillier, Esq., for the reference to the above will. 



The following pedigree is from Berry's County Genealogies, County of Hants, 
pages 173-175. 

Arms.— Or, on a chief az. 

three lions rampant, 

of the field. 
Crest.— A stag statant ar. 

attired or. 

Jordan de Insula = Hawise. 
lived in time of 
King Henry I. and 
K. Stephen. 

Geffrey de Insula = 
gave lands in franc almoine 
for the soul of Earl Baldwin 

of Devonshire. 

Walter de Insula, in time of King John = Margaret 

Baldwin de Insula > 

Lord of Wodeton & Plomp- 

ton in the Isle of Wight, 

lived in time of Henry III. 

John de Insula 

a baron in the time 

of Edward I., and Governor 

of Carisbrooke Castle, 

ob. 32 Edw. I. 

Walter de Insula, Lord of Wodeton = Margaret. 

Walter de Insula, Lord of Wodeton = Florence. 

liam d 

William de Insula, Lord of Wodeton = , 

William de Insula = , 
Lord of Wodeton, 44th Edward III. I 

Sir John de Insula or Lisle, Knt. = Margaret dau. of John 

Lord of Wodeton. 

Bremshot of Bremshot 
in co Southampton. 

George Lisle = Anna, dau. of 

Montgomery, of Calais. 

Lance ot Lisle = Anne, dau. of 

I Sir Thos. Wroughton, Knt. 

Thomas Lisle = , dau. of Moore 

©f Moore Court, Esq. 


Anthony Lisle of Wodeton, Esq. = Elizabeth, dau. of John Dormer 
temp. 30th Elizabeth. | of Steeple-Barton in co. Oxon, Esq. 

Sir William Lisle = Bridget, dau of Sir John Hungerford 
Knighted in 1606 : living 1622. I of Down-Ampney in co. Gloucester, Knt. 

John Lisle of Moyles Court 
Co. Southampton ; he was one of the 
judges who condemned King Charles 
the First, for which he was obliged to 
fly the kingdom, and ob. abroad. 

2d son. 

Alice, dau. & co-heir of Sir White Beconsawe Knt., 
beheaded at Winchester, 1685, 
by the order of J udge Jeffries. 

H. F. W. 

Mrs. Bridget Hoar (daughter of John and Alicia Lisle and widow of Leonard 
Hoar, president of Harvard College) married 1686, Hezekiah Usher, Jr., who died 
s. p. July 11, 1697. She died May 25, 1723. See Usher Genealogy, Req. xxiii. 
410-13.— Editor.] 

Thomas Cotton, of Pond Street, Hampstead, in the County of Middle- 
sex, gentleman, 9 May, 1730, proved 11 August, 1730. by Bridget Cot;on, 
his widow, and Thomas Cotton, his son. To dear wife M" Bridgett Cot- 



ton, who for many years has been a dear and tender wife to me and a faith- 
fnl partner with me in all my joys and sorrows of life and a tender mother 
to all my dear children, &c. I appoint her executrix, in conjunction with 
my son Thomas Cotton, as soon as he shall become of age, which will be, 
God willing, on the 20 July next ensuing. To wife I give and bequeath 
whatever money, bonds, leases or estates that yet belong unto me in any 
wise upon the death of our dear Honoured mother, M r8 Bridgett Usher, 
late of Boston in New England, left in trust with the Honoured Judge 
Sewal or others. At her decease all my effects, &c. to be equally divided 
between our two dear children Thomas Cotton and Alicia Cotton. For, 
as our eldest son M r Leonard Cotton wherever he at present is has long 
ago received from me far above the property of worldly goods I had to be- 
stow upon my children, I only give him ten pounds. 

The witnesses were Edward Morton, Anne Tanton and Eleanor Breare- 
cliff. Auber, 152. 

[The following pedigree is from Add. MS. 24458 (Brit. Museum), p. 54. 

Thomas Cotton of 

Auditor to Sir Thos. 
Weston; supposed to be 
son or gr. son of Richard 
Cotton of Combermere. 

Wm. Fownes of Kendley = Eliz'th, dau. of. 

near Wenlock in co. Salop. 

Bought the upper Haigh 

&c. of Anthony Urtou, 

30 Sept. lGio. Will dated 

7 April, 1055, pro. 22 

January lti5N 

Bur. at Wortlev, Feb. 

1657, at. 62. 

wife of Leeke 
of Criggau. 

William Cotton of Nether Denby = Eleanor Fownes, 

parish of l'eniston. gen., an iron 

master, living at Wortley 1056, at 

Hawkhurst, parish of Silkston 1667. 

Will dated 24 Feb. 1674. Died 13 

March following and was bur. at 

Peniston church on 17th. He 

bought the Haigh of Wm. Fownes, 

24 Sept. 1660. 

bur. at Peniston, 
30 Nov. 1699. 

I I I 

William, Daniel, 

mar. 1st Barbara, married 

dau. of Thos. & had issue. 
Curwen; 2d Anna, 
dau. of Geo. Westby. 

Issue by both. 







ux. Thos. 


ux. James 

d. young. 


Hall (issue). 

at sea, or 

Wright, a 


died in 





Thomas Cotton, V.D.M. = Bridget, dau. of Leonard Hoare, Pres'dt of Cambridge 

born at or near Wortley 1657. 
A minister in London many 
years. Died 1730 & was buried 
in Bunhill Fields. 

University in N. E., by Bridget his wife, dau. of the 

Lord Lisle ; who remarried Usher. Portraits 

of some of this family are in poss'n of Mr. Bayes Cotton. 

Thomas Cotton 
of Hackney, 
Atty. at Law, 
second son, 
d. 23 March, 1797, 
»t. 87. Buried at 
Bunhill Fields. 

: Rebecca, dau. of 

Joshua Bayes, 
V.D.M., minister 

d. 7 Feb. 1799, aet. 82. 
Bur. in Bunhill Fields 

Leonard Cotton = 
eldest son, 
settled in America. 

d. unmarried. 

Colonel Cotton, 
an American Loyalist. 

Bayes Cotton, 


Mrs. Bridget Cotton is mentioned hy her step-father, Hezekiah Usher, of Boston, 
in his will, recorded in Suffolk Co. Probate Registry (B. 11, p. 318), in which, after 
speaking in very strong terms of his wile, he goes on to say : " But as for her 
daughter Bridget, if her mother had not been so undermining and over-reaching 
for her I should a been willing to have done what I could for her and I do give her 
the tumbler with the armes of a spread eagle with two heads but I think one head 


for a body is enough." This doubtless refers to the arms of the Hoare family. If 
bo, is it not the earliest si<in of their use in New England ? 

In Massachusetts Archives at the State-House in Boston (Book 8, No 22), in the 
case of Samuel Sewall, surviving trustee to Mrs. Bridget Usher, vs. Winthrop. may 
be found a certificate from the Rev. Joshua Richardson, Rector of the parish church 
of Allliallow8 on the Wall, London, 1692, showing that Mr. Thomas Cotton of Pen- 
ieton in the County of York, and Mrs. Bridgctt Hoar of the Parish of St. Buttolph, 
Bishopsgate in the city of London, were married 21 June, 1689. And, in the same 
volume (No. 67) is a deposition made hy Henry Newman that Mrs. Bridgett Hoar, 
daughter of Madame Usher, is the wife of Mr. Thomas Cotton, &c. H. F. w. 

I do not find the name Cotton among the patentees of land in the Virginia 
Land Registry Office. The following extracts from the Parish Register of Sussex 
County, Va., 1737-1775, in which the entries are made alphabetically by Christian 
not surname, may however be of some interest to the Cotton family of New England. 
Amelia dau. of John and Lucy Cotton b. Dec. 1, 1739. 

Sarah " 




i . 

b. Sept. 24, 1741. 

Ephraim son 





b. Dec. 13, 1747. 

Drury, son 





b. Aug. 10. 1741. 

Mary dau. 





b. Apr'l 3, 1743. 

Frederick eon 

Joshua : 

and Susanna " 

b. June 11. 1760. 

Sponsors : Drury, Henry & Eliz h Cotton 

Jesse son 





b. Dec. 28, 1758. 

Drusilla dau. 





b. Dec. 9, 1763. 

Howell son 





b. Mch 3, 1765. 

Edmund son 





b. Mch. 30. 1769. 

Sponsors : 

Thos. Whitfield, W m Sela & Eliz h flight 

Susanna dau. 




Cotton b. Oct. 3, 1775. 

Becky dau. 




Cotton b. Mch. 29, 1756. 

Gary Bon 





b. Mch. 12, 1765. 

Jane dau. 





b. Apl. 14, 1762. 

Sally dau. 





b. June 2, 1748-9. 

Seth son 





b. Nov 1, 1750. 

Weaver son 





b. July 2, 1768. 

Betty dau. 




Cotton b. Jan. 3, 1762. 

Thomas eon 





b. May 2. 1766. 

John eon 





b Oct. 22, 1772. 

William son 





b. Nov. 6, 1769. 

Hardy eon 





b. Feb. 1. 1766. 

Selah dau. 





b. Dec. 14, 1759. 

Alsobrook son " 




b. Aug. 20, 1768. 

Lucretia dau. 





b. Nov. 14, 1762. 

Littlebury eon 





b. Mch. 10, 1764. 

R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

Robert Pecke, minister of the word of God at Hingham in the County 
of Norfolk, 24 July, 1651, proved 10 April, 1658, by Samuel Pecke, one 
of the executors. To Thomas, my son, and Samuel, my son, and their 
heirs forever the messuage wherein I now dwell, situate and lying in 
Hingham, and an enclosure called the Lady Close (of eight acres). To 
Robert Pecke, son of my son Robert deceased, twenty pounds at the age of 
twenty three years. To John Pecke, son of said Robert, ten pounds at 
the age of twenty two years. To Benjamin Pecke, the youngest son of 
said Robert Pecke deceased, twenty pounds at the age of twenty two years. 
To the children of Anne Mason, my daughter, wife of Capt. John Mason, 
of Seabrooke, on the river Connecticot in newe England, forty pounds to 
be divided equally and to be sent to my son John Mason to dispose of it for 
their use. To my son Joseph during his natural life fourteen pounds year- 
ly to be in hands of sons Thomas and Samuel, and I commit said son Joseph 
to the care of my two sons Thomas & Samuel. To the children of Thomas 
& Samuel, my sons, five pounds apiece at age of twenty one years. To my 


now wife Martha Pecke forty pounds within two months after my decease. 
If I depart this life in Hingham my body may be interred in the church- 
yard near unto Anne, my wife deceased. 

When the will was proved power was reserved to Thomas Pecke, the 
other executor, to act. Wootton, 153. 

[" The Lord and patron of Burgate is S r Edmund Bacon, Baronet. James Bacon, 
sonne of S r James Bacon of Friston, K nt , was Rector of Burgate in the time of K. 
Charles, an excellent preacher, but he had a very weake body, he married .... 
daughter of .... Honeywood Esq. She was grandchild of that famous M rs Mary 
Honeywood, so often made mention by defines in regard of her long distresse of con- 
science, and brought up by her. The husband of yt M rs Mary Honey wood was a man 
of 3000£ pr annum, in those times. She was after the death of M r Bacon married 
to M r Robert Pecke Rector of Hingham in NorfF. a woman of singular parts." — Add. 
MS. 15520, British Museum. 

This MS. is entitled on the cover, Church Notes for the County of Suffolk, 1655- 
1665, and, on fly leaf, inside, " Ryece's Collections of the Antiquities of Suffolk :" 
but this is undoubtedly a mistake. Robert Rice or Ryece, the antiquary, died in 
1637-8, as will be seen from his will (which follows). The handwriting shows these 
Notes to be the work of one of the Candler family. 

" John Hale, M r in Arts, was preacher there [in Mildenhall] in the time of the 
Long Parliament and there lived in very good esteeme, his father was a citizen of 
London — hee married Mary daughter of Thomas Sothebie Rector of Combes. She 
was since his death married againe to Thomas Peck of Prittlewell in Essex— whose 

first wife was daughter of John Rogers the famous preacher of Dedham his 

2 d was daughter of Caley, this was his 3 d ." — Add. MS. 15520 British Muse- 
um — u. f. w. 

More about the Rev. Robert Peck and his connection with the Bacon family will 
be found in the Registf.r, xxxvii. 193. Rev. Robert Peck and his brother Joseph 
came to New England in 1638 (Reg. xv. 26) and settled at Hingham. The former 
returned to England. The latter remained here and has numerous descendants, 
one of whom, Ira B. Peck, Esq., of Woonsocket, R. I., published in 186S a large 
volume on the family (Reg. xxiv. 96, 187). The will of Rev. Robert Peck, and that 
of his father, Robert Peck of Beccles in Suffolk, England, are printed in full by Mr. 
1. B. Peck, who also gives a tabular pedigree of the ancestors of the two New 
England emigrants for twenty generations. 

The descendants of Anne, daughter of the Rev. Robert Peck and wife of Capt. 
John Mason, the conqueror of the Pequots, are the subject of an article by the late 
Chancellor Walworth in the Register, vol. xv. pp. 117-22, 217-24, 318 ; xvii. 39-42, 
214-19.— Editor.] 

Robert Rice of Preston in the County of Suffolk gentleman ; "This 
Seaveuth daie of ffebruary In the latter dayes of this miserable world from 
Christs birth 1637"; proved 16 February 1638 by Sara Allen executrix. 
My body to be buried in the South side of the Chancell in the church yard 
of Preston as near unto my wife as conveniently may be. To M r Thomas 

Willis, now minister and Vicar of Preston To my reverend and good 

friend, late minister and Curate in Great Waldingfield, M r Peachie, now 
resident in Clare or thereabouts. To my reverend good friend M r Stanes- 
bie, sometime minister of Little Waldingfield, and to M r William Lambert 
now present minister of Little Waldingfield. To my cousin Robert Hobert 
of Lynsey in the County of Suffolk, gentleman. To my cousin M r Wil- 
liam Munnings, late resident at Sir llenry Myldmayes in the County of 
Essex. More, I give unto him and his heirs forever, my copyhold meadow 
in Monkes Illigh in the County of Suffolk; between the common river there 
and the King's highway leading from Monkes Illigh church to Brenfc- 
Elligh, containing four acres, commonly called Skipps meadows, and now 
in the occupation of Katherine Munninge, widow ; he to sell it and divide 
the proceeds between three of his sisters, Ann, Katherine and Ellen Mun- 


ninge, so as one half shall go to Anne Munninge, aged, lame and impotent, 
and the other half to Katherine and Ellen. To Thomas Munuing, some- 
time my servant. To my cousin Robert Doe, of Bardwell. 

To my nephew John Appleton, the second son of my loving brother in 
the law John Appleton of Chilton, in the county of Suffolk deceased, my 
Latin bossed Bible, of Trimelius, in folio. To William Mills, of Lanhaui, 
in the County of Suffolk, painter and glazier, forty shillings, with all my 
boxes of Painting Colours, with the desire that, so long as he shall live and 
be able to work, that he do from time to time keep, renew and amend, as 
need shall require, the decays of colours, words, letters, compartments and 
forms of those tables, writings and inscriptions which he hath at any time 
made for me, as thev are fixed in the Parish church or chancell of Preston 
aforesaid. To Zouch Allen the son of my niece Sarah Allen, widow, my 
customary tenement called Perkins-Brouds, in Preston. To the aforesaid 
John Appleton my copyhold lands and tenements holden of the manor of 
Brettenham Hall in the said County of Suffolk. To my loving cousin Rich- 
ard Kymbould of Braintree in the county of Essex. To my cousins Rice 
Munninff and his sister the wife of Francis Lucas. To Robert Johnson, 
my godson, and William Johnson, his brother, sometime my servant. To 
my loving brother-in-law Samuel Appleton, gentleman, now dwelling at 
Ipswich in New England. To Sarah Allen, sister of Zouch Allen, at the 
age of twenty one years. To Edmoud Belts, of this town, my tenant. My 
niece Mrs Sarah Allen, widow, to be the sole executrix. Harvey, 36. 

[" Riece was yeoman of the Guard to K. Hen. 7 note y l all the kings Guard were 
gentlemen borne at ye first hee was Capt of Riece banke (?) and came to inhabit 
in Sufi', with little John Vere E. of Oxford. His sone was justice of Peace and 
setlcd himselfe at Preston his name Roger he liued in Preston in the dayes of Edw. 
Mary & Eliza : (thus far TUletson). Robert Riece his sonne had his education in 
Genena in the house of Theodore Beza he liued in Preston in ye dayes of Q. Eliza: 
k. James and K. Charles and died lamented leaning a good name behind him but 
sine prole. He was a man very skilfull in Heraldy and set up the Royall amies of 
England in a faire Table in ye church of Preston in Suff. and in the glasse windowea 
the coats of very many of the cheife gentry of Suff. in his time where they remaine 
this 25 of March 1655." Harleian MS. 6071 (Candler's), p. 343, British Museum. 

H. f. w. 

Samuel Appleton, named in this will, a son of Samuel Appleton of Little 
Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, was born in that parish in 1586, and was baptized 
there Aug. 13 of that year. He died in Rowley, Mass., 1670. Messrs. I. A. Jewett 
(1850), John Appleton ( 1867) and VY. S. Appleton (1873 and 1874) have published 
books on this family. Mr. Jewett prints the will of Robert Ryece in full. — Ed.] 

Agnes Darby, relict of Augustine Darby of Bisley in the County of 
Surrey (nuncupative), 21 May, 1G50, proved 18 June, 1650. To Henry 
Collier of Horsell, yeoman. He to pay unto Edward Darby in New Eng- 
land ten pounds when he shall come and demand the same. To Richard 
Darby five shillings. To John Darby twelve pence. To Margaret Lee, 
wife of John Lee, five shillings. Youngest son Austen Darby. Son John 
Ellis. Joane Bowbrick, wife of Thomas Bowbrick. Henry Lee a witness. 

Pembroke, 90. 

[Edward Darby or Derby was of Braintree, Mass. He married Jan. 25, 1659-60, 
Susanna Hook. Several others of the surname settled in New England. Roger Der- 
by, from Topsham, Devonshire, settled in Ipswich, Mass., about 1671, and among 
other eons had Richard, born Oct. 1679, who settled in Salem, Mass., and was the 
ancestor of a distinguished family. — Editor.] 

Richard Houghton, citizen and Merchant Taylor of London, 30 July, 
1652, proved 4 August, 1652. To my sister Alice White forty shillings 


and to her son twelve pence. To my sister-in-law Anne Houghton twenty 
shillings and to her sons who are now in the Common Wealth of England 
forty shillings apiece, and to her other sou who is now beyond the seas, if 
he be now living and come home safe and alive within one year after the 
date hereof, forty shillings. Furthermore unto one of my said sister in laws 
sons who is now married (a bequest) and to the other son here residing, 
&c. To my uncle Hanmer twenty shillings and to his children twelve pence 
apiece. To my cousin Thomas Cooke, living in Fow lane, Southwark, thir- 
ty shillings and to his children twelve pence apiece. To Daniel Cooke, 
where I now lodge, five pounds, whom I desire to be sole executor. George 
Home, cordwainer, and M r Whittle, merchant taylor, to be overseers. A 
bequest to cousin Anne Cord, widow, and her children. To fifty poor tay- 
lors ten shillings apiece; to fifty poor bodiesmakers ten shillings apiece; 
to fifty poor glovers ten shillings apiece; to fifty poor widows ten shillings 
apiece. To the two eldest daughters of my executors wife twenty shillings 
apiece ; to his own daughter Mary forty shillings and to M™ Cooke herself 
thirty shillings to buy her a ring ; and to Daniel Man, to buy him a coat, 
ten shillings. Sundry other bequests made. Bowyer, 227. 

George Moody of Moulton in the County of Suffolk, yeoman, 20 Febru- 
ary, 1651. To wife Lydia my mansion house commonly called Fryatts 
&c. &c. To my cousin Mary Smith thirty pounds in the second year after 
my death. To my cousin Jonas Alston's wife thirty pounds four years after 
my decease. To my cousin Alstone's daughter, Ann Alstone ten pounds 
in the sixth year after my decease. To my cousin Samuel Warren, sou of 
my sister, Margaret Warren, forty pounds in the third year after my de- 
cease. To my cousin Clement Warren, son of my sister Margaret Warren, 
ten pounds in the fifth year after my decease. House to sister Margaret 
Warren and her son George Warren after her decease. To George War- 
ren's wife ten pounds in the fifth year after my decease. To her daughter 
Sara five pounds in the sixth year, &c. and five pounds among the rest of 
her children in the seventh year, &c. To my brother John Salmon's eldest 
son thirty pounds in the eighth year, &c. Ten pounds to the rest of his 
children in the ninth year. To Francis Hovell's children five pounds in 
the tenth year, &c. To Richard Hovell of Ashlield Magna, to M r Croxen, 
to M r Archer, to M r Chatchpole, to M r Deaken at Newmarket, to M r West- 
wood of Dallam, to the poor in Newmarket, of Gaseley, of Dallum, of 
Barrow, of Denham and of Moulton. M r Jonas Alston and John Salmon 
the younger to be executors. Certain lauds to go to brother Samuel Moo- 
dy in Berry (sic) and to his heirs forever. Mr. Eyres to preach my funeral 
sermon. The witnesses were Thomas Warren and Nathaniel Eyre. 

Administration with the will annexed was granted 3 May, 1654, to Sam- 
uel Moody, brother of the deceased, &c. the executors haviug renounced the 
trust. Bowyer, 61. 

Samuel Moody, of Mowlton, in the County of Suffolk, Esquire, 18 
February, 1657, proved by his son John Moody, executor, 28 June, 1658. 
To eldest son George Moody, houses, lands, &c. in Mowlton. My late 
mansion in Bury, where my son George now dwells, the lease renewed in 
my son's name. A sou Henry named. To son John all my lands in Ire- 
laud. To Henry lauds in Gaywood near Lynn, in Norfolk (forty acres). 
To daughter Anne in three years after my death or at her day of marriage, 
and to daughter Elizabeth (with the same condition). To daughter Mar- 



garet Westropp, daughter Sarah Cooke and grandchild Mary Browne. To 
the poor of James Parish in Bury. To Mr Slater, minister in Bury. To 
the children of my sister Greenwood one hundred pounds in full for the 
deht which she or her husband claims from my brother George Moodye or 
his executors or administrators. 

The witnesses were Thomas Stanton and Edward Oxborough. 

Wootton, 492. 

[The following pedigree is from Harl. MS. 6071 (British Museum), p. 512 (or 
fol. 254 ). 


George Moody of Moulton = , 
famous lor his house keeping I 
and wast and plaine dealing. 

George = John 

Moodye daughter Moody, 

of Moulton ofHouill, went over to 
8. p. ftls. Smith. New England. 


Samuell Moody = 
a wollen Draper 

in Bury. 
Alderman, of 
great power in 
committees. Justice 
of the peace since 
the death of K. 
Charles, chosen by 
the Bourugli in Bury 
into seuerall parlia- 
ments in that time. 
After the death of 
his Brother he ha'd 
his father's estate 
in reuertion. 

Mary, daughter 
of John Boldro, 

Gent, (of St. 
Edmunds Bury). 


a wollen 
in Bury. 

Anne, dau. 
of Ambrose 

Bigge of 


John Moody=Anne, one 
Capt. of foote of the daus. 
& afterward & co-heirs of 

sergeant-major of Flowton 

of horse in the 

service of the 


Since a merchant 

in Ipswich. 

Samuel Moody, 
a Capt. — 
all of 
8. p. 

Mary=John Browne, 
Moody, Alderman of 
eldest Bury this 

daughter, yeare 1658. 




Margaret Moody, 

married to 
Major Westhorp 
.of Hundon. 

Sarah Moody, 
m. to ffm. Cooke 

of Bury, 
a Linen Draper. 

Anne Moody. Elizabeth Moody. 

H. F. W. 

John Moody, according to the Apostle Eliot's records, came to New England in 
1633 and settled at Roxbury. His wife was named Sarah. He removed to Hart- 
ford, Ct. His widow died in 1671 at Hadley. (See Reg. iv. 179 ; xxxv. 242 ; Win- 
throp's New England, ed. 1853, i. 126; Savage's Diet. iii. 225). — Editor. 1 

Thomas Cobbet of Moorton, parish of Thame, in the County of Oxford, 
12 November, 1617, proved 11 February, 1617. My body to be buried in 
the church of Thame. To Thomas Cobbet, eldest son of my son John, five 
pounds within one year after my decease. To each of the rest of my son 
John's children forty shillings apiece within one year, &c. To son Raphe 
Cobbet forty pounds within one year & six months, &c. To Thomas, eldest 
son of Raphe five pounds within one year and six months, &c, and to each 
of the rest of son Raphe's children forty shillings (within the same period). 
To my son Christopher Pytts ten shillings, as a token of my love, and to 
my daughter Johane Pytts twenty pounds within one year, &c. To each 
of my god children twelve pence apiece. 


Item, I give to my cousin Thomas Cobbett of Newbury forty shillings of 
good & lawful money of England, to be paid him within one year after my 
decease. My son John Cobbett to be sole Executor ; and my brother John 
Cobbett and my son in law Christopher Pitts to be overseers and to have 
five shillings apiece for their pains. Meade, 10. 

[Rev. Thomas Cobbet, of Lynn and Ipswich, Mass., is said by Mather to have 
been born in Newbury, England, in 1608. (See Magnolia, ed. 1853, vol. i. p. 518.) 
He was probably related to this family. — Editor.] 

Francis Fawconf.r, of Kingscleare in the County of Southampton, 
Gentleman, 1 September, 1GG2, proved 21 May, 1663. To the poor of 
the parish of Kingscleare three pounds, to be distributed within six days 
next after my decease. To my cousin Peter Fawconer, son of Richard 
Fawconer deceased, all my freeland containing thirty acres, more or less, 
and the barn and timber and wood thereupon growing, in Kingscleare 
Woolands, which I purchased and bought of James Waite, and all the 
rents issuing out of the said lands, to the said Peter Fawconer and his heirs 
forever, and twenty pounds and all my wearing apparel. To his sister 
Elizabeth Fawconer one hundred pounds. 

Item I give and bequeath to my brother Edmond Fawconor that is liv- 
ing in New England two hundred pounds of lawfull money of England. 
To John Fawkner of Kingscleare twenty pounds. To Alice Person, wid- 
ow, one hundred pounds. To Elizabeth Fawconer, their sister, forty 
pounds. More, to the abovenamed Peter Fawconor a joyned bedstead, a 
bedmatt, a bedcord, a feather bed, a feather bolster, two feather pillowes, 
a pair of pillowbeares, a pair of sheets of the best, a pair of blankets, a 
coverlet and curtains and my great chest, &c. To Alice Person, widow, 
a brass pot, &c, and all the brewing vessell that I have standing at her 
brother John Fawconer's house except the brewing tub. To Nicholas 
Knite of Kingscleare, miller, ten shillings ; to Elizabeth, his wife, forty 
shillings; to her five children that she had by her first husband, that is, to 
Richard, Francis, John, Daniel and Anthony Fawkoner, twenty-five pounds 
to be equally divided amongst them, five pounds apiece, at the age of twen- 
ty one years. To Elizabeth Fawconer, sister of Peter (some pewter). To 
my brother in law, John Carter, and to Elizabeth, his wife, each a twenty 
shilling piece of gold. To John Carter the younger (some furniture stand- 
ing at Coldhenly House). To Agnes Fawkener, widow, twenty shillings. 
To Winifrit Waite, wife of James Waite of Kingscleare ten shillings in 
gold ; and to their son James and daughter Katherine Waite ten shillings 
each. To Francis Friser, of Kingscleare, the elder, ten shillings. To Alice 
Alle ten shillings. To Christopher Dugdale of Husborne* ten shillings. 
To his five children that he had, by Master Webber's daughter, one hun- 
dred pounds, equally to be divided amongst them, twenty pounds apiece, at 
age of twenty one years. I appoint John Atfield of Kingscleare, gentle- 
man, overseer, and give him two twenty shilling pieces of gold, and to his 
wife one twenty shilling piece of gold. 

The residue to my sister's son, Matthew Webber, whom I make execu- 
tor ; and it is my will that he should agree with my Lord's officers for the 
Heriotts that were due to the Lord at my decease and to pay them in mon- 
ey or in goods, as they can agree. 

Wit: John Atfiell, Nicholas Bartholomew (his mark). 

Juxon, 60. 

* This is probably meant for Hurstuorne.— h. f. w. 



[The following pedigree of the Fawknor family of King's Clear, to which the tes- 
tator of the preceding will and his brother Edmund (who settled in Andover, 
Massachusetts) must have belonged, is from the Visitation of Hampshire, 1634. 

Arms.— Sa. three falcons ar., beaked, legged and belled or. 
Crest. — A garb or, banded ar. 

Margaret=Richard Fawknor=Catharine. 

William Fawknor = , 

Thomas Fawknor = Elizabeth, dau. 
of King's Clere. | of John Atfeld. 

Peter Fawknor 
of Kings Clere. 

= Joane, dau. of 
Nicholas Withers* 
of Sidmanton. 


mar. John Lawrance 

of King's Cleere. 


Edward = 




ob. s. p 

John Fawknor = Catherine dau. William= Richard = Jane, 

Hugh Langley. 

of King's Cleere , 
m. 2d, Catherine, 

dau. of 

Haliwell, of 
and wid. of 

of John Apleton, 

of King's Cleere, 

first wife. 





Thomas Fawknor = Barbara, dau. of 
of King's Cleere. I Thomas Goddard 
of liircheuwood. 


Ellen, mar. Francis 
Wyrdman of King's Cleere, 
third son of John Wyrdman 
of Charlton, in co. Berks. 

Thomas Fawknor = Constance, dau. of 

of King's Cleere, 

William Sotwell of 
Grenham, in co. Berks. 

ob. young. 


ob. young. 

ob. young. 

A daughter, 
ob. before it was christened. 

ob. young. 

H. F. W.] 

Thomas Fawnr, 25 December, 1651, proved 17 August, 1652. To 
Robert Williams, the chirurgeou of the ship called the Peter, one watch 
and a cornelian ring. To my servant, William Martin, his passage to Vir- 
ginia and his freedom there and one suit of clothes with black ribbons. To 
the poor of Skendleyt parish in Lincolnshire forty shillings. To M r Hatch, 
woollen draper, nine pounds ; to M r Crayford seven pounds ; to Thos. Dagger 
one chest with whatsoever is in it. To my father one pair of silver fringed 
gloves and one pair of white gloves ; to my mother two rings with stones in 
them. To M r Murrell, M r John Richards, M r Corbin, Matt. Johnson 
(sundry bequests). To my brother Robert my rapier and belt. To 
John Younge and John Stone, whom I make executors .... all my debts due 
to me in Virginia, and likewise the disposing of all my estate now shipped 
in the ship called the Peter, and the return whereof is to be divided among 
my brothers and sisters, whereof M rs Francis White is to have one part. To 
the seamen two cases of drams. 

The witnesses were John Richards and James Frisby. 

Bowyer, 220. 

♦Harleian MS. 1139 (fol. 22), in British Museum, gives the surname Whitacres, instead of 
Withers, as above, 
t This is so written. Probably Skendleby is meant. — h. f. vr. 


Robert Nickolson, of London, Merchant, and son of Francis Nickol- 
son, Esq. 10 November, 1651. Ten pounds sterling towards the relief of 
the English captives in Turkey. Forty shillings to M r Pickett, sometime 
minister of Chappell alias Pontibridge, Essex, and twenty shillings to the 
poor of the said parish. To Capt. Sam: Matthewes of Virginia, Esq. one 
pair of Buckskin gloves, cost five shillings, and to M r8 Matthewes his wife 
two pairs of kid skin gloves. To Sam: Matthewes, the son of said Capt., 
one pair of Buckskin gloves and to his brother one pair of corderont (sir) 
gloves. To Mrs. Mary Bernard of Warwick River six pairs of kid gloves 
and to her daughters three pairs of gloves apiece. Item fourteen shillings 
more of gloves or other ware which Stephen Wooderife oweth me. I give 
unto John Younge, M r of the ship Peter of London twenty shillings ster- 
ling to buy his wife a ring and to himself a buckskin pair of gloves of five 
shillings. To M r John Richards two pairs of cordevant gloves and M r 
Lockers Sermons. To M r Thomas Fawne two pairs of cordevant gloves 
and Leo Afer, a History book. To John Stone twenty shillings, two pairs 
of Cordevant gloves, all the rest of the syrups and all the books in the cab- 
in. Gloves to Mr Driver, M r Freizby and Matthew Johnson. To John 
Corbin my coasting coat, my stuff coat and one turkey waistcoat and two 
pairs of cordevant gloves. To the seamen one case of Drams. To the 
6teward, boatman, carpenter and gunner all my clothes and bedding, where- 
of the steward is to have one half. To the poors box five shillings. To 
Robert and Peter, each of them, one pair of gloves. To M™ Veheath Land 
Vernald one diamond ring, one gold ring, the motto Idem qui pridem, which 
said M" Veheath Land is daughter to M rs Mary Vernald of Warwick 
River, widow. To M r Murrell and the Doctor, to each of them one pair of 

All the which gifts are to be given and satisfied unto every and several 
said party or parties by the said John Younge and John Corbin at or near 
the Barbadoes or at or near Virginia upon demand, if the said John Younge 
and John Corbin shall think fit. And the said John Younge and John Cor- 
bin are to lay out four or five pounds upon my buriai at the Barbadoes or 
at Virginia, &c. All my goods or all goods consigned to me, Robert Nick- 
olson, now shipped in the ship called the Peter, to be sold for the best ad- 
vantage and the returns to be paid to my father M r Francis Nickolson, 
Esq. in Ipswich. 

All the rest of my estate to be distributed equally between my brothers 
and sisters. Eldest 'brother Francis Nicholson mentioned. 

The witnesses were John Richards, Thomas Fawne and John Stone. 

The executors named in the will renounced the executorship and letters 
of administration issued 26 August, 1652, to Francis Nicholson the father, 
the testator being referred to as late in the parts beyond the seas deceased. 

Bowyer, 228. 




[I am indebted to Mr. Eedes for the sketch of the 
Nicholson cuat of arms, of which an engraving will 
be found in the margin. It will be noticed that no 
colors are indicated on the shield. — H. f. w. 

Robert Nicholson was granted 500 acres of land in 
"< Charles City County, Virginia, Jan. 3, 1655, Book 
No. 4, p. 11, Va. Land Reg. Office. 

The Samuel Matthews mentioned in the will, is 
presumably "an ancient planter " who was a mem- 
ber of the Council of the Colonv of Virginia as early 
as 1629. In March, 1630, he built the fort at Point 
Comfort, James river. He served continuously in 
the Colonial Council or House of Burgesses, and 
latterly as County-Lieutenant of Warwick County, 
deriving thence his title of Lieutenant-Colonel, in 
1656 he was sent as one of the agents of the Colony 
to England, and on March 13, 1658, was elected by 
the assembly Governor of the Colony to succeed Ed- 
ward Digges. He was an honest, energetic and 
faithful servant of the Colony, and his death, which 
occurred in January, 1660, was universally lamented. 
The following grants to the name Matthews are 
on record in the Virginia Land Registry : 
Thomas Matthews " chirurgeon " 1100 acres in 
Henrico County, May 11, 1639, Book No. 1, p. 646. 
Thomas Matthews "chirurgeon " 470 acres in Hen- 
rico County, Oct. 10, 1641, Book No. 1, p. 777. 
3000 acres upon Warwick river, Aug. 20, 1642, 

200 acres upon Warwick river, Aug. 20, 1642, 

" Captain Samuel Matthews Esq. 

Book No. 1, p. 814. 
" Captain Samuel Matthews Esq. 

Book No.' 1, p. 815. 
" Captain Samuel Matthews Esq." 4000 acres on the North-side of Rappahannock 

river, Jan'y 6 th , 1639, Book No. 1, p. 882. 

In regard to the name Barnard, mentioned in the will, it may be said that to Mrs. 
Anna Barnard was granted 1000 acres in Northumberland County, A pi. 3, 1652, and 
among the "transports" or "head-rights" was "Mr. Richard Bernard," Book 
No. 2, p. 306. Va. Land Reg. Office. R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

Thomas Stegge, now bound forth in a voyage to Vergenia, 6 October, 
1651, proved 14 July, 1G52, by Elizabeth Stegg, relict and sole executrix. 
To sister Alice ten pounds per annum during her natural life, to be paid 
her every half year. To my brother Christophers two daughters twenty 
pounds apiece, to be paid them within two years after my decease. To my 
wife's sister Emelion Reade one full sixteenth part of the good ship now 
called the Seven Sisters, with the profits, &c. I give to ray son Thomas 
Stegg in Virginia all my whole estate in Virginia, as also one quarter part 
of the Seven Sisters, now bound to Virginia, and all goods and apparel I 
have in that ship or any other servants and ought else belonging to me ; as 
also one quarter part of the ship Increase and all that shall accrewunto her 
for her voyage now at sea ; and for more I leave it to the consideration of 
his mother. To my daughter Grace Byrd and her children the houses I 
bought of M r Neale in Bedlam, as also, after the decease of my wife or 
at the next marriage of my wife, I give her and her children my 
houses in the cloisters at St. Katherines that I bought of Mr. Tokely ; 
also, in like kind and case, I give her and her children my annuity at 
Elinge, if it so long continue, until the death of my said wife or her second 
marriage. To Elizabeth Byrd, my daughter's eldest daughter, one hun- 
dred pounds if she live until the age of fourteen years. To wife Elizabeth 
Stegg, during her natural life or widowhood, my whole estate, after debts 


and legacies are paid, excepting what is directly given away before to my/ 
son and houses at Bedlam to my daughter. But in case my said wite 
should marry again I give her out of my estate eight hundred pounds ; and 
the rest to be equally divided between my two children. Wife Elizabeth 
to be executrix and loving friend M r .... Loton, Mr. Roger Draiton and 
M r Robert Earle to be overseers, and ten pounds apiece to buy them each 
a cloak. Bowyer, 202. 

[Thomas Stegge, " merchant," was granted 1000 acres of land between " Old 
man's and Queen's Creeke," January 6th, 1639, Book No. 1, p 694. — Virginia 
Land Records. — R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 

Thomas Stegge of the county of Henrico in Virginia Esq. 31 March, 
1669-70, proved 15 May, 1671. To beloved wife Sarah Stegge, for orna- 
ments for her person and as a token of my loving remembrance of her affec- 
tionate and tender care for me in sickness and in health (sundry personals) 
and more one Indian girl named And if she resolve to go for Eng- 
land my will is that she have free power to accommodate herself with bed- 
ding, provisions and other necessaries for her voyage without the contradic- 
tion of any person whatsoever. And further she is hereby given free pow- 
er to bestow upon her friends at her departure the value of twenty pounds 
sterling. I desire M r Thomas Grindon of London to pay unto my said 
wife or her order as soon as conveniently he may after her advice received 
all such sums of money as are due, belonging or appertaining to me in his 
hands or custody. To my dearest mother Elizabeth Grindon, wife of M r 
Thomas Grindon, citizen of London, twenty pounds sterling yearly &c. 
during her natural life. To my loving sister M rs Grace Byrd wife of M r 
John Byrd, 1 citizen and goldsmith of London, two hundred & forty pounds 
due to me in the hands of her said husband, as by his account sent me last 
year doth appear, and to my said sister one diamond ring given me by my 
mother when I was last in London, which I promised to give my sister if 
I died before her. To every child of my said sister and brother Bird of 
London now living one hundred pounds sterling to each of the sons at the 
age of twenty one years respectively and to the daughters at the age of 
twenty one or day of marriage. I give and bequeath all the right, title and 
interest I at present have or hereafter shall have to part of a house bought 
by the Honorable Thomas Ludwell Esq.* and myself of Henry Randolph 
and now in the possession of us together with all my interest in the furni- 
ture in the house and all lands &c. thereto belonging, to him the said Tho- 
mas Ludwell and his heirs forever, requesting him to pay out of the same 
to the Right Honb le Sir William Berkley K nt , Governor, fifty pounds ster- 
ling within six months after my decease, as a token of that unfeigned respect 
I am and ever shall be obliged to pay his Honor for his many graces and 

All other lands, messuages, tenements &c. in Virginia or England to Wil- 
liam Bird, 3 eldest son of the aforementioned John and Grace Bird in Lon- 
don, to him and his heirs forever. But because my cousin is yet young and 
not so well experienced in the transactions of the world I desire my loving 
wife, for a year or two that she continues in the country, to continue the 
managing of the estate &c, charging my cousin not to be led away by the 
evil instructions he shall receive from others but to be governed by the 
prudent and provident advice of his aunt ; further desiring and charging my 
cousin, in all matters of moment and bargains of consequence, to make his 
address to the Hon ble the Secretary 4 for his assistance, whom I earnestly 



entreat, for the dear friendship we have so long mutually enjoyed, that he 
will please to continue his kindness to my Remains and accept the trouble 
of being overseer to this my last Will and Testament. 

The witnesses were Henry Randolph, 5 Edward Hill 8 and John Knowles. 
The above will was proved by the oath of Sara Stegge, relict and execu- 
trix. Duke, 69. 

[" Captain Thomas Stegge, Gentleman," received the following grants of land : 
800 acres in Hen- 
rico county Dec. 
•29th, 1662, Book 
No. 4, page 583; 
1280 acs. in Hen- 
rico county, on 
the north side of 
James river [in- 
cluding the present site of the city of Richmond], January 5th, 1663, and 1850 acres 
in the same county, December 29th, 1663, Book No. 5, pp. -200 and 528. Va. Land 
Rec. It is recorded in the family Bible of the Byrds of " Westover," that " he was 
an Officer in King Charles's Army." He was for several years a member of the 
county court of Charles City, and was a man of prominence and influence. 

1 Of the family of Byrd, Brexton, Cheshire. 

2 The ancestor of the prominent Virginia family of Ludwell [Register, xxxiii. 
220]. He was appointed a member of the Colonial Council in 1674. He appears to 
have been previously Clerk of the House of Burgesses. The following grants of land 
are of Record: Thomas Ludwell, 961 acres in Henrico county, June 16th, 1663, 
Book No. 4, p. 599. Thomas Ludwell and Thomas Stegge [they were probably mer- 
chants and partners in business], one-half acre in "James Cittie," January 1st, 
1667, Book No. 6, p. 223. Thomas Ludwell, 1432 acres in Westmoreland County, 
October 15th, 1670, Book No. 6, p. 327. His son Philip Ludwell, who was succes- 
sively governor of North Carolina and secretary of the colony of Virginia, who mar- 
ried Lady Frances (she was thrice married, her first husband being Samuel Ste- 
phens ; no issue by the first or second marriage), the widow of Sir William Berke- 
ley, and was the ancestor, maternally, of the distinguished patriots of the Revo- 
lution, Richard Henry, Francis Lightfoot, Thomas Ludwell, William and Arthur 
Lee, was a beneficiary in the following grants of land : 

Philip Ludwell, 200 acres in Rappahannock county, April 17, 1667, Book No. 6, 
p. 121 ; " Collonel " Philip Ludwell, 400 acres in New Kent county, October 22d, 
1673, Book No. 6, p. 474. Philip Ludwell, Robert Handfort and Richard White- 
head, 20,000 acres in New Kent county, Oct. 24th, 1673, Book No. 6, p. 467. 

There appears to have been a John Ludwell, " planterin ," Charles City county 
in 1662. 

3 According to the family Registry, " The Honorable William Byrd Esquire the 
first of the name 
who settled in this 
Colony was born 
in 1652 and died 
in 1704 at ' West- 
over,' Virg. He 
came from Brex- 
ton in Cheshire to 
inherit the effects f ~Z Y ' 4s 
of his uncle Cap- J^ 
tain Stagg." Oc- tf 
tober 27th, 1673, "Captain William Bird" was granted 1280 acres of land on 
the north side of James river, " formerly granted Collo. Thomas Stegg, by patent 
dated January 5th, 1663." Va. Land Records. He subsequently received other 
extensive grants, was a member of the Council, and for a number of years Receiver 
General of the Colony. He married Mary, daughter of Colonel Warham Ilors- 
monden of " Purley in Essex, England," a member of the Virginia Council. 

William Byrd, son of the preceding, was born at " Westover " March 10, 1674; 
died there August 26th, 1744. He was educated in England ; " called to the bar 
in the Middle Temple, studied for some time in the Low Countries, visited the Court 


^s- — 




of France and was chosen Fellow of the Royal Society." He succeeded his father 
as Receiver General of the Colony, " was t'irice appointed public agent to the court 
and ministry of England, and, being thirty-seven years a member, at last became 
President of the Council." His genius is embalmed in our national literature as 
the author of the Weslover Manuscripts, which contain, with other papers, the 
" History of the Dividing Line between Virginia and North Carolina as run in 
1728-29," Colonel Byrd being one of the Commissioners on the part of Virginia. He 
was the founder of Richmond, Va., which was laid off by Major William Mayo in 
April, 1737. He married twice. First, Lucy, daughter of Colonel Daniel Parke, 
Governor of the Leeward Islands; secondly, May 9th, 1724, " Mrs. Maria Taylor, 
eldest daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Taylor of Kensington, England," born No- 
vember 10th, 1698, died August 25th, 1771. 

William, the eldest son by the second marriage, born September 6th, 1728, died 
January 1st, 1777, was a member of the Virginia Council; and in 1756 served as 
Colonel of the 2nd Virginia regiment in the French and Indian war. He was mar- 
ried twice— first, April 10, 1748, to Elizabeth (born October 13th. 1731 ; died July 
14th, 1760), daughter of John Carter of " Shirley," James river ; secondly, Jan- 
uary 29th, 1761, to Mary, daughter of Charles and Ann (daughter of Joseph Ship- 
pen) Willing of Philadelphia, Pa., who survived him. Charles Willing was son of 
Thomas and Ann Willing of Bristol, Eng. 

4 Major Robert Beverley, the father of the historian of Virginia. 

* Henry Randolph, long the clerk of Henrico county. Joseph W. Randolph, 
the veteran bookseller of Richmond, is a descendant. 

6 Colonel Edward Hill, Senior, a member of the Council. — R. A. Brock.] 

Rebecca Saintbury of St. Olave Southwark, in County of Surrey, 
widow, 30 November, 1677, proved 2 January, 1678. To grandson John 
Leeson mj' houses in Shoreditch for term of my lease. To Sarah Leech- 
field twenty shillings, to Susanna Leechfield twenty shillings, to Anne 
Leechfield, their mother, twenty shillings to buy her a ring. To niece Re- 
becca Tapley forty shillings. The remainder of my ready money, lega- 
cies & funeral expenses being thereout first paid, born and discharged, I 
give to my grandsons Thomas & James Spicer, equally. All the residue 
of my estate (excepting twenty pounds which I give unto my niece Eliza- 
beth Griffin 7 now inhabiting in Virginia, and excepting my iron and brass 
goods which I give to my grandson John Leeson and granddaughter Anue 
Spicer, to be divided betwixt them &c, and excepting two silver spoons 
which I give to the children of my grandson John Tomlinsou) I give unto 
Anne, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary Spicer, daughters of John Spicer, gen- 
tleman, to be divided amongst them, share and share alike. John Spicer, 
gentleman, to be the sole executor. 

The witnesses were Mary Bowder, Ruth Halsey (by mark) and George 
Miniett. King, 11. 

[ 7 The following early grants of land to the name of Griffin are of record : 

Thomas Griffin, 1064 acres in Lancaster county, July 4th, 1653, Book No. 3, p. 79. 
Samuel Griffin, 1155 and 1046 acres in Rappahannock county, April 16 and Jan. 
I, 1660, Book No. 4, pp. 472 and 473. 

William Griffin, 400 acres in Northampton county, December 9, 1662, Book No. 
4, p. 570. 

Humphrey Griffin, 200 acres " in the south branch of Nancimond river on Mat- 
thews Creek," March 11th, 1664, Book No. 5, p. 67. 

Richard Griffin, 57 acres in Westmoreland county, September 30th, 1664, Book 
No. 5, p. 129. Judge Cyrus Griffin, last president of the Continental Congress, was 
the son of Leroy Griffin and his wife Mary Ann, daughter of John Bertrand and 
his wife Charlotte Jolly, Hugnenot refugees — all of Rappahannock county. The 
family tradition is that the paternal ancestor of Judge Cyrus Griffin was from 
Wales. From the christian names of the first two grantees cited above, Thomas and 
Samuel, which were borne by two brothers of Judge Griffin, and have been perpet- 
uated in succeeding generations, 1 am inclined to think that they were brothers, 
and that one or the other of them was the ancestor of Judge Griffin. — r. a. b.] 


Batt of Virginia. 

[From Pedigrees of Yorkshire Families, West Riding, collected about 
1666-67, with additions made 1702.] 

Batt of Okewell, near Birstall in the Wapentake of Agbrigg and Mor- 
ley, bears Arg. a chev. belw. 3 reremice displayed sable. 

Henry Batt of Okewell in Birstall, lived in the reign of K. Henry VIIL, 
Edw VI., and until second year of Q. Mary ; was witness to the last Will 
and Testament of Sir Henry Savile of Thornhill, K nt of the Hon. Order of 
the Bath, and had forty shillings yearly annuity for life given him out of 
his lands, by the said will, and the keeping of his courts. He purchased 
the manors of Birstall, Heckmondwyke and Heaton, in Bradford dale, with 

other lands. He married . . . . , dau. of .... and had issue — Henry, , 


Henry Batt (son & heir of Henry) married . . ., dau. & co.-h. of M r 
Richard Wilkinson of Bradford, and had issue — Henry (s. p.), Robert, 

Richard who lived at Spenn in Gomershall married to M r Geo. 

Parry married to M r Tho 8 Crowle, and Margaret married to M r An- 
thony Hopkinson of Birstall. 

Robert Batt (son & heir of Henry) was fellow and vice master of Uni- 
versity College, Oxford, married Mary, daughter of Mr. John Parry, of the 
Golden Valley in Herefordshire and had issue — John, William and Henry 8 
(both lived in Virginia), Robert, Mary married 1st to M r Reresby Eyre, 
afterward to M r Henry Hirst, Elizabeth married to Richard Marshe D r of 
Divinity, Dean of York, Rebecca unmarried, Catherine married to M r Phi- 
lip Mallory. The said Mary survived her husband and was afterwards 
married to M r Richard Rawlinson of Rotheram. 

John Batt Esq. (son and heir of Robert) was captain of a foot company 
in the Reg' of Agbrigg and Morley, & Justice of Peace in the West Rid- 
ing ; married Martha, daughter of M r Thomas Mallory, Dean of Chester, 
and had issue — John, drowned in the Irish Seas coming from Virginia 
with his father, William, Thomas and Henry in Virginia 1667, and Martha. 

William Batt Esq. (son & heir of John) is captain of a foot company in 
the same Reg*, Justice of the Peace 1667 ; married Elizabeth daughter of 
M r William Horton & hath issue — William, Gladdhill, John, Thomas died 
young, Elizabeth, Martha and Judith. 

John Batt Esq. (third son and h. of William) is now living 1702; mar- 

ried .... daughter of .... Metcalfe. 

Harl. MS. 4630, page 26. 

[A partial genealogy of Batte of Virginia was published in the Richmond Stand- 
ard, June 4th, 1881 /a copy of which is in the library of the New England Historic 
Genealogical Society. 

The following grants of land are of record to the name : 

John Batte and John Davis, 750 acres in Charles river county (now York), April 
2nd, 1667, Book No. 1, p. 638 

William Batt, 220 acres on Mobjack bay, September 5th, 1643, Book No. I, page 
901; 182 acres on " Chipoke Creek, called by the natives in the Indian, Paco 
lacke, in James Cittie county," April 11th, 1649, Book No. 2, p. 161. 

Thomas and Henry Batte, 5878 acres " on the south side of James river in Appa- 
mattock in Charles Cittie county," August 29th, 1668, Book No. 6, p. 126. 

"William Batt, 700 acres in Charles City county, April 22d, 1670, Book No. 6, 
p. 285. 

Henry Batte and John Sturdivant, 3528 acfes in Charles City, October 28th, 1673, 
Book No. 6, p. 480. 

Thomas Batt and John Bevill, 400 acres in Henrico county, October 25th, 1690, 
Book No. 8, p. 122. 


Henry Batt, 700 acres in Charles City county, and 200 acres in Bristol parish, do., 
Book No. 8, p. 44. 

William Batte, 250 acres in Prince George county, March 22d, 1715, Book No. 
10, p. 280.— Va. Land Records. 

8 Henry gave his estate in England and Virginia to his brother William. The 
descendants of the last in Virginia include the names of Cox, Poythress, Eppes, Col- 
ley, Gilliam, Russell, Maddox, llinton, Ritchie, Poindexter, French and Friend. — 

R. A. B.J 

Henry Benskin, lately arrived in England from the Plantation of Vir- 
ginia, 26 September 1692, proved 19 October 1692. Touching the estate 
which I have in England (having already settled that which I have in Vir- 
ginia before I left that place) I give & bequeath to my mother Benskin, 
M r Alexander Roberts of Shad well, shipwright and M r Thomas Whitfield 
twenty shillings for rings. All the rest to my two daughters, Mary Har- 
man, wife of William Harman of New Kent County, on York River, Vir- 
ginia, and Frances Marston, wife of William Marston, living upon Shipper- 
hominy River, in James City County, Virginia, equally between them. The 
said M r Alexander Roberts and M r Thomas Whitfield to be executors, &c. 

Wit : Benj. Jones, Thomazine Harris, Robert Sandford, ser vt to M r Whit- 
field, Scr. Fane, 181. 

[I fail to find of record any grants of land in Virginia to the testator Henry Bun- 
skin, or to any of his surname. The following grants may however be of interest 
in connection with the names of two of the legatees named : 

Henry Harman and John Bishop, 168 acres, 3 perches and 23 poles in Charles 
City county, Sept. 20, 1683, Book No. 7, p. 305. 

Robert Harmon, 1200 acres in New Kent county, April 20, 1687, Book No. 7, p. 

Thomas Marston, 1300 acres on the north-east side of Chickahominy river, in 
James City county, Sept. 20, 1691, Book No. 8, p. 211. 

Eliza Marston, 349 acres in St. John's parish, New Kent county, April 21st, 1696, 
Book No. 8, p. 249.— Va. Land Records. 

The name Marston is quite a common one at the present day in eastern Virginia, 
while that of Harman is prominently represented in the Valley District. — r. a. b.] 

George Whittacre, passenger aboard the good ship called the William, 
of London, bound from Virginia to London, 13 May 1654, proved 26 June 
1654. Seven hogsheads of tobacco to my brother Edward Duckworth, 
living in the backside of S l Clements Deanes hard by the new Inn, Lou- 
don, if the said Edward or his wife be then living. If not to be found, then 
to William Scott, who is made executor. Some sugar aboard Mr. Web- 
ber's ship. . 

Wit: Solomon Williams, Owen James. Alchin, 252. 

[The Rev. Alexander Whittaker, " the apostle,'* who accompanied Sir Thomas 
Dale to Virginia in 1611 ; married and baptized Pocahontas in 1614, and was 
drowned in James river in 1616, may be mentioned in this connection. The follow- 
ing grants of land to the name in its various renderings are of record : 

Edward Whittaker, 100 acres "adjoining the pallisadoes of middle plantacon,'' 
February 8, 1638, Book No. 1, p. 365. 

Captain William Whitacre, 90 acres in James Cittie county, June 5th, 1656, 
Book No. 3, p. 381. 

William Whitacer, 90 acres in James Cittie county, March 18th, 1662, Book No. 

5, p. 157. 

Richard Whittaker, 135 acres in "James Cittie" county, October 22d, 1666, 
Book No. 5, p. 153 ; 158 acres in Middlesex county, February 17th, 1667, Book No. 

6, p 275. 

William Whitacar, 400 acres in James City county, April 20th, 1680, Book No. 7, 
p. 25. 


Richard Whicker, 300 acres on Knoll's Island, Currituck, Lower Norfolk county, 
April 20th, 1682, Book No. 7, p. 141.— Fa. Land Records. 

The descendants of one Richard Whitaker, a settler in Warwick county, Virginia, 
in the 17th century, are now quite numerous in and around Enfield, N. C. — R. a. b.] 

Joseph Walker of St. Margarets in the City of Westminster, gentle- 
man, 13 February 1666, proved 27 February 1666. To my kinsman John 
Walker, now living or being in Virginia in the parts beyond the seas, ten 
shillings, provided he release & discharge my executors of & from all other 
claims &c. To my kinsman Andrew Walker, citizen & draper of London, 
ten shillings (with the same proviso) and to my kinsman Samuel Walker, 
seaman (under the same condition) ten shillings. All other property to 
my kinswoman Mary Snow, now the wife of Nicholas Snow, citizen and 
armorer of London, whom I nominate executrix. Carr, 33. 

[Peter Walker was granted 150 acres in Northampton county, September 20th, 
1645, Book No. 2, p. 44. 

John Walker (probably him of the text), 1000 acres, and 150 acres " on Ware 
river, Mobjack Bay," January 29th, 1651, Book No. 2, pp. 356 and 357. There 
are numerous subsequent grants to "Lieut. Collo." John, Henry, Richard and 
William Walker. — Va. Land Records. John Walker was a member of the Virginia 
Council, 1658-1660.— r. a. b.] 

Charta Donationis Georgii Chauncey. 

George Chauncey Sen r of Barking in the county of Essex Esq. 28 No- 
vember 1621, proved 25 August 1624. I grant, bargain & sell unto George 
Chauncey, my son, all my goods &c. on condition &c. He to pay, after my 
decease, to Edward Chauncey my son two hundred pounds, to he paid out 
of that one thousand pounds which Alexander Williams of Gilston in the 
county of Hartfordshire doth now owe unto me, to Charles Chauncey my 
son one hundred marks and Judith Chauncey my daughter three hundred 
pounds. To Frances Porter my daughter nine & twenty pounds yearly, 
to her hands and not to any other, for her sole use &c, and not to the 
hands of Ambrose Porter or to any other for his use. This annuity to be 
paid immediately after my decease, at Cranbrooke House in Barkinge in 
the said County of Essex, or at some other place that the said George, my 
son, and Frances Porter shall appoint the same to be paid. To William 
Chauncey my nephew five pounds within one year after my decease. To 
Alice Clarke twenty pounds yearly during such years as are to come in an 
annuity granted by me to one John Clarke deceased late husband to the 
said Alice. 

If I the said George shall tender at any time during my life the sum of 
twenty shillings at my now dwelling house in Barking to the use of George 
Chauncey my son, that then and at all times after this present deed of gift 
to be frustrate and of none effect. 

The witnesses were William Chauncy, Matthew Chauncey & Nathaniel 
Rowdon (by mark). There issued commission to George Chauncey, natu- 
ral & lawful son of George Chauncey late of Barking in the County of 
Essex deceased. Byrde, 62. 

Judith Chauncy of Yardley, in the County of Hertford, spinster, 2 
December, 1657, proved 1 March, 1657, by Henry Chauncy and Mountague 

" To my deare and lovinge brother M r Charles Chauncy minister of gods 
word and nowe liveinge in newe England Twentie pounds of currant Eng- 
lish money which I desire to haue paid and conveyed unto him as soone as 


it may be safely done after my decease. And I doe likewise will and be- 
queath unto my loveinge Cousens Isaac Chauncy and Ichabod Chauucy, 
twoe of the sons of my said loveinge brother ffive pouudes apeece. And I 
doe giue and bequeath unto the rest of my said brothers children which are 
nowe in newe England with him (and are sixe in number as I am inform- 
ed) fforty shillings apeece to be paid to them as soone after my decease as 
it may conveniently and safely be done." 

Bequests are made to loving cousin M r Mountague Lane, cousine M r 
Henry Chauncye the elder of Yardley and M ris Anne Chauncy his wife, 
cousin George Chauncy the third son of the aforesaid Henry and godson of 
the testatrix, said godson's mother, his brother Peter Chauncy and his sis- 
ters Anne, Elizabeth and Mary Chauncy, cousins Henry, John and Peter 
Chauncy, three of the sons of cousin Henry Chauncy, cousin Alexander 
Chauncy the elder now living in the County of Kent, nephew M r John 
Humberston aud his daughter Judith Humberston, Mr. John Sykes, clerk, 
and his son John Sikes, godson of testatrix, John Starr, son of Edmoud 
Starr, late of London, dyer, aud to Thomas Burges whom she had put au 
apprentice to a tailor. The residue she left to her cousins George Chaun- 
cy, Henry Chauncy the elder of Yardley and Mountague Lane. 

The witnesses were John Sykes, Hannah North (by mark) and Grace 
Couch. Wootton, 109. 

Ichabod Chauncet of the City of Bristoll, Doctor in Physick, 19 
March 1688, with codicil made 26 September 1690, proved 17 February 
1691. My body to be laid near my children in St. Philip's church yard 
in the said city. To Nathaniel Wade Esq. Dauiel Gwillim, merchant, 
and William Burgesse, grocer, property in trust. Wife Mary, sons Staun- 
ton, Charles & Nathaniel. To brother Nathaniel Chauncy's children. To 
brother Isaac and to cousin Oziell Chauncy, my cousins Charles, Elizabeth 
and Isaac Chauncy. Fane, 138. 

Snia pro Valore Test 1 et Codicilli Ichabod Chauncey nuper civitatis 
Bristoll, in medicinis Doctor defuncti, Quod coram nobis in judicio inter 
Mariam Chauncey viduam relictam et executricem in Testamento sive ulti- 
ma voluntate dicti defuncti nominatam, partem hurnoi negotium promo- 
ventem ex una et Stanton Chauncey minorem filium uaturalem etlegitimum 
dicti defuncti per Josephum Wetham ejus curatorem agentem partem con- 
tra quam dictum negotium promovetur etc. 

Die Jovis decimo die mensis Decembris Anno Dni millimo sexcefimo 
nouagmo primo. Vere, 233. 

Isaac Chauncy, having by the tender mercy of the most High been 
preserved in life unto an old age, 26 February 1712, proved 15 March 
1711. To son & daughter Nisbet each five pounds. The House I live in, 
in Little Moorfields &c. Wife Jane Chauncy. To daughter Elizabeth Nis- 
bet my gold non striking watch. To my daughter in law, the relict of my 
late son Uzziel Chauncy, five pounds. To my grand daughters by her two 
pounds apiece. To the widow & relict of my late 6on Charles Chauncy 
the sum of money due me from the African Company. Reference to the 
children of said sou as infants. Brother Wally, Son Isaac. Wife Jane ex- 
ecutrix. Son Nisbet & friend Richard Tailor to aid her. Barnes, 46. 


[We have here abstracts of the wills of George Chauncy, the father, Judith, a 
sister, and Ichabod and Isaac, sons of the Rev. Charles Chauncy, president of Har- 
vard College. Isaac and Ichabod Chauncy both graduated at Harvard College in 
1651, and sketches of their lives, with lists of their publications, are to be found in 
Sibley's Harvard Graduates, i. 302-9. For a genealogy of the family, see Register, 
x. 106-120, '251-62, 323-36 ; xi. 148-53. Tabular pedigrees will be found at x. 257 
and xi. 148.— Editor. 

Henry Chauncy, the half brother of Judith and of Charles the president of Harv- 
ard College, had a son Henry, who with his wife and children are all mentioned 
in the will of Judith. His wife was Anna, daughter of Peter Parke of Tottenham, 
co. Middlesex ; their children were Henry, John, George, Peter, Anne, Elizabeth 
and Mary. Henry, the eldest of the sons, was the author of the History of Hert- 
fordshire; he was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge, Eng., 1647; to the Mid- 
dle Temple, 1649 ; Degree of the Bar, 1656 ; Justice of the Peace, 1661 ; called to the 
bencli of the Temple, 1675, and the same year made Steward of the Borough Court 
in Hertford ; Charter Recorder. 1680; Reader of the Middle Temple, 1681 ; the 
same year he was Knighted ; in 1685, Treasurer of the Middle Temple ; 1688, called 
by Writ to the State and Degree of a Serjeant at Law. 

The details of the Chauncy family history have been gathered by a descendant, 
William Chauncy Fowler, and published as the " Chauncy Memorials." On p. 312 is 
given an account of the marriages and children of George ; on p. 313, extracts from 
the will of Judith ; on pp. 46, 337, pedigree of Isaac's descendants and his will in 
full; his grandson, Rev. Charles Chauncy, was the minister of the 1st Church of 
this city, and his name is perpetuated here by Chauncy Street, where the church 
was then located ; on p. 78 is a pedigree of the descendants of Isaac. President 
Chauncy, like other early presidents of Harvard College, sacrificed his own and his 
family's pecuniary prospects by his devotion to the college interests; lie had an 
estate of £60 income given him by a Mr. Lane — probably a relative, of Bristol, Eng- 
land. President Quincy wrote of the early presidents, that " they experienced the 
late of literary men of that day, — thankless labor, unrequited service, arrearages 
unpaid, posthumous applause, a doggerel dirge and a Latin epitaph." 

The Chauncy family of England is referred to in the Histories of Hertfordshire 
by Sir Henry Chauncy, vol. ii. 400 ; Clutterbuck, pp. 60, 189 ; Harl. Soc. Pub. viii. 
353 ; Norfolk Arch. So. i. 113; Histories of Northamptonshire, by Bridges, i. 119 ; 
Baker, i. 494.— See p. 312 of Chauncy Memorials. — John Coffin Jones Brown.] 

Frances Hanham (or Hannam) of Boston in the County of Lincoln, 
widow, 4 April 7 th of Charles (1631) proved by William Hastinges, bro- 
ther & executor 13 June 1631. To be buried in the parish church of Bos- 
ton. To the poor of Boston thirty shillings. To Mr. John Cotton and M r 
Anthony Tuckney, the ministers, at Boston, to each of them as a token of my 
hearty affection and true respect unto them, to either of them the sum of 
twenty shillings, to be paid them presently after my decease. To my bro- 
ther M r Ambrose Hayes twenty shillings, within three months &c, to make 
him a ring. To my brother Thornell ten shillings and to his wife twenty 
shillings, within three months &c. To my brother M r William Hastinges 
of Asterby ten shillings to buy him a ring. To' the wife of M r Thomas 
Askham & to the wife of M r Richard Westland ten shillings each within 
three months &c. To my daughter Pollixena all my rings & Jewells & my 
taffety petticoat. To John Howseman my man servant my sorrel mare 
&c. To my sister the wife of the said M r William Hastinges all my wear- 
ing apparell not before given. To the widow Yates six shillings eight 
pence presently. 

Item I give to Jonas Horrax, nephew to M rs Cotton, ten shillings to be 
presently paid after my decease. Item I give to M r Thomas Leveritt & 
to his wife to be paid them within three months next after my decease 
either of them ten shillings. To Philip Hannam my son, in full of all leg- 
acies & bequests given him by the last will of his late deceased father, the 
sum of two hundred & fifty pounds (at full age of one and twenty). To 


Rudyard Hanuam my son &c. two hundred pounds & to daughter Pollix- 
ena two hundred pounds (at one & twenty). If all my said children de- 
part this life before said ages of one & twenty then to Anne, Frances Pol- 
lixena and Pascha Hastinges daughters of my said brother William. M r 
Thomas Askham of Boston to be guardian of Pollixena M r Richard West- 
land of Boston guardian of Philip and brother William Hastinges guardian 
of Rudyard. St. John, 73. 

[The first wife of the Rev. John Cotton, according to Mather (Magnalia, ed. 1853, 
i. 58), " was Elizabeth Ilorrocks, sister of Mr. James Horrocks, a famous minister of 
Lincolnshire." Perhaps Jonas was his son. It is stated in Palmer's Nonconform- 
ists' Memorial (ed. 1778, i. 510), that Christopher Horrocks of Bolton in the Moors, 
and his family, caine to New England with Mr. Cotton. Has any one met with 
other evidence of their residence here? They left their son Thomas at Cambridge 
University. After taking his degrees fie became a clergyman, and after the restora- 
tion was ejected from the living of Maiden, in Essex. — Editor.] 

Mary Usher, late of the parish of St. Anne, Westminster, in the Coun- 
ty of Middlesex, widow, deceased. Administration on the goods, chattells 
and credits pertaining to her estate was granted, 3 April 1739, to Patient 
Usher, the Wife and lawful Attorney of James Usher, the natural and law- 
ful son and only issue of the said deceased, for the use aud benefit and dur- 
ing the absence of the said James Usher, now at Philadelphia in America. 

Admon. Act Book, 1740. 

Patient Usher, late of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, in North Ameri- 
ca, widow, deceased. Administration on her estate was granted 29 April 
1749, to Elias Bland, the lawful Attorney of Margaret Kearsley, formerly 
Brand, wife of John Kearsley, the niece and next of kin of the said de- 
ceased, for the use and benefit of the said Margaret Kearsley, formerly 
Brand, now residing at Pennsylvania aforesaid, having first made a sincere 
and solemn affirmation or declaration, according to Act of Parliament &c. 

Admon. Act Book, 1750. 

Thomas Scottow of Boston in New Englaud, chirurgeou, now bound 
forth on a voyage to sea in the ship Gerrard of London, Captain William 
Dennis commander, 14 November 1698, proved 4 September 1699. To 
my loving sister Elizabeth Savage of New England aforesaid all my real & 
personal estate in New England of what kind soever. To my loving friend 
Margaret Softley of the parish of S l Paul, Shadwell, in the county of Mid- 
dlesex, widow, all & singular such moneys, salaries and wages whatso- 
ever as is and shall become due to me for my service in the said ship and 
all other my goods and chattels and estate whatsoever in said ship to her 
own use in satisfaction of what I shall owe and be indebted unto her at 
my death ; and I appoint her executrix. 

The witnesses were James Richmond, Richard Baddeley & Theo: 

Pomeroy. Pett, 150. 

[Thomas Scottow was a son of Joshua Scottow, and was graduated at Harvard 
College in 1677. His sister Elizabeth married Thomas, second son of Maj. Thomas 
Savage. See Hist. Catalogue of Old South Church, ed. by Hill and Bigelow, page 
220.— Editor.] 

Philip Gibbs of the City of Bristol, ironmonger, now bound to Virgin- 
ia, 26 August, 1658, proved 23 October 1674. To brother Jacob Gibbs. 
To brother in law Philip Marshall of Evisham, in the County of Worces- 
ter, shoemaker, and his sons Anthony, Philip and Francis Marshall. The 
said Philip Marshall to be executor. Buuce, 113. 


John Watte of the city of Worcester, glover, 13 August 1691, proved 
14 November 1691. My body to be decently interred according to the 
discretion of my dear and loving wife ; and my worldly goods and estate I 
bequeath in such manner as herein after is expressed, viz'. As for and 
concerning my land in Pennsylvania which I have impowered Milicent Flos- 
kins to sell and dispose of I give the money to be raised by the sale there- 
of to my son Benjamin, and five pounds more, for the raising him a stock 
to be paid him, with the improvement thereof, when he shall accomplish the 
age of one & twenty years, or have served out an apprenticeship, which 
shall first come or be. And I give to my daughter Elizabeth the sum of 
five pounds, to be paid her, with the improvement of the same, when she 
shall attain the age of one & twenty years or be married, which shall first 
come or be. And in case either of my said children shall depart this mor- 
tal life before the said legacy shall become due & payable, as aforesaid, then 
I give the whole to the survivor of them. And I give Francis Willis, my 
servant, ten shillings as a token of my love and to the intent he may be as- 
sisting to my wife in all things she desires of him, And my will is my child- 
ren may be bred up & well educated by my dear wife ; and I appoint her 
guardian to my said children. And all the residue of my goods & chat- 
tells, after the payment of my just debts, legacies and educate (sic) and 
breeding up of my said children, I give to my dear and loving wife Eliza- 
beth Wayte, and I do appoint and ordain her executrix and the said Fran- 
cis Willis executor. Wit : John Lacy, Stephen Cosens, Tho: Taylor. 

Vere, 200. 

William Whittingham, of Sutterton in the County of Lincoln, yeo- 
man, 22 December 1591, proved 1 October 1599 by Richard Whitting- 
ham, son and executor. To the poor of Sutterton ten shillings. Towards 
the reparation of the church twenty shillings. I give unto Baruke Whit- 
tingham, mine eldest son, twenty pounds within one year after my decease. 
To Anne Pell, my daughter, the wife of Stephen Pell, twenty pounds 
within one year &c. To Agnes Whittingham, the daughter of my son Rich- 
ard, twenty pounds at the age of eighteen years or day of marriage. To 
every of the four children of Robert Harvie of Kirton, yeoman, which he 
had by my daughter, five pounds at their several ages of eighteen or days 
of their several marriages, which shall first happen. To the said Richard 
Whittingham, my son, my " swane marke," called the " Romaine A," 
marked as it appeareth in the " margent " of this my will. 

All the residue to the said Richard, my son, whom I make executor ; 
my body in decent manner to be brought to the earth and buried in the 
church of Sutterton ; and I appoint Anthony Irbie, of Whapload, Esq. su- 
pervisor &c, to whom I give forty shillings for his pains in that behalf, 
advising and charging my sons Barucke and Richard that if any trouble or 
difference arise between them concerning this my last will and testament, 
&c. that they be directed therein by my supervisor. 

Concerning my lands, I give to William Whittingham, my nephew, one 
of the sons of Barucke Whittingham, my son, two acres and a half acre of 
arable land, lying in Bicker in the said County of Lincoln, in the tenure of 
the widow Rowte, to him and his heirs forever. To Richard Whitting- 
ham, my nephew, one other of the sons of the said Barucke, my son, two 
and a halfe acres in the tenure of Kenelm Philips, in Bicker aforesaid. To 
Barucke Whittingham, my nephew, one other of the sons of Barucke &c. 
one acre & a half acre. To Agnes Roote, widow, late wife of William 


Roote, deceased, one cottage with the appurtenances in Donnington, for 
term of her life, the remainder thereof, after her decease, to the uses men- 
tioned in the last will of John Whittingham, my cousin. I give and devise 
to Richard AVhittingham, my son, and to his heirs forever all that my man- 
sion house wherein I now dwell, together with that house at the end of my 
yard which I had by the gift of my son Thomas "Whittingham, and my 
house called my mother's house &c. (and a lot of other lands and tene- 

Wit: Anthony Irbye, Thomas Landsdaile (his mark), William Bennett. 

Kidd, 80. 

Richard Whittingham of Sutterton in the parts of Holland, in the 
County of Lincoln, gentleman, 6 March 1615, proved 18 April 1618. My 
body to be buried in the Church of Sutterton. To Elizabeth my wife one 
messuage and twenty acres and one rood in Algorkirke, in Lincoln, lying 
in seven parcels, which were late my brother William Whittingham's, to 
wife for term of life, then to the heirs of my body by the said Elizabeth 
lawfully begotten ; and, for fault of such issue, to remain unto William 
Field, son of George Field of Algarkirke, and the heirs of his body &c. ; 
and, for want of such heirs, then to remain to Elizabeth Stowe, wife of 
Thomas Stowe of Algarkirke &c. husbandman, and sister of the said Wil- 
liam Field, and to the heirs of her body &c. ; next to Jane, now the wife 
of Christopher Passmore, one other of the sisters of the said William Feyld, 
and to the heirs of her body &c. ; then to the right heirs of me the said 
Richard Whittingham forever. If my wife be with child then to such 
child nine acres of pasture, in Algarkirke, called Oxholme, late my brother 
William Whittingham's, subject to the payment of forty pounds, by will of 
my said brother William, unto the children of Nicholas Thompson of Wig- 
toft. If wife be not with child then the above to the children of the said 
Nicholas and to their heirs forever. 

All the lands &c. in Sutterton late my uncle Richard Whittingham's 
(subject and chargeable with my Aunt Whittingham her annuity of forty 
pounds by the year) unto Hannah Foster, now wife of Christopher Foster, 
and daughter of Stephen Pell deceased, and to her heirs forever. Sundry 
lauds &c. (after decease of my wife without heirs of her body by me, as 
aforesaid) to remain to Kellam Harvie, son of Robert Harvie, and to his 
heirs forever. Other lands to remain to Thomas Harvie of Kirton, sou of 
Robert Harvie, and to his heirs. After the decease of my wife without 
issue &c. my messuage and twelve acres of pasture in Kirton, in a place 
called Willington there, unto William Taylor, my cousin of Northkyrne, 
and to his heirs forever. Other land to Anne Richards, wife of Walter 
Richards and daughter of Robert Harvie of Kirton, and to her heirs for- 
ever. I give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Thomas Harvie, my cousin, 
and his heirs, one acre of land arable in Sutterton, in a place called Shet- 
tlefield, between the lands of William Hewitson, on the North, and my 
lands, South, &c, in trust &c. I give my revertion, after my Aunt Whit- 
tingham's decease, of all my messuages & lands & tenements in Boston, in 
the said County of Lincoln, to Elizabeth my wife, for term of life ; then to 
the heirs of her body by me &c. ; then to Kellam Harvie. To the poor of 
Sutterton five pounds over and above the ten pounds given by my father. 
To my servants William Barker and Thomas Handley and John Roote. 
To Alice Parkynson, Percy Brandon, Frauncs Christian. To the daugh- 
ter of William Hewitson, ray god daughter. To Ellen Diggle, daughter of 


Edtuoud Diggle, clerk, my god daughter &c. I give unto my brother Mel- 
lowes his children ten shillings apiece. To William Ingoldsbie, one of the 
sons of my brother Ingoldsbie, clerk, to be paid at his first commencement, 
when he shall bachelor of Art, or within three years after my de- 

cease, which shall first happen. To all the rest of my sister Ingoldsbie's 
children. To Olive Welbie and to all the rest of her brothers and sisters. 
To my Aunt Whittingham, my Aunt Massingberd, my father-in-law, M r 
Doctor Buckley, my brother-in-law, JM r Peter Buckley and to Edward, his 
son. To Mr. Cotten. To Michael Harbert. To James Wilkinson. To 
Robert Johnson of Kirton. 

My wife to be executrix and residuary legatee, and my friends M r Tho- 
mas Middlecott, of Boston, Esq., M r Anthony Ingoldsbie, of Fishtoft, 
clerk, and M r Edmond Diggle of Sutterton, clerk, to be supeiwisors. 

Wit : Anthony Ingoldsbie, Edmond Diggle & Thomas Knott. 

Meade, 28. 

[Articles on the Whittingham family, by Mrs. Caroline H. Dall, now of George- 
town, D. C, will be found in the Register, xxvii. 135-9; xxxiv. 34-7. Compare 
the above abstracts with the extracts from the parish registers of Sutterton, near 
Boston, Lincolnshire, in Reg. xxxiv. 35-6. 

An account of the ancestry of the New England Whittinghams is given in the 
obituary of Mrs. Mary (Whittingham) Saltonstall, widow of Gov. Gurdon Salton- 
stall of Connecticut, in the New England Weekly Journal, Boston, January 26, 
1730. There are important errors in it. The obituary is copied into the Register, 
xi. 26-7. 

It would seem from the will of Richard Whittingham, that he married a daugh- 
ter of the Rev Edward Bulkley, D.D., of Odell (Reg. xxiii. 303), whose son, the 
Rev. Peter Bulkley, named in the will, was the first minister of Concord, Mass. 
Perhaps the Mr. Mellowes also mentioned, was related to Abraham Mellows of 
Charlestown, Mass. There was a subsequent connection between the Bulkley and 
Mellows families, Hannah Smith, a niece of the Rev. Peter Buikley, having mar- 
ried Edward, son of Abraham Mellows (Wyman's Charlestown, ii. 665). — Editor. 

With one exception the Whittingham family material published before 1880, 
stands unrivalled for blunders. In the Register (xxxiv. pp. 34-37) Mrs. Dall 
began the work of correction by printing extracts from the Registers of the parish 
of Sutterton in Lincolnshire, which had been furnished to her by the curate. Rev. 
W. W. Morrison. The two wills which Mr. Waters has sent may be most valua- 
ble aids towards the discovery of the ancestry of the John Whittingham who mar- 
ried Martha HubHard. The names correspond exactly with those given from the 
parish records. So far we stand on secure ground. The evidence is wanting 
winch proves John of New England to be son of Baruch, who was born in Sutterton 
A.D. 1588, and is said to have died there in 1610; possibly Mrs. Dall has this 
evidence, at any rate she refers to a list of deaths of the Whittinghams of Sutter- 
ton, which it is hoped she will contribute to the next number of the Register. I 
have the strongest doubts of the quotation " From Mad. de Salis, copied from Alie's 
Norfolk " — (vol. 34, p. 36). A lie 1 am afraid it is — as I never heard of the book, 
and know of no reason to suppose that the record of a marriage on this side of the 
ocean should have been recorded and printed in a County History of England. 
The grossest frauds have been discovered in pretended copies from abroad, espe- 
cially when the American correspondent informed the searcher what he wanted. 

Mrs. Dall mentions "William 1 Whittingham with wife Joanna, who was buried 
at Sutterton Feb. 3, 1540." William, 2 in his will of 1591, mentions " my house 
called my mother's house," and I should judge that it was so called because Wil- 
liam 1 had married an heiress or resident of Sutterton, he having been the first of 
the name in that locality. The parish records contain baptisms between 1540 and 
1570 of the children of Roger 2 and William 2 only. Supposing them to be brothers 
and sons of William 1 I have made this pedigree, marked with * if mentioned in the 
will of William, 2 and with f if mentioned in the will of Richard. 4 

William 1 Whittingham m. Joanna . They were probably parents of: 

Roger, 2 who married and had Margaret, 3 b. 1544 ; Dorothea, 3 b. 1548 ; Jane, 3 b. 
1549 : Anna, 3 b. 1555, and an only son John 3 * (6tyled cousin in the will of 
William 2 ). 


William, 2 will given above, who married and had Thomas, 3 * b. 1540 [who mar- 
ried and had daughters Ac/nela* b. 1570, and Susanna, 4 b. 1572] ; Joan, 3 b. 1546, 
m. 15G9, Thomas Pcrcye; Baruch, 3 * b. 1547, m.1577, Eliz. Taylor [they had Baruch** 
b. 1588, Eliz.* b. 1593, William,' 1 * Richard** will given above, m. Elizabeth Bulk- 
ley, daughter of Mr. Doctor Bulkley] ; Richard, 3 ! b. 1563, m. Mabell, daughter of 
Francis Quarles (see Harl. Soc. Pub. Vis. of Essex, 1612, p. 271) [they had Ag- 
nes, 4 * b. 1590, and perhaps Richard, 4 b. 1G10] ; Ann, 3 * b. 1568, m. Stephen Pell*t 
[they had Hannah Pellf] ; Dorothea, 3 b. 1552, and Almira, 3 b. 1554; one of these 
was the wife of Robert Harvie,*f of Kirton, who had four children,* of whom Kel- 
lam ,t Annef and Thomasf are mentioned by their cousin Richard. 

John Whittingham, who married Martha Hubbard, had a son William, who 
married Mary Lawrence ; she died in childbirth, November, 1671. Their son Wil- 
liam (5th child) was born November 9, 1671. William, the husband, was proba- 
bly sick at the time, and hastened over to England to arrange for the legal acquire- 
ment of his hereditary property in Lincolnshire; making a home in Cambridge, 
co. Middlesex, England, at " Marie le Savoy." His will is dated 25th March, 
1672: •' Win Whittingham late of Boston in Massachusetts &c. Gentleman, being 
sick, gives to his eldest son Richard, — House, Barn, Mill-house, &c. together with 
20 acres arable land, and 844 acres of pasture, now in possession of W m Pakey in 
the town of Sutter boro', in the parts of Holland (low-lands) in the County of Lin- 
coln — gives to son William, one dwelling house and barn, &c. with 42i acres of land 
in tenure of John Trigg ; also One Cottage and barn with 5 acres of land in tenure 
of Thomas Baily in Sutterboro'. To daughter Mary one messuage, &c. with 18 
acres land in tenure of John Wilson and Mr. Baker ; — to daughter Elizabeth one 
messuage, &c. with 15-i acres of land, also one cottage and 1 acre of land — John 
Gidny, George Ledman and John Baker tenants; — to daughter Martha two cot- 
tages and 124 acres of land in the possession of John Pakey, W ra Walker and Rich- 
ard Gunn, — daughters to have possession at the age of 20 years or days of 
marriage, &c. &c. Mentions Uncle Nathaniel Hubbard of London, Gentleman ; 
brother Richard Whittingham ; brother in law John Clark of Boston in New Eng- 
land and his mother Mrs. Martha Eire (annuity to her). Gifts to James Whitcomb 
of Boston ; cousins Mary Hubbart and Anne Hubbert. Father in law John Law- 
rence of New York in America, William Ilubbert of Ipswich, of America, and said 
Uncle Nathaniel Hubbard of London, Gentleman, and John Lewine of London Esq. 
Executors. Proved " Arch. Canterbury " same month and year as dated. — In the 
certificate he is styled as " formerly of Boston in New England, now of Marie le 
Savoy of Middlesex." Proved in Boston, New England, 23d July, 1672; recorded 
Suffolk Deeds, vol. 7, p. 224. 

I suppose the ." town of Sutterboro' " is the same as Sutterton. With proof as 
to the missing link, consanguinity would be easily established. — John Coffin Jones 

Richard Bifield minister of the word of God, of Isleworth in the 
County of Middlesex, 23 August 1633, proved 24 October 1633. To Rich- 
ard, my eldest son twenty shillings. To the children of the said Richard 
viz. to Mary twenty shillings, to Timothy twenty shillings, to Sarah Bifield 
ten shillings and to his other three children Samuel, Anne, & Richard ten 
shillings apiece. To my son Nathaniel Bifield six pounds and a maikj 
within two years after my decease (and other property). To my grand- 
child Bathshua Clifford, wife of M r William Clifford, clerk, twenty shil- 
lings, the which twenty shillings the said M r William Clifford oweth me. 
To my grandchild Richard Weston four pounds in one year &e. To grand- 
child Mary Weston three pounds in two years &c. To my loving wife 
Margaret Bifield twenty five pounds which was owing to me from Edward 
Browne my son in law deceased and now is due to me from the executors 

% This amount, commonly written vi£ xiii 3 iiii d , seems to have been a favorite amount 
to bequeath previous to the 17th century. It is just ten marks or twenty nobles, and very 
likely (as my friend J. C. C. Smith, Esq. suggests) would be so read and spoken of, rather 
than six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence. The noble was one half of a mark, or 
six shillings and eight pence. — h. f. w. 


of his last will and testament. To said Margaret twenty pounds which my 
eldest son Richard doth owe me. If my son Richard shall depart this life 
before my wife Margaret his mother aforesaid then the said twenty pounds 
shall be paid within one month after his decease unto the said Margaret, 
my wife & his mother. All the rest of my estate, saving my three cloakes 
and all my study of books which I give and bequeath unto Nathaniel Bi- 
field clerk, my son aforesaid, I leave unto my loving wife Margaret and 
appoint her sole executrix. Russell, 85. 

Richard Byfeild minister of the Gospel, pastor of the church in Long 
Ditton in the County of Surrey, 15 August 1662, proved 11 June 1665. 
(The will begins with an interesting confession of Faith.) A reference to 
a statute or Recognizance of the nature of statute staple ordained & pro- 
vided for the recovery of debts, bearing date 17 June 1662, taken & ac- 
knowledged before Sir Orlando Bridgeman, Knight, Lord chief Justice of 
His Maiestie's Court of Common Pleas at Westminster and a bond of six 
hundred pounds to Maurice Gethin & John Kay, citizens and merchant 
taylors of London, for the payment of a debt of five hundred pounds, the 
security being a messuage or tenement in I aeld in the County of Sussex, 
now in occupation of John Richardson my tenant. 

Bequests are made to " my five daughters " Rebecca, Dorcas, Priscilla, 
Mary & Debora, to eldest son M r Samuel Byfeild (inter alia the works of 
Thomas Aquinas in fourteen volumes and one gold ring which hath engra- 
ven on it Thomas Lancashire) and to second son M r Richard Byfeild. 
Whereas God hath blessed me with ten children more born to me by my 
dear & loving wife M™ Sarah Byfeild which ten children are all now living 

(praised be the name of our God) To my daughter Sarah (at one 

& twenty or day of marriage), to son Tymothy that fifty pounds given 
unto me as a legacy by my godly, loving friend M r Herring, citizen of 
London deceased. Mention is made of land & tenement in the West end 
of Little Heath in East Sheene in the parish of Mortlake in the County of 
Surrey, house &c. in the tenure & occupation of Abraham Baker, a little 
tenement leased out to Robert Hartwell deceased & now in the occupation 
of Benjamin B'eilder of East Sheene, a tenement in the occupation of John 
Cooke of East Sheene, a tenement leased to Lucy Northall widow deceas- 
ed and now in the occupation of Margaret Parker her daughter, in East 
Sheene, lands lately in the occupation of John Poole of East Sheene, car- 
penter and other lands. Sons John, Nathaniel & Thomas. To son Na- 
thaniel the three tenements now in the tenure & occupation of William 
Lytter of Thomas Greaves & of John Best. Tq son William Wagstaffe 
forty shillings to buy him books, to daughter M" Elizabeth Bowers three 
pounds, to my three grandchildren the daughters of Mr Robert Goddin, 
the husband of my daughter Mary deceased, to my grandchild Ann Wick- 
ins, my daughter M r8 Ann Wickins, my daughter M™ Elizabeth Berrow, 
my two grand children John & Sarah Wright. In the codicil (dated in 
one place 21st, in another 31st, May, 1664) the testator says, " God hath 
taken to himself my youngest son Thomas " — " the Lord hath also made 
a great breach upon us in taking to himself by death our sou William 

The above will was proved by Sarah Byfeild, relict & executrix. 

Hyde, 58. 


[" Richard Bifieid, minister, was buried the 30 th uf Dec r 1664." He was rector 
of Long-Ditton, had hern one of the assembly of divines, and published several ser- 
mons and religious tracts. — Extract from Parish Register of Mortlake, with re- 
marks thereon. Lysons's Environs of London, vol. i. p. 371. 

Richard Byfield, M.A., who was ejected from the Rectory of Long Ditton in Sur- 
rey, retired to Mortlake and continued to preach to the last sabbath of his life, lie 
died December 26, 1664, aged 67. and was buried in the parish church." — Surrey 
Congregational History, by John Waddington, D.D. Printed in London, 1866. P. 
250.— n. f. w. 

Nathaniel Byfield, son of Rev. Richard of Long Ditton, came to New England 
about 11)74, and settled hist in B tston and afterwards in Bristol, but returned to 
Boston, where lie died June 6, 1733, in his 80th year (see Lane's Manual of the 
First Church in Bristol, it. I , p. 74). It is said that he was one of twenty-one 
children (Savage's Diet. i. 325). Rev. Nicholas Byfield of Chester and Isleworth 
(Bliss's Wood's Ath. Ox. ii. 323, and Brook's Puritans, ii. 298), whom Brook calls 
a half brother of Richard of Long Ditton. is more likely to have been an uncle. 
Nicholas was father of the celebrated Rev. Adoniram Byfield. — Editor.] 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 

Thomas Cotton {ante, p. 91) : 

[Benj. Woodbridge, of Boston, deposes 30 Dec. 1697, that, when I was in Lon- 
don 2 years ago and since, I was often to see Mrs. Bridget Usher the wife of Mr. 
Hezekiah Usher (lately deceased) who dwelt with her son in law Mr. Thomas Cot- 
ton a minister of the Gospel who married her daughter and who had one son living 
about 5 years old. They dwelt in Hodsdon's Square near Shoreditch. He complained 
how he was unjustly kept from his wife's portion for about 7 years it being here 
in New England, and that he would be glad to have relief in that case. {Mass. Ar- 
chives, \iii. 66.) — William M. Sargent, of Portland, Me.] 

Stephen Wheatland of the city of Winchester in the County of South- 
ampton, 6 Jauuary, 1737, proved 18 June, 1739. To my son Stephen 
Wheatland, clerk, one shilling. To my daughter Elizabeth Barlow, wife 
of Henry Barlow, one shilling. To my granddaughter Elizabeth Bar- 
low one shilling. To Henry Barlow one shilling. To my grandchildren 
Susanna Whitehead, Anna Whitehead, Stephen Wheatland Whitehead and 
Elizabeth Whitehead and their heirs, and, for want of such heirs, to Wil- 
liam Whitehead, my grandson, and his heirs forever, all my freehold mes- 
suages and tenements, lands and hereditaments situate, lying & being in the 
city of Winchester. My loving son and daughter Edward Whitehead & 
Susanna his wife to be executor & executrix. 

Wit : Tho : Cropp, Richard Rimes, James Pledger. 

Henchman, 142. 

I Possibly there may be some connection between Stephen Wheatland, the tes- 
tator, and the family from which Henry Wheatland, M.D., of Salem, Mass., presi- 
dent of the Essex Institute, is descended. The name Stephen is found in both. Dr. 
Wheatland writes to us : " My father, Richard Wheatland, was bom in Wareham, 
England, in 1762. His parents were Peter and Bridget (Foxcroft) Wheatland, 
who were married about 1752. Their eldest child was born in 1753. We have in 
Salem the family bible <jiven to my father by his mother, during a visit to England 
in 1799. It contains the records of the births of the children, 7 sons and 3 daugh- 
ters, viz. : John, Stephen, Peter, George, Richard, Robert, 2d John, Bridget, Mar- 
garet and Anne. My impression is that my father's father was born about midway 
between London and'Wareham, probably in the vicinity of Winchester." 

See Gleanings by Fmmerton and Waters, p. 130, in relation to William Wheat- 
land, who died 19 Feb. 1575. — Editor.] 


Memorandum That the tenth daye of July iGii John Harvard of the 
gishe of S* Sauior in Southwarke w th in the County of Surrey Butcher be- 
irn^e then sicke and very weake in hody hut of good memory, beinge moved 
to dispose of his temporall estate uttered theise or the like wordes in effect 
(in the presence of us whose names be suhscrihed) viz', I give unto Franc s 

Rodders tenn poundes And all the rest of my goodes and estate I giue 

unto my broth r Thomas Harvard, and I make my said brother Tho: Har- 
vard my sole Executor, And to witnes the same we haue hereunto sett our 
handes Tho: Harvard his m r ke Ric d Yearwood Robert Harvard his m r ke. 

The above will was proved 21 July 1611 by Thomas Harvard brother 
and executor &c. 158, Berry 

(Archdeaconry of Surrey). 

Marche the 27. Anno i622. 

In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Harvard of the precinct of 
S 4 Katherins neere the tower of London beinge sicke in bodie but of per- 
fect memory thankes be to God doe ordaine this my last will and testament 
in manner and forme followinge. ffirst I doe bequeath my Soule into the 
handes of almightie god that gave it me, and to his sonne Jesus Christ that 
Redeemed me by whose death and merritts I doe trust onelie to be saved 
and my Sole receyved into eternall ioye. for my bodie to be committed to 
the Earthe from whence it came and to be buryed at the discretion of my 
Executrix hereundernamed And for the rest of the porcion of goodes 
which the lorde hath lent me duringe my life my will is my welbeloved 
wife shall fullie and whollie enioy it whatsoeuer and to give unto my child- 
ren that the lorde hath sent me whatsoever it pleaseth her into whose 
hiindes after my decease I comitt all that my estate and porcion ether in 
England or elsewhere beyonde the Seas and this I ordaine as my last will 
and testament and disanull all former whatsoeuer making my deerly be- 
loved wife Margarett Ilarvarde my sole executrix. In witnes whereof I 
have hereunto put my hande. The marke of Thomas Harvard. 

Subscribed and deliuered by Thomas Harvard in the presentes of us 
hereunder named Edmond Swettenham the marke of Ann Blaton. 

Probatum fuit TESTAMENTCMsuprascriptum apud London coram vene- 
rabili viro magro Richardo Clarke legum doctore Surrogato venerabilis viri 
domini Willimi Bird militis legum etiam doctoris Curie Prerogatiue Cantuar- 
ens" magfi Custodis siue Commissarii ltime constituti. Vicesimo tertio die 
mens" Au<nisti Anno Dni Millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo secundo. Jura- 
mento Margarete Harvard relicte et executricis dicti defuncti in eodem testa- 
mento nominat. Cui Commissa fuit Administracio bonorum iurium et credi- 
torum dicti defunct de bene et fideliter administrafid &c. Ad sancta Dei 
Evangelia Jurat. 78, Saville. 


July the xxvi th : 1G25 
The Last Will and Testament of Margaret Harwar* of S l Kathe- 
rines widdowe sicke and weake in bodie but in perfecte memorie thanks be 
gee geven to god in this manner and forme followeinge ; ffirst I bequeathe 
my soule into the hands of Allmighty god that gave it me, and to Jesus 
Christ my saviour that redeemed me hopinge and trustinge only to be saved 
by his merritts death and passion and my bodie I committ to the earth 

* This mime in the original will appears invariably as Harvard. — h. f. w. 


from whence it came and to be buried att the discretion of my executors 
hereunder named And my worldly goodes I bequeathe in this manner and 
forme followeinge ; ffirst my will and desire is that the howse I now dwell 
in, commonly called by the name of the Christopher scittuate and beinge in 
S l Katherins neere the Tower of London be sould to the best advantage, 
And to him or her that will give most money for it, And beinge sould the 
money to be devided in this manner followeinge, The money to be devided 
between my three daughters Margarett Harward Alse Harward, and Jone 
Ilarward, And if any of my said daughters doe chance to dye before their 
legacies come to their hands or growe due, my will is that their parte or 
parts shall come to the survivors of those three; Item my will is and I be- 
queathe unto John Walbank my Sonne the some of Twenty Pounds of Cur- 
rant English money if he be livinge And if it please god that he be dead 
then my will is that this Sonne Thomas Walbancke my Grandchilde shall 
have it paid him when he comes to lawfull Age. It. my will is and be- 
queath unto my daughter Susan Walbanck the some of ffive Pounds to be 
paid unto her when my said howse is sould It. my will and desire is that 
those worldly goodes that god hath blessed me withall shall be equally de- 
vided betwixt my said three daughters Jone, Margarett Ilarward and Alse 
Harward parte and parte alike ; every one there share ; And if any of 
them happen to dye before their part come to their hands my will is it shall 
come to the survivor or survivo™. It. my will is and I doe give unto Tho- 
mas Wallbanck my grandchild the some of Tenn Pounds to be paid unto 
him out of my two daughters porcons Jane and Alse. It. I give and be- 
queathe unto Thomas Ilarward the sonne of Thomas Harward my late 
husband the some of Tenn Shillins. It. my will is and I bequeathe unto 
my frend Edmond Swettenham of East Smithfeild the some of ffourty 
shillinges to make him one gould ringe withall to weare for my sake; And 
I doe ordaine my daughter Margarett Harward my sole executrix of this 
my last will and testamente ; And I doe appointe and desire my two lov- 
inge frends Robert Evebancke and Edmond Swettenham my two over- 
seers of this my will and I doe give unto Robert Evebauck for his paines 
twenty shillings; The marke of Margarett Ilarward. 

Witnes Edmond Swettenham Rob't Ewbancke The marke of Marie 

Probatum fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London cora Magis- 
tro Thoma Langley Clico Surrogato venerabilis viri domiui Henrici Mar- 
ten Millitis legum doctoris Curie Prerogative Cantuariensis Magistri Cus- 
todis sive Commissarii legitime constituti Nono die mensis Septembris An- 
no Dni Millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo quinto, Juramento Thome Goul- 
dan Notarii Publici Procufis Margarete Harward filie et executricis in 
hufnoi Testo nominat Cui Commissa fuit Administraco bonorum iurium et 
creditorum dci defunct de bene et fidelit Administrated eadem Ad sancta 
Dei Evanirelia Jurat. 91, Clarke. 

to v 

In the name of God Amen. The eight and Twentyth daie of July 
Anno Dni one Thousand sixe hundred Twentie five, & in the ffirst yere 
of the Raigne of our Soveraigne lord Charles by the grace of God Kinge 
of England Scotland ffraunce and Ireland defender of the faith &c. I Robert 
Harvard of y e pish of S 4 Saviours iu Southwaike in the Countie of Surrey 
Butcher, being not well in body but sound in minde in memory (laud and 
praise bee to allmightie god therefore) doe make and ordayne this my pre- 


seut last will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to saie, 
Hirst and principally I bequeath and commend my soule into the hands of 
allmighty God trusting through his mercie and for the meritts of his deere 
Sonne my lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to haue forgivnes of all my Shines, 
and after this life ended to bee made ptaker of life eulastinge in the kiugdome 
of heaven And I will that my body bee decently and Christianly buried in 
the pish Church of S l Saviours aforesaid, after the discretion of my execu- 
trix hereundernamed, And as touching that Temporall estate of goods and 
Chatties wherew th it hath pleased god of his goodnes to blesse, my minde 
and will is as followeth vTzt, Inprimis I give and bequeath unto the 
poore of the pish of S l Saviour aforesaid forty shillings and to bee payd 
and distributed according to the cliscrecon of my said Executrix & Over- 
seers hereunder menconed Item I give and bequeath unto John Harvard 
my Sonne Two hundred pounds To bee payd unto him when he shalbee 
accomplish his age of one and Twentie yeres Item I give & bequeath 
unto Thomas Harvard my Sonne the like some of two hundred pounds to 
be payd likewise unto him when he shall accomplish his age of one and 
Twenty yeres Item I give and bequeath unto Peter Harvard my Sonne 
the like some of Two hundred pounds to bee payd likewise unto him when 
he shall accomplish his age of one and Twenty yeres And if any of them 
my said three Bonnes depart this life before his said pte and porcon shall 
growe due to bee payd by this my will, Then I give y e pte or porcon of 
him deceaseinge to the residue of them Surviving equallie to bee devided 
betwixt them, or wholly to the Survivor yf two of them decease And if it 
shall happen all my said three Children to decease before they shall accom- 
plish theire severall ages of twenty and one yeres as aforesaid Then and in 
such case I give and bequeath unto my Cosin Thomas Harvard and his 
Children ffifty pound to bee payd within three moneths next after the de- 
cease of the last Child Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Harvard my 
godson sone of my said cosin Thomas Harvard Ten pounds to be payd unto 
him when he shall accomplish his age of one and Twenty yeres All the rest 
and residue of my goods and Chatties whatsoever my debts (if any be) be- 
inge first payd and my funerall expences discharged I give and bequeath 
unto Katherin Harvard my welbeloved wife whom I constitute ordayne 
and make full and sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament And 
it is my will that shee shall haue the use of my said Childrens porcons for 
theire education and bringing up untill tho, same shall growe due to them 
as aforesaid And I make and ordayne my good neighbour and friend M r 
Richard Yearwood Citizen & Grocer of London and the said Thomas Har- 
vard my Cosin Overseers of this my last will and Testament desireing them 
as much as in them shall consist and lie to see the same gformed according 
to my true intent and meaneing herein declared And I give unto them for 
theire paynes to bee taken in seeing this my will performed Twenty shil- 
lings a peece to make them rings for a remembrance Provided alwaies & 
I will and oidayne hereby that my saide wife shall w^ sufficient Suerties 
w th in three moneths next after my decease or at least before shee shalbe 
espoused or married agayne to any other, enter and become bound in the 
some of one Thousand pounds unto my said Two Overseers, if they shalbe 
both liveingor to the Survivo r of them if either of them shallbee deceased, 
w lh condicon to pay the gts and porcons of my said Children w ch I haue 
before bequeathed unto them, accordinge to my true intent and meaning 
herein declared, and at such tyme or times as before is limy ted and set 
downe for the payment thereof, In witnes whereof I the said Robert Har 


vard haue to this my p r sent last will and Testament put my hand and Seale 
the daie and yere first aboue written, The marke of the said Robert Har- 
verd Sealed acknowledged and delivered by the said Robert Harverd 
for and as his last will and Testament the daie and yere first aboue written 
in the presence of Ric: Sandon Scr The m r ke of Richard Rayner. 

Probatoi fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram magis- 
tro Thoma Langley Clico Surrogato venerabilis viri Domini Henrici Mar- 
teu militis legum doctoris Curie Prerogative Cantnariensis magistri Custo- 
dis sive Comissarii Itirae constituti Sexto die mensis Octobris Anno Dni 
millesimo sexcentesimo vicesimo quinto Juramento Katheringe Harvard 
Relicte dicti defuncti et executricis in huiusmodi Testamento nominat Cui 
Comissa fuit administrat &c. de bene et fideliter administrando eadem, ad 
sancta dei Evangelia Jurat. Ill, Clarke. 

John Elletson citizen and cooper of London 15 June, 1626, proved 
the last day of June, 1626. To M r William Quelch, clerk, sometimes min- 
ister of S 4 Olaves in Southwarke, forty shillings, & to M r Archer, minister 
of S l Saviours in Southwarke, twenty shillings, within six months after my 
decease if they be theu living. To my sister's son Stephen Hall, Bachilor of 
Divinity at Cambridge twenty pounds, to be paid him within six months 
next after my decease. To my sister Elizabeth Rigate full power and 
authority to dispose of the house wherein she now dwelleth for the term of 
two years next after her decease conditionally that a pepper corn be paid 
yearly therefore to my executrix. The residue of the term of years unex- 
pired of the said house I will and bequeath unto my nephew Robert Ellet- 
son, son of my late deceased brother Robert Elletson, his executors and 
assigns. To my aforesaid nephew Robert all those my two messuages or 
dwelling houses, &c. situate & being in the liberties of East Smithfield in 
the parish of S' Buttolph's Algate, to him and to the heirs of his body law- 
fully to be begotten, and, for want of such issue, to his brother William 
Elletson & to the heirs of his body, &c, and, for lack of such issue, to 
George Elletson his brother and to his heirs forever, which houses I bought 
and purchased of M r Norton, gentleman. And my will and mind is that 
my loving wife Katherine Elletsonne shall have her thirds out of the same 
during the term of her natural life. Item I give and bequeath unto my 
said loving wife Catherine Elletson and her assigns during her natural life 
the yearly sum of twelve pounds of lawful money of England to be paid 
unto her quarterly and to be issuing and going out of all and singular my 
lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever lying and being in the sev- 
eral parishes of Alverstoke and Rowner in the County of Southampton. 
To my sister in law, Mary Elletson, and her two daughters, Elizabeth 
Elletson and Margaret Elletson, and their assigns, during the natural life 
of my said loving wife Catherine Elletson, the like yearly sum of twelve 
pounds, &c. To my nephew George Elletson, son cf my said brother 
Robert, all that my messuage, barns, lands & commons, &c. called or known 
by the name of Hemeleys, situate in the parish of Alverstoke (with re- 
mainder first to William, then to Robert, brothers of the said George), 
which aforesaid premises I bought and purchased of Thomas Rabenett, 
mariner. To nephew Robert my messuage, &c. situate in Brockhurst in 
the parish of Alverstocke and Rowner, &c. (with remainder to his brothers 
William and George, &c.) which premises I bought of Robert Nokes of 
Brockhurst, yeoman. To nephew William my messuage, &c. in Newton 


in the parish of Alverstocke, &c. (with remainder to Robert and George), 
which premises I bought of my brother Robert Elletson. To Thomas 
Elletson, son of Anthony Elletson, born at Lymehouse in the parish of 
Stepney, the sum often pounds, to be paid him at the age of one and twenty 
years it he shall be then living. To Robert Wilson in Southwark all such 
sum or sums of money which he oweth me upon one certain obligation 
conditionally that he give unto M r Thomas Foster Bailiff of the Borough of 
Southwark, as a legacy and bequest from me the sum of three pounds, &c. 
within three months next after my decease, and three pounds more to the 
poor of the parish of S l Olaves, where he is a parishioner, &c. &c. To my 
kinswoman Jane Merricke one quarter or fourth part of the good Bark call- 
ed the Jane of Gosport, with the fourth part of the tackle, munition and 
apparel), which said Bark is in partnership between her husband Walter 
Merricke and myself. And I give and bequeath to my sister Mary Ellet- 
son and her two daughters the other quarter or fourth part of the same 
Bark. To my sister Elizabeth Bygate, widow, twenty pounds yearly <& 
every year during her natural life, to be paid her by five pounds the quar- 
ter, or within one and twenty days after the quarter day, out of the tenements 
which I lately purchased by lease of the wife of James Turner, holden by 
the masters, brethren and sisters of S* Catherine's and which is situate 
and being in the parish of All Saints Barkin near unto Tower Hill. To 
my eldest brother George Elletson, dwelling in the County of Lancaster, 
five shillings, conditionally that he shall give to my executrix a general ac- 
quittance of all demands whatsoever from the beginning of the world until 
the day of the receipt of the same legacy. To my brother William Ellet- 
son, dwelling in the said County of Lancaster, ten shillings (on the same 
condition). To my sister Agnes Stables, the sum of twenty shillings, to be 
paid her upon lawful demand. To my sister Ellen Towers, dwelling in the 
County of Laucaster, the sum of twenty shillings (upon lawful demand). 1 
absolutely release and discharge Richard Edwards, dwelling at White Wal- 
tham in the County of Berks, of all sum or sums of money which he oweth 
me, and particularly of one specialty of thirty pounds which I freely forgive 

Item I give unto my son in law Joseph Knapp and unto Agnes his wife, 
my kinswoman, all that my house, together with my buildings, yards and 
appurtenances thereunto belonging, and to his son John Knap after his de- 
cease, during the term of a lease which I took of M r John James, gentleman, 
paying the rents, &c. ; also the goods, household stuff &c in and about the 
said house, which is in their possession and which I left freely to them at my 
coming away from Mill Lane. To my said son Joseph Knapp all that my 
third part and bargains of boards whatsoever remaining in the County of 
Sussex which is in partnership between M r Anthony Keeme, M r Richard 
Waker and myself, citizens and coopers of London. To the said Joseph 
my best livery gown and my second cloak. Item I give and bequeath two 
silver cups, gilded, with my name to be ingraven upon them, to the value of 
twenty pounds, which shall be bought by my executrix and given to the 
company of coopers of the city of London within six months next after 
my decease. To twenty poor people which is in the Almshouse at Rat- 
cliffe twenty shillings to be equally divided amongst them. To M" Suttey, 
my mistress, dwelling at Ratcliffe, over and above the part of the said gift 
of twenty shillings, the sum of ten shillings. 

Item whereas Hugh Horsell of Southwarke, Innkeeper deceased, by hw 
last will and testament did give and bequeath unto his children the sum of 


six hundred pounds as by his said will appeareth, of the which I have al- 
ready paid the sum of one hundred pounds to Mary one of the children of 
the said Hugh Ilorsell for her legacy, as also the sum of twenty pounds 
which I gave with Nicholas Ilorsell, one of the said children, to bind him an 
apprentice, so that there is remaining now of the said six hundred pounds 
the sum of four hundred and eighty pounds to be paid unto them as in their 
said father's will more at large and plainly appeareth. Therefore my desire 
and meaning is and it is expressly my will that my executrix hereafter nam- 
ed shall truly pay and satisfy unto the children of the said Hugh Ilorsell 
or to the survivors of them the said sum of four hundred and eighty pounds 
in every point according to their father's will and to see them well educated 
and brought up in all things necessary in the fear of God and in learning. 
And I do further will that my executrix shall within one month next after 
my decease enter into obligation of one thousand pounds to my overseers 
hereafter named in every kind to see these legacies performed and the said 
children well brought up and educated. To the poor of the parish of Al- 
verstocke and Gosport the sum of twenty shillings. To the poor of the 
parish of All Saints Barking in Tower Street, twenty shillings. To George 
Browne my kinsman twenty shillings to be paid upon lawful demand. I 
absolutely acquit and discharge Richard Graye, waterman, a bill of debt of 
three pounds which he oweth me. I absolutely acquit and discharge Nicho- 
las Parsons, ostler at the Queen's Head in Southwark, of a debt of twenty 
and eight shillings which he oweth me. To my kinsman William Hughs 
and Agnes his wife one hundred pounds &c. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my said loving wife Catherine Elletson 
the lease of all and singular the premises which I hold of the Master, breth- 
ren and sisters of S l Katherines, together with all the rents and profits that 
shall arise by reason of the same ; to have and to hold the same lease and 
the rents and profits thereof unto my said loving wife, Katherine Elletson, 
for and during the term of her natural life, she paying the rents and per- 
forming the covenants contained in the same lease on my part to be per- 
formed, the remainder of the years that shall be to come from and after the 
death and decease of my said wife and the rents and profits that shall arise 
by reason of the same I give and bequeath unto my said kinsman Robert 
Elletson, son of my said brother Robert Elletson, and the issue of his body 
lawfully begotten. And if it shall fortune my said kinsman to die and de- 
part this life before the expiration of the term of years in the said lease 
granted having no issue of his body lawfully begotten then living that then 
I give and bequeath the said lease and the benefit and prolits thereof aris- 
ing unto his brother William Elletson, his executors and assigns. The rest and 
residue of all and singular my goods and chattels whatsoever moveable and 
immoveable not before by me given and bequeathed, my debts and legacies 
being paid and my funeral expenses discharged I wholly and absolutely give 
and bequeath unto my said loving wife Catherine Elletson whom I make 
and ordain the sole and only executrix of this my present last will and tes- 
tament, desiring her to see the same in all things performed according to 
my mind and meaning herein plainly declared, and I do hereby nominate 
and appoint my loving friends M r Anthony Kemme, M r George Preston 
and M r Richard Waker, citizens and coopers of London, overseers thereof, 
desiring them according to my trust in them reposed to be aiding and as- 
sisting to my said executrix in the due " exequition " of this my present 
last will and testament; and I give unto each of them for their pains tak- 
ing therein the sum of three pounds apiece &c. Provided always that if 


my said wife shall not be contented to accept of the said legacies before 
given uuto her and to pay and perform the legacies herein by me bequeath- 
ed according to the true intent and meaning of this my present last will 
and testament then my will is that she shall have only so much of my es- 
tate and no more as shall justly belong unto her by the custom of the city 
of London and then I make and ordain my said kinsmen William Ilewes 
& Robert Elletsonne, son of my said brother Robert Elletson, executors &c. 
Wit : William Manbey Scr. Edward Thomas William Hedges. 

91, Hele. 

Richard Yearwood of Southwarke in the County of Surrey and citi- 
zen and grocer of London, 8 September 1632, proved 6 October 1632, 
and confirmed by Decree of the Court in the last session of Trinity Term 
1633, After my funerals done and discharged I will that an Inventory shall 
be taken of all my estate in goods, chattells, wares, merchandizes plate and 
other things whatsoever and be indifferently valued and appraised, and that 
therewithall the debts which I do owe shall be first duly satisfied and paid. 
But because the debts which my wasteful son hath brought me uuto are 
so great that I fear much that my personal estate will not be sufficient to 
satisfy the same or at the least will not be collected and got in convenient 
time to give that satisfaction which is fit and just much less to pay and sat- 
isfy such other legacies as by this my will I have appointed and given I 
do therefore will, ordain and appoint that my executors hereafter named 
or the survivor of them with as much convenient speed as they can after 
my decease for the speedier payment of my debts and discharging of my 
legacies shall sell and dispose all those my tenements and hereditaments 
situate lying & being in the parish of S' Mary Magdalen of Bermondsey 
within the County of Surrey, near the church there, which I purchased of 
Walter Oliver, being three tenements or houses &c in the several occu- 
pations of Thomas Miller Robert Fisher and John Bould their or some 
of their assignee or assignees. And my will is as well the leases which I 
bought of the same and which are in being in friends' names as also the in- 
heritance of the said houses be sold for the uses aforesaid by mine execu- 
tors or the survivor of them and by such other persons and friends who 
have any interest or estates in the same for my use or benefit. They shall 
sell &c. all that my tenement &c. in the tenure or occupation of John 
Blacke, in the parish of Lingfield within the County of Surrey which I 
bought of Edmond Rofey, and my tenement &c. in the parish of Frinsbury 

within the County of Kent, now or late in the tenure & occupation of 

Jones, which I bought of Henry Price. I give and bequeath unto Richard 
Yearwood my son all that my manor or farm with the appurtenances &c. 
in the parish of Burstow within the County of Surrey, now or late in the 
tenure &c. of Edmond Rofey &c. to have & to hold during the term of his 
natural life (then follow conditions of entailment on the issue of the body of 
the said Richard Yearwood the son). And for default of such issue to 
Hannah Payne my daughter during her natural life ; and after her decease 
to Richard Payne her second son and the heirs of his body lawfully to be 
begotten; and for default of such issue to my right heirs forever. Item I 
give unto the poor of the parish of S l Saviours in Southwark inhabiting 
within the liberty of the Borough of Southwark whereof I am a parishion- 
er the sum of ten pounds &c. I give uuto M r Morton and M r Archer min- 
isters of the said parish forty shillings apiece. I give to William Brayne 
apprentice with Nicholas King grocer twenty pounds &c. to be paid unto him 


at the expiration of his time of apprenticeship. I give unto Margaret Dal- 
lin wife of Christopher Dallin cooper the sum of ten pounds &c. to be 
paid unto her in five years by forty shillings a year. To Hannah Groue 
daughter of Richard Groue of Middle Wiche in the County of Chester ten 
pounds at day of marriage or age of twenty and one years. 

Item I give to Katherine my well beloved wife her dwelling in all that 
part of my dwelling house wherein I do now live during so long time as she 
shall continue a widow and dwell in the same herself if my lease thereof 
shall so long continue, my said wife paying therefore yearly to my ex- 
ecutors hereafter named the sum of five pounds per annum by half yearly 
payments &c. And I do further give unto her all such household stuff and 
so much value in plate as she brought with her when I married her. And 
I give and bequeath unto my cousin Nicholas King grocer and Margaret 
his wife and the longer liver of them the lease of my now dwelling house, 
onely I will that my said wife do dwell and continue in such part thereof 
as I have before appointed during such time as aforesaid. To my loving 
friend and cousin M r Stephen Street grocer ten pounds. The said Nicho- 
las King and Stephen Street to be executors. 

The residue and remainder of all my personal estate and which shall re- 
main of my lands and tenements by me appointed to be sold as aforesaid, 
my debts being paid and my funeral expenses and legacies discharged, I 
will the same shall be distributed and divided by my executors in man- 
ner following viz* two third parts thereof unto Richard Yearwood my son 
if he shall be then living and that my said executors shall discern him to 
be reformed and become a frugal man, and the other third part thereof I 
will shall be divided to and amongst my daughter Payne's eight children 
now living viz' Edward, Richard, John, George, Anne, Timothy, Susan and 
Katherine, and the survivors of them ; the same to be paid to their father 
for their uses. And I appoint my loving friends M r Drew Stapley grocer 
and my son in law Edward Payne to be overseers of this my will. And I 
do give to either of them for a remembrance of my love and their pains to 
be taken therein the sum of five pounds apiece. 

Wit : Thomas Haruard, William Frith William Sheappard John Fincher. 

13 march 1661 administration de bonis non was granted to his daughter 
Hannah Payne, the executors being dead. 98, Audley. 

In the name of God Amen. I Katherine Yarwood of the parrish of 
S' Saviours in the Burroughe of Southwarke in the Countie of Surrey 
widdowe being at this tyme weake in bodie but of perfect memory praised 
be God therefore doe ordayne this my last will and Testament revoakeing 
all former wills and Testamentes whatsoever ffirst I bequeath my soule 
into the mercifull hands of my Deare Redeemer Jesus Christ the eternall 
sonne of God whoe by his holy Spirit as my trust and hope is will p r serve 
me to his heavenly kingdome; And my bodie to be interred at the discre- 
tion of my executors And for my worldly goods I thus dispose of them. 
Inprimis I give to my eldest sonne John Harvard Clarke all that my mes- 
suage Tenement or Inne comonly called or knowne by the name of the 
Queenes head in the Borroughe of Southwarke aforesaid with the appurte- 
nances and all my deedes and writeings touching and concerning the same 
and all my estate right title interest terme of yeares and demand whatsoever 
which I have of and unto the same and of and unto everie part and parcell 
thereof. Item I give unto the said John Hervard and unto Thomas Her- 


rard my sonne equally to be devided betweene them all my messuages Ten- 
ements and hereditaments whatsoever w th their and every of their appur- 
tenances scituate and being in the parrish of All Saintes Barkeing nere unto 
the Tower of London whereof I am possessed under two severall leases 
made by the Master brethren and Sisters of the Hospitall of S* Katherine's 
nere the Tower of London unto John Elletson deceased ; and all my deedes 
and writeings touching and concerning the same. And all my severall and 
respectiue estates right title interest terme of yeares and demaund which I 
have of and unto the same, and of and unto every part and parcell thereof. 
Nevertheless my will and meaueing is and soa I doe hereby appoint and de- 
clare that the said John Harvard and Thomas Harvard their executors 
Administrators and Assignes shall yearly and every yeare dureing the. con- 
tinuance of the severall tymes in the said severall leases graunted, paye or 
cause to be payed out of the rentes issues and proffits of the said last men- 
coed premisses at the feast of the nativity of our Lord God twentie shillings 
to fower poor people that are reputed of honest conversation dwelling in the 
parrishe of S l Saviours aforesaid by five shillings apeece And that the 
said John Hervard and Thomas Hervard their executors Administrators 
and Assignes shall paye or cause to be payed the residue and remainder of 
the rentes issues and profhtes of the said last mentioned premisses unto such of 
the Children of Hugh Harsall late of the Burrougk of Southwarke aforesaid 
Innkeeper deceased as have not their poicons paied and was given and be- 
queathed unto them by the last wills & testam tes of the said John Ellet- 
son and Hugh Harsall or either of them untill such tyme as the said Child- 
ren shall have all their said porcons paied unto them and afterwards that 
the said John Hervard and Thomas Hervarde their executors adm'strat ™ 
and assignes shall enioye the residue of the said rentes issues and proffits of 
the said last menconed premisses to their owne proper uses and behoofes 
equally to be devided betweene them Item I give to my said sonue John 
Hervard two hundred and fiftie poundes in money And I doe appoint two 
hundred pounds parcell thereof to be payed w th the moneys due upon one 
obligacon of the penall some of fower hundred poundes beareing date the 
first daye of this instant moneth of Julie made by my sonne Thomas Her- 
vard unto my Overseer M r Mooreton for my use condiconed for the pay- 
ment of two hundred pounds at or upon the first daye of January now next 
ensueing Item I give to my sonne Thomas aforesaid one hundred poundes 
in money Item to the Children of my Brother Thomas Rogers I give for- 
tie shillings a peece. Item to the poore of this parrish of S l Saviours I give 
fortie shillinges Item to M r Archer one of our Ministers I give twentie 
shillings. Item to M riB Moreton our other Ministers wife I give my best 
gould wrought Coyfe which of my two best shee please to make choice of 
Item my Sister Rose Reason and my sister Joaue Willmore to each of them 
I give a ring at the discretion of my executors Item to old M ris Blanchard 
I give my best paire of Gloves Item to my Cosen Joseph Brocket the 
younger I give twentie shillings ; and to my Cosen Mary Brocket I give 
my best scarlet Petticoate or the value thereof in money at the discretion of 
my executors Item I make and ordayne my two sonnes John and Tho- 
mas Hervard aforesaid ioinct executors of this my last will and Testament. 
Item for the overseers of this my last will and Testament I appoint my 
loveing frend M r Moreton our minister of S l Saviours aforesaid for one, 
and to hirn in token of my love I give three pounds and my paire of 
6ilver hafted knyves ; And for my other Overseer I appoint my Cosen 
M r Thomas Hervard Butcher of S* Saviours aforesaid and to him like- 


wise in token of my love I give three pounds Item I give to nay said ex- 
ecuto™ and Overseers eight pounds by them to be bestowed on such Christ- 
ian poore as they thiuke fitt And I will that all my legacies formerly giv- 
en and bequeathed except the two hundred pounds payable by the obliga- 
tion as aforesaid shalbe paied and deliuered by my executors w th in one moneth 
after my decease The residue of all and singular my goods Chattells and 
gsonall estate after my debts payed and funeralls discharged I give and 
bequeath unto my said sonnes John Hervard and Thomas Hervard equally 
to be devided betweene them In wittues whereof I have unto every sheete 
being seaven in number put to my hand and have sealed the same this sec- 
ond daye of Julie in the eleaventh yeare of the reigne of our Souaigne 
Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ire- 
land Kinge Defender of the faith &c. AnnoO^ Dni 1G35. The marke of 

Catherine Yarwood. 

Memorandum that theis wordes viz 1 porcons in the seaventh lyne and 
John in the fourteenth lyne of the fourth sheete were interlyned and after- 
wards this will was read sealed and published to be the last will and Tes- 
tament of the said Catherine Yarwood in the p r sence of us ; Sealed and 
published by Katherine Yarwood aforesaid in the presence of us William 
Brayne Robert Greaton William Sheap. 

Probatdm fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram mro 
Johanne Hansley Clico Surrogato venabilis viri Dni Henrici Marten mili- 
tis legum etiam Dcoris Curie Prerogative Cantuar magri Custodis siue 
Com 1 " ltime constituti vicesimo septimo die mensis Julii Anno Dni mil- 
lesimo sexcentesimo tricesimo quinto Juramentis Johis Hervard et Thome 
Hervard filiorum dee defunctae et executorum in huiusmodi Testamento 
nomiuatorum Quibus comissa fuit administraco omnl et singuloru bonoru 
iuriu et creditoru dcas def de bene et fideliter administrando ead m &c Ad 
sancta dei Evangelia Jurat. 77, Sadler. 

In the name of God Amen the fiefteeuth daie of July Anno Domini 
one thousand six hundred thirtie and six And in the twelueth yeare of the 
raigue of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of god kinge of Eng- 
land Scotland ffrauuee and Ireland Defender of the faith &c I Thomas 
Harvard of the pishe of Saint Olave in Southwarke in the County of Sur- 
ry and Cittizen and Clothworker of London beinge att this preseute sicke 
and weake in bodie but of good and pfecte mynde and memorie all laude 
and praise be given to Allmightie god therefore and cousideringe with my 
selfe the frailtie and mutabilitie of this present life and the certaintie of 
death, And to the end that I may bee the better prepared and settled in my 
mynde whensoever it shall please god to call me out of this trausitorie life 
I doe by the pmission of god make and declare this my last will and Testa- 
ment in manner and forme followinge, That is to saie, ffirst and principally 
I comend my Soule into the hands of Allmightie god hopeinge aud assuredly 
beleevinge through the death and passion of Jesus Christe his only sonue and 
alone Saviour to obtaine Remission and forgiveues of all my Synns and to 
be made ptaker of everlastinge life My bodie I comitt to (he earth from 
whence it came to be decently buried att the discrecon of my executors 
here under named, And as concerninge all such worldly goods Chattelles and 
psonall estate as it hath pleased god to endue me w th in this life I give and 
bequeath the same in manner and forme followinge. That is to saie Inpri- 


mis I give and bequeath unto my deere and welbeloved wife Elizabeth 
Harvard the some of fower hundred poundes of lawful English money to 
be paied unto her within six monethes next after my decease More I giue 
and bequeath to my said lovinge all my plate and howsehold stuffe ex- 
ceptinge only my best standinge bowle of silver guilte and my great Cheste 
with two lockes Item I give and bequeath unto my said lovinge wife Eliz- 
abeth Harvard one Annuitie or yearely payment of thirty poundes of good 
and lawfull Englishe mony to be yearely due goeinge out issuinge and pay- 
able unto my said wife out of all those messuages and Tenementes with 
thappurteniices And the rentes issues and proffites of them scituate lyinge 
and beinge att or neere Towerhill in the parishe of All Saintes Barkinge in 
London which I hould ioyntly togeather with my brother John Harvard 
by vertue of a lease to us thereof made by the M r . brothers and sisters of 
the Hospitall of Saint Katherines neere the Tower of London, To have and 
to hould the said Annuitie or Rente charge of Thirtie poundes p Ann unto 
my said loveinge wife for and duringe the tearme of her naturall life to be 
paied unto her att fower feastes or tearmes in the yeare, That is to saie att 
the feastes of Saint Michaell Tharchangell, the birth of our lord god, Than- 
nuntiacon of the blessed virgin Marie and the Nativitie of Saint John Bap- 
tist or within one and twentiedaies nexte ensuinge everie of the same feaste 
daies by equall and even porcons, The first paimente thereof to beginn and 
to be made att the feaste of the feastes aforesaid which shall first and next 
happen and come after my decease, or within one and twentie daies then 
nexte ensuinge with power to distreyne for the same Annuitie in and upon 
the said tenementes or anie of them, if the same anuitie shall happen to be 
behinde and unpaied contrary to this my will, Provided that my ffather in 
lawe M r . Nicholas Kinge or his heires att any time duringe the tearme of 
my naturall life doe assure and conveie unto me and my heires or within 
six moneths after my decease to my executors hereunder named or to such 
pson or psons as I the said Thomas Harvard shall by anie writinge under 
my hand name and appointe, And theire heires and assignes, And to such 
use and uses as I shall thereby lymitt and declare and in such good sure 
and sufficiente manner and forme as by learned Councell shall be advised 
and required All that messuage or Tenement with thappurteniices and 
the rente and Revercon thereof scituate and beinge in or neere Shippyard 
in the pishe of Saint Saviours in Southwarke now or late in the tenure or 
occupacon of Owen Jones or his assignes Item I give and bequeath unto 
such childe or Children as my wife nowe goeth with or is with childe of the 
some of three hundred poundes of lawfull Englishe money to be paied and 
deliuered into the Chamber of the Cittie of London for the use of such 
Child and children within one yeare nexte after my decease to be imployed 
for the use and benefitt of such childe and children untill they shall accom- 
plishe the age of Twentie and one yeares Item I give and bequeath unto 
such childe and children as my wife goeth with or is with childe of all that 
my moitie or halfe parte of the lease of the said Tenem te8 . with thappur- 
teniices att or neere Tower hill in the said gishe of All Saintes Barkinge 
holden of and from the Hospitall of Saint Katherines and the moitie of my 
rentes and revercons thereof, And all my estate tearmes of yeares and de- 
maund therein charged with the said Annuity of Thirtie poundes p Ann by 
me herein before given unto my said wife, Prouided allwaies and my 
mynde and will is that if my said wife shall not be with childe att the time 
of my decease, or that such childe and children shall happen to miscarry or 
dye or departe this life before he she or theie shall accomplishe the age or 


ages of twentie and one yeares then in such case or cases and not otherwise 
I doe giue and bequeath unto the severall persons hereunder named the 
seu r all legacies and somes of money hereunder rneuconed, That is to saie, 
To my said loviuge wife one hundred poundes. to my said brother John 
Harvard one hundred poundes. To and amongst the children of my unckle 
Rogers fforty poundes To my godsonn William Harvard ffiefteene poundes, 
To the eldest sonne of my Cosseu Thomas Willmore ffower poundes to my 
Cossen Robert Harvard five poundes to John Brockett the sonne of Joseph 
Brockett ffortie shillinges, And then alsoe and in such case, I doe give and 
bequeath unto my said brother John Harvard my said moitie or half parte 
of the lease of the said Teuementes with the appu r tennces att or neere 
Towerhill aforesaid and the rentes and the Revercons thereof, And all my 
estate tearme of yeares and demaunde therein charged with the said 
Annuity of Thirtie pounds g ann by me given to my said wife, Item 
I doe alsoe by this my will give and bequeath unto my said brother John 
Harvard the sume of one hundred poundes lawfull English mony, and my 
standinge bowle of silver guilt and my Chest with twoe lockes before ex- 
cepted, Together with my best whole suite of apgell and my best cloake, 
And all things belouginge thereunto, Item I give and bequeath unto M r 
Nichollas Morton Minister and Preacher in the giske of Saint Saviors in 
Soutlnvarke the some of fforty shillinges in recompence of a Sermon which 
I desire he should preach at my funerall, for the better Comforte edifyinge 
and iustruecon of such my freinds and neighboures and other people as 
there shalbe assembled, Item I giue and bequeath unto James Archer Min- 
ister twentie shillinges. Item I giue and bequeath unto M r Osney Minister 
the some of twenty shillinges, Item I give and bequeath unto M r Clarke 
Minister the some of twenty shillinges, Item I give and bequeath unto my 
said ffather in lawe M r . Nicholas Kinge the some of three poundes to make 
him a ringe. Item I giue and bequeath unto my Cossen William Harvard the 
some of Teune poundes, Item I give and bequeath unto my said Cossen 
Robert Harvard the some of six poundes, Item I give unto the said Joseph 
Brockett my seale Ringe of gould, I will that there shalbe distributed 
by my executors on the day of my buriall the some of ffortie shillinges, that 
is to saie to and amongst the poore people of Saint Saviours in Southwarke 
the some of twenty shillings and to And amongst the poore people of the 
gishe of Saint Olave in Southwarke the like some of twenty shillings Att 
the discrecon of my Executors where moste neede shall appeare. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my Mother in -lawe Margarett King ffortie 
shillinges and unto her twoe daughters Margaret and Ilanah the like some 
of ffortie shillinges a.peece to make them Ringes. The rest residue and Re- 
mainder of all and singuler my goodes chattelles and worldly substance what- 
soever not herein before given or bequeathed, I give and bequeath in forme 
followinge, that is to saie, Twoe full third gts thereof unto such.childe and 
children as my said wife nowe goeth withall or is with childe of And thother 
twoe third gtes thereof I fully and wholly give unto my said lovinge wife 
Elizabeth, and my said lovinge brother John Ilai vard equally betweeue 
them to be devided gte and porcon alike. And in case my said wife shall 
not be with childe att the time of my decease or that such child and child- 
ren shall dye before theie shall accomplishe theire age or ages of twentie 
and one yeares Then in such case I give and bequeath the residue and re- 
mainder of my estate my debtes funerall expences, and my legacies beinge 
paied and gformed unto my said lovinge wife and my said brother equally 
betweeue them to be devided gte and porcon alike, And my will and mean 


inge is that the legacies by me in and by this my last will given and be- 
queathed unto my said wife and such childe and children as she nowe^goeth 
with or is with childe of is and are in full Recompence and satisfaccon of 
such parte of my estate shee they or anie of them shall or may claime or chal- 
lenge by the custome of the Citty of London, And to the end they shall 
make noe clayme or challege thereby, And if they shall make such Claime 
or challenge by the said custome Then I will that the said legacies by nw 
to them given shall cease and bee voide and not be paied, And I doe or- 
daine and make my said welbeloved brother John Harvard And the sain 
Niehollas Morton preacher executors of this my said last will and Testa- 
ment in trust for the due gformance of this my said laste will and the pay- 
ment of the legacies herein included and given and especially and before 
all of such debtes as in right and conscience 1 shall owe to anie gson or 
gsons att the time of my decease as my trust is in them, And in recom- 
pence of theire paines therein to be taken, I give and bequeath unto either 
of them the sume of fme poundes lawfull englishe mony apeece, And I doe 
nominate and appoint my said lovinge ffather in lawe M r Nicholas Kinge 
and my lovinge Cossen Thomas Harvard and my lovinge freind M r . John 
Spencer Merchante to be overseers of this my will desiring them to se the 
same gformed accordinge to my true meaning and to be aidinge and assist- 
inge to my said Executors with theire best advice And for theire paines 
therein to be taken I give and bequeath unto every one of them three 
poundes apeece of like mony, And I doe hereby revoke and disalowe of 
all former willes and bequestes by me in any wise heretofore made And this 
to stand and continewe for and as my last will and testament, In witnes 
whereof to this my said last will and testament conteyninge with this sheete, 
Nyne sheetes of paper, I the said Thomas Harvard have sett my hand and 
seale the daie and yeare first aboue written Thomas Harvard Sealed and 
published by the said Thomas Harvard for and as his last will and testa- 
ment the daie and yeare abovesaid in the p r sence of me Richard Greene 
Scr: Richard Barlowe. 

Pkobatdm fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram magro 
Willmo Sames legum dcore Surrogato venerabilis viri domini Henrici 
Marten militis legum etiam dcOris Curie Prerogatiue Cant magri Custodis 
sive Comissarii ltime constitut, Quinto die mensis Maij Anno domini mil- 
limo sexcentesimo tricesimo septimo Jurament Nicholai Morton Cleric 
executoru in humoi testament nominat; cui comissa fuit administracio 
omni et singuloru bonoru iuriu et creditoru diet def de bene et fidle ad° 
ead m ad sc ta dei evang: iurat, Reservata jptate similem comissioem faciend 
Johanni Harvard alteri execut etiam in dicto testament nominat cum vene- 
rit earn petitur. 69, Goare. 

[At last, thanks to the mother that bore him, and who by her careful mention of 
him in her will as " my eldest son, John Harvard, clarke," has again, as !t were, 
brought him to light, we are enabled to lift the veil that for nearly two hundred 
and fifty years has hidden our modest and obscure, but generous benefactor, the 
godfather of America's oldest University, the patrun Saint of New England's scho- 
lars; to learn his parentage and birthplace, and to form some idea of his youthful 
surroundings.' The will of his brother'Tliomas, to be sure (discovered by me on 
Washington's birth-day, 1884), furnished the first important evidence in regard to 
him. It will be noticed in that will, made 15 July, lf>3(i, that he appoints his brother, 
John Harvard, and the Rev. Nicholas Morton, parson of St. Saviour's, joint execu- 
tors ; that this will was presented for probate 5 May, 1637, by Mr. Morton alone, and 
power granted only to him, a similar power being reserved for John Harvard, the 


other executor, when he should come to seek it. This seemed to show plainly enough 
the absence of John Harvard, the brother of Thomas, on that fifth of May, 1637 
Well, that was the year of the first appearance of our John Harvard on the soil of 
New England, as shown by the records of Charlestown ; so that probably on that 
very day in May he was on his way across the Atlantic. The inference then was a rea- 
sonable one that the John Harvard named in the will of Thomas Harvard of South- 
wark and the wise benefactor after whom our ancient University was named were 
one and the same person. But it needed just the mention of him in his mother's 
will as " clarke,"' taken in connection with this fact of his absence at the proving 
of his brother's will, to put the matter beyond question. Here too it seems as if en- 
vious chance had sought to hide him, for in the Calendar of 1637 the name of the tes- 
tator, which in the record is plainly enough " Harvard," was entered " Haward," 
a name which might be passed over by any one hunting for the name of Harvard. 
It was only by gleaning thst I came upon it. 

Again — the Register Books of St. Saviour's, Southwark, the parish in which our 
benefactor first saw the light, seem to have lent themselves to increase the mystery 
that has enveloped the English surroundings of John Harvard, as will appear from 
the following list of baptisms :* 

1601 May 31 Marye Harverde d. of Robert, a Butcher. 

1602 July 15 Robert Harverde s. of Robert, a Butcher. 

1606 September 30 Robert Harvye s. of Robert, a Butcher. 

1607 November 29 John Harvye s. of Robt. a Butcher. 

1609 December 3 Thomas Harvye s. of Robt. a Butcher. 

1610 November 1 William Harverd 8. of Robert, a Butcher. 

1612 September 27 Katherin Harverd d. of Robert, a Butcher. 

1613 December 12 Ann Harverd d. of Robt. a Butcher. 
1615 April 2 Peter Harvye d. of Robt. a Butcher. 

Why, if his name was Harvard, should we accept the baptism of John Harvye as 
the baptism of our John Harvard? Here again the mother comes to our assistance. 
It can readily be seen that Katherine Yearwood must have been the widow of Rob- 
ert Harvard and mother of the John, Thomas and Peter named in his will. It may 
not appear so evident that John Elletson, whose will I have given in its order of 
time, had married the widow Harvard before she became the wife of Richard Year- 
wood. The will of John Elletson makes no mention of any of the Harvard family ; 
yet no one can read attentively that will and the will of Mrs. Katherine Yearwood 
in connection with each other, without being forced to the conclusion that Kathe- 
rine Yearwood must have been the widow of John Elletson and the executrix of his 
will, and, as such, the successor of his trust in regard to the children of Hugh 
Horsall, or Harsall, deceased. So convinced was I of this that almost the first ob- 
ject of my quest in the register of St. Saviour's, was the record of the marriage of 
John Elletson with the widow Harvard. And I soon found it entered thuB : 

1625 Januarie 19 John Ellison & Katherine Harvie. 
Here we find mother and son both appearing under another and the same name, 
viz., llarvie or Harvye. I found too in the will of Thomas Cox, citizen and vint- 
ner of London, made 12 September and proved 21 September, 1613 (79 Capell) be- 
quests made to sundry members of this family (John Harvard's uncles'?) as follows': 
" 1 give M r s Hervcrd als Harvey wife of M r Thomas Harverd als Harvey of S l Kath- 
erines Butcher six payre of best sheets," &c. — " I doe give and bequeath unto Rich- 
ard Harverd als Harvey of S' Saviour's parish aforesaid butcher, my now tenant, 
the sum of ten pounds." &c. A Robert Harvy als Harverde the elder of Rooke- 
by (Rugby) was mentioned by Thomas Atkins of Dunchurch, Warwickshire, in 
his will, 41st Elizabeth. (48,'Kidd ) 

The burial of the father of John Harvard is thus entered : 

1625 August 24 M r Robert Harvey, a man, in the church. 

The youngest son, Peter, mentioned in his father's will (of 28 July, 1625) but 
nut in the widow's, was buried four days before the father, also in the church, 
where also Richard Yearwood (a vestryman) was buried 18 October, 1632, and Kath- 
erine Yearwood 9 July, 1635. John Harvard's elder brother Robert was buried 
the very day before his father made his will. Evidently the family were suffering 

* The first two children in the list, viz. Mary (bapt. 1601) and Robert (bapt. 1602), were 
probably the children of Mr. Harvard by his first wife, Barbara Descyn, whom he married 
26 June, 1600. 


from the visitation of the plague in the summer of 1625. I saw other burials entered, 
but did not have time to note them. All, however, I think, were buried in the church. 
As I passed through this venerable edifice, once the place of worship of our modest 
benefactor, I noticed that the great window in the South Transept was of plain 
glass, as if Providence had designed that some day the sons of Harvard should place 
there a worthy memorial of one who is so well entitled to their veneration. — Henry 
F. Waters.] 

William Ward of the parish of S' Savior in Southwarke in the County 
of Surrey citizen and goldsmith of London 2 April 1 624. 

My body to be buried within the parish church of S* Saviors in South- 
wark aforesaid. My estate shall be divided into three equal parts or por- 
tions according to the laudable custom of the city of London. One of which 
said third parts of my estate I do give, devise and bequeath unto my now 
wellbeloved wife Roase Ward. One other third part of my said estate I 
do give and bequeath unto my loving son Edward Ward and unto my well 
beloved daughter Roase Warde equally between them to be divided part 
and part alike (both minors). The other third part I reserve towards the 
payment of debts, funeral expenses and legacies &c. 

To loving aunt Margaret Wood widow forty shillings per annum, in 
quarterly payments. To the poor of the parish of S l Savior's four pounds 
sterling. To M r James Archar our minister twenty shillings sterling. To 
the churchwardens and vestry men of the parish of S' Saviors aforesaid of 
which society I am now a member the sum of six pounds sterling to make 
a dinner for them. To my good friend M r Richard Yarwood one silver 
bowl of the weight of twelve ounces. Item I do give and bequeath unto 
my brother M r Robert Harverd and to my friend George Garrett and my 
cousin William Shawarden to every of them a ring of gold to the value of 
twenty shillings or twenty shillings apiece in money. The remainder shall 
be divided into three equal parts or portions, two of which I do give and 
bequeath unto my said son Edward Ward to be likewise paid unto him at 
his age of one and .twenty years, and the other third part of the said re- 
mainder I do give and bequeath unto my said daughter Roase Ward to be paid 
unto her on the day of her marriage or at her age of one and twenty years, 
which shall first happen. If both my said children shall happen to die be- 
fore the legacies by this my last will bequeathed unto them and either of 
them shall grow due then I do will and bequeath all and every the legacies, 
herein by me before bequeathed unto my said children, unto my said loving 
wife Roase Ward and unto my cousin Elizabeth now wife of the forenamed 
William Shawarden equally between them to be divided &c. And I do 
make and ordain my said son Edward Warde and my said good friend M r 
Richard Woodward executors of this my last' will. And I do nominate and 
appoint the foresaid Robert Harvard, George Garrett and William Shawar- 
den to be overseers of this my will. 

This will containing four sheets of paper was read signed sealed and de- 
livered in the presence of us Josua Whitfeild aud me William Page Scri. 
Memorandum that this word Woodward was mistaken in the fifteenth line of 
this sheet and that according to the true intent of the said William Ward 
the same was meant and should have been written Yearwood who is the 
man mentioned to be nominated in the eighth line of the — sheet to be Rich- 
ard Yearwood and mistaken by me the writer, witness William Page Scri. 

Administration was granted to Roase Ward, the widow, during the mi- 
nority of Edward Warde the son. 5 October 1624. 80, Byrde. 


[The foregoing abstract was found in the course of my gleaninss nearly a year ago, 
and preserved on account of its mention of Robert Harvard and Richard Year wood. 
It now turns out to be very important as evidence that Robert Harvard's wife Kath- 
erine, the mother of our John Harvard, was a Rogers ; for in my reading of the 
registers of St. Saviour's I came upon the following marriage : 

1621 Oct 17 William Warde and Rose Rogers. 

This I made note of at the time, not remembering this long preserved abstract of 
William Ward's will, but solely because I recalled that Katherine Yarwood had 
mentioned a sister Rose Reason, and as I fully believed the testatrix would turn out 
to be a Rogers, the name Rose Rogers struck me as worth noting. Rose Ward 
and Rose Reason were probably one and the same person. 

Another most important evidence of John Harvard's identity remains to be shown. 
Knowing that he must have been the owner of landed property, and believing that 
before leaving for America (in the spring of 1637) he would be selling some of this 
property, I surmised that some record of such sale would appear in some of the docu- 
ments preserved in the Public Record Office, although I had been informed that the 
Record Office had been searched for trace of John Harvard, and that it was hardly 
worth the while for me to make a search there. However, I laid the matter before my 
young friend Francis Grigson, Esq. (a son of the late Rev. William Grigson, our 
former corresponding member), and sought his advice. He said that my surmise 
was quite reasonable, and that the best field of investigation would be the Feet of 
Fines. No one could be kinder than he in showing me how to look for the evidence 
I wanted. After almost a whole day's labor, in which I found many suggestive 
items bearing on American names, I, at last, found an entry which led me to send 
for the Feet of Fines of the Hillary Term, 12th Charles I., County Surrey. The 
following is a copy of the first (and important) part of this document : 

Hec est finalis concordia fca> in cur> Dni Regis apud Westm) in Octavis Purifica- 
c'ois Be' Marie Anno regnornm caroli Dei gra> Angli Scotie fi'ranc et Hibnie Regis 
fidei Defens etc a conqu> duodecimo coram Johe> ffinch Rico) Hutton Georgio Ver- 
non et ffrancisco Crawley justic 1 et aliis dni Regis fidelibus tunc ibi) p r sentil>us Int' 
Johe in iMan et Johannam uxo>m eius quer> et Johe'm Harvard et Annam uxohn 
eius deforc) de uno mesuagio et tribus Cotagijs cum p'tin' in Parochia Sci) Olavi in 

The next day, after a long search, I was able to examine the Concord of Fines, 
relating to the same transaction, where I hoped to find the signatures of the parties 
to this agreement, as was the custom. This case, to my great regret, proved an 
exception to the rule, and I was unable therefore to get a tracing of John Harvard's 
autograph. However, I was enabled to fix the precise date of the transfer, vizt. 16 
February, 12th Cnarles I. The consideration given by John and Johan Man was 
one hundred and twenty pounds sterling. 

Here we find John Harvard appearing in February, 1636-7, as a grantor of real 
estate in St. Olave (where his brother Thomas wa ; V* -mg) and with wife Ann ; surely 
most important evidence that he was the John Har\ ■>.• I who six months afterwards 
-was in New England with a wife Ann ; and the above date of transfer and the date 
of probate of his brother Thomas Harvard's will undoubtedly furnish the limits of 
the period of time within which John Harvard left old England to take up his 
abode in our New England. He must have set sail some time between 16 February 
and 5 May, 1637. The four tenements thus conveyed were, without doubt, the 
same as those described in the following extract : 

John Man of the parish of St. Olave in Southwarke in the County of Surrey, sea 
captain, 6 August 1660, proved 25 November 1661. 

" I giue and bequeath all those my foure houses or Tenements with thappurte- 
nanees thereunto belonging scituate in Bermondsey streete in the parish of S 4 Olave 

in Southwarke and County aforesaid which I purchased of one Harbert, being 

in the occupation and possession of one Greenball or his assignes at yearely 

Rent of eight and twenty pounds unto Mary my Loveing wife dureing her naturall 
life and from and after her decease to the heires of our bodyes lawfully to bee be- 
gotten forever and for want of such issue to the heires of the said Mary my wife 
Lawfully to bee begotten of her body forever.'' — h. f. w.] 180, May. 


In Dei Nomine Amen. The Sixt Daye of the moneth of fTebruary 
Anno dni 1637 I John Sadler of Ringmer in the County of Sussex Clerke 
Compos mentis et Corpore sanus thankes be to God therefore doe make & 
ordayne this my last will & Testament viz 1 ffirst I will & bequeath my 
poore sinfull Soule to God the father Beseechinge him of his mercy to save 
it for his sonne Jesus Christ his satisfaccons sake And my Body I will to 
be buryed where & by whome & in what manner God hath appointed, 
ffor my worldly goodes I will & bequeath them in maner followinge ffirst I 
will aiid bequeath to my daughter Anne the wife of John Haruard Clarke 
Twentie shillinges to be payd her after my decease when shee shall demand 
it. Item I will and bequeath to my sonne John Sadler Twenty Shillinges 
to be payd him within a moneth after my death if it be demaunded Alsoe I 
will and bequeath to the poore of the parish of Worsfield in the County of 
Salop Twenty shillinges to be distributed amongst them after my death 
And I will to the poore of y e pish of Ringmer abouenamed the summe of 
Tenn shillinges to be distributed amongst them after my departure And 
for the rest of my worldly goodes whatsoever legally bequeatheable I will 
and bequeath them to Mary my deare and loveinge wife not doubtinge of 
her good and godly diposeinge of them whome I make the sole and onely 
Executrix of this my will In wittnes whereof I say In wittnes whereof I 
haue hereunto sett my hand & seale John Sadler. 

Witnesses hereunto John Shepherd John Legener. 

Pkobatum fuit Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram vem- 
abili viro dno Henrico Marten milite legu dcore Curiae Prerogative 
Cant Magfo Custode sive Comissario ltime Constituto vicesimo primo die 
meusis Octobris Anno dni Millino sexcentmo quadragesimo Juramento 
Marie Sadler Relicts dicti defuncti et Executricis in hmoi Testamento 
noiat Cui Comissa fuit Administraco omniu et singlorum bonorum iurium 
et Creditorum eiusdem defuncti de bene et fideliter Administraudo eadem 
Ad sancta dei Evangelia coram Magro Esdra Coxall Clico vigore Comissi- 
onis in ea parte als emanat Jurat. Coventry, 128. 

[John Sadler, MA., whose will is given above, was instituted Vicar of Patcham 
in the county of Sussex, 3 November, 1008, as I have been informed by E. H. VV. 
Dunkin, Esq., who has for years been making careful researches among the records 
relating to this county. In Patcham Mr. Sadler's children were baptized as fol- 
lows : 

Ann d. of Jn. Sadler, Mary, August 24, 1614. 
John s. of Do April 0, 1617. 

Afterwards he was settled at Ringmer, where 1 find he was inducted 12 October. 
lG2 r >, and was buried there 3 October, 1640.* His son John was a graduate of 
Emanuel College, Cambridge, MA. 1038, Fellow of the College, Master in Chan- 
cery, Town Clarke of London and Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge, we 
learn from Cole's Collection (Add. MS. 5851, British Museum). From Le Neve's 
Fast. Eccl. Angl. we get this confirmed and with further information, under the 
title St. Mary "Magdalene Coll. Masters. John Sadler, M.A., was admitted 1050, 
and deprived at the restoration. 

* The Burrcll Collection (Add. MSS. .5697, &c. British Museum), from which I took the 
above item, gives the date lfi42, a manifot error as shown by date of probate of will ; be- 
sides, Burrell convicts himself in the next line, showing the date of induelion of Mr. Sad- 
ler's successor, 1G40. My friend Mr. Dunkin gives me the entry from the Ringmer Reg- 
ister as follows : " 1640 Oct. 3 buryed M r John Sadler minister of Ringmer." h. f. w. 


In the same MS. Cole gives the admission of John Harvard, P 1631, and the 
same year Tho. Allen P. June 22, Suff. Mr. Harvard's graduation is shown to be 
1635. His pastor, Nicholas Morton, M.A. 1619, horn in Leicestershire, was Dixy 
Fellow and afterwards chaplain of St. Mary Overies, London (i.e. St. Savior's, 

In the Sussex Archaeological Society's Collection (vol. 11, p. 225) is given "A 
Rolle of the several Armors and furniture with theire names of the clergie within 
the Arch Deaconry of Lewes and Deanery of South Mailing with the Deanry of 
Battell in the County of Sussex. Rated and appoynted the 11th day of March A 
D'ni 1612 by the Right Reverend father in God Samuell (Harsnet) Lo. Bishoppe of 

Chichester." I extract the following item : " Petcham, M r Jo. Sadler, vicar 

a musquet furnished." 

As the widow Ann Harvard became the wife of the Rev. Thomas Allen, the fol- 
lowing abstract may be worth noting here : 

Mense Octobris 1673, Vicesimo Septimo die. Em'. Com . Thomas Allen filio nrali 
et ltiffio Thomas Allen nup Civ ti3 Norwicen vid def hentis etc. Ad Admistrand 
bona jura et cred d'ei def de bene etc jurat. Admon. Act Book 1673, fol. 128. 

I cannot refrain from expressing the gratitude I feel toward 3 my brother 
antiquaries in England for the kindly sympathy and generous assistance I have 
received from them; and I desire to name especially Messrs. E. H. W. Dunkin, 
Francis Grigson, David Jones, Robert Garraway Rice and J. C. C. Smith, who 
have shown kindness without stint in this matter, as in all other matters connected 
with my genealogical work in England. — Henry F. Waters.] 

Testamentatum Georgii ffox. 

I do give to Thomas Lower my sadle and bridle they are at John Nel- 
son's and spurrs and Bootts inward leathers and the New England Indian 
Bible and my great book of the signifying of names and my book of the 
New Testament of Eight languages and all my physical things that came 
from beyond the sea with the outlandish cupp and that thing that people 
do give glisters with and my two dials the one is an Equinoctiall Diall 
And all my overplus Books to be divided among my four sons in law and 
also all my other books And my Flamock I do give to Thomas Lower 
that is at Benjamin Antrobus his closett and Rachell may take that which 
is at Swarthmore. And Thomas Lower may have my Wallnutt Equinoc- 
tiall Diall and if he can he may gett one cut by it which will be hard to 
do, and he shall have one of my prospect glasses in my Trunck at Lon- 
don and a pair of my gloves and my seale. G: ff: And the flameing 
sword to Nath: Meade and my other two seals I: Rouse and the other Dan: 
Abraham And Tho: Lower shall have my Spanish Leatherhood and S: 
Meade shall have my magnifying glass and the tortoise shell comb and 
cace. G. ff. 

And let Tho: Docra that knoweth many of my Epistles and written 
Books which he did write come up to London to assist ffriends in sorting 
of my Epistles and other writings and give him a Guinea. G. ff. 

And all that I have written concerning what I do give to my Relations 
either money or otherwise John Loft may putt it up in my Trunck at John 
Elsons and write all things down in a paper and make a paper out of all 
my papers how I have ordered things for them and John Loft may send 
all things down by Poulesworth Carryer in the Trunck to John ffox at 
Poulesworlh in Warwickshire And lett John ffox send John Loft a full 
Receipt and a discharge and in this matter none of you may be concerned 


but John Loft only. And my other Little Trunck that standeth in Benja- 
min Antrobus his closett with the outlandish things Thomas Lower shall 
have and if it be ordered in any other papers to any other, that must not 
stand so, but as now ordered. G. ff. And Sarah thou may give 

Sarah Freckelton halfe a guinea for she hath been serviceable to me an 
honest carefull young woman G. ff. Make no noise of these things but do 
them in the life as I have ordered them And when all is done and cleared 
what remains to the printing of my Books Benjamin Antrobus and Mary 
hath one 100 pounds of mine, take no use of them for it when you do re- 
ceive it And in my chest in Benjamin Antrobus his Chamber there is a 
little Guilt Box with some gold in it Sarah Meade to take it and let it do 
it service among the rest so far as it will goe the Box is sealed up. 

G. ff. 

I do order William and Sarah Meade and T. Lower to take care of all 
my Books and Epistles and papers that be at Benjamin Antrobuses and 
att R. R. Chamber and those that come from Swarthmore and my Jour- 
nall of my life and the passadges and travells of ffriends and to take them 
all into their hands And all the overplus of them they may have and keep 
together as a Library when they have gathered them together which are to 
be printed ; And for them to take charge of all my money and defray all 
as I have ordered in my other papers and anything of mine they ma}' the 
my (sic) take, and God will and shall be their reward The 8 th mo th 1688. 

G. ff. 

Thomas Lower and John Rouse may assist you And all the pas- 
sages and Travels and sufferings of ffriends in the beginning of the spread- 
ing of the truth which I have kept together will make a fine History and 
they may be had at Swarthmore with my other Books and if they come to 
London with my papers then they may be had either at W: M: Ben: An- 
trobus his closett, soe it is a fine thing to know the beginning of the spread- 
ing of the Gospel, after so long night of Apostacy since the Apostles' days 
that now Christ reigns as he did in the hearts of the people. Glory to the 
Lord for ever Amen. The 8 th mo th 1688 G: ff: 

30 December 1697: Appeared personally Sarah Meade, wife of Wil- 
liam Meade of the parish of S 1 Dyonis Back church, London, citizen and 
merchant Taylor of London, and did declare that she is of the number of 
dissenters commonly called Quakers; and she did declare in the presence 
of Almighty God, the witness of the truth of what she said, that she has 
known George Fox, late of Swarthmore in the County of Lancaster Gen- 
tleman, deceased, he marrying with her, the declarant's mother ; and she 
has often seen him write and is well acquainted with his handwriting and 
she, having now seen and perused three papers hereunto annexed and 
marked No 1, 2 & 3, containing the last Will & Testament of the said 
George Fox deceased, the first beginning thus (I do give to Thomas Low- 
er, &c) and ending thus (" Torkel shel com & case. G. ff"), the second be- 
ginning thus (and all that I have written, &c.) and ending thus (the Box 
is sealed up. G. ff.) and in the margin (give him a guinea), the third begin- 
ning thus (I do order William & Sarah Meade, &c. ) and ending thus, (glory 
to the Lord forever Amen. G. ff. the 8 th mon 1688) she did declare that she 
did & does verily believe that the same three papers were and are all wrote by 
& with the proper handwriting of the said George Fox deceased And she 
farther declared that above a year before the death of the said George Fox 
(who died on or about the thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord 


one thousand six hundred & ninety) the said George Fox did deliver to her 
a parcel of papers sealed up & thus superscribed with his own hand, viz 
(Papers of George Fox which are to be laid up in the Trunk of his at 
William Meade's and not to be opened before the time) and on the next 
day after the deceased's death the said bundle was opened in the presence 
of the declarant and of several other persons and they the three papers 
hereunto annexed and marked No 1, 2 & 3 were found amongst other pa- 
pers relating to his concerns. Sarah Meade. 

30 Decembris 1697 dicta Sara Meade fecit declarationem suprascriptam 
coram me George Bramston Suit. 

30 December, 1697 Appeared personally William Ingram of the parish 
of S* Margaret's, New Fish Street London, citizen & Tallow Chandler of 
London, aged about fifty seven years, and declared that he is of the number 
of Dissenters commonly called Quakers ; and he did declare in the presence 
of Almighty God, the witness of the truth of what he said (then follows 
a declaration similar to the foregoing as to handwriting of deceased testa- 
tor, &c). 

A similar declaration was made, the same day, by George Whitehead of 
the parish of S' Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, gentleman, aged 
about sixty years and also of the number of Quakers, &c. 

Tricesimo die mensis Decembris Anno DniMillinio Sexcenfiio nonagemo 
septima emanavit comco Margarets ffox relictre et Legariaj nominatae in 
Testamento Georgii ffox nug de Swarthmore in com Lancastrise sed in 
Proa omniu Sanctoru Lombard Street London defti hentis &c ad admin- 
istrand bona Jura et credita dicti defti juxta tenorem et effectu Testamenti 
ipsius defti (eo quod nullu omnino noiaverit extorem) declaracone in pre- 
sentia dei Omnipoten juxta Statutum parliament in hac parte editum et 
provisu de bene et fideliter administrated eadem g dictam Margaretam ffox 
prius facta. Fyne, 280. 

[George Fox, born in July, 1624, mai'ried 27 8mo. 1669, in Bristol, Margaret, 
widow of Thomas Fell of Swarthmore Hall, Lancashire. She is said to have died 
at Swarthmore in 1702, near the eighty-eighth year of her age. Of her children by her 
first husband, Margaret is said to have been the wife of John Rous, Bridget of John 
Draper, Sarah of William Meade, Mary of Thomas Lower, Susanna of (William?) 
Ingram, and Rachel of Daniel Abraham. — h. f. w.] 

Letters of administration on the estate of the Rev. George Piggott 
clerk, late chaplain in the regiment of marines under the command of the 
Hon. Col. John Wynyard, at Jamaica in the West Indies, granted, 30 
June, 1743, to the Rev. George Piggott, clerk, son and lawful attorney of 
Sarah Piggott, widow, the relict of the said deceased, for the use and ben- 
efit of the said Sarah Piggott, now residing at the Massachusetts Bay in 
New England. Admon. Act. Book, 1743. 

[For this abstract the readers of the Register are indehtcd to Robert Garraway 
Rice, Esq., of Acar Lodge, Bramley Hill, Croydon, Surrey. — n. F. w. 

The Rev. George Pigot was settled as Rector of St. Michael's Church, Marble- 
head, 1728 ; he came to Marblehead from Providence, and in addition to his paro- 
chial duties officiated every month in Salem, where in a short time he gathered a con- 
gregation of between two and three hundred persons. 

In 1730 Mr. Pigot made what proved to be an unsuccessful attempt to regain a 
right to the Baronies of Morley and Monteagle, to which he was an heir, and re- 
quested permission to return to England to attend to tiie matter, which was evi- 
dently not granted. His rectorship ended in 1736. During his rectorship there are 
recorded 454 baptisms, among the n four of his own slaves, 95 marriages, 145 buri- 
als. In going from the house of a poor and sick parishioner whom lie had heen vis- 
iting in the winter of 1736, Mr. Pigot fell on the ice and broke his left arm, which 


he fractured again the following summer ; his health consequently became broken, 
and he obtained leave to visits England, and is supposed to have died there or on the 
passage. His wife was buried in the churchyard fifteen years after. 

Samuel Curwen, Esq., in his Diary, writing of Cardiff, 1st August, 1777, says: 
" After my departure I learnt that a daughter of the late Parson Pigot of Marble- 
head was an inhabitant of this place." — George R. Curwen. 

The baronies of Morley and Monteagle in 1686, on the death of Thomas Parker, 
the third inheritor of the two baronies, fell into abeyance between the issue of his 
two aunts, Katharine who married John Savage, earl of Rivers, and Elizabeth who 
married Edward Cranfield, Esq. (Burke's Extinct Peerage, ed. 1846, p. 409). Rev. 
George Pigot, of Marblehead, wrote to the secretary of the London Society for 
Propagating the Gospel, August 1, 1730 : " I think it proper at this juncture to 
notify the Horrble Society of one affair which might otherwise deserve their blame : 
It is that I have made a claim by Mr. Speaker of the House of Commons to be re- 
stored to my right to the Baronies of Morley and Monteagle, and that I do not know 
how soon I may have a call to make out the same. Therefore I request the Hon'- 
ble Society to give me leave to come home upon a proper invitation." (Bp. Perry's 
Massachusetts Historical Papers, p. 262.) Mr. Pigot, in a letter Dec. 27, 1734, 
speaks of having a large family (Ibid. p. 304). 

May 1, 1718, " Mr. George Piggott " of Newport was admitted to the freedom 
of the colony of Rhode Island (R. I. Records, iv. 227). May 5, 1724, " Georse 
Pigot" of Warwick was admitted freeman to that colony (Ibid. p. 340). Was 
either of these the minister ? — Editor. 

A year or two ago I met at the rooms of the New England Historic Genealogical 
Society, Rev. Mr. Pigot, an English clergyman, who said he was a descendant of 
Rev. George Pigot, of Marblehead. He visited the rooms to obtain genealogical in- 
formation concerning his ancestor. He had an elder brother in Australia who had 
sufficient property to maintain the dignity of a baron. He wished to obtain docu- 
mentary evidence to substantiate the claim to the barony which he said was in 
abeyance in their line of the Pigot family. — John Coffin Jones Brown. J 

William Horsforde of Dorchester in the County of Dorset, gentle- 
man, 30 June, 1621, proved 25 January, 1622. To be buried in the church 
of S' Peters. To the poor of the Hospital of Dorchester five pounds. I 
give & bequeath my house and lands, with the appurtenances, in the parish 
of S l Peter's, in the lane there going towards the Fryery, wherein George 
Hooper, needle maker, lately dwelt, and which I purchased of M r Joseph 
Longe and Thomas Bullocke, unto Joane my wife for the term of her life ; 
then to Joane my daughter and the heirs of her body, &c. ; then to my 
own right heirs forever. My daughter Sarah and her husband, my son in 
law, John Hardey. To their children, John, Jane and Sarah Hardey and 
the child wherewith my daughter Sarah is now great, one hundred pounds, 
which was meant to be given unto them by my brother Hugh Horsforde 
deceased, and one hundred pounds besides. To my daughter Joane Hors- 
forde four hundred & fifty pounds. My daughter Grace, the wife of Tho- 
mas Frye, and her children. My friends John Strode of Chantmarrell, 
Richard Bingham of Melcombe, Richard Kesier and William Clapcott, of 
Frampton, to be executors. Swann, 27. 

[There was a William Horsford, spelled, in other places on the record, Horseford, 
Hosford, Hosseford, who was an early inhabitant of Dorchester, Mass. He is first 
mentioned October 8, 1633, when he is styled '' Goodman Hosseford"; freeman 
1634 ; went to Windsor, Conn. ; was a Commissioner to the General Court in 1637. 
VVith his old Dorchester companions and friends, Mr. John Witehfield. and Mr. John 
Branker '' theschoolmaster,"' he became associated as ruling elders of the church in 
Windsor. They frequently delivered the weekly lecture before the church. Mr. 
Savage says, he probably removed to Springfield, and there preached from October, 
1652, to October, 1656, " when Moxon gave up in disgust." It seems that here- 
turned to England with his second wife Jane, widow of Henry Fowkes. In 1656, 
being then in England, he gave land at Windsor to his two children. His wife also 
gave some of her land to Windsor church and to her husband's children, &c. " In 


1671," says Mr. Savage, " she was at Tiverton, co. Devon." William had a son 
John, whose nine children wore living at their father's decease, August 7, 1683. 
(See Savage, Hinman, Stiles's Windsor.) — William B. Trask.] 

Morgan Holman of Barwicke within the parish of Swyre, in the 
County of Dorset, gentleman, in his will, dated 19 June, 1614, proved 19 
April, 1G23, mentions (among others) cousin Humphrey Jolyff, and speaks 
of land which he lately purchased of Nicholas Darbye, Lawrence and Rog- 
er Darbye. Swaun, 33. 

Bold Bodghey, Esq., Warden of the Fleete, 17 October, 1669, published 
and acknowledged by testator the next day. Whereas since my marriage 
with Jane the widow & relict of William Celey, Esq., by whom I have had no 
children, and who either hath or pretended to have a reasonable good estate, 
which I have not wasted or intermedled with ; since which marriage I have 
lived but an uncomfortable life ; I do therefore give and bequeath unto my 
said wife, for her better support and as an addition to her own estate, the 
sum of twenty pounds per annum, to be paid to her yearly and every year 
during the life of M rU Challener alias Bamfield, her mother in law, now liv- 
ing, to be paid unto her by my executors by ten pounds at the end of every 
six months after my decease. To my daughter Martha Boughey the sum 
of one thousand pounds, .to be paid unto her at the day of her marriage, or 
within such short time after as my executors can raise the same ; and in 
the mean time I give unto her thirty pounds per annum for her mainte- 
nance; and if she happen to die before she be married, then I give and be- 
queath the said sum of one thousand pounds between my two sons John 
& Bold Boughey. Reference is made to an engagement of John Boughey, 
son and heir of the testator, to come into partnership with Edmond Peirce, 
Esq., in the business and office of Wardenship of the Fleete. To my son 
Bold Boughey three hundred pounds at his age of one and twenty, or when 
he shall be a Freeman of London and set up his trade of a Linendraper. 
Unto the poor prisoners of the Fleete five pounds per annum, to be paid 
on Christmas Eve during all the time that any of my name or family shall 
be Wardens of the Fleete. To my brother Thomas Boughey one hundred 
pounds to be paid him within twelve months after my decease. To my two 
nieces Priscilla and Margaret Roe ten pounds apiece, to put them out to 
some trades such as my executor shall think fit. To my good friends M r 
Robert Leighton, Capt. William Oakes, Sir John Carter, M r Griffith Bo- 
derdo, M r James Johnsen, Charles Cornwallis, Esq., M r Samuel Fisher, 
M r Richard Beale and M r Robert Wigmore, forty shillings apiece, to buy 
them rings. The same to my old servant Christopher Story. To my ser- 
vant Thomas Corbett the like sum ; and it is my desire that he be contin- 
ued in his place of Tipstaff in the exchecquer so long as he shall " abare " 
himself honestly. My friends Edmond Peirce, Esq., and William Church, 
gentleman, to be executors, and to each ten pounds for their pains therein. 
My loving brother in law Robert Wiggmore, Esq., and Charles Cornwallis, 
Esq., to be overseers. 

The above will was proved by Edmond Peirce, who took out letters 15 
November, 1669, and by William Church, 25 June, 1672. Coke, 133. 

[The testator of the above will, although he makes no mention therein of New 
England or New England people, is clearly enough the writer of the letter bearing 
date " London, 4 th may 1662," and superscribed " For my Deare Sist er M r8 Eliza- 
beth Harris att Wroxhury These in New England," which was printed in the July 
number of theN. E. Hist, and Gen. Register, 1851 (vol. v. pp. 307-8). In it he 


Bpeaks of his family thus : " our youngest Fro" Timothy is Chaplaine to the Kings 
Riilimt of Guards in Dunkirke, Thomas Imployed by me in business, our sister 

Ka^therine is married to one M r Thorpe in London, ... our Sist er Hannah is 

married tooneM 1 Wilding and lives in Shrewsbury. Mary is married to M ? Koe,who 
hath an Imployment under me in London, and lives well, Priscilla is married to an 
honest minister one M r Bruce and at present Lives in London, is Chaplaine to mee, 

at the ffleete. Our Sisters, except Katherine, are all mothers of children." 

" I was married but it pleased god to remove my wife by death about foure yeares 
since : I have only two sonnes and a daughter (viz) John, Bold and Martha living ; 
my wife was with child of the tenth when she died." 

We are told that " Robert Harris & Elizabeth Boffee were married Jan. 24, 
1642," in Roxbury. — n. f. w.] 

Peter Hodges late of East West Guersey" in America, planter, and 
now in the parish of S' Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, in the County ot 
Surrey, the one & twentieth of July, 1697, proved 21 December, 1697. 
To my dearly and well beloved friend Elizabeth Willis, of the said parish, 
spinster, whom I intended for my lawful wife, as well for the natural love 
and affection I have and bear to her as for divers other good causes and 
considerations me hereunto especially moving, all those two hundred acres 
of woodland in East West Guersey in America by me held and granted 
from the Governour of the said Island, together with the deed or writing 
by which the same premisses are granted, which is now left in the hands 
of Thomas Revell of Burrington in East West Guersey aforesaid ; also all 
my horses, hogs and other cattle whatsoever in the said Island, marked with 
a half Gad ; and also all and singular my estate, both real and personal, as 
well within the said Island of East West Guersey as any other place or 
places whatsoever, &c. To all or any of my Relations that shall lawfully 
claim any estate or interest iu the said premisses, &c, I give and bequeath 
one shilling if demanded and no more. The said Elizabeth Willis to be 

Wit : Joann Pryor Senior, Mary Pryor, Joann Pryor Junior, Haunah 

Richeson and John Parry Scr. Pyne, 284. 

[Burrington should he Burlington. Thomas Revell was at this time a member of 
the West Jersey Council. See New Jersey Archives, ii. 146 et seq.— Editor.] 

James Montgomery, of James River in Nantzimum in the Island of 
Virginia, and late chirurgeon of His Majesty's ship S' Albans, being sick 
and weak of body in Richmond in the County of Surrey, 25 August, 1697, 
proved 24 December, 1697. My body to be buried in such parish as it 
shall please God to call my soul from thence. To my two loving brothers 
Robert and Benjamin, all such writings, obligatory bills and accounts which 
are my property in Virginia aforesaid. To my brother Benjamin one bed. 
To my brother Robert all the residue of my estate (lands excepted). To 
Sarah, wife of William Cranbury, of the place above named in Virginia 
aforesaid, I give and bequeath one warming pan now in the custody of the 
said Sarah ; and touching all such wages or pay as shall appear due to me 
for my service performed on board His Majesty's Ship S' Albans above nam- 
ed I dispose thereof as follows (viz 1 ) to my sister Jane and to her youngest 
son now living, and to her daughters Jane and Elizabeth three pounds apiece, 
to be paid unto them or either of them on his or her respective marriage day. 
This money is to be raised out of such pay as shall appear due to me from 
the Right Honorable the Treasurer or Paymaster to His Majesty's Navy. 
To my godson James Buxton two pounds, and to his brother Richard one 
pound ten shillings. To Martha, daughter of my brother Benjamin, five 
pounds. To my nephews James and Benjamin five pounds apiece. To my 


nephew Robert Montgomery five pounds. To Joseph Halford of Rich- 
mond in the County of Surrey, chandler, I devise and bequeath one hogs- 
head of tobacco, freight and custom of the same being hereby appointed to 
be paid by him for the same when arrived from Virginia. Papers relating 
to my said ship's affairs, &c. now in the custody of .... Bird of Wapping 
in the County of Middlesex, Instrument Maker. My will is that if my ex- 
ecutors shall think fit to authorize him their Attorney to receive the money 
due thereupon or shall recall them out of his said custody that there shall 
be an allowance of twelve pence per each pound to such person as shall take 
care in the management and receipt of the same. My brother Robert and 
William Wilson of London, merchant, to be joint executors. 

Wit : Thomas Ryley, Nathaniel Clark Not. Pub in Richmond in the 
County of Surrey. Pyne, 290. 

[Benjamin Montgomery appears as the patentee of 450 acres of land in Nansemond 
County, October 26th, 1699, Book No. 9, p. 241. The following grants, also of 
record, may be of interest: Robert Montgomery, Edmund Belson and other inhabi- 
tants of Coward Creek, Nansemond County, 850 acres in Nansemond County, April 
30th, 1671, Book No. 6, p. 678; Hugh Montgomery, 280 acres in Lower Norfolk 
County, October 21st, 1687, Book No. 7, p. 615, Virginia Land Records. 

R. A. Brock.] 

Edward Fraunces of Vere in Jamaica but now in London in Great 
Britain Esq. 24 Dec. 1740. All my property to my loving brother .Tames 
Fraunces of Cheapside, London, apothecary. If he die without issue, law- 
fully begotten, then all to my cousins Elizabeth Jacquelin now the wife of 
Richard Ambler of York Towu in Virginia Esq., Mary Jacquelin the now 
wife of John Smith of Gloucester County in Virginia, merchant, and Mar- 
tha Jacquelin of York Town aforesaid, spinster, equally, share & share 
alike. To my negro servant maids Madge & Maria to each an annuity of 
twenty shillings Jamaica money for & during their respective lives. To 
Henry Smallwood, Esq., John Verdon, Esq., Varney Phelp, Esq., and 
Moses Kerrett, Esq., each a gold ring of twenty shillings value. My bro- 
ther James Fraunces, the said Varney Phelp & Moses Kerrett to be joint 

Wit: John Hyde, Jn° Harwood, Jn° Hawkesworth. 

Proved 3 April, 1741, by James Fraunces, with power reserved for the 
other executors. Spurway, 89. 

[Edward Jaquelin, son of John and Elizabeth (Craddock) Jaquelin, of county 
Kent, England, and a descendant of a Protestant refugee from La Vendee, France, 
during the reign of Charles IX. , of the same lineage as the noble family of La Roche 
Jaqueline, came to Virginia in 1697 ; settled at Jamestown ; married Miss Cary, 
of Warwick county, and died in 1730, leaving issue three sons (Edward the eldest) 
— neither of whom married — and three daughters : Elizabeth, oi the text, who mar- 
ried Richard Ambler ; Mary, of the test, who married John Smith, who is believed 
to have been a member of the House of Burgesses, of the Council, and of the Board 
of Visitors of William and Mary College ; Martha, who died unmarried in 1804, 
aged 93 years. Edward Jaquelin " died as he had lived, one of the most wealthy 
men in the colony." 

Riehard Ambler, son of John Ambler, sheriff of county York, England, in 1721, 
migrated to Virginia early in the 18th century ; settled at Yorktown ; married 
Elizabeth Jaquelin and had issue nine children, all of whom died at an early age, 
except three sons : Edward, Collector of the Port of York; married and left issue. 
He was a man of consideration in the colony, and when Lord Botetourt came over 
as Governor lie brought a letter of introduction to him from Samuel Athawes, mer- 
chant, London (see Virginia Hist. Reg. iii. 1850, pp. 25, 26) ; John, born 31st De- 
cember, 1735, Burgess from Jamestown, and Collector of District of York river, 
died 27th May, 1766, in Barbadoes ; Jaquelin, born 9th August, 1742, married 
Rebecca, daughter of Lewis Burwell, of " White Marsh," Gloucester County 


member of the Virginia Council duririg the Revolution, and long State Treasurer. 
He left issue : Eliza, married first, William Brent of Stafford County, and second- 
ly, Col. Edward Carrington of the Revolution and member of Congress (no issue) ; 
Mary Willis, married Chief-Justice John Marshall ; Anne, married George Fisher, 
of Richmond ; Lucy, married Daniel Call, lawyer and legal reporter, Richmond. 
Upon the tomb of John Ambler, of Jamestown, Virginia (born 25th September, 
1762, died 8th September, 1836), in Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, 
the Ambler and Jaquelin arms are quartered: Ambler — Sa. on a fesse or, bet. 3 
pheons ar. a lion passant guard, gu. Jaquelin — On a bird 3 roses (no tinctures dis- 

Much information regarding the Amblers and Jaquelins of Virginia is given in 
Meade's Old Churches and Families of Virginia, i. p. 97, et seq. The descendants 
of Edward Jaquelin and Richard Ambler have intermarried with the families of 
Baylor, Byrd, Carter, Nicholas, Norton, Randolph and others of prominence. 

R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

Anna Coltman of London, widow, 10 February, 1622, proved 25 
August, 1623. To my grand daughter Anne Coltman, daughter of my son 
William, one hundred pounds at her day of marriage or age of twenty-one 
years. If she die before that time then this sum to her father and his 
younger daughter Alice and his son Richard, to be equally divided between 
them. To my son Francis Coltman twenty pounds, to be paid him within 
three months after my decease. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Henry, if he be living, the sum 
of ten pounds of the lawful money of England, to be paid unto him within 
three months next after his return from Virginia. Francis my eldest son, 
William my youngest sou. Other legacies to children. To my daughter 
Margaret, the wife of my son William, a ruby ring of gold. To Ralphe 
Canning, citizen and ironmonger of London, forty shillings ; and I appoint 
him sole executor. To his wife a ruby ring of gold. To my friend Mrs. 
Anne Hebb of London, widow, whom I appoint overseer, forty shillings 
and a saphire ring of gold. Swann, 78. 

Solomon Stedman of Boston iu New England, mariner, 20 October, 
1696, proved 1 December, 1697. Henry Cole of S l Pauls, Shadwell, Ba- 
ker, to be my attorney to demand and receive of and from the Right Hon- 
orable the Treasurer of His Majesty's Navy and Commissioner for Prize 
money, &c. &c. I bequeath all my estate to my brother John Stedman. 

Wit: Abraham Card, Sam 1 Forrest, John Smith. Pyne, 298. 

Augustine Fish of Bowden Magna in the County of Leicester, yeo- 
man, 7 April, 1646, proved 23 September, 1647, by Christian Fish the 
relict and executrix. To Thomas Fishe my second son-, and to my wife, 
during her life, and after her life ended to Thomas and his heirs males for- 
ever one farm, whereon my eldest son liveth, called by the name of Royses 
Farm, with all that John Fish had there during my life, both in town and 
field ; — moreover seven " pastors " in Acharhads which sometimes did be- 
long to Palmer's House in the neather end, I give unto Thomas Fish and 
his heirs males as aforesaid, with this caution and proviso that he shall pay 
unto his youngest sister, Elizabeth Fish, one hundred marks at her age of 
twenty three years or on her marriage day, which shall first happen, if her 
marriage be with the liking of the overseers and her mother and brother. 
If Thomas Fish die without issue male his land to return unto Bartholo- 
mew Fish. In like manner if Bartholomew die without issue male it is to 
return to William Fish which is in New England, if he be then living. I 
give unto Christian my daughter the cottage house wherein " Jhon " 


Warde and his sister liveth, with that spot of ground adjoining, bought of 
Richard Watts, to enter at the death of Jhon Warde, with one cow and five 
sheep. I give unto Jhon Halliake the eldest son of William Ilalliake, after 
his father and mother's decease, the three acres which did belong to Pal- 
mer's farm, unto him forever ; and all the rest of his other children which 
will be ruled by parents and grandmother I give five pounds apiece, to be 
paid at their marriage or at twenty years old. I give unto Bartholomew Fish 
my youngest son five pounds. I give unto William Fish in New England, if 
he return, five pounds. Further to my son Thomas Fish, after the lease 
is expired which now my son John Fish holdeth, called by the name of 
Waters his close, to my son Thomas and his heirs forever. To my grand- 
children at Brigstock, to help to buy every one a sepp,* nobles apiece. 

I also give unto my grand children at Thorpe, in Rutland, three ewes, to 
be given at the discretion of my executrix. I also give unto my servants 
half a crown apiece more over than their wages. I make my wife full and 
sole executrix, praying Thomas Fish my second sou, to assist her with his 
power. I also wish, if be thought good unto my executrix, to give unto 
my eldest son's children two nobles. 

The Test, of Augustine Fishe " Ritten " with his own hand. Intreat- 
ing these two my sons, Edward Marriat and Robert Sly to be overseers. 

Wit : Maurice Dix and William Whittwell. Fines, 186. 

[The William Fish mentioned is probably William of Windsor, Ct. See Savage's 
Gen. Diet. ii. 161 ; Connecticut Col. Records, i. 144, 148; ii. 519. — Editor.] 

James Carter of Hinderclay in the County of Suffolk, yeoman, Satur- 
day, 8 Sept. 1655. " I give unto the children of my brother Thomas Carter 
who now is in the new England, to every of them Tenn pounds apeece as 
Conveyniently as the same may bee raysed out of my parsonall Estate." To 
the two sons of my brother William Stubbs of Ilarleston, by his late wife 
who was my sister, and his two daughters by her, &c. To Frances Ed- 
wards, my wife's kinswoman. 

Commission was issued 24 October, 1655, to Mary Carter widow of the 
said James Carter. Aylett, 391. 

[The Thomas Carter mentioned was probably Thomas of Sudbury, who died Aug. 
14,1659. There were at least two others who may have been the man, viz., Rev. 
Thomas, of Woburn, who died Sept. 5, 1684 (Register, xvii. 51) ; and Thomas, of 
Charlestown, who died about 1652. (Wyman's Charlestown, i. 186.) — Editor. 

Mr. Samuel R. Carter, Paris, Oxford County, Maine, in letter of July 21, 1884, 
surmises that the Rev. Thomas Carter may have first landed in Virginia (emigrat- 
ing thence to New England) , and that he may have been a relation 'of John Carter, 
the ancestor of the well-known Virginia family of the name. There is, however, 
nothing of tradition or record to substantiate the theory. — R. A. Brock.] 

John Cooper, of Weston Hall (in the County of Warwicke), 21 No- 
vember, 1654, proved 1 October, 1655, by Elizabeth Cooper, his widow 
and executrix. To brother Timothy Cooper, now in New England, the 
sum of thirty pounds, but if it happen that he shall die before this shall be 
due then to his children that shall be living. To sister Dorcas ten pounds, 
but if she die, &c. then to brother Timothy if living, if not then to his 
children. My wife to have the benefit of the said sums of thirty pounds 
and ten pounds during her widowhood. " Yet notwithstandinge if it shall 
please god to afflict my wife in anie of his providences towards her that shee 
hath neede of all that I have as it shall evidently appeare to supply her- 

* Interesting as a survival of the Anglo Saxon term for sheep. — h. f. w. 


selfe in her want Then my will is that that I have bequeathed to my bro- 
ther and sister shalbe voyde and shall not be exported from her." Wife 
Elizabeth to be executrix. Friends Humphrey Hale and John Buttery 
" to be helpefull to my wife as her occation shall require." 

The witnesses were John Sutton & John Buttery. Aylett, 392. 

[The Timothy Cooper mentioned was probably the person of that name at Lynn, 
who died March, 1659, and had sons John and Timothy, and several daughters. — 

Joseph Townsend, now of London, gentleman, but late of South Car- 
olina in America, 4 February, 1732, proved 16 August, 1736. Money to 
be raised to satisfy my brothers in law M r John Glasse of Cary Street, 
gentleman, all such sum & sums that I am or shall be indebted unto him 
together with interest thereon. If any thing remain I give & bequeath the 
same unto my loving sister Hannah Glass, wife of the said John Glass, in 
trust, to divide and give the same unto my dear son William Sinclar Town- 
send and Hannah Townsend, equally to be divided between them, to be 
paid at their several ages of one & twenty years ; and I desire her to take 
care of them, &c. My dear sister to be sole executrix, without the control 
of her said husband. 

Wit : Do Strangways G. Thornton, Rob': Thornton. Derby, 185. 

John Endicott of Salem in New England, chirurgeou, now resident 

in London, being bound on a voyage to New England, 12 August, 1689, 

proved 30 March 1695 by Anne Endicott, his widow. He mentions wife 

Anne and the child she goes with, brother Samuel, and refers to the will 

of his father Zerubbabel Endicott. Irby, 208. 

[This John Endicott was a grandson of Gov. John Endicott. See Register, i. 336. 
— Editor.] 

William March of Charlestown in New England, but now residing in 
the parish of Stepney in the County of Middlesex, mariner, being veiy 
sick, &c. makes his friend M r Richard Robison of Shadwell, shipwright, 
executor and gives him two guineas. " I can hold my pen no longer." 29 
October, 1694, proved 13 September, 1695. The witnesses were Anne 
Pearce & Jane Willoughby. Irby, 220. 

[This William March was the son wf Nicholas and Martha March of Charlestown. 
His mother married for a 6econd husband William Dadey. Administration on this 
estate in this county was granted to Mrs. Dadey. Inventory, Sept. 12, 1695, £24. 
See Wyman's Charlestown, ii. 655. — Editor.] 

Letters of administration granted 11 November, 1633, to John Conant, 
clerk, uncle on the father's side (patruo) of Caleb Conant, lately in the 
parts beyond the seas, bachelor, deceased. 

Admon. Act Book for 1633, Leaf 204. 

John Parris of the Island of Barbadoes, Esq., 15 May, 1660, proved 
23 October, 1661. To wife Susanna Parris one hundred pounds a year, in 
quarterly payments; and I do bind my third part of three plantations in the 
said Island for performance of the same. To Thomas Parris, son of my 
brother Thomas, one hundred pounds out of the revenue of said planta- 
tions. To Samuel Parris, another son of brother Thomas, one hundred 
pounds (as before), and to Martyn Parris, another son (a similar bequest). 
If any of my said three nephews die before they attain the age of twenty 
one years, the legacies shall remain equally to the survivors. To Sarah 


Parris, daughter of my brother Richard Parris, deceased, one hundred 
pounds to be paid within one year after my decease. To my sister Mar- 
garet Bully ten pounds. To my sister-in-law Susanna Parris, forty shil- 
lings to buy her a ring. To my sister Rebecca Parris forty shillings to 
buy her a ring. To Thomas Martaine, son of my cousin Thomas Mar- 
taine of this Island, one thousand pounds of Musko sugar within twelve 
months after my decease. To Hugh Leman, one half piece of fine dowlas, 
&c. Bequest to James Minge. To Thomas Newman, son of George Newman 
deceased, fifty pounds at age. To ray brother Thomas Parris all my third part 
of three plantations (as above) as also all my part of the stone house at 
Reades Bay and land at the Bridge, &c, provided he pay annuity & leg- 
acies, &c. To John Parris, eldest son of my said brother Thomas, after 
the death of his father (all the above real estate), with remainder to Tho- 
mas, next to Samuel, then to Marrine (sic) Parris, sons of my said brother. 
And my said cousin John Parris shall have my gold ring with the signet. 

The residue to brother Thomas Parris. Richard Evens, Capt. James 
Klinkett, Left. Anthony Woodward and my cousin Thomas Martine to be 
my executors, in trust, until other orders shall be given by my brother 
Thomas Parris who is at London. 

The above will was proved by Thomas Parris, brother of the deceased. 

May, 161. 

Anne Parris of S 4 Mary Islington, in the County of Middlesex, wife to 
Thomas Pa»ris now or late resident at the Island of Barbadoes beyond the 
6eas merchant, 9 June, 1665, proved 10 June, 1665. Reference to bond 
of husband, before marriage, to one M r William Freeman, in trust for the 
use of me, for the payment of five hundred pounds, &c. To Samuel Hal- 
Bey, dow an apprentice in three hundred pounds. To my loving cou- 
sin Thomas Bent, citizen & merchant taylor of London, cousin Frances 
Ascue & cousin Elizabeth Smith fifty pounds apiece. Their mother, my 
sister, Elizabeth Smith, my sister Tanser. Others mentioned. M r Tho- 
mas Doelittle & M r Peter Royle to be executors. Hyde, 65. 

[The Rev. Samuel Deane, in his History of Scituate, Mass. (page 320-1), speak- 
ing of Thomas Parris, of Scituate, who was born at Pembroke, May 8, 1701, says : 
" From undoubted documents, now [1831] in the possession of Rev. Martin Parris, 
ofMarshfield, we learn that this gentleman was son of Thomas Parris, who came 
to Long Island, 1683, from London, from whence he removed to Newbury, 1685, 
and to Pembroke, Mass., 1697 ; which latter was son of John Parris, a dissenting 
minister of Ugborough, near Plymouth, England, — whose father was Thomas, a 
merchant of London. The last named Thomas had a brother John, a merchant and 
planter of great wealth, who deceased in Barbadoes, 1660. His original will is in 
the possession of Rev. Martin Parris." 

The testator is undoubtedly the wealthy merchant and planter of Barbadoes re- 
ferred to by the Rev. Mr. Deane, and the Rev. John Parris of Ugborough must be 
his nephew John, whom he calls " the eldest son of my said brother Thomas '' 
The late Hon. Albion Keith Parris, the second governor of Maine, was the sixth in 
descent from Rev. John. (See Historical Magazine, vol, i. (1857) pp. 130-1.) 

Mr. Thomas Parris was Assistant Justice in Barbadoes, April 11, 1631 (Regis- 
ter, xxxix. p. 138). 

The Rev. Samuel Parris, of Danvers, of witchcraft notoriety, appears to have 
been the son of Thomas Parris, of Barbadoes, who died in 1673, and who was pro- 
bably Thomas, a younger brother of Rev. John Parris, also named by the testator. 
(See Register, x. 34.)— Editor.] 

Joseph Wilkinson of Calvert County in the Province of Maryland 
merchant, 25 April, 1734. To my brother in law M r John Skinner an 


handsome suit of mourning and a mourning riug of twenty shillings ster- 
ling price. To my dear and loving wife, one full third part of my personal 
estate. To my daughter Elizabeth one other full third part. To my sou 
Joseph the remaining third part. If my wife be with child then my estate 
is to be equally divided among all my children. My wife to be executrix. 
In case of her death my brother in law M r John Skinner to be executor. 

Wit : John Smith, Pos ths : Thornton, Roger Boyce, Alex r Lawson. 

22 July, 1736, there issued a commission to William Torver the lawful 
attorney of Mary Wilkinson the widow and executrix of the deceased, &c, 
to administer according to the tenor & effect of the said will, for the use 
& benefit of the said executrix, now residing in Maryland. 

Derby, 168. 

Edward Parks citizen & merchant tailor of London, 23 January 1650 
To wife Mary Parks, in lieu of her thirds, fifteen hundred pounds (in va- 
rious payments) and one third of the plate and household stuff, and all that 
my freehold messuage or tenement with its appurtenances, &c. which I 
lately purchased of William Pennoyer of London, merchant, wherein I now 
dwell, in the parish of Stepney, being the North western part of that great 
messuage formerly the possession of the Right Hon. Henry Earl of Wor- 
cester. My wife to have the education of my children. 

If my son Henry Parks shall within three months, &c. and after notice 
given, release and quitclaim, &c. all his part of all my goods, &c. (accord- 
ing to the custom of the city of London) and release to George Jackson of 
Sandhurst in the county of Kent all his part of lands, &c. in Maid- 
stone in the County of Kent which I lately have sold to George Jack- 
son, then I give & bequeath unto him three hundred pounds (in various 
payments). And further I give & bequeath unto my said son Henry Parks 
and his heirs forever, in consideration as well of the release by him to be 
made to my brother George Jackson of the lands in Maidstone, &c. all my 
messuages, houses, lands, tenements & hereditaments situate, lying and 
being in New England in the parts of America beyond the seas. 

If my son Edward Parks, within three months next after notice given 
him of my death and after he shall attain the age of twenty & one years, 
release his part of personal estate according to purport of an indenture, 
dated 26 June 1640, between me the said Edward Parks, of the one part, and 
Thomas Westby of Fresby in the county of York, gentleman, and Edward 
Gell of Brimington in the county of Derby Esq., of the other part, then I 
give and bequeath unto the said Edward three score pounds for his prefer- 
ment & placing him to apprentice. To my son John five hundred pounds 
within three months after he attains the age of twenty-one years, and to 
sons William & Stephen (the same amount with the same limitation). 
To daughter Elizabeth Parks five hundred pounds at twenty-one or day of 
marriage. To sons Thomas, Dannett, Francis & Samuel (legacies similar to 
their brother John's above). To Mark, Francis & Susan Wilcox, three of the 
children of my sister Alice Wilcox, ten pounds apiece, & to Anne Wilcox 
another daughter twenty pounds, to be paid, the sons at twenty-one and 
the daughters at that age or day of marriage. Bequeaths to the widow 
Brewer, to Martha Wilson now wife of Thomas Wilson, being both my 
late servants, to my daughter Mary, now wife of Thomas Plampin and my 
two grand children Thomas and Edward Plampin. Reference to lands in 
Hadleigh in the county of Suffolk lately bought. 


My son In law Thomas Plampiu and cousin John Bagnall, both of Lon- 
don, merchant tailor6, to be my executors and my brothers D r William Forth 
and Dannett Forth of London, woollen draper, to be overseers. A Thomas 
Forth a witness. 

The above will was proved 29 January 1650 ; but the executors having 
died before fulfilling their trust a commission was issued 29 March 1673 
to John Parkes, a son & legatee. He also died before completing his ad- 
ministration, and commission was issued 3 November, 1681, to Mary Caw- 
ley als Parkes, the widow relict of said defunct, &c. Grey, 10. 

[A full abstract of this will was printed in a note in Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, 
4th S., vol. vii. p. 385, from a copy obtained for me by Col. Chester. The note was 
appended to several letters from Edward Parks to John Winthrop, Jr. These show 
that Parks terms Henry Bright of Watertown his uncle. In the genealogy of the 
Brights of Suffolk, Eng. (Boston, 1858), we find on pp. 270-71, an abstract of the 
will of Mrs. Elizabeth Dell, sister of Henry Bright, in which she mentions her 
nephew William Parks. She also mentions her brother Henry Bright, William 

Forth and Blowers, her sister Martha Blowers, her cousin Cawby, Esq., 

and her nephew Dr. William Forth. 

Henry Parks, son of Edward, sold in 1655, his land in Cambridge to John Sted- 
man, and very probably catne here for the purpose. This particular branch, how- 
ever, then ceased to have any connection with New England. But at Cambridge 
one of the early settlers was Dea. Richard Parke, 1638-1655, whose son Thomas 
had a son Edward. At Roxbury was William Parke, whose will of 20 July, 1684, 
mentions only three daughters and their children, brother Thomas Parks of Ston- 
ington, deceased, and brother Samuel with his sons Robert and William. Savage 
says that these three were sons of Robert of Wethersfield and New London, who 
died in 1665. Very probably this Robert was the man who wrote to John Winthrop 
in 1629 from Easterkale in Lincolnshire (see Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 5th S. vol. i. 
p. 194), proposing to go to New England. 

These may have been relatives of Edward Parke, who was clearly allied to Win- 
throp through the Forths. The family name of Dannett ought also to lead to some 
trace of this family. 

The Alice Wilcox, sister of Edward Parks, recalls the William Wilcockes of our 
Cambridge, who died in 1653, leaving a widow Mary (Powell) but no children, and 
a sister Christian Boiden in Old England. A John Wilcox was of Dorchester, 
1661, and went to Middletown. The names Wilcox, Hastings, Fox and Hall are 
in the Leicestershire Visitations, and Wilcox also in Rutland. — W. H. Whitmore.] 

William Goore of Nether Wallop in the county of Southampton gen- 
tleman, 9 November 1587. To wife Joane, eldest son AVilliam, all my 
land called Garlacks. To my four youngest sons Richard, John, Nicho- 
las and William Goore the younger all my land in Newington, in the 
county of Wilts, and in Basingstoke, in the county of Southampton, and 
two hundred pounds apiece. To my four daughters Agnes, Elizabeth, 
Barbara and Margery Goore two hundred pounds apiece. The executors 
to be my eldest son William Gore and Margaret Reade, the supervisors 
to be John Pittman of Quarley, Thomas Elie, Clerk vicar of Nether Wal- 
lop and Leonard Elie of Wonston. 

10 May 1588. Emanavit comissio Will" 10 S l John armigero marito so- 
roris naturalis et ltime diet def et Leonardo Elie generoso uni superviso- 
rum &c. cum consensu W mi Gore filii &c. durante minori etate eiusdem 
Willmi et Margarete Reade als Gore alterius executorum &c. 

Rutland, 37. 

William Gore of Nether Wallop in the county of Southampton, gentle- 
man, 22 January 1655, proved 29 March 1656. Wife Elizabeth to be 
sole executrix. To the poor of Nether Wallop three pounds to be d'strib- 
uted in one month after my decease. To my wife a portion of my now 


dwelling house at Garleggs in the parish of Nether "Wallop and part of the 
orchard. To my cousin Richard Hamon. To Amy Singer, daughter of 
my late sister Margaret, and Jane Singer, another daughter, and Roger 
Singer, a son. To my cousin Mary Poore the now wife of John Power 
thirty pounds. To Nicholas & Margaret, son and daughter of my late sis- 
ter Wallingford, twenty pounds apiece in one year after my decease. To 
my cousin Nicholas Gore, son of Nicholas Gore late of Farley deceased, 
ten pounds in one year. To Nicholas Hatchet of Nether Wallop five 
pounds in one year. My brother in law M r Robert Sadler, my cousin John 
Poore and my cousin Richard Miller of Broughton. To the now five child- 
ren of Richard Hamon forty pounds apiece and to William Poore and Eliza- 
beth Poore, son & daughter of my late cousin William Poore deceased, 
forty pounds, and to the now children of my late cousin Thomas Singer 
deceased, forty pounds. To my godson Richard Sherfield, son of my late 
brother Roger Sherfield, gentleman, deceased. If my cousin Nicholas 
Wallingford shall have issue of his body or Margaret Wallingford have 
issue of her body then, &c. To John Gore, son of my late uncle Richard 
Gore. To my uncle Hugh Mundy. Berkeley, 110. 

[In these Goore wills Mr. Waters is evidently probing the connections of the an- 
cestors of our Merrimac Valley settlers. The villages of Wallop, like those of 
Chouldcrton, lie upon the edges of the Counties of Wilts and Southampton, and 
when Dummer, Saltonstall and Kawson, with their English associates, had arranged 
for developing a stock-raising town in New England, they arranged also to secure 
from co. Wilts and its vicinity the transfer of a colony of practical men not only 
accustomed to the care of live stock, but to the trades which interlaced in the pro- 
ducts of a 6tock-rai8ing community. The matter of first importance was to secure 
ministers with whom the community would feel at home. Rev. Thomas Parker 
and his relatives the Noyes family, natives of Choulderton, were secured, and with 
them the Wiltshire men were glad to join. 

In the will, proved 28 March, 1657, the names of many of the Poore family are 
mentioned as cousins of the testator, and so is Nicholas Wallingford, who came in 
the Confidence from Southampton in 1638, with others — Stephen Kent, John Rolfe, 
John Saunders, John and William llsley, and more recruits to join their relatives 
who established the town of Newbury. Joseph Poore, of Newbury, married, 6 Au- 
gust, 1680, Mary Wallingford, daughter of Nicholas, born 20 August, 1663. Antho- 
ny Sadler was a passenger in the same vessel. In the Visitation of co. Wilts 
in 1623 are pedigrees of the Sadler family on p. G3. The son and heir of the family 
given there is Robert Sadler, born in 1608, who may have been the person mentioned 
as " brother-in-law " in the will given above. 

The will proved in 1588 contains an instance, not uncommon at that period, but 
a terrible annoyance to genealogists, of two sons having the same baptismal name — 
eldest son William, and four youngest sons, among whom is William the younger. 
The name of Margaret Read recalls the fact that the Read and Noyes family inter- 
married in the locality of these testators. — John Coffin Jones Brown.] 

Joseph Blake of Berkley County in the Province of South Carolina, 18 
December, 1750. My whole estate to be kept together until it raises the sum 
of two thousand pounds sterling money of Great Britain and one thou- 
sand pounds Proclamation money, or the value thereof, in the currency of 
this province, exclusive of the maintenance of my sons Daniel and William 
and my daughter Ann Blake. After said sums are cleared — to be kept at 
interest and the interest applied towards educating & maintaining my sons 
Daniel & William and daughter Ann until they arrive at full age. Then 
one thousand pounds sterling to my son Daniel, the same to son William 
and the remaining thousand pounds Proclamation money to daughter Ann. 
To son Daniel the plantation I now live on called Newington and a tract 
of land on the Cypress Swamp lying between the lauds of M r James Post- 


ell and Barnaby Brandford, part of which I purchased of M r James Postell 
deceased, the remainder I took up of the King ; and that part of my land 
on Charles Town Neck which lies between the High Road and Cooper 
River ; and fifteen hundred acres to be taken out of my lands on Cumbee 
River between M ra Hudson's land and the land I bought of Colonel Wil- 
liam Bull, the line to run towards Calf Pen Savauah as far back as will 
take in the quantity of fifteen hundred acres ; and a plantation containing 
five hundred & ninety-seven acres in- two tracts bounding on M rs Donings 
and M r " Drake to the North East and to the North West on M rs DoniDgs, 
M rs Sacheveralls and Doctor Brisbanes, to the South West on a tract of 
land which was formerly M r Dowses but now mine and on M r Ways, to 
the South East on M r Richard Warings. To son William & his heirs for- 
ever my plantation containing more or less on Wadmelaw River and new 
cut, commonly called Plainsfield, lying between lands of M r John Atchin- 
son and M r Fuller ; and that part of my land on Charles Town Neck that 
lies between the High Road and Ashly River, bounding on M r Gadsdens, 
M r Hunts & M r John Humes ; and two tracts of land lying between M r 
Atchinsons and M r Stoboes, one tract containing two hundred & thirty 
acres, the other seventy-six acres ; and two tracts of land containing four 
hundred & forty acres purchased of Stephen Dowse by M rs Jennis, bound- 
ing on M r William Elliott, M r John Dray ten & M r Graves. 

I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Rebecca Izard, to her and 
her heirs forever a tract of land containing eighteen hundred & seventy 
three acres in Granville County on the Lead of Coosaw, Hatchers and 
Chili Phina Swamp, bounding on James Therrs to the North West ; and 
an Island on Port Royal River in Granville County commonly called Cat 
Island, containing four hundred acres. I give and bequeath to my loving 
daughter Ann Blake one thousand acres of land to be laid out by my exec- 
utors and executrix on the Calf Pen Savanah to be taken out of my lands on 
Cumbee on the head of the said tracts and an island containing two hundred 
and eighty-six acres of land in Granville County on the North East side of 
Port Royal River and on all other sides on marshes and creeks out of the 
said River. I give all my Real estate, not already given, devised or be- 
queathed, unto my two sons Daniel & William Blake, all my household 
goods & plate to be divided between my two sons Daniel & William & my 
daughter Ann Blake, to each a third. To son Daniel my coach & harness 
and Prime Thorn, his wife Betty Molly & all their children which they 
have or shall have. To son William AVally Johnny MoJutto Peter Mol 
Juda & all their children, &c. To daughter Ann Blake Lampset Nanny 
Patty & Molly child of Hannah & all their children, &c. All the residue 
of my personal estate (not already given, devised or bequeathed) unto 
my four children Rebeccah Izard, Daniel Blake, William Blake & Ann 
Blake, to be equally divided. 

I nominate, &c. daughter Rebecca Izard, son Daniel Blake and son 
Ralph Izard executrix & execute rs & guardians to my children until they 
attain the ages of twenty-one years, &c. & to improve the estate of my said 
children either by putting money at Interest, buying slaves or any other 
way they shall judge most advantageous. 

Wit: Jacob Molte, William Roper, Alexander Rigg. 

Charles Town So : Carolina Secretarys Office. 

The foregoing Writing of two sheets of paper is a true copy from the 
Original will of the Hon ble Joseph Blake Esquire deceased. Examined 
& certified p William Pinckney Dep ty Sec ty . 


11 February 1752 Depositions of John Ouldfield, of South Carolina, plant- 
er, & William George, freeman of South Carolina, at present residing in 
the citv of London, gentleman. 

The will was proved 20 February 1752 by Daniel Blake Esq. son, &c. 
&c. Power reserved for the other executors. Bettesworth, 30. 

George Jones, of the City of Philadelphia in the Province of Penn- 
sylvania, yeoman, having a design by the Permission of the Almighty to 
pass over the seas, 22 September 1743. To Sarah Toms daughter of Rob- 
ert Toms twenty pounds current money of Pennsylvania, to be paid her at 
her age of eighteen years. To Thomas Howard of the city of Philadel- 
phia, joyner, all my right & title of & to my seat in Christ church in Phila- 
delphia. To Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, ten pounds at 
age of eighteen. To Andrew Robertson, miller at Wesschicken, my horse, 
saddle & bridle, my watch & seal thereto affixed. To Kattrine Hinton 
one hundred pounds immediately after my decease, &c. provided that the 
said Katrine do not marry till after my decease. To Abraham Pratt, of 
the city of Philadelphia joyner, twenty pounds, &c. To the children of 
my brother James Jones deceased, of the parish of S' John at Brogmore 
Green in the County of Worcester in Great Britain, & to my sister Eliza- 
beth Clay, of the city of Worcester, & to her children, all the rest & re- 
mainder of my estate, Real & Personal, to be equally divided. 

I do nominate & appoint Jonathan Robeson of Philadelphia Esq., Law- 
rence Anderson, of Philadelphia merchaut, and Jacob Duchee, shopkeeper 
in Market Street, executors. 

Wit: William Cunningham, Warwick Coats John Chapman. 

14 February 1752 Admon. with the will annexed of the goods & chat- 
tells, &c. of George Jones late of the city of Philadelphia, in the Province 
of Pennsylvania, but at the city of Worcester deceased, lying and being in 
that part of Great Britain called England only but no further or otherwise, 
was granted to Elizabeth Clay, widow, the natural & lawful sister of the 
said deceased & one of the Residuary Legatees named in said will, for that 
Jonathan Robeson Esq., Lawrence Anderson & Jacob Duchee, the execu- 
tors appointed in said will, have taken upon them the execution thereof so 
far as concerns that part of the estate of the said deceased within the Pro- 
vince of Pennsylvania, but have respectively renounced the execution of the 
said will and their right of administration of the said deceased's estate in 
that part of Great Britain called England. Bettesworth, 39. 

[Probated in Philadelphia, 1751, Book i. p. 404.— C. R. Hildeburn, of Phila- 

William Stockton, Clerk, parson of Barkeswell in the County of 
Warwick, 2 March 1593, proved 17 June 1594 by Elizabeth his relict & ex- 
ecutrix, through her attorney Thomas Lovell Not. Pub. The will men- 
tions brother Randulph Stockton, brother Raphe Stockton, the children of 
cousin John Stockton, parson of Alcester, the children of cousin Thomas 
Gervise, son Jouas Stockton, eldest daughter Debora Stockton, wife Eliza- 
beth & daughters Judith & Abigail, cousins John Stockton & Thomas Ger- 
vis and Thomas Benyon of Barkeswell yeoman, & John Massame of the 
city of Coventry, clothworker, to be overseers. Dixey, 49. 

[1 suppose the " cousin John Stockton, parson of Alcester," mentioned in the above 
will, was the father of Patience, wife of Edward Holyoke of New England, whose 
father, John Holliock, of Alcester in the county of Warwick, mercer, made his will 
21 November 30th Elizabeth (proved 31 January, 1587) in presence of John Stock- 


ton. If this be so, then Mr. Stockton must have removed before 1607 to Kinkolt 
in Leicestershire, where he was living (probably as Rector of that parish), as shown 
by a letter from young Edward Holyoke to his betrothed, dated 21 Nov. 1607. (See 
Emmerton & Waters's Gleanings from English Records, pp. 57-59.)— h. f. w.] 

Robert Wilcox, the younger, of Alcester in the county of Warwick, 
mercer, xiiii October 1626, proved 14 February 1626. To my father M r 
Robert Wilcox, over and above the two hundred pounds due to him 
by bond, one hundred pounds within one year after my decease (and some 
chattell goods). To my son Robert fifty pounds to be put out for his best 
use at his age of xiiii years. My will is that Ann & Elizabeth Heath shall 
have x u between them for the money I received by their brother Richard's 
will. To each of my sisters xl". To Humfry Bedowe x". To Joane 
my maid servant xv 8 , to Elenor ray maid servant x*. I give x 11 to be from 
time to time lent gratis to honest tradesmen at the discretion of M r Bay- 
liffe for the time being, with the assent of my father Wilcox, brother 
Bridges, brother Holioke and M r Jeliffe, or of three, two or one of them 
so long as any of them shall live, and, after the death of the survivor of 
them, at the discretion of M r Bayliffe for the time being. To mine ap- 
prentice xx" at thend of his term. The rest of my goods chattells, &c. to 
Martha, my beloved wife, whom I make sole executrix. The overseers to 
be my well beloved father in law John Halford and George Jelliffe and my 
brother Florisell Bovey and I give them ii 9 vi d apiece for their pains. 

Wit: Samuel Hulford, Edward Holioke. Skinner, 12. 

[An article on the Wilcoxes of New England is printed in the Register, xxix. 
25-9, but no connection with Robert of Alcester is found. There is probably some 
relationship between his " brother Holioke " and Edward Holyoke, the immigrant 
ancestor of the Holyokes of New England, who seems to have come from Alcester 
(see will of Edward Holliock, 1587, in Emmerton and Waters's Gleanings, p. 57). 
Two other New England immigrants, William and Richard Waldern (written by 
descendants, Waldron), were natives of Alcester (see Reg. viii. 78). — Editor.] 

Mr. Thomas Roper's will. John West my servant to be set free. Al- 
exander Gill, servant to Capt. Peirce, to be set free or else if Capt. Peirce 
shall refuse to release him, then that the said Alexander receive two hun- 
dred pounds of Tobacco from Capt. Peirce. I give and bequeath all tobac- 
coes due unto me in Virginia to my brother John Roper in England and 
that M r George Fitz Jefferyes receive it to the use of my said brother. Item 
a pair of Linen breeches to William Smith of James City. To the said Wil- 
liam Smith a waistcoat. To my brother John Roper three- hundred and 
odd pounds of good & lawful money of England, in the hands of my father 
in law M r Thomas Sheaperd of Moine in Bedfordshire. The residue to 
my brother John Roper. Fifty shillings in money to M r Haute Wyatt, 
minister of James City. 

Wit : Haut Wyatt, William Smith, George Fitz Jefferey. 

In the letter of administration (5 February 1626) to John Roper Tho- 
mas Shepard is spoken of as the natural & lawful father of John, Eliza- 
beth and Constance Shepard, brother and sisters of the deceased on the 
mother's side {ex materno latere), the letters of administration granted 
in the month of May 1624 having been brought back and renounced. 

Skinner, 11. 

[According to a pedigree of the Wyatt family furnished me some years ago by 
Reginald Stewart Boddington, Esq., London, England, the Rev. Hawte Wyatt (a 
younger brother of Sir Francis Wyatt, twice governor of Virginia, married 1618, 
buried 24 August, 1644, at Boxley) was the second son of George and Jane (daugh- 


ter of Sir Thomas Finch of Eastwell, Knight, by his wife Katherine, elder daughter 
and co-heiress of Sir Thomas Moyle of Eastwell) Wyat (of Allington Castle, Box- 
ley, and in right of his wife, Lord of the Manor of Wavering, eon of Sir Thomas 
Wyat by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Brooke, Lord Cobham, beheaded 
11 April, 1554) and Jane (married 1537), younger daughter and co-heiress of Sir 
William Hawte of BLshopbourne, co. Kent, Knight, and to whom Queen Mary 
granted the Manor of Wavering) ; inducted after his return to England to the liv- 
ing of Boxley, 3 October, 1632, and Rector of Merston, co. Kent; died 31 July, 
1638 ; buried at Boxley. 
He was married twice, " and his issue said to have gone to Virginia.'''' 

The following document in my possession may be of interest in connection with 
the immediately preceding paragraph : 

" Oct. 29, 1655. This day Pindabake the Protector of the young King of Chis- 
koyack was at my house [punctuation mine], intending to have spoken with the 
Governor, then expected to be heer'd, but he came not, & therefore bee desyned to 
leave his mind with mee, Mai or Will Wiat & divers others, as followith, viz : that 

Wassahickon the [illegible] had freely given unto Mr. Edward Wyatt and his 

heyres, executors, administrators or assigns, all the land from Mr. Hugh Guinn's 

old marked trees to Vttamarke Creeke, including all Pagan [illegible] high 

Land, being freely given, and with the consent of all the rest of the Indians, it was 
also agreed among them all that neither the King nor any other of his Indians 
6hould sell, alienate or dispose of any land belonging unto them without the con- 
sent of Mr. Ed. Wyatt, which was the only business that he had to acquaint the 
Gov'r therewith in the behalfe of Mr. Ed. Wyat, as we heere doe testify under our 
hands, this present 29 th of October, 1655." 



The marke of Will'm Benett 

John West Junior 
*- -^ Toby West 

/^W" The marke )^/f of W>« Godfrey 

The marke of w John Talbutt 

Pindabake, Protector of John King \Q 

the young King of v^ 

Signed and sealed in the presence of 
all whose names are here subscribed! 

I find the following grants of land to the name Wyatt and Wyat of record in the 
Virginia Land Registry Office: Ralph Wyatt, " Gent." Book No. 1, p. 590, lease 
to Richard Johnson, Roger Davis and Abraham Wood, " planters," " one parcell 
of Islands," 1636 ; Henry Wyat, Esq., eldest son of Sir Francis Wyat, p. 757, lease 
for 21 years, of 50 acres in Pasbylaiers James City county for the raising of corn for 
the better protection of the plantation, Dec. 16, 1641 ; Thomas Wyat, p. 916, 2000 ac. 
on the south side of the Rappahannock river, " twenty miles up," Sept. 24, 1643 ; 
George Wyatt, No. 2, p. 54, 250 acres in James City county, April 12, 1642 ; Rich- 
ard Wyatt, p. 154, 500 acres in Mobjack bay, Aua;. 20, 1645 ; William Wyatt, No. 3, 
p. 4, 400 acres in Gloucester county, April 27. 1653 ; p. 354, 300 acres in New Kent 
county, June 6, 1665; Edward Wyatt and Robert Grig, 4, p. 439, 370 acres in 
Kingston parish, Gloucester county, April 19, 1662; William Wyatt, 5, p. 286, 
400 acres in Gloucester county, March 16, 1663; Major William Wyatt, p. 439, 
1940 acres in New Kent county, May 20, 1664; William Wyatt, p. 453, 300 
acres in New Kent county, May 20, 1664; Anthony Wyatt, p. 510, 282 acres 
in New Kent county, June 28, 1664; Thomas Wyatt, p. 608, 500 acres in Mobjack 
bay, May 9, 1666; William Wyatt, 6, p. 322, 500 acres in New Kent county, June 
20, 1670; Anthony Wyatt, p. 247, 398 acres in Charles City county, July 24, 1669 ; 


William Wyatt, p. 296, 2240 acres in New Kent county, April 17, 1669; p. 364, 
1900 acres in New Kent county, Oct. 21, 1670; 7, p. 32, 850 acres in New Kent 
county, April 25, 1680 ; Henry Wyatt, p. 123, 649 acres in New Kent county, April 
20, 1682; John and Richard Wyatt, p. 321, 650 acres in New Kent county, Sept. 
20, 1683; Nicholas Wyatt, p. 510, 115 acres in Brandon parish [Charles City coun- 
ty?], April 27, 1686; John Wyatt, 9, p. 654, 700 acres in King and Queen county, 
May 2, 1705; James Wyatt, No. 10, p. 85, 139 in upper parish ofNansemond 
county, May 2, 1713; Richard Wyatt, p. 247, 285 acres in Charles City county, 
Aug. 15, 1715 ; Francis Wyatt, 23, p. 635, 377 acres in Prince George county, 
Nov. 25, 1743; Francis Wyatt and Mary Hawkins, No. 28, p. 208, 100 acres in 
Prince George county, Aug. 20, 1747, and in same, p. 211, 200 acres in Amelia 
county, Aug. 20, 1747. 

Anthony Wyatt was a prominent citizen of Charles City County, Virginia, 1660- 
70. — R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va.] 

Nicholas Jupe, citizen & merchant Taylor of London, 10 March 1650, 
proved 13 October 1651. To cousin Benjamin Jupe, his executers & as- 
signs, all my moiety or half part of two houses, &c. in the parish of S' 
Buttolph Aldgate, London, in the occupation of Richard English and Ed- 
ward Mott, and the house where a stone-cutter did dwell and my own 
dwelling house and so much of the dwelling house as is now in M r Finch's 
occupation, — which I and Richard English bought of Matthew Beanes. To 
the said Benjamin fifteen pounds and to his brother John & his sister Mar- 
garet five pounds apiece. To Anthony and Mary Jupe, equally between 
them, my half of five houses which were bought by me and the said Richard 
English, standing in Gravel Lane in the Parish of Saint Buttolph without 
Aldgate, London, being in one row or rank, they to pay, out of the profits, 
to Christopher Jupe & Thomas Evans ten pounds apiece within two years 
after my decease. I give to Simeon Smith my half of four tenements 
granted by lease from the Hospital of Christ Church London. To Rebec- 
ca Smith, daughter of my brother Joseph Smith, my lease of tenements 
in the occupation of M r Mason & M r Harman. To the poor of Bishops- 
gate, to the minister, M r Fuller, to the poor of Aldgate. To Richard Eng- 
lish & John Euerett & to each of their wives twenty shillings apiece, to 
Sarah Martin & Mrs Katherine Jackson twenty shillings apiece, to Mr Dye 
and his wife twenty shillings apiece, to Simeon Smith forty shillings, to 
Sarah Wilmott ten pounds, to Rebecca Unckles three pounds & to her 
mother four pounds, to my brother Christopher's daughter Mary five 
shillings, to my cousin Evans forty shillings, to my cousin Christopher Jupe 
forty shillings, to cousin John Jupe twenty shillings, to cousin Margaret Jupe 
twelve pounds, to Anne Foster twenty shillings, to my wife's sister Den- 
ton three pounds & to her daughter twenty shillings, to M r Hedges & his 
wife twenty shillings apiece, to Edward Smith the elder and Edward Smith 
the younger and to Elizabeth Smith (certain legacies), to William Harper 
forty shillings, to Thomas Jackson twenty shillings, more to Benjamin 
Jupe ten pounds, more to Joseph Smith & his daughter Rebecca Smith, 
&c. Loving friends M r Grimes, Richard English & John Everett to be 
overseers. Simeon Smith to be executor. Grey, 189. 

[At the time of the decease of the testator, the five houses in Gravel Lane above 
devised were in the occupation of " John Trigg senio r m r3 oakeman ; widdow 
Izard widdow Bocken and m r Chambe" " and the interest of the testator's niece 
Mary Jupe, afterward Mary Morse, therein, was conveyed with other property by 
her husband John Morse of Boston in New England, salt boiler, by deed of mort- 
gage dated Nov. 9th, 1654, recorded with Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 2, fob 180, to Capt. 
Robert Keaine of said Boston, uncle of said mortgagor, to secure the payment of 
£32. Capt. Keaine had advanced £15 to pay for the passage of Morse, his wife and 
his wife's brother, Benjamin Jupe, from New England back to Old England, and 


the latter sum was to be paid at the Golden Crown in Bircliin Lane, London, on or 
before April 26, 1655, out of the rents belonging to the said wife or brother Benja- 
min Jupe remaining in the hands of Simeon Smith of Smthwark. the executor of 
the foregoing will, as appears hy a bond and order recorded fol. 183 and 184. See 
also fol? 86 and 182. See note to the will of Benjamin Kaine (ante, page 2). 
See also the abstract made by Stanley Waters of an indenture, found by him in 
the Suffolk Court Files, dated March 10, 1652, " between Benjamin Kayen of Lon- 
don Esquire, sonne and heire apparent of Robert Kayen of Boston in N. E., 
Esquire, on the one part, and Simeon Smith, Cittizen and Haberdasher, of London, 
the executor of the last will &c. of Nicholas Jupe, Cittizen & Marchant Tayler of 
London, deceased, of the other part." This abstract was published in the Register 
for July, 1881 (xxxv. 277).— John T. Hassam.] 

Francis Newton of London, grocer, 24 August 1660, proved 11 Jan- 
uary 1661, now bound out on a voyage to Virginia. To wife Mary New- 
ton six hundred pounds within six mouths after my decease. The residue 
to my loving sisters Elizabeth and Susan Newton and loving brother Joseph 
Newton, equally, &c. Friends John Berry, Anthony Stanford & Joseph 
Wilson to be executors. Laud, 8. 

[See note " Newton of Kingston upon Hull, England," Reg. April, 1885, p. 
194— R. A. Brock.] 

Richard Smith, of S l Dunstau's West, London, Cook, 13 January 1660, 
proved 17 January 1661. To be buried in the parish church of S* Dun- 
stans in the West. Wife Joane, brother John Smith. To my sister Ann 
Hawthorne five acres in the possession of John Alley, butcher, of the year- 
ly value of five pounds for her natural life, &c. and then to her two sons 
John & Nathaniel Hawthorne and their heirs equally. To my brother 
John Smith the reversion I purchased (after the decease of Anne Henman, 
widow) of William Backhouse Esq., with remainder to his eldest son Sam- 
uel Smith & his heirs male, next to Richard Smith, second son of said 
brother John, then to the right heirs of the body of the said John Smith. 

I give and bequeath to William Hawthorne, son of Anne Hawthorne, 
my sister, the reversion of one pightle called Leachrye or Tan-house Pigb- 
tle, containing by estimation three acres, in the possession of John Vincent. 
One third part of land called Welshman's (after my wife's decease) to my 
loving sister Mary Holloway and the heirs of her body, one third to my 
loving sister Rachel Horton & the heirs of her body, the remaining third 
to the children of John Topping begot upon the body of my sister Pru- 
dence and their heirs. To my wife the lease or leases of the two houses 
in Chancery Lane, &c. To my loving friend Mr Robert Hawe of Woke- 
ingham twenty shillings to buy him a ring. To M r Sedgwick, with- 
out Temple Bar, ten shillings to buy him a ring. To the poor of the town 
of Wokeingham twenty shillings. To the poor of the parish of Wokeing- 
harn and dwelling in the said town twenty shillings. Lands, &c. in Woke- 
ingham in the County of Berks. Brother John Smith to be executor 
& Richard Palmer of Wokeingham Esq. to be overseer. 

Wit : L. Astry, George Chapman. Laud, 9. 

[The Salem Hathornes, as well as the Hawthornes named above, were allied with 
a Smith family, the immigrants, William and John Ilathorne (Reg. xii. 295 ; Em- 
merton and Waters's Gleanings, pp. 52-5) having had a sister Anne who was the 
wife of Hugh Smith (ante, pp. 43-5). — Editor.] 

Henry Sewall of the parish of S l Michael in the city of Coventry, 
alderman, aged fourscore years or thereabouts, 1 Sept. 1624, proved the 
last of June 1628 by Margaret Sewall his relict and executrix. To my 


wife Margaret an annuity or yearly rent charge of eleven pounds, eight 
shillings, issuing out of certain lands in Ansley in the county of Warwick, 
granted to me & my heirs forever, and now in the tenure of Elizabeth 
Throckmorton widow, and all my lands, tenements and hereditaments, with 
the appurtenances, &c. in the city of Coventry & in Corley and Coundon 
in the County of Warwick and in Radford Coundon in Urchenfield & 
Stoke in the county of the city of Coventry. To Henry Sewall, my eldest 
son, all my lands, tenements and hereditaments, &c. &c. in the hamlet of 
Radford in the county of the city of Coventry and in Coundon in Urchen- 
field in the county of the city of Coventry and in Coudon in the County 
of Warwick, and all my lands, tenements & hereditaments, &c. in Dog 
Lane in the said city, in the occupation of Richard Baldwyn, a messuage 
or tenement & one garden, with the appurtenances, in Much Park Street, 
in Coventry, in the tenure of Henry Critchlowe, draper, and all those mes- 
suages or tenements, &c. &c. in the said city in the several occupations of 
John Harbert, William Heyward, Richard Heyes or Walter Wiggens, and 
all those three tenements in Little Park Street, in the occupation of M r 

Heury Davenport, Thorton, Katherine West, or their assigns, after 

the decease of my wife Margaret, and during his natural life ; then to the 
heirs of his body lawfully begotten, &c. ; also to the said Henry, my son, 
a tenement & garden, &c. &c. in Heylane in the said city, in the tenure of 
Bryan Conigrave. 

To Richard Sewall, my younger son, after the decease of my wife Mar- 
garet, lands & tenements, &c. in Corley, in the county of Warwick, which 
I lately purchased of Stephen Hales Esq. with the wyndell thereupon now 
standing, and other lands, &c. purchased of Richard Patchett, of Martin 
Whadocke & of Thomas N icklyn and of Thomas Barre ; also to the same 
Richard one messuage, &c. in Smithford Street, Coventry, in the tenure of 
Jefford, barber, and a tenement & certain stables called the Sextree in 

To my daughter Anne, now the wife of Anthonie Power, my messuage 
& tenement, &c. &c. in Corley, now in the occupation of me the said Hen- 
ry, which I lately purchased of Daniel Oxenbridge, and other lands, 
&c. purchased of Thomas Patchet & of George & Walter Holbech, and 
two tenements in Bailie Lane in Coventry, one in the tenure of Theophi- 
lus Washington, and a messuage in High Street, Coventry, in the ten- 
ure of M r William Hancock, and a messuage in the suburbs of Coventry 
in the tenure of John Lindon, and a messuage in the tenure of Roger 
Bird and a tenement in the tenure of Joyce Hobson, a widow and late in 
the occupation of Lawrence Armeson. 

To Margaret, my youngest daughter, now the wife of Abraham Randell, 
tenements without Newgate in the several tenures of Francis Robinson & 
Edward Coles, lands, &c. purchased of John Home of Stoke, gentleman, 
lands in the tenure of John Wilkinson, & of William, or Thomas, Pywall, 
that my messuage or tenement & garden in Bailie Lane, in the city of 
Coventry wherein I now dwell, tenements, &c. in Bailie Lane in the oc- 
cupation of. Roger Dudley, James Knib, William Miller, Edward Malpas, 
Johane Newlaud, widow, William Cumberledge & Edward Bissaker, a ten- 
ement in Earl Street in the occupation of John Wright, a garden in the 
occupation of M r Richard Clarke, a tenement I purchased of John Ham- 
mond, Doctor in Physick and tenements in Darbie lane in the occupation 
of the widow Wothon & the widow Kinsman. Reference also made to 
tenements in the occupation of Richard Faulkner, Raphe Mellowes, Peter 



Baxter, Henry Wetton, Randall Cleaver, Clerk, Thomas Hobson and John 
Hill. To my loving friend Humphry Burton forty shillings, &c. &c. Wife 
Margaret to be executrix and friends M r William Hancock, of Coventry, 
alderman, and my loving kinsman Reginald Home, gentleman, to be over- 
seers. To my cousin John Home a cloke cloth. 

Wit: John Brownell, James Brownell. Barrington, 63. 

[The eldest son of the testator of the above will, Mr. Henry Sewall, came over to 
New England and was the ancestor of the distinguished family of that name in 
Massachusetts. In Essex County Court Papers (Book xxvi. No. 59) may be found 
a deposition made 10 April, 1679, by Robert Walker, of Boston, Linen webster, 
aged about eeventy-two years, in which he testified that about fifty-six years before, 
living with his father in the town of Manchester, in Lancashire, within the realm 
of England, he did then know one Mr. Henry Sewall who lived at the same town 
and in the same street with the deponent's father, being his overthwart neighbor, 
and that afterwards the said Mr. Henry'Sewall removed with his family to New 
England, and there dwelt in the town of Newbury, &c. &c. H. F. Waters. 

This will furnishes another example of the wisdom of the course pursued by the 
associated collection and publication of material of this kind. In the introduction 
to the Sewall Papers, now in course of publication by the Mass. Historical So- 
ciety, after stating the investigations made by Col. Chester, the main results of 
whose search was placed in their hands, the editors state that the Sewall family 
cannot be traced beyond the two brothers (Henry, whose will is here given, and his 
brother William, both of whom had been mayors of Coventry in England). It is 
to be supposed that neither the editors nor Col. Chester had the detail which Mr. 
Waters furnishes your readers, for in "the closing paragraphs of the will here given, 
the mention of his " loving kinsman Reginald Home, gentleman," who was made 
an overseer of the will, and the bequest to his '' cousin John Home," furnish direct 
guides to obtain the name of the father of Henry and William Sewall. It ap- 
pears from the pedigree of the Home family, which is given below from the 
Visitation of Warwickshire, 1619 (see Harleian Soc. Pub., vol. xii. p. 343),* that 
William Shewell married Matilda Home, and that her brother John was the father 
of both Reginald and John, who are mentioned in this will of Henry Sewall 
respectively as his "kinsman" and" cousin." 

Reginaldus Home de Pickesley=Margeria fil. 
in com. Salop 

, . Lee de Whitechurch 

Matdda Winifrida 
ux. Wil'i ux. Mathei 
Shewell Dorington 

Joh'es Home de=Jana filia Thomse Ellena uxor 
Childes Areole I Morton de Ingleton Rob'ti 
in com. Salop | in com. Staff. Cooke 


Maria uxor Reginaldus Horne=Anna filia 2 Johannes 

Hen. Crow- de Stoke infra Tho. 

der de lib'tates de Couen- Pachet de 

Stoke iuxta try fil et hser, Barwell in 3 Tho- 

Couentry 6up'stes 1619 Com. Leic. mas 

ux. Joh'is 
Unett de 

Alicia ux. Rici 
Holland de 

Sadington in 
Com. Leic. 

1 Anna 2 Johanna Henricus= 
Home fil. et 
hseres. aet. 31. 
annoru'. 1619 


Xr' ofori 
de Stoke 

Home Frowlick 

de de Germania 
London inferiori 
Lime Street, 
fil. 2. 


3 Fran- 

aet. dim. 
Anni 1619 

Judge Samuel Sewall was always sharp in money matters, from the time when he 
received the dowry upon his marriage with the mint-master's daughter until his 

* Was John Home (otherwise Orne), of Salem, descended from this Warwickshire 
family ? 


death, and whether his visit to his relatives was one of affection or for mercenary 
motives, it is plain that if lie could get an honest penny, he went for it. He evi- 
dently had a full copy of this will, and displayed this paragraph from it in his 
Diary, under date of April 9, 1689 : 

" To the said Margaret during her natural Life and after her decease to the Heirs 
of her Body issuing, and for want of such issue of her body, to remain to the right 
heirs of me, the said Henry the Testator, for ever." 

This extract is followed by a memorandum of the date of Margaret Randall's 
will, May 4, 1646. If this will could be found it might throw some light upon 
other relations. 

The Judge saw some of the real estate which had been left to his grandfather's 
sister Margaret, with the above proviso, and she had given it to the descendants of 
her sister Anne, ignoring the rights of the descendants of Henry, her brother, the 
grandfather of the judge. He told them who he was, and offered to confirm the 
right (for a consideration ?), and he received the emphatic answer that his rela- 
tives would not give him 3d. for it. John Coffin Jones Brown.] 

Noell Mew being intended by God's permission to go to old England, 
3 August, 1691, proved 4 April, 1700. To my wife Mary Mew, during 
her widowhood, all my estate, real and personal. But if she sees cause to 
marry, then she is to have out of my estate in England one hundred 
and ten jjounds sterling in lieu of her dowry, in one year after her marriage, 
and all the household stuff. To my son Richard Mew all my farm Rockey 
Farm, &c, with the mulatta boy called George and fifty pounds sterling, 
he paying each of his sisters five pounds per annum to help bring them up 
till of age or married, and then to be acquitted of the said payment. To 
him also my great bible and silver tankard. To my daughter Mary Mew 
one hundred pounds sterling, &c, an Indian girl called Jenny, one Spanish 
silver cup, one round silver cup, one silver dram cup with a funnel. To 
my daughter Patience one hundred pounds sterling, the negro woman Bess, 
six silver spoons. All my land in West Jarsey to be sold and the proceeds to 
be equally divided betwixt my said three children. My wife to be execu- 
trix and my friends William Allen, Benjamin' Newberry and Peleg San- 
ford to be overseers. 

Wit : Richard Jones, Joseph Blvdenburgh, Thomas Roberts, William 

Testimony, 22 December, 1692, that the above is a true copy. John 
Easton Gov r , John Greene Dep. Gov r , Walter Clarke, Benjamin Newberry, 
William Allen, Christopher Almy. In the Probate the testator is called 
Noell Mew late of Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island -and Providence 
plantations, in New England, deceased. Noel, 59. 

[Richard Mew, of Stepney, merchant, was one of the first twelve proprietors of 
East Jersey, 1681 (N. J. Archives, i. 366, 383 et seq.). Richard Mew, of New- 
port, R. 1., merchant, had an action at law against Jahleel Brenton in 1708. (R. 1. 
Colonial Records, iv. 39. See also iii. 555.) — Editor.] 

Nathaniel Webb of Mountserrett, merchant , proved by Robert 

Webb, Esq., his son, 26 March, 1741. I grant full power and authority 
to my executors to make & execute a lease to my beloved wife Jane of 
all my negroes on and belonging to a certain plantation in the parish of S' 
Anthony in the said Island, commonly called Carrolls Plantation, with the 
house & lands in town (and sundry movables) for her natural life, she 
paying to my executors in trust for my children the yearly sum of two hun- 
dred and fifty pounds sterling. This in full satisfaction of her dower, also 


the use of half ray house in the town of Taunton one half of the furniture, 
&c. To my eldest son Robert ray estate in the County of Somerset formerly 
under lease to John & Richard Barber of Tauntoa, and all my houses and 
lauds in said Tauntoa or elsewhere in England, and five thousaud pounds 
sterling, &c. To my son Nathaniel my plantations in Mouutserratt now 
under lease to John Dyer of the said island, and all my houses & lauds in 
the said island, and my house and laud in the town of Bassterre in the 
island of St Christophers. Item I give & bequeath to my son John all my 
lands in the County of Connecticut in New England near the town of Sea- 
brook, they containing about five hundred acres. To my brother Johu 
Webb of Abingtou one hundred pounds sterling, at the same time forgiv- 
ing him what he owes me. To my brother Harry Webb fifty guineas to 
buy him a mourning ring. To my executors ten guineas each to buy them 
mourning rings. To my sisters Anne Stone & Sarah Smith twenty pounds 
sterling each to buy them mourning & mourning rings. The rest & resi- 
due to my five children, Robert, Ann, Ruth, Nathaniel & John. 

I appoint William Gerrish, Esq., in Loudon, Isaac Ilobhouse of Bristol, 
merchant, John Paine of Taunton, mercer, Dominick Trant, Thomas 
Meade, George French and Peter Lee of this Island, Harry Webb of An- 
tbma and my son Robert Webb executors & the guardians of my children. 

Spurway, 78. 

Benjamin Plummer of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England Esq. 7 May, 1740, proved 12 March, 1740. To my 
esteemed friend Mrs Mary Macphederis my gold watch, my negro boy 
named Juba and a ring of five guineas price. To Theodore Atkinson Esq. 
my saddle Horse aud to him & his wife each of them a gold ring. To M r 
John Loggin one suit of mourning apparel. The whole of my apparel to 
be sold for the most they will fetch in the town of Boston. To my hon- 
ored mother one hundred pounds sterling. The residue to be equally di- 
vided amongst my brothers. My brother M r Thomas Plummer of Lon- 
don, merchant & Theodore Atkinson of Portsmouth Esq. to be the ex- 

Wit : Arthur Browne, James Jeffrey, Jos h Peirce. 

Proved at London by Thomas Plummer, power reserved for Theodore 
Atkinson the other executor. Spurway, 73. 

[I extract the following from a letter to me from Miss Plumer, of Epping, N. H., 
dated Nov. 1, 1885, in reply to an inquiry about Benjamin Plumer : " In a note at 
the end of my father's manuscript genealogy of the Plumer family, my father 
writes, ' Benjamin Plumer was appointed collector of Piscataway in New England. 
His commission, of which I have a copy in the handwriting of R. Waldron, Sec r y, 
is dated Feb. 11, 1736. It was sworn to before Gov. Belcher, June 8 th , 1736. He 
was perhaps the progenitor of the Portsmouth Plumers. There is a silver vase in 
the Atkinson family on which is inscribed the deaths of various persons, among 
the rest that of Benjamin Plumer, Esquire, who died May 8 th , 1740, aged 24 years. 
If this was the collector he was but twenty when appointed.' " — Com. by George 
Plumer Smith, Esq., of Philadelphia, Pa. 

In the New Hampshire Provincial Papers, vol. iv. p. 864, is a letter from John 
Thomlinson to Theodore Atkinson, dated " London, 5 April, 1737." Mr.Thom- 
linson writes : " Altho the Bearer Mr. Plummer his coming over Collector in your 
place may be 6ome Disadvantage or Disappointment to you, yet when I tell you I 
daresay he will prove the most agreeable Gentleman that you could have had, in 

every respect, you will excuse my here recommending him to your friendship 

He is a gentleman of good sense and of a very good family and good circum- 
stances." I presume that Plumer was an Englishman. — Editor.] 


Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 

Nathaniel Parker {ante, p. 8). 

P' My god-daughter the daughter of ray nephew Bernard Saltingstall." 
The pedigree of the Saltonstall family, given in Bund's Watertown, shows that 
Bernard Saltonstall was a great-grandson of Gilbert Saltonstall, from whom the 
New England family descended, through Sir Richard of Huntwicke. The Bernard 
Saltonstall referred to in the will was son of Sir Richard Saltonstall of North Ock- 
cnden, co. Essex. Susanna, sister of Bernard, married William Pawlett of Cottles 
in co. Wilts, who was a grandson of William Pawlett, first Marquis of Winchester. 
(See Dr. Marshall's Visitation of co. Wilts, 1623, p. 92.) 

John Coffin Jones Brown.] 

Richard Perne ; Rachel Perne {ante, pp. 59-61 and 89). 

[It was noticed in Rachel Perne's will that she cut off Edward Rawson, our faith- 
ful Colonial Secretary, with the proverbial shilling, although she bequeathed to 
Rachel, his wife and her daughter, £40. 

By a deed of his recorded in Suffolk Deeds, vol. iii. pp. 413 and 414, he acknow- 
ledges receipt of a marriage " portion of £300, which he long since Receaved with 
his wife." This accounts for the omission to bequeath any more of the Perne es- 
tate to him on its final distribution by will. John Coffin Jones Brown. J 

Dorothy Lane of London, widow, 17 January, 1605. My body to be 
buried in the parish church or churchyard of S' Dunstans in the East, Lon- 
don, where I am a parishioner. To Susan Harrys, daughter of my late son 
in law William Harrys, late of Wapping in the County of Middlesex, mari- 
ner deceased, and of Dorothie my daughter, late his wife, ten pounds. To 
George Stake, son of my late sister Elizabeth, thirty shillings. To my cousiu 
Jeffery Thorowgood twenty shillings. To my cousin Bennet Burton twenty 
shillings. To my cousins Elizabeth and Sara Quaitmore, daughters of 
Rowland Quaytmore and of my said daughter Dorothie, his now wife, five 
pounds apiece. To the said Rowland Quaytmore, my son in law, thirty 
shillings to make him a ring. To Helen Averell, late wife of William Ave- 
rell, Schoolmaster, deceased, my small joyned chair with a back. To the 
said Dorothie Quaytmore,* my daughter, and William Harrys, her son, and 
to the heirs of the said William Harrys, the son, lawfully begotten, all those 
my two tenements and two acres in Saffron Walden in the County of Essex, 
which late were Symon Burton's, my late brother's deceased, the said 
Dorothie Quaytmore & William Harrys her son to pay out to Samuel 
Harrys, son of my said daughter Dorothie Quaytmore, ten pounds upon 
reasonable request, within two months next after such day or time as the 
said Samuel Harrys shall attain and come to the lawful age of twenty-one 
years, and unto Jane and Joane Burton, daughters of my said late brother 
Symon Burton of Saffron Walden aforesaid, five pounds apiece within four 
years next after such day or time as my said daughter Dorothie & William 
her son or her heirs or assigns shall first enter and enjoy the said two ten- 
ements, &c. To Susan & Dorothie Harrys, daughters of my said daugh- 
ter Dorothie Quaytmore (certain bequests). To Mary Quaitmore five 
pounds. To my cousin Elizabeth Quaytmore (certain table linen) and to 
Sara Quaytmore her sister (a similar bequest). To Mary & Sara Thorow- 
good, daughters of my cousin Jeffery Thorowgood, twenty shillings. To 
Richard Weech of London, merchant, twenty shillings. The residue to my 
daughter Dorothie and she and the above named William Harrys the son 
appointed full & sole executors. The said Jeffery Thorowgood & Richard 

* Rowland Coitmore and Dorothy Harris (widow) married at Whitechapel, co. Mid. 28 
March, 1594-5. Elizabeth, their daughter, bapt. 25 Feb. 1595-6.^1. J. Greenwood. 


Weech appointed overseers. To my cousin Walter Gray five shillings, 
and to his wife my stuff gown lined with f urr. 

The witnesses were William Jones, Scr., Jeffery Thorowgood, signum 
Roberti Powell, shoemaker, and me Richard Perne. 

Commission was issued 4 March 1608 to Dorothie Quaytmore, with 
power reserved for William Harrys, the other executor, &c. 

Dorsett, 23. 

Thomas Rainborowe of East Greenwich in the County of Kent, mar- 
iner, 4 December 1622, proved 23 February 1623. My body to be buried 
in the church yard of P^ast Greenwich with such solemnity as my executors 
in their discretion shall think fit. My wife Martha and eldest son Wil- 
liam Rainborowe to be executors. Ten pounds to be given for the putting 
forth of poor children of the parish of Greenwich aforesaid, &c. To said 
Martha my wife all my plate and household stuff and the furniture of my 
house and also my one sixteenth part of the good ship called the Barbara 
Constance of London and my one sixteenth of the tackle, apparel, muni- 
tion, furniture, freight, &c. of the said ship. To my said sou William two 
hundred pounds within one year next after my decease, and one sixteenth 
of the good ship Rainbowe of London & one sixteenth of her tackle, &c, 
one sixteenth of the ship Lilley of London (and of her tackle, &c), one forty 
eighth part of the ship Royal Exchange of London (and of her tackle, &c). 
To my son Thomas Rainborowe two hundred pounds within one year, &c. 
To my daughter Barbara Lee two hundred pounds within one year, &c. To 
my daughter Martha Wood two hundred pounds within one year, &c. To 
my daughter Sara Porte two hundred pounds within one year, &c. 

Whereas I have taken of the Right Honorable Edward Lord Dennie, 
Baron of Waltham Holy Cross in the County of Essex, by Indenture of 
Lease bearing date the eight and twentieth day of September Anno Domi- 
ni 1619, a capital messuage called by the name of Claver Hambury and 
certain lands, with their appurtenances, situate, lying & being in the said 
County of Essex, for the term of two and twenty years, &c. and for and 
under the yearly rent of a peppercorn, &c. ; for which said lease I have 
paid to the said Lord Denny the sum of two thousand three hundred pounds 
of currant English money ; and the said messuage and lauds, &c. are worth 
vearly in rent {de claro) two hundred and twenty pounds or thereabouts, 
&c. &c. it is my will that there shall be paid out of the rents, profits, &c. 
to Martha my wife one annuity or annual rent of one hundred pounds, to 
my son William an annuity, &c. of twenty pounds, to my son Thomas an 
annuity, &c. of twenty pounds, to my daughter Barbara Lee an annuity, 
&c. of twenty pounds, to my daughter Martha Wood an annuity, &c. of 
twenty pounds, to my daughter Sara Port an annuity, &c. of twenty 

The residue of my personal property to my two executors to be divided 
equally, part and part alike. My dwelling house and lands in East Green- 
wich shall be sold by my executors for the most profit they can & within 
as short time after my death as conveniently may be, and of the money 
arising therefrom one third shall go to my wife Martha, one third to my 
son William and the other third to my said four other children, Thomas, 
Barbara, Martha & Sara. 

The witnesses were J. W. the mark of John Wotton, of the precinct of 
S l Katherine's, mariner, John Woodward, Not. Pub., and John Brookr 
his servant. Byrde, 8 


Anthony Wood of Redrith in the county of Surrey, mariner, 13 Au- 
gust 1625, proved at London 3 January 1G25 by the oath of Martha Wood 
bis relict and executrix. To wife Martha all my lease &c. in my now dwell- 
ing house in Redrith & my part of the good ship Exchange of Loudon & 
of the Charity of London. To son Richard all my portion of the good ship 
Rainbow of London & my adventure in her &c. To my sons Richard, 
Thomas & Anthony live hundred pounds apiece, & to my daughter Sara 
five hundred pounds, at one & twenty. To my brother John Wood five 
pounds a year for eighteen years. To my mother Raynborrowe three 
pounds for a ring. To my brother William Raynborowe five pounds for a 
cloak. To my brother Francis Port three pounds for a ring. To my bro- 
ther Thomas Lee three pounds. To my brother Thomas Raynborowe 
three pounds. To my uncle William Wood & his wife four pounds, for & 
in remembrance of tokens of my love unto them. I give to my said wife 
all my lease of certain, lands at Waltham which I have & hold from the 
Lord Denny, &c. My said wife & my said son Richard to be full & sole 
executors &c, and I name & appoint overseers of this my will my loving 
friends the wor 11 Henry Garway & William Garwaye of London mer- 

A codicil made Tuesday the 23 d of August A.D. 1625 revokes the be- 
quest of his portion of the ship Rainbow to son Richard & bequeaths it to 
Martha Wood his wife. Hele, 4. 

Rowland Cottemore of Wapping in the County of Middlesex, mar- 
iner, 5 June, 1626, proved 24 November 1626 by Katherine Coytemore, 
relict and executrix. To son Thomas Coytemore and his heirs, &c. the 
messuage or tenement, lands, hereditaments and appurtenances in the 
manor of Milton in the parish of Prittlewell ah. Pricklewell, in the Coun- 
ty of Essex, now in the tenure and occupation of John Greene, &c. and 
my farm and copyhold land of forty four acres or thereabouts, in the parish 
of Great Bursted in the County of Essex ; wife Katherine to have the use 
and rents until my son Thomas shall accomplish his age of one and twenty 
years. To my daughter Elizabeth Coytemore three score pounds at her 
age of one and twenty years or day of marriage, also the tenement or mes- 
suage known by the sign of the Blewboare in the town or parish of Retch- 
ford, in the County of Essex, now in the tenure of William Ashwell ah. 
Hare. To my son in law Thomas Gray* and his heirs my two copyhold 
tenements, &c. in Rederith ah. Rederifr, in the County of Surrey, now in 
the several occupations of Francis Welby and John Moore. If my child- 
ren and children's children die before they accomplish their several ages of 
one and twenty or be married, then my aforesaid lands shall remain, come 
and be unto my kinsman Hugh Hughs ah. Gwyn, my sister Elizabeth's 
son. To my grandson William Ball, son of William Ball, forty shillings. 
To my daughter in law daughter Dorothy Lamberton forty shillings. To 
the poor of Wapping three pounds and to the poor of the Upper Hamlet 
of Whitechapel forty shillings. To the masters of Trinity House, for their 
poor, ten pounds within one year, &c. 

My wife Katherine to be executrix and sons in law Thomas Gray and 
William Rainsborough of Wapping aforesaid, mariners, to be overseers. 
The witnesses were Raphe Bower pub. scr. and John Wheatley serv 4 to 
the said scr. Hele, 125. 

* Sec Gray and Coytmore Families, Reg. xxxiv. 253. — Ed. 


Martha Rainborowe of the parish of S' Bridget als. Brides, near 
Fleet St. London, widow, late wife of Thomas Rainborowe, late of East 
Greenwich in the county of Kent, mariner, deceased, made her will 29 No- 
vember 1 G26, proved 23 September 1631. In it she referred to her hus- 
band's will & the lease of the messuage called Claverhambury and the dis- 
position of its rents, bequeathed her own annuity among her five children, 
devised to her daughter Bai'bara Lee her sixteenth part of the good ship 
called Barbara Constance and gave the residue of her goods, chattels, &c. 
to her said daughter Barbara, wife of Thomas Lee, citizen & armorer of 
Loudon, whom also she appointed sole executrix. 

The witnesses were Robert Woodford, Thomas Turner and Tho: East- 
wood. S' John, 102. 

William Rainborow* of London Esq. 16 July 1638, with codicil of 
1 February 1642, proved 8 April 1642. To the Hamlet of Wappiug as a 
stock for their poor fifty pounds ; to the Hamlet of Whitechapel ten 
pounds, &c. To the Trinity House fifty pounds, with the condition that 
they give to poor seamen or their widows of the Hamlet of Wapping, 
every St. Thomas Day. forty shillings. To my eldest son Thomas Rain- 
borowe all those my houses in Southwark purchased of M r William 
Gambell and some of them lately built. To my sou William Rain- 
borowe those my houses in Gun Alley in Wapping purchased of my father 
in law Renold Hoxton and also one thousand pounds. To my son Edward 
twelve hundred pounds. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mar- 
tha Coytmore, the wife of Thomas Coytmore now in New England, the sum 
of seven hundred pounds, if she be alive at the time of my death. To my 
daughter Judith Rainborowe one thousand pounds & to my daughter Joane 
Rainborowe one thousand pounds. All this to be paid to them, by my ex- 
ecutors, at their several days of marriage or at their age of one and twenty 
years, and those that be of age at six months after my decease. To the 
four sons and one daughter of my deceased sister Sara Port, namely Robert, 
John, Thomas, William and Martha Porte, two hundred and fifty pounds, 
that is to each fifty pounds, at twenty one. To my brother M r Thomas 
Rainborowe fifty pounds. To my sister Buckridge fifty pounds. To my 
sister Wood fifty pounds. To my father in law Renold Hoxton and to my 
mother in law Joane Hoxton ten pounds apiece to buy them each a ring. 
My executors to be my loving sons Thomas and William Rainborowe and 
I appoint them to bring up my younger children to their age of twenty one 
years or day of marriage and to have the tuition of them and be at the 
charges of meat & drink & clothes & learning. For overseers I desire my 
loving brothers in law M r Robert Wood and M r John Hoxton to have a care 
that this my will be fulfilled and do give them twenty pounds apiece for 
their pains. Witnesses Robert Wood and William Ashley. 

To my mother in law Jone Hoxton my house at Wapping now in the 
occupation of M r Sander Bence, during her natural life, toward her mainte- 
nance. To my grand child William Rainborowe one hundred pounds. 

Codicil. Whereas the said William Rainborowe hath by his will given 
to Martha Port fifty pounds the said William Rainborow did about a year 
since and at other times afterwards declare his mind and will to be that the 
said Martha should not have or expect the said legacy because he had given 
her the sum of ten pounds and all her wedding clothes in marriage with 
William Ashley. Subscribed by witnesses 1 February 1641. 

Witnesses to the codicil, John Hoxton, Thomas Hoxton & Mary Bennfes. 

Campbell, 51. 


Steven Winthrop of James Street, Westminster, Esq., 3 May 1658, 
proved 19 August, 1658. To wife Judith the house wherein I now dwell, 
with the house adjoining, lately erected, for her life, and then to all my 
children. All the rest to my daughters Margaret, Joanna and Judith and 
such child or children as my said wife shall now be great withall. To my 
nephew Adam Winthrop, son of my brother Adam Winthrop deceased ; to 
the children of my brother Deane Winthrop ; to my brother Samuel Win- 
throp's children ; to my half brother John Winthrop's children ; to my cou- 
sin Mary Rainborowe daughter of my brother in law William Rainborowe 
Esq. ; to my cousin Judith Chamberlaine, daughter of my brother in law 
John Chamberlaine Esq. — sundry bequests. " To the poor of Boston in New 
England one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England upon Condition 
that the Inhabitants of Boston aforesaid doe build and erect a Tombe or 
Monument, Tombes or Monuments, for my deceased ffather and Mother 
upon their graue or graues of ffifftie pounds value att the least, whoe now 
lyeth buried att Boston aforesaid, according to the Loue and honour they 
bore to him and her in theire life time." The executors to be my wife 
Judith Winthropp, my brother in law John Chamberlaine Esq. and Tho- 
mas Plampyon, gentleman. 

The witnesses were Leo: Chamberlaine, Elizabeth Baldrey and Clement 
Ragg (by mark). Wootton, 418. 

[In Suffulk Registry of Deeds (Book 8, p. 193) may be found record of convey- 
ance made by Judith Winthrop and John Chamberlain, executors of Stephen Win- 
throp, 20 April, 1671, to Edward Rainborow of London, of all the said Winthrop's 
land in New England, consisting of one half of Prudence Island and fifteen hun- 
dred acres in Lynn or Salem, &c. This latter property included the well known 
Pond Farm (Lynnfield), originally granted to Colonel John Humfrey. — h. r. w. 

In addition to the ten letters of Stephen W., printed in Part IV. of the Win- 
throp Papers (5 Mass. Hist. Coll., viii. pp. 199-218) we have found several others, 
but they are of no importance. Before his final return to England he was Recorder 
of Boston and a Representative; and, but for the failure of his health caused by 
sleeping on the damp ground, there is reason to believe Cromwell would have made 
him one of his generals, as Roger Williams, writing to John Winthrop, Jr., in 
1656, says, " Your brother Stephen succeeds Major-General Harrison." By his 
own desire he was buried with his ancestors at Groton in Suffolk, where were also 
interred a number of his children, most of whom died young. Only two daughters 
are known with certainty to have survived him: Margaret, who married 1st, Henry 
Ward, and 2d, Edmund Willey, R. N., and had issue; and Joanna, who mar- 
ried Richard Hancock, of London, and died s. p. During his military service 
his wife resided partly at Groton and afterwards at Marylebone Park near Lon- 
don, a portion of which estate he had purchased. This gave rise to an absurd tra- 
dition, perpetuated in some pedigrees of tho last century, that the Winthrops were 
" of Marylebone Park before they settled in Suffolk." Besides his house in James 
Street, Westminster, he owned, at the time of his death, his lather's house in Boston, 
on the southerly portion of which estate the Old South Church now stands ; this 
was subsequently sold by his widow, but whether Bhe ever returned to New Eng- 
land I do not know. My kinsman Robert Winthrop, of New York, has a portrait 
(of which I have a copy) of a young officer of the Stuart period, which has been in 
our family for generations, and is called ''Colonel Stephen Winthrop, M.P." If 
authentic, it must have either been sent by him as a present to his father before 
his death, or subsequently procured by his brother John, or his nephew Fitz-John, 
during their residenoc in England. — R. C. Winthrop, Jr.] 

Thomas Rainborowe of East Greenwich in the County of Kent, gen- 
tleman, 24 November, 1668, proved 2 January 1671 by Mary Rainborowe, 
his widow & executrix. To wife Mary, for life, an annuity bought of Ralph 
Buskin of Oltham in the County of Kent Esq. one bought of Edward Tur- 
ner of East Greenwich, gentleman, and all my other goods, moneys, &c. 


She to be executrix and to pay two hundred pounds (on a bond which tes- 
tator made to his mother*). I give to my brother's son Edward Raiu- 
borowe twenty pounds, to my brother's daughter Judith Winthrop twen- 
ty pounds and to my said brother's daughter Joane Chamberlaine fifty 
pounds. To the poor of East Greenwich ten pounds. The witnesses were 
William Richardson & John Fuller. Eure, 7. 

[The following notes on the Rainsborough family, collected some years ago, will 
throw light on Mr. Waters's abstracts : 

1537. — Reynold Ravynsbye, freeman of the Co. of Cloth Workers, London. 

1598. — Roger Rainseburye of Stawley, co. Somerset. Will dated July 24, prov- 
ed Aug. 23, 1598. Bequeaths to the poor of Kettleford 3-4. To the poor of Ash- 
brittle 3-4. To his goddaughter Agnes Gover 20s. To each of his other godchildren, 
not named, 4d. To Edward Blackaller his wife's godson 20s. Residue to wife 
Honor, whom he appoints executrix, and her friends John Gover and William 
Golde overseers. — Book Lewyn, to. 68. 

1603.— Nicholas Rainbury of Stawley. Will dated April 19, 1603 ; proved May 
4, 1011. To the poor of Stawley the interest of £10, — to be used in keeping them 
at work. To each of his godchildren, not named, 6s. To Mary, dau. of Richard 
Wyne 20s. To each of the children of John Grover 12d. To the poor of Ashbrit- 
tle 10s. To the poor of Kettleford 5s. To each of the ringers 12d. To Parson John 
Blackealler 10s. Residue to his sister-in-law Honour Rainsbury, whom he appoints 
executrix, and William Golde and John Gover, overseers. — Book Wood, fo. 46. 

Stanleigh or Stowley, Kittesford and Ashbuttel, all in Milverton Hundred. 

1615. — Henry Raygnesburye of Culmstock, co. Devon, husbandman. Will dated 
Feb 8,1615; proved\\larch 9, 1615. To his son Henry £60. To daughter Alice 
R. £80, to be paid to her uncle Christopher Baker, clothier, for her use. To George, 
son of Andrew Bowreman 10s. To each of his godchildren, not named, 12d. To 
the poor 20s. Residue to wife Susan whom he appoints executrix. — Book Cope, 
fo. 29. 

During the Protectorate the Baker family held the Manor of Columbstock, Hem- 
yoke Hundred, co. Devon. 

1636. — Henry Raynsbury, of the parish of St. Austin (Augustine) in London t 
factor. Will dated March 15, 1636, proved May 8, 1637. To Mr. Stephen Deni- 
son, Doctor and Lecturer, of Great AH Hallows, 10s, to preach a sermon at his bu- 
rial, and to the minister of the parish, where he shall be buried, for giving him way 
to preach the sermon £5. To each poor man and woman of the parish as the church 
wardens may select 10s. To the parish of Cullumstock, co. Devon, where he was 
born £100 — for the use of the poor forever, the interest to be divided once a year 
among eight poor men and women. To the poor of Samford Arundel (Milverton 
Hund.) co. Somerset, £10 — for the use of the poor forever, 'fo his sister Alice 
Wood, widow, of Henryoke, co. Devon, all his inheritage lands in the county of 
Lincoln, during her life, then to be divided among her five children. To Mrs. Susan 
Fleming, wife of Mr. John Fleming of St. Austin's, London £100. To their three 
children, Roland, Mary and Susan, each £10. To each of his godchildren, not 
named, 20s. To ten poor laboring porters of Blackwall Hall (market for selling 
woolen cloths), each 10s. To cousin Edward, s.jn of cousin Edward Baker of Hen- 
ryoke £20. To ten poor servant-maids of Cullumstock, each 20s. Residue to his 
godson Henry Baker, son of cousin John Baker the elder, of (.'uliumstock, clothier, 
when 21 years of age. Appoints the said John Baker executor, and his uncle 
Christopher Baker, cousin Henry Holwaye, and gossip John Rew, overseers, and 
gives each of them £5. — Book Goare, fo. 59. 

The Hundreds of Milverton, co. Somers and Henryoke, co. Devon adjoin. 

The parish registers of Whitechapel, co. Mid., which begin in 1558, record the 
marriage of 

Thomas 1 Raineborow and Martha Moole, Nov. 11, 1582. 

In Chancery Proceedings, temp. Elizabeth, P.p. No. 23, occurs a bill, filed 1641 ; 
Thomas Raynsbury and others, to vacate an annuity charged by George Peirce 
plaintiff on a freehold messuage in Gate Lane, parish of St. Mary Staynings, London, 
for use of plaintiff's daughter Eliz. Peirce. 

Thomas Rainborowe of East Greenwich, mariner, had a lease of certain lands, 28 
Sept. 1619, at Ciaverhambury, co. Essex, from Lord Edward Denny, which manor,. 

* His mother had been dead many years. 


with Hallyfield Hall, &c, had been granted by Henry VIII., 1542, to his lordship's 
grandfather Sir Anthony Dennye. 

His children, baptized at Whitechapel, were : 

1. 1583, April 28. Barbara, 2 m. Thomas Lee, armorer, of London, and after 

Mr. Burbridge, or Buckridge. 

2. 1584-5, Feb. 21. Elizabeth, 2 d. unm. before 1619. 
3 1587, June 11. William. 2 

4. 1589, Sept. 23 Martha, 2 m. Anthony Wood. 

5. 1591-2, Feb. 20. Thomas, 2 -d. young. 

6. 1594, Oct. 15. Thomas. 2 

7. 1597, June 19. Sarah, 2 m. Francis Porte. 

The name is 6pelled variously on the registers, as Rain(e)borow(e), Rain(e)s- 
borow(e), Raynsborow, Raineburrow(e), Rainsberry, and, though possibly it is sy- 
nonymous with Raniesbury or Remmesbury [of co. Wilts, &c ), the armorial bear- 
ings of the two families do not coincide, the Rainsborowe arms being similar to 
those of the Raynes, Rcynes, or Reymes. 

The will of Thomas 1 Rainborowe, mariner of East Greenwich, co. Kent, dated 4 
Dec. 1622, and proved 23 Feb. 1623, is given in this article by Mr. Waters, as also 
that of the widow, Martha Rainborowe, who afterwards resided in the parish of St. 
Bridget's, London, where she died in 1631. 

Before considering the elder son William, 2 it may be briefly stated that the sec- 
ond son — 

Thomas 2 Rainborow, bapt. at Whitechapel 15 Oct. 1594, in his will of 24 Nov. 
1668, proved 2 Jan. 1671 (as given by Mr. Waters), is styled " of East Greenwich, 
gent." He evidently died without issue surviving him, though he had a son Tho- 
mas, 3 bapt. at Whitechapel, 18 Sept. 1614. The will of his widow is as follows: 
Mary Rainborow of Greenwich, co. Kent, widow ; dated 11 Feb. 1677, proved 9 
Apr. 1678. W hereas she has heretofore expressed her kindness to her brother and 
sister, not named, to the utmost of her ability, she now gives them but twelve 
pence. Appoints her niece Sarah Trott, who now lives with her, executrix, and 
makes her residuary legatee. — Book Reeve, fol. 37. 

William 2 Rainborow (eldest son of Thomas 1 ), bapt at Whitechapel, 11 June, 
1587. In Nov. 1625, we find him a part owner and in command of the Sampson of 
London, 500 tons, built at Limehouse, and now granted the privilege of carrying 
great guns. His name occurs frequently in the Cal. Dom. State Papers. Secretary 
Lord Edward Conway writes him, 20 March, 1626, relative to taking aboard the 
trunks, &c. of Sir Thomas Phillips, Ambassador for Constantinople. Letters of 
Marque were granted 24 Oct. 1627, and finally, when the reconstruction of the navy 
was paramount with King Charles, the merchantman Sampson, well fortified with 
iron ordnance, was one of the vessels presented, in Dec. 1634, by the City of Lon- 
don, for his Majesty's service. William Raynisborowe, as one of the inhabitants in 
the vicinity of the Tower, complained, in the summer of 1627, of the nuisance of an 
alum-factory erected at the west end of Wapping. Five years later we find his 
knowledge and experience of maritime matters duly recognized by the Lords of the 
Admiralty, who in their order of 21 April, 1632, appoint Capt. Rainsborough one 
of the gentlemen to attend a meeting of the Board on the 26th, to give their opin- 
ion concerning the complements and numbers of men to be allowed for manning each 
of his Majesty's ships. 

Jan. 2, 1634-5, the King in Council had expressed his desire that the Merhonour, 
the Swiftsure, the City of London and other vessels should be presently put forth to 
sea. The order was confirmed March 10, and the first named vessel was ordered to 
be fitted out and victualled by April 24 for six months' service, the charge to be 
defrayed with moneys paid by the several ports and maritime places. To the Mer- 
honour, at Chatham, the Lords of the Admiralty appoint Capt. William Rainbo- 
rough, March 30, with Capt. William Cooke as Master. This 44 gun vessel (800 
tons), sometimes called the May Honora, had been rebuilt and launched, 25 April, 
1614, at Woolwich, by Phineas Pett. Other vessels commissioned at the time 
were the Constant Reformation, Capt. Thomas Ketelby ; the Swallow, Capt. Henry 
Stradling ; the Mary Rose, Capt. George Carteret; the Sampson, Capt. Thomas 
Kirke, &c. &c. ; and these were under the command of Sir William Monson, Vice 
Adm. in the James, and Sir John Pennington, Rear Adm. in the Swiftsure. Since 
the death of the Duke of Buckingham in 1628, the office of Lord Admiral had re- 
mained in commission, but on May 14, 1635, one of the Navy Commissioners, Rob- 


ert Bertie, Lord Willoughby de Eresby and Earl of Lindsey, was appointed Admi- 
ral, (Justos Maris, General and Governor of His Majesty's Fleet, for the guard of 
the Narrow Seas. He was to defend the King and the Kingdom's honor, which had 
been lately called in question by a fleet of French and Dutch off Portland, and to 
exact " the due homage of the sea " from passing ships, and so restore to England 
her ancient sovereignty of the Narrow Seas ; he was also to clear the neighboring 
waters of pirates and Turks ; to convoy merchants and others desiring it ; to guard 
against any infringement of the custom on the part of returning vessels, &c. About 
the middle of April the Merhonour repaired to Tilbury Hope to receive the remain- 
der of her stores; and on May 16 the Admiral came on board, the ships meeting 
twelve days later in the Downs. Rainsborough's vessel, though a good sailer, 
proved somewhat leaky, and the Admiral was desirous at first of changing to the 
Triumph ; however, the leaks having been found and her foremast repaired, he con- 
cluded she would do well for her present employment, and continued cruizing in her 
until he brought the fleet into the Downs once more on Oct. 4. Most of the ships 
were now ordered to Chatham and Deptford, though a few continued out under Sir 
John Pennington. The Earl despatched his journal of the expedition to the King, 
and hoped he might, with his Majesty's favor, return home. The Hollanders, who 
in pursuit of the Dunkirk frigates, had been accustomed to land on the English 
coast, committing depredations upon the inhabitants, had been checked ; one of their 
armed bands had been arrested at Whitby, and a vessel of 21 guns had been taken 
and sent into Hull ; moreover, Capt. Stradling, in the Swallow of 30 guns, being 
off the Lizard alone, had met the French Admiral Manti with two vessels, who after 
receiving an admonitory shot apiece, had each struck their flags and topsails, and 
saluted with three pieces of ordnance. 

Writs were now sent to the sheriffs of the various counties of England, to levy 
money to defray the charge of a fleet for next year of double the strength of that 
which had just been employed, and attention was paid to the improvement of the 
vessels in the removal of the cumbersome galleries, as suggested by Capt. Rains- 
borough. This gentleman, together with one of the commissioners. Sir John Wos- 
tenholm and others, was appointed Dec. 9 to inquire into the institution, state, or- 
der and government of the Chest at Chatham, as established in 15S8 by Queen Eliz- 
abeth, with Adms. Drake and Hawkins, for the relief of wounded and decayed 
seamen, and to certify their doings to the Co. of Chancery. 

Towards the close of Feb. 1635-6, a list of Naval Captains, twenty-five in num- 
ber, was handed in for the year, with Algernon, Earl of Northumberland, as Adm., 
Sir John Pennington as V. Adm., and Sir Henry Mervyn as Rear Adm. The Earl, 
in the Triumph, had chose Rainborow as his Captain, with William Cooke as Mas- 
ter, and during the next month he desired the Lords of the Admiralty that his Cap- 
tain's pay might be made equal to theirs, and that he might have a Lieut., as he 
had more business to do than any other captain of the fleet. April 9, the ships at 
Portsmouth were awaiting the arrival of Capt. R. to take them out to sea, the Ad- 
miral having promised to send him down for that purpose. 

At this time, and for a long series of years previous, England was and had been suf- 
fering from a grievous scourge, viz. : the pirates from the north of Africa. So bold and 
venturesome had they become during the summer of 1636, as to land within twelve 
miles of Bristol and successfully carry off men, women and children. Their chief 
place of refuge was the port of Cardiff and its vicinity, whence they carried on their 
depredations along cither coast of the St. George's Channel. No relief, save an 
occasional collection for the redemption of captives, had heretofore been devised, 
and numerous were the petitions and statements now being presented to the King 
and the H. of Lords. The Court was moved to proclaim a general fast, and a ser- 
mon was preached in October by the Rev. Charles Fitz-Geffry, of St. Dominick, in 
Plymouth, from Heb. 13, 3 ; this was printed at Oxford, and entitled, " Compas- 
sion towards Captives, chiefly towards our Brethren & Countrymen who are in such 
miserable bondage in Barberie." A cotemporaneous document reads: " It is cer- 
tainly known that there are five Turks in the Severne, wrier they weekly take either 
English or Irish ; and that there are a great number of their ships in the Channell, 
upon the coast of France and Biscay. Whereby it is come to passe that our mare- 
ners will noe longer goe to sea, nor from port to port ; yea, the fishermen dare not 
putt to sea, to take fish for the country. If timely prevention be not used, the New- 
foundland fleet must of necessity suffer by them in an extraordinary manner." The 
greater part of the captives, reported to be some 2000 in number, had been taken 
within the last two years, and the sea-rovers, most to be dreaded, were the pirates 
of New Sallee, who had revolted from the Emperor of Morocco, headed by a rebel 


who was called the Saint. The matter coming to be more seriously discussed, three 
plans were suggested — peace, war, or suppression of trade. Finally it was proposed 
that Capt. Rainsborough should be employed in an expedition against Sallee, and 
he and Mr. Giles Penn (father of the future Adm. William Penn) were called 
upon by the King, Dec. 28, to give their opinion concerning the particulars. In a 
letter, some three weeks earlier, Capt. R., then an invalid at Southwold, on the 
Suffolk coast, states his great willingness to attend the Lords and further their pro- 
ject, as soon as he can set out for London. The plan, which he subsequently 
submitted, states that to redeem the captives would require over 100,000/., the pay- 
ment of which would but encourage the pirates to continue their present course. 
Whereas to besiege them by sea would not only effect the purpose, but give secu- 
rity for the future, or a fleet might be kept on their coast for two or three years, 
until their ships were worm-eaten. That " the maintenance of the suggested fleet 
would be very much to the King's honor in all the maritime ports in Christendom, 
&c." He recommends himself to go as Admiral in the Leopard, Capt. George Car- 
teret as V. Adm. in the Antelope, Capt. Brian Harrison in the Hercules, Capt. 
George Hatch in the Gt. Neptune, Capt. Th. White in the largest pinnace, and 
Capt. Edmund Scamon in the lesser. The plan was adopted, and, Feb. 20, 1636-7, 
Sec. Coke writes from Whitehall to the Lord Dep. Strafford: "This day Capt. 
Rainsborough, an experienced & worthy seaman, took his leave of his Majesty, and 
goeth instantly to sea with four good ships and two pinnaces to the coast of Bar- 
bary, with instructions & resolution to take all Turkish frygates he can meet, & to 
block up the port of Sally, & to free the sea from these rovers, which he is confident 
to perform." 

March 4 the little squadron was in the Downs and on the eve of departure. The 
port of Sallee was reached in good season, and the enemy's cruisers, about to start 
for England and Ireland, were hemmed in and twenty-eight of their number de- 
stroyed. A close siege was now maintained, assisted on the land side by the old 
Governor of the town, and the place was delivered up to the English, July 28th. 

The Emperor now agreed to join in a league with King Charles, promising never 
again to infest the English coasts, and forthwith delivered up some 300 captives, 
with whom Capt. Carteret immediately returned homeward. Rainsborough, how- 
ever, on Aug. 21, proceeded to Saffee to treat for about 1000 English captives who 
had been sold to Tunis and Algiers. Here he remained till Sept. 19, when the 
Emperor's Ambassador came aboard, accompanied by Mr. Robert Blake, a merchant 
trading to Morocco, for whom the Emperor had formed a friendship, and who had 
obtained the position of Farmer of all his Ports and Customs. On the 21st they 
left the coast, and arriving fifteen days later in the Downs, landed, Oct. 8, at Deal 
Castle. Detained at Gravesend through sickness, it was not until the 19th that the 
Ambassador was conducted to London by the Master of Ceremonies, and, landing 
at the Tower, was taken to his lodgings " with much display & trumpeting." In 
the procession were the principal citizens and Barbary merchants mounted, all rich- 
ly apparelled, and every man having a chain of gold about him, with the Sheriffs 
and Aldermen in their scarlet gowns, and a large body of the delivered captives, 
some of whom had been over thirty years in servitude, arrayed in white, and though 
it was night, yet the streets " were almost as light as day." Sunday, Nov. 5, the 
Ambassador was received by the King, to whom he brought, as a present from his 
imperial master, some hunting hawks and four steeds, " the choicest & best in all 
Barbary, & valued at a great rate, for one Horse was prized at 1500 pound." These, 
led by four black Moors in red liveries, were caparisoned with rich saddles embroid- 
ered with gold, and the stirrups of two of them we're of massive gold, and the bosses 
of their bridles of the same metal. An account of the proceedings was printed to- 
wards the close of the month, entitled, " The Arrival & Entertainment of the Moroc- 
co Ambassador Alkaid (or Lord) Jaurar Ben Abdella. from the High & Mighty 
Prince Mully Mahamed Sheque, Emperor of Morocco, King of Fesse & Susse, &c." 

Great was the enthusiasm created by the successful issue of the expedition, and 
even Waller was prompted to eulogize the event in the following rather ponderous 
lines : 

" Salle that scorn 'd all pow'r and laws of men, 
Goods with their owners hurrying to their den ; 

* * * * * 

This pest of mankind gives our Hero fame, 
And thus th' obliged world dilates his name. 


With ships they made the spoiled merchant moan ; 
With ships, their city and themselves are torn. 
One squadron of our winged castles sent 

O'erthrew their Fort, and all their Navy rent: 


Safely they might on other nations prey ; 

Fools to provoke the Sov'reign of the Sea ! 


Morocco's Monarch, wondering at this fact, 
Save that his presence his affairs exact, 
Had come in person, to have seen and known 
The injur'd world's revenger, and his own. 
Hither he sends the chief among his Peers, 
Who in his bark proportion'd presents bears, 
To therenown*d for piety and force, 
Poor captives manumis'd and matchless horse." 

Even grumbling Master Andrew Burrell, who, in a pamphlet of 1646 condemns 
the entire Navy, its officers, &c, though he had himself built for them the Marie 
Rose, " the most sluggish ship " they had afloat, confesseth that Rainsborough's 
Fleet "performed better service than England's Navie did in 44 years before.'' 
The King was very willing and forward to have knighted the gallant Admiral, but 
he declined the honor, and order was given that he should have a gold chain and 
medal of the value of 300/. ; a memorial of loyal service perhaps still extant, 
" should not very opposite family feelings have melted it down in the days of the 
Rump," observes Disraeli in his Life of Charles I. An augmentation to the fam- 
ily arms was undoubtedly conferred at the time in the shape of " a Saracen's head 
couped ppr. in the fesse point." 

Meanwhile the raising of funds and supplies for the equipment of the fleet for the 
following year had again become necessary, and Strafford, writing to the Abp. of 
Canterbury from Dublin, 27 Nov., says in connection, " this action of Sallee, I 
assure you, is so full of honor, that it will bring great content to the subject, and 
should, methinks, help much towards the ready, cheerful payment of the shipping 
monies." Early in Feb. 1637-8, the list of sliips, which were to keep the seas dur- 
ing the following summer, was published, headed by the Sovereign of the Seas. 
This vessel, launched at Woolwich the preceding year, had been in progress since 
May, 1635, and surpassed in size, tonnage and force anything heretofore constructed 
for the English Navy. Thomas Hey wood published an account of it, with a view 
of this " his Mnjesty's royal Ship, the Great Glory of the English Nation, and not to 
be paralleled in the whole Christian World," while Marmaduke Rawdon, of York, 
mentions in his Life,* a visit, in 1638, to the Royal Sovereign, Capt. Rainsberry, 
then newly finished and riding at Erith, below Woolwich. 

Burrell, in his pamphlet before alluded to, condemns the vessel as "an admira- 
ble ship for costly Buildings, & cost in keeping ; and, which adds to the miracle, 
the Royall Ship is never to be used for the Kingdom's good," &c. The Commis- 
sioners of the Navy answered in reply : " Capt. Rainsborough, whom Master Bur- 
rell confesseth, in his time, was the most eminent Commander in this Kingdom, 
had the trial of her in the Channel of England, and at his return reported to his 
Majestie that he never set his foot in a better conditioned Ship in all his life. And 
as for her Forces, she is not inferior to the greatest Ship in Christendom."! 

On Sunday, March 18th, Algernon, Earl of Northumberland, obtained the position 
of General at Sea, or Lord High Admiral, during his Majesty's pleasure, the King 
designing to eventually bestow that office upon his younger 6on, the Duke of York. 

That Capt. Rainsborough was ever in active naval service after his cruise in the 
Sovereign does not appear. He and others, owners of the 200 ton ship Confidence 
of London, were allowed Feb. 19, by the Lords of the Admiralty, to mount her with 
20 pieces of cast-iron ordnance, and, during the fall of the year, together with some 
155 other sea-faring men, he signed his consent to a proposition made by the Lord 
High Admiral and the Att. General, that an amount be deducted from their wages 
for the establishment of the Poor Seamen's Fund, to be administered by the officers 
of the Trinity House. The following year, as appears by a paper among the Duke 

* Camden Soc. Pub. 

t She subsequently did such good service that the Dutch nicknamed her " the Golden 


of* Northumberland's MSS., he submitted a proposition, in the form of articles, sug- 
gesting that i0,000 pieces of ordnance, with carriages, &c, be kept in readiness to 
arm 100 collier-ships, which may fight with a great army; stating their superior- 
ity for such service. Commission was given, Oct. 20, 1639, to Sir Edward Little- 
ton, Solic. General, Sir Paul Pindar and Capt. William Rainsborough, to inquire 
into the truth of the statements made in the petition to the Privy Council, by Ed- 
ward Deacon, who with his goods had been seized and detained in Sallee for debts 
there contracted by Mr. Robert Blake, as factor for some London merchants; peti- 
tioner having come to England, after leaving his son in Barbary as a pledge, in pur- 
suit of said Blake, who, at the time, or immediately subsequent, was one of the 
gentlemen of the Council. 

As William Rainsborough, Esq., he, with Squire Bence, merchant, were members 
from Aldborough, a seaport of co. Suffolk, in the Fourth Pari, of Charles I., held 
at Westminster from 13 April to 5 May, 1640 ; as also in the Parliament which 
convened 3 Nov. following ; that most notable of English Parliaments, before which, 
a week later, Thomas, Earl of Strafford, was accused of high treason. May 27, 
1641, he with others took the oath of Protestation, for the defence of the religion 
established, of the King's person, and the liberty of the subject; the same having 
been assented to by both houses on the 3d and 4th of the same month. Aug. 25th 
Capt. R. was at the head of the committee for taking the whole state of the navy 
into consideration, and providing ships for transporting the ordnance and ammuni- 
tion from Hull and other parts of the north. Five days later the merchants' peti- 
tion for erecting a Company for America and Africa, &c, was referred to Sir John 
Colpepcr and Mr. Pymin especially, assisted by twenty-three other members, among 
whom was Capt. Rainsborough. The same day he was included in a committee to 
whom had been referred the Act for making Wapping Chapel parochial. He was 
also appointed, Sept. 9, a member of the Recess Committee, during the adjourn- 
ment of Parliament till Oct. 20th ; and on Nov. 19, was on a committee for naval af- 
fairs, with some other members, including Sir Henry Vane. Three days later it was 
ordered " that citizens that serve for the City of London and Capt. Rainsborough do 
inform themselves what shipping are now in the River that are fit to transport the 
Magazine at Hull to the Tower, and to give an account of it to-morrow morning " ; 
this was in pursuance of a resolution of the 3d. 

And so ends his life and public services, for no more is heard of him till Feb. 14, 
1641-2, when the Speaker of the House was ordered to issue a warrant to the Clerk 
of the Crown in Chancery for a new writ to be issued forth for the election of a new 
Burgess to serve for the town of Alborough in co. Suffolk, in the room and stead of 
Capt. Rainsborough deceased, and Alex. Bencc, Esq., was accordingly elected. On 
the 17th his body was interred in St. Catherine's (Tower), London. At the time of 
his decease the Captain was a widower, his wife Judith, a daughter of Renold and 
Joane Hoxton, having been buried at Wapping, 3 March, 1637-8. The will of Wil- 
liam Rainsborow of London Esq., dated 16 July, 1638, with codicil of 1 Feb. 1641 
proved 8 April, 1642, has been already given. 

1. Thomas 3 Rainsborowe, Esq., of Whitcchapel, co. Midd. (William, 2 Thomas 1 ), 
commonly known in history as Col. Rainsborough. A naval captain at first under 
the L. H. Adm. Warwick; then a colonel of infantry under the Parliament, and 
finally V. Adm. of their Fleet. A member of the Long Parliament. A more de- 
tailed account of this prominent and distinguished individual may be given here- 
after. Suffice it to say that the Rev. Hugh Peters, alluding to the services of this offi- 
cer at the taking of Worcester, that last stronghold for the King (in July, 1646), 
observes, '" and truely I wish Colonell Rainborow a suitable employment by Sea or 
Land, for both which God hath especially fitted him ; foraine States would be proud 
of such a Servant ''* Resisting a seizure of his person on the part of the royalists, 
he was killed at Doncaster, 29 "Oct. 1648, and buried at Wapping, 14 Nov. Ad- 
ministration on his estate was granted, 24 Nov., to his widow Margaret, maiden 
name probably Jenney. 

1. William, 4 eldest son; mentioned in wills of his grandfather 1638, and his 
uncle Edward 1677. He was a Captain in the army, it would appear, 
during the Protectorate, and judging from the Winthrop Letters (Mass. 
Hist. Soc. Col. 5, viii.) was in Boston, N. E., 1673 ; living 1687. 

2. William 3 Rainsborow (William, 2 Thomas 1 ) ; mentioned in Savage's Geneal. 
Die as being of Charlestown, Ma68. Col. 1639 ; Artillery Co. same year ; purchas- 

* King's Pamphlets, Brit. Mas., E. 351. 


ed 17 Dec. 1640, of Th. Bright, house and land in Watertown, which had been 
the homestall of'Lt. Robt. Feake. Budington mentions his purchase of the old meet- 
ing-house. He was evidently a trader or sea-captain. March 7, 1643-4, the trea- 
surer of the Colony was ordered to attend to the discharge of Mr. Rainsborow's 
debt, with allowance of £20 forbearance for the time past, and the loan of two sach- 
ars for two great pieces for one voj'age. He had heen in England in 1642, when 
in April his name, and that of his brother Thomas, are found on the list of the 
proposed Adventurers by Sea. against Ireland. This was the expedition against 
Galway, &c, whereof, under Lord Forbes, his brother Thomas was commander, 
and the Rev. Hugh Peters chaplain. 

Judging from the discharge of his debt and the loan of cannon, Capt. R. again 
returned to the old country in 1643-4, and though there are subsequent entries as 
to the debt, the moneys are always to be paid to parties abroad on R.'s account. He 
immediately espoused the people's cause and joined that division of the army which 
was in the west under Lord Essex. Finding himself in a critical position, the Lord 
General despatched Stapleton, his General of Horse, to Parliament, calling for aid, 
and on the night of Aug. 30th, Sir William Balfour, his Lieut. General, passed 
safely through the King's Quarters with 2300 horse, and reached London. Two 
nights thereafter Essex himself and Lord Roberts fled in a cock-boat to Plymouth, 
and the following day, Sept. 2, 1644, the commanding officer, Serj. Major General 
Skippon, surrendered with all the infantry and a few horse. According to a return* 
found in the quarters of Sir Edward Dodsworth, Com. Gen. of the Horse, we find 
that the cavalry had previously mustered at Tiverton, co. Devon, 39 troops, 420 offi- 
cers and 2785 men. The first division of 8 troops, 639 men, under Sir Philip Sta- 
pleton, Major Gen. Philip Skippon and Maj. Hamilton ; the six troops of the second 
division (62 officers, 432 men), being commanded by Sir William Balfour, 14 offi- 
cers, 100 men ; Major Balfour, 9 officers, 77 men ; Sir Samuel Luke (Gov. of New- 
port Paganel, co. Bucks), 10 officers, 72 men ; Capt. Rainsborow, 9 officers, 57 men ; 
Capt. Sample, 10 officers, 61 men ; Capt. Boswell, 10 officers, 65 men. 

Prestwich's " Respublica " describes the cornet of Capt. Rainsborough's troop 
as follows : " Azure ; from the sinister base point all over the base, and up to the 
middle of the dexter side, clouds Argent, shaded with black and crimson ; near the 
middle or base, a book in pale closed and clasped and covered Or, on the front or 

side thus : VERBUM between this book and the dexter side, and a little above the base, 
. dei ; ' 

an armed arm and hand uplifted, as issuant from the clouds, and as in pale, holding 
in his hand a Hussar's sword as barrways, and waved on both sides, and the point 
burning and inflamed with fire proper, hilted Or; in chief a scroll, its end turned 
or doubled in, and then bent out and split, and fashioned double like two hooks, en- 
dorsed Argent, lined Or, and ends shaded with crimson and Argent, and in Ro- 
man capital letters Sable, vincit Veritas. Arms. — Chequered Or and Azure, and 
in fess a Moor's head in profile, bearded and proper, his head banded with a wreath 

In the list of officers for the New Model of the army, which was sent up from the 
House of Commons to the House of Lords, 3 March, 1644-5, and approved on the 
18th, Col. Sheffield's squadron of horse consisted of his own troop and those of Ma- 
jor Sheffield and Captains Eveling, Rainsborow, Martin and Robotham. He sub- 
sequently obtained the rank of Major, and Whitelock informs us of letters received, 
July 2, 1647, from the Commissioners in the Army, certifying " that the General 
had appointed Lt. Gen. Cromwell, Cols. Ireton, Fleetwood, Rainsborough, Harri- 
son, Sir Har. Waller, Richard Lambert and Hammond, and Major Rainsborough, or 
any five of them, to treat with the Parliament's Commissioners upon the papers sent 
from the Army to the Parliament, and their Votes." 

From the Journals of the House of Commons, under date of 27 Sept. 1650, we read 
that "Mr. Weaver reports from the committee for suppressing lycentious and im- 
pious practices, under pretence of religious liberty, &c, the confession of Lawrence 
Clackson (or Claxton), touching the making and publishing of the impious and 
blasphemous booke called the ' Single Eye,' and also Major Rainsborrow's car- 
riage " in- countenancing the same. Claxton, departing from the established 
church, appears to have joined all the prominent sectaries of the day, and from a 
tract of his published in 1660, entitled " the Lost Sheep Found," we gather that 
much of his trouble and imprisonment resulted from his own licentious behavior, 
he maintaining that " to the pure all things are pure." He was sent to the house 

* Symond's Diary of Marches, Camden Soc. Pub. 


of correction for one month and then banished, and his book was burned by the 
common hangman. Major Rainsborough, residing at the time at Fulham, was one 
of his disciples, " and seems to have been an apt scholar in improving his relations 
with the female part of the flock."* It was resolved by the House that he be dis- 
charged and disabled of and from being and executing the office of Justice of Peace 
in cc. Middlesex, or any other county within England or Wales. 

For almost nine years we hear nothing of him, but on Tuesday, 19 July, 1659, he 
presented a petition to the House on behalf of the Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace 
and Gentry of the co. of .Northampton, and on the same day was made a Commis- 
sioner for the Militia for the same county. In accordance with a report from said 
commissioners, he was appointed by Parliament, Aug. 9, Colonel of a Regiment of 
Horse in co. Northants.f After the Restoration, a warrant was issued, 17 Dec. 
1660, to Lieut. Ward for the apprehension of Col. William Rainsborough at his 
residence, Mile End Green, Stepney (near London), or elsewhere, for treasonable 
designs, and to bring him before Secretary Sir Edward Nichols. He was accord- 
ingly arrested and confined in the Gatehouse. On his examination next day he de- 
clared he was a Major of horse, but dismissed by Cromwell in 1649 ; that the Rump 
Parliament made him a Colonel of Militia-horse, 1659, but nothing was done; that 
he had bought 40 cases of pistols for militia, and had since tried to dispose of them. 
He gave bond for 500/., Feb. 7, 1661, with Dr. Richard Barker of the Barbican as 
security for his good behavior. 

His wife's name was Margery, and, as we have seen before, the will of Capt. 
Rowland Coytmore of Wapping, in 1626, mentions a son-in-law William Rains- 
borough, mariner, of Wapping ; while the will of Stephen Winthrop, 1658, leaves 
a legacy to "cousin Mary Rainsborowe, daughter of my brother-in-law William 
Rainsborowe, Esq." From the Winthrop Letters (Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll. 5, viii.) 
he appears to have been in Boston, N. E., in 1673, with his nephew William. 

3. Martha, 3 bapt. at Whitechapel, 20 April, 1617; married at Wapping, 14 

June, 1635, Thomas Coytmore, % son of Capt. Rowland Coytmore, an East 
India trader. He came to N. England next year and was wrecked, 27 
Dec. 1644, on the coast of Spain, leaving issue. Her second husband, 
whom she married 4 Dec. 1647, was Gov. John Winthrop, to whom she 
was fourth wife ; he died 26 March, 1649, aged 61. She married third- 
ly, 10 March, 1652, John Coggan of Boston, as his third wife ; he died 
27 April, 1658, leaving issue. Disappointed of a fourth marriage, we are 
given to understand thatshe committed suicide in 1660. 

4. Judith, 3 bapt. at Wapping, 14 Sept. 1624 ; married about 1644, Ste- 

phen Winthrop, son of Gov. John W.,born 24 March, 1619. lie return- 
ed to England 1645, became a Colonel of Horse under Parliament, re- 
ceiving 474/. 10s. per annum, and in 1656 was M.P. for Banff and Aber- 
deen. Resided at time of decease in James Street, Westminster. His 
will of 3 May, proved 19 Aug. 1658, mentions three daughters, Marga- 
ret, Joanna and Judith, as before given. She is mentioned 1668, in her 
uncle Thomas's will. 

5. Samuel, 3 b. ob. infs. ; buried at Wapping, 24 Nov. 1628. 

6. Joane, 3 b. ; m. John Chamberlain, a captain under Parliament ; living in 

May, 1687, a brewer at Deptford, co. Kent. She is mentioned 1668 in 
her uncle Thomas's will. The will of S. Winthrop, 1658, mentions their 
daughter Judith. 

7. Reynold, 3 bapt. at Whitechapel, 1 June, 1632. 

8. Edward, 3 bapt.. at Whitechapel, 8 Oct. 1633. Richard Wharton, writing 

from Boston, N. E., Sept. 24, 1673, to a kinsman of rank and influence 
in England, suggests that his Majesty should send out two or three frig- 
ates, by the ensuing February or March, with some 300 soldiers, for the 
recapture of New York from the Dutch. That the expedition should be 
assisted by a colonial force, the whole to be under the command of some 
native leader, such as Maj. Gen. Daniel Dennison. He continues : " for 
a more certain knowledge of the constitutions of o r government & com- 
plexions of the people I refer you to M r Edw d Rainsborough an intellig' 

• Notes and Queries, 4th Series, xi. 487. 

t In the limits of Charleton, parish of Newbottle, co. Northants, is a camp and hill com- 
monly called " Rainsborough Hill," supposed to be of Danish origin. 

X Katherine, daughter of Thomas and Martha Quoitmore, bapt. at Wapping, 13 April, 
and buried 19 April, 1636. 


Gentleman who went home three months since. 1 have requested him 
to wait on you & communicate w' I have advised him M r Rains- 
borough dwells at Knights bridge & is to be heard of at M r Whiting's 
shop upon the old Exchange."* He appears to be the same party 
whose will runs as follows : Edward Rainborow of Cranford, co. Mid- 
dlesex, gentleman ; Sept. 14, 1677 (proved May 4, 1682), being in good 
health, "but going beyond the seas, do make this my last will, &c. 
Bequeaths to his wife Christian one fourth of all his real and personal 
estate during her life. To his dear friend Mary Alcock, widow, for and 
in consideration c f a very considerable sum of money for which he stands 
indebted to her, one fourth part of his real and personal estate either in 
England or N. England, during her life ; one eighth part to be at her ab- 
solute disposal. To son Mytton Rainborow one fourth of all his real and 
personal estate when twenty-one years of age. To daughter Judith Rain- 
borow one fourth of his real and personal estate until her brother Myt- 
ton shall enjoy that part which is given to his mother and also the 
eighth part given to Mary Alcock. To his nephew William Rainsbo- 
row five pounds to buy him a ring. Appoints his wife's sister, Mrs. Sa- 
rah Mackworth of Shrewsbury, and Mrs. Mary Alcock of Cranford, ex- 
ecutors. — Book Cottle, folio 62. 
Concerning the New England estate referred to by Edward Rainsborowe in his 
will of 1677, as above, we have evidence on file in the Registry of Deeds, Salem, of 
which the following is a summary : Whereas Judith Winthrop and John Cham- 
berlain, two of the Executors of Stephen Winthrop deceased, had by certain deeds of 
Indenture, Bargain & Sale conveyed to Edward Rainsburrowe of London, merchant, 
all those parcells of lands lying & being in N. England in America, viz : one moiety of 
Prudence Island, lying in or near y e bay of Narragansett, in Rhode Island Colony, 
and all that Farm at Lynn or Salem, containing by estimation 1500 acres more or 
less, now, considering the great hazard of transmitting ye conveyances beyond sea, 
the said Executors do acknowledge before a notary public the said deeds of bargain 
and sale, 21 April, 1671. The document was signed in presence of JS'ich. Hayward, 
Not. Pub., Symon Amory, Tim Proutsen r , and bis son W m Prout. Timothy Prout, 
shipwright of Boston, testified to the same before Dep. Gov. John Leverett, 5 Mar. 
1672-3, and the instrument was recorded and compared 5 July following. As late 
as 21 March, 1695-6, the above was compared with the original and found an ex- 
actly true copy of ye record in ye bookc of Deeds Lib: 8° Page 195. 

Meanwhile John Chamberlain, the sole surviving executor of Stephen Winthrop 
deceased, having been shown a copy of the instrument above referred to, as being 
on file in some court in N. England, made oath 31 May, 1687, that he had never 
signed nor executed any such writing or instrument, nor did he believe that Judith 
Winthrop, widow & executrix, had made any such conveyance to the late Edward 
Rainsburrow. This testimony of Mr. Chamberlain appears to have been given at the 
request of his nephew William 4 Rainsburrowe, son of Vice Adm. Thomas 3 Rains- 
burrowe, being, we may infer, at the time the only, or at least the eldest, male rep- 
resentative of "the family, and acting in the interest of his cousins the children of 
Stephen Winthrop deceased. Robert Wildey, of the parish of St. Paules Peters, 
co. Middlesex, cook, and " Thomasine Jenney, of the same place spinster, aunt of ye 
said William Rainsburrowe," swore to their knowledge of and acquaintance with 
John Chamberlayn for thirty years and upwards last past ; that he and Stephen 
Winthrop, Esq., whom they had also known, had married two sisters, " this depo- 
nent William Rainsburrow's Aunts, and sisters of Edward Rainsburrow in ye above 
written affidavit named, &c. &c." Nicholas Hayward, the Notary Public, men- 
tioned in the first instrument, swore that he had never draWn up such a paper, and 
the whole denial was witnessed by four parties on the point of departure from Lon- 
don for New England, and was also compared with the original about nine years 
later, viz : 21 March, 1695-6. I. J. Greenwood.] 

Edmund Spinckes of Warmington in the County of Northampton, 
clerk, 2 October 16G9, proved 11 August 1G71. I give out of that seven 
hundred & fifty pounds which will be due to me or mine from the heirs or 
executors or administrators of Thomas Elmes of Lilford Esq. (after the 
decease of himself the said Thomas Elmes and the Lady Jane Compton), 

* Hist. Mag., 1867, p. 299. 


to my eldest son Nathaniel Spiuckes one hundred pounds, to Seth, my sec- 
ond son, one hundred and fifty pounds, to William, my third son, one hun- 
dred & fifty pounds, to Elmes, my fourth son, one hundred & fifty pounds, 
and to Martha, my only daughter, two hundred pounds. To Nathaniel 
Spiuckes, my eldest son & heir, all that land in Ireland, in King's County, 
which is now in the possession of the heirs or assigns of Thomas Vincent 
sometimes alderman of London, which is due to me according to a writing 
signed hy him to that purpose 6 March 1642. Item I give to the said 
Nathaniel Spinckes all that fifty pounds, more or less, with the profit of it, 
that is now in the Iron works in New England, acknowledged received by 
John Pocock then Steward of the Company and living then in London, his 
Acquittance bearing date March 19 th 1645. Item, I give to the said my son 
Nathaniel all that estate whatsoever it be that falleth to me or shall full in 
New England, as joint heir with John Nayler of Boston in Lincolnshire, 
clerk, to Boniface Burton, now or late of Boston in New England, my 
uncle and mother's brother and only brother ; also my library of books, 
only such excepted as his mother shall choose out for her own use. To 
Seth Spinckes, my second son, five pounds at the age of twenty-four years, 
to William five pounds at twenty-four, to Elmes five pounds at twenty-four 
and to Martha, my only daughter, five pounds at twenty-four. All the 
rest to my wife Martha, whom I appoint sole executrix. My loving friend 
Mr. Sam 1 Morton, clerk & rector of the parish church of Iladdon, in the 
County of Huntingdon, and my much respected cousiu M r Richard Conyer, 
cleik and rector of Long Orton and Butolph-Bridge in the County of Hunt- 
ingdon, to be overseers. A schedule to be annexed to the said will &c. 
that Seth shall have paid him out of the estate that my father Elmes left 
my wife &c. &c. (So of all the other children.) 

18 May 1693 Emanavit commissio Nathanieli Spinckes, clerico, filio et 
administratori Marthse Spinckes defuncta? &c. &c. Duke, 107. 

[I presume that this is the " Edmond Spinckes " whose name immediately precedes 
that of John Harvard in the Recepta ab ingredientibus of Emmanuel College (Regis- 
ter, xxxix. 103). 

Boniface Burton, whom Mr. Spinckes calls his mother's only brother, died June 
13, 1669, " aged 113 years," according to Judge Sewall, who calls him " Old Fa- 
ther BonifaccBurton " (Reg. vii. 206). Hull in his Diary (Trans. Am. Antiq. Soci- 
ety, iii. 279) gives his age as '" a hundred and fifteen years." Both ages are pro- 
bably too high. Burton's will was dated Feb. 21, 1666-7, and proved June24, 1669. 
An abstrachof the will is printed in the Register, xx. 241, and on page 242 are some 
facts in his history. He left nothing to the family of Mr. Spinckes nor to John 
Nayler. After bequests to Increase Mather, to his niece Mrs. Bennet, her husband 
Samuel Bennet and their children, Burton leaves the rest of his property to his 
wife Frances Burton. 

For an account of the Iron Works in which Mr. Spinckes had an interest, see 
" Vinton Memorial," pp. 463-74. John Pococke is named among the undertakers. 
— Editor.] 

George Ludlowe 1 of the County and Parish of Yorke in Virginia 
Esq. 8 September 1 Goo. To my nephew Thomas Ludlow, eldest son to 
my brother Gabriel Ludlowe Esq. deceased, all my whole estate of lands 
and servants, &c. that I have now in possession in Virginia, to him and his 
lawful heirs forever ; also my sixteenth part of the ship Mayflower, whereof 
Capt. William White is commander, which part I bought of M r Samuel 
Harwar of London, merchant, only this year's "fraught" excepted, which 
I have reserved for my tobacco &c. My executor, yearly and every year 
during the natural life of my now wife Elizabeth Ludlowe, to pay unto her 


fifty pounds sterling in London. My crop wholly this year to be consigned 
to M r William Allen of London, merchant, and one M r John Cray that 
lives at the Green man on Ludgate Hill, whom I make my overseers of my 
estate in England. Moneys due from M r Samuel llarwar at the Sun and 
Harp, in Milk Street, London. To my brother Gabriel all his children, 
now in England, one hundred pounds apiece, and the remainder of the 
money (in England) to my brother Roger Ludlowe's* children equally; 
and M r Thomas Bushrode 8 to be paid seventy five pounds. 

Whereas my brother Roger Ludlowe hath consigned divers goods to me 
as per my book appears, as debts in New England and in Virginia as by 
his letters and other writings appear &c. To my said brother the hundred 
pounds I lent him. To my cousin Samuel Langrish three thousand pounds 
of tobacco &c. To George Bernard, 4 son to Col. William Bernard, my great 
silver tankard with my arms on it &c. To George Webster, 6 son to Capt. 
Richard Webster of Jamestown the silver tankard that M r Bowler brought 
in the year 1655. To Col. William Bernard, Major William Gooch 6 and 
Capt. Augustine Warner 7 ten pounds apiece, and I desire and nominate 
them to be overseers here in Virginia. To Doctor Henry Waldron all the 
debt he owes me on book, and the physic I have sent for for him. To M r 
Bushrode five pounds. To my man Archyball a cloth suit &c. To Jane 
Greeham my servant one year of her time. To M" Rebecca Hurst all the 
clothes that I have sent for her in full of her time being with me in my 

Wit : Nicholas Trott, Augustine Hodges. 

Codicil : — I Colonel George Ludlowe &c. My nephew Thomas Lud- 
lowe intends to intermarry with one Rebecca Hurst that is at this present 
living in my house. In that case my will is and my desire that my over- 
seers here in Virginia take into their custody all my whole estate and dis- 
pose of the same until they can send into Ireland to my nephew Jonathan 
Ludlowe, eldest son to my brother Roger, who lives in Ireland at Dublin. 
Now in case my aforesaid nephew Thomas shall marry with the said Re- 
becca then it is my will that I give and bequeath unto my said nephew Jon- 
athan all the estate that I did formerly give unto my nephew Thomas Lud- 
lowe and make and constitute the said Jonathan my full and sole executor. 
Otherwise my former bequest to stand valid and the said Thomas shall en- 
joy what I have formerly given him to his use and heirs as my executor 
and heir. 23 October 1655. Witness: — James Biddlecombe. 

On the first day of August, in the year of Our Lord God 1656, there is- 
sued forth Letters of administration to Roger Ludlow Esq., the father oi 
and curator lawfully assigned to Jonathan, Joseph, Roger, Anne, Mary and 
Sarah Ludlowe, minors, the nephews and nieces and residuary legataries in 
this will, during the minority of the said minors ; for that no ex- 
ecutor is therein named as touching the said deceased's estate in England. 

Berkeley, 256. 

Administration on the goods &c. of John Ludlow, late of Virginia bache- 
lor, deceased, granted to his brother Francis Ludlow 15 September 1664. 

Admon Act Book p. c. c. 

[* George Ludlow (or Ludlowe), of the text, was a prominent and influential colo- 
nist. Grants of land to him, aggregating some 17,000 acres, are of record in the 
Virginia Land Registry ; the first, of 500 acres, " in the upper county of New Nor- 
folk," being dated August 21, 1638. He was long County Lieutenant of York 
county, and thus by title " Collonell "; Member of the Council 1642-55. There is 


a tradition that his brother Roger Ludlow was a fugitive in Virginia from Con- 
necticut near the close of the 17th century. — R. A. Brock, of Richmond, Va. 

The testator was probably the Mr. George Ludlow whose name appears on the 
list of those who desired Oct. 19, 1630, to be made Freemen of Massachusetts. He 
must have returned soon after to the old world, as a petition received from him in 
England was acted upon by the General Court of Massachusetts, March 1, 1630-31. 
— Editor. 

2 Roger Ludlow was an assistant of the Massachusetts colony, 1630-4, and was 
deputy governor in 1634. In 1635 he removed to Windsor, Ct., and was the first 
deputy governor of Connecticut colony. In 1639 he removed to Fairfield. He was 
a commissioner of the United Colonies in 1651, 2 and 3. He removed to Virginia 
subsequent to April 13, 1654, but probably about that time. A full memoir of him 
by Hon. Thomas Day, LL.D., is printed in Stiles's History of Ancient Windsor, 
pp. 687-8. Mr. Day styles him the " Father of Connecticut Jurisprudence." We 
have in this will, for the first time, the names of his children. His daughter Sarah, 
who is said to have been " distinguished for her literary acquirements and domestic 
virtues,"' married Rev. Nathaniel Brewster, of Brookhaven, Long Island, whose 
memoir will be found in Sibley's Harvard Graduates, i. 73. — Editor. 

3 Thomas Bushrod was a Burgess from York county, March, 1658-9. Richard 
Bushrod was granted 2000 acres in Westmoreland county, Oct. 15, 1660 (Land 
Registry, Book No. 4, p. 450). There were probably marriages of members of the 
Washington family with that of Bushrod, and hence the transmission of Bushrod 
as a Christian name, instanced in Bushrod Washington, nephew of George Wash- 
ington, and Justice of the United States Supreme Court. — R. A. Brock. 

4 The name Bernard is of early mention in the records of Virginia. Thomas Ber- 
nard was granted 189 acres of land in James City county, January 20, 1641, No. 1, 
p. 762 ; William Bernard, 1050 acres in Warwick county, December 16, 1641, No. 

1, p. 761; "Collonell" William Bernard, 800 acres in Lancaster county, October 
8, 1659, No. 4, p. 372. William Bernard, with title of Captain, was a Member of 
the Council in 1647, and with that of" Collonell," 1655-58. Captain Thomas Ber- 
nard, Burgess from Warwick county in 1644. — R. A. Brock. 

* Major Richard Webster was a Burgess from James City county, March, 1657-8. 
Thomas Webster was granted 251 acres in Henrico county, October 20, 1665 (No. 
5, p. 519, Land Registry). Lucy, daughter and heir of Roger Webster, dee'd, was 
granted 250 acres in Hampton parish, Nov 19, 1642. Head rights : Edward Spark, 

Stephen , Thomas Webster, Susan Webster, Book No. p. 857. Lucy, Judith 

and Jane Webster were granted 500 acres in James City county, July 20, 1646, No. 

2, p. 52.— R. A. Brock. 

6 William Gooch, " Gent.," was granted 1050 acres on the south side of the Poto- 
mac river, Oct. 18, 1650 (No. 2, p. 251, Land Registry). Captain William Gooch 
was a Burgess from York county in 1654. Major William Gooch died October 29, 
1655, aged 29 years. His tomb in the burying ground at " Temple Farm," York 
county (where Gov. Alexander Spotswood was also buried), bears the arms of Gooch 
of Norfolk county, England (of which family was Sir William Gooch, Lieutenant 
Governor of Virginia, 1727-40), as follows: Paly of eight, ar. and sa. a chevron of 
the first, between three dogs of the second, spotted of the field. Crest. — A grey- 
hound passant ar. spotted sa. and collared of the last. 

Jeffery Gooch was granted 500 acres in Northumberland county, January 30, 
1650 (No. 2, p. 279, Land Registry). The Gocch family, descended probably from 
Major William Gooch or Jeffery Gooch, as above, has been most estimably repre- 
sented in Virginia. — R. A. Brock. 

7 Colonel Augustine Warner (son, it is presumed of Augustine Warner) granted 
250 acres " called Pine Neck, on New Pocoson," October 12th, 1635 (No. I, p. 298, 
Land Registry), born June 3, 1642 ; died June 19, 1681 ; Burgess from Gloucester 
county, 1658, and Member of the Council during the administration of Governor 
Sir William Berkeley, is buried at " Warner Hall," Gloucester county. The Lewis, 
Washington and other prominent families have intermarried with that of Warner, 
which is a favored Christian name in Virginia. 

John Lewis, second son of Robert Lewis, from Brecon, Wales, of Abington, Ware 
parish, Gloucester county, Virginia, married Isabella Warner, "daughter of a 
wealthy and retired India merchant ;" called his seat " Warner Hall," a spacious 
mansion of 26 rooms, in which was long illustrated the refined hospitality typical 
of the Old Dominion. This Isabella Warner was probably a daughter of the 
Augustine Warner, the first grantee as above. — See article, "Descendants of 
Robert Lewis from Wales," Richmond Standard, Feb. 5, 1881. — R. A. Brock.] 


John Cutler of Ipswich in the County of Suffolk, merchant, 10 No- 
vember 1645, with codicil dated 6 January 1645, proved 29 January 1645. 
To Robert Cutler, my cousin, youngest son of my deceased uncle Samuel 
Cutler, one half of my manor of Blofields als Burnivalls and of all lands, 
tenements, hereditaments, rights, members and appurtenances thereunto 
belonging &c. in Trimly S' Mary and Walton in the said County of Suf- 
folk. lAhe said Robert die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten or, 
having such heirs, if the same shall die before they come to the age of one 
& twenty, then the said half to my cousin Martha Noore, the wife of Raphe 
Noore of Ipswich, merchant, sister of the said Robert (on certain condi- 
tions). The other half to the said Martha Noore. John Smithier of Ip- 
swich, to be assistant to my executor in & about the getting in of my estate 
beyond the seas and elsewhere. To Elizabeth Smithier his daughter and 
all the rest of his daughters and to his three sons John, William and Henry 
and to Nicholas Kerrington, the said Mr John Smithier's wife's brother's 
son. The said Mr John Smithier and his wife and the longer liver of them 
shall dwell in my messuage or tenement wherein they now dwell in S' 
Nicholas' Parish, Ipswich, rent free for three years. To M r Samuel Snel- 
ling, son in law to my cousin M r Ralph Noore, and to my cousin Martha 
Snelliug his wife, and Mary Noore and Alice Noore her sisters and Rich- 
ard Noore her brother. To my cousin Thomas Cutler Secretary to the 
Company of Eastland merchants, resident at Ipswich. To Elizabeth Hub- 
bard and Mary Ward, maidservants to my cousin M r Raphe Noore. To 
M" Ward, widow, late the wife of M r Samuel Ward, late town Preacher of 
Ipswich, and to Samuel & to M r Joseph Ward her sons. To the poor of 
S 4 Nicholas, Ipswich, to the poor of the parish of Whatfield, near Hadley 
in Suffolk. To M r Lawrence, common preacher or lecturer of the said 
town of Ipswich. M r John Revett, merchant, to assist my executor in get- 
ting in of my estate beyond the seas. To John Cressall, to Johan Nowell. 
To my cousin Margaret Skinner, wife of Jonathan Skinner, clerk, and all 
her children now alive. Others named. George Raymond one of the 
witnesses. Twisse, 3. 

[There were several early emigrants to New England by the name of Cutler : — 1. 
John Cutler, who came from Sprowston in Norfolk, with his wife, seven children 
and one servant, and settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1637 (Reg. xv. 27) ; 2. James 
Cutler, who settled at Watertown as early as 1634 ; 3. Dea. Robert Cutler, who 
was here as early as 1636. See Genealogical Record of the Cutler Families, by Rev. 
Abner Morse, Boston, 1867. 

Mr. Samuel Ward named in the will was the author of The Life of Faith. He 
was a brother of Nathaniel Ward, the compiler of the Massachusetts Body of Lib- 
erties. A sketch of his life is appended to the Memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Ward 
by the editor of the Register. His son Joseph, also named in the will, was rector 
of Badingham in Suffolk. — Editor.] 

Mariane Sevier of Yenstone, in the parish & peculiar of Henstridge in 
the County of Somerset, widow, 9 May 1607, proved 26 June 1607. To 
be buried in the churchyard of Henstridge. To the parish church of Hen- 
stridge ten shillings. To the poor folk of Henstridge parish ten shillings. 
To Deane Haskett, the daughter of Ellis Haskitt forty shillings. To Ellis 
Haskett'a three other daughters and William Haskett his son four pounds, 
provided if any of them die before they come to the age of one & twenty 
years or be married then the money to remain to the survivors. To Marga- 
ret Sevier, daughter of Richard Sevier, a gown cloth and ten pounds ; to 
Alee Sevier, another daughter, a gown and ten pounds. To Marie Royall 


of Ilenstridge, widow, one featherbed and three pounds. To Annis Harte 
twenty shillings. To Cicely Royall, daughter of Marie Royall, three 
pounds ; to Richard & to Dorothie Royall, son & daughter of Marie Roy- 
all, twenty shillings apiece. To brother in law Reynold Sevier three 
pounds & to John Sevier, his son, forty shillings. To Dorothie Pennie a 
gown. To Marrian Harris, wife to Richard Harris, five sheep. To John 
Moores nine sheep. To the children of John Wollfres nine sheep. To 
Thomas Seavier the younger nine sheep. To the children of Gregorie 
Royall four pounds eight shillings and four pence, which money is in the 
hands of the said Gregorie, the father of the said children. To John & 
Dorothy Penny, my servants, ten shillings apiece. To Rose Collis, wife of 
John Collis, three pounds. To Marie Haskett, wife of Ellis Haskett, twen- 
ty shillings. To every of my godchildren twelve pence apiece. All the 
rest of my goods to Gregory Royall, whom I ordain & constitute sole ex- 
ecutor &c. The overseers to be Ellis Haskett &r Richard Chippman and I 
bequeath to them three shillings four pence apiece. 

The witnesses were John Bryne, William Pittman, Richard Chippman, 
Ellis Haskett & John Royall. Huddleston, 62. 

Katherine Sampson, of the parish and peculiar jurisdiction of Heng- 
stridge, in the Diocese of Bath & Wells, maiden, 30 April 1627, proved 14 
June, 1627. To be buried in the parish church of Hengstridge. To the 
said church, in money, twenty shillings. To the poor of the said parish ten 
shillings. For the love I bear to my cousin Nicholas Locke I do forgive 
him all the debts that he to me doth owe &c. To my mother my best 
band of linen and my best apron. I forgive my cousin John Sampson, out 
of the bond of forty shillings which he oweth unto me, twenty shillings 
thereof, and the other twenty shillings of the said Bond I do give unto my 
cousin Susan Sampson. To my sister Joane Sampson one silver spoon. 
To cousin Mary Sampson, my brother William's daughter, my best gown, 
my best petticoat, my best hat and sixteen pounds ten shillings which is 
due to me upon bond from Ellis Hasket and William Haskett, his son &c. 
To my two sisters Jane & Edith Sampson the residue, and they to be ex- 
ecutrices. The overseers to be Richard Sampson the younger & Thomas 
Morris the younger. Brother Henry Sampson oweth me twenty six 
pounds. Richard Eburne, vicar, was one of the witnesses. Skinner, 63. 

John Carter of the parish of S' Mary Matfellon, alias Whitechapel, in 
the county of Middlesex, gentleman, 14 February 1691, proved 16 June 
1692. To my two attorneys in Barbadoes, M r Peter Fluellin and Capt. 
George Paine, twenty pounds each to buy them mourning. To my execu- 
tors M r Samuel Shepheard and M r Samuel Perry twenty pounds each (for 
mourning). " Item I doe give, devise & bequeath unto my brother RoBert 
Skelton of New Yorke in America the full summe of five hundred pounds 
soe soone" as Assetts shall come into my Executors hands to that value" &c. 
on condition that he pay to Samuel Shepheard seventy pounds that he owes 
to the said Shepheard. To M r William Shawe, M r Edwarde Shawe and 
M r Francis Shawe, to each six pounds to buy mourning and to each of 
their wives twenty shillings to buy rings to wear for my sake. The residue 
to my sister Sarah Slaymaker, wife of Thomas Slaymaker, of the city of 
Oxford, cook. (By a codicil made the same day bequests to M r Mark Bed- 
ford Whiteing, and his wife and two daughters, Angellick & Annett, to 


Alexander Staples Esq and his wife, and son Alexander and his wife, and 
son John and daughter Dorothy. To John Hickman, Elizabeth Hickman, 
Hannah Hickman and Mary Staples (gold rings). To cousin Elizabeth 
Carter of Barbadoes, widow and her children Thomazine Gibbs, James 
Carter, and her other children James, Anne, William, Richard, Jane, Dam- 
aris, John & Agnes (gold rings). To cousin John How, of Barbadoes, 
his wife Elizabeth and daughter Mary, to every of them a gold ring of the 
value often shillings. Fane, 103. 

Mem. that on or about the first day of March 1691 John Lee, heretofore 
of Charlestown in New England, carpenter, lying sick on board the ship 
Swallow &c. I desire the captain, meaning and speaking of and to Gyles 
Fifield, Captain of the said ship, to take care of all my concerns and get in 
what is due me in Elngland or elsewhere. I give two parts of my whole 
estate to my two children. The other part I give to the captain and desire 
he would bestow something of the ship's company. Witness Geo. Robe- 
son, Samuel Boyes. 2 June 1692, the witnesses were sworn. 

11 June 1692 Emanavit Commissio Egidio Fifield fidei commissario et 
legatario nominat in Test Nuncupativo Johannis Lee aliquandiu de Charles- 
towne in Nova Anglia sed in nave Le Swallow super alto mari deceden &c. 

Fane, 112. 

I, William Read of New England in the parts beyond the seas, mariner, 
have constituted John Harlock of Ratcliff, Stepney, in the county of Mid- 
dlesex, gentleman, and Elizabeth his wife my attorneys &c. On board the 
good ship Granado, Capt. Loader commander, on a voyage for Jamaica. 
2 October 1691. 

Witness Fred. Johnson, Ja B Travers. Proved 12 September 1692. 

Fane, 173. 

John Symonds of Yeldham Magna in the County of Essex, Esq. 20 
March, 1691, with codicil dated 16 February 1692, proved the last of May 
1693. I do confirm the jointure made to my wife (Jane) and give her my 
mansion house called the Poole, &c. Manors of Panfield Hall & Nichols 
in Panfield & Shalford, in the County of Essex, to my kinsman M r Martin 
Carter and his heirs (& other lands). To my niece Elizabeth Pepys all 
moneys due to her by bond or otherwise by Martin Carter dec d , father of the 
said Martin Carter. To my nephew M r John Pepys, of Cambridge ; to my 
sister Thomasin Pepys; to my nephew Thomas Pepys; to my nieces Anne 
Whaples and Elizabeth Pepys, to my niece Ellen Bacon. To each of the 
children of Martin Carter deed, (except the two eldest sons) fifty pounds. 
To my sister Mrs Judith Burgoyne, to my nephew and godson Mark Guyon, 
to my niece Jane Guyon, to my nephews Roger and Lucy Burgoyne, sons 
of Sir John Burgoyne, Baronet. To M r John Brooke our worthy minister. 
To the Society of Lincoln's Inn of which I am a member. My wife and 
sister Thomasine Pepys and nephew John Pepys to be executors. 

(In the codicil) to my cousin M r AVilliam Simonds of Ipswich in New 
England one hundred pounds. To M r Fisk forty shillings. To my cousin 
John Carter and his heirs (certain lands). My nephew Thomas Pepys of 
Felsted.. Mr Fisk my chaplain. 

Sworn to &c. die Lunse viz* Decimo die mensis Aprilis A.D. 1693. 

Coker, 86. 

The testimony of the witnesses shows that Mr. Symonds had been cur- 
sitor for Lincolnshire and Somersetshire. 


[John Synaonds was the 2d son of John and Ann (Elyott) Symonds, and was born 
in Yeldham Magna, Sept. 4, 1618. He was a nephew of Samuel Symonds of 
Ipswich, deputy governor of Massachusetts. See Appleton's Ancestry of Priscilla 
Baker, pp. 19-102.— Editor.] 

Jane Coaker of Kingsbridge in the County of Devon, widow, 6 June 
1651, proved 1 August 1651. To the poor of Kingsbridge twenty shillings 
at the day of the funeral. To son Robert Coaker forty pounds withiu one 
month after my decease, and I release him of all debts owing unto me, and 
ten shillings a year to be paid him by my executor so long as they shall live 
together. To grandson James Coaker, son of William Coaker, my son, all 
my right &c. in the messuage wherein I live. To grandchild Jane Ball ten 
pounds within two years after my decease. To son Richard Coaker five 
shillings, to be paid him at his return into England. To daughter-in-law 
Agnis Coaker thirty shillings. To daughter Agnis Bound, wife of Thomas 
Bound, ten pounds within a quarter of a year, and to Jane Kingston five 
shillings. To daughter Johane Borton (wife of Henry Borton) twenty 
pounds within one month after my decease and ten bushels of barley malt. 
To Agnes Risdon, wife of Thomas Risdou, to godchild Thomas Phillipps, 
to Francis Kingston & to Johane Heyman, my godchildren. To grand- 
child Jane Coaker forty shillings. To grandchildren Anne Davie and 
Elizabeth Coaker ten shillings apiece. To grand children Leonard & 
Francis Kent fifty shillings apiece. To grand children Richard, Henry, 
Robert, William, Flower and John Coaker ten shillings apiece. To grand 
child Henry Borton six silver spoons. To grand child Jane Coaker three 
pounds besides the forty shillings before bequeathed. Residue to son-in-law 
John Ilardie, who is made sole executor. The will was proved by John 
Hardy e. Grey, 157. 

[The foregoing will may refer to Richard Coaker who was of New England in 
1640. — H. f. w. 

It may not be relevant, but I offer that the following grants are of record in the 
Virginia Land Registry : — John Corker, 6 acres in James Island, Feb. 10, 1637, 
Book No. 1, p. 521 ; John Cocker, 1150 acres in Surry county, March 20, 1677, 
Book No. 4, p. 301.— R. A. Brock.] 

Sarah Elmes, of the parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark, in the County 
of Surrey, widow 25 August 1653, proved 20 April 1654. To son An- 
thony Elmes five pounds. To son Radolphus Elmes (now in parts beyond 
the seas) the sum of ten pounds if he shall be living at the time of my de- 
cease. To son Jonathan Elmes ten pounds within one month after my 
decease. To grand child Jonathan Elmes, son of the said Jonathan, ten 
pounds, and to such child as Mary, the wife of the said son Jonathan, now 
goeth withall ten pounds. To son Henry Elmes ten pounds within one 
month. To my two grand children Curtis and Henry Elmes (minors) 
sons of my said son Henry, ten pounds apiece. To my two grand children 
John and Sarah Maries, children of my daughter Margaret Maries, of the 
parish of St. Saviour's, Southwark, widow, twenty pounds apiece at the 
age of one & twenty years or day of marriage. To my loving cousin Sa- 
rah Best twenty shillings (for a ring) and to sister Elizabeth Sturmey, 
twenty shillings and good friend M™ Hamond of Pudding Lane twenty shil- 
lings (for rings). Daughter Margaret Maries to be sole executrix and M r 
John Chelsham and loving cousin M r Ralph Collins overseers. 

Alchiu, 83. 


[The testatrix of the above will was undoubtedly the mother of Rhodolphus 
Ellmes (see Savage), of Scituate, who came in the Planter, 1635, aged 15, and 
married, 1644, Catharine, daughter of John Whitcomb. 

See deed of Rodolphus Ernes of Scituate to John Floyd, Oct. 2, 1656, for money 
lent and paid for passage, in Suffolk Deeds, vol. ii. p. 294. — h. f. w.J 

Edward Winslow, of London, Esq., being now bound in a " Viage " 
to sea in the service of the Common Wealth, 18 December 1654, proved 
16 October 1655 by Josias Winslow, son and executor. All my lands and 
stock in New England and all my possibilities and portions in future al- 
lotments and divisions I give & bequeath to Josia, my only son, and his 
heirs, he allowing to my wife a full third part thereof for her life. To the 
poor of the church of " Plimouth " in New England ten pounds. To the 
poor of Marshfield, where the chiefest of my estate lies, ten pounds. I give 
ray linen which I carry with me to sea to my daughter Elizabeth; and the 
rest of my goods which I carry with me to sea to my son Josias, he giving 
to each of my brothers a suit of apparell. Son Josias to be executor and 
Col. Venables my overseer of my goods in the voyage and my four friends, 
Doctor Edmond Wilson, Master John Arthur, Master James Shirley and 
Master Richard Floyd, to be overseers for the rest of my personal estate in 

The witnesses were Jo n Hooper, Gerard Usher servant to Hen: Colbron. 

Aylett, 377. 

[Edward Winslow, the third governor of Plymouth Colony, was the son of Edward 
and Magdalen Winslow, of Droitwich in Gloucester, England, and was born Oct. 
18, 1595. (See Register, xxi. 209-10, where his pedigree is given.) He was one 
of the Mayflower passengers. He was appointed by Cromwell one of three commis- 
sioners to superintend the expedition against the Spaniards in the West Indies, and 
died May 8, 1655, on the passage between Hispaniola and Jamaica. An article on 
his life, by G. D. Scull, Esq., was printed in the Register, xxxviii. 21-6. See 
also Register, iv. 297 ; xvii. 159 ; and xxxvii. 392. — Editor.] 

John Stoughton Doctor "in devinitie" & curate of the parish of S* 
Mary Aldermanbury, London, beginning " Laus Deo the fowerth daie of 
May 1639 " [on which day he died], proved 20 May 1639. To my poor 
kindred twenty pounds to be disposed of according to the discretion of my 
wife Jane Stoughton, one of my executors. To the parishioners of the 
parish of S l Mary, Aldermanbury aforesaid five pounds, to be bestowed 
unto the poor of the said parish. 

To my two daughters Jane & Marie five " hundreth " pounds, to say, 
to my eldest daughter Jane " fower hundreth marks which twoe hundred 
three score and six poundes thirteene shillings and fower pence, and the 
remainder beinge twoe C. hundreth thirtie three poundes six shillings and 
eight pence to my youngest daughter Marie Stoughton, to be paied them 
att theire age of one & twenty yeares or the day of theire marriage, which 
shall first happen " &c. If both depart this life before they attain the age 
specified or day of marriage that then " two hundreth and fieftie poundes 
thereof shall come unto my wife and two hundred pounds thereof to my 
nexte of kynn, and twentie fiue poundes thereof to Emanuell Colledge in 
Cambridge and the other five and twentie poundes to Master Hartlipp a 

To four or five persons such as my loving wife & one of my executors 
shall think fit twenty shillings apiece for a ring, provided M r Janeway be 
one of them. The executors to be my dear and loving wife Jane Stough- 


ton and my loving father in law and her father John Browne of Frampton 
in Dorsetshire Esq. and for overseers Robert Edwards and Edmond Foord 
of London merchants. 

The remainder to my wife Jane Stoughton. 

Wit: Robert Edwards Thomas Davies. Harvey, 69. 

[May 4, 1639, " Dr. Stoughton of Aldermanbury died." See Smyth's Obituary. 

— H. F. W. 

The Rev. John Stoughton was a brother of Israel and Thomas Stoughton, early 
settlers of Dorchester, Mass. Israel was the father of Lieut. -Gov. William Stough- 
ton. .Thomas removed from Dorchester to Windsor, Conn. Rev. John Stoughton, 
the testator, was also the stepfather of Gen. James Cudworth, of Scituate, New 
England, and of the Rev. Ralph Cudworth, author of The Intellectual System of 
the Universe. See articles on Stoughton and Cudworth in the Register, xiv. 101 ; 
xxi. 249. — Editor.] 

Mense Aprilis 1611. 
Thomas Rogers Vicesimo Septimo die probatum fuit testim Thome 
Sen. Rogers sen nug de Stratford sug Avon in Com Warwici 

def hents etc. Juramento Thome Rogers filii dicti def et 
exris etc. cui etc de bene etc iurat. Probate Act Book. 

[The will of which the above is the Probate Act, does not seem to have been co- 
pied into the Register, which I examined leaf by leaf, with hopes to find it. My 
friend J. C. C Smith, Esq., then hunted through the bundle of original wills fur 
that year, but in vain. That the testator was the father of Mrs. Harvard, and 
grandfather of our John Harvard, there can be no doubt. The extracts from the 
Parish Register of Stratford upon Avon, together with the wills of his daughters, 
&c, prove that. Among the Feet of Fines of the Easter Term, 23d Elizabeth (.1581), 
I find a conveyance made to him by one Henry Mace, of two messuages and two 
gardens with their appurtenances in Stratford upon Avon. He seems to have been 
a prominent citizen of that borough, as will appear from the extracts I shall give 
from the records, and, in 1596, while he was holding the office of Bailiff, built the 
house still standing in High Street, now known as " Ye Ancient House," the best 
specimen now left in that street, or perhaps in the borough. On the front, under 
the broad window of the second story, appear these characters : 
T R 1596 A R 

In this house, therefore, Katharine Rogers lived from 1596 until her marriage to 
Robert Harvard, and to it she may have come with her little son John to attend the 
obsequies of her father. A heliotype of this house illustrates this volume. 

— h. f. w.] 

The Parish Registers of Stratford upon Avon commence Anno 1558. 
By the kind permission of the Vicar, the Rev. George Arbuthnot, M.A., 
I was enabled to devote the whole of one day, from the close of the morn- 
ing service to the beginning of the afternoon service, to an examination 
of them. I took notes of the following marriages : 

1562 January 31, Thomas Rogers and Margaret Pace. 

1563 November 27, Henry Rogers and Elizabeth Burback. 
1566 July 6, Edward Huntington and Matilda Rogers. 
1570 October 15, John Rogers and Anne Salsbury. 

1579 July 20, William Rogers and Elizabeth Walker. 

1581 October 30, Richard Rogers and Susanna Castell. 

" November 5, Richard Rogers and Ales Calle. 
1592 (?3) December 30, Antherin Russell and Joyce Rogers. 

1596 November 21 , William Rogers and Jone Tante. 

1600 October 28, John Nelson to Elizabeth Rogers. 

1602 April 13, Lewes Rogers to Joano Rodes. 

•' October 12, Francis Rogers to Elizabeth Sperpoint. 

1603 (4) January 1, William Smith to Ales Rogers. 

1605 '• Apricll 8, Robertas Harwod to Katherina Rogers." 

1608 (9) February 6, Henry Stanton to Phillip Rogers. 

1609 July 18, Thomas Chestley to Margaret Rogers. 

The early home of John Harvard's mother 


I looked through the record of the marriages down to 1637 inclusive, 
and found a few other Rogers marriages, which it hardly seems worth the 
while to print. Thomas, Henry, John, William and Richard Rogers had 
numerous children baptized and buried. Of these I pick out the children 
of Thomas. 

Baptized. Buried. 

Margaret, September 26, 1562. Margaret, December 1, 1562. 

Elizabeth. October 28, 1563. Johanna, February 21, 1566 (7). 

Charles, March 28, 1565. Alice, October 3, 1568. 

Johanna, January 24, 1566 (7). Anne, July 24, 1581. 

Alice, September 2, 1568. Thomas, Ausrust 13, 1584. 

Joanna, October 14, 1571. " Infant," January 15, 1591. 

Joyce, February 9, 1572 (3). Charles Rogers, " homo " March 30, 

Ales, September 11, 1574. 1609 (10). 

Richard, November 10, 1575. Thomas Rogers, August 31, 1639. 

William, June 8, 1578. 
Edward, February 18, 1579. 
Thomas, July 22, 1582. 
Katherin, November 25, 1584. 
Thomas, June 11, 1587. 
Rose, March 29, 1590. 
Frances, March 10. 1593. 

The burial of Margaret, the wife of Mr. Rogers, I did not find. He 
evidently married again; for I found the burial of " Alice wyf to M r Tho- 
mas Rogers," August 17, 1608. His own burial is thus given : 

1610 (11) February 20, Thomas Rogers, one of the Aldermen. 

Thomas Rogers of Stratford upon Avon in the County of Warwick yeo- 
man 27 Aug. 1639, proved at Worcester 21 May 1 640. To Anne my belov- 
ed wife all that my messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell, with the ap- 
purtenances, and all other my lands and tenements whatsoever situate & 
being in the said town of Stratford &c. to have and to hold for life or uutil 
marriage, and, after her decease or day of marriage, to my four daughters 
Lydia, Alice, Ruth & Hannah & their assigns until Edward Rogers my 
son shall well & truly pay unto my said four daughters the sum of twenty 
pounds apiece, and after such payment, then to the said P^dward & to the 
heirs of his body Lawfully to be begotten ; failing such to my right heirs 
forever. To the poor of Stratford twenty shillings. Towards the repair 
of Stratford church twenty shillings. John Whinge of Blackwell in the 
county of Worcester, yeoman to be the executor and my loving kinsman 
John Woolmer the younger and Henry Smyth of Old Stratford, yeoman, 
to be the overseers of this my will. 

The Inventory of his goods, &c. was taken • 1 October 1639 by John 
Wolmer the younger, gentleman, John Wynge and Henry Smith. The 
sum total was 86" 13 s d . 

The widow Anna Rogers was appointed administratrix with the will 
annexed and gave her bond 23 May 1640, with Francis Baggott of Witley 
Parva in the parish of Holt in the County of Worcester, as her surety. 

William Smythe of Stratford upon Avon in the County of Warwick 
mercer, 30 March 1.626, proved at Worcester 10 May 1626. To Thomas, 
my eldest son my shop & the cellars lying in the Middle Row & now in 
the tenure of William Ayng, butcher, and also my three tenements in the 
Henley Street, now in the tenures of Thomas Alenn & Thomas Wood- 
warde'and that I late did dwell in, &c. & for want of lawful issue then to 


Francis my son & to his lawful issue & for want of such issue to my two 
daughters Mary & Alice (equally). To daughter Mary twenty pounds to 
be paid to her within two years after my decease by my son Francis, and 
in consideration thereof I give to my son Francis the lease of the house 
wherein I now dwell, &c. To my daughter Alice Smythe all my house- 
hold stuff, &c. &c. and I make Alice Smyth my said daughter executrix of 
this my last will & testament, and I make my brother Henry Smythe and 
John Wolmer overseers, &c. 

The Inventory of his goods & chattels was taken 28 April 162G. 

Farinydon Without. 

RICHARD RASING, of Malton = Margaret, dau. of Hawcliffe. 

son of Thomas Rasing 
of Malton, com. Yorke. 

Wm. Rasing, of Malton=Alice. dau. of James Rafe Rasing of Malton=E!izabeth, dau. of 

second son, Conestable of CliflV, Esq., eldest son. | Harwood. 

living a 1084. branched out of the 

Conestables of Flamburgh. 

1 Richard Rasing, eldest son, 2 John Rasing=. . . . ._., da. of Lawrence 

died without issue. of Broughton, 

& Malton. 


Susan, da. of Humfry Couert=Rafe Rasing of London=Rose, da. of Tho. Rogers of 
of Blindley heath, in Godston, goldsmith, Stratford vppon Auon, 

co. Surry. married to his co. Warwick, 

second wife, Mary, da. to 
Feter Hunsdon of Staple June, Gent. 
Living 1634. 


Rafe Rasing, Anne, wife to Matthew Westmerlard, 

son and lieire apparent. of Staple June. 

(Signed) Raiphe Rasing. 

[From Visitation of London, 1G33-4-5. 
Had. Soc. xvii. 1S6.] 

Mense Junii 1G47. Undecimo die em' Com Rose Reason Relce Radulphi 
Reason imp poe Ste Bridgitte als Brides prope Fleetstreete Civitat Lon- 
don deft haben & ad adstrand bona iura et credita diet deft de bene &c. 
iurat. Admon. Act. Book. Fol. 76. 

[The two forms of spelling tins surname are interesting for two reasons ; first, as 
showing t lie loss of the guttural finals sound in Rasing (in connection with which 
it may be well to note that the crest of this family was a hand grasping a bunch of 
fjrapes) , and, secondly, as illustrating the sound of the diphthong ea in Reason. I 
have seen many similar instances showing that in Sbakspeare's time the word was 
pronounced like raisin. Recall Fallstaff's play on the word in Henry IV. Part I. 
Act ii. Sc. 4 : " Give you a reason on compulsion! If reasons were as plenty 
as blackberries I would give no man a reason upon compulsion." — h. f. w.] 

In thi: Name of God Amex. I Rose Raysings of the Parish of Saint 
Bride London Widdowe being weake in bodie but of sound and perfect 
memorie thankes be to God doe make this my last "Will and Testament in 
manner and forme following (videlicet) ffirst I bequeath my soule to 
Almighty God who gaue it me and my bodie to the Earth from whence 
it Came to be buried in Saint Brides Church London in Christian decentlike 
manner as my Executor hereafter named shall thinke fitting. Item I 
giue to my daughter Rose Haberly the Wife of Anthony Ilaberly the 
summe of Tenne poundes and alsoe my best Gowne and petticoate and a 
payre of Ilollande sheetes and one douzeu and to her husband twentie shil- 


linge. Item I giue to the Children of my daughter Rose Haberley (that is 
to say) to Authonie John Mary and Rose I giue hue poundes apeece But 
to my Grandchild Elizabeth Haberley who is my God daughter I giue Tenne 
poundes. Item I giue to Katherine Wilmour my Executors Wife here 
after named fiue poundes. Item I giue to Joane Wilmour her Kinswoeman 
hue poundes. Item I giue to John Wilmour the younger my sisters Grand- 
Child fiue poundes. Item I giue to my Cousin Brockett's sonne Joseph 
Brockett in Southwarke fiue poundes and to his Mother twenty shillings to 
buy her a Ring. Item I giue to Marie Right That Tends me in my sick- 
lies fiue pounds. Item I giue John Corker my Godsonne Twenty shillings 
and to his Mother and his brother Tenne shillings a peece. Item I giue to 
William Suthes the sonne of James Suthes twenty pounds to be paid att 
his age of one and twentie yeares. Item I giue to Master James Palmer 
formerly the Viccar of Saint Brides London fiue poundes. Item I giue to 
Master Alexander Baker of Cliffords Inne London Gentleman that Bond 
wherein Master Morgan and Master Powell stands bound unto my late 
husband Ralph Raysing which is now in suite in the upper Bench and in the 
Chancerie and I doe hereby giue power to the said Master Baker to sue in 
my Executors name for the same provided alwaies That if the said James 
Suches shall att anie time hereafter trouble my Executor hereafter named 
for any concerning mee or my late husband Ralph Raysing That then my 
Legacie to the said Willia Suthes his sonne shall be absolutely voyd. 
Item I giue to Thomas Smith the sonne of my sister Alice Smith in War- 
wickshire the summe of fiue pounds. And last of all I make my loueing 
Kinseman Master John Wilmour of Stratford upon Avon in the Countie of 
Warwick my full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament de- 
sireing him to doe all things accordingly as I haue by this my last Will re- 
quired him. And the remainder of all my goods and Chattells not formerlie 
bequeath I doe hereby give and bequeath to my said Executor and I doe 
hereby renounce all former Wills and Testam ts whatsoever and doe 
hereby revoake the same and publish this to be my last Will and Testament 
and desire that none may stand for my last Will but this and I doe alsoe 
giue and bequeath to Mistris Susan Annyon Widdowe the summe of Thirtie 
shillings to buy her a Ring. In Witnes whereof I haue to this my last Will 
and Testament sett my hand and seale dated This first Day of December in 
the yeare of our Lord One Thousand six hundred fifty and fower. Rose 
Raysings Signed sealed published and delivered as her last Will and 
testam' Theise words (videlicet) and alsoe my best gowne and petticoate 
and a payre of Holland sheetes and one douzen of Napkins and my Bible 
Kinsewoeman to be paid att his age of one and twenty yeares Avon in 
the Countie of Warwicke being first interlined in the presence of us 
Susan Annyon Alex Barker. 

This Will was proved in Loudon the tweutith Day of June in the 
yeare of our Lord God One Thousand six hundred fiftie and fiue before 
the Judges for probate of Wills and granting Administrations lawfully 
authorized by the oath of John Willmour The Sole Executor named 
in the aboue written Will To whome Administration of all and singular the 
goods Chattells and debts of the said deceased was Committed he being first 
legally sworne truly and faithfully to administer the same. 291, Aylett. 

Joh. Sadler clerk M.A. adm., on the resignation of Simon Aldriche, 
to the Vicarage of Ringmer, 6 October, 1626. 

Archbishop Abbot's Reg. p. 2, f. 349 b . 


John Sadler was inducted into the possession of y e vicaridge of Ring- 
mer Octob r xij th 1626. 

1640 Oct. 3 buryed M r John Sadler minister of Ringmer. 

Ringmer Parish Register. 

Sussex, Ringmer Vic. John Sadler 14 Nov. 1626 (to Nov. 1628), Wil- 
liam Tliomas of Lewes and William Michelborne of Westmiston (liis 
sureties). Compositions for First Fruits. 

Edward Fenner of Auburne in the County of Sussex (13 July 1603 
proved 9 October 1605) wishes his body to be buried in the parish church 
of Auburne and leaves all to his wife Mary whom he appoints executrix & 
entrusts the children to her care. 69, Hayes. 

License granted 12 May 1613 to the Rector, Vicar or Curate of Step- 
ney in the county of Middlesex to solemnize the marriage between John 
Sadler, clerk, and Mary Fenner, widow, late the relict of Edward Fenner, 
while he lived of Auborne in the County of Sussex, gen. dec'd. 

Vicar General's Book. 

[Albourne is a parish in Sussex near Cuckfield. — h. f. w.] 

Mary Sadler of Mayfield in the County of Sussex, widow, 16 Janu- 
ary 1645, proved 13 November 1647. " My Corpes to bee interred where 
ever ytt shall please God by my surviving freindes to dispose of ytt." I do 
nominate & appoint my daughter Elizabeth James to be my sole Execu- 
trix. And I bequeath and give unto her one hundred pounds of money 
which is in her husband's hands, and such bedding and chests and wearing 
clothes as I have (saving one chest which is full of linnen and pewter, and 
other small things). My will is that she shall buy & give to my grand- 
child Mary Russell two silver spoons of ten shillings apiece price and to 
Thomas Russell my grandson ten shillings of money. I will & bequeath 
unto my son John Sadler the money which I have in M r William Michilborne's 
hands. Item I give unto my grandchild Mary James one chest of linen and 
pewter except two pair of the sheets and one pair of pillowcoats therein, 
which I give unto Anne James, and one other pair of sheets which are also 
in the said chest, which I give unto Elizabeth James my grandchild-ren. 
Item I give to each of my son Russell's children not before named in this 
my will one shilling apiece for the buying them gloves. Item I give unto 
my daughter Mary Sadler and to each of her children which I suppose to 
live in "newe " England one shilling apiece. Item I give unto my daugh- 
ter Anne Allin and to her daughter Mary one shilling apiece, and this I do 
appoint and intend my last will and testament. 231 Fines. 

Allen. — Thomas, son of John Allen, dyer, of Norwich. At school 
under M r Briggs eight years. Age 15. Admitted sizar litt. grat. July 6, 
1624. Surety M r Moore. Admissions Caius Coll. Cambridge. 

Thomas Hervt, citizen & " Bocher " of London, 16 June 1505, prov- 
ed at Lambeth 3 October 1505. " I bequeth my soule to god to our Mis- 
sed lady Virgyfi Mary his moder and to all the holy company of heven 
And my body to be buried in the churchyerd of Seynt Clementes in Can- 
dilwykstrete of London on the Northside of the same Churchyerd where 
the body of William more late Citezein and bocher of London my graund- 
fader lyeth buried. And if it fortune that I dye or decesse owte of Lon- 
don than I will that my body be buried where as it shall please god for it 


to dispose. Item I bequeth to the high aulter of the said churche of Seynt 
Clementes for myn offerynges forgoten or negligently w'drawenin discharg- 
yng of my soule iij s iiij d . It I bequeth unto Margarete my wife for hir 
parte purparte and portion of all my goodes moevable and unmoevable in 
redy money xl u sterl and all my stuff of household and plate hole as it 
shalbe the day of my decesse. It I bequeth unto my sonnes Thomas Her- 
vy and Nicholas Hervy and to the Infaunte beyng in my wiffs worube if she 
now be w l tinkle in redy money xl u evenly to be devided and departed 
amonges theym and to be deliued to theym and eury of theym whan they 
or eny of theym shall come to their laufull ages or manages the which 
money I will my moder mawde Hoppy haue the keping to the use of my 
said childern till they shall come to their laufull ages or manages. And if 
it fortune any of my said sonnes or the Infant in my wiffes wombe for to 
dye or decesse afore they or any of theym shal come to their laufull ages 
or manages, than I will that the parte of hym or theym so decessyng remayne 
to hym or theym beyng on ly ve. And if it fortune all my said childern to 
dye afore they come to their laufull ages or be maried than I will that my 
said moder dispose the same xl u to my said childern before bequethed f®r 
my soule my faderes soule my childern soules and for all my goode frendes 
soules in deedes of almes and of charitie as she shall thinke best for the helth 
and saluacion of my soule. It I will that my saide moder haue the kep- 
ing of my said children duryng their noonage It I will that the saide Mawde 
my moder take haue & receyve the proffittes and revenues comyng and 
growying of my fermes called Gubbons and "Waltons in the Countie of 
Essex and of my ferme in Madebrokes long mede and Wottons croftes ly- 
ing in the gisshe of Retherhith in the Countie of Surrey towardes the sus- 
tentacion and fynding of my said childern duryng their noonage and the sur- 
plusage of the same revenues and proffittes coming & growyng of the same 
fermes I will it be evenly devided and degted amonges my said childern 
and Infaunt by the said Mawde my moder. It I bequeth to my suster Elyfi 
fflynte the wif of John fflynte all my state and Tme of years which I haue 
to come of and in my ferme called preestes fnshe sett and lying in the pisshe 
of Retherhed aforesaid. And I will that thendentur of the same ferme be de- 
liued unto ray said suster incontinent aft r my decesse. Itfn I bequeth unto 
my cosyn Thomas Hervy myn state and termes of yeres which that I haue 
to come of and into the tenementes called the Dogge and the Shippe in Est- 
chepe in the gisshe of Seynt Clementes aforesaid and in seynt Leonardes. 
And I will that thendentures of the same houses be deliued unto my said 
cosyn Thomas assone aft r my decesse as is possible. It I bequeth unto my 
sunt William Anderby xx s in money. It I bequeth unto John ffelix xx 8 . 
It I bequeth unto Richard ffelix xx 8 . It I will that my moder or .hir Ex- 
ecutor fynde the said John ffelix to gram r scoole and to writting scole by the 
space of a yere aft r my decesse. The Residue of all my goods moevable 
and unmoevable aft r my dettes paid my burying done and this my p r sent tes- 
tament in all thinges fulfilled I geve and bequeth unto the forsaid Mawde my 
moder she there w l to doo ordeyne and dispose hir owne freewill for eumore. 
Which Mawde my moder I make and ordeyne executrice of this ray p r sent 
testament. In vvitnesse wherof to this my p r sent testament I haue setto my 
seale. Youefi the day and yer aforesaid." 36 Holgrave. 

In the name of God amen The xxix th day of the moneth of July In 
the yere of o r lord god m ( v c and viij. I Thomas Hervy bocher of the pisshe 
of seynt Oluff in Suthwerk in the diocise of Winchester beyng hole of 


mynde and^memory thanked be almighty god sett make and ordeyne this 
my p r sent testament and last will in man' and fo r me folowing ffirst I be- 
queth and recomend my soule unto almighty god my creato r and savio r , my 
body to be buryed in the church of seynt 01 uff aforesaid And I bequeth unto 
the high aulter of the same churche for my tithes & oblacioiis here before 
necligently paid or forgoten ij s . Also I bequith to my moder church of 
Wynchestre iiij d And I geve and bequeth to the aulter of our lady in the 
said gisshe church of seynt Orluff iiij d . Also I bequeth to the ault r of 
seynt Anne there iiij d . Also to the aulter of seynt Clement iiij d . The Res- 
idue of all my goodes and catalles not bequethed nor geven after my fuuall 
expences doon and my dettes paied I will and geve unto Guynor my wif she 
to dispose theym after hir discrecioh as she shall thinke moost convenyent. 
And of this my present testament and last will I make and ordeyne mvn 
executrice my said wif Thiese witnesses S r William Priour Curat of seynt 
Oluff aforeseid William Bulleyn grocer William Symsofi and other. 

Probatum fuit suprascript testm cora Dno apud Lamehith xv° die mens 
August! Anno Dni Millimo quingetesimo octauo Jur Guynoris Relicte et 
executricis in huioi testo noiate Ac approbat & insinuat Et comissa fuit 
admistra om bonorum & debit dicti defuncti prefate executrici de bene & 
fidelit admistrand Ac de pleno & fideli Inuetario citra p r imfl diem Sep- 
tembr ]3x futur exhibend necno de piano et vero compto reddend ad sea dei 
eung in debita iuris forma iurat. 4 Bennett (P. C. C.) 

William Herford citizen & tallowchandler of London, 31 August 
1518, proved 10 Nov. 1518. My body to be buried in the parish church of 
St. Olave in the old " Jure " of London in the same place where my late 
wife Johan resteth buried. " And I haue bought & payed for the stone that 
lyeth on her. And therefor I woll haue the same stone layed on my body 
& I woll have a scripture graven & fyxed yn the same stone makyng men- 
sion off the tyme off my deceasse requiryng the people to pray for me." To 
the high altar of the same church for tythes & oblations forgotten or neg- 
ligently withholden iij 8 iiij d . Towards the gilding of the tabernacle of S' 
John the Baptist at the south end of the high Altar of the same church 
xx. s Towards the maintenance of Olave's Brotherhood within the same 
church xij d . To the company & brotherhood of Our Lady & S* John Bap- 
tist Tallowchandlers of London my silver pot. To John Hone my best 
dagger the sheath garnished with silver as it is. To Richard Chopyn my 
purse garnished with silver. " It I beqweth to Nicholas Pynchyn my best 
Jaket." Touching the disposition of my lands & tenements in the parish of 
St. Stephen in Colemanstreet I will that my wife Agnes Herford shall have 
them during her life and after her decease they shall remain to my children 
and to the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten & for lack of such issue they 
shall remain to the company of Butchers of London forever, they finding 
forever in the same church of St. Olaves the day of my decease dirige " on 
nyght and masse of Requiem on the morne by note dispendyng at eviry 
such obyte amongyst prestes and clerkes wex Ryngyng off belles & pou peo- 
ple 20 s foreu r . And if the same Company of Bouchers make defaute of 
and yn kypyng of the same obyte yn man r & forme a bouesayd then I woll 
that the same landes and tenntes shall full & hole remayne to the co- 
pany & felyshippe of Talow chaundelers of London foreu they doyng and 
dyspendyng yerely therfore at an obytt yerly yn man 1 " and forme as the 
forsayd copany off Bouchers ar bounde to doo yn kepyng of the forsayd Obyte 
as they wyll answere before God." To my cousin Richard Baynbery 


my tavvney gown furred with black, to John Kyttelwell & Rob 4 Kyttel- 
wel) either of them my single Ray gowns, to John Ryve my best dublett 
to William Knott my second Dublet, to William Pyper, George Chelsey 
& James Quick mine apprentices, so that they continue & serve out their 
terms well & truly to my wife their mistress, to either of them vi 9 viij d . 
when their terms of prenticehood shall be finished. To my god children that 
at time of my decease shall be living xii d . The residue shall be divided 
amongst my wife & children accordinge to the laws & customs of the city 
of London. And Executors of this will &c. I make & ordaiue my said 
wife Agnes & the said Nicholas. To Robert Whetecroft my riding coat. 

102 Bennet (Commissary Court of London). 

Cristiana Harvye of Shenley in the County of Hertford widow, and 
John Harvye, son and heir apparent of the said Cristiana, give a bond 30 
June 10 Elizabeth, of one hundred pounds, to Lawrence Greene, citizen 
and cutler of London, that they will carry out an agreement specified in a 
pair of Indentures bearing date 30 June 10 Elizabeth. 

Claus Roll 10 Elizabeth, Part 13. 

Thomas Harvard of the precinct of S' Katherine's near the Tower of 
London, butcher, conveys to Henry Rawlins of Lee in the county of 
Essex, mariner 29 January 1621, for the sum of one hundred and fifty 
pounds already received, all those three several messuages and tenements, 
with all shops, cellars, rollers, warehouses, backsides, entries, lights, ease- 
ments, commodities and appurtenances whatsoever to the said three several 
messuages or tenements, or any of them, belonging, situate, &c. at the North 
end of Bermondsey Street, near Battle Bridge, in the parish of S l Olaves, 
als. tooles in Southwark, &c. now or late in the several tenures or occupa- 
tions of William Pilkington, William Hatcham and William Fells or 
their assigns, &c. to be delivered up the 2 d day of July next. His wife 
Margaret unites. (What follows seems to indicate that this conveyance 
is a mortgage.) Claus Roll 20 Jac. I. Part 37. 

Hill. 6 H. viij (1514) Apud Westfii a die Sci Martini inquindecim dies. 
Int r Johem Kyrton Nichu Tychehorfi Henl* Tyngylden & Johem Fowler 
quer. et Ricu Harvy & Cristinam uxefii eius deforc de uno mesuagio & 
uno gardino cum ptin in Southwerk Et preterea iidem Ricus & Cristina 
concesserunt pro se & hered ipius Cristine qd ipi warant pdcis Johi Nicho 
Henr & Johi & hered ipius Johis Kyrton pdca ten cum gtin contr Johem 
Abbem monastri Sc Petri Westfii & successores suos &c. &c. 

The consideration was twenty marks of silver. 

Feet of Fines, Surrey. 

Trin'. 10 Elizabeth (1568). Hec est finalis'concordia fca in cur Dne 
Regine apud Westfii in crastino See Triuitatis anno regni Elizabeth dei 
gra Anglie ffranc & hibnie Regine fidei defensoris etc a conqu decimo, co- 
ram (&c), Int Laurenciu Grene quer et Cristianam Harvye viduam & 
Johem Harvye genosum deforc de septem messuagiis septem gardinis & 
una acra tre cum gtin in gochia Sci Georgii in Southwarke etc. Consid- 
eration eighty pounds sterling. Feet of Fines, Surrey. 

Trinity Term 37 Elizabeth, Essex. Oliver Skinner quer. and Thomas 
Harvard and Johann his wife, Hugh Gullifer and Anne his wife, William 
Smarte, Henry West and Margaret his wife and William Spalding and 
Elizabeth his wife deforc, — for one acre of pasture with the appurtenances 
in Westham. Consideration 40 n sterling. Feet of Fines. 


Hillary Term 37 Elizabeth, Surrey. Thomas Harvard & Johan his 
wife quer. and John Leveson mil. deforc, — for three messuages with the 
appurtenances in the parish of S' Olave alias S' Toolyes in Southwark. 
Consideration 160 h st. Feet of Fines. 

Easter Term 38 Elizabeth, Essex. Christopher Poyner gen. quer. and 
Thomas Harvey & Johan his wife deforc, for one messuage with the ap- 
purtenances in Foxyearth & Pentrowe. Consideration 80 H st. 

Feet of Fines. 

Easter Term 38 Elizabeth, Essex. John Jefferson and Thomas Smyth 
quer. and Thomas Harvard & Johan his wife & Henry West & Margaret 
his wife deforc, for three parts of one messuage, one barn, one garden, one 
orchard and twelve acres of arable land with the appurtenances, into four 
parts to be divided, in Westham & Stratford Langthorne. Feet of Fines. 

Mich. Term 39-40 Eliz th (1597) Surrey. Thomas Harvard quer. and 
John Anwyke and Alice his wife and William Crowcher (Crowther ?) and 
Agnes his wife deforc ; for two messuages, two gardens with the appurte- 
nances in the parish of S { Olave, Southwark. Consideration 80 u st. 

Feet of Fines. 

Easter Term 40 Elizabeth, Essex, David George quer. and Thomas 
Herverd and Johan his wife and William Spaldinge and Elizabeth his wife 
deforc, — for one messuage, one barn, one garden, one orchard, twenty acres 
of land (arable), four acres of meadow and six acres of pasture with the 
appurtenances in Westham. Consideration 100 u sterling. Feet of Fines. 

Mich. Term 22 James I. Surrey. Robert Harverd quer. and Thomas 
Harverd deforc, — for three messuages, with the appurtenances in the pa- 
rish of S* Olaves in Southwark. Consideration 240 a sterling. 

Feet of Fines. 

Thomas Rowell of the Parish of Westham in the County of Essex 
yeoman, 12 August 1583, proved 23 August 1583. My body to be buried 
in the churchyard of Westham. 

"Also I doe giue unto my sonne in Lawe Thomas Harford butcher 
dwellinge in London one redd cowe and he havinge the said Cowe to giue 
unto his mother in Lawe the some of xl 8 ." To John Bestone my wife's 
son all my wearing apparell. To Joane my wife all the rest of my goods 
& I make her Executrix. 

Wit. John Hall curate, John Rowell yeoman Richard Cannon yeoman 
Isabell Spike widow. 306 Bullocke, Consistory Court of London. 

Married, 1582, Nov. 19, Thomas Harvarde & Jane Rowell. 

Register of S' Saviour's Parish, Southwark. 

Jone Harvard wife of Thomas Harvard buried June 10, 1599. 

Register of S l Savior's Parish, Southwark. 

Richard Yearwood and Katherine Ellettsone were mar d xxviii th of 
May 1627. Parish Register of Wandsworth, Surrey. 

[This is the third marriage of John Harvard's mother 1 am indebted to J. T. 
Squire, Esq., for his kind permission to extract the above from his MS copy of this 
Register, and to my friend J. C. C. Smith, Esq., who discovered this important 
entry. — H. F. w.l 


Peter Medcalfe of the parish of S' Olave's in Southwark in the Coun- 
ty of Surrey cloth worker 24 August 1592, proved 6 September 1592. To 
M r Richard Hutton Deputy of the Borough of Southwark my best gown 
faced with Foynes. To my very friend M r Thomas Lynne in Pater Noster 
Rowe my best gown faced with satin. To Richard Barker my gown faced 
with Budge or Damask at his choice. To Peter Keseler one of my gowns 
faced with budge. To the poor of S* Olave's in Southwark forty shillings 
To the poor of Redderiffe in the County of Surrey twenty shillings. To 
my very good friend M r John Nokes a ring of gold with an agate cut. " Item 
I giue and bequeathe unto Robert Harvey a boye which I keepe the somme 
of ffyue poundes lawfull money of Euglande to be paied unto hym at his age 
of one and twentie yeres. So that-he be ordered and ruled by my execu- 
trix and that he do Hue to accomplishe the age of one and twentie yeres 
aforesaied." To Symon Harvye my servant my great anvil & two of my 
best vices with the bellows thereunto belonging. To my other servants 
viz Francis, Thomas & Peter being my household servants each of them 
20 shillings. Others mentioned. Wife Margaret Medcalfe to be executrix. 

"71 Harrington (P. C. C). 

Admon de bonis non was granted 26 (September) to Christopher Med- 
calf, the next of kin. 

John Gut of the parish of S' Saviour in Southwark, in the County of 
Surrey, brewer (17 June 1625, proved 28 June 1625) bequeaths to Rich- 
ard Harford citizen & brewer of London the sum of thirty shillings to make 
him a ring for a remembrance. 64, Clarke. 

Robert Greene of the parish of St. Savior in Southwark in the county 
of Surrey, yeoman (8 November 1645, proved 19 January 1645) appoints 
as one of the overseers of his will M r Thomas Harvard of the said parish 
Butcher, calling him friend & neighbor, and gives him five pounds. In a 
codicil, made 11 January 1645, he bequeathes unto Robert Harvard son of 
Thomas Harvard (above) the sum of ten shillings. The testator had a 
sister Jane Marshall of Billerica, Essex. 3, Twisse. 

Raph Yardley citizen & merchant tailor of London 25 August 1603, 
proved 27 February 1603. After my debts paid and my funerals dis- 
charged I will that all and singular my goods chattels & debts shall be 
parted & divided into three equal parts & portions according to the lauda- 
ble use and custom of the city of London. One full third part thereof I give 
and bequeath to Rhoda my wellbeloved wife, to her own use, in full satis- 
faction of such part and portion of my goods, chattells & debts as she may 
claim to have by the custom of the same city. One other full third part there- 
of I give & bequeath unto and amongst my children, Raphe, George, John, 
Thomas and Anne Yardley and to such other child or children as yet un- 
born as I shall happen to have at the time of my decease, to be equally 
parted, shared & divided ; between them, and to be satisfied and paid to my 
said sons at the accomplishment of their several ages of one and twenty 
years, and to my said daughter at the accomplishment of her age of one & 
twenty years or marriage, which shall first happen, &c. &c. And the other 
third part thereof I reserve to myself therewith to perform & pay these my 
legacies hereafter mentioned, that is to say, Item I give & bequeath to the 
poor of the parish of S* Saviours in Southwark where I now dwell twenty 
shillings, to be divided amongst them by the discretion of the overseers of the 
poor there for the time being, and to such of the bachelors and sixteen men 


of the company of merchant tailors London as shall accompany my body to 
burial twenty shillings for a recreation to be made unto them, and to the Ves- 
trymen of the same parish twenty shillings more for a recreation to be made 
unto them. Item I give and bequeath to my sister Palmer a ring of gold 
to the value of six shillings eight pence, and to my cousin John Palmer her 
husband a like ring to the like value, and to my daughter Earby my first 
wife's wedding ring, and to my son Erbye her husband my best cloak, and 
to my cousin Richard Yearwood my black cloth gown of Turkey fashion. 
The rest & residue of all & singular my goods &c. I wholly give unto my 
said children &c. &c. Item I give & bequeath to my brother Thomas 
Yardley a ring of gold to the value of six shillings eight pence. And I 
ordain & make the said Raph Yardley my son to be the Executor &c. and 
the said Richard Yerwoode and my son Edward Earbye overseers. 

As to my freehold lauds tenements & hereditaments I will demise give & 
bequeath my messuages, lands &c in Southwark or elsewhere unto my said 
children &c. 24, Harte. 

John Hall, Not. Pub., one of the witnesses. 

Agnes Parker of London, spinster, 27 November 1617, proved 9 
January 1617. Brother in law Edward Smyth and sister Julian, his wife, 
Sister Margery, the wife of Thomas Flinte of Litterworth in the County of 
Leicester, glazier. To M rU Elizabeth Bygate, sometime my M ri3 the sum 
of twenty pounds &c. To Anne the wife of William Hughes, Elizabeth 
Turner, the daughter, and Elizabeth Turner, the wife, of James Turner 
citizen & haberdasher of Loudon. To the poor of all Hallows Barking 
London where I am now inhabiting. Item I do bequeath to M r John 
Ellatson & his wife for a remembrance a piece of gold of five shillings & 
six pence. And likewise to M r William Bygate & his now wife a like 
piece of gold. And to M r William Turner & wife another piece of gold. 
To Sarah the wife of Thomas Skinner ten shillings. The residue to James 
Turner whom I hereby make ordain & constitute my full & sole executor. 

122, Vol. 23, Commissary Court of London. 

Ann Palmer of London widow, 30 January 1621 proved 31 December 
1624. My body to be buried in the parish church of St. Olaves in South- 
wark in the county of Surrey, where now I am a parishioner, as near the 
place where my late deceased husband was buried as conveniently may be. 
I give & bequeath to my son Michael Palmer all such debts duties sum & 
sums of moneys as are and shall be due & owing unto me at the time of my 
decease by Jacob Manninge Percival Manninge or either of them or by any 
other persons by or for them or either of them, all which debts do amount 
unto the sum of three score and five pounds and twelve shillings or thereabouts 
priucipal debt besides all the interest long due, the which money he caused 
me to lend. Item I give to John Palmer son of my son Michael Palmer 
three hundred pounds of lawful English money besides I have given to his 
master the sum of thirty pounds of like money, and uuto Andrew Palmer 
one other son of my said son Michael Palmer twenty pounds &c. and unto 
Mary Palmer daughter of my said son Michael Palmer one hundred & fifty 
pounds of like money, and unto Thomas Palmer one other son of my said 
son Michael twenty pounds &c. & unto Elizabeth Palmer one other daugh- 
ter of my said son Michael Palmer twenty pounds of like money. To my 
son William fifty pounds besides I have heretofore given him two hundred 
pounds and one hundred & fifty pounds before hand, which sums were in- 


tended to have been given him for a legacy ; of both which sums I do dis- 
charge him, the which may appear partly by his bond of three hundred 
pounds, dated 19 July 14 James &c. and partly by other writings, and I 
give him his plate remaining in my hands as a pledge for twenty pounds 
more, which twenty pounds I forgive unto him also. To John Palmer, son 
of my said son Michael (sic) two hundred pounds, besides I have given 
with him to his master the sum of forty pounds. To the said John Palmer, 
son of my said son William, the lease of my now dwelling house situate 
upon London Bridge, &c. &c, provided that the said William Palmer, his 
father, shall, from and after the end of two months next after my decease, 
until the said John Palmer his son shall accomplish his full age of four & 
twenty years, have hold & enjoy my said dwelling house, given unto his 
said son, paying & discharging the rent to be due for the whole to the 
Bridgehouse and one pepper corn yearly at the Feast of the Birth of our 
Lord God unto his said son if he lawfully demand the same. Reference 
made to the will of John Palmer, the late husband of the testatrix, and 
legacies to John and Mary Palmer, children of Michael, and John Palmer, 
son of William. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Faldo, late wife of 
Robert Faldo Esquire, deceased, two hundred and three pounds of lawful 
money of England and my chain of gold, and unto Thomes Faldo, her son, 
forty pounds, and unto Francis Faldo, her son, forty pounds, to be paid to 
my said daughter their mother, and by her to be paid to the said Thomas 
&-Francis when they shall accomplish their ages of two & twenty years. 
To Anne Faldo, her daughter, forty pounds, and to Jane Faldo, one other of 
her daughters, twenty pounds, and to Elizabeth Faldo, one other of her 
daughters, forty pounds, at their several ages of one and twenty years or at 
the days of their several marriages &c. 

To my daughter Elizabeth Fawcett, wife of William Fawcett, gentle- 
man, two hundred pounds, besides four hundred pounds to them formerly 
given &c. and my bracelets and all my rings of gold &c. 

Reference to an Obligation whereiu the said John Palmer deceased (for- 
mer husband of the testatrix) stood bound with the said Michael Palmer 
(the son) to M r Jacob Vercelin in the sum of twelve hundred pounds, with 
condition thereupon endorsed to leave Mary, then wife of the said Michael 
Palmer & daughter of the said Jacob, if she survive the said Michael, worth 
in goods & chattels the sum of one thousand pounds &c. 

Item I give and bequeathe unto my cousin Anne Streate and to my 
cousin Ellen Yarwoode twenty shillings apiece to buy them rings to wear 
in remembrance of me. As touching blacks to be worn at my funeral I 
dispose them as hereafter followeth, that is to say, I give and bequeathe 
unto my son Michael Palmer & William Palmer and unto my son-in-law 
William Fawcett and unto John Fawcett, husband of Jane Faldoe, and to 
my loving friends & cousins Stephen Streate and Richard Yarwoode and 
John Grene and Ralphe Yardley, to every of them a cloak of brown blue 
cloth containing three yards and half quarter in every cloak at twenty shil- 
lings every yard or thereabouts. I give and bequeathe unto my cousin Rob- 
ert Poole a cloak cloth of forty shillings price, to my cousin Richard Hinde 
a cloak cloth, about forty shillings price and unto his wife a piece of stuff 
about fifty shillings price to make her a gown. Similar bequests to " my " 
cousin Nicholas Cowper and his wife, and cousins Anne Streate and Ellen 
Yarwood, and to Elizabeth Blinkensopp and Margaret Kinge and to Chris- 
topher Blinkeusopp and Nicholas Kinge their husbands. Other bequests. 


And I do ordain and make the aforesaid Richard Yarwoode & Stephen 
Streete grocers, " my cosens," full executors &c. and I appoint my loving 
friends John Grene Esq. and " Richard (sic) Yardlye Pottecary my cosen " 
overseers of this my will and testament, and I give and bequeath unto the 
said John Grene and Ralphe Yardeley for their pains therein to be taken 
twenty nobles apiece &c. 

In a codicil dated 17 June 1624 the testatrix refers to her daughter Anne 
Faldoe as since married to Robert Bromtield. Ill, Byrde. 

Inquisition taken at S' Margaret's Hill, S' Savior's Southwark in the 
County of Surrey, 11 March 22 James I. post mortem Ralph Yardley, 
lately citizen and merchant taylor of London Deceased, who was" seized, 
before death, in fee of one capital messuage with the appurtenances called 
the Horn, lately divided into two several messuages, and situate lying and 
being in the parish of S l Savior in the Borough of Southwark, in the Coun- 
ty of Surrey, now or late in the several tenures or occupation of George 
Fletcher, fisherman, and Lawrence Lunde, or their assigns ; and the said 
Ralph Yardley, being so seized, did on the 25 th day of August 1603, 1 
James, by his last will in writing, give and bequeath all and singular these 
premisses, in English words, as follows (then follows au extract from the 
will). And he died, so seized, the 1 st clay of July 1618, and Ralph Yard- 
ley, named in the will, is son and next heir, and was aged at the time of the 
death of the said Ralph Yardley the father, twenty one years and more ; 
and the said capital messuage, into two separate messuages divided (as 
above) with the appurtenances, is held and, at the time of the death of the 
6aid Ralph Yardley, was held, of the Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of 
the City of London in free soccage, as of their manor of Southwark, in 
Southwark aforesaid, by the annual rent of two shillings per annum, and 
is worth clear per annum, during a certain lease made by the said Ralph 
Yardley to a certain Richard Yerwood, citizen and grocer of London, bear- 
ing date 10 July 1603, and during the term of one hundred years, one pep- 
percorn, and alter the determination of the said lease will be worth clear 
and in all events aud beyond reprise, three pounds per year. 

Chancery Inq. p. m., Miscel., Part 4, No. 130. 

[These Yardley items are interesting as showing the connection of Sir George 
Yardley the governor of Virginia, to Richard Yerwood, one of John Harvard's 
step-fathers. I believe a little research would show that these Yardleys were of 
the Warwickshire family of that name. Richard Yerwood and his kinsman Ste- 
phen Street were of Cheshire, I have no doubt. — n. f. w.] . 

Richard Bowiier of the parish of S l Saviours in Southwark in the 
county of Surrey Innholder, 7 January 1593 proved 20 March 1593. My 
body to be buried in the parish church of S l Saviours. To the poor people 
of the said parish forty shillings and to the poor of the parish of S' George 
in Southwark twenty shillings. For a sermon made at the time of my burial 
for me (by M r Ratliffe if it please him) ten shillings. To the three daugh- 
ters of Agnes Lackenden widow, viz 1 Joane, Alice and Mary, twenty shillings 
apiece. To Stephen Lackendon ten shillings, and to my godson, his son, 
five shillings. To my godson Richard Smyth of Plumpstede in the county 
of Kent five shillings & to my godson William Cleere of Walworthe five 
shillings. To my goddaughter Ellvn Beech five shillings. To Thomas 
Vaugham five pounds and to Henry Vaugham, brother to the said Thomas, 
three pounds six shillings & eight pence. To Cisly Vaugham, their sister, 
four pounds. To Richard Emmerson, son of William Emmerson, five shillings. 


To Richard Emmerson son of Humfrey Emmerson, five shillings. To 
Robert Rodes, youngest son now living of Roger Rodes of said parish of 
S l Saviours, goldsmith, three pounds six shillings and eight pence, and to 
Elizabeth Rodes mother to the said Robert live pounds. To my kinsman 
Peter Bowmer of Sevenocke in Kent, sadler, ten pounds. To Elizabeth 
Mitchell wife of Abraham Mitchell feltmaker dwelling at Ilorseydowue 
near Southwark, thirty shillings, and to my godson, her son, ten shillings. 
To Lambert Bowmer of the parish of S l Ollifes twenty pounds, and to 
Robert Bowmer, his son, twenty pounds, also to the two daughters of the 
said Lambert now living five pounds apiece. To Henry Yonge twenty 
shillings, to John Yonge twenty shillings, to Gregory Francklyn twenty 
shillings, to Abraham Allyn twenty shillings, and to every one of ^ their 
wives twenty shillings apiece to make every of them a ring of gold withall. 
To Richard Cuckowe ten shillings and to Peter Holmes scrivener ten shil- 
lings (for rings) and to Isaac Allen twenty shillings. 

° Allso my full intente will and mynde ys : and I doe herebye giue and 
graunte the lease of my nowe dwellinge house called the queens heade 
scituate in the sayd parrishe of St. Saviors wythall my Intereste and tytle 
therein after my decease unto Rose my wife duringe all the yeares therein 
to come. Provided allwayes and my will and mynde is that the sayd Rose 
my wife shall haue one years respitte after my decease to pay and dischardge 
my legacyes herein bequeathed, and therefore I doe appoynte hereby that 
shee the sayd Rose shall wythin one month nexte after my decease become 
bounde in good and sufficyente bonde in lawe unto my ouerseers here after 
nominated in the some of two hundred poundes of lawfull money of Inglande 
that shee the sayd Rose or her assignes shall well and truly perforate fulfill 
and keepe the tenor of this my will: and pay and discharge: all legacyes 
and other duetyes by me hereby given and appoynted accordinge to the 
tennor and true meaninge of this my last will and Testamente." 

To the Society of the Vestry of St. Saviors thirteen shillings & four 
pence. The residue to Rose my well beloved wife whom I make & ordain 
my full & sole executrix. Thomas Jackson, merchant Tailor, & Miles 
Wilkinson, Baker, to be overseers. 23, Dixey. 

Rose Boomer of the parish of Saint " Savyoure " in Southwark in the 
County of Surrey, widow, 29 March 1595, proved 9 August 1595. My 
body to be buried in the parish church of S l Saviour's where I am a parish- 
ioner. To the preacher that shall make a sermon at my funeral ten shil- 
lings. To the poor people of the said parish.forty shillings, to be distributed 
amongst them at the discretion of my Executor & the Collectors for the 
poor there for the time being. To the poor people of the parish of Bossham 
in the County of Sussex, where I was born, the sum of forty shillings, 
whereof I will that ten shillings shall be paid to Alice Reade, the 
widow of Richard Reede (if she be then living) And if she be then deceased 
then the same ten shillings to be paid to Richard Chapman. To the poor 
people of S l John's house in the city of Winchester forty shillings. To 
Richard Braxton, son of Cornelius Braxton, the sum of six pounds thirteen 
shillings and four pence, which I will shall remain in the hands of such 
person as- shall keep him towards his education until he shall be bound 
apprentice and then delivered over to use for the best profit of the same 
Richard and the same, with the interest, to be paid him at the expiration 
of his apprenticeship. And if he happen to decease before the said sum 
shall come unto his hands then I will to his half brother Edmond Braxton 


ten shillings & to his sister ten shillings, and the residue to his other two 
whole brethren both by father and mother, equally. To Richard Mapcrofte 
six pounds thirteen shillings & four pence, or if he dies to his children (in 
hands of his wife). To Matthew Barnard the younger, dwelling in York- 
shire three pounds. To Matthew Barnard the elder ten shillings. To 
William Hildrop a piece of gold often shillings, for a remembrance. And 
a similar bequest to his brother Barnabie & his brother Richard and to 

John Hildrop and their sister , also to Johane Hoskyns, widow, and 

to her sister the daughter of Edward Hildroppe, and to William Braxton 

and Ilardam of Chichester, son of Margery Braxton, and to Richard 

Wallys of Winchester, to Margaret Bathe, to John Homeade's wife of Win- 
chester and to Richard Homeade her son, to M™ Bird, to Mistress Denham, 
to M r Thomas Thorney, of Portsmouth, to John Androwes, to Robert 
Boomer, to Thomas Vaughan, to his sister Cicely, to Robert Roades, & his 
brother Henry Clarke, and to my servant that shall attend upon me at the 
time of my decease, ten shillings. To Johane Allen, my daughter, fifty 
pounds (and certain household stuff). To Isaacke Allen, her son, & to 
Rosanna Allen the sum of twentie five pounds each. To my daughter 
Alice Francklin (certain household stuff). 

" Item I will and bequeathe unto Gregorye ffrancklyn my Sonne in lawe 
and the sayed Alice his wife (yf she the same Alice shalbe living at the 
tyme of my decease) all my Righte title and interest of aud in so muche 
and suche partes and parcells of the mesuage or Inne called the Quenes 
bed in the parishe of Sainct Savyoure in Sowthwarke aforesayed as I lately 
demised by Indenture of Lease unto one Oliuer Bowker and of in and to the 
gatehouse of the sayed Inne nowe in the occupation of Bryan Pattenson : 
The Interest of which premisses I haue and hould by vertue of a Lease 
heretofore made and graunted by one John Bland unto Richard Boomer my 
late husband deceased and me the said Rose fordiuers yeresyetto hauecon- 
tynewance. Except allwayes and my meaning ys that the sayed Devise by 
me as aforesayed made shall not extend to certeyne garden plottes lying on 
the East syde of the Dytche or Common Sewer extending and passing by the 
Tenter yard and the garden behinde the sayed mesuage. Prouided allwayes 
that yf the sayed Gregory and Alice shall not permitt and suffer Abraham 
Allen and Jone his wife Isaacke Allen and Rosanna Allen and theire 
assignes peaceablye and quietly to hould and enioye the sayed excepted gar- 
den plottes according to the tenure of suche' graunte and assuraunce as I 
haue lately made unto them That then and from thencefourthe the Devise 
made to the sayed Gregorye and Alice as aforesayed shall cease and be 
utterlie frustrate and voyde (any thinge before expressed to ye Contrary 
notwithstandinge )." 

To my daughter Anne Younge the lease of my now dwelling house and of 
certain grounds at Wallworth and one hundred pounds (and certain house- 
hold stuff). To my son in law John Younge and Anne his wife towards 
the buying of their blacks for my funeral four pounds. The same to 
Gregory Franckling & Alice his wife & to Abraham Allen & Johane 
his wife. Bequests to others. John Younge to be executor and Thomas 
Jackson & Myles Wilkenson supervisors. 53, Scott. 

Gregory Francklin of the parish of S l Savior in Southwark in the 
Couuty of Surrey, citizen & sadler of London, 11 September 1624, proved 
22 September 1024. My body to be buried within the church of the 
parish of S 4 Savior, at the discretion of Katherine my wife & sole executrix. 


To the poor of the said parish forty shillings. To the Wardens of the 
Company of Sadlers in London four pounds to make them a supper withal 1. 
" Itni whereas I the said Gregory ffraneklin by my deede indented bearing 
date the Second clay of ffebruary in the Thirteenth yeare of the Kings 
Ma t8 Rai^ne aforesaid of England ffraunce and Ireland, And of Scotland 
the Nyne and fi'ortieth (fFor the Consideracons in the said deede expressed) 
did eraunte enfeoff and confirme unto Gilbert Kinder Cittizen and Mercer 
of London All that Capital! Messuage or Line called or knowne by the 
name of the Queenes head Scituat and being in the pish of S l Savio r in the 
Borrongh of Southwark in the County of Surr. and one garden to the same 
belonging To certen severall uses in the said deede expressed As by the 
same more plainly may appeare, I the said Gregory ffraneklin doe hereby 
publish and declare that the only cause and consideration w ch moved me to 
Seale unto the said deede was for that at the tyme of the making and seal- 
ing thereof I was a widdower and a sole gson, not having any yssue of my 
body then living nor then intending to marrye. Nevertheles w th a Res r uac<>fi 
unto myselfe in case I did marrye and had yssue. That not w th standing the 
saide deede, or any estate thereupon executed, the power should remains 
in me to giue and dispose of the said Inne and p r imsses at my owne will 
and pleasure, In such manner as I should thinck fitting. And therefore for 
signification of my will intent and meaning concerning the same, And foras- 
much as it hath pleased God that I have marryed the said Katherine my 
nowe wiffe by whome I have yssue Gregory ffraneklin my sonne and heir 
who is very young and of tender yeares, unto whome I have but small 
meaues to conferre and settle upon him both for his educacon and bringing 
upp and otherwise w ch w th care I would willingly provide for after my 
decease, And not minding or intending that my said sonne should be disin- 
herited or deprived of his lawfull right of and to the said Messuage or Inne 
doe hereby renounce and frustrate the said deede and all thestate thereupon 
had Togeather w th the severall uses and limitacons therein expressed, And 
doe declare the same to be of noe force or vallidity at all. And doe hereby 
giue deuise and bequeath the said Messuage or Inne and garden w^ 
thapp r tennces to the said Gregory ffraneklin my sonne and the heires of his 
body lawfully to be begotten, And for default of such yssue unto Gilbert 
Kinder and Margarett his wife and unto theire heires for ever." 

Reference made to a deed indented dated the last day of August 1616 for 
the jointure of the said Katherine (if she should happen to survive), con- 
veying certain tenements in the parish of S' Savior in Southwark & in the 
parish of S l Sepulchre without Newgate London and confirmation of that 
deed. Also to the said Katherine the moyty or one half part of the Rents 
Issues and Profits, when and at such time as the same shall grow due and 
payable of all and singular those gardens or garden plots with the Alley 
way or passage to the same leading and used with all the appurtenances 
thereunto belonging lying and being on the backside of the Messuage or 
Inne commonly called &c. the Queen's Head &c. now in the tenure or 
occupation of Isaac Allen Gen 4 or his assigns. And the other moiety or 
half part of the Rents &c. of the same gardens and premisses I give, will and 
bequeath to the said Gregory Francklin, my son, at such time as he shall 
accomplish his full age of one & twenty years. And after the decease of 
the said Katherine, my wife, I give will & bequeath all the said premisses 
unto the said Gregory my son & the heirs of his body lawfully begotten. 
If my son shall happen to depart this transitory life before his said age &c. 
(having no issue of his body living) then the said Katherine, my wife, shall 


freely have, hold, possess & enjoy all & singular the same gardens & 
premisses &c. for & during iier natural life, and from & after her decease 
theu to the Wardens or keepers & Commonalty of the mystery or Art of 
Sadlers of the City of London & to their Successors forever the moiety or 
half part of the said gardens &c, And the other moiety &c. to the Governors 
of the Free School of the Parish of S' Saviour in Southwark, aforesaid, and 
to their successors forever, to this use, intent and purpose only (that is to say) 
for & towards the maintaining & bringing up of some one child or youth 
which shall from time to time forever hereafter be born within the said 
parish. And I hereby will that such one always may be first taught learned 
and instructed sufficiently in the said free school and afterwards by them the 
said Governors and their successors for the time being put forth and brought 
up in learning, during the term of eight years, so that from time to time such 
one scholar may attain to the degree of M r in Arts in one of the Universities 
of Oxon or Cambridge if such one scholar shall so long continue both 
scholar and student in either of the same, as by their discretions shall be 
thought most meet and convenient, whereunto I refer myself. 

To the said Katherine, my wife, the lease which I hold of & from the 
Wardens &c. of the said mystery or Art of Sadlers &c. of all that Messuage 
or Tenement with the appurtenances &c. called or known by the sign of 
the Three Kings set, lying and being upon Snowe Hill near the Conduit 
there, within the parish of S l Sepulchre without Newgate London, now in 
the Tenure or occupation of Josias Curtis, tailor &c. If she die before the 
expiration of the term granted by the same lease, then to the said Gregory 
Francklin, my son, for the time &c. unexpired. To my said son Gregory 
my gold seal ring (and other personal property)- 

Item my special will & meaning is that the said Katherine my wife shall 
within the space of six months next after my decease well & truly satisfy 
& pay or cause to be paid unto Ann Parkhurst & Katherine Parkhurst, 
daughters of Edward Parkhurst, late citizen & merchant tailor of London 
deceased & of the said Katherine my wife, the sum of one hundred pounds 
of lawful money of England for the redeeming of the said Gardens or gar- 
den plots, and two tenements with the appurtenances thereupon erected, 
which I mortgaged and stand engaged to pay the said sum by my deed as 
thereby appeareth. 

A bequest is made to John Parvish, " my old servant," and the residue 
is bequeathed to wife Katherine who is made sole Executrix, and friends 
Richard Yerwood grocer and Robert Bucke glover are appointed super- 
visors, and to either of them, for their pains, a ring of gold of twenty shil- 
lings apiece is bequeathed. 

Witnesses Richard Harrison, Richard Haukins, Antho: Rogers Scr., 
John Dodsvvorth, servant to Edrd Jackson Scr. 

Probate granted to the widow 22 September 1624. 

Decimo quinto die mensis Junii An Dni 1637° Emanavit Comissio 
Henrico Creswell poe S l Bothi extra Aldersgate London aurifabr ad ad- 
ministrand bona iura et cred dci Gregorii ffrancklyn def iuxta tenorem et 
effcum testl pied p Cathel'inam Creswell als ffrancklyn als Blackleech nup 
relcam et execut testl dci Gregorii (iam etiam demort.) non plene 
aufnistrat de bene etc iurat. 73, Byrde. 

Anne Whitmore of Lambehith in the county of Surrey, widow, 9 
August 1G24, proved 12 October 1G24. I give all my worldly goods, 
money, Jewells, plate and household stuff whatsoever unto my grandchild 


Martha Smith and to the heirs of her body, lawfully begotten, provided 
always that if the said Martha shall happen to die and depart this life with- 
out such issue of her body lawfully begotten then my will is and I bequeath 
unto my grandchildren Gregory Francklin, Anne Parkhurst & Katherine 
Parklrjrst, the son and daughters of Katherine Francklin, wife of Gregory 
Francklin, to every of them the sum of ten pounds ; also I give and bequeath 
unto Richard Smith and Thomas Bradbrklge, the sons of Anne Bradbridge. 
my daughter, of Lambehith aforesaid, widow, the like sum of ten pounds 
and also to the said Anne Bradbridge the sum of forty pounds. And I nomi- 
nate appoint and ordain the said Martha Smith to be sole executrix &c. 
And my will is that she shall within six months after my decease give unto 
her Aunt Katherin Francklin the sum of three pounds sterling to buy her 
a cup or bowl, in token of my love unto her, and I do appoint my loving 
friend M r William Childe to be overseer &c. 118, Byrde. 

Gregory Franckltn 19 February 1635. I do bestow all the estate 
that is or shall be mine upon my sister Ann, conditionally that she shall 
help, succor & relieve my mother in all her wants and necessities so far as 
she is able. And to my sister Kate I give a pair of sheets, a dozen of 
napkins and a towel, and to my cousin M" Martha Marshall a pair andirons, 
and to Thomas Day a piece of gold of five shillings. 

Administration was granted 1 March 1635 to Anne Parkhurst natural & 
lawful sister of the said Gregory Francklyn of the Parish of S l Buttolph 
without Aldersgate London deceased. 32, Pile. 

Richard Quiney, citizen & grocer of London, 16 August 1655, proved 
3 January 1656. To be buried at Stratford upon Avon in the county of 
Warwick, where my father & other my ancestors are interred. One half 
of my personal estate (having no wife) I bequeath among my five children 
Richard, Adrian, Thomas, William and Sarah Quiney. To my cousin Dr. 
Richard Bayley and Master William Wheate forty shillings apiece. To 
my cousin master George Nash forty shillings, to buy rings. To my brother 
master John Sadler and my sons in law Edward Pilkington and Thomas 
Booth and my cousin Richard Chaundler five pounds apiece. To my bro- 
ther in law William Smith five pounds. To my cousin William Watts and 
his wife forty shillings apiece. To cousin William Smith & his wife fort}- 
shillings apiece to buy rings. To cousins John & Robert Smith ten 
pounds apiece. To my daughter Ellen Pilkington fifty pounds and to 
her husband the said Edward Pilkington, ten pounds to buy mourning, 
to my daughter Elizabeth Cooper ten pounds, to my brother in law 
master John Sadler and my sister Elizabeth his wife ten pounds, to 
my son in law Thomas Booth & daughter Ann his wife ten pounds, 
to son John Lilburne & my daughter Isabell his wife ten pounds, for 
mourning. To my cousin Charles Watts twenty five pounds when he 
shall have faithfully served out the term of eight years of his apprentice- 
ship. Ten pounds to be distributed among the children of my coiibin Ellen 
Parker equally. To my cousins John Sadler & William Baker forty shil- 
lings apiece, to cousin Margaret Jones forty shillings to buy rings. To my 
grand child Elizabeth Pilkington ten pounds at one & twenty years of age 
or marriage, to Gr. children William & Richard Cooper ten pounds apiece 
at their several ages of one & twenty years. To grand child Richard 
Booth ten pounds at one & twenty. To such child as my daughter Lil- 
burne now goeth withall ten pounds at one & twenty. To the worshipful 


Company of Grocers of London whereof I am a member a piece of plate 
of the value of ten pounds sterling. To master Watson minister of the 
Word of God in S* .Stephen's in Walbrooke, London, five pounds, to mas- 
ter Beaue, minister, &c. at Stratford upon Avon forty shillings. To the 
poor of Stratford upon Avon ten pounds. To my son Thomas my part, 
share & interest in the Ship called the Seven Sisters, Abraham Reade com- 
mander, to be managed for his use until he shall have served out the re- 
mainder of his apprenticeship ; also several leases estates & interests which 
I have in the Tyth of Drayton & a certain house at Stratford upon Avon 
which I hold by lease of the chamber of Stratford upon Avon. 

The residue of all & singular my goods chattells, &c. I give & bequeath 
to John Sadler, Edward Pilkington, Thomas Booth, William Smith & 
Richard Chaundler, in trust, &c. for my four younger children, Adrian, 
Thomas, William & Sarah Quiney. To my brother Thomas Quiney, for 
natural life, an annuity of twelve pounds out of my messuages & lands at 
Shottery, with the appurtenances, in the County of Warwick ; and at the 
decease' of the said Thomas my executors to take out of the said lands the 
sum of five pounds to bear & defray the charges of my said brother's fune- 
ral. (Other lands, &c. bequeathed and devised to his sons. ) 

Also I give & devise all my land in Virginia in the parts beyond the seas 
together with all the stock of cattle, servants & other things thereunto be- 
longing unto my said son Thomas Quiney & to his heirs & assigns forever. 
All my land in Ireland to son Richard. To the town of Stratford upon 
Avon mv two small tenements near the meer side in Stratford towards the 
maintenance of the Bridge, &c. & for the poor alms men. Son Richard to 
be executor. If he shall not at the time of my decease be resident in Eng- 
land then my sons in law Edward Pilkington & Thomas Booth to be exec- 
utors in trust for him in his absence. Ruthen, 6. 

[The testator, it seems, was a brother-in-law of Rev. John Sadler, but whether 
this Rev. John Sadler was related to the father-in-law of Rev. John Harvard we 
have no means of ascertaining. Shakspearc's daughter Judith married, Feb. 10, 
1615- 16, Thomas Quiney, a wine merchant residing in the High Street of Stratford- 
upon-Avon (See Outlines of the Life of Shakspeare by J. O. Halliwell Phillips, 
I\R.S., F.S.A.. 2d ed. 1882, p. 182). There was a Richard Quiney, son of Adrian 
Quiney, who about 1598 resided at the Bell in Carter Lane, London (Ibid. p. 579. 
See also pp. 575-82).— Editor. 

Richard Quiney of = Elizabeth da: of 

Stratford upon Avon 
descended from Weston 


Richard Quiney of — Ellen da: of Jo: Sadler 

London, Grocer. 
A° 1634. 

of Stratford upon 

i i i 

Richard Adrian Thomas Ellen 
Eldest son 2 3 Elizabeth 




(Visitation of London, 1633, 1634: Harleian MS. 

1476, 405 : British Museum.)— h. f. w.] 

Benjamin Keysar the elder of Westham in the County of Essex, tan- 
ner, 10 April 1650, proved 3 May 1650, by William Salter executor. 

Whereas George Keysar my grandfather, late of Layton Buzzard in the 


County of Bedford, tanner, deceased, did by his last will & testament give me 
twenty two pounds four shillings & five pence at my age of one and twenty 
years' as my third part of one hundred marks which my grandfather gave 
unto the three sons of Benjamin Keysar, &c. and it now remains in the 
hands of Edmond Keysar my uncle, of London, ironmonger, being the ex- 
ecutor of my said grandfather, I give and bequeath ten pounds thereof to 
my loving brother Gabriel Keysar and ten pounds to my sister Mary Key- 
sar at their several ages of one and twenty years. A bequest to friend 
William Salter yeoman in the County of Essex, who is to be executor. 

Pembroke, 74. 

[George Keysar was the name of the tanner who first settled in Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, and carried on his business alongside of Strawberry brook, to the west- 
ward of the Water Mill, which itself stood just west of the road now known as Fed- 
eral Street. lie bought the land 19th lino. 1649, of Mr. Samuel Bennett who then 
held the mill property. In October, 1654, he seems to have settled in Salem, buy- 
ing of Major William Hathorne a lot of land near the South River, as it was often 
called, or the Harbor, as now termed, at the foot of Burying Point Lane, now Lib- 
erty Street. He still retained his estate in Lynn, whioh passed to Benjamin Key- 
ear. — h. f. w.J 

Margery Cox of Debtford in the County of Kent, widow, 30 May 1656 
proved 11 June 1656. To my well beloved brother Giles Webb 1 living 
now in Virginia, twenty pounds. To my brother William Lews of Titbu- 
ry in the County of Gloucester ten pounds. To my sister Elizabeth Waight 
wife of Giles Waight, of Titbury aforesaid, twenty pounds. To Wil- 
liam Stone and John Hooper, both of Debtford, five pounds apiece, they 
being overseers. To the poor of the parish of Debtford twenty shillings. 
Mary and Elizabeth Waight, daughters of the abovesaid Giles Waight, to 
be executrixes. 

The witnesses were William Huttun, Joane Phillips (by mark) & George 
Martin. Berkley, 224. 

I 1 Captain Giles Webb commanded a company of rangers in Henrico County, 
Va., in 1692. A Captain Giles Webb died in Henrico County in June, 1713. The 
last married the widow of Henry Randolph, Jr., Clerk of Henrico County. In his 
will he mentions a brother Thomas, and his step-son Henry Randolph. The name 
Webb has been prominent in Virginia. John Webb, " Mariner," was granted 50 
acres of land in Accomac County, Dec. 13, 1627. Va. Land Records, No. J, p. 81. 
Stephen Webb was a Burgess from James City in October, 1644. George W ebb 
was elected, Dec. 17. 1776, by the Virginia Assembly, treasurer of Virginia, to suc- 
ceed Robert Carter Nicholas, resigned.— R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 

Mark Pierce, of London, in his will & enumeration of assets dated 
10 February 1654 (proved in 1656) mentions forty pounds in the hands of 
Master Robert Newman, 1 citizen & vintner of London, and ten pounds in 
money in the hands of Elizabeth Higginson, widow, which I lent to her 
deceased husband, Theophilus Higginson 3 in New England and ought to 
have been paid presently at our arrival in England. Berkley, 233. 

[Mark Pierce was a resident of New Haven as early as 1639 and as late as 1646 
(See New Haven Colony Records, vol. i. pp. 18 and 302). Savage, in his Geneal. 
Diet., vol. iii. p. 430, says lie was of Cambridge 1642, but he is not mentioned in 
Paige's History of Cambridge. 

1 Probably the Robert Newman who was one of the settlers of New Haven, Ct., 
and one of the seven pillars of the church there. He resided there as late as 1649 
(See New Haven Colony Records, vol. i. pp. 9, 20, 492). Savage, in his Gen. Diet, 
vol. iii. p. 275, says he returned to England. He thinks he was the Robert New- 
man whose name is among the passengers in the Mary and John, 1631, printed in 
the Register, vol. ix. pp. 265-8. — Editor.] 


2 Theophilus Higsinson, son of Rev. Francis Higginson. See Hist. Coll. Essex 
Institute, vol. v. p. 34. — Henry Wheatland. 

Savage (Gen. Diet. ii. 414) says that Theophilus Higginson, of New Haven, died 
about 1657, aged 37. This will shows that he was dead three years earlier. — Ed.] 

Thomas Dumer of Chicknell within the parish of North Stonham in the 
County of Southampton, gentleman, 12 April 1650, proved 9 November 
1650 by Thomas, John, Robert and Stephen Dummer, his executors. To 
be buried at discretion of the executors. To the poor in North Stonham 
and South Stonham and Bishopstoake twenty six shillings and eightpence to 
every of said parishes. To my wife ten pounds within one month after my 
decease. To four of my daughters, viz. Susan, Hester, Jane and Mary 
Dufnei T two hundred pounds to either of them at their several days of mar- 
riage. &c. To my eldest daughter Joane Nelson, widow, twenty shillings 
within one year, &c. To my two grand children namely Samuel and Mer- 
cie Nelson, son and daughter of my daughter Joane Nelson, fifty pounds 
apiece at ages of twenty one years. To my daughter Margaret Clements, 
being my second daughter and now in New England, twenty five pounds, 
and to her child she now hath twenty five pounds within six months, &c. 
To my only son Thomas Dufiaer and his heirs forever all my freehold land 
of inheritance in North Stonham or elsewhere within the kingdom of Eng- 
land, to have and enjoy at the age of twenty one years. If he die without 
lawful issue then to my said four first named daughters, being now virgins 
and unmarried, &c. My beloved kinsmen John Dumer of Townhill, Stephen 
Pen ton of Winton, Robert Dumer of Durley, Thomas Dumer of Faire- 
thorne and Stephen Dumer of Bishopstoake to be executors in trust, &c. 

The witnesses were Stephen Dumer, Thomas Baylie and Ann Baldry 
(by mark). Pembroke, 174. 

[For an account of Thomas Dummer, the testator, and his children, see Col. Ches- 
ter's Duininer genealogy in the Register, vol. xxxv. pp. 269-71. His eldest daugh- 
ter Joane married Thomas Nelson of Rowley, whose will is printed in the Regis- 
ter, vol. iii. pp. 267-8. His second daughter Margaret married Dec. 25, 1644, Job 
Clement, of Haverhill, Mass., afterwards of Dover, N. 11. 

If the testator was the Mr. Thomas Dummer, who was one of the first settlers of 
Salisbury, Mass. (Register, vol. iii. p. 55; Coffin's Newbury, p. 301), he must 
have returned early to England. — Editor. 

[o an account against the estate of Mr. Thomas Nelson, deceased, presented to 
the court held at Salem by Mr. Richard Dummer, the last Tuesday in June, 1656, 
is a claim for "charges in England, from South-hampton to Yorke & Hull which 
is 400 miles (18 dayes) [wit]h the hire of three horses & 2 men & Expences y r upon : 
to Endeauour to gaine the [mon]ey y r due :" 

Among the papers also in this case is a copy of a release made the first of July, 
1654, by the widow Jone Nelson, who calls herself " of Wecom or Duphy or Dulye 
neare Southhampton in old England." In 1650 she calls herself of Nor th-stoneham. 

Another of these papers is a copy of a bond of Thomas Nelson, dated 15th 12th 
month, 1641, in which reference is made to the " Contract of marriage betwixt 
Thomas Nelson of Rowley in New-England gent: & Joane Dumer Spinst: the daf- 
ter of Thomas Dummer ot'Badgely in ould England gent:." 

Another is interesting as containing the word " nayther," thus perhaps showing 
what the sound of this word was as then pronounced. — County Court, Ipswich, 
March, 1657. Mr. Richard Dummer v. M r Phillip Nelson. Review. — u. F. w.] 

Jeremy Dummer late agent of His Majesty's Provinces of Massachusetts 
and Connecticut, in New England, and now resident at Plaistow in Essex, in 
the Kingdom of Great Britain, 7 June 1738, proved 1 June 1739. In the 
chief place & before all things I do on this solemn occasion commend my 
soul to Almighty God and render him Infinite thanks for the many Bless- 
ings with which he has been pleased to fill up the short scene of my life, 


firmly confiding in the Benignity of his Nature that he wont afflict rue in 
another World for some follys I have committed in this, in common with 
the rest of mankind, but rather that he will graciously consider the frail & 
weak frame which he gave me and remember that I was but Dust. 

As to the Interment of my body I should think it a trifle not worth men- 
tioning but only to desire my executors kindly to invite to my funeral all 
such New England gentlemen as shall be in London at the time of my de- 
cease and to give each of them a twenty shilling ring without any name 
upon it but only this motto which I think affords a good deal of reflection 
— Nulla retro via. 

As to the small fortune I have acquired I bequeath, &c. as follows — To 
M r9 Kent where I now live and to Mrs Mary Stephenson lodging in the 
same house one hundred pounds each and a ring. To my worthy country- 
man Henry Newman Esq. twenty pounds. To Miss Hook Jacob twenty 
pounds. To my good kinswoman Mrs Lloyd of New England, formerly 
Pemberton and Campbell, one hundred pounds. To Dudley Woodbridge 1 
of Barbadoes fifty pounds for the pleasure I had in his company when in 
England. To Commissioner Pearse of the Navy his eldest son by his for- 
mer wife twenty pounds. Item, I give a fifty pound New England bill to 
Mrs Burr 3 of New England, and, in case of her death, to her children, as 
an acknowledgment of a civility I received from her husband at the 
college, I mean that Burr who was schoolmaster at Charlestown. To Col 
& Capt. Mandell, Swedes in London, ten guineas each. To Stephen 
Whateley of Gray's Inn, gentleman, my little Library, and to my brother 
Dummer of Newbury twenty pounds New England money to distribute 
among the poor Indian Squaws that may come a begging at his door in the 
country. I leave to my sister Dummer her husband's picture set in gold 
which will be found in my Scrutore. The Bulk of my estate I make no 
disposition of, being content it should go according to the Act of Assembly 
in New-England for distributing the estates of Intestates. And lastly I 
desire that Francis Wilks Esq. and M r Samuel Storke will be my executors 
and accept of me a small specific legacy, viz' M r Wilks the Diamond ring 
which I usually wear and Mr. Storke my gold watch with the appurtenances. 
— Made & published in presence of Benj a Rutland, Ann Silver. 

A Codicil, dated 8 April 1739, refers to a deed bearing date 20 March 
last between the testator of the first part, Dorothy Keant of the second part 
and Francis Wilks of the third part for the conveying of a house in Clar- 
ges street to the said M" Kent " and which I have ordered to be register- 
ed " according to Act of Parliament in consideration of the trouble 1 have 
given her during a long fit of sickness. I do hereby revoke the legacy I 
have given her of one hundred pounds in the foregoing will. 

Witnesses F. Hutton, James Howgill. 

Plaistow 15 November 1738. I desire my executors will give my scru- 
tore to M rs Kent, all my wearing apparell to M rs Mary and to my coach- 
man a guinea, and the same to each of the maids. Jer. Dummer. 

30 May 1739 appeared Francis Hutton of Gray's Inn in the County of 
Middlesex, gentleman, and James Howgill of the Middle Temple, London, 
gentleman, and deposed, &c. Henchman, 126. 

[Jeremy Dummer, the testator, was a brother of Lieut. Governor William Dum- 
mer of the Province of Massachusetts. He was the author of " Defence of the New 
England Charters " (1721J . He died in England May 19, 1739, andwas buried>at 
West Ham in Essex. iSee Col. Chester's account of him and his ancestry in the 
Register, vol. xxxv. pp. 208-9. See also Massachusetts Historical Collections, 5th 
S. vol. v. pp. xxi.-ii. 


1 Rev. Dudley Woodbridge, probably the eldest son of the Hon. Dudley Wood- 
bridge, of Barbadoes, was rector of St. Philip's. Barbadoes. He died in 1747. See 
" Wood bridge Record," compiled by Donald G. Mitchell, from the papers of his 
brother Louis Mitchell, p. 37 ; Register, vol. xxxii. p. 2'J4. 

2 Mrs. Elizabeth Burr, widow of Samuel Burr, master of the Grammar School at 
Charlestown, Mass., a preparatory school for Harvard College, which is said to have 
had a reputation in the New England colonies similar to that of Eton in England. 
He was born at Fairfield, Ct., April 2, 1679, and died there while on a visit, Aug. 
7,1719. See Todd's "Burr Family" (1878), pp. 148 and 431.— Editor.] 

Nathaniel Helton citizen and Salter of London, 20 July 1G92, proved 
13 March 1693, with three codicils, the last of which was dated 1 January 
1093. To sou in law James Greene and his sons James, Richard and John, 
daughters Margery & Elizabeth Greene ; to Joseph Scriven ; to John 
Greene, brother of James Greene the elder; to the poor of Newington 
Green where I live. Wife Elizabeth Hulton ; William Hulton, son of my 
late kinsman William Hulton deceased; Joseph Hulton son of my late 
kinsman Adam Hulton deceased; the widow and daughter of the said 
Adam Hulton ; kinsman Samuel Ilaward ; Thomas Crompton, son of my late 
kinsman Adam Crompton deceased & also his second & third sons & two 
daughters; sister Hulton, widow; the daughter of kinsman George Cromp- 
ton ; kinsman John Hill; Nathaniel Hill son of Edmund Hill deceased ; 
kinswoman Elizabeth Hill ; my sister Elizabeth Dickins, widow of John 
Dickins deceased ; kinswoman Ann Prinlott and her two sons now living 
and her daughter ; M r3 Mary Pickford & her eldest son & her other six 
children now living; kinsman Nathaniel Hulton 's wife & daughter ; my 
6on in law Thomas Horrocks ; my daughter in law Jane Perry, &c. &c. 
My body to be interred at Bolton in Lancashire near my father & mother. 

In the last codicil he makes a bequest of one hundred pounds to M r 
Encrease Mather, minister of the Gospel in New England for the use of 
the College there of which he is President. Box 54. 

Mart Butcher, daughter of Francis Butcher, late of Staplehurst in 
the County of Kent, Clothier, proved 6 June 1651. Mention made of 
uncle John Hide, of Sounteine in the County of Sussex, and his daughters 
Jude & Margaret Hide, brother Thomas Butcher, mother Ann Lambe, 
father Thomas Lambe, brothers Thomas, James, Christopher & John 
Lambe (all under 21), uncle Thomas Watersfield & Dorothy his wife, uncle 
Ninian Butcher & Francis his wife and his two daughters, Mary and Re- 
becca, Aunt Elizabeth Batherst, widow, cousin Mildred Stace, wife of Cap- 
tain Stace, Hanna Butcher, wife of Capt. Butcher, and her daughters Eliz- 
abeth and Hanna Butcher, Elizabeth Ilolden, wife of James Holden of 
Crambroke, Cousin Elizabeth Holden daughter of Richard Holden of Fe- 
vershame in Bedfordshire (sic), Mary & Dorothy Lambe daughters of 
Christopher Lambe late of Westrum and the widow Dupper. Father Tho- 
mas Lambe to be executor. Grey, 109. 

[See the will of Ninian Butcher, uncle of the testator, in the Register, vol. 
xxxviii. p. 415 ; ante, p. 75. — Editor.] 

Arthur Somner of Chittleharapton in the County of Devon, fuller, 25 
May 1637, proved 10 October 1637. Son John, son Roger (under 
twenty one), daughter Ales Somner, godson John Somner, my brother 
John's three other children, my brother William Somner's two children, 
uncle John Tanner's children. Wife Mary to be executrix and brothers 
John Somner, William Somner & Lewes Smale to be overseers. 

Goare, 129. 


[Whether Arthur Somner was related or not to the New England family of Sum- 
ner 1 have no means of determining. William Sumner, of Dorchester, the stirps of 
that family, came from Bicester in Gloucestershire. See Register, vol. ix. p. 300, 
vol. xxxvii. p. 237. The name Roger occurs in the Bicester family of Sumner. — Ed.] 

Thomas Waters of Herstmounseux, in the County of Sussex, yeo- 
man, 13 May 1614, proved 11 December 1617. To be buried in the 
church yard of Herstmonseux aforesaid. To eldest son Andrew Waters 
fifty pounds within one year after my decease, and, after the decease of 
Winifrede my wife, six acres of marsh land in the Levell of Horsey & in 
the parish of Pevensey in the aforesaid county. To son Thomas Waters 
one parcel of hind in the parish of Ashborneham in said county, called 
Blackland fields, containing five acres, more or less, and forty pounds in 
one year, &c I give unto my son Sampson Waters a lease of half an acre 
known by the name of Lusted's Croft, joining unto Bawley Lane, in the 
parish Herstmonseux aforesaid, and ten pounds in three years, &c. To 
Nicholas Waters my brother six pounds that he oweth unto me. To John 
Waters, my godson, twenty shillings and to the other of my brother's child- 
ren ten shillings apiece in one year, &c. To Thomas Waters, my godson, 
son of Andrew Waters, ten poinds & to James, the son of Andrew Waters 
ten pounds, to be employed to their best advantage within two years after 
my decease. The residue to my wife Winifred whom I ordain and make 
sole executrix. Loving friends William Parker, gentleman, and Jerimy 
Grirt, yeoman, of the said parish, to be overseers. 

Wit: William Parker, Samuel Parker & Mathv Pinson. 

Weldon, 124. 

[See Savage. Sampson Waters of Boston. — h. f. w. 

Lieut. Edward Waters was granted 100 acres of land in Elizabeth City, Va., 
" in the precincts of Buck Roe/' Oct. 28, 1028. Va. Land Records, No. 1, p. 93. 
William Waters, probably a son, was Burgess from Northampton County, 1654-60. 
Ilia will is dated 1685; died soon after, leaving issue — 1. William, .Naval Officer 
for Accomac, 1713; Burgess for Northampton County, 1718; had eon William, 
whose only child Mary married David Meade of Nausemond County; 2. Obedi- 
ence; 3. Thomas. — R. A. Brock.] 

John Kirtland of Tickford in the parish of Newport Pagnell, county 
Bucks, gentleman, 12 December 1616, proved 1 August 1617. To son 
Nathaniel all that part of my dwelling house in Tickford wherein I now 
inhabit sometime called by the name of Emberton's, 1 adjoining to the tene- 
ment in tenure of William Coningham and to the house and ground of me 
the said John Kirtlaud, sometime Thomas Horton's. Legacies to Mary Kirt- 
land my now wife, sons Francis and Joseph Kirtland, and daughters Ab- 
igail, Susanna & Mary Kirtland. To my eldest son John Kirtland the house 
or tenement sometime Thomas Horton's (next the above) and adjoining 
a tenement of heirs of William Barton deceased. Wife Mary and her five 
children (as above). To godson John Kirtland, son of my brother Philip 
Kirtland, xiiii 8 iiii d and to the rest of the children of the said Philip ii 3 vi d 
each, to be paid unto the said Philip for their use. To the children of my 
brother Francis Kirtland ii 8 vi d apiece. To Francis Foster, clerk, ten shil- 
lings. Wife Mary to be executrix, friends George Hull and John Horley, 
inhabitants of Newport Pagnell, to be overseers. Phylipp Kyrtland one of 
the witnesses. Weldon, 82. 

[Probably the family of President Kirkland of Harvard College. A number of 
settlers of Lynn came from about Olney in Bucks. Sherrington, from which Philip 
Kirtland of Lynn is said to have come, is only about two miles from Newport Pag- 
nell on the road to Olney. — n. f. w. 


President Kirkland was a great-grandson of John Kirtland of Saybrook, Conn., 
paid to be a son of Nathaniel Kirtland, an early settler of Lynn. Philip and John 
Kirtland were also early settlers of Lynn. (See Chapman's Kirtland Genealogy in 
the Register, vol. xiv. pp. 241-5, and Lewis and Newhall's History of Lynn 
(1865), pp. 154-5.— Editor. 

1 Paganus de Emberton, of Tykford Priory, Bucks, 1187. Dugdale's Monasti- 
kon.— James A. Emmerton.] 

John Downing of S' Clement Danes in the County of Middlesex, 
skinner, 15 May 1623, proved 7 July 1623. To the poor of the said par- 
ish twenty shillings. To my daughter Katherine a ring with a flower de 
luce which I wear upon my finger. To my daughter Abigail twenty shil- 
lings. And moreover my will and meaning is that if my said daughter Abi- 
gail shall determine to go to Virginia that upon her going away my exec- 
utors shall pay to and for use unto the Virginia Company the sum of six 
pounds towards her charges. To my grand child Sara Smith ten pounds, 
to be put out to the best advantage by my executors until the day and time 
of her marriage. To my grand child Katherine Smith and her sister Dor- 
othy Smith twenty shillings apiece, to be paid them at their several mar- 
riages, or sooner, at the discretion of my executors. To ray grand child 
Francis Smith forty shillings, at his accomplishment of the age of twenty 
and one years. To my grand child Sibell Smith twenty shillings, at her day 
of marriage, or sooner, &c. To my grand child John Smith five pounds 
towards the placing and putting him forth an apprentice ; and my will is 
that until he shall be fit and capable for service my executors shall main- 
tain him & keep him to school, to write and read. To my son Smith's 
daughter Mary ten shillings within three months after my decease. To 
the two sons of my son Drake, vid u to John and Richard, twenty shillings 
between them, in three months, &c. To my sister Joyce Wilson a seal 
ring with a faucon in it, which I had of her, and twenty shillings in money, 
to be paid unto her within three months, &c. To my grand child Abra- 
ham Downing ten shillings. To my well beloved son Richard Downing 
the lease which I hold from and under the countess Dowager of Arundell 
by the houses now in the occupation of me the said John Downing, togeth- 
er with the shop, &c. of Jane Barkested widow, &c. &c. To my well be- 
loved son Francis Downing twenty pounds over and besides his part of the 
remainder of my goods, which my will is he shall have within three months 
after my death. The residue shall be equally shared & divided between 
my said two sons Richard and Francis Downing -and they two to be co-ex- 

Wit: Elias Allin, George Courthopp, Thomas Dannett & John Browne, 
Scr. Swann, 67. 

James Rand, citizen & apothecary of London, 20 June 1685. Lega- 
cies to son James and to son Ralph. I have advanced my daughter Mary 
in marriage. There is a debt owing to me from one William Bancks now 
or late resident at Virginia, in the parts beyond the seas. My daughter 
Grace Rand to be executrix. M r John Fisher and my sou in law Chris- 
topher Gould to be overseers. 

Wit : Leonard Bates, scr., Robert Burges and George Gittens his ser- 
vant. In a codicil, dated 26 March 1686, he refers to his daughter Grace 
as very sick and appoints his daughter Mary Gould executrix in her stead, 
if she shall happen to die. 

The will was proved 3 May 1686 by Mary Gould, wife of Christopher 
Gould. Lloyd, 63. 


Thomas Dobson, citizen and skinner of London, 13 September 1626, 
proved 30 May 1627, directs his body to be buried in the parish church of 
St. Michael Bassishawe, makes bequests to sundry people dwelling in Col- 
man Street and to sundry ministers, among whom Mr. Davenport, minister at 
St Stevens in Colman Street. In a codicil of 11 November 1626 he re- 
vokes a bequest of ten pounds made in his Will to his sister Dobson, and 
bequeaths that sum to Thomas Davenport, son of his neighbor Mrs. Mary 
Davenport, widow, to be paid to the mother for the use of the said Thomas 
Davenport. In another codicil, of 13 March'1626, he changes this bequest 
to one of ten pounds to the widow Davenport and ten pounds to her son 
Thomas. Skinner, 46. 

Inducco mfi Johis Davenport clici in artibus probati ad vicariam eccliae 
gochiae Sci Stephi in Colman strete cits et archin p r vacan per mortem 
ualem mfi Samuelis Jerman clici ulti vicarii et incumbents ibfil etc em* 
sub sigillo etc quarto die novembris A Dni 1624°. 

Prob. & Admon. Act Book, Archdeac. 
of London, 1611— 1626, fol. 190. 

Inducco Johis Goodwyn clici in Artibus magfi ad vicariam gpetuam 
eccliae goch sci Stephani Coleman streete cits et Archinat London def g 
liberam et spontaneam Resignacoem Johis Davenport clici ultimi vicarii 
et Incumbeh pred ad quam p discretos viros Simonem Laurence Willmum 
Spurtlowe Augustinu Garland Johem Stone Henricum Wood Henricum 
Austin Ludovicu Roberts et Michaelem Warner gochianos dee goe veros 
et indubitatos patronos p r ntatus extitit. 

Prob. & Admon. Act Book, Archdeac. 
of London, 1626— 1637, fol. 139. 

[Rev. John Davenport was the fifth son of Henry and Winnifred (Barnabit) 
Davenport, of Coventry, co. Warwick, where he was born in 1597. On the 9th of 
April in that year he was baptized in the Church of the Holy Trinity, of which the 
Rev. Richard Eaton, father of Theophilus Eaton of New Haven, Ct., was rector. 
He was admitted to Merton College, Oxford University, in 1613, and after passing 
two years in that college he removed to Magdalen Hall, but the same year, Nov. 
15, 1615, left the University and commenced preaching. On the 5th of October, 
1624, he was almost unanimously elected vicar of St. Stephen's, Colman Street, 
London, to which living he was inducted Nov. 4, as the above record shows. On 
the death of Archbishop Abbot he left London, Aug. 5, 1633, for a hidden retreat 
in the country, and after waiting three months, finding the messengers of Laud, the 
new archbishop, were on his track, he crossed over to Holland, landing at Haarlem 
in November. He resigned the vicarage of St. Stephen's, and John Goodwin was 
admitted as his successor Dec. 18, 1633. In 1637 he came to New England, arriving 
at Boston June 26, 1637, with another minister and Mr. Eaton and Mr. Hopkins, 
merchants, as Winthrop informs us (Hist, of New England, vol. ii. p. 226, 2d ed. 
p. 272). It is possible that the other minister may have been John Harvard, who 
probably arrived about this time. It is true that Trumbull (Hist, of Connecticut, 
vol. i. p. 89) says that Rev. Samuel Eaton accompanied his brother, but it is hardly 
probable that Winthrop, who gives his brother's name, would omit his. Daven- 
port was the first minister at New Haven, Ct., 1638-67, and was pastor of the First 
Church of Boston, Mass., 1667, to his death 1670. For further details in the life of 
Rev. John Davenport, see History and Genealogy of Davenport Family, by A. B. 
Davenport, 1851, and Supplement to do. 1876; Life and Writings of John Daven- 
port, by F. B. Dexter, in New Haven Historical Society Papers, vol. ii. pp. 205-38; 
and Register, vol. ix. p. 147. Mr. Waters has much other matter relative to the 
Davenports, including a will of an uncle of the Rev. John Davenport, who men- 
tions him as at the University. This matter will appear in a future number. — 

John Greene, late of the parish of Petsoe in the County of Glouces- 
ter, Virginia, and now at present of the parish of S* Butolph's without 


Aldgate, mariner, now bound out to sea for a voyage unto Virginia in the 
good ship Thomas & Francis, Capt. Simmons Commander, 15 April 1685, 
proved 8 January 1693, by Anne Greene, relict and executrix. He ap- 
points his wife Anne his attorney & the executrix of his will, and mentions 
six hundred acres in the parish of Petsoe, with certain dwelling houses, &c. 
given and bequeathed to him by his late father John Greene deceased, 
now in the tenure and possession of one Win. Grimes, his undertenants or 
assigns. He gives and bequeaths unto every one of his relations or near 
kindred nominated or usually called by any name or names whatsoever, 
unto each one of them particularly twelve pence apiece, to be paid unto 
each one of them upon their several demands. 

The witnesses were Edward Gibson, Thomas Forne and Thomas Ec- 
cleston. Box (1694). 

[Ralph Greene received grants of 50 and 300 acres of land on the north side of 
York River, July 18, 1050/ Va. Land Records, No. 2, p. 265. He received subse- 
quently Grants aggregating 3500 acres. Oliver Greene was granted 120 acres in 
Gloucester County, July 24, 1033, No. 3, p. 16, and 450 acres March 30, 1657, No. 
4, p. 122. Thomas Greene was granted 270 acres on Elizabeth River. June 11, 
1652, No. 3, p. 145. John Green was granted 200 acres on the West Branch of 
Elizabeth River, June 1, 1655, No. 3, p. 349 (among the " transports " or " head 
rights" were Richard and Katherine Greene); 350 acres in Gloucester County, 
Jan. 13, 1661, No. 4. p. 407. There are numerous other grants of record in the 
17th century to William, Peter, James and Robert Greene. — R. A. Brock.] 

Miles Prickett (by mark) of the parish of Holy Cross near & with- 
out the walls of the City of Canterbury, baker, 30 November, 2 d Charles 
(1626), proved 30 June 1627. 

Whereas there is or will be certain money due to me in consideration of 
my adventuring into Virginia under the Worshipful Captain Pryn his 
charge, which goods, if they shall prosper well in the said voyage, I freely 
dispose of the benefit that shall be due to me unto my brother John Prick- 
ett, by him equally to be divided and shifted between my brethren as the 
same shall come into his hands. To brother William Prickett's two child- 
ren ten pounds, equally to be divided, &c. as they come to age. which sum 
of money is now remaining in the hands of my brother Thomas. To bro- 
ther John nine pounds now remaining in the hands of Jane Prickett my 
sister & by her due to me. To the son of my said brother John my cloak. 
To Edward Hollett (certain wearing apparel). Brother John to be sole 
executor. I give to him and his heirs two hundred acres of land lyiug in 
Elizabeth City in Virginia, near Salford's Cricke. 

The witnesses were William Brooke, John Slade, Thomas Boudler (by 
mark) & Edward Turfett. Skinner, 65. 

William White of London, linen-draper, 20 August 1622, proved 26 
June 1627. I give and bequeath all my lands in Virginia, with all my 
servants, goods, debts, chattells and whatsoever else I have unto my be- 
loved brother John White of London Esq., whom I constitute and ordain 
to be the sole heir and executor of this my last Will & Testament. The 
witnesses were Erasmus Ferior & John Wade. Skinner, 65. 

[George White, " Minister," was granted 200 acres of land on Nansemond Riv- 
er, June 3, 1635. Head Rights : Geo. White, William Moore, John Joyce, Thomas 
Catchman. Va. Land Records, No. I, p. 240; 100 acres in County of New Nor- 
folk, Aug. 19, 1637. Head Rights : Wife Blanche White, Peter White, Zach. Tay- 
lor, No. 1, p. 458 ; 150 acres do. do. Head Rights : George White, William Moore, 
John Joyce, Tliomas Catchman, No. 1, p. 459; 300 acres in upper county of New 


Norfolk, March 6, 1638, No. I, p. 589 ; John White was granted 50 acres in upper 
county of New Norfolk, Juno 10, 1639, No. 1, p. 659. James White and John 
Richeson 200 acres in Mobjack bay, Aug. 15, 1642, No. 1, p. 810. — R. A. Brock.] 

William Saker of Surrey gentleman, 1 December, 1627, proved 7 
December 1 627. House & lands in Lambeth to nephew Christopher Saker 
if he live to be of the age of one & twenty years. If he die before then 
my cousin John Rayner and his heirs shall have the same. To niece Dor- 
othy Saker one hundred & fifty pounds. 

Item, I give my servant Thomas Gregory, if he return alive out of Vir- 
ginia into England, fifty pounds. To Mrs Machett a piece of plate, which 
she hath in her custody, of the fashion of a cock, and to Mr Machett two 
hundred weight of my Virginia Tobacco, to the end he may be assisting to 
my executors. To M r Thomas Clarke ten pounds & to Mr John Upton 
the elder fifteen pounds which he owes me and five pounds to buy him a 
ring. My executors to be Sir Thomas Jay of the Precinct of Blackfriars, 
London, Knight, and Nathaniel Finch of Gray's Inn. Wit : G. Hastings 
& Benjamin Jeay. Skinner, 117. 

Paul de Reuoire, gentleman, born in Savoye, at present in London, 
sick in bed, 30 November 1627, proved 18 December 1627. Small legacy 
to a servant. All the rest to good friend Alexander Toriano, minister of 
the Italian church, who is appointed executor. Skinner, 118. 

[This surname was borne by the ancestors of Paul Revere of Boston, of Revolutionary 
fame, whose grandfather, Gilbert de Rivoire, a Huguenot, emigrated from St. Foy, 
in France, and settled in the island of Guernsey. Apollos de Rivoire, son of Gil- 
bert, at the age of thirteen was sent to Boston to learn the trade of a goldsmith. 
Here he changed his name to Paul Revere, married and settled. His oldest son 
Paul, above named, was born Dec. 21, 1734, O. S., Jan. 1, 1735, N. S., and died 
May 10, 1818.— E. H. Goss, of Melrose, Mass.] 

Mary Stmes, now of Beamister, late of Poorstock, in county Dorset, 
widow, 7 June 1736, proved 17 November 1738. To be buried in the 
Church Yard of Poorstock at the end of the chancell there, near my late 
son in law M r Bendle deceased, and to the Parson or Vicar of the same 
parish two guineas for the breaking the ground for my grave and burying 
me. I give unto my grand son Richard Chichester, 1 now in Virginia (son of 
my late daughter Elizabeth Chichester deceased) one Bond for one hun- 
dred & thirty pounds lately given or entered into by son Chilcott Symes to 
me and all the moneys, principal & interest now due or to grow due on the 
same. To John Chichester (son of the said Richard Chichester) eighty 
pounds sterling within one year next after my decease, and in case he shall 
not then have attained his age of one & twenty years it shall be paid to 
his said father in trust for him. To Elizabeth Beer widow and relict of 
Francis Beer late of Long Bredy, in said County of Dorset, deceased, thir- 
ty pounds sterling, in one year, &c. To M™ Elizabeth Foster, wife of 
Mr. John Foster of West Milton in the said county, maltster, ten pounds 
sterling in one year, &c. To my old servant Grace Moores the sum of 
five pounds sterling. It is my will that in case any right or thing shall 
happen or accrue to rne from or out of the personal estate or effects of my 
late uncle George Richards Esq., deceased, that the same shall go and be 
equally divided between my said son Chilcott Symes, my daughter Mary 
Symes (wife of M r Arthur Symes of Beamister aforesaid) and my said 
grandson Richard Chichester. The residue to said son Chilcott & daugh- 
ter Mary, equally to be divided between them ; and I appoint them jointly 
to be executor & executrix. Wit : Merfield Cox & Richard Hussey. 


In a codicil, of same day, she directs that her silver tankard be exchang- 
ed or converted into a flagon or other necessary piece of plate for the com- 
munion service of the parishioners of the said parish of Poorstock. To 
Dinah, wife of John Darby of Loscombe, Dorothy, wife of John Bailey of 
Poorstock, taylor, Mary Courtenay, wife of John Courtenay of Poorstock, 

blacksmith, and Anne wife of , formerly Anne Wench, one guinea 

apiece. Brodrepp, 272- 

[ l William Chichester was granted 220 acres of land in Lower Norfolk County, Va., 
Sept. 14, 1667. Va. Land Records, No. 6, p. 220. The name is extensively repre- 
sented in Virginia. — R. A. Brock.] 

Anne Notes, of Cholderton, in the County of Wilts, widow, 18 March, 
1655, proved 20 April, 1658, by Robert Rede, sole executor named in the will. 
To James Noyes and Nicholas Noyes, my two sons, now in New England, 
twelve pence apiece and to such children as they have living twelve pence 
apiece. To son-in-law Thomas Kent of upper Wallop twelve pence, to his 
wife five shillings and to their children twelve pence apiece. To Robert 
Read of East Cholderton, in County of Southampton, gentleman, all the 
rest & residue, and I ordain that the said Robert Rede shall be sole ex- 

The witnesses were John Tesdale and T. Tesdale. Wootton, 130. 

[Mrs. Anne Noyes, the testator, was, as her grandson the Rev. Nicholas Noyes of 
Salem states, a " sister of the learned Mr. Robert Parker " (Mather's Magnalia, 
Bk. iii. ch. 25, Appendix ; ed. of 1853, vol. i. p. 484). She was therefore an aunt 
of Rev. Thomas Parker of Newbury. Her husband was Rev. William Noyes, rec- 
tor of Choulderton, Wilts, instituted in 1602, and resigned in 1621 (Savage, iii. 
296) . Of her sons, Rev. James the eldest, born in 1608, died Oct. 26, 1656, was the 
colleague of his cousin Rev. Thomas Parker of Newbury; and Nicholas, who also 
settled at Newbury, was the father of Rev. Nicholas Noyes of Salem. — Editor.] 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 
George Ludlowe (ante, p. 174.) 

[In a note on Roger Ludlow, in the July number of the Register, it is stated that 
he went to Virginia about 1654. This assertion was doubtless made on the author 
ity of Dr. Trumbull {Hist, of Conn. i. 218) , and he based it on what he found in 
the New Haven records. Ludlow had hired a vessel to transport himself and fami- 
ly to Virginia, probably intending to take shipping there for England ; for a MS. 
Roger Vvolcott expressly says that Ludlow returned to England, and a deposition of 
John Webster, dated Dec. 18, 1660, in the Conn. Archives, speaks of " the time 
that Mr. Ludlow went for old England." If one will examine the printed N. Ha- 
ven Colonial Records, ii. 69-74, he will find nothing to show that Ludlow went to 
Virginia, but rather the contrary ; for Manning, the captain of the vessel Ludlow 
had hired, was arrested for illicit trading with the Dutch, and upon trial, being 
found guilty, his vessel, in spite of Ludlow's protests was declared by the court to 
be a lawful prize, and ordered to be sold " by an inch of candell, he that offers 
most to have her." — Charles J. Hoadi/t, of Hartford, Conn.] 



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Family op John Rogers of Dedham. 

It is with intense gratification that, at last, I am able to answer 
the long vexed question who was the father of John Rogers, 
"the famous preacher of Dedham," and to show pretty clearly what 
was the name of his grandfather, father of the no less famous Rich- 
ard Rogers of Wethersfield. For more than a score of years has 
this question been discussed in the New England Historical and Gen- 
ealogical Register and other publications, without eliciting a particle 
of positive evidence bearing on this subject. The late Col. Chester, 
in his memoir of John Rogers the martyr, produced a mass of neg- 
ative evidence which seemed to refute the wide-spread belief in a 
descent from that heroic sufferer in the cause of the English Refor- 
mation. But all that we actually knew of the family in which so 
many of our New England people are interested, was what we could 
gather from the will of Richard, who speaks of his cousin (i. e. 
nephew) Rogers of Dedham, the inscription on his tombstone, the 
will of John Rogers himself, his epitaph on the north wall of the 
chancel in Dedham church, and the Candler pedigrees in the Har- 
leian MSS., British Museum, and in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. 
Add to these Giles Firmin's Journal and the very significant state- 
ment in Nichols's Literary Anecdotes (1812), vol. ii. p. 556 (see 
Memoir of John Rogers the Martyr, by Col. J. L. Chester (Lon- 
don, 1861), p. 243), in reference to Daniel Rogers, the father of 
the Rev. Dr. Jortin's mother, that he was " descended from Mr. 
Rogers, Steward to one of the Earls of Warwick, whose residence 
was at Lees, near Chelmsford, in Essex, temp. Henry VIII.," and 
we have, I believe, the sum total of our knowledge of this family in 
England, so far as the genealogical aspect is concerned. In order 
that we may get our exact bearings at this point of departure, I ven- 
ture to reproduce the most important of these facts. 

The inscription on the tombstone of Richard Rogers of Wethers- 
field (see Col. Chester's Life of John Rogers, pp. 239, 240) shows 
that he died 21 April, 1618, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, and 
was born therefore about A.D. 1551. The following is a very con- 
cise abstract of his will, which was published in full in the October 
number of the Register for 1863 (vol. xvii. p. 326). 

Richard Rogers of Wethersfield, Essex, preacher, 16 April 1 618, proved 
30 April 1618. He mentions John Clarke, a neighbor at the brook, Sam- 
uell Waight, a son in law,* Walter Wiltsheir and Jeremy Boozy. To wife 
Susan all such goods and household stuff as were hers before I married 
her. I give to my son Danyell my best cloak &c. I give to my son Eze- 
kiell all my Latin and Hebrew and Greek books, but if his brother have 
not S' Austin's Works, I give them him; other books written by myself 

* Samuel Waite, of Wethersfield, married Mary Ward, either a sister or daughter of 
Rev. John Ward, of Haverhill (see my Memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Ward, p. 129 ; Regis- 
ter, xxxii. p. 188 ; also xxxi. p. 160). If this reference is to the same person, as is probable, 
it is evident that his wife was a daughter of Rev. John Ward. — Editok. 


and all iny written lectures and papers I give to sons Danyell and Ezeki- 
ell " and to my Cosen Rogers of Dedham " &c. Twenty pounds, out of 
remainder of my annuities, to wife, and whatsoever shall remain I give it 
among all my six children. Of the ninescore pounds and twenty marks 
which Allen Mountjoy gen 4 owes me I give the said ninescore pounds to 
sons Daniell and Ezekiell and the twenty marks to my daughter Hassel- 
der's children which she had by her husband now living. Daughter Has- 
seler again mentioned. To my wife's children forty shillings apiece. To 
my sister Mary Duckfield's three daughters and her son John forty shil- 
lings apiece. To my kinswoman Mary Smallwood twenty shillings &c. 
To Cousin Daniel Duckfield* twenty shillings. My meadow in Wethers- 
field lying between the Lords meadow and John Clarke's. Goodman Par- 
ker's daughter, the widow Barnard. 

My executors to be Cousin M r John Wright esq. of Romford, in Essex, 
Susan, my wife, and Francis Longe, my son in law. My brother Cooke 
and my son Makin to be overseers. 

Wit : John Clarke Samuell Wayte. 

B. Hamer 314, Consistory Court of London. 

The inscription in Dedham church gives us the following dates : 

Johannes Rogersius hie, quam preedicavit expectat Resurrectionem 

\D%i 1636 

/■* , , o a ~ cetatis 65 

Oct 18 Ano - . . , .. . n 
mimsteni 42 

Hide Ecclesioe 31 

Obijt &c 

An abstract of his will (also given in full, vol. xvii. of Register, 
p. 329) is as follows : 

John Rogers, minister of God's word in Dedham, 14 October 1636, 
proved 20 February 1636. The house I dwell in &c to Dorathie my wife, 
during her life, and then to John Rogers my grandchild, son of my eldest 
son John Rogers of Colchester, deceased, and to his heirs, and for default 
of such heirs to his mother, my daughter in law, for term of her natural 
life, then to my son Nathaniel and to his heirs male, failing such then to 
my son Samuel and his heirs male, with remainder to my son Daniel and his 
heirs forever. To my sister Garood and her children twenty pounds. 
Item to Sara, Hanna and Marke twenty pounds. To my cousin Webb of 
Colchester ten pounds, and to John her son ten pounds. To my son An- 
ger's children fifty pounds. To my son Nathaniel's children forty pounds. 
To son Samuel's son thirty pounds. To son Daniel's child five pounds. 
To son Peck's children ten pounds. To my daughter Martha's child five 
pounds. To these poor men, Abraham Ham, Robert Ham, John Ham, 
John Cannon, Simon Cowper, widow French, John Shinglewood, John 
Weed, Edmund Spinke, William Wood five shillings each. To my ser- 
vants, Martin Garood ten shillings, George Havill twenty shillings, Tame- 
son Princett ten shillings, goodman Allen of Santoosey (S 4 Osithe ?) twen- 
ty shillings, and to Elizabeth, now my maid two pounds. To my cousin 

* Daniel Duckfield vicar of Childerditcli, signs a petition in favor of Mr. Thomas Hook- 
er, preacher at Chelmsford, November, 1629. He died in January, 1653. (See Annals of 
Evangelical Nonconformity in Essex, by Davids, pp. 156, 360.) — h. f. w. 



Elizabeth Rogers ten pounds, and to her brother, the sadler, five pounds. 
Remainder to all my children in old England. My wife to be sole 

Wit : Richard Backler, Samuel Sherman. 

B. Goare 22 (P. C. C). 

The Candler pedigree is in substance as follows : 

ROGERS, of = 

In the north of England. 


Susan =RicliarVl Rogers= 

widow of John Ward, of Wethers- 
preacher at Haverhill, field. 
in Suffolk. 


John Rogers= 

m. (2) Elizabeth 

Gale, relict of 

John Hawes. 

m. (3) Dorothy, 

dau. of 

Stanton, relict 
of Rich. Wise- 
man of Wig- 
borough, in 
Essex, gent. 

Sarah, dau.=2Daniell=Margaret Bishop. Ezra, 

of John 
Everard, a 
citizen of 

Nathaniel=Margaret, dau. ot 

d. in New 

Rob't Crane, of 
Coxhall, in Essex. 

8. p. 

s. p. 

dau. of=2 Daniel l=Dorothy Ball, dau. 

..Reading, Rector of of the then Mayor 
counsellor Wotton, of Northampton, 
at law. Northamp- 


an eminent 
preacher, yet 
living, but all 
his issue dead 
before this 
year 1656. 


Hannah=Roger Cockington, 

by whom two children, 
Roger and Samuel. She hath, 
since his death, 2 or 3 husbands. 


Samuel Rogers, 

Lecturer at 

Cree Church, 

in London. 


s. p. 


John. Nathaniel. Samuel. Timothy. Mary=William Heley 

Daniel, s. 

m. John Bedell, 
cit. of London. 
Shed, of her 2d 
child, and all her 
issue is dead. 

i u 

Joseph, s. p. 
Charles Humphrey, Nathaniel, 

gent., relict of Abigail. 

Matthew Brown erig, 
Kector of Clopton. 

Richard=Elizabeth, dau. of 
Rector of 
in Suffolk. 

ofShalford, in 
Essex, who m. 

dau. of Sir 

Rob't Johnson. 

relict of 

Humphry. Elizabeth. 

s. p. 


Candler shows the parentage of Margaret, the wife of our Nathan- 
iel Rogers, as follows : 

Robert Crane = Mary, dau. of Samuel Sparhawke of Dedham in Essex, 
of Coxhall in Essex 

Margaret, m. to Nathaniel Rogers, rector of Assington, whence he went into New England. 

Besides the pedigree are the following entries by Candler, " closely 
huddled together," as Col. Chester says : 

" Her 2 d Husband was Harsnet clarke." 

" William Jenkin, of Christ's Church in London." 

" Mary, ma. to Daniel Sutton." 

" Elizabeth, m. to Tho. Cawton." 

" John, Ezekiel, Anne, to Clarke, a minister." 

" Abigail." 


All these entries, but the first, Col. Chester was able very clearly 
to explain. The Rev. William Jenkin, of Sudbury, clerk, married 
a daughter of Richard Rogers of Wethersfield, and had a son, Wil- 
liam Jenkin the younger, of Christ's Church, and daughters Mary, 
wife of Daniel Sutton, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Cawton, Anne 
Clarke and Abigail (Taylor)., Probably, therefore, John and Eze- 
kiel were also his children. Col. Chester's suggested explanation of 
the first entry is probably not correct, as will be seen shortly. 

To the foregoing I was able to add sundrv new evidence euth- 
ered, from time to time, in my gleaning among the wills regis- 
tered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. But it seemed evi- 
dent that the field of labor should be the Essex wills, whether reg- 
istered or preserved in the Commissary Court of London, the Con- 
sistory Court of London, the Commissary Court of London for 
Essex and Herts, the Archdeaconaries of Essex and of Colchester, 
or any of the other various peculiar courts in that county. So, when 
my researches into the maternal ancestry of John Harvard called 
for an investigation into the Rogers family and one or two Roses* 
gathered by me proved to belong to Essex, I eagerly embraced the 
opportunity and settled down to an examination of the wills of that 
county, with what result the following notes will show. 

John Rogers of Mulsham in the parish of Chelmsford in the County of 
Essex, shoemaker, 10 June, 43 Elizabeth, proved 3 July 1601. My body 
to be buried in the churchyard of Chelmsford by the good discretion of my 
executrix undernamed. Item I give and bequeath to Joan my well beloved 
wife all that my freehold messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell, with 
all the houses, buildings, yards, garden and hop-yard to the same belong- 
ing, with their appurtenances, for and during the term of her natural life, 
and after her decease I give and bequeath the same messuage or tenement 
and other the premises, with their appurtenances, unto Thomas Rogers my 
son and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten. And if it shall happen 
the said Thomas my son to depart this natural life without heirs of his body 
lawfully begotten then my will and mind is that the same messuage or ten- 
ement or other the premisses with their appurtenances shall be and remain 
to and amongst all my other children and their heirs, part and part alike. 
Item I give unto the aforesaid Joan my wife and her assigns all those my 
three tenements, with their appurtenances, that I bought of one John Sames 
and his wife until my daughter Susan shall come to her full age of twenty and 
one years, for and towards the payment of the legacies hereafter given to 
Nathaniel Rogers, my son. And at the full age of the said Susan I give and 
bequeath unto the said Susan and to the heirs of her body lawfully begot- 
ten all those my three tenements, with their appurtenances, before given to 
my said wife till the said Susan should come of full age. And if it shall 
happen the said Susan my daughter to depart this natural life without heirs 
of her body lawfully begotten then my mind and will is that the same 
three tenements with their appurtenances shall be and remain to and 
amongst all my other children and their heirs, part and part alike. Item I 

* I was on the look out especially for any mention of a Rose Rogers, that being the name 
of John Harvard's aunt. — h. f. w. 


give unto my daughter the wife of William Gryffyn the sum of five pounds 
of lawful English money. Item I give and bequeath to Nathaniel my son 
the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money, to be paid unto him within 
two months next after he shall have served the time of his Indenture of 
apprenticeship by which he now standeth bound for certain years yet to 
come. Item I give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Thomas my son my 
standing bed over the hall wherein I usually do lie, with the settle to the 
same, one feather bed whereon he usually doth lie, with a covering and a 
blanket belonging to the same, and two pair of sheets, one table, a form 
and a little cupboard standing in the chamber over the shop, two beds with 
their furniture, that my servants do usually lie on, one great old table and 
form, one brass pot and little kettle, one posnet, three pewter platters, two 
pewter dishes, one pewter bason, two fruit dishes, a copper, an old currying 
pan and the currying board, all the lasts and other working tools in the 
shop belonging to my occupation, and my stall and tilt which I use in the 
market. Item I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas all my shoes 
and boots already made and all my leather of all sorts now being bought, 
upon condition that he pay unto my son John his brother the sum of ten 
pounds of lawful money of England within two months next after my de- 
cease; provided nevertheless that if such shoes, boots and leather as shall 
remain unsold at the time of my decease shall not amount to the full value 
of twenty pounds, being valued and prized by four honest and indifferent 
men, two to be chosen by my said son Thomas and other two by my execu- 
trix, that then my executrix shall make up the said shoes, boots and leather 
to the full sum and value of twenty pounds in ready money at such time as 
my said son is to pay to his brother John the aforesaid sum of ten pounds 
by force of this my will. Item I give and bequeath to the aforesaid 
John my son the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid 
to him by my executrix within two months next after my decease. Item 
I give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Thomas my son the sum of three 
pounds of like lawfull money to be paid to him by my executrix within 
two years next after my decease. Item I give and bequeath to the afore- 
said Nathaniel Rogers my son all that my copyhold orchard with the ap- 
purtenances which I late bought of John Ashbye, to have and to hold unto 
the said Nathaniel his heirs and assigns for ever according to the custom of 
the manor of Mulsham Hall, whereof the same is holden. 

The residue of all my goods, chatties, movables, household stuff, debts, 
ready money and implements of household whatsoever not before in and by 
this my last will and testament given, devised and bequeathed, my debts, 
legacies being paid and my funeral expences discharged, I fully and wholly 
give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Joan my wife, whom I make and or- 
dain sole executrix of this my last will and testament. 

Wit: John Cooke, Thomas Parker, Michael Newman, Richard Brod- 
way, Urias Spilman. 

Commissary of London, Essex and Herts, 1601-2, No. 157. 

License granted, 27 September, 1604, to the Rector or Curate of Chelms- 
ford to solemnize the marriage between John Hamond of Moulsham, chi- 
rurgeon, and Joan Rogers, late relict of John Rogers, late of Moulsham, 
shoemaker, deceased. Vicar General's Book, London. 

John Hamond of Moulsham, in the parish of Chelmsford, surgeon, 24 
September 1612, proved 10 November 1612. To wife Joane all the house- 


hold stuff and other goods which were her own before I married her and 
twenty pounds to be paid her by her brother William Garlinge. To my 
son Abraham a house and land called Pypers in Much Baddow, and other 
land there, with remainder to William, son of said Abraham, and to Tho- 
mas, another son. To my sou John a house in Moulsham called Cowles. 
To my daughter Elizabeth forty shillings. To my daughter Margery three 
pounds. To Mary Barnes, my daughter's child, three pounds. To Richard 
Edlinge, my daughter Joan's son, forty shillings. To my wife Joane five 
pounds. To my son Richard five pounds. 

Wit : Thomas Rogers, Thomas Jones and Hugh Barker. 

Commissary Court of Essex and Herts, 1612. 

Joane Hamond of Moulsham, in the parish of Chelmsford, widow, 3 No- 
vember 1612, proved 10 November 1612 (the same day as the foregoing). 
To my son Nathaniel and to my daughter Susan the twenty pounds in the 
hands of my brother William Garlinge of Tottham, to be equally divided be- 
tween them, and also four pounds due by legacy from my late husband John 
Hamond deceased, also to be divided equally between them. The residue 
of goods and chattels &c. to my daughter Susan, except an old bedstead, 
the frue, a pan, a chair and some shelves and boards in the buttery which 
I give to my son in law (step son) Thomas Rogers. Daughter Susan to 
be executrix. Commissary Court of Essex and Herts, 1612. 

Thomas Rogers of the hamlet of Mulsham in the County of Essex 
shoemaker, 23 May, l rt Charles (I.), proved at Chelmsford 14 January 
1625. To Mary, my loving wife, my three tenements with all aud singu- 
lar their appurtenances, the which I lately bought of my brother John 
Rogers of Dedham, clerk, for and during the time or term that my daugh- 
ter Mary shall attain to one and twenty years or day of marriage ; the 
which my wife shall be contented with. And upon one of those times I 
will the said Tenements, &c. to my said daughter and to her heirs. But if 
it shall please God to call her out of this mortal life before she shall come 
to her several age or day of marriage then I will the same to my son John 
and to his heirs. Aud if both of them die before their several ages of one 
and twenty years then I will the said tenements to the next heirs of me 
the said Thomas the testator ; provided always that if both my said child- 
ren do die before they come to their several ages my mind and will is that 
my wife shall have the said tenements for and during her natural life, and 
after her decease to the next heirs of methe said testator. I further give 
and bequeath to my said wife twenty pounds of lawful money of England 
to be paid unto her within three months next after my decease, conditiou- 
ally that she shall make, seal and deliver to my son Thomas a sufficient 
release of all her thirds of the house and backsides I now dwell in, at the 
time of the payment of the said twenty pounds, or else she shall lose the 
said sum. I give her further all the household stuff in the chamber over 
the cistern (except the bed and bedsted and furniture therewith), the stuff 
in the chamber over the Buttery (except one old flock bed). I further 
give her the bedsted and flockbed in the chamber over the Hall and all the 
hutches that be mine. I further give her two feather beds and one stand- 
ing bedsted in the chamber over the buttery and all the moveable stuff in 
the said chamber. My said wife shall have three chambers in my house 
until the Michaelmas next after my sou Thomas shall be married, viz. the 
chamber over the Hall, the chamber next the street over the shop, the 


chamber used for an apple chamber, and the shop, paying therefore to my 
said son Thomas forty shillings yearly at Michaelmas and our Lady by 
even portions. 

Item I give unto my said son Thomas all that my messuage or tenement 
I now dwell in situate in Mulsham aforesaid, with all and singular their 
appurtenances, to him and his heirs for ever, except those the rooms for- 
merly willed to my said wife, upon condition that he pay or cause to be 
paid unto his brother John thirty pounds of lawful money of England, so 
soon as he shall come to the age of twenty and two years. The residue to 
my son Thomas. The executors to be my loving brother John Rogers of 
Dedham, clerk, and my said son Thomas, to which said brother, for his 
pains herein, I will and devise by this my last will that my son shall bear 
his charges in proving of my will and other charges of his expences herein, 
aud give unto him for a remembrance of me one piece of gold of ten shil- 
lings towards the making of him a gold ring. 

Wit: Petter de Court, Tho. Sherlock Scr. 

Commissary Court, Essex and Herts, 1624-5. 

Here at last we strike a broad trail, and it becomes evident that 
this family were at the end of the sixteenth century settled in 

This town, as we learn from Morant, gives name both to the 
Deanery and Hundred, and is a pretty large and populous place, 
twenty-nine miles from London. It is seated at the confluence of 
two rivers, the Can, which flows from the south-south-west, and the 
Chelmer from the north. From the latter it probably derived its 
name, which in Domesday-book is written Celmeresfort and Celmeres- 
forda, and in other records Chelmeresford, Chelmerford and Chelmes- 
ford ; there having been undoubtedly a ford here across the river on 
the great road from London to Colchester, Harwich and Suffolk 
County. Close adjoining, on the north-east, is the little village of 
Springfield, which was the English home of another of our New Eng- 
land families, the Pynchons. A stone bridge over the Can leads 
directly into Moulsham or Mulsham, a manor and hamlet which 
before the Conquest was holden by the Abbot and convent of St. 
Peters, Westminister, and remained in their possession until the 
suppression of monasteries, when, falling to the Crown, it was grant- 
ed 23 July, 1540, to Thomas Myldmay, Esq., who built a mag- 
nificent manor house, commonly called Mulsham Hall. This hamlet 
is really a part of the town of Chelmsford, and is but a continuation 
of its main street. The oldest and most noticeable house on the 
right, but a short distance from the Bridge, was, I learned, a free- 
hold that had belonged from time immemorial to the Rogers family, 
and was still owned and occupied by one of that name. I could not 
but think that this might be the homestead passed down in the pre- 
ceding wills from father to son, the birth place of John Rogers of 

The Church Registers of Chelmsford go back to A.D. 1538 (when 
parish registers were first ordered to be kept in England). I spent 


the latter half of a long summer day in the examination of their con- 
tents, while day light lasted, or until nearly nine, P. M. Too late 
I discovered from internal evidence that the volume which had been 
handed me was a copy of the original record and made by some rec- 
tor or curate, who was evidently something of an antiquary, about 
two hundred years ago. So I offer my notes of baptism with a 
great deal of diffidence. I found at last the missing volume, but 
had no time to examine it thoroughly. The parish clerk had fan- 
cied it lost. 

I found that this family were evidently settled here in Chelmsford 
as early as the first year noted in the Register, so that it seems need- 
less to visit the Lees or Leighs, with the hope of carrying our history 
of the family further back by the aid of Church Registers. 

There was a John Rogers the elder, carpenter, whose wife Jone 
was buried in 1540, and a John Rogers the younger, who had a son 
Richard baptized 29 June, 1551. This I have no doubt was Richard 
Rogers of Wethersfield (see the inscription on his tomb-stone). 
Taking this for granted, the problem was to find the baptism of John, 
the father of John of Dedham and brother of this Richard. 

The following were all the baptisms I gathered from 1538 to 1558 
inclusive : — 

John, of John Rogers the younger, 21 Nov. 1538. 

Thomas, of John Rogers the younger and Ann, 25 Nov. 1540. 

Mary, of John Rogers joiner (?) and Agnes, 11 Feb. 1542. 

John, of John Rogers and Jone, 19 Oct. 1545. 

John, of John Rogers and Agnes, 10 Sept. 1548. 

Richard, of John Rogers the younger, 29 June, 1551. 

Mary, of John Rogers the younger, 30 July, 1553. 

Thomas, of John Rogers, 29 Oct. 1557. 

Ellyn, of John Rogers, 1 Nov. 1558. 

Whether John Rogers the voun^er was the father of all these chil- 
dren it is impossible, without further evidence, to say. Assuming 
that he had two wives, Ann and Agnes, then all but one are account- 
ed for ; and in that case John the father of John of Dedham and of 
Thomas the shoemaker was born in 1548. A John Rogers married 
Agnes Carter in 1541. Coming down to the next generation I found 
the baptisms of the following children of a John Rogers : — 

Thomas, 30 January, 1574. 
Mary, 28 April, 1576. 
Elizabeth, 21 July, 1577. 
Richard, 15 April, 1579. 
Katherine, 29 May, 1581. 
Nathaniel, 14 December, 1582. 
Ezechias, 23 November, 1585. 
Susan, 22 September, 1588. 

The baptism of John, who must have been born about 1569 to 
1571, I did not get, though I have note of the baptism of a Johan, 


son of John Eogers, 9 August, 1579 (the very same year as the 
baptism of Richard, son of John). If this be our man, then his 
baptism was postponed nearly ten years after his birth. In New 
England I have noticed several instances of the postponement of this 
rite until the individual had even reached the age of manhood. 
Very likely such cases may be found in English records. At any 
rate the names of Thomas, Nathaniel and Susan show that we have 
here the family of John, the shoemaker, while it must have been 
their sister Mary who was married in 1596 to William Griffyn 
(mentioned in will of John, the father, in 1601). Tins John 
Rogers's first wife was probably Mary, buried in 1579: and the 
children born after that year (viz. Katherine, Nathaniel, Ezechias 
and Susan) were his children by his second wife Joan, who in her 
will, made 1612, left the bulk of her property to two of them, 
Nathaniel and Susan. The others both died young, Katherine in 
1585 and Ezechias in 1587. 

Later on I found the baptisms of the children of Thomas, 
Nathaniel and Richard, all of Moulsham. Thomas was called a 
shoemaker, and was, without question, the one who was buried in 
1625, and by his mention of his brother John as " of Dedham, 
clerk," has enabled us to place this family. He seems to have had 
two wives, Sarah, buried 1607, by whom a son Thomas baptized 
11 December, 1605, and Mary who outlived him, by whom he had 
the following children : — 

John, bapt. 18 October, 1612; perhaps died in Billerica, Mass., 25 Jan. 

1685-86, get. 74. 
Nathaniel, bapt. 13 February, 1615; d. in Moulsham, 1616. 
Nathaniel, bapt. 10 November, 1618; d. in Moulsham, 1622. 
Mary, bapt. 20 July, 1621 ; mentioned in her father's will. 

Nathaniel Rogers, of Moulsham, brother of the preceding and of 
John of Dedham, was called schoolmaster, and, very likely, was 
master of the Free School in Moulsham, founded by King Edward 
VI. A.D. 1552. He probably died in 1619, having had by his 
wife Elizabeth Terret (m. 1607) the following children : 

John, bapt. 5 January, 1611 ; probably referred to in his uncle John's will 

as " the sadler." 
Elizabeth, bapt. 25 April, 1614; d. in Moulsham 1617. 
Elizabeth, bapt. 6 April, 1618; adopted, I think, by her uncle John who 

mentioned her in his will, and mentioned also by the latter's widow, who 

speaks of her as " my maid Elizabeth Rogers." 

Richard Rogers, of Moulsham, called a "Poulter," married Anne 
Cooke 1613, and had the following children : — 

Jeane, bapt. 27 February, 1613. 
Mary, bapt. 21 January, 1615. 
John, bapt. 28 January, 1618. 

Besides all these there was a Thomas Rogers (buried, probably, 


1598) who was having children from 1575 to 1580 inclusive. 
There is no reason to doubt that he belonged to this Chelmsford 

And there was a William Rogers, who was buried in Chelmsford, 
1587, having buried his wife Margaret the year before, who must 
have belonged to a family of Rogers seated at Stanford le Hope and 
the neighboring parishes of Fobbinge and Curringham, near the 
Thames. I have a few abstracts of wills relating to them. One of 
these, John Roger of Fobbinge, refers to the above, in 1584, as 
cousin William Roger of Chelmsford, and his wife, and in a nuncu- 
pative codicil, made 21 October, 1584, he willed that John Roger 
his (own) son should remain at Chelmsford, where he then was, 
until our Lady day next. 

There are other references to the name of Rogers on the calendars 
of Wills and Admons. in Essex County, not yet examined. When 
they are, we may get more light on the relationship of all these parties. 

Some of these are as follows : — 

John Rogers, 1592. [bury). 

Rose Rogers (widow), 1599-1600 (prob. wid. of Robt. R., of Buttis- 

Richard Rogers, 1601-2. 

William Rogers, of Colchester, 1618. 

Mary Rogers (wid.), of Moulsham, 1626-8. 

Richard Rogers, of Moulsham, 1628-31. 

Thomas Rogers, of Moulsham, 1639-41. 

Jeremiah Rogers, of Chelmsford (test.), 1676-77. 

Daniel Rogers, of St. Nicholas, Colchester, 1679-80. 

Nehemiah Rogers, Hatfield Brodocke (test.), 1686-7. 

Jeremiah Rogers, Chelmsford (adm.), 1686-7. 

And in calendars of the Archd. of Colchester, 

Barnaby Rogers, of Boxted, 1626-7. 
William Rogers, of Bentley Magna, 1638-9. 
Elizabeth Rogers, of Witham, 1 646-7. 
Timothy Rogers, of Tey Magna, 1662-3. 
Rachel Rogers, of Tey Magna (Book Symons 46). 
James Rogers, of St. Buttolph (Book Symons 43). 

Whether this family can be traced farther remains to be proved. 
I find in Burke's General Armory the following : — 

Rogers (Chelmsford, co. Essex; Purton, co. Gloucester; Kent; 
and Evesham, co. Worcester). Ar. a chev. betw. three bucks, 
sa. Crest A buck's head set. attired or, in the mouth an acorn 
of the second, stalked and leaved vert. 

In the Visitation of Gloucestershire, published by the Harleian 
Society, Vol. XXI. p. 141, may be found a pedigree of the family 
undoubtedly referred to. If of this stock, then, our New England 
family may surely claim kinship with the protomartyr, by virtue of 
a descent from a common ancestor. I confess that I am somewhat 


inclined to think that further research may not only establish this 
connection, but also trace the ancestry of John Harvard's mother 
back to the same source. 

On the other hand, it will be remembered, Candler says that this 
family came from the North of England , while the Jortins believed that 
one of their ancestors was a steward of the Earl of Warwick, with- 
out, however, stating which Earl. 

Before giving extracts from any other wills, I ought to call atten- 
tion to a clause in the will of John Rogers the shoemaker (1(501), 
which, taken in connection with a similar one in the will of Thomas 
Rogers the shoemaker (1625), furnishes a significant bit of evidence 
to prove that these two stood to each other in the relation of father 
and son. 

John, the father, gave the three tenements bought of John Sanies* 
to his wife for life, then to daughter Susan and the heirs of her 
body ; failing such, then to the testator's other children. Now 
Susan died young and unmarried, her brother Nathaniel died ; 
whether Mary Griffyn was alive or not I cannot say, but in 1625 
Thomas Rogers is found disposing by will of " three tenements 
lately bought of my brother John Rogers, of Dedham, clerk." 

I was fortunate enough to discover the wills of John Hawes, whose 
widow Elizabeth became the second wife of John Rogers of Dedham, 
of Richard Wiseman, whose widow Dorothy became his third wife, 
of Dorothy Rogers herself, who by her conscientious mention of her 
step-children and their children, adds much to our knowledge of the 
family ; of John Rogers of Colchester, eldest son of the famous 
preacher of Dedham, and of John Rayf of Stradishall, Suffolk, who 
calls him brother in law. 

Short abstracts of these wills here follow : 

John Hawes the elder of St. Lawrence in the County of Essex, yeoman, 
7 August 1613, proved 12 October 1613. Mentions son John and Eliza- 
beth his daughter; kinsman John Anthony; Charles Anthony the young- 
er, a sister's son ; Martha Anthony, youngest daughter of said sister ; Fran- 
ces, the eldest daughter of sister Alice Anthony ; John Olmsted, son of 
Richard Olmsted and of daughter Elizabeth, Israel their second son, Jedi- 
diah their third son and Elizabeth their daughter ; daughter Elizabeth wife 
of Richard Olmstead, clerk ; Julian Veale of Maiden, widow ; wife P^liza- 
beth. Commissary Court, Essex, Herts, 1 613. 

Richard Wiseman, of Much Wigborowe, in the County of Essex, yeo- 
man, 12 October 1616, proved 24 May 1617. To my son Maike Wise- 
man, at his age of one and twenty years, my copyhold lands and tenements 
called Sheereinges and Cuckoes &c in Much Wigborowe. My brother 
Henry Wiseman, of Elsingham, Essex, gentleman, to take charge of said 
estates &c until then, to collect rents, &c. after the death of Anne Law- 
rence, widow. My said brother to pay unto my daughter Sara one hun- 

* There was a John Sanies in New England among the early settlers. — h. f. w. 
t I have found two or three other wills of this family of Ray, which do not throw any 
light on the Rogers alliance. 


died pounds, and to my daughter Anne one hundred pounds, at their several 
ages of twenty years. To my daughter Sara three hundred pounds and to 
my daughter Anne three hundred pounds, at their several ages of twenty 
years. To my son Marke one hundred pounds at his age of four and 
twenty years. To my wife Dorothie my freehold lands, tenements &c in 
West Mersey, Essex, for and during her natural life, and then to my said 
son Marke Wiseman forever. To Sir Edward Bullock Kn e five pounds 
and to the Lady Elizabeth, his wife, five pounds within one year after 
my decease. To John Whitacres, gentleman, three pounds sis shillings and 
eight pence within one year after my decease. To M r Harrison, of Layer- 
delahay, clerk, one piece of gold of twenty two shillings. To M r Nichol- 
son of Little Wigborowe twenty shillings. To Christian Bridge, my wife's 
mother, ten shillings to make her a ring. To Jo: Makyn now servant with 
William Bond of Colchester, baker, five pounds, at age of four and twenty 
years. To Matthew London of Colchester, yeoman, five pounds and to Mary 
his wife, my sister, ten pounds, upon condition that they shall not claim &c 
anything by force or virtue of the last Will and Testament of Margaret Wise- 
man, my late mother deceased. To Rachel!, Bridgett and Anne London, 
daughters of the said Matthew London, to every one of them three pounds. 
To Henry Bridge, my man servant thirty shillings. To my son Marke 
Wiseman one silver salt parcel gilt, one dozen silver spoons and one silver 
bowl or cup. 

All the rest of my goods and chattels &c to my wife Dorothy, except my 
gray ambling gelding which I give and bequeath to my said brother Henry 
Wiseman. Said wife Dorothy to be executrix. 

Weldon, 39 (P. C. C). 

Dorothy Rogers of Dedham in the County of Essex, widow, 16 April 
1640, proved 6 October 1640. She mentions son Mark Wiseman; 
daughter Sarah Cole, and her children Mary, Samuel, Sarah and Mark; 
daughter Hannah Hudson and her children John, Samuel, Hanuah and 
Sarah ; Sister Garrod and Jeremy Garrod her son ; the house where Ed- 
mond Spinke lives ; Nathaniel Rogers, eldest son of late deceased hus- 
band, and Margaret his wife, and their four children, John, Mary, Nathan- 
iel and Samuel ; Mary, wife of Samuel Rogers, clerk, another son of de- 
ceased husband, and his two children, John and Mary ; Frances, wife of 
Daniel Rogers, another son of deceased husband, and his three children ; 
Abigail, Bridget and Martha, daughters of late husband; the three child- 
ren of daughter Pecke, Thomas, John and Abigail ; the four children of 
daughter Anger, John, Samuel, Bridget and Mary ; Martha, the daughter 
of daughter Backler ; the widow Howchen and widow Remolds ; the wife 
of John Ham, the wife of Abraham Ham, Michael Ham and the wife of 
Bezaliel Ravens ; her maid Elizabeth Rogers ; her god children Robert 
Webb, Susan Gutteridge and William Thorne; the widow Downes and 
the widow French ; her sister Marshall ; John Rogers, her late hus- 
band's eldest son's son ; cousin Page of Haverhill ; and John Garrod of 
Colchester, her sister's son. 

Commissary Court, Essex & Herts, 31, 1641-2. 

John Rogers of Colchester in the Couuty of Essex, haberdasher, 7 July 
1628, proved 3 October 1628. To son John one hundred pounds at his 
full age of one and twenty years. My executrix shall, within three months 
after my decease, put in good security to Nathaniel Rogers of Bockinge, 
Essex, my brother, clerk, and Edmond Anger, my brother in law, of Ded- 


ham, in said County, clothier, to their liking and content, for the true 
payment of the said one hundred pounds. My wife Mary shall have the 
use and consideration of the said one huudred pounds yearly towards the 
bringing up of my said son John until his said age of one and twenty 
years. My said wife Mary to be executrix and the said Nathaniel Rogers 
and Edmond Anger to be supervisors, and to either of them twenty shil- 
lings apiece. To every of my brothers and sisters ten shillings apiece for 
a remembrance. To the poor of Colchester twenty shillings. 
Wit: John Rogers,* John Marshall and Tho : Cockerell. 

Arch, of Colchester, 11, 1628-9. 

John Ray of Stradishall in the County of Suffolk, yeoman, 31 January 
1630, one of the sons of Richard Ray, late of Stradishall, deceased. Men- 
tions brother Robert Ray ; lands &c in Wichambroke and Stradishall ; 
brother Richard Ray ; cousin John Ray of Denston ; brother Thomas Ray ; 
John Ray, son of brother Henry deceased ; brother Abraham Ray ; brother 
in law John Rogers, clerk ; brother in law John Benton, clerk ; John Ray, 
son of brother Ambrose deceased ; Elizabeth Page of Haverhill, widow of 
Michael Page ; Susan Ray, wife of Richard Ray. 

Admo D granted, 30 June 1631, to Ellene Ray relict &c of Robert Ray, 
brother and executor. S' John, 72 (P. C. C). 

Extracts from Feet of Fines. 

Between Thomas Cotton gen. quer. and William Turner gen., Mary 
Twidow, John Rogers clerk and Dorothy his wife, deforc, for one mes- 
suage, one garden, one orchard, thirty acres of arable land, six acres of mea- 
dow, twenty six acres of pasture and four acres of wood, and common pas- 
ture for all animals in Goldhanger, Tolshunt Major als. Tolshuut Becking- 
ham and Totham Parva. Consideration 100 11 st. 

Mich. 4 Car. I. Essex. 

Between Henry Towstall, esq. quer. and John Rogers, clerk and Dorothy 
his wife, deforc, for one cottage, one garden, two acres of arable land, thir- 
teen acres of freshmarsh, and two acres of saltmarsh, with the appurte- 
nances in Fingringhoe. Consideration 60 u sterling. 

Trin. 11 Car. I. Essex. 

The following is an abstract of the will of the Rev. John Ward, 
whose widow became the second wife of Richard Rogers of Weth- 

John Ward, preacher of God's word in Bury S l Edmunds, Suffolk, 9 
October 1589, f proved 31 October 1598. To youngest son John one hun- 

* I would suggest that this may be the signature of his father, John Rogers of Dedham. 

h. f. w. 

t Col. Joseph L. Chester furnished me with a copy of this will which I printed in full in 
1868 in my " Memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Ward." In the will as recorded the date is in 
words, " The nythe daie of October One Thowsand Fyue Hundredth eightie nyne Eliza- 
bethe Quadragesimo." Soon after receiving the copy I called Col. Chester's attention 
to the discrepancy between the regnal and the common year, and suggested that if the year 
of our Lord had been in arabic numerals instead of words, I should have supposed that 
the last two figures had been transposed, and that the true date was 1598 instead of 1589. 
Col. Chester found the original will, and it was as I supposed in arabic numerals, as was 
also the regnal year. " The year," he wrote, " should unquestionably be 1598, for it is 
simply impossible that a man writing in the 31st Elizabeth could hare written 40th." 
Besides, Samuel is mentioned in a way that conveys the idea that he, was of age, whereas 
in 1589 he was only twelve years old. See Memoir of N. Ward, p. 132.— Editor. 


dred pounds at twenty one ; daughter Abigail one hundred pounds at eight- 
een, and daughter Mary one hundred pounds at eighteen. To son Samuel 
all my books and apparell, and to son Nathaniel six score pounds at two 
and twenty. Wife Susan to be sole executrix. If she refuse then my 
brother Edward Ward to be executor. 

Wit: Lawrence Neweman, John Woodd. Lewyn, 85 (P. C. C). 

Adam Harsnett of Cranham in the County of Essex, clerk, 30 Novem- 
ber 1638, proved 16 September, 1639. Mentions wife Mary, widow of 
John Dawson, daughter Elizabeth Dawson ; brothers John Pope of Lon- 
don, Salter, and Samuel Harsenett, grocer, executors. To son John the 
picture of his grandfather Rogers, to son Ezekiell two beer bowls marked 
with E. R. and E. H., a silver wine goblet marked S. H. and spoons 
marked M. H. To daughter Anne (certain things which M r Cotton gave 
unto her). Daughter Abigail, v son Nathaniel annuities to be received 
out of lands of Grace Reinolds and Elizabeth Boreham of Bubbingworth, 
Essex. Mother Mercie Harsenett. Brothers William Harsenett, William 
White and John Pope. To daughters Torshell and Stanyon five pounds 
each. Harvey, 148 (P. C. C). 

The above is evidently the " Harsnet clarke " of the Candler 
pedigree. I would suggest that he married the daughter of Richard 
Rogers, widow of William Jenkin, and survived her. He was 
born, I found, in Colchester, son of Adam Halsnoth (as the name 
was often spelled), a joiner, by his wife Mercy or Marcey, and was 
a near kinsman of the well-known bishop, Samuel Harsnett, whose 
baptism I also found in Colchester under the name of Halsnoth. 
The will of Adam Halsnoth the elder, joiner, I found among the 
wills of the Archd. of Colchester (1612-13). He mentions wife 
Marcey, sons Adam, William, Samuel and Joseph, and daughters 
Marcey, Tamazin and Elizabeth. 

The connection of the Crane family with the Rogers family is 
shown in the following extracts. 


Robert Crane of Great Coggeshall in the County of Essex, grocer (with- 
out date) proved. 18 March 1658. Mentions wife; refers to marriage 
contract entered into with brother in law M r Nathaniel Bacon ; lands &c 
in West Mersey, Essex ; son Samuel Crane and his lawfull issue and son 
Thomas Crane ; they to pay my son Robert Crane and his issue ; lands 
&c in Stocke Street, lands in Gr 4 Coggeshall in occupation of myself and 
William Cottyes, lands in Church Street, sometime Spooners and other 
estates ; refers to a surrender made unto the William Turners (father and 
son) of Markes Tey &c. 

To my daughter Rogers, wife of Nathaniel Rogers, now of New Eng- 
land, clerk, four hundred pounds ; to my grand children Samuel, Nathaniel, 
Ezekiel, Timothy and John Rogers fifty pounds apiece ; they to accept of 
a bond of four hundred pounds made to me from M r Joshua Foote, now or 
late of New England, on which there is now due for principal one hundred 
and fifty pounds, besides use ; to daughter Mary Whiting wife of Henry 
Whiting of Ipswich, two hundred pounds, the remainder of her portion ; 
to my grand children Henry and Mary Whiting one hundred pounds apiece 
at their ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage respectively ; to 


my daughter Elizabeth, wife of William Chaplyn two hundred pounds ; to 
my graud children Robert and Mary Crane, children of my son Thomas 
Crane, one hundred pounds apiece ; to Diana, Elizabeth, Margaret, Fran- 
ces and Bridget, daughters of my brother Thomas Crane deceased, five 
pounds apiece ; to my kinswoman Frances Stafford, .widow, five pounds ; to 
Susan Voyse wife of John Voyse of Great Coggeshall, five pounds ; to my 
three kinswomen, the residue of the daughters of my sister Johan Foulsham, 
forty shillings apiece ; to Robert Crane, son of my cousin Robert Crane of 
Braintree, twenty pounds at his age of one and twenty years ; to William 
Fowleger, my servant, for his faithful service &c. thirty pounds ; to my son 
Samuel all my goods and wares in the shop and warehouses, my debts &c, 
and the lands and tenements in Lowhard &c had of John Edes, clerk, &c. ; 
sons Samuel and Thomas to be executors. 

Proved by the oath of Samuel Crane, the surviving executor. 

Pell, 179 (P. C. C). 

Samuel Crane of Great Coggeshall, in the County of Essex, gentleman, 
November, 1669, proved 10 August 1670. To my sister Mrs Mar- 

garet Rogers, now of Ipswich, in New England (lands and tenements in 
various places) for life, and then to her children ; my sister Mary Whiting, 
wife of M r Henry Whiting of Ipswich, Suffolk, and her children ; my sis- 
ter in law wife of Daynes, late the wife of my brother Robert 

Crane ; my sister M rs Elizabeth Chaplin, late the wife of M r William Chap- 
lin, of Bury S* Edmunds ; my brother M r William Clopton and his child- 
ren ; my cousin M r Lawrence Stisted of Ipswich, grocer, and my niece 
Mary, his now wife ; my uncle Mr. Edward Sparhawke and his son Sam- 
uel and daughter Sarah Sparhawke ; my kinswoman Mrs. Bridget An- 
drews, wife of M r William Andrews, citizen and cheesemonger of London ; 
John Garwood ; my father in law Mr. Robert Feltham ; my uncle Mr. 
John Crane, living about Horram in Suffolk, and his son John ; my cou- 
sin Cooper, widow, and cousin Burgis, widow ; children of my cousin Rob- 
ert Foulsam, deceased ; my cousin Robert Crane of Braintree and his son 
Robert ; my cousin John Sparhawke ; my cousin John Sherman ; my cou- 
sin M r John Blomfield ; my cousin M r John Rogers and M r William Hub- 
bard, both in New England ; Christian Whiting, daughter of Henry ; Isaac 
Hubbard; others mentioned. Penn, 97 (P. C. C). 

Robert Crane of Hadleigh in the County of Suffolk, gentleman, 14 May, 
18 Charles II. 1666, proved 22 May 1669. My sister Mary Crane to be 
executrix, to whom all my tenements &c in Kelvedon, in the County of 
Essex, the reversion of the jointure of my mother in law, the wife of M r 
Robert Andrewes ; if my sister die the premisses to be sold by Thomas 
Goulding and the product to be equally divided betwixt the children of my 
uncle Whiting and aunt Rogers in New England and the children of my 
cousin Thomas Goulding ; to the aforesaid Thomas Goulding and his heirs 
forever my house in Brantray ; my two messuages in Coggeshall to Wil- 
liam Fowler and his heirs forever ; to William Hawkins my two messuages 
on Fering Hill ; to M r Whiting of Sermer, for preaching my funeral ser- 
mon, five pounds ; to the poor of Kelvedon five pounds. 

Proved by Mary Stisted ah Crane, wife of Lawrence Stisted, sister of 
the deceased and his executrix. Coke, 51 (P. C. C). 



The following rough table will serve to show the relationship of 
most of these parties : 

* CRANE = 


Thomas « 


of Hor- 
ram, in 

Joan=. . . Foulsbam. Margaret, dau. 




five dans. 

and a son 


of Rob't Maidstone, 
and relict of Walter 
Clopton, by whom a 
son, Wm. Clopton. 

Robert Crane= Mary, dau . 

of Great 


in Essex. 

Will pro. 


of Samuel 


of Dedharn. 

Diana. Elizabeth. Margaret. Frances. Bridget 

I I 

Samuel Crane, f Thomas 
will pro. 1670. 



Daynes. Mary=Henry Whiting 
of Ipswich. 

Robert Crane, Mary=Lawrence Stisted. 
will pro: 1069. 

I I I 

Henry. Mary. Christian. 

Margaret=Nathaniel Rogers. 

Elizabeth=Wm. Chaplin. 

Samuel. Nathaniel. Ezekiel. Timothy. John. Mary. 

The following extracts from the Registry of Deeds of Suffolk 
County, Mass., refer evidently to the legacy of Robert Crane to his 
grandchildren, the sons of his daughter Margaret Rogers. 

By an Indenture made 24 October 1653 between Joshua Foote, late 
citizen and Ironmonger of London, then of Roxbury in the County Suffolk 
in New England, on the one part, and Robert Crane of Coggeshall in the 
County of Essex within the Commonwealth of England, on the other part, 
the former made conveyance to the latter of his dwelling house, lately pur- 
chased of Joshua Hues, situate in Roxbury, with four acres of land &c 
belonging, as security on his bond to pay 184£ 7" 2 d , due to the said Crane &c. 

Suffolk Deeds I. 335. 

Testimony of Samuel Danforth, Thomas Weld William Park and David 
Richard 1-9-1655 that Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich and William Barthel- 
mew did enter upon the dwelling house, formerly possessed by Joshua 
Hewes in Roxbury and since belonging to Joshua Foote deceased and did 
legally take possession of the said dwelling house &c. and order to give 
warning that the said house and land in the deed of sale made by the said 
Joshua Foote unto and for the use of M r Robert Crane &c. 20 October 
1653, do legally and properly belong unto Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich and 
to his brethren Samuel, Ezekiel and Timothy Rogers of Ipswich. 

Suffolk Deeds II. 210. 

It seems to me worth the while to add abstracts of the wills of 
Ezekiel, the son of Richard of Wethersfield, and of Nathaniel, the 
son of John of Dedham, and certain other notes gleaned in Salem 
Court House and elsewhere. 

* Morant, in his History of Essex (reprinted at Chelmsford, 1816), vol. ii. p. 164, refers 
to will of Samuel Crane of Great Coggeshall, gent., dated Nov. 1609.— h. f. w. 

t I have minute of will of Thomas Crane (Essex Co.) 165& (Book Aylett, 159, P CO), 
but no abstract at hand.— h. f. w. 


Ezekiel Rogers " Borne at Wethersfeild in Essex in old England Now of 
Rowley in Essex in new England" 17 April 1660, sworn to 26 March 1661 
Renders praise to God for three special blessings : " ffirst for my Nurture 
and Education under such a father M r Richard Rogers, in Catechisme and 
knowledge of the holy scriptures the want whereof I see to be the main 
cause of the Errors of the times. Secondly that (whereas till I was aboue 
twenty yeares of age I made but ill use of my knowledge but liued in a for- 
mal profession of Relligion) the lord pleased by occation of a sore sicknes 
which was like to be death to make me to see the worth and Neede of 
Christ and to take such houlde of him as that I coolde never let him goe 
to this houre whereby I am now encouraged to bequeath and committe my 
soulle into his hands who hath Redeemed it, and my Body to the Earth 
since he will giue me with these very eyes to see my Redeemer. Thirdly 
for my Calling even to be a minester of the Gospell the most glorious 
Calling in the worlde which the lord brought into noth without difficulty 
for my . . . .ing in the time of the hottest Persicution of that Bloody Ili- 
rarchy and being inlightened concerning the euell and snare of Subscrip...n 
and Cerimonies I was advised to give over the thought of the minestry and 
to betake my selfe to the study and practise of But the lord mer- 
cyfully prevented that ; for though it be a good and Nessecary Calling, I haue 
observed that the most through these o..e Coruption haue made it to them 
selues the very Temptation to couetousnes or lust or both, I therefore chose 
rather to lye hide abo.. a dozen yeares in an honerable famelly exerciseing 
my selfe in minesteriall dutyes for a bout a dozen yeares after my leaving 
the uneversity. Then the lord Gaue me a Call to a Publique charge att 
Rowley in Yorke shire whereby The Geutlenesse of — oby Mathewe I was 
fauoured both for subscription and Cerimonies and injoyed my liberty in 
the minestry about seaventeene ..ars in Comforthable sort Till for refuseing 
to reade that accursed Booke that allowed sports on God's holy Sabbath or 
lords day I was suspended and by it and other sad signes of the times driven 
with many of my hearers into New where I haue liued in my Pas- 

torall Office about years with much Rest and Comforth beleeueiug 

the way .. the Churches here to be according to the present light that God 
hath giuen the purest in the wholle world. 

Now Age and calling upon me to looke daly for my change I 
profese my selfe to haue liued and to dye an unfeigned Hater of all the 
Base Opinnions of the Anabaptists and Antinomians and all other Phren- 
ticke dotages of the times that springe from them which God will ere longe 
cause to be as doung on the earth. I doe also protest against all the evell 
ffashious and guises of this age both in Apparr.. and that Generall Disguise- 
ment c longe Ruffianlike haire A Custome most generally taken up at that 
time w len the Graue and modest weareing of haire was a part of the Re- 
proch of Christ: as appeared by the tearme of Roundheads and was car- 
ryed on with a high hand not with standing the knowne offence of soe 
many Godly persons, and without publique expression of these reasons for 
any such libertie taken." 

Then follows his disposal of his estate : to wife Mary the dwelling house 
&c. during her natural life; to nephew M r Samuel Stone of Connecticut 
thirty pounds ; to " my cousen his son John ten pounds ;" to dear brother 
and fellow officer M r Phillips five pounds and Aquinas his Sum. in folio ; to 
my sometimes servant Elizabeth Tenney ells Parratt ten pounds ; to loving 
neice M rs Mary Matosius of Maiden in Essex in old England ten pounds ; 
to loving niece M" Elizabeth C.ton wife of the Preacher of Roterdam in 


Holland ten pounds ; to the wife of cousin Rogers of Billerica five pounds ; 
sundry gifts to servants ; all his Latin books to Harvard College and some 
English books, as appears in the Catalogue. 

The rest of the estate in lands not given to wife during her natural life, 
he gives to the Church and town of Rowley upon condition that they pay 
or cause to be paid &c. unto Ezekiel Rogers the son of M r Nathaniel 
Rogers late pastor of the Church of Ipswich deceased the sum of eight 
score pounds. 

The real estate given to wife, for term of her life, after her decease to go 
to the church and town of Rowley to enable them the better to maintain 
two teaching elders in the church for ever, on condition that they settle an 
elder within four years and so from time to time when changes occur by 
death or removal any other way. On failure of this condition the said 
houses and lands to be to the use of Harvard College. Wife Mary to be 
sole executrix.* 

The amount of his estate as rendered in the Inventory was over 
1535£, of which 400£ was in lands that were Thomas Barker's (his 
wife's former husband). 

This will is on file among the probate papers of Essex County ; but 
I do not find any copy of it in the Registry or any record of probate 
or administration granted. In the March term of the Ipswich Court, 
1665, Ezekiel Rogers, the son of Mr. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich, 
deceased, brought suit against Mrs. Mary Rogers, the executrix of 
the above will, for not performing a promise and engagement made 
to the said Nathaniel in the behalf of his son, wherein the said Mr. 
Ezekiel Rogers, of Rowley, had obliged himself to provide for 
Ezekiel the son of Nathaniel, and to make his portion as good as the 
rest of the sons of the said Nathaniel. The plaintiff in his declara- 
tion says that his father for that reason gave him no portion in his 
estate, except a small pledge of his love, and discharged himself 
from any care concerning him, and, indeed, looked upon him as the 
elder brother, though but his fourth son. 

This case is valuable and important, since it furnishes evidence 
that the wife of the Rev. William Hubbard was Mary,f and not 
Margaret, as all our New England authorities have had it, and thus 
confirms Candler's statement, made in his account of the Knapp 
family. I fail to find the least bit of evidence, either that Nathaniel 
Rogers had a daughter Margaret or that William Hubbard had a 

* Rev. Ezekiel Rogers's will is printed in full in the Register, vol. v. pp. 12.5-8. — Ed. 

t Candler in his Knapp pedigree gives the name of the husband of Mary Rogers as 
" Win. Hobcrt," and in his Rogers pedigree as " Wm. Heley " (vide Register, xvii. 47). 
Mr. Waters makes it evident that the surname in the Knapp pedigree (Hobert, i. e. Hubbard) 
is correct. 

William Hubart or Hubbard of the County of Essex, England, who afterwards settled at 
Ipswich, Mass., married Judith, daughter of John and Martha (Blossc) Knapp, of Ipswich, 
England (see The Visitation of Suffolk, ed. by Metcalf, 1882, p. 149; Reg. xvii. 47). He 
was father of Rev. William Hubbard, who married Mary Rogers. 

The first book in which I find the christian name of the wife of Rev. William Hubbard given 
is John Fanner's Genealogical Register, published in 1829, where on page 152 she is called 
"Margaret daughter of Rev. Nathanjel Rogers." Subsequent writers have repeated Far- 
mer's error. — Editor. 


wife bearing that name. This Mary Hubbard seems to be living as 
late as 26 March, 1685, wliem she joins her husband in a conveyance 
of certain land in Ipswich. The following are some of the deposi- 
tions filed in this case. 

The testimony of Mart Hubbert. 

I can affirme that aft r iny Father Rogers' death my Brother Ezekiell 
Rogers was very desirous to have lived w th his Cousen M r Ezekiell Rogers 
of Rowley & he rendred this as y e reason, w n sundry complaints were made 
to his mother against him, that he knew he could please him, if he lived 
with him, w ch he knew he should never doe, unlesse he lived there, in 
reg d that sundry informations would be carried to his Cousen ag st him, w ch 
he should be able no otherwise to prevent. And farth r I know that our 
friends did endeavour to insinuate so much into my Couzen, but were dis- 
couraged therefrom by a report they heard from presseing it over farr, 
w ch report was, that one nere to my Cozen should say, nameing of him by 
some opprobrious terme, that he should not come there. Also when my 
Brother lived with him before, he wore his haire longer, by my Cosins 
sufferance, contrarie to my Fathers desire, then the rest of his Brethren ; 
Farther my Bio : rendred this as the reason why he was not willing to live 
constantly at the Colledge, because he had not convenient maintenance 
allowed, my Cosin not allowing above five pound a year at y e most. To 
the truth of w* is above written I can attest upon oath if called thereunto. 

March 31. 1665. Mart Hubbert. 

The Deposition of M™ Margaret Rogers aged about 55 yeares. 

This Deponent sayth that soon after her husbands death, goeing to visit 
her cousin M r Ez. Rogers of Rowly, he told her that he would doe for 
her son Ezekiel according as here followeth viz. That he would give him 
his house where he then Kved w th severall parcells of land, w ch he then 
mentioned, & shewed y e place of them, altho she had now forgotten the 
particulars: She thinks also he promised her then to allow l(j£ a year 
towards his education, yet (being long since she cannot speak so punctially 
thereunto). Further at another time since this Deponent went to the sayd 
M r Ez. Rogers to speake w th him about her son Ezekiels hayre, y' was 
complayned of, to be too long: but when M r Ez. Rogers would have had 
her son bound to let his hayre be no longer then to y e lower tip of his 
eares, she told him she would never yeild to such a snare for her child, tho 
he never had peny of him while he lived. Also this Deponent sayd y* 
James Baily told her that M r Ez. Rogers had appoyuted him to pay fourty 
pound to her upon the account of her son Ezekiel, but she never knew but 
of ten pound thereof paid : Also that she would have been glad if her son 
Ezekiel might have lived v?^ her Cousin M r Ez. Rogers at Rowly, and was 
troubled that there was no way appearing to have it so, altho her son 
Ezekiel alwayes about those times seemed very desirous so to doe. The 
Deponent also saith that Mr Ez. Rogers told her he had appointed James 
Baily to pay her fourty pound in four years towards the education of her 
son Ezekiel, And further saith not 

March 3065. Sworne before me Daniel Denison. 


"Matiiew Botes* of Leeds iu the County of Yorke Clothworker aged 
fifty yeares or thereaboutes " sworn at ^Tork 16 Jan'y 1661, makes a 
deposition concerning the matter. 

The testimony of John Pickard, aged forty three years, made 28 March 
1665, is to the effect that he understood from M r Ezekiel Rogers of Rowly 
that there were three reasons why he would not give his kinsman more. 
'"1 Because he refused to dwell w th him. 2 Because he would not keep at 
Colledge though there he would have maynteyned him. 3 Because he 
spake to his mother to have his haire cutt, but could not gett it done, 
And seuerall other things were the mention not here materiall." 

Essex Co. Court Papers, Vol. X. Nos. 90-98. 

A notable error has been made by all who have written about 
Ezekiel Rogers, of Rowley. They have all, one after another, 
stated that he brought over "the wife of his youth," Sarah Everard, 
who lived here about ten years, and died in Rowley, etc. That he 
brought over the wife of his youth I do not deny ; but that her 
name was Sarah Everard I can deny with confidence, for I find her 
provided with another husband, in the person of Ezekiel's eldest 
brother Daniel, who had by her, as his second wife, four children. 
Who then was the first wife of Ezekiel Rogers ? That he had a 
wife buried in Rowley about ten years after his coming over is true. 
Her name, however, was Joan, buried 8 May, 1649. This is a 
strong confirmation of a pedigree which I had constructed in Eng- 
land before I had the opportunity to discover this important fact. I 
had already been led to give Mr. Ezekiel Rogers a wife Joan by 
the following evidence which I had discovered in my researches 
among Wills and Feet of Fines : — 

Between Richard Ray n ton, gen. quer. and Ezekiel Rogers, clerk and 
Johanna his wife, deforc, for one messuage, one garden, nine acres of mea- 
dow and six acres of pasture, with the appurtenances &c in Bermondsey. 
Consideration 100 u sterling. Trin. 11 Can I. Surrey. 

(Feet of Fines.) 

Thomas Dampier ah Damport of Stratford at Bow, gentleman, 26 March 
1617, proved 15 February 1627. Mentions son James, daughter Kathe- 
rine, wife Joane, sister Joane, now wife of John Creed of Shepton Mallett 
in the County of Somerset, and her sons Matthew, Stephen and John 
Webb, cousin Marmaduke Moore and daughter Katherine now wife of 
Hugh Cressie, of London, merchant. 

To my daughter in law Joane Hartopp, now wife of Ezekiel Rogers of 
Hatfield, Essex, gentleman, twenty pounds within six months after my 
decease. Barrington, 18 (P. C. C). 

Pie must have married his second wife (Sarah?), daughter of Mr. 
John Wilson, very soon after; for Emanuel Downing writes from 

* Matthew Boyes was an early settler of Roxbury (Register, xxxv. 24). He was 
freeman of Massachusetts May 22, 1G39 ; removed to Rowley, which he represented in the 
General Court in 1641, 3, 5 and .50; returned to England as early as 1657. He was father 
of Rev. Joseph Boyse, of Dublin, Ireland, a famous Puritan author. (See Register, 
xii. 65.)— Editor. 


Salem, 24. 12. 1650, to John Winthrop, Jr., "Mr. Rogers of 
Rovvly hath last weeke buryed his wife and childe within a few dayes 
after shee was brought to bed." 

21 Feb. 1621. Ezekiel Rogers, Clerk, instituted to the Rectory of 
Rowley, void by the death of Henry Pickard, Clerk, on the nomination of 
Sir Francis Barrinston, Baronet. Institution Books, York. 

Extract from a Letter of Robert Ryece to John Winthrop, 1 

March, 1636. 

" One accidente which I credibly hard, I can not omytte; — While the 
Bishop his chancelor, Dr. Corbett, was vpon his seate of justice at Bury, 
newes was broughte hym that Mr. Rogers of Dedham dyed the last nighte. 
Is he so ? sayd the chancelor, let him goe in reste, for he hath troobled all 
the contry these 80 yeert-s, & dyd poyson all those partes for x myle 
rounde abowte that place, — the manner of whose death is thus reported ; 
whiles the Bishop was at Ipswiche, one daye, havinge occasion to ryde 
forthe, comanded his servantes to hyer poste horses ; who browght hym 
worde that all the horses were taken vp, by suche as wente to the sermon 
at Dedham. Is the wynde at that doore ? sayde the Bishop, I wyll soone 
ease that ; & so not long after, as the Commissary synce confessed, he had 
commande from Canterbury vpon the complaynte of Norwich to stay the 
lecture at Dedham : wherevpon the Commissary wrote a friendely letter to 
Mr. Rogers, shewenge hym he had commandemente from Canterbury to 
require hym to stay his lecture now for a whiles the plague continewed, 
which by suche concourses was dttylie encreased. Mr. Rogers, beleevinge, 
as was pretended, stayed his lecture, & after harvest ended, the Doctor & 
Comissary was moved for reneweue of the lecture ; the Comissary gave 
fayer woordes, promysynge uery shortely thay shoolde haue liberty, which 
after sondry promyses, withowte all in all intention, Mr. Rogers seinge 
there was a secrett determination wholly to suppresse that lecture, this 
strooke hym to the harte, hastened all his natural malladies to his vttermost 
periode." "Winthrop Papers, Mass. Hist. Coll. 

Fourth Series, Vol. VI. p. 412. 

Extract from a Letter of Emanuel Downing to John Winthrop, 
6 March, 1636. 

" I was at Mr. Rogers of Dedham his funerall, where there were more 
people than 3 such Churches could hold : the gallery was soe over loaden 
with people that it suuck and crackt and in the midle where yt was Joyuted 
the tymbers gaped and parted on from an other soe that there was a great 
cry in the Church : they vnder the gallery fearing to be smothered, those 
that were vpon yt hasted of, some on way some an other, and some leaped 
downe among the people into the Church : those in the body of the Church 
seing the tymbers gape were sore afrighted, but yt pleased God to honour 
that good man departed with a miracle at his death, for the gallerie stood 
and the people went on againe, though not so manie as before ; had y l fain 
as blackfryars did vnder the popishe assembly, yt would haue ben a great 
wound to our religion." Winthrop Papers, Mass. Hist. Coll. 

Fourth Series, Vol. VI. p. 47. 

Mr. Nathaniel Rogers arrived in New England 17 Nov. 1636.* 

* Winthrop's New England, vol. i. p. 205 (2d cd. p. 244). 


Concerning his voyage, the following extract from a Letter of 
Brampton Gurdon to John Winthrop, dated Assington, this 30 of 
August (1636), seems worth inserting. here. 

" It hathe faulne out verry hard with the shipe whear in Mr. Nathaniel 
Rogers imbarked himselff, his wiff who locke for* at the end of 7 bur , 4 
children, & 3 other pore fameles out of this towen ; won is Robinson that 
lived in Litle Waldenfeld, with his wiff & 6 children ; they went abord at 
Grauesend the furst of Jeuen, & have euer scins ben houareng to the He of 
Wite, & this day Mris Crane, their scister, & Mris Rogers mother in law 
tould me her husband had a letter from them from Plimworth, writ on 
Saturday scenight. This will fall exceding heui to dyuers in the ship who 
had mad som prouicyon for their liuelyhod in New England. Thay will 
be inforsed to spe[nd] it before they goe, & all for want of a constant Est 
wind. Thay haue had the wind for a day or 2, & then brougbt backe 
agayen. Thay haue had dyuers feruent prayers to geue them a good wind, 
but the tyem is not yet coum for God to haue the prayes of it." 

Winthrop Papers, Mass. Hist. Coll. 

Fourth Series, Vol. VI. p. 560. 

The will of the Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, Pastor of the Church at 
Ipswich, taken from his own mouth, July 3, Anno Domini 1655, 
was proved in court at Ipswich, 25-7—1655. He reckons his estate 
in Old and New England at about twelve hundred pounds, four 
hundred pounds of which "is expected from my father M r . Robert 
Crane in England." He makes the portion of John, though his 
eldest son, equal only with the others, viz. Nathaniel, Samuel and 
Timothy, and gives to each one hundred pounds out of his estate in 
Old England and one hundred pounds out of his estate in New Eng- 
land. To his son Ezekiel he gives twenty pounds, which he may 
take in books if he pleases. To his daughter he had already given 
two hundred pounds. To his three grandchildren, John, Nathaniel 
and Margaret Hubbard, he gives forty shillings each. To his cousin, 
John Rogers, five pounds, in the hands of Ensign Howlett. To 
Elizabeth, Nathaniel, John and Mary, children of his cousin John 
Harris, f of Rowley, he gives twenty shillings each. To Harvard 
College, five pounds. The remainder he leaves to his wife Margaret, 
whom he appoints executrix. 

The original will is on file in the Probate Registry of Essex 
County, and a copy of it is preserved among the papers of the case 
of Rogers vs Rogers already referred to. 

Mrs. Margaret Rogers died in Ipswich, 23 January, 1675, and 
admon. was granted to her eldest son, John Rogers, 30 March 
following (1676.) 

Administration of the estate of Margaret Rogers, of Ipswich in 

* I am inclined to think that this must refer to her expected confinement. Ezekiel must 
have been born just about this time. — h. f. w. 

t The wife of John Harris of Rowley was named Bridget. I would suggest that she may 
have been Bridget Anger, one of the children of Edmond and Bridget Anger (see the wills 
of Dorothy Rogers of Dedham and of John Rogers of Colchester),— h. f. w. 


New England, widow, was also granted in England, 21 March, 
1677, to William Hubbard, principal creditor. 

From her age, as given in her deposition, it would appear that 
she was born about 1610. Her mother, therefore, could not have 
heen the Mary Sparhawke, daughter of Samuel, baptized 1 February, 
1600. (See New Eng. Hist/Gen. Reg., Vol. XIX. p. 125.) 

There remains John Rogers, of Billerica, who undoubtedly be- 
longed to this family, as we may learn from the will of Ezekiel of 
Rowley. The recent history of Billerica, by our associate, Rev. Mr. 
Hazen, furnishes a good account of him and his descendants. His 
will can be found on record in the Suffolk Registry (X. — 23). It 
was "declared" 22 January, 1685, and letters were granted 8 June, 
1687, to Thomas and Nathaniel, the executors. He gives to 
Nathaniel one half the house, etc., and to Thomas the other half 
after the death of the widow, who is to have the use of it. Other 
bequests to sons John and Daniel, daughter Priscilla, grandchild 
Mary French (at 21), son George Browne and wife's daughter 
Mary Browne. He is said to have died 25 January, 1685(6), aet. 
74, and was born therefore about 1611 or 1612. On the Tabular 
Pedigree which accompanies these notes will be found two Johns, 
either of whom might be this individual, so far as date of birth 
would indicate. 1 cannot help thinking that John, the son of 
Nathaniel, the schoolmaster, was the one referred to in will of his 
uncle John, of Dedham, as "the sadler," brother to Elizabeth 
Rogers. This sister, I doubt not, was adopted by her uncle, and 
was the one mentioned by the widow Dorothy Rogers in her will, as 
"my maid Elizabeth Rogers." The John Rogers who lived in Bil- 
lerica was evidently a baker (as I am informed by Mr. Hazen). 
Whether a man would change an occupation requiring an appren- 
ticehood for another is a question. We have still left John, the 
second son of Thomas Rogers, who probably was placed by his 
father to learn some other trade than the ancestral one of shoe- 
making, in which the eldest son, Thomas, was to succeed him. I 
am therefore inclined to think that we are to look here for our 
Billerica Rogers. 

It was my good fortune to find in the British Museum two Elegies 
which seem to have escaped notice hitherto ; one in manuscript, 
which I found in the well known Harleian collection ; the other a 
printed broadside, in a collection known as the Luttrell collection. 
I found in this latter collection divers other elegies and eulogies 
which deserve to be known ; among them one on the Rev. William 
Jenkin the younger, I remember, and another on Col. Rainborough. 

The two elegies referred to here follow : — 

Upon the death of old M r Rogers of wethersfield minister of god his word, 

late deceased. 

In Rama once a voyce was heard W ch now in weathersfield doth sound 

Of bytter lamentation, An heavy visitation. 



He is not now who lately was 

As Rachells children were not 
Soe we shall hardly fynd the lyke 

Crye loud therefore & spare not. 
Thccloudie piller now is gone 

That guyded in the day 
And eke ye fire w ch in the night 

Did poynt us out the way. 
Alas therfore what shall we doe 

Our Moses cannot crie, 
Nor stand up in the gapp to stay 

Gods iudgements when they flie. 
How shall we passe to Canaan now 

The wildernesse is wide 
Soe full of Tygers, Beares & wolues 

And many a beast besyde. 
Who shall stand up to plead w th God 

ffor to supply our neede. 
Our waters stand, our Manna feast 

Whereon our soules did feede. 
Oh happie it was w th weathersfielde 

And neighboure townes about 
When they enioyed y* worthy light 

Which now iscleane worne out. 
Noe greater proofe of loue to god 

Doth Christ himself require 
Then was p'formcd of this man 

W th all his hartes desire 
W th wisedome and discretion both 

He fedd Christs lambs indeede 
Devydcinge out them portions all 

According to their neede. 
To stronge ones he gave stronger meat 

W ho better could apply y l 
And to the weaker sort also 

As best might fitt their dyett. 
The sicke and feeble ones alsoe 

He nourished paynefully 
And evermore his hart did yerne 

To heare y e poore mans crie. 
He bound up broken hearted ones 

He did y e hungrie feed 
He brought thewandringe home againe 

And did supplie their neede 
He sought their peace continually 

He ended all their striefe 
Reioyceing neuer more then when 

They ledd a Christian lyfe. 
He spared noe labour of the mynde 

Noe bodilie griefe nor payne 

That tended to his peoples good 

And to his masters gayne. ffayle 

When strength of leggs and feete did 

On horseback he did ryde 
And wheresoeuer he became 

His tallent well emploid. 
Soe deerely did he loue gods house 

"When Arons bell did call 
Noe winde or weather might him lett 

He ventred lyfe and all. 
Thus did he leade them forth w^ ioy 

To pastures fresh and greene 
And to the lyuely water pooles 

As cleere as hath beene seene. 
Rare was his order to catechise 

His doctrine sound & playne 
And by this holy ordynance 

He many soules did gayne. 
Thus hath he spent his vitall breath 

In honour and renowne 
His hower is past, his glasse is runne 

And he hath gott the crowne. 
And now behold ye shepehards all 

Whom god hath given this station 
See here a patterne to behoulde 

flit for your imitation. 
The better sort neede yet to learne 

This patterne to behould 
As for the rest, learne you were best 

Looke better to your soulde. 
And now Oh woefull weathersfield 

Whose fame soe farr hath sounded 
Looke how thou hast received & heard 

And how thy faith is grounded. 
And to thy faith and godly life 

As thou before hast learned 
W th out the w ch thy faith is deade 

And cannot be discerned, 
ffor now the Lord doth call for fruite 

To answere all his payne 
And wher he hath bestowed much 

He lookes for much agayne. 
Loue thou therefore gods ordynance 

Sell all, that to obteyne 
And buy the fielde wher treasure is 

That ever shall remayne 
Then thou w th him thats gone before 

Shall f£|alleluiah singe 
And Reigne in heaven for euermore 

W th Christ our lord and kinge. 

[Harleian MS. 1598.] 

A mournefull Epitaph upon the death of that reverend worthy Pastor M r JOHN 
ROGERS, late preacher of Gods word at Dedham in Essex, who departed this 
life the 18 of October in the yeere 1636. 

2. [old, 

Come weep and mourne, both yong and 

your harts to sorrow move 
Both Sheepe and Lambs all of his fould 

shew forth your deerest love. 

Come helpe us mourn good Shepherds all, 
who love Christs flock indeed 

Helpe us to beg, pleade, cry & call, 
in this our time of need. 



Our joy is gone, our soules delight, 
our blessed sonne of thunder, 

Our valiant champion in Gods sight, 
to breake sinnes boults in sunder. 


Our famous light which lately stood 
on hill within our towne : [abroad, 

Whose beames were spread so farre 
is now by death tooke downe. 


Those lively christall streames so pure, 
with pastures fresh and greene ; 

From us alas are lock't full sure, 
and can no more be seene. 


Oh mournefull flocke who art deprived 

of such a faithfull guide ; 
Whose drooping soules he hath reviv'd 

Full many a time and tide. 

Our faithfull Moses now is gone, 

Which stood up in the breach ; 
To stay Gods wrath with many a groane, 

his hands to heaven did stretch. 

His life Gods glory did advance, 

his doctrine good and plaine : 
And by Gods holy ordinaace 

he many a soule did gaine. 

No paine nor labour he did spare, 

the hungry soules to feed, 
Dividing out each one his. share, 

according to their need. 

A person grave, a patron rare, 

most humble, godly, wise, 
Whose presence made the wicked feare, 

when they beheld his eyes. 


His ears were open and attent, 
To heare the poore mans cry : 

And speedily his heart was bent, 
to find a remedy. 


To rich and poore, to old and yung, 
most courteous, mild and meeke, 

The mourning soules he brought along, 
and comforted the weake. 


Much comfort heere his soule possest, 

his life fame, and renowne, 
And now with Saints and Angels blest, 

he weares a glorious crowne. 


Where many a soule is gone before, 
Which hethi'ough Christ hath gain'd, 

His glory shines as Sunne therefore, 
And never shall be stained. 


You pastors all of Christ his fould, 
of soules who have the charge, 

See here a patterne to behold 
Your duties to your charge. 


His faith, his love, his godly care, 
his zeale sinne to suppresse : 

His pitty showes to such as were, 
in griefe and heavinesse. 


His humble heart did soon make peace, 

by arbitration wise, 
All jars and strifes he made to cease, 

twixt neighbours that did rise. 

But now those ioyfull dayes are gone, 

which made our hearts so glad, 
And comfort brought to many one, 

when sorrow made them sad. 


Our Zion temple songs doe cease, 

our burning shining light 
Is gone to everlasting peace , 

and bids us all good night. 


Our constant Lector twelve dayes fame, 

and ioy of Saints all round, 
To which Gods armies flocking came, 

To heare his doctrine sound. 


Gods holy Law and Gospel pure, 
he preach't with courage bouid, 

Whereby he many did allure, 
and brought to Christ his fould. 

The poore and hungry soules alway, 

with good things he did fill, 
The rich, nor any went away, 

Without Gods mind and will. 


Most faithfully he preach't Gods will, 

with wisedome from above, 
And left for to direct us still, 

his booke of faith and love. 


Gods counsell and the narrow way, 

heclearely did unfold 
Without excuse to leave all they, 

That would not be controld. 


His proudest foes on every side, 
who sought his deprivation, 

He still did overcome their pride, 
by humble conversation. 


Against hels force and Satans rage, 
God kept him in his station, 

And still preserved him in his old age, 
In Dedhams congregation. 



From weeke to weeke, from day to day, 

be cryed in our eares : 
And this he did without delay, 

the space of thirty yeeres. 

28. _ 
In zeale he was a flaming fire, 

yet humble and discreet, 
Which made his chiefest foes admire, 

and swadged their malice great. 

They often sought for to prevaile, 

to take away our joy. 
To quench our light they did assaile 

our glory to destroy. 


But God did guard his choice elect, 
who worthy was through Christ, 

From dangers all did him protect, 
and tooke home at last. 


The time of life that God him lent, 
was three score yeeres and seven, 

The greatest part of which lie spent, 
to bring soules into heaven. 


Oh happy change and blessed gaine, 

good time for him to die : 
Vnhappy we that still remaine 

more sinful 1 dayes to see. 


Yet happy now likewise are they, 

which are in state of grace. 
And were so wise that in their dayes, 

with God they made their peace. 


Now magniBe the providence, 

of Gods election strong, 
That he such dayes by sure defence, 

In mercy did prolong. 


And now hold fast with diligence, 
the trueths which you have learn'd 

And bring forth fruit with patience, 
that grace may be discern 'd. 


Those graces learne to imitate, 
in him which shine so bright, 

So shalt thou live iu happy state, 
and pleasing in Gods sight. 

A wife hath lost a heavenly head, 

children a father deare, 
A losse to all on every side, 

and to his flocke most neere. 

Printed for 

His house a blessed Bethel was, 

as plainely did appeare : 
He lived to see his fruits in grace, 

on all his children deare. 


But now alas what shall we doe 

Gods anger to revoke, 
Our sinfulnesse have brought us to 

This sad and heavy stroake. 


Our sleepy formall carelessnesse, 

in hearing of Gods word : 
Vnfruitfull barren hearteduesse, 

though we with meanes were stored. 


All those that have worne out this light, 

and yet remain all darke, 
How shall it now their soules affright, 

to weare this cursed marke. 


Now let us all repent and pray, 

with zeale and fervency, 
That of the Lord obtaine we may, 

some comfort and supply. 

Our King and Counsell Lord preserve, 

and all of each degree, 
That from his trueth we may not swerve, 

but therein live and die. 


That with him that's gone before, 

a kingdome may obtaine, 
And then with Saints for evermore, 

in glory may remaine. 


In morning wake with God, and beg his 

Offend not his good spirit in any case. 
Hang fast on Christ, cleave closse unto 

his word, 
No time forget to weare the christian 


Run cheerefully your generall is before, 
Our blessed captain Christ hath opened 

the doore 
Got victory against sin, death and hell, 
Eternall life for aye with him shall 

Returne my soule, goe foorth unto thy 

Strange joyes are .gone which cannot be 


I. L. 

the yeere, 1642. 

Eulogies and Elegies 

Luttrell Coll. Vol. I. 

British Museum. 


A Final Concord was made between Richard Grene, quer., and Wil- 
liam Convers, deforc, about three acres of arable land with the appurtenances 
in Navestock, the consideration being forty pounds sterling. 

Feet of Fines, Co. of Essex, Easter Term, 36 th Eliz" 1 . 

Will of Thomas Convers, of Westmersey, Co. Essex, yeoman, 9 May 
1599, proved 11 January 1599. To my sons Thomas and Edward Con- 
vers all my lands and tenements, whatsoever they be in this realm of Eng- 
land, towards the education and bringing up of my children &c. To my 
son John Convers ten score pounds out of the lands &c. in two years after 
he shall accomplish the full age of twenty onfe years, provided if my said 
son shall happen to enjoy by inheritance one cottage and orchard (copy- 
hold) in Chessen (Cheshunt ?) in Co. Herts, then he to have but nine score 
pounds. To my daughters Lettes, Katren and Frances Convers fifty 
pounds each in one year after marriage or at the age of twenty four years. 

My son Thomas Convers to be executor and son Edward to be super- 
visor. Commissary Court, Essex and Herts. 

William Convers of Layndon, Essex, husbandman, 15 June 1607, 
proved 17 July 1607. To my son William ten pounds at the age of t ween 
ty one years. To my daughters Agnes and Joane Convers thirty pounds 
each at the age of eighteen years. To my mother Joane Convers three 
pounds if she will depart from my wife and not be at her keeping. To the 
poor of Layndon ten shillings, and to the poor of Ramsdeu Bellhouse three 
shillings and four pence. To my wife Agnes Convers all my goods and 
chattels &c. and she to be executrix. My brother John Convers to be over- 
seer and I give to him ten shillings. Com. Court, Essex and Herts. 

John Convers of Basildon, Essex, yeoman, 5 May 1614, proved 6 
June, 1614. He mentions wife Elizabeth, three daughters Joane, Elizabeth 
and Lydia Convers, son in law William Pullen (aud his brother Thomas 
Pullen), sister Ruth, and cousin Robert Vyncet. 

Com. Court, Essex and Herts. 

Allen Convers of Southweald in the County of Essex, yeoman, 3 
January 1636, proved at Brentwood 28 June 1639. To the poor of the 
upland of Southweald the sum of twenty shillings, to be paid to the over- 
seers of the said parish &c. within one month next after my decease. To 
Elizabeth my wife all my house and land in Navestock and Stanford Ry- 
vers, for the term of her natural life, and after her decease to my son 
Gabriel Convers and to his heirs forever. To Elizabeth, my wife, all my 
house & land in Fyfield alias Fyfedfor term of her natural life, and after her 
decease to my son Dauiel and to his heirs forever according to a deed of fe- 
offment. To my son Andrew the sum of four pounds a year for the term 
of five years, to be paid unto him by my son Daniel, the first payment to 
begin at the second feast of S l Michael the Archangel next after my de- 
cease, and so from year to year until the said term of five years be expired. 
I give and bequeath to Richard Convers, my son, other four pounds a year, 
&c, to be paid unto him by my son Daniel in manner & form as afore- 
said. To Anne Shelton, my daughter, the sum of forty shillings a year 
&c. &c. To Hester Skynner my daughter other forty shillings a year &c. 

Item I give & bequeath to Edward my son the sum of five shillings to 
be paid unto him by my executrix. To my son Gabriel the sum of five 
shillings &c. To my son Daniel five shillings. To my son Andrew 
five pounds, to be paid him within two years after my decease. To Rich- 


ard mj son the sum of ten pounds, to be paid within one year after my 
decease. To Anne Shelton my daughter five pounds within two years 
&c. To Richard & Gabriel my sons one great brass pot and one cal- 
dron between them and to take them after the decease of Elizabeth my 
wife. Other personal property to daughter Hester Skyuner. All the rest 
of my said goods, not bequeathed nor given away, to Elizabeth my wife 
wliom I make executrix &c, to pay such lsgacies as I have bequeathed 
and given away and to see my body buried in a decent and comely manner. 
Wit : Samuel Luckin, Thomas Osborne. 

Whitehead, 50. [Registry of Archdeaconry of Essex.] 

Elizabeth Adams of the parish of Rederith [Rotherhithe] in the 
County of Surrey, widow, late the wife of John Adams, late of Branston in 
the County of Northampton, yeoman, deceased, being weak and aged, 10 
December, 1G60, proved the last of December 1660, I give and bequeath 
unto my son Thomas Adams (who about twelve years ago went into Vir- 
ginia) five pounds to be paid him or his assigns within six months after my 
decease. To my son George Adams (who about three years since went 
into France) twenty pounds within six months &c. To Hugh Thompson 
twelve pence, and no more, within six months &c. To my daughter Re- 
becca Brownlow, wife of Peter Brownlow, forty pounds within six months. 
To my daughter Sarah Adams fifty pounds within six months. My daugh- 
ter Mary Adams to be sole executrix and residuary legatee. 

Wit : Joane Vahun (by mark), Jane Hilles, William Barrett (by mark) 
and John Fuller, Scrivener. Nabbs, 260. 

At Sea Latitude 24 degrees 7 ber y e 9 th 1662. Aboard y e Restauracon. 

Loveinge Brother These certifie yow that wee sett sayle from New 
England upon the ffifth day of August since which time wee have had two 
exceedinge great stormes of winde insomuch that wee have lost all our mast 
and throwne overboard a great deale of ffish and mickrell and pipe staves 
as alsoe three horses drowned one of which was betwixt yourselfe and my 
brother Thomas soe that you have lost all as well as my brother Thomas 
and myselfe and Peter. I knowe not whether I have saved anythiug or noe 
till I come to some port soe much as some of my wearinge Cloathes were 
thrown over board it was the Lord's Gi -t mercy that hee did spare our lives 
and was more then we did expect (twice) the Lord give us hearts to bee 
truely thankfull for his mercies wee lye like the wracke in the Sea and 
know not what harbour wee shall gett to and are scarce of provisions and 
water, but three pints of water a man a day (the Lord deliver us) I hope 
yow have paid the three pounds three shillings I charged to yow from 
Deale if yow have not pray doe. But I doe not question but it is paid long 
ere this I have ab' fifty pounds or sixty pounds or seventy pounds of To- 
bacco in Captaine Thomas Carter's haude at Nancemund in Jeames River if 
I come not home this twelve monethes then pray looke after itt for then 
yow may conclude the Lord hath taken me out of this world. But I hope 
ere that he will fitt mee for a better world I had a servant run away in 
Virginia that makes mee not knowe what Quantitie of Tobacco is in Cap- 
taine Carter's bauds I pray if it should please God to deale otherwise then 
yow expect with mee that yow would see after that and lett my brother 
Peter my sister Mary and William have it Captaine Jn° Whitty who 
uses Virginia knowes the man and if yow can speake to him hee will bring 
it home hee knowes the man is a very honest man and lett them three have 


their shares of what is due to mee which wilbee seventy or eighty pounds 
apeece and seventy or eighty pounds amongst all of yow for mourninge. I 
am in hast the shipp being under saile — soe leavinge yow to the protection 
of Almighty God with my kinde Love to yourselfe and all freinds rest 

Yo r Loveing brother Stephen Fox. 

20 October, 1663 emanavit commissio Johanni Fox fratri nrali etc. 

Juxon, 119. 

Francis Willis of the parish of "Ware River, in the County of Glou- 
cester, in Virginia, but now resident in the parish of East Greenwich in 
the County of Kent, Gentleman, 6 July 1689, proved 25 April 1691. My 
body to be decently buried, my executor not exceeding oue hundred pounds 
sterling at my funeral, in costs & charges. To my loving sister Grace 
Feilder one hundred & twenty pounds sterling to be paid in manner & form 
following (that is to say) fifteen pounds per annum during her life, or until 
the sum of one hundred & twenty pounds be fully paid, which first shall hap- 
pen. To Charles Feilder, the son of my sister Grace aforesaid, one hun- 
dred pounds sterling (in payments of twenty pounds per annum until the 
sum of one hundred pounds be fully paid). To my cousin Elizabeth But- 
ler and her daughter Sarah Butts ten pounds sterling apiece. To my 
cousins Frances and Elizabeth Willis, sisters to Hugh Willis, clerk, de- 
ceased, the sum of ten pounds sterling apiece. To Francis & Christopher 
Willis, the sons of the said Hugh Willis, the sum of twenty pounds sterling 
apiece. To the widow of Hugh Willis ten pounds sterling. To Susanna 
Willis, the daughter of my brother Henry Willis, ten pounds sterling. To 
my cousins John & Joane Lipton one hundred pounds sterling and to her 
two children, Henry & Mary, one hundred and thirty pounds sterling apiece. 
To my cousin Mary Herren, the daughter of my brother Henry Willis de- 
ceased, the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds sterling. To Alice Wil- 
lis, daughter of said brother Henry, three hundred & fifty pounds sterling. 
To my loving cousin Elizabeth Ironmonger one hundred pounds sterling 
and to her two sons Charles & Matthew Ironmonger one hundred pounds ster- 
ling apiece. To William Willis, the son of my brother William Willis de- 
ceased one hundred & fifty pounds sterling. To the poor of the parish of S l 
Fowles als S l Algate in the city of Oxford, the place of my birth, oue hun- 
dred pounds sterling. And all my legacies I desire may be paid within 
eighteen months after my decease. 

To my dear & loving wife Jane Willis, the sum of one thousand pounds 
sterling, to be paid her in the first place, within one year after my decease, 
and all the household vessels of plate, linen & bedding which she brought 
over with her from Virginia to England (& other personal estate). 

I give unto the said William Willis, the son of my brother William 
Willis deceased, all that land & plantation which his father formerly lived 
upon & held of me, with the appurtenances, situate on the South side of 
Crany Creek, containing one hundred acres or thereabouts, to him & the 
heirs of his body lawfully begotten or to be begotten, and for want of such 
heirs then to the right heirs of me the said Francis Willis. 

I give & devise unto the said Francis Willis, the son of my brother Hen- 
ry Willis, all the rest & residue of all my other estate & estates whatso- 
ever in lands, goods, moneye, cattle & chattells that I now at this time 
stand seized or possessed in Virginia and not herein already devised, also 
one thousand pounds, to be paid him within eighteen months after my 


I ordain & make William Willis, the son of brother Henry Willis de- 
ceased, sole executor of this my will & testament. I give unto M r Edward 
Poker, of the Parish of S l Peters in the East in Oxford city, milliner, and 
M r George Richards of London, merchant, whom I desire & appoint to 
be overseers &c, the sum of ten pounds sterling apiece. 

Wit: Richard Jones, Margaret Nicholson, Joseph Busfield. 

Vere, 201. 

[Francis Willis, the progenitor of the worthy and prominent Virginia family of 
the name Willis, was granted, July 3, 1642, 450 acres of land in that portion of York 
County from which Gloucester County was formed by act of Assembly in the same 
year. ( Va. Land Registry, Book No. 2, p. 199.) 

He represented Gloucester County in the Huuse of Burgesses in 1652, and later. 
Francis (born 1685-90), son of Hugh Willis, the last presumably his brother, is 
said to have married " Lady'' Ann Rich in England about the year 1716. She 
was interred near the chancel of Ware Church, Gloucester County. The frag- 
ments of the broken slab above her grave present the following inscription : 

'• Here lyeth the body of Mrs. Ann Willis the wife of Col. Francis Willis, who 
departed this life the 10 th of June, 1727, in the 32 nd year of her age ; Also the body 
of A** daughter of the above aged 7 days."' 

There are a number of extensive land grants of subsequent record, to Thomas, 
Coll Francis. William, John, Richard, Robert, Major Henry, David, Francis, 
Augustine and Herod Willis, to the year 1772, inclusive, located in the counties of 
York, Lancaster, Gloucester, Westmoreland, Middlesex, Henrico, Spotsylvania, 
Orange, Goochland, Albermarle, Brunswick and Pittsylvania counties. Major, 
subsequently Colonel Henry Willis, was one of the Trustees of the town of Freder- 
icksburgh, Va , laidoffin 1727. Col. William Byrd, visiting the town in 1732, 
says: "Col. Willis, who is the top 6unn of the place .... walked me about his 
town of Fredericksburg." A Henry Willis was member of the House of Bur- 
gesses from Gloucester County in 1726, and Francis Willis in 1736. Lewis Burwell 
married between Oct. 22-29, 1736, Mary, presumably a daughter of the last; and 
Rebecca, daughter of this Lewis and Mary (Willis) Burwell, of " White Marsh," 
Gloucester County, married Jaquclin, seventh child of Richard and Elizabeth 
(Jaquelin) Ambler (see Genealogical Gleanings, p. 140). < 

Lewis Willis was one of the signers of the articles of " Association," dated Feb. 
27, 1766, composed chiefly of residents of Westmoreland County, and known as 
the "Westmoreland Association, " protesting against the stamp act, and binding 
themselves not to use any articles imported from Great Britain subject to such tax. 

Representatives of the Willis family have been allied with nearly every family 
of prominence in Virginia. — R. A. Brock, Richmond, Va.] 

John West, late of New York but now of Boston in New England, 
Esquire, 29 January 1689, proved 25 November 1691. My just debts to 
be paid and all the rest & residue of my estate, both real & personal, and 
all my land & tenements, of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever 
they be, I give, devise & bequeath to my dear & well-beloved wife Anne 
West ; and I make her my executrix. 

Which day appeared personally Charles Lydgett of the parish of S* 
Midreds Poultry, London, merchant, aged about thirty four years, and 
John Palmer of the parish of S l Clement Danes in the County of Middle- 
sex, gentleman, aged about forty two years, and, being sworn upon the Holy 
Evangelists to depose the truth, did generally say & depose that they did 
very well know John West late of Boston in New England, Esquire, de- 
ceased (who as they have been informed and do verily believe departed this 
life in or about the month of July last past) and so had done for the space 
of about seven years together before his death and these deponents do sever- 
ally depose that they were and are very well acquainted with the manner and 
character of writing of the said John West deceased and have often seen 
him write, and that they were and are well assured & do believe in their 


consciences that the schedule of paper hereunto annexed purporting the 
Will of the said John West is totally wrote by and with the proper hand- 
writing of the said John West deceased. And further these deponents do 
depose that they have severally heard the said John West deceased, in his 
life time, say that he had made his will and that he had left the same in 
New England when he came away and that they really believe the sched- 
ule aforesaid to be a true copy thereof. 

Charles Lidget, J. Palmer. 

14° Novembris 1691 Jurati fuere dicti Carolus Lydgett et Johannes 
Palmer super veritate praemissorum coram me Ri: Raines. 

Which day appeard personally Elizabeth Hughes of the parish of S l 
Martins Ludgate London, widow, aged about forty three years, and being 
sworn upon the Holy Evangelists made oath that John West Esq r lately 
deceased had lodged at her house in the parish aforesaid about six months 
before his death, which happened in or about the month of August last, 
and that after his death search was made for a will of the said deceased 
and that the copy hereunto annexed purporting the Will of the said de- 
ceased was among other writings of the said deceased in a trunk of his 
found by this deponent, Elizabeth Hughes. 

25° Novembris 1691 Jurata fuit dicta Elizabetha Hughes super veri- 
tate prgemissorum coram me. Ri: Raines. Vere, 201. 

Capt. Samuel Style, at Eastra Moss in Portugal, 21 May 1663, 
proved 26 April 1665 by Henry Boade, power being reserved for Symon 
Smith and John Midleton. To my father James Style fifteen pounds ster- 
ling, to my brother William Style fifteen pounds sterling and to brother 
John Style fifteen pounds sterling. To my brother Joseph Style all that 
money which he hath in his hands of mine. I give unto my sister Eliza- 
beth Style, in New England, fifteen pounds sterling. To my brother Wil- 
liam's eldest daughter ten pounds. To my brother James his eldest child 
ten pounds. To my brother John his eldest child ten pounds. These sev- 
eral legacies, amounting to the sum of ninety pounds, I desire may be paid 
by my brother James Style to each. And what he hath remaining in his 
hands after I give to himself. There is in the Consul's hands, M r Tho : 
Maynyard at Lisbon, seventy two pounds in English money and six dol- 
lars and gold nine pieces, great and little ; all is seventy two pounds now 
in the Consul's hands, of Portuguese crusadoes one hundred and fourteen, 
at Eastra Moss four pieces of gold thirty eight crusadoes &c. &c. &c. 
These several sums of money that is left in Portugal I desire that they be 
exactly divided betwixt my father and my brothers and my sister Eliza- 
beth Style. 

The executors to be Symon Smith, Capt. Leift. Henry Boad and Leifk. 
John Midlton. My brother James Style he did live in Lusam* Kent &c. 
my brother Joseph Style did live at the sign of the Ball in Bedlam, 
London. Hyde, 34. 

Thomas Deane of London, merchant, 19 February 1683. My body 
to be decently buried, the charge thereof not to exceed one hundred 
pounds. To wife Anne the rents, issues, and profits of all my messuages 
&c. in the County of Sussex, and of my houses in old Fish Street Hill, 
London, during her natural life (and certain furniture described), one fifth 
of the plate, all her own rings and Jewells and three hundred pounds, in case 

* The town of Lewisham. Kent. 



her father do not require the same sum of me for which I have given him 
my notes. To my daughter Sarah Deane twelve hundred pounds ; and also 
eight hundred pounds which I lately received from her grandfather M 1 
William Browne of Salem in New England, which was due to me from 
him as a part of her mother's portion ; which will make my daughter's por- 
tion two thousand pounds. This two thousand pounds to he paid at her age 
of eighteen or day of marriage first happening. To my said daughter all 
the plate which was her mother's and one fifth of all my plate. To my 
sons Thomas and James Deane and my daughter RebecAi Deane the rents, 
issues and profits of all my messuages, &c. in the County of Southampton, 
towards their education and maintenance, to hold the same unto my said 
three children until such time as my said son Thomas shall attain his full 
age of one and twenty. (Then follow special legacies to these three 

If all my children die before they come to full age or clay of marriage, 
all their estate, both real and personal, to my two cousins Henry Deane 
and Thomas Deane, 1 sons of my brother M r John Deane, and to their heirs 
forever. To my brother M r John Deane and to my brother-in-law M r 
William Browne 2 fifty pounds apiece, and they to be joint executors. To 
my friend John Midgley of London, scrivener, ten pounds. The witnesses 
were John Midgley, scrivener, and Thomas Cason and William Halford, his 

In a codicil added 13 August 1685, he says, it hath pleased Almighty 
God to bless me with another son to whom I have given the Christian 
name of Samuel, &c. Witnesses J. Packer, Tho: Farr and Ro: Smyth. 

The above will was proved 12 May, 1686, and commission issued forth 
to John Deane, with power reserved for William Browne, the other exec- 
utor. A commission issued forth 20 April, 1695, to Thomas Deane, son of 
the deceased, John Deane, the former executor, having also deceased, and 
William Browne, the other executor named in the will, having renounced 
the executorship. Lloyd, 56. 

[Thomas Deane, the testator, was a merchant of Boston, Massachusetts, from 1664 
to about 1078, when he returned to England and settled in London. He was a son 
of James Deane of Deanelands and Oxenwood, and was born about 1640. He mar- 
ried first, Sarah, daughter of William Browne of Salem, Mass., by whom he had, 
1, Sarah, born at Boston, Oct. 27, 1660, m. Rev. Dr. Robert Woodward, Dean of 
Salisbury, whom she survived. Their daughter Henrietta m. Nathaniel Hyde, and 
had three children. 2. Elizabeth, born at B. Dec. 29, 1007, died young. He m. 
second, Anne, daughter of William Farr of London, and had, 3. Thomas^ born at 
B. March 18, 1673-4, a portrait of whom is found in the British Museum ; m. 
Jane Gray of Nether Stowey, Somerset, by whom he had a daughter Jane, 
born about 1700, m. Sir John Cullum, hart, (see Betham's Baronetaye, vol. 
ii. p. 55). 4. Rebecca, born at B. Dec. 7, 1077, m. Mr. Pearse. 5. James. 6. Dau. 
died young. 7. Samuel, born about 1085. For other facts, see Register, vol. iii. 
p. 380; vol. xxvii. p. 420. A letter from him to Joseph Dudley, March 4, 1683-4, 
is printed in the Register, vol. xiii. pp. 237-8. A mural tablet to his memory in 
Freefolk Chapel bears this inscription : " Here lyeth the body ot Thomas Deane 
Esq. who died the 27th day of April 1086, Aged 46. And Anne, his wife, daugh- 
ter of William Farr, Grocer and Citizen of London. She departed this life the 31st 
day of January 1706-7 aged 52 years." 

Mr. William Dean, 53 Rowan Road, West Kensington, London, England, has 
sent me an extract from the MS. Pedigree of Deane of Deanelands, by the Rev. John 
Bathurst Deane, M.A., F.S.A., of Bath, England, from which and other documents 
sent me by Mr. Dean, and MSS. of the late Mr. William Reed Deane, of Boston, 
Mass., the following pedigree of Thomas Deane of Freefolk is derived : 

Richard 1 de Dene, or Denefield, temp. Edw. III., had Walter de Dene of Iwood 
(Hackwood) in the parish of Basing ; Richard de Dene. 


Richard 2 de Dene, ob. 2d Henry IV., by wife Isabella, daughter and heir of Wil- 
liam Ilolowell, had William at Dene, d. s. p. ; Richard de Dene. 

Richard 3 de Dene of Odiham, by wife Isabel, daughter of Ralph Yonge, had 
William at Dene. 

William 4 at Dene had Matthew at Dene, or, according to pedigree Harl. MS. 
1544, p. 784, Walter Dene. 

Matthew 5 at Dene, or Walter Dene, by wife Agnes, daughter and heir of John 
Leeche, had John at Dene of Odiham, d. s. p. ; James at Dene: Richard at Dene, 
whose son John 7 was father of Sir James 8 Deane, knt. of London, who d. in 1608, 
aged 63. 

James 6 at Dene, by wife Amy, had Christopher; James, Richard, John, Eliaa- 
beth. Amy and Maraery. 

John 7 at Dene, m. Margery Dunhurst of Sussex, and had Henry; Richard, m. 
Bridget, daughter of Thomas Berington of Streightly, Berks, and had Francis, 9 
John. 9 

Henry 8 Deane of Deanelands, Hants,* m. 1st, Ann Hall, m. 2d, Alice Bering- 
ton, sister of his brother Richard's wife, and had John, m. Alice Turner, d. s. p ; 
James ; William of Havant, m. Frances Vachell, sister of John Hampden's second 
wife; Elizabeth; Alice; Mary. 

James 9 Deane of Deanelands, Hants, and Oxenwood, Wilts: m. first, Elizabeth 
Piaott, who d. s. p. ; m. second, Frances, daughter of Thomas Baynard of Wans- 
trow, Somerset (see Visitation of Wiltshire, 1623, ed. by Marshall, p. 34), and had 
Henry, Chancellor of Bath and Wells, ae. 37 in 1672, m. Anne, daughter of Wil- 
liam Pearce, D D., and had daughter Elizabeth; John, buried Jan. 4, 1694-5, at 
Tidcombe; Thomas of Freefolk, the testator, whose family is given above; Fran- 
ces ; Susannah. 

1 Mr. William Dean, of London, suggests that the testator's nephew, Thomas 
Deane here named, of whom he finds no later trace in England, may have emigrated 
to New England, and that the Thomas Deane of Boston, Mass., 1692 (see Regis- 
ter, xxxvii. p. 288), who owned pasture and wood lots in Wrentham, Mass., where 
Thomas Deane of Freefolk was an early proprietor, may be identical with him. It 
is possible that this conjecture is true, and facts to disprove or confirm it are soli- 
cited. It is worthy of note that Thomas Deane of Boston, 1692, married a niece of 
Peter Lidget of Boston, the intimate friend of Thomas Deane of Freefolk. Still 
it should be borne in mind that this can only be called a conjecture. — Editor. 

2 See Slaughter's History of Bristol Parish, 2d ed. p. 168. — R. A. Brock.] 

Notes on Abstracts previously printed. 
Stephen Winthrop (ante, p. 162). 

[In my note to the will of Colonel Stephen Winthrop, in the Register, 1 stated 
that his daughter Joanna married Richard Hancock. My friend Mr. Henry Sal- 
tonstall has since shown me papers in his possession which conclusively establish 
that the Christian name of Mrs Hancock was Judith. The mistake undoubtedly 
arose from the fact that Stephen W. had an elder daughter Judith who died in 
childhood, and the compiler of the old Winthrop pedigree (from which I quoted) 
evidently confused the second Judith with her sister Joanna, who died unmarried. 

Mr. H. Saltonstall's papers also establish that the said Judith Hancock and her 
6ister Margaret Ward, afterwards Willey, were joint owners of the well-known 
Humphrey farm, embracing Suntaug Lake, in Salem and Saugus (now Lynnfield 
and Peabody), the said farm having been acquired by Stephen Winthrop from 
Robert Saltonstall in 1645. It is now the property of Mr. Henry Saltonstall. 

R. C. W., JR. 

The record of the laying out of " the bounds of the Pondes Farme, belonging to 
Major Stephen Winthrop," may be found in the printed Records of the Colony of 
the Massachusetts Bay in New England, vol. iv. Part I. p. 95.— h. f. w.J 

* Deanelands was located between Basing and Newnham, on the left hand side of the 
road to Newnham, and is marked on the Ordnance map. In the act of Parliament, 4th and 
5th Anne, cap. 57, for the sale of lands of Thomas Deane, Esq., mention is made of the dis- 
position of Deanelands, nlias Leeches near Basing.. A small house stood on it in 1874. 
The arms confirmed in 1598 by Dcthieke, Gurter King of Arms, to Henry 8 Deane and 
his cousin Sir James 8 Deane, are Gu. a lion sejant gnardant or, on a chief ar. three cres- 
cents of the firat. Crest — A dcmi-lion rampant or, holding in the dexter paw a crescent 
gu. An engraving of these arms is printed in the Register, vol. iii. p. 375. — Editor. 


Jeffkrt Disberowe of Borowghe in the County of Cambridge, yeo- 
man, 19 July, 1588, pro: 18 April 1589, mentions John Disberowe of Else- 
ly, Cambridge, yeoman, and his heirs, sister Agnes Disberowe and George 
Knock alias Ansell of Binckley, blacksmith. Leicester, 37. 

William Disberowe of Waldeu in the Couuty of Essex, joiner, 30 
March 1610, pro: at Dunmowe 4 Oct. 1610. Wishes to be buried in the 
churchyard at Walden, mentions wife Katherine and appoints son Nicholas 
Disberowe executor. 

Consistory Court of London, Vol. for 1609-21, L. 21. 

Isaac Disbrowe, of Elseworth in the County of Cambridge gentleman 
(by mark) 6 December 1660, proved 21 December 1660. I give my farm 
house or messuage situate and being in Eltisley, in the County of Cambridge, 
and all my freehold land there and in the fields of Gronsdon Magna in the 
County of Huntingdon, unto John and Isaac Disbrowe, my grandsons, 
children of Isaac Disbrowe, deceased. John the elder to have the home- 
stall and twenty acres of free land in Eltisley, at twenty one years of age. 
Isaac to have the remainder of my free lands, being twenty four acres, more 
or less, in Eltisley, at twenty one. To my son John Disbrowe, twenty 
acres of copyhold in the fields of Eltisley and one close or pasture be- 
tween the grounds of James Disbrowe on the West and the ground of M r 
Charles Baron on the East, worth four pounds per annum, and one pasture 
lying behind a barn lately William Michell's, worth seven nobles per an- 
num, to him & his heirs forever. To my grandchild Elizabeth Disbrowe 
two acres of copyhold land and my close called Great Bottles at the age of 
twenty one years. To my grandchild Anna Disbrowe eight acres at the 
age of twenty one years, and the same amount of land to Susan and Mary 
Disbrowe, two other granddaughters, each, at the same age. To my son 
Nathaniel Disbrowe my close called Rodins, lying in Eltisley. Elizabeth, 
Ann, Susan and Mary referred to as the four sisters of John and Isaac. To 
my sou Samuel ten pounds. To my daughter Elizabeth Johnson ten 
pounds. To my daughter Hannah Stocker five pounds and five pounds 
among her children. To my daughter Sarah Croxon ten pounds and 
another ten pounds to my granddaughter Sarah Croxon. To Richard 
Kempton ten shillings. To Alice Toll five shillings. The residue to 
my son in law Thomas Croxton whom I make executor. 

Wit: John Deane and Richard Croxton. Nabbs, 264. 

James Disbrowe of Stepney in the county of Middlesex, Doctor in 
Physick 26 November 1690. I give & devise the lease of my house at 
Stepney Causey unto my dear & loving wife Abigail if she survive me, 
but, if not, unto M rs Whitfield, spinster, for & during so many years of the 
said lease as the said Mary Whitfield shall live; and, after her decease, I 
give the said house & lease, during the residue of the years therein then to 
come, equally between M r9 Elizabeth Hayter & M rs Rebecca Hayter. My 
silver watch to M r Charles Polhill when he shall attain the age of eighteen 
years ; also Dr. Goodin's book on the Ephesians. All the rest & residue 
of my goods and chattels &c. to my said wife Abigail. I give & devise all 
that my "manner" of Elsworth, with the rights, members and appurte- 
nances thereof, and all my lands & hereditaments in Elsworth in the Coun- 
ty of Cambridge, from and after the decease of my father & mother Dis- 
browe, unto my said wife Abigail until my daughter Elizabeth shall attain 
her age of eighteen years or die, which shall first happen, if my said wife 


shall so long live & continue a widow, upon trust that my said wife, during 
such time as she shall enjoy the said man' & hereditaments at Elsworth, 
shall pay the yearly sum of sixty pounds by equal quarterly payments unto 
my daughter Elizabeth for her maintenance ; and from & after my said 
daughter Elizabeth shall attain her said age of eighteen years, or from & 
after my said wife's second marriage, which shall first happen, I give & 
devise the yearly rent of sixty pounds unto my said wife Abigail during her 
life, to be issued & had out of my said manor & lands in Elsworth, by equal 
quarterly payments. 

If it shall happen that my said daughter Elizabeth shall die without is- 
sue of her body in the life of my said dear & honored father Samuel Des- 
browe then I give my said manor of Elsworth & my manor of ffandrayton 
in the said County of Cambridge & all other my manors & lands & heredi- 
taments unto my said father Samuel Desbrowe & his heirs forever. 

My wife to be sole executrix during her life ; and, after her death, my 
said honored father to be sole executor. 14 January 1690, A Commission 
was issued to Joseph Marsh during the minority of Elizabeth Disbrowe 
minor daughter, Abigail Disbrowe, widow, the relict and one of the executors 
having died before the Testator and Samuel Disbrowe, the father and the 
other executor having died before he had accepted the burden of the 
execution. Vere, 4. 

Sa: Disbrowe of Elsworth in the County of Cambridge, gentleman, 20 
September 1680. My Deare wife Rose being provided of a jointure out of 
my estate in Elsworth which according to the law she ought to enjoy dur- 
ing the term of her natural life, — my son to take care that my said wife do 
and may enjoy without interruption or molestation from him. My will is 
that my wife do enjoy all that household stuff, plate, Jewells or other goods 
whatsoever which was her own at the time of our marriage, and that she 
be not put to the trouble to prove what was her own but what she shall 
say and affirm to be hers before our marriage, as aforesaid. I give to 
my said dear wife during the term of her natural life all that my farm in 
Elsworth, now in the possession of James Rooke, with all the appurte- 
nances belonging, and that necklace of pearls which I gave her at our 
marriage, and any other Jewells or plate I have or shall give her before my 
death ; also an ebony cabinet & the best coach and horses, with the furni- 
ture &c. ; and forty pounds in money, to be paid her within one month 
after my decease. And because I have not yet been able to purchase so 
much land as might make my dear wife's jointure two hundred pounds a 
year, as I intended, therefore my will is & I expressly request my execu- 
tor, my son & heir, that he give sufficient satisfying security to my said 
dear wife to pay unto her the sum of twelve pounds per annum by half- 
yearly payments during the time of her natural life. I give her also (for 
the further bettering of her jointure) all that messuage or tenement with 
the close of pasture thereto belonging which I lately purchased of Thomas 
Allin and is now in the possession of Thomas Cole & William Pamplin, 
to be enjoyed by her during the time of her natural life, provided that if 
my said wife or any other person claiming by, from or under her shall cut 
down or destroy any trees or grovage or young spirrs now growing or that 
hereafter may grow upon any part of those grounds which are her jointure 
that then and from that time those three legacies aforementioned shall cease 
and be wholly void &c. I give to my three grand children, Christopher, 
Samuel & James Mills, twenty pounds apiece to be paid unto them and each 
of them when they shall attain to their respective age of one and twenty 


All the rest of my lands, tenemeuts and hereditaments, goods, chattels &c. 
to my son & heir James Disbrowe, and I appoint him Executor. To the 
poor of the parish of Elsworth five pounds to be distributed amongst the 
most necessitous of them at the discretion of my executor : Thomas Cole, 
my old, diligeut servant to have twenty shillings thereof ; and if the said 
Thomas Cole shall happen to be in want I desire and charge my said son to 
give him some competent relief. All such men and women servants as shall 
be my actual household servants at my death ten shillings apiece ; and to 
all my other servants I would have my son give them gloves or two six 
pences apiece. And as to my sister Greene I earnestly require and charge 
my son and executor that (if God makes him able) he continue the annuity 
of four pounds a year unto her during her life which I have formerly be- 
stowed on her. Also to my said son James all my right, title & interest 
to a lease of fifteen hundred acres of land, Irish measure, be it more or less, 
in the Barony of Nanan in the County of Meath or in any other place or 
County it shall happen to be or lie in the Kingdom of Ireland, now or late 
in the possession of John Preston Esq. Alderman of Dublin or his assigns, 
which lease is granted to me from the Company of Drapers, London, for 
one and thirty years after the decease of my dear wife. 

I would have my son give my sou Mills and my grand children mourning. 

Wit: John Woodbridge, John Allin, John Cole (by mark), Sarah Berriflf. 

Decimo sexto mensis Aprilis Anno Doni millimo sexcenno nonagemo 
primo Em' Com Josepho Marsh ar. avunculo et curatori ltime assignat 
Elizre Disbrowe minori Nepti ex filio Samuelis Disbrowe nuper de Ells- 
worth in Com Cantabrigeia? arm deft hentis etc Ad admlstrandum bona 
jura et credita dci deft durante minori retate et in usum et beneficium 
dcae ElizabetlnB Disbrowe minoris juxta tenorem et eflfectum Testamenti 
ipsius defuncti eo quod Jacobus Disbrowe filius dci deft et executor in Eo- 
dem Testamto noiatus in Vita Testatoris mortem obiit etc. 

Vicesimo quarto die mensis Oct. Anno Doni 1728 Em 1 Com° Eliza? 
Holworthy vidua? Nept ex filio et prox consanguiu Samlis Disbro nuper de 
Ellsworth in Com Cantabrigeiae Arm" etc. Vere, 66. 

Hon rd & Deare. S r 

In my last I certifyed you of the receipt of yo rs dated March 5 4 (53) 
in w ch lie: I receiued a Coppy of one you pleased to write to the Protecto r 
at my request in behalfe of yo r ffreinds in these gts of New England, en- 
treating his wise & gratious contriuem 4 & help in their afflicted & straitn- 
ed Conditio. I haue made knowne yo r writeing to many so y* it is spread 
(I suppose) thorough the Cuntry & I gceiue is marvailous well resented & 
you laid up in the breasts of people as one of the Cordiall ffreinds of New 
England there. Captaine Astwood writes that he had admittance to speake 
w th his highnes who exp r ssed his tender respect of New England & 
thoughtfullnes w ch way to doe y m good, but said w th all, that the landes in 
Ireland were disposed to y e souldyers & Adventurers &c so y' nothing 
there could be done, nor can the dutch be remoued (unless by Compositio), 
since the peace w" 1 holland (being p r vented as by speciall providence to be 
done before.) as in my last I touched. But Capt: writes y { my Lord asked 
him whether it would not be better that New England were remoued to 
some place where they might haue Cittyes ready builded & land ready 
tilled & where staple Comodityes might be raised, than either to remoue 
the dutch or plant in Delawar, the place he hinted it seemes was Hispaniola, 
But Captaine Astwood answered at p r sent that he thought we would rather 


chuse the nearer & probably more peaceable though the poorer, Than be re- 
moued farther w th more hazard to loose peace, & gaine riches. The answer 
was true for the maine so farr as it went, But we app r hend some should 
haue beene added, as we haue inserted in a lfe fro our Generall Court to y e 
Protecto r this yeare, viz: That w'euer we might upo selfe respect chuse, yet 
wee are free in adherence & complyance w th his highnes & our godly na- 
tiue Cuntrymen to be remoued to any place whether the lord our god shall 
call where we may but carry on Cfts worke under our handes & provide 
necessary Comforts for us and ours. The Captaine saith my lord wished 
him to Consider further of the matter & comet to him againe, when (I hope) 
he will bethink himselfe of an answer that may shut up no doore of provi- 
dence towards us, w t!l out first acquainting us y 4 so the positiue answer may 
imediatly proceed fro our selues, ffor the p r sent I pceiue the cuntry doe 
most desire to keep themselues in y e most apt waiting posture w ch may 
suit any further discouery of gods minde & will concerning them, whatso- 
euer, or whersoeuer, .onely attending the p r sent duty of the day or yeare, 
w ch frame cannot chuse but be somew* detrimenting to settlem' here, if so 
should proue to be our way after all, yet for my gt I think if many 
had knockt in lesser stakes into the Rocky sandy gts of this wildernes, it 
might better haue suited a wildernes state, in its infancy esp ly . I heare 
that M r Evance his house & ffarme, w ch you well know, will not reach to 
make 20 h & many more are so lowly esteemed at Newhauen, for matters 
here I referre you to conferrence w th yo r Cousen, Jordan & yo r brother Na- 
thaniell ; who fully understand the state of thinges here & can make some 
apology or excuse for me in regard of the remainder of yo r estate here not 
being returned as yet, haueing had some tast of the difficulty of makeing 
returnes themselues. If New England Tobacco would vend at some rate 
considerable, both I & my Boyes would leaue off some other improuem', to 
procure a quantity to pay you w th all. That seeing our stock will not be 
converted that way, we might see to pay you w th worke, w ch you haue ac- 
cepted in New England for Currant pay. Our neighbours at Seabrook 
haue raised about 20000 weight this yeare they say it is good Tobacco ; it 
may be if it were p r veledged in England it might turne to Account they doe 
send some to try w l will come of it, & I purpose to send a hogshead upo 
M r Stapeleys Ace': who wrote to me this yeare to order his estate here, & 
meeting w th a debt of Corne upo the Acco' : fro yo r brother Nath: w ch I knew 
not els w l to doe w th all, it haveing lyen upo losse & charge a good space, I ad- 
ventured to turne into Tobacco, by w ch experiment you may pceiue w l it will 
make in England & see w 4 it is if you please, But if this way liketh you not, 
then haue I propounded somewhat to yo r Consideration in my last lfe w ch I 
much entreat may be by yo r fauor & Contriuem' brought about, w ch if you 
please to cause to take effect, (as I see not ought to y e contrary) but you may 
in a faire way unlesse my brother be unwilling either to doe it or resign to 
another who may, w ch I (suppose) he will not, Then may three lawfull 
ends be attained, viz 1 yo r estate returned, 2 1 here settled 3 The people 
here more satisfied w th me & their iealousy remoued of yo r being an instru- 
m e of my remoueall fro them, Concerneing w ch , Truely I was much afflicted 
& troubled at some passages the other day y' fell fro some, seemeing to be 
affected & to affect others euilly against you in refference to y e goodwill 
you shewed towards me. Now th standing I told them ouer & ouer That you 
had wrote nothing to me to invite or giue a call, but onely exp r ssions of 
loue showing real! freindship in a willingnes & gladnes of heart to doe good 
w th the Talent of opportunity that god had lent you, to me or any other of 


yo r New England freinds in case god called them where they might use you, 
& I haue said that I wished some mens eyes were not euill because yo™ was 
good & doe professe they take the wrong course to settle me, if they take up 
euill surmises or cast any aspersions upo you; since w ch my showing my 
selfe greiued w th such thinges I hear no more, I wished them if they thought 
anything of duty were to be done, in order to p r vent or to exhort anything 
w ch fro yo r selfe might have euill Consequence I desired they would be 
silent here & write their mindes, I told them I was Confident you would 
take it well & attend y m in anything y l was right & for their good. I pray 
mention nothing as haueing a hint fro mee, you may know any of y e mat- 
ters w th us Viua Voce, by our brethren in England, And if you doe any- 
thing in order to my settlem 1 here, be pleased to Exp r sse yo r selfe as doeing 
it much respecting them therein, It may be that such convicting testimony 
of yo r non alienation but still continued tender affectio toward the Church 
of Christ here may cast inward shame upo some spirits, & my desire is not 
to raise any thing in yo r spirit but to bring Convictio upo some others y* 
seeing their ffolly, (in an aptnes to haue harsh thoughts on almost all men 
y { goe for England, as if they regard not Clis poore people here, haueing 
[soug]ht & obtained great thinges for themselves there,) might learne to be 
more wise or more charitable for the future, w Q they see yo r enlarged loue 
not onely putting forth itselfe to help such as come to you into old England, 
But also to seeke the upholdm* & encouragem' of them whome god requires 
to stay in New England, I might well haue left out these latter passages of 
advise concerneing hints of directio how you should carry it & exp r sse yo r 
selfe to us, not knowing whether you will please to doe the things I request 
or no, and also haueing so good knowledge of yo r better wisedome than 
mine in euery matter, but onely that I saw somethings here w ch you at a 
distance could not so well understand, & I desire euery thing you doe may 
turne to the best acco 4 : The thing w ch I haue propounded in my last Ire y 4 
here I referre unto, is That you would please to consult or contriue w" 1 
my brother how to produce out of y' place w ch my brother writes he holdes 
as for me so much as may bring me out of yo r debt, w eh you may see how 
much by this enclosed Acco 1 : if it can be but in some annuall way raised 
(I suppose) it may answer to w* is like to be done here unlesse the times 
turne, The experience whereof makes Willm Dudley y l he will take no 
Compositio for his other 25 H : I haue tendered him mares Cowes or Corne 
&c he saith he had rather it should lye dead in yo r handes there, then 
to haue much more here as thinges stand. I pray carry it w th great 
& tender regard to my brother that he may be very free to w l is done, 
for I would not loose an inch either of naturall or christian loue & affectio 
for an Elle of profit or worldly Accofiiodatio ; pray S r forget [not?] to show 
loue & helpfullnes to poore brother Hodley whose wife & Children are come 
ouer according to his order this yeare he was my Constant Nocturnall As- 
sociate, whome I dearely misse, But least I should be tedious w th Cheife 
respectes & dearest affectio from my selfe & wife to both yo r selfe & deare 
M ra Disbrow recomending you & all yo rs to the blessed protectio & guid- 
ance of god our father, The lord Jesus Christ & the holy spirit of grace 
to lead you through all the troubles and difficult turneings & tergiversa- 
tions of thinges in this age to enter into rest & finde eternall satisfactio so 
prayeth: S r he who euer desires to be 

Guilford Octob r 10 th (54) Yo r most Cordiall loueing freind 

to his power to serue you: 

Willm Leete. 


Pray S r remember my respects to M r Jones & M r John Whitfeild I de- 
sire you may fall in Actes & Consult w th yo r owne brother, M r Hopkins & 
Maior Haynes &c our New England freinds in this iuncture of time to pro 
] w* may be for releife uf these gts & for o r Comfortable encour- 
a^m 1 here or elsewhere as god shall dispose: One thing I must entreat that 
in case you should exp r sse y* you haue done in order to my, stay here, that 
you do carry it as not to giue y m advantage to w th draw w 4 they doe for me 
but rather as expecting they should continue their encouragm 1 in some cer- 
taine way seeing y' I put by what in reason might more advantage me & 
mine in our low estate 

To his much hon rd & worthy freind 
M r Samuell Disborow 
one of the Comission™ 
for Customs at 
Leith these 
p r sent 


S r 

His Highness the Lord Protector haveing sent into this Nation the 
publicque seales to be affixed to the evidences and rights of the people ac- 
cording to the rules in that case formerly given & observed and the Great 
Seale being comitted to yo r custody The Councill have thought fit to ac- 
quaint you that as by Comission to you from the Councill you were direct- 
ed only untill the comeing of the said seale to subscribe yo r name to dis- 
patches duely comeing to the Great Seale. Soe the subscribeing yo r name 
to such dispatches is not longer to bee used but the said seale is to bee affix- 
ed or Appended to them by you, according to the rules in that case formerly 
given & observed. Signed in the name and by the order 

Edinburgh 25 Juny 1656 of the Councill 

Broghill Presid'. 
To Samuell Disbrowe Esq r 
One of his Highness Councill in 
Scotland appointed Keeper of 
the Great Seale of Scotland 

A Commission from Oliver, By the Grace of God Lord Protector of the 
Commonwealth of England Scotland and Ireland and dominions and Ter- 
ritories thereunto belonging, giving and granting unto Samuel Disbrow 
Esquire, one of his Highnesse Privy Councill of Scotland, The Office of 
Keeper of the Great Seall of Scotland &c. 

Given at Edinburgh the Sixteenth day of September (1657) 

Whereas by his Maiestyes declaration from Breda the T 4 ¥ day of April 1 
(1660) His Maiesty is gratiously pleased to graunt a free & generall Par- 
don unto all his Subiects of what degree or quality soeuer, who within forty 
dayes after the publication thereof shall lay hold upon his grace and fa- 
uour, and shall by any publique act declare theyr doing so. And that the 
returne to the loyalty and obedience of good subiects 

I Samuell Disbrowe of Elsworth in the County of Cambridge gent, his 
Maiestyes most loyall & faythfull subiect with all humblen[,] & unfayghn- 
ed thankfulnes doe hereby declare that I doe lay hold of & accept of his 
Maiestyes grace fauour & pardon in the sayd declaration held forth, And 


that I am and shall continew by the Asistanc of god a loyall and obedient 
subiect to his Maiesty Charles the second by the grace of god king of Eng- 
land Scotland ffrauce & Ireland Defender of the fayth &c: Witness my 
hand this 21 th day of May (1600) Sa: Disbrowe. 

This declaration by Samuell Disbrowe was 
sighned owned & acknowledged before mee George Monck. 

Charles R. 
Our Will & Pleasure is That yo u forthw th prepare a Bill fitt for o r Roy- 
all signature conteyning a Graunt of our gracious Pardon unto Samuell 
Disbrowe of Elsworth in y e County of Cambridge Esq r . of all such offences 
& with such restitucou of Lands & Goods & such Exceptions & Clauses in 
all things as are expressed in the forme of a Pardon prepared for that pur- 
pose & reraayuing w th yo u under Our signnett & signe manuall. And for 
soe doeing this shalbe yo r Warr': Given att our Court att Whitehall the 
24 th day of October 1660 in the Twelfe yeare of our Reigne. S. 

By his Ma t8 Comand 
To o r Attorney or Edw: Nicholas. 

Sollicitor Generall 
Vera copia Papers of General Desborough 

1651-1660. Egerton, 2519. 

The following is a mem: of Pedigree in Coll. of Arms, Signed by Sam 1 
Desbro 1684. 

James Disbrowe — . . . . Daughter of 

of Eltisley— Co. Cam- 
bridge. Died about 1630 

. Hatlcy of 
Over, Cambridgesh: 

'James, a John, Major Gem = Jane, daughter 3 Nathaniel, 

died young Admiral, member of Robert Cromwell died young 

of t he Upper House. & sister of Protector 
Died about 1680 

of Surrey 

2 | 1 

Rose Hobson of London = Samuel of Elsworth, = Dorothy Whitfield 

2d wife. No child. Co. Camb. living in 16S4 

aged 65. One of the Com- 
Sirs for Scotland May 4, 
1655. In 1656 M. P. for Mid 
Lothian. In 1657, Sept. 16, 
Keeper of Great Seal of 

James Desbro = Abigail, dau. 

D r of Physic, Step- 
ney, Midd x 

of John Marsh of 

S l Albans. 

Elizabeth, aged 3 years in 1684. 

The following account is taken from Cole's (MS.) Collections for Cam- 
bridgeshire, in his description of the church & monuments at Elsworth : — 

— "A very handsome large black marble slab with these arms at top : 
viz : 3 Bears heads eras' 'd § muzzled on a Fess for Disbrow impaling on a 

Cheuron int : 3 Bezants 3 Quaterfoils, fy a Cheif vaire for On 

y c Wall is an Atchievem' with y e same Arms in Colours viz : 0. on a Fess 
S. 3 Bears Heads er: A. muzzled. G. for Disbrow, impaling A. on a Cheu. 
B. 3 Cinquefoils O. int: 3 Torteuxes a Cheif vaire 0. 8? B. with a Crest 


viz : a Bears Head er : A. muzzled G. & Motto Mors Iter ad vitam. Under 
them is this inscription : 

Here lyeth the body of 

Samuell Disbrow Esquire late 

Lord of this Manour, aged 75 

lie dyed the 10 of December in 

the year of our Lord 1690. 

Close to this on y e N. lies another black marble of y e same sort with y 8 
aforesaid Arms in a Lozenge, except that y e Cheif is Checquy & y e Qua- 
terfoils are Ciuquefoils. I suppose a mistake, but where it lies I know 
not ; for I put them down as I find them : on y e wall is an Atchievem 1 with 
the said arms blazoned, where y e mistake is continued & y e Cheife Checquy 
0. & B. for .... Under these Arms on y e marble is this Inscription : 

Here lieth y e Body of y e virtuous 

& pious M Ti " Rose Disbrow 

Relict of Samuel Disbrow Esq r 

who Soul returned to God 

who gave it y e 4 Day of March 

1698 in y e 83 year of her age. 

[The genealogical contents of Isaac Disbrowe's will may be shown by the follow- 

ing table : 

Isaac Disbrowe = 
Ob' Dec. 1C60. Will 
proved 21 Dec. 1660 

> I I I I 

Isaac = John Nathaniel Elizabeth Hannah 

Ob 1 v. p. ux r .... ux r . . . 

Johnson Stocker 

John Isaac Elizabeth Ann Susan Mary Sarah = Thomas Croxton 


I I 

Sarah Croxton Richard (perhaps) 

Isacke Desbrough, husbandman, of EU-Tisley in Com. Cambridge (oet.) 18 em- 
barked early in April, 1635, on the Hopewell of London, for New England, having, 
as fellow passengers, the families of Cooper, Farrington, Purryer, Griggs and Kyrt- 
land, from Olney, Laundon and Sherrington, Bucks, most of whom settled in Lynn, 
and a lot of Christians from the neighborhood of Nazing in Essex and Stansted 
Abbey in Herts, many of whom formed a part of the flock of John Eliot at Rox- 
bury. Mr. Disbrowe (as the name seems to have been more commonly spelled) 
probably lived in Lynn, although 1 find no record of the transfer of real estate either 
to or from him. His name appears in the Court records of Essex County, Mass., 
as a party to sundry suits in the years 1638 and 1639, and then disappears altogether 
from the records here. 

The following is the record of the cases referred to, taken from the earliest Court 
Record a t Salem . 

25: 10* mo. : 1638. 

Isaack Disberoe pi. ag 4 Ann Burt def. who being absent hir husband Hugh Burt 
Answered to aco of case. Jury finds for pi. viij s damages & iiij costes. 

Isaack Disberoe pi. ag ( Hugh Burt def. in aco of defamacon Jury finds for pi. 
ffiltie shillinges damag & iiij costes 

Isaack Disberoe pi. ag l Nath: Kertland def. in aco of case Jury finds for pi. xvij 8 
da ma. & iiij costes 


25 : 4 th mo : 1G39 
John Goit pi. ag' Isaack Disberoe def. in aco of Debt To grant out attachm 1 ag' 
him fo r x s costes and to app r next Court 

24: 7* mo: 1639 

Hugh Burt of Lynn pi. agt Isaack Disberoe dei'. in an aco of case Referred to next 
Court ag* wh tyme Hugh Burt is to p'cure y e iudgm ts granted ag 4 him att Boston 
last Court 

31 : 10 th mo : 1639 

Hugh Burt commensing an aco Last Court ag 1 Isaacke Disberoe def. now tryed 
viz The Jury bring in for pi. 4 U 10 3 damages & 10 3 costes John ffarrington was 

From the Record of the Court of Assistants held at Boston the 3th day of the 
first month, 1639-1640, we learn that Isaack Deesbro and John Farrington forfeit- 
ed their recognizance. 

Whether he was the Isaac Disbrowe, above named, who died A.D. 1660, or Isaac 
the son, who died in his father's life-time, remains to be proved. I am inclined to 
think, however, it was the son. 

That Isaac Disbrowe, Senior, was nearly related to Samuel Disbrowe of New Ha- 
ven and Guilford, Connecticut (brother «of the Major-General), there can be no 
shadow of a doubt. As to the names of his daughters' husbands, I would suggest 
that Stocker was and is a Lynn name, and it was John Johnson of Guilford, Conn., 
who married the daughter Elizabeth, I Oct. 1651, after her divorce from her first 
husband, Thomas Relfe or Rolfe. 

One of the fellow passengers of Isaac Disbrowe the immigrant, was a John Ast- 
wood, who was undoubtedly the Captain Astwood to whom Governor Ljete refers in 
his letter to Samuel Disbrowe. His will may be found in the " Gleanings," Page 

From Lyson's Magna Britannia (London, 1803) we learn that Burgh or Bur- 
rough Green (called Borowghe in Jeffery Disberowe's will) is in the Hundred of 
Radfield and deanery of Camps, about four miles south of Newmarket, and about 
eight miles north of Linton. Close to it is the parish of Brinkley, called Binckley 
in the will. 

Eteworth, in the hundred of Papworth and deanery of Bourne, lies about eight 
miles nearly west of Cambridge, and about the same distance south-east of Hunting- 
don. The manor of Elsworth and the manor of the rectory were purchased in 1656 by 
Samuel Disbrowe, Esq., who died in 1690 ; his granddaughter brought it in mar- 
riage to Matthew Holworthy, Esq. (called the only son of Sir Matthew Holworthy, 
knt., of Great Palsgrave in Norfolk). After Mr. Holworthy's death it was possessed 
by his daughter, Mrs. Heathcote, who, having no children, devised it to Matthew 
Heathcote, who took the name of Holworthy, and was grandfather of the Rev. Mat- 
thew Holworthy, Lord of the manor, patron of the rectory and incumbent. In the 
parish church, besides the monument of Samuel Disbrowe, are several memorials of 
the Holworthy family. 

Eltisley, in the hundred of Stow and deanery of Bourne, lies about 12 miles near- 
ly west of Cambridge. The manor of Stow, or Goldinghams, afterwards called the 
manor of Eltisley, belonged successively to the families of Stow, Ward and Golding- 
ham. In 1656 it was sold to Major General Disbrowe, whose descendant, Mr. John 
Disbrowe, devised it in 1741 to the two sons of his nephew, William Walford of 
Booking. The rectory, with the advowson (we arc further told) was purchased, 
about the year 1600, by the Disbrowe family. John Disbrowe, who was buried 
there in 1610, is called the grandfather of Major General Disbrowe and of Samuel 
Disbrowe, Keeper of the Great Seal in Scotland, both of whom were born at Eltis- 
ley, the former in 1608, the latter in 1619. The Major General was married at 
Eltisley to Jane Cromwell, Oliver's youngest sister, in 1636; James Disbrowe, 
elder brother of the Major General, inherited the estate at Eltisley, where he re- 
sided. His descendants possessed this estate until the year 1713. The parsonage 
house, which had been the seat of the Disbrowes, has been pulled down. 

This adds one generation to the pedigree found in the College of Arms, and sup- 
plies, perhaps, a father for Isaac Disbrowe, who died in December, 1660. 

Of Samuel Disbrowe, an abstract of whose will is given above, our friends in Con- 
necticut can give a better account. I would only suggest that the pedigree gives 
us important information by disclosing the maiden names of his two wives. The 
first (Dorothy Whitfield) must have been one of the daughters of his minister and 


next neighbor in Guilford, the Rev. Henry Whitfield, a reference to whose will 1 
have, but of which unfortunately I have no abstract at hand. His second wife we 
had known as the widow of Samuel Pennoyer. May not the John Marsh, whose 
daughter Abigail became the wife of Samuel Disbrowe's son, and the Joseph Marsh, 
her brother, to whom administration was granted, have been related to John Marsh, 
of Hartford, Conn.? 

The ancestry of the Rev. Henry Whitfield and his wife Dorothy, I expect to show 
in a future instalment of the Gleanings, having gathered a very large collection of 
material relating to their families. 

It is my intention, also, at some future day, to give some account of the Holwor- 
thy family, which became connected by marriage with this Disbrowe family. 

Mr. Evance, who is mentioned in Gov. Leete's letter, was doubtless Mr. John 
Evance, of New Haven, Conn., a son of Hugh and Audrey Evance, of London 
(see Hist. Coll. Essex Inst., vol. xvii. pp. 27-33). Hugh Evance was a citizen and 
clothworker of London, according to his will proved in London 28 March, 1636 — 
(Pile 32). Mrs. Audrey Evance, whose will was proved in London, 25 Oct. 1651 
(Grey, 184), was a daughter of William Jefl'eray of Chiddingly, or Chittingleigh, 
in the County of Sussex, and sister of William Jefl'eray, who came to New England, 
it is said, before Endicott's colony was planted. It is well to note that her sister 
Ann was married to a William Goffe. John Evance went back to England and 
lived in Alderraanbury, London. In his will, made 13 Dec. 1660, proved 2 May, 
1661 (May, 71), he mentions wife Susanna and sons Daniel, John, Stephen and 
Thomas. His wife, I suspect, was a sister of Capt. Francis Norton, of Charlestown, 
Mass., for in 1640 Mr. Evance (then of New Haven) called Capt. Norton's wife Mrs. 
Mary Norton, sister, and again spoke of his brother Norton. Mrs. Mary Norton, 
I have found, was a daughter of Mr. Nicholas Houghton, of London, and sister of 
Robert Houghton, who married Mary, sister of Major-General Sedgwick. She does 
not appear to have had any sister Susanna ; so the connection would seem to have 
been through the Nortons. 

John Evance's son Stephen, born in New Haven, Conn., 21 April, 1652, was pro- 
bably the Stephen Evance, citizen and goldsmith of London, who was knighted at 
Kensington, 14 Oct. 1690, as we learn from Le Neve (Harl. So. Pub. 8, p. 435) . 

Henry F. Waters. 

Mr. Samuel Disbrowe was an early settler of Guilford, Ct., which was founded 
in 1639. The late Hon. Ralph D. Smith, in his History of Guilford, states that he 
was " one of the first settlers of the town, and one of the seven pillars of the Church 
at its formation here.'' He was also a magistrate there, and is mentioned as " hold- 
ing courts in the town with three or four deputies appointed by the freemen for that 
purpose. He was associated with Gov. Eaton, Gov. Leete and other distinguished 
men in forming and establishing the combination and government of the New Ha- 
ven Colony in 1643, and, while in this country as one of its magistrates and the 
civil father of one of its towns, shared some of its highest honors. Upon his return 
to England with Mr. Whitfield, 6ays President Stiles in his History of the Judges 
(p. 35) , quoting from Noble, he became one of the commissioners of the revenues, 
and in the same year represented the city of Edinburgh in Parliament, at a council 
held at Whitehall, May 4, 1655. He wasappointed one of the nine counsellors of the 
Kingdom of Scotland, and the same year Keeper of the Great Seal of that np.tion, 
and allowed £2000 annually. 'I he year following he was returned a member of the 
British Parliament for the sheriffdom of Midlothian, and was continued in all his 
employments under the Protector Richard. Burton, who kept a diary of the doings 
of Cromwell's Parliament, of which he was a member, makes frequent and honor- 
able mention of Samuel Disborough as one of the most active and talented members 
of that body. ' This shows him,» says President Stiles, 'a man of political abili- 
ties to sustain so many and such high betrustments with the reputation and ac- 
ceptance with which he discharged them.' " 

The Hon. Lewis II. Steiner, M.D., the editor of the History of Guilford, which 
was printed after the author's death, adds this foot-note : 

"Samuel Disborow was born on the manor of Ettisley in Cambridgeshire, on the 
30th of November, 1619, and was the third surviving son of James Disborow, 
Esquire, and a younger brother of the famous Major General John Disborrow, who 
married Jane Cromwell, a sister of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, and was a 
member of several Parliaments, and one of the Judges appointed to try Charles I. 

" Mr. Samuel Disborrow studied law with his brother John Disborrow, who in 
early life was a barrister." See History of Guilford, pp. 120-1. Editor. 


The Disbrow gleanings, and particularly Leete's letter, are quite interesting. As 
the records of New Haven jurisdiction from 1644 to 1653 are lost, and the Guilford 
records as we have thein now only begin with 1645, I can add very little to the no- 
tice of Disbrow given in It. D. Smith's History of Guilford, p. 120-1. There are, 
however, in Part II. of Vol. VI. of the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, pub- 
lished by the government, some letters, &c, by and relating to him, which Mr. 
Smith never saw. 

I suppose the brother Nathaniel, mentioned in Leete's letter, was Nathaniel 
Whitfield, D.'s brother-in-law. 

Brother Hodley, named in Gov. Leete's letter, was John Hoadly, born Jan. 1616— 
17, who came to New England in the same ship with Leete, 1639, and was one of 
the " seven pillars " of the first church gathered in Guilford June 19, 1643, as 
were also Leete and Desborough. John Hoadly married in G. in 1642, Sarah Bush- 
nell, by whom he had twelve children, seven of them born in Guilford, where 
three died infants. Of two sons born in G. the younger became rector of Halsted, 
Kent, — the elder also took orders in the Church of England, and died master of the 
free school in Norwich, in the cathedral of which city he is buried. He (Samuel, 
born Guilford, Sept. 23, 1643) was father of Benjamin Hoadly, successively Bishop 
of Bangor, Hereford, Salisbury and Winchester (born 1676, died 1761), and of John 
Hoadly, successively Bishop of L?ighlin and Femes, Archbishop of Dublin, Arch- 
bishop of Armagh (born 1678, died 1746). 

John Hoadly the emigrant returned to England in the autumn of 1653 ; the next 
year was appointed (presumably through Desborough's influence) chaplain of the 
garrison of Edinburgh Castle. His family went over (as the letter states) in 1654. 
He continued at Edinb. until 1662, when he settled at Rolvenden, Kent, where 
he died June 28, 1668. His widow survived him more than twenty years. 

Charles J. Hoadly. 

William Leete, whose letter is here printed, was also an early settler of Guilford. 
From the Visitations of Huntingdonshire, 1613 and 1684, we learn that he was a 
son of John Leete of Diddington, co. Huntingdon, and a grandson of Thomas Leete 
of Oakington, co. Cambridge. His mother was Anna, daughter of Robert Shute, 
and his wife Anne was daughter of John Payne, a clergyman of Southoe, co. Hunt. 
(See The Family of Leete ivith special Reference to the Genealogy of Joseph Leete, 
Esq., F.S.S. London, 1881, pp. 11, 12 and 64.) He was born about 1612, and 
died April 16, 1683. He was governor of New Haven Colony, 1661-3, and of Con- 
necticut from 1676 till his death. A biographical sketch of him will be found in 
Smith's Hisloxy of Guilford, pp. 121-2. 

For Cromwell's plans for the removal of the people of New England to what 
he supposed would be a more favorable location, which is mentioned in Gov. Leete's 
letter, see Palfrey's History of New England, vol. ii. pp. 389-93. — Editor.] 

2: April 1621. 
In the name of God Amen : I comit my soule to God that gave it and 
my bodie to the earth from whence it came. Alsoe I give my goodes as 
followeth That fForty poundes w ch is in the hand of goodman Woodes I give 
my wife term poundes, my soune Joseph term poundes, my daughter Priscilla 
tenn poundes, and my eldest sonne tenu poundes. Alsoe I give to my eld- 
est sonne all my debtes, bonds, bills (onelye yt forty poundes excepted in the 
handes of goodman Wood) given as aforesaid w th all the stock in his owne 
handes. To my eldest daughter I give ten shillinges to he paied out of my 
sonnes stock Furthermore that goodes I have in Virginia as followeth To 
ray wife Alice halfe my goodes . 2 . to Joseph and Priscilla the other halfe 
equallie to be devided betweene them. Alsoe I have xxj dozen of shoes, 
and thirteene paire of bootes w ch I giue into the Companies handes for forty 
poundes at seaven years end if thy like them at that rate. If it be thought 
to deare as my Overseers shall thinck good And if they like them at that 
rate at the devident I shall have nyne shares whereof I give as followeth 
twoe to my wife, twoe to my sonne William, twoe to my sonne Joseph, twoe 
to my daughter Priscilla, and one to the Companie. Allsoe if my sonne 


William will come to Virginia I give him my share of land furdermore I 
o-ive to my twoe Overseers M r John Carver and M r Williamson, twentye 
shillinges apeece to see this my will performed desiringe them that he would 
have an eve over my wife and children to be as fathers and freindes to 
them, Allsoe to have a speciall eye to my man Robert w ch bathe not so 
approved himselfe as I would he should have done. 

This is a Coppye of M r Mullens his Will of all particulars he hathe given. 
In witues whereof I have sett my hande John Carver, Giles Heale, 
Christopher Joanes. 

Vicesimo tertio: die mensis Julii Anno Domini Millesimo sexcentesimo 
vicesimo primo Emanavit Commissio Sare Blunden als Mullins filie naturali 
et legitime dicti defuncti ad administrand bona iura et credita eiusdem de- 
funct iuxta tenorem et effecturn testamenti suprascripti eo quod nullum 
in eodem testamento nominavit executorem de bene etc Jurat. 

68, Dale. 

Mense Julij An Dni 162j. 
Vicesimo tertio die emanavit comissio Sare Blunden ats^Mullens filie 
nfali et ltime Willmi Mullens nug de Dorking in Coiii Surr sed in parti- 
bus ultra marinis def hentis etc ad administrand bona iura et credita ejusdem 
def iuxta tenorem et effcum testamenti ipsius defuncti eo quod nullum in 
eodem nominavit exfem de bene etc iurat. 

Probate Act Book, 1621 and 1622. 

[William Mullins, the testator, was one of the passengers in the Mayflower, and 
the father of Priscilla Mullins, the heroine of Longfellow's poem, " The Courtship 
of Miles Standish." The will was evidently drawn up at Plymouth, New England, 
which was then considered a part of Virginia. The date of the will is not given, 
but it must have been on or before Feb. 21, 1620-1, for on that day Mr. Mullins 
died, according to Gov. Bradford's Register, as quoted by Prince in his Chronology, 
part ii. p. 98. The date April 2, 1621, is probably that on which the certified copy 
was signed. 

Gov. Bradford, in his list of passengers in the Mayflower, has this entry: 

" M r William Midlines and his wife, and 2. children, Joseph & Priscila ; and a 
servant, Robert Carter." In the margin he gives the number of persons in Mr. 
Mullins's family, "5."* 

In Bradford's memoranda of the changes that had occurred in these families in the 
course of thirty years, we find this entry : 

" M r Molincs, and his wife, his son and his servant, died the first winter. Only 
his daughter Priscila survied, and married with John Alden, who are both living, 
and have 11. children. And their eldest daughter is married & hath five children."! 

This will e;ives the names of Mr. Mullins's two children who were left in England, 
William the eldest son, and Sarah, who married a Mr. Blunden. The Probate Act 
Book supplies the English residence, Dorking in the county of Surrey. 

Mr. Williamson, who is named as an overseer of the will, I take to be the " Master 
Williamson," who, according to Mourt's Relation, p. 36 (Dexter's edition, p. 92), 
was present, March 22, 1620-1, when the first treaty was made with Massasoit. 
Rev. Alexander Young, D.D., finding no person by the name of Williamson among 
the signers to the compact, concludes that the name Williamson was probably an 
error of the press, and suggests that of Allerton instead. (See Chronicles of the 
Pilgrims, Boston, 1841, p. 192.) Dr. Young's conjecture has generally been adopt- 
ed by later writers. 

Christopher Joanes may have been the Captain of the Mayflower, whose surname 
we know was Jones. Rev. Edward D. Neill, however, in the Registkr, xxviii. 314, 
gives reasons for believing that his christian name was Thomas. — Editor.] 

* Bradford's New Plymouth, Boston, 1856, p. 446. 
+ Ibid. p. 452. 


John Harwood of London, merchant, 13 November 1684, proved 22 
June 1685. To wife Elizabeth all my household goods and plate during 
her life and after to dispose of them as she shall judge meet, and all my 
five tenements &c. in St. George's Lane and Pudding Lane London, which 
I hold by lease from the company of fishmongers and two messuages in 
Pudding Lane which I hold by lease from Christ Church Hospital. To 
son Jacob Harwood the messuage near the Monument in London late in 
the occupation of Mr. Selby, to hold after the decease of my said wife. To 
son Joseph Harwood the messuage now in the occupation of Mr. Strood, 
after the decease of my wife. 

" Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth Sedgwick now in New England 
and to her sonne Samuell those three houses in S l George's Lane afore- 
said which I hold by lease from the said company of ffishmongers now in 

the occupation of Mr. Bodkin, Jerome Hall and Norrice, to hold to 

them the said Elizabeth Sedgwick and her sonne Samuell their Execu- 
tors, Administrators and assignes imediately from and after the decease of 
my said wife for and dureing all the rest and residue which shall bee then 
to come and unexpired of the terme in the said Lease by which I hold 
the same, they paying to the ffishmongers company aforesaid the remainder 
of the yearly ground rent which is Eleaven pounds thirteene shillings and 
four pence neverthelesse my will is that my said daughter Sedgwick and 
her said sonne Samuell or one of them shall pay and allow to my sonne 
John now in New England fifteene pounds a yeare out of the rents and 
profitts of the said three messuages or tenements dureing all the time they 
or either of them shall hold the same and if it shall happen that the said 
Elizabeth Sedgwick and her said sonne Samuell shall dye then I give the 
said three Messuages or tenements (after the death of my said wife and 
after the deceases of the