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Withington’s Abstracts of English Wills

Source: Lothrop Withington, “Withington’s Abstracts of English Wills,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 54[1900].

[page 93]

ARTHURE WITHINGTON, Ashburne, Countie of Derbie, shoemaker. Will proved 23 May, 1631. To Nicholas SPALTON, and John SPALTON (daughter and sonnes of the said Nicholas) 12d. each. To Elizabeth TOWNSON 10s. To Nicholas SPALTON the younger and Margaret SPALTON (daughter and sonne of the said Nicholas the elder) 3s-4d. each. To my brothers John WITHINGTON and Theophilus WITHINGTON 5s. each. To god children 12d. each. To every one who hath been or is my apprentice 12d. each. To Danyell BEECHRAFTE the younger 40s. To Christopher WATSON, Richard WALTON, Georg TITTENTON, and John ALLSOPP 12d. apiece in token of my love, hopeing they will carrie me to the church. To my neighbor Raffe FROST the elder 12d. To Isabell BENTLEY my servant 5s. Rest to loving wiffe Isabell, executrix.

[page 94]

Witnesses: William CHADWICKE, Sydney GORE, John BULLOCKE. Inventory £151-12s-7d. (including debts from John FLOSKETT the elder, John ALLSOPP, and Phillipp JACKSON, gents) by Edward BUXTON, John ALLSOPP, George RIDG, Richard WALTON, and George TITTENDON 14 April, 1631.

Consistory of Lichfield and Coventry. File for 1631.

[This is one of several WITHINGTON wills at Lichfield. I send it because of the conjunction of WITHINGTON and BATE. Another Anne BATE was daughter of our Henry WITHINGTON of Dorchester, and mother of the distinguished BATES family of Massachusetts. Although it is not such a great distance from the home of the WITHINGTONs in Lancashire to Derby, it seems a very far way from the home of the BATEs in Kent. Nevertheless our emigrant families had often some remarkable skips about in old England before taking the great plunge for New England. I take SPALTON to be vulgar corruption of SPALDING.—L.W.]

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[page 95]

JOHN DISBOROUGH, Mildenhall, County Suffolk, husbandman. Will 27 June, 1569; proved 25 July, 1569. To be buried in Mildenhall churchyard. To poore of towne of Mildenhall 12d. To reparation of church of Mildenhall 12d. To wife Jane her goods brought into house at marriage. To wife’s son William MARSHAM fether bed, etc., etc., etc. at 21. To wife’s daughters Elizabeth and Jane bedding etc. If said William my sonne [sic] die, goods to his brothers Thomas MARSHAM and Henry MARSHAM and sisters Elizabeth and Joan MARSHAM, sons and daughters of Jane my wife. Wife Jane to occupy copyhold from Our Lady the Queen till her son William is 21, then to William. Have made surrender to Henry MARSHAM and Thomas EAGLE coppieholders of said mannor till William is 21 etc. Residue to wife Jone executrix. Friend Henry MARSHAM, supervisor. Witnesses: Henry MARSHAM, Thomas EAGLE, Christopher DALLISON.

Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Register “Peade” (1568-69), folio 107.

JEFFRY DISBOROWE, Whadden County Cambridge, yeoman. Will 16 March, 1622/3; proved 10 May, 1623. To son Bruno DISBOROWE[torn] per annum for education at the school and university during life of his mother. To Bruno, James, Willyam and John 100 marks each. To two daughters Agnes and Rose £50 each. [If wife Rose die before son Bruno is 21 and lands go to heir, I grant to these four, my two brothers James and John, and brothers-in-law Thomas PENTLOW and John BONNER, to use of three sons, James, Willyam, and John, etc., etc. To poore of Whaddon—all erased.] Residue to wife Rose, executrix. Witnesses: Clement SENTLOE, Thomas SENTLOW.

Archdeaconry of Ely, Liber 7 (1611-1623), folio 317.

[page 219]

RICHARD WITHINGTON, clerk, Boulder, Kent. Will 5 Oct., 1626; proved 5 Nov., 1626. Lands in Sway and Lymington to brother Richard WITHINGTON, Jr., Cowshott Castle, executor. To cozen Margery TURNER £5. Witnesses Richard KNOLES, William LAKE.

Hele, 122.

NICHOLAS WITHINGTON, London, merchant, intending to travel to West Indies. Will 14 March, 1619/20; proved 9 March, 1623/4. All to loving cozen Henry HELMES and Margaret his wife, executors. Witnesses Jo: HARRISON, James DELMEN, Ben: BOLTON, Richard LANGFORD.

Byrde, 25.

[The above parson was doubtless the Dorset youth of 21 who matriculated at Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1581. His brother of the same name was a soldier at Calshot Castle (at the point of Southampton Water, opposite Cowes), whose will I gave in the REGISTER, Vol. 51. Margery TURNER should be the wife of Richard PAUL of Massachusetts, last wife also of our Henry WITHINGTON. Nicholas the merchant is a well known character, being one of the pioneers of the East India Company, and his ungrateful treatment by his employers is the subject of a memoir more than once reprinted. it now seems that, having explored the east, Nicholas died following the sway of empire westward. the brevity of his will is annoying. He may possibly have been the youngest son of Dr. Oliver WITHINGTON. L.W.]

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