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A Probable Wife for Thomas Axtell

12 September 2009 Leave a comment

Eleanor R. Wesson, “A Probable Wife for Thomas Axtell,” Connecticut Nutmegger 31[1998]. [LINK]

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Memoirs of the Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

12 September 2009 Leave a comment

Arthur Adams, “Memoirs of the Deceased Members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 106[1952]:150. [LINK]

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

25 August 2009 Leave a comment

James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Volume 3, K-R (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965). [LINK]

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

25 August 2009 Leave a comment

James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Volume 1, A-C (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965). [LINK]

Michael Bacon and His Descendants

24 August 2009 Leave a comment

Leon Brooks Bacon, “Michael Bacon and His Descendants,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 56[1902]. [LINK]

Notes: Bacon Family of Helmingham and Winston, co. Suffolk, England, and of Dedham and Salem, Mass.

24 August 2009 Leave a comment

William Lincoln Parker, “Notes: Bacon Family of Helmingham and Winston, co. Suffolk, England, and of Dedham and Salem, Mass.,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 90[1936]. [LINK]

Axtells of America

31 July 2009 Leave a comment

Source:¬†William S. Appleton, “Axtells of America,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 44[1890].

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The connection of this country with the name and family of AXTELL is decidedly interesting. Several years ago I communicated to the REGISTER, XXII, 143, Notes on the AXTELL family, giving a short account of Thomas AXTELL of Sudbury and his descendants, of whom his grandson, Daniel, moved for a time to South Carolina. Unfortunately Thomas of Sudbury did not put himself so fully on record as two others of the name, whose wills are found in London. Mr. Savage says in the Genealogical Dictionary of New England, under AXTELL, “NATHANIEL, New Haven 1639, intend. to go home, made his will 27 Jan. 1640, and d. in few wks. bef. embark. at Boston.” Mention of such will is also found in the Records of the Colony of New Haven, but the following will of earlier date was left in England, and there proved and recorded, as follows:

In the name of God Amen. The Seaventeenth day of August One Thousand Six Hundred Thirtie nyne And in the ffifteenth yeare of ye Raigne of our Soueraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God Kinge of England Scotland Fraunce and Ireland, Defender of the faith &c. I Nathaniell AXTELL now or late of the parish of St Peters nere the Burrough of St Albons in the County of Hertford Yeoman, being now purposed (by the Grace of God) to travayle to New England in the parts beyond the Seas and considering the certainty of Death & how uncertaine the tyme thereof is, Doe (Revoaking all former Willes Testamentes legacies & Devises by me heretofore made) make & declare this my present last Will & Testament in matter & forme follokinge that is to say, ffirst & principally I comend my Soul into the hands of Allmightie God my Creator & of Jesus Christ my only Saviour & Redeemer hopeinge & stedfastly beleiving through the meritts Death and Passion of my said Saviour Jesus Christ to have free pdon and forgiveness of all my sinnes & to inheritt Eternall life in the Kingdome of Heaven with other the Elect Children of God. And for

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such temporall goods as it hath pleased god to lend me in this world for my necessary use (my debtes and funerall expences beinge first paid & discharged) I give & dispose the same as followeth (vizt.) Item I give & bequeath unto Thomas BUCKINGHAM of Queen Epioth [Quinnipiac] in New England, Husbandman, Tenn poundes in money to be paid unto him by my Executor hereafter named within one yeare next after my decease. Item I give & bequeath unto Richard MILES of the same place Husbandman all my weareinge apparell both linnen & wollen And all my beddinge & Household stuffe whatsoever in New England aforesaid. Item I give & bequeath unto Mr Peter PRUDDEN Minister of the word of God in New England aforesaid ffive poundes in money to be paid unto him by my Executor within one yeare next after my decease. The Remainder rest & residue of all & singuler my goodes chattelles Debtes & estate whatsoever unbequeathed I doe give & bequeath unto & amongst my Two brothers Thomas AXTELL & Daniell AXTELL & my three sisters Joane, Ann & Sarah equally amongest them to be parted & devided part & part like And I doe ordaine and make my said Brother Daniell AXTELL the sole & onely Executor of this my last Will & Testament Willing & chargeinge hime to see the same truely pformed accordinge to my true intent & plaine meaneinge therein expressed, as my only & especiall trust is in him. In Wittnes whereof I the said Nathaniel AXTELL to this my last Will & Testament have sett my hand & seale the Seaventeenth Day of August 1639 And in the ffifteenth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles of England &c.

NATHANIELL AXTELL.

Read signed sealed published & delivered by the said Nathaniell AXTELL for & as his last Will & Testament the Day of the Date in the presence of me Antho: HUDSON Scrr. And me Natha: HUDSON his sonne.

Proved at London 12 June 1640.

The second will is as follows:

Considering the brevity and uncertainty of the life of Man how many accidents perills and dangers it lyes lyable to especially in Journeys by Land and hazards by sea both which I intend God willing in very few dayes to undertake doe judge it absolutely necessary to make this my last Will and Testamt this third day of August one thousand six hundred and seaventy eight which is as vizt. Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Sibilla the sume of ffive Hundred pounds to be paid her at day of marryage or when shee shall attaine to the age of twenty one yeares. Item I give unto my son Daniel the sume of ffive Hundred pounds to be paid to him at the age of twenty and one yeares. Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary ffive Hundred pounds to be paid her at day of marryage or when shee shall attaine the age of twenty one yeares. Item I give unto my sonne Holland ffive Hundred pounds to be paid him when hee shall attaine to the age of twenty one yeares. Item I give unto my daughter Rebeckah five hundred pounds to be paid her at day of marryage or when shee shall attaine to the age of twenty one yeares. Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth and my Daughter Anne each of them ffive hundred pounds to be paid to them as either of them is marryed or shall attaine to the age of twenty one yeares. Item I make my dearly beloved and faithfull wife Rebeckah my full and whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament giveing and bequeathing to her all the remainder of my estate just and lawfull debts being first paid and discharged an account

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of which for brevity sake I have left in writeing and inclosed herein. And that whereas merchandizeing and other Comerce in the world is lyable to sundry casualties losse and damages by which meanes the estate that I now doe through the good hand and signall providence and blessing of God account my selfe to have, may very much fall short soe the getting of it in from my severall ffactors and Correspondents in severall places of this World soe that whereas my great and earnest deire and intention to give and bequeath my intirely beloved Wife such a part and proportion of my estate as through the goodness of God to her shee may live happily freely and plentifull the remainder of her life, may be very much diminished and lessened soe that the care and tendernesse I have for her future comfort may be frustrated and disappointed. My will therefore is that if in the gathering in of my estate from abroad and debts at home it should happen soe to fall short that the porcons above menconed being paid to my children my deare wife should not have the sume of Two Thousand pounds for her selfe for her owne maintenance over and above all household goods plate and jewells I am now at this time seized and posst of. That then how much soever shee fall short of the said two Thousand pounds there shall be a proporconable deduction and abatement out of every one of my childrens porcon [photcopy illegible] for [?] the makeing up of the said Two Thousand pounds for the support and maintenance of my said deare Wife Rebeckah. And that if any of my children should dye either before marryage or age of one and twenty yeares that then any of them soe deceaseing their porcon or porcons shall be equally divided amongst the survivors. Lastly my faithfull friend Henry DANVERS Esqr. and Mr. Wm. PENNINGTON are hereby desired and appointed to be helpfull and assisting to my dearest wife in the gathering in of my estate from abroad and to be adviseing and helping her in the secure disposeing of it when at home. In witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written. Note that the seeming alteracon of ffigure in the ffive Hundred pounds to my Daughter Sibilla was done before signeing.

DAN. AXTELL.

Signed sealed and declared to be the last Will and Testament of Daniel AXTELL in the presence of Anne COOPER, Mary CATCHPOULL, Sarah HILL.

Proved at London 2 July 1680, when a commission was issued to Walter NEEDHAM M.D. Attorney lawfully appointed “per Rebeccam AXTELL (jam apud Carolinam habitam)” Widow and Executrix of Daniel AXTELL “nuper de Stoke Newington in Com. Midds sed apud Carolinam defti” to administer the estate in the absence of the said Executrix.

Rebecca, widow of this Daniel AXTELL, was of course the “Lady AXTEL” of Charleston, S.C., 1695, mentioned in the journal of William PRATT, REGISTER, XXVIII. 168. If we could be sure that the brothers Thomas and Daniel, named in the will of Nathaniel AXTELL, were the two other settlers of the name, we should have here a genuine instance of the oft-repeated story of the three brothers, one in Massachusetts, one in Connecticut and one in South Carolina. I do not know that proof of this is likely ever to be found. Even without it, the whole is a curious chapter of family history.