Archive for the ‘Generation 14’ Category

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]


Five Generations of Connecticut Harrisons

12 September 2009 Leave a comment

Mrs. Francis Harrison Corbin, “Five Generations of Connecticut Harrisons,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 70[1916]. [LINK]

Two Somerby Frauds, Or “Placing the Flesh on the Wrong Bones”

25 August 2009 Leave a comment

Paul C. Reed, “Two Somerby Frauds, Or ‘Placing the Flesh on the Wrong Bones,'” The American Genealogist 74[1999]. [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]

Withington’s Abstracts of English Wills

24 August 2009 Leave a comment

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.]


[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.]

Notes and Queries: The Axtell Family

6 August 2009 Leave a comment

Source: S.J. Axtell, “Notes and Queries: The Axtell Family,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53[1899]:359.

[page 359]

THE AXTELL FAMILY. — Some facts respecting Thomas AXTELL, the progenitor of the AXTELLs of America, and his family, have recently been discovered by Mr. Freeman C. Goodenow of Cambridge, Mass.

Thomas AXTELL bought five acres of land in Sudbury, Oct. 1643. This land joined that of Edmund RICE, who came from Berkhamstead, Eng., in 1638 or 1639. Thomas AXTELL took the oath of fidelity July 9, 1645. His daughter, born July 1, 1644, was named Lidia, not Mary, as appears from two original entries in old record books. “John MAYNARD and Mary AXTELL were md 16 (4) 1646,” i.e. June 16. This doubtless is the widow of Thomas AXTELL, who was buried March 8, 1646. MAYNARD was a widower with a son eight or nine years old. The Mary AXTELL who married John GOODNOW Sept. 9, 1656, was doubtless the Mary baptized in Berkhamstead Sept. 25, 1639. She bore eleven children, the last in 1680, and died April 14, 1704. Edmund WRIGHT married Hannah UPSON, not AXTELL, as appears from a careful scrutiny of the records.

Mr. W.S. Appleton informs me that William AXTELL of Berkhamstead, Eng., died in 1637, leaving a will in which he mentions his wife Thomasine and sons John, William, Thomas, Daniel and Samuel. This confirms my conjecture in regard to the two Williams of Berkhamstead, and the children to be assigned to each, and with the facts given above, supports the view that Thomas AXTELL was a brother of Col. Daniel AXTELL, the regicide.


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Notes: Chilton

6 August 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Henry A. Phillips, “Notes: Chilton,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 63[1909]:201.

[page 201]

CHILTON – Because the books about Plymouth Colony tell nothing concerning James CHILTON before his appearance at Cape Cod in the Mayflower; because of the pretty tradition attached to the name of his daughter Mary; and because of the numerous descendants left by her and her husband John WINSLOW, it may be well to print in conjunction the following items as offering a clue later to a more satisfactory proof of the English home of James CHILTON, of his trade, and of the fact that he was apparently close upon, or over, sixty years of age when he took passage in the Mayflower.

From the Roll of Freemen of the City of Canterbury, p. 315:

Freeman by Gift: James CHYLTON, tailor, 1583.

From the Registers of St. Paul’s Church, Canterbury, pp. 6 and 8:

  1586, Jan. 15 Isabell, d. of James CHILTON [Bapt.]
  1589, June 8 Jane, d. of James CHILTON
  1599, April 29 Ingle, d. of James CHILTON

From Dexter’s The Pilgrim Company in Leyden (2 Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc., vol. 17, p. 177):

  CHANDLER, Roger Rog. WILSON and Cath. CARVER wit. his bet. May 22, 1615.
  Isabella (CHILTON). Wife of Rog. Mar. July 21, 1615.

BRADFORD says that a second daughter (married) of James CHILTON came over later than he and his daughter Mary. A Roger CHANDLER is found later in Plymouth Colony, at Duxbury in 1633.*

That there had long been a CHILTON family in Canterbury is proved by two entries in the Roll of Freemen quoted above, p. 258:

  Freemen by Redemption: CHILTON, William, spicer, 1399.
    CHILTON, Nicholas, clerk, 1445.

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* Roger CHANDLER of Duxbury was taxed in 1632, a freeman in 1633, and sold land in 1644. His daughter was in the service of Kenelm WINSLOW before 5 May 1646. (Pope’s Pioneers of Mass., p. 93.) On 3 Oct. 1665 “One hundred and fifty acrees of land are graunted by this Court vnto the three sisters, the daughters of Roger CHANDELER, deceased, viz, to each of them fifty acrees, lying between the Bay line and the bounds of Taunton, according to the desire of John BUNDEY” (Plymouth Col. Recs., vol. 4, p. 111). Pope (op. cit., p. 132), in quoting the will of Dolor DAVIS, proved 2 July 1673, mentions a clause referring to DAVIS’s sons Symon and Samuel as residing at Concord, and his having gone thither at the charges of Roger CHANDELER. The Editor is indebted to William P. Greenlaw, Esq., for the above references, which are given in the hope that they may be of use in helping to identify Roger CHANDLER’s daughters.