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Anne and children Edward, Anne, Mary and Susan, her uncle ar.d aunt John and
Hannah Pinchon, and her aunt Elizabeth Young, widow. It is well to note also
that when Edward Eliott of Newland was making his will his brother George
was then living (having three sons) and a sister Pulisden (Puleston or Pilston).
The testator's sou Edward died in 1602, without issue, as we can gather from
the Admon. granted to his sisters Dorothy Collen and Hannah Pinchon.

The next will (that of Robert Morley) refers to the alliance of Thomas Eliott
of Belhouse in Stanford Rivers, Essex, with Catherine daughter of Nowell
Sotherton, one of the Barons of the Exchequer, in connection with which see
the Sotherton pedigree in the Visitation of London, a.d. 1568.

John Mvllett of Hunsdon, whose will (1603-1604) follows next, married
Katherine "Eliott of Hunsdon, widow of Philip Eliott. License was granted
25 January 1593, he being then styled of London. It was James Eliott, son of
Philip and Catherine, who was afterwards parson of Raleigh, Essex. I have not
come across the will of Catherine's first husband.

Dame Benett Webb's will (1602-1603) is not quite clear. She was one of the
daughters of Sir Christopher Draper (Mayor of London) by Margaret daughter
of Henry Greene of Essex, and had been the wife of Sir William Webb, also
Lord Mayor of London. I thought it worth the while, however, to save it for
future use.

The next will, however, that of John Conyers of London (1600-1604), places
itself. He must have married Catherine widow of Anthony Williams, Esq.,
Auditor of the Mint (see pedigree of Williams of Abbots Langley in Visitation
of Herts). Timothy, daughter of Anthony and Catherine Williams, was the
wife of Noel Sotherton and mother of Catherine wife of Thomas Eliott of
Belhouse. We are thus enabled to correct and amend both the Visitation of
London (1568) and the Visitation of Herts. The former does not give the
parentage of Timothy Sotherton, while the latter wrongly states that her mother,
Catherine, was the widow of John Conyers, the fact being evident that she must
have been married to Williams first and Conyers afterwards, as shown clearly
by this will of her second husband, who outlived her. At least I do not now see
any other wav of explaining it.

The will of Austin Elliott of Waltham Abbey (1605) refers to his father
George Eliott as apparently then alive. I would suggest that this George Eliott
was one of the two brothers (by the whole blood) of Edward Eliott of New-
land, the other being Rowland Eliott, after whom probably this Austin Eliott
named his son. If I am correct in my theory of his relationship to the Eliotts
of Stortford and Newland this will becomes important as showing another line
of this Visitation family living in Widford, since the testator directs his body
to be buried there, and speaks of his father as living there. Austin and Edward


Eliott (mentioned in this will * were probably two of the three sons of George
Eliott referred to by Edward Eliott of Newlancl in 1595.

John Eliott, whose will (160G) follows, I do not undertake to place definitely.
I would simply call attention to his ownership of lands in Hunsdon. Nor will
I attempt to place Roger Eliott of Waltham Holy Cross, whose will (1G08), or
George Eliott of London, whose will (1611) connects him with Weston Herts;
or, again, John Eliote of Weston, whose will (1G12) follows. But a pedigree
of the first named (John Eliott of Hunsdon, a.d. 1G06) appears in the Visita-
tion of London a.t>. 1G34 (Harl. Soc.) p. 252.

Hugh Eliott of Waltham Holy Cross, whose will (1613) follows, owned lauds
in Widford, and named a cousin Ferdinando Eliott of Eppiug (also named in the
will of John Myllett as an innholder) and an Edward Eliott of Widford, who
may have b en a son of George and brother of Austin Eliott, already referred

The testator of the next will (Nicholas Elliott als Aylett) I have not at-
tempted to place.

Then comes the will of Bennett Elliot of Nasinge, father of our John Eliott,
who seems to have owned lands in Widford, Ware and Hunsdon, three places
so closely connected with the family whose wills have been passing undor our
examination, who was also, as it appears, married in Widford, and his famous
son born there. Can we have much doubt that he belonged to the same family,
even though we cannot place our finger upon the exact connecting link?

James Eliot of Raleigh Essex, clerk, whose will (1623) comes next, was
evidently the son of Philip and Catherine Eliott and stepson of John Myllett.

I give in addition the will of John Campe of Nasinge, showing an apparent
connection of this family with Eliotts. Later on I may add notes taken from
other Eliott wills. Henry F. Waters.

The following Eliots, variously spelled, are from the Registers of the Parish
of St. John tha Baptist, Widford, Hertfordshire, England. They are from
extracts made by the Rev. John Traviss Lockwood, Rector of the Church there,
in 1893 ; not in the exact language of those early clays but iu the English of the
present time.

Under Baptisms.

A. D. 1582. Elizabeth, the daughter of William Eliot and his wife was chris-
tened, February 10th.

A. U. 1583. Amies, the daughter of Austen Eliot and Amies his wife was
christened, Sept. 15th.

A. D. 1587. Rowland, the son of Austen Eliot and Anues his wife was chris-
tened, the 19th of Feb.

A. D. 1593. Joseph Eliot, the son of Edward Eliot and Anne his wife, was
born the sixth of March and baptized the 15th day of the same month.

A. D. 1599. Sarah Eliot, the daughter of Benuet Eliot and Lettes his wife,
was baptized the 13th of Jan.

Adjoining this entry is this note : Sarah Elliott was the first child baptized
in Widford by Mr. John Payton, parson of Widford.

(This Sarah Eliot was married to William Curtis, one of the early settlers of
Roxbury, Mass.— e. e.)

A. D.1602. Phillip Elliott, son of Bennet Elliott was baptized the 25th day
of April.

A. D. 1604. John Elliott, the son of Bennett Elliott was baptized the fifth
day of August in the year of our Lord God 1G04.

(lie became famous as " The Apostle to the Indians."

The Rev. Mr. Lockwood has appended the following note : " The entry here
copied is, fortunately, one; of the few in the old Registers of Widford Parish
which remakis clear and distinct after the lapse of 289 years." — E. E.)

A. D. 1G06. Jacob Elliott, the son of Bennett Elliott, was baptized the 21st
(lav of Sept.

A. D. 1G10. Sarah Elyott, the daughter of Mr. Edward Elyott was baptized
the 18th dav of Nov.

A. D. 1613. John Elyott, son of Mr. Edward Elyott was baptized the 29th
day of Aug.

A. D. 1G85. Philip, son of Philip and Elizabeth Elliot, baptized Oct. 29th.

A. 1). 1687. Elizabeth, daughter of Philip and Elizab. Elliott, bap. Oct. 12th.


Under Marriag< s.
A. D. 1582. Austen Eliot and Amies Hale were married the 14th day of June.
A. D. 1598. Bonnet Eliot and Lcttese Aggar were married the 30th of Oct.

(Those were the parents of " The Apostle to the Indians." — E. e.)
A. D. 1634. George Elliott of Iluusdon and Mary Savage of Much Iladham,
single woman, servant to Mathew Cockett of Hadham, were married the 9th
of Feb.

A. D. 1628. William Darter of Ilunsdou, husbandman & Judith Elliott of
Hunsdon, daughter of Edward Elliott of Hunsdon were married the 10th of Oct.

Under Burials.

A. D. 1563. Joane Eliot, the wife of John Eliot was buried the 16th day of

A. D. 1565. George Eliot the son of Thomas Eliot was buried the 26th of

A. D. 15G8. Johu Eliott senior was buried the 6th [?] day of March.

A. D. 1578. Catherine the wife of Eliot was buried the 19th of Aug.

A. D. 1582. Henry Eliot was buried the 20th of December.

A. D. 1583. Anues Eliot the daughter of Austeu Eliot & Annes his wife was
buried the 15th day of Feb.

A. D. 1585. John Eliot was buried the 15th day of Jan.

A. D. 1605. Austen Elliott gentleman was buried the 24th day of Oct.

A. D. 1G07. Anne Elliott, daughter of Austeu Ellyott gentleman was buried
the twelvth day of December.

Mr. Lockwood writes that the word " gentleman " was a designation to dis-
tinguish one who was a landed proprietor, or lived independently. Then the
distinction was uot usually applied to professional men or wealthy tradesmen,
as that of "Esq." is so commonly applied now. — Ellsworth Eliot, M.D.,
of New York City.

Extracts relating to the name of Eliot from the parish registers of Nazeing
and Roxwell iu Essex, and Cheshunt and Hunsdon in Hertfordshire, are printed
in Mr. William Winters's article on the " Eliot Family " in the Register, vol. 39,
pp. 365-371, and need not be re-printed here. See also " The Pilgrims of Nam-
ing, " by the same author, in vol. 28, pp. 110-145.

A Memorial Window to the memory of the Rev. Johu Eliot, the Apostle to
the Indians, in the church at Widford, was dedicated with appropriate cere-
monies, on the 21st of May last. The cost of this window was defrayed by a
subscription among his descendants iu the United States (see Register, Vol.
48, page 80). The rector of the church, the Rev. J. T. Lockwood, gave a
sketch of the life of Eliot, and the United States Ambassador, the Hon. Thomas
F. Bayard, who was present by invitation, made au address. An account of
the proceedings was printed iu the Huston Evening Transcript, June 16tk. A
fuller account appeared in the Herts Guardian, May 26, 1894. — Editor.]

Piiillep Elliott of Iluusdon, Herts, yeoman 9 February 159i, proved
at Stortford Monday G March 15'Jl. I give to the parish of Iluusdon
twenty .shillings. 1 give to my sister Margery one cow, to be delivered
unto her within one mouth next after my decease. I give to Ferdinando
and Ileury, my brethren, to each of them a peusion of twenty shillings a
year, to be paid to them out of my farm called Olives by the space of ten
years if they so long live. I give and bequeath to William Elliot, my
brother, forty shillings, to be paid to him within oue whole }'ear next after
my decease. I give and bequeath to Jeffray Elliot, my brother, forty shil-
lings, to be paid to him within two years next alter my decease. I give
and bequeath to Epha Elliot, my daughter, forty marks, to be paid to her,
the one half at her age of eighteen years and the other half at her age of
tweuty one years; but if she depart this natural life before cither of the
prefixed times of payment of her said legacy then my will and mind is that
the one half of her portion then unpaid shall remain to Lidia my daughter.


I give to Lidia Elliot, my daughter, forty marks, to be paid to her, the one
half at her age of eighteen years and the other half at her age of twenty
one years; and if she depart this natural life before either of the prefixed
times of payment of her said legacy then my will and mind is that the one
half of her portion then unpaid shall remain to Epha my daughter and the
other to mine executrix. I give and bequeath to Hester Elliot, my daugh-
ter, forty marks, to be paid to her, the one half at her age of eighteen years
and the other half at her age of twenty one years; but if she depart this
natural life before either of the prefixed times of payment of her said
legacy then my will and mind is that the one half of her portion then un-
paid shall remain to Mary Elliot my daughter and the other half to mine
executrix. I give to Mary Elliot, my daughter, forty marks, to be paid to
her, the one half at her age of eighteen years and the other half at her age
of twenty one years; and if she depart this natural life hefore either of the
prefixed times of payment of her said legacy then my will and mind is that
the one half of her portion then unpaid shall remain to Hester Elliot my
daughter and the other to mine executrix. I give and bequeath to James
and Daniel, my sons, to each of them five pounds, to be paid unto them at
their several ages of eighteen years. My will and mind is that Katherine
my wife shall have, hold and enjoy the lease of my farm called Olives, with
all and singular the commodities thereto belonging, not making waste, until
such time as James Elliot, my son, shall come to the age of twenty one
years, and thenceforth the half thereof and all commodities thereto belong-
ing during the term of her natural life and the other half of the said lease
of the said farm, being divided with all indifferency in all and singular the
commodities of the same, I give and bequeath to James Elliot my son, to
have, hold and enjoy the same jointly with his said mother, at his age of
twenty one years, yielding and paying the one half of my legacies that then
shall remain unpaid as also the one half of the annuity payable by my
father's will unto Jeffray my brother and five pounds, during the natural
life of his mother unto Daniel Elliot, my sou. My will and mind is that
after the decease of Katherine my wife, immediately, my two sons James
and Daniel shall have and enjoy the said lease and term of years then to
come in my said farm of Olives, with all profits and commodities thereto
belonging, to them, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, equally
between them, yielding and paying, equally between them, so many of my
said legacies as shall be and remain unpaid at the death of the said Kath-
erine my wife, according to the true meaning of this my last will and Testa-
ment. All the rest of my goods and cattails, movable and unmovable, I
give and bequeath unto the said Katherine my wife, to her maintenance and
to the bringing up of my " childerne." And of this my last will and Testa-
ment I make and ordain the said Katherine my wife sole executrix, to see
my debts paid, legacies discharged and funerals performed. And I ordain
overseers of this my last will and Testament Ferdinando Elliot, my brother,
Thomas Wood and William Wood, my wife's brethren.

Thomas Ituggle was one of the witnesses.

Uncalendared will in File (1591) Com. of London (Essex and Herts).

[This will, referred to in the will of John Myllett 1C03 (ante, p. 392), I have
been hunting for in vain on the Calendars of the various Courts in which it might
have been entered for probate. At last I have discovered it in a bundle of un-
indcxed wills, as above. His baptism, marriage and burial may be found on
the parish registers of Hunsdon (see Keg. for Oct. 1885, pp. 3GG-3(t8). His
father's name was probably John. Henry F. Waters.]


= Anna fil.





de Lon-




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Dame Anne Mowlson (Register, vol. 47, p. 114; ante, p. 658):

[At the above reference an abstract of the will of Dame Mowlson, the founder
of the First Scholarship in Harvard College, -will be found. An abstract of the
will of her husband, Sir Thomas Mowlson, is printed in the same volume, page
113 (ante, p. 658), and that of her brother, Anthony Kadcliffe, in volume 48, page
2i)6 {ante, p. 8T0). The college for young women established in connection with
Harvard University, known as the "Annex," which was incorporated by the
Massachusetts Legislature this year, has been named Itadcliffe College, in honor
of Dame Mowlson, whose maiden name was Radcliffe. The researches of Mr.
Waters published in these " Gleanings," made it almost certain that her surname
was Radcliffe ; but as there was a chance (only a small one it is true) that she
might have been a half sister of Anthony Radcliffe, at the suggestion of Mr.
Andrew McFarland Davis, the editor of the Register wrote to George W.
Marshall, LL.D., F.S.A., Rouge Croix, Herald's College, London, asking if he
could furnish positive information on this point. This he was able to do. He
sent the following extract from a pedigree in Vincent's London :

Tho. Moulston* de Hargrave = Alicia filia Joli'is Aldersey de
in Com Cestr. Spurstow.

Rebecca filia Catharine Johannes=Anna Thomas = Anna fil. Anna Maria

Tho. Moulston ux. William Moulston I filia Moulston Anthonii ux. uxor Joh'ie

= Richford de Har- I . . . . de Lon- Ratcliffe Hugonis Jermyn

mar. Nicholaus de Salop grave v .... don de Lon- Ken- deNorff.

Rainton Vice

Comes London

A«. 1622.


He also sent these extracts from the Registers of St. Christopher le Stocks,
London :

1600 Dec 15 Thomas Moulson and Ann Radclyffe Lie. Fac. married.
1606 Mar. 30 Mary d. Thomas Maulson Bapt. Bur d 1 Apr. follg.
1638-9 Jan. 10 Sir Thomas Moulson, Grocer, once Lord Maior of the Cittey of

London Bur' 1 .
1661 Nov. 1 Dame Anne Moulson in her own Vault in the South Chapel

References to the other authorities were given. There is now no doubt in
the matter. — Editor.]

Daniel Spencer of Cony Hatch, Middlesex, citizen and grocer of
London, 26 July 1665, proved 6 November 1668. To my wife Sarah that
messuage or tenement wherein I now live, situate in Cony Hatch in the
parish of Frian Barnett, Middlesex, as long as she shall continue a widow
and unmarried. To my eldest son Samuel three messuages &c. in Loth-
bury, in or near Greene's Court, within the City of London. To my son
Daniel the messuage or Inn called the Red Lion Inn, situate in Hitchin,
Herts., with messuages and lands in Hitchin, Hippoletts and Preston. To
my two daughters Rebecca and Hannah Spencer three messuages &c. in
Lothbury. To my daughter Mary Thatch the wife of Thomas Thatch a
messuage in Lothbury. My executors to make sale of my messuages &c.
at Gravesend and Rochester or elsewhere in lvent and in Tilbery in Essex
and expend £500 in the purchase of lands or houses of inheritance in such
place as they and my son in law William Tilsley shall think fit and con-
veyance made to my said son in law and my daughter Anne his wife (ac-
cording to my agreement as to her marriage portion). The residue of the
money arising from these sales shall be cast into and amongst and accounted
as part of my personal estate. To my kinsman William Carter twenty
pounds. To my friend Robert Bird forty shillings to buy him a ring. The

• N. B. — Name spelt Moulston, but it means Moulson. — G. W. M.


residue to be divided among all my children except Mary Thatch. My
wife, my son Samuel and my kinsman William Carter to be executors.

Proved by Samuel Spencer, the son, with power reserved for issuing
similar commissions to the other two named as executors (the widow's
name here being given as Rebecca).

Commission issued 4 February 1674 to Rebecca Spencer, the natural and
lawful mother and lawfully appointed guardian of Mary Spencer, a minor
grand daughter (nepti exjilio) of Daniel Spencer, senior deceased, to ad-
minister the goods left unadministered by Samuel Spencer (now likewise
deceased) one of the executors, Rebecca Spencer the relict and AVilliam
Carter the two other executors in no wise appearing. Hene, 146.

Thomas Hart of Enfield, merchant, 19 December 1704, proved 13
February 1704. My will and direction is that my house and all my land
in England, New Jersey and elsewhere in America be sold to pay all my
just debts, excepting one town lot and one out lot in New Jersey which I
give and bequeath unto my cousin Richard Ashfield of New York. And I
do hereby empower Thomas Bowell of New Jersey and Rip van Dam of
New York to sell all the said lands in America, either in parcel or the
whole proprietry, and remit the produce thereof to Theodore Eccleston and
John Freame &c. To the two daughters of my cousin Richard Ashfield
deceased fifty pounds apiece, to be paid them out of the produce of my
lands in America. To my cousin Elizabeth Holmes ten pounds. To John
Warner of Waltham Abbey and Andrew Warner of Waltham Cross ten
pounds apiece. To my cousin Priscilla Freame lifty pounds. To Priscilla
Benthall, Mary Benthall and Elizabeth Benthall, the three daughters of
my son Walter Benthall, fifty pounds apiece. To my dear sister Patience
Ashfield, whom I do hereby constitute and appoint to be the sole executrix
of this my last will and testament, all my plate and household goods, to her
own proper use. To my daughter Ann Eccleston five broad pieces of gold,
as a token of my love. To my dear sister Patience Ashfield one hundred
pounds to be paid her before any other legacy that is herein given and
bequeathed by me. And as for the residue and remainder of my estate
two third parts thereof I give and bequeath unto my dear sister Patience
Ashfield and the other third part thereof I give and bequeath unto my
daughter Mary Benthall, wife of Walter Benthall. And 1 do hereby con-
stitute and appoint the said John Freame and Theodore Eccleston to be
the overseers of this my last will and testament &c.

Proved by the solemn affirmation of Patience Ashfield/ Gee, 30.

[Thomas Hart, one of the first twelve proprietors of East Jersey, leasing
from Elizabeth, -widow of Sir George Carteret. Though holding his interest
till his death, he did not probably visit this country. His nephew Richard Ash-
field had fur a fourth child Richard Ashfield, who is named in his grandmother
Patience Ashfield's will, and who was sheriff under Gov. Rip Van Dam in 1736,
and who married Isabella, daughter of Gov. Lewis Morris, and died 1742.

Walter Banthall, son in law (?) of the testator, was a proprietor as early as
1683.— YV. K. Watkixs.]

Patienck Ashfield of Staines, Middlesex, widow, 26 June 1708, with
a codicil bearing date 29 June 1708, proved 7 December 1708. Refers to
will of her brother Thomas Hart of Enfield, Middlesex, merchant deceased
(as above) and to sundry bequests therein, among which " to my Grand son
Richard Ashfield of New Yorke one Towne Lott and one Out Lott at
Amboyn in New East Jersey in the province aforesaid and to each of the


two daughters of his kinsman Richard Ashfield late of New Yorke deceased
fifty pounds." The fifty pounds given to the deceased daughter shall be
paid to the survivor and speedy orders sent to Rip van Dam of New York,
merchant, in whose hands the effects are, for the due payment of the two
fifty pounds for the sole beuefit and use of the survivor. It is my will and
desire that all my right, title and interest of two thirds in my brother's
estate of lands in New East Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in America,
both as he was proprietor of the twenty fourth part and fortieth part in the
province of East New Jersey and the like, be sold for the payment of all
my just debts; and I do hereby empower Joseph Heale of Staines to sell,
convey and make over all those lands &c. &c. To my impotent grandson
Thomas Bonner Ashfield all my ten shares in the corporation of mines for
melting down lead with pit coai and sea coal, for his proper use and main-
tenance during his natural life ; and after his decease I give aud bequeath
the said ten shares unto my grandson Richard Ashfield now of New York,
for his proper use aud benefit. To my grandson Richard Ashfield one
hundred and fifty pounds New York money, to be paid and put to interest
upon good security for his use and benefit of his education, which I desire
may be among Friends, in scorn called Quakers, and to put him into some
honest trade or employ as he shall incline to when he is capable. To his
sister Mary Ashfield fifty pounds, to be presently paid by and out of the
effects in the hands of Rip van Dam of N«w York. Aud I do desire and
appoint aud ordain John Rodman of New York and Isaac de Rumur of the
same city to be overseers on behalf of my two grandchildren, Richard and
Mary Ashfield. I do hereby appoint and ordain Joseph Heale of Staines,
Middlesex, to be my executor in trust &c. and I give a:id bequeath unto
him two broad pieces of gold. I give unto my loving nephews Theodore
Eccleston and John Freame, each of them one piece of broad gold, whom
I do hereby appoint overseers &c. To my grandson Richard Ashfield my
husband's silver seal, with his coat of arms upon it, and my brother's steel
seal, with his coat of arms upon it, and my quilted walnut tree box, if he
live to come to England. To my niece Anne Eccleston, wife to Theodore
Eccleston, one broad piece of gold. To the three daughters of Walter
Benthall, Priscilla, Mercy and Mary Benthall, each of them one piece of
twenty shillings broad gold and unto Dorcas and Mary Heale, daughters
to Joseph Heale, each of them one broad twenty shillings piece of gold.
To Elizabeth Squire of Derbyshire, my cousin, one broad piece of twenty
shillings gold. Bequests of Mary West, daughter to William West, and

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