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shillings. I make my wife Anne and my eldest son William my executors.

Proved by the oath of Anne Sedley, relict and executrix, power reserved
for William Sedley. the other executor named &c.

Commission issued 20 April 1 G38 to Sir John Sedley, Baronet, grandson
of the said .John Sedley deceased, to administer the goods left unadminis-
tered by Anne Sedley the relict &c, now also deceased. Darcy, 31.

Martyn Sedley of Morley, Norfolk, gen 1 ., 12 May 1608, proved 5
March 1G09. My body to be buried in the church of St. Peter's in Morley,
I have already conveyed and assured my manor of Morley Hall (and other
lands &.c.) in the said County unto my son Martyn Sedley and to his heirs
male &c, unto whom I do hereby give and bequeath all my deeds, charters,
evidences, ffeoffments, escripts and muniments, court books, court rolls,
Accompts, Indentures of Bargains and Sales and all other my writings
whatsoever that do belong or do appertain unto all the said manors and to
every of them. Certain lands in Shimpling and Dickleborowe, Norfolk, un-
to Robert Sedley my son and to his heirs forever, and all deeds &c. belong-
ing to the same. I have by my deed indented long since granted unto
Raffe Sedley my son, now Sir Raffe Sedley, knight, one annuity or yearly
rent of twenty pounds, to be issuing and going out of my manor of Some-
hall and Burfford Hall, otherwise Flynt hall, Norfolk, &c. I do hereby
utterly make void, frustrate and to be of none effect the said deed and grant
of twenty pounds by year &c. (as in the condition or proviso in the said
deed expressed). Certain servants named. The poor of Wemondham,
Hingham &c. The residue of my goods &c. to my wife Abigail, whom I
appoint executrix. Wingfield, 22.

Sententia proconfirmacione was declared 28 June 1G10 in a cause between
Abigail Sedley, the relict and executrix of. the above will, on the one part
and Sir Raphe Sedley, knight, Martin Sedley, Robert Sedley, Ann Smith
ah Sedley and Meriale Gurdon ah Sedley, sons and daughters of the de-
ceased. Wingfield, 53.

[I have given a large space to my collection of wills illustrating the pedigree
of the Saltonstalls and one or two of the families into which they intermarried,
it being the accumulated gatherings of nearly a dozen years' gleaning among the
wills stored in Somerset House. And I have quoted largely from the will of
John Sedley (1530-1532) for the reason that it is a very good specimen of the
will of a pious gentleman of that period, and it may interest the many "good
Bostonians" and others of New England and New York and elsewhere in the
United States who can claim a descent from him to learn what pains he took
for the welfare of his soul, his father's and mother's souls, the souls of his
grandfather and grandmother and all Christian souls, by founding charities,
establishing obites and directing the saying and singing of masses and diriges.
It was his great-granddaughter, Muriel Sedley, who became the second wife of
Brampton Gurdon of Assington, Suffolk, Esq., and the mother of Muriel Sal-

In Ilavleian MS. 4G30 (page 512) is given a pedigree of Saltonstall of Hunt-
wickc (bearing Arg : a bend Gules between 2 eaglets displayed Sable) beginning
with Gilbert Saltonstall who purchased Kookes in Ilipperholme and other lands
and had issue Samuel and Richard. The younger was afterwards knighted,
served the office of the Sheriff of London A.D. 1583 and was Lord Mayor of that
city in 1597. His elder brother, Samuel, son and heir of Gilbert, married three
wives : First, Anne, daughter of Mr. John Ramsden of Longley ; second, Eliza-
beth, daughter of Mr. Thomas Ogdeu; and third, Mrs. Elizabeth Armine of
Hull, widow. By the last wife he had no issue. The issue by the other two
wives is given. His eldest son and heir (by his first wife) was our Sir Richard


Saltonstall, the friend of Winthrop and one of the founders of Massachusetts
Bay Colony. He is described as Justice of the Peace and Treasurer for Lame
Soldiers in the West Hiding of Yorkshire the first year of the Reign of King
Charles the First. We are told that he married Grace, daughter of Robert
Kaye of Woodsome Esq., and had issue several children, sons aud daughters.
After her death he sold his lands and went with his children into New England
where he lived and (as was said) married the daughter of the Lord Delaware
and in the troublesome times came into England and resided at London. In the
same MS. is given a pedigree of Ramsden of Longley near Hothersfield (Hud-
dersfleld?) in which Anne Saltonstall is shown to be the daughter of John, sou
of Robert Ramsden, The arms are described as Argent, on a chevron Sable 3
rams' heads couped of the First.
See also Hunter's Collection in Additional MS. 24,458 (265). In Harleiau MS.


MS. 12,471. See Signet Office Docquet for note of Pardons granted to John

and Brampton Gurdon (Vol. 13, August, 16G0).

From the late Col. Chester's extracts from the P. R. of St. Leonard's, Shore-
ditch (through the kindness of Dr. Marshall) I gathered the following :

Mar: 1617 June 18 Richard Saltonstall Esq. aud Elizabeth Bassano

Sir Richard Saltonstall, the Lord Mayor of London, was a member of the
Skinners Company and a Merchant Adventurer. He was admitted to Freedom
18 December 5 th Edw. VI. (1551). John Saltonstall, son of Edward Saltonstall
of Staines, Middlesex, yeomau, was apprenticed to him Xraas 1564 for eight
years. Richard, son of Richard, Saltonstall was sworn 31 May 1580 by patri-
mony of his said father and paid for his admission. Under date November 20,
1599, I found this : " M d . that whereas at the Request of the Right honourable
S r . Richard Saltonskall late Lord Maior, on the behalf e of the Lady Maioresse,
by order of the Court of Aldr'en the XXVI of October 1598, y l was ordered that
John Held shoulde be admitted into the frcedomc and liberties of th« City of
London by redemption in this Companie of Skinners as p' Copie of record under
the Towne Clerkes hand appeareth Thsirc Wo™. p r nta at this Courte according
to auncient custome in that behalfe have admitted the said John Held a free
brother of this Compauie of Skynners by redorapcon and the said John paied

for his admission iij 3 iiij d And then the said John Helde did

promise my M rs . the Wardens a hoggeshed of the strongest bere whensoeuer
they wold demaund it." Henry F. Waters.]

Elizabeth Grave, June 18, 1587 (ante, page 935). —

[I have no doubt that the above widow, Elizabeth Grave, was that unnamed
wife of Richard Grave referred to in the will of John Elyott of Stortford par-
sonage (1557) of which I gave an abstract in the Register for July 1S94 (p. 390;
an«e, p. 898), and John Elvott, her eldest son (likewise referred to) was, we
may infer, her son by a previous marriage. If this is a correct inference we
are still left in the dark as to the name of her former husband and his exact
relationship to the rest of the Eliot family. Henry F. Waters.]

William Willougiiby, Portsmouth, 1 August 1650, signedand sealed
28 November 1650, proved 6 May 1651. My wife Elizabeth to be execu-
trix. To my eldest son Francis Willoughby two hundred pounds, to be
paid him within twelve months after my death. If my foresaid wife should
at any time after my death be married again to another then I do hereby
give to my said son Francis three hundred pounds more of my lawful
moneys. And I give him half of my movable goods whatsoever and half
my plate; which said moneys and goods he shall receive at or about the
time when my wife Elizabeth shall be married to another or any time after
when he shall appoint. I do give and bequeath unto each of the three
eldest children of my son Francis that are now remaining alive fifty pounds


apiece, which for all three amounteth to au hundred and fifty pounds, to
remain in the hands of Elizabeth my foresaid wife, except she marry her-
self to another, which if she doth then it shall be forthwith, at or about the
time of her marriage, made over to my son Francis, to be by him paid unto
the male children when they shall come to the age of twenty years and to
the female children either at the day of marriage or at eighteen years of
age. To my son William ten pounds for his portion and no more till it
shall please God to gire him grace, or till he be ciyilized, betaking himself
to some lawful calling to live in the world as a man should do, which if he
do and after one year's experience thereof there shall be testimony brought
concerning the truth of the same under four godl} T men's hands, I no hereby
give and bequeath unto him one hundred pounds besides the ten pounds
forementioned. Another bequest of a hundred pounds in case he live for
another twelve months a reformed and civilized life, testimony being had to
that effect. Provision made for his children in case of his remaining " in
his present deboisht and wicked condition, not reformed" &c. To my
cousin Lawrence Hamond twenty pounds, to be paid when he shall be
twenty years of age, and if he die before he come to that age my wife
Elizabeth to dispose of it as she pleaseth. A provision for an augmenta-
tion of this legacy. To such poor kindred as doth belong unto me and to
my wife twenty pounds to be divided amongst them. To poor house-
keepers in Portsmouth five pounds. To poor housekeepers in the Hamlet
of Wapping in Middlesex, London, where I forrnerty dwelt, five pounds.
To John Greene five pounds for his care, helpfulness and assistance to my
wife in the management of my business and settling my accompts, which
he shall receive of her as soon as it is finished or at her discretion. My
eldest son Francis Willoughby and my special friends Mr Maurice Thomp-
son and Mr John Tailor to take upon them the charge and to be the over-
seers of this my will &c.

John Greene and Laurence Hamond witnesses. Grey, 104.

William Willoughbie of Portsmouth in the Co. of Southampton gen 4 ,
6 December 1657, proved 5 March 1658. I give to my dear and loving
wife Mary Willoughbie my two dwelling houses situate and being in Ports-
mouth, with the malt house and appurtenances, and all goods of mine what-
soever freely to enjoy during the term of her natural life. And my will is
that she should have all the abovementioned goods whatsoever with my
little house in Watlington Street and my malt house, with all appurtenances
&c, to her and her heirs forever and my now dwelling house she shall have
during the term of her natural life only. If my wife Mary Willoughbie
doth marry again my will is that she should pay, upon the day of her mar-
riage, or cause to be paid unto Jonathan Willoughbie, my brother Wil-
loughbie's eldest son, the sum of fifty pounds of currant English money.
Item, my will is that then my wife should pay unto Nehemiah, my brother
Willoughbie's son, the sum of fifty pounds &c, and that she, at the foremen-
tioned day, pay to William Willoughbie, my brother Willoughbie's youngest
son the sum of fifty pounds &c, provided that if any of these forementioned
kindred of mine do die before the time appointed for payment of these
legacies I have bequeathed them then my will is that the deceased's legacy
should remain to my wife, provided moreover that though those foremen-
tioned legacies be set to be paid at one set appointed time yet I leave the
payment thereof, that is the time of payment, to the discretion of my over-
seers. Item, mv will is that after the decease of mv wife mv kinsman



William Willoughbie, my brother Willoughbie's youngest son, should have
my now duelling house, garden and backside, with the appurtenances
thereunto belonging to him and his heirs forever. And my will is that
there should he paid by my wife, or her executors, fifty pounds &c. to the
other three of my kindled forementioned, to each of them fifty pounds, this
payment to be made after my wife's decease. I give to my brother
Lydyate's son Timothie the sum of five pounds. I give to Ilenricke Lleff-
ton the sum of five pounds with some of my wearing clothes, which my wife
shall think fit. I give to my servant Susanna Trill five pounds. I make
my loving wife Mary Willoughbie my full and sole executrix. Item, I
would not have my wife exceed the sum of fifteen pounds for my funeral.
I make my loving brother Willoughbie and my brother Lydiat overseers of
this my last will and testament.

Wit: John Beeston, Sam: Williams. Wootton, 188.

Mary Brickenden of Tile-hurst, Berkshire, widow, 29 May 1688,
proved 13 June 1688. I give and devise unto my nieces Mary James,
spinster, and Anne James, spinster, daughters of my brother Mr. Philip
James late of Portsmouth in the Co. of Southampton, mercer, deceased,
and to their heirs and assigns for ever all that my house and late malt
house, now used as a store-house or magazine, situate and being in Wack-
lington Street in Portsmouth, now in the tenure or occupation of the Master
of the Ordnance belonging to the King's Majesty or his assigns, to hold to
them the said Mary James and Anne James and their heirs &c. for ever,
provided that the rents, issues and profits of the said house and premisses
shall be received by my executors, hereafter named, during the minority of
the said Mary and Anne and until they shall attain their several and re-
spective ages of one and twenty years, these rents to be employed for their
best advantage &c. I give unto my said two nieces fifty pounds apiece, to
be paid them at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of mar-
riage, which shall first happen, with legal interest for the same in the mean
time, the legacy of the one dying before her legacy becomes due to go to
the survivor of them. I also give them the old debenters of thirty pounds
due to me for the rent of my said houses in Portsmouth. And I do give
unto my said two nieces five pounds apiece to buy them mourning.

Item, I desire that my executors do pay the one hundred pounds which
ray first husband Mr William Willoughby gave unto his nephew Nehemiah
Willoughby and to his niece Sarah Kempfeild to ba equally-divided between
them upon my decease. I do desire that my executors do pay the one
hundred pounds which my last husband Mr. John Brickenden gave unto
his sister Mrs Mary Ilalfheid in case she do outlive me. I give unto my
niece and god daughter Mrs Letitia Maria Brickenden ten broad pieces of
gold. I give unto my servant Elizabeth Trill, in case she do continue to
live with me till my death, ten pounds of lawful money of England with
all my woollen clothes and some part of my wearing linen. All the rest
and residue of my personal estate, money, plate, rings, jewels &c. I hereby
give and bequeath unto my niece Mrs Sarah Norris, wife of Mr Samuel
Norris, rector of Tilehurst aforesaid, and to my niece Mrs Margaret Lloyd,
now wife of Mr. Nathaniel Lloyd. And I do hereby make and appoint
the said Mr. Samuel Norris and Mr Nathaniel Lloyd to be joint executors
of this my last will and testament.' I desire to be buried by my last hus-
band at Englefield and that my funeral expenses may not exceed twenty
pounds. I give the sum of thirty shillings to buy bread to be given to the




poor of Engl en eld at my funeral and also the sum of forty shillings to buy
bread to be given at the same time to the poor of Tilehurst. Lastly I de-
sire my loving neighbours Mr Thomas Mason of Sulham and my loving
friend Mr. Richard Twitchin of Inckpen to be overseers &c. Exton, 74.

[I have had for many years the notes of the wills of Col. William Willoughby
ami William Willoughby, his son, the father ami brother of our Deputy Gover-
nor Francis Willoughby. Only recently, however, have I come upon the "will
o( Mrs. Mary Brickenden who, it is evident, had been the widow and executrix
of the second William Willoughby. Her description of the house and malt
hou>e in YVackliugton (or Watlington) street, Portsmouth, and her mention of
her husband's uephew Nehemiah Willoughby, will be considered sufficient proof
of that. She also mentious her former husband's niece Sarah Kempfeild. This,
of course, was that " daughter Camfleld" mentioned in our Gov. Willoughby's
Mill. It was my good fortune to find, a good many years ago, in the office of
the Clerk of the Courts for Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at East Cam-
bridge, in the Bundle of Court Papers for Sept.-Dec. 1681 (fie Francis Wil-
loughby's executors vs. Laureuce Hammond), a Bond of Francis Willoughby of
Charlestown, merchant, given 1 February 16G7, unto Mrs. Parnell Nowell of
Charlestown, in the sum of two hundred pounds, for the payment of one hun-
dred pounds on the 1 st day of February 1668 ; signed ffr : Willoughby witnessed
Laur. Hammond and Richard Waldron, assigned by Mrs. Parnell Nowell to
her daughter Mrs. Mary Long, the relict of Mr. John Long, 26 Dec. 1684, and
endorsed with a receipt by Parnell Nowell, July 7, 1671, in part payment from
Mrs. Margarst Willoughby. fifty pounds. Attached to Gov. Willoughby's sig-
nature was an impression of his armorial seal : Fretty : Crest, a lion's head
between two wings expanded. This crest, differing from those usually given
to the Willoughby families, was, I found, somewhat similar to that given in
Burke's General Armory (edition of 1878) to Sir Francis Willoughby, knighted by
Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 30 October 1610. Later, finding
that Mrs. Salisbury, of New Haven, Connecticut, was interested in this family
and gathering all she could about them, I made known my discovery to her,
referring also to Burke's General Armory, and at her request and by permission of
the Clerk of the Courts for Middlesex, I secured the services of my friend Mr.
Henry Mitchell, the well known seal engraver of Boston, who got a good im-
pression and made an excellent fac-simile of the seal. I have since recalled to
mind that I have seen an impression of the same seal (or one vastiy like it), in
the Probate Files either of Suffolk or Essex Co., and it has been depicted in the
Heraldic Journal (a copy of which I have not hoav at hand), as a seal bearing
arms which had not then been identified.

In the same bundle of Court Papers to which I have referred, I found also a
copy of the will of Mrs. Margaret Hammond, 21 August 1680, and a Declaration
of a Trust 12 May 1662, Thomas Bragne of Southwick, Co. of Hamps. Clark
and William Webb, citizen and grocer of London, beginning — " Whereas ffran-
cis Willoughby of ye Citty of London. Esquire, by one obligacon in writeing
under his hand and scale, bearing even date w th these presents, stands bound
unto us, ye said Thomas Bragne &. William Webb, in ye summc of fower hun-
dred poundes, for ye paiement of Two hundred poundes unto Margarctt his wife,
in case she should Survive him the said ffrancis, or to such of the Children of
ye said Margarctt as she shall in her life tyme appoint by word of month or
writeing " &c, &c. This document was signed by Thomas Bragne and William
Webb, with their armorial seals attached, and witnessed by Nathaniel Camfleld
and Nehemiah Willoughby.

Many years ago, also. I found in the Registry of Probate at Salem (Essex Co.
Prob. Reg. 303 L. 270) a copy of the will of John Arnald of London, in Thames
Street dweller, mariner, but now resident in New England, in the town of Salem,
and bound to sea, 12 October 1G80 (proved 28 January 1691-5) who mentioned
cousin Nehemiah Willoughby of Salem, referring to a legacy left by " my
grandfather John Tailer of Woppin shipwrite " deceased, with legacies left to
brothers Thomas and Samuel, both deceased, " falling to me their survivor."
Ever since I came to England I have kept a note of this at hand, hoping, some
time or other, to come across that will of " John Tailer of Woppin shipwrite,"
the grandfather of John Arnald and possibly grandfather also of Nehemiah
Willoughby. It gives me pleasure now to present this will as well as that of


Thomas Taylor, his brother, and of Joane Locke of Wapping who mentions
" ray nncle John Tayler of Wapping." Henry F. Waters.]

Joane Locke of Wapping, Middlesex, singlewoman, 10 October 1640,
proved 29 June 1641. I give and bequeath to my loving brother Robert
Locke the sum of twelve pounds to be paid him out of twenty five pounds
in his own hands. I give to my sister Elizabeth Locke three pounds, to
my sister Ruth Sparke three pounds, to my sister Anne Gwyn three
pounds, to my sister Susanna Woodcocke two pounds, to my sister Faith
Woodcocke two pounds, to Edward Lester my cousin forty shillings, to my
cousiu Robert Lester forty shillings and to my cousin Judith Lester forty
shillings. My five sisters' money, my will is, shall be paid out of the
twenty five pounds that is in my brother's hand, within six mouths after
my decease, and my cousins' to be paid when they come to age or at their
day of marriage. I give to Catherine Rogers and Margaret Harrison
twenty shillings between them. I give to my loving friend Mr. Thomas
Spurdinge forty shillings for a sermon which I desire he may preach at my
funeral. To my uncle Lock's daughter's son's child which I was witness
to I give twenty shillings. I give to my friend Lucy Honor ten shillings
and to Mrs Renall ten shillings. And I make and ordain my uncle John
Tayler of Wapping my full and sole executor of this my last will and testa-
ment. Evelyn, 77.

Thomas Taylor of Wapping, Middlesex, shipwright, 15 December
1658, proved 10 January 1658. Son Jonathan in the P^ast Indies, whither
he is gone on a voyage. Son Caleb Taylor. Son Jonathan's daughter
Elizabeth (at one and twenty). His wife. My wife Sarah. My freehold
lands, tenements &c. in Essex. My copy hold lands &c. in Essex. My
fee farm rents arising out of the manor of Wighton in Norfolk. My lands,
tenements &c. in and about Han worth in the said County of Middlesex.
My adventure in the ship wherein son Jonathan went forth on the voyage.
My wife to bring up son Caleb until he shall attain the age of one and
twenty years. If the father of the intended husband of my daughter Han-
nah Taylor shall (as hath been propounded) settle for my said daughter's
jointure thirty pounds a year in lands or tenements &c. My daughter
Ruth Taylor at marriage or age of twenty one. My daughter Wiliner and
her daughter lately born. My daughter Wilson and her child. My broth-
ers and sisters children and my wife's sisters children. Master Matthew
Chafey and Master Robert Lambe. To the church of -Christ in Wapping
whereof I am a member five pounds to be disposed of at the discretion of
the said Master Chafey and Mr. Lambe. My apprentices Nathaniel Prest-
land and Richard Goffe. Master Hansard Knowles my son Caleb's school-
master. Wife Sarah to be sole executrix and my brother Master John
Taylor and ray cousin Richard Arnold to be overseers. Pell, 8.

[Young Caleb Taylor's schoolmaster, Mr. Hansard Knowles, or Knolles, is a
person well known to those acquainted with the early history of New England.

* H. F. Waters.]

John Taylor of Wapping, Middlesex, Esquire, 1 February 1669, proved
1 8 February 1 Gi'A). I give unto ray son John Taylor all that my mansion house
wherein myself and he now dwell and all those six new erected tenements
on the East side of the Dock yard, together with the Dock yard, cranes,
storehouses &c. to the same freehold belonging, according to a former deed
by which I did assure it to him and the heirs of his bodv by him lawfully


begotten on the body of Abigail his first wife, and for want of such heirs
then to any other his children or others to whom he shall dispose it, and
all deeds and writings that I have concerning the same premisses; all which
premisses are situate, lying and being on the South side of Wapping Street
in the parish of St. Mary Matfellon als Whitechapel and were by me lately
bought, the one moiety thereof of John Dearsly deceased and the other
moiety thereof of one William Startute, who purchased his part of Thomas
Dearsly deceased, as by the writings and deeds relating to the same pur-
chases will appear. I give all that my yard called the Reed yard situate
on the North side of Wapping Street, which I bought of Mr. Warren, and
do hold the same by lease for the term of four hundred years to come
(or thereabouts), unto my grandchild John Taylor, and all deeds, assurauces
and writings concerning the same. Provided that if my said son John Tay-

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