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to me. My brick house at Boston to be brought in with the rest of my

Commission issued (at above date) to Henry Palmer attorney for Doro-
thy Bennett the widow &c.

Commission issued 16 January 1733 to John Bennett the son, the widow
Dorothy Bennet having died. Farrant, 108.

[The testator's ancestor, Samuel Bennett, came in the "James" from Lon-
don in 1635, aged 24 years, and settled at Lynn, where in 1638 he had twenty
acres granted him. He owned a corn mill there, which he sold in 1653 ; by occu-
pation he was a house carpenter, as we find he was proceeded against by Richard
Chadwell, shipwright in 1641, for slocking or enticing away his apprentice
John Sampson.

In October 1649, Valentine Hill and John Leverett granted six hundred acres
to Bennett, which had been granted to and purchased of Thomas Fowle, it
being southward of Capt. Robert Keayne's farm. In 1656 Bennett bargains
with George Wallis, gent., his farm house at Rumly (Rumney) Marsh, called
Rumly Hall, with marsh and upland adjoining, and eight acres across the creek
in Lynn. In 1665 John Gifford, aged 40 years, deposed that about 1663-4 he re-
ceived a letter from a kinswoman in England, Mrs. Hargrave, living in Horsley
near London, asking information about the property of Samuel Bennett sen. of
Lynn, or Boston, and regarding a match with his son Samuel jun. and her daughter;
and Samuel Bennett sen. said he would settle the estate he dwelt in, on the road
between Boston and Lynn, the son to allow his father twenty pounds per year
during life. Samuell Maverick, age 63 years, swore to the same purport re-
garding Samuel Bennett jun.'s match with the daughter of Capt. William Har-
grave, of Horsey downs, mariner.

In 1665 Samuel Bennett, senior, gentleman, and his son Samuel, agree that
the son receive as marriage portion house at Rumney Marsh, fifty acres of land
and five hundred acres adjoining, for his use and that of his wife Sarah, dau.
Capt. William Hargrave. If the son had no male heirs, then the property was
after the death of the wife Sarah to go to the male heirs of Samuel, senior,
viz. : John and Elisha Bennett, and their heirs or next of kin.

Elisha and Dorothy Bennett had in Boston : John, born 4 April, 1698; Ellis,
born 9 Aug., 1699. Ellis Bennett filed his bond in Suffolk Probate Files, No.
5249, 18 Dec., 1727, as administrator de bonis non, with the will annexed, of the
estate of Elisha Bennett, the will having been proved 30 May, 1726, the year
previous. Walter K. Watkins.]


Joseph Bdrges now of Marlborough, Wibs, England, merchant, hut
late of the Province of Maryland, being now again to take a voyage into
the same Province, 22 October 1G72, proved 27 November 1672. All my
goods and chattells to my brothers William, .Samuel and Jeremiah and sis-
ters Anne and Mary- My house and lands in Maryland which I lately
purchased of Richard Ewens shall be sold and the moneys raised thereby
divided between my said brothers and sisters. I make and constitute my
father in law John Keynes of Marlborough aforesaid, gen*, executor. And
I desire him, forthwith after my decease, to give unto my dear mother (his
now wife) and to my brothers Mr. Isaac and Daniel Burges and to my sis-
ter Elizabeth Parker and unto each of them severally one gold ring of
twenty shillings price, in remembrance of me. And I give my said execu-
tor twenty shillings to buy him a mourning ring. Eure, 131.

Thomas Sheppard of the City of Chester, gen 1 , Ensign of the Company
of Invalids now in garrison in the Castle of Chester, 2 May 1708, proved
15 November 1709. To my loving niece Mrs. Esther Harris, daughter of
my late sister Esther Baldwin deceased, all such debts &c. as shall be due
and unpaid unto me, at my decease, from Hannah Green of Cholton in the
Co. of Chester, widow, and John Green her son and from Samuel Finlowe,
of Chester, wetglover, and from each of them severally; and I give and
devise unto my said niece all the lands and tenements conveyed or assured
unto me for securing the payment of the said moneys. To niece Elizabeth
Baldwin, another daughter of my said sister (certain other debts and mort-
gages). Also I give unto my other niece, daughter of my said late sister
Baldwin, who married a watchmaker (certain other debts &c.) Bequests
to the six children of my late nephew Mr. William Baldwin deceased. To
certain friends named.

Also I give, devise and bequeath unto my well beloved nephew Thomas
Sheppard of Bristol, gen 1 , all my messuages, lands, tenements and heredita-
ments situate, lying and being in the country or territories of New England
and all my estate, right, title, claim and demand in and to the same, with
all deeds and writings relating thereunto, and also all my goods and chattels
in New England. And the residue of my goods &c. I give and bequeath unto
my said nephew, whom I constitute and appoint sole executor &c. My
loving friends Mr. John Norbury and Mr. Thomas Fernihaugh to be over-
seers thereof. Lane, 255.

Thomas Sheppard late of Bristol but now residing in London, gen*,
7 March 171G, proved 9 March 1716. Seized, in fee simple or some
other good estate of inheritance, of and in a certain tract or parcel of land
and marsh in the Province of Maine in New England, of the quantity of
about one hundred and thirteen acres, by virtue of a devise or bequest to
me thereof made by my late deceased uncle Thomas Sheppard of the City
of Chester, gen 1 , Ensign of the Company of Invalids then in garrison in the
Castle of Chester, and contained in and by his last will and testament,
bearing date 2 May 7 Anne, as by the said will and probate thereof may
appear. I give and devise the said tract, with all the buildings, improve-
ments &c., unto my loving friend Mr. John Masters, watchmaker, late of
the said city of Bristol but now also residing in London, to hold to him and
his heirs forever. The rest of my estate, both real and personal, I give,
devise and bequeath unto the said John Masters as his own freehold or as
his own proper woods &c. forever; and I make him sole executor.

Whitfield, 66.


[Harlakenden Symonds sold 12 Juue, 1688, a tract of laud, six miles long and
four wide, to some thirty-nine parties among whom was Thomas Sheperd whose
share was two hundred acres. The tract thus sold was called Coxhall, and
incorporated as such a century later, 24 April, 1780, and twenty-three years
later changed to Lyman, in honor of Theodore Lyman, Esq., of Boston. It
was first settled about 1767. Walter K. Watkins.]

James Stevenson of Salem in the Province of New England in America,
gen 1 , 22 October 1726, proved 19 November 1728. To wife Elizabeth all
my real and personal estate and all my goods &c. as also all my salaries
and sums of money due or owing to me, leaving to her the sole manage-
ment and education of my children ; and I appoint her my sole executrix.

Commission issued (as above) to Jocelyn Dansey, principal creditor, the
widow having renounced. The testator is described as late of St. Dunstan's
in the West, London, but at Salem &c. deceased. Brook, 335.

[Capt. John Shatock of Salem, mariner, granted administration on estate of
James Stevenson late of Salem, geut., 18 Oct. 1728.

2 Dec 1735. Thomas Manning gave bond to administer de bonis non on estate
of James Stevenson late of Salem dec d . Essex Probate Files, No. 26455.

"Walter K. Watkins.]

William Taylor of Wapping in the parish of Whitechapel in the
County of Middlesex, shipwright, 30 April 1657, proved 5 December 1659.
To my cousin Mary Taylor twenty pounds. To my brother Randolph
Taylor ten pounds. All the residue, my debts and legacies being first paid
and satisfied, I give and bequeath unto my very loving brother Owin Tay-
lor of Wapping, shipwright, whom I make and ordain full and sole execu-
tor. Pell. 556.

[Here, I suppose, we have other relatives of Dep. Gov. Francis Willoughby's
wife. H. F. Waters.]

Elias Rich of St. Paul Covent Garden, Middlesex, Esq., 29 January
1719, proved 11 February 1719. To Mrs. Jane Athy four hundred pounds
and all my household goods, plate, jewels, &c. in my lodgings or elsewhere.
To Mr. George Alexander, second son of my worthy friend Mr. James
Alexander of Bedford Street, Covent Garden, mercer, five hundred pounds
at twenty one, to be placed in the hands of Richard Lloyd, of said parish,
and placed by him at interest &c, during the minority of the said George.
To Anne Pitkin and Peter Rich Pitkin, the children of my sister Pitkin
deceased, one shilling each and no more. To the said Mr. Richard Lloyd
and George Marriott of St. Paul, Covent Garden, my freehold messuage
in Broad Street, near the Royal Exchange, and all other my freehold mes-
suages, lands, &c. to hold during the life of my neice Anne Willis, upon
trust to pay the rents &c. unto the proper hands of my said neice Anne
Willis (daughter of my late brother Mr. Edward Rich deceased and now
the wife o* Mr. Francis Willis, a planter in Virginia) during her natural
life, and not to the said Francis Willis or any other person she shall inter-
marry with. After her decease I devise the said messuage and all other
my freehold estate unto the first son of her body (and so on, by way of
entail), then to her daughters &c. Failing such issue, then to the said
Mrs. Jane Athy for life, then to Mrs. Briana Borer, sister of the said Mrs.
Jane Athy, forever. To the said trustees twenty pounds apiece. The resi-
due of my personal estate to the said Mrs. Jane Athy, whom I make sole
executrix. Shaller, 39.

[This seems fatal to the tradition that Francis Willis married a Lady Rich.]


John Purefay of Shaldeston, Bucks, Esq. 4 May 1579, proved 25 May
1579. Wife Anne. My uephew Edward Purefey (again written Pure-
faye). My nephew aud niece George Purefey and his sister. My cousin
Thomas Purefey and my cousin Elizabeth, his sister. Nephew Edward
Purefey, again referred to as "cosin" Edward Purefey. Thomas Wors-
ley my sister's daughter's son. Every of the children of my cousin Andrew
Skne (Skerne ?) being at this present five in number. My cousin Robert
Thome. Mary Worseley and Katherine Worsseley. Thomas Dudley.
Thomas Strerley. My nephew Edward Thome. Loving friend Peter
"Wentworthe Esq. Brothers William and Richard Purefey.

Bakou, 22.

[This will I have saved on account of the mention in it of a Thomas Dudley
(see Mr. Dean Dudley's remarks on the possible connection of Purefey and
Dudley). H. F. W.

The testator John Purefoy was of Shalston in Bucks., son and heir of Ed-
ward Pnrefoy of Shireford, Esq. (Leic.) who was born at Effleld, June 13, 1494,
and died at Shalston, June 1, 1558. Edward, Esq., was son and heir of Nicho-
las. (See Herald's Visitation, published by Harl. Society, 1869. ) The pedigree
reaches back to A. D., 1277. John Purefoy of Shalston, the testator in the
above abstract, was the one mentioned on page 19 of my History of the
Dudleys. Nicholls's History of Leicestershire says he married, at St. Dunstan's
in London, Anne, daughter of Thomas Windsor, Esq., of Bentley, son of Sir
Andrew Windsor, K.C.B., brother of Edmund Dudley's first wife, that is,
Edmund, father of John Duke of Northumberland. She was his second wife.
The first wife of the testator, John Purefoy, was Elizabeth Brome, dau. of
Sir John Brome of Hatton, co. Oxon, Kt. He does not mention any children
and probably had no descendants.

The Heralds' Visitation and Nicholls's Leicestershire, give the names of his
eight brothers and five sisters, making 14 children of Edward Purefoy, Esq.,
and his wife Anne Fettiplace, (dau. of Richard Fettiplace of Bassils-leigh,
Berks.) born at Shireford Parva July 16, 1496, d. 1568.

The fourteen children were as follows : 1. John, testator. 2. Thomas, mar-
ried a daughter of Weuman or Waynman, d. s. p. 3, Richard, who (says the
Visitation) married "Nicholas Foxton's widow, daughter of Pell." This meaus
Nicholls of Faxton, daughter of Pell. (See History of Dudley Family, page
18.) She was dau. of John Pell of Eltington, Northauts., and widow of
1 homas Nicolls, Esq. One of the Visitations calls him " Nicholas de Pitchley,"
meaning Nicolls of Pitchley (Pightsley) Northauts. He was the father of Sir
Angnstine Nicolls, of Faxton. Richard Purefoy purchased Faxton manor and
he and his wife Anne (Pell) both died there. 4. Henry, cl. s.p. 5. Edward, d
s. p. 6. Nicholas, d. s. p. 7. Charles, cl. s. p. 8. William of Holingbome,
Kent, b. 1524, d. 1595, aged 71, m. 1st, Beatrix, dau. and heir of Thomas Je
Chilshurst, widow of Strellev. By her he had two children : i. John, M.A.,
Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, cl. 1601, s. p.; and ii. Thomas, m. Blendina
Goodwin, dau. of Thomas Goodwin, Bishop of Bath and Wells. William 8
Purefoy m. 2d, Cecily Goodwin, dau. of John of Bucks, in 1579. They had:
i. Edward of Shalston. d. 1594, m. Joyce, dau. and heir of George Purefoy of
Dravton, cl. 1596; ii. John; iii. Thomas; iv. Anne d. young. 9. Francis, m.
Anne Furthe, dau. of Anthony of Furthe, Northants, and had : i. George, d.
s. p.; ii. Elizabeth. 10. Mary, m. Thomas Thorne of Yardley, Northauts.
and had: i. Anthony Thorne; ii. Edward Thorne; iii. Robert Thorne; iv.
Thorney Thorne; v. Katherine Thorne m. Francis Worsley; and vi. Susanna
Thorne m. Rogers. 11. Elizabeth, m. Sir Humphrey Bradbourne of Derby-
shire. 12. Anne, m. Swillington. 13. Susan, a nun of Syou. 14. Frances.

The testator John Purefoy, in his will here abstracted mentions his wife
"Anne Windsor," his nephew Edward Purefoy, son of 8 William, his nephew
and niece George and Elizabeth, children of 9 Francis, his " cousin Thomas Pnre-
foy and his co'usin Elizabeth his sister." These are the children of his uncle
Simon Purefoy whose wife was Barbara Dixwell. They were 35 years of age.
Elizabeth was wife of William Ackworth of Kent. Perhaps they had lived with
him in their youth. " Cousin Edward Purefoy " might mean his uephew Ed-


■ward's son Edward. "Thomas, Mary and Katharine Worsley " were children
of Katharine (Thome) Worsley, -wife of Francis Worsley and daughter of Mary
(Purefoy) Thorne. The children of Andrew Skne (Skerne?) might have been
his mother's grandchildren. Cousin Robert Thorne, son or grandson of his
sister Mary. Probably this sentence is to be read, " My cousins Robert Thorne,
Mary Worsley and Katharine Worsley, Thomas Dudley and Thomas Strelley."
His "brother William's first wife was an heiress, widow of Strelley. " Nephew
Edward Thorne" was son of his sister Mary. " Brothers William and Richard
Purefoy." Richard had no children. He was husband of Judge Nicolls's mother
at Faxton, Northauts.

Our Gov. Thomas Dudley was three or four years of age in 1579. It may be
that he was the Thomas Dudley of the -will and that this was the legacy -which
was bequeathed him as Mather describes. (See Hist, of Dudley Family, page
41.) If he was the legatee, his mother was probably a niece of the testator. It
is quite interesting to see this name " Thomas Dudley," connected with these
Purefoys, among whom we have been looking for his relations and for facts
about his mother's family, who were known to have been just such a Puritan
race, connected with the Nicolls and Pell families.

The wills of other Pnrefoys may show the nature of his kinship to them all.
I feel very grateful to Mr. Waters for all his good work. — Dean Dudley.]

Sir Robert Nadnton, knight, 3 March 1634, with a codicil added 5
March another 6 March, proved 12 November 1635. To be buried in
with my ancestors in the chancel at Leatheringham, Suffolk. Wife Dame
Penelope. Daughter the lady Bayning. My manor of Twiford in Leices-
tershire. My house at " Pickadilla." My manor and park at Nelmes and
other lands in Hornechurch Essex. Brother William Naunton Esq.
House at Charing Cross. To my daughter Bayning all my estate in Car-
diffe Forest, Carmarthen, sometime the land of Sir John Perre her grand-
father, and my great gilt cup of the workmanship of Norrenberge which hath
my coat enamelled. My Lord Viscount Bayning, her husband. To brother
William my manor of Twiford which descended to me from my dear mother.
His four sons, Robert, William, Henry and Thomas, and his daughters,
Elizabeth and Mary, A late account of my cousin Robert Kempton. My
cousin Samuel Kempton. My cousin Winifred Gosnold, widow, and my
cousin Mary Gosnold, her daughter. To Mrs. Lucy Downing a gilt bowl
(with a cover) of the value of ten pounds. Thomas Lord and George
Verney, my two secretaries. My sister Anne Jeffery, widow. Thomas
Lower Esq., my wife's son. To my wife and to her chambermaid, each of
them a black. To Mr. Thomas Lower and Ciprian Southwicke, each of
them a black. My brother to be executor and my approved, worthy and
beloved friends Henry Calthropp Esq. and Mr. Emanuell Downing to be
the supervisors. Cousin Sir Peter Ilayman, knight. Manors of Hoo and
Kettleborough, Suffolk. Pension and grant for services done his late
Royal Majesty. Provisional bequest for the founding of a College at Cam-
bridge. Emanuel Dowi.ing to lie one of the trustees for that purpose.
Thomas Lord and Lucy Dowi ing among the witnesses to the will and codi-
cils. Sententia pro valore declared 4 November 1635. Sadler, 121.

[Note the name of Ciprian Southwicke. — II. F. W.

The testator. Sir Robert Naunton, Master of the Wards, author of " Frag-
ments Regalia," it will be seen, appoints Emmanuel Downing a trustee under
liis will. Lucy Downing is one of the witnesses. In a letter from John Win-
throp to his wife, (kited January 14, 1C25, he writes : "As we came by Assing-
ton M r Gnrdon made a motion of choosing the master of the Wards for one
of the Knights of our shire, w ch my brother Downinge & myself consicleringe
off, have written to S r Rob' Crane, M rs Bacon & some others about it; he is
knowne to be sounde for Religion, firme to the Com: W: (for which he suf-
fered muche) & the mectest man to further the affairs of our Countrye, for our


Clothiers businesses &c." (Life and Letters of John Winthrop, vol. i., page
199). See pages 217-19 of that work for other facts about Sir Robert Naunton.
— Editor.]

Peter King the elder of Shaston, Dorset, gentleman, 30 May 1 G58»
proved 9 December 1658. To be buried in the chancel of St. Peter's
church in Shaston. To my son Joseph and Grizell his wife all the right
and title I have in a tenement in the parish of Stower Provest &c. To
sou Joseph two hundred pounds. To my sister Frances Haine twenty
pounds. To my sister Grace Lush ten pounds. To my brother Thomas
King now dwelling in New England ten pounds. To my kinswoman
Frances Lush fifty pounds. My grandchildren" Joseph King and Mary
King. My cousin Thomas Lush and his children. My son Peter to be
sole executor aud Joseph Dade my brother in law and Thomas Dunford
my kinsman overseers.

Thomas Durnford one of the witnesses. Wootton, 642.

John Hollinshed citizen and draper of London 21 November 1616,
proved 4 December 1616. To Cousin- William, son of my late brother
William Hollinshed deceased, the messuage or Tavern commonly called the
si<m of the Grayhound in Holborn, in the parish of St. Andrew's Holborn,
now or late in the tenure or occupation of John Robinson, baker. To my
cousin Timothv, sou of my late brother William, my messuage &c. called
the Katherine Wheel, near Holborn conduit in tne parish of St. Sepulchre's
London. My cousin Dorothy Valentine, daughter of my said cousin Timo-
thv. To Mary Pountis ah Husbandes, wife of Richard Husbandes, some-
time my servant and now citizen aud draper of London, my right and inter-
est in the messuage or Inn called the Bush in Bagshott aud other lands and
tenements in Finchamsted, in Surrey and in Berkshire &c. To my cousin
Margaret Pouncer the debt her husband oweth me. My cousin Oliver
Easton's children. To John Pountis the elder, my son in law, ten pounds,
in twelve months after my decease. To John Pountis my godson twenty
pounds when he is a freeman of London. The poor of St. Leonard East-
cheap. My messuages in Black Raven Alley within Algate. To my
cousiu William Hollinshed my seal ring &c. ; to his wife my diamond ring
&c. To his sou Thomas a spout pot &c. To my cousin George Elliott
and his wife four pounds and to his son in law and his wife four pounds and
to his son Henry Ellyott four pounds, to be paid them out of that bond that
the said Henry Elliott oweth me. Others named. My cousin Timothy to
be executor. The poor of St. Michael Hugan Lane. Proved by Timothy
Hollinshead. Cope, 126.

John Pountes citizen and clothworker of London, 29 December 1618,
proved 18 June 1G24. My stock in Virginia fishing, being about one hun-
dred and twenty seven pounds to be for my executor Sir Thomas Merry
and at his disposing my suit of law against Sir Robert Napper aud Nicholas
Leate, whatsoever is recovered, the one half to be given Hewitt Staper and
his children towards his maintenance aud the other for my executor, as also
the like to be done for all things that shall be made of the magazine or
warehouse at Petrasse with all the rents thereof due to me by Hewitt Sta-
per, all charges being deducted, the half to be given him &c, the rest for
my executor, and for the suit of law with one Hildebrand Praisor, the
charges being deducted, the oue half for my self and the other half for
Emanuel Dolidra to pay his charges of imprisonment and the other half for


my executor (sic), for the accompt of Brazil * * in Turky (sic) under
Josua Downing's care the proceed thereof is wholly to come to my execu-
tor, and for books I will that Patrick Sandes and Mr. John Woddall have
them between them, as also five pound the piece to make them each a ring.
Concerning my house and the lease thereof my desire is that Mrs. Stapers
shall dwell therein during the term of five years and then my executor to
make the most thereof he can for his and his childrens' use. Also I be-
queath to my cousin John Pounds five pounds to make him a ring and as
much for his sister my cousin Husband's wife. I make my loving cousin
Sir Thomas Merry, knight, my full and whole executor, and thus being in
haste on my journey for Virginia I make a finall end of this my last will
and testament.

This is the last will and testament of me John Pountes to be kept for
me till my return or certain notice of my death, then to be opened by my
dear cousin S r Thomas Merry. Byrde, 64.

[John Pouutis, Vice-Admiral of Virginia, of the King's Council, was a cousin
of Sir Thomas Merry, died in 1623, on his voyage to England. — W. K. Watkins.]

Edward Brent 1 February 1624, proved 24 August 1625. Brothers
Gilles Brent and John Brent to be executors. To brother Gilles my chest,
wearing apparell therein, my two servants and the half of all such goods
as shall be found due unto me, my debts being paid. The other half to my
brother John. To William Sifton fifty pounds of merchantable tobacco.
All such goods at I have laden on board the Jeames of London, Tobias
Fellgate Master, or in the Anne of London, Jeames Carter Master, as by
the Invoice or book shall appear, and all debts due to me in Virginia by
bill or by my book I do appoint Robert Bennett to receive and make sale
of and also to recover what debts shall be due to me in Virginia or, after
his decease or by his appointment, to Maurice Thompson of London, mer-
chant, whom I do appoint to see this my last will and testament performed.
And my will is that my said overseers do make return of the proceeds of
goods and debts &c. unto Richard Bennett of London, merchant, and Jonas
Hopkins of the same city, merchant, and they to pay my debts in England
and whatsoever is over to be paid to rny executors Gilles and John Brent.
My overseers in England to give to Mrs Jane Carter thirty shillings for a
ring. I do give to Mr. Richard Bennett thirty shillings, to be bestowed in
a pair of silk stockings, and also to Mrs Judith Bennett, his wife, thirty
shillings, to be bestowed in a pair of gloves, and to Mr Jonas Hopkins and
his wife thirty shillings each, to be bestowed in the same manner. To
Elizabeth Hopkins twenty shillings, to be bestowed in a pair of gloves, if
she be not married. To Elizabeth Bennett fifteen shillings, to be bestowed
in gloves, if she be remaining in Mr Richard Bennett's house, and to Jeane
Bennett, her sister, ten shillings wherever she be, if she be living, and to

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