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Dr. Richard and Anne Palsgrave, and died in 1GG7. Among their children were
George, the testator, born iu 1G55, and the brothers and sisters mentioned as

The testator was of the 1659 class of Harvard, and for a sketch of his life
including an abstract of his will, see Sibley's Harvard Graduates, vol. ii., p.
420-422. The inventory of his estate is in the Suffolk County (Mass.) Probate
Files, No. 938, and Records, vol. vi., p. 225. — Walter K. Watkins.]

Edward Moffatt of St. Sidwell's in the city of Exon, linen draper, 3
March, 172G, proved 19 April 1727. To James Kennedy and to Anne,
his daughter, twenty pounds apiece. To Edward Kennedy four hundred
pounds. To my nephew William Kennedy fifteen hundred pounds. To
my nephew John Johnson five hundred pounds. To my nephew James
Johnson one hundred pounds. To my niece Sarah Johnson two hun-
dred pounds. To my nephew William Johnson six thousand pounds.
To my niece Mary Johnson two hundred pounds. To Jannet Pater-
son and Mary Paterson four hundred pounds apiece. To my kinsman
W m Moffatt fifteen pounds. To Adam Moffatt of Birmingham five
pounds. To Margaret Moffatt five pounds. To Jannet Moffatt of Hook
ten pounds. To Jannett Moffatt of Tundergarth five pounds. To William
Tagert in London twenty pounds. To Thomas Armstrong two guineas.
To Adam Smart a ring of fifteen shillings. A certain trust to be made for
the use of four orthodox presbiterian ministers of the city of Exon. To
my uncle Thomas Moffatt three pounds per annum for life. To the chil-
dren of my kinsman John Moffatt two thousand pounds, they to have the
income &c. for their maintenance and education, and I do appoint their
father, William Johnson and John Kennedy trustees for the said children.
To the parish of Corrie in the County of Annandale two hundred and
eighty pounds the interest whereof is and shall bo to maintain a school-
master for teaching the children there to read and write, and I give twenty
pounds for building a schoolhouse. To the morning lecture at Bow meet-
ing in Exon twenty shillings per annum and to the Charity School twenty
shillings per annum. To James Scott of Shipton Mallet and his two sons
two guineas each.

Item, I give unto Thomas Moffatt of Boston in New England a ring of
sixteen shillings value. To John Kenuedy all my household goods and
one thousand pounds. All the residue to my kinsman John Moffatt and
my nephew the said John Kennedy and I make them executors.

Wit: Roger Hopping, Robert Livingston, Jn° Conant. Farrant, 95.

[Mr. Thomas Moffett, named by the testator, is first found in Boston, exer-
cising the duties of a constable in the year 1715, and at about the date of the
testator's bequest, held the then responsible office of scavenger, to be followed
by the still higher honor of a town assessor. His further advancement was
slow, but ten years later, in 1739, he was chosen as a collector of taxes, but un-
fortunately for the town Mr Moffett begged to be excused, as he was soon to be
bound for Great Britain, where he doubtless went, as we find no more trace of
him in Boston. In 1757 there appears a John Moffett, probably a young man, as
he was chosen to that position usually tendered the young and active, the office
of hosreeve.

A Wm. Moffett was at Killingly, Conn., 1708-9, and later Dr. Thomas Moffatt
of New London was of prominence. — Walter K. Watkins.!


Thomas Willsonne of Bockinge, Essex, gen 1 ., 24 February 33 a Eliz th ,
proved 31 March 1591. Thomas Willsonne my father, late of Beduall
Green, Middlesex deceased, did make me by his last will &c. his sole execu-
tor. Leases of lands in Stepney, houses &c. in St. Martin's in the Fields
by Charing Cross bequeathed by him. My daughters Susan, Elizabeth,
Jane, Anne, Mary, Winifride, Frances and Dorothy at days of marriage or
age of one and twenty years. My brother John Willsonn and his wife.
My sister Bradhurrie. My sister Pigott. My sister Barbara Lucas. My
sister Anne Haines. My sister Joaue. My sister Elizabeth. I give to
Thomas Willsonn my eldest son a horn bordered about with silver parcel
gilt. My son Philip Willsonn. John Robinson, my children's school-
master. My uncle Jeffrey Brooke's wife. To my mother Simons one
ring of gold with a death's head. Henry Barr. Son Thomas at one and
twenty. My wife to be executrix and beloved friends, Master Edward
Thursbie and my uncle Master Jeffery Brooke to be overseers.

Among the witnesses were Lawncelott Browne, Doctor of Physic, and
Humfrey Clarke.

Proved by William Creake, Notary Public, Attorney for Susan the relict
of the deceased. Sainbeibe, 23.

Susan Willson of Booking, Essex, widow, late wife of Thomas
Wilson gen 1 , deceased, her will dated 24 December 1615, published and
declared 14 May 1616, proved 10 June 1616. To be buried in the church
of Braintree. The poor of Braintree, Bocking and Stysted. My sons
Philip and John Wilson. My son in law Thomas Trotter and my daughter
Anne his wife. My son in law William Lyngwood and my daughter Mary
his wife. My son in law Anthony Filioll. My daughter Winifride now
wife of William Brocke. My grandchild Susan Spconer at one and twenty
or day of marriage. Loving friends Christopher Thursbie Esq. and John
Sorrell of Stebbing gen 1 . My cousin and loving friend John Smyth late of
Loughborough in Leicestershire. My loving friend Mrs. Thursbie the wife
of Christopher Thursbie of Bocking Esq. and my godson Mr. John Thurs-
bye, his son. My cousin Mary Meade of Stansted Monfitchet, widow, and
my godchild Mary Palmer, her daughter. My godchild Susan daughter .to
Mr. John Sorrell of Stebbing. Henry Barre, sometimes my servant.
Robert Byndes of Stisted, my good neighbor, and his daughter Susan now
the wife of Matthew Francke of Bocking. Constance Bridge of Brayntree.
l\lary Sparhawke sometimes my servant. Margery Dixon sometimes my
servant and now the wife of Robert Billing. My servant Susan Glascocke.
My uncle Mr. Jeffrey Brocke and my aunt his wife. My loving cousin
Mrs. Frances Iremonger daughter of my uncle Jeffrey Brocke. Edward
Barre my servant. My daughter Dorothy Filioll. I give to my son
Philip Willson my three little messuages &c. in Brayntree, in a place there
called the Pounde End. I give to my son John Willson my messuage or
tenement &c. in Braintree which I lately bought of one John Denmau, now
in the occupation of my son in law William Lyngwood, and two tenements
&c. in Braintree now in the occupation of Richard Owltinge and Thomas
Clarke. I give to William Lyngwood and my daughter Mary his wife my
Inn &c. called the Ilorne in Braintree. which I purchased of Jervase Brad-
shawe and now in said Bradshawe's occupation. My eldest son Thomas
Willson. My daughters Anne Trotter and Mary Lyngwood shall have that
messuage &c. called Lulls in Bradwell l>v Cosjijeshall Essex which was given
to them and others by my father in law Mr. Symons, notwithstanding any


release they have heretofore made unto me. Son John Willson and two
sons in law Thomas Trotter ami William Lyngwood to be executors. Mary
the wife of my son John. Mrs. Dorothy Glascock. Cope, 62.

Philip Wilson of Bednall Greene, parish of Stepney, Middlesex, gen'.,
27 June 1620, proved 24 July 1620. Manor &c. of Bishop's Hall in Mid-
dlesex to my son Philip. My son Thomas and my two (laughters Eliza-
beth and Margaret Wilson. My three messuages in Braintree, Essex,
called the Pounde. My mother in law Elizabeth Weldinge. My uncle
Thomas Hogge. My brother in law James Baynes. My sister in law Jane
Weldinge. Soame, 73.

John Wilson of Wurdon Abbey in the Co. of Bedford, gen'., 16 April
1622, proved 31 July 1622. To be buried iu the church of Wardon. My
sou Charles at oue and twenty and daughters Mary and Elizabeth Wilson
at eighteen or marriage. To my wife Bridget my messuages, lands &c. in
Braintree, Essex, to hold till my son Charles comes to his full age of oue
and twenty years. My wife and my father in law Thomas Wynn, gent, to
be executors and my brother Thomas Wilson and my brother in law Wil-
liam Linswood to be overseers. Savile, 64.

John Smith of London, gen 1 ., 7 December 1625, proved 8 November
1626. To my nephew Richard Morecrofte son of my sister Phillipp More-
crofte my house and messuage with land &c, being freehold land bought
by me of his father Thomas Morecrofte, deceased some years past, situate
in Loughborowe, Leicestershire; but the said Richard's mother, my sister,
shall have her dwelling therein during her natural life. My niece Mary
Newton wife of Miles Newton of London haberdasher. Thomas Newton,
her son. My niece Margaret Allen, daughter of my sister Phillipp More-
crofte and wife to John Allen of Loughborowe. My niece Dorothy Lovet
wife to William Lovet of Loughborowe, tanner. Niece Joaue Morecrofte.
To the late left wife of my nephew Lawrence Palmer, late of Stausteed
Montfitched in the county of Herford and every one of said Lawrence Pal-
mer's children born of this widow, his late wife. Matthew Palmer secoud
son to my sister Mary Meade late of Stansted Montfitched, widow, and
George Palmer her third son. Susan, her eldest daughter, Katherine, her

second daughter, and Mary, her third daughter. Jane luce ah. ,

now living in the city of Dublin, Ireland, being the daughter of my niece
Phillipp Turner ah. Ince, late deceased, whilst she lived the wife of Richard
Turnor. My cousin Richard Turnor and Anne Tumor, his daughter. My
brother in law Thomas Howgh of Loughborowe dyer, sometime husband
unto my sister Ann, and Thomas Howgh the younger, her son. My niece
Elizabeth Fowler now dwelling in Loughborowe, daughter of my said sister
Ann. My niece Patience Warde, wife to Michaell Wurde of London, gro-
cer, and each of her children. My niece Mary daughter of my said sister
Ann. My niece Isabel Howgh, now in service in London, another daugh-
ter, and Ann Howgb the youngest daughter. My brother in law William
Felgate and his daughter Ann, my god daughter, and every of his sons,
being two in number, and each of his other daughters besides the said Ann
and Blanch Felgate, his daughter (to whom a larger bequest). My cousin
Mrs. Francis Iremonger and her daughter Katheren Iremonger and her
other daughters. Every one of her sons. Their father Mr. Henry Ire-
monger, my cousin. My cousin Miles Newton.

I give to my cousin Mr. Thomas Trotter five pounds and to his wife, my


cousin Ann Trotter, five pounds and to every one of their children twenty
shillings apiece. I give to my cousin Mrs. Dorothy Filliall three pounds and
to my cousin Mrs. Mary Lingwood three pounds and to my cousin Wini-
fride Brocke three pounds. John Alleyn, my kinsman, one of the church-
wardens of Loughborowe. My sister Morecrofte's two daughters Margaret
Allen and Dorothy Lovett. My niece Mary Newton and her sister Joane.
My cousin Edward Bagguley and his two sisters Elizabeth and Cassandra.
My cousin Thomas Slywright of the Inner Temple Esq. Mrs. Bridget
Wilson widow, late the wife of John Wilson gen*, deceased. Mrs. Ilorsell
widow, sister of my said cousin Mr. Henry Iremonger. Myles Newton
and Henry Iremonger to be executors. Hele, 11G.

Thomas W t ilson of Bocking, Essex, gen 1 ., 1G October 1627, proved 9
November 1G27. My body to be buried in the chancel of Braintree. The
poor of Bocking, Stisted and Braintree. My messuage and farm in Great
and Little Canfield to be sold by Humfry Mawditt, gen'., and my brother
in law William Lyngwood for payment of my debts and legacies. To my
daughter Elizabeth my copyhold lands in Braintree, called Companes or
otherwise, now in the occupation of the said William Lingwood, and the
parcel of land in Braintree called the horsefair field and Windmill Hill in
Braintree (and other lands), to enter upon the same at her age of one and
twenty years, with remainder to daughter Mary, next to daughter Dorothy.
Bequests to Mary and Dorothy. My eldest son, John, hath behaved him-
self very disobediently towards me and my wife, his mother, and I see little
hope of amendment. My mill called Stisted mill, in Stisted. Although
my sou Thomas hath heretofore behaved himself undutifully to me and my
wife, his mother, yet I hope better of him hereafter. My wife Elizabeth.
My messuage and farm called Hatches in Braintree. My manor or mes-
suage called Jenkins to my wife, for her life, and after her decease to my
son Thomas. Sir William Maxey, knight, my worthy friend. My cousin
James Heron Esq. My mother In law Mrs. Mary Clarke. My sisters
Mary Lingwood and Dorothy Filioll. My cousin and god daughter Susan
Lingwood. Mrs. Catherine Mawditt. My wife to be sole executrix. I do
earnestly entreat Sir William Maxey, knight, and my cousin Heron to be

Amon" the witnesses were Eulke Wodhull and W. Lvnjjwood.

Skynner, 114.

Thomas Tkotter of London, merchant, 30 November 1631, sealed and
published 1 March 1631, proved 12 March 1631. Debts and funeral
charges satisfied and paid my personal estate to be divided into two equal
parts, one half being in my proper power, by the eminent and laudable
custom of City of London, and the other half belonging to my children. I
have already advanced and preferred in marriage my two eldest daughters,
Anne and Elizabeth. My two youngest daughters unadvanced, Susanne
and Thomasin Trotter. My eldest daughters (named) Anne Grove and
Elizabeth Amos. My grandchildren Thomas and Anne Grove. My grand-
child Isacke Amos. The Company of Salters of London whereof I am a
member. I do forgive and release unto my uncle Nicholas Skynner and
my cousin Martyn (Skynner) and to Thomas Skynner, his so nail such
sum and sums of money as they owe unto me by specialty or otherwise.
My cousin Daniel Skynner and my cousin Richard Wiseman. My sister
Lyngwood, my cousin Susan Spooner and my cousin Laurence Arthure's


wife, my cousin Robert Whaple's wife and my cousin Myles Newton's wife.
To Nicholas Woodward of Bookings. The pastor and curate of St. Dun-
stan in the East where I dwell. Mr. Nathaniel Shute to preach a sermon
for the instructing of the people that shall assemble at my funeral, which I
hope and desire the parson of St. Dunstan will give leave unto. My two
youngest daughters, Susan and Thomasine Trotter and my friend Joseph
Brand to be executors and my brother William Lyngwood, my son in law
Thomas Amos and my friends Myles Newton and Lawrence Arthur to be
supervisors. I have in my life time settled and assured, by several deeds,
certain lands and an annuity out of a house in Braintree and Booking,
Essex, to the uses of the several poor in those parishes. Then follows a
note of such parishes as are to have fifty pounds distributed amongst their
poor. Eight parishes in Colchester, the three parishes in Sudbury (where
John Lord and Robert Whitinges were among those to oversee the distri-
bution), Braintree (under the oversight of Mr. John Hawkins, W m Ling-
wood, John Mary an, John Debnam, Adrian Mott), Booking (John Keightlye,
Lawrence Arthur, John Ames (?), Isaack Ansell, Matthew Whipple),

Coxall (Coggeshall), Witham (Jeremy Garoad, William Skynner,

Nycholls), ilalsted and certain parishes in London and four parishes in
South wark. Audley, 31.

Mary Clarke of Locking, Essex, widow, 4 September 1630, proved
1 June 1G33. My body to be buried in the Chancel of Bradwell. The
poor of Bradwell, Booking and Stisted. My loving brother Sir William
Maxey, knight, my son in law John Nodes, gen 1 . My daughter Nodes.
My daughter Dorothy Wilsmore. I give to my sou William Clarke four
pounds and to his two sons twenty shillings apiece. To my grandchild
Elizabeth Wilson twenty shillings. To my grandchild and god daughter
Mary Wilson twelve pounds, my silver spoon and my wedding ring. To
my grandchild Dorothy Wilson thirty shillings and my little ring. To my
grandchild John Wilson twenty shillings and I forgive him five pounds
which he oweth me. To my grandchild Thomas Wilson three pounds.
To my cousin Mr. Bryan Tuke forty shillings. To William Lingwood
gen*, and Mary his wife, my god daughter, twenty shillings apiece. Mr.
Normingtou of Bradwell to preach at my burial. Four of Sir William
Maxey 's men to carry my body to church to be buried. My grandchild
Mary Wilson to be executrix and William Lyngwood supervisor.

Russell, 58.

Dorothy Wilson of Booking, Essex, singlewoman (nuncupative), 6
October 1636. She gave all to her brother Thomas and his wife. Com-
mission issued, 15 October 1636, to Thomas Wilson and Jane his wife, the
legataries, &c, to administer &c. Pile, 105.

William Read of Booking, Essex, yeoman, 20 March 1646, proved
23 April 1649. To Daniel Read, one of my brother Francis Read's sons,
my tenement and freehold lands in Panfield, late purchased of the widow
Coggeshall, he to pay his brother Francis Read twenty pounds and twenty
pounds unto William Stoakes. To my brother Thomas Read, for life, my
two tenements called Levitt's, in Locking, and after his decease to his son
William. To Elizabeth Wilson, my kinswoman, wife of John Wilson,
my tenement called Arnold's, for life, and next to her son William Wilson,
with remainder to the rest of her children. My godson William Stokes.
My godson James Freeman. The rest of the children of James Free-


man, viz*. Henry, John and Elizabeth Freeman. My godson William
Miller, son of William Miller of High lloding. Martha Princett daugh
ter of John Princett. Agnes Clarke, the wife of Robert Clarke of Fel-
sted, and Agnes Clarke her daughter. My brother Thomas Reade to be
sole executor and my kinsman Daniel Read to be overseer.

Fairfax, 45.

[A pedigree of this family of Wilson is given in the Visitations of Essex
(Harl. Soci Pub., Vol. 13, p. 525). These wills and a lot of other wills relating
to East Anglian families which I have been gathering for years I am getting
into print partly, perhaps chiefly, for my own convenience, since they are all
more or less connected with families who, I am sure, had each of them one or
more representatives in New England : when once in print they can be much
more easily referred to than if they were to remain, as hitherto, only in manu-
script. William Lyngwood who married into this family of Wilson was somehow
related or connected with numerous New Englanders, as appears from his letter
of 20 March 1651 to his " Cosen Clarke," to be found in Vol. 2 of Land Records
in the office of the Secretary of State, Hartford, Connecticut, and published in
full in The Goodwins of East Anglia, 1890. No one acquainted with the records
of the early settlers of Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut will read these
East Anglian wills which I shall furnish without being struck, as I have been,
with their significance even where positive clews are not given.

Henry F. Waters.]

Elizabeth Ci.opton late of Boxford, Suffolk, widow (nuncupative)
25 October 1603, proved 18 February 1G03. The poor of Boxford.
Master Sandes the preacher. John Potter in whose house she lodged.
Mistress Brande her cousin. The widow Bra£. The widow Brande. The
widow Gierke. All the residue (her debts being paid and legacies dis-
charged) she willed should be divided between John Whiting, Henry Whit-
ing, Elizabeth Tarver, her grandchildren, and Thomas Gates, her great

Wit : Anne Brande, John Potter and divers others.

Commission issued (at above date) to John and Henry Whiting as next
akin, to administer according to the tenor of the will. Harte, J 6.

Samuel Armitage citizen and mercer of London, 23 September 1631,
proved 15 October 1631. Wife Joane Armitage to be executrix. My
brother in law John Seaman, my sister Sara, his wife, and every one of
their children. My brother in law Matthew Langley, my sister Mary, his
wife, and every one of their children. My brother in law James Boulton,
my sister Anne, his wife, and every one of their children. My brother
in law John Key, my sister Dorothy, his wife, and every one of their chil-
dren. My sister Jane Armitage. My uncle Mr. Samuel Armitage. My
friend Mr. Arthur Lee. I do give unto my loving aunt Mrs. Hester Long-
ley and Mrs. Susan Williamot ten shillings apiece. My cousin Elizabeth
Chambers. My cousin Mr. Samuel Slater, Mr. Dr. Burges and Mr. Shad-
rach Simpson, ministers of the word of God. Katherine and Ann Simp-
son daughters of the said Mr. Shadrach Simpson. My friend Mr. Edward
Taylor, citizen and girdler of London. Mr. John Basset, Mr. Edmoud
Clerke and Mr. John Felton. My loving uncle Mr. Samuel Armitage and
my loving friend Mr. Arthur Lee to be overseers. St. John, 105.

John Whiting of Hadley, Suffolk, Mercer, 2 April 1637, proved 15
November 1637. To Rose my loving wife all those my lands and tene-
ments in Naughton (Newton?) and Neging, in the occupation of Robert
Marshall (and others) for and during her life, upon condition that she shall


sea! a good perfect release unto ray sons John and Henry of all her thirds
or dower of the rest of ray lands and houses &c. And after the decease of
Rose my wife I give the said lands and tenements, both free and copy, in
Newton and Neging unto John Whiting my son. I give him my lands in
Layow with a mill thereunto belonging, called Coe mill. 1 give him my
house wherein I dwell in Hadly and the piece of grouud near Tapsall
bridge. I give and bequeath unto Henry Whiteing my son my house and
land in Bramford. both free and copy, upon condition that he pay the rest
of the money which is behind and unpaid by John Beadswell out of the
land at Wenam which I purchased in his name for him and gave him at
Wenom, as by John Berde's will appeareth. I give unto Henry my son
seven hundred pounds of lawful money, i.e. five hundred at the age of five
and twenty years and the other two hundred within one year after his
apprenticeship come out. I give unto Rose my wife fifty pounds. To
Mary Coper my daughter forty pounds. To Henry my son my part of a
ship called the Roebucke. I give to Henry my copyhold house at Carsy.
1 will that he shall pay unto his mother ten pounds a year during her widow-
hood. I give unto Robert Payne my son in law my house and land in
Newton, free and copy, called the Saracen's Head, with the appurteuances,
to him during his life and after his death to John Payne, -my grandchild,
and his heirs forever; and for want of such heirs to return to my heirs
again ; but upon condition the said Robert Paine do assure to his two sons
that he had by my daughter, John and Robert Payne, the sum of thirty
pounds apiece 'more as he stand bound to do upon marriage and that
he do seal a release to my son John Whiting of all former promises. I
give to Thomas Whiting my grandchild twenty pounds of current money to
be laid out in plate for him. I give to Hanna Proctor my grandchild
twenty nobles and to John Payne my grandchild forty pounds and to
Robert Payne my grandchild twenty nobles and to George Coper my
grandchild twenty nobles; and all these my grandchildren to be paid when
they shall come to the age of twenty one years. I give to Thomas Gattes
the younger, my godson, forty shillings at one and twenty. To my cousin
Thomas Gattes a black cloak. To Mary Bowes, Alles Upsher, my old
servant forty shillings. The poor of Hadley and of Boxford. My son
John to be residuary legatee and sole executor. And I do nominate and
entreat my two loving friends and cousins Mr. Robert Stansby, parson of
AVestrop, and Mr. John Browing, parson of Semer, to be supervisors.
Witnesses Richard Tilson, Thomas Gattes. Goare, 150.

John Whiteing of ITadleigh, Suffolk, mercer, 16 January 1643, proved
30 January 1644. To wife Judith all my household stuff and fifty pounds
in money upon condition that she shall give a full release of the thirds of
my lauds to my two supervisors to the use of my children. I give her my
house at Hadleigh wherein I dwell and all my lands and my mill in Lang-
ham and Raydon to have and enjoy only the time she shall continue my
widow. I have discharged my wife's former estate of those legacies which
it was engaged for. My desire is my two sons Thomas and John Whiteing
should be brought up with their mother so long as she remain my widow ;
but if she happen to marry my mind is that my son Thomas should be
brought up by his grandmother Whiteing, or placed with one to bring up
by her appointment, and my son John, ray desire is, that his grandmother
Harrison should bring up or place. I give to Thomas my son all those
lands and tenements, copy and free, in Nawten Nedging now in possession

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