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wife ten pounds, to be paid to his own hands within three months after my
decease. Ruthen, 452.

[I suppose the above testator to have been the John Owfeilde of Asheborne
in the County of Darby referred to in the will of Roger Owfeilde (Reg. 47, p.
289, ante p. 730). See also will of Thomazine J: anson (p. 72-ij . The will of
Symon Smith appears on p. 749. Col. George Fleetwood, otherwise called Sir
George Fleetwood, was, I suppose, that regicide, one of Cromwell's lords,
who is said to have died in America.]

Samuel Owfeild of Gatton, Surrey, 6 December 1636, proved 10
February 1644. To my wife Katherine all my lands, tenements and here-
ditaments whatsoever in- the Realm of England.

Proved, as above, by Dame Katherine Owfeild, the relict and executrix.

Rivers, 46.

[On the margin was written T"> Samuel Owfeild temp'e mortis suae D'ni Sam-
uelis Oicfeild militis def. — H. F. W.]

Dame Katherine Owfeild, widow relict and sole executrix of Sir
Samuel Owfeild, knight, deceased, her will made 8 February 1043, proved


10 November 1664. Refers to indenture hearing date IG May 1637.
Husband then known as Samuel Owfeild of Gatton. Surrey. Certain real
estate in Gatton and other parishes in Surrey and in Thames Street, St.
Beunet near Paul's Wharf and also at Paul's Wharf a id St. Peter's Hill.
London, being late the inheritance of William Smith citizen and mercer of
London deceased. William Owfeild, son and heir apparei t. Roger Ow-
feild, second son. John Owfeild, third son &c. The saio Sir Samuel is
since deceased leaving issue William (Roger and John since deceased)
Samuel. James and Edward Owfeild his sons and also seven daughters (that
is to say) Sarah (since deceased) Tomasine, Katherine, Anne (since de-
ceased) Margaret, Mary ami Elizabeth. Brian Janson referred to. My
said sons. My eldest daughter Thomasine Goodwyn. Reference to the
wills of Roger Owfeild late of London, merchant, deceased, and of Thoma-
zine Owfeild widow, relict of the said Roger. Bruce, 117.

Anthony Radcliffi-; citizen and merchant tailor of London, 11 Feb-
ruary 1 st Charles, proved 2r> June 1628. To my sister Dorothy Gerrard
one hundred pounds, to be by her disposed and bestowed at her will and
pleasure as she shall think best. To my sister Elizabeth Harvey the like
sum of one hundred pounds and to my sister Anne Moulson the like sum
of one hundred pounds. To my cousin Anthony Radcliff thirty three
pounds six shillings and eight pence. To my cousin Parsons and his wife
thirty three pounds six shilling eight pence. And the same to my cousin
Elizabeth Radcliffe. Ten pounds each to my cousin Sara Shorter and my
cousin Parsons, widow. Five pounds each to my cousin Chapman, my
cousin Massam, widow, and my cousin John Pasfield. Bequests to the
poor and to hospitals. Five pounds each to my friend Mr. John Moulson
and his wife, Mr. Samuel Aldersey and his wife and Mr. Arthur Turnor
and his wife. Forty shillings to my old friend and acquaintance Clement
Cotton. The poor of St. Christophers parish and of St. Bartholomews by
the Exchange. And I do hereby make, ordain and appoint my well beloved
brother in law Mr. Alderman Moulson my sole and only executor.

Then follows a Schedule, added 24 September 1627. In it he expresses
nis desire that his body should be buried in the parish church of Harrow
"where the Bodyes of my ffather and Mother and divers of my flfriends lye
buried." My late sister Dorothy Gerrard is dead. I will and bequeath
the sum of one hundred pounds to Sir Gilbert Gerrard kn*, her eldest son,
or to his children, if he die before me. If my sister Flizabeth Harvey die
before me her hequest to go to her children. My cousin Elizabeth Rad-
cliffe is but weak and sickly of body. My cousin Anthony, her brother,
and Parson's wife, her sister.

Proved by Mr. Thomas Moulson the executor.

Archd. of London, B. 7, L. 28.

Mense Maij 1603 vicesimo sexto die emanauit comissio Edwardo Rad-
cliff filio na u et ttimo Anthonij Radcliff imp, de Harrow sup, raontem in
Com Midd ar def Hentis etc. ad admlstrand bona iura et credita dci def.


[Abstracts of the wills of Sir i nomas Mowlson ami Lady Ann Mowlson were
gi ,'cii in tlic REGISTKK for January. 1893 ("///<• pp. G58, G59 ). The formerwill was
written in 163G, 1 lie latter in IG57. These two wills have been the only sources up
to date from which t lie family connections of Lad) Mowlson could be ascertained.
The death of lu-r brother Anthony in 1028 necessarily precluded mention of his
name in either of the above-mentioned instruments. .Mr. Waters, in furnishing
the above abstract of the will of Anthony Kadclin'e. has therefore added another


name to the list of relatives which has been gleaned from his contributions to
the Register relating do this subject. It -will be observed that the testator
leaves a bequesl to his •• sister Anne Moulsou," and that he appoints his " well
beloved brother in law Mr Alderman Moulsou his sole and only executor."
Three sisters are mentioned in this av ill — Dorothy, married to a Gerard, Eliza-
beth, married to a Harvey, and Ann. Lady Mowlson. The Sir Gilbert Gerard,
legatee in Lady Mowlson's will, is the son of Dorothy. Mr. " Cary Mildmay
otherwise Harvey," mentioned in the same will, probably furnishes the con-
necting link with Elizabeth. Anthony Radcliffe seems to have taken an interest
in the parish of St. Christopher's, for lie leaves a bequest to the poor of that
parish. His designation of the parish church of Harrow as the spot where
the bodies of his father and mother ami others of his friends lie buried, fixes
with sufficient accuracy the home of the family. — Andrew McFarland Davis.

Lady Mowlson was related by marriage to prominent Puritans and patriots of
her day. Her nephew, Sir Gilbert Gerard . married Mary, daughter of Sir Francis
Barrington and first cousin of Oliver Cromwell and of John Hampden. Sir
William Masham, in whose family two of our New England divines, Roger
"Williams and John Norton, were chaplains, though at different times, married
a sister of the wife of Sir Gilbert Gerard. Lady Joan Barrington, the wife
of Sir Francis Barrington, was a daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell, and con-
sequently an aunt of Oliver Cromwell, the Protector. John T. Hassam.]

Sir John Morgan of Chillworth, Surrey, knight, 26 March 1621, proved
4 April 1621. To my dear and loving wife all ray plate &c. Lands in
Shalford and Albury. Surrey, and elsewhere. Wife to be executrix and
brother in law Sir Nathaniel Rich, knight, and friends Sir George Stough-
ton, knight, cousin James Elliott, Mr. George Duncombe of Clifford's Inn
to be supervisors. To my daughter the Lady Anne Randall fifty pounds
of the hundred and fifty pounds which my son in law Sir Edward Randall
oweth me. To my nephew George Theoballs fifty pounds. To my cousin
Thomas Anton my lesser bay mare. My friend Mr. Peter Phesant. My
servant Robert Willoughby. My friend Mr. Thomas Davies.

Proved, as above, by Dame Elizabeth Morgan. Dale, 32.

Dame Emzareth Morgan, 28 November 1632, proved 22 May 1633.
For her burial two hundred pounds; for a tomb for her and Sir John Mor-
gan forty pounds. The silver voyder and the eight silver plates my Lady
Wroth to have for life, and then after to M r John Sutherton. The rest of
the plate to him. The jewel in ray Lady W roth's keeping she to have for
life and afterwards to my Lady Warwick's daughter, my Lady Mandevill.
One hundred pounds to cousin Grimsditch's children, my cousin their mother
to have the benefit of it for life and then equally to the four daughters. Ten
pounds to Elizabeth Browne (and certain linen). The poor of Lee parish
and this parish Wonnersh and Shutfor. Sir Nathaniel Rich to be sole
executor. To Nathaniel Browne, her sister's son, she giveth the benefit of
two hundred pounds for and towards his maintenance and bringing up until
he be of the age of eight and twenty years. This was written by me and
it was delivered by my Lady Morgan in the presence of my Lady Wroth
and ray self, John Machell. Russell, 42.

Sn; Nathaniel Rich, 2 December 1635, acknowledged about 28 Octo-
ber 1636, with a Codicil added 10 November 1636. proved 1 December
IC36. I nominate and appoint the Right Hon. the Lord Mandevill sole
executor. I would be buried at Standon. Essex, in the parish church
there. I would have ray executor erect some monument for me, where-
ever I be buried, the same not exceeding the sum of fifty pounds, or a hun-


dred marks. I would only have my sisters and brothers in law and their
children and all my servants to have mourning suits of black cloth. My
manor of Stondon and all my lands in E,sex I give to my nephew Na-
thaniel Riche, when he comes to the age of one and twenty years; in the
mean time my executor to receive the rent and to allow him four score
pounds per annum for his education for some time at the University of
Cambridge and then at Lincoln's Inn, it being my desire that he should
study and profess the Law. I give the profit of seven of my shares in the
Barmudas, now called the Sonier Islands, to my sister Grimsdiche and her
husband during their lives, if they will go and inhabit upon them, aud one
hundred and fifty pounds in money for the transporting of themselves and
such of their children as they shall think fit to carry with them. I give
one other share to my nephew Robert Browne now residing in the said
Somer Islands, he having one other share there already, upon the gift of

my sister Wroth lately deceased. I give one other share there to

Browne, one other of the sons of my sister Browne deceased, who hath
been hitherto educated by my noble friend the Countess of Leicester, mother
to Sir John Smith. The residue of my shares there, being five, I give for
the maintenance of a free school in those Islands, which my desire is should
first be erected out of the profits of the said five shares and then laid for-
ever to the said school, the schoolmaster to be nominated and chosen by my
executor and his noble lady and, after their decease, by such religious and
discreet feoffees as they shall appoint; and my desire is that some of the
Indian children to be brought either from Virginia or New England, or
some other continent of America, such as my executor shall think fittest,
may be brought over there to be instructed in the knowledge of true re-
ligion. In case my said brother in law Mr. Grimsdieh and his wife will
not, within one year after my decease, go thither in their own persons to
live there then I will not that either of them have any benefit by this gift,
unless by the hand of God they shall be hindered &c. &c.

I give to Nathaniel Browne, now in New England with Mr. Hooker, the
two hundred pounds which by my sister Morgan's will was bequeathed un-
to him and fifty pounds more, as my own gift; which two hundred and fifty
pounds I would have Mr. Hooker employ during the minority of the said
Nathaniel Browne for and towards his education, paying himself for his
charges. I give unto Samuel Browne, one other son of my said sister
Browne, one hundred pounds in money, the same to be employed during
his minority for his benefit as my executor shall think most tit. The Rec-
tory of Neverne in Pembrokeshire in Wales to my executor iu trust to
make sale thereof and dispose of the money for the performance of this
will. I give to Thomas Grimsdieh, the eldest son of my brother Grimsdieh,
who is now in the Isle of Providence, the forty pounds per anuum annuity
which my Lord of Warwick is to pay during the life of the said Thomas.
To Thomas Allaby my servant one hundred pounds. To Jonas Anger ten
pounds per annum for life, and ten pounds in money. To William Jesopp,
more than formerly in my life time I have given him (fifty pounds) I give
all my wearing linen and apparel. Whereas there is in M r GonVs hand
(that was sometime steward to my Lord of Warwick) a statute taken in his
name, for a thousand pounds, debt due to my said Lord and myself, where-
of one half belongs to me, I do hereby give unto that my dear and noble
Lord the said five hundred pounds as a testimony of my humble affection to
him and thankfulness for his love and favor towards me. To the Right
Hon. my very noble lord the Earl of Holland one hundred pounds and an-



other hundred pounds to his noble lady, part of the money which his Lord-
ship oweth me. The diamond ring which I usually wear, it being my sis-
ter Wrothe's legacy to me, I give to my brother Wroth. (Other gifts to
friends). My Library, books and papers, I give to my said noble Lord the
Lord Mandevill, the sole executor of this my last will and testament, pray-
ing him that at least with part of them he would furnish a library to be set
up in the free school at the Somer Islands, as formerly I have appointed.
The late Lady Warwick's picture I give unto my lord Riche, her sou. To
my worthy friend Mr. Wharton, miuisterat Felsted in Essex, thirty pounds
as a testimony of my special love unto him and thankfulness for his care
bestowed in the education of my nephew Nathaniel Riche. To my dear
friend M r John Pym my best gelding and a ring of twenty pounds. To
my very loving cousin Mrs. Martha Wilford twenty pounds.

Pile, 123.


Thomas Browne of Snelston=Margaret, daughter to

-Chetham, of

co. Derby.

the family of Chetham near Manchester
& related to Humphrey Chetham founder
of the Cheatham Free Library & Blue
Coat School at Manchester.

Rudolphus Browne.

A son Ralphe
was buried
April 18th, 1577.

Nicholas Browne

of Snelston buried

Jan. 18, 1587.

His wife died

April 28, 1595.

=Elianor dr & heiress to Ralph
Shirley Esq. of Shirley, Der-
byshire, of Staunton Harold
& Braylesford. co. Leicester.
Her first husband was Tho-
mas Vernon, 2d son of Hum-
phrey Vernon of Clifton and
Harleston, Derbyshire, as by
the marriage settlement made
1545, May 5. The Shirleys of
Shirley & of Staunton Harold
were represented in 1011 by a
Baronet, in 1077 by Baron
Ferrars, & in 1711 by Earl
Ferrars of Staunton Harold.

Thomas Browne,
d. without issue.

Sir Wm. Browne, b. in 1558=
at Snelston, served for seve-
ral years in the Low Coun-
tries and d. there in 1010,
August : was Lieut. Gover-
nor of Flushing.

Mary Savage,
b. in Germany,
naturalized in

Gertrude Browne.

William Browne, Ann Browne, d. young,
d. young, but nat- naturalized by Act of
unitized by act of Parliament, 1601.

Parliament, 1004.

bapt. Nov. 10, 1594. Barbara Browne,
d. an infant, but
naturalized 1004.

Percy Browne= Rich, dau. Mary Browne,

naturalized of Col. Nathaniel b. in Holland,

1022; Kichot Standon, naturalized

h. about 1002. Essex; d. before 1022.

Nathaniel Browne, sent
over to N. L. under Un-
charge of'the Rev. Thos.
Hooker, about 10i:i-4;
mar. in N.E. and had 10

Robert Browne, went to the
Providence I.-land, West In-
dies ; named after Robert
Sydney, Earl of Leicester;
was ordained a minister and
appointed to a church in
Somers Islands in 1055, and
d. there in 1060.

Samuel ...... Browne, educated

Browne. by the Countess of Leices-
ter, widow of Robert Syd-
ney, 1st Earl of Leicester
of the Sydney family; his
name supposed to be' Win.
asa Wm. Browne was out
in the Providence Islands

When I was preparing my memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Waul, the compiler of
the Massachusetts Body of Liberties and author of the Simple Cobler, I ascer-
tained that the patron of the living of Stondon Mossey, Essex, when held by
Mr. Ward, was Sir Nathaniel Rich. Col. Joseph L Chester, who had assisted
me much in my researches, kindly sent me an abstract of the will of Sir
Nathaniel, which I had printed in the Historical Magazim for April. 18G7,
pp. 206-7.


In 1882 t!ic hue G. T>. Scull. Esq., then residing at Oxford, England, prepared
a book entitled "Sir William Browne, knight, 1556-1610; and Sir Nathaniel
Rich, knight, L636," which he presented to the New-England Historic Gene-
alogical Society. The book, which -.till remains in manuscript, is before me.

Sir Nathaniel Rich was prominent on the patriot side, and was active in
American colonial enterprises. A biographical notice of him -will be found in
Brown's "Genesis of the United States," vol. 2, pp. 979-80; but Mr. Scull's
memoir is longer and gives more details.

The Nathaniel Browne mentioned in Sir Nathaniel Rich's will as "now in
New Eugland with Mr. Hooker," is also named in the preceding will of his aunt
Lady Morgan. Miss Mary K. Talcott states that he married Dec. 23, 1647,
Eleanor, daughter of Richard Watts. In 1G34 he removed from Hartford to
Middletown, Ct.. where he died in 1658. He had sons — Thomas died young,
Nathaniel of Middletown, John of Middletown, and Benoni. The pedigree at
the head of this note is from Mr. Scull's book.

What is known of later descendants of Nathaniel Browne of Hartford, Ct. ? —

William Sidey of St. Peter Cheapside, Loudon, gen 4 , 27 June 1711,
proved 11 August 1713. To my wife Dorothy Sidey the lease of my little
house in Day's Court, wherein I now dwell, and the remainder of the years
to come therein, being about twenty years. If she die before the expira-
tion of said term I give the same to my loving sister Susanna Marriott.
My wearing apparel I give unto my two nephews Side Marriott and Ed-
ward Marriott both of New England in America, equallv to be divided be-
tween them. My freehold estate or farm called Chiggborrows, in the Co.
of Essex, in the parishes of Little Totham and Much Totham, containing,
by estimation, one hundred and thirty acres or thereabouts, now in the
occupation of Sarah Browne, widow, I give to my sister Susanna Marriott
for life, then to my nephew Sidey Marriott ami his heirs forever, subject to
the payment of one hundred pounds to my said nephew Edward (Marriott).
My body to be buried near the corpse of my dear mother and niece in tiie
parish churchyard of St. Mary Matfellon ah Whitechapel, Middlesex. And
I do make my loving wife my sole executrix, to whom I have been married
above twenty years last August by one Mr. Saltmarsh, formerly belonging
to the Portuguese Embassador and now Chaplain to his Grace the present
Duke of Norfolk, and do desire that no contention may arise from my sis-
ter about my marriage, but she behave herself lovingly to my wife, and my
wife to do the same to her. Leeds, 195.

Christopher Newport of London, mariner and one of the six Masters
of His Majesty's Navy Royal, 10 November 1616, proved 27 October 1618.
Being now by God's grace and assistance to go with the next wind and
weather Captain of the good ship called the Hope of London for to sail in-
to the East Indies, a long and dangerous voyage &c. I give and bequeath
unto my loving wife Elizabeth my now dwelling house situate ami being
upon Tower Hill, London, in the parish of All Hallows Barking together
with my garden adjoining thereunto, only aud for and during her natural
lite. After her decease I give and bequeath my fee simple of my said
house and lease of my said garden &c. unto my two sons jointly together,
by name Christopher and John Newport. If they die without' issue then
to my daughter Elizabeth &c. To my said daughter Elizabeth lour hun-
dred pounds (now employed in the East India Company), to be <dven her
at her day of marriage or full age of twenty one years! To my daughter
Jane five pounds in three months, and no more, in regard of many her
great disobediences towards me and other misdemeanors, to my 'neat heart's


Item I give and bequeath unto my said two sons Christopher and John
and to my said daughter Elizabeth, equally between them all and singular,
my stock and adventure in general which I have in the Virginia Company
&c. I make and ordain of this my last will and testament my loving wife
Elizabeth and the Right Worshipful Sir Thomas Smith, knight, Governor
of the East India Company, my full and whole executors. And T give to
the said Sir Thomas Smith one diamond ring of the value of ten pounds of
lawful English money. And as overseers I make and ordain my very good
friends Mr. Matthias Springham and Mr. John Goodfellow, to each of
whom I give a ring of forty shillings apiece. In Bantam Road this tenth
of September 1617. It appears that his son Christopher was then Master's
Mate in the same ship. Meade, 92.

Christofer Newport, Master's Mate of the Hope, 27 April 1618,
proved 22 September 1618. A remembrance to the Hon. knight Sir
Thomas Smith and to sundry friends (named). Among the gifts were
Howes Chronicle, books of voyages, a jar of green ginger, a Cheshire
cheese &c. To my loving mother Mrs. Elizabeth Newport one China box
one Japan dish, three small China painted dishes &c. To my brother John
Newporte a sword enlaid with silver, a pair of hangers and a small hoop
ring of gold &c. To my sister Elizabeth Newport two pieces of branched
damask, one red and one red and "yallowe" a China box, two gold rings
one with a spark of a diamond and one with a garnet &c. To my aunt
Amye Glunmeld one gold ring with garnet unset. To my kinswoman
Elizabeth Gluufield one China box. To Elizabeth Chapell, Mr. Melson's
daughter, one China box. To Dr. Meddowes preacher of God's word at
Fanchurch six China dishes painted. To my sister Jane Newport ten
pounds, conditionally that she have reformed her former course of life.
But if she continue in her wonted courses then my will is that she have
nothing. To my Aunt Johane Ravens ten pounds, in consideration of
twenty four ryalls of eight remaining in my hands, which moneys I received of
Henry Ravens deceased for her use, with an old silver cup. To Christo-
fer Ravens (in consideration of a gift from his brother Henry Ravens).
My linen, books and instruments belonging to the sea to be sold at the
mast and the same registered in the purser's book. I give all to my brother
John Newport and my sister Elizabeth Newport and I make them my
executors. Aboard the Hope in the Road of Saldainin 27 April 1618.

Proved by John Newport, power reserved for Elizabeth Newport when
she should come to seek it. Meade, 85.

[Next preceding the above will is the registered copy of the will of his
cousin Henry Ravens to whom he refers. He also made his will on board of
the Hope, as" Master. H. F. W.]

[Many references to Capt. Christopher Newport in "The Genesis of the
United "States " will be pointed out by the Index. There is a sketch of him on
pp. 956-958, of Sir Thomas Smith pp. 1012-1018, and of Mr. Matthias Spring-
ham p. 1U22. Glunffield, I take to be Glanffield, i.e. Glanville. Sir Francis and
Richard Glanville were members of the Va. Co. of London.— See p. 898. Mr.
Melsou may be the Mr. Melshawe mentioned in the Va. Records, p. 178. Dr.
James Meadows. Medust, etc.. p. 946, 982. In September, 1609, Henry Ravens,
master's mate, and Thomas Wnittingham, cape merchant of " The Sea Venture,"
were sent after "The Tempest" from " the still-vex'd Bermoothes" for Vir-
ginia, and were never heard of again (p. 1053) in our records. He was probably
of the same family as Henry Ravens, master of '< The Hope"; or as our earliest
records are so incomplete, he may have survived the Bermudas voyage — and the
master's mate of 1609 may have been the master of 1017.


Mr. John Newport, the only son and heir of Capt. Christopher Newport, at-
tended the meetings of the Va. Co. of London, from time to time, during
1619-23, probably before and after.

On November 17, 101'J, he desired the Virginia Court to lay out some of his
land in Va. for him, and they wrote to Gov. Yeardley to do so. In the following
February his mother sent six men to Virginia, at her charge, on board " The Jona-
^ian." July 10, 1621, " upon the humble petition of Mrs. Newport, widow, the
Va. Court ordered the Governor and Council in Va. to set out thirty-two shares
of land in Va. heretofore bestowed upon Captain Christopher Newport, her late
husband, deceased, in reward of his service, with an addition of three whole
shares for the six men sent in " The Jonathan," in any place not already disposed
of, which is commended to the care of Capt. Hamor, to see it done according
to Mrs. Newport's desire."

On May 14, 1023, the Virginia Court confirmed the "32 shares to Mr. John

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