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Bankes. I give to my sister Lydia Bankes my messuage &c. in Maidstone,
in the occupation of M r Wright, to hold during her life, and then to my
son. To my sister Mrs. Mary Weekes my tenement &c. in Maidstone
wherein Mr. Shevan lately dwelt, for life &c, then to my son. To my sis-
ters Lydia, Elizabeth, Priscilla and Mary ten pounds apiece to buy them
gowns and unto their children, every of them, a gold ring of the value of
twelve shillings. To Sir John Dethicke and his lady thirty pounds for
mourning and to each of them a ring of the value of twelve shillings. To
Mr. Edward Rudge and his wife, to Mr. Benjamin Dethicke, to my son Mr.
Willett and to his wife, to my grandchildren Caleb Banckes, Martha, Eliza-
beth and Mary Bankes, the son and daughters of my said son Sir John
Bankes, to Mr. Tilson and his wife, to Elizabeth Parker and to Mr. Man-
ton, to every of them a gold ring of the value of twelve shillings. To my
cousin Mr. Henry Fisher five pouuds and a ring. To my said nephew
John Bankes ten pounds and a ring of the value of twelve shillings. To
Anne Knight of Canterbury three pounds and a ring. Sundry poor. The
residue to my son whom I make full and sole executor. Coke, 133.

Aleyn Reade, citizen and merchant taylor of London, now an inhabi-
tant of St. Dunstau's in the West, being stricken in years &c, 21 March
1678, proved 3 December 1679. My estate to be divided into two equal
parts and, according to the ancient custom of the City of London, one
moiety to be paid to my two sons, equally between them, as their orphanage
portions &c. The other moiety at my own disposal, for legacies &c. To
my kinsman Mr. Samuel Reade of London, merchant, and my brother in
law M r Thomas Cuthbert, citizen and merchant taylor of London, my
several messuages, farms, lands, tenements &c. in Birchanger and Stansted-
Mountfichet in Essex and Herts and lands &c. in Wickford and Rawreth,
Essex, to hold for the term of fourscore and nineteen years upon trust, to
pay for the maintenance and education of my two sons Aleyn and Richard,
and after the said term the reversion &c. of my said messuages &c. I devise
to my son Aleyn Reade, whom I make executor. And I appoint my said
kinsman M r Samuel Reade and my said brother in law M r Thomas Cuth-
bert overseers, to whom and to their wives and children I appoint mourning
and I also give to my overseers ten pounds apiece to buy them plate or
rings to keep in remembrance of me.

Proved, as above, by Aleyn Reade, son and executor.

Commission issued 30 March 1683 to Samuel Reade and Thomas Cuth-
bert, trustees named in the will, to administer the goods &* by Aleyn Read
jun. the executor, deceased, unadmiuistered. King, 166.


Samuel Epes o£ London, clerk, 10 March 1G80, proved G July 1G85,
now hound in a voyage in the good ship Success, Capt. Cowley commander,
from the port of London to Surrat in East India. My executor shall pay
himself one huntlred and fifty pounds which I owe unto him upon bond and
shall pay all persons the just debts owing by me unto them. The residue
to be divided amongst my father, mother and sister equally. And I make
my kinsman Mr. Samuel Reade executor. Cann, 84.

Joh'es Bankes. Januarij 1701-2 Vicesimo uono die em 1 com Samueli
Reade consobrino et prox consanguineo Johannis Bankes nup de Maidstone
in Com Cantii ccelibis def hgii etc. ad adstrand bona jura et cred dci defti
de bene etc jurat. Admon. Act Book, 1702, L. 8.

[I hope at some future time to furnish a few other wills relating to these
families. If the reader will turn to Gleanings from English Records about
New-England Families, by James A. Emmerton and Henry F. Waters (pub. by
Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1880) he will find on pages 8 and 9 a note about
the families of Bankes and Eppcs.

The John Davy, whose will I now furnish, and who refers to a nephew as in
Virginia, is said to have gone into the County of Kent from Norwich in Nor-
folk, where his brother Simon remained. — H. F. W.]

Stephen Borow ;he, 1 July 1584. 1 bequeath my body to the land or
sea, to which of them the goodness of the Almighty God shall appoint at
his godly will and pleasure. To Joan my faithful wife my house in Graves-
end called the sign of the Maidenhead during her natural life; and after
her decease I bequeath the same unto Christopher Boroughe my eldest son
and to the heirs of his body &c. ; and if he die before he have any child of
his own body lawfully begotten then I will that the said house be sold to
the best advantage and the money thereof to be equally divided between
my five daughters Judith, Susan, Mary, Anne and Elizabeth, or the longest
livers of them, by even portions. To Joan my wife the lease of my house
over against Barking church, which house I hold in the right of John
Rabelo deceased, of which lease there is fourteen years to come at the feast
of Christmas next ensuing the date hereof, which years to come &c. I
will that the said Joane my wife shall enjoy to her use if she live so long;
and if not then to be divided amongst my children. To my five daughters
(as above) thirty pounds apiece, to be paid at the days of their marriages.
I will that Joan my wife enjoy my house in Chatham called Goodsight dur-
ing her widowhood or during the time my daughters be marriageable; and
then I will that the same house be sold to the most advantage for the ac-
complishing of the legacies given to my said five children. All the rest of
my goods (my apparel excepted) I give to Joan my wife whom I make my
whole executrix. My apparel to be sold and the money coming thereof to
be used towards the maintenance of my young children. My brother Wil-
liam Borowghe to be the overseer, and for his pains I bequeath unto him
my whistle of gold. To my son Christopher Borowghe my gilt whistle for
a remembrance. In witness of the truth hereof I have written this with
mine hand at my house in Chatham called Goodsight the first duy of July
1584. (Signed) S: Borowgh.

Proved 18 August 1584 before Mr. Francis White, surrogate to the ven-
erable Mr. William Lewen. Doctor of Laws &c. by the oath of the execu-
trix named in the will.

Rochester Wills, Vol. xvi. (1578-84), Fo. 262.


[The testator, Stephen Borough (Borrow or Boroughe), of Stepney, was the
father of that Judith who mar. (1) 1586, Thomas Scott of Colchester and
London, and (2) 1594, as his 3d wife, John Vassall (d. 1625), whose will fol-
lows, and through whom she became the ancestor of the Essex branch of the
Vassall family, notice of which occurs on a later page. The wills of the testa-
tor's brother VVilliam (1598) and of his widow Joan "(1603) follow.

Edward D. Harris, of New York City.]

William Borowghe Esq., 26 July 1598, proved 28 November 1598.
Whensoever it shall please God to call me out of this transitory life (if it
be at Limehouse or near London and not far distant off or at the seas) I
will that my body shall be buried in the parish church of Stebunheth, near
unto the place where my first wife Judith lyeth, or in the Chancell. I cov-
enanted, before marriage between me and the Lady Jane Wentworth now
my wife, to convey and assure to her, for term of her life, as for her joint-
ure or in lieu of her dower, so much laud as should be of the yearly value
of fourscore pounds. For the performing thereof I have conveyed to her
(for life) my farm at Mile End in the parish of Stebunheth called Mewes,
otherwise the White Horse, with the lands belonging, now in the occupa-
tion of John Robinson and Stephen Howtou, and also my house in Lon-
don near unto Rood church at the upper end of Tower Street, now in the
tenure &c. of Martin Archdale &c. Other bequests to wife. Whereas I have
already given and entered into bond to perform, by the persuasion of my
said wife before I married her, unto Jane Wentworth, niece and goddaugh-
ter to my said wife (which Jane is now in my house) the sum of two hun-
dred pounds in ready money at the day of her marriage, my will is that it
shall be performed according to my said bonds. I give to my said wife my
two coach horses and the coach &c. If my daughter Mary be not preferred
in marriage during my life then I give and bequeath unto her, for her pre-
ferment &c, one thousand pounds; and if she do marry with the consent
and liking of my executors and overseers, or the most part of them, then I
give her one thousand more. To my son Walter Borroughe two hundred
pounds. To my three sisters, Agnes, Margery and Jane, twenty pounds
apiece, or if they die before me to their children. To my sister Borroughe,
the widow of my brother Stephen deceased, twenty pounds and to her three
daughters unmarried (if they marry with consent of their mother and some
of my executors), viz 1 , to Mary, Anne and Elizabeth, thirty pounds apiece
in preferment of their marriage. And I give unto Judeth the wife of John
Vassall and to Susan the wife of William Kinge, being my said brother's
daughters, twenty pounds apiece. To George Laryman ten pounds. Ser-
vants (not named). To the Company of the Trinity House for a dinner
ten pounds. To the poor of Stepney twenty pounds, to be paid in such
manner as shall be thought meet by the overseers of my will and my nephew
John Bassall (sic) or two of them, whereof my said nephew to be one.
To the poor of Northham in Devonshire twenty pounds, to be employed in
such sort as my cousin Thomas Leighe and some others of best credit of
the said parish shall think fit. I do constitute, ordain and make Sir Henry
Palmer, knight, my cousin Mr. Thomas Leighe and my nephew John Bas-
sall (sic) my executors. For overseers I appoint my well beloved wife Jane,
Lady Wentworth aud the Lady Elsabeth Countess Dowager of Rutland,
my especial good lady and honorable friend, and Mr. John Brewster, es-
pecially relying upon and entreating the said Ladies to take care for the
good of my children, specially for the matching of my daughter in marriage.

(In the Probate Act the name of the third executor is given as John
Vassall). Lewyn, 89.


[The testator was one of a famous family of Elizabethan navigators. His
first voyages were private ventures for trade, but later in life he entered her
majesty's service.

lie made hydrographical investigations, especially in the North Sea and the
Baltic, ami published some important charts.

He lived at Limehouse most of the period from 1579-1598. He served the
Queen, however, in the navy during that period as " Controller of Her Navy at
Sea," 1583 ; as second in command to Drake iu the expedition to Cadiz, 1587 ; and
in the following year against the Armada, in command of the Bonavoglia.and in
1589 busy at Chatham despatching Frobisher's ships to sea, and "getting a good
wife" in the widow of the second Lord Wentworth, last governor of Calais
and lord of the manor of Stepney. They were married 9 Sept. 1589. He died
at the age of 63.

Of this family was probably George Burroughs of Salem, H. C. 1070, whose
father's will is given in Reg. xlvii., p. 391 (ante p. 737). See also vol. xlv., p.
233 (ante p. 516), for notes on the Burroughs family.— Walter K. Watkins.]

William Wade the elder of Bildeston in Suffolk and in the diocese of
Norwich, clothier, 13 February 1599, proved 31 October 1600. I give and
bequeath to Alice my true, loving and faithful wife, during the term of her
natural life, my house wherein I now dwell, with the appurtenances, and
my field with the meadow and the orchard, as it is now enclosed, being free,
and one acre of ground also free (and other lands). Also I give and be-
queath unto the said Alice, my loving wife, my piece of free ground which
I lately bought of Mr. Mickell Barker &c. And after the decease of Alice
my wife I give and bequeath my said house &c. to William Wade my son,
for term of his life, and p^'er his decease to William Wade my sou's sou,
for term of his life, and after his decease to the heirs of his body &c, and
for want of such heirs, the said house and lands, both free and copy, to re-
main and come to my four daughters, that is to say Alice Markes, Anne
Cowlman, Jone Cartwrighte and Mary Wade, my four daughters, part and
part alike equally amongst them to be divided, and to their heirs forever.
To William my son four hundred thirty and three pounds six shillings and
eight pence. I leave my house and land which I bought of William Kinges-
bury of Lammishe (Lammarshe) in Essex to descend according to the cus-
tom of the manor. I give and bequeath unto Abraham Cartwrighte, my sou
iu law, one hundred and thirty pounds, to be delivered unto him within one
month next after my decease, upon trust and confidence that he will dis-
pose thereof in manner and form following, that is to say, that he will de-
liver the said sum to some Company or elsewhere, at his discretion, doing
his best to take good security and get so much yearly therefor as in his dis-
cretion shall be thought meet during the life of Robert Wade my son for
his yearly maintenance, and after his decease that twenty pounds, parcel of
the said one hundred and thirty, may come unto Brydgett Wade, daughter of
the said Robert, towards her advancement if she shall be living at the death
of her said father and be of the age of one and twenty years. If she for-
tune to die before her father then the said Robert shall have the said twen-
ty pounds. My sou in law Thomas Cowlman. My daughter Alice's chil-
dren, Samuel Markes, Edmund Markes, Miles Markes, Prudence Markes,
William Markes and Alice Markes. And I heartily pray my "-on Cart-
wrighte to have some care of those six children. Anne Cowlman daughter
of my daughter Anne at age of one and twenty. To daughter Jone Cart-
wrighte a free tenement in Bildeston, for life, and then to Alice Cartwrighte
her daughter, for life, and then to Frances Cartwrighte another daughter.
To each of these daughters of my daughter Jone twenty pounds. A tene-


merit to daughter Mary Wade. Brother John Wade's children. Brother
Rohert Wade's children. Sundry preachers named. Wife Alice to he ex-
ecutrix and son in law Abraham Cartwrighte overseer. Wallopp. 60.

[The will of William Wade, and that of his widow Alice (1610), following,
are of interest as throwing light on the aucestr}' of Francis Cartwright, their
granddaughter, who eventually became the wife of that Samuel Vassall, M. P.,
whose monument is to be seen in the vestibule of our King's Chapel in Boston.
It appears that the testator, William Wade, had brothers John and Robert,
and that his wife, Alice, had brothers Michael and Thomas Beaumounte.

E. D. Harris.]

Joane Burrough. I give unto my daughter Mary two hundred pounds
in money, whereof she hath sixscore pounds which my son Varsall (sic)
hath to her use, and fourscore pounds to make up the same. I give to my
daughter Elizabeth two hundred pounds. I give to my daughter Anne
Wright ten pounds. I give to my daughter Kinge thirty pounds that she
hath already and ten pounds more to make it forty pounds to the use of her
daughter Jane Kinge. I give to my daughter Elizabeth, more, twenty pounds
which goodman Harrison hath, to bestow towards my funeral and the rest
as she shall think good. I give to Joane Harrison twenty shillings, to her
husband forty shillings. I give to my maid Marian forty shillings. I give
to Anne Versall (sic) three pounds for a cup and to Joane Versall, her sis-
ter, three pounds for a cup. I give Judd Scot ten pounds. Goodman
Eastwoode, Mr. Traughton and Mr. Phillips. I have made my daughtet
Elizabeth full executor, Mr. Phillips and Goodman Harrison overseers.
I give to my daughters Elizabeth and Mary all my household stuff &c.
Debts to me owing: Mr. Wilkinson of Stock, Mr. Heath, goodman Wil-
loughby the brewer, Mr. Thomas Haywarde, my son Kinge, goodman
Phillips of Rochester and goodman Harrison (sundry amounts). I give
my ring to my daughter Versall and my bracelets to my daughter Kinge.
The names of them that were present: Marrian Williams her maid, Eliz-
abeth her daughter, Elnor Ockley, Clement Colbarne. This will is the
last will made by my aunt Joane Burrough this twentieth day of October
1603 in the presence of us George Larryman. Proved by Elizabeth the
daughter and executrix &c. 3 May 1604. Harte, 35.

Alice Wade widow, 19 May 1610, proved 28 January 1616. My
body to be buried in the parish church of Billesdon in Suffolk by my late
husband. My messuage or tenement, with the yard and orchard thereunto
belonging, situate aid being in Bildesdon, Suffolk, which I lately purchased
of one Cutler, now or late in the tenure or occupation of my son in law
Edmonde Doggett, I do give and bequeath unto John, Edmonde, Nathaniel
and Avice Doggett. If they all die without issue before coming to the age
of one and twenty years the said house &c. shall remain unto my nephew
William Wade, son and heir apparent unto my son William Wade, and
to his heirs forever. To the poor of Bildeston four pounds, to be dis-
tributed amongst them in four years next after my decease at the discre-
tion of my son William Wade and my brother Michael Beamounte. I do
give to the poor of Little Waldingiield in Suffolk twenty shillings to be
distributed at the discretion of my son in law Thomas Cowlman. To Mr.
Staughton. a silenced preacher, twenty shillings. To the preacher that
shall preach at my funeral ten shillings. To William, Samuel, Edmonde
and Milles Markes, children of my late daughter Alice Doggett which she
hath had hy her late husband Edmounde Markes, twenty pounds apiece; all


which children's legacies I will shall remain in the hands of my son in
law Thomas Cowlman until they shall attain unto their several ages of one
and twenty years. If all of them die before they shall accomplish their
a^es of one and twenty years the said legacies shall remain equally amongst
all the children of my said late daughter Doggett as shall be then living.
I will that the said Thomas Cowlman shall put in good security to my sons
in law Thomas Symoudes and Abraham Cartwright to pay the said lega-
cies as is aforesaid. I do give and bequeath unto Bridget Wade the daugh-
ter of my son Robert Wade thirty pounds which I will, together with
twenty pounds more given her by her grandfather my late husband, be
paid unto her at the age of one and twenty years or at her day of mar-
riage if she do marry in the meantime with the good liking and concent of
my son William Wade and of my son in law Thomas Cowlman. Otherwise
she shall not have the said legacies until she shall accomplish her said age
of twenty and one years. And my executor shall give good security unto
my said son Symondes and my said son Cartwright for the whole fifty
pounds to be paid as aforesaid and also to allow her yearly for the same
four pounds for her maintenance in the meantime. To Bridget Wade
wife of my son Robert five pounds. To Susan, Mary and Easter Sy-
mondes, daughters of my son in law Thomas Symondes, eight pounds
apiece to be paid unto their said father for their uses. I do give unto Abra-
ham Cartwright and Johan Cartwright, children of my son in law Abraham
Cartwright, eight pounds apiece, to be paid unto their said father for their
uses within six months after my decease. I do give unto Alice and Fran-
cis Cartwright, daughters of my said son Cartwright, five pounds apiece
to buy them necklaces or chains. I do give unto my brother Thomas Bea-
mounte twenty shillings to buy him a ring with a death's head. The same
to my brother Michael Beamounte. To Joue Porter the wife of Abra-
ham Porter a ring, price twenty shillings. To Prudence Latham the wife
of Samuel Latham a ring, price twenty shillings. The same to John Bog-
gis of London draper. To John Boggis a shoemaker at Coxall in Essex
twenty shillings. To my daughter Cowlman a ring with a death's head,
price twenty six shilling and eight pence. The same to my daughter Sy-
mondes. I do give and bequeath unto my son in law Abraham Cartwright
a tapestry coverlet which he hath in his possession. And all the rest my
household stuff either in the country or in the city of London I do give to
such person or persons in whose possession the same shall be at the time
of my decease. To my son Robert Wade a debt which Robert and Nor-
man Washburne do owe unto me of threescore pounds and another debt
which the Right Hon. Robert late Earl of Essex did owe unto me, which
sum I do not well remember. My son in law Thomas Cowlmau to be ex-
ecutor and he shall become bound by au Obligation unto my said sons in
law Thomas Symondes and Abraham Cartwright in five hundred pounds
well and truly to perform this my will and the same Obligation by him to be
sealed and delivered as his deed in the presence of sufficient witnesses, to
be delivered, within ten days next after my decease, unto the said Abraham
Cartwright or his assigns, at the now dwelling house of the same Abraham
Cartwright in the parish of St. Andrew, Undershaft within the city of Lon-
don, safe and uncancelled. My said sons in law Thomas Symondes and
Abraham Cartwright to be overseers. Weldon, 5.

John Freeborne of Prittlewell, in Essex, yoeman, 27 January 1617,
proved 17 February 1617. To Judith my wife my house and land &c. in


Prittlewell and Sutton aurl lauds iu Billericay and Great Bursted until
my sou Samuel come to the age of oue and twenty years. My three
daughters Judith, Anna and Mary at their several ages of one and
twenty years or days of marriage. My son John at one and twenty.
I give him my great sealing gold ring and my silver and gilt salt. I give
to my son Samuel my silver salt, to be delivered him after his mother's
decease, and the little silver cup that his uncle Samuel Vassall gave him.
I give to Joseph Freeborne and to his heirs forever the copyhold land that
my father Vassall did give unto me and to my wife, lying and being in
Great Bursted or Billericay. My brother William Vassall. My beloved
wife Judith to be sole executor and my brother William Vassall and
Robert Bonner of Mi ton to be overseers. Meade, 18.

[John Freeborne's wife was Judith, b. 25 Mar. 1582, the oldest child of John
Vassall of Stepney, by his 2d wife, Anna Russell, and sister of the full blood
of Samuel Vassall, M. P. — E. U. Harris.]

Thomas Symondes of London, skinner, 30 November 1619, proved 6
September 1620. My body to be buried in the chancell of the parish
church of All Hallows Lombard Street near my first wife and children.
A sermon to be made. After all debts paid and funerals discharged
my personal estate to be divided into three equal parts, according to the
Laudable Custom of the City of London, one third whereof I give to ray
well beloved and honest wife Mary Symondes, according to the said cus-
tom, another third to be equally divided betweeu my children, viz 1 my sons
Thomas and Richard Symoudes and my daughters Elizabeth Ilawes, Mary
Peate, Joen Symondes, An Sheperd, Sewzan Symondes and Ester Sy-
mondes; my daughters' portions already preferred I will to be added to my
good estate and then, according to the Laudable Custom &c, to be equally
divided among them. Other bequests to wife Mary, who is to have for
term of her widow's estate her free dwelling with our two daughters uu-
preferred and their servants in the house where I now dwell &c. &c; pray-
ing my executor to deal lovingly with them and if any difference shall
arise to be determined by the Right Hon. Sir William Cocken (Cockaine)
knight, now Lord Mayor, and my loving brother Mr. Abraham Cartwright,
whom I make my overseers &c. I give and bequeath unto the parish
church of St. Peters, wherein I now dwell, my house and garden in Cole-
man Street which I lately purchased of William Bonner, which yieldeth
me now six pounds rent a year, to be distributed every Sabothe day in bread,
in memory of me. To the parish of All Hallows Lomberstreet five pounds
and to the poor of the said parish five pounds. To the town of Taunton,
Somerset, where I was born, twenty pounds, to be distributed by the con-
stables and other magistrates of that place amongst the poor where they
shall see most need. Other charitable bequests. To An Ager and her
mother ten pounds apiece. To my eldest brother William Symonds and
his wife and his three sons in law and their wives, such mourning apparell
as is fitting their degrees, with the like to my brother Cartwrite, my
brother Thomas Mun and his wife, Edward Abotte's wife and my sister

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